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 6 May 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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 617 613 606
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -7
Contract jobs citing VPLS 24 19 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.043% 0.034% 0.016%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.28% 0.23% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 7
Median daily rate £550 £475 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% +15.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £325 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £515 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £500 £300
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +66.66%
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
8602 8400 7333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.48% 15.01% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4565 3897
Median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £345 £328
% change year-on-year
+7.24% +5.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 363 474 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.50 £40.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+23.21% +40.00%

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 6 May 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 12 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 6 May 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 -19 24 £550 +15.78% 7
London -6 16 £550 +52.77% 4
South West - 4 £400 - 1
Bournemouth - 4 £400 -
Dorset - 4 £400 -
Berkshire +2 2 £440 - 1
South East -12 2 £440 - 2
City of London +44 1 - -
Hendon - 1 £550 -
Croydon - 1 £550 -
Solihull - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 34 (100.00%) MPLS
2 29 (85.29%) Cisco
3 26 (76.47%) BGP
3 26 (76.47%) Juniper
4 25 (73.53%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (70.59%) OSPF
6 23 (67.65%) Firewall
7 20 (58.82%) CheckPoint
7 20 (58.82%) CCNP
8 18 (52.94%) TCP/IP
8 18 (52.94%) Cisco Nexus
9 17 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
9 17 (50.00%) 802.1X
9 17 (50.00%) CCNA
10 16 (47.06%) Wireless
10 16 (47.06%) VPN
11 15 (44.12%) WAN
11 15 (44.12%) CCIE
12 14 (41.18%) LAN
13 13 (38.24%) FortiGate
14 12 (35.29%) Data Centre
15 11 (32.35%) F5
16 10 (29.41%) SolarWinds
16 10 (29.41%) Network Design
17 9 (26.47%) Internet
17 9 (26.47%) Security Cleared
17 9 (26.47%) Cisco Prime
18 8 (23.53%) SC Cleared
18 8 (23.53%) VoIP
18 8 (23.53%) ITIL

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 1 (2.94%) MS Exchange
1 1 (2.94%) Smallworld
Applications
1 2 (5.88%) MS Excel
1 2 (5.88%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.94%) MS Office
2 1 (2.94%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.94%) Office 365
1 1 (2.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (100.00%) MPLS
2 26 (76.47%) BGP
3 24 (70.59%) OSPF
4 23 (67.65%) Firewall
5 18 (52.94%) Cisco Nexus
5 18 (52.94%) TCP/IP
6 16 (47.06%) VPN
6 16 (47.06%) Wireless
7 15 (44.12%) WAN
8 14 (41.18%) LAN
9 9 (26.47%) Internet
10 8 (23.53%) VoIP
11 7 (20.59%) Ethernet
11 7 (20.59%) Spanning Tree
12 6 (17.65%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (14.71%) EIGRP
13 5 (14.71%) IPv6
13 5 (14.71%) RSVP
13 5 (14.71%) VLAN
14 4 (11.76%) NetScreen
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) Big Data
1 1 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (11.76%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.82%) Finance
3 2 (5.88%) Electronics
4 1 (2.94%) Back Office
4 1 (2.94%) French Language
4 1 (2.94%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 17 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 10 (29.41%) Designer
3 8 (23.53%) Infrastructure Designer
4 5 (14.71%) Network Designer
5 4 (11.76%) Juniper Engineer
6 3 (8.82%) Architect
6 3 (8.82%) Cisco Engineer
6 3 (8.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 3 (8.82%) Migration Engineer
6 3 (8.82%) Network Security Engineer
6 3 (8.82%) Security Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Design Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Network Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Network Design Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Network Security Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Security Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) IP Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (50.00%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.94%) JMS
2 1 (2.94%) RFC 2547
2 1 (2.94%) SOAP
2 1 (2.94%) Web Services
2 1 (2.94%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (35.29%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.94%) Clustering
3 1 (2.94%) EqualLogic
3 1 (2.94%) Eurex
3 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.94%) MPEG
3 1 (2.94%) Performance Metrics
3 1 (2.94%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.59%) Linux
2 4 (11.76%) Windows
3 3 (8.82%) Unix
4 2 (5.88%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (29.41%) Network Design
2 8 (23.53%) ITIL
3 6 (17.65%) Migration
4 5 (14.71%) Project Management
5 4 (11.76%) Capacity Planning
5 4 (11.76%) Change Management
5 4 (11.76%) Network Management
5 4 (11.76%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.88%) Kalman Filter
7 1 (2.94%) Analytics
7 1 (2.94%) BDD
7 1 (2.94%) Big Data Analytics
7 1 (2.94%) Data Analytics
7 1 (2.94%) Demand Forecasting
7 1 (2.94%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (2.94%) Network Packet Analysis
7 1 (2.94%) Performance Analysis
7 1 (2.94%) Presales
7 1 (2.94%) Security Operations
7 1 (2.94%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.94%) Bash Shell
1 1 (2.94%) Java
1 1 (2.94%) Korn
1 1 (2.94%) Perl
1 1 (2.94%) Python
1 1 (2.94%) Ruby
1 1 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (73.53%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (58.82%) CCNP
3 17 (50.00%) CCNA
4 15 (44.12%) CCIE
5 9 (26.47%) Security Cleared
6 8 (23.53%) SC Cleared
7 3 (8.82%) CCDP
7 3 (8.82%) Degree
7 3 (8.82%) JNCIA
7 3 (8.82%) JNCIP
8 2 (5.88%) CCIP
8 2 (5.88%) JNCIE
9 1 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (2.94%) CCSP
9 1 (2.94%) CCVP
9 1 (2.94%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) QA
2 1 (2.94%) COBIT
2 1 (2.94%) HIPAA
2 1 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (5.88%) Active Directory
1 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.94%) Hyper-V
2 1 (2.94%) ProxySG
2 1 (2.94%) Snort
2 1 (2.94%) VMware ESX
2 1 (2.94%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 13 (38.24%) FortiGate
2 9 (26.47%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (11.76%) SCCM
4 2 (5.88%) Amdocs OSS
4 2 (5.88%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (2.94%) Backup Exec
5 1 (2.94%) Cacti
5 1 (2.94%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (2.94%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (2.94%) OPNET
5 1 (2.94%) TrustSec
5 1 (2.94%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (85.29%) Cisco
2 26 (76.47%) Juniper
3 20 (58.82%) CheckPoint
4 11 (32.35%) F5
5 10 (29.41%) SolarWinds
6 6 (17.65%) Fortinet
6 6 (17.65%) Microsoft
7 4 (11.76%) SonicWALL
7 4 (11.76%) VMware
7 4 (11.76%) WatchGuard
8 3 (8.82%) Citrix
8 3 (8.82%) Palo Alto
9 2 (5.88%) Agilent
9 2 (5.88%) Avaya
9 2 (5.88%) Cramer
9 2 (5.88%) Dell
9 2 (5.88%) HP
9 2 (5.88%) NetApp
10 1 (2.94%) Aruba
10 1 (2.94%) Riverbed