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 4 August 2015 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
F5 Networks BIG-IP
Rank 479 512 512
Rank change year-on-year
+33 0
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 143 88 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.83% 1.15% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 61 38
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£428 £380 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -7.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £275 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £533
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.51% -12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% +51.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £50.00 £30.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £50.00 £35.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +51.51%

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
7807 7668 7022
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 14.03% 13.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 4097 3642
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 413 460
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 4 August 2015.

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 4 August 2015. 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 +35 138 £426 +12.17% 22
London +43 84 £450 +13.92% 10
City of London +12 33 £450 +28.57% 2
South East -29 15 £480 +46.56% 6
West Midlands +13 12 £305 +22.00% 2
East Midlands 0 7 £407 +21.49%
Yorkshire -25 7 £429 +6.99% 3
West Yorkshire - 7 £429 - 1
Kent - 7 - - 1
Shropshire +3 6 £310 -
Birmingham +2 6 £300 +20.00% 2
Telford 0 6 £310 -
Buckinghamshire -6 6 £480 +45.45% 2
Northamptonshire +5 5 £407 +21.49%
Halifax - 5 £429 -
Northampton - 5 £407 -
Scotland +2 4 - -
High Wycombe +1 4 £480 +60.00% 1
North West -23 4 £300 -17.24% 1
Midlands - 4 £320 -
Edinburgh - 4 - -
Isleworth - 3 - -
Croydon - 2 - -
Chesterfield - 2 £313 -
West Malling - 2 - -
Leeds - 2 - - 1
Manchester - 2 - -
Cumbria - 2 £300 -
Derbyshire - 2 £313 -
Docklands, London -3 1 £550 +15.78%

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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.

1 207 (81.18%) Cisco
2 189 (74.12%) F5
3 185 (72.55%) Firewall
4 148 (58.04%) CheckPoint
5 118 (46.27%) Cisco Certification
6 106 (41.57%) WAN
7 94 (36.86%) CCNP
8 89 (34.90%) LAN
9 83 (32.55%) Windows
9 83 (32.55%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 69 (27.06%) OSPF
11 66 (25.88%) DNS
12 65 (25.49%) MPLS
12 65 (25.49%) Cisco ASA
12 65 (25.49%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 64 (25.10%) Blue Coat
14 63 (24.71%) ITIL
15 61 (23.92%) Cisco Nexus
16 57 (22.35%) TCP/IP
17 55 (21.57%) Microsoft
18 53 (20.78%) VMware
19 52 (20.39%) VoIP
19 52 (20.39%) Linux
19 52 (20.39%) BGP
20 51 (20.00%) UNIX
20 51 (20.00%) Load Balancing
21 50 (19.61%) Security Cleared
22 48 (18.82%) Service Management
23 47 (18.43%) Finance
23 47 (18.43%) Juniper

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 35 (13.73%) MS Exchange
2 26 (10.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 14 (5.49%) WebSphere
3 14 (5.49%) WebSphere Application Server
3 14 (5.49%) IIS
4 12 (4.71%) Apache
5 9 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.96%) Office Communications Server
6 5 (1.96%) Lync
7 4 (1.57%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.18%) IBM HTTP Server
9 1 (0.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 35 (13.73%) MS Office
2 6 (2.35%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.75%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.57%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (1.57%) PaaS
2 1 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 185 (72.55%) Firewall
2 106 (41.57%) WAN
3 89 (34.90%) LAN
4 83 (32.55%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 69 (27.06%) OSPF
6 66 (25.88%) DNS
7 65 (25.49%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 65 (25.49%) MPLS
7 65 (25.49%) Cisco ASA
8 61 (23.92%) Cisco Nexus
9 57 (22.35%) TCP/IP
10 52 (20.39%) VoIP
10 52 (20.39%) BGP
11 42 (16.47%) Wireless
12 39 (15.29%) Internet
13 34 (13.33%) SAN
14 30 (11.76%) DHCP
15 29 (11.37%) VPN
15 29 (11.37%) Network Security
16 27 (10.59%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.14%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.96%) Oracle Exadata
3 2 (0.78%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (3.92%) Introscope
2 7 (2.75%) JMeter
3 1 (0.39%) ProC
General
1 47 (18.43%) Finance
2 16 (6.27%) Banking
3 9 (3.53%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.75%) Retail
5 5 (1.96%) Advertising
6 4 (1.57%) Back Office
6 4 (1.57%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.18%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.18%) Front Office
7 3 (1.18%) Publishing
8 2 (0.78%) Billing
8 2 (0.78%) Marketing
9 1 (0.39%) French Language
9 1 (0.39%) Local Government
9 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 87 (34.12%) Network Engineer
2 41 (16.08%) Architect
3 34 (13.33%) Analyst
4 27 (10.59%) Network Architect
5 26 (10.20%) Administrator
6 20 (7.84%) Network Specialist
7 18 (7.06%) Senior Network Engineer
7 18 (7.06%) Support Engineer
8 17 (6.67%) Infrastructure Architect
9 15 (5.88%) Operations Analyst
10 14 (5.49%) 3rd Line Support
11 13 (5.10%) Network Support
11 13 (5.10%) Security Engineer
12 11 (4.31%) Support Analyst
12 11 (4.31%) Consultant
12 11 (4.31%) Network Infrastructure Architect
13 10 (3.92%) Applications Support
13 10 (3.92%) Security Specialist
13 10 (3.92%) Network Security Specialist
14 9 (3.53%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (9.41%) CSS
2 23 (9.02%) Middleware
3 21 (8.24%) 802.1X
4 10 (3.92%) .NET
4 10 (3.92%) Java EE
5 6 (2.35%) XMPP
6 5 (1.96%) MAPI
7 3 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (1.18%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 44 (17.25%) Data Centre
2 26 (10.20%) Blackberry
3 22 (8.63%) Thin Client
3 22 (8.63%) Fat Client
4 16 (6.27%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (5.49%) Video Conferencing
6 10 (3.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (2.35%) User Experience
7 6 (2.35%) SecurID
8 5 (1.96%) iPhone
9 4 (1.57%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.57%) Replication
9 4 (1.57%) Visualisation
10 3 (1.18%) Fixed Income
10 3 (1.18%) Clustering
10 3 (1.18%) BBC
11 2 (0.78%) e-Health
11 2 (0.78%) DataPower
11 2 (0.78%) Management Information System
12 1 (0.39%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 83 (32.55%) Windows
2 52 (20.39%) Linux
3 51 (20.00%) UNIX
4 40 (15.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 35 (13.73%) Windows Server 2003
6 26 (10.20%) Windows 7
7 18 (7.06%) Solaris
8 14 (5.49%) Oracle Linux
9 10 (3.92%) CentOS
9 10 (3.92%) Ubuntu
10 8 (3.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (1.96%) Android
11 5 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (1.57%) zOS
12 4 (1.57%) AIX
12 4 (1.57%) SUSE
13 3 (1.18%) Windows NT
13 3 (1.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (24.71%) ITIL
2 51 (20.00%) Load Balancing
3 48 (18.82%) Service Management
4 35 (13.73%) Problem Management
5 28 (10.98%) ITSM
6 27 (10.59%) Performance Management
7 26 (10.20%) BCP
8 24 (9.41%) Network Architecture
9 23 (9.02%) Business Continuity
9 23 (9.02%) Network Design
9 23 (9.02%) Disaster Recovery
9 23 (9.02%) Business Continuity Planning
10 19 (7.45%) Change Control
10 19 (7.45%) E-Commerce
11 18 (7.06%) Migration
11 18 (7.06%) WAN Optimisation
12 16 (6.27%) Capacity Management
13 15 (5.88%) Network Monitoring
13 15 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
14 13 (5.10%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 10 (3.92%) Java
1 10 (3.92%) Python
2 6 (2.35%) Perl
2 6 (2.35%) SQL
3 5 (1.96%) C
4 3 (1.18%) Ruby
4 3 (1.18%) Tcl
4 3 (1.18%) VBScript
4 3 (1.18%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 118 (46.27%) Cisco Certification
2 94 (36.86%) CCNP
3 50 (19.61%) Security Cleared
4 31 (12.16%) CCNA
5 29 (11.37%) SC Cleared
6 22 (8.63%) CCSE
7 19 (7.45%) CCSA
8 11 (4.31%) DV Cleared
9 9 (3.53%) CCIE
10 6 (2.35%) CCIP
11 5 (1.96%) CCDP
12 4 (1.57%) CCDA
12 4 (1.57%) MCSE
12 4 (1.57%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (1.18%) CISSP
13 3 (1.18%) CCSP
13 3 (1.18%) Degree
14 2 (0.78%) JNCIA
14 2 (0.78%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.18%) QA
2 2 (0.78%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.39%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 44 (17.25%) Active Directory
2 43 (16.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (10.59%) NLBS
4 23 (9.02%) Hyper-V
5 22 (8.63%) ProxySG
6 13 (5.10%) vSphere
7 12 (4.71%) Xen
8 10 (3.92%) NFS
9 9 (3.53%) XenApp
10 8 (3.14%) Firmware
11 5 (1.96%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (1.96%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 4 (1.57%) XenServer
12 4 (1.57%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.78%) Squid
14 1 (0.39%) ISA Server
14 1 (0.39%) VMware ESX
14 1 (0.39%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 26 (10.20%) WSUS
2 17 (6.67%) BladeLogic
3 14 (5.49%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 14 (5.49%) Control-M
4 11 (4.31%) CiscoWorks
4 11 (4.31%) Cisco Prime
5 10 (3.92%) ITRS Geneos
6 9 (3.53%) Cisco CUCM
6 9 (3.53%) FortiGate
6 9 (3.53%) OVSD
7 7 (2.75%) SolarWinds Orion
8 6 (2.35%) Cisco UCCX
8 6 (2.35%) OPNET
9 4 (1.57%) Foglight
9 4 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (1.18%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.78%) Nagios
12 1 (0.39%) Cacti
Vendors
1 207 (81.18%) Cisco
2 189 (74.12%) F5
3 148 (58.04%) CheckPoint
4 64 (25.10%) Blue Coat
5 55 (21.57%) Microsoft
6 53 (20.78%) VMware
7 47 (18.43%) Juniper
8 34 (13.33%) Oracle
9 32 (12.55%) Citrix
10 29 (11.37%) Nokia
11 28 (10.98%) Avaya
12 27 (10.59%) Fortinet
13 26 (10.20%) SolarWinds
13 26 (10.20%) Nortel
14 25 (9.80%) HP
15 22 (8.63%) McAfee
16 21 (8.24%) Symantec
17 17 (6.67%) BMC
18 14 (5.49%) CA
19 13 (5.10%) NetApp
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