The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for OPNET skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OPNET over the 3 months to 30 April 2017 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.

Riverbed OPNET
UK
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 594 647 614
Rank change year-on-year +53 -33  
Contract jobs citing OPNET 6 11 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.020% 0.043%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.13% 0.19% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 16
Median daily rate - £500 £436
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.61%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 £380
% change year-on-year - +31.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

OPNET is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4692 5726 4732
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.12% 10.24% 8.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3115 3625 2874
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 133 203
Median hourly rate £24.00 £22.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +8.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £48.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.19
% change year-on-year -15.55% +11.46%  

OPNET
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing OPNET as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for OPNET in the UK

OPNET
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for OPNET in the UK

OPNET
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for OPNET in the UK

OPNET
Top 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OPNET within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +51 6 - -
West Yorkshire +30 6 - -
Yorkshire +26 6 - -
Leeds +23 6 - -

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OPNET also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for OPNET.

1 14 (100.00%) Cisco
1 14 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
1 14 (100.00%) Data Centre
2 12 (85.71%) Firewall
2 12 (85.71%) Blue Coat
3 8 (57.14%) Wireless
3 8 (57.14%) BGP
3 8 (57.14%) LAN
3 8 (57.14%) WAN
3 8 (57.14%) VPN
3 8 (57.14%) Cisco Wireless
3 8 (57.14%) Riverbed
3 8 (57.14%) SolarWinds
3 8 (57.14%) Cisco IOS
3 8 (57.14%) Change Management
3 8 (57.14%) Network Management
4 6 (42.86%) F5
4 6 (42.86%) Splunk
4 6 (42.86%) Process Improvement
4 6 (42.86%) Cisco CUCM
4 6 (42.86%) DMVPN
4 6 (42.86%) NetScaler
4 6 (42.86%) Cisco Nexus
4 6 (42.86%) TippingPoint
4 6 (42.86%) DataPower
4 6 (42.86%) Palo Alto
4 6 (42.86%) FortiGate
4 6 (42.86%) HP UCMDB
4 6 (42.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 6 (42.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM

OPNET
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:

Applications
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (42.86%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 14 (100.00%) Cisco ASA
2 12 (85.71%) Firewall
3 8 (57.14%) BGP
3 8 (57.14%) Cisco IOS
3 8 (57.14%) Cisco Wireless
3 8 (57.14%) LAN
3 8 (57.14%) VPN
3 8 (57.14%) WAN
3 8 (57.14%) Wireless
4 6 (42.86%) Cisco Nexus
4 6 (42.86%) DMVPN
4 6 (42.86%) EIGRP
4 6 (42.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 6 (42.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 6 (42.86%) IOS XR
4 6 (42.86%) NetScaler
4 6 (42.86%) WLAN
5 2 (14.29%) IPsec
5 2 (14.29%) SSL
5 2 (14.29%) VRRP
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Cisco Engineer
1 6 (42.86%) Cisco Network Engineer
1 6 (42.86%) Network Engineer
1 6 (42.86%) Senior Network Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Cisco Design Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Implementation Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Migration Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 14 (100.00%) Data Centre
2 6 (42.86%) CMDB
2 6 (42.86%) DataPower
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (57.14%) Change Management
1 8 (57.14%) Network Management
2 6 (42.86%) Load Balancing
2 6 (42.86%) Process Improvement
2 6 (42.86%) Project Management
3 3 (21.43%) Migration
4 2 (14.29%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 6 (42.86%) CCNP
1 6 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 6 (42.86%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 6 (42.86%) Cisco CUCM
1 6 (42.86%) FortiGate
1 6 (42.86%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 14 (100.00%) Cisco
2 12 (85.71%) Blue Coat
3 8 (57.14%) Riverbed
3 8 (57.14%) SolarWinds
4 6 (42.86%) Arista
4 6 (42.86%) BMC
4 6 (42.86%) CheckPoint
4 6 (42.86%) Citrix
4 6 (42.86%) F5
4 6 (42.86%) Fortinet
4 6 (42.86%) HP
4 6 (42.86%) IBM
4 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
4 6 (42.86%) Motorola
4 6 (42.86%) Palo Alto
4 6 (42.86%) Splunk
4 6 (42.86%) TippingPoint
5 1 (7.14%) Aruba