The table below looks at the statistics for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 169 197 192
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -5
Contract jobs citing MPLS 33 27 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.56% 0.37% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.13% 3.05% 2.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 22 21
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £326 £385
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £498 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £340
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.75 £28.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-4.46% +5.66%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Communications & Networking Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
799 884 986
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 13.45% 12.13% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 546 564 657
Average daily rate £400 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £265 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £542 £600 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 38 34
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £12.75 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.34 £51.75 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MPLS across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

MPLS Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MPLS
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MPLS across the City of London region.

MPLS Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MPLS across the City of London region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

MPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

MPLS
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MPLS across the City of London region.

MPLS Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MPLS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MPLS.

1 46 (74.19%) Cisco
2 33 (53.23%) WAN
2 33 (53.23%) Firewall
3 32 (51.61%) BGP
4 29 (46.77%) LAN
4 29 (46.77%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (38.71%) Finance
6 23 (37.10%) OSPF
7 21 (33.87%) Juniper
7 21 (33.87%) VPN
8 19 (30.65%) ITIL
9 18 (29.03%) CheckPoint
10 17 (27.42%) CCNP
10 17 (27.42%) Windows
11 14 (22.58%) Active Directory
11 14 (22.58%) IP Telephony
12 13 (20.97%) Multicast
13 12 (19.35%) Cisco Nexus
13 12 (19.35%) Microsoft
14 11 (17.74%) EIGRP
14 11 (17.74%) VMware
14 11 (17.74%) Citrix
14 11 (17.74%) F5
14 11 (17.74%) Cisco IPT
15 10 (16.13%) CCIE
15 10 (16.13%) IPsec
16 9 (14.52%) Migration
16 9 (14.52%) TCP/IP
16 9 (14.52%) MS Exchange
16 9 (14.52%) VoIP

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MPLS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MPLS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (14.52%) MS Exchange
2 7 (11.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.61%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (1.61%) Lync
Applications
1 8 (12.90%) MS Office
2 3 (4.84%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.23%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.61%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) SaaS
1 1 (1.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (53.23%) WAN
1 33 (53.23%) Firewall
2 32 (51.61%) BGP
3 29 (46.77%) LAN
4 23 (37.10%) OSPF
5 21 (33.87%) VPN
6 14 (22.58%) IP Telephony
7 13 (20.97%) Multicast
8 12 (19.35%) Cisco Nexus
9 11 (17.74%) Cisco IPT
9 11 (17.74%) EIGRP
10 10 (16.13%) IPsec
11 9 (14.52%) TCP/IP
11 9 (14.52%) VoIP
12 8 (12.90%) SAN
12 8 (12.90%) RSVP
12 8 (12.90%) Junos
13 7 (11.29%) Network Security
13 7 (11.29%) HSRP
13 7 (11.29%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (3.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 24 (38.71%) Finance
2 7 (11.29%) Banking
3 5 (8.06%) Investment Banking
4 4 (6.45%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.61%) Local Government
5 1 (1.61%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.61%) Law
5 1 (1.61%) Legal
5 1 (1.61%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 17 (27.42%) Network Engineer
2 12 (19.35%) Analyst
3 9 (14.52%) Architect
4 6 (9.68%) Network Support
5 5 (8.06%) Network Administrator
5 5 (8.06%) Consultant
5 5 (8.06%) Administrator
6 4 (6.45%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.45%) Network Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Cisco Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Operations Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Cisco Administrator
6 4 (6.45%) Cisco Support
7 3 (4.84%) Cisco Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Network Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Senior Network Specialist
7 3 (4.84%) Data Centre Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Network Specialist
8 2 (3.23%) Data Centre Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.45%) XMPP
2 1 (1.61%) .NET
2 1 (1.61%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.90%) Thin Client
1 8 (12.90%) Blackberry
1 8 (12.90%) Fat Client
2 3 (4.84%) PKI
3 2 (3.23%) e-Health
3 2 (3.23%) SecurID
4 1 (1.61%) CMDB
4 1 (1.61%) Replication
4 1 (1.61%) PACS
4 1 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.61%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.61%) Open Source
4 1 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 17 (27.42%) Windows
2 9 (14.52%) Windows Server 2008
2 9 (14.52%) Windows 7
3 8 (12.90%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (9.68%) Linux
5 4 (6.45%) Windows 8
5 4 (6.45%) UNIX
6 2 (3.23%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.61%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.61%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (30.65%) ITIL
2 9 (14.52%) Migration
3 7 (11.29%) Service Management
3 7 (11.29%) Performance Management
4 6 (9.68%) Problem Management
4 6 (9.68%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (8.06%) Service Delivery
5 5 (8.06%) Change Management
5 5 (8.06%) Network Monitoring
6 4 (6.45%) WAN Optimisation
6 4 (6.45%) Project Management
6 4 (6.45%) Load Balancing
7 3 (4.84%) Network Load Balancing
7 3 (4.84%) Information Assurance
8 2 (3.23%) Network Architecture
8 2 (3.23%) Network Management
8 2 (3.23%) High Availability
8 2 (3.23%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (3.23%) Network Design
8 2 (3.23%) ISMS
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.61%) SQL
1 1 (1.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (46.77%) Cisco Certification
2 17 (27.42%) CCNP
3 10 (16.13%) CCIE
4 6 (9.68%) CCNA
4 6 (9.68%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (8.06%) Security Cleared
6 3 (4.84%) SC Cleared
7 2 (3.23%) CCIP
7 2 (3.23%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.61%) CCDP
8 1 (1.61%) JNCIA
8 1 (1.61%) JNCIE
8 1 (1.61%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (3.23%) SLA
3 1 (1.61%) QA
3 1 (1.61%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (22.58%) Active Directory
2 9 (14.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (11.29%) NLBS
4 6 (9.68%) Xen
4 6 (9.68%) Hyper-V
5 5 (8.06%) XenApp
6 3 (4.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (3.23%) vSphere
8 1 (1.61%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (11.29%) WSUS
2 4 (6.45%) OPNET
2 4 (6.45%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (4.84%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (3.23%) CA Spectrum
4 2 (3.23%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (1.61%) SCCM
5 1 (1.61%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 46 (74.19%) Cisco
2 21 (33.87%) Juniper
3 18 (29.03%) CheckPoint
4 12 (19.35%) Microsoft
5 11 (17.74%) VMware
5 11 (17.74%) Citrix
5 11 (17.74%) F5
6 6 (9.68%) Riverbed
7 4 (6.45%) SolarWinds
7 4 (6.45%) Blue Coat
8 2 (3.23%) Avaya
8 2 (3.23%) CA
9 1 (1.61%) NetApp
9 1 (1.61%) Nokia
9 1 (1.61%) HP
9 1 (1.61%) Nortel
9 1 (1.61%) 3PAR
9 1 (1.61%) TippingPoint