Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 373 340 284
Rank change year-on-year -33 -56 +64
Contract jobs citing Load Balancing 680 732 991
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.74% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 0.86% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 433 472 648
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.47% +7.50%
10th Percentile £358 £320 £308
90th Percentile £631 £638 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £380
% change year-on-year +3.03% +8.55% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 10 7
UK median hourly rate £44.18 £36.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.72% -10.00% +2.56%
10th Percentile £16.75 £13.07 £29.80
90th Percentile £47.09 £65.30 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.88 £38.20 £40.00
% change year-on-year +20.08% -4.49% +2.56%

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 88,242 85,195 90,467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.74% 85.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,214 56,472 59,717
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.88% +3.16%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £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 2,044 2,454
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.17 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.32% +8.70% +4.55%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -43 620 £500 +5.26% 156
UK excluding London -57 345 £425 +3.03% 113
London -4 315 £550 - 47
South East -62 88 £455 +6.94% 35
North of England -76 87 £475 +5.56% 41
South West -2 49 £425 +16.44% 8
North West -37 46 £550 +2.80% 19
East of England +36 40 £425 -13.27% 11
Midlands -39 38 £350 - 14
Yorkshire -28 34 £450 -15.89% 19
Scotland -15 27 £395 -12.22% 3
West Midlands -32 23 £300 -16.67% 12
Wales -9 17 £400 +42.86% 1
East Midlands +4 15 £358 +10.00% 2
North East -37 7 £490 +35.17% 3

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 338 (49.71%) Firewall
2 267 (39.26%) DevOps
3 257 (37.79%) Linux
4 211 (31.03%) Cisco
4 211 (31.03%) Amazon AWS
5 209 (30.74%) DNS
6 189 (27.79%) Windows
7 163 (23.97%) F5
8 152 (22.35%) Ansible
9 150 (22.06%) VMware
10 148 (21.76%) Jenkins
11 131 (19.26%) Python
12 126 (18.53%) VPN
12 126 (18.53%) Docker
13 123 (18.09%) Data Centre
14 122 (17.94%) Agile Software Development
15 120 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
15 120 (17.65%) Git (software)
16 118 (17.35%) Puppet
17 117 (17.21%) Microsoft
18 107 (15.74%) Microsoft Azure
19 104 (15.29%) Windows Server
19 104 (15.29%) Configuration Management
20 101 (14.85%) WAN
21 100 (14.71%) TCP/IP
21 100 (14.71%) Unix
21 100 (14.71%) ITIL
21 100 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
22 99 (14.56%) LAN
23 98 (14.41%) Terraform

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 83 (12.21%) Apache
2 56 (8.24%) IIS
3 53 (7.79%) Elasticsearch
4 44 (6.47%) nginx
5 41 (6.03%) Confluence
6 35 (5.15%) Tomcat
7 23 (3.38%) OpenStack
7 23 (3.38%) Skype for Business
8 20 (2.94%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 17 (2.50%) MS Exchange
10 13 (1.91%) JBoss
11 12 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2010
11 12 (1.76%) WebSphere
12 11 (1.62%) BizTalk Server
12 11 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2013
13 10 (1.47%) SharePoint
14 9 (1.32%) WebLogic
14 9 (1.32%) WebSphere Application Server
15 8 (1.18%) Apache Spark
15 8 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 12 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.74%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 211 (31.03%) Amazon AWS
2 107 (15.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 62 (9.12%) PaaS
4 59 (8.68%) Amazon EC2
5 57 (8.38%) Amazon S3
6 56 (8.24%) IaaS
7 45 (6.62%) Amazon ELB
8 36 (5.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 34 (5.00%) SaaS
10 32 (4.71%) AWS CloudFormation
11 27 (3.97%) Office 365
12 24 (3.53%) Cloud Computing
13 23 (3.38%) GitHub
13 23 (3.38%) Google Cloud Platform
14 21 (3.09%) AWS Lambda
15 20 (2.94%) Serverless
16 19 (2.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 18 (2.65%) OpenShift
18 10 (1.47%) Amazon SQS
18 10 (1.47%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 338 (49.71%) Firewall
2 209 (30.74%) DNS
3 126 (18.53%) VPN
4 101 (14.85%) WAN
5 100 (14.71%) TCP/IP
6 99 (14.56%) LAN
7 83 (12.21%) SSL
8 82 (12.06%) HTTP
9 70 (10.29%) OSPF
10 66 (9.71%) Cisco Nexus
11 64 (9.41%) BGP
12 58 (8.53%) Network Security
13 56 (8.24%) MPLS
14 51 (7.50%) Wireless
15 46 (6.76%) NetScaler
16 42 (6.18%) Cisco ASA
16 42 (6.18%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 41 (6.03%) SAN
18 40 (5.88%) BIG-IP
18 40 (5.88%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (11.62%) SQL Server
2 69 (10.15%) MySQL
3 62 (9.12%) MongoDB
4 44 (6.47%) PostgreSQL
5 32 (4.71%) NoSQL
6 29 (4.26%) Amazon RDS
7 22 (3.24%) Redis
8 20 (2.94%) Big Data
8 20 (2.94%) Hadoop
9 18 (2.65%) InfluxDB
9 18 (2.65%) MariaDB
10 16 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (2.06%) HBase
12 13 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 12 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
14 11 (1.62%) NuoDB
15 10 (1.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 10 (1.47%) Oracle Database
15 10 (1.47%) Relational Database
16 8 (1.18%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 148 (21.76%) Jenkins
2 120 (17.65%) Git (software)
3 58 (8.53%) Artifactory
4 54 (7.94%) Sonatype Nexus
5 45 (6.62%) Bitbucket
5 45 (6.62%) JIRA
6 27 (3.97%) Maven
7 19 (2.79%) GitLab
8 17 (2.50%) Octopus Deploy
8 17 (2.50%) SonarQube
9 15 (2.21%) Selenium
9 15 (2.21%) Subversion
10 14 (2.06%) Team Foundation Server
10 14 (2.06%) TeamCity
11 11 (1.62%) Ant
12 10 (1.47%) Vagrant
13 9 (1.32%) JMeter
13 9 (1.32%) JUnit
13 9 (1.32%) Visual Studio
13 9 (1.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 79 (11.62%) Finance
2 42 (6.18%) Banking
3 25 (3.68%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.94%) Marketing
5 15 (2.21%) Legal
5 15 (2.21%) Retail
6 11 (1.62%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.59%) Electronics
7 4 (0.59%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.59%) Publishing
8 2 (0.29%) Back Office
8 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.15%) French Language
9 1 (0.15%) Games
9 1 (0.15%) Law
9 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 177 (26.03%) DevOps Engineer
2 120 (17.65%) Network Engineer
3 71 (10.44%) AWS Engineer
4 63 (9.26%) AWS DevOps
5 58 (8.53%) AWS DevOps Engineer
6 55 (8.09%) Architect
7 32 (4.71%) Consultant
8 31 (4.56%) Developer
9 30 (4.41%) Analyst
10 29 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 26 (3.82%) Cisco Engineer
12 25 (3.68%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 25 (3.68%) Cloud Engineer
12 25 (3.68%) Senior Network Engineer
13 24 (3.53%) Security Engineer
14 23 (3.38%) Senior DevOps
15 22 (3.24%) Administrator
15 22 (3.24%) Azure Engineer
16 21 (3.09%) Linux Engineer
16 21 (3.09%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (8.68%) Elastic Stack
2 42 (6.18%) Middleware
3 37 (5.44%) .NET
4 36 (5.29%) RabbitMQ
5 30 (4.41%) Web Services
6 27 (3.97%) LAMP
7 26 (3.82%) Sensu
8 23 (3.38%) Kafka
8 23 (3.38%) REST
9 21 (3.09%) Node.js
9 21 (3.09%) Spring Boot
10 18 (2.65%) 802.1X
10 18 (2.65%) LDAP
11 17 (2.50%) .NET Framework
11 17 (2.50%) J2EE
11 17 (2.50%) SAML
12 15 (2.21%) ActiveMQ
13 14 (2.06%) CGI
13 14 (2.06%) Embperl
13 14 (2.06%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 123 (18.09%) Data Centre
2 50 (7.35%) Public Cloud
3 47 (6.91%) Clustering
4 38 (5.59%) Private Cloud
5 33 (4.85%) PKI
6 31 (4.56%) Computer Science
7 30 (4.41%) Linux Command Line
8 29 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
9 16 (2.35%) Greenfield Project
10 13 (1.91%) Hybrid Cloud
10 13 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (1.32%) Fintech
11 9 (1.32%) Management Information System
12 7 (1.03%) Replication
13 6 (0.88%) BBC
13 6 (0.88%) Cloud Native
13 6 (0.88%) User Experience
13 6 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
14 4 (0.59%) Blog
14 4 (0.59%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 257 (37.79%) Linux
2 189 (27.79%) Windows
3 104 (15.29%) Windows Server
4 100 (14.71%) Unix
5 54 (7.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 49 (7.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (3.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (3.68%) Windows 10
9 23 (3.38%) CentOS
9 23 (3.38%) Solaris
10 18 (2.65%) SUSE
11 17 (2.50%) Windows 7
12 14 (2.06%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 12 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (1.62%) AIX
15 7 (1.03%) CoreOS
15 7 (1.03%) Windows 8
16 6 (0.88%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.59%) Check Point GAiA
18 3 (0.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 267 (39.26%) DevOps
2 122 (17.94%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (15.29%) Configuration Management
4 100 (14.71%) ITIL
5 82 (12.06%) Continuous Integration
6 72 (10.59%) Migration
7 62 (9.12%) Microservices
8 60 (8.82%) High Availability
9 56 (8.24%) Continuous Delivery
10 51 (7.50%) Change Management
11 50 (7.35%) Network Design
12 47 (6.91%) Mentoring
12 47 (6.91%) Open Source
13 46 (6.76%) Deployment Automation
14 42 (6.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 42 (6.18%) Service Management
15 38 (5.59%) E-Commerce
15 38 (5.59%) Problem-Solving
16 33 (4.85%) SDLC
17 31 (4.56%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 131 (19.26%) Python
2 87 (12.79%) Java
3 81 (11.91%) PowerShell
4 78 (11.47%) SQL
5 77 (11.32%) Perl
5 77 (11.32%) Ruby
6 65 (9.56%) Bash Shell
7 26 (3.82%) C#
8 24 (3.53%) JavaScript
9 22 (3.24%) Shell Script
10 20 (2.94%) PHP
11 19 (2.79%) C
12 16 (2.35%) T-SQL
13 13 (1.91%) Groovy
14 7 (1.03%) Go
15 6 (0.88%) Scala
16 5 (0.74%) ActionScript
16 5 (0.74%) ActionScript 2.0
17 4 (0.59%) Tcl
17 4 (0.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 120 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
2 89 (13.09%) CCNP
3 81 (11.91%) Security Cleared
4 75 (11.03%) SC Cleared
5 57 (8.38%) CCIE
6 52 (7.65%) CCNA
7 42 (6.18%) Degree
8 25 (3.68%) Microsoft Certification
9 18 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
10 15 (2.21%) CCDP
10 15 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (1.76%) MCSE
12 10 (1.47%) CCSE
13 9 (1.32%) Citrix Certification
14 6 (0.88%) CCIE Security
14 6 (0.88%) CCSA
14 6 (0.88%) CISSP
15 5 (0.74%) CCIE Data Center
15 5 (0.74%) MCSA
15 5 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.65%) QA
2 11 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.47%) GDPR
4 7 (1.03%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.88%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.74%) SLA
7 4 (0.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 4 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.15%) COBIT
10 1 (0.15%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.15%) PMO
System Software
1 126 (18.53%) Docker
2 100 (14.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 95 (13.97%) Active Directory
4 38 (5.59%) VMware NSX
5 23 (3.38%) Hyper-V
5 23 (3.38%) Virtual Machines
5 23 (3.38%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (2.94%) XenApp
7 18 (2.65%) Squid
7 18 (2.65%) vSphere
8 17 (2.50%) XenDesktop
9 13 (1.91%) Microsoft App-V
9 13 (1.91%) Postfix
9 13 (1.91%) ProxySG
10 12 (1.76%) NFS
10 12 (1.76%) XenServer
11 11 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (1.32%) vCloud
13 7 (1.03%) HDFS
13 7 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 152 (22.35%) Ansible
2 118 (17.35%) Puppet
3 98 (14.41%) Terraform
4 91 (13.38%) Kubernetes
5 61 (8.97%) Opscode Chef
6 45 (6.62%) Nagios
6 45 (6.62%) ZABBIX
7 40 (5.88%) logstash
8 38 (5.59%) Kibana
9 27 (3.97%) HAProxy
9 27 (3.97%) Rancher
10 23 (3.38%) Uchiwa
11 22 (3.24%) ITRS Geneos
12 21 (3.09%) Docker Swarm
12 21 (3.09%) Pingdom
13 20 (2.94%) BladeLogic
14 19 (2.79%) vCenter Server
15 14 (2.06%) CFEngine
15 14 (2.06%) Microsoft Clustering
15 14 (2.06%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 211 (31.03%) Cisco
2 163 (23.97%) F5
3 150 (22.06%) VMware
4 117 (17.21%) Microsoft
5 73 (10.74%) Juniper
6 72 (10.59%) CheckPoint
7 68 (10.00%) Citrix
8 67 (9.85%) Red Hat
9 55 (8.09%) Oracle
10 46 (6.76%) Splunk
11 35 (5.15%) Fortinet
12 33 (4.85%) New Relic
13 31 (4.56%) Google
14 25 (3.68%) SolarWinds
15 24 (3.53%) McAfee
16 23 (3.38%) hybris
17 22 (3.24%) Adobe
17 22 (3.24%) IBM
17 22 (3.24%) Palo Alto
17 22 (3.24%) Riverbed