Period
to 2 July 2020

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 2 July 2020 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 70 70 80
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10 -8
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,312 3,118 3,137
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.18% 3.37% 3.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.58% 26.71% 23.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 871 2,052 1,984
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £250 £235 £256
90th Percentile £635 £588 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +6.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 77 104
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +8.53% +17.79%
10th Percentile £18.15 £12.90 £13.83
90th Percentile £52.63 £49.70 £54.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £25.67 £31.00
% change year-on-year +26.61% -17.19% +13.22%

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 5,563 11,675 13,584
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.48% 12.63% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,174 7,183 8,343
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £189 £201 £205
90th Percentile £625 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £403 £390
% change year-on-year +1.86% +3.21% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 317 564 747
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.08 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.21% +8.08% -2.01%
10th Percentile £14.03 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.70 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.50 £19.64 £19.39
% change year-on-year +4.38% +1.32% +1.02%

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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 2020.

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 2 July 2020. 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 -1 1,160 £435 +2.35% 284
UK excluding London -1 770 £425 +6.25% 233
London +5 489 £450 -10.00% 66
South East -5 227 £438 +9.38% 68
North of England +12 180 £400 - 55
Midlands +11 112 £475 +30.14% 42
Scotland +9 102 £450 +5.88% 10
North West +15 93 £400 - 33
Work from Home +10 91 £413 -4.90% 29
West Midlands +16 87 £500 +33.33% 31
South West -8 83 £425 +6.25% 39
Yorkshire +39 73 £403 +0.63% 15
East of England -20 53 £400 -5.88% 15
East Midlands -7 23 £310 -4.62% 11
North East -9 14 £402 +27.46% 7
Wales +2 13 £425 - 4
Northern Ireland +10 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 2 July 2020, 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.

1 557 (42.45%) Cisco
2 394 (30.03%) Windows
3 348 (26.52%) WAN
4 319 (24.31%) Cisco Certification
5 310 (23.63%) LAN
6 297 (22.64%) Active Directory
7 274 (20.88%) Security Cleared
8 271 (20.66%) VPN
9 256 (19.51%) Microsoft
10 249 (18.98%) DNS
11 243 (18.52%) Azure
12 237 (18.06%) VMware
13 234 (17.84%) Linux
14 229 (17.45%) CCNP
15 224 (17.07%) Network Security
16 219 (16.69%) Data Centre
17 195 (14.86%) CheckPoint
17 195 (14.86%) Migration
18 189 (14.41%) Finance
19 184 (14.02%) TCP/IP
20 183 (13.95%) BGP
21 181 (13.80%) AWS
22 175 (13.34%) Juniper
23 172 (13.11%) SC Cleared
24 170 (12.96%) Palo Alto
25 168 (12.80%) DevOps
25 168 (12.80%) OSPF
26 160 (12.20%) F5
27 158 (12.04%) Windows Server
28 156 (11.89%) Wireless

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 44 (3.35%) Confluence
1 44 (3.35%) MS Exchange
2 37 (2.82%) Skype for Business
3 35 (2.67%) SharePoint
4 21 (1.60%) Apache
5 20 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (1.52%) Tomcat
6 18 (1.37%) IIS
7 12 (0.91%) Cloud Foundry
8 11 (0.84%) WebLogic
9 9 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (0.69%) Mule
10 8 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.46%) JBoss
11 6 (0.46%) Oracle Application Server
11 6 (0.46%) WebSphere
12 5 (0.38%) OpenStack
12 5 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.30%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 52 (3.96%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.91%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.076%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.076%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.076%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (0.69%) Sentinel
2 5 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 4 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.15%) Maximo
5 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
5 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.076%) assyst
6 1 (0.076%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.076%) Line 500
6 1 (0.076%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 243 (18.52%) Azure
2 181 (13.80%) AWS
3 151 (11.51%) Office 365
4 91 (6.94%) PaaS
5 83 (6.33%) SaaS
6 81 (6.17%) IaaS
7 61 (4.65%) GCP
8 33 (2.52%) Azure Active Directory
9 27 (2.06%) Cloud Computing
9 27 (2.06%) GitHub
10 18 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
11 16 (1.22%) Slack
12 15 (1.14%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 15 (1.14%) OneDrive
13 12 (0.91%) Amazon S3
14 11 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 10 (0.76%) OpenShift
16 9 (0.69%) npm
17 8 (0.61%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 348 (26.52%) WAN
2 310 (23.63%) LAN
3 271 (20.66%) VPN
4 249 (18.98%) DNS
5 224 (17.07%) Network Security
6 184 (14.02%) TCP/IP
7 183 (13.95%) BGP
8 168 (12.80%) OSPF
9 156 (11.89%) Wireless
10 148 (11.28%) Cisco ASA
11 116 (8.84%) Cisco Nexus
11 116 (8.84%) DHCP
11 116 (8.84%) Internet
12 110 (8.38%) MPLS
13 93 (7.09%) IPsec
14 91 (6.94%) SSL
15 81 (6.17%) VLAN
16 75 (5.72%) VoIP
17 68 (5.18%) SAN
18 64 (4.88%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (3.51%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.45%) MySQL
3 15 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (1.07%) Oracle Database
5 13 (0.99%) Big Data
6 12 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
7 11 (0.84%) Relational Database
8 9 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (0.53%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.46%) DB2
10 6 (0.46%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
10 6 (0.46%) Oracle Database 12c
11 5 (0.38%) Cosmos DB
11 5 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
11 5 (0.38%) SAP HANA
12 4 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
12 4 (0.30%) Power BI
12 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 69 (5.26%) Jenkins
2 58 (4.42%) JIRA
3 46 (3.51%) Git (software)
4 29 (2.21%) GitLab
5 21 (1.60%) Sonatype Nexus
6 16 (1.22%) Maven
6 16 (1.22%) Selenium
7 13 (0.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 12 (0.91%) JUnit
8 12 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
9 11 (0.84%) Artifactory
10 10 (0.76%) Bitbucket
10 10 (0.76%) IBM UrbanCode
11 9 (0.69%) Mockito
12 8 (0.61%) TeamCity
13 7 (0.53%) MSI
13 7 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 6 (0.46%) SonarQube
15 5 (0.38%) Metasploit
15 5 (0.38%) Snyk
General
1 189 (14.41%) Finance
2 86 (6.55%) Public Sector
3 75 (5.72%) Telecoms
4 58 (4.42%) Banking
5 28 (2.13%) Legal
6 27 (2.06%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.37%) Electronics
7 18 (1.37%) Marketing
8 10 (0.76%) French Language
9 7 (0.53%) German Language
9 7 (0.53%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.53%) Retail
10 6 (0.46%) Law
10 6 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.38%) Local Government
11 5 (0.38%) Police
12 4 (0.30%) Back Office
13 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.23%) Publishing
13 3 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 389 (29.65%) Network Engineer
2 154 (11.74%) Architect
3 127 (9.68%) Security Engineer
4 90 (6.86%) Analyst
5 81 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 70 (5.34%) Consultant
7 60 (4.57%) Network Architect
8 54 (4.12%) Cloud Engineer
8 54 (4.12%) Network Security Engineer
8 54 (4.12%) Security Architect
9 51 (3.89%) Senior Network Engineer
10 49 (3.73%) Cisco Engineer
10 49 (3.73%) DevOps Engineer
11 45 (3.43%) Support Engineer
12 44 (3.35%) Security Analyst
13 42 (3.20%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 31 (2.36%) Administrator
14 31 (2.36%) Windows Engineer
15 29 (2.21%) Platform Engineer
16 26 (1.98%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (4.42%) .NET
2 47 (3.58%) SAML
3 43 (3.28%) LDAP
4 29 (2.21%) Middleware
4 29 (2.21%) Web Services
5 28 (2.13%) REST
6 21 (1.60%) 802.1X
7 18 (1.37%) JSON
8 17 (1.30%) XML
9 16 (1.22%) Node.js
9 16 (1.22%) OAuth
10 15 (1.14%) RESTful
10 15 (1.14%) SOAP
11 14 (1.07%) Velocity
12 12 (0.91%) Elastic Stack
12 12 (0.91%) WireMock
13 11 (0.84%) OpenID
14 10 (0.76%) HTML
14 10 (0.76%) Spring
14 10 (0.76%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 219 (16.69%) Data Centre
2 83 (6.33%) PKI
3 74 (5.64%) Analytical Skills
4 49 (3.73%) Management Information System
5 45 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
6 28 (2.13%) Cyberthreat
7 27 (2.06%) Clustering
8 21 (1.60%) NHS
9 18 (1.37%) Public Cloud
10 17 (1.30%) Private Cloud
11 15 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
11 15 (1.14%) Mobile App
11 15 (1.14%) Social Media
12 14 (1.07%) Fibre Optics
12 14 (1.07%) User Experience
13 13 (0.99%) Security Operations Centre
14 12 (0.91%) Client/Server
14 12 (0.91%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 11 (0.84%) Virtual Team
16 9 (0.69%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 394 (30.03%) Windows
2 234 (17.84%) Linux
3 158 (12.04%) Windows Server
4 86 (6.55%) Windows 10
5 83 (6.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 77 (5.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 60 (4.57%) Unix
8 58 (4.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 57 (4.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (2.59%) Windows 7
11 32 (2.44%) CentOS
12 17 (1.30%) Solaris
13 10 (0.76%) Windows Server 2019
14 9 (0.69%) Apple iOS
15 7 (0.53%) Android
15 7 (0.53%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.46%) AIX
16 6 (0.46%) VMS
16 6 (0.46%) Windows 8
17 4 (0.30%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (14.86%) Migration
2 168 (12.80%) DevOps
3 136 (10.37%) SIEM
4 128 (9.76%) Load Balancing
5 125 (9.53%) Agile Software Development
6 122 (9.30%) ITIL
7 118 (8.99%) Cybersecurity
8 108 (8.23%) Problem-Solving
9 104 (7.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 87 (6.63%) Change Management
10 87 (6.63%) Network Design
11 77 (5.87%) Information Security
12 61 (4.65%) Continuous Integration
13 60 (4.57%) Configuration Management
14 55 (4.19%) Infrastructure as Code
14 55 (4.19%) Project Management
15 54 (4.12%) Security Architecture
16 53 (4.04%) High Availability
17 49 (3.73%) Disaster Recovery
18 47 (3.58%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (9.38%) Python
2 112 (8.54%) PowerShell
3 98 (7.47%) Java
4 94 (7.16%) SQL
5 77 (5.87%) Bash Shell
6 50 (3.81%) Shell Script
7 30 (2.29%) C
8 27 (2.06%) JavaScript
9 22 (1.68%) Go
10 16 (1.22%) C#
11 15 (1.14%) Ruby
12 14 (1.07%) Scala
13 9 (0.69%) C++
13 9 (0.69%) ES6
13 9 (0.69%) Groovy
14 8 (0.61%) VBScript
15 7 (0.53%) Clojure
15 7 (0.53%) Perl
15 7 (0.53%) PHP
16 3 (0.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 319 (24.31%) Cisco Certification
2 274 (20.88%) Security Cleared
3 229 (17.45%) CCNP
4 172 (13.11%) SC Cleared
5 132 (10.06%) CCNA
6 90 (6.86%) DV Cleared
7 82 (6.25%) CISSP
8 68 (5.18%) CCIE
9 54 (4.12%) Degree
10 45 (3.43%) CCDP
10 45 (3.43%) Microsoft Certification
11 25 (1.91%) GIAC
11 25 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
12 22 (1.68%) JNCIA
13 21 (1.60%) CISM
13 21 (1.60%) JNCIS
14 19 (1.45%) MCSE
15 18 (1.37%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 18 (1.37%) JNCIP
16 16 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (3.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (2.74%) GDPR
3 32 (2.44%) SLA
4 24 (1.83%) QA
5 23 (1.75%) NIST
6 15 (1.14%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.61%) NCSC
8 7 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 6 (0.46%) PMO
10 5 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 5 (0.38%) SSAE 16
11 3 (0.23%) COBIT
11 3 (0.23%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.23%) HIPAA
12 2 (0.15%) RMADS
13 1 (0.076%) HL7
System Software
1 297 (22.64%) Active Directory
2 148 (11.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (4.95%) Hyper-V
4 59 (4.50%) Docker
5 50 (3.81%) VMware ESXi
6 41 (3.13%) vSphere
7 39 (2.97%) Virtual Machines
8 38 (2.90%) VMware NSX
9 27 (2.06%) XenApp
10 19 (1.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 13 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (0.91%) ProxySG
13 10 (0.76%) XenDesktop
14 9 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
15 8 (0.61%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.61%) NFS
16 7 (0.53%) vCloud
17 5 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
18 4 (0.30%) GlusterFS
18 4 (0.30%) Snort
Systems Management
1 85 (6.48%) Ansible
2 81 (6.17%) Terraform
3 56 (4.27%) FortiGate
4 55 (4.19%) Kubernetes
5 42 (3.20%) SCCM
6 40 (3.05%) Microsoft Intune
7 38 (2.90%) Opscode Chef
7 38 (2.90%) Puppet
8 26 (1.98%) SCOM
8 26 (1.98%) vCenter Server
9 24 (1.83%) Single Sign-On
10 22 (1.68%) Grafana
11 21 (1.60%) Prometheus
12 19 (1.45%) WSUS
13 15 (1.14%) Cisco Prime
13 15 (1.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 15 (1.14%) Packer
14 13 (0.99%) QRadar
15 12 (0.91%) Nessus
16 8 (0.61%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 557 (42.45%) Cisco
2 256 (19.51%) Microsoft
3 237 (18.06%) VMware
4 195 (14.86%) CheckPoint
5 175 (13.34%) Juniper
6 170 (12.96%) Palo Alto
7 160 (12.20%) F5
8 104 (7.93%) Citrix
9 80 (6.10%) Oracle
10 79 (6.02%) Splunk
11 74 (5.64%) Fortinet
12 71 (5.41%) HP
13 70 (5.34%) SolarWinds
14 60 (4.57%) Dell
15 51 (3.89%) Meraki
16 50 (3.81%) Red Hat
17 42 (3.20%) Blue Coat
18 40 (3.05%) McAfee
19 30 (2.29%) EMC
20 29 (2.21%) CyberArk