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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Rank 329 341 336
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -5
Contract jobs citing OSPF 316 278 281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.53% 0.49%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.83% 3.88% 3.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 150 87
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 5
Average hourly rate £33.25 £40.00 £41.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.87% -2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.10 £30.50 £29.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.30 £48.45 £42.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £36.75
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +2.04%

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
8244 7164 8815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.41% 13.60% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4569 3904 4038
Average daily rate £363 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.68% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 410 686
Average hourly rate £24.18 £22.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.88% +2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.88% -

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 1 October 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
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 1 October 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 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 +14 308 £388 +3.33% 78
London +25 145 £400 +5.26% 33
South East +4 64 £388 +10.71% 22
City of London +38 48 £438 +9.37% 17
Berkshire +27 39 £450 +24.13% 12
West Midlands -3 31 £263 -23.07% 6
South West -5 31 £415 +50.90% 1
Shropshire -5 14 £320 -12.32% 1
North West -19 14 £280 -30.00% 2
Surrey +9 12 £349 -28.46% 4
Telford -5 12 £320 -12.32% 1
Cheshire -2 11 £280 -39.45%
Yorkshire -5 9 £379 -2.19% 9
Reading +20 7 £420 - 3
Birmingham 0 7 £250 -21.87% 4
Hampshire -8 7 £250 -18.69% 3
West Yorkshire -7 5 - - 3
Guildford - 5 £368 -
Leeds -2 4 - - 3
Kingston Upon Thames +4 3 £310 -
Buckinghamshire +3 3 - -
Milton Keynes 0 3 - -
Wiltshire -4 3 £519 -
Bedfordshire -12 3 £344 +14.58% 1
East of England -31 3 £344 -11.29% 7
South Yorkshire - 3 £358 - 6
Kent - 3 £450 - 2
Nottinghamshire +10 2 £450 +23.28% 2
East Midlands +2 2 £450 +23.28% 2
Bedford +1 2 £344 +14.58%

OSPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 457 (85.10%) Cisco
2 443 (82.50%) BGP
3 368 (68.53%) Firewall
4 328 (61.08%) Cisco Certification
5 236 (43.95%) CCNP
6 231 (43.02%) WAN
7 229 (42.64%) Juniper
8 227 (42.27%) CheckPoint
9 225 (41.90%) MPLS
10 213 (39.66%) LAN
11 185 (34.45%) VPN
12 151 (28.12%) F5
13 150 (27.93%) Cisco Nexus
14 139 (25.88%) Network Security
15 138 (25.70%) EIGRP
16 137 (25.51%) TCP/IP
17 136 (25.33%) CCIE
18 119 (22.16%) Cisco ASA
19 113 (21.04%) Network Design
20 112 (20.86%) Network Management
21 110 (20.48%) Telecoms
22 107 (19.93%) IPsec
23 95 (17.69%) Load Balancing
24 92 (17.13%) HSRP
24 92 (17.13%) DNS
25 89 (16.57%) CCNA
26 88 (16.39%) VLAN
27 87 (16.20%) SNMP
28 82 (15.27%) Cisco IOS
29 77 (14.34%) RIP

OSPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 24 (4.47%) Apache
2 13 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (2.42%) MS Exchange
3 11 (2.05%) Confluence
3 11 (2.05%) nginx
3 11 (2.05%) MediaWiki
4 9 (1.68%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.49%) Lync
6 6 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.19%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 21 (3.91%) MS Excel
2 20 (3.72%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.86%) MS Office
4 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.19%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.93%) SaaS
2 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.19%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 443 (82.50%) BGP
2 368 (68.53%) Firewall
3 231 (43.02%) WAN
4 225 (41.90%) MPLS
5 213 (39.66%) LAN
6 185 (34.45%) VPN
7 150 (27.93%) Cisco Nexus
8 139 (25.88%) Network Security
9 138 (25.70%) EIGRP
10 137 (25.51%) TCP/IP
11 119 (22.16%) Cisco ASA
12 107 (19.93%) IPsec
13 92 (17.13%) HSRP
13 92 (17.13%) DNS
14 88 (16.39%) VLAN
15 87 (16.20%) SNMP
16 82 (15.27%) Cisco IOS
17 77 (14.34%) RIP
18 67 (12.48%) VoIP
19 63 (11.73%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.23%) MySQL
1 12 (2.23%) Relational Database
2 11 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.37%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.19%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 12 (2.23%) Subversion
2 11 (2.05%) JIRA
2 11 (2.05%) Git (software)
2 11 (2.05%) Hudson
2 11 (2.05%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 7 (1.30%) GDB
General
1 110 (20.48%) Telecoms
2 70 (13.04%) Finance
3 45 (8.38%) Banking
4 17 (3.17%) Investment Banking
5 16 (2.98%) Retail
6 7 (1.30%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.12%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.12%) Local Government
8 5 (0.93%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.74%) Multimedia
9 4 (0.74%) Marketing
10 3 (0.56%) Back Office
10 3 (0.56%) Law
10 3 (0.56%) Legal
11 2 (0.37%) Billing
11 2 (0.37%) Publishing
11 2 (0.37%) German Language
11 2 (0.37%) Russian Language
12 1 (0.19%) Games
Job Titles
1 214 (39.85%) Network Engineer
2 72 (13.41%) Design Engineer
3 69 (12.85%) IP Engineer
4 63 (11.73%) Security Engineer
5 54 (10.06%) Architect
5 54 (10.06%) Consultant
6 43 (8.01%) Network Security Engineer
7 40 (7.45%) Senior Network Engineer
8 39 (7.26%) Network Consultant
9 34 (6.33%) Cisco Engineer
10 33 (6.15%) Network Specialist
11 22 (4.10%) Network Support
11 22 (4.10%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 20 (3.72%) Network Architect
12 20 (3.72%) Network Design Engineer
13 19 (3.54%) Analyst
14 18 (3.35%) Support Engineer
14 18 (3.35%) Firewall Engineer
15 15 (2.79%) Senior Security Engineer
15 15 (2.79%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (2.61%) CSS
1 14 (2.61%) FIX Protocol
2 11 (2.05%) LAMP
3 4 (0.74%) Middleware
4 2 (0.37%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 34 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (2.98%) Clustering
3 13 (2.42%) Fat Client
3 13 (2.42%) Thin Client
4 12 (2.23%) Visualisation
4 12 (2.23%) User Experience
5 11 (2.05%) Wiki
5 11 (2.05%) FlexPod
6 7 (1.30%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.30%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.12%) SecurID
8 5 (0.93%) PKI
9 4 (0.74%) Open Source
9 4 (0.74%) e-Health
10 2 (0.37%) NHS
10 2 (0.37%) Handset
10 2 (0.37%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.37%) Cryptography
11 1 (0.19%) Statistics
11 1 (0.19%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 56 (10.43%) Windows
2 55 (10.24%) Linux
3 36 (6.70%) UNIX
4 20 (3.72%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (2.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (2.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (2.05%) Ubuntu
7 11 (2.05%) Debian
8 10 (1.86%) CentOS
9 7 (1.30%) Solaris
10 5 (0.93%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.37%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.19%) AIX
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (21.04%) Network Design
2 112 (20.86%) Network Management
3 95 (17.69%) Load Balancing
4 74 (13.78%) ITIL
5 49 (9.12%) Network Monitoring
6 44 (8.19%) Network Architecture
7 39 (7.26%) Mentoring
8 37 (6.89%) Service Delivery
9 30 (5.59%) Low Latency
10 28 (5.21%) Migration
10 28 (5.21%) Project Management
11 26 (4.84%) Change Management
12 21 (3.91%) Risk Assessment
13 20 (3.72%) E-Commerce
14 17 (3.17%) Capacity Planning
14 17 (3.17%) Disaster Recovery
15 16 (2.98%) High Availability
16 15 (2.79%) Time Management
17 13 (2.42%) Service Management
17 13 (2.42%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (6.15%) Perl
2 16 (2.98%) C
3 13 (2.42%) SQL
4 12 (2.23%) Bash Shell
4 12 (2.23%) Ruby
5 11 (2.05%) Java
5 11 (2.05%) PHP
6 8 (1.49%) R
7 6 (1.12%) Embedded C
7 6 (1.12%) Tcl
8 2 (0.37%) Python
9 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 328 (61.08%) Cisco Certification
2 236 (43.95%) CCNP
3 136 (25.33%) CCIE
4 89 (16.57%) CCNA
5 70 (13.04%) Security Cleared
6 63 (11.73%) SC Cleared
7 50 (9.31%) CISSP
8 37 (6.89%) CCDP
9 30 (5.59%) CCSE
10 25 (4.66%) CCSP
11 24 (4.47%) Check Point Certification
12 17 (3.17%) JNCIP
13 15 (2.79%) Degree
14 13 (2.42%) JNCIS
15 12 (2.23%) CCIP
15 12 (2.23%) CCSA
15 12 (2.23%) JNCIE
15 12 (2.23%) JNCIA
16 11 (2.05%) DV Cleared
17 9 (1.68%) HP ASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.03%) PCI DSS
2 22 (4.10%) SLA
3 14 (2.61%) QA
4 2 (0.37%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.19%) COBIT
5 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.19%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 35 (6.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (3.72%) Snort
3 19 (3.54%) Active Directory
4 18 (3.35%) vSphere
5 17 (3.17%) Hyper-V
6 11 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.05%) XenServer
6 11 (2.05%) Postfix
6 11 (2.05%) Samba
7 9 (1.68%) ProxySG
8 6 (1.12%) XenDesktop
8 6 (1.12%) XenApp
9 5 (0.93%) NFS
10 4 (0.74%) Nmap
11 3 (0.56%) OpenSSH
11 3 (0.56%) Firmware
12 1 (0.19%) KVM
12 1 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 27 (5.03%) FortiGate
2 12 (2.23%) RANCID
3 11 (2.05%) Cisco Prime
3 11 (2.05%) Puppet
3 11 (2.05%) ZABBIX
3 11 (2.05%) OpenNMS
3 11 (2.05%) OPNET
4 7 (1.30%) SCOrch
4 7 (1.30%) Nessus
4 7 (1.30%) CA Spectrum
5 6 (1.12%) CiscoWorks
5 6 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
6 5 (0.93%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.56%) Salt
7 3 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.56%) MAILsweeper
8 2 (0.37%) Nagios
8 2 (0.37%) Cisco UCCX
9 1 (0.19%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.19%) OpenView
Vendors
1 457 (85.10%) Cisco
2 229 (42.64%) Juniper
3 227 (42.27%) CheckPoint
4 151 (28.12%) F5
5 67 (12.48%) Blue Coat
6 47 (8.75%) HP
7 45 (8.38%) VMware
8 43 (8.01%) Citrix
8 43 (8.01%) Nokia
9 38 (7.08%) Microsoft
10 35 (6.52%) Riverbed
11 34 (6.33%) Fortinet
12 32 (5.96%) SolarWinds
13 19 (3.54%) Redback
14 18 (3.35%) Radware
14 18 (3.35%) Aruba
15 17 (3.17%) Brocade
16 16 (2.98%) Sourcefire
16 16 (2.98%) Infoblox
17 14 (2.61%) McAfee
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London
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Posted: 4 hours ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £37.60 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Synergize Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford
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Rate: £200 - £300 per day
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Jumar Solutions
Posted: 12 days ago
Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Somerset
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Rate: £200 - £250 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
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Rate: competitive
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