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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 494 531 522
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -9
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 136 85 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.15% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.69% 1.03% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 53 44
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£425 £340 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -12.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £260 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £525 £571
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £330 £381
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -13.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £50.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +38.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £50.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
- +38.88%

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
8058 8268 7224
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.62% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4617 4497 3898
Average daily rate £375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 525 460 419
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +2.12%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 +41 136 £425 +23.18% 4
London +38 87 £425 +10.74% 3
City of London +29 28 £450 +28.57%
South East -6 21 £480 +45.45%
West Midlands +6 11 £305 +10.90%
Buckinghamshire -12 10 £488 +47.72%
Kent - 9 £394 -
Birmingham +10 7 £300 +20.00%
High Wycombe - 6 £480 -
West Yorkshire - 5 £429 -
Yorkshire - 5 £429 -
Shropshire -7 4 £310 -3.12%
Telford -8 4 £310 -3.12%
Halifax - 4 £429 -
Midlands - 4 £320 -
Tunbridge Wells - 3 £394 -
Isleworth - 3 - -
South West -15 2 £276 -13.33%
North West -30 2 £300 -17.24%
Cumbria - 2 £300 -
West Malling - 2 - -
Croydon - 2 - -
East of England +5 1 £313 -
Wiltshire +1 1 £313 -
Northamptonshire -3 1 £407 +21.49%
Cheltenham -5 1 £240 -8.57%
Gloucestershire -12 1 £240 -12.72%
East Midlands -14 1 £407 +21.49% 1
Milton Keynes -14 1 £500 +51.51%
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £425 - 1

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

1 199 (81.22%) Cisco
2 176 (71.84%) F5
3 173 (70.61%) Firewall
4 139 (56.73%) CheckPoint
5 114 (46.53%) WAN
6 111 (45.31%) Cisco Certification
7 103 (42.04%) LAN
8 89 (36.33%) CCNP
9 81 (33.06%) Windows
9 81 (33.06%) MPLS
10 74 (30.20%) TCP/IP
11 69 (28.16%) DNS
12 65 (26.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 64 (26.12%) ITIL
14 63 (25.71%) OSPF
15 58 (23.67%) Finance
15 58 (23.67%) Cisco ASA
16 56 (22.86%) Data Centre
17 53 (21.63%) BGP
18 52 (21.22%) Microsoft
19 51 (20.82%) Internet
20 50 (20.41%) UNIX
20 50 (20.41%) Cisco Nexus
21 48 (19.59%) VoIP
21 48 (19.59%) Blue Coat
22 47 (19.18%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
23 46 (18.78%) Active Directory
24 45 (18.37%) VPN
25 44 (17.96%) Juniper
25 44 (17.96%) Load Balancing

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 39 (15.92%) MS Exchange
2 28 (11.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 11 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (4.08%) WebSphere
4 10 (4.08%) WebSphere Application Server
5 8 (3.27%) IIS
5 8 (3.27%) Apache
6 7 (2.86%) Office Communications Server
6 7 (2.86%) Lync
7 6 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (1.63%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.22%) IBM HTTP Server
10 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.41%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (13.88%) MS Office
2 9 (3.67%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.22%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.82%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.41%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.41%) PaaS
3 1 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.41%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 173 (70.61%) Firewall
2 114 (46.53%) WAN
3 103 (42.04%) LAN
4 81 (33.06%) MPLS
5 74 (30.20%) TCP/IP
6 69 (28.16%) DNS
7 65 (26.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 63 (25.71%) OSPF
9 58 (23.67%) Cisco ASA
10 53 (21.63%) BGP
11 51 (20.82%) Internet
12 50 (20.41%) Cisco Nexus
13 48 (19.59%) VoIP
14 47 (19.18%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 45 (18.37%) VPN
16 41 (16.73%) Wireless
17 36 (14.69%) SAN
18 34 (13.88%) SSL
19 29 (11.84%) DHCP
20 28 (11.43%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.04%) Oracle Exadata
2 4 (1.63%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.82%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (2.45%) Introscope
2 3 (1.22%) JMeter
3 1 (0.41%) ProC
General
1 58 (23.67%) Finance
2 17 (6.94%) Banking
3 13 (5.31%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.45%) Retail
5 5 (2.04%) Advertising
6 4 (1.63%) Back Office
6 4 (1.63%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.22%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.22%) Front Office
7 3 (1.22%) Publishing
8 2 (0.82%) Billing
8 2 (0.82%) Marketing
9 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 81 (33.06%) Network Engineer
2 47 (19.18%) Architect
3 33 (13.47%) Analyst
3 33 (13.47%) Network Architect
4 32 (13.06%) Administrator
5 18 (7.35%) Senior Network Engineer
6 17 (6.94%) Infrastructure Architect
6 17 (6.94%) Operations Analyst
7 16 (6.53%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (5.71%) Consultant
9 13 (5.31%) Support Engineer
10 12 (4.90%) Support Analyst
10 12 (4.90%) Security Engineer
11 11 (4.49%) Network Support
11 11 (4.49%) Network Infrastructure Architect
12 10 (4.08%) Network Specialist
13 8 (3.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 8 (3.27%) Design Engineer
14 7 (2.86%) Network Administrator
14 7 (2.86%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.35%) Middleware
2 17 (6.94%) 802.1X
3 16 (6.53%) CSS
4 7 (2.86%) MAPI
5 6 (2.45%) XMPP
5 6 (2.45%) Java EE
5 6 (2.45%) .NET
6 3 (1.22%) WCF
6 3 (1.22%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (0.82%) RSS
Miscellaneous
1 56 (22.86%) Data Centre
2 28 (11.43%) Blackberry
3 15 (6.12%) Thin Client
3 15 (6.12%) Fat Client
3 15 (6.12%) Video Conferencing
4 13 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (4.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 7 (2.86%) iPhone
7 6 (2.45%) SecurID
8 5 (2.04%) Replication
9 4 (1.63%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.22%) Fixed Income
10 3 (1.22%) Clustering
10 3 (1.22%) BBC
11 2 (0.82%) e-Health
11 2 (0.82%) DataPower
11 2 (0.82%) Management Information System
12 1 (0.41%) IVR
12 1 (0.41%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 81 (33.06%) Windows
2 50 (20.41%) UNIX
3 40 (16.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 38 (15.51%) Linux
5 34 (13.88%) Windows Server 2003
6 28 (11.43%) Windows 7
7 18 (7.35%) Solaris
8 14 (5.71%) Oracle Linux
9 8 (3.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (2.86%) CentOS
10 7 (2.86%) Ubuntu
10 7 (2.86%) Android
11 6 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (1.63%) zOS
12 4 (1.63%) AIX
12 4 (1.63%) SUSE
13 3 (1.22%) Windows NT
13 3 (1.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (26.12%) ITIL
2 44 (17.96%) Service Management
2 44 (17.96%) Load Balancing
3 31 (12.65%) Problem Management
4 29 (11.84%) Performance Management
5 28 (11.43%) Network Design
5 28 (11.43%) BCP
6 27 (11.02%) ITSM
7 25 (10.20%) Business Continuity
7 25 (10.20%) Disaster Recovery
7 25 (10.20%) Business Continuity Planning
8 20 (8.16%) Migration
9 19 (7.76%) Network Architecture
10 17 (6.94%) Change Control
11 14 (5.71%) WAN Optimisation
12 13 (5.31%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (4.90%) Load Testing
13 12 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (4.90%) Performance Tuning
14 10 (4.08%) DDoS Mitigation
Programming Languages
1 10 (4.08%) Python
2 6 (2.45%) Java
2 6 (2.45%) Perl
2 6 (2.45%) SQL
3 3 (1.22%) VBScript
3 3 (1.22%) JavaScript
3 3 (1.22%) Tcl
3 3 (1.22%) Ruby
4 2 (0.82%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 111 (45.31%) Cisco Certification
2 89 (36.33%) CCNP
3 39 (15.92%) Security Cleared
4 29 (11.84%) CCNA
5 22 (8.98%) SC Cleared
6 21 (8.57%) CCIE
7 19 (7.76%) CCSA
8 8 (3.27%) CCSE
9 7 (2.86%) DV Cleared
10 6 (2.45%) CCIP
11 5 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (2.04%) MCSE
12 4 (1.63%) CCDP
13 3 (1.22%) CCDA
13 3 (1.22%) CCSP
13 3 (1.22%) Degree
14 2 (0.82%) Check Point Certification
14 2 (0.82%) JNCIA
14 2 (0.82%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.41%) SLA
1 1 (0.41%) QA
1 1 (0.41%) JSP 440
1 1 (0.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (18.78%) Active Directory
2 29 (11.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 29 (11.84%) NLBS
3 22 (8.98%) ProxySG
4 21 (8.57%) Hyper-V
5 14 (5.71%) Xen
5 14 (5.71%) Firmware
6 13 (5.31%) XenApp
7 11 (4.49%) vSphere
8 7 (2.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 7 (2.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 7 (2.86%) NFS
9 6 (2.45%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.82%) Squid
11 1 (0.41%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.41%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.41%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.41%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 27 (11.02%) WSUS
2 17 (6.94%) BladeLogic
3 14 (5.71%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 14 (5.71%) Control-M
4 10 (4.08%) Cisco CUCM
5 9 (3.67%) SolarWinds Orion
5 9 (3.67%) CiscoWorks
6 8 (3.27%) Cisco Prime
7 6 (2.45%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (2.45%) FortiGate
7 6 (2.45%) ITRS Geneos
7 6 (2.45%) OVSD
8 5 (2.04%) Foglight
9 3 (1.22%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.41%) SCCM
11 1 (0.41%) Nagios
11 1 (0.41%) OPNET
Vendors
1 199 (81.22%) Cisco
2 176 (71.84%) F5
3 139 (56.73%) CheckPoint
4 52 (21.22%) Microsoft
5 48 (19.59%) Blue Coat
6 44 (17.96%) Juniper
7 37 (15.10%) VMware
8 32 (13.06%) Avaya
9 30 (12.24%) Oracle
10 26 (10.61%) Nortel
10 26 (10.61%) Citrix
11 25 (10.20%) Nokia
12 21 (8.57%) Symantec
13 19 (7.76%) SolarWinds
14 18 (7.35%) Fortinet
15 16 (6.53%) McAfee
15 16 (6.53%) HP
16 14 (5.71%) CA
17 12 (4.90%) NetApp
18 9 (3.67%) BMC