The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
F5 Networks BIG-IP
UK
Rank 509 580 512
Rank change year-on-year +71 -68  
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 87 62 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.12% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.31% 0.79% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 37 75
Median daily rate £410 £463 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.35% +12.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £400 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £510 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £443 £401
% change year-on-year -7.34% +10.48%  
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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6618 7818 7780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.75% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4078 4664 4242
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 334 431
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BIG-IP over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England +49 77 £420 -9.18% 3
South East +50 34 £425 +6.25%
London +27 26 £403 -15.03% 3
Hampshire +29 19 £409 +2.25%
Buckinghamshire - 13 £538 -
Milton Keynes - 12 £538 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 11 £335 -
Scotland - 11 £325 -
Tyne and Wear - 11 £335 -
North East - 11 £335 -
Hook - 11 £415 -
Renfrewshire - 6 £325 -
Erskine - 6 £325 -
East of England -7 4 £450 -7.69%
Edinburgh - 4 - -
West Midlands +7 3 £438 +9.37%
Birmingham -1 3 £438 -
Hertfordshire -3 3 £475 -2.56%
City of London +6 2 £425 -19.04% 1
Croydon - 2 £431 -
Berkshire +18 1 £425 +6.25%
Welwyn Garden City -1 1 £450 -6.73%
South West -3 1 £135 -69.49%
East Midlands - 1 £450 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £450 -
Essex - 1 £425 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Slough - 1 £425 -
Nottingham - 1 £450 -

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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 with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 148 (91.93%) F5
2 127 (78.88%) Cisco
3 95 (59.01%) Firewall
4 91 (56.52%) CheckPoint
5 69 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
6 68 (42.24%) Wireless
7 64 (39.75%) CCNP
8 62 (38.51%) WAN
9 60 (37.27%) LAN
10 59 (36.65%) Juniper
11 57 (35.40%) Security Cleared
12 55 (34.16%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 54 (33.54%) HP
14 51 (31.68%) Cisco ASA
14 51 (31.68%) Aruba
15 49 (30.43%) DNS
16 47 (29.19%) Riverbed
16 47 (29.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 46 (28.57%) SC Cleared
17 46 (28.57%) ITIL
18 44 (27.33%) CCIE
19 42 (26.09%) Network Design
20 41 (25.47%) Fortinet
21 40 (24.84%) CCSA
22 38 (23.60%) Network Security
23 37 (22.98%) Service Management
24 35 (21.74%) JNCIA
24 35 (21.74%) CCSE
25 34 (21.12%) Blue Coat
25 34 (21.12%) FortiGate

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills 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 9 (5.59%) WebLogic
2 7 (4.35%) iPlanet
3 4 (2.48%) IIS
4 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (1.86%) JBoss
4 3 (1.86%) MQSeries
4 3 (1.86%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.86%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.86%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.24%) WebLogic Portal
6 1 (0.62%) Apache
6 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (1.86%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.62%) MS Office
2 1 (0.62%) MS Project
2 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.73%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (3.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.86%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (0.62%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 95 (59.01%) Firewall
2 68 (42.24%) Wireless
3 62 (38.51%) WAN
4 60 (37.27%) LAN
5 55 (34.16%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 51 (31.68%) Cisco ASA
7 49 (30.43%) DNS
8 47 (29.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 38 (23.60%) Network Security
10 22 (13.66%) Cisco Nexus
11 20 (12.42%) MPLS
12 19 (11.80%) BGP
12 19 (11.80%) OSPF
13 18 (11.18%) DHCP
14 17 (10.56%) TCP/IP
15 12 (7.45%) Cisco IOS
16 11 (6.83%) SSL
17 10 (6.21%) IPsec
18 8 (4.97%) VoIP
19 7 (4.35%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.59%) Oracle Database
2 3 (1.86%) DB2
2 3 (1.86%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.24%) Oracle Exadata
3 2 (1.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.62%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.62%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.62%) MSI
1 1 (0.62%) Visual Studio
General
1 29 (18.01%) Telecoms
2 24 (14.91%) Finance
3 15 (9.32%) Banking
4 14 (8.70%) Law
5 5 (3.11%) Financial Institution
6 4 (2.48%) Legal
6 4 (2.48%) Retail
7 1 (0.62%) Advertising
7 1 (0.62%) Publishing
7 1 (0.62%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 80 (49.69%) Network Engineer
2 25 (15.53%) Consultant
3 22 (13.66%) Architect
4 19 (11.80%) Network Consultant
5 14 (8.70%) Network Security Engineer
5 14 (8.70%) Security Engineer
6 13 (8.07%) Security Consultant
6 13 (8.07%) Senior Network Engineer
7 12 (7.45%) Network Security Consultant
8 11 (6.83%) Network Specialist
9 10 (6.21%) Cisco Engineer
9 10 (6.21%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 10 (6.21%) Enterprise Architect
10 7 (4.35%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
10 7 (4.35%) Senior Consultant
10 7 (4.35%) Senior Network Consultant
10 7 (4.35%) Senior Network Security Consultant
10 7 (4.35%) Senior Security Consultant
11 5 (3.11%) Check Point Specialist
11 5 (3.11%) Cisco Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.35%) J2EE
2 6 (3.73%) JSP
3 5 (3.11%) CSS
4 3 (1.86%) 802.1X
4 3 (1.86%) Middleware
5 2 (1.24%) Oracle Fusion
5 2 (1.24%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 2 (1.24%) Web Services
5 2 (1.24%) XMPP
6 1 (0.62%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 34 (21.12%) Data Centre
2 28 (17.39%) Computer Science
3 14 (8.70%) Fat Client
3 14 (8.70%) Thin Client
4 5 (3.11%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.48%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.86%) Clustering
6 3 (1.86%) HP Storage
6 3 (1.86%) HP StoreVirtual
6 3 (1.86%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.24%) Grid Computing
7 2 (1.24%) IVR
7 2 (1.24%) Replication
7 2 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.24%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.62%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.62%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.62%) PKI
8 1 (0.62%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 26 (16.15%) Linux
2 24 (14.91%) Unix
3 22 (13.66%) Windows
4 12 (7.45%) Solaris
5 11 (6.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (4.97%) AIX
7 4 (2.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.24%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.62%) OS/2
9 1 (0.62%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.62%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.62%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.62%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.62%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.62%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (28.57%) ITIL
2 42 (26.09%) Network Design
3 37 (22.98%) Service Management
4 32 (19.88%) ITSM
5 23 (14.29%) Load Balancing
6 17 (10.56%) Project Management
7 13 (8.07%) ITIL V3
8 10 (6.21%) DevOps
8 10 (6.21%) Protective Monitoring
9 7 (4.35%) Kalman Filter
9 7 (4.35%) Six Sigma
10 6 (3.73%) IT Strategy
10 6 (3.73%) Service Delivery
11 5 (3.11%) Change Management
11 5 (3.11%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (3.11%) E-Commerce
11 5 (3.11%) Problem Management
12 4 (2.48%) Enterprise Architecture
12 4 (2.48%) Migration
12 4 (2.48%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (6.21%) Java
2 6 (3.73%) PowerShell
2 6 (3.73%) SQL
3 4 (2.48%) Python
4 2 (1.24%) C
4 2 (1.24%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.62%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 69 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
2 64 (39.75%) CCNP
3 57 (35.40%) Security Cleared
4 46 (28.57%) SC Cleared
5 44 (27.33%) CCIE
6 40 (24.84%) CCSA
7 35 (21.74%) CCSE
7 35 (21.74%) JNCIA
8 31 (19.25%) CCDP
9 30 (18.63%) CCIP
9 30 (18.63%) Degree
9 30 (18.63%) HP ASE
9 30 (18.63%) HP MASE
9 30 (18.63%) JNCIE
10 10 (6.21%) DV Cleared
11 8 (4.97%) CCNA
12 3 (1.86%) CCSP
12 3 (1.86%) MCP
12 3 (1.86%) MCSE
12 3 (1.86%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.21%) GPG13
2 7 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (4.35%) PCI DSS
3 6 (3.73%) JSP 440
3 6 (3.73%) SLA
4 2 (1.24%) QA
5 1 (0.62%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 23 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (8.70%) XenApp
2 14 (8.70%) XenDesktop
3 12 (7.45%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (4.35%) Active Directory
5 5 (3.11%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (1.86%) Firmware
6 3 (1.86%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.86%) vCloud
6 3 (1.86%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.86%) XenServer
7 2 (1.24%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (1.24%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.62%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.62%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 1 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 34 (21.12%) FortiGate
2 11 (6.83%) AppDNA
3 7 (4.35%) EMC NetWorker
3 7 (4.35%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 5 (3.11%) SCCM
5 4 (2.48%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.86%) BladeLogic
6 3 (1.86%) BMC PATROL
6 3 (1.86%) Control-M
6 3 (1.86%) HP Data Protector
6 3 (1.86%) MIMEsweeper
6 3 (1.86%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.86%) OpenView
6 3 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.86%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (1.86%) Oracle Identity Management
7 2 (1.24%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.24%) Cisco UCCX
7 2 (1.24%) Puppet
8 1 (0.62%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 148 (91.93%) F5
2 127 (78.88%) Cisco
3 91 (56.52%) CheckPoint
4 59 (36.65%) Juniper
5 54 (33.54%) HP
6 51 (31.68%) Aruba
7 47 (29.19%) Riverbed
8 41 (25.47%) Fortinet
9 34 (21.12%) Blue Coat
10 29 (18.01%) Citrix
11 24 (14.91%) Palo Alto
12 23 (14.29%) VMware
13 15 (9.32%) Microsoft
14 10 (6.21%) AppSense
14 10 (6.21%) Oracle
14 10 (6.21%) Sun
15 9 (5.59%) BEA
15 9 (5.59%) SolarWinds
16 8 (4.97%) FireEye
16 8 (4.97%) Tufin
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