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 August 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 507 501 529
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +28
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 88 77 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.08% 1.06% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 46 35
Average daily rate
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£350 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £320 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £565 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £381 £383
% change year-on-year
-13.44% -0.32%
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% -

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
8141 7236 8937
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.44% 13.57% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4382 3894 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 435 417 704
Average hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-10.20% -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 22 August 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 August 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 -15 86 £350 -9.67% 7
London +27 43 £398 -18.46% 4
South East 0 17 £330 -12.00% 1
West Midlands -18 11 £275 -11.29% 1
City of London +40 10 £350 -36.36% 2
South West - 8 £288 -
Milton Keynes - 7 £330 -
Buckinghamshire - 7 £330 -
Berkshire +9 4 £255 -
Reading +14 2 £255 -
North West +2 2 £363 +16.93%
East of England -33 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £335 -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
York +7 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire +1 1 £401 +3.35%
Surrey -5 1 £395 +5.33%
Yorkshire -7 1 £401 +3.35% 1
Northamptonshire - 1 £335 -
Scotland - 1 £245 -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Kent - - - - 1
Dorset - - - -
Essex - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - - 1

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 145 (77.96%) F5
2 137 (73.66%) Firewall
3 130 (69.89%) Cisco
4 107 (57.53%) CheckPoint
5 88 (47.31%) Cisco Certification
6 70 (37.63%) CCNP
7 69 (37.10%) Linux
8 62 (33.33%) WAN
8 62 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
9 61 (32.80%) DNS
10 59 (31.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 49 (26.34%) Windows
12 47 (25.27%) LAN
12 47 (25.27%) Juniper
12 47 (25.27%) VMware
12 47 (25.27%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 46 (24.73%) Network Security
13 46 (24.73%) OSPF
13 46 (24.73%) BGP
14 45 (24.19%) MPLS
14 45 (24.19%) VMware Infrastructure
15 44 (23.66%) Citrix
15 44 (23.66%) Blue Coat
16 41 (22.04%) Load Balancing
16 41 (22.04%) VPN
17 40 (21.51%) Thin Client
17 40 (21.51%) Fat Client
18 39 (20.97%) ITIL
19 38 (20.43%) Apache
20 33 (17.74%) Cisco Nexus

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 38 (20.43%) Apache
2 27 (14.52%) MS Exchange
3 20 (10.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 17 (9.14%) IIS
5 15 (8.06%) WebLogic
6 11 (5.91%) Tomcat
7 10 (5.38%) WebSphere
8 8 (4.30%) IBM HTTP Server
8 8 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (3.76%) OpenStack
10 3 (1.61%) nginx
10 3 (1.61%) Lync
11 1 (0.54%) Oracle Service Bus
11 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 20 (10.75%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.08%) Office 365
2 1 (0.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 137 (73.66%) Firewall
2 62 (33.33%) WAN
2 62 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
3 61 (32.80%) DNS
4 59 (31.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 47 (25.27%) LAN
5 47 (25.27%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 46 (24.73%) Network Security
6 46 (24.73%) OSPF
6 46 (24.73%) BGP
7 45 (24.19%) MPLS
8 41 (22.04%) VPN
9 33 (17.74%) Cisco Nexus
10 31 (16.67%) NetScreen
10 31 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
11 28 (15.05%) DMVPN
11 28 (15.05%) SSL
12 27 (14.52%) DHCP
13 25 (13.44%) IPsec
14 24 (12.90%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.30%) MySQL
3 6 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (3.23%) Redis
3 6 (3.23%) MongoDB
3 6 (3.23%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.08%) Oracle Exadata
5 1 (0.54%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 2 (1.08%) Subversion
2 1 (0.54%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.54%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.54%) Introscope
General
1 15 (8.06%) Telecoms
1 15 (8.06%) Finance
2 11 (5.91%) Banking
3 8 (4.30%) Front Office
3 8 (4.30%) Investment Banking
4 7 (3.76%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.61%) Publishing
6 2 (1.08%) Retail
7 1 (0.54%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.54%) Billing
7 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.54%) Norwegian Language
7 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.54%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 55 (29.57%) Network Engineer
2 28 (15.05%) Network Specialist
3 24 (12.90%) Security Specialist
3 24 (12.90%) Network Security Specialist
3 24 (12.90%) Consultant
4 19 (10.22%) Support Engineer
5 18 (9.68%) Security Engineer
6 16 (8.60%) Analyst
7 13 (6.99%) Design Engineer
8 12 (6.45%) Network Support
8 12 (6.45%) Network Consultant
8 12 (6.45%) IP Engineer
9 11 (5.91%) Operations Analyst
10 10 (5.38%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (4.84%) Network Security Engineer
11 9 (4.84%) Network Support Engineer
12 8 (4.30%) Team Leader
12 8 (4.30%) Network Design Engineer
13 7 (3.76%) Linux Engineer
13 7 (3.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (8.06%) .NET
2 14 (7.53%) CSS
3 10 (5.38%) Java EE
4 9 (4.84%) Middleware
5 8 (4.30%) WCF
6 3 (1.61%) WAP
7 2 (1.08%) Ruby on Rails
7 2 (1.08%) CGI
7 2 (1.08%) J2EE
7 2 (1.08%) XML
7 2 (1.08%) FastCGI
7 2 (1.08%) REST
8 1 (0.54%) Web Services
8 1 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.54%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 40 (21.51%) Thin Client
1 40 (21.51%) Fat Client
2 20 (10.75%) Blackberry
3 5 (2.69%) Hedge funds
4 4 (2.15%) Visualisation
5 3 (1.61%) Open Source
5 3 (1.61%) EqualLogic
5 3 (1.61%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.61%) SecurID
5 3 (1.61%) Clustering
6 2 (1.08%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.08%) Replication
6 2 (1.08%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.08%) Online Banking
6 2 (1.08%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.54%) FMCG
7 1 (0.54%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.54%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 69 (37.10%) Linux
2 49 (26.34%) Windows
3 29 (15.59%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (10.75%) UNIX
4 20 (10.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 20 (10.75%) Windows 7
5 11 (5.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (4.30%) CentOS
7 4 (2.15%) Ubuntu
8 3 (1.61%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.54%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (22.04%) Load Balancing
2 39 (20.97%) ITIL
3 32 (17.20%) E-Commerce
4 31 (16.67%) Network Management
5 30 (16.13%) Problem Management
6 20 (10.75%) Service Management
7 18 (9.68%) Performance Management
8 16 (8.60%) Migration
9 12 (6.45%) Network Design
10 10 (5.38%) Release Management
10 10 (5.38%) Capacity Management
11 9 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
12 8 (4.30%) ITSM
12 8 (4.30%) OO
12 8 (4.30%) Configuration Management
12 8 (4.30%) Root Cause Analysis
12 8 (4.30%) Performance Monitoring
12 8 (4.30%) Server Monitoring
13 7 (3.76%) DevOps
13 7 (3.76%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 25 (13.44%) Java
2 22 (11.83%) C
3 15 (8.06%) Python
4 13 (6.99%) Perl
5 8 (4.30%) Ruby
5 8 (4.30%) VB
5 8 (4.30%) PowerShell
6 3 (1.61%) SQL
7 2 (1.08%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.08%) PHP
7 2 (1.08%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.54%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 88 (47.31%) Cisco Certification
2 70 (37.63%) CCNP
3 29 (15.59%) CCSE
4 28 (15.05%) Security Cleared
5 21 (11.29%) CCNA
6 19 (10.22%) CCIE
7 18 (9.68%) SC Cleared
8 12 (6.45%) Check Point Certification
8 12 (6.45%) CISSP
9 11 (5.91%) CCSP
10 8 (4.30%) Degree
10 8 (4.30%) CCDP
11 3 (1.61%) CCA
11 3 (1.61%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (1.61%) CCSA
12 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (1.08%) MCSE
12 2 (1.08%) MCSA
13 1 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.54%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.38%) PCI DSS
2 5 (2.69%) SLA
3 3 (1.61%) QA
System Software
1 45 (24.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 32 (17.20%) Active Directory
3 22 (11.83%) Xen
3 22 (11.83%) Hyper-V
4 20 (10.75%) NLBS
5 10 (5.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 10 (5.38%) XenApp
6 7 (3.76%) ProxySG
7 6 (3.23%) Varnish
7 6 (3.23%) KVM
8 4 (2.15%) NFS
9 3 (1.61%) vSphere
10 2 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.54%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.54%) Postfix
11 1 (0.54%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 19 (10.22%) WSUS
2 14 (7.53%) FortiGate
3 8 (4.30%) BladeLogic
3 8 (4.30%) Control-M
3 8 (4.30%) ITRS Geneos
4 6 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (3.23%) HAProxy
4 6 (3.23%) Puppet
4 6 (3.23%) Salt
5 5 (2.69%) Vagrant
5 5 (2.69%) collectd
5 5 (2.69%) StatsD
5 5 (2.69%) logstash
6 4 (2.15%) OPNET
7 3 (1.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (1.61%) WhatsUp Gold
7 3 (1.61%) OpenView
8 2 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (1.08%) Netcool
8 2 (1.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 145 (77.96%) F5
2 130 (69.89%) Cisco
3 107 (57.53%) CheckPoint
4 47 (25.27%) Juniper
4 47 (25.27%) VMware
5 44 (23.66%) Citrix
5 44 (23.66%) Blue Coat
6 27 (14.52%) Microsoft
7 24 (12.90%) Infoblox
7 24 (12.90%) Imperva
8 23 (12.37%) Oracle
9 21 (11.29%) HP
10 11 (5.91%) Nokia
11 10 (5.38%) Red Hat
12 9 (4.84%) NetApp
12 9 (4.84%) BMC
13 8 (4.30%) Altiris
13 8 (4.30%) Fortinet
14 7 (3.76%) SolarWinds
14 7 (3.76%) Nortel
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