Period
to 24 January 2020

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 24 January 2020 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
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 67 75 85
Rank change year-on-year +8 +10 -27
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,382 3,303 2,928
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.30% 3.32% 2.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.93% 25.97% 21.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,527 2,123 1,847
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £273 £250
90th Percentile £600 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 88 84
UK median hourly rate £44.26 £41.77 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.97% +68.75% +17.22%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.35 £13.50
90th Percentile £82.50 £53.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £21.78
% change year-on-year +20.69% +33.15% +8.90%

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 9,955 12,719 13,406
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.78% 12.77% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,977 7,663 8,285
UK median daily rate £412 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.06% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £183 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 572 596 688
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.73 £18.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.16% - -16.78%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £46.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +17.14% -7.89% -15.56%

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020. 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 +8 2,237 £413 -2.94% 1,106
UK excluding London +6 1,510 £400 -3.03% 887
London +5 823 £450 -0.55% 276
South East +6 527 £425 +5.59% 261
North of England -1 332 £385 -9.41% 225
Midlands +22 209 £375 -9.09% 128
North West +14 198 £400 -5.88% 111
South West -9 176 £400 - 100
East of England +19 160 £375 -6.25% 116
West Midlands +18 146 £385 -3.75% 79
Yorkshire -6 106 £375 -11.76% 87
Scotland -14 79 £450 +7.46% 29
East Midlands +8 63 £350 -17.16% 49
North East -11 29 £375 +3.45% 27
Wales -1 26 £328 -22.94% 22
Northern Ireland +2 3 - - 5

For the 6 months to 24 January 2020, 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 1,130 (47.44%) Cisco
2 692 (29.05%) Windows
3 640 (26.87%) Cisco Certification
4 608 (25.52%) WAN
5 565 (23.72%) LAN
6 528 (22.17%) VPN
7 453 (19.02%) Active Directory
8 451 (18.93%) Azure
9 449 (18.85%) Microsoft
9 449 (18.85%) VMware
10 442 (18.56%) CCNP
11 425 (17.84%) Network Security
12 408 (17.13%) Security Cleared
12 408 (17.13%) DNS
13 396 (16.62%) Palo Alto
14 378 (15.87%) Data Centre
15 374 (15.70%) Linux
16 365 (15.32%) CheckPoint
17 347 (14.57%) Wireless
18 333 (13.98%) Finance
19 320 (13.43%) Windows Server
20 319 (13.39%) TCP/IP
20 319 (13.39%) Cisco ASA
21 306 (12.85%) ITIL
22 303 (12.72%) SC Cleared
23 302 (12.68%) CCNA
24 300 (12.59%) Juniper
24 300 (12.59%) AWS
25 291 (12.22%) Migration
26 278 (11.67%) BGP

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
1 109 (4.58%) MS Exchange
2 65 (2.73%) Skype for Business
3 64 (2.69%) SharePoint
4 46 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 39 (1.64%) IIS
6 35 (1.47%) Confluence
7 30 (1.26%) Apache
7 30 (1.26%) OpenStack
8 29 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
9 18 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 17 (0.71%) Tomcat
11 16 (0.67%) WebLogic
12 13 (0.55%) Apache Spark
13 7 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
14 6 (0.25%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
16 4 (0.17%) JBoss
16 4 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
17 3 (0.13%) nginx
17 3 (0.13%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 80 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.05%) MS Visio
3 20 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.042%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.042%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
1 11 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.42%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 8 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.29%) assyst
5 5 (0.21%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.13%) Aligne
7 3 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.084%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 2 (0.084%) Sentinel
9 1 (0.042%) Cognos Planning
9 1 (0.042%) Magento
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle ERP
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle HRMS
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle Payroll
9 1 (0.042%) Oracle Retail
9 1 (0.042%) Sage 1000
9 1 (0.042%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 1 (0.042%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 451 (18.93%) Azure
2 300 (12.59%) AWS
3 245 (10.29%) Office 365
4 156 (6.55%) IaaS
5 140 (5.88%) PaaS
5 140 (5.88%) SaaS
6 78 (3.27%) Azure Active Directory
7 64 (2.69%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 60 (2.52%) GCP
9 41 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
10 27 (1.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 26 (1.09%) AWS CloudFormation
12 18 (0.76%) OpenShift
13 17 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
14 14 (0.59%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.59%) OneDrive
15 9 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 9 (0.38%) GitHub
15 9 (0.38%) Mimecast
15 9 (0.38%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 608 (25.52%) WAN
2 565 (23.72%) LAN
3 528 (22.17%) VPN
4 425 (17.84%) Network Security
5 408 (17.13%) DNS
6 347 (14.57%) Wireless
7 319 (13.39%) Cisco ASA
7 319 (13.39%) TCP/IP
8 278 (11.67%) BGP
9 235 (9.87%) OSPF
10 217 (9.11%) MPLS
11 216 (9.07%) DHCP
12 204 (8.56%) Cisco Nexus
13 196 (8.23%) Internet
14 184 (7.72%) VoIP
15 156 (6.55%) SAN
16 155 (6.51%) VLAN
17 136 (5.71%) Wi-Fi
18 133 (5.58%) IPsec
19 116 (4.87%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (3.48%) SQL Server
2 36 (1.51%) MySQL
3 25 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
4 19 (0.80%) Big Data
4 19 (0.80%) Oracle Database
5 15 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
6 13 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (0.55%) Hadoop
7 12 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
7 12 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
8 11 (0.46%) Relational Database
8 11 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.42%) NoSQL
10 7 (0.29%) Power BI
11 5 (0.21%) Amazon Redshift
11 5 (0.21%) Cosmos DB
11 5 (0.21%) Data Lake
11 5 (0.21%) SQL Server 2014
12 4 (0.17%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 63 (2.64%) Jenkins
2 53 (2.23%) JIRA
3 31 (1.30%) Git (software)
4 19 (0.80%) Selenium
4 19 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
5 18 (0.76%) Artifactory
5 18 (0.76%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 15 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (0.59%) GitLab
7 14 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (0.55%) IBM UrbanCode
9 12 (0.50%) Maven
10 11 (0.46%) SonarQube
11 10 (0.42%) Bitbucket
12 9 (0.38%) Subversion
12 9 (0.38%) TeamCity
13 8 (0.34%) Burp Suite
13 8 (0.34%) MSI
14 7 (0.29%) Cucumber
14 7 (0.29%) Vagrant
General
1 333 (13.98%) Finance
2 134 (5.63%) Public Sector
3 130 (5.46%) Telecoms
4 94 (3.95%) Banking
5 46 (1.93%) Retail
6 37 (1.55%) Law
7 27 (1.13%) Legal
8 26 (1.09%) Manufacturing
9 25 (1.05%) Marketing
10 18 (0.76%) Police
11 15 (0.63%) Electronics
12 14 (0.59%) Billing
13 13 (0.55%) Publishing
14 12 (0.50%) Financial Institution
15 11 (0.46%) Games
15 11 (0.46%) German Language
15 11 (0.46%) Investment Banking
16 10 (0.42%) Multimedia
17 9 (0.38%) Advertising
18 8 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 740 (31.07%) Network Engineer
2 296 (12.43%) Architect
3 208 (8.73%) Security Engineer
4 202 (8.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 172 (7.22%) Analyst
6 145 (6.09%) Cisco Engineer
7 130 (5.46%) Consultant
8 117 (4.91%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 116 (4.87%) Network Security Engineer
9 116 (4.87%) Support Engineer
10 94 (3.95%) Network Architect
11 93 (3.90%) Administrator
12 92 (3.86%) Firewall Engineer
13 91 (3.82%) Senior Network Engineer
14 78 (3.27%) Security Architect
15 68 (2.85%) Cloud Engineer
16 55 (2.31%) Network Support
17 53 (2.23%) Azure Engineer
17 53 (2.23%) IT Engineer
18 52 (2.18%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (3.27%) Web Services
2 52 (2.18%) 802.1X
3 42 (1.76%) .NET
4 40 (1.68%) SAML
5 37 (1.55%) LDAP
6 19 (0.80%) Middleware
6 19 (0.80%) REST
7 16 (0.67%) OAuth
8 13 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
8 13 (0.55%) XML
9 12 (0.50%) JSON
9 12 (0.50%) OpenID
9 12 (0.50%) SOAP
10 11 (0.46%) LAMP
10 11 (0.46%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 11 (0.46%) Velocity
11 10 (0.42%) AngularJS
11 10 (0.42%) ASP.NET
11 10 (0.42%) HTML
12 9 (0.38%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 378 (15.87%) Data Centre
2 100 (4.20%) Management Information System
3 94 (3.95%) PKI
4 83 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
5 64 (2.69%) Replication
6 61 (2.56%) Public Cloud
7 51 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
8 38 (1.60%) Hybrid Cloud
9 34 (1.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 33 (1.39%) Clustering
11 32 (1.34%) Video Conferencing
12 28 (1.18%) Driving Licence
13 27 (1.13%) NHS
14 24 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
14 24 (1.01%) Private Cloud
15 20 (0.84%) Fat Client
15 20 (0.84%) Thin Client
16 18 (0.76%) Cyberthreat
17 16 (0.67%) Client/Server
18 15 (0.63%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 692 (29.05%) Windows
2 374 (15.70%) Linux
3 320 (13.43%) Windows Server
4 140 (5.88%) Windows 10
5 135 (5.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 134 (5.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 85 (3.57%) Unix
8 72 (3.02%) Windows 7
9 71 (2.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (2.10%) CentOS
11 37 (1.55%) Ubuntu
11 37 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
12 21 (0.88%) Windows XP
13 16 (0.67%) Android
13 16 (0.67%) Windows 8
14 15 (0.63%) Mac OS
15 14 (0.59%) Check Point GAiA
16 13 (0.55%) Debian
17 12 (0.50%) AIX
17 12 (0.50%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 306 (12.85%) ITIL
2 291 (12.22%) Migration
3 232 (9.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 222 (9.32%) Cybersecurity
5 202 (8.48%) Information Security
6 201 (8.44%) DevOps
7 193 (8.10%) Load Balancing
8 188 (7.89%) SIEM
9 176 (7.39%) Agile Software Development
10 168 (7.05%) Network Design
11 158 (6.63%) Change Management
12 152 (6.38%) Problem-Solving
13 134 (5.63%) Project Delivery
14 132 (5.54%) Disaster Recovery
15 102 (4.28%) Project Management
16 96 (4.03%) Configuration Management
17 93 (3.90%) Network Management
18 91 (3.82%) Incident Management
19 87 (3.65%) Vulnerability Management
20 85 (3.57%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 212 (8.90%) PowerShell
2 191 (8.02%) SQL
3 163 (6.84%) Python
4 74 (3.11%) Java
5 65 (2.73%) Bash Shell
6 39 (1.64%) C
6 39 (1.64%) JavaScript
7 27 (1.13%) Ruby
8 26 (1.09%) Perl
9 21 (0.88%) Shell Script
10 20 (0.84%) Go
11 18 (0.76%) C++
12 17 (0.71%) PHP
13 11 (0.46%) Groovy
13 11 (0.46%) Scala
13 11 (0.46%) VB
14 10 (0.42%) C#
15 8 (0.34%) VBScript
16 6 (0.25%) VBA
17 2 (0.084%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 640 (26.87%) Cisco Certification
2 442 (18.56%) CCNP
3 408 (17.13%) Security Cleared
4 303 (12.72%) SC Cleared
5 302 (12.68%) CCNA
6 134 (5.63%) Degree
7 126 (5.29%) CCIE
8 120 (5.04%) CISSP
9 75 (3.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 72 (3.02%) DV Cleared
11 67 (2.81%) CCDP
12 42 (1.76%) MCSE
13 41 (1.72%) CISM
14 36 (1.51%) GIAC
15 33 (1.39%) TOGAF Certification
16 28 (1.18%) JNCIP
17 25 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
18 24 (1.01%) CCDA
19 23 (0.97%) CCSP
19 23 (0.97%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (4.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 62 (2.60%) SLA
3 52 (2.18%) PCI DSS
4 45 (1.89%) NIST
5 42 (1.76%) GDPR
6 31 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 28 (1.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 24 (1.01%) QA
9 19 (0.80%) NCSC
10 18 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
11 15 (0.63%) COBIT
12 13 (0.55%) PMO
13 9 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 9 (0.38%) RMADS
14 8 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 7 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 6 (0.25%) SSAE 16
17 5 (0.21%) JSP 440
17 5 (0.21%) NIST 800
18 4 (0.17%) HIPAA
System Software
1 453 (19.02%) Active Directory
2 264 (11.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 106 (4.45%) VMware ESXi
4 104 (4.37%) Hyper-V
5 72 (3.02%) vSphere
6 70 (2.94%) XenApp
7 64 (2.69%) XenDesktop
8 55 (2.31%) Virtual Machines
9 52 (2.18%) Docker
10 51 (2.14%) VMware NSX
11 19 (0.80%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 18 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
13 17 (0.71%) DFS Replication
13 17 (0.71%) Firmware
14 12 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
15 10 (0.42%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.42%) iptables
15 10 (0.42%) NFS
16 9 (0.38%) KVM
16 9 (0.38%) VMFS
Systems Management
1 131 (5.50%) SCCM
2 116 (4.87%) Ansible
3 103 (4.32%) FortiGate
4 96 (4.03%) Terraform
5 51 (2.14%) vCenter Server
6 50 (2.10%) Microsoft Intune
7 47 (1.97%) Puppet
8 46 (1.93%) Nagios
9 42 (1.76%) Kubernetes
9 42 (1.76%) WSUS
10 41 (1.72%) SCOM
11 37 (1.55%) Single Sign-On
12 36 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
13 31 (1.30%) Cisco Prime
14 28 (1.18%) Nessus
15 24 (1.01%) Cisco CUCM
16 19 (0.80%) Consul
17 17 (0.71%) Backup Exec
17 17 (0.71%) QRadar
17 17 (0.71%) vRealize
Vendors
1 1,130 (47.44%) Cisco
2 449 (18.85%) Microsoft
2 449 (18.85%) VMware
3 396 (16.62%) Palo Alto
4 365 (15.32%) CheckPoint
5 300 (12.59%) Juniper
6 239 (10.03%) F5
7 211 (8.86%) Citrix
8 156 (6.55%) Fortinet
9 146 (6.13%) SolarWinds
10 105 (4.41%) HP
11 104 (4.37%) Meraki
12 103 (4.32%) Oracle
13 102 (4.28%) Aruba
14 101 (4.24%) Splunk
15 97 (4.07%) McAfee
16 80 (3.36%) Red Hat
17 61 (2.56%) Blue Coat
17 61 (2.56%) Dell
18 49 (2.06%) Google