Period
to 20 November 2019

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of F5 products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited F5 over the 6 months to 20 November 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within F5 Networks, Inc.

F5
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 367 418 407
Rank change year-on-year +51 -11 -110
Contract jobs citing F5 549 596 591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.57% 0.58%
As % of the Vendors category 1.51% 1.35% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 364 400
UK median daily rate £425 £435 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +8.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £304 £311 £284
90th Percentile £575 £600 £557
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £419 £390
% change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 9
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £93.75 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -87.20% +134.38% +12.68%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £93.75 £38.75
% change year-on-year -87.20% +141.94% +9.15%

F5 is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 36,307 44,013 43,677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.46% 42.30% 42.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,740 27,297 27,110
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +2.38%
10th Percentile £233 £250 £235
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,485 1,671 1,461
UK median hourly rate £19.47 £17.50 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.23% +0.72% +2.21%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.75 £10.57
90th Percentile £52.05 £47.09 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.81 £16.50
% change year-on-year +7.08% +1.88% -

F5
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing F5 as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing F5 over the 6 months to 20 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing F5 over the 6 months to 20 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for F5 in the UK

F5
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 F5 within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 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 +47 501 £425 -1.16% 104
UK excluding London +45 378 £413 -1.49% 62
London +67 169 £485 +2.11% 44
South East +82 158 £425 +2.41% 22
North of England -14 63 £401 -2.91% 15
South West +17 57 £418 -1.76% 5
Midlands -4 39 £375 -11.76% 10
Scotland +21 31 £515 +8.42% 2
Yorkshire +13 29 £407 -1.99% 4
West Midlands +19 27 £438 +0.86% 6
North West +10 26 £450 +4.35% 9
Wales +41 16 £413 -8.33%
East of England +31 16 £425 +13.33% 8
East Midlands +7 12 £281 -13.54% 4
North East +2 8 £325 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 November 2019, IT contractor jobs citing F5 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 F5.

1 388 (70.67%) Cisco
2 319 (58.11%) Firewall
3 245 (44.63%) Cisco Certification
4 181 (32.97%) CCNP
4 181 (32.97%) CheckPoint
5 161 (29.33%) WAN
6 155 (28.23%) Data Centre
7 147 (26.78%) Load Balancing
8 146 (26.59%) LAN
9 145 (26.41%) Palo Alto
10 138 (25.14%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 128 (23.32%) BGP
12 126 (22.95%) Cisco ASA
13 124 (22.59%) Cisco Nexus
14 122 (22.22%) Network Security
15 114 (20.77%) Juniper
16 105 (19.13%) CCNA
17 99 (18.03%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
18 97 (17.67%) VPN
18 97 (17.67%) Windows
18 97 (17.67%) Linux
18 97 (17.67%) BIG-IP
19 96 (17.49%) OSPF
20 92 (16.76%) Security Cleared
21 91 (16.58%) Wireless
22 86 (15.66%) VMware
23 83 (15.12%) MPLS
24 76 (13.84%) Blue Coat
25 74 (13.48%) CCIE
26 73 (13.30%) Ansible

F5
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 25 (4.55%) OpenStack
2 14 (2.55%) Cloud Foundry
2 14 (2.55%) Skype for Business
3 13 (2.37%) Apache
3 13 (2.37%) Exchange Server 2013
3 13 (2.37%) MS Exchange
4 11 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (2.00%) IIS
4 11 (2.00%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.82%) Confluence
5 10 (1.82%) Mule
5 10 (1.82%) nginx
5 10 (1.82%) WebLogic
6 8 (1.46%) JBoss
7 7 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (1.09%) Mattermost
8 6 (1.09%) SharePoint
9 4 (0.73%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.36%) MQSeries
Applications
1 10 (1.82%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.55%) Adobe Premiere
3 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.55%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.36%) Oracle Cash Management
1 2 (0.36%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 70 (12.75%) Azure
2 55 (10.02%) AWS
3 20 (3.64%) GitHub
3 20 (3.64%) Office 365
4 11 (2.00%) PaaS
5 10 (1.82%) IaaS
5 10 (1.82%) npm
5 10 (1.82%) Slack
6 6 (1.09%) OpenShift
7 5 (0.91%) Akamai
7 5 (0.91%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 4 (0.73%) GCP
8 4 (0.73%) SaaS
9 3 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 3 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.55%) Google Docs
10 2 (0.36%) Apigee
10 2 (0.36%) IBM Cloud
10 2 (0.36%) Kong
10 2 (0.36%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 319 (58.11%) Firewall
2 161 (29.33%) WAN
3 146 (26.59%) LAN
4 138 (25.14%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 128 (23.32%) BGP
6 126 (22.95%) Cisco ASA
7 124 (22.59%) Cisco Nexus
8 122 (22.22%) Network Security
9 99 (18.03%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 97 (17.67%) BIG-IP
10 97 (17.67%) VPN
11 96 (17.49%) OSPF
12 91 (16.58%) Wireless
13 83 (15.12%) MPLS
14 62 (11.29%) DNS
15 61 (11.11%) TCP/IP
16 47 (8.56%) Cisco Firepower
17 44 (8.01%) WLAN
18 42 (7.65%) VLAN
19 38 (6.92%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (2.73%) MySQL
2 7 (1.28%) Big Data
3 4 (0.73%) Amazon Redshift
3 4 (0.73%) Hadoop
3 4 (0.73%) Relational Database
3 4 (0.73%) SQL Server
4 3 (0.55%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.36%) Aerospike
5 2 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 2 (0.36%) Couchbase
5 2 (0.36%) Hazelcast
5 2 (0.36%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.36%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.36%) Redis
6 1 (0.18%) DB2
6 1 (0.18%) Informix
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 36 (6.56%) Git (software)
2 18 (3.28%) Jenkins
3 17 (3.10%) Sonatype Nexus
4 13 (2.37%) Maven
4 13 (2.37%) Selenium
5 12 (2.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (2.00%) JIRA
6 11 (2.00%) JUnit
7 10 (1.82%) Bitbucket
7 10 (1.82%) GitLab
7 10 (1.82%) Mockito
8 8 (1.46%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.91%) Travis CI
10 3 (0.55%) MSI
10 3 (0.55%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.55%) WiX
11 2 (0.36%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.36%) Cucumber
11 2 (0.36%) IBM UrbanCode
11 2 (0.36%) Zephyr
General
1 69 (12.57%) Finance
2 46 (8.38%) Telecoms
3 24 (4.37%) Banking
4 23 (4.19%) Public Sector
5 15 (2.73%) Retail
6 14 (2.55%) Financial Institution
6 14 (2.55%) Law
6 14 (2.55%) Legal
7 8 (1.46%) Publishing
8 5 (0.91%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.55%) Multimedia
9 3 (0.55%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.36%) Marketing
11 1 (0.18%) Electronics
11 1 (0.18%) Military
11 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 286 (52.09%) Network Engineer
2 68 (12.39%) Architect
3 43 (7.83%) Security Engineer
4 41 (7.47%) Network Architect
5 40 (7.29%) Cisco Engineer
6 36 (6.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 35 (6.38%) Network Security Engineer
8 31 (5.65%) Consultant
9 30 (5.46%) DevOps Engineer
10 28 (5.10%) Analyst
11 25 (4.55%) Network Specialist
12 24 (4.37%) Network Consultant
13 23 (4.19%) Network Design Engineer
14 22 (4.01%) IP Network Engineer
14 22 (4.01%) Network Support
14 22 (4.01%) Senior Network Engineer
15 21 (3.83%) Firewall Engineer
16 20 (3.64%) Design Engineer
17 18 (3.28%) IP Engineer
17 18 (3.28%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (4.92%) JSON
2 20 (3.64%) .NET
2 20 (3.64%) 802.1X
3 15 (2.73%) LDAP
4 13 (2.37%) REST
5 11 (2.00%) XML
6 10 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
6 10 (1.82%) Enzyme
6 10 (1.82%) Express
6 10 (1.82%) Jest
6 10 (1.82%) Middleware
6 10 (1.82%) Node.js
6 10 (1.82%) Redux
6 10 (1.82%) Spring
6 10 (1.82%) Spring Boot
6 10 (1.82%) WireMock
7 9 (1.64%) J2EE
8 7 (1.28%) YAML
9 4 (0.73%) Java EE
9 4 (0.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 155 (28.23%) Data Centre
2 25 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (4.01%) Self-Motivation
4 18 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.55%) Clustering
6 12 (2.19%) Hybrid Cloud
7 10 (1.82%) Replication
8 8 (1.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 8 (1.46%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.09%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.91%) Hedge funds
11 4 (0.73%) Cyber Defence
11 4 (0.73%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (0.73%) PKI
12 3 (0.55%) Mobile Banking
12 3 (0.55%) RSA SecurID
12 3 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
13 2 (0.36%) Fat Client
13 2 (0.36%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 97 (17.67%) Linux
1 97 (17.67%) Windows
2 42 (7.65%) Windows Server
3 35 (6.38%) Unix
4 22 (4.01%) Ubuntu
5 12 (2.19%) Windows 8
5 12 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (2.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (2.19%) Windows XP
6 9 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (1.46%) Check Point GAiA
8 7 (1.28%) Solaris
9 4 (0.73%) AIX
9 4 (0.73%) Windows 10
10 3 (0.55%) Android
10 3 (0.55%) CentOS
10 3 (0.55%) VMS
11 2 (0.36%) Windows NT
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (26.78%) Load Balancing
2 67 (12.20%) Network Design
3 65 (11.84%) Migration
4 58 (10.56%) ITIL
5 56 (10.20%) Change Management
6 54 (9.84%) DevOps
7 44 (8.01%) Problem-Solving
8 43 (7.83%) Service Delivery
9 33 (6.01%) Problem Management
10 31 (5.65%) Agile Software Development
11 27 (4.92%) High Availability
11 27 (4.92%) Network Management
12 23 (4.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 23 (4.19%) Kalman Filter
12 23 (4.19%) Network Architecture
12 23 (4.19%) Technical Leadership
13 20 (3.64%) Information Security
13 20 (3.64%) Network Monitoring
14 19 (3.46%) Project Delivery
14 19 (3.46%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (9.11%) Python
2 39 (7.10%) PowerShell
3 32 (5.83%) Java
4 27 (4.92%) SQL
5 20 (3.64%) Perl
6 10 (1.82%) ES6
7 7 (1.28%) C#
7 7 (1.28%) Prolog
8 3 (0.55%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.55%) C
9 2 (0.36%) Go
9 2 (0.36%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.36%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.36%) VB
9 2 (0.36%) VBScript
10 1 (0.18%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.18%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 245 (44.63%) Cisco Certification
2 181 (32.97%) CCNP
3 105 (19.13%) CCNA
4 92 (16.76%) Security Cleared
5 74 (13.48%) CCIE
6 67 (12.20%) SC Cleared
7 28 (5.10%) DV Cleared
8 20 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
9 18 (3.28%) CCDP
10 16 (2.91%) CCDA
10 16 (2.91%) Degree
11 13 (2.37%) CCSE
12 12 (2.19%) CCSA
13 11 (2.00%) MCITP
13 11 (2.00%) MCSA
14 7 (1.28%) CISSP
14 7 (1.28%) JNCIP
14 7 (1.28%) TOGAF Certification
15 6 (1.09%) JNCIE
16 5 (0.91%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.01%) SLA
2 7 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 6 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.73%) HIPAA
5 2 (0.36%) PMO
6 1 (0.18%) COBIT
6 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 45 (8.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 29 (5.28%) Active Directory
2 29 (5.28%) VMware NSX
3 23 (4.19%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.64%) ProxySG
5 18 (3.28%) Docker
6 9 (1.64%) vSphere
7 8 (1.46%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.91%) KVM
10 3 (0.55%) Ceph
11 2 (0.36%) iptables
11 2 (0.36%) Samba
11 2 (0.36%) XenApp
12 1 (0.18%) Postfix
12 1 (0.18%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 73 (13.30%) Ansible
2 34 (6.19%) FortiGate
3 32 (5.83%) Puppet
4 21 (3.83%) Consul
5 20 (3.64%) Terraform
6 17 (3.10%) Cisco Prime
7 14 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
7 14 (2.55%) SCOM
8 12 (2.19%) SCCM
9 11 (2.00%) WSUS
10 10 (1.82%) Cisco CUCM
11 8 (1.46%) Nagios
11 8 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
12 7 (1.28%) Kibana
13 6 (1.09%) Kubernetes
13 6 (1.09%) logstash
14 5 (0.91%) Salt
15 4 (0.73%) Grafana
15 4 (0.73%) Iperf
15 4 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 388 (70.67%) Cisco
2 181 (32.97%) CheckPoint
3 145 (26.41%) Palo Alto
4 114 (20.77%) Juniper
5 86 (15.66%) VMware
6 76 (13.84%) Blue Coat
7 68 (12.39%) Fortinet
8 62 (11.29%) Microsoft
9 58 (10.56%) Aruba
10 46 (8.38%) HP
11 41 (7.47%) Citrix
11 41 (7.47%) Meraki
12 39 (7.10%) Riverbed
12 39 (7.10%) Splunk
13 35 (6.38%) SolarWinds
14 34 (6.19%) McAfee
15 22 (4.01%) Aerohive Networks
15 22 (4.01%) NetApp
16 20 (3.64%) Symantec
17 18 (3.28%) Red Hat