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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 612 639 619
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -20
Contract jobs citing OPNET 32 16 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.059% 0.028% 0.028%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.54% 0.32% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 8 7
Median daily rate £450 £298 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+51.26% -8.46%
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £280 £325
% change year-on-year
+78.57% -13.84%
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
5927 4979 4744
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 10.96% 8.66% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 3810 3042 2775
Median daily rate £450 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 165 158
Median hourly rate £28.00 £21.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.95 £11.82 £11.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.28 £43.43 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+30.23% +7.98%

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 29 August 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 11 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 29 August 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 +22 32 £450 +51.26% 1
West Midlands - 18 £600 -
London -9 10 £425 +0.59%
Telford - 10 £600 -
Shropshire - 10 £600 -
South East +6 2 £475 +79.24%
West Yorkshire +4 2 - - 1
Leeds +2 2 - - 1
Yorkshire -3 2 - - 1
Reading - 2 £475 -
Berkshire - 2 £475 -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 40 (85.11%) Cisco
2 37 (78.72%) Riverbed
3 35 (74.47%) SolarWinds
4 30 (63.83%) BMC
5 29 (61.70%) Network Management
6 28 (59.57%) Cisco Nexus
6 28 (59.57%) Firewall
7 23 (48.94%) BGP
7 23 (48.94%) F5
7 23 (48.94%) Network Architecture
8 22 (46.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 22 (46.81%) OSPF
8 22 (46.81%) CheckPoint
9 21 (44.68%) Load Balancing
10 20 (42.55%) Network Monitoring
11 19 (40.43%) Fortinet
11 19 (40.43%) BIG-IP
11 19 (40.43%) Nokia
11 19 (40.43%) Juniper
11 19 (40.43%) CSS
12 18 (38.30%) ITIL
12 18 (38.30%) User Experience
13 17 (36.17%) ITIL V3
14 14 (29.79%) Continuous Improvement
14 14 (29.79%) Network Design
14 14 (29.79%) Data Centre
15 12 (25.53%) Performance Monitoring
15 12 (25.53%) Change Management
15 12 (25.53%) Visualisation
16 11 (23.40%) CCNP

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 2 (4.26%) Elasticsearch
1 2 (4.26%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.13%) JBoss
2 1 (2.13%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (59.57%) Cisco Nexus
1 28 (59.57%) Firewall
2 23 (48.94%) BGP
3 22 (46.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 22 (46.81%) OSPF
4 19 (40.43%) BIG-IP
5 7 (14.89%) Cisco ASA
6 5 (10.64%) Cisco Wireless
6 5 (10.64%) Wireless
7 4 (8.51%) EIGRP
7 4 (8.51%) WAN
7 4 (8.51%) WLAN
8 3 (6.38%) DMZ
8 3 (6.38%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 3 (6.38%) VPN
9 2 (4.26%) DMVPN
9 2 (4.26%) LAN
9 2 (4.26%) NetScaler
10 1 (2.13%) MPLS
10 1 (2.13%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Ant
1 3 (6.38%) Gradle
1 3 (6.38%) Maven
General
1 8 (17.02%) Finance
2 4 (8.51%) Banking
3 3 (6.38%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.13%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.13%) Retail
4 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (46.81%) Network Engineer
2 14 (29.79%) Senior Network Engineer
3 11 (23.40%) Monitoring Specialist
3 11 (23.40%) Network Monitoring Specialist
3 11 (23.40%) Network Specialist
4 9 (19.15%) Design Engineer
4 9 (19.15%) Monitoring Engineer
4 9 (19.15%) Network Design Engineer
5 7 (14.89%) Cisco Engineer
5 7 (14.89%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 7 (14.89%) Network Monitoring Engineer
5 7 (14.89%) Senior Design Engineer
5 7 (14.89%) Senior Network Design Engineer
6 4 (8.51%) Project Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Cisco Network Specialist
7 2 (4.26%) Cisco Specialist
7 2 (4.26%) Developer
8 1 (2.13%) Cisco Design Engineer
8 1 (2.13%) Cisco Network Support Engineer
8 1 (2.13%) Cisco Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (40.43%) CSS
2 9 (19.15%) Middleware
3 2 (4.26%) ELK Stack
4 1 (2.13%) .NET
4 1 (2.13%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.13%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 18 (38.30%) User Experience
2 14 (29.79%) Data Centre
3 12 (25.53%) Visualisation
4 10 (21.28%) CMDB
5 3 (6.38%) DataPower
6 1 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.13%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.26%) Linux
1 2 (4.26%) Unix
1 2 (4.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (61.70%) Network Management
2 23 (48.94%) Network Architecture
3 21 (44.68%) Load Balancing
4 20 (42.55%) Network Monitoring
5 18 (38.30%) ITIL
6 17 (36.17%) ITIL V3
7 14 (29.79%) Continuous Improvement
7 14 (29.79%) Network Design
8 12 (25.53%) Change Management
8 12 (25.53%) Performance Monitoring
9 7 (14.89%) Project Management
10 3 (6.38%) Agile Software Development
10 3 (6.38%) DevOps
11 2 (4.26%) Performance Management
11 2 (4.26%) Service Management
11 2 (4.26%) Test Strategy
12 1 (2.13%) Business Analysis
12 1 (2.13%) Enterprise Architecture
12 1 (2.13%) Network Performance Management
12 1 (2.13%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.38%) PowerShell
1 3 (6.38%) Python
1 3 (6.38%) Shell Script
2 2 (4.26%) Java
2 2 (4.26%) SQL
3 1 (2.13%) Lisp
3 1 (2.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (23.40%) CCNP
1 11 (23.40%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (14.89%) CCNA
3 6 (12.77%) Security Cleared
4 2 (4.26%) CCDP
5 1 (2.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (6.38%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (6.38%) Ansible
1 3 (6.38%) HP UCMDB
1 3 (6.38%) Nagios
1 3 (6.38%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.26%) BMC PATROL
2 2 (4.26%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (4.26%) Kibana
2 2 (4.26%) logstash
2 2 (4.26%) SCOM
3 1 (2.13%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 40 (85.11%) Cisco
2 37 (78.72%) Riverbed
3 35 (74.47%) SolarWinds
4 30 (63.83%) BMC
5 23 (48.94%) F5
6 22 (46.81%) CheckPoint
7 19 (40.43%) Fortinet
7 19 (40.43%) Juniper
7 19 (40.43%) Nokia
8 11 (23.40%) Palo Alto
9 9 (19.15%) Tufin
10 6 (12.77%) Blue Coat
11 5 (10.64%) HP
12 4 (8.51%) IBM
12 4 (8.51%) Motorola
12 4 (8.51%) TippingPoint
13 3 (6.38%) Splunk
14 2 (4.26%) Citrix
14 2 (4.26%) Digital Fuel
14 2 (4.26%) webMethods