Period
to 21 October 2019

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 October 2019 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 69 73 82
Rank change year-on-year +4 +9 -27
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,820 3,372 2,966
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.32% 3.29% 2.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.05% 25.05% 21.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,806 2,109 1,873
UK median daily rate £425 £429 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.82% +7.13% -0.12%
10th Percentile £230 £256 £255
90th Percentile £600 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £388
% change year-on-year -3.03% +6.45% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 91 97
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £38.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.49% +26.65% +7.14%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.00 £13.90
90th Percentile £82.50 £60.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +21.43% +25.00% -

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 11,258 13,462 13,506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.15% 13.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,790 8,098 8,235
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £195 £200 £187
90th Percentile £600 £605 £582
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 615 659 723
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £19.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.89% -1.30% -16.30%
10th Percentile £13.60 £12.20 £11.32
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% -2.56% -22.00%

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 21 October 2019.

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 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Top 16 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 October 2019. 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 +5 2,612 £425 -1.05% 1,153
UK excluding London +6 1,787 £400 -3.03% 878
London +6 965 £500 +6.95% 333
South East +10 682 £412 -3.06% 296
North of England -9 318 £375 -11.76% 181
Midlands +25 268 £350 -6.67% 149
South West -6 201 £425 +6.25% 108
North West +4 193 £380 -10.59% 107
West Midlands +16 179 £371 -1.00% 83
East of England +7 168 £385 -3.75% 86
Scotland +13 114 £400 +14.29% 33
Yorkshire -15 96 £375 -11.76% 63
East Midlands +23 89 £331 -11.73% 66
Wales -4 32 £328 -27.22% 22
North East -8 29 £325 - 11
Northern Ireland -4 4 £525 +5.00% 3

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, 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 1,337 (47.41%) Cisco
2 840 (29.79%) Windows
3 773 (27.41%) Cisco Certification
4 751 (26.63%) WAN
5 708 (25.11%) LAN
6 596 (21.13%) VPN
7 578 (20.50%) Microsoft
8 560 (19.86%) Active Directory
9 552 (19.57%) Azure
10 529 (18.76%) CCNP
11 522 (18.51%) VMware
12 508 (18.01%) Network Security
13 486 (17.23%) CheckPoint
14 464 (16.45%) DNS
15 453 (16.06%) Linux
16 443 (15.71%) Data Centre
17 435 (15.43%) Palo Alto
18 422 (14.96%) Windows Server
19 419 (14.86%) Finance
20 418 (14.82%) Security Cleared
21 407 (14.43%) Cisco ASA
22 402 (14.26%) TCP/IP
23 398 (14.11%) CCNA
24 394 (13.97%) Wireless
25 377 (13.37%) AWS
26 362 (12.84%) Office 365
27 344 (12.20%) ITIL
28 343 (12.16%) Juniper
29 326 (11.56%) F5
30 309 (10.96%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 171 (6.06%) MS Exchange
2 95 (3.37%) SharePoint
3 91 (3.23%) Skype for Business
4 64 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
5 62 (2.20%) IIS
6 52 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2013
7 36 (1.28%) Confluence
7 36 (1.28%) OpenStack
8 33 (1.17%) Apache
9 12 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.43%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
10 9 (0.32%) nginx
10 9 (0.32%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.28%) Apache Spark
12 6 (0.21%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 4 (0.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.14%) GlassFish
15 3 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 109 (3.87%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (1.28%) MS Visio
3 26 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.035%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
2 10 (0.35%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 5 (0.18%) assyst
4 4 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.11%) Aligne
5 3 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
5 3 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.071%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 2 (0.071%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.071%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.071%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.035%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.035%) Maximo
7 1 (0.035%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.035%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.035%) Oracle Payroll
7 1 (0.035%) Relativity
7 1 (0.035%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 552 (19.57%) Azure
2 377 (13.37%) AWS
3 362 (12.84%) Office 365
4 171 (6.06%) IaaS
5 164 (5.82%) PaaS
6 155 (5.50%) SaaS
7 85 (3.01%) Azure Active Directory
8 79 (2.80%) GCP
9 72 (2.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 64 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
11 28 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
11 28 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 23 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
13 21 (0.74%) Amazon S3
14 16 (0.57%) Route 53
15 15 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 15 (0.53%) Mimecast
15 15 (0.53%) OpenShift
16 14 (0.50%) OneDrive
17 13 (0.46%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 751 (26.63%) WAN
2 708 (25.11%) LAN
3 596 (21.13%) VPN
4 508 (18.01%) Network Security
5 464 (16.45%) DNS
6 407 (14.43%) Cisco ASA
7 402 (14.26%) TCP/IP
8 394 (13.97%) Wireless
9 298 (10.57%) BGP
10 264 (9.36%) DHCP
11 253 (8.97%) MPLS
12 248 (8.79%) OSPF
13 241 (8.55%) Cisco Nexus
14 232 (8.23%) VoIP
15 228 (8.09%) Internet
16 202 (7.16%) VLAN
17 168 (5.96%) SAN
18 154 (5.46%) Wi-Fi
19 133 (4.72%) NetScaler
20 128 (4.54%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 139 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 43 (1.52%) MySQL
3 31 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
4 30 (1.06%) Relational Database
5 27 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
6 26 (0.92%) Big Data
7 22 (0.78%) Oracle Database
8 15 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
9 14 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
10 12 (0.43%) Hadoop
11 10 (0.35%) NoSQL
11 10 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
12 8 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 7 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (0.25%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 7 (0.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 5 (0.18%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 57 (2.02%) Jenkins
2 49 (1.74%) JIRA
3 36 (1.28%) Git (software)
4 22 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
5 19 (0.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 17 (0.60%) Visual Studio
7 15 (0.53%) SonarQube
8 14 (0.50%) Artifactory
8 14 (0.50%) GitLab
8 14 (0.50%) Selenium
8 14 (0.50%) Vagrant
8 14 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
9 13 (0.46%) MSI
10 12 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 11 (0.39%) Maven
11 11 (0.39%) Subversion
12 8 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
13 6 (0.21%) Bitbucket
13 6 (0.21%) Burp Suite
14 5 (0.18%) Hudson
General
1 419 (14.86%) Finance
2 180 (6.38%) Telecoms
3 128 (4.54%) Public Sector
4 113 (4.01%) Banking
5 43 (1.52%) Retail
6 40 (1.42%) Legal
7 36 (1.28%) Law
7 36 (1.28%) Manufacturing
8 33 (1.17%) Financial Institution
9 30 (1.06%) Marketing
10 21 (0.74%) Billing
11 17 (0.60%) Electronics
11 17 (0.60%) Investment Banking
12 16 (0.57%) Publishing
13 14 (0.50%) Games
14 13 (0.46%) Local Government
15 11 (0.39%) Multimedia
16 8 (0.28%) Automotive
17 7 (0.25%) Aerospace
17 7 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 871 (30.89%) Network Engineer
2 349 (12.38%) Architect
3 249 (8.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 234 (8.30%) Security Engineer
5 204 (7.23%) Analyst
6 161 (5.71%) Cisco Engineer
7 152 (5.39%) Consultant
8 136 (4.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 136 (4.82%) Support Engineer
9 133 (4.72%) Network Security Engineer
10 120 (4.26%) Network Architect
11 107 (3.79%) Senior Network Engineer
12 106 (3.76%) Firewall Engineer
13 103 (3.65%) Security Architect
14 99 (3.51%) Cloud Engineer
15 97 (3.44%) Administrator
16 82 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
17 73 (2.59%) Network Support
18 62 (2.20%) Project Manager
19 59 (2.09%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (3.69%) Web Services
2 57 (2.02%) 802.1X
3 37 (1.31%) .NET
4 35 (1.24%) LDAP
5 28 (0.99%) SAML
6 21 (0.74%) Middleware
7 20 (0.71%) REST
8 18 (0.64%) OAuth
9 14 (0.50%) Elastic Stack
9 14 (0.50%) LAMP
9 14 (0.50%) Node.js
9 14 (0.50%) OpenID
9 14 (0.50%) Oracle Fusion
10 12 (0.43%) JSON
10 12 (0.43%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (0.39%) XML
12 10 (0.35%) Software Packaging
13 9 (0.32%) HTML
13 9 (0.32%) LEMP Stack
13 9 (0.32%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 443 (15.71%) Data Centre
2 125 (4.43%) Management Information System
3 92 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 89 (3.16%) Public Cloud
5 76 (2.70%) PKI
6 74 (2.62%) Replication
7 61 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
8 57 (2.02%) Hybrid Cloud
9 56 (1.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 55 (1.95%) Clustering
11 39 (1.38%) Driving Licence
12 33 (1.17%) Video Conferencing
13 28 (0.99%) NHS
14 27 (0.96%) Fat Client
14 27 (0.96%) Thin Client
15 22 (0.78%) CMDB
15 22 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
16 21 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
17 17 (0.60%) Hedge funds
18 16 (0.57%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 840 (29.79%) Windows
2 453 (16.06%) Linux
3 422 (14.96%) Windows Server
4 207 (7.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 177 (6.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 175 (6.21%) Windows 10
7 129 (4.57%) Unix
8 94 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 71 (2.52%) Windows 7
10 64 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
11 54 (1.91%) Ubuntu
12 45 (1.60%) CentOS
13 28 (0.99%) Windows XP
14 27 (0.96%) Windows 8
15 23 (0.82%) Check Point GAiA
16 21 (0.74%) Debian
17 20 (0.71%) VMS
18 17 (0.60%) Mac OS
19 15 (0.53%) Android
19 15 (0.53%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (12.20%) ITIL
2 308 (10.92%) Migration
3 301 (10.67%) Information Security
4 286 (10.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 233 (8.26%) Cybersecurity
6 229 (8.12%) DevOps
7 225 (7.98%) Load Balancing
8 218 (7.73%) SIEM
9 192 (6.81%) Problem-Solving
10 183 (6.49%) Disaster Recovery
11 182 (6.45%) Change Management
12 173 (6.13%) Network Design
13 165 (5.85%) Agile Software Development
14 137 (4.86%) Project Delivery
15 122 (4.33%) Project Management
16 119 (4.22%) Kalman Filter
17 115 (4.08%) Security Architecture
18 112 (3.97%) Network Management
19 111 (3.94%) Service Delivery
20 109 (3.87%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 300 (10.64%) PowerShell
2 216 (7.66%) SQL
3 199 (7.06%) Python
4 106 (3.76%) Java
5 84 (2.98%) Bash Shell
6 50 (1.77%) JavaScript
7 44 (1.56%) C
7 44 (1.56%) Ruby
8 36 (1.28%) Perl
9 31 (1.10%) Go
10 20 (0.71%) PHP
11 18 (0.64%) C++
12 17 (0.60%) VB
13 15 (0.53%) C#
14 12 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 12 (0.43%) VBScript
15 11 (0.39%) Scala
16 10 (0.35%) Groovy
17 4 (0.14%) VBA
18 3 (0.11%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 773 (27.41%) Cisco Certification
2 529 (18.76%) CCNP
3 418 (14.82%) Security Cleared
4 398 (14.11%) CCNA
5 303 (10.74%) SC Cleared
6 171 (6.06%) Degree
7 162 (5.74%) CCIE
8 153 (5.43%) CISSP
9 92 (3.26%) Microsoft Certification
10 91 (3.23%) DV Cleared
11 80 (2.84%) CCDP
12 57 (2.02%) CISM
13 49 (1.74%) CEH
14 48 (1.70%) MCSE
15 42 (1.49%) CCSE
16 40 (1.42%) CCSA
17 37 (1.31%) MCSA
18 30 (1.06%) SANS
19 29 (1.03%) TOGAF Certification
20 25 (0.89%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 124 (4.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 83 (2.94%) SLA
3 60 (2.13%) PCI DSS
4 48 (1.70%) NIST
5 34 (1.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 32 (1.13%) GDPR
6 32 (1.13%) QA
7 30 (1.06%) COBIT
8 25 (0.89%) Cyber Essentials
9 22 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 17 (0.60%) PMO
11 12 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 6 (0.21%) HIPAA
12 6 (0.21%) NCSC
13 5 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 4 (0.14%) ISO 9000
15 3 (0.11%) JSP 440
15 3 (0.11%) MiFID
15 3 (0.11%) NIST 800
15 3 (0.11%) RMADS
System Software
1 560 (19.86%) Active Directory
2 309 (10.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 155 (5.50%) Hyper-V
4 131 (4.65%) VMware ESXi
5 94 (3.33%) XenApp
6 84 (2.98%) Docker
7 82 (2.91%) vSphere
8 70 (2.48%) XenDesktop
9 57 (2.02%) VMware NSX
10 41 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
11 24 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
12 20 (0.71%) ProxySG
13 19 (0.67%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 19 (0.67%) Firmware
14 17 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
15 16 (0.57%) DFS Replication
16 14 (0.50%) KVM
16 14 (0.50%) LXC
17 13 (0.46%) ISA Server
18 12 (0.43%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 177 (6.28%) SCCM
2 158 (5.60%) Ansible
3 123 (4.36%) Terraform
4 100 (3.55%) FortiGate
5 76 (2.70%) Puppet
6 67 (2.38%) Kubernetes
7 59 (2.09%) Microsoft Intune
8 56 (1.99%) SCOM
9 54 (1.91%) Nessus
10 47 (1.67%) WSUS
11 44 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
12 41 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
12 41 (1.45%) Consul
13 40 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
14 36 (1.28%) Packer
15 35 (1.24%) Cisco Prime
16 33 (1.17%) Nagios
16 33 (1.17%) vCenter Server
17 19 (0.67%) Backup Exec
18 17 (0.60%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,337 (47.41%) Cisco
2 578 (20.50%) Microsoft
3 522 (18.51%) VMware
4 486 (17.23%) CheckPoint
5 435 (15.43%) Palo Alto
6 343 (12.16%) Juniper
7 326 (11.56%) F5
8 275 (9.75%) Citrix
9 169 (5.99%) Fortinet
10 154 (5.46%) HP
11 141 (5.00%) SolarWinds
12 132 (4.68%) Meraki
13 121 (4.29%) McAfee
14 115 (4.08%) Aruba
15 92 (3.26%) Splunk
16 91 (3.23%) Red Hat
17 89 (3.16%) Oracle
18 87 (3.09%) Blue Coat
19 82 (2.91%) Dell
20 65 (2.30%) NetApp