Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 74 113
Rank change year-on-year -12 +39 -20
Contract jobs citing MPLS 10 5 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.77% 0.45% 0.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.02% 3.11% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 6
Cheshire median daily rate £350 £550 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.36% -8.33% +20.00%
North West median daily rate £425 £350 £600
% change year-on-year +21.43% -41.67% +40.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £32.50 £67.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.67% - -
North West median hourly rate £30.25 £67.25 -
% change year-on-year -55.02% - -

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 166 161 372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 12.82% 14.65% 18.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 96 234
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £383 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.96% -10.00% +6.25%
10th Percentile £203 £223 £263
90th Percentile £541 £500 £575
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 26 14
Cheshire median hourly rate £18.25 £16.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.61% -30.53% +31.94%
10th Percentile £11.40 £10.88 £15.92
90th Percentile £40.63 £65.00 £37.50
North West median hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.29% -26.19% +15.83%

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 24 May 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
Chester 0 3 £425 -10.53%
Warrington -8 2 £350 -36.36% 1
Crewe - 1 - - 4
MPLS
North West

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 10 (100.00%) WAN
1 10 (100.00%) Cisco
2 9 (90.00%) LAN
2 9 (90.00%) Windows
2 9 (90.00%) Active Directory
2 9 (90.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (80.00%) Firewall
3 8 (80.00%) VMware
4 7 (70.00%) Hyper-V
4 7 (70.00%) Office 365
4 7 (70.00%) Linux
4 7 (70.00%) VoIP
4 7 (70.00%) VPN
4 7 (70.00%) Windows Server
5 6 (60.00%) Capacity Management
5 6 (60.00%) Public Cloud
5 6 (60.00%) LDAP
5 6 (60.00%) TCP/IP
5 6 (60.00%) SAN
5 6 (60.00%) Procure-to-Pay
5 6 (60.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (60.00%) SC Cleared
5 6 (60.00%) Security Cleared
5 6 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (60.00%) PowerShell
5 6 (60.00%) Migration
6 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
6 4 (40.00%) Skype for Business
6 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification

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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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (40.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (10.00%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 7 (70.00%) Office 365
2 6 (60.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (100.00%) WAN
2 9 (90.00%) LAN
3 8 (80.00%) Firewall
4 7 (70.00%) VoIP
4 7 (70.00%) VPN
5 6 (60.00%) SAN
5 6 (60.00%) TCP/IP
6 4 (40.00%) Skype
7 3 (30.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (30.00%) EIGRP
8 2 (20.00%) DHCP
8 2 (20.00%) Network Security
8 2 (20.00%) VLAN
9 1 (10.00%) BGP
9 1 (10.00%) DMZ
9 1 (10.00%) DNS
9 1 (10.00%) Internet
9 1 (10.00%) OSPF
9 1 (10.00%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (20.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Server Engineer
2 3 (30.00%) Network Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) IT Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Data Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Data Network Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Network Security Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (60.00%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (60.00%) Public Cloud
2 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (20.00%) Data Centre
3 2 (20.00%) Replication
4 1 (10.00%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (90.00%) Windows
2 7 (70.00%) Linux
2 7 (70.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (90.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (60.00%) Capacity Management
2 6 (60.00%) Migration
2 6 (60.00%) Procure-to-Pay
3 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
5 2 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (10.00%) Business Continuity
6 1 (10.00%) Business Continuity Management
6 1 (10.00%) Change Management
6 1 (10.00%) High Availability
6 1 (10.00%) Information Security
6 1 (10.00%) ITIL
6 1 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (60.00%) SC Cleared
1 6 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (30.00%) CCNA
4 1 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 9 (90.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (70.00%) Hyper-V
3 6 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (20.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (20.00%) SCCM
2 2 (20.00%) SCOM
3 1 (10.00%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (10.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (100.00%) Cisco
2 8 (80.00%) VMware
3 2 (20.00%) Citrix
4 1 (10.00%) arcserve
4 1 (10.00%) CheckPoint
4 1 (10.00%) Fortinet
4 1 (10.00%) Juniper
4 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (10.00%) Sophos