Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 423 366 354
Rank change year-on-year -57 -12 -47
Contract jobs citing MPLS 479 552 641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.62% 0.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.92% 4.17% 4.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 360 394
England median daily rate £413 £393 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.10% -4.85% +16.20%
10th Percentile £263 £257 £260
90th Percentile £573 £538 £588
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £413
% change year-on-year +3.23% -6.06% +16.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 20
England median hourly rate £13.95 £29.61 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.88% -34.20% +109.30%
10th Percentile £12.75 £16.12 £15.75
90th Percentile £35.05 £45.27 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £15.41 £30.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -48.65% -30.23% +65.38%

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 12,217 13,227 13,851
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.44% 14.83% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,609 8,099 8,115
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 620 668 846
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +7.61%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.59 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.33 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%

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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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 -39 217 £425 +13.33% 62
South East -87 111 £425 +1.19% 38
Midlands +52 77 £400 +33.89% 19
West Midlands +50 61 £400 +11.11% 15
North of England +41 43 £350 -12.50% 35
North West +17 33 £350 -12.50% 20
South West +9 28 £450 +20.00% 13
East of England -24 17 £300 -33.33% 8
East Midlands +10 14 £350 +55.56% 3
Yorkshire +3 10 £325 -18.75% 14
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UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 319 (66.60%) Cisco
2 237 (49.48%) WAN
2 237 (49.48%) Firewall
3 224 (46.76%) VPN
4 206 (43.01%) Cisco Certification
5 194 (40.50%) BGP
6 175 (36.53%) LAN
7 146 (30.48%) OSPF
8 118 (24.63%) Data Centre
9 117 (24.43%) CCNP
10 112 (23.38%) Juniper
11 111 (23.17%) Cisco Nexus
12 104 (21.71%) CheckPoint
13 95 (19.83%) CCNA
13 95 (19.83%) Network Security
14 90 (18.79%) DNS
15 89 (18.58%) Telecoms
16 86 (17.95%) VLAN
17 83 (17.33%) Cisco ASA
17 83 (17.33%) TCP/IP
18 82 (17.12%) CCIE
19 80 (16.70%) Windows
20 76 (15.87%) Wireless
21 75 (15.66%) ITIL
22 72 (15.03%) Active Directory
22 72 (15.03%) Internet
23 71 (14.82%) DHCP
24 70 (14.61%) IPsec
25 66 (13.78%) Ethernet
26 64 (13.36%) EIGRP

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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 14 (2.92%) MS Exchange
2 9 (1.88%) Skype for Business
3 7 (1.46%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.04%) IIS
6 4 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.84%) Apache
6 4 (0.84%) Drupal
6 4 (0.84%) WordPress
7 3 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.21%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 20 (4.18%) MS Visio
2 18 (3.76%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.04%) HipChat
5 3 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 49 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 39 (8.14%) Amazon AWS
3 36 (7.52%) Office 365
4 8 (1.67%) IaaS
4 8 (1.67%) Mimecast
4 8 (1.67%) PaaS
5 4 (0.84%) Akamai
6 3 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
7 2 (0.42%) SaaS
8 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.21%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.21%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 237 (49.48%) Firewall
1 237 (49.48%) WAN
2 224 (46.76%) VPN
3 194 (40.50%) BGP
4 175 (36.53%) LAN
5 146 (30.48%) OSPF
6 111 (23.17%) Cisco Nexus
7 95 (19.83%) Network Security
8 90 (18.79%) DNS
9 86 (17.95%) VLAN
10 83 (17.33%) Cisco ASA
10 83 (17.33%) TCP/IP
11 76 (15.87%) Wireless
12 72 (15.03%) Internet
13 71 (14.82%) DHCP
14 70 (14.61%) IPsec
15 66 (13.78%) Ethernet
16 64 (13.36%) EIGRP
17 63 (13.15%) VoIP
18 46 (9.60%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.04%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.63%) MySQL
3 3 (0.63%) OLTP
3 3 (0.63%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.42%) Big Data
4 2 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (1.46%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.25%) Metasploit
3 5 (1.04%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.04%) git-flow
3 5 (1.04%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.04%) JIRA
3 5 (1.04%) Maven
4 3 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 89 (18.58%) Telecoms
2 62 (12.94%) Finance
3 32 (6.68%) Banking
4 24 (5.01%) Retail
5 14 (2.92%) Billing
6 9 (1.88%) Legal
7 6 (1.25%) Advertising
7 6 (1.25%) French Language
8 5 (1.04%) Music Industry
9 4 (0.84%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.84%) Marketing
10 3 (0.63%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.63%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.63%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.63%) Retail Finance
11 2 (0.42%) Electronics
11 2 (0.42%) Local Government
11 2 (0.42%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.21%) German Language
12 1 (0.21%) Law
Job Titles
1 216 (45.09%) Network Engineer
2 90 (18.79%) Architect
3 59 (12.32%) Cisco Engineer
4 58 (12.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 40 (8.35%) Security Engineer
6 38 (7.93%) Network Architect
7 36 (7.52%) Network Security Engineer
8 32 (6.68%) Project Manager
9 28 (5.85%) Senior Network Engineer
10 26 (5.43%) Security Architect
11 23 (4.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 22 (4.59%) Consultant
13 19 (3.97%) Support Engineer
14 18 (3.76%) Infrastructure Manager
14 18 (3.76%) Network Support
14 18 (3.76%) Solutions Architect
15 17 (3.55%) Analyst
15 17 (3.55%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 16 (3.34%) Network Consultant
17 15 (3.13%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.34%) 802.1X
1 16 (3.34%) LDAP
2 9 (1.88%) JSON
3 6 (1.25%) WAP
4 5 (1.04%) Web Services
5 4 (0.84%) .NET
5 4 (0.84%) LAMP
5 4 (0.84%) XML
6 3 (0.63%) CGI
6 3 (0.63%) Core Data
7 1 (0.21%) HTML
7 1 (0.21%) Rendezvous
7 1 (0.21%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 118 (24.63%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.18%) Management Information System
4 14 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 11 (2.30%) Replication
6 8 (1.67%) PKI
6 8 (1.67%) Virtual Team
7 7 (1.46%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.25%) Client/Server
8 6 (1.25%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.04%) Clustering
9 5 (1.04%) Hedge funds
10 4 (0.84%) Cyberthreat
10 4 (0.84%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.63%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.63%) PMI
11 3 (0.63%) Smart Meter
12 2 (0.42%) FMCG
12 2 (0.42%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 80 (16.70%) Windows
2 35 (7.31%) Windows Server
3 33 (6.89%) Linux
4 26 (5.43%) Unix
5 17 (3.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (3.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (3.13%) Windows 7
8 10 (2.09%) Windows 10
9 6 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.84%) CentOS
12 2 (0.42%) Solaris
13 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (15.66%) ITIL
2 58 (12.11%) Network Design
3 48 (10.02%) Migration
4 42 (8.77%) Project Management
5 38 (7.93%) Network Architecture
6 37 (7.72%) Load Balancing
7 32 (6.68%) Service Delivery
8 28 (5.85%) PRINCE2
9 27 (5.64%) Service Management
10 26 (5.43%) Agile Software Development
11 25 (5.22%) Change Management
11 25 (5.22%) Information Security
12 24 (5.01%) Configuration Management
13 23 (4.80%) Network Management
13 23 (4.80%) SIEM
14 22 (4.59%) Security Architecture
15 21 (4.38%) Capacity Management
16 18 (3.76%) High Availability
16 18 (3.76%) WAN Optimisation
17 17 (3.55%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 29 (6.05%) Python
2 22 (4.59%) Perl
3 21 (4.38%) SQL
4 19 (3.97%) PowerShell
5 17 (3.55%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.04%) Groovy
7 4 (0.84%) AWK
7 4 (0.84%) C
7 4 (0.84%) sed
8 3 (0.63%) Java
8 3 (0.63%) Ruby
9 2 (0.42%) C-shell
9 2 (0.42%) Korn
9 2 (0.42%) PHP
10 1 (0.21%) C++
10 1 (0.21%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 206 (43.01%) Cisco Certification
2 117 (24.43%) CCNP
3 95 (19.83%) CCNA
4 82 (17.12%) CCIE
5 63 (13.15%) Security Cleared
6 58 (12.11%) SC Cleared
7 29 (6.05%) CISSP
8 26 (5.43%) Degree
9 22 (4.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 21 (4.38%) MCSE
11 17 (3.55%) JNCIE
12 16 (3.34%) MCP
13 13 (2.71%) JNCIP
14 12 (2.51%) JNCIA
15 11 (2.30%) CCSP
16 8 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 7 (1.46%) CCDP
17 7 (1.46%) CCSA
17 7 (1.46%) CCVP
18 5 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.13%) GDPR
2 13 (2.71%) SLA
3 9 (1.88%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.04%) QA
5 4 (0.84%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 72 (15.03%) Active Directory
2 27 (5.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (4.59%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.13%) iptables
5 14 (2.92%) vSphere
6 10 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (2.09%) VMware NSX
7 5 (1.04%) ProxySG
8 4 (0.84%) DFS Replication
8 4 (0.84%) Postfix
8 4 (0.84%) Samba
8 4 (0.84%) Squid
8 4 (0.84%) XenApp
8 4 (0.84%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.42%) NFS
10 1 (0.21%) Docker
10 1 (0.21%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.21%) Firmware
10 1 (0.21%) vCloud
10 1 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (4.18%) SCCM
2 15 (3.13%) Nagios
3 14 (2.92%) Cisco Prime
4 12 (2.51%) FortiGate
4 12 (2.51%) SCOM
5 11 (2.30%) Cisco CUCM
6 9 (1.88%) SELinux
7 6 (1.25%) Ansible
7 6 (1.25%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (1.25%) ZABBIX
8 5 (1.04%) Nessus
8 5 (1.04%) vRealize
9 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (0.84%) Nmap
9 4 (0.84%) PowerCLI
9 4 (0.84%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.63%) Cacti
10 3 (0.63%) Cisco IPCC
10 3 (0.63%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 3 (0.63%) WSUS
Vendors
1 319 (66.60%) Cisco
2 112 (23.38%) Juniper
3 104 (21.71%) CheckPoint
4 56 (11.69%) Palo Alto
5 55 (11.48%) F5
6 54 (11.27%) Fortinet
7 49 (10.23%) VMware
8 41 (8.56%) Microsoft
9 38 (7.93%) Citrix
9 38 (7.93%) HP
10 26 (5.43%) SolarWinds
11 24 (5.01%) Blue Coat
12 22 (4.59%) Avaya
13 21 (4.38%) Riverbed
14 17 (3.55%) Meraki
15 15 (3.13%) McAfee
16 14 (2.92%) BT
17 13 (2.71%) Aruba
18 11 (2.30%) Arista
18 11 (2.30%) IBM