The table below looks at the statistics for VPLS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPLS over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 589 566 570
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +4
Contract jobs citing VPLS 17 13 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.025% 0.036%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.21% 0.18% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 12
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£375 £290 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.31% -29.69%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £283 £400
% change year-on-year
- -29.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
8217 7116 8906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.53% 13.50% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3843 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 414 695
Average hourly rate £21.88 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.15 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-3.05% -7.16%

VPLS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VPLS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

VPLS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VPLS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VPLS within the UK.

VPLS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VPLS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

VPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VPLS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPLS within the UK.

VPLS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VPLS
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 VPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 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 -15 15 £375 +29.31% 15
London +20 8 £375 -6.25% 7
West Yorkshire - 4 - -
Yorkshire - 4 - -
Leeds - 4 - -
City of London +17 3 £375 +50.00% 4
Berkshire +9 2 - -
South East -17 2 - -
North Wales - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Wrexham - 1 - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
East of England - - - - 3
North West - - - - 3
South West - - - - 1
Letchworth - - - - 1
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 3
Middlesex - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Manchester - - - - 3
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - -
Salford - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VPLS 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 VPLS.

1 29 (96.67%) MPLS
2 25 (83.33%) Cisco
3 23 (76.67%) Firewall
4 20 (66.67%) BGP
5 19 (63.33%) VPN
6 17 (56.67%) Ethernet
6 17 (56.67%) OSPF
6 17 (56.67%) Juniper
7 14 (46.67%) WAN
8 12 (40.00%) LAN
9 11 (36.67%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (36.67%) DNS
10 10 (33.33%) RIP
10 10 (33.33%) CCNP
11 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
11 8 (26.67%) Service Delivery
11 8 (26.67%) Network Design
11 8 (26.67%) VLAN
12 7 (23.33%) Junos
12 7 (23.33%) Telecoms
12 7 (23.33%) Internet
12 7 (23.33%) TCP/IP
12 7 (23.33%) CCIE
12 7 (23.33%) VoIP
13 6 (20.00%) SDH
13 6 (20.00%) SharePoint
13 6 (20.00%) MS Office
13 6 (20.00%) EIGRP
13 6 (20.00%) RSVP
13 6 (20.00%) Migration

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VPLS 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 VPLS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (13.33%) MS Exchange
2 4 (13.33%) IIS
2 4 (13.33%) Office Communications Server
2 4 (13.33%) Lync
Applications
1 6 (20.00%) MS Office
2 5 (16.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (13.33%) Office 365
2 3 (10.00%) IaaS
2 3 (10.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (96.67%) MPLS
2 23 (76.67%) Firewall
3 20 (66.67%) BGP
4 19 (63.33%) VPN
5 17 (56.67%) Ethernet
5 17 (56.67%) OSPF
6 14 (46.67%) WAN
7 12 (40.00%) LAN
8 11 (36.67%) DNS
9 10 (33.33%) RIP
10 8 (26.67%) VLAN
11 7 (23.33%) Junos
11 7 (23.33%) Internet
11 7 (23.33%) TCP/IP
11 7 (23.33%) VoIP
12 6 (20.00%) SDH
12 6 (20.00%) EIGRP
12 6 (20.00%) RSVP
12 6 (20.00%) Multicast
13 5 (16.67%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
General
1 7 (23.33%) Telecoms
2 5 (16.67%) Finance
3 3 (10.00%) French Language
4 2 (6.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 12 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 8 (26.67%) Architect
3 6 (20.00%) Design Engineer
4 4 (13.33%) IP Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Deployment Engineer
5 3 (10.00%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (6.67%) Support Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) Implementation Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) Network Design Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) Network Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Technical Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Network Support
6 2 (6.67%) Network Support Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Senior Network Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Technical Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (3.33%) Technical Support
7 1 (3.33%) Network Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Clustering
2 1 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.67%) Windows
2 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (26.67%) Service Delivery
1 8 (26.67%) Network Design
2 6 (20.00%) Migration
3 5 (16.67%) Network Monitoring
3 5 (16.67%) Project Management
3 5 (16.67%) Load Balancing
4 3 (10.00%) Network Management
4 3 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
5 2 (6.67%) ITIL
5 2 (6.67%) Technical Architecture
5 2 (6.67%) WAN Optimisation
6 1 (3.33%) Supplier Management
6 1 (3.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (36.67%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (33.33%) CCNP
3 7 (23.33%) CCIE
4 5 (16.67%) JNCIP
4 5 (16.67%) JNCIE
5 4 (13.33%) CCNA
6 3 (10.00%) JNCIA
6 3 (10.00%) JNCIS
6 3 (10.00%) MCT
7 2 (6.67%) CCSP
7 2 (6.67%) CCIP
7 2 (6.67%) CCDP
8 1 (3.33%) CCVP
8 1 (3.33%) Security Cleared
8 1 (3.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) QA
System Software
1 4 (13.33%) Active Directory
1 4 (13.33%) Hyper-V
2 3 (10.00%) vSphere
2 3 (10.00%) NFS
Vendors
1 25 (83.33%) Cisco
2 17 (56.67%) Juniper
3 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
4 5 (16.67%) Riverbed
4 5 (16.67%) HP
4 5 (16.67%) CheckPoint
5 3 (10.00%) Trustwave
5 3 (10.00%) Brocade
5 3 (10.00%) WatchGuard
5 3 (10.00%) Infoblox
5 3 (10.00%) IronPort
5 3 (10.00%) Fortinet
5 3 (10.00%) McAfee
5 3 (10.00%) Siemens
6 2 (6.67%) SolarWinds
6 2 (6.67%) F5
6 2 (6.67%) Huawei
6 2 (6.67%) VMware
7 1 (3.33%) Cramer
7 1 (3.33%) Mitel