Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 774 687 743
Rank change year-on-year -87 +56 -88
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 106 154 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.17% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.79% 1.17% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 102 83
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £368 £313 £362
90th Percentile £621 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £443
% change year-on-year - -3.95% +10.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 13,349 13,112 15,634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.20% 14.25% 14.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,246 7,964 9,259
UK median daily rate £415 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.04% +0.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +1.18% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 731 718
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £22.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.43% -12.00% +12.74%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.71 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -9.52% -16.00% +9.10%

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 21 April 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 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 21 April 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 -86 98 £475 +5.56% 18
UK excluding London -86 56 £425 - 7
London -46 50 £494 +9.72% 12
South East -36 29 £425 -5.56% 2
North of England -28 8 £450 +30.43%
South West +16 7 £550 +109.52%
Yorkshire -3 7 £450 -5.26%
Scotland -50 7 - - 1
Midlands -16 4 £500 +11.11% 4
East Midlands -1 3 £563 +14.50% 3
West Midlands -7 1 £325 -27.78% 1
North West -10 1 £200 -
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 103 (97.17%) F5
2 65 (61.32%) Firewall
3 61 (57.55%) Cisco
4 56 (52.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 41 (38.68%) DNS
6 31 (29.25%) OSPF
6 31 (29.25%) BGP
6 31 (29.25%) ITIL
7 30 (28.30%) Cisco ASA
8 29 (27.36%) Linux
9 28 (26.42%) TCP/IP
10 27 (25.47%) Palo Alto
11 26 (24.53%) CheckPoint
12 25 (23.58%) Python
12 25 (23.58%) Blue Coat
13 24 (22.64%) Unix
13 24 (22.64%) Wireless
14 23 (21.70%) Java
15 22 (20.75%) Security Cleared
15 22 (20.75%) Ansible
15 22 (20.75%) Analytical Skills
16 21 (19.81%) Network Security
16 21 (19.81%) Load Balancing
17 20 (18.87%) SC Cleared
17 20 (18.87%) Windows
17 20 (18.87%) WAN
17 20 (18.87%) SSL
17 20 (18.87%) ITIL V3
18 19 (17.92%) Data Centre
18 19 (17.92%) CCNP

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 16 (15.09%) Apache
2 15 (14.15%) IIS
2 15 (14.15%) Tomcat
3 11 (10.38%) nginx
4 8 (7.55%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (3.77%) CICS
5 4 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (3.77%) MS Exchange
5 4 (3.77%) Skype for Business
6 2 (1.89%) Apache Spark
6 2 (1.89%) IBM Notes
6 2 (1.89%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.94%) JBoss
7 1 (0.94%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.94%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 17 (16.04%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (10.38%) Google Cloud Platform
3 11 (10.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 4 (3.77%) Office 365
5 3 (2.83%) Adobe Analytics
5 3 (2.83%) IaaS
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 65 (61.32%) Firewall
2 56 (52.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 41 (38.68%) DNS
4 31 (29.25%) BGP
4 31 (29.25%) OSPF
5 30 (28.30%) Cisco ASA
6 28 (26.42%) TCP/IP
7 24 (22.64%) Wireless
8 21 (19.81%) Network Security
9 20 (18.87%) SSL
9 20 (18.87%) WAN
10 19 (17.92%) IPsec
11 18 (16.98%) Cisco Nexus
11 18 (16.98%) Internet
12 17 (16.04%) Cisco ISE
13 16 (15.09%) VPN
14 15 (14.15%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 13 (12.26%) ICMP
16 11 (10.38%) DHCP
16 11 (10.38%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.38%) NoSQL
1 11 (10.38%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.72%) MySQL
3 4 (3.77%) DB2
4 3 (2.83%) Couchbase
4 3 (2.83%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.83%) Redis
5 2 (1.89%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.89%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.89%) HBase
5 2 (1.89%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 11 (10.38%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (7.55%) JMeter
3 4 (3.77%) webpack
4 3 (2.83%) Artifactory
4 3 (2.83%) Bitbucket
4 3 (2.83%) JIRA
4 3 (2.83%) TeamCity
General
1 13 (12.26%) Finance
2 10 (9.43%) Banking
3 3 (2.83%) Local Government
3 3 (2.83%) Retail
4 2 (1.89%) Advertising
4 2 (1.89%) Games
4 2 (1.89%) Legal
5 1 (0.94%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.94%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (30.19%) Network Engineer
2 14 (13.21%) Architect
3 13 (12.26%) Applications Engineer
4 9 (8.49%) Network Architect
4 9 (8.49%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 8 (7.55%) Administrator
5 8 (7.55%) Elasticsearch Engineer
5 8 (7.55%) Network Security Engineer
5 8 (7.55%) Network Team Leader
5 8 (7.55%) Security Engineer
5 8 (7.55%) Team Leader
6 6 (5.66%) Cisco Engineer
6 6 (5.66%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 5 (4.72%) Analyst
7 5 (4.72%) Consultant
7 5 (4.72%) Security Analyst
8 4 (3.77%) Communications Specialist
8 4 (3.77%) Linux/Unix DevOps
8 4 (3.77%) Messaging Specialist
8 4 (3.77%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.43%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (4.72%) Node.js
3 4 (3.77%) React
3 4 (3.77%) Spring
3 4 (3.77%) Spring Boot
4 3 (2.83%) 802.1X
4 3 (2.83%) Java EE
4 3 (2.83%) Kafka
4 3 (2.83%) RabbitMQ
4 3 (2.83%) Web Services
5 2 (1.89%) REST
6 1 (0.94%) Akka
6 1 (0.94%) CSS
6 1 (0.94%) Dropwizard
6 1 (0.94%) LEMP Stack
6 1 (0.94%) Middleware
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 22 (20.75%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (17.92%) Data Centre
3 11 (10.38%) Private Cloud
4 6 (5.66%) e-Health
5 5 (4.72%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.77%) Algorithms
6 4 (3.77%) DataPower
6 4 (3.77%) Mainframe
6 4 (3.77%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.89%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.94%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.94%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.94%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.94%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 29 (27.36%) Linux
2 24 (22.64%) Unix
3 20 (18.87%) Windows
4 7 (6.60%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (2.83%) Android
5 3 (2.83%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.94%) Solaris
7 1 (0.94%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (29.25%) ITIL
2 21 (19.81%) Load Balancing
3 20 (18.87%) ITIL V3
4 18 (16.98%) Change Management
4 18 (16.98%) Virtual Environments
5 17 (16.04%) Network Monitoring
6 14 (13.21%) Network Virtualisation
7 13 (12.26%) Network Architecture
7 13 (12.26%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
7 13 (12.26%) Service Management
8 12 (11.32%) DevOps
8 12 (11.32%) ITSM
8 12 (11.32%) Problem Management
8 12 (11.32%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (10.38%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (10.38%) Migration
9 11 (10.38%) Service Delivery
10 8 (7.55%) Load Testing
10 8 (7.55%) Risk Management
10 8 (7.55%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 25 (23.58%) Python
2 23 (21.70%) Java
3 15 (14.15%) Perl
4 13 (12.26%) Ruby
5 4 (3.77%) PowerShell
6 2 (1.89%) Kotlin
7 1 (0.94%) PHP
Qualifications
1 22 (20.75%) Security Cleared
2 20 (18.87%) SC Cleared
3 19 (17.92%) CCNP
3 19 (17.92%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (7.55%) DV Cleared
4 8 (7.55%) MCSE
4 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (4.72%) CISSP
6 4 (3.77%) CCIE
6 4 (3.77%) MCP
7 2 (1.89%) CCIP
7 2 (1.89%) CCNA
7 2 (1.89%) CEH
7 2 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.94%) Degree
8 1 (0.94%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.38%) GCP
2 2 (1.89%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (17.92%) ProxySG
2 10 (9.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (7.55%) Active Directory
3 8 (7.55%) Docker
4 6 (5.66%) Hyper-V
5 4 (3.77%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (3.77%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (2.83%) Varnish
6 3 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.83%) VMware NSX
7 2 (1.89%) Firmware
7 2 (1.89%) iptables
7 2 (1.89%) pfSense
8 1 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.94%) XenApp
8 1 (0.94%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (20.75%) Ansible
2 13 (12.26%) ITRS Geneos
3 11 (10.38%) FortiGate
4 8 (7.55%) BladeLogic
4 8 (7.55%) Rancher
5 6 (5.66%) OVSD
5 6 (5.66%) WhatsUp Gold
6 4 (3.77%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.89%) Forum Sentry
7 2 (1.89%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.89%) Kubernetes
7 2 (1.89%) Puppet
7 2 (1.89%) Terraform
8 1 (0.94%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.94%) MIMEsweeper
8 1 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.94%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 103 (97.17%) F5
2 61 (57.55%) Cisco
3 27 (25.47%) Palo Alto
4 26 (24.53%) CheckPoint
5 25 (23.58%) Blue Coat
6 17 (16.04%) Juniper
7 15 (14.15%) Oracle
8 14 (13.21%) Citrix
9 12 (11.32%) HP
9 12 (11.32%) Infoblox
9 12 (11.32%) ServiceNow
10 10 (9.43%) VMware
11 9 (8.49%) SolarWinds
12 8 (7.55%) Microsoft
12 8 (7.55%) Splunk
13 6 (5.66%) FireEye
13 6 (5.66%) IronPort
13 6 (5.66%) Thales
14 5 (4.72%) Aruba
14 5 (4.72%) Symantec