Period
to 31 May 2020

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 31 May 2020 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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 341 421 529
Rank change year-on-year +80 +108 -70
Contract jobs citing OSPF 288 518 382
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.57% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.60% 4.50% 2.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 363 246
Median daily rate £450 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -2.94% +7.59%
10th Percentile £255 £289 £270
90th Percentile £626 £538 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £390 £416
% change year-on-year +15.38% -6.31% +21.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 26 10
Median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £42.96
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +4.75% +37.47%
10th Percentile £18.50 £24.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £49.68 £66.81 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £45.00 £42.96
% change year-on-year -55.56% +4.75% +32.18%

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 6,263 11,505 13,564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.48% 12.58% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,617 7,113 8,379
Median daily rate £425 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +3.03%
10th Percentile £181 £205 £205
90th Percentile £622 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £390
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 543 745
Median hourly rate £32.00 £20.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.10% +5.13% -6.60%
10th Percentile £13.90 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.30 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.75 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year +15.28% -7.69% -2.01%

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing OSPF as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing OSPF.

Daily rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing OSPF over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing OSPF.

Hourly rate trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing OSPF over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 2020. 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 +60 243 £450 +9.09% 35
UK excluding London +82 188 £450 +15.38% 29
London +54 85 £450 - 10
South East +118 51 £450 +28.57% 3
Midlands +110 45 £590 +68.57% 10
West Midlands +91 39 £600 +42.01% 10
North of England +73 37 £300 -16.67% 7
Scotland +57 29 £450 +50.00% 3
Yorkshire +59 22 £303 -26.67% 1
South West +23 16 £450 +12.50% 4
Work from Home +16 15 £413 +21.32% 1
North West +49 12 £293 -26.88% 6
East of England +31 9 £675 +58.82% 1
East Midlands +38 5 £293 +6.36%
North East +19 3 £300 +1.69%
Wales +19 1 £350 -15.15% 1

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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.

1 261 (90.63%) BGP
2 250 (86.81%) Cisco
3 186 (64.58%) Firewall
4 181 (62.85%) Cisco Certification
5 151 (52.43%) CCNP
6 149 (51.74%) WAN
7 144 (50.00%) LAN
8 132 (45.83%) VPN
9 119 (41.32%) Juniper
10 118 (40.97%) MPLS
11 115 (39.93%) Cisco Nexus
12 104 (36.11%) EIGRP
13 88 (30.56%) Security Cleared
14 84 (29.17%) TCP/IP
15 83 (28.82%) CCNA
16 78 (27.08%) IPsec
17 68 (23.61%) Network Design
18 64 (22.22%) Wireless
19 62 (21.53%) Cisco ASA
20 60 (20.83%) Data Centre
21 57 (19.79%) CCIE
22 54 (18.75%) F5
23 53 (18.40%) SolarWinds
23 53 (18.40%) Cisco IOS
24 49 (17.01%) Python
25 48 (16.67%) Linux
26 47 (16.32%) Palo Alto
26 47 (16.32%) Cisco ISE
27 46 (15.97%) DV Cleared
27 46 (15.97%) VoIP

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 6 (2.08%) OpenStack
2 4 (1.39%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.39%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.35%) Confluence
Applications
1 7 (2.43%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.69%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.35%) assyst
2 1 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 31 (10.76%) AWS
2 27 (9.38%) Azure
3 12 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (3.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 9 (3.13%) IaaS
5 9 (3.13%) SaaS
6 7 (2.43%) GCP
7 6 (2.08%) PaaS
8 4 (1.39%) GitHub
8 4 (1.39%) OneDrive
9 3 (1.04%) Office 365
9 3 (1.04%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.69%) Akamai
11 1 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 1 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.35%) G Suite
11 1 (0.35%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 261 (90.63%) BGP
2 186 (64.58%) Firewall
3 149 (51.74%) WAN
4 144 (50.00%) LAN
5 132 (45.83%) VPN
6 118 (40.97%) MPLS
7 115 (39.93%) Cisco Nexus
8 104 (36.11%) EIGRP
9 84 (29.17%) TCP/IP
10 78 (27.08%) IPsec
11 64 (22.22%) Wireless
12 62 (21.53%) Cisco ASA
13 53 (18.40%) Cisco IOS
14 47 (16.32%) Cisco ISE
15 46 (15.97%) VoIP
16 45 (15.63%) DMVPN
17 43 (14.93%) Internet
18 42 (14.58%) Ethernet
19 41 (14.24%) Network Security
20 40 (13.89%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.35%) DB2
1 1 (0.35%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (0.35%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 14 (4.86%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (1.04%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.69%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.69%) JIRA
4 1 (0.35%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.35%) Jenkins
General
1 39 (13.54%) Telecoms
2 27 (9.38%) Finance
3 25 (8.68%) Public Sector
4 17 (5.90%) Banking
5 12 (4.17%) Front Office
6 10 (3.47%) Investment Banking
7 6 (2.08%) French Language
7 6 (2.08%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.74%) German Language
9 4 (1.39%) Back Office
10 3 (1.04%) Electronics
10 3 (1.04%) Marketing
10 3 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.69%) Military
11 2 (0.69%) Police
11 2 (0.69%) Retail
12 1 (0.35%) Games
12 1 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 197 (68.40%) Network Engineer
2 29 (10.07%) Cisco Engineer
2 29 (10.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 22 (7.64%) Architect
3 22 (7.64%) Senior Network Engineer
4 19 (6.60%) Network Architect
5 16 (5.56%) Design Engineer
6 15 (5.21%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
7 13 (4.51%) Network Design Engineer
8 12 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 11 (3.82%) IP Network Engineer
9 11 (3.82%) Network Security Engineer
9 11 (3.82%) Security Engineer
10 10 (3.47%) Designer
10 10 (3.47%) Platform Engineer
10 10 (3.47%) Senior Platform Engineer
11 9 (3.13%) Consultant
11 9 (3.13%) Data Network Engineer
11 9 (3.13%) IP Engineer
11 9 (3.13%) Network Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (7.99%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.39%) Jinja
3 3 (1.04%) Web Services
4 1 (0.35%) HTML
4 1 (0.35%) LDAP
4 1 (0.35%) Rendezvous
4 1 (0.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (20.83%) Data Centre
2 15 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (3.47%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.47%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.78%) Replication
5 6 (2.08%) PKI
6 4 (1.39%) Social Media
7 3 (1.04%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.69%) CMDB
8 2 (0.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (0.69%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.69%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.35%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.35%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.35%) Fibre Optics
9 1 (0.35%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.35%) User Experience
9 1 (0.35%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 48 (16.67%) Linux
2 21 (7.29%) Windows
3 16 (5.56%) Unix
4 8 (2.78%) Windows Server
5 2 (0.69%) AIX
5 2 (0.69%) CatOS
6 1 (0.35%) Android
6 1 (0.35%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (23.61%) Network Design
2 44 (15.28%) Migration
3 41 (14.24%) Change Management
4 33 (11.46%) Network Management
5 31 (10.76%) Load Balancing
6 29 (10.07%) Cryptography
7 28 (9.72%) ITIL
8 27 (9.38%) Validation
9 25 (8.68%) Configuration Management
10 24 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
11 23 (7.99%) Service Delivery
12 22 (7.64%) Service Management
13 21 (7.29%) Problem-Solving
14 20 (6.94%) Problem Management
15 19 (6.60%) Network Architecture
16 18 (6.25%) DevOps
16 18 (6.25%) Incident Management
16 18 (6.25%) Project Delivery
17 16 (5.56%) Network Monitoring
18 15 (5.21%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 49 (17.01%) Python
2 8 (2.78%) Perl
3 6 (2.08%) C
4 5 (1.74%) Shell Script
4 5 (1.74%) SQL
5 4 (1.39%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.04%) Java
6 3 (1.04%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.69%) Lisp
7 2 (0.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 181 (62.85%) Cisco Certification
2 151 (52.43%) CCNP
3 88 (30.56%) Security Cleared
4 83 (28.82%) CCNA
5 57 (19.79%) CCIE
6 46 (15.97%) DV Cleared
7 40 (13.89%) CCDP
8 38 (13.19%) SC Cleared
9 29 (10.07%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 26 (9.03%) CCDA
11 21 (7.29%) Degree
12 18 (6.25%) BC Cleared
12 18 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (4.51%) CCIP
13 13 (4.51%) JNCIS
14 11 (3.82%) JNCIP
15 8 (2.78%) CCIE Collaboration
16 6 (2.08%) CCDE
17 5 (1.74%) JNCIA
18 4 (1.39%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.47%) QA
2 7 (2.43%) SLA
3 4 (1.39%) PMO
4 2 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.35%) NCSC
System Software
1 19 (6.60%) VMware NSX
2 17 (5.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.82%) Active Directory
4 7 (2.43%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (2.08%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (1.74%) Docker
6 5 (1.74%) vSphere
7 4 (1.39%) BitLocker
7 4 (1.39%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.04%) vCloud
9 2 (0.69%) Firmware
9 2 (0.69%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.69%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.35%) NFS
Systems Management
1 22 (7.64%) FortiGate
2 17 (5.90%) Cisco Prime
3 15 (5.21%) Nagios
4 11 (3.82%) Ansible
4 11 (3.82%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (3.82%) Puppet
4 11 (3.82%) vCenter Server
5 10 (3.47%) Statseeker
6 8 (2.78%) Cacti
6 8 (2.78%) NetMRI
6 8 (2.78%) ZABBIX
7 5 (1.74%) Kubernetes
8 4 (1.39%) Endace
8 4 (1.39%) SCCM
8 4 (1.39%) SCOM
9 2 (0.69%) Amdocs OSS
9 2 (0.69%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (0.69%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.69%) vRealize
10 1 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 250 (86.81%) Cisco
2 119 (41.32%) Juniper
3 54 (18.75%) F5
4 53 (18.40%) SolarWinds
5 47 (16.32%) Palo Alto
6 44 (15.28%) CheckPoint
7 40 (13.89%) VMware
8 32 (11.11%) Dell
9 26 (9.03%) Splunk
10 23 (7.99%) Microsoft
10 23 (7.99%) Oracle
11 19 (6.60%) Aruba
12 17 (5.90%) Blue Coat
12 17 (5.90%) Brocade
13 16 (5.56%) Citrix
14 13 (4.51%) Arista
14 13 (4.51%) Fortinet
15 12 (4.17%) Meraki
16 11 (3.82%) NetScout
17 10 (3.47%) Alcatel-Lucent