Period
to 12 November 2019

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 12 November 2019 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 390 402 352
Rank change year-on-year +12 -50 -65
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 508 626 724
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.61% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.70% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 287 404 456
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £304 £350 £316
90th Percentile £630 £631 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £409
% change year-on-year - +3.98% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 15 7
UK median hourly rate £41.34 £45.00 £16.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.14% +174.31% -61.85%
10th Percentile £28.51 £25.10 £12.96
90th Percentile £47.00 £49.00 £52.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £46.00 £14.41
% change year-on-year -55.43% +219.33% -65.70%

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 72,325 89,346 87,335
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.16% 86.88% 86.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,414 59,091 58,000
UK median daily rate £475 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,300 2,337 2,104
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £22.00 £23.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.95% -4.66% +2.56%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.35 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% -10.64% +2.17%

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
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 Load Balancing within the UK over the 6 months to 12 November 2019. 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 +6 468 £475 -1.04% 125
UK excluding London +57 327 £425 - 94
London -42 166 £500 -9.09% 42
South East +65 119 £425 +3.03% 33
North of England +51 97 £495 +5.60% 23
Yorkshire +34 43 £550 +29.41% 6
South West -8 38 £463 +8.82% 7
North West +18 34 £400 -27.27% 15
Midlands +40 33 £325 -7.14% 14
West Midlands +46 25 £375 +25.00% 10
North East +29 20 £495 +1.02% 2
Scotland +23 17 £525 +35.31% 8
Wales +30 15 £413 +3.13% 3
East Midlands +8 8 £245 -30.00% 4
East of England +19 7 £355 -16.47% 6
Channel Islands - 1 £513 -

For the 6 months to 12 November 2019, 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.

1 228 (44.88%) Firewall
2 191 (37.60%) Cisco
3 148 (29.13%) F5
4 141 (27.76%) DNS
5 131 (25.79%) Cisco Certification
6 125 (24.61%) DevOps
7 122 (24.02%) Data Centre
8 116 (22.83%) WAN
8 116 (22.83%) Linux
9 113 (22.24%) LAN
10 112 (22.05%) Azure
11 99 (19.49%) AWS
11 99 (19.49%) CCNP
12 94 (18.50%) Microsoft
13 91 (17.91%) Windows
14 89 (17.52%) VMware
15 88 (17.32%) Python
16 80 (15.75%) Active Directory
16 80 (15.75%) Finance
17 79 (15.55%) Network Security
18 78 (15.35%) VPN
19 75 (14.76%) Ansible
20 73 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
21 71 (13.98%) Wireless
22 70 (13.78%) CheckPoint
22 70 (13.78%) DHCP
23 69 (13.58%) Migration
24 68 (13.39%) Agile Software Development
25 67 (13.19%) Security Cleared
26 66 (12.99%) SQL

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 26 (5.12%) Apache
2 23 (4.53%) IIS
2 23 (4.53%) OpenStack
3 22 (4.33%) Confluence
4 19 (3.74%) nginx
5 13 (2.56%) JBoss
6 12 (2.36%) Cloud Foundry
6 12 (2.36%) Mule
6 12 (2.36%) WebSphere
7 11 (2.17%) SharePoint
7 11 (2.17%) Skype for Business
8 10 (1.97%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.77%) WebLogic
10 6 (1.18%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.59%) MS Exchange
11 3 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.39%) MQSeries
12 2 (0.39%) SAS
12 2 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 5 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Aligne
1 3 (0.59%) BusinessWorks
1 3 (0.59%) CA PPM
2 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.20%) Cognos Planning
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle HRMS
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Payroll
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.20%) SAP CAR
3 1 (0.20%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 112 (22.05%) Azure
2 99 (19.49%) AWS
3 45 (8.86%) IaaS
4 34 (6.69%) PaaS
5 28 (5.51%) GitHub
5 28 (5.51%) Office 365
6 27 (5.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 26 (5.12%) Amazon S3
8 25 (4.92%) Amazon EC2
8 25 (4.92%) GCP
9 24 (4.72%) SaaS
10 22 (4.33%) Route 53
11 18 (3.54%) Azure Active Directory
12 16 (3.15%) Amazon ELB
12 16 (3.15%) npm
13 14 (2.76%) Slack
14 12 (2.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 12 (2.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 10 (1.97%) OpenShift
16 9 (1.77%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 228 (44.88%) Firewall
2 141 (27.76%) DNS
3 116 (22.83%) WAN
4 113 (22.24%) LAN
5 79 (15.55%) Network Security
6 78 (15.35%) VPN
7 71 (13.98%) Wireless
8 70 (13.78%) DHCP
9 60 (11.81%) BGP
9 60 (11.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 57 (11.22%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 55 (10.83%) NetScaler
12 51 (10.04%) TCP/IP
13 50 (9.84%) Cisco ASA
14 45 (8.86%) MPLS
15 42 (8.27%) Cisco Nexus
16 41 (8.07%) BIG-IP
17 39 (7.68%) OSPF
18 34 (6.69%) Internet
19 33 (6.50%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.69%) MySQL
2 24 (4.72%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.35%) MongoDB
4 15 (2.95%) Relational Database
5 13 (2.56%) Amazon RDS
6 9 (1.77%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (1.57%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (1.38%) Big Data
8 7 (1.38%) Hadoop
9 6 (1.18%) Data Lake
9 6 (1.18%) NoSQL
9 6 (1.18%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
11 4 (0.79%) Amazon Redshift
11 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.79%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.59%) Oracle Exadata
12 3 (0.59%) QlikView
12 3 (0.59%) SAP HANA
12 3 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 65 (12.80%) Jenkins
2 49 (9.65%) Git (software)
3 37 (7.28%) JIRA
4 32 (6.30%) GitLab
5 21 (4.13%) Maven
5 21 (4.13%) SonarQube
6 19 (3.74%) Bitbucket
7 15 (2.95%) Selenium
8 13 (2.56%) JUnit
9 11 (2.17%) Sonatype Nexus
10 10 (1.97%) Mockito
11 8 (1.57%) Gerrit
11 8 (1.57%) Gradle
11 8 (1.57%) TeamCity
12 7 (1.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 5 (0.98%) Artifactory
13 5 (0.98%) Travis CI
14 4 (0.79%) Visual Studio
15 3 (0.59%) ClearCase
15 3 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 80 (15.75%) Finance
2 40 (7.87%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.92%) Banking
4 14 (2.76%) Public Sector
5 9 (1.77%) Games
6 8 (1.57%) Retail
7 5 (0.98%) Legal
8 4 (0.79%) Aerospace
8 4 (0.79%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.79%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.59%) Law
9 3 (0.59%) Local Government
9 3 (0.59%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.39%) Front Office
10 2 (0.39%) Military
11 1 (0.20%) Automotive
11 1 (0.20%) Electronics
11 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.20%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 146 (28.74%) Network Engineer
2 77 (15.16%) Architect
3 57 (11.22%) DevOps Engineer
4 35 (6.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 33 (6.50%) Administrator
6 25 (4.92%) Network Architect
7 24 (4.72%) Cisco Engineer
7 24 (4.72%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 23 (4.53%) Developer
9 21 (4.13%) Systems Engineer
10 19 (3.74%) Cloud Architect
10 19 (3.74%) Systems Administrator
11 18 (3.54%) Consultant
12 17 (3.35%) Analyst
13 16 (3.15%) Azure Engineer
13 16 (3.15%) Security Engineer
14 15 (2.95%) Automation Engineer
14 15 (2.95%) Network Security Engineer
14 15 (2.95%) Senior Network Engineer
15 14 (2.76%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.33%) .NET
1 22 (4.33%) Middleware
1 22 (4.33%) Node.js
2 21 (4.13%) REST
3 20 (3.94%) J2EE
3 20 (3.94%) Web Services
4 17 (3.35%) JSON
4 17 (3.35%) LEMP Stack
5 13 (2.56%) LAMP
5 13 (2.56%) LDAP
5 13 (2.56%) Spring
5 13 (2.56%) Spring Boot
6 11 (2.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 10 (1.97%) 802.1X
7 10 (1.97%) Enzyme
7 10 (1.97%) Express
7 10 (1.97%) Jest
7 10 (1.97%) Redux
7 10 (1.97%) SOAP
7 10 (1.97%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 122 (24.02%) Data Centre
2 44 (8.66%) Clustering
3 34 (6.69%) Public Cloud
4 32 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (3.74%) Management Information System
6 18 (3.54%) Replication
7 15 (2.95%) Hybrid Cloud
8 11 (2.17%) PKI
9 9 (1.77%) Cloud Native
9 9 (1.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 7 (1.38%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.18%) N-Tier
11 6 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (0.98%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.98%) NHS
13 4 (0.79%) RSA SecurID
13 4 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 116 (22.83%) Linux
2 91 (17.91%) Windows
3 38 (7.48%) Unix
3 38 (7.48%) Windows Server
4 34 (6.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 26 (5.12%) CentOS
6 16 (3.15%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (2.95%) Ubuntu
8 11 (2.17%) Windows 10
9 10 (1.97%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (1.77%) Solaris
11 6 (1.18%) VMS
11 6 (1.18%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.79%) AIX
12 4 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.39%) Android
13 2 (0.39%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.39%) Check Point GAiA
14 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X Server
14 1 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (24.61%) DevOps
2 69 (13.58%) Migration
3 68 (13.39%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (12.60%) Configuration Management
5 63 (12.40%) Problem-Solving
6 58 (11.42%) High Availability
7 56 (11.02%) ITIL
8 51 (10.04%) Continuous Integration
9 42 (8.27%) Microservices
10 41 (8.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 37 (7.28%) Disaster Recovery
12 34 (6.69%) Network Design
13 31 (6.10%) Project Delivery
14 30 (5.91%) Project Management
15 28 (5.51%) Technical Leadership
16 26 (5.12%) Change Management
17 23 (4.53%) Network Monitoring
17 23 (4.53%) Test Automation
18 22 (4.33%) Network Architecture
19 21 (4.13%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 88 (17.32%) Python
2 66 (12.99%) SQL
3 61 (12.01%) Java
4 52 (10.24%) PowerShell
5 40 (7.87%) Bash Shell
6 25 (4.92%) Perl
7 16 (3.15%) Shell Script
8 15 (2.95%) C#
9 14 (2.76%) VB
10 13 (2.56%) C
10 13 (2.56%) PHP
11 10 (1.97%) ES6
12 8 (1.57%) Go
13 7 (1.38%) Ruby
13 7 (1.38%) Tcl
14 6 (1.18%) C++
14 6 (1.18%) JavaScript
15 2 (0.39%) Groovy
15 2 (0.39%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.20%) XPath
Qualifications
1 131 (25.79%) Cisco Certification
2 99 (19.49%) CCNP
3 67 (13.19%) Security Cleared
4 59 (11.61%) CCIE
5 49 (9.65%) CCNA
6 48 (9.45%) SC Cleared
7 35 (6.89%) Degree
8 26 (5.12%) CCDP
9 14 (2.76%) CISSP
10 13 (2.56%) MCSE
10 13 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
11 12 (2.36%) DV Cleared
12 10 (1.97%) CISM
12 10 (1.97%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (1.77%) CCSE
14 8 (1.57%) CCSA
14 8 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (1.38%) CCA
15 7 (1.38%) ISEB
15 7 (1.38%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (1.97%) QA
3 8 (1.57%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.38%) SLA
5 6 (1.18%) GDPR
5 6 (1.18%) NIST
6 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 80 (15.75%) Active Directory
2 73 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (12.99%) Docker
4 32 (6.30%) Hyper-V
5 26 (5.12%) VMware NSX
6 20 (3.94%) Virtual Machines
7 17 (3.35%) vSphere
8 12 (2.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (2.36%) XenApp
9 11 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (1.57%) XenDesktop
11 7 (1.38%) NFS
11 7 (1.38%) VMFS
12 6 (1.18%) Postfix
13 5 (0.98%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 5 (0.98%) Corosync
13 5 (0.98%) DRBD
13 5 (0.98%) FreeRADIUS
13 5 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
14 3 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 75 (14.76%) Ansible
2 49 (9.65%) Puppet
3 45 (8.86%) Opscode Chef
4 42 (8.27%) Kubernetes
5 34 (6.69%) Terraform
6 23 (4.53%) SCCM
7 19 (3.74%) HAProxy
7 19 (3.74%) Salt
8 14 (2.76%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (2.56%) Prometheus
9 13 (2.56%) vRealize
10 11 (2.17%) Grafana
10 11 (2.17%) Nagios
10 11 (2.17%) Rancher
10 11 (2.17%) vCenter Server
10 11 (2.17%) WSUS
11 10 (1.97%) Nessus
11 10 (1.97%) Single Sign-On
12 8 (1.57%) Cisco CUCM
12 8 (1.57%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 191 (37.60%) Cisco
2 148 (29.13%) F5
3 94 (18.50%) Microsoft
4 89 (17.52%) VMware
5 70 (13.78%) CheckPoint
6 66 (12.99%) Palo Alto
7 63 (12.40%) Citrix
8 39 (7.68%) Juniper
9 31 (6.10%) Red Hat
10 29 (5.71%) Blue Coat
11 27 (5.31%) Fortinet
12 23 (4.53%) Aruba
12 23 (4.53%) HP
12 23 (4.53%) Oracle
13 22 (4.33%) Splunk
14 20 (3.94%) Dell
15 19 (3.74%) SolarWinds
16 18 (3.54%) Google
17 13 (2.56%) Avaya
17 13 (2.56%) Sitecore