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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 572 592 548
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -44
Contract jobs citing VPLS 21 7 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.012% 0.033%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.26% 0.096% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 8
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£475 £413 £416
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.15% -0.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £261 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £495 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £160 £210
% change year-on-year
+212.50% -23.80%
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
8225 7283 7453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.72% 12.92% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4508 3818 3701
Average daily rate £350 £360 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +3.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £340 £313
% change year-on-year
- +8.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 416 589
Average hourly rate £28.75 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.24% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 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 +12 21 £475 +15.15% 16
London +10 9 £325 -21.21% 5
North West - 8 £500 - 3
Manchester - 7 £488 - 2
South East -16 4 £500 +212.50% 6
Berkshire - 4 £500 - 3
Slough - 2 £500 - 1
City of London - 2 £316 - 1
Hampshire -8 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1
Docklands, London - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Solihull - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - -
East of England - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 2
Cambridgeshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Oxted - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bolton - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 67 (88.16%) MPLS
2 58 (76.32%) Cisco
3 57 (75.00%) BGP
4 51 (67.11%) Firewall
5 50 (65.79%) OSPF
6 48 (63.16%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (53.95%) CCNP
8 39 (51.32%) EIGRP
9 34 (44.74%) CCIE
9 34 (44.74%) WAN
10 31 (40.79%) Finance
11 26 (34.21%) CheckPoint
12 25 (32.89%) Juniper
12 25 (32.89%) Multicast
13 24 (31.58%) Low Latency
13 24 (31.58%) LAN
13 24 (31.58%) Windows
14 23 (30.26%) VPN
15 21 (27.63%) SAN
16 20 (26.32%) Active Directory
16 20 (26.32%) Cisco Nexus
16 20 (26.32%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (25.00%) VMware
17 19 (25.00%) SQL Server
18 18 (23.68%) Migration
18 18 (23.68%) Hyper-V
18 18 (23.68%) F5
19 17 (22.37%) NAS
19 17 (22.37%) Banking
19 17 (22.37%) Wireless

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 16 (21.05%) IIS
2 8 (10.53%) SharePoint
2 8 (10.53%) Lync
3 6 (7.89%) Office Communications Server
4 4 (5.26%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1 (1.32%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.95%) PaaS
2 3 (3.95%) IaaS
3 2 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.63%) SaaS
4 1 (1.32%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 67 (88.16%) MPLS
2 57 (75.00%) BGP
3 51 (67.11%) Firewall
4 50 (65.79%) OSPF
5 39 (51.32%) EIGRP
6 34 (44.74%) WAN
7 25 (32.89%) Multicast
8 24 (31.58%) LAN
9 23 (30.26%) VPN
10 21 (27.63%) SAN
11 20 (26.32%) Cisco ASA
11 20 (26.32%) Cisco Nexus
12 17 (22.37%) NAS
12 17 (22.37%) Internet
12 17 (22.37%) Wireless
13 12 (15.79%) DNS
14 11 (14.47%) DMZ
14 11 (14.47%) TCP/IP
15 10 (13.16%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (13.16%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 8 (10.53%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.63%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 31 (40.79%) Finance
2 17 (22.37%) Banking
3 13 (17.11%) Investment Banking
4 9 (11.84%) Telecoms
5 4 (5.26%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.63%) Financial Institution
6 2 (2.63%) Back Office
6 2 (2.63%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (1.32%) Marketing
7 1 (1.32%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 43 (56.58%) Network Engineer
2 20 (26.32%) Architect
3 9 (11.84%) Technical Architect
4 7 (9.21%) Senior Network Engineer
5 6 (7.89%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (6.58%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (6.58%) Network Support
7 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure Architect
7 4 (5.26%) Implementation Engineer
7 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Project Leader
8 3 (3.95%) Technical Project Leader
9 2 (2.63%) Network Architect
9 2 (2.63%) Network Operations Engineer
9 2 (2.63%) Operations Engineer
9 2 (2.63%) Network Consultant
9 2 (2.63%) Consultant
10 1 (1.32%) Analyst
10 1 (1.32%) Support Engineer
10 1 (1.32%) Support Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 16 (21.05%) Clustering
2 8 (10.53%) Replication
2 8 (10.53%) Celerra
3 6 (7.89%) Public Cloud
4 5 (6.58%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (5.26%) Hedge funds
5 4 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.63%) Eurex
7 1 (1.32%) User Experience
7 1 (1.32%) DTV
7 1 (1.32%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 24 (31.58%) Windows
2 11 (14.47%) UNIX
3 8 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
3 8 (10.53%) Solaris
4 4 (5.26%) Linux
5 2 (2.63%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (31.58%) Low Latency
2 18 (23.68%) Migration
3 12 (15.79%) Load Balancing
4 11 (14.47%) E-Commerce
5 10 (13.16%) Project Management
5 10 (13.16%) Business Continuity
5 10 (13.16%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (11.84%) Service Delivery
7 8 (10.53%) Configuration Management
7 8 (10.53%) Network Monitoring
8 7 (9.21%) Technical Architecture
8 7 (9.21%) Change Control
9 5 (6.58%) Network Design
9 5 (6.58%) ITIL
10 4 (5.26%) Service Management
10 4 (5.26%) Risk Management
10 4 (5.26%) Incident Management
10 4 (5.26%) TOGAF
10 4 (5.26%) Network Management
11 3 (3.95%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.63%) Perl
1 2 (2.63%) Python
Qualifications
1 48 (63.16%) Cisco Certification
2 41 (53.95%) CCNP
3 34 (44.74%) CCIE
4 15 (19.74%) CCNA
5 8 (10.53%) CCDP
6 6 (7.89%) CCIP
7 3 (3.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (3.95%) JNCIP
8 2 (2.63%) JNCIS
8 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.63%) CCSA
8 2 (2.63%) CCSE
8 2 (2.63%) MCSE
8 2 (2.63%) MCSA
8 2 (2.63%) CISSP
8 2 (2.63%) CCDA
8 2 (2.63%) VCAP
8 2 (2.63%) VCP5
9 1 (1.32%) Degree
9 1 (1.32%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.63%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (26.32%) Active Directory
2 18 (23.68%) Hyper-V
3 12 (15.79%) Terminal Services
4 11 (14.47%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (10.53%) VMware ESX
5 8 (10.53%) XenApp
5 8 (10.53%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 8 (10.53%) vSphere
6 1 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (5.26%) EMC NetWorker
2 2 (2.63%) SCCM
2 2 (2.63%) SCOM
2 2 (2.63%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 58 (76.32%) Cisco
2 26 (34.21%) CheckPoint
3 25 (32.89%) Juniper
4 19 (25.00%) VMware
5 18 (23.68%) F5
6 17 (22.37%) Microsoft
7 16 (21.05%) Citrix
7 16 (21.05%) SolarWinds
8 11 (14.47%) Nortel
8 11 (14.47%) Fortinet
9 10 (13.16%) Blue Coat
10 9 (11.84%) Oracle
10 9 (11.84%) HP
11 8 (10.53%) EMC
12 5 (6.58%) Tandberg
13 4 (5.26%) Avaya
14 3 (3.95%) BT
15 2 (2.63%) Reuters
15 2 (2.63%) Bloomberg
15 2 (2.63%) Riverbed
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