Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 758 729 687
Rank change year-on-year -29 -42 -30
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 133 136 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.98% 1.00% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 82 112
UK median daily rate £462 £405 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.95% -14.74% +11.76%
10th Percentile £331 £251 £363
90th Percentile £650 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% -15.79% +31.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 13 1
UK median hourly rate - £31.85 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +59.25% -42.86%
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 13,616 13,536 16,483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.20% 13.63% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,212 8,254 10,048
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £608 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 679 726 838
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -20.83% +20.00%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.13 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.30% -23.00% +25.00%

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 17 October 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 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 17 October 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 -7 126 £462 +15.38% 16
UK excluding London -21 73 £420 +5.00% 10
London -2 58 £538 +43.33% 5
South East +10 43 £429 +0.23% 3
North of England -26 10 £455 +18.05% 2
Midlands -27 7 £338 -12.34% 5
West Midlands -21 6 £338 -12.34% 5
East of England +1 4 £338 -8.78%
North West -18 4 £575 +475.00%
Scotland -37 4 £413 -19.51%
North East +2 3 - - 1
Yorkshire -13 3 £338 -22.41% 1
South West -23 3 - -
Wales -13 2 £500 +376.19%
East Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 129 (96.99%) F5
2 86 (64.66%) Firewall
3 64 (48.12%) Cisco
4 48 (36.09%) Linux
5 44 (33.08%) Juniper
6 43 (32.33%) Network Security
7 41 (30.83%) Load Balancing
8 38 (28.57%) CheckPoint
8 38 (28.57%) DNS
8 38 (28.57%) Ansible
8 38 (28.57%) Palo Alto
9 37 (27.82%) Cisco Certification
10 36 (27.07%) CCNP
11 35 (26.32%) Unix
11 35 (26.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 33 (24.81%) TCP/IP
12 33 (24.81%) Apache
13 32 (24.06%) Cisco Nexus
14 31 (23.31%) Cisco ASA
15 30 (22.56%) Blue Coat
16 28 (21.05%) WAN
17 27 (20.30%) Windows
17 27 (20.30%) BGP
17 27 (20.30%) Data Centre
18 26 (19.55%) OSPF
18 26 (19.55%) Security Cleared
19 25 (18.80%) SC Cleared
19 25 (18.80%) SSL
20 23 (17.29%) Python
20 23 (17.29%) Red Hat

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 33 (24.81%) Apache
2 22 (16.54%) Tomcat
3 19 (14.29%) IIS
4 9 (6.77%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (6.77%) nginx
5 6 (4.51%) SharePoint
6 5 (3.76%) Confluence
7 4 (3.01%) WebSphere
8 3 (2.26%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.75%) JBoss
9 1 (0.75%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.50%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 22 (16.54%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (15.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (6.02%) IaaS
4 5 (3.76%) Office 365
5 4 (3.01%) Akamai
5 4 (3.01%) PaaS
6 1 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 86 (64.66%) Firewall
2 43 (32.33%) Network Security
3 38 (28.57%) DNS
4 35 (26.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 33 (24.81%) TCP/IP
6 32 (24.06%) Cisco Nexus
7 31 (23.31%) Cisco ASA
8 28 (21.05%) WAN
9 27 (20.30%) BGP
10 26 (19.55%) OSPF
11 25 (18.80%) SSL
12 22 (16.54%) Internet
13 21 (15.79%) LAN
14 20 (15.04%) HTTP
15 18 (13.53%) Cisco ISE
16 17 (12.78%) Wireless
17 15 (11.28%) IPsec
18 13 (9.77%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
19 12 (9.02%) Intranet
19 12 (9.02%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (12.78%) MySQL
2 14 (10.53%) MariaDB
3 8 (6.02%) SQL Server
4 6 (4.51%) Oracle Database
5 5 (3.76%) KDB
5 5 (3.76%) MongoDB
5 5 (3.76%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (3.76%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (3.01%) Big Data
7 2 (1.50%) Power BI
8 1 (0.75%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.75%) Oracle Exadata
8 1 (0.75%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.75%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (12.78%) Git (software)
2 11 (8.27%) Maven
3 10 (7.52%) JIRA
4 7 (5.26%) Jenkins
5 5 (3.76%) SoapUI
6 4 (3.01%) IBM UrbanCode
7 3 (2.26%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.50%) Cucumber
8 2 (1.50%) Eclipse
8 2 (1.50%) GitLab
8 2 (1.50%) Introscope
8 2 (1.50%) JMeter
8 2 (1.50%) Selenium
8 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (1.50%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.50%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.50%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.75%) Subversion
General
1 9 (6.77%) Banking
1 9 (6.77%) Finance
2 6 (4.51%) Retail Banking
3 3 (2.26%) Front Office
3 3 (2.26%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (29.32%) Network Engineer
2 19 (14.29%) Firewall Engineer
3 15 (11.28%) Developer
4 12 (9.02%) DevOps Engineer
5 11 (8.27%) Architect
5 11 (8.27%) Perl Developer
6 10 (7.52%) Security Engineer
7 9 (6.77%) Network Architect
7 9 (6.77%) Support Engineer
8 8 (6.02%) Automation Engineer
8 8 (6.02%) Cisco Engineer
8 8 (6.02%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 8 (6.02%) Monitoring Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) Network Support
9 7 (5.26%) Network Support Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 7 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
10 5 (3.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (3.76%) Network Specialist
10 5 (3.76%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.28%) CGI
1 15 (11.28%) LAMP
1 15 (11.28%) Ruby on Rails
2 14 (10.53%) Embperl
3 11 (8.27%) CSS
4 10 (7.52%) FastCGI
4 10 (7.52%) Java EE
5 8 (6.02%) RabbitMQ
6 7 (5.26%) 802.1X
6 7 (5.26%) Spring Boot
7 6 (4.51%) .NET
7 6 (4.51%) FIX Protocol
7 6 (4.51%) LDAP
7 6 (4.51%) RESTful
7 6 (4.51%) XML
8 5 (3.76%) Apache OpenJPA
8 5 (3.76%) Hibernate
8 5 (3.76%) J2EE
8 5 (3.76%) JSON
8 5 (3.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 27 (20.30%) Data Centre
2 13 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.77%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (5.26%) Computer Science
5 6 (4.51%) Private Cloud
6 5 (3.76%) Derivative
6 5 (3.76%) Driving Licence
6 5 (3.76%) Equity Derivative
6 5 (3.76%) Fat Client
6 5 (3.76%) Public Cloud
6 5 (3.76%) Thin Client
7 4 (3.01%) Algorithms
7 4 (3.01%) Data Structures
7 4 (3.01%) PKI
8 2 (1.50%) NHS
8 2 (1.50%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.75%) Clustering
9 1 (0.75%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.75%) Replication
9 1 (0.75%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 48 (36.09%) Linux
2 35 (26.32%) Unix
3 27 (20.30%) Windows
4 16 (12.03%) Solaris
5 15 (11.28%) SUSE
5 15 (11.28%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 8 (6.02%) Windows Server
7 5 (3.76%) Ubuntu
8 4 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (30.83%) Load Balancing
2 23 (17.29%) Migration
3 22 (16.54%) Change Management
4 18 (13.53%) ITIL
4 18 (13.53%) SDLC
5 17 (12.78%) Performance Tuning
6 16 (12.03%) DevOps
7 15 (11.28%) OO
8 14 (10.53%) E-Commerce
9 12 (9.02%) Network Management
10 11 (8.27%) Capacity Management
10 11 (8.27%) Virtual Environments
10 11 (8.27%) Web Development
11 10 (7.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 10 (7.52%) Reverse Engineering
11 10 (7.52%) Unit Testing
12 9 (6.77%) Performance Metrics
12 9 (6.77%) Problem-Solving
12 9 (6.77%) Refactoring
12 9 (6.77%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (17.29%) Python
2 22 (16.54%) C
2 22 (16.54%) Perl
3 18 (13.53%) SQL
4 15 (11.28%) Java
4 15 (11.28%) PHP
4 15 (11.28%) Ruby
5 14 (10.53%) Bash Shell
6 10 (7.52%) Shell Script
7 8 (6.02%) PowerShell
8 5 (3.76%) Scala
9 4 (3.01%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.26%) C#
10 3 (2.26%) VBA
11 1 (0.75%) C++
11 1 (0.75%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.75%) VB
11 1 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 37 (27.82%) Cisco Certification
2 36 (27.07%) CCNP
3 26 (19.55%) Security Cleared
4 25 (18.80%) SC Cleared
5 19 (14.29%) CCSE
6 16 (12.03%) Check Point Certification
7 14 (10.53%) CCNA
7 14 (10.53%) CCSA
8 8 (6.02%) DV Cleared
9 7 (5.26%) CCIE
10 4 (3.01%) CCIP
11 2 (1.50%) CCDP
12 1 (0.75%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.75%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.75%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.75%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.01%) QA
2 3 (2.26%) Government Security Classifications
2 3 (2.26%) SLA
3 2 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 2 (1.50%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (12.03%) Docker
2 14 (10.53%) Active Directory
3 9 (6.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (6.02%) NFS
5 4 (3.01%) Dovecot
5 4 (3.01%) KVM
5 4 (3.01%) LXC
5 4 (3.01%) Postfix
5 4 (3.01%) ProxySG
6 3 (2.26%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.75%) Firmware
7 1 (0.75%) Squid
7 1 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 38 (28.57%) Ansible
2 19 (14.29%) Opscode Chef
2 19 (14.29%) Puppet
3 17 (12.78%) FortiGate
4 16 (12.03%) ITRS Geneos
5 15 (11.28%) CFEngine
6 11 (8.27%) Cisco Prime
7 9 (6.77%) BladeLogic
8 8 (6.02%) Kubernetes
8 8 (6.02%) Rancher
9 5 (3.76%) Control-M
9 5 (3.76%) HAProxy
10 4 (3.01%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (3.01%) Terraform
11 3 (2.26%) TrustSec
12 2 (1.50%) Cisco CUCM
12 2 (1.50%) Forum Sentry
13 1 (0.75%) MIMEsweeper
13 1 (0.75%) Norton AntiVirus
13 1 (0.75%) QRadar
Vendors
1 129 (96.99%) F5
2 64 (48.12%) Cisco
3 44 (33.08%) Juniper
4 38 (28.57%) CheckPoint
4 38 (28.57%) Palo Alto
5 30 (22.56%) Blue Coat
6 23 (17.29%) Red Hat
7 19 (14.29%) Splunk
8 14 (10.53%) CA
9 12 (9.02%) Infoblox
9 12 (9.02%) SolarWinds
9 12 (9.02%) VMware
10 11 (8.27%) Aruba
10 11 (8.27%) Citrix
10 11 (8.27%) Microsoft
11 8 (6.02%) HP
11 8 (6.02%) NetApp
12 7 (5.26%) Oracle
13 6 (4.51%) Fortinet
13 6 (4.51%) Riverbed