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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 272 304 293
Rank change year-on-year
+32 -11
Contract jobs citing MPLS 378 292 255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.58% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.00% 4.45% 3.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 157 147
Average daily rate
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£338 £356 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.19% +9.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £500 £476
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £355 £308
% change year-on-year
-12.32% +15.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 18
Average hourly rate £30.00 £180.00 £32.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-83.33% +449.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £82.70 £14.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £180.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £180.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-83.33% +453.84%

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
7559 6567 6800
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.57% 13.11% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 4102 3366 3311
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £215 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 372 568
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £20.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+47.27% -10.97%

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 5 March 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 5 March 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 5 March 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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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 +45 363 £331 -7.98% 150
London +33 135 £375 +5.33% 35
South East +4 120 £320 -17.41% 49
Berkshire +2 81 £310 -13.28% 16
Yorkshire +9 36 £285 -12.30% 11
City of London +18 29 £406 +16.07% 15
North West -12 29 £390 +45.79% 17
Manchester -5 21 £475 +78.40% 13
Newbury +7 20 £290 -32.55% 5
South West +2 14 £313 -34.89% 16
West Yorkshire -1 14 £300 +9.09% 8
Surrey +11 13 £293 -35.00% 12
Hampshire -10 12 £283 -28.25% 7
East of England +12 11 £390 -17.89% 4
West Midlands -21 10 £265 -26.38% 9
Bracknell +9 9 £338 -15.62%
Guildford +3 8 £293 -12.68%
Bradford - 8 £253 - 1
Wiltshire +4 7 £190 -57.77% 3
Buckinghamshire +2 7 £463 - 6
Maidenhead -1 7 £398 -0.62% 2
Leeds -12 7 £325 +18.18% 7
Slough - 7 £450 - 1
North Yorkshire - 7 £275 - 1
Hertfordshire +8 6 £390 -17.89% 1
Milton Keynes -4 6 £463 - 1
Fareham - 6 £267 - 2
East Midlands +7 5 £425 - 8
Birmingham +2 5 £205 -36.92% 5
Scotland -7 5 £340 +11.47% 6

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 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.

1 607 (77.72%) Cisco
2 413 (52.88%) Firewall
3 387 (49.55%) WAN
4 386 (49.42%) Cisco Certification
5 366 (46.86%) BGP
6 323 (41.36%) LAN
7 319 (40.85%) OSPF
8 297 (38.03%) VPN
9 277 (35.47%) CCNP
10 230 (29.45%) Juniper
11 188 (24.07%) CheckPoint
12 181 (23.18%) Telecoms
13 172 (22.02%) Windows
14 162 (20.74%) CCNA
15 156 (19.97%) F5
16 147 (18.82%) Cisco ASA
17 144 (18.44%) Wireless
18 143 (18.31%) Cisco Nexus
19 134 (17.16%) CCIE
20 130 (16.65%) EIGRP
21 129 (16.52%) Ethernet
22 118 (15.11%) Migration
23 115 (14.72%) ITIL
24 114 (14.60%) VoIP
25 111 (14.21%) Microsoft
26 110 (14.08%) TCP/IP
27 108 (13.83%) Internet
28 107 (13.70%) Finance
28 107 (13.70%) VMware
29 100 (12.80%) Active Directory

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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 39 (4.99%) MS Exchange
2 35 (4.48%) SharePoint
3 23 (2.94%) IIS
4 22 (2.82%) Lync
5 18 (2.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 17 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (1.54%) WebSphere
8 11 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2013
9 10 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (1.15%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.90%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
12 3 (0.38%) WorkSite
13 2 (0.26%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.13%) JBoss
14 1 (0.13%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.13%) Apache
14 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
14 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
Applications
1 36 (4.61%) MS Excel
1 36 (4.61%) MS Visio
2 30 (3.84%) MS Office
3 7 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.64%) MS Project
5 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.26%) Summit
4 1 (0.13%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.15%) SaaS
3 8 (1.02%) Office 365
4 6 (0.77%) IaaS
5 5 (0.64%) PaaS
6 2 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 413 (52.88%) Firewall
2 387 (49.55%) WAN
3 366 (46.86%) BGP
4 323 (41.36%) LAN
5 319 (40.85%) OSPF
6 297 (38.03%) VPN
7 147 (18.82%) Cisco ASA
8 144 (18.44%) Wireless
9 143 (18.31%) Cisco Nexus
10 130 (16.65%) EIGRP
11 129 (16.52%) Ethernet
12 114 (14.60%) VoIP
13 110 (14.08%) TCP/IP
14 108 (13.83%) Internet
15 91 (11.65%) IPsec
16 89 (11.40%) Network Security
17 85 (10.88%) VLAN
17 85 (10.88%) VPLS
18 82 (10.50%) HSRP
19 80 (10.24%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.30%) Oracle Database
3 9 (1.15%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.64%) Big Data
5 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.26%) DB2
7 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.13%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.13%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 8 (1.02%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 8 (1.02%) Toad
2 1 (0.13%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.13%) GCC
2 1 (0.13%) Valgrind
General
1 181 (23.18%) Telecoms
2 107 (13.70%) Finance
3 50 (6.40%) Banking
4 29 (3.71%) Investment Banking
5 18 (2.30%) Retail
6 15 (1.92%) Law
7 14 (1.79%) Games
8 11 (1.41%) Back Office
9 9 (1.15%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.77%) Marketing
11 4 (0.51%) Local Government
11 4 (0.51%) Billing
11 4 (0.51%) Publishing
12 2 (0.26%) German Language
12 2 (0.26%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.13%) Electronics
13 1 (0.13%) Legal
13 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.13%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.13%) French Language
Job Titles
1 287 (36.75%) Network Engineer
2 100 (12.80%) Architect
3 72 (9.22%) Analyst
4 60 (7.68%) IP Engineer
5 55 (7.04%) Consultant
6 43 (5.51%) Network Analyst
7 42 (5.38%) Project Manager
8 38 (4.87%) Network Support
9 35 (4.48%) Network Architect
10 33 (4.23%) Senior Network Engineer
11 32 (4.10%) Solutions Architect
12 29 (3.71%) Implementation Engineer
13 28 (3.59%) Operations Engineer
14 27 (3.46%) Design Engineer
14 27 (3.46%) Cisco Engineer
15 25 (3.20%) Support Engineer
15 25 (3.20%) Network Specialist
15 25 (3.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 23 (2.94%) Network Consultant
16 23 (2.94%) IP Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.41%) Web Services
2 8 (1.02%) JMS
2 8 (1.02%) XML
2 8 (1.02%) SOAP
2 8 (1.02%) JAXB
2 8 (1.02%) WSDL
3 5 (0.64%) CSS
4 3 (0.38%) XMPP
5 2 (0.26%) Middleware
5 2 (0.26%) VXML
6 1 (0.13%) HTML
6 1 (0.13%) .NET
6 1 (0.13%) J2EE
6 1 (0.13%) STL
6 1 (0.13%) Windows SharePoint Services
6 1 (0.13%) ISPF
6 1 (0.13%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.13%) TAPI
6 1 (0.13%) jQuery
6 1 (0.13%) Boost C++ Libraries
Miscellaneous
1 46 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.46%) Video Conferencing
3 20 (2.56%) Blackberry
3 20 (2.56%) Replication
4 18 (2.30%) Clustering
5 15 (1.92%) PKI
6 14 (1.79%) Online Games
7 12 (1.54%) Management Information System
8 10 (1.28%) Fat Client
8 10 (1.28%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.15%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.15%) e-Health
9 9 (1.15%) Smart Meter
10 8 (1.02%) Celerra
11 7 (0.90%) IVR
11 7 (0.90%) Streaming Media
12 6 (0.77%) SecurID
13 5 (0.64%) Handset
13 5 (0.64%) CMDB
13 5 (0.64%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 172 (22.02%) Windows
2 87 (11.14%) Linux
3 54 (6.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 53 (6.79%) UNIX
5 47 (6.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (4.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (4.48%) Windows 7
8 19 (2.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 15 (1.92%) Windows XP
10 11 (1.41%) Solaris
11 7 (0.90%) Windows 8
12 6 (0.77%) CentOS
13 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.38%) SUSE
13 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.38%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.26%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.13%) AIX
15 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (15.11%) Migration
2 115 (14.72%) ITIL
3 93 (11.91%) Load Balancing
4 71 (9.09%) Network Design
5 62 (7.94%) Project Management
6 57 (7.30%) Service Delivery
7 45 (5.76%) Network Management
8 40 (5.12%) PRINCE2
9 38 (4.87%) E-Commerce
10 37 (4.74%) Service Management
10 37 (4.74%) Network Monitoring
11 35 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
12 33 (4.23%) Mentoring
13 28 (3.59%) Configuration Management
14 26 (3.33%) Incident Management
14 26 (3.33%) Change Management
15 25 (3.20%) Network Architecture
16 24 (3.07%) Low Latency
17 23 (2.94%) Business Continuity
17 23 (2.94%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 28 (3.59%) SQL
2 21 (2.69%) C
3 19 (2.43%) Python
4 14 (1.79%) Java
4 14 (1.79%) Perl
5 9 (1.15%) PL/SQL
6 3 (0.38%) Lisp
7 2 (0.26%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.26%) Objective-C
7 2 (0.26%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.13%) C#
8 1 (0.13%) C++
8 1 (0.13%) VBScript
8 1 (0.13%) VB
8 1 (0.13%) VBA
8 1 (0.13%) Ruby
8 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.13%) R
Qualifications
1 386 (49.42%) Cisco Certification
2 277 (35.47%) CCNP
3 162 (20.74%) CCNA
4 134 (17.16%) CCIE
5 63 (8.07%) Security Cleared
6 56 (7.17%) CCIP
7 55 (7.04%) SC Cleared
8 33 (4.23%) Degree
9 31 (3.97%) JNCIP
9 31 (3.97%) VCP4
10 30 (3.84%) CCDP
11 19 (2.43%) JNCIA
12 16 (2.05%) Microsoft Certification
13 14 (1.79%) MCSE
14 12 (1.54%) CISSP
15 11 (1.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 11 (1.41%) BC Cleared
16 10 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 9 (1.15%) JNCIS
18 7 (0.90%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (4.35%) SLA
2 12 (1.54%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.26%) QA
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 100 (12.80%) Active Directory
2 62 (7.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (5.38%) Hyper-V
4 34 (4.35%) vSphere
5 31 (3.97%) XenApp
6 16 (2.05%) vCloud
7 13 (1.66%) Terminal Services
8 12 (1.54%) Xen
9 11 (1.41%) VMware ESX
10 9 (1.15%) NLBS
11 8 (1.02%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 8 (1.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 7 (0.90%) XenServer
13 5 (0.64%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.64%) Forefront TMG
13 5 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
14 4 (0.51%) Firmware
15 2 (0.26%) Snort
15 2 (0.26%) Squid
15 2 (0.26%) NFS
Systems Management
1 24 (3.07%) FortiGate
2 17 (2.18%) Cisco CUCM
3 15 (1.92%) Cisco Prime
4 11 (1.41%) CA Spectrum
5 10 (1.28%) WSUS
5 10 (1.28%) CiscoWorks
5 10 (1.28%) Netcool
6 9 (1.15%) MOM
7 8 (1.02%) SCCM
8 5 (0.64%) OPNET
8 5 (0.64%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.51%) RANCID
9 4 (0.51%) SolarWinds Orion
9 4 (0.51%) Backup Exec
10 3 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (0.38%) OpenView
10 3 (0.38%) Foglight
10 3 (0.38%) Windows Intune
11 2 (0.26%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.26%) NetCrunch
Vendors
1 607 (77.72%) Cisco
2 230 (29.45%) Juniper
3 188 (24.07%) CheckPoint
4 156 (19.97%) F5
5 111 (14.21%) Microsoft
6 107 (13.70%) VMware
7 68 (8.71%) HP
8 63 (8.07%) Citrix
9 60 (7.68%) SolarWinds
10 56 (7.17%) BT
11 51 (6.53%) Avaya
12 40 (5.12%) Blue Coat
13 35 (4.48%) Nortel
14 34 (4.35%) Riverbed
14 34 (4.35%) Fortinet
15 31 (3.97%) Oracle
16 25 (3.20%) IBM
17 22 (2.82%) CA
17 22 (2.82%) Ericsson
18 20 (2.56%) Nokia
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Maidenhead
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