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 7 December 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 344 360 298
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -62
Contract jobs citing MPLS 302 314 403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.61% 0.57% 0.71%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.00% 3.96% 4.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 179 240
Median daily rate £388 £414 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.34% +18.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £575 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £330
% change year-on-year
-2.43% +24.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 16 14
Median hourly rate £29.81 £32.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.85% +18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.33 £16.26 £17.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.43 £46.42 £35.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.61 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-1.30% +9.09%

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
7558 7938 8196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.16% 14.32% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4563 4664 4682
Median daily rate £400 £400 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 477 441
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.69
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -0.83%

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 7 December 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 7 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 7 December 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 +12 280 £400 -4.19% 69
South East +19 102 £425 -5.55% 17
London +9 95 £388 -10.40% 30
Berkshire +8 32 £400 +6.66% 4
East of England +4 23 £450 +36.36% 3
Hampshire -3 23 £420 -9.67% 6
Surrey +24 19 £425 +30.76% 3
West Midlands -28 15 £360 -20.00% 4
City of London +1 14 £400 -3.03% 9
Hertfordshire -4 14 £475 +58.33% 2
Buckinghamshire +28 13 £350 - 2
South West +15 13 £325 -11.86% 2
North West +4 12 £400 +14.28% 8
Milton Keynes - 11 £230 - 1
West Yorkshire +29 10 £420 -1.17% 2
Yorkshire +13 10 £420 +14.28% 4
Reading -5 10 £300 -33.33% 1
Scotland +12 8 £375 +6.38%
Leeds +20 7 £450 +5.88% 2
East Midlands +3 7 £225 +28.57% 1
Bracknell +3 7 £400 +13.07%
Edinburgh +23 6 £375 -
Essex +7 6 £220 -21.42% 1
Manchester +3 6 £525 +50.00% 6
East Sussex - 6 £263 -
West Sussex +14 5 £416 -12.36%
Derbyshire +8 5 £225 +28.57%
Chesterfield +8 5 £225 +28.57%
Birmingham -7 5 £360 -24.21% 2
Fareham -14 5 £550 -8.33% 2

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 December 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.

1 392 (67.94%) Cisco
2 277 (48.01%) Cisco Certification
2 277 (48.01%) Firewall
3 250 (43.33%) WAN
4 214 (37.09%) BGP
5 206 (35.70%) LAN
6 179 (31.02%) OSPF
7 174 (30.16%) Data Centre
8 161 (27.90%) CCNP
9 160 (27.73%) VPN
10 129 (22.36%) CCNA
11 123 (21.32%) VMware
12 120 (20.80%) DNS
12 120 (20.80%) Windows
12 120 (20.80%) Cisco Nexus
13 113 (19.58%) TCP/IP
14 112 (19.41%) CheckPoint
15 110 (19.06%) F5
16 108 (18.72%) Cisco ASA
16 108 (18.72%) Juniper
17 103 (17.85%) CCIE
18 93 (16.12%) ITIL
19 92 (15.94%) Active Directory
20 90 (15.60%) VLAN
21 89 (15.42%) Finance
21 89 (15.42%) Network Security
22 86 (14.90%) VoIP
23 85 (14.73%) Internet
24 82 (14.21%) Windows Server
25 81 (14.04%) Telecoms

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 35 (6.07%) MS Exchange
2 15 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
2 15 (2.60%) Skype for Business
3 14 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (1.91%) Apache
5 10 (1.73%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.56%) SAS
6 9 (1.56%) SharePoint
7 8 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (1.21%) IIS
8 7 (1.21%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (0.87%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.52%) JBoss
11 2 (0.35%) CMS
11 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.17%) Site Server
Applications
1 29 (5.03%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.91%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.69%) MS Office
4 2 (0.35%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 24 (4.16%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 32 (5.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (4.68%) Office 365
3 25 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (2.43%) SaaS
5 12 (2.08%) IaaS
6 6 (1.04%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (1.04%) PaaS
7 4 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.52%) IBM PureFlex
9 2 (0.35%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudTrail
10 1 (0.17%) G Suite
10 1 (0.17%) GitHub
10 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 277 (48.01%) Firewall
2 250 (43.33%) WAN
3 214 (37.09%) BGP
4 206 (35.70%) LAN
5 179 (31.02%) OSPF
6 160 (27.73%) VPN
7 120 (20.80%) Cisco Nexus
7 120 (20.80%) DNS
8 113 (19.58%) TCP/IP
9 108 (18.72%) Cisco ASA
10 90 (15.60%) VLAN
11 89 (15.42%) Network Security
12 86 (14.90%) VoIP
13 85 (14.73%) Internet
14 80 (13.86%) IPsec
15 74 (12.82%) Ethernet
15 74 (12.82%) Wireless
16 70 (12.13%) DHCP
17 58 (10.05%) EIGRP
18 57 (9.88%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (5.72%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.35%) DB2
3 2 (0.35%) MySQL
4 1 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.17%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.17%) GIS
Development Applications
1 7 (1.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (1.04%) JIRA
3 3 (0.52%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.35%) Ant
4 2 (0.35%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.35%) Maven
4 2 (0.35%) Subversion
5 1 (0.17%) Selenium
5 1 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.17%) WebDriver
General
1 89 (15.42%) Finance
2 81 (14.04%) Telecoms
3 31 (5.37%) Retail
4 29 (5.03%) Banking
5 12 (2.08%) Legal
6 9 (1.56%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.39%) Electronics
7 8 (1.39%) Marketing
8 7 (1.21%) Billing
9 5 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.69%) Advertising
10 4 (0.69%) Back Office
10 4 (0.69%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.52%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.35%) Games
12 2 (0.35%) German Language
12 2 (0.35%) Law
12 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 196 (33.97%) Network Engineer
2 128 (22.18%) Architect
3 64 (11.09%) Cisco Engineer
4 54 (9.36%) Network Architect
5 53 (9.19%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 39 (6.76%) Infrastructure Architect
7 38 (6.59%) Analyst
8 37 (6.41%) Security Architect
9 33 (5.72%) Network Security Architect
10 32 (5.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 30 (5.20%) Senior Network Engineer
12 29 (5.03%) Cisco Architect
12 29 (5.03%) Consultant
13 26 (4.51%) Project Manager
14 23 (3.99%) Cisco Network Architect
15 22 (3.81%) Network Analyst
15 22 (3.81%) Network Infrastructure Architect
16 21 (3.64%) Windows Infrastructure Architect
17 20 (3.47%) Support Engineer
18 19 (3.29%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (6.41%) 802.1X
2 12 (2.08%) Middleware
3 5 (0.87%) J2EE
4 4 (0.69%) COM
4 4 (0.69%) RESTful
4 4 (0.69%) Web Services
5 3 (0.52%) REST
5 3 (0.52%) RFC 2544
5 3 (0.52%) XMPP
6 2 (0.35%) boto
6 2 (0.35%) HTML
6 2 (0.35%) JSON
6 2 (0.35%) Silverlight
7 1 (0.17%) .NET
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.17%) Kafka
7 1 (0.17%) OpenDaylight
7 1 (0.17%) SOAP
7 1 (0.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 174 (30.16%) Data Centre
2 34 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (4.68%) Management Information System
4 25 (4.33%) Driving Licence
5 16 (2.77%) Cryptography
6 14 (2.43%) PKI
7 12 (2.08%) Clustering
7 12 (2.08%) Replication
8 11 (1.91%) CMDB
8 11 (1.91%) Video Conferencing
9 9 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 7 (1.21%) IPTV
11 7 (1.21%) Mainframe
11 7 (1.21%) Microsoft Licensing
11 7 (1.21%) Video on Demand
12 6 (1.04%) e-Health
12 6 (1.04%) IVR
12 6 (1.04%) STB
13 5 (0.87%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 120 (20.80%) Windows
2 82 (14.21%) Windows Server
3 50 (8.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 38 (6.59%) Unix
4 38 (6.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 34 (5.89%) Linux
6 22 (3.81%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (1.39%) Solaris
8 5 (0.87%) Android
9 3 (0.52%) AIX
9 3 (0.52%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.52%) MVS
9 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.52%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.52%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.35%) CatOS
10 2 (0.35%) FreeBSD
10 2 (0.35%) VMS
10 2 (0.35%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (16.12%) ITIL
2 74 (12.82%) Migration
3 71 (12.31%) Network Design
4 48 (8.32%) Project Management
5 45 (7.80%) Load Balancing
6 41 (7.11%) Network Management
7 34 (5.89%) Change Management
7 34 (5.89%) Problem Management
8 32 (5.55%) Incident Management
8 32 (5.55%) Information Security
8 32 (5.55%) PRINCE2
9 30 (5.20%) Presales
10 28 (4.85%) Capacity Management
11 26 (4.51%) Network Monitoring
11 26 (4.51%) Stakeholder Management
12 25 (4.33%) Configuration Management
13 24 (4.16%) Network Architecture
14 21 (3.64%) Service Management
15 20 (3.47%) High Availability
15 20 (3.47%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 32 (5.55%) SQL
2 11 (1.91%) PowerShell
3 10 (1.73%) Python
4 8 (1.39%) Perl
5 6 (1.04%) C
6 4 (0.69%) Java
6 4 (0.69%) JavaScript
6 4 (0.69%) PHP
6 4 (0.69%) Shell Script
7 3 (0.52%) JCL
8 2 (0.35%) Ruby
9 1 (0.17%) C#
9 1 (0.17%) C++
9 1 (0.17%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.17%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 277 (48.01%) Cisco Certification
2 161 (27.90%) CCNP
3 129 (22.36%) CCNA
4 103 (17.85%) CCIE
5 61 (10.57%) Security Cleared
6 54 (9.36%) SC Cleared
7 38 (6.59%) MCSE
7 38 (6.59%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (3.47%) JNCIA
9 19 (3.29%) CISSP
10 16 (2.77%) Degree
11 13 (2.25%) CCDP
12 12 (2.08%) CCIP
13 11 (1.91%) CCDA
14 9 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (1.39%) JNCIE
16 6 (1.04%) GCIH
16 6 (1.04%) JNCIP
16 6 (1.04%) JNCIS
16 6 (1.04%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (6.07%) PCI DSS
2 24 (4.16%) SLA
3 9 (1.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.35%) COBIT
5 2 (0.35%) QA
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 92 (15.94%) Active Directory
2 72 (12.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (5.55%) vSphere
4 23 (3.99%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.95%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (2.60%) XenApp
7 12 (2.08%) vCloud
7 12 (2.08%) VMware ESX
8 6 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.69%) Firmware
9 4 (0.69%) KVM
9 4 (0.69%) VirtualBox
10 3 (0.52%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.52%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.35%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 2 (0.35%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.35%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.17%) Squid
Systems Management
1 22 (3.81%) FortiGate
2 16 (2.77%) Puppet
3 13 (2.25%) Cisco Prime
3 13 (2.25%) SCCM
4 8 (1.39%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (1.21%) Backup Exec
5 7 (1.21%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (1.21%) NetBackup
5 7 (1.21%) SCOM
5 7 (1.21%) vMotion
5 7 (1.21%) WSUS
6 6 (1.04%) Nagios
6 6 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.87%) OpenView
7 5 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (0.69%) Ansible
8 4 (0.69%) CA Spectrum
8 4 (0.69%) WhatsUp Gold
9 3 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.52%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 392 (67.94%) Cisco
2 123 (21.32%) VMware
3 112 (19.41%) CheckPoint
4 110 (19.06%) F5
5 108 (18.72%) Juniper
6 81 (14.04%) Microsoft
7 50 (8.67%) Citrix
8 46 (7.97%) Palo Alto
9 44 (7.63%) HP
10 32 (5.55%) Blue Coat
11 24 (4.16%) Fortinet
12 21 (3.64%) Avaya
13 19 (3.29%) EMC
14 15 (2.60%) Symantec
15 14 (2.43%) Meraki
15 14 (2.43%) Riverbed
16 13 (2.25%) CA
16 13 (2.25%) SolarWinds
17 12 (2.08%) BT
17 12 (2.08%) SonicWALL
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