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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 392 308 306
Rank change year-on-year
-84 -2
Contract jobs citing MPLS 276 407 386
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.70% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.34% 5.12% 4.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 247 233
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £516
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 15
Median hourly rate £31.35 £40.92 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.38% +57.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.07 £19.85 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.62 £47.83 £41.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £40.92 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-67.00% +60.45%

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
8274 7955 8575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.50% 13.72% 14.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5051 4583 4747
Median daily rate £400 £380 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £231 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £360 £344
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 543 484
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+38.06% -6.64%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 29 September 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 -73 256 £400 - 61
London -46 101 £375 -11.76% 14
South East +6 76 £410 +9.33% 30
Surrey +27 29 £425 +36.00% 5
Berkshire -8 24 £400 +29.03% 4
City of London -4 21 £419 -1.47% 4
South West +2 16 £400 -4.76% 2
Yorkshire -8 16 £300 -3.61% 5
West Yorkshire +14 15 £300 -20.00% 4
North West +10 14 £350 -12.50% 3
Leeds +10 14 £300 -20.00% 4
West Midlands -52 14 £425 +34.92% 2
Scotland +20 13 £350 -11.11% 2
Edinburgh +24 12 £350 -6.66% 1
East of England +5 12 £465 +78.84% 4
Solihull -2 12 £425 - 2
Manchester +6 9 £650 +92.59% 2
Bracknell +1 8 £363 - 2
Hampshire -11 8 £351 -18.56% 10
Reading +18 7 £475 +22.58% 2
Buckinghamshire +9 6 £413 -14.06% 2
Hertfordshire -1 6 £465 +111.36% 2
Bedfordshire - 6 - - 1
Somerset - 6 £425 -
Luton - 6 - -
Milton Keynes +15 5 £350 -30.00%
Bath - 5 £425 -
Bristol +2 4 £360 -13.25%
Wiltshire -13 4 £425 -8.10%
Kent +4 3 £185 -56.47% 3

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 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.

1 427 (70.46%) Cisco
2 295 (48.68%) Firewall
3 293 (48.35%) Cisco Certification
4 276 (45.54%) WAN
5 237 (39.11%) BGP
6 234 (38.61%) LAN
7 190 (31.35%) VPN
8 184 (30.36%) CCNP
9 182 (30.03%) OSPF
10 163 (26.90%) Data Centre
11 144 (23.76%) CCNA
12 134 (22.11%) CheckPoint
13 132 (21.78%) TCP/IP
13 132 (21.78%) Windows
14 126 (20.79%) CCIE
15 123 (20.30%) Juniper
15 123 (20.30%) DNS
16 116 (19.14%) VMware
17 113 (18.65%) Cisco ASA
17 113 (18.65%) Cisco Nexus
18 107 (17.66%) Telecoms
19 103 (17.00%) F5
20 102 (16.83%) Wireless
21 101 (16.67%) Windows Server
22 100 (16.50%) ITIL
23 98 (16.17%) VoIP
24 97 (16.01%) VLAN
25 96 (15.84%) IPsec
25 96 (15.84%) Active Directory
26 93 (15.35%) Finance

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 33 (5.45%) MS Exchange
2 13 (2.15%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.15%) Skype for Business
3 11 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (1.32%) Apache
4 8 (1.32%) SAS
4 8 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
5 7 (1.16%) Tomcat
6 6 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (0.83%) IIS
7 5 (0.83%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.50%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.33%) CMS
10 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.17%) JBoss
10 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 38 (6.27%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.49%) MS Office
3 8 (1.32%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.66%) MS Project
5 2 (0.33%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 20 (3.30%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.17%) Eikon
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.63%) Office 365
2 19 (3.14%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (2.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 16 (2.64%) SaaS
5 10 (1.65%) PaaS
6 9 (1.49%) IaaS
7 4 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.50%) IBM PureFlex
9 2 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.17%) GitHub
10 1 (0.17%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.17%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 295 (48.68%) Firewall
2 276 (45.54%) WAN
3 237 (39.11%) BGP
4 234 (38.61%) LAN
5 190 (31.35%) VPN
6 182 (30.03%) OSPF
7 132 (21.78%) TCP/IP
8 123 (20.30%) DNS
9 113 (18.65%) Cisco ASA
9 113 (18.65%) Cisco Nexus
10 102 (16.83%) Wireless
11 98 (16.17%) VoIP
12 97 (16.01%) VLAN
13 96 (15.84%) IPsec
14 83 (13.70%) DHCP
14 83 (13.70%) Network Security
15 74 (12.21%) EIGRP
15 74 (12.21%) Internet
16 73 (12.05%) Ethernet
17 52 (8.58%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.12%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.16%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (0.33%) MySQL
5 1 (0.17%) DB2
5 1 (0.17%) GIS
5 1 (0.17%) Informix
5 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.17%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.17%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (0.66%) JIRA
1 4 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.33%) Ant
2 2 (0.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.33%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.33%) Maven
2 2 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.33%) Subversion
3 1 (0.17%) SoapUI
General
1 107 (17.66%) Telecoms
2 93 (15.35%) Finance
3 30 (4.95%) Retail
4 27 (4.46%) Banking
5 11 (1.82%) Legal
6 8 (1.32%) Manufacturing
6 8 (1.32%) Marketing
7 6 (0.99%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.83%) Back Office
8 5 (0.83%) Billing
8 5 (0.83%) French Language
9 4 (0.66%) Electronics
10 3 (0.50%) Games
10 3 (0.50%) Law
10 3 (0.50%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.33%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.33%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.33%) German Language
11 2 (0.33%) Military
11 2 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 209 (34.49%) Network Engineer
2 109 (17.99%) Architect
3 74 (12.21%) Cisco Engineer
4 61 (10.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 42 (6.93%) Network Architect
6 41 (6.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 39 (6.44%) Analyst
8 37 (6.11%) Infrastructure Architect
9 34 (5.61%) Consultant
10 30 (4.95%) Designer
10 30 (4.95%) Project Manager
11 29 (4.79%) Senior Network Engineer
12 28 (4.62%) Cisco Architect
12 28 (4.62%) Security Architect
13 26 (4.29%) Support Engineer
14 25 (4.13%) Firewall Engineer
15 24 (3.96%) Network Security Architect
16 23 (3.80%) Cisco Network Architect
16 23 (3.80%) Security Engineer
17 21 (3.47%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (6.44%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.16%) Middleware
3 6 (0.99%) Web Services
4 3 (0.50%) COM
4 3 (0.50%) J2EE
4 3 (0.50%) RESTful
4 3 (0.50%) RFC 2544
5 2 (0.33%) boto
5 2 (0.33%) HTML
5 2 (0.33%) REST
5 2 (0.33%) Silverlight
6 1 (0.17%) .NET
6 1 (0.17%) JMS
6 1 (0.17%) LAMP
6 1 (0.17%) SOAP
6 1 (0.17%) XML
6 1 (0.17%) XMPP
6 1 (0.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 163 (26.90%) Data Centre
2 50 (8.25%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.62%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.14%) Driving Licence
5 18 (2.97%) PKI
6 13 (2.15%) Cryptography
6 13 (2.15%) Replication
7 11 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
8 10 (1.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (1.49%) Clustering
9 9 (1.49%) CMDB
9 9 (1.49%) Computer Science
10 7 (1.16%) Hybrid Cloud
10 7 (1.16%) Microsoft Licensing
11 6 (0.99%) Blackberry
11 6 (0.99%) Mainframe
12 5 (0.83%) Digital Media
12 5 (0.83%) MPEG
12 5 (0.83%) Streaming Video
12 5 (0.83%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 132 (21.78%) Windows
2 101 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 51 (8.42%) Windows Server 2012
4 44 (7.26%) Linux
5 40 (6.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 33 (5.45%) Unix
7 24 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
8 7 (1.16%) Solaris
9 5 (0.83%) AIX
9 5 (0.83%) Windows 8
9 5 (0.83%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.66%) VMS
11 3 (0.50%) MVS
11 3 (0.50%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.33%) Android
12 2 (0.33%) CentOS
12 2 (0.33%) FreeBSD
12 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (16.50%) ITIL
2 83 (13.70%) Network Design
3 73 (12.05%) Migration
4 56 (9.24%) Project Management
5 53 (8.75%) Load Balancing
6 50 (8.25%) Change Management
7 42 (6.93%) Network Management
8 41 (6.77%) PRINCE2
9 31 (5.12%) Configuration Management
10 29 (4.79%) Information Security
11 28 (4.62%) Problem Management
12 26 (4.29%) High Availability
13 25 (4.13%) Presales
14 24 (3.96%) Network Monitoring
15 23 (3.80%) Network Architecture
15 23 (3.80%) Stakeholder Management
16 22 (3.63%) Incident Management
16 22 (3.63%) SIEM
17 21 (3.47%) Capacity Management
18 19 (3.14%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (5.61%) SQL
2 14 (2.31%) PowerShell
3 12 (1.98%) Python
4 8 (1.32%) C
5 7 (1.16%) Java
6 6 (0.99%) JavaScript
6 6 (0.99%) Perl
6 6 (0.99%) PHP
7 4 (0.66%) Bash Shell
7 4 (0.66%) Ruby
8 3 (0.50%) JCL
9 2 (0.33%) C++
9 2 (0.33%) Lisp
9 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.33%) Tcl
10 1 (0.17%) C#
10 1 (0.17%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.17%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.17%) Korn
Qualifications
1 293 (48.35%) Cisco Certification
2 184 (30.36%) CCNP
3 144 (23.76%) CCNA
4 126 (20.79%) CCIE
5 79 (13.04%) Security Cleared
6 72 (11.88%) SC Cleared
7 30 (4.95%) MCSE
7 30 (4.95%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (3.63%) CCDP
8 22 (3.63%) Degree
9 14 (2.31%) ITIL Certification
9 14 (2.31%) JNCIE
10 13 (2.15%) JNCIP
11 12 (1.98%) CCDA
11 12 (1.98%) CISSP
12 10 (1.65%) CCSE
13 8 (1.32%) JNCIA
14 7 (1.16%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.99%) JNCIS
15 6 (0.99%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (5.28%) SLA
2 22 (3.63%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.50%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.33%) QA
5 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.17%) BS25999
6 1 (0.17%) COBIT
6 1 (0.17%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.17%) MiFID
6 1 (0.17%) PMBOK
System Software
1 96 (15.84%) Active Directory
2 67 (11.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (5.12%) vSphere
4 22 (3.63%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.81%) XenApp
6 15 (2.48%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (2.31%) VMware ESX
8 11 (1.82%) vCloud
9 5 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.66%) Firmware
10 4 (0.66%) ProxySG
10 4 (0.66%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.50%) Forefront TMG
11 3 (0.50%) KVM
11 3 (0.50%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
13 1 (0.17%) OpenSIPS
13 1 (0.17%) Snort
13 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 37 (6.11%) Cisco Prime
2 22 (3.63%) SCCM
3 21 (3.47%) FortiGate
4 13 (2.15%) Puppet
5 11 (1.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 9 (1.49%) SCOM
7 8 (1.32%) NetBackup
7 8 (1.32%) SolarWinds Orion
8 7 (1.16%) Backup Exec
8 7 (1.16%) Norton AntiVirus
8 7 (1.16%) OpenView
8 7 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (1.16%) vMotion
9 6 (0.99%) Cisco CUCM
10 5 (0.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 5 (0.83%) WSUS
11 4 (0.66%) Tivoli
12 3 (0.50%) Nagios
12 3 (0.50%) NSN NetAct
12 3 (0.50%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 427 (70.46%) Cisco
2 134 (22.11%) CheckPoint
3 123 (20.30%) Juniper
4 116 (19.14%) VMware
5 103 (17.00%) F5
6 71 (11.72%) Microsoft
7 56 (9.24%) Citrix
8 48 (7.92%) HP
9 46 (7.59%) Palo Alto
10 37 (6.11%) Fortinet
11 30 (4.95%) SolarWinds
12 26 (4.29%) Blue Coat
13 23 (3.80%) Remedy
14 19 (3.14%) Avaya
14 19 (3.14%) EMC
14 19 (3.14%) Huawei
15 18 (2.97%) NICE Systems
16 16 (2.64%) CA
16 16 (2.64%) IBM
16 16 (2.64%) Nortel
Fleet, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
East Sussex
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East Sussex
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 6 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: From £350 to £374 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
360 Resourcing Solutions
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago