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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 507 492 528
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +36
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 144 154 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.27% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.64% 1.94% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 101 64
Median daily rate £473 £428 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £386 £313 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £455 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+40.00% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £20.00 £35.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.85% -30.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year
- -30.00%

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
8772 7949 7641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.24% 13.93% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 5364 4556 4058
Median daily rate £400 £375 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £331
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +5.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 496 440
Median hourly rate £29.00 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.46% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+50.98% +7.62%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -24 140 £471 +10.23% 7
London -32 56 £475 +5.55% 2
West Midlands -24 22 £388 +24.49%
South East +14 17 £460 -4.16% 4
East of England +35 13 £490 +56.80% 1
Berkshire - 13 £475 - 3
Telford -23 11 £388 +25.00%
Shropshire -29 11 £388 +24.49%
City of London +19 10 £500 +11.11%
Yorkshire 0 10 £443 +3.26%
North East - 10 £425 -
West Yorkshire 0 9 £443 +3.26%
Hertfordshire - 7 £475 -
North West +6 6 £520 +73.33%
Halifax -2 6 £443 +3.26%
Durham - 6 £350 -
Bracknell - 6 £475 -
Norfolk - 6 £490 -
Manchester +1 5 - -
Croydon -11 5 £470 -
Norwich - 5 £490 -
South West +5 4 £375 +56.25%
Edinburgh +2 4 £475 -
Scotland -2 4 £475 - 1
Birmingham -13 4 - -
Tyne and Wear - 4 £500 -
Welwyn Garden City - 4 £475 -
Slough - 4 - -
Surbiton - 4 £475 - 1
Hampshire - 3 £378 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 215 (93.48%) F5
2 180 (78.26%) Cisco
3 172 (74.78%) Firewall
4 114 (49.57%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 96 (41.74%) CheckPoint
6 75 (32.61%) DNS
7 74 (32.17%) Cisco ASA
8 73 (31.74%) ITIL
9 70 (30.43%) Juniper
10 65 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
11 64 (27.83%) BGP
12 60 (26.09%) CCNP
12 60 (26.09%) Load Balancing
13 59 (25.65%) Linux
14 54 (23.48%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 51 (22.17%) Data Centre
15 51 (22.17%) Unix
16 50 (21.74%) Blue Coat
17 49 (21.30%) TCP/IP
18 48 (20.87%) WAN
18 48 (20.87%) Network Security
19 46 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
20 45 (19.57%) OSPF
21 44 (19.13%) Wireless
22 43 (18.70%) ITIL V3
23 42 (18.26%) Finance
23 42 (18.26%) SSL
23 42 (18.26%) Windows
24 41 (17.83%) LAN
25 39 (16.96%) VPN

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 27 (11.74%) WebLogic
2 19 (8.26%) iPlanet
3 15 (6.52%) Tomcat
4 11 (4.78%) Apache
5 9 (3.91%) JBoss
6 8 (3.48%) SharePoint
7 6 (2.61%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (2.61%) OpenStack
7 6 (2.61%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (2.17%) MQSeries
9 4 (1.74%) IIS
9 4 (1.74%) WebLogic Portal
10 3 (1.30%) Zimbra
11 2 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.87%) CMS
11 2 (0.87%) MS Exchange
12 1 (0.43%) FileNet
12 1 (0.43%) Oracle Service Bus
12 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.43%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (1.30%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.87%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.43%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.43%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (2.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.17%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (1.74%) PaaS
5 2 (0.87%) Yammer
6 1 (0.43%) IaaS
6 1 (0.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 172 (74.78%) Firewall
2 114 (49.57%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 75 (32.61%) DNS
4 74 (32.17%) Cisco ASA
5 64 (27.83%) BGP
6 54 (23.48%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 49 (21.30%) TCP/IP
8 48 (20.87%) Network Security
8 48 (20.87%) WAN
9 46 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
10 45 (19.57%) OSPF
11 44 (19.13%) Wireless
12 42 (18.26%) SSL
13 41 (17.83%) LAN
14 39 (16.96%) VPN
15 32 (13.91%) DHCP
16 28 (12.17%) HTTP
16 28 (12.17%) SAN
17 25 (10.87%) MPLS
18 23 (10.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (12.61%) Oracle Database
2 8 (3.48%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.61%) MySQL
3 6 (2.61%) Relational Database
4 5 (2.17%) DB2
4 5 (2.17%) Oracle Exadata
5 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (2.61%) Git (software)
1 6 (2.61%) git-flow
1 6 (2.61%) Jenkins
1 6 (2.61%) JIRA
2 1 (0.43%) Maven
2 1 (0.43%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 42 (18.26%) Finance
2 16 (6.96%) Banking
3 6 (2.61%) Law
3 6 (2.61%) Retail
4 5 (2.17%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.74%) Games
6 3 (1.30%) Legal
7 2 (0.87%) Back Office
7 2 (0.87%) Billing
7 2 (0.87%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 83 (36.09%) Network Engineer
2 32 (13.91%) Senior Network Engineer
3 27 (11.74%) Security Engineer
4 24 (10.43%) Cisco Engineer
5 23 (10.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 20 (8.70%) Consultant
7 18 (7.83%) Network Security Engineer
8 16 (6.96%) Administrator
9 11 (4.78%) Network Specialist
9 11 (4.78%) Senior Network Security Engineer
9 11 (4.78%) Senior Security Engineer
10 10 (4.35%) Analyst
11 9 (3.91%) Architect
11 9 (3.91%) Network Consultant
12 8 (3.48%) IP Engineer
12 8 (3.48%) Systems Administrator
13 7 (3.04%) Implementation Engineer
13 7 (3.04%) IP Security Engineer
13 7 (3.04%) Monitoring Specialist
13 7 (3.04%) Network Monitoring Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.70%) JSP
2 19 (8.26%) J2EE
3 18 (7.83%) CSS
4 12 (5.22%) Middleware
5 9 (3.91%) Web Services
6 6 (2.61%) Oracle Fusion
6 6 (2.61%) SAML
7 4 (1.74%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 4 (1.74%) SOAP
8 3 (1.30%) REST
9 2 (0.87%) .NET
10 1 (0.43%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.43%) EJB
10 1 (0.43%) EJB 3.0
10 1 (0.43%) Hibernate
10 1 (0.43%) JPA
10 1 (0.43%) LAPP Stack
10 1 (0.43%) XML
10 1 (0.43%) XSLT
10 1 (0.43%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 51 (22.17%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 12 (5.22%) Management Information System
3 12 (5.22%) User Experience
4 10 (4.35%) Private Cloud
5 8 (3.48%) Algorithms
5 8 (3.48%) Visualisation
6 7 (3.04%) Clustering
6 7 (3.04%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (2.17%) Virtual Team
9 4 (1.74%) HP Storage
9 4 (1.74%) HP StoreVirtual
10 3 (1.30%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.30%) Grid Computing
10 3 (1.30%) PKI
11 2 (0.87%) Computer Science
11 2 (0.87%) e-Health
12 1 (0.43%) CMDB
12 1 (0.43%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 59 (25.65%) Linux
2 51 (22.17%) Unix
3 42 (18.26%) Windows
4 35 (15.22%) Solaris
5 25 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (10.43%) AIX
7 9 (3.91%) Windows Server
8 8 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.87%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.43%) VMS
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 73 (31.74%) ITIL
2 60 (26.09%) Load Balancing
3 43 (18.70%) ITIL V3
4 39 (16.96%) Project Management
5 25 (10.87%) Network Monitoring
6 24 (10.43%) Kalman Filter
7 23 (10.00%) High Availability
7 23 (10.00%) Network Architecture
8 22 (9.57%) Six Sigma
9 20 (8.70%) Migration
10 18 (7.83%) Change Management
11 17 (7.39%) Network Management
11 17 (7.39%) Service Delivery
12 15 (6.52%) Performance Management
12 15 (6.52%) Service Management
13 13 (5.65%) Configuration Management
14 12 (5.22%) DDoS Mitigation
14 12 (5.22%) Mentoring
15 11 (4.78%) Enterprise Architecture
15 11 (4.78%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 32 (13.91%) Java
2 9 (3.91%) Perl
3 8 (3.48%) Python
4 3 (1.30%) Tcl
5 1 (0.43%) AWK
5 1 (0.43%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.43%) PHP
5 1 (0.43%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 65 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
2 60 (26.09%) CCNP
3 27 (11.74%) CCIE
4 24 (10.43%) Security Cleared
5 22 (9.57%) Degree
6 18 (7.83%) SC Cleared
7 14 (6.09%) CCSA
8 13 (5.65%) CCSE
9 12 (5.22%) CCNA
10 7 (3.04%) CISSP
10 7 (3.04%) JNCIA
11 5 (2.17%) JNCIS
11 5 (2.17%) PMI Certification
11 5 (2.17%) PMP
12 3 (1.30%) CCDP
12 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.43%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.43%) CCSP
13 1 (0.43%) OSCP
13 1 (0.43%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (13.91%) SLA
2 20 (8.70%) JSP 440
3 11 (4.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.87%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.43%) QA
5 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (12.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (6.96%) ProxySG
3 10 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 10 (4.35%) Firmware
4 6 (2.61%) Docker
4 6 (2.61%) NFS
4 6 (2.61%) VMware ESX
5 4 (1.74%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (1.30%) Snort
6 3 (1.30%) Squid
7 2 (0.87%) ISA Server
7 2 (0.87%) XenApp
8 1 (0.43%) ACF2
8 1 (0.43%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.43%) RACF
8 1 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (9.13%) EMC NetWorker
1 21 (9.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 16 (6.96%) Nagios
2 16 (6.96%) OPNET
3 14 (6.09%) FortiGate
3 14 (6.09%) Puppet
4 10 (4.35%) Cacti
5 9 (3.91%) SolarWinds Orion
6 7 (3.04%) Cisco Prime
7 6 (2.61%) CFEngine
7 6 (2.61%) logstash
7 6 (2.61%) OpenView
7 6 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (2.61%) ZABBIX
8 5 (2.17%) Control-M
8 5 (2.17%) MIMEsweeper
8 5 (2.17%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (2.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 5 (2.17%) Oracle Identity Management
8 5 (2.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 215 (93.48%) F5
2 180 (78.26%) Cisco
3 96 (41.74%) CheckPoint
4 70 (30.43%) Juniper
5 50 (21.74%) Blue Coat
6 39 (16.96%) SolarWinds
7 36 (15.65%) Oracle
8 34 (14.78%) Riverbed
8 34 (14.78%) VMware
9 33 (14.35%) Red Hat
10 31 (13.48%) Fortinet
11 27 (11.74%) Nokia
12 25 (10.87%) BEA
13 24 (10.43%) Sun
14 23 (10.00%) Palo Alto
15 22 (9.57%) BMC
16 17 (7.39%) FireEye
17 16 (6.96%) Citrix
18 13 (5.65%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 13 (5.65%) Aruba