Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 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
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 503 285 377
Rank change year-on-year -218 +92 +57
Contract jobs citing F5 355 282 557
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.86% 0.66%
As % of the Vendors category 1.04% 1.97% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 195 372
10th Percentile £363 £316 £300
25th Percentile £419 £372 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +23.53% - -1.16%
75th Percentile £575 £522 £515
90th Percentile £628 £570 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £456 £413 £413
% change year-on-year +10.61% - -1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 3
Median hourly rate £19.50 £44.20 £12.00
Median % change year-on-year -55.88% +268.33% -17.24%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £43.20 £12.00
% change year-on-year -54.86% +260.00% -17.24%

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 34,290 14,318 36,061
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.13% 43.90% 42.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,306 9,244 23,054
10th Percentile £275 £258 £236
25th Percentile £400 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 428 1,365
10th Percentile £11.77 £11.40 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.33% +18.42% +11.76%
75th Percentile £43.75 £45.00 £41.75
90th Percentile £63.00 £55.00 £50.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +14.29% +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 28 October 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 28 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for F5 in the UK

F5
Top 16 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 28 October 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 -199 278 £525 +22.09% 104
UK excluding London -178 143 £456 +10.61% 77
London -147 126 £525 +7.14% 34
Work from Home -161 121 £525 +27.27% 17
South East -78 48 £436 -0.29% 19
South West -56 24 £485 +21.35% 8
East of England -35 18 £550 +71.88% 14
North of England -128 18 £338 -18.18% 21
Midlands -67 16 £390 -5.45% 8
Wales -15 14 £500 +69.49% 1
Yorkshire -53 14 £288 -42.50% 8
East Midlands -33 10 £375 +5.26% 3
West Midlands -70 6 £426 +0.29% 5
North West -85 4 £363 -9.38% 13
Scotland -92 4 £525 +23.53% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 226 (63.66%) Cisco
2 203 (57.18%) Firewall
3 113 (31.83%) Azure
4 111 (31.27%) Load Balancing
5 108 (30.42%) CheckPoint
6 99 (27.89%) Data Centre
7 96 (27.04%) Cisco Certification
8 92 (25.92%) WAN
9 88 (24.79%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 87 (24.51%) DNS
11 84 (23.66%) VMware
12 76 (21.41%) BGP
13 72 (20.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 69 (19.44%) Linux
14 69 (19.44%) AWS
14 69 (19.44%) Social Skills
15 68 (19.15%) Finance
16 67 (18.87%) Ansible
17 66 (18.59%) Palo Alto
17 66 (18.59%) LAN
18 65 (18.31%) Network Security
19 62 (17.46%) VPN
20 61 (17.18%) Juniper
21 60 (16.90%) CCNP
22 59 (16.62%) Windows
22 59 (16.62%) VMware Infrastructure
22 59 (16.62%) Cisco Nexus
23 55 (15.49%) MPLS
24 53 (14.93%) Fortinet
25 52 (14.65%) Cisco ASA

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 31 (8.73%) Apache
2 25 (7.04%) Tomcat
3 20 (5.63%) IIS
4 17 (4.79%) MS Exchange
5 13 (3.66%) nginx
6 8 (2.25%) BizTalk Server
7 7 (1.97%) Confluence
7 7 (1.97%) SharePoint
8 4 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (1.13%) JBoss
8 4 (1.13%) WebLogic
8 4 (1.13%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.85%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 29 (8.17%) MS Visio
2 12 (3.38%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
1 5 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 113 (31.83%) Azure
2 69 (19.44%) AWS
3 20 (5.63%) Microsoft 365
4 16 (4.51%) IaaS
5 14 (3.94%) GCP
6 13 (3.66%) Azure Active Directory
7 11 (3.10%) SaaS
8 9 (2.54%) Akamai
8 9 (2.54%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (2.54%) PaaS
9 8 (2.25%) AWS Direct Connect
9 8 (2.25%) Azure Storage
10 7 (1.97%) GitHub
10 7 (1.97%) IBM Cloud
11 6 (1.69%) Azure App Service
11 6 (1.69%) Azure Pipelines
11 6 (1.69%) SonarCloud
12 5 (1.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 5 (1.41%) Power Platform
12 5 (1.41%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 203 (57.18%) Firewall
2 92 (25.92%) WAN
3 88 (24.79%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 87 (24.51%) DNS
5 76 (21.41%) BGP
6 72 (20.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 66 (18.59%) LAN
8 65 (18.31%) Network Security
9 62 (17.46%) VPN
10 59 (16.62%) Cisco Nexus
11 55 (15.49%) MPLS
12 52 (14.65%) Cisco ASA
13 51 (14.37%) OSPF
14 48 (13.52%) TCP/IP
15 42 (11.83%) SSL
16 37 (10.42%) Wireless
17 34 (9.58%) Cisco IOS
18 32 (9.01%) Cisco Firepower
19 30 (8.45%) BIG-IP
19 30 (8.45%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (5.63%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.13%) DB2
3 3 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
3 3 (0.85%) Big Data
3 3 (0.85%) DataStax
3 3 (0.85%) NoSQL
3 3 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.85%) RDBMS
3 3 (0.85%) Redis
3 3 (0.85%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.56%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.28%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 19 (5.35%) Git (software)
2 17 (4.79%) JIRA
3 11 (3.10%) Jenkins
4 10 (2.82%) Sonatype Nexus
5 8 (2.25%) SonarQube
6 5 (1.41%) Bitbucket
6 5 (1.41%) GitLab
7 4 (1.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (0.85%) Maven
8 3 (0.85%) Postman
8 3 (0.85%) Subversion
8 3 (0.85%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.56%) CircleCI
9 2 (0.56%) Gradle
9 2 (0.56%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.56%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.28%) Cypress.io
10 1 (0.28%) LINQPad
10 1 (0.28%) Selenium
10 1 (0.28%) SoapUI
General
1 69 (19.44%) Social Skills
2 68 (19.15%) Finance
3 36 (10.14%) Telecoms
4 26 (7.32%) Banking
5 18 (5.07%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (3.38%) Documentation Skills
7 10 (2.82%) Public Sector
8 7 (1.97%) Presentation Skills
9 6 (1.69%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.85%) Marketing
10 3 (0.85%) Organisational Skills
10 3 (0.85%) Publishing
11 2 (0.56%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.56%) Digital Economy
11 2 (0.56%) Law
11 2 (0.56%) Retail
12 1 (0.28%) Billing
12 1 (0.28%) Legal
12 1 (0.28%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.28%) Military
Job Titles
1 126 (35.49%) Network Engineer
2 70 (19.72%) Architect
3 34 (9.58%) Cisco Engineer
4 24 (6.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 24 (6.76%) Consultant
5 23 (6.48%) Design Engineer
5 23 (6.48%) Network Architect
5 23 (6.48%) Senior Network Engineer
6 21 (5.92%) Solutions Architect
7 20 (5.63%) Security Engineer
8 17 (4.79%) IP Engineer
9 15 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 15 (4.23%) Technical Architect
10 12 (3.38%) Cisco Design Engineer
11 11 (3.10%) Network Design Engineer
11 11 (3.10%) Network Security Engineer
12 10 (2.82%) Analyst
12 10 (2.82%) Cloud Engineer
12 10 (2.82%) IP Design Engineer
13 9 (2.54%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (6.48%) .NET
2 19 (5.35%) JSON
2 19 (5.35%) Middleware
3 17 (4.79%) 802.1X
4 13 (3.66%) XML
5 9 (2.54%) Jinja
6 6 (1.69%) J2EE
6 6 (1.69%) Web Services
6 6 (1.69%) YAML
7 5 (1.41%) AngularJS
7 5 (1.41%) LDAP
7 5 (1.41%) SOAP
8 4 (1.13%) OAuth
9 3 (0.85%) ARM Templates
9 3 (0.85%) JDBC
9 3 (0.85%) JMS
9 3 (0.85%) JWT
9 3 (0.85%) Node.js
9 3 (0.85%) REST
9 3 (0.85%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 99 (27.89%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.92%) Clustering
3 20 (5.63%) Public Cloud
4 17 (4.79%) Data Protection Act
5 15 (4.23%) PKI
6 10 (2.82%) Hybrid Cloud
7 7 (1.97%) Management Information System
8 6 (1.69%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.41%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.41%) EMC VMAX
9 5 (1.41%) EMC VNX
9 5 (1.41%) Fibre Optics
9 5 (1.41%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 4 (1.13%) DataPower
10 4 (1.13%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.13%) User Experience
11 3 (0.85%) CCTV
11 3 (0.85%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 69 (19.44%) Linux
2 59 (16.62%) Windows
3 24 (6.76%) Unix
4 15 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (4.23%) Windows 10
4 15 (4.23%) Windows Server
5 12 (3.38%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (2.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (2.54%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.41%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.13%) Solaris
10 3 (0.85%) AIX
11 2 (0.56%) CentOS
11 2 (0.56%) VMS
12 1 (0.28%) CatOS
12 1 (0.28%) Debian
12 1 (0.28%) Kali Linux
12 1 (0.28%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (31.27%) Load Balancing
2 49 (13.80%) DevOps
3 47 (13.24%) Network Design
4 44 (12.39%) Migration
5 38 (10.70%) Agile Software Development
6 37 (10.42%) ITIL
7 29 (8.17%) Change Management
8 26 (7.32%) Project Delivery
9 21 (5.92%) Network Management
9 21 (5.92%) Problem-Solving
10 20 (5.63%) Data Protection
11 18 (5.07%) High Availability
12 16 (4.51%) Disaster Recovery
12 16 (4.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 16 (4.51%) SIEM
13 15 (4.23%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (4.23%) Project Management
14 14 (3.94%) Network Virtualisation
14 14 (3.94%) Problem Management
15 13 (3.66%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 39 (10.99%) Python
2 33 (9.30%) SQL
3 24 (6.76%) Java
4 16 (4.51%) PowerShell
5 9 (2.54%) Bash Shell
6 7 (1.97%) Perl
7 6 (1.69%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.13%) Delphi
8 4 (1.13%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.56%) Ruby
9 2 (0.56%) Tcl
10 1 (0.28%) ActionScript
10 1 (0.28%) C
10 1 (0.28%) C#
10 1 (0.28%) C++
10 1 (0.28%) Go
10 1 (0.28%) PHP
10 1 (0.28%) Scala
10 1 (0.28%) VB
10 1 (0.28%) XPath
Qualifications
1 96 (27.04%) Cisco Certification
2 60 (16.90%) CCNP
3 44 (12.39%) CCIE
4 42 (11.83%) Security Cleared
5 33 (9.30%) SC Cleared
6 23 (6.48%) CCNA
7 9 (2.54%) DV Cleared
8 8 (2.25%) CCDP
8 8 (2.25%) Degree
9 7 (1.97%) CCIE Service Provider
10 5 (1.41%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 4 (1.13%) CCIE Security
11 4 (1.13%) CCSA
11 4 (1.13%) CCSE
11 4 (1.13%) CISSP
11 4 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (1.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (0.85%) MCSE
13 2 (0.56%) CCIE Wireless
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.82%) SLA
2 9 (2.54%) QA
3 5 (1.41%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.13%) GDPR
5 1 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 59 (16.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 43 (12.11%) VMware NSX
3 41 (11.55%) Active Directory
4 27 (7.61%) Docker
5 20 (5.63%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (5.07%) vSphere
7 12 (3.38%) NFS
7 12 (3.38%) vCloud
8 9 (2.54%) ProxySG
9 6 (1.69%) Hyper-V
9 6 (1.69%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (1.41%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.13%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.85%) Squid
12 3 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.56%) IAG
13 2 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.56%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 2 (0.56%) XenApp
14 1 (0.28%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 67 (18.87%) Ansible
2 31 (8.73%) FortiGate
3 30 (8.45%) Kubernetes
4 23 (6.48%) Terraform
5 15 (4.23%) vCenter Server
6 11 (3.10%) Puppet
7 7 (1.97%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (1.69%) Cisco Prime
8 6 (1.69%) SCCM
9 4 (1.13%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.13%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.85%) BMC PATROL
10 3 (0.85%) Cisco CUCM
10 3 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.85%) Nagios
10 3 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.85%) Prometheus
10 3 (0.85%) WhatsUp Gold
11 2 (0.56%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.56%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 226 (63.66%) Cisco
2 108 (30.42%) CheckPoint
3 84 (23.66%) VMware
4 66 (18.59%) Palo Alto
5 61 (17.18%) Juniper
6 53 (14.93%) Fortinet
7 45 (12.68%) Microsoft
8 42 (11.83%) Citrix
9 33 (9.30%) Red Hat
10 30 (8.45%) Dell
11 25 (7.04%) Nokia
11 25 (7.04%) Oracle
12 24 (6.76%) Aruba
13 23 (6.48%) HP
14 21 (5.92%) Infoblox
14 21 (5.92%) NetApp
14 21 (5.92%) SolarWinds
15 16 (4.51%) Blue Coat
15 16 (4.51%) EMC
16 15 (4.23%) Meraki