Period
to 27 January 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 January 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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 400 390 417
Rank change year-on-year -10 +27 +172
Contract jobs citing OSPF 150 366 521
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.43% 0.56% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.46% 4.13% 4.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 280 362
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £317 £239 £270
90th Percentile £543 £540 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £413
% change year-on-year +12.50% -3.03% +7.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 20 12
Median hourly rate £31.50 £42.50 £53.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.88% -20.56% +33.75%
10th Percentile £17.00 £16.25 £42.50
90th Percentile £45.25 £59.63 £66.81
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £42.46 £47.00
% change year-on-year -5.79% -9.66% +17.50%

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 4,341 8,864 11,527
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.36% 13.64% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,750 5,540 7,122
Median daily rate £425 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +3.66%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £200
90th Percentile £607 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +6.71% -3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 466 493
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.76% +16.67% -2.37%
10th Percentile £12.97 £13.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £52.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £34.98 £21.38 £18.00
% change year-on-year +63.63% +18.75% -2.04%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 +13 53 £450 +5.88% 22
South West +102 31 £463 -5.13% 7
South East +64 27 £375 - 12
Midlands +30 20 £425 -5.56% 14
West Midlands +27 20 £425 -12.82% 12
East of England +64 8 £375 +17.19% 2
North of England +47 4 £436 +49.06% 15
North West +27 4 £436 +52.98% 7
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 134 (89.33%) BGP
2 130 (86.67%) Cisco
3 104 (69.33%) Cisco Certification
4 96 (64.00%) Firewall
5 87 (58.00%) CCNP
6 67 (44.67%) MPLS
7 65 (43.33%) WAN
8 64 (42.67%) Cisco Nexus
9 59 (39.33%) Security Cleared
10 58 (38.67%) EIGRP
11 56 (37.33%) LAN
12 51 (34.00%) VPN
13 46 (30.67%) Juniper
14 45 (30.00%) F5
15 42 (28.00%) SC Cleared
16 41 (27.33%) Cisco ASA
17 40 (26.67%) CCNA
18 37 (24.67%) Wireless
19 36 (24.00%) CCIE
20 34 (22.67%) Data Centre
21 32 (21.33%) IPsec
21 32 (21.33%) Network Security
22 29 (19.33%) Python
22 29 (19.33%) Palo Alto
23 27 (18.00%) CheckPoint
24 26 (17.33%) VMware
25 25 (16.67%) Network Design
26 24 (16.00%) TCP/IP
27 23 (15.33%) DNS
27 23 (15.33%) DHCP

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 3 (2.00%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.67%) Apache
2 1 (0.67%) Confluence
2 1 (0.67%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (0.67%) MS Visio
1 1 (0.67%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.67%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.00%) AWS
2 7 (4.67%) Azure
3 5 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (2.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 1 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.67%) IaaS
5 1 (0.67%) PaaS
5 1 (0.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 134 (89.33%) BGP
2 96 (64.00%) Firewall
3 67 (44.67%) MPLS
4 65 (43.33%) WAN
5 64 (42.67%) Cisco Nexus
6 58 (38.67%) EIGRP
7 56 (37.33%) LAN
8 51 (34.00%) VPN
9 41 (27.33%) Cisco ASA
10 37 (24.67%) Wireless
11 32 (21.33%) IPsec
11 32 (21.33%) Network Security
12 24 (16.00%) TCP/IP
13 23 (15.33%) DHCP
13 23 (15.33%) DMVPN
13 23 (15.33%) DNS
14 21 (14.00%) VoIP
15 17 (11.33%) Cisco Firepower
15 17 (11.33%) Cisco ISE
15 17 (11.33%) SSL
Development Applications
1 11 (7.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (2.67%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (2.00%) Git (software)
3 3 (2.00%) JIRA
4 1 (0.67%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.67%) ClearQuest
General
1 20 (13.33%) Finance
2 17 (11.33%) Telecoms
3 8 (5.33%) Banking
4 5 (3.33%) Public Sector
5 4 (2.67%) Electronics
6 3 (2.00%) Advertising
7 2 (1.33%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.33%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.67%) Marketing
8 1 (0.67%) Military
8 1 (0.67%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.67%) Police
8 1 (0.67%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 99 (66.00%) Network Engineer
2 15 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 14 (9.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 13 (8.67%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 12 (8.00%) Consultant
5 12 (8.00%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
5 12 (8.00%) Network Consultant
5 12 (8.00%) Senior Network Engineer
6 11 (7.33%) Architect
6 11 (7.33%) Network Architect
7 7 (4.67%) IP Engineer
7 7 (4.67%) Security Engineer
8 6 (4.00%) Network Security Engineer
9 5 (3.33%) Support Engineer
10 4 (2.67%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 4 (2.67%) Lead Network Engineer
10 4 (2.67%) Network Infrastructure Consultant
10 4 (2.67%) Network Support
10 4 (2.67%) Network Support Engineer
10 4 (2.67%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.67%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
2 1 (0.67%) ModSecurity
2 1 (0.67%) Spine.js
Miscellaneous
1 34 (22.67%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.67%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (2.67%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (2.00%) Equities
6 2 (1.33%) e-Health
6 2 (1.33%) IVR
6 2 (1.33%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.67%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.67%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.67%) NHS
7 1 (0.67%) PKI
7 1 (0.67%) Replication
7 1 (0.67%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 17 (11.33%) Linux
2 6 (4.00%) Windows
3 3 (2.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (0.67%) AIX
4 1 (0.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (16.67%) Network Design
2 23 (15.33%) Change Management
3 13 (8.67%) Migration
4 12 (8.00%) Cryptography
5 11 (7.33%) Load Balancing
5 11 (7.33%) Problem-Solving
6 10 (6.67%) Network Management
6 10 (6.67%) Network Monitoring
7 9 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (6.00%) Capacity Planning
8 8 (5.33%) ITIL
8 8 (5.33%) Project Delivery
9 7 (4.67%) Project Management
10 6 (4.00%) Mentoring
11 5 (3.33%) Change Control
11 5 (3.33%) Configuration Management
11 5 (3.33%) Information Security
11 5 (3.33%) Root Cause Analysis
11 5 (3.33%) Validation
12 4 (2.67%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 29 (19.33%) Python
2 5 (3.33%) Shell Script
3 4 (2.67%) Perl
4 3 (2.00%) AWK
4 3 (2.00%) Bash Shell
4 3 (2.00%) Ruby
4 3 (2.00%) sed
5 1 (0.67%) PHP
5 1 (0.67%) R
Qualifications
1 104 (69.33%) Cisco Certification
2 87 (58.00%) CCNP
3 59 (39.33%) Security Cleared
4 42 (28.00%) SC Cleared
5 40 (26.67%) CCNA
6 36 (24.00%) CCIE
7 22 (14.67%) DV Cleared
8 10 (6.67%) CCDA
9 9 (6.00%) CCDP
9 9 (6.00%) Degree
10 7 (4.67%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 5 (3.33%) CCIP
12 4 (2.67%) BC Cleared
12 4 (2.67%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (2.67%) CCIE Data Center
12 4 (2.67%) JNCIP
13 3 (2.00%) CCIE Service Provider
13 3 (2.00%) JNCIS
14 2 (1.33%) CCDE
14 2 (1.33%) HP APS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.67%) QA
2 3 (2.00%) SLA
3 1 (0.67%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (9.33%) VMware NSX
2 11 (7.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (3.33%) Hyper-V
3 5 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (2.67%) Firmware
5 1 (0.67%) KVM
5 1 (0.67%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.67%) vCloud
5 1 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 14 (9.33%) Ansible
2 12 (8.00%) FortiGate
3 9 (6.00%) Cisco Prime
4 4 (2.67%) Terraform
5 3 (2.00%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.33%) CA Spectrum
6 2 (1.33%) HAProxy
6 2 (1.33%) WhatsUp Gold
7 1 (0.67%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.67%) ITRS Geneos
7 1 (0.67%) Nessus
7 1 (0.67%) TrustSec
7 1 (0.67%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 130 (86.67%) Cisco
2 46 (30.67%) Juniper
3 45 (30.00%) F5
4 29 (19.33%) Palo Alto
5 27 (18.00%) CheckPoint
6 26 (17.33%) VMware
7 18 (12.00%) SolarWinds
8 16 (10.67%) Meraki
9 15 (10.00%) Fortinet
10 12 (8.00%) Microsoft
11 11 (7.33%) Arista
12 10 (6.67%) Splunk
13 9 (6.00%) Nokia
13 9 (6.00%) Riverbed
14 8 (5.33%) Dell
14 8 (5.33%) HP
15 7 (4.67%) Blue Coat
16 6 (4.00%) Infoblox
16 6 (4.00%) Ivanti
16 6 (4.00%) Oracle