The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 3 months to 25 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
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
F5 Networks BIG-IP
England / South West
Rank 135 137 141
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4  
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 1 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.039% 0.069% 0.096%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.23% 0.44% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 2
Median daily rate £135 £443 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -69.49% +41.60%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £459 £401
% change year-on-year -10.62% +14.54%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

BIG-IP is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 438 457 379
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.87% 15.75% 12.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 299 186
Median daily rate £338 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.89% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £230 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 31 25
Median hourly rate £44.25 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.90% -15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.33 £16.30 £10.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing BIG-IP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for BIG-IP in the South West

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for BIG-IP in the South West

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for BIG-IP in the South West

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP 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 South West region with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 2 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (100.00%) Firewall
1 2 (100.00%) F5
1 2 (100.00%) Cisco
2 1 (50.00%) CCIE
2 1 (50.00%) CCNA
2 1 (50.00%) EMC
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco ISE
2 1 (50.00%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (50.00%) Mentoring
2 1 (50.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (50.00%) 802.1X
2 1 (50.00%) EMCIE
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco Wireless
2 1 (50.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
2 1 (50.00%) Wireless
2 1 (50.00%) Frame Relay
2 1 (50.00%) Network+ Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) Blue Coat
2 1 (50.00%) VLAN
2 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (50.00%) Wireshark
2 1 (50.00%) QA
2 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (50.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (50.00%) SolarWinds

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (50.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (50.00%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) Firewall
2 1 (50.00%) ATM
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco ISE
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco Wireless
2 1 (50.00%) DNS
2 1 (50.00%) DSL
2 1 (50.00%) Frame Relay
2 1 (50.00%) ISDN
2 1 (50.00%) LAN
2 1 (50.00%) MPLS
2 1 (50.00%) SONET
2 1 (50.00%) SSL
2 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (50.00%) tcpdump
2 1 (50.00%) VLAN
2 1 (50.00%) VPN
2 1 (50.00%) WAN
2 1 (50.00%) Wireless
2 1 (50.00%) Wireshark
2 1 (50.00%) WLAN
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Junior
1 1 (50.00%) Junior QA Tester
1 1 (50.00%) Junior Tester
1 1 (50.00%) LAN Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) LAN/WAN Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Network Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) QA Tester
1 1 (50.00%) Tester
1 1 (50.00%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) 802.1X
1 1 (50.00%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (50.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (50.00%) Functional Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Mentoring
1 1 (50.00%) Open Source
1 1 (50.00%) Performance Monitoring
1 1 (50.00%) Performance Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (50.00%) CCIE
2 1 (50.00%) CCNA
2 1 (50.00%) EMCIE
2 1 (50.00%) ISEB
2 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (50.00%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (50.00%) BMC PATROL
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco Prime
1 1 (50.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Cisco
1 2 (100.00%) F5
2 1 (50.00%) Blue Coat
2 1 (50.00%) BMC
2 1 (50.00%) CA
2 1 (50.00%) CheckPoint
2 1 (50.00%) EMC
2 1 (50.00%) Juniper
2 1 (50.00%) SolarWinds