Period
to 9 December 2021

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 9 December 2021 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
9 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 575 405 415
Rank change year-on-year -170 +10 +24
Contract jobs citing OSPF 290 165 424
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.44% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.93% 3.38% 3.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 113 300
10th Percentile £313 £338 £232
25th Percentile £400 £363 £310
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £403
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +11.80% -3.01%
75th Percentile £563 £494 £488
90th Percentile £600 £569 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £420 £390
% change year-on-year +2.32% +7.69% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 11 23
10th Percentile £21.15 £17.00 £16.25
25th Percentile £25.31 £19.25 £18.13
Median hourly rate £41.35 £40.00 £45.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.36% -11.11% +1.86%
75th Percentile £49.25 £41.69 £48.97
90th Percentile £51.65 £44.50 £56.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.58 £25.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +90.51% -36.25% +81.82%

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 9,889 4,885 11,061
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.03% 12.88% 13.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,473 3,104 6,796
10th Percentile £206 £208 £183
25th Percentile £363 £325 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £485 £438 £413
Median % change year-on-year +10.86% +6.06% -2.94%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £677 £623 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 240 639
10th Percentile £12.06 £14.00 £13.25
25th Percentile £15.00 £18.19 £16.20
Median hourly rate £22.00 £35.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -37.14% +55.56% +18.42%
75th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £46.40
90th Percentile £64.50 £58.88 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £34.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -41.18% +65.85% +17.14%

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 9 December 2021.

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 9 December 2021.

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 9 December 2021. 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 -135 237 £471 +4.62% 64
UK excluding London -100 140 £430 +2.32% 41
London -153 97 £500 +5.26% 28
Work from Home -157 84 £481 +6.94% 11
South East -33 55 £405 +8.00% 7
South West -53 25 £471 +4.62% 2
Scotland -63 17 £441 +9.91% 4
East of England -45 15 £418 +15.97%
North of England -68 12 £350 -13.69% 18
Midlands -83 10 £295 -31.59% 8
North West -40 9 £300 -26.02% 5
West Midlands -80 8 £190 -55.94% 4
Channel Islands - 5 £550 -
Yorkshire - 3 £550 - 3
East Midlands - 2 £503 - 4
Wales - 1 £570 - 1

For the 6 months to 9 December 2021, 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.

1 266 (91.72%) BGP
2 224 (77.24%) Cisco
3 195 (67.24%) Firewall
4 136 (46.90%) Cisco Certification
5 130 (44.83%) LAN
6 124 (42.76%) MPLS
7 121 (41.72%) WAN
8 116 (40.00%) CCNP
9 96 (33.10%) VPN
9 96 (33.10%) Data Centre
10 87 (30.00%) Juniper
11 75 (25.86%) Security Cleared
12 73 (25.17%) Cisco Nexus
13 69 (23.79%) Network Security
13 69 (23.79%) IPsec
14 68 (23.45%) TCP/IP
15 67 (23.10%) Wireless
16 66 (22.76%) AWS
17 65 (22.41%) EIGRP
18 58 (20.00%) Azure
19 56 (19.31%) Palo Alto
20 55 (18.97%) F5
21 54 (18.62%) Ethernet
22 53 (18.28%) DNS
22 53 (18.28%) CheckPoint
23 52 (17.93%) Social Skills
24 50 (17.24%) DHCP
24 50 (17.24%) CCIE
24 50 (17.24%) VMware
24 50 (17.24%) Cisco ASA

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 7 (2.41%) Confluence
2 6 (2.07%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 16 (5.52%) MS Visio
2 10 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.34%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 66 (22.76%) AWS
2 58 (20.00%) Azure
3 13 (4.48%) PaaS
4 12 (4.14%) GCP
5 11 (3.79%) SaaS
5 11 (3.79%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 10 (3.45%) IaaS
7 9 (3.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 7 (2.41%) AWS Direct Connect
9 6 (2.07%) Amazon ELB
9 6 (2.07%) IBM Cloud
9 6 (2.07%) SoftLayer
10 5 (1.72%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.72%) Microsoft 365
11 4 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (1.03%) Azure Sentinel
12 3 (1.03%) GitHub
13 2 (0.69%) Catchpoint
14 1 (0.34%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 266 (91.72%) BGP
2 195 (67.24%) Firewall
3 130 (44.83%) LAN
4 124 (42.76%) MPLS
5 121 (41.72%) WAN
6 96 (33.10%) VPN
7 73 (25.17%) Cisco Nexus
8 69 (23.79%) IPsec
8 69 (23.79%) Network Security
9 68 (23.45%) TCP/IP
10 67 (23.10%) Wireless
11 65 (22.41%) EIGRP
12 54 (18.62%) Ethernet
13 53 (18.28%) DNS
14 50 (17.24%) Cisco ASA
14 50 (17.24%) DHCP
15 47 (16.21%) Internet
16 46 (15.86%) SD-WAN
16 46 (15.86%) VLAN
17 34 (11.72%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (0.34%) MySQL
1 1 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (0.34%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (4.83%) Sonatype Nexus
2 9 (3.10%) JIRA
2 9 (3.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (1.38%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.03%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.69%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 52 (17.93%) Social Skills
2 39 (13.45%) Telecoms
3 27 (9.31%) Finance
4 21 (7.24%) Public Sector
5 16 (5.52%) Organisational Skills
6 14 (4.83%) Banking
7 13 (4.48%) Documentation Skills
8 8 (2.76%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (2.07%) Military
10 5 (1.72%) Financial Institution
10 5 (1.72%) Police
10 5 (1.72%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (1.03%) Influencing Skills
11 3 (1.03%) Law
12 2 (0.69%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.69%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.69%) Retail
13 1 (0.34%) Games
13 1 (0.34%) Legal
13 1 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 166 (57.24%) Network Engineer
2 34 (11.72%) Senior Network Engineer
3 29 (10.00%) Architect
4 28 (9.66%) Cisco Engineer
5 26 (8.97%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 23 (7.93%) Network Architect
7 16 (5.52%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 12 (4.14%) Design Engineer
9 11 (3.79%) Cloud Engineer
9 11 (3.79%) Network Design Engineer
10 8 (2.76%) Consultant
10 8 (2.76%) Designer
10 8 (2.76%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
10 8 (2.76%) IP Engineer
10 8 (2.76%) Juniper Engineer
10 8 (2.76%) Principal Engineer
10 8 (2.76%) Security Engineer
11 7 (2.41%) Network Designer
11 7 (2.41%) Principal Network Engineer
11 7 (2.41%) Senior Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (7.59%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.38%) Spine.js
3 3 (1.03%) LDAP
3 3 (1.03%) Web Services
4 2 (0.69%) Middleware
5 1 (0.34%) ARM Templates
5 1 (0.34%) Azure Blueprints
5 1 (0.34%) CSS
5 1 (0.34%) Django
5 1 (0.34%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.34%) Flask
5 1 (0.34%) ISPF
5 1 (0.34%) Kafka
5 1 (0.34%) OpenDaylight
5 1 (0.34%) REST
5 1 (0.34%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 96 (33.10%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.86%) Management Information System
3 15 (5.17%) Public Cloud
3 15 (5.17%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.76%) PKI
5 6 (2.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 5 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (1.38%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.03%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.03%) Fibre Optics
9 2 (0.69%) Clustering
9 2 (0.69%) CMDB
9 2 (0.69%) Cybercrime
9 2 (0.69%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (0.69%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.69%) Mainframe
9 2 (0.69%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.34%) Cloud Native
10 1 (0.34%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 28 (9.66%) Linux
2 14 (4.83%) Windows
3 12 (4.14%) Unix
4 7 (2.41%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (1.72%) Ubuntu
6 4 (1.38%) CentOS
7 2 (0.69%) zOS
8 1 (0.34%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.34%) VMS
8 1 (0.34%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (16.55%) Network Design
2 46 (15.86%) Migration
3 41 (14.14%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (13.45%) ITIL
5 37 (12.76%) Network Management
6 36 (12.41%) Load Balancing
7 30 (10.34%) Network Virtualisation
8 25 (8.62%) Network Monitoring
8 25 (8.62%) Service Delivery
9 24 (8.28%) Change Management
10 19 (6.55%) Infrastructure as Code
11 18 (6.21%) Capacity Planning
12 17 (5.86%) Customer Requirements
13 16 (5.52%) Configuration Management
13 16 (5.52%) Problem-Solving
14 15 (5.17%) Computer Science
14 15 (5.17%) High Availability
14 15 (5.17%) Network Architecture
15 13 (4.48%) DevOps
16 12 (4.14%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (13.79%) Python
2 16 (5.52%) C
3 12 (4.14%) Perl
4 8 (2.76%) Bash Shell
5 5 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 4 (1.38%) Shell Script
7 3 (1.03%) Java
8 1 (0.34%) JCL
Qualifications
1 136 (46.90%) Cisco Certification
2 116 (40.00%) CCNP
3 75 (25.86%) Security Cleared
4 50 (17.24%) CCIE
5 47 (16.21%) SC Cleared
6 36 (12.41%) CCNA
7 27 (9.31%) CCDP
8 24 (8.28%) Degree
9 15 (5.17%) DV Cleared
10 14 (4.83%) JNCIP
11 11 (3.79%) CCIP
12 8 (2.76%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (2.76%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (2.76%) JNCIS
13 7 (2.41%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 5 (1.72%) CCIE Service Provider
14 5 (1.72%) CISSP
14 5 (1.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 4 (1.38%) AWS Certification
15 4 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.21%) SLA
2 5 (1.72%) QA
3 2 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.34%) GDPR
4 1 (0.34%) NIST
4 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.34%) PMO
System Software
1 42 (14.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (5.86%) VMware NSX
3 11 (3.79%) Active Directory
4 7 (2.41%) Docker
4 7 (2.41%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (2.07%) KVM
5 6 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.03%) pfSense
7 2 (0.69%) vSphere
8 1 (0.34%) Firmware
8 1 (0.34%) NFS
8 1 (0.34%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.34%) vCloud
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 33 (11.38%) Ansible
2 22 (7.59%) FortiGate
3 20 (6.90%) Terraform
4 7 (2.41%) Cisco Prime
4 7 (2.41%) Nagios
5 6 (2.07%) Kubernetes
6 5 (1.72%) Puppet
6 5 (1.72%) vCenter Server
7 4 (1.38%) SolarWinds Orion
7 4 (1.38%) Stealthwatch
8 3 (1.03%) OPNET
9 2 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.69%) Packer
10 1 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.34%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.34%) HP SiteScope
10 1 (0.34%) Icinga
10 1 (0.34%) Kibana
10 1 (0.34%) logstash
10 1 (0.34%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 224 (77.24%) Cisco
2 87 (30.00%) Juniper
3 56 (19.31%) Palo Alto
4 55 (18.97%) F5
5 53 (18.28%) CheckPoint
6 50 (17.24%) VMware
7 35 (12.07%) Fortinet
8 32 (11.03%) SolarWinds
9 22 (7.59%) Meraki
10 20 (6.90%) Nokia
11 18 (6.21%) Aruba
12 14 (4.83%) Infoblox
13 13 (4.48%) ADVA
14 12 (4.14%) Ciena
14 12 (4.14%) Microsoft
15 11 (3.79%) Arista
15 11 (3.79%) Zscaler
16 10 (3.45%) Brocade
16 10 (3.45%) Riverbed
17 9 (3.10%) Extreme Networks