The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 520 481 493
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +12
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 76 70 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.04% 0.95% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 41 47
Average daily rate £400 £475 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £313 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £520 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+14.42% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £34.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £34.00 -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7301 7394 9291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.98% 15.25% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3859 3673 4348
Average daily rate £360 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 578 616
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.25 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.11% -16.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -18.18%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -50 68 £400 -15.78% 7
South East -5 18 £316 -25.58% 2
London -35 17 £398 -16.31% 3
West Midlands -8 15 £410 -27.75%
North Yorkshire +3 12 £401 -2.90%
York -1 12 £401 -2.90%
Yorkshire -18 12 £401 +48.33%
Telford +7 9 £380 -33.03%
Shropshire +4 9 £380 -33.03%
Berkshire +8 8 £280 -
Reading +1 6 £280 -
City of London -5 6 £346 -
Surrey -6 5 - -
Colchester 0 3 £400 -3.03%
Essex -14 3 £400 -3.03%
East of England -40 3 £400 -3.03% 2
Scotland - 2 £428 - 1
Edinburgh - 2 £428 - 1
Middlesex -3 1 £288 - 1
Cheshire -7 1 - -
North West -23 1 - -
Kent - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Isle of Man - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Worthing - - - -
Gatwick - - - -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 119 (86.23%) Firewall
2 116 (84.06%) F5
3 105 (76.09%) Cisco
4 87 (63.04%) Cisco Certification
5 83 (60.14%) CheckPoint
6 78 (56.52%) CCNP
7 70 (50.72%) Cisco ASA
8 62 (44.93%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 57 (41.30%) WAN
10 54 (39.13%) MPLS
11 53 (38.41%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 52 (37.68%) Cisco Nexus
12 52 (37.68%) DNS
13 46 (33.33%) Linux
14 43 (31.16%) Blue Coat
15 41 (29.71%) OSPF
16 39 (28.26%) BGP
16 39 (28.26%) DMVPN
17 35 (25.36%) Network Security
18 34 (24.64%) VoIP
19 29 (21.01%) E-Commerce
20 27 (19.57%) DHCP
20 27 (19.57%) VMware
21 26 (18.84%) LAN
22 25 (18.12%) Juniper
22 25 (18.12%) VMware Infrastructure
23 24 (17.39%) Fortinet
24 23 (16.67%) Load Balancing
24 23 (16.67%) Windows
24 23 (16.67%) Citrix

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 19 (13.77%) Apache
2 12 (8.70%) WebLogic
3 9 (6.52%) WebSphere
4 7 (5.07%) Tomcat
4 7 (5.07%) IIS
5 6 (4.35%) WebSphere Application Server
6 5 (3.62%) OpenStack
7 4 (2.90%) MS Exchange
8 3 (2.17%) Lync
8 3 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.45%) IBM HTTP Server
10 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.72%) WebSphere Process Server
10 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2 (1.45%) MS Office
2 1 (0.72%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (5.07%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 119 (86.23%) Firewall
2 70 (50.72%) Cisco ASA
3 62 (44.93%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 57 (41.30%) WAN
5 54 (39.13%) MPLS
6 53 (38.41%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 52 (37.68%) Cisco Nexus
7 52 (37.68%) DNS
8 41 (29.71%) OSPF
9 39 (28.26%) BGP
9 39 (28.26%) DMVPN
10 35 (25.36%) Network Security
11 34 (24.64%) VoIP
12 27 (19.57%) DHCP
13 26 (18.84%) LAN
14 22 (15.94%) VPN
14 22 (15.94%) FWSM
15 18 (13.04%) Cisco IOS
15 18 (13.04%) SNMP
16 17 (12.32%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.80%) Oracle Database
2 6 (4.35%) MySQL
3 5 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (3.62%) MongoDB
3 5 (3.62%) NoSQL
3 5 (3.62%) Redis
Development Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Subversion
General
1 10 (7.25%) Finance
2 9 (6.52%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.45%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.72%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.72%) Banking
4 1 (0.72%) Retail
4 1 (0.72%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 56 (40.58%) Network Engineer
2 20 (14.49%) Support Engineer
3 19 (13.77%) Security Specialist
4 18 (13.04%) Network Support
4 18 (13.04%) Network Specialist
5 17 (12.32%) Network Security Specialist
6 16 (11.59%) Network Support Engineer
7 15 (10.87%) Implementation Engineer
7 15 (10.87%) Design Engineer
8 13 (9.42%) Security Engineer
8 13 (9.42%) Cisco Engineer
9 12 (8.70%) Architect
9 12 (8.70%) Network Implementation Engineer
10 8 (5.80%) Platform Architect
10 8 (5.80%) Network Design Engineer
11 7 (5.07%) IP Engineer
11 7 (5.07%) Consultant
12 6 (4.35%) Analyst
12 6 (4.35%) Network Security Engineer
13 5 (3.62%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (15.22%) CSS
2 7 (5.07%) .NET
2 7 (5.07%) J2EE
3 6 (4.35%) WebSphere MQ
3 6 (4.35%) WCF
3 6 (4.35%) Java EE
4 5 (3.62%) Middleware
5 1 (0.72%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (0.72%) REST
5 1 (0.72%) CGI
5 1 (0.72%) WAP
5 1 (0.72%) XML
5 1 (0.72%) FastCGI
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.04%) Fat Client
1 18 (13.04%) Thin Client
2 3 (2.17%) Clustering
2 3 (2.17%) Blackberry
3 2 (1.45%) Hedge funds
4 1 (0.72%) CESG
4 1 (0.72%) PKI
4 1 (0.72%) Replication
4 1 (0.72%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.72%) FMCG
4 1 (0.72%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.72%) NHS
4 1 (0.72%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 46 (33.33%) Linux
2 23 (16.67%) Windows
3 16 (11.59%) UNIX
4 9 (6.52%) AIX
5 8 (5.80%) Solaris
5 8 (5.80%) CentOS
6 4 (2.90%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (2.90%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.45%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.72%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.72%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (21.01%) E-Commerce
2 23 (16.67%) Load Balancing
3 21 (15.22%) WAN Optimisation
4 18 (13.04%) Root Cause Analysis
5 17 (12.32%) Service Management
5 17 (12.32%) Incident Management
6 15 (10.87%) Network Management
7 12 (8.70%) Network Design
8 11 (7.97%) ITIL
9 10 (7.25%) Problem Management
10 9 (6.52%) SIEM
11 8 (5.80%) Scrum
12 6 (4.35%) OO
13 5 (3.62%) OOP
13 5 (3.62%) Configuration Management
13 5 (3.62%) Change Control
14 4 (2.90%) Project Management
14 4 (2.90%) Continuous Integration
14 4 (2.90%) Agile Software Development
14 4 (2.90%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.70%) Java
2 11 (7.97%) C
3 6 (4.35%) Python
3 6 (4.35%) Ruby
4 3 (2.17%) Perl
5 2 (1.45%) SQL
6 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.72%) Groovy
6 1 (0.72%) PHP
6 1 (0.72%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 87 (63.04%) Cisco Certification
2 78 (56.52%) CCNP
3 21 (15.22%) Security Cleared
4 20 (14.49%) CCNA
5 18 (13.04%) CCSE
5 18 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 17 (12.32%) CCIE
7 13 (9.42%) CCSP
8 11 (7.97%) CCDP
9 7 (5.07%) CISSP
9 7 (5.07%) Check Point Certification
10 2 (1.45%) MCSE
10 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (1.45%) Degree
11 1 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.72%) MCITP
11 1 (0.72%) CCSA
11 1 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.72%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.72%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.07%) PCI DSS
2 6 (4.35%) SLA
3 1 (0.72%) QA
System Software
1 25 (18.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (5.80%) Active Directory
2 8 (5.80%) Squid
2 8 (5.80%) Hyper-V
3 6 (4.35%) Xen
4 5 (3.62%) Varnish
4 5 (3.62%) KVM
5 4 (2.90%) NFS
5 4 (2.90%) ProxySG
6 2 (1.45%) NLBS
6 2 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (11.59%) CiscoWorks
2 8 (5.80%) FortiGate
3 5 (3.62%) Puppet
3 5 (3.62%) HAProxy
3 5 (3.62%) Vagrant
3 5 (3.62%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (3.62%) collectd
3 5 (3.62%) StatsD
4 3 (2.17%) WSUS
5 1 (0.72%) SCCM
5 1 (0.72%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.72%) OpenView
Vendors
1 116 (84.06%) F5
2 105 (76.09%) Cisco
3 83 (60.14%) CheckPoint
4 43 (31.16%) Blue Coat
5 27 (19.57%) VMware
6 25 (18.12%) Juniper
7 24 (17.39%) Fortinet
8 23 (16.67%) Citrix
9 22 (15.94%) HP
9 22 (15.94%) McAfee
10 18 (13.04%) Imperva
11 17 (12.32%) Infoblox
12 13 (9.42%) SolarWinds
13 11 (7.97%) Oracle
14 10 (7.25%) Microsoft
15 7 (5.07%) Remedy
15 7 (5.07%) Nokia
15 7 (5.07%) BMC
15 7 (5.07%) ArcSight
16 6 (4.35%) Radware
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