The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for F5 BIG-IP LTM skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited F5 BIG-IP LTM over the 3 months to 29 March 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 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 524 556 500
Rank change year-on-year +32 -56  
Contract jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM 81 92 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.17% 0.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.24% 1.16% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 39 67
Median daily rate £428 £443 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.38% +7.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £359 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £546 £550 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £483 £413
% change year-on-year -8.86% +16.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

F5 BIG-IP LTM is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

F5 BIG-IP LTM
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing F5 BIG-IP LTM as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for F5 BIG-IP LTM in the UK

F5 BIG-IP LTM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM.

Contractor daily rate trend for F5 BIG-IP LTM in the UK

F5 BIG-IP LTM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for F5 BIG-IP LTM in the UK

F5 BIG-IP LTM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM.

Contractor hourly rate trend for F5 BIG-IP LTM in the UK

F5 BIG-IP LTM
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM within the UK over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +31 74 £425 -3.95% 2
London +31 27 £404 -4.43% 1
South East +8 14 £488 +21.87%
North West +36 10 £525 +2.94%
East of England 0 10 £300 -38.46%
Hertfordshire -1 9 £300 -38.46%
Yorkshire +4 7 £425 -12.82% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 6 £500 +25.00%
Edinburgh - 6 £430 - 1
Scotland - 6 £430 - 1
Milton Keynes - 6 £500 -
Lancashire - 6 £530 -
West Yorkshire +7 5 £425 -12.82% 1
City of London 0 5 £400 +9.58%
Stevenage - 5 £300 -
Preston - 5 £528 -
Manchester +20 4 £315 -38.23%
Leeds +7 4 - - 1
West Midlands +13 3 £425 +15.64%
Hampshire +12 3 £501 +74.08%
Birmingham +3 3 £425 -
Sheffield +3 2 - -
South Yorkshire +2 2 - -
Welwyn Garden City -2 2 £450 -6.73%
South West -6 2 £575 +29.94%
Basingstoke - 2 £438 -
Berkshire +22 1 £425 -
Kent +11 1 - -
Croydon +11 1 £413 -2.94%
Bristol 0 1 £575 +29.94%

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing F5 BIG-IP LTM 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 F5 BIG-IP LTM.

1 179 (97.28%) F5
2 141 (76.63%) Cisco
3 125 (67.93%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 100 (54.35%) Firewall
5 91 (49.46%) CheckPoint
6 75 (40.76%) Cisco ASA
7 68 (36.96%) Juniper
8 60 (32.61%) Network Security
9 55 (29.89%) Cisco Certification
10 53 (28.80%) BGP
11 52 (28.26%) BIG-IP
12 51 (27.72%) Blue Coat
13 49 (26.63%) DNS
14 48 (26.09%) WAN
15 46 (25.00%) CCNP
15 46 (25.00%) Load Balancing
16 44 (23.91%) OSPF
17 42 (22.83%) Cisco Nexus
18 39 (21.20%) Data Centre
19 38 (20.65%) VPN
20 36 (19.57%) Security Cleared
21 34 (18.48%) SC Cleared
22 33 (17.93%) LAN
23 27 (14.67%) MPLS
23 27 (14.67%) EIGRP
24 25 (13.59%) Finance
25 23 (12.50%) TCP/IP
26 22 (11.96%) Wireless
26 22 (11.96%) Cisco IOS
26 22 (11.96%) Fortinet

F5 BIG-IP LTM
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 4 (2.17%) Tomcat
2 3 (1.63%) Apache
2 3 (1.63%) GlassFish
3 2 (1.09%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.09%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.54%) JBoss
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle Coherence
4 1 (0.54%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.54%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (2.72%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.89%) Akamai
2 8 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 1 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 125 (67.93%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 100 (54.35%) Firewall
3 75 (40.76%) Cisco ASA
4 60 (32.61%) Network Security
5 53 (28.80%) BGP
6 52 (28.26%) BIG-IP
7 49 (26.63%) DNS
8 48 (26.09%) WAN
9 44 (23.91%) OSPF
10 42 (22.83%) Cisco Nexus
11 38 (20.65%) VPN
12 33 (17.93%) LAN
13 27 (14.67%) EIGRP
13 27 (14.67%) MPLS
14 23 (12.50%) TCP/IP
15 22 (11.96%) Cisco IOS
15 22 (11.96%) Wireless
16 17 (9.24%) IPsec
17 12 (6.52%) NetScreen
18 11 (5.98%) IGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.17%) Oracle Database
1 4 (2.17%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.63%) MySQL
2 3 (1.63%) RDBMS
2 3 (1.63%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 3 (1.63%) Subversion
2 1 (0.54%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.54%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 25 (13.59%) Finance
2 15 (8.15%) Banking
3 9 (4.89%) Law
4 4 (2.17%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.09%) Corporate Banking
5 2 (1.09%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.54%) Legal
6 1 (0.54%) Publishing
6 1 (0.54%) Retail
6 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 72 (39.13%) Network Engineer
2 37 (20.11%) Consultant
3 25 (13.59%) Cisco Engineer
4 23 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 22 (11.96%) Network Consultant
5 22 (11.96%) Security Engineer
6 18 (9.78%) Architect
7 17 (9.24%) Network Security Engineer
8 16 (8.70%) Network Architect
9 13 (7.07%) Analyst
10 12 (6.52%) Security Consultant
11 11 (5.98%) Network Security Consultant
11 11 (5.98%) Senior Network Engineer
12 7 (3.80%) Firewall Engineer
12 7 (3.80%) Juniper Engineer
12 7 (3.80%) Network Analyst
12 7 (3.80%) Network Specialist
12 7 (3.80%) Senior Network Consultant
12 7 (3.80%) Senior Network Security Consultant
12 7 (3.80%) Senior Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.72%) Middleware
2 3 (1.63%) CSS
2 3 (1.63%) LAMP
2 3 (1.63%) SAML
3 1 (0.54%) .NET
3 1 (0.54%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.54%) Ajax
3 1 (0.54%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.54%) Core Data
3 1 (0.54%) JMS
3 1 (0.54%) JSF
3 1 (0.54%) JSON
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.54%) WebCenter
3 1 (0.54%) XML
3 1 (0.54%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 39 (21.20%) Data Centre
2 16 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 10 (5.43%) iPad
5 9 (4.89%) PKI
6 7 (3.80%) Wiki
7 5 (2.72%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.17%) DataPower
8 4 (2.17%) Fat Client
8 4 (2.17%) RSA SecurID
8 4 (2.17%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.63%) Security Operations Centre
9 3 (1.63%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.54%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.54%) CESG
10 1 (0.54%) Clustering
10 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.54%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (8.15%) Linux
2 14 (7.61%) Windows
3 8 (4.35%) Unix
4 5 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (2.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (1.63%) CentOS
6 1 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000
6 1 (0.54%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.54%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.54%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.54%) Windows Vista
6 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (25.00%) Load Balancing
2 15 (8.15%) ITIL
3 12 (6.52%) Incident Management
4 11 (5.98%) Network Design
4 11 (5.98%) Project Management
5 10 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (4.89%) Information Security
6 9 (4.89%) Migration
7 8 (4.35%) Change Control
7 8 (4.35%) Service Management
8 7 (3.80%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 7 (3.80%) Network Architecture
8 7 (3.80%) Network Management
8 7 (3.80%) Network Monitoring
8 7 (3.80%) Process Improvement
8 7 (3.80%) Service Delivery
8 7 (3.80%) SIEM
8 7 (3.80%) Two-Factor Authentication
9 6 (3.26%) Change Management
9 6 (3.26%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 6 (3.26%) Java
2 4 (2.17%) Perl
3 3 (1.63%) PHP
4 2 (1.09%) C
4 2 (1.09%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.09%) SQL
5 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.54%) Python
5 1 (0.54%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 55 (29.89%) Cisco Certification
2 46 (25.00%) CCNP
3 36 (19.57%) Security Cleared
4 34 (18.48%) SC Cleared
5 20 (10.87%) CCNA
6 12 (6.52%) CCIE
7 5 (2.72%) CCSA
7 5 (2.72%) CCSE
7 5 (2.72%) JNCIP
7 5 (2.72%) JNCIS
8 4 (2.17%) CISSP
9 2 (1.09%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.09%) SANS
10 1 (0.54%) CCA
10 1 (0.54%) CCAA
10 1 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.54%) MCSE
10 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 12 (6.52%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.17%) SLA
3 3 (1.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.54%) HMG Infosec
System Software
1 10 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (3.26%) ProxySG
3 5 (2.72%) Active Directory
4 3 (1.63%) Shibboleth
4 3 (1.63%) XenServer
5 2 (1.09%) XenApp
5 2 (1.09%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.54%) Firmware
6 1 (0.54%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.54%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 11 (5.98%) FortiGate
2 7 (3.80%) Forum Sentry
3 6 (3.26%) Nessus
3 6 (3.26%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 6 (3.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (2.72%) OPNET
5 4 (2.17%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (2.17%) HP UCMDB
6 3 (1.63%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 3 (1.63%) Nagios
6 3 (1.63%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.63%) Opsview
6 3 (1.63%) QRadar
7 2 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.09%) Puppet
8 1 (0.54%) AppDNA
8 1 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.54%) OpenView
8 1 (0.54%) SCCM
8 1 (0.54%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 179 (97.28%) F5
2 141 (76.63%) Cisco
3 91 (49.46%) CheckPoint
4 68 (36.96%) Juniper
5 51 (27.72%) Blue Coat
6 22 (11.96%) Fortinet
7 20 (10.87%) Palo Alto
8 16 (8.70%) Microsoft
9 15 (8.15%) Splunk
10 13 (7.07%) HP
11 11 (5.98%) VMware
12 10 (5.43%) Citrix
12 10 (5.43%) IBM
12 10 (5.43%) Remedy
12 10 (5.43%) Sourcefire
12 10 (5.43%) TippingPoint
13 8 (4.35%) Aruba
13 8 (4.35%) BMC
14 7 (3.80%) FireEye
14 7 (3.80%) SolarWinds
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