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 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 587 577 539
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -38
Contract jobs citing VPLS 26 15 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.047% 0.028% 0.037%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.33% 0.21% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 10 7
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£355 £406 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.61% +40.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £284 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £494 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £290
% change year-on-year
+13.33% +3.44%
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
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

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 July 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 July 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 -18 24 £355 -15.22% 7
London +1 22 £360 -21.09% 1
City of London - 9 £360 - 1
South East -12 2 £340 +143.72% 3
Scotland - 2 - -
Edinburgh - 2 - -
Hampshire +2 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 £340 - 1
Farnborough - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 47 (85.45%) MPLS
2 41 (74.55%) Cisco
3 36 (65.45%) BGP
4 34 (61.82%) Firewall
5 28 (50.91%) OSPF
6 27 (49.09%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (49.09%) WAN
7 22 (40.00%) CCNP
8 21 (38.18%) Finance
9 20 (36.36%) Juniper
9 20 (36.36%) Multicast
10 19 (34.55%) LAN
11 18 (32.73%) Microsoft
11 18 (32.73%) VPN
12 17 (30.91%) EIGRP
12 17 (30.91%) Data Centre
13 16 (29.09%) Cisco ASA
14 14 (25.45%) Windows
14 14 (25.45%) CheckPoint
14 14 (25.45%) Internet
14 14 (25.45%) RSVP
15 13 (23.64%) Migration
16 12 (21.82%) Wireless
16 12 (21.82%) Clustering
16 12 (21.82%) Cisco IPT
16 12 (21.82%) Active Directory
16 12 (21.82%) SQL Server
16 12 (21.82%) IIS
16 12 (21.82%) CCIE
16 12 (21.82%) Hyper-V

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 12 (21.82%) IIS
2 9 (16.36%) Lync
3 4 (7.27%) Office Communications Server
3 4 (7.27%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.82%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (7.27%) MS Office
2 1 (1.82%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.82%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.45%) Office 365
3 1 (1.82%) IaaS
3 1 (1.82%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 47 (85.45%) MPLS
2 36 (65.45%) BGP
3 34 (61.82%) Firewall
4 28 (50.91%) OSPF
5 27 (49.09%) WAN
6 20 (36.36%) Multicast
7 19 (34.55%) LAN
8 18 (32.73%) VPN
9 17 (30.91%) EIGRP
10 16 (29.09%) Cisco ASA
11 14 (25.45%) RSVP
11 14 (25.45%) Internet
12 12 (21.82%) Wireless
12 12 (21.82%) Cisco IPT
13 11 (20.00%) IP Telephony
13 11 (20.00%) Junos
13 11 (20.00%) DMZ
14 10 (18.18%) Fibre Channel
15 9 (16.36%) NAS
15 9 (16.36%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (21.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (14.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (3.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 21 (38.18%) Finance
2 8 (14.55%) Telecoms
3 5 (9.09%) Banking
4 2 (3.64%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.64%) Corporate Banking
4 2 (3.64%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.64%) Back Office
5 1 (1.82%) Electronics
5 1 (1.82%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (54.55%) Network Engineer
2 13 (23.64%) Architect
3 7 (12.73%) Technical Architect
4 6 (10.91%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (7.27%) Solutions Architect
5 4 (7.27%) Deployment Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) Network Specialist
6 3 (5.45%) Network Support
7 2 (3.64%) Operations Engineer
7 2 (3.64%) Network Operations Engineer
7 2 (3.64%) Technical Manager
7 2 (3.64%) Technical Project Manager
7 2 (3.64%) Consultant
7 2 (3.64%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.64%) Network Consultant
8 1 (1.82%) Design Engineer
8 1 (1.82%) Senior Network Engineer
8 1 (1.82%) Network Manager
8 1 (1.82%) Infrastructure Architect
8 1 (1.82%) Network Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.64%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (30.91%) Data Centre
2 12 (21.82%) Clustering
3 8 (14.55%) Replication
3 8 (14.55%) Celerra
3 8 (14.55%) EMC VNX
4 7 (12.73%) Eurex
5 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.82%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.82%) DTV
6 1 (1.82%) Cryptography
6 1 (1.82%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (25.45%) Windows
2 10 (18.18%) UNIX
3 8 (14.55%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (23.64%) Migration
2 8 (14.55%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (14.55%) Configuration Management
2 8 (14.55%) Project Management
2 8 (14.55%) Business Continuity
2 8 (14.55%) Network Monitoring
3 7 (12.73%) Change Control
4 6 (10.91%) Network Design
5 5 (9.09%) Service Delivery
5 5 (9.09%) Low Latency
5 5 (9.09%) Load Balancing
6 3 (5.45%) Performance Analysis
7 2 (3.64%) Network Management
7 2 (3.64%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (3.64%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (3.64%) Service Management
7 2 (3.64%) Incident Management
8 1 (1.82%) Project Planning
8 1 (1.82%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (1.82%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.45%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 27 (49.09%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (40.00%) CCNP
3 12 (21.82%) CCIE
4 7 (12.73%) CCNA
5 3 (5.45%) CCDP
6 2 (3.64%) CCIP
6 2 (3.64%) Degree
6 2 (3.64%) SC Cleared
6 2 (3.64%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.82%) CCDA
7 1 (1.82%) JNCIS
7 1 (1.82%) JNCIP
System Software
1 12 (21.82%) Active Directory
1 12 (21.82%) Hyper-V
2 8 (14.55%) XenApp
2 8 (14.55%) EMC RecoverPoint
2 8 (14.55%) Terminal Services
2 8 (14.55%) VMware ESX
2 8 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (7.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (7.27%) EMC NetWorker
2 2 (3.64%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 41 (74.55%) Cisco
2 20 (36.36%) Juniper
3 18 (32.73%) Microsoft
4 14 (25.45%) CheckPoint
5 11 (20.00%) VMware
5 11 (20.00%) Citrix
6 10 (18.18%) SolarWinds
7 8 (14.55%) EMC
7 8 (14.55%) Nortel
7 8 (14.55%) Oracle
8 6 (10.91%) F5
8 6 (10.91%) Riverbed
9 5 (9.09%) BT
10 4 (7.27%) Avaya
11 3 (5.45%) HP
12 2 (3.64%) Brocade
12 2 (3.64%) NetScout
12 2 (3.64%) Fortinet
12 2 (3.64%) Reuters
12 2 (3.64%) Bloomberg