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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 570 579 545
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -34
Contract jobs citing OPNET 24 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.043% 0.038% 0.029%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.55% 0.50% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 10 8
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.41% -45.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £250 £420
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £406 £577
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £263 £558
% change year-on-year
+44.76% -52.91%
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
4355 4206 3340
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.82% 7.62% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2659 2416 1915
Average daily rate £410 £395 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.79% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £567 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 155 169
Average hourly rate £20.19 £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.28% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £45.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.19 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-19.26% +25.00%

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 13 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 24 April 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 +1 23 £423 +40.83% 1
West Midlands - 8 £450 -
Leeds - 8 £350 -
West Yorkshire - 8 £350 -
Yorkshire - 8 £350 -
London 0 7 £450 +28.57% 1
City of London +15 4 £475 +26.66%
Shropshire - 4 £450 -
Telford - 3 £450 -
Birmingham - 2 £380 -
County Antrim - 1 £475 -
Belfast - 1 £475 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £475 -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 (88.89%) Cisco
2 23 (85.19%) F5
3 21 (77.78%) Cisco Nexus
4 19 (70.37%) BMC
4 19 (70.37%) Firewall
5 17 (62.96%) BGP
5 17 (62.96%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (59.26%) CCNP
7 15 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (48.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 13 (48.15%) HP
9 12 (44.44%) CCNA
9 12 (44.44%) Network Monitoring
9 12 (44.44%) SolarWinds
10 11 (40.74%) TippingPoint
10 11 (40.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 11 (40.74%) CCDP
10 11 (40.74%) Lisp
10 11 (40.74%) WLAN
10 11 (40.74%) EIGRP
10 11 (40.74%) Blue Coat
11 10 (37.04%) OSPF
11 10 (37.04%) ITIL
11 10 (37.04%) Load Balancing
11 10 (37.04%) Riverbed
12 9 (33.33%) Cisco CUCM
12 9 (33.33%) MPLS
13 8 (29.63%) Network Management
13 8 (29.63%) User Experience
14 7 (25.93%) Visualisation

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

Communications & Networking
1 21 (77.78%) Cisco Nexus
2 19 (70.37%) Firewall
3 17 (62.96%) BGP
4 15 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
5 13 (48.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 11 (40.74%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 11 (40.74%) WLAN
6 11 (40.74%) EIGRP
7 10 (37.04%) OSPF
8 9 (33.33%) MPLS
9 6 (22.22%) BIG-IP
10 5 (18.52%) DMZ
10 5 (18.52%) SSL
10 5 (18.52%) DMVPN
10 5 (18.52%) Wireshark
11 4 (14.81%) VLAN
11 4 (14.81%) Wireless
11 4 (14.81%) VPN
12 3 (11.11%) Broadband
12 3 (11.11%) LAN
General
1 5 (18.52%) Retail
2 3 (11.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (62.96%) Network Engineer
2 6 (22.22%) Designer
2 6 (22.22%) Network Designer
3 5 (18.52%) Design Engineer
3 5 (18.52%) Network Design Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Voice Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Voice Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Monitoring Specialist
4 4 (14.81%) Network Specialist
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Engineer
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 3 (11.11%) Consultant
5 3 (11.11%) Communications Engineer
5 3 (11.11%) Data Scientist
6 2 (7.41%) Network Monitoring Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Monitoring Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Network Consultant
7 1 (3.70%) Security Consultant
7 1 (3.70%) Data Network Engineer
7 1 (3.70%) Voice Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (22.22%) Middleware
1 6 (22.22%) CSS
2 4 (14.81%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (29.63%) User Experience
2 7 (25.93%) Visualisation
3 4 (14.81%) Management Information System
4 3 (11.11%) Economics
4 3 (11.11%) Computer Science
5 2 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) UNIX
1 1 (3.70%) Windows
1 1 (3.70%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (44.44%) Network Monitoring
2 10 (37.04%) ITIL
2 10 (37.04%) Load Balancing
3 8 (29.63%) Network Management
4 6 (22.22%) Network Architecture
5 5 (18.52%) Network Design
6 4 (14.81%) Project Management
7 3 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (11.11%) Network Planning
7 3 (11.11%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (11.11%) Capacity Planning
7 3 (11.11%) Analytics
8 2 (7.41%) Performance Management
8 2 (7.41%) Data Analysis
9 1 (3.70%) Penetration Testing
9 1 (3.70%) Ethical Hacking
9 1 (3.70%) Information Security
9 1 (3.70%) DevOps
9 1 (3.70%) Reverse Engineering
9 1 (3.70%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (40.74%) Lisp
2 3 (11.11%) SQL
2 3 (11.11%) Python
Qualifications
1 17 (62.96%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (59.26%) CCNP
3 12 (44.44%) CCNA
4 11 (40.74%) CCDP
5 3 (11.11%) PhD
6 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
7 1 (3.70%) CISSP
7 1 (3.70%) GCIH
7 1 (3.70%) CEH
7 1 (3.70%) SSCP
7 1 (3.70%) GIAC
7 1 (3.70%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.70%) Snort
Systems Management
1 9 (33.33%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (14.81%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (7.41%) OpenView
Vendors
1 24 (88.89%) Cisco
2 23 (85.19%) F5
3 19 (70.37%) BMC
4 13 (48.15%) HP
5 12 (44.44%) SolarWinds
6 11 (40.74%) TippingPoint
6 11 (40.74%) Blue Coat
7 10 (37.04%) Riverbed
8 6 (22.22%) Fortinet
8 6 (22.22%) CheckPoint
8 6 (22.22%) Nokia
8 6 (22.22%) Juniper
9 5 (18.52%) Motorola
10 4 (14.81%) Aruba
11 3 (11.11%) BT
12 1 (3.70%) ArcSight
12 1 (3.70%) LogLogic