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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 269 303 308
Rank change year-on-year
+34 +5
Contract jobs citing MPLS 408 297 279
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.58% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.21% 4.32% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 167 127
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £489 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £333
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 16
Average hourly rate £24.00 £20.75 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.66% -25.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £18.55 £16.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.55 £22.95 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.00 £18.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -35.71%

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
7825 6877 7709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.43% 15.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3746 3776
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 £220 £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 419 411 645
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.85 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 24 December 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 +42 392 £350 -6.66% 87
London +87 186 £365 -8.75% 34
South East +6 115 £350 -12.50% 17
Berkshire +7 47 £348 -13.12% 5
North West +2 36 £320 -11.72% 7
City of London +13 35 £375 - 13
Manchester +2 30 £330 +23.94% 5
Surrey +9 18 £325 -18.75% 3
Buckinghamshire -3 17 £444 -4.05% 5
Hampshire -10 17 £285 -26.45% 3
Milton Keynes +2 16 £444 +7.57% 2
Yorkshire -3 14 £338 +8.00% 10
South West -21 14 £350 +26.12% 6
West Midlands -27 14 £160 -45.76% 3
East of England -18 13 £335 +11.20% 5
Bracknell +5 10 £250 +4.16% 1
Hertfordshire +3 8 £355 +20.33% 3
Birmingham +1 8 £183 +21.66% 2
West Yorkshire -8 8 £338 - 5
Reading +16 7 £363 -7.05% 2
Slough +1 7 £300 - 1
Guildford -5 7 £280 +12.00% 1
Wiltshire - 7 - -
East Sussex -3 6 £308 -1.60%
Leeds -10 6 £338 - 4
East Midlands +12 5 £290 +10.47% 4
Cheshire +7 5 £110 -74.11%
South Yorkshire +2 5 - -
Sheffield -2 4 - -
Kent -3 4 £450 +80.00%

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 594 (75.38%) Cisco
2 434 (55.08%) Firewall
3 395 (50.13%) WAN
4 363 (46.07%) Cisco Certification
5 355 (45.05%) BGP
6 340 (43.15%) LAN
7 301 (38.20%) OSPF
8 278 (35.28%) VPN
9 248 (31.47%) CCNP
10 209 (26.52%) Juniper
11 182 (23.10%) CheckPoint
12 176 (22.34%) Telecoms
13 167 (21.19%) Windows
14 160 (20.30%) F5
15 152 (19.29%) CCNA
16 150 (19.04%) Cisco Nexus
17 141 (17.89%) ITIL
18 134 (17.01%) CCIE
19 128 (16.24%) Cisco ASA
20 127 (16.12%) Microsoft
20 127 (16.12%) Ethernet
21 123 (15.61%) EIGRP
22 112 (14.21%) VoIP
22 112 (14.21%) Active Directory
23 108 (13.71%) Wireless
23 108 (13.71%) Migration
24 105 (13.32%) DNS
25 104 (13.20%) Load Balancing
26 103 (13.07%) TCP/IP
26 103 (13.07%) Network Security

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 51 (6.47%) MS Exchange
2 40 (5.08%) SharePoint
3 23 (2.92%) IIS
4 22 (2.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 21 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (2.41%) Lync
7 10 (1.27%) Office Communications Server
8 9 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.14%) WebSphere
9 8 (1.02%) WebLogic
10 7 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2013
11 2 (0.25%) WorkSite
11 2 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.25%) Apache
12 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.13%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
Applications
1 48 (6.09%) MS Excel
2 41 (5.20%) MS Office
3 33 (4.19%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.14%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.63%) MS Project
6 4 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.25%) EPLAN
Business Applications
1 3 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.25%) Summit
3 1 (0.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.40%) Office 365
3 10 (1.27%) IaaS
4 8 (1.02%) SaaS
4 8 (1.02%) PaaS
5 5 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
6 4 (0.51%) IBM SmartCloud
7 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 434 (55.08%) Firewall
2 395 (50.13%) WAN
3 355 (45.05%) BGP
4 340 (43.15%) LAN
5 301 (38.20%) OSPF
6 278 (35.28%) VPN
7 150 (19.04%) Cisco Nexus
8 128 (16.24%) Cisco ASA
9 127 (16.12%) Ethernet
10 123 (15.61%) EIGRP
11 112 (14.21%) VoIP
12 108 (13.71%) Wireless
13 105 (13.32%) DNS
14 103 (13.07%) TCP/IP
14 103 (13.07%) Network Security
15 100 (12.69%) IPsec
16 99 (12.56%) VLAN
17 94 (11.93%) Internet
18 78 (9.90%) SAN
19 76 (9.64%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.95%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.14%) Oracle Database
3 8 (1.02%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.63%) Big Data
5 4 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.13%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.13%) MS Access
8 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.13%) MarkLogic
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.13%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 11 (1.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (1.02%) Toad
3 3 (0.38%) GDB
4 1 (0.13%) Eclipse
General
1 176 (22.34%) Telecoms
2 100 (12.69%) Finance
3 46 (5.84%) Banking
4 27 (3.43%) Investment Banking
5 17 (2.16%) Retail
6 16 (2.03%) Law
7 14 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.40%) Games
9 8 (1.02%) Local Government
9 8 (1.02%) Billing
10 7 (0.89%) Back Office
11 6 (0.76%) Marketing
12 3 (0.38%) Electronics
13 2 (0.25%) Advertising
13 2 (0.25%) Publishing
13 2 (0.25%) Legal
13 2 (0.25%) German Language
14 1 (0.13%) Portuguese Language
14 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.13%) French Language
Job Titles
1 249 (31.60%) Network Engineer
2 97 (12.31%) Architect
3 81 (10.28%) Analyst
4 54 (6.85%) Consultant
5 51 (6.47%) IP Engineer
6 46 (5.84%) Project Manager
7 42 (5.33%) Design Engineer
8 40 (5.08%) Network Analyst
9 38 (4.82%) Network Support
10 34 (4.31%) Solutions Architect
11 31 (3.93%) Senior Network Engineer
11 31 (3.93%) Cisco Engineer
11 31 (3.93%) Network Specialist
12 30 (3.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 30 (3.81%) Implementation Engineer
13 28 (3.55%) Network Consultant
14 26 (3.30%) Support Engineer
15 23 (2.92%) Network Architect
16 19 (2.41%) Security Engineer
17 18 (2.28%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.65%) Web Services
2 8 (1.02%) XML
2 8 (1.02%) JMS
2 8 (1.02%) WSDL
2 8 (1.02%) JAXB
2 8 (1.02%) SOAP
3 2 (0.25%) CSS
4 1 (0.13%) HTML
4 1 (0.13%) .NET
4 1 (0.13%) J2EE
4 1 (0.13%) Middleware
4 1 (0.13%) XMPP
4 1 (0.13%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 1 (0.13%) jQuery
4 1 (0.13%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 37 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (3.17%) Video Conferencing
3 22 (2.79%) Blackberry
4 21 (2.66%) PKI
5 19 (2.41%) Management Information System
6 12 (1.52%) Thin Client
6 12 (1.52%) Clustering
6 12 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.52%) Fat Client
7 11 (1.40%) Online Games
8 10 (1.27%) Replication
9 9 (1.14%) e-Health
9 9 (1.14%) Smart Meter
10 7 (0.89%) SecurID
11 6 (0.76%) Streaming Media
12 5 (0.63%) IVR
12 5 (0.63%) Handset
12 5 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.51%) Hedge funds
13 4 (0.51%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 167 (21.19%) Windows
2 72 (9.14%) Linux
3 69 (8.76%) Windows Server 2008
4 48 (6.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 36 (4.57%) UNIX
5 36 (4.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 30 (3.81%) Windows 7
7 20 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (2.28%) Windows XP
9 8 (1.02%) Windows 8
10 5 (0.63%) CentOS
10 5 (0.63%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.38%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.25%) Solaris
12 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.25%) SUSE
12 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.13%) VMS
13 1 (0.13%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (17.89%) ITIL
2 108 (13.71%) Migration
3 104 (13.20%) Load Balancing
4 94 (11.93%) Network Design
5 71 (9.01%) Network Management
6 70 (8.88%) Project Management
7 55 (6.98%) Service Delivery
8 45 (5.71%) Change Management
9 44 (5.58%) Network Architecture
10 42 (5.33%) PRINCE2
11 40 (5.08%) Network Monitoring
12 37 (4.70%) Service Management
13 33 (4.19%) Mentoring
14 31 (3.93%) Disaster Recovery
15 30 (3.81%) E-Commerce
16 26 (3.30%) Performance Management
17 25 (3.17%) TOGAF
17 25 (3.17%) Validation
17 25 (3.17%) High Availability
18 24 (3.05%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (3.93%) SQL
2 15 (1.90%) Python
3 12 (1.52%) Perl
3 12 (1.52%) Java
4 8 (1.02%) PL/SQL
5 6 (0.76%) C
6 2 (0.25%) Embedded C
6 2 (0.25%) Lisp
6 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
6 2 (0.25%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.13%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.13%) Tcl
7 1 (0.13%) C#
7 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.13%) VB
7 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 363 (46.07%) Cisco Certification
2 248 (31.47%) CCNP
3 152 (19.29%) CCNA
4 134 (17.01%) CCIE
5 82 (10.41%) Security Cleared
6 78 (9.90%) SC Cleared
7 36 (4.57%) CCDP
8 33 (4.19%) CCIP
9 32 (4.06%) Degree
10 28 (3.55%) CISSP
11 25 (3.17%) JNCIP
12 15 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
13 14 (1.78%) JNCIA
14 13 (1.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 13 (1.65%) CCSP
15 12 (1.52%) MCSE
16 10 (1.27%) JNCIS
16 10 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
17 9 (1.14%) JNCIE
18 8 (1.02%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.82%) SLA
2 19 (2.41%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.89%) QA
4 6 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 112 (14.21%) Active Directory
2 60 (7.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (5.33%) Hyper-V
4 36 (4.57%) vSphere
5 23 (2.92%) XenApp
6 13 (1.65%) Xen
6 13 (1.65%) NLBS
7 10 (1.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 9 (1.14%) ProxySG
9 8 (1.02%) XenServer
10 7 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.63%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.63%) Forefront TMG
11 5 (0.63%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.51%) Firmware
12 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.38%) NFS
13 3 (0.38%) VMware ESX
14 2 (0.25%) Snort
14 2 (0.25%) Squid
Systems Management
1 23 (2.92%) Cisco CUCM
2 22 (2.79%) FortiGate
3 17 (2.16%) Cisco Prime
4 16 (2.03%) WSUS
5 15 (1.90%) CA Spectrum
6 9 (1.14%) MOM
7 6 (0.76%) CiscoWorks
7 6 (0.76%) SCCM
8 5 (0.63%) Netcool
8 5 (0.63%) Backup Exec
9 3 (0.38%) Foglight
9 3 (0.38%) OPNET
9 3 (0.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (0.38%) SCOM
9 3 (0.38%) SolarWinds Orion
9 3 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (0.38%) OpenView
9 3 (0.38%) Windows Intune
10 2 (0.25%) RANCID
10 2 (0.25%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 594 (75.38%) Cisco
2 209 (26.52%) Juniper
3 182 (23.10%) CheckPoint
4 160 (20.30%) F5
5 127 (16.12%) Microsoft
6 99 (12.56%) VMware
7 67 (8.50%) HP
8 62 (7.87%) Citrix
9 49 (6.22%) BT
10 46 (5.84%) Blue Coat
11 38 (4.82%) SolarWinds
11 38 (4.82%) Avaya
12 36 (4.57%) Riverbed
13 32 (4.06%) Nokia
14 29 (3.68%) Nortel
14 29 (3.68%) Fortinet
15 21 (2.66%) CA
16 20 (2.54%) Oracle
17 19 (2.41%) Cramer
18 17 (2.16%) IBM
City, London
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Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 month contract - Closing date 5th January
Posted: 5 days ago
Livingston, West Lothian
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £280 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Worcester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £38,000 to £48,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 3 Months initially + extension
Posted: 10 days ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 3 Months initially + extension
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Franklin Fitch Limited
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
West London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 22 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: 24 days ago