The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Firewall skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Firewall over the 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Firewall
England / West Midlands
Rank 55 74 52
Rank change year-on-year +19 -22  
Contract jobs citing Firewall 64 57 79
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.83% 2.12% 3.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 20.38% 19.13% 21.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 26 52
Median daily rate £381 £399 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.32% -4.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £178 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +61.53%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.63 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% -17.50%  

Firewall 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 314 298 362
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.88% 11.06% 14.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 137 172
Median daily rate £395 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 43
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing Firewall as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 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
Birmingham -2 23 £363 -9.37% 12
Shropshire +46 18 £550 +37.50% 2
Warwickshire 0 9 £375 -5.54%
Coventry +5 7 £450 -14.28% 2
Staffordshire +5 3 £413 +10.00% 2
Solihull +3 3 £383 +2.00% 3
Herefordshire - 2 £288 - 3
Firewall
England

Firewall
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 77 (48.43%) Cisco
2 52 (32.70%) WAN
2 52 (32.70%) Cisco Certification
3 51 (32.08%) CheckPoint
4 47 (29.56%) LAN
5 44 (27.67%) Security Cleared
6 42 (26.42%) SC Cleared
7 41 (25.79%) Cisco ASA
7 41 (25.79%) VPN
8 36 (22.64%) Juniper
9 35 (22.01%) OSPF
10 34 (21.38%) Network Security
11 32 (20.13%) CCNP
12 31 (19.50%) BGP
12 31 (19.50%) F5
13 30 (18.87%) Wireless
14 29 (18.24%) Network Design
15 27 (16.98%) CCNA
15 27 (16.98%) DNS
16 26 (16.35%) Windows
16 26 (16.35%) Cybersecurity
17 24 (15.09%) SIEM
18 22 (13.84%) Fortinet
19 21 (13.21%) Information Security
19 21 (13.21%) Microsoft Azure
19 21 (13.21%) Cisco Nexus
20 18 (11.32%) VMware
20 18 (11.32%) TCP/IP
21 17 (10.69%) Data Centre
21 17 (10.69%) Aruba

Firewall
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 8 (5.03%) OpenStack
2 5 (3.14%) IIS
2 5 (3.14%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.63%) SAS
3 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.52%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.89%) MS Office
3 2 (1.26%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.26%) MS Project
3 2 (1.26%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (13.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (9.43%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (5.66%) IaaS
4 3 (1.89%) Office 365
5 1 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 52 (32.70%) WAN
2 47 (29.56%) LAN
3 41 (25.79%) Cisco ASA
3 41 (25.79%) VPN
4 35 (22.01%) OSPF
5 34 (21.38%) Network Security
6 31 (19.50%) BGP
7 30 (18.87%) Wireless
8 27 (16.98%) DNS
9 21 (13.21%) Cisco Nexus
10 18 (11.32%) TCP/IP
11 16 (10.06%) Intrusion Detection
12 14 (8.81%) MPLS
13 13 (8.18%) DHCP
14 11 (6.92%) Wi-Fi
15 10 (6.29%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 9 (5.66%) HTTP
16 9 (5.66%) Junos
16 9 (5.66%) SSL
16 9 (5.66%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.40%) Big Data
2 2 (1.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 15 (9.43%) Finance
2 6 (3.77%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.26%) Automotive
3 2 (1.26%) Electronics
3 2 (1.26%) Legal
3 2 (1.26%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.26%) Retail
4 1 (0.63%) Advertising
4 1 (0.63%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.63%) Banking
4 1 (0.63%) Law
Job Titles
1 62 (38.99%) Network Engineer
2 30 (18.87%) Analyst
3 26 (16.35%) Cisco Engineer
4 25 (15.72%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 25 (15.72%) Security Analyst
5 19 (11.95%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 16 (10.06%) Architect
7 15 (9.43%) Consultant
8 12 (7.55%) Security Architect
9 10 (6.29%) Juniper Engineer
10 9 (5.66%) Support Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Design Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Implementation Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Network Architect
11 7 (4.40%) Network Design Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Network Implementation Engineer
12 6 (3.77%) Firewall Engineer
12 6 (3.77%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 5 (3.14%) Network Support
13 5 (3.14%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.40%) CSS
2 6 (3.77%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.26%) .NET
3 2 (1.26%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.63%) LAMP
4 1 (0.63%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.69%) Data Centre
2 13 (8.18%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.03%) Security Operations Centre
4 7 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.77%) Computer Science
6 5 (3.14%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.26%) Cyber Attack
7 2 (1.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.26%) FMCG
8 1 (0.63%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.63%) Clustering
8 1 (0.63%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.63%) iPad
8 1 (0.63%) PKI
8 1 (0.63%) Replication
8 1 (0.63%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 26 (16.35%) Windows
2 16 (10.06%) Unix
3 13 (8.18%) Linux
4 12 (7.55%) Windows Server
5 5 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.26%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.26%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.63%) Solaris
7 1 (0.63%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.63%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (18.24%) Network Design
2 26 (16.35%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (15.09%) SIEM
4 21 (13.21%) Information Security
5 13 (8.18%) Identity Access Management
5 13 (8.18%) Incident Management
5 13 (8.18%) ITIL
5 13 (8.18%) Malware Analysis
6 12 (7.55%) Migration
7 11 (6.92%) Data Analysis
8 10 (6.29%) Disk Encryption
8 10 (6.29%) Forensic Analysis
8 10 (6.29%) Load Balancing
9 9 (5.66%) Network Management
9 9 (5.66%) Security Operations
10 8 (5.03%) Service Delivery
11 7 (4.40%) Network Monitoring
11 7 (4.40%) Penetration Testing
11 7 (4.40%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 6 (3.77%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 6 (3.77%) PowerShell
2 3 (1.89%) Python
3 2 (1.26%) C
3 2 (1.26%) SQL
4 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.63%) C#
4 1 (0.63%) C++
4 1 (0.63%) Java
4 1 (0.63%) Perl
4 1 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 52 (32.70%) Cisco Certification
2 44 (27.67%) Security Cleared
3 42 (26.42%) SC Cleared
4 32 (20.13%) CCNP
5 27 (16.98%) CCNA
6 8 (5.03%) CCDA
6 8 (5.03%) CCDP
6 8 (5.03%) Degree
7 7 (4.40%) CCSA
7 7 (4.40%) GCIH
8 6 (3.77%) CCIE
8 6 (3.77%) CEH
8 6 (3.77%) GCFA
8 6 (3.77%) MCP
9 5 (3.14%) CCVP
9 5 (3.14%) CISM
9 5 (3.14%) CISSP
10 4 (2.52%) PMI Certification
10 4 (2.52%) PMP
11 3 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.26%) GDPR
3 2 (1.26%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.26%) PMO
4 1 (0.63%) COBIT
4 1 (0.63%) ISO27002
4 1 (0.63%) QA
4 1 (0.63%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (10.06%) Active Directory
2 5 (3.14%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.26%) XenApp
4 1 (0.63%) Firmware
4 1 (0.63%) NFS
4 1 (0.63%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.63%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 12 (7.55%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 5 (3.14%) FortiGate
3 4 (2.52%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 4 (2.52%) Nexpose
4 2 (1.26%) SCOM
5 1 (0.63%) OpenView
5 1 (0.63%) OPNET
5 1 (0.63%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 77 (48.43%) Cisco
2 51 (32.08%) CheckPoint
3 36 (22.64%) Juniper
4 31 (19.50%) F5
5 22 (13.84%) Fortinet
6 18 (11.32%) VMware
7 17 (10.69%) Aruba
8 15 (9.43%) Microsoft
9 14 (8.81%) Blue Coat
9 14 (8.81%) Intel Security
10 9 (5.66%) Palo Alto
11 8 (5.03%) Oracle
12 7 (4.40%) Riverbed
13 6 (3.77%) HP
13 6 (3.77%) Nokia
14 5 (3.14%) Citrix
14 5 (3.14%) SolarWinds
15 4 (2.52%) IBM
15 4 (2.52%) LogRhythm
15 4 (2.52%) Symantec
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