Period
to 24 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 755 690 676
Rank change year-on-year -65 -14 +21
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 141 197 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.19% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.00% 1.21% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 102 151
UK median daily rate £435 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.42% +11.76% +11.84%
10th Percentile £262 £363 £308
90th Percentile £588 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £450 £407
% change year-on-year -4.44% +10.57% +16.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +125.00% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 - -

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 14116 16276 15916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.50% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 8591 9824 9211
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 741 834 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.89 £48.26 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

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 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing BIG-IP over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BIG-IP in the UK

BIG-IP
Top 14 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 November 2017. 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 -67 122 £430 -9.47% 5
UK excluding London -2 81 £430 -4.44% 3
London -28 60 £425 -10.53% 2
South East +9 29 £410 -12.30% 1
Scotland +6 17 £513 +36.67%
South West +8 13 £563 +60.71%
North of England +36 11 £400 -11.11% 1
Midlands +17 9 £385 -0.65% 1
West Midlands +6 9 £385 -0.65%
Yorkshire +18 5 £435 -8.42%
North West +23 4 £100 -80.77% 1
North East +56 2 £369 -4.84%
Wales +13 2 £105 -
East of England -20 1 £370 -24.10%

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 135 (95.74%) F5
2 113 (80.14%) Firewall
3 69 (48.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 65 (46.10%) Cisco
5 60 (42.55%) Linux
6 49 (34.75%) CheckPoint
7 47 (33.33%) Java
8 45 (31.91%) WAN
9 43 (30.50%) CCNP
9 43 (30.50%) Apache
9 43 (30.50%) Cisco Certification
9 43 (30.50%) Wireless
10 42 (29.79%) ITIL
11 39 (27.66%) Tomcat
12 37 (26.24%) LAN
13 36 (25.53%) TCP/IP
14 35 (24.82%) Data Centre
15 34 (24.11%) Load Balancing
16 33 (23.40%) VMware
17 32 (22.70%) Juniper
18 30 (21.28%) Windows
18 30 (21.28%) SSL
19 29 (20.57%) DNS
19 29 (20.57%) Python
19 29 (20.57%) Unix
20 28 (19.86%) IIS
20 28 (19.86%) VPN
20 28 (19.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
21 27 (19.15%) Cisco ASA
22 26 (18.44%) Aruba

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 43 (30.50%) Apache
2 39 (27.66%) Tomcat
3 28 (19.86%) IIS
4 10 (7.09%) CICS
5 9 (6.38%) JBoss
5 9 (6.38%) WebSphere
6 6 (4.26%) WebSphere Application Server
7 5 (3.55%) nginx
7 5 (3.55%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (2.84%) IBM Notes
9 3 (2.13%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (2.13%) MS Exchange
10 2 (1.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.13%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.42%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 18 (12.77%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (6.38%) Adobe Analytics
3 7 (4.96%) IaaS
3 7 (4.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (4.26%) PaaS
5 5 (3.55%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (2.13%) Akamai
6 3 (2.13%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (2.13%) Office 365
7 2 (1.42%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (1.42%) SaaS
8 1 (0.71%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 113 (80.14%) Firewall
2 69 (48.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 45 (31.91%) WAN
4 43 (30.50%) Wireless
5 37 (26.24%) LAN
6 36 (25.53%) TCP/IP
7 30 (21.28%) SSL
8 29 (20.57%) DNS
9 28 (19.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 28 (19.86%) VPN
10 27 (19.15%) Cisco ASA
11 23 (16.31%) Network Security
12 20 (14.18%) Cisco Nexus
13 17 (12.06%) DHCP
14 16 (11.35%) Internet
15 14 (9.93%) BGP
16 12 (8.51%) EIGRP
17 11 (7.80%) VLAN
18 10 (7.09%) MPLS
18 10 (7.09%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (11.35%) PostgreSQL
2 13 (9.22%) SQL Server
3 10 (7.09%) DB2
4 8 (5.67%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.84%) MySQL
5 4 (2.84%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 10 (7.09%) webpack
2 9 (6.38%) Artifactory
2 9 (6.38%) Bitbucket
2 9 (6.38%) JIRA
2 9 (6.38%) TeamCity
3 8 (5.67%) JMeter
4 6 (4.26%) Maven
5 2 (1.42%) Introscope
6 1 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 25 (17.73%) Banking
1 25 (17.73%) Finance
2 18 (12.77%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.55%) Financial Institution
4 4 (2.84%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.13%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.13%) Legal
6 1 (0.71%) German Language
6 1 (0.71%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.71%) Retail
Job Titles
1 69 (48.94%) Network Engineer
2 19 (13.48%) Cisco Engineer
2 19 (13.48%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 12 (8.51%) Applications Engineer
3 12 (8.51%) Support Engineer
4 11 (7.80%) Consultant
5 10 (7.09%) Administrator
5 10 (7.09%) Linux Engineer
5 10 (7.09%) Systems Support
6 9 (6.38%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 8 (5.67%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 8 (5.67%) Security Engineer
7 8 (5.67%) Systems Engineer
7 8 (5.67%) Systems Support Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) DevOps Consultant
8 7 (4.96%) DevOps Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) Network Security Engineer
8 7 (4.96%) Senior Network Engineer
9 6 (4.26%) Systems Administrator
10 5 (3.55%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.93%) LAPP Stack
2 12 (8.51%) Spring
2 12 (8.51%) Spring Boot
3 11 (7.80%) Java EE
4 10 (7.09%) Node.js
4 10 (7.09%) React
5 9 (6.38%) SOAP
5 9 (6.38%) XML
5 9 (6.38%) XSLT
6 8 (5.67%) .NET
7 6 (4.26%) Ajax
7 6 (4.26%) EJB
7 6 (4.26%) EJB 3.0
7 6 (4.26%) Hibernate
7 6 (4.26%) JPA
7 6 (4.26%) jQuery
7 6 (4.26%) RESTful
8 4 (2.84%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (2.84%) Web Services
9 2 (1.42%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 35 (24.82%) Data Centre
2 18 (12.77%) Computer Science
3 17 (12.06%) Clustering
4 16 (11.35%) DataPower
5 12 (8.51%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (7.09%) Mainframe
7 9 (6.38%) PKI
8 6 (4.26%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 6 (4.26%) Management Information System
9 3 (2.13%) Private Cloud
9 3 (2.13%) Public Cloud
9 3 (2.13%) Video\Live Streaming
10 2 (1.42%) e-Health
11 1 (0.71%) CMDB
11 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.71%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 60 (42.55%) Linux
2 30 (21.28%) Windows
3 29 (20.57%) Unix
4 8 (5.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (5.67%) Windows Server
5 7 (4.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (4.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.84%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (2.13%) Debian
8 1 (0.71%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.71%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (29.79%) ITIL
2 34 (24.11%) Load Balancing
3 24 (17.02%) Network Design
4 22 (15.60%) High Availability
5 21 (14.89%) Problem Management
6 19 (13.48%) DevOps
6 19 (13.48%) Migration
7 17 (12.06%) Service Management
8 16 (11.35%) ITSM
9 15 (10.64%) Change Control
10 12 (8.51%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (8.51%) Microservices
10 12 (8.51%) Service Delivery
11 11 (7.80%) Change Management
11 11 (7.80%) Runbook
12 10 (7.09%) Analytics
13 9 (6.38%) E-Commerce
13 9 (6.38%) Release Management
13 9 (6.38%) Risk Management
14 8 (5.67%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (33.33%) Java
2 29 (20.57%) Python
3 17 (12.06%) Perl
4 15 (10.64%) Bash Shell
5 11 (7.80%) Ruby
6 6 (4.26%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.13%) C
7 3 (2.13%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.42%) SQL
Qualifications
1 43 (30.50%) CCNP
1 43 (30.50%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (17.02%) CCIE
3 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared
3 21 (14.89%) Security Cleared
4 18 (12.77%) CCSA
5 17 (12.06%) CCSE
6 16 (11.35%) JNCIA
7 14 (9.93%) CCIP
8 13 (9.22%) CCDP
8 13 (9.22%) HP ASE
8 13 (9.22%) JNCIE
9 12 (8.51%) Degree
9 12 (8.51%) HP MASE
10 11 (7.80%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (6.38%) RHCE
12 4 (2.84%) MCSE
12 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (2.13%) MCP
14 1 (0.71%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.67%) PCI DSS
2 7 (4.96%) AS 2805
2 7 (4.96%) ISO 8583
3 5 (3.55%) SLA
4 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (9.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (7.80%) ProxySG
3 10 (7.09%) Active Directory
3 10 (7.09%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (5.67%) Docker
5 7 (4.96%) Hyper-V
5 7 (4.96%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (4.26%) vSphere
7 4 (2.84%) iptables
7 4 (2.84%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (2.13%) VMware NSX
8 3 (2.13%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.71%) Firmware
9 1 (0.71%) pfSense
9 1 (0.71%) XenApp
9 1 (0.71%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (12.77%) FortiGate
2 17 (12.06%) Ansible
3 16 (11.35%) ITRS Geneos
4 8 (5.67%) Rancher
5 6 (4.26%) vCenter Server
6 5 (3.55%) BladeLogic
6 5 (3.55%) Cisco Prime
6 5 (3.55%) HP SiteScope
6 5 (3.55%) Nagios
7 3 (2.13%) Puppet
7 3 (2.13%) SCOM
7 3 (2.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.42%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (1.42%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.71%) Forum Sentry
9 1 (0.71%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.71%) NSN NetAct
9 1 (0.71%) Terraform
Vendors
1 135 (95.74%) F5
2 65 (46.10%) Cisco
3 49 (34.75%) CheckPoint
4 33 (23.40%) VMware
5 32 (22.70%) Juniper
6 26 (18.44%) Aruba
7 25 (17.73%) HP
8 22 (15.60%) Blue Coat
8 22 (15.60%) Fortinet
8 22 (15.60%) Oracle
9 21 (14.89%) Riverbed
10 20 (14.18%) Citrix
10 20 (14.18%) IBM
11 13 (9.22%) Adobe
12 12 (8.51%) Microsoft
12 12 (8.51%) SolarWinds
13 9 (6.38%) Green Hat
13 9 (6.38%) Palo Alto
14 8 (5.67%) Motorola
14 8 (5.67%) Red Hat