Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 6 months to 15 October 2018 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)
UK > England
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 418 428 416
Rank change year-on-year +10 -12 -98
Contract jobs citing MPLS 529 465 558
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.56% 0.51% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.24% 3.72% 3.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 268 367
England median daily rate £425 £393 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.28% -1.88% +4.58%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £256
90th Percentile £588 £550 £575
UK median daily rate £423 £380 £391
% change year-on-year +11.18% -2.88% +0.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 10 8
England median hourly rate £29.00 £13.95 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.85% -70.83% +3.05%
10th Percentile £13.35 £12.75 £37.31
90th Percentile £56.70 £67.33 £48.36
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £15.41 £47.83
% change year-on-year +62.28% -67.79% +6.29%

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 England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 12,483 12,505 15,023
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.25% 13.82% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,562 7,687 9,249
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £224
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 624 656 739
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.07
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.30% -19.79% +20.00%

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Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in England

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in England over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in England over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MPLS in England

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Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 15 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +28 244 £438 +2.94% 48
South East +3 119 £413 +5.36% 33
North of England -13 65 £369 -1.67% 44
Midlands -24 53 £400 +6.67% 30
West Midlands -13 38 £388 +3.33% 17
North West -30 28 £350 -6.67% 32
South West -16 23 £400 +13.48% 6
East of England +4 22 £413 +10.00% 11
Yorkshire -11 21 £413 +10.00% 7
North East +12 16 £283 -37.22% 5
East Midlands -2 15 £520 +66.40% 13
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UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, 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 England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 349 (65.97%) Cisco
2 292 (55.20%) WAN
3 263 (49.72%) Firewall
4 242 (45.75%) BGP
5 231 (43.67%) VPN
6 219 (41.40%) LAN
7 213 (40.26%) Cisco Certification
8 178 (33.65%) OSPF
9 167 (31.57%) CCNP
10 134 (25.33%) Juniper
11 129 (24.39%) Wireless
12 119 (22.50%) Data Centre
13 113 (21.36%) TCP/IP
14 99 (18.71%) Windows
15 98 (18.53%) CCNA
16 97 (18.34%) DNS
17 94 (17.77%) CheckPoint
18 90 (17.01%) VoIP
19 86 (16.26%) Finance
19 86 (16.26%) VLAN
20 84 (15.88%) Cisco ASA
20 84 (15.88%) ITIL
21 82 (15.50%) F5
22 78 (14.74%) EIGRP
23 76 (14.37%) Telecoms
23 76 (14.37%) VMware
24 74 (13.99%) Network Security
25 72 (13.61%) Migration
25 72 (13.61%) Linux
25 72 (13.61%) CCIE

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Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 25 (4.73%) Skype for Business
2 12 (2.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 11 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (1.89%) MS Exchange
5 8 (1.51%) Apache
6 7 (1.32%) WebSphere
7 6 (1.13%) CMS
7 6 (1.13%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.95%) Confluence
9 4 (0.76%) Tomcat
10 3 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
11 2 (0.38%) IIS
12 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 12 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.08%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 70 (13.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 52 (9.83%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (5.29%) Office 365
4 15 (2.84%) IaaS
5 7 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 6 (1.13%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (0.95%) GitHub
7 5 (0.95%) PaaS
7 5 (0.95%) SaaS
8 4 (0.76%) Akamai
8 4 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.57%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.57%) CloudFront
9 3 (0.57%) Route 53
9 3 (0.57%) Serverless
10 2 (0.38%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 292 (55.20%) WAN
2 263 (49.72%) Firewall
3 242 (45.75%) BGP
4 231 (43.67%) VPN
5 219 (41.40%) LAN
6 178 (33.65%) OSPF
7 129 (24.39%) Wireless
8 113 (21.36%) TCP/IP
9 97 (18.34%) DNS
10 90 (17.01%) VoIP
11 86 (16.26%) VLAN
12 84 (15.88%) Cisco ASA
13 78 (14.74%) EIGRP
14 74 (13.99%) Network Security
15 69 (13.04%) Ethernet
16 68 (12.85%) Internet
17 63 (11.91%) Cisco Nexus
18 58 (10.96%) DHCP
19 56 (10.59%) WLAN
20 52 (9.83%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.27%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.08%) Relational Database
3 4 (0.76%) MySQL
4 3 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.57%) SQLite
5 2 (0.38%) Redis
5 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.19%) Big Data
6 1 (0.19%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 16 (3.02%) JIRA
2 7 (1.32%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.95%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.76%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.57%) Metasploit
5 3 (0.57%) Robot Framework
6 2 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.19%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.19%) JMeter
7 1 (0.19%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 86 (16.26%) Finance
2 76 (14.37%) Telecoms
3 19 (3.59%) Banking
4 16 (3.02%) Retail
5 10 (1.89%) Law
6 6 (1.13%) Multimedia
7 5 (0.95%) German Language
8 3 (0.57%) Advertising
8 3 (0.57%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.57%) French Language
8 3 (0.57%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.38%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.19%) Billing
10 1 (0.19%) Electronics
10 1 (0.19%) Games
10 1 (0.19%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 222 (41.97%) Network Engineer
2 75 (14.18%) Architect
3 47 (8.88%) Cisco Engineer
4 46 (8.70%) Analyst
5 41 (7.75%) Network Architect
6 37 (6.99%) Senior Network Engineer
7 35 (6.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 27 (5.10%) Network Analyst
9 22 (4.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 22 (4.16%) Security Engineer
10 21 (3.97%) Consultant
11 20 (3.78%) Juniper Engineer
11 20 (3.78%) Network Security Engineer
11 20 (3.78%) WAN Engineer
12 19 (3.59%) Senior Cisco Engineer
13 17 (3.21%) Project Manager
14 16 (3.02%) Network Consultant
15 15 (2.84%) Implementation Engineer
16 14 (2.65%) Network Implementation Engineer
17 13 (2.46%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.54%) 802.1X
2 15 (2.84%) Web Services
3 12 (2.27%) Middleware
4 11 (2.08%) REST
4 11 (2.08%) Spring
5 9 (1.70%) LDAP
6 8 (1.51%) J2EE
7 7 (1.32%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 7 (1.32%) Spring Boot
7 7 (1.32%) XMPP
8 6 (1.13%) JSON
8 6 (1.13%) XML
9 4 (0.76%) LAMP
10 3 (0.57%) Elastic Stack
10 3 (0.57%) SOAP
11 2 (0.38%) Kafka
11 2 (0.38%) Node.js
11 2 (0.38%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (0.38%) SAML
11 2 (0.38%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 119 (22.50%) Data Centre
2 31 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (5.67%) Self-Motivation
4 20 (3.78%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.40%) Video Conferencing
6 15 (2.84%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.27%) Public Cloud
8 11 (2.08%) PKI
9 9 (1.70%) Linux Command Line
10 7 (1.32%) Fintech
11 6 (1.13%) BBC
12 4 (0.76%) CCTV
12 4 (0.76%) Cyberthreat
12 4 (0.76%) Equities
12 4 (0.76%) Fat Client
12 4 (0.76%) Fixed Income
12 4 (0.76%) Mobile App
12 4 (0.76%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.76%) Thin Client
13 3 (0.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 99 (18.71%) Windows
2 72 (13.61%) Linux
3 42 (7.94%) Windows Server
4 28 (5.29%) Unix
5 17 (3.21%) Windows 10
6 15 (2.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (2.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (1.89%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.13%) Solaris
11 5 (0.95%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.76%) CentOS
12 4 (0.76%) Debian
13 1 (0.19%) Check Point GAiA
13 1 (0.19%) HPUX
13 1 (0.19%) SUSE
13 1 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (15.88%) ITIL
2 72 (13.61%) Migration
3 64 (12.10%) Network Design
4 57 (10.78%) Load Balancing
5 55 (10.40%) Network Management
6 47 (8.88%) Project Management
7 40 (7.56%) Network Architecture
8 34 (6.43%) Problem-Solving
9 32 (6.05%) Network Monitoring
10 28 (5.29%) High Availability
11 27 (5.10%) Change Management
11 27 (5.10%) Service Delivery
12 24 (4.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 23 (4.35%) WAN Optimisation
14 22 (4.16%) Service Management
15 21 (3.97%) DevOps
16 19 (3.59%) DNA
16 19 (3.59%) Information Security
16 19 (3.59%) Mentoring
17 18 (3.40%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 54 (10.21%) Python
2 29 (5.48%) Bash Shell
2 29 (5.48%) Perl
3 23 (4.35%) PowerShell
4 16 (3.02%) Ruby
5 15 (2.84%) Java
6 14 (2.65%) SQL
7 8 (1.51%) C++
8 5 (0.95%) C
9 3 (0.57%) Bourne shell
9 3 (0.57%) Go
9 3 (0.57%) PHP
9 3 (0.57%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.38%) AWK
10 2 (0.38%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.38%) XPath
11 1 (0.19%) C#
11 1 (0.19%) Tcl
11 1 (0.19%) VBA
11 1 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 213 (40.26%) Cisco Certification
2 167 (31.57%) CCNP
3 98 (18.53%) CCNA
4 72 (13.61%) CCIE
5 51 (9.64%) Security Cleared
6 44 (8.32%) SC Cleared
7 31 (5.86%) CCDP
7 31 (5.86%) Degree
8 18 (3.40%) JNCIP
9 14 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
10 12 (2.27%) DV Cleared
10 12 (2.27%) JNCIA
10 12 (2.27%) JNCIS
11 10 (1.89%) CCIP
12 9 (1.70%) CISSP
13 8 (1.51%) CCSP
13 8 (1.51%) ISEB
13 8 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (1.32%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.84%) QA
2 11 (2.08%) SLA
3 7 (1.32%) GDPR
3 7 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.38%) FISMA
5 2 (0.38%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.19%) GPG13
6 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.19%) OASIS TOSCA
6 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 52 (9.83%) Active Directory
2 47 (8.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (3.97%) vSphere
4 19 (3.59%) Docker
5 16 (3.02%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (2.27%) Hyper-V
6 12 (2.27%) XenApp
7 11 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (2.08%) XenDesktop
8 10 (1.89%) ProxySG
9 9 (1.70%) VMware NSX
10 7 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (1.13%) KVM
12 3 (0.57%) iptables
13 2 (0.38%) NFS
13 2 (0.38%) Postfix
13 2 (0.38%) Samba
13 2 (0.38%) Squid
13 2 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
14 1 (0.19%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 14 (2.65%) Cisco CUCM
2 12 (2.27%) CA Spectrum
2 12 (2.27%) Cisco Prime
3 11 (2.08%) Ansible
3 11 (2.08%) FortiGate
4 10 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.89%) Puppet
5 8 (1.51%) SCCM
6 7 (1.32%) AirWatch
6 7 (1.32%) Cisco UCCX
6 7 (1.32%) CSIRT
7 6 (1.13%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 6 (1.13%) Nagios
8 5 (0.95%) Cacti
8 5 (0.95%) QRadar
9 4 (0.76%) Grafana
9 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.76%) Nessus
9 4 (0.76%) SolarWinds Orion
9 4 (0.76%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 349 (65.97%) Cisco
2 134 (25.33%) Juniper
3 94 (17.77%) CheckPoint
4 82 (15.50%) F5
5 76 (14.37%) VMware
6 69 (13.04%) Microsoft
7 41 (7.75%) Citrix
8 39 (7.37%) SolarWinds
9 32 (6.05%) Palo Alto
10 30 (5.67%) Oracle
11 27 (5.10%) Meraki
12 26 (4.91%) HP
13 25 (4.73%) Aruba
13 25 (4.73%) Fortinet
13 25 (4.73%) Riverbed
14 21 (3.97%) Blue Coat
15 17 (3.21%) Arista
16 15 (2.84%) Polycom
17 13 (2.46%) BT
17 13 (2.46%) Forcepoint