Period
to 21 March 2019

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 21 March 2019 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
21 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 69 78 62
Rank change year-on-year +9 -16 +1
Contract jobs citing Firewall 3,259 3,032 3,271
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.37% 3.00% 3.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.61% 22.88% 24.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,099 1,893 2,118
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £260
90th Percentile £575 £606 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 80 94
UK median hourly rate £39.32 £25.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.20% +27.50% -11.11%
10th Percentile £15.72 £12.98 £14.41
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.20 £53.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +22.22% +12.50% -5.88%

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 12,246 13,254 13,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.65% 13.11% 14.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,464 8,172 8,286
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.00% +0.13%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £213
90th Percentile £603 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 562 712 741
UK median hourly rate £18.03 £19.49 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.52% -11.40% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.23 £19.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -11.65% -9.30% -14.00%

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 21 March 2019.

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 21 March 2019.

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 21 March 2019. 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 +2 2,972 £425 - 1,082
UK excluding London +4 1,997 £400 - 857
London +6 1,189 £475 +5.56% 300
South East +1 694 £400 -3.03% 225
North of England +25 442 £400 -5.88% 212
South West -10 252 £375 -6.25% 107
Midlands -9 239 £400 -11.11% 153
North West +11 207 £425 - 94
Yorkshire +33 162 £400 -7.25% 96
East of England +12 159 £400 +22.14% 87
West Midlands -23 152 £400 -11.11% 98
Scotland +23 145 £431 +23.21% 43
East Midlands +15 86 £400 - 55
North East +29 73 £335 -4.29% 22
Wales +13 67 £425 +16.04% 27
Northern Ireland +12 8 £443 +86.32% 5
Channel Islands -5 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 March 2019, 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 1,457 (44.71%) Cisco
2 925 (28.38%) Windows
3 818 (25.10%) WAN
4 790 (24.24%) VPN
5 764 (23.44%) Cisco Certification
6 747 (22.92%) LAN
7 679 (20.83%) CheckPoint
8 658 (20.19%) Microsoft Azure
9 651 (19.98%) Active Directory
10 638 (19.58%) Microsoft
11 604 (18.53%) Linux
12 590 (18.10%) VMware
13 559 (17.15%) DNS
14 555 (17.03%) Security Cleared
15 547 (16.78%) Network Security
16 535 (16.42%) Data Centre
17 533 (16.35%) CCNP
18 492 (15.10%) Amazon AWS
19 471 (14.45%) BGP
20 461 (14.15%) Windows Server
21 449 (13.78%) TCP/IP
22 446 (13.69%) Cisco ASA
23 442 (13.56%) OSPF
24 430 (13.19%) SC Cleared
25 427 (13.10%) Finance
26 413 (12.67%) F5
27 403 (12.37%) ITIL
28 402 (12.34%) Juniper
29 401 (12.30%) Wireless
30 394 (12.09%) Palo Alto

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
1 150 (4.60%) MS Exchange
2 119 (3.65%) IIS
3 115 (3.53%) SharePoint
4 101 (3.10%) Skype for Business
5 68 (2.09%) Confluence
6 52 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
7 50 (1.53%) Apache
8 41 (1.26%) OpenStack
9 39 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
10 38 (1.17%) nginx
11 37 (1.14%) Tomcat
12 30 (0.92%) Cloud Foundry
13 24 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
14 23 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 21 (0.64%) JBoss
16 20 (0.61%) WebLogic
17 17 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
18 16 (0.49%) Apache Spark
19 11 (0.34%) WebSphere
20 8 (0.25%) CMS
Applications
1 116 (3.56%) Microsoft Office
2 42 (1.29%) MS Visio
3 31 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.061%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.061%) SPSS
7 1 (0.031%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.031%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.031%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 14 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
3 6 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
4 5 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.092%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.092%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.061%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.061%) SAP GRC
6 2 (0.061%) Unica
7 1 (0.031%) Maximo
7 1 (0.031%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.031%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.031%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.031%) RMDS
7 1 (0.031%) Sage 200
7 1 (0.031%) Sage 50
7 1 (0.031%) SAP IS-U
7 1 (0.031%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 658 (20.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 492 (15.10%) Amazon AWS
3 355 (10.89%) Office 365
4 225 (6.90%) IaaS
5 201 (6.17%) PaaS
6 106 (3.25%) SaaS
7 100 (3.07%) Google Cloud Platform
8 88 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
9 80 (2.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 55 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
11 52 (1.60%) Amazon S3
12 51 (1.56%) Amazon EC2
13 40 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
13 40 (1.23%) OpenShift
14 39 (1.20%) Serverless
15 34 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
16 30 (0.92%) OneDrive
17 25 (0.77%) Akamai
17 25 (0.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 25 (0.77%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 818 (25.10%) WAN
2 790 (24.24%) VPN
3 747 (22.92%) LAN
4 559 (17.15%) DNS
5 547 (16.78%) Network Security
6 471 (14.45%) BGP
7 449 (13.78%) TCP/IP
8 446 (13.69%) Cisco ASA
9 442 (13.56%) OSPF
10 401 (12.30%) Wireless
11 355 (10.89%) Cisco Nexus
12 342 (10.49%) MPLS
13 282 (8.65%) DHCP
14 248 (7.61%) VoIP
15 242 (7.43%) Internet
16 232 (7.12%) VLAN
17 223 (6.84%) SAN
18 179 (5.49%) Wi-Fi
19 163 (5.00%) IPsec
20 160 (4.91%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 242 (7.43%) SQL Server
2 61 (1.87%) MySQL
3 53 (1.63%) Big Data
4 43 (1.32%) MongoDB
4 43 (1.32%) Oracle Database
5 37 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
5 37 (1.14%) Hadoop
6 35 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
6 35 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
7 30 (0.92%) NoSQL
8 27 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
9 25 (0.77%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 25 (0.77%) Relational Database
10 20 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (0.52%) Apache Hive
12 16 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
12 16 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
13 15 (0.46%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.37%) Oracle Database 12c
15 11 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 156 (4.79%) Jenkins
2 121 (3.71%) Git (software)
3 102 (3.13%) JIRA
4 48 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
5 44 (1.35%) Octopus Deploy
6 30 (0.92%) Maven
7 27 (0.83%) Bitbucket
8 26 (0.80%) Visual Studio Team System
9 25 (0.77%) GitLab
9 25 (0.77%) Visual Studio
10 24 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 23 (0.71%) GoCD
12 18 (0.55%) MSI
12 18 (0.55%) Subversion
13 17 (0.52%) Artifactory
14 15 (0.46%) TeamCity
15 13 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
16 10 (0.31%) Selenium
16 10 (0.31%) WiX
17 9 (0.28%) Hudson
General
1 427 (13.10%) Finance
2 150 (4.60%) Telecoms
3 141 (4.33%) Banking
4 102 (3.13%) Retail
5 78 (2.39%) Law
6 43 (1.32%) Legal
7 34 (1.04%) Investment Banking
8 32 (0.98%) Manufacturing
9 26 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 18 (0.55%) Billing
11 17 (0.52%) Electronics
12 16 (0.49%) Publishing
13 15 (0.46%) Marketing
14 14 (0.43%) Advertising
15 12 (0.37%) Retail Banking
16 9 (0.28%) Spanish Language
17 6 (0.18%) French Language
17 6 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
18 5 (0.15%) Back Office
18 5 (0.15%) Games
Job Titles
1 908 (27.86%) Network Engineer
2 425 (13.04%) Architect
3 251 (7.70%) Security Engineer
4 241 (7.39%) Analyst
5 212 (6.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 207 (6.35%) Consultant
7 165 (5.06%) Cisco Engineer
8 157 (4.82%) DevOps Engineer
9 150 (4.60%) Senior Network Engineer
9 150 (4.60%) Support Engineer
10 148 (4.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 143 (4.39%) Network Architect
12 135 (4.14%) Firewall Engineer
13 123 (3.77%) Network Security Engineer
14 100 (3.07%) Security Architect
15 94 (2.88%) Security Analyst
16 93 (2.85%) Security Consultant
17 91 (2.79%) Cloud Engineer
18 89 (2.73%) Administrator
19 84 (2.58%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (3.16%) Web Services
2 83 (2.55%) .NET
3 70 (2.15%) 802.1X
4 66 (2.03%) Middleware
5 55 (1.69%) LDAP
6 52 (1.60%) Elastic Stack
7 43 (1.32%) JSON
8 39 (1.20%) YAML
9 33 (1.01%) REST
10 29 (0.89%) XML
11 23 (0.71%) SAML
12 20 (0.61%) Node.js
13 19 (0.58%) HTML
13 19 (0.58%) SOAP
14 17 (0.52%) Spine.js
15 16 (0.49%) RESTful
16 14 (0.43%) OAuth
16 14 (0.43%) Oracle Fusion
17 13 (0.40%) OpenID
18 12 (0.37%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 535 (16.42%) Data Centre
2 172 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
3 129 (3.96%) Management Information System
4 98 (3.01%) Public Cloud
5 87 (2.67%) PKI
6 86 (2.64%) Self-Motivation
7 65 (1.99%) Clustering
8 61 (1.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 54 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
10 53 (1.63%) Private Cloud
11 46 (1.41%) Replication
11 46 (1.41%) User Experience
12 38 (1.17%) Cyberattack
13 37 (1.14%) Security Operations Centre
14 31 (0.95%) Virtual Team
15 30 (0.92%) NHS
15 30 (0.92%) Video Conferencing
16 27 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
17 24 (0.74%) Driving Licence
17 24 (0.74%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 925 (28.38%) Windows
2 604 (18.53%) Linux
3 461 (14.15%) Windows Server
4 222 (6.81%) Unix
5 190 (5.83%) Windows Server 2012
6 137 (4.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 131 (4.02%) Windows 10
8 127 (3.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 70 (2.15%) Windows 7
10 53 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
11 49 (1.50%) Ubuntu
12 47 (1.44%) CentOS
13 37 (1.14%) Solaris
14 32 (0.98%) AIX
14 32 (0.98%) Windows 8
15 26 (0.80%) Android
15 26 (0.80%) Apple iOS
16 15 (0.46%) Debian
16 15 (0.46%) Windows XP
17 14 (0.43%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 403 (12.37%) ITIL
2 389 (11.94%) Load Balancing
3 371 (11.38%) Migration
4 347 (10.65%) DevOps
5 315 (9.67%) Agile Software Development
6 267 (8.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 257 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
8 253 (7.76%) Information Security
9 229 (7.03%) Cybersecurity
10 207 (6.35%) Network Design
11 204 (6.26%) SIEM
12 155 (4.76%) Network Monitoring
13 148 (4.54%) Vulnerability Management
14 145 (4.45%) Change Management
15 136 (4.17%) Network Architecture
16 133 (4.08%) Data Protection
17 127 (3.90%) High Availability
18 124 (3.80%) Configuration Management
18 124 (3.80%) Network Management
18 124 (3.80%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 347 (10.65%) PowerShell
2 311 (9.54%) SQL
3 260 (7.98%) Python
4 133 (4.08%) Bash Shell
5 127 (3.90%) Perl
6 92 (2.82%) Java
7 59 (1.81%) JavaScript
8 52 (1.60%) C
9 51 (1.56%) Ruby
10 41 (1.26%) Shell Script
11 24 (0.74%) C#
12 23 (0.71%) PHP
13 22 (0.68%) Go
14 16 (0.49%) VB
15 13 (0.40%) PL/SQL
15 13 (0.40%) VBScript
16 10 (0.31%) C++
16 10 (0.31%) T-SQL
17 9 (0.28%) Korn
18 3 (0.092%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 764 (23.44%) Cisco Certification
2 555 (17.03%) Security Cleared
3 533 (16.35%) CCNP
4 430 (13.19%) SC Cleared
5 333 (10.22%) CCNA
6 193 (5.92%) CCIE
7 175 (5.37%) Degree
8 150 (4.60%) CISSP
9 123 (3.77%) Microsoft Certification
10 115 (3.53%) DV Cleared
11 94 (2.88%) MCSE
12 69 (2.12%) CCSE
12 69 (2.12%) CISM
13 64 (1.96%) CCSA
14 49 (1.50%) CISA
14 49 (1.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 44 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
16 40 (1.23%) CCDP
16 40 (1.23%) MCSA
17 31 (0.95%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (2.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 90 (2.76%) PCI DSS
3 64 (1.96%) GDPR
4 57 (1.75%) SLA
5 56 (1.72%) QA
6 21 (0.64%) HIPAA
7 20 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 20 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.52%) PMO
9 16 (0.49%) FedRAMP
10 15 (0.46%) COBIT
11 14 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
11 14 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
12 8 (0.25%) Data Quality
13 6 (0.18%) RMADS
14 4 (0.12%) PA-DSS
15 3 (0.092%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 3 (0.092%) HL7
15 3 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 651 (19.98%) Active Directory
2 364 (11.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 164 (5.03%) Docker
4 159 (4.88%) Hyper-V
5 122 (3.74%) VMware ESXi
6 98 (3.01%) vSphere
7 80 (2.45%) XenApp
8 66 (2.03%) VMware NSX
9 59 (1.81%) Virtual Machines
10 41 (1.26%) XenDesktop
11 40 (1.23%) Firmware
12 36 (1.10%) ProxySG
13 33 (1.01%) NFS
14 31 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
15 30 (0.92%) KVM
16 25 (0.77%) XenServer
17 20 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
17 20 (0.61%) Xen
18 16 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
19 15 (0.46%) Snort
Systems Management
1 212 (6.51%) Ansible
2 147 (4.51%) SCCM
3 136 (4.17%) Puppet
4 131 (4.02%) Kubernetes
5 120 (3.68%) Terraform
6 81 (2.49%) Opscode Chef
7 71 (2.18%) FortiGate
8 61 (1.87%) SCOM
9 58 (1.78%) Nagios
10 55 (1.69%) vCenter Server
11 52 (1.60%) QRadar
12 45 (1.38%) Nessus
13 41 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
14 40 (1.23%) Cisco Prime
15 30 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
16 27 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
16 27 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
17 26 (0.80%) Docker Swarm
18 25 (0.77%) ZABBIX
19 23 (0.71%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 1,457 (44.71%) Cisco
2 679 (20.83%) CheckPoint
3 638 (19.58%) Microsoft
4 590 (18.10%) VMware
5 413 (12.67%) F5
6 402 (12.34%) Juniper
7 394 (12.09%) Palo Alto
8 242 (7.43%) Citrix
9 179 (5.49%) Oracle
10 175 (5.37%) SolarWinds
11 172 (5.28%) Fortinet
12 163 (5.00%) Splunk
13 153 (4.69%) HP
14 141 (4.33%) McAfee
15 139 (4.27%) Red Hat
16 135 (4.14%) Blue Coat
17 109 (3.34%) Dell
18 106 (3.25%) Google
19 88 (2.70%) Riverbed
20 86 (2.64%) IBM