The table below looks at the statistics for VPLS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPLS over the 3 months to 30 June 2016 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 617 607 616
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +9
Contract jobs citing VPLS 30 26 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.056% 0.046% 0.028%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.34% 0.32% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 12 11
Median daily rate £490 £355 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.02% -13.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £303 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £398 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £340 £300
% change year-on-year
+17.64% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
8720 8085 7343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.25% 14.41% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5286 4548 3945
Median daily rate £390 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.85% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 484 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +29.72%

VPLS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing VPLS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 June 2016.

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 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPLS within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +17 30 £490 +38.02% 5
London +10 19 £550 +52.77%
South East +11 5 £381 +12.13% 3
South West - 5 £400 -
Dorset - 5 £400 -
Bournemouth - 5 £400 -
City of London +48 3 £425 +18.05%
Hampshire +13 3 £380 - 3
Berkshire 0 2 £389 +14.33%
Croydon - 2 £500 -
Farnborough +2 1 £335 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Hendon - 1 £550 -
Bracknell - 1 £338 -
North West - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing VPLS 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 VPLS.

1 40 (100.00%) MPLS
2 34 (85.00%) BGP
2 34 (85.00%) Cisco
3 32 (80.00%) OSPF
4 29 (72.50%) Cisco Certification
5 26 (65.00%) Juniper
5 26 (65.00%) Firewall
6 21 (52.50%) CCNP
6 21 (52.50%) CheckPoint
6 21 (52.50%) Cisco Nexus
7 19 (47.50%) VPN
8 18 (45.00%) TCP/IP
8 18 (45.00%) WAN
8 18 (45.00%) CCNA
9 17 (42.50%) CCIE
9 17 (42.50%) LAN
10 16 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
10 16 (40.00%) 802.1X
11 14 (35.00%) Wireless
12 13 (32.50%) FortiGate
13 12 (30.00%) Data Centre
13 12 (30.00%) Network Design
14 11 (27.50%) SolarWinds
14 11 (27.50%) F5
15 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
15 10 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
15 10 (25.00%) VLAN
15 10 (25.00%) ITIL
15 10 (25.00%) VoIP
15 10 (25.00%) Cisco Prime

VPLS
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 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.50%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (5.00%) MS Excel
1 2 (5.00%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.50%) MS Office
2 1 (2.50%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (100.00%) MPLS
2 34 (85.00%) BGP
3 32 (80.00%) OSPF
4 26 (65.00%) Firewall
5 21 (52.50%) Cisco Nexus
6 19 (47.50%) VPN
7 18 (45.00%) TCP/IP
7 18 (45.00%) WAN
8 17 (42.50%) LAN
9 14 (35.00%) Wireless
10 10 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
10 10 (25.00%) Internet
10 10 (25.00%) VLAN
10 10 (25.00%) VoIP
11 9 (22.50%) Ethernet
11 9 (22.50%) Spanning Tree
12 6 (15.00%) EIGRP
12 6 (15.00%) IPsec
12 6 (15.00%) Junos
13 5 (12.50%) FabricPath
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (7.50%) Finance
3 2 (5.00%) Publishing
4 1 (2.50%) Back Office
4 1 (2.50%) French Language
Job Titles
1 18 (45.00%) Network Engineer
2 10 (25.00%) Designer
3 8 (20.00%) Infrastructure Designer
4 6 (15.00%) Architect
4 6 (15.00%) Cisco Engineer
5 5 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 5 (12.50%) Juniper Engineer
5 5 (12.50%) Network Designer
6 4 (10.00%) Migration Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (5.00%) Cisco Architect
8 2 (5.00%) Design Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Lead Network Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Network Architect
8 2 (5.00%) Network Design Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Network Security Engineer
8 2 (5.00%) Security Engineer
9 1 (2.50%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
9 1 (2.50%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (40.00%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.50%) JMS
2 1 (2.50%) SOAP
2 1 (2.50%) Web Services
2 1 (2.50%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (30.00%) Data Centre
3 3 (7.50%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (5.00%) Cryptography
5 1 (2.50%) Clustering
5 1 (2.50%) Driving Licence
5 1 (2.50%) EqualLogic
5 1 (2.50%) Eurex
5 1 (2.50%) MPEG
5 1 (2.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.00%) Linux
1 4 (10.00%) Windows
2 2 (5.00%) AIX
2 2 (5.00%) Unix
2 2 (5.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.00%) Network Design
2 10 (25.00%) ITIL
3 9 (22.50%) Migration
3 9 (22.50%) Project Management
4 5 (12.50%) Network Management
4 5 (12.50%) PRINCE2
5 4 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (7.50%) Change Management
6 3 (7.50%) Presales
7 2 (5.00%) Configuration Management
7 2 (5.00%) Patch Management
7 2 (5.00%) Problem Management
7 2 (5.00%) Service Delivery
7 2 (5.00%) Technical Analysis
7 2 (5.00%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (2.50%) Customer Engagement
8 1 (2.50%) Data Protection
8 1 (2.50%) Load Balancing
8 1 (2.50%) Performance Analysis
8 1 (2.50%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.50%) Bash Shell
1 1 (2.50%) Java
1 1 (2.50%) Korn
1 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.50%) Python
1 1 (2.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 29 (72.50%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (52.50%) CCNP
3 18 (45.00%) CCNA
4 17 (42.50%) CCIE
5 10 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 9 (22.50%) SC Cleared
7 5 (12.50%) CCDP
8 4 (10.00%) CCIP
9 3 (7.50%) Degree
10 2 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (5.00%) JNCIE
10 2 (5.00%) JNCIP
11 1 (2.50%) CCSP
11 1 (2.50%) CCVP
11 1 (2.50%) JNCIA
11 1 (2.50%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.50%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (5.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.50%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.50%) Snort
3 1 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (2.50%) VMware ESX
3 1 (2.50%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (2.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (32.50%) FortiGate
2 10 (25.00%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (10.00%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (10.00%) SCCM
4 2 (5.00%) Amdocs OSS
4 2 (5.00%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (2.50%) Backup Exec
5 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (2.50%) SCOM
5 1 (2.50%) TrustSec
5 1 (2.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (85.00%) Cisco
2 26 (65.00%) Juniper
3 21 (52.50%) CheckPoint
4 11 (27.50%) F5
4 11 (27.50%) SolarWinds
5 7 (17.50%) Fortinet
6 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
6 5 (12.50%) SonicWALL
6 5 (12.50%) WatchGuard
7 3 (7.50%) VMware
8 2 (5.00%) Agilent
8 2 (5.00%) Citrix
8 2 (5.00%) Cramer
8 2 (5.00%) Intel Security
8 2 (5.00%) Riverbed
8 2 (5.00%) Tandberg
9 1 (2.50%) Ciena
9 1 (2.50%) Meraki
9 1 (2.50%) Sonus
9 1 (2.50%) Synology