Period
to 21 August 2017

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Palo Alto products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Palo Alto over the 6 months to 21 August 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within Palo Alto Networks.

Palo Alto
UK
6 months to
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 513 521 586
Rank change year-on-year +8 +65 +102
Contract jobs citing Palo Alto 357 411 309
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.38% 0.27%
As % of the Vendors category 0.85% 0.84% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 307 169
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +4.58%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £307
90th Percentile £550 £588 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £391
% change year-on-year +12.50% +2.24% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 3
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £52.50 £28.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.10% +83.21% +27.36%
10th Percentile £28.95 £51.25 £27.58
90th Percentile £58.10 £53.75 £30.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £52.50 -
% change year-on-year -42.86% - -

Palo Alto is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 41759 48738 50446
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 43.59% 44.94% 44.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 25527 29904 29378
UK median daily rate £430 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.24% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1382 1641 2237
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.71% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.38 £17.00
% change year-on-year -5.04% +2.21% +3.03%

Palo Alto
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Palo Alto as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Palo Alto in the UK

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Palo Alto in the UK

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Palo Alto over the 6 months to 21 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Palo Alto over the 6 months to 21 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

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Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Palo Alto within the UK over the 6 months to 21 August 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 -1 345 £450 +5.88% 42
UK excluding London +15 176 £450 +12.50% 25
London +16 173 £450 -5.26% 17
South East +34 106 £495 +23.75% 15
East of England -5 23 £475 +11.76% 1
Midlands +18 19 £525 -2.33% 5
North of England +36 16 £350 -12.50% 4
South West +1 14 £450 -16.28%
West Midlands +41 11 £363 -27.50% 3
East Midlands -25 8 £525 -6.67% 2
North West +30 6 £350 -13.85% 1
North East +54 5 £450 -
Yorkshire +2 5 £225 -43.75% 3
Wales +8 2 £288 -32.35%
Scotland - 2 £381 -

For the 6 months to 21 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto.

1 278 (77.87%) Firewall
2 271 (75.91%) Cisco
3 156 (43.70%) Cisco Certification
4 140 (39.22%) CheckPoint
5 137 (38.38%) Juniper
6 133 (37.25%) WAN
7 117 (32.77%) CCNP
7 117 (32.77%) Network Security
8 111 (31.09%) Cisco ASA
9 106 (29.69%) LAN
10 104 (29.13%) VPN
11 93 (26.05%) BGP
12 89 (24.93%) Data Centre
13 88 (24.65%) Wireless
13 88 (24.65%) F5
14 83 (23.25%) Cisco Nexus
15 77 (21.57%) MPLS
16 70 (19.61%) DNS
16 70 (19.61%) CCIE
17 66 (18.49%) Windows
18 63 (17.65%) OSPF
18 63 (17.65%) Finance
19 62 (17.37%) TCP/IP
20 61 (17.09%) IPsec
21 60 (16.81%) Microsoft
22 58 (16.25%) Citrix
22 58 (16.25%) Security Cleared
23 52 (14.57%) VMware
24 51 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
24 51 (14.29%) Amazon AWS

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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 20 (5.60%) Skype for Business
2 7 (1.96%) IIS
2 7 (1.96%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.68%) MS Exchange
4 5 (1.40%) Apache
4 5 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (1.40%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.84%) Confluence
5 3 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.28%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 10 (2.80%) MS Visio
2 8 (2.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (2.24%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.28%) Maximo
1 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 51 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 51 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (3.92%) Office 365
3 11 (3.08%) SaaS
3 11 (3.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 7 (1.96%) IaaS
4 7 (1.96%) PaaS
5 6 (1.68%) Akamai
6 3 (0.84%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 278 (77.87%) Firewall
2 133 (37.25%) WAN
3 117 (32.77%) Network Security
4 111 (31.09%) Cisco ASA
5 106 (29.69%) LAN
6 104 (29.13%) VPN
7 93 (26.05%) BGP
8 88 (24.65%) Wireless
9 83 (23.25%) Cisco Nexus
10 77 (21.57%) MPLS
11 70 (19.61%) DNS
12 63 (17.65%) OSPF
13 62 (17.37%) TCP/IP
14 61 (17.09%) IPsec
15 45 (12.61%) Cisco IOS
16 37 (10.36%) EIGRP
17 36 (10.08%) Wi-Fi
18 32 (8.96%) Cisco Wireless
19 29 (8.12%) VoIP
20 28 (7.84%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.80%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 13 (3.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.84%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.84%) JIRA
3 2 (0.56%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.56%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.28%) Subversion
4 1 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 63 (17.65%) Finance
2 36 (10.08%) Banking
3 12 (3.36%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.40%) Retail
5 4 (1.12%) Aerospace
5 4 (1.12%) Publishing
6 3 (0.84%) Local Government
7 2 (0.56%) Billing
7 2 (0.56%) Legal
8 1 (0.28%) Electronics
8 1 (0.28%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.28%) Law
8 1 (0.28%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.28%) Marketing
8 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 186 (52.10%) Network Engineer
2 60 (16.81%) Security Engineer
3 56 (15.69%) Architect
4 46 (12.89%) Network Security Engineer
5 43 (12.04%) Cisco Engineer
5 43 (12.04%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 31 (8.68%) Network Architect
7 30 (8.40%) Consultant
8 23 (6.44%) Firewall Engineer
9 22 (6.16%) Analyst
9 22 (6.16%) Senior Network Engineer
10 17 (4.76%) Lead Network Engineer
11 16 (4.48%) Network Specialist
12 15 (4.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (4.20%) Network Consultant
13 12 (3.36%) Cloud Engineer
13 12 (3.36%) Juniper Engineer
14 11 (3.08%) Enterprise Architect
15 10 (2.80%) Security Consultant
15 10 (2.80%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.88%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.40%) Middleware
3 3 (0.84%) OAuth
3 3 (0.84%) OpenID
3 3 (0.84%) SailPoint
3 3 (0.84%) SAML
3 3 (0.84%) Software Packaging
3 3 (0.84%) WAP
4 2 (0.56%) Web Services
5 1 (0.28%) COM+
5 1 (0.28%) Core Data
5 1 (0.28%) RESTful
5 1 (0.28%) UIKit
5 1 (0.28%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 89 (24.93%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (4.20%) Management Information System
4 13 (3.64%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (3.08%) PKI
6 10 (2.80%) BYOD
6 10 (2.80%) Fat Client
6 10 (2.80%) Thin Client
7 7 (1.96%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.68%) NHS
8 6 (1.68%) Private Cloud
8 6 (1.68%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.40%) YubiKey
10 4 (1.12%) Security Operations Centre
11 3 (0.84%) Clustering
11 3 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.84%) RSA SecurID
12 2 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
12 2 (0.56%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 66 (18.49%) Windows
2 35 (9.80%) Linux
3 34 (9.52%) Windows Server
4 16 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (3.36%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (2.52%) Unix
8 5 (1.40%) Windows 7
8 5 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.84%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.84%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.84%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.56%) Check Point GAiA
11 1 (0.28%) Android
11 1 (0.28%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.28%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.28%) Solaris
11 1 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (13.45%) Load Balancing
2 44 (12.32%) ITIL
2 44 (12.32%) Network Design
3 35 (9.80%) Migration
4 34 (9.52%) Network Management
5 32 (8.96%) Change Management
6 25 (7.00%) SIEM
7 22 (6.16%) Network Monitoring
8 18 (5.04%) DevOps
8 18 (5.04%) High Availability
8 18 (5.04%) WAN Optimisation
9 17 (4.76%) Change Control
9 17 (4.76%) Kalman Filter
9 17 (4.76%) Service Management
10 15 (4.20%) Cybersecurity
10 15 (4.20%) Network Virtualisation
11 14 (3.92%) Stakeholder Management
12 13 (3.64%) Information Security
12 13 (3.64%) ITIL V3
13 11 (3.08%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 13 (3.64%) SQL
2 12 (3.36%) PowerShell
3 9 (2.52%) Perl
3 9 (2.52%) Python
4 8 (2.24%) Bash Shell
4 8 (2.24%) C-shell
4 8 (2.24%) Korn
5 5 (1.40%) C
6 2 (0.56%) Java
6 2 (0.56%) VB
7 1 (0.28%) Apple Swift
7 1 (0.28%) C++
7 1 (0.28%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.28%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 156 (43.70%) Cisco Certification
2 117 (32.77%) CCNP
3 70 (19.61%) CCIE
4 58 (16.25%) Security Cleared
5 40 (11.20%) SC Cleared
6 38 (10.64%) CCNA
7 22 (6.16%) DV Cleared
8 16 (4.48%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (3.92%) CISSP
9 14 (3.92%) MCSE
10 13 (3.64%) CCSE
11 10 (2.80%) CCDP
11 10 (2.80%) CCIE Service Provider
11 10 (2.80%) CCSP
12 9 (2.52%) Degree
13 8 (2.24%) CCSA
14 7 (1.96%) JNCIE
15 6 (1.68%) CISM
16 5 (1.40%) EMC Certification
16 5 (1.40%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (6.16%) PCI DSS
2 16 (4.48%) GPG13
2 16 (4.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.52%) SLA
4 5 (1.40%) GDPR
4 5 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.84%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.28%) COBIT
6 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 36 (10.08%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.72%) XenDesktop
3 22 (6.16%) ProxySG
4 15 (4.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 12 (3.36%) NFS
6 11 (3.08%) VMware NSX
6 11 (3.08%) XenApp
7 10 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.96%) vSphere
9 6 (1.68%) Hyper-V
9 6 (1.68%) Openswan
9 6 (1.68%) pfSense
9 6 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (1.12%) XenServer
11 2 (0.56%) vCloud
12 1 (0.28%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.28%) Squid
12 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 29 (8.12%) FortiGate
2 17 (4.76%) Cisco Prime
3 14 (3.92%) Nagios
4 13 (3.64%) Cisco CUCM
5 12 (3.36%) Cacti
5 12 (3.36%) SCCM
6 10 (2.80%) AppDNA
7 9 (2.52%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (2.24%) McAfee ePO
8 8 (2.24%) SCOM
9 6 (1.68%) AirWatch
9 6 (1.68%) OpenView
9 6 (1.68%) OVSD
9 6 (1.68%) QRadar
10 5 (1.40%) CA Spectrum
10 5 (1.40%) PowerCLI
10 5 (1.40%) vRealize
11 4 (1.12%) Cisco UCCE
11 4 (1.12%) Nessus
11 4 (1.12%) Netcool
Vendors
1 271 (75.91%) Cisco
2 140 (39.22%) CheckPoint
3 137 (38.38%) Juniper
4 88 (24.65%) F5
5 60 (16.81%) Microsoft
6 58 (16.25%) Citrix
7 52 (14.57%) VMware
8 45 (12.61%) SolarWinds
9 33 (9.24%) Blue Coat
10 30 (8.40%) HP
11 28 (7.84%) Fortinet
12 27 (7.56%) Riverbed
13 21 (5.88%) McAfee
14 18 (5.04%) Arista
14 18 (5.04%) EMC
15 16 (4.48%) Extreme Networks
16 13 (3.64%) ServiceNow
16 13 (3.64%) SonicWALL
17 11 (3.08%) Alcatel-Lucent
17 11 (3.08%) AppSense