The table below looks at the statistics 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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Rank 114 100 85
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -15
Contract jobs citing MPLS 11 11 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.43% 0.51% 1.05%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.14% 3.61% 8.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 12
Average daily rate £450 £200 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+125.00% -40.74%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £310 £350
% change year-on-year
+16.93% -11.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £180.00
% change year-on-year
+50.94% -85.27%
MPLS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
266 305 262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.51% 14.15% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 133 125
Average daily rate £375 £310 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -8.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £155 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £450 £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 45 13
Average hourly rate £21.00 £26.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.23% +23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £12.38 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £37.89 £29.72
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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
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 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Solihull - 6 - - 1
Coventry - 3 £450 - 5
Birmingham -11 2 - - 2
MPLS
England

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 34 (68.00%) Cisco
2 29 (58.00%) WAN
3 26 (52.00%) Cisco Certification
4 25 (50.00%) Juniper
5 20 (40.00%) CCNP
6 19 (38.00%) LAN
6 19 (38.00%) Security Cleared
7 16 (32.00%) VPN
8 14 (28.00%) VoIP
8 14 (28.00%) SC Cleared
8 14 (28.00%) Migration
9 13 (26.00%) BGP
10 12 (24.00%) Wireless
11 11 (22.00%) Load Balancing
11 11 (22.00%) Firewall
11 11 (22.00%) Network Management
12 10 (20.00%) Network Design
13 9 (18.00%) F5
14 8 (16.00%) JNCIA
14 8 (16.00%) OSPF
14 8 (16.00%) Ethernet
15 7 (14.00%) DHCP
15 7 (14.00%) Cisco ASA
15 7 (14.00%) JNCIP
15 7 (14.00%) Data Centre
16 6 (12.00%) VMware
16 6 (12.00%) Telecoms
16 6 (12.00%) VLAN
16 6 (12.00%) SDH
16 6 (12.00%) CCNA

MPLS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.00%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.00%) Mimecast
2 1 (2.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (58.00%) WAN
2 19 (38.00%) LAN
3 16 (32.00%) VPN
4 14 (28.00%) VoIP
5 13 (26.00%) BGP
6 12 (24.00%) Wireless
7 11 (22.00%) Firewall
8 8 (16.00%) Ethernet
8 8 (16.00%) OSPF
9 7 (14.00%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (14.00%) DHCP
10 6 (12.00%) ATM
10 6 (12.00%) SDH
10 6 (12.00%) VLAN
11 5 (10.00%) Cisco Nexus
11 5 (10.00%) Cisco Wireless
11 5 (10.00%) PBX
11 5 (10.00%) SONET
11 5 (10.00%) TCP/IP
11 5 (10.00%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 6 (12.00%) Telecoms
2 4 (8.00%) Retail
3 3 (6.00%) Finance
4 1 (2.00%) Automotive
4 1 (2.00%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 20 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 12 (24.00%) Architect
3 11 (22.00%) Designer
3 11 (22.00%) Network Designer
4 8 (16.00%) Cisco Engineer
4 8 (16.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 8 (16.00%) Solutions Architect
5 7 (14.00%) Juniper Engineer
6 5 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
7 4 (8.00%) Network Architect
7 4 (8.00%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 3 (6.00%) Cisco VoIP Engineer
8 3 (6.00%) Systems Architect
8 3 (6.00%) VoIP Engineer
9 2 (4.00%) Analyst
9 2 (4.00%) Design Engineer
9 2 (4.00%) Juniper Architect
9 2 (4.00%) Network Design Engineer
9 2 (4.00%) WAN Engineer
10 1 (2.00%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.00%) CSS
2 1 (2.00%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.00%) Data Centre
2 4 (8.00%) Visualisation
3 1 (2.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.00%) Windows
2 2 (4.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (2.00%) Windows 2000
3 1 (2.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.00%) Windows 8
3 1 (2.00%) Windows Vista
3 1 (2.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (28.00%) Migration
2 11 (22.00%) Load Balancing
2 11 (22.00%) Network Management
3 10 (20.00%) Network Design
4 5 (10.00%) Project Management
5 3 (6.00%) Incident Management
5 3 (6.00%) ITIL
5 3 (6.00%) Network Optimisation
6 2 (4.00%) Configuration Management
6 2 (4.00%) Network Architecture
6 2 (4.00%) Presales
6 2 (4.00%) Validation
7 1 (2.00%) BCP
7 1 (2.00%) Business Continuity
7 1 (2.00%) Change Control
7 1 (2.00%) ERP
7 1 (2.00%) Information Security
7 1 (2.00%) Programme Management
7 1 (2.00%) Time Management
7 1 (2.00%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.00%) C
Qualifications
1 26 (52.00%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (40.00%) CCNP
3 19 (38.00%) Security Cleared
4 14 (28.00%) SC Cleared
5 8 (16.00%) JNCIA
6 7 (14.00%) JNCIP
7 6 (12.00%) CCNA
8 5 (10.00%) JNCIE
8 5 (10.00%) JNCIS
9 4 (8.00%) CCDP
9 4 (8.00%) CCIE
10 2 (4.00%) CCDA
10 2 (4.00%) DV Cleared
11 1 (2.00%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) SLA
2 1 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (6.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (6.00%) vSphere
2 2 (4.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.00%) XenApp
3 1 (2.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (2.00%) Backup Exec
1 1 (2.00%) CiscoWorks
1 1 (2.00%) QRadar
1 1 (2.00%) SCCM
1 1 (2.00%) SCOM
1 1 (2.00%) WhatsUp Gold
1 1 (2.00%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 34 (68.00%) Cisco
2 25 (50.00%) Juniper
3 9 (18.00%) F5
4 6 (12.00%) Citrix
4 6 (12.00%) VMware
5 5 (10.00%) Avaya
5 5 (10.00%) CheckPoint
6 4 (8.00%) SolarWinds
7 3 (6.00%) Brocade
8 2 (4.00%) Fortinet
8 2 (4.00%) HP
8 2 (4.00%) Microsoft
9 1 (2.00%) Aruba
9 1 (2.00%) Blue Coat
9 1 (2.00%) BMC
9 1 (2.00%) IBM
9 1 (2.00%) McAfee
9 1 (2.00%) Meraki
9 1 (2.00%) SAP
9 1 (2.00%) Tripwire