The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for OSPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OSPF over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 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)
England / North West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 124 151 116
Rank change year-on-year +27 -35  
Contract jobs citing OSPF 18 14 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.61% 0.37% 0.92%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.91% 2.44% 7.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 11
Median daily rate £365 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.30% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £235 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £379 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £365 £328
% change year-on-year +6.16% +11.45%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £47.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year -31.00% +59.43%  

OSPF is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 460 574 475
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 15.60% 15.30% 12.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 324 240
Median daily rate £375 £382 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.70% +17.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 24 44
Median hourly rate £19.50 £14.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.28% -20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing OSPF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in the North West

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing OSPF in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in the North West

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in the North West

OSPF
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +18 12 £375 +15.30% 6
Cheshire +25 5 £365 +12.30% 1
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
OSPF
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, 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 North West region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 21 (77.78%) Cisco
1 21 (77.78%) BGP
2 18 (66.67%) Firewall
3 13 (48.15%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (48.15%) VPN
4 12 (44.44%) CCNP
4 12 (44.44%) EIGRP
4 12 (44.44%) Load Balancing
5 11 (40.74%) WAN
5 11 (40.74%) LAN
6 10 (37.04%) VLAN
6 10 (37.04%) F5
6 10 (37.04%) Cisco Nexus
7 9 (33.33%) MPLS
8 8 (29.63%) Juniper
8 8 (29.63%) Wireless
9 7 (25.93%) Network Design
9 7 (25.93%) DNS
9 7 (25.93%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (25.93%) Data Centre
10 6 (22.22%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (22.22%) CCNA
11 5 (18.52%) VoIP
11 5 (18.52%) CheckPoint
11 5 (18.52%) Fortinet
11 5 (18.52%) IPsec
11 5 (18.52%) Network Architecture
11 5 (18.52%) Network Security
12 4 (14.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 4 (14.81%) F5 BIG-IP GTM

OSPF
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (77.78%) BGP
2 18 (66.67%) Firewall
3 13 (48.15%) VPN
4 12 (44.44%) EIGRP
5 11 (40.74%) LAN
5 11 (40.74%) WAN
6 10 (37.04%) Cisco Nexus
6 10 (37.04%) VLAN
7 9 (33.33%) MPLS
8 8 (29.63%) Wireless
9 7 (25.93%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (25.93%) DNS
10 6 (22.22%) Cisco IOS
11 5 (18.52%) IPsec
11 5 (18.52%) Network Security
11 5 (18.52%) VoIP
12 4 (14.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 4 (14.81%) IGRP
12 4 (14.81%) NetScreen
12 4 (14.81%) TCP/IP
General
1 2 (7.41%) Finance
2 1 (3.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 17 (62.96%) Network Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Architect
2 5 (18.52%) Network Security Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Security Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Network Architect
4 3 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Network Support
4 3 (11.11%) Network Support Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Network Security Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Security Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Technical Manager
6 1 (3.70%) Enterprise Architect
6 1 (3.70%) Field Engineer
6 1 (3.70%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 1 (3.70%) Network Design Engineer
6 1 (3.70%) Network Specialist
6 1 (3.70%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.70%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.93%) Data Centre
2 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.70%) Driving Licence
3 1 (3.70%) Life Science
3 1 (3.70%) Streaming Video
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (44.44%) Load Balancing
2 7 (25.93%) Network Design
3 5 (18.52%) Network Architecture
4 3 (11.11%) Change Management
4 3 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (11.11%) ITIL
4 3 (11.11%) Mentoring
5 1 (3.70%) Migration
5 1 (3.70%) Network Monitoring
5 1 (3.70%) Network Planning
5 1 (3.70%) Performance Tuning
Qualifications
1 13 (48.15%) Cisco Certification
2 12 (44.44%) CCNP
3 6 (22.22%) CCNA
4 4 (14.81%) CCIE
5 3 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (7.41%) JNCIP
7 1 (3.70%) Degree
7 1 (3.70%) JNCIA
7 1 (3.70%) JNCIS
Systems Management
1 1 (3.70%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (3.70%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 21 (77.78%) Cisco
2 10 (37.04%) F5
3 8 (29.63%) Juniper
4 5 (18.52%) CheckPoint
4 5 (18.52%) Fortinet
5 2 (7.41%) Ericsson
5 2 (7.41%) Huawei
5 2 (7.41%) ZyXEL
6 1 (3.70%) Brocade
6 1 (3.70%) Foundry
6 1 (3.70%) NETGEAR
6 1 (3.70%) SolarWinds