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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 289 325 317
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -8
Contract jobs citing MPLS 376 309 263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.56% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.59% 4.28% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 163 136
Average daily rate
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£340 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £496 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £335 £295
% change year-on-year
-2.98% +13.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 11
Average hourly rate £42.50 £180.00 £22.67
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-76.38% +694.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £45.00 £14.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £180.00 £43.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £180.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-76.38% +718.18%

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
8185 7226 7463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.69% 13.09% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4470 3816 3720
Average daily rate £350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 399 579
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.75% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 +38 363 £338 -3.57% 119
London +42 136 £350 -1.68% 32
South East -31 90 £366 +17.20% 30
Berkshire -6 73 £340 +18.26% 15
North West +2 37 £469 -21.87% 7
Yorkshire +9 35 £300 -17.24% 16
West Midlands -4 30 £333 -9.52% 7
Manchester -2 23 £375 -37.50% 5
Birmingham +18 21 £340 -15.00% 3
City of London +15 21 £331 -5.35% 8
Newbury +1 17 £290 -32.55%
East of England +26 16 £375 -6.25% 4
West Yorkshire -5 15 £313 -13.79% 5
Maidenhead +2 10 £398 +34.74% 3
Leeds -14 10 £338 -6.89% 5
East Midlands +10 9 £300 - 6
Hertfordshire +9 8 £365 -23.15% 1
Buckinghamshire -1 8 £335 +34.00% 3
North Yorkshire - 8 £293 - 6
Harrogate - 8 £293 - 2
South West +10 7 £360 -25.00% 17
Bracknell +5 7 £450 +32.35% 4
Lancashire - 7 £426 -
Scotland +3 6 £351 +15.16% 3
Bradford - 6 £249 -
Essex +13 5 £400 -
Milton Keynes -3 5 - -
Cheshire -6 5 £500 -
Sheffield - 5 £300 - 2
South Yorkshire - 5 £300 - 3

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 616 (79.59%) Cisco
2 414 (53.49%) Cisco Certification
3 402 (51.94%) Firewall
4 381 (49.22%) WAN
5 364 (47.03%) BGP
6 333 (43.02%) LAN
7 326 (42.12%) VPN
8 325 (41.99%) OSPF
9 310 (40.05%) CCNP
10 272 (35.14%) Juniper
11 200 (25.84%) CheckPoint
12 185 (23.90%) Wireless
13 181 (23.39%) Cisco ASA
14 175 (22.61%) F5
15 167 (21.58%) CCNA
16 160 (20.67%) Windows
17 154 (19.90%) Telecoms
18 140 (18.09%) Cisco Nexus
19 139 (17.96%) CCIE
20 136 (17.57%) EIGRP
21 132 (17.05%) Network Security
22 130 (16.80%) Ethernet
23 118 (15.25%) TCP/IP
24 114 (14.73%) ITIL
25 113 (14.60%) VMware
26 112 (14.47%) Finance
27 106 (13.70%) Internet
28 105 (13.57%) IPsec
28 105 (13.57%) Microsoft
29 103 (13.31%) VoIP

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 38 (4.91%) MS Exchange
2 26 (3.36%) SharePoint
3 25 (3.23%) IIS
4 22 (2.84%) Lync
5 20 (2.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 17 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (1.81%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (0.90%) WebLogic
9 6 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (0.78%) IBM Notes
9 6 (0.78%) Office Communications Server
10 5 (0.65%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.26%) CMS
12 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.13%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.13%) JBoss
Applications
1 33 (4.26%) MS Visio
2 29 (3.75%) MS Office
2 29 (3.75%) MS Excel
3 12 (1.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.65%) MS Project
5 4 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.78%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.26%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.26%) CODA-Financials
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
1 11 (1.42%) SaaS
2 7 (0.90%) PaaS
3 5 (0.65%) Office 365
4 4 (0.52%) IaaS
5 3 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 402 (51.94%) Firewall
2 381 (49.22%) WAN
3 364 (47.03%) BGP
4 333 (43.02%) LAN
5 326 (42.12%) VPN
6 325 (41.99%) OSPF
7 185 (23.90%) Wireless
8 181 (23.39%) Cisco ASA
9 140 (18.09%) Cisco Nexus
10 136 (17.57%) EIGRP
11 132 (17.05%) Network Security
12 130 (16.80%) Ethernet
13 118 (15.25%) TCP/IP
14 106 (13.70%) Internet
15 105 (13.57%) IPsec
16 103 (13.31%) VoIP
17 96 (12.40%) VLAN
18 89 (11.50%) DNS
19 81 (10.47%) HSRP
20 72 (9.30%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (5.17%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.81%) Oracle Database
3 12 (1.55%) Big Data
4 6 (0.78%) Oracle Database 10g
5 4 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.26%) DB2
8 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 5 (0.65%) Toad
2 3 (0.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.13%) GCC
3 1 (0.13%) Valgrind
General
1 154 (19.90%) Telecoms
2 112 (14.47%) Finance
3 46 (5.94%) Banking
4 30 (3.88%) Investment Banking
5 15 (1.94%) Games
6 13 (1.68%) Back Office
6 13 (1.68%) Multimedia
7 12 (1.55%) Retail
8 9 (1.16%) Manufacturing
9 8 (1.03%) Law
10 7 (0.90%) Marketing
11 5 (0.65%) Publishing
12 3 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.39%) Billing
12 3 (0.39%) German Language
12 3 (0.39%) Local Government
13 2 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
14 1 (0.13%) Electronics
14 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.13%) French Language
Job Titles
1 334 (43.15%) Network Engineer
2 104 (13.44%) Architect
3 67 (8.66%) IP Engineer
4 63 (8.14%) Analyst
5 52 (6.72%) Consultant
6 43 (5.56%) Network Architect
7 35 (4.52%) Network Analyst
8 33 (4.26%) Senior Network Engineer
9 32 (4.13%) Implementation Engineer
9 32 (4.13%) Project Manager
10 31 (4.01%) Operations Engineer
11 29 (3.75%) Security Engineer
12 28 (3.62%) Infrastructure Architect
12 28 (3.62%) Network Support
13 27 (3.49%) Cisco Engineer
14 26 (3.36%) Design Engineer
15 25 (3.23%) IP Network Engineer
16 23 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
17 21 (2.71%) Support Engineer
17 21 (2.71%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.81%) Web Services
2 5 (0.65%) JMS
2 5 (0.65%) XML
2 5 (0.65%) CSS
2 5 (0.65%) SOAP
2 5 (0.65%) JAXB
2 5 (0.65%) WSDL
3 4 (0.52%) XMPP
4 3 (0.39%) VXML
5 2 (0.26%) Silverlight
6 1 (0.13%) Boost C++ Libraries
6 1 (0.13%) .NET
6 1 (0.13%) J2EE
6 1 (0.13%) STL
6 1 (0.13%) Middleware
6 1 (0.13%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.13%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 34 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.88%) PKI
3 26 (3.36%) Video Conferencing
4 22 (2.84%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.20%) Clustering
6 16 (2.07%) Replication
7 13 (1.68%) Public Cloud
7 13 (1.68%) Online Games
8 9 (1.16%) Client/Server
9 8 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 8 (1.03%) Celerra
10 7 (0.90%) Thin Client
10 7 (0.90%) Fat Client
11 6 (0.78%) e-Health
11 6 (0.78%) Management Information System
11 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Storage
11 6 (0.78%) Smart Meter
12 5 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.65%) CMDB
12 5 (0.65%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 160 (20.67%) Windows
2 68 (8.79%) Linux
3 47 (6.07%) Windows Server 2003
4 43 (5.56%) UNIX
4 43 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (5.30%) Windows 7
6 33 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (1.55%) Windows XP
7 12 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (1.42%) Solaris
9 4 (0.52%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.52%) CentOS
10 3 (0.39%) SUSE
10 3 (0.39%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.26%) Windows CE
11 2 (0.26%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.26%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (14.73%) ITIL
2 103 (13.31%) Load Balancing
3 92 (11.89%) Migration
4 71 (9.17%) Network Design
5 67 (8.66%) Service Delivery
6 56 (7.24%) Project Management
7 54 (6.98%) Network Management
8 50 (6.46%) Service Management
9 45 (5.81%) E-Commerce
10 43 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
11 34 (4.39%) PRINCE2
12 29 (3.75%) Mentoring
12 29 (3.75%) Network Monitoring
13 28 (3.62%) Low Latency
14 26 (3.36%) Configuration Management
14 26 (3.36%) Business Continuity
14 26 (3.36%) Incident Management
15 23 (2.97%) Change Control
15 23 (2.97%) Validation
16 22 (2.84%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (3.88%) SQL
2 23 (2.97%) C
3 16 (2.07%) Python
4 13 (1.68%) Perl
5 10 (1.29%) Java
6 6 (0.78%) Lisp
6 6 (0.78%) PL/SQL
7 3 (0.39%) PowerShell
8 2 (0.26%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.13%) R
9 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.13%) C++
9 1 (0.13%) VBScript
9 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.13%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 414 (53.49%) Cisco Certification
2 310 (40.05%) CCNP
3 167 (21.58%) CCNA
4 139 (17.96%) CCIE
5 73 (9.43%) Security Cleared
6 64 (8.27%) CCIP
7 58 (7.49%) SC Cleared
8 41 (5.30%) Degree
9 38 (4.91%) JNCIP
10 37 (4.78%) CCDP
11 26 (3.36%) JNCIA
12 19 (2.45%) Microsoft Certification
13 15 (1.94%) MCSE
14 12 (1.55%) BC Cleared
15 11 (1.42%) DV Cleared
15 11 (1.42%) JNCIS
15 11 (1.42%) JNCIE
16 10 (1.29%) CISSP
17 7 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 6 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.65%) SLA
2 17 (2.20%) PCI DSS
3 13 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.52%) QA
System Software
1 97 (12.53%) Active Directory
2 65 (8.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (6.20%) Hyper-V
4 41 (5.30%) vSphere
5 24 (3.10%) XenApp
6 20 (2.58%) vCloud
7 12 (1.55%) NLBS
7 12 (1.55%) Terminal Services
8 10 (1.29%) XenServer
9 9 (1.16%) VMware ESX
9 9 (1.16%) Xen
10 8 (1.03%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 4 (0.52%) Firmware
11 4 (0.52%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.39%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (0.26%) Squid
13 2 (0.26%) Snort
13 2 (0.26%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
14 1 (0.13%) NFS
Systems Management
1 24 (3.10%) Cisco CUCM
2 22 (2.84%) CiscoWorks
3 20 (2.58%) FortiGate
4 17 (2.20%) RANCID
5 12 (1.55%) WSUS
6 10 (1.29%) OpenView
7 9 (1.16%) OPNET
7 9 (1.16%) SCCM
8 8 (1.03%) AirWatch
9 7 (0.90%) Netcool
10 5 (0.65%) Cisco UCCE
11 4 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
11 4 (0.52%) CA Spectrum
12 3 (0.39%) Cisco Prime
12 3 (0.39%) Windows Intune
12 3 (0.39%) SolarWinds Orion
12 3 (0.39%) Tivoli
13 2 (0.26%) SCOM
13 2 (0.26%) Cisco IPCC
13 2 (0.26%) MOM
Vendors
1 616 (79.59%) Cisco
2 272 (35.14%) Juniper
3 200 (25.84%) CheckPoint
4 175 (22.61%) F5
5 113 (14.60%) VMware
6 105 (13.57%) Microsoft
7 94 (12.14%) SolarWinds
8 78 (10.08%) HP
9 75 (9.69%) Citrix
10 52 (6.72%) BT
11 44 (5.68%) Blue Coat
12 40 (5.17%) Avaya
13 37 (4.78%) Riverbed
14 35 (4.52%) Fortinet
15 31 (4.01%) IBM
15 31 (4.01%) Aruba
15 31 (4.01%) Infoblox
16 25 (3.23%) Oracle
17 24 (3.10%) Nortel
18 23 (2.97%) NetApp
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Stott & May
Rate: £300 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Universe Technology Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
ComputAppoint
Rate: Negotiable Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Maidenhead
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £370 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £360 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £0.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Talent International
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
LEXSTRA
Rate: £380 - £415 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Eaglecliff
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Ipswich
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
North Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 10 days ago