Period
to 18 December 2018

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 December 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.

Load Balancing
UK
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 382 344 287
Rank change year-on-year -38 -57 +85
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 684 759 888
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.73% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.86% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 439 470 589
UK median daily rate £467 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.60% +11.11% +9.09%
10th Percentile £350 £313 £310
90th Percentile £631 £662 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £421 £400
% change year-on-year +0.89% +5.31% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 6 10
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £15.41 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +188.87% -71.99% +32.35%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £13.95 £55.00
% change year-on-year +236.86% -74.63% +22.22%

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 91,003 88,700 86,889
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.79% 85.87% 85.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,238 59,225 57,246
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,336 2,067 2,452
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.60 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.23 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.10% +11.11% -

Load Balancing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Load Balancing.

Contractor daily rate trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Load Balancing over the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Load Balancing.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Load Balancing over the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
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 Load Balancing within the UK over the 6 months to 18 December 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 -38 635 £475 -5.00% 149
UK excluding London -63 374 £425 +0.89% 115
London +4 285 £550 - 38
North of England -6 124 £438 -12.50% 40
South East -68 100 £425 +3.03% 35
South West +7 61 £384 +2.33% 10
North West +2 61 £438 -18.22% 19
Yorkshire +2 54 £425 -20.56% 19
Midlands -38 39 £350 -3.45% 21
East of England +2 25 £425 -13.27% 5
West Midlands -58 23 £350 -9.09% 20
Scotland -15 17 £388 -8.71% 2
East Midlands +16 16 £358 +5.93% 1
Wales -33 10 £395 +41.07% 2
North East -40 9 £490 -8.41% 2

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, 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.

1 361 (52.78%) Firewall
2 255 (37.28%) Linux
3 236 (34.50%) DevOps
4 235 (34.36%) Cisco
5 203 (29.68%) Amazon AWS
6 202 (29.53%) DNS
7 176 (25.73%) Windows
8 166 (24.27%) F5
9 151 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
10 148 (21.64%) VPN
10 148 (21.64%) Ansible
11 139 (20.32%) Jenkins
12 138 (20.18%) Data Centre
13 134 (19.59%) VMware
14 126 (18.42%) Docker
15 124 (18.13%) Cisco Certification
16 120 (17.54%) WAN
16 120 (17.54%) Python
16 120 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
17 118 (17.25%) LAN
18 117 (17.11%) Microsoft
19 107 (15.64%) TCP/IP
19 107 (15.64%) Git (software)
20 104 (15.20%) Configuration Management
20 104 (15.20%) Security Cleared
21 103 (15.06%) SQL
22 100 (14.62%) CCNP
23 96 (14.04%) SC Cleared
24 95 (13.89%) CheckPoint
24 95 (13.89%) Cisco Nexus

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 67 (9.80%) Apache
2 58 (8.48%) Confluence
3 56 (8.19%) IIS
4 47 (6.87%) Elasticsearch
5 36 (5.26%) nginx
6 32 (4.68%) Tomcat
7 19 (2.78%) OpenStack
8 15 (2.19%) Skype for Business
9 14 (2.05%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 13 (1.90%) Apache Spark
11 12 (1.75%) BizTalk Server
12 11 (1.61%) WebSphere
13 9 (1.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 8 (1.17%) CMS
14 8 (1.17%) MS Exchange
14 8 (1.17%) WebLogic
15 7 (1.02%) JBoss
15 7 (1.02%) WebSphere Application Server
16 5 (0.73%) Cloud Foundry
17 4 (0.58%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
2 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 203 (29.68%) Amazon AWS
2 120 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (10.67%) PaaS
4 65 (9.50%) IaaS
5 48 (7.02%) SaaS
6 47 (6.87%) Amazon EC2
7 43 (6.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 41 (5.99%) Amazon S3
9 35 (5.12%) AWS CloudFormation
10 29 (4.24%) Serverless
11 26 (3.80%) Google Cloud Platform
12 25 (3.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 24 (3.51%) Amazon ELB
14 23 (3.36%) AWS Lambda
15 21 (3.07%) OpenShift
16 20 (2.92%) Cloud Computing
17 16 (2.34%) GitHub
18 15 (2.19%) Office 365
19 13 (1.90%) Amazon SQS
19 13 (1.90%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 361 (52.78%) Firewall
2 202 (29.53%) DNS
3 148 (21.64%) VPN
4 120 (17.54%) WAN
5 118 (17.25%) LAN
6 107 (15.64%) TCP/IP
7 95 (13.89%) Cisco Nexus
8 90 (13.16%) OSPF
9 86 (12.57%) BGP
10 71 (10.38%) HTTP
11 70 (10.23%) SSL
12 69 (10.09%) Network Security
13 60 (8.77%) MPLS
13 60 (8.77%) Wireless
14 58 (8.48%) Cisco ASA
15 50 (7.31%) NetScaler
16 45 (6.58%) SAN
17 44 (6.43%) BIG-IP
18 40 (5.85%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 39 (5.70%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (11.40%) SQL Server
2 47 (6.87%) MySQL
3 43 (6.29%) MongoDB
4 30 (4.39%) PostgreSQL
5 29 (4.24%) Amazon RDS
6 26 (3.80%) NoSQL
7 21 (3.07%) Redis
8 19 (2.78%) Big Data
8 19 (2.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 18 (2.63%) Hadoop
10 16 (2.34%) Oracle Database
11 15 (2.19%) MariaDB
12 13 (1.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 13 (1.90%) Apache Hive
12 13 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 12 (1.75%) NuoDB
14 11 (1.61%) HBase
15 10 (1.46%) Azure SQL Database
15 10 (1.46%) Sqoop
16 9 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 139 (20.32%) Jenkins
2 107 (15.64%) Git (software)
3 65 (9.50%) JIRA
4 42 (6.14%) Sonatype Nexus
5 37 (5.41%) Bitbucket
6 32 (4.68%) Artifactory
7 31 (4.53%) Maven
8 24 (3.51%) Selenium
9 23 (3.36%) GitLab
10 21 (3.07%) Octopus Deploy
11 20 (2.92%) SonarQube
11 20 (2.92%) Visual Studio
12 16 (2.34%) TeamCity
13 15 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
14 13 (1.90%) JMeter
15 11 (1.61%) Subversion
16 10 (1.46%) Eclipse
16 10 (1.46%) GoCD
16 10 (1.46%) PyCharm
16 10 (1.46%) WebDriver
General
1 68 (9.94%) Finance
2 33 (4.82%) Banking
3 22 (3.22%) Telecoms
4 13 (1.90%) Legal
4 13 (1.90%) Marketing
5 11 (1.61%) Retail
6 9 (1.32%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.17%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.73%) Law
9 4 (0.58%) Electronics
9 4 (0.58%) Publishing
10 2 (0.29%) Advertising
10 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) Games
11 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 164 (23.98%) DevOps Engineer
2 153 (22.37%) Network Engineer
3 63 (9.21%) AWS Engineer
4 61 (8.92%) Architect
5 45 (6.58%) AWS DevOps
5 45 (6.58%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 45 (6.58%) Developer
6 40 (5.85%) Security Engineer
7 34 (4.97%) Network Security Engineer
8 30 (4.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 27 (3.95%) Cloud Engineer
10 26 (3.80%) Analyst
11 25 (3.65%) Cisco Engineer
12 23 (3.36%) Senior Network Engineer
13 22 (3.22%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 21 (3.07%) Automation Engineer
15 20 (2.92%) Azure Engineer
15 20 (2.92%) Senior Developer
16 19 (2.78%) Linux/Unix DevOps
16 19 (2.78%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (7.16%) .NET
1 49 (7.16%) Elastic Stack
2 35 (5.12%) Middleware
3 32 (4.68%) RabbitMQ
4 24 (3.51%) Web Services
5 22 (3.22%) REST
6 20 (2.92%) .NET Framework
6 20 (2.92%) Node.js
7 19 (2.78%) LAMP
8 18 (2.63%) 802.1X
8 18 (2.63%) LDAP
9 17 (2.49%) SAML
10 16 (2.34%) AngularJS
10 16 (2.34%) OAuth
11 13 (1.90%) CSS
11 13 (1.90%) jQuery
11 13 (1.90%) YAML
12 12 (1.75%) CGI
12 12 (1.75%) Kafka
12 12 (1.75%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 138 (20.18%) Data Centre
2 59 (8.63%) Public Cloud
3 44 (6.43%) Clustering
4 40 (5.85%) Private Cloud
5 31 (4.53%) Analytical Skills
6 26 (3.80%) PKI
7 22 (3.22%) Hybrid Cloud
8 21 (3.07%) Linux Command Line
9 17 (2.49%) Greenfield Project
10 14 (2.05%) User Experience
11 12 (1.75%) Management Information System
12 10 (1.46%) Cloud Native
13 8 (1.17%) Blog
13 8 (1.17%) Replication
14 7 (1.02%) Self-Motivation
15 6 (0.88%) BBC
15 6 (0.88%) Fintech
15 6 (0.88%) NHS
15 6 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
16 5 (0.73%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 255 (37.28%) Linux
2 176 (25.73%) Windows
3 91 (13.30%) Windows Server
4 88 (12.87%) Unix
5 38 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 38 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 31 (4.53%) Windows 10
7 27 (3.95%) Solaris
8 19 (2.78%) SUSE
9 15 (2.19%) CentOS
10 12 (1.75%) AIX
10 12 (1.75%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 12 (1.75%) Windows 7
11 9 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (1.02%) Windows 8
13 6 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.73%) Check Point GAiA
14 5 (0.73%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.58%) Android
15 4 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (34.50%) DevOps
2 151 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (15.20%) Configuration Management
4 91 (13.30%) ITIL
5 75 (10.96%) Continuous Integration
6 68 (9.94%) High Availability
7 57 (8.33%) Migration
8 51 (7.46%) Network Design
9 49 (7.16%) Change Management
10 46 (6.73%) Continuous Delivery
10 46 (6.73%) SDLC
11 45 (6.58%) Open Source
12 44 (6.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 44 (6.43%) Mentoring
13 43 (6.29%) Problem-Solving
14 42 (6.14%) Scrum
15 39 (5.70%) Microservices
15 39 (5.70%) Test Automation
16 37 (5.41%) Software Delivery
17 36 (5.26%) Systems Engineering
Programming Languages
1 120 (17.54%) Python
2 103 (15.06%) SQL
3 81 (11.84%) PowerShell
4 72 (10.53%) Java
5 65 (9.50%) Perl
6 60 (8.77%) Ruby
7 59 (8.63%) Bash Shell
8 38 (5.56%) JavaScript
9 37 (5.41%) C#
10 23 (3.36%) T-SQL
11 22 (3.22%) PHP
12 18 (2.63%) C
13 17 (2.49%) Shell Script
14 15 (2.19%) Groovy
15 9 (1.32%) Go
16 6 (0.88%) ActionScript
16 6 (0.88%) ActionScript 2.0
17 3 (0.44%) Scala
17 3 (0.44%) Tcl
17 3 (0.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 124 (18.13%) Cisco Certification
2 104 (15.20%) Security Cleared
3 100 (14.62%) CCNP
4 96 (14.04%) SC Cleared
5 58 (8.48%) CCIE
6 54 (7.89%) CCNA
7 35 (5.12%) Degree
8 19 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (2.34%) CCDP
10 15 (2.19%) Computer Science Degree
11 12 (1.75%) Citrix Certification
12 11 (1.61%) CCSE
13 10 (1.46%) CCSA
13 10 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.88%) CCIE Security
14 6 (0.88%) CISSP
14 6 (0.88%) MCSE
15 5 (0.73%) CCDA
15 5 (0.73%) DV Cleared
15 5 (0.73%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.61%) QA
2 10 (1.46%) GDPR
2 10 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.02%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.44%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 3 (0.44%) SLA
6 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.15%) PMO
System Software
1 126 (18.42%) Docker
2 86 (12.57%) Active Directory
3 85 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 35 (5.12%) VMware NSX
5 27 (3.95%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (3.51%) Virtual Machines
6 24 (3.51%) vSphere
7 20 (2.92%) Hyper-V
8 19 (2.78%) XenApp
9 17 (2.49%) XenDesktop
10 14 (2.05%) NFS
10 14 (2.05%) XenServer
11 11 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
12 10 (1.46%) HDFS
12 10 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (1.46%) Postfix
13 9 (1.32%) vCloud
14 8 (1.17%) Squid
15 7 (1.02%) ProxySG
16 6 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 148 (21.64%) Ansible
2 88 (12.87%) Puppet
3 87 (12.72%) Kubernetes
4 76 (11.11%) Terraform
5 55 (8.04%) Opscode Chef
6 49 (7.16%) Nagios
7 39 (5.70%) ZABBIX
8 31 (4.53%) Rancher
9 30 (4.39%) Docker Swarm
10 24 (3.51%) vCenter Server
11 23 (3.36%) BladeLogic
11 23 (3.36%) ITRS Geneos
12 21 (3.07%) Kibana
12 21 (3.07%) logstash
13 18 (2.63%) HAProxy
14 15 (2.19%) Single Sign-On
15 13 (1.90%) Ambari
15 13 (1.90%) Hadoop YARN
16 12 (1.75%) CFEngine
17 11 (1.61%) Pingdom
Vendors
1 235 (34.36%) Cisco
2 166 (24.27%) F5
3 134 (19.59%) VMware
4 117 (17.11%) Microsoft
5 95 (13.89%) CheckPoint
6 73 (10.67%) Juniper
7 67 (9.80%) Citrix
8 62 (9.06%) Red Hat
9 61 (8.92%) Oracle
10 56 (8.19%) Splunk
11 39 (5.70%) Fortinet
12 32 (4.68%) Google
12 32 (4.68%) SolarWinds
13 31 (4.53%) Riverbed
14 28 (4.09%) Palo Alto
15 27 (3.95%) IBM
16 26 (3.80%) McAfee
16 26 (3.80%) NetApp
17 23 (3.36%) HP
18 22 (3.22%) New Relic