The table below looks at the statistics for OPNET skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 568 548 507
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -41
Contract jobs citing OPNET 3 11 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.006% 0.023% 0.053%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.074% 0.31% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 14
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£350 £395 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.39% -7.05%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £373 £406
% change year-on-year
-6.04% -8.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average 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
4043 3565 2975
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.07% 7.30% 6.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2454 2048 1610
Average daily rate £425 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.38% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £330 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.84% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 139 209
Average hourly rate £20.03 £18.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.27% -26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.15 £33.78 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -16.00%

OPNET
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OPNET within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the UK over the 3 months to 28 January 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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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
England -25 3 £350 -19.54% 2
East of England - - - - 1
Northern Ireland - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Corsham - - - -
London - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Wiltshire - - - -
City of London - - - -
South East - - - -
South West - - - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 40 (88.89%) Cisco
2 30 (66.67%) BMC
3 29 (64.44%) Firewall
4 25 (55.56%) F5
5 24 (53.33%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (48.89%) Network Management
7 21 (46.67%) SolarWinds
7 21 (46.67%) Network Monitoring
7 21 (46.67%) HP
7 21 (46.67%) ITIL
8 20 (44.44%) CCNA
8 20 (44.44%) User Experience
9 18 (40.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 17 (37.78%) Cisco Nexus
10 17 (37.78%) Juniper
10 17 (37.78%) BGP
11 16 (35.56%) Middleware
11 16 (35.56%) CCNP
12 15 (33.33%) Visualisation
12 15 (33.33%) Riverbed
13 11 (24.44%) Network Architecture
13 11 (24.44%) CheckPoint
14 10 (22.22%) Nokia
14 10 (22.22%) OSPF
14 10 (22.22%) CSS
14 10 (22.22%) BIG-IP
14 10 (22.22%) Fortinet
14 10 (22.22%) Load Balancing
15 8 (17.78%) Continuous Improvement
15 8 (17.78%) Performance Management

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 2 (4.44%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 29 (64.44%) Firewall
2 18 (40.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 17 (37.78%) Cisco Nexus
3 17 (37.78%) BGP
4 10 (22.22%) OSPF
4 10 (22.22%) BIG-IP
5 7 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (15.56%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 7 (15.56%) WLAN
5 7 (15.56%) EIGRP
6 5 (11.11%) FTP
6 5 (11.11%) HTTP
6 5 (11.11%) TCP/IP
6 5 (11.11%) DNS
6 5 (11.11%) SSL
6 5 (11.11%) Wireshark
6 5 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (8.89%) DMVPN
7 4 (8.89%) MPLS
7 4 (8.89%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle Database
General
1 7 (15.56%) Finance
2 4 (8.89%) Retail
3 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.22%) Law
3 1 (2.22%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.22%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (24.44%) Network Engineer
2 9 (20.00%) Network Specialist
2 9 (20.00%) Monitoring Specialist
3 7 (15.56%) Project Manager
4 6 (13.33%) Network Consultant
4 6 (13.33%) Consultant
5 5 (11.11%) Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) Network Design Engineer
6 4 (8.89%) Network Monitoring Engineer
6 4 (8.89%) Monitoring Engineer
6 4 (8.89%) Design Engineer
7 3 (6.67%) Network Designer
7 3 (6.67%) Architect
7 3 (6.67%) Designer
7 3 (6.67%) Senior Network Engineer
8 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Manager
8 2 (4.44%) OSS Architect
8 2 (4.44%) Python Programmer
8 2 (4.44%) OSS Solutions Architect
8 2 (4.44%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (35.56%) Middleware
2 10 (22.22%) CSS
3 2 (4.44%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 20 (44.44%) User Experience
2 15 (33.33%) Visualisation
3 5 (11.11%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.11%) UNIX
1 5 (11.11%) Windows
1 5 (11.11%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (48.89%) Network Management
2 21 (46.67%) Network Monitoring
2 21 (46.67%) ITIL
3 11 (24.44%) Network Architecture
4 10 (22.22%) Load Balancing
5 8 (17.78%) Continuous Improvement
5 8 (17.78%) Performance Management
6 7 (15.56%) Performance Monitoring
7 5 (11.11%) Information Security
7 5 (11.11%) Mentoring
7 5 (11.11%) Vulnerability Management
7 5 (11.11%) SIEM
7 5 (11.11%) Ethical Hacking
7 5 (11.11%) Reverse Engineering
7 5 (11.11%) Penetration Testing
8 4 (8.89%) Network Design
9 2 (4.44%) Network Planning
10 1 (2.22%) PRINCE2
10 1 (2.22%) SOA
10 1 (2.22%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (15.56%) Lisp
2 2 (4.44%) Python
2 2 (4.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (53.33%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (44.44%) CCNA
3 16 (35.56%) CCNP
4 7 (15.56%) CCDP
5 5 (11.11%) GIAC
5 5 (11.11%) CISSP
5 5 (11.11%) SSCP
5 5 (11.11%) GPEN
5 5 (11.11%) GCIH
5 5 (11.11%) CEH
6 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
7 1 (2.22%) PMP
7 1 (2.22%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.89%) QA
System Software
1 5 (11.11%) Snort
Systems Management
1 7 (15.56%) OpenView
2 4 (8.89%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (4.44%) Netcool
Vendors
1 40 (88.89%) Cisco
2 30 (66.67%) BMC
3 25 (55.56%) F5
4 21 (46.67%) SolarWinds
4 21 (46.67%) HP
5 17 (37.78%) Juniper
6 15 (33.33%) Riverbed
7 11 (24.44%) CheckPoint
8 10 (22.22%) Nokia
8 10 (22.22%) Fortinet
9 7 (15.56%) TippingPoint
9 7 (15.56%) Blue Coat
9 7 (15.56%) SevOne
9 7 (15.56%) EMC
9 7 (15.56%) Avaya
10 5 (11.11%) Sun
10 5 (11.11%) ArcSight
10 5 (11.11%) LogLogic
11 4 (8.89%) Motorola
12 2 (4.44%) NetCracker