Period
to 20 October 2018

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 October 2018 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 79 54
Rank change year-on-year +8 -25 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 3,373 2,965 4,083
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.30% 2.98% 3.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.05% 21.96% 24.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,109 1,875 2,621
UK median daily rate £429 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.13% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £256 £255 £263
90th Percentile £613 £575 £571
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 97 98
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.65% +7.14% +26.55%
10th Percentile £15.00 £13.90 £14.38
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £49.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% - +30.08%

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 13,465 13,503 16,446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.59% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,100 8,240 10,018
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £186 £219
90th Percentile £605 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 659 723 832
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -17.20% +16.25%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.32 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -22.00% +25.00%

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 October 2018.

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 October 2018.

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 20 October 2018. 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 +10 3,092 £430 +4.76% 1,072
UK excluding London -2 2,035 £413 +6.45% 791
London +23 1,262 £468 +3.89% 334
South East +1 676 £425 +2.41% 197
North of England -1 466 £425 +13.33% 207
Midlands 0 281 £375 -3.23% 151
North West +14 238 £425 +9.32% 120
South West -6 210 £400 +10.34% 97
West Midlands -2 195 £375 -3.23% 108
East of England +26 193 £400 +6.67% 85
Yorkshire -8 164 £425 +1.19% 74
Scotland -43 134 £350 -12.50% 27
East Midlands +10 85 £375 -6.25% 43
Wales +14 65 £450 +150.00% 23
North East -12 65 £325 -1.52% 13
Northern Ireland +41 15 £500 +42.86% 3

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, 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 1,457 (43.20%) Cisco
2 1,037 (30.74%) Windows
3 791 (23.45%) WAN
4 734 (21.76%) Cisco Certification
5 723 (21.43%) Linux
6 720 (21.35%) LAN
7 694 (20.58%) Microsoft
8 654 (19.39%) Active Directory
9 652 (19.33%) VMware
10 648 (19.21%) VPN
11 627 (18.59%) Security Cleared
12 624 (18.50%) CheckPoint
13 579 (17.17%) Network Security
14 549 (16.28%) CCNP
15 541 (16.04%) Microsoft Azure
16 535 (15.86%) DNS
17 520 (15.42%) ITIL
17 520 (15.42%) Windows Server
18 506 (15.00%) Data Centre
19 492 (14.59%) Amazon AWS
20 480 (14.23%) TCP/IP
21 462 (13.70%) Juniper
22 461 (13.67%) Wireless
23 450 (13.34%) SC Cleared
24 430 (12.75%) Finance
25 420 (12.45%) Cisco ASA
26 412 (12.21%) VMware Infrastructure
27 383 (11.35%) F5
28 368 (10.91%) DevOps
29 365 (10.82%) Migration

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
1 176 (5.22%) MS Exchange
2 143 (4.24%) IIS
3 122 (3.62%) Apache
3 122 (3.62%) SharePoint
4 109 (3.23%) Skype for Business
5 70 (2.08%) Tomcat
6 60 (1.78%) OpenStack
7 53 (1.57%) Confluence
7 53 (1.57%) nginx
8 46 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
9 38 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
10 31 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
11 27 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
12 22 (0.65%) Apache Spark
13 19 (0.56%) JBoss
14 18 (0.53%) CMS
15 17 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 17 (0.50%) WebSphere
16 10 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
16 10 (0.30%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 121 (3.59%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (2.28%) MS Visio
3 51 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 25 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.059%) Simulink
7 2 (0.059%) SPSS
8 1 (0.030%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.030%) Maya
Business Applications
1 5 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.15%) ION MarketView
1 5 (0.15%) Magento
1 5 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
2 4 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
2 4 (0.12%) SAP GRC
3 3 (0.089%) Payment Gateway
3 3 (0.089%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.030%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.030%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.030%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.030%) RMDS
4 1 (0.030%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.030%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 541 (16.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 492 (14.59%) Amazon AWS
3 300 (8.89%) Office 365
4 164 (4.86%) IaaS
5 151 (4.48%) PaaS
6 112 (3.32%) SaaS
7 86 (2.55%) AWS CloudFormation
8 70 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 66 (1.96%) Serverless
10 63 (1.87%) Amazon EC2
10 63 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
11 48 (1.42%) Azure Active Directory
12 46 (1.36%) Amazon S3
13 44 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
14 40 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
15 36 (1.07%) GitHub
16 34 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
17 31 (0.92%) OpenShift
18 19 (0.56%) Akamai
19 16 (0.47%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 791 (23.45%) WAN
2 720 (21.35%) LAN
3 648 (19.21%) VPN
4 579 (17.17%) Network Security
5 535 (15.86%) DNS
6 480 (14.23%) TCP/IP
7 461 (13.67%) Wireless
8 420 (12.45%) Cisco ASA
9 360 (10.67%) BGP
10 325 (9.64%) OSPF
11 287 (8.51%) Cisco Nexus
12 277 (8.21%) MPLS
13 267 (7.92%) DHCP
14 245 (7.26%) Internet
15 242 (7.17%) VLAN
16 221 (6.55%) SAN
17 206 (6.11%) SSL
18 194 (5.75%) VoIP
19 165 (4.89%) IPsec
20 146 (4.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (6.11%) SQL Server
2 87 (2.58%) Hadoop
3 75 (2.22%) MySQL
4 69 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
5 66 (1.96%) MongoDB
6 55 (1.63%) Big Data
7 54 (1.60%) Amazon RDS
8 40 (1.19%) NoSQL
9 26 (0.77%) Apache Hive
9 26 (0.77%) Oracle Database
10 25 (0.74%) Redis
11 21 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
12 20 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
13 19 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
13 19 (0.56%) HBase
13 19 (0.56%) Relational Database
13 19 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
14 17 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
15 15 (0.44%) Flink
15 15 (0.44%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 186 (5.51%) Jenkins
2 157 (4.65%) Git (software)
3 76 (2.25%) JIRA
4 56 (1.66%) Sonatype Nexus
5 51 (1.51%) Artifactory
6 43 (1.27%) TeamCity
7 40 (1.19%) Maven
8 34 (1.01%) Bitbucket
9 30 (0.89%) Subversion
10 27 (0.80%) GitLab
11 25 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
11 25 (0.74%) Vagrant
11 25 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
12 24 (0.71%) Selenium
13 22 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 21 (0.62%) Visual Studio
15 20 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 17 (0.50%) Cucumber
17 16 (0.47%) IBM UrbanCode
17 16 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 430 (12.75%) Finance
2 176 (5.22%) Telecoms
3 164 (4.86%) Banking
4 90 (2.67%) Retail
5 73 (2.16%) Law
6 64 (1.90%) Legal
7 42 (1.25%) Manufacturing
8 22 (0.65%) Investment Banking
8 22 (0.65%) Marketing
9 18 (0.53%) Back Office
10 14 (0.42%) Electronics
11 13 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
12 12 (0.36%) French Language
12 12 (0.36%) Spanish Language
13 10 (0.30%) Financial Institution
14 9 (0.27%) Italian Language
15 8 (0.24%) Games
15 8 (0.24%) German Language
15 8 (0.24%) Multimedia
16 7 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 862 (25.56%) Network Engineer
2 385 (11.41%) Architect
3 289 (8.57%) Analyst
4 285 (8.45%) Security Engineer
5 232 (6.88%) Consultant
6 223 (6.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 182 (5.40%) DevOps Engineer
8 164 (4.86%) Cisco Engineer
9 150 (4.45%) Support Engineer
10 145 (4.30%) Network Security Engineer
11 138 (4.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 137 (4.06%) Senior Network Engineer
13 124 (3.68%) Network Architect
14 113 (3.35%) Firewall Engineer
15 103 (3.05%) Security Analyst
16 101 (2.99%) Security Architect
17 99 (2.94%) Administrator
18 88 (2.61%) Cloud Engineer
19 76 (2.25%) Security Consultant
20 74 (2.19%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (3.35%) Web Services
2 100 (2.96%) 802.1X
3 96 (2.85%) Middleware
4 84 (2.49%) .NET
4 84 (2.49%) LDAP
5 49 (1.45%) SAML
6 43 (1.27%) Elastic Stack
7 40 (1.19%) LAMP
8 37 (1.10%) JSON
9 36 (1.07%) REST
10 34 (1.01%) RabbitMQ
11 30 (0.89%) XML
12 28 (0.83%) OAuth
13 27 (0.80%) LEMP Stack
14 26 (0.77%) CSS
15 25 (0.74%) Spring
16 24 (0.71%) HTML
17 23 (0.68%) LAPP Stack
18 19 (0.56%) OpenID
18 19 (0.56%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 506 (15.00%) Data Centre
2 214 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
3 184 (5.46%) PKI
4 143 (4.24%) Management Information System
5 121 (3.59%) Computer Science
6 101 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
7 90 (2.67%) Public Cloud
8 78 (2.31%) Private Cloud
9 57 (1.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 49 (1.45%) Replication
11 48 (1.42%) Clustering
12 38 (1.13%) Virtual Team
13 33 (0.98%) Driving Licence
13 33 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
13 33 (0.98%) NHS
14 32 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
15 31 (0.92%) Fat Client
15 31 (0.92%) Thin Client
15 31 (0.92%) User Experience
16 30 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1,037 (30.74%) Windows
2 723 (21.43%) Linux
3 520 (15.42%) Windows Server
4 305 (9.04%) Unix
5 194 (5.75%) Windows Server 2012
6 164 (4.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 164 (4.86%) Windows 10
7 132 (3.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 99 (2.94%) Windows 7
9 77 (2.28%) CentOS
10 63 (1.87%) Solaris
11 45 (1.33%) Ubuntu
12 39 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
13 29 (0.86%) AIX
14 25 (0.74%) Android
15 23 (0.68%) Windows 8
16 18 (0.53%) Apple iOS
17 17 (0.50%) Check Point GAiA
18 16 (0.47%) Windows XP
19 14 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 520 (15.42%) ITIL
2 368 (10.91%) DevOps
3 365 (10.82%) Migration
4 338 (10.02%) Load Balancing
5 280 (8.30%) Agile Software Development
5 280 (8.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 269 (7.98%) Information Security
7 266 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
8 242 (7.17%) SIEM
9 210 (6.23%) Network Design
10 188 (5.57%) Cybersecurity
11 179 (5.31%) Change Management
12 161 (4.77%) Configuration Management
13 142 (4.21%) Project Management
14 138 (4.09%) Network Management
15 126 (3.74%) Vulnerability Management
16 125 (3.71%) Disaster Recovery
17 124 (3.68%) Continuous Integration
18 123 (3.65%) Service Delivery
19 121 (3.59%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 314 (9.31%) PowerShell
2 280 (8.30%) SQL
3 253 (7.50%) Python
4 139 (4.12%) Bash Shell
5 119 (3.53%) Perl
6 116 (3.44%) Java
7 69 (2.05%) JavaScript
8 66 (1.96%) C
9 64 (1.90%) Ruby
10 42 (1.25%) C#
11 33 (0.98%) Shell Script
12 25 (0.74%) PHP
13 23 (0.68%) C++
14 21 (0.62%) VBScript
15 13 (0.39%) Groovy
16 11 (0.33%) Go
16 11 (0.33%) VB
17 9 (0.27%) Scala
18 6 (0.18%) JCL
18 6 (0.18%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 734 (21.76%) Cisco Certification
2 627 (18.59%) Security Cleared
3 549 (16.28%) CCNP
4 450 (13.34%) SC Cleared
5 309 (9.16%) CCNA
6 192 (5.69%) Degree
7 181 (5.37%) CCIE
8 168 (4.98%) CISSP
9 140 (4.15%) DV Cleared
10 112 (3.32%) Microsoft Certification
11 81 (2.40%) CCSE
12 75 (2.22%) CISM
13 62 (1.84%) CCSA
14 59 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
15 58 (1.72%) MCSE
16 52 (1.54%) CCDP
17 48 (1.42%) Check Point Certification
18 39 (1.16%) CISA
19 35 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
20 34 (1.01%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (3.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 82 (2.43%) PCI DSS
3 70 (2.08%) SLA
4 68 (2.02%) GDPR
5 48 (1.42%) QA
6 30 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 19 (0.56%) HIPAA
8 16 (0.47%) FedRAMP
9 13 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 12 (0.36%) COBIT
11 11 (0.33%) PMO
12 10 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
13 9 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 8 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.24%) Data Quality
14 8 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
14 8 (0.24%) HL7
14 8 (0.24%) RMADS
15 7 (0.21%) JSP 440
16 6 (0.18%) NIST 800
System Software
1 654 (19.39%) Active Directory
2 412 (12.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 200 (5.93%) Hyper-V
4 199 (5.90%) Docker
5 107 (3.17%) VMware ESXi
6 106 (3.14%) vSphere
7 54 (1.60%) VMware NSX
8 53 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
9 48 (1.42%) XenApp
10 46 (1.36%) XenDesktop
10 46 (1.36%) XenServer
11 41 (1.22%) ProxySG
12 32 (0.95%) NFS
13 31 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
14 22 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
15 21 (0.62%) Xen
16 20 (0.59%) BitLocker
17 17 (0.50%) Firmware
17 17 (0.50%) KVM
18 15 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 211 (6.26%) Ansible
2 157 (4.65%) Puppet
3 133 (3.94%) Kubernetes
4 130 (3.85%) FortiGate
5 123 (3.65%) SCCM
6 121 (3.59%) Terraform
7 102 (3.02%) Opscode Chef
8 55 (1.63%) vCenter Server
9 50 (1.48%) Cisco Prime
9 50 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
10 49 (1.45%) Nagios
11 43 (1.27%) SCOM
11 43 (1.27%) WSUS
12 37 (1.10%) Nessus
13 34 (1.01%) Salt
14 32 (0.95%) Microsoft Intune
15 29 (0.86%) Cisco CUCM
15 29 (0.86%) Single Sign-On
16 28 (0.83%) ITRS Geneos
17 27 (0.80%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,457 (43.20%) Cisco
2 694 (20.58%) Microsoft
3 652 (19.33%) VMware
4 624 (18.50%) CheckPoint
5 462 (13.70%) Juniper
6 383 (11.35%) F5
7 339 (10.05%) Palo Alto
8 227 (6.73%) Citrix
9 208 (6.17%) Red Hat
10 194 (5.75%) HP
11 186 (5.51%) Oracle
12 176 (5.22%) McAfee
13 159 (4.71%) Fortinet
14 150 (4.45%) SolarWinds
15 138 (4.09%) Splunk
16 130 (3.85%) Blue Coat
17 112 (3.32%) Aruba
18 102 (3.02%) NetApp
19 98 (2.91%) IBM
20 75 (2.22%) Symantec