Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 528 376 413
Rank change year-on-year -152 +37 +32
Contract jobs citing OSPF 235 144 398
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.33% 0.46% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.95% 3.58% 3.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 106 287
10th Percentile £313 £338 £233
25th Percentile £363 £366 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £459 £450 £413
Median % change year-on-year +1.94% +9.09% -0.84%
75th Percentile £550 £499 £491
90th Percentile £600 £573 £538
UK median daily rate £471 £450 £403
% change year-on-year +4.62% +11.80% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 16
10th Percentile £22.50 £17.00 £16.25
25th Percentile £26.25 £23.88 £34.89
Median hourly rate £43.19 £40.00 £45.17
Median % change year-on-year +7.98% -11.44% -2.35%
75th Percentile £49.76 " £48.69
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.00 £68.13
UK median hourly rate £41.35 £40.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +3.36% -11.11% +1.86%

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 7,957 4,027 10,130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.29% 12.85% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,233 2,600 6,305
10th Percentile £206 £210 £183
25th Percentile £358 £325 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £415
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +5.42% -2.35%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £688 £619 £600
UK median daily rate £480 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +7.87% +7.88% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 195 535
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.85
25th Percentile £14.86 £18.13 £15.50
Median hourly rate £22.00 £35.00 £21.53
Median % change year-on-year -37.14% +62.60% +13.29%
75th Percentile £48.62 £47.50 £47.01
90th Percentile £63.00 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -37.14% +55.56% +18.42%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 5 December 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 -142 96 £500 +11.11% 25
South East -46 53 £405 +8.00% 9
South West -64 25 £450 -1.37% 2
East of England -47 15 £418 +15.97%
North of England -55 12 £350 -6.67% 18
Midlands -85 10 £295 -31.59% 8
North West -41 9 £300 -20.00% 4
West Midlands -67 9 £190 -55.94% 3
Yorkshire - 3 £600 - 3
East Midlands -35 1 £530 - 5
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 214 (91.06%) BGP
2 190 (80.85%) Cisco
3 149 (63.40%) Firewall
4 117 (49.79%) Cisco Certification
5 108 (45.96%) MPLS
6 100 (42.55%) LAN
7 99 (42.13%) CCNP
8 93 (39.57%) WAN
9 82 (34.89%) VPN
10 76 (32.34%) Data Centre
11 71 (30.21%) Juniper
12 58 (24.68%) EIGRP
13 56 (23.83%) TCP/IP
13 56 (23.83%) Wireless
13 56 (23.83%) Cisco Nexus
14 55 (23.40%) Security Cleared
15 52 (22.13%) IPsec
15 52 (22.13%) Ethernet
16 50 (21.28%) DNS
17 47 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
18 45 (19.15%) F5
18 45 (19.15%) CheckPoint
19 44 (18.72%) AWS
19 44 (18.72%) Social Skills
20 42 (17.87%) Network Security
20 42 (17.87%) Palo Alto
21 41 (17.45%) CCIE
22 37 (15.74%) ITIL
22 37 (15.74%) Network Design
22 37 (15.74%) Azure

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 (2.98%) Confluence
2 3 (1.28%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 11 (4.68%) MS Visio
2 9 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.43%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 44 (18.72%) AWS
2 37 (15.74%) Azure
3 13 (5.53%) PaaS
4 12 (5.11%) GCP
5 11 (4.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 9 (3.83%) IaaS
6 9 (3.83%) SaaS
7 7 (2.98%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (2.55%) Amazon ELB
8 6 (2.55%) IBM Cloud
8 6 (2.55%) SoftLayer
9 5 (2.13%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (2.13%) AWS Direct Connect
10 4 (1.70%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (1.28%) Azure Sentinel
11 3 (1.28%) GitHub
11 3 (1.28%) Microsoft 365
12 1 (0.43%) Amazon ECS
12 1 (0.43%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 214 (91.06%) BGP
2 149 (63.40%) Firewall
3 108 (45.96%) MPLS
4 100 (42.55%) LAN
5 93 (39.57%) WAN
6 82 (34.89%) VPN
7 58 (24.68%) EIGRP
8 56 (23.83%) Cisco Nexus
8 56 (23.83%) TCP/IP
8 56 (23.83%) Wireless
9 52 (22.13%) Ethernet
9 52 (22.13%) IPsec
10 50 (21.28%) DNS
11 47 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
12 42 (17.87%) Network Security
13 37 (15.74%) SD-WAN
14 35 (14.89%) DHCP
15 31 (13.19%) VLAN
16 29 (12.34%) HSRP
17 28 (11.91%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (0.43%) MySQL
1 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (0.43%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (4.68%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (3.40%) JIRA
2 8 (3.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (1.70%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.28%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.85%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 44 (18.72%) Social Skills
2 32 (13.62%) Telecoms
3 24 (10.21%) Finance
4 16 (6.81%) Organisational Skills
5 11 (4.68%) Banking
5 11 (4.68%) Documentation Skills
6 10 (4.26%) Public Sector
7 8 (3.40%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (2.13%) Financial Institution
8 5 (2.13%) Military
9 4 (1.70%) Presentation Skills
10 3 (1.28%) Law
10 3 (1.28%) Police
11 2 (0.85%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.85%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.85%) Retail
12 1 (0.43%) Games
12 1 (0.43%) Influencing Skills
12 1 (0.43%) Legal
12 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 138 (58.72%) Network Engineer
2 29 (12.34%) Senior Network Engineer
3 26 (11.06%) Architect
4 24 (10.21%) Cisco Engineer
5 22 (9.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 21 (8.94%) Network Architect
7 10 (4.26%) Design Engineer
8 9 (3.83%) Cloud Engineer
8 9 (3.83%) Network Design Engineer
8 9 (3.83%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 8 (3.40%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 8 (3.40%) Principal Engineer
10 7 (2.98%) Principal Network Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Consultant
11 6 (2.55%) LAN Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) LAN/WAN Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Security Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Senior Cisco Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
11 6 (2.55%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.38%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.28%) LDAP
2 3 (1.28%) Spine.js
2 3 (1.28%) Web Services
3 2 (0.85%) Middleware
4 1 (0.43%) ARM Templates
4 1 (0.43%) Azure Blueprints
4 1 (0.43%) CSS
4 1 (0.43%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.43%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 76 (32.34%) Data Centre
2 16 (6.81%) Management Information System
3 13 (5.53%) Public Cloud
4 10 (4.26%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.40%) PKI
6 4 (1.70%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.28%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.28%) Fibre Optics
7 3 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.85%) CMDB
8 2 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.85%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.43%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.43%) Eurex
9 1 (0.43%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.43%) Internet of Things
9 1 (0.43%) Kindle
9 1 (0.43%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.79%) Linux
2 13 (5.53%) Windows
3 12 (5.11%) Unix
4 7 (2.98%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.85%) CentOS
6 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.43%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.43%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (15.74%) ITIL
1 37 (15.74%) Network Design
2 34 (14.47%) Migration
3 24 (10.21%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (10.21%) Network Management
4 23 (9.79%) Load Balancing
4 23 (9.79%) Service Delivery
5 22 (9.36%) Change Management
6 20 (8.51%) Network Monitoring
7 18 (7.66%) Network Virtualisation
8 16 (6.81%) Configuration Management
8 16 (6.81%) Problem-Solving
9 15 (6.38%) Customer Requirements
9 15 (6.38%) Network Architecture
10 13 (5.53%) High Availability
10 13 (5.53%) Infrastructure as Code
11 12 (5.11%) Computer Science
12 11 (4.68%) DevOps
12 11 (4.68%) Patch Management
12 11 (4.68%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (14.04%) Python
2 12 (5.11%) C
3 9 (3.83%) Perl
4 8 (3.40%) Bash Shell
5 5 (2.13%) PowerShell
6 4 (1.70%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.28%) Java
Qualifications
1 117 (49.79%) Cisco Certification
2 99 (42.13%) CCNP
3 55 (23.40%) Security Cleared
4 41 (17.45%) CCIE
5 29 (12.34%) SC Cleared
6 27 (11.49%) CCNA
7 23 (9.79%) CCDP
8 22 (9.36%) Degree
9 15 (6.38%) DV Cleared
10 13 (5.53%) JNCIP
11 10 (4.26%) CCIP
12 8 (3.40%) JNCIS
13 7 (2.98%) Computer Science Degree
14 6 (2.55%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (2.55%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 5 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 4 (1.70%) AWS Certification
16 4 (1.70%) CCIE Service Provider
16 4 (1.70%) CISSP
17 3 (1.28%) CCIE Wireless
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.66%) SLA
2 3 (1.28%) QA
3 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.43%) GDPR
3 1 (0.43%) NIST
3 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.43%) PMO
System Software
1 29 (12.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (5.53%) VMware NSX
3 9 (3.83%) Active Directory
4 7 (2.98%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (2.55%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (1.70%) Docker
7 3 (1.28%) pfSense
8 2 (0.85%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.43%) Firmware
9 1 (0.43%) KVM
9 1 (0.43%) NFS
9 1 (0.43%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.43%) vCloud
9 1 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 27 (11.49%) Ansible
2 17 (7.23%) Terraform
3 16 (6.81%) FortiGate
4 7 (2.98%) Cisco Prime
4 7 (2.98%) Nagios
5 6 (2.55%) Kubernetes
6 5 (2.13%) Puppet
6 5 (2.13%) vCenter Server
7 4 (1.70%) SolarWinds Orion
7 4 (1.70%) Stealthwatch
8 3 (1.28%) OPNET
9 2 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.85%) Packer
10 1 (0.43%) Cacti
10 1 (0.43%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.43%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.43%) HP SiteScope
10 1 (0.43%) Icinga
10 1 (0.43%) logstash
10 1 (0.43%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 190 (80.85%) Cisco
2 71 (30.21%) Juniper
3 45 (19.15%) CheckPoint
3 45 (19.15%) F5
4 42 (17.87%) Palo Alto
5 34 (14.47%) VMware
6 28 (11.91%) SolarWinds
7 25 (10.64%) Fortinet
8 17 (7.23%) Nokia
9 14 (5.96%) Infoblox
9 14 (5.96%) Meraki
10 13 (5.53%) Aruba
11 12 (5.11%) ADVA
11 12 (5.11%) Ciena
12 11 (4.68%) Microsoft
13 8 (3.40%) Arista
13 8 (3.40%) Brocade
13 8 (3.40%) Oracle
13 8 (3.40%) Riverbed
13 8 (3.40%) Zscaler