Period
to 21 October 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for knowledge and experience of F5 products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited F5 over the 6 months to 21 October 2021 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within F5 Networks, Inc.

F5
UK > England
6 months to
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 478 277 384
Rank change year-on-year -201 +107 +36
Contract jobs citing F5 276 240 501
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.41% 0.88% 0.65%
As % of the Vendors category 1.03% 2.03% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 177 341
10th Percentile £360 £338 £300
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £523 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +22.94% - -1.11%
75th Percentile £575 £501 £501
90th Percentile £632 £555 £575
UK median daily rate £520 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +22.35% - -1.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 3
Median hourly rate £40.00 £46.40 £12.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.79% +286.67% -17.24%
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £44.20 £12.00
% change year-on-year -55.88% +268.33% -17.24%

F5 is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 26,880 11,796 32,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 39.75% 43.33% 42.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,991 7,810 21,234
10th Percentile £263 £258 £243
25th Percentile £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £560
90th Percentile £700 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 833 350 1,167
10th Percentile £11.70 £11.58 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.20 £21.39 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.25% +12.59% +9.70%
75th Percentile £41.82 £45.00 £40.25
90th Percentile £62.50 £55.00 £51.73
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.03
% change year-on-year -13.33% +18.23% +11.94%

F5
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing F5 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for F5 in England

F5
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing F5 in England.

Daily rate trend for F5 in England

F5
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing F5 in England over the 6 months to 21 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for F5 in England

F5
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing F5 in England.

Hourly rate trend for F5 in England

F5
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 F5 within the England region over the 6 months to 21 October 2021. 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 -174 125 £525 +10.53% 34
South East -80 48 £425 - 11
South West -64 22 £485 +21.35% 7
East of England -42 18 £550 +69.23% 11
North of England -119 18 £338 -18.18% 25
Midlands -67 16 £390 -0.95% 9
Yorkshire -60 14 £288 -42.50% 14
East Midlands -29 10 £375 +15.38% 3
West Midlands -72 6 £426 +0.29% 6
North West -95 4 £363 -9.38% 11
F5
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing F5 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 F5.

1 182 (65.94%) Cisco
2 156 (56.52%) Firewall
3 91 (32.97%) CheckPoint
3 91 (32.97%) Load Balancing
3 91 (32.97%) Azure
4 88 (31.88%) Cisco Certification
5 75 (27.17%) Data Centre
6 74 (26.81%) WAN
6 74 (26.81%) DNS
7 73 (26.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 63 (22.83%) VMware
9 61 (22.10%) BGP
10 60 (21.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 54 (19.57%) AWS
11 54 (19.57%) CCNP
12 53 (19.20%) Finance
12 53 (19.20%) Ansible
12 53 (19.20%) Social Skills
13 51 (18.48%) Cisco Nexus
13 51 (18.48%) VPN
14 49 (17.75%) LAN
15 48 (17.39%) Network Security
16 47 (17.03%) MPLS
16 47 (17.03%) Juniper
17 46 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
17 46 (16.67%) DevOps
18 45 (16.30%) Linux
19 44 (15.94%) Cisco ASA
20 43 (15.58%) Palo Alto
21 40 (14.49%) OSPF

F5
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 19 (6.88%) Apache
2 13 (4.71%) Tomcat
3 10 (3.62%) IIS
4 9 (3.26%) nginx
5 8 (2.90%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (2.54%) MS Exchange
7 5 (1.81%) Confluence
8 4 (1.45%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (1.45%) WebSphere
9 3 (1.09%) JBoss
9 3 (1.09%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.72%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.36%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 18 (6.52%) MS Visio
2 8 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 91 (32.97%) Azure
2 54 (19.57%) AWS
3 17 (6.16%) IaaS
4 12 (4.35%) GCP
5 10 (3.62%) SaaS
6 9 (3.26%) Akamai
6 9 (3.26%) PaaS
7 8 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (2.90%) Azure Storage
7 8 (2.90%) Microsoft 365
8 6 (2.17%) AWS Direct Connect
8 6 (2.17%) Azure App Service
8 6 (2.17%) Azure Pipelines
8 6 (2.17%) GitHub
8 6 (2.17%) SonarCloud
9 5 (1.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 5 (1.81%) IBM Cloud
10 4 (1.45%) Cloudflare
10 4 (1.45%) OpenShift
11 3 (1.09%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 156 (56.52%) Firewall
2 74 (26.81%) DNS
2 74 (26.81%) WAN
3 73 (26.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 61 (22.10%) BGP
5 60 (21.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 51 (18.48%) Cisco Nexus
6 51 (18.48%) VPN
7 49 (17.75%) LAN
8 48 (17.39%) Network Security
9 47 (17.03%) MPLS
10 44 (15.94%) Cisco ASA
11 40 (14.49%) OSPF
12 38 (13.77%) TCP/IP
13 35 (12.68%) SSL
14 33 (11.96%) Wireless
15 23 (8.33%) BIG-IP
15 23 (8.33%) Cisco IOS
16 22 (7.97%) Cisco Firepower
16 22 (7.97%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.07%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.45%) DB2
3 3 (1.09%) Apache Cassandra
3 3 (1.09%) DataStax
3 3 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.72%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.72%) Big Data
4 2 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.36%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.36%) Redis
5 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 17 (6.16%) Git (software)
2 13 (4.71%) JIRA
3 10 (3.62%) Jenkins
3 10 (3.62%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (2.90%) SonarQube
5 5 (1.81%) Bitbucket
6 4 (1.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (1.09%) GitLab
7 3 (1.09%) Postman
7 3 (1.09%) Subversion
7 3 (1.09%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.72%) CircleCI
8 2 (0.72%) Gradle
8 2 (0.72%) IBM UrbanCode
8 2 (0.72%) Maven
8 2 (0.72%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.36%) LINQPad
9 1 (0.36%) NeoLoad
9 1 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.36%) SoapUI
General
1 53 (19.20%) Finance
1 53 (19.20%) Social Skills
2 31 (11.23%) Telecoms
3 17 (6.16%) Banking
4 9 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (2.17%) Documentation Skills
6 5 (1.81%) Public Sector
7 4 (1.45%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.45%) Organisational Skills
7 4 (1.45%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (1.09%) Legal
8 3 (1.09%) Marketing
8 3 (1.09%) Publishing
9 2 (0.72%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.72%) Digital Economy
9 2 (0.72%) Law
9 2 (0.72%) Retail
10 1 (0.36%) Billing
10 1 (0.36%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.36%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 108 (39.13%) Network Engineer
2 50 (18.12%) Architect
3 21 (7.61%) Cisco Engineer
4 18 (6.52%) Consultant
4 18 (6.52%) Solutions Architect
5 17 (6.16%) Design Engineer
5 17 (6.16%) Senior Network Engineer
6 16 (5.80%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 14 (5.07%) Security Engineer
8 13 (4.71%) Network Architect
9 12 (4.35%) IP Engineer
10 11 (3.99%) Network Design Engineer
10 11 (3.99%) Technical Architect
11 10 (3.62%) Analyst
12 9 (3.26%) Azure Engineer
12 9 (3.26%) DevOps Engineer
12 9 (3.26%) Network Security Engineer
13 8 (2.90%) Administrator
13 8 (2.90%) Cloud Engineer
13 8 (2.90%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.16%) JSON
2 12 (4.35%) .NET
2 12 (4.35%) 802.1X
2 12 (4.35%) Middleware
3 11 (3.99%) XML
4 8 (2.90%) Jinja
5 7 (2.54%) YAML
6 6 (2.17%) Web Services
7 5 (1.81%) AngularJS
7 5 (1.81%) SOAP
8 4 (1.45%) LDAP
8 4 (1.45%) OAuth
9 3 (1.09%) ARM Templates
9 3 (1.09%) JDBC
9 3 (1.09%) JMS
9 3 (1.09%) JWT
9 3 (1.09%) REST
10 2 (0.72%) Kafka
10 2 (0.72%) React
10 2 (0.72%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 75 (27.17%) Data Centre
2 17 (6.16%) Clustering
3 16 (5.80%) Public Cloud
4 15 (5.43%) Data Protection Act
5 13 (4.71%) PKI
6 10 (3.62%) Hybrid Cloud
7 7 (2.54%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (2.17%) Driving Licence
8 6 (2.17%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.81%) EMC VMAX
9 5 (1.81%) EMC VNX
9 5 (1.81%) Fibre Optics
9 5 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.81%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 4 (1.45%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.45%) User Experience
11 3 (1.09%) CCTV
11 3 (1.09%) DataPower
11 3 (1.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 2 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 45 (16.30%) Linux
2 38 (13.77%) Windows
3 15 (5.43%) Windows Server
4 14 (5.07%) Unix
5 9 (3.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (2.54%) Windows 10
7 6 (2.17%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (2.17%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.72%) AIX
9 2 (0.72%) Solaris
9 2 (0.72%) VMS
10 1 (0.36%) CatOS
10 1 (0.36%) CentOS
10 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (32.97%) Load Balancing
2 46 (16.67%) DevOps
3 37 (13.41%) Network Design
4 29 (10.51%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (10.51%) ITIL
5 27 (9.78%) Migration
6 21 (7.61%) Data Protection
7 20 (7.25%) Network Management
8 17 (6.16%) Change Management
9 16 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
10 15 (5.43%) High Availability
10 15 (5.43%) Project Delivery
11 14 (5.07%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (5.07%) Network Virtualisation
11 14 (5.07%) SIEM
12 13 (4.71%) Capacity Management
12 13 (4.71%) Disaster Recovery
13 11 (3.99%) Security Architecture
14 10 (3.62%) Capacity Planning
14 10 (3.62%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 32 (11.59%) Python
2 24 (8.70%) SQL
3 13 (4.71%) PowerShell
4 12 (4.35%) Java
5 6 (2.17%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.17%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.45%) Delphi
6 4 (1.45%) Perl
7 2 (0.72%) Tcl
8 1 (0.36%) C
8 1 (0.36%) C#
8 1 (0.36%) C++
8 1 (0.36%) Go
8 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.36%) Scala
8 1 (0.36%) VB
8 1 (0.36%) XPath
Qualifications
1 88 (31.88%) Cisco Certification
2 54 (19.57%) CCNP
3 38 (13.77%) CCIE
4 33 (11.96%) Security Cleared
5 27 (9.78%) SC Cleared
6 23 (8.33%) CCNA
7 8 (2.90%) Degree
7 8 (2.90%) DV Cleared
8 7 (2.54%) CCIE Service Provider
9 5 (1.81%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 5 (1.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (1.45%) CCDP
10 4 (1.45%) CCSA
10 4 (1.45%) CCSE
10 4 (1.45%) MCSE
10 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.09%) CCIE Security
11 3 (1.09%) CISSP
11 3 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.72%) CCIE Wireless
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.99%) SLA
2 10 (3.62%) QA
3 4 (1.45%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.09%) GDPR
System Software
1 46 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (12.68%) VMware NSX
3 29 (10.51%) Active Directory
4 20 (7.25%) Virtual Machines
5 17 (6.16%) Docker
6 14 (5.07%) vSphere
7 12 (4.35%) vCloud
8 10 (3.62%) ProxySG
9 9 (3.26%) NFS
10 6 (2.17%) Hyper-V
11 3 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.72%) IAG
12 2 (0.72%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 2 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.36%) KVM
13 1 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.36%) Squid
13 1 (0.36%) SRDF
13 1 (0.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 1 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 53 (19.20%) Ansible
2 26 (9.42%) Kubernetes
3 23 (8.33%) Terraform
4 19 (6.88%) FortiGate
5 15 (5.43%) vCenter Server
6 10 (3.62%) Puppet
7 5 (1.81%) Cisco Prime
8 3 (1.09%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (1.09%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.09%) Nagios
8 3 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (1.09%) Prometheus
8 3 (1.09%) WhatsUp Gold
8 3 (1.09%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.72%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 2 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
9 2 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.72%) vRealize
10 1 (0.36%) nmon
Vendors
1 182 (65.94%) Cisco
2 91 (32.97%) CheckPoint
3 63 (22.83%) VMware
4 47 (17.03%) Juniper
5 43 (15.58%) Palo Alto
6 35 (12.68%) Fortinet
7 29 (10.51%) Citrix
8 26 (9.42%) Microsoft
9 24 (8.70%) Dell
10 21 (7.61%) Infoblox
11 20 (7.25%) Red Hat
12 19 (6.88%) Aruba
12 19 (6.88%) HP
12 19 (6.88%) Nokia
13 16 (5.80%) NetApp
14 15 (5.43%) Blue Coat
15 14 (5.07%) EMC
16 13 (4.71%) Oracle
17 12 (4.35%) Ericsson
17 12 (4.35%) IBM