Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 397 409 400
Rank change year-on-year +12 -9 -76
Contract jobs citing MPLS 542 480 595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.54% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.28% 3.92% 3.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 281 382
England median daily rate £425 £400 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.24% +4.33%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £609 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £424 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.94% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 9 11
England median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -37.28% +0.69%
10th Percentile £14.10 £12.75 £36.50
90th Percentile £54.53 £67.40 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £33.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year -18.18% -31.01% +0.69%

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 12,675 12,232 15,424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.47% 13.76% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,786 7,378 9,507
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £208 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 707 680 694
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.05 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.80% -27.80% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.39 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%

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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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 August 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 +7 257 £425 -5.56% 45
South East -14 122 £423 +5.63% 16
North of England -7 67 £413 +10.00% 36
Midlands +9 52 £400 +30.61% 19
West Midlands +7 45 £400 +6.67% 14
North West -23 29 £425 +25.93% 20
Yorkshire +13 28 £415 +10.60% 11
East of England +4 22 £400 +23.08% 18
South West -17 22 £400 +8.11% 9
North East +1 10 £283 -37.22% 5
East Midlands -9 7 £450 +50.00% 5
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UK

For the 6 months to 18 August 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.

1 353 (65.13%) Cisco
2 321 (59.23%) WAN
3 260 (47.97%) Firewall
4 255 (47.05%) BGP
5 242 (44.65%) LAN
6 226 (41.70%) VPN
7 208 (38.38%) Cisco Certification
8 173 (31.92%) OSPF
9 160 (29.52%) CCNP
10 144 (26.57%) Juniper
11 129 (23.80%) Data Centre
12 118 (21.77%) Wireless
13 117 (21.59%) DNS
14 110 (20.30%) TCP/IP
15 104 (19.19%) CCNA
16 99 (18.27%) Windows
17 92 (16.97%) ITIL
17 92 (16.97%) VLAN
18 89 (16.42%) VoIP
19 88 (16.24%) Finance
20 83 (15.31%) Telecoms
21 82 (15.13%) EIGRP
22 80 (14.76%) Cisco ASA
23 78 (14.39%) Ethernet
24 77 (14.21%) Migration
25 75 (13.84%) VMware
25 75 (13.84%) Internet
26 74 (13.65%) Network Security
27 70 (12.92%) Microsoft Azure
28 67 (12.36%) F5

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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 16 (2.95%) Skype for Business
2 8 (1.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 7 (1.29%) Apache
3 7 (1.29%) MS Exchange
4 6 (1.11%) Confluence
5 5 (0.92%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.37%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.18%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (2.21%) MS Visio
2 10 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.18%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 70 (12.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (7.38%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (5.17%) Office 365
4 16 (2.95%) IaaS
5 6 (1.11%) PaaS
5 6 (1.11%) SaaS
6 5 (0.92%) Akamai
6 5 (0.92%) GitHub
7 4 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (0.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.55%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.55%) CloudFront
8 3 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.55%) Route 53
8 3 (0.55%) Serverless
9 2 (0.37%) G Suite
10 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 321 (59.23%) WAN
2 260 (47.97%) Firewall
3 255 (47.05%) BGP
4 242 (44.65%) LAN
5 226 (41.70%) VPN
6 173 (31.92%) OSPF
7 118 (21.77%) Wireless
8 117 (21.59%) DNS
9 110 (20.30%) TCP/IP
10 92 (16.97%) VLAN
11 89 (16.42%) VoIP
12 82 (15.13%) EIGRP
13 80 (14.76%) Cisco ASA
14 78 (14.39%) Ethernet
15 75 (13.84%) Internet
16 74 (13.65%) Network Security
17 61 (11.25%) DHCP
18 55 (10.15%) IPsec
19 51 (9.41%) Cisco Nexus
20 50 (9.23%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.92%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (0.55%) MySQL
3 2 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.37%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.37%) SQLite
4 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.18%) Redis
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 10 (1.85%) JIRA
2 7 (1.29%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.74%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.55%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.37%) Hudson
6 2 (0.37%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.18%) JMeter
7 1 (0.18%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 88 (16.24%) Finance
2 83 (15.31%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.14%) Banking
4 11 (2.03%) Retail
5 5 (0.92%) Advertising
5 5 (0.92%) German Language
5 5 (0.92%) Multimedia
6 4 (0.74%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.74%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.55%) Corporate Banking
7 3 (0.55%) Law
8 1 (0.18%) Billing
8 1 (0.18%) Electronics
8 1 (0.18%) French Language
8 1 (0.18%) Games
8 1 (0.18%) Legal
8 1 (0.18%) Marketing
8 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 233 (42.99%) Network Engineer
2 82 (15.13%) Architect
3 50 (9.23%) Cisco Engineer
4 43 (7.93%) Analyst
4 43 (7.93%) Senior Network Engineer
5 41 (7.56%) Network Architect
6 33 (6.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 31 (5.72%) Network Analyst
8 29 (5.35%) WAN Engineer
9 26 (4.80%) Security Engineer
10 25 (4.61%) Network Security Engineer
11 24 (4.43%) Juniper Engineer
12 22 (4.06%) Consultant
13 21 (3.87%) Project Manager
13 21 (3.87%) Senior Cisco Engineer
14 17 (3.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 17 (3.14%) Network Consultant
15 15 (2.77%) Support Engineer
16 13 (2.40%) Network Support
17 12 (2.21%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.43%) 802.1X
2 13 (2.40%) Spring
2 13 (2.40%) Web Services
3 9 (1.66%) REST
4 8 (1.48%) J2EE
4 8 (1.48%) LDAP
5 7 (1.29%) Node.js
5 7 (1.29%) Spring Boot
6 6 (1.11%) AngularJS
7 5 (0.92%) JSON
7 5 (0.92%) XML
8 4 (0.74%) Boost C++ Libraries
8 4 (0.74%) LAMP
9 3 (0.55%) Middleware
10 2 (0.37%) COM
10 2 (0.37%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.37%) HTML
11 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET Core
11 1 (0.18%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.18%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 129 (23.80%) Data Centre
2 27 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (3.87%) Video Conferencing
4 20 (3.69%) Management Information System
5 19 (3.51%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (2.40%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.21%) PKI
7 12 (2.21%) Public Cloud
8 8 (1.48%) Linux Command Line
9 7 (1.29%) CMDB
10 5 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (0.92%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.74%) Clustering
11 4 (0.74%) Equities
11 4 (0.74%) Fintech
11 4 (0.74%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.74%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.74%) Replication
11 4 (0.74%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.55%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 99 (18.27%) Windows
2 63 (11.62%) Linux
3 39 (7.20%) Windows Server
4 30 (5.54%) Unix
5 18 (3.32%) Windows 10
6 9 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (1.48%) Windows 7
7 8 (1.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (1.11%) Solaris
8 6 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.74%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.55%) CentOS
10 3 (0.55%) Debian
10 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.18%) Android
12 1 (0.18%) Check Point GAiA
12 1 (0.18%) HPUX
12 1 (0.18%) SUSE
12 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (16.97%) ITIL
2 77 (14.21%) Migration
3 60 (11.07%) Network Design
3 60 (11.07%) Project Management
4 54 (9.96%) Load Balancing
5 53 (9.78%) Network Management
6 39 (7.20%) Network Monitoring
7 38 (7.01%) Change Management
8 36 (6.64%) Network Architecture
8 36 (6.64%) Service Delivery
9 31 (5.72%) Problem-Solving
10 29 (5.35%) High Availability
11 26 (4.80%) Configuration Management
12 25 (4.61%) Agile Software Development
12 25 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 24 (4.43%) PRINCE2
14 22 (4.06%) DNA
15 21 (3.87%) Capacity Management
15 21 (3.87%) Stakeholder Management
16 20 (3.69%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 52 (9.59%) Python
2 28 (5.17%) Perl
2 28 (5.17%) PowerShell
3 22 (4.06%) Bash Shell
4 17 (3.14%) Java
5 14 (2.58%) SQL
6 11 (2.03%) Ruby
7 7 (1.29%) JavaScript
8 5 (0.92%) C++
9 2 (0.37%) AWK
9 2 (0.37%) Bourne shell
9 2 (0.37%) PHP
9 2 (0.37%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.18%) C
10 1 (0.18%) C#
10 1 (0.18%) R
10 1 (0.18%) Tcl
10 1 (0.18%) VBA
10 1 (0.18%) XPath
Qualifications
1 208 (38.38%) Cisco Certification
2 160 (29.52%) CCNP
3 104 (19.19%) CCNA
4 60 (11.07%) CCIE
5 55 (10.15%) Security Cleared
6 49 (9.04%) SC Cleared
7 33 (6.09%) Degree
8 29 (5.35%) CCDP
9 20 (3.69%) JNCIP
10 19 (3.51%) JNCIS
11 17 (3.14%) JNCIA
12 12 (2.21%) CCIP
12 12 (2.21%) DV Cleared
13 10 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (1.66%) CISSP
15 8 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (1.48%) JNCIE
16 7 (1.29%) CCDE
16 7 (1.29%) CCSP
17 6 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.51%) SLA
2 15 (2.77%) QA
3 10 (1.85%) GDPR
4 9 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (1.11%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.37%) FISMA
6 2 (0.37%) GCP
6 2 (0.37%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 60 (11.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 50 (9.23%) Active Directory
3 18 (3.32%) VMware NSX
4 17 (3.14%) Virtual Desktop
5 15 (2.77%) Docker
5 15 (2.77%) vSphere
6 12 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (2.21%) XenApp
6 12 (2.21%) XenDesktop
7 10 (1.85%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.92%) ProxySG
8 5 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.74%) Firmware
9 4 (0.74%) KVM
10 2 (0.37%) iptables
10 2 (0.37%) NFS
10 2 (0.37%) Postfix
10 2 (0.37%) Samba
10 2 (0.37%) Squid
10 2 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (2.77%) CA Spectrum
2 12 (2.21%) SCCM
3 11 (2.03%) AirWatch
3 11 (2.03%) Cisco CUCM
3 11 (2.03%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.85%) FortiGate
5 9 (1.66%) Puppet
6 7 (1.29%) Cisco Prime
6 7 (1.29%) CSIRT
7 6 (1.11%) Ansible
7 6 (1.11%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 5 (0.92%) Nagios
8 5 (0.92%) SolarWinds Orion
8 5 (0.92%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.74%) Cisco UCCX
9 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.74%) Nessus
9 4 (0.74%) QRadar
10 3 (0.55%) Grafana
10 3 (0.55%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 353 (65.13%) Cisco
2 144 (26.57%) Juniper
3 75 (13.84%) VMware
4 67 (12.36%) CheckPoint
4 67 (12.36%) F5
5 63 (11.62%) Microsoft
6 44 (8.12%) Citrix
7 36 (6.64%) SolarWinds
8 30 (5.54%) Palo Alto
9 28 (5.17%) Meraki
10 24 (4.43%) Fortinet
11 23 (4.24%) HP
12 22 (4.06%) Oracle
13 21 (3.87%) Aruba
14 19 (3.51%) Polycom
15 18 (3.32%) Blue Coat
16 17 (3.14%) Mitel
17 16 (2.95%) Arista
17 16 (2.95%) BT
17 16 (2.95%) Riverbed