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 27 November 2014 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 578 569 562
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -7
Contract jobs citing VPLS 34 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.060% 0.018% 0.014%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.42% 0.13% 0.088%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 5 4
Average daily rate
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£350 £200 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -46.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £180 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £236 £416
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £200 £400
% change year-on-year
+72.50% -50.00%
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
8073 6886 7958
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.20% 13.50% 15.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4640 3787 3834
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 437 454 641
Average hourly rate £22.69 £20.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.45% -2.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

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 27 November 2014.

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 30 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 27 November 2014. 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 +18 31 £360 +80.00% 12
London +5 15 £375 - 8
Manchester - 10 £350 -
North West - 10 £350 -
City of London - 4 £375 - 4
South East -25 2 £400 +122.22% 1
East Sussex - 2 £400 - 1
Leeds - 1 £288 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £288 -
Yorkshire - 1 £288 -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 1 - -
Birmingham - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Cardiff - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Hertford - - - -
High Wycombe - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Middlesbrough - - - -
Nuneaton - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Stevenage - - - - 1
Thame - - - -
Watford - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Wigan - - - -
Berkshire - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, 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 51 (100.00%) MPLS
2 46 (90.20%) Cisco
3 40 (78.43%) BGP
3 40 (78.43%) Firewall
4 35 (68.63%) OSPF
5 29 (56.86%) WAN
6 27 (52.94%) VPN
7 24 (47.06%) LAN
7 24 (47.06%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (43.14%) CCNP
8 22 (43.14%) Juniper
9 21 (41.18%) Migration
10 20 (39.22%) Ethernet
11 18 (35.29%) Internet
12 17 (33.33%) EIGRP
13 15 (29.41%) IP Telephony
13 15 (29.41%) Microsoft
14 14 (27.45%) CheckPoint
14 14 (27.45%) DNS
14 14 (27.45%) Windows
15 13 (25.49%) Wireless
15 13 (25.49%) Active Directory
15 13 (25.49%) Cisco ASA
16 12 (23.53%) Junos
16 12 (23.53%) SQL Server
16 12 (23.53%) SSL
16 12 (23.53%) VLAN
17 11 (21.57%) RIP
17 11 (21.57%) Nortel
18 10 (19.61%) HP

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 2014, 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 9 (17.65%) SharePoint
2 8 (15.69%) IIS
2 8 (15.69%) Office Communications Server
2 8 (15.69%) Lync
3 6 (11.76%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (11.76%) MS Office
2 3 (5.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 8 (15.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (9.80%) IaaS
2 5 (9.80%) Office 365
3 4 (7.84%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (100.00%) MPLS
2 40 (78.43%) BGP
2 40 (78.43%) Firewall
3 35 (68.63%) OSPF
4 29 (56.86%) WAN
5 27 (52.94%) VPN
6 24 (47.06%) LAN
7 20 (39.22%) Ethernet
8 18 (35.29%) Internet
9 17 (33.33%) EIGRP
10 15 (29.41%) IP Telephony
11 14 (27.45%) DNS
12 13 (25.49%) Wireless
12 13 (25.49%) Cisco ASA
13 12 (23.53%) Junos
13 12 (23.53%) SSL
13 12 (23.53%) VLAN
14 11 (21.57%) RIP
15 10 (19.61%) TCP/IP
15 10 (19.61%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (23.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (15.69%) Telecoms
1 8 (15.69%) Finance
2 1 (1.96%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 19 (37.25%) Network Engineer
2 14 (27.45%) Architect
3 9 (17.65%) Solutions Architect
3 9 (17.65%) Project Leader
3 9 (17.65%) Technical Project Leader
4 6 (11.76%) Design Engineer
5 4 (7.84%) IP Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) Implementation Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) Network Support
6 3 (5.88%) Network Support Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (3.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.92%) Network Design Engineer
8 1 (1.96%) Cisco IPT Engineer
8 1 (1.96%) Senior Cisco IPT Engineer
8 1 (1.96%) Project Manager
8 1 (1.96%) Technical Project Manager
8 1 (1.96%) Senior Cisco Engineer
8 1 (1.96%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.96%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.69%) Clustering
2 6 (11.76%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (3.92%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.92%) Life Science
4 1 (1.96%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.96%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 14 (27.45%) Windows
2 6 (11.76%) UNIX
3 4 (7.84%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (5.88%) Linux
5 1 (1.96%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (41.18%) Migration
2 10 (19.61%) Service Delivery
3 9 (17.65%) Load Balancing
3 9 (17.65%) Project Management
4 8 (15.69%) Network Design
5 6 (11.76%) Technical Architecture
6 5 (9.80%) Network Monitoring
7 2 (3.92%) Penetration Testing
7 2 (3.92%) Service Management
7 2 (3.92%) ITIL
7 2 (3.92%) WAN Optimisation
7 2 (3.92%) Kalman Filter
7 2 (3.92%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (3.92%) Security Architecture
7 2 (3.92%) Network Architecture
8 1 (1.96%) Capacity Planning
8 1 (1.96%) Network Management
8 1 (1.96%) Capacity Management
8 1 (1.96%) Project Governance
8 1 (1.96%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.96%) Perl
1 1 (1.96%) SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (47.06%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (43.14%) CCNP
3 10 (19.61%) CCNA
3 10 (19.61%) CCIE
4 9 (17.65%) JNCIP
5 8 (15.69%) CCDP
6 7 (13.73%) CCIP
7 5 (9.80%) JNCIE
8 4 (7.84%) JNCIS
9 3 (5.88%) Degree
10 2 (3.92%) JNCIA
10 2 (3.92%) MCT
11 1 (1.96%) Security Cleared
11 1 (1.96%) VCAP
11 1 (1.96%) VCP5
11 1 (1.96%) CCSP
11 1 (1.96%) CCDA
11 1 (1.96%) CISSP
11 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (1.96%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.96%) QA
1 1 (1.96%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (25.49%) Active Directory
2 8 (15.69%) Hyper-V
3 7 (13.73%) vSphere
4 3 (5.88%) NFS
5 1 (1.96%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 8 (15.69%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (1.96%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (1.96%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 46 (90.20%) Cisco
2 22 (43.14%) Juniper
3 15 (29.41%) Microsoft
4 14 (27.45%) CheckPoint
5 11 (21.57%) Nortel
6 10 (19.61%) HP
7 8 (15.69%) SolarWinds
8 6 (11.76%) Tandberg
9 5 (9.80%) Brocade
10 4 (7.84%) Oracle
10 4 (7.84%) McAfee
10 4 (7.84%) WatchGuard
11 3 (5.88%) F5
11 3 (5.88%) Genesys
11 3 (5.88%) Mitel
12 2 (3.92%) VMware
12 2 (3.92%) Siemens
12 2 (3.92%) Trustwave
12 2 (3.92%) IronPort
12 2 (3.92%) Fortinet
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