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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Load Balancing
UK
Rank 322 334 280
Rank change year-on-year +12 -54  
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 302 334 398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.63% 0.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.80% 0.76% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 203 254
Median daily rate £425 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 13
Median hourly rate - £43.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +43.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year - +43.33%  

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

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37647 43912 41983
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.11% 82.85% 79.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 24815 28793 26009
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 1109 1205
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £28.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +33.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Load Balancing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Load Balancing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Load Balancing.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Load Balancing in the UK

Load Balancing
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +30 291 £425 +6.25% 65
London +60 142 £425 - 27
South East +4 67 £425 +11.84% 18
Yorkshire -10 23 £473 +14.54% 6
East of England +7 22 £450 -10.00% 2
Berkshire +24 21 £450 +15.38% 3
South West +9 17 £275 -31.25% 3
North West +19 13 £450 +21.95% 4
Surrey +4 13 £515 +37.33% 7
West Yorkshire -5 13 £505 +26.12% 6
Wiltshire +10 12 £275 -
Hampshire -13 12 £308 -14.58% 1
City of London +5 11 £438 +16.66% 7
Reading +18 9 £410 +2.50% 1
Milton Keynes +2 9 £500 +25.78% 1
Buckinghamshire +1 9 £500 +25.78% 1
West Midlands +2 8 £379 -8.18% 4
Manchester +5 7 £315 -6.66% 2
Bedfordshire +2 7 £625 +49.25%
South Yorkshire -7 7 £325 -35.00%
Leeds +5 6 £514 +30.62% 3
Swindon +2 6 £246 -
Maidenhead -2 6 £500 - 1
South Wales +16 5 £375 +15.38%
Luton +12 5 £625 +8.69%
Wales +10 5 £375 +15.38%
Cambridgeshire +8 5 £300 -
Bradford +5 5 £450 +12.50% 2
West Sussex +4 5 £400 - 3
Hertfordshire 0 5 £375 -25.00% 1

Load Balancing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Load Balancing 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 Load Balancing.

1 313 (47.21%) Firewall
2 290 (43.74%) Linux
3 247 (37.25%) Cisco
4 193 (29.11%) DNS
5 185 (27.90%) F5
6 174 (26.24%) Amazon AWS
7 164 (24.74%) WAN
8 163 (24.59%) DevOps
9 152 (22.93%) VPN
10 151 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
11 146 (22.02%) Windows
12 138 (20.81%) VMware
13 137 (20.66%) Security Cleared
14 127 (19.16%) Puppet
15 125 (18.85%) Cisco Certification
16 124 (18.70%) LAN
17 116 (17.50%) TCP/IP
17 116 (17.50%) Jenkins
17 116 (17.50%) Data Centre
18 112 (16.89%) Microsoft
19 110 (16.59%) Ansible
20 109 (16.44%) High Availability
21 108 (16.29%) Microsoft Azure
22 106 (15.99%) Docker
23 105 (15.84%) Apache
24 103 (15.54%) SC Cleared
25 101 (15.23%) CCNP
26 98 (14.78%) VMware Infrastructure
26 98 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
27 96 (14.48%) SSL

Load Balancing
Top Related 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
1 105 (15.84%) Apache
2 78 (11.76%) Tomcat
3 49 (7.39%) IIS
4 40 (6.03%) JBoss
5 35 (5.28%) nginx
6 29 (4.37%) WebLogic
7 22 (3.32%) Elasticsearch
8 21 (3.17%) WebSphere
9 20 (3.02%) iPlanet
9 20 (3.02%) MS Exchange
9 20 (3.02%) Oracle Application Server
10 16 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
11 15 (2.26%) Confluence
12 10 (1.51%) Mule ESB
12 10 (1.51%) OpenStack
12 10 (1.51%) WebSphere Application Server
13 9 (1.36%) Jetty
13 9 (1.36%) WildFly
14 7 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
14 7 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 39 (5.88%) MS Excel
2 6 (0.90%) MS Office
3 2 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.30%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.15%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.75%) BusinessWorks
2 4 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.30%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 174 (26.24%) Amazon AWS
2 108 (16.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (4.37%) IaaS
3 29 (4.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 27 (4.07%) Amazon EC2
5 20 (3.02%) Amazon S3
6 19 (2.87%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (2.26%) Office 365
8 13 (1.96%) PaaS
8 13 (1.96%) Route 53
9 12 (1.81%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 11 (1.66%) AWS CloudFormation
11 10 (1.51%) Amazon ELB
12 9 (1.36%) SaaS
13 8 (1.21%) AWS CloudTrail
13 8 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
14 5 (0.75%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 4 (0.60%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 4 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
15 4 (0.60%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 313 (47.21%) Firewall
2 193 (29.11%) DNS
3 164 (24.74%) WAN
4 152 (22.93%) VPN
5 124 (18.70%) LAN
6 116 (17.50%) TCP/IP
7 96 (14.48%) SSL
8 92 (13.88%) Network Security
9 80 (12.07%) Cisco Nexus
10 76 (11.46%) Wireless
11 72 (10.86%) Cisco ASA
12 70 (10.56%) HTTP
13 64 (9.65%) BGP
14 62 (9.35%) NetScaler
15 60 (9.05%) OSPF
16 56 (8.45%) SAN
17 52 (7.84%) MPLS
18 50 (7.54%) DHCP
19 48 (7.24%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
20 35 (5.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (10.71%) SQL Server
2 63 (9.50%) PostgreSQL
3 48 (7.24%) MySQL
4 36 (5.43%) MongoDB
5 32 (4.83%) Amazon RDS
6 27 (4.07%) Relational Database
7 24 (3.62%) NoSQL
8 22 (3.32%) Redis
9 13 (1.96%) Oracle Database
10 11 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (1.36%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
12 8 (1.21%) Oracle Database 12c
13 7 (1.06%) Hadoop
14 6 (0.90%) Big Data
14 6 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
14 6 (0.90%) DB2
14 6 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
15 5 (0.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 5 (0.75%) HBase
Development Applications
1 116 (17.50%) Jenkins
2 84 (12.67%) Git (software)
3 25 (3.77%) JIRA
4 20 (3.02%) Sonatype Nexus
5 19 (2.87%) Visual Studio
6 18 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 14 (2.11%) Octopus Deploy
8 13 (1.96%) JMeter
8 13 (1.96%) Mercurial
9 12 (1.81%) SonarQube
9 12 (1.81%) TeamCity
10 11 (1.66%) Subversion
11 10 (1.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 10 (1.51%) Gerrit
11 10 (1.51%) JUnit
11 10 (1.51%) Maven
12 9 (1.36%) Artifactory
12 9 (1.36%) GitLab
13 8 (1.21%) Vagrant
14 7 (1.06%) MSBuild
General
1 83 (12.52%) Finance
2 37 (5.58%) Telecoms
3 30 (4.52%) Banking
4 16 (2.41%) Retail
5 12 (1.81%) Marketing
6 11 (1.66%) Legal
7 6 (0.90%) Back Office
7 6 (0.90%) Law
7 6 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.75%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.60%) Advertising
9 4 (0.60%) Electronics
9 4 (0.60%) French Language
9 4 (0.60%) Games
10 2 (0.30%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.15%) Automotive
11 1 (0.15%) Billing
11 1 (0.15%) Publishing
11 1 (0.15%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 119 (17.95%) Network Engineer
2 79 (11.92%) Architect
3 77 (11.61%) Consultant
3 77 (11.61%) DevOps Engineer
4 39 (5.88%) AWS DevOps
5 37 (5.58%) Administrator
6 36 (5.43%) Cisco Engineer
6 36 (5.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 36 (5.43%) Security Engineer
7 31 (4.68%) Developer
7 31 (4.68%) Technical Architect
8 30 (4.52%) DevOps Consultant
9 27 (4.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 27 (4.07%) Infrastructure Architect
9 27 (4.07%) Linux Engineer
9 27 (4.07%) Senior DevOps
10 25 (3.77%) Analyst
11 24 (3.62%) AWS Engineer
12 23 (3.47%) AWS Consultant
12 23 (3.47%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (6.94%) .NET
1 46 (6.94%) Web Services
2 45 (6.79%) Elastic Stack
3 30 (4.52%) Middleware
4 29 (4.37%) LAPP Stack
4 29 (4.37%) RabbitMQ
5 24 (3.62%) REST
6 23 (3.47%) J2EE
7 21 (3.17%) CSS
8 20 (3.02%) LAMP
9 18 (2.71%) MSMQ
10 17 (2.56%) 802.1X
10 17 (2.56%) HTML
11 15 (2.26%) Node.js
11 15 (2.26%) SOAP
12 11 (1.66%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.66%) LEMP Stack
13 10 (1.51%) ASP.NET
14 8 (1.21%) jQuery
14 8 (1.21%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 116 (17.50%) Data Centre
2 59 (8.90%) Clustering
3 53 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (7.99%) Public Cloud
4 19 (2.87%) Linux Command Line
4 19 (2.87%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.56%) Replication
6 16 (2.41%) Enterprise Storage
7 14 (2.11%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (1.36%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.36%) EMC VNX
9 9 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
9 9 (1.36%) NHS
9 9 (1.36%) Private Cloud
9 9 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (0.90%) CMDB
11 5 (0.75%) Fintech
12 4 (0.60%) DataPower
13 3 (0.45%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 290 (43.74%) Linux
2 146 (22.02%) Windows
3 98 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 78 (11.76%) Unix
5 71 (10.71%) CentOS
5 71 (10.71%) Windows Server
6 40 (6.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (4.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 28 (4.22%) Ubuntu
9 26 (3.92%) Solaris
10 19 (2.87%) AIX
11 17 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.51%) HPUX
12 10 (1.51%) Oracle Linux
13 7 (1.06%) SUSE
13 7 (1.06%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 6 (0.90%) Windows 7
15 5 (0.75%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.60%) CoreOS
17 3 (0.45%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (24.59%) DevOps
2 151 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
3 109 (16.44%) High Availability
4 92 (13.88%) ITIL
5 80 (12.07%) Configuration Management
6 78 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
7 75 (11.31%) Migration
8 54 (8.14%) Disaster Recovery
9 45 (6.79%) Mentoring
9 45 (6.79%) Network Design
10 44 (6.64%) Continuous Delivery
11 39 (5.88%) Open Source
12 35 (5.28%) Service Management
13 32 (4.83%) Project Management
14 31 (4.68%) Scrum
15 28 (4.22%) Problem Management
16 26 (3.92%) Change Management
17 25 (3.77%) Capacity Management
18 24 (3.62%) Kalman Filter
19 23 (3.47%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 91 (13.73%) Bash Shell
2 87 (13.12%) Python
3 79 (11.92%) Java
4 74 (11.16%) SQL
5 72 (10.86%) PowerShell
6 60 (9.05%) Ruby
7 56 (8.45%) Perl
8 37 (5.58%) JavaScript
9 24 (3.62%) C#
9 24 (3.62%) T-SQL
10 23 (3.47%) PHP
11 18 (2.71%) Shell Script
12 9 (1.36%) Korn
13 8 (1.21%) C
13 8 (1.21%) Groovy
14 7 (1.06%) AWK
15 6 (0.90%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.45%) Go
16 3 (0.45%) sed
17 2 (0.30%) VB
Qualifications
1 137 (20.66%) Security Cleared
2 125 (18.85%) Cisco Certification
3 103 (15.54%) SC Cleared
4 101 (15.23%) CCNP
5 65 (9.80%) CCNA
6 32 (4.83%) CCIE
7 17 (2.56%) Degree
8 16 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (2.26%) JNCIP
10 14 (2.11%) CISSP
11 13 (1.96%) CCDP
11 13 (1.96%) JNCIA
11 13 (1.96%) MCSE
12 11 (1.66%) JNCIS
13 9 (1.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (1.21%) BPSS Clearance
15 6 (0.90%) CCDA
15 6 (0.90%) CTC Cleared
16 5 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
16 5 (0.75%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.62%) PCI DSS
2 20 (3.02%) QA
3 15 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.96%) SLA
5 11 (1.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 8 (1.21%) HIPAA
7 5 (0.75%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.45%) GDPR
9 2 (0.30%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.15%) GPG13
10 1 (0.15%) PMO
System Software
1 106 (15.99%) Docker
2 98 (14.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 70 (10.56%) Active Directory
4 33 (4.98%) Virtual Machines
5 32 (4.83%) vSphere
6 21 (3.17%) Hyper-V
7 20 (3.02%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 18 (2.71%) NFS
9 15 (2.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 13 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
11 12 (1.81%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.66%) ProxySG
12 11 (1.66%) Veritas File System
13 10 (1.51%) Xen
13 10 (1.51%) XenServer
14 9 (1.36%) KVM
15 8 (1.21%) Firmware
16 7 (1.06%) VMware ESX
17 6 (0.90%) Squid
17 6 (0.90%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 127 (19.16%) Puppet
2 110 (16.59%) Ansible
3 55 (8.30%) Kubernetes
4 41 (6.18%) Nagios
5 40 (6.03%) Terraform
6 36 (5.43%) HAProxy
7 35 (5.28%) Opscode Chef
8 32 (4.83%) logstash
9 30 (4.52%) Kibana
10 19 (2.87%) ZABBIX
11 17 (2.56%) Microsoft Clustering
12 11 (1.66%) EMC Navisphere
12 11 (1.66%) FortiGate
12 11 (1.66%) NetBackup
12 11 (1.66%) Veritas Storage Foundation
13 8 (1.21%) OSSEC
13 8 (1.21%) vRealize
14 7 (1.06%) OPNET
14 7 (1.06%) Rancher
15 6 (0.90%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 247 (37.25%) Cisco
2 185 (27.90%) F5
3 138 (20.81%) VMware
4 112 (16.89%) Microsoft
5 96 (14.48%) CheckPoint
6 81 (12.22%) Oracle
7 76 (11.46%) Red Hat
8 75 (11.31%) Juniper
9 62 (9.35%) Citrix
10 41 (6.18%) Palo Alto
11 37 (5.58%) Brocade
11 37 (5.58%) Veritas
12 33 (4.98%) Sun
13 31 (4.68%) HP
14 29 (4.37%) Blue Coat
15 28 (4.22%) IBM
16 24 (3.62%) EMC
16 24 (3.62%) Intel Security
16 24 (3.62%) Splunk
17 22 (3.32%) Fortinet
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