Period
to 21 October 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 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.

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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 543 476 608
Rank change year-on-year -67 +132 +29
Contract jobs citing Palo Alto 349 459 299
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.43% 0.26%
As % of the Vendors category 0.82% 0.96% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 335 179
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% +3.23%
10th Percentile £294 £328 £308
90th Percentile £538 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 3
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £52.50 £28.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +83.21% -23.59%
10th Percentile £31.00 £51.25 £27.58
90th Percentile £61.40 £53.75 £30.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.00 £52.50 -
% change year-on-year -6.67% - -

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 contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 42613 47842 49581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.90% 45.05% 43.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 26335 29231 29204
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £243 £240 £225
90th Percentile £620 £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 1386 1711 2170
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.10 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -2.29% +4.67%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £45.22 £45.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.84 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.03% -2.94% +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

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 6 months to 21 October 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 6 months to 21 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
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 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 -34 338 £450 - 25
London -33 183 £449 -5.53% 10
UK excluding London -32 158 £450 +9.09% 15
South East -13 84 £500 +25.00% 10
Midlands +30 24 £388 -29.55% 1
North of England +54 22 £313 -21.88% 3
West Midlands +40 18 £369 -24.36%
South West +14 16 £450 -
North West +25 13 £319 -23.88% 1
East of England -24 13 £550 +29.41% 1
Yorkshire +4 6 £225 -43.75% 2
East Midlands -15 6 £525 -9.87% 1
North East +69 3 £363 -
Wales +10 2 £288 -32.35%
Scotland - 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 276 (79.08%) Firewall
2 259 (74.21%) Cisco
3 150 (42.98%) Juniper
4 147 (42.12%) CheckPoint
5 139 (39.83%) Cisco Certification
6 127 (36.39%) Network Security
7 117 (33.52%) WAN
8 105 (30.09%) CCNP
9 98 (28.08%) VPN
10 97 (27.79%) F5
11 93 (26.65%) LAN
12 91 (26.07%) Cisco ASA
13 83 (23.78%) MPLS
13 83 (23.78%) BGP
14 81 (23.21%) Windows
15 75 (21.49%) Cisco Nexus
15 75 (21.49%) Data Centre
16 72 (20.63%) DNS
17 71 (20.34%) OSPF
18 70 (20.06%) Finance
19 69 (19.77%) CCIE
20 68 (19.48%) Wireless
21 66 (18.91%) IPsec
22 65 (18.62%) VMware
23 64 (18.34%) Amazon AWS
24 58 (16.62%) TCP/IP
25 56 (16.05%) Microsoft
25 56 (16.05%) Security Cleared
26 55 (15.76%) Citrix
27 53 (15.19%) Linux

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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 18 (5.16%) Skype for Business
2 13 (3.72%) SharePoint
3 7 (2.01%) IIS
4 5 (1.43%) Apache
4 5 (1.43%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (1.15%) Drupal
5 4 (1.15%) WordPress
6 3 (0.86%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.57%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.29%) nginx
Applications
1 11 (3.15%) MS Visio
2 7 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.57%) Maximo
1 2 (0.57%) RMDS
2 1 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 64 (18.34%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (14.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (4.87%) Office 365
4 9 (2.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 8 (2.29%) SaaS
6 7 (2.01%) IaaS
6 7 (2.01%) PaaS
7 4 (1.15%) Akamai
8 3 (0.86%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.29%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 276 (79.08%) Firewall
2 127 (36.39%) Network Security
3 117 (33.52%) WAN
4 98 (28.08%) VPN
5 93 (26.65%) LAN
6 91 (26.07%) Cisco ASA
7 83 (23.78%) BGP
7 83 (23.78%) MPLS
8 75 (21.49%) Cisco Nexus
9 72 (20.63%) DNS
10 71 (20.34%) OSPF
11 68 (19.48%) Wireless
12 66 (18.91%) IPsec
13 58 (16.62%) TCP/IP
14 51 (14.61%) Cisco IOS
15 47 (13.47%) EIGRP
16 34 (9.74%) Cisco Wireless
17 33 (9.46%) WLAN
18 32 (9.17%) DHCP
19 29 (8.31%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.87%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.29%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 9 (2.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 70 (20.06%) Finance
2 38 (10.89%) Banking
3 13 (3.72%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.72%) Retail
5 4 (1.15%) Aerospace
5 4 (1.15%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.86%) Local Government
7 2 (0.57%) Billing
7 2 (0.57%) Legal
8 1 (0.29%) Electronics
8 1 (0.29%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.29%) Law
8 1 (0.29%) Marketing
8 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 181 (51.86%) Network Engineer
2 63 (18.05%) Security Engineer
3 46 (13.18%) Network Security Engineer
4 45 (12.89%) Cisco Engineer
4 45 (12.89%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 35 (10.03%) Architect
6 31 (8.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 25 (7.16%) Consultant
8 22 (6.30%) Firewall Engineer
9 20 (5.73%) Lead Network Engineer
9 20 (5.73%) Network Architect
9 20 (5.73%) Senior Network Engineer
10 17 (4.87%) Analyst
11 14 (4.01%) Network Consultant
12 13 (3.72%) Cloud Engineer
13 12 (3.44%) Operations Engineer
14 11 (3.15%) Network Specialist
15 10 (2.87%) Security Analyst
15 10 (2.87%) Support Engineer
16 8 (2.29%) Environment Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.01%) 802.1X
2 6 (1.72%) WAP
3 5 (1.43%) Middleware
4 4 (1.15%) .NET
4 4 (1.15%) Web Services
5 2 (0.57%) Rendezvous
6 1 (0.29%) COM+
6 1 (0.29%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.29%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 75 (21.49%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.16%) PKI
3 13 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.44%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.15%) Computer Science
5 11 (3.15%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.29%) BYOD
6 8 (2.29%) Private Cloud
7 7 (2.01%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 6 (1.72%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.43%) NHS
9 5 (1.43%) YubiKey
10 4 (1.15%) Security Operations Centre
11 3 (0.86%) Clustering
11 3 (0.86%) Cyberthreat
11 3 (0.86%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (0.57%) Cyber Attack
12 2 (0.57%) e-Health
12 2 (0.57%) Smart Meter
12 2 (0.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 81 (23.21%) Windows
2 53 (15.19%) Linux
3 39 (11.17%) Windows Server
4 27 (7.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 16 (4.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (4.30%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (3.15%) Unix
8 6 (1.72%) Solaris
9 5 (1.43%) Mac OS X
9 5 (1.43%) Windows 10
10 4 (1.15%) CentOS
11 2 (0.57%) Android
11 2 (0.57%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.29%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.29%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (14.90%) Load Balancing
2 44 (12.61%) Network Design
3 43 (12.32%) ITIL
4 36 (10.32%) Change Management
5 32 (9.17%) Migration
6 26 (7.45%) SIEM
7 25 (7.16%) Network Management
8 22 (6.30%) High Availability
8 22 (6.30%) Information Security
8 22 (6.30%) Network Monitoring
8 22 (6.30%) WAN Optimisation
9 19 (5.44%) Security Architecture
10 18 (5.16%) Change Control
11 17 (4.87%) Service Management
12 15 (4.30%) Cybersecurity
13 13 (3.72%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 12 (3.44%) Kalman Filter
14 12 (3.44%) Open Source
14 12 (3.44%) Penetration Testing
14 12 (3.44%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 23 (6.59%) SQL
2 10 (2.87%) Perl
2 10 (2.87%) PowerShell
2 10 (2.87%) Python
3 9 (2.58%) Bash Shell
3 9 (2.58%) C-shell
3 9 (2.58%) Korn
4 2 (0.57%) C
4 2 (0.57%) VB
5 1 (0.29%) C++
5 1 (0.29%) Java
5 1 (0.29%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 139 (39.83%) Cisco Certification
2 105 (30.09%) CCNP
3 69 (19.77%) CCIE
4 56 (16.05%) Security Cleared
5 44 (12.61%) SC Cleared
6 30 (8.60%) CCNA
7 22 (6.30%) CISSP
8 21 (6.02%) CCSE
9 20 (5.73%) DV Cleared
10 17 (4.87%) Microsoft Certification
11 16 (4.58%) MCSE
12 12 (3.44%) CCIE Service Provider
12 12 (3.44%) CCSP
12 12 (3.44%) Degree
13 10 (2.87%) CCSA
14 9 (2.58%) CCDP
15 7 (2.01%) CISA
15 7 (2.01%) GIAC
16 6 (1.72%) CISM
16 6 (1.72%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.58%) PCI DSS
2 13 (3.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.58%) GDPR
3 9 (2.58%) SLA
4 3 (0.86%) COBIT
4 3 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.86%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.86%) GPG13
5 2 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.29%) PMO
6 1 (0.29%) QA
6 1 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 42 (12.03%) Active Directory
2 29 (8.31%) ProxySG
3 20 (5.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (4.30%) Hyper-V
5 13 (3.72%) NFS
6 11 (3.15%) VMware NSX
6 11 (3.15%) XenDesktop
7 10 (2.87%) vSphere
8 7 (2.01%) Openswan
8 7 (2.01%) pfSense
9 6 (1.72%) Sendmail
9 6 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (1.15%) XenServer
11 3 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.29%) Firmware
12 1 (0.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (6.88%) FortiGate
2 14 (4.01%) Nagios
3 12 (3.44%) SCCM
4 11 (3.15%) Cacti
4 11 (3.15%) SCOM
4 11 (3.15%) SolarWinds Orion
5 10 (2.87%) Cisco CUCM
5 10 (2.87%) Cisco Prime
6 8 (2.29%) AirWatch
6 8 (2.29%) McAfee ePO
7 7 (2.01%) vRealize
8 6 (1.72%) CA Spectrum
8 6 (1.72%) OpenView
8 6 (1.72%) PowerCLI
9 5 (1.43%) Cisco UCCE
9 5 (1.43%) Nessus
9 5 (1.43%) QRadar
10 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (1.15%) Netcool
10 4 (1.15%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 259 (74.21%) Cisco
2 150 (42.98%) Juniper
3 147 (42.12%) CheckPoint
4 97 (27.79%) F5
5 65 (18.62%) VMware
6 56 (16.05%) Microsoft
7 55 (15.76%) Citrix
8 48 (13.75%) Blue Coat
9 45 (12.89%) SolarWinds
10 34 (9.74%) Fortinet
10 34 (9.74%) McAfee
11 32 (9.17%) Riverbed
12 24 (6.88%) HP
13 23 (6.59%) Extreme Networks
14 20 (5.73%) EMC
15 17 (4.87%) SonicWALL
16 15 (4.30%) Alcatel-Lucent
16 15 (4.30%) NetApp
16 15 (4.30%) Red Hat
17 13 (3.72%) Aruba