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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 607 595 572
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -23
Contract jobs citing VPLS 24 17 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.040% 0.031% 0.025%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.29% 0.21% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 6 9
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£339 £375 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.66% +29.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £345 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £444 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 - £283
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
8211 8177 7143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.82% 14.69% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4684 4427 3853
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 532 442 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 31 August 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 12 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 31 August 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 -23 22 £339 -9.66% 12
London +9 14 £370 -1.33% 7
South East -24 8 £338 - 2
City of London 0 6 £408 +8.86% 1
Berkshire 0 4 £333 - 1
West Sussex - 3 £338 -
Reading - 3 £325 - 1
Crawley - 3 £338 -
Edinburgh - 2 - -
Scotland - 2 - - 1
Reigate - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 - - 1

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 27 (77.14%) MPLS
2 25 (71.43%) Cisco
3 23 (65.71%) Firewall
4 22 (62.86%) BGP
5 19 (54.29%) Juniper
5 19 (54.29%) LAN
6 18 (51.43%) WAN
7 17 (48.57%) VPN
7 17 (48.57%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (45.71%) CCNP
9 14 (40.00%) OSPF
9 14 (40.00%) Multicast
10 12 (34.29%) RSVP
11 11 (31.43%) Finance
12 10 (28.57%) Telecoms
12 10 (28.57%) VLAN
12 10 (28.57%) Cisco IPT
12 10 (28.57%) Cisco IOS
12 10 (28.57%) Cisco ASA
12 10 (28.57%) Junos
13 9 (25.71%) Network Design
13 9 (25.71%) IP Telephony
13 9 (25.71%) EIGRP
13 9 (25.71%) CheckPoint
13 9 (25.71%) Microsoft
14 8 (22.86%) DNS
14 8 (22.86%) IPsec
14 8 (22.86%) Lync
14 8 (22.86%) Riverbed
14 8 (22.86%) Spanning Tree

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 8 (22.86%) Lync
2 3 (8.57%) IIS
2 3 (8.57%) SharePoint
2 3 (8.57%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (8.57%) MS Office
2 1 (2.86%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.86%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (5.71%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (77.14%) MPLS
2 23 (65.71%) Firewall
3 22 (62.86%) BGP
4 19 (54.29%) LAN
5 18 (51.43%) WAN
6 17 (48.57%) VPN
7 14 (40.00%) OSPF
7 14 (40.00%) Multicast
8 12 (34.29%) RSVP
9 10 (28.57%) Junos
9 10 (28.57%) VLAN
9 10 (28.57%) Cisco IPT
9 10 (28.57%) Cisco IOS
9 10 (28.57%) Cisco ASA
10 9 (25.71%) IP Telephony
10 9 (25.71%) EIGRP
11 8 (22.86%) DNS
11 8 (22.86%) IPsec
11 8 (22.86%) Spanning Tree
12 7 (20.00%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (5.71%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (31.43%) Finance
2 10 (28.57%) Telecoms
3 3 (8.57%) Banking
4 1 (2.86%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.86%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (2.86%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 19 (54.29%) Network Engineer
2 4 (11.43%) Senior Network Engineer
2 4 (11.43%) Deployment Engineer
2 4 (11.43%) Network Specialist
3 3 (8.57%) Senior Cisco Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Architect
3 3 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
3 3 (8.57%) 3rd Line Support
3 3 (8.57%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 2 (5.71%) IP Engineer
4 2 (5.71%) Project Manager
4 2 (5.71%) Technical Project Manager
4 2 (5.71%) Technical Manager
5 1 (2.86%) Network Manager
5 1 (2.86%) Network Project Manager
5 1 (2.86%) Consultant
5 1 (2.86%) Technical Consultant
5 1 (2.86%) Telephony Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.57%) XMPP
1 3 (8.57%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Clustering
1 6 (17.14%) Eurex
1 6 (17.14%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.71%) GIS
3 1 (2.86%) Cryptography
3 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (14.29%) Windows
2 3 (8.57%) Linux
3 1 (2.86%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (25.71%) Network Design
2 7 (20.00%) Project Management
3 6 (17.14%) ITIL
4 5 (14.29%) Load Balancing
5 4 (11.43%) Migration
6 3 (8.57%) Capacity Management
6 3 (8.57%) Patch Management
7 2 (5.71%) Network Monitoring
7 2 (5.71%) Validation
7 2 (5.71%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (5.71%) Service Management
7 2 (5.71%) Service Delivery
7 2 (5.71%) Incident Management
7 2 (5.71%) Network Management
8 1 (2.86%) ITIL V3
8 1 (2.86%) Project Planning
8 1 (2.86%) Problem Management
8 1 (2.86%) Electronic Trading
8 1 (2.86%) Product Management
8 1 (2.86%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.57%) Lisp
2 1 (2.86%) Perl
Qualifications
1 17 (48.57%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (45.71%) CCNP
3 4 (11.43%) CCNA
3 4 (11.43%) Degree
4 3 (8.57%) CCENT
4 3 (8.57%) CCSE
4 3 (8.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (8.57%) JNCIA
5 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
5 2 (5.71%) Security Cleared
5 2 (5.71%) CCDP
6 1 (2.86%) JNCIS
6 1 (2.86%) JNCIP
6 1 (2.86%) CCDA
6 1 (2.86%) Check Point Certification
6 1 (2.86%) CCVP
System Software
1 4 (11.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (8.57%) Hyper-V
2 3 (8.57%) vSphere
2 3 (8.57%) VirtualBox
2 3 (8.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (8.57%) Cacti
1 3 (8.57%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (2.86%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 25 (71.43%) Cisco
2 19 (54.29%) Juniper
3 9 (25.71%) Microsoft
3 9 (25.71%) CheckPoint
4 8 (22.86%) Riverbed
5 4 (11.43%) F5
5 4 (11.43%) VMware
6 3 (8.57%) Qualys
6 3 (8.57%) SolarWinds
6 3 (8.57%) Aruba
7 2 (5.71%) Fortinet
7 2 (5.71%) BT
7 2 (5.71%) Cramer
7 2 (5.71%) 3Com
7 2 (5.71%) ComArch
7 2 (5.71%) Brocade
7 2 (5.71%) HP
7 2 (5.71%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 1 (2.86%) Reuters
8 1 (2.86%) Bloomberg