Period
to 27 July 2021

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 27 July 2021 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
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 430 324 350
Rank change year-on-year -106 +26 +107
Contract jobs citing F5 364 253 695
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.68% 0.75%
As % of the Vendors category 1.23% 1.57% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 183 475
10th Percentile £350 £321 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £463 £442 £430
Median % change year-on-year +4.64% +2.79% +0.12%
75th Percentile £543 £519 £500
90th Percentile £623 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 10
Median hourly rate £19.50 £44.20 £37.50
Median % change year-on-year -55.88% +17.87% +10.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £46.40 £45.00
% change year-on-year -57.97% +3.11% +32.68%

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 29,518 16,126 38,867
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.36% 43.28% 42.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,961 10,272 24,491
10th Percentile £298 £256 £250
25th Percentile £400 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £455
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.40% +1.11%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 831 562 1,349
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.76 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.48 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.00% +8.11% +5.71%
75th Percentile £42.00 £35.94 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.81 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -6.26% +8.57% +6.06%

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021. 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 -81 300 £450 +5.88% 51
UK excluding London -76 162 £450 +5.88% 39
London -74 125 £494 +5.33% 19
Work from Home -209 109 £487 +16.30% 11
South East -48 48 £423 +0.71% 11
Midlands -27 31 £435 +5.45% 7
South West +8 29 £438 +9.38% 3
West Midlands -19 21 £450 +4.35% 2
East of England -4 19 £550 +56.14% 4
North of England -70 19 £378 -12.92% 7
Wales +6 11 £600 +35.21% 3
Yorkshire -24 11 £380 -24.00% 4
East Midlands -10 10 £400 +23.08% 5
North West -42 8 £375 -9.09% 3
Scotland -68 6 £450 - 4

For the 6 months to 27 July 2021, 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.

1 257 (70.60%) Cisco
2 193 (53.02%) Firewall
3 126 (34.62%) CheckPoint
4 116 (31.87%) WAN
5 109 (29.95%) Azure
6 98 (26.92%) Load Balancing
7 95 (26.10%) Cisco Certification
8 94 (25.82%) LAN
9 83 (22.80%) Data Centre
10 80 (21.98%) Network Security
11 78 (21.43%) AWS
11 78 (21.43%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 77 (21.15%) Palo Alto
13 76 (20.88%) VMware
14 73 (20.05%) DNS
15 70 (19.23%) Juniper
15 70 (19.23%) Cisco ASA
16 69 (18.96%) Fortinet
17 66 (18.13%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 66 (18.13%) CCNP
18 65 (17.86%) Ansible
19 61 (16.76%) Social Skills
20 60 (16.48%) Cisco Nexus
20 60 (16.48%) Security Cleared
21 55 (15.11%) VPN
22 54 (14.84%) Finance
23 53 (14.56%) Linux
23 53 (14.56%) BGP
24 52 (14.29%) OSPF
24 52 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure

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 13 (3.57%) Confluence
1 13 (3.57%) MS Exchange
2 11 (3.02%) Tomcat
3 9 (2.47%) SharePoint
4 8 (2.20%) Apache
4 8 (2.20%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.65%) IIS
6 5 (1.37%) WebLogic
7 4 (1.10%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.82%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.82%) nginx
9 2 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.55%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.27%) SAS
10 1 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 35 (9.62%) MS Visio
2 15 (4.12%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.37%) Dynamics AX
1 5 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 109 (29.95%) Azure
2 78 (21.43%) AWS
3 22 (6.04%) Akamai
4 15 (4.12%) GCP
5 13 (3.57%) Microsoft 365
6 12 (3.30%) IaaS
6 12 (3.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 10 (2.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 10 (2.75%) OpenShift
8 8 (2.20%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (2.20%) GitHub
9 6 (1.65%) PaaS
10 5 (1.37%) Azure Storage
10 5 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
10 5 (1.37%) Power Platform
10 5 (1.37%) PowerApps
10 5 (1.37%) SaaS
11 4 (1.10%) Cloudflare
12 3 (0.82%) Azure App Service
12 3 (0.82%) SonarCloud
Communications & Networking
1 193 (53.02%) Firewall
2 116 (31.87%) WAN
3 94 (25.82%) LAN
4 80 (21.98%) Network Security
5 78 (21.43%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 73 (20.05%) DNS
7 70 (19.23%) Cisco ASA
8 66 (18.13%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 60 (16.48%) Cisco Nexus
10 55 (15.11%) VPN
11 53 (14.56%) BGP
12 52 (14.29%) OSPF
13 46 (12.64%) TCP/IP
13 46 (12.64%) Wireless
14 41 (11.26%) BIG-IP
15 38 (10.44%) SSL
16 36 (9.89%) MPLS
17 29 (7.97%) Cisco ISE
18 28 (7.69%) Cisco Firepower
19 27 (7.42%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
2 5 (1.37%) NoSQL
2 5 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (1.10%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.82%) DataStax
5 2 (0.55%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.55%) Big Data
5 2 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.55%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.27%) DB2
6 1 (0.27%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 20 (5.49%) JIRA
2 16 (4.40%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.75%) Sonatype Nexus
4 9 (2.47%) Jenkins
5 6 (1.65%) Bitbucket
6 5 (1.37%) Burp Suite
6 5 (1.37%) SonarQube
6 5 (1.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.55%) CircleCI
7 2 (0.55%) GitLab
7 2 (0.55%) IBM UrbanCode
7 2 (0.55%) Maven
7 2 (0.55%) Postman
7 2 (0.55%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.55%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.27%) Gradle
General
1 61 (16.76%) Social Skills
2 54 (14.84%) Finance
3 46 (12.64%) Telecoms
4 27 (7.42%) Banking
5 20 (5.49%) Documentation Skills
6 18 (4.95%) Public Sector
7 12 (3.30%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (2.47%) Presentation Skills
9 4 (1.10%) Organisational Skills
10 3 (0.82%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.82%) Legal
10 3 (0.82%) Marketing
10 3 (0.82%) Retail
11 2 (0.55%) Billing
11 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.55%) German Language
11 2 (0.55%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.27%) Advertising
12 1 (0.27%) Law
12 1 (0.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 156 (42.86%) Network Engineer
2 59 (16.21%) Architect
3 28 (7.69%) Consultant
4 27 (7.42%) Security Engineer
5 26 (7.14%) Senior Network Engineer
6 25 (6.87%) Cisco Engineer
7 24 (6.59%) Network Architect
8 23 (6.32%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 18 (4.95%) Network Security Engineer
10 15 (4.12%) Design Engineer
10 15 (4.12%) Solutions Architect
11 14 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 13 (3.57%) Network Consultant
12 13 (3.57%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 13 (3.57%) VMware Engineer
13 12 (3.30%) Firewall Engineer
14 11 (3.02%) Azure Engineer
14 11 (3.02%) DevOps Engineer
15 10 (2.75%) Network Specialist
15 10 (2.75%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.95%) Web Services
2 14 (3.85%) .NET
3 13 (3.57%) JSON
4 10 (2.75%) 802.1X
5 9 (2.47%) Jinja
6 7 (1.92%) Express
6 7 (1.92%) SOAP
6 7 (1.92%) YAML
7 6 (1.65%) J2EE
7 6 (1.65%) XML
8 5 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (1.37%) LDAP
9 4 (1.10%) AngularJS
9 4 (1.10%) HTML
9 4 (1.10%) OAuth
9 4 (1.10%) REST
9 4 (1.10%) RESTful
10 3 (0.82%) JWT
10 3 (0.82%) Middleware
10 3 (0.82%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 83 (22.80%) Data Centre
2 13 (3.57%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.30%) Clustering
4 11 (3.02%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.47%) Data Protection Act
5 9 (2.47%) Driving Licence
6 8 (2.20%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.37%) CESG
8 5 (1.37%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (1.10%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.82%) DataPower
10 3 (0.82%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.82%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.82%) PKI
10 3 (0.82%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.55%) AS400
11 2 (0.55%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.55%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 53 (14.56%) Linux
2 46 (12.64%) Windows
3 25 (6.87%) Unix
4 11 (3.02%) Windows 10
5 9 (2.47%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.37%) AIX
7 5 (1.37%) Kali Linux
7 5 (1.37%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.37%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (1.37%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.55%) CatOS
8 2 (0.55%) CentOS
8 2 (0.55%) VMS
9 1 (0.27%) Debian
9 1 (0.27%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.27%) Solaris
9 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (26.92%) Load Balancing
2 49 (13.46%) ITIL
3 47 (12.91%) Network Design
4 46 (12.64%) DevOps
5 39 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
6 29 (7.97%) Service Delivery
7 26 (7.14%) Migration
8 22 (6.04%) Network Management
8 22 (6.04%) Project Delivery
9 21 (5.77%) Cybersecurity
10 20 (5.49%) Project Management
11 17 (4.67%) Change Management
11 17 (4.67%) Disaster Recovery
11 17 (4.67%) Problem-Solving
12 16 (4.40%) High Availability
12 16 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 15 (4.12%) Capacity Planning
13 15 (4.12%) SIEM
14 14 (3.85%) Data Protection
14 14 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (10.16%) Python
2 26 (7.14%) SQL
3 19 (5.22%) PowerShell
4 15 (4.12%) Java
5 8 (2.20%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.37%) PHP
6 5 (1.37%) Ruby
7 4 (1.10%) Delphi
7 4 (1.10%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.82%) VBA
9 2 (0.55%) Tcl
10 1 (0.27%) C#
10 1 (0.27%) Perl
10 1 (0.27%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.27%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 95 (26.10%) Cisco Certification
2 66 (18.13%) CCNP
3 60 (16.48%) Security Cleared
4 47 (12.91%) SC Cleared
5 39 (10.71%) CCIE
6 27 (7.42%) CCNA
7 13 (3.57%) CCSA
7 13 (3.57%) CCSE
7 13 (3.57%) DV Cleared
8 11 (3.02%) CCDP
9 9 (2.47%) CISSP
9 9 (2.47%) Degree
10 8 (2.20%) CCA
11 7 (1.92%) JNCIE
12 6 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (1.10%) CCIP
13 4 (1.10%) HP ASE
13 4 (1.10%) HP MASE
13 4 (1.10%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (7.97%) SLA
2 7 (1.92%) PCI DSS
2 7 (1.92%) QA
3 5 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 5 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.27%) GDPR
System Software
1 52 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 41 (11.26%) Active Directory
3 33 (9.07%) VMware NSX
4 20 (5.49%) ProxySG
5 16 (4.40%) Docker
6 15 (4.12%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (3.02%) vSphere
8 8 (2.20%) NFS
8 8 (2.20%) vCloud
9 7 (1.92%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.65%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (1.10%) XenApp
13 3 (0.82%) Hyper-V
14 2 (0.55%) KVM
14 2 (0.55%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.55%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 2 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
15 1 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
15 1 (0.27%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 65 (17.86%) Ansible
2 32 (8.79%) Kubernetes
3 21 (5.77%) FortiGate
4 15 (4.12%) Puppet
4 15 (4.12%) Terraform
5 12 (3.30%) vCenter Server
6 7 (1.92%) Cisco Prime
6 7 (1.92%) HP NNM
6 7 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (1.92%) Nessus
7 6 (1.65%) Red Hat Satellite
7 6 (1.65%) SCCM
8 4 (1.10%) Cisco UCCX
8 4 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (1.10%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 4 (1.10%) vRealize
8 4 (1.10%) WhatsUp Gold
9 3 (0.82%) HAProxy
9 3 (0.82%) Opsview
10 2 (0.55%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 257 (70.60%) Cisco
2 126 (34.62%) CheckPoint
3 77 (21.15%) Palo Alto
4 76 (20.88%) VMware
5 70 (19.23%) Juniper
6 69 (18.96%) Fortinet
7 39 (10.71%) Citrix
8 38 (10.44%) Infoblox
9 35 (9.62%) Blue Coat
10 32 (8.79%) Microsoft
11 28 (7.69%) HP
12 27 (7.42%) Aruba
13 25 (6.87%) Dell
14 22 (6.04%) Radware
15 21 (5.77%) Red Hat
16 20 (5.49%) Riverbed
17 19 (5.22%) Oracle
18 15 (4.12%) Arista
18 15 (4.12%) Meraki
19 14 (3.85%) McAfee