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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 638 635 605
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -30
Contract jobs citing VPLS 23 27 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.042% 0.046% 0.034%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.27% 0.33% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 7
Median daily rate £413 £345 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.56% -8.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £326 £336
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £398 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £356 £338 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -3.57%
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
8569 8125 8127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.72% 13.90% 14.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4655 4363
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 £235 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 439 515 456
Median hourly rate £33.00 £21.51 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.39% +4.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £21.53 £21.88
% change year-on-year
+62.60% -1.60%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 0 23 £413 +19.56% 9
London +1 14 £438 +18.24% 7
South East +14 5 £350 +3.70%
City of London +28 3 £425 +4.10% 1
Leeds - 3 £375 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £375 -
Yorkshire - 3 £375 -
Berkshire +6 2 £344 +3.38%
Hampshire - 2 £397 -
Bracknell - 2 £344 -
Bournemouth - 1 £450 -
Kidlington - 1 £363 -
Manchester - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £363 -
Dorset - 1 £450 -
North West - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 £450 -
Croydon - 1 £450 -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 49 (98.00%) MPLS
2 45 (90.00%) BGP
3 44 (88.00%) Cisco
4 38 (76.00%) OSPF
5 35 (70.00%) Firewall
6 32 (64.00%) Juniper
7 29 (58.00%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (52.00%) CheckPoint
8 26 (52.00%) Cisco Nexus
9 22 (44.00%) TCP/IP
9 22 (44.00%) WAN
10 21 (42.00%) VPN
11 20 (40.00%) CCNP
11 20 (40.00%) CCNA
12 19 (38.00%) LAN
12 19 (38.00%) Analytical Skills
13 18 (36.00%) F5
13 18 (36.00%) CCIE
14 17 (34.00%) Data Centre
14 17 (34.00%) 802.1X
15 15 (30.00%) FortiGate
15 15 (30.00%) Cisco ASA
16 14 (28.00%) Security Cleared
16 14 (28.00%) Network Design
16 14 (28.00%) VLAN
17 13 (26.00%) Wireless
17 13 (26.00%) Internet
17 13 (26.00%) SC Cleared
18 12 (24.00%) VoIP
19 11 (22.00%) Migration

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 (4.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.00%) MS Office
2 1 (2.00%) MS Project
2 1 (2.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.00%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 49 (98.00%) MPLS
2 45 (90.00%) BGP
3 38 (76.00%) OSPF
4 35 (70.00%) Firewall
5 26 (52.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 22 (44.00%) TCP/IP
6 22 (44.00%) WAN
7 21 (42.00%) VPN
8 19 (38.00%) LAN
9 15 (30.00%) Cisco ASA
10 14 (28.00%) VLAN
11 13 (26.00%) Internet
11 13 (26.00%) Wireless
12 12 (24.00%) VoIP
13 11 (22.00%) Spanning Tree
14 10 (20.00%) Ethernet
14 10 (20.00%) IPsec
14 10 (20.00%) Junos
15 8 (16.00%) Network Security
16 7 (14.00%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.00%) SoapUI
General
1 6 (12.00%) Telecoms
2 4 (8.00%) Finance
3 2 (4.00%) Publishing
4 1 (2.00%) Banking
4 1 (2.00%) French Language
4 1 (2.00%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (32.00%) Network Engineer
2 13 (26.00%) Designer
3 9 (18.00%) Architect
4 8 (16.00%) Infrastructure Designer
5 7 (14.00%) Cisco Engineer
6 6 (12.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 6 (12.00%) Network Designer
7 5 (10.00%) Juniper Engineer
8 4 (8.00%) Firewall Engineer
8 4 (8.00%) Migration Engineer
8 4 (8.00%) Network Architect
8 4 (8.00%) Network Specialist
8 4 (8.00%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (6.00%) Security Designer
10 2 (4.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 2 (4.00%) Cisco Architect
10 2 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 2 (4.00%) Lead Network Engineer
10 2 (4.00%) Security Engineer
11 1 (2.00%) Juniper Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (34.00%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.00%) JMS
2 1 (2.00%) SOAP
2 1 (2.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (38.00%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (34.00%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.00%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (6.00%) Cryptography
5 2 (4.00%) Driving Licence
6 1 (2.00%) Clustering
6 1 (2.00%) EqualLogic
6 1 (2.00%) Eurex
6 1 (2.00%) MPEG
6 1 (2.00%) PKI
6 1 (2.00%) Private Cloud
6 1 (2.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (14.00%) Windows
2 4 (8.00%) AIX
2 4 (8.00%) Linux
3 2 (4.00%) Unix
3 2 (4.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (28.00%) Network Design
2 11 (22.00%) Migration
3 10 (20.00%) ITIL
3 10 (20.00%) Project Management
4 7 (14.00%) Network Management
5 5 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
5 5 (10.00%) PRINCE2
6 4 (8.00%) Presales
7 3 (6.00%) Change Management
7 3 (6.00%) Configuration Management
7 3 (6.00%) Cybersecurity
7 3 (6.00%) Load Balancing
7 3 (6.00%) Patch Management
7 3 (6.00%) Service Delivery
7 3 (6.00%) SIEM
7 3 (6.00%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (6.00%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (4.00%) E-Commerce
8 2 (4.00%) Network Architecture
8 2 (4.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.00%) Bash Shell
1 1 (2.00%) Java
1 1 (2.00%) Korn
1 1 (2.00%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.00%) Python
1 1 (2.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 29 (58.00%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (40.00%) CCNA
2 20 (40.00%) CCNP
3 18 (36.00%) CCIE
4 14 (28.00%) Security Cleared
5 13 (26.00%) SC Cleared
6 4 (8.00%) CCDP
6 4 (8.00%) CCIP
7 3 (6.00%) CISSP
7 3 (6.00%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (6.00%) JNCIP
8 2 (4.00%) JNCIE
9 1 (2.00%) CCSP
9 1 (2.00%) Degree
9 1 (2.00%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.00%) Snort
3 1 (2.00%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (2.00%) VMware ESX
3 1 (2.00%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (2.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (30.00%) FortiGate
2 10 (20.00%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (8.00%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (8.00%) SCCM
4 1 (2.00%) Amdocs OSS
4 1 (2.00%) Backup Exec
4 1 (2.00%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (2.00%) SCOM
4 1 (2.00%) TrustSec
4 1 (2.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 44 (88.00%) Cisco
2 32 (64.00%) Juniper
3 26 (52.00%) CheckPoint
4 18 (36.00%) F5
5 11 (22.00%) SolarWinds
6 8 (16.00%) Palo Alto
7 6 (12.00%) Fortinet
7 6 (12.00%) Microsoft
8 5 (10.00%) SonicWALL
8 5 (10.00%) WatchGuard
9 3 (6.00%) Citrix
9 3 (6.00%) Intel Security
9 3 (6.00%) Tandberg
9 3 (6.00%) VMware
10 2 (4.00%) Agilent
10 2 (4.00%) HP
10 2 (4.00%) Nokia
11 1 (2.00%) Brocade
11 1 (2.00%) Forcepoint
11 1 (2.00%) Huawei