Period
to 16 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for BIG-IP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited BIG-IP over the 6 months to 16 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

F5 Networks BIG-IP
UK > England
6 months to
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 726 748 706
Rank change year-on-year +22 -42 +16
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 119 116 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.03% 0.94% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 82 83
England median daily rate £450 £484 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.98% +7.50% +4.65%
10th Percentile £333 £329 £315
90th Percentile £650 £600 £535
UK median daily rate £450 £488 £425
% change year-on-year -7.69% +14.71% -0.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - -

BIG-IP is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 11,579 12,348 13,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.85% 13.28% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,034 7,682 8,059
England median daily rate £425 £413 £409
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +0.86% +2.25%
10th Percentile £201 £185 £213
90th Percentile £613 £595 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 636 687
England median hourly rate £18.88 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.60% -6.98% -2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.43
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £18.76 £19.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -3.79% -9.30% -4.44%

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing BIG-IP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BIG-IP in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BIG-IP in England over the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 16 February 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +3 45 £500 +5.26% 8
South East +14 39 £406 -4.41% 3
North of England -4 19 £452 +126.00% 8
North West -4 10 £575 +475.00% 5
Yorkshire 0 9 £390 -13.33% 1
Midlands -1 8 £355 -19.77% 1
West Midlands -7 7 £355 -7.79%
East of England +13 4 £375 +1.35% 2
South West -49 4 - - 1
East Midlands +8 1 - - 1
BIG-IP
UK

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 114 (95.80%) F5
2 83 (69.75%) Firewall
3 65 (54.62%) Cisco
4 43 (36.13%) Network Security
5 39 (32.77%) Cisco Certification
6 38 (31.93%) Load Balancing
7 37 (31.09%) Juniper
7 37 (31.09%) CCNP
8 36 (30.25%) Cisco Nexus
9 35 (29.41%) DNS
10 31 (26.05%) Linux
10 31 (26.05%) Security Cleared
10 31 (26.05%) Palo Alto
11 30 (25.21%) WAN
12 29 (24.37%) CheckPoint
13 28 (23.53%) TCP/IP
13 28 (23.53%) Unix
14 27 (22.69%) SC Cleared
15 26 (21.85%) Windows
16 24 (20.17%) Apache
17 23 (19.33%) Blue Coat
17 23 (19.33%) Ansible
18 21 (17.65%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 21 (17.65%) VPN
18 21 (17.65%) BGP
19 20 (16.81%) Migration
19 20 (16.81%) Data Centre
20 19 (15.97%) Amazon AWS
20 19 (15.97%) OSPF
20 19 (15.97%) IIS

BIG-IP
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 24 (20.17%) Apache
2 19 (15.97%) IIS
3 15 (12.61%) Tomcat
4 13 (10.92%) nginx
5 11 (9.24%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (5.04%) Confluence
6 6 (5.04%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.84%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.84%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (4.20%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.84%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.52%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 19 (15.97%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (12.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (5.04%) Office 365
4 3 (2.52%) IaaS
5 2 (1.68%) PaaS
6 1 (0.84%) Akamai
6 1 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 83 (69.75%) Firewall
2 43 (36.13%) Network Security
3 36 (30.25%) Cisco Nexus
4 35 (29.41%) DNS
5 30 (25.21%) WAN
6 28 (23.53%) TCP/IP
7 21 (17.65%) BGP
7 21 (17.65%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 21 (17.65%) VPN
8 19 (15.97%) OSPF
9 18 (15.13%) Cisco ASA
9 18 (15.13%) LAN
10 17 (14.29%) Internet
11 12 (10.08%) HTTP
11 12 (10.08%) SSL
12 11 (9.24%) Cisco Firepower
12 11 (9.24%) DHCP
12 11 (9.24%) DMZ
13 9 (7.56%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (7.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.08%) MySQL
2 7 (5.88%) MariaDB
2 7 (5.88%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.84%) Big Data
3 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (0.84%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.84%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (6.72%) JIRA
2 6 (5.04%) Git (software)
2 6 (5.04%) Maven
3 4 (3.36%) GitLab
3 4 (3.36%) Jenkins
3 4 (3.36%) Selenium
3 4 (3.36%) WebDriver
4 2 (1.68%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.68%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.68%) IBM UrbanCode
4 2 (1.68%) JUnit
General
1 11 (9.24%) Banking
1 11 (9.24%) Finance
2 4 (3.36%) Financial Institution
2 4 (3.36%) Investment Banking
2 4 (3.36%) Law
2 4 (3.36%) Retail Banking
3 2 (1.68%) Retail
3 2 (1.68%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 44 (36.97%) Network Engineer
2 20 (16.81%) Firewall Engineer
3 16 (13.45%) DevOps Engineer
4 13 (10.92%) Security Engineer
5 11 (9.24%) Automation Engineer
5 11 (9.24%) Monitoring Engineer
6 8 (6.72%) Architect
7 7 (5.88%) Cisco Engineer
7 7 (5.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 7 (5.88%) Developer
7 7 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (5.88%) Perl Developer
7 7 (5.88%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 5 (4.20%) Network Architect
8 5 (4.20%) Senior Firewall Engineer
8 5 (4.20%) Support Engineer
9 4 (3.36%) Analyst
9 4 (3.36%) Network Support
9 4 (3.36%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.36%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.88%) CGI
1 7 (5.88%) Embperl
1 7 (5.88%) LAMP
1 7 (5.88%) Ruby on Rails
2 5 (4.20%) 802.1X
2 5 (4.20%) CSS
3 4 (3.36%) Gherkin
3 4 (3.36%) RabbitMQ
3 4 (3.36%) RESTful
4 3 (2.52%) Java EE
4 3 (2.52%) Web Services
5 2 (1.68%) .NET
5 2 (1.68%) Ajax
5 2 (1.68%) HTML
5 2 (1.68%) Java SE
5 2 (1.68%) jQuery
5 2 (1.68%) LDAP
5 2 (1.68%) REST
5 2 (1.68%) WebSockets
5 2 (1.68%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.81%) Data Centre
2 13 (10.92%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.72%) Private Cloud
4 5 (4.20%) Driving Licence
4 5 (4.20%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.52%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.68%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.68%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.68%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.68%) NHS
6 2 (1.68%) PKI
7 1 (0.84%) Clustering
7 1 (0.84%) Replication
7 1 (0.84%) RSA SecurID
7 1 (0.84%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 31 (26.05%) Linux
2 28 (23.53%) Unix
3 26 (21.85%) Windows
4 7 (5.88%) Solaris
4 7 (5.88%) SUSE
4 7 (5.88%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
5 6 (5.04%) Ubuntu
6 5 (4.20%) Windows Server
7 4 (3.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.84%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.84%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (31.93%) Load Balancing
2 20 (16.81%) Migration
3 16 (13.45%) DevOps
3 16 (13.45%) Performance Tuning
4 15 (12.61%) Change Management
5 13 (10.92%) Capacity Management
6 12 (10.08%) ITIL
7 11 (9.24%) Network Management
7 11 (9.24%) Performance Metrics
8 10 (8.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 10 (8.40%) SDLC
9 9 (7.56%) Capacity Planning
9 9 (7.56%) Problem Management
10 7 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (5.88%) Planning and Forecasting
11 6 (5.04%) Decision-Making
11 6 (5.04%) Network Design
11 6 (5.04%) OO
11 6 (5.04%) Problem-Solving
11 6 (5.04%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.29%) Python
2 15 (12.61%) Bash Shell
3 13 (10.92%) Perl
4 8 (6.72%) SQL
5 7 (5.88%) C
5 7 (5.88%) PHP
5 7 (5.88%) Ruby
6 6 (5.04%) Java
7 5 (4.20%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.68%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.84%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (32.77%) Cisco Certification
2 37 (31.09%) CCNP
3 31 (26.05%) Security Cleared
4 27 (22.69%) SC Cleared
5 16 (13.45%) CCIE
5 16 (13.45%) CCSA
5 16 (13.45%) CCSE
5 16 (13.45%) Check Point Certification
6 12 (10.08%) CCNA
7 9 (7.56%) CCDP
7 9 (7.56%) DV Cleared
8 4 (3.36%) CCDE
9 2 (1.68%) CCIP
10 1 (0.84%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.84%) CCDA
10 1 (0.84%) CEH
10 1 (0.84%) CISSP
10 1 (0.84%) Degree
10 1 (0.84%) MCSA
10 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.20%) SLA
2 2 (1.68%) Government Security Classifications
2 2 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 2 (1.68%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.68%) QA
3 1 (0.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 15 (12.61%) Docker
2 13 (10.92%) Active Directory
3 11 (9.24%) NFS
4 6 (5.04%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (3.36%) Firmware
5 4 (3.36%) ProxySG
5 4 (3.36%) VMware NSX
6 3 (2.52%) Dovecot
6 3 (2.52%) Postfix
7 2 (1.68%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.68%) KVM
7 2 (1.68%) LXC
7 2 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.84%) iptables
8 1 (0.84%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.84%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.84%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 23 (19.33%) Ansible
2 17 (14.29%) FortiGate
3 11 (9.24%) BladeLogic
3 11 (9.24%) ITRS Geneos
3 11 (9.24%) Kubernetes
3 11 (9.24%) Rancher
4 9 (7.56%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (7.56%) Puppet
5 7 (5.88%) CFEngine
6 6 (5.04%) HAProxy
7 4 (3.36%) Forum Sentry
8 3 (2.52%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (1.68%) SCCM
9 2 (1.68%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.84%) Nagios
10 1 (0.84%) QRadar
10 1 (0.84%) SCOM
10 1 (0.84%) Terraform
Vendors
1 114 (95.80%) F5
2 65 (54.62%) Cisco
3 37 (31.09%) Juniper
4 31 (26.05%) Palo Alto
5 29 (24.37%) CheckPoint
6 23 (19.33%) Blue Coat
7 17 (14.29%) CA
8 15 (12.61%) Red Hat
9 14 (11.76%) Splunk
10 13 (10.92%) NetApp
11 11 (9.24%) VMware
12 9 (7.56%) Riverbed
13 8 (6.72%) HP
14 7 (5.88%) Infoblox
14 7 (5.88%) McAfee
14 7 (5.88%) Microsoft
15 6 (5.04%) Aruba
15 6 (5.04%) Meraki
16 5 (4.20%) Citrix
17 4 (3.36%) BMC