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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 283 352 323
Rank change year-on-year
+69 -29
Contract jobs citing MPLS 401 256 240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.49% 0.51%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.05% 3.71% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 137 104
Average daily rate
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90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £214 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £505 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 5
Average hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +93.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.20 £45.00 £12.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £45.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +93.54%

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +62 385 £350 -6.66% 120
London +70 170 £350 -12.50% 35
South East -24 83 £398 +29.79% 47
Berkshire +2 51 £398 +84.88% 15
West Midlands +14 39 £325 -21.68% 12
City of London +18 33 £338 -10.00% 17
North West 0 31 £463 +60.86% 9
Birmingham +17 27 £325 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire +3 27 £300 -17.24% 5
Manchester -1 17 £290 - 7
East of England +10 14 £350 +15.22% 6
East Midlands +1 14 £413 -
Maidenhead +17 13 £398 -
Buckinghamshire +1 11 £335 +16.52% 8
North Yorkshire - 10 £293 -
West Yorkshire -11 9 £350 -3.44% 4
Leeds -14 9 £350 -3.44% 4
Harrogate - 9 £293 -
South West +16 8 £360 +10.76% 7
Newbury +1 7 £290 +65.71% 3
Scotland -3 7 £340 +11.47% 4
Surrey -4 7 £394 -12.50% 8
Hampshire -8 7 £450 +81.81% 7
Cheshire -8 7 £500 +73.91% 1
Milton Keynes +5 6 - - 1
Hertfordshire +4 6 £310 - 2
Shropshire -3 6 £313 -25.59%
Nottingham -3 6 £650 -
Nottinghamshire -5 6 £650 -
Wiltshire - 6 £375 - 4

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 624 (78.49%) Cisco
2 422 (53.08%) Cisco Certification
3 420 (52.83%) Firewall
4 411 (51.70%) WAN
5 375 (47.17%) BGP
6 367 (46.16%) LAN
7 344 (43.27%) VPN
8 324 (40.75%) OSPF
9 318 (40.00%) CCNP
10 286 (35.97%) Juniper
11 209 (26.29%) CheckPoint
12 202 (25.41%) Wireless
13 191 (24.03%) Cisco ASA
14 180 (22.64%) F5
15 168 (21.13%) Windows
16 165 (20.75%) CCNA
17 152 (19.12%) Telecoms
18 142 (17.86%) Network Security
19 141 (17.74%) EIGRP
20 138 (17.36%) CCIE
21 137 (17.23%) Cisco Nexus
22 131 (16.48%) Ethernet
23 127 (15.97%) Finance
24 124 (15.60%) TCP/IP
25 120 (15.09%) VMware
26 116 (14.59%) IPsec
26 116 (14.59%) ITIL
27 115 (14.47%) Microsoft
28 109 (13.71%) DNS
28 109 (13.71%) Active Directory

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 42 (5.28%) MS Exchange
2 27 (3.40%) IIS
3 22 (2.77%) Lync
4 20 (2.52%) SharePoint
4 20 (2.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 19 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.13%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (0.88%) IBM Notes
9 4 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
10 3 (0.38%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.25%) CMS
11 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.25%) Apache
12 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.13%) JBoss
12 1 (0.13%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 46 (5.79%) MS Visio
2 37 (4.65%) MS Excel
3 34 (4.28%) MS Office
4 16 (2.01%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.50%) MS Project
6 3 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.25%) SAP CRM
2 2 (0.25%) CODA-Financials
3 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 15 (1.89%) SaaS
2 11 (1.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.38%) PaaS
3 9 (1.13%) Office 365
4 8 (1.01%) IaaS
5 7 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (0.50%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.25%) Yammer
8 2 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 420 (52.83%) Firewall
2 411 (51.70%) WAN
3 375 (47.17%) BGP
4 367 (46.16%) LAN
5 344 (43.27%) VPN
6 324 (40.75%) OSPF
7 202 (25.41%) Wireless
8 191 (24.03%) Cisco ASA
9 142 (17.86%) Network Security
10 141 (17.74%) EIGRP
11 137 (17.23%) Cisco Nexus
12 131 (16.48%) Ethernet
13 124 (15.60%) TCP/IP
14 116 (14.59%) IPsec
15 109 (13.71%) DNS
16 107 (13.46%) Internet
17 99 (12.45%) VLAN
18 97 (12.20%) VoIP
19 84 (10.57%) HSRP
20 74 (9.31%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (3.52%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.26%) Big Data
2 10 (1.26%) Oracle Database
3 3 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.25%) DB2
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.13%) MySQL
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (0.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.13%) Valgrind
2 1 (0.13%) GCC
2 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
General
1 152 (19.12%) Telecoms
2 127 (15.97%) Finance
3 45 (5.66%) Banking
4 29 (3.65%) Investment Banking
5 19 (2.39%) Multimedia
6 17 (2.14%) Back Office
7 13 (1.64%) Games
8 10 (1.26%) Retail
9 9 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.88%) Financial Institution
10 7 (0.88%) Law
10 7 (0.88%) Billing
11 6 (0.75%) Publishing
12 5 (0.63%) Marketing
13 4 (0.50%) German Language
14 2 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.25%) Local Government
14 2 (0.25%) Electronics
15 1 (0.13%) Legal
15 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 345 (43.40%) Network Engineer
2 118 (14.84%) Architect
3 64 (8.05%) IP Engineer
4 57 (7.17%) Consultant
5 56 (7.04%) Analyst
6 46 (5.79%) Network Architect
7 43 (5.41%) Infrastructure Architect
8 38 (4.78%) Senior Network Engineer
9 31 (3.90%) Security Engineer
10 30 (3.77%) Network Analyst
11 29 (3.65%) Operations Engineer
11 29 (3.65%) Implementation Engineer
12 27 (3.40%) Project Manager
13 26 (3.27%) Network Support
13 26 (3.27%) Network Consultant
14 25 (3.14%) Cisco Engineer
14 25 (3.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 25 (3.14%) IP Network Engineer
15 23 (2.89%) Design Engineer
16 22 (2.77%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.26%) Web Services
1 10 (1.26%) CSS
2 7 (0.88%) XMPP
3 5 (0.63%) .NET
4 3 (0.38%) VXML
5 2 (0.25%) Silverlight
5 2 (0.25%) boto
6 1 (0.13%) Boost C++ Libraries
6 1 (0.13%) STL
6 1 (0.13%) J2EE
6 1 (0.13%) COM
6 1 (0.13%) Middleware
6 1 (0.13%) OCX
6 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.13%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.13%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 38 (4.78%) PKI
2 33 (4.15%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (3.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 25 (3.14%) Video Conferencing
5 23 (2.89%) Blackberry
6 16 (2.01%) Clustering
6 16 (2.01%) Replication
7 14 (1.76%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.26%) Online Games
8 10 (1.26%) Public Cloud
9 9 (1.13%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.01%) Celerra
10 8 (1.01%) Fat Client
10 8 (1.01%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.01%) Thin Client
10 8 (1.01%) Open Source
10 8 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (0.88%) e-Health
11 7 (0.88%) CMDB
12 6 (0.75%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 168 (21.13%) Windows
2 62 (7.80%) Linux
3 54 (6.79%) Windows 7
4 50 (6.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 45 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 43 (5.41%) UNIX
7 34 (4.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (1.26%) Solaris
9 9 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.01%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.25%) Windows CE
12 2 (0.25%) VMS
12 2 (0.25%) CentOS
12 2 (0.25%) Android
12 2 (0.25%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.25%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.13%) AIX
13 1 (0.13%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (14.59%) ITIL
2 101 (12.70%) Load Balancing
3 82 (10.31%) Migration
4 75 (9.43%) Network Design
5 67 (8.43%) Network Management
6 62 (7.80%) Service Delivery
7 57 (7.17%) Project Management
8 54 (6.79%) Service Management
9 44 (5.53%) Disaster Recovery
10 42 (5.28%) E-Commerce
11 34 (4.28%) Network Monitoring
12 32 (4.03%) Business Continuity
13 29 (3.65%) Configuration Management
14 27 (3.40%) Low Latency
14 27 (3.40%) Incident Management
15 26 (3.27%) PRINCE2
15 26 (3.27%) DDoS Mitigation
16 25 (3.14%) Mentoring
17 24 (3.02%) Change Control
18 23 (2.89%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 32 (4.03%) SQL
2 24 (3.02%) C
3 18 (2.26%) Python
4 12 (1.51%) Perl
5 9 (1.13%) Java
5 9 (1.13%) Lisp
6 7 (0.88%) PowerShell
7 6 (0.75%) Ruby
8 4 (0.50%) C#
8 4 (0.50%) C++
9 3 (0.38%) PHP
10 2 (0.25%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.25%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.13%) R
11 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.13%) VBScript
11 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 422 (53.08%) Cisco Certification
2 318 (40.00%) CCNP
3 165 (20.75%) CCNA
4 138 (17.36%) CCIE
5 82 (10.31%) Security Cleared
6 66 (8.30%) SC Cleared
7 59 (7.42%) CCIP
8 47 (5.91%) Degree
9 39 (4.91%) CCDP
10 35 (4.40%) JNCIP
11 26 (3.27%) Microsoft Certification
12 25 (3.14%) JNCIA
13 15 (1.89%) DV Cleared
13 15 (1.89%) MCSE
14 13 (1.64%) JNCIE
15 12 (1.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 12 (1.51%) CISSP
16 11 (1.38%) BC Cleared
16 11 (1.38%) JNCIS
17 9 (1.13%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (4.40%) SLA
2 16 (2.01%) PCI DSS
3 14 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.63%) QA
5 3 (0.38%) BS25999
6 1 (0.13%) PMBOK
System Software
1 109 (13.71%) Active Directory
2 79 (9.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (6.29%) Hyper-V
4 42 (5.28%) vSphere
5 28 (3.52%) XenApp
6 21 (2.64%) vCloud
7 15 (1.89%) Terminal Services
8 13 (1.64%) XenServer
8 13 (1.64%) NLBS
9 11 (1.38%) VMware ESX
10 10 (1.26%) Xen
11 8 (1.01%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 5 (0.63%) XenDesktop
13 4 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (0.25%) Firmware
14 2 (0.25%) NFS
14 2 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
15 1 (0.13%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.13%) ISA Server
15 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 28 (3.52%) CiscoWorks
2 26 (3.27%) Cisco CUCM
3 20 (2.52%) FortiGate
4 17 (2.14%) RANCID
5 15 (1.89%) SCCM
6 14 (1.76%) WSUS
7 11 (1.38%) OpenView
8 9 (1.13%) AirWatch
8 9 (1.13%) OPNET
9 6 (0.75%) Netcool
10 5 (0.63%) CA Spectrum
10 5 (0.63%) Cisco UCCE
10 5 (0.63%) SolarWinds Orion
10 5 (0.63%) TrustSec
11 4 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
11 4 (0.50%) SCOM
12 3 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (0.38%) Windows Intune
12 3 (0.38%) Puppet
12 3 (0.38%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 624 (78.49%) Cisco
2 286 (35.97%) Juniper
3 209 (26.29%) CheckPoint
4 180 (22.64%) F5
5 120 (15.09%) VMware
6 115 (14.47%) Microsoft
7 106 (13.33%) SolarWinds
8 84 (10.57%) Citrix
9 67 (8.43%) HP
10 46 (5.79%) Blue Coat
11 41 (5.16%) BT
12 39 (4.91%) Riverbed
13 38 (4.78%) Fortinet
13 38 (4.78%) Aruba
14 37 (4.65%) IBM
15 36 (4.53%) Avaya
16 35 (4.40%) Infoblox
17 29 (3.65%) McAfee
18 25 (3.14%) Brocade
19 24 (3.02%) NetApp
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Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Imperative People
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £425 - £495 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Stott & May
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: Unspecified Market rate
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Fleet, Hampshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: Yesterday
Hounslow, Middlesex
The Resourcing Hub
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day £500 - £600 a day
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
Montash
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Middlesex
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £440 - £450 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Berkshire
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £375 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Greater Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £1 - £2 per day + Open
Posted: 10 days ago
West Midlands
Jumar Solutions
Rate: Attractive
Posted: 10 days ago
Oxfordshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + Please quote
Posted: 13 days ago
Birmingham
iKonnect
Rate: £340 - £360 per annum
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