Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 83 57
Rank change year-on-year +9 -26 +10
Contract jobs citing Firewall 3,473 2,983 3,830
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.30% 2.89% 3.73%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.51% 21.35% 24.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,225 1,883 2,441
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £263
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 84 91
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £27.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.14% +11.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £15.19 £13.53 £13.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £48.47 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £20.73
% change year-on-year +40.00% +20.60% -3.69%

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 13,612 13,973 15,461
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 13.53% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,222 8,590 9,419
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 652 712 790
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.73 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.81% -16.78% +7.48%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.23 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £18.56 £24.40
% change year-on-year -2.72% -23.92% +19.02%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 3,190 £425 +3.66% 975
UK excluding London 0 2,112 £413 +6.45% 718
London +19 1,280 £450 - 298
South East +5 715 £418 +4.38% 210
North of England +11 518 £423 +8.33% 188
Midlands -4 269 £400 +3.23% 104
North West +9 246 £425 +4.94% 113
South West +3 231 £410 +19.27% 91
Yorkshire +21 199 £423 -0.59% 55
West Midlands -16 182 £400 - 64
East of England +11 177 £400 +11.11% 84
Scotland -32 134 £368 -3.29% 17
East Midlands +9 86 £380 +2.70% 40
North East -1 74 £343 +3.79% 20
Wales +13 61 £444 +47.92% 18
Northern Ireland +40 18 £434 -3.61% 6

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 1,504 (43.31%) Cisco
2 1,068 (30.75%) Windows
3 848 (24.42%) WAN
4 772 (22.23%) Cisco Certification
5 760 (21.88%) LAN
6 708 (20.39%) Linux
7 695 (20.01%) Active Directory
8 681 (19.61%) VPN
9 680 (19.58%) Microsoft
10 675 (19.44%) CheckPoint
11 657 (18.92%) VMware
12 631 (18.17%) Security Cleared
13 580 (16.70%) Microsoft Azure
14 579 (16.67%) CCNP
15 572 (16.47%) Network Security
16 548 (15.78%) Windows Server
17 539 (15.52%) DNS
18 527 (15.17%) TCP/IP
19 523 (15.06%) Data Centre
19 523 (15.06%) Amazon AWS
20 486 (13.99%) Wireless
21 482 (13.88%) SC Cleared
22 475 (13.68%) ITIL
23 461 (13.27%) Juniper
24 439 (12.64%) Cisco ASA
25 425 (12.24%) Finance
26 416 (11.98%) BGP
27 407 (11.72%) VMware Infrastructure
28 404 (11.63%) DevOps
29 392 (11.29%) 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
1 167 (4.81%) MS Exchange
2 135 (3.89%) IIS
3 125 (3.60%) SharePoint
4 109 (3.14%) Skype for Business
5 104 (2.99%) Apache
6 72 (2.07%) Confluence
7 68 (1.96%) OpenStack
8 62 (1.79%) Tomcat
9 44 (1.27%) nginx
10 38 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2013
11 35 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2010
12 28 (0.81%) Apache Spark
12 28 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
13 27 (0.78%) JBoss
13 27 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 26 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
15 21 (0.60%) Cloud Foundry
16 14 (0.40%) WebSphere
17 12 (0.35%) CMS
18 10 (0.29%) K2 blackpearl
Applications
1 104 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
2 76 (2.19%) MS Visio
3 51 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 21 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.058%) SPSS
8 1 (0.029%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.029%) HipChat
8 1 (0.029%) Maya
8 1 (0.029%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (0.14%) ION MarketView
2 5 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.12%) Magento
3 4 (0.12%) Oracle Cash Management
3 4 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
3 4 (0.12%) SAP GRC
4 3 (0.086%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.086%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.029%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.029%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.029%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.029%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 580 (16.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 523 (15.06%) Amazon AWS
3 332 (9.56%) Office 365
4 206 (5.93%) IaaS
5 191 (5.50%) PaaS
6 130 (3.74%) SaaS
7 74 (2.13%) AWS CloudFormation
7 74 (2.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 60 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
9 57 (1.64%) Amazon EC2
10 54 (1.55%) Serverless
11 51 (1.47%) Amazon S3
11 51 (1.47%) AWS Lambda
12 48 (1.38%) Google Cloud Platform
13 39 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
14 38 (1.09%) OpenShift
15 35 (1.01%) GitHub
16 28 (0.81%) Amazon ELB
16 28 (0.81%) OneDrive
17 18 (0.52%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 848 (24.42%) WAN
2 760 (21.88%) LAN
3 681 (19.61%) VPN
4 572 (16.47%) Network Security
5 539 (15.52%) DNS
6 527 (15.17%) TCP/IP
7 486 (13.99%) Wireless
8 439 (12.64%) Cisco ASA
9 416 (11.98%) BGP
10 389 (11.20%) OSPF
11 318 (9.16%) Cisco Nexus
12 311 (8.95%) MPLS
13 267 (7.69%) Internet
14 257 (7.40%) DHCP
15 236 (6.80%) VoIP
16 227 (6.54%) VLAN
17 226 (6.51%) SAN
18 207 (5.96%) SSL
19 172 (4.95%) IPsec
20 155 (4.46%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 209 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 74 (2.13%) Hadoop
3 66 (1.90%) PostgreSQL
4 63 (1.81%) MySQL
5 61 (1.76%) MongoDB
6 53 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
7 44 (1.27%) Big Data
8 31 (0.89%) Apache Hive
8 31 (0.89%) NoSQL
9 28 (0.81%) Oracle Database
10 26 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
11 22 (0.63%) Redis
12 19 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
13 18 (0.52%) Flink
14 17 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
15 16 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
15 16 (0.46%) HBase
15 16 (0.46%) Relational Database
15 16 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
16 15 (0.43%) DB2
Development Applications
1 210 (6.05%) Jenkins
2 164 (4.72%) Git (software)
3 100 (2.88%) JIRA
4 61 (1.76%) Sonatype Nexus
5 52 (1.50%) Maven
6 45 (1.30%) TeamCity
7 42 (1.21%) Octopus Deploy
8 39 (1.12%) Bitbucket
9 36 (1.04%) Artifactory
10 33 (0.95%) GitLab
10 33 (0.95%) Subversion
11 27 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 24 (0.69%) Selenium
12 24 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
13 21 (0.60%) Visual Studio
14 19 (0.55%) GoCD
14 19 (0.55%) Vagrant
15 16 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
16 15 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 14 (0.40%) MSI
General
1 425 (12.24%) Finance
2 182 (5.24%) Telecoms
3 150 (4.32%) Banking
4 94 (2.71%) Retail
5 89 (2.56%) Law
6 56 (1.61%) Legal
7 41 (1.18%) Manufacturing
8 24 (0.69%) Marketing
9 22 (0.63%) Investment Banking
10 17 (0.49%) Electronics
11 16 (0.46%) Financial Institution
11 16 (0.46%) Publishing
12 14 (0.40%) Spanish Language
13 13 (0.37%) Back Office
14 12 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 11 (0.32%) Billing
15 11 (0.32%) French Language
16 10 (0.29%) Retail Banking
17 9 (0.26%) Italian Language
18 8 (0.23%) German Language
Job Titles
1 922 (26.55%) Network Engineer
2 404 (11.63%) Architect
3 288 (8.29%) Security Engineer
4 276 (7.95%) Analyst
5 229 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 228 (6.56%) Consultant
7 206 (5.93%) DevOps Engineer
8 180 (5.18%) Cisco Engineer
9 158 (4.55%) Support Engineer
10 157 (4.52%) Senior Network Engineer
11 152 (4.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 143 (4.12%) Network Security Engineer
13 138 (3.97%) Network Architect
14 127 (3.66%) Firewall Engineer
15 102 (2.94%) Security Architect
16 92 (2.65%) Security Analyst
17 88 (2.53%) Administrator
18 87 (2.51%) Project Manager
18 87 (2.51%) Security Consultant
19 82 (2.36%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 123 (3.54%) Web Services
2 102 (2.94%) Middleware
3 90 (2.59%) .NET
4 86 (2.48%) 802.1X
5 75 (2.16%) LDAP
6 49 (1.41%) SAML
7 46 (1.32%) Elastic Stack
8 38 (1.09%) REST
9 37 (1.07%) XML
10 36 (1.04%) JSON
11 32 (0.92%) LAMP
12 30 (0.86%) OAuth
13 27 (0.78%) RabbitMQ
14 25 (0.72%) CSS
14 25 (0.72%) HTML
15 22 (0.63%) Spring
16 21 (0.60%) Node.js
16 21 (0.60%) OpenID
17 18 (0.52%) LEMP Stack
17 18 (0.52%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 523 (15.06%) Data Centre
2 214 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
3 160 (4.61%) Management Information System
4 143 (4.12%) PKI
5 88 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
6 86 (2.48%) Public Cloud
7 59 (1.70%) Private Cloud
8 58 (1.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 50 (1.44%) Replication
10 47 (1.35%) Clustering
11 43 (1.24%) User Experience
12 39 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
13 36 (1.04%) Virtual Team
14 30 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
15 29 (0.84%) Client/Server
15 29 (0.84%) NHS
16 26 (0.75%) Linux Command Line
17 25 (0.72%) Mobile App
18 23 (0.66%) Driving Licence
19 22 (0.63%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1,068 (30.75%) Windows
2 708 (20.39%) Linux
3 548 (15.78%) Windows Server
4 290 (8.35%) Unix
5 206 (5.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 162 (4.66%) Windows 10
7 158 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 118 (3.40%) Windows Server 2008
9 100 (2.88%) Windows 7
10 68 (1.96%) CentOS
11 60 (1.73%) Solaris
12 53 (1.53%) Ubuntu
13 46 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
14 29 (0.84%) AIX
14 29 (0.84%) Windows 8
15 26 (0.75%) Android
16 23 (0.66%) Check Point GAiA
17 22 (0.63%) Apple iOS
18 16 (0.46%) Windows XP
19 13 (0.37%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 475 (13.68%) ITIL
2 404 (11.63%) DevOps
3 392 (11.29%) Migration
4 356 (10.25%) Load Balancing
5 312 (8.98%) Agile Software Development
6 289 (8.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 287 (8.26%) Information Security
8 278 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
9 219 (6.31%) SIEM
10 199 (5.73%) Network Design
11 195 (5.61%) Cybersecurity
12 172 (4.95%) Change Management
13 161 (4.64%) Configuration Management
14 138 (3.97%) Data Protection
15 137 (3.94%) Vulnerability Management
16 136 (3.92%) Network Management
16 136 (3.92%) Project Management
17 120 (3.46%) Computer Science
18 119 (3.43%) Network Monitoring
19 118 (3.40%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 336 (9.67%) PowerShell
2 275 (7.92%) SQL
3 270 (7.77%) Python
4 156 (4.49%) Bash Shell
5 142 (4.09%) Perl
6 128 (3.69%) Java
7 73 (2.10%) JavaScript
8 68 (1.96%) Ruby
9 48 (1.38%) C
10 39 (1.12%) C#
11 27 (0.78%) Shell Script
12 24 (0.69%) PHP
13 19 (0.55%) VBScript
14 17 (0.49%) C++
15 16 (0.46%) Go
16 10 (0.29%) Groovy
17 8 (0.23%) VB
18 7 (0.20%) Scala
19 6 (0.17%) JCL
19 6 (0.17%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 772 (22.23%) Cisco Certification
2 631 (18.17%) Security Cleared
3 579 (16.67%) CCNP
4 482 (13.88%) SC Cleared
5 330 (9.50%) CCNA
6 200 (5.76%) Degree
7 192 (5.53%) CCIE
8 151 (4.35%) CISSP
9 134 (3.86%) DV Cleared
10 121 (3.48%) Microsoft Certification
11 92 (2.65%) CCSE
12 83 (2.39%) CCSA
13 75 (2.16%) MCSE
14 73 (2.10%) CISM
15 57 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
16 50 (1.44%) Check Point Certification
16 50 (1.44%) CISA
17 42 (1.21%) CCDP
18 34 (0.98%) MCSA
19 29 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (3.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 95 (2.74%) PCI DSS
3 68 (1.96%) SLA
4 64 (1.84%) GDPR
5 46 (1.32%) QA
6 25 (0.72%) HIPAA
6 25 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 21 (0.60%) FedRAMP
8 11 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
9 10 (0.29%) COBIT
9 10 (0.29%) PMO
10 9 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
11 8 (0.23%) Data Quality
11 8 (0.23%) HL7
11 8 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.23%) JSP 440
11 8 (0.23%) RMADS
12 7 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
13 6 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 5 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 695 (20.01%) Active Directory
2 407 (11.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 222 (6.39%) Docker
4 177 (5.10%) Hyper-V
5 101 (2.91%) vSphere
6 96 (2.76%) VMware ESXi
7 58 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
8 54 (1.55%) XenApp
9 53 (1.53%) VMware NSX
10 45 (1.30%) XenDesktop
11 41 (1.18%) NFS
12 38 (1.09%) XenServer
13 33 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
14 32 (0.92%) ProxySG
15 31 (0.89%) Firmware
16 29 (0.84%) KVM
16 29 (0.84%) Xen
17 20 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
18 19 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
19 13 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 238 (6.85%) Ansible
2 156 (4.49%) Puppet
3 143 (4.12%) Kubernetes
4 134 (3.86%) SCCM
5 131 (3.77%) Terraform
6 119 (3.43%) FortiGate
7 100 (2.88%) Opscode Chef
8 69 (1.99%) Nagios
9 53 (1.53%) Cisco Prime
10 52 (1.50%) vCenter Server
11 47 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
12 41 (1.18%) SCOM
13 40 (1.15%) Nessus
14 38 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
15 35 (1.01%) QRadar
16 33 (0.95%) Docker Swarm
16 33 (0.95%) ZABBIX
17 32 (0.92%) WSUS
18 31 (0.89%) ITRS Geneos
18 31 (0.89%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 1,504 (43.31%) Cisco
2 680 (19.58%) Microsoft
3 675 (19.44%) CheckPoint
4 657 (18.92%) VMware
5 461 (13.27%) Juniper
6 378 (10.88%) F5
7 364 (10.48%) Palo Alto
8 223 (6.42%) Citrix
9 209 (6.02%) Red Hat
10 205 (5.90%) Oracle
11 191 (5.50%) McAfee
12 184 (5.30%) HP
13 164 (4.72%) Fortinet
13 164 (4.72%) SolarWinds
14 159 (4.58%) Splunk
15 130 (3.74%) Blue Coat
16 111 (3.20%) Aruba
17 109 (3.14%) IBM
18 92 (2.65%) NetApp
19 87 (2.51%) Riverbed