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 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 460 518 484
Rank change year-on-year
+58 -34
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 116 48 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.095% 0.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.51% 0.73% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 24 26
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£419 £410 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.07% -8.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £331 £343
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £374 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.15% -0.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
7686 6595 7037
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.65% 13.12% 15.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4152 3354 3398
Average daily rate £375 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 378 605
Average hourly rate £25.50 £20.00 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -14.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.85 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £20.53 £23.42
% change year-on-year
+33.95% -12.32%

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 2015. 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 +51 116 £419 +2.07% 13
London +20 45 £425 -22.72% 4
Yorkshire +21 34 £401 +1.64%
York +27 33 £401 +1.64%
North Yorkshire +24 33 £401 +1.64%
South East -11 23 £410 +18.84% 3
City of London +31 17 £413 -21.42% 1
Hampshire -7 9 £400 +15.94%
West Midlands -23 6 £475 +23.37% 3
Buckinghamshire - 5 £395 -
Surrey +3 4 £520 -
Berkshire +2 4 - - 2
Reading - 4 - - 1
East of England +7 3 £406 +4.83% 1
Milton Keynes - 3 £410 -
South West - 2 £313 -
Essex +11 1 £425 +9.67%
Devon - 1 £225 -
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 £400 -
Worcestershire - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
Northamptonshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Derbyshire - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Middlesex - - - -
Sheffield - - - -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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.

1 184 (88.04%) F5
2 159 (76.08%) Cisco
3 146 (69.86%) Firewall
4 124 (59.33%) CheckPoint
5 110 (52.63%) Cisco Certification
6 108 (51.67%) VMware
7 95 (45.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 93 (44.50%) CCNP
9 89 (42.58%) OSPF
10 86 (41.15%) VMware Infrastructure
11 85 (40.67%) Linux
12 80 (38.28%) Cisco ASA
13 78 (37.32%) DNS
14 69 (33.01%) BGP
14 69 (33.01%) Blue Coat
15 66 (31.58%) CCSE
16 65 (31.10%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 64 (30.62%) Load Balancing
18 62 (29.67%) Juniper
19 61 (29.19%) Cisco IOS
20 60 (28.71%) DHCP
21 56 (26.79%) Network Security
22 54 (25.84%) Windows
22 54 (25.84%) Infoblox
23 53 (25.36%) Citrix
24 50 (23.92%) E-Commerce
24 50 (23.92%) Microsoft
25 48 (22.97%) LAN
26 45 (21.53%) WAN
27 43 (20.57%) ITIL

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 21 (10.05%) MS Exchange
2 16 (7.66%) Apache
3 11 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (4.78%) IIS
5 9 (4.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (3.35%) Tomcat
7 6 (2.87%) JBoss
8 5 (2.39%) WebSphere Application Server
8 5 (2.39%) WebSphere
9 4 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (1.44%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.48%) MediaWiki
11 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
Applications
1 17 (8.13%) MS Excel
2 15 (7.18%) MS Office
3 2 (0.96%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.39%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.91%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.91%) PaaS
2 4 (1.91%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (1.91%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (0.96%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 146 (69.86%) Firewall
2 95 (45.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 89 (42.58%) OSPF
4 80 (38.28%) Cisco ASA
5 78 (37.32%) DNS
6 69 (33.01%) BGP
7 65 (31.10%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 61 (29.19%) Cisco IOS
9 60 (28.71%) DHCP
10 56 (26.79%) Network Security
11 48 (22.97%) LAN
12 45 (21.53%) WAN
13 38 (18.18%) NetScreen
14 37 (17.70%) Cisco Nexus
15 35 (16.75%) DMVPN
16 29 (13.88%) SAN
17 25 (11.96%) iSCSI
18 24 (11.48%) TCP/IP
19 16 (7.66%) VoIP
19 16 (7.66%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.70%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.35%) MySQL
3 3 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.48%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.48%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.48%) Redis
Development Applications
1 5 (2.39%) Introscope
1 5 (2.39%) JMeter
2 3 (1.44%) Subversion
3 1 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 24 (11.48%) Finance
2 6 (2.87%) Games
3 5 (2.39%) Banking
3 5 (2.39%) Retail
4 4 (1.91%) Military
5 2 (0.96%) Back Office
5 2 (0.96%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.96%) Billing
6 1 (0.48%) Local Government
6 1 (0.48%) French Language
Job Titles
1 55 (26.32%) Network Engineer
2 42 (20.10%) Network Specialist
3 34 (16.27%) Network Security Specialist
3 34 (16.27%) Security Specialist
4 20 (9.57%) Security Engineer
4 20 (9.57%) Consultant
5 19 (9.09%) Analyst
6 11 (5.26%) Architect
7 10 (4.78%) Network Security Engineer
7 10 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (4.31%) Network Consultant
9 8 (3.83%) 3rd Line Support
9 8 (3.83%) Network Architect
10 7 (3.35%) Operations Analyst
10 7 (3.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 7 (3.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 7 (3.35%) Administrator
10 7 (3.35%) Support Analyst
10 7 (3.35%) Monitoring Specialist
11 6 (2.87%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.22%) CSS
1 13 (6.22%) Middleware
2 9 (4.31%) WAP
3 8 (3.83%) REST
3 8 (3.83%) Java EE
4 7 (3.35%) Ajax
5 6 (2.87%) .NET
6 5 (2.39%) JSON
6 5 (2.39%) SOAP
7 4 (1.91%) Web Services
8 3 (1.44%) XML
8 3 (1.44%) Ruby on Rails
8 3 (1.44%) CGI
8 3 (1.44%) FastCGI
8 3 (1.44%) Catalyst
8 3 (1.44%) Embperl
Miscellaneous
1 42 (20.10%) Thin Client
1 42 (20.10%) Fat Client
2 31 (14.83%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (6.22%) Clustering
4 12 (5.74%) User Experience
5 11 (5.26%) PKI
5 11 (5.26%) Visualisation
6 9 (4.31%) Blackberry
7 7 (3.35%) Hedge funds
8 5 (2.39%) Mobile App
8 5 (2.39%) Online Games
8 5 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (2.39%) DataPower
8 5 (2.39%) Replication
9 3 (1.44%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.48%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.48%) IVR
10 1 (0.48%) SecurID
10 1 (0.48%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.48%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 85 (40.67%) Linux
2 54 (25.84%) Windows
3 31 (14.83%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (10.05%) UNIX
5 19 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (7.66%) Windows 7
6 16 (7.66%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (5.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (3.35%) CentOS
9 6 (2.87%) Ubuntu
10 4 (1.91%) Solaris
11 3 (1.44%) Oracle Linux
11 3 (1.44%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.96%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.96%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.48%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (30.62%) Load Balancing
2 50 (23.92%) E-Commerce
3 43 (20.57%) ITIL
4 25 (11.96%) Network Management
5 22 (10.53%) Problem Management
6 18 (8.61%) Performance Monitoring
6 18 (8.61%) Mentoring
7 17 (8.13%) Network Monitoring
8 15 (7.18%) Network Architecture
9 14 (6.70%) Line Management
9 14 (6.70%) Service Management
10 13 (6.22%) Performance Tuning
11 12 (5.74%) ITSM
12 11 (5.26%) Performance Management
12 11 (5.26%) Change Control
12 11 (5.26%) Capacity Management
13 10 (4.78%) Root Cause Analysis
14 9 (4.31%) Disaster Recovery
15 8 (3.83%) Release Management
15 8 (3.83%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 32 (15.31%) C
2 15 (7.18%) PowerShell
3 9 (4.31%) Java
4 7 (3.35%) JavaScript
4 7 (3.35%) Shell Script
5 4 (1.91%) Ruby
6 3 (1.44%) Perl
6 3 (1.44%) PHP
7 1 (0.48%) SQL
7 1 (0.48%) Python
Qualifications
1 110 (52.63%) Cisco Certification
2 93 (44.50%) CCNP
3 66 (31.58%) CCSE
4 31 (14.83%) Security Cleared
5 26 (12.44%) CCNA
6 20 (9.57%) SC Cleared
7 13 (6.22%) DV Cleared
7 13 (6.22%) CCSP
8 12 (5.74%) CCIE
9 11 (5.26%) CCDP
10 10 (4.78%) CCSA
11 8 (3.83%) Degree
11 8 (3.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (2.39%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (2.39%) MCSE
13 4 (1.91%) CISSP
13 4 (1.91%) JNCIS
13 4 (1.91%) VCP4
14 3 (1.44%) RHCE
15 2 (0.96%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.26%) SLA
2 8 (3.83%) QA
3 4 (1.91%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.48%) JSP 440
System Software
1 86 (41.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (10.53%) Active Directory
3 18 (8.61%) XenServer
4 17 (8.13%) NFS
5 14 (6.70%) Hyper-V
6 12 (5.74%) vSphere
7 11 (5.26%) VMware ESX
7 11 (5.26%) Xen
8 10 (4.78%) XenApp
9 9 (4.31%) NLBS
10 8 (3.83%) Forefront TMG
11 7 (3.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 5 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
12 5 (2.39%) vCloud
13 3 (1.44%) ProxySG
13 3 (1.44%) XenDesktop
14 1 (0.48%) KVM
14 1 (0.48%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 12 (5.74%) OPNET
2 11 (5.26%) WSUS
3 8 (3.83%) Puppet
4 5 (2.39%) FortiGate
4 5 (2.39%) ITRS Geneos
4 5 (2.39%) SCOM
4 5 (2.39%) Netcool
4 5 (2.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (2.39%) OpenView
5 4 (1.91%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 4 (1.91%) Control-M
5 4 (1.91%) SolarWinds Orion
5 4 (1.91%) OVSD
5 4 (1.91%) BladeLogic
5 4 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.44%) Cisco Prime
6 3 (1.44%) Foglight
7 2 (0.96%) CiscoWorks
7 2 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.96%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 184 (88.04%) F5
2 159 (76.08%) Cisco
3 124 (59.33%) CheckPoint
4 108 (51.67%) VMware
5 69 (33.01%) Blue Coat
6 62 (29.67%) Juniper
7 54 (25.84%) Infoblox
8 53 (25.36%) Citrix
9 50 (23.92%) Microsoft
10 40 (19.14%) HP
11 35 (16.75%) Imperva
12 27 (12.92%) Nokia
13 22 (10.53%) SolarWinds
14 15 (7.18%) Nortel
15 14 (6.70%) Fortinet
15 14 (6.70%) Riverbed
16 12 (5.74%) Red Hat
16 12 (5.74%) BMC
17 10 (4.78%) Oracle
17 10 (4.78%) NetApp
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