Period
to

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 2 July 2022 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
2 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 496 520 363
Rank change year-on-year +24 -157 +56
Contract jobs citing OSPF 387 218 241
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.33% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.82% 2.87% 4.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 140 148
10th Percentile £316 £313 £260
25th Percentile £413 £364 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £552 £533 £575
90th Percentile £650 £675 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
% change year-on-year - - +15.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 22
10th Percentile £21.00 £19.10 £18.50
25th Percentile £22.13 £21.25 £19.25
Median hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 £33.25
Median % change year-on-year -34.18% +18.80% -26.11%
75th Percentile £26.50 £40.00 £47.00
90th Percentile £28.38 £49.19 £49.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £39.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -44.30% +97.50% -55.56%

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 10,126 7,593 5,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 11.45% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,716 4,861 3,393
10th Percentile £250 £231 £192
25th Percentile £400 £355 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £615 £550 £538
90th Percentile £700 £638 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £415
% change year-on-year +9.09% -0.60% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 355 288
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.23 £13.85
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.25 £16.25
Median hourly rate £29.06 £25.00 £25.03
Median % change year-on-year +16.24% -0.12% +19.19%
75th Percentile £52.81 £50.00 £46.25
90th Percentile £67.50 £64.50 £53.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% +9.42%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing OSPF.

Daily rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing OSPF over the 6 months to 2 July 2022.

Daily rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing OSPF.

Hourly rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 18 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 2 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England -14 285 £475 +5.56% 66
Work from Home +4 200 £488 +8.33% 17
UK excluding London +26 181 £450 - 45
London -57 106 £513 +13.94% 22
South East +9 75 £475 +8.82% 17
North of England -9 47 £450 -4.76% 16
North West -16 24 £325 -29.54% 5
Scotland -4 22 £450 - 1
Yorkshire -17 19 £463 -15.91% 11
East of England -9 18 £475 +38.69% 2
Midlands -24 12 £425 +7.59% 5
South West -26 12 £515 +21.18% 4
West Midlands -29 9 £425 +7.59% 5
Isle of Man - 6 £550 -
North East - 6 £550 -
Channel Islands - 4 - -
East Midlands - 3 £375 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 2 July 2022, 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.

1 347 (89.66%) BGP
2 310 (80.10%) Cisco
3 236 (60.98%) Firewall
4 214 (55.30%) WAN
5 200 (51.68%) LAN
6 193 (49.87%) Cisco Certification
7 176 (45.48%) MPLS
8 156 (40.31%) VPN
9 152 (39.28%) CCNP
10 120 (31.01%) SD-WAN
11 118 (30.49%) TCP/IP
12 115 (29.72%) EIGRP
12 115 (29.72%) Network Security
13 113 (29.20%) DNS
14 112 (28.94%) Wireless
15 110 (28.42%) Juniper
16 104 (26.87%) Cisco Nexus
17 103 (26.61%) Data Centre
18 95 (24.55%) Security Cleared
19 92 (23.77%) Palo Alto
20 91 (23.51%) CCIE
21 87 (22.48%) IPsec
22 85 (21.96%) F5
23 78 (20.16%) Wi-Fi
24 73 (18.86%) VMware
25 72 (18.60%) DHCP
26 71 (18.35%) Internet
27 68 (17.57%) CCNA
27 68 (17.57%) Social Skills
28 65 (16.80%) Ansible

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 5 (1.29%) Confluence
2 1 (0.26%) Apache
2 1 (0.26%) IIS
2 1 (0.26%) JBoss
2 1 (0.26%) nginx
2 1 (0.26%) OpenStack
2 1 (0.26%) SAP Portal
2 1 (0.26%) SAS
2 1 (0.26%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.26%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.26%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 18 (4.65%) MS Visio
2 8 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.81%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (1.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 62 (16.02%) Azure
2 58 (14.99%) AWS
3 22 (5.68%) PaaS
3 22 (5.68%) SaaS
4 19 (4.91%) Microsoft 365
5 10 (2.58%) Catchpoint
5 10 (2.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 9 (2.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 9 (2.33%) GCP
7 7 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.55%) IaaS
9 3 (0.78%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.78%) AWS Direct Connect
10 2 (0.52%) Akamai
10 2 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.26%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.26%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 347 (89.66%) BGP
2 236 (60.98%) Firewall
3 214 (55.30%) WAN
4 200 (51.68%) LAN
5 176 (45.48%) MPLS
6 156 (40.31%) VPN
7 120 (31.01%) SD-WAN
8 118 (30.49%) TCP/IP
9 115 (29.72%) EIGRP
9 115 (29.72%) Network Security
10 113 (29.20%) DNS
11 112 (28.94%) Wireless
12 104 (26.87%) Cisco Nexus
13 87 (22.48%) IPsec
14 78 (20.16%) Wi-Fi
15 72 (18.60%) DHCP
16 71 (18.35%) Internet
17 63 (16.28%) VLAN
18 59 (15.25%) Cisco ASA
19 49 (12.66%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.78%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.26%) MySQL
3 1 (0.26%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 28 (7.24%) Sonatype Nexus
2 7 (1.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (1.29%) JIRA
4 4 (1.03%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.78%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.52%) Fiddler
General
1 68 (17.57%) Social Skills
2 49 (12.66%) Telecoms
3 46 (11.89%) Public Sector
4 39 (10.08%) Finance
5 25 (6.46%) Banking
6 23 (5.94%) Documentation Skills
7 14 (3.62%) Local Government
8 13 (3.36%) Analytical Skills
9 11 (2.84%) Influencing Skills
9 11 (2.84%) Mandarin Language
10 7 (1.81%) Investment Banking
11 6 (1.55%) Police
12 4 (1.03%) Presentation Skills
13 3 (0.78%) Organisational Skills
14 2 (0.52%) Law
14 2 (0.52%) Military
14 2 (0.52%) Retail
15 1 (0.26%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.26%) Legal
15 1 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 216 (55.81%) Network Engineer
2 38 (9.82%) Architect
2 38 (9.82%) Senior Network Engineer
3 28 (7.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 25 (6.46%) Network Architect
5 19 (4.91%) Consultant
6 18 (4.65%) Cisco Engineer
6 18 (4.65%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 14 (3.62%) Design Engineer
8 13 (3.36%) IP Engineer
8 13 (3.36%) IT Engineer
9 12 (3.10%) Network Design Engineer
10 11 (2.84%) Cloud Specialist
10 11 (2.84%) Network Consultant
11 10 (2.58%) Oracle Specialist
12 9 (2.33%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 9 (2.33%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 8 (2.07%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
13 8 (2.07%) Network Specialist
14 7 (1.81%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (9.30%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.03%) Express
3 1 (0.26%) Spine.js
Miscellaneous
1 103 (26.61%) Data Centre
2 18 (4.65%) Public Cloud
3 17 (4.39%) Management Information System
4 14 (3.62%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (3.36%) CCTV
5 13 (3.36%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.84%) Clustering
6 11 (2.84%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 8 (2.07%) Fibre Optics
8 7 (1.81%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.29%) Algorithms
9 5 (1.29%) NHS
10 4 (1.03%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.03%) Cybercrime
10 4 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.03%) IoT
10 4 (1.03%) Optoelectronics
10 4 (1.03%) PKI
11 3 (0.78%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 45 (11.63%) Windows
2 35 (9.04%) Linux
3 27 (6.98%) Unix
4 17 (4.39%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.03%) VMS
6 1 (0.26%) CatOS
6 1 (0.26%) CentOS
6 1 (0.26%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (15.25%) Load Balancing
2 58 (14.99%) Migration
3 56 (14.47%) ITIL
4 51 (13.18%) Network Design
5 35 (9.04%) Agile
6 33 (8.53%) Network Architecture
7 32 (8.27%) Network Management
8 30 (7.75%) Change Management
8 30 (7.75%) Project Delivery
8 30 (7.75%) Service Delivery
9 29 (7.49%) Network Virtualisation
10 28 (7.24%) Analytics
11 26 (6.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 24 (6.20%) Infrastructure as Code
13 23 (5.94%) Network Monitoring
14 19 (4.91%) Business Continuity
15 18 (4.65%) Problem-Solving
16 17 (4.39%) Operational Stability
17 16 (4.13%) Low Latency
17 16 (4.13%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 61 (15.76%) Python
2 40 (10.34%) C
3 20 (5.17%) Bash
3 20 (5.17%) Shell Script
4 6 (1.55%) Perl
5 3 (0.78%) Ruby
6 2 (0.52%) Lisp
7 1 (0.26%) AWK
7 1 (0.26%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.26%) Prolog
7 1 (0.26%) sed
7 1 (0.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 193 (49.87%) Cisco Certification
2 152 (39.28%) CCNP
3 95 (24.55%) Security Cleared
4 91 (23.51%) CCIE
5 68 (17.57%) CCNA
6 64 (16.54%) SC Cleared
7 38 (9.82%) CCDP
8 29 (7.49%) Degree
9 17 (4.39%) DV Cleared
10 16 (4.13%) JNCIA
11 13 (3.36%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (2.58%) CISSP
13 8 (2.07%) BPSS Clearance
13 8 (2.07%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 8 (2.07%) CCIP
14 7 (1.81%) JNCIS
15 5 (1.29%) CCDE
15 5 (1.29%) CCIE Service Provider
15 5 (1.29%) FFIEC
15 5 (1.29%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.84%) PMO
2 10 (2.58%) SLA
3 7 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.81%) NIST
3 7 (1.81%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.55%) GDPR
4 6 (1.55%) QA
5 5 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 5 (1.29%) NIST 800
6 2 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.52%) DICOM
6 2 (0.52%) HL7
6 2 (0.52%) NCSC
6 2 (0.52%) RMADS
7 1 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 50 (12.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (5.17%) Active Directory
2 20 (5.17%) Virtual Machines
2 20 (5.17%) VMware NSX
3 18 (4.65%) ProxySG
4 16 (4.13%) vSphere
5 11 (2.84%) KVM
6 6 (1.55%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.29%) vCloud
8 4 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.78%) pfSense
10 2 (0.52%) NFS
10 2 (0.52%) XenApp
11 1 (0.26%) Docker
11 1 (0.26%) Xen
11 1 (0.26%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 65 (16.80%) Ansible
2 22 (5.68%) Terraform
3 18 (4.65%) FortiGate
4 7 (1.81%) ZABBIX
5 6 (1.55%) Grafana
5 6 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (1.55%) Nagios
5 6 (1.55%) WSUS
6 5 (1.29%) CASB
6 5 (1.29%) Puppet
7 4 (1.03%) Cacti
7 4 (1.03%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (1.03%) HP NNM
8 3 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
8 3 (0.78%) CloudForms
8 3 (0.78%) HAProxy
8 3 (0.78%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.52%) Stealthwatch
9 2 (0.52%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 310 (80.10%) Cisco
2 110 (28.42%) Juniper
3 92 (23.77%) Palo Alto
4 85 (21.96%) F5
5 73 (18.86%) VMware
6 53 (13.70%) CheckPoint
7 51 (13.18%) Meraki
8 50 (12.92%) Fortinet
9 33 (8.53%) Aruba
10 31 (8.01%) SolarWinds
11 28 (7.24%) Blue Coat
12 27 (6.98%) Arista
12 27 (6.98%) Infoblox
12 27 (6.98%) Zscaler
13 24 (6.20%) Nokia
14 23 (5.94%) Oracle
15 19 (4.91%) HP
16 16 (4.13%) Citrix
17 14 (3.62%) ADVA
18 13 (3.36%) Microsoft