The table below looks at the statistics for OPNET skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 28 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 621 587 578
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -9
Contract jobs citing OPNET 11 23 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.021% 0.045% 0.042%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.22% 0.56% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 15 10
Average daily rate £500 £423 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.34% +40.83%
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £380 £263
% change year-on-year
+31.57% +44.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
OPNET
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Systems Management category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Systems Management Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
5006 4134 3896
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 9.77% 8.18% 7.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3205 2525 2264
Average daily rate £450 £417 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.91% +4.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 192 152
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.19 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.91% -19.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.80 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £33.80 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.19 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.46% -19.26%

OPNET
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OPNET across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Systems Management category.

OPNET Jobs Demand Trend in England

OPNET
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing OPNET across the England region.

OPNET Daily Rate Trend in England

OPNET
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing OPNET across the England region.

OPNET Hourly Rate Trend in England

OPNET
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the England region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands -9 6 £400 -11.11%
South East - 2 £500 -
Yorkshire -5 1 - -
London -6 1 - -
OPNET
UK

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing OPNET also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited OPNET.

1 15 (62.50%) BMC
2 14 (58.33%) SQL
2 14 (58.33%) Unix
2 14 (58.33%) Linux
3 13 (54.17%) Windows
3 13 (54.17%) WebLogic
3 13 (54.17%) BMC PATROL
3 13 (54.17%) webMethods
3 13 (54.17%) SCOM
4 12 (50.00%) ELK Stack
4 12 (50.00%) Test Strategy
4 12 (50.00%) Digital Fuel
4 12 (50.00%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (50.00%) logstash
4 12 (50.00%) Kibana
4 12 (50.00%) Oracle
4 12 (50.00%) Service Management
5 9 (37.50%) Cisco
6 8 (33.33%) Change Management
6 8 (33.33%) Network Design
6 8 (33.33%) Network Architecture
6 8 (33.33%) Riverbed
6 8 (33.33%) Data Centre
7 7 (29.17%) SolarWinds
7 7 (29.17%) Network Management
7 7 (29.17%) Blue Coat
8 6 (25.00%) Firewall
8 6 (25.00%) Wireless
8 6 (25.00%) WAN
8 6 (25.00%) CheckPoint

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing OPNET also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited OPNET. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (54.17%) WebLogic
2 12 (50.00%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (8.33%) Apache
4 1 (4.17%) JBoss
4 1 (4.17%) Smallworld
4 1 (4.17%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (25.00%) Cisco Wireless
1 6 (25.00%) Firewall
1 6 (25.00%) WAN
1 6 (25.00%) Wireless
2 3 (12.50%) BGP
3 2 (8.33%) MPLS
3 2 (8.33%) OSPF
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (4.17%) DMZ
4 1 (4.17%) DWDM
4 1 (4.17%) EIGRP
4 1 (4.17%) Ethernet
4 1 (4.17%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 1 (4.17%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 1 (4.17%) IPv6
4 1 (4.17%) Multicast
4 1 (4.17%) Network Security
4 1 (4.17%) VPLS
4 1 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) Big Data
General
1 4 (16.67%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (54.17%) Monitoring Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Network Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Design Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Network Design Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Architect
5 2 (8.33%) Designer
5 2 (8.33%) Network Architect
5 2 (8.33%) Network Designer
5 2 (8.33%) Project Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Senior Design Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) Senior Network Design Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Network Security Architect
6 1 (4.17%) Optical Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Security Architect
6 1 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (50.00%) ELK Stack
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) .NET Framework
2 1 (4.17%) J2EE
2 1 (4.17%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 8 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.17%) DataPower
2 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.17%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.17%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (58.33%) Linux
1 14 (58.33%) Unix
2 13 (54.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) Service Management
1 12 (50.00%) Test Strategy
2 8 (33.33%) Change Management
2 8 (33.33%) Network Architecture
2 8 (33.33%) Network Design
3 7 (29.17%) Network Management
4 3 (12.50%) Process Improvement
4 3 (12.50%) Project Management
5 2 (8.33%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (8.33%) ITIL
5 2 (8.33%) Network Planning
6 1 (4.17%) Analytics
6 1 (4.17%) Big Data Analytics
6 1 (4.17%) Business Analysis
6 1 (4.17%) Data Analytics
6 1 (4.17%) eTOM
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (4.17%) Migration
6 1 (4.17%) Operations Research
6 1 (4.17%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (58.33%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) Java
2 1 (4.17%) Perl
2 1 (4.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (8.33%) CCNP
3 1 (4.17%) CCDP
3 1 (4.17%) CCIE
3 1 (4.17%) CCNA
3 1 (4.17%) Degree
3 1 (4.17%) JNCIA
3 1 (4.17%) JNCIE
3 1 (4.17%) JNCIP
Systems Management
1 13 (54.17%) BMC PATROL
1 13 (54.17%) SCOM
2 12 (50.00%) Kibana
2 12 (50.00%) logstash
3 4 (16.67%) Opsview
4 1 (4.17%) CA Wily
4 1 (4.17%) Cacti
4 1 (4.17%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 15 (62.50%) BMC
2 13 (54.17%) webMethods
3 12 (50.00%) Digital Fuel
3 12 (50.00%) Oracle
4 9 (37.50%) Cisco
5 8 (33.33%) Riverbed
6 7 (29.17%) Blue Coat
6 7 (29.17%) SolarWinds
7 6 (25.00%) CheckPoint
8 2 (8.33%) HP
8 2 (8.33%) IBM
9 1 (4.17%) AppDynamics
9 1 (4.17%) Dynatrace
9 1 (4.17%) F5
9 1 (4.17%) Juniper
9 1 (4.17%) NetCracker
9 1 (4.17%) New Relic
9 1 (4.17%) Splunk
9 1 (4.17%) TippingPoint
9 1 (4.17%) Tufin