Period
to 20 September 2021

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 20 September 2021 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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 476 352 395
Rank change year-on-year -124 +43 +164
Contract jobs citing Palo Alto 339 160 522
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.55% 0.59%
As % of the Vendors category 1.05% 1.23% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 123 375
10th Percentile £307 £313 £263
25th Percentile £376 £375 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £420
Median % change year-on-year - +7.14% -1.75%
75th Percentile £538 £550 £500
90th Percentile £600 £613 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £388
% change year-on-year -5.88% +9.68% -10.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 2
10th Percentile £47.55 " "
25th Percentile £72.00 " £76.25
Median hourly rate £78.00 £40.00 £77.50
Median % change year-on-year +95.00% -48.39% +43.52%
75th Percentile " " £78.75
90th Percentile £80.70 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.25 £40.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year +33.13% -48.39% +43.52%

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 32,259 12,966 37,556
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.79% 44.46% 42.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,857 8,341 23,831
10th Percentile £286 £263 £248
25th Percentile £400 £365 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £555
90th Percentile £694 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £443 £425
% change year-on-year +1.69% +4.12% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 390 1,355
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.55 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.42 £19.41
Median % change year-on-year -4.49% +5.19% +14.18%
75th Percentile £42.35 £43.94 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.00 £53.75 £50.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.95 £17.50
% change year-on-year -9.77% +14.00% +7.86%

Palo Alto
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Palo Alto.

Daily rate trend for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Palo Alto over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Palo Alto.

Hourly rate trend for Palo Alto in the UK

Palo Alto
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Palo Alto over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

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 20 September 2021. 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 -142 262 £425 -5.56% 101
UK excluding London -89 142 £400 -5.88% 61
London -145 122 £500 +11.11% 44
Work from Home -176 101 £500 - 19
South East -84 33 £420 -8.94% 29
Midlands -55 30 £400 - 7
North of England -80 23 £390 -8.24% 12
East of England -27 19 £500 +49.25% 6
North West -55 18 £383 -10.00% 11
East Midlands -20 16 £380 - 4
South West -40 15 £323 -20.76% 3
Scotland -81 15 £438 +9.38% 3
West Midlands -56 13 £414 +3.44% 3
Wales -16 9 £500 +66.67% 1
Yorkshire -47 5 £425 +4.29%

For the 6 months to 20 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Palo Alto also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Palo Alto.

1 259 (76.40%) Firewall
2 219 (64.60%) Cisco
3 115 (33.92%) Cisco Certification
4 95 (28.02%) Network Security
5 94 (27.73%) Azure
6 91 (26.84%) VPN
7 84 (24.78%) WAN
8 83 (24.48%) CheckPoint
9 81 (23.89%) LAN
9 81 (23.89%) F5
10 72 (21.24%) Fortinet
10 72 (21.24%) CCNP
11 63 (18.58%) Ansible
12 62 (18.29%) VMware
13 60 (17.70%) ITIL
14 59 (17.40%) CCNA
14 59 (17.40%) DNS
15 58 (17.11%) Data Centre
16 55 (16.22%) AWS
17 54 (15.93%) Windows
18 53 (15.63%) Cisco ASA
19 52 (15.34%) BGP
20 51 (15.04%) Microsoft
20 51 (15.04%) Microsoft 365
21 47 (13.86%) VMware Infrastructure
22 46 (13.57%) Active Directory
23 45 (13.27%) Linux
23 45 (13.27%) Python
23 45 (13.27%) Wireless
23 45 (13.27%) Cisco Nexus

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 13 (3.83%) Tomcat
2 9 (2.65%) Apache
2 9 (2.65%) IIS
2 9 (2.65%) MS Exchange
3 8 (2.36%) Confluence
4 5 (1.47%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.18%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.59%) CMS
7 2 (0.59%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.59%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (5.60%) MS Visio
2 13 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.77%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.59%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 94 (27.73%) Azure
2 55 (16.22%) AWS
3 51 (15.04%) Microsoft 365
4 22 (6.49%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (5.31%) IaaS
6 13 (3.83%) GCP
6 13 (3.83%) PaaS
7 6 (1.77%) Azure Stack
7 6 (1.77%) OpenShift
8 5 (1.47%) Akamai
8 5 (1.47%) Azure Sentinel
8 5 (1.47%) GitHub
9 4 (1.18%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (1.18%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (1.18%) AWS Direct Connect
9 4 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.18%) SaaS
9 4 (1.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.88%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.59%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 259 (76.40%) Firewall
2 95 (28.02%) Network Security
3 91 (26.84%) VPN
4 84 (24.78%) WAN
5 81 (23.89%) LAN
6 59 (17.40%) DNS
7 53 (15.63%) Cisco ASA
8 52 (15.34%) BGP
9 45 (13.27%) Cisco Nexus
9 45 (13.27%) Wireless
10 40 (11.80%) TCP/IP
11 39 (11.50%) OSPF
12 37 (10.91%) IPsec
13 31 (9.14%) SSL
14 27 (7.96%) NetScaler
15 25 (7.37%) SD-WAN
15 25 (7.37%) Wi-Fi
16 24 (7.08%) Cisco ISE
17 22 (6.49%) MPLS
18 20 (5.90%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.24%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.18%) HDInsight
3 2 (0.59%) Informix
3 2 (0.59%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.59%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.59%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.59%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.59%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.29%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 19 (5.60%) Jenkins
2 17 (5.01%) Sonatype Nexus
3 8 (2.36%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.77%) Postman
4 6 (1.77%) SoapUI
5 4 (1.18%) CircleCI
6 3 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.88%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.88%) JIRA
6 3 (0.88%) Snyk
6 3 (0.88%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.59%) GitLab
7 2 (0.59%) Travis CI
8 1 (0.29%) Burp Suite
General
1 43 (12.68%) Social Skills
2 40 (11.80%) Finance
3 22 (6.49%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.01%) Telecoms
5 13 (3.83%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (3.24%) Banking
7 9 (2.65%) Organisational Skills
8 7 (2.06%) Retail
9 6 (1.77%) Documentation Skills
10 5 (1.47%) Presentation Skills
11 4 (1.18%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.88%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.59%) German Language
13 2 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.29%) Back Office
14 1 (0.29%) Billing
14 1 (0.29%) Italian Language
14 1 (0.29%) Legal
14 1 (0.29%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 162 (47.79%) Network Engineer
2 58 (17.11%) Security Engineer
3 57 (16.81%) Architect
4 42 (12.39%) Network Security Engineer
5 26 (7.67%) Cisco Engineer
6 23 (6.78%) Technical Architect
7 22 (6.49%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 21 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 21 (6.19%) Senior Network Engineer
9 18 (5.31%) Consultant
10 16 (4.72%) Systems Engineer
11 15 (4.42%) Security Architect
12 14 (4.13%) Network Architect
13 12 (3.54%) Technical Leader
14 11 (3.24%) Cloud Engineer
14 11 (3.24%) Firewall Engineer
15 9 (2.65%) Azure Engineer
15 9 (2.65%) Network Consultant
16 8 (2.36%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 8 (2.36%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (4.72%) Web Services
2 14 (4.13%) 802.1X
3 13 (3.83%) JSON
4 8 (2.36%) SAML
5 7 (2.06%) LDAP
6 6 (1.77%) OAuth
6 6 (1.77%) Oracle Fusion
6 6 (1.77%) REST
6 6 (1.77%) SOAP
6 6 (1.77%) XML
6 6 (1.77%) XSLT
7 4 (1.18%) YAML
8 2 (0.59%) RESTful
8 2 (0.59%) Velocity
9 1 (0.29%) CSS
9 1 (0.29%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.29%) ExaBGP
9 1 (0.29%) Jinja
9 1 (0.29%) Middleware
9 1 (0.29%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 58 (17.11%) Data Centre
2 29 (8.55%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.54%) Clustering
4 10 (2.95%) Hybrid Cloud
4 10 (2.95%) Management Information System
5 8 (2.36%) PKI
6 6 (1.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (1.47%) Data Protection Act
7 5 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.18%) Driving Licence
8 4 (1.18%) iPad
8 4 (1.18%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.88%) NHS
10 2 (0.59%) Cyberattack
10 2 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.59%) Replication
10 2 (0.59%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.59%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 1 (0.29%) Fibre Optics
11 1 (0.29%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 54 (15.93%) Windows
2 45 (13.27%) Linux
3 27 (7.96%) Unix
4 18 (5.31%) Windows Server
5 17 (5.01%) Windows 10
6 12 (3.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 12 (3.54%) Windows Server 2019
7 9 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.47%) AIX
9 5 (1.47%) Android
10 4 (1.18%) VMS
11 2 (0.59%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.59%) CatOS
11 2 (0.59%) CoreOS
11 2 (0.59%) Debian
11 2 (0.59%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.29%) CentOS
12 1 (0.29%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.29%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (17.70%) ITIL
2 42 (12.39%) Load Balancing
3 40 (11.80%) Migration
4 37 (10.91%) DevOps
5 36 (10.62%) Network Design
6 28 (8.26%) Agile Software Development
7 24 (7.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 22 (6.49%) Cybersecurity
8 22 (6.49%) Vulnerability Management
9 19 (5.60%) Network Management
10 18 (5.31%) Information Security
11 17 (5.01%) Project Delivery
12 16 (4.72%) Change Management
12 16 (4.72%) DNA
12 16 (4.72%) Project Management
13 15 (4.42%) Computer Science
13 15 (4.42%) Configuration Management
13 15 (4.42%) Infrastructure as Code
13 15 (4.42%) Network Architecture
13 15 (4.42%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 45 (13.27%) Python
2 17 (5.01%) SQL
3 16 (4.72%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.65%) Java
4 9 (2.65%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.77%) PL/SQL
6 4 (1.18%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.88%) Perl
8 2 (0.59%) Groovy
8 2 (0.59%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.59%) Tcl
9 1 (0.29%) C
9 1 (0.29%) PHP
9 1 (0.29%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 115 (33.92%) Cisco Certification
2 72 (21.24%) CCNP
3 59 (17.40%) CCNA
4 41 (12.09%) Security Cleared
5 36 (10.62%) SC Cleared
6 32 (9.44%) CCIE
7 15 (4.42%) CISSP
8 14 (4.13%) MCP
9 12 (3.54%) Degree
10 6 (1.77%) CCIE Security
10 6 (1.77%) CCSA
10 6 (1.77%) CCSE
10 6 (1.77%) DV Cleared
11 5 (1.47%) CISM
11 5 (1.47%) JNCIS
12 4 (1.18%) AWS Certification
12 4 (1.18%) CCSP
12 4 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.13%) QA
2 13 (3.83%) SLA
3 11 (3.24%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.88%) NIST
6 2 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.59%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.29%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.29%) GxP
7 1 (0.29%) NCSC
7 1 (0.29%) PMO
System Software
1 47 (13.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 46 (13.57%) Active Directory
3 17 (5.01%) VMware NSX
4 16 (4.72%) Docker
5 10 (2.95%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (2.65%) NFS
7 8 (2.36%) vSphere
8 5 (1.47%) Firmware
9 4 (1.18%) ProxySG
10 3 (0.88%) Hyper-V
10 3 (0.88%) KVM
10 3 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.29%) Sendmail
11 1 (0.29%) XenApp
11 1 (0.29%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 63 (18.58%) Ansible
2 38 (11.21%) Terraform
3 25 (7.37%) FortiGate
4 19 (5.60%) Kubernetes
5 8 (2.36%) Cisco Prime
5 8 (2.36%) Puppet
5 8 (2.36%) SCCM
6 7 (2.06%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (2.06%) Nessus
7 6 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (1.47%) CSIRT
8 5 (1.47%) Prometheus
9 4 (1.18%) CASB
9 4 (1.18%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.18%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.88%) AirWatch
10 3 (0.88%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 3 (0.88%) Nagios
10 3 (0.88%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 219 (64.60%) Cisco
2 83 (24.48%) CheckPoint
3 81 (23.89%) F5
4 72 (21.24%) Fortinet
5 62 (18.29%) VMware
6 51 (15.04%) Microsoft
7 44 (12.98%) Juniper
8 43 (12.68%) Citrix
9 41 (12.09%) Aruba
10 30 (8.85%) Zscaler
11 29 (8.55%) HP
12 28 (8.26%) Meraki
12 28 (8.26%) Splunk
13 23 (6.78%) Oracle
14 19 (5.60%) McAfee
15 18 (5.31%) SolarWinds
16 17 (5.01%) Dell
17 15 (4.42%) NetApp
18 14 (4.13%) Infoblox
18 14 (4.13%) Red Hat