Period
to 13 November 2019

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 13 November 2019 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
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 704 757 744
Rank change year-on-year +53 -13 -25
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 102 141 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 1.04% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 88 91
UK median daily rate £413 £457 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.74% +7.53% -9.81%
10th Percentile £285 £331 £255
90th Percentile £516 £650 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £430
% change year-on-year -2.94% -1.16% -4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 13
UK median hourly rate - - £31.85
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 11,341 13,611 13,922
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.43% 13.12% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,803 8,184 8,494
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £194 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 646 644 740
UK median hourly rate £25.68 £19.00 £19.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.16% -2.26% -14.87%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.12 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +27.03% -2.63% -24.00%

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 13 November 2019.

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 13 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 13 November 2019. 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
UK excluding London +63 82 £413 -2.94% 14
England +36 75 £419 -8.77% 17
South East +26 38 £418 -2.45% 10
London +55 19 £413 -25.00% 3
Midlands +50 15 £463 +32.14% 1
Scotland +35 15 £525 +81.03%
West Midlands +39 12 £500 +42.86% 1
Wales +36 11 £413 -17.50%
East Midlands +28 3 £245 -
Yorkshire +16 2 £375 +7.14% 1
North of England +14 2 £375 -17.49% 3
South West +4 2 £393 -
Channel Islands - 1 £513 -

For the 6 months to 13 November 2019, 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 (95.10%) F5
2 69 (67.65%) Cisco
3 57 (55.88%) Firewall
4 55 (53.92%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 54 (52.94%) Cisco Certification
6 46 (45.10%) CCNP
7 42 (41.18%) Load Balancing
8 36 (35.29%) CheckPoint
8 36 (35.29%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 36 (35.29%) Data Centre
9 34 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
10 32 (31.37%) OSPF
11 31 (30.39%) BGP
12 30 (29.41%) WAN
13 27 (26.47%) LAN
14 26 (25.49%) Linux
15 25 (24.51%) Python
15 25 (24.51%) Wireless
15 25 (24.51%) Cisco Nexus
16 24 (23.53%) Ansible
16 24 (23.53%) Palo Alto
17 23 (22.55%) CCNA
17 23 (22.55%) DNS
18 22 (21.57%) TCP/IP
18 22 (21.57%) Network Security
19 21 (20.59%) VMware
20 20 (19.61%) SolarWinds
21 19 (18.63%) Riverbed
21 19 (18.63%) Aruba
21 19 (18.63%) MPLS

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 5 (4.90%) Apache
2 4 (3.92%) Tomcat
3 3 (2.94%) IIS
3 3 (2.94%) nginx
4 2 (1.96%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.96%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.96%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.96%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.98%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.96%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.96%) Oracle Cash Management
1 2 (1.96%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.98%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 17 (16.67%) Azure
2 10 (9.80%) GitHub
3 7 (6.86%) AWS
4 3 (2.94%) IaaS
5 2 (1.96%) Apigee
5 2 (1.96%) Datadog
5 2 (1.96%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (1.96%) IBM Cloud
5 2 (1.96%) Kong
5 2 (1.96%) Office 365
5 2 (1.96%) OpenShift
5 2 (1.96%) PaaS
5 2 (1.96%) SaaS
6 1 (0.98%) Akamai
6 1 (0.98%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (0.98%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 57 (55.88%) Firewall
2 55 (53.92%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 36 (35.29%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 34 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
5 32 (31.37%) OSPF
6 31 (30.39%) BGP
7 30 (29.41%) WAN
8 27 (26.47%) LAN
9 25 (24.51%) Cisco Nexus
9 25 (24.51%) Wireless
10 23 (22.55%) DNS
11 22 (21.57%) Network Security
11 22 (21.57%) TCP/IP
12 19 (18.63%) MPLS
13 18 (17.65%) SNMP
14 16 (15.69%) SSL
15 14 (13.73%) Cisco Firepower
15 14 (13.73%) VPN
16 13 (12.75%) VoIP
17 12 (11.76%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.96%) Aerospike
1 2 (1.96%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 2 (1.96%) Couchbase
1 2 (1.96%) Hazelcast
1 2 (1.96%) NoSQL
1 2 (1.96%) Redis
1 2 (1.96%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.98%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.98%) MySQL
2 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 10 (9.80%) Bitbucket
3 9 (8.82%) GitLab
4 7 (6.86%) Jenkins
4 7 (6.86%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (4.90%) Travis CI
6 3 (2.94%) Selenium
7 2 (1.96%) Artifactory
7 2 (1.96%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.96%) IBM UrbanCode
7 2 (1.96%) Maven
7 2 (1.96%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (1.96%) TeamCity
7 2 (1.96%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.98%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.98%) JIRA
8 1 (0.98%) JUnit
8 1 (0.98%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (8.82%) Public Sector
2 6 (5.88%) Finance
3 5 (4.90%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.94%) Retail
5 2 (1.96%) Publishing
6 1 (0.98%) Banking
6 1 (0.98%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 64 (62.75%) Network Engineer
2 19 (18.63%) Cisco Engineer
3 16 (15.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 14 (13.73%) IP Network Engineer
5 13 (12.75%) IP Engineer
6 11 (10.78%) Network Design Engineer
6 11 (10.78%) Network Specialist
6 11 (10.78%) Security Engineer
7 10 (9.80%) Firewall Engineer
8 9 (8.82%) Automation Engineer
9 8 (7.84%) Architect
9 8 (7.84%) Cisco Design Engineer
9 8 (7.84%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
9 8 (7.84%) IP Specialist
9 8 (7.84%) Network Support
9 8 (7.84%) Support Engineer
10 7 (6.86%) Network Architect
10 7 (6.86%) Network Support Engineer
11 6 (5.88%) Design Engineer
11 6 (5.88%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.82%) .NET
2 8 (7.84%) 802.1X
2 8 (7.84%) XML
3 7 (6.86%) JSON
3 7 (6.86%) YAML
4 4 (3.92%) LDAP
5 2 (1.96%) Java EE
5 2 (1.96%) RESTful
5 2 (1.96%) Vert.x
6 1 (0.98%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.98%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.98%) HTML
6 1 (0.98%) Kafka
6 1 (0.98%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 36 (35.29%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.92%) Driving Licence
4 3 (2.94%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.96%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.96%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.96%) PKI
5 2 (1.96%) Replication
5 2 (1.96%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.96%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 26 (25.49%) Linux
2 18 (17.65%) Windows
3 13 (12.75%) Windows Server
4 10 (9.80%) Unix
5 5 (4.90%) Check Point GAiA
6 4 (3.92%) Ubuntu
7 3 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.98%) CentOS
9 1 (0.98%) Solaris
9 1 (0.98%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.98%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.98%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (41.18%) Load Balancing
2 15 (14.71%) DevOps
2 15 (14.71%) ITIL
3 12 (11.76%) Migration
4 11 (10.78%) Network Design
5 10 (9.80%) Change Management
5 10 (9.80%) Kalman Filter
6 9 (8.82%) Configuration Management
6 9 (8.82%) Project Delivery
7 8 (7.84%) Project Management
7 8 (7.84%) Service Delivery
8 7 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (6.86%) High Availability
8 7 (6.86%) Network Management
9 6 (5.88%) Change Control
9 6 (5.88%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 6 (5.88%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
9 6 (5.88%) TOGAF
9 6 (5.88%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 25 (24.51%) Python
2 13 (12.75%) PowerShell
3 11 (10.78%) SQL
4 9 (8.82%) Perl
5 7 (6.86%) Prolog
6 4 (3.92%) Java
7 2 (1.96%) Go
8 1 (0.98%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 54 (52.94%) Cisco Certification
2 46 (45.10%) CCNP
3 23 (22.55%) CCNA
4 18 (17.65%) Security Cleared
5 17 (16.67%) CCIE
6 14 (13.73%) SC Cleared
7 8 (7.84%) DV Cleared
8 6 (5.88%) TOGAF Certification
9 4 (3.92%) BC Cleared
9 4 (3.92%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (3.92%) CCDA
9 4 (3.92%) CCDP
9 4 (3.92%) Degree
10 3 (2.94%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 2 (1.96%) DBS Check
11 2 (1.96%) JNCIA
11 2 (1.96%) MCSE
11 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (11.76%) VMware NSX
2 11 (10.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (8.82%) Active Directory
4 7 (6.86%) vSphere
5 6 (5.88%) Hyper-V
6 5 (4.90%) KVM
7 3 (2.94%) Docker
8 2 (1.96%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.98%) Postfix
9 1 (0.98%) Sendmail
9 1 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 24 (23.53%) Ansible
2 9 (8.82%) Cisco Prime
3 8 (7.84%) Puppet
4 6 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (4.90%) FortiGate
5 5 (4.90%) Salt
6 4 (3.92%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (3.92%) Iperf
7 3 (2.94%) Kubernetes
7 3 (2.94%) Nagios
8 2 (1.96%) CA Single Sign-On
8 2 (1.96%) Consul
8 2 (1.96%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.96%) Nessus
8 2 (1.96%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (1.96%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.98%) Kibana
9 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.98%) QRadar
9 1 (0.98%) vRealize
Vendors
1 97 (95.10%) F5
2 69 (67.65%) Cisco
3 36 (35.29%) CheckPoint
4 24 (23.53%) Palo Alto
5 21 (20.59%) VMware
6 20 (19.61%) SolarWinds
7 19 (18.63%) Aruba
7 19 (18.63%) Riverbed
8 17 (16.67%) Fortinet
8 17 (16.67%) Microsoft
9 14 (13.73%) Citrix
10 13 (12.75%) HP
11 12 (11.76%) Blue Coat
12 8 (7.84%) Juniper
12 8 (7.84%) NetScout
13 7 (6.86%) BMC
13 7 (6.86%) CA Agile Central
13 7 (6.86%) McAfee
13 7 (6.86%) Red Hat
13 7 (6.86%) Splunk