Period
to 16 January 2018

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 16 January 2018 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 414 285 309
Rank change year-on-year -129 +24 -43
Contract jobs citing F5 550 868 857
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.90% 0.80%
As % of the Vendors category 1.30% 1.99% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 544 567
UK median daily rate £425 £430 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +4.24% +3.13%
10th Percentile £302 £305 £293
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £420 £400
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 9
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £31.25 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.00% -30.56% +71.20%
10th Percentile £39.00 £20.00 £36.45
90th Percentile £41.00 £44.50 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £31.25 £45.00
% change year-on-year +28.00% -30.56% +71.20%

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 42,195 43,666 46,071
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.09% 45.21% 42.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,708 26,739 27,179
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £231 £241 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,363 1,652 1,932
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.53% -5.56% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.57 £10.25 £10.24
90th Percentile £45.00 £46.00 £45.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +6.06%

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 16 January 2018.

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
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 16 January 2018. 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 -120 508 £425 -2.86% 121
UK excluding London -115 329 £400 -4.76% 78
London -55 214 £450 - 50
South East -96 103 £415 -2.35% 27
Midlands +25 76 £400 -11.11% 11
North of England -92 62 £370 -2.63% 18
West Midlands +21 53 £418 -7.22% 5
South West +22 38 £421 +12.33% 11
Yorkshire -39 38 £430 +7.50% 11
Scotland -35 26 £400 +6.67% 5
East Midlands +11 23 £350 -15.15% 6
East of England -56 16 £366 -22.89% 4
North West -30 13 £385 -18.95% 7
North East +14 11 £325 -4.97%
Wales -7 11 £350 -12.50%

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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.

1 369 (67.09%) Firewall
2 361 (65.64%) Cisco
3 178 (32.36%) CheckPoint
4 173 (31.45%) Cisco Certification
5 158 (28.73%) Load Balancing
6 156 (28.36%) Linux
7 152 (27.64%) CCNP
8 138 (25.09%) WAN
9 130 (23.64%) Windows
9 130 (23.64%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 127 (23.09%) Juniper
11 126 (22.91%) BIG-IP
12 124 (22.55%) Cisco ASA
13 119 (21.64%) Data Centre
14 117 (21.27%) VMware
15 105 (19.09%) ITIL
16 104 (18.91%) Security Cleared
17 101 (18.36%) VPN
18 100 (18.18%) Network Security
19 98 (17.82%) Palo Alto
20 96 (17.45%) Finance
21 95 (17.27%) Cisco Nexus
22 94 (17.09%) Unix
23 88 (16.00%) TCP/IP
23 88 (16.00%) Wireless
24 87 (15.82%) LAN
25 85 (15.45%) DNS
26 83 (15.09%) SC Cleared
27 80 (14.55%) Blue Coat
28 79 (14.36%) Amazon AWS

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 72 (13.09%) Apache
2 64 (11.64%) Tomcat
3 40 (7.27%) IIS
4 32 (5.82%) JBoss
5 25 (4.55%) WebLogic
6 21 (3.82%) iPlanet
6 21 (3.82%) Oracle Application Server
7 17 (3.09%) MS Exchange
7 17 (3.09%) SharePoint
8 13 (2.36%) nginx
8 13 (2.36%) OpenStack
8 13 (2.36%) WebSphere
9 10 (1.82%) CICS
10 9 (1.64%) Elasticsearch
10 9 (1.64%) MQSeries
10 9 (1.64%) Skype for Business
11 8 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
11 8 (1.45%) SAS
12 7 (1.27%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (1.09%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 13 (2.36%) MS Visio
2 12 (2.18%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.27%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 3 (0.55%) RMDS
3 2 (0.36%) BusinessWorks
3 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 79 (14.36%) Amazon AWS
2 64 (11.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (4.00%) IaaS
4 17 (3.09%) Office 365
4 17 (3.09%) PaaS
5 9 (1.64%) Adobe Analytics
5 9 (1.64%) SaaS
6 7 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.91%) Akamai
8 4 (0.73%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.18%) Bluemix
10 1 (0.18%) GitHub
10 1 (0.18%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.18%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 369 (67.09%) Firewall
2 138 (25.09%) WAN
3 130 (23.64%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 126 (22.91%) BIG-IP
5 124 (22.55%) Cisco ASA
6 101 (18.36%) VPN
7 100 (18.18%) Network Security
8 95 (17.27%) Cisco Nexus
9 88 (16.00%) TCP/IP
9 88 (16.00%) Wireless
10 87 (15.82%) LAN
11 85 (15.45%) DNS
12 74 (13.45%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 70 (12.73%) BGP
14 67 (12.18%) MPLS
15 65 (11.82%) OSPF
16 60 (10.91%) Internet
17 46 (8.36%) SSL
18 38 (6.91%) DHCP
18 38 (6.91%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.18%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.55%) NoSQL
3 13 (2.36%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (1.82%) DB2
5 5 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (0.91%) OLTP
6 4 (0.73%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.36%) MariaDB
8 2 (0.36%) MySQL
8 2 (0.36%) Redis
8 2 (0.36%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.18%) Big Data
9 1 (0.18%) Couchbase
9 1 (0.18%) HBase
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (2.73%) Git (software)
2 13 (2.36%) JMeter
2 13 (2.36%) TeamCity
3 11 (2.00%) Maven
4 10 (1.82%) JIRA
4 10 (1.82%) webpack
5 9 (1.64%) Artifactory
5 9 (1.64%) Bitbucket
6 7 (1.27%) Jenkins
7 6 (1.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (0.55%) Grunt
8 3 (0.55%) gulp
8 3 (0.55%) JUnit
8 3 (0.55%) Karma Test Runner
8 3 (0.55%) PhantomJS
8 3 (0.55%) Subversion
9 2 (0.36%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.36%) Hudson
9 2 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 96 (17.45%) Finance
2 49 (8.91%) Banking
3 30 (5.45%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.36%) Retail
5 6 (1.09%) Financial Institution
6 5 (0.91%) Legal
6 5 (0.91%) Marketing
7 4 (0.73%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.73%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.73%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.55%) Electronics
8 3 (0.55%) Law
9 1 (0.18%) Advertising
9 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.18%) French Language
9 1 (0.18%) Front Office
9 1 (0.18%) Games
9 1 (0.18%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 241 (43.82%) Network Engineer
2 61 (11.09%) Cisco Engineer
3 58 (10.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 47 (8.55%) Security Engineer
5 46 (8.36%) Network Security Engineer
6 40 (7.27%) Architect
7 38 (6.91%) Support Engineer
8 37 (6.73%) Consultant
9 34 (6.18%) Senior Network Engineer
10 27 (4.91%) Analyst
11 25 (4.55%) Network Architect
12 24 (4.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 21 (3.82%) Administrator
13 21 (3.82%) Firewall Engineer
13 21 (3.82%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 20 (3.64%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 20 (3.64%) Unix Engineer
15 19 (3.45%) Applications Engineer
15 19 (3.45%) Network Support
15 19 (3.45%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (4.73%) J2EE
2 19 (3.45%) .NET
2 19 (3.45%) Web Services
3 16 (2.91%) Spring
4 15 (2.73%) Node.js
4 15 (2.73%) Spring Boot
5 12 (2.18%) 802.1X
5 12 (2.18%) Java EE
6 11 (2.00%) Ajax
6 11 (2.00%) LAPP Stack
7 10 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
7 10 (1.82%) React
7 10 (1.82%) RESTful
7 10 (1.82%) SOAP
7 10 (1.82%) XML
8 9 (1.64%) XSLT
9 8 (1.45%) jQuery
10 7 (1.27%) WAP
10 7 (1.27%) X-Windows
11 6 (1.09%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 119 (21.64%) Data Centre
2 43 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (7.45%) Clustering
4 25 (4.55%) PKI
5 17 (3.09%) Computer Science
6 16 (2.91%) DataPower
7 12 (2.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 12 (2.18%) Public Cloud
8 11 (2.00%) Mainframe
8 11 (2.00%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
9 7 (1.27%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.09%) e-Health
10 6 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.09%) User Experience
11 4 (0.73%) Cloud Native
11 4 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.55%) Smart Meter
12 3 (0.55%) Virtual Team
13 2 (0.36%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 156 (28.36%) Linux
2 130 (23.64%) Windows
3 94 (17.09%) Unix
4 45 (8.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 42 (7.64%) Windows Server
6 25 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (4.36%) AIX
8 22 (4.00%) Solaris
9 21 (3.82%) HPUX
10 19 (3.45%) SUSE
11 18 (3.27%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (1.27%) Windows 7
13 6 (1.09%) Windows 10
14 5 (0.91%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.73%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.55%) Android
16 3 (0.55%) VMS
16 3 (0.55%) Windows Mobile
17 2 (0.36%) CentOS
17 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (28.73%) Load Balancing
2 105 (19.09%) ITIL
3 61 (11.09%) High Availability
4 51 (9.27%) DevOps
5 45 (8.18%) Migration
6 37 (6.73%) Network Design
7 32 (5.82%) Service Delivery
8 31 (5.64%) Service Management
9 28 (5.09%) Change Control
10 25 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
10 25 (4.55%) Configuration Management
10 25 (4.55%) Information Security
10 25 (4.55%) ITIL V3
11 22 (4.00%) Network Load Balancing
11 22 (4.00%) Problem Management
11 22 (4.00%) Release Management
12 21 (3.82%) WAN Optimisation
13 20 (3.64%) Continuous Integration
13 20 (3.64%) Network Packet Analysis
14 19 (3.45%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 77 (14.00%) Java
2 64 (11.64%) Python
3 50 (9.09%) Perl
4 36 (6.55%) Bash Shell
5 35 (6.36%) SQL
6 23 (4.18%) Ruby
7 16 (2.91%) PowerShell
8 12 (2.18%) Korn
9 11 (2.00%) C-shell
9 11 (2.00%) JavaScript
9 11 (2.00%) PHP
10 10 (1.82%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.09%) C
12 2 (0.36%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.18%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 173 (31.45%) Cisco Certification
2 152 (27.64%) CCNP
3 104 (18.91%) Security Cleared
4 83 (15.09%) SC Cleared
5 52 (9.45%) CCIE
6 34 (6.18%) CCNA
7 30 (5.45%) CCSA
8 25 (4.55%) CCSE
9 21 (3.82%) DV Cleared
10 17 (3.09%) Degree
11 13 (2.36%) CCDP
11 13 (2.36%) JNCIA
12 10 (1.82%) RHCE
13 9 (1.64%) CCIP
13 9 (1.64%) JNCIE
14 8 (1.45%) Check Point Certification
14 8 (1.45%) CISSP
14 8 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
14 8 (1.45%) MCSE
14 8 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (3.09%) PCI DSS
2 9 (1.64%) SLA
3 6 (1.09%) AS 2805
3 6 (1.09%) ISO 8583
4 4 (0.73%) GAAP
4 4 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.55%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.36%) FIPS 140-2
6 2 (0.36%) GDPR
7 1 (0.18%) QA
System Software
1 46 (8.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (6.18%) Active Directory
3 30 (5.45%) Docker
4 26 (4.73%) Hyper-V
5 25 (4.55%) vSphere
6 18 (3.27%) ProxySG
7 15 (2.73%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (2.55%) VMware NSX
9 13 (2.36%) Virtual Servers
10 12 (2.18%) Samba
11 7 (1.27%) KVM
11 7 (1.27%) vCloud
12 6 (1.09%) NFS
12 6 (1.09%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 5 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
13 5 (0.91%) pfSense
13 5 (0.91%) XenServer
14 3 (0.55%) Openswan
14 3 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
14 3 (0.55%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 50 (9.09%) Ansible
2 36 (6.55%) FortiGate
3 29 (5.27%) Puppet
4 22 (4.00%) ITRS Geneos
5 18 (3.27%) Nagios
6 15 (2.73%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (2.36%) Rancher
8 10 (1.82%) BladeLogic
8 10 (1.82%) vCenter Server
9 9 (1.64%) Terraform
10 7 (1.27%) Salt
10 7 (1.27%) WhatsUp Gold
11 6 (1.09%) SCOM
12 5 (0.91%) HP SiteScope
12 5 (0.91%) Kubernetes
12 5 (0.91%) Marathon
12 5 (0.91%) Mesos
12 5 (0.91%) Nexpose
12 5 (0.91%) OpenView
12 5 (0.91%) SCCM
Vendors
1 361 (65.64%) Cisco
2 178 (32.36%) CheckPoint
3 127 (23.09%) Juniper
4 117 (21.27%) VMware
5 98 (17.82%) Palo Alto
6 80 (14.55%) Blue Coat
7 74 (13.45%) Fortinet
8 55 (10.00%) HP
9 54 (9.82%) Oracle
10 52 (9.45%) Red Hat
11 51 (9.27%) Microsoft
12 44 (8.00%) Citrix
13 41 (7.45%) IBM
13 41 (7.45%) SolarWinds
14 38 (6.91%) Aruba
15 34 (6.18%) McAfee
16 28 (5.09%) Splunk
17 23 (4.18%) Riverbed
18 21 (3.82%) Sun
19 20 (3.64%) BMC