Period
to 4 December 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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 369 363 424
Rank change year-on-year -6 +61 +108
Contract jobs citing BGP 201 531 597
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.65% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.12% 4.74% 4.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 350 394
Median daily rate £425 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% -2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £250 £307
90th Percentile £571 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £416
% change year-on-year - +2.16% +6.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 22 17
Median hourly rate £31.50 £45.17 £44.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.26% +2.23% +142.08%
10th Percentile £17.00 £16.25 £17.60
90th Percentile £54.00 £57.05 £53.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £45.33 £22.00
% change year-on-year -43.75% +106.05% +20.55%

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 4,883 11,211 13,419
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.87% 13.65% 12.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,794 6,697 8,091
Median daily rate £435 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £211 £187 £200
90th Percentile £603 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 661 650
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +25.00% +6.95%
10th Percentile £15.00 £13.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £61.35 £53.00 £47.87
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year +55.56% +20.00% +3.94%

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 4 December 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 4 December 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for BGP in the UK

BGP
Top 13 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 4 December 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 +13 179 £430 +3.61% 83
UK excluding London +40 108 £425 - 61
London +66 76 £430 +6.17% 26
Work from Home -110 56 £430 +6.17% 12
South East +43 35 £430 +4.24% 11
South West +111 30 £463 +2.78% 8
Midlands +39 26 £431 -4.17% 14
West Midlands +32 25 £431 -4.17% 13
East of England +82 9 £375 -11.76% 1
Scotland +54 8 £388 +134.85% 1
North of England +40 1 £375 +11.94% 23
East Midlands +35 1 - - 1
North West +22 1 £375 +11.11% 14

For the 6 months to 4 December 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.

1 152 (75.62%) Cisco
2 139 (69.15%) OSPF
3 116 (57.71%) Firewall
3 116 (57.71%) Cisco Certification
4 92 (45.77%) MPLS
5 85 (42.29%) CCNP
6 72 (35.82%) Cisco Nexus
7 71 (35.32%) WAN
8 62 (30.85%) LAN
9 61 (30.35%) Juniper
9 61 (30.35%) EIGRP
10 59 (29.35%) VPN
11 57 (28.36%) Security Cleared
12 56 (27.86%) F5
13 49 (24.38%) Data Centre
14 44 (21.89%) Palo Alto
15 42 (20.90%) Cisco ASA
15 42 (20.90%) Network Security
16 41 (20.40%) SC Cleared
17 38 (18.91%) CheckPoint
18 37 (18.41%) DNS
19 36 (17.91%) CCIE
20 34 (16.92%) IPsec
21 33 (16.42%) Finance
21 33 (16.42%) CCNA
21 33 (16.42%) Python
22 32 (15.92%) TCP/IP
23 30 (14.93%) VMware
23 30 (14.93%) Network Design
24 28 (13.93%) Ansible

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 7 (3.48%) OpenStack
2 5 (2.49%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.50%) Confluence
3 1 (0.50%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (1.49%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.50%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 3 (1.49%) Unica
2 1 (0.50%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 14 (6.97%) AWS
2 11 (5.47%) Azure
3 8 (3.98%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (2.99%) OpenShift
5 2 (1.00%) SaaS
6 1 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (0.50%) Azure Stack
6 1 (0.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 139 (69.15%) OSPF
2 116 (57.71%) Firewall
3 92 (45.77%) MPLS
4 72 (35.82%) Cisco Nexus
5 71 (35.32%) WAN
6 62 (30.85%) LAN
7 61 (30.35%) EIGRP
8 59 (29.35%) VPN
9 42 (20.90%) Cisco ASA
9 42 (20.90%) Network Security
10 37 (18.41%) DNS
11 34 (16.92%) IPsec
12 32 (15.92%) TCP/IP
13 27 (13.43%) Wireless
14 25 (12.44%) DHCP
14 25 (12.44%) SNMP
15 24 (11.94%) VoIP
16 21 (10.45%) VLAN
17 20 (9.95%) DMVPN
18 18 (8.96%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.49%) Neo4j
1 5 (2.49%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.50%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 11 (5.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (3.48%) Git (software)
2 7 (3.48%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.49%) Burp Suite
3 5 (2.49%) JIRA
3 5 (2.49%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.50%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.50%) Gerrit
General
1 33 (16.42%) Finance
2 19 (9.45%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.98%) Public Sector
4 7 (3.48%) Legal
5 5 (2.49%) Banking
6 4 (1.99%) Electronics
7 3 (1.49%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.50%) Advertising
8 1 (0.50%) German Language
8 1 (0.50%) Law
8 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.50%) Marketing
8 1 (0.50%) Military
8 1 (0.50%) Police
8 1 (0.50%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 117 (58.21%) Network Engineer
2 22 (10.95%) Architect
3 20 (9.95%) Senior Network Engineer
4 17 (8.46%) Cisco Engineer
4 17 (8.46%) Network Architect
5 14 (6.97%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 13 (6.47%) Consultant
6 13 (6.47%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 11 (5.47%) Network Consultant
8 10 (4.98%) Security Engineer
9 9 (4.48%) Cloud Architect
9 9 (4.48%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 9 (4.48%) Network Security Engineer
10 8 (3.98%) IP Engineer
11 7 (3.48%) Cloud Engineer
11 7 (3.48%) Linux Engineer
12 6 (2.99%) Kubernetes Engineer
12 6 (2.99%) Network Security Architect
12 6 (2.99%) Security Architect
12 6 (2.99%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.97%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.49%) CORBA
2 5 (2.49%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (2.49%) Kafka
3 1 (0.50%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (0.50%) ModSecurity
3 1 (0.50%) Spine.js
3 1 (0.50%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 49 (24.38%) Data Centre
2 7 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.99%) Private Cloud
4 5 (2.49%) PKI
5 4 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.49%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.00%) IPTV
7 2 (1.00%) Over-the-Top Content
7 2 (1.00%) Video\Live Streaming
8 1 (0.50%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.50%) e-Health
8 1 (0.50%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.50%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.50%) Replication
8 1 (0.50%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.50%) User Experience
8 1 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 15 (7.46%) Linux
2 7 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (2.49%) Kali Linux
4 3 (1.49%) Check Point GAiA
5 2 (1.00%) Windows
6 1 (0.50%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (14.93%) Network Design
2 23 (11.44%) Change Management
3 21 (10.45%) Load Balancing
4 19 (9.45%) Migration
5 16 (7.96%) Network Monitoring
6 13 (6.47%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (5.47%) Capacity Planning
7 11 (5.47%) ITIL
7 11 (5.47%) Network Management
8 10 (4.98%) Cryptography
8 10 (4.98%) Problem-Solving
9 9 (4.48%) Network Virtualisation
10 8 (3.98%) Project Delivery
10 8 (3.98%) Project Management
10 8 (3.98%) Service Design
10 8 (3.98%) Validation
11 6 (2.99%) Information Security
11 6 (2.99%) Open Source
11 6 (2.99%) Problem Management
11 6 (2.99%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 33 (16.42%) Python
2 10 (4.98%) Perl
3 6 (2.99%) PHP
4 5 (2.49%) Java
4 5 (2.49%) PL/SQL
4 5 (2.49%) Shell Script
4 5 (2.49%) SQL
5 2 (1.00%) C
6 1 (0.50%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.50%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.50%) R
Qualifications
1 116 (57.71%) Cisco Certification
2 85 (42.29%) CCNP
3 57 (28.36%) Security Cleared
4 41 (20.40%) SC Cleared
5 36 (17.91%) CCIE
6 33 (16.42%) CCNA
7 19 (9.45%) DV Cleared
8 11 (5.47%) CCDP
9 7 (3.48%) CISSP
10 6 (2.99%) CCDA
10 6 (2.99%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 6 (2.99%) CCIP
10 6 (2.99%) Degree
11 5 (2.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 5 (2.49%) BC Cleared
11 5 (2.49%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (2.49%) CCSP
11 5 (2.49%) OSCP
11 5 (2.49%) SANS
12 4 (1.99%) CCDE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.49%) GDPR
1 5 (2.49%) NCSC
1 5 (2.49%) NIST
1 5 (2.49%) QA
2 3 (1.49%) SLA
3 2 (1.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (9.95%) VMware NSX
2 14 (6.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.99%) KVM
4 5 (2.49%) Hyper-V
4 5 (2.49%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.99%) Firmware
5 4 (1.99%) ProxySG
6 3 (1.49%) vSphere
7 1 (0.50%) Ceph
7 1 (0.50%) NFS
7 1 (0.50%) vCloud
7 1 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 28 (13.93%) Ansible
2 14 (6.97%) FortiGate
3 11 (5.47%) Kubernetes
4 10 (4.98%) Cisco Prime
5 7 (3.48%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (3.48%) Puppet
6 6 (2.99%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (2.99%) Salt
7 5 (2.49%) Nessus
7 5 (2.49%) Netcool
7 5 (2.49%) Terraform
8 3 (1.49%) Cisco UCCX
8 3 (1.49%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.00%) OPNET
10 1 (0.50%) CA Spectrum
10 1 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.50%) Grafana
10 1 (0.50%) ITRS Geneos
10 1 (0.50%) Nagios
10 1 (0.50%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 152 (75.62%) Cisco
2 61 (30.35%) Juniper
3 56 (27.86%) F5
4 44 (21.89%) Palo Alto
5 38 (18.91%) CheckPoint
6 30 (14.93%) VMware
7 24 (11.94%) SolarWinds
8 20 (9.95%) Fortinet
9 19 (9.45%) Arista
10 12 (5.97%) Meraki
11 10 (4.98%) Nokia
11 10 (4.98%) Splunk
12 9 (4.48%) Microsoft
12 9 (4.48%) Riverbed
13 8 (3.98%) Dell
13 8 (3.98%) HP
13 8 (3.98%) Infoblox
14 7 (3.48%) Blue Coat
14 7 (3.48%) Red Hat
15 6 (2.99%) Alcatel-Lucent