The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for BIG-IP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited BIG-IP over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
F5 Networks BIG-IP
England / West Midlands
Rank 113 127 112
Rank change year-on-year +14 -15  
Contract jobs citing BIG-IP 3 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.13% 0.11% 0.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.93% 1.02% 2.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 3
Median daily rate £438 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -11.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £443 £401
% change year-on-year -7.34% +10.48%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

BIG-IP is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 321 293 344
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 14.07% 11.00% 14.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 136 154
Median daily rate £395 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 44
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -38.24% +34.54%  

BIG-IP
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing BIG-IP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for BIG-IP in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BIG-IP in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for BIG-IP in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BIG-IP in the West Midlands

BIG-IP
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BIG-IP within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 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
Birmingham +3 3 £438 -
BIG-IP
England

BIG-IP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing BIG-IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for BIG-IP.

1 6 (100.00%) Firewall
2 5 (83.33%) F5
2 5 (83.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 3 (50.00%) Network Security
3 3 (50.00%) Fortinet
3 3 (50.00%) Wireless
3 3 (50.00%) Load Balancing
3 3 (50.00%) Juniper
3 3 (50.00%) BMC
3 3 (50.00%) Cisco
3 3 (50.00%) IBM
3 3 (50.00%) HP
3 3 (50.00%) CheckPoint
4 2 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) CCNP
4 2 (33.33%) WAN
4 2 (33.33%) Intel Security
4 2 (33.33%) Service Management
4 2 (33.33%) TOWER Software
4 2 (33.33%) Blue Coat
4 2 (33.33%) Problem Management
4 2 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 2 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL V3
4 2 (33.33%) Aruba
4 2 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 2 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (33.33%) WAN Optimisation

BIG-IP
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 6 (100.00%) Firewall
2 5 (83.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 3 (50.00%) Network Security
3 3 (50.00%) Wireless
4 2 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 2 (33.33%) WAN
5 1 (16.67%) BGP
5 1 (16.67%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (16.67%) DHCP
5 1 (16.67%) DNS
5 1 (16.67%) Ethernet
5 1 (16.67%) OSPF
General
1 1 (16.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Network Engineer
1 3 (50.00%) Senior Network Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Consultant
2 2 (33.33%) Network Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Business Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Junior
3 1 (16.67%) Network Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Network Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Network Support
3 1 (16.67%) Network Support Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Security Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Security Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Security Technical Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Network Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Support Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Support Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) CSS
1 1 (16.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Load Balancing
2 2 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL V3
2 2 (33.33%) Problem Management
2 2 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
2 2 (33.33%) Service Management
2 2 (33.33%) WAN Optimisation
3 1 (16.67%) Application Performance Monitoring
3 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (16.67%) CRM
3 1 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
3 1 (16.67%) Identity Management
3 1 (16.67%) Network Design
3 1 (16.67%) Network Management
3 1 (16.67%) Network Monitoring
3 1 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
3 1 (16.67%) Project Management
3 1 (16.67%) Visualisation
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) CCNP
1 2 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (33.33%) SC Cleared
1 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) OpenView
1 1 (16.67%) OPNET
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) F5
2 3 (50.00%) BMC
2 3 (50.00%) CheckPoint
2 3 (50.00%) Cisco
2 3 (50.00%) Fortinet
2 3 (50.00%) HP
2 3 (50.00%) IBM
2 3 (50.00%) Juniper
3 2 (33.33%) Aruba
3 2 (33.33%) Blue Coat
3 2 (33.33%) Intel Security
3 2 (33.33%) TOWER Software
4 1 (16.67%) Brocade
4 1 (16.67%) Infoblox
4 1 (16.67%) Meru Networks
4 1 (16.67%) Nokia
4 1 (16.67%) Remedy
4 1 (16.67%) SolarWinds