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 February 2016 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 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 288 274 333
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +59
Contract jobs citing MPLS 382 396 261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.78% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.08% 5.26% 4.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 245 143
Average daily rate £390 £338 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.55% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £241 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £458 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £310 £350
% change year-on-year
+16.93% -11.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 9 4
Average hourly rate £34.75 £26.50 £180.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.13% -85.27%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £180.00
% change year-on-year
+50.94% -85.27%

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
7518 7523 6488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 14.85% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4420 4209 3417
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £215 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 426 385
Average hourly rate £27.66 £23.75 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.46% +21.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 February 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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -19 350 £400 +18.51% 140
South East +6 131 £383 +9.28% 48
London -53 116 £473 +35.00% 39
Berkshire -6 52 £413 +19.56% 9
Hampshire +31 41 £575 +103.53% 10
South West +14 33 £363 +11.53% 14
Reading +14 32 £450 +20.00% 6
Swindon +13 19 £363 +90.78% 2
Wiltshire +6 19 £363 +90.78% 4
Yorkshire -22 19 £310 +5.53% 8
Surrey -4 18 £350 +14.28% 15
East of England +7 17 £363 -7.05% 12
Fareham +6 17 £625 +134.52% 1
City of London +16 13 £409 +9.00% 7
North West -25 12 £600 +140.00% 3
Scotland -1 11 £200 -6.97% 2
West Midlands -14 11 £450 +125.00% 12
Bristol +2 10 £375 +7.14% 5
West Yorkshire -5 10 £313 -7.40% 4
Kent - 10 £200 - 2
Leeds -16 9 £331 +1.92% 4
Hertfordshire +10 8 £488 +25.00% 5
Glasgow +13 7 £200 - 1
Cheshire -3 6 £600 +445.45%
Solihull - 6 - - 1
Tunbridge Wells - 6 £200 -
Bracknell -7 5 £438 +94.44% 1
Manchester -26 5 £600 +123.25% 3
M4 Corridor - 5 £288 -
Docklands, London - 5 £225 -

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 556 (76.27%) Cisco
2 377 (51.71%) WAN
3 369 (50.62%) Cisco Certification
4 345 (47.33%) Firewall
5 322 (44.17%) LAN
6 317 (43.48%) BGP
7 285 (39.09%) VPN
8 269 (36.90%) OSPF
9 255 (34.98%) CCNP
10 234 (32.10%) Juniper
11 209 (28.67%) Data Centre
12 167 (22.91%) DNS
13 163 (22.36%) CheckPoint
14 157 (21.54%) IPsec
15 154 (21.12%) Telecoms
16 151 (20.71%) Cisco ASA
17 139 (19.07%) TCP/IP
18 138 (18.93%) ITIL
19 136 (18.66%) F5
20 132 (18.11%) Cisco Nexus
21 123 (16.87%) EIGRP
21 123 (16.87%) Network Security
22 121 (16.60%) CCNA
22 121 (16.60%) CCIE
23 117 (16.05%) VLAN
24 113 (15.50%) Finance
25 110 (15.09%) Wireless
26 103 (14.13%) DHCP
27 102 (13.99%) Internet
28 101 (13.85%) VoIP

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 17 (2.33%) MS Exchange
2 15 (2.06%) Lync
3 10 (1.37%) IIS
4 9 (1.23%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.10%) CMS
6 6 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (0.69%) Apache
7 5 (0.69%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.55%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.41%) JBoss
10 2 (0.27%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.14%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.14%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.14%) Smallworld
Applications
1 17 (2.33%) MS Visio
2 15 (2.06%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.10%) MS Office
5 3 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.27%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.55%) Relativity
3 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.19%) SaaS
2 11 (1.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.82%) IaaS
5 4 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (0.55%) PaaS
6 3 (0.41%) Office 365
6 3 (0.41%) SoftLayer
7 2 (0.27%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.27%) Yammer
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 377 (51.71%) WAN
2 345 (47.33%) Firewall
3 322 (44.17%) LAN
4 317 (43.48%) BGP
5 285 (39.09%) VPN
6 269 (36.90%) OSPF
7 167 (22.91%) DNS
8 157 (21.54%) IPsec
9 151 (20.71%) Cisco ASA
10 139 (19.07%) TCP/IP
11 132 (18.11%) Cisco Nexus
12 123 (16.87%) EIGRP
12 123 (16.87%) Network Security
13 117 (16.05%) VLAN
14 110 (15.09%) Wireless
15 103 (14.13%) DHCP
16 102 (13.99%) Internet
17 101 (13.85%) VoIP
18 99 (13.58%) Ethernet
19 93 (12.76%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.78%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.82%) Big Data
3 4 (0.55%) MySQL
4 3 (0.41%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.27%) Informix
5 2 (0.27%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.27%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.27%) Redis
5 2 (0.27%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.14%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 6 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.41%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.41%) Jenkins
2 3 (0.41%) JIRA
2 3 (0.41%) Subversion
3 2 (0.27%) Hudson
3 2 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.14%) Ant
4 1 (0.14%) Maven
General
1 154 (21.12%) Telecoms
2 113 (15.50%) Finance
3 30 (4.12%) Retail
4 25 (3.43%) Banking
5 15 (2.06%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.92%) Marketing
7 12 (1.65%) Back Office
8 10 (1.37%) Electronics
9 8 (1.10%) Games
9 8 (1.10%) Multimedia
10 7 (0.96%) Billing
10 7 (0.96%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.69%) Advertising
12 4 (0.55%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.55%) Law
12 4 (0.55%) Legal
12 4 (0.55%) Publishing
13 3 (0.41%) Automotive
13 3 (0.41%) German Language
13 3 (0.41%) Military
Job Titles
1 289 (39.64%) Network Engineer
2 128 (17.56%) Architect
3 113 (15.50%) Cisco Engineer
4 97 (13.31%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 69 (9.47%) Senior Network Engineer
6 67 (9.19%) Network Architect
7 52 (7.13%) Designer
8 44 (6.04%) Network Designer
9 42 (5.76%) Security Engineer
10 40 (5.49%) Network Security Engineer
11 37 (5.08%) Support Engineer
12 33 (4.53%) Consultant
12 33 (4.53%) Network Support
13 28 (3.84%) Design Engineer
14 26 (3.57%) Analyst
15 25 (3.43%) Cisco Support
16 24 (3.29%) Network Support Engineer
16 24 (3.29%) Solutions Architect
17 22 (3.02%) Project Manager
18 21 (2.88%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (5.49%) 802.1X
2 12 (1.65%) CSS
2 12 (1.65%) Web Services
3 6 (0.82%) XMPP
4 5 (0.69%) RSS
5 4 (0.55%) Middleware
5 4 (0.55%) Silverlight
6 2 (0.27%) ActiveMQ
6 2 (0.27%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.27%) WAP
7 1 (0.14%) boto
7 1 (0.14%) J2EE
7 1 (0.14%) LAMP
7 1 (0.14%) RFC 2544
7 1 (0.14%) RFC 2547
7 1 (0.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 209 (28.67%) Data Centre
2 42 (5.76%) Management Information System
3 27 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (2.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 18 (2.47%) Computer Science
6 17 (2.33%) Driving Licence
7 16 (2.19%) Cryptography
8 14 (1.92%) PKI
8 14 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
9 11 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (1.37%) iSeries
11 8 (1.10%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.10%) e-Health
11 8 (1.10%) Smart Meter
12 7 (0.96%) Blackberry
12 7 (0.96%) Clustering
12 7 (0.96%) Statistics
13 6 (0.82%) IPTV
13 6 (0.82%) Public Cloud
14 5 (0.69%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 80 (10.97%) Windows
2 70 (9.60%) Linux
3 33 (4.53%) Windows Server
4 32 (4.39%) Unix
5 23 (3.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (2.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (2.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (1.37%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.96%) CatOS
11 5 (0.69%) Windows 8
12 4 (0.55%) Android
13 2 (0.27%) CentOS
13 2 (0.27%) Solaris
13 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.27%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.27%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.14%) Debian
14 1 (0.14%) HPUX
14 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (18.93%) ITIL
2 96 (13.17%) Network Design
3 88 (12.07%) Migration
4 83 (11.39%) Load Balancing
5 82 (11.25%) Project Management
6 56 (7.68%) Network Management
7 44 (6.04%) Change Management
8 38 (5.21%) High Availability
9 35 (4.80%) PRINCE2
10 33 (4.53%) Service Management
11 31 (4.25%) Incident Management
12 30 (4.12%) Information Security
13 29 (3.98%) Network Architecture
14 27 (3.70%) Service Delivery
15 25 (3.43%) Network Monitoring
15 25 (3.43%) Validation
16 24 (3.29%) Problem Management
17 20 (2.74%) Configuration Management
18 19 (2.61%) Capacity Management
18 19 (2.61%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 16 (2.19%) Perl
2 15 (2.06%) Python
3 14 (1.92%) SQL
4 10 (1.37%) Lisp
5 7 (0.96%) C
6 4 (0.55%) Shell Script
7 3 (0.41%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.14%) Java
8 1 (0.14%) PHP
8 1 (0.14%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 369 (50.62%) Cisco Certification
2 255 (34.98%) CCNP
3 121 (16.60%) CCIE
3 121 (16.60%) CCNA
4 77 (10.56%) Security Cleared
5 67 (9.19%) SC Cleared
6 53 (7.27%) Degree
7 32 (4.39%) JNCIP
8 29 (3.98%) JNCIS
9 26 (3.57%) DV Cleared
10 21 (2.88%) JNCIA
11 18 (2.47%) JNCIE
12 16 (2.19%) CCDP
13 13 (1.78%) CISSP
14 12 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
15 10 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 9 (1.23%) CCSA
16 9 (1.23%) CCSE
16 9 (1.23%) PMI Certification
17 8 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.53%) SLA
2 22 (3.02%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.27%) BS7799
5 2 (0.27%) QA
6 1 (0.14%) COBIT
6 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.14%) PMBOK
System Software
1 64 (8.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 51 (7.00%) Active Directory
3 26 (3.57%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.74%) vSphere
5 14 (1.92%) XenServer
6 9 (1.23%) vCloud
7 7 (0.96%) VMware ESX
8 6 (0.82%) XenApp
9 5 (0.69%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.55%) Firmware
11 3 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 3 (0.41%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.27%) NFS
12 2 (0.27%) NLBS
12 2 (0.27%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.27%) Xen
13 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.14%) Squid
13 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 22 (3.02%) CiscoWorks
2 17 (2.33%) FortiGate
3 15 (2.06%) Cisco CUCM
4 12 (1.65%) OpenView
5 11 (1.51%) Cisco UCCX
6 9 (1.23%) SolarWinds Orion
7 7 (0.96%) Cacti
8 6 (0.82%) Cisco UCCE
9 4 (0.55%) Cisco Prime
9 4 (0.55%) Netcool
9 4 (0.55%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 4 (0.55%) Puppet
9 4 (0.55%) SCCM
9 4 (0.55%) WSUS
10 3 (0.41%) Graphite
10 3 (0.41%) Nagios
10 3 (0.41%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.41%) OPNET
10 3 (0.41%) Opsview
10 3 (0.41%) SCOM
Vendors
1 556 (76.27%) Cisco
2 234 (32.10%) Juniper
3 163 (22.36%) CheckPoint
4 136 (18.66%) F5
5 94 (12.89%) VMware
6 55 (7.54%) Citrix
7 51 (7.00%) HP
8 49 (6.72%) Palo Alto
9 47 (6.45%) Microsoft
10 39 (5.35%) SolarWinds
11 38 (5.21%) BT
11 38 (5.21%) Fortinet
12 35 (4.80%) Avaya
13 28 (3.84%) NetApp
14 27 (3.70%) Riverbed
15 26 (3.57%) Blue Coat
16 25 (3.43%) IBM
17 23 (3.16%) Brocade
18 18 (2.47%) Aruba
18 18 (2.47%) McAfee
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