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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 563 530 504
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -26
Contract jobs citing OPNET 16 23 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.033% 0.048% 0.047%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.41% 0.63% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 9
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£423 £350 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.71% -36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £250 £370
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £390 £571
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £279 £550
% change year-on-year
+36.32% -49.31%
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
3881 3672 3069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 7.89% 7.65% 7.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2452 2172 1770
Average daily rate £415 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.09% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £224 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 140 168
Average hourly rate £20.19 £22.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.28% +11.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.55 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £45.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.19 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-19.26% +25.00%

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 22 May 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 -16 8 £463 +23.33% 1
Yorkshire - 4 £350 -
West Midlands - 4 £380 -
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OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 23 (85.19%) Cisco
1 23 (85.19%) F5
2 21 (77.78%) Cisco Nexus
3 19 (70.37%) BMC
4 18 (66.67%) Firewall
5 17 (62.96%) BGP
6 16 (59.26%) CCNP
6 16 (59.26%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (48.15%) HP
8 13 (48.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 12 (44.44%) Network Monitoring
9 12 (44.44%) SolarWinds
10 11 (40.74%) TippingPoint
10 11 (40.74%) Blue Coat
10 11 (40.74%) Lisp
10 11 (40.74%) EIGRP
10 11 (40.74%) CCNA
10 11 (40.74%) CCDP
10 11 (40.74%) WLAN
10 11 (40.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 10 (37.04%) ITIL
11 10 (37.04%) OSPF
11 10 (37.04%) Load Balancing
11 10 (37.04%) Riverbed
12 9 (33.33%) MPLS
12 9 (33.33%) Cisco CUCM
13 8 (29.63%) Network Management
13 8 (29.63%) User Experience
13 8 (29.63%) Visualisation

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

Communications & Networking
1 21 (77.78%) Cisco Nexus
2 18 (66.67%) Firewall
3 17 (62.96%) BGP
4 15 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
5 13 (48.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 11 (40.74%) EIGRP
6 11 (40.74%) WLAN
6 11 (40.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 10 (37.04%) OSPF
8 9 (33.33%) MPLS
9 6 (22.22%) BIG-IP
10 5 (18.52%) DMVPN
10 5 (18.52%) DMZ
11 4 (14.81%) Broadband
11 4 (14.81%) VPN
11 4 (14.81%) SSL
11 4 (14.81%) VLAN
11 4 (14.81%) Wireshark
11 4 (14.81%) Wireless
12 3 (11.11%) LAN
General
1 5 (18.52%) Retail
2 4 (14.81%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (62.96%) Network Engineer
2 6 (22.22%) Network Designer
2 6 (22.22%) Designer
3 5 (18.52%) Design Engineer
3 5 (18.52%) Network Design Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Voice Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Network Specialist
4 4 (14.81%) Monitoring Specialist
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Voice Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Data Scientist
5 3 (11.11%) Communications Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Network Consultant
6 2 (7.41%) Consultant
6 2 (7.41%) Network Monitoring Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Monitoring Engineer
7 1 (3.70%) Voice Network Engineer
7 1 (3.70%) DevOps Engineer
7 1 (3.70%) Data Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.93%) Middleware
2 6 (22.22%) CSS
3 4 (14.81%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (29.63%) User Experience
1 8 (29.63%) Visualisation
2 4 (14.81%) Computer Science
2 4 (14.81%) Economics
3 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (11.11%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (44.44%) Network Monitoring
2 10 (37.04%) ITIL
2 10 (37.04%) Load Balancing
3 8 (29.63%) Network Management
4 6 (22.22%) Network Architecture
5 5 (18.52%) Network Design
6 4 (14.81%) Project Management
6 4 (14.81%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (14.81%) Network Planning
6 4 (14.81%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (14.81%) Analytics
7 3 (11.11%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (11.11%) Data Analysis
8 2 (7.41%) Performance Management
9 1 (3.70%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 11 (40.74%) Lisp
2 4 (14.81%) SQL
2 4 (14.81%) Python
Qualifications
1 16 (59.26%) CCNP
1 16 (59.26%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (40.74%) CCNA
2 11 (40.74%) CCDP
3 4 (14.81%) PhD
4 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
4 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) SLA
Systems Management
1 9 (33.33%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (14.81%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (7.41%) OpenView
Vendors
1 23 (85.19%) Cisco
1 23 (85.19%) F5
2 19 (70.37%) BMC
3 13 (48.15%) HP
4 12 (44.44%) SolarWinds
5 11 (40.74%) TippingPoint
5 11 (40.74%) Blue Coat
6 10 (37.04%) Riverbed
7 6 (22.22%) CheckPoint
7 6 (22.22%) Nokia
7 6 (22.22%) Juniper
7 6 (22.22%) Fortinet
8 5 (18.52%) Motorola
9 4 (14.81%) Aruba
10 3 (11.11%) BT