The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for OSPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OSPF over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 55 59
Rank change year-on-year +4 +4  
Contract jobs citing OSPF 6 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.97% 0.15% 0.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.67% 1.06% 2.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Median daily rate £344 - £336
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 - £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 - £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £363 £375
% change year-on-year -10.34% -3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £45.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -33.33% +50.00%  

OSPF is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 90 94 102
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 14.49% 14.01% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 35 54
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £210 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 5
Median hourly rate £14.00 £11.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.73% -55.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing OSPF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in Birmingham

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing OSPF in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in Birmingham

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, 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 across the Birmingham region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 17 (100.00%) BGP
1 17 (100.00%) Firewall
2 15 (88.24%) Cisco
3 12 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (58.82%) WAN
5 9 (52.94%) Juniper
6 8 (47.06%) CCNP
6 8 (47.06%) VPN
6 8 (47.06%) Junos
7 7 (41.18%) F5
7 7 (41.18%) Cisco Nexus
7 7 (41.18%) Network Security
7 7 (41.18%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (41.18%) MPLS
8 6 (35.29%) Network Design
8 6 (35.29%) EIGRP
8 6 (35.29%) LAN
9 5 (29.41%) Wireless
10 4 (23.53%) Penetration Testing
10 4 (23.53%) VPLS
10 4 (23.53%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (23.53%) ISDN
10 4 (23.53%) CheckPoint
10 4 (23.53%) Network Management
10 4 (23.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (23.53%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (23.53%) Multicast
10 4 (23.53%) NX-OS
11 3 (17.65%) Data Centre
11 3 (17.65%) 802.1X

OSPF
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (100.00%) BGP
1 17 (100.00%) Firewall
2 10 (58.82%) WAN
3 8 (47.06%) Junos
3 8 (47.06%) VPN
4 7 (41.18%) Cisco ASA
4 7 (41.18%) Cisco Nexus
4 7 (41.18%) MPLS
4 7 (41.18%) Network Security
5 6 (35.29%) EIGRP
5 6 (35.29%) LAN
6 5 (29.41%) Wireless
7 4 (23.53%) Cisco IOS
7 4 (23.53%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 4 (23.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 4 (23.53%) ISDN
7 4 (23.53%) Multicast
7 4 (23.53%) NX-OS
7 4 (23.53%) VPLS
8 3 (17.65%) Cisco Wireless
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
1 3 (17.65%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.76%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 15 (88.24%) Network Engineer
2 7 (41.18%) Cisco Engineer
2 7 (41.18%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 4 (23.53%) Juniper Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Migration Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) LAN Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) LAN/WAN Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Network Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Network Design Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Principal Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Principal Network Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Data Centre
2 2 (11.76%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
2 1 (5.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (35.29%) Network Design
2 4 (23.53%) Network Management
2 4 (23.53%) Penetration Testing
3 3 (17.65%) Load Balancing
4 2 (11.76%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (11.76%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (11.76%) Migration
4 2 (11.76%) Presales
5 1 (5.88%) Change Management
5 1 (5.88%) DevOps
5 1 (5.88%) High Availability
5 1 (5.88%) High-Frequency Trading
5 1 (5.88%) ITIL
5 1 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (5.88%) PRINCE
5 1 (5.88%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.88%) Bash Shell
1 1 (5.88%) Perl
1 1 (5.88%) Python
1 1 (5.88%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (47.06%) CCNP
3 3 (17.65%) CCNA
4 2 (11.76%) CCDA
4 2 (11.76%) CCDP
4 2 (11.76%) CCIE
4 2 (11.76%) Degree
5 1 (5.88%) CCIP
System Software
1 1 (5.88%) Firmware
1 1 (5.88%) NFS
1 1 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 15 (88.24%) Cisco
2 9 (52.94%) Juniper
3 7 (41.18%) F5
4 4 (23.53%) CheckPoint
5 3 (17.65%) Riverbed
6 2 (11.76%) AirMagnet
6 2 (11.76%) CA
7 1 (5.88%) VMware