Period
to 20 January 2018

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 20 January 2018 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 555 474 417
Rank change year-on-year -81 -57 -73
Contract jobs citing OSPF 296 395 508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.32% 0.44% 0.51%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.41% 2.96% 3.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 256 309
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £255 £259 £263
90th Percentile £750 £539 £501
UK median daily rate £375 £395 £400
% change year-on-year -5.06% -1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 25
England median hourly rate £13.50 £21.50 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.21% -50.00% +14.67%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.68 £16.25
90th Percentile £44.05 £37.44 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% -30.23% +43.33%

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 12,286 13,350 13,835
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.42% 14.84% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,652 8,163 8,108
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 621 675 851
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +7.32%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.55 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.25 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%

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 20 January 2018.

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 20 January 2018.

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 20 January 2018. 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 -41 150 £425 - 43
South East -41 77 £375 -11.76% 28
East of England -12 21 £320 -14.67% 5
Midlands -26 21 £415 +3.75% 10
North of England +11 19 £385 +14.07% 29
North West +2 15 £395 +17.04% 19
West Midlands -13 14 £420 +5.00% 7
East Midlands +7 7 £400 - 2
South West -4 7 £273 -27.33% 7
Yorkshire -5 4 £350 - 10
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 263 (88.85%) BGP
2 251 (84.80%) Cisco
3 179 (60.47%) Cisco Certification
4 174 (58.78%) Firewall
5 146 (49.32%) MPLS
6 133 (44.93%) CCNP
7 121 (40.88%) WAN
8 115 (38.85%) VPN
8 115 (38.85%) Juniper
9 101 (34.12%) LAN
10 97 (32.77%) Cisco Nexus
11 96 (32.43%) Data Centre
12 88 (29.73%) CheckPoint
13 87 (29.39%) EIGRP
14 73 (24.66%) DNS
14 73 (24.66%) VLAN
15 70 (23.65%) TCP/IP
16 68 (22.97%) CCNA
17 67 (22.64%) Wireless
18 65 (21.96%) CCIE
19 60 (20.27%) Cisco ASA
20 57 (19.26%) Security Cleared
20 57 (19.26%) Network Security
20 57 (19.26%) IPsec
21 54 (18.24%) F5
22 52 (17.57%) Finance
23 47 (15.88%) DHCP
23 47 (15.88%) Palo Alto
24 46 (15.54%) HSRP
24 46 (15.54%) SC Cleared

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 15 (5.07%) Skype for Business
2 8 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
2 8 (2.70%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 4 (1.35%) Drupal
3 4 (1.35%) WordPress
4 3 (1.01%) IIS
5 2 (0.68%) CMS
Applications
1 21 (7.09%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 28 (9.46%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (8.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.03%) Office 365
4 5 (1.69%) IaaS
5 4 (1.35%) Akamai
6 3 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.01%) PaaS
6 3 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 263 (88.85%) BGP
2 174 (58.78%) Firewall
3 146 (49.32%) MPLS
4 121 (40.88%) WAN
5 115 (38.85%) VPN
6 101 (34.12%) LAN
7 97 (32.77%) Cisco Nexus
8 87 (29.39%) EIGRP
9 73 (24.66%) DNS
9 73 (24.66%) VLAN
10 70 (23.65%) TCP/IP
11 67 (22.64%) Wireless
12 60 (20.27%) Cisco ASA
13 57 (19.26%) IPsec
13 57 (19.26%) Network Security
14 47 (15.88%) DHCP
15 46 (15.54%) HSRP
16 42 (14.19%) Cisco IOS
17 39 (13.18%) Internet
18 36 (12.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.70%) SQL Server
1 8 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.01%) MySQL
4 1 (0.34%) Big Data
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (4.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (1.35%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.01%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.68%) Bugzilla
4 2 (0.68%) Metasploit
General
1 52 (17.57%) Finance
2 29 (9.80%) Banking
2 29 (9.80%) Telecoms
3 8 (2.70%) Retail
4 5 (1.69%) Multimedia
5 4 (1.35%) Marketing
6 3 (1.01%) Legal
7 2 (0.68%) Advertising
7 2 (0.68%) Electronics
7 2 (0.68%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.68%) Games
7 2 (0.68%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.34%) French Language
8 1 (0.34%) German Language
8 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.34%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 182 (61.49%) Network Engineer
2 55 (18.58%) Cisco Engineer
3 52 (17.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 48 (16.22%) Architect
5 26 (8.78%) Network Architect
6 23 (7.77%) Security Engineer
6 23 (7.77%) Senior Network Engineer
7 21 (7.09%) Analyst
8 19 (6.42%) Network Security Engineer
9 12 (4.05%) Network Support
9 12 (4.05%) Security Architect
10 11 (3.72%) Infrastructure Architect
10 11 (3.72%) Network Analyst
10 11 (3.72%) Support Engineer
11 10 (3.38%) Lead Network Engineer
12 9 (3.04%) Designer
12 9 (3.04%) Network Support Engineer
13 8 (2.70%) Consultant
13 8 (2.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 8 (2.70%) Network Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.07%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.35%) .NET
3 3 (1.01%) CGI
3 3 (1.01%) Core Data
3 3 (1.01%) Web Services
4 2 (0.68%) Silverlight
4 2 (0.68%) XMPP
5 1 (0.34%) HTML
5 1 (0.34%) Rendezvous
5 1 (0.34%) REST
5 1 (0.34%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 96 (32.43%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.03%) Computer Science
4 5 (1.69%) Hedge funds
4 5 (1.69%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.69%) PKI
5 4 (1.35%) Clustering
6 3 (1.01%) Private Cloud
6 3 (1.01%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.01%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.68%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.68%) Cloud Native
7 2 (0.68%) Digital TV
7 2 (0.68%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (0.68%) MPEG
7 2 (0.68%) STB
7 2 (0.68%) Video on Demand
7 2 (0.68%) Video\Live Streaming
7 2 (0.68%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 27 (9.12%) Windows
2 26 (8.78%) Linux
3 16 (5.41%) Unix
4 14 (4.73%) Windows Server
5 12 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (2.03%) CentOS
7 4 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.35%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.68%) AIX
8 2 (0.68%) Solaris
8 2 (0.68%) SUSE
8 2 (0.68%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.34%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (13.51%) Network Architecture
2 38 (12.84%) ITIL
3 36 (12.16%) Network Design
4 33 (11.15%) Load Balancing
5 24 (8.11%) Migration
6 23 (7.77%) Change Management
7 19 (6.42%) Network Management
7 19 (6.42%) Network Monitoring
8 18 (6.08%) High Availability
9 17 (5.74%) WAN Optimisation
10 14 (4.73%) Root Cause Analysis
11 13 (4.39%) Project Management
12 10 (3.38%) Coaching
12 10 (3.38%) Information Security
13 9 (3.04%) Asset Management
13 9 (3.04%) Network Load Balancing
13 9 (3.04%) Network Optimisation
13 9 (3.04%) System Testing
14 8 (2.70%) Customer Requirements
14 8 (2.70%) Network Packet Analysis
Programming Languages
1 16 (5.41%) Python
2 12 (4.05%) Perl
3 10 (3.38%) Bash Shell
4 6 (2.03%) SQL
5 4 (1.35%) AWK
5 4 (1.35%) PowerShell
5 4 (1.35%) sed
6 3 (1.01%) Ruby
7 2 (0.68%) C
7 2 (0.68%) Java
7 2 (0.68%) PHP
8 1 (0.34%) C++
8 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 179 (60.47%) Cisco Certification
2 133 (44.93%) CCNP
3 68 (22.97%) CCNA
4 65 (21.96%) CCIE
5 57 (19.26%) Security Cleared
6 46 (15.54%) SC Cleared
7 25 (8.45%) CCDP
8 20 (6.76%) CISSP
9 16 (5.41%) MCSE
9 16 (5.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (4.73%) MCP
11 12 (4.05%) DV Cleared
12 11 (3.72%) Degree
13 10 (3.38%) CCSA
13 10 (3.38%) JNCIA
13 10 (3.38%) JNCIS
14 9 (3.04%) CCSP
15 8 (2.70%) CCVP
16 6 (2.03%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 6 (2.03%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.72%) SLA
2 5 (1.69%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.35%) GDPR
3 4 (1.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.01%) GCP
5 2 (0.68%) QA
System Software
1 38 (12.84%) Active Directory
2 19 (6.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (4.73%) VMware NSX
4 12 (4.05%) vSphere
5 10 (3.38%) DFS Replication
6 8 (2.70%) NFS
7 4 (1.35%) Hyper-V
7 4 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.68%) Docker
8 2 (0.68%) flannel
8 2 (0.68%) iptables
8 2 (0.68%) pfSense
8 2 (0.68%) XenApp
9 1 (0.34%) Firmware
9 1 (0.34%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 16 (5.41%) SCCM
2 13 (4.39%) FortiGate
3 12 (4.05%) SCOM
4 11 (3.72%) Cisco CUCM
5 9 (3.04%) SolarWinds Orion
6 8 (2.70%) Cisco Prime
6 8 (2.70%) McAfee ePO
6 8 (2.70%) vCenter Server
7 7 (2.36%) Ansible
7 7 (2.36%) Nagios
7 7 (2.36%) Puppet
8 4 (1.35%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (1.01%) Cacti
9 3 (1.01%) Cisco UCCE
9 3 (1.01%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (0.68%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.68%) OpenNMS
10 2 (0.68%) OpenView
10 2 (0.68%) OPNET
10 2 (0.68%) RANCID
Vendors
1 251 (84.80%) Cisco
2 115 (38.85%) Juniper
3 88 (29.73%) CheckPoint
4 54 (18.24%) F5
5 47 (15.88%) Palo Alto
6 43 (14.53%) HP
7 39 (13.18%) Fortinet
8 36 (12.16%) VMware
9 35 (11.82%) SolarWinds
10 33 (11.15%) Microsoft
11 30 (10.14%) Citrix
12 25 (8.45%) McAfee
13 17 (5.74%) Meraki
14 16 (5.41%) Arista
14 16 (5.41%) NetApp
15 13 (4.39%) Infoblox
15 13 (4.39%) Riverbed
16 12 (4.05%) Blue Coat
17 11 (3.72%) Huawei
18 9 (3.04%) Aruba