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 3 months to 26 April 2017 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 390 421 359
Rank change year-on-year +31 -62  
Contract jobs citing OSPF 218 241 322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.43% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.42% 2.84% 3.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 142 204
Median daily rate £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £227 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £461 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -6.89% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 18 3
Median hourly rate £29.00 £46.92 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.18% +17.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.35 £24.50 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £50.00 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £46.92 £40.00
% change year-on-year -46.71% +17.28%  

OSPF is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6380 8486 8228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.19% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3873 5131 4503
Median daily rate £400 £387 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.29% +10.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +6.89% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 360 446
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +0.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +16.66%  

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing OSPF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +29 190 £425 +17.24% 46
London +41 91 £450 +28.57% 27
South East +8 52 £356 -6.25% 6
Hampshire +9 27 £300 -14.89% 1
City of London +4 15 £425 +17.24% 9
North West +31 11 £315 -3.07% 6
Scotland +24 11 £300 +31.86% 4
West Midlands +25 10 £363 -3.33% 3
South West -15 10 £338 -6.89% 1
Basingstoke +9 9 £244 +8.22%
Manchester +16 8 £315 -3.07% 5
Belfast -19 8 £313 -40.47%
County Antrim -20 8 £313 -40.47%
Northern Ireland -24 8 £313 -40.47%
Berkshire +10 7 £338 -19.16% 1
Croydon +15 6 £450 -14.28%
Edinburgh +15 6 £348 +6.92% 2
Milton Keynes +2 6 £375 -
Buckinghamshire -5 6 £375 - 1
East of England -6 6 £425 +21.42% 2
Birmingham +12 5 £363 -2.02% 1
Oxfordshire -7 5 £413 +26.92% 2
Winchester - 5 £400 -
Cornwall - 5 £338 -
Bristol +3 4 £370 -
West Sussex +17 3 £335 -
Yorkshire +7 3 £500 +42.85% 1
West Yorkshire +6 3 £500 +42.85% 1
Surrey +6 3 £400 +116.21%
Leeds +5 3 £500 +42.85%

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing OSPF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for OSPF.

1 402 (88.94%) Cisco
2 387 (85.62%) BGP
3 288 (63.72%) Cisco Certification
4 274 (60.62%) Firewall
5 240 (53.10%) MPLS
6 230 (50.88%) CCNP
7 210 (46.46%) WAN
8 170 (37.61%) Juniper
9 165 (36.50%) VPN
10 161 (35.62%) LAN
11 139 (30.75%) CheckPoint
12 137 (30.31%) Wireless
13 134 (29.65%) CCNA
13 134 (29.65%) TCP/IP
14 131 (28.98%) Cisco Nexus
15 130 (28.76%) EIGRP
16 124 (27.43%) Data Centre
17 116 (25.66%) Cisco ASA
18 102 (22.57%) F5
19 100 (22.12%) VLAN
20 87 (19.25%) Cisco IOS
20 87 (19.25%) DNS
21 85 (18.81%) IPsec
22 83 (18.36%) Security Cleared
23 80 (17.70%) Finance
24 78 (17.26%) Network Security
25 77 (17.04%) Network Design
26 68 (15.04%) HSRP
27 65 (14.38%) SNMP
28 62 (13.72%) Telecoms

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 3 (0.66%) MS Exchange
1 3 (0.66%) Skype for Business
2 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.22%) CMS
3 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.22%) IIS
3 1 (0.22%) OpenStack
Applications
1 19 (4.20%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (0.66%) assyst
2 2 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (5.09%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (1.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 4 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (0.66%) Office 365
6 1 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.22%) IaaS
6 1 (0.22%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 387 (85.62%) BGP
2 274 (60.62%) Firewall
3 240 (53.10%) MPLS
4 210 (46.46%) WAN
5 165 (36.50%) VPN
6 161 (35.62%) LAN
7 137 (30.31%) Wireless
8 134 (29.65%) TCP/IP
9 131 (28.98%) Cisco Nexus
10 130 (28.76%) EIGRP
11 116 (25.66%) Cisco ASA
12 100 (22.12%) VLAN
13 87 (19.25%) Cisco IOS
13 87 (19.25%) DNS
14 85 (18.81%) IPsec
15 78 (17.26%) Network Security
16 68 (15.04%) HSRP
17 65 (14.38%) SNMP
18 60 (13.27%) Ethernet
18 60 (13.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.66%) MySQL
2 2 (0.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (3.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.66%) JIRA
3 2 (0.44%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (0.44%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.22%) JMeter
4 1 (0.22%) JUnit
General
1 80 (17.70%) Finance
2 62 (13.72%) Telecoms
3 24 (5.31%) Banking
4 17 (3.76%) Retail
5 13 (2.88%) Military
6 8 (1.77%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.55%) Marketing
7 7 (1.55%) Multimedia
8 6 (1.33%) Electronics
8 6 (1.33%) Manufacturing
9 5 (1.11%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.88%) Advertising
10 4 (0.88%) Billing
10 4 (0.88%) Legal
11 2 (0.44%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.44%) Games
11 2 (0.44%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.22%) Automotive
12 1 (0.22%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 263 (58.19%) Network Engineer
2 60 (13.27%) Cisco Engineer
3 56 (12.39%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 48 (10.62%) Architect
5 46 (10.18%) Senior Network Engineer
6 38 (8.41%) Network Support
7 33 (7.30%) Network Architect
8 31 (6.86%) Analyst
8 31 (6.86%) Support Engineer
9 28 (6.19%) Network Support Engineer
10 25 (5.53%) Network Design Engineer
11 24 (5.31%) Design Engineer
12 23 (5.09%) Network Analyst
13 19 (4.20%) Consultant
13 19 (4.20%) Juniper Engineer
14 18 (3.98%) Security Engineer
15 17 (3.76%) Network Security Engineer
16 15 (3.32%) Voice Engineer
17 14 (3.10%) Cisco Architect
17 14 (3.10%) NOC Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (9.29%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.55%) Middleware
3 5 (1.11%) XMPP
4 4 (0.88%) SOAP
5 3 (0.66%) CGI
5 3 (0.66%) Web Services
5 3 (0.66%) XML
6 2 (0.44%) COM
6 2 (0.44%) CSS
6 2 (0.44%) RFC 2547
7 1 (0.22%) .NET
7 1 (0.22%) Core Data
7 1 (0.22%) JMS
7 1 (0.22%) REST
7 1 (0.22%) RESTful
7 1 (0.22%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 124 (27.43%) Data Centre
2 47 (10.40%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (2.88%) CMDB
4 12 (2.65%) Hybrid Cloud
5 10 (2.21%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 9 (1.99%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.55%) IPTV
7 7 (1.55%) Over-the-Top Content
7 7 (1.55%) STB
7 7 (1.55%) Video on Demand
8 6 (1.33%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.11%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.11%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (0.88%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.88%) Smart Meter
11 3 (0.66%) FlexPod
11 3 (0.66%) RSA SecurID
11 3 (0.66%) Social Network
12 2 (0.44%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 40 (8.85%) Windows
2 36 (7.96%) Linux
3 22 (4.87%) Unix
4 15 (3.32%) CatOS
5 11 (2.43%) Windows Server
6 7 (1.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.11%) CentOS
9 3 (0.66%) AIX
9 3 (0.66%) Android
9 3 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.66%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.66%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.66%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.44%) FreeBSD
10 2 (0.44%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.22%) Debian
11 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.22%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (17.04%) Network Design
2 53 (11.73%) Load Balancing
2 53 (11.73%) Network Management
3 50 (11.06%) Migration
4 45 (9.96%) ITIL
5 36 (7.96%) Project Management
6 24 (5.31%) High Availability
7 23 (5.09%) Mentoring
8 22 (4.87%) Change Management
9 21 (4.65%) Problem Management
10 20 (4.42%) Configuration Management
11 19 (4.20%) Continuous Improvement
11 19 (4.20%) Network Monitoring
12 18 (3.98%) Network Architecture
13 17 (3.76%) Asset Management
14 15 (3.32%) Service Management
15 13 (2.88%) QMS
16 12 (2.65%) Release Management
17 11 (2.43%) Integration Testing
17 11 (2.43%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (1.99%) C
2 5 (1.11%) SQL
3 4 (0.88%) Perl
4 3 (0.66%) PowerShell
4 3 (0.66%) Python
5 2 (0.44%) Java
5 2 (0.44%) Lisp
6 1 (0.22%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.22%) C#
6 1 (0.22%) C++
6 1 (0.22%) Prolog
6 1 (0.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 288 (63.72%) Cisco Certification
2 230 (50.88%) CCNP
3 134 (29.65%) CCNA
4 83 (18.36%) Security Cleared
5 60 (13.27%) SC Cleared
6 54 (11.95%) CCIE
7 28 (6.19%) JNCIA
8 25 (5.53%) CCDP
9 19 (4.20%) JNCIS
10 15 (3.32%) Degree
10 15 (3.32%) JNCIE
11 14 (3.10%) CCIP
11 14 (3.10%) CCSA
12 13 (2.88%) DV Cleared
13 10 (2.21%) JNCIP
14 8 (1.77%) CISSP
15 6 (1.33%) CCSE
16 5 (1.11%) CCDA
16 5 (1.11%) GIAC
17 4 (0.88%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.32%) SLA
2 7 (1.55%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.44%) Def Stans
4 2 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 37 (8.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (3.32%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.55%) VMware ESXi
3 7 (1.55%) vSphere
4 5 (1.11%) Firmware
4 5 (1.11%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.66%) vCloud
6 2 (0.44%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (0.44%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.22%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.22%) KVM
7 1 (0.22%) NFS
7 1 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.22%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.22%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 29 (6.42%) Cisco Prime
2 26 (5.75%) FortiGate
3 18 (3.98%) Nagios
4 12 (2.65%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (1.55%) Cacti
6 5 (1.11%) EnCase
6 5 (1.11%) WhatsUp Gold
7 3 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.44%) Cisco UCCX
8 2 (0.44%) Nessus
8 2 (0.44%) OPNET
8 2 (0.44%) Pingdom
8 2 (0.44%) Puppet
8 2 (0.44%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.44%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.44%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.22%) Ansible
9 1 (0.22%) Cisco LMS
9 1 (0.22%) RANCID
Vendors
1 402 (88.94%) Cisco
2 170 (37.61%) Juniper
3 139 (30.75%) CheckPoint
4 102 (22.57%) F5
5 53 (11.73%) VMware
6 49 (10.84%) Fortinet
7 44 (9.73%) SolarWinds
8 42 (9.29%) Palo Alto
9 36 (7.96%) Arista
10 32 (7.08%) HP
11 21 (4.65%) Huawei
11 21 (4.65%) Microsoft
12 20 (4.42%) Citrix
12 20 (4.42%) Infoblox
13 19 (4.20%) Aruba
13 19 (4.20%) Blue Coat
13 19 (4.20%) Riverbed
14 17 (3.76%) Avaya
15 15 (3.32%) Meraki
16 13 (2.88%) Nokia
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