Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 384 290 312
Rank change year-on-year -94 +22 +19
Contract jobs citing F5 621 933 865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.88% 0.76%
As % of the Vendors category 1.46% 1.95% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 580 581
UK median daily rate £400 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £290
90th Percentile £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 5
UK median hourly rate £32.75 £37.75 £41.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.25% -9.28% +119.00%
10th Percentile £25.88 £28.08 £34.00
90th Percentile £48.25 £43.45 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £37.75 £40.81
% change year-on-year -15.23% -7.49% +2.01%

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 42619 47906 49670
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.90% 45.08% 43.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 26341 29293 29250
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £243 £240 £225
90th Percentile £620 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1386 1712 2171
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.10 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -2.29% +4.67%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £45.22 £44.98 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.84 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.03% -2.94% +3.03%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -82 554 £400 -6.98% 52
UK excluding London -51 402 £400 - 36
London -60 202 £425 -7.10% 19
South East -40 116 £431 +12.01% 11
North of England -16 106 £385 -8.88% 15
Midlands +42 64 £365 -11.52%
Scotland +5 52 £430 +30.30% 2
South West +22 44 £375 +7.14% 6
Yorkshire -29 43 £436 +7.38% 8
West Midlands +8 36 £380 -15.56%
North East +60 35 £328 -3.68%
North West -16 28 £500 +2.56% 7
East Midlands +22 26 £325 -1.89%
East of England -57 20 £375 -21.05% 1
Wales -9 1 £225 -40.79% 2

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 426 (68.60%) Firewall
2 408 (65.70%) Cisco
3 212 (34.14%) CheckPoint
4 191 (30.76%) Load Balancing
5 189 (30.43%) Data Centre
6 185 (29.79%) Cisco Certification
6 185 (29.79%) Linux
7 180 (28.99%) Juniper
8 179 (28.82%) WAN
9 167 (26.89%) CCNP
10 143 (23.03%) LAN
11 142 (22.87%) Cisco ASA
12 141 (22.71%) TCP/IP
13 136 (21.90%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 135 (21.74%) BIG-IP
15 132 (21.26%) VMware
16 128 (20.61%) Windows
17 126 (20.29%) VPN
18 125 (20.13%) Security Cleared
19 123 (19.81%) ITIL
20 119 (19.16%) Unix
21 111 (17.87%) Wireless
21 111 (17.87%) Network Security
22 110 (17.71%) Finance
23 101 (16.26%) DNS
24 100 (16.10%) SC Cleared
25 98 (15.78%) Cisco Nexus
26 97 (15.62%) Palo Alto
26 97 (15.62%) BGP
27 95 (15.30%) Fortinet

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 90 (14.49%) Apache
2 89 (14.33%) Tomcat
3 60 (9.66%) JBoss
4 56 (9.02%) WebLogic
5 50 (8.05%) iPlanet
5 50 (8.05%) Oracle Application Server
6 33 (5.31%) IIS
7 20 (3.22%) SharePoint
8 18 (2.90%) Skype for Business
9 14 (2.25%) MQSeries
9 14 (2.25%) MS Exchange
9 14 (2.25%) WebSphere
10 12 (1.93%) OpenStack
11 11 (1.77%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (1.77%) WebLogic Portal
12 8 (1.29%) SAS
13 6 (0.97%) CICS
13 6 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
13 6 (0.97%) nginx
13 6 (0.97%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 21 (3.38%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.22%) MS Visio
3 13 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (1.77%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 20 (3.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 5 (0.81%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.32%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 58 (9.34%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (5.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.61%) IaaS
3 10 (1.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 7 (1.13%) PaaS
5 6 (0.97%) Adobe Analytics
5 6 (0.97%) Office 365
6 5 (0.81%) Akamai
6 5 (0.81%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (0.48%) GitHub
8 2 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.32%) SaaS
9 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 426 (68.60%) Firewall
2 179 (28.82%) WAN
3 143 (23.03%) LAN
4 142 (22.87%) Cisco ASA
5 141 (22.71%) TCP/IP
6 136 (21.90%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 135 (21.74%) BIG-IP
8 126 (20.29%) VPN
9 111 (17.87%) Network Security
9 111 (17.87%) Wireless
10 101 (16.26%) DNS
11 98 (15.78%) Cisco Nexus
12 97 (15.62%) BGP
13 88 (14.17%) MPLS
14 84 (13.53%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 79 (12.72%) OSPF
16 71 (11.43%) IPsec
17 60 (9.66%) SSL
18 50 (8.05%) EIGRP
19 45 (7.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (1.13%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (0.97%) DB2
4 6 (0.97%) MS Access
4 6 (0.97%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.64%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (0.48%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.48%) MySQL
6 3 (0.48%) Redis
7 2 (0.32%) Couchbase
7 2 (0.32%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.16%) Big Data
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (2.25%) Git (software)
2 13 (2.09%) Maven
3 11 (1.77%) TeamCity
4 8 (1.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 7 (1.13%) JIRA
6 6 (0.97%) Artifactory
6 6 (0.97%) Bitbucket
6 6 (0.97%) webpack
7 5 (0.81%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.81%) JMeter
8 4 (0.64%) Subversion
9 3 (0.48%) Grunt
9 3 (0.48%) gulp
9 3 (0.48%) JUnit
9 3 (0.48%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (0.48%) PhantomJS
10 2 (0.32%) Hudson
10 2 (0.32%) Selenium
10 2 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.32%) Vagrant
General
1 110 (17.71%) Finance
2 48 (7.73%) Telecoms
3 40 (6.44%) Banking
4 8 (1.29%) Retail
5 6 (0.97%) Financial Institution
5 6 (0.97%) Investment Banking
5 6 (0.97%) Law
5 6 (0.97%) Legal
6 5 (0.81%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.64%) Electronics
8 3 (0.48%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.48%) Marketing
9 2 (0.32%) Back Office
9 2 (0.32%) Local Government
10 1 (0.16%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.16%) Front Office
10 1 (0.16%) German Language
Job Titles
1 263 (42.35%) Network Engineer
2 65 (10.47%) Cisco Engineer
3 62 (9.98%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 45 (7.25%) Consultant
5 37 (5.96%) Security Engineer
6 36 (5.80%) Architect
6 36 (5.80%) Senior Network Engineer
6 36 (5.80%) Unix Engineer
7 35 (5.64%) Support Engineer
8 34 (5.48%) Network Security Engineer
9 31 (4.99%) Analyst
10 27 (4.35%) Administrator
10 27 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 26 (4.19%) Network Specialist
12 24 (3.86%) Network Architect
13 21 (3.38%) Firewall Engineer
14 20 (3.22%) Network Consultant
14 20 (3.22%) Solaris Engineer
14 20 (3.22%) Systems Administrator
15 18 (2.90%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (8.86%) J2EE
2 22 (3.54%) 802.1X
3 16 (2.58%) SOAP
4 14 (2.25%) .NET
4 14 (2.25%) LAPP Stack
5 13 (2.09%) Java EE
5 13 (2.09%) Spring
6 12 (1.93%) Ajax
6 12 (1.93%) Spring Boot
7 11 (1.77%) RESTful
8 10 (1.61%) XML
8 10 (1.61%) XSLT
9 9 (1.45%) jQuery
10 8 (1.29%) REST
11 7 (1.13%) EJB
11 7 (1.13%) EJB 3.0
11 7 (1.13%) Hibernate
11 7 (1.13%) JPA
11 7 (1.13%) Web Services
11 7 (1.13%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 189 (30.43%) Data Centre
2 68 (10.95%) Clustering
3 40 (6.44%) Computer Science
4 33 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
5 29 (4.67%) PKI
6 19 (3.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 14 (2.25%) DataPower
8 12 (1.93%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.61%) Public Cloud
10 9 (1.45%) Mainframe
11 8 (1.29%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
13 6 (0.97%) User Experience
14 5 (0.81%) CESG
14 5 (0.81%) Grid Computing
14 5 (0.81%) YubiKey
15 4 (0.64%) FMCG
15 4 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 4 (0.64%) IVR
16 3 (0.48%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 185 (29.79%) Linux
2 128 (20.61%) Windows
3 119 (19.16%) Unix
4 54 (8.70%) Solaris
5 52 (8.37%) AIX
6 51 (8.21%) HPUX
6 51 (8.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (7.57%) SUSE
8 41 (6.60%) Windows Server
9 31 (4.99%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (3.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.97%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.81%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.48%) CentOS
13 3 (0.48%) Debian
13 3 (0.48%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.32%) Android
14 2 (0.32%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (30.76%) Load Balancing
2 123 (19.81%) ITIL
3 93 (14.98%) High Availability
4 74 (11.92%) Network Design
5 50 (8.05%) Service Management
6 46 (7.41%) Migration
7 45 (7.25%) Change Control
8 34 (5.48%) ITSM
9 31 (4.99%) Change Management
10 27 (4.35%) DevOps
11 25 (4.03%) Network Management
11 25 (4.03%) Service Delivery
12 22 (3.54%) E-Commerce
13 20 (3.22%) Configuration Management
13 20 (3.22%) Information Security
13 20 (3.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 19 (3.06%) Problem Management
14 19 (3.06%) Root Cause Analysis
15 18 (2.90%) Integration Testing
16 17 (2.74%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 61 (9.82%) Java
2 56 (9.02%) Perl
3 54 (8.70%) Python
4 44 (7.09%) Bash Shell
5 35 (5.64%) SQL
6 25 (4.03%) Shell Script
7 20 (3.22%) C-shell
7 20 (3.22%) Korn
8 15 (2.42%) JavaScript
9 12 (1.93%) PowerShell
10 11 (1.77%) Ruby
11 9 (1.45%) C
12 5 (0.81%) Tcl
13 3 (0.48%) Groovy
13 3 (0.48%) PHP
14 2 (0.32%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.16%) Go
15 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 185 (29.79%) Cisco Certification
2 167 (26.89%) CCNP
3 125 (20.13%) Security Cleared
4 100 (16.10%) SC Cleared
5 72 (11.59%) CCIE
6 43 (6.92%) CCSA
6 43 (6.92%) CCSE
7 37 (5.96%) Degree
8 31 (4.99%) CCDP
8 31 (4.99%) CCNA
8 31 (4.99%) JNCIA
9 26 (4.19%) Computer Science Degree
10 25 (4.03%) CCIP
11 23 (3.70%) DV Cleared
11 23 (3.70%) JNCIE
12 21 (3.38%) HP ASE
13 20 (3.22%) HP MASE
14 11 (1.77%) RHCE
15 10 (1.61%) CISSP
15 10 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.90%) SLA
2 16 (2.58%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.13%) AS 2805
3 7 (1.13%) ISO 8583
4 6 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.48%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.48%) GDPR
5 3 (0.48%) PMO
5 3 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.32%) GPG13
6 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.32%) QA
7 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.16%) HIPAA
System Software
1 52 (8.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (5.31%) Hyper-V
3 32 (5.15%) Active Directory
4 29 (4.67%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 27 (4.35%) ProxySG
6 23 (3.70%) vSphere
7 20 (3.22%) KVM
8 17 (2.74%) Samba
9 14 (2.25%) Docker
9 14 (2.25%) Oracle RAC
10 13 (2.09%) VMware NSX
11 11 (1.77%) NFS
12 10 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
14 8 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
15 7 (1.13%) Openswan
15 7 (1.13%) pfSense
16 3 (0.48%) vCloud
16 3 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.48%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 49 (7.89%) FortiGate
2 23 (3.70%) Ansible
3 16 (2.58%) Nagios
4 14 (2.25%) Puppet
5 11 (1.77%) ITRS Geneos
5 11 (1.77%) OpenView
6 10 (1.61%) Cacti
7 9 (1.45%) Nexpose
8 8 (1.29%) Cisco Prime
9 7 (1.13%) Forum Sentry
9 7 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (1.13%) vCenter Server
10 6 (0.97%) Kubernetes
11 5 (0.81%) HP SiteScope
11 5 (0.81%) Rancher
11 5 (0.81%) SCCM
11 5 (0.81%) SCOM
12 4 (0.64%) Nessus
12 4 (0.64%) WhatsUp Gold
13 3 (0.48%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 408 (65.70%) Cisco
2 212 (34.14%) CheckPoint
3 180 (28.99%) Juniper
4 132 (21.26%) VMware
5 97 (15.62%) Palo Alto
6 95 (15.30%) Fortinet
7 86 (13.85%) Blue Coat
8 79 (12.72%) HP
9 71 (11.43%) Oracle
9 71 (11.43%) Red Hat
10 63 (10.14%) Citrix
11 54 (8.70%) SolarWinds
12 50 (8.05%) Sun
13 49 (7.89%) Aruba
14 47 (7.57%) Riverbed
15 41 (6.60%) Microsoft
16 31 (4.99%) IBM
17 29 (4.67%) Veritas
18 27 (4.35%) Brocade
19 24 (3.86%) McAfee