Period
to 30 July 2021

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 30 July 2021 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 85 71 70
Rank change year-on-year -14 -1 +11
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,003 1,167 3,132
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.77% 3.19% 3.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.39% 23.96% 26.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,321 781 2,054
10th Percentile £300 £250 £233
25th Percentile £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £650 £611 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 54 74
10th Percentile £13.85 £18.73 £12.80
25th Percentile £18.50 £22.94 £18.56
Median hourly rate £27.50 £39.50 £34.25
Median % change year-on-year -30.38% +15.33% +6.20%
75th Percentile £53.75 £47.00 £47.40
90th Percentile £66.50 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 £33.25 £25.34
% change year-on-year -26.32% +31.24% -13.38%

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 8,214 4,871 11,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.36% 13.33% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,243 3,006 7,341
10th Percentile £244 £200 £200
25th Percentile £360 £318 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 246 566
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.39 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £17.26 £15.27
Median hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -25.00% +33.33% +17.86%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.36 £44.99
90th Percentile £64.65 £53.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.88 £21.33
% change year-on-year -8.57% +2.58% +12.24%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Firewall as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall.

Hourly rate trend for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Firewall over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Firewall in the UK

Firewall
Top 18 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 30 July 2021. 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 1,619 £463 +2.78% 895
UK excluding London -2 918 £425 - 703
London -25 709 £500 +5.26% 249
Work from Home -50 517 £500 +17.65% 134
South East +5 320 £460 +8.24% 157
North of England -29 154 £425 +4.62% 200
Midlands -19 149 £375 -21.05% 135
South West +19 104 £419 -1.47% 77
West Midlands -27 97 £390 -23.90% 71
North West -29 90 £413 +3.13% 115
East of England +23 85 £400 - 75
Scotland -56 81 £441 -1.94% 36
East Midlands +6 52 £375 - 62
Yorkshire -31 49 £425 -10.53% 67
Wales +9 25 £423 +30.00% 16
North East -4 15 £550 +18.92% 18
Northern Ireland - 4 £313 - 8
Channel Islands - 3 £550 -

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, 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.

1 675 (33.70%) Cisco
2 651 (32.50%) Azure
3 646 (32.25%) Windows
4 483 (24.11%) Linux
5 435 (21.72%) Active Directory
6 418 (20.87%) WAN
7 415 (20.72%) Microsoft
8 365 (18.22%) LAN
9 363 (18.12%) VMware
10 344 (17.17%) Network Security
10 344 (17.17%) Social Skills
11 343 (17.12%) VPN
12 339 (16.92%) DNS
13 320 (15.98%) Cisco Certification
14 308 (15.38%) DevOps
15 298 (14.88%) Microsoft 365
16 285 (14.23%) Security Cleared
17 272 (13.58%) Data Centre
18 270 (13.48%) CheckPoint
19 269 (13.43%) Finance
20 259 (12.93%) Python
21 255 (12.73%) AWS
22 245 (12.23%) PowerShell
23 237 (11.83%) Palo Alto
24 236 (11.78%) Windows Server
25 231 (11.53%) VMware Infrastructure
26 230 (11.48%) TCP/IP
27 229 (11.43%) Terraform
28 226 (11.28%) Migration
28 226 (11.28%) Agile Software Development

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 92 (4.59%) SharePoint
2 52 (2.60%) MS Exchange
3 44 (2.20%) Confluence
4 36 (1.80%) Apache
5 30 (1.50%) IIS
6 28 (1.40%) Tomcat
7 23 (1.15%) Skype for Business
7 23 (1.15%) WebSphere
8 14 (0.70%) Apache Spark
8 14 (0.70%) Elasticsearch
9 12 (0.60%) WebLogic
10 11 (0.55%) JBoss
11 9 (0.45%) OpenStack
11 9 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
12 8 (0.40%) CMS
13 7 (0.35%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
14 6 (0.30%) Apache ServiceMix
14 6 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
14 6 (0.30%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 106 (5.29%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (2.90%) MS Visio
3 34 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.20%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 22 (1.10%) ION MarketView
2 19 (0.95%) Sentinel
3 6 (0.30%) Magento
3 6 (0.30%) Shopify
4 5 (0.25%) Eikon
4 5 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.25%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 4 (0.20%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.15%) Lorenzo
6 3 (0.15%) StreamServe
7 2 (0.100%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (0.100%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.100%) SAP MDG
8 1 (0.050%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.050%) Maximo
8 1 (0.050%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 651 (32.50%) Azure
2 298 (14.88%) Microsoft 365
3 255 (12.73%) AWS
4 144 (7.19%) PaaS
5 114 (5.69%) IaaS
6 95 (4.74%) Azure Active Directory
6 95 (4.74%) SaaS
7 89 (4.44%) GCP
8 49 (2.45%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 44 (2.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 36 (1.80%) Serverless
11 30 (1.50%) AWS CloudFormation
12 29 (1.45%) Azure Sentinel
13 27 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
14 26 (1.30%) OneDrive
15 25 (1.25%) Power Platform
16 22 (1.10%) Mimecast
17 21 (1.05%) Amazon GuardDuty
17 21 (1.05%) AWS Lambda
17 21 (1.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 418 (20.87%) WAN
2 365 (18.22%) LAN
3 344 (17.17%) Network Security
4 343 (17.12%) VPN
5 339 (16.92%) DNS
6 230 (11.48%) TCP/IP
7 194 (9.69%) Wireless
8 169 (8.44%) BGP
9 155 (7.74%) Cisco ASA
10 143 (7.14%) OSPF
11 139 (6.94%) MPLS
12 133 (6.64%) DHCP
13 120 (5.99%) Internet
14 119 (5.94%) SSL
14 119 (5.94%) VLAN
15 107 (5.34%) Cisco Nexus
16 100 (4.99%) Wi-Fi
17 95 (4.74%) SD-WAN
18 83 (4.14%) Multicast
19 82 (4.09%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (5.84%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.05%) MySQL
3 29 (1.45%) Big Data
4 26 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
5 22 (1.10%) NoSQL
6 21 (1.05%) Power BI
7 20 (1.00%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (0.90%) Data Lake
8 18 (0.90%) Hadoop
9 14 (0.70%) Relational Database
10 13 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
10 13 (0.65%) MongoDB
11 11 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 10 (0.50%) Apache Hive
13 9 (0.45%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.45%) SAP HANA
13 9 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
14 8 (0.40%) SQL Server 2014
14 8 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
14 8 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 118 (5.89%) Jenkins
2 90 (4.49%) Git (software)
3 66 (3.30%) JIRA
4 28 (1.40%) Sonatype Nexus
5 26 (1.30%) GitLab
6 20 (1.00%) Visual Studio
7 18 (0.90%) TeamCity
8 13 (0.65%) Bitbucket
9 12 (0.60%) SonarQube
10 9 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
10 9 (0.45%) Subversion
10 9 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (0.40%) Artifactory
12 7 (0.35%) CircleCI
12 7 (0.35%) Maven
12 7 (0.35%) Postman
13 6 (0.30%) Vagrant
14 5 (0.25%) IBM UrbanCode
14 5 (0.25%) SoapUI
14 5 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 344 (17.17%) Social Skills
2 269 (13.43%) Finance
3 116 (5.79%) Banking
4 114 (5.69%) Public Sector
5 106 (5.29%) Telecoms
6 97 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
7 38 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
8 34 (1.70%) Documentation Skills
9 31 (1.55%) Manufacturing
10 29 (1.45%) Organisational Skills
11 28 (1.40%) Retail
12 26 (1.30%) Legal
13 25 (1.25%) Influencing Skills
14 22 (1.10%) Front Office
14 22 (1.10%) Investment Banking
14 22 (1.10%) Law
15 17 (0.85%) Marketing
16 13 (0.65%) Billing
17 12 (0.60%) Electronics
18 11 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 449 (22.42%) Network Engineer
2 277 (13.83%) Architect
3 181 (9.04%) Security Engineer
4 168 (8.39%) Azure Engineer
5 161 (8.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 121 (6.04%) Analyst
7 112 (5.59%) DevOps Engineer
8 105 (5.24%) Consultant
9 91 (4.54%) Cloud Engineer
10 82 (4.09%) Cisco Engineer
11 78 (3.89%) Security Architect
12 77 (3.84%) Network Security Engineer
13 73 (3.64%) Project Manager
14 70 (3.49%) Support Engineer
15 69 (3.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 67 (3.34%) Network Architect
17 65 (3.25%) Azure DevOps Engineer
18 59 (2.95%) Firewall Engineer
18 59 (2.95%) Senior Network Engineer
19 55 (2.75%) Azure DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (3.10%) .NET
2 50 (2.50%) REST
3 44 (2.20%) SAML
4 39 (1.95%) Web Services
5 35 (1.75%) JSON
6 34 (1.70%) 802.1X
7 25 (1.25%) Node.js
8 24 (1.20%) Middleware
8 24 (1.20%) OAuth
8 24 (1.20%) Rendezvous
9 23 (1.15%) LDAP
10 22 (1.10%) YAML
11 19 (0.95%) Kafka
12 18 (0.90%) SOAP
13 16 (0.80%) XML
14 13 (0.65%) FIX Protocol
14 13 (0.65%) WebSphere MQ
15 12 (0.60%) Express
15 12 (0.60%) Spine.js
16 11 (0.55%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 272 (13.58%) Data Centre
2 87 (4.34%) Management Information System
3 57 (2.85%) Self-Motivation
4 56 (2.80%) Public Cloud
5 46 (2.30%) PKI
6 40 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
7 37 (1.85%) Data Protection Act
8 35 (1.75%) Clustering
9 27 (1.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 26 (1.30%) Replication
11 25 (1.25%) Virtual Team
12 23 (1.15%) Cloud Native
13 21 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
14 16 (0.80%) Client/Server
14 16 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
15 14 (0.70%) Driving Licence
15 14 (0.70%) Private Cloud
16 12 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
16 12 (0.60%) NHS
17 11 (0.55%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 646 (32.25%) Windows
2 483 (24.11%) Linux
3 236 (11.78%) Windows Server
4 119 (5.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 104 (5.19%) Unix
6 90 (4.49%) Windows 10
7 60 (3.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 55 (2.75%) Windows Server 2016
9 48 (2.40%) Windows Server 2019
10 35 (1.75%) Android
11 31 (1.55%) Ubuntu
12 29 (1.45%) CentOS
13 27 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
14 26 (1.30%) Apple iOS
15 24 (1.20%) Windows 7
16 17 (0.85%) Solaris
17 15 (0.75%) AIX
18 14 (0.70%) VMS
19 12 (0.60%) HPUX
20 11 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 308 (15.38%) DevOps
2 226 (11.28%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (11.28%) Migration
3 218 (10.88%) ITIL
4 212 (10.58%) Cybersecurity
5 203 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 181 (9.04%) SIEM
7 154 (7.69%) Information Security
8 138 (6.89%) Problem-Solving
9 128 (6.39%) Change Management
10 124 (6.19%) Load Balancing
11 120 (5.99%) Infrastructure as Code
12 114 (5.69%) Project Management
13 103 (5.14%) Network Design
14 97 (4.84%) Security Architecture
15 93 (4.64%) Kalman Filter
16 86 (4.29%) High Availability
16 86 (4.29%) Vulnerability Management
17 84 (4.19%) Microservices
18 80 (3.99%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 259 (12.93%) Python
2 245 (12.23%) PowerShell
3 202 (10.08%) SQL
4 91 (4.54%) Bash Shell
5 86 (4.29%) Java
6 40 (2.00%) C#
7 34 (1.70%) JavaScript
8 31 (1.55%) Shell Script
9 25 (1.25%) Go
9 25 (1.25%) PHP
10 22 (1.10%) C
11 18 (0.90%) C++
12 16 (0.80%) Ruby
13 15 (0.75%) Groovy
13 15 (0.75%) Perl
13 15 (0.75%) VBScript
14 12 (0.60%) VB
15 10 (0.50%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.35%) sed
16 7 (0.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 320 (15.98%) Cisco Certification
2 285 (14.23%) Security Cleared
3 224 (11.18%) CCNP
3 224 (11.18%) SC Cleared
4 153 (7.64%) CCNA
5 107 (5.34%) CISSP
6 104 (5.19%) Degree
7 70 (3.49%) CCIE
8 56 (2.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 54 (2.70%) DV Cleared
10 47 (2.35%) CISM
11 31 (1.55%) CISA
11 31 (1.55%) MCSE
12 26 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
12 26 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (1.20%) GIAC
14 22 (1.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 21 (1.05%) CCDP
16 20 (1.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 19 (0.95%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (3.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 57 (2.85%) SLA
3 52 (2.60%) NIST
4 36 (1.80%) PCI DSS
5 34 (1.70%) QA
6 33 (1.65%) GDPR
7 15 (0.75%) COBIT
7 15 (0.75%) NIST 800
8 14 (0.70%) GRC
8 14 (0.70%) NCSC
9 11 (0.55%) SOC 2
10 9 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 9 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 8 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.40%) PMO
12 7 (0.35%) HIPAA
13 6 (0.30%) GxP
14 5 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
15 3 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 3 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 435 (21.72%) Active Directory
2 231 (11.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 96 (4.79%) Docker
4 85 (4.24%) Hyper-V
5 74 (3.69%) vSphere
6 60 (3.00%) VMware NSX
7 59 (2.95%) Virtual Desktop
7 59 (2.95%) Virtual Machines
8 47 (2.35%) VMware ESXi
9 20 (1.00%) ProxySG
10 18 (0.90%) XenApp
11 17 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (0.80%) NFS
13 13 (0.65%) Firmware
14 10 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (0.50%) vCloud
15 9 (0.45%) iptables
15 9 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
16 7 (0.35%) XenDesktop
17 6 (0.30%) qmail
Systems Management
1 229 (11.43%) Terraform
2 184 (9.19%) Ansible
3 127 (6.34%) Kubernetes
4 78 (3.89%) FortiGate
4 78 (3.89%) SCCM
5 59 (2.95%) Microsoft Intune
6 55 (2.75%) Puppet
7 38 (1.90%) Opscode Chef
8 35 (1.75%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 33 (1.65%) vCenter Server
10 26 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
11 21 (1.05%) vRealize
12 18 (0.90%) ITRS Geneos
12 18 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
13 17 (0.85%) WSUS
14 15 (0.75%) Cisco Prime
15 14 (0.70%) Nessus
16 13 (0.65%) CASB
16 13 (0.65%) Nagios
16 13 (0.65%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 675 (33.70%) Cisco
2 415 (20.72%) Microsoft
3 363 (18.12%) VMware
4 270 (13.48%) CheckPoint
5 237 (11.83%) Palo Alto
6 194 (9.69%) F5
7 176 (8.79%) Citrix
8 166 (8.29%) Juniper
9 151 (7.54%) Fortinet
10 110 (5.49%) Red Hat
11 98 (4.89%) Meraki
12 88 (4.39%) HP
13 80 (3.99%) Oracle
14 77 (3.84%) Dell
15 72 (3.59%) Splunk
16 66 (3.30%) IBM
17 61 (3.05%) McAfee
17 61 (3.05%) SolarWinds
18 59 (2.95%) Aruba
19 58 (2.90%) Google