The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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)
London / City of London
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 149 162
Rank change year-on-year -1 +13  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 16 15 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.48% 0.44% 0.67%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.68% 3.15% 5.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 14 30
Median daily rate £413 £388 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +12.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £358 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £432 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £30.00 - -
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 the City of London with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 342 476 742
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 10.36% 14.07% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 375 546
Median daily rate £425 £450 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% +8.04%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £288 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £578 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 25
Median hourly rate £24.86 £19.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.84% +1.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.40 £17.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £26.00 £41.40
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 the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the City of London over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the City of London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the City of London

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 City of London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 20 (80.00%) Cisco
2 17 (68.00%) WAN
3 15 (60.00%) LAN
4 13 (52.00%) Firewall
5 10 (40.00%) OSPF
5 10 (40.00%) BGP
5 10 (40.00%) TCP/IP
5 10 (40.00%) Data Centre
6 8 (32.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 8 (32.00%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (32.00%) Wireless
7 7 (28.00%) CheckPoint
7 7 (28.00%) Internet
7 7 (28.00%) Juniper
7 7 (28.00%) CCIE
7 7 (28.00%) VPN
7 7 (28.00%) Windows
8 6 (24.00%) DHCP
8 6 (24.00%) EIGRP
8 6 (24.00%) Citrix
8 6 (24.00%) VMware
8 6 (24.00%) HSRP
8 6 (24.00%) F5
9 5 (20.00%) IPsec
9 5 (20.00%) Finance
9 5 (20.00%) VLAN
9 5 (20.00%) Fortinet
9 5 (20.00%) CCNP
9 5 (20.00%) DNS
9 5 (20.00%) SSL

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 (16.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (8.00%) CICS
3 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (4.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.00%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (8.00%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.00%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 17 (68.00%) WAN
2 15 (60.00%) LAN
3 13 (52.00%) Firewall
4 10 (40.00%) BGP
4 10 (40.00%) OSPF
4 10 (40.00%) TCP/IP
5 8 (32.00%) Cisco Nexus
5 8 (32.00%) Wireless
6 7 (28.00%) Internet
6 7 (28.00%) VPN
7 6 (24.00%) DHCP
7 6 (24.00%) EIGRP
7 6 (24.00%) HSRP
8 5 (20.00%) DNS
8 5 (20.00%) IPsec
8 5 (20.00%) SSL
8 5 (20.00%) VLAN
9 4 (16.00%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (16.00%) HTTP
9 4 (16.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.00%) DB2
2 2 (8.00%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 2 (8.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Banking
2 3 (12.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (8.00%) Games
3 2 (8.00%) Retail
3 2 (8.00%) Retail Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Military
4 1 (4.00%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 14 (56.00%) Network Engineer
2 6 (24.00%) Senior Network Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Architect
3 4 (16.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (16.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Azure Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Cloud Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Cloud Solutions Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Data Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Data Centre Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Data Network Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Games Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Network Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Blue Coat Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Designer
5 1 (4.00%) Network Design Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Network Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) .NET
1 2 (8.00%) 802.1X
1 2 (8.00%) JSON
1 2 (8.00%) Web Services
1 2 (8.00%) XML
2 1 (4.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (40.00%) Data Centre
2 4 (16.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (8.00%) Mainframe
3 2 (8.00%) Virtual Team
3 2 (8.00%) VSAM
4 1 (4.00%) CMDB
4 1 (4.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (4.00%) NHS
4 1 (4.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 7 (28.00%) Windows
2 4 (16.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (8.00%) Linux
3 2 (8.00%) Unix
4 1 (4.00%) Android
4 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
4 1 (4.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (16.00%) High Availability
2 3 (12.00%) Load Balancing
3 2 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.00%) Data Analysis
3 2 (8.00%) ITIL
3 2 (8.00%) ITIL V3
3 2 (8.00%) Multithreading
3 2 (8.00%) Network Design
3 2 (8.00%) Project Management
3 2 (8.00%) SDLC
3 2 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (8.00%) TOGAF
3 2 (8.00%) Waterfall
4 1 (4.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (4.00%) Kalman Filter
4 1 (4.00%) Low Latency
4 1 (4.00%) Network Management
4 1 (4.00%) People Management
4 1 (4.00%) Performance Optimisation
4 1 (4.00%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.00%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 8 (32.00%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (28.00%) CCIE
3 5 (20.00%) CCNP
4 2 (8.00%) CCIE Routing and Switching
5 1 (4.00%) CCDA
5 1 (4.00%) CCIE Security
5 1 (4.00%) JNCIE
5 1 (4.00%) JNCIS
5 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.00%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.00%) KVM
2 1 (4.00%) VirtualBox
Vendors
1 20 (80.00%) Cisco
2 7 (28.00%) CheckPoint
2 7 (28.00%) Juniper
3 6 (24.00%) Citrix
3 6 (24.00%) F5
3 6 (24.00%) VMware
4 5 (20.00%) Fortinet
5 2 (8.00%) Arista
5 2 (8.00%) Avaya
5 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (8.00%) Oracle
5 2 (8.00%) TSYS
6 1 (4.00%) Apple
6 1 (4.00%) Aruba
6 1 (4.00%) Blue Coat
6 1 (4.00%) Meraki
6 1 (4.00%) NetScout
6 1 (4.00%) Palo Alto
6 1 (4.00%) Remedy
6 1 (4.00%) Riverbed