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 25 February 2017 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
Rank 307 302 287
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -15
Contract jobs citing MPLS 324 388 394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.72% 0.75% 0.75%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.83% 5.12% 5.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 261 242
Median daily rate £400 £388 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.89% +20.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 9
Median hourly rate £37.50 £42.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.28% +42.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.90 £30.20 £17.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.30 £45.90 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.79% +43.33%

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
6711 7583 7851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.99% 14.58% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4187 4469 4290
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 324 451
Median hourly rate £23.95 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.16% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-38.57% +32.07%

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 25 February 2017.

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 25 February 2017.

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 25 February 2017. 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 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 -1 291 £400 +1.26% 83
London +24 123 £400 -18.98% 36
South East -13 91 £413 +11.86% 14
Berkshire -2 34 £374 -14.13% 1
North West +35 22 £376 -37.41% 12
Hampshire -17 21 £550 +46.66% 4
Manchester +24 17 £350 -41.66% 10
City of London +15 15 £400 - 7
West Midlands +2 15 £360 -20.00% 9
Scotland +19 14 £375 +87.50% 1
East of England -2 14 £450 +24.13% 2
Croydon +12 12 £450 +33.33% 1
South West -25 12 £380 +4.82% 2
Birmingham +12 11 £299 - 6
Aberdeen 0 11 £390 -
West Sussex +1 10 £413 -13.15%
Fareham -12 10 £550 -12.00% 1
Crawley +15 9 £400 -15.78%
Reading -6 9 £320 -34.35% 1
East Midlands +15 7 £275 +139.13% 1
Buckinghamshire +5 7 £381 -15.27% 2
Milton Keynes 0 7 £381 -15.27% 1
Bristol -5 7 £370 -1.33%
Slough - 6 £444 -
Basingstoke +18 5 £218 - 3
Middlesex +11 5 £335 -23.42%
Hertfordshire -4 5 £475 -2.56% 2
Yorkshire +8 4 £413 +33.06% 6
Oxfordshire -1 4 £400 +68.42% 2
Surrey -5 4 £500 +72.41% 3

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, 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.

1 446 (73.23%) Cisco
2 323 (53.04%) Firewall
3 311 (51.07%) Cisco Certification
4 271 (44.50%) WAN
5 232 (38.10%) BGP
6 227 (37.27%) LAN
7 211 (34.65%) OSPF
8 194 (31.86%) CCNP
9 178 (29.23%) Data Centre
10 159 (26.11%) VPN
11 141 (23.15%) CCNA
12 136 (22.33%) Juniper
13 135 (22.17%) Cisco Nexus
14 134 (22.00%) TCP/IP
15 133 (21.84%) F5
16 127 (20.85%) CheckPoint
17 121 (19.87%) DNS
18 118 (19.38%) VMware
19 112 (18.39%) ITIL
20 109 (17.90%) Wireless
21 105 (17.24%) Cisco ASA
22 102 (16.75%) Windows
23 99 (16.26%) CCIE
24 98 (16.09%) Network Security
25 93 (15.27%) Internet
26 90 (14.78%) VLAN
27 87 (14.29%) Telecoms
28 84 (13.79%) Finance
29 79 (12.97%) Ethernet
30 77 (12.64%) VoIP

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 19 (3.12%) MS Exchange
2 17 (2.79%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (1.15%) Apache
4 7 (1.15%) IIS
4 7 (1.15%) Skype for Business
4 7 (1.15%) Tomcat
5 6 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (0.82%) CMS
7 4 (0.66%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.66%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.49%) JBoss
8 3 (0.49%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.33%) SAS
10 1 (0.16%) CloudStack
10 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.16%) Site Server
Applications
1 25 (4.11%) MS Visio
2 20 (3.28%) MS Excel
3 6 (0.99%) MS Office
4 1 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 21 (3.45%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.66%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 44 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (3.78%) Office 365
3 22 (3.61%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (2.30%) IaaS
5 9 (1.48%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (1.48%) SaaS
6 7 (1.15%) PaaS
7 6 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.16%) Akamai
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.16%) Bluemix
9 1 (0.16%) CloudFront
9 1 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 323 (53.04%) Firewall
2 271 (44.50%) WAN
3 232 (38.10%) BGP
4 227 (37.27%) LAN
5 211 (34.65%) OSPF
6 159 (26.11%) VPN
7 135 (22.17%) Cisco Nexus
8 134 (22.00%) TCP/IP
9 121 (19.87%) DNS
10 109 (17.90%) Wireless
11 105 (17.24%) Cisco ASA
12 98 (16.09%) Network Security
13 93 (15.27%) Internet
14 90 (14.78%) VLAN
15 79 (12.97%) Ethernet
16 77 (12.64%) VoIP
17 73 (11.99%) IPsec
18 63 (10.34%) DHCP
19 58 (9.52%) EIGRP
20 57 (9.36%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.33%) DB2
3 2 (0.33%) MySQL
4 1 (0.16%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (0.99%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.66%) JIRA
3 2 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.16%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.16%) Selenium
4 1 (0.16%) WebDriver
General
1 87 (14.29%) Telecoms
2 84 (13.79%) Finance
3 36 (5.91%) Banking
4 28 (4.60%) Retail
5 14 (2.30%) Billing
6 10 (1.64%) Legal
7 8 (1.31%) Electronics
8 7 (1.15%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.82%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.82%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.82%) Multimedia
10 4 (0.66%) Advertising
10 4 (0.66%) Marketing
10 4 (0.66%) Military
11 3 (0.49%) German Language
12 2 (0.33%) Back Office
12 2 (0.33%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.16%) Automotive
13 1 (0.16%) Law
13 1 (0.16%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 260 (42.69%) Network Engineer
2 111 (18.23%) Architect
3 66 (10.84%) Cisco Engineer
4 57 (9.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 51 (8.37%) Network Architect
6 44 (7.22%) Analyst
7 40 (6.57%) Senior Network Engineer
8 35 (5.75%) Network Analyst
9 31 (5.09%) Firewall Engineer
10 29 (4.76%) Project Manager
10 29 (4.76%) Security Engineer
11 28 (4.60%) Cisco Architect
11 28 (4.60%) Network Security Architect
11 28 (4.60%) Security Architect
12 27 (4.43%) Infrastructure Architect
13 24 (3.94%) Network Security Engineer
14 22 (3.61%) Cisco Network Architect
14 22 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 21 (3.45%) Support Engineer
16 20 (3.28%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (8.54%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.48%) Middleware
3 8 (1.31%) SOAP
3 8 (1.31%) Web Services
4 5 (0.82%) XMPP
5 4 (0.66%) J2EE
6 3 (0.49%) COM
6 3 (0.49%) JSON
7 2 (0.33%) .NET
7 2 (0.33%) REST
7 2 (0.33%) RESTful
7 2 (0.33%) RFC 2544
7 2 (0.33%) RFC 2547
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.16%) Core Data
8 1 (0.16%) Kafka
8 1 (0.16%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (0.16%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.16%) OpenDaylight
Miscellaneous
1 178 (29.23%) Data Centre
2 46 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.27%) Management Information System
4 25 (4.11%) CMDB
5 21 (3.45%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 14 (2.30%) Clustering
7 14 (2.30%) PKI
8 12 (1.97%) IVR
9 10 (1.64%) Replication
9 10 (1.64%) Virtual Team
10 8 (1.31%) e-Health
10 8 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (1.31%) IPTV
10 8 (1.31%) Over-the-Top Content
10 8 (1.31%) RSA SecurID
10 8 (1.31%) STB
10 8 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
10 8 (1.31%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 102 (16.75%) Windows
2 72 (11.82%) Windows Server
3 43 (7.06%) Unix
4 33 (5.42%) Linux
5 28 (4.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (4.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (2.79%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (2.13%) CatOS
9 5 (0.82%) Android
10 3 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.49%) Solaris
10 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.33%) FreeBSD
11 2 (0.33%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.33%) MVS
11 2 (0.33%) VMS
11 2 (0.33%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.16%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (18.39%) ITIL
2 76 (12.48%) Network Design
3 66 (10.84%) Migration
4 60 (9.85%) Project Management
5 52 (8.54%) Network Management
6 50 (8.21%) Load Balancing
7 35 (5.75%) PRINCE2
8 33 (5.42%) Change Management
9 32 (5.25%) Problem Management
10 29 (4.76%) Network Monitoring
11 28 (4.60%) Configuration Management
11 28 (4.60%) Service Management
12 25 (4.11%) Incident Management
13 24 (3.94%) Information Security
14 23 (3.78%) Capacity Management
14 23 (3.78%) High Availability
15 22 (3.61%) ITIL V3
15 22 (3.61%) Network Architecture
16 20 (3.28%) Presales
17 19 (3.12%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (2.30%) SQL
2 11 (1.81%) C
2 11 (1.81%) Perl
2 11 (1.81%) Python
3 8 (1.31%) PowerShell
4 3 (0.49%) Java
5 2 (0.33%) JCL
5 2 (0.33%) Lisp
5 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.16%) C#
6 1 (0.16%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.16%) PHP
Qualifications
1 311 (51.07%) Cisco Certification
2 194 (31.86%) CCNP
3 141 (23.15%) CCNA
4 99 (16.26%) CCIE
5 55 (9.03%) Security Cleared
6 42 (6.90%) SC Cleared
7 32 (5.25%) MCSE
7 32 (5.25%) Microsoft Certification
8 24 (3.94%) CCDP
8 24 (3.94%) JNCIA
9 21 (3.45%) Degree
10 17 (2.79%) CCIP
11 16 (2.63%) CCSP
12 14 (2.30%) CISSP
13 11 (1.81%) JNCIE
13 11 (1.81%) JNCIP
14 7 (1.15%) CCDA
14 7 (1.15%) GCIH
14 7 (1.15%) GIAC
14 7 (1.15%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (6.40%) SLA
2 25 (4.11%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.48%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.66%) PMO
6 2 (0.33%) COBIT
6 2 (0.33%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.33%) QA
6 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.16%) PMBOK
System Software
1 71 (11.66%) Active Directory
2 61 (10.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.96%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (1.97%) vCloud
6 11 (1.81%) vSphere
7 9 (1.48%) Terminal Services
8 7 (1.15%) ProxySG
9 5 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (0.82%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.82%) XenApp
10 4 (0.66%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 3 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
11 3 (0.49%) KVM
11 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.49%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.33%) Docker
12 2 (0.33%) Firmware
12 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 42 (6.90%) FortiGate
2 27 (4.43%) Cisco Prime
3 14 (2.30%) Puppet
4 13 (2.13%) Nagios
5 9 (1.48%) SCCM
6 8 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (1.15%) WhatsUp Gold
8 6 (0.99%) CA Spectrum
9 4 (0.66%) Ansible
9 4 (0.66%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (0.66%) Cisco UCCX
9 4 (0.66%) OpenView
9 4 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 4 (0.66%) vRealize
9 4 (0.66%) WSUS
9 4 (0.66%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.49%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.49%) Nessus
10 3 (0.49%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (0.49%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 446 (73.23%) Cisco
2 136 (22.33%) Juniper
3 133 (21.84%) F5
4 127 (20.85%) CheckPoint
5 118 (19.38%) VMware
6 54 (8.87%) Microsoft
7 50 (8.21%) Citrix
8 43 (7.06%) HP
9 40 (6.57%) Fortinet
10 39 (6.40%) Palo Alto
11 35 (5.75%) Blue Coat
12 32 (5.25%) SolarWinds
13 26 (4.27%) Avaya
14 23 (3.78%) Riverbed
15 22 (3.61%) BT
16 21 (3.45%) Huawei
17 19 (3.12%) Aruba
18 16 (2.63%) CA
19 15 (2.46%) Meraki
20 11 (1.81%) Arista
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