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 26 November 2014 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 280 306 298
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -8
Contract jobs citing MPLS 392 307 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.93% 4.40% 3.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 161 132
Average daily rate
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£350 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £505 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.75% +1.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 5 15
Average hourly rate £26.25 £23.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.70% -9.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.75 £16.20 £18.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.25 £40.00 £37.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £29.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-8.62% +11.53%

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
7954 6972 8102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.19% 13.48% 15.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4570 3836 3886
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 430 460 634
Average hourly rate £22.68 £20.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.30 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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 +36 371 £350 -12.50% 101
London +60 160 £363 -14.70% 37
South East 0 96 £348 -13.12% 27
Berkshire +2 44 £280 -30.00% 10
South West +3 42 £395 +42.34% 7
City of London +37 34 £375 -16.66% 12
North West +6 28 £340 -15.00% 8
Devon - 27 £425 -
Manchester +2 25 £340 +4.61% 6
West Midlands -38 17 £245 -18.33% 2
Milton Keynes +1 16 £406 -1.51% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 16 £406 -7.14% 2
East of England -17 16 £355 +20.33% 13
Plymouth - 15 £450 -
Surrey 0 14 £346 -13.43% 4
Reading +17 12 £350 -12.50% 5
Bracknell -1 11 £263 +9.58% 3
Yorkshire -6 11 £300 -22.58% 6
Guildford -10 8 £368 +47.00%
Hertfordshire -15 8 £355 +20.33% 6
Hampshire -25 8 £285 -24.00% 6
Scotland -9 7 £250 -28.57% 3
East Sussex 0 6 £308 -5.38%
South Yorkshire - 6 £325 -
Birmingham +2 5 £338 +36.36% 1
West Yorkshire 0 5 £294 -24.19% 1
Gloucestershire -12 5 £300 -7.69% 2
Wiltshire - 5 - - 3
Edinburgh - 5 £250 -
Newbury - 5 £235 -

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 November 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.

1 540 (73.57%) Cisco
2 390 (53.13%) Firewall
3 382 (52.04%) WAN
4 323 (44.01%) Cisco Certification
5 312 (42.51%) LAN
6 306 (41.69%) BGP
7 264 (35.97%) OSPF
8 254 (34.60%) VPN
9 210 (28.61%) CCNP
10 174 (23.71%) Windows
11 172 (23.43%) CheckPoint
12 170 (23.16%) Telecoms
13 169 (23.02%) Juniper
14 134 (18.26%) CCNA
15 130 (17.71%) ITIL
16 124 (16.89%) Microsoft
17 122 (16.62%) Active Directory
18 119 (16.21%) CCIE
18 119 (16.21%) Ethernet
19 117 (15.94%) Cisco Nexus
20 111 (15.12%) F5
21 108 (14.71%) VoIP
22 105 (14.31%) VMware
23 103 (14.03%) Migration
24 102 (13.90%) DNS
24 102 (13.90%) Cisco ASA
25 100 (13.62%) EIGRP
25 100 (13.62%) Network Design
26 95 (12.94%) TCP/IP
27 90 (12.26%) IPsec

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 59 (8.04%) MS Exchange
2 34 (4.63%) SharePoint
3 26 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 25 (3.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 19 (2.59%) IIS
6 14 (1.91%) Lync
7 12 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2007
8 11 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.23%) Office Communications Server
9 9 (1.23%) WebSphere
10 8 (1.09%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.27%) Apache
11 2 (0.27%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.14%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.14%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 51 (6.95%) MS Excel
2 46 (6.27%) MS Office
3 34 (4.63%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.50%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.68%) MS Project
6 4 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.27%) EPLAN
Business Applications
1 7 (0.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.27%) Summit
4 1 (0.14%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (1.63%) Office 365
3 8 (1.09%) IaaS
4 6 (0.82%) PaaS
5 5 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (0.54%) IBM SmartCloud
7 3 (0.41%) SaaS
8 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 390 (53.13%) Firewall
2 382 (52.04%) WAN
3 312 (42.51%) LAN
4 306 (41.69%) BGP
5 264 (35.97%) OSPF
6 254 (34.60%) VPN
7 119 (16.21%) Ethernet
8 117 (15.94%) Cisco Nexus
9 108 (14.71%) VoIP
10 102 (13.90%) DNS
10 102 (13.90%) Cisco ASA
11 100 (13.62%) EIGRP
12 95 (12.94%) TCP/IP
13 90 (12.26%) IPsec
14 89 (12.13%) VLAN
14 89 (12.13%) Wireless
15 85 (11.58%) Network Security
16 78 (10.63%) Internet
17 70 (9.54%) SAN
18 62 (8.45%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (4.36%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.23%) Oracle Database
3 8 (1.09%) Oracle Database 10g
4 6 (0.82%) Big Data
5 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.27%) MarkLogic
6 2 (0.27%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Exadata
7 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.14%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.14%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 9 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (1.09%) Toad
3 5 (0.68%) GDB
4 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
General
1 170 (23.16%) Telecoms
2 86 (11.72%) Finance
3 29 (3.95%) Banking
4 20 (2.72%) Retail
5 14 (1.91%) Law
6 13 (1.77%) Investment Banking
7 12 (1.63%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.36%) Marketing
9 8 (1.09%) Billing
10 7 (0.95%) Electronics
10 7 (0.95%) Games
11 6 (0.82%) Local Government
12 4 (0.54%) French Language
13 3 (0.41%) Dutch Language
14 2 (0.27%) Advertising
14 2 (0.27%) Legal
14 2 (0.27%) German Language
15 1 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
15 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.14%) Military
Job Titles
1 212 (28.88%) Network Engineer
2 86 (11.72%) Analyst
3 82 (11.17%) Architect
4 49 (6.68%) IP Engineer
5 48 (6.54%) Project Manager
5 48 (6.54%) Design Engineer
6 47 (6.40%) Consultant
7 39 (5.31%) Network Analyst
8 38 (5.18%) Network Support
9 35 (4.77%) Cisco Engineer
10 32 (4.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 29 (3.95%) Network Specialist
12 26 (3.54%) Solutions Architect
12 26 (3.54%) Network Consultant
13 24 (3.27%) Support Engineer
13 24 (3.27%) Implementation Engineer
14 21 (2.86%) Senior Network Engineer
15 19 (2.59%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 17 (2.32%) Network Architect
16 17 (2.32%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.50%) Web Services
2 8 (1.09%) XML
2 8 (1.09%) JMS
2 8 (1.09%) SOAP
2 8 (1.09%) JAXB
2 8 (1.09%) WSDL
3 3 (0.41%) XMPP
3 3 (0.41%) CSS
4 1 (0.14%) TAPI
4 1 (0.14%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 1 (0.14%) jQuery
4 1 (0.14%) HTML
4 1 (0.14%) .NET
4 1 (0.14%) J2EE
4 1 (0.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 28 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (3.54%) Blackberry
3 22 (3.00%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.86%) PKI
4 21 (2.86%) Video Conferencing
5 16 (2.18%) Thin Client
5 16 (2.18%) Fat Client
6 11 (1.50%) Replication
7 10 (1.36%) Clustering
8 9 (1.23%) e-Health
9 7 (0.95%) Online Games
10 6 (0.82%) DTV
10 6 (0.82%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.82%) Smart Meter
11 5 (0.68%) Streaming Media
11 5 (0.68%) IVR
11 5 (0.68%) Handset
12 4 (0.54%) EPoS
12 4 (0.54%) Life Science
12 4 (0.54%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 174 (23.71%) Windows
2 74 (10.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 59 (8.04%) Linux
4 50 (6.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 35 (4.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (4.63%) Windows 7
7 33 (4.50%) UNIX
8 18 (2.45%) Windows XP
9 14 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (1.50%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.68%) Windows Vista
12 4 (0.54%) CentOS
13 3 (0.41%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.27%) Solaris
14 2 (0.27%) SUSE
14 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.14%) VMS
15 1 (0.14%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (17.71%) ITIL
2 103 (14.03%) Migration
3 100 (13.62%) Network Design
4 88 (11.99%) Load Balancing
5 72 (9.81%) Network Management
6 64 (8.72%) Project Management
7 47 (6.40%) Network Architecture
8 46 (6.27%) Change Management
9 45 (6.13%) Network Monitoring
10 44 (5.99%) Service Delivery
11 36 (4.90%) Service Management
11 36 (4.90%) PRINCE2
12 32 (4.36%) Performance Management
13 28 (3.81%) Disaster Recovery
14 26 (3.54%) Problem Management
14 26 (3.54%) Mentoring
15 23 (3.13%) Stakeholder Management
15 23 (3.13%) High Availability
16 22 (3.00%) Validation
17 20 (2.72%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 30 (4.09%) SQL
2 10 (1.36%) Java
3 8 (1.09%) PL/SQL
4 7 (0.95%) C
5 6 (0.82%) Perl
5 6 (0.82%) Python
6 4 (0.54%) Embedded C
7 2 (0.27%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.27%) Progress 4GL
7 2 (0.27%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.14%) C#
8 1 (0.14%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.14%) VB
8 1 (0.14%) VBA
8 1 (0.14%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 323 (44.01%) Cisco Certification
2 210 (28.61%) CCNP
3 134 (18.26%) CCNA
4 119 (16.21%) CCIE
5 77 (10.49%) Security Cleared
6 70 (9.54%) SC Cleared
7 36 (4.90%) CCDP
8 27 (3.68%) CCIP
9 25 (3.41%) CISSP
10 23 (3.13%) Degree
11 17 (2.32%) JNCIP
11 17 (2.32%) CCSP
11 17 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (1.91%) MCSE
13 12 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 11 (1.50%) Check Point Certification
15 10 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
15 10 (1.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 10 (1.36%) JNCIA
16 9 (1.23%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.95%) SLA
2 15 (2.04%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.95%) QA
4 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.14%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 122 (16.62%) Active Directory
2 59 (8.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.18%) Hyper-V
4 37 (5.04%) vSphere
5 29 (3.95%) XenApp
6 18 (2.45%) NLBS
7 17 (2.32%) Xen
8 11 (1.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 9 (1.23%) XenDesktop
9 9 (1.23%) ProxySG
10 8 (1.09%) XenServer
10 8 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
12 4 (0.54%) Firmware
12 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.41%) VMware ESX
13 3 (0.41%) NFS
14 2 (0.27%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.27%) vCloud
15 1 (0.14%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 26 (3.54%) Cisco CUCM
2 21 (2.86%) WSUS
3 17 (2.32%) FortiGate
3 17 (2.32%) Cisco Prime
4 15 (2.04%) CA Spectrum
5 9 (1.23%) MOM
6 7 (0.95%) CiscoWorks
7 5 (0.68%) Backup Exec
7 5 (0.68%) Netcool
8 4 (0.54%) SCCM
9 3 (0.41%) SolarWinds Orion
9 3 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.41%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.41%) Foglight
9 3 (0.41%) OpenView
9 3 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (0.27%) Nagios
10 2 (0.27%) Cisco IPCC
10 2 (0.27%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.27%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 540 (73.57%) Cisco
2 172 (23.43%) CheckPoint
3 169 (23.02%) Juniper
4 124 (16.89%) Microsoft
5 111 (15.12%) F5
6 105 (14.31%) VMware
7 66 (8.99%) HP
7 66 (8.99%) Citrix
8 44 (5.99%) BT
9 39 (5.31%) Nokia
10 35 (4.77%) Blue Coat
11 34 (4.63%) SolarWinds
11 34 (4.63%) Avaya
12 29 (3.95%) Nortel
13 28 (3.81%) Riverbed
14 20 (2.72%) Oracle
15 18 (2.45%) Radware
15 18 (2.45%) Redback
16 17 (2.32%) Huawei
16 17 (2.32%) IBM
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