Period
to 31 May 2020

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 31 May 2020 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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 58 59 62
Rank change year-on-year +1 +3 -5
Contract jobs citing Firewall 872 1,869 1,871
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.42% 3.82% 3.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 22.29% 26.68% 24.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 554 1,186 1,080
Median daily rate £425 £400 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.61% +6.41%
10th Percentile £211 £220 £250
90th Percentile £600 £560 £575
UK median daily rate £426 £433 £425
% change year-on-year -1.50% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 60 79
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.34 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.15% -9.52% +40.00%
10th Percentile £17.75 £12.00 £15.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £66.81 £49.40
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £33.50 £31.39
% change year-on-year +4.48% +6.72% +30.79%

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 3,912 7,006 7,717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.34% 14.31% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,138 4,109 4,388
Median daily rate £400 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +0.65%
10th Percentile £163 £200 £199
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 264 419 555
Median hourly rate £20.75 £18.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.28% -7.69% -2.01%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £32.00 £20.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year +56.10% +5.13% -6.60%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Firewall as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK excluding London

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firewall in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 2020. 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 0 253 £415 +3.75% 41
North of England +14 209 £375 -9.09% 51
Midlands +12 125 £475 +28.38% 48
North West +17 113 £400 -5.94% 29
Scotland +7 106 £450 - 4
South West -19 96 £400 - 35
West Midlands +18 92 £525 +40.00% 33
Yorkshire +18 76 £375 -9.09% 16
East of England -8 67 £400 -3.03% 20
East Midlands -4 31 £310 -4.62% 15
North East -7 20 £339 +11.15% 6
Wales -7 16 £425 - 7
Northern Ireland +13 1 - -
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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.

1 471 (54.01%) Cisco
2 307 (35.21%) WAN
3 273 (31.31%) LAN
4 262 (30.05%) Cisco Certification
5 248 (28.44%) Windows
6 225 (25.80%) Security Cleared
7 198 (22.71%) CCNP
8 189 (21.67%) Active Directory
9 186 (21.33%) VMware
10 179 (20.53%) VPN
11 169 (19.38%) Microsoft
12 167 (19.15%) Data Centre
13 162 (18.58%) CheckPoint
14 157 (18.00%) BGP
15 149 (17.09%) DNS
16 147 (16.86%) Juniper
17 142 (16.28%) Linux
18 139 (15.94%) Network Security
19 133 (15.25%) OSPF
20 132 (15.14%) Palo Alto
21 129 (14.79%) Azure
21 129 (14.79%) Windows Server
22 123 (14.11%) CCNA
23 121 (13.88%) SC Cleared
24 120 (13.76%) Migration
25 117 (13.42%) ITIL
26 116 (13.30%) Cisco ASA
27 115 (13.19%) Wireless
28 109 (12.50%) TCP/IP
29 107 (12.27%) F5

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 29 (3.33%) MS Exchange
1 29 (3.33%) Skype for Business
2 20 (2.29%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.83%) Confluence
4 12 (1.38%) IIS
5 9 (1.03%) Apache
5 9 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
5 9 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.80%) OpenStack
6 7 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 7 (0.80%) WebLogic
7 6 (0.69%) JBoss
7 6 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
8 5 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.57%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.34%) WordPress
10 2 (0.23%) CMS
10 2 (0.23%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 32 (3.67%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.72%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.69%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.23%) assyst
2 2 (0.23%) Maximo
2 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.11%) Line 500
3 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 129 (14.79%) Azure
2 92 (10.55%) AWS
3 84 (9.63%) Office 365
4 46 (5.28%) SaaS
5 42 (4.82%) IaaS
6 38 (4.36%) PaaS
7 16 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
8 15 (1.72%) Azure Active Directory
9 14 (1.61%) GCP
10 13 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
11 10 (1.15%) GitHub
12 9 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
12 9 (1.03%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 8 (0.92%) Amazon S3
13 8 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 7 (0.80%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.80%) Serverless
15 6 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 5 (0.57%) OneDrive
17 4 (0.46%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 307 (35.21%) WAN
2 273 (31.31%) LAN
3 179 (20.53%) VPN
4 157 (18.00%) BGP
5 149 (17.09%) DNS
6 139 (15.94%) Network Security
7 133 (15.25%) OSPF
8 116 (13.30%) Cisco ASA
9 115 (13.19%) Wireless
10 109 (12.50%) TCP/IP
11 102 (11.70%) Cisco Nexus
12 98 (11.24%) DHCP
13 89 (10.21%) MPLS
14 78 (8.94%) VoIP
15 74 (8.49%) IPsec
16 71 (8.14%) VLAN
17 58 (6.65%) Cisco ISE
17 58 (6.65%) EIGRP
18 55 (6.31%) Wi-Fi
19 54 (6.19%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (4.01%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.72%) Oracle Database
3 12 (1.38%) MySQL
4 9 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (0.69%) Big Data
7 6 (0.69%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
7 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
9 4 (0.46%) DB2
10 3 (0.34%) Power BI
11 2 (0.23%) Cosmos DB
11 2 (0.23%) Crystal Reports
11 2 (0.23%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 33 (3.78%) Jenkins
2 22 (2.52%) Git (software)
3 20 (2.29%) JIRA
4 11 (1.26%) GitLab
5 10 (1.15%) IBM UrbanCode
6 9 (1.03%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.80%) MSI
9 6 (0.69%) Bitbucket
10 5 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.57%) Maven
10 5 (0.57%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.46%) Snyk
11 4 (0.46%) TestRail
11 4 (0.46%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.34%) Robot Framework
12 3 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 2 (0.23%) JUnit
13 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 77 (8.83%) Finance
2 67 (7.68%) Public Sector
3 60 (6.88%) Telecoms
4 23 (2.64%) Banking
5 19 (2.18%) Legal
6 14 (1.61%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.92%) Electronics
8 7 (0.80%) Marketing
9 6 (0.69%) Publishing
10 5 (0.57%) Back Office
10 5 (0.57%) Law
10 5 (0.57%) Retail
11 4 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.34%) Front Office
12 3 (0.34%) Local Government
13 2 (0.23%) Fire and Rescue
13 2 (0.23%) French Language
13 2 (0.23%) Games
13 2 (0.23%) Housing Association
13 2 (0.23%) Police
Job Titles
1 323 (37.04%) Network Engineer
2 119 (13.65%) Architect
3 68 (7.80%) Network Architect
4 62 (7.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 62 (7.11%) Security Engineer
5 56 (6.42%) Analyst
6 50 (5.73%) Consultant
7 40 (4.59%) Cisco Engineer
8 39 (4.47%) Network Security Engineer
8 39 (4.47%) Support Engineer
9 36 (4.13%) Security Architect
9 36 (4.13%) Senior Network Engineer
10 34 (3.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 29 (3.33%) Designer
12 23 (2.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 22 (2.52%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 21 (2.41%) Administrator
14 21 (2.41%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
14 21 (2.41%) Systems Engineer
15 20 (2.29%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.75%) SAML
2 23 (2.64%) .NET
3 17 (1.95%) 802.1X
4 16 (1.83%) Middleware
5 15 (1.72%) LDAP
6 11 (1.26%) Web Services
7 9 (1.03%) REST
8 8 (0.92%) XML
9 6 (0.69%) RESTful
9 6 (0.69%) SOAP
10 4 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
10 4 (0.46%) Hibernate
10 4 (0.46%) Node.js
10 4 (0.46%) OAuth
10 4 (0.46%) OpenID
11 3 (0.34%) gRPC
11 3 (0.34%) LAMP
11 3 (0.34%) Swagger
11 3 (0.34%) XML Schema
11 3 (0.34%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 167 (19.15%) Data Centre
2 54 (6.19%) PKI
3 48 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (4.59%) Management Information System
5 29 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
6 22 (2.52%) Private Cloud
7 16 (1.83%) Cyberthreat
8 14 (1.61%) Clustering
9 13 (1.49%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.26%) NHS
10 11 (1.26%) Public Cloud
11 9 (1.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 9 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.80%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.80%) Replication
13 6 (0.69%) Fibre Optics
14 5 (0.57%) CCTV
14 5 (0.57%) CESG
14 5 (0.57%) IPTV
14 5 (0.57%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 248 (28.44%) Windows
2 142 (16.28%) Linux
3 129 (14.79%) Windows Server
4 56 (6.42%) Windows Server 2016
5 55 (6.31%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (5.39%) Windows 10
7 39 (4.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 33 (3.78%) Windows 7
9 30 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 22 (2.52%) Unix
11 17 (1.95%) CentOS
12 13 (1.49%) Solaris
13 9 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
14 7 (0.80%) AIX
15 5 (0.57%) Android
15 5 (0.57%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.34%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.23%) Amazon Linux
17 2 (0.23%) Debian
17 2 (0.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (13.76%) Migration
2 117 (13.42%) ITIL
3 92 (10.55%) Network Design
4 86 (9.86%) Load Balancing
5 71 (8.14%) Agile Software Development
5 71 (8.14%) DevOps
6 69 (7.91%) Change Management
7 68 (7.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 65 (7.45%) SIEM
9 64 (7.34%) Problem-Solving
10 59 (6.77%) Cybersecurity
11 40 (4.59%) High Availability
12 39 (4.47%) Problem Management
13 38 (4.36%) Information Security
13 38 (4.36%) Validation
14 37 (4.24%) Project Management
15 36 (4.13%) Incident Management
15 36 (4.13%) Network Management
15 36 (4.13%) Service Management
16 35 (4.01%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 62 (7.11%) Python
2 57 (6.54%) SQL
3 55 (6.31%) PowerShell
4 36 (4.13%) Bash Shell
5 18 (2.06%) Shell Script
6 15 (1.72%) Java
7 12 (1.38%) C
8 7 (0.80%) JavaScript
9 6 (0.69%) PHP
10 5 (0.57%) C#
11 4 (0.46%) Perl
12 3 (0.34%) Go
13 2 (0.23%) ActionScript
13 2 (0.23%) ActionScript 2.0
13 2 (0.23%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.23%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.23%) Ruby
13 2 (0.23%) VBScript
14 1 (0.11%) C++
14 1 (0.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 262 (30.05%) Cisco Certification
2 225 (25.80%) Security Cleared
3 198 (22.71%) CCNP
4 123 (14.11%) CCNA
5 121 (13.88%) SC Cleared
6 73 (8.37%) DV Cleared
7 61 (7.00%) CCIE
8 43 (4.93%) CCDP
9 34 (3.90%) CISSP
9 34 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
10 32 (3.67%) Degree
11 25 (2.87%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 20 (2.29%) CCDA
13 18 (2.06%) ITIL Certification
13 18 (2.06%) JNCIA
14 15 (1.72%) GIAC
15 14 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
15 14 (1.61%) JNCIS
16 12 (1.38%) CCIP
16 12 (1.38%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (4.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 29 (3.33%) SLA
3 18 (2.06%) GDPR
4 16 (1.83%) QA
5 11 (1.26%) NIST
5 11 (1.26%) PCI DSS
6 9 (1.03%) RMADS
7 7 (0.80%) NCSC
8 5 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.57%) PMO
8 5 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.34%) COBIT
11 2 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
12 1 (0.11%) HL7
12 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.11%) NIST 800
System Software
1 189 (21.67%) Active Directory
2 106 (12.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (5.39%) Hyper-V
4 36 (4.13%) VMware ESXi
5 34 (3.90%) vSphere
6 27 (3.10%) VMware NSX
7 23 (2.64%) Docker
8 19 (2.18%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (1.83%) XenApp
10 14 (1.61%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.80%) BitLocker
11 7 (0.80%) ProxySG
12 6 (0.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 6 (0.69%) vCloud
13 5 (0.57%) DFS Replication
13 5 (0.57%) Firmware
13 5 (0.57%) NFS
13 5 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.46%) GlusterFS
14 4 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 42 (4.82%) SCCM
2 38 (4.36%) FortiGate
3 37 (4.24%) Ansible
4 32 (3.67%) Terraform
5 21 (2.41%) Kubernetes
5 21 (2.41%) Puppet
6 20 (2.29%) Cisco Prime
7 18 (2.06%) vCenter Server
8 17 (1.95%) SCOM
9 16 (1.83%) Microsoft Intune
10 15 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
11 9 (1.03%) Grafana
11 9 (1.03%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 9 (1.03%) Prometheus
12 7 (0.80%) HP ALM
12 7 (0.80%) QRadar
13 6 (0.69%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 5 (0.57%) Data Guard
14 5 (0.57%) NetBackup
15 4 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 471 (54.01%) Cisco
2 186 (21.33%) VMware
3 169 (19.38%) Microsoft
4 162 (18.58%) CheckPoint
5 147 (16.86%) Juniper
6 132 (15.14%) Palo Alto
7 107 (12.27%) F5
8 78 (8.94%) Citrix
9 68 (7.80%) Oracle
10 51 (5.85%) SolarWinds
11 50 (5.73%) Fortinet
12 46 (5.28%) Dell
13 45 (5.16%) HP
14 43 (4.93%) Splunk
15 33 (3.78%) Meraki
16 30 (3.44%) Red Hat
17 29 (3.33%) McAfee
18 25 (2.87%) Blue Coat
19 24 (2.75%) Aruba
20 20 (2.29%) Brocade