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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 569 552 516
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -36
Contract jobs citing OPNET 12 14 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.028% 0.040%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.29% 0.38% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 11
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£400 £488 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.94% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £370 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £500 £999
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £500 £406
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +23.07%
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
4133 3693 2926
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.87% 7.29% 6.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2463 2047 1655
Average daily rate £419 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.12% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.86% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 158 178
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.12
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.45 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%

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 4 March 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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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 -6 12 £400 -17.94% 3
London -8 1 £475 - 1
City of London - 1 £475 - 1
South East - - - -
South West - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Corsham - - - -
Reading - - - -
Stirling - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Scotland - - - -
East of England - - - -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 43 (91.49%) Cisco
2 31 (65.96%) BMC
3 29 (61.70%) Cisco Certification
3 29 (61.70%) Firewall
4 28 (59.57%) F5
5 23 (48.94%) Cisco Nexus
6 22 (46.81%) BGP
6 22 (46.81%) CCNA
7 21 (44.68%) HP
7 21 (44.68%) CCNP
7 21 (44.68%) Network Management
7 21 (44.68%) SolarWinds
7 21 (44.68%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 21 (44.68%) Network Monitoring
8 20 (42.55%) ITIL
9 19 (40.43%) Juniper
9 19 (40.43%) User Experience
10 18 (38.30%) Riverbed
11 16 (34.04%) Visualisation
12 14 (29.79%) Middleware
13 13 (27.66%) CheckPoint
13 13 (27.66%) OSPF
13 13 (27.66%) Network Architecture
13 13 (27.66%) Load Balancing
14 12 (25.53%) Fortinet
14 12 (25.53%) BIG-IP
14 12 (25.53%) Nokia
14 12 (25.53%) CSS
15 11 (23.40%) Cisco ASA
16 10 (21.28%) TippingPoint

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 29 (61.70%) Firewall
2 23 (48.94%) Cisco Nexus
3 22 (46.81%) BGP
4 21 (44.68%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 13 (27.66%) OSPF
6 12 (25.53%) BIG-IP
7 11 (23.40%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (21.28%) WLAN
8 10 (21.28%) EIGRP
8 10 (21.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 7 (14.89%) DMVPN
9 7 (14.89%) DMZ
10 6 (12.77%) SSL
10 6 (12.77%) Wireshark
11 5 (10.64%) Intrusion Detection
11 5 (10.64%) MPLS
11 5 (10.64%) DNS
11 5 (10.64%) FTP
11 5 (10.64%) HTTP
11 5 (10.64%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.13%) Oracle Database
General
1 7 (14.89%) Retail
1 7 (14.89%) Finance
2 1 (2.13%) Law
2 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.13%) Investment Banking
2 1 (2.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (34.04%) Network Engineer
2 10 (21.28%) Network Specialist
2 10 (21.28%) Monitoring Specialist
3 7 (14.89%) Design Engineer
3 7 (14.89%) Network Design Engineer
3 7 (14.89%) Project Manager
4 5 (10.64%) Network Monitoring Engineer
4 5 (10.64%) Analyst
4 5 (10.64%) Monitoring Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) Network Consultant
5 3 (6.38%) Consultant
5 3 (6.38%) Network Designer
5 3 (6.38%) Senior Network Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) Designer
6 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (4.26%) Python Programmer
6 2 (4.26%) Programmer
6 2 (4.26%) Architect
6 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 1 (2.13%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (29.79%) Middleware
2 12 (25.53%) CSS
3 2 (4.26%) Django
4 1 (2.13%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (40.43%) User Experience
2 16 (34.04%) Visualisation
3 6 (12.77%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.64%) UNIX
1 5 (10.64%) Windows
1 5 (10.64%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (44.68%) Network Management
1 21 (44.68%) Network Monitoring
2 20 (42.55%) ITIL
3 13 (27.66%) Network Architecture
3 13 (27.66%) Load Balancing
4 9 (19.15%) Performance Monitoring
5 8 (17.02%) Continuous Improvement
6 7 (14.89%) Network Design
7 5 (10.64%) Performance Management
7 5 (10.64%) Reverse Engineering
7 5 (10.64%) Vulnerability Management
7 5 (10.64%) SIEM
7 5 (10.64%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (10.64%) Ethical Hacking
7 5 (10.64%) Information Security
7 5 (10.64%) Mentoring
8 2 (4.26%) Network Planning
8 2 (4.26%) Project Management
9 1 (2.13%) SOA
9 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 10 (21.28%) Lisp
2 2 (4.26%) SQL
2 2 (4.26%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (61.70%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (46.81%) CCNA
3 21 (44.68%) CCNP
4 10 (21.28%) CCDP
5 5 (10.64%) GPEN
5 5 (10.64%) CEH
5 5 (10.64%) GIAC
5 5 (10.64%) GCIH
5 5 (10.64%) SSCP
5 5 (10.64%) CISSP
6 2 (4.26%) VCP4
7 1 (2.13%) PMP
7 1 (2.13%) PMI Certification
7 1 (2.13%) SC Cleared
7 1 (2.13%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.38%) QA
2 1 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (10.64%) Snort
Systems Management
1 8 (17.02%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (8.51%) OpenView
3 1 (2.13%) Netcool
3 1 (2.13%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 43 (91.49%) Cisco
2 31 (65.96%) BMC
3 28 (59.57%) F5
4 21 (44.68%) HP
4 21 (44.68%) SolarWinds
5 19 (40.43%) Juniper
6 18 (38.30%) Riverbed
7 13 (27.66%) CheckPoint
8 12 (25.53%) Fortinet
8 12 (25.53%) Nokia
9 10 (21.28%) TippingPoint
9 10 (21.28%) Blue Coat
10 7 (14.89%) Motorola
10 7 (14.89%) Avaya
10 7 (14.89%) EMC
10 7 (14.89%) SevOne
11 5 (10.64%) ArcSight
11 5 (10.64%) LogLogic
11 5 (10.64%) Sun
12 1 (2.13%) Oracle
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