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 9 December 2016 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 591 627 590
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -37
Contract jobs citing VPLS 30 18 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.061% 0.033% 0.083%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.40% 0.23% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 11 35
Median daily rate £375 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £310 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £475 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £345
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +30.43%
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
7451 7948 8179
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.03% 14.42% 14.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4502 4666 4668
Median daily rate £400 £398 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +10.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 471 439
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.62 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.78% +0.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.31 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £23.13
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -2.70%

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 9 December 2016.

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 18 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 9 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +18 26 £388 -13.88% 8
London +22 13 £325 -27.77% 8
South East +27 7 £475 +46.71%
Berkshire +4 5 £300 +36.36%
South West - 4 £425 -
Dorset - 3 £450 -
Bournemouth - 3 £450 -
Slough - 3 - -
North West +7 2 £400 -11.11%
High Wycombe - 2 £475 -
Manchester - 2 £400 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £475 -
Birmingham -8 1 £285 -40.00%
West Midlands -14 1 £285 -40.00%
Wiltshire - 1 £400 -
Croydon - 1 £300 -
Hammersmith - 1 £425 -
Reading - 1 £300 -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, 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 48 (87.27%) Cisco
2 47 (85.45%) MPLS
3 44 (80.00%) BGP
4 35 (63.64%) OSPF
4 35 (63.64%) Juniper
5 34 (61.82%) Firewall
6 31 (56.36%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (43.64%) CCNP
7 24 (43.64%) Cisco Nexus
8 22 (40.00%) CCNA
9 21 (38.18%) WAN
10 18 (32.73%) LAN
11 16 (29.09%) TCP/IP
11 16 (29.09%) CheckPoint
11 16 (29.09%) VLAN
12 14 (25.45%) Internet
12 14 (25.45%) Telecoms
13 13 (23.64%) F5
14 12 (21.82%) Network Security
14 12 (21.82%) Multicast
14 12 (21.82%) Data Centre
15 11 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
15 11 (20.00%) SLA
15 11 (20.00%) VPN
16 10 (18.18%) Ethernet
16 10 (18.18%) IPv4
16 10 (18.18%) IPv6
16 10 (18.18%) Palo Alto
17 9 (16.36%) Network Management
17 9 (16.36%) CCIP

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 3 (5.45%) Skype for Business
2 2 (3.64%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 3 (5.45%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.64%) Office 365
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.82%) AWS CloudTrail
3 1 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 47 (85.45%) MPLS
2 44 (80.00%) BGP
3 35 (63.64%) OSPF
4 34 (61.82%) Firewall
5 24 (43.64%) Cisco Nexus
6 21 (38.18%) WAN
7 18 (32.73%) LAN
8 16 (29.09%) TCP/IP
8 16 (29.09%) VLAN
9 14 (25.45%) Internet
10 12 (21.82%) Multicast
10 12 (21.82%) Network Security
11 11 (20.00%) VPN
12 10 (18.18%) Ethernet
12 10 (18.18%) IPv4
12 10 (18.18%) IPv6
13 9 (16.36%) DNS
14 8 (14.55%) Cisco ASA
14 8 (14.55%) VoIP
15 7 (12.73%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.82%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 14 (25.45%) Telecoms
2 6 (10.91%) Finance
3 3 (5.45%) Banking
3 3 (5.45%) Billing
3 3 (5.45%) Electronics
3 3 (5.45%) Legal
4 1 (1.82%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (1.82%) International Banking
4 1 (1.82%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 17 (30.91%) Network Engineer
2 7 (12.73%) Architect
2 7 (12.73%) Cisco Engineer
2 7 (12.73%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 7 (12.73%) Firewall Engineer
3 5 (9.09%) Data Engineer
3 5 (9.09%) Network Specialist
4 4 (7.27%) Juniper Engineer
4 4 (7.27%) NOC Engineer
4 4 (7.27%) Test Engineer
5 3 (5.45%) 1st Line Support
5 3 (5.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 3 (5.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (5.45%) Consultant
5 3 (5.45%) Designer
5 3 (5.45%) IP Engineer
5 3 (5.45%) Juniper Specialist
5 3 (5.45%) Network Consultant
5 3 (5.45%) Security Designer
5 3 (5.45%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.55%) 802.1X
2 5 (9.09%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 12 (21.82%) Data Centre
2 11 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (9.09%) IPTV
3 5 (9.09%) Over-the-Top Content
3 5 (9.09%) STB
3 5 (9.09%) Video on Demand
4 3 (5.45%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (3.64%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.82%) CLARiiON
6 1 (1.82%) Clustering
6 1 (1.82%) Cryptography
6 1 (1.82%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.82%) PKI
6 1 (1.82%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (16.36%) Windows
2 4 (7.27%) Unix
3 3 (5.45%) Android
3 3 (5.45%) Linux
4 2 (3.64%) AIX
5 1 (1.82%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (16.36%) Network Management
2 7 (12.73%) ITIL
2 7 (12.73%) Migration
2 7 (12.73%) Network Architecture
2 7 (12.73%) Network Design
2 7 (12.73%) Project Management
3 5 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
3 5 (9.09%) Configuration Management
4 4 (7.27%) Incident Management
4 4 (7.27%) Patch Management
5 3 (5.45%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (5.45%) Capacity Management
5 3 (5.45%) Cybersecurity
5 3 (5.45%) Infrastructure Monitoring
5 3 (5.45%) PRINCE2
5 3 (5.45%) Service Delivery
5 3 (5.45%) SIEM
5 3 (5.45%) Technical Architecture
5 3 (5.45%) Validation
6 2 (3.64%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.82%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 31 (56.36%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (43.64%) CCNP
3 22 (40.00%) CCNA
4 9 (16.36%) CCIP
5 8 (14.55%) CCIE
5 8 (14.55%) JNCIA
6 7 (12.73%) SC Cleared
6 7 (12.73%) Security Cleared
7 6 (10.91%) JNCIS
8 4 (7.27%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (7.27%) JNCIP
9 3 (5.45%) CISSP
9 3 (5.45%) Degree
10 2 (3.64%) CCDP
11 1 (1.82%) DV Cleared
11 1 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (20.00%) SLA
2 1 (1.82%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (5.45%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.82%) ProxySG
3 1 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.82%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (14.55%) FortiGate
2 4 (7.27%) Nagios
3 3 (5.45%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (3.64%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (1.82%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.82%) Cacti
5 1 (1.82%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (1.82%) SCCM
5 1 (1.82%) SCOM
5 1 (1.82%) WSUS
Vendors
1 48 (87.27%) Cisco
2 35 (63.64%) Juniper
3 16 (29.09%) CheckPoint
4 13 (23.64%) F5
5 10 (18.18%) Palo Alto
6 8 (14.55%) Microsoft
7 7 (12.73%) Huawei
8 5 (9.09%) Fortinet
8 5 (9.09%) SolarWinds
8 5 (9.09%) VMware
9 4 (7.27%) HP
9 4 (7.27%) Nokia
10 2 (3.64%) Citrix
10 2 (3.64%) Dell
10 2 (3.64%) EqualLogic
10 2 (3.64%) Ericsson
10 2 (3.64%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (3.64%) SonicWALL
10 2 (3.64%) Tandberg
10 2 (3.64%) WatchGuard