Period
to 14 November 2019

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 14 November 2019 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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 55 63 60
Rank change year-on-year +8 -3 -14
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,764 2,080 1,847
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.85% 3.73% 3.43%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.11% 25.48% 22.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,092 1,210 1,147
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +7.14% +2.67%
10th Percentile £213 £250 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 69 79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.07 £35.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.19% +25.00% +10.89%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.50 £13.59
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.00 £49.00
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £39.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year +8.18% +32.50% +10.09%

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 7,024 8,162 8,370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.31% 14.65% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,962 4,476 4,788
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £193 £200 £170
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 492 588
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.68% - -24.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.45 £46.21
UK median hourly rate £25.68 £19.39 £19.32
% change year-on-year +32.47% +0.36% -14.16%

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 14 November 2019.

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 14 November 2019.

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 14 November 2019. 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 +6 678 £418 -0.60% 300
North of England -4 343 £375 -11.76% 231
Midlands +27 263 £353 -6.00% 153
North West +5 215 £400 -5.88% 126
South West -4 193 £425 +3.34% 91
West Midlands +21 177 £370 -1.33% 92
East of England +4 153 £380 -0.33% 102
Scotland +1 105 £375 +2.74% 38
Yorkshire -24 98 £375 -11.76% 84
East Midlands +12 86 £350 -3.45% 61
North East -17 31 £375 +7.14% 21
Wales +2 27 £300 -33.33% 21
Northern Ireland -8 2 £400 -20.00% 2
South Coast -2 1 - -
Firewall
UK

For the 6 months to 14 November 2019, 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.

1 904 (51.25%) Cisco
2 559 (31.69%) Windows
3 520 (29.48%) Cisco Certification
4 497 (28.17%) WAN
5 487 (27.61%) LAN
6 391 (22.17%) VPN
7 381 (21.60%) Microsoft
8 361 (20.46%) Active Directory
8 361 (20.46%) VMware
9 346 (19.61%) CCNP
10 340 (19.27%) DNS
11 333 (18.88%) Azure
12 300 (17.01%) Security Cleared
13 299 (16.95%) Windows Server
14 295 (16.72%) CheckPoint
15 288 (16.33%) Network Security
16 285 (16.16%) CCNA
17 283 (16.04%) TCP/IP
18 273 (15.48%) Palo Alto
19 271 (15.36%) Cisco ASA
20 265 (15.02%) Data Centre
21 252 (14.29%) Wireless
22 234 (13.27%) F5
23 223 (12.64%) ITIL
24 219 (12.41%) Linux
25 212 (12.02%) Juniper
26 208 (11.79%) AWS
27 206 (11.68%) Office 365
27 206 (11.68%) VMware Infrastructure
27 206 (11.68%) SC Cleared

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
1 113 (6.41%) MS Exchange
2 74 (4.20%) Skype for Business
3 57 (3.23%) SharePoint
4 44 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 30 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
6 26 (1.47%) IIS
7 25 (1.42%) Apache
8 22 (1.25%) OpenStack
9 9 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
9 9 (0.51%) nginx
9 9 (0.51%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.34%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.34%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.28%) Confluence
12 4 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.23%) GlassFish
12 4 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 3 (0.17%) SAS
14 2 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 74 (4.20%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.08%) MS Visio
3 17 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.28%) assyst
2 4 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
3 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.11%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.057%) Cognos Planning
5 1 (0.057%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.057%) Magento
5 1 (0.057%) Maximo
5 1 (0.057%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.057%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.057%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.057%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.057%) RMDS
5 1 (0.057%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 333 (18.88%) Azure
2 208 (11.79%) AWS
3 206 (11.68%) Office 365
4 112 (6.35%) IaaS
5 111 (6.29%) PaaS
6 109 (6.18%) SaaS
7 59 (3.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 47 (2.66%) Cloud Computing
9 38 (2.15%) Azure Active Directory
10 29 (1.64%) GCP
11 25 (1.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 17 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
12 17 (0.96%) Amazon S3
13 15 (0.85%) OneDrive
14 14 (0.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 12 (0.68%) Route 53
16 11 (0.62%) CloudFront
16 11 (0.62%) Mimecast
17 10 (0.57%) OpenShift
17 10 (0.57%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 497 (28.17%) WAN
2 487 (27.61%) LAN
3 391 (22.17%) VPN
4 340 (19.27%) DNS
5 288 (16.33%) Network Security
6 283 (16.04%) TCP/IP
7 271 (15.36%) Cisco ASA
8 252 (14.29%) Wireless
9 184 (10.43%) BGP
10 181 (10.26%) DHCP
11 156 (8.84%) MPLS
12 150 (8.50%) OSPF
13 148 (8.39%) Internet
14 141 (7.99%) VLAN
15 140 (7.94%) VoIP
16 126 (7.14%) SAN
17 123 (6.97%) Cisco Nexus
18 96 (5.44%) Wi-Fi
19 92 (5.22%) NetScaler
20 84 (4.76%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.08%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.19%) MySQL
3 20 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
4 18 (1.02%) Azure SQL Database
4 18 (1.02%) Oracle Database
5 13 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
6 7 (0.40%) Big Data
6 7 (0.40%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.23%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.23%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.23%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (0.17%) DB2
10 3 (0.17%) EDMS
11 2 (0.11%) GIS
11 2 (0.11%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 32 (1.81%) Jenkins
2 20 (1.13%) Git (software)
3 15 (0.85%) JIRA
3 15 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 13 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
5 11 (0.62%) Sonatype Nexus
5 11 (0.62%) Vagrant
6 9 (0.51%) Burp Suite
7 8 (0.45%) Maven
7 8 (0.45%) MSI
8 6 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
8 6 (0.34%) Visual Studio
9 5 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (0.28%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (0.28%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.23%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.23%) Hudson
10 4 (0.23%) Zephyr
General
1 186 (10.54%) Finance
2 118 (6.69%) Telecoms
3 92 (5.22%) Public Sector
4 47 (2.66%) Banking
5 32 (1.81%) Legal
6 27 (1.53%) Retail
7 21 (1.19%) Law
8 18 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 14 (0.79%) Publishing
10 11 (0.62%) Local Government
11 9 (0.51%) Automotive
12 6 (0.34%) Aerospace
12 6 (0.34%) Billing
12 6 (0.34%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.28%) Electronics
13 5 (0.28%) Marketing
14 4 (0.23%) Games
15 3 (0.17%) Advertising
15 3 (0.17%) Back Office
15 3 (0.17%) Military
Job Titles
1 594 (33.67%) Network Engineer
2 223 (12.64%) Architect
3 171 (9.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 146 (8.28%) Security Engineer
5 131 (7.43%) Cisco Engineer
6 123 (6.97%) Analyst
7 110 (6.24%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 99 (5.61%) Support Engineer
9 85 (4.82%) Network Architect
10 83 (4.71%) Consultant
11 82 (4.65%) Network Security Engineer
12 77 (4.37%) Firewall Engineer
13 59 (3.34%) Network Support
14 54 (3.06%) Administrator
14 54 (3.06%) Security Architect
15 51 (2.89%) Cloud Engineer
16 50 (2.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 39 (2.21%) IT Engineer
17 39 (2.21%) Network Support Engineer
18 38 (2.15%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (4.14%) Web Services
2 28 (1.59%) 802.1X
3 14 (0.79%) .NET
3 14 (0.79%) LAMP
3 14 (0.79%) REST
4 13 (0.74%) RabbitMQ
5 12 (0.68%) Middleware
5 12 (0.68%) Oracle Fusion
6 11 (0.62%) LDAP
6 11 (0.62%) SAML
7 10 (0.57%) LEMP Stack
8 8 (0.45%) XML
9 5 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
9 5 (0.28%) JSON
9 5 (0.28%) OAuth
9 5 (0.28%) Regular Expression
9 5 (0.28%) Spring
9 5 (0.28%) XMPP
10 4 (0.23%) JMS
10 4 (0.23%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 265 (15.02%) Data Centre
2 81 (4.59%) Management Information System
3 67 (3.80%) Replication
4 56 (3.17%) Public Cloud
5 55 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
6 45 (2.55%) Clustering
7 41 (2.32%) Analytical Skills
8 38 (2.15%) Hybrid Cloud
9 35 (1.98%) PKI
10 32 (1.81%) Driving Licence
11 27 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 24 (1.36%) NHS
13 23 (1.30%) Fat Client
13 23 (1.30%) Thin Client
14 20 (1.13%) CMDB
14 20 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
15 18 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
16 15 (0.85%) Microsoft Licensing
17 13 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
18 12 (0.68%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 559 (31.69%) Windows
2 299 (16.95%) Windows Server
3 219 (12.41%) Linux
4 128 (7.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 124 (7.03%) Windows 10
6 122 (6.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 58 (3.29%) Unix
8 55 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 47 (2.66%) Windows 7
10 42 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 26 (1.47%) CentOS
11 26 (1.47%) Ubuntu
12 20 (1.13%) Windows 8
12 20 (1.13%) Windows XP
13 16 (0.91%) Check Point GAiA
14 11 (0.62%) Solaris
15 10 (0.57%) VMS
16 7 (0.40%) Debian
17 6 (0.34%) FreeBSD
17 6 (0.34%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (12.64%) ITIL
2 199 (11.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 179 (10.15%) Information Security
4 174 (9.86%) Migration
5 151 (8.56%) Load Balancing
6 127 (7.20%) Disaster Recovery
7 118 (6.69%) Cybersecurity
8 112 (6.35%) Change Management
9 111 (6.29%) Network Design
10 105 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
11 103 (5.84%) Project Delivery
12 101 (5.73%) SIEM
13 100 (5.67%) DevOps
14 83 (4.71%) Agile Software Development
15 73 (4.14%) Service Delivery
16 68 (3.85%) Vulnerability Management
17 66 (3.74%) Configuration Management
18 63 (3.57%) Kalman Filter
18 63 (3.57%) Network Monitoring
19 58 (3.29%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 161 (9.13%) PowerShell
2 143 (8.11%) SQL
3 81 (4.59%) Python
4 53 (3.00%) Bash Shell
5 49 (2.78%) Java
6 34 (1.93%) C
7 22 (1.25%) Perl
8 20 (1.13%) Ruby
9 16 (0.91%) PHP
10 10 (0.57%) JavaScript
11 8 (0.45%) VBScript
12 7 (0.40%) Go
13 6 (0.34%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.28%) C++
15 4 (0.23%) VBA
16 3 (0.17%) C#
16 3 (0.17%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
17 2 (0.11%) ActionScript
17 2 (0.11%) R
17 2 (0.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 520 (29.48%) Cisco Certification
2 346 (19.61%) CCNP
3 300 (17.01%) Security Cleared
4 285 (16.16%) CCNA
5 206 (11.68%) SC Cleared
6 105 (5.95%) Degree
7 93 (5.27%) CCIE
8 73 (4.14%) CISSP
9 69 (3.91%) DV Cleared
10 65 (3.68%) Microsoft Certification
11 58 (3.29%) CCDP
12 30 (1.70%) MCSE
13 28 (1.59%) TOGAF Certification
14 25 (1.42%) SANS
15 24 (1.36%) CCSE
16 23 (1.30%) MCSA
17 19 (1.08%) CCSA
17 19 (1.08%) Citrix Certification
18 17 (0.96%) CCA
18 17 (0.96%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (4.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 63 (3.57%) SLA
3 44 (2.49%) PCI DSS
4 30 (1.70%) GDPR
5 24 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 22 (1.25%) QA
7 19 (1.08%) NIST
7 19 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 18 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
9 14 (0.79%) COBIT
10 10 (0.57%) PMO
11 8 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 7 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 7 (0.40%) NCSC
13 4 (0.23%) ISO 9000
13 4 (0.23%) JSP 440
14 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
15 2 (0.11%) COSO
15 2 (0.11%) RMADS
16 1 (0.057%) HL7
System Software
1 361 (20.46%) Active Directory
2 206 (11.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 111 (6.29%) Hyper-V
4 91 (5.16%) VMware ESXi
5 63 (3.57%) XenApp
6 49 (2.78%) vSphere
6 49 (2.78%) XenDesktop
7 41 (2.32%) VMware NSX
8 37 (2.10%) Virtual Machines
9 26 (1.47%) Docker
10 14 (0.79%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 14 (0.79%) DFS Replication
10 14 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
11 12 (0.68%) Firmware
12 11 (0.62%) vCloud
13 9 (0.51%) ISA Server
14 8 (0.45%) BitLocker
15 7 (0.40%) LXC
15 7 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
16 6 (0.34%) KVM
Systems Management
1 114 (6.46%) SCCM
2 84 (4.76%) FortiGate
3 57 (3.23%) Ansible
4 42 (2.38%) Nessus
5 39 (2.21%) Puppet
5 39 (2.21%) WSUS
6 38 (2.15%) Terraform
7 36 (2.04%) Microsoft Intune
8 34 (1.93%) SCOM
9 27 (1.53%) Single Sign-On
10 22 (1.25%) Cisco CUCM
10 22 (1.25%) vCenter Server
11 21 (1.19%) Cisco Prime
11 21 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
12 20 (1.13%) Kubernetes
13 14 (0.79%) vRealize
14 13 (0.74%) Cisco UCCX
14 13 (0.74%) Consul
14 13 (0.74%) HAProxy
14 13 (0.74%) Nagios
Vendors
1 904 (51.25%) Cisco
2 381 (21.60%) Microsoft
3 361 (20.46%) VMware
4 295 (16.72%) CheckPoint
5 273 (15.48%) Palo Alto
6 234 (13.27%) F5
7 212 (12.02%) Juniper
8 173 (9.81%) Citrix
9 121 (6.86%) Fortinet
10 113 (6.41%) McAfee
11 108 (6.12%) HP
12 95 (5.39%) Meraki
13 93 (5.27%) SolarWinds
14 84 (4.76%) Aruba
15 62 (3.51%) Oracle
16 59 (3.34%) Blue Coat
17 50 (2.83%) Dell
18 47 (2.66%) Splunk
19 43 (2.44%) NetApp
19 43 (2.44%) Red Hat