The table below looks at the statistics for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 343 306 377
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +71
Contract jobs citing MPLS 330 392 254
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.61% 0.70% 0.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.79% 4.86% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 238 137
Median daily rate £388 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.89% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £285 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £330
% change year-on-year
- +13.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 4
Median hourly rate £47.83 £40.00 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.57% +18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £23.80 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £150.00 £96.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.83 £95.00 £33.75
% change year-on-year
-49.65% +181.48%

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
8718 8059 7220
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.23% 14.38% 13.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 5279 4535 3866
Median daily rate £390 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.85% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 479 396
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.30 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.25% +33.33%

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 29 June 2016.

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 29 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 29 June 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
England -31 319 £388 +7.63% 72
London -66 115 £425 +19.71% 23
South East +23 101 £365 -8.17% 22
Berkshire +11 47 £350 -9.38% 4
South West +21 31 £363 -9.37% 7
Hampshire +18 25 £336 -29.31% 7
Reading +13 23 £340 - 1
North West -10 23 £400 -12.32% 4
West Midlands -43 16 £370 +15.62% 11
City of London +22 14 £388 +10.71% 6
Manchester -8 14 £425 +12.58% 2
Yorkshire -11 12 £351 +18.81% 3
East of England +16 11 £495 +57.14% 2
Surrey -2 11 £388 -3.12% 4
Milton Keynes +15 10 £300 - 3
Buckinghamshire +10 10 £300 - 5
Hertfordshire +19 8 £495 - 1
Bristol - 8 £373 - 1
Portsmouth - 8 £325 - 1
Gloucestershire +3 7 £325 +15.04% 3
Swindon 0 7 £363 -23.68% 1
Leeds -3 7 £450 +20.00% 3
Wiltshire -4 7 £363 -23.68% 2
West Yorkshire -14 7 £450 +24.13% 3
Cheshire -2 6 £450 -3.22%
Edinburgh -5 6 - - 1
Scotland -17 6 - - 2
Coventry - 6 £340 - 4
Bournemouth - 6 £400 -
Dorset - 6 £400 -

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 with a requirement for MPLS.

1 586 (80.27%) Cisco
2 410 (56.16%) Cisco Certification
3 366 (50.14%) WAN
4 362 (49.59%) BGP
5 328 (44.93%) Firewall
6 300 (41.10%) LAN
7 287 (39.32%) CCNP
8 270 (36.99%) OSPF
9 267 (36.58%) VPN
10 203 (27.81%) Juniper
11 195 (26.71%) Data Centre
12 185 (25.34%) CCNA
13 173 (23.70%) DNS
14 162 (22.19%) TCP/IP
15 153 (20.96%) IPsec
16 149 (20.41%) CheckPoint
17 143 (19.59%) Telecoms
17 143 (19.59%) Cisco Nexus
18 138 (18.90%) ITIL
19 135 (18.49%) Cisco ASA
20 132 (18.08%) Wireless
21 130 (17.81%) Security Cleared
22 125 (17.12%) EIGRP
22 125 (17.12%) VoIP
23 124 (16.99%) CCIE
24 120 (16.44%) SC Cleared
25 111 (15.21%) Finance
26 108 (14.79%) F5
27 107 (14.66%) DHCP
28 98 (13.42%) VLAN

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills 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 20 (2.74%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.78%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.51%) Skype for Business
4 7 (0.96%) CMS
4 7 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (0.82%) Apache
5 6 (0.82%) IIS
5 6 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.68%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (0.41%) JBoss
8 3 (0.41%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.14%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.14%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.14%) SAS
Applications
1 31 (4.25%) MS Excel
2 22 (3.01%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.82%) MS Office
4 4 (0.55%) MS Project
5 1 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (1.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Eikon
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.01%) SaaS
2 21 (2.88%) IaaS
3 19 (2.60%) PaaS
4 13 (1.78%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (0.96%) Office 365
8 2 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.14%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.14%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 366 (50.14%) WAN
2 362 (49.59%) BGP
3 328 (44.93%) Firewall
4 300 (41.10%) LAN
5 270 (36.99%) OSPF
6 267 (36.58%) VPN
7 173 (23.70%) DNS
8 162 (22.19%) TCP/IP
9 153 (20.96%) IPsec
10 143 (19.59%) Cisco Nexus
11 135 (18.49%) Cisco ASA
12 132 (18.08%) Wireless
13 125 (17.12%) EIGRP
13 125 (17.12%) VoIP
14 107 (14.66%) DHCP
15 98 (13.42%) VLAN
16 86 (11.78%) Network Security
17 85 (11.64%) Ethernet
18 83 (11.37%) Internet
19 72 (9.86%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.78%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
2 6 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.41%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (0.27%) Informix
4 2 (0.27%) MySQL
4 2 (0.27%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.27%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.14%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.14%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Redis
Development Applications
1 8 (1.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.27%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.27%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.27%) JIRA
2 2 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.27%) Subversion
3 1 (0.14%) Ant
3 1 (0.14%) Hudson
3 1 (0.14%) Maven
3 1 (0.14%) SoapUI
General
1 143 (19.59%) Telecoms
2 111 (15.21%) Finance
3 26 (3.56%) Banking
3 26 (3.56%) Retail
4 17 (2.33%) Manufacturing
4 17 (2.33%) Marketing
5 13 (1.78%) Electronics
6 12 (1.64%) Back Office
7 8 (1.10%) Billing
8 7 (0.96%) Games
8 7 (0.96%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.96%) Military
9 6 (0.82%) Law
9 6 (0.82%) Legal
9 6 (0.82%) Publishing
10 5 (0.68%) French Language
11 3 (0.41%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.41%) German Language
11 3 (0.41%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.27%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 297 (40.68%) Network Engineer
2 95 (13.01%) Cisco Engineer
3 84 (11.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 81 (11.10%) Architect
5 73 (10.00%) Designer
6 62 (8.49%) Network Designer
7 53 (7.26%) Senior Network Engineer
8 40 (5.48%) Analyst
8 40 (5.48%) Consultant
9 39 (5.34%) Network Architect
10 30 (4.11%) Network Consultant
10 30 (4.11%) Support Engineer
11 29 (3.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 29 (3.97%) Project Manager
12 26 (3.56%) Security Engineer
13 23 (3.15%) VoIP Engineer
14 22 (3.01%) Network Analyst
15 21 (2.88%) IP Designer
15 21 (2.88%) Network Security Engineer
15 21 (2.88%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (5.07%) 802.1X
2 3 (0.41%) Silverlight
2 3 (0.41%) Web Services
3 2 (0.27%) XMPP
4 1 (0.14%) .NET
4 1 (0.14%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (0.14%) boto
4 1 (0.14%) COM
4 1 (0.14%) CSS
4 1 (0.14%) JMS
4 1 (0.14%) LAMP
4 1 (0.14%) Middleware
4 1 (0.14%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.14%) RESTful
4 1 (0.14%) RFC 2544
4 1 (0.14%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 195 (26.71%) Data Centre
2 51 (6.99%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (5.62%) Management Information System
4 25 (3.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 17 (2.33%) Driving Licence
5 17 (2.33%) PKI
6 16 (2.19%) Replication
7 15 (2.05%) Cryptography
8 14 (1.92%) Computer Science
9 12 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (1.51%) Hybrid Cloud
11 10 (1.37%) iSeries
11 10 (1.37%) MPEG
12 8 (1.10%) Blackberry
13 7 (0.96%) Clustering
13 7 (0.96%) CMDB
13 7 (0.96%) Streaming Media
14 6 (0.82%) Mathematics
14 6 (0.82%) Streaming Video
15 5 (0.68%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 89 (12.19%) Windows
2 76 (10.41%) Linux
3 64 (8.77%) Windows Server
4 36 (4.93%) Unix
5 30 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 29 (3.97%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (1.37%) CatOS
9 8 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (1.10%) VMS
10 6 (0.82%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.41%) CentOS
11 3 (0.41%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.41%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.41%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.27%) AIX
12 2 (0.27%) Android
13 1 (0.14%) Solaris
13 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (18.90%) ITIL
2 83 (11.37%) Network Design
3 80 (10.96%) Project Management
4 79 (10.82%) Load Balancing
5 75 (10.27%) Migration
6 67 (9.18%) Change Management
7 43 (5.89%) Network Management
8 37 (5.07%) PRINCE2
9 36 (4.93%) Configuration Management
10 34 (4.66%) Problem Management
11 32 (4.38%) Incident Management
12 30 (4.11%) High Availability
13 27 (3.70%) Network Architecture
14 26 (3.56%) Information Security
15 23 (3.15%) Network Monitoring
15 23 (3.15%) SIEM
16 20 (2.74%) Presales
17 19 (2.60%) Capacity Management
18 18 (2.47%) Capacity Planning
19 17 (2.33%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 30 (4.11%) Python
2 24 (3.29%) Perl
3 23 (3.15%) SQL
4 16 (2.19%) PowerShell
5 11 (1.51%) Bash Shell
5 11 (1.51%) Tcl
6 10 (1.37%) C
7 6 (0.82%) Lisp
8 4 (0.55%) Java
9 3 (0.41%) Ruby
9 3 (0.41%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.27%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.27%) PHP
11 1 (0.14%) C#
11 1 (0.14%) C++
11 1 (0.14%) Korn
11 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 410 (56.16%) Cisco Certification
2 287 (39.32%) CCNP
3 185 (25.34%) CCNA
4 130 (17.81%) Security Cleared
5 124 (16.99%) CCIE
6 120 (16.44%) SC Cleared
7 38 (5.21%) CCDP
7 38 (5.21%) DV Cleared
8 34 (4.66%) Degree
9 32 (4.38%) JNCIP
10 27 (3.70%) JNCIS
11 19 (2.60%) JNCIA
12 13 (1.78%) CCSE
13 10 (1.37%) CCDA
13 10 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
13 10 (1.37%) JNCIE
14 8 (1.10%) CISSP
15 5 (0.68%) CCSA
15 5 (0.68%) CCVP
15 5 (0.68%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.79%) SLA
2 14 (1.92%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.55%) PMBOK
4 4 (0.55%) QA
5 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.27%) BS7799
6 2 (0.27%) GLP
6 2 (0.27%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) BS25999
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.14%) MiFID
System Software
1 60 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 58 (7.95%) Active Directory
3 16 (2.19%) vSphere
4 14 (1.92%) XenApp
5 10 (1.37%) VMware ESX
6 8 (1.10%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.96%) XenDesktop
8 6 (0.82%) vCloud
9 5 (0.68%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.41%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.14%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.14%) KVM
12 1 (0.14%) Snort
12 1 (0.14%) Squid
12 1 (0.14%) SRDF
12 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 51 (6.99%) Cisco Prime
2 19 (2.60%) SCCM
3 16 (2.19%) FortiGate
4 15 (2.05%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 15 (2.05%) Puppet
5 13 (1.78%) Cisco CUCM
6 12 (1.64%) SCOM
6 12 (1.64%) SolarWinds Orion
7 10 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (1.23%) NetBackup
8 9 (1.23%) OpenView
9 8 (1.10%) Tivoli
10 6 (0.82%) Cisco UCCX
10 6 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.41%) Amdocs OSS
11 3 (0.41%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.41%) NSN NetAct
11 3 (0.41%) Red Hat Satellite
11 3 (0.41%) WSUS
12 2 (0.27%) Nagios
Vendors
1 586 (80.27%) Cisco
2 203 (27.81%) Juniper
3 149 (20.41%) CheckPoint
4 108 (14.79%) F5
5 92 (12.60%) VMware
6 53 (7.26%) SolarWinds
7 49 (6.71%) Citrix
7 49 (6.71%) Microsoft
8 43 (5.89%) Palo Alto
9 37 (5.07%) HP
10 34 (4.66%) Remedy
11 33 (4.52%) Avaya
12 30 (4.11%) BT
13 29 (3.97%) NICE Systems
14 27 (3.70%) Fortinet
15 24 (3.29%) Blue Coat
16 22 (3.01%) Huawei
17 17 (2.33%) IBM
18 16 (2.19%) Nokia
18 16 (2.19%) Nortel
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