Period
to 26 September 2017

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 26 September 2017 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 77 55 59
Rank change year-on-year -22 +4 +9
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2994 4041 3561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.02% 3.79% 3.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.95% 23.94% 22.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1914 2598 2190
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £256 £263 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +5.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 102 130
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £28.75 £21.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.35% +33.57% +0.12%
10th Percentile £13.72 £14.56 £14.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.02 £43.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.94 £28.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year -6.30% +33.72% +2.38%

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 13638 16883 15878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.81% 14.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8233 10261 9032
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £221 £206
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 842 1024
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +24.42% +0.92%
10th Percentile £10.96 £11.52 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.96 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -24.16% +25.00% +1.50%

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 26 September 2017.

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 26 September 2017.

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 26 September 2017. 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 -23 2708 £408 +1.88% 276
UK excluding London -10 1895 £395 +5.33% 180
London -39 1059 £450 - 106
South East -5 670 £404 +1.00% 58
North of England -16 384 £380 -4.93% 47
Midlands -2 230 £388 +6.90% 34
South West -18 214 £375 +1.35% 10
Scotland +9 209 £400 +18.08% 7
North West -18 167 £400 -0.13% 24
West Midlands +2 158 £388 +10.71% 23
East of England -24 156 £375 +7.14% 21
Yorkshire -8 146 £420 - 20
North East +24 71 £330 - 3
East Midlands -16 70 £400 +12.28% 11
Wales -23 35 £215 -46.25% 3
Northern Ireland -44 10 £350 -27.27%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

For the 6 months to 26 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Firewall.

1 1428 (47.70%) Cisco
2 923 (30.83%) Windows
3 789 (26.35%) WAN
4 788 (26.32%) Linux
5 776 (25.92%) Cisco Certification
6 733 (24.48%) LAN
7 638 (21.31%) VMware
8 614 (20.51%) VPN
9 562 (18.77%) CheckPoint
10 540 (18.04%) Microsoft
11 538 (17.97%) Security Cleared
12 537 (17.94%) TCP/IP
13 536 (17.90%) Active Directory
14 525 (17.54%) DNS
15 524 (17.50%) CCNP
16 512 (17.10%) Network Security
17 480 (16.03%) Data Centre
18 470 (15.70%) ITIL
19 460 (15.36%) Windows Server
20 445 (14.86%) Cisco ASA
21 440 (14.70%) F5
22 428 (14.30%) Juniper
23 427 (14.26%) Unix
24 425 (14.20%) Finance
25 405 (13.53%) SC Cleared
26 392 (13.09%) Wireless
27 376 (12.56%) VMware Infrastructure
28 336 (11.22%) Load Balancing
29 334 (11.16%) Amazon AWS
30 327 (10.92%) HP

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
1 201 (6.71%) Apache
2 190 (6.35%) MS Exchange
3 143 (4.78%) IIS
4 132 (4.41%) Tomcat
5 100 (3.34%) JBoss
6 86 (2.87%) WebLogic
7 81 (2.71%) Skype for Business
8 63 (2.10%) SharePoint
9 57 (1.90%) nginx
10 53 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
10 53 (1.77%) Oracle Application Server
11 48 (1.60%) iPlanet
12 42 (1.40%) WebSphere
13 41 (1.37%) OpenStack
14 31 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
15 22 (0.73%) Apache Spark
16 21 (0.70%) Confluence
17 14 (0.47%) EPiServer
18 13 (0.43%) MQSeries
19 12 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 81 (2.71%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (1.80%) MS Visio
3 53 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.23%) SmartSuite
7 4 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.067%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.067%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 21 (0.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 8 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.20%) Maximo
4 5 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.067%) RMDS
6 2 (0.067%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.033%) assyst
7 1 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.033%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.033%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.033%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.033%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.033%) SAP PP
7 1 (0.033%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.033%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 334 (11.16%) Amazon AWS
2 304 (10.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 189 (6.31%) Office 365
4 126 (4.21%) IaaS
5 110 (3.67%) PaaS
6 69 (2.30%) SaaS
7 26 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
8 25 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 21 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
10 20 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
11 19 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
12 17 (0.57%) OpenShift
13 13 (0.43%) Mimecast
14 12 (0.40%) Akamai
14 12 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
15 10 (0.33%) GitHub
16 9 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
16 9 (0.30%) Amazon S3
17 8 (0.27%) Heroku
17 8 (0.27%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 789 (26.35%) WAN
2 733 (24.48%) LAN
3 614 (20.51%) VPN
4 537 (17.94%) TCP/IP
5 525 (17.54%) DNS
6 512 (17.10%) Network Security
7 445 (14.86%) Cisco ASA
8 392 (13.09%) Wireless
9 304 (10.15%) BGP
10 294 (9.82%) MPLS
11 277 (9.25%) Cisco Nexus
12 270 (9.02%) DHCP
13 268 (8.95%) SAN
14 246 (8.22%) OSPF
15 244 (8.15%) Internet
16 211 (7.05%) VLAN
17 208 (6.95%) VoIP
18 192 (6.41%) SSL
19 174 (5.81%) IPsec
20 151 (5.04%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (6.35%) SQL Server
2 70 (2.34%) MongoDB
3 68 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
4 65 (2.17%) Oracle Database
5 63 (2.10%) MySQL
6 42 (1.40%) Big Data
7 33 (1.10%) Relational Database
8 26 (0.87%) Hadoop
9 25 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
9 25 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
10 19 (0.63%) NoSQL
10 19 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
11 17 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
12 15 (0.50%) RDBMS
12 15 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
13 13 (0.43%) DB2
14 12 (0.40%) Parquet
15 10 (0.33%) Redis
16 9 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
16 9 (0.30%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 124 (4.14%) Jenkins
2 122 (4.07%) Git (software)
3 57 (1.90%) JIRA
4 55 (1.84%) Artifactory
5 43 (1.44%) Sonatype Nexus
6 36 (1.20%) Maven
7 33 (1.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 25 (0.84%) Visual Studio
9 21 (0.70%) Metasploit
10 18 (0.60%) Subversion
11 13 (0.43%) Selenium
11 13 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 13 (0.43%) TeamCity
12 12 (0.40%) MSI
12 12 (0.40%) Zephyr
13 9 (0.30%) Bitbucket
13 9 (0.30%) GitLab
13 9 (0.30%) IBM UrbanCode
14 8 (0.27%) Ant
15 7 (0.23%) Hudson
General
1 425 (14.20%) Finance
2 212 (7.08%) Telecoms
3 154 (5.14%) Banking
4 63 (2.10%) Retail
5 52 (1.74%) Manufacturing
6 41 (1.37%) Marketing
7 33 (1.10%) Law
8 29 (0.97%) Electronics
9 27 (0.90%) Legal
10 24 (0.80%) Back Office
10 24 (0.80%) Publishing
11 21 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 18 (0.60%) Billing
13 17 (0.57%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.37%) Spanish Language
15 9 (0.30%) Military
16 8 (0.27%) French Language
16 8 (0.27%) German Language
16 8 (0.27%) Local Government
17 5 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 789 (26.35%) Network Engineer
2 321 (10.72%) Architect
3 297 (9.92%) Analyst
4 243 (8.12%) Security Engineer
5 224 (7.48%) Cisco Engineer
6 213 (7.11%) Consultant
7 205 (6.85%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 160 (5.34%) Support Engineer
9 159 (5.31%) Security Analyst
10 144 (4.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 129 (4.31%) Administrator
12 127 (4.24%) Network Security Engineer
13 117 (3.91%) DevOps Engineer
14 115 (3.84%) Firewall Engineer
15 106 (3.54%) Network Architect
16 92 (3.07%) Security Consultant
16 92 (3.07%) Senior Network Engineer
17 85 (2.84%) Network Support
18 84 (2.81%) Systems Engineer
19 83 (2.77%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (3.01%) Web Services
2 85 (2.84%) .NET
3 76 (2.54%) Elastic Stack
4 67 (2.24%) J2EE
5 65 (2.17%) 802.1X
6 57 (1.90%) XML
7 46 (1.54%) Middleware
8 45 (1.50%) HTML
9 42 (1.40%) SOAP
10 36 (1.20%) LAPP Stack
11 34 (1.14%) Node.js
12 28 (0.94%) RabbitMQ
13 27 (0.90%) Sensu
14 26 (0.87%) CSS
15 24 (0.80%) Java EE
15 24 (0.80%) Kafka
15 24 (0.80%) SAML
16 22 (0.73%) Ajax
16 22 (0.73%) LAMP
17 21 (0.70%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 480 (16.03%) Data Centre
2 159 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
3 131 (4.38%) Management Information System
4 119 (3.97%) Clustering
5 109 (3.64%) PKI
6 100 (3.34%) Computer Science
7 49 (1.64%) Public Cloud
8 41 (1.37%) Private Cloud
9 40 (1.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 39 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
11 35 (1.17%) Replication
12 34 (1.14%) Mainframe
13 30 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
14 28 (0.94%) Security Operations Centre
15 25 (0.84%) DataPower
15 25 (0.84%) Driving Licence
15 25 (0.84%) Virtual Team
16 24 (0.80%) BYOD
17 23 (0.77%) Client/Server
18 22 (0.73%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 923 (30.83%) Windows
2 788 (26.32%) Linux
3 460 (15.36%) Windows Server
4 427 (14.26%) Unix
5 198 (6.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 188 (6.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 164 (5.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 140 (4.68%) Solaris
9 117 (3.91%) AIX
10 89 (2.97%) Windows 7
11 79 (2.64%) Windows 10
12 75 (2.51%) CentOS
13 66 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
14 65 (2.17%) SUSE
15 52 (1.74%) HPUX
16 43 (1.44%) Ubuntu
17 26 (0.87%) Windows 8
18 23 (0.77%) Windows Vista
18 23 (0.77%) Windows XP
19 20 (0.67%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 470 (15.70%) ITIL
2 336 (11.22%) Load Balancing
3 281 (9.39%) Information Security
4 264 (8.82%) DevOps
5 262 (8.75%) Migration
6 257 (8.58%) Network Design
7 212 (7.08%) Agile Software Development
8 211 (7.05%) SIEM
9 204 (6.81%) Cybersecurity
10 188 (6.28%) High Availability
11 159 (5.31%) Configuration Management
12 154 (5.14%) Change Management
13 141 (4.71%) Network Management
13 141 (4.71%) Project Management
14 116 (3.87%) Service Management
15 113 (3.77%) Open Source
16 107 (3.57%) Security Operations
16 107 (3.57%) Service Delivery
17 98 (3.27%) Change Control
17 98 (3.27%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 264 (8.82%) SQL
2 249 (8.32%) Python
3 194 (6.48%) Perl
4 188 (6.28%) Java
5 185 (6.18%) PowerShell
6 179 (5.98%) Bash Shell
7 72 (2.40%) Ruby
8 58 (1.94%) JavaScript
9 56 (1.87%) Shell Script
10 54 (1.80%) C
11 43 (1.44%) C#
12 38 (1.27%) Korn
13 26 (0.87%) PHP
13 26 (0.87%) VBScript
14 21 (0.70%) C-shell
15 14 (0.47%) C++
15 14 (0.47%) VB
16 13 (0.43%) PL/SQL
17 11 (0.37%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
18 9 (0.30%) Go
Qualifications
1 776 (25.92%) Cisco Certification
2 538 (17.97%) Security Cleared
3 524 (17.50%) CCNP
4 405 (13.53%) SC Cleared
5 312 (10.42%) CCNA
6 227 (7.58%) CCIE
7 195 (6.51%) CISSP
8 192 (6.41%) Degree
9 100 (3.34%) Microsoft Certification
10 94 (3.14%) DV Cleared
11 80 (2.67%) CCSE
11 80 (2.67%) CISM
12 78 (2.61%) CCDP
13 74 (2.47%) CCSA
14 69 (2.30%) JNCIA
15 63 (2.10%) MCSE
16 58 (1.94%) SANS
17 53 (1.77%) Computer Science Degree
18 42 (1.40%) JNCIE
19 41 (1.37%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (4.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 98 (3.27%) PCI DSS
3 92 (3.07%) SLA
4 77 (2.57%) QA
5 29 (0.97%) GDPR
6 17 (0.57%) PMO
6 17 (0.57%) RMADS
7 15 (0.50%) COBIT
8 14 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
9 12 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 10 (0.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 10 (0.33%) NIST 800
11 6 (0.20%) GPG13
12 5 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 4 (0.13%) AS 2805
13 4 (0.13%) GAMP
13 4 (0.13%) ISO 8583
14 3 (0.10%) HIPAA
System Software
1 536 (17.90%) Active Directory
2 376 (12.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 168 (5.61%) Hyper-V
4 121 (4.04%) VMware ESXi
5 116 (3.87%) vSphere
6 97 (3.24%) Docker
7 68 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
8 62 (2.07%) ProxySG
9 51 (1.70%) KVM
10 47 (1.57%) VMware NSX
11 44 (1.47%) XenApp
12 42 (1.40%) XenDesktop
13 39 (1.30%) XenServer
14 33 (1.10%) NFS
15 32 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
16 30 (1.00%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 28 (0.94%) iptables
18 24 (0.80%) Samba
19 22 (0.73%) Xen
20 20 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 213 (7.11%) Puppet
2 154 (5.14%) Ansible
3 143 (4.78%) SCCM
4 128 (4.28%) FortiGate
5 84 (2.81%) SCOM
6 79 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
7 69 (2.30%) Cisco Prime
8 60 (2.00%) Nagios
9 58 (1.94%) logstash
10 54 (1.80%) Kubernetes
11 51 (1.70%) McAfee ePO
12 47 (1.57%) Nessus
13 46 (1.54%) Kibana
14 35 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
14 35 (1.17%) WSUS
15 32 (1.07%) QRadar
16 30 (1.00%) Cacti
16 30 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
17 29 (0.97%) vCenter Server
18 28 (0.94%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1428 (47.70%) Cisco
2 638 (21.31%) VMware
3 562 (18.77%) CheckPoint
4 540 (18.04%) Microsoft
5 440 (14.70%) F5
6 428 (14.30%) Juniper
7 327 (10.92%) HP
8 302 (10.09%) Citrix
9 299 (9.99%) Oracle
10 293 (9.79%) Palo Alto
11 256 (8.55%) Red Hat
12 209 (6.98%) Fortinet
13 176 (5.88%) SolarWinds
14 161 (5.38%) McAfee
15 147 (4.91%) Blue Coat
16 134 (4.48%) IBM
17 124 (4.14%) Splunk
18 106 (3.54%) Riverbed
19 87 (2.91%) Dell
20 81 (2.71%) Symantec