The table below looks at the statistics for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 30 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 357 326 351
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +25
Contract jobs citing MPLS 330 386 305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.61% 0.68% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.78% 4.86% 3.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 246 171
Median daily rate £383 £380 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.65% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £486 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £386 £330
% change year-on-year
-6.14% +17.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 9
Median hourly rate £48.00 £47.83 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.35% +19.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.00 £47.83 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+0.35% +19.57%

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
8725 7949 7689
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.21% 13.93% 14.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5338 4551 4078
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 485 443
Median hourly rate £29.25 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.28% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+50.98% +7.62%

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 July 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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -16 315 £388 +3.33% 81
London -70 114 £425 +11.84% 30
South East +12 87 £365 -8.75% 27
Berkshire 0 43 £350 -6.66% 10
South West +20 35 £363 +3.57% 4
Reading +17 21 £310 -37.37% 5
North West +2 20 £458 +30.71% 7
West Midlands -23 20 £400 +25.00% 6
City of London +16 19 £425 +2.04% 6
Yorkshire +6 19 £313 +0.80% 2
Hampshire -6 17 £337 -22.08% 6
East of England +29 14 £495 +57.14% 4
West Yorkshire +14 14 £300 -20.00% 2
Leeds +11 14 £300 -20.00% 2
Manchester -8 12 £763 +150.00% 5
Scotland +6 11 £325 -21.21% 2
Surrey +2 11 £386 -3.43% 6
Milton Keynes +21 10 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire +10 10 £350 -26.31% 2
Edinburgh +5 10 £331 - 1
Bristol - 10 £365 - 1
Wiltshire -14 9 £363 -21.62%
Solihull - 9 £348 -
Bedfordshire - 8 £400 -
Swindon -1 7 £363 -23.68%
Cheshire +8 6 £450 -3.22% 1
Gloucestershire +1 6 £313 -1.96%
Coventry -6 6 £340 +25.92% 3
Luton - 6 - -
Hertfordshire +20 5 £495 - 4

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MPLS.

1 534 (77.28%) Cisco
2 360 (52.10%) Cisco Certification
3 352 (50.94%) WAN
4 331 (47.90%) BGP
5 315 (45.59%) Firewall
6 287 (41.53%) LAN
7 254 (36.76%) CCNP
8 252 (36.47%) VPN
9 248 (35.89%) OSPF
10 184 (26.63%) Data Centre
11 171 (24.75%) CCNA
12 168 (24.31%) Juniper
13 160 (23.15%) DNS
14 152 (22.00%) TCP/IP
15 138 (19.97%) CheckPoint
16 136 (19.68%) IPsec
17 130 (18.81%) Wireless
18 129 (18.67%) Cisco ASA
19 128 (18.52%) Cisco Nexus
20 125 (18.09%) VoIP
21 122 (17.66%) Security Cleared
22 121 (17.51%) ITIL
23 120 (17.37%) EIGRP
24 119 (17.22%) Telecoms
25 113 (16.35%) CCIE
26 110 (15.92%) SC Cleared
27 108 (15.63%) Windows
27 108 (15.63%) VMware
28 106 (15.34%) Finance
29 103 (14.91%) DHCP

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 26 (3.76%) MS Exchange
2 15 (2.17%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.03%) Skype for Business
4 10 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (1.16%) SAS
5 8 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (0.87%) Apache
7 5 (0.72%) IIS
7 5 (0.72%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.72%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.58%) CMS
8 4 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.29%) JBoss
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
Applications
1 37 (5.35%) MS Excel
2 25 (3.62%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.87%) MS Office
4 4 (0.58%) MS Project
5 2 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Eikon
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 23 (3.33%) SaaS
2 21 (3.04%) IaaS
3 20 (2.89%) PaaS
4 18 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (2.60%) Office 365
5 16 (2.32%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.29%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.14%) GitHub
9 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.14%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 352 (50.94%) WAN
2 331 (47.90%) BGP
3 315 (45.59%) Firewall
4 287 (41.53%) LAN
5 252 (36.47%) VPN
6 248 (35.89%) OSPF
7 160 (23.15%) DNS
8 152 (22.00%) TCP/IP
9 136 (19.68%) IPsec
10 130 (18.81%) Wireless
11 129 (18.67%) Cisco ASA
12 128 (18.52%) Cisco Nexus
13 125 (18.09%) VoIP
14 120 (17.37%) EIGRP
15 103 (14.91%) DHCP
16 99 (14.33%) VLAN
17 82 (11.87%) Internet
18 77 (11.14%) Network Security
19 74 (10.71%) Ethernet
20 68 (9.84%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.47%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.01%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (1.01%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (0.29%) Informix
4 2 (0.29%) MySQL
4 2 (0.29%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.29%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.14%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.14%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Redis
Development Applications
1 8 (1.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.58%) JIRA
3 3 (0.43%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.43%) Jenkins
3 3 (0.43%) Subversion
4 2 (0.29%) Ant
4 2 (0.29%) Maven
4 2 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.14%) Hudson
5 1 (0.14%) SoapUI
General
1 119 (17.22%) Telecoms
2 106 (15.34%) Finance
3 28 (4.05%) Banking
4 22 (3.18%) Retail
5 15 (2.17%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.74%) Marketing
7 11 (1.59%) Electronics
8 9 (1.30%) Back Office
9 8 (1.16%) Legal
10 7 (1.01%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.87%) Military
12 5 (0.72%) Billing
12 5 (0.72%) French Language
12 5 (0.72%) Games
12 5 (0.72%) Law
12 5 (0.72%) Publishing
13 4 (0.58%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.43%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.43%) German Language
15 2 (0.29%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 266 (38.49%) Network Engineer
2 87 (12.59%) Architect
3 86 (12.45%) Cisco Engineer
4 76 (11.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 64 (9.26%) Designer
6 52 (7.53%) Network Designer
7 46 (6.66%) Senior Network Engineer
8 41 (5.93%) Analyst
9 39 (5.64%) Consultant
10 37 (5.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 35 (5.07%) Network Architect
12 32 (4.63%) Project Manager
13 28 (4.05%) Network Consultant
13 28 (4.05%) Support Engineer
14 24 (3.47%) Security Engineer
15 22 (3.18%) Network Analyst
16 21 (3.04%) VoIP Engineer
17 19 (2.75%) Infrastructure Architect
17 19 (2.75%) Solutions Architect
17 19 (2.75%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (5.35%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.01%) Middleware
3 3 (0.43%) Web Services
4 2 (0.29%) boto
4 2 (0.29%) RESTful
4 2 (0.29%) Silverlight
4 2 (0.29%) XMPP
5 1 (0.14%) .NET
5 1 (0.14%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (0.14%) COM
5 1 (0.14%) CSS
5 1 (0.14%) JMS
5 1 (0.14%) LAMP
5 1 (0.14%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.14%) REST
5 1 (0.14%) RFC 2544
5 1 (0.14%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 184 (26.63%) Data Centre
2 58 (8.39%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (4.20%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 18 (2.60%) Replication
6 15 (2.17%) PKI
7 14 (2.03%) Video Conferencing
8 13 (1.88%) Driving Licence
9 12 (1.74%) Computer Science
9 12 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
10 11 (1.59%) Cryptography
11 9 (1.30%) Clustering
11 9 (1.30%) CMDB
11 9 (1.30%) MPEG
12 7 (1.01%) Blackberry
12 7 (1.01%) Microsoft Licensing
12 7 (1.01%) Streaming Media
13 6 (0.87%) iSeries
14 5 (0.72%) BYOD
14 5 (0.72%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 108 (15.63%) Windows
2 78 (11.29%) Windows Server
3 70 (10.13%) Linux
4 43 (6.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 37 (5.35%) Unix
6 33 (4.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (2.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (1.16%) VMS
9 7 (1.01%) CatOS
9 7 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.87%) Solaris
10 6 (0.87%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.58%) Android
11 4 (0.58%) Windows XP
12 3 (0.43%) AIX
12 3 (0.43%) CentOS
12 3 (0.43%) Windows 10
12 3 (0.43%) Windows 7
13 2 (0.29%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.29%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (17.51%) ITIL
2 77 (11.14%) Migration
3 72 (10.42%) Network Design
4 70 (10.13%) Load Balancing
4 70 (10.13%) Project Management
5 61 (8.83%) Change Management
6 44 (6.37%) Network Management
7 37 (5.35%) Problem Management
8 36 (5.21%) PRINCE2
9 35 (5.07%) Configuration Management
10 34 (4.92%) High Availability
11 26 (3.76%) Incident Management
12 25 (3.62%) Network Monitoring
13 24 (3.47%) Information Security
14 23 (3.33%) Presales
14 23 (3.33%) Stakeholder Management
15 22 (3.18%) SIEM
16 21 (3.04%) Network Architecture
17 17 (2.46%) Capacity Management
17 17 (2.46%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 28 (4.05%) SQL
2 27 (3.91%) Python
3 24 (3.47%) Perl
4 18 (2.60%) PowerShell
5 14 (2.03%) C
6 11 (1.59%) Bash Shell
6 11 (1.59%) Tcl
7 7 (1.01%) Java
8 5 (0.72%) JavaScript
8 5 (0.72%) PHP
9 4 (0.58%) Ruby
9 4 (0.58%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.29%) Lisp
11 1 (0.14%) C#
11 1 (0.14%) C++
11 1 (0.14%) JCL
11 1 (0.14%) Korn
11 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 360 (52.10%) Cisco Certification
2 254 (36.76%) CCNP
3 171 (24.75%) CCNA
4 122 (17.66%) Security Cleared
5 113 (16.35%) CCIE
6 110 (15.92%) SC Cleared
7 38 (5.50%) CCDP
8 31 (4.49%) DV Cleared
9 30 (4.34%) Degree
10 27 (3.91%) JNCIP
11 21 (3.04%) JNCIS
12 17 (2.46%) JNCIA
13 14 (2.03%) CCDA
14 13 (1.88%) CCSE
15 12 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
16 11 (1.59%) JNCIE
17 10 (1.45%) MCSE
17 10 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
18 7 (1.01%) CISSP
19 6 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.49%) SLA
2 9 (1.30%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.58%) PMBOK
4 4 (0.58%) QA
5 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.29%) GLP
6 2 (0.29%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) BS25999
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.14%) MiFID
7 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 77 (11.14%) Active Directory
2 73 (10.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (3.62%) vSphere
4 19 (2.75%) XenApp
5 17 (2.46%) Hyper-V
6 13 (1.88%) VMware ESX
7 8 (1.16%) vCloud
8 7 (1.01%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.43%) Firmware
10 3 (0.43%) ProxySG
10 3 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.29%) KVM
11 2 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.29%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.14%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.14%) SRDF
12 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 43 (6.22%) Cisco Prime
2 23 (3.33%) SCCM
3 20 (2.89%) FortiGate
4 15 (2.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 15 (2.17%) Puppet
5 14 (2.03%) Cisco CUCM
6 13 (1.88%) SCOM
7 10 (1.45%) NetBackup
7 10 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.16%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (1.16%) Tivoli
8 8 (1.16%) vMotion
9 7 (1.01%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (0.87%) OpenView
11 5 (0.72%) Backup Exec
12 4 (0.58%) Cisco UCCX
13 3 (0.43%) Amdocs OSS
13 3 (0.43%) Nagios
13 3 (0.43%) NSN NetAct
13 3 (0.43%) WSUS
Vendors
1 534 (77.28%) Cisco
2 168 (24.31%) Juniper
3 138 (19.97%) CheckPoint
4 108 (15.63%) VMware
5 97 (14.04%) F5
6 71 (10.27%) Microsoft
7 54 (7.81%) Citrix
8 49 (7.09%) HP
9 42 (6.08%) Palo Alto
9 42 (6.08%) SolarWinds
10 33 (4.78%) Remedy
11 31 (4.49%) Fortinet
12 29 (4.20%) NICE Systems
13 24 (3.47%) BT
14 23 (3.33%) Avaya
14 23 (3.33%) Blue Coat
15 20 (2.89%) Huawei
16 16 (2.32%) EMC
17 15 (2.17%) IBM
18 14 (2.03%) Nokia
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