Period
to 25 November 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 25 November 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
25 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 70 68 75
Rank change year-on-year -2 +7 +9
Contract jobs citing Firewall 1,208 2,772 3,341
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.31% 3.38% 3.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.51% 24.89% 25.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 902 1,820 2,177
Median daily rate £450 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £256 £240 £263
90th Percentile £588 £594 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 78 88
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% +42.86%
10th Percentile £17.31 £16.25 £15.00
90th Percentile £47.75 £82.50 £83.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% +32.08%

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 4,736 11,136 13,288
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.96% 13.57% 12.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,709 6,654 8,008
Median daily rate £438 £420 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £190 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 272 641 623
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +25.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.54 £13.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £60.93 £53.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +55.56% +18.42% +5.44%

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 25 November 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 25 November 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 25 November 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 1,056 £450 +5.88% 512
UK excluding London +3 650 £413 +3.13% 450
London -2 433 £489 +2.89% 111
Work from Home -17 261 £450 +12.50% 74
South East +14 221 £431 +1.42% 113
North of England -11 117 £400 +6.67% 112
South West +38 112 £430 +1.18% 44
Midlands +1 105 £416 +16.03% 91
North West -10 76 £400 +5.96% 59
West Midlands -5 65 £438 +16.67% 56
Scotland +13 42 £325 -13.33% 35
East of England -3 40 £325 -17.72% 40
Yorkshire +3 39 £488 +30.00% 42
East Midlands +9 36 £373 +6.57% 35
Wales +21 10 £278 -7.50% 6
Northern Ireland +14 3 £325 -18.75% 9
North East +4 2 £525 +40.00% 11

For the 6 months to 25 November 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.

1 486 (40.23%) Cisco
2 381 (31.54%) Windows
3 296 (24.50%) WAN
4 293 (24.25%) Azure
5 279 (23.10%) Linux
6 272 (22.52%) Security Cleared
7 248 (20.53%) Active Directory
8 236 (19.54%) LAN
9 234 (19.37%) Network Security
10 224 (18.54%) VMware
11 222 (18.38%) Cisco Certification
12 220 (18.21%) VPN
13 216 (17.88%) DNS
14 214 (17.72%) Microsoft
14 214 (17.72%) SC Cleared
15 191 (15.81%) DevOps
16 172 (14.24%) Finance
17 168 (13.91%) F5
18 160 (13.25%) AWS
19 157 (13.00%) CheckPoint
20 156 (12.91%) Python
21 155 (12.83%) CCNP
21 155 (12.83%) VMware Infrastructure
21 155 (12.83%) Palo Alto
22 153 (12.67%) Agile Software Development
23 151 (12.50%) Data Centre
24 146 (12.09%) Wireless
25 145 (12.00%) SIEM
26 140 (11.59%) Juniper
26 140 (11.59%) TCP/IP

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 39 (3.23%) SharePoint
2 33 (2.73%) Confluence
3 27 (2.24%) MS Exchange
4 24 (1.99%) Skype for Business
5 12 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (0.91%) Apache
6 11 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (0.83%) WebSphere
8 9 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
8 9 (0.75%) Mule
9 8 (0.66%) CMS
9 8 (0.66%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.58%) IIS
10 7 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (0.50%) JBoss
11 6 (0.50%) NetWeaver
12 5 (0.41%) nginx
12 5 (0.41%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
13 4 (0.33%) Headless CMS
Applications
1 34 (2.81%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.32%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.083%) Notepad++
6 1 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.66%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.25%) Maximo
2 3 (0.25%) Oracle Payroll
3 2 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.083%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 293 (24.25%) Azure
2 160 (13.25%) AWS
3 120 (9.93%) Office 365
4 82 (6.79%) PaaS
5 64 (5.30%) IaaS
6 51 (4.22%) SaaS
7 47 (3.89%) Azure Active Directory
8 41 (3.39%) GCP
8 41 (3.39%) GitHub
9 26 (2.15%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 21 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
11 20 (1.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 18 (1.49%) Slack
13 16 (1.32%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 15 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
15 13 (1.08%) OneDrive
16 12 (0.99%) Amazon Cognito
16 12 (0.99%) Amazon S3
17 10 (0.83%) npm
18 9 (0.75%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 296 (24.50%) WAN
2 236 (19.54%) LAN
3 234 (19.37%) Network Security
4 220 (18.21%) VPN
5 216 (17.88%) DNS
6 146 (12.09%) Wireless
7 140 (11.59%) TCP/IP
8 118 (9.77%) Cisco ASA
9 114 (9.44%) BGP
10 108 (8.94%) OSPF
11 101 (8.36%) Cisco Nexus
12 99 (8.20%) DHCP
13 96 (7.95%) MPLS
13 96 (7.95%) VLAN
14 88 (7.28%) Internet
15 79 (6.54%) VoIP
16 75 (6.21%) Wi-Fi
17 74 (6.13%) SSL
18 66 (5.46%) Reverse Proxy
18 66 (5.46%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (4.14%) SQL Server
2 24 (1.99%) Cosmos DB
3 23 (1.90%) MySQL
4 16 (1.32%) Big Data
5 15 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
6 12 (0.99%) NoSQL
6 12 (0.99%) Relational Database
7 10 (0.83%) DB2
8 8 (0.66%) Neo4j
8 8 (0.66%) Oracle Database
9 7 (0.58%) Power BI
9 7 (0.58%) SAP HANA
10 6 (0.50%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.50%) HBase
11 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
12 4 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
12 4 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.33%) BigQuery
12 4 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 109 (9.02%) Git (software)
2 104 (8.61%) Jenkins
3 75 (6.21%) JIRA
4 37 (3.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 36 (2.98%) Sonatype Nexus
6 31 (2.57%) GitLab
7 16 (1.32%) Maven
8 14 (1.16%) Bitbucket
9 11 (0.91%) GoCD
9 11 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
9 11 (0.91%) ReSharper
10 9 (0.75%) JUnit
10 9 (0.75%) Mockito
10 9 (0.75%) Selenium
11 6 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 5 (0.41%) Artifactory
12 5 (0.41%) Hudson
12 5 (0.41%) Subversion
12 5 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
13 4 (0.33%) MSI
General
1 172 (14.24%) Finance
2 88 (7.28%) Public Sector
3 61 (5.05%) Banking
4 57 (4.72%) Telecoms
5 32 (2.65%) Financial Institution
6 18 (1.49%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.32%) Law
8 13 (1.08%) Legal
9 12 (0.99%) Electronics
9 12 (0.99%) Marketing
10 11 (0.91%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
11 10 (0.83%) Retail
12 6 (0.50%) Back Office
12 6 (0.50%) Local Government
13 5 (0.41%) Front Office
14 3 (0.25%) Billing
14 3 (0.25%) Police
14 3 (0.25%) Publishing
15 2 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 334 (27.65%) Network Engineer
2 153 (12.67%) Architect
3 113 (9.35%) Security Engineer
4 106 (8.77%) Analyst
5 87 (7.20%) DevOps Engineer
6 85 (7.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 71 (5.88%) Consultant
8 60 (4.97%) Azure Engineer
9 54 (4.47%) Cloud Engineer
10 51 (4.22%) Network Security Engineer
11 49 (4.06%) Cisco Engineer
12 47 (3.89%) Senior Network Engineer
13 45 (3.73%) Security Analyst
14 43 (3.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 43 (3.56%) Network Architect
15 36 (2.98%) Azure DevOps Engineer
15 36 (2.98%) Security Architect
16 34 (2.81%) Support Engineer
17 33 (2.73%) Azure DevOps
17 33 (2.73%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (3.97%) REST
2 36 (2.98%) .NET
3 30 (2.48%) Elastic Stack
4 26 (2.15%) 802.1X
4 26 (2.15%) Middleware
5 21 (1.74%) RESTful
6 18 (1.49%) gRPC
6 18 (1.49%) Swagger
7 17 (1.41%) LDAP
7 17 (1.41%) SAML
8 16 (1.32%) JSON
9 13 (1.08%) .NET Framework
9 13 (1.08%) Web Services
10 12 (0.99%) Kafka
10 12 (0.99%) Node.js
10 12 (0.99%) Oracle Fusion
11 11 (0.91%) Spring
12 10 (0.83%) Spring Boot
13 9 (0.75%) Redux
13 9 (0.75%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 151 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 63 (5.22%) Management Information System
2 63 (5.22%) PKI
3 56 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
4 50 (4.14%) Public Cloud
5 29 (2.40%) Self-Motivation
6 26 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
7 24 (1.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 23 (1.90%) Mobile App
8 23 (1.90%) Virtual Team
9 20 (1.66%) User Experience
10 17 (1.41%) NHS
11 14 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
12 13 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
12 13 (1.08%) Private Cloud
12 13 (1.08%) Security Operations Centre
13 11 (0.91%) Clustering
13 11 (0.91%) Cyberthreat
13 11 (0.91%) Enterprise Cloud
13 11 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 381 (31.54%) Windows
2 279 (23.10%) Linux
3 133 (11.01%) Windows Server
4 92 (7.62%) Unix
5 77 (6.37%) Windows 10
6 69 (5.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (4.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 44 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
9 42 (3.48%) CentOS
10 24 (1.99%) Windows Server 2008
11 21 (1.74%) Ubuntu
12 20 (1.66%) Windows 7
13 14 (1.16%) Apple iOS
14 12 (0.99%) Windows Server 2019
15 9 (0.75%) Solaris
15 9 (0.75%) Windows 8
16 6 (0.50%) AIX
17 5 (0.41%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.33%) Android
18 4 (0.33%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (15.81%) DevOps
2 153 (12.67%) Agile Software Development
3 145 (12.00%) SIEM
4 135 (11.18%) Load Balancing
5 132 (10.93%) Cybersecurity
6 108 (8.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 100 (8.28%) Information Security
8 92 (7.62%) Migration
9 82 (6.79%) ITIL
10 76 (6.29%) Infrastructure as Code
11 70 (5.79%) Problem-Solving
12 67 (5.55%) Configuration Management
13 65 (5.38%) Security Operations
14 61 (5.05%) Change Management
15 56 (4.64%) Network Design
16 55 (4.55%) Penetration Testing
16 55 (4.55%) Project Delivery
16 55 (4.55%) Security Monitoring
17 54 (4.47%) Vulnerability Management
18 53 (4.39%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 156 (12.91%) Python
2 106 (8.77%) PowerShell
3 73 (6.04%) Bash Shell
4 58 (4.80%) SQL
5 45 (3.73%) Java
6 37 (3.06%) C
7 32 (2.65%) Perl
8 30 (2.48%) Shell Script
9 28 (2.32%) C#
10 25 (2.07%) Go
11 21 (1.74%) Ruby
12 14 (1.16%) PHP
13 13 (1.08%) C++
14 11 (0.91%) JavaScript
15 9 (0.75%) ES6
16 8 (0.66%) PL/SQL
17 6 (0.50%) Groovy
17 6 (0.50%) Scala
18 3 (0.25%) VB
19 2 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 272 (22.52%) Security Cleared
2 222 (18.38%) Cisco Certification
3 214 (17.72%) SC Cleared
4 155 (12.83%) CCNP
5 105 (8.69%) CCNA
6 78 (6.46%) CISSP
7 63 (5.22%) DV Cleared
8 57 (4.72%) CCIE
9 43 (3.56%) Degree
10 27 (2.24%) Microsoft Certification
11 24 (1.99%) BPSS Clearance
12 22 (1.82%) CISM
13 21 (1.74%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 21 (1.74%) CCSP
14 19 (1.57%) CEH
15 17 (1.41%) Novell Certification
16 15 (1.24%) CCDP
17 14 (1.16%) GIAC
17 14 (1.16%) MCSE
18 11 (0.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.56%) NIST
2 37 (3.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (2.32%) SLA
4 22 (1.82%) NCSC
5 20 (1.66%) QA
6 19 (1.57%) GDPR
7 17 (1.41%) PCI DSS
8 13 (1.08%) COBIT
9 7 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 5 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.33%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
12 3 (0.25%) ISO 31000
12 3 (0.25%) PMO
13 2 (0.17%) Data Quality
13 2 (0.17%) GAMP
13 2 (0.17%) HL7
13 2 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 248 (20.53%) Active Directory
2 155 (12.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (7.28%) Docker
4 71 (5.88%) VMware NSX
4 71 (5.88%) vSphere
5 52 (4.30%) VMware ESXi
6 51 (4.22%) Virtual Machines
7 48 (3.97%) Hyper-V
8 13 (1.08%) XenApp
9 11 (0.91%) XenDesktop
10 10 (0.83%) NFS
11 9 (0.75%) vCloud
12 6 (0.50%) HDFS
12 6 (0.50%) Terminal Server
12 6 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.41%) Firmware
13 5 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (0.33%) ProxySG
14 4 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 129 (10.68%) Ansible
2 116 (9.60%) Terraform
3 111 (9.19%) Kubernetes
4 68 (5.63%) FortiGate
5 64 (5.30%) Puppet
6 48 (3.97%) Opscode Chef
6 48 (3.97%) vCenter Server
7 45 (3.73%) SCCM
8 35 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
9 34 (2.81%) Packer
10 27 (2.24%) Nessus
11 23 (1.90%) Grafana
12 21 (1.74%) Prometheus
12 21 (1.74%) ZABBIX
13 19 (1.57%) vRealize
14 17 (1.41%) WSUS
15 16 (1.32%) Cisco CUCM
15 16 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
16 12 (0.99%) QRadar
16 12 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 486 (40.23%) Cisco
2 224 (18.54%) VMware
3 214 (17.72%) Microsoft
4 168 (13.91%) F5
5 157 (13.00%) CheckPoint
6 155 (12.83%) Palo Alto
7 140 (11.59%) Juniper
8 133 (11.01%) Fortinet
9 108 (8.94%) Splunk
10 91 (7.53%) Citrix
11 80 (6.62%) Oracle
12 78 (6.46%) Dell
13 62 (5.13%) HP
14 55 (4.55%) Blue Coat
15 54 (4.47%) SolarWinds
16 50 (4.14%) Meraki
17 44 (3.64%) Atlassian
17 44 (3.64%) EMC
18 40 (3.31%) ArcSight
19 34 (2.81%) Red Hat