Period
to 15 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Firewall skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Firewall over the 6 months to 15 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Firewall
England > West Midlands
6 months to
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 43 33 31
Rank change year-on-year -10 -2 +21
Permanent jobs citing Firewall 281 288 528
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 5.34% 5.86% 6.76%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 33.77% 31.07% 33.31%
Number of salaries quoted 237 205 416
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £28,500
25th Percentile £38,000 £33,133 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% +6.25%
75th Percentile £63,750 £56,250 £53,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £65,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -

Firewall is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 832 927 1,585
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.82% 18.88% 20.30%
Number of salaries quoted 664 705 1,190
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £25,000
25th Percentile £33,750 £31,250 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £46,250 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £58,750 £54,299 £54,750
90th Percentile £74,625 £63,450 £64,388
England median annual salary £50,000 £49,491 £47,500
% change year-on-year +1.03% +4.19% -

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
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Salary distribution for jobs citing Firewall in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 15 May 2021.

Salary histogram for Firewall in the West Midlands

Firewall
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Firewall within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 15 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
Birmingham -27 86 £50,000 +5.26% 24
Warwickshire +7 62 £70,000 +118.75% 4
Coventry +19 33 £35,000 -33.33% 8
Solihull -5 25 £50,000 +17.65%
Staffordshire -11 16 £45,000 +2.27% 6
Worcestershire -1 14 £40,000 - 10
Herefordshire +10 10 £50,000 -4.76% 1
Dudley - 4 £40,000 - 1
Wednesbury - 4 £23,500 - 1
Wolverhampton - 3 £55,000 - 1
Shropshire -14 2 £48,750 +62.50% 1
Walsall - 1 £38,494 - 2
Willenhall - 1 £35,000 -
Firewall
England

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Firewall.

1 128 (45.55%) Windows
2 117 (41.64%) Azure
3 99 (35.23%) Cisco
4 92 (32.74%) Microsoft
5 90 (32.03%) Active Directory
6 80 (28.47%) VMware
6 80 (28.47%) Microsoft 365
7 75 (26.69%) WAN
8 74 (26.33%) Windows Server
9 69 (24.56%) LAN
10 61 (21.71%) Information Security
11 60 (21.35%) VPN
11 60 (21.35%) Social Skills
12 58 (20.64%) VMware Infrastructure
13 53 (18.86%) Hyper-V
14 52 (18.51%) Cisco Certification
15 50 (17.79%) PowerShell
15 50 (17.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 47 (16.73%) DNS
16 47 (16.73%) Linux
17 46 (16.37%) SIEM
18 43 (15.30%) Problem-Solving
19 41 (14.59%) Citrix
19 41 (14.59%) Cybersecurity
19 41 (14.59%) DevOps
19 41 (14.59%) Data Centre
20 35 (12.46%) CCNP
20 35 (12.46%) TCP/IP
21 32 (11.39%) Continuous Improvement
22 31 (11.03%) Security Operations

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 27 (9.61%) MS Exchange
2 15 (5.34%) Exchange Server 2013
3 10 (3.56%) IIS
4 9 (3.20%) SharePoint
5 8 (2.85%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (2.14%) SAS
8 5 (1.78%) Apache
8 5 (1.78%) Confluence
8 5 (1.78%) JBoss
8 5 (1.78%) Tomcat
9 4 (1.42%) CMS
10 2 (0.71%) nginx
Applications
1 5 (1.78%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 117 (41.64%) Azure
2 80 (28.47%) Microsoft 365
3 20 (7.12%) IaaS
4 18 (6.41%) AWS
5 15 (5.34%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (4.98%) PaaS
7 8 (2.85%) SaaS
8 7 (2.49%) OneDrive
9 5 (1.78%) Amazon ECS
9 5 (1.78%) Amazon EKS
10 4 (1.42%) Azure Service Bus
11 3 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.71%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 2 (0.71%) Azure Key Vault
12 2 (0.71%) Azure Logic Apps
12 2 (0.71%) Azure Sentinel
12 2 (0.71%) Serverless
13 1 (0.36%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.36%) Power Platform
13 1 (0.36%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 75 (26.69%) WAN
2 69 (24.56%) LAN
3 60 (21.35%) VPN
4 47 (16.73%) DNS
5 35 (12.46%) TCP/IP
6 28 (9.96%) Wireless
7 25 (8.90%) Network Security
7 25 (8.90%) VLAN
8 24 (8.54%) OSPF
9 23 (8.19%) DHCP
10 21 (7.47%) BGP
11 19 (6.76%) VoIP
12 16 (5.69%) MPLS
13 14 (4.98%) Cisco ASA
13 14 (4.98%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (4.63%) iSCSI
14 13 (4.63%) SD-WAN
15 11 (3.91%) BIG-IP
16 10 (3.56%) Intrusion Detection
16 10 (3.56%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (1.42%) NoSQL
4 3 (1.07%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.71%) MariaDB
5 2 (0.71%) MySQL
5 2 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.36%) RavenDB
6 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.78%) JIRA
2 3 (1.07%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (1.07%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.07%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 60 (21.35%) Social Skills
2 19 (6.76%) Digital Economy
2 19 (6.76%) Finance
3 17 (6.05%) Telecoms
4 12 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (3.20%) Public Sector
6 8 (2.85%) Law
6 8 (2.85%) Publishing
7 7 (2.49%) Documentation Skills
7 7 (2.49%) Games
7 7 (2.49%) Organisational Skills
8 6 (2.14%) Presentation Skills
9 5 (1.78%) Aerospace
9 5 (1.78%) Legal
9 5 (1.78%) Retail
10 3 (1.07%) Banking
11 2 (0.71%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.71%) Marketing
12 1 (0.36%) Influencing Skills
12 1 (0.36%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 57 (20.28%) Analyst
2 54 (19.22%) Network Engineer
3 43 (15.30%) Architect
4 36 (12.81%) IT Engineer
5 34 (12.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 22 (7.83%) Security Engineer
7 18 (6.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 18 (6.41%) Security Architect
8 16 (5.69%) Security Analyst
9 15 (5.34%) IP Architect
9 15 (5.34%) Senior Analyst
9 15 (5.34%) SOC Analyst
9 15 (5.34%) Support Analyst
9 15 (5.34%) Support Engineer
10 12 (4.27%) DevOps Engineer
10 12 (4.27%) Infrastructure Support
10 12 (4.27%) IT Support
10 12 (4.27%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
11 11 (3.91%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.98%) YAML
2 10 (3.56%) Azure Blueprints
3 8 (2.85%) .NET
4 6 (2.14%) ASP.NET
4 6 (2.14%) JSON
4 6 (2.14%) Web Services
5 5 (1.78%) AngularJS
5 5 (1.78%) LDAP
5 5 (1.78%) Node.js
5 5 (1.78%) REST
6 4 (1.42%) RESTful
7 3 (1.07%) CSS
7 3 (1.07%) HTML
7 3 (1.07%) ISPF
7 3 (1.07%) jQuery
7 3 (1.07%) Sass
8 2 (0.71%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.71%) LEMP Stack
8 2 (0.71%) SOAP
8 2 (0.71%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (14.59%) Data Centre
2 22 (7.83%) Security Operations Centre
3 21 (7.47%) Greenfield Project
4 20 (7.12%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (4.63%) Enterprise Storage
6 12 (4.27%) Management Information System
7 11 (3.91%) PKI
8 6 (2.14%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.78%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.78%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (1.42%) Fibre Optics
11 3 (1.07%) Analytical Mindset
11 3 (1.07%) Cyberthreat
11 3 (1.07%) Driving Licence
11 3 (1.07%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.71%) Clustering
12 2 (0.71%) Embedded Systems
12 2 (0.71%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 128 (45.55%) Windows
2 74 (26.33%) Windows Server
3 47 (16.73%) Linux
4 22 (7.83%) Windows 10
5 18 (6.41%) Unix
5 18 (6.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (5.69%) CentOS
7 15 (5.34%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (3.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (3.20%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (2.85%) Windows Server 2019
11 7 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (1.78%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.71%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.71%) SUSE
14 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (21.71%) Information Security
2 50 (17.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 46 (16.37%) SIEM
4 43 (15.30%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (14.59%) Cybersecurity
5 41 (14.59%) DevOps
6 32 (11.39%) Continuous Improvement
7 31 (11.03%) Security Operations
8 29 (10.32%) ITIL
9 25 (8.90%) Network Design
10 24 (8.54%) Change Management
10 24 (8.54%) Migration
11 23 (8.19%) Penetration Testing
12 19 (6.76%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (6.76%) Mentoring
12 19 (6.76%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 18 (6.41%) Load Balancing
14 17 (6.05%) Network Monitoring
14 17 (6.05%) Server Management
15 14 (4.98%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 50 (17.79%) PowerShell
2 18 (6.41%) Python
3 17 (6.05%) SQL
4 9 (3.20%) C#
4 9 (3.20%) Java
5 6 (2.14%) PHP
6 5 (1.78%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.78%) C++
6 5 (1.78%) Perl
7 3 (1.07%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.07%) Ruby
7 3 (1.07%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.07%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.36%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 52 (18.51%) Cisco Certification
2 35 (12.46%) CCNP
3 28 (9.96%) CCNA
4 17 (6.05%) Degree
5 16 (5.69%) Security Cleared
6 15 (5.34%) SC Cleared
7 14 (4.98%) CISSP
8 9 (3.20%) CCDP
9 7 (2.49%) CCIE
9 7 (2.49%) CISA
10 6 (2.14%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (1.78%) CISM
12 4 (1.42%) JNCIE
12 4 (1.42%) MCSE
13 3 (1.07%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 3 (1.07%) CCSP
13 3 (1.07%) CHECK Team Member
13 3 (1.07%) CSPO
13 3 (1.07%) MCITP
14 2 (0.71%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (7.47%) GDPR
2 11 (3.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.56%) NIST
4 6 (2.14%) Cyber Essentials
4 6 (2.14%) PCI DSS
5 4 (1.42%) SLA
6 3 (1.07%) PMO
7 2 (0.71%) COBIT
7 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.36%) GRC
8 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.36%) NCSC
8 1 (0.36%) QA
System Software
1 90 (32.03%) Active Directory
2 58 (20.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 53 (18.86%) Hyper-V
4 23 (8.19%) XenApp
5 18 (6.41%) BitLocker
6 13 (4.63%) NFS
6 13 (4.63%) XenDesktop
7 9 (3.20%) Docker
8 6 (2.14%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (1.78%) Firmware
10 3 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (1.07%) vSphere
11 2 (0.71%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.36%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 16 (5.69%) Microsoft Intune
2 14 (4.98%) Ansible
2 14 (4.98%) Backup Exec
3 12 (4.27%) CASB
4 11 (3.91%) Terraform
5 10 (3.56%) SCCM
6 9 (3.20%) Puppet
7 7 (2.49%) Kubernetes
8 5 (1.78%) Docker Swarm
8 5 (1.78%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (1.78%) Rundeck
9 4 (1.42%) FortiGate
9 4 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (1.42%) SCOM
10 3 (1.07%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.71%) Data Guard
12 1 (0.36%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
12 1 (0.36%) SmoothWall
12 1 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 99 (35.23%) Cisco
2 92 (32.74%) Microsoft
3 80 (28.47%) VMware
4 41 (14.59%) Citrix
5 29 (10.32%) Juniper
6 28 (9.96%) Fortinet
7 25 (8.90%) CheckPoint
8 22 (7.83%) Meraki
9 21 (7.47%) Veeam
10 20 (7.12%) Sun
11 14 (4.98%) Aruba
12 13 (4.63%) F5
12 13 (4.63%) Palo Alto
12 13 (4.63%) Sophos
13 11 (3.91%) Oracle
13 11 (3.91%) Red Hat
13 11 (3.91%) SolarWinds
14 10 (3.56%) HP
15 8 (2.85%) Dell
16 7 (2.49%) SonicWALL