Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 60 56 45
Rank change year-on-year -4 -11 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,979 1,888 2,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.61% 3.63% 4.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.07% 23.24% 24.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,115 1,202 1,513
UK excluding London median daily rate £421 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.58% +5.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £250 £236 £251
90th Percentile £573 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £435 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +8.75% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 86 86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.94 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.92% -6.30% +33.57%
10th Percentile £15.00 £13.56 £14.31
90th Percentile £55.00 £49.38 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £37.55 £30.00 £28.75
% change year-on-year +25.17% +4.35% +33.57%

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 7,894 8,123 10,002
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.39% 15.63% 16.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,343 4,642 5,838
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £200 £178 £213
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 548 582 662
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.98 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% -24.08% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.76 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.45
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.30
% change year-on-year +5.26% -21.81% +21.50%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -6 656 £428 +6.08% 220
North of England -7 435 £425 +11.84% 185
Midlands +6 286 £400 +3.23% 135
North West +8 230 £425 +6.65% 103
South West -10 200 £400 +6.67% 72
West Midlands -3 199 £400 +3.23% 95
East of England +14 194 £413 +10.00% 85
Yorkshire -10 157 £425 +1.19% 69
Scotland -49 129 £350 -12.50% 39
East Midlands +12 86 £338 -15.63% 40
Wales +10 67 £438 +103.49% 23
North East -22 51 £338 +2.27% 13
Northern Ireland +44 15 £500 +42.86% 1
South Coast - 1 - -
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 884 (44.67%) Cisco
2 574 (29.00%) Windows
3 483 (24.41%) WAN
4 478 (24.15%) Security Cleared
5 437 (22.08%) LAN
6 434 (21.93%) Cisco Certification
7 410 (20.72%) VMware
8 405 (20.46%) Microsoft
9 395 (19.96%) CheckPoint
10 392 (19.81%) Linux
11 389 (19.66%) Active Directory
12 370 (18.70%) VPN
13 356 (17.99%) Network Security
14 341 (17.23%) SC Cleared
15 329 (16.62%) CCNP
16 323 (16.32%) Windows Server
17 315 (15.92%) Juniper
18 298 (15.06%) Microsoft Azure
19 297 (15.01%) DNS
19 297 (15.01%) Data Centre
20 290 (14.65%) TCP/IP
21 281 (14.20%) ITIL
21 281 (14.20%) VMware Infrastructure
22 268 (13.54%) Cisco ASA
23 245 (12.38%) Amazon AWS
24 237 (11.98%) Wireless
25 230 (11.62%) F5
26 195 (9.85%) Migration
27 194 (9.80%) PowerShell
28 190 (9.60%) CCNA

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
1 114 (5.76%) MS Exchange
2 78 (3.94%) Apache
3 75 (3.79%) IIS
3 75 (3.79%) Skype for Business
4 72 (3.64%) SharePoint
5 50 (2.53%) Tomcat
6 35 (1.77%) OpenStack
7 34 (1.72%) nginx
8 27 (1.36%) Confluence
9 22 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
10 18 (0.91%) Elasticsearch
10 18 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
11 14 (0.71%) JBoss
12 13 (0.66%) Apache Spark
13 12 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 11 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
14 11 (0.56%) WebSphere
15 6 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
15 6 (0.30%) CMS
16 5 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 72 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (1.62%) MS Visio
3 27 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.10%) Simulink
8 1 (0.051%) Maya
Business Applications
1 5 (0.25%) Magento
2 2 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (0.10%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.051%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.051%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 298 (15.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 245 (12.38%) Amazon AWS
3 155 (7.83%) Office 365
4 77 (3.89%) IaaS
5 59 (2.98%) PaaS
6 48 (2.43%) AWS CloudFormation
7 45 (2.27%) SaaS
8 35 (1.77%) Amazon EC2
9 33 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
9 33 (1.67%) Serverless
9 33 (1.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 30 (1.52%) Amazon ELB
11 29 (1.47%) Amazon S3
12 27 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
13 19 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
14 17 (0.86%) OpenShift
15 12 (0.61%) Yammer
16 11 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
16 11 (0.56%) OneDrive
17 8 (0.40%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 483 (24.41%) WAN
2 437 (22.08%) LAN
3 370 (18.70%) VPN
4 356 (17.99%) Network Security
5 297 (15.01%) DNS
6 290 (14.65%) TCP/IP
7 268 (13.54%) Cisco ASA
8 237 (11.98%) Wireless
9 174 (8.79%) BGP
10 159 (8.03%) SAN
10 159 (8.03%) VLAN
11 156 (7.88%) DHCP
12 155 (7.83%) OSPF
13 154 (7.78%) MPLS
14 151 (7.63%) Cisco Nexus
15 140 (7.07%) Internet
16 110 (5.56%) VoIP
17 102 (5.15%) SSL
17 102 (5.15%) Wi-Fi
18 86 (4.35%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (6.01%) SQL Server
2 51 (2.58%) Hadoop
3 47 (2.37%) MongoDB
4 46 (2.32%) MySQL
5 39 (1.97%) PostgreSQL
6 31 (1.57%) Big Data
7 30 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
8 15 (0.76%) Oracle Database
9 14 (0.71%) NoSQL
9 14 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
10 13 (0.66%) Apache Hive
10 13 (0.66%) Redis
11 12 (0.61%) DB2
11 12 (0.61%) Flink
11 12 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
13 9 (0.45%) NuoDB
13 9 (0.45%) Power BI
13 9 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
14 7 (0.35%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 78 (3.94%) Jenkins
2 73 (3.69%) Git (software)
3 38 (1.92%) JIRA
4 24 (1.21%) Sonatype Nexus
5 23 (1.16%) Artifactory
6 16 (0.81%) Maven
7 15 (0.76%) Vagrant
8 14 (0.71%) Subversion
8 14 (0.71%) Visual Studio
9 12 (0.61%) Metasploit
9 12 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (0.61%) Visual Studio Team System
10 11 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 11 (0.56%) GitLab
10 11 (0.56%) Selenium
10 11 (0.56%) TeamCity
11 10 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
12 8 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 7 (0.35%) Bitbucket
13 7 (0.35%) MSI
General
1 153 (7.73%) Finance
2 114 (5.76%) Telecoms
3 48 (2.43%) Banking
4 46 (2.32%) Retail
5 30 (1.52%) Legal
6 26 (1.31%) Law
7 25 (1.26%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.51%) Marketing
9 9 (0.45%) Back Office
9 9 (0.45%) Electronics
10 5 (0.25%) Automotive
10 5 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.20%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.20%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.15%) Publishing
13 2 (0.10%) Games
13 2 (0.10%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.10%) Military
13 2 (0.10%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.051%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 517 (26.12%) Network Engineer
2 243 (12.28%) Architect
3 184 (9.30%) Analyst
4 144 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 134 (6.77%) Consultant
6 130 (6.57%) Security Engineer
7 103 (5.20%) Support Engineer
8 88 (4.45%) Firewall Engineer
9 85 (4.30%) Cisco Engineer
10 76 (3.84%) Security Analyst
11 72 (3.64%) Network Architect
12 71 (3.59%) Network Security Engineer
13 70 (3.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 67 (3.39%) DevOps Engineer
15 65 (3.28%) Senior Network Engineer
16 62 (3.13%) Security Architect
17 61 (3.08%) Administrator
18 59 (2.98%) Solutions Architect
19 51 (2.58%) Network Support
19 51 (2.58%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (3.59%) Web Services
2 55 (2.78%) Middleware
3 50 (2.53%) LDAP
4 35 (1.77%) 802.1X
5 29 (1.47%) LAMP
6 22 (1.11%) .NET
6 22 (1.11%) REST
7 21 (1.06%) JSON
7 21 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
8 20 (1.01%) Elastic Stack
8 20 (1.01%) Spring
9 19 (0.96%) LAPP Stack
9 19 (0.96%) XML
10 15 (0.76%) LEMP Stack
11 12 (0.61%) Spark Streaming
12 11 (0.56%) CSS
12 11 (0.56%) RESTful
12 11 (0.56%) Spring Boot
13 10 (0.51%) SAML
14 7 (0.35%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 297 (15.01%) Data Centre
2 125 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
3 113 (5.71%) PKI
4 95 (4.80%) Management Information System
5 71 (3.59%) Computer Science
6 63 (3.18%) Self-Motivation
7 41 (2.07%) Public Cloud
8 40 (2.02%) Clustering
8 40 (2.02%) Replication
9 29 (1.47%) Client/Server
10 28 (1.41%) Driving Licence
10 28 (1.41%) Virtual Team
11 27 (1.36%) NHS
12 26 (1.31%) Private Cloud
13 25 (1.26%) Video Conferencing
14 22 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
15 19 (0.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 18 (0.91%) Cyberthreat
16 18 (0.91%) Fat Client
16 18 (0.91%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 574 (29.00%) Windows
2 392 (19.81%) Linux
3 323 (16.32%) Windows Server
4 156 (7.88%) Unix
5 92 (4.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 90 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 88 (4.45%) Windows 10
8 68 (3.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 60 (3.03%) Windows 7
10 54 (2.73%) CentOS
11 38 (1.92%) Solaris
12 27 (1.36%) AIX
13 25 (1.26%) Ubuntu
14 23 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
15 22 (1.11%) Windows XP
16 17 (0.86%) Windows NT
17 11 (0.56%) Windows 2000
17 11 (0.56%) Windows 8
18 9 (0.45%) Check Point GAiA
18 9 (0.45%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (14.20%) ITIL
2 195 (9.85%) Migration
3 177 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 163 (8.24%) Load Balancing
5 159 (8.03%) Problem-Solving
6 137 (6.92%) DevOps
7 135 (6.82%) Information Security
8 134 (6.77%) SIEM
9 127 (6.42%) Network Design
10 126 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
11 105 (5.31%) Cybersecurity
12 101 (5.10%) Network Management
13 99 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
14 85 (4.30%) Change Management
15 84 (4.24%) Service Delivery
16 75 (3.79%) Service Management
17 71 (3.59%) Incident Management
17 71 (3.59%) Project Management
18 68 (3.44%) Vulnerability Management
19 67 (3.39%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 194 (9.80%) PowerShell
2 177 (8.94%) SQL
3 102 (5.15%) Python
4 64 (3.23%) Bash Shell
5 46 (2.32%) Java
5 46 (2.32%) Perl
6 45 (2.27%) C
7 32 (1.62%) JavaScript
8 24 (1.21%) Ruby
9 21 (1.06%) PHP
10 17 (0.86%) C#
11 16 (0.81%) Shell Script
12 11 (0.56%) VBScript
13 9 (0.45%) C++
14 8 (0.40%) Groovy
15 7 (0.35%) VB
16 6 (0.30%) JCL
17 5 (0.25%) Scala
18 3 (0.15%) Tcl
19 2 (0.10%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 478 (24.15%) Security Cleared
2 434 (21.93%) Cisco Certification
3 341 (17.23%) SC Cleared
4 329 (16.62%) CCNP
5 190 (9.60%) CCNA
6 113 (5.71%) DV Cleared
7 104 (5.26%) Degree
8 96 (4.85%) CISSP
9 85 (4.30%) CCIE
10 58 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
11 43 (2.17%) CISM
12 42 (2.12%) CCDP
13 40 (2.02%) CCSA
14 34 (1.72%) CCSE
15 33 (1.67%) Check Point Certification
16 32 (1.62%) Computer Science Degree
17 31 (1.57%) MCSE
18 24 (1.21%) JNCIS
19 20 (1.01%) MCSA
20 17 (0.86%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (3.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 41 (2.07%) GDPR
2 41 (2.07%) PCI DSS
3 33 (1.67%) SLA
4 32 (1.62%) QA
5 11 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (0.40%) RMADS
7 7 (0.35%) JSP 440
7 7 (0.35%) PMO
8 6 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
8 6 (0.30%) HL7
8 6 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 5 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
9 5 (0.25%) GPG13
9 5 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 4 (0.20%) COBIT
10 4 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.20%) ISO 22301
10 4 (0.20%) NIST 800
11 3 (0.15%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 389 (19.66%) Active Directory
2 281 (14.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 148 (7.48%) Hyper-V
4 69 (3.49%) Docker
5 68 (3.44%) VMware ESXi
6 62 (3.13%) vSphere
7 44 (2.22%) XenDesktop
8 40 (2.02%) XenApp
9 38 (1.92%) XenServer
10 31 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
11 28 (1.41%) VMware NSX
12 27 (1.36%) ProxySG
13 24 (1.21%) Virtual Servers
14 17 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.76%) DFS Replication
16 14 (0.71%) BitLocker
17 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 13 (0.66%) Xen
18 12 (0.61%) Virtual Desktop
19 11 (0.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 116 (5.86%) FortiGate
2 85 (4.30%) SCCM
3 81 (4.09%) Puppet
4 80 (4.04%) Ansible
5 49 (2.48%) Terraform
6 47 (2.37%) Kubernetes
7 42 (2.12%) McAfee ePO
8 40 (2.02%) Opscode Chef
9 39 (1.97%) SCOM
10 30 (1.52%) Nessus
10 30 (1.52%) vCenter Server
11 25 (1.26%) WSUS
12 23 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
13 21 (1.06%) Cisco CUCM
13 21 (1.06%) HAProxy
13 21 (1.06%) Nagios
14 20 (1.01%) Backup Exec
14 20 (1.01%) QRadar
15 19 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
16 18 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 884 (44.67%) Cisco
2 410 (20.72%) VMware
3 405 (20.46%) Microsoft
4 395 (19.96%) CheckPoint
5 315 (15.92%) Juniper
6 230 (11.62%) F5
7 171 (8.64%) Palo Alto
8 144 (7.28%) Red Hat
9 142 (7.18%) McAfee
10 127 (6.42%) Citrix
10 127 (6.42%) HP
11 124 (6.27%) Oracle
12 88 (4.45%) Aruba
13 87 (4.40%) Fortinet
14 82 (4.14%) Blue Coat
15 79 (3.99%) IBM
16 74 (3.74%) SolarWinds
17 67 (3.39%) Splunk
18 58 (2.93%) NetApp
19 44 (2.22%) Symantec