Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 79 53 65
Rank change year-on-year -26 +12 -1
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2970 4053 3530
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.99% 3.84% 3.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.71% 24.44% 22.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1876 2599 2173
UK median daily rate £400 £402 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.37% +3.61% +3.33%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £225
90th Percentile £575 £571 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 96 127
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +28.74% -3.33%
10th Percentile £13.93 £14.38 £14.30
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.60 £43.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £21.53
% change year-on-year - +30.08% -4.33%

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 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 13679 16586 15894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.73% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8310 10065 9102
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £361
% change year-on-year - +3.88% +3.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 724 830 1034
UK median hourly rate £19.32 £23.59 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.12% +17.95% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.56 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -21.75% +25.00% -

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -27 2682 £410 - 314
UK excluding London -13 1859 £388 +3.33% 207
London -43 1060 £450 - 122
South East -11 653 £415 +3.75% 61
North of England -12 392 £375 -6.18% 60
Midlands +1 235 £388 +6.90% 32
Scotland +21 211 £400 +15.11% 10
South West -19 191 £355 -2.74% 23
North West -18 164 £389 -7.44% 27
West Midlands +2 162 £388 +5.08% 16
Yorkshire -10 151 £420 +0.60% 28
East of England -43 151 £375 +7.14% 16
North East +18 77 £330 +1.54% 5
East Midlands -10 71 £400 +14.29% 16
Wales -27 27 £180 -55.00% 3
Northern Ireland -45 10 £350 -27.27% 1
Channel Islands -1 1 £190 -53.94% 1

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 1387 (46.70%) Cisco
2 972 (32.73%) Windows
3 826 (27.81%) Linux
4 763 (25.69%) WAN
5 705 (23.74%) LAN
6 699 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
7 650 (21.89%) VMware
8 611 (20.57%) VPN
9 577 (19.43%) Active Directory
10 554 (18.65%) CheckPoint
11 547 (18.42%) Microsoft
12 536 (18.05%) DNS
13 528 (17.78%) Network Security
14 524 (17.64%) TCP/IP
15 502 (16.90%) Windows Server
16 481 (16.20%) Security Cleared
17 473 (15.93%) CCNP
18 469 (15.79%) Data Centre
19 434 (14.61%) ITIL
20 430 (14.48%) Finance
21 427 (14.38%) F5
22 410 (13.80%) Cisco ASA
22 410 (13.80%) Unix
23 405 (13.64%) Juniper
24 388 (13.06%) VMware Infrastructure
25 364 (12.26%) SC Cleared
25 364 (12.26%) Wireless
26 358 (12.05%) Amazon AWS
27 334 (11.25%) Load Balancing
28 333 (11.21%) Citrix

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
1 199 (6.70%) Apache
2 194 (6.53%) MS Exchange
3 140 (4.71%) Tomcat
4 139 (4.68%) IIS
5 104 (3.50%) JBoss
6 92 (3.10%) WebLogic
7 80 (2.69%) Skype for Business
8 67 (2.26%) SharePoint
9 57 (1.92%) Oracle Application Server
10 55 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
11 53 (1.78%) nginx
12 52 (1.75%) iPlanet
13 42 (1.41%) OpenStack
14 41 (1.38%) WebSphere
15 28 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
16 20 (0.67%) Apache Spark
17 19 (0.64%) Confluence
18 15 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
19 14 (0.47%) MQSeries
20 13 (0.44%) SAS
Applications
1 77 (2.59%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 46 (1.55%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.24%) SmartSuite
7 5 (0.17%) HipChat
8 4 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.067%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 22 (0.74%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 9 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.20%) Maximo
4 5 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.067%) RMDS
6 2 (0.067%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.067%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.034%) assyst
7 1 (0.034%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.034%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.034%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.034%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.034%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.034%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.034%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.034%) SAP PP
7 1 (0.034%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.034%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 358 (12.05%) Amazon AWS
2 325 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 213 (7.17%) Office 365
4 134 (4.51%) IaaS
5 121 (4.07%) PaaS
6 68 (2.29%) SaaS
7 36 (1.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 30 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
9 26 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
10 23 (0.77%) Azure Active Directory
11 21 (0.71%) Amazon ELB
11 21 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
12 19 (0.64%) OpenShift
12 19 (0.64%) Route 53
13 14 (0.47%) Amazon S3
13 14 (0.47%) Mimecast
14 13 (0.44%) GitHub
15 12 (0.40%) Akamai
15 12 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
16 11 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 763 (25.69%) WAN
2 705 (23.74%) LAN
3 611 (20.57%) VPN
4 536 (18.05%) DNS
5 528 (17.78%) Network Security
6 524 (17.64%) TCP/IP
7 410 (13.80%) Cisco ASA
8 364 (12.26%) Wireless
9 288 (9.70%) MPLS
9 288 (9.70%) SAN
10 276 (9.29%) DHCP
11 269 (9.06%) BGP
12 245 (8.25%) Cisco Nexus
13 217 (7.31%) Internet
14 216 (7.27%) OSPF
15 205 (6.90%) VoIP
16 202 (6.80%) VLAN
17 192 (6.46%) SSL
18 166 (5.59%) IPsec
19 132 (4.44%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 214 (7.21%) SQL Server
2 70 (2.36%) Oracle Database
2 70 (2.36%) PostgreSQL
3 62 (2.09%) MongoDB
4 57 (1.92%) MySQL
5 39 (1.31%) Big Data
6 36 (1.21%) Relational Database
7 28 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
8 27 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
9 24 (0.81%) NoSQL
10 22 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
11 20 (0.67%) Hadoop
12 19 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
13 18 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
14 17 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
15 15 (0.51%) DB2
15 15 (0.51%) RDBMS
16 12 (0.40%) Parquet
16 12 (0.40%) Redis
17 11 (0.37%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 135 (4.55%) Git (software)
2 126 (4.24%) Jenkins
3 68 (2.29%) Artifactory
4 56 (1.89%) JIRA
5 49 (1.65%) Sonatype Nexus
6 39 (1.31%) Maven
7 28 (0.94%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 25 (0.84%) Metasploit
8 25 (0.84%) Visual Studio
9 20 (0.67%) MSI
9 20 (0.67%) Subversion
10 18 (0.61%) TeamCity
11 15 (0.51%) Selenium
12 14 (0.47%) Bitbucket
12 14 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
13 13 (0.44%) Zephyr
14 9 (0.30%) Octopus Deploy
15 8 (0.27%) Ant
15 8 (0.27%) IBM UrbanCode
16 7 (0.24%) GitLab
General
1 430 (14.48%) Finance
2 189 (6.36%) Telecoms
3 147 (4.95%) Banking
4 65 (2.19%) Retail
5 46 (1.55%) Manufacturing
6 37 (1.25%) Marketing
7 34 (1.14%) Law
8 28 (0.94%) Electronics
9 27 (0.91%) Legal
10 24 (0.81%) Back Office
10 24 (0.81%) Publishing
11 19 (0.64%) Billing
12 17 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.54%) Investment Banking
14 12 (0.40%) Spanish Language
15 10 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.30%) German Language
17 8 (0.27%) French Language
18 6 (0.20%) Local Government
19 4 (0.13%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 759 (25.56%) Network Engineer
2 311 (10.47%) Architect
3 303 (10.20%) Analyst
4 239 (8.05%) Security Engineer
5 228 (7.68%) Cisco Engineer
6 206 (6.94%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 196 (6.60%) Consultant
8 164 (5.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 158 (5.32%) Security Analyst
10 148 (4.98%) Support Engineer
11 141 (4.75%) Administrator
12 127 (4.28%) DevOps Engineer
13 123 (4.14%) Network Security Engineer
14 121 (4.07%) Firewall Engineer
15 97 (3.27%) Network Architect
16 93 (3.13%) Systems Administrator
16 93 (3.13%) Systems Engineer
17 90 (3.03%) Security Consultant
18 87 (2.93%) Linux Engineer
19 86 (2.90%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (2.79%) Web Services
2 77 (2.59%) .NET
3 74 (2.49%) Elastic Stack
4 68 (2.29%) J2EE
5 62 (2.09%) 802.1X
6 48 (1.62%) Middleware
7 46 (1.55%) XML
8 42 (1.41%) HTML
9 35 (1.18%) LAPP Stack
10 32 (1.08%) SOAP
11 29 (0.98%) Node.js
11 29 (0.98%) RabbitMQ
12 27 (0.91%) Kafka
13 24 (0.81%) Regular Expression
14 23 (0.77%) Java EE
15 22 (0.74%) CSS
15 22 (0.74%) LAMP
15 22 (0.74%) Sensu
16 20 (0.67%) Ajax
16 20 (0.67%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 469 (15.79%) Data Centre
2 158 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
3 134 (4.51%) Management Information System
4 131 (4.41%) Clustering
5 107 (3.60%) PKI
6 94 (3.16%) Computer Science
7 62 (2.09%) Public Cloud
8 46 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 45 (1.52%) Replication
10 43 (1.45%) Private Cloud
11 31 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
12 30 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
13 29 (0.98%) DataPower
13 29 (0.98%) Mainframe
14 27 (0.91%) Cyberthreat
15 26 (0.88%) Driving Licence
16 25 (0.84%) Virtual Team
17 24 (0.81%) Client/Server
17 24 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
17 24 (0.81%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 972 (32.73%) Windows
2 826 (27.81%) Linux
3 502 (16.90%) Windows Server
4 410 (13.80%) Unix
5 218 (7.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 201 (6.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 172 (5.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 141 (4.75%) Solaris
9 118 (3.97%) AIX
10 89 (3.00%) Windows 7
11 83 (2.79%) CentOS
11 83 (2.79%) Windows 10
12 72 (2.42%) Windows Server 2003
13 67 (2.26%) SUSE
14 57 (1.92%) HPUX
15 44 (1.48%) Ubuntu
16 28 (0.94%) Windows Vista
17 27 (0.91%) Windows 8
18 25 (0.84%) Windows XP
19 15 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 434 (14.61%) ITIL
2 334 (11.25%) Load Balancing
3 314 (10.57%) Information Security
4 275 (9.26%) DevOps
5 258 (8.69%) Migration
6 247 (8.32%) Network Design
7 234 (7.88%) Cybersecurity
8 221 (7.44%) SIEM
9 214 (7.21%) Agile Software Development
10 196 (6.60%) High Availability
11 171 (5.76%) Configuration Management
12 144 (4.85%) Change Management
13 124 (4.18%) Project Management
14 121 (4.07%) Network Management
15 120 (4.04%) Open Source
16 117 (3.94%) Vulnerability Management
17 113 (3.80%) Security Operations
18 107 (3.60%) Service Delivery
19 105 (3.54%) Change Control
20 103 (3.47%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 294 (9.90%) SQL
2 251 (8.45%) Python
3 215 (7.24%) PowerShell
4 198 (6.67%) Bash Shell
5 192 (6.46%) Perl
6 164 (5.52%) Java
7 80 (2.69%) Ruby
8 54 (1.82%) Shell Script
9 53 (1.78%) JavaScript
10 48 (1.62%) C
11 44 (1.48%) C#
11 44 (1.48%) Korn
12 26 (0.88%) VBScript
13 25 (0.84%) PHP
14 22 (0.74%) C-shell
15 16 (0.54%) PL/SQL
15 16 (0.54%) VB
16 14 (0.47%) C++
17 11 (0.37%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
18 9 (0.30%) Go
Qualifications
1 699 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
2 481 (16.20%) Security Cleared
3 473 (15.93%) CCNP
4 364 (12.26%) SC Cleared
5 285 (9.60%) CCNA
6 209 (7.04%) CCIE
7 203 (6.84%) CISSP
8 186 (6.26%) Degree
9 108 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 84 (2.83%) CISM
11 80 (2.69%) CCSE
12 71 (2.39%) DV Cleared
13 68 (2.29%) CCSA
14 66 (2.22%) MCSE
15 57 (1.92%) JNCIA
16 54 (1.82%) SANS
17 52 (1.75%) CCDP
18 45 (1.52%) CEH
19 43 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
20 38 (1.28%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (4.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 95 (3.20%) PCI DSS
3 86 (2.90%) SLA
4 65 (2.19%) QA
5 39 (1.31%) GDPR
6 19 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 15 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 15 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.47%) COBIT
9 13 (0.44%) PMO
10 12 (0.40%) RMADS
11 10 (0.34%) NIST 800
12 8 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.24%) AS 2805
13 7 (0.24%) ISO 8583
14 5 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 4 (0.13%) GAMP
16 3 (0.10%) Data Quality
16 3 (0.10%) HIPAA
System Software
1 577 (19.43%) Active Directory
2 388 (13.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 171 (5.76%) Hyper-V
4 129 (4.34%) VMware ESXi
5 124 (4.18%) vSphere
6 97 (3.27%) Docker
7 66 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (2.02%) ProxySG
9 52 (1.75%) KVM
9 52 (1.75%) XenApp
10 46 (1.55%) XenDesktop
11 42 (1.41%) XenServer
12 41 (1.38%) VMware NSX
13 38 (1.28%) NFS
14 37 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
15 32 (1.08%) Samba
16 31 (1.04%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 30 (1.01%) iptables
18 17 (0.57%) Firmware
19 16 (0.54%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 218 (7.34%) Puppet
2 164 (5.52%) Ansible
3 147 (4.95%) SCCM
4 113 (3.80%) FortiGate
5 89 (3.00%) Opscode Chef
6 88 (2.96%) SCOM
7 63 (2.12%) Cisco Prime
8 62 (2.09%) Nagios
9 53 (1.78%) logstash
10 50 (1.68%) Nessus
11 46 (1.55%) Kubernetes
11 46 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
11 46 (1.55%) WSUS
12 44 (1.48%) Kibana
13 37 (1.25%) Norton AntiVirus
14 33 (1.11%) QRadar
15 29 (0.98%) Cacti
15 29 (0.98%) Nmap
16 27 (0.91%) HAProxy
16 27 (0.91%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 1387 (46.70%) Cisco
2 650 (21.89%) VMware
3 554 (18.65%) CheckPoint
4 547 (18.42%) Microsoft
5 427 (14.38%) F5
6 405 (13.64%) Juniper
7 333 (11.21%) Citrix
8 317 (10.67%) HP
9 294 (9.90%) Oracle
10 276 (9.29%) Palo Alto
11 264 (8.89%) Red Hat
12 197 (6.63%) Fortinet
13 184 (6.20%) SolarWinds
14 169 (5.69%) McAfee
15 145 (4.88%) Blue Coat
16 138 (4.65%) IBM
17 122 (4.11%) Splunk
18 90 (3.03%) Symantec
19 88 (2.96%) Dell
20 86 (2.90%) Riverbed