Period
to 17 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Firewall skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firewall over the 6 months to 17 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Firewall
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 58 60 45
Rank change year-on-year +2 -15 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,133 1,825 2,271
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.82% 3.42% 4.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.26% 22.43% 25.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,270 1,123 1,415
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £388 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +1.97% +1.33%
10th Percentile £251 £238 £250
90th Percentile £550 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 70 72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £20.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +24.22% -6.50%
10th Percentile £14.88 £13.50 £13.03
90th Percentile £49.75 £46.60 £46.73
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £27.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year +44.14% +23.33% -

Firewall is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 8,122 8,137 9,071
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.53% 15.27% 16.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,513 4,698 5,297
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £200 £163 £205
90th Percentile £550 £545 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 481 546 610
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £19.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.58% -16.48% +13.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.83 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -13.64% +5.09%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Firewall as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 17 December 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +6 716 £413 +3.13% 200
North of England +15 527 £425 +8.97% 184
Midlands -9 270 £400 +3.23% 109
North West +17 244 £425 +3.66% 115
South West -3 233 £405 +17.82% 86
Yorkshire +24 208 £423 -2.87% 52
West Midlands -16 184 £400 - 64
East of England +8 182 £400 +11.11% 82
Scotland -29 139 £375 - 13
East Midlands +1 85 £390 +7.22% 45
North East -4 76 £350 +6.06% 17
Wales +9 59 £438 +25.00% 18
Northern Ireland +37 18 £434 -3.61% 5
South Coast - 2 - -
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 974 (45.66%) Cisco
2 620 (29.07%) Windows
3 543 (25.46%) WAN
4 505 (23.68%) Security Cleared
5 497 (23.30%) LAN
6 494 (23.16%) Cisco Certification
7 456 (21.38%) CheckPoint
8 423 (19.83%) Microsoft
9 420 (19.69%) Linux
10 417 (19.55%) VMware
11 414 (19.41%) Active Directory
12 404 (18.94%) VPN
13 391 (18.33%) CCNP
14 376 (17.63%) SC Cleared
15 364 (17.07%) Network Security
16 349 (16.36%) Windows Server
17 339 (15.89%) TCP/IP
18 334 (15.66%) DNS
19 330 (15.47%) Data Centre
20 316 (14.81%) Microsoft Azure
21 311 (14.58%) Juniper
22 305 (14.30%) ITIL
23 301 (14.11%) Amazon AWS
24 288 (13.50%) Wireless
25 281 (13.17%) Cisco ASA
26 262 (12.28%) F5
27 247 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
28 240 (11.25%) BGP
29 232 (10.88%) Migration
30 230 (10.78%) OSPF

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 104 (4.88%) MS Exchange
2 80 (3.75%) SharePoint
3 68 (3.19%) Skype for Business
4 62 (2.91%) Apache
5 61 (2.86%) IIS
6 59 (2.77%) Confluence
7 42 (1.97%) Tomcat
8 40 (1.88%) OpenStack
9 25 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
10 24 (1.13%) nginx
11 22 (1.03%) JBoss
11 22 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 21 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
13 20 (0.94%) Apache Spark
14 18 (0.84%) Cloud Foundry
15 10 (0.47%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.38%) CMS
16 8 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
17 7 (0.33%) CloudStack
18 6 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 61 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (1.73%) MS Visio
3 22 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.047%) HipChat
7 1 (0.047%) Maya
7 1 (0.047%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 5 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.19%) Magento
2 4 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.19%) SAP GRC
3 3 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.047%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.047%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.047%) Sage 50
4 1 (0.047%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 316 (14.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 301 (14.11%) Amazon AWS
3 183 (8.58%) Office 365
4 131 (6.14%) IaaS
5 110 (5.16%) PaaS
6 69 (3.23%) SaaS
7 56 (2.63%) AWS CloudFormation
8 46 (2.16%) Amazon EC2
9 45 (2.11%) Amazon S3
10 44 (2.06%) AWS Lambda
10 44 (2.06%) Serverless
10 44 (2.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 36 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
12 27 (1.27%) Amazon ELB
13 26 (1.22%) OpenShift
14 25 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
15 21 (0.98%) OneDrive
16 19 (0.89%) Amazon SQS
17 17 (0.80%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 13 (0.61%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 543 (25.46%) WAN
2 497 (23.30%) LAN
3 404 (18.94%) VPN
4 364 (17.07%) Network Security
5 339 (15.89%) TCP/IP
6 334 (15.66%) DNS
7 288 (13.50%) Wireless
8 281 (13.17%) Cisco ASA
9 240 (11.25%) BGP
10 230 (10.78%) OSPF
11 195 (9.14%) Cisco Nexus
12 193 (9.05%) MPLS
13 175 (8.20%) Internet
14 162 (7.59%) SAN
15 150 (7.03%) VoIP
16 142 (6.66%) DHCP
17 141 (6.61%) VLAN
18 122 (5.72%) Wi-Fi
19 106 (4.97%) Intrusion Detection
20 94 (4.41%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (6.38%) SQL Server
2 48 (2.25%) Hadoop
3 47 (2.20%) MongoDB
4 45 (2.11%) Amazon RDS
5 44 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
6 41 (1.92%) MySQL
7 28 (1.31%) Big Data
8 26 (1.22%) Oracle Database
9 22 (1.03%) Apache Hive
10 19 (0.89%) Flink
11 17 (0.80%) Redis
11 17 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
12 16 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 14 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (0.56%) NoSQL
14 12 (0.56%) NuoDB
15 11 (0.52%) Power BI
16 10 (0.47%) DB2
17 9 (0.42%) Relational Database
17 9 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 112 (5.25%) Jenkins
2 100 (4.69%) Git (software)
3 72 (3.38%) JIRA
4 31 (1.45%) Sonatype Nexus
5 27 (1.27%) Maven
6 24 (1.13%) GitLab
7 22 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
8 19 (0.89%) Visual Studio
8 19 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
9 17 (0.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 17 (0.80%) Selenium
9 17 (0.80%) Vagrant
10 16 (0.75%) Artifactory
11 12 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (0.47%) Subversion
13 9 (0.42%) TeamCity
14 8 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 7 (0.33%) Gerrit
15 7 (0.33%) Metasploit
15 7 (0.33%) MSI
General
1 189 (8.86%) Finance
2 119 (5.58%) Telecoms
3 54 (2.53%) Banking
3 54 (2.53%) Law
4 50 (2.34%) Retail
5 27 (1.27%) Legal
6 22 (1.03%) Manufacturing
7 13 (0.61%) Marketing
8 12 (0.56%) Electronics
8 12 (0.56%) Publishing
9 10 (0.47%) Billing
10 7 (0.33%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.23%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.19%) Back Office
12 4 (0.19%) Games
12 4 (0.19%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.19%) Military
12 4 (0.19%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.094%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 576 (27.00%) Network Engineer
2 251 (11.77%) Architect
3 166 (7.78%) Analyst
4 154 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 142 (6.66%) Consultant
6 139 (6.52%) Security Engineer
7 105 (4.92%) Support Engineer
8 96 (4.50%) DevOps Engineer
9 91 (4.27%) Network Architect
10 88 (4.13%) Firewall Engineer
11 84 (3.94%) Senior Network Engineer
12 83 (3.89%) Cisco Engineer
13 74 (3.47%) Network Security Engineer
14 69 (3.23%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 63 (2.95%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 61 (2.86%) Administrator
17 59 (2.77%) Project Manager
17 59 (2.77%) Security Architect
18 56 (2.63%) Security Analyst
19 52 (2.44%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (3.56%) Web Services
2 70 (3.28%) Middleware
3 43 (2.02%) LDAP
4 36 (1.69%) 802.1X
5 35 (1.64%) .NET
6 30 (1.41%) Elastic Stack
7 23 (1.08%) LAMP
7 23 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
8 19 (0.89%) JSON
8 19 (0.89%) Spark Streaming
9 18 (0.84%) XML
10 17 (0.80%) Spring
11 16 (0.75%) LAPP Stack
11 16 (0.75%) YAML
12 15 (0.70%) LEMP Stack
12 15 (0.70%) REST
13 13 (0.61%) RESTful
14 10 (0.47%) CSS
15 8 (0.38%) Spine.js
15 8 (0.38%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 330 (15.47%) Data Centre
2 135 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
3 93 (4.36%) Management Information System
4 91 (4.27%) PKI
5 54 (2.53%) Public Cloud
5 54 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
6 47 (2.20%) Replication
7 29 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
7 29 (1.36%) Private Cloud
8 26 (1.22%) Virtual Team
9 25 (1.17%) Client/Server
9 25 (1.17%) NHS
9 25 (1.17%) User Experience
10 22 (1.03%) Clustering
10 22 (1.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 19 (0.89%) Driving Licence
12 16 (0.75%) Mobile App
12 16 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
13 14 (0.66%) CESG
14 13 (0.61%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 620 (29.07%) Windows
2 420 (19.69%) Linux
3 349 (16.36%) Windows Server
4 159 (7.45%) Unix
5 105 (4.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 100 (4.69%) Windows Server 2012
7 98 (4.59%) Windows 10
8 66 (3.09%) Windows Server 2008
9 53 (2.48%) CentOS
10 50 (2.34%) Windows 7
11 38 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
12 36 (1.69%) Solaris
13 28 (1.31%) Ubuntu
14 26 (1.22%) AIX
15 18 (0.84%) Check Point GAiA
16 15 (0.70%) Windows XP
17 10 (0.47%) VMS
17 10 (0.47%) Windows 8
18 9 (0.42%) Android
18 9 (0.42%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (14.30%) ITIL
2 232 (10.88%) Migration
3 212 (9.94%) Load Balancing
4 205 (9.61%) DevOps
5 188 (8.81%) Problem-Solving
6 186 (8.72%) Agile Software Development
6 186 (8.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 144 (6.75%) Information Security
8 131 (6.14%) Network Design
9 105 (4.92%) SIEM
10 98 (4.59%) Network Management
11 93 (4.36%) Change Management
11 93 (4.36%) Cybersecurity
12 89 (4.17%) Network Monitoring
13 86 (4.03%) Data Protection
13 86 (4.03%) Disaster Recovery
14 85 (3.98%) Project Management
15 78 (3.66%) Computer Science
15 78 (3.66%) Configuration Management
16 77 (3.61%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 196 (9.19%) PowerShell
2 187 (8.77%) SQL
3 117 (5.49%) Python
4 77 (3.61%) Perl
5 70 (3.28%) Bash Shell
6 38 (1.78%) Java
6 38 (1.78%) Ruby
7 36 (1.69%) JavaScript
8 28 (1.31%) C
9 14 (0.66%) Shell Script
10 12 (0.56%) PHP
10 12 (0.56%) VBScript
11 10 (0.47%) C#
12 6 (0.28%) Groovy
12 6 (0.28%) JCL
13 5 (0.23%) C++
14 4 (0.19%) VB
15 3 (0.14%) Scala
15 3 (0.14%) Tcl
16 2 (0.094%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 505 (23.68%) Security Cleared
2 494 (23.16%) Cisco Certification
3 391 (18.33%) CCNP
4 376 (17.63%) SC Cleared
5 229 (10.74%) CCNA
6 126 (5.91%) Degree
7 114 (5.34%) DV Cleared
8 94 (4.41%) CCIE
9 81 (3.80%) CISSP
10 73 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
11 65 (3.05%) CCSA
12 60 (2.81%) CCSE
13 54 (2.53%) MCSE
14 39 (1.83%) Check Point Certification
15 34 (1.59%) CISM
16 31 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
17 28 (1.31%) CCDP
18 22 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 19 (0.89%) CISA
20 18 (0.84%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (2.77%) PCI DSS
3 42 (1.97%) SLA
4 39 (1.83%) GDPR
5 33 (1.55%) QA
6 12 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.38%) JSP 440
7 8 (0.38%) PMO
7 8 (0.38%) RMADS
8 7 (0.33%) HL7
9 6 (0.28%) Government Security Classifications
10 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.19%) ISO 22301
11 4 (0.19%) NIST 800
11 4 (0.19%) PA-DSS
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 2 (0.094%) Data Quality
System Software
1 414 (19.41%) Active Directory
2 247 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (5.53%) Hyper-V
4 103 (4.83%) Docker
5 74 (3.47%) vSphere
6 61 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (1.73%) XenApp
8 33 (1.55%) Virtual Machines
9 32 (1.50%) VMware NSX
9 32 (1.50%) XenDesktop
10 28 (1.31%) Virtual Servers
11 27 (1.27%) XenServer
12 23 (1.08%) Firmware
13 22 (1.03%) ProxySG
14 15 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
15 14 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
16 13 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.61%) Xen
17 12 (0.56%) DFS Replication
17 12 (0.56%) KVM
Systems Management
1 111 (5.20%) Ansible
2 101 (4.74%) FortiGate
3 94 (4.41%) Puppet
4 84 (3.94%) SCCM
5 63 (2.95%) Terraform
6 58 (2.72%) Kubernetes
7 41 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
8 40 (1.88%) Nagios
9 38 (1.78%) McAfee ePO
10 36 (1.69%) Cisco Prime
10 36 (1.69%) vCenter Server
11 30 (1.41%) Red Hat Satellite
12 29 (1.36%) SCOM
13 27 (1.27%) ZABBIX
14 25 (1.17%) QRadar
15 23 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
16 19 (0.89%) Nessus
17 18 (0.84%) SELinux
18 15 (0.70%) WSUS
19 14 (0.66%) Salt
Vendors
1 974 (45.66%) Cisco
2 456 (21.38%) CheckPoint
3 423 (19.83%) Microsoft
4 417 (19.55%) VMware
5 311 (14.58%) Juniper
6 262 (12.28%) F5
7 206 (9.66%) Palo Alto
8 154 (7.22%) Red Hat
9 151 (7.08%) McAfee
10 133 (6.24%) Citrix
11 128 (6.00%) HP
12 114 (5.34%) Oracle
13 100 (4.69%) Fortinet
14 98 (4.59%) SolarWinds
15 94 (4.41%) IBM
16 93 (4.36%) Blue Coat
17 73 (3.42%) Aruba
18 66 (3.09%) Splunk
19 62 (2.91%) NetApp
20 54 (2.53%) Dell