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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 622 656 623
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -33
Contract jobs citing VPLS 27 14 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.051% 0.024% 0.040%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.33% 0.18% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 8 10
Median daily rate £400 £338 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £303 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £365 £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £338 £250
% change year-on-year
+18.51% +35.00%
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
8193 7947 8558
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.49% 13.71% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4997 4557 4739
Median daily rate £400 £377 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.24% +3.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £360 £345
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 552 480
Median hourly rate £27.09 £20.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.14% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.30% -6.64%

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 25 September 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 17 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 25 September 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 +38 27 £400 +18.51% 9
London +13 16 £400 +14.28% 7
South East +19 7 £425 +25.92%
Leeds - 3 £375 -
Kidlington - 3 £425 -
Yorkshire - 3 £375 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £375 -
Oxfordshire - 3 £425 -
City of London +16 2 £450 +12.50%
Hampshire - 2 £397 -
Berkshire +8 1 £350 +7.69%
Hammersmith - 1 £425 -
North West - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £475 -
High Wycombe - 1 £475 -
Bracknell - 1 £350 -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 (88.89%) Cisco
1 48 (88.89%) MPLS
2 47 (87.04%) BGP
3 39 (72.22%) OSPF
4 38 (70.37%) Firewall
5 34 (62.96%) Juniper
6 31 (57.41%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (53.70%) Cisco Nexus
8 28 (51.85%) CheckPoint
9 23 (42.59%) CCNP
10 22 (40.74%) LAN
10 22 (40.74%) WAN
11 21 (38.89%) TCP/IP
11 21 (38.89%) Analytical Skills
12 20 (37.04%) Data Centre
13 19 (35.19%) 802.1X
13 19 (35.19%) F5
13 19 (35.19%) CCNA
14 18 (33.33%) VPN
15 17 (31.48%) CCIE
15 17 (31.48%) FortiGate
16 16 (29.63%) Cisco ASA
17 14 (25.93%) VLAN
18 13 (24.07%) SC Cleared
18 13 (24.07%) Security Cleared
18 13 (24.07%) Wireless
18 13 (24.07%) Network Design
19 12 (22.22%) Migration
19 12 (22.22%) Internet
19 12 (22.22%) VoIP

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 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.85%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.85%) MS Office
2 1 (1.85%) MS Project
2 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 48 (88.89%) MPLS
2 47 (87.04%) BGP
3 39 (72.22%) OSPF
4 38 (70.37%) Firewall
5 29 (53.70%) Cisco Nexus
6 22 (40.74%) LAN
6 22 (40.74%) WAN
7 21 (38.89%) TCP/IP
8 18 (33.33%) VPN
9 16 (29.63%) Cisco ASA
10 14 (25.93%) VLAN
11 13 (24.07%) Wireless
12 12 (22.22%) Internet
12 12 (22.22%) VoIP
13 10 (18.52%) IPsec
13 10 (18.52%) Spanning Tree
14 9 (16.67%) Ethernet
14 9 (16.67%) Junos
15 8 (14.81%) IPv6
15 8 (14.81%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (1.85%) SoapUI
1 1 (1.85%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 8 (14.81%) Telecoms
2 5 (9.26%) Finance
3 1 (1.85%) Banking
3 1 (1.85%) French Language
3 1 (1.85%) International Banking
3 1 (1.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 17 (31.48%) Network Engineer
2 13 (24.07%) Designer
3 8 (14.81%) Architect
3 8 (14.81%) Infrastructure Designer
4 7 (12.96%) Cisco Engineer
5 6 (11.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 6 (11.11%) Network Designer
5 6 (11.11%) Network Specialist
6 5 (9.26%) Firewall Engineer
6 5 (9.26%) Juniper Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Migration Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Network Architect
8 3 (5.56%) Juniper Specialist
8 3 (5.56%) Security Designer
8 3 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (5.56%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) IP Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) Lead Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (35.19%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.85%) JMS
2 1 (1.85%) SOAP
2 1 (1.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 21 (38.89%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (37.04%) Data Centre
3 4 (7.41%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (5.56%) Cryptography
5 2 (3.70%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.85%) CLARiiON
6 1 (1.85%) Clustering
6 1 (1.85%) Eurex
6 1 (1.85%) MPEG
6 1 (1.85%) PKI
6 1 (1.85%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.85%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.96%) Windows
2 4 (7.41%) AIX
3 3 (5.56%) Linux
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.85%) Unix
5 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (24.07%) Network Design
2 12 (22.22%) Migration
3 10 (18.52%) ITIL
3 10 (18.52%) Project Management
4 8 (14.81%) Network Management
5 6 (11.11%) Capacity Planning
6 5 (9.26%) PRINCE2
7 4 (7.41%) Configuration Management
7 4 (7.41%) Technical Architecture
7 4 (7.41%) Validation
8 3 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (5.56%) Cybersecurity
8 3 (5.56%) Load Balancing
8 3 (5.56%) Patch Management
8 3 (5.56%) Presales
8 3 (5.56%) Service Delivery
8 3 (5.56%) SIEM
8 3 (5.56%) Technical Analysis
9 2 (3.70%) Change Management
9 2 (3.70%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.85%) Bash Shell
1 1 (1.85%) Java
1 1 (1.85%) Korn
1 1 (1.85%) PowerShell
1 1 (1.85%) Python
1 1 (1.85%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 31 (57.41%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (42.59%) CCNP
3 19 (35.19%) CCNA
4 17 (31.48%) CCIE
5 13 (24.07%) SC Cleared
5 13 (24.07%) Security Cleared
6 5 (9.26%) JNCIP
7 3 (5.56%) CCDP
7 3 (5.56%) CCIP
7 3 (5.56%) CISSP
7 3 (5.56%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (5.56%) JNCIS
8 1 (1.85%) CCSP
8 1 (1.85%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) QA
1 2 (3.70%) SLA
2 1 (1.85%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.70%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.85%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.85%) Snort
3 1 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (1.85%) VMware ESX
3 1 (1.85%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (1.85%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (31.48%) FortiGate
2 10 (18.52%) Cisco Prime
3 4 (7.41%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (7.41%) SCCM
4 1 (1.85%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (1.85%) SCOM
4 1 (1.85%) TrustSec
4 1 (1.85%) WSUS
Vendors
1 48 (88.89%) Cisco
2 34 (62.96%) Juniper
3 28 (51.85%) CheckPoint
4 19 (35.19%) F5
5 12 (22.22%) SolarWinds
6 10 (18.52%) Palo Alto
7 8 (14.81%) Fortinet
8 7 (12.96%) Microsoft
9 5 (9.26%) SonicWALL
9 5 (9.26%) WatchGuard
10 4 (7.41%) HP
10 4 (7.41%) Nokia
11 3 (5.56%) Citrix
11 3 (5.56%) Intel Security
11 3 (5.56%) Tandberg
11 3 (5.56%) VMware
12 2 (3.70%) Dell
12 2 (3.70%) EMC
12 2 (3.70%) EqualLogic
12 2 (3.70%) Huawei
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