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 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 520 554 541
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -13
Contract jobs citing VPLS 57 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.008% 0.004%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.77% 0.062% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 0 2
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£338 - £226
90% offered a daily rate of more than £312 - £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 - £165
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
7437 6447 7160
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.63% 13.24% 15.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4181 3434 3423
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 383 640
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.38 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.25% -14.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%

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 January 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 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 January 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 +32 57 £338 - 23
London +35 44 £344 - 14
City of London - 18 £320 - 8
South East -17 6 £400 - 2
Berkshire +2 3 £500 - 1
North West - 3 £250 - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £310 -
Manchester - 3 £250 - 2
West Yorkshire - 2 £313 -
Leeds - 2 £313 -
East Sussex - 1 £400 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £310 -
Sheffield - 1 £310 -
Solihull - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Thame - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Nuneaton - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 3
Cambridge - - - -
Cardiff - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Hertford - - - -
High Wycombe - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Suffolk - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 81 (92.05%) MPLS
2 68 (77.27%) BGP
3 66 (75.00%) Cisco
4 63 (71.59%) Firewall
5 55 (62.50%) OSPF
6 53 (60.23%) Cisco Certification
7 50 (56.82%) CCNP
8 40 (45.45%) EIGRP
8 40 (45.45%) Juniper
9 35 (39.77%) WAN
10 34 (38.64%) CCIE
10 34 (38.64%) Finance
11 31 (35.23%) LAN
12 30 (34.09%) Multicast
13 29 (32.95%) VPN
14 25 (28.41%) CheckPoint
15 23 (26.14%) Low Latency
16 20 (22.73%) Ethernet
17 19 (21.59%) Migration
17 19 (21.59%) Cisco ASA
18 18 (20.45%) DNS
18 18 (20.45%) Windows
19 17 (19.32%) Internet
19 17 (19.32%) IP Telephony
19 17 (19.32%) Cisco Nexus
20 16 (18.18%) SAN
20 16 (18.18%) Active Directory
21 15 (17.05%) Microsoft
21 15 (17.05%) SQL Server
21 15 (17.05%) Wireless

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 9 (10.23%) Lync
1 9 (10.23%) SharePoint
1 9 (10.23%) IIS
2 7 (7.95%) Office Communications Server
3 5 (5.68%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 4 (4.55%) MS Office
2 2 (2.27%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (5.68%) IaaS
3 4 (4.55%) PaaS
4 2 (2.27%) SaaS
4 2 (2.27%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 81 (92.05%) MPLS
2 68 (77.27%) BGP
3 63 (71.59%) Firewall
4 55 (62.50%) OSPF
5 40 (45.45%) EIGRP
6 35 (39.77%) WAN
7 31 (35.23%) LAN
8 30 (34.09%) Multicast
9 29 (32.95%) VPN
10 20 (22.73%) Ethernet
11 19 (21.59%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (20.45%) DNS
13 17 (19.32%) Internet
13 17 (19.32%) IP Telephony
13 17 (19.32%) Cisco Nexus
14 16 (18.18%) SAN
15 15 (17.05%) Wireless
16 14 (15.91%) Junos
17 12 (13.64%) SSL
17 12 (13.64%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (17.05%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 34 (38.64%) Finance
2 15 (17.05%) Banking
3 11 (12.50%) Investment Banking
4 10 (11.36%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.27%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 49 (55.68%) Network Engineer
2 17 (19.32%) Architect
3 9 (10.23%) Project Leader
3 9 (10.23%) Technical Project Leader
4 8 (9.09%) Senior Network Engineer
4 8 (9.09%) Solutions Architect
5 7 (7.95%) Network Support
6 5 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (5.68%) Design Engineer
7 4 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (4.55%) Implementation Engineer
7 4 (4.55%) IP Engineer
8 3 (3.41%) Support Engineer
8 3 (3.41%) Network Support Engineer
8 3 (3.41%) Infrastructure Architect
9 2 (2.27%) Network Consultant
9 2 (2.27%) Technical Architect
9 2 (2.27%) Consultant
10 1 (1.14%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
10 1 (1.14%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.14%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.23%) Clustering
2 6 (6.82%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (4.55%) Hedge funds
3 4 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.27%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.27%) Life Science
5 1 (1.14%) User Experience
5 1 (1.14%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.14%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 18 (20.45%) Windows
2 8 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (6.82%) UNIX
3 6 (6.82%) Linux
4 2 (2.27%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (26.14%) Low Latency
2 19 (21.59%) Migration
3 12 (13.64%) Load Balancing
4 11 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 10 (11.36%) Network Design
6 9 (10.23%) Project Management
6 9 (10.23%) Service Delivery
7 8 (9.09%) Technical Architecture
7 8 (9.09%) Network Monitoring
8 6 (6.82%) ITIL
9 5 (5.68%) Risk Management
10 4 (4.55%) TOGAF
10 4 (4.55%) Network Architecture
10 4 (4.55%) Performance Analysis
11 3 (3.41%) Service Management
12 2 (2.27%) PRINCE2
12 2 (2.27%) CRM
12 2 (2.27%) BCP
12 2 (2.27%) Business Continuity
12 2 (2.27%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.41%) Perl
2 2 (2.27%) Python
Qualifications
1 53 (60.23%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (56.82%) CCNP
3 34 (38.64%) CCIE
4 13 (14.77%) CCNA
5 9 (10.23%) JNCIP
5 9 (10.23%) CCDP
6 7 (7.95%) CCIP
7 4 (4.55%) JNCIE
8 3 (3.41%) JNCIS
8 3 (3.41%) Degree
8 3 (3.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (2.27%) MCSE
9 2 (2.27%) MCSA
9 2 (2.27%) MCT
9 2 (2.27%) CISSP
9 2 (2.27%) CCDA
9 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (2.27%) CCSA
9 2 (2.27%) CCSE
9 2 (2.27%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.27%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (18.18%) Active Directory
2 11 (12.50%) Hyper-V
3 9 (10.23%) vSphere
4 4 (4.55%) Terminal Services
5 3 (3.41%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (3.41%) NFS
6 1 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (9.09%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (2.27%) SCCM
2 2 (2.27%) SCOM
3 1 (1.14%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 66 (75.00%) Cisco
2 40 (45.45%) Juniper
3 25 (28.41%) CheckPoint
4 15 (17.05%) Microsoft
4 15 (17.05%) F5
5 12 (13.64%) SolarWinds
6 11 (12.50%) Fortinet
6 11 (12.50%) VMware
6 11 (12.50%) HP
6 11 (12.50%) Nortel
7 10 (11.36%) Blue Coat
8 8 (9.09%) Citrix
9 6 (6.82%) Tandberg
10 5 (5.68%) Brocade
11 4 (4.55%) McAfee
11 4 (4.55%) Oracle
11 4 (4.55%) BT
11 4 (4.55%) WatchGuard
12 3 (3.41%) Riverbed
13 2 (2.27%) Siemens