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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
UK
Rank 564 611 558
Rank change year-on-year
+47 -53
Contract jobs citing VPLS 31 7 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.014% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.45% 0.096% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 4 48
Median daily rate £299 £450 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.61% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £240 £312
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £450 £324
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +38.99%
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
6862 7258 7390
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.33% 14.55% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4145 4226 4179
Median daily rate £400 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.20% +7.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 365 410
Median hourly rate £28.00 £28.38 £22.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.32% +25.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £12.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +26.31%

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 17 January 2017.

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 21 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 17 January 2017. 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 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 +34 27 £300 -33.33% 7
London +14 9 £298 -33.88% 5
South East +24 8 £338 -
Berkshire - 7 £338 -
Birmingham - 4 £285 -
South West - 4 £425 -
West Midlands - 4 £285 - 2
Dorset - 3 £450 -
Slough - 3 - -
Bournemouth - 3 £450 -
East of England +6 2 £200 -
Reading - 2 £350 -
Suffolk - 2 £200 -
Croydon - 1 £300 -
Bracknell - 1 £338 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 £400 -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 53 (92.98%) Cisco
2 47 (82.46%) MPLS
3 45 (78.95%) BGP
4 42 (73.68%) Juniper
5 37 (64.91%) OSPF
5 37 (64.91%) Firewall
6 33 (57.89%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (43.86%) WAN
8 24 (42.11%) Cisco Nexus
9 23 (40.35%) CCNP
9 23 (40.35%) CCNA
10 20 (35.09%) LAN
11 17 (29.82%) Multicast
12 15 (26.32%) VLAN
13 14 (24.56%) F5
13 14 (24.56%) CheckPoint
14 13 (22.81%) Internet
14 13 (22.81%) SLA
14 13 (22.81%) TCP/IP
14 13 (22.81%) Telecoms
14 13 (22.81%) Network Security
15 11 (19.30%) Junos
15 11 (19.30%) Analytical Skills
15 11 (19.30%) Data Centre
15 11 (19.30%) Ethernet
15 11 (19.30%) IPv4
15 11 (19.30%) IPv6
16 10 (17.54%) JNCIA
16 10 (17.54%) Network Management
17 9 (15.79%) Palo Alto

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 (3.51%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.75%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (5.26%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.51%) Office 365
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.75%) AWS CloudTrail
3 1 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 47 (82.46%) MPLS
2 45 (78.95%) BGP
3 37 (64.91%) Firewall
3 37 (64.91%) OSPF
4 25 (43.86%) WAN
5 24 (42.11%) Cisco Nexus
6 20 (35.09%) LAN
7 17 (29.82%) Multicast
8 15 (26.32%) VLAN
9 13 (22.81%) Internet
9 13 (22.81%) Network Security
9 13 (22.81%) TCP/IP
10 11 (19.30%) Ethernet
10 11 (19.30%) IPv4
10 11 (19.30%) IPv6
10 11 (19.30%) Junos
11 9 (15.79%) DNS
11 9 (15.79%) VPN
12 7 (12.28%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (12.28%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.75%) JMeter
1 1 (1.75%) JUnit
1 1 (1.75%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 13 (22.81%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.53%) Finance
3 3 (5.26%) Banking
3 3 (5.26%) Billing
3 3 (5.26%) Electronics
3 3 (5.26%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (1.75%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (35.09%) Network Engineer
2 7 (12.28%) Cisco Engineer
2 7 (12.28%) Firewall Engineer
3 6 (10.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 6 (10.53%) NOC Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) Architect
4 5 (8.77%) Data Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) Juniper Engineer
4 5 (8.77%) Network Specialist
4 5 (8.77%) Test Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) 1st Line Support
5 3 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Consultant
5 3 (5.26%) Juniper Specialist
5 3 (5.26%) Network Consultant
6 2 (3.51%) Cisco Consultant
6 2 (3.51%) Head of Design
6 2 (3.51%) Head of Networks
6 2 (3.51%) LAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.28%) 802.1X
2 5 (8.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 11 (19.30%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (19.30%) Data Centre
2 5 (8.77%) IPTV
2 5 (8.77%) Over-the-Top Content
2 5 (8.77%) STB
2 5 (8.77%) Video on Demand
3 2 (3.51%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.75%) CLARiiON
4 1 (1.75%) Clustering
4 1 (1.75%) Cryptography
4 1 (1.75%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.75%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.75%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 9 (15.79%) Windows
2 4 (7.02%) Unix
3 3 (5.26%) Android
3 3 (5.26%) Linux
4 2 (3.51%) AIX
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (17.54%) Network Management
2 8 (14.04%) Network Design
3 7 (12.28%) Migration
3 7 (12.28%) Network Architecture
4 6 (10.53%) ITIL
5 5 (8.77%) Project Management
6 4 (7.02%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (7.02%) Incident Management
6 4 (7.02%) PRINCE2
7 3 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (5.26%) Configuration Management
7 3 (5.26%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 3 (5.26%) Load Balancing
7 3 (5.26%) Validation
8 2 (3.51%) Change Management
8 2 (3.51%) E-Commerce
8 2 (3.51%) Patch Management
8 2 (3.51%) Security Monitoring
8 2 (3.51%) Service Delivery
8 2 (3.51%) Technical Architecture
Qualifications
1 33 (57.89%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (40.35%) CCNA
2 23 (40.35%) CCNP
3 10 (17.54%) JNCIA
4 8 (14.04%) CCIP
4 8 (14.04%) JNCIS
5 7 (12.28%) SC Cleared
5 7 (12.28%) Security Cleared
6 5 (8.77%) CCIE
6 5 (8.77%) JNCIP
7 3 (5.26%) Degree
8 2 (3.51%) CISSP
8 2 (3.51%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.75%) CCDP
9 1 (1.75%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.75%) ISEB
9 1 (1.75%) ISTQB
9 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (22.81%) SLA
2 1 (1.75%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (7.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.51%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.75%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.75%) ProxySG
3 1 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (12.28%) FortiGate
2 4 (7.02%) Nagios
3 3 (5.26%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (1.75%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.75%) Cacti
4 1 (1.75%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (1.75%) SCCM
4 1 (1.75%) WSUS
Vendors
1 53 (92.98%) Cisco
2 42 (73.68%) Juniper
3 14 (24.56%) CheckPoint
3 14 (24.56%) F5
4 9 (15.79%) Palo Alto
5 8 (14.04%) Huawei
6 7 (12.28%) Microsoft
7 5 (8.77%) Fortinet
7 5 (8.77%) SolarWinds
8 4 (7.02%) HP
8 4 (7.02%) VMware
9 3 (5.26%) Nokia
10 2 (3.51%) BT
10 2 (3.51%) Dell
10 2 (3.51%) EqualLogic
10 2 (3.51%) Ericsson
10 2 (3.51%) NetApp
10 2 (3.51%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (3.51%) SonicWALL
10 2 (3.51%) WatchGuard