Period
to 20 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 6 months to 20 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 82 83 95
Rank change year-on-year +1 +12 0
Contract jobs citing MPLS 9 6 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.68% 0.49% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.86% 3.53% 3.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 6 10
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £388 £536
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.68% -27.74% +387.50%
North West median daily rate £350 £400 £600
% change year-on-year -12.50% -33.33% +87.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Cheshire median hourly rate £32.50 - £19.01
10th Percentile £31.25 - £16.41
90th Percentile £33.75 - £23.20
North West median hourly rate £32.50 - £16.50

MPLS is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 185 170 356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.04% 13.96% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 97 231
Cheshire median daily rate £325 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.53% -2.86% +16.67%
10th Percentile £165 £191 £238
90th Percentile £525 £675 £575
North West median daily rate £375 £405 £400
% change year-on-year -7.41% +1.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 22 30
Cheshire median hourly rate £14.50 £17.00 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.71% -4.33% -3.95%
10th Percentile £11.73 £11.25 £15.68
90th Percentile £36.00 £23.48 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year -4.29% -1.52% -6.47%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 20 February 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +10 6 £388 -29.55% 2
Chester -1 2 - -
MPLS
North West

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 9 (100.00%) LAN
1 9 (100.00%) WAN
1 9 (100.00%) Cisco
2 7 (77.78%) Windows
2 7 (77.78%) Active Directory
2 7 (77.78%) Firewall
2 7 (77.78%) VMware
2 7 (77.78%) SC Cleared
2 7 (77.78%) Security Cleared
3 6 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (55.56%) Replication
4 5 (55.56%) CCNA
4 5 (55.56%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (55.56%) SAN
4 5 (55.56%) Hyper-V
5 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Azure
5 4 (44.44%) Capacity Management
5 4 (44.44%) Office 365
5 4 (44.44%) Procure-to-Pay
5 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (44.44%) Public Cloud
5 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (44.44%) PowerShell
5 4 (44.44%) Configuration Management
5 4 (44.44%) Migration
5 4 (44.44%) Linux
5 4 (44.44%) LDAP
5 4 (44.44%) TCP/IP
5 4 (44.44%) VPN
5 4 (44.44%) VoIP

MPLS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 4 (44.44%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (44.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (100.00%) LAN
1 9 (100.00%) WAN
2 7 (77.78%) Firewall
3 5 (55.56%) SAN
4 4 (44.44%) TCP/IP
4 4 (44.44%) VoIP
4 4 (44.44%) VPN
5 3 (33.33%) ADSL
5 3 (33.33%) DHCP
5 3 (33.33%) ISDN
6 2 (22.22%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (22.22%) EIGRP
6 2 (22.22%) VLAN
7 1 (11.11%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (11.11%) DNS
7 1 (11.11%) Junos
7 1 (11.11%) NAS
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2 (22.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Network Engineer
2 4 (44.44%) IT Engineer
3 3 (33.33%) Firewall Engineer
3 3 (33.33%) Server Engineer
3 3 (33.33%) WAN Engineer
4 2 (22.22%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (22.22%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Azure Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Office 365 Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Senior Cisco Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Senior Firewall Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (44.44%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (55.56%) Replication
2 4 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (44.44%) Public Cloud
3 2 (22.22%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 7 (77.78%) Windows
2 4 (44.44%) Linux
3 3 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (44.44%) Capacity Management
2 4 (44.44%) Configuration Management
2 4 (44.44%) Migration
2 4 (44.44%) Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (33.33%) Change Management
3 3 (33.33%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (77.78%) SC Cleared
1 7 (77.78%) Security Cleared
2 5 (55.56%) CCNA
2 5 (55.56%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (33.33%) CCNP
4 1 (11.11%) CCIE
4 1 (11.11%) JNCIA
System Software
1 7 (77.78%) Active Directory
2 5 (55.56%) Hyper-V
3 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (22.22%) XenApp
5 1 (11.11%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (22.22%) SCCM
1 2 (22.22%) SCOM
Vendors
1 9 (100.00%) Cisco
2 7 (77.78%) VMware
3 3 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 3 (33.33%) Juniper
4 2 (22.22%) Citrix