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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 613 596 545
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -51
Contract jobs citing OPNET 18 16 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.029% 0.076%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.37% 0.36% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 21
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£298 £325 £403
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.46% -19.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £325 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £400 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £325 £378
% change year-on-year
-13.84% -13.90%
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
4848 4468 4000
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.16% 8.03% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2974 2644 2312
Average daily rate £400 £398 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 150 157
Average hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -7.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.78 £11.33 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.43 £40.00 £40.23
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -0.45%

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 31 August 2015.

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 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 31 August 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 -27 18 £298 -8.46% 1
South East -21 10 £265 -31.16%
Surrey +5 9 £265 -31.16%
Guildford +4 6 £265 -31.16%
London +6 5 £423 +5.62% 1
East of England - 2 £315 -
Essex - 2 £315 -
Leeds -31 1 £280 -13.84%
West Yorkshire -34 1 £280 -13.84%
Yorkshire -35 1 £280 -13.84%
City of London - 1 £225 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
Colchester - 1 £315 -

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 17 (45.95%) Cisco
2 15 (40.54%) Business Intelligence
2 15 (40.54%) SQL
3 14 (37.84%) Firewall
4 13 (35.14%) SLA
4 13 (35.14%) Project Management
4 13 (35.14%) F5
5 12 (32.43%) Cisco Nexus
5 12 (32.43%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (27.03%) CCNP
6 10 (27.03%) Cisco ASA
6 10 (27.03%) SolarWinds
6 10 (27.03%) Network Monitoring
6 10 (27.03%) Radio Access Network
7 9 (24.32%) Cerion
7 9 (24.32%) Talend
7 9 (24.32%) Talend Open Studio
7 9 (24.32%) Korn
7 9 (24.32%) Ontologies
7 9 (24.32%) Greenplum
7 9 (24.32%) Back Office
7 9 (24.32%) CCNA
7 9 (24.32%) Perl
7 9 (24.32%) Linux
7 9 (24.32%) BMC
8 8 (21.62%) Citrix
8 8 (21.62%) MPLS
8 8 (21.62%) Middleware
8 8 (21.62%) MySQL
8 8 (21.62%) Oracle

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.70%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 14 (37.84%) Firewall
2 12 (32.43%) Cisco Nexus
3 10 (27.03%) Radio Access Network
3 10 (27.03%) Cisco ASA
4 8 (21.62%) MPLS
5 7 (18.92%) BGP
5 7 (18.92%) Wireshark
6 6 (16.22%) Wireless
6 6 (16.22%) OSPF
6 6 (16.22%) Broadband
7 5 (13.51%) WLAN
7 5 (13.51%) EIGRP
7 5 (13.51%) SSL
7 5 (13.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 4 (10.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 4 (10.81%) VLAN
8 4 (10.81%) WAN
8 4 (10.81%) VPN
9 3 (8.11%) LAN
10 2 (5.41%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (21.62%) MySQL
1 8 (21.62%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (24.32%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (2.70%) Fiddler
General
1 9 (24.32%) Back Office
2 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.41%) Retail
4 1 (2.70%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (43.24%) Network Engineer
2 9 (24.32%) OSS Engineer
3 7 (18.92%) Data Scientist
3 7 (18.92%) Support Engineer
4 6 (16.22%) Back Office Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Voice Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) OSS Support Engineer
5 4 (10.81%) Cisco Voice Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Designer
6 3 (8.11%) Network Support
6 3 (8.11%) Design Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Network Support Engineer
6 3 (8.11%) Consultant
6 3 (8.11%) Network Designer
6 3 (8.11%) Communications Engineer
7 2 (5.41%) Network Specialist
7 2 (5.41%) Network Design Engineer
7 2 (5.41%) Data Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (21.62%) Middleware
2 4 (10.81%) XMPP
3 2 (5.41%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 9 (24.32%) Ontologies
2 7 (18.92%) Visualisation
2 7 (18.92%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (16.22%) Computer Science
3 6 (16.22%) Economics
4 4 (10.81%) Management Information System
4 4 (10.81%) User Experience
5 2 (5.41%) CMDB
5 2 (5.41%) Data Centre
6 1 (2.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 9 (24.32%) Linux
2 8 (21.62%) UNIX
2 8 (21.62%) Windows
3 6 (16.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (40.54%) Business Intelligence
2 13 (35.14%) Project Management
3 10 (27.03%) Network Monitoring
4 8 (21.62%) ITIL
5 6 (16.22%) Network Planning
5 6 (16.22%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (16.22%) Load Balancing
5 6 (16.22%) Capacity Planning
5 6 (16.22%) Network Management
5 6 (16.22%) Analytics
6 4 (10.81%) Data Analysis
7 3 (8.11%) Network Architecture
7 3 (8.11%) Network Design
8 2 (5.41%) Change Management
8 2 (5.41%) Performance Management
8 2 (5.41%) DevOps
9 1 (2.70%) Performance Monitoring
9 1 (2.70%) Technical Analysis
9 1 (2.70%) Reverse Engineering
9 1 (2.70%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 15 (40.54%) SQL
2 9 (24.32%) Perl
2 9 (24.32%) Korn
3 7 (18.92%) Python
4 5 (13.51%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 12 (32.43%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (27.03%) CCNP
3 9 (24.32%) CCNA
4 6 (16.22%) PhD
5 4 (10.81%) HND
5 4 (10.81%) Degree
5 4 (10.81%) CCDP
6 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
7 1 (2.70%) GPEN
7 1 (2.70%) SC Cleared
7 1 (2.70%) CISSP
7 1 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (2.70%) SSCP
7 1 (2.70%) GIAC
7 1 (2.70%) GCIH
7 1 (2.70%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (35.14%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.70%) Snort
Systems Management
1 6 (16.22%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (10.81%) Cisco UCCE
3 2 (5.41%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (5.41%) OpenView
3 2 (5.41%) Nagios
Vendors
1 17 (45.95%) Cisco
2 13 (35.14%) F5
3 10 (27.03%) SolarWinds
4 9 (24.32%) Greenplum
4 9 (24.32%) Talend
4 9 (24.32%) Cerion
4 9 (24.32%) BMC
5 8 (21.62%) Citrix
5 8 (21.62%) Oracle
5 8 (21.62%) Riverbed
6 7 (18.92%) Blue Coat
6 7 (18.92%) HP
7 6 (16.22%) Red Hat
8 5 (13.51%) TippingPoint
9 4 (10.81%) CheckPoint
9 4 (10.81%) Aruba
10 3 (8.11%) BT
11 2 (5.41%) Motorola
11 2 (5.41%) Nokia
11 2 (5.41%) McAfee