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 3 December 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 610 647 602
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -45
Contract jobs citing OPNET 10 10 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.018% 0.061%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.19% 0.22% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 15
Median daily rate £463 - £385
90% offered a daily rate of more than £453 - £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 - £660
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Median hourly rate £55.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 - -

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
5357 4636 5069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 10.83% 8.38% 8.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3422 2833 3105
Median daily rate £475 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 159 180
Median hourly rate £17.75 £18.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% -24.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £40.25 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
- -27.08%

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
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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the UK over the 3 months to 3 December 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 +15 9 £463 - 1
London -8 5 £463 -
South East +27 3 - - 1
Berkshire - 3 - -
City of London - 3 - -
Reading - 3 - -
Belfast -15 1 - -
County Antrim -16 1 - -
Northern Ireland -19 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -
Canary Wharf - 1 £450 -
Telford - 1 - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 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 36 (87.80%) Cisco
2 32 (78.05%) SolarWinds
3 31 (75.61%) Riverbed
4 27 (65.85%) Cisco Nexus
4 27 (65.85%) Firewall
5 26 (63.41%) Network Management
6 22 (53.66%) Load Balancing
6 22 (53.66%) CheckPoint
7 20 (48.78%) BMC
8 18 (43.90%) CMDB
9 17 (41.46%) OSPF
9 17 (41.46%) BGP
10 16 (39.02%) F5
10 16 (39.02%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 15 (36.59%) Network Monitoring
11 15 (36.59%) Data Centre
12 14 (34.15%) Nokia
12 14 (34.15%) Change Management
12 14 (34.15%) BIG-IP
12 14 (34.15%) Juniper
12 14 (34.15%) CSS
12 14 (34.15%) Fortinet
13 13 (31.71%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (31.71%) Palo Alto
13 13 (31.71%) Project Management
14 12 (29.27%) ITIL
14 12 (29.27%) User Experience
14 12 (29.27%) ITIL V3
14 12 (29.27%) Network Architecture
14 12 (29.27%) Cisco ASA

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 27 (65.85%) Cisco Nexus
1 27 (65.85%) Firewall
2 17 (41.46%) BGP
2 17 (41.46%) OSPF
3 16 (39.02%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 14 (34.15%) BIG-IP
5 12 (29.27%) Cisco ASA
6 11 (26.83%) Cisco Wireless
6 11 (26.83%) Wireless
7 10 (24.39%) VPN
7 10 (24.39%) WAN
8 9 (21.95%) LAN
9 8 (19.51%) NetScaler
10 2 (4.88%) DMZ
10 2 (4.88%) EIGRP
10 2 (4.88%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 2 (4.88%) TCP/IP
10 2 (4.88%) WLAN
11 1 (2.44%) Multicast
11 1 (2.44%) Unicast
Development Applications
1 5 (12.20%) Ant
1 5 (12.20%) Gradle
1 5 (12.20%) Maven
General
1 6 (14.63%) Banking
2 4 (9.76%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Retail
3 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (41.46%) Network Engineer
2 15 (36.59%) Senior Network Engineer
3 9 (21.95%) Monitoring Specialist
3 9 (21.95%) Network Monitoring Specialist
3 9 (21.95%) Network Specialist
4 8 (19.51%) Design Engineer
4 8 (19.51%) Network Design Engineer
5 7 (17.07%) Senior Design Engineer
5 7 (17.07%) Senior Network Design Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Project Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) Monitoring Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) Network Monitoring Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Cisco Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Developer
9 1 (2.44%) Cisco Specialist
9 1 (2.44%) Network Support
9 1 (2.44%) NOC Engineer
9 1 (2.44%) Senior Cisco Engineer
9 1 (2.44%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (34.15%) CSS
2 8 (19.51%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 18 (43.90%) CMDB
2 15 (36.59%) Data Centre
3 12 (29.27%) User Experience
4 10 (24.39%) Visualisation
5 2 (4.88%) DataPower
6 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (63.41%) Network Management
2 22 (53.66%) Load Balancing
3 15 (36.59%) Network Monitoring
4 14 (34.15%) Change Management
5 13 (31.71%) Continuous Improvement
5 13 (31.71%) Project Management
6 12 (29.27%) ITIL
6 12 (29.27%) ITIL V3
6 12 (29.27%) Network Architecture
7 10 (24.39%) Performance Monitoring
8 8 (19.51%) Network Design
9 6 (14.63%) Process Improvement
10 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (12.20%) DevOps
11 1 (2.44%) Application Performance Monitoring
11 1 (2.44%) Incident Management
11 1 (2.44%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.20%) PowerShell
1 5 (12.20%) Python
1 5 (12.20%) Shell Script
2 2 (4.88%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (19.51%) CCNP
1 8 (19.51%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (12.20%) CCNA
2 5 (12.20%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (14.63%) ProxySG
2 5 (12.20%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (12.20%) Ansible
1 5 (12.20%) Nagios
1 5 (12.20%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.88%) HP UCMDB
2 2 (4.88%) OpenView
3 1 (2.44%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (2.44%) OVSD
Vendors
1 36 (87.80%) Cisco
2 32 (78.05%) SolarWinds
3 31 (75.61%) Riverbed
4 22 (53.66%) CheckPoint
5 20 (48.78%) BMC
6 16 (39.02%) F5
7 14 (34.15%) Fortinet
7 14 (34.15%) Juniper
7 14 (34.15%) Nokia
8 13 (31.71%) Palo Alto
9 10 (24.39%) Blue Coat
10 8 (19.51%) Citrix
11 5 (12.20%) Tufin
12 4 (9.76%) HP
13 2 (4.88%) IBM
13 2 (4.88%) Motorola
13 2 (4.88%) Splunk
13 2 (4.88%) TippingPoint
14 1 (2.44%) Google
14 1 (2.44%) Infoblox