Period
to 9 December 2019

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 9 December 2019 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
9 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 406 420 573
Rank change year-on-year +14 +153 -95
Contract jobs citing OSPF 394 526 294
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.55% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.93% 4.25% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 343 153
England median daily rate £413 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.60% +10.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £233 £300 £255
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £405 £415 £375
% change year-on-year -2.41% +10.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 7
England median hourly rate £45.17 £46.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +242.59% -68.97%
10th Percentile £16.25 £20.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £68.13 £60.00 £52.05
UK median hourly rate £45.17 £44.18 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.23% +10.45% -4.19%

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 10,013 12,386 12,849
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.60% 12.97% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,065 7,541 7,975
England median daily rate £415 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.35% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 573 647
England median hourly rate £24.25 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.25% +6.95% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £44.41
UK median hourly rate £25.06 £20.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year +25.30% +6.67% -16.67%

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 9 December 2019.

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 9 December 2019.

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 9 December 2019. 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 +26 150 £450 +5.88% 52
South East +48 102 £375 -6.25% 31
Midlands +84 58 £450 +6.51% 16
North of England -16 43 £325 -21.21% 21
West Midlands +53 42 £450 +5.88% 11
North West +23 33 £285 -30.49% 9
South West -20 28 £425 +9.68% 5
East Midlands +32 16 £450 +16.50% 5
East of England +25 11 £320 -14.67% 13
Yorkshire +7 7 £350 -17.65% 10
North East +9 3 £330 +10.00% 2
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 9 December 2019, 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.

1 340 (86.29%) Cisco
2 330 (83.76%) BGP
3 252 (63.96%) Cisco Certification
4 228 (57.87%) Firewall
5 195 (49.49%) CCNP
6 177 (44.92%) VPN
7 174 (44.16%) MPLS
8 168 (42.64%) WAN
9 158 (40.10%) LAN
9 158 (40.10%) Juniper
10 131 (33.25%) EIGRP
11 120 (30.46%) TCP/IP
12 118 (29.95%) Cisco Nexus
13 112 (28.43%) Data Centre
14 104 (26.40%) Wireless
15 97 (24.62%) CCNA
16 96 (24.37%) CheckPoint
16 96 (24.37%) Cisco ASA
17 82 (20.81%) Network Security
18 80 (20.30%) Security Cleared
18 80 (20.30%) F5
19 77 (19.54%) Palo Alto
19 77 (19.54%) CCIE
19 77 (19.54%) Ethernet
20 76 (19.29%) IPsec
21 73 (18.53%) Change Management
22 70 (17.77%) Multicast
23 68 (17.26%) Cisco IOS
23 68 (17.26%) DNS
24 67 (17.01%) VLAN

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 11 (2.79%) OpenStack
2 5 (1.27%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.76%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.25%) Apache
4 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (2.03%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.78%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 29 (7.36%) Azure
2 23 (5.84%) AWS
3 14 (3.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 5 (1.27%) SaaS
5 3 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.76%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.51%) Office 365
7 1 (0.25%) Akamai
7 1 (0.25%) IaaS
7 1 (0.25%) PaaS
7 1 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 330 (83.76%) BGP
2 228 (57.87%) Firewall
3 177 (44.92%) VPN
4 174 (44.16%) MPLS
5 168 (42.64%) WAN
6 158 (40.10%) LAN
7 131 (33.25%) EIGRP
8 120 (30.46%) TCP/IP
9 118 (29.95%) Cisco Nexus
10 104 (26.40%) Wireless
11 96 (24.37%) Cisco ASA
12 82 (20.81%) Network Security
13 77 (19.54%) Ethernet
14 76 (19.29%) IPsec
15 70 (17.77%) Multicast
16 68 (17.26%) Cisco IOS
16 68 (17.26%) DNS
17 67 (17.01%) VLAN
18 64 (16.24%) Wireshark
19 62 (15.74%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.25%) DB2
1 1 (0.25%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 21 (5.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 11 (2.79%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.25%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.25%) Hudson
General
1 62 (15.74%) Telecoms
2 35 (8.88%) Finance
3 23 (5.84%) Banking
4 14 (3.55%) Investment Banking
5 10 (2.54%) Public Sector
6 7 (1.78%) Front Office
7 6 (1.52%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.52%) Marketing
8 5 (1.27%) Games
9 4 (1.02%) Publishing
10 2 (0.51%) Advertising
10 2 (0.51%) Back Office
10 2 (0.51%) Electronics
10 2 (0.51%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.51%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.25%) Law
11 1 (0.25%) Legal
11 1 (0.25%) Military
11 1 (0.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 252 (63.96%) Network Engineer
2 43 (10.91%) Cisco Engineer
3 41 (10.41%) Senior Network Engineer
4 39 (9.90%) Architect
4 39 (9.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 34 (8.63%) Network Architect
6 33 (8.38%) IP Engineer
7 26 (6.60%) Security Engineer
8 21 (5.33%) IP Network Engineer
8 21 (5.33%) Network Security Engineer
9 19 (4.82%) WAN Engineer
10 17 (4.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 16 (4.06%) Administrator
11 16 (4.06%) Network Administrator
12 14 (3.55%) Juniper Engineer
13 13 (3.30%) Firewall Engineer
14 12 (3.05%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
14 12 (3.05%) LAN/WAN Engineer
14 12 (3.05%) Network Support
14 12 (3.05%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (10.91%) 802.1X
2 13 (3.30%) JSON
3 12 (3.05%) XML
4 8 (2.03%) .NET
4 8 (2.03%) YAML
5 7 (1.78%) Web Services
6 3 (0.76%) Ajax
6 3 (0.76%) Middleware
6 3 (0.76%) ModSecurity
6 3 (0.76%) REST
6 3 (0.76%) SOAP
7 1 (0.25%) HTML
7 1 (0.25%) Jinja
7 1 (0.25%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 112 (28.43%) Data Centre
2 24 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 12 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (2.03%) Driving Licence
6 6 (1.52%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (1.52%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (1.27%) Hedge funds
8 4 (1.02%) PMI
8 4 (1.02%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.02%) Replication
8 4 (1.02%) RSA SecurID
9 3 (0.76%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.76%) e-Health
10 2 (0.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (0.51%) e-Learning
10 2 (0.51%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.51%) MPEG
10 2 (0.51%) Social Media
11 1 (0.25%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 34 (8.63%) Windows
2 29 (7.36%) Unix
3 26 (6.60%) Linux
4 14 (3.55%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.28%) Check Point GAiA
6 6 (1.52%) CentOS
6 6 (1.52%) Debian
7 3 (0.76%) FreeBSD
8 2 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.51%) VMS
8 2 (0.51%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.25%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.25%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (18.53%) Change Management
2 63 (15.99%) Migration
3 61 (15.48%) ITIL
4 59 (14.97%) Network Design
5 40 (10.15%) Service Delivery
6 37 (9.39%) Network Management
7 35 (8.88%) Network Monitoring
8 31 (7.87%) Load Balancing
9 30 (7.61%) Project Management
10 27 (6.85%) Project Delivery
11 22 (5.58%) High Availability
11 22 (5.58%) Kalman Filter
11 22 (5.58%) Problem-Solving
12 17 (4.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 16 (4.06%) Network Virtualisation
14 15 (3.81%) Network Architecture
14 15 (3.81%) Technical Leadership
15 14 (3.55%) Incident Management
16 12 (3.05%) Computer Science
16 12 (3.05%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (11.17%) Python
2 24 (6.09%) Perl
3 11 (2.79%) PowerShell
4 10 (2.54%) SQL
5 7 (1.78%) C
5 7 (1.78%) Prolog
6 4 (1.02%) PHP
7 2 (0.51%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.51%) Java
8 1 (0.25%) C++
8 1 (0.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 252 (63.96%) Cisco Certification
2 195 (49.49%) CCNP
3 97 (24.62%) CCNA
4 80 (20.30%) Security Cleared
5 77 (19.54%) CCIE
6 46 (11.68%) SC Cleared
7 36 (9.14%) CCDP
8 34 (8.63%) DV Cleared
9 29 (7.36%) JNCIP
10 25 (6.35%) Degree
11 17 (4.31%) JNCIE
12 15 (3.81%) CCDA
13 12 (3.05%) CCIP
14 11 (2.79%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 11 (2.79%) JNCIS
15 9 (2.28%) BPSS Clearance
15 9 (2.28%) CCSE
16 8 (2.03%) CISSP
17 7 (1.78%) CCSA
17 7 (1.78%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.81%) SLA
2 9 (2.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.27%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.02%) NCSC
5 3 (0.76%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.76%) QA
6 2 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.51%) PMO
7 1 (0.25%) COBIT
7 1 (0.25%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.25%) NIST
7 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 23 (5.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (4.82%) Active Directory
3 13 (3.30%) VMware NSX
4 8 (2.03%) ProxySG
5 3 (0.76%) BitLocker
5 3 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.76%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.51%) Firmware
7 1 (0.25%) Docker
7 1 (0.25%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.25%) KVM
7 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 35 (8.88%) Nagios
2 18 (4.57%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (4.31%) FortiGate
4 12 (3.05%) Ansible
4 12 (3.05%) Cacti
5 11 (2.79%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (2.79%) Puppet
6 10 (2.54%) Iperf
7 8 (2.03%) ZABBIX
8 7 (1.78%) SCOM
9 6 (1.52%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (1.02%) OPNET
11 3 (0.76%) CA Spectrum
11 3 (0.76%) SCCM
12 2 (0.51%) Cisco CME
12 2 (0.51%) Icinga
12 2 (0.51%) Terraform
13 1 (0.25%) Kibana
13 1 (0.25%) Salt
13 1 (0.25%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 340 (86.29%) Cisco
2 158 (40.10%) Juniper
3 96 (24.37%) CheckPoint
4 80 (20.30%) F5
5 77 (19.54%) Palo Alto
6 55 (13.96%) SolarWinds
7 48 (12.18%) Fortinet
8 45 (11.42%) Aruba
9 31 (7.87%) Meraki
10 30 (7.61%) Microsoft
10 30 (7.61%) VMware
11 26 (6.60%) NetScout
12 25 (6.35%) Blue Coat
13 22 (5.58%) Huawei
14 21 (5.33%) Riverbed
15 16 (4.06%) HP
16 13 (3.30%) Redback
17 12 (3.05%) Aerohive Networks
17 12 (3.05%) Ericsson
17 12 (3.05%) McAfee