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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 264 374 399
Rank change year-on-year
+110 +25
Contract jobs citing OSPF 375 189 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.39% 0.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.12% 2.93% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 124 68
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.75% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £285 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £500 £521
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £180.00 £115.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-83.33% +56.52%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £180.00 £190.00
% change year-on-year
-83.33% -5.26%

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
7319 6447 7117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.20% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4100 3421 3411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 399 378 636
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.60 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.68% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 28 January 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
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 28 January 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 +116 369 £375 -6.25% 87
London +83 171 £350 -12.50% 38
South East +46 99 £364 -10.73% 28
Berkshire +53 70 £375 +7.14% 10
City of London +43 51 £375 +11.11% 16
Yorkshire +28 44 £388 -7.46% 3
North Yorkshire +25 26 £401 +3.35% 1
York +29 25 £401 +3.35%
South West -6 22 £385 -3.75% 6
Manchester +14 17 £288 -32.35% 2
North West +10 17 £288 -32.35% 3
Surrey +9 13 £293 -28.22% 3
West Midlands +6 12 £325 - 5
Reading +16 10 £369 -7.81% 3
Gloucestershire - 9 £450 -
Bristol - 8 £385 - 4
Slough 0 6 £263 - 2
West Yorkshire -1 6 £294 -34.72% 2
Leeds -8 6 £294 -34.72% 2
Buckinghamshire -8 6 £390 -17.89% 1
Milton Keynes - 6 £390 -
Cheltenham - 6 - -
Bracknell +5 5 £225 -
Birmingham -1 4 £200 +33.33% 3
Hampshire -18 4 £273 -31.87% 6
Wiltshire -8 3 - -
Swindon -11 3 - -
Oxfordshire -15 3 £425 +26.86% 4
East Sussex - 3 £400 - 3
East Midlands - 3 £448 -

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 629 (88.84%) Cisco
2 577 (81.50%) BGP
3 486 (68.64%) Firewall
4 455 (64.27%) Cisco Certification
5 353 (49.86%) CCNP
6 310 (43.79%) MPLS
7 306 (43.22%) WAN
8 305 (43.08%) CheckPoint
9 284 (40.11%) LAN
10 250 (35.31%) VPN
11 241 (34.04%) Juniper
12 237 (33.47%) F5
13 233 (32.91%) EIGRP
14 208 (29.38%) Cisco Nexus
15 193 (27.26%) Cisco ASA
16 179 (25.28%) Network Security
16 179 (25.28%) TCP/IP
17 177 (25.00%) CCIE
18 164 (23.16%) Telecoms
19 144 (20.34%) CCNA
20 136 (19.21%) HSRP
21 130 (18.36%) IPsec
22 127 (17.94%) DNS
23 123 (17.37%) Cisco IOS
24 122 (17.23%) Load Balancing
25 120 (16.95%) Wireless
26 115 (16.24%) Network Design
27 103 (14.55%) VLAN
28 100 (14.12%) Blue Coat
28 100 (14.12%) ITIL

OSPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 (1.69%) Apache
1 12 (1.69%) MediaWiki
1 12 (1.69%) Confluence
2 9 (1.27%) nginx
3 8 (1.13%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.13%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (0.71%) IIS
6 3 (0.42%) Lync
6 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.14%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 22 (3.11%) MS Excel
2 18 (2.54%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.98%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.56%) SaaS
3 2 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.14%) Office 365
4 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.14%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 577 (81.50%) BGP
2 486 (68.64%) Firewall
3 310 (43.79%) MPLS
4 306 (43.22%) WAN
5 284 (40.11%) LAN
6 250 (35.31%) VPN
7 233 (32.91%) EIGRP
8 208 (29.38%) Cisco Nexus
9 193 (27.26%) Cisco ASA
10 179 (25.28%) Network Security
10 179 (25.28%) TCP/IP
11 136 (19.21%) HSRP
12 130 (18.36%) IPsec
13 127 (17.94%) DNS
14 123 (17.37%) Cisco IOS
15 120 (16.95%) Wireless
16 103 (14.55%) VLAN
17 98 (13.84%) RIP
18 89 (12.57%) DHCP
19 85 (12.01%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.84%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (1.27%) MySQL
4 7 (0.99%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 12 (1.69%) Subversion
1 12 (1.69%) JIRA
1 12 (1.69%) Hudson
1 12 (1.69%) Git (software)
1 12 (1.69%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.28%) GDB
General
1 164 (23.16%) Telecoms
2 83 (11.72%) Finance
3 60 (8.47%) Banking
4 20 (2.82%) Investment Banking
5 19 (2.68%) Retail
6 14 (1.98%) Games
6 14 (1.98%) Back Office
7 9 (1.27%) Marketing
8 8 (1.13%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.71%) Spanish Language
9 5 (0.71%) Multimedia
9 5 (0.71%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.56%) Billing
11 3 (0.42%) Electronics
12 2 (0.28%) Russian Language
12 2 (0.28%) Local Government
13 1 (0.14%) German Language
13 1 (0.14%) Law
13 1 (0.14%) Legal
Job Titles
1 328 (46.33%) Network Engineer
2 87 (12.29%) IP Engineer
3 81 (11.44%) Design Engineer
4 68 (9.60%) Security Engineer
5 66 (9.32%) Architect
6 53 (7.49%) Network Specialist
7 50 (7.06%) Consultant
8 48 (6.78%) Senior Network Engineer
9 47 (6.64%) Cisco Engineer
10 45 (6.36%) Network Security Engineer
11 35 (4.94%) Support Engineer
12 34 (4.80%) Network Architect
12 34 (4.80%) Network Support
13 30 (4.24%) Network Consultant
13 30 (4.24%) Security Specialist
13 30 (4.24%) Network Security Specialist
14 28 (3.95%) Network Design Engineer
15 26 (3.67%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 24 (3.39%) Analyst
17 21 (2.97%) Implementation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.84%) CSS
2 5 (0.71%) LAMP
3 4 (0.56%) Middleware
4 2 (0.28%) Web Services
4 2 (0.28%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 58 (8.19%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.67%) Fat Client
2 26 (3.67%) Thin Client
3 20 (2.82%) FlexPod
4 18 (2.54%) SecurID
5 14 (1.98%) Video Conferencing
6 13 (1.84%) Visualisation
6 13 (1.84%) Online Games
7 12 (1.69%) Wiki
8 11 (1.55%) User Experience
8 11 (1.55%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.41%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.41%) PKI
10 8 (1.13%) Clustering
11 7 (0.99%) Cryptography
12 6 (0.85%) IVR
13 5 (0.71%) Open Source
14 4 (0.56%) e-Health
15 3 (0.42%) Life Science
15 3 (0.42%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 96 (13.56%) Linux
2 64 (9.04%) Windows
3 55 (7.77%) UNIX
4 18 (2.54%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (2.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (1.84%) Windows XP
7 12 (1.69%) CentOS
8 11 (1.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (1.55%) Ubuntu
9 9 (1.27%) Debian
10 6 (0.85%) Solaris
11 3 (0.42%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.28%) SUSE
12 2 (0.28%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (17.23%) Load Balancing
2 115 (16.24%) Network Design
3 100 (14.12%) ITIL
4 88 (12.43%) Network Management
5 62 (8.76%) Network Monitoring
6 55 (7.77%) E-Commerce
7 52 (7.34%) Migration
8 42 (5.93%) Network Architecture
9 39 (5.51%) Low Latency
10 36 (5.08%) Mentoring
11 34 (4.80%) Service Delivery
12 27 (3.81%) Change Management
13 25 (3.53%) Project Management
14 24 (3.39%) Risk Assessment
15 23 (3.25%) Service Management
16 21 (2.97%) High Availability
17 20 (2.82%) Disaster Recovery
18 19 (2.68%) Incident Management
19 18 (2.54%) Validation
20 16 (2.26%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 34 (4.80%) Perl
2 28 (3.95%) C
3 10 (1.41%) Ruby
3 10 (1.41%) Bash Shell
4 8 (1.13%) Java
4 8 (1.13%) SQL
4 8 (1.13%) R
5 7 (0.99%) PHP
6 4 (0.56%) Python
7 2 (0.28%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.14%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 455 (64.27%) Cisco Certification
2 353 (49.86%) CCNP
3 177 (25.00%) CCIE
4 144 (20.34%) CCNA
5 91 (12.85%) Security Cleared
6 76 (10.73%) SC Cleared
7 61 (8.62%) CCSE
8 52 (7.34%) CISSP
9 44 (6.21%) CCIP
10 35 (4.94%) Degree
11 33 (4.66%) CCDP
12 24 (3.39%) JNCIP
13 18 (2.54%) DV Cleared
14 15 (2.12%) JNCIS
15 13 (1.84%) JNCIA
16 12 (1.69%) CCSP
16 12 (1.69%) CCSA
17 9 (1.27%) BC Cleared
18 8 (1.13%) HP ASE
19 7 (0.99%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (5.65%) SLA
2 22 (3.11%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.85%) QA
4 3 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.28%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 70 (9.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (3.95%) Active Directory
3 24 (3.39%) XenServer
4 17 (2.40%) ProxySG
5 14 (1.98%) vSphere
6 13 (1.84%) Snort
7 12 (1.69%) Samba
7 12 (1.69%) vCloud
7 12 (1.69%) Postfix
7 12 (1.69%) Hyper-V
8 7 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.56%) Nmap
9 4 (0.56%) XenApp
10 3 (0.42%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.42%) Xen
10 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.42%) NFS
11 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 23 (3.25%) Cisco Prime
2 22 (3.11%) RANCID
3 19 (2.68%) OpenNMS
4 17 (2.40%) CiscoWorks
5 15 (2.12%) SolarWinds Orion
5 15 (2.12%) FortiGate
6 12 (1.69%) Puppet
6 12 (1.69%) ZABBIX
7 10 (1.41%) OPNET
8 8 (1.13%) Nessus
9 7 (0.99%) Salt
9 7 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (0.85%) CA Spectrum
11 4 (0.56%) Cisco CUCM
12 3 (0.42%) Foglight
12 3 (0.42%) Netcool
12 3 (0.42%) SCOrch
13 2 (0.28%) Cisco LMS
13 2 (0.28%) OpenView
13 2 (0.28%) Nagios
Vendors
1 629 (88.84%) Cisco
2 305 (43.08%) CheckPoint
3 241 (34.04%) Juniper
4 237 (33.47%) F5
5 100 (14.12%) Blue Coat
6 94 (13.28%) VMware
7 76 (10.73%) Citrix
8 67 (9.46%) HP
9 58 (8.19%) Microsoft
10 57 (8.05%) SolarWinds
11 56 (7.91%) Fortinet
12 51 (7.20%) Riverbed
13 46 (6.50%) Infoblox
14 39 (5.51%) Nokia
15 32 (4.52%) BT
16 27 (3.81%) Imperva
17 24 (3.39%) Nortel
18 22 (3.11%) CA
19 19 (2.68%) Brocade
20 16 (2.26%) Tufin
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