Period
to 5 December 2020

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 5 December 2020 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
5 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 292 354 413
Rank change year-on-year +62 +59 -3
Contract jobs citing F5 312 538 605
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.66% 0.58%
As % of the Vendors category 1.90% 1.53% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 368 396
Median daily rate £420 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.18% -2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £313
90th Percentile £588 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £425
% change year-on-year -3.03% -2.94% +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 3 3
Median hourly rate £37.50 £12.00 £147.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +212.50% -91.86% +247.06%
10th Percentile £24.00 £12.00 £59.25
90th Percentile £47.52 £30.40 £158.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £12.00 £147.50
% change year-on-year +233.33% -91.86% +268.75%

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 16,390 35,250 43,780
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.37% 43.05% 41.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,616 21,994 27,138
Median daily rate £455 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% - +4.05%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 680 1,479 1,668
Median hourly rate £35.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +84.21% +8.57% +0.40%
10th Percentile £12.06 £11.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £25.98 £18.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year +44.33% +7.46% +1.52%

F5
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing F5.

Daily rate trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing F5 over the 6 months to 5 December 2020.

Daily rate histogram for F5 in the UK

F5
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing F5.

Hourly rate trend for F5 in the UK

F5
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing F5 over the 6 months to 5 December 2020.

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 5 December 2020. 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 +68 272 £420 -1.18% 61
UK excluding London +86 179 £400 -3.03% 50
London +99 104 £475 - 17
Work from Home -79 84 £375 -6.25% 7
North of England +111 65 £400 - 11
North West +89 40 £375 -11.76% 6
South West +90 35 £400 -2.44% 6
South East +41 32 £375 -11.76% 9
Yorkshire +60 25 £500 +28.95% 4
Scotland +61 23 £550 +7.84% 6
Midlands +47 12 £394 +5.00% 13
East of England +75 10 £265 -37.65% 5
West Midlands +50 10 £400 -17.44% 4
Wales +19 4 £300 -27.27%
East Midlands +36 2 £388 +33.39% 9

For the 6 months to 5 December 2020, 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.

1 193 (61.86%) Cisco
2 170 (54.49%) Firewall
3 89 (28.53%) WAN
4 79 (25.32%) Cisco Certification
4 79 (25.32%) CheckPoint
5 78 (25.00%) Load Balancing
6 77 (24.68%) Finance
7 76 (24.36%) Palo Alto
8 75 (24.04%) Juniper
9 73 (23.40%) Fortinet
10 72 (23.08%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 70 (22.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 68 (21.79%) VMware
13 66 (21.15%) CCNP
14 64 (20.51%) LAN
14 64 (20.51%) Blue Coat
15 63 (20.19%) Wireless
16 62 (19.87%) Cisco ASA
17 61 (19.55%) AWS
18 60 (19.23%) TCP/IP
18 60 (19.23%) OSPF
19 59 (18.91%) Cisco Nexus
20 58 (18.59%) DNS
21 55 (17.63%) BGP
22 54 (17.31%) Python
23 53 (16.99%) VPN
24 51 (16.35%) Linux
25 50 (16.03%) Security Cleared
26 49 (15.71%) Data Centre
27 48 (15.38%) 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 (8.01%) Confluence
2 14 (4.49%) Cloud Foundry
2 14 (4.49%) Mule
3 10 (3.21%) IIS
4 7 (2.24%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.92%) Tomcat
6 5 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.60%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.96%) GeoServer
8 1 (0.32%) Apache
8 1 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.32%) JBoss
8 1 (0.32%) nginx
8 1 (0.32%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.32%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.32%) WildFly
Applications
1 5 (1.60%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 61 (19.55%) AWS
2 37 (11.86%) Azure
3 29 (9.29%) GCP
4 23 (7.37%) Slack
5 15 (4.81%) GitHub
6 14 (4.49%) npm
7 12 (3.85%) Amazon ECS
8 11 (3.53%) Office 365
9 10 (3.21%) AWS CloudFormation
10 8 (2.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 8 (2.56%) Route 53
11 7 (2.24%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (2.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 6 (1.92%) PaaS
13 5 (1.60%) IaaS
14 4 (1.28%) Amazon S3
14 4 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
14 4 (1.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 3 (0.96%) AWS CloudTrail
15 3 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 170 (54.49%) Firewall
2 89 (28.53%) WAN
3 72 (23.08%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 70 (22.44%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 64 (20.51%) LAN
6 63 (20.19%) Wireless
7 62 (19.87%) Cisco ASA
8 60 (19.23%) OSPF
8 60 (19.23%) TCP/IP
9 59 (18.91%) Cisco Nexus
10 58 (18.59%) DNS
11 55 (17.63%) BGP
12 53 (16.99%) VPN
13 46 (14.74%) Network Security
14 45 (14.42%) SSL
15 41 (13.14%) MPLS
16 28 (8.97%) NX-OS
17 23 (7.37%) BIG-IP
17 23 (7.37%) Cisco Wireless
18 22 (7.05%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.60%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 5 (1.60%) Hadoop
2 5 (1.60%) MongoDB
2 5 (1.60%) MySQL
3 4 (1.28%) Cosmos DB
3 4 (1.28%) Geospatial Data
3 4 (1.28%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.96%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.96%) GIS
4 3 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.96%) QGIS
5 2 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.64%) Redis
6 1 (0.32%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.32%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 24 (7.69%) JIRA
2 18 (5.77%) Sonatype Nexus
3 16 (5.13%) Git (software)
4 15 (4.81%) Jenkins
5 14 (4.49%) JUnit
5 14 (4.49%) Maven
5 14 (4.49%) Mockito
5 14 (4.49%) Selenium
6 2 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.64%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.32%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.32%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.32%) Subversion
7 1 (0.32%) Vagrant
General
1 77 (24.68%) Finance
2 26 (8.33%) Banking
3 18 (5.77%) Financial Institution
4 17 (5.45%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.45%) Telecoms
5 13 (4.17%) Law
6 2 (0.64%) Digital Economy
6 2 (0.64%) Electronics
6 2 (0.64%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.64%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.64%) Marketing
7 1 (0.32%) Legal
7 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.32%) Police
7 1 (0.32%) Retail
7 1 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 130 (41.67%) Network Engineer
2 35 (11.22%) Architect
3 23 (7.37%) Consultant
4 19 (6.09%) Cisco Engineer
4 19 (6.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 18 (5.77%) Senior Network Engineer
6 17 (5.45%) Network Architect
7 14 (4.49%) DevOps Engineer
8 11 (3.53%) Network Security Engineer
8 11 (3.53%) Security Engineer
9 10 (3.21%) Analyst
9 10 (3.21%) NOC Engineer
10 9 (2.88%) Cloud Consultant
10 9 (2.88%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
11 8 (2.56%) Cloud Architect
11 8 (2.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (2.56%) Network Analyst
11 8 (2.56%) Project Manager
11 8 (2.56%) Support Engineer
12 7 (2.24%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (8.97%) JSON
2 17 (5.45%) REST
3 14 (4.49%) Enzyme
3 14 (4.49%) Jest
3 14 (4.49%) Node.js
3 14 (4.49%) Redux
3 14 (4.49%) Spring
3 14 (4.49%) Spring Boot
3 14 (4.49%) WireMock
4 13 (4.17%) Express
5 10 (3.21%) Web Services
6 5 (1.60%) Middleware
7 3 (0.96%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.96%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.96%) PostGIS
8 2 (0.64%) .NET
9 1 (0.32%) J2EE
9 1 (0.32%) LDAP
9 1 (0.32%) SOAP
9 1 (0.32%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 49 (15.71%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.13%) Private Cloud
3 14 (4.49%) Mobile App
4 12 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (3.21%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (2.56%) Virtual Team
7 6 (1.92%) PKI
8 5 (1.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 5 (1.60%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.60%) User Experience
8 5 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (1.28%) IVR
10 3 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (0.96%) Management Information System
11 2 (0.64%) Replication
12 1 (0.32%) Clustering
12 1 (0.32%) CMDB
12 1 (0.32%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.32%) Mainframe
12 1 (0.32%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 51 (16.35%) Linux
2 35 (11.22%) Windows
3 14 (4.49%) Windows Server
4 13 (4.17%) Unix
5 12 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (2.24%) CentOS
7 5 (1.60%) Mac OS
7 5 (1.60%) Windows 10
7 5 (1.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.28%) Debian
8 4 (1.28%) Fedora
8 4 (1.28%) NetWare
8 4 (1.28%) Solaris
8 4 (1.28%) Ubuntu
8 4 (1.28%) VMS
9 3 (0.96%) Check Point GAiA
9 3 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (25.00%) Load Balancing
2 45 (14.42%) DevOps
3 34 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (9.29%) Migration
5 27 (8.65%) Network Design
6 26 (8.33%) Project Delivery
7 24 (7.69%) Scrum
8 23 (7.37%) Kanban
8 23 (7.37%) Stakeholder Management
9 22 (7.05%) Problem-Solving
10 20 (6.41%) ITIL
10 20 (6.41%) Network Virtualisation
11 18 (5.77%) Cybersecurity
12 17 (5.45%) Pair Programming
12 17 (5.45%) Project Management
13 16 (5.13%) Change Management
14 14 (4.49%) Performance Testing
14 14 (4.49%) Risk Management
14 14 (4.49%) Security Testing
14 14 (4.49%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 54 (17.31%) Python
2 23 (7.37%) Java
3 15 (4.81%) PowerShell
4 14 (4.49%) ES6
5 13 (4.17%) SQL
6 8 (2.56%) JavaScript
6 8 (2.56%) VBA
7 6 (1.92%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.28%) C
8 4 (1.28%) Perl
8 4 (1.28%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.96%) R
10 1 (0.32%) C#
10 1 (0.32%) PHP
Qualifications
1 79 (25.32%) Cisco Certification
2 66 (21.15%) CCNP
3 50 (16.03%) Security Cleared
4 47 (15.06%) SC Cleared
5 29 (9.29%) CCNA
6 24 (7.69%) CCIE
7 8 (2.56%) DV Cleared
8 7 (2.24%) AWS Certification
8 7 (2.24%) CISSP
9 6 (1.92%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 5 (1.60%) Degree
10 5 (1.60%) MCSE
10 5 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (1.28%) CCIE Service Provider
12 3 (0.96%) CCDA
12 3 (0.96%) CCDP
12 3 (0.96%) CCSA
12 3 (0.96%) HP APS
13 2 (0.64%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.24%) SLA
2 6 (1.92%) QA
3 3 (0.96%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.32%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.32%) NIST
System Software
1 40 (12.82%) VMware Infrastructure
1 40 (12.82%) VMware NSX
2 20 (6.41%) Active Directory
3 11 (3.53%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (2.88%) Docker
5 5 (1.60%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.60%) vSphere
6 4 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.96%) GeoWebCache
7 3 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.32%) Firmware
8 1 (0.32%) GPFS
8 1 (0.32%) KVM
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.32%) NFS
8 1 (0.32%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.32%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.32%) XenApp
8 1 (0.32%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 48 (15.38%) Ansible
2 36 (11.54%) FortiGate
3 20 (6.41%) Terraform
4 16 (5.13%) Kubernetes
5 12 (3.85%) Istio
6 11 (3.53%) Cisco Prime
7 8 (2.56%) Puppet
8 7 (2.24%) Cisco CUCM
8 7 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (2.24%) SCCM
9 6 (1.92%) AirWatch
9 6 (1.92%) Consul
10 5 (1.60%) ITRS Geneos
11 4 (1.28%) Cisco UCCX
11 4 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (1.28%) WhatsUp Gold
12 3 (0.96%) HAProxy
12 3 (0.96%) Packer
12 3 (0.96%) Prometheus
12 3 (0.96%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 193 (61.86%) Cisco
2 79 (25.32%) CheckPoint
3 76 (24.36%) Palo Alto
4 75 (24.04%) Juniper
5 73 (23.40%) Fortinet
6 68 (21.79%) VMware
7 64 (20.51%) Blue Coat
8 37 (11.86%) Microsoft
9 31 (9.94%) Splunk
10 26 (8.33%) Arista
10 26 (8.33%) SolarWinds
11 25 (8.01%) Meraki
12 24 (7.69%) HP
13 22 (7.05%) AppDynamics
14 19 (6.09%) Aruba
15 17 (5.45%) Infoblox
16 15 (4.81%) Red Hat
17 14 (4.49%) NetApp
18 13 (4.17%) Riverbed
18 13 (4.17%) Symantec