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 7 December 2016 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 145 149 112
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -37
Contract jobs citing MPLS 12 13 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.37% 0.31% 0.93%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.54% 2.20% 6.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 12
Median daily rate £400 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £120 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £518 £374
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £330
% change year-on-year
-2.43% +24.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £16.50 £18.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.40%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.61 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-1.30% +9.09%
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
473 590 432
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.73% 14.09% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 351 243
Median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £504 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 49 35
Median hourly rate £18.81 £16.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.01% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.63 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.25 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.69
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -0.83%

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 7 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the North West region over the 3 months to 7 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +3 6 £525 +50.00% 7
Cheshire +13 4 £375 +25.00%
Cumbria - 1 - -
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 December 2016, 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 14 (50.00%) Firewall
2 11 (39.29%) VPN
2 11 (39.29%) Cisco
3 10 (35.71%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (32.14%) WAN
5 8 (28.57%) Windows
5 8 (28.57%) VoIP
5 8 (28.57%) Migration
6 7 (25.00%) CCNP
6 7 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (25.00%) Data Centre
6 7 (25.00%) Windows Server
7 6 (21.43%) F5
7 6 (21.43%) Juniper
7 6 (21.43%) LAN
7 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
7 6 (21.43%) DNS
7 6 (21.43%) VMware
7 6 (21.43%) Fortinet
7 6 (21.43%) Network Security
8 5 (17.86%) VLAN
8 5 (17.86%) IPsec
8 5 (17.86%) DHCP
8 5 (17.86%) CCNA
8 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
8 5 (17.86%) OSPF
9 4 (14.29%) BGP
9 4 (14.29%) Citrix
9 4 (14.29%) CRM
9 4 (14.29%) Network Design

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 2 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
1 2 (7.14%) SAS
1 2 (7.14%) Skype for Business
2 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (3.57%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.57%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (3.57%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.14%) Office 365
2 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 14 (50.00%) Firewall
2 11 (39.29%) VPN
3 9 (32.14%) WAN
4 8 (28.57%) VoIP
5 6 (21.43%) DNS
5 6 (21.43%) LAN
5 6 (21.43%) Network Security
6 5 (17.86%) DHCP
6 5 (17.86%) IPsec
6 5 (17.86%) OSPF
6 5 (17.86%) VLAN
7 4 (14.29%) BGP
8 3 (10.71%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (10.71%) Internet
8 3 (10.71%) NetScaler
8 3 (10.71%) SAN
8 3 (10.71%) SSL
9 2 (7.14%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 2 (7.14%) Structured Cabling
9 2 (7.14%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (3.57%) Local Government
1 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (32.14%) Architect
2 8 (28.57%) Network Engineer
3 4 (14.29%) Network Architect
4 3 (10.71%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Project Manager
4 3 (10.71%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Firewall Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (7.14%) Technical Architect
6 1 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Data Architect
6 1 (3.57%) Design Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Implementation Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Security Architect
6 1 (3.57%) Security Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Technical Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) Technical Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.14%) Digital Media
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Licensing
2 2 (7.14%) PKI
3 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.57%) BYOD
3 1 (3.57%) Fat Client
3 1 (3.57%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) IVR
3 1 (3.57%) Mainframe
3 1 (3.57%) NHS
3 1 (3.57%) Public Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) Thin Client
3 1 (3.57%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 8 (28.57%) Windows
2 7 (25.00%) Windows Server
2 7 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.57%) Linux
4 1 (3.57%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
4 1 (3.57%) Windows Vista
4 1 (3.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (28.57%) Migration
2 4 (14.29%) CRM
2 4 (14.29%) Network Design
3 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2
4 2 (7.14%) Capacity Management
4 2 (7.14%) E-Commerce
4 2 (7.14%) ERP
4 2 (7.14%) Load Balancing
4 2 (7.14%) Network Architecture
4 2 (7.14%) Project Management
4 2 (7.14%) Software Licensing
4 2 (7.14%) Web Development
5 1 (3.57%) Application Rationalisation
5 1 (3.57%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (3.57%) Contingency Planning
5 1 (3.57%) Mentoring
5 1 (3.57%) Network Monitoring
5 1 (3.57%) Service Design
5 1 (3.57%) SIEM
5 1 (3.57%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.14%) Java
1 2 (7.14%) JavaScript
1 2 (7.14%) PHP
2 1 (3.57%) C
2 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (35.71%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (25.00%) CCNP
3 5 (17.86%) CCNA
4 3 (10.71%) CCIE
5 2 (7.14%) CCDP
5 2 (7.14%) SC Cleared
5 2 (7.14%) Security Cleared
6 1 (3.57%) CCSP
6 1 (3.57%) DBS Check
6 1 (3.57%) Degree
6 1 (3.57%) JNCIP
6 1 (3.57%) JNCIS
6 1 (3.57%) MCSA
6 1 (3.57%) MCSE
6 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
2 3 (10.71%) Hyper-V
3 2 (7.14%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (3.57%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.57%) vSphere
4 1 (3.57%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) FortiGate
2 2 (7.14%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (7.14%) vMotion
3 1 (3.57%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (3.57%) SCOM
3 1 (3.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (39.29%) Cisco
2 6 (21.43%) F5
2 6 (21.43%) Fortinet
2 6 (21.43%) Juniper
2 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
2 6 (21.43%) VMware
3 4 (14.29%) Citrix
4 3 (10.71%) Avaya
4 3 (10.71%) Forcepoint
5 2 (7.14%) CheckPoint
5 2 (7.14%) Dell
5 2 (7.14%) HP
5 2 (7.14%) NETGEAR
5 2 (7.14%) SonicWALL
6 1 (3.57%) LANDesk
6 1 (3.57%) Riverbed
6 1 (3.57%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (3.57%) Siemens
6 1 (3.57%) SolarWinds
6 1 (3.57%) Sonus