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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 586 577 568
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -9
Contract jobs citing VPLS 32 9 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.017% 0.032%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.38% 0.13% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 7 6
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£355 £200 £406
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+77.50% -50.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £180 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £298 £417
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £200 £400
% change year-on-year
+70.00% -50.00%
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
8490 7084 8547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.58% 13.48% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4793 3869 4051
Average daily rate £364 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.93% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 446 634
Average hourly rate £23.00 £21.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.74% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -9 29 £360 +80.00% 13
London +3 13 £375 - 6
City of London +28 7 £375 - 4
North West - 7 £340 - 3
Manchester - 7 £340 - 3
Leeds - 4 - -
West Yorkshire - 4 - -
Yorkshire - 4 - - 1
South East -21 3 - - 1
Berkshire - 2 - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 - -
South West - 1 £250 -
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
East of England - - - - 2
Basingstoke - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 2
Middlesex - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - - 1
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
South Wales - - - -
North Wales - - - -
Letchworth - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 46 (100.00%) MPLS
2 41 (89.13%) Cisco
3 38 (82.61%) BGP
4 36 (78.26%) Firewall
5 32 (69.57%) OSPF
6 25 (54.35%) Juniper
6 25 (54.35%) WAN
7 24 (52.17%) VPN
8 21 (45.65%) Ethernet
8 21 (45.65%) LAN
9 20 (43.48%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (39.13%) CCNP
11 16 (34.78%) Migration
12 14 (30.43%) Microsoft
12 14 (30.43%) EIGRP
12 14 (30.43%) Internet
12 14 (30.43%) RIP
12 14 (30.43%) Junos
13 11 (23.91%) Multicast
13 11 (23.91%) TCP/IP
13 11 (23.91%) RSVP
13 11 (23.91%) IP Telephony
14 10 (21.74%) Wireless
14 10 (21.74%) DNS
15 9 (19.57%) MS Office
15 9 (19.57%) Windows
15 9 (19.57%) CheckPoint
15 9 (19.57%) CCIE
15 9 (19.57%) Finance
15 9 (19.57%) VLAN

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 7 (15.22%) SharePoint
2 5 (10.87%) MS Exchange
2 5 (10.87%) Office Communications Server
2 5 (10.87%) Lync
2 5 (10.87%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (19.57%) MS Office
2 7 (15.22%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.87%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (10.87%) Office 365
1 5 (10.87%) IaaS
2 4 (8.70%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (100.00%) MPLS
2 38 (82.61%) BGP
3 36 (78.26%) Firewall
4 32 (69.57%) OSPF
5 25 (54.35%) WAN
6 24 (52.17%) VPN
7 21 (45.65%) Ethernet
7 21 (45.65%) LAN
8 14 (30.43%) RIP
8 14 (30.43%) Internet
8 14 (30.43%) EIGRP
8 14 (30.43%) Junos
9 11 (23.91%) Multicast
9 11 (23.91%) IP Telephony
9 11 (23.91%) TCP/IP
9 11 (23.91%) RSVP
10 10 (21.74%) DNS
10 10 (21.74%) Wireless
11 9 (19.57%) VLAN
12 8 (17.39%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.22%) SQL Server
General
1 9 (19.57%) Finance
2 6 (13.04%) Telecoms
3 2 (4.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (39.13%) Network Engineer
2 11 (23.91%) Architect
3 6 (13.04%) Solutions Architect
3 6 (13.04%) Project Leader
3 6 (13.04%) Design Engineer
3 6 (13.04%) Technical Project Leader
4 5 (10.87%) Network Support
4 5 (10.87%) Network Support Engineer
4 5 (10.87%) Support Engineer
5 4 (8.70%) IP Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Network Design Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Technical Manager
6 2 (4.35%) Implementation Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Senior Network Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Network Manager
7 1 (2.17%) Project Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Technical Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Cisco Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (2.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.17%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.87%) Clustering
2 3 (6.52%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (4.35%) Life Science
3 2 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.17%) Handset
4 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.17%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 9 (19.57%) Windows
2 5 (10.87%) UNIX
3 2 (4.35%) Linux
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (34.78%) Migration
2 8 (17.39%) Service Delivery
2 8 (17.39%) Network Design
2 8 (17.39%) Network Monitoring
3 6 (13.04%) Load Balancing
4 5 (10.87%) Project Management
5 4 (8.70%) Technical Architecture
5 4 (8.70%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (4.35%) WAN Optimisation
6 2 (4.35%) Network Management
6 2 (4.35%) ITIL
6 2 (4.35%) Network Architecture
6 2 (4.35%) Service Management
7 1 (2.17%) Risk Management
7 1 (2.17%) Penetration Testing
7 1 (2.17%) Supplier Management
7 1 (2.17%) Enterprise Architecture
7 1 (2.17%) Requirements Analysis
7 1 (2.17%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (2.17%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.17%) Perl
1 1 (2.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (43.48%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (39.13%) CCNP
3 9 (19.57%) CCIE
4 8 (17.39%) JNCIP
5 6 (13.04%) CCNA
6 5 (10.87%) JNCIE
6 5 (10.87%) MCT
7 4 (8.70%) CCDP
7 4 (8.70%) CCIP
8 3 (6.52%) JNCIS
8 3 (6.52%) Degree
9 2 (4.35%) CCVP
9 2 (4.35%) JNCIA
10 1 (2.17%) CCSP
10 1 (2.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.17%) QA
System Software
1 8 (17.39%) Active Directory
2 6 (13.04%) NFS
3 5 (10.87%) Hyper-V
4 4 (8.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (13.04%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (2.17%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (2.17%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 41 (89.13%) Cisco
2 25 (54.35%) Juniper
3 14 (30.43%) Microsoft
4 9 (19.57%) CheckPoint
5 8 (17.39%) Nortel
6 7 (15.22%) HP
6 7 (15.22%) Brocade
6 7 (15.22%) SolarWinds
7 6 (13.04%) WatchGuard
7 6 (13.04%) McAfee
8 5 (10.87%) Siemens
9 4 (8.70%) IronPort
9 4 (8.70%) Trustwave
10 3 (6.52%) Tandberg
10 3 (6.52%) Oracle
10 3 (6.52%) Mitel
10 3 (6.52%) Genesys
11 2 (4.35%) Riverbed
11 2 (4.35%) F5
11 2 (4.35%) Fortinet