Period
to 30 November 2021

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 6 months to 30 November 2021 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)
Central London > City of London
6 months to
30 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 166 114 179
Rank change year-on-year -52 +65 +37
Contract jobs citing MPLS 19 8 38
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.47% 0.41% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.08% 3.11% 6.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 8 31
10th Percentile £452 " £330
25th Percentile £500 £238 £380
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £275 £450
Median % change year-on-year +90.91% -38.89% -2.17%
75th Percentile £550 £541 £501
90th Percentile £600 £591 £638
Central London median daily rate £525 £275 £450
% change year-on-year +90.91% -38.89% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £47.50
Central London median hourly rate - - £47.50

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 the City of London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 374 257 612
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 9.29% 13.18% 10.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 210 469
10th Percentile £308 £238 £200
25th Percentile £427 £375 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% +5.88%
75th Percentile £607 £556 £575
90th Percentile £688 £638 £675
Central London median daily rate £525 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 12
10th Percentile £17.00 £22.70 £12.20
25th Percentile £21.00 " £15.88
Median hourly rate £22.25 £23.00 £19.10
Median % change year-on-year -3.26% +20.42% +2.14%
75th Percentile £34.25 £38.25 £21.25
90th Percentile £37.75 £52.35 £26.50
Central London median hourly rate £22.25 £23.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.26% +15.00% +6.78%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the City of London

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in the City of London

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in the City of London

For the 6 months to 30 November 2021, 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 City of London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 15 (78.95%) Windows
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft
1 15 (78.95%) Active Directory
1 15 (78.95%) Finance
1 15 (78.95%) Azure
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft 365
2 13 (68.42%) Email Migration
2 13 (68.42%) Migration
2 13 (68.42%) Citrix
3 10 (52.63%) Firewall
4 9 (47.37%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (47.37%) Thin Client
4 9 (47.37%) PRINCE2
4 9 (47.37%) Windows 7
4 9 (47.37%) Windows 10
4 9 (47.37%) Fat Client
4 9 (47.37%) IP Telephony
5 6 (31.58%) Mobile Device Management
5 6 (31.58%) DNS
5 6 (31.58%) MS Exchange
5 6 (31.58%) Patch Management
5 6 (31.58%) Data Centre
5 6 (31.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (26.32%) Project Delivery
7 4 (21.05%) Mimecast
7 4 (21.05%) SCCM
7 4 (21.05%) Network Security
7 4 (21.05%) Time Management
7 4 (21.05%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (21.05%) OSPF

MPLS
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 6 (31.58%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 15 (78.95%) Azure
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft 365
2 4 (21.05%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 10 (52.63%) Firewall
2 9 (47.37%) IP Telephony
3 6 (31.58%) DNS
4 4 (21.05%) BGP
4 4 (21.05%) Network Security
4 4 (21.05%) OSPF
5 3 (15.79%) Broadband
5 3 (15.79%) IPv6
5 3 (15.79%) Multicast
5 3 (15.79%) VPN
6 1 (5.26%) DHCP
6 1 (5.26%) EIGRP
6 1 (5.26%) Ethernet
6 1 (5.26%) FTP
6 1 (5.26%) HTTPS
6 1 (5.26%) LAN
6 1 (5.26%) SNMP
6 1 (5.26%) SSH
6 1 (5.26%) VLAN
6 1 (5.26%) WAN
General
1 15 (78.95%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (47.37%) Infrastructure Manager
1 9 (47.37%) Infrastructure Project Manager
1 9 (47.37%) Project Manager
2 6 (31.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Azure Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Microsoft 365 Manager
3 5 (26.32%) Microsoft 365 Project Manager
4 4 (21.05%) Cloud Engineer
4 4 (21.05%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (21.05%) Network Engineer
5 3 (15.79%) Principal Engineer
5 3 (15.79%) Principal Network Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Senior Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 9 (47.37%) Fat Client
1 9 (47.37%) Thin Client
2 6 (31.58%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 15 (78.95%) Windows
2 9 (47.37%) Windows 10
2 9 (47.37%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (68.42%) Email Migration
1 13 (68.42%) Migration
2 9 (47.37%) PRINCE2
2 9 (47.37%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (31.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 6 (31.58%) Mobile Device Management
3 6 (31.58%) Patch Management
4 5 (26.32%) Project Delivery
5 4 (21.05%) Identity Management
5 4 (21.05%) Time Management
6 3 (15.79%) Network Design
6 3 (15.79%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (5.26%) Network Management
7 1 (5.26%) Network Planning
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) CCIE
1 1 (5.26%) CCNP
1 1 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (78.95%) Active Directory
2 4 (21.05%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) SCCM
2 3 (15.79%) Nagios
Vendors
1 15 (78.95%) Microsoft
2 13 (68.42%) Citrix
3 4 (21.05%) Cisco
3 4 (21.05%) Okta
3 4 (21.05%) VMware
4 3 (15.79%) SolarWinds
5 1 (5.26%) F5