Period
to 5 June 2020

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 5 June 2020 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
5 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 380 400 353
Rank change year-on-year +20 -47 +12
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 235 544 709
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.60% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.69% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 355 460
Median daily rate £465 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.11% -9.52% +16.67%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £320
90th Percentile £675 £625 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £444 £440 £459
% change year-on-year +0.80% -4.14% +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 14
Median hourly rate £46.40 £44.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.27% +9.88% -13.83%
10th Percentile £20.50 £25.35 £15.53
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £45.00 £33.25
% change year-on-year -54.44% +35.34% -48.85%

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 38,243 78,483 86,970
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.55% 87.23% 86.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,071 51,573 57,292
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £300 £305 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,330 2,137 2,300
Median hourly rate £30.00 £24.91 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.43% +13.23% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.85 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £24.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% +14.29% -16.00%

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 5 June 2020.

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 5 June 2020.

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 5 June 2020. 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 +17 204 £470 -1.05% 23
UK excluding London +31 156 £444 +0.80% 11
London +53 63 £550 +7.32% 12
South East +51 52 £450 -1.10% 4
North of England +63 45 £442 -10.71% 4
North West +60 40 £448 -5.79% 2
South West +27 18 £400 -0.62% 1
Work from Home +4 16 £434 +8.38% 3
Midlands +35 15 £350 -9.68% 1
Scotland +32 12 £465 +8.14%
East of England +52 8 £515 +28.75% 1
West Midlands +39 8 £373 -9.70% 1
Wales +26 8 £463 +12.12%
East Midlands +37 7 £269 -2.27%
Yorkshire +39 4 £328 -28.61% 1
North East +20 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 5 June 2020, 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.

1 115 (48.94%) Firewall
2 85 (36.17%) Cisco
3 83 (35.32%) DNS
4 76 (32.34%) DevOps
5 69 (29.36%) Windows
6 64 (27.23%) AWS
7 60 (25.53%) Linux
7 60 (25.53%) Java
8 53 (22.55%) Python
8 53 (22.55%) F5
9 52 (22.13%) Security Cleared
10 51 (21.70%) WAN
11 50 (21.28%) VPN
12 48 (20.43%) VMware
13 47 (20.00%) Migration
13 47 (20.00%) SC Cleared
14 46 (19.57%) Active Directory
15 45 (19.15%) Docker
15 45 (19.15%) Data Centre
16 44 (18.72%) TCP/IP
17 42 (17.87%) SQL
18 41 (17.45%) Agile Software Development
19 40 (17.02%) Oracle
19 40 (17.02%) Cisco Certification
20 39 (16.60%) Microsoft
21 38 (16.17%) SSL
22 37 (15.74%) Configuration Management
22 37 (15.74%) Azure
23 36 (15.32%) Network Security
24 33 (14.04%) Unix

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 11 (4.68%) Skype for Business
1 11 (4.68%) Tomcat
2 10 (4.26%) Confluence
3 9 (3.83%) IIS
4 8 (3.40%) Apache
4 8 (3.40%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.13%) Apache Solr
6 4 (1.70%) Apache Spark
6 4 (1.70%) nginx
6 4 (1.70%) OpenStack
6 4 (1.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (1.70%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.28%) MS Exchange
7 3 (1.28%) Oracle Application Server
8 2 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.85%) GeoServer
8 2 (0.85%) JBoss
8 2 (0.85%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 8 (3.40%) MS Visio
2 5 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 64 (27.23%) AWS
2 37 (15.74%) Azure
3 15 (6.38%) AWS CloudFormation
3 15 (6.38%) Office 365
4 14 (5.96%) PaaS
5 13 (5.53%) SaaS
5 13 (5.53%) Serverless
6 12 (5.11%) AWS Lambda
6 12 (5.11%) Coveralls
7 10 (4.26%) IaaS
8 9 (3.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 8 (3.40%) GCP
10 4 (1.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (1.70%) Amazon Cognito
10 4 (1.70%) Amazon ECS
10 4 (1.70%) AWS CloudTrail
10 4 (1.70%) Datadog
10 4 (1.70%) Google Compute Engine
11 3 (1.28%) Apigee
11 3 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 115 (48.94%) Firewall
2 83 (35.32%) DNS
3 51 (21.70%) WAN
4 50 (21.28%) VPN
5 44 (18.72%) TCP/IP
6 38 (16.17%) SSL
7 36 (15.32%) Network Security
8 33 (14.04%) BGP
8 33 (14.04%) LAN
9 32 (13.62%) OSPF
10 26 (11.06%) HTTP
11 23 (9.79%) DHCP
12 22 (9.36%) NetScaler
13 21 (8.94%) MPLS
14 20 (8.51%) IPsec
15 17 (7.23%) Cisco Nexus
16 15 (6.38%) Cisco ASA
17 14 (5.96%) VLAN
18 13 (5.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 13 (5.53%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (8.51%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.66%) NoSQL
3 13 (5.53%) Relational Database
4 12 (5.11%) RDBMS
5 9 (3.83%) Oracle Database
6 7 (2.98%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (2.13%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (1.70%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (1.70%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (1.70%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.28%) Big Data
9 3 (1.28%) Data Lake
9 3 (1.28%) MySQL
10 2 (0.85%) DB2
10 2 (0.85%) GIS
10 2 (0.85%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.85%) QGIS
11 1 (0.43%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 26 (11.06%) Git (software)
2 19 (8.09%) Jenkins
3 17 (7.23%) Gradle
3 17 (7.23%) Maven
4 14 (5.96%) SonarQube
4 14 (5.96%) TeamCity
5 12 (5.11%) Bitbucket Server
5 12 (5.11%) JIRA
5 12 (5.11%) JUnit
6 10 (4.26%) IBM UrbanCode
7 7 (2.98%) Bitbucket
7 7 (2.98%) Selenium
8 5 (2.13%) GitLab
8 5 (2.13%) JMeter
8 5 (2.13%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (1.70%) Rational Team Concert
10 3 (1.28%) Appium
10 3 (1.28%) Cucumber
10 3 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.85%) Gerrit
General
1 27 (11.49%) Finance
2 17 (7.23%) Public Sector
3 14 (5.96%) Banking
4 12 (5.11%) Telecoms
5 9 (3.83%) Manufacturing
6 8 (3.40%) Legal
7 5 (2.13%) Games
8 4 (1.70%) Back Office
8 4 (1.70%) Front Office
9 3 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.85%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.85%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.85%) Publishing
11 1 (0.43%) Advertising
11 1 (0.43%) Law
11 1 (0.43%) Military
11 1 (0.43%) Retail
Job Titles
1 59 (25.11%) Network Engineer
2 38 (16.17%) Architect
3 21 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
4 16 (6.81%) AWS Architect
4 16 (6.81%) Cloud Engineer
5 15 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 12 (5.11%) Developer
7 11 (4.68%) Consultant
7 11 (4.68%) Infrastructure Architect
8 9 (3.83%) AWS Engineer
8 9 (3.83%) Network Security Engineer
8 9 (3.83%) Security Engineer
9 8 (3.40%) DBA
10 7 (2.98%) Integration Engineer
10 7 (2.98%) Senior Network Engineer
10 7 (2.98%) Telephony Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Administrator
11 6 (2.55%) Citrix Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Oracle DBA
11 6 (2.55%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.79%) LDAP
2 21 (8.94%) .NET
3 14 (5.96%) REST
3 14 (5.96%) SAML
4 11 (4.68%) Web Services
5 10 (4.26%) OAuth
5 10 (4.26%) RabbitMQ
6 8 (3.40%) OpenID
6 8 (3.40%) Spring
6 8 (3.40%) Spring Boot
7 6 (2.55%) 802.1X
7 6 (2.55%) Node.js
7 6 (2.55%) XML
8 5 (2.13%) JSON
8 5 (2.13%) Middleware
9 4 (1.70%) GraphQL
9 4 (1.70%) SOAP
10 3 (1.28%) ActiveMQ
10 3 (1.28%) Dropwizard
10 3 (1.28%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 45 (19.15%) Data Centre
2 25 (10.64%) PKI
3 13 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (5.53%) Management Information System
3 13 (5.53%) Private Cloud
4 12 (5.11%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (3.83%) Cloud Native
6 7 (2.98%) Data Structures
6 7 (2.98%) Tandem
7 6 (2.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 5 (2.13%) Cyberthreat
8 5 (2.13%) Replication
9 4 (1.70%) Clustering
9 4 (1.70%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.70%) Robotics
9 4 (1.70%) Smart Meter
9 4 (1.70%) User Experience
10 3 (1.28%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 69 (29.36%) Windows
2 60 (25.53%) Linux
3 33 (14.04%) Unix
3 33 (14.04%) Windows Server
4 13 (5.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (4.68%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (3.83%) Windows 10
7 7 (2.98%) Windows 7
8 6 (2.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.70%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.28%) AIX
10 3 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.85%) Solaris
12 1 (0.43%) CentOS
12 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (32.34%) DevOps
2 47 (20.00%) Migration
3 41 (17.45%) Agile Software Development
4 37 (15.74%) Configuration Management
5 28 (11.91%) ITIL
6 27 (11.49%) Continuous Integration
6 27 (11.49%) Test Automation
7 23 (9.79%) Problem-Solving
7 23 (9.79%) Scrum
8 20 (8.51%) Microservices
9 19 (8.09%) Open Source
10 17 (7.23%) Performance Tuning
11 15 (6.38%) Change Management
11 15 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 15 (6.38%) Project Management
11 15 (6.38%) Protective Monitoring
11 15 (6.38%) Service Delivery
12 14 (5.96%) Network Design
13 13 (5.53%) Cybersecurity
13 13 (5.53%) Proactive Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 60 (25.53%) Java
2 53 (22.55%) Python
3 42 (17.87%) SQL
4 28 (11.91%) Bash Shell
5 26 (11.06%) PowerShell
6 19 (8.09%) Shell Script
7 13 (5.53%) C#
7 13 (5.53%) Ruby
8 7 (2.98%) JavaScript
8 7 (2.98%) Perl
9 4 (1.70%) C
9 4 (1.70%) C++
9 4 (1.70%) VBScript
10 3 (1.28%) Go
10 3 (1.28%) Kotlin
10 3 (1.28%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.85%) PHP
11 2 (0.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 52 (22.13%) Security Cleared
2 47 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 40 (17.02%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (13.19%) CCNP
5 20 (8.51%) CCNA
6 11 (4.68%) CCIE
7 9 (3.83%) Citrix Certification
7 9 (3.83%) Degree
8 8 (3.40%) CISSP
9 7 (2.98%) DV Cleared
9 7 (2.98%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (2.13%) JNCIA
10 5 (2.13%) JNCIS
11 4 (1.70%) CCA
11 4 (1.70%) CCSA
11 4 (1.70%) JNCIP
11 4 (1.70%) MCSE
12 3 (1.28%) MCITP
12 3 (1.28%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.81%) QA
2 8 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.55%) GDPR
4 5 (2.13%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (2.13%) HIPAA
4 5 (2.13%) SLA
5 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 46 (19.57%) Active Directory
2 45 (19.15%) Docker
3 30 (12.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (5.53%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (5.11%) VMware NSX
6 10 (4.26%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (3.83%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 9 (3.83%) vSphere
7 9 (3.83%) XenApp
7 9 (3.83%) XenDesktop
8 7 (2.98%) Hyper-V
9 4 (1.70%) ProxySG
10 3 (1.28%) NDS
10 3 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (1.28%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.85%) GeoWebCache
11 2 (0.85%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.85%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.43%) NFS
12 1 (0.43%) Samba
Systems Management
1 32 (13.62%) Kubernetes
2 28 (11.91%) Opscode Chef
3 27 (11.49%) Puppet
4 25 (10.64%) Ansible
5 18 (7.66%) Terraform
6 11 (4.68%) SCOM
7 6 (2.55%) vCenter Server
8 5 (2.13%) Cisco Prime
8 5 (2.13%) FortiGate
8 5 (2.13%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.70%) Endace
9 4 (1.70%) Istio
10 3 (1.28%) Docker Swarm
10 3 (1.28%) Salt
10 3 (1.28%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (1.28%) vRealize
11 2 (0.85%) Graphite
11 2 (0.85%) logstash
11 2 (0.85%) NetBackup
11 2 (0.85%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 85 (36.17%) Cisco
2 53 (22.55%) F5
3 48 (20.43%) VMware
4 40 (17.02%) Oracle
5 39 (16.60%) Microsoft
6 31 (13.19%) CheckPoint
7 27 (11.49%) Juniper
7 27 (11.49%) Palo Alto
8 26 (11.06%) Citrix
9 15 (6.38%) IBM
10 12 (5.11%) AppDynamics
11 11 (4.68%) Fortinet
11 11 (4.68%) HP
11 11 (4.68%) Splunk
12 10 (4.26%) Dynatrace
12 10 (4.26%) Google
13 8 (3.40%) Arista
13 8 (3.40%) Blue Coat
13 8 (3.40%) McAfee
13 8 (3.40%) Meraki