The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for VPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VPLS over the 3 months to 27 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.

Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 161 161 193
Rank change year-on-year 0 +32  
Contract jobs citing VPLS 3 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.091% 0.059% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.86% 0.42% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 4
Median daily rate £588 £425 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.23% +24.08%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £340
% change year-on-year +12.50% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

VPLS 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 349 472 736
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 10.56% 13.94% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 370 549
Median daily rate £427 £463 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.67% +12.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £288 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £579 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 24
Median hourly rate £24.86 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.84% +5.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.40 £17.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.20 £32.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

VPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for VPLS in the City of London

VPLS
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 VPLS in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPLS in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VPLS 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 VPLS.

1 3 (100.00%) MPLS
2 2 (66.67%) CICS
2 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 2 (66.67%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (66.67%) Banking
2 2 (66.67%) Retail
2 2 (66.67%) TOGAF
2 2 (66.67%) VSAM
2 2 (66.67%) SQL
2 2 (66.67%) .NET
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle
2 2 (66.67%) DB2
2 2 (66.67%) Web Services
2 2 (66.67%) XML
2 2 (66.67%) Unix
2 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) Linux
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (66.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (66.67%) HTTP
2 2 (66.67%) DNS
2 2 (66.67%) OLTP
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) JSON
2 2 (66.67%) Multithreading
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (66.67%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (66.67%) Waterfall
2 2 (66.67%) TSYS

VPLS
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 2 (66.67%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (66.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (66.67%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (100.00%) MPLS
2 2 (66.67%) DNS
2 2 (66.67%) HTTP
3 1 (33.33%) BGP
3 1 (33.33%) Ethernet
3 1 (33.33%) IPv4
3 1 (33.33%) IPv6
3 1 (33.33%) LAN
3 1 (33.33%) Multicast
3 1 (33.33%) NGN
3 1 (33.33%) OSPF
3 1 (33.33%) RSVP
3 1 (33.33%) VPN
3 1 (33.33%) VXLAN
3 1 (33.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) DB2
1 2 (66.67%) OLTP
General
1 2 (66.67%) Banking
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
1 2 (66.67%) Retail
1 2 (66.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Azure Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Cloud Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Cloud Solutions Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) JSON
1 2 (66.67%) Web Services
1 2 (66.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
1 2 (66.67%) VSAM
2 1 (33.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Linux
1 2 (66.67%) Unix
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) Data Analysis
1 2 (66.67%) Multithreading
1 2 (66.67%) SDLC
1 2 (66.67%) TOGAF
1 2 (66.67%) Waterfall
2 1 (33.33%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) CCIE
1 1 (33.33%) CCIE Routing and Switching
1 1 (33.33%) CCNP
1 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (33.33%) JNCIS
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 2 (66.67%) Oracle
1 2 (66.67%) TSYS
2 1 (33.33%) Cisco
2 1 (33.33%) Juniper