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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 56 77 71
Rank change year-on-year +21 -6  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 2 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.31% 0.54% 0.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.00% 3.14% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 1
Median daily rate - £425 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -8.60%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £67.25 - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.60 £47.83 £50.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% -4.34%  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 100 159 125
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.63% 17.28% 12.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 110 66
Median daily rate £360 £375 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 3 20
Median hourly rate £65.00 £21.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +209.52% +24.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £21.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 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
Warrington - 2 - - 1
MPLS
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 5 (100.00%) LAN
1 5 (100.00%) WAN
1 5 (100.00%) Cisco
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (40.00%) Network Design
2 2 (40.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (40.00%) Private Cloud
2 2 (40.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (40.00%) BGP
2 2 (40.00%) EIGRP
2 2 (40.00%) Firewall
2 2 (40.00%) VoIP
2 2 (40.00%) Wireless
2 2 (40.00%) Juniper
2 2 (40.00%) CheckPoint
2 2 (40.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (40.00%) VPN
3 1 (20.00%) PSTN
3 1 (20.00%) Internet
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (20.00%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (20.00%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (20.00%) Public Cloud
3 1 (20.00%) BYOD
3 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (20.00%) Palo Alto
3 1 (20.00%) VLAN
3 1 (20.00%) Load Balancing

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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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (20.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (100.00%) LAN
1 5 (100.00%) WAN
2 2 (40.00%) BGP
2 2 (40.00%) EIGRP
2 2 (40.00%) Firewall
2 2 (40.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (40.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (40.00%) VoIP
2 2 (40.00%) VPN
2 2 (40.00%) Wireless
3 1 (20.00%) Internet
3 1 (20.00%) PSTN
3 1 (20.00%) VLAN
3 1 (20.00%) Wi-Fi
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Architect
1 5 (100.00%) Network Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco Network Architect
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Private Cloud
2 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (20.00%) BYOD
2 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (20.00%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (20.00%) Public Cloud
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Network Design
2 1 (20.00%) Capacity Management
2 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (20.00%) High Availability
2 1 (20.00%) Load Balancing
2 1 (20.00%) SIEM
Qualifications
1 2 (40.00%) SC Cleared
1 2 (40.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Cisco
2 2 (40.00%) CheckPoint
2 2 (40.00%) Juniper
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (20.00%) Palo Alto