Period
to 26 September 2021

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 26 September 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)
UK > England
6 months to
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 483 348 394
Rank change year-on-year -135 +46 +31
Contract jobs citing MPLS 263 145 487
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.41% 0.57% 0.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.63% 4.16% 4.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 93 301
10th Percentile £325 £285 £250
25th Percentile £400 £363 £336
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £463 £425 £410
Median % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.66% -3.53%
75th Percentile £538 £488 £488
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +11.76% +3.66% -3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 13
10th Percentile £22.90 £16.13 £14.25
25th Percentile £29.50 £17.38 £16.25
Median hourly rate £43.19 £25.25 £27.00
Median % change year-on-year +71.05% -6.48% +17.39%
75th Percentile £47.23 £33.94 £47.50
90th Percentile £48.04 £45.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £32.85 £19.75 £18.06
% change year-on-year +66.30% +9.39% -4.97%

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 7,253 3,483 10,597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.38% 13.60% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,703 2,221 6,651
10th Percentile £225 £210 £200
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £473 £440 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.39% +3.53% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £660 £631 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 338 162 501
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.33 £12.50
25th Percentile £13.81 £17.50 £15.88
Median hourly rate £20.51 £31.25 £24.50
Median % change year-on-year -34.37% +27.55% +28.95%
75th Percentile £47.63 £46.66 £46.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year -29.03% +23.41% +32.21%

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Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in England

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS in England.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in England

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Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MPLS in England over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MPLS in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS in England.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in England

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Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MPLS in England over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

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 26 September 2021. 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 -109 130 £516 +21.47% 33
South East -70 55 £410 -8.89% 17
Midlands -75 26 £363 -12.12% 14
West Midlands -70 16 £231 -35.99% 6
East of England -37 15 £325 -5.87% 6
North of England -66 15 £475 +22.58% 20
East Midlands -37 10 £425 -15.00% 7
South West -47 10 £463 - 7
North West -52 10 £475 +26.67% 12
Yorkshire -42 5 £388 -3.13% 6
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UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 186 (70.72%) Cisco
2 137 (52.09%) BGP
3 125 (47.53%) Firewall
4 101 (38.40%) WAN
5 88 (33.46%) Cisco Certification
6 77 (29.28%) VPN
7 75 (28.52%) LAN
8 73 (27.76%) OSPF
9 63 (23.95%) Juniper
10 62 (23.57%) CCNP
10 62 (23.57%) Security Cleared
11 60 (22.81%) Telecoms
12 57 (21.67%) VLAN
13 51 (19.39%) Data Centre
14 50 (19.01%) Azure
15 49 (18.63%) DNS
16 48 (18.25%) Social Skills
17 47 (17.87%) Wireless
18 45 (17.11%) SC Cleared
19 43 (16.35%) Network Design
19 43 (16.35%) SD-WAN
20 42 (15.97%) VMware
21 40 (15.21%) F5
22 37 (14.07%) Network Security
23 36 (13.69%) IPsec
24 33 (12.55%) TCP/IP
24 33 (12.55%) Windows
25 32 (12.17%) Active Directory
26 31 (11.79%) AWS
26 31 (11.79%) Microsoft 365

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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 9 (3.42%) MS Exchange
2 8 (3.04%) OpenStack
3 4 (1.52%) JBoss
3 4 (1.52%) NetWeaver
3 4 (1.52%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.38%) IIS
5 1 (0.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (3.04%) MS Visio
2 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.76%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 50 (19.01%) Azure
2 31 (11.79%) AWS
2 31 (11.79%) Microsoft 365
3 8 (3.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 8 (3.04%) Mimecast
3 8 (3.04%) SaaS
4 5 (1.90%) IaaS
4 5 (1.90%) PaaS
5 4 (1.52%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 4 (1.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 3 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.76%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.76%) GCP
7 2 (0.76%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.76%) PowerApps
8 1 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 137 (52.09%) BGP
2 125 (47.53%) Firewall
3 101 (38.40%) WAN
4 77 (29.28%) VPN
5 75 (28.52%) LAN
6 73 (27.76%) OSPF
7 57 (21.67%) VLAN
8 49 (18.63%) DNS
9 47 (17.87%) Wireless
10 43 (16.35%) SD-WAN
11 37 (14.07%) Network Security
12 36 (13.69%) IPsec
13 33 (12.55%) TCP/IP
14 30 (11.41%) VoIP
15 29 (11.03%) Ethernet
15 29 (11.03%) Internet
16 28 (10.65%) EIGRP
17 27 (10.27%) Wi-Fi
18 26 (9.89%) DHCP
19 25 (9.51%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.28%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (1.52%) DB2
2 4 (1.52%) MySQL
2 4 (1.52%) SAP HANA
3 2 (0.76%) Power BI
4 1 (0.38%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.38%) Big Data
4 1 (0.38%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.38%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.38%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 3 (1.14%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.38%) PowerDesigner
2 1 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 60 (22.81%) Telecoms
2 48 (18.25%) Social Skills
3 26 (9.89%) Finance
4 10 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (3.42%) Presentation Skills
6 6 (2.28%) Documentation Skills
7 5 (1.90%) Retail
8 3 (1.14%) Aerospace
8 3 (1.14%) Banking
8 3 (1.14%) Spanish Language
9 2 (0.76%) Billing
9 2 (0.76%) French Language
9 2 (0.76%) German Language
9 2 (0.76%) Legal
9 2 (0.76%) Local Government
10 1 (0.38%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 1 (0.38%) Marketing
10 1 (0.38%) Military
10 1 (0.38%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.38%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 108 (41.06%) Network Engineer
2 42 (15.97%) Architect
3 24 (9.13%) Network Architect
4 21 (7.98%) IP Engineer
5 19 (7.22%) Designer
6 17 (6.46%) Cisco Engineer
7 16 (6.08%) Design Engineer
8 15 (5.70%) Senior Network Engineer
9 14 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (4.94%) Network Designer
10 13 (4.94%) Project Manager
11 12 (4.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 12 (4.56%) Consultant
12 11 (4.18%) Cloud Engineer
12 11 (4.18%) Security Engineer
12 11 (4.18%) Solutions Architect
13 9 (3.42%) Juniper Engineer
14 8 (3.04%) IP Designer
14 8 (3.04%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 8 (3.04%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.28%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.52%) JSON
2 4 (1.52%) Middleware
2 4 (1.52%) SAP Basis
3 3 (1.14%) Jinja
3 3 (1.14%) Spine.js
3 3 (1.14%) XML
3 3 (1.14%) XMPP
4 1 (0.38%) CSS
4 1 (0.38%) OAuth
4 1 (0.38%) OpenID
4 1 (0.38%) SAML
4 1 (0.38%) Twisted
Miscellaneous
1 51 (19.39%) Data Centre
2 16 (6.08%) PKI
3 11 (4.18%) Fibre Optics
3 11 (4.18%) Public Cloud
4 10 (3.80%) CCTV
5 9 (3.42%) Hybrid Cloud
6 8 (3.04%) SCADA
7 7 (2.66%) Fat Client
7 7 (2.66%) Thin Client
8 6 (2.28%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.90%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (1.52%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.14%) BYOD
11 3 (1.14%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.14%) User Experience
12 2 (0.76%) Driving Licence
12 2 (0.76%) iPad
12 2 (0.76%) Self-Motivation
13 1 (0.38%) Clustering
13 1 (0.38%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 33 (12.55%) Windows
2 19 (7.22%) Linux
3 11 (4.18%) Windows Server
4 9 (3.42%) Windows 10
5 8 (3.04%) Unix
6 7 (2.66%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.52%) AIX
8 3 (1.14%) Android
8 3 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.14%) Ubuntu
8 3 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.14%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.76%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.38%) CentOS
10 1 (0.38%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (16.35%) Network Design
2 28 (10.65%) Migration
3 27 (10.27%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (9.89%) ITIL
5 25 (9.51%) Network Architecture
6 21 (7.98%) Network Management
7 20 (7.60%) Stakeholder Management
8 19 (7.22%) Project Delivery
9 17 (6.46%) Problem-Solving
10 14 (5.32%) Change Management
10 14 (5.32%) Email Migration
10 14 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 14 (5.32%) Load Balancing
10 14 (5.32%) Project Management
11 13 (4.94%) Computer Science
11 13 (4.94%) Service Management
12 12 (4.56%) Continuous Improvement
12 12 (4.56%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (4.56%) Identity Management
12 12 (4.56%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 28 (10.65%) Python
2 7 (2.66%) SQL
3 5 (1.90%) PowerShell
4 3 (1.14%) Perl
5 2 (0.76%) C
5 2 (0.76%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.38%) Java
Qualifications
1 88 (33.46%) Cisco Certification
2 62 (23.57%) CCNP
2 62 (23.57%) Security Cleared
3 45 (17.11%) SC Cleared
4 26 (9.89%) Degree
5 25 (9.51%) CCNA
6 24 (9.13%) CCIE
7 10 (3.80%) JNCIP
8 9 (3.42%) CCDP
9 8 (3.04%) CCIE Service Provider
10 5 (1.90%) JNCIS
11 4 (1.52%) CCDE
11 4 (1.52%) CISSP
12 3 (1.14%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 3 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (0.76%) ISEB
13 2 (0.76%) ISTQB
13 2 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 2 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.76%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.32%) SLA
2 8 (3.04%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.28%) GDPR
4 5 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (1.52%) COBIT
6 3 (1.14%) QA
7 2 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.38%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.38%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.38%) NIST
System Software
1 32 (12.17%) Active Directory
2 26 (9.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.18%) VMware NSX
4 6 (2.28%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.90%) Docker
6 2 (0.76%) Firmware
6 2 (0.76%) KVM
6 2 (0.76%) pfSense
7 1 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.38%) LXC
7 1 (0.38%) Shibboleth
7 1 (0.38%) vSphere
7 1 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 17 (6.46%) Ansible
2 11 (4.18%) FortiGate
3 9 (3.42%) SCCM
4 8 (3.04%) Nagios
5 7 (2.66%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (1.90%) Terraform
7 4 (1.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 4 (1.52%) Cisco Prime
7 4 (1.52%) Kubernetes
8 3 (1.14%) Prometheus
8 3 (1.14%) SolarWinds Orion
8 3 (1.14%) vRealize
8 3 (1.14%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 3 (1.14%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.76%) Cisco CME
9 2 (0.76%) Cisco UCCX
9 2 (0.76%) QRadar
9 2 (0.76%) WhatsUp Gold
10 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 186 (70.72%) Cisco
2 63 (23.95%) Juniper
3 42 (15.97%) VMware
4 40 (15.21%) F5
5 30 (11.41%) Meraki
6 29 (11.03%) Citrix
6 29 (11.03%) Microsoft
7 28 (10.65%) CheckPoint
8 26 (9.89%) Fortinet
9 25 (9.51%) Nokia
10 18 (6.84%) Palo Alto
11 17 (6.46%) SolarWinds
12 10 (3.80%) Red Hat
13 9 (3.42%) Aruba
13 9 (3.42%) HP
13 9 (3.42%) Huawei
14 8 (3.04%) Arista
14 8 (3.04%) BT
15 7 (2.66%) Mitel
15 7 (2.66%) Red Box