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 3 months to 23 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.

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

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
F5
UK
Rank 255 322 262
Rank change year-on-year +67 -60  
Contract jobs citing F5 408 340 449
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 0.64% 0.86%
As % of the Vendors category 2.07% 1.48% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 184 289
Median daily rate £413 £389 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.10% -2.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £269 £284
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £400
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £43.00 £50.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -15.40%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £50.83
% change year-on-year - -15.40%  

F5 is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 19754 23040 23661
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 44.17% 43.62% 45.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 12176 13939 13362
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 713 798 980
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.99 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £51.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £19.50 £17.22
% change year-on-year -16.64% +13.21%  

F5
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing F5 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for F5 in the UK

F5
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 within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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 +56 371 £420 +5.66% 48
London +32 119 £438 +4.16% 16
South East +21 105 £425 +11.84% 16
Buckinghamshire +26 39 £450 - 1
Hampshire +17 39 £425 +20.73% 5
Milton Keynes - 35 £500 -
Yorkshire -17 34 £450 +20.00% 6
North West +38 24 £450 -11.76% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne +21 24 £385 -
North East +15 24 £385 +6.20%
Tyne and Wear +11 24 £385 -
East of England +1 24 £413 -14.50%
South West +5 21 £375 +7.14% 1
Scotland +39 20 £325 -13.33% 1
City of London +11 19 £425 +3.03% 4
West Midlands +26 18 £395 -1.25% 3
Hook - 16 £423 -
Hertfordshire -5 14 £300 -37.82%
South Wales +25 12 £425 +25.92% 1
Wales +21 12 £425 +25.92% 1
West Yorkshire -12 12 £500 +15.60% 6
South Yorkshire -12 12 £350 +20.68%
Croydon +21 11 £550 +62.96%
Birmingham +8 11 £363 -12.12% 1
Manchester +26 10 £315 -38.23% 4
Bristol +3 10 £375 +7.14% 1
Berkshire -11 10 £400 +5.26% 4
Sheffield -12 9 £438 +53.50%
Leeds +1 8 £525 +31.25% 6
Edinburgh - 8 £453 - 1

F5
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing F5 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.

1 663 (79.12%) Cisco
2 524 (62.53%) Firewall
3 356 (42.48%) CheckPoint
4 322 (38.42%) Cisco Certification
5 257 (30.67%) Cisco ASA
6 255 (30.43%) Juniper
7 248 (29.59%) CCNP
8 233 (27.80%) Data Centre
9 232 (27.68%) WAN
10 206 (24.58%) LAN
11 202 (24.11%) Security Cleared
12 186 (22.20%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 183 (21.84%) Load Balancing
14 176 (21.00%) SC Cleared
14 176 (21.00%) Network Security
15 172 (20.53%) Cisco Nexus
16 168 (20.05%) Wireless
17 151 (18.02%) ITIL
18 148 (17.66%) Blue Coat
19 147 (17.54%) BIG-IP
20 145 (17.30%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
21 133 (15.87%) Palo Alto
22 132 (15.75%) Finance
23 131 (15.63%) MPLS
23 131 (15.63%) BGP
24 129 (15.39%) VPN
24 129 (15.39%) DNS
25 120 (14.32%) Fortinet
26 117 (13.96%) Network Design
27 116 (13.84%) OSPF

F5
Top Related 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 44 (5.25%) WebLogic
2 39 (4.65%) Apache
3 34 (4.06%) Tomcat
4 31 (3.70%) JBoss
5 27 (3.22%) iPlanet
6 20 (2.39%) Oracle Application Server
7 11 (1.31%) IIS
7 11 (1.31%) MS Exchange
8 9 (1.07%) CMS
9 7 (0.84%) SharePoint
9 7 (0.84%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
11 5 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.48%) Confluence
12 4 (0.48%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.36%) GlassFish
13 3 (0.36%) MQSeries
14 2 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (0.24%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 19 (2.27%) MS Visio
2 18 (2.15%) MS Excel
3 14 (1.67%) MS Office
4 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.12%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.84%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.24%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 57 (6.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 41 (4.89%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (1.91%) Akamai
4 7 (0.84%) SaaS
5 6 (0.72%) GitHub
6 5 (0.60%) Office 365
7 4 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.36%) IaaS
8 3 (0.36%) PaaS
9 2 (0.24%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.12%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 524 (62.53%) Firewall
2 257 (30.67%) Cisco ASA
3 232 (27.68%) WAN
4 206 (24.58%) LAN
5 186 (22.20%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 176 (21.00%) Network Security
7 172 (20.53%) Cisco Nexus
8 168 (20.05%) Wireless
9 147 (17.54%) BIG-IP
10 145 (17.30%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 131 (15.63%) BGP
11 131 (15.63%) MPLS
12 129 (15.39%) DNS
12 129 (15.39%) VPN
13 116 (13.84%) OSPF
14 109 (13.01%) TCP/IP
15 70 (8.35%) IPsec
16 64 (7.64%) Cisco IOS
17 59 (7.04%) EIGRP
18 58 (6.92%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (3.34%) Oracle Database
2 27 (3.22%) SQL Server
3 12 (1.43%) BODI
3 12 (1.43%) BusinessObjects
4 11 (1.31%) MySQL
5 7 (0.84%) RDBMS
5 7 (0.84%) Relational Database
6 4 (0.48%) DB2
6 4 (0.48%) MariaDB
6 4 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.12%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.12%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.12%) Redis
8 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 16 (1.91%) Jenkins
1 16 (1.91%) JIRA
2 12 (1.43%) Oracle APEX
2 12 (1.43%) Oracle Forms
3 7 (0.84%) Git (software)
3 7 (0.84%) Subversion
4 6 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 5 (0.60%) Hudson
6 3 (0.36%) AppScan
6 3 (0.36%) Selenium
7 1 (0.12%) Ant
7 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.12%) Firebug
7 1 (0.12%) Gerrit
7 1 (0.12%) IntelliJ
7 1 (0.12%) Maven
7 1 (0.12%) MSI
7 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.12%) WiX
General
1 132 (15.75%) Finance
2 64 (7.64%) Telecoms
3 41 (4.89%) Banking
4 20 (2.39%) Retail
5 17 (2.03%) Law
6 10 (1.19%) Legal
7 7 (0.84%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.72%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.60%) Marketing
10 4 (0.48%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.36%) Back Office
11 3 (0.36%) Electronics
12 2 (0.24%) Corporate Banking
12 2 (0.24%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.12%) Advertising
13 1 (0.12%) French Language
13 1 (0.12%) Games
13 1 (0.12%) Publishing
13 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.12%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 348 (41.53%) Network Engineer
2 121 (14.44%) Cisco Engineer
3 113 (13.48%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 98 (11.69%) Consultant
5 85 (10.14%) Architect
6 67 (8.00%) Security Engineer
7 62 (7.40%) Analyst
8 57 (6.80%) Network Consultant
8 57 (6.80%) Network Security Engineer
9 48 (5.73%) Network Architect
10 47 (5.61%) Network Analyst
10 47 (5.61%) Network Specialist
11 44 (5.25%) Senior Network Engineer
12 38 (4.53%) Security Consultant
13 34 (4.06%) Firewall Engineer
14 25 (2.98%) Network Security Consultant
15 24 (2.86%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 23 (2.74%) Security Specialist
17 22 (2.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 22 (2.63%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (3.82%) 802.1X
2 31 (3.70%) J2EE
3 21 (2.51%) CSS
4 15 (1.79%) Web Services
5 10 (1.19%) .NET
5 10 (1.19%) Middleware
6 7 (0.84%) JSP
6 7 (0.84%) LAMP
7 6 (0.72%) SAML
8 5 (0.60%) ActiveMQ
8 5 (0.60%) HTML
9 4 (0.48%) jQuery
9 4 (0.48%) XML
10 3 (0.36%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.36%) MSMQ
10 3 (0.36%) OAuth
10 3 (0.36%) OpenID
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 3 (0.36%) SailPoint
10 3 (0.36%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 233 (27.80%) Data Centre
2 62 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (5.25%) Computer Science
4 28 (3.34%) Clustering
5 25 (2.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 23 (2.74%) Management Information System
7 19 (2.27%) IVR
7 19 (2.27%) PKI
8 14 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
8 14 (1.67%) Fat Client
8 14 (1.67%) Thin Client
9 12 (1.43%) iPad
10 11 (1.31%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.07%) Enterprise Storage
11 9 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
11 9 (1.07%) Smart Meter
12 8 (0.95%) Wiki
13 7 (0.84%) e-Health
13 7 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 6 (0.72%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 101 (12.05%) Windows
2 100 (11.93%) Linux
3 86 (10.26%) Unix
4 37 (4.42%) Solaris
4 37 (4.42%) Windows Server
5 35 (4.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 33 (3.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (2.03%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (1.55%) HPUX
10 11 (1.31%) AIX
11 5 (0.60%) Data ONTAP
12 4 (0.48%) Android
12 4 (0.48%) CentOS
13 3 (0.36%) Debian
13 3 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.24%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.24%) SUSE
14 2 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 183 (21.84%) Load Balancing
2 151 (18.02%) ITIL
3 117 (13.96%) Network Design
4 70 (8.35%) Migration
5 61 (7.28%) Service Management
6 56 (6.68%) High Availability
7 43 (5.13%) ITSM
8 37 (4.42%) Network Management
9 35 (4.18%) Change Management
10 34 (4.06%) Project Management
10 34 (4.06%) Service Delivery
11 32 (3.82%) Information Security
12 31 (3.70%) Change Control
12 31 (3.70%) DevOps
13 29 (3.46%) Kalman Filter
14 26 (3.10%) Incident Management
14 26 (3.10%) ITIL V3
15 25 (2.98%) Network Architecture
16 24 (2.86%) Mentoring
17 19 (2.27%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 27 (3.22%) PowerShell
2 24 (2.86%) Java
2 24 (2.86%) SQL
3 21 (2.51%) Perl
4 19 (2.27%) Python
5 10 (1.19%) Bash Shell
6 7 (0.84%) JavaScript
7 6 (0.72%) C
8 5 (0.60%) Ruby
9 4 (0.48%) PHP
9 4 (0.48%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.36%) C#
10 3 (0.36%) VBScript
11 2 (0.24%) Tcl
11 2 (0.24%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.12%) C++
12 1 (0.12%) Korn
12 1 (0.12%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 322 (38.42%) Cisco Certification
2 248 (29.59%) CCNP
3 202 (24.11%) Security Cleared
4 176 (21.00%) SC Cleared
5 106 (12.65%) CCIE
6 105 (12.53%) CCNA
7 65 (7.76%) CCDP
8 57 (6.80%) CCSA
9 56 (6.68%) CCSE
9 56 (6.68%) JNCIA
10 47 (5.61%) CCIP
11 46 (5.49%) Degree
12 44 (5.25%) JNCIE
13 30 (3.58%) HP ASE
13 30 (3.58%) HP MASE
14 18 (2.15%) JNCIP
15 17 (2.03%) CISSP
16 15 (1.79%) DV Cleared
17 13 (1.55%) CCSP
17 13 (1.55%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.89%) PCI DSS
2 36 (4.30%) SLA
3 28 (3.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (2.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (1.67%) GPG13
6 8 (0.95%) HIPAA
7 6 (0.72%) JSP 440
7 6 (0.72%) PA-DSS
8 5 (0.60%) QA
9 2 (0.24%) PMO
10 1 (0.12%) GDPR
10 1 (0.12%) HMG Infosec
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 77 (9.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 25 (2.98%) Active Directory
3 23 (2.74%) ProxySG
4 20 (2.39%) Veritas Volume Manager
4 20 (2.39%) XenApp
5 14 (1.67%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.67%) XenDesktop
6 12 (1.43%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (1.43%) vSphere
7 8 (0.95%) Firmware
8 6 (0.72%) Docker
8 6 (0.72%) vCloud
9 4 (0.48%) XenServer
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.36%) Shibboleth
10 3 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.24%) KVM
11 2 (0.24%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 89 (10.62%) FortiGate
2 21 (2.51%) Puppet
3 18 (2.15%) Cisco Prime
4 14 (1.67%) Nexpose
5 13 (1.55%) Cisco CUCM
6 12 (1.43%) Ansible
6 12 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (1.31%) AppDNA
8 10 (1.19%) Forum Sentry
9 9 (1.07%) Nagios
10 7 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
10 7 (0.84%) QRadar
10 7 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 6 (0.72%) CA Spectrum
11 6 (0.72%) Nessus
11 6 (0.72%) OpenView
11 6 (0.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 6 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 5 (0.60%) NetBackup
12 5 (0.60%) OPNET
Vendors
1 663 (79.12%) Cisco
2 356 (42.48%) CheckPoint
3 255 (30.43%) Juniper
4 148 (17.66%) Blue Coat
5 133 (15.87%) Palo Alto
6 120 (14.32%) Fortinet
7 115 (13.72%) VMware
8 97 (11.58%) HP
9 85 (10.14%) Riverbed
10 75 (8.95%) Microsoft
11 73 (8.71%) Aruba
12 59 (7.04%) Citrix
13 54 (6.44%) Oracle
14 53 (6.32%) Red Hat
15 48 (5.73%) SolarWinds
16 45 (5.37%) Intel Security
17 42 (5.01%) Brocade
18 37 (4.42%) Splunk
19 35 (4.18%) Nokia
20 32 (3.82%) TippingPoint
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