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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 27 May 2022 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
27 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 742 599 577
Rank change year-on-year -143 -22 +203
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 17 34 30
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.024% 0.072% 0.071%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.21% 0.64% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 25 21
10th Percentile £335 £313 £313
25th Percentile £425 £361 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +3.23%
75th Percentile £550 £475 £450
90th Percentile £590 £500 £560
UK median daily rate £500 £400 £445
% change year-on-year +25.00% -10.11% +11.25%

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 8,002 5,316 5,588
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.27% 11.31% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,286 3,437 3,471
10th Percentile £225 £225 £185
25th Percentile £384 £347 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £443 £425
Median % change year-on-year +12.99% +4.12% -2.86%
75th Percentile £619 £538 £538
90th Percentile £700 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 247 277
10th Percentile £15.20 £12.48 £13.38
25th Percentile £16.25 £15.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate £23.91 £23.21 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.02% +10.52% +7.69%
75th Percentile £48.48 £50.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £63.25 £60.80 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +6.38% +19.37%

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BIG-IP in England.

Daily rate trend for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BIG-IP in England over the 6 months to 27 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for BIG-IP in England

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BIG-IP in England.

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 27 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London -116 8 £513 +25.77% 3
West Midlands -39 2 £425 +8.97%
Midlands -43 2 £425 +8.97%
North of England - 2 £475 - 1
South East -50 1 £563 +27.69%
North East - 1 £550 -
North West - 1 £400 -
Yorkshire - 1 £550 - 1
BIG-IP
UK

For the 6 months to 27 May 2022, 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 16 (94.12%) Cisco
1 16 (94.12%) F5
2 12 (70.59%) Firewall
3 11 (64.71%) Data Centre
4 9 (52.94%) WAN
5 8 (47.06%) VPN
5 8 (47.06%) OSPF
5 8 (47.06%) BGP
5 8 (47.06%) Load Balancing
6 6 (35.29%) Network Management
6 6 (35.29%) DNS
6 6 (35.29%) LAN
6 6 (35.29%) Linux
6 6 (35.29%) Python
6 6 (35.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 5 (29.41%) Social Skills
7 5 (29.41%) Ansible
7 5 (29.41%) MPLS
7 5 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (29.41%) SolarWinds
7 5 (29.41%) Azure
7 5 (29.41%) AWS
7 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
7 5 (29.41%) Wireless
7 5 (29.41%) IPsec
8 4 (23.53%) Finance
8 4 (23.53%) Network Design
8 4 (23.53%) Cisco ASA
8 4 (23.53%) Fortinet
8 4 (23.53%) Red Hat

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 3 (17.65%) iPlanet
1 3 (17.65%) WebLogic
2 1 (5.88%) Apache
2 1 (5.88%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (5.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (29.41%) AWS
1 5 (29.41%) Azure
2 2 (11.76%) Microsoft 365
3 1 (5.88%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (5.88%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (5.88%) Azure Stack
3 1 (5.88%) GCP
3 1 (5.88%) IaaS
3 1 (5.88%) Mimecast
3 1 (5.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 12 (70.59%) Firewall
2 9 (52.94%) WAN
3 8 (47.06%) BGP
3 8 (47.06%) OSPF
3 8 (47.06%) VPN
4 6 (35.29%) DNS
4 6 (35.29%) LAN
5 5 (29.41%) IPsec
5 5 (29.41%) MPLS
5 5 (29.41%) Wireless
6 4 (23.53%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (23.53%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (23.53%) DHCP
6 4 (23.53%) Internet
6 4 (23.53%) SD-WAN
6 4 (23.53%) TCP/IP
7 3 (17.65%) HSRP
7 3 (17.65%) Network Security
7 3 (17.65%) Spanning Tree
7 3 (17.65%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) Oracle Database
2 2 (11.76%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 5 (29.41%) Social Skills
2 4 (23.53%) Finance
3 3 (17.65%) Public Sector
3 3 (17.65%) Telecoms
4 1 (5.88%) Banking
4 1 (5.88%) Influencing Skills
4 1 (5.88%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (47.06%) Network Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Linux Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Network Design Specialist
2 2 (11.76%) Network Specialist
2 2 (11.76%) Senior Linux Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Senior Network Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Cloud Specialist
3 1 (5.88%) Designer
3 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (5.88%) IP Designer
3 1 (5.88%) Lead Designer
3 1 (5.88%) Network Support
3 1 (5.88%) Network Support Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Secure Network Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (5.88%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) J2EE
2 2 (11.76%) 802.1X
3 1 (5.88%) .NET
3 1 (5.88%) Middleware
3 1 (5.88%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (64.71%) Data Centre
2 3 (17.65%) PKI
3 2 (11.76%) AS400
3 2 (11.76%) Clustering
3 2 (11.76%) Fibre Optics
3 2 (11.76%) iSeries
3 2 (11.76%) Mainframe
4 1 (5.88%) Cloud Native
4 1 (5.88%) IoT
4 1 (5.88%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 6 (35.29%) Linux
2 3 (17.65%) Unix
2 3 (17.65%) Windows
3 2 (11.76%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.88%) AIX
4 1 (5.88%) CatOS
4 1 (5.88%) Solaris
4 1 (5.88%) Ubuntu
4 1 (5.88%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (47.06%) Load Balancing
2 6 (35.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 6 (35.29%) Network Management
3 4 (23.53%) Network Design
4 3 (17.65%) Kalman Filter
4 3 (17.65%) Mentoring
5 2 (11.76%) Change Control
5 2 (11.76%) Deep Packet Inspection
5 2 (11.76%) Incident Management
5 2 (11.76%) ITIL
5 2 (11.76%) Process Improvement
5 2 (11.76%) Project Delivery
6 1 (5.88%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (5.88%) Data Protection
6 1 (5.88%) High Availability
6 1 (5.88%) Low Latency
6 1 (5.88%) Open Source
6 1 (5.88%) Project Management
6 1 (5.88%) Service Management
6 1 (5.88%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) Python
2 4 (23.53%) Perl
3 3 (17.65%) Bash
3 3 (17.65%) Java
4 1 (5.88%) PHP
4 1 (5.88%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
1 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
2 4 (23.53%) CCNP
3 2 (11.76%) CCIE
3 2 (11.76%) SC Cleared
4 1 (5.88%) CCDP
4 1 (5.88%) CCIE Routing and Switching
System Software
1 2 (11.76%) Active Directory
1 2 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.88%) Hyper-V
2 1 (5.88%) ProxySG
2 1 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (29.41%) Ansible
2 3 (17.65%) Avamar
2 3 (17.65%) EMC NetWorker
2 3 (17.65%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Cisco Prime
3 2 (11.76%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (11.76%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (11.76%) Terraform
3 2 (11.76%) WMI
4 1 (5.88%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 1 (5.88%) Icinga
4 1 (5.88%) Nagios
Vendors
1 16 (94.12%) Cisco
1 16 (94.12%) F5
2 5 (29.41%) SolarWinds
3 4 (23.53%) Arista
3 4 (23.53%) Fortinet
3 4 (23.53%) Palo Alto
3 4 (23.53%) Red Hat
4 3 (17.65%) BEA
4 3 (17.65%) Meraki
4 3 (17.65%) Oracle
4 3 (17.65%) Sun
4 3 (17.65%) VMware
5 2 (11.76%) Aruba
5 2 (11.76%) CheckPoint
5 2 (11.76%) Infoblox
5 2 (11.76%) Juniper
5 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
5 2 (11.76%) Zscaler
6 1 (5.88%) McAfee
6 1 (5.88%) Remedy