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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 540 534 501
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -33
Contract jobs citing OPNET 12 14 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.025% 0.030% 0.039%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.31% 0.42% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 11
Average daily rate
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£400 £488 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.94% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £370 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £500 £999
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £500 £406
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +23.07%
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 3367 2688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 8.00% 7.30% 6.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2289 1911 1547
Average daily rate £425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.86% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 155 174
Average hourly rate £22.50 £23.20 £22.37
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.01% +3.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.90 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%

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 4 March 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 -8 1 £475 - 1
South East - - - -
South West - - - -
East of England - - - -
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OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 38 (90.48%) Cisco
2 31 (73.81%) BMC
3 28 (66.67%) F5
4 24 (57.14%) Cisco Certification
4 24 (57.14%) Firewall
5 23 (54.76%) Cisco Nexus
6 22 (52.38%) BGP
7 21 (50.00%) CCNP
7 21 (50.00%) HP
7 21 (50.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 21 (50.00%) Network Monitoring
7 21 (50.00%) Network Management
7 21 (50.00%) SolarWinds
8 20 (47.62%) ITIL
9 19 (45.24%) Juniper
9 19 (45.24%) User Experience
10 18 (42.86%) Riverbed
11 17 (40.48%) CCNA
12 16 (38.10%) Visualisation
13 14 (33.33%) Middleware
14 13 (30.95%) CheckPoint
14 13 (30.95%) OSPF
14 13 (30.95%) Load Balancing
14 13 (30.95%) Network Architecture
15 12 (28.57%) BIG-IP
15 12 (28.57%) Fortinet
15 12 (28.57%) CSS
15 12 (28.57%) Nokia
16 11 (26.19%) Cisco ASA
17 10 (23.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 1 (2.38%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 24 (57.14%) Firewall
2 23 (54.76%) Cisco Nexus
3 22 (52.38%) BGP
4 21 (50.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 13 (30.95%) OSPF
6 12 (28.57%) BIG-IP
7 11 (26.19%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (23.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 10 (23.81%) WLAN
8 10 (23.81%) EIGRP
9 7 (16.67%) DMVPN
9 7 (16.67%) DMZ
10 5 (11.90%) MPLS
11 3 (7.14%) LAN
12 2 (4.76%) WAN
13 1 (2.38%) CDMA
13 1 (2.38%) GPRS
13 1 (2.38%) GSM
13 1 (2.38%) VPN
13 1 (2.38%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database
General
1 7 (16.67%) Finance
1 7 (16.67%) Retail
2 1 (2.38%) Banking
2 1 (2.38%) Law
2 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.38%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (38.10%) Network Engineer
2 10 (23.81%) Monitoring Specialist
2 10 (23.81%) Network Specialist
3 7 (16.67%) Network Design Engineer
3 7 (16.67%) Project Manager
3 7 (16.67%) Design Engineer
4 5 (11.90%) Network Monitoring Engineer
4 5 (11.90%) Monitoring Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Network Consultant
5 3 (7.14%) Consultant
5 3 (7.14%) Network Designer
5 3 (7.14%) Senior Network Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Designer
6 2 (4.76%) Python Programmer
6 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (4.76%) Programmer
6 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 2 (4.76%) Architect
7 1 (2.38%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (2.38%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (33.33%) Middleware
2 12 (28.57%) CSS
3 2 (4.76%) Django
4 1 (2.38%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (45.24%) User Experience
2 16 (38.10%) Visualisation
3 1 (2.38%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (50.00%) Network Monitoring
1 21 (50.00%) Network Management
2 20 (47.62%) ITIL
3 13 (30.95%) Load Balancing
3 13 (30.95%) Network Architecture
4 9 (21.43%) Performance Monitoring
5 8 (19.05%) Continuous Improvement
6 7 (16.67%) Network Design
7 5 (11.90%) Performance Management
8 2 (4.76%) Network Planning
8 2 (4.76%) Project Management
9 1 (2.38%) SOA
9 1 (2.38%) PRINCE2
9 1 (2.38%) Change Management
9 1 (2.38%) TOGAF
9 1 (2.38%) Enterprise Architecture
9 1 (2.38%) Customer Engagement
9 1 (2.38%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 10 (23.81%) Lisp
2 2 (4.76%) SQL
2 2 (4.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 24 (57.14%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (50.00%) CCNP
3 17 (40.48%) CCNA
4 10 (23.81%) CCDP
5 2 (4.76%) VCP4
6 1 (2.38%) PMP
6 1 (2.38%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.38%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) SLA
Systems Management
1 8 (19.05%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (9.52%) OpenView
3 1 (2.38%) Netcool
3 1 (2.38%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 38 (90.48%) Cisco
2 31 (73.81%) BMC
3 28 (66.67%) F5
4 21 (50.00%) HP
4 21 (50.00%) SolarWinds
5 19 (45.24%) Juniper
6 18 (42.86%) Riverbed
7 13 (30.95%) CheckPoint
8 12 (28.57%) Fortinet
8 12 (28.57%) Nokia
9 10 (23.81%) Blue Coat
9 10 (23.81%) TippingPoint
10 7 (16.67%) SevOne
10 7 (16.67%) Avaya
10 7 (16.67%) Motorola
10 7 (16.67%) EMC
11 1 (2.38%) Oracle
11 1 (2.38%) Compuware
11 1 (2.38%) Citrix
11 1 (2.38%) Remedy
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Circle Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £410 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
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Nakama
Rate: From £450 to £475 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Telford
Jumar Solutions
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 19 days ago