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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Riverbed OPNET
Rank 120 - 99
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing OPNET 8 0 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.30% - 0.32%
As % of the Systems Management category 4.00% - 6.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 6
Average daily rate
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£450 - £559
UK excluding London average daily rate £415 £263 £558
% change year-on-year
+58.09% -52.91%
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
200 179 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 7.38% 7.57% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 93 48
Average daily rate £370 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.54% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £163 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £443 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 12 7
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.88 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.72 £12.65 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £155.00 £23.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.19 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-19.26% +16.27%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 8 (100.00%) Cisco
1 8 (100.00%) BMC
1 8 (100.00%) Firewall
1 8 (100.00%) SolarWinds
1 8 (100.00%) Network Management
1 8 (100.00%) F5
1 8 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
1 8 (100.00%) Network Monitoring
1 8 (100.00%) User Experience
2 6 (75.00%) Network Architecture
2 6 (75.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 6 (75.00%) Juniper
2 6 (75.00%) Riverbed
2 6 (75.00%) BIG-IP
2 6 (75.00%) Fortinet
2 6 (75.00%) Load Balancing
2 6 (75.00%) OSPF
2 6 (75.00%) BGP
2 6 (75.00%) Nokia
2 6 (75.00%) CheckPoint
2 6 (75.00%) CSS
2 6 (75.00%) ITIL
3 4 (50.00%) Visualisation
4 3 (37.50%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (37.50%) Middleware
5 2 (25.00%) OpenView
5 2 (25.00%) HP
5 2 (25.00%) Performance Management
5 2 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 8 (100.00%) Firewall
1 8 (100.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 6 (75.00%) BIG-IP
2 6 (75.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 6 (75.00%) OSPF
2 6 (75.00%) BGP
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Network Specialist
1 4 (50.00%) Monitoring Specialist
2 2 (25.00%) Network Monitoring Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Monitoring Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Network Consultant
2 2 (25.00%) Consultant
2 2 (25.00%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (75.00%) CSS
2 3 (37.50%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (100.00%) User Experience
2 4 (50.00%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Network Management
1 8 (100.00%) Network Monitoring
2 6 (75.00%) Network Architecture
2 6 (75.00%) ITIL
2 6 (75.00%) Load Balancing
3 3 (37.50%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (25.00%) Performance Management
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) CCNP
2 1 (12.50%) CCNA
2 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) OpenView
Vendors
1 8 (100.00%) BMC
1 8 (100.00%) Cisco
1 8 (100.00%) SolarWinds
1 8 (100.00%) F5
2 6 (75.00%) Nokia
2 6 (75.00%) CheckPoint
2 6 (75.00%) Fortinet
2 6 (75.00%) Riverbed
2 6 (75.00%) Juniper
3 2 (25.00%) HP