The table below looks at the statistics for OSPF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OSPF over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 336 362 359
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -3
Contract jobs citing OSPF 338 274 254
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.48% 0.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.12% 3.30% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 143 134
Average daily rate
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£425 £370 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.86% +2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £263 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £508 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 7
Average hourly rate £45.42 £40.00 £48.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.53% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.75 £30.20 £26.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £41.40 £55.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.83 £40.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+19.57% +25.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
8197 8298 7149
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.81% 14.67% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4697 4499 3856
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 531 449 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.15% -2.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

OSPF
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OSPF within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

OSPF Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

OSPF
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing OSPF within the UK.

OSPF Daily Rate Trend in the UK

OSPF
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

OSPF Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

OSPF
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing OSPF within the UK.

OSPF Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

OSPF
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

OSPF Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

OSPF
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 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 +19 318 £425 +16.27% 72
London +37 157 £435 +12.25% 32
South East -27 87 £375 - 20
City of London +12 44 £450 +12.50% 11
Berkshire -28 34 £388 -13.88% 9
South West +15 27 £525 +25.37% 3
Wiltshire +15 21 £475 -8.44% 2
Hampshire +5 16 £413 +63.69% 1
North West -19 15 £350 +25.00% 4
Swindon +9 14 £475 -8.44% 2
Reading -5 14 £388 -10.91% 8
Buckinghamshire +5 13 £475 - 1
Durham - 9 £413 -
North East - 9 £413 -
Kent +3 8 £394 +12.50%
West Midlands -7 8 £300 -1.23% 4
East of England +5 7 £433 +29.10% 6
Surrey -11 7 £365 -9.87% 6
High Wycombe - 7 £478 -
Birmingham +1 6 £308 -
Yorkshire -30 6 £375 +4.89% 2
Slough - 6 £208 -
Portsmouth - 6 £325 -
Bristol -2 5 £600 +50.00% 1
Scotland -4 5 £250 -51.81% 3
Crawley -6 5 £338 -34.14%
West Sussex -13 5 £338 -34.14%
Merseyside - 5 - -
Milton Keynes -6 4 £425 - 1
Manchester -9 4 £475 - 3

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OSPF 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 OSPF.

1 588 (89.63%) Cisco
2 581 (88.57%) BGP
3 446 (67.99%) Cisco Certification
4 442 (67.38%) Firewall
5 349 (53.20%) MPLS
6 334 (50.91%) CCNP
7 319 (48.63%) LAN
8 318 (48.48%) WAN
9 282 (42.99%) Juniper
10 266 (40.55%) CheckPoint
11 263 (40.09%) EIGRP
12 261 (39.79%) VPN
13 223 (33.99%) F5
14 214 (32.62%) TCP/IP
15 209 (31.86%) Cisco ASA
16 206 (31.40%) Data Centre
17 179 (27.29%) Wireless
18 176 (26.83%) IPsec
19 167 (25.46%) DNS
20 159 (24.24%) HSRP
21 156 (23.78%) CCNA
22 151 (23.02%) Network Security
23 147 (22.41%) Load Balancing
23 147 (22.41%) DHCP
23 147 (22.41%) Cisco Nexus
24 145 (22.10%) VLAN
25 144 (21.95%) CCIE
26 129 (19.66%) Cisco IOS
27 117 (17.84%) Finance
28 105 (16.01%) VoIP

OSPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing OSPF 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 OSPF. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 12 (1.83%) MS Exchange
2 9 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2007
2 9 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
3 6 (0.91%) nginx
3 6 (0.91%) Confluence
3 6 (0.91%) Lync
4 5 (0.76%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.30%) IIS
5 2 (0.30%) Apache
5 2 (0.30%) CMS
6 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2000
6 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.15%) MediaWiki
Applications
1 23 (3.51%) MS Visio
2 17 (2.59%) MS Excel
3 14 (2.13%) MS Office
4 10 (1.52%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.83%) SaaS
2 10 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.61%) PaaS
5 2 (0.30%) Office 365
6 1 (0.15%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 581 (88.57%) BGP
2 442 (67.38%) Firewall
3 349 (53.20%) MPLS
4 319 (48.63%) LAN
5 318 (48.48%) WAN
6 263 (40.09%) EIGRP
7 261 (39.79%) VPN
8 214 (32.62%) TCP/IP
9 209 (31.86%) Cisco ASA
10 179 (27.29%) Wireless
11 176 (26.83%) IPsec
12 167 (25.46%) DNS
13 159 (24.24%) HSRP
14 151 (23.02%) Network Security
15 147 (22.41%) Cisco Nexus
15 147 (22.41%) DHCP
16 145 (22.10%) VLAN
17 129 (19.66%) Cisco IOS
18 105 (16.01%) VoIP
19 103 (15.70%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.07%) MySQL
2 6 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (0.76%) MongoDB
3 5 (0.76%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.15%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 18 (2.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (0.91%) JIRA
2 6 (0.91%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.76%) GitLab
3 5 (0.76%) RSpec
3 5 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (0.30%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.30%) Subversion
5 1 (0.15%) Hudson
General
1 117 (17.84%) Finance
2 103 (15.70%) Telecoms
3 50 (7.62%) Banking
4 19 (2.90%) Investment Banking
5 13 (1.98%) Marketing
6 7 (1.07%) Billing
6 7 (1.07%) Financial Institution
7 5 (0.76%) Games
8 4 (0.61%) Multimedia
8 4 (0.61%) Electronics
8 4 (0.61%) Legal
8 4 (0.61%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.61%) Advertising
9 3 (0.46%) Local Government
9 3 (0.46%) Retail
10 2 (0.30%) Back Office
10 2 (0.30%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.15%) German Language
11 1 (0.15%) Publishing
11 1 (0.15%) Military
Job Titles
1 382 (58.23%) Network Engineer
2 70 (10.67%) Senior Network Engineer
3 55 (8.38%) Security Engineer
4 53 (8.08%) Architect
5 43 (6.55%) Cisco Engineer
6 42 (6.40%) Network Architect
6 42 (6.40%) Network Security Engineer
7 40 (6.10%) Consultant
8 37 (5.64%) Design Engineer
9 33 (5.03%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 27 (4.12%) Network Support
10 27 (4.12%) Support Engineer
11 26 (3.96%) Network Specialist
11 26 (3.96%) Network Design Engineer
12 25 (3.81%) Project Manager
13 23 (3.51%) Network Consultant
14 19 (2.90%) IP Engineer
15 18 (2.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 17 (2.59%) Analyst
17 15 (2.29%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (9.45%) 802.1X
2 15 (2.29%) CSS
3 9 (1.37%) XMPP
4 6 (0.91%) Web Services
5 5 (0.76%) REST
5 5 (0.76%) MCollective
6 2 (0.30%) Silverlight
6 2 (0.30%) Middleware
7 1 (0.15%) OCX
7 1 (0.15%) LAMP
7 1 (0.15%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 206 (31.40%) Data Centre
2 36 (5.49%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 31 (4.73%) Video Conferencing
4 26 (3.96%) Computer Science
5 24 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (2.74%) Enterprise Software
7 14 (2.13%) Cryptography
7 14 (2.13%) PKI
8 13 (1.98%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.83%) Clustering
10 11 (1.68%) IVR
11 7 (1.07%) SecurID
12 6 (0.91%) Mathematics
12 6 (0.91%) Physics
13 4 (0.61%) e-Health
13 4 (0.61%) DTV
14 3 (0.46%) Streaming Video
14 3 (0.46%) NHS
14 3 (0.46%) Statistics
14 3 (0.46%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 93 (14.18%) Windows
2 82 (12.50%) Linux
3 70 (10.67%) UNIX
4 19 (2.90%) Solaris
4 19 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (0.76%) SmartOS
8 5 (0.76%) CoreOS
8 5 (0.76%) Windows 2000
9 4 (0.61%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.30%) SUSE
10 2 (0.30%) CentOS
11 1 (0.15%) Debian
11 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.15%) AIX
11 1 (0.15%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (22.41%) Load Balancing
2 105 (16.01%) ITIL
3 99 (15.09%) Network Design
4 56 (8.54%) Network Management
5 50 (7.62%) Network Monitoring
6 39 (5.95%) Migration
7 37 (5.64%) Project Management
8 34 (5.18%) Capacity Planning
9 33 (5.03%) Service Delivery
10 28 (4.27%) Kalman Filter
10 28 (4.27%) DDoS Mitigation
11 22 (3.35%) Configuration Management
12 21 (3.20%) Service Management
12 21 (3.20%) Low Latency
13 19 (2.90%) Change Control
13 19 (2.90%) Change Management
13 19 (2.90%) E-Commerce
13 19 (2.90%) Information Security
14 18 (2.74%) Network Architecture
15 16 (2.44%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 21 (3.20%) Perl
2 19 (2.90%) Python
3 15 (2.29%) SQL
4 11 (1.68%) VB
5 10 (1.52%) Ruby
6 6 (0.91%) Tcl
7 4 (0.61%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.46%) Lisp
8 3 (0.46%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.46%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.46%) VBScript
8 3 (0.46%) C
9 1 (0.15%) Java
9 1 (0.15%) PHP
9 1 (0.15%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 446 (67.99%) Cisco Certification
2 334 (50.91%) CCNP
3 156 (23.78%) CCNA
4 144 (21.95%) CCIE
5 83 (12.65%) Security Cleared
6 70 (10.67%) Degree
7 62 (9.45%) SC Cleared
8 41 (6.25%) CCSA
9 33 (5.03%) CCIP
10 28 (4.27%) CCSE
11 22 (3.35%) DV Cleared
12 21 (3.20%) JNCIS
13 19 (2.90%) CCDP
14 16 (2.44%) CISSP
15 14 (2.13%) JNCIP
16 12 (1.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 11 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
17 11 (1.68%) CCDA
18 10 (1.52%) CCSP
18 10 (1.52%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (4.57%) SLA
2 6 (0.91%) QA
3 4 (0.61%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.46%) COBIT
5 2 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
System Software
1 37 (5.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (3.35%) Active Directory
3 15 (2.29%) Snort
4 13 (1.98%) vSphere
5 9 (1.37%) XenApp
5 9 (1.37%) XenDesktop
6 7 (1.07%) iptables
7 5 (0.76%) Btrfs
7 5 (0.76%) vCloud
7 5 (0.76%) KVM
7 5 (0.76%) Docker
7 5 (0.76%) LXC
7 5 (0.76%) Varnish
7 5 (0.76%) Squid
7 5 (0.76%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.46%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.30%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.30%) NFS
10 1 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 52 (7.93%) Cisco CUCM
2 21 (3.20%) CiscoWorks
3 19 (2.90%) RANCID
4 17 (2.59%) SolarWinds Orion
4 17 (2.59%) OpenView
5 15 (2.29%) FortiGate
6 11 (1.68%) Cacti
7 9 (1.37%) Cisco Prime
7 9 (1.37%) AirWatch
8 8 (1.22%) Cisco UCCX
9 7 (1.07%) Puppet
9 7 (1.07%) Cisco UCCE
9 7 (1.07%) Cisco IPCC
10 6 (0.91%) Nagios
10 6 (0.91%) NetCrunch
10 6 (0.91%) Ansible
10 6 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.76%) CA Spectrum
11 5 (0.76%) HAProxy
11 5 (0.76%) CFEngine
Vendors
1 588 (89.63%) Cisco
2 282 (42.99%) Juniper
3 266 (40.55%) CheckPoint
4 223 (33.99%) F5
5 93 (14.18%) SolarWinds
6 65 (9.91%) Blue Coat
7 62 (9.45%) Aruba
7 62 (9.45%) Citrix
8 61 (9.30%) HP
9 58 (8.84%) VMware
10 43 (6.55%) Riverbed
11 33 (5.03%) Microsoft
12 31 (4.73%) Fortinet
13 28 (4.27%) Infoblox
13 28 (4.27%) Avaya
13 28 (4.27%) Nokia
14 27 (4.12%) Brocade
15 24 (3.66%) Sourcefire
16 23 (3.51%) Nortel
17 22 (3.35%) McAfee
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London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £400 to £470 per annum
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Rate: £549 - £550 per day
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Rate: £120 - £160 per day
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Orgtel
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
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