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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 584 535 599
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +64
Contract jobs citing OPNET 30 43 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.052% 0.082% 0.007%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.68% 1.15% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 26 1
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£385 £465 £236
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.20% +97.45%
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £500 £236
% change year-on-year
-23.00% +112.31%
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
4433 3750 3752
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.67% 7.11% 6.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2646 2208 1972
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +10.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 155 181
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.22% +21.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.73 £13.65 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.25% +34.28%

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 23 September 2014.

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 3 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 23 September 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 -33 29 £385 -17.20% 2
Wiltshire - - - -
South West - - - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 40 (83.33%) Cisco
2 29 (60.42%) Cisco Certification
2 29 (60.42%) BMC
3 28 (58.33%) Firewall
3 28 (58.33%) ITIL
3 28 (58.33%) SolarWinds
4 25 (52.08%) CCNA
5 22 (45.83%) Network Management
6 21 (43.75%) F5
6 21 (43.75%) Cisco Nexus
7 18 (37.50%) Network Monitoring
7 18 (37.50%) BGP
7 18 (37.50%) Juniper
8 17 (35.42%) Riverbed
8 17 (35.42%) User Experience
9 15 (31.25%) CCNP
10 14 (29.17%) Visualisation
10 14 (29.17%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 13 (27.08%) Cisco CUCM
11 13 (27.08%) Network Architecture
11 13 (27.08%) HP
11 13 (27.08%) MPLS
12 12 (25.00%) CheckPoint
12 12 (25.00%) LAN
12 12 (25.00%) WAN
13 11 (22.92%) CSS
13 11 (22.92%) OSPF
13 11 (22.92%) Nokia
13 11 (22.92%) Fortinet
13 11 (22.92%) Load Balancing

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

Business Applications
1 5 (10.42%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 28 (58.33%) Firewall
2 21 (43.75%) Cisco Nexus
3 18 (37.50%) BGP
4 14 (29.17%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 13 (27.08%) MPLS
6 12 (25.00%) LAN
6 12 (25.00%) WAN
7 11 (22.92%) OSPF
7 11 (22.92%) BIG-IP
8 9 (18.75%) IP Telephony
8 9 (18.75%) Cisco IPT
8 9 (18.75%) VoIP
9 8 (16.67%) VPN
10 6 (12.50%) WLAN
10 6 (12.50%) DMZ
10 6 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (12.50%) EIGRP
11 4 (8.33%) ISDN
12 3 (6.25%) IPv6
12 3 (6.25%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.42%) Oracle Database
General
1 6 (12.50%) Retail
2 5 (10.42%) Finance
3 3 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.08%) Law
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Network Specialist
2 11 (22.92%) Network Engineer
3 10 (20.83%) Network Support
3 10 (20.83%) Monitoring Specialist
4 9 (18.75%) Network Administrator
5 8 (16.67%) Administrator
5 8 (16.67%) Cisco Support
6 6 (12.50%) Cisco Administrator
7 5 (10.42%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (10.42%) Architect
7 5 (10.42%) OSS Architect
7 5 (10.42%) OSS Solutions Architect
8 4 (8.33%) Monitoring Engineer
8 4 (8.33%) Network Monitoring Engineer
8 4 (8.33%) Project Manager
9 3 (6.25%) Network Consultant
9 3 (6.25%) Consultant
9 3 (6.25%) Senior Network Engineer
10 2 (4.17%) Network Design Specialist
11 1 (2.08%) Applications Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (22.92%) CSS
2 10 (20.83%) Middleware
3 9 (18.75%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (35.42%) User Experience
2 14 (29.17%) Visualisation
3 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.08%) Economics
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.08%) UNIX
1 1 (2.08%) Windows
1 1 (2.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (58.33%) ITIL
2 22 (45.83%) Network Management
3 18 (37.50%) Network Monitoring
4 13 (27.08%) Network Architecture
5 11 (22.92%) Load Balancing
6 9 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (14.58%) Performance Monitoring
9 4 (8.33%) Migration
9 4 (8.33%) Performance Management
9 4 (8.33%) Network Design
10 3 (6.25%) TOGAF
10 3 (6.25%) PRINCE2
10 3 (6.25%) DNA
10 3 (6.25%) SOA
10 3 (6.25%) Project Management
10 3 (6.25%) Business Transformation
10 3 (6.25%) Capacity Planning
11 2 (4.17%) Change Management
11 2 (4.17%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.50%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 29 (60.42%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (52.08%) CCNA
3 15 (31.25%) CCNP
4 7 (14.58%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (6.25%) PMP
5 3 (6.25%) PMI Certification
5 3 (6.25%) CCDP
5 3 (6.25%) Security Cleared
6 1 (2.08%) GPEN
6 1 (2.08%) CISSP
6 1 (2.08%) SSCP
6 1 (2.08%) GIAC
6 1 (2.08%) GCIH
6 1 (2.08%) CEH
6 1 (2.08%) JNCIA
6 1 (2.08%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 3 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.08%) Snort
Systems Management
1 13 (27.08%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (10.42%) Netcool
3 3 (6.25%) OpenView
Vendors
1 40 (83.33%) Cisco
2 29 (60.42%) BMC
3 28 (58.33%) SolarWinds
4 21 (43.75%) F5
5 18 (37.50%) Juniper
6 17 (35.42%) Riverbed
7 13 (27.08%) HP
8 12 (25.00%) CheckPoint
9 11 (22.92%) Fortinet
9 11 (22.92%) Nokia
10 6 (12.50%) TippingPoint
10 6 (12.50%) Blue Coat
11 5 (10.42%) NetCracker
11 5 (10.42%) Greenplum
11 5 (10.42%) Remedy
11 5 (10.42%) Cramer
11 5 (10.42%) Oracle
11 5 (10.42%) Citrix
12 4 (8.33%) Avaya
12 4 (8.33%) EMC
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