Period
to 18 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Load Balancing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Load Balancing over the 6 months to 18 September 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.

Load Balancing
UK
6 months to
18 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 428 307 398
Rank change year-on-year -121 +91 -4
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 398 224 535
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.75% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.86% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 151 313
10th Percentile £363 £325 £313
25th Percentile £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £450 £483
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% -6.74% -3.50%
75th Percentile £629 £550 £563
90th Percentile £688 £600 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £442 £425
% change year-on-year +7.47% +4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 6
10th Percentile £30.00 £20.43 £28.51
25th Percentile £46.56 £26.25 £36.51
Median hourly rate £70.00 £42.00 £41.34
Median % change year-on-year +66.67% +1.60% -2.74%
75th Percentile £74.25 £46.40 £46.56
90th Percentile £77.13 £46.72 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £66.50 £46.40 £20.50
% change year-on-year +43.32% +126.34% -54.19%

Load Balancing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 70,174 26,077 78,044
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.97% 87.05% 87.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,430 17,497 52,184
10th Percentile £319 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,703 762 2,198
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
25th Percentile £14.75 £16.06 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.50 £26.00 £22.78
Median % change year-on-year -5.77% +14.16% +18.31%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £45.25
90th Percentile £62.50 £56.45 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% - +20.84%

Load Balancing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Load Balancing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Load Balancing.

Daily rate trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Load Balancing over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Load Balancing.

Hourly rate trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Load Balancing over the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Balancing within the UK over the 6 months to 18 September 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 -127 318 £550 +22.22% 107
London -107 172 £588 +12.98% 54
UK excluding London -133 140 £475 +7.47% 53
Work from Home -154 131 £520 +24.18% 16
South East -97 31 £444 -1.39% 9
North of England -104 31 £519 +25.82% 21
South West -27 26 £450 - 6
Yorkshire -36 22 £519 +1.27% 8
Midlands -61 19 £390 -2.50% 12
East of England -29 18 £563 -16.67% 4
West Midlands -52 12 £420 +5.00% 7
North West -84 8 £600 +45.45% 12
East Midlands -28 7 £375 - 5
Scotland -83 7 £463 +1.37% 1
Wales -17 6 £485 +76.36%
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
North East - 1 £275 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Load Balancing 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 Load Balancing.

1 155 (38.94%) Firewall
2 141 (35.43%) Azure
3 136 (34.17%) Linux
4 125 (31.41%) DevOps
5 112 (28.14%) F5
6 106 (26.63%) DNS
7 103 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
8 101 (25.38%) Terraform
9 100 (25.13%) Cisco
9 100 (25.13%) Windows
10 97 (24.37%) Python
11 90 (22.61%) Microsoft
12 86 (21.61%) Data Centre
13 85 (21.36%) Kubernetes
14 80 (20.10%) Ansible
15 79 (19.85%) AWS
16 77 (19.35%) Docker
16 77 (19.35%) Jenkins
17 74 (18.59%) VMware
17 74 (18.59%) WAN
18 68 (17.09%) Finance
18 68 (17.09%) VMware Infrastructure
19 65 (16.33%) Clustering
20 64 (16.08%) Active Directory
21 63 (15.83%) Social Skills
22 59 (14.82%) Infrastructure as Code
23 58 (14.57%) SQL
24 57 (14.32%) PaaS
25 56 (14.07%) High Availability
26 55 (13.82%) IaaS

Load Balancing
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 43 (10.80%) Apache
2 20 (5.03%) nginx
3 19 (4.77%) Tomcat
4 16 (4.02%) IIS
4 16 (4.02%) MS Exchange
5 15 (3.77%) WebSphere
6 10 (2.51%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (2.26%) JBoss
8 8 (2.01%) BizTalk Server
8 8 (2.01%) Confluence
9 7 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (1.76%) SharePoint
9 7 (1.76%) WebLogic
10 5 (1.26%) Anypoint
10 5 (1.26%) Skype for Business
10 5 (1.26%) Traefik
11 4 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (1.01%) Mule
11 4 (1.01%) Mule ESB
12 3 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 16 (4.02%) MS Visio
2 13 (3.27%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.01%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.25%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 141 (35.43%) Azure
2 79 (19.85%) AWS
3 57 (14.32%) PaaS
4 55 (13.82%) IaaS
5 40 (10.05%) GitHub
6 39 (9.80%) GCP
7 29 (7.29%) AWS CloudFormation
8 23 (5.78%) Serverless
9 22 (5.53%) Microsoft 365
10 21 (5.28%) Akamai
11 20 (5.03%) SaaS
12 19 (4.77%) Azure Active Directory
13 17 (4.27%) Azure Functions
14 13 (3.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 12 (3.02%) Amazon EC2
15 12 (3.02%) Amazon EKS
16 10 (2.51%) OpenShift
17 8 (2.01%) Amazon ECS
17 8 (2.01%) Azure Storage
18 7 (1.76%) Azure App Service
Communications & Networking
1 155 (38.94%) Firewall
2 106 (26.63%) DNS
3 74 (18.59%) WAN
4 49 (12.31%) LAN
5 48 (12.06%) VPN
6 45 (11.31%) SSL
7 41 (10.30%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 41 (10.30%) TCP/IP
8 39 (9.80%) Network Security
9 37 (9.30%) HTTP
10 32 (8.04%) SAN
11 30 (7.54%) Internet
12 28 (7.04%) Cisco Nexus
13 27 (6.78%) DHCP
14 25 (6.28%) Cisco ASA
14 25 (6.28%) IPv6
14 25 (6.28%) Wireless
15 24 (6.03%) IPv4
15 24 (6.03%) Software-Defined Networking
16 22 (5.53%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (10.55%) SQL Server
2 25 (6.28%) NoSQL
3 20 (5.03%) Relational Database
4 18 (4.52%) Apache Cassandra
5 14 (3.52%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (3.52%) RDBMS
6 13 (3.27%) MongoDB
7 11 (2.76%) Redis
8 10 (2.51%) MySQL
8 10 (2.51%) Oracle Database
9 7 (1.76%) Azure SQL Database
10 5 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (1.26%) Riak
11 4 (1.01%) Big Data
11 4 (1.01%) DB2
11 4 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.75%) Amazon Redshift
12 3 (0.75%) Data Vault
12 3 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 77 (19.35%) Jenkins
2 51 (12.81%) Git (software)
3 28 (7.04%) GitLab
4 23 (5.78%) Maven
5 20 (5.03%) JIRA
6 19 (4.77%) TeamCity
7 18 (4.52%) Subversion
8 13 (3.27%) Artifactory
9 12 (3.02%) Bitbucket
9 12 (3.02%) Gradle
10 11 (2.76%) Sonatype Nexus
11 10 (2.51%) SonarQube
12 8 (2.01%) Jasmine
12 8 (2.01%) Karma Test Runner
13 5 (1.26%) JMeter
14 4 (1.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 4 (1.01%) CircleCI
15 3 (0.75%) SoapUI
15 3 (0.75%) Spinnaker
16 2 (0.50%) Travis CI
General
1 68 (17.09%) Finance
2 63 (15.83%) Social Skills
3 27 (6.78%) Banking
4 26 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (5.03%) Telecoms
6 19 (4.77%) Public Sector
7 17 (4.27%) Retail
8 11 (2.76%) Presentation Skills
9 7 (1.76%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.51%) Manufacturing
11 5 (1.26%) Marketing
11 5 (1.26%) Organisational Skills
12 4 (1.01%) Automotive
12 4 (1.01%) Legal
13 3 (0.75%) Electronics
13 3 (0.75%) German Language
13 3 (0.75%) Influencing Skills
14 2 (0.50%) Documentation Skills
15 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 84 (21.11%) Architect
2 65 (16.33%) Network Engineer
3 44 (11.06%) DevOps Engineer
4 29 (7.29%) Azure Engineer
5 25 (6.28%) Solutions Architect
6 22 (5.53%) Cloud Engineer
7 21 (5.28%) Consultant
8 20 (5.03%) AWS Engineer
9 18 (4.52%) Senior Network Engineer
10 17 (4.27%) Azure Architect
11 16 (4.02%) Security Engineer
12 15 (3.77%) Technical Architect
13 14 (3.52%) Senior DevOps
14 13 (3.27%) Developer
14 13 (3.27%) Network Security Engineer
15 12 (3.02%) Cisco Engineer
15 12 (3.02%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 12 (3.02%) Senior DevOps Engineer
15 12 (3.02%) Systems Engineer
16 11 (2.76%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (7.29%) Kafka
2 22 (5.53%) JSON
3 21 (5.28%) Middleware
4 16 (4.02%) Elastic Stack
4 16 (4.02%) Web Services
5 15 (3.77%) ARM Templates
5 15 (3.77%) REST
6 14 (3.52%) React
7 13 (3.27%) .NET
7 13 (3.27%) AngularJS
8 12 (3.02%) Node.js
9 11 (2.76%) RESTful
9 11 (2.76%) SOAP
10 9 (2.26%) OAuth
10 9 (2.26%) YAML
11 8 (2.01%) CSS
11 8 (2.01%) D3.js
11 8 (2.01%) Electron Framework
11 8 (2.01%) OpenFin
12 7 (1.76%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 86 (21.61%) Data Centre
2 65 (16.33%) Clustering
3 38 (9.55%) Public Cloud
4 15 (3.77%) Cloud Native
5 14 (3.52%) PKI
6 10 (2.51%) Linux Command Line
7 9 (2.26%) Management Information System
7 9 (2.26%) Private Cloud
8 7 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.51%) Algorithms
9 6 (1.51%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.26%) EMC VNX
10 5 (1.26%) Enterprise Cloud
10 5 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.26%) Replication
10 5 (1.26%) User Experience
11 4 (1.01%) Data Structures
11 4 (1.01%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.01%) EMC VMAX
11 4 (1.01%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 136 (34.17%) Linux
2 100 (25.13%) Windows
3 51 (12.81%) Unix
4 28 (7.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 27 (6.78%) Windows Server
6 20 (5.03%) CentOS
7 13 (3.27%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (2.51%) Windows 10
8 10 (2.51%) Windows Server 2019
9 8 (2.01%) Ubuntu
9 8 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (1.26%) Solaris
12 3 (0.75%) AIX
12 3 (0.75%) VMS
12 3 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.50%) Kali Linux
13 2 (0.50%) openSUSE
14 1 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (31.41%) DevOps
2 103 (25.88%) Agile Software Development
3 59 (14.82%) Infrastructure as Code
4 56 (14.07%) High Availability
5 52 (13.07%) Migration
6 44 (11.06%) Microservices
7 40 (10.05%) Problem-Solving
8 35 (8.79%) Configuration Management
8 35 (8.79%) ITIL
9 32 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
9 32 (8.04%) Disaster Recovery
10 27 (6.78%) Open Source
11 24 (6.03%) Test Automation
12 22 (5.53%) Scrum
13 21 (5.28%) Release Management
14 20 (5.03%) Network Design
15 19 (4.77%) SOA
16 18 (4.52%) Computer Science
16 18 (4.52%) Mentoring
16 18 (4.52%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 97 (24.37%) Python
2 58 (14.57%) SQL
3 51 (12.81%) Bash Shell
4 50 (12.56%) PowerShell
5 44 (11.06%) Java
6 28 (7.04%) JavaScript
7 16 (4.02%) Perl
8 15 (3.77%) Shell Script
9 13 (3.27%) C#
9 13 (3.27%) Groovy
10 12 (3.02%) Go
10 12 (3.02%) PHP
11 11 (2.76%) C
11 11 (2.76%) Ruby
12 10 (2.51%) TypeScript
13 6 (1.51%) C++
14 4 (1.01%) Delphi
14 4 (1.01%) PL/SQL
14 4 (1.01%) Scala
15 3 (0.75%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 49 (12.31%) Security Cleared
2 47 (11.81%) Cisco Certification
3 38 (9.55%) CCNP
4 37 (9.30%) SC Cleared
5 28 (7.04%) Degree
6 14 (3.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 13 (3.27%) DV Cleared
8 12 (3.02%) CCIE
8 12 (3.02%) CCNA
8 12 (3.02%) MCSE
8 12 (3.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (2.01%) CISA
10 7 (1.76%) Master's Degree
10 7 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (1.26%) CCDP
11 5 (1.26%) CCSA
11 5 (1.26%) FFIEC
11 5 (1.26%) ISACA
12 4 (1.01%) CCSE
12 4 (1.01%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.27%) QA
2 12 (3.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.26%) NIST
4 8 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27005
4 8 (2.01%) SLA
5 6 (1.51%) PCI DSS
6 5 (1.26%) COBIT
6 5 (1.26%) NIST 800
7 4 (1.01%) NCSC
8 3 (0.75%) GDPR
9 2 (0.50%) Accessibility
9 2 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.50%) HL7
10 1 (0.25%) COSO
10 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.25%) SOC 1
10 1 (0.25%) SOC 2
System Software
1 77 (19.35%) Docker
2 68 (17.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (16.08%) Active Directory
4 18 (4.52%) VMware NSX
5 15 (3.77%) NFS
5 15 (3.77%) vSphere
6 12 (3.02%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (2.76%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (2.51%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (2.26%) vCloud
10 8 (2.01%) Hyper-V
11 7 (1.76%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 3 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.75%) Slurm Workload Manager
13 2 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.50%) pfSense
13 2 (0.50%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.50%) XenApp
14 1 (0.25%) IAG
14 1 (0.25%) iptables
Systems Management
1 101 (25.38%) Terraform
2 85 (21.36%) Kubernetes
3 80 (20.10%) Ansible
4 37 (9.30%) Puppet
5 16 (4.02%) vRealize
6 13 (3.27%) Istio
7 11 (2.76%) FortiGate
7 11 (2.76%) Grafana
7 11 (2.76%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (2.76%) vCenter Server
8 10 (2.51%) Prometheus
9 9 (2.26%) Microsoft Clustering
9 9 (2.26%) Nagios
10 8 (2.01%) BladeLogic
10 8 (2.01%) HAProxy
10 8 (2.01%) ITRS Geneos
10 8 (2.01%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 7 (1.76%) Docker Swarm
11 7 (1.76%) Kibana
11 7 (1.76%) SCCM
Vendors
1 112 (28.14%) F5
2 100 (25.13%) Cisco
3 90 (22.61%) Microsoft
4 74 (18.59%) VMware
5 52 (13.07%) Oracle
6 43 (10.80%) CheckPoint
7 41 (10.30%) Palo Alto
8 39 (9.80%) Citrix
9 37 (9.30%) Red Hat
10 26 (6.53%) IBM
11 25 (6.28%) Splunk
12 19 (4.77%) HP
12 19 (4.77%) NetApp
13 18 (4.52%) Databricks
13 18 (4.52%) Fortinet
14 17 (4.27%) Google
15 16 (4.02%) Infoblox
16 15 (3.77%) Juniper
16 15 (3.77%) Meraki
16 15 (3.77%) SAP