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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
London / City of London
Rank 145 149 167
Rank change year-on-year +4 +18  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 9 9 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.30% 0.27% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.61% 2.30% 4.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 28
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £525 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £316
% change year-on-year +3.44% +14.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £44.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -31.81% +10.00%  

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 345 392 693
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 11.52% 11.78% 13.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 291 506
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 13
Median hourly rate £19.00 £26.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.92% +39.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £19.00 £13.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.73 £30.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

MPLS
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 Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the City of London

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 21 (75.00%) Cisco
2 19 (67.86%) WAN
2 19 (67.86%) Firewall
3 14 (50.00%) LAN
4 12 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (42.86%) BGP
5 11 (39.29%) OSPF
6 10 (35.71%) Citrix
6 10 (35.71%) CCNP
7 8 (28.57%) CheckPoint
8 7 (25.00%) Internet
8 7 (25.00%) TCP/IP
8 7 (25.00%) SQL Server
8 7 (25.00%) Windows
8 7 (25.00%) Wireless
8 7 (25.00%) Finance
9 6 (21.43%) VMware
9 6 (21.43%) SharePoint
9 6 (21.43%) SNMP
9 6 (21.43%) EIGRP
9 6 (21.43%) Juniper
9 6 (21.43%) Meraki
9 6 (21.43%) Data Centre
9 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
10 5 (17.86%) F5
10 5 (17.86%) HSRP
10 5 (17.86%) Project Management
10 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
10 5 (17.86%) DHCP
10 5 (17.86%) VLAN

MPLS
Top Related 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 (21.43%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.57%) Skype for Business
2 1 (3.57%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (14.29%) AWS CloudFormation
2 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (67.86%) Firewall
1 19 (67.86%) WAN
2 14 (50.00%) LAN
3 12 (42.86%) BGP
4 11 (39.29%) OSPF
5 7 (25.00%) Internet
5 7 (25.00%) TCP/IP
5 7 (25.00%) Wireless
6 6 (21.43%) EIGRP
6 6 (21.43%) SNMP
7 5 (17.86%) Cisco ASA
7 5 (17.86%) DHCP
7 5 (17.86%) HSRP
7 5 (17.86%) VLAN
8 4 (14.29%) Cisco IOS
8 4 (14.29%) Cisco Nexus
8 4 (14.29%) Ethernet
8 4 (14.29%) IGMP
8 4 (14.29%) IPsec
8 4 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) DB2
2 1 (3.57%) MySQL
General
1 7 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (7.14%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Military
3 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (53.57%) Network Engineer
2 11 (39.29%) Senior Network Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Cisco Engineer
3 6 (21.43%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 5 (17.86%) Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) Network Analyst
5 4 (14.29%) Senior Cisco Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
6 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Manager
6 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2 Infrastructure Project Manager
6 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
6 3 (10.71%) Project Manager
7 2 (7.14%) Architect
7 2 (7.14%) Data Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Data Network Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Network Architect
7 2 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (7.14%) Senior Network Analyst
8 1 (3.57%) Data Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.71%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.14%) Virtual Team
3 1 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.57%) CMDB
3 1 (3.57%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (3.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (3.57%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.57%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.57%) NHS
3 1 (3.57%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 7 (25.00%) Windows
2 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
3 1 (3.57%) Linux
3 1 (3.57%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (17.86%) Project Management
2 4 (14.29%) High Availability
2 4 (14.29%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (10.71%) Email Migration
3 3 (10.71%) Migration
3 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2
3 3 (10.71%) Risk Management
3 3 (10.71%) Server Building
4 2 (7.14%) Change Management
4 2 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (7.14%) Network Architecture
4 2 (7.14%) Network Design
4 2 (7.14%) Network Management
4 2 (7.14%) Time Management
5 1 (3.57%) Cybersecurity
5 1 (3.57%) Database Security
5 1 (3.57%) ITIL V3
5 1 (3.57%) People Management
5 1 (3.57%) SIEM
5 1 (3.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (35.71%) CCNP
3 3 (10.71%) CCIE
4 2 (7.14%) CCDP
4 2 (7.14%) CCSA
4 2 (7.14%) CCSE
5 1 (3.57%) CCDA
5 1 (3.57%) CCNA
5 1 (3.57%) CISSP
5 1 (3.57%) JNCIE
5 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) SLA
2 1 (3.57%) COBIT
2 1 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.57%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (75.00%) Cisco
2 10 (35.71%) Citrix
3 8 (28.57%) CheckPoint
4 6 (21.43%) Juniper
4 6 (21.43%) Meraki
4 6 (21.43%) VMware
5 5 (17.86%) F5
6 4 (14.29%) Aruba
6 4 (14.29%) Blue Coat
6 4 (14.29%) NetScout
7 3 (10.71%) Microsoft
8 2 (7.14%) Riverbed
9 1 (3.57%) Avaya
9 1 (3.57%) Brocade
9 1 (3.57%) IBM
9 1 (3.57%) Infoblox
9 1 (3.57%) Oracle
9 1 (3.57%) Remedy
9 1 (3.57%) SolarWinds
9 1 (3.57%) Symantec