Period
to 11 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for pfSense skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited pfSense over the 6 months to 11 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

pfSense
UK
6 months to
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 852 938 1097
Rank change year-on-year +86 +159 +98
Permanent jobs citing pfSense 15 6 19
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.006% 0.013%
As % of the System Software category 0.091% 0.035% 0.079%
Number of salaries quoted 15 4 18
10th Percentile £24,750 £33,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £31,250 £34,375 £30,813
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £38,000 £35,000 £53,750
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% -34.88% -2.27%
75th Percentile £57,500 £42,500 £61,563
90th Percentile £59,000 £51,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,000 £35,000 £39,750
% change year-on-year +8.57% -11.95% -30.87%

pfSense is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 16,457 17,180 23,949
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 17.31% 16.33%
Number of salaries quoted 13,037 14,157 19,696
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,750 £25,750
25th Percentile £38,973 £36,250 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.70%

pfSense
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing pfSense as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for pfSense in the UK

pfSense
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing pfSense.

Salary trend for pfSense in the UK

pfSense
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing pfSense over the 6 months to 11 May 2021.

Salary histogram for pfSense in the UK

pfSense
Top 8 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing pfSense within the UK over the 6 months to 11 May 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +84 15 £38,000 +8.57% 2
UK excluding London +68 15 £38,000 +8.57% 1
South East - 6 £35,000 - 1
South West - 6 £55,000 -
East Midlands +5 3 £30,000 -14.29%
Midlands +1 3 £30,000 -14.29%
Work from Home - 2 £44,000 -
West Midlands - 2 £30,000 -

For the 6 months to 11 May 2021, IT jobs citing pfSense also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for pfSense.

1 13 (86.67%) Windows
1 13 (86.67%) Microsoft 365
2 11 (73.33%) Linux
2 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 11 (73.33%) VMware
3 10 (66.67%) Firewall
3 10 (66.67%) Azure
4 9 (60.00%) Docker
4 9 (60.00%) Hyper-V
4 9 (60.00%) Cisco
5 7 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (46.67%) PowerShell
6 6 (40.00%) Project Planning
6 6 (40.00%) Sophos
6 6 (40.00%) Active Directory
6 6 (40.00%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (40.00%) Ansible
6 6 (40.00%) DevOps
6 6 (40.00%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (33.33%) Windows 10
7 5 (33.33%) SaaS
7 5 (33.33%) SQL
8 4 (26.67%) CheckPoint
8 4 (26.67%) VoIP
8 4 (26.67%) Mimecast
8 4 (26.67%) Windows Server
8 4 (26.67%) Social Skills
9 3 (20.00%) Cloudflare
9 3 (20.00%) Server Building
9 3 (20.00%) Mentoring

pfSense
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 2 (13.33%) IIS
2 1 (6.67%) Confluence
2 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (40.00%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 13 (86.67%) Microsoft 365
2 10 (66.67%) Azure
3 5 (33.33%) SaaS
4 4 (26.67%) Mimecast
5 3 (20.00%) AWS
5 3 (20.00%) Cloudflare
6 1 (6.67%) GCP
6 1 (6.67%) Google App Engine
6 1 (6.67%) Google Workspace
6 1 (6.67%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 10 (66.67%) Firewall
2 4 (26.67%) VoIP
3 3 (20.00%) DHCP
3 3 (20.00%) DNS
3 3 (20.00%) NetScaler
3 3 (20.00%) TCP/IP
4 2 (13.33%) OpenVPN
4 2 (13.33%) Unified Communications
5 1 (6.67%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (6.67%) iSCSI
5 1 (6.67%) NAS
5 1 (6.67%) SAN
5 1 (6.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (6.67%) BigQuery
2 1 (6.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (40.00%) Octopus Deploy
2 3 (20.00%) JIRA
3 1 (6.67%) Bitbucket
3 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (26.67%) Social Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) Systems Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Administrator
2 3 (20.00%) DevOps Administrator
2 3 (20.00%) Security Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Systems Administrator
3 2 (13.33%) 1st Line Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) 1st Line Support
3 2 (13.33%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) First Line Help Desk Support
3 2 (13.33%) Help Desk Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Help Desk Support
3 2 (13.33%) Help Desk Support Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) IT Manager
3 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Systems Support
3 2 (13.33%) Systems Support Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Systems Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) SOC Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Driving Licence
1 2 (13.33%) Management Information System
1 2 (13.33%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (6.67%) Clustering
2 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 13 (86.67%) Windows
2 11 (73.33%) Linux
3 5 (33.33%) Windows 10
4 4 (26.67%) Windows Server
5 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (6.67%) Debian
6 1 (6.67%) Ubuntu
6 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) DevOps
1 6 (40.00%) Project Planning
2 3 (20.00%) Information Security
2 3 (20.00%) ITIL
2 3 (20.00%) Mentoring
2 3 (20.00%) Server Building
3 2 (13.33%) Commercial Awareness
3 2 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (13.33%) Data Protection
3 2 (13.33%) DataOps
3 2 (13.33%) Security Management
4 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (6.67%) Business Continuity
4 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (6.67%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 1 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (6.67%) Project Delivery
4 1 (6.67%) Project Roadmap
4 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) PowerShell
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) VBA
4 1 (6.67%) Bash Shell
4 1 (6.67%) Go
4 1 (6.67%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) CISM
1 1 (6.67%) CISSP
1 1 (6.67%) Degree
1 1 (6.67%) HND
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) Docker
1 9 (60.00%) Hyper-V
2 7 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 2 (13.33%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (6.67%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 6 (40.00%) Ansible
2 1 (6.67%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (6.67%) FortiGate
2 1 (6.67%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
1 11 (73.33%) VMware
2 9 (60.00%) Cisco
3 6 (40.00%) Sophos
4 4 (26.67%) CheckPoint
5 1 (6.67%) Apple
5 1 (6.67%) Atlassian
5 1 (6.67%) Dell
5 1 (6.67%) Google
5 1 (6.67%) HP
5 1 (6.67%) Juniper
5 1 (6.67%) WatchGuard