Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 406 537 484
Rank change year-on-year +131 -53 -24
Contract jobs citing OSPF 516 406 406
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.39% 0.43%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.40% 2.95% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 247 246
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £275 £281 £274
90th Percentile £562 £568 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £420 £375
% change year-on-year -4.76% +12.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 19 12
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.42 £32.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.08% +29.53% -28.80%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £66.81 £47.17 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.42 £23.00
% change year-on-year +6.08% +84.43% -51.91%

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 11,727 13,760 12,977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.74% 13.32% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,203 8,467 7,788
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £204
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +1.27% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 572 770 761
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.50% +2.56% -22.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.79 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26% -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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +96 470 £425 - 122
UK excluding London +106 293 £400 -4.76% 92
London +69 212 £475 +11.76% 36
South East -1 81 £375 -11.76% 32
South West +23 63 £415 +3.75% 7
North of England +21 45 £325 -23.53% 17
Midlands +57 37 £431 +2.68% 20
East of England +11 30 £425 +14.86% 10
West Midlands +41 26 £475 +13.10% 16
Scotland +25 23 £300 -25.00% 4
North West +23 22 £425 -5.56% 9
North East +25 16 £295 -52.80%
Wales - 12 £425 - 2
East Midlands +29 11 £268 - 4
Yorkshire +17 7 £386 -6.36% 8
Northern Ireland - 3 £389 -

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 450 (87.21%) BGP
2 425 (82.36%) Cisco
3 327 (63.37%) Cisco Certification
4 320 (62.02%) Firewall
5 253 (49.03%) CCNP
6 236 (45.74%) LAN
6 236 (45.74%) WAN
7 191 (37.02%) MPLS
8 188 (36.43%) VPN
9 184 (35.66%) F5
10 182 (35.27%) Cisco Nexus
11 174 (33.72%) CheckPoint
12 170 (32.95%) Data Centre
13 167 (32.36%) EIGRP
13 167 (32.36%) Juniper
14 151 (29.26%) Wireless
15 141 (27.33%) Cisco ASA
16 136 (26.36%) TCP/IP
17 133 (25.78%) Multicast
18 124 (24.03%) CCNA
19 112 (21.71%) VLAN
20 107 (20.74%) CCIE
21 99 (19.19%) Network Security
22 93 (18.02%) Security Cleared
23 91 (17.64%) IPsec
24 90 (17.44%) Palo Alto
25 89 (17.25%) DNS
26 86 (16.67%) SolarWinds
27 83 (16.09%) Network Design
28 80 (15.50%) Fortinet

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 9 (1.74%) OpenStack
2 6 (1.16%) Confluence
2 6 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.58%) Apache
4 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.39%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.19%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 10 (1.94%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.19%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 49 (9.50%) Amazon AWS
2 45 (8.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (2.13%) IaaS
3 11 (2.13%) PaaS
4 8 (1.55%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 8 (1.55%) Office 365
5 7 (1.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 6 (1.16%) SaaS
7 5 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.39%) Akamai
9 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.39%) GitHub
10 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.19%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.19%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.19%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 450 (87.21%) BGP
2 320 (62.02%) Firewall
3 236 (45.74%) LAN
3 236 (45.74%) WAN
4 191 (37.02%) MPLS
5 188 (36.43%) VPN
6 182 (35.27%) Cisco Nexus
7 167 (32.36%) EIGRP
8 151 (29.26%) Wireless
9 141 (27.33%) Cisco ASA
10 136 (26.36%) TCP/IP
11 133 (25.78%) Multicast
12 112 (21.71%) VLAN
13 99 (19.19%) Network Security
14 91 (17.64%) IPsec
15 89 (17.25%) DNS
16 76 (14.73%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 75 (14.53%) Ethernet
18 69 (13.37%) Cisco IOS
18 69 (13.37%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.39%) Big Data
1 2 (0.39%) MS Access
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.19%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (3.10%) Sonatype Nexus
2 14 (2.71%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 10 (1.94%) JIRA
4 8 (1.55%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.39%) Ant
5 2 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.39%) Hudson
6 1 (0.19%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.19%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.19%) Subversion
General
1 71 (13.76%) Telecoms
2 63 (12.21%) Finance
3 35 (6.78%) Banking
4 19 (3.68%) Investment Banking
5 12 (2.33%) Retail
6 8 (1.55%) Multimedia
7 6 (1.16%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.16%) Marketing
8 5 (0.97%) Billing
9 3 (0.58%) Electronics
9 3 (0.58%) German Language
9 3 (0.58%) Publishing
10 2 (0.39%) International Banking
10 2 (0.39%) Law
11 1 (0.19%) Advertising
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.19%) Back Office
11 1 (0.19%) Games
11 1 (0.19%) Legal
11 1 (0.19%) Military
Job Titles
1 366 (70.93%) Network Engineer
2 87 (16.86%) Senior Network Engineer
3 48 (9.30%) Cisco Engineer
4 41 (7.95%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 36 (6.98%) Architect
5 36 (6.98%) Network Architect
6 33 (6.40%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 32 (6.20%) Security Engineer
8 31 (6.01%) Network Security Engineer
9 26 (5.04%) Consultant
10 23 (4.46%) Network Consultant
11 16 (3.10%) Juniper Engineer
12 15 (2.91%) WAN Engineer
13 13 (2.52%) Implementation Engineer
14 12 (2.33%) LAN Engineer
15 11 (2.13%) Network Implementation Engineer
16 10 (1.94%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
16 10 (1.94%) LAN/WAN Engineer
16 10 (1.94%) Senior Cisco Engineer
16 10 (1.94%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (10.66%) 802.1X
2 16 (3.10%) Spine.js
3 15 (2.91%) JSON
4 13 (2.52%) YAML
5 12 (2.33%) XML
6 8 (1.55%) .NET
7 6 (1.16%) Regular Expression
8 3 (0.58%) HTML
8 3 (0.58%) XMPP
9 2 (0.39%) CSS
9 2 (0.39%) Django
9 2 (0.39%) LDAP
10 1 (0.19%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 170 (32.95%) Data Centre
2 23 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.49%) Driving Licence
3 18 (3.49%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (1.94%) Public Cloud
5 8 (1.55%) Data Protection Act
5 8 (1.55%) PKI
6 7 (1.36%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.16%) CLARiiON
8 5 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.78%) e-Health
9 4 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.58%) CESG
10 3 (0.58%) CMDB
10 3 (0.58%) Hedge funds
10 3 (0.58%) MPEG
10 3 (0.58%) RSA SecurID
11 2 (0.39%) CCTV
11 2 (0.39%) Digital TV
11 2 (0.39%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 57 (11.05%) Linux
2 35 (6.78%) Unix
3 28 (5.43%) Windows
4 11 (2.13%) CentOS
4 11 (2.13%) Debian
4 11 (2.13%) Windows Server
5 4 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.58%) HPUX
6 3 (0.58%) VMS
7 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (16.09%) Network Design
2 70 (13.57%) Network Monitoring
3 63 (12.21%) ITIL
3 63 (12.21%) Network Management
4 56 (10.85%) Load Balancing
5 53 (10.27%) Migration
6 42 (8.14%) Change Management
6 42 (8.14%) Service Delivery
7 38 (7.36%) Low Latency
8 37 (7.17%) Network Architecture
9 31 (6.01%) Kalman Filter
10 29 (5.62%) Network Virtualisation
10 29 (5.62%) Project Management
11 26 (5.04%) Problem-Solving
12 24 (4.65%) High Availability
13 19 (3.68%) Change Control
14 17 (3.29%) Web Filtering
15 16 (3.10%) Agile Software Development
16 15 (2.91%) Disaster Recovery
16 15 (2.91%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 58 (11.24%) Python
2 20 (3.88%) Perl
3 14 (2.71%) PowerShell
4 12 (2.33%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.36%) Prolog
5 7 (1.36%) SQL
6 5 (0.97%) Shell Script
7 4 (0.78%) C
8 3 (0.58%) Java
9 1 (0.19%) Lingo
9 1 (0.19%) PHP
9 1 (0.19%) R
9 1 (0.19%) Tcl
9 1 (0.19%) VB
Qualifications
1 327 (63.37%) Cisco Certification
2 253 (49.03%) CCNP
3 124 (24.03%) CCNA
4 107 (20.74%) CCIE
5 93 (18.02%) Security Cleared
6 69 (13.37%) SC Cleared
7 29 (5.62%) CCDP
8 27 (5.23%) DV Cleared
9 23 (4.46%) JNCIE
10 22 (4.26%) Degree
11 19 (3.68%) CCSA
12 18 (3.49%) JNCIA
13 17 (3.29%) JNCIP
14 16 (3.10%) BPSS Clearance
15 10 (1.94%) BC Cleared
15 10 (1.94%) CCSE
15 10 (1.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (1.74%) CCDA
16 9 (1.74%) CCIP
16 9 (1.74%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.52%) SLA
2 7 (1.36%) PCI DSS
2 7 (1.36%) QA
3 5 (0.97%) COBIT
3 5 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.78%) GDPR
4 4 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.58%) PMO
6 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.39%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.39%) NIST
7 1 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.19%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.19%) NCSC
System Software
1 41 (7.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 21 (4.07%) VMware NSX
3 17 (3.29%) ProxySG
4 7 (1.36%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.78%) Docker
6 2 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (5.62%) Cisco Prime
2 24 (4.65%) Cisco CUCM
3 22 (4.26%) Ansible
4 19 (3.68%) FortiGate
5 15 (2.91%) Cacti
6 10 (1.94%) Nagios
7 9 (1.74%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.55%) Cisco UCCX
9 7 (1.36%) TrustSec
10 6 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (1.16%) Puppet
11 5 (0.97%) Cisco CME
11 5 (0.97%) Iperf
12 4 (0.78%) CA Spectrum
12 4 (0.78%) Cisco UCCE
13 3 (0.58%) Cisco IPCC
13 3 (0.58%) OpenView
13 3 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
14 2 (0.39%) systemd
14 2 (0.39%) Terraform
Vendors
1 425 (82.36%) Cisco
2 184 (35.66%) F5
3 174 (33.72%) CheckPoint
4 167 (32.36%) Juniper
5 90 (17.44%) Palo Alto
6 86 (16.67%) SolarWinds
7 80 (15.50%) Fortinet
8 44 (8.53%) VMware
9 34 (6.59%) Aruba
10 33 (6.40%) Arista
11 31 (6.01%) Blue Coat
11 31 (6.01%) Microsoft
12 29 (5.62%) HP
13 28 (5.43%) Riverbed
14 24 (4.65%) Citrix
15 21 (4.07%) Meraki
15 21 (4.07%) NetScout
16 18 (3.49%) McAfee
16 18 (3.49%) Nokia
17 17 (3.29%) Alcatel-Lucent