Period
to 2 June 2020

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 2 June 2020 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
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 576 769 790
Rank change year-on-year +193 +21 -93
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 32 73 104
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.070% 0.081% 0.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.52% 0.64% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 49 68
Median daily rate £445 £388 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.84% -13.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £313 £284 £357
90th Percentile £595 £500 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £355 £425
% change year-on-year +25.35% -16.47% -
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 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 6,126 11,417 13,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.60% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,529 7,044 8,430
Median daily rate £425 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.16%
10th Percentile £181 £205 £204
90th Percentile £625 £609 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £390
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 539 746
Median hourly rate £32.00 £20.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.10% +5.13% -4.88%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.25 £18.00 £19.45
% change year-on-year +12.50% -7.44% -1.62%

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BIG-IP.

Daily rate trend for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BIG-IP over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BIG-IP.

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 2 June 2020. 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 +200 28 £445 +18.67% 1
UK excluding London +149 17 £445 +25.35%
London +179 14 £408 -9.44% 1
North of England +71 10 £448 +38.76%
Yorkshire +70 5 £450 +4.65%
North West +50 4 £350 -
South East +122 3 £445 +97.78%
Scotland +46 3 £425 +44.68%
Work from Home +14 3 £425 +28.79%
Midlands +76 1 £400 +6.67%
West Midlands +61 1 £400 +6.67%
North East +22 1 - -

For the 6 months to 2 June 2020, 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 27 (84.38%) Cisco
2 19 (59.38%) F5
2 19 (59.38%) Data Centre
3 17 (53.13%) Firewall
4 16 (50.00%) BGP
4 16 (50.00%) Network Security
5 15 (46.88%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (46.88%) DevOps
6 14 (43.75%) VPN
7 12 (37.50%) SNMP
7 12 (37.50%) Nokia
7 12 (37.50%) MPLS
8 11 (34.38%) IPv4
8 11 (34.38%) HSRP
9 10 (31.25%) Test Planning
9 10 (31.25%) CCIE
9 10 (31.25%) Python
9 10 (31.25%) Broadband
9 10 (31.25%) Microsoft Office
9 10 (31.25%) RSVP
9 10 (31.25%) VRRP
9 10 (31.25%) Git (software)
9 10 (31.25%) Confluence
9 10 (31.25%) Huawei
9 10 (31.25%) VPLS
10 9 (28.13%) CheckPoint
11 8 (25.00%) CCNP
11 8 (25.00%) AWS
11 8 (25.00%) CCIE Service Provider
12 7 (21.88%) Cisco Nexus

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 10 (31.25%) Confluence
2 3 (9.38%) JBoss
Applications
1 10 (31.25%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 8 (25.00%) AWS
2 4 (12.50%) Azure
3 3 (9.38%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (9.38%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (9.38%) Apigee
3 3 (9.38%) AWS CloudFormation
3 3 (9.38%) IaaS
3 3 (9.38%) Office 365
3 3 (9.38%) PaaS
3 3 (9.38%) SaaS
4 1 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (3.13%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 17 (53.13%) Firewall
2 16 (50.00%) BGP
2 16 (50.00%) Network Security
3 14 (43.75%) VPN
4 12 (37.50%) MPLS
4 12 (37.50%) SNMP
5 11 (34.38%) HSRP
5 11 (34.38%) IPv4
6 10 (31.25%) Broadband
6 10 (31.25%) RSVP
6 10 (31.25%) VPLS
6 10 (31.25%) VRRP
7 7 (21.88%) Cisco Nexus
7 7 (21.88%) WAN
8 6 (18.75%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (15.63%) LAN
9 5 (15.63%) NetScaler
10 4 (12.50%) DHCP
10 4 (12.50%) OSPF
11 3 (9.38%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (31.25%) Git (software)
2 3 (9.38%) Maven
General
1 4 (12.50%) Finance
2 3 (9.38%) Public Sector
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (59.38%) Network Engineer
2 5 (15.63%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Architect
3 4 (12.50%) Design Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Network Design Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Senior Cisco Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Network Security Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Security Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Cisco Security Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Network Systems Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Principal Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Network Security Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Security Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
6 1 (3.13%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) 802.1X
2 3 (9.38%) Ajax
2 3 (9.38%) EJB
2 3 (9.38%) EJB 3.0
2 3 (9.38%) Hibernate
2 3 (9.38%) Java EE
2 3 (9.38%) JPA
2 3 (9.38%) jQuery
2 3 (9.38%) LDAP
2 3 (9.38%) REST
2 3 (9.38%) RESTful
2 3 (9.38%) SOAP
2 3 (9.38%) Vert.x
2 3 (9.38%) XML
2 3 (9.38%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 19 (59.38%) Data Centre
2 3 (9.38%) DataPower
2 3 (9.38%) PKI
3 2 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (3.13%) Driving Licence
4 1 (3.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.25%) Linux
2 1 (3.13%) Windows
2 1 (3.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (46.88%) DevOps
2 10 (31.25%) Test Planning
3 5 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 4 (12.50%) Network Design
4 4 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
5 3 (9.38%) Change Control
5 3 (9.38%) Infrastructure Automation
5 3 (9.38%) Kanban
5 3 (9.38%) Load Balancing
5 3 (9.38%) Microservices
5 3 (9.38%) Network Virtualisation
5 3 (9.38%) Waterfall
6 2 (6.25%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (6.25%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (6.25%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (6.25%) Scrum
6 2 (6.25%) Test Automation
6 2 (6.25%) Time Management
6 2 (6.25%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 10 (31.25%) Python
2 3 (9.38%) Java
2 3 (9.38%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 15 (46.88%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (31.25%) CCIE
3 8 (25.00%) CCIE Service Provider
3 8 (25.00%) CCNP
4 6 (18.75%) SC Cleared
4 6 (18.75%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
System Software
1 3 (9.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.13%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (15.63%) Terraform
2 3 (9.38%) CA Single Sign-On
2 3 (9.38%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (9.38%) Puppet
2 3 (9.38%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (6.25%) Ansible
3 2 (6.25%) FortiGate
3 2 (6.25%) Forum Sentry
3 2 (6.25%) Packer
Vendors
1 27 (84.38%) Cisco
2 19 (59.38%) F5
3 12 (37.50%) Nokia
4 10 (31.25%) Huawei
5 9 (28.13%) CheckPoint
6 5 (15.63%) Citrix
6 5 (15.63%) Palo Alto
7 4 (12.50%) Aruba
7 4 (12.50%) Juniper
8 3 (9.38%) Blue Coat
8 3 (9.38%) CA
8 3 (9.38%) Fortinet
8 3 (9.38%) IBM
8 3 (9.38%) NETGEAR
8 3 (9.38%) VMware
9 2 (6.25%) Infoblox
9 2 (6.25%) IronPort
9 2 (6.25%) Polycom
9 2 (6.25%) Siemens
9 2 (6.25%) Splunk