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 3 August 2015 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 603 598 562
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -36
Contract jobs citing VPLS 25 16 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.044% 0.029% 0.031%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.32% 0.21% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 7 9
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% +37.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £245 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £396 £488 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £245 £283
% change year-on-year
+37.89% -13.36%
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
7818 7661 7013
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 14.00% 13.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4471 4083 3635
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £323
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 3 August 2015.

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 9 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 3 August 2015. 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 0 23 £340 -15.00% 10
London -2 20 £358 -15.88% 6
City of London - 8 £363 - 1
South East -19 3 £338 +141.93% 4
West Sussex - 2 £338 -
Crawley - 2 £338 -
Edinburgh - 2 - -
Scotland - 2 - -
Berkshire -2 1 £340 - 2

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, 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 37 (84.09%) MPLS
2 36 (81.82%) Cisco
3 31 (70.45%) Firewall
4 30 (68.18%) BGP
5 28 (63.64%) WAN
6 23 (52.27%) OSPF
7 20 (45.45%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (45.45%) LAN
8 18 (40.91%) VPN
8 18 (40.91%) Juniper
8 18 (40.91%) Cisco ASA
9 17 (38.64%) Microsoft
10 16 (36.36%) CheckPoint
10 16 (36.36%) EIGRP
10 16 (36.36%) Multicast
11 15 (34.09%) CCNP
12 14 (31.82%) Wireless
12 14 (31.82%) Finance
12 14 (31.82%) Data Centre
13 13 (29.55%) Clustering
13 13 (29.55%) Windows
13 13 (29.55%) RSVP
13 13 (29.55%) Internet
14 12 (27.27%) Migration
14 12 (27.27%) SolarWinds
15 11 (25.00%) Hyper-V
15 11 (25.00%) Cisco IPT
15 11 (25.00%) DMZ
15 11 (25.00%) Active Directory
15 11 (25.00%) SQL Server

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, 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 11 (25.00%) IIS
2 8 (18.18%) Lync
3 3 (6.82%) SharePoint
3 3 (6.82%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (6.82%) MS Office
2 1 (2.27%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 37 (84.09%) MPLS
2 31 (70.45%) Firewall
3 30 (68.18%) BGP
4 28 (63.64%) WAN
5 23 (52.27%) OSPF
6 20 (45.45%) LAN
7 18 (40.91%) VPN
7 18 (40.91%) Cisco ASA
8 16 (36.36%) Multicast
8 16 (36.36%) EIGRP
9 14 (31.82%) Wireless
10 13 (29.55%) RSVP
10 13 (29.55%) Internet
11 11 (25.00%) DMZ
11 11 (25.00%) Cisco IPT
12 10 (22.73%) Junos
12 10 (22.73%) Fibre Channel
13 9 (20.45%) IP Telephony
14 8 (18.18%) Cisco IOS
14 8 (18.18%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 8 (18.18%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (31.82%) Finance
2 8 (18.18%) Telecoms
3 4 (9.09%) Banking
4 2 (4.55%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.55%) Corporate Banking
4 2 (4.55%) Manufacturing
4 2 (4.55%) Back Office
5 1 (2.27%) Electronics
5 1 (2.27%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (52.27%) Network Engineer
2 12 (27.27%) Architect
3 7 (15.91%) Technical Architect
4 4 (9.09%) Deployment Engineer
4 4 (9.09%) Network Specialist
5 3 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (6.82%) Senior Network Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Project Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Senior Cisco Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Cisco Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Manager
6 2 (4.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Operations Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Network Operations Engineer
7 1 (2.27%) Network Architect
7 1 (2.27%) Network Project Manager
7 1 (2.27%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) 802.1X
2 2 (4.55%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (31.82%) Data Centre
2 13 (29.55%) Clustering
3 8 (18.18%) Replication
3 8 (18.18%) EMC VNX
3 8 (18.18%) Celerra
4 6 (13.64%) Eurex
5 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.27%) DTV
6 1 (2.27%) Cryptography
6 1 (2.27%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 13 (29.55%) Windows
2 10 (22.73%) UNIX
3 8 (18.18%) Solaris
4 2 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (27.27%) Migration
2 8 (18.18%) Configuration Management
2 8 (18.18%) Business Continuity
2 8 (18.18%) Network Design
2 8 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
3 7 (15.91%) Change Control
3 7 (15.91%) Project Management
4 5 (11.36%) Network Monitoring
5 4 (9.09%) Load Balancing
6 3 (6.82%) Service Delivery
7 2 (4.55%) Service Management
7 2 (4.55%) ITIL
7 2 (4.55%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (4.55%) Patch Management
7 2 (4.55%) Incident Management
7 2 (4.55%) Network Management
7 2 (4.55%) Continuous Improvement
8 1 (2.27%) Project Planning
8 1 (2.27%) Information Security
8 1 (2.27%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.82%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 20 (45.45%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (34.09%) CCNP
3 8 (18.18%) CCNA
4 4 (9.09%) CCIE
5 2 (4.55%) CCDP
5 2 (4.55%) Degree
5 2 (4.55%) CCENT
5 2 (4.55%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.55%) Security Cleared
5 2 (4.55%) CCSE
5 2 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (4.55%) JNCIA
6 1 (2.27%) JNCIS
6 1 (2.27%) JNCIP
6 1 (2.27%) CCDA
6 1 (2.27%) CCIP
System Software
1 11 (25.00%) Hyper-V
1 11 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 10 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (18.18%) Terminal Services
3 8 (18.18%) VMware ESX
3 8 (18.18%) XenApp
3 8 (18.18%) EMC RecoverPoint
4 3 (6.82%) vSphere
5 2 (4.55%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 4 (9.09%) EMC NetWorker
2 2 (4.55%) Cacti
2 2 (4.55%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 36 (81.82%) Cisco
2 18 (40.91%) Juniper
3 17 (38.64%) Microsoft
4 16 (36.36%) CheckPoint
5 12 (27.27%) SolarWinds
6 10 (22.73%) VMware
7 8 (18.18%) Oracle
7 8 (18.18%) EMC
7 8 (18.18%) Nortel
7 8 (18.18%) Citrix
8 6 (13.64%) F5
8 6 (13.64%) Riverbed
9 4 (9.09%) Avaya
10 2 (4.55%) HP
10 2 (4.55%) Brocade
10 2 (4.55%) NetScout
10 2 (4.55%) Fortinet
10 2 (4.55%) Qualys
10 2 (4.55%) Reuters
10 2 (4.55%) Bloomberg