Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 466 529 468
Rank change year-on-year +63 -61 -59
Contract jobs citing OSPF 489 352 495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.35% 0.46%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.59% 2.60% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 289 188 295
UK median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £286 £260 £263
90th Percentile £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £365
% change year-on-year +2.56% +9.52% +0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 8 20
UK median hourly rate £42.96 £28.75 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.43% -37.50% +8.24%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £24.75
90th Percentile £50.90 £42.15 £49.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.71 £32.50 £47.83
% change year-on-year -5.51% -32.05% -

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 13,611 13,536 16,472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.20% 13.62% 15.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,212 8,248 10,031
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £606 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 727 837
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -18.95% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.25 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.44 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.26% -22.24% +25.00%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +89 455 £417 +4.25% 134
UK excluding London +48 275 £410 +2.56% 92
London +43 204 £425 - 47
South East -3 101 £425 +6.25% 21
North of England +2 64 £400 +3.23% 24
South West +10 37 £380 -7.32% 8
East of England +5 26 £373 -7.22% 6
Scotland -13 26 £375 -2.60% 4
North West -20 26 £425 +6.92% 11
Midlands -8 23 £415 - 28
North East +18 21 £300 -11.11% 4
West Midlands -8 19 £415 - 25
Yorkshire -5 17 £415 +14.41% 9
East Midlands +3 4 £350 -12.50% 3
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 422 (86.30%) BGP
2 392 (80.16%) Cisco
3 325 (66.46%) Firewall
4 277 (56.65%) Cisco Certification
5 219 (44.79%) CCNP
6 209 (42.74%) WAN
7 198 (40.49%) LAN
8 191 (39.06%) MPLS
9 188 (38.45%) VPN
10 163 (33.33%) CheckPoint
11 162 (33.13%) Juniper
12 150 (30.67%) Cisco ASA
13 149 (30.47%) Wireless
14 145 (29.65%) Cisco Nexus
15 138 (28.22%) TCP/IP
16 135 (27.61%) Data Centre
17 132 (26.99%) EIGRP
18 130 (26.58%) F5
19 118 (24.13%) DNS
20 109 (22.29%) CCNA
21 97 (19.84%) VLAN
22 91 (18.61%) IPsec
23 90 (18.40%) Network Security
24 86 (17.59%) ITIL
25 83 (16.97%) DHCP
25 83 (16.97%) Multicast
26 81 (16.56%) Finance
27 77 (15.75%) CCIE
28 75 (15.34%) Security Cleared
28 75 (15.34%) 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 14 (2.86%) OpenStack
1 14 (2.86%) Skype for Business
2 7 (1.43%) Confluence
3 3 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.20%) IIS
4 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.20%) SharePoint
Applications
1 23 (4.70%) MS Visio
2 19 (3.89%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 40 (8.18%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (7.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (2.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 9 (1.84%) Google Cloud Platform
5 6 (1.23%) Office 365
6 5 (1.02%) IaaS
6 5 (1.02%) PaaS
7 4 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.61%) Akamai
9 2 (0.41%) GitHub
10 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.20%) SaaS
10 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 422 (86.30%) BGP
2 325 (66.46%) Firewall
3 209 (42.74%) WAN
4 198 (40.49%) LAN
5 191 (39.06%) MPLS
6 188 (38.45%) VPN
7 150 (30.67%) Cisco ASA
8 149 (30.47%) Wireless
9 145 (29.65%) Cisco Nexus
10 138 (28.22%) TCP/IP
11 132 (26.99%) EIGRP
12 118 (24.13%) DNS
13 97 (19.84%) VLAN
14 91 (18.61%) IPsec
15 90 (18.40%) Network Security
16 83 (16.97%) DHCP
16 83 (16.97%) Multicast
17 72 (14.72%) Cisco IOS
18 58 (11.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 55 (11.25%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.82%) MySQL
2 3 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (0.61%) SQLite
3 2 (0.41%) Big Data
3 2 (0.41%) Redis
4 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.20%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.20%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (2.66%) JIRA
2 10 (2.04%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 5 (1.02%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.02%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (0.61%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.61%) Robot Framework
5 2 (0.41%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.20%) Cucumber
General
1 81 (16.56%) Finance
2 62 (12.68%) Telecoms
3 25 (5.11%) Banking
4 7 (1.43%) Law
4 7 (1.43%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.82%) Investment Banking
5 4 (0.82%) Retail
6 3 (0.61%) Electronics
6 3 (0.61%) Marketing
7 2 (0.41%) German Language
7 2 (0.41%) Legal
8 1 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.20%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.20%) French Language
8 1 (0.20%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.20%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 283 (57.87%) Network Engineer
2 57 (11.66%) Cisco Engineer
3 47 (9.61%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 45 (9.20%) Senior Network Engineer
5 42 (8.59%) Security Engineer
6 40 (8.18%) Network Security Engineer
7 34 (6.95%) Analyst
7 34 (6.95%) Architect
8 32 (6.54%) Consultant
9 30 (6.13%) Network Architect
10 27 (5.52%) Network Analyst
11 21 (4.29%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 20 (4.09%) Network Consultant
13 16 (3.27%) Juniper Engineer
14 15 (3.07%) Network Specialist
15 14 (2.86%) Firewall Engineer
15 14 (2.86%) Implementation Engineer
16 13 (2.66%) Designer
16 13 (2.66%) Network Designer
17 12 (2.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (10.22%) 802.1X
2 6 (1.23%) LDAP
2 6 (1.23%) XML
3 5 (1.02%) Web Services
4 4 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
4 4 (0.82%) Spine.js
5 3 (0.61%) .NET
5 3 (0.61%) JSON
5 3 (0.61%) Kafka
5 3 (0.61%) REST
5 3 (0.61%) SOAP
6 2 (0.41%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.41%) SAML
6 2 (0.41%) Software Packaging
6 2 (0.41%) XML-RPC
7 1 (0.20%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.20%) HTML
7 1 (0.20%) Middleware
7 1 (0.20%) WAP
7 1 (0.20%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 135 (27.61%) Data Centre
2 36 (7.36%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.91%) Self-Motivation
4 18 (3.68%) Computer Science
5 17 (3.48%) Management Information System
6 9 (1.84%) Mobile App
7 8 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (1.23%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.23%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.02%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.02%) Thin Client
10 4 (0.82%) Blog
10 4 (0.82%) Fintech
10 4 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 3 (0.61%) Private Cloud
12 2 (0.41%) Cyberthreat
12 2 (0.41%) Greenfield Project
12 2 (0.41%) PKI
12 2 (0.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 59 (12.07%) Linux
2 50 (10.22%) Windows
3 33 (6.75%) Unix
4 21 (4.29%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.43%) Ubuntu
7 6 (1.23%) CentOS
7 6 (1.23%) Solaris
7 6 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.02%) Debian
8 5 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.61%) Check Point GAiA
10 2 (0.41%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.41%) zOS
11 1 (0.20%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (17.59%) ITIL
2 74 (15.13%) Network Design
3 72 (14.72%) Load Balancing
4 61 (12.47%) Network Management
5 43 (8.79%) Change Management
6 42 (8.59%) Migration
6 42 (8.59%) Project Management
7 38 (7.77%) Network Monitoring
8 33 (6.75%) Network Architecture
9 31 (6.34%) Change Control
10 30 (6.13%) Agile Software Development
11 28 (5.73%) High Availability
11 28 (5.73%) Problem-Solving
12 23 (4.70%) Network Virtualisation
13 22 (4.50%) DevOps
13 22 (4.50%) Incident Management
13 22 (4.50%) Root Cause Analysis
14 21 (4.29%) Service Delivery
15 18 (3.68%) Capacity Planning
15 18 (3.68%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 39 (7.98%) Python
2 21 (4.29%) Bash Shell
3 17 (3.48%) Perl
4 12 (2.45%) C
5 11 (2.25%) PowerShell
6 9 (1.84%) Ruby
7 4 (0.82%) Java
8 3 (0.61%) Bourne shell
8 3 (0.61%) PHP
8 3 (0.61%) VB
9 2 (0.41%) JCL
9 2 (0.41%) Tcl
9 2 (0.41%) XPath
10 1 (0.20%) C#
10 1 (0.20%) C++
10 1 (0.20%) Go
10 1 (0.20%) Lisp
10 1 (0.20%) R
10 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 277 (56.65%) Cisco Certification
2 219 (44.79%) CCNP
3 109 (22.29%) CCNA
4 77 (15.75%) CCIE
5 75 (15.34%) Security Cleared
6 60 (12.27%) SC Cleared
7 35 (7.16%) Degree
8 23 (4.70%) CCSE
9 21 (4.29%) DV Cleared
10 19 (3.89%) CCSA
11 16 (3.27%) CCDP
12 14 (2.86%) Check Point Certification
12 14 (2.86%) JNCIS
13 12 (2.45%) CISSP
13 12 (2.45%) Computer Science Degree
13 12 (2.45%) HP MASE
14 11 (2.25%) BC Cleared
15 10 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
15 10 (2.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (1.84%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.09%) QA
2 8 (1.64%) SLA
3 6 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.02%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.82%) COBIT
5 4 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.41%) PMO
7 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.20%) GDPR
7 1 (0.20%) GPG13
7 1 (0.20%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 47 (9.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (4.70%) Active Directory
3 18 (3.68%) VMware NSX
4 13 (2.66%) FreeRADIUS
5 12 (2.45%) ProxySG
6 9 (1.84%) Docker
6 9 (1.84%) Hyper-V
7 8 (1.64%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (1.43%) KVM
8 7 (1.43%) vSphere
9 4 (0.82%) NFS
10 2 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.41%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.20%) Ceph
11 1 (0.20%) Firmware
11 1 (0.20%) iptables
11 1 (0.20%) pfSense
11 1 (0.20%) Snort
Systems Management
1 21 (4.29%) FortiGate
2 17 (3.48%) Nagios
3 16 (3.27%) Ansible
4 14 (2.86%) Cacti
4 14 (2.86%) Cisco Prime
5 13 (2.66%) vCenter Server
6 12 (2.45%) Cisco CUCM
6 12 (2.45%) Cisco UCCX
7 10 (2.04%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.64%) Puppet
9 6 (1.23%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 6 (1.23%) CSIRT
9 6 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
9 6 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
10 5 (1.02%) Grafana
10 5 (1.02%) Stealthwatch
11 4 (0.82%) Prometheus
11 4 (0.82%) Salt
11 4 (0.82%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 392 (80.16%) Cisco
2 163 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 162 (33.13%) Juniper
4 130 (26.58%) F5
5 75 (15.34%) Palo Alto
6 73 (14.93%) VMware
7 69 (14.11%) Fortinet
8 68 (13.91%) SolarWinds
9 40 (8.18%) Microsoft
10 38 (7.77%) Aruba
10 38 (7.77%) Blue Coat
11 35 (7.16%) HP
12 32 (6.54%) Brocade
12 32 (6.54%) Meraki
13 31 (6.34%) Arista
14 27 (5.52%) McAfee
15 22 (4.50%) Citrix
15 22 (4.50%) Infoblox
16 20 (4.09%) Riverbed
17 19 (3.89%) Forcepoint