The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 313 307 302
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -5
Contract jobs citing MPLS 316 300 327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.59% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.16% 4.30% 3.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 145 138
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-0.73% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 18
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% -5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £15.71 £21.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.60 £36.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £26.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+53.84% -5.45%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7595 6980 8978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.88% 13.65% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4048 3621 3969
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £492 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 460 702
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.00%

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014. 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 -5 299 £350 - 108
London +30 120 £390 +4.00% 51
South East +6 96 £350 +6.06% 20
Berkshire +6 51 £350 -6.66% 6
City of London +23 32 £400 +3.22% 19
Reading +1 19 £420 +29.23%
West Midlands -20 16 £375 +134.37% 7
East of England -27 15 £325 +5.69% 10
South West -27 14 £300 -31.42% 6
North West +4 12 - - 4
Surrey +2 11 £425 -12.82% 2
Cambridgeshire +3 10 £325 - 3
Yorkshire -3 10 £188 -42.30% 11
West Yorkshire -1 9 £188 -42.30% 9
Gloucestershire -12 9 £306 - 5
West Sussex - 9 £338 - 1
Cheshire +8 7 - - 1
Crawley - 7 £273 -
East Sussex 0 6 £288 -11.53%
Oxfordshire - 6 £463 -
Hampshire -22 5 £195 -37.60% 7
High Wycombe +1 4 £300 -
Hertfordshire 0 4 £335 - 6
Buckinghamshire 0 4 £300 -
Manchester -6 4 - - 3
Birmingham -8 4 £425 +45.29% 5
Cheltenham - 4 £238 - 1
Kent - 4 £350 - 1
Newbury -5 3 £425 +6.25%
Guildford - 3 £383 - 1

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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.

1 422 (69.52%) Cisco
2 293 (48.27%) WAN
3 273 (44.98%) Firewall
4 255 (42.01%) Cisco Certification
5 233 (38.39%) LAN
6 226 (37.23%) BGP
7 220 (36.24%) VPN
8 195 (32.13%) OSPF
9 167 (27.51%) Telecoms
10 163 (26.85%) CCNP
11 143 (23.56%) Juniper
12 137 (22.57%) VoIP
13 122 (20.10%) CheckPoint
14 120 (19.77%) ITIL
15 117 (19.28%) Ethernet
16 110 (18.12%) DNS
17 108 (17.79%) IPsec
18 105 (17.30%) Windows
19 104 (17.13%) CCNA
20 97 (15.98%) CCIE
21 96 (15.82%) TCP/IP
22 93 (15.32%) Active Directory
22 93 (15.32%) VMware
23 86 (14.17%) Microsoft
24 81 (13.34%) Cisco ASA
25 79 (13.01%) Network Design
25 79 (13.01%) Wireless
26 74 (12.19%) Finance
27 73 (12.03%) Network Security
27 73 (12.03%) Cisco Nexus

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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 56 (9.23%) MS Exchange
2 21 (3.46%) Lync
2 21 (3.46%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (3.29%) SharePoint
4 19 (3.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 12 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (1.48%) IIS
6 9 (1.48%) Apache
7 6 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.82%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2000
9 2 (0.33%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.16%) WebLogic Portal
10 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 43 (7.08%) MS Office
2 35 (5.77%) MS Excel
3 15 (2.47%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.65%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (1.48%) MS Project
6 2 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.33%) EPLAN
7 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.82%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.16%) Minerva
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
2 5 (0.82%) Office 365
2 5 (0.82%) IaaS
3 4 (0.66%) PaaS
4 3 (0.49%) IBM SmartCloud
5 1 (0.16%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 293 (48.27%) WAN
2 273 (44.98%) Firewall
3 233 (38.39%) LAN
4 226 (37.23%) BGP
5 220 (36.24%) VPN
6 195 (32.13%) OSPF
7 137 (22.57%) VoIP
8 117 (19.28%) Ethernet
9 110 (18.12%) DNS
10 108 (17.79%) IPsec
11 96 (15.82%) TCP/IP
12 81 (13.34%) Cisco ASA
13 79 (13.01%) Wireless
14 73 (12.03%) Network Security
14 73 (12.03%) Cisco Nexus
15 67 (11.04%) VLAN
16 65 (10.71%) Internet
17 64 (10.54%) EIGRP
18 58 (9.56%) DHCP
19 54 (8.90%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (3.62%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.32%) MySQL
3 5 (0.82%) MS Access
4 4 (0.66%) Big Data
5 3 (0.49%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.33%) MarkLogic
6 2 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.16%) QlikView
7 1 (0.16%) DB2
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.16%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 6 (0.99%) GDB
2 1 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.16%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.16%) MSI
General
1 167 (27.51%) Telecoms
2 74 (12.19%) Finance
3 30 (4.94%) Banking
4 12 (1.98%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.48%) Retail
6 8 (1.32%) Front Office
6 8 (1.32%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.32%) French Language
7 7 (1.15%) Electronics
7 7 (1.15%) Marketing
8 6 (0.99%) Billing
9 5 (0.82%) Local Government
10 4 (0.66%) Legal
10 4 (0.66%) Back Office
10 4 (0.66%) German Language
11 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.49%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.33%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.33%) Advertising
12 2 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 175 (28.83%) Network Engineer
2 67 (11.04%) Architect
3 54 (8.90%) Consultant
4 53 (8.73%) Analyst
5 48 (7.91%) Project Manager
6 46 (7.58%) IP Engineer
7 45 (7.41%) Design Engineer
8 33 (5.44%) Network Support
9 28 (4.61%) Cisco Engineer
10 25 (4.12%) Network Architect
11 24 (3.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 24 (3.95%) Network Consultant
12 21 (3.46%) Support Engineer
12 21 (3.46%) Security Engineer
13 19 (3.13%) Administrator
13 19 (3.13%) Senior Network Engineer
14 18 (2.97%) Network Analyst
14 18 (2.97%) Network Design Engineer
15 17 (2.80%) Network Specialist
16 16 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (3.79%) XMPP
2 10 (1.65%) CSS
3 6 (0.99%) Web Services
4 4 (0.66%) FIX Protocol
5 3 (0.49%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (0.49%) XML
6 2 (0.33%) .NET
6 2 (0.33%) J2EE
6 2 (0.33%) Middleware
7 1 (0.16%) OCX
7 1 (0.16%) EDI
7 1 (0.16%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 21 (3.46%) Blackberry
2 20 (3.29%) Thin Client
2 20 (3.29%) Fat Client
3 18 (2.97%) Video Conferencing
4 12 (1.98%) Management Information System
5 11 (1.81%) Replication
6 8 (1.32%) Open Source
7 7 (1.15%) PKI
8 6 (0.99%) Clustering
8 6 (0.99%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.66%) Hedge funds
9 4 (0.66%) DTV
10 3 (0.49%) PMI
10 3 (0.49%) FMCG
10 3 (0.49%) EqualLogic
10 3 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.33%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.33%) Digital Media
11 2 (0.33%) CMDB
11 2 (0.33%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 105 (17.30%) Windows
2 50 (8.24%) Windows Server 2008
3 34 (5.60%) Windows Server 2003
4 31 (5.11%) Windows 7
5 27 (4.45%) Linux
6 17 (2.80%) UNIX
7 10 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.49%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.49%) Solaris
8 3 (0.49%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.33%) VMS
9 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.16%) MVS
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.16%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.16%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (19.77%) ITIL
2 79 (13.01%) Network Design
3 67 (11.04%) Project Management
4 65 (10.71%) Load Balancing
5 56 (9.23%) Migration
5 56 (9.23%) Network Management
6 49 (8.07%) Network Architecture
7 46 (7.58%) Change Management
8 39 (6.43%) PRINCE2
9 36 (5.93%) Disaster Recovery
10 31 (5.11%) Service Delivery
11 27 (4.45%) Service Management
12 26 (4.28%) Problem Management
13 24 (3.95%) Capacity Planning
13 24 (3.95%) Network Monitoring
14 20 (3.29%) WAN Optimisation
15 19 (3.13%) Performance Management
16 18 (2.97%) Business Continuity
17 16 (2.64%) TOGAF
17 16 (2.64%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 24 (3.95%) SQL
2 18 (2.97%) C
3 10 (1.65%) Perl
4 6 (0.99%) PHP
5 5 (0.82%) VB
5 5 (0.82%) Embedded C
6 4 (0.66%) PowerShell
6 4 (0.66%) Python
7 2 (0.33%) Progress 4GL
7 2 (0.33%) Java
8 1 (0.16%) Tcl
8 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.16%) JCL
Qualifications
1 255 (42.01%) Cisco Certification
2 163 (26.85%) CCNP
3 104 (17.13%) CCNA
4 97 (15.98%) CCIE
5 57 (9.39%) Security Cleared
6 45 (7.41%) SC Cleared
7 39 (6.43%) CCDP
8 30 (4.94%) Degree
9 24 (3.95%) CCSP
10 23 (3.79%) Microsoft Certification
11 20 (3.29%) MCSE
12 19 (3.13%) CISSP
13 16 (2.64%) Check Point Certification
14 14 (2.31%) CCIP
15 13 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
16 11 (1.81%) JNCIE
16 11 (1.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 10 (1.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 9 (1.48%) JNCIP
19 8 (1.32%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.64%) PCI DSS
2 12 (1.98%) SLA
3 9 (1.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 7 (1.15%) QA
5 5 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
System Software
1 93 (15.32%) Active Directory
2 46 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (6.75%) Hyper-V
4 33 (5.44%) vSphere
5 25 (4.12%) Xen
6 18 (2.97%) NLBS
6 18 (2.97%) XenApp
7 17 (2.80%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (1.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 8 (1.32%) Forefront TMG
10 7 (1.15%) XenDesktop
11 6 (0.99%) VMware ESX
12 5 (0.82%) DFS Replication
13 4 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.66%) NFS
14 3 (0.49%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.49%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.33%) XenServer
15 2 (0.33%) UAG
15 2 (0.33%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 30 (4.94%) Cisco CUCM
2 23 (3.79%) OPNET
3 19 (3.13%) WSUS
4 12 (1.98%) FortiGate
5 7 (1.15%) WhatsUp Gold
6 6 (0.99%) SCCM
7 5 (0.82%) SCOM
7 5 (0.82%) CiscoWorks
8 3 (0.49%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.49%) MAILsweeper
8 3 (0.49%) CA Spectrum
8 3 (0.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (0.49%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (0.33%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.33%) OpenView
9 2 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.33%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.33%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.33%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 422 (69.52%) Cisco
2 143 (23.56%) Juniper
3 122 (20.10%) CheckPoint
4 93 (15.32%) VMware
5 86 (14.17%) Microsoft
6 72 (11.86%) F5
7 58 (9.56%) HP
8 53 (8.73%) Citrix
9 39 (6.43%) Huawei
10 32 (5.27%) Nokia
11 28 (4.61%) Blue Coat
11 28 (4.61%) Riverbed
11 28 (4.61%) SolarWinds
12 26 (4.28%) BT
12 26 (4.28%) Avaya
13 24 (3.95%) Fortinet
14 22 (3.62%) Redback
15 21 (3.46%) Alcatel-Lucent
16 19 (3.13%) Ericsson
17 18 (2.97%) Radware
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Welwyn Garden City
Bluefire Consulting
Rate: £250 - £285 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Hudson - London
Rate: Day Rate Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £600 - £700 Per Day D.O.E. - Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 6 days ago
United Kingdom
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £650 - 700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £600.00 - £675.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
West Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
West Sussex
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Cambridge
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £540.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago