The table below looks at the statistics for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 107 104 117
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +13
Contract jobs citing MPLS 25 26 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.80% 0.95% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.94% 6.84% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 4
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.81% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £263 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £425 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £18.00 - £12.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.25 £29.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-24.57% -10.60%
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
421 380 462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.43% 13.87% 17.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 190 189
Average daily rate £325 £337 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.56% +3.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 26 52
Average hourly rate £18.50 £15.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.33% -45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -13.33%

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

MPLS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MPLS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MPLS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MPLS across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015.

MPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

MPLS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MPLS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MPLS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +3 20 £288 +6.48% 4
Cheshire +3 4 £110 -74.11% 1
Lancashire - - - -
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 40 (90.91%) Cisco
2 28 (63.64%) OSPF
3 27 (61.36%) BGP
4 26 (59.09%) WAN
5 25 (56.82%) Cisco Certification
6 21 (47.73%) CCNA
6 21 (47.73%) BT
7 20 (45.45%) Nortel
8 19 (43.18%) CCNP
8 19 (43.18%) EIGRP
9 18 (40.91%) VPN
10 17 (38.64%) LAN
11 16 (36.36%) UNIX
11 16 (36.36%) Cisco IOS
12 15 (34.09%) Cisco ASA
12 15 (34.09%) Juniper
13 14 (31.82%) Telecoms
13 14 (31.82%) Firewall
14 13 (29.55%) Wireless
14 13 (29.55%) Migration
14 13 (29.55%) CCIE
14 13 (29.55%) HSRP
14 13 (29.55%) JNCIP
15 12 (27.27%) JNCIA
15 12 (27.27%) Junos
15 12 (27.27%) BT 21CN
15 12 (27.27%) CCIP
15 12 (27.27%) IPv4
15 12 (27.27%) IPv6
15 12 (27.27%) Linux

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 1 (2.27%) IIS
1 1 (2.27%) MS Exchange
1 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 28 (63.64%) OSPF
2 27 (61.36%) BGP
3 26 (59.09%) WAN
4 19 (43.18%) EIGRP
5 18 (40.91%) VPN
6 17 (38.64%) LAN
7 16 (36.36%) Cisco IOS
8 15 (34.09%) Cisco ASA
9 14 (31.82%) Firewall
10 13 (29.55%) Wireless
10 13 (29.55%) HSRP
11 12 (27.27%) BT 21CN
11 12 (27.27%) Junos
11 12 (27.27%) L2TP
11 12 (27.27%) RSVP
11 12 (27.27%) VRRP
11 12 (27.27%) Broadband
11 12 (27.27%) Ethernet
11 12 (27.27%) IPv4
11 12 (27.27%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (9.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (31.82%) Telecoms
2 4 (9.09%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 12 (27.27%) Implementation Engineer
1 12 (27.27%) Operations Engineer
1 12 (27.27%) IP Engineer
2 10 (22.73%) Network Engineer
3 9 (20.45%) Project Leader
3 9 (20.45%) Technical Project Leader
4 6 (13.64%) Telephony Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Network Analyst
5 3 (6.82%) Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Project Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Senior Network Analyst
7 1 (2.27%) Security Engineer
7 1 (2.27%) Cisco Specialist
7 1 (2.27%) Design Engineer
7 1 (2.27%) Network Security Engineer
7 1 (2.27%) Support Specialist
7 1 (2.27%) 3rd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Streaming Media
2 4 (9.09%) Life Science
3 1 (2.27%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.27%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 16 (36.36%) UNIX
2 12 (27.27%) Linux
3 5 (11.36%) Windows
4 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (29.55%) Migration
2 6 (13.64%) Change Control
3 5 (11.36%) WFM
3 5 (11.36%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (9.09%) Network Design
5 2 (4.55%) ITIL
6 1 (2.27%) PRINCE2
6 1 (2.27%) Project Management
6 1 (2.27%) Service Management
6 1 (2.27%) Quality Management
6 1 (2.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (2.27%) Asset Management
6 1 (2.27%) Load Balancing
6 1 (2.27%) QMS
6 1 (2.27%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (2.27%) Project Governance
6 1 (2.27%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (2.27%) Kalman Filter
Qualifications
1 25 (56.82%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (47.73%) CCNA
3 19 (43.18%) CCNP
4 13 (29.55%) CCIE
4 13 (29.55%) JNCIP
5 12 (27.27%) CCIP
5 12 (27.27%) JNCIA
6 1 (2.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (2.27%) JNCIE
6 1 (2.27%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.27%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 5 (11.36%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (2.27%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 8 (18.18%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (4.55%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (2.27%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 40 (90.91%) Cisco
2 21 (47.73%) BT
3 20 (45.45%) Nortel
4 15 (34.09%) Juniper
5 12 (27.27%) CheckPoint
6 10 (22.73%) Avaya
7 8 (18.18%) SolarWinds
8 5 (11.36%) Microsoft
9 4 (9.09%) Oracle
10 2 (4.55%) F5
10 2 (4.55%) VMware
11 1 (2.27%) Blue Coat
11 1 (2.27%) Fortinet
11 1 (2.27%) Riverbed
11 1 (2.27%) Meraki
11 1 (2.27%) Aruba
11 1 (2.27%) Websense