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 24 January 2017 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
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
Rank 295 343 281
Rank change year-on-year
+48 -62
Contract jobs citing MPLS 333 292 386
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.58% 0.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.85% 4.01% 5.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 171 228
Median daily rate £384 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.72% +28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £606 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £323
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +24.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 8
Median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +64.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.88 £16.50 £17.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.30 £45.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +64.04%

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
6862 7277 7379
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.30% 14.55% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4188 4236 4168
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 359 407
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +20.00%

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 24 January 2017.

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 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 January 2017. 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 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 +36 297 £384 -14.72% 72
London +23 119 £388 -21.51% 36
South East +4 97 £420 -6.66% 13
Berkshire +10 40 £320 -22.42%
City of London +17 24 £400 -2.14% 11
Hampshire 0 23 £550 +10.00% 3
West Midlands +7 19 £360 - 3
East of England +7 19 £450 +20.00% 3
Scotland +33 16 £383 +45.02% 4
North West +26 15 £400 -33.33% 12
Reading +1 13 £300 -33.33%
Birmingham +5 12 £313 - 2
Aberdeen -1 12 £390 +10.63%
Buckinghamshire +12 11 £230 - 4
South West +5 11 £383 +2.00% 1
Milton Keynes - 11 £230 - 1
Manchester +16 9 - - 9
Hertfordshire -6 8 £495 +1.53% 3
Fareham -13 8 £550 -8.33%
West Sussex - 8 £450 -
West Yorkshire +15 6 £388 +28.95% 2
Yorkshire +9 6 £388 +33.62% 2
East Midlands - 6 £253 - 2
Crawley - 6 £388 -
Essex - 6 £220 -
Surrey +6 5 £500 +56.25% 1
Croydon -8 5 - -
Slough - 5 £475 -
Cheshire +23 4 £388 -35.41% 2
Chester +4 4 £388 +103.41%

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, 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.

1 440 (71.90%) Cisco
2 308 (50.33%) Firewall
3 289 (47.22%) Cisco Certification
4 277 (45.26%) WAN
5 228 (37.25%) LAN
6 221 (36.11%) BGP
7 194 (31.70%) OSPF
8 178 (29.08%) Data Centre
9 173 (28.27%) CCNP
10 153 (25.00%) VPN
11 136 (22.22%) CCNA
12 127 (20.75%) Cisco Nexus
13 126 (20.59%) Juniper
14 123 (20.10%) TCP/IP
15 118 (19.28%) CheckPoint
16 117 (19.12%) DNS
17 115 (18.79%) F5
18 113 (18.46%) VMware
19 110 (17.97%) ITIL
19 110 (17.97%) Windows
20 101 (16.50%) Cisco ASA
21 99 (16.18%) CCIE
22 96 (15.69%) Network Security
23 94 (15.36%) Internet
24 91 (14.87%) Finance
25 90 (14.71%) VoIP
26 89 (14.54%) Telecoms
27 88 (14.38%) VLAN
28 86 (14.05%) Wireless
29 84 (13.73%) Active Directory

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 25 (4.08%) MS Exchange
2 17 (2.78%) SharePoint
3 14 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (1.63%) Apache
5 10 (1.63%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.47%) IIS
7 8 (1.31%) Skype for Business
8 6 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (0.82%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.82%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.65%) JBoss
11 2 (0.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.33%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.16%) CloudStack
12 1 (0.16%) CMS
12 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 18 (2.94%) MS Excel
1 18 (2.94%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.14%) MS Office
3 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 24 (3.92%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 40 (6.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (3.76%) Office 365
3 22 (3.59%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.45%) SaaS
5 14 (2.29%) IaaS
6 9 (1.47%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (0.82%) PaaS
8 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.33%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.16%) G Suite
9 1 (0.16%) GitHub
9 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 308 (50.33%) Firewall
2 277 (45.26%) WAN
3 228 (37.25%) LAN
4 221 (36.11%) BGP
5 194 (31.70%) OSPF
6 153 (25.00%) VPN
7 127 (20.75%) Cisco Nexus
8 123 (20.10%) TCP/IP
9 117 (19.12%) DNS
10 101 (16.50%) Cisco ASA
11 96 (15.69%) Network Security
12 94 (15.36%) Internet
13 90 (14.71%) VoIP
14 88 (14.38%) VLAN
15 86 (14.05%) Wireless
16 81 (13.24%) Ethernet
17 72 (11.76%) IPsec
18 63 (10.29%) DHCP
19 54 (8.82%) EIGRP
20 49 (8.01%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (4.41%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.33%) DB2
3 2 (0.33%) MySQL
4 1 (0.16%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.16%) GIS
4 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (0.98%) JIRA
1 6 (0.98%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.33%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.16%) Ant
3 1 (0.16%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.16%) Maven
3 1 (0.16%) Selenium
3 1 (0.16%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.16%) Subversion
3 1 (0.16%) WebDriver
General
1 91 (14.87%) Finance
2 89 (14.54%) Telecoms
3 34 (5.56%) Banking
4 28 (4.58%) Retail
5 11 (1.80%) Billing
6 9 (1.47%) Legal
7 8 (1.31%) Electronics
8 6 (0.98%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.82%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.82%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.82%) Marketing
10 4 (0.65%) Advertising
11 3 (0.49%) German Language
11 3 (0.49%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.16%) French Language
12 1 (0.16%) International Banking
12 1 (0.16%) Local Government
12 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.16%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 239 (39.05%) Network Engineer
2 122 (19.93%) Architect
3 64 (10.46%) Cisco Engineer
4 51 (8.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 51 (8.33%) Network Architect
5 42 (6.86%) Analyst
6 41 (6.70%) Senior Network Engineer
7 35 (5.72%) Infrastructure Architect
8 34 (5.56%) Security Architect
9 32 (5.23%) Network Security Architect
10 30 (4.90%) Firewall Engineer
11 29 (4.74%) Project Manager
11 29 (4.74%) Security Engineer
12 28 (4.58%) Cisco Architect
13 27 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 27 (4.41%) Network Analyst
14 25 (4.08%) Network Security Engineer
15 22 (3.59%) Cisco Network Architect
16 21 (3.43%) Network Infrastructure Architect
16 21 (3.43%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (6.21%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.63%) Web Services
3 8 (1.31%) Middleware
4 7 (1.14%) SOAP
5 5 (0.82%) J2EE
5 5 (0.82%) XMPP
6 3 (0.49%) COM
6 3 (0.49%) REST
7 2 (0.33%) HTML
7 2 (0.33%) JSON
7 2 (0.33%) RESTful
7 2 (0.33%) RFC 2544
8 1 (0.16%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.16%) jQuery
8 1 (0.16%) JTAPI
8 1 (0.16%) Kafka
8 1 (0.16%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (0.16%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.16%) OpenDaylight
8 1 (0.16%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 178 (29.08%) Data Centre
2 31 (5.07%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.58%) CMDB
4 27 (4.41%) Driving Licence
5 26 (4.25%) Management Information System
6 16 (2.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 14 (2.29%) Clustering
8 13 (2.12%) PKI
9 11 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (1.63%) Replication
10 10 (1.63%) Virtual Team
11 8 (1.31%) RSA SecurID
12 7 (1.14%) e-Health
12 7 (1.14%) IVR
12 7 (1.14%) Mainframe
12 7 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
13 6 (0.98%) FlexPod
13 6 (0.98%) Over-the-Top Content
13 6 (0.98%) STB
13 6 (0.98%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 110 (17.97%) Windows
2 76 (12.42%) Windows Server
3 38 (6.21%) Unix
4 33 (5.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (5.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (4.90%) Linux
7 23 (3.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (1.96%) CatOS
9 5 (0.82%) Solaris
10 4 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.49%) AIX
11 3 (0.49%) Android
11 3 (0.49%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.49%) MVS
11 3 (0.49%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.33%) FreeBSD
12 2 (0.33%) VMS
12 2 (0.33%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (17.97%) ITIL
2 74 (12.09%) Network Design
3 69 (11.27%) Migration
4 57 (9.31%) Project Management
5 43 (7.03%) Load Balancing
6 42 (6.86%) Network Management
7 35 (5.72%) Change Management
8 34 (5.56%) Problem Management
9 33 (5.39%) PRINCE2
10 32 (5.23%) Information Security
11 29 (4.74%) Incident Management
12 28 (4.58%) Configuration Management
13 27 (4.41%) Service Management
14 25 (4.08%) ITIL V3
15 24 (3.92%) Capacity Management
15 24 (3.92%) High Availability
16 21 (3.43%) Network Architecture
16 21 (3.43%) Network Monitoring
16 21 (3.43%) Presales
16 21 (3.43%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (3.92%) SQL
2 13 (2.12%) Python
3 12 (1.96%) C
3 12 (1.96%) Perl
4 7 (1.14%) PowerShell
5 3 (0.49%) JCL
5 3 (0.49%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.16%) C#
6 1 (0.16%) C++
6 1 (0.16%) Embedded C
6 1 (0.16%) Embedded C++
6 1 (0.16%) Java
6 1 (0.16%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.16%) Lisp
6 1 (0.16%) PHP
6 1 (0.16%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 289 (47.22%) Cisco Certification
2 173 (28.27%) CCNP
3 136 (22.22%) CCNA
4 99 (16.18%) CCIE
5 51 (8.33%) Security Cleared
6 42 (6.86%) SC Cleared
7 38 (6.21%) MCSE
7 38 (6.21%) Microsoft Certification
8 21 (3.43%) CCDP
8 21 (3.43%) JNCIA
9 20 (3.27%) Degree
10 19 (3.10%) CISSP
11 16 (2.61%) CCSP
12 14 (2.29%) CCIP
13 11 (1.80%) JNCIE
14 9 (1.47%) CCDA
14 9 (1.47%) JNCIP
15 8 (1.31%) GCIH
15 8 (1.31%) GIAC
15 8 (1.31%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.72%) SLA
2 33 (5.39%) PCI DSS
3 11 (1.80%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.33%) COBIT
5 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.33%) QA
5 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 84 (13.73%) Active Directory
2 59 (9.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.94%) Hyper-V
4 17 (2.78%) vSphere
5 14 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (1.96%) vCloud
7 9 (1.47%) Terminal Services
8 8 (1.31%) VMware ESX
9 6 (0.98%) ProxySG
9 6 (0.98%) XenApp
10 5 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.65%) Firmware
12 3 (0.49%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 3 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
12 3 (0.49%) KVM
12 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.33%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 33 (5.39%) FortiGate
2 16 (2.61%) Puppet
3 12 (1.96%) Cisco Prime
3 12 (1.96%) SCCM
4 10 (1.63%) Nagios
5 8 (1.31%) WhatsUp Gold
6 7 (1.14%) WSUS
7 5 (0.82%) CA Spectrum
7 5 (0.82%) Cisco CUCM
7 5 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.65%) OpenView
8 4 (0.65%) Red Hat Satellite
9 3 (0.49%) Ansible
9 3 (0.49%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.49%) Nessus
9 3 (0.49%) Pingdom
9 3 (0.49%) SolarWinds Orion
9 3 (0.49%) vRealize
Vendors
1 440 (71.90%) Cisco
2 126 (20.59%) Juniper
3 118 (19.28%) CheckPoint
4 115 (18.79%) F5
5 113 (18.46%) VMware
6 64 (10.46%) Microsoft
7 53 (8.66%) Citrix
8 42 (6.86%) HP
9 40 (6.54%) Palo Alto
10 34 (5.56%) Blue Coat
11 33 (5.39%) Fortinet
12 28 (4.58%) Avaya
13 22 (3.59%) BT
14 19 (3.10%) Riverbed
15 17 (2.78%) Huawei
16 16 (2.61%) Meraki
17 15 (2.45%) Aruba
18 14 (2.29%) CA
18 14 (2.29%) SolarWinds
19 11 (1.80%) Remedy
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