Period
to 13 August 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 13 August 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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 35 44 55
Rank change year-on-year +9 +11 -1
Contract jobs citing Firewall 78 177 174
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 5.14% 4.04% 3.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 30.83% 29.06% 25.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 106 125
Median daily rate £550 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +46.67% -6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £400 £210 £254
90th Percentile £675 £570 £530
England median daily rate £450 £425 £435
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.30% +6.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 5
Median hourly rate £46.40 £12.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +286.67% -20.00% +30.43%
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £36.28
% change year-on-year - -3.51% +45.92%

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 253 609 681
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.68% 13.90% 13.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 333 395
Median daily rate £425 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% -2.50% +3.23%
10th Percentile £221 £200 £206
90th Percentile £638 £593 £550
England median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 21 53
Median hourly rate £35.00 £16.50 £17.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +112.12% -4.82% +8.34%
10th Percentile £15.24 £12.00 £11.64
90th Percentile £47.36 £47.50 £30.80
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +48.94% +17.50% +10.50%

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 13 August 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 13 August 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 +11 21 £550 +46.67% 10
Solihull +12 14 £425 +6.25% 1
Warwickshire +21 12 £550 +18.92% 1
Coventry +17 5 £400 +23.08% 3
Worcestershire +13 3 £343 +8.73% 4
Staffordshire +12 2 - - 4
Herefordshire -10 2 £550 - 1
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 13 August 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 42 (53.85%) Cisco
2 32 (41.03%) Juniper
3 30 (38.46%) Microsoft
4 28 (35.90%) Linux
4 28 (35.90%) Security Cleared
5 26 (33.33%) VPN
6 24 (30.77%) WAN
7 23 (29.49%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (28.21%) Azure
8 22 (28.21%) Cisco Nexus
9 21 (26.92%) BGP
9 21 (26.92%) Python
10 20 (25.64%) LAN
11 18 (23.08%) OSPF
12 17 (21.79%) Dell
12 17 (21.79%) VoIP
12 17 (21.79%) CCNA
12 17 (21.79%) Splunk
13 16 (20.51%) DMVPN
13 16 (20.51%) Cisco ISE
13 16 (20.51%) SolarWinds
13 16 (20.51%) CCDP
13 16 (20.51%) CCNP
13 16 (20.51%) EIGRP
14 15 (19.23%) Active Directory
14 15 (19.23%) CheckPoint
14 15 (19.23%) Oracle
14 15 (19.23%) Information Security
14 15 (19.23%) DV Cleared
15 13 (16.67%) Network Design

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 (6.41%) WebLogic
2 3 (3.85%) Confluence
2 3 (3.85%) Oracle Application Server
3 2 (2.56%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 11 (14.10%) Sentinel
2 2 (2.56%) Oracle Payroll
2 2 (2.56%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 22 (28.21%) Azure
2 13 (16.67%) Office 365
3 9 (11.54%) AWS
4 6 (7.69%) GCP
4 6 (7.69%) IaaS
4 6 (7.69%) PaaS
4 6 (7.69%) SaaS
5 2 (2.56%) Power Automate
5 2 (2.56%) Yammer
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon EKS
6 1 (1.28%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.28%) Serverless
6 1 (1.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (33.33%) VPN
2 24 (30.77%) WAN
3 22 (28.21%) Cisco Nexus
4 21 (26.92%) BGP
5 20 (25.64%) LAN
6 18 (23.08%) OSPF
7 17 (21.79%) VoIP
8 16 (20.51%) Cisco ISE
8 16 (20.51%) DMVPN
8 16 (20.51%) EIGRP
9 10 (12.82%) IPsec
10 8 (10.26%) Network Security
11 7 (8.97%) Wireless
12 6 (7.69%) MPLS
13 4 (5.13%) Junos
13 4 (5.13%) Skype
14 3 (3.85%) DNS
14 3 (3.85%) Intrusion Detection
14 3 (3.85%) TCP/IP
15 2 (2.56%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.97%) Oracle Database
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle Database 10g
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle Database 11g
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (1.28%) Amazon Aurora
3 1 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.28%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (3.85%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.85%) JIRA
General
1 6 (7.69%) Finance
2 5 (6.41%) Public Sector
3 3 (3.85%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.56%) Banking
4 2 (2.56%) Electronics
4 2 (2.56%) Marketing
4 2 (2.56%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.28%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.28%) Law
5 1 (1.28%) Legal
5 1 (1.28%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (41.03%) Network Engineer
2 13 (16.67%) Analyst
3 12 (15.38%) Security Analyst
4 11 (14.10%) Architect
5 10 (12.82%) Design Engineer
6 9 (11.54%) Network Design Engineer
7 7 (8.97%) Network Architect
8 6 (7.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 6 (7.69%) 2nd Line Network Engineer
8 6 (7.69%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
8 6 (7.69%) Network Support
8 6 (7.69%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (7.69%) Operations Analyst
8 6 (7.69%) Security Operations Analyst
8 6 (7.69%) Support Engineer
9 5 (6.41%) DBA
9 5 (6.41%) Information Analyst
9 5 (6.41%) Information Security Analyst
9 5 (6.41%) NOC Engineer
9 5 (6.41%) Oracle DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.85%) Middleware
1 3 (3.85%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (2.56%) Microsoft Graph
2 2 (2.56%) Web Services
3 1 (1.28%) .NET
3 1 (1.28%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.28%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.28%) RESTful
3 1 (1.28%) SAML
3 1 (1.28%) SOAP
3 1 (1.28%) Velocity
3 1 (1.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.38%) Cyberthreat
2 10 (12.82%) Management Information System
3 9 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (7.69%) PKI
5 5 (6.41%) Data Centre
6 4 (5.13%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (3.85%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (3.85%) Wiki
8 2 (2.56%) Social Media
9 1 (1.28%) CMDB
9 1 (1.28%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (1.28%) Cyberattack
9 1 (1.28%) Derivative
9 1 (1.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (1.28%) Fat Client
9 1 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (1.28%) NHS
9 1 (1.28%) Public Cloud
9 1 (1.28%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 28 (35.90%) Linux
2 10 (12.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 8 (10.26%) Windows
4 5 (6.41%) Solaris
5 3 (3.85%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.85%) Windows Server
6 2 (2.56%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.28%) CentOS
7 1 (1.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (19.23%) Information Security
2 13 (16.67%) Kalman Filter
2 13 (16.67%) Network Design
3 12 (15.38%) Cyber Intelligence
3 12 (15.38%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
3 12 (15.38%) Email Filtering
3 12 (15.38%) Penetration Testing
3 12 (15.38%) Threat Intelligence
4 10 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (12.82%) High Availability
4 10 (12.82%) MODAF
5 9 (11.54%) Security Operations
6 8 (10.26%) Decision-Making
6 8 (10.26%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (10.26%) Vulnerability Management
6 8 (10.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 7 (8.97%) Cryptography
7 7 (8.97%) Ethical Hacking
7 7 (8.97%) Migration
7 7 (8.97%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (26.92%) Python
2 11 (14.10%) Bash Shell
3 7 (8.97%) SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (35.90%) Security Cleared
2 23 (29.49%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (21.79%) CCNA
4 16 (20.51%) CCDP
4 16 (20.51%) CCNP
5 15 (19.23%) DV Cleared
6 13 (16.67%) CISSP
7 12 (15.38%) CCIE
7 12 (15.38%) Degree
8 11 (14.10%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 9 (11.54%) GIAC
10 6 (7.69%) CCDA
11 5 (6.41%) CCDE
12 4 (5.13%) JNCIA
12 4 (5.13%) SC Cleared
13 3 (3.85%) CCSA
13 3 (3.85%) CEH
14 2 (2.56%) Check Point Certification
15 1 (1.28%) AWS Certification
15 1 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.41%) SLA
2 3 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.28%) GDPR
System Software
1 15 (19.23%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle RAC
3 3 (3.85%) Docker
4 2 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.56%) VMware NSX
5 1 (1.28%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.28%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (1.28%) XenApp
5 1 (1.28%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (16.67%) Microsoft Intune
2 5 (6.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (3.85%) Control-M
4 2 (2.56%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (1.28%) Data Guard
5 1 (1.28%) FortiGate
5 1 (1.28%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.28%) Terraform
Vendors
1 42 (53.85%) Cisco
2 32 (41.03%) Juniper
3 30 (38.46%) Microsoft
4 17 (21.79%) Dell
4 17 (21.79%) Splunk
5 16 (20.51%) SolarWinds
6 15 (19.23%) CheckPoint
6 15 (19.23%) Oracle
7 12 (15.38%) Red Hat
8 10 (12.82%) F5
9 9 (11.54%) Meraki
10 8 (10.26%) Qualys
11 5 (6.41%) CommVault
11 5 (6.41%) Google
11 5 (6.41%) VMware
12 4 (5.13%) SAP
13 3 (3.85%) Citrix
13 3 (3.85%) Palo Alto
14 2 (2.56%) HP
15 1 (1.28%) Wyse