Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 69 69 75
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6 +6
Contract jobs citing Firewall 977 2,938 3,315
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.35% 3.31% 3.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.60% 25.13% 24.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 691 1,959 2,118
Median daily rate £450 £425 £431
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -1.45% +7.81%
10th Percentile £250 £235 £262
90th Percentile £594 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £420
% change year-on-year +6.25% -4.76% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 72 120
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £37.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +13.18% +25.17%
10th Percentile £19.25 £15.33 £15.18
90th Percentile £47.45 £82.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% +21.43% +27.83%

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 3,971 11,692 13,660
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.62% 13.17% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,271 7,105 8,295
Median daily rate £430 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.88% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 623 725
Median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.08% +32.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.54 £13.13 £12.21
90th Percentile £54.88 £53.50 £48.45
Median hourly rate £33.25 £23.50 £19.39
% change year-on-year +41.49% +21.23% +4.28%

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 20 September 2020.

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 20 September 2020.

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 20 September 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 +5 878 £450 +5.88% 414
UK excluding London +6 516 £425 +6.25% 341
London +5 389 £475 -2.81% 99
Work from Home +3 165 £450 +14.29% 48
South East +1 151 £425 +5.59% 70
North of England +13 114 £408 +8.67% 78
Midlands +16 93 £438 +25.00% 75
South West +23 78 £425 - 59
North West +8 69 £400 +5.26% 45
West Midlands +8 68 £474 +26.33% 47
Scotland +11 43 £340 -20.00% 14
Yorkshire +29 42 £463 +23.33% 27
East Midlands +11 25 £387 +24.68% 28
East of England -14 25 £325 -18.75% 32
Wales +20 11 £278 -15.27% 12
North East +5 3 £475 +52.00% 6
Northern Ireland +17 1 £430 -18.10% 1

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 392 (40.12%) Cisco
2 293 (29.99%) Windows
3 239 (24.46%) WAN
4 226 (23.13%) Azure
5 211 (21.60%) Security Cleared
6 209 (21.39%) VPN
7 204 (20.88%) Cisco Certification
8 198 (20.27%) DNS
9 196 (20.06%) Active Directory
10 195 (19.96%) LAN
11 190 (19.45%) Linux
12 178 (18.22%) Microsoft
13 170 (17.40%) Network Security
14 161 (16.48%) SC Cleared
15 154 (15.76%) VMware
16 150 (15.35%) Finance
17 144 (14.74%) CCNP
18 134 (13.72%) F5
19 130 (13.31%) TCP/IP
20 128 (13.10%) CheckPoint
20 128 (13.10%) Data Centre
21 127 (13.00%) AWS
22 120 (12.28%) Juniper
23 117 (11.98%) Wireless
24 116 (11.87%) DevOps
25 115 (11.77%) Migration
26 112 (11.46%) Palo Alto
27 108 (11.05%) BGP
28 107 (10.95%) Office 365
29 105 (10.75%) 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 34 (3.48%) MS Exchange
2 33 (3.38%) Skype for Business
3 32 (3.28%) Confluence
4 31 (3.17%) SharePoint
5 18 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (1.13%) Cloud Foundry
7 9 (0.92%) Apache
7 9 (0.92%) IIS
7 9 (0.92%) Mule
8 8 (0.82%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.72%) CMS
9 7 (0.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.72%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.61%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.41%) Headless CMS
12 4 (0.41%) JBoss
12 4 (0.41%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 23 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.92%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.23%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payroll
3 2 (0.20%) Maximo
3 2 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.10%) assyst
4 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 226 (23.13%) Azure
2 127 (13.00%) AWS
3 107 (10.95%) Office 365
4 83 (8.50%) PaaS
5 67 (6.86%) IaaS
6 62 (6.35%) SaaS
7 43 (4.40%) GCP
8 33 (3.38%) GitHub
9 27 (2.76%) Azure Active Directory
10 21 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
11 19 (1.94%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 18 (1.84%) Slack
13 17 (1.74%) Amazon EC2
14 14 (1.43%) Amazon S3
15 13 (1.33%) OneDrive
16 11 (1.13%) AWS CloudFormation
17 9 (0.92%) npm
17 9 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 6 (0.61%) Amazon GuardDuty
18 6 (0.61%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 239 (24.46%) WAN
2 209 (21.39%) VPN
3 198 (20.27%) DNS
4 195 (19.96%) LAN
5 170 (17.40%) Network Security
6 130 (13.31%) TCP/IP
7 117 (11.98%) Wireless
8 108 (11.05%) BGP
9 100 (10.24%) OSPF
10 93 (9.52%) MPLS
11 89 (9.11%) Internet
12 87 (8.90%) Cisco ASA
13 71 (7.27%) VLAN
14 69 (7.06%) Cisco Nexus
14 69 (7.06%) DHCP
14 69 (7.06%) VoIP
15 64 (6.55%) SSL
16 62 (6.35%) EIGRP
17 60 (6.14%) IPsec
18 57 (5.83%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (4.20%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.35%) MySQL
3 17 (1.74%) Big Data
4 14 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
4 14 (1.43%) Oracle Database
4 14 (1.43%) Relational Database
5 9 (0.92%) DB2
6 8 (0.82%) Cosmos DB
7 7 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (0.51%) BigQuery
8 5 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.51%) SAP HANA
9 4 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (0.31%) Power BI
11 2 (0.20%) Neo4j
11 2 (0.20%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.20%) Redis
Development Applications
1 72 (7.37%) Jenkins
2 67 (6.86%) Git (software)
3 54 (5.53%) JIRA
4 28 (2.87%) Sonatype Nexus
5 24 (2.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 23 (2.35%) GitLab
7 15 (1.54%) Maven
8 9 (0.92%) Bitbucket
8 9 (0.92%) JUnit
8 9 (0.92%) Mockito
8 9 (0.92%) Selenium
9 7 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 6 (0.61%) GoCD
11 5 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
11 5 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (0.41%) Metasploit
12 4 (0.41%) SonarQube
12 4 (0.41%) TeamCity
13 3 (0.31%) Artifactory
14 2 (0.20%) SoapUI
General
1 150 (15.35%) Finance
2 58 (5.94%) Public Sector
3 57 (5.83%) Telecoms
4 46 (4.71%) Banking
5 21 (2.15%) Financial Institution
6 19 (1.94%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.74%) Electronics
8 16 (1.64%) Legal
8 16 (1.64%) Marketing
9 8 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
10 7 (0.72%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.61%) Local Government
12 5 (0.51%) Law
13 4 (0.41%) French Language
13 4 (0.41%) German Language
14 3 (0.31%) Back Office
14 3 (0.31%) Police
14 3 (0.31%) Retail
14 3 (0.31%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.20%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 291 (29.79%) Network Engineer
2 112 (11.46%) Architect
3 103 (10.54%) Security Engineer
4 73 (7.47%) Analyst
5 65 (6.65%) Consultant
6 53 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 49 (5.02%) DevOps Engineer
8 40 (4.09%) Cisco Engineer
9 39 (3.99%) Network Security Engineer
10 37 (3.79%) Network Architect
11 36 (3.68%) Cloud Engineer
11 36 (3.68%) Security Analyst
12 34 (3.48%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 34 (3.48%) Senior Network Engineer
13 32 (3.28%) Developer
13 32 (3.28%) Security Architect
14 30 (3.07%) Support Engineer
15 29 (2.97%) Azure Engineer
16 25 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
17 24 (2.46%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (4.20%) .NET
2 30 (3.07%) Middleware
3 25 (2.56%) REST
4 23 (2.35%) LDAP
4 23 (2.35%) SAML
5 22 (2.25%) Web Services
6 18 (1.84%) 802.1X
7 17 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
8 13 (1.33%) Oracle Fusion
9 12 (1.23%) JSON
9 12 (1.23%) RESTful
10 11 (1.13%) gRPC
10 11 (1.13%) Node.js
10 11 (1.13%) Swagger
11 10 (1.02%) OAuth
11 10 (1.02%) Spring
11 10 (1.02%) Spring Boot
12 9 (0.92%) Express
12 9 (0.92%) Jest
12 9 (0.92%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 128 (13.10%) Data Centre
2 68 (6.96%) PKI
3 50 (5.12%) Management Information System
4 40 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (4.09%) Public Cloud
5 35 (3.58%) Self-Motivation
6 24 (2.46%) Virtual Team
7 20 (2.05%) Cyberthreat
8 17 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
9 16 (1.64%) NHS
9 16 (1.64%) User Experience
10 15 (1.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 13 (1.33%) Mobile App
12 12 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
13 11 (1.13%) Clustering
14 10 (1.02%) Private Cloud
14 10 (1.02%) Replication
14 10 (1.02%) Security Operations Centre
15 9 (0.92%) Client/Server
15 9 (0.92%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 293 (29.99%) Windows
2 190 (19.45%) Linux
3 98 (10.03%) Windows Server
4 69 (7.06%) Unix
5 63 (6.45%) Windows Server 2016
6 61 (6.24%) Windows 10
7 43 (4.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 42 (4.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 28 (2.87%) Windows Server 2008
10 24 (2.46%) CentOS
11 15 (1.54%) Windows 7
12 13 (1.33%) Apple iOS
13 10 (1.02%) Solaris
13 10 (1.02%) Windows Server 2019
14 9 (0.92%) AIX
15 4 (0.41%) Check Point GAiA
15 4 (0.41%) Debian
15 4 (0.41%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.41%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.41%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (11.87%) DevOps
2 115 (11.77%) Migration
3 104 (10.64%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (10.64%) SIEM
4 92 (9.42%) Cybersecurity
5 81 (8.29%) Information Security
6 79 (8.09%) Load Balancing
7 69 (7.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 59 (6.04%) ITIL
9 57 (5.83%) Problem-Solving
10 55 (5.63%) Network Design
11 52 (5.32%) Security Operations
12 48 (4.91%) Configuration Management
13 47 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
13 47 (4.81%) Network Virtualisation
14 46 (4.71%) Infrastructure as Code
15 44 (4.50%) Change Management
16 43 (4.40%) Disaster Recovery
17 42 (4.30%) Security Architecture
18 40 (4.09%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 90 (9.21%) Python
2 73 (7.47%) PowerShell
3 56 (5.73%) Bash Shell
4 54 (5.53%) Java
5 46 (4.71%) SQL
6 30 (3.07%) Shell Script
7 28 (2.87%) C
8 21 (2.15%) C#
9 17 (1.74%) Go
10 15 (1.54%) Perl
11 14 (1.43%) Ruby
12 11 (1.13%) JavaScript
13 9 (0.92%) ES6
14 6 (0.61%) PHP
15 5 (0.51%) Groovy
15 5 (0.51%) Scala
16 4 (0.41%) C++
17 2 (0.20%) Lisp
17 2 (0.20%) PL/SQL
18 1 (0.10%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 211 (21.60%) Security Cleared
2 204 (20.88%) Cisco Certification
3 161 (16.48%) SC Cleared
4 144 (14.74%) CCNP
5 91 (9.31%) CCNA
6 72 (7.37%) CISSP
7 58 (5.94%) CCIE
8 54 (5.53%) DV Cleared
9 31 (3.17%) Degree
10 24 (2.46%) Microsoft Certification
11 23 (2.35%) CCDP
12 19 (1.94%) CCSP
12 19 (1.94%) GIAC
13 18 (1.84%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 18 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.54%) CISM
15 14 (1.43%) CEH
16 13 (1.33%) MCSE
17 12 (1.23%) CCDA
18 11 (1.13%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (2.35%) GDPR
3 19 (1.94%) QA
4 17 (1.74%) SLA
5 13 (1.33%) NCSC
6 11 (1.13%) PCI DSS
7 10 (1.02%) NIST
8 6 (0.61%) COBIT
9 3 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
9 3 (0.31%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.20%) PMO
11 1 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.10%) FedRAMP
11 1 (0.10%) GLP
11 1 (0.10%) GMP
11 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
11 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 17025
11 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 196 (20.06%) Active Directory
2 105 (10.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (6.04%) Docker
4 46 (4.71%) Virtual Machines
5 42 (4.30%) vSphere
6 40 (4.09%) Hyper-V
7 33 (3.38%) VMware NSX
8 30 (3.07%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.54%) XenApp
10 9 (0.92%) ProxySG
11 8 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 8 (0.82%) NFS
12 7 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.51%) vCloud
13 5 (0.51%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.41%) GlusterFS
14 4 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.41%) Xen
15 3 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 83 (8.50%) Ansible
2 71 (7.27%) Terraform
3 69 (7.06%) Kubernetes
4 58 (5.94%) FortiGate
5 46 (4.71%) Puppet
6 41 (4.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 35 (3.58%) Opscode Chef
8 33 (3.38%) SCCM
9 23 (2.35%) Packer
10 18 (1.84%) vCenter Server
11 17 (1.74%) Cisco Prime
12 16 (1.64%) Grafana
13 15 (1.54%) Nessus
14 14 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
15 13 (1.33%) Prometheus
15 13 (1.33%) ZABBIX
16 11 (1.13%) WSUS
17 10 (1.02%) Network Intrusion Detection System
18 8 (0.82%) Cisco CUCM
18 8 (0.82%) QRadar
Vendors
1 392 (40.12%) Cisco
2 178 (18.22%) Microsoft
3 154 (15.76%) VMware
4 134 (13.72%) F5
5 128 (13.10%) CheckPoint
6 120 (12.28%) Juniper
7 112 (11.46%) Palo Alto
8 86 (8.80%) Fortinet
9 81 (8.29%) Splunk
10 76 (7.78%) Oracle
11 67 (6.86%) Citrix
12 53 (5.42%) Meraki
13 50 (5.12%) SolarWinds
14 44 (4.50%) Dell
15 43 (4.40%) Blue Coat
16 41 (4.20%) HP
17 32 (3.28%) CyberArk
18 28 (2.87%) Red Hat
19 26 (2.66%) Atlassian
20 25 (2.56%) Google