Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 447 338 302
Rank change year-on-year -109 -36 +6
Contract jobs citing F5 540 695 896
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.73% 0.81%
As % of the Vendors category 1.25% 1.67% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 464 543
UK median daily rate £430 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.38% - -
10th Percentile £313 £306 £285
90th Percentile £575 £550 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 17
UK median hourly rate £53.33 £32.00 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.66% -15.79% -17.09%
10th Percentile £51.67 £25.80 £30.75
90th Percentile £117.25 £48.60 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.33 £31.93 £38.00
% change year-on-year +67.05% -15.99% -17.09%

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 43,218 41,738 49,128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.85% 43.87% 44.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,814 25,509 30,109
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,597 1,420 1,622
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.22 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.76 £16.25 £17.45
% change year-on-year +3.14% -6.88% +2.65%

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 23 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing F5 over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

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 23 July 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 -88 492 £430 +7.44% 117
UK excluding London -109 317 £425 +6.25% 84
London -29 210 £456 +6.73% 41
South East -66 104 £430 +1.12% 28
North of England -49 90 £425 +8.97% 21
Yorkshire -28 51 £425 -2.30% 12
Midlands +4 50 £425 +16.84% 14
Scotland -49 36 £425 +3.03% 8
West Midlands -17 29 £425 +16.44% 9
North West -30 26 £425 +6.25% 8
East of England -13 22 £400 +6.67% 8
East Midlands +18 21 £438 +35.66% 5
South West -30 16 £400 +6.67% 5
North East -24 13 £310 -11.43% 1
Wales -17 2 £400 -5.88%

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, 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.

1 397 (73.52%) Cisco
2 347 (64.26%) Firewall
3 187 (34.63%) Cisco Certification
4 174 (32.22%) CheckPoint
5 173 (32.04%) Juniper
6 166 (30.74%) WAN
7 152 (28.15%) CCNP
8 138 (25.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 137 (25.37%) LAN
10 136 (25.19%) Data Centre
11 125 (23.15%) Load Balancing
11 125 (23.15%) Cisco ASA
12 124 (22.96%) Network Security
13 120 (22.22%) Finance
14 113 (20.93%) Cisco Nexus
15 108 (20.00%) VMware
16 106 (19.63%) BGP
16 106 (19.63%) Palo Alto
17 104 (19.26%) OSPF
18 99 (18.33%) ITIL
19 94 (17.41%) VPN
20 91 (16.85%) Security Cleared
20 91 (16.85%) BIG-IP
21 89 (16.48%) DNS
22 87 (16.11%) Linux
23 78 (14.44%) Wireless
24 76 (14.07%) Blue Coat
25 70 (12.96%) Migration
25 70 (12.96%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
26 69 (12.78%) TCP/IP

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 15 (2.78%) Apache
1 15 (2.78%) Tomcat
2 8 (1.48%) IIS
2 8 (1.48%) nginx
2 8 (1.48%) Skype for Business
2 8 (1.48%) WebSphere
3 7 (1.30%) MS Exchange
4 6 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
4 6 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (0.93%) Confluence
6 4 (0.74%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.74%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.74%) WebSphere Application Server
7 3 (0.56%) JBoss
8 2 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.37%) GemFire
8 2 (0.37%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.19%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.19%) Apache Synapse
Applications
1 14 (2.59%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (2.22%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) Relativity
1 2 (0.37%) RMDS
2 1 (0.19%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 58 (10.74%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.96%) IaaS
4 12 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
4 12 (2.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 10 (1.85%) Office 365
6 7 (1.30%) Akamai
7 6 (1.11%) PaaS
8 5 (0.93%) GitHub
9 4 (0.74%) SaaS
10 3 (0.56%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.56%) Stackdriver
11 2 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.19%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.19%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.19%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.19%) npm
12 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 347 (64.26%) Firewall
2 166 (30.74%) WAN
3 138 (25.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 137 (25.37%) LAN
5 125 (23.15%) Cisco ASA
6 124 (22.96%) Network Security
7 113 (20.93%) Cisco Nexus
8 106 (19.63%) BGP
9 104 (19.26%) OSPF
10 94 (17.41%) VPN
11 91 (16.85%) BIG-IP
12 89 (16.48%) DNS
13 78 (14.44%) Wireless
14 70 (12.96%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 69 (12.78%) TCP/IP
16 68 (12.59%) MPLS
17 57 (10.56%) Cisco ISE
18 50 (9.26%) SSL
19 47 (8.70%) Cisco IOS
20 39 (7.22%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (2.59%) MongoDB
2 11 (2.04%) Big Data
3 10 (1.85%) SQL Server
4 6 (1.11%) NoSQL
5 5 (0.93%) KDB
5 5 (0.93%) Oracle Database
5 5 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (0.74%) MySQL
6 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.37%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.37%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.37%) DB2
8 2 (0.37%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.37%) MariaDB
9 1 (0.19%) OpenTSDB
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 23 (4.26%) Git (software)
1 23 (4.26%) Jenkins
2 13 (2.41%) JIRA
2 13 (2.41%) Sonatype Nexus
3 12 (2.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 6 (1.11%) Maven
5 5 (0.93%) Artifactory
5 5 (0.93%) SoapUI
5 5 (0.93%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.56%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.56%) Subversion
7 3 (0.56%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.37%) GitLab
8 2 (0.37%) Introscope
8 2 (0.37%) JMeter
9 1 (0.19%) Bower
9 1 (0.19%) PyCharm
9 1 (0.19%) Spinnaker
General
1 120 (22.22%) Finance
2 37 (6.85%) Banking
3 23 (4.26%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.33%) Retail
5 17 (3.15%) Financial Institution
6 7 (1.30%) Games
7 6 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.93%) Front Office
8 5 (0.93%) Local Government
9 3 (0.56%) Advertising
9 3 (0.56%) Corporate Banking
10 2 (0.37%) Back Office
10 2 (0.37%) French Language
10 2 (0.37%) Legal
10 2 (0.37%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.37%) Marketing
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.19%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 245 (45.37%) Network Engineer
2 58 (10.74%) Architect
3 56 (10.37%) Security Engineer
4 48 (8.89%) Network Security Engineer
5 47 (8.70%) Cisco Engineer
6 46 (8.52%) Consultant
7 43 (7.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 42 (7.78%) Network Architect
9 40 (7.41%) Senior Network Engineer
10 29 (5.37%) Analyst
11 27 (5.00%) Support Engineer
12 24 (4.44%) Network Support
13 22 (4.07%) Network Consultant
14 18 (3.33%) Network Support Engineer
15 16 (2.96%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
15 16 (2.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 16 (2.96%) Juniper Engineer
15 16 (2.96%) Network Analyst
16 15 (2.78%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 14 (2.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.26%) 802.1X
2 15 (2.78%) Web Services
3 14 (2.59%) LDAP
4 10 (1.85%) J2EE
5 9 (1.67%) SOAP
6 8 (1.48%) REST
7 7 (1.30%) RabbitMQ
7 7 (1.30%) Spring Boot
8 6 (1.11%) .NET
8 6 (1.11%) Akka
8 6 (1.11%) JSON
8 6 (1.11%) Kafka
8 6 (1.11%) Middleware
9 5 (0.93%) Apache CXF
9 5 (0.93%) Apache OpenJPA
9 5 (0.93%) FIX Protocol
9 5 (0.93%) Hibernate
9 5 (0.93%) RESTful
9 5 (0.93%) Spring
10 4 (0.74%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 136 (25.19%) Data Centre
2 44 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (5.19%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (2.41%) Private Cloud
4 13 (2.41%) Public Cloud
5 10 (1.85%) Hedge funds
6 9 (1.67%) Clustering
6 9 (1.67%) Derivative
7 8 (1.48%) Equity Derivative
8 6 (1.11%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.11%) Management Information System
8 6 (1.11%) PKI
9 5 (0.93%) DataPower
9 5 (0.93%) Driving Licence
9 5 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.93%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.93%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.93%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.74%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 87 (16.11%) Linux
2 66 (12.22%) Windows
3 33 (6.11%) Windows Server
4 31 (5.74%) Unix
5 20 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.93%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.74%) AIX
9 4 (0.74%) CentOS
10 3 (0.56%) Solaris
10 3 (0.56%) SUSE
10 3 (0.56%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.56%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.37%) VMS
12 1 (0.19%) Android
12 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (23.15%) Load Balancing
2 99 (18.33%) ITIL
3 70 (12.96%) Migration
4 46 (8.52%) Change Management
5 41 (7.59%) Network Monitoring
6 38 (7.04%) Problem-Solving
7 37 (6.85%) DevOps
8 31 (5.74%) High Availability
8 31 (5.74%) Service Management
9 30 (5.56%) Network Design
9 30 (5.56%) Service Delivery
10 29 (5.37%) Network Virtualisation
11 27 (5.00%) ITIL V3
12 24 (4.44%) Agile Software Development
12 24 (4.44%) Project Management
13 23 (4.26%) Change Control
13 23 (4.26%) Incident Management
13 23 (4.26%) Network Load Balancing
14 19 (3.52%) Network Management
15 18 (3.33%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 51 (9.44%) Python
2 24 (4.44%) Java
3 22 (4.07%) PowerShell
4 21 (3.89%) SQL
5 15 (2.78%) Perl
6 9 (1.67%) Bash Shell
6 9 (1.67%) PHP
6 9 (1.67%) Ruby
7 8 (1.48%) C
8 5 (0.93%) Scala
9 4 (0.74%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.56%) C#
10 3 (0.56%) Tcl
10 3 (0.56%) VBA
11 2 (0.37%) Groovy
12 1 (0.19%) C++
12 1 (0.19%) Lisp
12 1 (0.19%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 187 (34.63%) Cisco Certification
2 152 (28.15%) CCNP
3 91 (16.85%) Security Cleared
4 64 (11.85%) CCNA
5 61 (11.30%) SC Cleared
6 57 (10.56%) CCIE
7 29 (5.37%) DV Cleared
8 18 (3.33%) CCSE
8 18 (3.33%) Degree
9 17 (3.15%) CCSA
10 16 (2.96%) CISSP
11 12 (2.22%) CCDP
11 12 (2.22%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (2.04%) Check Point Certification
13 9 (1.67%) CCIP
14 7 (1.30%) CCSP
14 7 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 6 (1.11%) HND
15 6 (1.11%) MCSE
15 6 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.96%) QA
2 11 (2.04%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.67%) SLA
4 8 (1.48%) GCP
5 6 (1.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.74%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.37%) FIPS 140-2
8 2 (0.37%) GDPR
8 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.19%) HMG Infosec
9 1 (0.19%) PMO
9 1 (0.19%) RMADS
System Software
1 55 (10.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 36 (6.67%) ProxySG
3 24 (4.44%) VMware NSX
4 21 (3.89%) Active Directory
5 18 (3.33%) vSphere
6 11 (2.04%) Docker
7 10 (1.85%) Hyper-V
8 7 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.74%) Firmware
9 4 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.56%) Squid
10 3 (0.56%) vCloud
11 2 (0.37%) OpenAM
11 2 (0.37%) Snort
11 2 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.19%) Samba
12 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.19%) Varnish
12 1 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 45 (8.33%) Ansible
2 36 (6.67%) FortiGate
3 13 (2.41%) McAfee ePO
4 12 (2.22%) Puppet
4 12 (2.22%) WSUS
5 11 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (1.67%) Cisco Prime
6 9 (1.67%) ITRS Geneos
7 8 (1.48%) SCOM
8 7 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
8 7 (1.30%) Control-M
8 7 (1.30%) ZABBIX
9 6 (1.11%) SCCM
10 5 (0.93%) Proventia
11 4 (0.74%) Kubernetes
11 4 (0.74%) logstash
11 4 (0.74%) Nagios
11 4 (0.74%) OVSD
11 4 (0.74%) SolarWinds Orion
11 4 (0.74%) Terraform
Vendors
1 397 (73.52%) Cisco
2 174 (32.22%) CheckPoint
3 173 (32.04%) Juniper
4 108 (20.00%) VMware
5 106 (19.63%) Palo Alto
6 76 (14.07%) Blue Coat
7 50 (9.26%) Fortinet
8 47 (8.70%) Splunk
9 46 (8.52%) Microsoft
10 42 (7.78%) McAfee
11 37 (6.85%) NetApp
12 36 (6.67%) SolarWinds
13 34 (6.30%) Dell
13 34 (6.30%) HP
14 33 (6.11%) Citrix
15 32 (5.93%) EMC
16 27 (5.00%) Infoblox
17 26 (4.81%) Red Hat
18 20 (3.70%) ServiceNow
18 20 (3.70%) Zscaler