The first table below looks at the demand for MPLS skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the West Midlands region.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 104 91 100
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +9
Contract jobs citing MPLS 16 16 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.65% 0.80% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.10% 5.18% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
Average daily rate
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£375 £160 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+134.37% -41.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £147 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £372 £295
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
Average hourly rate £27.50 £24.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.24% -12.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £26.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+53.84% -5.45%
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
390 309 319
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.84% 15.54% 14.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 140 138
Average daily rate £315 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.56% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £444 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £322 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.81% -0.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 36 32
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
MPLS
England

MPLS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MPLS across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

MPLS Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

MPLS
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MPLS across the West Midlands region.

MPLS Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MPLS across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

MPLS Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

MPLS
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MPLS across the West Midlands region.

MPLS Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MPLS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 1 August 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
Birmingham -8 4 £425 +45.29% 3
Coventry - 2 - - 1
Warwickshire -6 1 - - 2
Worcestershire - - - -
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing MPLS 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 MPLS.

1 30 (85.71%) WAN
2 22 (62.86%) Cisco
3 21 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (57.14%) CCNP
5 17 (48.57%) LAN
5 17 (48.57%) Firewall
6 13 (37.14%) CheckPoint
6 13 (37.14%) Network Design
7 10 (28.57%) BIG-IP
8 9 (25.71%) Fortinet
8 9 (25.71%) F5
8 9 (25.71%) Cisco Nexus
8 9 (25.71%) OSPF
8 9 (25.71%) CCNA
9 8 (22.86%) VoIP
9 8 (22.86%) CSS
9 8 (22.86%) McAfee
9 8 (22.86%) DMVPN
9 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
9 8 (22.86%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (22.86%) Blue Coat
9 8 (22.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
10 7 (20.00%) BGP
10 7 (20.00%) BT
11 6 (17.14%) IPsec
11 6 (17.14%) Network Security
11 6 (17.14%) WAN Optimisation
11 6 (17.14%) Incident Management
11 6 (17.14%) F5 BIG-IP GTM

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing MPLS 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 MPLS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 4 (11.43%) MS Project
1 4 (11.43%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 30 (85.71%) WAN
2 17 (48.57%) LAN
2 17 (48.57%) Firewall
3 10 (28.57%) BIG-IP
4 9 (25.71%) Cisco Nexus
4 9 (25.71%) OSPF
5 8 (22.86%) VoIP
5 8 (22.86%) DMVPN
5 8 (22.86%) Cisco ASA
5 8 (22.86%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 7 (20.00%) BGP
7 6 (17.14%) IPsec
7 6 (17.14%) Network Security
7 6 (17.14%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 4 (11.43%) SAN
8 4 (11.43%) IP Telephony
8 4 (11.43%) VLAN
8 4 (11.43%) Structured Cabling
9 3 (8.57%) HSRP
9 3 (8.57%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.71%) Big Data
1 2 (5.71%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.86%) MarkLogic
General
1 5 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 17 (48.57%) Network Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Support Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Network Support Engineer
2 6 (17.14%) Network Support
3 5 (14.29%) Implementation Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Design Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Architect
4 4 (11.43%) Project Manager
4 4 (11.43%) Cisco Engineer
4 4 (11.43%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Network Design Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Programmer
6 2 (5.71%) Security Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Network Architect
6 2 (5.71%) Progress Programmer
6 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Architect
6 2 (5.71%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (22.86%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) Thin Client
1 4 (11.43%) Fat Client
1 4 (11.43%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.86%) SCADA
2 1 (2.86%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Windows
2 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (37.14%) Network Design
2 6 (17.14%) WAN Optimisation
2 6 (17.14%) Incident Management
3 4 (11.43%) PRINCE2
3 4 (11.43%) Service Management
3 4 (11.43%) Business Continuity
3 4 (11.43%) Project Management
3 4 (11.43%) BCP
3 4 (11.43%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (11.43%) Root Cause Analysis
3 4 (11.43%) Business Continuity Planning
4 3 (8.57%) Network Management
4 3 (8.57%) Problem Management
4 3 (8.57%) Project Planning
4 3 (8.57%) PRINCE
5 2 (5.71%) ITIL
5 2 (5.71%) Information Security
5 2 (5.71%) Migration
5 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Architecture
5 2 (5.71%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.71%) SQL
1 2 (5.71%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 21 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (57.14%) CCNP
3 9 (25.71%) CCNA
4 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
5 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 3 (8.57%) Degree
6 3 (8.57%) CCDP
7 2 (5.71%) CISSP
7 2 (5.71%) CCIE
7 2 (5.71%) CISM
7 2 (5.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (5.71%) VCP4
8 1 (2.86%) DV Cleared
8 1 (2.86%) JNCIS
8 1 (2.86%) CCSA
8 1 (2.86%) CCIP
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) Active Directory
1 2 (5.71%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) CiscoWorks
1 2 (5.71%) Cisco CUCM
1 2 (5.71%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (2.86%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 22 (62.86%) Cisco
2 13 (37.14%) CheckPoint
3 9 (25.71%) Fortinet
3 9 (25.71%) F5
4 8 (22.86%) McAfee
4 8 (22.86%) Blue Coat
5 7 (20.00%) BT
6 5 (14.29%) Avaya
7 2 (5.71%) Citrix
7 2 (5.71%) Progress
7 2 (5.71%) Nokia
7 2 (5.71%) TOWER Software
7 2 (5.71%) VMware
8 1 (2.86%) SolarWinds
8 1 (2.86%) Rackspace
8 1 (2.86%) RightScale
8 1 (2.86%) Splunk
8 1 (2.86%) Netezza
8 1 (2.86%) Remedy
8 1 (2.86%) SAP