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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 536 561 558
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -3
Contract jobs citing VPLS 56 9 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.018% 0.006%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.72% 0.13% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 4 3
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£350 £200 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -42.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £186 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £242 £407
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £200 £294
% change year-on-year
+70.00% -31.90%
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
7825 6877 7709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.43% 15.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4453 3746 3776
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 £220 £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 419 411 645
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.85 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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 +17 54 £345 +72.50% 10
London +49 36 £350 - 6
Manchester - 10 £350 - 2
City of London - 10 £320 - 4
North West - 10 £350 - 2
South East -30 4 £350 +94.44% 2
Leeds - 2 £313 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £313 -
Yorkshire - 2 £313 -
East Sussex - 2 £400 -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 1 - -
Birmingham - - - -
Cardiff - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Hertford - - - -
High Wycombe - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Middlesbrough - - - -
Nuneaton - - - -
Reading - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Thame - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Wigan - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 2
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 76 (96.20%) MPLS
2 65 (82.28%) Cisco
3 62 (78.48%) Firewall
4 59 (74.68%) BGP
5 49 (62.03%) OSPF
6 45 (56.96%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (51.90%) CCNP
8 37 (46.84%) Juniper
9 36 (45.57%) WAN
10 35 (44.30%) EIGRP
11 33 (41.77%) VPN
12 32 (40.51%) LAN
13 26 (32.91%) CCIE
14 25 (31.65%) CheckPoint
15 24 (30.38%) Finance
15 24 (30.38%) Multicast
16 23 (29.11%) Migration
17 21 (26.58%) DNS
17 21 (26.58%) Windows
18 19 (24.05%) Ethernet
18 19 (24.05%) Microsoft
18 19 (24.05%) Cisco ASA
19 18 (22.78%) Active Directory
19 18 (22.78%) Internet
20 17 (21.52%) SAN
20 17 (21.52%) SQL Server
21 16 (20.25%) IP Telephony
21 16 (20.25%) VLAN
21 16 (20.25%) Cisco Nexus
21 16 (20.25%) Low Latency

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 12 (15.19%) IIS
1 12 (15.19%) SharePoint
1 12 (15.19%) Lync
2 10 (12.66%) Office Communications Server
3 7 (8.86%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (7.59%) MS Office
2 2 (2.53%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 12 (15.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (8.86%) IaaS
3 6 (7.59%) PaaS
4 5 (6.33%) Office 365
5 2 (2.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 76 (96.20%) MPLS
2 62 (78.48%) Firewall
3 59 (74.68%) BGP
4 49 (62.03%) OSPF
5 36 (45.57%) WAN
6 35 (44.30%) EIGRP
7 33 (41.77%) VPN
8 32 (40.51%) LAN
9 24 (30.38%) Multicast
10 21 (26.58%) DNS
11 19 (24.05%) Ethernet
11 19 (24.05%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (22.78%) Internet
13 17 (21.52%) SAN
14 16 (20.25%) IP Telephony
14 16 (20.25%) VLAN
14 16 (20.25%) Cisco Nexus
15 15 (18.99%) Wireless
15 15 (18.99%) SSL
16 14 (17.72%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (21.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 24 (30.38%) Finance
2 12 (15.19%) Banking
3 10 (12.66%) Investment Banking
3 10 (12.66%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.53%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.27%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 39 (49.37%) Network Engineer
2 20 (25.32%) Architect
3 10 (12.66%) Solutions Architect
4 9 (11.39%) Project Leader
4 9 (11.39%) Technical Project Leader
5 8 (10.13%) Senior Network Engineer
6 6 (7.59%) Design Engineer
7 5 (6.33%) Implementation Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) IP Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) Network Support
8 4 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (3.80%) Support Engineer
9 3 (3.80%) Network Support Engineer
9 3 (3.80%) Infrastructure Architect
10 2 (2.53%) Network Design Engineer
10 2 (2.53%) Technical Architect
11 1 (1.27%) Network Analyst
11 1 (1.27%) Technical Analyst
11 1 (1.27%) Project Engineer
11 1 (1.27%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.27%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.19%) Clustering
2 6 (7.59%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (5.06%) Hedge funds
4 2 (2.53%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.53%) Life Science
5 1 (1.27%) Handset
5 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.27%) User Experience
5 1 (1.27%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 21 (26.58%) Windows
2 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (7.59%) UNIX
3 6 (7.59%) Linux
4 2 (2.53%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (29.11%) Migration
2 16 (20.25%) Low Latency
3 15 (18.99%) Load Balancing
4 11 (13.92%) Network Design
4 11 (13.92%) Service Delivery
5 10 (12.66%) Project Management
5 10 (12.66%) E-Commerce
6 8 (10.13%) Technical Architecture
7 5 (6.33%) Network Monitoring
7 5 (6.33%) ITIL
7 5 (6.33%) Risk Management
8 4 (5.06%) TOGAF
8 4 (5.06%) Network Architecture
9 3 (3.80%) Network Management
9 3 (3.80%) Service Management
10 2 (2.53%) Disaster Recovery
10 2 (2.53%) PRINCE2
10 2 (2.53%) CRM
10 2 (2.53%) BCP
10 2 (2.53%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.80%) Perl
2 2 (2.53%) Python
3 1 (1.27%) SQL
Qualifications
1 45 (56.96%) Cisco Certification
2 41 (51.90%) CCNP
3 26 (32.91%) CCIE
4 13 (16.46%) CCNA
5 10 (12.66%) JNCIP
6 9 (11.39%) CCDP
7 7 (8.86%) CCIP
8 5 (6.33%) JNCIE
8 5 (6.33%) JNCIS
9 3 (3.80%) Degree
10 2 (2.53%) VCAP
10 2 (2.53%) VCP5
10 2 (2.53%) CCDA
10 2 (2.53%) MCSE
10 2 (2.53%) MCSA
10 2 (2.53%) MCT
10 2 (2.53%) CISSP
10 2 (2.53%) CCSE
10 2 (2.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (2.53%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.53%) SLA
2 1 (1.27%) QA
System Software
1 18 (22.78%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.72%) Hyper-V
3 11 (13.92%) vSphere
4 4 (5.06%) Terminal Services
5 3 (3.80%) NFS
6 2 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (10.13%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (2.53%) SCCM
2 2 (2.53%) SCOM
3 1 (1.27%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (1.27%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 65 (82.28%) Cisco
2 37 (46.84%) Juniper
3 25 (31.65%) CheckPoint
4 19 (24.05%) Microsoft
5 15 (18.99%) F5
6 14 (17.72%) HP
7 12 (15.19%) SolarWinds
7 12 (15.19%) Fortinet
8 11 (13.92%) Nortel
9 9 (11.39%) Blue Coat
10 7 (8.86%) VMware
11 6 (7.59%) Tandberg
12 5 (6.33%) Brocade
13 4 (5.06%) WatchGuard
13 4 (5.06%) McAfee
13 4 (5.06%) Citrix
13 4 (5.06%) Oracle
14 3 (3.80%) Genesys
14 3 (3.80%) Mitel
14 3 (3.80%) Riverbed
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