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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 589 569 535
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -34
Contract jobs citing OPNET 14 17 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.025% 0.032% 0.083%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.31% 0.40% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 18
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£386 £375 £525
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.00% -28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £250 £343
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £375 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £325 £520
% change year-on-year
+2.30% -37.50%
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
4485 4205 3825
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.14% 7.83% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2762 2440 2144
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £514 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £338 £338
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 129 172
Average hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £10.50 £12.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £34.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £18.75 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -14.77%

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
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 2 July 2015.

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 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 2 July 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 -18 13 £350 -6.66% 1
London +1 7 £446 +19.00%
West Yorkshire -4 3 £350 +7.69% 1
Yorkshire -17 3 £350 +7.69% 1
Leeds -19 3 £350 +7.69%
East of England -8 2 £315 +3.70%
Essex - 2 £315 -
Northern Ireland 0 1 £475 -
County Antrim -3 1 £475 -
Belfast -4 1 £475 -
City of London -9 1 £225 -40.00%
West Midlands - 1 - -
Colchester - 1 £315 -
Telford - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 24 (72.73%) Cisco
2 22 (66.67%) F5
3 20 (60.61%) Cisco Nexus
4 18 (54.55%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (54.55%) BMC
5 17 (51.52%) Firewall
6 16 (48.48%) BGP
6 16 (48.48%) CCNP
7 14 (42.42%) Network Monitoring
7 14 (42.42%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (39.39%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 12 (36.36%) SolarWinds
9 12 (36.36%) HP
10 11 (33.33%) CCNA
10 11 (33.33%) ITIL
11 10 (30.30%) WLAN
11 10 (30.30%) EIGRP
11 10 (30.30%) Lisp
11 10 (30.30%) OSPF
11 10 (30.30%) Riverbed
11 10 (30.30%) Cisco CUCM
11 10 (30.30%) TippingPoint
11 10 (30.30%) Load Balancing
11 10 (30.30%) Blue Coat
12 9 (27.27%) Visualisation
12 9 (27.27%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 9 (27.27%) CCDP
13 8 (24.24%) Middleware
13 8 (24.24%) MPLS
13 8 (24.24%) Network Management

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.03%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 20 (60.61%) Cisco Nexus
2 17 (51.52%) Firewall
3 16 (48.48%) BGP
4 14 (42.42%) Cisco ASA
5 13 (39.39%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 10 (30.30%) EIGRP
6 10 (30.30%) OSPF
6 10 (30.30%) WLAN
7 9 (27.27%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 8 (24.24%) MPLS
9 7 (21.21%) Wireshark
10 6 (18.18%) BIG-IP
10 6 (18.18%) DMVPN
11 5 (15.15%) SSL
11 5 (15.15%) DMZ
11 5 (15.15%) Broadband
12 4 (12.12%) VPN
12 4 (12.12%) Wireless
12 4 (12.12%) VLAN
13 3 (9.09%) LAN
Development Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Fiddler
General
1 6 (18.18%) Retail
2 5 (15.15%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (57.58%) Network Engineer
2 6 (18.18%) Data Scientist
3 5 (15.15%) Design Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) Network Specialist
3 5 (15.15%) Network Design Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Voice Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Cisco Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Network Designer
4 4 (12.12%) Designer
4 4 (12.12%) Cisco Voice Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Monitoring Specialist
5 3 (9.09%) Communications Engineer
5 3 (9.09%) Consultant
6 2 (6.06%) Network Consultant
6 2 (6.06%) Data Network Engineer
6 2 (6.06%) Network Monitoring Engineer
6 2 (6.06%) Monitoring Engineer
7 1 (3.03%) Voice Network Engineer
7 1 (3.03%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (24.24%) Middleware
2 6 (18.18%) CSS
3 4 (12.12%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (27.27%) Visualisation
2 8 (24.24%) User Experience
3 5 (15.15%) Economics
3 5 (15.15%) Computer Science
4 4 (12.12%) Management Information System
5 3 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (3.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.03%) UNIX
1 1 (3.03%) Windows
1 1 (3.03%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (42.42%) Network Monitoring
2 11 (33.33%) ITIL
3 10 (30.30%) Load Balancing
4 8 (24.24%) Network Management
5 6 (18.18%) Network Architecture
6 5 (15.15%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (15.15%) Analytics
6 5 (15.15%) Network Design
6 5 (15.15%) Network Planning
6 5 (15.15%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (12.12%) Project Management
8 3 (9.09%) Performance Monitoring
8 3 (9.09%) Data Analysis
9 2 (6.06%) DevOps
9 2 (6.06%) Performance Management
10 1 (3.03%) Reverse Engineering
10 1 (3.03%) Penetration Testing
10 1 (3.03%) Information Security
10 1 (3.03%) Ethical Hacking
10 1 (3.03%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 10 (30.30%) Lisp
2 6 (18.18%) SQL
2 6 (18.18%) Python
Qualifications
1 18 (54.55%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (48.48%) CCNP
3 11 (33.33%) CCNA
4 9 (27.27%) CCDP
5 5 (15.15%) PhD
6 3 (9.09%) Security Cleared
7 2 (6.06%) SC Cleared
8 1 (3.03%) GPEN
8 1 (3.03%) CISSP
8 1 (3.03%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (3.03%) SSCP
8 1 (3.03%) GIAC
8 1 (3.03%) GCIH
8 1 (3.03%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (15.15%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.03%) Snort
Systems Management
1 10 (30.30%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (12.12%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (6.06%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (6.06%) OpenView
3 2 (6.06%) Nagios
Vendors
1 24 (72.73%) Cisco
2 22 (66.67%) F5
3 18 (54.55%) BMC
4 12 (36.36%) HP
4 12 (36.36%) SolarWinds
5 10 (30.30%) Riverbed
5 10 (30.30%) Blue Coat
5 10 (30.30%) TippingPoint
6 6 (18.18%) Fortinet
6 6 (18.18%) Juniper
6 6 (18.18%) Motorola
6 6 (18.18%) Nokia
6 6 (18.18%) CheckPoint
7 4 (12.12%) Aruba
8 3 (9.09%) BT
9 2 (6.06%) Kaspersky
9 2 (6.06%) McAfee
9 2 (6.06%) Sophos
10 1 (3.03%) Microsoft
10 1 (3.03%) M86 Security