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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 517 509 557
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +48
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 96 75 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.14% 0.088%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.14% 1.06% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 46 20
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£338 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £324 £311
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £508
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £388 £390
% change year-on-year
-14.83% -0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 - -
UK excluding London average 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
8406 7046 8917
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.55% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 4657 3830 4038
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 410 683
Average hourly rate £22.69 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.84% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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
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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 -8 96 £338 -12.90% 11
London +16 46 £373 -17.22% 5
West Midlands -5 19 £298 -16.49% 2
South East -7 17 £330 -12.00% 4
City of London +37 14 £323 -11.64% 2
South West - 9 £319 -
Berkshire +4 7 £313 -
Buckinghamshire - 7 £330 -
Milton Keynes - 7 £330 -
Reading +10 2 £255 -
East Midlands +5 1 £335 -16.25%
York +3 1 £401 +3.35%
North Yorkshire -2 1 £401 +3.35%
Yorkshire -4 1 £401 +3.35%
Watford -6 1 - -
Hertfordshire -26 1 - -
East of England -32 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £335 -
Surrey - - - - 2
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Essex - - - -
Woking - - - -
Worthing - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Northampton - - - -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 153 (78.87%) F5
2 145 (74.74%) Firewall
3 144 (74.23%) Cisco
4 113 (58.25%) CheckPoint
5 95 (48.97%) Cisco Certification
6 74 (38.14%) CCNP
7 66 (34.02%) WAN
8 63 (32.47%) Juniper
9 61 (31.44%) Linux
10 59 (30.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 58 (29.90%) DNS
12 57 (29.38%) Cisco ASA
13 56 (28.87%) BGP
14 55 (28.35%) LAN
15 54 (27.84%) OSPF
16 50 (25.77%) Windows
16 50 (25.77%) ITIL
17 47 (24.23%) Load Balancing
18 46 (23.71%) MPLS
19 43 (22.16%) Network Management
20 42 (21.65%) Cisco Nexus
21 41 (21.13%) VMware
22 40 (20.62%) VPN
22 40 (20.62%) Network Security
23 39 (20.10%) Apache
24 38 (19.59%) Blue Coat
25 37 (19.07%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
26 36 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
26 36 (18.56%) Microsoft
26 36 (18.56%) Citrix

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 39 (20.10%) Apache
2 30 (15.46%) MS Exchange
3 21 (10.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 18 (9.28%) IIS
5 15 (7.73%) WebLogic
6 12 (6.19%) Tomcat
7 10 (5.15%) WebSphere
8 8 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (4.12%) IBM HTTP Server
9 6 (3.09%) OpenStack
10 3 (1.55%) nginx
11 1 (0.52%) Oracle Service Bus
11 1 (0.52%) Lync
11 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 24 (12.37%) MS Office
2 5 (2.58%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
1 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (1.03%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (0.52%) SaaS
2 1 (0.52%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 145 (74.74%) Firewall
2 66 (34.02%) WAN
3 59 (30.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 58 (29.90%) DNS
5 57 (29.38%) Cisco ASA
6 56 (28.87%) BGP
7 55 (28.35%) LAN
8 54 (27.84%) OSPF
9 46 (23.71%) MPLS
10 42 (21.65%) Cisco Nexus
11 40 (20.62%) Network Security
11 40 (20.62%) VPN
12 37 (19.07%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 32 (16.49%) TCP/IP
14 29 (14.95%) Cisco PIX
15 28 (14.43%) SSL
16 24 (12.37%) Cisco IOS
16 24 (12.37%) NetScreen
16 24 (12.37%) IPsec
17 23 (11.86%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.15%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.64%) MySQL
3 6 (3.09%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (2.58%) MongoDB
4 5 (2.58%) NoSQL
4 5 (2.58%) Redis
5 2 (1.03%) Oracle Exadata
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.52%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (1.55%) Subversion
2 1 (0.52%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.52%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.52%) Introscope
General
1 19 (9.79%) Finance
2 15 (7.73%) Telecoms
3 12 (6.19%) Banking
4 8 (4.12%) Front Office
4 8 (4.12%) Investment Banking
5 7 (3.61%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.55%) Retail
6 3 (1.55%) Publishing
7 2 (1.03%) Billing
7 2 (1.03%) Back Office
8 1 (0.52%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.52%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.52%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 67 (34.54%) Network Engineer
2 26 (13.40%) Network Specialist
3 24 (12.37%) Consultant
4 22 (11.34%) Security Engineer
5 20 (10.31%) Analyst
6 17 (8.76%) Security Specialist
6 17 (8.76%) Network Security Specialist
7 16 (8.25%) Support Engineer
8 14 (7.22%) Design Engineer
9 13 (6.70%) Network Support
9 13 (6.70%) IP Engineer
10 12 (6.19%) Network Consultant
10 12 (6.19%) Network Security Engineer
11 11 (5.67%) Operations Analyst
12 9 (4.64%) Network Design Engineer
13 8 (4.12%) Cisco Engineer
13 8 (4.12%) Network Support Engineer
13 8 (4.12%) Team Leader
14 7 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 7 (3.61%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (10.31%) CSS
2 15 (7.73%) .NET
3 13 (6.70%) Middleware
4 11 (5.67%) Java EE
5 8 (4.12%) WCF
6 7 (3.61%) WAP
7 3 (1.55%) CGI
7 3 (1.55%) Web Services
7 3 (1.55%) XML
7 3 (1.55%) REST
7 3 (1.55%) FastCGI
7 3 (1.55%) Ruby on Rails
8 1 (0.52%) J2EE
8 1 (0.52%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.52%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 34 (17.53%) Thin Client
1 34 (17.53%) Fat Client
2 21 (10.82%) Blackberry
3 16 (8.25%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.67%) User Experience
4 11 (5.67%) Visualisation
5 5 (2.58%) Hedge funds
6 4 (2.06%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.06%) SecurID
7 3 (1.55%) Clustering
7 3 (1.55%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.55%) Open Source
7 3 (1.55%) EqualLogic
8 2 (1.03%) Mobile Banking
8 2 (1.03%) Replication
8 2 (1.03%) Online Banking
8 2 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.52%) CESG
9 1 (0.52%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.52%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 61 (31.44%) Linux
2 50 (25.77%) Windows
3 31 (15.98%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (12.37%) UNIX
5 23 (11.86%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (11.86%) Windows 7
6 11 (5.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.58%) Windows 8
7 5 (2.58%) CentOS
8 3 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.52%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.52%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.52%) VMS
9 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (25.77%) ITIL
2 47 (24.23%) Load Balancing
3 43 (22.16%) Network Management
4 30 (15.46%) Problem Management
5 26 (13.40%) E-Commerce
6 23 (11.86%) Mentoring
7 20 (10.31%) Performance Management
7 20 (10.31%) Service Management
8 16 (8.25%) Migration
9 14 (7.22%) Network Monitoring
10 13 (6.70%) Network Architecture
10 13 (6.70%) Network Design
11 11 (5.67%) Release Management
11 11 (5.67%) Performance Monitoring
12 10 (5.15%) Capacity Management
13 9 (4.64%) Line Management
13 9 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
14 8 (4.12%) ITSM
14 8 (4.12%) OO
14 8 (4.12%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 25 (12.89%) Java
2 21 (10.82%) C
3 14 (7.22%) Python
3 14 (7.22%) Perl
4 8 (4.12%) VB
4 8 (4.12%) Ruby
4 8 (4.12%) PowerShell
5 3 (1.55%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.55%) PHP
5 3 (1.55%) SQL
6 2 (1.03%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.52%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 95 (48.97%) Cisco Certification
2 74 (38.14%) CCNP
3 34 (17.53%) CCNA
4 26 (13.40%) Security Cleared
5 24 (12.37%) CCSE
6 22 (11.34%) CCIE
7 17 (8.76%) SC Cleared
8 13 (6.70%) Degree
8 13 (6.70%) CCSP
9 12 (6.19%) Check Point Certification
9 12 (6.19%) CISSP
10 8 (4.12%) CCDP
11 5 (2.58%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (2.58%) CCSA
12 4 (2.06%) MCSE
12 4 (2.06%) MCSA
13 3 (1.55%) CCA
13 3 (1.55%) Citrix Certification
14 2 (1.03%) MCP
14 2 (1.03%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.15%) PCI DSS
2 6 (3.09%) SLA
3 5 (2.58%) QA
System Software
1 36 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (17.01%) Active Directory
3 22 (11.34%) Xen
4 21 (10.82%) NLBS
5 20 (10.31%) Hyper-V
6 10 (5.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 10 (5.15%) XenApp
7 8 (4.12%) ProxySG
8 5 (2.58%) Varnish
8 5 (2.58%) KVM
9 3 (1.55%) vSphere
9 3 (1.55%) VMware ESX
10 1 (0.52%) NFS
10 1 (0.52%) Postfix
10 1 (0.52%) vCloud
10 1 (0.52%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 22 (11.34%) WSUS
2 15 (7.73%) FortiGate
3 11 (5.67%) OPNET
4 8 (4.12%) BladeLogic
4 8 (4.12%) Control-M
4 8 (4.12%) ITRS Geneos
5 5 (2.58%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.58%) HAProxy
5 5 (2.58%) Salt
5 5 (2.58%) OpenView
5 5 (2.58%) Puppet
6 4 (2.06%) Netcool
6 4 (2.06%) Vagrant
6 4 (2.06%) collectd
6 4 (2.06%) StatsD
6 4 (2.06%) logstash
7 3 (1.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (1.55%) WhatsUp Gold
7 3 (1.55%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (1.03%) SCCM
Vendors
1 153 (78.87%) F5
2 144 (74.23%) Cisco
3 113 (58.25%) CheckPoint
4 63 (32.47%) Juniper
5 41 (21.13%) VMware
6 38 (19.59%) Blue Coat
7 36 (18.56%) Microsoft
7 36 (18.56%) Citrix
8 22 (11.34%) Oracle
9 21 (10.82%) Nokia
10 19 (9.79%) Infoblox
11 18 (9.28%) HP
12 17 (8.76%) Imperva
12 17 (8.76%) SolarWinds
13 16 (8.25%) BMC
14 14 (7.22%) Fortinet
15 13 (6.70%) Nortel
15 13 (6.70%) Riverbed
16 10 (5.15%) Red Hat
17 8 (4.12%) Altiris
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