Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 78 53 64
Rank change year-on-year -25 +11 -1
Contract jobs citing Firewall 2997 4050 3529
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.99% 3.84% 3.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.71% 24.43% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 1895 2599 2176
UK median daily rate £400 £402 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.37% +3.61% +3.33%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £225
90th Percentile £575 £571 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 94 126
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £27.80 £21.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.91% +28.48% -3.83%
10th Percentile £13.74 £14.38 £14.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.76 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £27.60 £21.53
% change year-on-year +1.45% +28.22% -4.33%

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 13803 16578 15882
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.78% 15.73% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8385 10062 9111
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £577 £575 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 733 828 1035
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.09% +17.50% -
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.44 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.24% +25.00% -

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 -27 2708 £410 - 308
UK excluding London -14 1873 £388 +3.33% 211
London -44 1072 £450 - 114
South East -11 655 £414 +3.44% 61
North of England -10 397 £375 -6.18% 63
Midlands -2 237 £388 +6.90% 27
Scotland +22 211 £400 +15.11% 12
South West -20 193 £355 -2.74% 25
North West -23 166 £386 -8.04% 29
West Midlands +3 162 £388 +5.08% 15
East of England -40 154 £375 +7.14% 18
Yorkshire -12 153 £420 +0.60% 29
North East +21 78 £330 +1.54% 5
East Midlands -12 73 £388 +10.71% 12
Wales -29 27 £180 -55.00% 3
Northern Ireland -47 10 £350 -27.27% 1
Channel Islands -1 1 £190 -53.94% 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 1404 (46.85%) Cisco
2 981 (32.73%) Windows
3 832 (27.76%) Linux
4 769 (25.66%) WAN
5 711 (23.72%) LAN
6 708 (23.62%) Cisco Certification
7 654 (21.82%) VMware
8 617 (20.59%) VPN
9 581 (19.39%) Active Directory
10 560 (18.69%) CheckPoint
11 549 (18.32%) Microsoft
12 542 (18.08%) DNS
13 535 (17.85%) Network Security
14 530 (17.68%) TCP/IP
15 507 (16.92%) Windows Server
16 485 (16.18%) Security Cleared
17 476 (15.88%) CCNP
18 471 (15.72%) Data Centre
19 439 (14.65%) ITIL
20 433 (14.45%) Finance
20 433 (14.45%) F5
21 417 (13.91%) Cisco ASA
22 412 (13.75%) Juniper
23 411 (13.71%) Unix
24 391 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
25 368 (12.28%) Wireless
26 367 (12.25%) SC Cleared
27 362 (12.08%) Amazon AWS
28 337 (11.24%) Load Balancing
29 335 (11.18%) Citrix

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 (6.71%) Apache
2 197 (6.57%) MS Exchange
3 143 (4.77%) Tomcat
4 140 (4.67%) IIS
5 105 (3.50%) JBoss
6 93 (3.10%) WebLogic
7 80 (2.67%) Skype for Business
8 68 (2.27%) SharePoint
9 58 (1.94%) Oracle Application Server
10 57 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2010
11 54 (1.80%) nginx
12 53 (1.77%) iPlanet
13 42 (1.40%) OpenStack
14 41 (1.37%) WebSphere
15 28 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
16 21 (0.70%) Apache Spark
17 19 (0.63%) Confluence
18 16 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
19 14 (0.47%) MQSeries
20 13 (0.43%) SAS
Applications
1 78 (2.60%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 46 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 19 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.23%) SmartSuite
7 5 (0.17%) HipChat
8 4 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.067%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 22 (0.73%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 9 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.20%) Maximo
4 5 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.067%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.067%) RMDS
6 2 (0.067%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.067%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.033%) assyst
7 1 (0.033%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.033%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.033%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.033%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.033%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.033%) SAP PP
7 1 (0.033%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.033%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 362 (12.08%) Amazon AWS
2 328 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 214 (7.14%) Office 365
4 136 (4.54%) IaaS
5 122 (4.07%) PaaS
6 69 (2.30%) SaaS
7 36 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 30 (1.00%) Amazon EC2
9 26 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
10 23 (0.77%) Azure Active Directory
11 21 (0.70%) Amazon ELB
11 21 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
12 19 (0.63%) OpenShift
12 19 (0.63%) Route 53
13 14 (0.47%) Amazon S3
13 14 (0.47%) Mimecast
14 13 (0.43%) GitHub
15 12 (0.40%) Akamai
15 12 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
16 11 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 769 (25.66%) WAN
2 711 (23.72%) LAN
3 617 (20.59%) VPN
4 542 (18.08%) DNS
5 535 (17.85%) Network Security
6 530 (17.68%) TCP/IP
7 417 (13.91%) Cisco ASA
8 368 (12.28%) Wireless
9 292 (9.74%) SAN
10 290 (9.68%) MPLS
11 280 (9.34%) DHCP
12 269 (8.98%) BGP
13 247 (8.24%) Cisco Nexus
14 217 (7.24%) Internet
15 216 (7.21%) OSPF
16 207 (6.91%) VoIP
17 203 (6.77%) VLAN
18 194 (6.47%) SSL
19 167 (5.57%) IPsec
20 132 (4.40%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (7.24%) SQL Server
2 70 (2.34%) Oracle Database
2 70 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
3 62 (2.07%) MongoDB
4 58 (1.94%) MySQL
5 40 (1.33%) Big Data
6 36 (1.20%) Relational Database
7 29 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
7 29 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
8 25 (0.83%) NoSQL
9 23 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
10 21 (0.70%) Hadoop
11 19 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
11 19 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
12 18 (0.60%) SQL Server 2016
13 16 (0.53%) DB2
14 15 (0.50%) RDBMS
15 12 (0.40%) Parquet
15 12 (0.40%) Redis
16 11 (0.37%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 135 (4.50%) Git (software)
2 127 (4.24%) Jenkins
3 69 (2.30%) Artifactory
4 56 (1.87%) JIRA
5 50 (1.67%) Sonatype Nexus
6 39 (1.30%) Maven
7 29 (0.97%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 25 (0.83%) Metasploit
8 25 (0.83%) Visual Studio
9 20 (0.67%) MSI
9 20 (0.67%) Subversion
10 18 (0.60%) TeamCity
11 15 (0.50%) Selenium
12 14 (0.47%) Bitbucket
12 14 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
13 13 (0.43%) Zephyr
14 9 (0.30%) Octopus Deploy
15 8 (0.27%) Ant
15 8 (0.27%) IBM UrbanCode
16 7 (0.23%) GitLab
General
1 433 (14.45%) Finance
2 189 (6.31%) Telecoms
3 147 (4.90%) Banking
4 65 (2.17%) Retail
5 46 (1.53%) Manufacturing
6 37 (1.23%) Marketing
7 34 (1.13%) Law
8 28 (0.93%) Electronics
9 27 (0.90%) Legal
10 24 (0.80%) Back Office
10 24 (0.80%) Publishing
11 19 (0.63%) Billing
12 17 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.53%) Investment Banking
14 12 (0.40%) Spanish Language
15 10 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.30%) German Language
17 8 (0.27%) French Language
18 6 (0.20%) Local Government
19 4 (0.13%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 766 (25.56%) Network Engineer
2 312 (10.41%) Architect
3 305 (10.18%) Analyst
4 245 (8.17%) Security Engineer
5 231 (7.71%) Cisco Engineer
6 208 (6.94%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 196 (6.54%) Consultant
8 166 (5.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 158 (5.27%) Security Analyst
10 151 (5.04%) Support Engineer
11 141 (4.70%) Administrator
12 131 (4.37%) DevOps Engineer
13 125 (4.17%) Network Security Engineer
14 124 (4.14%) Firewall Engineer
15 97 (3.24%) Network Architect
16 93 (3.10%) Systems Administrator
16 93 (3.10%) Systems Engineer
17 90 (3.00%) Security Consultant
18 89 (2.97%) Linux Engineer
19 86 (2.87%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (2.80%) Web Services
2 77 (2.57%) .NET
3 75 (2.50%) Elastic Stack
4 69 (2.30%) J2EE
5 63 (2.10%) 802.1X
6 48 (1.60%) Middleware
7 46 (1.53%) XML
8 42 (1.40%) HTML
9 35 (1.17%) LAPP Stack
10 32 (1.07%) SOAP
11 30 (1.00%) Node.js
12 29 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
13 28 (0.93%) Kafka
14 25 (0.83%) Regular Expression
15 23 (0.77%) Java EE
16 22 (0.73%) CSS
16 22 (0.73%) LAMP
16 22 (0.73%) Sensu
17 20 (0.67%) Ajax
17 20 (0.67%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 471 (15.72%) Data Centre
2 158 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
3 134 (4.47%) Management Information System
4 133 (4.44%) Clustering
5 107 (3.57%) PKI
6 94 (3.14%) Computer Science
7 64 (2.14%) Public Cloud
8 46 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 46 (1.53%) Replication
9 43 (1.43%) Private Cloud
10 31 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
11 30 (1.00%) DataPower
11 30 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
11 30 (1.00%) Mainframe
12 27 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
12 27 (0.90%) Driving Licence
13 25 (0.83%) Client/Server
13 25 (0.83%) Virtual Team
14 24 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
14 24 (0.80%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 981 (32.73%) Windows
2 832 (27.76%) Linux
3 507 (16.92%) Windows Server
4 411 (13.71%) Unix
5 223 (7.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 204 (6.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 174 (5.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 142 (4.74%) Solaris
9 119 (3.97%) AIX
10 91 (3.04%) Windows 7
11 85 (2.84%) CentOS
12 84 (2.80%) Windows 10
13 74 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
14 68 (2.27%) SUSE
15 58 (1.94%) HPUX
16 44 (1.47%) Ubuntu
17 28 (0.93%) Windows Vista
18 27 (0.90%) Windows 8
19 25 (0.83%) Windows XP
20 15 (0.50%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (14.65%) ITIL
2 337 (11.24%) Load Balancing
3 316 (10.54%) Information Security
4 281 (9.38%) DevOps
5 259 (8.64%) Migration
6 250 (8.34%) Network Design
7 236 (7.87%) Cybersecurity
8 222 (7.41%) SIEM
9 214 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
10 197 (6.57%) High Availability
11 173 (5.77%) Configuration Management
12 144 (4.80%) Change Management
13 126 (4.20%) Network Management
14 124 (4.14%) Project Management
15 121 (4.04%) Open Source
16 117 (3.90%) Vulnerability Management
17 114 (3.80%) Security Operations
18 107 (3.57%) Change Control
18 107 (3.57%) Service Delivery
19 104 (3.47%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 297 (9.91%) SQL
2 253 (8.44%) Python
3 218 (7.27%) PowerShell
4 201 (6.71%) Bash Shell
5 193 (6.44%) Perl
6 165 (5.51%) Java
7 82 (2.74%) Ruby
8 54 (1.80%) Shell Script
9 53 (1.77%) JavaScript
10 48 (1.60%) C
11 45 (1.50%) C#
11 45 (1.50%) Korn
12 27 (0.90%) VBScript
13 25 (0.83%) PHP
14 23 (0.77%) C-shell
15 16 (0.53%) PL/SQL
15 16 (0.53%) VB
16 14 (0.47%) C++
17 11 (0.37%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
18 10 (0.33%) Go
Qualifications
1 708 (23.62%) Cisco Certification
2 485 (16.18%) Security Cleared
3 476 (15.88%) CCNP
4 367 (12.25%) SC Cleared
5 290 (9.68%) CCNA
6 209 (6.97%) CCIE
7 205 (6.84%) CISSP
8 187 (6.24%) Degree
9 109 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 85 (2.84%) CISM
11 83 (2.77%) CCSE
12 72 (2.40%) DV Cleared
13 71 (2.37%) CCSA
14 66 (2.20%) MCSE
15 57 (1.90%) JNCIA
16 54 (1.80%) SANS
17 52 (1.74%) CCDP
18 45 (1.50%) CEH
19 43 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
20 40 (1.33%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 140 (4.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 96 (3.20%) PCI DSS
3 86 (2.87%) SLA
4 65 (2.17%) QA
5 39 (1.30%) GDPR
6 19 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 15 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 15 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.47%) COBIT
9 13 (0.43%) PMO
10 12 (0.40%) RMADS
11 10 (0.33%) NIST 800
12 8 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.23%) AS 2805
13 7 (0.23%) ISO 8583
14 5 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 4 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 4 (0.13%) GAMP
16 3 (0.10%) Data Quality
16 3 (0.10%) GPG13
System Software
1 581 (19.39%) Active Directory
2 391 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 173 (5.77%) Hyper-V
4 131 (4.37%) VMware ESXi
5 124 (4.14%) vSphere
6 98 (3.27%) Docker
7 68 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
8 60 (2.00%) ProxySG
9 53 (1.77%) XenApp
10 52 (1.74%) KVM
11 46 (1.53%) XenDesktop
12 42 (1.40%) XenServer
13 41 (1.37%) VMware NSX
14 38 (1.27%) NFS
15 37 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
16 34 (1.13%) Samba
17 31 (1.03%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 30 (1.00%) iptables
19 17 (0.57%) Firmware
20 16 (0.53%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 218 (7.27%) Puppet
2 167 (5.57%) Ansible
3 149 (4.97%) SCCM
4 114 (3.80%) FortiGate
5 91 (3.04%) Opscode Chef
6 89 (2.97%) SCOM
7 63 (2.10%) Cisco Prime
8 62 (2.07%) Nagios
9 53 (1.77%) logstash
10 51 (1.70%) Nessus
11 47 (1.57%) Kubernetes
12 46 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
12 46 (1.53%) WSUS
13 44 (1.47%) Kibana
14 38 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
15 34 (1.13%) QRadar
16 29 (0.97%) Cacti
16 29 (0.97%) Nmap
17 27 (0.90%) HAProxy
17 27 (0.90%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1404 (46.85%) Cisco
2 654 (21.82%) VMware
3 560 (18.69%) CheckPoint
4 549 (18.32%) Microsoft
5 433 (14.45%) F5
6 412 (13.75%) Juniper
7 335 (11.18%) Citrix
8 320 (10.68%) HP
9 299 (9.98%) Oracle
10 277 (9.24%) Palo Alto
11 266 (8.88%) Red Hat
12 199 (6.64%) Fortinet
13 186 (6.21%) SolarWinds
14 171 (5.71%) McAfee
15 148 (4.94%) Blue Coat
16 139 (4.64%) IBM
17 123 (4.10%) Splunk
18 91 (3.04%) Symantec
19 88 (2.94%) Dell
20 86 (2.87%) Riverbed