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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
Rank 514 572 531
Rank change year-on-year
+58 -41
Contract jobs citing VPLS 58 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.004% 0.018%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.77% 0.030% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 0 5
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£338 - £475
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 - £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 - £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 - £210
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
7532 6678 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.12% 15.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4090 3404 3469
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 383 622
Average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £23.33
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -14.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £22.85
% change year-on-year
+30.95% -8.09%

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 26 February 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 26 February 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 +52 58 £338 - 17
London - 42 £344 - 9
City of London - 18 £320 - 5
North West - 8 £500 - 1
Manchester - 7 £375 - 1
South East -18 6 £400 - 6
Berkshire -1 4 £500 - 2
Slough - 2 £500 - 1
Yorkshire - 2 £324 -
Leeds - 1 £338 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £338 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Sussex - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Torfaen - - - -
East of England - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Wales - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Thame - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Basingstoke - - - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - - - - 1

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 83 (91.21%) MPLS
2 73 (80.22%) Cisco
3 70 (76.92%) BGP
4 65 (71.43%) Firewall
5 60 (65.93%) OSPF
6 53 (58.24%) Cisco Certification
7 48 (52.75%) CCNP
8 47 (51.65%) EIGRP
9 44 (48.35%) WAN
10 36 (39.56%) CCIE
11 33 (36.26%) Juniper
11 33 (36.26%) CheckPoint
11 33 (36.26%) LAN
12 32 (35.16%) Finance
13 31 (34.07%) VPN
14 27 (29.67%) Cisco ASA
14 27 (29.67%) Multicast
15 26 (28.57%) Migration
16 25 (27.47%) Internet
16 25 (27.47%) Windows
17 23 (25.27%) Active Directory
17 23 (25.27%) SAN
17 23 (25.27%) Wireless
17 23 (25.27%) Low Latency
18 22 (24.18%) Microsoft
18 22 (24.18%) SQL Server
19 20 (21.98%) SolarWinds
20 19 (20.88%) NAS
21 18 (19.78%) Hyper-V
21 18 (19.78%) Cisco Nexus

VPLS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 16 (17.58%) IIS
2 9 (9.89%) SharePoint
2 9 (9.89%) Lync
3 7 (7.69%) Office Communications Server
4 5 (5.49%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 4 (4.40%) MS Office
2 2 (2.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (5.49%) IaaS
3 4 (4.40%) PaaS
4 2 (2.20%) Office 365
4 2 (2.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 83 (91.21%) MPLS
2 70 (76.92%) BGP
3 65 (71.43%) Firewall
4 60 (65.93%) OSPF
5 47 (51.65%) EIGRP
6 44 (48.35%) WAN
7 33 (36.26%) LAN
8 31 (34.07%) VPN
9 27 (29.67%) Cisco ASA
9 27 (29.67%) Multicast
10 25 (27.47%) Internet
11 23 (25.27%) SAN
11 23 (25.27%) Wireless
12 19 (20.88%) NAS
13 18 (19.78%) Cisco Nexus
14 16 (17.58%) DMZ
14 16 (17.58%) Ethernet
15 15 (16.48%) Fibre Channel
16 14 (15.38%) IP Telephony
16 14 (15.38%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (24.18%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.69%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 32 (35.16%) Finance
2 15 (16.48%) Banking
3 11 (12.09%) Investment Banking
3 11 (12.09%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.40%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.20%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.10%) Electronics
6 1 (1.10%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 48 (52.75%) Network Engineer
2 21 (23.08%) Architect
3 9 (9.89%) Project Leader
3 9 (9.89%) Technical Project Leader
4 8 (8.79%) Senior Network Engineer
4 8 (8.79%) Technical Architect
4 8 (8.79%) Solutions Architect
5 7 (7.69%) Network Support
6 5 (5.49%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Implementation Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Infrastructure Architect
8 3 (3.30%) Network Support Engineer
8 3 (3.30%) Support Engineer
9 2 (2.20%) Consultant
9 2 (2.20%) Network Consultant
9 2 (2.20%) Network Architect
10 1 (1.10%) Senior Cisco Engineer
10 1 (1.10%) Network Design Engineer
10 1 (1.10%) Cisco IPT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.10%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (17.58%) Clustering
2 7 (7.69%) Replication
2 7 (7.69%) Celerra
3 6 (6.59%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.40%) Hedge funds
6 3 (3.30%) Life Science
7 2 (2.20%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.10%) Handset
8 1 (1.10%) DTV
8 1 (1.10%) User Experience
8 1 (1.10%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 25 (27.47%) Windows
2 13 (14.29%) UNIX
3 8 (8.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (7.69%) Solaris
5 6 (6.59%) Linux
6 2 (2.20%) Mac OS
7 1 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (28.57%) Migration
2 23 (25.27%) Low Latency
3 13 (14.29%) Load Balancing
4 11 (12.09%) E-Commerce
5 10 (10.99%) Project Management
6 9 (9.89%) Service Delivery
6 9 (9.89%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (9.89%) Business Continuity
6 9 (9.89%) Network Monitoring
7 8 (8.79%) Technical Architecture
8 7 (7.69%) Configuration Management
9 6 (6.59%) ITIL
9 6 (6.59%) Network Design
9 6 (6.59%) Change Control
10 5 (5.49%) Network Architecture
10 5 (5.49%) Risk Management
11 4 (4.40%) TOGAF
11 4 (4.40%) Performance Analysis
12 3 (3.30%) Service Management
13 2 (2.20%) BCP
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.30%) Perl
2 2 (2.20%) Python
Qualifications
1 53 (58.24%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (52.75%) CCNP
3 36 (39.56%) CCIE
4 15 (16.48%) CCNA
5 9 (9.89%) CCDP
6 8 (8.79%) VCP4
7 7 (7.69%) CCIP
8 5 (5.49%) JNCIP
9 3 (3.30%) Degree
9 3 (3.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (3.30%) JNCIS
10 2 (2.20%) CCSE
10 2 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (2.20%) CCSA
10 2 (2.20%) MCSE
10 2 (2.20%) MCSA
10 2 (2.20%) MCT
10 2 (2.20%) CISSP
10 2 (2.20%) CCDA
10 2 (2.20%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.20%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (25.27%) Active Directory
2 18 (19.78%) Hyper-V
3 11 (12.09%) Terminal Services
4 10 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (9.89%) vSphere
6 7 (7.69%) XenApp
6 7 (7.69%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 7 (7.69%) VMware ESX
7 3 (3.30%) NFS
8 1 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (8.79%) Cisco Prime
2 4 (4.40%) EMC NetWorker
3 2 (2.20%) SCCM
3 2 (2.20%) SCOM
4 1 (1.10%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.10%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 73 (80.22%) Cisco
2 33 (36.26%) CheckPoint
2 33 (36.26%) Juniper
3 22 (24.18%) Microsoft
4 20 (21.98%) SolarWinds
5 18 (19.78%) Nortel
5 18 (19.78%) VMware
6 16 (17.58%) F5
7 15 (16.48%) Citrix
8 11 (12.09%) Oracle
8 11 (12.09%) HP
8 11 (12.09%) Fortinet
9 10 (10.99%) Blue Coat
10 7 (7.69%) EMC
11 6 (6.59%) Tandberg
12 5 (5.49%) Brocade
12 5 (5.49%) Avaya
13 4 (4.40%) McAfee
13 4 (4.40%) BT
13 4 (4.40%) WatchGuard
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