Period
to 26 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for OSPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited OSPF over the 6 months to 26 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
UK
6 months to
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 623 378 369
Rank change year-on-year -245 -9 +134
Permanent jobs citing OSPF 433 364 1,208
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.75% 0.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.76% 4.84% 5.47%
Number of salaries quoted 340 262 684
10th Percentile £35,000 £36,522 £32,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £44,250 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £59,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -3.36% +13.33% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £80,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £89,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

OSPF is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 15,701 7,516 22,078
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 15.59% 15.72%
Number of salaries quoted 10,855 6,120 16,957
10th Percentile £27,500 £30,715 £25,613
25th Percentile £36,250 £38,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £45,024
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +16.61% -5.21%
75th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £82,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing OSPF.

Salary trend for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing OSPF over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

Salary histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing OSPF within the UK over the 6 months to 26 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -266 381 £60,000 - 80
UK excluding London -192 251 £52,500 +5.00% 56
London -243 156 £62,500 -21.88% 30
Work from Home -210 96 £62,500 +25.00% 15
South East -149 78 £52,500 +5.00% 16
South West -67 63 £64,000 +60.00% 9
North of England -125 56 £49,750 -9.55% 12
North West -95 38 £49,000 -18.33% 5
Midlands -125 37 £50,000 +13.64% 7
West Midlands -103 29 £47,500 +7.95% 4
Yorkshire -91 21 £46,250 +2.78% 5
Wales -27 18 £45,000 - 3
North East -17 17 £45,000 -18.18% 2
East of England -93 14 £50,500 +6.32% 6
Scotland -91 13 £62,500 +19.05% 3
East Midlands -69 9 £50,000 -9.09% 3

For the 6 months to 26 September 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for OSPF.

1 381 (87.99%) BGP
2 297 (68.59%) Cisco
3 288 (66.51%) Firewall
4 273 (63.05%) Cisco Certification
5 223 (51.50%) MPLS
6 213 (49.19%) VPN
7 207 (47.81%) CCNP
8 195 (45.03%) WAN
9 132 (30.48%) LAN
9 132 (30.48%) Palo Alto
10 129 (29.79%) Juniper
11 126 (29.10%) CCNA
12 108 (24.94%) VLAN
13 107 (24.71%) IPsec
14 105 (24.25%) Azure
14 105 (24.25%) Data Centre
15 101 (23.33%) AWS
16 98 (22.63%) Linux
17 95 (21.94%) VMware
18 94 (21.71%) Network Security
19 93 (21.48%) Network Design
20 90 (20.79%) CCIE
20 90 (20.79%) TCP/IP
20 90 (20.79%) EIGRP
21 87 (20.09%) ITIL
22 86 (19.86%) VMware Infrastructure
23 85 (19.63%) SolarWinds
24 82 (18.94%) Fortinet
25 80 (18.48%) CheckPoint
26 76 (17.55%) Internet

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 33 (7.62%) Confluence
2 9 (2.08%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (0.92%) nginx
3 4 (0.92%) OpenStack
Applications
1 22 (5.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.69%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 105 (24.25%) Azure
2 101 (23.33%) AWS
3 30 (6.93%) GCP
4 14 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
5 13 (3.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 10 (2.31%) Microsoft 365
6 10 (2.31%) SaaS
7 9 (2.08%) AWS Direct Connect
8 7 (1.62%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 6 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (1.39%) IaaS
9 6 (1.39%) PaaS
10 5 (1.15%) Cloudflare
11 4 (0.92%) Tricentis Tosca
12 3 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.46%) Azure Sentinel
13 2 (0.46%) Mimecast
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 381 (87.99%) BGP
2 288 (66.51%) Firewall
3 223 (51.50%) MPLS
4 213 (49.19%) VPN
5 195 (45.03%) WAN
6 132 (30.48%) LAN
7 108 (24.94%) VLAN
8 107 (24.71%) IPsec
9 94 (21.71%) Network Security
10 90 (20.79%) EIGRP
10 90 (20.79%) TCP/IP
11 76 (17.55%) Internet
12 73 (16.86%) DNS
13 68 (15.70%) SD-WAN
14 63 (14.55%) Wi-Fi
15 62 (14.32%) Cisco ASA
16 61 (14.09%) VoIP
16 61 (14.09%) Wireless
17 58 (13.39%) IPv6
18 55 (12.70%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.08%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.39%) MySQL
2 6 (1.39%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (1.15%) Data Lake
4 3 (0.69%) Big Data
4 3 (0.69%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.23%) GIS
Development Applications
1 39 (9.01%) Git (software)
2 33 (7.62%) JIRA
3 23 (5.31%) Subversion
4 16 (3.70%) Selenium
5 6 (1.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 68 (15.70%) Social Skills
2 65 (15.01%) Finance
3 46 (10.62%) Telecoms
4 16 (3.70%) Advertising
4 16 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (3.70%) Public Sector
5 13 (3.00%) Electronics
5 13 (3.00%) Marketing
6 12 (2.77%) Banking
6 12 (2.77%) Manufacturing
7 10 (2.31%) Publishing
7 10 (2.31%) Retail
8 9 (2.08%) Documentation Skills
9 8 (1.85%) Brand Awareness
10 7 (1.62%) French Language
10 7 (1.62%) German Language
10 7 (1.62%) Italian Language
10 7 (1.62%) Portuguese Language
10 7 (1.62%) Spanish Language
11 6 (1.39%) Legal
Job Titles
1 219 (50.58%) Network Engineer
2 71 (16.40%) Senior Network Engineer
3 54 (12.47%) Architect
4 44 (10.16%) Cisco Engineer
5 38 (8.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 35 (8.08%) IP Engineer
7 33 (7.62%) Juniper Engineer
8 31 (7.16%) Consultant
9 29 (6.70%) Network Architect
10 26 (6.00%) Solutions Architect
11 23 (5.31%) IP Network Engineer
12 18 (4.16%) Linux Engineer
12 18 (4.16%) Network Manager
13 15 (3.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 14 (3.23%) NOC Engineer
15 13 (3.00%) Network Consultant
16 12 (2.77%) Core Network Engineer
16 12 (2.77%) Network Specialist
17 11 (2.54%) Cloud Engineer
17 11 (2.54%) Principal Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.85%) Web Services
2 26 (6.00%) 802.1X
3 5 (1.15%) LDAP
4 4 (0.92%) ISPF
5 3 (0.69%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.23%) Spine.js
7 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 105 (24.25%) Data Centre
2 33 (7.62%) Public Cloud
3 23 (5.31%) Hybrid Cloud
4 18 (4.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 17 (3.93%) Management Information System
6 11 (2.54%) Digital Signage
6 11 (2.54%) Private Cloud
7 8 (1.85%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.39%) CESG
8 6 (1.39%) DataPower
8 6 (1.39%) IPTV
9 5 (1.15%) CESG CLAS
9 5 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.92%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.92%) Smartphone
11 3 (0.69%) Eurex
11 3 (0.69%) IVR
11 3 (0.69%) PKI
11 3 (0.69%) User Experience
12 2 (0.46%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 98 (22.63%) Linux
2 57 (13.16%) Windows
3 34 (7.85%) CentOS
4 26 (6.00%) Windows Server
5 25 (5.77%) Ubuntu
6 18 (4.16%) Windows Server 2016
7 16 (3.70%) VyOS
8 15 (3.46%) Unix
9 9 (2.08%) Debian
10 6 (1.39%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.92%) CatOS
12 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (0.46%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.23%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.23%) FreeBSD
14 1 (0.23%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.23%) Solaris
14 1 (0.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (21.48%) Network Design
2 87 (20.09%) ITIL
3 55 (12.70%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (11.55%) Infrastructure as Code
5 49 (11.32%) Presales
6 47 (10.85%) Network Monitoring
7 46 (10.62%) DevOps
8 45 (10.39%) Service Management
9 44 (10.16%) Problem-Solving
10 42 (9.70%) Scrum
11 37 (8.55%) Migration
12 36 (8.31%) Task Automation
13 35 (8.08%) Service Delivery
14 34 (7.85%) Configuration Management
14 34 (7.85%) DevSecOps
14 34 (7.85%) SDLC
15 33 (7.62%) Data Science
15 33 (7.62%) Project Delivery
15 33 (7.62%) Scaled Agile Framework
15 33 (7.62%) Site Reliability Engineering
Programming Languages
1 69 (15.94%) Python
2 43 (9.93%) PowerShell
3 38 (8.78%) Bash Shell
4 17 (3.93%) Perl
5 9 (2.08%) C
6 6 (1.39%) PHP
7 5 (1.15%) SQL
8 4 (0.92%) Java
8 4 (0.92%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.23%) C#
9 1 (0.23%) C++
9 1 (0.23%) Go
Qualifications
1 273 (63.05%) Cisco Certification
2 207 (47.81%) CCNP
3 126 (29.10%) CCNA
4 90 (20.79%) CCIE
5 59 (13.63%) Degree
6 42 (9.70%) Security Cleared
7 28 (6.47%) JNCIA
8 26 (6.00%) SC Cleared
9 25 (5.77%) JNCIP
10 17 (3.93%) CCDP
11 15 (3.46%) GIAC
11 15 (3.46%) RHCE
12 13 (3.00%) CCIE Service Provider
13 12 (2.77%) CISSP
14 10 (2.31%) AWS Certification
15 9 (2.08%) DV Cleared
15 9 (2.08%) JNCIS
16 7 (1.62%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 7 (1.62%) CCIP
17 6 (1.39%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (7.39%) SLA
2 18 (4.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.85%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.39%) Cyber Essentials
4 6 (1.39%) NIST
5 5 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 4 (0.92%) OASIS TOSCA
6 4 (0.92%) PMO
7 3 (0.69%) GDPR
8 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 17025
8 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.46%) QA
9 1 (0.23%) COBIT
9 1 (0.23%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 86 (19.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 36 (8.31%) Docker
3 26 (6.00%) Active Directory
4 23 (5.31%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (3.46%) Firmware
6 13 (3.00%) VMware NSX
7 5 (1.15%) vSphere
8 4 (0.92%) FreeRADIUS
8 4 (0.92%) KVM
8 4 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.69%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.69%) iptables
10 2 (0.46%) Squid
11 1 (0.23%) Snort
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 55 (12.70%) Ansible
2 44 (10.16%) Puppet
3 30 (6.93%) Nagios
4 24 (5.54%) FortiGate
5 15 (3.46%) Terraform
6 11 (2.54%) Icinga
7 9 (2.08%) ZABBIX
8 7 (1.62%) Microsoft Intune
8 7 (1.62%) QRadar
8 7 (1.62%) SolarWinds Orion
9 5 (1.15%) Grafana
10 4 (0.92%) Cacti
10 4 (0.92%) Suricata
10 4 (0.92%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (0.69%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (0.69%) Proxmox
11 3 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.69%) vRealize
Vendors
1 297 (68.59%) Cisco
2 132 (30.48%) Palo Alto
3 129 (29.79%) Juniper
4 95 (21.94%) VMware
5 85 (19.63%) SolarWinds
6 82 (18.94%) Fortinet
7 80 (18.48%) CheckPoint
8 61 (14.09%) Microsoft
9 38 (8.78%) Meraki
10 37 (8.55%) Aruba
10 37 (8.55%) F5
11 28 (6.47%) Nokia
12 23 (5.31%) Extreme Networks
12 23 (5.31%) Red Hat
13 21 (4.85%) Brocade
13 21 (4.85%) Google
13 21 (4.85%) HP
14 20 (4.62%) Oracle
15 19 (4.39%) Arista
16 18 (4.16%) Citrix