The table below looks at the statistics for BIG-IP skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited BIG-IP over the 3 months to 27 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 514 519 549
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +30
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 120 145 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.25% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.43% 1.79% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 100 55
Median daily rate £475 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% +21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £315 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £455 £385 £330
% change year-on-year
+18.25% +16.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £50.00

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
8373 8117 8317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.71% 13.91% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5107 4640 4472
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £233 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 521 463
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.98% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £21.53 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+64.92% -2.15%

BIG-IP
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing BIG-IP as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BIG-IP within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -11 116 £475 +11.76% 10
London -34 48 £475 +11.11% 4
West Midlands -26 16 £388 +27.04% 1
South East +3 15 £460 -4.16% 3
Berkshire - 12 £475 - 2
West Yorkshire +7 9 £475 +10.85% 1
Yorkshire +6 9 £475 +10.85% 1
North West +21 8 £473 +57.50%
North East - 8 £400 -
East of England +28 7 £490 +56.80%
City of London +8 7 £500 +11.11%
Telford -16 6 £388 +25.00%
Shropshire -20 6 £388 +25.00%
Norfolk - 6 £490 -
Durham - 6 £350 -
Bracknell - 6 £475 -
Halifax +3 5 £475 +10.85% 1
Croydon -8 5 £470 -
Norwich - 5 £490 -
Scotland +14 4 £475 -
Edinburgh +9 4 £475 -
Manchester - 4 - -
Slough - 4 - -
South West +8 3 £350 +26.69% 1
Leeds +1 3 £400 -
Hampshire - 3 £378 -
Birmingham -19 2 - - 1
Bristol - 2 £350 -
Liverpool - 2 £425 -
Gosport - 2 £378 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 217 (93.94%) F5
2 176 (76.19%) Cisco
3 169 (73.16%) Firewall
4 107 (46.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 91 (39.39%) CheckPoint
6 78 (33.77%) ITIL
7 76 (32.90%) Juniper
8 71 (30.74%) DNS
9 69 (29.87%) BGP
9 69 (29.87%) Cisco ASA
10 64 (27.71%) Cisco Certification
11 63 (27.27%) Linux
12 60 (25.97%) Load Balancing
13 59 (25.54%) CCNP
14 56 (24.24%) Unix
15 55 (23.81%) TCP/IP
16 50 (21.65%) OSPF
17 48 (20.78%) Cisco Nexus
18 47 (20.35%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
19 45 (19.48%) ITIL V3
19 45 (19.48%) Data Centre
19 45 (19.48%) Network Security
20 44 (19.05%) Windows
21 43 (18.61%) WAN
22 42 (18.18%) SSL
22 42 (18.18%) Blue Coat
22 42 (18.18%) SolarWinds
23 41 (17.75%) Project Management
23 41 (17.75%) Finance
24 39 (16.88%) Wireless

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 25 (10.82%) WebLogic
2 21 (9.09%) iPlanet
3 13 (5.63%) Apache
4 12 (5.19%) Tomcat
5 8 (3.46%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.60%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (2.60%) MQSeries
6 6 (2.60%) OpenStack
6 6 (2.60%) SharePoint Server
7 5 (2.16%) IIS
7 5 (2.16%) JBoss
7 5 (2.16%) WebLogic Portal
8 3 (1.30%) Zimbra
9 2 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.87%) CMS
9 2 (0.87%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.87%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.87%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.43%) FileNet
10 1 (0.43%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 4 (1.73%) MS Visio
2 3 (1.30%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.87%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.43%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.46%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.73%) PaaS
3 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.87%) Yammer
4 1 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.43%) IaaS
4 1 (0.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 169 (73.16%) Firewall
2 107 (46.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 71 (30.74%) DNS
4 69 (29.87%) BGP
4 69 (29.87%) Cisco ASA
5 55 (23.81%) TCP/IP
6 50 (21.65%) OSPF
7 48 (20.78%) Cisco Nexus
8 47 (20.35%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 45 (19.48%) Network Security
10 43 (18.61%) WAN
11 42 (18.18%) SSL
12 39 (16.88%) Wireless
13 38 (16.45%) LAN
14 34 (14.72%) VPN
15 29 (12.55%) DHCP
15 29 (12.55%) HTTP
16 26 (11.26%) Internet
16 26 (11.26%) SAN
17 24 (10.39%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (11.69%) Oracle Database
2 9 (3.90%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.60%) DB2
3 6 (2.60%) MySQL
3 6 (2.60%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Exadata
4 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.03%) Git (software)
1 7 (3.03%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.60%) git-flow
2 6 (2.60%) JIRA
3 1 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.43%) Introscope
3 1 (0.43%) JMeter
3 1 (0.43%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.43%) Maven
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.43%) Subversion
3 1 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 41 (17.75%) Finance
2 19 (8.23%) Banking
3 6 (2.60%) Law
4 5 (2.16%) Retail
4 5 (2.16%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.30%) Games
5 3 (1.30%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.30%) Legal
6 2 (0.87%) Back Office
6 2 (0.87%) Billing
7 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 81 (35.06%) Network Engineer
2 30 (12.99%) Senior Network Engineer
3 28 (12.12%) Security Engineer
4 27 (11.69%) Cisco Engineer
5 24 (10.39%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 19 (8.23%) Consultant
6 19 (8.23%) Network Security Engineer
7 17 (7.36%) Administrator
8 11 (4.76%) Senior Network Security Engineer
8 11 (4.76%) Senior Security Engineer
9 10 (4.33%) Analyst
10 9 (3.90%) Network Consultant
11 8 (3.46%) Architect
11 8 (3.46%) Design Engineer
11 8 (3.46%) Implementation Engineer
11 8 (3.46%) Network Specialist
11 8 (3.46%) Systems Administrator
12 7 (3.03%) IP Engineer
12 7 (3.03%) Monitoring Engineer
12 7 (3.03%) Network Monitoring Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.09%) CSS
1 21 (9.09%) JSP
2 20 (8.66%) J2EE
3 10 (4.33%) Web Services
4 9 (3.90%) Middleware
5 6 (2.60%) SAML
6 5 (2.16%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 3 (1.30%) .NET
8 2 (0.87%) Java EE
8 2 (0.87%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (0.87%) SOAP
9 1 (0.43%) EJB 3.0
9 1 (0.43%) Embperl
9 1 (0.43%) FastCGI
9 1 (0.43%) IBM Integration Bus
9 1 (0.43%) JPA
9 1 (0.43%) jQuery
9 1 (0.43%) REST
9 1 (0.43%) RESTful
9 1 (0.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (19.48%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 13 (5.63%) User Experience
3 11 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 10 (4.33%) Private Cloud
5 8 (3.46%) Clustering
5 8 (3.46%) Visualisation
6 7 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.60%) Algorithms
7 6 (2.60%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.60%) Virtual Team
8 5 (2.16%) HP Storage
8 5 (2.16%) HP StoreVirtual
9 4 (1.73%) Grid Computing
9 4 (1.73%) IVR
10 3 (1.30%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.30%) Computer Science
10 3 (1.30%) PKI
11 2 (0.87%) CMDB
11 2 (0.87%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 63 (27.27%) Linux
2 56 (24.24%) Unix
3 44 (19.05%) Windows
4 36 (15.58%) Solaris
5 27 (11.69%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (11.26%) AIX
7 9 (3.90%) Windows Server
8 8 (3.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.87%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.43%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.43%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.43%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (33.77%) ITIL
2 60 (25.97%) Load Balancing
3 45 (19.48%) ITIL V3
4 41 (17.75%) Project Management
5 26 (11.26%) Kalman Filter
6 25 (10.82%) Network Monitoring
7 24 (10.39%) Network Architecture
8 23 (9.96%) Six Sigma
9 20 (8.66%) High Availability
9 20 (8.66%) Migration
10 18 (7.79%) Change Management
10 18 (7.79%) Network Management
11 17 (7.36%) Service Delivery
12 16 (6.93%) Configuration Management
12 16 (6.93%) Service Management
13 13 (5.63%) Enterprise Architecture
14 12 (5.19%) E-Commerce
14 12 (5.19%) Mentoring
14 12 (5.19%) Performance Management
14 12 (5.19%) QMS
Programming Languages
1 35 (15.15%) Java
2 11 (4.76%) Perl
3 10 (4.33%) Python
4 1 (0.43%) AWK
4 1 (0.43%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.43%) C
4 1 (0.43%) C++
4 1 (0.43%) Go
4 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.43%) PHP
4 1 (0.43%) Ruby
4 1 (0.43%) SQL
4 1 (0.43%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 64 (27.71%) Cisco Certification
2 59 (25.54%) CCNP
3 28 (12.12%) CCIE
4 26 (11.26%) Security Cleared
5 20 (8.66%) Degree
5 20 (8.66%) SC Cleared
6 14 (6.06%) CCSA
7 13 (5.63%) CCSE
8 12 (5.19%) CCNA
9 7 (3.03%) CISSP
9 7 (3.03%) JNCIA
10 5 (2.16%) JNCIS
10 5 (2.16%) PMI Certification
10 5 (2.16%) PMP
11 3 (1.30%) CCDP
11 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.43%) CCSP
12 1 (0.43%) Check Point Certification
12 1 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.43%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (12.99%) SLA
2 21 (9.09%) JSP 440
3 13 (5.63%) PCI DSS
4 11 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.43%) QA
5 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (12.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (6.93%) ProxySG
3 11 (4.76%) Firmware
4 6 (2.60%) Docker
4 6 (2.60%) NFS
5 5 (2.16%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (2.16%) XenApp
6 4 (1.73%) Active Directory
6 4 (1.73%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.30%) Snort
7 3 (1.30%) Squid
7 3 (1.30%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.87%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.87%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.43%) ACF2
9 1 (0.43%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.43%) RACF
9 1 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 23 (9.96%) EMC NetWorker
1 23 (9.96%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 19 (8.23%) OPNET
3 16 (6.93%) Nagios
4 15 (6.49%) Puppet
5 14 (6.06%) FortiGate
6 10 (4.33%) Cacti
7 9 (3.90%) SolarWinds Orion
8 7 (3.03%) Cisco Prime
8 7 (3.03%) OpenView
9 6 (2.60%) CFEngine
9 6 (2.60%) logstash
9 6 (2.60%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (2.60%) ZABBIX
10 5 (2.16%) BMC PATROL
10 5 (2.16%) HP Data Protector
10 5 (2.16%) NetBackup
11 2 (0.87%) CA Spectrum
11 2 (0.87%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.87%) MOM
Vendors
1 217 (93.94%) F5
2 176 (76.19%) Cisco
3 91 (39.39%) CheckPoint
4 76 (32.90%) Juniper
5 42 (18.18%) Blue Coat
5 42 (18.18%) SolarWinds
6 36 (15.58%) Riverbed
7 35 (15.15%) Fortinet
7 35 (15.15%) Oracle
7 35 (15.15%) Red Hat
8 34 (14.72%) VMware
9 30 (12.99%) Sun
10 26 (11.26%) Nokia
11 25 (10.82%) BMC
12 23 (9.96%) Palo Alto
13 22 (9.52%) BEA
14 19 (8.23%) Citrix
15 17 (7.36%) FireEye
16 13 (5.63%) Aruba
16 13 (5.63%) TippingPoint