Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 21 November 2017 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 79 55 66
Rank change year-on-year -24 +11 -5
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2984 3970 3433
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.89% 3.79% 3.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.09% 24.43% 21.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1892 2526 2109
UK median daily rate £400 £404 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.93% +0.94% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £229
90th Percentile £575 £551 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £373
% change year-on-year +1.33% +0.67% +6.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 97 130
UK median hourly rate £28.00 £27.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +20.00% -2.44%
10th Percentile £13.71 £14.38 £14.61
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £46.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.25 £25.00 £22.38
% change year-on-year +9.00% +11.73% -3.24%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 14147 16251 15798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.72% 15.52% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8605 9813 9138
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 745 827 1017
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +17.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.13 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.65 £48.15 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Firewall as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
England -29 2711 £400 -3.03% 418
UK excluding London -14 1832 £380 +1.33% 292
London -38 1105 £450 - 144
South East -16 639 £400 - 96
North of England -24 358 £388 +1.57% 76
Midlands +1 246 £388 +3.33% 48
Scotland +9 205 £375 +7.14% 14
South West -17 184 £350 -6.67% 31
East of England -25 174 £360 +4.35% 23
West Midlands +1 173 £388 - 24
North West -30 148 £399 -6.18% 39
Yorkshire -22 136 £425 +3.03% 26
North East +18 74 £335 +4.69% 11
East Midlands -8 71 £373 +6.43% 24
Wales -29 26 £275 -26.67% 3
Northern Ireland -43 9 £450 +16.13% 1
Channel Islands 0 1 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Firewall.

1 1412 (47.32%) Cisco
2 1023 (34.28%) Windows
3 832 (27.88%) Linux
4 741 (24.83%) WAN
5 678 (22.72%) VMware
6 675 (22.62%) Cisco Certification
7 672 (22.52%) LAN
8 616 (20.64%) VPN
9 607 (20.34%) Active Directory
10 559 (18.73%) CheckPoint
11 551 (18.47%) Microsoft
12 546 (18.30%) Network Security
13 542 (18.16%) Windows Server
14 532 (17.83%) DNS
15 515 (17.26%) TCP/IP
16 478 (16.02%) Security Cleared
17 462 (15.48%) Data Centre
18 442 (14.81%) CCNP
19 435 (14.58%) Finance
20 431 (14.44%) ITIL
21 418 (14.01%) Cisco ASA
22 414 (13.87%) F5
23 408 (13.67%) VMware Infrastructure
24 406 (13.61%) Unix
25 400 (13.40%) Juniper
26 377 (12.63%) Wireless
27 367 (12.30%) Amazon AWS
28 360 (12.06%) SC Cleared
29 356 (11.93%) Citrix
30 332 (11.13%) HP

Firewall
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 214 (7.17%) MS Exchange
2 187 (6.27%) Apache
3 140 (4.69%) Tomcat
4 137 (4.59%) IIS
5 100 (3.35%) JBoss
6 84 (2.82%) Skype for Business
6 84 (2.82%) WebLogic
7 73 (2.45%) SharePoint
8 69 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2010
9 61 (2.04%) nginx
10 49 (1.64%) Oracle Application Server
11 44 (1.47%) iPlanet
12 43 (1.44%) WebSphere
13 39 (1.31%) OpenStack
14 36 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2013
15 27 (0.90%) Confluence
16 22 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
17 21 (0.70%) Apache Spark
18 15 (0.50%) MQSeries
18 15 (0.50%) SAS
Applications
1 67 (2.25%) Microsoft Office
2 46 (1.54%) MS Visio
3 38 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
4 19 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.23%) SmartSuite
7 5 (0.17%) HipChat
8 4 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.067%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 21 (0.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 7 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.20%) Maximo
4 4 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.10%) Magento
5 3 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.067%) RMDS
6 2 (0.067%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.034%) assyst
7 1 (0.034%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.034%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.034%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.034%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.034%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.034%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.034%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.034%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.034%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 367 (12.30%) Amazon AWS
2 314 (10.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 217 (7.27%) Office 365
4 130 (4.36%) IaaS
5 119 (3.99%) PaaS
6 70 (2.35%) SaaS
7 39 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
8 36 (1.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 32 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
10 26 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
10 26 (0.87%) OpenShift
11 25 (0.84%) Route 53
12 22 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
12 22 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
13 18 (0.60%) GitHub
14 16 (0.54%) Mimecast
15 14 (0.47%) Akamai
15 14 (0.47%) Amazon S3
16 12 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
16 12 (0.40%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 741 (24.83%) WAN
2 672 (22.52%) LAN
3 616 (20.64%) VPN
4 546 (18.30%) Network Security
5 532 (17.83%) DNS
6 515 (17.26%) TCP/IP
7 418 (14.01%) Cisco ASA
8 377 (12.63%) Wireless
9 302 (10.12%) SAN
10 290 (9.72%) DHCP
11 265 (8.88%) MPLS
12 234 (7.84%) BGP
13 231 (7.74%) Cisco Nexus
14 222 (7.44%) Internet
15 218 (7.31%) SSL
16 206 (6.90%) VoIP
17 196 (6.57%) VLAN
18 191 (6.40%) OSPF
19 157 (5.26%) IPsec
20 124 (4.16%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (7.61%) SQL Server
2 81 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
3 69 (2.31%) Oracle Database
4 65 (2.18%) MySQL
5 61 (2.04%) MongoDB
6 39 (1.31%) Big Data
6 39 (1.31%) Relational Database
7 34 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
8 31 (1.04%) NoSQL
8 31 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
9 29 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
10 23 (0.77%) DB2
11 21 (0.70%) SQL Server 2005
12 17 (0.57%) Hadoop
13 16 (0.54%) RDBMS
13 16 (0.54%) Redis
13 16 (0.54%) SQL Server 2016
14 14 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
15 12 (0.40%) Parquet
15 12 (0.40%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 150 (5.03%) Git (software)
2 144 (4.83%) Jenkins
3 78 (2.61%) Artifactory
4 72 (2.41%) JIRA
5 65 (2.18%) Sonatype Nexus
6 44 (1.47%) Maven
7 28 (0.94%) TeamCity
8 27 (0.90%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 24 (0.80%) Metasploit
10 23 (0.77%) Selenium
11 21 (0.70%) Subversion
12 19 (0.64%) MSI
13 18 (0.60%) Bitbucket
14 17 (0.57%) Visual Studio
15 14 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
16 13 (0.44%) Zephyr
17 10 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
17 10 (0.34%) webpack
18 9 (0.30%) Ant
19 8 (0.27%) JMeter
General
1 435 (14.58%) Finance
2 180 (6.03%) Telecoms
3 152 (5.09%) Banking
4 64 (2.14%) Retail
5 44 (1.47%) Manufacturing
6 33 (1.11%) Law
7 31 (1.04%) Marketing
8 25 (0.84%) Electronics
9 24 (0.80%) Publishing
10 21 (0.70%) Back Office
10 21 (0.70%) Legal
11 20 (0.67%) Investment Banking
12 19 (0.64%) Billing
13 13 (0.44%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.34%) German Language
15 9 (0.30%) French Language
15 9 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
15 9 (0.30%) Spanish Language
16 6 (0.20%) Local Government
17 5 (0.17%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 794 (26.61%) Network Engineer
2 309 (10.36%) Analyst
3 307 (10.29%) Architect
4 256 (8.58%) Security Engineer
5 242 (8.11%) Cisco Engineer
6 217 (7.27%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 183 (6.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 175 (5.86%) Consultant
9 158 (5.29%) Support Engineer
10 143 (4.79%) DevOps Engineer
11 138 (4.62%) Security Analyst
12 133 (4.46%) Firewall Engineer
13 131 (4.39%) Administrator
13 131 (4.39%) Network Security Engineer
14 93 (3.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 89 (2.98%) Network Architect
16 87 (2.92%) Linux Engineer
17 86 (2.88%) Network Support
17 86 (2.88%) Security Consultant
18 83 (2.78%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (2.71%) Web Services
2 74 (2.48%) Elastic Stack
3 67 (2.25%) .NET
4 60 (2.01%) J2EE
5 49 (1.64%) 802.1X
5 49 (1.64%) Middleware
6 41 (1.37%) XML
7 37 (1.24%) HTML
8 35 (1.17%) Regular Expression
8 35 (1.17%) SOAP
9 34 (1.14%) Node.js
10 30 (1.01%) Kafka
11 27 (0.90%) LAPP Stack
12 25 (0.84%) JSON
13 24 (0.80%) Java EE
14 23 (0.77%) RabbitMQ
14 23 (0.77%) SAML
14 23 (0.77%) Spring
15 19 (0.64%) RESTful
16 18 (0.60%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 462 (15.48%) Data Centre
2 160 (5.36%) Analytical Skills
3 134 (4.49%) Management Information System
4 124 (4.16%) Clustering
5 104 (3.49%) PKI
6 83 (2.78%) Computer Science
7 68 (2.28%) Public Cloud
8 58 (1.94%) Replication
9 39 (1.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 38 (1.27%) Private Cloud
11 37 (1.24%) DataPower
12 35 (1.17%) Mainframe
13 34 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
13 34 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
14 31 (1.04%) Virtual Team
15 27 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
16 25 (0.84%) Security Operations Centre
17 24 (0.80%) Client/Server
18 22 (0.74%) Cyber Attack
18 22 (0.74%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 1023 (34.28%) Windows
2 832 (27.88%) Linux
3 542 (18.16%) Windows Server
4 406 (13.61%) Unix
5 236 (7.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 217 (7.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 184 (6.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 121 (4.05%) Solaris
9 100 (3.35%) Windows 7
10 98 (3.28%) AIX
11 91 (3.05%) Windows 10
12 85 (2.85%) CentOS
13 75 (2.51%) Windows Server 2003
14 57 (1.91%) SUSE
15 50 (1.68%) HPUX
16 43 (1.44%) Ubuntu
17 32 (1.07%) Windows 8
18 25 (0.84%) Windows Vista
19 24 (0.80%) Windows XP
20 14 (0.47%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 431 (14.44%) ITIL
2 328 (10.99%) Load Balancing
3 302 (10.12%) Information Security
4 296 (9.92%) DevOps
5 248 (8.31%) Cybersecurity
6 237 (7.94%) Migration
7 232 (7.77%) Agile Software Development
8 230 (7.71%) Network Design
9 208 (6.97%) SIEM
10 175 (5.86%) High Availability
11 172 (5.76%) Configuration Management
12 129 (4.32%) Open Source
13 128 (4.29%) Change Management
14 127 (4.26%) Network Management
14 127 (4.26%) Project Management
15 120 (4.02%) Kalman Filter
16 113 (3.79%) Security Operations
16 113 (3.79%) Service Delivery
17 109 (3.65%) Vulnerability Management
18 101 (3.38%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 290 (9.72%) SQL
2 252 (8.45%) Python
3 223 (7.47%) PowerShell
4 206 (6.90%) Bash Shell
5 194 (6.50%) Perl
6 173 (5.80%) Java
7 96 (3.22%) Ruby
8 58 (1.94%) JavaScript
9 57 (1.91%) Shell Script
10 45 (1.51%) Korn
11 41 (1.37%) C
12 37 (1.24%) C#
13 24 (0.80%) VBScript
14 23 (0.77%) C-shell
15 22 (0.74%) PHP
16 16 (0.54%) PL/SQL
16 16 (0.54%) VB
17 14 (0.47%) C++
18 13 (0.44%) Go
19 11 (0.37%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 675 (22.62%) Cisco Certification
2 478 (16.02%) Security Cleared
3 442 (14.81%) CCNP
4 360 (12.06%) SC Cleared
5 292 (9.79%) CCNA
6 190 (6.37%) CISSP
7 185 (6.20%) CCIE
8 177 (5.93%) Degree
9 113 (3.79%) Microsoft Certification
10 86 (2.88%) CISM
11 75 (2.51%) DV Cleared
12 73 (2.45%) CCSE
13 67 (2.25%) CCSA
14 61 (2.04%) MCSE
15 49 (1.64%) CEH
16 48 (1.61%) SANS
17 44 (1.47%) JNCIA
18 40 (1.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 39 (1.31%) CCSP
20 37 (1.24%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (5.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 84 (2.82%) SLA
3 83 (2.78%) PCI DSS
4 67 (2.25%) QA
5 39 (1.31%) GDPR
6 18 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 15 (0.50%) COBIT
7 15 (0.50%) PMO
7 15 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
9 13 (0.44%) NIST 800
10 12 (0.40%) RMADS
11 9 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.23%) AS 2805
12 7 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (0.23%) ISO 8583
13 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 4 (0.13%) GAMP
14 3 (0.10%) Data Quality
14 3 (0.10%) HIPAA
System Software
1 607 (20.34%) Active Directory
2 408 (13.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 185 (6.20%) Hyper-V
4 143 (4.79%) vSphere
5 135 (4.52%) VMware ESXi
6 102 (3.42%) Docker
7 71 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
8 54 (1.81%) ProxySG
9 52 (1.74%) XenApp
10 47 (1.58%) XenDesktop
11 45 (1.51%) XenServer
12 44 (1.47%) KVM
13 41 (1.37%) VMware NSX
14 40 (1.34%) NFS
15 38 (1.27%) Samba
15 38 (1.27%) Virtual Servers
16 24 (0.80%) iptables
17 22 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 17 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
19 16 (0.54%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 204 (6.84%) Puppet
2 170 (5.70%) Ansible
3 155 (5.19%) SCCM
4 111 (3.72%) FortiGate
5 88 (2.95%) Opscode Chef
5 88 (2.95%) SCOM
6 57 (1.91%) Cisco Prime
6 57 (1.91%) Nagios
7 51 (1.71%) Kubernetes
7 51 (1.71%) Nessus
7 51 (1.71%) WSUS
8 50 (1.68%) logstash
9 46 (1.54%) Kibana
10 40 (1.34%) Norton AntiVirus
11 35 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
11 35 (1.17%) QRadar
12 34 (1.14%) vCenter Server
13 32 (1.07%) Terraform
14 29 (0.97%) Nmap
15 24 (0.80%) Cacti
Vendors
1 1412 (47.32%) Cisco
2 678 (22.72%) VMware
3 559 (18.73%) CheckPoint
4 551 (18.47%) Microsoft
5 414 (13.87%) F5
6 400 (13.40%) Juniper
7 356 (11.93%) Citrix
8 332 (11.13%) HP
9 297 (9.95%) Oracle
10 252 (8.45%) Red Hat
11 249 (8.34%) Palo Alto
12 200 (6.70%) Fortinet
13 183 (6.13%) SolarWinds
14 170 (5.70%) McAfee
15 153 (5.13%) Blue Coat
16 150 (5.03%) IBM
17 126 (4.22%) Splunk
18 93 (3.12%) Dell
19 89 (2.98%) Symantec
20 76 (2.55%) NetApp