Period
to

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 15 August 2022 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
15 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 529 538 370
Rank change year-on-year +9 -168 +94
Contract jobs citing OSPF 262 168 152
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.36% 0.28% 0.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.12% 2.46% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 106 102
10th Percentile £363 £308 £288
25th Percentile £419 £359 £353
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £456
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -1.37% +7.35%
75th Percentile £581 £548 £575
90th Percentile £650 £663 £637
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 10
10th Percentile £22.35 £29.00 £19.18
25th Percentile £24.38 £39.50 £30.88
Median hourly rate £26.00 £39.75 £37.00
Median % change year-on-year -34.59% +7.43% -17.78%
75th Percentile £27.44 £40.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £29.13 £45.50 £50.65
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -34.18% -1.25% -11.11%

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 8,402 6,818 4,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.67% 11.54% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,659 4,385 2,585
10th Percentile £229 £250 £200
25th Percentile £385 £355 £322
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £625 £559 £538
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £463 £438
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 320 186
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.56 £14.25 £17.33
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £30.03
Median % change year-on-year +59.09% -26.73% +33.44%
75th Percentile £57.50 £48.75 £46.66
90th Percentile £70.00 £65.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £22.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year +57.78% -30.77% +38.30%

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 15 August 2022.

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
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 15 August 2022. 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
Jobs
London -28 104 £525 +13.51% 23
South East +14 68 £550 +28.50% 2
North of England +11 42 £450 - 8
North West -2 20 £313 -16.67% 3
Yorkshire -13 18 £450 -18.18% 5
South West -19 16 £515 +21.18% 4
East of England +5 13 £469 +44.23% 6
Midlands -16 6 £425 +7.59% 2
North East - 6 £550 -
West Midlands -23 5 £425 +7.59% 2
East Midlands - 1 £375 -
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 15 August 2022, 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.

1 240 (91.60%) BGP
2 204 (77.86%) Cisco
3 164 (62.60%) Firewall
4 155 (59.16%) WAN
5 133 (50.76%) Cisco Certification
6 131 (50.00%) LAN
7 120 (45.80%) MPLS
8 119 (45.42%) VPN
9 97 (37.02%) TCP/IP
10 90 (34.35%) CCNP
11 75 (28.63%) Network Security
12 74 (28.24%) EIGRP
12 74 (28.24%) SD-WAN
13 72 (27.48%) DNS
14 71 (27.10%) Data Centre
15 68 (25.95%) Juniper
16 66 (25.19%) Security Cleared
17 65 (24.81%) Cisco Nexus
18 63 (24.05%) CCIE
18 63 (24.05%) Wireless
19 62 (23.66%) F5
20 57 (21.76%) Palo Alto
21 55 (20.99%) IPsec
22 52 (19.85%) Azure
23 51 (19.47%) Cisco IOS
24 50 (19.08%) Wi-Fi
24 50 (19.08%) Cisco ASA
25 47 (17.94%) VXLAN
25 47 (17.94%) Internet
26 45 (17.18%) Multicast

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 1 (0.38%) Apache
1 1 (0.38%) IIS
1 1 (0.38%) JBoss
1 1 (0.38%) nginx
1 1 (0.38%) SAS
1 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
1 1 (0.38%) WebLogic
1 1 (0.38%) WebSphere
1 1 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (6.49%) MS Visio
2 12 (4.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (3.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.91%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 52 (19.85%) Azure
2 38 (14.50%) AWS
3 16 (6.11%) Microsoft 365
3 16 (6.11%) PaaS
3 16 (6.11%) SaaS
4 7 (2.67%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 6 (2.29%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.91%) IaaS
7 4 (1.53%) GCP
8 2 (0.76%) Akamai
8 2 (0.76%) AWS Direct Connect
8 2 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.38%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 240 (91.60%) BGP
2 164 (62.60%) Firewall
3 155 (59.16%) WAN
4 131 (50.00%) LAN
5 120 (45.80%) MPLS
6 119 (45.42%) VPN
7 97 (37.02%) TCP/IP
8 75 (28.63%) Network Security
9 74 (28.24%) EIGRP
9 74 (28.24%) SD-WAN
10 72 (27.48%) DNS
11 65 (24.81%) Cisco Nexus
12 63 (24.05%) Wireless
13 55 (20.99%) IPsec
14 51 (19.47%) Cisco IOS
15 50 (19.08%) Cisco ASA
15 50 (19.08%) Wi-Fi
16 47 (17.94%) Internet
16 47 (17.94%) VXLAN
17 45 (17.18%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.38%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (3.82%) Sonatype Nexus
2 5 (1.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.76%) Fiddler
3 2 (0.76%) Git (software)
General
1 45 (17.18%) Social Skills
2 38 (14.50%) Finance
3 31 (11.83%) Telecoms
4 25 (9.54%) Public Sector
5 22 (8.40%) Documentation Skills
6 19 (7.25%) Banking
7 8 (3.05%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (3.05%) Mandarin Language
7 8 (3.05%) Organisational Skills
8 7 (2.67%) Local Government
9 6 (2.29%) Investment Banking
10 4 (1.53%) Publishing
11 3 (1.15%) Presentation Skills
12 2 (0.76%) Police
12 2 (0.76%) Retail
13 1 (0.38%) Advertising
13 1 (0.38%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.38%) French Language
13 1 (0.38%) Legal
13 1 (0.38%) Military
Job Titles
1 151 (57.63%) Network Engineer
2 29 (11.07%) Senior Network Engineer
3 27 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (8.40%) Architect
5 20 (7.63%) Cisco Engineer
5 20 (7.63%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 14 (5.34%) Network Architect
7 13 (4.96%) Consultant
7 13 (4.96%) Design Engineer
8 12 (4.58%) IT Engineer
8 12 (4.58%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
9 11 (4.20%) LAN Engineer
10 8 (3.05%) Cloud Specialist
10 8 (3.05%) IP Engineer
10 8 (3.05%) Oracle Specialist
11 7 (2.67%) Network Consultant
11 7 (2.67%) Network Design Engineer
12 6 (2.29%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 6 (2.29%) IP Network Engineer
12 6 (2.29%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (9.16%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.38%) Jinja
2 1 (0.38%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 71 (27.10%) Data Centre
2 16 (6.11%) Management Information System
3 13 (4.96%) CCTV
4 12 (4.58%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (3.44%) Clustering
5 9 (3.44%) Public Cloud
6 7 (2.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (1.91%) Algorithms
8 4 (1.53%) Driving Licence
8 4 (1.53%) Fibre Optics
8 4 (1.53%) Optoelectronics
9 3 (1.15%) Cloud Native
9 3 (1.15%) PKI
9 3 (1.15%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (1.15%) User Experience
10 2 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.76%) IoT
10 2 (0.76%) NHS
10 2 (0.76%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 33 (12.60%) Windows
2 27 (10.31%) Linux
3 19 (7.25%) Unix
4 14 (5.34%) Windows Server
5 6 (2.29%) CatOS
6 1 (0.38%) CentOS
6 1 (0.38%) Check Point GAiA
6 1 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (14.89%) ITIL
2 38 (14.50%) Network Design
3 31 (11.83%) Load Balancing
3 31 (11.83%) Migration
4 28 (10.69%) Change Management
5 25 (9.54%) Project Delivery
6 24 (9.16%) Network Architecture
7 22 (8.40%) Network Management
8 21 (8.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 19 (7.25%) Network Virtualisation
10 16 (6.11%) Agile
11 14 (5.34%) Dashboard Development
11 14 (5.34%) Low Latency
11 14 (5.34%) Problem-Solving
11 14 (5.34%) Security Architecture
11 14 (5.34%) Service Delivery
12 13 (4.96%) Operational Stability
12 13 (4.96%) Project Management
12 13 (4.96%) Supplier Management
13 12 (4.58%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (15.27%) Python
2 27 (10.31%) C
3 16 (6.11%) Bash
4 14 (5.34%) Shell Script
5 4 (1.53%) Perl
6 3 (1.15%) Ruby
7 2 (0.76%) AWK
7 2 (0.76%) Lisp
7 2 (0.76%) sed
8 1 (0.38%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.38%) Prolog
8 1 (0.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 133 (50.76%) Cisco Certification
2 90 (34.35%) CCNP
3 66 (25.19%) Security Cleared
4 63 (24.05%) CCIE
5 42 (16.03%) SC Cleared
6 38 (14.50%) CCNA
7 26 (9.92%) Degree
8 25 (9.54%) CCDP
9 16 (6.11%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 15 (5.73%) DV Cleared
11 8 (3.05%) CISSP
12 6 (2.29%) JNCIA
12 6 (2.29%) JNCIP
13 5 (1.91%) FFIEC
14 4 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (1.53%) CWNA
14 4 (1.53%) JNCIE
15 3 (1.15%) CCIP
15 3 (1.15%) JNCIS
16 2 (0.76%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.82%) PMO
2 7 (2.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (2.67%) NIST
3 6 (2.29%) GDPR
3 6 (2.29%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 5 (1.91%) NIST 800
4 5 (1.91%) SLA
5 4 (1.53%) QA
6 2 (0.76%) DICOM
6 2 (0.76%) HL7
6 2 (0.76%) NCSC
6 2 (0.76%) RMADS
7 1 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 19 (7.25%) Active Directory
2 17 (6.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.96%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (3.05%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.05%) vSphere
5 6 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (2.29%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.76%) ProxySG
6 2 (0.76%) vCloud
7 1 (0.38%) Xen
7 1 (0.38%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 27 (10.31%) Ansible
2 13 (4.96%) FortiGate
3 9 (3.44%) Terraform
4 7 (2.67%) WSUS
4 7 (2.67%) ZABBIX
5 6 (2.29%) Grafana
5 6 (2.29%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (2.29%) Rundeck
5 6 (2.29%) vCenter Server
6 5 (1.91%) CASB
7 3 (1.15%) Nagios
8 2 (0.76%) Cacti
8 2 (0.76%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.76%) Kibana
8 2 (0.76%) Puppet
8 2 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.76%) Stealthwatch
9 1 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.38%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.38%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 204 (77.86%) Cisco
2 68 (25.95%) Juniper
3 62 (23.66%) F5
4 57 (21.76%) Palo Alto
5 42 (16.03%) CheckPoint
6 35 (13.36%) Meraki
7 31 (11.83%) VMware
8 29 (11.07%) Arista
9 25 (9.54%) Fortinet
10 23 (8.78%) Aruba
10 23 (8.78%) Nokia
11 18 (6.87%) SolarWinds
12 16 (6.11%) Oracle
13 14 (5.34%) Citrix
14 13 (4.96%) Microsoft
14 13 (4.96%) Zscaler
15 11 (4.20%) Huawei
16 10 (3.82%) HP
17 9 (3.44%) Infoblox
17 9 (3.44%) McAfee