Period
to 19 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for OSPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited OSPF over the 6 months to 19 February 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.

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
UK
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 561 437 459
Rank change year-on-year -124 +22 -113
Contract jobs citing OSPF 324 443 505
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.47% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.45% 3.15% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 279 314
UK median daily rate £383 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.38% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £260 £257 £256
90th Percentile £629 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £363
% change year-on-year -4.11% +0.69% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 16 25
UK median hourly rate £42.25 £30.00 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.83% -30.23% +43.33%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.63 £18.45
90th Percentile £48.04 £57.10 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.75 £21.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year +24.42% -50.00% +17.81%

OSPF 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 13,200 14,044 15,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.11% 14.86% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,151 8,548 8,837
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 694 747 824
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.04 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.43 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.52 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% -2.27% +1.95%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
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 OSPF within the UK over the 6 months to 19 February 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 -75 291 £400 - 111
UK excluding London -82 171 £350 -4.11% 86
London -62 145 £413 -4.35% 29
South East -33 79 £389 -2.75% 35
East of England -4 28 £350 - 9
Scotland -34 18 £350 -6.67% 2
North of England +12 17 £405 +20.00% 27
Midlands -31 15 £415 +14.88% 6
North West +1 12 £385 +14.07% 18
West Midlands -23 11 £420 +16.26% 3
South West +5 8 £275 -26.67% 5
Wales +4 8 £350 +40.00% 2
East Midlands +2 4 £300 +13.21% 3
Yorkshire -10 4 £438 +25.00% 9
North East +43 1 £625 +85.19%

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF 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 OSPF.

1 284 (87.65%) Cisco
2 283 (87.35%) BGP
3 199 (61.42%) Cisco Certification
4 192 (59.26%) Firewall
5 151 (46.60%) CCNP
6 144 (44.44%) MPLS
7 132 (40.74%) VPN
8 123 (37.96%) Juniper
8 123 (37.96%) Cisco Nexus
9 119 (36.73%) WAN
10 103 (31.79%) CheckPoint
11 101 (31.17%) Data Centre
12 99 (30.56%) LAN
13 89 (27.47%) Cisco ASA
14 88 (27.16%) EIGRP
15 85 (26.23%) DNS
16 81 (25.00%) TCP/IP
16 81 (25.00%) F5
17 77 (23.77%) Wireless
18 74 (22.84%) CCNA
19 71 (21.91%) Security Cleared
20 70 (21.60%) IPsec
21 65 (20.06%) CCIE
21 65 (20.06%) VLAN
22 59 (18.21%) SC Cleared
23 58 (17.90%) HSRP
24 56 (17.28%) DHCP
25 54 (16.67%) ITIL
25 54 (16.67%) Network Security
26 51 (15.74%) Network Architecture

OSPF
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 12 (3.70%) Skype for Business
2 8 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
2 8 (2.47%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 4 (1.23%) Drupal
3 4 (1.23%) WordPress
4 2 (0.62%) Confluence
Applications
1 23 (7.10%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 34 (10.49%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (9.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (3.09%) Google Cloud Platform
3 10 (3.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 5 (1.54%) IaaS
4 5 (1.54%) Office 365
5 4 (1.23%) PaaS
6 2 (0.62%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 283 (87.35%) BGP
2 192 (59.26%) Firewall
3 144 (44.44%) MPLS
4 132 (40.74%) VPN
5 123 (37.96%) Cisco Nexus
6 119 (36.73%) WAN
7 99 (30.56%) LAN
8 89 (27.47%) Cisco ASA
9 88 (27.16%) EIGRP
10 85 (26.23%) DNS
11 81 (25.00%) TCP/IP
12 77 (23.77%) Wireless
13 70 (21.60%) IPsec
14 65 (20.06%) VLAN
15 58 (17.90%) HSRP
16 56 (17.28%) DHCP
17 54 (16.67%) Network Security
18 46 (14.20%) Cisco IOS
19 39 (12.04%) Internet
20 38 (11.73%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.47%) SQL Server
1 8 (2.47%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.93%) MySQL
4 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 17 (5.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 11 (3.40%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (0.93%) Bugzilla
4 2 (0.62%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.62%) JIRA
4 2 (0.62%) Metasploit
General
1 48 (14.81%) Finance
2 30 (9.26%) Telecoms
3 16 (4.94%) Banking
4 5 (1.54%) Multimedia
4 5 (1.54%) Retail
5 3 (0.93%) Financial Institution
5 3 (0.93%) Games
5 3 (0.93%) Law
5 3 (0.93%) Legal
5 3 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.62%) Advertising
6 2 (0.62%) Electronics
6 2 (0.62%) Military
7 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.31%) Marketing
7 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 195 (60.19%) Network Engineer
2 61 (18.83%) Architect
3 48 (14.81%) Cisco Engineer
4 47 (14.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 38 (11.73%) Network Architect
6 29 (8.95%) Security Engineer
7 25 (7.72%) Network Security Engineer
8 24 (7.41%) Senior Network Engineer
9 22 (6.79%) Analyst
10 12 (3.70%) Network Support
10 12 (3.70%) Security Architect
11 11 (3.40%) Network Analyst
12 10 (3.09%) Team Leader
13 9 (2.78%) Designer
13 9 (2.78%) Infrastructure Architect
13 9 (2.78%) Network Support Engineer
13 9 (2.78%) Network Team Leader
13 9 (2.78%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 9 (2.78%) Support Engineer
14 8 (2.47%) Cisco Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (6.48%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.23%) .NET
2 4 (1.23%) Web Services
3 3 (0.93%) Core Data
3 3 (0.93%) Rendezvous
3 3 (0.93%) Silverlight
4 2 (0.62%) CGI
4 2 (0.62%) LDAP
5 1 (0.31%) CSS
5 1 (0.31%) HTML
5 1 (0.31%) RESTful
5 1 (0.31%) XML
5 1 (0.31%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 101 (31.17%) Data Centre
2 23 (7.10%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.70%) Private Cloud
4 10 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.16%) Computer Science
5 7 (2.16%) PKI
6 4 (1.23%) Hedge funds
7 3 (0.93%) Digital TV
7 3 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (0.93%) MPEG
7 3 (0.93%) NHS
7 3 (0.93%) Public Cloud
7 3 (0.93%) STB
7 3 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (0.93%) Video on Demand
7 3 (0.93%) Video\Live Streaming
8 2 (0.62%) Cloud Native
8 2 (0.62%) Clustering
8 2 (0.62%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 31 (9.57%) Windows
2 28 (8.64%) Linux
3 17 (5.25%) Unix
4 16 (4.94%) Windows Server
5 11 (3.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (1.54%) CentOS
7 4 (1.23%) Check Point GAiA
7 4 (1.23%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.62%) FreeBSD
9 2 (0.62%) Solaris
9 2 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.31%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.31%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (16.67%) ITIL
2 51 (15.74%) Network Architecture
3 45 (13.89%) Network Design
4 29 (8.95%) Network Monitoring
5 26 (8.02%) Load Balancing
6 25 (7.72%) Network Management
7 24 (7.41%) Change Management
8 21 (6.48%) Project Management
9 20 (6.17%) Migration
10 17 (5.25%) High Availability
10 17 (5.25%) Network Virtualisation
11 16 (4.94%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (4.01%) ITIL V3
12 13 (4.01%) WAN Optimisation
13 12 (3.70%) Service Management
14 11 (3.40%) Information Security
14 11 (3.40%) Root Cause Analysis
14 11 (3.40%) Translating Business Requirements
15 10 (3.09%) Coaching
15 10 (3.09%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (7.10%) Python
2 9 (2.78%) Bash Shell
2 9 (2.78%) Perl
3 7 (2.16%) SQL
4 4 (1.23%) AWK
4 4 (1.23%) sed
5 3 (0.93%) PowerShell
5 3 (0.93%) Ruby
6 2 (0.62%) Java
7 1 (0.31%) C
7 1 (0.31%) C++
7 1 (0.31%) C-shell
7 1 (0.31%) Korn
7 1 (0.31%) PHP
7 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 199 (61.42%) Cisco Certification
2 151 (46.60%) CCNP
3 74 (22.84%) CCNA
4 71 (21.91%) Security Cleared
5 65 (20.06%) CCIE
6 59 (18.21%) SC Cleared
7 27 (8.33%) CCDP
8 23 (7.10%) CISSP
9 17 (5.25%) JNCIA
10 16 (4.94%) DV Cleared
10 16 (4.94%) MCSE
10 16 (4.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 15 (4.63%) Degree
12 14 (4.32%) MCP
13 13 (4.01%) CCSA
13 13 (4.01%) JNCIS
14 9 (2.78%) CCDA
14 9 (2.78%) CCSP
15 7 (2.16%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 6 (1.85%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.09%) GCP
2 9 (2.78%) SLA
3 5 (1.54%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.23%) GDPR
5 2 (0.62%) QA
5 2 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 39 (12.04%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (5.25%) VMware NSX
4 14 (4.32%) vSphere
5 11 (3.40%) NFS
6 10 (3.09%) DFS Replication
7 6 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (1.54%) Hyper-V
8 5 (1.54%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.23%) ProxySG
9 4 (1.23%) VirtualBox
10 3 (0.93%) pfSense
11 2 (0.62%) Docker
11 2 (0.62%) flannel
11 2 (0.62%) XenApp
12 1 (0.31%) Firmware
12 1 (0.31%) FreeRADIUS
12 1 (0.31%) Openswan
12 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 17 (5.25%) FortiGate
2 16 (4.94%) Ansible
3 15 (4.63%) SCCM
4 10 (3.09%) SolarWinds Orion
5 9 (2.78%) Cisco Prime
6 8 (2.47%) McAfee ePO
6 8 (2.47%) SCOM
6 8 (2.47%) vCenter Server
7 6 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
8 5 (1.54%) Cacti
8 5 (1.54%) Puppet
9 4 (1.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (1.23%) OVSD
10 3 (0.93%) OpenView
11 2 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
11 2 (0.62%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.62%) Nagios
11 2 (0.62%) Nessus
11 2 (0.62%) OPNET
11 2 (0.62%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 284 (87.65%) Cisco
2 123 (37.96%) Juniper
3 103 (31.79%) CheckPoint
4 81 (25.00%) F5
5 50 (15.43%) HP
6 46 (14.20%) Palo Alto
7 43 (13.27%) VMware
8 38 (11.73%) Fortinet
9 37 (11.42%) SolarWinds
10 30 (9.26%) Citrix
10 30 (9.26%) Microsoft
11 25 (7.72%) McAfee
12 19 (5.86%) Meraki
13 17 (5.25%) Arista
13 17 (5.25%) Infoblox
14 16 (4.94%) Blue Coat
15 15 (4.63%) Aruba
16 14 (4.32%) NetApp
17 11 (3.40%) Brocade
17 11 (3.40%) BT