Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 534 462 466
Rank change year-on-year -72 +4 -110
Contract jobs citing OSPF 377 430 480
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.48% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.80% 3.41% 3.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 267 285
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +10.21% +3.57%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £259
90th Percentile £638 £538 £546
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £349 £363
% change year-on-year +18.19% -3.72% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 21 28
UK median hourly rate £42.42 £30.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.40% -31.82% +46.67%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £20.05
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.42 £27.00 £46.92
% change year-on-year +57.11% -42.45% +34.04%

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 13,481 12,619 15,843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.38% 13.97% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,332 7,704 9,467
UK median daily rate £423 £412 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.79% +2.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £208 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 731 695
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £20.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.95% -18.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.24 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.30% -20.40% +11.11%

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 24 May 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 24 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 14 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 24 May 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 -47 360 £425 +6.25% 102
London -14 193 £425 -5.56% 51
UK excluding London -79 177 £413 +18.19% 55
South East -39 94 £425 +13.56% 12
North of England -17 31 £431 +21.05% 17
East of England +13 25 £361 -12.42% 10
North West -18 22 £450 +28.57% 12
South West +6 12 £400 +11.89% 3
Scotland -49 12 £325 -13.33% 4
Yorkshire -12 8 £419 -1.47% 4
Midlands -33 6 £300 -5.88% 9
North East - 4 £625 - 1
East Midlands 0 3 £300 +9.59% 1
West Midlands -39 3 - - 8

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 348 (92.31%) BGP
2 332 (88.06%) Cisco
3 249 (66.05%) Firewall
4 226 (59.95%) Cisco Certification
5 159 (42.18%) WAN
6 158 (41.91%) VPN
7 157 (41.64%) Juniper
8 154 (40.85%) CCNP
9 147 (38.99%) MPLS
10 138 (36.60%) LAN
11 133 (35.28%) DNS
11 133 (35.28%) Cisco ASA
12 129 (34.22%) Data Centre
13 121 (32.10%) TCP/IP
14 114 (30.24%) Cisco Nexus
15 109 (28.91%) CheckPoint
16 97 (25.73%) EIGRP
16 97 (25.73%) CCNA
16 97 (25.73%) Wireless
17 96 (25.46%) F5
18 81 (21.49%) Security Cleared
18 81 (21.49%) VLAN
19 78 (20.69%) DHCP
20 76 (20.16%) ITIL
21 72 (19.10%) CCIE
21 72 (19.10%) Network Security
22 70 (18.57%) IPsec
23 67 (17.77%) SC Cleared
24 65 (17.24%) HSRP
25 64 (16.98%) Finance

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 8 (2.12%) Confluence
2 4 (1.06%) Skype for Business
3 3 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (0.80%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 9 (2.39%) MS Visio
2 4 (1.06%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.33%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 30 (7.96%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (6.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (3.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 11 (2.92%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.33%) PaaS
6 4 (1.06%) SaaS
7 2 (0.53%) Akamai
8 1 (0.27%) IaaS
8 1 (0.27%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 348 (92.31%) BGP
2 249 (66.05%) Firewall
3 159 (42.18%) WAN
4 158 (41.91%) VPN
5 147 (38.99%) MPLS
6 138 (36.60%) LAN
7 133 (35.28%) Cisco ASA
7 133 (35.28%) DNS
8 121 (32.10%) TCP/IP
9 114 (30.24%) Cisco Nexus
10 97 (25.73%) EIGRP
10 97 (25.73%) Wireless
11 81 (21.49%) VLAN
12 78 (20.69%) DHCP
13 72 (19.10%) Network Security
14 70 (18.57%) IPsec
15 65 (17.24%) HSRP
16 64 (16.98%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 60 (15.92%) Cisco IOS
18 51 (13.53%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.80%) SQL Server
1 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.53%) GIS
2 2 (0.53%) MySQL
3 1 (0.27%) Big Data
3 1 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.27%) Redis
3 1 (0.27%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 16 (4.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 11 (2.92%) Sonatype Nexus
3 9 (2.39%) JIRA
4 5 (1.33%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.80%) Bugzilla
6 2 (0.53%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.27%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.27%) Robot Framework
General
1 64 (16.98%) Finance
2 44 (11.67%) Telecoms
3 28 (7.43%) Banking
4 9 (2.39%) Retail
5 7 (1.86%) Investment Banking
6 5 (1.33%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.80%) Corporate Banking
7 3 (0.80%) Games
8 2 (0.53%) French Language
9 1 (0.27%) Advertising
9 1 (0.27%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.27%) Electronics
9 1 (0.27%) Front Office
9 1 (0.27%) German Language
9 1 (0.27%) Law
9 1 (0.27%) Legal
9 1 (0.27%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.27%) Marketing
9 1 (0.27%) Publishing
9 1 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 198 (52.52%) Network Engineer
2 80 (21.22%) Architect
3 50 (13.26%) Network Architect
4 34 (9.02%) Cisco Engineer
5 32 (8.49%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 32 (8.49%) Network Security Engineer
5 32 (8.49%) Security Engineer
6 24 (6.37%) Analyst
6 24 (6.37%) Senior Network Engineer
7 17 (4.51%) Security Architect
8 16 (4.24%) Network Analyst
9 13 (3.45%) Consultant
9 13 (3.45%) Solutions Architect
10 11 (2.92%) Network Team Leader
10 11 (2.92%) Support Engineer
10 11 (2.92%) Team Leader
11 10 (2.65%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 9 (2.39%) Cisco Security Engineer
12 9 (2.39%) Data Network Engineer
12 9 (2.39%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (7.43%) 802.1X
2 6 (1.59%) YAML
3 4 (1.06%) XML
4 3 (0.80%) Core Data
4 3 (0.80%) HTML
4 3 (0.80%) Silverlight
4 3 (0.80%) Web Services
5 2 (0.53%) Kafka
5 2 (0.53%) RESTful
6 1 (0.27%) CGI
6 1 (0.27%) CSS
6 1 (0.27%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.27%) JSON
6 1 (0.27%) Middleware
6 1 (0.27%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.27%) REST
6 1 (0.27%) SAML
6 1 (0.27%) SOAP
6 1 (0.27%) WAP
6 1 (0.27%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 129 (34.22%) Data Centre
2 36 (9.55%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.18%) Management Information System
3 12 (3.18%) Private Cloud
4 10 (2.65%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (2.39%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.86%) Computer Science
7 5 (1.33%) Eurex
7 5 (1.33%) Fat Client
7 5 (1.33%) Linux Command Line
7 5 (1.33%) Thin Client
8 4 (1.06%) e-Health
8 4 (1.06%) NHS
8 4 (1.06%) PKI
9 3 (0.80%) Digital TV
9 3 (0.80%) MPEG
9 3 (0.80%) Public Cloud
9 3 (0.80%) STB
9 3 (0.80%) Video on Demand
9 3 (0.80%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 44 (11.67%) Linux
1 44 (11.67%) Windows
2 25 (6.63%) Unix
3 14 (3.71%) Windows Server
4 6 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (1.33%) Check Point GAiA
6 4 (1.06%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.53%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.27%) CentOS
9 1 (0.27%) Debian
9 1 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.27%) Solaris
9 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (20.16%) ITIL
2 53 (14.06%) Network Architecture
3 45 (11.94%) Network Design
4 43 (11.41%) Project Management
5 39 (10.34%) Load Balancing
5 39 (10.34%) Network Management
5 39 (10.34%) Network Virtualisation
6 38 (10.08%) Migration
7 34 (9.02%) Change Management
7 34 (9.02%) Problem-Solving
8 33 (8.75%) Network Monitoring
9 25 (6.63%) Service Delivery
10 24 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (4.77%) DevOps
11 18 (4.77%) Service Management
12 17 (4.51%) ITIL V3
13 15 (3.98%) Change Control
13 15 (3.98%) Translating Business Requirements
13 15 (3.98%) Virtual Environments
14 14 (3.71%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 37 (9.81%) Python
2 8 (2.12%) Perl
3 6 (1.59%) Bash Shell
4 5 (1.33%) C
5 4 (1.06%) AWK
5 4 (1.06%) sed
6 3 (0.80%) Ruby
7 2 (0.53%) Java
7 2 (0.53%) PHP
7 2 (0.53%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.53%) VB
8 1 (0.27%) Bourne shell
8 1 (0.27%) Lisp
8 1 (0.27%) SQL
8 1 (0.27%) XPath
Qualifications
1 226 (59.95%) Cisco Certification
2 154 (40.85%) CCNP
3 97 (25.73%) CCNA
4 81 (21.49%) Security Cleared
5 72 (19.10%) CCIE
6 67 (17.77%) SC Cleared
7 45 (11.94%) CCDP
8 29 (7.69%) DV Cleared
9 27 (7.16%) Degree
10 24 (6.37%) JNCIS
11 22 (5.84%) CISSP
12 19 (5.04%) CCSA
13 16 (4.24%) MCSE
13 16 (4.24%) Microsoft Certification
14 15 (3.98%) CCSE
14 15 (3.98%) JNCIA
15 14 (3.71%) MCP
16 11 (2.92%) CCSP
17 8 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
18 7 (1.86%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.18%) SLA
2 11 (2.92%) GCP
2 11 (2.92%) PCI DSS
3 8 (2.12%) QA
4 5 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.53%) COBIT
6 2 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.53%) GDPR
7 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 49 (13.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (9.28%) Active Directory
3 25 (6.63%) VMware NSX
4 9 (2.39%) ProxySG
5 6 (1.59%) vSphere
6 5 (1.33%) DFS Replication
6 5 (1.33%) Hyper-V
7 4 (1.06%) Firmware
7 4 (1.06%) VirtualBox
7 4 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.80%) NFS
8 3 (0.80%) Snort
9 2 (0.53%) Docker
9 2 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.27%) FreeRADIUS
10 1 (0.27%) KVM
10 1 (0.27%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 26 (6.90%) Ansible
2 15 (3.98%) FortiGate
3 7 (1.86%) Cisco Prime
4 6 (1.59%) Cacti
4 6 (1.59%) OVSD
4 6 (1.59%) Puppet
4 6 (1.59%) vCenter Server
5 5 (1.33%) SolarWinds Orion
6 4 (1.06%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (1.06%) SCCM
7 3 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.80%) OpenView
8 2 (0.53%) Nagios
8 2 (0.53%) OpenNMS
8 2 (0.53%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.27%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.27%) Cisco UCCX
9 1 (0.27%) SCOM
9 1 (0.27%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 332 (88.06%) Cisco
2 157 (41.64%) Juniper
3 109 (28.91%) CheckPoint
4 96 (25.46%) F5
5 61 (16.18%) VMware
6 50 (13.26%) Palo Alto
7 45 (11.94%) Fortinet
8 37 (9.81%) HP
9 31 (8.22%) SolarWinds
10 28 (7.43%) Infoblox
11 23 (6.10%) Blue Coat
12 22 (5.84%) Citrix
13 21 (5.57%) McAfee
14 20 (5.31%) Microsoft
15 19 (5.04%) Arista
16 17 (4.51%) Aruba
16 17 (4.51%) Brocade
17 16 (4.24%) Meraki
18 10 (2.65%) Reuters
19 9 (2.39%) Riverbed