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 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 320 258 311
Rank change year-on-year -62 +53  
Contract jobs citing F5 307 494 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.92% 0.70%
As % of the Vendors category 1.52% 2.04% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 308 249
Median daily rate £390 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £307 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £378 £350
% change year-on-year +3.17% +8.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 15 3
Median hourly rate £32.00 £38.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.78% -5.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.60 £33.50 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £42.60 £49.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £38.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -15.78% -5.00%  

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 20263 24158 24977
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 43.81% 44.93% 44.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 12302 14876 14615
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £572 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 822 1125
Median hourly rate £18.70 £20.00 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +5.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.47
% change year-on-year -14.63% +11.02%  

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 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 24 June 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 -62 268 £393 -5.42% 48
South East +14 82 £425 +12.58% 13
London -62 71 £393 -10.79% 12
Hampshire +15 31 £450 +26.76% 3
Scotland +22 30 £430 +32.30% 6
South West -10 25 £375 +7.14% 2
Yorkshire +4 24 £438 +9.37% 3
Milton Keynes -7 20 £352 -22.74% 1
Buckinghamshire -16 20 £352 -21.88% 2
Bristol +8 19 £375 +4.89% 1
Tyne and Wear +87 18 £330 -34.00% 2
North East +70 18 £330 -34.00% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +88 17 £330 -34.00% 2
West Yorkshire +13 16 £444 +10.93% 3
North West +1 16 £500 +5.26% 5
Aberdeen - 16 £375 -
Leeds +19 15 £450 +19.20% 2
East of England -12 15 £375 -14.28% 4
Surrey +10 11 £525 +41.41%
City of London -11 11 £400 -15.78% 2
Edinburgh +20 10 £430 +32.30% 3
Basingstoke +3 10 £425 +41.66% 1
Manchester -5 10 £375 -23.07% 1
Hertfordshire -8 10 £375 -14.28% 3
Kent - 10 £438 - 2
Hook +16 7 £450 +25.00%
South Yorkshire +1 6 £325 -2.98%
Berkshire -3 6 £425 +11.84% 5
West Midlands -3 6 £350 -7.28% 6
Lancashire - 6 £510 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 569 (78.48%) Cisco
2 475 (65.52%) Firewall
3 308 (42.48%) Cisco Certification
4 299 (41.24%) CheckPoint
5 264 (36.41%) CCNP
6 258 (35.59%) WAN
7 236 (32.55%) Juniper
8 234 (32.28%) LAN
9 217 (29.93%) Data Centre
10 212 (29.24%) Cisco ASA
11 202 (27.86%) Security Cleared
12 175 (24.14%) SC Cleared
13 170 (23.45%) Wireless
14 148 (20.41%) ITIL
15 143 (19.72%) Cisco Nexus
16 142 (19.59%) BIG-IP
16 142 (19.59%) Load Balancing
17 137 (18.90%) Fortinet
18 123 (16.97%) HP
19 122 (16.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
20 121 (16.69%) Network Security
21 120 (16.55%) Finance
21 120 (16.55%) BGP
22 117 (16.14%) VPN
22 117 (16.14%) Network Design
23 114 (15.72%) MPLS
24 112 (15.45%) CCIE
25 111 (15.31%) DNS
26 108 (14.90%) FortiGate
27 106 (14.62%) Riverbed

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 38 (5.24%) Apache
2 33 (4.55%) Tomcat
3 28 (3.86%) WebLogic
4 26 (3.59%) JBoss
5 18 (2.48%) iPlanet
6 17 (2.34%) Oracle Application Server
6 17 (2.34%) Skype for Business
7 13 (1.79%) CMS
7 13 (1.79%) IIS
7 13 (1.79%) MS Exchange
8 8 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (0.69%) Confluence
11 4 (0.55%) nginx
11 4 (0.55%) OpenStack
11 4 (0.55%) SharePoint
11 4 (0.55%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.41%) GlassFish
Applications
1 27 (3.72%) MS Visio
2 11 (1.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (1.52%) Payment Gateway
2 7 (0.97%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 4 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 44 (6.07%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (5.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 5 (0.69%) GitHub
4 5 (0.69%) SaaS
5 3 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.28%) Akamai
6 2 (0.28%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 475 (65.52%) Firewall
2 258 (35.59%) WAN
3 234 (32.28%) LAN
4 212 (29.24%) Cisco ASA
5 170 (23.45%) Wireless
6 143 (19.72%) Cisco Nexus
7 142 (19.59%) BIG-IP
8 122 (16.83%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 121 (16.69%) Network Security
10 120 (16.55%) BGP
11 117 (16.14%) VPN
12 114 (15.72%) MPLS
13 111 (15.31%) DNS
14 98 (13.52%) OSPF
15 97 (13.38%) TCP/IP
16 92 (12.69%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
17 71 (9.79%) IPsec
18 63 (8.69%) EIGRP
19 53 (7.31%) SSL
20 51 (7.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (2.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.66%) MySQL
3 11 (1.52%) Oracle Database
4 8 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.83%) BODI
5 6 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
5 6 (0.83%) RDBMS
5 6 (0.83%) Redis
6 4 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (0.55%) MariaDB
7 3 (0.41%) Couchbase
7 3 (0.41%) MS Access
7 3 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.28%) DB2
8 2 (0.28%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (1.66%) Git (software)
2 11 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 10 (1.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 7 (0.97%) Subversion
5 6 (0.83%) JIRA
5 6 (0.83%) Oracle APEX
5 6 (0.83%) Oracle Forms
6 3 (0.41%) Selenium
6 3 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.41%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.41%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.14%) Ant
8 1 (0.14%) AppScan
8 1 (0.14%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.14%) Maven
General
1 120 (16.55%) Finance
2 76 (10.48%) Telecoms
3 35 (4.83%) Banking
4 13 (1.79%) Retail
5 12 (1.66%) Law
6 9 (1.24%) Legal
7 8 (1.10%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.97%) Back Office
9 5 (0.69%) Electronics
10 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.55%) Marketing
10 4 (0.55%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.41%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.28%) Local Government
13 1 (0.14%) Advertising
13 1 (0.14%) Billing
13 1 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.14%) Games
13 1 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 319 (44.00%) Network Engineer
2 93 (12.83%) Cisco Engineer
3 89 (12.28%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 77 (10.62%) Architect
5 76 (10.48%) Consultant
6 51 (7.03%) Analyst
7 45 (6.21%) Network Architect
8 44 (6.07%) Network Analyst
9 43 (5.93%) Network Specialist
10 40 (5.52%) Network Consultant
10 40 (5.52%) Security Engineer
11 36 (4.97%) Network Security Engineer
12 35 (4.83%) Senior Network Engineer
13 29 (4.00%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 25 (3.45%) Security Consultant
15 23 (3.17%) Firewall Engineer
15 23 (3.17%) Network Support
16 20 (2.76%) Support Engineer
17 19 (2.62%) Network Security Analyst
17 19 (2.62%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (4.28%) 802.1X
2 19 (2.62%) J2EE
3 11 (1.52%) LAMP
4 10 (1.38%) CSS
5 8 (1.10%) Middleware
6 7 (0.97%) SAML
7 6 (0.83%) Web Services
8 5 (0.69%) .NET
8 5 (0.69%) CGI
8 5 (0.69%) REST
8 5 (0.69%) SOAP
9 4 (0.55%) Java EE
9 4 (0.55%) OAuth
9 4 (0.55%) OpenID
9 4 (0.55%) SailPoint
10 3 (0.41%) JMS
10 3 (0.41%) LAPP Stack
11 2 (0.28%) FreeMarker
11 2 (0.28%) JAAS
11 2 (0.28%) JMX
Miscellaneous
1 217 (29.93%) Data Centre
2 60 (8.28%) Computer Science
3 54 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (3.45%) Clustering
5 18 (2.48%) IVR
6 15 (2.07%) Smart Meter
7 13 (1.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 13 (1.79%) PKI
8 12 (1.66%) Fat Client
8 12 (1.66%) Thin Client
9 10 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 10 (1.38%) Management Information System
10 9 (1.24%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.97%) BBC
12 7 (0.97%) DataPower
12 7 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.83%) CESG
13 6 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (0.83%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 91 (12.55%) Linux
2 86 (11.86%) Windows
3 76 (10.48%) Unix
4 31 (4.28%) Solaris
5 25 (3.45%) HPUX
6 24 (3.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 24 (3.31%) Windows Server
7 23 (3.17%) AIX
8 22 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (2.76%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (2.48%) SUSE
11 8 (1.10%) CentOS
11 8 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.83%) Data ONTAP
13 4 (0.55%) Android
14 3 (0.41%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.41%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.41%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.41%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (20.41%) ITIL
2 142 (19.59%) Load Balancing
3 117 (16.14%) Network Design
4 80 (11.03%) Service Management
5 68 (9.38%) ITSM
6 59 (8.14%) Migration
7 45 (6.21%) High Availability
8 40 (5.52%) Change Control
9 37 (5.10%) Change Management
10 33 (4.55%) DevOps
10 33 (4.55%) Network Management
11 32 (4.41%) Service Delivery
12 26 (3.59%) Integration Testing
13 23 (3.17%) Mentoring
13 23 (3.17%) Project Management
14 17 (2.34%) Configuration Management
15 16 (2.21%) Disaster Recovery
15 16 (2.21%) Problem Management
16 15 (2.07%) Information Security
16 15 (2.07%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 29 (4.00%) Perl
1 29 (4.00%) SQL
2 28 (3.86%) Python
3 19 (2.62%) Java
4 14 (1.93%) Bash Shell
5 12 (1.66%) Ruby
5 12 (1.66%) Shell Script
6 11 (1.52%) PowerShell
7 8 (1.10%) Tcl
8 7 (0.97%) C
9 6 (0.83%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.69%) PHP
11 3 (0.41%) Groovy
11 3 (0.41%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.28%) C++
12 2 (0.28%) JCL
13 1 (0.14%) C-shell
13 1 (0.14%) Go
13 1 (0.14%) Korn
13 1 (0.14%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
Qualifications
1 308 (42.48%) Cisco Certification
2 264 (36.41%) CCNP
3 202 (27.86%) Security Cleared
4 175 (24.14%) SC Cleared
5 112 (15.45%) CCIE
6 85 (11.72%) CCSE
7 84 (11.59%) CCDP
8 81 (11.17%) CCSA
9 78 (10.76%) CCNA
10 72 (9.93%) JNCIA
11 69 (9.52%) CCIP
12 64 (8.83%) JNCIE
13 62 (8.55%) Degree
14 54 (7.45%) Computer Science Degree
15 48 (6.62%) HP ASE
15 48 (6.62%) HP MASE
16 30 (4.14%) DV Cleared
17 13 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
18 12 (1.66%) MCSE
19 11 (1.52%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.83%) SLA
2 27 (3.72%) PCI DSS
3 17 (2.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 16 (2.21%) GPG13
5 8 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 6 (0.83%) PA-DSS
7 4 (0.55%) HIPAA
7 4 (0.55%) PMO
7 4 (0.55%) QA
8 3 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.28%) GDPR
10 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
System Software
1 71 (9.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 33 (4.55%) ProxySG
3 22 (3.03%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.76%) XenApp
5 17 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (2.21%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 15 (2.07%) vSphere
8 12 (1.66%) XenDesktop
9 10 (1.38%) Microsoft App-V
10 9 (1.24%) Docker
11 8 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
12 7 (0.97%) KVM
12 7 (0.97%) VMware Workstation
13 4 (0.55%) vCloud
14 3 (0.41%) NFS
14 3 (0.41%) Shibboleth
14 3 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (0.41%) VMware Server
15 2 (0.28%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 108 (14.90%) FortiGate
2 19 (2.62%) Cisco CUCM
2 19 (2.62%) Cisco Prime
3 15 (2.07%) Forum Sentry
4 13 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (1.79%) Puppet
5 12 (1.66%) Ansible
5 12 (1.66%) Nexpose
6 10 (1.38%) AppDNA
7 7 (0.97%) HP UCMDB
7 7 (0.97%) OPNET
8 4 (0.55%) Cacti
8 4 (0.55%) Cisco UCCX
8 4 (0.55%) Galera Cluster
9 3 (0.41%) Graphite
9 3 (0.41%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.41%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.41%) SCOM
9 3 (0.41%) Terraform
9 3 (0.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 569 (78.48%) Cisco
2 299 (41.24%) CheckPoint
3 236 (32.55%) Juniper
4 137 (18.90%) Fortinet
5 123 (16.97%) HP
6 106 (14.62%) Blue Coat
6 106 (14.62%) Riverbed
7 102 (14.07%) Palo Alto
8 99 (13.66%) VMware
9 73 (10.07%) Aruba
9 73 (10.07%) Citrix
10 56 (7.72%) SolarWinds
11 51 (7.03%) Microsoft
12 40 (5.52%) Red Hat
13 39 (5.38%) Oracle
14 33 (4.55%) McAfee
15 32 (4.41%) IBM
16 31 (4.28%) Nokia
17 28 (3.86%) Avaya
17 28 (3.86%) Splunk
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