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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 295 314 300
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -14
Contract jobs citing MPLS 418 343 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 0.61% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.10% 4.12% 4.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 198 176
Average daily rate
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£400 £366 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.28% +0.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.69% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 13
Average hourly rate £47.83 £27.50 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+73.92% +3.77%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.83 £27.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+73.92% -3.50%

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
8203 8326 7238
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.84% 14.73% 13.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4700 4525 3912
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 £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 458 421
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £39.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.36
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +0.62%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +17 386 £400 +8.10% 86
London +42 175 £421 +5.31% 23
South East -23 88 £400 +12.67% 17
City of London +31 47 £425 +13.33% 6
Berkshire -18 34 £310 -14.48% 8
Yorkshire -11 33 £315 +37.70% 11
South West +8 29 £420 +60.00% 9
West Midlands +11 26 £330 - 13
Wiltshire +15 23 £475 - 1
Hampshire +22 20 £431 +121.02% 2
North West -26 15 £464 - 3
Swindon - 15 £475 - 1
South Yorkshire -5 14 £275 -9.09% 4
Buckinghamshire +1 12 £480 +20.00% 2
Reading -12 11 £388 -7.73% 6
West Yorkshire -29 11 £375 +100.00%
Sheffield - 11 £275 - 3
Surrey -16 10 £345 -23.33% 4
Leeds -21 10 £375 -
Scotland 0 9 £413 - 4
Slough +10 8 £208 -26.54% 1
North East -25 7 £413 +71.87%
Midlands - 7 £320 -
High Wycombe - 7 £478 -
Glasgow +12 6 £413 - 4
Kent +5 6 £425 +21.42%
Durham +3 6 £413 +73.68%
East of England -12 6 £425 +26.86% 9
Portsmouth - 6 £325 -
Hook - 6 £431 -

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 611 (75.06%) Cisco
2 488 (59.95%) Firewall
3 481 (59.09%) WAN
4 424 (52.09%) LAN
5 419 (51.47%) BGP
6 414 (50.86%) Cisco Certification
7 358 (43.98%) VPN
8 345 (42.38%) OSPF
9 317 (38.94%) CCNP
10 279 (34.28%) Juniper
11 260 (31.94%) CheckPoint
12 207 (25.43%) Cisco ASA
13 202 (24.82%) Data Centre
14 180 (22.11%) F5
15 178 (21.87%) EIGRP
16 175 (21.50%) Wireless
16 175 (21.50%) TCP/IP
17 173 (21.25%) Windows
18 164 (20.15%) IPsec
18 164 (20.15%) Network Security
19 157 (19.29%) DNS
20 156 (19.16%) VLAN
21 146 (17.94%) ITIL
22 142 (17.44%) Finance
23 134 (16.46%) Ethernet
23 134 (16.46%) Cisco Nexus
24 133 (16.34%) CCNA
25 132 (16.22%) VoIP
26 129 (15.85%) Telecoms
27 125 (15.36%) VMware

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 63 (7.74%) MS Exchange
2 33 (4.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 27 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (2.70%) Lync
5 20 (2.46%) SharePoint
6 17 (2.09%) IIS
7 15 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2013
8 13 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.98%) IBM Notes
10 7 (0.86%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.61%) Apache
12 4 (0.49%) WorkSite
13 3 (0.37%) Office Communications Server
13 3 (0.37%) CMS
14 2 (0.25%) OpenStack
15 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2010
15 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
15 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 50 (6.14%) MS Office
2 39 (4.79%) MS Excel
3 37 (4.55%) MS Visio
4 17 (2.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.49%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.25%) CODA-Financials
3 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.19%) SaaS
2 17 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (1.84%) PaaS
4 14 (1.72%) Office 365
5 13 (1.60%) Amazon AWS
6 7 (0.86%) IaaS
7 4 (0.49%) OneDrive
8 3 (0.37%) Yammer
8 3 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.25%) Google Apps
9 2 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.12%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 488 (59.95%) Firewall
2 481 (59.09%) WAN
3 424 (52.09%) LAN
4 419 (51.47%) BGP
5 358 (43.98%) VPN
6 345 (42.38%) OSPF
7 207 (25.43%) Cisco ASA
8 178 (21.87%) EIGRP
9 175 (21.50%) Wireless
9 175 (21.50%) TCP/IP
10 164 (20.15%) IPsec
10 164 (20.15%) Network Security
11 157 (19.29%) DNS
12 156 (19.16%) VLAN
13 134 (16.46%) Cisco Nexus
13 134 (16.46%) Ethernet
14 132 (16.22%) VoIP
15 117 (14.37%) DHCP
16 107 (13.14%) HSRP
17 93 (11.43%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (2.21%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.35%) Big Data
3 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.37%) MySQL
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (1.84%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.12%) Subversion
2 1 (0.12%) Maven
2 1 (0.12%) JIRA
2 1 (0.12%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.12%) GCC
2 1 (0.12%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.12%) Ant
General
1 142 (17.44%) Finance
2 129 (15.85%) Telecoms
3 44 (5.41%) Banking
4 27 (3.32%) Multimedia
5 14 (1.72%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.35%) Billing
6 11 (1.35%) Retail
7 9 (1.11%) Back Office
8 8 (0.98%) Law
8 8 (0.98%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.74%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.61%) Electronics
10 5 (0.61%) Advertising
10 5 (0.61%) Legal
10 5 (0.61%) Games
11 4 (0.49%) Marketing
12 3 (0.37%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.25%) German Language
13 2 (0.25%) Publishing
14 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 375 (46.07%) Network Engineer
2 120 (14.74%) Architect
3 65 (7.99%) Senior Network Engineer
4 49 (6.02%) Analyst
5 48 (5.90%) Network Architect
6 42 (5.16%) Consultant
7 36 (4.42%) Infrastructure Architect
8 34 (4.18%) Project Manager
9 33 (4.05%) Design Engineer
10 31 (3.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 31 (3.81%) Cisco Engineer
11 28 (3.44%) Network Consultant
12 26 (3.19%) 3rd Line Support
12 26 (3.19%) Security Engineer
13 25 (3.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 24 (2.95%) Network Security Engineer
15 23 (2.83%) Network Support
15 23 (2.83%) Designer
15 23 (2.83%) IP Engineer
16 21 (2.58%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (10.32%) 802.1X
2 22 (2.70%) CSS
3 15 (1.84%) Web Services
3 15 (1.84%) XMPP
4 4 (0.49%) .NET
5 3 (0.37%) Middleware
5 3 (0.37%) boto
6 2 (0.25%) Silverlight
7 1 (0.12%) OCX
7 1 (0.12%) VXML
7 1 (0.12%) LAMP
7 1 (0.12%) COM
7 1 (0.12%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 202 (24.82%) Data Centre
2 44 (5.41%) PKI
3 34 (4.18%) Blackberry
4 30 (3.69%) Analytical Skills
5 28 (3.44%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (3.07%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 23 (2.83%) Computer Science
8 19 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (1.97%) Management Information System
10 14 (1.72%) Thin Client
10 14 (1.72%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.11%) Smart Meter
12 8 (0.98%) Cryptography
12 8 (0.98%) e-Health
12 8 (0.98%) Eurex
12 8 (0.98%) User Experience
12 8 (0.98%) Public Cloud
13 7 (0.86%) EMC VNX
13 7 (0.86%) IVR
13 7 (0.86%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 173 (21.25%) Windows
2 71 (8.72%) Linux
3 66 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 65 (7.99%) Windows 7
5 59 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
6 45 (5.53%) UNIX
7 29 (3.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.11%) Windows XP
10 3 (0.37%) Android
10 3 (0.37%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.37%) CentOS
11 2 (0.25%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.25%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.25%) Windows CE
11 2 (0.25%) VMS
11 2 (0.25%) HPUX
11 2 (0.25%) Solaris
12 1 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (17.94%) ITIL
2 111 (13.64%) Load Balancing
3 98 (12.04%) Network Design
4 87 (10.69%) Project Management
5 79 (9.71%) Migration
6 77 (9.46%) Network Management
7 63 (7.74%) Service Management
8 46 (5.65%) Disaster Recovery
9 45 (5.53%) Service Delivery
10 42 (5.16%) Performance Management
11 37 (4.55%) PRINCE2
12 35 (4.30%) BCP
13 33 (4.05%) Business Continuity
13 33 (4.05%) Problem Management
13 33 (4.05%) Network Monitoring
14 32 (3.93%) Capacity Planning
15 30 (3.69%) WAN Optimisation
16 26 (3.19%) ITSM
17 25 (3.07%) Business Continuity Planning
18 24 (2.95%) DDoS Mitigation
Programming Languages
1 34 (4.18%) SQL
2 11 (1.35%) VB
2 11 (1.35%) Python
3 10 (1.23%) PowerShell
4 8 (0.98%) C
5 7 (0.86%) Perl
6 6 (0.74%) Lisp
6 6 (0.74%) Ruby
7 4 (0.49%) Java
7 4 (0.49%) C#
8 3 (0.37%) C++
8 3 (0.37%) PHP
8 3 (0.37%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.37%) VBScript
9 2 (0.25%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 414 (50.86%) Cisco Certification
2 317 (38.94%) CCNP
3 133 (16.34%) CCNA
4 118 (14.50%) CCIE
5 92 (11.30%) Security Cleared
6 69 (8.48%) SC Cleared
7 64 (7.86%) Degree
8 31 (3.81%) Microsoft Certification
9 30 (3.69%) CCDP
10 25 (3.07%) JNCIP
11 22 (2.70%) CCIP
12 21 (2.58%) DV Cleared
13 19 (2.33%) MCSE
14 18 (2.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 18 (2.21%) JNCIE
15 16 (1.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 13 (1.60%) JNCIA
16 13 (1.60%) JNCIS
17 11 (1.35%) CISSP
17 11 (1.35%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.19%) SLA
2 12 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (1.47%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.49%) QA
4 3 (0.37%) BS25999
5 2 (0.25%) PMBOK
System Software
1 112 (13.76%) Active Directory
2 89 (10.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (5.65%) vSphere
4 41 (5.04%) Hyper-V
5 31 (3.81%) XenApp
6 28 (3.44%) NLBS
7 14 (1.72%) XenServer
7 14 (1.72%) Xen
8 11 (1.35%) XenDesktop
9 10 (1.23%) vCloud
10 7 (0.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (0.49%) NFS
11 4 (0.49%) VMware ESX
11 4 (0.49%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.25%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.25%) Squid
13 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.12%) Firmware
13 1 (0.12%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 42 (5.16%) Cisco CUCM
2 30 (3.69%) CiscoWorks
3 29 (3.56%) WSUS
4 22 (2.70%) FortiGate
5 19 (2.33%) RANCID
6 17 (2.09%) OpenView
7 15 (1.84%) SCCM
8 11 (1.35%) SolarWinds Orion
8 11 (1.35%) AirWatch
9 8 (0.98%) CA Spectrum
9 8 (0.98%) Cacti
10 7 (0.86%) OPNET
10 7 (0.86%) Tivoli
10 7 (0.86%) Cisco UCCX
11 6 (0.74%) NetCrunch
12 5 (0.61%) Cisco IPCC
12 5 (0.61%) Foglight
13 4 (0.49%) Netcool
13 4 (0.49%) Puppet
13 4 (0.49%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 611 (75.06%) Cisco
2 279 (34.28%) Juniper
3 260 (31.94%) CheckPoint
4 180 (22.11%) F5
5 125 (15.36%) VMware
6 108 (13.27%) SolarWinds
7 104 (12.78%) Microsoft
8 97 (11.92%) Citrix
9 70 (8.60%) HP
10 53 (6.51%) Aruba
11 49 (6.02%) Riverbed
12 46 (5.65%) Blue Coat
13 39 (4.79%) Infoblox
14 37 (4.55%) Avaya
15 32 (3.93%) Fortinet
16 31 (3.81%) McAfee
17 29 (3.56%) Brocade
18 28 (3.44%) BT
18 28 (3.44%) IBM
19 26 (3.19%) NetApp
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