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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 590 625 602
Rank change year-on-year +35 -23  
Contract jobs citing FWSM 10 15 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.028% 0.043%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.15% 0.19% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 12
Median daily rate £385 £370 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.05% +4.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £350 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £445 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £363 £360
% change year-on-year +4.13% +0.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 6563 7989 7930
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.41% 14.76% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4035 4785 4336
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 338 438
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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 9 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 30 March 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 +42 8 £385 +4.05%
Bristol +11 6 £378 +4.86%
South West +5 6 £378 +4.86%
Scotland - 2 - -
London +33 1 £420 -6.66%
Berkshire +25 1 - -
South East +19 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Newbury - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 22 (100.00%) Cisco
1 22 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
2 17 (77.27%) CheckPoint
3 16 (72.73%) Firewall
4 15 (68.18%) Data Centre
5 13 (59.09%) F5
6 12 (54.55%) SolarWinds
6 12 (54.55%) Wi-Fi
7 11 (50.00%) Unified Communications
7 11 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
8 10 (45.45%) VPN
9 8 (36.36%) Network Management
10 7 (31.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 7 (31.82%) Wireless
11 6 (27.27%) MPLS
11 6 (27.27%) IP Telephony
11 6 (27.27%) LAN
11 6 (27.27%) WAN
11 6 (27.27%) Nokia
11 6 (27.27%) High Availability
12 5 (22.73%) Aruba
12 5 (22.73%) Meraki
12 5 (22.73%) Network Security
12 5 (22.73%) Cisco IPT
12 5 (22.73%) Load Balancing
12 5 (22.73%) IronPort
12 5 (22.73%) VMware
12 5 (22.73%) Juniper
12 5 (22.73%) CA
12 5 (22.73%) HP

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:

Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
2 16 (72.73%) Firewall
3 12 (54.55%) Wi-Fi
4 11 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 11 (50.00%) Unified Communications
5 10 (45.45%) VPN
6 7 (31.82%) Wireless
7 6 (27.27%) IP Telephony
7 6 (27.27%) LAN
7 6 (27.27%) MPLS
7 6 (27.27%) WAN
8 5 (22.73%) Cisco IPT
8 5 (22.73%) Network Security
9 3 (13.64%) BGP
9 3 (13.64%) OSPF
9 3 (13.64%) PPP
9 3 (13.64%) Spanning Tree
10 2 (9.09%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (9.09%) Software-Defined Networking
11 1 (4.55%) Cisco PIX
General
1 4 (18.18%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (31.82%) Network Engineer
2 5 (22.73%) Network Manager
3 4 (18.18%) Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (18.18%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 4 (18.18%) Network Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Senior Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Senior Network Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Data Centre Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Data Network Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Consultant
6 1 (4.55%) Network Consultant
6 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Security Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Security Specialist
6 1 (4.55%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 15 (68.18%) Data Centre
2 7 (31.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 3 (13.64%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.55%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) Linux
1 1 (4.55%) Mac OS X
1 1 (4.55%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (36.36%) Network Management
2 6 (27.27%) High Availability
3 5 (22.73%) E-Commerce
3 5 (22.73%) Load Balancing
4 4 (18.18%) Migration
5 3 (13.64%) Process Improvement
6 2 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (9.09%) Performance Management
7 1 (4.55%) Mentoring
7 1 (4.55%) Security Architecture
7 1 (4.55%) Vulnerability Scanning
Qualifications
1 4 (18.18%) CCNP
1 4 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
3 2 (9.09%) CCIE
3 2 (9.09%) CCNA
4 1 (4.55%) CISSP
4 1 (4.55%) Degree
4 1 (4.55%) JNCIE
4 1 (4.55%) JNCIP
4 1 (4.55%) JNCIS
4 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (18.18%) SLA
Systems Management
1 5 (22.73%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (4.55%) Cacti
2 1 (4.55%) Nagios
2 1 (4.55%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 22 (100.00%) Cisco
2 17 (77.27%) CheckPoint
3 13 (59.09%) F5
4 12 (54.55%) SolarWinds
5 6 (27.27%) Nokia
6 5 (22.73%) Aruba
6 5 (22.73%) CA
6 5 (22.73%) HP
6 5 (22.73%) IBM
6 5 (22.73%) IronPort
6 5 (22.73%) Juniper
6 5 (22.73%) Meraki
6 5 (22.73%) VMware
7 2 (9.09%) Blue Coat
8 1 (4.55%) Arista
8 1 (4.55%) Citrix
8 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
8 1 (4.55%) Palo Alto
8 1 (4.55%) Sourcefire