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 5 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
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 585 576 528
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -48
Contract jobs citing OPNET 17 20 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.032% 0.040% 0.087%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.39% 0.50% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 14
Average daily rate
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£315 £350 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -11.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £325 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £399 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
-13.84% -7.14%
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
4339 3995 3666
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.28% 7.96% 7.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2684 2354 2081
Average daily rate £410 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.80% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £345 £345
% change year-on-year
+8.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 130 133 164
Average hourly rate £23.25 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.36% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.30 £31.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+13.15% -15.55%

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 5 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 5 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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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 +10 7 £470 +25.33% 1
South East -6 7 £265 -31.16%
East of England +3 2 £315 +3.70%
Yorkshire -28 1 £280 -13.84%
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OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 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 23 (58.97%) Cisco
2 20 (51.28%) F5
3 19 (48.72%) Cisco Nexus
4 17 (43.59%) Firewall
5 16 (41.03%) BMC
6 15 (38.46%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (35.90%) CCNP
7 14 (35.90%) BGP
7 14 (35.90%) SolarWinds
7 14 (35.90%) Network Monitoring
8 13 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
9 12 (30.77%) Riverbed
9 12 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (30.77%) SQL
9 12 (30.77%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 11 (28.21%) ITIL
10 11 (28.21%) SLA
10 11 (28.21%) Project Management
11 10 (25.64%) OSPF
11 10 (25.64%) HP
11 10 (25.64%) Network Management
11 10 (25.64%) Blue Coat
11 10 (25.64%) Load Balancing
12 9 (23.08%) Cisco CUCM
12 9 (23.08%) Visualisation
12 9 (23.08%) CCNA
13 8 (20.51%) WLAN
13 8 (20.51%) EIGRP
13 8 (20.51%) Lisp
13 8 (20.51%) CheckPoint

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 (2.56%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 19 (48.72%) Cisco Nexus
2 17 (43.59%) Firewall
3 14 (35.90%) BGP
4 13 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
5 12 (30.77%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 10 (25.64%) OSPF
7 8 (20.51%) WLAN
7 8 (20.51%) EIGRP
8 7 (17.95%) MPLS
8 7 (17.95%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 7 (17.95%) Radio Access Network
9 6 (15.38%) Wireshark
9 6 (15.38%) Wireless
9 6 (15.38%) BIG-IP
10 5 (12.82%) Broadband
10 5 (12.82%) DMVPN
11 4 (10.26%) WAN
11 4 (10.26%) VPN
11 4 (10.26%) SSL
11 4 (10.26%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.38%) MySQL
1 6 (15.38%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (17.95%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (2.56%) Fiddler
General
1 7 (17.95%) Back Office
2 6 (15.38%) Telecoms
3 5 (12.82%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (48.72%) Network Engineer
2 7 (17.95%) OSS Engineer
3 6 (15.38%) Data Scientist
4 5 (12.82%) Back Office Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) Network Specialist
4 5 (12.82%) Network Design Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) Support Engineer
4 5 (12.82%) Design Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Voice Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Cisco Voice Engineer
5 4 (10.26%) Monitoring Specialist
6 3 (7.69%) OSS Support Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Communications Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) Designer
6 3 (7.69%) Network Designer
7 2 (5.13%) Network Consultant
7 2 (5.13%) Consultant
7 2 (5.13%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (20.51%) Middleware
2 6 (15.38%) CSS
3 4 (10.26%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (23.08%) Visualisation
2 8 (20.51%) User Experience
3 7 (17.95%) Ontologies
4 5 (12.82%) Computer Science
4 5 (12.82%) Economics
4 5 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (7.69%) Management Information System
6 2 (5.13%) CMDB
6 2 (5.13%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.38%) Linux
2 5 (12.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 5 (12.82%) UNIX
2 5 (12.82%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.90%) Network Monitoring
2 12 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
3 11 (28.21%) Project Management
3 11 (28.21%) ITIL
4 10 (25.64%) Load Balancing
4 10 (25.64%) Network Management
5 7 (17.95%) Network Architecture
6 6 (15.38%) Network Design
7 5 (12.82%) Network Planning
7 5 (12.82%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (12.82%) Analytics
8 4 (10.26%) Disaster Recovery
9 3 (7.69%) Data Analysis
9 3 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
10 2 (5.13%) DevOps
10 2 (5.13%) Performance Management
10 2 (5.13%) Change Management
11 1 (2.56%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 12 (30.77%) SQL
2 8 (20.51%) Lisp
3 7 (17.95%) Korn
3 7 (17.95%) Perl
4 6 (15.38%) Python
Qualifications
1 15 (38.46%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (35.90%) CCNP
3 9 (23.08%) CCNA
4 7 (17.95%) CCDP
5 5 (12.82%) PhD
6 3 (7.69%) HND
6 3 (7.69%) Degree
6 3 (7.69%) Security Cleared
7 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
8 1 (2.56%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (28.21%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (23.08%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (10.26%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (5.13%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (5.13%) OpenView
3 2 (5.13%) Nagios
Vendors
1 23 (58.97%) Cisco
2 20 (51.28%) F5
3 16 (41.03%) BMC
4 14 (35.90%) SolarWinds
5 12 (30.77%) Riverbed
6 10 (25.64%) HP
6 10 (25.64%) Blue Coat
7 8 (20.51%) TippingPoint
7 8 (20.51%) CheckPoint
8 7 (17.95%) Greenplum
8 7 (17.95%) Talend
8 7 (17.95%) Cerion
9 6 (15.38%) Oracle
9 6 (15.38%) Fortinet
9 6 (15.38%) Citrix
9 6 (15.38%) Juniper
9 6 (15.38%) Nokia
10 5 (12.82%) Red Hat
10 5 (12.82%) Motorola
11 4 (10.26%) Aruba