Period
to 23 February 2018

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 23 February 2018 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 45 56 88
Rank change year-on-year +11 +32 -26
Contract jobs citing Firewall 179 172 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.75% 3.27% 1.94%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.83% 24.33% 16.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 93 67
West Midlands median daily rate £435 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.00% +7.14% -9.68%
10th Percentile £261 £264 £170
90th Percentile £530 £540 £475
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £50.00 £25.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% +38.89% +20.00%
England median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year +18.75% -8.05% -8.42%

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 721 707 590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.09% 13.43% 11.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 366 287
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £391 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.15% +11.79% -
10th Percentile £164 £201 £181
90th Percentile £525 £540 £502
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 28 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.17 £15.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +101.12% -16.67% -30.77%
10th Percentile £12.13 £9.83 £10.55
90th Percentile £44.20 £38.00 £41.75
England median hourly rate £20.04 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.79% -2.27% +10.00%

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 23 February 2018.

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 23 February 2018.

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 23 February 2018. 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 0 52 £350 -3.45% 24
Shropshire -2 46 £475 +26.67% 1
Warwickshire +6 23 £475 - 4
Solihull +1 13 £375 -25.00% 3
Coventry +7 9 £413 -17.50% 5
Worcestershire +5 6 £230 +2.22% 4
Dudley - 5 £350 - 1
West Bromwich - 3 £175 -
Wolverhampton - 2 - - 2
Staffordshire +5 1 £365 -23.16% 4
Walsall - 1 - -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 2018, 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.

1 108 (60.34%) Cisco
2 84 (46.93%) WAN
3 76 (42.46%) CheckPoint
4 69 (38.55%) Cisco Certification
5 67 (37.43%) VPN
6 64 (35.75%) Fortinet
7 63 (35.20%) Microsoft Azure
8 60 (33.52%) Amazon AWS
9 59 (32.96%) Network Design
10 58 (32.40%) Wireless
11 51 (28.49%) CCNP
12 48 (26.82%) Oracle
13 46 (25.70%) WAN Optimisation
14 45 (25.14%) LAN
14 45 (25.14%) McAfee
15 44 (24.58%) Data Centre
16 40 (22.35%) FortiGate
16 40 (22.35%) Cisco ASA
16 40 (22.35%) Windows
17 38 (21.23%) MPLS
17 38 (21.23%) F5
18 36 (20.11%) Aruba
19 35 (19.55%) ITIL
20 33 (18.44%) Information Security
21 31 (17.32%) Security Cleared
22 30 (16.76%) CCNA
22 30 (16.76%) SIEM
23 28 (15.64%) VLAN
24 27 (15.08%) Network Security
24 27 (15.08%) SC Cleared

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 9 (5.03%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (1.68%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.56%) Apache
3 1 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 63 (35.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 60 (33.52%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (2.79%) Office 365
4 3 (1.68%) PaaS
5 2 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.12%) GitHub
5 2 (1.12%) SaaS
6 1 (0.56%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 84 (46.93%) WAN
2 67 (37.43%) VPN
3 58 (32.40%) Wireless
4 45 (25.14%) LAN
5 40 (22.35%) Cisco ASA
6 38 (21.23%) MPLS
7 28 (15.64%) VLAN
8 27 (15.08%) Network Security
9 23 (12.85%) Internet
10 20 (11.17%) Intrusion Detection
11 19 (10.61%) SNMP
12 17 (9.50%) DHCP
13 13 (7.26%) SAN
14 12 (6.70%) DNS
15 11 (6.15%) BGP
15 11 (6.15%) Cisco Nexus
15 11 (6.15%) OSPF
16 10 (5.59%) HSRP
17 8 (4.47%) VoIP
18 5 (2.79%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.03%) Oracle Reports
1 9 (5.03%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.23%) MySQL
2 4 (2.23%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.12%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.12%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (1.12%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.56%) Metasploit
General
1 15 (8.38%) Finance
2 4 (2.23%) Automotive
2 4 (2.23%) Legal
2 4 (2.23%) Manufacturing
2 4 (2.23%) Retail
3 2 (1.12%) Back Office
3 2 (1.12%) Banking
3 2 (1.12%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 88 (49.16%) Network Engineer
2 33 (18.44%) Architect
3 32 (17.88%) Implementation Engineer
3 32 (17.88%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 31 (17.32%) Cisco Engineer
4 31 (17.32%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 29 (16.20%) Design Engineer
5 29 (16.20%) Network Design Engineer
6 25 (13.97%) Firewall Engineer
7 21 (11.73%) Cloud Engineer
8 20 (11.17%) Security Architect
9 18 (10.06%) Cisco Design Engineer
10 14 (7.82%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
11 12 (6.70%) Security Engineer
11 12 (6.70%) Senior Network Engineer
11 12 (6.70%) Support Engineer
12 11 (6.15%) Network Support
13 10 (5.59%) Analyst
13 10 (5.59%) Network Support Engineer
13 10 (5.59%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.68%) OAuth
1 3 (1.68%) OAuth2
1 3 (1.68%) WAP
2 2 (1.12%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.12%) JSON
2 2 (1.12%) Middleware
3 1 (0.56%) LAMP
3 1 (0.56%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 44 (24.58%) Data Centre
2 23 (12.85%) Management Information System
3 11 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.59%) PKI
5 5 (2.79%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.23%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.68%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.12%) Cyberattack
8 2 (1.12%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.12%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.12%) SCADA
8 2 (1.12%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.56%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.56%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Cloud
9 1 (0.56%) FMCG
9 1 (0.56%) Interactive TV
9 1 (0.56%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 40 (22.35%) Windows
2 19 (10.61%) Unix
3 15 (8.38%) Linux
3 15 (8.38%) Windows Server
4 5 (2.79%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.23%) Windows 8
6 3 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.12%) Windows 10
7 2 (1.12%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.12%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.56%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (32.96%) Network Design
2 46 (25.70%) WAN Optimisation
3 35 (19.55%) ITIL
4 33 (18.44%) Information Security
5 30 (16.76%) SIEM
6 22 (12.29%) Security Architecture
7 20 (11.17%) Identity Management
8 19 (10.61%) Cybersecurity
9 18 (10.06%) Load Balancing
9 18 (10.06%) Network Load Balancing
9 18 (10.06%) Network Packet Analysis
10 17 (9.50%) Data Loss Prevention
10 17 (9.50%) Data Protection
11 14 (7.82%) Risk Management
12 13 (7.26%) Coaching
12 13 (7.26%) Information Governance
12 13 (7.26%) ITIL V3
13 12 (6.70%) Service Delivery
14 11 (6.15%) Problem Management
14 11 (6.15%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 18 (10.06%) PowerShell
2 14 (7.82%) Python
3 12 (6.70%) Perl
4 6 (3.35%) SQL
5 2 (1.12%) C
5 2 (1.12%) Go
5 2 (1.12%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 69 (38.55%) Cisco Certification
2 51 (28.49%) CCNP
3 31 (17.32%) Security Cleared
4 30 (16.76%) CCNA
5 27 (15.08%) SC Cleared
6 26 (14.53%) CCIE
6 26 (14.53%) CISSP
7 16 (8.94%) Degree
8 11 (6.15%) SANS
9 7 (3.91%) Check Point Certification
9 7 (3.91%) CISM
10 5 (2.79%) CEH
11 3 (1.68%) DV Cleared
12 2 (1.12%) CCIE Security
12 2 (1.12%) CCSA
12 2 (1.12%) GCIA
12 2 (1.12%) GIAC
12 2 (1.12%) MCITP
12 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (11.17%) GDPR
2 4 (2.23%) SLA
3 2 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.56%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.56%) NIST 800
4 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.56%) PMO
4 1 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 17 (9.50%) Active Directory
2 13 (7.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.79%) vSphere
3 5 (2.79%) XenApp
4 4 (2.23%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.23%) XenDesktop
5 3 (1.68%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (1.68%) XenServer
6 2 (1.12%) Docker
6 2 (1.12%) KVM
6 2 (1.12%) Snort
6 2 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.56%) iptables
7 1 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.56%) Postfix
7 1 (0.56%) Samba
7 1 (0.56%) Squid
Systems Management
1 40 (22.35%) FortiGate
2 4 (2.23%) Ansible
2 4 (2.23%) Norton AntiVirus
2 4 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (1.68%) vCenter Server
4 2 (1.12%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (1.12%) Cisco UCCX
4 2 (1.12%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.12%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (1.12%) Packer
4 2 (1.12%) Puppet
4 2 (1.12%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.12%) Terraform
5 1 (0.56%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.56%) Nessus
5 1 (0.56%) Nmap
5 1 (0.56%) SCCM
5 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 108 (60.34%) Cisco
2 76 (42.46%) CheckPoint
3 64 (35.75%) Fortinet
4 48 (26.82%) Oracle
5 45 (25.14%) McAfee
6 38 (21.23%) F5
7 36 (20.11%) Aruba
8 26 (14.53%) Nokia
9 20 (11.17%) Blue Coat
9 20 (11.17%) HP
10 19 (10.61%) Juniper
11 18 (10.06%) BMC
11 18 (10.06%) IBM
11 18 (10.06%) VMware
12 15 (8.38%) Microsoft
13 10 (5.59%) Citrix
14 6 (3.35%) Capita
15 5 (2.79%) Radware
16 4 (2.23%) SolarWinds
16 4 (2.23%) Symantec