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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 304 328 313
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -15
Contract jobs citing MPLS 377 316 300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.58% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.82% 4.12% 4.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 177 145
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £514 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £338 £340
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 14
Average hourly rate £47.83 £40.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.57% +53.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.60 £25.00 £15.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £150.00 £57.60 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.83 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+19.57% +53.84%

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
7818 7661 7013
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 14.00% 13.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4471 4083 3635
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £323
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 +13 354 £375 +7.14% 113
London +44 184 £378 -3.20% 36
South East -30 85 £400 +14.28% 26
City of London +5 51 £417 +4.25% 9
Berkshire -16 35 £365 +4.28% 8
Hampshire +15 25 £433 +121.79% 6
South West +6 21 £350 +16.66% 10
North West -11 18 £450 - 8
West Midlands +6 17 £318 -15.33% 9
Wiltshire - 17 £450 - 8
Yorkshire -18 12 £310 +65.33% 12
Swindon - 11 £450 - 5
Manchester -4 9 £363 - 3
Buckinghamshire -5 9 £475 +58.33% 4
Reading -17 9 £495 +17.85% 3
Slough +6 7 £208 +9.21% 2
Scotland +2 7 £413 - 6
East of England -5 7 £315 -3.07% 9
Midlands - 7 £320 -
Hook - 7 £433 - 1
Shropshire - 7 £311 -
Telford - 6 £310 -
High Wycombe +2 5 £475 +58.33% 2
Kent +2 5 - - 1
Cheshire -9 5 £495 -
Birmingham +4 4 £333 -21.76% 2
East Midlands -5 4 £403 +15.82% 3
Cheltenham -6 4 £319 +34.21%
South Yorkshire -7 4 £170 - 4
Gloucestershire -8 4 £319 +4.08% 1

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 577 (75.23%) Cisco
2 462 (60.23%) WAN
3 440 (57.37%) Firewall
4 384 (50.07%) LAN
4 384 (50.07%) Cisco Certification
5 373 (48.63%) BGP
6 328 (42.76%) VPN
7 314 (40.94%) OSPF
8 291 (37.94%) CCNP
9 249 (32.46%) Juniper
10 242 (31.55%) CheckPoint
11 195 (25.42%) Cisco ASA
12 185 (24.12%) Wireless
13 183 (23.86%) Windows
14 182 (23.73%) Data Centre
15 162 (21.12%) EIGRP
16 155 (20.21%) F5
17 148 (19.30%) Network Security
18 144 (18.77%) TCP/IP
19 143 (18.64%) CCNA
20 140 (18.25%) IPsec
21 137 (17.86%) DNS
22 135 (17.60%) VLAN
23 129 (16.82%) Telecoms
23 129 (16.82%) Finance
24 128 (16.69%) Ethernet
24 128 (16.69%) VMware
25 125 (16.30%) Active Directory
26 124 (16.17%) ITIL
27 119 (15.51%) Microsoft

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 61 (7.95%) MS Exchange
2 32 (4.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 27 (3.52%) Lync
3 27 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2010
4 25 (3.26%) IIS
5 20 (2.61%) SharePoint
6 15 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (1.04%) IBM Notes
8 8 (1.04%) WebSphere
9 6 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (0.65%) WorkSite
11 3 (0.39%) CMS
11 3 (0.39%) Apache
11 3 (0.39%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 46 (6.00%) MS Office
2 43 (5.61%) MS Excel
2 43 (5.61%) MS Visio
3 18 (2.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.65%) MS Project
5 4 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.26%) CODA-Financials
2 2 (0.26%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 24 (3.13%) SaaS
2 14 (1.83%) Office 365
3 10 (1.30%) PaaS
3 10 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.91%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (0.65%) IaaS
6 4 (0.52%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.39%) Yammer
8 2 (0.26%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.26%) Google Apps
8 2 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.13%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 462 (60.23%) WAN
2 440 (57.37%) Firewall
3 384 (50.07%) LAN
4 373 (48.63%) BGP
5 328 (42.76%) VPN
6 314 (40.94%) OSPF
7 195 (25.42%) Cisco ASA
8 185 (24.12%) Wireless
9 162 (21.12%) EIGRP
10 148 (19.30%) Network Security
11 144 (18.77%) TCP/IP
12 140 (18.25%) IPsec
13 137 (17.86%) DNS
14 135 (17.60%) VLAN
15 128 (16.69%) Ethernet
16 117 (15.25%) Cisco Nexus
17 115 (14.99%) VoIP
18 103 (13.43%) HSRP
19 91 (11.86%) Internet
20 90 (11.73%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (3.52%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.69%) Big Data
3 9 (1.17%) Oracle Database
4 5 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.13%) MySQL
5 1 (0.13%) DB2
Development Applications
1 11 (1.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.13%) GCC
General
1 129 (16.82%) Telecoms
1 129 (16.82%) Finance
2 39 (5.08%) Banking
3 23 (3.00%) Multimedia
4 13 (1.69%) Investment Banking
5 10 (1.30%) Billing
5 10 (1.30%) Back Office
6 9 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.04%) Retail
8 7 (0.91%) Law
9 6 (0.78%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.65%) Electronics
10 5 (0.65%) Marketing
11 4 (0.52%) German Language
11 4 (0.52%) Advertising
11 4 (0.52%) Legal
11 4 (0.52%) Games
12 3 (0.39%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 348 (45.37%) Network Engineer
2 121 (15.78%) Architect
3 59 (7.69%) Analyst
4 57 (7.43%) Senior Network Engineer
5 52 (6.78%) Network Architect
6 43 (5.61%) Consultant
7 41 (5.35%) Infrastructure Architect
8 39 (5.08%) IP Engineer
9 32 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 30 (3.91%) Project Manager
11 27 (3.52%) Cisco Engineer
12 26 (3.39%) Network Analyst
13 25 (3.26%) Design Engineer
14 24 (3.13%) Network Consultant
14 24 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support
15 23 (3.00%) Network Support
16 22 (2.87%) Security Engineer
16 22 (2.87%) Technical Architect
17 20 (2.61%) Support Engineer
17 20 (2.61%) IP Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (10.82%) 802.1X
2 23 (3.00%) CSS
3 16 (2.09%) XMPP
4 9 (1.17%) Web Services
5 5 (0.65%) .NET
6 3 (0.39%) VXML
7 2 (0.26%) Silverlight
7 2 (0.26%) boto
7 2 (0.26%) Middleware
8 1 (0.13%) OCX
8 1 (0.13%) J2EE
8 1 (0.13%) COM
8 1 (0.13%) ISPF
8 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 182 (23.73%) Data Centre
2 47 (6.13%) PKI
3 33 (4.30%) Blackberry
4 29 (3.78%) Video Conferencing
5 23 (3.00%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (2.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 18 (2.35%) Computer Science
8 17 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (2.09%) Replication
10 15 (1.96%) EMC VNX
11 13 (1.69%) Clustering
12 12 (1.56%) Thin Client
12 12 (1.56%) Fat Client
13 11 (1.43%) Management Information System
14 10 (1.30%) e-Health
15 8 (1.04%) Cryptography
15 8 (1.04%) IVR
15 8 (1.04%) Client/Server
15 8 (1.04%) Celerra
15 8 (1.04%) Eurex
Operating Systems
1 183 (23.86%) Windows
2 73 (9.52%) Windows 7
3 60 (7.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 58 (7.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 57 (7.43%) Linux
6 51 (6.65%) UNIX
7 28 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.43%) Windows XP
9 10 (1.30%) Solaris
10 4 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.39%) Android
12 2 (0.26%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.26%) VMS
12 2 (0.26%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.26%) Windows CE
12 2 (0.26%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.13%) HPUX
13 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.13%) SUSE
13 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (16.17%) ITIL
2 89 (11.60%) Load Balancing
3 78 (10.17%) Network Design
4 72 (9.39%) Migration
5 69 (9.00%) Project Management
6 67 (8.74%) Network Management
7 60 (7.82%) Service Management
8 54 (7.04%) Disaster Recovery
9 44 (5.74%) Service Delivery
9 44 (5.74%) Business Continuity
10 43 (5.61%) Performance Management
11 34 (4.43%) WAN Optimisation
12 33 (4.30%) Network Monitoring
13 32 (4.17%) Problem Management
13 32 (4.17%) Configuration Management
14 31 (4.04%) BCP
15 29 (3.78%) Change Control
16 28 (3.65%) Capacity Planning
17 24 (3.13%) PRINCE2
18 23 (3.00%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 34 (4.43%) SQL
2 17 (2.22%) C
3 11 (1.43%) VB
3 11 (1.43%) PowerShell
4 9 (1.17%) Python
5 6 (0.78%) Lisp
6 5 (0.65%) Ruby
7 4 (0.52%) VBScript
7 4 (0.52%) C#
7 4 (0.52%) Java
8 3 (0.39%) Perl
8 3 (0.39%) PHP
8 3 (0.39%) C++
9 2 (0.26%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.13%) R
Qualifications
1 384 (50.07%) Cisco Certification
2 291 (37.94%) CCNP
3 143 (18.64%) CCNA
4 108 (14.08%) CCIE
5 94 (12.26%) Security Cleared
6 73 (9.52%) SC Cleared
7 54 (7.04%) Degree
8 34 (4.43%) CCDP
9 31 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
10 30 (3.91%) CCIP
11 20 (2.61%) JNCIP
12 19 (2.48%) DV Cleared
13 18 (2.35%) MCSE
14 16 (2.09%) JNCIA
15 15 (1.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 12 (1.56%) JNCIE
17 11 (1.43%) JNCIS
18 10 (1.30%) CCSA
19 9 (1.17%) MCITP
20 8 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.87%) SLA
2 12 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.04%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.39%) QA
4 3 (0.39%) BS25999
5 2 (0.26%) PMBOK
System Software
1 125 (16.30%) Active Directory
2 87 (11.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (6.39%) Hyper-V
4 48 (6.26%) vSphere
5 37 (4.82%) XenApp
6 26 (3.39%) NLBS
7 15 (1.96%) XenServer
8 13 (1.69%) Xen
9 12 (1.56%) Terminal Services
10 11 (1.43%) VMware ESX
11 10 (1.30%) XenDesktop
11 10 (1.30%) vCloud
12 8 (1.04%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 5 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 4 (0.52%) NFS
15 2 (0.26%) ProxySG
16 1 (0.13%) Squid
16 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
16 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
16 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 46 (6.00%) Cisco CUCM
2 32 (4.17%) CiscoWorks
3 27 (3.52%) WSUS
4 16 (2.09%) SCCM
4 16 (2.09%) RANCID
5 15 (1.96%) OpenView
6 13 (1.69%) FortiGate
7 11 (1.43%) AirWatch
8 10 (1.30%) CA Spectrum
8 10 (1.30%) SolarWinds Orion
9 7 (0.91%) OPNET
9 7 (0.91%) Tivoli
9 7 (0.91%) NetCrunch
10 6 (0.78%) Cisco UCCX
10 6 (0.78%) Netcool
11 5 (0.65%) Cisco UCCE
11 5 (0.65%) Cacti
11 5 (0.65%) SCDPM
12 4 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
12 4 (0.52%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 577 (75.23%) Cisco
2 249 (32.46%) Juniper
3 242 (31.55%) CheckPoint
4 155 (20.21%) F5
5 128 (16.69%) VMware
6 119 (15.51%) Microsoft
7 112 (14.60%) SolarWinds
8 94 (12.26%) Citrix
9 66 (8.60%) HP
10 50 (6.52%) Aruba
11 47 (6.13%) Riverbed
12 43 (5.61%) Blue Coat
13 36 (4.69%) Infoblox
13 36 (4.69%) IBM
14 35 (4.56%) Avaya
15 34 (4.43%) Fortinet
16 28 (3.65%) Nortel
16 28 (3.65%) McAfee
16 28 (3.65%) BT
17 27 (3.52%) Brocade
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