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 31 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 326 397 391
Rank change year-on-year
+71 -6
Contract jobs citing OSPF 311 198 159
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.37% 0.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.90% 2.87% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 120 84
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£375 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £276 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £511 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £386 £400 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.49% +33.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 6
Average hourly rate £35.00 £103.94 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-66.32% +196.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £43.09 £24.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.25 £164.79 £42.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £103.94 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-71.13% +219.80%

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
7976 6895 6994
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.52% 12.94% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4359 3571 3404
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £205 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 415 582
Average hourly rate £27.00 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.00% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 31 March 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 31 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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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 +72 302 £375 -6.25% 70
London +44 119 £373 -6.87% 28
South East -16 70 £363 -21.62% 22
Berkshire +20 54 £475 +90.00% 9
Yorkshire +15 35 £401 - 3
City of London +29 33 £425 +28.78% 14
North West +7 28 £469 - 5
West Midlands +2 19 £325 -3.70% 2
York +8 18 £401 - 1
North Yorkshire +2 18 £401 - 3
Manchester - 17 £488 - 5
South West -3 16 £385 -12.00% 4
Reading +5 10 £363 -19.44% 5
East of England +12 9 £413 +3.12% 2
Bristol +2 9 £360 -15.29% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 6 £350 - 4
Leeds - 6 £325 -
West Yorkshire - 6 £325 -
Hertfordshire +7 5 £413 -
Bracknell +7 5 - -
Gloucestershire -12 5 £450 -
Warwickshire - 5 £325 -
Milton Keynes +3 4 £353 - 1
Birmingham - 4 £336 - 1
Hampshire - 4 £348 - 3
Lancashire - 4 £426 -
East Midlands 0 3 £425 -10.52% 4
Surrey -1 3 £340 -33.81% 2
Oxfordshire -15 3 £225 -29.68% 2
Shropshire -15 3 £450 +33.33%

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 617 (89.42%) Cisco
2 556 (80.58%) BGP
3 460 (66.67%) Firewall
4 450 (65.22%) Cisco Certification
5 358 (51.88%) CCNP
6 323 (46.81%) MPLS
7 302 (43.77%) WAN
8 297 (43.04%) CheckPoint
9 277 (40.14%) LAN
10 261 (37.83%) VPN
10 261 (37.83%) F5
11 250 (36.23%) Juniper
12 235 (34.06%) Cisco ASA
13 226 (32.75%) EIGRP
14 183 (26.52%) Network Security
15 167 (24.20%) Cisco Nexus
16 156 (22.61%) CCNA
17 154 (22.32%) TCP/IP
18 152 (22.03%) CCIE
18 152 (22.03%) Telecoms
19 150 (21.74%) Cisco IOS
20 148 (21.45%) Wireless
21 141 (20.43%) IPsec
22 138 (20.00%) Load Balancing
23 133 (19.28%) DNS
24 124 (17.97%) Blue Coat
25 120 (17.39%) VMware
26 118 (17.10%) Linux
27 113 (16.38%) HSRP
28 110 (15.94%) Citrix

OSPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 17 (2.46%) Apache
2 16 (2.32%) Confluence
2 16 (2.32%) MediaWiki
3 14 (2.03%) IIS
4 13 (1.88%) nginx
5 7 (1.01%) MS Exchange
6 6 (0.87%) SharePoint
7 4 (0.58%) Lync
8 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.29%) CMS
9 2 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.14%) Lotus Domino
10 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 19 (2.75%) MS Excel
2 16 (2.32%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.88%) MS Office
4 7 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.29%) SaaS
2 2 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 1 (0.14%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 556 (80.58%) BGP
2 460 (66.67%) Firewall
3 323 (46.81%) MPLS
4 302 (43.77%) WAN
5 277 (40.14%) LAN
6 261 (37.83%) VPN
7 235 (34.06%) Cisco ASA
8 226 (32.75%) EIGRP
9 183 (26.52%) Network Security
10 167 (24.20%) Cisco Nexus
11 154 (22.32%) TCP/IP
12 150 (21.74%) Cisco IOS
13 148 (21.45%) Wireless
14 141 (20.43%) IPsec
15 133 (19.28%) DNS
16 113 (16.38%) HSRP
17 105 (15.22%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 104 (15.07%) VLAN
19 101 (14.64%) DHCP
20 91 (13.19%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (3.04%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.32%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (1.88%) MySQL
4 10 (1.45%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.16%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.29%) InfluxDB
6 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 18 (2.61%) Jenkins
2 16 (2.32%) Subversion
2 16 (2.32%) JIRA
2 16 (2.32%) Git (software)
2 16 (2.32%) Hudson
3 6 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 152 (22.03%) Telecoms
2 77 (11.16%) Finance
3 50 (7.25%) Banking
4 18 (2.61%) Games
4 18 (2.61%) Investment Banking
5 14 (2.03%) Back Office
6 11 (1.59%) Retail
7 9 (1.30%) Financial Institution
8 8 (1.16%) Marketing
9 5 (0.72%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.58%) Electronics
11 3 (0.43%) Billing
12 2 (0.29%) Local Government
12 2 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
12 2 (0.29%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.14%) Legal
13 1 (0.14%) French Language
13 1 (0.14%) German Language
Job Titles
1 328 (47.54%) Network Engineer
2 85 (12.32%) IP Engineer
3 69 (10.00%) Architect
4 65 (9.42%) Design Engineer
5 58 (8.41%) Security Engineer
6 54 (7.83%) Network Specialist
7 51 (7.39%) Cisco Engineer
8 41 (5.94%) Network Architect
9 39 (5.65%) Network Security Engineer
10 38 (5.51%) Security Specialist
10 38 (5.51%) Network Security Specialist
11 36 (5.22%) Consultant
12 33 (4.78%) Support Engineer
12 33 (4.78%) Senior Network Engineer
13 28 (4.06%) Network Support
14 27 (3.91%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 27 (3.91%) Implementation Engineer
15 25 (3.62%) Analyst
16 24 (3.48%) Operations Engineer
17 21 (3.04%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.45%) CSS
2 8 (1.16%) LAMP
3 4 (0.58%) XMPP
4 2 (0.29%) Silverlight
4 2 (0.29%) Web Services
5 1 (0.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 55 (7.97%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (4.93%) Fat Client
2 34 (4.93%) Thin Client
3 21 (3.04%) Video Conferencing
4 16 (2.32%) Wiki
4 16 (2.32%) SecurID
4 16 (2.32%) PKI
5 15 (2.17%) Clustering
6 14 (2.03%) Online Games
7 12 (1.74%) IVR
8 9 (1.30%) Cryptography
8 9 (1.30%) FlexPod
9 8 (1.16%) Celerra
9 8 (1.16%) Visualisation
9 8 (1.16%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.16%) Replication
10 6 (0.87%) DTV
10 6 (0.87%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.87%) User Experience
11 4 (0.58%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 118 (17.10%) Linux
2 81 (11.74%) Windows
3 61 (8.84%) UNIX
4 28 (4.06%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (2.32%) Ubuntu
5 16 (2.32%) CentOS
6 15 (2.17%) Windows XP
6 15 (2.17%) Solaris
7 13 (1.88%) Debian
8 12 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.72%) Windows 2000
11 4 (0.58%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.43%) SUSE
13 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (20.00%) Load Balancing
2 89 (12.90%) ITIL
3 86 (12.46%) Network Design
4 70 (10.14%) E-Commerce
5 64 (9.28%) Migration
6 63 (9.13%) Network Management
7 59 (8.55%) Network Monitoring
8 32 (4.64%) Service Management
9 31 (4.49%) Disaster Recovery
9 31 (4.49%) Mentoring
10 30 (4.35%) Service Delivery
11 28 (4.06%) Low Latency
12 26 (3.77%) Network Architecture
12 26 (3.77%) Capacity Planning
13 25 (3.62%) Project Management
13 25 (3.62%) Risk Assessment
14 24 (3.48%) Incident Management
15 23 (3.33%) Validation
15 23 (3.33%) Change Management
16 19 (2.75%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (4.35%) C
2 25 (3.62%) Perl
3 15 (2.17%) Bash Shell
4 13 (1.88%) Ruby
5 11 (1.59%) Java
5 11 (1.59%) PHP
5 11 (1.59%) SQL
6 6 (0.87%) Python
7 1 (0.14%) Tcl
7 1 (0.14%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 450 (65.22%) Cisco Certification
2 358 (51.88%) CCNP
3 156 (22.61%) CCNA
4 152 (22.03%) CCIE
5 74 (10.72%) Security Cleared
6 71 (10.29%) CCSE
7 58 (8.41%) CCIP
8 56 (8.12%) SC Cleared
9 41 (5.94%) Degree
10 37 (5.36%) CCDP
11 35 (5.07%) CISSP
12 30 (4.35%) JNCIP
13 21 (3.04%) DV Cleared
14 20 (2.90%) JNCIA
15 15 (2.17%) JNCIS
16 12 (1.74%) BC Cleared
17 11 (1.59%) CCSP
18 10 (1.45%) CCSA
19 8 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
19 8 (1.16%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (6.23%) SLA
2 22 (3.19%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.16%) QA
4 4 (0.58%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 92 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (5.07%) Active Directory
3 33 (4.78%) XenServer
4 16 (2.32%) Postfix
4 16 (2.32%) Samba
4 16 (2.32%) iptables
5 15 (2.17%) Hyper-V
6 14 (2.03%) ProxySG
7 13 (1.88%) vCloud
8 12 (1.74%) vSphere
8 12 (1.74%) XenApp
9 11 (1.59%) Terminal Services
10 10 (1.45%) VMware ESX
11 8 (1.16%) Snort
11 8 (1.16%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 4 (0.58%) Xen
12 4 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.43%) XenDesktop
14 1 (0.14%) NFS
14 1 (0.14%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 21 (3.04%) Cisco CUCM
1 21 (3.04%) RANCID
2 18 (2.61%) Cisco Prime
2 18 (2.61%) Puppet
3 16 (2.32%) ZABBIX
4 15 (2.17%) CiscoWorks
5 13 (1.88%) FortiGate
6 10 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (1.45%) Salt
6 10 (1.45%) OPNET
6 10 (1.45%) SolarWinds Orion
7 9 (1.30%) Cisco UCCE
8 8 (1.16%) OpenNMS
9 7 (1.01%) Cisco IPCC
10 4 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (0.43%) Cacti
11 3 (0.43%) Foglight
12 2 (0.29%) Netcool
12 2 (0.29%) SCOM
12 2 (0.29%) NetCrunch
Vendors
1 617 (89.42%) Cisco
2 297 (43.04%) CheckPoint
3 261 (37.83%) F5
4 250 (36.23%) Juniper
5 124 (17.97%) Blue Coat
6 120 (17.39%) VMware
7 110 (15.94%) Citrix
8 76 (11.01%) SolarWinds
9 72 (10.43%) HP
10 69 (10.00%) Infoblox
11 58 (8.41%) Microsoft
12 52 (7.54%) Fortinet
13 47 (6.81%) Riverbed
14 43 (6.23%) BT
15 35 (5.07%) Imperva
16 31 (4.49%) Nortel
16 31 (4.49%) Nokia
17 20 (2.90%) CA
18 18 (2.61%) Red Hat
19 17 (2.46%) McAfee
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Connectus
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 19 hours ago
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Netsource
Posted: 3 days ago
Wiltshire
X4 Group
Rate: £275 - 300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Maidenhead
Brightred Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Manchester
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 25 days ago