The table below looks at the statistics for OPNET skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 1 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
1 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Riverbed OPNET
UK
Rank 588 611 611
Rank change year-on-year
+23 0
Contract jobs citing OPNET 3 22 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.042% 0.021%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.067% 0.47% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 5
Median daily rate £475 £408 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.56% +16.42%
UK excluding London median daily rate - £408 £350
% change year-on-year
- +16.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £65.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Systems Management category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Systems Management Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
4492 4672 4548
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 10.03% 8.98% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2986 2958 2682
Median daily rate £455 £448 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.67% +7.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 137 159
Median hourly rate £32.50 £30.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +39.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £12.77 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.89% +24.44%

OPNET
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing OPNET as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Systems Management category.

OPNET Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

OPNET
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing OPNET within the UK.

OPNET Daily Rate Trend in the UK

OPNET
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing OPNET within the UK.

OPNET Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

OPNET
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the UK over the 3 months to 1 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +27 3 £475 +16.56% 1
Leeds - 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
London +3 1 £475 -
West End of London - 1 £475 -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OPNET also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for OPNET.

1 12 (92.31%) Cisco
2 10 (76.92%) Cisco ASA
2 10 (76.92%) Data Centre
3 9 (69.23%) SolarWinds
3 9 (69.23%) Network Management
3 9 (69.23%) Firewall
4 8 (61.54%) Wireless
4 8 (61.54%) Blue Coat
4 8 (61.54%) Change Management
4 8 (61.54%) Riverbed
4 8 (61.54%) WAN
4 8 (61.54%) VPN
4 8 (61.54%) LAN
4 8 (61.54%) Cisco Wireless
5 7 (53.85%) Cisco Nexus
5 7 (53.85%) CheckPoint
5 7 (53.85%) Load Balancing
5 7 (53.85%) CMDB
6 6 (46.15%) NetScaler
6 6 (46.15%) Process Improvement
6 6 (46.15%) ProxySG
6 6 (46.15%) Citrix
6 6 (46.15%) Project Management
6 6 (46.15%) Palo Alto
6 6 (46.15%) Arista
7 5 (38.46%) BGP
8 4 (30.77%) HP
8 4 (30.77%) Cisco IOS
9 3 (23.08%) F5
9 3 (23.08%) Fortinet

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 2 (15.38%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 10 (76.92%) Cisco ASA
2 9 (69.23%) Firewall
3 8 (61.54%) Cisco Wireless
3 8 (61.54%) LAN
3 8 (61.54%) VPN
3 8 (61.54%) WAN
3 8 (61.54%) Wireless
4 7 (53.85%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (46.15%) NetScaler
6 5 (38.46%) BGP
7 4 (30.77%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (23.08%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 3 (23.08%) OSPF
8 3 (23.08%) TCP/IP
9 2 (15.38%) EIGRP
9 2 (15.38%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 2 (15.38%) IOS XR
9 2 (15.38%) NX-OS
9 2 (15.38%) SSL
9 2 (15.38%) VRRP
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Ant
1 1 (7.69%) Gradle
1 1 (7.69%) Maven
General
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Network Engineer
1 6 (46.15%) Senior Network Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) Cisco Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Developer
3 1 (7.69%) Monitoring Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Network Monitoring Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Network Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) CSS
1 1 (7.69%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (76.92%) Data Centre
2 7 (53.85%) CMDB
3 2 (15.38%) DataPower
4 1 (7.69%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (69.23%) Network Management
2 8 (61.54%) Change Management
3 7 (53.85%) Load Balancing
4 6 (46.15%) Process Improvement
4 6 (46.15%) Project Management
5 2 (15.38%) Service Management
6 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (7.69%) Application Performance Monitoring
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.69%) DevOps
6 1 (7.69%) Incident Management
6 1 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (7.69%) ITIL V3
6 1 (7.69%) Network Monitoring
6 1 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
6 1 (7.69%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) Java
1 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
1 1 (7.69%) Python
1 1 (7.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) CCNP
1 2 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 6 (46.15%) ProxySG
2 1 (7.69%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (15.38%) FortiGate
1 2 (15.38%) HP UCMDB
1 2 (15.38%) OpenView
2 1 (7.69%) Ansible
2 1 (7.69%) Nagios
2 1 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (7.69%) OVSD
Vendors
1 12 (92.31%) Cisco
2 9 (69.23%) SolarWinds
3 8 (61.54%) Blue Coat
3 8 (61.54%) Riverbed
4 7 (53.85%) CheckPoint
5 6 (46.15%) Arista
5 6 (46.15%) Citrix
5 6 (46.15%) Palo Alto
6 4 (30.77%) HP
7 3 (23.08%) BMC
7 3 (23.08%) F5
7 3 (23.08%) Fortinet
8 2 (15.38%) IBM
8 2 (15.38%) Microsoft
8 2 (15.38%) Motorola
8 2 (15.38%) Splunk
8 2 (15.38%) TippingPoint
9 1 (7.69%) Juniper
9 1 (7.69%) Nokia