The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Systems Management category.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 567 523 582
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +59
Contract jobs citing OPNET 13 47 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.025% 0.094% 0.005%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.33% 1.26% 0.079%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 20 2
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£375 £523 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.22% +38.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 £348 £360
10% offered a daily rate of more than £378 £560 £396
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £535 £355
% change year-on-year
-39.25% +50.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Systems Management Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
3976 3731 3791
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.55% 7.44% 6.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2330 2099 1876
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 172 185
Average hourly rate £18.61 £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.31% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.45 £40.15 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.36 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-12.57% +16.66%

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 7 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 11 July 2014. 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 -43 12 £375 -28.57% 1
Corsham - - - -
Telford - - - -
Shropshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - - 1
South West - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 25 (65.79%) Cisco
1 25 (65.79%) MPLS
2 18 (47.37%) ITIL
3 17 (44.74%) VPN
3 17 (44.74%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (42.11%) CCNA
5 14 (36.84%) LAN
5 14 (36.84%) WAN
5 14 (36.84%) SolarWinds
5 14 (36.84%) Cisco CUCM
6 13 (34.21%) XMPP
6 13 (34.21%) Cisco IPT
6 13 (34.21%) Disaster Recovery
6 13 (34.21%) IP Telephony
6 13 (34.21%) VoIP
7 12 (31.58%) Firewall
8 10 (26.32%) BGP
9 9 (23.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (23.68%) DWDM
9 9 (23.68%) HP
9 9 (23.68%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (23.68%) Ethernet
9 9 (23.68%) Telecoms
10 8 (21.05%) Network Design
10 8 (21.05%) MS Excel
11 7 (18.42%) MS Access
11 7 (18.42%) ATM
11 7 (18.42%) SQL
11 7 (18.42%) VB
11 7 (18.42%) Business Objects

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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.

Applications
1 8 (21.05%) MS Excel
2 7 (18.42%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 25 (65.79%) MPLS
2 17 (44.74%) VPN
3 14 (36.84%) WAN
3 14 (36.84%) LAN
4 13 (34.21%) VoIP
4 13 (34.21%) IP Telephony
4 13 (34.21%) Cisco IPT
5 12 (31.58%) Firewall
6 10 (26.32%) BGP
7 9 (23.68%) DWDM
7 9 (23.68%) Ethernet
8 7 (18.42%) SDH
8 7 (18.42%) ATM
8 7 (18.42%) 3G
8 7 (18.42%) OSPF
8 7 (18.42%) 2G
8 7 (18.42%) RSVP
8 7 (18.42%) VRRP
8 7 (18.42%) LTE
8 7 (18.42%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (18.42%) MS Access
2 4 (10.53%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (5.26%) Oracle Database
General
1 9 (23.68%) Telecoms
2 4 (10.53%) Finance
3 2 (5.26%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (34.21%) Network Administrator
2 12 (31.58%) Network Engineer
3 11 (28.95%) Administrator
3 11 (28.95%) Network Support
4 8 (21.05%) Cisco Administrator
4 8 (21.05%) Cisco Support
5 7 (18.42%) Test Engineer
5 7 (18.42%) RAN Engineer
6 5 (13.16%) Network Design Engineer
6 5 (13.16%) Design Engineer
7 4 (10.53%) Architect
8 3 (7.89%) Project Manager
9 2 (5.26%) Technical Architect
9 2 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (5.26%) Technical Specialist
9 2 (5.26%) Enterprise Architect
9 2 (5.26%) OSS Solutions Architect
9 2 (5.26%) OSS Architect
10 1 (2.63%) Implementation Manager
10 1 (2.63%) Implementation Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (34.21%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.63%) Economics
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.16%) Windows
2 1 (2.63%) Linux
2 1 (2.63%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (47.37%) ITIL
2 13 (34.21%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (21.05%) Network Design
4 5 (13.16%) DNA
4 5 (13.16%) Capacity Planning
5 4 (10.53%) ITIL V3
5 4 (10.53%) Migration
6 3 (7.89%) Project Management
6 3 (7.89%) Network Management
7 2 (5.26%) Capacity Management
7 2 (5.26%) Business Transformation
7 2 (5.26%) TOGAF
7 2 (5.26%) SOA
7 2 (5.26%) PRINCE2
8 1 (2.63%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (2.63%) Information Security
8 1 (2.63%) Ethical Hacking
8 1 (2.63%) Service Delivery
8 1 (2.63%) Change Management
8 1 (2.63%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (18.42%) SQL
1 7 (18.42%) VB
2 2 (5.26%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 17 (44.74%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (42.11%) CCNA
3 9 (23.68%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (10.53%) Security Cleared
5 3 (7.89%) SC Cleared
5 3 (7.89%) DV Cleared
6 2 (5.26%) CCNP
6 2 (5.26%) PMP
6 2 (5.26%) PMI Certification
7 1 (2.63%) SSCP
7 1 (2.63%) GIAC
7 1 (2.63%) GCIH
7 1 (2.63%) CEH
7 1 (2.63%) JNCIA
7 1 (2.63%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.63%) GPEN
7 1 (2.63%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (23.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.63%) Snort
Systems Management
1 14 (36.84%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (10.53%) HP UCMDB
2 4 (10.53%) Cisco Prime
2 4 (10.53%) OpenView
2 4 (10.53%) HP NNM
2 4 (10.53%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (5.26%) Netcool
Vendors
1 25 (65.79%) Cisco
2 14 (36.84%) SolarWinds
3 9 (23.68%) HP
4 7 (18.42%) Nortel
4 7 (18.42%) Business Objects
4 7 (18.42%) BT
4 7 (18.42%) Huawei
5 6 (15.79%) Juniper
6 4 (10.53%) BMC
6 4 (10.53%) Microsoft
6 4 (10.53%) VMware
7 3 (7.89%) Avaya
7 3 (7.89%) EMC
8 2 (5.26%) Citrix
8 2 (5.26%) Oracle
8 2 (5.26%) Remedy
8 2 (5.26%) Cramer
8 2 (5.26%) Greenplum
8 2 (5.26%) TippingPoint
8 2 (5.26%) Blue Coat