Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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.

F5
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 398 292 315
Rank change year-on-year -106 +23 -7
Contract jobs citing F5 588 915 854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.87% 0.75%
As % of the Vendors category 1.36% 1.93% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 558 574
UK median daily rate £400 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £282 £307 £290
90th Percentile £558 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -5.76% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 7
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £45.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -21.64% +138.45%
10th Percentile £28.40 £24.55 £42.14
90th Percentile £79.00 £44.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £35.50 £45.15
% change year-on-year +9.15% -21.38% +18.38%

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 43242 47490 49684
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.64% 45.29% 43.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 26864 29037 29297
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £238 £240 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1447 1703 2110
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.30% -5.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.21 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £43.75
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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 -114 525 £400 -8.05% 43
UK excluding London -65 378 £389 -5.76% 27
London -107 198 £425 -6.59% 20
South East -53 107 £408 -3.55% 12
North of England -52 84 £388 -3.13% 4
Midlands +42 69 £375 -9.09% 1
Scotland -9 45 £400 +14.29% 3
South West +25 44 £383 +2.00% 2
West Midlands +22 43 £400 -11.11%
Yorkshire -57 36 £435 +8.75% 3
North East +60 28 £338 +3.05%
East Midlands +29 25 £325 -1.89% 1
East of England -45 22 £375 -20.00% 4
North West -18 20 £453 -7.18% 1
Wales +6 8 £325 -13.33% 1

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 411 (69.90%) Firewall
2 385 (65.48%) Cisco
3 196 (33.33%) CheckPoint
4 181 (30.78%) Cisco Certification
5 179 (30.44%) Linux
6 172 (29.25%) Load Balancing
6 172 (29.25%) Data Centre
7 168 (28.57%) WAN
8 162 (27.55%) CCNP
9 156 (26.53%) Juniper
10 137 (23.30%) Cisco ASA
11 136 (23.13%) VMware
12 133 (22.62%) BIG-IP
13 128 (21.77%) Windows
14 126 (21.43%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
15 124 (21.09%) LAN
16 123 (20.92%) VPN
17 121 (20.58%) ITIL
18 120 (20.41%) TCP/IP
19 118 (20.07%) Security Cleared
20 113 (19.22%) Network Security
21 108 (18.37%) Unix
22 107 (18.20%) Wireless
23 93 (15.82%) Finance
23 93 (15.82%) SC Cleared
24 92 (15.65%) Fortinet
25 90 (15.31%) Cisco Nexus
26 89 (15.14%) Blue Coat
27 88 (14.97%) Apache
28 87 (14.80%) DNS

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 88 (14.97%) Apache
2 85 (14.46%) Tomcat
3 53 (9.01%) JBoss
4 49 (8.33%) WebLogic
5 43 (7.31%) iPlanet
5 43 (7.31%) Oracle Application Server
6 36 (6.12%) IIS
7 21 (3.57%) SharePoint
8 16 (2.72%) MS Exchange
9 15 (2.55%) MQSeries
10 14 (2.38%) OpenStack
10 14 (2.38%) Skype for Business
10 14 (2.38%) WebSphere
11 11 (1.87%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (1.87%) WebLogic Portal
12 10 (1.70%) CICS
13 8 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
13 8 (1.36%) SAS
14 7 (1.19%) nginx
15 6 (1.02%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 19 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.06%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.87%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 19 (3.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 5 (0.85%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.34%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 66 (11.22%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (2.21%) IaaS
4 9 (1.53%) Adobe Analytics
5 8 (1.36%) Office 365
5 8 (1.36%) PaaS
6 5 (0.85%) Akamai
6 5 (0.85%) Amazon ELB
6 5 (0.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.51%) GitHub
8 2 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.34%) SaaS
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.17%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 411 (69.90%) Firewall
2 168 (28.57%) WAN
3 137 (23.30%) Cisco ASA
4 133 (22.62%) BIG-IP
5 126 (21.43%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 124 (21.09%) LAN
7 123 (20.92%) VPN
8 120 (20.41%) TCP/IP
9 113 (19.22%) Network Security
10 107 (18.20%) Wireless
11 90 (15.31%) Cisco Nexus
12 87 (14.80%) DNS
13 83 (14.12%) BGP
14 81 (13.78%) MPLS
15 72 (12.24%) OSPF
16 70 (11.90%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 55 (9.35%) SSL
18 53 (9.01%) IPsec
19 51 (8.67%) Internet
20 43 (7.31%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.42%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.72%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (1.70%) DB2
4 7 (1.19%) NoSQL
4 7 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (1.02%) MS Access
6 3 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (0.51%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.51%) Redis
7 2 (0.34%) Couchbase
7 2 (0.34%) MariaDB
7 2 (0.34%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.17%) Big Data
8 1 (0.17%) MySQL
8 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (2.38%) TeamCity
2 12 (2.04%) Maven
3 10 (1.70%) JIRA
3 10 (1.70%) webpack
4 9 (1.53%) Artifactory
4 9 (1.53%) Bitbucket
4 9 (1.53%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 7 (1.19%) JMeter
7 4 (0.68%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.51%) Grunt
8 3 (0.51%) gulp
8 3 (0.51%) JUnit
8 3 (0.51%) Karma Test Runner
8 3 (0.51%) PhantomJS
8 3 (0.51%) Subversion
8 3 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.51%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.34%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.34%) Selenium
General
1 93 (15.82%) Finance
2 42 (7.14%) Telecoms
3 40 (6.80%) Banking
4 10 (1.70%) Retail
5 6 (1.02%) Financial Institution
6 5 (0.85%) Legal
6 5 (0.85%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.68%) Electronics
7 4 (0.68%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.68%) Law
7 4 (0.68%) Marketing
8 3 (0.51%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.17%) Back Office
9 1 (0.17%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.17%) French Language
9 1 (0.17%) Front Office
9 1 (0.17%) German Language
Job Titles
1 252 (42.86%) Network Engineer
2 63 (10.71%) Cisco Engineer
3 61 (10.37%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 38 (6.46%) Architect
4 38 (6.46%) Security Engineer
5 36 (6.12%) Consultant
5 36 (6.12%) Senior Network Engineer
5 36 (6.12%) Support Engineer
6 35 (5.95%) Network Security Engineer
7 34 (5.78%) Analyst
8 33 (5.61%) Unix Engineer
9 28 (4.76%) Network Architect
10 25 (4.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 23 (3.91%) Administrator
12 21 (3.57%) Solaris Engineer
13 20 (3.40%) Firewall Engineer
14 19 (3.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 18 (3.06%) Network Specialist
16 17 (2.89%) Linux Engineer
16 17 (2.89%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (8.16%) J2EE
2 17 (2.89%) Spring
3 16 (2.72%) .NET
3 16 (2.72%) Spring Boot
4 14 (2.38%) 802.1X
4 14 (2.38%) LAPP Stack
5 12 (2.04%) Ajax
5 12 (2.04%) Java EE
6 11 (1.87%) RESTful
6 11 (1.87%) SOAP
7 10 (1.70%) Node.js
7 10 (1.70%) React
7 10 (1.70%) XML
7 10 (1.70%) XSLT
8 9 (1.53%) jQuery
8 9 (1.53%) Web Services
9 7 (1.19%) EJB
9 7 (1.19%) EJB 3.0
9 7 (1.19%) JPA
9 7 (1.19%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 172 (29.25%) Data Centre
2 61 (10.37%) Clustering
3 34 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (4.93%) Computer Science
5 24 (4.08%) PKI
6 17 (2.89%) DataPower
7 16 (2.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 12 (2.04%) Mainframe
9 11 (1.87%) Management Information System
9 11 (1.87%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (1.02%) User Experience
11 5 (0.85%) CESG
11 5 (0.85%) Grid Computing
12 4 (0.68%) Cloud Native
12 4 (0.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 4 (0.68%) IVR
13 3 (0.51%) FMCG
13 3 (0.51%) Private Cloud
13 3 (0.51%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 179 (30.44%) Linux
2 128 (21.77%) Windows
3 108 (18.37%) Unix
4 48 (8.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 45 (7.65%) Solaris
6 43 (7.31%) AIX
7 42 (7.14%) HPUX
7 42 (7.14%) Windows Server
8 39 (6.63%) SUSE
9 32 (5.44%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (1.02%) Windows 7
12 5 (0.85%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.68%) Windows 10
14 3 (0.51%) CentOS
14 3 (0.51%) Debian
14 3 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.34%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.34%) VMS
15 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (29.25%) Load Balancing
2 121 (20.58%) ITIL
3 83 (14.12%) High Availability
4 60 (10.20%) Network Design
5 41 (6.97%) Migration
6 38 (6.46%) Service Management
7 35 (5.95%) DevOps
8 34 (5.78%) Change Control
9 28 (4.76%) ITSM
10 26 (4.42%) Network Management
10 26 (4.42%) Service Delivery
11 22 (3.74%) Change Management
12 21 (3.57%) Root Cause Analysis
13 20 (3.40%) Problem Management
14 19 (3.23%) E-Commerce
14 19 (3.23%) Information Security
14 19 (3.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 17 (2.89%) Microservices
16 16 (2.72%) ITIL V3
16 16 (2.72%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 67 (11.39%) Java
2 54 (9.18%) Perl
3 50 (8.50%) Python
4 45 (7.65%) Bash Shell
5 27 (4.59%) SQL
6 22 (3.74%) Korn
7 21 (3.57%) C-shell
8 18 (3.06%) Shell Script
9 13 (2.21%) JavaScript
9 13 (2.21%) PowerShell
9 13 (2.21%) Ruby
10 8 (1.36%) C
11 2 (0.34%) Groovy
11 2 (0.34%) PHP
11 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 181 (30.78%) Cisco Certification
2 162 (27.55%) CCNP
3 118 (20.07%) Security Cleared
4 93 (15.82%) SC Cleared
5 67 (11.39%) CCIE
6 38 (6.46%) CCSA
7 35 (5.95%) CCNA
7 35 (5.95%) CCSE
8 27 (4.59%) Degree
9 22 (3.74%) CCDP
9 22 (3.74%) JNCIA
10 21 (3.57%) DV Cleared
11 17 (2.89%) CCIP
11 17 (2.89%) JNCIE
12 16 (2.72%) Computer Science Degree
13 15 (2.55%) HP ASE
14 14 (2.38%) HP MASE
15 11 (1.87%) RHCE
16 9 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
17 8 (1.36%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.72%) SLA
2 12 (2.04%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.19%) AS 2805
3 7 (1.19%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.51%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.51%) PMO
4 3 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.34%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.17%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.17%) QA
System Software
1 57 (9.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (5.95%) Active Directory
3 34 (5.78%) Hyper-V
4 26 (4.42%) vSphere
5 23 (3.91%) ProxySG
6 21 (3.57%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 19 (3.23%) KVM
7 19 (3.23%) Samba
8 16 (2.72%) Docker
9 13 (2.21%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (2.21%) VMware NSX
10 12 (2.04%) NFS
11 11 (1.87%) Oracle RAC
11 11 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (1.36%) pfSense
13 7 (1.19%) Openswan
14 4 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
15 3 (0.51%) XenApp
15 3 (0.51%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.51%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 46 (7.82%) FortiGate
2 32 (5.44%) Ansible
3 19 (3.23%) Nagios
4 16 (2.72%) Puppet
5 14 (2.38%) ITRS Geneos
6 11 (1.87%) OpenView
7 9 (1.53%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.36%) Cisco Prime
8 8 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (1.19%) Cacti
9 7 (1.19%) Rancher
9 7 (1.19%) SCCM
10 6 (1.02%) Kubernetes
10 6 (1.02%) Nexpose
10 6 (1.02%) SCOM
11 5 (0.85%) HP SiteScope
11 5 (0.85%) Terraform
11 5 (0.85%) WhatsUp Gold
12 4 (0.68%) Forum Sentry
12 4 (0.68%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 385 (65.48%) Cisco
2 196 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 156 (26.53%) Juniper
4 136 (23.13%) VMware
5 92 (15.65%) Fortinet
6 89 (15.14%) Blue Coat
7 87 (14.80%) Palo Alto
8 71 (12.07%) HP
9 69 (11.73%) Oracle
9 69 (11.73%) Red Hat
10 60 (10.20%) Citrix
11 47 (7.99%) Aruba
12 43 (7.31%) Sun
13 42 (7.14%) Microsoft
13 42 (7.14%) SolarWinds
14 36 (6.12%) IBM
15 34 (5.78%) Riverbed
16 30 (5.10%) Brocade
17 27 (4.59%) McAfee
18 21 (3.57%) Veritas