The table below looks at the statistics for OPNET skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 95 96 -
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -
Contract jobs citing OPNET 17 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.72% 0.19% -
As % of the Systems Management category 8.72% 2.84% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 0
Average daily rate
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£800 £395 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+102.53% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
-17.72% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Systems Management category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Systems Management Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
195 141 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.23% 6.80% 5.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 93 37
Average daily rate £350 £345 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £223 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £457 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £348 £340
% change year-on-year
+4.31% +2.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 13 10
Average hourly rate £20.00 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.89% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.53 £11.20 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.25 £30.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £23.20 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+1.29% +10.47%

OPNET
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing OPNET across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Systems Management category.

OPNET Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

OPNET
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing OPNET across the West Midlands region.

OPNET Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

OPNET
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing OPNET across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 November 2014.

OPNET Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing OPNET 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 OPNET.

1 23 (100.00%) ITIL
1 23 (100.00%) Cisco
1 23 (100.00%) BMC
1 23 (100.00%) Firewall
1 23 (100.00%) SolarWinds
1 23 (100.00%) Network Management
1 23 (100.00%) Network Monitoring
2 22 (95.65%) User Experience
3 20 (86.96%) F5
4 19 (82.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 16 (69.57%) Riverbed
6 15 (65.22%) Visualisation
7 14 (60.87%) Middleware
8 13 (56.52%) CheckPoint
8 13 (56.52%) CCNA
8 13 (56.52%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (56.52%) Network Architecture
9 12 (52.17%) Cisco Nexus
9 12 (52.17%) Juniper
9 12 (52.17%) CSS
9 12 (52.17%) Nokia
9 12 (52.17%) OSPF
9 12 (52.17%) BGP
9 12 (52.17%) Fortinet
9 12 (52.17%) Load Balancing
9 12 (52.17%) BIG-IP
10 9 (39.13%) CCNP
11 8 (34.78%) Continuous Improvement
11 8 (34.78%) Performance Monitoring
12 7 (30.43%) OpenView

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing OPNET 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 OPNET. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 23 (100.00%) Firewall
2 19 (82.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 12 (52.17%) Cisco Nexus
3 12 (52.17%) OSPF
3 12 (52.17%) BGP
3 12 (52.17%) BIG-IP
4 1 (4.35%) LAN
4 1 (4.35%) WAN
4 1 (4.35%) MPLS
Job Titles
1 10 (43.48%) Network Specialist
1 10 (43.48%) Monitoring Specialist
2 6 (26.09%) Network Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Consultant
3 5 (21.74%) Network Engineer
3 5 (21.74%) Network Monitoring Engineer
3 5 (21.74%) Monitoring Engineer
4 4 (17.39%) Senior Network Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Network Support
5 1 (4.35%) Network Architect
5 1 (4.35%) Cisco Support
5 1 (4.35%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (60.87%) Middleware
2 12 (52.17%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 22 (95.65%) User Experience
2 15 (65.22%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (100.00%) ITIL
1 23 (100.00%) Network Management
1 23 (100.00%) Network Monitoring
2 13 (56.52%) Network Architecture
3 12 (52.17%) Load Balancing
4 8 (34.78%) Continuous Improvement
4 8 (34.78%) Performance Monitoring
5 7 (30.43%) Performance Management
Qualifications
1 13 (56.52%) CCNA
1 13 (56.52%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (39.13%) CCNP
3 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 7 (30.43%) OpenView
Vendors
1 23 (100.00%) Cisco
1 23 (100.00%) BMC
1 23 (100.00%) SolarWinds
2 20 (86.96%) F5
3 16 (69.57%) Riverbed
4 13 (56.52%) CheckPoint
5 12 (52.17%) Juniper
5 12 (52.17%) Nokia
5 12 (52.17%) Fortinet
6 7 (30.43%) HP