Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 571 463 425
Rank change year-on-year -108 -38 -24
Contract jobs citing OSPF 328 497 589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.47% 0.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.32% 3.05% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 305 361
UK median daily rate £375 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% -2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £263
90th Percentile £525 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £379 £375
% change year-on-year -0.99% +1.00% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 25
UK median hourly rate £42.25 £44.75 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.59% +4.07% +16.22%
10th Percentile £12.75 £29.65 £18.45
90th Percentile £52.43 £49.07 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.75 £44.75 £45.00
% change year-on-year -40.22% -0.56% +19.05%

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 14137 16320 15778
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.71% 15.50% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8593 9844 9128
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 746 837 1018
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.82 £48.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.27 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -26.92% +19.05% +5.00%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 -104 289 £380 -5.00% 58
UK excluding London -67 180 £375 -0.99% 38
London -70 135 £390 -8.24% 21
South East -5 81 £382 -10.12% 6
Scotland -11 21 £375 +7.14% 1
East of England -28 21 £350 -12.50% 4
Midlands -20 20 £415 +7.10% 11
North of England +34 19 £398 +17.78% 15
North West +19 16 £425 +31.78% 11
West Midlands -16 13 £420 +8.39% 9
South West -20 13 £450 +17.65% 1
Wales +17 8 £350 +24.44%
East Midlands -1 7 £400 +33.11% 1
Yorkshire +4 2 £350 - 4
North East +55 1 £338 -3.57%

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 287 (87.50%) Cisco
2 277 (84.45%) BGP
3 202 (61.59%) Cisco Certification
4 191 (58.23%) Firewall
5 168 (51.22%) MPLS
6 162 (49.39%) CCNP
7 142 (43.29%) WAN
8 129 (39.33%) LAN
9 120 (36.59%) EIGRP
10 116 (35.37%) VPN
11 111 (33.84%) Cisco Nexus
12 104 (31.71%) Data Centre
13 99 (30.18%) Juniper
13 99 (30.18%) Wireless
14 93 (28.35%) CheckPoint
15 90 (27.44%) IPsec
16 88 (26.83%) Network Security
17 82 (25.00%) VLAN
18 80 (24.39%) Cisco ASA
19 74 (22.56%) F5
20 71 (21.65%) Finance
21 70 (21.34%) Palo Alto
22 69 (21.04%) CCIE
23 67 (20.43%) DNS
24 62 (18.90%) TCP/IP
24 62 (18.90%) CCNA
25 57 (17.38%) Security Cleared
26 54 (16.46%) Cisco IOS
26 54 (16.46%) DHCP
26 54 (16.46%) Network Design

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 20 (6.10%) Skype for Business
2 7 (2.13%) CMS
3 5 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (1.52%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 4 (1.22%) Drupal
4 4 (1.22%) WordPress
5 3 (0.91%) IIS
6 1 (0.30%) SharePoint
Applications
1 23 (7.01%) MS Visio
2 6 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 23 (7.01%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.83%) Office 365
4 4 (1.22%) Akamai
4 4 (1.22%) IaaS
5 3 (0.91%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.61%) PaaS
6 2 (0.61%) SaaS
7 1 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 277 (84.45%) BGP
2 191 (58.23%) Firewall
3 168 (51.22%) MPLS
4 142 (43.29%) WAN
5 129 (39.33%) LAN
6 120 (36.59%) EIGRP
7 116 (35.37%) VPN
8 111 (33.84%) Cisco Nexus
9 99 (30.18%) Wireless
10 90 (27.44%) IPsec
11 88 (26.83%) Network Security
12 82 (25.00%) VLAN
13 80 (24.39%) Cisco ASA
14 67 (20.43%) DNS
15 62 (18.90%) TCP/IP
16 54 (16.46%) Cisco IOS
16 54 (16.46%) DHCP
17 50 (15.24%) HSRP
18 49 (14.94%) VoIP
19 45 (13.72%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.91%) MS Access
5 2 (0.61%) MySQL
6 1 (0.30%) Big Data
6 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 19 (5.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.61%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.61%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.30%) Metasploit
General
1 71 (21.65%) Finance
2 42 (12.80%) Banking
3 30 (9.15%) Telecoms
4 11 (3.35%) Law
5 8 (2.44%) Retail
6 4 (1.22%) Multimedia
7 3 (0.91%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.91%) Legal
7 3 (0.91%) Marketing
8 2 (0.61%) Advertising
8 2 (0.61%) French Language
8 2 (0.61%) German Language
8 2 (0.61%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.61%) Military
8 2 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.30%) Electronics
9 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.30%) Games
9 1 (0.30%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 221 (67.38%) Network Engineer
2 73 (22.26%) Cisco Engineer
3 64 (19.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 29 (8.84%) Senior Network Engineer
5 28 (8.54%) Security Engineer
6 24 (7.32%) Network Security Engineer
7 23 (7.01%) Architect
8 16 (4.88%) Analyst
8 16 (4.88%) Lead Network Engineer
8 16 (4.88%) Network Architect
9 15 (4.57%) Network Support
9 15 (4.57%) Support Engineer
10 14 (4.27%) Voice Engineer
11 12 (3.66%) Cisco Voice Engineer
11 12 (3.66%) Network Analyst
11 12 (3.66%) Network Support Engineer
12 11 (3.35%) Cloud Engineer
13 10 (3.05%) Consultant
13 10 (3.05%) IP Engineer
14 9 (2.74%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (6.10%) 802.1X
2 8 (2.44%) XMPP
3 4 (1.22%) .NET
4 3 (0.91%) Rendezvous
4 3 (0.91%) RFC 2544
5 2 (0.61%) CGI
5 2 (0.61%) REST
5 2 (0.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 104 (31.71%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (3.35%) Computer Science
4 10 (3.05%) Virtual Team
5 9 (2.74%) Clustering
6 7 (2.13%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.83%) PKI
8 5 (1.52%) CESG
8 5 (1.52%) Hedge funds
9 4 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (0.91%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.91%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (0.61%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.61%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.61%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.61%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (0.61%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.61%) Smart Meter
11 2 (0.61%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (9.45%) Linux
1 31 (9.45%) Windows
2 17 (5.18%) Unix
3 16 (4.88%) Windows Server
4 14 (4.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (1.83%) CentOS
5 6 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.61%) AIX
6 2 (0.61%) FreeBSD
6 2 (0.61%) SUSE
6 2 (0.61%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.30%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.30%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (16.46%) Network Design
2 40 (12.20%) ITIL
3 37 (11.28%) Load Balancing
4 36 (10.98%) Network Management
5 35 (10.67%) Change Management
6 32 (9.76%) Migration
7 31 (9.45%) Network Monitoring
8 27 (8.23%) WAN Optimisation
9 22 (6.71%) High Availability
10 19 (5.79%) Capacity Planning
11 18 (5.49%) Information Security
12 15 (4.57%) Low Latency
12 15 (4.57%) Network Architecture
13 14 (4.27%) Root Cause Analysis
13 14 (4.27%) Service Delivery
13 14 (4.27%) Service Management
14 12 (3.66%) Customer Requirements
15 11 (3.35%) Asset Management
15 11 (3.35%) Network Optimisation
16 10 (3.05%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (6.71%) Perl
2 21 (6.40%) Python
3 15 (4.57%) Bash Shell
4 9 (2.74%) SQL
5 7 (2.13%) C-shell
5 7 (2.13%) Korn
6 3 (0.91%) C
6 3 (0.91%) PHP
6 3 (0.91%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.61%) Java
7 2 (0.61%) Ruby
8 1 (0.30%) C++
8 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 202 (61.59%) Cisco Certification
2 162 (49.39%) CCNP
3 69 (21.04%) CCIE
4 62 (18.90%) CCNA
5 57 (17.38%) Security Cleared
6 46 (14.02%) SC Cleared
7 18 (5.49%) CCDP
8 16 (4.88%) DV Cleared
9 14 (4.27%) CCVP
10 12 (3.66%) JNCIS
11 11 (3.35%) CISSP
12 10 (3.05%) Degree
13 9 (2.74%) JNCIA
14 8 (2.44%) CCNP Voice
15 7 (2.13%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 6 (1.83%) CCDA
16 6 (1.83%) CCSE
17 5 (1.52%) CCSA
18 4 (1.22%) Check Point Certification
18 4 (1.22%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.96%) SLA
2 4 (1.22%) GDPR
2 4 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (0.91%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.91%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.91%) PMO
4 2 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.30%) COBIT
5 1 (0.30%) QA
System Software
1 40 (12.20%) Active Directory
2 26 (7.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (5.18%) NFS
4 16 (4.88%) VMware NSX
5 11 (3.35%) vSphere
6 10 (3.05%) Hyper-V
7 8 (2.44%) pfSense
8 7 (2.13%) Openswan
8 7 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (1.52%) DFS Replication
9 5 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (1.22%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.61%) Docker
11 2 (0.61%) flannel
11 2 (0.61%) iptables
11 2 (0.61%) XenApp
12 1 (0.30%) Firmware
12 1 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 18 (5.49%) Cisco CUCM
2 14 (4.27%) SCCM
3 12 (3.66%) Cisco Prime
3 12 (3.66%) SCOM
4 11 (3.35%) Cacti
4 11 (3.35%) Nagios
5 10 (3.05%) FortiGate
6 8 (2.44%) Cisco UCCX
6 8 (2.44%) SolarWinds Orion
7 7 (2.13%) Cisco UCCE
8 5 (1.52%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (1.52%) Puppet
8 5 (1.52%) vCenter Server
9 4 (1.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (0.91%) WhatsUp Gold
11 2 (0.61%) Ansible
11 2 (0.61%) CA Spectrum
11 2 (0.61%) Kubernetes
11 2 (0.61%) OpenNMS
11 2 (0.61%) RANCID
Vendors
1 287 (87.50%) Cisco
2 99 (30.18%) Juniper
3 93 (28.35%) CheckPoint
4 74 (22.56%) F5
5 70 (21.34%) Palo Alto
6 47 (14.33%) HP
7 45 (13.72%) Citrix
7 45 (13.72%) SolarWinds
8 42 (12.80%) VMware
9 39 (11.89%) Fortinet
9 39 (11.89%) Microsoft
10 37 (11.28%) Riverbed
11 25 (7.62%) Arista
12 24 (7.32%) Brocade
13 17 (5.18%) McAfee
14 15 (4.57%) Extreme Networks
15 13 (3.96%) Meraki
15 13 (3.96%) NetApp
16 12 (3.66%) Aruba
16 12 (3.66%) Blue Coat