Period
to 21 August 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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 75 55 57
Rank change year-on-year -20 +2 +12
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2896 4016 3595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.02% 3.70% 3.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.99% 23.56% 22.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1878 2563 2221
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £250 £258 £224
90th Percentile £566 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 111 136
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +20.43% +10.71%
10th Percentile £15.50 £14.25 £14.38
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.38 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.21% +24.44% +7.14%

Firewall is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 13170 17048 16301
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.75% 15.72% 14.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7887 10347 9178
UK median daily rate £405 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 822 972
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.25 £20.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.75% +22.87% +5.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.02
90th Percentile £49.19 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £26.50 £20.55
% change year-on-year -32.08% +28.95% +6.75%

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 21 August 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 21 August 2017.

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 21 August 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 -20 2637 £408 +1.88% 433
UK excluding London -15 1788 £390 +4.00% 313
London -29 1064 £450 - 146
South East -11 645 £403 +0.75% 95
North of England -17 366 £388 - 89
Midlands -4 216 £388 +3.33% 48
South West -24 209 £375 - 28
Scotland +14 178 £390 +11.43% 22
North West -23 153 £393 -1.88% 37
Yorkshire -15 147 £420 +5.00% 48
East of England -25 146 £375 +8.70% 27
West Midlands -1 142 £388 +5.80% 35
East Midlands -19 72 £375 -0.13% 13
North East +17 66 £330 +2.33% 4
Wales +2 41 £180 -51.19% 2
Northern Ireland -51 5 £400 -16.88% 2

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 1397 (48.24%) Cisco
2 872 (30.11%) Windows
3 795 (27.45%) Cisco Certification
4 769 (26.55%) WAN
5 734 (25.35%) Linux
6 720 (24.86%) LAN
7 630 (21.75%) VMware
8 593 (20.48%) VPN
9 545 (18.82%) Security Cleared
10 542 (18.72%) CheckPoint
11 535 (18.47%) Active Directory
12 525 (18.13%) Microsoft
13 521 (17.99%) CCNP
14 509 (17.58%) DNS
15 499 (17.23%) Data Centre
16 494 (17.06%) TCP/IP
17 480 (16.57%) ITIL
18 450 (15.54%) Network Security
19 449 (15.50%) Cisco ASA
20 445 (15.37%) F5
21 428 (14.78%) Windows Server
22 421 (14.54%) SC Cleared
23 415 (14.33%) Juniper
24 406 (14.02%) Wireless
25 403 (13.92%) Finance
26 398 (13.74%) Unix
27 368 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
28 347 (11.98%) HP
29 330 (11.40%) Load Balancing
30 325 (11.22%) CCNA

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
1 192 (6.63%) MS Exchange
2 183 (6.32%) Apache
3 120 (4.14%) IIS
4 113 (3.90%) Tomcat
5 89 (3.07%) JBoss
6 84 (2.90%) WebLogic
7 83 (2.87%) Skype for Business
8 63 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
9 62 (2.14%) nginx
10 60 (2.07%) SharePoint
11 47 (1.62%) Oracle Application Server
12 44 (1.52%) iPlanet
13 39 (1.35%) OpenStack
14 37 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
15 34 (1.17%) WebSphere
16 18 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
17 16 (0.55%) CMS
18 14 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
19 13 (0.45%) Apache Spark
19 13 (0.45%) Confluence
Applications
1 93 (3.21%) Microsoft Office
2 62 (2.14%) MS Visio
3 52 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 16 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.14%) SmartSuite
7 3 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.069%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 19 (0.66%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 9 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
3 7 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.069%) ION MarketView
5 2 (0.069%) Maximo
5 2 (0.069%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.035%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.035%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.035%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.035%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.035%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.035%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.035%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.035%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.035%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.035%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.035%) SAP PP
6 1 (0.035%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 309 (10.67%) Amazon AWS
2 294 (10.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 173 (5.97%) Office 365
4 115 (3.97%) IaaS
5 92 (3.18%) PaaS
6 71 (2.45%) SaaS
7 26 (0.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 24 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
9 20 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
10 19 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
12 13 (0.45%) Akamai
12 13 (0.45%) Mimecast
13 11 (0.38%) OpenShift
14 9 (0.31%) Amazon S3
14 9 (0.31%) GitHub
14 9 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
15 8 (0.28%) Amazon ELB
15 8 (0.28%) Heroku
16 7 (0.24%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 769 (26.55%) WAN
2 720 (24.86%) LAN
3 593 (20.48%) VPN
4 509 (17.58%) DNS
5 494 (17.06%) TCP/IP
6 450 (15.54%) Network Security
7 449 (15.50%) Cisco ASA
8 406 (14.02%) Wireless
9 310 (10.70%) BGP
10 288 (9.94%) MPLS
11 268 (9.25%) Cisco Nexus
12 263 (9.08%) SAN
13 261 (9.01%) DHCP
14 243 (8.39%) Internet
14 243 (8.39%) OSPF
15 202 (6.98%) VLAN
16 200 (6.91%) VoIP
17 186 (6.42%) SSL
18 151 (5.21%) IPsec
19 140 (4.83%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 196 (6.77%) SQL Server
2 71 (2.45%) PostgreSQL
3 70 (2.42%) MySQL
4 66 (2.28%) MongoDB
5 58 (2.00%) Oracle Database
6 39 (1.35%) Big Data
6 39 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
7 33 (1.14%) Relational Database
8 30 (1.04%) Hadoop
9 26 (0.90%) Apache Cassandra
10 19 (0.66%) NoSQL
10 19 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
11 18 (0.62%) RDBMS
12 15 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
13 14 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
14 10 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
14 10 (0.35%) DB2
14 10 (0.35%) Redis
14 10 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
15 9 (0.31%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 117 (4.04%) Jenkins
2 102 (3.52%) Git (software)
3 47 (1.62%) Artifactory
3 47 (1.62%) Sonatype Nexus
4 37 (1.28%) JIRA
5 34 (1.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 25 (0.86%) Visual Studio
7 23 (0.79%) Maven
8 18 (0.62%) Subversion
9 13 (0.45%) Metasploit
10 12 (0.41%) MSI
10 12 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
11 11 (0.38%) Selenium
12 9 (0.31%) GitLab
13 7 (0.24%) Hudson
13 7 (0.24%) IBM UrbanCode
13 7 (0.24%) TeamCity
13 7 (0.24%) Vagrant
13 7 (0.24%) Zephyr
14 6 (0.21%) Gerrit
General
1 403 (13.92%) Finance
2 187 (6.46%) Telecoms
3 148 (5.11%) Banking
4 63 (2.18%) Retail
5 56 (1.93%) Manufacturing
6 45 (1.55%) Marketing
7 40 (1.38%) Law
8 31 (1.07%) Electronics
9 26 (0.90%) Investment Banking
9 26 (0.90%) Legal
10 25 (0.86%) Back Office
11 18 (0.62%) Financial Institution
12 15 (0.52%) Publishing
13 11 (0.38%) Billing
13 11 (0.38%) Military
13 11 (0.38%) Spanish Language
14 10 (0.35%) Local Government
15 9 (0.31%) French Language
16 8 (0.28%) Front Office
16 8 (0.28%) German Language
Job Titles
1 759 (26.21%) Network Engineer
2 313 (10.81%) Architect
3 294 (10.15%) Analyst
4 218 (7.53%) Consultant
5 214 (7.39%) Security Engineer
6 207 (7.15%) Cisco Engineer
7 189 (6.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 166 (5.73%) Support Engineer
9 153 (5.28%) Security Analyst
10 135 (4.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 128 (4.42%) Administrator
12 112 (3.87%) Network Architect
13 109 (3.76%) DevOps Engineer
13 109 (3.76%) Network Security Engineer
14 106 (3.66%) Firewall Engineer
15 88 (3.04%) Network Support
16 84 (2.90%) Security Consultant
17 83 (2.87%) Systems Administrator
18 82 (2.83%) Senior Network Engineer
19 79 (2.73%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (2.73%) .NET
2 77 (2.66%) 802.1X
3 76 (2.62%) Web Services
4 72 (2.49%) Elastic Stack
5 57 (1.97%) J2EE
6 54 (1.86%) XML
7 46 (1.59%) Middleware
8 40 (1.38%) SOAP
9 37 (1.28%) HTML
9 37 (1.28%) LAPP Stack
10 28 (0.97%) SAML
11 27 (0.93%) RabbitMQ
11 27 (0.93%) Sensu
12 24 (0.83%) Node.js
13 22 (0.76%) LAMP
14 21 (0.73%) Java EE
15 20 (0.69%) CSS
16 17 (0.59%) Ajax
16 17 (0.59%) RESTful
17 16 (0.55%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 499 (17.23%) Data Centre
2 141 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
3 133 (4.59%) Management Information System
4 118 (4.07%) Clustering
5 96 (3.31%) Computer Science
6 87 (3.00%) PKI
7 46 (1.59%) Public Cloud
8 43 (1.48%) Private Cloud
9 41 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
10 33 (1.14%) Replication
11 28 (0.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 27 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
13 26 (0.90%) Driving Licence
14 25 (0.86%) Client/Server
14 25 (0.86%) Mainframe
15 24 (0.83%) BYOD
16 23 (0.79%) Virtual Team
17 22 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 18 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
19 16 (0.55%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 872 (30.11%) Windows
2 734 (25.35%) Linux
3 428 (14.78%) Windows Server
4 398 (13.74%) Unix
5 208 (7.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 201 (6.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 152 (5.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 114 (3.94%) AIX
9 110 (3.80%) Solaris
10 92 (3.18%) Windows 7
11 79 (2.73%) CentOS
11 79 (2.73%) Windows 10
12 73 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
13 65 (2.24%) SUSE
14 45 (1.55%) HPUX
15 41 (1.42%) Ubuntu
16 27 (0.93%) Mac OS X
17 23 (0.79%) Windows XP
18 22 (0.76%) Windows 8
19 20 (0.69%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 480 (16.57%) ITIL
2 330 (11.40%) Load Balancing
3 286 (9.88%) Migration
4 260 (8.98%) Information Security
5 256 (8.84%) Network Design
6 243 (8.39%) DevOps
7 197 (6.80%) Agile Software Development
8 184 (6.35%) SIEM
9 163 (5.63%) High Availability
10 153 (5.28%) Cybersecurity
11 152 (5.25%) Change Management
12 145 (5.01%) Network Management
12 145 (5.01%) Project Management
13 144 (4.97%) Configuration Management
14 125 (4.32%) Service Management
15 105 (3.63%) Open Source
16 100 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
17 92 (3.18%) Service Delivery
18 91 (3.14%) Change Control
19 83 (2.87%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 239 (8.25%) SQL
2 218 (7.53%) Python
3 182 (6.28%) PowerShell
4 179 (6.18%) Perl
5 172 (5.94%) Java
6 154 (5.32%) Bash Shell
7 65 (2.24%) Ruby
8 52 (1.80%) C
9 42 (1.45%) JavaScript
9 42 (1.45%) Shell Script
10 38 (1.31%) Korn
11 37 (1.28%) C#
12 30 (1.04%) PHP
13 25 (0.86%) VBScript
14 20 (0.69%) C-shell
15 14 (0.48%) PL/SQL
16 12 (0.41%) C++
16 12 (0.41%) VB
16 12 (0.41%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
17 9 (0.31%) Go
Qualifications
1 795 (27.45%) Cisco Certification
2 545 (18.82%) Security Cleared
3 521 (17.99%) CCNP
4 421 (14.54%) SC Cleared
5 325 (11.22%) CCNA
6 215 (7.42%) CCIE
7 174 (6.01%) Degree
8 163 (5.63%) CISSP
9 107 (3.69%) Microsoft Certification
10 94 (3.25%) DV Cleared
11 79 (2.73%) CCDP
12 76 (2.62%) CCSA
13 74 (2.56%) CCSE
14 72 (2.49%) JNCIA
15 62 (2.14%) MCSE
16 61 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
17 60 (2.07%) CISM
18 57 (1.97%) SANS
19 46 (1.59%) JNCIE
20 43 (1.48%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (3.21%) SLA
3 83 (2.87%) PCI DSS
4 71 (2.45%) QA
5 26 (0.90%) GDPR
6 16 (0.55%) PMO
7 13 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 13 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 12 (0.41%) COBIT
9 10 (0.35%) NIST 800
10 8 (0.28%) GPG13
10 8 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 8 (0.28%) RMADS
11 7 (0.24%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 4 (0.14%) AS 2805
13 4 (0.14%) ISO 8583
13 4 (0.14%) PA-DSS
13 4 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 2 (0.069%) GCP
System Software
1 535 (18.47%) Active Directory
2 368 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 162 (5.59%) Hyper-V
4 121 (4.18%) VMware ESXi
5 89 (3.07%) Docker
6 87 (3.00%) vSphere
7 64 (2.21%) Virtual Machines
8 50 (1.73%) ProxySG
9 47 (1.62%) KVM
10 42 (1.45%) XenApp
11 40 (1.38%) VMware NSX
12 35 (1.21%) NFS
12 35 (1.21%) XenDesktop
13 34 (1.17%) XenServer
14 29 (1.00%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 28 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
16 24 (0.83%) Xen
17 20 (0.69%) Samba
18 18 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
19 16 (0.55%) iptables
Systems Management
1 197 (6.80%) Puppet
2 143 (4.94%) Ansible
3 136 (4.70%) FortiGate
4 124 (4.28%) SCCM
5 81 (2.80%) SCOM
6 75 (2.59%) Opscode Chef
7 67 (2.31%) Cisco Prime
8 60 (2.07%) logstash
9 55 (1.90%) Nagios
10 53 (1.83%) Kubernetes
11 48 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
12 47 (1.62%) Kibana
13 37 (1.28%) Cisco CUCM
14 33 (1.14%) Nessus
14 33 (1.14%) WSUS
15 31 (1.07%) QRadar
16 30 (1.04%) Tivoli
17 29 (1.00%) HAProxy
18 28 (0.97%) Grafana
19 27 (0.93%) Cacti
Vendors
1 1397 (48.24%) Cisco
2 630 (21.75%) VMware
3 542 (18.72%) CheckPoint
4 525 (18.13%) Microsoft
5 445 (15.37%) F5
6 415 (14.33%) Juniper
7 347 (11.98%) HP
8 284 (9.81%) Oracle
9 278 (9.60%) Palo Alto
10 270 (9.32%) Citrix
11 243 (8.39%) Red Hat
12 214 (7.39%) Fortinet
13 167 (5.77%) SolarWinds
14 132 (4.56%) Blue Coat
15 127 (4.39%) McAfee
16 126 (4.35%) IBM
17 118 (4.07%) Splunk
18 103 (3.56%) Riverbed
19 98 (3.38%) Dell
20 76 (2.62%) NetApp