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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / North West
Rank 123 143 113
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -30
Contract jobs citing MPLS 14 12 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.53% 0.31% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.37% 2.05% 6.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 5
Median daily rate £388 £600 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.41% +108.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £176 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £600 £369
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £313
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +28.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £16.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £36.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-17.80% +37.73%

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
416 585 385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.81% 14.93% 12.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 319 187
Median daily rate £378 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £236 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £553 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £368 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.68% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 36 40
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +21.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.05 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £40.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +26.31%

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
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 18 January 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 +20 9 - - 9
Cheshire +20 4 £388 -35.41% 1
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 18 (66.67%) Firewall
2 17 (62.96%) Cisco Certification
3 14 (51.85%) Fortinet
4 12 (44.44%) Network Security
4 12 (44.44%) FortiGate
5 9 (33.33%) CCSP
6 8 (29.63%) VPN
7 7 (25.93%) Cisco
7 7 (25.93%) Data Centre
8 6 (22.22%) CCNP
9 5 (18.52%) OSPF
9 5 (18.52%) IPsec
9 5 (18.52%) LAN
9 5 (18.52%) WAN
9 5 (18.52%) F5
10 4 (14.81%) VLAN
10 4 (14.81%) CCNA
10 4 (14.81%) Microsoft
10 4 (14.81%) VoIP
10 4 (14.81%) BGP
11 3 (11.11%) Migration
11 3 (11.11%) Citrix
11 3 (11.11%) Avaya
11 3 (11.11%) Juniper
11 3 (11.11%) PRINCE2
11 3 (11.11%) Network Design
11 3 (11.11%) NetScaler
11 3 (11.11%) Cisco Nexus
12 2 (7.41%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (7.41%) BYOD

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 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (3.70%) MS Exchange
1 1 (3.70%) SharePoint
1 1 (3.70%) SharePoint 2010
1 1 (3.70%) SharePoint 2013
1 1 (3.70%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (66.67%) Firewall
2 12 (44.44%) Network Security
3 8 (29.63%) VPN
4 5 (18.52%) IPsec
4 5 (18.52%) LAN
4 5 (18.52%) OSPF
4 5 (18.52%) WAN
5 4 (14.81%) BGP
5 4 (14.81%) VLAN
5 4 (14.81%) VoIP
6 3 (11.11%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (11.11%) NetScaler
7 2 (7.41%) EIGRP
7 2 (7.41%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 2 (7.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 2 (7.41%) Internet
7 2 (7.41%) NetScreen
7 2 (7.41%) SAN
7 2 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (3.70%) H.323
General
1 1 (3.70%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 14 (51.85%) Network Engineer
2 10 (37.04%) Firewall Engineer
3 9 (33.33%) Design Engineer
3 9 (33.33%) Implementation Engineer
3 9 (33.33%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 9 (33.33%) Network Security Engineer
3 9 (33.33%) Security Engineer
4 6 (22.22%) Architect
5 5 (18.52%) Network Architect
6 3 (11.11%) Project Manager
6 3 (11.11%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (7.41%) Cisco Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 1 (3.70%) IT Support Engineer
8 1 (3.70%) Network Security Architect
8 1 (3.70%) Security Architect
8 1 (3.70%) Senior Data Architect
8 1 (3.70%) Senior Network Architect
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.93%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.41%) BYOD
2 2 (7.41%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.70%) Digital Media
3 1 (3.70%) Fat Client
3 1 (3.70%) IVR
3 1 (3.70%) Mainframe
3 1 (3.70%) NHS
3 1 (3.70%) PKI
3 1 (3.70%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.70%) Windows
1 1 (3.70%) Windows 7
1 1 (3.70%) Windows 8
1 1 (3.70%) Windows Server
1 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
1 1 (3.70%) Windows Vista
1 1 (3.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (11.11%) Migration
1 3 (11.11%) Network Design
1 3 (11.11%) PRINCE2
2 2 (7.41%) CRM
2 2 (7.41%) Load Balancing
2 2 (7.41%) Network Architecture
3 1 (3.70%) Capacity Management
3 1 (3.70%) Contingency Planning
3 1 (3.70%) ERP
3 1 (3.70%) ITIL
3 1 (3.70%) Project Management
3 1 (3.70%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (3.70%) TOGAF
3 1 (3.70%) Web Development
3 1 (3.70%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.70%) C
1 1 (3.70%) Java
1 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
1 1 (3.70%) PHP
1 1 (3.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (62.96%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (33.33%) CCSP
3 6 (22.22%) CCNP
4 4 (14.81%) CCNA
5 2 (7.41%) CCDP
5 2 (7.41%) CCIE
6 1 (3.70%) DBS Check
6 1 (3.70%) Degree
6 1 (3.70%) JNCIP
6 1 (3.70%) JNCIS
6 1 (3.70%) MCSA
6 1 (3.70%) MCSE
6 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (3.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.70%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (7.41%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (3.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.70%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.70%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 12 (44.44%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 14 (51.85%) Fortinet
2 7 (25.93%) Cisco
3 5 (18.52%) F5
4 4 (14.81%) Microsoft
5 3 (11.11%) Avaya
5 3 (11.11%) Citrix
5 3 (11.11%) Juniper
6 2 (7.41%) CheckPoint
6 2 (7.41%) VMware
7 1 (3.70%) Palo Alto
7 1 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
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