The table below looks at the statistics for BIG-IP skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited BIG-IP over the 3 months to 12 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 537 487 531
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +44
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 59 106 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.23% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.86% 1.50% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 82 23
Average daily rate £470 £425 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.58% +9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £388 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £519 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £424 £350
% change year-on-year
-5.60% +21.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £10.00
BIG-IP
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Communications & Networking Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
6850 7067 6159
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 14.52% 15.01% 13.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4085 3968 3287
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £220 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 310 415 367
Average hourly rate £27.50 £23.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.56% +21.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.00 £42.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

BIG-IP
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

BIG-IP Jobs Demand Trend in England

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing BIG-IP across the England region.

BIG-IP Daily Rate Trend in England

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing BIG-IP across the England region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

BIG-IP Daily Rate Histogram in England

BIG-IP
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP across the England region.

BIG-IP Hourly Rate Trend in England

BIG-IP
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BIG-IP within the England region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -15 28 £500 +17.64% 2
South East +11 14 £400 -17.94% 3
East of England +5 5 £488 -4.41% 1
Yorkshire -47 5 £475 +18.60%
North West - 3 - -
West Midlands -13 2 £400 -20.00%
East Midlands - 1 £350 - 1
South West - 1 - -
BIG-IP
UK

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited BIG-IP.

1 111 (84.73%) F5
2 104 (79.39%) Cisco
3 78 (59.54%) Firewall
4 68 (51.91%) CheckPoint
5 64 (48.85%) DNS
6 62 (47.33%) WAN
7 60 (45.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 58 (44.27%) LAN
9 57 (43.51%) TCP/IP
10 56 (42.75%) Cisco ASA
11 52 (39.69%) Cisco Certification
12 49 (37.40%) CCNP
13 44 (33.59%) OSPF
13 44 (33.59%) BGP
14 42 (32.06%) Load Balancing
15 40 (30.53%) MPLS
16 39 (29.77%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 37 (28.24%) VPN
17 37 (28.24%) DHCP
18 36 (27.48%) Data Centre
19 34 (25.95%) SSL
20 33 (25.19%) Juniper
21 30 (22.90%) EIGRP
22 26 (19.85%) CCIE
22 26 (19.85%) Finance
23 24 (18.32%) DMVPN
24 22 (16.79%) Windows
24 22 (16.79%) IPsec
25 21 (16.03%) Internet
26 20 (15.27%) Blue Coat

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited BIG-IP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (3.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 5 (3.82%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.05%) Office Communications Server
2 4 (3.05%) Skype for Business
3 3 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.29%) JBoss
3 3 (2.29%) Tomcat
3 3 (2.29%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 6 (4.58%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.53%) MS Office
2 2 (1.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (7.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.58%) Azure Active Directory
2 6 (4.58%) IaaS
3 4 (3.05%) Google Apps
4 3 (2.29%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (2.29%) Office 365
4 3 (2.29%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 78 (59.54%) Firewall
2 64 (48.85%) DNS
3 62 (47.33%) WAN
4 60 (45.80%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 58 (44.27%) LAN
6 57 (43.51%) TCP/IP
7 56 (42.75%) Cisco ASA
8 44 (33.59%) BGP
8 44 (33.59%) OSPF
9 40 (30.53%) MPLS
10 39 (29.77%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 37 (28.24%) DHCP
11 37 (28.24%) VPN
12 34 (25.95%) SSL
13 30 (22.90%) EIGRP
14 24 (18.32%) DMVPN
15 22 (16.79%) IPsec
16 21 (16.03%) Internet
17 19 (14.50%) Network Security
18 18 (13.74%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.29%) Oracle Database
1 3 (2.29%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 3 (2.29%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (19.85%) Finance
2 6 (4.58%) Banking
3 5 (3.82%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.76%) Advertising
4 1 (0.76%) Electronics
4 1 (0.76%) Games
4 1 (0.76%) Law
4 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.76%) Marketing
4 1 (0.76%) Publishing
4 1 (0.76%) Retail
Job Titles
1 52 (39.69%) Network Engineer
2 20 (15.27%) Administrator
3 17 (12.98%) Architect
4 15 (11.45%) Network Specialist
5 10 (7.63%) Consultant
6 9 (6.87%) Network Consultant
6 9 (6.87%) Senior Network Engineer
7 8 (6.11%) Network Security Engineer
7 8 (6.11%) Security Engineer
7 8 (6.11%) Technical Specialist
8 7 (5.34%) Design Engineer
8 7 (5.34%) Network Architect
8 7 (5.34%) Network Design Engineer
9 6 (4.58%) IP Network Engineer
9 6 (4.58%) Network Administrator
9 6 (4.58%) Network Design Consultant
9 6 (4.58%) Systems Administrator
10 5 (3.82%) Infrastructure Architect
10 5 (3.82%) Network Security Specialist
10 5 (3.82%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.58%) REST
1 6 (4.58%) SOAP
2 4 (3.05%) CSS
2 4 (3.05%) RSS
3 3 (2.29%) MAPI
3 3 (2.29%) Middleware
3 3 (2.29%) OAuth
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Fusion
4 2 (1.53%) 802.1X
4 2 (1.53%) XMPP
5 1 (0.76%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (27.48%) Data Centre
2 8 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (6.11%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (5.34%) Algorithms
3 7 (5.34%) Fat Client
3 7 (5.34%) Thin Client
4 4 (3.05%) iPhone
5 3 (2.29%) BYOD
5 3 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.29%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (2.29%) IVR
5 3 (2.29%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.29%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.53%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.53%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.76%) Clustering
7 1 (0.76%) Replication
7 1 (0.76%) VCE vBlock
Operating Systems
1 22 (16.79%) Windows
2 19 (14.50%) Unix
3 14 (10.69%) Linux
4 7 (5.34%) Android
4 7 (5.34%) Windows Server
5 5 (3.82%) Solaris
6 4 (3.05%) VMS
6 4 (3.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.29%) Windows Phone
8 2 (1.53%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.76%) CentOS
9 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.76%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (32.06%) Load Balancing
2 18 (13.74%) ITIL
3 15 (11.45%) Load Testing
4 13 (9.92%) Network Design
5 5 (3.82%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (3.82%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (3.82%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (3.82%) E-Commerce
5 5 (3.82%) Migration
5 5 (3.82%) TOGAF
6 4 (3.05%) High Availability
6 4 (3.05%) Investment Management
6 4 (3.05%) Line Management
6 4 (3.05%) Performance Management
6 4 (3.05%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (3.05%) WAN Optimisation
7 3 (2.29%) Auto-Scaling
7 3 (2.29%) DevOps
7 3 (2.29%) Mobile Device Management
7 3 (2.29%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 8 (6.11%) PowerShell
2 6 (4.58%) Tcl
3 3 (2.29%) C
4 1 (0.76%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 52 (39.69%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (37.40%) CCNP
3 26 (19.85%) CCIE
4 14 (10.69%) CCSA
5 9 (6.87%) CCNA
6 8 (6.11%) CCSE
7 6 (4.58%) Security Cleared
8 5 (3.82%) SC Cleared
9 2 (1.53%) Degree
9 2 (1.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.76%) Check Point Certification
10 1 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.76%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.76%) JNCIS
10 1 (0.76%) MCSE
10 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.29%) SLA
2 1 (0.76%) QA
System Software
1 19 (14.50%) Firmware
2 18 (13.74%) Active Directory
3 14 (10.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.58%) XenApp
5 4 (3.05%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 4 (3.05%) VMware ESX
5 4 (3.05%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (1.53%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.53%) NLBS
6 2 (1.53%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (1.53%) Xen
7 1 (0.76%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.76%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.82%) Cisco CUCM
1 5 (3.82%) FortiGate
2 4 (3.05%) SCCM
3 3 (2.29%) BladeLogic
3 3 (2.29%) Cisco UCCX
3 3 (2.29%) Control-M
3 3 (2.29%) MIMEsweeper
3 3 (2.29%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (2.29%) Oracle Identity Management
3 3 (2.29%) SolarWinds Orion
3 3 (2.29%) Windows Intune
4 2 (1.53%) WSUS
5 1 (0.76%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (0.76%) Foglight
5 1 (0.76%) Nagios
5 1 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 111 (84.73%) F5
2 104 (79.39%) Cisco
3 68 (51.91%) CheckPoint
4 33 (25.19%) Juniper
5 20 (15.27%) Blue Coat
6 17 (12.98%) VMware
7 14 (10.69%) Microsoft
8 13 (9.92%) Citrix
9 6 (4.58%) HP
9 6 (4.58%) Nokia
10 5 (3.82%) Imperva
10 5 (3.82%) Infoblox
10 5 (3.82%) Intel Security
10 5 (3.82%) Palo Alto
11 4 (3.05%) Fortinet
11 4 (3.05%) Google
11 4 (3.05%) Polycom
11 4 (3.05%) SolarWinds
12 3 (2.29%) Axway
12 3 (2.29%) Symantec