Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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.

Firewall
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 51 66
Rank change year-on-year +1 +15 -14
Contract jobs citing Firewall 175 214 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.62% 3.45% 2.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 22.21% 25.15% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 112 78
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £394 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.59% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £252 £268 £236
90th Percentile £488 £550 £494
England median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.41 £45.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.77% +200.00% -30.23%
10th Percentile £12.93 £18.90 £13.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.30 £17.60
England median hourly rate £25.50 £25.00 £22.18
% change year-on-year +2.00% +12.74% -4.11%

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 788 851 589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.29% 13.73% 12.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 443 294
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £161 £190 £213
90th Percentile £501 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 63
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.38 £10.78
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.55 £40.71
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.59 £20.55
% change year-on-year -20.73% +14.79% +2.75%

Firewall
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Firewall as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 22 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 22 November 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
Birmingham +2 57 £358 -6.23% 11
Shropshire -9 32 £440 +13.55% 4
Warwickshire +10 18 £325 -21.69% 1
Dudley +4 12 £350 +250.00%
Worcestershire +7 9 £171 -51.07% 3
Solihull 0 9 £363 - 3
Staffordshire +8 7 £388 +19.23% 1
Wolverhampton - 5 £300 -
Coventry +11 3 £463 +2.78% 6
West Bromwich +4 3 £175 -
Walsall - 1 - -
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 122 (69.71%) Cisco
2 82 (46.86%) VPN
3 79 (45.14%) WAN
4 69 (39.43%) Cisco Certification
5 56 (32.00%) CheckPoint
6 52 (29.71%) Fortinet
7 51 (29.14%) Cisco ASA
8 50 (28.57%) CCNP
9 49 (28.00%) LAN
10 48 (27.43%) Wireless
11 43 (24.57%) Data Centre
12 41 (23.43%) Microsoft Azure
13 40 (22.86%) Amazon AWS
14 39 (22.29%) Windows
14 39 (22.29%) Network Design
15 37 (21.14%) MPLS
15 37 (21.14%) WAN Optimisation
16 34 (19.43%) CCIE
17 31 (17.71%) Active Directory
17 31 (17.71%) VMware
17 31 (17.71%) F5
18 30 (17.14%) DHCP
18 30 (17.14%) McAfee
19 27 (15.43%) FortiGate
20 26 (14.86%) Cisco Nexus
20 26 (14.86%) Oracle
21 25 (14.29%) Microsoft
21 25 (14.29%) Juniper
22 23 (13.14%) Windows Server
22 23 (13.14%) Network Security

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 15 (8.57%) MS Exchange
2 6 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (2.29%) Apache
4 3 (1.71%) Oracle Workflow
4 3 (1.71%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.57%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (2.29%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.71%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 41 (23.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (22.86%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (5.14%) Office 365
4 3 (1.71%) Akamai
4 3 (1.71%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (1.71%) SaaS
5 2 (1.14%) GitHub
6 1 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.57%) IaaS
6 1 (0.57%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 82 (46.86%) VPN
2 79 (45.14%) WAN
3 51 (29.14%) Cisco ASA
4 49 (28.00%) LAN
5 48 (27.43%) Wireless
6 37 (21.14%) MPLS
7 30 (17.14%) DHCP
8 26 (14.86%) Cisco Nexus
9 23 (13.14%) Network Security
10 22 (12.57%) DNS
11 19 (10.86%) Internet
11 19 (10.86%) Intrusion Detection
12 18 (10.29%) VLAN
13 15 (8.57%) VoIP
13 15 (8.57%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (6.86%) OSPF
15 11 (6.29%) BGP
15 11 (6.29%) Cisco IOS
15 11 (6.29%) HSRP
16 10 (5.71%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.29%) MySQL
3 2 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.14%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.14%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 4 (2.29%) Metasploit
2 3 (1.71%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 15 (8.57%) Finance
2 9 (5.14%) Retail
3 7 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.57%) Advertising
4 1 (0.57%) Back Office
4 1 (0.57%) Banking
Job Titles
1 83 (47.43%) Network Engineer
2 29 (16.57%) Cisco Engineer
2 29 (16.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 24 (13.71%) Implementation Engineer
3 24 (13.71%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 21 (12.00%) Architect
5 18 (10.29%) Firewall Engineer
6 17 (9.71%) Design Engineer
6 17 (9.71%) Network Design Engineer
7 12 (6.86%) Analyst
7 12 (6.86%) Senior Network Engineer
8 11 (6.29%) Cloud Engineer
8 11 (6.29%) Network Architect
9 10 (5.71%) Cisco Design Engineer
10 9 (5.14%) Network Support
10 9 (5.14%) Technical Specialist
11 8 (4.57%) Consultant
11 8 (4.57%) Network Specialist
11 8 (4.57%) Security Engineer
11 8 (4.57%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.86%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.29%) LAMP
3 1 (0.57%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.57%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 43 (24.57%) Data Centre
2 17 (9.71%) Management Information System
3 13 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.71%) PKI
5 6 (3.43%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.29%) Cyber Attack
6 4 (2.29%) FMCG
7 2 (1.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.14%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.14%) SCADA
7 2 (1.14%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.57%) Interactive TV
8 1 (0.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 39 (22.29%) Windows
2 23 (13.14%) Windows Server
3 15 (8.57%) Linux
4 14 (8.00%) Unix
5 7 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (3.43%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.29%) Windows 8
7 4 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (1.14%) Android
8 2 (1.14%) Windows 10
8 2 (1.14%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.14%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (22.29%) Network Design
2 37 (21.14%) WAN Optimisation
3 23 (13.14%) ITIL
4 19 (10.86%) Service Delivery
5 18 (10.29%) Load Balancing
6 15 (8.57%) Problem Management
7 14 (8.00%) Network Management
7 14 (8.00%) Validation
8 13 (7.43%) Coaching
9 12 (6.86%) Network Load Balancing
9 12 (6.86%) Network Packet Analysis
9 12 (6.86%) Open Source
9 12 (6.86%) Performance Metrics
9 12 (6.86%) Statistics
10 11 (6.29%) ITIL V3
10 11 (6.29%) Migration
10 11 (6.29%) Security Management
10 11 (6.29%) Service Management
11 10 (5.71%) Service Design
12 9 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.14%) SQL
2 5 (2.86%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.14%) Go
3 2 (1.14%) Python
3 2 (1.14%) Ruby
4 1 (0.57%) C
Qualifications
1 69 (39.43%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (28.57%) CCNP
3 34 (19.43%) CCIE
4 21 (12.00%) Security Cleared
5 17 (9.71%) SC Cleared
6 15 (8.57%) CCNA
7 10 (5.71%) Degree
8 8 (4.57%) CISSP
9 6 (3.43%) Check Point Certification
10 5 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (2.29%) PMI Certification
11 4 (2.29%) PMP
12 3 (1.71%) DV Cleared
13 2 (1.14%) CCIE Security
13 2 (1.14%) CISM
13 2 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (1.14%) GCIA
13 2 (1.14%) GIAC
13 2 (1.14%) GSEC
13 2 (1.14%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.14%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.57%) PMO
2 1 (0.57%) QA
System Software
1 31 (17.71%) Active Directory
2 17 (9.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.43%) VMware ESXi
3 6 (3.43%) XenApp
4 4 (2.29%) iptables
4 4 (2.29%) Postfix
4 4 (2.29%) Samba
4 4 (2.29%) Squid
4 4 (2.29%) vSphere
4 4 (2.29%) XenDesktop
5 3 (1.71%) Firmware
5 3 (1.71%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.71%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (1.14%) Snort
7 1 (0.57%) Docker
7 1 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.57%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.57%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 27 (15.43%) FortiGate
2 4 (2.29%) Cisco UCCX
2 4 (2.29%) Nessus
2 4 (2.29%) Nmap
2 4 (2.29%) Norton AntiVirus
2 4 (2.29%) SCOM
3 3 (1.71%) Nagios
3 3 (1.71%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.14%) Ansible
4 2 (1.14%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (1.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.14%) SCCM
4 2 (1.14%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.14%) Terraform
5 1 (0.57%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.57%) logstash
5 1 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.57%) Puppet
Vendors
1 122 (69.71%) Cisco
2 56 (32.00%) CheckPoint
3 52 (29.71%) Fortinet
4 31 (17.71%) F5
4 31 (17.71%) VMware
5 30 (17.14%) McAfee
6 26 (14.86%) Oracle
7 25 (14.29%) Juniper
7 25 (14.29%) Microsoft
8 18 (10.29%) Nokia
9 17 (9.71%) HP
10 16 (9.14%) Citrix
11 14 (8.00%) Aruba
11 14 (8.00%) Blue Coat
12 13 (7.43%) IBM
12 13 (7.43%) Palo Alto
13 12 (6.86%) BMC
14 10 (5.71%) SolarWinds
15 5 (2.86%) Mitel
15 5 (2.86%) Sophos