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 3 months to 26 April 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 421 499 490
Rank change year-on-year +78 -9  
Contract jobs citing Palo Alto 181 156 163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.28% 0.29%
As % of the Vendors category 0.89% 0.63% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 104 69
Median daily rate £450 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +17.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £325 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £521 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £406 £380
% change year-on-year +16.92% +6.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £48.50 £43.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.79% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.50 £43.00 -
% change year-on-year +12.79% -  

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 20421 24662 25246
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 43.94% 44.15% 45.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12544 15129 14343
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 813 1096
Median hourly rate £17.77 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.47% +5.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.99 £11.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.75 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -13.15% +8.57%  

Palo Alto
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Palo Alto as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
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

Palo Alto
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Palo Alto over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 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 +70 176 £450 +9.09% 54
London +44 86 £450 +6.50% 34
South East +31 57 £488 +8.33% 10
City of London +7 18 £425 -15.00% 7
East of England +9 15 £475 +11.76% 2
Buckinghamshire +4 15 £525 -
Milton Keynes - 15 £525 -
Hampshire +13 12 £405 +15.71%
Oxfordshire - 10 £450 - 2
Berkshire +28 9 £489 -2.25% 5
Hertfordshire +12 9 £475 +11.76% 1
Surrey -5 9 £525 +16.66% 1
Oxford - 7 £450 - 2
North West +28 5 - - 4
West Midlands +23 5 £375 -16.38%
Reading +20 4 £525 +5.00% 2
Manchester +13 4 - - 4
West Yorkshire +11 4 £425 +13.33%
Yorkshire +11 4 £425 +17.24%
Welwyn Garden City +5 4 - -
Portsmouth - 4 £400 -
Croydon - 4 £550 -
Bedfordshire - 4 £510 -
Kent +12 3 £525 +208.82% 1
Birmingham +12 3 £375 -25.00%
Leeds +10 3 £425 +15.33%
Bracknell +5 3 £485 - 2
Colchester - 3 £325 -
Essex - 3 £325 -
West Sussex +13 2 £300 -33.33%

For the 6 months to 26 April 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.

1 319 (80.56%) Cisco
2 288 (72.73%) Firewall
3 162 (40.91%) Cisco Certification
4 160 (40.40%) Juniper
5 156 (39.39%) CheckPoint
6 134 (33.84%) WAN
7 133 (33.59%) F5
8 131 (33.08%) Cisco ASA
9 121 (30.56%) Network Security
10 120 (30.30%) LAN
11 114 (28.79%) VPN
12 111 (28.03%) CCNP
13 98 (24.75%) Wireless
14 95 (23.99%) Data Centre
15 85 (21.46%) Cisco Nexus
16 74 (18.69%) Finance
17 70 (17.68%) VMware
18 64 (16.16%) DNS
19 63 (15.91%) BGP
20 58 (14.65%) Security Cleared
21 57 (14.39%) CCIE
22 54 (13.64%) Citrix
23 51 (12.88%) Blue Coat
24 49 (12.37%) CCNA
24 49 (12.37%) TCP/IP
25 48 (12.12%) Microsoft
26 47 (11.87%) Windows
26 47 (11.87%) SolarWinds
27 46 (11.62%) ITIL
28 45 (11.36%) SSL

Palo Alto
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 12 (3.03%) MS Exchange
2 11 (2.78%) Confluence
3 9 (2.27%) Skype for Business
4 7 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (1.26%) IBM Domino
5 5 (1.26%) WebSphere
6 4 (1.01%) Apache
6 4 (1.01%) IIS
6 4 (1.01%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.51%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 5 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.01%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 38 (9.60%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (4.04%) Office 365
4 12 (3.03%) Akamai
5 8 (2.02%) SaaS
6 7 (1.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 4 (1.01%) IaaS
7 4 (1.01%) PaaS
8 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.25%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 288 (72.73%) Firewall
2 134 (33.84%) WAN
3 131 (33.08%) Cisco ASA
4 121 (30.56%) Network Security
5 120 (30.30%) LAN
6 114 (28.79%) VPN
7 98 (24.75%) Wireless
8 85 (21.46%) Cisco Nexus
9 64 (16.16%) DNS
10 63 (15.91%) BGP
11 49 (12.37%) TCP/IP
12 45 (11.36%) SSL
13 43 (10.86%) MPLS
14 42 (10.61%) OSPF
15 41 (10.35%) IPsec
16 40 (10.10%) NetScaler
17 37 (9.34%) DHCP
18 31 (7.83%) VLAN
19 29 (7.32%) Cisco IOS
20 28 (7.07%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (2.53%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.53%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.25%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (3.03%) Git (software)
2 11 (2.78%) JIRA
3 10 (2.53%) Jenkins
3 10 (2.53%) Sonatype Nexus
3 10 (2.53%) Vagrant
3 10 (2.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.25%) Subversion
4 1 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 74 (18.69%) Finance
2 26 (6.57%) Banking
3 17 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 14 (3.54%) Retail
5 5 (1.26%) Legal
6 4 (1.01%) Publishing
7 3 (0.76%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.51%) Law
8 2 (0.51%) Local Government
8 2 (0.51%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.25%) Electronics
9 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 210 (53.03%) Network Engineer
2 83 (20.96%) Security Engineer
3 73 (18.43%) Network Security Engineer
4 64 (16.16%) Architect
5 53 (13.38%) Cisco Engineer
6 52 (13.13%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 35 (8.84%) Network Architect
8 33 (8.33%) Consultant
9 29 (7.32%) Analyst
10 27 (6.82%) Firewall Engineer
11 26 (6.57%) Senior Network Engineer
12 23 (5.81%) Juniper Engineer
13 22 (5.56%) Network Specialist
14 21 (5.30%) Network Consultant
15 17 (4.29%) Technical Architect
16 16 (4.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 16 (4.04%) Technical Specialist
17 15 (3.79%) Network Analyst
17 15 (3.79%) Security Specialist
18 14 (3.54%) Cisco Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.30%) 802.1X
2 11 (2.78%) SAML
2 11 (2.78%) Software Packaging
3 9 (2.27%) Web Services
4 4 (1.01%) Middleware
4 4 (1.01%) OAuth
4 4 (1.01%) OpenID
4 4 (1.01%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.25%) .NET
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.25%) CGI
5 1 (0.25%) Core Data
5 1 (0.25%) REST
5 1 (0.25%) RESTful
5 1 (0.25%) UIKit
Miscellaneous
1 95 (23.99%) Data Centre
2 45 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (2.78%) Fat Client
3 11 (2.78%) Thin Client
4 9 (2.27%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (2.02%) CMDB
5 8 (2.02%) Management Information System
5 8 (2.02%) PKI
6 7 (1.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 7 (1.77%) Public Cloud
7 6 (1.52%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (1.26%) iSeries
9 4 (1.01%) RSA SecurID
10 3 (0.76%) BYOD
10 3 (0.76%) NHS
10 3 (0.76%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.76%) Security Operations Centre
11 1 (0.25%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 47 (11.87%) Windows
2 36 (9.09%) Linux
3 24 (6.06%) Windows Server
4 20 (5.05%) Unix
5 12 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (2.02%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (1.77%) Mac OS X
8 7 (1.77%) Windows 7
9 6 (1.52%) Windows 10
10 4 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (1.01%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.76%) Android
12 2 (0.51%) CentOS
13 1 (0.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (11.62%) ITIL
2 41 (10.35%) Load Balancing
3 35 (8.84%) Network Management
4 34 (8.59%) Change Management
5 28 (7.07%) Service Management
6 27 (6.82%) Network Design
7 26 (6.57%) DevOps
8 25 (6.31%) Migration
9 24 (6.06%) Project Management
10 23 (5.81%) Kalman Filter
11 21 (5.30%) Network Architecture
12 16 (4.04%) Configuration Management
12 16 (4.04%) High Availability
12 16 (4.04%) Web Filtering
13 15 (3.79%) Information Security
13 15 (3.79%) Network Monitoring
14 12 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
14 12 (3.03%) Mentoring
14 12 (3.03%) Service Delivery
14 12 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (2.27%) PowerShell
2 5 (1.26%) C
2 5 (1.26%) Python
3 3 (0.76%) Perl
3 3 (0.76%) SQL
4 2 (0.51%) Bash Shell
4 2 (0.51%) Java
5 1 (0.25%) Apple Swift
5 1 (0.25%) C#
5 1 (0.25%) C++
5 1 (0.25%) Objective-C
5 1 (0.25%) Ruby
5 1 (0.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 162 (40.91%) Cisco Certification
2 111 (28.03%) CCNP
3 58 (14.65%) Security Cleared
4 57 (14.39%) CCIE
5 49 (12.37%) CCNA
6 44 (11.11%) SC Cleared
7 25 (6.31%) CCSP
8 15 (3.79%) CCSE
8 15 (3.79%) DV Cleared
9 14 (3.54%) CISSP
10 11 (2.78%) CCDP
11 10 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (2.27%) JNCIP
12 9 (2.27%) MCSE
13 8 (2.02%) JNCIE
14 7 (1.77%) JNCIA
14 7 (1.77%) JNCIS
15 6 (1.52%) CCSA
15 6 (1.52%) CISMP
15 6 (1.52%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (8.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (7.07%) PCI DSS
3 15 (3.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 14 (3.54%) GPG13
4 14 (3.54%) SLA
5 9 (2.27%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.25%) GDPR
6 1 (0.25%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 28 (7.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (6.82%) Active Directory
3 23 (5.81%) Hyper-V
4 19 (4.80%) vCloud
5 15 (3.79%) ProxySG
6 14 (3.54%) XenDesktop
7 12 (3.03%) XenApp
8 11 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (2.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (2.02%) vSphere
11 4 (1.01%) ISA Server
12 2 (0.51%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.25%) Docker
13 1 (0.25%) Squid
13 1 (0.25%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.25%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 31 (7.83%) FortiGate
2 17 (4.29%) Cisco Prime
3 12 (3.03%) Cisco CUCM
3 12 (3.03%) Puppet
4 10 (2.53%) AppDNA
4 10 (2.53%) Forum Sentry
4 10 (2.53%) ZABBIX
5 9 (2.27%) SCCM
6 7 (1.77%) RSA Security Analytics
7 6 (1.52%) OPNET
7 6 (1.52%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 5 (1.26%) AirWatch
8 5 (1.26%) SCOM
9 4 (1.01%) Nagios
9 4 (1.01%) OVSD
10 3 (0.76%) OpenView
11 2 (0.51%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.51%) Cacti
11 2 (0.51%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 319 (80.56%) Cisco
2 160 (40.40%) Juniper
3 156 (39.39%) CheckPoint
4 133 (33.59%) F5
5 70 (17.68%) VMware
6 54 (13.64%) Citrix
7 51 (12.88%) Blue Coat
8 48 (12.12%) Microsoft
9 47 (11.87%) SolarWinds
10 26 (6.57%) Fortinet
11 25 (6.31%) HP
12 24 (6.06%) Riverbed
13 23 (5.81%) Arista
14 22 (5.56%) Aruba
14 22 (5.56%) Intel Security
14 22 (5.56%) Oracle
15 19 (4.80%) FireEye
15 19 (4.80%) TippingPoint
16 16 (4.04%) Brocade
17 13 (3.28%) Tufin
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