Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 67 79 75
Rank change year-on-year +12 -4 -19
Contract jobs citing Firewall 3,110 3,206 2,931
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.34% 3.08% 3.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.25% 23.18% 22.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,995 1,979 1,915
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £233 £255 £250
90th Percentile £594 £613 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £390
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 115 107
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.27% -
10th Percentile £12.50 £13.86 £15.15
90th Percentile £52.50 £55.00 £51.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.34 £35.00 £26.69
% change year-on-year -27.61% +31.14% -3.99%

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 11,846 13,830 13,011
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.71% 13.27% 13.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,288 8,497 7,819
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £204
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +1.27% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 570 776 767
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% -22.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% +5.26% -24.00%

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 20 July 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 20 July 2019.

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 20 July 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 +9 2,811 £425 - 1,255
UK excluding London +5 1,917 £400 -3.03% 991
London +9 1,128 £500 +11.11% 329
South East +10 652 £400 -5.88% 260
North of England +8 347 £376 -11.47% 257
Midlands +9 270 £350 -14.63% 179
South West -8 234 £415 +3.75% 107
North West -7 182 £400 -5.88% 134
Scotland +61 180 £425 +21.43% 40
East of England +7 173 £425 +6.25% 123
West Midlands -4 167 £375 -8.81% 119
East Midlands +20 103 £325 -14.47% 60
Yorkshire +11 102 £400 -5.88% 104
North East +42 63 £300 -21.05% 19
Wales -9 52 £425 +6.25% 21
Northern Ireland +2 8 £465 -7.00% 3
Channel Islands -5 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 1,449 (46.59%) Cisco
2 838 (26.95%) Windows
3 833 (26.78%) WAN
4 807 (25.95%) Cisco Certification
5 740 (23.79%) LAN
6 654 (21.03%) VPN
7 631 (20.29%) CheckPoint
8 619 (19.90%) Microsoft
9 597 (19.20%) Microsoft Azure
10 596 (19.16%) Active Directory
11 554 (17.81%) CCNP
12 548 (17.62%) Data Centre
13 541 (17.40%) VMware
14 537 (17.27%) Network Security
15 511 (16.43%) Linux
16 493 (15.85%) DNS
17 468 (15.05%) Finance
18 448 (14.41%) Windows Server
19 444 (14.28%) Cisco ASA
20 443 (14.24%) Security Cleared
21 436 (14.02%) F5
22 427 (13.73%) Amazon AWS
23 426 (13.70%) Palo Alto
24 385 (12.38%) Office 365
25 382 (12.28%) CCNA
26 381 (12.25%) ITIL
26 381 (12.25%) Wireless
27 372 (11.96%) TCP/IP
28 367 (11.80%) Juniper
28 367 (11.80%) 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
1 173 (5.56%) MS Exchange
2 110 (3.54%) SharePoint
3 107 (3.44%) IIS
4 91 (2.93%) Skype for Business
5 59 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
6 53 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2010
7 33 (1.06%) Apache
8 32 (1.03%) OpenStack
9 31 (1.00%) nginx
10 23 (0.74%) Tomcat
11 22 (0.71%) Confluence
12 19 (0.61%) WebLogic
13 16 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
14 14 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
15 9 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
15 9 (0.29%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 8 (0.26%) JBoss
17 7 (0.23%) GlassFish
17 7 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 129 (4.15%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 30 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.032%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.032%) Stata
Business Applications
1 11 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
2 10 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.29%) Oracle Retail
4 7 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.064%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.064%) Maximo
5 2 (0.064%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.064%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.032%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.032%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.032%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.032%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 1 (0.032%) Relativity
6 1 (0.032%) RMDS
6 1 (0.032%) SAP IS-U
6 1 (0.032%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.032%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 597 (19.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 427 (13.73%) Amazon AWS
3 385 (12.38%) Office 365
4 135 (4.34%) IaaS
5 132 (4.24%) PaaS
6 89 (2.86%) Google Cloud Platform
7 86 (2.77%) Azure Active Directory
8 78 (2.51%) SaaS
9 66 (2.12%) Cloud Computing
10 52 (1.67%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 43 (1.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 41 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
13 40 (1.29%) Amazon S3
14 28 (0.90%) OpenShift
15 27 (0.87%) Serverless
16 23 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
16 23 (0.74%) Mimecast
17 21 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
17 21 (0.68%) OneDrive
18 20 (0.64%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 833 (26.78%) WAN
2 740 (23.79%) LAN
3 654 (21.03%) VPN
4 537 (17.27%) Network Security
5 493 (15.85%) DNS
6 444 (14.28%) Cisco ASA
7 381 (12.25%) Wireless
8 372 (11.96%) TCP/IP
9 367 (11.80%) BGP
10 328 (10.55%) OSPF
11 321 (10.32%) Cisco Nexus
12 294 (9.45%) MPLS
13 292 (9.39%) DHCP
14 221 (7.11%) VLAN
15 210 (6.75%) VoIP
16 199 (6.40%) Internet
17 163 (5.24%) Wi-Fi
18 160 (5.14%) SAN
19 155 (4.98%) Intrusion Detection
20 140 (4.50%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 197 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 49 (1.58%) MySQL
3 39 (1.25%) Relational Database
4 37 (1.19%) Big Data
5 32 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
6 31 (1.00%) Oracle Database
7 22 (0.71%) NoSQL
8 19 (0.61%) RDBMS
9 16 (0.51%) MongoDB
10 14 (0.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 14 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
10 14 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
11 13 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
11 13 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
12 12 (0.39%) Hadoop
12 12 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
12 12 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 10 (0.32%) Apache Cassandra
13 10 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 8 (0.26%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 57 (1.83%) Git (software)
2 52 (1.67%) Jenkins
3 45 (1.45%) JIRA
4 30 (0.96%) Visual Studio
5 27 (0.87%) Sonatype Nexus
6 22 (0.71%) MSI
7 17 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 13 (0.42%) WiX
9 12 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
10 11 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 10 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
12 9 (0.29%) Hudson
12 9 (0.29%) ProC
12 9 (0.29%) Vagrant
13 8 (0.26%) Artifactory
13 8 (0.26%) Burp Suite
13 8 (0.26%) SonarQube
14 7 (0.23%) GoCD
14 7 (0.23%) Subversion
General
1 468 (15.05%) Finance
2 179 (5.76%) Telecoms
3 121 (3.89%) Banking
4 75 (2.41%) Retail
5 53 (1.70%) Financial Institution
6 52 (1.67%) Legal
7 39 (1.25%) Law
8 36 (1.16%) Manufacturing
9 29 (0.93%) Marketing
10 24 (0.77%) Investment Banking
11 22 (0.71%) Electronics
12 19 (0.61%) Publishing
13 15 (0.48%) Billing
14 12 (0.39%) Advertising
15 9 (0.29%) Games
16 8 (0.26%) Local Government
17 7 (0.23%) Multimedia
17 7 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
18 6 (0.19%) French Language
19 5 (0.16%) German Language
Job Titles
1 937 (30.13%) Network Engineer
2 432 (13.89%) Architect
3 239 (7.68%) Analyst
4 213 (6.85%) Security Engineer
5 206 (6.62%) Consultant
5 206 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 156 (5.02%) Cisco Engineer
7 151 (4.86%) Network Architect
8 146 (4.69%) Support Engineer
9 141 (4.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 139 (4.47%) Security Architect
11 138 (4.44%) Senior Network Engineer
12 131 (4.21%) Network Security Engineer
13 102 (3.28%) Administrator
14 100 (3.22%) Firewall Engineer
15 97 (3.12%) Cloud Engineer
16 85 (2.73%) DevOps Engineer
17 83 (2.67%) Security Analyst
18 73 (2.35%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
19 70 (2.25%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (2.70%) Web Services
2 60 (1.93%) 802.1X
3 55 (1.77%) .NET
4 53 (1.70%) LDAP
5 40 (1.29%) Middleware
6 36 (1.16%) REST
7 28 (0.90%) Elastic Stack
8 27 (0.87%) YAML
9 24 (0.77%) XML
10 23 (0.74%) JSON
11 18 (0.58%) SAML
11 18 (0.58%) Spine.js
12 16 (0.51%) Node.js
12 16 (0.51%) OAuth
12 16 (0.51%) SOAP
13 15 (0.48%) HTML
14 14 (0.45%) Regular Expression
14 14 (0.45%) Software Packaging
15 13 (0.42%) J2EE
15 13 (0.42%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 548 (17.62%) Data Centre
2 148 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 136 (4.37%) Management Information System
4 116 (3.73%) Public Cloud
5 84 (2.70%) Clustering
6 67 (2.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 66 (2.12%) PKI
7 66 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
8 51 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
9 49 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
10 42 (1.35%) Security Operations Centre
11 41 (1.32%) Driving Licence
12 37 (1.19%) Cyberattack
13 35 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
14 34 (1.09%) Replication
15 28 (0.90%) Hedge funds
15 28 (0.90%) NHS
16 27 (0.87%) Fat Client
16 27 (0.87%) Thin Client
17 24 (0.77%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 838 (26.95%) Windows
2 511 (16.43%) Linux
3 448 (14.41%) Windows Server
4 209 (6.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 169 (5.43%) Unix
6 164 (5.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 149 (4.79%) Windows 10
8 110 (3.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 79 (2.54%) Windows 7
10 61 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
11 48 (1.54%) Ubuntu
12 33 (1.06%) CentOS
13 31 (1.00%) Solaris
14 30 (0.96%) Windows 8
15 26 (0.84%) Windows XP
16 24 (0.77%) Debian
17 22 (0.71%) Android
18 20 (0.64%) AIX
18 20 (0.64%) Apple iOS
19 17 (0.55%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 381 (12.25%) ITIL
2 360 (11.58%) Migration
3 279 (8.97%) Load Balancing
4 273 (8.78%) Information Security
5 257 (8.26%) Cybersecurity
6 255 (8.20%) DevOps
7 252 (8.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 227 (7.30%) Agile Software Development
8 227 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
9 225 (7.23%) SIEM
10 197 (6.33%) Network Design
11 170 (5.47%) Change Management
12 140 (4.50%) Kalman Filter
12 140 (4.50%) Network Monitoring
13 135 (4.34%) Vulnerability Management
14 134 (4.31%) Network Management
15 128 (4.12%) Disaster Recovery
16 119 (3.83%) Incident Management
16 119 (3.83%) Service Delivery
17 112 (3.60%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 295 (9.49%) PowerShell
2 243 (7.81%) SQL
3 218 (7.01%) Python
4 120 (3.86%) Java
5 93 (2.99%) Bash Shell
6 67 (2.15%) Perl
7 61 (1.96%) JavaScript
8 53 (1.70%) C
9 49 (1.58%) Ruby
10 43 (1.38%) Shell Script
11 32 (1.03%) Go
12 26 (0.84%) C#
13 22 (0.71%) VB
14 19 (0.61%) PHP
15 18 (0.58%) C++
16 13 (0.42%) Korn
17 11 (0.35%) Groovy
17 11 (0.35%) PL/SQL
17 11 (0.35%) Scala
18 10 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 807 (25.95%) Cisco Certification
2 554 (17.81%) CCNP
3 443 (14.24%) Security Cleared
4 382 (12.28%) CCNA
5 312 (10.03%) SC Cleared
6 185 (5.95%) CCIE
7 163 (5.24%) Degree
8 152 (4.89%) CISSP
9 116 (3.73%) DV Cleared
10 102 (3.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 65 (2.09%) MCSE
12 59 (1.90%) CCDP
13 56 (1.80%) CEH
14 55 (1.77%) CCSA
14 55 (1.77%) CISM
15 53 (1.70%) CCSE
16 49 (1.58%) MCSA
17 45 (1.45%) SANS
18 39 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 33 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 124 (3.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 74 (2.38%) SLA
3 61 (1.96%) GDPR
4 59 (1.90%) PCI DSS
5 46 (1.48%) QA
6 38 (1.22%) NIST
7 29 (0.93%) COBIT
7 29 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 25 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 24 (0.77%) PMO
10 20 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
11 8 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 8 (0.26%) Data Quality
11 8 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
12 5 (0.16%) RMADS
13 4 (0.13%) HIPAA
13 4 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 4 (0.13%) MiFID
14 3 (0.096%) GAMP
14 3 (0.096%) NCSC
System Software
1 596 (19.16%) Active Directory
2 330 (10.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 195 (6.27%) Hyper-V
4 142 (4.57%) VMware ESXi
5 96 (3.09%) Docker
6 94 (3.02%) vSphere
7 92 (2.96%) XenApp
8 78 (2.51%) VMware NSX
9 52 (1.67%) XenDesktop
10 43 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
11 39 (1.25%) ProxySG
12 26 (0.84%) Firmware
12 26 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
13 23 (0.74%) LXC
14 20 (0.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 17 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
16 16 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
16 16 (0.51%) vCloud
17 15 (0.48%) KVM
18 12 (0.39%) Snort
Systems Management
1 186 (5.98%) SCCM
2 174 (5.59%) Ansible
3 113 (3.63%) Terraform
4 93 (2.99%) Kubernetes
5 91 (2.93%) SCOM
6 89 (2.86%) Puppet
7 88 (2.83%) FortiGate
8 58 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
9 51 (1.64%) Nessus
10 47 (1.51%) Microsoft Intune
11 46 (1.48%) Cisco Prime
12 45 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
13 37 (1.19%) vCenter Server
14 34 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
15 32 (1.03%) Packer
16 29 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
16 29 (0.93%) QRadar
17 28 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
18 27 (0.87%) vRealize
19 24 (0.77%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,449 (46.59%) Cisco
2 631 (20.29%) CheckPoint
3 619 (19.90%) Microsoft
4 541 (17.40%) VMware
5 436 (14.02%) F5
6 426 (13.70%) Palo Alto
7 367 (11.80%) Juniper
8 261 (8.39%) Citrix
9 184 (5.92%) Fortinet
10 167 (5.37%) HP
11 145 (4.66%) SolarWinds
12 119 (3.83%) McAfee
13 116 (3.73%) Red Hat
14 115 (3.70%) Oracle
15 113 (3.63%) Meraki
16 110 (3.54%) Blue Coat
17 100 (3.22%) Dell
18 91 (2.93%) Splunk
19 81 (2.60%) Aruba
20 76 (2.44%) NetApp