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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 353 340 351
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +11
Contract jobs citing OSPF 269 259 267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.48% 0.49% 0.46%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.30% 3.58% 2.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 138 109
Average daily rate
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£375 £360 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £272 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £354 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 5
Average hourly rate £40.00 £48.00 £41.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +17.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £32.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -12.92%

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
8141 7236 8937
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.44% 13.57% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4382 3894 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 435 417 704
Average hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-10.20% -2.00%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 2014. 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 -8 259 £370 +2.77% 88
London -3 104 £400 +9.21% 44
South East +44 88 £375 +7.14% 21
Berkshire +43 57 £438 +27.27% 7
City of London +23 29 £425 +18.05% 18
West Midlands -15 21 £304 -7.95% 3
North West -3 14 £280 -25.33% 4
Hampshire 0 13 £252 -23.63% 4
South West -27 12 £425 +54.54% 2
Reading +20 11 £420 - 2
Cheshire -6 11 £280 -25.33%
Birmingham +11 10 £308 -3.90% 1
Yorkshire -2 8 £401 +3.35% 9
East of England -35 8 £335 -13.54% 5
Surrey +8 7 £481 -1.28% 9
Bristol -16 6 £419 +59.52% 2
West Yorkshire +8 5 - - 6
Shropshire -5 5 £320 -15.78% 1
Telford -9 5 £320 -15.78% 1
Kent - 5 £350 - 1
Milton Keynes +7 4 - -
Leeds +7 4 - - 6
Buckinghamshire -5 4 - -
Wiltshire -8 4 £519 +78.90%
Bedfordshire -14 4 £338 +12.50% 1
Tunbridge Wells - 4 £350 - 1
Bracknell +3 3 - -
Swindon -4 3 £519 +78.90%
Manchester -5 3 - - 3
Guildford - 3 £360 - 1

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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.

1 380 (82.07%) Cisco
2 376 (81.21%) BGP
3 318 (68.68%) Firewall
4 264 (57.02%) Cisco Certification
5 212 (45.79%) CheckPoint
6 204 (44.06%) Juniper
7 190 (41.04%) CCNP
8 189 (40.82%) WAN
9 181 (39.09%) MPLS
10 178 (38.44%) LAN
11 159 (34.34%) VPN
12 149 (32.18%) Network Security
13 141 (30.45%) F5
14 135 (29.16%) Cisco ASA
15 104 (22.46%) Cisco IOS
15 104 (22.46%) CCIE
16 103 (22.25%) TCP/IP
17 101 (21.81%) EIGRP
17 101 (21.81%) Cisco Nexus
18 100 (21.60%) IPsec
19 93 (20.09%) Telecoms
20 92 (19.87%) DNS
21 90 (19.44%) Load Balancing
21 90 (19.44%) VLAN
22 83 (17.93%) Network Design
23 81 (17.49%) Network Management
24 77 (16.63%) Blue Coat
25 76 (16.41%) Linux
26 67 (14.47%) VoIP
27 66 (14.25%) Windows

OSPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 27 (5.83%) Apache
2 14 (3.02%) MediaWiki
2 14 (3.02%) Confluence
2 14 (3.02%) nginx
3 12 (2.59%) MS Exchange
3 12 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (2.38%) Lync
5 8 (1.73%) SharePoint
6 6 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (1.08%) IIS
8 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.22%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 19 (4.10%) MS Visio
2 17 (3.67%) MS Excel
3 11 (2.38%) MS Office
4 1 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.22%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.22%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.65%) SaaS
2 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 376 (81.21%) BGP
2 318 (68.68%) Firewall
3 189 (40.82%) WAN
4 181 (39.09%) MPLS
5 178 (38.44%) LAN
6 159 (34.34%) VPN
7 149 (32.18%) Network Security
8 135 (29.16%) Cisco ASA
9 104 (22.46%) Cisco IOS
10 103 (22.25%) TCP/IP
11 101 (21.81%) EIGRP
11 101 (21.81%) Cisco Nexus
12 100 (21.60%) IPsec
13 92 (19.87%) DNS
14 90 (19.44%) VLAN
15 67 (14.47%) VoIP
16 64 (13.82%) HSRP
17 58 (12.53%) RIP
18 57 (12.31%) SNMP
18 57 (12.31%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (3.24%) Relational Database
1 15 (3.24%) MySQL
2 14 (3.02%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.22%) Ingres
3 1 (0.22%) MS Access
3 1 (0.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (3.24%) Subversion
2 14 (3.02%) JIRA
2 14 (3.02%) Jenkins
2 14 (3.02%) Hudson
2 14 (3.02%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.51%) GDB
4 4 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 93 (20.09%) Telecoms
2 62 (13.39%) Finance
3 36 (7.78%) Banking
4 13 (2.81%) Investment Banking
5 7 (1.51%) Retail
6 6 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.30%) Financial Institution
7 5 (1.08%) Spanish Language
7 5 (1.08%) Law
8 4 (0.86%) Legal
8 4 (0.86%) Local Government
9 2 (0.43%) Publishing
9 2 (0.43%) Multimedia
9 2 (0.43%) Front Office
9 2 (0.43%) German Language
10 1 (0.22%) Marketing
10 1 (0.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 175 (37.80%) Network Engineer
2 66 (14.25%) Security Engineer
2 66 (14.25%) Design Engineer
3 63 (13.61%) IP Engineer
4 54 (11.66%) Architect
5 47 (10.15%) Network Security Engineer
6 46 (9.94%) Consultant
7 34 (7.34%) Network Consultant
8 30 (6.48%) Network Specialist
8 30 (6.48%) Senior Network Engineer
9 25 (5.40%) Firewall Engineer
10 24 (5.18%) Network Security Specialist
10 24 (5.18%) Security Specialist
11 22 (4.75%) Network Architect
12 19 (4.10%) Cisco Engineer
13 15 (3.24%) Network Design Engineer
13 15 (3.24%) Analyst
14 14 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
14 14 (3.02%) Senior Security Engineer
15 13 (2.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.02%) LAMP
2 6 (1.30%) CSS
3 1 (0.22%) .NET
3 1 (0.22%) OCX
Miscellaneous
1 24 (5.18%) Fat Client
1 24 (5.18%) Thin Client
2 16 (3.46%) Clustering
3 14 (3.02%) Wiki
4 6 (1.30%) PKI
4 6 (1.30%) Computer Science
5 5 (1.08%) Visualisation
5 5 (1.08%) Replication
6 4 (0.86%) SecurID
7 3 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.65%) Open Source
7 3 (0.65%) Firmware
7 3 (0.65%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.43%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.43%) AS400
8 2 (0.43%) NHS
8 2 (0.43%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.43%) Derivative
8 2 (0.43%) Cryptography
9 1 (0.22%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 76 (16.41%) Linux
2 66 (14.25%) Windows
3 26 (5.62%) UNIX
3 26 (5.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 18 (3.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (3.02%) Debian
5 14 (3.02%) Ubuntu
6 11 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (2.16%) CentOS
8 6 (1.30%) Solaris
9 5 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.86%) SUSE
10 4 (0.86%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.65%) AIX
12 2 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.22%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.22%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.22%) VMS
13 1 (0.22%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (19.44%) Load Balancing
2 83 (17.93%) Network Design
3 81 (17.49%) Network Management
4 47 (10.15%) ITIL
5 34 (7.34%) E-Commerce
6 32 (6.91%) Network Architecture
7 30 (6.48%) Service Delivery
8 26 (5.62%) Network Monitoring
9 25 (5.40%) Project Management
10 24 (5.18%) Disaster Recovery
11 23 (4.97%) Low Latency
12 22 (4.75%) Change Management
13 21 (4.54%) Risk Assessment
13 21 (4.54%) Migration
13 21 (4.54%) Capacity Planning
14 15 (3.24%) Data Modelling
15 14 (3.02%) Data Protection
15 14 (3.02%) Continuous Integration
15 14 (3.02%) DevOps
16 12 (2.59%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (4.75%) Perl
2 21 (4.54%) C
3 17 (3.67%) SQL
4 15 (3.24%) Bash Shell
4 15 (3.24%) Ruby
5 14 (3.02%) Java
5 14 (3.02%) PHP
6 6 (1.30%) Tcl
6 6 (1.30%) Embedded C
7 2 (0.43%) Python
8 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.22%) VB
Qualifications
1 264 (57.02%) Cisco Certification
2 190 (41.04%) CCNP
3 104 (22.46%) CCIE
4 62 (13.39%) CCNA
5 44 (9.50%) Security Cleared
6 38 (8.21%) CCSE
7 37 (7.99%) CCDP
7 37 (7.99%) CISSP
8 34 (7.34%) SC Cleared
9 26 (5.62%) CCSP
10 24 (5.18%) Check Point Certification
11 15 (3.24%) JNCIP
12 14 (3.02%) Degree
13 13 (2.81%) JNCIS
13 13 (2.81%) CCIP
14 12 (2.59%) JNCIA
14 12 (2.59%) JNCIE
15 9 (1.94%) DV Cleared
16 7 (1.51%) CCSA
17 6 (1.30%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.18%) PCI DSS
2 16 (3.46%) SLA
3 13 (2.81%) QA
4 1 (0.22%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.22%) COBIT
4 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 47 (10.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (4.32%) vSphere
3 18 (3.89%) Active Directory
4 17 (3.67%) Snort
5 16 (3.46%) Hyper-V
6 14 (3.02%) Samba
6 14 (3.02%) Postfix
6 14 (3.02%) XenServer
7 9 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (1.30%) XenDesktop
8 6 (1.30%) XenApp
9 5 (1.08%) ProxySG
10 4 (0.86%) VMware ESX
10 4 (0.86%) SRDF
10 4 (0.86%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 3 (0.65%) Nmap
11 3 (0.65%) OpenSSH
11 3 (0.65%) NFS
12 1 (0.22%) Xen
12 1 (0.22%) KVM
Systems Management
1 23 (4.97%) FortiGate
2 14 (3.02%) Puppet
2 14 (3.02%) ZABBIX
3 8 (1.73%) Cisco Prime
4 6 (1.30%) SCOrch
5 5 (1.08%) OPNET
6 4 (0.86%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.65%) Nessus
7 3 (0.65%) Salt
7 3 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.65%) MAILsweeper
8 2 (0.43%) CiscoWorks
8 2 (0.43%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.43%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (0.43%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.22%) RANCID
9 1 (0.22%) NSN NetAct
9 1 (0.22%) OpenView
9 1 (0.22%) Nagios
9 1 (0.22%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 380 (82.07%) Cisco
2 212 (45.79%) CheckPoint
3 204 (44.06%) Juniper
4 141 (30.45%) F5
5 77 (16.63%) Blue Coat
6 58 (12.53%) Citrix
7 56 (12.10%) VMware
8 49 (10.58%) HP
9 33 (7.13%) Microsoft
9 33 (7.13%) Nokia
10 27 (5.83%) Infoblox
11 24 (5.18%) Fortinet
11 24 (5.18%) Imperva
11 24 (5.18%) Riverbed
12 20 (4.32%) Red Hat
13 19 (4.10%) Redback
14 18 (3.89%) Radware
15 16 (3.46%) Brocade
15 16 (3.46%) SolarWinds
16 15 (3.24%) Aruba
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