Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 78 76 56
Rank change year-on-year -2 -20 +3
Contract jobs citing Firewall 3,202 2,931 4,017
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.13% 3.04% 3.70%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.29% 22.32% 23.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,013 1,906 2,565
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £258
90th Percentile £625 £564 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +6.41% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 107 111
UK median hourly rate £37.62 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.41% +7.14% +19.15%
10th Percentile £15.02 £15.50 £14.25
90th Percentile £59.75 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.38 £28.00
% change year-on-year +27.83% -2.21% +21.74%

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 13,751 13,129 16,801
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 13.61% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,418 7,887 10,196
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 769 746 811
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.22 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +21.95%

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 19 August 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 19 August 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 19 August 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 0 2,940 £435 +7.08% 826
UK excluding London -4 1,854 £415 +6.41% 589
London +14 1,277 £463 +2.78% 277
South East -2 658 £430 +6.70% 148
North of England -8 387 £425 +10.39% 143
Midlands 0 261 £400 +3.23% 102
North West +5 199 £425 +9.68% 85
South West -9 182 £375 - 57
West Midlands -2 173 £400 +3.23% 65
East of England +10 171 £400 +6.67% 98
Yorkshire -10 146 £438 +4.17% 47
Scotland -70 112 £348 -10.77% 24
East Midlands +9 87 £375 - 37
Wales +9 73 £400 +122.22% 15
North East -24 46 £356 +7.95% 11
Northern Ireland +33 12 £500 +25.00% 2
Channel Islands - 1 £175 -

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, 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 1,432 (44.72%) Cisco
2 1,004 (31.36%) Windows
3 728 (22.74%) WAN
4 713 (22.27%) Cisco Certification
5 691 (21.58%) Linux
6 677 (21.14%) LAN
7 663 (20.71%) Security Cleared
8 628 (19.61%) Microsoft
9 612 (19.11%) VPN
10 604 (18.86%) VMware
11 603 (18.83%) Active Directory
12 580 (18.11%) Network Security
13 536 (16.74%) DNS
14 520 (16.24%) ITIL
14 520 (16.24%) CheckPoint
15 517 (16.15%) CCNP
16 513 (16.02%) Data Centre
17 506 (15.80%) TCP/IP
18 491 (15.33%) SC Cleared
19 476 (14.87%) Windows Server
20 457 (14.27%) Finance
21 451 (14.08%) Microsoft Azure
22 440 (13.74%) Amazon AWS
23 437 (13.65%) Cisco ASA
24 433 (13.52%) Wireless
24 433 (13.52%) Juniper
25 392 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
26 360 (11.24%) Migration
27 331 (10.34%) BGP
27 331 (10.34%) F5

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
1 183 (5.72%) MS Exchange
2 118 (3.69%) IIS
3 111 (3.47%) Skype for Business
4 101 (3.15%) Apache
5 94 (2.94%) SharePoint
6 79 (2.47%) nginx
7 60 (1.87%) Tomcat
8 56 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
9 44 (1.37%) OpenStack
10 39 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
11 31 (0.97%) Confluence
12 27 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
13 15 (0.47%) CMS
13 15 (0.47%) WebSphere
14 14 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
14 14 (0.44%) JBoss
15 12 (0.37%) Apache Spark
16 11 (0.34%) Drupal
17 10 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 9 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 125 (3.90%) Microsoft Office
2 67 (2.09%) MS Visio
3 42 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.062%) Simulink
8 1 (0.031%) Maya
Business Applications
1 10 (0.31%) RMDS
2 7 (0.22%) ION MarketView
3 4 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
4 3 (0.094%) Oracle Cash Management
4 3 (0.094%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.062%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.062%) SAP GRC
6 1 (0.031%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.031%) Magento
6 1 (0.031%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 451 (14.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 440 (13.74%) Amazon AWS
3 277 (8.65%) Office 365
4 123 (3.84%) IaaS
5 118 (3.69%) PaaS
6 106 (3.31%) SaaS
7 71 (2.22%) AWS CloudFormation
8 55 (1.72%) Amazon EC2
9 52 (1.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 48 (1.50%) Serverless
11 46 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
12 45 (1.41%) AWS Lambda
13 37 (1.16%) Amazon ELB
14 36 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
15 34 (1.06%) GitHub
16 32 (1.00%) Amazon S3
17 22 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
17 22 (0.69%) OpenShift
18 13 (0.41%) Route 53
18 13 (0.41%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 728 (22.74%) WAN
2 677 (21.14%) LAN
3 612 (19.11%) VPN
4 580 (18.11%) Network Security
5 536 (16.74%) DNS
6 506 (15.80%) TCP/IP
7 437 (13.65%) Cisco ASA
8 433 (13.52%) Wireless
9 331 (10.34%) BGP
10 287 (8.96%) OSPF
11 270 (8.43%) DHCP
12 264 (8.24%) MPLS
13 235 (7.34%) Cisco Nexus
14 230 (7.18%) VLAN
15 227 (7.09%) Internet
16 222 (6.93%) SSL
17 211 (6.59%) SAN
18 188 (5.87%) VoIP
19 158 (4.93%) IPsec
20 151 (4.72%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 180 (5.62%) SQL Server
2 98 (3.06%) MySQL
3 89 (2.78%) MongoDB
4 75 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
5 51 (1.59%) Hadoop
6 48 (1.50%) Amazon RDS
7 43 (1.34%) Big Data
8 39 (1.22%) NoSQL
9 28 (0.87%) SQL Server 2016
10 25 (0.78%) Oracle Database
11 23 (0.72%) HBase
12 18 (0.56%) Redis
13 17 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
14 16 (0.50%) DB2
14 16 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
15 14 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
16 13 (0.41%) Apache Hive
16 13 (0.41%) Relational Database
17 12 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
18 10 (0.31%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 171 (5.34%) Jenkins
2 162 (5.06%) Git (software)
3 77 (2.40%) Artifactory
4 54 (1.69%) JIRA
5 47 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
6 29 (0.91%) Maven
6 29 (0.91%) TeamCity
7 26 (0.81%) Subversion
8 25 (0.78%) Vagrant
9 24 (0.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 19 (0.59%) Bitbucket
11 16 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (0.47%) Metasploit
13 13 (0.41%) Cucumber
13 13 (0.41%) GitLab
13 13 (0.41%) Rational Team Concert
13 13 (0.41%) Selenium
13 13 (0.41%) Visual Studio
14 11 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
14 11 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 457 (14.27%) Finance
2 162 (5.06%) Telecoms
3 143 (4.47%) Banking
4 70 (2.19%) Retail
5 51 (1.59%) Legal
6 42 (1.31%) Manufacturing
7 37 (1.16%) Law
8 25 (0.78%) Marketing
9 24 (0.75%) Back Office
10 23 (0.72%) Investment Banking
11 18 (0.56%) Electronics
12 12 (0.37%) Financial Institution
13 11 (0.34%) Games
14 10 (0.31%) French Language
14 10 (0.31%) Publishing
15 8 (0.25%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.25%) Spanish Language
16 7 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
17 6 (0.19%) Advertising
17 6 (0.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 850 (26.55%) Network Engineer
2 372 (11.62%) Architect
3 293 (9.15%) Analyst
4 269 (8.40%) Security Engineer
5 224 (7.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 220 (6.87%) Consultant
7 174 (5.43%) DevOps Engineer
8 169 (5.28%) Cisco Engineer
9 155 (4.84%) Network Security Engineer
10 154 (4.81%) Support Engineer
11 141 (4.40%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 126 (3.94%) Security Analyst
13 113 (3.53%) Security Architect
14 111 (3.47%) Senior Network Engineer
15 105 (3.28%) Network Architect
16 104 (3.25%) Firewall Engineer
17 99 (3.09%) Administrator
18 81 (2.53%) Cloud Engineer
19 68 (2.12%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
20 67 (2.09%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (3.00%) Web Services
2 86 (2.69%) 802.1X
3 70 (2.19%) Elastic Stack
4 67 (2.09%) LDAP
5 59 (1.84%) Middleware
6 58 (1.81%) RabbitMQ
7 48 (1.50%) .NET
8 46 (1.44%) LEMP Stack
9 35 (1.09%) ActiveMQ
10 32 (1.00%) JSON
10 32 (1.00%) SAML
11 31 (0.97%) LAMP
12 29 (0.91%) XML
13 28 (0.87%) Sensu
14 26 (0.81%) HTML
15 23 (0.72%) Rendezvous
15 23 (0.72%) REST
16 22 (0.69%) CSS
16 22 (0.69%) Spring
17 20 (0.62%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 513 (16.02%) Data Centre
2 203 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
3 176 (5.50%) PKI
4 146 (4.56%) Management Information System
5 118 (3.69%) Computer Science
6 109 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
7 82 (2.56%) Private Cloud
8 71 (2.22%) Public Cloud
9 62 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
10 61 (1.91%) Clustering
11 45 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
12 42 (1.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 42 (1.31%) Replication
13 38 (1.19%) Virtual Team
14 37 (1.16%) Cyberthreat
15 36 (1.12%) Client/Server
16 34 (1.06%) Fat Client
16 34 (1.06%) Thin Client
17 31 (0.97%) NHS
18 30 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,004 (31.36%) Windows
2 691 (21.58%) Linux
3 476 (14.87%) Windows Server
4 298 (9.31%) Unix
5 164 (5.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 161 (5.03%) Windows 10
7 148 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 129 (4.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 115 (3.59%) Windows 7
10 82 (2.56%) CentOS
11 57 (1.78%) Solaris
12 42 (1.31%) Ubuntu
13 33 (1.03%) Windows 8
14 31 (0.97%) AIX
15 29 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
16 27 (0.84%) Windows XP
17 17 (0.53%) Windows NT
18 16 (0.50%) Android
19 14 (0.44%) Check Point GAiA
20 12 (0.37%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 520 (16.24%) ITIL
2 360 (11.24%) Migration
3 323 (10.09%) Load Balancing
4 313 (9.78%) DevOps
5 283 (8.84%) Agile Software Development
6 279 (8.71%) Information Security
6 279 (8.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 278 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
8 258 (8.06%) SIEM
9 226 (7.06%) Network Design
10 214 (6.68%) Cybersecurity
11 188 (5.87%) Configuration Management
12 175 (5.47%) Change Management
13 150 (4.68%) Project Management
14 148 (4.62%) Network Management
15 138 (4.31%) Disaster Recovery
16 123 (3.84%) Continuous Integration
17 120 (3.75%) Service Management
18 119 (3.72%) Service Delivery
18 119 (3.72%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 271 (8.46%) SQL
2 264 (8.24%) PowerShell
3 248 (7.75%) Python
4 143 (4.47%) Bash Shell
5 107 (3.34%) Perl
6 98 (3.06%) Java
7 81 (2.53%) Ruby
8 72 (2.25%) C
9 39 (1.22%) C#
10 37 (1.16%) JavaScript
11 30 (0.94%) Shell Script
12 24 (0.75%) PHP
13 23 (0.72%) VBScript
14 15 (0.47%) C++
15 13 (0.41%) Groovy
16 11 (0.34%) Scala
17 10 (0.31%) Go
17 10 (0.31%) VB
18 6 (0.19%) JCL
19 4 (0.12%) AWK
Qualifications
1 713 (22.27%) Cisco Certification
2 663 (20.71%) Security Cleared
3 517 (16.15%) CCNP
4 491 (15.33%) SC Cleared
5 290 (9.06%) CCNA
6 195 (6.09%) Degree
7 189 (5.90%) CISSP
8 165 (5.15%) CCIE
9 147 (4.59%) DV Cleared
10 106 (3.31%) Microsoft Certification
11 85 (2.65%) CISM
12 63 (1.97%) CCDP
13 60 (1.87%) CCSE
14 55 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
15 46 (1.44%) CCSA
16 45 (1.41%) MCSA
17 44 (1.37%) MCSE
18 40 (1.25%) JNCIS
19 38 (1.19%) CISA
20 33 (1.03%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (4.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 83 (2.59%) PCI DSS
3 71 (2.22%) SLA
4 58 (1.81%) GDPR
5 56 (1.75%) QA
6 29 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 19 (0.59%) COBIT
8 13 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 13 (0.41%) PMO
9 10 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
9 10 (0.31%) HIPAA
10 9 (0.28%) NIST 800
11 8 (0.25%) RMADS
12 7 (0.22%) GCP
12 7 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 7 (0.22%) JSP 440
13 5 (0.16%) Data Quality
13 5 (0.16%) HL7
13 5 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
13 5 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 603 (18.83%) Active Directory
2 392 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 194 (6.06%) Hyper-V
4 187 (5.84%) Docker
5 111 (3.47%) VMware ESXi
6 95 (2.97%) vSphere
7 60 (1.87%) XenApp
8 58 (1.81%) XenDesktop
9 56 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
10 54 (1.69%) XenServer
11 50 (1.56%) VMware NSX
12 47 (1.47%) ProxySG
13 31 (0.97%) BitLocker
14 27 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
15 24 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
16 23 (0.72%) NFS
17 21 (0.66%) Xen
18 16 (0.50%) Firmware
19 15 (0.47%) DFS Replication
20 14 (0.44%) LXC
Systems Management
1 184 (5.75%) Ansible
2 160 (5.00%) Puppet
3 139 (4.34%) SCCM
4 127 (3.97%) FortiGate
5 118 (3.69%) Terraform
6 105 (3.28%) Kubernetes
7 78 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
8 61 (1.91%) SCOM
9 58 (1.81%) Nessus
10 53 (1.66%) HAProxy
11 46 (1.44%) vCenter Server
11 46 (1.44%) WSUS
12 41 (1.28%) Cisco Prime
13 40 (1.25%) Cisco CUCM
14 36 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
15 35 (1.09%) Backup Exec
15 35 (1.09%) logstash
16 31 (0.97%) Norton AntiVirus
17 26 (0.81%) Nagios
17 26 (0.81%) Nmap
Vendors
1 1,432 (44.72%) Cisco
2 628 (19.61%) Microsoft
3 604 (18.86%) VMware
4 520 (16.24%) CheckPoint
5 433 (13.52%) Juniper
6 331 (10.34%) F5
7 321 (10.02%) Palo Alto
8 274 (8.56%) Citrix
9 211 (6.59%) HP
10 191 (5.97%) Oracle
11 174 (5.43%) McAfee
12 166 (5.18%) Red Hat
13 146 (4.56%) Splunk
14 137 (4.28%) SolarWinds
15 135 (4.22%) Fortinet
16 110 (3.44%) Aruba
17 108 (3.37%) Blue Coat
18 99 (3.09%) NetApp
19 86 (2.69%) IBM
20 77 (2.40%) Dell