The first table below looks at the demand for BIG-IP skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. 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 for the West Midlands region.

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 103 95 97
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +2
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 15 3 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.62% 0.16% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.26% 1.12% 3.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 4
Average daily rate £410 £568 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.75% +51.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £401 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+14.42% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £34.00 -
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
285 268 263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 11.76% 14.72% 11.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 118 100
Average daily rate £350 £270 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.62% -16.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £150 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 38 30
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.37 £32.35 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -18.18%
BIG-IP
England

BIG-IP
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

BIG-IP Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing BIG-IP across the West Midlands region.

BIG-IP Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing BIG-IP across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

BIG-IP Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP across the West Midlands region.

BIG-IP Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region 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
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Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +4 9 £380 -33.03%
Staffordshire - - - -
BIG-IP
England

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 40 (100.00%) Firewall
2 36 (90.00%) Cisco
2 36 (90.00%) CheckPoint
3 34 (85.00%) Cisco Certification
4 33 (82.50%) MPLS
4 33 (82.50%) CCNP
5 32 (80.00%) F5
6 31 (77.50%) Cisco Nexus
7 29 (72.50%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 28 (70.00%) WAN
9 25 (62.50%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 23 (57.50%) Fortinet
11 22 (55.00%) Cisco ASA
12 21 (52.50%) McAfee
12 21 (52.50%) Blue Coat
12 21 (52.50%) CSS
12 21 (52.50%) WAN Optimisation
12 21 (52.50%) DMVPN
13 19 (47.50%) VoIP
14 16 (40.00%) CiscoWorks
15 15 (37.50%) Incident Management
15 15 (37.50%) Root Cause Analysis
16 13 (32.50%) SC Cleared
16 13 (32.50%) Security Cleared
17 12 (30.00%) SolarWinds
18 11 (27.50%) Service Management
19 8 (20.00%) OSPF
19 8 (20.00%) CCNA
19 8 (20.00%) Problem Management
20 7 (17.50%) Remedy ITSM

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 4 (10.00%) Apache
1 4 (10.00%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 7 (17.50%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 40 (100.00%) Firewall
2 33 (82.50%) MPLS
3 31 (77.50%) Cisco Nexus
4 29 (72.50%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 28 (70.00%) WAN
6 25 (62.50%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 22 (55.00%) Cisco ASA
8 21 (52.50%) DMVPN
9 19 (47.50%) VoIP
10 8 (20.00%) OSPF
11 7 (17.50%) WLAN
11 7 (17.50%) LAN
12 5 (12.50%) BGP
12 5 (12.50%) Network Security
13 4 (10.00%) DNS
13 4 (10.00%) Internet
14 3 (7.50%) BT 21CN
15 1 (2.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle Database
Job Titles
1 30 (75.00%) Network Engineer
2 14 (35.00%) Implementation Engineer
3 11 (27.50%) Network Support Engineer
3 11 (27.50%) Network Support
3 11 (27.50%) Support Engineer
3 11 (27.50%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 8 (20.00%) Cisco Engineer
5 7 (17.50%) Design Engineer
6 5 (12.50%) Architect
6 5 (12.50%) Network Design Engineer
7 4 (10.00%) Platform Architect
8 3 (7.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 1 (2.50%) Security Architect
9 1 (2.50%) Network Architect
9 1 (2.50%) Network Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (52.50%) CSS
2 1 (2.50%) J2EE
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.00%) AIX
1 4 (10.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (52.50%) WAN Optimisation
2 15 (37.50%) Incident Management
2 15 (37.50%) Root Cause Analysis
3 11 (27.50%) Service Management
4 8 (20.00%) Problem Management
5 7 (17.50%) Network Design
6 5 (12.50%) ITIL
7 4 (10.00%) Network Management
7 4 (10.00%) Scrum
8 3 (7.50%) Load Balancing
9 2 (5.00%) Network Monitoring
10 1 (2.50%) SIEM
10 1 (2.50%) Change Management
Qualifications
1 34 (85.00%) Cisco Certification
2 33 (82.50%) CCNP
3 13 (32.50%) SC Cleared
3 13 (32.50%) Security Cleared
4 8 (20.00%) CCNA
5 4 (10.00%) CCDP
6 1 (2.50%) DV Cleared
System Software
1 4 (10.00%) Squid
2 1 (2.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (40.00%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 36 (90.00%) Cisco
1 36 (90.00%) CheckPoint
2 32 (80.00%) F5
3 23 (57.50%) Fortinet
4 21 (52.50%) McAfee
4 21 (52.50%) Blue Coat
5 12 (30.00%) SolarWinds
6 7 (17.50%) Remedy
6 7 (17.50%) BMC
7 5 (12.50%) Nokia
8 4 (10.00%) TOWER Software
8 4 (10.00%) Oracle
9 3 (7.50%) BT
10 2 (5.00%) Sourcefire
11 1 (2.50%) ArcSight
11 1 (2.50%) TippingPoint
11 1 (2.50%) Juniper
11 1 (2.50%) Citrix
11 1 (2.50%) Microsoft
11 1 (2.50%) HP