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 3 May 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
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 343 309 354
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +45
Contract jobs citing MPLS 348 388 297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.70% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.08% 4.65% 4.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 235 156
Median daily rate £388 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.97% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £340 £330
% change year-on-year
+8.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 6 2
Median hourly rate £46.92 £43.75 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.23% -2.77%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.83 £43.75 £45.00
% change year-on-year
+9.32% -2.77%

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
8530 8336 7420
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.34% 14.94% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5165 4534 3915
Median daily rate £388 £350 £352
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% -0.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £345 £333
% change year-on-year
+5.79% +3.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 360 459 409
Median hourly rate £28.00 £28.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £41.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £29.59 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+1.40% +47.92%

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 3 May 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 3 May 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 3 May 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 -55 318 £388 +13.97% 81
London -44 117 £412 +17.57% 25
South East +8 105 £388 +4.72% 20
Berkshire -20 37 £425 +14.86% 6
Hampshire +34 36 £335 -18.78% 5
South West +21 27 £363 +0.69% 7
West Midlands -21 19 £450 +38.46% 12
Reading +12 17 £488 - 1
North West -26 16 £575 +22.66% 8
City of London +24 15 £388 +14.81% 11
Swindon +17 15 £363 +26.08% 2
Wiltshire +11 15 £363 +9.43% 2
Scotland -9 14 £325 -7.47% 1
East of England +2 13 £485 +29.33% 1
Surrey +1 13 £319 -19.04% 2
Yorkshire -16 13 £350 +19.65% 6
Buckinghamshire +14 12 £450 +34.32% 3
West Yorkshire +8 12 £350 +7.69% 5
Leeds -4 12 £350 - 5
Manchester -15 12 £600 +60.00% 5
Hertfordshire +14 10 £491 +34.45%
Milton Keynes +5 10 £450 -
Bristol +13 8 £370 +2.77% 1
Fareham - 8 £625 -
Portsmouth - 7 - - 1
Coventry - 7 £450 - 5
Aberdeen - 7 - -
Staines -1 5 £575 -
Edinburgh -7 5 £325 -4.41%
Solihull - 5 - - 3

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 May 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.

1 568 (81.49%) Cisco
2 374 (53.66%) Cisco Certification
3 350 (50.22%) WAN
4 323 (46.34%) BGP
5 291 (41.75%) LAN
6 289 (41.46%) Firewall
7 259 (37.16%) CCNP
8 246 (35.29%) OSPF
9 241 (34.58%) VPN
10 189 (27.12%) Data Centre
11 172 (24.68%) DNS
12 171 (24.53%) Juniper
13 155 (22.24%) CCNA
14 146 (20.95%) ITIL
15 140 (20.09%) Cisco ASA
16 139 (19.94%) Telecoms
17 138 (19.80%) Cisco Nexus
18 134 (19.23%) TCP/IP
19 133 (19.08%) IPsec
20 125 (17.93%) CheckPoint
21 118 (16.93%) Wireless
21 118 (16.93%) CCIE
22 116 (16.64%) VoIP
22 116 (16.64%) EIGRP
23 115 (16.50%) Finance
24 104 (14.92%) F5
25 96 (13.77%) Internet
26 94 (13.49%) Security Cleared
27 87 (12.48%) SC Cleared
27 87 (12.48%) Network Security

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 11 (1.58%) MS Exchange
2 9 (1.29%) Skype for Business
3 7 (1.00%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.86%) CMS
4 6 (0.86%) IIS
5 5 (0.72%) Apache
5 5 (0.72%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.57%) JBoss
7 3 (0.43%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.29%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.14%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.14%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.14%) Smallworld
9 1 (0.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (3.44%) MS Visio
2 10 (1.43%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.15%) MS Office
4 3 (0.43%) MS Project
5 2 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.14%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.58%) IaaS
2 17 (2.44%) SaaS
3 12 (1.72%) PaaS
4 9 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.43%) Office 365
8 2 (0.29%) Mimecast
8 2 (0.29%) SoftLayer
8 2 (0.29%) Yammer
9 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.14%) IBM PureFlex
9 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 350 (50.22%) WAN
2 323 (46.34%) BGP
3 291 (41.75%) LAN
4 289 (41.46%) Firewall
5 246 (35.29%) OSPF
6 241 (34.58%) VPN
7 172 (24.68%) DNS
8 140 (20.09%) Cisco ASA
9 138 (19.80%) Cisco Nexus
10 134 (19.23%) TCP/IP
11 133 (19.08%) IPsec
12 118 (16.93%) Wireless
13 116 (16.64%) EIGRP
13 116 (16.64%) VoIP
14 96 (13.77%) Internet
15 87 (12.48%) Network Security
16 82 (11.76%) DHCP
17 77 (11.05%) Ethernet
18 75 (10.76%) HSRP
19 74 (10.62%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (0.43%) Informix
2 3 (0.43%) MongoDB
2 3 (0.43%) MySQL
2 3 (0.43%) RDBMS
2 3 (0.43%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.29%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (0.29%) Redis
4 1 (0.14%) Big Data
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.14%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 8 (1.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.29%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.29%) Hudson
2 2 (0.29%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.29%) JIRA
2 2 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.29%) Subversion
3 1 (0.14%) SoapUI
General
1 139 (19.94%) Telecoms
2 115 (16.50%) Finance
3 32 (4.59%) Retail
4 24 (3.44%) Banking
5 16 (2.30%) Marketing
6 12 (1.72%) Electronics
7 11 (1.58%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.43%) Back Office
9 7 (1.00%) Games
10 6 (0.86%) Billing
10 6 (0.86%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.72%) Law
11 5 (0.72%) Military
12 4 (0.57%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.57%) French Language
12 4 (0.57%) German Language
12 4 (0.57%) Publishing
13 3 (0.43%) Legal
13 3 (0.43%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.29%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 295 (42.32%) Network Engineer
2 111 (15.93%) Cisco Engineer
3 96 (13.77%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 88 (12.63%) Architect
5 59 (8.46%) Senior Network Engineer
6 57 (8.18%) Designer
7 51 (7.32%) Network Designer
8 50 (7.17%) Network Architect
9 42 (6.03%) Support Engineer
10 33 (4.73%) Network Support
11 31 (4.45%) Security Engineer
12 30 (4.30%) Consultant
12 30 (4.30%) Network Security Engineer
12 30 (4.30%) Network Support Engineer
13 29 (4.16%) Analyst
14 28 (4.02%) Project Manager
15 27 (3.87%) Voice Engineer
16 22 (3.16%) Network Consultant
16 22 (3.16%) VoIP Engineer
17 21 (3.01%) Cisco Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (4.73%) 802.1X
2 5 (0.72%) XMPP
3 3 (0.43%) CSS
3 3 (0.43%) Web Services
4 2 (0.29%) ActiveMQ
4 2 (0.29%) Middleware
4 2 (0.29%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (0.29%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.14%) J2EE
5 1 (0.14%) JMS
5 1 (0.14%) LAMP
5 1 (0.14%) RFC 2547
5 1 (0.14%) RSS
5 1 (0.14%) SOAP
5 1 (0.14%) WAP
5 1 (0.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 189 (27.12%) Data Centre
2 42 (6.03%) Management Information System
3 32 (4.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 29 (4.16%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.58%) Cryptography
5 18 (2.58%) Driving Licence
6 14 (2.01%) Video Conferencing
7 13 (1.87%) Computer Science
7 13 (1.87%) PKI
8 12 (1.72%) iSeries
9 9 (1.29%) CMDB
9 9 (1.29%) MPEG
10 8 (1.15%) e-Health
11 7 (1.00%) Clustering
11 7 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
11 7 (1.00%) Replication
11 7 (1.00%) Statistics
11 7 (1.00%) Streaming Media
12 5 (0.72%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.57%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 70 (10.04%) Linux
2 67 (9.61%) Windows
3 36 (5.16%) Windows Server
4 35 (5.02%) Unix
5 17 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (2.01%) CatOS
7 9 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (1.00%) Windows 8
9 6 (0.86%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.72%) VMS
11 3 (0.43%) Android
12 2 (0.29%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.29%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.29%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.14%) CentOS
13 1 (0.14%) Debian
13 1 (0.14%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (20.95%) ITIL
2 79 (11.33%) Project Management
3 73 (10.47%) Migration
3 73 (10.47%) Network Design
4 70 (10.04%) Load Balancing
5 64 (9.18%) Change Management
6 46 (6.60%) Network Management
7 37 (5.31%) Incident Management
7 37 (5.31%) Problem Management
8 33 (4.73%) PRINCE2
9 32 (4.59%) High Availability
9 32 (4.59%) Service Management
10 28 (4.02%) Configuration Management
11 25 (3.59%) Network Architecture
12 24 (3.44%) Information Security
12 24 (3.44%) Network Monitoring
13 20 (2.87%) Capacity Planning
13 20 (2.87%) Cybersecurity
13 20 (2.87%) Server Virtualisation
14 18 (2.58%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 34 (4.88%) Python
2 29 (4.16%) Perl
3 15 (2.15%) SQL
4 12 (1.72%) Bash Shell
5 11 (1.58%) Tcl
6 10 (1.43%) Lisp
7 9 (1.29%) C
8 8 (1.15%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.72%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.43%) Java
11 2 (0.29%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.29%) PHP
12 1 (0.14%) Korn
12 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 374 (53.66%) Cisco Certification
2 259 (37.16%) CCNP
3 155 (22.24%) CCNA
4 118 (16.93%) CCIE
5 94 (13.49%) Security Cleared
6 87 (12.48%) SC Cleared
7 40 (5.74%) Degree
8 36 (5.16%) CCDP
9 33 (4.73%) DV Cleared
10 26 (3.73%) JNCIS
11 22 (3.16%) JNCIP
12 20 (2.87%) JNCIA
13 9 (1.29%) CISSP
14 8 (1.15%) PMI Certification
15 7 (1.00%) CCNP Voice
15 7 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
16 6 (0.86%) CCSE
16 6 (0.86%) MCSE
16 6 (0.86%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.87%) SLA
2 18 (2.58%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.72%) QA
5 4 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.43%) PMBOK
6 3 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.29%) BS7799
7 2 (0.29%) GLP
8 1 (0.14%) COBIT
8 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 48 (6.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (3.87%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.43%) Hyper-V
3 10 (1.43%) VMware ESX
4 7 (1.00%) vSphere
5 6 (0.86%) vCloud
6 5 (0.72%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.57%) XenApp
8 2 (0.29%) NFS
8 2 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.14%) Firmware
9 1 (0.14%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.14%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.14%) Snort
9 1 (0.14%) SRDF
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 23 (3.30%) CiscoWorks
2 18 (2.58%) Cisco CUCM
3 11 (1.58%) Cisco Prime
4 10 (1.43%) Cisco UCCX
5 9 (1.29%) OpenView
5 9 (1.29%) Puppet
5 9 (1.29%) SolarWinds Orion
6 7 (1.00%) FortiGate
6 7 (1.00%) SCOM
7 6 (0.86%) SCCM
7 6 (0.86%) Tivoli
8 5 (0.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 5 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.57%) Amdocs OSS
9 4 (0.57%) Cisco UCCE
9 4 (0.57%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.43%) Cacti
10 3 (0.43%) NSN NetAct
10 3 (0.43%) Red Hat Satellite
11 2 (0.29%) Cisco LMS
Vendors
1 568 (81.49%) Cisco
2 171 (24.53%) Juniper
3 125 (17.93%) CheckPoint
4 104 (14.92%) F5
5 86 (12.34%) VMware
6 50 (7.17%) Palo Alto
7 40 (5.74%) SolarWinds
8 38 (5.45%) Microsoft
9 35 (5.02%) BT
10 34 (4.88%) Avaya
11 33 (4.73%) HP
11 33 (4.73%) Remedy
12 30 (4.30%) Citrix
13 27 (3.87%) NICE Systems
14 26 (3.73%) Fortinet
15 24 (3.44%) NetApp
15 24 (3.44%) Riverbed
16 21 (3.01%) Huawei
17 20 (2.87%) IBM
18 18 (2.58%) Blue Coat
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Vodafone
Rate: Unspecified £Market Rate
Posted: 5 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £47.83 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: From £330 to £374 per day . 3 Months+ contract.
Posted: 11 hours ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: From £330 to £374 per day . Contract length: 3 months +
Posted: 11 hours ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Comtecs
Rate: £450 - £500 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sevenoaks, Kent
Net Recruit.co.uk Ltd
Rate: £25,000 - £30,000 DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Hillingdon
Capita Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Cheltenham
aap3
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
City of London
IQ Telecom
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Yodel
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Thame
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 25 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 26 days ago