Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 469 392 378
Rank change year-on-year -77 -14 -28
Contract jobs citing OSPF 178 224 350
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.34% 0.45% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.36% 2.89% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 130 194
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £302 £265 £258
90th Percentile £548 £475 £475
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 11 26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £33.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.82% -31.01% +36.66%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £33.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £60.00 £51.88
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £33.00 £45.50
% change year-on-year +31.82% -27.47% +51.67%

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 7,553 7,744 10,204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.23% 15.70% 16.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,263 4,438 5,762
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.30% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £213
90th Percentile £550 £538 £531
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 549 598 615
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £27.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -29.76% +20.22%
10th Percentile £12.19 £10.99 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £47.80
UK median hourly rate £19.06 £19.90 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.22% -23.46% +20.93%

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 24 June 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 24 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK excluding London

OSPF
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 24 June 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 -43 92 £425 +7.94% 16
North of England -25 29 £438 +22.81% 28
East of England +12 22 £419 -1.47% 9
North West -25 21 £450 +28.57% 23
South West +7 18 £388 +4.73% 7
Scotland -45 14 £400 +15.11%
Yorkshire -19 7 £413 -2.94% 4
Midlands -34 6 £300 -7.69% 6
North East +5 4 £625 +85.19% 1
East Midlands -2 3 £300 +6.19% 2
West Midlands -32 3 £315 -8.36% 4
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 164 (92.13%) BGP
2 159 (89.33%) Cisco
3 118 (66.29%) Cisco Certification
4 115 (64.61%) Firewall
5 89 (50.00%) CCNP
6 84 (47.19%) VPN
7 83 (46.63%) Cisco ASA
8 78 (43.82%) Juniper
9 77 (43.26%) WAN
10 75 (42.13%) LAN
11 62 (34.83%) TCP/IP
11 62 (34.83%) Security Cleared
12 59 (33.15%) DNS
13 58 (32.58%) MPLS
14 57 (32.02%) Data Centre
15 51 (28.65%) Wireless
16 50 (28.09%) Cisco Nexus
17 49 (27.53%) SC Cleared
18 48 (26.97%) CCNA
19 47 (26.40%) VLAN
20 44 (24.72%) F5
21 43 (24.16%) VMware
21 43 (24.16%) EIGRP
22 41 (23.03%) IPsec
23 39 (21.91%) CheckPoint
24 38 (21.35%) VMware Infrastructure
25 36 (20.22%) DHCP
25 36 (20.22%) ITIL
26 35 (19.66%) Cisco IOS
27 31 (17.42%) CCDP

OSPF
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 3 (1.69%) OpenStack
1 3 (1.69%) Skype for Business
2 2 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (2.81%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (6.18%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (5.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.37%) PaaS
4 4 (2.25%) Google Cloud Platform
4 4 (2.25%) SaaS
4 4 (2.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 2 (1.12%) Akamai
6 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.56%) IaaS
6 1 (0.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 164 (92.13%) BGP
2 115 (64.61%) Firewall
3 84 (47.19%) VPN
4 83 (46.63%) Cisco ASA
5 77 (43.26%) WAN
6 75 (42.13%) LAN
7 62 (34.83%) TCP/IP
8 59 (33.15%) DNS
9 58 (32.58%) MPLS
10 51 (28.65%) Wireless
11 50 (28.09%) Cisco Nexus
12 47 (26.40%) VLAN
13 43 (24.16%) EIGRP
14 41 (23.03%) IPsec
15 36 (20.22%) DHCP
16 35 (19.66%) Cisco IOS
17 27 (15.17%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 24 (13.48%) HSRP
18 24 (13.48%) Network Security
19 22 (12.36%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.69%) MySQL
2 2 (1.12%) GIS
2 2 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (1.12%) SQLite
3 1 (0.56%) Big Data
3 1 (0.56%) Redis
Development Applications
1 10 (5.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (2.25%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.25%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (1.12%) Bugzilla
3 2 (1.12%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.12%) Robot Framework
4 1 (0.56%) JIRA
4 1 (0.56%) Metasploit
General
1 28 (15.73%) Telecoms
2 16 (8.99%) Finance
3 3 (1.69%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.69%) Retail
4 2 (1.12%) Banking
4 2 (1.12%) Games
5 1 (0.56%) Electronics
5 1 (0.56%) Law
Job Titles
1 77 (43.26%) Network Engineer
2 41 (23.03%) Architect
3 32 (17.98%) Network Architect
4 14 (7.87%) Network Security Engineer
4 14 (7.87%) Security Engineer
5 12 (6.74%) Cisco Engineer
6 10 (5.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 10 (5.62%) Senior Network Engineer
6 10 (5.62%) Solutions Architect
7 9 (5.06%) Analyst
8 8 (4.49%) Network Team Leader
8 8 (4.49%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 8 (4.49%) Team Leader
9 6 (3.37%) Consultant
10 5 (2.81%) Design Engineer
10 5 (2.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (2.81%) LAN Engineer
10 5 (2.81%) Network Analyst
10 5 (2.81%) Network Consultant
10 5 (2.81%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.06%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.25%) LDAP
2 4 (2.25%) XML
3 3 (1.69%) Core Data
3 3 (1.69%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.12%) HTML
4 2 (1.12%) RESTful
4 2 (1.12%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.56%) JSON
5 1 (0.56%) Kafka
5 1 (0.56%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.56%) REST
5 1 (0.56%) SAML
5 1 (0.56%) SOAP
5 1 (0.56%) Spine.js
5 1 (0.56%) Web Services
5 1 (0.56%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 57 (32.02%) Data Centre
2 18 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (3.93%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.93%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (3.37%) Private Cloud
5 4 (2.25%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.12%) Digital Signage
6 2 (1.12%) Digital TV
6 2 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.12%) MPEG
6 2 (1.12%) PKI
6 2 (1.12%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.12%) STB
6 2 (1.12%) User Experience
6 2 (1.12%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.12%) Video\Live Streaming
7 1 (0.56%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.56%) Life Science
7 1 (0.56%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 21 (11.80%) Windows
2 18 (10.11%) Linux
3 9 (5.06%) Windows Server
4 5 (2.81%) Unix
5 4 (2.25%) Check Point GAiA
5 4 (2.25%) Debian
5 4 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (2.25%) Ubuntu
5 4 (2.25%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.12%) CentOS
7 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.56%) Solaris
7 1 (0.56%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (20.22%) ITIL
2 26 (14.61%) Migration
2 26 (14.61%) Network Design
3 25 (14.04%) Network Virtualisation
4 24 (13.48%) Network Management
5 22 (12.36%) Change Management
6 21 (11.80%) Network Monitoring
7 18 (10.11%) Load Balancing
8 16 (8.99%) Network Architecture
8 16 (8.99%) Project Management
9 14 (7.87%) Virtual Environments
10 13 (7.30%) ITIL V3
10 13 (7.30%) Service Delivery
11 12 (6.74%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (6.18%) DevOps
12 11 (6.18%) Problem-Solving
13 10 (5.62%) Service Management
14 8 (4.49%) Mentoring
14 8 (4.49%) Presales
14 8 (4.49%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (7.87%) Python
2 4 (2.25%) Bash Shell
2 4 (2.25%) Ruby
3 3 (1.69%) Perl
3 3 (1.69%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.12%) Bourne shell
4 2 (1.12%) Java
4 2 (1.12%) PHP
5 1 (0.56%) Lisp
5 1 (0.56%) R
5 1 (0.56%) XPath
Qualifications
1 118 (66.29%) Cisco Certification
2 89 (50.00%) CCNP
3 62 (34.83%) Security Cleared
4 49 (27.53%) SC Cleared
5 48 (26.97%) CCNA
6 31 (17.42%) CCDP
7 27 (15.17%) DV Cleared
8 21 (11.80%) CCIE
8 21 (11.80%) JNCIS
9 17 (9.55%) Degree
10 8 (4.49%) CCSA
10 8 (4.49%) CISSP
11 7 (3.93%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (3.37%) BC Cleared
12 6 (3.37%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (3.37%) CCDA
12 6 (3.37%) CCSE
12 6 (3.37%) JNCIA
13 5 (2.81%) Chartered Engineer
13 5 (2.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.06%) SLA
2 6 (3.37%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.81%) QA
4 4 (2.25%) GCP
5 2 (1.12%) Data Quality
5 2 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 38 (21.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (12.92%) Active Directory
3 20 (11.24%) VMware NSX
4 5 (2.81%) ProxySG
5 3 (1.69%) Docker
5 3 (1.69%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.69%) NFS
5 3 (1.69%) Snort
5 3 (1.69%) VirtualBox
6 2 (1.12%) FreeRADIUS
6 2 (1.12%) KVM
6 2 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (1.12%) vSphere
7 1 (0.56%) Ceph
7 1 (0.56%) Firmware
7 1 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (5.62%) Ansible
2 6 (3.37%) FortiGate
3 5 (2.81%) Cacti
3 5 (2.81%) OVSD
4 4 (2.25%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.25%) Puppet
4 4 (2.25%) vCenter Server
5 3 (1.69%) Grafana
5 3 (1.69%) Prometheus
5 3 (1.69%) Salt
6 2 (1.12%) collectd
6 2 (1.12%) Graphite
6 2 (1.12%) Icinga
6 2 (1.12%) Kibana
6 2 (1.12%) logstash
6 2 (1.12%) Observium
6 2 (1.12%) OpenNMS
6 2 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.12%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 159 (89.33%) Cisco
2 78 (43.82%) Juniper
3 44 (24.72%) F5
4 43 (24.16%) VMware
5 39 (21.91%) CheckPoint
6 18 (10.11%) Brocade
6 18 (10.11%) Palo Alto
7 14 (7.87%) SolarWinds
8 13 (7.30%) Microsoft
9 11 (6.18%) Aruba
9 11 (6.18%) Blue Coat
9 11 (6.18%) Fortinet
9 11 (6.18%) HP
10 8 (4.49%) Meraki
11 7 (3.93%) Infoblox
11 7 (3.93%) ServiceNow
12 6 (3.37%) Riverbed
13 4 (2.25%) Nortel
13 4 (2.25%) Red Hat
14 3 (1.69%) Ericsson