Period
to 16 July 2018

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 6 months to 16 July 2018 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
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 792 740 700
Rank change year-on-year -52 -40 -64
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 99 131 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.72% 1.01% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 79 111
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -8.70% +8.24%
10th Percentile £346 £271 £355
90th Percentile £590 £550 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £475
% change year-on-year - -10.53% +18.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 13 1
UK median hourly rate - £31.85 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +59.25% -42.86%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £31.85 -

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,738 12,976 16,910
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.24% 13.67% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,437 7,819 10,229
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £205 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 759 764 791
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.56 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.24% -21.75% +19.05%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.57 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +18.34%

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing BIG-IP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 16 July 2018.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing BIG-IP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Top 12 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 6 months to 16 July 2018. 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
England -34 93 £450 +5.88% 13
London -34 51 £475 +15.15% 10
UK excluding London -72 47 £425 - 5
South East -42 26 £425 -7.61% 1
North of England -32 8 £375 +1.69% 2
Yorkshire -14 7 £375 -13.79%
Scotland -57 5 - - 2
East of England +10 4 £338 -20.59%
Midlands -21 4 £500 +25.00%
East Midlands - 3 £563 -
North East -7 1 - - 1
West Midlands -23 1 £325 -18.75%

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, 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 with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 97 (97.98%) F5
2 63 (63.64%) Cisco
3 58 (58.59%) Firewall
4 50 (50.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 40 (40.40%) OSPF
6 39 (39.39%) BGP
7 38 (38.38%) DNS
8 32 (32.32%) CheckPoint
8 32 (32.32%) Cisco ASA
9 31 (31.31%) Palo Alto
10 29 (29.29%) Wireless
11 27 (27.27%) ITIL
11 27 (27.27%) Network Security
12 25 (25.25%) Blue Coat
12 25 (25.25%) Linux
12 25 (25.25%) CCNP
12 25 (25.25%) WAN
12 25 (25.25%) Cisco Certification
12 25 (25.25%) Ansible
12 25 (25.25%) Cisco Nexus
13 24 (24.24%) TCP/IP
14 22 (22.22%) Python
15 21 (21.21%) Microsoft Azure
16 20 (20.20%) Data Centre
16 20 (20.20%) IPsec
17 19 (19.19%) Security Cleared
17 19 (19.19%) Cisco ISE
17 19 (19.19%) Infoblox
18 18 (18.18%) Network Monitoring
18 18 (18.18%) Juniper

BIG-IP
Co-occurring 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 (9.09%) Tomcat
2 7 (7.07%) Apache
3 4 (4.04%) WebSphere
4 3 (3.03%) nginx
4 3 (3.03%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (2.02%) IIS
5 2 (2.02%) JBoss
5 2 (2.02%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.01%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.01%) MS Exchange
6 1 (1.01%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (21.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (17.17%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (11.11%) Google Cloud Platform
3 11 (11.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 6 (6.06%) IaaS
5 4 (4.04%) Akamai
5 4 (4.04%) Office 365
6 2 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 58 (58.59%) Firewall
2 50 (50.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 40 (40.40%) OSPF
4 39 (39.39%) BGP
5 38 (38.38%) DNS
6 32 (32.32%) Cisco ASA
7 29 (29.29%) Wireless
8 27 (27.27%) Network Security
9 25 (25.25%) Cisco Nexus
9 25 (25.25%) WAN
10 24 (24.24%) TCP/IP
11 20 (20.20%) IPsec
12 19 (19.19%) Cisco ISE
13 17 (17.17%) LAN
13 17 (17.17%) SSL
14 13 (13.13%) DHCP
14 13 (13.13%) ICMP
14 13 (13.13%) Internet
15 12 (12.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 12 (12.12%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.07%) MongoDB
1 7 (7.07%) Oracle Database
2 5 (5.05%) KDB
2 5 (5.05%) MySQL
2 5 (5.05%) Oracle Database 10g
2 5 (5.05%) Oracle Database 11g
3 4 (4.04%) Big Data
4 2 (2.02%) Couchbase
4 2 (2.02%) Hadoop
4 2 (2.02%) MariaDB
4 2 (2.02%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.02%) Oracle Exadata
4 2 (2.02%) Redis
5 1 (1.01%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.01%) HBase
Development Applications
1 11 (11.11%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (8.08%) Git (software)
3 5 (5.05%) Jenkins
3 5 (5.05%) JIRA
3 5 (5.05%) Maven
3 5 (5.05%) SoapUI
4 3 (3.03%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.02%) Introscope
5 2 (2.02%) JMeter
6 1 (1.01%) Subversion
General
1 13 (13.13%) Finance
2 7 (7.07%) Banking
3 4 (4.04%) Retail
4 3 (3.03%) Front Office
4 3 (3.03%) Local Government
5 2 (2.02%) Legal
6 1 (1.01%) Advertising
6 1 (1.01%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.01%) Games
Job Titles
1 28 (28.28%) Network Engineer
2 16 (16.16%) Architect
3 11 (11.11%) Network Architect
4 10 (10.10%) Network Team Leader
4 10 (10.10%) Team Leader
5 7 (7.07%) Network Security Engineer
5 7 (7.07%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 7 (7.07%) Security Engineer
6 6 (6.06%) Cisco Engineer
6 6 (6.06%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 6 (6.06%) Firewall Engineer
6 6 (6.06%) Support Engineer
7 5 (5.05%) Analyst
7 5 (5.05%) Security Analyst
8 4 (4.04%) Applications Engineer
8 4 (4.04%) Network Support
8 4 (4.04%) Senior Network Engineer
9 3 (3.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 3 (3.03%) Network Security Architect
9 3 (3.03%) Security Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.07%) RabbitMQ
1 7 (7.07%) Spring Boot
2 6 (6.06%) Akka
2 6 (6.06%) REST
3 5 (5.05%) Apache CXF
3 5 (5.05%) Apache OpenJPA
3 5 (5.05%) FIX Protocol
3 5 (5.05%) Hibernate
3 5 (5.05%) J2EE
3 5 (5.05%) JSON
3 5 (5.05%) Spring
4 4 (4.04%) 802.1X
4 4 (4.04%) Java EE
4 4 (4.04%) Kafka
4 4 (4.04%) Middleware
4 4 (4.04%) Web Services
5 3 (3.03%) CGI
5 3 (3.03%) FastCGI
5 3 (3.03%) LAMP
5 3 (3.03%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 20 (20.20%) Data Centre
2 16 (16.16%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (11.11%) Private Cloud
4 5 (5.05%) Derivative
4 5 (5.05%) Equity Derivative
4 5 (5.05%) Fat Client
4 5 (5.05%) Thin Client
5 4 (4.04%) Algorithms
5 4 (4.04%) Driving Licence
5 4 (4.04%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (2.02%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (2.02%) e-Health
7 2 (2.02%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (2.02%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.01%) Computer Science
8 1 (1.01%) Equities
8 1 (1.01%) N-Tier
8 1 (1.01%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.01%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 25 (25.25%) Linux
2 16 (16.16%) Unix
3 14 (14.14%) Windows
4 5 (5.05%) Solaris
5 4 (4.04%) Windows Server
6 3 (3.03%) SUSE
6 3 (3.03%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 3 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.02%) Android
7 2 (2.02%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (27.27%) ITIL
2 18 (18.18%) Network Monitoring
3 16 (16.16%) Change Management
3 16 (16.16%) ITIL V3
3 16 (16.16%) Problem-Solving
4 15 (15.15%) Virtual Environments
5 14 (14.14%) Network Architecture
5 14 (14.14%) Network Virtualisation
6 11 (11.11%) Load Balancing
7 10 (10.10%) E-Commerce
7 10 (10.10%) Migration
7 10 (10.10%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
7 10 (10.10%) Service Management
8 9 (9.09%) ITSM
8 9 (9.09%) Service Delivery
9 8 (8.08%) Network Load Balancing
9 8 (8.08%) Translating Business Requirements
10 7 (7.07%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (7.07%) Kalman Filter
10 7 (7.07%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 22 (22.22%) Python
2 13 (13.13%) Java
3 8 (8.08%) C
4 7 (7.07%) Perl
5 5 (5.05%) Ruby
5 5 (5.05%) Scala
5 5 (5.05%) SQL
6 4 (4.04%) PHP
7 3 (3.03%) C#
7 3 (3.03%) Shell Script
7 3 (3.03%) VBA
8 1 (1.01%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.01%) C++
8 1 (1.01%) Kotlin
8 1 (1.01%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (25.25%) CCNP
1 25 (25.25%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (19.19%) Security Cleared
3 17 (17.17%) SC Cleared
4 9 (9.09%) CCSE
4 9 (9.09%) DV Cleared
5 6 (6.06%) Check Point Certification
6 5 (5.05%) CISSP
7 4 (4.04%) CCIE
7 4 (4.04%) CCSA
7 4 (4.04%) MCSE
7 4 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (3.03%) CCNA
8 3 (3.03%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (2.02%) CCIP
9 2 (2.02%) CEH
9 2 (2.02%) TOGAF Certification
10 1 (1.01%) DBS Check
10 1 (1.01%) Degree
10 1 (1.01%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.11%) GCP
2 3 (3.03%) SLA
3 2 (2.02%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (12.12%) ProxySG
2 11 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (7.07%) Active Directory
4 3 (3.03%) Firmware
4 3 (3.03%) VMware NSX
5 2 (2.02%) Docker
5 2 (2.02%) Varnish
5 2 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.01%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.01%) Squid
6 1 (1.01%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (25.25%) Ansible
2 16 (16.16%) FortiGate
3 10 (10.10%) ITRS Geneos
4 6 (6.06%) OVSD
5 5 (5.05%) Control-M
6 4 (4.04%) Terraform
7 3 (3.03%) CFEngine
7 3 (3.03%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (3.03%) Puppet
8 2 (2.02%) MIMEsweeper
8 2 (2.02%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (2.02%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (1.01%) BladeLogic
9 1 (1.01%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (1.01%) Kubernetes
9 1 (1.01%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (1.01%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 97 (97.98%) F5
2 63 (63.64%) Cisco
3 32 (32.32%) CheckPoint
4 31 (31.31%) Palo Alto
5 25 (25.25%) Blue Coat
6 19 (19.19%) Infoblox
7 18 (18.18%) Juniper
8 14 (14.14%) Citrix
8 14 (14.14%) HP
9 11 (11.11%) Microsoft
9 11 (11.11%) VMware
10 10 (10.10%) SolarWinds
11 9 (9.09%) ServiceNow
12 8 (8.08%) Oracle
13 6 (6.06%) FireEye
14 5 (5.05%) Aruba
14 5 (5.05%) Forcepoint
14 5 (5.05%) Imperva
14 5 (5.05%) Riverbed
14 5 (5.05%) Solace