Period
to 3 March 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 3 March 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
UK
6 months to
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 455 433 451
Rank change year-on-year -22 +18 +64
Permanent jobs citing OSPF 423 795 991
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.65% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.22% 4.33% 4.41%
Number of salaries quoted 321 673 804
Median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £55,000
10th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £32,325
90th Percentile £90,000 £75,300 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% -5.00%

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 10,025 18,356 22,477
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 15.02% 15.05%
Number of salaries quoted 7,763 14,677 17,774
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 3 March 2021.

Salary histogram for OSPF in the UK

OSPF
Top 17 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 3 March 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 -8 394 £55,000 -0.45% 77
UK excluding London +2 247 £50,000 -4.76% 56
London +17 152 £70,000 +16.67% 26
North of England +73 75 £45,000 +5.88% 16
South East -25 61 £55,000 - 18
South West +67 54 £43,000 -14.00% 9
North West +76 40 £46,750 +37.50% 10
Work from Home -97 39 £55,000 -12.00% 16
Midlands +3 26 £46,125 -12.14% 3
East of England +68 25 £65,000 +30.00% 4
Yorkshire +26 24 £45,000 - 5
West Midlands +5 22 £49,875 -5.00% 3
North East +8 11 £40,000 +14.29% 1
Scotland +21 9 £63,750 +50.00% 2
East Midlands +28 4 £40,000 -11.11%
Northern Ireland +10 1 £37,500 -6.25% 3
Wales - 1 £38,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 334 (78.96%) BGP
2 293 (69.27%) Firewall
3 289 (68.32%) Cisco
4 217 (51.30%) Cisco Certification
5 179 (42.32%) VPN
6 168 (39.72%) CCNP
7 162 (38.30%) MPLS
8 157 (37.12%) WAN
9 141 (33.33%) Palo Alto
10 139 (32.86%) VLAN
11 122 (28.84%) AWS
12 120 (28.37%) Python
13 114 (26.95%) Linux
14 109 (25.77%) Wireless
15 105 (24.82%) Data Centre
16 102 (24.11%) Azure
17 101 (23.88%) Network Security
17 101 (23.88%) ITIL
17 101 (23.88%) TCP/IP
18 97 (22.93%) Ansible
19 96 (22.70%) EIGRP
20 95 (22.46%) LAN
21 92 (21.75%) VMware
22 86 (20.33%) Juniper
23 84 (19.86%) Microsoft
24 81 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
25 79 (18.68%) F5
26 78 (18.44%) CCNA
27 76 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
27 76 (17.97%) 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 50 (11.82%) Confluence
2 12 (2.84%) Skype for Business
3 8 (1.89%) OpenStack
4 6 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.24%) IIS
6 1 (0.24%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (4.26%) MS Visio
2 14 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 122 (28.84%) AWS
2 102 (24.11%) Azure
3 30 (7.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 28 (6.62%) GCP
5 23 (5.44%) Microsoft 365
6 12 (2.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (2.84%) Route 53
6 12 (2.84%) Slack
7 5 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 2 (0.47%) IaaS
9 2 (0.47%) SaaS
10 1 (0.24%) Cloud9 IDE
10 1 (0.24%) G Suite
10 1 (0.24%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.24%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 334 (78.96%) BGP
2 293 (69.27%) Firewall
3 179 (42.32%) VPN
4 162 (38.30%) MPLS
5 157 (37.12%) WAN
6 139 (32.86%) VLAN
7 109 (25.77%) Wireless
8 101 (23.88%) Network Security
8 101 (23.88%) TCP/IP
9 96 (22.70%) EIGRP
10 95 (22.46%) LAN
11 76 (17.97%) Cisco ASA
11 76 (17.97%) Cisco Nexus
12 75 (17.73%) IPsec
13 65 (15.37%) DNS
14 62 (14.66%) Multicast
15 61 (14.42%) IPv4
16 42 (9.93%) VoIP
17 41 (9.69%) DHCP
18 40 (9.46%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.24%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 54 (12.77%) Git (software)
2 50 (11.82%) JIRA
3 38 (8.98%) Subversion
4 18 (4.26%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (1.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.24%) Bitbucket
General
1 73 (17.26%) Finance
2 49 (11.58%) Telecoms
3 18 (4.26%) Law
4 13 (3.07%) Retail
5 12 (2.84%) Banking
6 11 (2.60%) Electronics
6 11 (2.60%) Publishing
7 10 (2.36%) Public Sector
8 8 (1.89%) Marketing
9 6 (1.42%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.18%) Back Office
10 5 (1.18%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.95%) Military
12 2 (0.47%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.24%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.24%) German Language
13 1 (0.24%) Legal
Job Titles
1 233 (55.08%) Network Engineer
2 84 (19.86%) Senior Network Engineer
3 38 (8.98%) Architect
4 28 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 27 (6.38%) Cisco Engineer
6 24 (5.67%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 24 (5.67%) Linux Engineer
7 23 (5.44%) Cloud Engineer
8 22 (5.20%) Network Architect
9 19 (4.49%) Team Leader
10 17 (4.02%) Network Security Engineer
10 17 (4.02%) Network Team Leader
10 17 (4.02%) Security Engineer
10 17 (4.02%) Systems Engineer
11 16 (3.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 16 (3.78%) AWS Engineer
12 15 (3.55%) Consultant
12 15 (3.55%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 15 (3.55%) Support Engineer
13 13 (3.07%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (11.35%) Web Services
2 24 (5.67%) 802.1X
3 8 (1.89%) JSON
4 7 (1.65%) YAML
5 4 (0.95%) FIX Protocol
5 4 (0.95%) Regular Expression
6 2 (0.47%) Jinja
6 2 (0.47%) Middleware
7 1 (0.24%) Express
7 1 (0.24%) LDAP
7 1 (0.24%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 105 (24.82%) Data Centre
2 40 (9.46%) Analytical Skills
3 33 (7.80%) Public Cloud
4 19 (4.49%) Hybrid Cloud
5 17 (4.02%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.13%) Driving Licence
7 7 (1.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.18%) Fibre Optics
8 5 (1.18%) Hedge funds
8 5 (1.18%) IPTV
9 4 (0.95%) Podcast
10 2 (0.47%) Blog
10 2 (0.47%) CESG
10 2 (0.47%) e-Health
10 2 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.47%) Mainframe
11 1 (0.24%) CESG CLAS
11 1 (0.24%) PKI
11 1 (0.24%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 114 (26.95%) Linux
2 70 (16.55%) Windows
3 56 (13.24%) Windows Server
4 37 (8.75%) Ubuntu
5 36 (8.51%) Unix
6 28 (6.62%) Windows Server 2016
7 26 (6.15%) CentOS
8 12 (2.84%) Mac OS X
9 5 (1.18%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.95%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.47%) Debian
12 2 (0.47%) SUSE
13 1 (0.24%) Check Point GAiA
13 1 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.24%) Solaris
13 1 (0.24%) VMS
13 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (23.88%) ITIL
2 76 (17.97%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (16.31%) Scrum
4 66 (15.60%) DevOps
5 58 (13.71%) Service Management
6 52 (12.29%) Problem-Solving
6 52 (12.29%) Task Automation
7 51 (12.06%) Data Science
7 51 (12.06%) Infrastructure as Code
7 51 (12.06%) Network Design
7 51 (12.06%) Site Reliability Engineering
8 47 (11.11%) Scaled Agile Framework
9 46 (10.87%) Configuration Management
9 46 (10.87%) DevSecOps
9 46 (10.87%) Machine Learning
10 45 (10.64%) Cyber Intelligence
10 45 (10.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 45 (10.64%) Network Monitoring
10 45 (10.64%) SDLC
11 38 (8.98%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 120 (28.37%) Python
2 57 (13.48%) PowerShell
3 51 (12.06%) Bash Shell
4 15 (3.55%) Perl
5 7 (1.65%) C
6 5 (1.18%) PHP
6 5 (1.18%) Shell Script
7 4 (0.95%) Java
8 2 (0.47%) R
Qualifications
1 217 (51.30%) Cisco Certification
2 168 (39.72%) CCNP
3 78 (18.44%) CCNA
4 56 (13.24%) Security Cleared
5 49 (11.58%) CCIE
6 37 (8.75%) SC Cleared
7 23 (5.44%) CCDP
7 23 (5.44%) JNCIP
8 21 (4.96%) GIAC
8 21 (4.96%) RHCE
9 18 (4.26%) JNCIA
10 12 (2.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 11 (2.60%) Degree
12 9 (2.13%) AWS Certification
13 7 (1.65%) DV Cleared
14 5 (1.18%) CCDE
14 5 (1.18%) CCSA
14 5 (1.18%) Check Point Certification
14 5 (1.18%) JNCIS
15 4 (0.95%) CCIE Service Provider
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.49%) SLA
2 10 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.65%) OASIS TOSCA
4 5 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (0.95%) NIST
6 3 (0.71%) PMO
6 3 (0.71%) QA
7 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 58 (13.71%) Docker
3 39 (9.22%) VMware ESXi
4 37 (8.75%) Active Directory
5 22 (5.20%) VMware NSX
6 10 (2.36%) Hyper-V
7 9 (2.13%) Firmware
8 7 (1.65%) KVM
8 7 (1.65%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.71%) FreeRADIUS
10 2 (0.47%) NLBS
10 2 (0.47%) pfSense
10 2 (0.47%) ProxySG
11 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 97 (22.93%) Ansible
2 65 (15.37%) Puppet
3 24 (5.67%) Nagios
4 23 (5.44%) Terraform
5 20 (4.73%) FortiGate
6 12 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (2.60%) Cacti
8 9 (2.13%) Grafana
9 8 (1.89%) Nmap
10 7 (1.65%) Kubernetes
11 6 (1.42%) SmoothWall
12 5 (1.18%) Cisco CUCM
13 4 (0.95%) HAProxy
13 4 (0.95%) SolarWinds Orion
13 4 (0.95%) ZABBIX
14 2 (0.47%) CA Spectrum
14 2 (0.47%) ITRS Geneos
14 2 (0.47%) QRadar
14 2 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
14 2 (0.47%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 289 (68.32%) Cisco
2 141 (33.33%) Palo Alto
3 92 (21.75%) VMware
4 86 (20.33%) Juniper
5 84 (19.86%) Microsoft
6 79 (18.68%) F5
7 68 (16.08%) CheckPoint
8 51 (12.06%) Fortinet
9 47 (11.11%) Meraki
10 41 (9.69%) SolarWinds
11 26 (6.15%) Splunk
12 25 (5.91%) Oracle
13 23 (5.44%) Red Hat
14 22 (5.20%) Arista
14 22 (5.20%) Riverbed
15 21 (4.96%) Google
16 16 (3.78%) Brocade
16 16 (3.78%) Tufin
17 14 (3.31%) Aruba
18 12 (2.84%) Avaya