The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 495 500 511
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +11
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 93 63 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.23% 0.90% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 38 43
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£380 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.87% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £322 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £533 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £381 £369
% change year-on-year
-13.44% +3.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 £33.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.51% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £50.00 £33.00 -
% change year-on-year
+51.51% -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7584 6983 8989
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.88% 13.66% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4044 3623 3970
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 408 461 694
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.00%

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 30 July 2014.

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 30 July 2014. 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
England -2 89 £380 -7.87% 13
London +35 44 £395 -16.84% 5
South East 0 22 £325 -13.33%
City of London +23 10 £358 -35.00% 1
Berkshire +6 9 £325 -
Buckinghamshire - 8 £330 -
Reading +12 7 £325 -
York +7 6 £401 +6.80%
Yorkshire +1 6 £401 +18.22% 1
North Yorkshire -3 6 £401 +10.48%
Hampshire - 4 £260 -
Milton Keynes - 4 £330 -
East of England -24 3 £388 -6.06%
East Midlands - 2 £335 -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
North West +3 1 £363 +14.17% 1
Surrey -6 1 £395 +5.33%
Essex -9 1 £388 -6.06%
Bracknell - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £335 -
Scotland - 1 £245 -
Middlesex - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - -
Camberley - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leeds - - - - 1

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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.

1 130 (77.38%) Firewall
2 129 (76.79%) F5
3 123 (73.21%) Cisco
4 102 (60.71%) CheckPoint
5 84 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
6 69 (41.07%) CCNP
7 66 (39.29%) Cisco ASA
8 65 (38.69%) Linux
9 64 (38.10%) DNS
10 61 (36.31%) WAN
10 61 (36.31%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 49 (29.17%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 48 (28.57%) VMware
13 47 (27.98%) OSPF
14 46 (27.38%) Citrix
14 46 (27.38%) VMware Infrastructure
15 45 (26.79%) Windows
15 45 (26.79%) Blue Coat
15 45 (26.79%) Network Security
16 44 (26.19%) MPLS
17 43 (25.60%) BGP
18 41 (24.40%) Thin Client
18 41 (24.40%) Fat Client
19 40 (23.81%) LAN
19 40 (23.81%) VPN
20 39 (23.21%) Juniper
21 37 (22.02%) Load Balancing
22 35 (20.83%) Apache
23 33 (19.64%) E-Commerce
24 31 (18.45%) DMVPN

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 35 (20.83%) Apache
2 22 (13.10%) MS Exchange
3 18 (10.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 15 (8.93%) WebLogic
4 15 (8.93%) IIS
5 10 (5.95%) WebSphere
6 9 (5.36%) Tomcat
7 6 (3.57%) IBM HTTP Server
7 6 (3.57%) OpenStack
8 5 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (1.79%) Lync
9 3 (1.79%) nginx
10 1 (0.60%) Oracle Service Bus
10 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 18 (10.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.19%) Office 365
2 1 (0.60%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 130 (77.38%) Firewall
2 66 (39.29%) Cisco ASA
3 64 (38.10%) DNS
4 61 (36.31%) WAN
4 61 (36.31%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 49 (29.17%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 47 (27.98%) OSPF
7 45 (26.79%) Network Security
8 44 (26.19%) MPLS
9 43 (25.60%) BGP
10 40 (23.81%) LAN
10 40 (23.81%) VPN
11 31 (18.45%) DMVPN
12 29 (17.26%) DHCP
12 29 (17.26%) Cisco Nexus
13 28 (16.67%) NetScreen
13 28 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
14 26 (15.48%) IPsec
15 25 (14.88%) TCP/IP
15 25 (14.88%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.76%) MySQL
2 6 (3.57%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (3.57%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.57%) Redis
2 6 (3.57%) MongoDB
2 6 (3.57%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.19%) Oracle Exadata
4 1 (0.60%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 2 (1.19%) Subversion
2 1 (0.60%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.60%) LoadRunner
General
1 13 (7.74%) Telecoms
2 9 (5.36%) Banking
3 8 (4.76%) Finance
4 6 (3.57%) Front Office
4 6 (3.57%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.79%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.79%) Publishing
6 2 (1.19%) Retail
7 1 (0.60%) Norwegian Language
7 1 (0.60%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Back Office
7 1 (0.60%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.60%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.60%) Billing
Job Titles
1 48 (28.57%) Network Engineer
2 27 (16.07%) Network Specialist
3 25 (14.88%) Security Specialist
3 25 (14.88%) Network Security Specialist
4 21 (12.50%) Consultant
5 16 (9.52%) Security Engineer
6 14 (8.33%) Analyst
7 13 (7.74%) Support Engineer
7 13 (7.74%) Design Engineer
7 13 (7.74%) IP Engineer
8 12 (7.14%) Network Consultant
9 11 (6.55%) Network Support
10 9 (5.36%) Operations Analyst
11 8 (4.76%) Cisco Engineer
11 8 (4.76%) Network Support Engineer
12 7 (4.17%) Network Design Engineer
13 6 (3.57%) Security Consultant
13 6 (3.57%) Firewall Engineer
13 6 (3.57%) Implementation Engineer
13 6 (3.57%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.74%) .NET
2 10 (5.95%) CSS
3 8 (4.76%) Java EE
4 6 (3.57%) WCF
4 6 (3.57%) Middleware
5 2 (1.19%) Ruby on Rails
5 2 (1.19%) XML
5 2 (1.19%) J2EE
5 2 (1.19%) CGI
5 2 (1.19%) WAP
5 2 (1.19%) REST
5 2 (1.19%) FastCGI
6 1 (0.60%) Web Services
6 1 (0.60%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.60%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 41 (24.40%) Thin Client
1 41 (24.40%) Fat Client
2 18 (10.71%) Blackberry
3 3 (1.79%) Open Source
3 3 (1.79%) EqualLogic
3 3 (1.79%) SecurID
3 3 (1.79%) Clustering
4 2 (1.19%) Replication
4 2 (1.19%) Online Banking
4 2 (1.19%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.19%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.19%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (1.19%) Visualisation
5 1 (0.60%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.60%) FMCG
5 1 (0.60%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.60%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.60%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 65 (38.69%) Linux
2 45 (26.79%) Windows
3 25 (14.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 19 (11.31%) UNIX
5 18 (10.71%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (10.71%) Windows 7
6 8 (4.76%) CentOS
6 8 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (2.38%) Ubuntu
8 3 (1.79%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.60%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (22.02%) Load Balancing
2 33 (19.64%) E-Commerce
3 30 (17.86%) ITIL
4 23 (13.69%) Network Management
5 22 (13.10%) Problem Management
6 19 (11.31%) Service Management
7 16 (9.52%) Performance Management
7 16 (9.52%) Migration
8 12 (7.14%) Network Design
9 9 (5.36%) Root Cause Analysis
10 8 (4.76%) Configuration Management
10 8 (4.76%) OO
10 8 (4.76%) Capacity Management
11 7 (4.17%) DevOps
11 7 (4.17%) WAN Optimisation
11 7 (4.17%) Release Management
11 7 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (3.57%) ITSM
12 6 (3.57%) OOP
12 6 (3.57%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (13.69%) C
2 21 (12.50%) Java
3 13 (7.74%) Perl
3 13 (7.74%) Python
4 8 (4.76%) Ruby
5 6 (3.57%) VB
5 6 (3.57%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.19%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.19%) PHP
6 2 (1.19%) SQL
6 2 (1.19%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.60%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 84 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 69 (41.07%) CCNP
3 30 (17.86%) CCSE
4 23 (13.69%) Security Cleared
5 20 (11.90%) CCNA
6 19 (11.31%) CCIE
7 15 (8.93%) SC Cleared
8 12 (7.14%) Check Point Certification
8 12 (7.14%) CISSP
9 10 (5.95%) CCSP
10 9 (5.36%) CCDP
11 7 (4.17%) Degree
12 3 (1.79%) CCA
12 3 (1.79%) Citrix Certification
12 3 (1.79%) CCSA
13 2 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (1.19%) MCSE
13 2 (1.19%) MCSA
14 1 (0.60%) CTC Cleared
14 1 (0.60%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.95%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.38%) SLA
3 3 (1.79%) QA
System Software
1 46 (27.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 29 (17.26%) Active Directory
3 22 (13.10%) Hyper-V
3 22 (13.10%) Xen
4 18 (10.71%) NLBS
5 10 (5.95%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 10 (5.95%) XenApp
6 6 (3.57%) KVM
6 6 (3.57%) Varnish
7 5 (2.98%) ProxySG
8 4 (2.38%) NFS
9 3 (1.79%) vSphere
10 2 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.60%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.60%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 17 (10.12%) WSUS
2 14 (8.33%) FortiGate
3 6 (3.57%) BladeLogic
3 6 (3.57%) Control-M
3 6 (3.57%) Salt
3 6 (3.57%) ITRS Geneos
3 6 (3.57%) HAProxy
3 6 (3.57%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (3.57%) Puppet
4 5 (2.98%) Vagrant
4 5 (2.98%) collectd
4 5 (2.98%) StatsD
4 5 (2.98%) logstash
5 3 (1.79%) WhatsUp Gold
5 3 (1.79%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (1.79%) CiscoWorks
6 2 (1.19%) OPNET
6 2 (1.19%) SCCM
6 2 (1.19%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.19%) OpenView
Vendors
1 129 (76.79%) F5
2 123 (73.21%) Cisco
3 102 (60.71%) CheckPoint
4 48 (28.57%) VMware
5 46 (27.38%) Citrix
6 45 (26.79%) Blue Coat
7 39 (23.21%) Juniper
8 25 (14.88%) Microsoft
8 25 (14.88%) Infoblox
8 25 (14.88%) Imperva
9 21 (12.50%) Oracle
9 21 (12.50%) HP
10 9 (5.36%) NetApp
11 8 (4.76%) Fortinet
11 8 (4.76%) Red Hat
12 7 (4.17%) Nokia
13 6 (3.57%) Altiris
13 6 (3.57%) McAfee
13 6 (3.57%) Symantec
13 6 (3.57%) SaltStack
City, London
Annapurna
Rate: £325 - £375 per day + day
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Thebes IT
Posted: 23 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: 6 days ago
Telford
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 7 days ago
England
Real Staffing
Rate: £425 - £550 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Birmingham
Orgtel
Rate: £260 - £290 per day
Posted: 27 days ago