Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 82 70 71
Rank change year-on-year -12 +1 +8
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,619 1,581 3,064
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.83% 3.14% 3.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.88% 22.99% 26.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,098 1,039 2,004
10th Percentile £296 £232 £263
25th Percentile £363 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £430
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% -1.05% +1.06%
75th Percentile £543 £528 £525
90th Percentile £638 £638 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 67 94
10th Percentile £13.03 £18.00 £14.75
25th Percentile £15.00 £20.63 £21.39
Median hourly rate £24.00 £42.50 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -43.53% +21.43% +12.90%
75th Percentile £45.31 £51.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £54.33 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.25 £32.50 £25.67
% change year-on-year -28.46% +26.61% +14.09%

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 6,506 6,877 11,420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.64% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,183 4,203 7,187
10th Percentile £225 £178 £202
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 394 525
10th Percentile £12.93 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.43
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.19 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +21.69% +18.33% +0.27%
75th Percentile £50.00 £46.94 £43.75
90th Percentile £63.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% +11.43% -4.76%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 -7 1,322 £450 +5.88% 686
UK excluding London +4 791 £425 +2.41% 522
London -31 552 £475 +5.56% 191
Work from Home -46 437 £465 +9.41% 124
South East +20 285 £460 +9.52% 123
North of England -6 139 £400 +6.67% 154
Midlands 0 125 £400 -12.57% 113
South West +27 95 £400 - 57
West Midlands -7 83 £375 -21.05% 61
North West -14 76 £375 -6.13% 89
Scotland -36 75 £415 -7.78% 17
East of England +10 59 £400 - 48
Yorkshire +5 52 £425 +13.33% 55
East Midlands +17 40 £405 +26.56% 52
Wales +2 14 £400 -5.88% 8
North East +9 11 £425 +25.37% 10
Northern Ireland +7 4 £319 - 2
Channel Islands - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 637 (39.35%) Cisco
2 530 (32.74%) Windows
3 506 (31.25%) Azure
4 400 (24.71%) Linux
5 388 (23.97%) WAN
6 360 (22.24%) Active Directory
7 350 (21.62%) Microsoft
8 321 (19.83%) LAN
9 300 (18.53%) VMware
10 291 (17.97%) Network Security
11 288 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
12 284 (17.54%) VPN
13 274 (16.92%) Security Cleared
14 272 (16.80%) DNS
15 253 (15.63%) DevOps
16 238 (14.70%) Social Skills
17 227 (14.02%) Microsoft 365
18 218 (13.47%) Finance
19 215 (13.28%) CheckPoint
19 215 (13.28%) SC Cleared
20 212 (13.09%) Data Centre
21 210 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
22 207 (12.79%) Palo Alto
23 199 (12.29%) CCNP
24 192 (11.86%) TCP/IP
24 192 (11.86%) Windows Server
25 187 (11.55%) Wireless
26 181 (11.18%) Python
26 181 (11.18%) Terraform
27 179 (11.06%) AWS

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 53 (3.27%) SharePoint
2 51 (3.15%) MS Exchange
3 29 (1.79%) Confluence
4 27 (1.67%) Apache
5 26 (1.61%) WebSphere
6 24 (1.48%) Skype for Business
7 22 (1.36%) IIS
8 21 (1.30%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
10 9 (0.56%) Apache Spark
10 9 (0.56%) JBoss
11 8 (0.49%) Apache ServiceMix
12 7 (0.43%) CMS
12 7 (0.43%) IBM Domino
12 7 (0.43%) OpenStack
13 6 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
13 6 (0.37%) WebLogic
14 5 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
14 5 (0.31%) NetWeaver
14 5 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 89 (5.50%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (3.09%) MS Visio
3 36 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.062%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (0.86%) ION MarketView
2 9 (0.56%) Sentinel
3 7 (0.43%) Magento
3 7 (0.43%) Shopify
4 5 (0.31%) Eikon
4 5 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.31%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 3 (0.19%) StreamServe
6 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.12%) SAP MDG
7 1 (0.062%) Maximo
7 1 (0.062%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 506 (31.25%) Azure
2 227 (14.02%) Microsoft 365
3 179 (11.06%) AWS
4 128 (7.91%) PaaS
5 99 (6.11%) IaaS
6 88 (5.44%) SaaS
7 63 (3.89%) Azure Active Directory
8 59 (3.64%) GCP
9 43 (2.66%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 38 (2.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 26 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
11 26 (1.61%) OpenShift
12 25 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
13 24 (1.48%) Serverless
14 23 (1.42%) Azure Sentinel
15 20 (1.24%) Power Platform
16 19 (1.17%) GitHub
16 19 (1.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 18 (1.11%) OneDrive
18 15 (0.93%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 388 (23.97%) WAN
2 321 (19.83%) LAN
3 291 (17.97%) Network Security
4 284 (17.54%) VPN
5 272 (16.80%) DNS
6 192 (11.86%) TCP/IP
7 187 (11.55%) Wireless
8 137 (8.46%) Cisco ASA
9 131 (8.09%) BGP
10 129 (7.97%) OSPF
11 123 (7.60%) MPLS
12 122 (7.54%) Internet
13 113 (6.98%) Cisco Nexus
13 113 (6.98%) DHCP
14 109 (6.73%) VLAN
15 90 (5.56%) SSL
16 76 (4.69%) SD-WAN
17 74 (4.57%) VoIP
18 72 (4.45%) Wi-Fi
19 60 (3.71%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (5.25%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.22%) MySQL
3 19 (1.17%) Power BI
4 17 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
5 15 (0.93%) DB2
6 14 (0.86%) Big Data
7 13 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
8 12 (0.74%) Hadoop
8 12 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 11 (0.68%) NoSQL
10 10 (0.62%) Data Lake
11 9 (0.56%) SAP HANA
12 8 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.43%) MongoDB
14 6 (0.37%) HBase
14 6 (0.37%) HDInsight
14 6 (0.37%) Relational Database
15 5 (0.31%) Apache Hive
15 5 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 91 (5.62%) Jenkins
2 83 (5.13%) Git (software)
3 60 (3.71%) JIRA
4 24 (1.48%) GitLab
5 19 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
6 13 (0.80%) Bitbucket
7 12 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
7 12 (0.74%) ReSharper
7 12 (0.74%) SonarQube
8 11 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (0.56%) TeamCity
9 9 (0.56%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.43%) Maven
10 7 (0.43%) SoapUI
11 5 (0.31%) Postman
11 5 (0.31%) Vagrant
12 4 (0.25%) Subversion
12 4 (0.25%) Travis CI
12 4 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 3 (0.19%) Burp Suite
General
1 238 (14.70%) Social Skills
2 218 (13.47%) Finance
3 102 (6.30%) Banking
4 95 (5.87%) Public Sector
5 76 (4.69%) Telecoms
6 66 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
7 31 (1.91%) Manufacturing
8 29 (1.79%) Legal
9 28 (1.73%) Presentation Skills
10 27 (1.67%) Documentation Skills
11 23 (1.42%) Investment Banking
11 23 (1.42%) Law
12 22 (1.36%) Organisational Skills
13 20 (1.24%) Influencing Skills
14 18 (1.11%) Front Office
15 16 (0.99%) Billing
15 16 (0.99%) Marketing
16 14 (0.86%) Electronics
17 13 (0.80%) Retail
18 7 (0.43%) Police
Job Titles
1 410 (25.32%) Network Engineer
2 232 (14.33%) Architect
3 131 (8.09%) Azure Engineer
4 126 (7.78%) Security Engineer
5 119 (7.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 113 (6.98%) Analyst
7 93 (5.74%) DevOps Engineer
8 86 (5.31%) Consultant
9 83 (5.13%) Cloud Engineer
10 65 (4.01%) Security Architect
11 62 (3.83%) Cisco Engineer
11 62 (3.83%) Network Security Engineer
12 61 (3.77%) Network Architect
13 57 (3.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 55 (3.40%) Senior Network Engineer
15 51 (3.15%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 50 (3.09%) Project Manager
17 48 (2.96%) Support Engineer
18 46 (2.84%) Firewall Engineer
19 45 (2.78%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (3.09%) .NET
2 39 (2.41%) REST
3 36 (2.22%) Web Services
4 31 (1.91%) 802.1X
5 26 (1.61%) SAML
6 25 (1.54%) Middleware
7 21 (1.30%) YAML
8 20 (1.24%) JSON
8 20 (1.24%) Node.js
9 17 (1.05%) LDAP
10 16 (0.99%) Rendezvous
10 16 (0.99%) WebSphere MQ
11 15 (0.93%) .NET Framework
11 15 (0.93%) FIX Protocol
11 15 (0.93%) Software Packaging
12 12 (0.74%) Express
13 11 (0.68%) .NET Core
13 11 (0.68%) XML
14 9 (0.56%) SOAP
14 9 (0.56%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 212 (13.09%) Data Centre
2 60 (3.71%) Management Information System
3 51 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
4 44 (2.72%) PKI
4 44 (2.72%) Public Cloud
5 27 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
7 24 (1.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 22 (1.36%) Clustering
9 19 (1.17%) Security Operations Centre
10 15 (0.93%) NHS
10 15 (0.93%) Replication
11 13 (0.80%) Cloud Native
11 13 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
11 13 (0.80%) Driving Licence
12 12 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
13 11 (0.68%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 11 (0.68%) Private Cloud
13 11 (0.68%) Tandem
14 10 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 530 (32.74%) Windows
2 400 (24.71%) Linux
3 192 (11.86%) Windows Server
4 91 (5.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 87 (5.37%) Unix
6 67 (4.14%) Windows 10
7 38 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 35 (2.16%) Windows Server 2016
9 34 (2.10%) Windows Server 2008
10 30 (1.85%) CentOS
11 25 (1.54%) Windows Server 2019
12 24 (1.48%) Ubuntu
13 16 (0.99%) Solaris
13 16 (0.99%) Windows 7
14 14 (0.86%) Android
15 13 (0.80%) Apple iOS
16 8 (0.49%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 8 (0.49%) VMS
16 8 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
17 7 (0.43%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 253 (15.63%) DevOps
2 175 (10.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 166 (10.25%) Cybersecurity
4 161 (9.94%) Agile Software Development
5 159 (9.82%) SIEM
6 149 (9.20%) Migration
7 146 (9.02%) ITIL
8 130 (8.03%) Load Balancing
9 114 (7.04%) Change Management
10 104 (6.42%) Infrastructure as Code
11 101 (6.24%) Information Security
12 87 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
13 84 (5.19%) Kalman Filter
14 83 (5.13%) Network Design
15 81 (5.00%) Security Architecture
16 77 (4.76%) Project Management
17 76 (4.69%) Project Delivery
18 73 (4.51%) Disaster Recovery
19 69 (4.26%) Configuration Management
20 68 (4.20%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 181 (11.18%) Python
2 166 (10.25%) PowerShell
3 138 (8.52%) SQL
4 68 (4.20%) Bash Shell
5 63 (3.89%) Java
6 39 (2.41%) JavaScript
7 38 (2.35%) Shell Script
8 30 (1.85%) C#
9 29 (1.79%) Ruby
10 28 (1.73%) PHP
11 21 (1.30%) Perl
12 20 (1.24%) Go
13 13 (0.80%) C++
14 11 (0.68%) C
15 8 (0.49%) Groovy
15 8 (0.49%) VB
15 8 (0.49%) VB.NET
15 8 (0.49%) VBScript
16 7 (0.43%) T-SQL
16 7 (0.43%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 288 (17.79%) Cisco Certification
2 274 (16.92%) Security Cleared
3 215 (13.28%) SC Cleared
4 199 (12.29%) CCNP
5 143 (8.83%) CCNA
6 79 (4.88%) CISSP
7 68 (4.20%) Degree
8 56 (3.46%) CCIE
9 54 (3.34%) DV Cleared
10 42 (2.59%) CISM
11 41 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
12 27 (1.67%) CISA
13 21 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (1.17%) GIAC
14 19 (1.17%) TOGAF Certification
15 18 (1.11%) CCDP
16 17 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
16 17 (1.05%) JNCIA
16 17 (1.05%) MCSE
16 17 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (3.95%) NIST
2 58 (3.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 49 (3.03%) SLA
4 23 (1.42%) GDPR
4 23 (1.42%) QA
5 22 (1.36%) NCSC
6 19 (1.17%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.99%) COBIT
8 12 (0.74%) NIST 800
9 9 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 7 (0.43%) HIPAA
11 6 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 6 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.31%) GRC
12 5 (0.31%) PMO
12 5 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
14 3 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 3 (0.19%) SOC 2
15 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 17025
System Software
1 360 (22.24%) Active Directory
2 210 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (5.13%) Hyper-V
4 72 (4.45%) Docker
5 61 (3.77%) vSphere
6 51 (3.15%) Virtual Machines
6 51 (3.15%) VMware NSX
7 49 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
8 28 (1.73%) Virtual Desktop
9 17 (1.05%) ProxySG
10 14 (0.86%) Firmware
11 11 (0.68%) XenApp
12 10 (0.62%) iptables
13 9 (0.56%) KVM
13 9 (0.56%) NFS
14 7 (0.43%) Postfix
14 7 (0.43%) qmail
15 6 (0.37%) HDFS
15 6 (0.37%) Samba
15 6 (0.37%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 181 (11.18%) Terraform
2 163 (10.07%) Ansible
3 84 (5.19%) Kubernetes
4 65 (4.01%) FortiGate
5 59 (3.64%) Puppet
6 48 (2.96%) SCCM
7 40 (2.47%) Microsoft Intune
7 40 (2.47%) Opscode Chef
8 27 (1.67%) vCenter Server
9 19 (1.17%) Cisco Prime
9 19 (1.17%) vRealize
10 18 (1.11%) Nessus
11 13 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
11 13 (0.80%) ITRS Geneos
11 13 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
12 12 (0.74%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 10 (0.62%) Nagios
14 9 (0.56%) SolarWinds Orion
14 9 (0.56%) WSUS
15 8 (0.49%) HP NNM
Vendors
1 637 (39.35%) Cisco
2 350 (21.62%) Microsoft
3 300 (18.53%) VMware
4 215 (13.28%) CheckPoint
5 207 (12.79%) Palo Alto
6 168 (10.38%) Fortinet
7 166 (10.25%) F5
8 149 (9.20%) Citrix
9 144 (8.89%) Juniper
10 109 (6.73%) Red Hat
11 76 (4.69%) Oracle
12 67 (4.14%) HP
13 64 (3.95%) Splunk
14 60 (3.71%) Dell
15 58 (3.58%) Meraki
16 54 (3.34%) Aruba
16 54 (3.34%) IBM
17 53 (3.27%) SolarWinds
18 45 (2.78%) Blue Coat
19 36 (2.22%) McAfee