Period
to 28 March 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for BGP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited BGP over the 6 months to 28 March 2020 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.

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
UK
6 months to
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 330 370 504
Rank change year-on-year +40 +134 -83
Contract jobs citing BGP 446 662 427
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.68% 0.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.19% 5.43% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 479 258
Median daily rate £425 £415 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% -1.78% +5.63%
10th Percentile £255 £300 £270
90th Percentile £589 £550 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +15.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 24 8
Median hourly rate £43.50 £45.00 £41.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +9.20% +38.27%
10th Percentile £19.03 £19.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £66.81 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £41.21
% change year-on-year -5.56% +9.20% +61.26%

BGP 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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 8,593 12,199 13,351
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.62% 12.61% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,055 7,449 8,223
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 562 721
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.06 £19.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.62% -5.12% -13.50%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.86 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.02
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.28% -11.56%

BGP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing BGP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing BGP.

Daily rate trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing BGP over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing BGP.

Hourly rate trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing BGP over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for BGP in the UK

BGP
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing BGP within the UK over the 6 months to 28 March 2020. 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
England +48 410 £425 - 136
UK excluding London +69 309 £425 +6.25% 95
London +18 129 £425 -5.56% 49
South East +105 112 £425 +15.65% 29
North of England +64 75 £325 -13.33% 25
Midlands +94 65 £500 +17.99% 16
West Midlands +86 54 £500 +20.48% 14
North West +57 37 £285 -24.00% 12
Yorkshire +50 35 £400 -6.00% 12
Scotland +26 28 £450 +33.33% 8
Work from Home +25 17 £431 +32.69% 7
South West -14 17 £375 -7.41% 10
East of England +6 11 £415 -2.35% 7
East Midlands +32 10 £425 - 1
North East +10 3 £300 +6.67% 1
Wales +18 1 £350 -17.65%

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, IT contractor jobs citing BGP 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 with a requirement for BGP.

1 379 (84.98%) Cisco
2 326 (73.09%) OSPF
3 260 (58.30%) Firewall
4 256 (57.40%) Cisco Certification
5 241 (54.04%) MPLS
6 212 (47.53%) WAN
7 210 (47.09%) CCNP
8 193 (43.27%) LAN
9 183 (41.03%) VPN
10 172 (38.57%) Juniper
11 151 (33.86%) Cisco Nexus
12 128 (28.70%) Security Cleared
13 125 (28.03%) EIGRP
13 125 (28.03%) TCP/IP
14 103 (23.09%) Data Centre
15 100 (22.42%) CCNA
16 97 (21.75%) Cisco ASA
17 92 (20.63%) Wireless
18 90 (20.18%) IPsec
19 87 (19.51%) Palo Alto
20 82 (18.39%) Network Design
21 81 (18.16%) F5
22 79 (17.71%) CCIE
23 78 (17.49%) CheckPoint
23 78 (17.49%) Network Security
24 76 (17.04%) Cisco IOS
25 74 (16.59%) DNS
26 73 (16.37%) Python
27 70 (15.70%) SC Cleared
28 64 (14.35%) ITIL

BGP
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 20 (4.48%) OpenStack
2 10 (2.24%) Confluence
3 9 (2.02%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.57%) Skype for Business
5 3 (0.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 15 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.02%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.45%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.22%) assyst
2 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 38 (8.52%) AWS
2 29 (6.50%) Azure
3 10 (2.24%) Cloud Computing
3 10 (2.24%) IaaS
4 9 (2.02%) SaaS
5 7 (1.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 7 (1.57%) GCP
5 7 (1.57%) OneDrive
6 6 (1.35%) GitHub
6 6 (1.35%) PaaS
6 6 (1.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.67%) Office 365
8 2 (0.45%) Akamai
9 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.22%) G Suite
9 1 (0.22%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 326 (73.09%) OSPF
2 260 (58.30%) Firewall
3 241 (54.04%) MPLS
4 212 (47.53%) WAN
5 193 (43.27%) LAN
6 183 (41.03%) VPN
7 151 (33.86%) Cisco Nexus
8 125 (28.03%) EIGRP
8 125 (28.03%) TCP/IP
9 97 (21.75%) Cisco ASA
10 92 (20.63%) Wireless
11 90 (20.18%) IPsec
12 78 (17.49%) Network Security
13 76 (17.04%) Cisco IOS
14 74 (16.59%) DNS
15 64 (14.35%) Internet
16 63 (14.13%) Multicast
17 59 (13.23%) Cisco ISE
18 56 (12.56%) SNMP
19 50 (11.21%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.45%) DB2
2 1 (0.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.22%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 22 (4.93%) Sonatype Nexus
2 15 (3.36%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 3 (0.67%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.67%) JIRA
5 2 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.45%) GitLab
6 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.22%) Subversion
General
1 54 (12.11%) Telecoms
2 42 (9.42%) Finance
3 28 (6.28%) Banking
4 27 (6.05%) Public Sector
5 18 (4.04%) Front Office
6 16 (3.59%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.57%) French Language
8 6 (1.35%) German Language
9 5 (1.12%) Back Office
9 5 (1.12%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.45%) Electronics
10 2 (0.45%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.45%) Marketing
10 2 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.45%) Publishing
10 2 (0.45%) Retail
11 1 (0.22%) Law
11 1 (0.22%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Norwegian Language
11 1 (0.22%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 305 (68.39%) Network Engineer
2 48 (10.76%) Cisco Engineer
3 46 (10.31%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 39 (8.74%) Architect
4 39 (8.74%) Senior Network Engineer
5 30 (6.73%) Network Architect
6 24 (5.38%) Security Engineer
7 21 (4.71%) IP Engineer
7 21 (4.71%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 20 (4.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 19 (4.26%) IP Network Engineer
9 19 (4.26%) Network Security Engineer
10 18 (4.04%) Design Engineer
10 18 (4.04%) Juniper Engineer
11 17 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 16 (3.59%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
12 16 (3.59%) Support Engineer
13 15 (3.36%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
13 15 (3.36%) Network Design Engineer
13 15 (3.36%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (8.97%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.57%) Web Services
3 5 (1.12%) Jinja
3 5 (1.12%) JSON
3 5 (1.12%) Middleware
3 5 (1.12%) ModSecurity
3 5 (1.12%) REST
4 4 (0.90%) XML
5 3 (0.67%) Ajax
5 3 (0.67%) SOAP
5 3 (0.67%) YAML
6 2 (0.45%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.45%) gRPC
6 2 (0.45%) RESTful
6 2 (0.45%) Swagger
7 1 (0.22%) HTML
7 1 (0.22%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 103 (23.09%) Data Centre
2 22 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 10 (2.24%) PKI
4 10 (2.24%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.12%) User Experience
5 5 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (0.90%) Replication
7 3 (0.67%) CMDB
7 3 (0.67%) Public Cloud
7 3 (0.67%) Social Media
7 3 (0.67%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.45%) CESG
8 2 (0.45%) Cyber Defence
8 2 (0.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (0.45%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.45%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.45%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 52 (11.66%) Linux
2 35 (7.85%) Windows
3 20 (4.48%) Unix
4 17 (3.81%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.02%) Check Point GAiA
6 6 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.90%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (0.67%) CentOS
8 3 (0.67%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.45%) CatOS
9 2 (0.45%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.45%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.22%) Android
10 1 (0.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (18.39%) Network Design
2 64 (14.35%) ITIL
3 55 (12.33%) Change Management
4 48 (10.76%) Migration
5 36 (8.07%) Load Balancing
5 36 (8.07%) Network Management
6 34 (7.62%) Service Delivery
7 33 (7.40%) DevOps
8 30 (6.73%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
9 29 (6.50%) Project Delivery
10 28 (6.28%) Network Monitoring
11 25 (5.61%) Network Architecture
11 25 (5.61%) Project Management
12 24 (5.38%) Configuration Management
13 23 (5.16%) Incident Management
13 23 (5.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 23 (5.16%) Validation
14 20 (4.48%) Cryptography
14 20 (4.48%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 73 (16.37%) Python
2 20 (4.48%) Perl
3 12 (2.69%) Shell Script
4 9 (2.02%) PowerShell
5 7 (1.57%) C
5 7 (1.57%) SQL
6 5 (1.12%) Bash Shell
7 4 (0.90%) PHP
8 3 (0.67%) Java
8 3 (0.67%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.45%) C#
9 2 (0.45%) Go
10 1 (0.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 256 (57.40%) Cisco Certification
2 210 (47.09%) CCNP
3 128 (28.70%) Security Cleared
4 100 (22.42%) CCNA
5 79 (17.71%) CCIE
6 70 (15.70%) SC Cleared
7 50 (11.21%) DV Cleared
8 43 (9.64%) CCDP
9 27 (6.05%) CCDA
10 24 (5.38%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 24 (5.38%) Degree
11 20 (4.48%) BC Cleared
11 20 (4.48%) BPSS Clearance
12 18 (4.04%) CCIP
13 10 (2.24%) CCIE Service Provider
13 10 (2.24%) JNCIS
14 9 (2.02%) CCIE Collaboration
14 9 (2.02%) JNCIE
15 8 (1.79%) JNCIP
16 7 (1.57%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.69%) SLA
2 6 (1.35%) QA
2 6 (1.35%) RMADS
3 3 (0.67%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.45%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.45%) PMO
System Software
1 26 (5.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (4.48%) VMware NSX
3 14 (3.14%) Active Directory
4 11 (2.47%) vSphere
5 10 (2.24%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (2.02%) XenDesktop
7 7 (1.57%) BitLocker
7 7 (1.57%) Docker
8 4 (0.90%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.67%) Firmware
9 3 (0.67%) vCloud
10 2 (0.45%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 31 (6.95%) FortiGate
2 27 (6.05%) Ansible
3 24 (5.38%) Cisco Prime
4 22 (4.93%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (4.93%) Puppet
5 17 (3.81%) Nagios
5 17 (3.81%) Statseeker
5 17 (3.81%) ZABBIX
6 15 (3.36%) Cacti
6 15 (3.36%) NetMRI
7 10 (2.24%) vCenter Server
8 7 (1.57%) Kubernetes
8 7 (1.57%) SCCM
8 7 (1.57%) SCOM
9 5 (1.12%) Endace
9 5 (1.12%) Opsview
9 5 (1.12%) Terraform
10 3 (0.67%) Amdocs OSS
11 2 (0.45%) Forum Sentry
11 2 (0.45%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 379 (84.98%) Cisco
2 172 (38.57%) Juniper
3 87 (19.51%) Palo Alto
4 81 (18.16%) F5
5 78 (17.49%) CheckPoint
6 53 (11.88%) VMware
7 52 (11.66%) SolarWinds
8 33 (7.40%) Microsoft
9 31 (6.95%) Fortinet
10 30 (6.73%) Huawei
11 29 (6.50%) Dell
12 26 (5.83%) Splunk
13 23 (5.16%) Aruba
13 23 (5.16%) Citrix
14 21 (4.71%) NetScout
15 19 (4.26%) Brocade
16 18 (4.04%) Blue Coat
17 17 (3.81%) Nokia
17 17 (3.81%) Solarflare
18 16 (3.59%) Oracle