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 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 571 562 531
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -31
Contract jobs citing OPNET 18 15 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.034% 0.030% 0.083%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.41% 0.37% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 21
Average daily rate
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£298 £325 £403
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.46% -19.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £325 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £400 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £325 £378
% change year-on-year
-13.84% -13.90%
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
4429 4080 3690
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.33% 8.11% 7.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2738 2419 2163
Average daily rate £413 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £238 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 143 156
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -8.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.07 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.43 £32.17 £40.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+7.98% -0.45%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OPNET across the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

OPNET Daily Rate Histogram 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 August 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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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
South East -10 10 £265 -31.16%
London +21 5 £423 +5.62% 1
East of England - 2 £315 -
Yorkshire -34 1 £280 -13.84%
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OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 16 (44.44%) Cisco
2 15 (41.67%) Business Intelligence
2 15 (41.67%) SQL
3 13 (36.11%) SLA
3 13 (36.11%) Project Management
3 13 (36.11%) Firewall
3 13 (36.11%) F5
4 12 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
5 11 (30.56%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (27.78%) CCNP
6 10 (27.78%) Cisco ASA
6 10 (27.78%) SolarWinds
6 10 (27.78%) Radio Access Network
6 10 (27.78%) Network Monitoring
7 9 (25.00%) Cerion
7 9 (25.00%) Talend
7 9 (25.00%) Talend Open Studio
7 9 (25.00%) Greenplum
7 9 (25.00%) Korn
7 9 (25.00%) Ontologies
7 9 (25.00%) Perl
7 9 (25.00%) Back Office
7 9 (25.00%) BMC
8 8 (22.22%) MPLS
8 8 (22.22%) Middleware
8 8 (22.22%) CCNA
8 8 (22.22%) Citrix
8 8 (22.22%) MySQL
8 8 (22.22%) Oracle
8 8 (22.22%) ITIL

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.78%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 13 (36.11%) Firewall
2 12 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 10 (27.78%) Cisco ASA
3 10 (27.78%) Radio Access Network
4 8 (22.22%) MPLS
5 7 (19.44%) BGP
6 6 (16.67%) OSPF
6 6 (16.67%) Wireless
6 6 (16.67%) Wireshark
6 6 (16.67%) Broadband
7 5 (13.89%) WLAN
7 5 (13.89%) EIGRP
7 5 (13.89%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 4 (11.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 4 (11.11%) VLAN
8 4 (11.11%) WAN
8 4 (11.11%) VPN
8 4 (11.11%) SSL
9 3 (8.33%) LAN
10 2 (5.56%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (22.22%) MySQL
1 8 (22.22%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (25.00%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (2.78%) Fiddler
General
1 9 (25.00%) Back Office
2 7 (19.44%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.78%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (44.44%) Network Engineer
2 9 (25.00%) OSS Engineer
3 7 (19.44%) Data Scientist
3 7 (19.44%) Support Engineer
4 6 (16.67%) Back Office Engineer
5 4 (11.11%) Voice Engineer
5 4 (11.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (11.11%) OSS Support Engineer
5 4 (11.11%) Cisco Voice Engineer
6 3 (8.33%) Designer
6 3 (8.33%) Network Support
6 3 (8.33%) Design Engineer
6 3 (8.33%) Network Support Engineer
6 3 (8.33%) Network Designer
6 3 (8.33%) Communications Engineer
7 2 (5.56%) Network Specialist
7 2 (5.56%) Network Design Engineer
7 2 (5.56%) Data Network Engineer
7 2 (5.56%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (22.22%) Middleware
2 4 (11.11%) XMPP
3 2 (5.56%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 9 (25.00%) Ontologies
2 7 (19.44%) Visualisation
2 7 (19.44%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (16.67%) Computer Science
3 6 (16.67%) Economics
4 4 (11.11%) User Experience
5 3 (8.33%) Management Information System
6 2 (5.56%) CMDB
6 2 (5.56%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 8 (22.22%) Linux
2 7 (19.44%) UNIX
2 7 (19.44%) Windows
3 6 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (41.67%) Business Intelligence
2 13 (36.11%) Project Management
3 10 (27.78%) Network Monitoring
4 8 (22.22%) ITIL
5 6 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
5 6 (16.67%) Network Management
5 6 (16.67%) Analytics
5 6 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (16.67%) Network Planning
5 6 (16.67%) Load Balancing
6 4 (11.11%) Data Analysis
7 3 (8.33%) Network Design
7 3 (8.33%) Network Architecture
8 2 (5.56%) Change Management
8 2 (5.56%) Performance Management
8 2 (5.56%) DevOps
9 1 (2.78%) Data Analytics
9 1 (2.78%) Performance Monitoring
9 1 (2.78%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 15 (41.67%) SQL
2 9 (25.00%) Perl
2 9 (25.00%) Korn
3 7 (19.44%) Python
4 5 (13.89%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 11 (30.56%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (27.78%) CCNP
3 8 (22.22%) CCNA
4 6 (16.67%) PhD
5 4 (11.11%) HND
5 4 (11.11%) CCDP
5 4 (11.11%) Degree
6 2 (5.56%) Security Cleared
7 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
7 1 (2.78%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (36.11%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (16.67%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (11.11%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (5.56%) OpenView
3 2 (5.56%) Nagios
Vendors
1 16 (44.44%) Cisco
2 13 (36.11%) F5
3 10 (27.78%) SolarWinds
4 9 (25.00%) Greenplum
4 9 (25.00%) Talend
4 9 (25.00%) Cerion
4 9 (25.00%) BMC
5 8 (22.22%) Citrix
5 8 (22.22%) Oracle
5 8 (22.22%) Riverbed
6 7 (19.44%) Blue Coat
6 7 (19.44%) HP
7 6 (16.67%) Red Hat
8 5 (13.89%) TippingPoint
9 4 (11.11%) Aruba
9 4 (11.11%) CheckPoint
10 3 (8.33%) BT
11 2 (5.56%) Motorola
11 2 (5.56%) Nokia
11 2 (5.56%) McAfee