Period
to 3 March 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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 386 349 398
Rank change year-on-year -37 +49 +54
Contract jobs citing MPLS 190 407 536
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.49% 0.67% 0.60%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.19% 5.06% 4.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 293 359
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -3.03% -2.94%
10th Percentile £291 £250 £292
90th Percentile £588 £567 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £410
% change year-on-year +12.50% -2.44% -1.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 25 17
Median hourly rate £19.50 £42.42 £25.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.03% +65.25% -21.02%
10th Percentile £16.02 £18.50 £14.12
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.00 £86.44
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £37.46 £22.50
% change year-on-year -43.27% +66.49% -30.77%

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 4,532 8,038 11,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.68% 13.29% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,866 5,036 7,097
Median daily rate £430 £418 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.99% -1.76% +3.03%
10th Percentile £205 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £440 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +6.02% -2.35% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 426 487
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +11.11% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.94 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.88 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +42.86% +16.67% -5.26%

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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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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 +1 92 £450 +5.88% 29
South East +43 36 £450 +5.88% 19
South West +79 15 £463 +42.31% 4
East of England +57 13 £375 +11.11% 7
Midlands +10 13 £333 -21.76% 8
North of England +3 12 £473 +46.51% 23
West Midlands +12 9 £323 -26.29% 6
North West +6 7 £575 +101.75% 14
Yorkshire +18 5 £285 -32.94% 6
East Midlands +14 3 - - 2
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UK

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 130 (68.42%) Cisco
2 110 (57.89%) Firewall
3 105 (55.26%) BGP
4 81 (42.63%) Cisco Certification
4 81 (42.63%) WAN
5 76 (40.00%) VPN
5 76 (40.00%) OSPF
6 63 (33.16%) CCNP
7 60 (31.58%) LAN
8 55 (28.95%) Azure
9 52 (27.37%) Juniper
10 48 (25.26%) Microsoft
10 48 (25.26%) Data Centre
11 47 (24.74%) Wireless
11 47 (24.74%) Network Design
12 43 (22.63%) Security Cleared
13 39 (20.53%) Cisco Nexus
13 39 (20.53%) Telecoms
14 37 (19.47%) DNS
15 35 (18.42%) CCNA
16 34 (17.89%) TCP/IP
16 34 (17.89%) F5
17 33 (17.37%) Python
18 32 (16.84%) CCIE
18 32 (16.84%) Palo Alto
19 29 (15.26%) Windows
19 29 (15.26%) Finance
19 29 (15.26%) Migration
20 28 (14.74%) Network Management
20 28 (14.74%) SC Cleared

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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 (8.42%) MS Exchange
2 5 (2.63%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (2.11%) Confluence
4 3 (1.58%) JBoss
4 3 (1.58%) NetWeaver
4 3 (1.58%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.58%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.05%) IIS
6 1 (0.53%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.53%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (3.16%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.63%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.53%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 55 (28.95%) Azure
2 23 (12.11%) AWS
2 23 (12.11%) Microsoft 365
3 16 (8.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 8 (4.21%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (4.21%) SaaS
5 7 (3.68%) PaaS
6 6 (3.16%) IaaS
6 6 (3.16%) Mimecast
7 4 (2.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (1.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.53%) GCP
9 1 (0.53%) GitHub
9 1 (0.53%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 110 (57.89%) Firewall
2 105 (55.26%) BGP
3 81 (42.63%) WAN
4 76 (40.00%) OSPF
4 76 (40.00%) VPN
5 60 (31.58%) LAN
6 47 (24.74%) Wireless
7 39 (20.53%) Cisco Nexus
8 37 (19.47%) DNS
9 34 (17.89%) TCP/IP
10 27 (14.21%) EIGRP
11 25 (13.16%) Cisco ASA
12 24 (12.63%) Network Security
13 23 (12.11%) Cisco IOS
13 23 (12.11%) Ethernet
13 23 (12.11%) VLAN
13 23 (12.11%) Wi-Fi
14 22 (11.58%) Internet
14 22 (11.58%) VoIP
15 21 (11.05%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.63%) Neo4j
1 5 (2.63%) NoSQL
1 5 (2.63%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.58%) Azure SQL Database
2 3 (1.58%) Cosmos DB
2 3 (1.58%) DB2
2 3 (1.58%) MySQL
2 3 (1.58%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.53%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 6 (3.16%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.63%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.63%) JIRA
3 3 (1.58%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 39 (20.53%) Telecoms
2 29 (15.26%) Finance
3 12 (6.32%) Public Sector
4 5 (2.63%) Banking
5 3 (1.58%) Advertising
5 3 (1.58%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.05%) Legal
6 2 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.53%) Billing
7 1 (0.53%) Electronics
7 1 (0.53%) Local Government
7 1 (0.53%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.53%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 60 (31.58%) Network Engineer
2 34 (17.89%) Architect
3 26 (13.68%) Network Architect
4 18 (9.47%) Consultant
4 18 (9.47%) Network Consultant
5 17 (8.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 15 (7.89%) Senior Network Engineer
7 14 (7.37%) Designer
8 12 (6.32%) Cisco Engineer
8 12 (6.32%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 11 (5.79%) IP Engineer
10 10 (5.26%) Network Designer
10 10 (5.26%) Security Engineer
11 9 (4.74%) Azure Engineer
12 8 (4.21%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
12 8 (4.21%) Design Engineer
13 6 (3.16%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 6 (3.16%) Cloud Engineer
13 6 (3.16%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
13 6 (3.16%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.16%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.63%) CORBA
2 5 (2.63%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (2.63%) Kafka
3 4 (2.11%) Express
3 4 (2.11%) Jinja
4 3 (1.58%) JSON
4 3 (1.58%) Middleware
4 3 (1.58%) SAP Basis
5 1 (0.53%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.53%) Web Services
5 1 (0.53%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 48 (25.26%) Data Centre
2 10 (5.26%) Public Cloud
3 9 (4.74%) PKI
4 8 (4.21%) Virtual Team
5 7 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.11%) CCTV
6 4 (2.11%) Fibre Optics
6 4 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.58%) Clustering
7 3 (1.58%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.58%) SCADA
7 3 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.58%) User Experience
8 2 (1.05%) e-Health
8 2 (1.05%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.05%) Replication
9 1 (0.53%) NHS
9 1 (0.53%) PMI
9 1 (0.53%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.53%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 29 (15.26%) Windows
2 11 (5.79%) Windows Server
3 10 (5.26%) Linux
4 5 (2.63%) Unix
4 5 (2.63%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (2.11%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (1.58%) AIX
6 3 (1.58%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.53%) Android
7 1 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.53%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.53%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (24.74%) Network Design
2 29 (15.26%) Migration
3 28 (14.74%) Network Management
4 23 (12.11%) Project Delivery
5 22 (11.58%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 18 (9.47%) Network Architecture
8 15 (7.89%) ITIL
8 15 (7.89%) Network Virtualisation
8 15 (7.89%) Patch Management
9 14 (7.37%) Load Balancing
9 14 (7.37%) Mentoring
9 14 (7.37%) Mobile Device Management
10 13 (6.84%) Email Migration
11 12 (6.32%) Change Management
11 12 (6.32%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (5.79%) Capacity Planning
12 11 (5.79%) Stakeholder Management
13 10 (5.26%) Scrum
13 10 (5.26%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.37%) Python
2 9 (4.74%) Perl
3 8 (4.21%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.21%) SQL
4 6 (3.16%) PHP
5 5 (2.63%) Java
5 5 (2.63%) PL/SQL
5 5 (2.63%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.05%) C
7 1 (0.53%) R
Qualifications
1 81 (42.63%) Cisco Certification
2 63 (33.16%) CCNP
3 43 (22.63%) Security Cleared
4 35 (18.42%) CCNA
5 32 (16.84%) CCIE
6 28 (14.74%) SC Cleared
7 13 (6.84%) Degree
8 9 (4.74%) CCDP
8 9 (4.74%) DV Cleared
8 9 (4.74%) JNCIP
9 7 (3.68%) JNCIS
10 6 (3.16%) CCDA
11 5 (2.63%) BC Cleared
11 5 (2.63%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (2.63%) CCIE Service Provider
11 5 (2.63%) Master's Degree
12 4 (2.11%) MCSE
12 4 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (1.58%) CCIP
13 3 (1.58%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.16%) SLA
2 4 (2.11%) COBIT
2 4 (2.11%) QA
3 3 (1.58%) GDPR
3 3 (1.58%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.53%) HAZOP
4 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.53%) NCSC
4 1 (0.53%) PMO
System Software
1 27 (14.21%) Active Directory
2 17 (8.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (4.21%) VMware NSX
4 7 (3.68%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.11%) Docker
5 4 (2.11%) vSphere
6 3 (1.58%) KVM
6 3 (1.58%) XenApp
6 3 (1.58%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.53%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.53%) NFS
8 1 (0.53%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 12 (6.32%) Ansible
2 10 (5.26%) Cisco Prime
3 9 (4.74%) FortiGate
4 8 (4.21%) Kubernetes
5 7 (3.68%) SCCM
6 5 (2.63%) HP NNM
6 5 (2.63%) Netcool
6 5 (2.63%) SolarWinds Orion
7 2 (1.05%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (1.05%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.05%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.05%) Nessus
7 2 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.05%) Puppet
7 2 (1.05%) Salt
7 2 (1.05%) Terraform
8 1 (0.53%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 130 (68.42%) Cisco
2 52 (27.37%) Juniper
3 48 (25.26%) Microsoft
4 34 (17.89%) F5
5 32 (16.84%) Palo Alto
6 22 (11.58%) VMware
7 20 (10.53%) Meraki
8 19 (10.00%) Citrix
9 16 (8.42%) CheckPoint
10 14 (7.37%) Nokia
11 12 (6.32%) Fortinet
11 12 (6.32%) HP
12 10 (5.26%) Riverbed
13 9 (4.74%) Blue Coat
13 9 (4.74%) SolarWinds
14 7 (3.68%) Arista
14 7 (3.68%) Huawei
14 7 (3.68%) Ivanti
15 6 (3.16%) Oracle
16 5 (2.63%) Dell