The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Load Balancing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Load Balancing over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Load Balancing
England / North West
Rank 115 134 133
Rank change year-on-year +19 -1  
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 13 23 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.51% 0.60% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.73% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 10 5
Median daily rate £450 £369 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.95% -7.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £205 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £448 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year - +43.33%  

Load Balancing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2113 3163 2829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.43% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1915 1539
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Load Balancing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Load Balancing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Load Balancing in the North West

Load Balancing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Load Balancing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Load Balancing in the North West

Load Balancing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Load Balancing in the North West over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Load Balancing in the North West

Load Balancing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Load Balancing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Load Balancing in the North West

Load Balancing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Balancing within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +12 7 £315 -6.66% 2
Cheshire +20 1 £388 -8.82% 3
Merseyside 0 1 £575 +155.55%
Load Balancing
England

Load Balancing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Load Balancing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Load Balancing.

1 21 (67.74%) Firewall
2 14 (45.16%) F5
3 13 (41.94%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (38.71%) OSPF
4 12 (38.71%) Linux
4 12 (38.71%) Cisco
5 11 (35.48%) DNS
5 11 (35.48%) Jenkins
5 11 (35.48%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (35.48%) Puppet
5 11 (35.48%) DevOps
6 10 (32.26%) CCNP
6 10 (32.26%) Juniper
7 9 (29.03%) BGP
7 9 (29.03%) EIGRP
8 8 (25.81%) LAN
8 8 (25.81%) WAN
8 8 (25.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 8 (25.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 7 (22.58%) CentOS
9 7 (22.58%) Network Security
9 7 (22.58%) Java
9 7 (22.58%) TCP/IP
9 7 (22.58%) Red Hat
9 7 (22.58%) IGRP
9 7 (22.58%) NetScreen
9 7 (22.58%) Docker
10 6 (19.35%) Ansible
10 6 (19.35%) VPN
10 6 (19.35%) Ruby

Load Balancing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (3.23%) Apache
1 1 (3.23%) JBoss
1 1 (3.23%) nginx
1 1 (3.23%) OpenStack
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle HTTP Server
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (3.23%) Tomcat
1 1 (3.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (3.23%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.23%) MS Project
1 1 (3.23%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 11 (35.48%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (67.74%) Firewall
2 12 (38.71%) OSPF
3 11 (35.48%) DNS
4 9 (29.03%) BGP
4 9 (29.03%) EIGRP
5 8 (25.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 8 (25.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 8 (25.81%) LAN
5 8 (25.81%) WAN
6 7 (22.58%) IGRP
6 7 (22.58%) NetScreen
6 7 (22.58%) Network Security
6 7 (22.58%) TCP/IP
7 6 (19.35%) Cisco ASA
7 6 (19.35%) VPN
8 5 (16.13%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (16.13%) DHCP
9 4 (12.90%) VLAN
10 2 (6.45%) IPsec
10 2 (6.45%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) MongoDB
1 3 (9.68%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (9.68%) Redis
1 3 (9.68%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.23%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 11 (35.48%) Jenkins
2 3 (9.68%) Git (software)
2 3 (9.68%) Subversion
3 1 (3.23%) Maven
3 1 (3.23%) Vagrant
General
1 3 (9.68%) Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Finance
2 1 (3.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (25.81%) DevOps Engineer
2 6 (19.35%) Network Engineer
3 4 (12.90%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Architect
4 3 (9.68%) AWS Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) AWS DevOps
4 3 (9.68%) Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) DevOps Consultant
4 3 (9.68%) Network Specialist
5 2 (6.45%) Design Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Firewall Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Juniper Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Network Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Network Specialist
5 2 (6.45%) Technical Manager
6 1 (3.23%) Implementation Engineer
6 1 (3.23%) Network Design Engineer
6 1 (3.23%) Network Support
6 1 (3.23%) Senior Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.23%) Middleware
1 1 (3.23%) Servlets
1 1 (3.23%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.68%) Data Centre
1 3 (9.68%) Public Cloud
2 1 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.23%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.23%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (38.71%) Linux
2 7 (22.58%) CentOS
3 6 (19.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.23%) Android
4 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
4 1 (3.23%) Solaris
4 1 (3.23%) Unix
4 1 (3.23%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) DevOps
2 6 (19.35%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (12.90%) Configuration Management
3 4 (12.90%) Network Design
4 3 (9.68%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (9.68%) Mentoring
4 3 (9.68%) Migration
5 2 (6.45%) ETL
5 2 (6.45%) ITIL
5 2 (6.45%) Network Architecture
5 2 (6.45%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.23%) Change Management
6 1 (3.23%) Information Security Management
6 1 (3.23%) ITSM
6 1 (3.23%) Project Management
6 1 (3.23%) Risk Management
6 1 (3.23%) Security Management
6 1 (3.23%) Service Management
6 1 (3.23%) SOA
6 1 (3.23%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (22.58%) Java
2 6 (19.35%) Ruby
3 3 (9.68%) Bash Shell
4 2 (6.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (41.94%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (32.26%) CCNP
3 5 (16.13%) CCIE
4 4 (12.90%) CCDP
4 4 (12.90%) CCNA
4 4 (12.90%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.45%) JNCIP
6 1 (3.23%) Degree
6 1 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) QA
2 2 (6.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (22.58%) Docker
2 1 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (35.48%) Puppet
2 6 (19.35%) Ansible
3 4 (12.90%) Kubernetes
3 4 (12.90%) Terraform
4 3 (9.68%) FortiGate
4 3 (9.68%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 14 (45.16%) F5
2 12 (38.71%) Cisco
3 10 (32.26%) Juniper
4 7 (22.58%) Red Hat
5 4 (12.90%) RightScale
5 4 (12.90%) VMware
6 3 (9.68%) CheckPoint
7 2 (6.45%) Fortinet
8 1 (3.23%) CyberArk
8 1 (3.23%) Forcepoint
8 1 (3.23%) LogRhythm
8 1 (3.23%) Oracle
8 1 (3.23%) Palo Alto
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