The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 23 June 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)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 99 78
Rank change year-on-year -17 -21  
Contract jobs citing OSPF 5 37 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.25% 1.23% 1.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.61% 9.23% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 21 29
Median daily rate £388 £370 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.72% +13.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £280 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £400 £346
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £364 £335
% change year-on-year +7.56% +8.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £60.00 - £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £47.83 £30.00
% change year-on-year -31.00% +59.43%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 310 401 357
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.26% 13.32% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 216 209
Median daily rate £400 £358 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.88% +5.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £486
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 32
Median hourly rate £31.00 £21.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.18% +22.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £37.50 £29.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

OSPF
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing OSPF in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for OSPF in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing OSPF in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for OSPF in the West Midlands

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for OSPF in the West Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 June 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
Staffordshire 0 2 - -
Worcestershire +9 1 - -
Birmingham +9 1 £325 -8.12% 2
Shropshire +7 1 £450 +18.42%
OSPF
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for OSPF.

1 15 (93.75%) Firewall
2 14 (87.50%) BGP
2 14 (87.50%) Cisco
3 12 (75.00%) WAN
3 12 (75.00%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (62.50%) CCNP
5 9 (56.25%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (50.00%) Network Design
6 8 (50.00%) EIGRP
7 7 (43.75%) CheckPoint
7 7 (43.75%) Wireless
7 7 (43.75%) CCNA
8 6 (37.50%) VPN
8 6 (37.50%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (37.50%) Data Centre
9 5 (31.25%) F5
9 5 (31.25%) Network Security
10 4 (25.00%) Load Balancing
10 4 (25.00%) DMVPN
10 4 (25.00%) Cisco Wireless
10 4 (25.00%) LAN
10 4 (25.00%) Migration
11 3 (18.75%) MPLS
11 3 (18.75%) Finance
11 3 (18.75%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (18.75%) Juniper
11 3 (18.75%) DHCP
11 3 (18.75%) Oracle
11 3 (18.75%) DNS
11 3 (18.75%) WLAN

OSPF
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 15 (93.75%) Firewall
2 14 (87.50%) BGP
3 12 (75.00%) WAN
4 9 (56.25%) Cisco ASA
5 8 (50.00%) EIGRP
6 7 (43.75%) Wireless
7 6 (37.50%) Cisco Nexus
7 6 (37.50%) VPN
8 5 (31.25%) Network Security
9 4 (25.00%) Cisco Wireless
9 4 (25.00%) DMVPN
9 4 (25.00%) LAN
10 3 (18.75%) DHCP
10 3 (18.75%) DNS
10 3 (18.75%) MPLS
10 3 (18.75%) RIP
10 3 (18.75%) VLAN
10 3 (18.75%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (18.75%) WLAN
11 2 (12.50%) Junos
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Electronics
2 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (75.00%) Network Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Cisco Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Design Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Implementation Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Network Design Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Analyst
4 2 (12.50%) Juniper Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Network Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) LAN Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) LAN/WAN Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Network Design Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Network Design Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Network Security Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Security Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 6 (37.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.25%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
1 1 (6.25%) VxWorks
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) Network Design
2 4 (25.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (25.00%) Migration
3 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
4 2 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (12.50%) ITIL
4 2 (12.50%) Presales
5 1 (6.25%) Business Development
5 1 (6.25%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (6.25%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
5 1 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
5 1 (6.25%) DevOps
5 1 (6.25%) High-Frequency Trading
5 1 (6.25%) Network Management
5 1 (6.25%) OO
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (6.25%) PRINCE
5 1 (6.25%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) Bash Shell
1 1 (6.25%) C#
1 1 (6.25%) C++
1 1 (6.25%) Java
1 1 (6.25%) Perl
1 1 (6.25%) Python
1 1 (6.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (75.00%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (62.50%) CCNP
3 7 (43.75%) CCNA
4 3 (18.75%) CCDP
4 3 (18.75%) SC Cleared
4 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
5 2 (12.50%) CCDA
5 2 (12.50%) CCIE
5 2 (12.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (12.50%) Degree
6 1 (6.25%) CCIP
6 1 (6.25%) JNCIA
6 1 (6.25%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 14 (87.50%) Cisco
2 7 (43.75%) CheckPoint
3 5 (31.25%) F5
4 3 (18.75%) Aruba
4 3 (18.75%) Blue Coat
4 3 (18.75%) Fortinet
4 3 (18.75%) Juniper
4 3 (18.75%) Oracle
4 3 (18.75%) Riverbed
5 2 (12.50%) AirMagnet
5 2 (12.50%) CA
6 1 (6.25%) Avaya
6 1 (6.25%) Dell
6 1 (6.25%) HP
6 1 (6.25%) VMware