Period
to 28 March 2020

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 6 months to 28 March 2020 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.

Firewall
England > West Midlands
6 months to
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 41 73 52
Rank change year-on-year +32 -21 +3
Contract jobs citing Firewall 126 156 175
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.38% 3.14% 3.67%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 26.30% 26.13% 24.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 108 135
Median daily rate £405 £375 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -18.48% +22.67%
10th Percentile £256 £199 £253
90th Percentile £625 £541 £530
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 3
Median hourly rate £17.50 £12.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.83% -76.00% +100.00%
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.01
% change year-on-year - +39.97% +25.03%

Firewall is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following 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 or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 479 597 716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.66% 12.00% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 330 436
Median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - -
10th Percentile £209 £190 £184
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 34 35
Median hourly rate £19.00 £15.33 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.98% -45.27% +86.67%
10th Percentile £12.95 £10.88 £12.90
90th Percentile £49.38 £34.40 £43.75
Median hourly rate £21.13 £18.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year +15.75% -8.75% -6.98%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Firewall as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

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 6 months to 28 March 2020. 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
Birmingham +2 43 £380 +5.56% 15
Coventry +11 10 £406 +25.00% 5
Worcestershire +19 8 £338 +17.29% 8
Herefordshire - 7 £463 -
Staffordshire +9 6 £138 -61.81% 6
Solihull 0 6 - - 5
Dudley - 6 £300 -
Warwickshire -5 3 - - 5
Shropshire +37 2 £325 -32.64% 2
Stourbridge - 1 £350 - 2
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Firewall 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 70 (55.56%) Cisco
2 63 (50.00%) WAN
3 48 (38.10%) LAN
4 47 (37.30%) Cisco Certification
5 45 (35.71%) Juniper
6 41 (32.54%) VPN
6 41 (32.54%) Security Cleared
7 35 (27.78%) Linux
8 34 (26.98%) CCNP
9 32 (25.40%) OSPF
10 30 (23.81%) BGP
11 27 (21.43%) CCNA
11 27 (21.43%) Windows
12 26 (20.63%) Dell
13 25 (19.84%) EIGRP
14 24 (19.05%) Cisco Nexus
15 23 (18.25%) Data Centre
15 23 (18.25%) VMware
15 23 (18.25%) DV Cleared
16 22 (17.46%) SolarWinds
16 22 (17.46%) Python
17 21 (16.67%) VoIP
17 21 (16.67%) DMVPN
17 21 (16.67%) Cisco ISE
18 20 (15.87%) Microsoft
18 20 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
19 19 (15.08%) CCIE
19 19 (15.08%) Splunk
20 18 (14.29%) Oracle
21 17 (13.49%) CheckPoint

Firewall
Co-occurring 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 5 (3.97%) WebLogic
2 4 (3.17%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.38%) Confluence
3 3 (2.38%) Oracle Application Server
4 2 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.79%) Apache
5 1 (0.79%) IIS
5 1 (0.79%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.79%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.79%) Zimbra
Applications
1 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 14 (11.11%) Azure
2 12 (9.52%) AWS
3 5 (3.97%) GCP
3 5 (3.97%) PaaS
3 5 (3.97%) SaaS
4 3 (2.38%) GitHub
4 3 (2.38%) Office 365
4 3 (2.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (1.59%) Amazon EKS
5 2 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.59%) G Suite
5 2 (1.59%) IaaS
6 1 (0.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.79%) Amazon ECS
6 1 (0.79%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.79%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.79%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 63 (50.00%) WAN
2 48 (38.10%) LAN
3 41 (32.54%) VPN
4 32 (25.40%) OSPF
5 30 (23.81%) BGP
6 25 (19.84%) EIGRP
7 24 (19.05%) Cisco Nexus
8 21 (16.67%) Cisco ISE
8 21 (16.67%) DMVPN
8 21 (16.67%) VoIP
9 15 (11.90%) VLAN
10 14 (11.11%) DNS
11 12 (9.52%) DHCP
11 12 (9.52%) MPLS
12 11 (8.73%) Network Security
12 11 (8.73%) Wireless
13 9 (7.14%) Cisco ASA
14 8 (6.35%) IPsec
14 8 (6.35%) NetScaler
15 7 (5.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.97%) Oracle Database
1 5 (3.97%) Oracle Database 10g
1 5 (3.97%) Oracle Database 12c
2 4 (3.17%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (2.38%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.79%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.79%) Big Data
5 1 (0.79%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.79%) MySQL
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (5.56%) Jenkins
2 4 (3.17%) JIRA
2 4 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.79%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (4.76%) Public Sector
2 5 (3.97%) Finance
3 4 (3.17%) Legal
3 4 (3.17%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.38%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.59%) Electronics
5 2 (1.59%) Marketing
6 1 (0.79%) German Language
6 1 (0.79%) Military
6 1 (0.79%) Police
6 1 (0.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 56 (44.44%) Network Engineer
2 10 (7.94%) Analyst
3 9 (7.14%) Firewall Engineer
3 9 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (7.14%) Senior Network Engineer
4 7 (5.56%) Architect
4 7 (5.56%) Cisco Engineer
4 7 (5.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 7 (5.56%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
5 6 (4.76%) Network Design Engineer
5 6 (4.76%) Security Engineer
5 6 (4.76%) Support Engineer
6 5 (3.97%) 2nd Line Network Engineer
6 5 (3.97%) Administrator
6 5 (3.97%) DBA
6 5 (3.97%) Design Engineer
6 5 (3.97%) Network Architect
6 5 (3.97%) Network Manager
6 5 (3.97%) Network Security Engineer
6 5 (3.97%) Oracle DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.17%) Web Services
2 3 (2.38%) Middleware
2 3 (2.38%) Oracle Fusion
3 2 (1.59%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.79%) LAMP
4 1 (0.79%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (18.25%) Data Centre
2 7 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (3.17%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.17%) PKI
4 3 (2.38%) Cyber Defence
4 3 (2.38%) Wiki
5 2 (1.59%) Cyberattack
5 2 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.59%) NHS
6 1 (0.79%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.79%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.79%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 35 (27.78%) Linux
2 27 (21.43%) Windows
3 13 (10.32%) Windows Server
4 8 (6.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (6.35%) Windows 10
5 7 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (3.97%) Solaris
6 5 (3.97%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (3.17%) Ubuntu
7 4 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (2.38%) CentOS
8 3 (2.38%) Windows 7
8 3 (2.38%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (1.59%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.79%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (11.90%) Configuration Management
2 14 (11.11%) Change Management
2 14 (11.11%) Cryptography
2 14 (11.11%) Network Design
3 13 (10.32%) Incident Management
3 13 (10.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 13 (10.32%) Migration
3 13 (10.32%) Service Management
4 12 (9.52%) DevOps
4 12 (9.52%) ITSM
5 11 (8.73%) Knowledge Management
5 11 (8.73%) Problem Management
5 11 (8.73%) Validation
6 10 (7.94%) ITIL
6 10 (7.94%) MODAF
7 9 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (6.35%) CRM
8 8 (6.35%) Cybersecurity
8 8 (6.35%) High Availability
9 7 (5.56%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 22 (17.46%) Python
2 10 (7.94%) SQL
3 5 (3.97%) C
3 5 (3.97%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.79%) C++
4 1 (0.79%) Java
4 1 (0.79%) PHP
Qualifications
1 47 (37.30%) Cisco Certification
2 41 (32.54%) Security Cleared
3 34 (26.98%) CCNP
4 27 (21.43%) CCNA
5 23 (18.25%) DV Cleared
6 19 (15.08%) CCIE
7 14 (11.11%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 12 (9.52%) CCDA
9 11 (8.73%) Degree
10 10 (7.94%) CCDP
10 10 (7.94%) SC Cleared
11 7 (5.56%) CCIE Collaboration
12 5 (3.97%) CCDE
13 4 (3.17%) JNCIA
14 3 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (1.59%) CCIE Security
15 2 (1.59%) MCSE
15 2 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (1.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 1 (0.79%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.14%) SLA
2 3 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.79%) QA
3 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 20 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (13.49%) Active Directory
3 6 (4.76%) Hyper-V
3 6 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (4.76%) vSphere
3 6 (4.76%) XenApp
4 5 (3.97%) Oracle RAC
5 4 (3.17%) Docker
6 2 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.59%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.79%) Firmware
7 1 (0.79%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (0.79%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.79%) LXC
7 1 (0.79%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (5.56%) FortiGate
2 5 (3.97%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (2.38%) Control-M
4 2 (1.59%) Ansible
4 2 (1.59%) Nagios
4 2 (1.59%) Terraform
5 1 (0.79%) HAProxy
5 1 (0.79%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.79%) Puppet
Vendors
1 70 (55.56%) Cisco
2 45 (35.71%) Juniper
3 26 (20.63%) Dell
4 23 (18.25%) VMware
5 22 (17.46%) SolarWinds
6 20 (15.87%) Microsoft
7 19 (15.08%) Splunk
8 18 (14.29%) Oracle
9 17 (13.49%) CheckPoint
9 17 (13.49%) Palo Alto
10 16 (12.70%) Fortinet
11 14 (11.11%) Google
12 11 (8.73%) Tufin
13 9 (7.14%) F5
14 8 (6.35%) Red Hat
15 7 (5.56%) Citrix
15 7 (5.56%) NetApp
16 6 (4.76%) Riverbed
17 5 (3.97%) CommVault
18 4 (3.17%) HP