Period
to 18 August 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 August 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 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 368 329 283
Rank change year-on-year -39 -46 +27
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 691 721 977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.75% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 0.87% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 441 487 625
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +6.51% +5.63%
10th Percentile £331 £313 £305
90th Percentile £638 £611 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £388
% change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 6 17
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £62.50 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.00% +64.47% +8.57%
10th Percentile £17.18 £34.75 £31.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £66.50 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.63 £65.00 £37.75
% change year-on-year -32.88% +72.19% -3.21%

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 88,839 82,529 92,200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.56% 84.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,630 54,071 60,832
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,390 2,086 2,308
UK median hourly rate £21.02 £25.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.92% +6.38% +8.60%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.42 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £47.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +4.17% +10.50%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 -48 617 £500 +8.70% 113
UK excluding London -32 343 £425 +3.03% 78
London -14 320 £553 +5.24% 45
South East -63 94 £455 +3.35% 21
North of England -61 74 £475 +5.56% 15
East of England +33 54 £425 +41.67% 16
North West -25 44 £550 +2.80% 9
South West -19 38 £400 +13.48% 1
Midlands -13 35 £358 +10.00% 15
Scotland -20 31 £438 +16.67% 10
Yorkshire -15 26 £425 -20.56% 5
West Midlands -20 22 £350 +4.48% 11
Wales -3 17 £400 +42.86%
East Midlands -1 13 £365 +12.31% 4
North East -31 7 £625 +75.44% 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 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.

1 326 (47.18%) Firewall
2 273 (39.51%) Linux
3 260 (37.63%) DevOps
4 233 (33.72%) DNS
5 210 (30.39%) Amazon AWS
6 193 (27.93%) Cisco
7 190 (27.50%) Windows
8 167 (24.17%) Jenkins
9 165 (23.88%) Ansible
10 155 (22.43%) Python
11 151 (21.85%) VMware
12 149 (21.56%) Docker
13 148 (21.42%) Puppet
14 142 (20.55%) Agile Software Development
15 139 (20.12%) Terraform
16 135 (19.54%) F5
17 133 (19.25%) Git (software)
17 133 (19.25%) TCP/IP
18 128 (18.52%) Configuration Management
19 117 (16.93%) Data Centre
20 116 (16.79%) Security Cleared
21 115 (16.64%) SSL
22 112 (16.21%) Unix
23 109 (15.77%) Java
23 109 (15.77%) VMware Infrastructure
24 108 (15.63%) Kubernetes
25 107 (15.48%) VPN
25 107 (15.48%) Ruby
26 106 (15.34%) SC Cleared
27 105 (15.20%) MySQL

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 77 (11.14%) nginx
2 69 (9.99%) Apache
3 58 (8.39%) Elasticsearch
4 50 (7.24%) IIS
5 30 (4.34%) Tomcat
6 22 (3.18%) Confluence
7 21 (3.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 20 (2.89%) OpenStack
9 19 (2.75%) Skype for Business
10 16 (2.32%) MS Exchange
11 14 (2.03%) Apache Spark
12 13 (1.88%) JBoss
13 12 (1.74%) BizTalk Server
14 10 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
14 10 (1.45%) SharePoint
15 9 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2013
16 8 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2007
16 8 (1.16%) WebSphere
17 7 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2003
18 6 (0.87%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.29%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 210 (30.39%) Amazon AWS
2 95 (13.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (6.51%) Amazon EC2
3 45 (6.51%) Amazon ELB
4 43 (6.22%) Amazon S3
4 43 (6.22%) PaaS
5 41 (5.93%) IaaS
6 34 (4.92%) Cloud Computing
7 30 (4.34%) GitHub
8 28 (4.05%) Office 365
9 22 (3.18%) AWS CloudFormation
10 20 (2.89%) SaaS
11 19 (2.75%) Serverless
11 19 (2.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 18 (2.60%) Google Cloud Platform
13 10 (1.45%) OpenShift
14 9 (1.30%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 8 (1.16%) AWS Lambda
15 8 (1.16%) Slack
16 6 (0.87%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 326 (47.18%) Firewall
2 233 (33.72%) DNS
3 133 (19.25%) TCP/IP
4 115 (16.64%) SSL
5 107 (15.48%) VPN
6 97 (14.04%) WAN
7 92 (13.31%) LAN
8 80 (11.58%) HTTP
9 68 (9.84%) Network Security
10 63 (9.12%) BGP
11 61 (8.83%) Internet
11 61 (8.83%) OSPF
12 55 (7.96%) SAN
13 54 (7.81%) MPLS
14 49 (7.09%) Wireless
15 48 (6.95%) NetScaler
16 44 (6.37%) Cisco ASA
16 44 (6.37%) DHCP
17 36 (5.21%) Cisco Nexus
18 34 (4.92%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (15.20%) MySQL
2 89 (12.88%) MongoDB
3 73 (10.56%) SQL Server
4 70 (10.13%) PostgreSQL
5 30 (4.34%) Hadoop
6 29 (4.20%) Amazon RDS
6 29 (4.20%) NoSQL
7 27 (3.91%) Big Data
8 20 (2.89%) Relational Database
9 17 (2.46%) InfluxDB
10 15 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (2.03%) Redis
11 14 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
12 13 (1.88%) RDBMS
13 12 (1.74%) HBase
13 12 (1.74%) MariaDB
14 11 (1.59%) Apache Hive
15 10 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
16 8 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 7 (1.01%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 167 (24.17%) Jenkins
2 133 (19.25%) Git (software)
3 91 (13.17%) Artifactory
4 58 (8.39%) Sonatype Nexus
5 39 (5.64%) Maven
6 38 (5.50%) Bitbucket
7 27 (3.91%) JIRA
8 22 (3.18%) SonarQube
9 21 (3.04%) Vagrant
10 15 (2.17%) Subversion
11 11 (1.59%) Rational Team Concert
12 10 (1.45%) Ant
12 10 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (1.45%) TeamCity
13 8 (1.16%) JMeter
13 8 (1.16%) JUnit
13 8 (1.16%) Liquibase
14 7 (1.01%) GitLab
14 7 (1.01%) Visual Studio
15 6 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 92 (13.31%) Finance
2 38 (5.50%) Telecoms
3 34 (4.92%) Banking
4 25 (3.62%) Marketing
5 19 (2.75%) Retail
6 17 (2.46%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.88%) Legal
8 10 (1.45%) Electronics
9 5 (0.72%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.58%) Back Office
10 4 (0.58%) Games
11 2 (0.29%) Front Office
11 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.29%) Publishing
12 1 (0.14%) Advertising
12 1 (0.14%) Billing
12 1 (0.14%) French Language
12 1 (0.14%) Local Government
12 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.14%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 167 (24.17%) DevOps Engineer
2 92 (13.31%) Network Engineer
3 75 (10.85%) AWS Engineer
4 66 (9.55%) AWS DevOps
5 58 (8.39%) Architect
6 53 (7.67%) AWS DevOps Engineer
6 53 (7.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 44 (6.37%) Analyst
8 40 (5.79%) Consultant
9 37 (5.35%) Cloud Engineer
10 31 (4.49%) Linux Engineer
11 25 (3.62%) Administrator
11 25 (3.62%) Developer
12 24 (3.47%) Linux/Unix DevOps
13 23 (3.33%) Lead DevOps
13 23 (3.33%) Lead DevOps Engineer
14 22 (3.18%) Senior Network Engineer
15 21 (3.04%) Integration Engineer
15 21 (3.04%) Systems Administrator
16 20 (2.89%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (13.31%) Elastic Stack
2 49 (7.09%) RabbitMQ
3 44 (6.37%) LEMP Stack
4 41 (5.93%) Sensu
5 37 (5.35%) ActiveMQ
6 35 (5.07%) Middleware
7 34 (4.92%) .NET
8 31 (4.49%) Kafka
9 29 (4.20%) Web Services
10 21 (3.04%) LAMP
11 20 (2.89%) Spring
11 20 (2.89%) Spring Boot
12 18 (2.60%) 802.1X
12 18 (2.60%) REST
13 17 (2.46%) J2EE
14 15 (2.17%) LDAP
15 14 (2.03%) JMS
16 12 (1.74%) Node.js
17 10 (1.45%) HTML
17 10 (1.45%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 117 (16.93%) Data Centre
2 55 (7.96%) Linux Command Line
3 50 (7.24%) Clustering
4 46 (6.66%) Public Cloud
5 36 (5.21%) Private Cloud
6 31 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
7 27 (3.91%) PKI
8 24 (3.47%) Computer Science
9 22 (3.18%) Self-Motivation
10 18 (2.60%) Cloud Native
11 14 (2.03%) Hybrid Cloud
12 13 (1.88%) Management Information System
13 8 (1.16%) Fintech
14 7 (1.01%) Mainframe
15 6 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
16 5 (0.72%) DataPower
16 5 (0.72%) Replication
17 4 (0.58%) e-Learning
17 4 (0.58%) User Experience
17 4 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 273 (39.51%) Linux
2 190 (27.50%) Windows
3 112 (16.21%) Unix
4 103 (14.91%) Windows Server
5 72 (10.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 52 (7.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 36 (5.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 32 (4.63%) CentOS
9 23 (3.33%) Windows 10
10 20 (2.89%) Windows 7
11 17 (2.46%) Solaris
12 13 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (1.45%) SUSE
14 9 (1.30%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 9 (1.30%) Windows 8
15 8 (1.16%) Ubuntu
16 7 (1.01%) CoreOS
17 6 (0.87%) AIX
18 4 (0.58%) Check Point GAiA
19 3 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 260 (37.63%) DevOps
2 142 (20.55%) Agile Software Development
3 128 (18.52%) Configuration Management
4 98 (14.18%) Microservices
5 95 (13.75%) Continuous Integration
6 92 (13.31%) ITIL
7 82 (11.87%) Migration
8 69 (9.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 65 (9.41%) High Availability
10 64 (9.26%) Open Source
11 50 (7.24%) Mentoring
12 48 (6.95%) Network Design
13 46 (6.66%) Continuous Delivery
14 44 (6.37%) Service Management
15 43 (6.22%) Change Management
15 43 (6.22%) Protective Monitoring
16 42 (6.08%) Deployment Automation
17 41 (5.93%) Problem-Solving
18 37 (5.35%) Performance Tuning
19 36 (5.21%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 155 (22.43%) Python
2 109 (15.77%) Java
3 107 (15.48%) Ruby
4 93 (13.46%) Perl
5 91 (13.17%) SQL
6 88 (12.74%) Bash Shell
7 80 (11.58%) PowerShell
8 25 (3.62%) C#
9 22 (3.18%) PHP
10 17 (2.46%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.88%) T-SQL
12 11 (1.59%) C
12 11 (1.59%) Go
12 11 (1.59%) JavaScript
13 10 (1.45%) Scala
14 9 (1.30%) Groovy
15 8 (1.16%) ActionScript
15 8 (1.16%) ActionScript 2.0
16 3 (0.43%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.43%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 116 (16.79%) Security Cleared
2 106 (15.34%) SC Cleared
3 101 (14.62%) Cisco Certification
4 72 (10.42%) CCNP
5 43 (6.22%) CCIE
6 40 (5.79%) CCNA
6 40 (5.79%) Degree
7 21 (3.04%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (2.03%) CCDP
9 11 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
10 10 (1.45%) CISSP
11 9 (1.30%) AWS Certification
11 9 (1.30%) CCSE
11 9 (1.30%) MCSE
12 8 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.72%) CCSA
13 5 (0.72%) Chartered Engineer
13 5 (0.72%) CISM
13 5 (0.72%) JNCIP
13 5 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.46%) QA
2 10 (1.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 10 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.30%) GDPR
4 8 (1.16%) GCP
5 7 (1.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.87%) SLA
7 5 (0.72%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.72%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.29%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.14%) COBIT
System Software
1 149 (21.56%) Docker
2 109 (15.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (12.74%) Active Directory
4 39 (5.64%) VMware NSX
5 28 (4.05%) Squid
6 26 (3.76%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (3.47%) Hyper-V
8 21 (3.04%) Virtual Machines
9 18 (2.60%) XenDesktop
10 17 (2.46%) XenApp
11 16 (2.32%) Postfix
12 15 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
12 15 (2.17%) vSphere
13 13 (1.88%) vCloud
14 12 (1.74%) etcd
14 12 (1.74%) flannel
15 11 (1.59%) XenServer
16 9 (1.30%) NFS
17 8 (1.16%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 165 (23.88%) Ansible
2 148 (21.42%) Puppet
3 139 (20.12%) Terraform
4 108 (15.63%) Kubernetes
5 58 (8.39%) logstash
6 57 (8.25%) HAProxy
7 48 (6.95%) Opscode Chef
8 44 (6.37%) Kibana
9 39 (5.64%) ZABBIX
10 33 (4.78%) Nagios
11 24 (3.47%) Grafana
12 21 (3.04%) Consul
12 21 (3.04%) vCenter Server
13 20 (2.89%) Uchiwa
14 19 (2.75%) Pingdom
15 15 (2.17%) SCCM
16 14 (2.03%) Microsoft Clustering
16 14 (2.03%) Rancher
17 13 (1.88%) Docker Swarm
17 13 (1.88%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 193 (27.93%) Cisco
2 151 (21.85%) VMware
3 135 (19.54%) F5
4 103 (14.91%) Microsoft
5 82 (11.87%) Citrix
6 77 (11.14%) Juniper
7 64 (9.26%) Red Hat
8 50 (7.24%) CheckPoint
9 44 (6.37%) Oracle
10 41 (5.93%) Splunk
11 32 (4.63%) New Relic
12 29 (4.20%) Fortinet
13 27 (3.91%) Palo Alto
14 26 (3.76%) McAfee
15 23 (3.33%) Adobe
15 23 (3.33%) Google
15 23 (3.33%) hybris
15 23 (3.33%) SAP
16 22 (3.18%) IBM
17 21 (3.04%) SolarWinds