The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 28 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.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / East of England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 107 118
Rank change year-on-year -9 +11  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 7 16 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.33% 0.65% 0.60%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.86% 4.53% 4.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 11 11
Median daily rate £400 £363 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -7.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £488 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £313
% change year-on-year +3.44% +16.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £44.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -31.81% +6.66%  

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 East of England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 377 353 397
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 17.76% 14.27% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 194 193
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £261 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 25 65
Median hourly rate £22.85 £45.00 £24.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.22% +86.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.15 £15.00 £14.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the East of England

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the East of England over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the East of England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the East of England

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Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the East of England region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cambridgeshire +5 2 £399 +22.69% 1
Suffolk -1 2 £150 -58.62%
Hertfordshire -3 2 £475 -2.56% 1
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 28 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 East of England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 20 (71.43%) Cisco
2 13 (46.43%) CheckPoint
3 12 (42.86%) DNS
3 12 (42.86%) F5
4 11 (39.29%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (39.29%) Firewall
5 10 (35.71%) Cisco ASA
6 9 (32.14%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 9 (32.14%) Blue Coat
6 9 (32.14%) BIG-IP
6 9 (32.14%) WAN
7 8 (28.57%) OSPF
7 8 (28.57%) BGP
7 8 (28.57%) Banking
7 8 (28.57%) Data Centre
7 8 (28.57%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 7 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
8 7 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (25.00%) VPN
8 7 (25.00%) Citrix
9 6 (21.43%) Internet
10 5 (17.86%) Finance
10 5 (17.86%) Wireless
10 5 (17.86%) CCIE
10 5 (17.86%) CCNP
11 4 (14.29%) Active Directory
11 4 (14.29%) SMTP
11 4 (14.29%) FTP
11 4 (14.29%) LAN
11 4 (14.29%) VoIP

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 1 (3.57%) CloudStack
1 1 (3.57%) OpenStack
1 1 (3.57%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (42.86%) DNS
2 11 (39.29%) Firewall
3 10 (35.71%) Cisco ASA
4 9 (32.14%) BIG-IP
4 9 (32.14%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 9 (32.14%) WAN
5 8 (28.57%) BGP
5 8 (28.57%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 8 (28.57%) OSPF
6 7 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 7 (25.00%) VPN
7 6 (21.43%) Internet
8 5 (17.86%) Wireless
9 4 (14.29%) EIGRP
9 4 (14.29%) FTP
9 4 (14.29%) IPsec
9 4 (14.29%) LAN
9 4 (14.29%) LDAP
9 4 (14.29%) SMTP
9 4 (14.29%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
General
1 8 (28.57%) Banking
2 5 (17.86%) Finance
3 3 (10.71%) Telecoms
4 2 (7.14%) German Language
5 1 (3.57%) Automotive
5 1 (3.57%) Retail
5 1 (3.57%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (46.43%) Network Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Network Specialist
2 4 (14.29%) Project Manager
2 4 (14.29%) Technical Specialist
3 3 (10.71%) Architect
3 3 (10.71%) Blue Coat Specialist
3 3 (10.71%) Check Point Specialist
3 3 (10.71%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (10.71%) Cisco Network Specialist
3 3 (10.71%) Cisco Specialist
3 3 (10.71%) Technical Architect
4 2 (7.14%) Cisco Network Support Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) Cisco Project Manager
4 2 (7.14%) Cisco Support Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Manager
4 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 2 (7.14%) PRINCE2 Infrastructure Project Manager
4 2 (7.14%) Support Engineer
4 2 (7.14%) VMware Architect
4 2 (7.14%) Wireless Product Manager
Miscellaneous
1 8 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (7.14%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.29%) Unix
2 2 (7.14%) Solaris
3 1 (3.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (14.29%) Migration
2 4 (14.29%) PRINCE2
2 4 (14.29%) Project Management
3 2 (7.14%) Agile Project Management
3 2 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (7.14%) Converged Infrastructure
3 2 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (7.14%) Email Migration
3 2 (7.14%) Network Monitoring
3 2 (7.14%) Server Building
3 2 (7.14%) Waterfall
4 1 (3.57%) Data Centre Operations
4 1 (3.57%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (3.57%) High Availability
4 1 (3.57%) Presales
4 1 (3.57%) Service Delivery
4 1 (3.57%) Test Strategy
4 1 (3.57%) Validation
4 1 (3.57%) Visualisation
Qualifications
1 11 (39.29%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (17.86%) CCIE
2 5 (17.86%) CCNP
3 2 (7.14%) CCNA
3 2 (7.14%) MCITP
3 2 (7.14%) MCSE
3 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (7.14%) PMI Certification
4 1 (3.57%) CCDE
4 1 (3.57%) JNCIP
4 1 (3.57%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) VCAP
4 1 (3.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.71%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (14.29%) Active Directory
1 4 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (7.14%) vSphere
2 2 (7.14%) XenApp
3 1 (3.57%) KVM
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (3.57%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (10.71%) SCCM
2 2 (7.14%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (7.14%) FortiGate
3 1 (3.57%) Simpana
Vendors
1 20 (71.43%) Cisco
2 13 (46.43%) CheckPoint
3 12 (42.86%) F5
4 9 (32.14%) Blue Coat
5 7 (25.00%) Citrix
6 4 (14.29%) VMware
7 3 (10.71%) Juniper
8 2 (7.14%) 3PAR
8 2 (7.14%) HP
8 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
8 2 (7.14%) Oracle
9 1 (3.57%) BT
9 1 (3.57%) CommVault
9 1 (3.57%) Fortinet
9 1 (3.57%) Huawei
9 1 (3.57%) Meru Networks
9 1 (3.57%) Riverbed
9 1 (3.57%) Tellabs