Period
to 18 November 2019

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 18 November 2019 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
18 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 42 62 53
Rank change year-on-year +20 -9 +5
Contract jobs citing Firewall 172 180 173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.44% 3.55% 3.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 28.34% 28.39% 22.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 129 140
West Midlands median daily rate £371 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.00% -3.23% -
10th Percentile £221 £242 £257
90th Percentile £570 £520 £488
England median daily rate £425 £425 £401
% change year-on-year - +6.12% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.00 £17.00 £15.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +10.35% -65.77%
England median hourly rate £44.25 £37.55 £25.50
% change year-on-year +17.84% +47.25% +2.00%

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 607 634 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.67% 12.51% 15.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 372 448
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.90% +5.33% -3.23%
10th Percentile £209 £182 £161
90th Percentile £583 £537 £500
England median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 36 46
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £22.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% -22.19% +5.84%
10th Percentile £12.35 £10.84 £10.63
90th Percentile £47.88 £33.00 £44.50
England median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +25.60% +6.95% -16.89%

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 18 November 2019.

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 18 November 2019.

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 18 November 2019. 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 +3 59 £388 +7.64% 22
Shropshire +49 33 £500 +5.26% 2
Coventry +12 22 £325 -27.78% 9
Dudley -3 10 £300 - 1
Solihull -4 10 £350 -17.65% 10
Worcestershire +8 8 £525 +40.00% 3
Staffordshire +7 5 £370 +2.78% 11
Warwickshire -8 5 £506 -1.22% 10
Herefordshire +11 4 £400 - 5
Stourbridge - 1 £350 -
Walsall - 1 - -
Halesowen - 1 - -
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 2019, 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 88 (51.16%) Cisco
2 63 (36.63%) WAN
3 59 (34.30%) VPN
4 55 (31.98%) LAN
5 39 (22.67%) Cisco Certification
6 38 (22.09%) Data Centre
7 36 (20.93%) VMware
8 35 (20.35%) Windows
8 35 (20.35%) Linux
9 31 (18.02%) Security Cleared
10 29 (16.86%) AWS
10 29 (16.86%) Internet
11 28 (16.28%) CheckPoint
11 28 (16.28%) Juniper
11 28 (16.28%) CCNP
11 28 (16.28%) Active Directory
12 25 (14.53%) Cisco ASA
13 24 (13.95%) Microsoft
13 24 (13.95%) DNS
13 24 (13.95%) TCP/IP
13 24 (13.95%) Fortinet
14 22 (12.79%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (12.79%) SC Cleared
15 21 (12.21%) Palo Alto
15 21 (12.21%) Windows Server
15 21 (12.21%) VLAN
16 20 (11.63%) Load Balancing
16 20 (11.63%) Wireless
16 20 (11.63%) Migration
16 20 (11.63%) BGP

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 10 (5.81%) MS Exchange
2 8 (4.65%) Apache
3 6 (3.49%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.74%) SAS
6 1 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.58%) IIS
6 1 (0.58%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.58%) Zimbra
Applications
1 4 (2.33%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.58%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 29 (16.86%) AWS
2 15 (8.72%) Azure
3 10 (5.81%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (5.23%) Office 365
5 7 (4.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 7 (4.07%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (4.07%) Amazon S3
5 7 (4.07%) CloudFront
5 7 (4.07%) Route 53
5 7 (4.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (2.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (2.91%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 5 (2.91%) OneDrive
7 4 (2.33%) Mimecast
8 2 (1.16%) G Suite
8 2 (1.16%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 63 (36.63%) WAN
2 59 (34.30%) VPN
3 55 (31.98%) LAN
4 29 (16.86%) Internet
5 25 (14.53%) Cisco ASA
6 24 (13.95%) DNS
6 24 (13.95%) TCP/IP
7 21 (12.21%) VLAN
8 20 (11.63%) BGP
8 20 (11.63%) Wireless
9 19 (11.05%) OSPF
10 16 (9.30%) DHCP
10 16 (9.30%) MPLS
11 15 (8.72%) VoIP
12 14 (8.14%) NetScaler
13 13 (7.56%) IPsec
14 12 (6.98%) Network Security
15 10 (5.81%) Cisco IOS
15 10 (5.81%) Unified Communications
15 10 (5.81%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.81%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.07%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (4.07%) MySQL
3 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (5.81%) Vagrant
2 7 (4.07%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (6.98%) Finance
2 8 (4.65%) Public Sector
3 5 (2.91%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.74%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.74%) German Language
4 3 (1.74%) Legal
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.16%) Retail
6 1 (0.58%) Back Office
6 1 (0.58%) Local Government
6 1 (0.58%) Military
Job Titles
1 61 (35.47%) Network Engineer
2 17 (9.88%) Analyst
3 16 (9.30%) Cisco Engineer
4 15 (8.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 15 (8.72%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 14 (8.14%) Architect
6 13 (7.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 13 (7.56%) Support Engineer
7 11 (6.40%) Cloud Engineer
8 10 (5.81%) Design Engineer
8 10 (5.81%) Network Design Engineer
9 9 (5.23%) Migration Engineer
9 9 (5.23%) Platform Engineer
10 8 (4.65%) Firewall Engineer
10 8 (4.65%) Network Support
10 8 (4.65%) Network Support Engineer
11 7 (4.07%) Project Manager
12 6 (3.49%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 6 (3.49%) LAN Engineer
12 6 (3.49%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.07%) LAMP
1 7 (4.07%) LEMP Stack
1 7 (4.07%) RabbitMQ
2 2 (1.16%) JSON
3 1 (0.58%) HTML
3 1 (0.58%) Middleware
3 1 (0.58%) Web Services
3 1 (0.58%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 38 (22.09%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.40%) Public Cloud
3 7 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (2.91%) Client/Server
4 5 (2.91%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.33%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.33%) PKI
5 4 (2.33%) Private Cloud
6 3 (1.74%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (1.74%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.74%) MPEG
7 1 (0.58%) Clustering
7 1 (0.58%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.58%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.58%) Replication
7 1 (0.58%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (0.58%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.58%) TM Forum
Operating Systems
1 35 (20.35%) Linux
1 35 (20.35%) Windows
2 21 (12.21%) Windows Server
3 17 (9.88%) CentOS
3 17 (9.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 11 (6.40%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (5.81%) Ubuntu
6 9 (5.23%) Unix
7 6 (3.49%) FreeBSD
8 5 (2.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (2.33%) Windows 10
10 3 (1.74%) VMS
11 2 (1.16%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.58%) Solaris
12 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.58%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (11.63%) Load Balancing
1 20 (11.63%) Migration
2 18 (10.47%) Disaster Recovery
3 17 (9.88%) DevOps
3 17 (9.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 17 (9.88%) Network Design
4 13 (7.56%) Software Engineering
5 12 (6.98%) Infrastructure as Code
6 10 (5.81%) Configuration Management
6 10 (5.81%) ITIL
7 9 (5.23%) BCP
7 9 (5.23%) Change Management
7 9 (5.23%) Data Centre Operations
7 9 (5.23%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (4.65%) Service Delivery
9 7 (4.07%) Business Continuity
9 7 (4.07%) Cybersecurity
9 7 (4.07%) Penetration Testing
9 7 (4.07%) Runbook
9 7 (4.07%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (9.88%) Bash Shell
2 12 (6.98%) PowerShell
2 12 (6.98%) Python
3 10 (5.81%) Ruby
4 7 (4.07%) PHP
5 6 (3.49%) SQL
6 4 (2.33%) C
7 3 (1.74%) C++
7 3 (1.74%) Java
8 1 (0.58%) Perl
Qualifications
1 39 (22.67%) Cisco Certification
2 31 (18.02%) Security Cleared
3 28 (16.28%) CCNP
4 22 (12.79%) SC Cleared
5 17 (9.88%) CCNA
6 14 (8.14%) CCIE
7 8 (4.65%) CCDP
8 7 (4.07%) Degree
9 6 (3.49%) CISSP
9 6 (3.49%) DV Cleared
10 5 (2.91%) JNCIA
11 4 (2.33%) JNCIE
12 3 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (1.16%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 2 (1.16%) CCSP
13 2 (1.16%) MCSE
13 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (1.16%) SANS
14 1 (0.58%) HNC
14 1 (0.58%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.33%) Cyber Essentials
1 4 (2.33%) NIST
2 3 (1.74%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.16%) SLA
4 1 (0.58%) GDPR
4 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.58%) JSP 440
System Software
1 28 (16.28%) Active Directory
2 22 (12.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (8.72%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (6.40%) XenApp
5 10 (5.81%) Hyper-V
5 10 (5.81%) vSphere
6 3 (1.74%) LXC
7 2 (1.16%) Forefront TMG
7 2 (1.16%) ISA Server
7 2 (1.16%) Squid
8 1 (0.58%) Firmware
8 1 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.58%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.58%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.58%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (9.30%) FortiGate
2 10 (5.81%) Consul
2 10 (5.81%) Packer
2 10 (5.81%) Puppet
2 10 (5.81%) Terraform
3 9 (5.23%) Ansible
4 7 (4.07%) HAProxy
4 7 (4.07%) HP ALM
5 5 (2.91%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.33%) AirWatch
7 3 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.16%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.58%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 1 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.58%) QRadar
9 1 (0.58%) SCCM
9 1 (0.58%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.58%) WSUS
Vendors
1 88 (51.16%) Cisco
2 36 (20.93%) VMware
3 28 (16.28%) CheckPoint
3 28 (16.28%) Juniper
4 24 (13.95%) Fortinet
4 24 (13.95%) Microsoft
5 21 (12.21%) Palo Alto
6 17 (9.88%) Aruba
7 16 (9.30%) Citrix
7 16 (9.30%) SolarWinds
8 14 (8.14%) HP
9 13 (7.56%) F5
10 10 (5.81%) Forcepoint
10 10 (5.81%) NetApp
10 10 (5.81%) Red Hat
11 8 (4.65%) Google
12 7 (4.07%) Blue Coat
12 7 (4.07%) Tufin
12 7 (4.07%) Veeam
13 6 (3.49%) Riverbed