Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 356 461 401
Rank change year-on-year +105 -60 -8
Contract jobs citing OSPF 340 188 282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.61% 0.35% 0.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.22% 2.29% 3.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 109 154
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -3.33% -
10th Percentile £269 £255 £263
90th Percentile £499 £490 £534
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £395
% change year-on-year +10.00% -5.06% -1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £13.50 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +233.33% -67.66% -7.22%
10th Percentile £18.50 £12.75 £13.20
90th Percentile £62.95 £43.38 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £26.75 £41.75
% change year-on-year +71.96% -35.93% -2.91%

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 8,064 8,199 9,193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.53% 15.30% 16.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,478 4,744 5,382
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
10th Percentile £198 £163 £205
90th Percentile £550 £545 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 545 614
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £24.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% -21.08% +17.44%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.86 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.56% +7.31%

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 15 December 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 15 December 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 15 December 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 +18 114 £400 +2.83% 31
North of England +57 89 £413 -0.60% 19
South West +8 50 £388 -3.13% 16
Yorkshire +25 39 £425 +21.43% 7
Midlands +2 36 £423 +1.81% 13
East of England 0 30 £375 +17.19% 10
North West +8 29 £405 -4.71% 8
West Midlands -7 25 £425 +1.19% 9
Scotland -4 22 £375 +3.45% 1
North East - 21 £300 - 4
East Midlands +8 11 £386 -3.44% 4
Wales -30 4 £375 +7.14% 3
OSPF
UK

For the 6 months to 15 December 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.

1 293 (86.18%) BGP
2 283 (83.24%) Cisco
3 227 (66.76%) Firewall
4 205 (60.29%) Cisco Certification
5 186 (54.71%) CCNP
6 169 (49.71%) WAN
7 156 (45.88%) LAN
8 143 (42.06%) MPLS
9 126 (37.06%) CheckPoint
9 126 (37.06%) Cisco ASA
10 125 (36.76%) VPN
11 114 (33.53%) Wireless
12 104 (30.59%) Cisco Nexus
13 100 (29.41%) F5
13 100 (29.41%) Data Centre
14 94 (27.65%) TCP/IP
15 87 (25.59%) Juniper
16 86 (25.29%) EIGRP
17 83 (24.41%) Security Cleared
18 75 (22.06%) CCNA
19 68 (20.00%) SC Cleared
20 64 (18.82%) DNS
20 64 (18.82%) IPsec
21 58 (17.06%) Load Balancing
22 55 (16.18%) Network Security
23 54 (15.88%) ITIL
24 52 (15.29%) VoIP
25 51 (15.00%) Network Design
25 51 (15.00%) Palo Alto
26 48 (14.12%) VLAN

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 14 (4.12%) Skype for Business
2 7 (2.06%) OpenStack
3 6 (1.76%) Confluence
Applications
1 16 (4.71%) MS Visio
2 14 (4.12%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (2.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 30 (8.82%) Amazon AWS
1 30 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (2.65%) Office 365
3 8 (2.35%) PaaS
4 7 (2.06%) IaaS
4 7 (2.06%) SaaS
5 3 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.59%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 293 (86.18%) BGP
2 227 (66.76%) Firewall
3 169 (49.71%) WAN
4 156 (45.88%) LAN
5 143 (42.06%) MPLS
6 126 (37.06%) Cisco ASA
7 125 (36.76%) VPN
8 114 (33.53%) Wireless
9 104 (30.59%) Cisco Nexus
10 94 (27.65%) TCP/IP
11 86 (25.29%) EIGRP
12 64 (18.82%) DNS
12 64 (18.82%) IPsec
13 55 (16.18%) Network Security
14 52 (15.29%) VoIP
15 48 (14.12%) VLAN
16 46 (13.53%) Cisco IOS
17 42 (12.35%) Multicast
18 41 (12.06%) Ethernet
19 40 (11.76%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.29%) Big Data
1 1 (0.29%) MySQL
1 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (2.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 6 (1.76%) JIRA
3 2 (0.59%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 46 (13.53%) Telecoms
2 31 (9.12%) Finance
3 7 (2.06%) Manufacturing
4 3 (0.88%) Electronics
4 3 (0.88%) Marketing
4 3 (0.88%) Spanish Language
5 2 (0.59%) Advertising
5 2 (0.59%) Law
5 2 (0.59%) Retail
6 1 (0.29%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 182 (53.53%) Network Engineer
2 34 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 32 (9.41%) Senior Network Engineer
4 29 (8.53%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 28 (8.24%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 27 (7.94%) Analyst
7 25 (7.35%) Architect
8 23 (6.76%) Network Architect
8 23 (6.76%) Security Engineer
9 21 (6.18%) Consultant
9 21 (6.18%) Network Analyst
9 21 (6.18%) Network Security Engineer
10 17 (5.00%) Network Consultant
11 15 (4.41%) Firewall Engineer
12 13 (3.82%) Designer
12 13 (3.82%) Network Designer
12 13 (3.82%) Network Specialist
13 10 (2.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 10 (2.94%) Technical Engineer
14 9 (2.65%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (8.82%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.47%) Spine.js
3 2 (0.59%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.29%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.29%) LDAP
4 1 (0.29%) SAML
4 1 (0.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 100 (29.41%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 15 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.65%) Mobile App
6 5 (1.47%) Client/Server
6 5 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.88%) Driving Licence
7 3 (0.88%) PKI
7 3 (0.88%) User Experience
8 2 (0.59%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (0.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (0.59%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.59%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.29%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.29%) CCTV
9 1 (0.29%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.29%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.29%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.29%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 38 (11.18%) Windows
2 31 (9.12%) Linux
3 10 (2.94%) Windows Server
3 10 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (1.76%) Solaris
4 6 (1.76%) Unix
5 5 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.47%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.59%) Check Point GAiA
6 2 (0.59%) zOS
7 1 (0.29%) CentOS
7 1 (0.29%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (17.06%) Load Balancing
2 54 (15.88%) ITIL
3 51 (15.00%) Network Design
4 43 (12.65%) Network Management
5 39 (11.47%) Network Monitoring
6 35 (10.29%) Migration
7 27 (7.94%) Project Management
8 25 (7.35%) Agile Software Development
9 24 (7.06%) Network Virtualisation
10 23 (6.76%) Network Architecture
11 21 (6.18%) Change Management
11 21 (6.18%) DevOps
12 18 (5.29%) Problem-Solving
13 17 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
14 15 (4.41%) Decision-Making
14 15 (4.41%) High Availability
14 15 (4.41%) ITIL V3
14 15 (4.41%) Kalman Filter
14 15 (4.41%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (4.41%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 20 (5.88%) Python
2 11 (3.24%) Bash Shell
2 11 (3.24%) Perl
3 6 (1.76%) Ruby
4 3 (0.88%) C
5 2 (0.59%) JCL
5 2 (0.59%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.59%) Tcl
6 1 (0.29%) R
6 1 (0.29%) VB
6 1 (0.29%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 205 (60.29%) Cisco Certification
2 186 (54.71%) CCNP
3 83 (24.41%) Security Cleared
4 75 (22.06%) CCNA
5 68 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 47 (13.82%) CCIE
7 24 (7.06%) Degree
8 19 (5.59%) DV Cleared
9 13 (3.82%) CCDP
9 13 (3.82%) CCSA
10 12 (3.53%) HP MASE
11 11 (3.24%) JNCIS
12 10 (2.94%) CCIP
12 10 (2.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (2.65%) BC Cleared
13 9 (2.65%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (2.06%) Check Point Certification
14 7 (2.06%) JNCIA
15 6 (1.76%) CCIE Security
15 6 (1.76%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.35%) SLA
2 7 (2.06%) QA
3 5 (1.47%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.18%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.59%) PMO
6 1 (0.29%) GPG13
6 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 24 (7.06%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (3.82%) FreeRADIUS
3 12 (3.53%) VMware NSX
4 10 (2.94%) ProxySG
5 8 (2.35%) Active Directory
6 5 (1.47%) Docker
6 5 (1.47%) KVM
7 3 (0.88%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.88%) NFS
7 3 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.59%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.29%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 20 (5.88%) Cisco Prime
2 13 (3.82%) FortiGate
3 12 (3.53%) vCenter Server
4 8 (2.35%) Stealthwatch
5 6 (1.76%) ArcSight ESM
5 6 (1.76%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 6 (1.76%) CSIRT
6 5 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (1.47%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (1.18%) CA Spectrum
7 4 (1.18%) Forum Sentry
7 4 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.88%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.59%) Cacti
9 2 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.59%) Nagios
9 2 (0.59%) Puppet
9 2 (0.59%) QRadar
9 2 (0.59%) SCCM
10 1 (0.29%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 283 (83.24%) Cisco
2 126 (37.06%) CheckPoint
3 100 (29.41%) F5
4 87 (25.59%) Juniper
5 51 (15.00%) Palo Alto
6 47 (13.82%) VMware
7 45 (13.24%) SolarWinds
8 28 (8.24%) Fortinet
8 28 (8.24%) HP
8 28 (8.24%) Microsoft
9 27 (7.94%) Aruba
10 26 (7.65%) Blue Coat
11 24 (7.06%) Brocade
12 18 (5.29%) Meraki
13 15 (4.41%) McAfee
14 14 (4.12%) Nortel
15 12 (3.53%) Forcepoint
16 10 (2.94%) Citrix
16 10 (2.94%) Infoblox
17 9 (2.65%) Huawei