Period
to 27 July 2021

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 27 July 2021 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
27 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 506 375 424
Rank change year-on-year -131 +49 +93
Contract jobs citing OSPF 184 165 475
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.32% 0.50% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.83% 3.82% 4.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 114 325
10th Percentile £307 £281 £286
25th Percentile £351 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £558 £575 £500
90th Percentile £684 £637 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 15
10th Percentile £29.00 £18.50 £16.25
25th Percentile £39.50 £19.06 £24.25
Median hourly rate £39.75 £32.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +24.22% -28.89% +2.27%
75th Percentile £40.00 £38.38 £49.38
90th Percentile £45.50 £51.95 £66.81
UK median hourly rate £39.75 £34.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +16.91% -24.44% +6.08%

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 6,498 4,314 10,768
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.43% 13.01% 12.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,184 2,707 6,818
10th Percentile £234 £206 £200
25th Percentile £350 £325 £323
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £550 £545 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 196 482
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £14.88 £16.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -12.00% +19.05% +5.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £64.35 £51.38 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £22.44 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.22% +33.33% +16.96%

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021.

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 27 July 2021. 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 -104 82 £450 - 24
South East -46 37 £449 +10.18% 18
South West +12 29 £425 -5.56% 7
North of England -44 12 £461 +53.75% 16
East of England -11 8 £325 -35.00% 2
North West -17 6 £450 +28.57% 11
Yorkshire -25 6 £550 +115.69%
West Midlands -51 2 £395 -33.61% 3
Midlands -70 2 £395 -33.05% 4
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 27 July 2021, 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.

1 151 (82.07%) BGP
2 132 (71.74%) Cisco
3 113 (61.41%) Firewall
4 94 (51.09%) Cisco Certification
5 78 (42.39%) CCNP
6 75 (40.76%) MPLS
7 72 (39.13%) VPN
8 67 (36.41%) LAN
9 64 (34.78%) WAN
10 55 (29.89%) Security Cleared
11 52 (28.26%) Data Centre
12 48 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
13 47 (25.54%) Wireless
14 46 (25.00%) Juniper
15 45 (24.46%) EIGRP
15 45 (24.46%) F5
16 44 (23.91%) CheckPoint
17 41 (22.28%) TCP/IP
18 38 (20.65%) VMware
18 38 (20.65%) Network Security
18 38 (20.65%) Multicast
19 37 (20.11%) Azure
19 37 (20.11%) VLAN
20 36 (19.57%) AWS
21 34 (18.48%) CCNA
22 32 (17.39%) Cisco ASA
23 31 (16.85%) VMware Infrastructure
23 31 (16.85%) SC Cleared
23 31 (16.85%) Palo Alto
24 27 (14.67%) Network Design

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 14 (7.61%) Confluence
2 4 (2.17%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.63%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 13 (7.07%) MS Visio
2 12 (6.52%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 37 (20.11%) Azure
2 36 (19.57%) AWS
3 15 (8.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 12 (6.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 10 (5.43%) GCP
6 7 (3.80%) IaaS
6 7 (3.80%) PaaS
7 5 (2.72%) Amazon ELB
7 5 (2.72%) IBM Cloud
7 5 (2.72%) SoftLayer
8 3 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.63%) AWS Direct Connect
8 3 (1.63%) GitHub
9 2 (1.09%) Azure Sentinel
9 2 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (1.09%) Microsoft 365
9 2 (1.09%) SaaS
10 1 (0.54%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 151 (82.07%) BGP
2 113 (61.41%) Firewall
3 75 (40.76%) MPLS
4 72 (39.13%) VPN
5 67 (36.41%) LAN
6 64 (34.78%) WAN
7 48 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
8 47 (25.54%) Wireless
9 45 (24.46%) EIGRP
10 41 (22.28%) TCP/IP
11 38 (20.65%) Multicast
11 38 (20.65%) Network Security
12 37 (20.11%) VLAN
13 32 (17.39%) Cisco ASA
14 23 (12.50%) HSRP
14 23 (12.50%) IPsec
15 20 (10.87%) SSL
16 19 (10.33%) DHCP
16 19 (10.33%) RIP
16 19 (10.33%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.54%) Data Mining
1 1 (0.54%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 15 (8.15%) JIRA
2 7 (3.80%) Sonatype Nexus
2 7 (3.80%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (2.72%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.63%) Bitbucket
4 3 (1.63%) Jenkins
General
1 25 (13.59%) Social Skills
2 24 (13.04%) Telecoms
3 23 (12.50%) Finance
4 10 (5.43%) Banking
5 7 (3.80%) Police
6 5 (2.72%) Documentation Skills
6 5 (2.72%) Public Sector
7 3 (1.63%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.63%) Organisational Skills
8 2 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.09%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.54%) Advertising
9 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.54%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 1 (0.54%) Marketing
9 1 (0.54%) Military
9 1 (0.54%) Retail
Job Titles
1 99 (53.80%) Network Engineer
2 20 (10.87%) Architect
3 18 (9.78%) Senior Network Engineer
4 16 (8.70%) Cisco Engineer
5 15 (8.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 14 (7.61%) Network Architect
7 13 (7.07%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 12 (6.52%) Consultant
9 11 (5.98%) Designer
10 9 (4.89%) Network Designer
11 8 (4.35%) Network Consultant
12 7 (3.80%) Cloud Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) Juniper Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) Network Security Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) Security Engineer
14 5 (2.72%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
14 5 (2.72%) Network Manager
15 4 (2.17%) LAN Engineer
15 4 (2.17%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.61%) 802.1X
2 9 (4.89%) Web Services
3 7 (3.80%) Express
3 7 (3.80%) Spine.js
4 2 (1.09%) Jinja
4 2 (1.09%) JSON
4 2 (1.09%) YAML
5 1 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.54%) LDAP
5 1 (0.54%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.54%) REST
5 1 (0.54%) XML
5 1 (0.54%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 52 (28.26%) Data Centre
2 12 (6.52%) Public Cloud
3 7 (3.80%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (3.26%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.17%) CCTV
6 4 (2.17%) PKI
7 3 (1.63%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.09%) CAN bus
8 2 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.54%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.70%) Linux
2 9 (4.89%) Windows
3 7 (3.80%) Unix
4 4 (2.17%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.09%) CentOS
5 2 (1.09%) Check Point GAiA
5 2 (1.09%) Ubuntu
5 2 (1.09%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (14.67%) Network Design
2 24 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (11.96%) Network Management
4 18 (9.78%) ITIL
5 17 (9.24%) Migration
5 17 (9.24%) Service Delivery
6 16 (8.70%) Change Management
7 15 (8.15%) DevOps
7 15 (8.15%) Load Balancing
8 13 (7.07%) Scrum
9 12 (6.52%) Mentoring
10 11 (5.98%) Network Virtualisation
11 10 (5.43%) Customer Requirements
11 10 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (4.89%) Service Management
13 8 (4.35%) Infrastructure as Code
13 8 (4.35%) Kanban
13 8 (4.35%) Network Architecture
13 8 (4.35%) Network Monitoring
14 7 (3.80%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 24 (13.04%) Python
2 7 (3.80%) PowerShell
3 6 (3.26%) Bash Shell
4 4 (2.17%) Java
4 4 (2.17%) Perl
5 1 (0.54%) C++
5 1 (0.54%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 94 (51.09%) Cisco Certification
2 78 (42.39%) CCNP
3 55 (29.89%) Security Cleared
4 34 (18.48%) CCNA
5 31 (16.85%) SC Cleared
6 24 (13.04%) CCIE
7 16 (8.70%) Degree
8 11 (5.98%) CCDP
8 11 (5.98%) JNCIP
8 11 (5.98%) JNCIS
9 10 (5.43%) DV Cleared
10 9 (4.89%) AWS Certification
11 8 (4.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (3.26%) CCDE
13 4 (2.17%) CCDA
13 4 (2.17%) CISSP
13 4 (2.17%) GIAC
13 4 (2.17%) Master's Degree
13 4 (2.17%) RHCE
14 3 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.87%) SLA
2 5 (2.72%) QA
3 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 31 (16.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (9.24%) VMware NSX
3 8 (4.35%) Docker
4 7 (3.80%) Active Directory
5 3 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.09%) pfSense
7 1 (0.54%) Firmware
7 1 (0.54%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.54%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (11.96%) Ansible
2 8 (4.35%) HP NNM
3 7 (3.80%) Puppet
3 7 (3.80%) Terraform
4 6 (3.26%) Cisco Prime
5 5 (2.72%) FortiGate
5 5 (2.72%) vCenter Server
6 4 (2.17%) WhatsUp Gold
7 3 (1.63%) SolarWinds Orion
7 3 (1.63%) vRealize
7 3 (1.63%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 1 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.54%) Kibana
8 1 (0.54%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.54%) logstash
8 1 (0.54%) Nessus
8 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.54%) RSA Archer
8 1 (0.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 132 (71.74%) Cisco
2 46 (25.00%) Juniper
3 45 (24.46%) F5
4 44 (23.91%) CheckPoint
5 38 (20.65%) VMware
6 31 (16.85%) Palo Alto
7 24 (13.04%) Fortinet
7 24 (13.04%) Meraki
8 18 (9.78%) Microsoft
9 16 (8.70%) HP
10 15 (8.15%) Aruba
11 13 (7.07%) SolarWinds
12 12 (6.52%) Infoblox
13 11 (5.98%) Nokia
14 10 (5.43%) Arista
15 9 (4.89%) ADVA
15 9 (4.89%) Extreme Networks
16 8 (4.35%) Google
16 8 (4.35%) Riverbed
17 7 (3.80%) Qualys