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 27 January 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 552 525 485
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -40
Contract jobs citing OPNET 3 9 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.006% 0.020% 0.056%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.079% 0.28% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 6 14
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£350 £435 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.54% +2.35%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £373 £406
% change year-on-year
-6.04% -8.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
3815 3253 2737
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.25% 7.31% 6.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2341 1926 1508
Average daily rate £425 £395 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.59% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £222 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £334 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.41% -4.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 123 137 202
Average hourly rate £20.53 £21.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.23% -16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.75 £13.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £33.88 £41.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -17.64%

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 27 January 2015. 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
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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
London - - - -
South East - - - -
South West - - - -
East of England - - - - 1
OPNET
UK

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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 37 (88.10%) Cisco
2 32 (76.19%) BMC
3 27 (64.29%) F5
4 26 (61.90%) Firewall
5 24 (57.14%) Network Management
6 23 (54.76%) Network Monitoring
6 23 (54.76%) SolarWinds
6 23 (54.76%) ITIL
7 22 (52.38%) User Experience
8 21 (50.00%) HP
9 20 (47.62%) Cisco Certification
9 20 (47.62%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 19 (45.24%) Cisco Nexus
10 19 (45.24%) Juniper
10 19 (45.24%) BGP
11 17 (40.48%) Visualisation
11 17 (40.48%) Riverbed
12 16 (38.10%) Middleware
12 16 (38.10%) CCNP
12 16 (38.10%) CCNA
13 13 (30.95%) CheckPoint
13 13 (30.95%) Network Architecture
14 12 (28.57%) Fortinet
14 12 (28.57%) Load Balancing
14 12 (28.57%) Nokia
14 12 (28.57%) CSS
14 12 (28.57%) OSPF
14 12 (28.57%) BIG-IP
15 8 (19.05%) Performance Management
15 8 (19.05%) Continuous Improvement

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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.

Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 26 (61.90%) Firewall
2 20 (47.62%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 19 (45.24%) Cisco Nexus
3 19 (45.24%) BGP
4 12 (28.57%) OSPF
4 12 (28.57%) BIG-IP
5 7 (16.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 7 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (16.67%) EIGRP
5 7 (16.67%) WLAN
6 4 (9.52%) DMVPN
6 4 (9.52%) MPLS
6 4 (9.52%) DMZ
7 2 (4.76%) WAN
7 2 (4.76%) LAN
8 1 (2.38%) CDMA
8 1 (2.38%) GPRS
8 1 (2.38%) GSM
8 1 (2.38%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.76%) Oracle Database
General
1 7 (16.67%) Finance
2 4 (9.52%) Retail
3 1 (2.38%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.38%) Banking
3 1 (2.38%) Law
3 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (28.57%) Network Engineer
2 10 (23.81%) Network Specialist
2 10 (23.81%) Monitoring Specialist
3 7 (16.67%) Project Manager
4 6 (14.29%) Network Consultant
4 6 (14.29%) Consultant
5 5 (11.90%) Network Monitoring Engineer
5 5 (11.90%) Monitoring Engineer
6 4 (9.52%) Network Design Engineer
6 4 (9.52%) Design Engineer
6 4 (9.52%) Senior Network Engineer
7 3 (7.14%) Architect
7 3 (7.14%) Network Designer
7 3 (7.14%) Designer
8 2 (4.76%) Python Programmer
8 2 (4.76%) OSS Architect
8 2 (4.76%) OSS Solutions Architect
8 2 (4.76%) Programmer
8 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 2 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (38.10%) Middleware
2 12 (28.57%) CSS
3 2 (4.76%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 22 (52.38%) User Experience
2 17 (40.48%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (57.14%) Network Management
2 23 (54.76%) Network Monitoring
2 23 (54.76%) ITIL
3 13 (30.95%) Network Architecture
4 12 (28.57%) Load Balancing
5 8 (19.05%) Performance Management
5 8 (19.05%) Continuous Improvement
5 8 (19.05%) Performance Monitoring
6 4 (9.52%) Network Design
7 2 (4.76%) Network Planning
8 1 (2.38%) SOA
8 1 (2.38%) PRINCE2
8 1 (2.38%) TOGAF
8 1 (2.38%) Project Management
8 1 (2.38%) Change Management
8 1 (2.38%) Business Transformation
8 1 (2.38%) Enterprise Architecture
8 1 (2.38%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 7 (16.67%) Lisp
2 2 (4.76%) SQL
2 2 (4.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 20 (47.62%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (38.10%) CCNP
2 16 (38.10%) CCNA
3 7 (16.67%) CCDP
4 3 (7.14%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) PMP
5 1 (2.38%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.52%) QA
Systems Management
1 7 (16.67%) OpenView
2 4 (9.52%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (4.76%) Netcool
Vendors
1 37 (88.10%) Cisco
2 32 (76.19%) BMC
3 27 (64.29%) F5
4 23 (54.76%) SolarWinds
5 21 (50.00%) HP
6 19 (45.24%) Juniper
7 17 (40.48%) Riverbed
8 13 (30.95%) CheckPoint
9 12 (28.57%) Fortinet
9 12 (28.57%) Nokia
10 7 (16.67%) TippingPoint
10 7 (16.67%) SevOne
10 7 (16.67%) Blue Coat
10 7 (16.67%) Avaya
10 7 (16.67%) EMC
11 4 (9.52%) Motorola
12 2 (4.76%) Greenplum
12 2 (4.76%) Remedy
12 2 (4.76%) Cramer
12 2 (4.76%) NetCracker