Period
to 18 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 18 September 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 426 424 385
Rank change year-on-year -2 -39 -35
Contract jobs citing OSPF 246 213 322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.45% 0.41% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.11% 2.64% 3.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 124 173
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.19% +10.28% +3.57%
10th Percentile £269 £270 £269
90th Percentile £538 £500 £475
UK median daily rate £419 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +4.63% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 8 19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.71 £23.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.52% -51.91% +15.95%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £34.10
90th Percentile £47.00 £42.15 £49.15
UK median hourly rate £42.96 £32.50 £46.00
% change year-on-year +32.18% -29.35% +11.52%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,917 8,064 10,083
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.39% 15.55% 16.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,361 4,601 5,895
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £198 £180 £213
90th Percentile £550 £538 £535
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 557 582 663
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.75 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing OSPF as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing OSPF in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSPF in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSPF in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSPF in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK excluding London

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Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 September 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
South East -5 100 £425 +6.25% 24
North of England +4 59 £417 +7.61% 16
South West +2 30 £400 -11.11% 11
North West -22 27 £425 +8.28% 11
Scotland -20 24 £363 -3.33% 7
East of England +3 22 £373 -7.57% 5
Yorkshire -6 19 £413 +4.76% 5
North East +7 15 £433 +28.15%
Midlands -12 12 £425 +6.25% 17
West Midlands -18 10 £425 +9.68% 13
East Midlands -2 2 - - 4
Wales - 1 - - 2
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 18 September 2018, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 213 (86.59%) BGP
2 200 (81.30%) Cisco
3 154 (62.60%) Cisco Certification
4 152 (61.79%) Firewall
5 129 (52.44%) WAN
6 124 (50.41%) CCNP
7 118 (47.97%) LAN
8 107 (43.50%) MPLS
9 95 (38.62%) VPN
10 89 (36.18%) Cisco ASA
11 77 (31.30%) TCP/IP
12 76 (30.89%) Data Centre
13 75 (30.49%) Juniper
13 75 (30.49%) CheckPoint
14 72 (29.27%) DNS
15 66 (26.83%) CCNA
15 66 (26.83%) Cisco Nexus
16 65 (26.42%) EIGRP
17 60 (24.39%) Wireless
18 59 (23.98%) F5
19 55 (22.36%) Security Cleared
20 51 (20.73%) VLAN
21 48 (19.51%) SC Cleared
22 42 (17.07%) Network Design
22 42 (17.07%) IPsec
23 39 (15.85%) Load Balancing
24 38 (15.45%) Telecoms
25 37 (15.04%) Cisco IOS
25 37 (15.04%) Network Security
26 35 (14.23%) VMware

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 7 (2.85%) Skype for Business
2 6 (2.44%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.41%) Confluence
Applications
1 12 (4.88%) MS Visio
2 10 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.28%) Amazon AWS
1 13 (5.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.44%) Office 365
3 5 (2.03%) PaaS
4 4 (1.63%) Akamai
5 3 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.81%) IaaS
6 2 (0.81%) SaaS
7 1 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 213 (86.59%) BGP
2 152 (61.79%) Firewall
3 129 (52.44%) WAN
4 118 (47.97%) LAN
5 107 (43.50%) MPLS
6 95 (38.62%) VPN
7 89 (36.18%) Cisco ASA
8 77 (31.30%) TCP/IP
9 72 (29.27%) DNS
10 66 (26.83%) Cisco Nexus
11 65 (26.42%) EIGRP
12 60 (24.39%) Wireless
13 51 (20.73%) VLAN
14 42 (17.07%) IPsec
15 37 (15.04%) Cisco IOS
15 37 (15.04%) Network Security
16 35 (14.23%) DHCP
17 34 (13.82%) Ethernet
18 32 (13.01%) SNMP
18 32 (13.01%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.22%) MySQL
2 2 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (0.81%) SQLite
3 1 (0.41%) Big Data
3 1 (0.41%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.41%) Redis
3 1 (0.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (3.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (1.63%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.81%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.81%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.81%) Robot Framework
3 2 (0.81%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.41%) JIRA
General
1 38 (15.45%) Telecoms
2 20 (8.13%) Finance
3 4 (1.63%) Manufacturing
4 2 (0.81%) Retail
5 1 (0.41%) Law
5 1 (0.41%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 129 (52.44%) Network Engineer
2 29 (11.79%) Cisco Engineer
3 27 (10.98%) Analyst
4 23 (9.35%) Network Security Engineer
4 23 (9.35%) Security Engineer
5 22 (8.94%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 20 (8.13%) Architect
6 20 (8.13%) Network Analyst
7 19 (7.72%) Senior Network Engineer
8 18 (7.32%) Network Architect
9 16 (6.50%) Consultant
10 12 (4.88%) Network Consultant
11 10 (4.07%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 8 (3.25%) Firewall Engineer
12 8 (3.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 7 (2.85%) Cisco Security Engineer
13 7 (2.85%) Implementation Engineer
13 7 (2.85%) LAN Engineer
13 7 (2.85%) Security Analyst
13 7 (2.85%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.35%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.63%) LDAP
2 4 (1.63%) Spine.js
2 4 (1.63%) XML
3 3 (1.22%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (0.81%) HTML
4 2 (0.81%) SAML
4 2 (0.81%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.41%) JSON
5 1 (0.41%) Kafka
5 1 (0.41%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.41%) REST
5 1 (0.41%) SOAP
5 1 (0.41%) Web Services
5 1 (0.41%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 76 (30.89%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.07%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.44%) Computer Science
4 6 (2.44%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.03%) Driving Licence
5 5 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (2.03%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.22%) Private Cloud
7 2 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (0.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.81%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.81%) User Experience
8 1 (0.41%) Clustering
8 1 (0.41%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.41%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.41%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.41%) PKI
8 1 (0.41%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 31 (12.60%) Linux
2 28 (11.38%) Windows
3 15 (6.10%) Windows Server
4 8 (3.25%) Unix
5 6 (2.44%) Solaris
6 5 (2.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.03%) Ubuntu
7 4 (1.63%) Debian
8 3 (1.22%) CentOS
8 3 (1.22%) Check Point GAiA
9 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.81%) zOS
10 1 (0.41%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.41%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (17.07%) Network Design
2 39 (15.85%) Load Balancing
3 34 (13.82%) ITIL
4 29 (11.79%) Migration
4 29 (11.79%) Network Management
5 21 (8.54%) Project Management
6 19 (7.72%) Network Architecture
7 18 (7.32%) Change Management
8 16 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
8 16 (6.50%) DevOps
9 15 (6.10%) Network Monitoring
10 14 (5.69%) Problem-Solving
11 13 (5.28%) High Availability
11 13 (5.28%) Mentoring
11 13 (5.28%) Network Virtualisation
12 11 (4.47%) Performance Tuning
13 10 (4.07%) Capacity Planning
13 10 (4.07%) Decision-Making
13 10 (4.07%) Problem Management
13 10 (4.07%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 18 (7.32%) Python
2 11 (4.47%) Bash Shell
3 9 (3.66%) Perl
3 9 (3.66%) Ruby
4 4 (1.63%) PowerShell
5 3 (1.22%) C
6 2 (0.81%) Bourne shell
6 2 (0.81%) Java
6 2 (0.81%) JCL
6 2 (0.81%) PHP
7 1 (0.41%) Lisp
7 1 (0.41%) R
7 1 (0.41%) VB
7 1 (0.41%) VBScript
7 1 (0.41%) XPath
Qualifications
1 154 (62.60%) Cisco Certification
2 124 (50.41%) CCNP
3 66 (26.83%) CCNA
4 55 (22.36%) Security Cleared
5 48 (19.51%) SC Cleared
6 35 (14.23%) CCIE
7 21 (8.54%) Degree
8 17 (6.91%) CCDP
9 16 (6.50%) DV Cleared
10 13 (5.28%) JNCIS
11 11 (4.47%) BC Cleared
11 11 (4.47%) CCSA
12 10 (4.07%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (3.66%) HP MASE
14 8 (3.25%) CCSE
14 8 (3.25%) Check Point Certification
15 6 (2.44%) CCIE Security
15 6 (2.44%) CISSP
15 6 (2.44%) JNCIA
15 6 (2.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.66%) QA
2 6 (2.44%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.03%) SLA
4 3 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.41%) GCP
6 1 (0.41%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (9.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (5.28%) Active Directory
3 10 (4.07%) FreeRADIUS
3 10 (4.07%) VMware NSX
4 8 (3.25%) ProxySG
5 4 (1.63%) Docker
5 4 (1.63%) KVM
5 4 (1.63%) NFS
6 3 (1.22%) Snort
6 3 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.81%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.81%) vSphere
8 1 (0.41%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 14 (5.69%) FortiGate
2 9 (3.66%) vCenter Server
3 6 (2.44%) Ansible
3 6 (2.44%) Cisco Prime
3 6 (2.44%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 6 (2.44%) CSIRT
4 5 (2.03%) Cisco CUCM
4 5 (2.03%) Stealthwatch
5 4 (1.63%) Cacti
5 4 (1.63%) Cisco UCCX
5 4 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (1.63%) Puppet
6 3 (1.22%) Grafana
6 3 (1.22%) Prometheus
6 3 (1.22%) Salt
6 3 (1.22%) TrustSec
7 2 (0.81%) Graphite
7 2 (0.81%) Icinga
7 2 (0.81%) Kibana
7 2 (0.81%) QRadar
Vendors
1 200 (81.30%) Cisco
2 75 (30.49%) CheckPoint
2 75 (30.49%) Juniper
3 59 (23.98%) F5
4 35 (14.23%) VMware
5 26 (10.57%) Fortinet
6 25 (10.16%) SolarWinds
7 22 (8.94%) Brocade
7 22 (8.94%) Microsoft
8 21 (8.54%) Palo Alto
9 18 (7.32%) Blue Coat
10 17 (6.91%) Aruba
11 14 (5.69%) HP
11 14 (5.69%) Meraki
12 12 (4.88%) Forcepoint
12 12 (4.88%) Nortel
13 9 (3.66%) McAfee
14 8 (3.25%) Riverbed
15 7 (2.85%) Infoblox
15 7 (2.85%) Tufin