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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 537 554 539
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -15
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 99 110 100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.22% 1.39% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 83 56
Median daily rate £475 £428 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +17.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £325 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £480 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £426 £330
% change year-on-year
+11.43% +29.16%
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
8132 7895 8557
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.44% 13.67% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 4960 4557 4738
Median daily rate £400 £387 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.35% +6.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £347
% change year-on-year
- +4.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 539 480
Median hourly rate £28.00 £21.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.33 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+38.06% -6.64%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 0 90 £475 +11.11% 8
London -27 39 £475 +11.11% 5
South East +3 12 £460 -3.66% 1
East of England - 11 £488 - 1
Yorkshire +24 10 £475 +11.11%
Berkshire +19 10 £475 +65.21%
West Yorkshire +18 10 £475 +11.11%
West Midlands -16 8 £400 +28.00%
Edinburgh - 8 £475 -
Scotland - 8 £475 - 1
North West +9 7 £520 +73.33%
City of London +8 6 £500 +11.11% 1
Norfolk - 6 £490 -
Bracknell - 6 £475 -
Halifax +11 5 £475 +11.11%
Hertfordshire - 5 £445 -
Norwich - 5 £490 -
Leeds +13 4 £400 -
Slough - 4 - -
Cheshire - 3 £520 -
Chester - 3 £520 -
Liverpool +10 2 £425 -5.55%
Merseyside +7 2 £425 -5.55%
Birmingham -10 2 - -
Telford -24 2 £400 -
Shropshire -24 2 £400 -
Welwyn - 2 - -
Manchester - 2 - -
South West +15 1 £400 +28.00% 1
Croydon -13 1 £470 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 203 (92.27%) F5
2 164 (74.55%) Cisco
3 153 (69.55%) Firewall
4 95 (43.18%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 89 (40.45%) CheckPoint
6 78 (35.45%) ITIL
7 75 (34.09%) Juniper
8 72 (32.73%) DNS
9 69 (31.36%) Linux
9 69 (31.36%) Cisco ASA
10 63 (28.64%) BGP
11 59 (26.82%) Cisco Certification
12 56 (25.45%) Unix
13 55 (25.00%) CCNP
14 52 (23.64%) Load Balancing
15 51 (23.18%) TCP/IP
16 49 (22.27%) Cisco Nexus
17 47 (21.36%) OSPF
18 46 (20.91%) Windows
19 44 (20.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
20 43 (19.55%) ITIL V3
20 43 (19.55%) SolarWinds
21 41 (18.64%) Wireless
22 40 (18.18%) Project Management
22 40 (18.18%) Blue Coat
22 40 (18.18%) Data Centre
23 39 (17.73%) Network Security
23 39 (17.73%) WAN
24 38 (17.27%) SSL
25 37 (16.82%) LAN

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 26 (11.82%) WebLogic
2 21 (9.55%) iPlanet
3 15 (6.82%) Apache
4 14 (6.36%) Tomcat
5 8 (3.64%) SharePoint
6 7 (3.18%) IIS
7 6 (2.73%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (2.73%) JBoss
7 6 (2.73%) MQSeries
7 6 (2.73%) OpenStack
7 6 (2.73%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (2.27%) WebLogic Portal
9 3 (1.36%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.36%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (1.36%) Zimbra
10 2 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.91%) CMS
10 2 (0.91%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 1 (0.45%) FileNet
Applications
1 5 (2.27%) MS Visio
2 4 (1.82%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.36%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.45%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.64%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.82%) PaaS
3 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.91%) Yammer
4 1 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.45%) IaaS
4 1 (0.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 153 (69.55%) Firewall
2 95 (43.18%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 72 (32.73%) DNS
4 69 (31.36%) Cisco ASA
5 63 (28.64%) BGP
6 51 (23.18%) TCP/IP
7 49 (22.27%) Cisco Nexus
8 47 (21.36%) OSPF
9 44 (20.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 41 (18.64%) Wireless
11 39 (17.73%) Network Security
11 39 (17.73%) WAN
12 38 (17.27%) SSL
13 37 (16.82%) LAN
14 26 (11.82%) DHCP
14 26 (11.82%) HTTP
14 26 (11.82%) VPN
15 24 (10.91%) MPLS
15 24 (10.91%) SAN
16 22 (10.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (12.27%) Oracle Database
2 10 (4.55%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.73%) DB2
3 6 (2.73%) MySQL
3 6 (2.73%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Exadata
4 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.18%) Git (software)
1 7 (3.18%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.73%) git-flow
2 6 (2.73%) JIRA
3 3 (1.36%) Introscope
4 2 (0.91%) JMeter
4 2 (0.91%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.45%) Maven
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.45%) Subversion
General
1 37 (16.82%) Finance
2 26 (11.82%) Banking
3 8 (3.64%) Law
4 5 (2.27%) Retail
4 5 (2.27%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.36%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.36%) Legal
6 2 (0.91%) Back Office
6 2 (0.91%) Billing
7 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 76 (34.55%) Network Engineer
2 32 (14.55%) Security Engineer
3 27 (12.27%) Cisco Engineer
4 25 (11.36%) Senior Network Engineer
5 24 (10.91%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 24 (10.91%) Network Security Engineer
6 18 (8.18%) Consultant
7 15 (6.82%) Administrator
8 13 (5.91%) Senior Network Security Engineer
8 13 (5.91%) Senior Security Engineer
9 11 (5.00%) Analyst
10 9 (4.09%) Architect
10 9 (4.09%) Network Consultant
11 8 (3.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Design Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Firewall Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Implementation Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Monitoring Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Network Monitoring Engineer
12 7 (3.18%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (9.55%) CSS
1 21 (9.55%) JSP
2 20 (9.09%) J2EE
3 11 (5.00%) Middleware
4 10 (4.55%) Web Services
5 6 (2.73%) SAML
6 5 (2.27%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 3 (1.36%) .NET
7 3 (1.36%) Java EE
8 2 (0.91%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (0.91%) SOAP
8 2 (0.91%) WCF
8 2 (0.91%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.45%) Embperl
9 1 (0.45%) FastCGI
9 1 (0.45%) IBM Integration Bus
9 1 (0.45%) JPA
9 1 (0.45%) jQuery
9 1 (0.45%) REST
9 1 (0.45%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 40 (18.18%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.91%) User Experience
3 10 (4.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 10 (4.55%) Private Cloud
4 9 (4.09%) Management Information System
5 8 (3.64%) Clustering
5 8 (3.64%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (3.64%) Visualisation
6 6 (2.73%) Algorithms
6 6 (2.73%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (2.73%) Virtual Team
7 5 (2.27%) HP Storage
7 5 (2.27%) HP StoreVirtual
7 5 (2.27%) IVR
8 4 (1.82%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.82%) Grid Computing
9 3 (1.36%) Blackberry
10 2 (0.91%) CMDB
10 2 (0.91%) e-Health
10 2 (0.91%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 69 (31.36%) Linux
2 56 (25.45%) Unix
3 46 (20.91%) Windows
4 37 (16.82%) Solaris
5 26 (11.82%) AIX
5 26 (11.82%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (4.09%) Windows Server
7 8 (3.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.91%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.91%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.45%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.45%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.45%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (35.45%) ITIL
2 52 (23.64%) Load Balancing
3 43 (19.55%) ITIL V3
4 40 (18.18%) Project Management
5 27 (12.27%) Kalman Filter
6 24 (10.91%) Network Architecture
7 23 (10.45%) Six Sigma
8 22 (10.00%) Network Monitoring
9 18 (8.18%) Change Management
10 17 (7.73%) Configuration Management
10 17 (7.73%) Network Management
11 16 (7.27%) Service Delivery
12 15 (6.82%) Migration
12 15 (6.82%) Service Management
13 14 (6.36%) E-Commerce
14 13 (5.91%) Enterprise Architecture
15 12 (5.45%) High Availability
15 12 (5.45%) Mentoring
15 12 (5.45%) Performance Monitoring
15 12 (5.45%) QMS
Programming Languages
1 37 (16.82%) Java
2 12 (5.45%) Perl
3 11 (5.00%) Python
4 3 (1.36%) SQL
5 1 (0.45%) AWK
5 1 (0.45%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.45%) C
5 1 (0.45%) C++
5 1 (0.45%) Go
5 1 (0.45%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.45%) PHP
5 1 (0.45%) Ruby
5 1 (0.45%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 59 (26.82%) Cisco Certification
2 55 (25.00%) CCNP
3 29 (13.18%) CCIE
4 25 (11.36%) Security Cleared
5 19 (8.64%) SC Cleared
6 16 (7.27%) Degree
7 14 (6.36%) CCSA
8 12 (5.45%) CCSE
9 11 (5.00%) CCNA
10 7 (3.18%) JNCIA
11 6 (2.73%) CISSP
12 5 (2.27%) JNCIS
12 5 (2.27%) PMI Certification
12 5 (2.27%) PMP
13 3 (1.36%) CCDP
14 2 (0.91%) DV Cleared
15 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
15 1 (0.45%) IBM Certification
15 1 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
15 1 (0.45%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (11.82%) SLA
2 21 (9.55%) JSP 440
3 14 (6.36%) PCI DSS
4 11 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.45%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.45%) QA
5 1 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (5.91%) ProxySG
3 9 (4.09%) Firmware
4 6 (2.73%) Docker
4 6 (2.73%) NFS
4 6 (2.73%) XenApp
5 5 (2.27%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (2.27%) XenDesktop
6 4 (1.82%) Active Directory
6 4 (1.82%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (1.36%) Snort
7 3 (1.36%) Squid
8 2 (0.91%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.45%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.45%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 23 (10.45%) EMC NetWorker
1 23 (10.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 19 (8.64%) OPNET
3 16 (7.27%) Nagios
4 15 (6.82%) Puppet
5 10 (4.55%) Cacti
5 10 (4.55%) FortiGate
6 9 (4.09%) SolarWinds Orion
7 7 (3.18%) OpenView
8 6 (2.73%) CFEngine
8 6 (2.73%) logstash
8 6 (2.73%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (2.73%) ZABBIX
9 5 (2.27%) BMC PATROL
9 5 (2.27%) Cisco Prime
9 5 (2.27%) HP Data Protector
9 5 (2.27%) NetBackup
10 3 (1.36%) HP SiteScope
10 3 (1.36%) ITRS Geneos
11 2 (0.91%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 203 (92.27%) F5
2 164 (74.55%) Cisco
3 89 (40.45%) CheckPoint
4 75 (34.09%) Juniper
5 43 (19.55%) SolarWinds
6 40 (18.18%) Blue Coat
7 37 (16.82%) Oracle
8 36 (16.36%) Riverbed
9 35 (15.91%) Red Hat
10 33 (15.00%) Fortinet
10 33 (15.00%) VMware
11 32 (14.55%) Sun
12 25 (11.36%) BMC
12 25 (11.36%) Nokia
13 22 (10.00%) BEA
13 22 (10.00%) Palo Alto
14 18 (8.18%) Citrix
15 17 (7.73%) FireEye
16 13 (5.91%) Aruba
16 13 (5.91%) TippingPoint
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