The table below looks at the statistics for BIG-IP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited BIG-IP over the 3 months to 30 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 534 518 515
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -3
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 110 105 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.29% 1.30% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 58 70
Median daily rate £468 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.80% +0.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £361 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £485 £345 £400
% change year-on-year
+40.57% -13.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £20.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.85% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

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
8497 8097 7264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.84% 14.70% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5154 4542 3957
Median daily rate £393 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.82% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 473 413
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.00 £40.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +44.44%

BIG-IP
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing BIG-IP as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BIG-IP within the UK over the 3 months to 30 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +18 107 £475 +22.58% 17
London -14 33 £450 -7.69% 9
West Midlands -8 18 £363 +13.28%
East of England +19 13 £494 +27.48% 1
Hertfordshire - 13 £494 -
South East -7 11 £500 +58.73% 4
Telford -30 11 £363 -
Shropshire -32 11 £363 +16.00%
Yorkshire +2 9 £443 +28.26%
South West +1 8 £500 -
Berkshire -6 8 £525 +90.90%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £500 -
Tyne and Wear - 8 £500 -
North East - 8 £500 -
West Yorkshire -4 7 £443 +28.26%
Birmingham +7 6 - -
Halifax +5 6 £443 -
North West -11 6 £325 - 2
City of London +31 5 £450 -14.28%
Edinburgh -6 5 £325 -
Manchester -8 5 £325 - 1
Scotland -16 5 £325 -
Dorset - 5 £500 -
Reading - 5 £525 -
Bournemouth - 5 £500 -
Welwyn Garden City - 5 £483 -
Surbiton - 4 £475 -
Harrow - 3 £420 -
Crawley - 3 £475 -
West Sussex - 3 £475 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 145 (91.19%) F5
2 113 (71.07%) Cisco
3 104 (65.41%) Firewall
4 84 (52.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 65 (40.88%) CheckPoint
6 60 (37.74%) DNS
7 49 (30.82%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 47 (29.56%) Load Balancing
9 46 (28.93%) Cisco ASA
10 43 (27.04%) Cisco Certification
11 39 (24.53%) CCNP
12 38 (23.90%) TCP/IP
12 38 (23.90%) WAN
13 37 (23.27%) Linux
13 37 (23.27%) BGP
14 35 (22.01%) Unix
15 33 (20.75%) LAN
16 32 (20.13%) Blue Coat
17 31 (19.50%) ITIL
17 31 (19.50%) Data Centre
18 30 (18.87%) VPN
19 28 (17.61%) SSL
20 27 (16.98%) Windows
20 27 (16.98%) Juniper
20 27 (16.98%) Finance
21 26 (16.35%) OSPF
22 25 (15.72%) MPLS
22 25 (15.72%) Network Security
23 23 (14.47%) HTTP
24 21 (13.21%) DHCP

BIG-IP
Top Related 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 13 (8.18%) WebLogic
2 12 (7.55%) Tomcat
3 8 (5.03%) Apache
3 8 (5.03%) iPlanet
3 8 (5.03%) SharePoint
4 6 (3.77%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (3.77%) JBoss
4 6 (3.77%) OpenStack
4 6 (3.77%) SharePoint Server
5 4 (2.52%) MQSeries
6 3 (1.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.89%) Zimbra
7 2 (1.26%) MS Exchange
7 2 (1.26%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.26%) WebLogic Portal
8 1 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.63%) IIS
8 1 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.63%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (1.26%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (7.55%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (4.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.77%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (3.14%) PaaS
5 2 (1.26%) IaaS
5 2 (1.26%) Office 365
5 2 (1.26%) Yammer
6 1 (0.63%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 104 (65.41%) Firewall
2 84 (52.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 60 (37.74%) DNS
4 49 (30.82%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 46 (28.93%) Cisco ASA
6 38 (23.90%) TCP/IP
6 38 (23.90%) WAN
7 37 (23.27%) BGP
8 33 (20.75%) LAN
9 30 (18.87%) VPN
10 28 (17.61%) SSL
11 26 (16.35%) OSPF
12 25 (15.72%) MPLS
12 25 (15.72%) Network Security
13 23 (14.47%) HTTP
14 21 (13.21%) DHCP
15 20 (12.58%) SAN
16 19 (11.95%) VoIP
17 18 (11.32%) Cisco Nexus
17 18 (11.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.18%) Oracle Database
2 8 (5.03%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.77%) MySQL
3 6 (3.77%) Relational Database
4 5 (3.14%) Oracle Exadata
5 4 (2.52%) DB2
6 1 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (4.40%) Git (software)
2 6 (3.77%) git-flow
2 6 (3.77%) Jenkins
2 6 (3.77%) JIRA
3 1 (0.63%) Maven
3 1 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 27 (16.98%) Finance
2 8 (5.03%) Banking
3 6 (3.77%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.14%) Retail
5 4 (2.52%) Games
5 4 (2.52%) Law
6 2 (1.26%) Back Office
6 2 (1.26%) Billing
6 2 (1.26%) Publishing
7 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.63%) Legal
Job Titles
1 53 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 16 (10.06%) Administrator
2 16 (10.06%) Senior Network Engineer
3 14 (8.81%) Security Engineer
4 13 (8.18%) Cisco Engineer
4 13 (8.18%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 13 (8.18%) Consultant
5 10 (6.29%) Architect
6 9 (5.66%) Network Specialist
6 9 (5.66%) Systems Administrator
7 7 (4.40%) Analyst
7 7 (4.40%) IP Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) Design Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) IP Security Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) Network Consultant
8 6 (3.77%) Network Design Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) Network Security Engineer
8 6 (3.77%) Technical Specialist
9 5 (3.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 5 (3.14%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.03%) JSP
1 8 (5.03%) Web Services
2 7 (4.40%) J2EE
2 7 (4.40%) Middleware
2 7 (4.40%) SOAP
3 6 (3.77%) REST
3 6 (3.77%) SAML
4 5 (3.14%) CSS
4 5 (3.14%) Oracle Fusion
5 2 (1.26%) .NET
5 2 (1.26%) OAuth
5 2 (1.26%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 1 (0.63%) Ajax
6 1 (0.63%) EJB
6 1 (0.63%) EJB 3.0
6 1 (0.63%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.63%) Java EE
6 1 (0.63%) JPA
6 1 (0.63%) jQuery
6 1 (0.63%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 31 (19.50%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 8 (5.03%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.40%) Private Cloud
4 6 (3.77%) Algorithms
4 6 (3.77%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (3.14%) Clustering
5 5 (3.14%) User Experience
6 3 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.89%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.89%) Visualisation
7 2 (1.26%) Grid Computing
7 2 (1.26%) HP Storage
7 2 (1.26%) HP StoreVirtual
7 2 (1.26%) PKI
8 1 (0.63%) BYOD
8 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.63%) Fintech
8 1 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.63%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 37 (23.27%) Linux
2 35 (22.01%) Unix
3 27 (16.98%) Windows
4 18 (11.32%) Solaris
5 9 (5.66%) Windows Server
5 9 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (5.03%) AIX
6 8 (5.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.26%) Android
7 2 (1.26%) Mac OS
7 2 (1.26%) VMS
8 1 (0.63%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.63%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.63%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.63%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.63%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (29.56%) Load Balancing
2 31 (19.50%) ITIL
3 17 (10.69%) High Availability
3 17 (10.69%) ITIL V3
3 17 (10.69%) Network Monitoring
4 14 (8.81%) Performance Management
5 12 (7.55%) Configuration Management
5 12 (7.55%) Migration
5 12 (7.55%) Project Management
6 10 (6.29%) Root Cause Analysis
6 10 (6.29%) Service Delivery
7 9 (5.66%) Network Management
8 8 (5.03%) DDoS Mitigation
8 8 (5.03%) Kalman Filter
8 8 (5.03%) Six Sigma
9 7 (4.40%) Change Management
9 7 (4.40%) Enterprise Architecture
9 7 (4.40%) Network Design
9 7 (4.40%) QMS
10 6 (3.77%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 16 (10.06%) Java
2 7 (4.40%) Perl
2 7 (4.40%) Python
3 6 (3.77%) Tcl
4 1 (0.63%) AWK
4 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.63%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.63%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.63%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 43 (27.04%) Cisco Certification
2 39 (24.53%) CCNP
3 16 (10.06%) CCIE
4 12 (7.55%) CCSA
4 12 (7.55%) Degree
5 10 (6.29%) CCSE
5 10 (6.29%) Security Cleared
6 9 (5.66%) SC Cleared
7 7 (4.40%) CCNA
8 6 (3.77%) CISSP
9 2 (1.26%) CCDP
9 2 (1.26%) Check Point Certification
10 1 (0.63%) CCSP
10 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.63%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.63%) JNCIS
10 1 (0.63%) OSCP
10 1 (0.63%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (11.95%) SLA
2 8 (5.03%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.63%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (10.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (8.81%) Active Directory
3 9 (5.66%) Firmware
4 8 (5.03%) ProxySG
5 6 (3.77%) Docker
5 6 (3.77%) NFS
5 6 (3.77%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.89%) Snort
6 3 (1.89%) Squid
7 2 (1.26%) ISA Server
7 2 (1.26%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (1.26%) XenApp
8 1 (0.63%) ACF2
8 1 (0.63%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.63%) RACF
8 1 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.63%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (7.55%) FortiGate
1 12 (7.55%) Puppet
2 10 (6.29%) Nagios
3 8 (5.03%) EMC NetWorker
3 8 (5.03%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 7 (4.40%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (3.77%) CFEngine
5 6 (3.77%) Cisco Prime
5 6 (3.77%) logstash
5 6 (3.77%) ZABBIX
6 5 (3.14%) Cacti
6 5 (3.14%) Control-M
6 5 (3.14%) MIMEsweeper
6 5 (3.14%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (3.14%) OPNET
6 5 (3.14%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (3.14%) Oracle Identity Management
6 5 (3.14%) SCCM
6 5 (3.14%) SolarWinds Orion
7 4 (2.52%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 145 (91.19%) F5
2 113 (71.07%) Cisco
3 65 (40.88%) CheckPoint
4 32 (20.13%) Blue Coat
5 27 (16.98%) Juniper
6 19 (11.95%) Oracle
6 19 (11.95%) VMware
7 17 (10.69%) Fortinet
8 16 (10.06%) Nokia
9 15 (9.43%) Red Hat
10 13 (8.18%) BEA
11 11 (6.92%) SolarWinds
12 10 (6.29%) BMC
13 9 (5.66%) HP
14 8 (5.03%) Citrix
14 8 (5.03%) Riverbed
14 8 (5.03%) Sun
15 7 (4.40%) CA
15 7 (4.40%) Symantec
16 6 (3.77%) Microsoft
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