Period
to 23 January 2018

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 23 January 2018 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 726 695 716
Rank change year-on-year -31 +21 -70
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 118 128 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.95% 0.97% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 82 95
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £315 £314 £356
90th Percentile £588 £530 £509
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
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 12,419 13,228 13,738
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.41% 14.82% 14.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,719 8,100 8,042
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 636 673 845
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% - +9.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.66 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.19 £47.50 £47.70
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.89% - +7.14%

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 23 January 2018.

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 23 January 2018. 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 -17 60 £475 - 5
South East -15 28 £425 +1.19% 4
South West +23 14 £550 +41.03%
North of England +27 10 £385 -8.33% 2
West Midlands +13 6 £385 -9.41%
Midlands -2 6 £385 -17.87%
North West +10 5 £100 -80.77%
Yorkshire +6 5 £450 -5.26% 2
East of England -28 1 £370 -20.00%
BIG-IP
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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 (96.61%) F5
2 89 (75.42%) Firewall
3 61 (51.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 54 (45.76%) Linux
5 52 (44.07%) Cisco
6 44 (37.29%) Java
7 42 (35.59%) Load Balancing
8 35 (29.66%) Apache
9 34 (28.81%) DNS
10 33 (27.97%) Unix
11 32 (27.12%) Tomcat
11 32 (27.12%) CheckPoint
12 31 (26.27%) Python
13 29 (24.58%) ITIL
14 28 (23.73%) TCP/IP
15 27 (22.88%) Windows
15 27 (22.88%) Data Centre
16 25 (21.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 25 (21.19%) Oracle
16 25 (21.19%) IIS
16 25 (21.19%) Cisco ASA
17 24 (20.34%) Network Security
17 24 (20.34%) Blue Coat
17 24 (20.34%) WAN
17 24 (20.34%) Ansible
18 23 (19.49%) ITRS Geneos
18 23 (19.49%) VPN
18 23 (19.49%) SSL
18 23 (19.49%) VMware
19 22 (18.64%) CCNP

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 35 (29.66%) Apache
2 32 (27.12%) Tomcat
3 25 (21.19%) IIS
4 12 (10.17%) nginx
5 10 (8.47%) CICS
6 8 (6.78%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (4.24%) Skype for Business
8 3 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (2.54%) MS Exchange
8 3 (2.54%) WebSphere
9 2 (1.69%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.69%) WebLogic
9 2 (1.69%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.85%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.85%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (2.54%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.69%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 14 (11.86%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (7.63%) Adobe Analytics
3 7 (5.93%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (3.39%) IaaS
5 3 (2.54%) Akamai
5 3 (2.54%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (2.54%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (2.54%) Office 365
5 3 (2.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.69%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.85%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 89 (75.42%) Firewall
2 61 (51.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 34 (28.81%) DNS
4 28 (23.73%) TCP/IP
5 25 (21.19%) Cisco ASA
5 25 (21.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 24 (20.34%) Network Security
6 24 (20.34%) WAN
7 23 (19.49%) SSL
7 23 (19.49%) VPN
8 20 (16.95%) BGP
9 19 (16.10%) Wireless
10 18 (15.25%) Cisco Nexus
11 14 (11.86%) Internet
11 14 (11.86%) OSPF
12 13 (11.02%) DHCP
13 12 (10.17%) EIGRP
14 11 (9.32%) LAN
14 11 (9.32%) VLAN
15 10 (8.47%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.71%) NoSQL
1 15 (12.71%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.47%) DB2
3 8 (6.78%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (3.39%) MySQL
5 2 (1.69%) Couchbase
5 2 (1.69%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.69%) Redis
6 1 (0.85%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.85%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.85%) HBase
Development Applications
1 13 (11.02%) JMeter
2 10 (8.47%) webpack
3 9 (7.63%) Artifactory
3 9 (7.63%) Bitbucket
3 9 (7.63%) JIRA
3 9 (7.63%) TeamCity
4 4 (3.39%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (1.69%) Introscope
6 1 (0.85%) Maven
General
1 21 (17.80%) Finance
2 17 (14.41%) Banking
3 4 (3.39%) Retail Banking
4 3 (2.54%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.54%) Legal
4 3 (2.54%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.69%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.85%) Advertising
6 1 (0.85%) Games
6 1 (0.85%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 51 (43.22%) Network Engineer
2 19 (16.10%) Applications Engineer
3 17 (14.41%) Cisco Engineer
3 17 (14.41%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 10 (8.47%) Linux Engineer
5 9 (7.63%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 8 (6.78%) Administrator
6 8 (6.78%) Consultant
6 8 (6.78%) Elasticsearch Engineer
6 8 (6.78%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 7 (5.93%) DevOps Consultant
7 7 (5.93%) Network Security Engineer
7 7 (5.93%) Security Engineer
8 6 (5.08%) Geneos Engineer
9 5 (4.24%) Architect
9 5 (4.24%) DevOps Engineer
9 5 (4.24%) Java Consultant
9 5 (4.24%) Linux Consultant
9 5 (4.24%) Systems Administrator
10 4 (3.39%) Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.32%) Node.js
2 10 (8.47%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (8.47%) React
2 10 (8.47%) Spring
2 10 (8.47%) Spring Boot
3 7 (5.93%) LAPP Stack
4 6 (5.08%) Java EE
5 3 (2.54%) .NET
5 3 (2.54%) Web Services
6 2 (1.69%) Kafka
6 2 (1.69%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.69%) Rendezvous
6 2 (1.69%) WCF
7 1 (0.85%) Ajax
7 1 (0.85%) EJB 3.0
7 1 (0.85%) Hibernate
7 1 (0.85%) JPA
7 1 (0.85%) jQuery
7 1 (0.85%) REST
7 1 (0.85%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 27 (22.88%) Data Centre
2 20 (16.95%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (9.32%) DataPower
4 10 (8.47%) Mainframe
5 8 (6.78%) Clustering
6 7 (5.93%) e-Health
7 6 (5.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 5 (4.24%) Management Information System
9 4 (3.39%) Computer Science
9 4 (3.39%) Private Cloud
9 4 (3.39%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.85%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.85%) PKI
10 1 (0.85%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 54 (45.76%) Linux
2 33 (27.97%) Unix
3 27 (22.88%) Windows
4 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.69%) Android
6 2 (1.69%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.85%) Debian
7 1 (0.85%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.85%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.85%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (35.59%) Load Balancing
2 29 (24.58%) ITIL
3 20 (16.95%) DevOps
3 20 (16.95%) Problem Management
4 18 (15.25%) High Availability
4 18 (15.25%) Migration
5 16 (13.56%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (11.02%) Load Testing
6 13 (11.02%) Risk Management
7 12 (10.17%) Release Management
8 11 (9.32%) ITIL V3
8 11 (9.32%) Microservices
9 10 (8.47%) Analytics
9 10 (8.47%) Change Control
10 9 (7.63%) Change Management
10 9 (7.63%) Service Delivery
11 7 (5.93%) Network Architecture
11 7 (5.93%) Network Design
11 7 (5.93%) Runbook
12 6 (5.08%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
Programming Languages
1 44 (37.29%) Java
2 31 (26.27%) Python
3 21 (17.80%) Perl
4 18 (15.25%) Ruby
5 7 (5.93%) Bash Shell
6 3 (2.54%) C
6 3 (2.54%) PowerShell
7 2 (1.69%) Kotlin
7 2 (1.69%) SQL
8 1 (0.85%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 22 (18.64%) CCNP
1 22 (18.64%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (13.56%) SC Cleared
2 16 (13.56%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.93%) CCIE
4 5 (4.24%) RHCE
5 4 (3.39%) MCSE
5 4 (3.39%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.54%) CCSA
6 3 (2.54%) MCP
7 2 (1.69%) CCSE
8 1 (0.85%) Degree
8 1 (0.85%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.85%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.24%) PCI DSS
2 4 (3.39%) AS 2805
2 4 (3.39%) ISO 8583
3 3 (2.54%) GCP
3 3 (2.54%) SLA
4 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (14.41%) ProxySG
2 14 (11.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (11.02%) Docker
4 10 (8.47%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (5.93%) Active Directory
5 7 (5.93%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (5.08%) vSphere
7 5 (4.24%) Hyper-V
8 4 (3.39%) VMware NSX
9 3 (2.54%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (1.69%) iptables
10 2 (1.69%) pfSense
10 2 (1.69%) Varnish
10 2 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.85%) XenApp
11 1 (0.85%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 24 (20.34%) Ansible
2 23 (19.49%) ITRS Geneos
3 13 (11.02%) Rancher
4 10 (8.47%) BladeLogic
5 7 (5.93%) WhatsUp Gold
6 6 (5.08%) vCenter Server
7 5 (4.24%) FortiGate
7 5 (4.24%) HP SiteScope
7 5 (4.24%) Nagios
8 3 (2.54%) SCOM
8 3 (2.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (1.69%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (1.69%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (1.69%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.69%) Kubernetes
9 2 (1.69%) OVSD
9 2 (1.69%) Puppet
9 2 (1.69%) Terraform
10 1 (0.85%) Cisco Prime
10 1 (0.85%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 114 (96.61%) F5
2 52 (44.07%) Cisco
3 32 (27.12%) CheckPoint
4 25 (21.19%) Oracle
5 24 (20.34%) Blue Coat
6 23 (19.49%) VMware
7 21 (17.80%) Juniper
8 17 (14.41%) Palo Alto
9 16 (13.56%) Citrix
10 14 (11.86%) SolarWinds
11 12 (10.17%) IBM
12 11 (9.32%) HP
13 10 (8.47%) Adobe
13 10 (8.47%) Splunk
14 9 (7.63%) Green Hat
15 8 (6.78%) IronPort
16 7 (5.93%) Microsoft
16 7 (5.93%) Thales
17 6 (5.08%) Infoblox
17 6 (5.08%) Motorola