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 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 281 317 295
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -22
Contract jobs citing MPLS 383 310 362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.58% 4.31% 3.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 168 125
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£375 £365 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% -5.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 7 16
Average hourly rate £26.75 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.88% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £15.83 £21.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £26.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-1.88% -3.63%

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
8364 7196 9118
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.55% 13.62% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4619 3903 4169
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 407 691
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.25 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

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 16 September 2014.

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 16 September 2014.

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 16 September 2014. 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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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 +42 358 £375 +4.16% 126
London +15 126 £388 +3.33% 52
South East +18 97 £364 +3.92% 38
Berkshire +20 47 £350 -9.67% 11
South West +17 45 £375 -21.05% 9
City of London +20 30 £375 +4.16% 12
Surrey +21 24 £371 -23.84% 5
West Midlands -17 23 £330 +8.19% 4
East of England -37 23 £345 +24.88% 14
Cambridgeshire - 17 £345 - 4
Yorkshire +3 16 £229 -40.96% 6
Reading +3 15 £338 -0.73% 3
Gloucestershire 0 15 £288 - 2
North West +5 14 - - 5
Cambridge - 14 £350 - 4
West Yorkshire 0 11 £188 -51.61% 6
Guildford - 10 £364 -
Cheltenham - 8 £263 -
Cheshire +14 7 - - 1
Birmingham -5 7 £365 +5.79% 2
Oxfordshire - 7 £475 -
Newbury +5 6 £330 -17.50%
Bracknell +1 6 £319 -22.72% 1
Scotland -17 6 £250 -31.97% 3
Manchester -8 5 - - 3
Hampshire -12 5 £335 +7.20% 9
East Sussex -12 5 £325 - 4
South Yorkshire - 5 £303 -
Croydon +3 4 £419 -6.94% 3
Leeds -1 4 - - 6

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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.

1 463 (72.23%) Cisco
2 329 (51.33%) Firewall
3 318 (49.61%) WAN
4 292 (45.55%) Cisco Certification
5 271 (42.28%) LAN
6 245 (38.22%) BGP
7 226 (35.26%) VPN
8 213 (33.23%) OSPF
9 191 (29.80%) CCNP
10 163 (25.43%) Juniper
11 154 (24.02%) Telecoms
12 142 (22.15%) CheckPoint
13 140 (21.84%) ITIL
14 123 (19.19%) VoIP
15 120 (18.72%) Windows
16 119 (18.56%) Ethernet
17 110 (17.16%) IPsec
18 108 (16.85%) CCNA
19 107 (16.69%) CCIE
20 106 (16.54%) Active Directory
21 104 (16.22%) DNS
21 104 (16.22%) Microsoft
22 95 (14.82%) Network Design
23 93 (14.51%) VMware
24 92 (14.35%) TCP/IP
25 88 (13.73%) Network Management
26 85 (13.26%) Cisco ASA
27 84 (13.10%) Cisco Nexus
28 83 (12.95%) F5
29 82 (12.79%) Security Cleared

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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 62 (9.67%) MS Exchange
2 26 (4.06%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (3.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 21 (3.28%) SharePoint
5 16 (2.50%) Lync
6 12 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2007
6 12 (1.87%) IIS
7 9 (1.40%) Apache
8 6 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.78%) Office Communications Server
9 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2000
9 5 (0.78%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.62%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Portal
11 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 42 (6.55%) MS Office
1 42 (6.55%) MS Excel
2 24 (3.74%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.78%) MS Project
5 3 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.31%) EPLAN
7 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.31%) Summit
3 1 (0.16%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 9 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.09%) Office 365
3 6 (0.94%) IBM SmartCloud
3 6 (0.94%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.78%) IaaS
5 4 (0.62%) PaaS
6 2 (0.31%) SaaS
7 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 329 (51.33%) Firewall
2 318 (49.61%) WAN
3 271 (42.28%) LAN
4 245 (38.22%) BGP
5 226 (35.26%) VPN
6 213 (33.23%) OSPF
7 123 (19.19%) VoIP
8 119 (18.56%) Ethernet
9 110 (17.16%) IPsec
10 104 (16.22%) DNS
11 92 (14.35%) TCP/IP
12 85 (13.26%) Cisco ASA
13 84 (13.10%) Cisco Nexus
14 77 (12.01%) Network Security
15 76 (11.86%) VLAN
15 76 (11.86%) SNMP
16 71 (11.08%) Wireless
17 68 (10.61%) EIGRP
18 65 (10.14%) DHCP
19 60 (9.36%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (0.78%) MySQL
3 4 (0.62%) Big Data
4 3 (0.47%) MarkLogic
4 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.47%) Hadoop
4 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.16%) QlikView
6 1 (0.16%) DB2
6 1 (0.16%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.16%) MS Access
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 7 (1.09%) GDB
2 4 (0.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.47%) Toad
4 1 (0.16%) MSI
4 1 (0.16%) Eclipse
General
1 154 (24.02%) Telecoms
2 68 (10.61%) Finance
3 24 (3.74%) Banking
4 13 (2.03%) Investment Banking
5 11 (1.72%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.56%) Retail
7 9 (1.40%) Marketing
7 9 (1.40%) French Language
8 7 (1.09%) Billing
8 7 (1.09%) Electronics
9 5 (0.78%) Local Government
10 4 (0.62%) Law
11 3 (0.47%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.31%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.31%) Legal
12 2 (0.31%) Advertising
12 2 (0.31%) Publishing
12 2 (0.31%) German Language
13 1 (0.16%) Portuguese Language
13 1 (0.16%) Games
Job Titles
1 193 (30.11%) Network Engineer
2 70 (10.92%) Architect
3 69 (10.76%) Analyst
4 58 (9.05%) IP Engineer
5 53 (8.27%) Design Engineer
6 45 (7.02%) Consultant
7 40 (6.24%) Network Support
8 32 (4.99%) Project Manager
9 31 (4.84%) Cisco Engineer
10 29 (4.52%) Network Specialist
10 29 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 24 (3.74%) Network Analyst
12 23 (3.59%) Senior Network Engineer
13 22 (3.43%) Network Consultant
14 21 (3.28%) Security Engineer
14 21 (3.28%) Network Architect
15 18 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
15 18 (2.81%) Support Engineer
15 18 (2.81%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 17 (2.65%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.96%) XMPP
2 9 (1.40%) Web Services
3 7 (1.09%) CSS
4 4 (0.62%) FIX Protocol
4 4 (0.62%) XML
5 3 (0.47%) JMS
5 3 (0.47%) WSDL
5 3 (0.47%) JAXB
5 3 (0.47%) SOAP
6 2 (0.31%) J2EE
7 1 (0.16%) HTML
7 1 (0.16%) .NET
7 1 (0.16%) jQuery
7 1 (0.16%) Windows SharePoint Services
7 1 (0.16%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.16%) Middleware
7 1 (0.16%) OCX
Miscellaneous
1 24 (3.74%) Blackberry
2 21 (3.28%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.65%) Thin Client
3 17 (2.65%) Fat Client
3 17 (2.65%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (1.72%) Replication
5 10 (1.56%) PKI
6 7 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.09%) Open Source
7 6 (0.94%) Computer Science
7 6 (0.94%) Clustering
7 6 (0.94%) DTV
8 4 (0.62%) EPoS
9 3 (0.47%) PMI
9 3 (0.47%) e-Health
9 3 (0.47%) EqualLogic
9 3 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.47%) SecurID
9 3 (0.47%) FMCG
10 2 (0.31%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 120 (18.72%) Windows
2 58 (9.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 38 (5.93%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (5.46%) Windows 7
5 28 (4.37%) Linux
6 22 (3.43%) UNIX
7 14 (2.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.09%) Windows XP
9 6 (0.94%) Windows 8
10 3 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.47%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.31%) Solaris
12 1 (0.16%) AIX
12 1 (0.16%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (21.84%) ITIL
2 95 (14.82%) Network Design
3 88 (13.73%) Network Management
4 71 (11.08%) Load Balancing
5 69 (10.76%) Migration
6 57 (8.89%) Project Management
7 47 (7.33%) Network Architecture
8 35 (5.46%) Service Delivery
9 34 (5.30%) Change Management
9 34 (5.30%) Disaster Recovery
10 31 (4.84%) Service Management
10 31 (4.84%) Performance Management
11 28 (4.37%) Capacity Planning
12 27 (4.21%) Network Monitoring
13 26 (4.06%) Problem Management
14 25 (3.90%) Mentoring
15 23 (3.59%) PRINCE2
15 23 (3.59%) Validation
16 22 (3.43%) Stakeholder Management
17 19 (2.96%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 24 (3.74%) SQL
2 16 (2.50%) C
3 9 (1.40%) Perl
4 6 (0.94%) PHP
4 6 (0.94%) Embedded C
5 4 (0.62%) Java
5 4 (0.62%) Python
6 3 (0.47%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.31%) Progress 4GL
7 2 (0.31%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.16%) Tcl
8 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.16%) VBA
8 1 (0.16%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 292 (45.55%) Cisco Certification
2 191 (29.80%) CCNP
3 108 (16.85%) CCNA
4 107 (16.69%) CCIE
5 82 (12.79%) Security Cleared
6 72 (11.23%) SC Cleared
7 33 (5.15%) CCDP
8 32 (4.99%) CISSP
9 24 (3.74%) CCSP
10 22 (3.43%) Degree
11 20 (3.12%) Microsoft Certification
12 18 (2.81%) Check Point Certification
13 16 (2.50%) MCSE
14 15 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (1.72%) CCIP
15 11 (1.72%) JNCIE
16 10 (1.56%) JNCIP
17 9 (1.40%) JNCIA
18 8 (1.25%) JNCIS
18 8 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.12%) SLA
1 20 (3.12%) PCI DSS
2 8 (1.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 7 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.09%) QA
4 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.16%) COBIT
4 1 (0.16%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 106 (16.54%) Active Directory
2 50 (7.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.93%) Hyper-V
4 30 (4.68%) vSphere
5 23 (3.59%) Xen
6 21 (3.28%) NLBS
7 20 (3.12%) XenApp
8 15 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 10 (1.56%) ProxySG
10 8 (1.25%) XenDesktop
11 7 (1.09%) Forefront TMG
12 5 (0.78%) DFS Replication
13 4 (0.62%) VMware ESX
13 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.62%) NFS
14 3 (0.47%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.47%) XenServer
15 1 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 35 (5.46%) Cisco CUCM
2 22 (3.43%) WSUS
3 17 (2.65%) OPNET
4 13 (2.03%) FortiGate
5 9 (1.40%) CA Spectrum
6 8 (1.25%) WhatsUp Gold
7 5 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
7 5 (0.78%) SCOM
7 5 (0.78%) CiscoWorks
8 4 (0.62%) SCCM
9 3 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (0.47%) MOM
9 3 (0.47%) MAILsweeper
9 3 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 2 (0.31%) SCOrch
10 2 (0.31%) SolarWinds Orion
10 2 (0.31%) Cisco UCCE
10 2 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.31%) OpenView
10 2 (0.31%) Nagios
Vendors
1 463 (72.23%) Cisco
2 163 (25.43%) Juniper
3 142 (22.15%) CheckPoint
4 104 (16.22%) Microsoft
5 93 (14.51%) VMware
6 83 (12.95%) F5
7 59 (9.20%) Citrix
8 58 (9.05%) HP
9 44 (6.86%) Nokia
10 31 (4.84%) SolarWinds
11 29 (4.52%) Huawei
11 29 (4.52%) Riverbed
12 27 (4.21%) Blue Coat
13 25 (3.90%) Ericsson
14 24 (3.74%) Redback
14 24 (3.74%) Radware
15 22 (3.43%) BT
16 20 (3.12%) Avaya
17 19 (2.96%) Fortinet
18 17 (2.65%) Brocade
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