Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 741 761 703
Rank change year-on-year +20 -58 +37
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 143 127 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.13% 0.96% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 84 90
UK median daily rate £450 £478 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.76% +6.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £330 £313 £313
90th Percentile £650 £588 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +11.04%
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 12,650 13,213 14,425
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.80% 13.38% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,628 8,170 8,788
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £608 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 598 674 745
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.13% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.88 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% -15.56% +5.88%

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 January 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 15 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 January 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
England +10 134 £450 -5.26% 16
UK excluding London 0 91 £420 -6.67% 10
London +12 52 £525 +10.53% 7
South East +25 47 £420 -1.18% 3
North of England -19 17 £517 +34.29% 3
Midlands +9 11 £350 -9.09% 1
West Midlands -9 10 £350 -9.09%
North West 0 9 £575 +475.00% 3
Yorkshire -12 7 £398 -11.67%
Scotland -11 6 £440 -16.19%
East of England +9 4 £375 +1.35% 2
Wales -13 3 £463 +340.48%
South West -45 3 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 138 (96.50%) F5
2 92 (64.34%) Firewall
3 73 (51.05%) Cisco
4 47 (32.87%) Load Balancing
5 44 (30.77%) Network Security
6 43 (30.07%) Cisco Certification
7 42 (29.37%) Juniper
8 41 (28.67%) Linux
9 40 (27.97%) CCNP
10 39 (27.27%) TCP/IP
10 39 (27.27%) Security Cleared
11 38 (26.57%) DNS
11 38 (26.57%) Cisco Nexus
12 37 (25.87%) Unix
13 36 (25.17%) Palo Alto
14 35 (24.48%) SC Cleared
15 34 (23.78%) Apache
16 32 (22.38%) Ansible
17 31 (21.68%) WAN
18 30 (20.98%) Windows
19 29 (20.28%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 29 (20.28%) Data Centre
20 27 (18.88%) SSL
21 26 (18.18%) CheckPoint
22 25 (17.48%) Internet
22 25 (17.48%) Cisco ASA
23 24 (16.78%) BGP
24 23 (16.08%) Migration
24 23 (16.08%) Red Hat
24 23 (16.08%) LAN

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 34 (23.78%) Apache
2 23 (16.08%) IIS
3 21 (14.69%) Tomcat
4 15 (10.49%) nginx
5 13 (9.09%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (4.20%) Confluence
6 6 (4.20%) SharePoint
7 3 (2.10%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.70%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (3.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.10%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 23 (16.08%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (14.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.90%) Office 365
4 5 (3.50%) IaaS
5 4 (2.80%) PaaS
6 1 (0.70%) Akamai
6 1 (0.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 92 (64.34%) Firewall
2 44 (30.77%) Network Security
3 39 (27.27%) TCP/IP
4 38 (26.57%) Cisco Nexus
4 38 (26.57%) DNS
5 31 (21.68%) WAN
6 29 (20.28%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 27 (18.88%) SSL
8 25 (17.48%) Cisco ASA
8 25 (17.48%) Internet
9 24 (16.78%) BGP
10 23 (16.08%) LAN
11 19 (13.29%) HTTP
11 19 (13.29%) OSPF
12 18 (12.59%) VPN
13 14 (9.79%) Cisco ISE
13 14 (9.79%) Intranet
14 13 (9.09%) DMZ
14 13 (9.09%) IPsec
14 13 (9.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.89%) MySQL
2 12 (8.39%) MariaDB
3 11 (7.69%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.10%) Power BI
5 1 (0.70%) Big Data
5 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.70%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.70%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (7.69%) Git (software)
2 8 (5.59%) JIRA
2 8 (5.59%) Maven
3 4 (2.80%) GitLab
3 4 (2.80%) IBM UrbanCode
3 4 (2.80%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.80%) Selenium
3 4 (2.80%) WebDriver
4 3 (2.10%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (2.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (1.40%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.40%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.40%) JUnit
General
1 12 (8.39%) Finance
2 11 (7.69%) Banking
3 6 (4.20%) Retail Banking
4 3 (2.10%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.10%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.10%) Law
5 2 (1.40%) Retail
6 1 (0.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 53 (37.06%) Network Engineer
2 21 (14.69%) DevOps Engineer
3 19 (13.29%) Firewall Engineer
4 13 (9.09%) Automation Engineer
4 13 (9.09%) Developer
4 13 (9.09%) Monitoring Engineer
5 12 (8.39%) Security Engineer
6 10 (6.99%) Architect
6 10 (6.99%) Perl Developer
6 10 (6.99%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 9 (6.29%) Cisco Engineer
7 9 (6.29%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 9 (6.29%) Support Engineer
8 8 (5.59%) Network Support
8 8 (5.59%) Network Support Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.90%) Network Architect
10 6 (4.20%) Network Specialist
10 6 (4.20%) Senior DevOps
10 6 (4.20%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.39%) CGI
1 12 (8.39%) Embperl
1 12 (8.39%) LAMP
1 12 (8.39%) Ruby on Rails
2 11 (7.69%) CSS
3 8 (5.59%) Java EE
4 7 (4.90%) FastCGI
4 7 (4.90%) LDAP
4 7 (4.90%) XML
5 6 (4.20%) 802.1X
5 6 (4.20%) RESTful
6 4 (2.80%) .NET
6 4 (2.80%) Ajax
6 4 (2.80%) Gherkin
6 4 (2.80%) HTML
6 4 (2.80%) jQuery
6 4 (2.80%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (2.80%) Web Services
6 4 (2.80%) WebRTC
6 4 (2.80%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 29 (20.28%) Data Centre
2 14 (9.79%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (6.99%) Private Cloud
4 7 (4.90%) Driving Licence
4 7 (4.90%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (3.50%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.80%) Algorithms
6 4 (2.80%) Data Structures
6 4 (2.80%) PKI
6 4 (2.80%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.40%) NHS
8 1 (0.70%) Clustering
8 1 (0.70%) Replication
8 1 (0.70%) RSA SecurID
8 1 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 41 (28.67%) Linux
2 37 (25.87%) Unix
3 30 (20.98%) Windows
4 12 (8.39%) Solaris
4 12 (8.39%) SUSE
4 12 (8.39%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
5 7 (4.90%) Ubuntu
5 7 (4.90%) Windows Server
6 6 (4.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.70%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.70%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (32.87%) Load Balancing
2 23 (16.08%) DevOps
2 23 (16.08%) Migration
3 20 (13.99%) Change Management
4 18 (12.59%) Performance Tuning
5 15 (10.49%) Capacity Management
5 15 (10.49%) SDLC
6 14 (9.79%) Network Management
7 13 (9.09%) ITIL
7 13 (9.09%) Performance Metrics
8 12 (8.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 11 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (7.69%) Capacity Planning
9 11 (7.69%) OO
9 11 (7.69%) Virtual Environments
10 10 (6.99%) Web Development
11 9 (6.29%) Systems Engineering
12 8 (5.59%) Problem Management
13 7 (4.90%) Computer Science
13 7 (4.90%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (16.08%) Python
2 20 (13.99%) Perl
3 18 (12.59%) Bash Shell
4 16 (11.19%) SQL
5 14 (9.79%) C
6 12 (8.39%) PHP
6 12 (8.39%) Ruby
7 11 (7.69%) Java
8 10 (6.99%) PowerShell
9 7 (4.90%) Shell Script
10 4 (2.80%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.70%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.70%) VB
11 1 (0.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 43 (30.07%) Cisco Certification
2 40 (27.97%) CCNP
3 39 (27.27%) Security Cleared
4 35 (24.48%) SC Cleared
5 16 (11.19%) CCNA
6 15 (10.49%) CCSA
6 15 (10.49%) CCSE
6 15 (10.49%) Check Point Certification
7 13 (9.09%) DV Cleared
8 12 (8.39%) CCIE
9 6 (4.20%) CCDP
10 4 (2.80%) CCIP
11 1 (0.70%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.70%) CCDA
11 1 (0.70%) CCDE
11 1 (0.70%) CEH
11 1 (0.70%) CISSP
11 1 (0.70%) Degree
11 1 (0.70%) MCSA
11 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.50%) SLA
2 4 (2.80%) QA
3 3 (2.10%) Government Security Classifications
4 2 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (1.40%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (13.29%) Docker
2 17 (11.89%) Active Directory
3 13 (9.09%) NFS
4 6 (4.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (2.80%) Dovecot
5 4 (2.80%) Firmware
5 4 (2.80%) KVM
5 4 (2.80%) LXC
5 4 (2.80%) Postfix
5 4 (2.80%) VMware NSX
6 3 (2.10%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.70%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.70%) iptables
7 1 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.70%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.70%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 32 (22.38%) Ansible
2 17 (11.89%) FortiGate
3 16 (11.19%) Opscode Chef
3 16 (11.19%) Puppet
4 13 (9.09%) BladeLogic
4 13 (9.09%) ITRS Geneos
4 13 (9.09%) Kubernetes
4 13 (9.09%) Rancher
5 12 (8.39%) CFEngine
6 8 (5.59%) Cisco Prime
7 7 (4.90%) HAProxy
8 4 (2.80%) Forum Sentry
8 4 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.70%) Nagios
9 1 (0.70%) QRadar
9 1 (0.70%) SCCM
9 1 (0.70%) Terraform
9 1 (0.70%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 138 (96.50%) F5
2 73 (51.05%) Cisco
3 42 (29.37%) Juniper
4 36 (25.17%) Palo Alto
5 26 (18.18%) CheckPoint
6 23 (16.08%) Blue Coat
6 23 (16.08%) Red Hat
7 21 (14.69%) Splunk
8 16 (11.19%) CA
9 14 (9.79%) NetApp
10 13 (9.09%) Aruba
11 12 (8.39%) Microsoft
12 11 (7.69%) Riverbed
13 10 (6.99%) Infoblox
13 10 (6.99%) VMware
14 9 (6.29%) McAfee
15 6 (4.20%) Citrix
15 6 (4.20%) Meraki
15 6 (4.20%) SolarWinds
16 5 (3.50%) Fortinet