Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 56 66
Rank change year-on-year -25 +10 -6
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2983 3830 3516
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.89% 3.73% 3.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.13% 24.35% 21.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1883 2441 2166
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £263 £233
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 91 135
UK median hourly rate £27.75 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.00% +11.11% -2.70%
10th Percentile £13.53 £13.25 £13.25
90th Percentile £48.47 £50.00 £45.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £20.73 £21.53
% change year-on-year +20.60% -3.69% -11.69%

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 14116 15732 16000
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.67% 15.32% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8662 9556 9261
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £180 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 712 801 995
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £22.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.78% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.23 £48.75 £45.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.56 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -25.75% +21.95% -2.38%

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 11 December 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 11 December 2017.

Contractor 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 11 December 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 -29 2723 £410 +0.43% 449
UK excluding London -15 1823 £388 +3.33% 312
London -38 1109 £450 - 157
South East -16 647 £400 - 83
North of England -20 352 £390 +4.00% 96
Midlands 0 261 £388 +3.33% 43
Scotland +5 191 £380 +8.57% 16
South West -15 182 £344 -5.50% 33
West Midlands +8 180 £400 - 28
East of England -34 167 £360 +2.86% 37
North West -25 158 £405 +1.25% 55
Yorkshire -25 126 £425 +6.25% 35
East Midlands -1 79 £370 +9.63% 15
North East +23 68 £330 +1.54% 6
Wales -31 26 £300 -20.00% 3
Northern Ireland -32 8 £450 +4.65% 1
Channel Islands -1 1 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 1396 (46.80%) Cisco
2 1023 (34.29%) Windows
3 836 (28.03%) Linux
4 713 (23.90%) WAN
5 674 (22.59%) VMware
6 654 (21.92%) Cisco Certification
7 630 (21.12%) LAN
8 623 (20.89%) VPN
9 596 (19.98%) Active Directory
10 561 (18.81%) CheckPoint
11 552 (18.50%) Network Security
12 540 (18.10%) DNS
13 538 (18.04%) Microsoft
14 536 (17.97%) TCP/IP
15 534 (17.90%) Windows Server
16 472 (15.82%) Data Centre
17 463 (15.52%) Security Cleared
18 430 (14.42%) CCNP
18 430 (14.42%) Finance
19 423 (14.18%) ITIL
20 421 (14.11%) Cisco ASA
21 410 (13.74%) Unix
22 407 (13.64%) F5
23 400 (13.41%) VMware Infrastructure
24 392 (13.14%) Juniper
25 388 (13.01%) Amazon AWS
26 368 (12.34%) Citrix
27 363 (12.17%) Wireless
28 350 (11.73%) SC Cleared
29 343 (11.50%) Load Balancing

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
1 201 (6.74%) MS Exchange
2 194 (6.50%) Apache
3 143 (4.79%) IIS
4 142 (4.76%) Tomcat
5 109 (3.65%) JBoss
6 91 (3.05%) Skype for Business
7 85 (2.85%) WebLogic
8 74 (2.48%) SharePoint
9 67 (2.25%) nginx
10 65 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
11 49 (1.64%) Oracle Application Server
12 44 (1.48%) iPlanet
12 44 (1.48%) WebSphere
13 40 (1.34%) OpenStack
14 37 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
15 34 (1.14%) Confluence
16 24 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
17 20 (0.67%) Apache Spark
18 15 (0.50%) MQSeries
19 14 (0.47%) SAS
Applications
1 76 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (1.51%) MS Visio
3 32 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.17%) HipChat
6 5 (0.17%) SmartSuite
7 3 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.067%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 21 (0.70%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.20%) Maximo
3 5 (0.17%) Magento
4 4 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.067%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.067%) RMDS
6 2 (0.067%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.034%) assyst
7 1 (0.034%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.034%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.034%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.034%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.034%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.034%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.034%) SAP PP
7 1 (0.034%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 388 (13.01%) Amazon AWS
2 332 (11.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 211 (7.07%) Office 365
4 140 (4.69%) IaaS
5 134 (4.49%) PaaS
6 75 (2.51%) SaaS
7 45 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
8 42 (1.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 37 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
10 33 (1.11%) OpenShift
11 31 (1.04%) Amazon ELB
11 31 (1.04%) Route 53
12 25 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
13 22 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
13 22 (0.74%) GitHub
14 17 (0.57%) Mimecast
15 15 (0.50%) npm
16 14 (0.47%) Amazon S3
16 14 (0.47%) Heroku
17 12 (0.40%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 713 (23.90%) WAN
2 630 (21.12%) LAN
3 623 (20.89%) VPN
4 552 (18.50%) Network Security
5 540 (18.10%) DNS
6 536 (17.97%) TCP/IP
7 421 (14.11%) Cisco ASA
8 363 (12.17%) Wireless
9 298 (9.99%) DHCP
9 298 (9.99%) SAN
10 264 (8.85%) MPLS
11 234 (7.84%) BGP
12 230 (7.71%) SSL
13 226 (7.58%) Cisco Nexus
14 224 (7.51%) Internet
15 195 (6.54%) OSPF
15 195 (6.54%) VoIP
16 193 (6.47%) VLAN
17 161 (5.40%) IPsec
18 126 (4.22%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 220 (7.38%) SQL Server
2 92 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
3 67 (2.25%) Oracle Database
4 66 (2.21%) MySQL
5 65 (2.18%) MongoDB
6 44 (1.48%) Relational Database
7 41 (1.37%) Amazon RDS
8 39 (1.31%) Big Data
9 34 (1.14%) NoSQL
10 31 (1.04%) SQL Server 2008
11 30 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
12 24 (0.80%) DB2
13 22 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
14 21 (0.70%) Redis
15 17 (0.57%) RDBMS
16 16 (0.54%) Power BI
17 15 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
17 15 (0.50%) SQL Server 2016
18 14 (0.47%) Hadoop
19 13 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 174 (5.83%) Git (software)
2 164 (5.50%) Jenkins
3 84 (2.82%) Artifactory
4 80 (2.68%) JIRA
5 73 (2.45%) Sonatype Nexus
6 49 (1.64%) Maven
7 34 (1.14%) TeamCity
8 30 (1.01%) Selenium
9 25 (0.84%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 21 (0.70%) Subversion
11 20 (0.67%) Metasploit
12 18 (0.60%) Bitbucket
12 18 (0.60%) MSI
12 18 (0.60%) Visual Studio
13 17 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
14 14 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
15 13 (0.44%) Zephyr
16 11 (0.37%) Ant
17 10 (0.34%) JMeter
17 10 (0.34%) webpack
General
1 430 (14.42%) Finance
2 171 (5.73%) Telecoms
3 158 (5.30%) Banking
4 67 (2.25%) Retail
5 41 (1.37%) Manufacturing
6 33 (1.11%) Law
7 29 (0.97%) Marketing
8 24 (0.80%) Electronics
9 23 (0.77%) Legal
9 23 (0.77%) Publishing
10 22 (0.74%) Investment Banking
11 18 (0.60%) Billing
12 14 (0.47%) Financial Institution
13 13 (0.44%) Back Office
14 9 (0.30%) French Language
14 9 (0.30%) German Language
14 9 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.27%) Multimedia
16 7 (0.23%) Spanish Language
17 5 (0.17%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 789 (26.45%) Network Engineer
2 333 (11.16%) Architect
3 302 (10.12%) Analyst
4 255 (8.55%) Security Engineer
5 237 (7.95%) Cisco Engineer
6 210 (7.04%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 187 (6.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 182 (6.10%) Consultant
9 169 (5.67%) DevOps Engineer
10 147 (4.93%) Support Engineer
11 132 (4.43%) Network Security Engineer
12 129 (4.32%) Firewall Engineer
13 128 (4.29%) Security Analyst
14 113 (3.79%) Administrator
15 102 (3.42%) Network Architect
16 91 (3.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 91 (3.05%) Security Architect
17 87 (2.92%) Security Consultant
18 81 (2.72%) Network Support
19 80 (2.68%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (2.78%) Web Services
2 72 (2.41%) Elastic Stack
3 64 (2.15%) .NET
4 61 (2.04%) J2EE
5 55 (1.84%) Middleware
6 44 (1.48%) 802.1X
7 42 (1.41%) XML
8 41 (1.37%) Node.js
9 36 (1.21%) Regular Expression
10 35 (1.17%) HTML
10 35 (1.17%) JSON
10 35 (1.17%) SOAP
11 30 (1.01%) Kafka
12 28 (0.94%) RabbitMQ
13 27 (0.91%) LAPP Stack
14 25 (0.84%) Java EE
15 23 (0.77%) SAML
15 23 (0.77%) Spring
16 22 (0.74%) REST
16 22 (0.74%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 472 (15.82%) Data Centre
2 151 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
3 128 (4.29%) Management Information System
4 119 (3.99%) Clustering
5 101 (3.39%) PKI
6 77 (2.58%) Computer Science
6 77 (2.58%) Public Cloud
7 67 (2.25%) Replication
8 38 (1.27%) DataPower
8 38 (1.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 36 (1.21%) Linux Command Line
9 36 (1.21%) Mainframe
10 35 (1.17%) Private Cloud
10 35 (1.17%) Virtual Team
11 33 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
12 25 (0.84%) Cyberthreat
12 25 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
13 23 (0.77%) Client/Server
13 23 (0.77%) Cyber Attack
14 22 (0.74%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 1023 (34.29%) Windows
2 836 (28.03%) Linux
3 534 (17.90%) Windows Server
4 410 (13.74%) Unix
5 237 (7.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 215 (7.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 194 (6.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 117 (3.92%) Solaris
9 100 (3.35%) Windows 7
10 97 (3.25%) Windows 10
11 92 (3.08%) AIX
12 80 (2.68%) CentOS
13 70 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
14 53 (1.78%) SUSE
15 50 (1.68%) HPUX
16 34 (1.14%) Ubuntu
17 33 (1.11%) Windows 8
18 23 (0.77%) Windows XP
19 22 (0.74%) Windows Vista
20 17 (0.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 423 (14.18%) ITIL
2 343 (11.50%) Load Balancing
3 319 (10.69%) DevOps
4 309 (10.36%) Information Security
5 253 (8.48%) Cybersecurity
6 247 (8.28%) Agile Software Development
7 235 (7.88%) Migration
8 232 (7.78%) Network Design
9 212 (7.11%) SIEM
10 176 (5.90%) Configuration Management
10 176 (5.90%) High Availability
11 127 (4.26%) Change Management
11 127 (4.26%) Kalman Filter
12 125 (4.19%) Open Source
12 125 (4.19%) Project Management
13 119 (3.99%) Network Management
14 117 (3.92%) Vulnerability Management
15 112 (3.75%) Security Operations
16 110 (3.69%) Service Delivery
17 104 (3.49%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 278 (9.32%) SQL
2 269 (9.02%) Python
3 248 (8.31%) PowerShell
4 210 (7.04%) Bash Shell
4 210 (7.04%) Perl
5 180 (6.03%) Java
6 108 (3.62%) Ruby
7 64 (2.15%) JavaScript
8 58 (1.94%) Shell Script
9 48 (1.61%) Korn
10 33 (1.11%) C
10 33 (1.11%) C#
11 26 (0.87%) PHP
12 24 (0.80%) C-shell
12 24 (0.80%) VBScript
13 17 (0.57%) PL/SQL
14 15 (0.50%) C++
14 15 (0.50%) Go
14 15 (0.50%) VB
15 13 (0.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 654 (21.92%) Cisco Certification
2 463 (15.52%) Security Cleared
3 430 (14.42%) CCNP
4 350 (11.73%) SC Cleared
5 289 (9.69%) CCNA
6 192 (6.44%) CISSP
7 177 (5.93%) Degree
8 170 (5.70%) CCIE
9 114 (3.82%) Microsoft Certification
10 83 (2.78%) CISM
11 75 (2.51%) DV Cleared
12 68 (2.28%) CCSE
13 64 (2.15%) MCSE
14 56 (1.88%) CCSA
15 52 (1.74%) SANS
16 46 (1.54%) CEH
17 42 (1.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 36 (1.21%) GIAC
19 35 (1.17%) CCSP
20 34 (1.14%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (4.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 87 (2.92%) PCI DSS
3 78 (2.61%) SLA
4 66 (2.21%) QA
5 44 (1.48%) GDPR
6 19 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 17 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
8 16 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 15 (0.50%) NIST 800
10 14 (0.47%) COBIT
10 14 (0.47%) PMO
11 9 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
11 9 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 9 (0.30%) RMADS
12 7 (0.23%) AS 2805
12 7 (0.23%) ISO 8583
13 6 (0.20%) ISO 9001
14 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 4 (0.13%) GAMP
14 4 (0.13%) HIPAA
System Software
1 596 (19.98%) Active Directory
2 400 (13.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 188 (6.30%) Hyper-V
4 150 (5.03%) vSphere
5 126 (4.22%) VMware ESXi
6 121 (4.06%) Docker
7 68 (2.28%) Virtual Machines
8 53 (1.78%) XenApp
8 53 (1.78%) XenDesktop
9 50 (1.68%) XenServer
10 45 (1.51%) ProxySG
10 45 (1.51%) VMware NSX
11 41 (1.37%) NFS
12 40 (1.34%) Samba
13 39 (1.31%) Virtual Servers
14 32 (1.07%) KVM
15 21 (0.70%) iptables
15 21 (0.70%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 17 (0.57%) Firmware
16 17 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 212 (7.11%) Puppet
2 181 (6.07%) Ansible
3 153 (5.13%) SCCM
4 104 (3.49%) FortiGate
5 96 (3.22%) Opscode Chef
6 85 (2.85%) SCOM
7 58 (1.94%) Kubernetes
7 58 (1.94%) Nagios
8 50 (1.68%) Nessus
8 50 (1.68%) WSUS
9 49 (1.64%) logstash
10 46 (1.54%) Cisco Prime
10 46 (1.54%) Kibana
11 44 (1.48%) Terraform
12 41 (1.37%) Norton AntiVirus
13 38 (1.27%) vCenter Server
14 34 (1.14%) McAfee ePO
15 32 (1.07%) QRadar
16 27 (0.91%) Nmap
17 26 (0.87%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 1396 (46.80%) Cisco
2 674 (22.59%) VMware
3 561 (18.81%) CheckPoint
4 538 (18.04%) Microsoft
5 407 (13.64%) F5
6 392 (13.14%) Juniper
7 368 (12.34%) Citrix
8 318 (10.66%) HP
9 298 (9.99%) Oracle
10 255 (8.55%) Red Hat
11 252 (8.45%) Palo Alto
12 182 (6.10%) Fortinet
13 175 (5.87%) SolarWinds
14 172 (5.77%) McAfee
15 153 (5.13%) IBM
16 142 (4.76%) Blue Coat
17 131 (4.39%) Splunk
18 90 (3.02%) Symantec
19 89 (2.98%) Dell
20 77 (2.58%) NetApp