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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 26 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / North West
Rank 115 143 123
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -20
Contract jobs citing MPLS 22 10 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.85% 0.26% 0.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.60% 1.73% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 10 6
Median daily rate £376 £600 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.41% +77.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £559 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £613 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +20.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-12.79% +52.21%

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
393 578 460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.15% 15.11% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 327 213
Median daily rate £383 £420 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.92% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 35 41
Median hourly rate £20.00 £24.15 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% +30.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.70 £43.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £37.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-42.66% +41.50%

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 26 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +21 17 £350 -41.66% 10
Cheshire +31 2 £513 -14.58%
Cumbria - 2 £401 -
Lancashire - 1 £250 - 1
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 25 (73.53%) Firewall
2 24 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
3 16 (47.06%) Network Security
3 16 (47.06%) FortiGate
4 15 (44.12%) Fortinet
5 13 (38.24%) CCSP
6 11 (32.35%) Cisco
7 9 (26.47%) WAN
8 8 (23.53%) CCNP
9 7 (20.59%) VPN
10 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
10 6 (17.65%) LAN
11 5 (14.71%) Windows
11 5 (14.71%) CheckPoint
11 5 (14.71%) OSPF
11 5 (14.71%) VMware
11 5 (14.71%) F5
11 5 (14.71%) VLAN
11 5 (14.71%) Windows Server
12 4 (11.76%) Palo Alto
12 4 (11.76%) VPLS
12 4 (11.76%) Network Design
12 4 (11.76%) Hyper-V
12 4 (11.76%) Wireless
12 4 (11.76%) Migration
12 4 (11.76%) BGP
12 4 (11.76%) Juniper
12 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
13 3 (8.82%) VoIP
13 3 (8.82%) CCNA

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (2.94%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (73.53%) Firewall
2 16 (47.06%) Network Security
3 9 (26.47%) WAN
4 7 (20.59%) VPN
5 6 (17.65%) LAN
6 5 (14.71%) OSPF
6 5 (14.71%) VLAN
7 4 (11.76%) BGP
7 4 (11.76%) VPLS
7 4 (11.76%) Wireless
8 3 (8.82%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (8.82%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (8.82%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (8.82%) Internet
8 3 (8.82%) IPsec
8 3 (8.82%) NX-OS
8 3 (8.82%) VoIP
9 2 (5.88%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 2 (5.88%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 2 (5.88%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (2.94%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 22 (64.71%) Network Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Design Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Firewall Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Implementation Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Network Implementation Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Network Security Engineer
2 13 (38.24%) Security Engineer
3 8 (23.53%) Architect
4 7 (20.59%) Network Architect
5 4 (11.76%) Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) Network Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) Network Specialist
6 3 (8.82%) Project Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Cisco Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Project Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Security Architect
8 1 (2.94%) Senior Network Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Technical Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Technical Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.88%) BYOD
2 2 (5.88%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.94%) IVR
3 1 (2.94%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Licensing
3 1 (2.94%) NHS
3 1 (2.94%) PKI
3 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 5 (14.71%) Windows
1 5 (14.71%) Windows Server
2 3 (8.82%) Linux
2 3 (8.82%) Unix
3 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (11.76%) Migration
1 4 (11.76%) Network Design
2 3 (8.82%) CRM
2 3 (8.82%) Network Monitoring
2 3 (8.82%) PRINCE2
3 2 (5.88%) Load Balancing
3 2 (5.88%) Network Architecture
4 1 (2.94%) Capacity Management
4 1 (2.94%) Contingency Planning
4 1 (2.94%) Customer Requirements
4 1 (2.94%) E-Commerce
4 1 (2.94%) ERP
4 1 (2.94%) Project Management
4 1 (2.94%) Software Licensing
4 1 (2.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (2.94%) TOGAF
4 1 (2.94%) Web Development
4 1 (2.94%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.94%) Java
1 1 (2.94%) JavaScript
1 1 (2.94%) PHP
Qualifications
1 24 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (38.24%) CCSP
3 8 (23.53%) CCNP
4 3 (8.82%) CCNA
5 2 (5.88%) CCDP
5 2 (5.88%) CCIE
5 2 (5.88%) JNCIP
6 1 (2.94%) DBS Check
6 1 (2.94%) Degree
6 1 (2.94%) JNCIS
6 1 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (11.76%) Hyper-V
2 2 (5.88%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (2.94%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.94%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 16 (47.06%) FortiGate
2 1 (2.94%) vMotion
Vendors
1 15 (44.12%) Fortinet
2 11 (32.35%) Cisco
3 5 (14.71%) CheckPoint
3 5 (14.71%) F5
3 5 (14.71%) VMware
4 4 (11.76%) Juniper
4 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
4 4 (11.76%) Palo Alto
5 3 (8.82%) Aruba
6 1 (2.94%) Brocade
6 1 (2.94%) Citrix
6 1 (2.94%) Dell
6 1 (2.94%) Ericsson
6 1 (2.94%) Foundry
6 1 (2.94%) HP
6 1 (2.94%) Huawei
6 1 (2.94%) NETGEAR
6 1 (2.94%) Riverbed
6 1 (2.94%) SonicWALL
6 1 (2.94%) ZyXEL