The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for OPNET skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Riverbed OPNET
UK / England
Rank 566 603 571
Rank change year-on-year +37 -32  
Contract jobs citing OPNET 4 15 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.010% 0.031% 0.034%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.098% 0.33% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 10
Median daily rate - £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -11.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £65.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

OPNET is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4085 4572 4030
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 9.96% 9.40% 8.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2726 2929 2385
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £310 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 124 160
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +11.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £37.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £23.25 £21.50
% change year-on-year -16.12% +8.13%  

OPNET
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing OPNET as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for OPNET in England

OPNET
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for OPNET in England

OPNET
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for OPNET in England

OPNET
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the England region over the 3 months to 22 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Yorkshire - 4 - - 1
OPNET
UK

OPNET
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OPNET 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 England region with a requirement for OPNET.

1 13 (92.86%) Cisco
2 12 (85.71%) Cisco ASA
2 12 (85.71%) Data Centre
3 11 (78.57%) Firewall
4 10 (71.43%) Blue Coat
5 9 (64.29%) SolarWinds
5 9 (64.29%) Network Management
6 8 (57.14%) Riverbed
6 8 (57.14%) Change Management
6 8 (57.14%) Wireless
6 8 (57.14%) WAN
6 8 (57.14%) VPN
6 8 (57.14%) LAN
6 8 (57.14%) Cisco Wireless
7 7 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 7 (50.00%) CheckPoint
7 7 (50.00%) BGP
7 7 (50.00%) Load Balancing
7 7 (50.00%) CMDB
8 6 (42.86%) Cisco IOS
8 6 (42.86%) ProxySG
8 6 (42.86%) NetScaler
8 6 (42.86%) Process Improvement
8 6 (42.86%) Project Management
8 6 (42.86%) Citrix
8 6 (42.86%) Palo Alto
8 6 (42.86%) Arista
9 5 (35.71%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 5 (35.71%) BMC
9 5 (35.71%) HP

OPNET
Top Related IT Skills in England 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:

Applications
1 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
1 4 (28.57%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 12 (85.71%) Cisco ASA
2 11 (78.57%) Firewall
3 8 (57.14%) Cisco Wireless
3 8 (57.14%) LAN
3 8 (57.14%) VPN
3 8 (57.14%) WAN
3 8 (57.14%) Wireless
4 7 (50.00%) BGP
4 7 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (42.86%) Cisco IOS
5 6 (42.86%) NetScaler
6 5 (35.71%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 4 (28.57%) DMVPN
7 4 (28.57%) EIGRP
7 4 (28.57%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 4 (28.57%) IOS XR
7 4 (28.57%) WLAN
8 3 (21.43%) OSPF
9 2 (14.29%) SSL
9 2 (14.29%) VRRP
Development Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Ant
1 1 (7.14%) Gradle
1 1 (7.14%) Maven
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Network Engineer
1 6 (42.86%) Senior Network Engineer
2 4 (28.57%) Cisco Engineer
2 4 (28.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Cisco Design Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Developer
3 1 (7.14%) Implementation Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Migration Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Monitoring Specialist
3 1 (7.14%) Network Monitoring Specialist
3 1 (7.14%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) CSS
1 1 (7.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 12 (85.71%) Data Centre
2 7 (50.00%) CMDB
3 4 (28.57%) DataPower
4 1 (7.14%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Network Management
2 8 (57.14%) Change Management
3 7 (50.00%) Load Balancing
4 6 (42.86%) Process Improvement
4 6 (42.86%) Project Management
5 2 (14.29%) Service Management
6 1 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (7.14%) Application Performance Monitoring
6 1 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (7.14%) DevOps
6 1 (7.14%) ITIL
6 1 (7.14%) ITIL V3
6 1 (7.14%) Migration
6 1 (7.14%) Network Monitoring
6 1 (7.14%) Performance Monitoring
6 1 (7.14%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.14%) Java
1 1 (7.14%) PowerShell
1 1 (7.14%) Python
1 1 (7.14%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) CCNP
1 4 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 6 (42.86%) ProxySG
2 1 (7.14%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (28.57%) Cisco CUCM
1 4 (28.57%) FortiGate
1 4 (28.57%) HP UCMDB
2 1 (7.14%) Ansible
2 1 (7.14%) Nagios
2 1 (7.14%) OpenView
2 1 (7.14%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (92.86%) Cisco
2 10 (71.43%) Blue Coat
3 9 (64.29%) SolarWinds
4 8 (57.14%) Riverbed
5 7 (50.00%) CheckPoint
6 6 (42.86%) Arista
6 6 (42.86%) Citrix
6 6 (42.86%) Palo Alto
7 5 (35.71%) BMC
7 5 (35.71%) F5
7 5 (35.71%) Fortinet
7 5 (35.71%) HP
8 4 (28.57%) IBM
8 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
8 4 (28.57%) Motorola
8 4 (28.57%) Splunk
8 4 (28.57%) TippingPoint
9 1 (7.14%) Juniper
9 1 (7.14%) Nokia