Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 744 698 730
Rank change year-on-year -46 +32 -63
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 125 155 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.94% 1.07% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 92 96
UK median daily rate £480 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £315 £313 £356
90th Percentile £588 £530 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.87% +1.19%
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 13,354 14,507 14,859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.28% 14.96% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,245 8,824 8,585
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £181 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 688 755 900
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.78% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.21 £49.01 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.53
% change year-on-year -15.56% +4.53% -4.33%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 -31 115 £478 +6.11% 10
UK excluding London -32 67 £450 +5.88% 6
London -37 58 £478 +0.53% 5
South East -14 27 £425 +1.19% 2
South West +12 14 £550 +41.03%
North of England +20 10 £385 -8.33% 3
Scotland -32 8 £525 +61.54% 1
West Midlands +6 6 £385 -9.41%
Midlands +2 6 £385 -17.87%
Yorkshire +6 5 £450 -5.26% 3
North West +3 5 £100 -80.77%
Wales - 2 £105 -
East of England -29 1 £370 -20.00%

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 119 (95.20%) F5
2 93 (74.40%) Firewall
3 63 (50.40%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 56 (44.80%) Linux
5 54 (43.20%) Cisco
6 47 (37.60%) Java
7 44 (35.20%) Load Balancing
8 40 (32.00%) DNS
9 38 (30.40%) Apache
10 37 (29.60%) Unix
11 34 (27.20%) CheckPoint
12 33 (26.40%) Windows
12 33 (26.40%) Tomcat
13 31 (24.80%) IIS
13 31 (24.80%) TCP/IP
14 30 (24.00%) ITIL
15 29 (23.20%) Python
15 29 (23.20%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
16 27 (21.60%) Oracle
17 26 (20.80%) VPN
17 26 (20.80%) Blue Coat
18 25 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
18 25 (20.00%) WAN
18 25 (20.00%) Ansible
19 24 (19.20%) Data Centre
19 24 (19.20%) Perl
20 23 (18.40%) VMware
20 23 (18.40%) Network Security
20 23 (18.40%) Banking
20 23 (18.40%) ITRS Geneos

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 38 (30.40%) Apache
2 33 (26.40%) Tomcat
3 31 (24.80%) IIS
4 12 (9.60%) nginx
5 10 (8.00%) CICS
6 8 (6.40%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (6.40%) WebSphere
7 6 (4.80%) JBoss
8 5 (4.00%) Skype for Business
8 5 (4.00%) WebSphere Application Server
9 4 (3.20%) IBM Notes
10 3 (2.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (2.40%) MS Exchange
11 2 (1.60%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.80%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 3 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.40%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.60%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 20 (16.00%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (7.20%) Adobe Analytics
2 9 (7.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (5.60%) IaaS
4 4 (3.20%) Amazon ELB
4 4 (3.20%) PaaS
5 3 (2.40%) Akamai
5 3 (2.40%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (2.40%) Office 365
5 3 (2.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.60%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.80%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 93 (74.40%) Firewall
2 63 (50.40%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 40 (32.00%) DNS
4 31 (24.80%) TCP/IP
5 29 (23.20%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 26 (20.80%) VPN
7 25 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
7 25 (20.00%) WAN
8 23 (18.40%) Network Security
9 22 (17.60%) SSL
10 20 (16.00%) BGP
11 18 (14.40%) Internet
11 18 (14.40%) Wireless
12 17 (13.60%) Cisco Nexus
13 15 (12.00%) DHCP
14 14 (11.20%) OSPF
15 12 (9.60%) EIGRP
15 12 (9.60%) LAN
16 11 (8.80%) VLAN
17 10 (8.00%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (14.40%) SQL Server
2 15 (12.00%) NoSQL
3 10 (8.00%) DB2
4 6 (4.80%) MySQL
4 6 (4.80%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (3.20%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (1.60%) Couchbase
6 2 (1.60%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.60%) Redis
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.80%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.80%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.80%) HBase
Development Applications
1 13 (10.40%) JMeter
2 10 (8.00%) webpack
3 9 (7.20%) Artifactory
3 9 (7.20%) Bitbucket
3 9 (7.20%) JIRA
3 9 (7.20%) TeamCity
4 4 (3.20%) Maven
4 4 (3.20%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (1.60%) Introscope
General
1 23 (18.40%) Banking
2 20 (16.00%) Finance
3 5 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.20%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.40%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.40%) Legal
6 1 (0.80%) Advertising
6 1 (0.80%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.80%) Games
6 1 (0.80%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.80%) Retail
Job Titles
1 52 (41.60%) Network Engineer
2 19 (15.20%) Applications Engineer
3 17 (13.60%) Cisco Engineer
3 17 (13.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 10 (8.00%) Linux Engineer
5 9 (7.20%) Administrator
5 9 (7.20%) Consultant
5 9 (7.20%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 9 (7.20%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 8 (6.40%) Elasticsearch Engineer
7 7 (5.60%) DevOps Consultant
7 7 (5.60%) DevOps Engineer
7 7 (5.60%) Network Security Engineer
7 7 (5.60%) Security Engineer
8 6 (4.80%) Geneos Engineer
9 5 (4.00%) Architect
9 5 (4.00%) Java Consultant
9 5 (4.00%) Linux Consultant
9 5 (4.00%) Platform Engineer
9 5 (4.00%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.80%) Java EE
1 11 (8.80%) Node.js
1 11 (8.80%) Spring
1 11 (8.80%) Spring Boot
2 10 (8.00%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (8.00%) React
3 6 (4.80%) .NET
3 6 (4.80%) LDAP
3 6 (4.80%) SOAP
3 6 (4.80%) XML
3 6 (4.80%) XSLT
4 5 (4.00%) LAPP Stack
5 4 (3.20%) Ajax
5 4 (3.20%) EJB
5 4 (3.20%) EJB 3.0
5 4 (3.20%) Hibernate
5 4 (3.20%) JPA
5 4 (3.20%) jQuery
5 4 (3.20%) RESTful
5 4 (3.20%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 24 (19.20%) Data Centre
2 20 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (11.20%) DataPower
4 10 (8.00%) Mainframe
5 7 (5.60%) e-Health
5 7 (5.60%) Management Information System
6 6 (4.80%) Clustering
6 6 (4.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 6 (4.80%) PKI
7 5 (4.00%) Private Cloud
8 4 (3.20%) Public Cloud
9 3 (2.40%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.80%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.80%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 56 (44.80%) Linux
2 37 (29.60%) Unix
3 33 (26.40%) Windows
4 7 (5.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (5.60%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (5.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (4.00%) Windows Server
6 4 (3.20%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.60%) Android
7 2 (1.60%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.80%) Debian
8 1 (0.80%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.80%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (35.20%) Load Balancing
2 30 (24.00%) ITIL
3 22 (17.60%) DevOps
4 21 (16.80%) Problem Management
5 20 (16.00%) Migration
6 19 (15.20%) High Availability
7 17 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (11.20%) Change Control
9 13 (10.40%) Load Testing
9 13 (10.40%) Risk Management
10 12 (9.60%) Change Management
10 12 (9.60%) Microservices
10 12 (9.60%) Release Management
11 11 (8.80%) ITIL V3
11 11 (8.80%) Service Delivery
12 10 (8.00%) Analytics
13 9 (7.20%) Runbook
14 7 (5.60%) Incident Management
14 7 (5.60%) Network Architecture
14 7 (5.60%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 47 (37.60%) Java
2 29 (23.20%) Python
3 24 (19.20%) Perl
4 18 (14.40%) Ruby
5 5 (4.00%) Bash Shell
6 4 (3.20%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.40%) C
7 3 (2.40%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.60%) Kotlin
8 2 (1.60%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (17.60%) CCNP
1 22 (17.60%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (12.80%) SC Cleared
2 16 (12.80%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.60%) CCIE
4 4 (3.20%) MCSE
4 4 (3.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (3.20%) RHCE
5 3 (2.40%) CCSA
5 3 (2.40%) MCP
6 2 (1.60%) CCSE
7 1 (0.80%) Degree
7 1 (0.80%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.80%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.00%) SLA
2 4 (3.20%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.40%) AS 2805
3 3 (2.40%) GCP
3 3 (2.40%) ISO 8583
4 1 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (13.60%) ProxySG
2 16 (12.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (10.40%) Docker
4 10 (8.00%) Active Directory
4 10 (8.00%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (5.60%) Hyper-V
5 7 (5.60%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (4.80%) vSphere
7 4 (3.20%) iptables
7 4 (3.20%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (3.20%) VMware NSX
8 3 (2.40%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (1.60%) pfSense
9 2 (1.60%) Varnish
10 1 (0.80%) XenApp
10 1 (0.80%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 25 (20.00%) Ansible
2 23 (18.40%) ITRS Geneos
3 13 (10.40%) Rancher
4 10 (8.00%) BladeLogic
5 7 (5.60%) WhatsUp Gold
6 6 (4.80%) vCenter Server
7 5 (4.00%) FortiGate
7 5 (4.00%) HP SiteScope
7 5 (4.00%) Nagios
8 3 (2.40%) Puppet
8 3 (2.40%) SCOM
8 3 (2.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (1.60%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (1.60%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (1.60%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.60%) Kubernetes
9 2 (1.60%) OVSD
9 2 (1.60%) Terraform
10 1 (0.80%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 119 (95.20%) F5
2 54 (43.20%) Cisco
3 34 (27.20%) CheckPoint
4 27 (21.60%) Oracle
5 26 (20.80%) Blue Coat
6 23 (18.40%) VMware
7 21 (16.80%) Citrix
7 21 (16.80%) Juniper
8 17 (13.60%) Palo Alto
9 14 (11.20%) IBM
10 13 (10.40%) SolarWinds
11 12 (9.60%) Adobe
12 10 (8.00%) HP
12 10 (8.00%) Microsoft
12 10 (8.00%) Splunk
13 9 (7.20%) Green Hat
14 8 (6.40%) Fortinet
15 7 (5.60%) IronPort
15 7 (5.60%) Red Hat
15 7 (5.60%) Thales