Period
to 3 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for OSPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OSPF over the 6 months to 3 June 2020 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)
UK > England
6 months to
3 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 355 410 511
Rank change year-on-year +55 +101 -29
Contract jobs citing OSPF 236 469 361
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.57% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.43% 4.51% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 328 232
Median daily rate £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £265 £293 £263
90th Percentile £638 £550 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 8
Median hourly rate £33.25 £45.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.11% +2.86% +103.49%
10th Percentile £18.50 £18.28 £31.63
90th Percentile £50.88 £66.81 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £42.96
% change year-on-year -5.56% +4.75% +37.47%

OSPF is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,331 10,400 12,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.18% 12.66% 13.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,108 6,458 7,701
Median daily rate £425 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +2.41%
10th Percentile £188 £209 £206
90th Percentile £632 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 272 470 673
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - +0.63%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £30.03 £20.25 £19.50
% change year-on-year +48.27% +3.85% -4.88%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing OSPF as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing OSPF in England.

Daily rate trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing OSPF in England over the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing OSPF in England.

Hourly rate trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing OSPF in England over the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for OSPF in England

OSPF
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 OSPF within the England region over the 6 months to 3 June 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +56 83 £450 - 11
South East +105 49 £425 +21.43% 7
Midlands +103 43 £600 +71.43% 13
West Midlands +86 37 £600 +50.00% 13
North of England +69 36 £293 -18.75% 6
Yorkshire +64 21 £279 -31.38% 1
South West +18 16 £450 +12.50% 3
North West +50 12 £293 -26.88% 5
East of England +26 9 £675 +58.82% 1
East Midlands +40 5 £293 +6.36%
North East +26 3 £300 +1.69%
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 3 June 2020, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 216 (91.53%) BGP
2 209 (88.56%) Cisco
3 151 (63.98%) Firewall
4 147 (62.29%) Cisco Certification
5 127 (53.81%) CCNP
6 120 (50.85%) WAN
7 118 (50.00%) LAN
8 112 (47.46%) VPN
9 108 (45.76%) Juniper
10 101 (42.80%) MPLS
11 97 (41.10%) Cisco Nexus
12 87 (36.86%) EIGRP
13 77 (32.63%) Security Cleared
14 71 (30.08%) TCP/IP
15 66 (27.97%) CCNA
16 62 (26.27%) IPsec
17 59 (25.00%) Network Design
18 54 (22.88%) CCIE
18 54 (22.88%) F5
19 50 (21.19%) Wireless
20 49 (20.76%) Python
21 46 (19.49%) Linux
21 46 (19.49%) Cisco ISE
21 46 (19.49%) SolarWinds
21 46 (19.49%) Data Centre
22 45 (19.07%) Cisco IOS
23 43 (18.22%) DMVPN
24 42 (17.80%) DV Cleared
25 41 (17.37%) VoIP
26 40 (16.95%) Internet

OSPF
Co-occurring 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:

Application Platforms
1 5 (2.12%) OpenStack
2 4 (1.69%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.69%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.42%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (0.85%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.42%) assyst
2 1 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 28 (11.86%) AWS
2 25 (10.59%) Azure
3 9 (3.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 9 (3.81%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (2.97%) GCP
4 7 (2.97%) IaaS
4 7 (2.97%) SaaS
5 5 (2.12%) PaaS
6 4 (1.69%) OneDrive
7 3 (1.27%) GitHub
7 3 (1.27%) Office 365
7 3 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.85%) Akamai
9 1 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.42%) G Suite
9 1 (0.42%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 216 (91.53%) BGP
2 151 (63.98%) Firewall
3 120 (50.85%) WAN
4 118 (50.00%) LAN
5 112 (47.46%) VPN
6 101 (42.80%) MPLS
7 97 (41.10%) Cisco Nexus
8 87 (36.86%) EIGRP
9 71 (30.08%) TCP/IP
10 62 (26.27%) IPsec
11 50 (21.19%) Wireless
12 46 (19.49%) Cisco ISE
13 45 (19.07%) Cisco IOS
14 43 (18.22%) DMVPN
15 41 (17.37%) VoIP
16 40 (16.95%) Cisco ASA
16 40 (16.95%) Internet
17 37 (15.68%) Ethernet
18 36 (15.25%) VLAN
19 34 (14.41%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.42%) DB2
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (0.42%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 11 (4.66%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.85%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.85%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.85%) JIRA
2 2 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.42%) Bitbucket
General
1 32 (13.56%) Telecoms
2 24 (10.17%) Finance
3 14 (5.93%) Banking
4 10 (4.24%) Public Sector
5 9 (3.81%) Investment Banking
6 8 (3.39%) Front Office
7 6 (2.54%) French Language
7 6 (2.54%) Manufacturing
8 5 (2.12%) German Language
9 3 (1.27%) Electronics
9 3 (1.27%) Marketing
9 3 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.85%) Police
11 1 (0.42%) Back Office
11 1 (0.42%) Games
11 1 (0.42%) Military
11 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 163 (69.07%) Network Engineer
2 27 (11.44%) Cisco Engineer
2 27 (11.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 21 (8.90%) Architect
4 19 (8.05%) Senior Network Engineer
5 18 (7.63%) Network Architect
6 16 (6.78%) Design Engineer
7 15 (6.36%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
8 13 (5.51%) Network Design Engineer
9 12 (5.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (4.24%) Designer
10 10 (4.24%) IP Network Engineer
11 9 (3.81%) Cloud Engineer
11 9 (3.81%) Network Designer
11 9 (3.81%) Network Security Engineer
11 9 (3.81%) Security Engineer
12 8 (3.39%) Data Network Engineer
12 8 (3.39%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
12 8 (3.39%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 7 (2.97%) IP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.75%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.27%) Jinja
3 1 (0.42%) HTML
3 1 (0.42%) LDAP
3 1 (0.42%) Web Services
3 1 (0.42%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 46 (19.49%) Data Centre
2 14 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 8 (3.39%) Replication
4 8 (3.39%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (1.69%) PKI
5 4 (1.69%) Social Media
6 3 (1.27%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.85%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.42%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.42%) Clustering
8 1 (0.42%) CMDB
8 1 (0.42%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.42%) Fibre Optics
8 1 (0.42%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.42%) Social Network
8 1 (0.42%) User Experience
8 1 (0.42%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 46 (19.49%) Linux
2 18 (7.63%) Windows
3 15 (6.36%) Unix
4 5 (2.12%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.85%) AIX
6 1 (0.42%) Android
6 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (25.00%) Network Design
2 39 (16.53%) Migration
3 37 (15.68%) Change Management
4 29 (12.29%) Network Management
5 28 (11.86%) Load Balancing
6 27 (11.44%) Cryptography
7 24 (10.17%) Validation
8 21 (8.90%) ITIL
8 21 (8.90%) Service Management
9 20 (8.47%) Configuration Management
10 19 (8.05%) Problem-Solving
10 19 (8.05%) Service Delivery
11 18 (7.63%) Project Delivery
12 17 (7.20%) Incident Management
13 16 (6.78%) Problem Management
14 15 (6.36%) ITSM
14 15 (6.36%) Network Architecture
15 14 (5.93%) Knowledge Management
16 13 (5.51%) DevOps
17 12 (5.08%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 49 (20.76%) Python
2 7 (2.97%) Perl
3 6 (2.54%) Shell Script
4 5 (2.12%) C
5 4 (1.69%) Bash Shell
5 4 (1.69%) SQL
6 3 (1.27%) Java
6 3 (1.27%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.85%) Lisp
7 2 (0.85%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 147 (62.29%) Cisco Certification
2 127 (53.81%) CCNP
3 77 (32.63%) Security Cleared
4 66 (27.97%) CCNA
5 54 (22.88%) CCIE
6 42 (17.80%) DV Cleared
7 37 (15.68%) CCDP
8 30 (12.71%) SC Cleared
9 28 (11.86%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 25 (10.59%) CCDA
11 16 (6.78%) Degree
12 15 (6.36%) BC Cleared
12 15 (6.36%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (5.51%) JNCIS
14 11 (4.66%) JNCIP
15 10 (4.24%) CCIP
16 8 (3.39%) CCIE Collaboration
17 6 (2.54%) CCDE
18 5 (2.12%) JNCIA
19 4 (1.69%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.97%) QA
2 6 (2.54%) SLA
3 2 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.85%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.85%) PMO
4 1 (0.42%) NCSC
System Software
1 14 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (5.08%) VMware NSX
3 10 (4.24%) Active Directory
4 6 (2.54%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (2.12%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.12%) vSphere
6 4 (1.69%) BitLocker
6 4 (1.69%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.27%) Docker
7 3 (1.27%) vCloud
8 2 (0.85%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.85%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 20 (8.47%) FortiGate
2 14 (5.93%) Nagios
3 13 (5.51%) Cisco Prime
4 10 (4.24%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (4.24%) Puppet
5 9 (3.81%) Statseeker
6 8 (3.39%) Ansible
7 7 (2.97%) Cacti
7 7 (2.97%) NetMRI
7 7 (2.97%) ZABBIX
8 6 (2.54%) vCenter Server
9 4 (1.69%) SCCM
9 4 (1.69%) SCOM
10 3 (1.27%) Kubernetes
11 2 (0.85%) Amdocs OSS
11 2 (0.85%) Forum Sentry
11 2 (0.85%) TrustSec
11 2 (0.85%) vRealize
12 1 (0.42%) Endace
12 1 (0.42%) Terraform
Vendors
1 209 (88.56%) Cisco
2 108 (45.76%) Juniper
3 54 (22.88%) F5
4 46 (19.49%) SolarWinds
5 39 (16.53%) Palo Alto
6 33 (13.98%) VMware
7 32 (13.56%) Dell
8 26 (11.02%) Splunk
9 23 (9.75%) CheckPoint
9 23 (9.75%) Oracle
10 18 (7.63%) Microsoft
11 17 (7.20%) Blue Coat
12 16 (6.78%) Aruba
12 16 (6.78%) Citrix
13 15 (6.36%) Brocade
14 12 (5.08%) Meraki
15 10 (4.24%) Arista
16 9 (3.81%) NetScout
16 9 (3.81%) Thales
17 8 (3.39%) Fortinet