The first table below looks at the demand 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 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 319 299 295
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -4
Contract jobs citing MPLS 324 279 356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.57% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.41% 3.78% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 148 185
Average daily rate £350 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £209 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £476 £469
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £289 £338
% change year-on-year
+16.01% -14.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 17 12
Average hourly rate £112.50 £32.50 £34.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+246.15% -5.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £17.85 £23.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £43.10 £44.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £180.00 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+453.84% -
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7353 7384 9261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.79% 15.20% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3863 3656 4316
Average daily rate £360 £348 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -4.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 421 588 622
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%

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 April 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 April 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 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -21 302 £350 +7.69% 96
South East -2 125 £319 +20.28% 35
London -28 106 £352 -6.75% 37
Berkshire +19 78 £288 -4.16% 15
Reading -5 30 £210 -30.00% 6
City of London -22 25 £350 +16.66% 14
West Midlands +2 24 £375 +36.36% 3
North West -5 17 £600 - 2
Hampshire -19 15 £275 +4.26% 8
Surrey -6 13 £481 -
Manchester -4 12 £600 - 1
Shropshire - 12 £410 -
East of England -37 11 £400 +88.23% 4
Basingstoke +17 10 £263 - 4
Telford - 10 £410 -
Newbury +5 9 £430 +10.96% 3
Scotland -1 8 £305 +22.00% 2
West Yorkshire -12 8 £363 +81.25% 4
Leeds -14 8 £363 +81.25% 2
Yorkshire -15 8 £363 +3.57% 7
Buckinghamshire -15 8 £250 - 8
Guildford 0 5 £335 -
Cheshire - 5 - -
West Sussex +3 4 £335 +11.66% 3
East Midlands -9 4 - - 2
High Wycombe - 4 £250 - 1
Hertfordshire -5 3 £475 - 1
Croydon -7 3 £288 -28.12%
Bracknell -8 3 £340 - 2
Cambridgeshire -10 3 £263 -47.50%

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 414 (70.41%) Cisco
2 271 (46.09%) WAN
3 264 (44.90%) Firewall
4 256 (43.54%) Cisco Certification
5 232 (39.46%) VPN
6 218 (37.07%) BGP
7 196 (33.33%) OSPF
8 195 (33.16%) LAN
9 194 (32.99%) CCNP
10 175 (29.76%) Telecoms
11 153 (26.02%) CheckPoint
12 150 (25.51%) Ethernet
13 145 (24.66%) VoIP
14 140 (23.81%) Juniper
15 131 (22.28%) TCP/IP
16 119 (20.24%) DNS
17 118 (20.07%) Cisco Nexus
18 106 (18.03%) Network Security
19 104 (17.69%) Cisco ASA
19 104 (17.69%) CCNA
20 95 (16.16%) EIGRP
21 94 (15.99%) F5
22 87 (14.80%) ITIL
23 86 (14.63%) IPsec
23 86 (14.63%) Wireless
24 83 (14.12%) Finance
24 83 (14.12%) Network Design
25 79 (13.44%) VMware
26 78 (13.27%) Windows
27 77 (13.10%) HP

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 38 (6.46%) MS Exchange
2 20 (3.40%) Lync
3 17 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (1.36%) Apache
6 7 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (0.85%) SharePoint
8 4 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2000
9 3 (0.51%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.51%) IIS
10 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.17%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.17%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.17%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.17%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 43 (7.31%) MS Excel
2 25 (4.25%) MS Office
3 11 (1.87%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.19%) MS Project
5 4 (0.68%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (1.53%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.34%) IBM SmartCloud
3 1 (0.17%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 271 (46.09%) WAN
2 264 (44.90%) Firewall
3 232 (39.46%) VPN
4 218 (37.07%) BGP
5 196 (33.33%) OSPF
6 195 (33.16%) LAN
7 150 (25.51%) Ethernet
8 145 (24.66%) VoIP
9 131 (22.28%) TCP/IP
10 119 (20.24%) DNS
11 118 (20.07%) Cisco Nexus
12 106 (18.03%) Network Security
13 104 (17.69%) Cisco ASA
14 95 (16.16%) EIGRP
15 86 (14.63%) Wireless
15 86 (14.63%) IPsec
16 73 (12.41%) Internet
17 66 (11.22%) VLAN
18 62 (10.54%) HSRP
19 56 (9.52%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (2.72%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.55%) MySQL
3 12 (2.04%) MS Access
4 2 (0.34%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.34%) Big Data
5 1 (0.17%) MarkLogic
5 1 (0.17%) QlikView
5 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.17%) DB2
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (2.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.17%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.17%) MSI
General
1 175 (29.76%) Telecoms
2 83 (14.12%) Finance
3 42 (7.14%) Banking
4 12 (2.04%) French Language
5 8 (1.36%) German Language
5 8 (1.36%) Retail
5 8 (1.36%) Front Office
5 8 (1.36%) Legal
6 7 (1.19%) Multimedia
6 7 (1.19%) Investment Banking
7 6 (1.02%) Back Office
8 4 (0.68%) Games
8 4 (0.68%) Billing
8 4 (0.68%) Italian Language
8 4 (0.68%) Japanese Language
9 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.51%) Advertising
10 2 (0.34%) Publishing
10 2 (0.34%) Electronics
10 2 (0.34%) Law
Job Titles
1 225 (38.27%) Network Engineer
2 61 (10.37%) Consultant
3 58 (9.86%) Architect
4 40 (6.80%) Security Engineer
5 39 (6.63%) Analyst
5 39 (6.63%) Cisco Engineer
6 38 (6.46%) Project Manager
6 38 (6.46%) Network Support
7 37 (6.29%) Support Engineer
7 37 (6.29%) Design Engineer
8 35 (5.95%) Network Architect
9 34 (5.78%) Network Consultant
10 32 (5.44%) Network Support Engineer
11 29 (4.93%) IP Engineer
12 26 (4.42%) Network Security Engineer
13 25 (4.25%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 25 (4.25%) Network Design Engineer
14 22 (3.74%) Network Analyst
15 21 (3.57%) Test Engineer
16 20 (3.40%) NOC Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.08%) CSS
2 17 (2.89%) XMPP
3 3 (0.51%) Oracle Fusion
3 3 (0.51%) Web Services
3 3 (0.51%) XML
3 3 (0.51%) Middleware
4 1 (0.17%) OCX
4 1 (0.17%) .NET
4 1 (0.17%) J2EE
4 1 (0.17%) EDI
4 1 (0.17%) WAP
4 1 (0.17%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (0.17%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 21 (3.57%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (2.04%) e-Health
3 11 (1.87%) Management Information System
4 9 (1.53%) PKI
5 8 (1.36%) NHS
5 8 (1.36%) Thin Client
5 8 (1.36%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.19%) Blackberry
6 7 (1.19%) IVR
7 6 (1.02%) Replication
8 5 (0.85%) SecurID
8 5 (0.85%) Open Source
8 5 (0.85%) Hedge funds
9 4 (0.68%) Mathematics
9 4 (0.68%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.51%) CCTV
11 2 (0.34%) Derivative
11 2 (0.34%) Video on Demand
11 2 (0.34%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.34%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 78 (13.27%) Windows
2 45 (7.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 33 (5.61%) Windows Server 2003
4 27 (4.59%) Linux
5 24 (4.08%) Windows 7
6 20 (3.40%) UNIX
7 6 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.85%) SUSE
9 3 (0.51%) Solaris
9 3 (0.51%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.51%) VMS
10 2 (0.34%) AIX
11 1 (0.17%) MVS
11 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (14.80%) ITIL
2 83 (14.12%) Network Design
3 65 (11.05%) Project Management
4 47 (7.99%) Change Management
5 45 (7.65%) Network Management
6 43 (7.31%) Network Architecture
7 39 (6.63%) Problem Management
8 35 (5.95%) PRINCE2
9 33 (5.61%) Load Balancing
10 32 (5.44%) WAN Optimisation
11 30 (5.10%) Migration
12 27 (4.59%) Service Delivery
13 26 (4.42%) Service Management
14 24 (4.08%) Incident Management
15 23 (3.91%) Disaster Recovery
16 22 (3.74%) Configuration Management
16 22 (3.74%) Capacity Planning
17 21 (3.57%) Root Cause Analysis
18 20 (3.40%) Capacity Management
18 20 (3.40%) Fault Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (4.42%) SQL
2 17 (2.89%) C
3 16 (2.72%) Perl
4 12 (2.04%) VB
5 6 (1.02%) PHP
6 4 (0.68%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.51%) Python
8 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.17%) JCL
9 1 (0.17%) Java
9 1 (0.17%) R
Qualifications
1 256 (43.54%) Cisco Certification
2 194 (32.99%) CCNP
3 104 (17.69%) CCNA
4 77 (13.10%) CCIE
5 58 (9.86%) Security Cleared
6 46 (7.82%) SC Cleared
7 33 (5.61%) Degree
8 30 (5.10%) CCDP
9 25 (4.25%) CCSP
10 15 (2.55%) CCIP
11 14 (2.38%) JNCIS
12 13 (2.21%) JNCIE
13 11 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
13 11 (1.87%) CISSP
14 10 (1.70%) Check Point Certification
15 9 (1.53%) JNCIP
15 9 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 8 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
16 8 (1.36%) MCSE
17 6 (1.02%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.89%) SLA
2 11 (1.87%) PCI DSS
3 10 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.85%) QA
6 4 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.17%) COBIT
System Software
1 60 (10.20%) Active Directory
2 39 (6.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (5.78%) vSphere
4 16 (2.72%) Hyper-V
5 14 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (1.87%) Xen
7 7 (1.19%) ProxySG
7 7 (1.19%) UAG
8 6 (1.02%) XenApp
9 5 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
10 4 (0.68%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.51%) DFS Replication
11 3 (0.51%) NLBS
11 3 (0.51%) VMware ESX
11 3 (0.51%) vCloud
12 2 (0.34%) NFS
12 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.17%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 21 (3.57%) CiscoWorks
2 18 (3.06%) SCCM
3 17 (2.89%) WSUS
4 16 (2.72%) Cisco CUCM
5 15 (2.55%) Norton AntiVirus
6 13 (2.21%) NetBackup
7 10 (1.70%) Netcool
8 7 (1.19%) FortiGate
8 7 (1.19%) CA Spectrum
9 5 (0.85%) Puppet
10 4 (0.68%) SCOM
10 4 (0.68%) WhatsUp Gold
11 3 (0.51%) MAILsweeper
11 3 (0.51%) XenMobile
12 2 (0.34%) OpenView
12 2 (0.34%) Nagios
12 2 (0.34%) SolarWinds Orion
13 1 (0.17%) NSN NetAct
13 1 (0.17%) Ionix
13 1 (0.17%) Cacti
Vendors
1 414 (70.41%) Cisco
2 153 (26.02%) CheckPoint
3 140 (23.81%) Juniper
4 94 (15.99%) F5
5 79 (13.44%) VMware
6 77 (13.10%) HP
7 64 (10.88%) Microsoft
8 51 (8.67%) Huawei
9 48 (8.16%) Blue Coat
10 38 (6.46%) SolarWinds
11 33 (5.61%) Citrix
12 32 (5.44%) Fortinet
13 29 (4.93%) McAfee
14 28 (4.76%) BT
15 27 (4.59%) Avaya
16 22 (3.74%) Alcatel-Lucent
16 22 (3.74%) Nortel
17 19 (3.23%) OPNET
18 18 (3.06%) Riverbed
19 17 (2.89%) Brocade
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwick
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - Korus Group - Brighton
Rate: £360 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - Korus Group - Brighton
Rate: £360 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
West Midlands
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 12 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £230.00 - £240.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Suffolk
Interquest - IQ ESM
Posted: 20 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 21 days ago