Period
to 16 January 2018

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 16 January 2018 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 56 64
Rank change year-on-year -24 +8 -4
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,942 3,618 3,289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.93% 3.75% 3.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.67% 24.50% 21.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,863 2,324 1,999
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £225
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 81 139
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £20.73 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.77% -7.87% -10.00%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.88 £13.20
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £20.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year +10.70% -7.57% -13.45%

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 13,577 14,770 15,142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.54% 15.29% 14.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,382 8,958 8,767
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £181 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 681 749 925
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £49.19 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -15.56% +4.65% -4.44%

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 16 January 2018.

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 16 January 2018.

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 16 January 2018. 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 -23 2,723 £418 +3.99% 968
UK excluding London -16 1,824 £400 +6.67% 675
London -40 1,076 £450 - 347
South East -12 680 £409 +2.19% 188
North of England -24 330 £400 +6.67% 170
Midlands +3 262 £395 +8.97% 98
South West +15 201 £365 +4.29% 87
West Midlands +9 186 £411 +9.67% 65
East of England -29 168 £350 -6.67% 76
North West -35 152 £423 +5.63% 94
Scotland -17 151 £400 +14.29% 39
Yorkshire -19 127 £443 +10.63% 58
East Midlands -7 72 £370 +9.63% 33
North East +6 51 £330 - 18
Wales -34 31 £325 -13.33% 15
Northern Ireland -18 9 £356 -20.83% 2
Channel Islands -2 1 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 1,324 (45.00%) Cisco
2 968 (32.90%) Windows
3 756 (25.70%) Linux
4 680 (23.11%) WAN
5 648 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
6 617 (20.97%) VMware
7 588 (19.99%) LAN
8 585 (19.88%) VPN
9 551 (18.73%) Active Directory
10 535 (18.18%) CheckPoint
11 530 (18.01%) Network Security
12 528 (17.95%) Microsoft
13 498 (16.93%) Windows Server
14 488 (16.59%) TCP/IP
15 479 (16.28%) DNS
16 467 (15.87%) Security Cleared
17 431 (14.65%) Data Centre
18 423 (14.38%) CCNP
19 414 (14.07%) ITIL
20 412 (14.00%) Finance
21 408 (13.87%) Cisco ASA
22 396 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
23 385 (13.09%) Juniper
24 381 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
25 369 (12.54%) F5
26 365 (12.41%) Microsoft Azure
27 354 (12.03%) Wireless
28 353 (12.00%) Unix
29 345 (11.73%) SC Cleared
30 342 (11.62%) Information Security

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
1 190 (6.46%) MS Exchange
2 161 (5.47%) Apache
3 147 (5.00%) IIS
4 119 (4.04%) Tomcat
5 82 (2.79%) Skype for Business
6 77 (2.62%) JBoss
7 72 (2.45%) SharePoint
8 56 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2010
9 54 (1.84%) nginx
9 54 (1.84%) WebLogic
10 52 (1.77%) Confluence
11 44 (1.50%) WebSphere
12 37 (1.26%) OpenStack
13 30 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
14 29 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
15 28 (0.95%) Oracle Application Server
16 23 (0.78%) iPlanet
17 21 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
18 17 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
19 15 (0.51%) SAS
Applications
1 72 (2.45%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (1.33%) MS Visio
3 28 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.17%) HipChat
7 3 (0.10%) SmartSuite
7 3 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.034%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 9 (0.31%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 8 (0.27%) Magento
3 5 (0.17%) Maximo
4 4 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.068%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.068%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.068%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.068%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.068%) RMDS
6 2 (0.068%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.034%) assyst
7 1 (0.034%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.034%) Oracle EBS R12
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
Cloud Services
1 396 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
2 365 (12.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 218 (7.41%) Office 365
4 157 (5.34%) PaaS
5 152 (5.17%) IaaS
6 79 (2.69%) SaaS
7 43 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
8 40 (1.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 39 (1.33%) OpenShift
10 37 (1.26%) Azure Active Directory
11 36 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
12 33 (1.12%) Route 53
13 32 (1.09%) Amazon ELB
14 20 (0.68%) npm
15 17 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
16 16 (0.54%) GitHub
17 15 (0.51%) Mimecast
18 13 (0.44%) Amazon S3
18 13 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
19 11 (0.37%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 680 (23.11%) WAN
2 588 (19.99%) LAN
3 585 (19.88%) VPN
4 530 (18.01%) Network Security
5 488 (16.59%) TCP/IP
6 479 (16.28%) DNS
7 408 (13.87%) Cisco ASA
8 354 (12.03%) Wireless
9 259 (8.80%) DHCP
10 256 (8.70%) MPLS
11 236 (8.02%) BGP
12 232 (7.89%) SAN
13 225 (7.65%) Internet
14 218 (7.41%) Cisco Nexus
15 208 (7.07%) SSL
16 190 (6.46%) OSPF
17 185 (6.29%) VLAN
18 166 (5.64%) Intrusion Detection
19 161 (5.47%) VoIP
20 146 (4.96%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 226 (7.68%) SQL Server
2 88 (2.99%) PostgreSQL
3 64 (2.18%) MySQL
4 55 (1.87%) MongoDB
5 54 (1.84%) Oracle Database
6 42 (1.43%) Relational Database
7 39 (1.33%) NoSQL
8 38 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
9 30 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
10 29 (0.99%) Big Data
11 28 (0.95%) DB2
11 28 (0.95%) Hadoop
12 27 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
13 25 (0.85%) Redis
14 21 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
15 18 (0.61%) NuoDB
16 16 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
16 16 (0.54%) Power BI
16 16 (0.54%) RDBMS
17 14 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 203 (6.90%) Git (software)
2 170 (5.78%) Jenkins
3 104 (3.54%) JIRA
4 74 (2.52%) Sonatype Nexus
5 70 (2.38%) Artifactory
6 66 (2.24%) Maven
7 45 (1.53%) TeamCity
8 42 (1.43%) Selenium
9 25 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 23 (0.78%) MSI
10 23 (0.78%) Subversion
11 21 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
12 20 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
13 19 (0.65%) Bitbucket
14 18 (0.61%) Metasploit
15 17 (0.58%) Vagrant
16 16 (0.54%) Visual Studio
17 15 (0.51%) Cucumber
17 15 (0.51%) Zephyr
18 14 (0.48%) Ant
General
1 412 (14.00%) Finance
2 161 (5.47%) Telecoms
3 157 (5.34%) Banking
4 56 (1.90%) Retail
5 33 (1.12%) Manufacturing
6 28 (0.95%) Legal
7 25 (0.85%) Investment Banking
8 23 (0.78%) Marketing
9 21 (0.71%) Law
9 21 (0.71%) Publishing
10 19 (0.65%) Billing
11 16 (0.54%) Electronics
12 13 (0.44%) Financial Institution
13 12 (0.41%) Back Office
14 10 (0.34%) French Language
15 8 (0.27%) German Language
15 8 (0.27%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.24%) International Banking
17 6 (0.20%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 769 (26.14%) Network Engineer
2 370 (12.58%) Architect
3 307 (10.44%) Analyst
4 245 (8.33%) Security Engineer
5 209 (7.10%) Cisco Engineer
6 193 (6.56%) DevOps Engineer
7 182 (6.19%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 177 (6.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 173 (5.88%) Consultant
10 131 (4.45%) Network Security Engineer
11 129 (4.38%) Firewall Engineer
11 129 (4.38%) Security Analyst
12 127 (4.32%) Support Engineer
13 120 (4.08%) Security Architect
14 107 (3.64%) Administrator
14 107 (3.64%) Network Architect
15 93 (3.16%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 80 (2.72%) Security Consultant
17 76 (2.58%) Infrastructure Architect
18 71 (2.41%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (2.86%) Web Services
2 61 (2.07%) .NET
3 53 (1.80%) Node.js
4 49 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
4 49 (1.67%) Middleware
5 47 (1.60%) JSON
6 39 (1.33%) J2EE
6 39 (1.33%) XML
7 35 (1.19%) 802.1X
7 35 (1.19%) RabbitMQ
8 31 (1.05%) Regular Expression
9 29 (0.99%) HTML
9 29 (0.99%) SOAP
10 27 (0.92%) Spring
10 27 (0.92%) YAML
11 26 (0.88%) REST
11 26 (0.88%) SAML
12 25 (0.85%) LAMP
12 25 (0.85%) LAPP Stack
13 22 (0.75%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 431 (14.65%) Data Centre
2 159 (5.40%) Analytical Skills
3 145 (4.93%) Management Information System
4 98 (3.33%) PKI
5 93 (3.16%) Clustering
6 76 (2.58%) Public Cloud
7 74 (2.52%) Computer Science
8 56 (1.90%) Replication
9 44 (1.50%) Private Cloud
10 42 (1.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 41 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
12 37 (1.26%) DataPower
13 35 (1.19%) Cyberthreat
14 34 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
15 32 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
16 25 (0.85%) Mainframe
16 25 (0.85%) Virtual Team
17 20 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
17 20 (0.68%) NHS
18 19 (0.65%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 968 (32.90%) Windows
2 756 (25.70%) Linux
3 498 (16.93%) Windows Server
4 353 (12.00%) Unix
5 221 (7.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 206 (7.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 174 (5.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 103 (3.50%) Windows 10
9 101 (3.43%) CentOS
9 101 (3.43%) Windows 7
10 85 (2.89%) Solaris
11 68 (2.31%) Windows Server 2003
12 56 (1.90%) AIX
13 33 (1.12%) Ubuntu
14 31 (1.05%) HPUX
14 31 (1.05%) Windows 8
15 29 (0.99%) Windows Vista
16 25 (0.85%) SUSE
17 23 (0.78%) Apple iOS
18 16 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 414 (14.07%) ITIL
2 342 (11.62%) Information Security
3 336 (11.42%) DevOps
4 318 (10.81%) Load Balancing
5 306 (10.40%) Agile Software Development
6 266 (9.04%) Cybersecurity
7 245 (8.33%) SIEM
8 237 (8.06%) Migration
9 236 (8.02%) Network Design
10 165 (5.61%) Configuration Management
11 149 (5.06%) High Availability
12 139 (4.72%) Security Operations
13 134 (4.55%) Vulnerability Management
14 131 (4.45%) Project Management
15 128 (4.35%) Kalman Filter
16 118 (4.01%) Open Source
17 115 (3.91%) Disaster Recovery
18 109 (3.70%) Service Delivery
19 105 (3.57%) Change Control
20 100 (3.40%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 250 (8.50%) Python
2 248 (8.43%) PowerShell
2 248 (8.43%) SQL
3 195 (6.63%) Java
4 181 (6.15%) Perl
5 170 (5.78%) Bash Shell
6 119 (4.04%) Ruby
7 62 (2.11%) JavaScript
8 53 (1.80%) Shell Script
9 33 (1.12%) C#
10 30 (1.02%) C
10 30 (1.02%) PHP
11 26 (0.88%) Korn
12 22 (0.75%) VBScript
13 14 (0.48%) C++
13 14 (0.48%) Groovy
14 13 (0.44%) C-shell
14 13 (0.44%) VB
15 11 (0.37%) T-SQL
16 10 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 648 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
2 467 (15.87%) Security Cleared
3 423 (14.38%) CCNP
4 345 (11.73%) SC Cleared
5 298 (10.13%) CCNA
6 199 (6.76%) CISSP
7 180 (6.12%) Degree
8 168 (5.71%) CCIE
9 125 (4.25%) Microsoft Certification
10 93 (3.16%) CISM
11 83 (2.82%) DV Cleared
12 78 (2.65%) MCSE
13 72 (2.45%) CCSE
14 62 (2.11%) CCSA
15 49 (1.67%) CEH
16 44 (1.50%) GIAC
17 41 (1.39%) CCSP
18 37 (1.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 36 (1.22%) SANS
20 34 (1.16%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (5.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (3.16%) PCI DSS
3 73 (2.48%) QA
4 70 (2.38%) SLA
5 54 (1.84%) GDPR
6 22 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 22 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 15 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 15 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 14 (0.48%) COBIT
9 13 (0.44%) NIST 800
9 13 (0.44%) PMO
9 13 (0.44%) RMADS
10 12 (0.41%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.31%) CESG Infosec
12 7 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
13 6 (0.20%) AS 2805
13 6 (0.20%) ISO 8583
14 4 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 4 (0.14%) GAAP
System Software
1 551 (18.73%) Active Directory
2 381 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 170 (5.78%) Hyper-V
4 153 (5.20%) Docker
5 142 (4.83%) vSphere
6 113 (3.84%) VMware ESXi
7 65 (2.21%) Virtual Machines
8 51 (1.73%) XenApp
9 49 (1.67%) XenDesktop
10 47 (1.60%) XenServer
11 46 (1.56%) VMware NSX
12 41 (1.39%) ProxySG
13 34 (1.16%) Virtual Servers
14 31 (1.05%) Samba
15 23 (0.78%) NFS
16 21 (0.71%) iptables
17 17 (0.58%) KVM
18 15 (0.51%) ISA Server
19 13 (0.44%) Firmware
20 11 (0.37%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 201 (6.83%) Ansible
2 189 (6.42%) Puppet
3 129 (4.38%) SCCM
4 100 (3.40%) Opscode Chef
5 97 (3.30%) FortiGate
6 68 (2.31%) SCOM
7 61 (2.07%) Kubernetes
8 56 (1.90%) Nagios
9 50 (1.70%) Terraform
10 48 (1.63%) Nessus
11 39 (1.33%) Norton AntiVirus
12 38 (1.29%) WSUS
13 35 (1.19%) Cisco Prime
14 33 (1.12%) QRadar
15 31 (1.05%) vCenter Server
16 30 (1.02%) logstash
17 29 (0.99%) Kibana
18 27 (0.92%) HAProxy
18 27 (0.92%) McAfee ePO
19 23 (0.78%) SELinux
Vendors
1 1,324 (45.00%) Cisco
2 617 (20.97%) VMware
3 535 (18.18%) CheckPoint
4 528 (17.95%) Microsoft
5 385 (13.09%) Juniper
6 369 (12.54%) F5
7 329 (11.18%) Citrix
8 290 (9.86%) HP
9 260 (8.84%) Oracle
10 232 (7.89%) Palo Alto
11 226 (7.68%) Red Hat
12 185 (6.29%) Fortinet
13 166 (5.64%) IBM
14 165 (5.61%) McAfee
15 159 (5.40%) SolarWinds
16 127 (4.32%) Blue Coat
17 109 (3.70%) Splunk
18 82 (2.79%) Symantec
19 79 (2.69%) Dell
20 74 (2.52%) NetApp