Period
to 19 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 400 552 463
Rank change year-on-year +152 -89 -32
Contract jobs citing OSPF 569 334 455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.33% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.49% 2.49% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 186 283
UK median daily rate £413 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.27% -5.63% -
10th Percentile £286 £255 £258
90th Percentile £550 £581 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 7 15
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +33.33% -30.23%
10th Percentile £18.50 £12.75 £12.95
90th Percentile £66.81 £47.81 £58.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £13.50 £25.56
% change year-on-year +233.33% -47.17% -43.21%

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 12,673 13,428 14,551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.83% 13.40% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,634 8,298 8,847
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £200 £181 £213
90th Percentile £610 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 608 680 753
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.13% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.88 £11.47
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year -7.28% -16.11% +6.50%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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 +148 526 £415 +3.75% 132
UK excluding London +116 337 £400 +14.29% 86
London +58 216 £425 - 51
South East +24 112 £400 +6.67% 29
North of England +57 86 £405 +5.19% 15
South West +14 47 £388 +42.20% 15
Yorkshire +29 43 £425 +21.43% 5
Midlands +13 40 £415 - 12
East of England +4 30 £413 +17.86% 10
North West +12 26 £410 +3.80% 8
West Midlands +7 25 £415 -1.19% 10
Scotland +2 20 £363 +3.57% 1
North East - 17 £300 - 2
East Midlands +17 15 £386 -3.44% 2
Wales -15 7 £375 +7.14% 3

For the 6 months to 19 January 2019, 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.

1 508 (89.28%) BGP
2 462 (81.20%) Cisco
3 401 (70.47%) Firewall
4 340 (59.75%) Cisco Certification
5 277 (48.68%) CCNP
6 247 (43.41%) WAN
7 242 (42.53%) LAN
8 236 (41.48%) VPN
9 233 (40.95%) MPLS
10 207 (36.38%) CheckPoint
11 196 (34.45%) Wireless
12 194 (34.09%) Cisco ASA
13 176 (30.93%) Cisco Nexus
14 168 (29.53%) Data Centre
15 164 (28.82%) EIGRP
16 163 (28.65%) TCP/IP
17 159 (27.94%) Juniper
18 149 (26.19%) F5
19 117 (20.56%) DNS
20 116 (20.39%) CCNA
21 114 (20.04%) IPsec
22 107 (18.80%) Palo Alto
23 104 (18.28%) Security Cleared
24 100 (17.57%) Network Security
25 97 (17.05%) CCIE
26 95 (16.70%) Load Balancing
27 94 (16.52%) VoIP
28 93 (16.34%) Multicast
29 88 (15.47%) SC Cleared
30 86 (15.11%) Cisco IOS

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 24 (4.22%) Skype for Business
2 12 (2.11%) OpenStack
3 11 (1.93%) Confluence
4 4 (0.70%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.35%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.18%) IIS
Applications
1 26 (4.57%) MS Visio
2 24 (4.22%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 65 (11.42%) Amazon AWS
2 57 (10.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (3.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 18 (3.16%) Google Cloud Platform
5 17 (2.99%) Office 365
6 13 (2.28%) IaaS
7 8 (1.41%) PaaS
8 7 (1.23%) SaaS
9 3 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.35%) GitHub
11 1 (0.18%) Akamai
11 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 508 (89.28%) BGP
2 401 (70.47%) Firewall
3 247 (43.41%) WAN
4 242 (42.53%) LAN
5 236 (41.48%) VPN
6 233 (40.95%) MPLS
7 196 (34.45%) Wireless
8 194 (34.09%) Cisco ASA
9 176 (30.93%) Cisco Nexus
10 164 (28.82%) EIGRP
11 163 (28.65%) TCP/IP
12 117 (20.56%) DNS
13 114 (20.04%) IPsec
14 100 (17.57%) Network Security
15 94 (16.52%) VoIP
16 93 (16.34%) Multicast
17 86 (15.11%) Cisco IOS
18 79 (13.88%) VLAN
19 78 (13.71%) DHCP
20 64 (11.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.35%) MySQL
2 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.18%) Redis
2 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.18%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.18%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 21 (3.69%) JIRA
2 11 (1.93%) Sonatype Nexus
3 10 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 9 (1.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.35%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.18%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.18%) GitLab
6 1 (0.18%) Hudson
6 1 (0.18%) Robot Framework
General
1 79 (13.88%) Finance
2 65 (11.42%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.64%) Banking
4 9 (1.58%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.41%) Law
6 4 (0.70%) Spanish Language
7 3 (0.53%) Electronics
7 3 (0.53%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.53%) Legal
7 3 (0.53%) Marketing
7 3 (0.53%) Retail
8 2 (0.35%) Advertising
8 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 363 (63.80%) Network Engineer
2 59 (10.37%) Senior Network Engineer
3 56 (9.84%) Cisco Engineer
4 48 (8.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 42 (7.38%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 38 (6.68%) Architect
7 37 (6.50%) Security Engineer
8 35 (6.15%) Network Architect
9 34 (5.98%) Network Security Engineer
10 30 (5.27%) Consultant
11 27 (4.75%) Analyst
12 23 (4.04%) Network Analyst
12 23 (4.04%) Network Consultant
13 21 (3.69%) Firewall Engineer
14 19 (3.34%) Network Specialist
15 18 (3.16%) Design Engineer
15 18 (3.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 17 (2.99%) Network Design Engineer
17 15 (2.64%) Implementation Engineer
18 13 (2.28%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (8.44%) 802.1X
2 5 (0.88%) XMPP
3 4 (0.70%) Spine.js
3 4 (0.70%) Web Services
3 4 (0.70%) XML
4 3 (0.53%) .NET
4 3 (0.53%) JSON
4 3 (0.53%) SOAP
5 2 (0.35%) LDAP
5 2 (0.35%) REST
6 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.18%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.18%) Kafka
6 1 (0.18%) Middleware
6 1 (0.18%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.18%) RESTful
6 1 (0.18%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.18%) SAML
6 1 (0.18%) Swagger
6 1 (0.18%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 168 (29.53%) Data Centre
2 31 (5.45%) Self-Motivation
3 29 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.34%) Management Information System
5 11 (1.93%) Blog
6 9 (1.58%) Mobile App
6 9 (1.58%) Public Cloud
7 6 (1.05%) Client/Server
7 6 (1.05%) Fintech
8 5 (0.88%) PKI
9 2 (0.35%) CMDB
9 2 (0.35%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.35%) Handset
9 2 (0.35%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.35%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.35%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.18%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.18%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 64 (11.25%) Windows
2 49 (8.61%) Linux
3 30 (5.27%) Unix
4 22 (3.87%) Windows Server
5 13 (2.28%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.88%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.53%) CentOS
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.35%) Solaris
10 2 (0.35%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.18%) Android
11 1 (0.18%) Debian
11 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (16.70%) Load Balancing
2 84 (14.76%) ITIL
2 84 (14.76%) Network Design
3 59 (10.37%) Network Monitoring
4 51 (8.96%) Network Management
5 50 (8.79%) Change Management
5 50 (8.79%) Migration
5 50 (8.79%) Network Architecture
6 41 (7.21%) Project Management
7 35 (6.15%) High Availability
8 27 (4.75%) Agile Software Development
8 27 (4.75%) Change Control
8 27 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
9 26 (4.57%) Computer Science
10 24 (4.22%) Network Virtualisation
11 22 (3.87%) DevOps
11 22 (3.87%) Kalman Filter
12 21 (3.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 21 (3.69%) Mentoring
12 21 (3.69%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 51 (8.96%) Python
2 24 (4.22%) Perl
3 20 (3.51%) Bash Shell
4 15 (2.64%) PowerShell
5 7 (1.23%) C
6 3 (0.53%) Java
6 3 (0.53%) Ruby
6 3 (0.53%) Tcl
7 2 (0.35%) SQL
7 2 (0.35%) VBScript
8 1 (0.18%) Bourne shell
8 1 (0.18%) C#
8 1 (0.18%) C++
8 1 (0.18%) Go
8 1 (0.18%) PHP
8 1 (0.18%) VB
8 1 (0.18%) XPath
Qualifications
1 340 (59.75%) Cisco Certification
2 277 (48.68%) CCNP
3 116 (20.39%) CCNA
4 104 (18.28%) Security Cleared
5 97 (17.05%) CCIE
6 88 (15.47%) SC Cleared
7 41 (7.21%) Degree
8 23 (4.04%) CCDP
9 21 (3.69%) Computer Science Degree
9 21 (3.69%) DV Cleared
9 21 (3.69%) JNCIS
10 17 (2.99%) CCSA
11 16 (2.81%) JNCIP
12 14 (2.46%) CCSE
13 12 (2.11%) HP MASE
14 11 (1.93%) BC Cleared
14 11 (1.93%) BPSS Clearance
14 11 (1.93%) CCIP
14 11 (1.93%) Check Point Certification
15 10 (1.76%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.64%) QA
2 13 (2.28%) SLA
3 4 (0.70%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.35%) PMO
6 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.18%) GPG13
6 1 (0.18%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 36 (6.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (2.81%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.81%) ProxySG
2 16 (2.81%) VMware NSX
3 13 (2.28%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.11%) FreeRADIUS
5 8 (1.41%) Docker
6 7 (1.23%) KVM
6 7 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.88%) vSphere
8 4 (0.70%) Firmware
9 3 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.35%) NFS
10 2 (0.35%) XenApp
10 2 (0.35%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.18%) iptables
Systems Management
1 23 (4.04%) Cisco Prime
2 20 (3.51%) Nagios
3 18 (3.16%) FortiGate
4 14 (2.46%) Cisco CUCM
5 13 (2.28%) vCenter Server
6 10 (1.76%) Ansible
6 10 (1.76%) Cacti
6 10 (1.76%) Cisco UCCX
7 8 (1.41%) ArcSight ESM
7 8 (1.41%) SolarWinds Orion
8 6 (1.05%) Puppet
9 5 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.70%) CA Spectrum
10 4 (0.70%) Forum Sentry
10 4 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.70%) SCCM
10 4 (0.70%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.70%) Stealthwatch
10 4 (0.70%) Terraform
11 3 (0.53%) Cisco CME
Vendors
1 462 (81.20%) Cisco
2 207 (36.38%) CheckPoint
3 159 (27.94%) Juniper
4 149 (26.19%) F5
5 107 (18.80%) Palo Alto
6 77 (13.53%) SolarWinds
7 66 (11.60%) VMware
8 64 (11.25%) Fortinet
9 47 (8.26%) Aruba
10 45 (7.91%) Blue Coat
11 41 (7.21%) HP
12 40 (7.03%) Microsoft
13 30 (5.27%) Meraki
14 26 (4.57%) Arista
14 26 (4.57%) Brocade
15 24 (4.22%) McAfee
16 20 (3.51%) NetApp
17 19 (3.34%) Citrix
18 18 (3.16%) Aerohive Networks
19 16 (2.81%) Forcepoint