The table below looks at the statistics for OSPF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OSPF over the 3 months to 30 August 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
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 407 374 386
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +12
Contract jobs citing OSPF 252 321 270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.47% 0.56% 0.49%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.97% 4.01% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 202 140
Median daily rate £375 £425 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +14.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £291 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £511
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £388 £350
% change year-on-year
-9.67% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 4
Median hourly rate £46.00 £47.83 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.82% +19.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £34.70 £30.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.35 £47.83 £41.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £47.83 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-3.82% +19.57%

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
8477 8013 8229
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.68% 13.93% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5161 4567 4443
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £233 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 522 458
Median hourly rate £32.25 £21.53 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.82% +0.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £21.53 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+66.08% -4.33%

OSPF
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing OSPF as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 August 2016.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 30 August 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 -52 225 £378 -11.11% 48
London -69 92 £400 -7.51% 21
South East -31 38 £338 -10.00% 13
West Midlands -9 32 £388 +29.16% 5
East of England +33 22 £400 -7.51%
Scotland +28 20 £350 +40.00% 1
South West +3 18 £364 -30.71% 3
Edinburgh +16 17 £350 +40.00%
Berkshire -15 14 £344 -5.82% 4
Shropshire - 13 £394 -
Telford - 13 £394 -
Bedfordshire +11 12 £525 -
City of London -4 12 £425 -5.55% 4
Hampshire -3 11 £335 -18.90% 2
Hertfordshire +14 10 £363 -39.58%
Yorkshire 0 10 £350 -6.66% 1
West Yorkshire +5 9 £350 -6.66% 1
Reading +8 8 £423 +9.16% 4
Leeds +6 8 £350 -12.50% 1
Surrey +4 7 £275 -24.65% 4
Bristol +1 7 £385 -35.79% 1
Durham +3 6 £350 -15.15%
Wiltshire -13 6 £363 -23.68%
North East -19 6 £350 -15.15%
North West +1 5 £309 -11.78% 4
Croydon -6 4 £300 -42.85%
Manchester -7 4 £325 -31.57% 2
Dorset - 4 £450 -
Northern Ireland - 4 £351 -
Bedford - 4 - -

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF 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 OSPF.

1 439 (87.28%) BGP
2 435 (86.48%) Cisco
3 332 (66.00%) Cisco Certification
4 324 (64.41%) Firewall
5 267 (53.08%) CCNP
6 220 (43.74%) WAN
7 209 (41.55%) CheckPoint
8 199 (39.56%) MPLS
9 192 (38.17%) Cisco ASA
10 191 (37.97%) LAN
11 188 (37.38%) Juniper
12 182 (36.18%) VPN
13 176 (34.99%) Data Centre
14 169 (33.60%) Cisco Nexus
15 165 (32.80%) EIGRP
16 150 (29.82%) TCP/IP
17 142 (28.23%) Wireless
18 137 (27.24%) CCNA
19 119 (23.66%) F5
20 109 (21.67%) IPsec
21 107 (21.27%) Network Security
22 94 (18.69%) VLAN
23 93 (18.49%) Security Cleared
24 92 (18.29%) Load Balancing
24 92 (18.29%) HSRP
25 80 (15.90%) Fortinet
25 80 (15.90%) Finance
26 79 (15.71%) DNS
26 79 (15.71%) VoIP
27 78 (15.51%) SC Cleared

OSPF
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:

Application Platforms
1 6 (1.19%) Apache
1 6 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
1 6 (1.19%) MS Exchange
2 4 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 4 (0.80%) Confluence
2 4 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
2 4 (0.80%) JBoss
2 4 (0.80%) MediaWiki
2 4 (0.80%) nginx
3 3 (0.60%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.60%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.40%) CMS
4 2 (0.40%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.40%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.20%) WildFly
Applications
1 28 (5.57%) MS Excel
2 27 (5.37%) MS Visio
3 13 (2.58%) MS Office
4 6 (1.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
1 5 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.99%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.60%) Office 365
4 2 (0.40%) IaaS
4 2 (0.40%) PaaS
4 2 (0.40%) SaaS
4 2 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 439 (87.28%) BGP
2 324 (64.41%) Firewall
3 220 (43.74%) WAN
4 199 (39.56%) MPLS
5 192 (38.17%) Cisco ASA
6 191 (37.97%) LAN
7 182 (36.18%) VPN
8 169 (33.60%) Cisco Nexus
9 165 (32.80%) EIGRP
10 150 (29.82%) TCP/IP
11 142 (28.23%) Wireless
12 109 (21.67%) IPsec
13 107 (21.27%) Network Security
14 94 (18.69%) VLAN
15 92 (18.29%) HSRP
16 79 (15.71%) DNS
16 79 (15.71%) VoIP
17 72 (14.31%) Cisco IOS
18 59 (11.73%) Ethernet
19 54 (10.74%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.99%) MySQL
2 4 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.60%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.20%) Informix
4 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.20%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (2.98%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (0.99%) JIRA
3 4 (0.80%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.80%) Hudson
3 4 (0.80%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.80%) Subversion
General
1 80 (15.90%) Finance
2 46 (9.15%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.38%) Retail
4 15 (2.98%) Banking
5 6 (1.19%) Billing
5 6 (1.19%) Marketing
6 5 (0.99%) Electronics
6 5 (0.99%) Legal
6 5 (0.99%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.99%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.80%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.80%) Games
7 4 (0.80%) German Language
7 4 (0.80%) Publishing
8 3 (0.60%) Advertising
8 3 (0.60%) French Language
8 3 (0.60%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.60%) Law
8 3 (0.60%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.40%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 293 (58.25%) Network Engineer
2 103 (20.48%) Cisco Engineer
3 95 (18.89%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 53 (10.54%) Security Engineer
5 42 (8.35%) Network Security Engineer
6 40 (7.95%) Senior Network Engineer
7 31 (6.16%) Consultant
8 29 (5.77%) Firewall Engineer
9 27 (5.37%) Designer
10 25 (4.97%) Analyst
11 21 (4.17%) Design Engineer
12 20 (3.98%) Architect
12 20 (3.98%) Support Engineer
13 19 (3.78%) Network Support
13 19 (3.78%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 18 (3.58%) Network Consultant
14 18 (3.58%) Network Designer
15 17 (3.38%) Administrator
15 17 (3.38%) Juniper Engineer
16 16 (3.18%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (9.74%) 802.1X
2 24 (4.77%) CSS
3 5 (0.99%) Middleware
4 3 (0.60%) LAMP
5 2 (0.40%) LAPP Stack
5 2 (0.40%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (0.40%) REST
5 2 (0.40%) RESTful
5 2 (0.40%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.40%) YAML
6 1 (0.20%) Apache Flex
6 1 (0.20%) COM
6 1 (0.20%) HTML
6 1 (0.20%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.20%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 176 (34.99%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (3.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 13 (2.58%) User Experience
5 11 (2.19%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.19%) PKI
6 9 (1.79%) Driving Licence
7 8 (1.59%) Cryptography
7 8 (1.59%) Visualisation
8 7 (1.39%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.19%) CESG
9 6 (1.19%) Hedge funds
10 5 (0.99%) Blackberry
10 5 (0.99%) Clustering
10 5 (0.99%) MPEG
10 5 (0.99%) Private Cloud
10 5 (0.99%) RSA SecurID
10 5 (0.99%) Streaming Video
11 4 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.80%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 64 (12.72%) Windows
2 43 (8.55%) Linux
3 40 (7.95%) Windows Server
4 15 (2.98%) Unix
5 12 (2.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (1.39%) CentOS
7 6 (1.19%) Ubuntu
8 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.80%) AIX
9 4 (0.80%) Debian
9 4 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.60%) Solaris
11 1 (0.20%) FreeBSD
11 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.20%) Mandriva Linux
11 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (18.29%) Load Balancing
2 71 (14.12%) Network Design
3 70 (13.92%) ITIL
4 56 (11.13%) Network Management
5 48 (9.54%) Network Monitoring
6 46 (9.15%) Migration
7 40 (7.95%) Network Architecture
8 33 (6.56%) Change Management
8 33 (6.56%) High Availability
9 26 (5.17%) Change Control
10 21 (4.17%) Configuration Management
10 21 (4.17%) Service Delivery
11 19 (3.78%) Information Security
12 18 (3.58%) Penetration Testing
13 17 (3.38%) Capacity Planning
14 16 (3.18%) ITIL V3
14 16 (3.18%) Project Management
15 15 (2.98%) Time Management
16 14 (2.78%) Escalation Management
16 14 (2.78%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 12 (2.39%) Shell Script
2 9 (1.79%) Perl
2 9 (1.79%) Python
3 6 (1.19%) Bash Shell
3 6 (1.19%) Tcl
4 4 (0.80%) Java
4 4 (0.80%) PHP
4 4 (0.80%) SQL
5 3 (0.60%) C
6 2 (0.40%) Lisp
6 2 (0.40%) PowerShell
6 2 (0.40%) Ruby
7 1 (0.20%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.20%) Korn
Qualifications
1 332 (66.00%) Cisco Certification
2 267 (53.08%) CCNP
3 137 (27.24%) CCNA
4 93 (18.49%) Security Cleared
5 78 (15.51%) SC Cleared
6 61 (12.13%) CCIE
7 32 (6.36%) JNCIP
8 26 (5.17%) CCSE
9 23 (4.57%) Degree
10 22 (4.37%) CISSP
11 21 (4.17%) CCDP
11 21 (4.17%) CCSA
11 21 (4.17%) JNCIA
12 14 (2.78%) JNCIE
12 14 (2.78%) JNCIS
13 13 (2.58%) DV Cleared
14 6 (1.19%) CCSP
14 6 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.80%) CCIP
15 4 (0.80%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.78%) PCI DSS
2 8 (1.59%) SLA
3 7 (1.39%) QA
4 6 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.40%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.20%) MiFID
System Software
1 37 (7.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (5.17%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.99%) ProxySG
4 9 (1.79%) VMware ESX
5 6 (1.19%) iptables
6 5 (0.99%) Firmware
6 5 (0.99%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.80%) Postfix
7 4 (0.80%) Samba
7 4 (0.80%) vSphere
7 4 (0.80%) XenServer
8 2 (0.40%) KVM
8 2 (0.40%) NFS
8 2 (0.40%) vCloud
8 2 (0.40%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.20%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.20%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 38 (7.55%) Cisco Prime
2 35 (6.96%) FortiGate
3 22 (4.37%) OPNET
4 20 (3.98%) Nagios
5 13 (2.58%) Cisco CUCM
6 11 (2.19%) Cacti
7 10 (1.99%) SmokePing
8 7 (1.39%) Nessus
8 7 (1.39%) OpenView
8 7 (1.39%) SolarWinds Orion
9 5 (0.99%) Puppet
9 5 (0.99%) SCCM
10 4 (0.80%) Backup Exec
10 4 (0.80%) ZABBIX
11 3 (0.60%) EnCase
11 3 (0.60%) HP UCMDB
12 2 (0.40%) Ansible
12 2 (0.40%) WhatsUp Gold
13 1 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
13 1 (0.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 435 (86.48%) Cisco
2 209 (41.55%) CheckPoint
3 188 (37.38%) Juniper
4 119 (23.66%) F5
5 80 (15.90%) Fortinet
6 61 (12.13%) SolarWinds
7 60 (11.93%) Palo Alto
8 53 (10.54%) VMware
9 46 (9.15%) Riverbed
10 42 (8.35%) Microsoft
11 38 (7.55%) HP
12 36 (7.16%) Nokia
13 29 (5.77%) Intel Security
14 28 (5.57%) Aruba
15 27 (5.37%) BMC
16 20 (3.98%) Blue Coat
17 15 (2.98%) Citrix
17 15 (2.98%) Splunk
18 14 (2.78%) Extreme Networks
19 10 (1.99%) Red Hat
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