Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 500 505 475
Rank change year-on-year +5 -30 -85
Contract jobs citing OSPF 437 389 509
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.41% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.18% 2.99% 3.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 221 288
UK median daily rate £417 £403 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.47% +7.47% -
10th Percentile £273 £300 £263
90th Percentile £538 £550 £547
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £398 £363
% change year-on-year +3.77% +9.66% +0.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 12 30
UK median hourly rate £43.71 £32.75 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.46% -28.80% +8.24%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £25.45
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.19 £50.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.96 £23.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year +86.78% -51.91% +15.95%

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 13,745 13,022 16,885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 13.61% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,418 7,830 10,230
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 767 744 810
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.36%
10th Percentile £12.22 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +20.38%

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 16 August 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 16 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 15 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 16 August 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 -11 413 £416 +2.09% 101
UK excluding London -2 235 £413 +3.77% 65
London +23 193 £425 -5.56% 40
South East -6 111 £413 +2.36% 17
North of England +7 52 £421 +8.65% 20
South West +5 25 £400 -5.88% 5
East of England 0 24 £370 -8.19% 11
North West -23 22 £450 +16.13% 9
Yorkshire 0 18 £413 -2.94% 4
Scotland -37 17 £375 - 4
North East +7 15 £625 +85.19% 7
Midlands -19 7 £425 +17.24% 8
West Midlands -32 5 £425 +23.64% 7
East Midlands -4 2 - - 1
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 16 August 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.

1 388 (88.79%) BGP
2 375 (85.81%) Cisco
3 284 (64.99%) Firewall
4 254 (58.12%) Cisco Certification
5 192 (43.94%) CCNP
6 190 (43.48%) WAN
7 181 (41.42%) LAN
8 176 (40.27%) MPLS
9 169 (38.67%) VPN
10 150 (34.32%) Juniper
11 147 (33.64%) Cisco ASA
12 143 (32.72%) TCP/IP
13 139 (31.81%) Data Centre
14 135 (30.89%) DNS
15 128 (29.29%) CheckPoint
16 126 (28.83%) Wireless
17 119 (27.23%) EIGRP
18 114 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
19 107 (24.49%) CCNA
20 103 (23.57%) F5
21 89 (20.37%) ITIL
22 82 (18.76%) VLAN
22 82 (18.76%) Network Security
23 78 (17.85%) DHCP
24 77 (17.62%) Finance
25 73 (16.70%) CCIE
26 72 (16.48%) Security Cleared
27 70 (16.02%) Cisco IOS
28 68 (15.56%) IPsec
29 66 (15.10%) VMware

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 11 (2.52%) OpenStack
2 9 (2.06%) Skype for Business
3 6 (1.37%) Confluence
4 2 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 11 (2.52%) MS Visio
2 6 (1.37%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.14%) RMDS
2 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 27 (6.18%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.83%) PaaS
4 6 (1.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 5 (1.14%) Office 365
6 4 (0.92%) Akamai
6 4 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.92%) SaaS
7 2 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.46%) IaaS
8 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.23%) GitHub
8 1 (0.23%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.23%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 388 (88.79%) BGP
2 284 (64.99%) Firewall
3 190 (43.48%) WAN
4 181 (41.42%) LAN
5 176 (40.27%) MPLS
6 169 (38.67%) VPN
7 147 (33.64%) Cisco ASA
8 143 (32.72%) TCP/IP
9 135 (30.89%) DNS
10 126 (28.83%) Wireless
11 119 (27.23%) EIGRP
12 114 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
13 82 (18.76%) Network Security
13 82 (18.76%) VLAN
14 78 (17.85%) DHCP
15 70 (16.02%) Cisco IOS
16 68 (15.56%) IPsec
17 61 (13.96%) Multicast
18 56 (12.81%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 55 (12.59%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.69%) MySQL
2 2 (0.46%) Big Data
2 2 (0.46%) GIS
2 2 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (0.46%) SQLite
3 1 (0.23%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.23%) Redis
3 1 (0.23%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (2.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (1.60%) JIRA
3 4 (0.92%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.69%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.46%) Metasploit
5 2 (0.46%) Robot Framework
5 2 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 77 (17.62%) Finance
2 63 (14.42%) Telecoms
3 31 (7.09%) Banking
4 9 (2.06%) Retail
5 8 (1.83%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.92%) Law
6 4 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.69%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.46%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.46%) French Language
8 2 (0.46%) German Language
9 1 (0.23%) Advertising
9 1 (0.23%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.23%) Front Office
9 1 (0.23%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 243 (55.61%) Network Engineer
2 52 (11.90%) Cisco Engineer
3 46 (10.53%) Architect
4 40 (9.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 36 (8.24%) Network Security Engineer
5 36 (8.24%) Security Engineer
6 35 (8.01%) Network Architect
7 34 (7.78%) Senior Network Engineer
8 33 (7.55%) Analyst
9 26 (5.95%) Consultant
9 26 (5.95%) Network Analyst
10 16 (3.66%) Juniper Engineer
11 15 (3.43%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 13 (2.97%) Network Consultant
12 13 (2.97%) Support Engineer
13 12 (2.75%) Security Analyst
14 11 (2.52%) Network Support
15 10 (2.29%) Design Engineer
15 10 (2.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 10 (2.29%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (8.70%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.14%) LDAP
2 5 (1.14%) YAML
3 4 (0.92%) XML
4 3 (0.69%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (0.69%) Spine.js
5 2 (0.46%) HTML
5 2 (0.46%) Kafka
5 2 (0.46%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.46%) Web Services
6 1 (0.23%) JSON
6 1 (0.23%) Middleware
6 1 (0.23%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.23%) REST
6 1 (0.23%) RESTful
6 1 (0.23%) SAML
6 1 (0.23%) SOAP
6 1 (0.23%) WAP
6 1 (0.23%) XML-RPC
6 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 139 (31.81%) Data Centre
2 39 (8.92%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (4.12%) Management Information System
4 15 (3.43%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (2.97%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.52%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.37%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (1.14%) Driving Licence
8 5 (1.14%) Eurex
8 5 (1.14%) Fat Client
8 5 (1.14%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.14%) Thin Client
9 4 (0.92%) e-Health
9 4 (0.92%) PKI
10 3 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.69%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (0.46%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.46%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.46%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 59 (13.50%) Linux
2 52 (11.90%) Windows
3 37 (8.47%) Unix
4 19 (4.35%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.37%) Solaris
7 5 (1.14%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.92%) CentOS
8 4 (0.92%) Debian
9 3 (0.69%) Check Point GAiA
10 2 (0.46%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.46%) zOS
11 1 (0.23%) SUSE
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (20.37%) ITIL
2 66 (15.10%) Network Design
3 62 (14.19%) Load Balancing
4 49 (11.21%) Network Management
5 44 (10.07%) Change Management
5 44 (10.07%) Migration
6 42 (9.61%) Network Monitoring
6 42 (9.61%) Project Management
7 36 (8.24%) Network Virtualisation
8 31 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
9 27 (6.18%) Change Control
9 27 (6.18%) Service Delivery
10 22 (5.03%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (5.03%) Network Architecture
11 21 (4.81%) High Availability
11 21 (4.81%) Incident Management
12 19 (4.35%) Problem Management
13 17 (3.89%) Configuration Management
13 17 (3.89%) DevOps
14 16 (3.66%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 34 (7.78%) Python
2 15 (3.43%) Perl
3 12 (2.75%) Bash Shell
4 9 (2.06%) Ruby
5 7 (1.60%) C
6 5 (1.14%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.69%) Java
7 3 (0.69%) VB
8 2 (0.46%) Bourne shell
8 2 (0.46%) JCL
8 2 (0.46%) PHP
9 1 (0.23%) Lisp
9 1 (0.23%) R
9 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.23%) Tcl
9 1 (0.23%) VBScript
9 1 (0.23%) XPath
Qualifications
1 254 (58.12%) Cisco Certification
2 192 (43.94%) CCNP
3 107 (24.49%) CCNA
4 73 (16.70%) CCIE
5 72 (16.48%) Security Cleared
6 61 (13.96%) SC Cleared
7 31 (7.09%) Degree
8 30 (6.86%) CCDP
9 27 (6.18%) DV Cleared
10 25 (5.72%) JNCIS
11 19 (4.35%) CCSE
12 16 (3.66%) CCSA
13 14 (3.20%) CISSP
14 12 (2.75%) Check Point Certification
14 12 (2.75%) JNCIA
15 10 (2.29%) BC Cleared
15 10 (2.29%) BPSS Clearance
15 10 (2.29%) CCIP
16 7 (1.60%) CCSP
16 7 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.35%) QA
2 12 (2.75%) SLA
3 9 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.06%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.92%) COBIT
5 3 (0.69%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.46%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.46%) GDPR
7 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.23%) GCP
System Software
1 55 (12.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (6.18%) Active Directory
3 18 (4.12%) VMware NSX
4 13 (2.97%) ProxySG
5 10 (2.29%) Hyper-V
6 6 (1.37%) Docker
7 4 (0.92%) Firmware
7 4 (0.92%) KVM
7 4 (0.92%) NFS
7 4 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.92%) vSphere
8 3 (0.69%) Snort
9 2 (0.46%) FreeRADIUS
9 2 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.46%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.23%) Ceph
10 1 (0.23%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 19 (4.35%) Ansible
2 16 (3.66%) FortiGate
3 10 (2.29%) Cisco CUCM
3 10 (2.29%) SolarWinds Orion
4 8 (1.83%) Cisco Prime
4 8 (1.83%) vCenter Server
5 7 (1.60%) Cisco UCCX
5 7 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.60%) Puppet
6 6 (1.37%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 6 (1.37%) CSIRT
7 5 (1.14%) Cacti
7 5 (1.14%) Nagios
8 4 (0.92%) Grafana
8 4 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.69%) Cisco IPCC
9 3 (0.69%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.69%) Salt
9 3 (0.69%) TrustSec
9 3 (0.69%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 375 (85.81%) Cisco
2 150 (34.32%) Juniper
3 128 (29.29%) CheckPoint
4 103 (23.57%) F5
5 66 (15.10%) VMware
6 57 (13.04%) Palo Alto
7 49 (11.21%) SolarWinds
8 42 (9.61%) Fortinet
9 35 (8.01%) Blue Coat
10 28 (6.41%) Microsoft
11 25 (5.72%) Aruba
12 24 (5.49%) Arista
12 24 (5.49%) Citrix
13 23 (5.26%) Infoblox
13 23 (5.26%) Meraki
14 22 (5.03%) McAfee
15 20 (4.58%) Brocade
16 19 (4.35%) HP
17 16 (3.66%) Riverbed
18 12 (2.75%) Forcepoint