The table below looks at the statistics for BIG-IP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited BIG-IP over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 561 495 527
Rank change year-on-year
-66 +32
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 58 106 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.21% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.77% 1.41% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 81 27
Average daily rate £460 £425 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.23% +9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £376 £388 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £520 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £350
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +21.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £10.00

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7518 7523 6488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 14.85% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4420 4209 3417
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £215 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 426 385
Average hourly rate £27.66 £23.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.46% +21.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.50 £42.50
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

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

BIG-IP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Trend

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

BIG-IP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing BIG-IP within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

BIG-IP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

BIG-IP
Hourly Rate Trend

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

BIG-IP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

BIG-IP
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 5 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
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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
England -45 57 £449 +5.58% 10
London -29 26 £488 +14.70% 5
South East -4 14 £400 -17.94% 3
Berkshire +3 6 £400 +56.86% 1
West Sussex - 6 - -
Hertfordshire +10 5 £488 -4.41% 1
East of England +3 5 £488 -4.41% 1
Yorkshire -32 5 £475 +18.60% 1
Newbury - 5 £400 -
Crawley - 5 - -
West Yorkshire -2 3 £500 - 1
Manchester - 3 - -
North West - 3 - -
City of London +19 2 £366 -11.21% 1
Hampshire +2 2 £400 -27.27% 1
West Midlands -15 2 £400 -20.00%
South Yorkshire - 2 £443 -
Sheffield - 2 £443 -
Gosport - 2 £400 -
Bradford +6 1 £600 -
Birmingham -4 1 - -
Shropshire -19 1 £400 -2.43%
East Midlands - 1 £350 -
South West - 1 - -
Halifax - 1 £500 - 1
Leeds - 1 £428 -
Telford - 1 £400 -
Derby - 1 £350 -
Gatwick - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 £350 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 120 (87.59%) F5
2 106 (77.37%) Cisco
3 77 (56.20%) Firewall
4 68 (49.64%) CheckPoint
4 68 (49.64%) DNS
5 64 (46.72%) TCP/IP
5 64 (46.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 59 (43.07%) WAN
7 58 (42.34%) Cisco ASA
8 55 (40.15%) LAN
9 52 (37.96%) Cisco Certification
10 49 (35.77%) CCNP
11 46 (33.58%) OSPF
11 46 (33.58%) BGP
12 44 (32.12%) Load Balancing
13 43 (31.39%) MPLS
14 42 (30.66%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 37 (27.01%) VPN
15 37 (27.01%) SSL
16 36 (26.28%) DHCP
17 33 (24.09%) Juniper
17 33 (24.09%) Finance
17 33 (24.09%) Data Centre
18 30 (21.90%) EIGRP
19 26 (18.98%) CCIE
20 25 (18.25%) Internet
21 24 (17.52%) DMVPN
22 23 (16.79%) Firmware
23 22 (16.06%) IPsec
24 20 (14.60%) Windows

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 6 (4.38%) MS Exchange
2 5 (3.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (3.65%) Lync
2 5 (3.65%) Office Communications Server
3 4 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 6 (4.38%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.46%) MS Office
2 2 (1.46%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.38%) IaaS
3 5 (3.65%) Google Apps
4 3 (2.19%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.19%) Office 365
4 3 (2.19%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 77 (56.20%) Firewall
2 68 (49.64%) DNS
3 64 (46.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 64 (46.72%) TCP/IP
4 59 (43.07%) WAN
5 58 (42.34%) Cisco ASA
6 55 (40.15%) LAN
7 46 (33.58%) BGP
7 46 (33.58%) OSPF
8 43 (31.39%) MPLS
9 42 (30.66%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 37 (27.01%) SSL
10 37 (27.01%) VPN
11 36 (26.28%) DHCP
12 30 (21.90%) EIGRP
13 25 (18.25%) Internet
14 24 (17.52%) DMVPN
15 22 (16.06%) IPsec
16 19 (13.87%) HTTP
17 18 (13.14%) ADSL
Development Applications
1 3 (2.19%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (24.09%) Finance
2 7 (5.11%) Banking
2 7 (5.11%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.73%) Advertising
3 1 (0.73%) Electronics
3 1 (0.73%) Law
3 1 (0.73%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.73%) Marketing
3 1 (0.73%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 51 (37.23%) Network Engineer
2 24 (17.52%) Administrator
3 17 (12.41%) Network Specialist
4 16 (11.68%) Architect
5 11 (8.03%) Consultant
6 9 (6.57%) Network Architect
6 9 (6.57%) Network Consultant
7 8 (5.84%) Network Security Engineer
7 8 (5.84%) Security Engineer
7 8 (5.84%) Technical Specialist
8 7 (5.11%) Design Engineer
8 7 (5.11%) Network Administrator
8 7 (5.11%) Network Design Engineer
8 7 (5.11%) Senior Network Engineer
9 6 (4.38%) IP Network Engineer
9 6 (4.38%) Network Design Consultant
9 6 (4.38%) Systems Administrator
10 5 (3.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (3.65%) Network Security Specialist
10 5 (3.65%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.38%) REST
1 6 (4.38%) SOAP
2 5 (3.65%) RSS
3 4 (2.92%) CSS
3 4 (2.92%) MAPI
4 3 (2.19%) OAuth
5 2 (1.46%) 802.1X
5 2 (1.46%) XMPP
6 1 (0.73%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 33 (24.09%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.57%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.57%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (5.11%) Algorithms
3 7 (5.11%) Fat Client
3 7 (5.11%) Thin Client
4 5 (3.65%) iPhone
5 3 (2.19%) BYOD
5 3 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.19%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (2.19%) IVR
5 3 (2.19%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.46%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.46%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.73%) Clustering
7 1 (0.73%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.73%) Replication
7 1 (0.73%) VCE vBlock
Operating Systems
1 20 (14.60%) Windows
2 18 (13.14%) Unix
3 11 (8.03%) Linux
4 8 (5.84%) Android
5 7 (5.11%) Windows Server
6 4 (2.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.19%) VMS
7 3 (2.19%) Windows Phone
8 2 (1.46%) Solaris
8 2 (1.46%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.73%) CentOS
9 1 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.73%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (32.12%) Load Balancing
2 18 (13.14%) ITIL
3 15 (10.95%) Load Testing
4 13 (9.49%) Network Design
5 6 (4.38%) E-Commerce
5 6 (4.38%) Migration
6 5 (3.65%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (3.65%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (3.65%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (3.65%) TOGAF
7 4 (2.92%) Change Control
7 4 (2.92%) Investment Management
7 4 (2.92%) Line Management
7 4 (2.92%) Server Building
7 4 (2.92%) WAN Optimisation
8 3 (2.19%) Automated Testing
8 3 (2.19%) Auto-Scaling
8 3 (2.19%) DevOps
8 3 (2.19%) Mobile Device Management
8 3 (2.19%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.57%) PowerShell
2 6 (4.38%) Tcl
3 3 (2.19%) C
4 1 (0.73%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.73%) Python
Qualifications
1 52 (37.96%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (35.77%) CCNP
3 26 (18.98%) CCIE
4 14 (10.22%) CCSA
5 10 (7.30%) CCNA
6 8 (5.84%) CCSE
7 7 (5.11%) Security Cleared
8 6 (4.38%) SC Cleared
9 2 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.73%) Check Point Certification
10 1 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.73%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.73%) JNCIS
10 1 (0.73%) MCSE
10 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.73%) QA
1 1 (0.73%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (16.79%) Firmware
2 15 (10.95%) Active Directory
3 11 (8.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.38%) XenApp
5 5 (3.65%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 4 (2.92%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.46%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.46%) NLBS
7 2 (1.46%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (1.46%) Xen
8 1 (0.73%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.73%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.73%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.65%) Cisco CUCM
1 5 (3.65%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.19%) Cisco UCCX
2 3 (2.19%) SolarWinds Orion
2 3 (2.19%) Windows Intune
3 2 (1.46%) WSUS
4 1 (0.73%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (0.73%) Foglight
4 1 (0.73%) Nagios
4 1 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.73%) SCCM
Vendors
1 120 (87.59%) F5
2 106 (77.37%) Cisco
3 68 (49.64%) CheckPoint
4 33 (24.09%) Juniper
5 18 (13.14%) Blue Coat
6 15 (10.95%) Microsoft
7 14 (10.22%) VMware
8 13 (9.49%) Citrix
9 6 (4.38%) HP
9 6 (4.38%) Palo Alto
10 5 (3.65%) Google
10 5 (3.65%) Imperva
10 5 (3.65%) Infoblox
10 5 (3.65%) McAfee
10 5 (3.65%) Polycom
11 4 (2.92%) Adobe
11 4 (2.92%) Avaya
11 4 (2.92%) Fortinet
11 4 (2.92%) SolarWinds
12 3 (2.19%) Nokia
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