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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 647 607 598
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -9
Contract jobs citing OPNET 11 24 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.043% 0.037%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.20% 0.52% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 16 10
Average daily rate £500 £436 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.61% +45.41%
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £380 £263
% change year-on-year
+31.57% +44.76%
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
5512 4583 4293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.86% 8.21% 7.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 3476 2780 2476
Average daily rate £450 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 202 160
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.19 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.51% -3.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.19 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.46% -19.26%

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 14 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 30 April 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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 -42 10 £500 +18.34% 1
West Midlands -9 5 £400 -11.11%
Shropshire -31 5 £400 -11.11%
Telford -32 2 £400 -11.11%
Reading - 2 £500 -
Berkshire - 2 £500 -
South East - 2 £500 -
Northern Ireland +7 1 - -
County Antrim +6 1 - -
Belfast +3 1 - -
Yorkshire -6 1 - -
West Yorkshire -7 1 - -
London -11 1 - -
Leeds -13 1 - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 15 (48.39%) BMC
2 14 (45.16%) SQL
2 14 (45.16%) Unix
2 14 (45.16%) Linux
2 14 (45.16%) Network Management
3 13 (41.94%) SCOM
3 13 (41.94%) Windows
3 13 (41.94%) WebLogic
3 13 (41.94%) WAN
3 13 (41.94%) BMC PATROL
3 13 (41.94%) webMethods
4 12 (38.71%) Service Management
4 12 (38.71%) Change Management
4 12 (38.71%) Cisco
4 12 (38.71%) Oracle
4 12 (38.71%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (38.71%) Test Strategy
4 12 (38.71%) Digital Fuel
4 12 (38.71%) logstash
4 12 (38.71%) Kibana
4 12 (38.71%) ELK Stack
5 9 (29.03%) HP
6 8 (25.81%) CA
6 8 (25.81%) ITIL
6 8 (25.81%) Firewall
6 8 (25.81%) Wireless
6 8 (25.81%) Data Centre
6 8 (25.81%) Riverbed
6 8 (25.81%) Network Architecture
6 8 (25.81%) Network Design

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 13 (41.94%) WebLogic
2 12 (38.71%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (6.45%) Apache
4 1 (3.23%) JBoss
4 1 (3.23%) Smallworld
4 1 (3.23%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (41.94%) WAN
2 8 (25.81%) Firewall
2 8 (25.81%) Wireless
3 7 (22.58%) LAN
4 6 (19.35%) Cisco Wireless
5 4 (12.90%) VPN
6 3 (9.68%) BGP
6 3 (9.68%) Broadband
6 3 (9.68%) ISDN
6 3 (9.68%) Network Security
6 3 (9.68%) TCP/IP
7 2 (6.45%) MPLS
7 2 (6.45%) OSPF
8 1 (3.23%) DMZ
8 1 (3.23%) DWDM
8 1 (3.23%) EIGRP
8 1 (3.23%) Ethernet
8 1 (3.23%) IPv6
8 1 (3.23%) VPLS
8 1 (3.23%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (12.90%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Monitoring Engineer
1 13 (41.94%) Network Engineer
2 7 (22.58%) Network Support
2 7 (22.58%) Network Support Engineer
2 7 (22.58%) Support Engineer
3 4 (12.90%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Design Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Network Design Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Cisco Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Cisco Support
5 2 (6.45%) Cisco Support Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Designer
5 2 (6.45%) LAN Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Network Architect
5 2 (6.45%) Network Designer
5 2 (6.45%) Project Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Design Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (38.71%) ELK Stack
2 1 (3.23%) .NET
2 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.23%) J2EE
2 1 (3.23%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.81%) Data Centre
2 7 (22.58%) e-Health
3 1 (3.23%) DataPower
3 1 (3.23%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.23%) Performance Metrics
3 1 (3.23%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (45.16%) Linux
1 14 (45.16%) Unix
2 13 (41.94%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (45.16%) Network Management
2 12 (38.71%) Change Management
2 12 (38.71%) Service Management
2 12 (38.71%) Test Strategy
3 8 (25.81%) ITIL
3 8 (25.81%) Network Architecture
3 8 (25.81%) Network Design
4 4 (12.90%) Fault Management
4 4 (12.90%) Service Delivery
5 3 (9.68%) Change Control
5 3 (9.68%) Network Monitoring
5 3 (9.68%) Process Improvement
5 3 (9.68%) Project Management
5 3 (9.68%) Validation
6 2 (6.45%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (6.45%) Network Planning
7 1 (3.23%) Business Analysis
7 1 (3.23%) eTOM
7 1 (3.23%) Migration
7 1 (3.23%) Operations Research
Programming Languages
1 14 (45.16%) SQL
2 1 (3.23%) Java
2 1 (3.23%) Perl
2 1 (3.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (6.45%) CCNP
3 1 (3.23%) CCDP
3 1 (3.23%) CCIE
3 1 (3.23%) CCNA
3 1 (3.23%) Degree
3 1 (3.23%) JNCIA
3 1 (3.23%) JNCIE
3 1 (3.23%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) BS7799
1 4 (12.90%) ISO/IEC 17799
Systems Management
1 13 (41.94%) BMC PATROL
1 13 (41.94%) SCOM
2 12 (38.71%) Kibana
2 12 (38.71%) logstash
3 7 (22.58%) OpenView
4 4 (12.90%) Opsview
5 3 (9.68%) CiscoWorks
6 1 (3.23%) CA Wily
6 1 (3.23%) Cacti
6 1 (3.23%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 15 (48.39%) BMC
2 13 (41.94%) webMethods
3 12 (38.71%) Cisco
3 12 (38.71%) Digital Fuel
3 12 (38.71%) Oracle
4 9 (29.03%) HP
5 8 (25.81%) CA
5 8 (25.81%) Riverbed
6 7 (22.58%) Blue Coat
6 7 (22.58%) SolarWinds
7 6 (19.35%) CheckPoint
8 4 (12.90%) Peregrine
9 2 (6.45%) IBM
10 1 (3.23%) F5
10 1 (3.23%) Juniper
10 1 (3.23%) Motorola
10 1 (3.23%) NetCracker
10 1 (3.23%) Splunk
10 1 (3.23%) TippingPoint
10 1 (3.23%) Tufin