Period
to 22 August 2019

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 22 August 2019 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
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 392 417 421
Rank change year-on-year +25 +4 -10
Contract jobs citing MPLS 493 541 474
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.60% 0.58% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.64% 4.31% 3.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 288 312 274
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £274
90th Percentile £566 £599 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £424 £399
% change year-on-year +0.29% +6.27% +2.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 25 11
England median hourly rate £26.34 £29.00 £14.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.19% +101.32% -69.88%
10th Percentile £14.50 £14.10 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.83 £54.53 £67.25
UK median hourly rate £18.06 £27.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year -33.13% -18.18% -31.01%

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 10,631 12,558 12,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.97% 13.47% 13.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,529 7,703 7,308
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £200 £204 £207
90th Percentile £610 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 694 675
England median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +11.11% -28.00%
10th Percentile £12.13 £12.45 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% +5.26% -24.00%

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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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019. 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 -8 186 £450 +5.88% 56
South East +48 142 £400 -5.60% 41
North of England +26 68 £350 -15.15% 21
North West +44 42 £350 -17.65% 16
Midlands +17 37 £450 +12.50% 20
East of England +32 30 £425 +6.25% 14
West Midlands +14 26 £375 -6.25% 10
South West -19 25 £385 -3.75% 6
Yorkshire +9 14 £406 -2.05% 4
North East +25 12 £300 +6.19% 1
East Midlands +32 11 £452 +0.51% 10
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UK

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, 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.

1 331 (67.14%) Cisco
2 276 (55.98%) WAN
3 246 (49.90%) Firewall
4 221 (44.83%) Cisco Certification
5 217 (44.02%) LAN
6 195 (39.55%) BGP
7 188 (38.13%) VPN
8 157 (31.85%) CCNP
9 146 (29.61%) OSPF
10 134 (27.18%) Juniper
11 128 (25.96%) Telecoms
12 112 (22.72%) Wireless
12 112 (22.72%) Ethernet
13 106 (21.50%) Data Centre
14 100 (20.28%) Internet
15 98 (19.88%) CCNA
16 93 (18.86%) CheckPoint
17 91 (18.46%) F5
18 83 (16.84%) DNS
18 83 (16.84%) VoIP
18 83 (16.84%) Network Design
19 82 (16.63%) Network Security
20 80 (16.23%) TCP/IP
21 76 (15.42%) Migration
22 75 (15.21%) CCIE
23 73 (14.81%) Windows
24 69 (14.00%) EIGRP
25 68 (13.79%) Palo Alto
26 67 (13.59%) VLAN
27 66 (13.39%) Cisco ASA

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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 (5.07%) SharePoint
2 24 (4.87%) MS Exchange
3 20 (4.06%) IIS
4 8 (1.62%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.22%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 20 (4.06%) MS Visio
2 15 (3.04%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 15 (3.04%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.41%) BigMachines
3 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 66 (13.39%) Azure
2 33 (6.69%) Office 365
3 24 (4.87%) AWS
4 11 (2.23%) Cloud Computing
4 11 (2.23%) SaaS
5 10 (2.03%) Mimecast
6 3 (0.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 2 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.41%) IaaS
7 2 (0.41%) IBM Cloud
7 2 (0.41%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.20%) Akamai
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.20%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.20%) GitHub
8 1 (0.20%) Route 53
8 1 (0.20%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 276 (55.98%) WAN
2 246 (49.90%) Firewall
3 217 (44.02%) LAN
4 195 (39.55%) BGP
5 188 (38.13%) VPN
6 146 (29.61%) OSPF
7 112 (22.72%) Ethernet
7 112 (22.72%) Wireless
8 100 (20.28%) Internet
9 83 (16.84%) DNS
9 83 (16.84%) VoIP
10 82 (16.63%) Network Security
11 80 (16.23%) TCP/IP
12 69 (14.00%) EIGRP
13 67 (13.59%) VLAN
14 66 (13.39%) Cisco ASA
15 63 (12.78%) IPsec
16 57 (11.56%) Multicast
17 51 (10.34%) Cisco IOS
18 47 (9.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.65%) MySQL
2 16 (3.25%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (1.22%) SQL Server
4 4 (0.81%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.81%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.61%) MS Access
6 2 (0.41%) MariaDB
6 2 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.41%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.20%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.20%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.20%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (1.22%) Git (software)
1 6 (1.22%) Jenkins
2 4 (0.81%) Subversion
3 3 (0.61%) Hudson
4 2 (0.41%) Ant
4 2 (0.41%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (0.41%) Rational Quality Manager
5 1 (0.20%) Bower
5 1 (0.20%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.20%) JIRA
5 1 (0.20%) Selenium
5 1 (0.20%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.20%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 128 (25.96%) Telecoms
2 57 (11.56%) Finance
3 19 (3.85%) Billing
4 18 (3.65%) Banking
5 16 (3.25%) Public Sector
6 10 (2.03%) Retail
7 7 (1.42%) Financial Institution
8 6 (1.22%) Legal
8 6 (1.22%) Marketing
9 5 (1.01%) Private Banking
10 4 (0.81%) Back Office
10 4 (0.81%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.61%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.61%) Polish Language
12 2 (0.41%) Electronics
12 2 (0.41%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.20%) Games
13 1 (0.20%) Local Government
13 1 (0.20%) Military
13 1 (0.20%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 253 (51.32%) Network Engineer
2 48 (9.74%) Cisco Engineer
3 41 (8.32%) Architect
3 41 (8.32%) Senior Network Engineer
4 38 (7.71%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 32 (6.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 27 (5.48%) Network Architect
7 22 (4.46%) Analyst
8 20 (4.06%) IP Network Engineer
9 18 (3.65%) Support Engineer
9 18 (3.65%) WAN Engineer
10 17 (3.45%) Designer
10 17 (3.45%) IP Engineer
10 17 (3.45%) Security Engineer
11 16 (3.25%) Consultant
11 16 (3.25%) Network Designer
11 16 (3.25%) Network Security Engineer
11 16 (3.25%) Network Support
12 15 (3.04%) Juniper Engineer
12 15 (3.04%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (5.27%) 802.1X
2 12 (2.43%) Web Services
3 6 (1.22%) J2EE
3 6 (1.22%) Node.js
3 6 (1.22%) REST
4 5 (1.01%) Spring
5 4 (0.81%) LDAP
5 4 (0.81%) SOAP
6 3 (0.61%) Jinja
6 3 (0.61%) Kafka
6 3 (0.61%) WebSockets
7 2 (0.41%) Ajax
7 2 (0.41%) Middleware
7 2 (0.41%) Spring MVC
8 1 (0.20%) CSS
8 1 (0.20%) HTML
8 1 (0.20%) jBPM
8 1 (0.20%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.20%) Velocity
8 1 (0.20%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 106 (21.50%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.68%) Video Conferencing
3 26 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.85%) Driving Licence
5 15 (3.04%) Handset
6 14 (2.84%) iPhone
7 12 (2.43%) Management Information System
7 12 (2.43%) PKI
8 11 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.62%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.42%) Clustering
10 7 (1.42%) CMDB
11 6 (1.22%) Cyber Defence
11 6 (1.22%) Hedge funds
11 6 (1.22%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.22%) NHS
12 5 (1.01%) CCTV
12 5 (1.01%) Smartphone
13 4 (0.81%) CESG
13 4 (0.81%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 73 (14.81%) Windows
2 55 (11.16%) Linux
3 29 (5.88%) Unix
4 15 (3.04%) Windows Server
5 14 (2.84%) CentOS
6 13 (2.64%) Debian
7 9 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.62%) Windows 10
9 7 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.01%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.81%) Solaris
11 4 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.61%) Android
12 3 (0.61%) FreeBSD
13 2 (0.41%) Check Point GAiA
13 2 (0.41%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (16.84%) Network Design
2 76 (15.42%) Migration
3 57 (11.56%) ITIL
4 56 (11.36%) Network Management
5 51 (10.34%) Project Delivery
6 49 (9.94%) Project Management
7 47 (9.53%) Service Delivery
8 46 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 43 (8.72%) Load Balancing
10 37 (7.51%) Change Management
11 33 (6.69%) Network Monitoring
12 23 (4.67%) High Availability
12 23 (4.67%) Problem Management
13 22 (4.46%) Problem-Solving
13 22 (4.46%) Time Management
14 21 (4.26%) Server Building
15 20 (4.06%) Kalman Filter
16 19 (3.85%) Email Migration
16 19 (3.85%) Network Architecture
17 18 (3.65%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (6.29%) SQL
2 20 (4.06%) Python
3 11 (2.23%) Java
4 10 (2.03%) Perl
5 7 (1.42%) C
5 7 (1.42%) PowerShell
6 4 (0.81%) Shell Script
7 3 (0.61%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.61%) C++
7 3 (0.61%) Ruby
8 2 (0.41%) Go
8 2 (0.41%) Korn
8 2 (0.41%) PHP
9 1 (0.20%) C#
9 1 (0.20%) VB
Qualifications
1 221 (44.83%) Cisco Certification
2 157 (31.85%) CCNP
3 98 (19.88%) CCNA
4 75 (15.21%) CCIE
5 41 (8.32%) Degree
6 40 (8.11%) Security Cleared
7 33 (6.69%) SC Cleared
8 30 (6.09%) CCDP
9 28 (5.68%) JNCIE
10 24 (4.87%) JNCIP
11 12 (2.43%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (2.43%) CCDA
12 11 (2.23%) CCSA
12 11 (2.23%) CCSE
13 10 (2.03%) BC Cleared
13 10 (2.03%) CCIP
13 10 (2.03%) JNCIA
14 8 (1.62%) CISSP
14 8 (1.62%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (1.42%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.25%) SLA
2 13 (2.64%) QA
3 6 (1.22%) GDPR
3 6 (1.22%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.61%) COBIT
5 3 (0.61%) PMO
6 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.20%) HAZOP
6 1 (0.20%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.20%) NIST
6 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 48 (9.74%) Active Directory
2 33 (6.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.03%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.83%) Docker
5 7 (1.42%) VMware NSX
6 5 (1.01%) XenApp
7 3 (0.61%) KVM
7 3 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.41%) iptables
8 2 (0.41%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.41%) vSphere
9 1 (0.20%) BIND 9
9 1 (0.20%) NFS
9 1 (0.20%) Postfix
9 1 (0.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (4.46%) SCCM
2 13 (2.64%) Cisco Prime
3 10 (2.03%) AirWatch
4 9 (1.83%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (1.83%) SCOM
5 7 (1.42%) FortiGate
5 7 (1.42%) Nagios
5 7 (1.42%) WSUS
6 5 (1.01%) Ansible
6 5 (1.01%) Cisco UCCX
6 5 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (0.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (0.81%) Iperf
8 3 (0.61%) CASB
8 3 (0.61%) Kubernetes
8 3 (0.61%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.41%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.41%) Puppet
9 2 (0.41%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 331 (67.14%) Cisco
2 134 (27.18%) Juniper
3 93 (18.86%) CheckPoint
4 91 (18.46%) F5
5 68 (13.79%) Palo Alto
6 53 (10.75%) Microsoft
7 45 (9.13%) VMware
8 42 (8.52%) Citrix
9 40 (8.11%) Meraki
10 39 (7.91%) SolarWinds
11 37 (7.51%) Fortinet
12 30 (6.09%) HP
13 25 (5.07%) Aruba
14 24 (4.87%) Nokia
15 23 (4.67%) BT
16 21 (4.26%) Riverbed
17 16 (3.25%) Mitel
18 14 (2.84%) Red Box
19 13 (2.64%) Ericsson
20 12 (2.43%) Alcatel-Lucent