Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 87 72 70
Rank change year-on-year -15 -2 +4
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2,406 1,064 2,833
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.82% 3.29% 3.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.16% 25.01% 25.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,633 724 1,853
10th Percentile £278 £263 £230
25th Percentile £385 £363 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £493 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +9.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £588 £546 £525
90th Percentile £663 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 30 70
10th Percentile £13.58 £16.93 £16.25
25th Percentile £19.25 £20.31 £19.29
Median hourly rate £27.50 £35.75 £43.50
Median % change year-on-year -23.08% -17.82% +15.85%
75th Percentile £53.00 £45.74 £52.50
90th Percentile £76.20 £48.20 £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.98 £29.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -6.97% -31.76% +30.77%

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 9,563 4,255 11,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.22% 13.14% 13.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,181 2,684 6,949
10th Percentile £213 £210 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £587 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 192 602
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.25
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.44 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.25 £25.40
Median % change year-on-year -29.60% +23.03% +35.39%
75th Percentile £48.66 £45.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £64.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% +33.33% +21.62%

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 27 October 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 27 October 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 27 October 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 -20 1,954 £475 +5.56% 1,052
UK excluding London -10 1,073 £425 - 793
London -22 853 £525 +5.00% 320
Work from Home -26 614 £501 +11.22% 145
South East -8 323 £475 +5.56% 183
North of England -7 207 £425 +3.03% 258
South West -4 170 £425 -1.16% 84
Midlands -22 167 £375 -11.76% 129
North West -19 117 £438 +9.38% 135
West Midlands -26 99 £320 -30.81% 83
East of England -1 95 £363 +11.54% 74
Scotland -39 81 £450 +38.46% 43
Yorkshire -15 75 £415 -14.87% 95
East Midlands +2 68 £380 +0.13% 45
Wales -8 30 £300 +3.45% 18
North East +7 16 £550 +4.76% 28
Channel Islands - 5 £550 -
Northern Ireland -4 2 - - 5

For the 6 months to 27 October 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.

1 802 (33.33%) Cisco
2 786 (32.67%) Windows
3 754 (31.34%) Azure
4 542 (22.53%) Linux
5 527 (21.90%) Active Directory
6 499 (20.74%) Microsoft
7 497 (20.66%) VMware
8 459 (19.08%) WAN
9 440 (18.29%) VPN
10 428 (17.79%) Network Security
11 421 (17.50%) Social Skills
12 411 (17.08%) DNS
13 384 (15.96%) Microsoft 365
14 378 (15.71%) LAN
15 373 (15.50%) Security Cleared
16 367 (15.25%) AWS
17 356 (14.80%) Cisco Certification
18 343 (14.26%) DevOps
19 323 (13.42%) Data Centre
20 317 (13.18%) Finance
21 313 (13.01%) CheckPoint
22 312 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
23 308 (12.80%) SC Cleared
23 308 (12.80%) Windows Server
24 305 (12.68%) Migration
25 302 (12.55%) ITIL
26 290 (12.05%) PowerShell
27 277 (11.51%) Agile Software Development
28 269 (11.18%) Cybersecurity
29 267 (11.10%) 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
1 127 (5.28%) SharePoint
2 63 (2.62%) MS Exchange
3 49 (2.04%) IIS
4 47 (1.95%) Apache
4 47 (1.95%) Confluence
5 36 (1.50%) Tomcat
6 27 (1.12%) WebSphere
7 21 (0.87%) OpenStack
8 15 (0.62%) Skype for Business
9 13 (0.54%) Apache Spark
9 13 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
9 13 (0.54%) JBoss
10 11 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (0.46%) WebLogic
11 10 (0.42%) CMS
11 10 (0.42%) nginx
12 9 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
12 9 (0.37%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.21%) NetWeaver
13 5 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 77 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (2.24%) MS Visio
3 23 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.17%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 28 (1.16%) Sentinel
2 10 (0.42%) ION MarketView
2 10 (0.42%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.29%) Lorenzo
4 5 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.17%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.12%) StreamServe
7 2 (0.083%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (0.083%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.042%) assyst
8 1 (0.042%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.042%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 754 (31.34%) Azure
2 384 (15.96%) Microsoft 365
3 367 (15.25%) AWS
4 183 (7.61%) PaaS
5 159 (6.61%) IaaS
6 136 (5.65%) SaaS
7 135 (5.61%) Azure Active Directory
8 123 (5.11%) GCP
9 42 (1.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 41 (1.70%) Azure Sentinel
11 39 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
11 39 (1.62%) Cloud Computing
12 37 (1.54%) Serverless
13 36 (1.50%) OneDrive
14 34 (1.41%) GitHub
15 28 (1.16%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 28 (1.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 27 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
17 20 (0.83%) Power Platform
18 19 (0.79%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 459 (19.08%) WAN
2 440 (18.29%) VPN
3 428 (17.79%) Network Security
4 411 (17.08%) DNS
5 378 (15.71%) LAN
6 260 (10.81%) BGP
7 235 (9.77%) TCP/IP
8 232 (9.64%) Wireless
9 180 (7.48%) OSPF
10 172 (7.15%) MPLS
11 170 (7.07%) DHCP
12 156 (6.48%) SD-WAN
13 155 (6.44%) Cisco ASA
14 141 (5.86%) SSL
15 128 (5.32%) VLAN
16 120 (4.99%) Internet
17 117 (4.86%) Wi-Fi
18 111 (4.61%) IPsec
19 105 (4.36%) Cisco Nexus
20 85 (3.53%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 34 (1.41%) Azure SQL Database
3 33 (1.37%) MySQL
3 33 (1.37%) NoSQL
4 24 (1.00%) Amazon RDS
5 21 (0.87%) Big Data
5 21 (0.87%) Relational Database
6 17 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (0.67%) Hadoop
8 14 (0.58%) DB2
9 13 (0.54%) Power BI
10 12 (0.50%) Oracle Database
11 11 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
11 11 (0.46%) MongoDB
11 11 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 10 (0.42%) Data Lake
12 10 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.37%) Apache Hive
13 9 (0.37%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 129 (5.36%) Jenkins
2 88 (3.66%) Git (software)
3 53 (2.20%) JIRA
4 44 (1.83%) Bitbucket
5 36 (1.50%) Sonatype Nexus
6 34 (1.41%) Artifactory
7 29 (1.21%) GitLab
8 23 (0.96%) Subversion
9 21 (0.87%) TeamCity
10 19 (0.79%) Visual Studio
11 13 (0.54%) SoapUI
12 12 (0.50%) Postman
13 7 (0.29%) CircleCI
13 7 (0.29%) Metasploit
13 7 (0.29%) SonarQube
14 6 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 6 (0.25%) Maven
14 6 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
14 6 (0.25%) Vagrant
15 4 (0.17%) Gradle
General
1 421 (17.50%) Social Skills
2 317 (13.18%) Finance
3 152 (6.32%) Public Sector
4 116 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
5 111 (4.61%) Telecoms
6 107 (4.45%) Banking
7 47 (1.95%) Presentation Skills
8 39 (1.62%) Documentation Skills
9 37 (1.54%) Influencing Skills
10 33 (1.37%) Organisational Skills
11 32 (1.33%) Law
11 32 (1.33%) Retail
12 27 (1.12%) Legal
13 24 (1.00%) Manufacturing
14 17 (0.71%) Financial Institution
15 15 (0.62%) Games
15 15 (0.62%) Marketing
16 12 (0.50%) French Language
16 12 (0.50%) Investment Banking
16 12 (0.50%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 531 (22.07%) Network Engineer
2 386 (16.04%) Architect
3 259 (10.76%) Security Engineer
4 204 (8.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 131 (5.44%) Azure Engineer
6 121 (5.03%) DevOps Engineer
7 116 (4.82%) Analyst
8 111 (4.61%) Consultant
9 110 (4.57%) Security Architect
10 97 (4.03%) Cloud Engineer
11 96 (3.99%) Cisco Engineer
12 88 (3.66%) Network Architect
13 78 (3.24%) Support Engineer
14 75 (3.12%) Network Security Engineer
15 74 (3.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 66 (2.74%) Project Manager
17 65 (2.70%) Design Engineer
17 65 (2.70%) Firewall Engineer
18 57 (2.37%) Infrastructure Architect
18 57 (2.37%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (2.70%) .NET
2 49 (2.04%) Web Services
3 48 (2.00%) SAML
4 47 (1.95%) REST
5 40 (1.66%) JSON
6 38 (1.58%) Middleware
7 37 (1.54%) OAuth
8 36 (1.50%) ARM Templates
9 34 (1.41%) 802.1X
10 33 (1.37%) SOAP
11 32 (1.33%) XML
12 29 (1.21%) LDAP
13 22 (0.91%) Elastic Stack
14 17 (0.71%) OAuth2
14 17 (0.71%) Rendezvous
15 16 (0.67%) Kafka
15 16 (0.67%) Node.js
16 15 (0.62%) Java SE
16 15 (0.62%) WebSphere MQ
17 14 (0.58%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 323 (13.42%) Data Centre
2 90 (3.74%) Public Cloud
3 81 (3.37%) Management Information System
4 69 (2.87%) Hybrid Cloud
5 63 (2.62%) PKI
6 56 (2.33%) Data Protection Act
7 55 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
8 51 (2.12%) Private Cloud
9 43 (1.79%) Clustering
10 37 (1.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 34 (1.41%) Cloud Native
12 27 (1.12%) Virtual Team
13 25 (1.04%) Cyberthreat
14 23 (0.96%) NHS
15 22 (0.91%) Replication
16 19 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
17 17 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
18 13 (0.54%) Cyber Defence
18 13 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
19 12 (0.50%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 786 (32.67%) Windows
2 542 (22.53%) Linux
3 308 (12.80%) Windows Server
4 142 (5.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 126 (5.24%) Unix
6 120 (4.99%) Windows 10
7 87 (3.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 84 (3.49%) Windows Server 2016
9 64 (2.66%) Windows Server 2019
10 45 (1.87%) Ubuntu
11 37 (1.54%) Apple iOS
12 36 (1.50%) Android
13 35 (1.45%) Windows 7
14 34 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
15 30 (1.25%) CentOS
16 24 (1.00%) Windows XP
17 23 (0.96%) Mac OS
18 21 (0.87%) AIX
19 19 (0.79%) Solaris
20 12 (0.50%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 343 (14.26%) DevOps
2 305 (12.68%) Migration
3 302 (12.55%) ITIL
4 277 (11.51%) Agile Software Development
5 269 (11.18%) Cybersecurity
6 254 (10.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 246 (10.22%) SIEM
8 189 (7.86%) Load Balancing
9 175 (7.27%) Information Security
10 159 (6.61%) Change Management
11 156 (6.48%) Problem-Solving
12 138 (5.74%) Project Management
13 136 (5.65%) Security Architecture
14 130 (5.40%) Vulnerability Management
15 118 (4.90%) Infrastructure as Code
16 110 (4.57%) Network Design
17 98 (4.07%) Network Management
18 94 (3.91%) Data Protection
19 89 (3.70%) Network Virtualisation
20 88 (3.66%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 290 (12.05%) PowerShell
2 251 (10.43%) Python
3 218 (9.06%) SQL
4 127 (5.28%) Bash Shell
5 85 (3.53%) Java
6 51 (2.12%) C#
7 41 (1.70%) C
8 29 (1.21%) JavaScript
9 28 (1.16%) Shell Script
10 27 (1.12%) Groovy
11 20 (0.83%) VB
12 19 (0.79%) PHP
12 19 (0.79%) VBScript
13 18 (0.75%) C++
14 17 (0.71%) AWK
14 17 (0.71%) Go
14 17 (0.71%) sed
15 15 (0.62%) Perl
15 15 (0.62%) Ruby
16 11 (0.46%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 373 (15.50%) Security Cleared
2 356 (14.80%) Cisco Certification
3 308 (12.80%) SC Cleared
4 235 (9.77%) CCNP
5 161 (6.69%) CCNA
6 116 (4.82%) Degree
7 115 (4.78%) CISSP
8 86 (3.57%) CCIE
9 62 (2.58%) Microsoft Certification
10 58 (2.41%) DV Cleared
11 43 (1.79%) CISM
12 36 (1.50%) MCSE
13 32 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (1.25%) CCDP
15 26 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 25 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
17 24 (1.00%) CRISC
17 24 (1.00%) MCP
17 24 (1.00%) MCSA
18 23 (0.96%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (5.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 81 (3.37%) SLA
3 59 (2.45%) NIST
4 55 (2.29%) GDPR
5 53 (2.20%) PCI DSS
6 39 (1.62%) QA
7 21 (0.87%) NCSC
8 17 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
9 16 (0.67%) GRC
10 13 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 12 (0.50%) COBIT
11 12 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 11 (0.46%) NIST 800
13 10 (0.42%) SOC 2
14 7 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
15 5 (0.21%) GxP
15 5 (0.21%) PMO
16 4 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 4 (0.17%) HIPAA
17 3 (0.12%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 527 (21.90%) Active Directory
2 312 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 131 (5.44%) Docker
4 114 (4.74%) Hyper-V
5 89 (3.70%) VMware NSX
6 83 (3.45%) vSphere
7 73 (3.03%) Virtual Machines
8 54 (2.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 51 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
10 30 (1.25%) XenApp
11 26 (1.08%) vCloud
11 26 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
12 23 (0.96%) NFS
13 18 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
13 18 (0.75%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.50%) Firmware
15 10 (0.42%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
15 10 (0.42%) ProxySG
16 7 (0.29%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 214 (8.89%) Terraform
2 211 (8.77%) Ansible
3 162 (6.73%) Kubernetes
4 111 (4.61%) SCCM
5 106 (4.41%) Microsoft Intune
6 96 (3.99%) FortiGate
7 70 (2.91%) Puppet
8 44 (1.83%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 43 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
10 39 (1.62%) vCenter Server
11 31 (1.29%) ITRS Geneos
12 28 (1.16%) WSUS
13 27 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
13 27 (1.12%) vRealize
14 25 (1.04%) Nessus
15 23 (0.96%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 20 (0.83%) Cisco Prime
17 18 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
18 17 (0.71%) Istio
19 15 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 802 (33.33%) Cisco
2 499 (20.74%) Microsoft
3 497 (20.66%) VMware
4 313 (13.01%) CheckPoint
5 267 (11.10%) Palo Alto
6 206 (8.56%) Citrix
7 202 (8.40%) F5
8 167 (6.94%) Juniper
9 145 (6.03%) Fortinet
10 136 (5.65%) Red Hat
11 122 (5.07%) Meraki
12 118 (4.90%) HP
13 116 (4.82%) Oracle
14 111 (4.61%) Splunk
15 88 (3.66%) Aruba
16 83 (3.45%) Dell
17 76 (3.16%) McAfee
18 73 (3.03%) SolarWinds
19 71 (2.95%) IBM
20 69 (2.87%) Google