Period
to 27 October 2021

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 27 October 2021 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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 463 356 379
Rank change year-on-year -107 +23 +58
Contract jobs citing BGP 410 185 540
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.57% 0.64%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.29% 4.35% 4.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 121 338
10th Percentile £350 £288 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £575 £480 £500
90th Percentile £600 £570 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 18
10th Percentile £20.25 £18.13 "
25th Percentile £21.19 £19.44 £16.25
Median hourly rate £34.10 £25.75 £43.71
Median % change year-on-year +32.41% -41.09% +0.01%
75th Percentile £48.62 £43.31 £47.83
90th Percentile £49.35 £50.50 £63.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.19 £20.00 £41.21
% change year-on-year +115.95% -51.47% +34.19%

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 9,563 4,255 11,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.22% 13.14% 13.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,181 2,684 6,949
10th Percentile £213 £210 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £587 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 192 602
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.25
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.44 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.25 £25.40
Median % change year-on-year -29.60% +23.03% +35.39%
75th Percentile £48.66 £45.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £64.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% +33.33% +21.62%

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 27 October 2021.

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 27 October 2021.

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 27 October 2021. 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 -107 319 £488 +8.33% 121
London -109 172 £525 +23.53% 52
UK excluding London -115 153 £450 - 79
Work from Home -145 112 £488 +8.33% 26
South East -58 54 £450 - 19
Scotland -63 24 £450 +50.00% 8
North of England -51 23 £475 +26.67% 25
South West -54 19 £450 -2.70% 4
East of England -45 14 £375 +4.17% 5
North West -44 13 £475 +26.67% 17
Midlands -97 13 £300 -36.84% 16
West Midlands -85 11 £415 -12.63% 6
Yorkshire - 10 - - 4
Channel Islands - 5 £550 -
East Midlands -31 2 £300 - 10
Wales - 1 £570 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, 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.

1 287 (70.00%) Cisco
2 260 (63.41%) Firewall
3 234 (57.07%) OSPF
4 206 (50.24%) MPLS
5 156 (38.05%) Cisco Certification
6 136 (33.17%) WAN
7 135 (32.93%) VPN
8 126 (30.73%) LAN
9 114 (27.80%) CCNP
9 114 (27.80%) Data Centre
10 105 (25.61%) Security Cleared
11 102 (24.88%) Network Security
12 91 (22.20%) Azure
13 89 (21.71%) Juniper
14 82 (20.00%) VLAN
15 81 (19.76%) Network Design
16 78 (19.02%) F5
16 78 (19.02%) SC Cleared
17 76 (18.54%) Social Skills
18 73 (17.80%) AWS
19 71 (17.32%) IPsec
20 70 (17.07%) EIGRP
21 68 (16.59%) Wireless
22 67 (16.34%) VMware
22 67 (16.34%) CheckPoint
23 66 (16.10%) CCIE
23 66 (16.10%) Python
24 64 (15.61%) Cisco Nexus
25 62 (15.12%) DNS
26 61 (14.88%) Palo Alto

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 16 (3.90%) Confluence
2 7 (1.71%) OpenStack
3 5 (1.22%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 28 (6.83%) MS Visio
2 14 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.98%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 12 (2.93%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 91 (22.20%) Azure
2 73 (17.80%) AWS
3 26 (6.34%) GCP
4 19 (4.63%) Microsoft 365
5 17 (4.15%) Cloud Computing
6 15 (3.66%) Azure Sentinel
7 13 (3.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 12 (2.93%) PaaS
9 11 (2.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 9 (2.20%) IaaS
11 8 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (1.71%) AWS Direct Connect
12 7 (1.71%) IBM Cloud
12 7 (1.71%) SaaS
12 7 (1.71%) SoftLayer
13 5 (1.22%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (1.22%) OneDrive
14 4 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.98%) GitHub
15 3 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 260 (63.41%) Firewall
2 234 (57.07%) OSPF
3 206 (50.24%) MPLS
4 136 (33.17%) WAN
5 135 (32.93%) VPN
6 126 (30.73%) LAN
7 102 (24.88%) Network Security
8 82 (20.00%) VLAN
9 71 (17.32%) IPsec
10 70 (17.07%) EIGRP
11 68 (16.59%) Wireless
12 64 (15.61%) Cisco Nexus
13 62 (15.12%) DNS
14 53 (12.93%) SD-WAN
15 52 (12.68%) HSRP
16 51 (12.44%) DHCP
17 50 (12.20%) Cisco IOS
17 50 (12.20%) TCP/IP
18 47 (11.46%) Multicast
18 47 (11.46%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (1.95%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.49%) Informix
2 2 (0.49%) MongoDB
2 2 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (3.41%) Sonatype Nexus
2 9 (2.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 7 (1.71%) Git (software)
4 5 (1.22%) JIRA
5 3 (0.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.73%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.73%) Jenkins
General
1 76 (18.54%) Social Skills
2 42 (10.24%) Finance
3 31 (7.56%) Telecoms
4 18 (4.39%) Documentation Skills
4 18 (4.39%) Public Sector
5 14 (3.41%) Banking
6 10 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (2.20%) Organisational Skills
8 5 (1.22%) Military
8 5 (1.22%) Police
9 3 (0.73%) Influencing Skills
10 2 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.49%) French Language
10 2 (0.49%) German Language
10 2 (0.49%) Law
10 2 (0.49%) Legal
10 2 (0.49%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.49%) Presentation Skills
10 2 (0.49%) Retail
Job Titles
1 212 (51.71%) Network Engineer
2 70 (17.07%) Architect
3 51 (12.44%) Cisco Engineer
4 41 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
5 40 (9.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 36 (8.78%) Network Architect
7 35 (8.54%) IP Engineer
8 33 (8.05%) Security Engineer
9 31 (7.56%) Design Engineer
10 21 (5.12%) IP Design Engineer
10 21 (5.12%) IP Network Engineer
11 19 (4.63%) Network Design Engineer
12 15 (3.66%) Cisco Design Engineer
12 15 (3.66%) Cloud Engineer
13 14 (3.41%) Network Security Engineer
13 14 (3.41%) Senior Cisco Engineer
13 14 (3.41%) VMware Architect
14 13 (3.17%) Juniper Engineer
14 13 (3.17%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 13 (3.17%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.37%) 802.1X
2 14 (3.41%) Jinja
2 14 (3.41%) JSON
2 14 (3.41%) XML
3 9 (2.20%) Spine.js
4 8 (1.95%) NumPy
4 8 (1.95%) Pandas
4 8 (1.95%) PyTorch
5 7 (1.71%) Angular 2
5 7 (1.71%) AngularJS
5 7 (1.71%) ARM Templates
5 7 (1.71%) jQuery
5 7 (1.71%) Node.js
5 7 (1.71%) React
6 5 (1.22%) LDAP
7 3 (0.73%) Web Services
8 2 (0.49%) Middleware
9 1 (0.24%) Azure Blueprints
9 1 (0.24%) CSS
9 1 (0.24%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 114 (27.80%) Data Centre
2 24 (5.85%) Public Cloud
3 20 (4.88%) Hybrid Cloud
4 13 (3.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 13 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (2.68%) Cloud Native
6 10 (2.44%) Management Information System
6 10 (2.44%) PKI
7 8 (1.95%) Hedge funds
8 7 (1.71%) Equities
8 7 (1.71%) Fixed Income
9 5 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.49%) CCTV
10 2 (0.49%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.49%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.49%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.49%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 1 (0.24%) CMDB
11 1 (0.24%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 22 (5.37%) Linux
2 20 (4.88%) Windows
3 8 (1.95%) Apple iOS
3 8 (1.95%) Unix
4 7 (1.71%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.22%) Ubuntu
6 3 (0.73%) CentOS
7 1 (0.24%) CatOS
7 1 (0.24%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.24%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (19.76%) Network Design
2 55 (13.41%) Migration
3 44 (10.73%) Load Balancing
4 43 (10.49%) DevOps
5 40 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
6 34 (8.29%) Network Management
7 30 (7.32%) Network Architecture
8 29 (7.07%) Infrastructure as Code
8 29 (7.07%) ITIL
9 28 (6.83%) Network Virtualisation
10 25 (6.10%) Analytics
10 25 (6.10%) Change Management
10 25 (6.10%) Network Monitoring
10 25 (6.10%) Problem-Solving
11 21 (5.12%) Service Delivery
12 20 (4.88%) Service Management
13 19 (4.63%) Computer Science
13 19 (4.63%) Test Planning
14 15 (3.66%) Capacity Planning
14 15 (3.66%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 66 (16.10%) Python
2 19 (4.63%) PowerShell
3 12 (2.93%) C#
4 11 (2.68%) Java
5 9 (2.20%) Perl
6 8 (1.95%) C
7 7 (1.71%) C++
7 7 (1.71%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.22%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.98%) SQL
10 1 (0.24%) Go
10 1 (0.24%) Scala
Qualifications
1 156 (38.05%) Cisco Certification
2 114 (27.80%) CCNP
3 105 (25.61%) Security Cleared
4 78 (19.02%) SC Cleared
5 66 (16.10%) CCIE
6 40 (9.76%) CCNA
7 27 (6.59%) Degree
8 19 (4.63%) CCDP
9 16 (3.90%) CCIE Service Provider
10 12 (2.93%) JNCIP
11 9 (2.20%) JNCIS
12 8 (1.95%) CCIP
12 8 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
13 7 (1.71%) DV Cleared
14 6 (1.46%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 6 (1.46%) CCIE Security
14 6 (1.46%) CISSP
15 4 (0.98%) AWS Certification
15 4 (0.98%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.39%) SLA
2 6 (1.46%) QA
3 3 (0.73%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.24%) NIST
5 1 (0.24%) PMO
System Software
1 52 (12.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 36 (8.78%) VMware NSX
3 18 (4.39%) Active Directory
4 9 (2.20%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (1.46%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.46%) KVM
6 5 (1.22%) Docker
6 5 (1.22%) vSphere
7 4 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.49%) pfSense
9 1 (0.24%) Ceph
9 1 (0.24%) Firmware
9 1 (0.24%) GPFS
9 1 (0.24%) LXC
9 1 (0.24%) NFS
9 1 (0.24%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.24%) vCloud
9 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.24%) Xen
Systems Management
1 56 (13.66%) Ansible
2 43 (10.49%) Terraform
3 27 (6.59%) FortiGate
4 13 (3.17%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 10 (2.44%) vRealize
6 6 (1.46%) Cisco Prime
6 6 (1.46%) Nagios
6 6 (1.46%) StackStorm
7 5 (1.22%) Kubernetes
8 4 (0.98%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.98%) Puppet
8 4 (0.98%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.73%) Stealthwatch
10 2 (0.49%) Cisco CME
10 2 (0.49%) OPNET
10 2 (0.49%) Packer
10 2 (0.49%) QRadar
10 2 (0.49%) SCCM
10 2 (0.49%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.49%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 287 (70.00%) Cisco
2 89 (21.71%) Juniper
3 78 (19.02%) F5
4 67 (16.34%) CheckPoint
4 67 (16.34%) VMware
5 61 (14.88%) Palo Alto
6 59 (14.39%) Nokia
7 51 (12.44%) Fortinet
8 28 (6.83%) SolarWinds
9 23 (5.61%) Meraki
10 22 (5.37%) Microsoft
11 19 (4.63%) Arista
12 18 (4.39%) Aruba
13 16 (3.90%) Zscaler
14 15 (3.66%) Huawei
15 13 (3.17%) Extreme Networks
15 13 (3.17%) Oracle
16 12 (2.93%) Infoblox
17 11 (2.68%) McAfee
18 10 (2.44%) Citrix