Period
to 28 February 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 28 February 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
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 382 389 571
Rank change year-on-year +7 +182 -107
Contract jobs citing OSPF 357 571 304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.63% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.41% 4.90% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 394 174
England median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £233 £300 £257
90th Percentile £575 £550 £694
UK median daily rate £413 £413 £390
% change year-on-year - +5.77% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 4
England median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +68.22% +48.61%
10th Percentile £18.50 £20.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £50.50 £66.81 £44.73
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £42.25
% change year-on-year -11.11% +6.51% +40.83%

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 8,089 11,649 12,340
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.25% 12.86% 13.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,898 7,082 7,687
England median daily rate £415 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +3.03% +0.61%
10th Percentile £181 £203 £190
90th Percentile £600 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £414 £425 £405
% change year-on-year -2.59% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 509 638
England median hourly rate £21.00 £18.76 £20.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.94% -6.29% -6.88%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.75 £19.90
% change year-on-year +20.00% -5.78% -7.44%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSPF in England over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in England

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSPF in England over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor 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 28 February 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 +36 140 £450 - 42
South East +50 74 £375 +2.74% 20
Midlands +62 59 £488 +17.47% 12
North of England +46 52 £285 -29.63% 20
West Midlands +66 49 £500 +20.48% 11
North West +42 33 £285 -29.63% 11
South West -18 19 £390 -2.50% 2
Yorkshire +32 16 £316 -25.59% 7
East of England +6 13 £320 -22.42% 8
East Midlands +27 10 £450 +44.00% 1
North East +28 3 £300 - 2
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 28 February 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.

1 316 (88.52%) Cisco
2 300 (84.03%) BGP
3 221 (61.90%) Cisco Certification
4 205 (57.42%) Firewall
5 184 (51.54%) CCNP
6 172 (48.18%) MPLS
7 171 (47.90%) VPN
8 168 (47.06%) Juniper
9 152 (42.58%) LAN
10 140 (39.22%) WAN
11 135 (37.82%) Cisco Nexus
12 120 (33.61%) TCP/IP
13 117 (32.77%) EIGRP
14 94 (26.33%) CCNA
15 89 (24.93%) Security Cleared
16 82 (22.97%) Change Management
17 80 (22.41%) Wireless
18 74 (20.73%) Cisco IOS
19 72 (20.17%) Ethernet
20 71 (19.89%) Data Centre
21 69 (19.33%) Cisco ASA
22 67 (18.77%) IPsec
23 66 (18.49%) Wireshark
24 64 (17.93%) Migration
25 60 (16.81%) SolarWinds
26 58 (16.25%) F5
26 58 (16.25%) CheckPoint
27 57 (15.97%) Telecoms
27 57 (15.97%) Network Design
27 57 (15.97%) Palo Alto

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 7 (1.96%) SharePoint
1 7 (1.96%) Skype for Business
2 6 (1.68%) OpenStack
Applications
1 3 (0.84%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (0.84%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
1 2 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.28%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 25 (7.00%) AWS
2 23 (6.44%) Azure
3 8 (2.24%) IaaS
3 8 (2.24%) SaaS
4 7 (1.96%) OneDrive
5 6 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 5 (1.40%) PaaS
7 4 (1.12%) GCP
8 3 (0.84%) GitHub
8 3 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (0.56%) Office 365
10 1 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.28%) G Suite
10 1 (0.28%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 300 (84.03%) BGP
2 205 (57.42%) Firewall
3 172 (48.18%) MPLS
4 171 (47.90%) VPN
5 152 (42.58%) LAN
6 140 (39.22%) WAN
7 135 (37.82%) Cisco Nexus
8 120 (33.61%) TCP/IP
9 117 (32.77%) EIGRP
10 80 (22.41%) Wireless
11 74 (20.73%) Cisco IOS
12 72 (20.17%) Ethernet
13 69 (19.33%) Cisco ASA
14 67 (18.77%) IPsec
15 66 (18.49%) Wireshark
16 55 (15.41%) DNS
17 54 (15.13%) DHCP
18 49 (13.73%) Cisco ISE
18 49 (13.73%) Multicast
19 48 (13.45%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.56%) DB2
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.28%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 17 (4.76%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (2.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.28%) JIRA
General
1 57 (15.97%) Telecoms
2 39 (10.92%) Finance
3 26 (7.28%) Banking
4 17 (4.76%) Investment Banking
5 15 (4.20%) Front Office
6 10 (2.80%) Public Sector
7 5 (1.40%) Financial Institution
7 5 (1.40%) French Language
7 5 (1.40%) German Language
8 4 (1.12%) Games
8 4 (1.12%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.84%) Electronics
9 3 (0.84%) Marketing
10 2 (0.56%) Advertising
10 2 (0.56%) Back Office
10 2 (0.56%) Military
10 2 (0.56%) Publishing
10 2 (0.56%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.28%) Law
11 1 (0.28%) Legal
Job Titles
1 237 (66.39%) Network Engineer
2 44 (12.32%) Cisco Engineer
3 42 (11.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 33 (9.24%) Senior Network Engineer
5 30 (8.40%) IP Engineer
6 23 (6.44%) IP Network Engineer
7 21 (5.88%) Administrator
7 21 (5.88%) Network Administrator
7 21 (5.88%) Security Engineer
8 19 (5.32%) Architect
9 18 (5.04%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 18 (5.04%) Juniper Engineer
10 16 (4.48%) Network Security Engineer
11 15 (4.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 14 (3.92%) Design Engineer
12 14 (3.92%) Network Architect
13 13 (3.64%) WAN Engineer
14 10 (2.80%) Data Network Engineer
14 10 (2.80%) Network Design Engineer
14 10 (2.80%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (8.68%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.40%) JSON
3 4 (1.12%) Jinja
3 4 (1.12%) Web Services
4 3 (0.84%) Ajax
4 3 (0.84%) Middleware
4 3 (0.84%) ModSecurity
4 3 (0.84%) REST
4 3 (0.84%) SOAP
4 3 (0.84%) XML
5 2 (0.56%) LDAP
6 1 (0.28%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 71 (19.89%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (3.08%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.40%) Hedge funds
5 4 (1.12%) PMI
5 4 (1.12%) Replication
5 4 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (0.84%) PKI
6 3 (0.84%) RSA SecurID
6 3 (0.84%) Social Media
7 2 (0.56%) CMDB
7 2 (0.56%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (0.56%) Fibre Optics
7 2 (0.56%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.56%) User Experience
7 2 (0.56%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.28%) Clustering
8 1 (0.28%) Life Science
8 1 (0.28%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 37 (10.36%) Linux
2 30 (8.40%) Windows
3 16 (4.48%) Unix
4 15 (4.20%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.52%) Check Point GAiA
6 3 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.56%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.28%) Android
8 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.28%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (22.97%) Change Management
2 64 (17.93%) Migration
3 57 (15.97%) Network Design
4 50 (14.01%) ITIL
5 33 (9.24%) Network Management
6 28 (7.84%) Cryptography
6 28 (7.84%) Service Delivery
7 26 (7.28%) Incident Management
7 26 (7.28%) Load Balancing
7 26 (7.28%) Network Monitoring
7 26 (7.28%) Project Delivery
7 26 (7.28%) Validation
8 25 (7.00%) Service Management
9 20 (5.60%) Configuration Management
9 20 (5.60%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 18 (5.04%) Technical Leadership
11 17 (4.76%) Problem Management
11 17 (4.76%) Project Management
12 16 (4.48%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 50 (14.01%) Python
2 21 (5.88%) Perl
3 8 (2.24%) C
4 7 (1.96%) SQL
5 4 (1.12%) PHP
6 3 (0.84%) Bash Shell
6 3 (0.84%) Java
6 3 (0.84%) PL/SQL
6 3 (0.84%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 221 (61.90%) Cisco Certification
2 184 (51.54%) CCNP
3 94 (26.33%) CCNA
4 89 (24.93%) Security Cleared
5 56 (15.69%) CCIE
6 46 (12.89%) DV Cleared
7 36 (10.08%) SC Cleared
8 30 (8.40%) CCDP
8 30 (8.40%) JNCIP
9 29 (8.12%) CCDA
10 26 (7.28%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 20 (5.60%) Degree
12 15 (4.20%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (4.20%) CCIP
13 14 (3.92%) BC Cleared
14 10 (2.80%) JNCIS
15 9 (2.52%) CCIE Collaboration
16 8 (2.24%) CCSE
16 8 (2.24%) JNCIE
17 6 (1.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.20%) SLA
2 6 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.84%) JSP 440
3 3 (0.84%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.84%) PMO
4 2 (0.56%) QA
5 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 15 (4.20%) Active Directory
1 15 (4.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (2.80%) VMware NSX
3 8 (2.24%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (1.96%) BitLocker
4 7 (1.96%) XenDesktop
5 6 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (1.12%) Docker
7 3 (0.84%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.84%) vSphere
8 2 (0.56%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.56%) vCloud
9 1 (0.28%) Firmware
9 1 (0.28%) KVM
Systems Management
1 41 (11.48%) Nagios
2 18 (5.04%) FortiGate
3 17 (4.76%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (4.76%) Puppet
3 17 (4.76%) Statseeker
4 15 (4.20%) Cacti
4 15 (4.20%) NetMRI
4 15 (4.20%) ZABBIX
5 7 (1.96%) Ansible
5 7 (1.96%) SCCM
5 7 (1.96%) SCOM
6 4 (1.12%) OPNET
7 3 (0.84%) Amdocs OSS
7 3 (0.84%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.84%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.56%) Icinga
8 2 (0.56%) Iperf
8 2 (0.56%) Terraform
9 1 (0.28%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 316 (88.52%) Cisco
2 168 (47.06%) Juniper
3 60 (16.81%) SolarWinds
4 58 (16.25%) CheckPoint
4 58 (16.25%) F5
5 57 (15.97%) Palo Alto
6 31 (8.68%) Aruba
6 31 (8.68%) VMware
7 22 (6.16%) Huawei
8 21 (5.88%) Dell
8 21 (5.88%) NetScout
9 20 (5.60%) Splunk
10 19 (5.32%) Microsoft
11 17 (4.76%) Ericsson
11 17 (4.76%) Meraki
11 17 (4.76%) Oracle
11 17 (4.76%) Solarflare
12 16 (4.48%) Fortinet
13 15 (4.20%) Brocade
13 15 (4.20%) Redback