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 February 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
UK
Rank 567 619 555
Rank change year-on-year
+52 -64
Contract jobs citing VPLS 41 9 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.017% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.60% 0.12% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 4 46
Median daily rate £300 £313 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £158 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £485 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 - £310
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
6797 7566 7866
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.97% 14.55% 14.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4235 4474 4313
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 375 315 455
Median hourly rate £23.00 £27.66 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.84% +10.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-28.33% +13.20%

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 February 2017.

VPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VPLS
Top 23 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 February 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 +61 36 £300 -4.00% 14
London +29 13 £450 +44.00% 12
South East - 11 £300 -
Berkshire - 8 £338 -
West Midlands - 5 £285 - 1
Birmingham - 4 £285 -
North West - 3 - - 1
Reading - 3 £350 -
Slough - 3 - -
Manchester - 3 - - 1
East of England +5 2 £200 -
Hampshire - 2 £218 -
Basingstoke - 2 £218 -
Suffolk - 2 £200 -
South West - 1 £450 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Bracknell - 1 £338 -
Bournemouth - 1 £450 -
Surrey - 1 - -
Dorset - 1 £450 -
Yorkshire - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 60 (90.91%) Cisco
2 57 (86.36%) MPLS
3 49 (74.24%) Juniper
4 48 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
4 48 (72.73%) OSPF
4 48 (72.73%) BGP
5 44 (66.67%) Firewall
6 38 (57.58%) CCNP
7 30 (45.45%) CCNA
8 28 (42.42%) WAN
9 27 (40.91%) Cisco Nexus
10 23 (34.85%) Multicast
11 22 (33.33%) LAN
12 19 (28.79%) TCP/IP
12 19 (28.79%) Internet
12 19 (28.79%) VLAN
13 18 (27.27%) Telecoms
13 18 (27.27%) CheckPoint
14 17 (25.76%) SLA
14 17 (25.76%) Wireless
15 14 (21.21%) IPv6
15 14 (21.21%) Ethernet
15 14 (21.21%) F5
15 14 (21.21%) Cisco ASA
15 14 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (19.70%) RSVP
16 13 (19.70%) JNCIA
17 12 (18.18%) DNS
17 12 (18.18%) CCIP
17 12 (18.18%) IPv4

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 (3.03%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 3 (4.55%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon S3
1 1 (1.52%) AWS CloudTrail
1 1 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.52%) Office 365
1 1 (1.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (86.36%) MPLS
2 48 (72.73%) BGP
2 48 (72.73%) OSPF
3 44 (66.67%) Firewall
4 28 (42.42%) WAN
5 27 (40.91%) Cisco Nexus
6 23 (34.85%) Multicast
7 22 (33.33%) LAN
8 19 (28.79%) Internet
8 19 (28.79%) TCP/IP
8 19 (28.79%) VLAN
9 17 (25.76%) Wireless
10 14 (21.21%) Cisco ASA
10 14 (21.21%) Ethernet
10 14 (21.21%) IPv6
11 13 (19.70%) RSVP
12 12 (18.18%) DNS
12 12 (18.18%) IPv4
12 12 (18.18%) Network Security
13 10 (15.15%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.52%) JMeter
1 1 (1.52%) JUnit
1 1 (1.52%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 18 (27.27%) Telecoms
2 6 (9.09%) Finance
3 4 (6.06%) Billing
3 4 (6.06%) Electronics
3 4 (6.06%) Legal
4 3 (4.55%) Banking
5 2 (3.03%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 34 (51.52%) Network Engineer
2 11 (16.67%) Cisco Engineer
3 10 (15.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 9 (13.64%) Data Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Juniper Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) NOC Engineer
6 5 (7.58%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 5 (7.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (7.58%) Architect
6 5 (7.58%) Network Specialist
6 5 (7.58%) Test Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) 1st Line Support
7 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) IP Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) IP Network Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Consultant
8 3 (4.55%) Firewall Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Network Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (18.18%) 802.1X
2 8 (12.12%) Middleware
3 2 (3.03%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 14 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (16.67%) Data Centre
3 8 (12.12%) IPTV
3 8 (12.12%) Over-the-Top Content
3 8 (12.12%) STB
3 8 (12.12%) Video on Demand
4 2 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.52%) CLARiiON
5 1 (1.52%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.52%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (16.67%) Windows
2 10 (15.15%) Unix
3 8 (12.12%) Linux
4 4 (6.06%) Android
5 3 (4.55%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (13.64%) Network Management
2 8 (12.12%) Migration
2 8 (12.12%) Network Architecture
2 8 (12.12%) Project Management
3 6 (9.09%) Incident Management
3 6 (9.09%) ITIL
3 6 (9.09%) Network Design
3 6 (9.09%) Network Monitoring
4 5 (7.58%) PRINCE2
5 4 (6.06%) Infrastructure Monitoring
6 3 (4.55%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (4.55%) Service Delivery
6 3 (4.55%) Service Management
6 3 (4.55%) Validation
7 2 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (3.03%) Capacity Management
7 2 (3.03%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (3.03%) Change Management
7 2 (3.03%) Kalman Filter
7 2 (3.03%) Technical Architecture
Qualifications
1 48 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
2 38 (57.58%) CCNP
3 30 (45.45%) CCNA
4 13 (19.70%) JNCIA
5 12 (18.18%) CCIP
6 8 (12.12%) JNCIS
7 6 (9.09%) CCIE
8 4 (6.06%) Degree
8 4 (6.06%) JNCIP
9 3 (4.55%) SC Cleared
9 3 (4.55%) Security Cleared
10 1 (1.52%) CCDP
10 1 (1.52%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.52%) ISEB
10 1 (1.52%) ISTQB
10 1 (1.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.52%) JNCIE
10 1 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (25.76%) SLA
2 1 (1.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (4.55%) Hyper-V
3 2 (3.03%) ProxySG
4 1 (1.52%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (18.18%) FortiGate
2 8 (12.12%) Cisco Prime
3 5 (7.58%) Nagios
4 1 (1.52%) Cacti
4 1 (1.52%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 60 (90.91%) Cisco
2 49 (74.24%) Juniper
3 18 (27.27%) CheckPoint
4 14 (21.21%) F5
5 12 (18.18%) Palo Alto
6 11 (16.67%) Huawei
7 10 (15.15%) SolarWinds
8 8 (12.12%) VMware
9 5 (7.58%) Microsoft
10 4 (6.06%) BT
10 4 (6.06%) Fortinet
11 3 (4.55%) Aruba
11 3 (4.55%) Ericsson
11 3 (4.55%) HP
11 3 (4.55%) Nokia
12 2 (3.03%) Bloomberg
12 2 (3.03%) Blue Coat
12 2 (3.03%) NetScout
12 2 (3.03%) Reuters
12 2 (3.03%) Salesforce.com