The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for FWSM skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited FWSM over the 3 months to 26 June 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.

Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM)
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 600 621 621
Rank change year-on-year +21 0  
Contract jobs citing FWSM 7 30 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.057% 0.036%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.11% 0.35% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 12
Median daily rate £370 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.32% +5.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £359 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £450 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £373 £400
% change year-on-year -0.67% -6.87%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

FWSM is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6391 8567 8055
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.59% 16.14% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3780 5194 4540
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 421 475
Median hourly rate £27.50 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.16 £13.00 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

FWSM
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing FWSM as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for FWSM in the UK

FWSM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing FWSM.

Contractor daily rate trend for FWSM in the UK

FWSM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing FWSM.

Contractor hourly rate trend for FWSM in the UK

FWSM
Top 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing FWSM within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 7 £370 -6.32%
South West +5 6 £370 +1.36%
Bristol -4 6 £370 +1.36%
London -15 1 £363 -13.17%

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing FWSM 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 FWSM.

1 17 (100.00%) Cisco
1 17 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
2 13 (76.47%) SolarWinds
2 13 (76.47%) CheckPoint
2 13 (76.47%) Data Centre
3 12 (70.59%) Unified Communications
3 12 (70.59%) Cisco Nexus
4 10 (58.82%) Firewall
5 8 (47.06%) F5
6 7 (41.18%) High Availability
6 7 (41.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 7 (41.18%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (41.18%) Wireless
7 6 (35.29%) Cisco Prime
7 6 (35.29%) IP Telephony
8 5 (29.41%) Cisco IPT
8 5 (29.41%) IronPort
8 5 (29.41%) CA
8 5 (29.41%) Nokia
8 5 (29.41%) IBM
8 5 (29.41%) HP
8 5 (29.41%) VPN
8 5 (29.41%) MPLS
8 5 (29.41%) Network Management
9 4 (23.53%) BGP
9 4 (23.53%) Juniper
10 3 (17.65%) Blue Coat
10 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
10 3 (17.65%) OSPF
10 3 (17.65%) Finance

FWSM
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:

Communications & Networking
1 17 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
2 12 (70.59%) Cisco Nexus
2 12 (70.59%) Unified Communications
3 10 (58.82%) Firewall
4 7 (41.18%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (41.18%) Wireless
5 6 (35.29%) IP Telephony
6 5 (29.41%) Cisco IPT
6 5 (29.41%) MPLS
6 5 (29.41%) VPN
7 4 (23.53%) BGP
8 3 (17.65%) OSPF
8 3 (17.65%) Spanning Tree
9 2 (11.76%) PPP
10 1 (5.88%) Cisco PIX
10 1 (5.88%) EIGRP
10 1 (5.88%) LAN
10 1 (5.88%) TCP/IP
10 1 (5.88%) VoIP
10 1 (5.88%) WLAN
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (52.94%) Network Engineer
2 4 (23.53%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Network Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Senior Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Senior Network Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Senior Network Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Data Centre Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Data Network Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Cisco Network Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) Juniper Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Juniper Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Network Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Network Security Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Wireless Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 13 (76.47%) Data Centre
2 7 (41.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (11.76%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (41.18%) High Availability
2 5 (29.41%) Network Management
3 3 (17.65%) Migration
4 2 (11.76%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (11.76%) Performance Management
4 2 (11.76%) Proactive Monitoring
5 1 (5.88%) E-Commerce
5 1 (5.88%) Load Balancing
5 1 (5.88%) Mentoring
Qualifications
1 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 2 (11.76%) CCNP
2 2 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (5.88%) CCIE
3 1 (5.88%) Degree
3 1 (5.88%) JNCIS
3 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) SLA
Systems Management
1 6 (35.29%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (5.88%) Cacti
2 1 (5.88%) Nagios
2 1 (5.88%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 17 (100.00%) Cisco
2 13 (76.47%) CheckPoint
2 13 (76.47%) SolarWinds
3 8 (47.06%) F5
4 5 (29.41%) CA
4 5 (29.41%) HP
4 5 (29.41%) IBM
4 5 (29.41%) IronPort
4 5 (29.41%) Nokia
5 4 (23.53%) Juniper
6 3 (17.65%) Blue Coat
7 1 (5.88%) Aruba
7 1 (5.88%) Fortinet