The table below looks at the statistics for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 30 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 259 312 316
Rank change year-on-year
+53 +4
Contract jobs citing MPLS 408 260 248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.80% 0.54% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.48% 4.10% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 142 128
Average daily rate
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£345 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £259 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £356 £325
% change year-on-year
-12.28% +9.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 17
Average hourly rate £26.50 £180.00 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-85.27% +445.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.90 £82.70 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £180.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £180.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-85.27% +445.45%

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

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7445 6341 6980
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.59% 13.17% 15.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4177 3362 3334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 371 626
Average hourly rate £23.50 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.66% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MPLS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MPLS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MPLS within the UK.

MPLS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

MPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MPLS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MPLS within the UK.

MPLS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MPLS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

MPLS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MPLS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 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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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
England +71 392 £343 -2.14% 149
London +81 177 £350 -6.66% 63
South East +33 115 £350 -10.25% 38
Berkshire +15 58 £350 -12.50% 13
City of London +27 36 £375 +7.14% 23
Yorkshire +15 32 £294 -9.61% 7
South West -4 23 £325 -10.34% 10
North West -13 22 £250 -39.39% 14
Surrey +10 18 £306 -23.43% 5
Manchester +1 17 £269 +0.93% 9
Hampshire -12 15 £283 -27.09% 10
East of England +3 14 £355 +17.84% 6
Wiltshire +2 12 £190 -57.77% 1
West Yorkshire +1 11 £338 - 4
Buckinghamshire -3 10 £463 -1.33%
West Midlands -12 10 £183 -41.12% 6
Bracknell +9 9 £225 - 1
Newbury +8 9 £283 -34.30% 2
Guildford +3 9 £293 -12.68% 1
Hertfordshire +1 9 £373 +26.27% 1
Milton Keynes -4 9 £463 -
Birmingham +5 8 £183 +21.66% 5
Leeds -8 8 £319 - 3
North Yorkshire +9 7 £275 - 2
Slough 0 7 £345 - 1
Hemel Hempstead +4 6 £373 +26.27%
Reading -3 6 £375 +40.18% 3
Fareham - 6 £267 - 2
Bristol - 6 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 6 £390 - 3

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 603 (76.14%) Cisco
2 426 (53.79%) Firewall
3 393 (49.62%) Cisco Certification
4 387 (48.86%) WAN
5 365 (46.09%) BGP
6 341 (43.06%) LAN
7 311 (39.27%) OSPF
8 291 (36.74%) VPN
9 288 (36.36%) CCNP
10 226 (28.54%) Juniper
11 185 (23.36%) Telecoms
12 179 (22.60%) CheckPoint
13 159 (20.08%) Windows
13 159 (20.08%) F5
14 156 (19.70%) Cisco Nexus
15 154 (19.44%) CCNA
16 137 (17.30%) CCIE
17 135 (17.05%) Ethernet
18 134 (16.92%) Cisco ASA
19 127 (16.04%) ITIL
20 123 (15.53%) EIGRP
21 121 (15.28%) Wireless
22 119 (15.03%) TCP/IP
23 114 (14.39%) Microsoft
24 111 (14.02%) Migration
25 109 (13.76%) Finance
26 104 (13.13%) VoIP
27 99 (12.50%) VMware
28 98 (12.37%) Network Security
29 96 (12.12%) Internet

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 45 (5.68%) MS Exchange
2 34 (4.29%) SharePoint
3 22 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (2.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 18 (2.27%) IIS
6 17 (2.15%) Lync
7 11 (1.39%) WebSphere
8 10 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.14%) WebLogic
10 7 (0.88%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.25%) WorkSite
12 2 (0.25%) Lotus Domino
13 1 (0.13%) Apache
13 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.13%) JBoss
13 1 (0.13%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
Applications
1 42 (5.30%) MS Excel
2 35 (4.42%) MS Office
3 34 (4.29%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.51%) MS Project
5 3 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.25%) Summit
4 1 (0.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.01%) Office 365
2 8 (1.01%) SaaS
3 6 (0.76%) IaaS
4 5 (0.63%) PaaS
5 3 (0.38%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.38%) IBM SmartCloud
6 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 426 (53.79%) Firewall
2 387 (48.86%) WAN
3 365 (46.09%) BGP
4 341 (43.06%) LAN
5 311 (39.27%) OSPF
6 291 (36.74%) VPN
7 156 (19.70%) Cisco Nexus
8 135 (17.05%) Ethernet
9 134 (16.92%) Cisco ASA
10 123 (15.53%) EIGRP
11 121 (15.28%) Wireless
12 119 (15.03%) TCP/IP
13 104 (13.13%) VoIP
14 98 (12.37%) Network Security
15 96 (12.12%) Internet
16 89 (11.24%) IPsec
17 84 (10.61%) DNS
18 81 (10.23%) VLAN
19 80 (10.10%) VPLS
20 79 (9.97%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (5.05%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.26%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.14%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.51%) Big Data
5 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.13%) DB2
8 1 (0.13%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.13%) MS Access
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.13%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 10 (1.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (1.01%) Toad
3 1 (0.13%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.13%) Valgrind
3 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.13%) GCC
3 1 (0.13%) GDB
3 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
General
1 185 (23.36%) Telecoms
2 109 (13.76%) Finance
3 51 (6.44%) Banking
4 30 (3.79%) Investment Banking
5 18 (2.27%) Retail
6 16 (2.02%) Law
7 13 (1.64%) Games
8 9 (1.14%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.14%) Back Office
9 5 (0.63%) Billing
9 5 (0.63%) Marketing
10 4 (0.51%) Local Government
10 4 (0.51%) Publishing
11 2 (0.25%) Electronics
11 2 (0.25%) Legal
11 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.13%) French Language
Job Titles
1 292 (36.87%) Network Engineer
2 89 (11.24%) Architect
3 70 (8.84%) Analyst
4 55 (6.94%) IP Engineer
5 53 (6.69%) Consultant
6 44 (5.56%) Network Support
7 42 (5.30%) Project Manager
8 39 (4.92%) Design Engineer
9 37 (4.67%) Network Analyst
10 35 (4.42%) Senior Network Engineer
11 34 (4.29%) Implementation Engineer
11 34 (4.29%) Solutions Architect
12 29 (3.66%) Support Engineer
13 28 (3.54%) Network Consultant
13 28 (3.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 26 (3.28%) Cisco Engineer
14 26 (3.28%) Network Specialist
15 23 (2.90%) Network Architect
15 23 (2.90%) Operations Engineer
16 20 (2.53%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.39%) Web Services
2 8 (1.01%) JAXB
2 8 (1.01%) WSDL
2 8 (1.01%) SOAP
2 8 (1.01%) XML
2 8 (1.01%) JMS
3 2 (0.25%) Middleware
4 1 (0.13%) HTML
4 1 (0.13%) .NET
4 1 (0.13%) J2EE
4 1 (0.13%) CSS
4 1 (0.13%) STL
4 1 (0.13%) XMPP
4 1 (0.13%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (0.13%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 1 (0.13%) jQuery
4 1 (0.13%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 1 (0.13%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.28%) Video Conferencing
3 23 (2.90%) Blackberry
4 20 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 16 (2.02%) PKI
6 13 (1.64%) Online Games
7 12 (1.52%) Replication
8 10 (1.26%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.26%) Fat Client
8 10 (1.26%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.14%) Clustering
9 9 (1.14%) Smart Meter
10 8 (1.01%) e-Health
11 7 (0.88%) Streaming Media
11 7 (0.88%) SecurID
12 6 (0.76%) IVR
13 5 (0.63%) Handset
14 4 (0.51%) Hedge funds
14 4 (0.51%) Enterprise Storage
14 4 (0.51%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 159 (20.08%) Windows
2 83 (10.48%) Linux
3 63 (7.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 49 (6.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 43 (5.43%) UNIX
6 39 (4.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 27 (3.41%) Windows 7
8 19 (2.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 16 (2.02%) Windows XP
10 8 (1.01%) Windows 8
11 6 (0.76%) CentOS
12 4 (0.51%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.38%) Solaris
13 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.25%) SUSE
14 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.13%) AIX
15 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (16.04%) ITIL
2 111 (14.02%) Migration
3 94 (11.87%) Load Balancing
4 89 (11.24%) Network Design
5 64 (8.08%) Network Management
6 60 (7.58%) Project Management
6 60 (7.58%) Service Delivery
7 38 (4.80%) PRINCE2
7 38 (4.80%) Service Management
7 38 (4.80%) Mentoring
8 37 (4.67%) E-Commerce
9 34 (4.29%) Network Monitoring
10 31 (3.91%) Change Management
11 30 (3.79%) Network Architecture
12 27 (3.41%) Incident Management
13 25 (3.16%) Disaster Recovery
13 25 (3.16%) Performance Management
13 25 (3.16%) Low Latency
14 24 (3.03%) Validation
15 21 (2.65%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 28 (3.54%) SQL
2 20 (2.53%) Python
3 14 (1.77%) Java
3 14 (1.77%) Perl
4 13 (1.64%) C
5 9 (1.14%) PL/SQL
6 3 (0.38%) Lisp
7 2 (0.25%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.25%) Objective-C
7 2 (0.25%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) C#
8 1 (0.13%) C++
8 1 (0.13%) VB
8 1 (0.13%) VBA
8 1 (0.13%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.13%) Ruby
8 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 393 (49.62%) Cisco Certification
2 288 (36.36%) CCNP
3 154 (19.44%) CCNA
4 137 (17.30%) CCIE
5 75 (9.47%) Security Cleared
6 70 (8.84%) SC Cleared
7 50 (6.31%) CCIP
8 30 (3.79%) CCDP
8 30 (3.79%) Degree
8 30 (3.79%) JNCIP
9 25 (3.16%) CISSP
10 16 (2.02%) JNCIA
11 15 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
12 13 (1.64%) MCSE
13 12 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 11 (1.39%) JNCIS
15 10 (1.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (1.14%) BC Cleared
17 8 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
18 7 (0.88%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.80%) SLA
2 15 (1.89%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.13%) QA
System Software
1 93 (11.74%) Active Directory
2 56 (7.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (4.17%) vSphere
4 30 (3.79%) Hyper-V
5 24 (3.03%) XenApp
6 15 (1.89%) vCloud
7 11 (1.39%) NLBS
7 11 (1.39%) Xen
8 8 (1.01%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (1.01%) ProxySG
9 6 (0.76%) XenServer
9 6 (0.76%) XenDesktop
10 5 (0.63%) Terminal Services
10 5 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.63%) Forefront TMG
11 4 (0.51%) Firmware
12 3 (0.38%) NFS
12 3 (0.38%) VMware ESX
13 2 (0.25%) Snort
13 2 (0.25%) Squid
Systems Management
1 23 (2.90%) FortiGate
2 19 (2.40%) Cisco CUCM
3 17 (2.15%) Cisco Prime
4 14 (1.77%) CA Spectrum
5 13 (1.64%) WSUS
6 9 (1.14%) MOM
7 7 (0.88%) CiscoWorks
7 7 (0.88%) SCCM
8 5 (0.63%) Netcool
8 5 (0.63%) Backup Exec
9 4 (0.51%) OPNET
10 3 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.38%) Foglight
10 3 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.38%) SCOM
10 3 (0.38%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Intune
10 3 (0.38%) RANCID
11 2 (0.25%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.25%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 603 (76.14%) Cisco
2 226 (28.54%) Juniper
3 179 (22.60%) CheckPoint
4 159 (20.08%) F5
5 114 (14.39%) Microsoft
6 99 (12.50%) VMware
7 65 (8.21%) HP
8 58 (7.32%) Citrix
9 55 (6.94%) BT
10 47 (5.93%) Avaya
11 46 (5.81%) SolarWinds
12 42 (5.30%) Blue Coat
13 35 (4.42%) Riverbed
14 30 (3.79%) Fortinet
15 27 (3.41%) Nokia
16 26 (3.28%) Nortel
17 24 (3.03%) CA
18 23 (2.90%) Oracle
19 20 (2.53%) Cramer
20 18 (2.27%) McAfee
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