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 25 May 2016 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 628 621 603
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -18
Contract jobs citing OPNET 13 17 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.024% 0.031% 0.044%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.23% 0.39% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 15 16
Median daily rate £400 £423 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.32% +20.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £378 £350 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £279
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +36.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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
5601 4393 4117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 10.43% 8.11% 7.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3565 2731 2422
Median daily rate £450 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 180 148
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.19 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.80% -19.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £34.60 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £20.19 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+73.39% -19.26%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OPNET within the UK over the 3 months to 25 May 2016.

OPNET Daily Rate Histogram 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 14 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 25 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -18 13 £400 -5.32% 3
West Midlands -5 6 £388 +1.97%
Shropshire -29 6 £388 -
Telford -30 4 £388 -
Reading - 3 £500 -
South East - 3 £500 -
Berkshire - 3 £500 -
Yorkshire 0 2 £400 +14.28%
West Yorkshire -4 2 £400 +14.28%
Leeds -7 2 £400 +14.28%
London -7 1 - - 1
North West - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Macclesfield - 1 - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, 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 19 (55.88%) BMC
2 15 (44.12%) Cisco
2 15 (44.12%) Network Management
3 14 (41.18%) SQL
3 14 (41.18%) Unix
3 14 (41.18%) Linux
4 13 (38.24%) BMC PATROL
4 13 (38.24%) webMethods
4 13 (38.24%) Windows
4 13 (38.24%) WebLogic
4 13 (38.24%) Riverbed
4 13 (38.24%) SCOM
5 12 (35.29%) Network Architecture
5 12 (35.29%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (35.29%) Test Strategy
5 12 (35.29%) Digital Fuel
5 12 (35.29%) Oracle
5 12 (35.29%) Service Management
5 12 (35.29%) Change Management
5 12 (35.29%) logstash
5 12 (35.29%) Kibana
5 12 (35.29%) ELK Stack
6 11 (32.35%) SolarWinds
7 10 (29.41%) Firewall
7 10 (29.41%) WAN
8 9 (26.47%) CheckPoint
8 9 (26.47%) Network Design
8 9 (26.47%) Data Centre
9 8 (23.53%) ITIL
10 7 (20.59%) HP

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:

Application Platforms
1 13 (38.24%) WebLogic
2 12 (35.29%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (5.88%) Apache
4 1 (2.94%) JBoss
4 1 (2.94%) Smallworld
4 1 (2.94%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (29.41%) Firewall
1 10 (29.41%) WAN
2 7 (20.59%) BGP
3 6 (17.65%) Cisco Wireless
3 6 (17.65%) Wireless
4 5 (14.71%) Cisco Nexus
4 5 (14.71%) OSPF
5 4 (11.76%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 4 (11.76%) LAN
6 3 (8.82%) BIG-IP
7 2 (5.88%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (5.88%) EIGRP
7 2 (5.88%) MPLS
7 2 (5.88%) VPN
7 2 (5.88%) WLAN
8 1 (2.94%) Broadband
8 1 (2.94%) DMVPN
8 1 (2.94%) Ethernet
8 1 (2.94%) ISDN
8 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (14.71%) Finance
2 2 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15 (44.12%) Monitoring Engineer
2 14 (41.18%) Network Engineer
3 5 (14.71%) Senior Network Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) Network Support
4 4 (11.76%) Network Support Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) Support Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Cisco Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Design Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Network Design Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Designer
6 2 (5.88%) LAN Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) LAN/WAN Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Network Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Network Designer
6 2 (5.88%) Network Monitoring Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Project Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Senior Design Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Senior Network Design Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (35.29%) ELK Stack
2 3 (8.82%) CSS
3 1 (2.94%) .NET
3 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.94%) J2EE
3 1 (2.94%) Middleware
3 1 (2.94%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 9 (26.47%) Data Centre
2 4 (11.76%) e-Health
2 4 (11.76%) User Experience
3 1 (2.94%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.94%) DataPower
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.94%) Performance Metrics
3 1 (2.94%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 14 (41.18%) Linux
1 14 (41.18%) Unix
2 13 (38.24%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (44.12%) Network Management
2 12 (35.29%) Change Management
2 12 (35.29%) Network Architecture
2 12 (35.29%) Service Management
2 12 (35.29%) Test Strategy
3 9 (26.47%) Network Design
4 8 (23.53%) ITIL
5 4 (11.76%) Network Monitoring
6 3 (8.82%) ITIL V3
6 3 (8.82%) Load Balancing
6 3 (8.82%) Process Improvement
6 3 (8.82%) Project Management
6 3 (8.82%) Service Delivery
7 2 (5.88%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (5.88%) Change Control
7 2 (5.88%) Fault Management
7 2 (5.88%) Network Planning
7 2 (5.88%) Performance Management
7 2 (5.88%) Validation
8 1 (2.94%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 14 (41.18%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) Java
2 1 (2.94%) Lisp
2 1 (2.94%) Perl
2 1 (2.94%) PHP
Qualifications
1 4 (11.76%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (8.82%) CCNP
3 2 (5.88%) CCNA
3 2 (5.88%) Degree
4 1 (2.94%) CCDP
4 1 (2.94%) CCIE
4 1 (2.94%) JNCIA
4 1 (2.94%) JNCIE
4 1 (2.94%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) BS7799
1 3 (8.82%) ISO/IEC 17799
Systems Management
1 13 (38.24%) BMC PATROL
1 13 (38.24%) SCOM
2 12 (35.29%) Kibana
2 12 (35.29%) logstash
3 4 (11.76%) OpenView
3 4 (11.76%) Opsview
4 1 (2.94%) CA Wily
4 1 (2.94%) Cacti
4 1 (2.94%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (2.94%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (2.94%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 19 (55.88%) BMC
2 15 (44.12%) Cisco
3 13 (38.24%) Riverbed
3 13 (38.24%) webMethods
4 12 (35.29%) Digital Fuel
4 12 (35.29%) Oracle
5 11 (32.35%) SolarWinds
6 9 (26.47%) CheckPoint
7 7 (20.59%) Blue Coat
7 7 (20.59%) HP
8 5 (14.71%) CA
8 5 (14.71%) F5
9 4 (11.76%) Juniper
10 3 (8.82%) Fortinet
10 3 (8.82%) Nokia
10 3 (8.82%) Peregrine
11 2 (5.88%) IBM
11 2 (5.88%) Motorola
11 2 (5.88%) TippingPoint
11 2 (5.88%) Tufin