Period
to 25 February 2021

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 25 February 2021 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
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 79 71 70
Rank change year-on-year -8 -1 +12
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,384 2,098 3,346
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.92% 3.07% 3.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.75% 22.85% 26.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,232 1,423 2,265
Median daily rate £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +1.19%
10th Percentile £268 £250 £275
90th Percentile £619 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +2.50% -3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 61 92
Median hourly rate £23.00 £44.02 £40.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.75% +8.89% +72.02%
10th Percentile £16.40 £16.50 £15.51
90th Percentile £52.50 £82.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £32.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -32.31% +18.18% +26.26%

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 5,591 9,182 12,524
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.79% 13.44% 12.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,534 5,671 7,747
Median daily rate £440 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -2.94% +5.59%
10th Percentile £210 £180 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 278 506 557
Median hourly rate £32.50 £20.30 £17.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.08% +13.42% -5.79%
10th Percentile £12.99 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.08 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.50 £17.09
% change year-on-year +35.90% +14.14% -13.10%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall.

Hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Top 18 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 25 February 2021. 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 0 1,181 £450 +9.09% 615
UK excluding London +5 745 £410 +2.50% 496
London -23 457 £475 +5.56% 156
Work from Home -20 364 £450 +7.78% 117
South East +19 265 £425 - 118
Midlands +14 127 £388 +1.97% 86
North of England -20 118 £420 +5.13% 144
South West +43 117 £425 +11.84% 57
West Midlands -3 77 £375 -6.25% 54
North West -16 71 £416 +4.06% 83
East of England -2 55 £400 +12.28% 52
Scotland 0 52 £400 -11.11% 18
East Midlands +23 45 £395 +12.73% 32
Yorkshire -7 39 £400 +9.59% 46
North East +12 8 £463 +23.33% 15
Northern Ireland +8 5 £325 - 9
Wales -4 5 £320 -1.54% 13
Channel Islands - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 25 February 2021, 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 with a requirement for Firewall.

1 602 (43.50%) Cisco
2 462 (33.38%) Windows
3 399 (28.83%) Azure
4 352 (25.43%) WAN
5 340 (24.57%) Linux
6 305 (22.04%) Active Directory
7 291 (21.03%) Microsoft
8 285 (20.59%) Security Cleared
9 283 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
10 278 (20.09%) LAN
11 274 (19.80%) VMware
12 255 (18.42%) VPN
13 254 (18.35%) Network Security
14 238 (17.20%) DevOps
15 236 (17.05%) DNS
16 223 (16.11%) SC Cleared
17 206 (14.88%) CCNP
18 200 (14.45%) VMware Infrastructure
19 197 (14.23%) Finance
20 193 (13.95%) Palo Alto
21 185 (13.37%) Wireless
22 179 (12.93%) Data Centre
23 177 (12.79%) CheckPoint
23 177 (12.79%) Python
24 171 (12.36%) Windows Server
25 169 (12.21%) SIEM
26 166 (11.99%) Ansible
27 165 (11.92%) Microsoft 365
28 161 (11.63%) AWS
28 161 (11.63%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 48 (3.47%) SharePoint
2 43 (3.11%) MS Exchange
3 27 (1.95%) Skype for Business
4 22 (1.59%) WebSphere
5 17 (1.23%) Apache
6 15 (1.08%) Confluence
7 14 (1.01%) IIS
8 13 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
9 12 (0.87%) CMS
9 12 (0.87%) Tomcat
10 11 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (0.51%) WebSphere Application Server
12 5 (0.36%) Apache ServiceMix
12 5 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
12 5 (0.36%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.36%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.29%) IBM Domino
13 4 (0.29%) nginx
14 3 (0.22%) Documentum
14 3 (0.22%) JBoss
Applications
1 61 (4.41%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (2.10%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.072%) Notepad++
6 1 (0.072%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.29%) Magento
1 4 (0.29%) Sentinel
1 4 (0.29%) Shopify
2 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.072%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.072%) Maximo
3 1 (0.072%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 399 (28.83%) Azure
2 165 (11.92%) Microsoft 365
3 161 (11.63%) AWS
4 86 (6.21%) PaaS
5 65 (4.70%) IaaS
6 57 (4.12%) SaaS
7 51 (3.68%) Azure Active Directory
8 36 (2.60%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 31 (2.24%) GCP
10 26 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
10 26 (1.88%) GitHub
11 24 (1.73%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 20 (1.45%) Power Platform
13 19 (1.37%) OneDrive
14 17 (1.23%) Serverless
15 15 (1.08%) OpenShift
16 13 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
16 13 (0.94%) Amazon GuardDuty
16 13 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
17 12 (0.87%) Amazon Cognito
Communications & Networking
1 352 (25.43%) WAN
2 278 (20.09%) LAN
3 255 (18.42%) VPN
4 254 (18.35%) Network Security
5 236 (17.05%) DNS
6 185 (13.37%) Wireless
7 148 (10.69%) TCP/IP
8 134 (9.68%) Cisco ASA
9 123 (8.89%) BGP
10 117 (8.45%) OSPF
11 116 (8.38%) MPLS
12 115 (8.31%) Cisco Nexus
13 113 (8.16%) DHCP
13 113 (8.16%) Internet
14 109 (7.88%) VLAN
15 82 (5.92%) Wi-Fi
16 72 (5.20%) IPsec
17 71 (5.13%) SSL
18 68 (4.91%) VoIP
19 55 (3.97%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.12%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.95%) MySQL
3 26 (1.88%) Cosmos DB
4 20 (1.45%) Power BI
5 17 (1.23%) Big Data
6 16 (1.16%) Azure SQL Database
7 14 (1.01%) DB2
8 13 (0.94%) NoSQL
9 10 (0.72%) Oracle Database
10 9 (0.65%) Hadoop
10 9 (0.65%) HBase
10 9 (0.65%) Relational Database
11 8 (0.58%) Neo4j
11 8 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
12 7 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
14 5 (0.36%) Redis
14 5 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
15 4 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
15 4 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 107 (7.73%) Git (software)
2 99 (7.15%) Jenkins
3 65 (4.70%) JIRA
4 23 (1.66%) GitLab
5 22 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 21 (1.52%) Sonatype Nexus
7 18 (1.30%) Bitbucket
7 18 (1.30%) ReSharper
8 17 (1.23%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (0.72%) GoCD
10 7 (0.51%) Artifactory
10 7 (0.51%) SonarQube
11 6 (0.43%) Hudson
11 6 (0.43%) Subversion
11 6 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.36%) TeamCity
13 4 (0.29%) Burp Suite
13 4 (0.29%) MSI
14 3 (0.22%) Maven
General
1 197 (14.23%) Finance
2 92 (6.65%) Public Sector
3 82 (5.92%) Banking
4 61 (4.41%) Telecoms
5 32 (2.31%) Law
6 30 (2.17%) Legal
7 24 (1.73%) Manufacturing
8 22 (1.59%) Financial Institution
9 16 (1.16%) Investment Banking
10 14 (1.01%) Billing
11 12 (0.87%) Electronics
11 12 (0.87%) Marketing
12 11 (0.79%) Retail
13 7 (0.51%) Back Office
13 7 (0.51%) Front Office
13 7 (0.51%) Local Government
13 7 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.43%) Police
15 4 (0.29%) Spanish Language
16 3 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 389 (28.11%) Network Engineer
2 190 (13.73%) Architect
3 115 (8.31%) Analyst
3 115 (8.31%) Security Engineer
4 112 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 103 (7.44%) Azure Engineer
6 101 (7.30%) DevOps Engineer
7 75 (5.42%) Cloud Engineer
8 66 (4.77%) Consultant
9 64 (4.62%) Network Architect
10 58 (4.19%) Cisco Engineer
11 56 (4.05%) Network Security Engineer
12 55 (3.97%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 54 (3.90%) Senior Network Engineer
14 47 (3.40%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 45 (3.25%) Azure DevOps
16 42 (3.03%) Security Architect
17 41 (2.96%) Security Analyst
18 38 (2.75%) Support Engineer
19 37 (2.67%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (2.82%) REST
2 38 (2.75%) .NET
2 38 (2.75%) 802.1X
3 22 (1.59%) .NET Framework
3 22 (1.59%) Elastic Stack
4 20 (1.45%) Web Services
5 19 (1.37%) Middleware
5 19 (1.37%) RESTful
6 13 (0.94%) Kafka
6 13 (0.94%) WebSphere MQ
7 12 (0.87%) gRPC
7 12 (0.87%) Swagger
8 10 (0.72%) Node.js
8 10 (0.72%) Software Packaging
9 9 (0.65%) SAML
9 9 (0.65%) XML
10 8 (0.58%) FIX Protocol
10 8 (0.58%) JSON
10 8 (0.58%) LDAP
10 8 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 179 (12.93%) Data Centre
2 64 (4.62%) Management Information System
3 59 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
4 50 (3.61%) PKI
5 43 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
6 34 (2.46%) Public Cloud
7 30 (2.17%) Video Conferencing
8 26 (1.88%) Security Operations Centre
9 23 (1.66%) Private Cloud
10 19 (1.37%) NHS
11 18 (1.30%) Enterprise Cloud
11 18 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
12 16 (1.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 16 (1.16%) Virtual Team
13 14 (1.01%) Mobile App
13 14 (1.01%) User Experience
14 13 (0.94%) Clustering
14 13 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
15 12 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
16 10 (0.72%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 462 (33.38%) Windows
2 340 (24.57%) Linux
3 171 (12.36%) Windows Server
4 96 (6.94%) Unix
5 71 (5.13%) Windows 10
6 55 (3.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 51 (3.68%) Windows Server 2016
8 41 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 32 (2.31%) CentOS
10 30 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
11 29 (2.10%) Ubuntu
12 19 (1.37%) Solaris
12 19 (1.37%) Windows 7
13 18 (1.30%) Windows Server 2019
14 13 (0.94%) Apple iOS
15 10 (0.72%) Android
16 7 (0.51%) Windows 8
17 6 (0.43%) Oracle Linux
18 5 (0.36%) AIX
18 5 (0.36%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 238 (17.20%) DevOps
2 169 (12.21%) SIEM
3 161 (11.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 160 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
5 154 (11.13%) Cybersecurity
6 150 (10.84%) Load Balancing
7 109 (7.88%) ITIL
8 102 (7.37%) Migration
9 95 (6.86%) Infrastructure as Code
10 91 (6.58%) Information Security
11 88 (6.36%) Configuration Management
12 87 (6.29%) Change Management
12 87 (6.29%) Problem-Solving
13 80 (5.78%) Project Delivery
14 74 (5.35%) Kalman Filter
15 72 (5.20%) Security Operations
16 63 (4.55%) Network Design
17 60 (4.34%) Security Architecture
18 58 (4.19%) Disaster Recovery
19 53 (3.83%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 177 (12.79%) Python
2 114 (8.24%) PowerShell
3 80 (5.78%) SQL
4 69 (4.99%) Bash Shell
5 40 (2.89%) Java
6 36 (2.60%) Perl
7 30 (2.17%) JavaScript
8 27 (1.95%) PHP
8 27 (1.95%) Ruby
9 25 (1.81%) Shell Script
10 22 (1.59%) C#
10 22 (1.59%) Go
11 15 (1.08%) C
12 10 (0.72%) C++
13 9 (0.65%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.58%) Groovy
15 5 (0.36%) JCL
16 4 (0.29%) Scala
16 4 (0.29%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 285 (20.59%) Security Cleared
2 283 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
3 223 (16.11%) SC Cleared
4 206 (14.88%) CCNP
5 142 (10.26%) CCNA
6 65 (4.70%) CCIE
7 61 (4.41%) CISSP
7 61 (4.41%) DV Cleared
8 59 (4.26%) Degree
9 41 (2.96%) Microsoft Certification
10 27 (1.95%) Novell Certification
11 22 (1.59%) CISM
12 21 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
13 20 (1.45%) CEH
13 20 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
14 18 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 17 (1.23%) MCSE
16 15 (1.08%) GIAC
17 14 (1.01%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 14 (1.01%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (4.99%) NIST
2 35 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (2.38%) SLA
4 26 (1.88%) NCSC
5 17 (1.23%) PCI DSS
5 17 (1.23%) QA
6 15 (1.08%) GDPR
7 13 (0.94%) COBIT
8 8 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 7 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 6 (0.43%) HIPAA
10 6 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 5 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
12 3 (0.22%) HL7
12 3 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.22%) ISO 31000
12 3 (0.22%) PMO
12 3 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.14%) GAMP
System Software
1 305 (22.04%) Active Directory
2 200 (14.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (6.07%) Docker
4 70 (5.06%) Hyper-V
5 69 (4.99%) vSphere
6 67 (4.84%) VMware NSX
7 56 (4.05%) VMware ESXi
8 37 (2.67%) Virtual Machines
9 12 (0.87%) Firmware
9 12 (0.87%) XenApp
10 11 (0.79%) XenDesktop
11 9 (0.65%) HDFS
11 9 (0.65%) ProxySG
12 7 (0.51%) vCloud
13 6 (0.43%) KVM
13 6 (0.43%) Terminal Server
13 6 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.36%) NFS
14 5 (0.36%) VirtualBox
15 4 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 166 (11.99%) Ansible
2 142 (10.26%) Terraform
3 99 (7.15%) Kubernetes
4 66 (4.77%) Puppet
5 64 (4.62%) FortiGate
6 55 (3.97%) Opscode Chef
7 43 (3.11%) vCenter Server
8 37 (2.67%) SCCM
9 35 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
10 21 (1.52%) Packer
11 20 (1.45%) Nessus
11 20 (1.45%) vRealize
12 19 (1.37%) Cisco Prime
13 15 (1.08%) ZABBIX
14 14 (1.01%) Cisco CUCM
14 14 (1.01%) Grafana
14 14 (1.01%) Prometheus
15 12 (0.87%) WSUS
16 11 (0.79%) ITRS Geneos
16 11 (0.79%) QRadar
Vendors
1 602 (43.50%) Cisco
2 291 (21.03%) Microsoft
3 274 (19.80%) VMware
4 193 (13.95%) Palo Alto
5 177 (12.79%) CheckPoint
6 157 (11.34%) Fortinet
7 146 (10.55%) Juniper
8 140 (10.12%) F5
9 108 (7.80%) Citrix
10 83 (6.00%) Splunk
11 75 (5.42%) Dell
12 61 (4.41%) HP
13 57 (4.12%) Oracle
13 57 (4.12%) Red Hat
14 52 (3.76%) Meraki
15 48 (3.47%) Blue Coat
16 46 (3.32%) SolarWinds
17 41 (2.96%) EMC
18 38 (2.75%) Aruba
19 34 (2.46%) Atlassian