Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 439 442 577
Rank change year-on-year +3 +135 -97
Contract jobs citing OSPF 424 549 332
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.53% 0.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.74% 4.01% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 289 341 178
UK median daily rate £413 £417 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.08% +8.66% -0.97%
10th Percentile £231 £278 £255
90th Percentile £538 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 15 6
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £43.92 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.47% +88.88% -46.55%
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.15 £12.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.42 £19.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year +123.26% -18.28% -46.55%

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 11,325 13,680 14,028
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 13.11% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,793 8,227 8,557
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £194 £200 £184
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 642 649 750
UK median hourly rate £25.68 £19.39 £19.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.47% +0.36% -14.16%
10th Percentile £13.26 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.35 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +23.68% - -24.00%

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 14 November 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 14 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 16 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 14 November 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 +13 389 £413 -1.79% 118
UK excluding London +42 266 £400 - 85
London +12 147 £425 - 38
South East +30 103 £375 -6.25% 35
Midlands +61 46 £450 +8.43% 12
North of England +4 44 £350 -14.63% 18
North West +11 33 £400 -2.44% 8
South West +3 32 £450 +12.50% 6
West Midlands +41 30 £450 +8.43% 10
Scotland +27 17 £183 -53.65% 5
East Midlands +31 16 £450 +16.50% 2
East of England +16 15 £350 -6.67% 9
Wales +38 8 £440 -
Yorkshire +13 7 £381 -8.57% 5
North East -2 4 £325 +8.33% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 £313 -

For the 6 months to 14 November 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.

1 367 (86.56%) Cisco
2 358 (84.43%) BGP
3 256 (60.38%) Cisco Certification
4 255 (60.14%) Firewall
5 197 (46.46%) CCNP
6 186 (43.87%) VPN
7 184 (43.40%) WAN
8 178 (41.98%) MPLS
9 174 (41.04%) LAN
10 160 (37.74%) Juniper
11 139 (32.78%) TCP/IP
12 137 (32.31%) EIGRP
13 117 (27.59%) CheckPoint
13 117 (27.59%) Data Centre
14 113 (26.65%) Wireless
15 109 (25.71%) Cisco ASA
16 108 (25.47%) Cisco Nexus
17 102 (24.06%) CCNA
18 97 (22.88%) F5
19 91 (21.46%) Network Security
19 91 (21.46%) IPsec
20 86 (20.28%) Palo Alto
21 82 (19.34%) VLAN
22 80 (18.87%) Security Cleared
22 80 (18.87%) DNS
22 80 (18.87%) CCIE
22 80 (18.87%) Ethernet
23 77 (18.16%) Change Management
24 72 (16.98%) Telecoms
24 72 (16.98%) 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 11 (2.59%) OpenStack
2 4 (0.94%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.71%) Apache
4 2 (0.47%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.47%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.47%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.24%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.89%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 32 (7.55%) Azure
2 26 (6.13%) AWS
3 14 (3.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 7 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (1.18%) SaaS
6 4 (0.94%) IaaS
6 4 (0.94%) PaaS
6 4 (0.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.47%) Office 365
8 2 (0.47%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.24%) Akamai
9 1 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.24%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 358 (84.43%) BGP
2 255 (60.14%) Firewall
3 186 (43.87%) VPN
4 184 (43.40%) WAN
5 178 (41.98%) MPLS
6 174 (41.04%) LAN
7 139 (32.78%) TCP/IP
8 137 (32.31%) EIGRP
9 113 (26.65%) Wireless
10 109 (25.71%) Cisco ASA
11 108 (25.47%) Cisco Nexus
12 91 (21.46%) IPsec
12 91 (21.46%) Network Security
13 82 (19.34%) VLAN
14 80 (18.87%) DNS
14 80 (18.87%) Ethernet
15 70 (16.51%) Multicast
16 65 (15.33%) HSRP
17 63 (14.86%) VoIP
18 62 (14.62%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.24%) DB2
1 1 (0.24%) MS Access
1 1 (0.24%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 24 (5.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 9 (2.12%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.24%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.24%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.24%) Hudson
3 1 (0.24%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.24%) JIRA
3 1 (0.24%) Subversion
General
1 72 (16.98%) Telecoms
2 43 (10.14%) Finance
3 18 (4.25%) Banking
4 10 (2.36%) Investment Banking
5 9 (2.12%) Financial Institution
5 9 (2.12%) Public Sector
6 6 (1.42%) Marketing
7 5 (1.18%) Games
7 5 (1.18%) Publishing
8 4 (0.94%) Front Office
9 2 (0.47%) Advertising
9 2 (0.47%) Back Office
9 2 (0.47%) Law
9 2 (0.47%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.24%) Electronics
10 1 (0.24%) Legal
10 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.24%) Military
10 1 (0.24%) Retail
Job Titles
1 276 (65.09%) Network Engineer
2 46 (10.85%) Senior Network Engineer
3 44 (10.38%) Cisco Engineer
4 38 (8.96%) Architect
4 38 (8.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 35 (8.25%) Network Architect
6 31 (7.31%) IP Engineer
7 26 (6.13%) Security Engineer
8 21 (4.95%) Network Security Engineer
8 21 (4.95%) WAN Engineer
9 19 (4.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 19 (4.48%) IP Network Engineer
10 16 (3.77%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
11 15 (3.54%) Design Engineer
11 15 (3.54%) LAN Engineer
11 15 (3.54%) LAN/WAN Engineer
12 14 (3.30%) Consultant
13 13 (3.07%) Administrator
13 13 (3.07%) Network Administrator
13 13 (3.07%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (10.14%) 802.1X
2 14 (3.30%) JSON
3 10 (2.36%) XML
4 8 (1.89%) .NET
4 8 (1.89%) YAML
5 5 (1.18%) Web Services
6 1 (0.24%) Ajax
6 1 (0.24%) HTML
6 1 (0.24%) Jinja
6 1 (0.24%) LDAP
6 1 (0.24%) Middleware
6 1 (0.24%) ModSecurity
6 1 (0.24%) REST
6 1 (0.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 117 (27.59%) Data Centre
2 26 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (2.83%) Management Information System
4 11 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.12%) Driving Licence
6 6 (1.42%) Hedge funds
6 6 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (1.42%) Public Cloud
6 6 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (1.18%) RSA SecurID
8 4 (0.94%) PKI
8 4 (0.94%) PMI
8 4 (0.94%) Replication
9 3 (0.71%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.71%) MPEG
10 2 (0.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (0.47%) e-Health
10 2 (0.47%) e-Learning
10 2 (0.47%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.47%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 36 (8.49%) Windows
2 32 (7.55%) Linux
2 32 (7.55%) Unix
3 16 (3.77%) Windows Server
4 9 (2.12%) Check Point GAiA
5 7 (1.65%) CentOS
5 7 (1.65%) Debian
6 3 (0.71%) FreeBSD
6 3 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.71%) VMS
7 2 (0.47%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (18.16%) Change Management
2 72 (16.98%) Network Design
3 66 (15.57%) ITIL
4 62 (14.62%) Migration
5 48 (11.32%) Network Management
6 42 (9.91%) Service Delivery
7 39 (9.20%) Load Balancing
8 35 (8.25%) Network Monitoring
9 31 (7.31%) Project Management
10 25 (5.90%) Problem-Solving
11 23 (5.42%) High Availability
11 23 (5.42%) Kalman Filter
11 23 (5.42%) Project Delivery
12 22 (5.19%) Network Architecture
13 21 (4.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 20 (4.72%) Network Virtualisation
15 16 (3.77%) Technical Leadership
16 14 (3.30%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (3.30%) Capacity Planning
17 13 (3.07%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (10.14%) Python
2 21 (4.95%) Perl
3 11 (2.59%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.12%) SQL
5 7 (1.65%) Prolog
6 6 (1.42%) C
7 5 (1.18%) PHP
8 4 (0.94%) Bash Shell
9 3 (0.71%) Java
10 1 (0.24%) C++
10 1 (0.24%) Ruby
10 1 (0.24%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 256 (60.38%) Cisco Certification
2 197 (46.46%) CCNP
3 102 (24.06%) CCNA
4 80 (18.87%) CCIE
4 80 (18.87%) Security Cleared
5 58 (13.68%) SC Cleared
6 41 (9.67%) CCDP
7 26 (6.13%) JNCIP
8 24 (5.66%) Degree
9 23 (5.42%) DV Cleared
10 18 (4.25%) JNCIE
11 16 (3.77%) CCIP
12 15 (3.54%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (3.07%) BC Cleared
14 12 (2.83%) CCSE
15 9 (2.12%) CCSA
15 9 (2.12%) CISSP
15 9 (2.12%) JNCIA
15 9 (2.12%) JNCIS
16 8 (1.89%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.30%) SLA
2 8 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (1.89%) QA
3 5 (1.18%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.94%) NCSC
5 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.47%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.47%) PMO
6 1 (0.24%) COBIT
6 1 (0.24%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.24%) NIST
6 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 24 (5.66%) VMware Infrastructure
2 21 (4.95%) Active Directory
3 14 (3.30%) VMware NSX
4 10 (2.36%) ProxySG
5 2 (0.47%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.47%) Firmware
5 2 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.47%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.24%) Docker
6 1 (0.24%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.24%) KVM
6 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 27 (6.37%) Nagios
2 19 (4.48%) Cisco Prime
3 18 (4.25%) FortiGate
4 16 (3.77%) Ansible
5 11 (2.59%) Cacti
6 9 (2.12%) Cisco CUCM
6 9 (2.12%) Iperf
7 7 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (1.65%) Puppet
8 6 (1.42%) SCOM
9 4 (0.94%) OPNET
9 4 (0.94%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.71%) CA Spectrum
10 3 (0.71%) Cisco CME
10 3 (0.71%) Terraform
11 2 (0.47%) Icinga
11 2 (0.47%) Nexpose
11 2 (0.47%) Salt
11 2 (0.47%) SCCM
12 1 (0.24%) OSSEC
Vendors
1 367 (86.56%) Cisco
2 160 (37.74%) Juniper
3 117 (27.59%) CheckPoint
4 97 (22.88%) F5
5 86 (20.28%) Palo Alto
6 63 (14.86%) SolarWinds
7 60 (14.15%) Fortinet
8 50 (11.79%) Aruba
9 35 (8.25%) Microsoft
10 33 (7.78%) Meraki
11 30 (7.08%) Blue Coat
12 29 (6.84%) VMware
13 24 (5.66%) Riverbed
14 20 (4.72%) NetScout
15 18 (4.25%) HP
16 17 (4.01%) Huawei
17 15 (3.54%) McAfee
18 14 (3.30%) Alcatel-Lucent
18 14 (3.30%) Citrix
19 11 (2.59%) Aerohive Networks