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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 142 125 111
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -14
Contract jobs citing MPLS 12 20 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.61% 0.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.03% 4.61% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 9
Average daily rate £600 £269 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+123.25% -36.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £310 £388
% change year-on-year
+16.93% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £180.00
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -83.33%
MPLS
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
592 434 375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.79% 13.33% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 212 176
Average daily rate £420 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £452 £548
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 39 26
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.13 £18.03
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.11% +0.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.75 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% +26.19%

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 13 February 2016.

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 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire -1 6 £600 +445.45%
Manchester -24 5 £600 +123.25% 5
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 18 (78.26%) Cisco
2 15 (65.22%) WAN
3 11 (47.83%) Firewall
4 9 (39.13%) LAN
4 9 (39.13%) Juniper
5 8 (34.78%) VPN
6 7 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (30.43%) CCNP
6 7 (30.43%) OSPF
6 7 (30.43%) BGP
6 7 (30.43%) VMware
7 6 (26.09%) IPsec
7 6 (26.09%) CCNA
7 6 (26.09%) IBM
8 5 (21.74%) IPv6
8 5 (21.74%) CheckPoint
8 5 (21.74%) VoIP
8 5 (21.74%) Linux
8 5 (21.74%) Data Centre
9 4 (17.39%) Cisco Prime
9 4 (17.39%) iSeries
9 4 (17.39%) Migration
9 4 (17.39%) Network Management
9 4 (17.39%) FabricPath
9 4 (17.39%) TRILL
9 4 (17.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (17.39%) VLAN
9 4 (17.39%) DNS
9 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
9 4 (17.39%) Lisp

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 15 (65.22%) WAN
2 11 (47.83%) Firewall
3 9 (39.13%) LAN
4 8 (34.78%) VPN
5 7 (30.43%) BGP
5 7 (30.43%) OSPF
6 6 (26.09%) IPsec
7 5 (21.74%) IPv6
7 5 (21.74%) VoIP
8 4 (17.39%) DNS
8 4 (17.39%) FabricPath
8 4 (17.39%) IPv4
8 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
8 4 (17.39%) TRILL
8 4 (17.39%) VLAN
9 3 (13.04%) Internet
9 3 (13.04%) Network Security
9 3 (13.04%) Wireless
10 2 (8.70%) Ethernet
11 1 (4.35%) 802.11
General
1 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.35%) Banking
2 1 (4.35%) Electronics
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Architect
1 5 (21.74%) Network Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Data Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Data Centre Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Data Migration Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Data Migration Lead
2 4 (17.39%) Lead Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Lead Data Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Migration Architect
2 4 (17.39%) Network Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Network Technician
4 2 (8.70%) Senior Network Technician
4 2 (8.70%) Senior Technician
5 1 (4.35%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Data Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Data Network Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Designer
5 1 (4.35%) IP Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) IT Support
5 1 (4.35%) Network Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Data Centre
2 4 (17.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 4 (17.39%) iSeries
2 4 (17.39%) NHS
3 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.35%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Linux
2 2 (8.70%) Windows
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (17.39%) Migration
1 4 (17.39%) Network Management
2 2 (8.70%) ITIL
2 2 (8.70%) Network Design
3 1 (4.35%) High Availability
3 1 (4.35%) Network Architecture
3 1 (4.35%) PRINCE
3 1 (4.35%) PRINCE2
3 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (17.39%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) CCNP
1 7 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (26.09%) CCNA
3 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (4.35%) CCIE
3 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) SLA
2 1 (4.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 18 (78.26%) Cisco
2 9 (39.13%) Juniper
3 7 (30.43%) VMware
4 6 (26.09%) IBM
5 5 (21.74%) CheckPoint
6 3 (13.04%) F5
7 2 (8.70%) HP
7 2 (8.70%) Oracle
8 1 (4.35%) Aruba
8 1 (4.35%) Brocade
8 1 (4.35%) BT
8 1 (4.35%) Citrix
8 1 (4.35%) Palo Alto