Period
to 19 September 2017

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 September 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.

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 500 461 398
Rank change year-on-year -39 -63 +50
Contract jobs citing OSPF 389 497 649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.46% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.86% 2.94% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 289 401
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £260
90th Percentile £550 £546 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +10.28% +3.57% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 23 16
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £46.00 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.35% +11.52% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £21.60 £19.00
90th Percentile £49.19 £48.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £47.83 £41.25
% change year-on-year -51.91% +15.95% +3.13%

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 13580 16908 15979
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.80% 14.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 8174 10312 9104
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £198 £223 £208
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 744 830 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.73%
10th Percentile £10.96 £11.65 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £44.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -26.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017. 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 -31 349 £400 +5.26% 45
UK excluding London -36 214 £400 +10.28% 27
London -15 157 £450 +5.88% 22
South East +29 109 £400 +5.96% 9
North of England +61 36 £388 +10.71% 5
North West +43 31 £393 +20.77% 1
Scotland +24 23 £375 +7.14% 3
Midlands -23 17 £400 +8.11% 4
East of England -22 15 £403 -5.18% 4
South West -19 14 £450 +24.14% 1
West Midlands -23 9 £388 +4.73% 3
East Midlands +1 8 £400 +22.98% 1
Yorkshire +6 4 £394 +12.50% 4
Northern Ireland -64 3 £338 +7.14% 1
North East +65 1 £338 -15.63%

For the 6 months to 19 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF 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 OSPF.

1 346 (88.95%) BGP
2 335 (86.12%) Cisco
3 257 (66.07%) Cisco Certification
4 247 (63.50%) Firewall
5 206 (52.96%) MPLS
6 201 (51.67%) CCNP
7 160 (41.13%) VPN
8 157 (40.36%) WAN
9 152 (39.07%) LAN
10 139 (35.73%) EIGRP
11 124 (31.88%) Wireless
12 120 (30.85%) Cisco Nexus
13 116 (29.82%) VLAN
14 113 (29.05%) Data Centre
15 103 (26.48%) Juniper
16 100 (25.71%) CCIE
17 99 (25.45%) CheckPoint
18 98 (25.19%) IPsec
19 93 (23.91%) Network Security
20 90 (23.14%) Cisco ASA
21 86 (22.11%) F5
22 79 (20.31%) CCNA
22 79 (20.31%) TCP/IP
23 74 (19.02%) Cisco IOS
24 73 (18.77%) Security Cleared
24 73 (18.77%) Finance
25 68 (17.48%) DNS
25 68 (17.48%) VoIP
26 66 (16.97%) Network Design
27 64 (16.45%) Palo Alto

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 15 (3.86%) Skype for Business
2 7 (1.80%) CMS
3 4 (1.03%) IIS
4 2 (0.51%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.26%) Drupal
5 1 (0.26%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (3.60%) MS Visio
2 12 (3.08%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (2.31%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (4.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (4.11%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (1.29%) Akamai
4 4 (1.03%) Office 365
5 3 (0.77%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.26%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.26%) IaaS
7 1 (0.26%) PaaS
7 1 (0.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 346 (88.95%) BGP
2 247 (63.50%) Firewall
3 206 (52.96%) MPLS
4 160 (41.13%) VPN
5 157 (40.36%) WAN
6 152 (39.07%) LAN
7 139 (35.73%) EIGRP
8 124 (31.88%) Wireless
9 120 (30.85%) Cisco Nexus
10 116 (29.82%) VLAN
11 98 (25.19%) IPsec
12 93 (23.91%) Network Security
13 90 (23.14%) Cisco ASA
14 79 (20.31%) TCP/IP
15 74 (19.02%) Cisco IOS
16 68 (17.48%) DNS
16 68 (17.48%) VoIP
17 51 (13.11%) DHCP
18 49 (12.60%) Ethernet
19 48 (12.34%) Cisco Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.77%) MS Access
2 2 (0.51%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.26%) Big Data
3 1 (0.26%) MySQL
3 1 (0.26%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 17 (4.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.51%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.51%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.26%) Metasploit
General
1 73 (18.77%) Finance
2 55 (14.14%) Telecoms
3 41 (10.54%) Banking
4 12 (3.08%) Retail
5 10 (2.57%) Marketing
5 10 (2.57%) Military
6 9 (2.31%) Law
7 3 (0.77%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.77%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.77%) Legal
8 2 (0.51%) Advertising
8 2 (0.51%) French Language
8 2 (0.51%) Games
8 2 (0.51%) German Language
8 2 (0.51%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.51%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 224 (57.58%) Network Engineer
2 65 (16.71%) Cisco Engineer
3 56 (14.40%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 52 (13.37%) Architect
5 34 (8.74%) Network Architect
6 30 (7.71%) Senior Network Engineer
7 23 (5.91%) Support Engineer
8 22 (5.66%) Network Support
8 22 (5.66%) Security Engineer
9 21 (5.40%) Network Security Engineer
10 20 (5.14%) Network Support Engineer
11 17 (4.37%) Consultant
12 16 (4.11%) Lead Network Engineer
13 14 (3.60%) Voice Engineer
14 13 (3.34%) IP Engineer
14 13 (3.34%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
15 12 (3.08%) Cisco Voice Engineer
15 12 (3.08%) Integration Engineer
16 11 (2.83%) Network Manager
16 11 (2.83%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (6.68%) 802.1X
2 8 (2.06%) XMPP
3 3 (0.77%) RFC 2544
4 2 (0.51%) CGI
4 2 (0.51%) FreeMarker
4 2 (0.51%) REST
4 2 (0.51%) RESTful
5 1 (0.26%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 113 (29.05%) Data Centre
2 34 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (3.34%) Computer Science
4 12 (3.08%) Hybrid Cloud
5 11 (2.83%) Virtual Team
6 8 (2.06%) Clustering
7 7 (1.80%) CESG
8 5 (1.29%) Hedge funds
8 5 (1.29%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.03%) Private Cloud
9 4 (1.03%) Smart Meter
10 3 (0.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (0.77%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.77%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (0.51%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.51%) Life Science
11 2 (0.51%) PKI
11 2 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
12 1 (0.26%) RIA
12 1 (0.26%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 32 (8.23%) Windows
2 31 (7.97%) Linux
3 16 (4.11%) Unix
4 11 (2.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (2.31%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.54%) CentOS
7 5 (1.29%) AIX
7 5 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.29%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.51%) Check Point GAiA
8 2 (0.51%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.51%) SUSE
8 2 (0.51%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.51%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.51%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.51%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.26%) Debian
9 1 (0.26%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (16.97%) Network Design
2 54 (13.88%) Migration
3 52 (13.37%) Network Management
4 42 (10.80%) Load Balancing
5 32 (8.23%) Change Management
6 29 (7.46%) ITIL
7 28 (7.20%) Network Monitoring
8 23 (5.91%) WAN Optimisation
9 20 (5.14%) High Availability
10 17 (4.37%) Network Architecture
11 16 (4.11%) Capacity Planning
11 16 (4.11%) Continuous Improvement
11 16 (4.11%) Service Delivery
12 15 (3.86%) Low Latency
13 14 (3.60%) Information Security
13 14 (3.60%) Integration Testing
13 14 (3.60%) Mentoring
13 14 (3.60%) Project Management
14 13 (3.34%) Asset Management
14 13 (3.34%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 20 (5.14%) Perl
1 20 (5.14%) Python
2 13 (3.34%) Bash Shell
3 7 (1.80%) Lisp
4 6 (1.54%) C-shell
4 6 (1.54%) Korn
5 4 (1.03%) SQL
6 3 (0.77%) PHP
7 2 (0.51%) C
7 2 (0.51%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.51%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.51%) Tcl
8 1 (0.26%) Java
8 1 (0.26%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 257 (66.07%) Cisco Certification
2 201 (51.67%) CCNP
3 100 (25.71%) CCIE
4 79 (20.31%) CCNA
5 73 (18.77%) Security Cleared
6 61 (15.68%) SC Cleared
7 28 (7.20%) CCDP
8 22 (5.66%) JNCIS
9 17 (4.37%) CCVP
10 15 (3.86%) DV Cleared
11 13 (3.34%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 12 (3.08%) CCIP
12 12 (3.08%) Degree
13 11 (2.83%) CCNP Voice
13 11 (2.83%) JNCIA
13 11 (2.83%) JNCIE
14 7 (1.80%) JNCIP
15 5 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
15 5 (1.29%) CISSP
15 5 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.34%) SLA
2 7 (1.80%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.77%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.77%) PMO
4 3 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.51%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.26%) COBIT
6 1 (0.26%) GDPR
6 1 (0.26%) QA
System Software
1 36 (9.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 29 (7.46%) Active Directory
3 26 (6.68%) VMware NSX
4 11 (2.83%) NFS
5 7 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 7 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (1.80%) vSphere
6 6 (1.54%) Openswan
6 6 (1.54%) pfSense
6 6 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.51%) iptables
7 2 (0.51%) KVM
7 2 (0.51%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.51%) XenApp
8 1 (0.26%) Firmware
8 1 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 23 (5.91%) Cisco CUCM
2 15 (3.86%) Cisco Prime
3 14 (3.60%) Cacti
3 14 (3.60%) FortiGate
4 12 (3.08%) Nagios
5 11 (2.83%) Cisco UCCX
6 8 (2.06%) SCOM
7 7 (1.80%) Cisco UCCE
8 6 (1.54%) SCCM
9 4 (1.03%) Puppet
10 2 (0.51%) EnCase
10 2 (0.51%) OpenNMS
10 2 (0.51%) OpenView
10 2 (0.51%) RANCID
10 2 (0.51%) WhatsUp Gold
11 1 (0.26%) Ansible
11 1 (0.26%) CA Spectrum
11 1 (0.26%) HP NNM
11 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 1 (0.26%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 335 (86.12%) Cisco
2 103 (26.48%) Juniper
3 99 (25.45%) CheckPoint
4 86 (22.11%) F5
5 64 (16.45%) Palo Alto
6 53 (13.62%) VMware
7 52 (13.37%) Fortinet
8 42 (10.80%) Riverbed
9 40 (10.28%) SolarWinds
10 36 (9.25%) HP
11 32 (8.23%) Citrix
12 28 (7.20%) Microsoft
13 27 (6.94%) Arista
14 25 (6.43%) Brocade
15 15 (3.86%) Avaya
16 11 (2.83%) Huawei
16 11 (2.83%) Infoblox
16 11 (2.83%) Meraki
16 11 (2.83%) Nokia
16 11 (2.83%) Red Hat