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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 628 623 618
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -5
Contract jobs citing VPLS 33 26 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.061% 0.046% 0.027%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.38% 0.33% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 13 8
Median daily rate £483 £340 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.91% -9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £305 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £396 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £338 £300
% change year-on-year
+18.51% +12.50%
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
8734 7973 7654
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.22% 13.96% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 5344 4566 4060
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 494 441
Median hourly rate £29.25 £20.94 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.71% +4.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.78
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.83 £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £21.53 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+50.98% +7.62%

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 29 July 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 18 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 29 July 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 +7 33 £483 +41.91% 4
London 0 22 £540 +51.04% 3
South East +12 6 £338 - 1
Hampshire - 4 £335 - 1
City of London +42 3 £425 +17.24% 1
Bournemouth - 3 £400 -
Dorset - 3 £400 -
South West - 3 £400 -
Berkshire +5 2 £344 +1.10%
Yorkshire - 2 £400 -
Leeds - 2 £400 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £400 -
Bracknell - 2 £344 -
Croydon - 2 £500 -
Hendon - 1 £550 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Farnborough - 1 £335 -
North West - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 48 (100.00%) MPLS
2 42 (87.50%) BGP
3 41 (85.42%) Cisco
4 37 (77.08%) OSPF
5 32 (66.67%) Firewall
6 31 (64.58%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (60.42%) Juniper
8 25 (52.08%) Cisco Nexus
9 24 (50.00%) CheckPoint
10 23 (47.92%) CCNP
11 21 (43.75%) TCP/IP
11 21 (43.75%) VPN
12 20 (41.67%) WAN
12 20 (41.67%) CCNA
13 19 (39.58%) CCIE
13 19 (39.58%) LAN
14 18 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
15 17 (35.42%) 802.1X
16 15 (31.25%) FortiGate
16 15 (31.25%) F5
17 14 (29.17%) Data Centre
17 14 (29.17%) Wireless
18 13 (27.08%) Network Design
18 13 (27.08%) Internet
18 13 (27.08%) Cisco ASA
19 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
19 12 (25.00%) VoIP
20 11 (22.92%) ITIL
20 11 (22.92%) VLAN
20 11 (22.92%) SC Cleared

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 (4.17%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (4.17%) MS Excel
1 2 (4.17%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.08%) MS Office
2 1 (2.08%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 48 (100.00%) MPLS
2 42 (87.50%) BGP
3 37 (77.08%) OSPF
4 32 (66.67%) Firewall
5 25 (52.08%) Cisco Nexus
6 21 (43.75%) TCP/IP
6 21 (43.75%) VPN
7 20 (41.67%) WAN
8 19 (39.58%) LAN
9 14 (29.17%) Wireless
10 13 (27.08%) Cisco ASA
10 13 (27.08%) Internet
11 12 (25.00%) VoIP
12 11 (22.92%) VLAN
13 10 (20.83%) Ethernet
14 9 (18.75%) IPsec
14 9 (18.75%) Spanning Tree
15 7 (14.58%) Junos
15 7 (14.58%) Network Security
16 6 (12.50%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.08%) SoapUI
General
1 5 (10.42%) Finance
1 5 (10.42%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.17%) Publishing
3 1 (2.08%) Back Office
3 1 (2.08%) French Language
Job Titles
1 19 (39.58%) Network Engineer
2 12 (25.00%) Designer
3 8 (16.67%) Infrastructure Designer
4 7 (14.58%) Architect
4 7 (14.58%) Cisco Engineer
5 6 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 5 (10.42%) Juniper Engineer
6 5 (10.42%) Network Designer
7 4 (8.33%) Migration Engineer
7 4 (8.33%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (6.25%) Firewall Engineer
8 3 (6.25%) Security Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Cisco Architect
9 2 (4.17%) Design Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Lead Network Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Network Architect
9 2 (4.17%) Network Design Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Network Specialist
9 2 (4.17%) Security Designer
9 2 (4.17%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (35.42%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.08%) JMS
2 1 (2.08%) SOAP
2 1 (2.08%) Web Services
2 1 (2.08%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (29.17%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.33%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (4.17%) Cryptography
5 1 (2.08%) Clustering
5 1 (2.08%) Driving Licence
5 1 (2.08%) EqualLogic
5 1 (2.08%) Eurex
5 1 (2.08%) MPEG
5 1 (2.08%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.42%) Windows
2 4 (8.33%) Linux
3 3 (6.25%) AIX
4 2 (4.17%) Unix
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (27.08%) Network Design
2 11 (22.92%) ITIL
3 10 (20.83%) Migration
3 10 (20.83%) Project Management
4 6 (12.50%) Network Management
5 5 (10.42%) PRINCE2
6 4 (8.33%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (8.33%) Presales
7 3 (6.25%) Change Management
7 3 (6.25%) Configuration Management
7 3 (6.25%) Patch Management
7 3 (6.25%) Service Delivery
7 3 (6.25%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (6.25%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
8 2 (4.17%) Problem Management
8 2 (4.17%) SIEM
8 2 (4.17%) Validation
9 1 (2.08%) Data Protection
9 1 (2.08%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.08%) Bash Shell
1 1 (2.08%) Java
1 1 (2.08%) Korn
1 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.08%) Python
1 1 (2.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 31 (64.58%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (47.92%) CCNP
3 20 (41.67%) CCNA
4 19 (39.58%) CCIE
5 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 11 (22.92%) SC Cleared
7 6 (12.50%) CCDP
8 5 (10.42%) CCIP
9 3 (6.25%) Degree
9 3 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (4.17%) CISSP
10 2 (4.17%) JNCIE
10 2 (4.17%) JNCIP
11 1 (2.08%) CCSP
11 1 (2.08%) CCVP
11 1 (2.08%) JNCIA
11 1 (2.08%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.17%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.08%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.08%) Snort
3 1 (2.08%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (2.08%) VMware ESX
3 1 (2.08%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (2.08%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (31.25%) FortiGate
2 10 (20.83%) Cisco Prime
3 5 (10.42%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (8.33%) SCCM
5 2 (4.17%) Amdocs OSS
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (2.08%) Backup Exec
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (2.08%) SCOM
6 1 (2.08%) TrustSec
6 1 (2.08%) WSUS
Vendors
1 41 (85.42%) Cisco
2 29 (60.42%) Juniper
3 24 (50.00%) CheckPoint
4 15 (31.25%) F5
5 11 (22.92%) SolarWinds
6 7 (14.58%) Fortinet
7 6 (12.50%) Palo Alto
8 5 (10.42%) Microsoft
8 5 (10.42%) SonicWALL
8 5 (10.42%) WatchGuard
9 3 (6.25%) Tandberg
9 3 (6.25%) VMware
10 2 (4.17%) Agilent
10 2 (4.17%) Citrix
10 2 (4.17%) Cramer
10 2 (4.17%) Intel Security
10 2 (4.17%) Nokia
10 2 (4.17%) Riverbed
11 1 (2.08%) Avaya
11 1 (2.08%) Siemens
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