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 22 December 2014 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 487 514 494
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -20
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 99 62 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.26% 0.89% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 34 46
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£425 £363 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.24% -19.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £285 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £493 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+21.42% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
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
7877 6938 7817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.45% 13.47% 15.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 4484 3766 3816
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 423 647
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.13
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.95%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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
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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 +9 95 £425 +13.33% 5
London +44 46 £450 -5.26% 3
South East 0 22 £475 +46.15% 1
Yorkshire +10 19 £401 -
North Yorkshire +15 18 £401 -
York - 18 £401 -
City of London +8 13 £475 -17.39% 1
Surrey - 7 £500 -
Berkshire - 6 £315 -
Hampshire -13 5 £550 +73.22%
West Midlands -27 5 £455 +13.04%
Scotland +2 3 £525 -
East of England - 3 £510 - 1
Hertfordshire - 3 £510 - 1
Reading - 3 - -
Buckinghamshire -7 2 £311 -4.23%
Shropshire -21 1 £410 +10.06%
South West - - - -
Malvern - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
Wiltshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Staines - - - -
Surbiton - - - -
Telford - - - -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 158 (80.61%) F5
2 140 (71.43%) Cisco
3 129 (65.82%) Firewall
4 106 (54.08%) CheckPoint
5 89 (45.41%) Cisco Certification
6 68 (34.69%) CCNP
7 64 (32.65%) Linux
8 62 (31.63%) VMware
9 60 (30.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 58 (29.59%) Load Balancing
11 55 (28.06%) OSPF
12 54 (27.55%) LAN
12 54 (27.55%) Juniper
13 53 (27.04%) Windows
13 53 (27.04%) BGP
14 52 (26.53%) ITIL
15 51 (26.02%) Cisco ASA
16 49 (25.00%) WAN
17 45 (22.96%) VMware Infrastructure
18 44 (22.45%) DNS
19 43 (21.94%) Network Security
20 40 (20.41%) Microsoft
20 40 (20.41%) Blue Coat
21 37 (18.88%) Network Management
22 36 (18.37%) Citrix
23 35 (17.86%) CCSE
23 35 (17.86%) Cisco Nexus
24 34 (17.35%) CCNA
24 34 (17.35%) Active Directory
25 33 (16.84%) Windows Server 2008

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 27 (13.78%) MS Exchange
2 22 (11.22%) Apache
3 15 (7.65%) Tomcat
4 13 (6.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 12 (6.12%) IIS
6 11 (5.61%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (4.08%) IBM HTTP Server
8 7 (3.57%) JBoss
9 5 (2.55%) WebLogic
10 4 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (1.02%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.51%) Oracle Service Bus
13 1 (0.51%) MediaWiki
13 1 (0.51%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (8.67%) MS Office
2 12 (6.12%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.02%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (2.04%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (1.02%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.51%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 129 (65.82%) Firewall
2 60 (30.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 55 (28.06%) OSPF
4 54 (27.55%) LAN
5 53 (27.04%) BGP
6 51 (26.02%) Cisco ASA
7 49 (25.00%) WAN
8 44 (22.45%) DNS
9 43 (21.94%) Network Security
10 35 (17.86%) Cisco Nexus
11 31 (15.82%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 31 (15.82%) Cisco IOS
12 26 (13.27%) MPLS
12 26 (13.27%) NetScreen
12 26 (13.27%) SAN
13 25 (12.76%) DHCP
13 25 (12.76%) Cisco PIX
14 21 (10.71%) TCP/IP
15 19 (9.69%) VPN
16 17 (8.67%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.18%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.57%) MySQL
3 3 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.51%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.51%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.51%) Redis
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 3 (1.53%) Subversion
2 1 (0.51%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.51%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.51%) Introscope
General
1 24 (12.24%) Finance
2 12 (6.12%) Banking
3 8 (4.08%) Investment Banking
3 8 (4.08%) Front Office
4 6 (3.06%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.06%) Games
5 5 (2.55%) Financial Institution
5 5 (2.55%) Retail
6 3 (1.53%) Billing
6 3 (1.53%) Back Office
7 2 (1.02%) Military
8 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 56 (28.57%) Network Engineer
2 24 (12.24%) Security Engineer
3 23 (11.73%) Network Specialist
4 22 (11.22%) Consultant
5 18 (9.18%) Analyst
6 15 (7.65%) Network Security Specialist
6 15 (7.65%) Security Specialist
7 14 (7.14%) Network Security Engineer
8 13 (6.63%) Architect
9 10 (5.10%) Network Architect
10 9 (4.59%) Operations Analyst
10 9 (4.59%) Support Engineer
10 9 (4.59%) 3rd Line Support
11 8 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) Design Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) Support Analyst
11 8 (4.08%) Network Design Engineer
12 7 (3.57%) Monitoring Specialist
12 7 (3.57%) Operations Engineer
12 7 (3.57%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (9.69%) CSS
2 16 (8.16%) Middleware
3 11 (5.61%) WAP
3 11 (5.61%) Java EE
4 10 (5.10%) .NET
5 8 (4.08%) WCF
5 8 (4.08%) REST
6 6 (3.06%) Ajax
7 5 (2.55%) SOAP
7 5 (2.55%) Web Services
8 3 (1.53%) XML
8 3 (1.53%) Ruby on Rails
8 3 (1.53%) CGI
8 3 (1.53%) FastCGI
8 3 (1.53%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 25 (12.76%) Thin Client
1 25 (12.76%) Fat Client
2 19 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (6.63%) Blackberry
4 12 (6.12%) Visualisation
4 12 (6.12%) User Experience
5 9 (4.59%) PKI
6 7 (3.57%) Mobile App
7 6 (3.06%) Hedge funds
7 6 (3.06%) Clustering
7 6 (3.06%) Replication
8 5 (2.55%) Online Games
8 5 (2.55%) DataPower
9 3 (1.53%) Smart Meter
9 3 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.53%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.02%) SecurID
11 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.51%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 64 (32.65%) Linux
2 53 (27.04%) Windows
3 33 (16.84%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (11.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 19 (9.69%) UNIX
6 17 (8.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (7.65%) Windows 7
8 13 (6.63%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (2.04%) Solaris
10 3 (1.53%) CentOS
10 3 (1.53%) Oracle Linux
10 3 (1.53%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.02%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.02%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.51%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (29.59%) Load Balancing
2 52 (26.53%) ITIL
3 37 (18.88%) Network Management
4 32 (16.33%) Problem Management
5 25 (12.76%) E-Commerce
6 16 (8.16%) Performance Management
6 16 (8.16%) Network Monitoring
7 15 (7.65%) Performance Monitoring
7 15 (7.65%) Mentoring
8 14 (7.14%) Network Architecture
8 14 (7.14%) Service Management
9 13 (6.63%) Release Management
10 11 (5.61%) Network Design
10 11 (5.61%) Disaster Recovery
10 11 (5.61%) ITSM
10 11 (5.61%) Capacity Management
11 10 (5.10%) Business Continuity Planning
11 10 (5.10%) Change Management
11 10 (5.10%) BCP
11 10 (5.10%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 18 (9.18%) C
2 15 (7.65%) Java
3 14 (7.14%) PowerShell
4 9 (4.59%) Python
5 8 (4.08%) VB
6 7 (3.57%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.55%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.04%) Perl
8 4 (2.04%) Ruby
9 3 (1.53%) PHP
9 3 (1.53%) SQL
Qualifications
1 89 (45.41%) Cisco Certification
2 68 (34.69%) CCNP
3 35 (17.86%) CCSE
4 34 (17.35%) CCNA
5 29 (14.80%) Security Cleared
6 20 (10.20%) SC Cleared
7 13 (6.63%) CCSP
7 13 (6.63%) CCSA
8 12 (6.12%) CCIE
9 11 (5.61%) Degree
10 9 (4.59%) CCDP
11 8 (4.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (3.57%) DV Cleared
13 6 (3.06%) Microsoft Certification
14 5 (2.55%) MCSE
15 4 (2.04%) CISSP
16 3 (1.53%) RHCE
17 2 (1.02%) MCSA
17 2 (1.02%) MCP
17 2 (1.02%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.14%) SLA
2 7 (3.57%) QA
3 5 (2.55%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (22.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (17.35%) Active Directory
3 13 (6.63%) Xen
3 13 (6.63%) NLBS
4 12 (6.12%) Hyper-V
4 12 (6.12%) XenApp
5 10 (5.10%) vSphere
6 9 (4.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 8 (4.08%) ProxySG
8 7 (3.57%) NFS
9 6 (3.06%) Forefront TMG
10 5 (2.55%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (2.55%) vCloud
10 5 (2.55%) VMware ESX
11 4 (2.04%) XenServer
12 3 (1.53%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.51%) Varnish
13 1 (0.51%) KVM
13 1 (0.51%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 14 (7.14%) WSUS
2 12 (6.12%) BladeLogic
2 12 (6.12%) Control-M
2 12 (6.12%) OPNET
3 8 (4.08%) ITRS Geneos
4 7 (3.57%) OpenView
4 7 (3.57%) Netcool
4 7 (3.57%) Puppet
5 6 (3.06%) SCOM
6 4 (2.04%) SolarWinds Orion
6 4 (2.04%) FortiGate
6 4 (2.04%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 3 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (1.53%) Foglight
7 3 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.02%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (1.02%) CiscoWorks
8 2 (1.02%) SCCM
9 1 (0.51%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.51%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 158 (80.61%) F5
2 140 (71.43%) Cisco
3 106 (54.08%) CheckPoint
4 62 (31.63%) VMware
5 54 (27.55%) Juniper
6 40 (20.41%) Microsoft
6 40 (20.41%) Blue Coat
7 36 (18.37%) Citrix
8 31 (15.82%) Nokia
9 23 (11.73%) HP
10 22 (11.22%) Infoblox
11 21 (10.71%) SolarWinds
11 21 (10.71%) Red Hat
12 20 (10.20%) Nortel
13 17 (8.67%) BMC
14 16 (8.16%) Oracle
15 15 (7.65%) Imperva
16 14 (7.14%) Riverbed
16 14 (7.14%) Fortinet
17 8 (4.08%) Altiris