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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 382 351 391
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +40
Contract jobs citing OSPF 285 319 241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.56% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.25% 3.99% 3.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 196 138
Median daily rate £380 £385 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.29% -0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -0.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 1 3
Median hourly rate £46.00 £30.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.33% -25.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £30.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+53.33% -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
8769 7988 7399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.20% 14.03% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5340 4557 3928
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £331
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +5.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 475 425
Median hourly rate £28.50 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.02% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+37.04% +7.62%

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 23 July 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
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 23 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 23 July 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 -49 257 £383 -3.16% 62
London -39 100 £438 +2.94% 28
South East -18 52 £350 -6.66% 22
West Midlands -1 38 £350 +11.11% 3
South West +15 27 £375 -28.57% 1
Berkshire -7 20 £350 +27.27% 3
Hampshire +6 17 £335 -16.31% 5
City of London +6 15 £425 - 8
East of England +24 13 £400 +50.94% 3
Telford - 13 £388 -
Shropshire - 13 £388 -
Scotland +13 12 £338 +35.00% 3
Reading +9 12 £428 -13.58% 2
Yorkshire +3 12 £400 +29.03% 2
West Yorkshire +7 11 £400 +6.66% 2
Leeds -2 11 £400 +6.66% 2
Wiltshire -11 11 £363 -23.68% 1
Edinburgh +5 10 £344 +37.50% 2
County Antrim +1 10 £351 -
Northern Ireland +1 10 £351 -
Belfast +1 10 £351 -
Hertfordshire +19 8 £363 -39.58% 1
Dorset +3 7 £400 -
Surrey -1 7 £380 +1.33% 12
Swindon -4 7 £363 -23.68%
Bristol +5 6 £406 -32.41%
North West -40 6 £293 -19.31% 2
North East - 6 £350 -
Durham - 6 £350 -
Portsmouth - 6 - -

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 466 (87.92%) BGP
2 455 (85.85%) Cisco
3 351 (66.23%) Cisco Certification
4 318 (60.00%) Firewall
5 279 (52.64%) CCNP
6 257 (48.49%) MPLS
7 244 (46.04%) WAN
8 215 (40.57%) VPN
9 214 (40.38%) Juniper
10 197 (37.17%) LAN
11 184 (34.72%) CheckPoint
12 178 (33.58%) EIGRP
13 165 (31.13%) Data Centre
14 162 (30.57%) Cisco ASA
15 159 (30.00%) Cisco Nexus
16 157 (29.62%) TCP/IP
17 151 (28.49%) IPsec
18 150 (28.30%) Wireless
19 132 (24.91%) CCNA
20 126 (23.77%) Security Cleared
21 111 (20.94%) SC Cleared
22 106 (20.00%) F5
23 102 (19.25%) HSRP
23 102 (19.25%) DNS
24 99 (18.68%) VLAN
25 94 (17.74%) Network Security
26 85 (16.04%) VoIP
26 85 (16.04%) Load Balancing
27 84 (15.85%) Finance
28 81 (15.28%) Cisco IOS

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 (1.13%) Apache
2 5 (0.94%) Confluence
2 5 (0.94%) nginx
3 4 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (0.75%) JBoss
3 4 (0.75%) MediaWiki
3 4 (0.75%) MS Exchange
3 4 (0.75%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (0.57%) IIS
4 3 (0.57%) OpenStack
4 3 (0.57%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.38%) CMS
5 2 (0.38%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.19%) WildFly
Applications
1 38 (7.17%) MS Visio
2 28 (5.28%) MS Excel
3 11 (2.08%) MS Office
4 6 (1.13%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.32%) IaaS
1 7 (1.32%) PaaS
1 7 (1.32%) SaaS
2 4 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 466 (87.92%) BGP
2 318 (60.00%) Firewall
3 257 (48.49%) MPLS
4 244 (46.04%) WAN
5 215 (40.57%) VPN
6 197 (37.17%) LAN
7 178 (33.58%) EIGRP
8 162 (30.57%) Cisco ASA
9 159 (30.00%) Cisco Nexus
10 157 (29.62%) TCP/IP
11 151 (28.49%) IPsec
12 150 (28.30%) Wireless
13 102 (19.25%) DNS
13 102 (19.25%) HSRP
14 99 (18.68%) VLAN
15 94 (17.74%) Network Security
16 85 (16.04%) VoIP
17 81 (15.28%) Cisco IOS
18 63 (11.89%) Ethernet
19 57 (10.75%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.32%) MySQL
2 5 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (0.75%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.38%) Informix
4 2 (0.38%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.38%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.19%) Redis
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (4.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (1.13%) Jenkins
2 6 (1.13%) JIRA
3 5 (0.94%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.94%) Hudson
3 5 (0.94%) Subversion
4 1 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.19%) GitLab
4 1 (0.19%) RSpec
4 1 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 84 (15.85%) Finance
2 66 (12.45%) Telecoms
3 16 (3.02%) Banking
4 13 (2.45%) Retail
5 11 (2.08%) Marketing
6 10 (1.89%) Electronics
6 10 (1.89%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.13%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.13%) Games
7 6 (1.13%) Military
8 5 (0.94%) Billing
8 5 (0.94%) Legal
9 4 (0.75%) French Language
9 4 (0.75%) German Language
9 4 (0.75%) Publishing
10 3 (0.57%) Dutch Language
10 3 (0.57%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.57%) Law
10 3 (0.57%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 299 (56.42%) Network Engineer
2 92 (17.36%) Cisco Engineer
3 86 (16.23%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 54 (10.19%) Designer
5 50 (9.43%) Senior Network Engineer
6 49 (9.25%) Security Engineer
7 44 (8.30%) Network Designer
8 37 (6.98%) Network Security Engineer
9 29 (5.47%) Architect
10 25 (4.72%) Firewall Engineer
11 24 (4.53%) Consultant
12 23 (4.34%) Analyst
13 22 (4.15%) Network Consultant
14 21 (3.96%) IP Designer
15 20 (3.77%) Design Engineer
16 19 (3.58%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 17 (3.21%) IP Engineer
17 17 (3.21%) Network Architect
17 17 (3.21%) Support Engineer
18 16 (3.02%) Juniper Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (10.00%) 802.1X
2 18 (3.40%) CSS
3 6 (1.13%) Middleware
4 3 (0.57%) LAMP
4 3 (0.57%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (0.38%) LAPP Stack
5 2 (0.38%) RESTful
5 2 (0.38%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.38%) Web Services
5 2 (0.38%) YAML
6 1 (0.19%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.19%) Apache Flex
6 1 (0.19%) COM
6 1 (0.19%) HTML
6 1 (0.19%) MCollective
6 1 (0.19%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.19%) REST
6 1 (0.19%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.19%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 165 (31.13%) Data Centre
2 26 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 17 (3.21%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.26%) PKI
5 12 (2.26%) User Experience
6 9 (1.70%) Visualisation
7 8 (1.51%) Blackberry
7 8 (1.51%) CMDB
7 8 (1.51%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.32%) Clustering
8 7 (1.32%) Cryptography
9 6 (1.13%) CESG
9 6 (1.13%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.13%) Hedge funds
9 6 (1.13%) MPEG
10 5 (0.94%) RSA SecurID
10 5 (0.94%) Streaming Video
11 4 (0.75%) Mathematics
11 4 (0.75%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 66 (12.45%) Linux
2 63 (11.89%) Windows
3 38 (7.17%) Windows Server
4 23 (4.34%) Unix
5 14 (2.64%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.70%) CatOS
8 8 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (1.32%) CentOS
10 6 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.94%) AIX
12 4 (0.75%) Debian
12 4 (0.75%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.57%) Solaris
13 3 (0.57%) SUSE
14 1 (0.19%) CoreOS
14 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
14 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.19%) SmartOS
14 1 (0.19%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (16.04%) Load Balancing
2 77 (14.53%) ITIL
3 69 (13.02%) Network Design
4 46 (8.68%) Network Management
5 44 (8.30%) Migration
6 40 (7.55%) High Availability
7 37 (6.98%) Network Monitoring
8 36 (6.79%) Network Architecture
9 30 (5.66%) Change Management
10 28 (5.28%) Configuration Management
11 27 (5.09%) Project Management
12 26 (4.91%) Change Control
13 20 (3.77%) Service Delivery
14 19 (3.58%) Capacity Planning
15 16 (3.02%) Disaster Recovery
15 16 (3.02%) Network Planning
15 16 (3.02%) Penetration Testing
16 15 (2.83%) DDoS Mitigation
16 15 (2.83%) ITIL V3
16 15 (2.83%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (3.21%) Perl
2 16 (3.02%) Python
3 13 (2.45%) Shell Script
4 11 (2.08%) Tcl
5 8 (1.51%) Bash Shell
6 6 (1.13%) C
7 5 (0.94%) SQL
8 4 (0.75%) Java
8 4 (0.75%) PHP
9 3 (0.57%) Ruby
10 2 (0.38%) Lisp
10 2 (0.38%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.19%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.19%) Korn
Qualifications
1 351 (66.23%) Cisco Certification
2 279 (52.64%) CCNP
3 132 (24.91%) CCNA
4 126 (23.77%) Security Cleared
5 111 (20.94%) SC Cleared
6 64 (12.08%) CCIE
7 45 (8.49%) JNCIP
8 41 (7.74%) DV Cleared
9 32 (6.04%) JNCIS
10 30 (5.66%) Degree
11 27 (5.09%) CCSE
12 23 (4.34%) CCDP
12 23 (4.34%) JNCIA
13 20 (3.77%) CCSA
14 16 (3.02%) CISSP
15 10 (1.89%) JNCIE
16 6 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
17 4 (0.75%) CCIP
17 4 (0.75%) Check Point Certification
17 4 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.89%) SLA
2 7 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (1.32%) QA
3 5 (0.94%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.38%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.19%) MiFID
System Software
1 39 (7.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (4.91%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.89%) ProxySG
3 10 (1.89%) VMware ESX
4 7 (1.32%) iptables
4 7 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (1.32%) vSphere
5 5 (0.94%) Snort
6 4 (0.75%) Firmware
6 4 (0.75%) Postfix
6 4 (0.75%) Samba
6 4 (0.75%) vCloud
6 4 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.75%) XenServer
7 3 (0.57%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.57%) KVM
8 2 (0.38%) NFS
8 2 (0.38%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.19%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.19%) Squid
Systems Management
1 38 (7.17%) Cisco Prime
2 37 (6.98%) FortiGate
3 21 (3.96%) Cisco CUCM
4 18 (3.40%) Nagios
5 17 (3.21%) OPNET
6 10 (1.89%) Cacti
7 9 (1.70%) SmokePing
8 8 (1.51%) SolarWinds Orion
9 7 (1.32%) OpenView
10 6 (1.13%) Puppet
11 4 (0.75%) SCCM
11 4 (0.75%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.57%) Ansible
12 3 (0.57%) Backup Exec
12 3 (0.57%) Proventia
13 2 (0.38%) BladeLogic
13 2 (0.38%) Cisco CME
13 2 (0.38%) EnCase
13 2 (0.38%) HP UCMDB
13 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 455 (85.85%) Cisco
2 214 (40.38%) Juniper
3 184 (34.72%) CheckPoint
4 106 (20.00%) F5
5 71 (13.40%) Fortinet
6 67 (12.64%) SolarWinds
7 61 (11.51%) VMware
8 52 (9.81%) Palo Alto
9 38 (7.17%) Microsoft
10 37 (6.98%) Riverbed
11 34 (6.42%) HP
12 33 (6.23%) Nokia
13 30 (5.66%) Intel Security
14 28 (5.28%) Aruba
15 26 (4.91%) BT
16 24 (4.53%) Blue Coat
16 24 (4.53%) BMC
17 17 (3.21%) Red Hat
17 17 (3.21%) Sourcefire
18 16 (3.02%) Citrix
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