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 11 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 487 496 495
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -1
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 93 74 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.29% 1.06% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 46 46
Average daily rate
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£383 £413 £411
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.27% +0.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £338 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £510 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £413 £363
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +13.79%
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
7201 6993 8756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.67% 13.95% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3852 3553 3828
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 513 662
Average hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +3.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.56 £13.75 £12.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.44% -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 11 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 11 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
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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 +5 87 £383 -7.27% 12
London +13 45 £395 -16.84% 4
South East 0 24 £300 -20.00%
City of London +33 12 £376 -31.59%
Berkshire +5 12 £325 -
Reading +9 10 £325 -
York +6 7 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire -4 7 £401 +10.48%
Yorkshire -6 7 £401 +14.42%
Buckinghamshire - 6 £315 -
East of England -19 4 £388 -6.06% 2
Hampshire - 4 £260 -
West Midlands -13 3 £250 -55.94% 1
Essex -11 2 £388 -6.06%
Milton Keynes - 2 £330 -
Scotland - 2 £360 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £335 - 1
Surrey -3 1 £395 +5.33%
Middlesex - 1 £288 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £335 - 1
Bracknell - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £475 - 1
Guildford - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Camberley - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Luton - - - - 1
Manchester - - - - 1

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 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.

1 132 (80.98%) Firewall
2 127 (77.91%) F5
3 125 (76.69%) Cisco
4 106 (65.03%) CheckPoint
5 88 (53.99%) Cisco Certification
6 74 (45.40%) CCNP
7 69 (42.33%) Cisco ASA
8 66 (40.49%) WAN
8 66 (40.49%) DNS
9 61 (37.42%) Linux
9 61 (37.42%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 51 (31.29%) OSPF
11 49 (30.06%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 48 (29.45%) VMware
13 47 (28.83%) Blue Coat
13 47 (28.83%) Network Security
13 47 (28.83%) MPLS
14 46 (28.22%) VMware Infrastructure
15 45 (27.61%) BGP
15 45 (27.61%) Citrix
16 43 (26.38%) LAN
17 42 (25.77%) Windows
18 41 (25.15%) Thin Client
18 41 (25.15%) Fat Client
19 40 (24.54%) VPN
20 36 (22.09%) Juniper
21 33 (20.25%) E-Commerce
21 33 (20.25%) Load Balancing
22 32 (19.63%) Apache
22 32 (19.63%) DMVPN

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 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 32 (19.63%) Apache
2 19 (11.66%) MS Exchange
3 18 (11.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 14 (8.59%) WebLogic
5 12 (7.36%) IIS
6 10 (6.13%) WebSphere
7 6 (3.68%) OpenStack
7 6 (3.68%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.84%) IBM HTTP Server
8 3 (1.84%) nginx
8 3 (1.84%) Lync
9 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 18 (11.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.23%) Office 365
2 1 (0.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 132 (80.98%) Firewall
2 69 (42.33%) Cisco ASA
3 66 (40.49%) WAN
3 66 (40.49%) DNS
4 61 (37.42%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 51 (31.29%) OSPF
6 49 (30.06%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 47 (28.83%) MPLS
7 47 (28.83%) Network Security
8 45 (27.61%) BGP
9 43 (26.38%) LAN
10 40 (24.54%) VPN
11 32 (19.63%) DMVPN
12 31 (19.02%) Cisco Nexus
12 31 (19.02%) DHCP
13 27 (16.56%) TCP/IP
13 27 (16.56%) Cisco IOS
14 26 (15.95%) NetScreen
14 26 (15.95%) IPsec
15 25 (15.34%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.91%) MySQL
2 6 (3.68%) Redis
2 6 (3.68%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (3.68%) MongoDB
2 6 (3.68%) NoSQL
3 3 (1.84%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.23%) Oracle Exadata
5 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.23%) Subversion
General
1 13 (7.98%) Telecoms
2 8 (4.91%) Finance
3 6 (3.68%) Banking
4 3 (1.84%) Investment Banking
4 3 (1.84%) Front Office
4 3 (1.84%) Publishing
5 2 (1.23%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.61%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.61%) Norwegian Language
6 1 (0.61%) Retail
6 1 (0.61%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 50 (30.67%) Network Engineer
2 27 (16.56%) Security Specialist
3 26 (15.95%) Network Specialist
4 25 (15.34%) Network Security Specialist
5 18 (11.04%) Consultant
6 16 (9.82%) Design Engineer
6 16 (9.82%) Security Engineer
7 15 (9.20%) Analyst
8 12 (7.36%) Network Consultant
8 12 (7.36%) Support Engineer
8 12 (7.36%) IP Engineer
9 11 (6.75%) Network Support
10 10 (6.13%) Implementation Engineer
11 9 (5.52%) Network Design Engineer
11 9 (5.52%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (5.52%) Operations Analyst
12 8 (4.91%) Network Support Engineer
13 7 (4.29%) Network Security Engineer
13 7 (4.29%) Network Implementation Engineer
14 6 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.13%) .NET
2 8 (4.91%) CSS
3 5 (3.07%) Java EE
4 3 (1.84%) WCF
4 3 (1.84%) Middleware
5 2 (1.23%) Ruby on Rails
5 2 (1.23%) J2EE
5 2 (1.23%) XML
5 2 (1.23%) WAP
5 2 (1.23%) CGI
5 2 (1.23%) REST
5 2 (1.23%) FastCGI
6 1 (0.61%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 41 (25.15%) Thin Client
1 41 (25.15%) Fat Client
2 18 (11.04%) Blackberry
3 3 (1.84%) Clustering
3 3 (1.84%) SecurID
3 3 (1.84%) Open Source
3 3 (1.84%) EqualLogic
4 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.23%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (1.23%) Online Banking
4 2 (1.23%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.23%) Replication
5 1 (0.61%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.61%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.61%) CESG
5 1 (0.61%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.61%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 61 (37.42%) Linux
2 42 (25.77%) Windows
3 22 (13.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 19 (11.66%) UNIX
5 18 (11.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (11.04%) Windows 7
6 8 (4.91%) CentOS
7 5 (3.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.45%) Ubuntu
9 3 (1.84%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.61%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (20.25%) E-Commerce
1 33 (20.25%) Load Balancing
2 24 (14.72%) ITIL
3 22 (13.50%) Network Management
4 19 (11.66%) Service Management
4 19 (11.66%) Problem Management
5 16 (9.82%) Migration
5 16 (9.82%) Performance Management
6 15 (9.20%) Network Design
7 10 (6.13%) Root Cause Analysis
8 8 (4.91%) WAN Optimisation
8 8 (4.91%) OO
8 8 (4.91%) Configuration Management
9 7 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (4.29%) DevOps
10 6 (3.68%) ITSM
10 6 (3.68%) OOP
11 5 (3.07%) BCP
11 5 (3.07%) Business Continuity
11 5 (3.07%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 23 (14.11%) C
2 18 (11.04%) Java
3 13 (7.98%) Perl
4 10 (6.13%) Python
5 8 (4.91%) Ruby
6 3 (1.84%) PowerShell
6 3 (1.84%) VB
7 2 (1.23%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.23%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.23%) PHP
7 2 (1.23%) SQL
8 1 (0.61%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 88 (53.99%) Cisco Certification
2 74 (45.40%) CCNP
3 30 (18.40%) CCSE
4 24 (14.72%) CCNA
5 20 (12.27%) Security Cleared
6 19 (11.66%) CCIE
7 13 (7.98%) SC Cleared
8 12 (7.36%) CCDP
8 12 (7.36%) CISSP
8 12 (7.36%) Check Point Certification
9 11 (6.75%) CCSP
10 7 (4.29%) Degree
11 3 (1.84%) CCSA
11 3 (1.84%) CCA
11 3 (1.84%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (1.23%) MCSE
12 2 (1.23%) MCSA
12 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.61%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.13%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.45%) SLA
3 3 (1.84%) QA
System Software
1 46 (28.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (15.95%) Active Directory
3 22 (13.50%) Hyper-V
3 22 (13.50%) Xen
4 18 (11.04%) NLBS
5 10 (6.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 10 (6.13%) XenApp
6 6 (3.68%) ProxySG
6 6 (3.68%) Varnish
6 6 (3.68%) KVM
7 4 (2.45%) NFS
8 3 (1.84%) vSphere
9 2 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.61%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.61%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 17 (10.43%) WSUS
2 14 (8.59%) FortiGate
3 6 (3.68%) Puppet
3 6 (3.68%) CiscoWorks
3 6 (3.68%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (3.68%) HAProxy
3 6 (3.68%) Salt
4 5 (3.07%) collectd
4 5 (3.07%) StatsD
4 5 (3.07%) logstash
4 5 (3.07%) Vagrant
5 3 (1.84%) WhatsUp Gold
5 3 (1.84%) Control-M
5 3 (1.84%) BladeLogic
5 3 (1.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (1.84%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (1.23%) SCCM
6 2 (1.23%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.23%) OpenView
6 2 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 127 (77.91%) F5
2 125 (76.69%) Cisco
3 106 (65.03%) CheckPoint
4 48 (29.45%) VMware
5 47 (28.83%) Blue Coat
6 45 (27.61%) Citrix
7 36 (22.09%) Juniper
8 25 (15.34%) Microsoft
8 25 (15.34%) Infoblox
8 25 (15.34%) Imperva
9 22 (13.50%) HP
10 17 (10.43%) Oracle
11 9 (5.52%) NetApp
11 9 (5.52%) Fortinet
12 8 (4.91%) Nokia
13 7 (4.29%) McAfee
14 6 (3.68%) Symantec
14 6 (3.68%) Rackspace
14 6 (3.68%) SaltStack
15 5 (3.07%) Sourcefire
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