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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 542 575 546
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -29
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 72 74 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.13% 0.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.97% 0.93% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 50 63
Median daily rate £475 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £364 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £425
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
7452 7952 8182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.04% 14.46% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4505 4665 4659
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £245 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 465 438
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.56 £22.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.11% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.31 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £23.13
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -2.70%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 +5 60 £475 +11.76% 1
London -14 25 £510 +20.00% 1
East of England +10 14 £463 -5.12%
Hertfordshire +8 14 £463 -5.12%
Scotland - 12 £343 - 2
City of London -12 9 £520 +30.00%
Edinburgh - 9 - - 2
South East +15 8 £475 +52.00%
Welwyn - 5 - -
West Yorkshire +23 4 £475 -
Yorkshire +22 4 £475 +15.85%
Berkshire +9 4 £475 +65.21%
Welwyn Garden City -9 4 £450 -9.09%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £328 -
Shropshire - 3 £450 -
North East - 3 £328 -
West Midlands - 3 £450 -
Tyne and Wear - 3 £328 -
Telford - 3 £450 -
Leeds +19 2 - -
North West -1 2 £520 +15.55%
Renfrewshire - 2 £310 -
Bracknell - 2 £469 -
South West +7 1 £390 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £390 -
Glasgow - 1 £375 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £500 -
Chester - 1 £520 -
Cheltenham - 1 £390 -
Ascot - 1 £475 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 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.

1 170 (92.39%) F5
2 142 (77.17%) Cisco
3 118 (64.13%) Firewall
4 87 (47.28%) CheckPoint
5 83 (45.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 71 (38.59%) DNS
7 67 (36.41%) Juniper
8 66 (35.87%) Cisco ASA
9 56 (30.43%) Wireless
10 55 (29.89%) ITIL
11 52 (28.26%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 47 (25.54%) Network Security
12 47 (25.54%) Cisco Certification
12 47 (25.54%) Blue Coat
13 45 (24.46%) Unix
14 44 (23.91%) TCP/IP
15 43 (23.37%) Linux
15 43 (23.37%) CCNP
15 43 (23.37%) Cisco Nexus
16 42 (22.83%) Load Balancing
16 42 (22.83%) WAN
16 42 (22.83%) Finance
17 39 (21.20%) SolarWinds
18 38 (20.65%) Data Centre
18 38 (20.65%) Project Management
18 38 (20.65%) LAN
19 36 (19.57%) Riverbed
20 35 (19.02%) BGP
21 34 (18.48%) Windows
22 30 (16.30%) DHCP

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 20 (10.87%) WebLogic
2 14 (7.61%) iPlanet
3 7 (3.80%) Tomcat
4 6 (3.26%) Apache
4 6 (3.26%) JBoss
5 5 (2.72%) IIS
6 3 (1.63%) WebLogic Portal
7 2 (1.09%) CMS
7 2 (1.09%) MQSeries
7 2 (1.09%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.09%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.54%) FileNet
8 1 (0.54%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 3 (1.63%) MS Excel
1 3 (1.63%) MS Project
1 3 (1.63%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.54%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.54%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (2.72%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 118 (64.13%) Firewall
2 83 (45.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 71 (38.59%) DNS
4 66 (35.87%) Cisco ASA
5 56 (30.43%) Wireless
6 52 (28.26%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 47 (25.54%) Network Security
8 44 (23.91%) TCP/IP
9 43 (23.37%) Cisco Nexus
10 42 (22.83%) WAN
11 38 (20.65%) LAN
12 35 (19.02%) BGP
13 30 (16.30%) DHCP
14 29 (15.76%) OSPF
15 26 (14.13%) SSL
16 21 (11.41%) MPLS
17 19 (10.33%) Internet
17 19 (10.33%) VPN
18 17 (9.24%) WAAS
19 16 (8.70%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.41%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.09%) DB2
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle Exadata
2 2 (1.09%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 3 (1.63%) Introscope
2 2 (1.09%) JMeter
2 2 (1.09%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.54%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.54%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.54%) MSI
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.54%) Subversion
3 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (22.83%) Finance
2 30 (16.30%) Banking
3 11 (5.98%) Law
4 5 (2.72%) Retail
4 5 (2.72%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.63%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.09%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.09%) Legal
7 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 74 (40.22%) Network Engineer
2 26 (14.13%) Security Engineer
3 25 (13.59%) Network Security Engineer
4 24 (13.04%) Senior Network Engineer
5 23 (12.50%) Consultant
6 17 (9.24%) Cisco Engineer
7 15 (8.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 14 (7.61%) Network Consultant
9 11 (5.98%) Architect
10 9 (4.89%) Senior Network Security Engineer
10 9 (4.89%) Senior Security Engineer
11 8 (4.35%) Administrator
11 8 (4.35%) Infrastructure Architect
11 8 (4.35%) Network Specialist
11 8 (4.35%) Security Consultant
12 7 (3.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 7 (3.80%) Network Security Consultant
12 7 (3.80%) Technical Consultant
13 6 (3.26%) Analyst
13 6 (3.26%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.24%) CSS
2 14 (7.61%) J2EE
2 14 (7.61%) JSP
3 11 (5.98%) Middleware
4 4 (2.17%) 802.1X
5 3 (1.63%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (1.63%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 2 (1.09%) .NET
6 2 (1.09%) Java EE
6 2 (1.09%) WCF
6 2 (1.09%) Web Services
6 2 (1.09%) WebSphere MQ
6 2 (1.09%) XMPP
7 1 (0.54%) CGI
7 1 (0.54%) Embperl
7 1 (0.54%) FastCGI
7 1 (0.54%) IBM Integration Bus
7 1 (0.54%) LAMP
7 1 (0.54%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 38 (20.65%) Data Centre
2 8 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.80%) Computer Science
3 7 (3.80%) User Experience
4 6 (3.26%) IVR
5 5 (2.72%) Algorithms
5 5 (2.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 5 (2.72%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.72%) Visualisation
6 4 (2.17%) Clustering
6 4 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.63%) HP Storage
7 3 (1.63%) HP StoreVirtual
7 3 (1.63%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.09%) CMDB
8 2 (1.09%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.09%) PKI
8 2 (1.09%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.09%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 45 (24.46%) Unix
2 43 (23.37%) Linux
3 34 (18.48%) Windows
4 28 (15.22%) Solaris
5 20 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (10.33%) AIX
7 2 (1.09%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.54%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.54%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.54%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (29.89%) ITIL
2 42 (22.83%) Load Balancing
3 38 (20.65%) Project Management
4 30 (16.30%) ITIL V3
5 20 (10.87%) Kalman Filter
6 19 (10.33%) Network Architecture
6 19 (10.33%) Service Management
7 16 (8.70%) Six Sigma
8 13 (7.07%) Change Management
8 13 (7.07%) Network Monitoring
9 11 (5.98%) E-Commerce
9 11 (5.98%) Network Design
10 10 (5.43%) Performance Monitoring
11 9 (4.89%) Mentoring
12 8 (4.35%) Network Management
12 8 (4.35%) Service Delivery
13 7 (3.80%) Change Control
13 7 (3.80%) Fault Analysis
13 7 (3.80%) Migration
13 7 (3.80%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (13.59%) Java
2 7 (3.80%) Python
3 5 (2.72%) Perl
4 3 (1.63%) C
4 3 (1.63%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.63%) SQL
5 1 (0.54%) C++
5 1 (0.54%) Go
Qualifications
1 47 (25.54%) Cisco Certification
2 43 (23.37%) CCNP
3 27 (14.67%) CCIE
3 27 (14.67%) Security Cleared
4 21 (11.41%) SC Cleared
5 18 (9.78%) Degree
6 12 (6.52%) CCSA
7 8 (4.35%) CCNA
8 6 (3.26%) CCSE
8 6 (3.26%) JNCIA
9 5 (2.72%) PMI Certification
9 5 (2.72%) PMP
10 3 (1.63%) CCDP
10 3 (1.63%) JNCIS
11 2 (1.09%) CCIP
11 2 (1.09%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.09%) HP ASE
11 2 (1.09%) HP MASE
11 2 (1.09%) JNCIE
12 1 (0.54%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.24%) PCI DSS
2 16 (8.70%) SLA
3 15 (8.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (7.61%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.54%) QA
5 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 27 (14.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (4.35%) Firmware
2 8 (4.35%) ProxySG
3 7 (3.80%) XenApp
3 7 (3.80%) XenDesktop
4 5 (2.72%) VMware Workstation
5 4 (2.17%) Active Directory
6 3 (1.63%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (1.63%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.63%) XenServer
7 2 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.54%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 16 (8.70%) EMC NetWorker
1 16 (8.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 13 (7.07%) OPNET
3 7 (3.80%) FortiGate
3 7 (3.80%) Nagios
4 6 (3.26%) Cacti
4 6 (3.26%) SolarWinds Orion
5 5 (2.72%) SCCM
6 4 (2.17%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (2.17%) OpenView
6 4 (2.17%) Puppet
7 3 (1.63%) BladeLogic
7 3 (1.63%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (1.63%) Cisco UCCX
7 3 (1.63%) Control-M
7 3 (1.63%) HP Data Protector
7 3 (1.63%) MIMEsweeper
7 3 (1.63%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.63%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.63%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 170 (92.39%) F5
2 142 (77.17%) Cisco
3 87 (47.28%) CheckPoint
4 67 (36.41%) Juniper
5 47 (25.54%) Blue Coat
6 39 (21.20%) SolarWinds
7 36 (19.57%) Riverbed
8 30 (16.30%) VMware
9 26 (14.13%) Aruba
9 26 (14.13%) Oracle
9 26 (14.13%) Palo Alto
9 26 (14.13%) Sun
10 21 (11.41%) FireEye
10 21 (11.41%) Red Hat
11 20 (10.87%) Citrix
11 20 (10.87%) Fortinet
12 17 (9.24%) BMC
12 17 (9.24%) Nokia
12 17 (9.24%) TippingPoint
12 17 (9.24%) Tufin
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