Period
to 19 October 2018

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 19 October 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.

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 423 486 450
Rank change year-on-year +63 -36 -74
Contract jobs citing BGP 555 443 543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.45% 0.51%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.09% 3.27% 3.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 247 317
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +10.67% -
10th Percentile £306 £263 £270
90th Percentile £538 £538 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £403 £363
% change year-on-year +2.98% +11.17% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 10 14
UK median hourly rate £43.71 £32.75 £46.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.46% -30.19% +3.30%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £29.45
90th Percentile £56.29 £67.33 £52.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.71 £33.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year -6.94% -31.01% -

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 13,568 13,529 16,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.61% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,164 8,258 10,017
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £218
90th Percentile £606 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 668 722 828
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.13 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.65% -18.62% +17.50%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.26 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -22.00% +25.00%

BGP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing BGP.

Contractor daily rate trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing BGP over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing BGP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for BGP in the UK

BGP
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing BGP over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for BGP in the UK

BGP
Top 15 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 19 October 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
England +53 520 £425 - 156
UK excluding London +33 292 £415 +2.98% 107
London +51 255 £425 - 55
South East -13 107 £425 -2.91% 21
North of England -7 63 £400 -6.98% 31
South West +4 41 £400 -11.11% 9
East of England +20 32 £415 +2.98% 11
North West -19 27 £425 -2.86% 15
Scotland -27 27 £375 - 4
Midlands -1 23 £425 -17.11% 29
West Midlands -8 22 £425 +2.41% 23
North East +20 19 £300 -23.81% 5
Yorkshire -12 17 £417 -3.02% 11
East Midlands -2 1 - - 6
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, 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.

1 460 (82.88%) Cisco
2 420 (75.68%) OSPF
3 362 (65.23%) Firewall
4 332 (59.82%) Cisco Certification
5 271 (48.83%) CCNP
6 255 (45.95%) MPLS
7 240 (43.24%) WAN
8 198 (35.68%) VPN
9 197 (35.50%) LAN
10 180 (32.43%) Data Centre
11 173 (31.17%) Juniper
12 168 (30.27%) Cisco ASA
13 163 (29.37%) Wireless
14 160 (28.83%) Cisco Nexus
15 157 (28.29%) EIGRP
16 156 (28.11%) CheckPoint
17 141 (25.41%) TCP/IP
18 134 (24.14%) F5
19 116 (20.90%) DNS
20 111 (20.00%) CCIE
21 106 (19.10%) VLAN
22 99 (17.84%) CCNA
23 98 (17.66%) Network Security
24 93 (16.76%) ITIL
25 88 (15.86%) Finance
25 88 (15.86%) Security Cleared
26 86 (15.50%) IPsec
27 84 (15.14%) VMware
28 81 (14.59%) Network Design
29 79 (14.23%) 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 18 (3.24%) OpenStack
2 9 (1.62%) Confluence
3 5 (0.90%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.36%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (3.06%) MS Visio
2 8 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 41 (7.39%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (5.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (2.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 9 (1.62%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (1.44%) IaaS
6 7 (1.26%) Office 365
6 7 (1.26%) PaaS
7 4 (0.72%) Akamai
7 4 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.72%) SaaS
8 2 (0.36%) GitHub
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.18%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 420 (75.68%) OSPF
2 362 (65.23%) Firewall
3 255 (45.95%) MPLS
4 240 (43.24%) WAN
5 198 (35.68%) VPN
6 197 (35.50%) LAN
7 168 (30.27%) Cisco ASA
8 163 (29.37%) Wireless
9 160 (28.83%) Cisco Nexus
10 157 (28.29%) EIGRP
11 141 (25.41%) TCP/IP
12 116 (20.90%) DNS
13 106 (19.10%) VLAN
14 98 (17.66%) Network Security
15 86 (15.50%) IPsec
16 72 (12.97%) Cisco IOS
16 72 (12.97%) DHCP
17 69 (12.43%) Multicast
18 67 (12.07%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 67 (12.07%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.72%) MySQL
2 3 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (0.54%) SQLite
3 2 (0.36%) Big Data
3 2 (0.36%) Redis
4 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (2.52%) JIRA
2 9 (1.62%) Git (software)
2 9 (1.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (0.90%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.54%) Robot Framework
6 2 (0.36%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 88 (15.86%) Finance
2 56 (10.09%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.50%) Banking
4 7 (1.26%) Multimedia
5 4 (0.72%) Investment Banking
5 4 (0.72%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.54%) German Language
6 3 (0.54%) Law
6 3 (0.54%) Retail
7 2 (0.36%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.18%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.18%) Electronics
8 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.18%) French Language
8 1 (0.18%) Games
8 1 (0.18%) Legal
Job Titles
1 332 (59.82%) Network Engineer
2 80 (14.41%) Cisco Engineer
3 74 (13.33%) Senior Network Engineer
4 56 (10.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 50 (9.01%) Network Security Engineer
5 50 (9.01%) Security Engineer
6 38 (6.85%) Architect
7 35 (6.31%) Analyst
8 32 (5.77%) Network Architect
9 31 (5.59%) Consultant
10 28 (5.05%) Network Analyst
11 27 (4.86%) Senior Cisco Engineer
12 22 (3.96%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 18 (3.24%) Network Consultant
14 16 (2.88%) Juniper Engineer
14 16 (2.88%) Network Support
14 16 (2.88%) Senior Network Security Engineer
14 16 (2.88%) Senior Security Engineer
14 16 (2.88%) WAN Engineer
15 15 (2.70%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (8.83%) 802.1X
2 8 (1.44%) CSS
2 8 (1.44%) XML
3 6 (1.08%) JSON
4 5 (0.90%) LDAP
4 5 (0.90%) Web Services
5 4 (0.72%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (0.72%) Spine.js
6 3 (0.54%) .NET
6 3 (0.54%) Kafka
6 3 (0.54%) REST
6 3 (0.54%) SOAP
6 3 (0.54%) XMPP
7 2 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.36%) SAML
7 2 (0.36%) XML-RPC
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.18%) HTML
8 1 (0.18%) Middleware
8 1 (0.18%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 180 (32.43%) Data Centre
2 45 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.68%) Self-Motivation
4 19 (3.42%) Computer Science
5 13 (2.34%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.62%) PKI
7 8 (1.44%) Driving Licence
7 8 (1.44%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (1.44%) Video Conferencing
8 7 (1.26%) Public Cloud
9 5 (0.90%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.90%) Thin Client
10 4 (0.72%) Blog
10 4 (0.72%) Fintech
10 4 (0.72%) Handset
11 3 (0.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 3 (0.54%) Private Cloud
12 2 (0.36%) Cyberthreat
12 2 (0.36%) Greenfield Project
12 2 (0.36%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.79%) Linux
2 53 (9.55%) Windows
3 28 (5.05%) Unix
4 17 (3.06%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (1.44%) Ubuntu
7 7 (1.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (1.08%) CentOS
8 6 (1.08%) Solaris
8 6 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.90%) Debian
10 3 (0.54%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.36%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.18%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (16.76%) ITIL
2 81 (14.59%) Network Design
3 66 (11.89%) Network Management
4 65 (11.71%) Load Balancing
5 52 (9.37%) Migration
6 51 (9.19%) Change Management
7 41 (7.39%) Network Monitoring
8 33 (5.95%) Project Management
9 32 (5.77%) Network Architecture
10 31 (5.59%) Network Virtualisation
11 30 (5.41%) Agile Software Development
11 30 (5.41%) Problem-Solving
12 29 (5.23%) High Availability
13 28 (5.05%) DevOps
14 27 (4.86%) Root Cause Analysis
15 26 (4.68%) Change Control
16 25 (4.50%) Incident Management
17 19 (3.42%) Capacity Planning
18 18 (3.24%) Performance Tuning
19 17 (3.06%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 63 (11.35%) Python
2 30 (5.41%) Bash Shell
3 22 (3.96%) Perl
4 15 (2.70%) PowerShell
5 12 (2.16%) C
6 9 (1.62%) Ruby
7 6 (1.08%) Java
8 5 (0.90%) PHP
9 4 (0.72%) SQL
9 4 (0.72%) Tcl
10 3 (0.54%) Bourne shell
11 2 (0.36%) AWK
11 2 (0.36%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.36%) XPath
12 1 (0.18%) C#
12 1 (0.18%) C++
12 1 (0.18%) R
12 1 (0.18%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.18%) VB
12 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 332 (59.82%) Cisco Certification
2 271 (48.83%) CCNP
3 111 (20.00%) CCIE
4 99 (17.84%) CCNA
5 88 (15.86%) Security Cleared
6 71 (12.79%) SC Cleared
7 37 (6.67%) Degree
8 33 (5.95%) CCDP
9 22 (3.96%) CCSE
10 21 (3.78%) DV Cleared
11 16 (2.88%) CCSA
12 15 (2.70%) JNCIS
13 14 (2.52%) Check Point Certification
13 14 (2.52%) CISSP
13 14 (2.52%) JNCIP
14 12 (2.16%) Computer Science Degree
15 11 (1.98%) BC Cleared
16 10 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (1.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 9 (1.62%) CCIE Routing and Switching
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.60%) QA
2 8 (1.44%) SLA
3 5 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.90%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.72%) COBIT
4 4 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.54%) Government Security Classifications
6 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.36%) PMO
7 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.18%) GDPR
7 1 (0.18%) GPG13
7 1 (0.18%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 54 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 21 (3.78%) Active Directory
3 12 (2.16%) VMware NSX
4 11 (1.98%) Docker
4 11 (1.98%) ProxySG
5 8 (1.44%) Hyper-V
5 8 (1.44%) KVM
5 8 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (1.44%) vSphere
6 4 (0.72%) NFS
7 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.36%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.18%) Ceph
8 1 (0.18%) Firmware
8 1 (0.18%) FreeRADIUS
8 1 (0.18%) iptables
8 1 (0.18%) pfSense
8 1 (0.18%) Snort
Systems Management
1 28 (5.05%) Cisco Prime
2 24 (4.32%) Ansible
3 23 (4.14%) FortiGate
4 17 (3.06%) Nagios
5 15 (2.70%) Cacti
5 15 (2.70%) vCenter Server
6 12 (2.16%) Cisco UCCX
7 10 (1.80%) SolarWinds Orion
8 9 (1.62%) CA Spectrum
8 9 (1.62%) Cisco CUCM
9 8 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (1.44%) Puppet
10 6 (1.08%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 6 (1.08%) CSIRT
10 6 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.90%) Grafana
11 5 (0.90%) Opsview
11 5 (0.90%) QRadar
11 5 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.90%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 460 (82.88%) Cisco
2 173 (31.17%) Juniper
3 156 (28.11%) CheckPoint
4 134 (24.14%) F5
5 84 (15.14%) VMware
6 79 (14.23%) Palo Alto
7 63 (11.35%) Fortinet
7 63 (11.35%) SolarWinds
8 42 (7.57%) Blue Coat
9 39 (7.03%) Arista
10 35 (6.31%) Aruba
11 34 (6.13%) Microsoft
12 29 (5.23%) Infoblox
12 29 (5.23%) Meraki
13 28 (5.05%) HP
14 26 (4.68%) Riverbed
15 24 (4.32%) McAfee
16 21 (3.78%) Citrix
17 17 (3.06%) Extreme Networks
17 17 (3.06%) Forcepoint