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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 23 May 2022 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
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 76 83 71
Rank change year-on-year +7 -12 +2
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,636 1,626 1,498
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.04% 2.79% 3.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 27.57% 24.69% 22.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,838 1,093 985
10th Percentile £310 £300 £226
25th Percentile £406 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £450 £430
Median % change year-on-year +13.89% +4.65% -1.71%
75th Percentile £606 £550 £538
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 34 64
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.14 £18.00
25th Percentile £20.00 £16.06 £20.94
Median hourly rate £46.71 £24.00 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year +94.63% -43.53% +21.43%
75th Percentile £56.00 £42.81 £51.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £53.98 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £23.25 £33.25
% change year-on-year +91.40% -30.08% +25.07%

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 9,561 6,585 6,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.02% 11.29% 13.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,266 4,238 3,980
10th Percentile £234 £225 £180
25th Percentile £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -1.16%
75th Percentile £613 £538 £525
90th Percentile £700 £630 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +11.18% +1.19% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 372 308 362
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.50 £13.50
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.25 £16.25
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £23.75
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% +25.00%
75th Percentile £51.53 £50.00 £47.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £63.98 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £22.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.27% +12.82% +11.43%

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 23 May 2022.

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 23 May 2022.

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 23 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +6 2,080 £506 +12.50% 675
Work from Home +10 1,176 £525 +16.67% 216
UK excluding London +7 1,157 £463 +8.82% 519
London +13 928 £530 +11.58% 208
South East 0 365 £500 +8.70% 104
North of England +15 264 £450 +11.11% 147
North West +19 155 £450 +20.00% 78
Midlands -28 142 £425 +6.25% 103
South West +5 141 £450 +7.46% 61
Scotland +14 99 £480 +12.94% 28
Yorkshire +4 94 £451 +6.18% 49
West Midlands -34 90 £450 +20.00% 58
East of England -4 87 £438 +9.38% 44
Wales +27 68 £454 +17.16% 20
East Midlands -10 51 £400 - 45
North East -1 16 £550 +29.41% 20
Northern Ireland -2 7 £400 +25.49% 12
Isle of Man - 4 £550 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, 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.

1 942 (35.74%) Cisco
2 787 (29.86%) Windows
3 780 (29.59%) Azure
4 652 (24.73%) Microsoft
5 580 (22.00%) VMware
6 560 (21.24%) WAN
7 526 (19.95%) Network Security
8 511 (19.39%) LAN
9 503 (19.08%) Active Directory
10 467 (17.72%) VPN
10 467 (17.72%) Social Skills
11 449 (17.03%) DNS
11 449 (17.03%) Linux
12 441 (16.73%) Security Cleared
13 407 (15.44%) AWS
14 406 (15.40%) Data Centre
15 405 (15.36%) Cisco Certification
16 380 (14.42%) VMware Infrastructure
17 374 (14.19%) Finance
18 357 (13.54%) Migration
19 350 (13.28%) SC Cleared
20 346 (13.13%) Palo Alto
20 346 (13.13%) Microsoft 365
21 333 (12.63%) Cybersecurity
22 329 (12.48%) Windows Server
23 321 (12.18%) DevOps
24 311 (11.80%) Wireless
25 302 (11.46%) BGP
26 291 (11.04%) CheckPoint
27 286 (10.85%) Infrastructure Engineering

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
1 111 (4.21%) MS Exchange
2 74 (2.81%) SharePoint
3 65 (2.47%) Confluence
4 51 (1.93%) WebSphere
5 38 (1.44%) Skype for Business
6 34 (1.29%) IIS
7 30 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
8 27 (1.02%) Apache
8 27 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
9 26 (0.99%) OpenStack
10 18 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
10 18 (0.68%) nginx
11 15 (0.57%) JBoss
12 13 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
13 12 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
13 12 (0.46%) Tomcat
14 11 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.27%) Apache Spark
15 7 (0.27%) SAS
16 6 (0.23%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 105 (3.98%) Microsoft Office
2 80 (3.03%) MS Visio
3 17 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 43 (1.63%) Sentinel
2 12 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
2 12 (0.46%) Shopify
3 9 (0.34%) assyst
4 4 (0.15%) Maximo
5 3 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.11%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 3 (0.11%) RMDS
6 1 (0.038%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.038%) Oracle Cash Management
6 1 (0.038%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.038%) Primavera
6 1 (0.038%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.038%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 780 (29.59%) Azure
2 407 (15.44%) AWS
3 346 (13.13%) Microsoft 365
4 178 (6.75%) GCP
5 166 (6.30%) PaaS
6 161 (6.11%) IaaS
7 149 (5.65%) SaaS
8 107 (4.06%) Azure Active Directory
9 67 (2.54%) Azure Sentinel
10 65 (2.47%) GitHub
11 50 (1.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 48 (1.82%) OpenShift
13 45 (1.71%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 41 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
15 39 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
16 35 (1.33%) Amazon EC2
17 34 (1.29%) Azure Monitor
18 33 (1.25%) Serverless
19 32 (1.21%) Power Platform
20 31 (1.18%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 560 (21.24%) WAN
2 526 (19.95%) Network Security
3 511 (19.39%) LAN
4 467 (17.72%) VPN
5 449 (17.03%) DNS
6 311 (11.80%) Wireless
7 302 (11.46%) BGP
8 247 (9.37%) DHCP
9 245 (9.29%) TCP/IP
10 220 (8.35%) MPLS
11 217 (8.23%) OSPF
12 189 (7.17%) SD-WAN
13 186 (7.06%) Internet
14 179 (6.79%) Wi-Fi
15 177 (6.71%) Cisco ASA
16 150 (5.69%) VLAN
17 135 (5.12%) IPsec
18 133 (5.05%) SSL
19 130 (4.93%) Cisco Nexus
20 103 (3.91%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 134 (5.08%) SQL Server
2 28 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
3 26 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
4 23 (0.87%) MySQL
5 19 (0.72%) DB2
5 19 (0.72%) Power BI
6 18 (0.68%) Redis
7 17 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
7 17 (0.64%) NoSQL
8 14 (0.53%) Big Data
9 10 (0.38%) Relational Database
10 9 (0.34%) MariaDB
10 9 (0.34%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.30%) Hadoop
12 7 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
12 7 (0.27%) MongoDB
13 6 (0.23%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 5 (0.19%) BigQuery
14 5 (0.19%) Oracle Exadata
14 5 (0.19%) Riak
Development Applications
1 118 (4.48%) Jenkins
2 110 (4.17%) Git (software)
3 98 (3.72%) JIRA
4 39 (1.48%) Sonatype Nexus
5 38 (1.44%) Artifactory
6 34 (1.29%) Bitbucket
7 32 (1.21%) GitLab
8 27 (1.02%) Subversion
9 16 (0.61%) Maven
9 16 (0.61%) TeamCity
10 15 (0.57%) Cucumber
11 10 (0.38%) Selenium
11 10 (0.38%) SonarQube
11 10 (0.38%) Zephyr
12 9 (0.34%) IBM UrbanCode
13 8 (0.30%) Spinnaker
14 6 (0.23%) CircleCI
14 6 (0.23%) Octopus Deploy
15 5 (0.19%) Bitbucket Server
15 5 (0.19%) Jaeger
General
1 467 (17.72%) Social Skills
2 374 (14.19%) Finance
3 221 (8.38%) Public Sector
4 163 (6.18%) Banking
5 130 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
6 119 (4.51%) Telecoms
7 75 (2.85%) Documentation Skills
8 39 (1.48%) Legal
9 35 (1.33%) Retail
10 33 (1.25%) Influencing Skills
11 30 (1.14%) Manufacturing
12 29 (1.10%) Organisational Skills
13 26 (0.99%) Local Government
14 23 (0.87%) Financial Institution
15 22 (0.83%) Investment Banking
16 20 (0.76%) Law
16 20 (0.76%) Presentation Skills
17 16 (0.61%) Billing
18 15 (0.57%) Games
18 15 (0.57%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 598 (22.69%) Network Engineer
2 429 (16.27%) Architect
3 275 (10.43%) Security Engineer
4 232 (8.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 150 (5.69%) Analyst
6 134 (5.08%) Azure Engineer
7 119 (4.51%) DevOps Engineer
8 114 (4.32%) Security Architect
9 109 (4.14%) Consultant
10 108 (4.10%) Support Engineer
11 102 (3.87%) Network Security Engineer
12 95 (3.60%) Project Manager
13 93 (3.53%) Network Architect
14 89 (3.38%) Cloud Engineer
15 86 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
16 85 (3.22%) Infrastructure Architect
17 82 (3.11%) Senior Network Engineer
18 65 (2.47%) Cloud Architect
19 64 (2.43%) Cisco Engineer
20 58 (2.20%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (1.97%) SAML
2 48 (1.82%) LDAP
3 45 (1.71%) 802.1X
3 45 (1.71%) JSON
4 44 (1.67%) .NET
4 44 (1.67%) ARM Templates
4 44 (1.67%) OAuth
5 37 (1.40%) Elastic Stack
5 37 (1.40%) Middleware
5 37 (1.40%) REST
6 30 (1.14%) XML
7 27 (1.02%) Web Services
8 20 (0.76%) OAuth2
9 19 (0.72%) jQuery
10 18 (0.68%) SOAP
10 18 (0.68%) WebSphere MQ
11 17 (0.64%) OpenID
11 17 (0.64%) Rendezvous
12 16 (0.61%) Kafka
13 15 (0.57%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 406 (15.40%) Data Centre
2 118 (4.48%) PKI
3 117 (4.44%) Public Cloud
4 109 (4.14%) Management Information System
5 85 (3.22%) Private Cloud
6 70 (2.66%) Self-Motivation
7 69 (2.62%) Data Protection Act
8 67 (2.54%) Cloud Native
9 53 (2.01%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 50 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
11 44 (1.67%) Clustering
12 35 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
13 31 (1.18%) Security Operations Centre
14 26 (0.99%) NHS
14 26 (0.99%) Virtual Team
15 25 (0.95%) Enterprise Storage
16 22 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
17 21 (0.80%) CMDB
18 20 (0.76%) CCTV
18 20 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 787 (29.86%) Windows
2 449 (17.03%) Linux
3 329 (12.48%) Windows Server
4 195 (7.40%) Unix
5 118 (4.48%) Windows 10
6 84 (3.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 74 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 73 (2.77%) Windows Server 2016
9 66 (2.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 65 (2.47%) Windows Server 2019
11 52 (1.97%) Ubuntu
12 37 (1.40%) Windows 7
13 30 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
14 29 (1.10%) CentOS
15 27 (1.02%) Android
16 26 (0.99%) VMS
17 21 (0.80%) Solaris
18 20 (0.76%) Mac OS
18 20 (0.76%) Windows XP
19 19 (0.72%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 357 (13.54%) Migration
2 333 (12.63%) Cybersecurity
3 321 (12.18%) DevOps
4 286 (10.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 278 (10.55%) SIEM
6 270 (10.24%) Agile
7 244 (9.26%) ITIL
8 229 (8.69%) Load Balancing
9 197 (7.47%) CI/CD
10 171 (6.49%) Problem-Solving
11 155 (5.88%) Information Security
11 155 (5.88%) Project Management
12 144 (5.46%) Network Design
13 138 (5.24%) Change Management
14 136 (5.16%) Project Delivery
15 129 (4.89%) Data Loss Prevention
16 128 (4.86%) Disaster Recovery
17 124 (4.70%) Infrastructure as Code
18 121 (4.59%) Stakeholder Management
19 119 (4.51%) Application Security
Programming Languages
1 261 (9.90%) PowerShell
2 244 (9.26%) Python
3 229 (8.69%) SQL
4 120 (4.55%) Bash
5 71 (2.69%) Perl
6 66 (2.50%) Java
7 44 (1.67%) C
8 37 (1.40%) JavaScript
8 37 (1.40%) Shell Script
9 34 (1.29%) C#
10 29 (1.10%) Groovy
11 21 (0.80%) Ruby
12 19 (0.72%) PHP
13 15 (0.57%) Go
13 15 (0.57%) VBScript
14 12 (0.46%) C++
15 8 (0.30%) Korn
16 5 (0.19%) PL/SQL
17 4 (0.15%) VB
18 3 (0.11%) Scala
Qualifications
1 441 (16.73%) Security Cleared
2 405 (15.36%) Cisco Certification
3 350 (13.28%) SC Cleared
4 240 (9.10%) CCNP
5 171 (6.49%) CCNA
6 140 (5.31%) CISSP
7 133 (5.05%) Degree
8 114 (4.32%) CCIE
9 72 (2.73%) DV Cleared
10 68 (2.58%) Microsoft Certification
11 52 (1.97%) CISM
12 39 (1.48%) CCDP
13 33 (1.25%) MCSE
14 32 (1.21%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (1.14%) CEH
16 28 (1.06%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 23 (0.87%) CISA
17 23 (0.87%) GIAC
17 23 (0.87%) Master's Degree
17 23 (0.87%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (4.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 67 (2.54%) GDPR
3 66 (2.50%) NIST
4 54 (2.05%) SLA
5 44 (1.67%) QA
6 42 (1.59%) PCI DSS
7 29 (1.10%) NCSC
8 24 (0.91%) JSP 440
9 22 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
10 16 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 16 (0.61%) NIST 800
11 10 (0.38%) RMADS
12 9 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 9 (0.34%) PMO
13 7 (0.27%) GRC
13 7 (0.27%) GxP
14 6 (0.23%) Accessibility
14 6 (0.23%) SOC 2
15 5 (0.19%) COBIT
16 4 (0.15%) HL7
System Software
1 503 (19.08%) Active Directory
2 380 (14.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 143 (5.42%) Hyper-V
4 138 (5.24%) Docker
5 119 (4.51%) vSphere
6 75 (2.85%) Virtual Machines
7 70 (2.66%) VMware NSX
8 68 (2.58%) VMware ESXi
9 45 (1.71%) XenApp
10 43 (1.63%) Virtual Servers
11 38 (1.44%) vCloud
12 30 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
13 26 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
14 24 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
14 24 (0.91%) XenDesktop
15 20 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 17 (0.64%) NFS
17 16 (0.61%) KVM
18 12 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 10 (0.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 261 (9.90%) Ansible
2 250 (9.48%) Terraform
3 179 (6.79%) Kubernetes
4 165 (6.26%) FortiGate
5 134 (5.08%) SCCM
6 85 (3.22%) Microsoft Intune
7 80 (3.03%) Puppet
8 45 (1.71%) Opscode Chef
8 45 (1.71%) WSUS
9 40 (1.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 39 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
11 38 (1.44%) vCenter Server
12 36 (1.37%) Nagios
13 35 (1.33%) Grafana
14 25 (0.95%) Istio
14 25 (0.95%) Nessus
14 25 (0.95%) NetBackup
15 24 (0.91%) QRadar
16 23 (0.87%) CASB
17 19 (0.72%) vRealize
Vendors
1 942 (35.74%) Cisco
2 652 (24.73%) Microsoft
3 580 (22.00%) VMware
4 346 (13.13%) Palo Alto
5 291 (11.04%) CheckPoint
6 254 (9.64%) F5
7 242 (9.18%) Juniper
8 217 (8.23%) Fortinet
9 192 (7.28%) Citrix
10 160 (6.07%) HP
11 131 (4.97%) Oracle
11 131 (4.97%) Splunk
12 124 (4.70%) Red Hat
13 122 (4.63%) Google
14 120 (4.55%) Meraki
15 117 (4.44%) Aruba
16 99 (3.76%) SolarWinds
17 85 (3.22%) McAfee
18 80 (3.03%) Dell
19 70 (2.66%) IBM