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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 291 357 305
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -52
Contract jobs citing MPLS 396 268 283
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 0.50% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.95% 3.67% 4.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 145 115
Average daily rate
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£363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £212 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £493 £496
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 14
Average hourly rate £40.00 £33.75 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% +10.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.80 £27.50 £17.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £150.00 £96.00 £35.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £95.00 £33.75 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+181.48% +10.65%

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
8000 7309 7055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.29% 13.58% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4493 3952 3587
Average daily rate £355 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 387 527
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -24.00%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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 +51 374 £363 - 109
London +78 184 £363 -3.33% 31
South East -32 77 £398 +13.57% 32
City of London +12 40 £375 - 15
Berkshire -8 35 £375 +11.11% 8
West Midlands +12 34 £320 -19.49% 9
Yorkshire +7 26 £293 -19.31% 8
Birmingham +10 23 £323 -24.11% 3
North West -5 19 £456 +58.69% 11
Hampshire +1 15 £475 +93.87% 7
Manchester 0 13 £378 - 5
Scotland +8 11 - - 1
South West -2 11 £350 +12.00% 13
Maidenhead - 11 £398 -
East Midlands -2 10 £431 +23.21% 1
West Yorkshire -14 10 £363 - 5
North Yorkshire - 10 £293 - 2
East of England -3 9 £315 +11.50% 2
Leeds -15 9 £375 +3.44% 5
Harrogate - 9 £293 - 2
Wiltshire - 9 £475 - 7
Surrey -9 8 £400 -5.88% 9
Shropshire +2 7 £311 -25.89% 1
Buckinghamshire -3 7 - - 3
Swindon - 7 £475 - 6
Telford +6 6 £310 -26.19% 1
Inverness - 6 - -
Highlands - 6 - -
Nottingham -3 5 £650 -
Nottinghamshire -9 5 £650 -

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 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.

1 581 (75.65%) Cisco
2 430 (55.99%) WAN
3 409 (53.26%) Firewall
4 387 (50.39%) Cisco Certification
5 368 (47.92%) LAN
6 355 (46.22%) BGP
7 334 (43.49%) VPN
8 296 (38.54%) OSPF
9 293 (38.15%) CCNP
10 256 (33.33%) Juniper
11 209 (27.21%) CheckPoint
12 185 (24.09%) Wireless
13 184 (23.96%) Cisco ASA
14 179 (23.31%) Data Centre
15 178 (23.18%) Windows
16 145 (18.88%) EIGRP
16 145 (18.88%) F5
17 141 (18.36%) CCNA
18 138 (17.97%) Network Security
19 137 (17.84%) TCP/IP
20 136 (17.71%) Ethernet
21 135 (17.58%) Telecoms
22 127 (16.54%) DNS
23 124 (16.15%) Finance
24 122 (15.89%) VMware
25 121 (15.76%) IPsec
26 120 (15.63%) Cisco Nexus
27 119 (15.49%) Active Directory
28 115 (14.97%) Microsoft
29 113 (14.71%) CCIE

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 49 (6.38%) MS Exchange
2 25 (3.26%) IIS
3 22 (2.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 22 (2.86%) Lync
3 22 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (2.08%) SharePoint
5 11 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (1.30%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (1.04%) IBM Notes
9 4 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (0.52%) WorkSite
10 2 (0.26%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.26%) Apache
10 2 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.26%) CMS
11 1 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.13%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.13%) JBoss
11 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 47 (6.12%) MS Visio
2 44 (5.73%) MS Excel
3 41 (5.34%) MS Office
4 17 (2.21%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.78%) MS Project
6 5 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.26%) CODA-Financials
3 2 (0.26%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.73%) SaaS
2 11 (1.43%) Office 365
3 10 (1.30%) PaaS
4 8 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.78%) IaaS
6 4 (0.52%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.39%) Yammer
8 2 (0.26%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 430 (55.99%) WAN
2 409 (53.26%) Firewall
3 368 (47.92%) LAN
4 355 (46.22%) BGP
5 334 (43.49%) VPN
6 296 (38.54%) OSPF
7 185 (24.09%) Wireless
8 184 (23.96%) Cisco ASA
9 145 (18.88%) EIGRP
10 138 (17.97%) Network Security
11 137 (17.84%) TCP/IP
12 136 (17.71%) Ethernet
13 127 (16.54%) DNS
14 121 (15.76%) IPsec
15 120 (15.63%) Cisco Nexus
16 113 (14.71%) VLAN
17 109 (14.19%) VoIP
18 88 (11.46%) Internet
19 81 (10.55%) HSRP
20 76 (9.90%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (3.26%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.56%) Big Data
3 10 (1.30%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.26%) DB2
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.13%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.26%) GCC
3 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.13%) Valgrind
General
1 135 (17.58%) Telecoms
2 124 (16.15%) Finance
3 37 (4.82%) Banking
4 23 (2.99%) Multimedia
5 14 (1.82%) Investment Banking
6 10 (1.30%) Retail
6 10 (1.30%) Back Office
7 9 (1.17%) Billing
8 8 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.91%) Law
9 7 (0.91%) Games
10 6 (0.78%) Marketing
11 5 (0.65%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.52%) German Language
13 3 (0.39%) Dutch Language
13 3 (0.39%) Publishing
13 3 (0.39%) Electronics
14 2 (0.26%) Advertising
14 2 (0.26%) Legal
14 2 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 344 (44.79%) Network Engineer
2 106 (13.80%) Architect
3 57 (7.42%) Analyst
4 51 (6.64%) Consultant
5 49 (6.38%) IP Engineer
6 43 (5.60%) Senior Network Engineer
7 41 (5.34%) Infrastructure Architect
7 41 (5.34%) Network Architect
8 30 (3.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 30 (3.91%) Project Manager
9 29 (3.78%) Network Support
10 28 (3.65%) Cisco Engineer
11 27 (3.52%) Design Engineer
11 27 (3.52%) Network Analyst
12 25 (3.26%) Network Consultant
12 25 (3.26%) Implementation Engineer
13 23 (2.99%) IP Network Engineer
14 22 (2.86%) Security Engineer
15 20 (2.60%) Technical Architect
15 20 (2.60%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.08%) CSS
2 13 (1.69%) XMPP
3 9 (1.17%) Web Services
4 5 (0.65%) .NET
5 3 (0.39%) Middleware
5 3 (0.39%) VXML
6 2 (0.26%) boto
6 2 (0.26%) Silverlight
7 1 (0.13%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 1 (0.13%) OCX
7 1 (0.13%) J2EE
7 1 (0.13%) COM
7 1 (0.13%) STL
7 1 (0.13%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (0.13%) ISPF
7 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 179 (23.31%) Data Centre
2 40 (5.21%) PKI
3 26 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (3.26%) Blackberry
5 22 (2.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 20 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
7 19 (2.47%) Replication
8 16 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
9 14 (1.82%) EMC VNX
9 14 (1.82%) Clustering
10 10 (1.30%) Management Information System
10 10 (1.30%) Computer Science
11 9 (1.17%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.17%) Thin Client
11 9 (1.17%) IVR
11 9 (1.17%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.17%) Public Cloud
11 9 (1.17%) Eurex
12 8 (1.04%) User Experience
12 8 (1.04%) Celerra
Operating Systems
1 178 (23.18%) Windows
2 63 (8.20%) Windows 7
3 58 (7.55%) Linux
4 52 (6.77%) Windows Server 2003
5 51 (6.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 44 (5.73%) UNIX
7 30 (3.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (1.30%) Solaris
8 10 (1.30%) Windows XP
9 4 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.39%) Android
10 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.26%) Windows CE
11 2 (0.26%) VMS
11 2 (0.26%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.26%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.13%) CentOS
12 1 (0.13%) SUSE
12 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (14.71%) ITIL
2 88 (11.46%) Load Balancing
3 79 (10.29%) Network Design
4 77 (10.03%) Migration
5 69 (8.98%) Network Management
6 60 (7.81%) Project Management
7 56 (7.29%) Service Management
8 51 (6.64%) Service Delivery
9 50 (6.51%) Disaster Recovery
10 40 (5.21%) Business Continuity
11 36 (4.69%) Performance Management
11 36 (4.69%) Network Monitoring
12 30 (3.91%) Change Control
13 29 (3.78%) Configuration Management
14 27 (3.52%) BCP
15 24 (3.13%) Problem Management
16 23 (2.99%) WAN Optimisation
17 22 (2.86%) Capacity Planning
17 22 (2.86%) PRINCE2
17 22 (2.86%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (4.04%) SQL
2 23 (2.99%) C
3 9 (1.17%) Python
4 8 (1.04%) PowerShell
5 7 (0.91%) Lisp
6 6 (0.78%) Ruby
6 6 (0.78%) Java
6 6 (0.78%) Perl
7 4 (0.52%) C#
7 4 (0.52%) C++
7 4 (0.52%) VB
8 3 (0.39%) PHP
9 2 (0.26%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.13%) R
10 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.13%) VBScript
10 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 387 (50.39%) Cisco Certification
2 293 (38.15%) CCNP
3 141 (18.36%) CCNA
4 113 (14.71%) CCIE
5 75 (9.77%) Security Cleared
6 60 (7.81%) SC Cleared
7 44 (5.73%) CCIP
8 41 (5.34%) Degree
9 36 (4.69%) CCDP
10 28 (3.65%) JNCIP
11 27 (3.52%) Microsoft Certification
12 20 (2.60%) JNCIA
13 15 (1.95%) JNCIE
14 14 (1.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 14 (1.82%) MCSE
15 13 (1.69%) DV Cleared
16 10 (1.30%) MCITP
16 10 (1.30%) JNCIS
17 8 (1.04%) BC Cleared
17 8 (1.04%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.13%) SLA
2 13 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.30%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.65%) QA
5 3 (0.39%) BS25999
6 2 (0.26%) PMBOK
System Software
1 119 (15.49%) Active Directory
2 80 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 46 (5.99%) vSphere
5 32 (4.17%) XenApp
6 20 (2.60%) NLBS
6 20 (2.60%) vCloud
7 14 (1.82%) XenServer
8 12 (1.56%) Terminal Services
8 12 (1.56%) VMware ESX
9 11 (1.43%) Xen
10 8 (1.04%) XenDesktop
10 8 (1.04%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 5 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.39%) NFS
13 1 (0.13%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.13%) Firmware
13 1 (0.13%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 37 (4.82%) Cisco CUCM
2 29 (3.78%) CiscoWorks
3 20 (2.60%) WSUS
4 17 (2.21%) RANCID
5 15 (1.95%) FortiGate
6 14 (1.82%) SCCM
7 12 (1.56%) OpenView
8 9 (1.17%) AirWatch
9 8 (1.04%) OPNET
10 7 (0.91%) SolarWinds Orion
10 7 (0.91%) NetCrunch
11 6 (0.78%) CA Spectrum
11 6 (0.78%) Netcool
12 5 (0.65%) Cisco UCCE
13 4 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
14 3 (0.39%) Cisco UCCX
14 3 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
14 3 (0.39%) Cisco Prime
14 3 (0.39%) Puppet
14 3 (0.39%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 581 (75.65%) Cisco
2 256 (33.33%) Juniper
3 209 (27.21%) CheckPoint
4 145 (18.88%) F5
5 122 (15.89%) VMware
6 115 (14.97%) Microsoft
7 108 (14.06%) SolarWinds
8 85 (11.07%) Citrix
9 69 (8.98%) HP
10 41 (5.34%) Riverbed
10 41 (5.34%) Blue Coat
11 40 (5.21%) Aruba
12 39 (5.08%) IBM
13 37 (4.82%) Avaya
13 37 (4.82%) Infoblox
14 35 (4.56%) BT
15 29 (3.78%) Fortinet
16 28 (3.65%) Brocade
17 26 (3.39%) Nortel
17 26 (3.39%) McAfee
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