Period
to 17 May 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 17 May 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
17 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 416 352 429
Rank change year-on-year -64 +77 -9
Contract jobs citing MPLS 207 280 483
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.46% 0.63% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.07% 4.66% 4.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 172 314
10th Percentile £296 £255 £268
25th Percentile £363 £317 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £405 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -4.71% -4.49%
75th Percentile £500 £530 £509
90th Percentile £583 £575 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 22 19
10th Percentile £16.02 £18.50 £14.43
25th Percentile £18.50 £18.58 £19.45
Median hourly rate £23.00 £33.25 £25.67
Median % change year-on-year -30.83% +29.53% -21.02%
75th Percentile £25.00 £51.75 £28.75
90th Percentile £66.25 £53.00 £65.10
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £34.00 £21.59
% change year-on-year -33.09% +57.52% -33.58%

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 5,086 6,009 10,585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.23% 13.43% 12.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,296 3,727 6,717
10th Percentile £220 £181 £206
25th Percentile £343 £313 £328
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £425 £433
Median % change year-on-year +3.11% -1.73% +1.76%
75th Percentile £534 £530 £538
90th Percentile £626 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 233 314 472
10th Percentile £12.67 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.25 £15.38 £14.12
Median hourly rate £24.00 £20.00 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% +6.67% -1.32%
75th Percentile £50.00 £44.94 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year +11.11% +20.00% +0.27%

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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 17 May 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 17 May 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 17 May 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 -16 111 £450 - 23
South East -1 41 £423 +1.32% 20
North of England -30 15 £443 +36.15% 21
East of England +34 13 £425 -16.05% 3
Midlands -9 11 £450 - 6
North West -5 9 £524 +49.64% 12
South West +38 8 £425 +46.55% 12
West Midlands -10 7 £425 +14.09% 4
East Midlands +15 6 £475 -5.00% 2
Yorkshire +2 6 £293 -10.00% 9
MPLS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 May 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.

1 140 (67.63%) Cisco
2 108 (52.17%) Firewall
3 104 (50.24%) BGP
4 85 (41.06%) VPN
4 85 (41.06%) WAN
5 83 (40.10%) Cisco Certification
6 69 (33.33%) OSPF
7 66 (31.88%) LAN
8 59 (28.50%) Azure
9 58 (28.02%) CCNP
10 49 (23.67%) Juniper
10 49 (23.67%) Wireless
11 46 (22.22%) Microsoft
12 45 (21.74%) DNS
12 45 (21.74%) Network Design
13 43 (20.77%) Telecoms
14 41 (19.81%) Data Centre
14 41 (19.81%) SD-WAN
15 40 (19.32%) TCP/IP
16 38 (18.36%) Security Cleared
17 35 (16.91%) F5
18 33 (15.94%) CCIE
18 33 (15.94%) Windows
19 32 (15.46%) Migration
19 32 (15.46%) Social Skills
20 31 (14.98%) Agile Software Development
20 31 (14.98%) Active Directory
20 31 (14.98%) Network Security
20 31 (14.98%) Cisco Nexus
21 30 (14.49%) VLAN

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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 (7.73%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.38%) Confluence
3 4 (1.93%) JBoss
3 4 (1.93%) NetWeaver
3 4 (1.93%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.45%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.97%) IIS
6 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.48%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.31%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 59 (28.50%) Azure
2 29 (14.01%) Microsoft 365
3 23 (11.11%) AWS
4 17 (8.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 9 (4.35%) SaaS
5 9 (4.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 8 (3.86%) IaaS
6 8 (3.86%) PaaS
7 7 (3.38%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (2.90%) Mimecast
9 4 (1.93%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (1.93%) Power Platform
10 3 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.97%) PowerApps
12 1 (0.48%) GCP
12 1 (0.48%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 108 (52.17%) Firewall
2 104 (50.24%) BGP
3 85 (41.06%) VPN
3 85 (41.06%) WAN
4 69 (33.33%) OSPF
5 66 (31.88%) LAN
6 49 (23.67%) Wireless
7 45 (21.74%) DNS
8 41 (19.81%) SD-WAN
9 40 (19.32%) TCP/IP
10 31 (14.98%) Cisco Nexus
10 31 (14.98%) Network Security
11 30 (14.49%) VLAN
12 28 (13.53%) Internet
13 27 (13.04%) VoIP
14 24 (11.59%) EIGRP
14 24 (11.59%) Multicast
14 24 (11.59%) Wi-Fi
15 23 (11.11%) Cisco IOS
16 22 (10.63%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.90%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.93%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (1.93%) DB2
2 4 (1.93%) MySQL
2 4 (1.93%) Power BI
2 4 (1.93%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.48%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.48%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.48%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (3.86%) JIRA
2 3 (1.45%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (1.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.97%) Git (software)
General
1 43 (20.77%) Telecoms
2 32 (15.46%) Social Skills
3 26 (12.56%) Finance
4 10 (4.83%) Public Sector
5 9 (4.35%) Banking
6 5 (2.42%) Documentation Skills
7 4 (1.93%) Influencing Skills
8 3 (1.45%) Advertising
8 3 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (1.45%) Legal
8 3 (1.45%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (1.45%) Spanish Language
9 2 (0.97%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.48%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.48%) Billing
10 1 (0.48%) Local Government
10 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.48%) Marketing
10 1 (0.48%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.48%) Retail
Job Titles
1 60 (28.99%) Network Engineer
2 36 (17.39%) Architect
3 27 (13.04%) Network Architect
4 24 (11.59%) Designer
5 21 (10.14%) Consultant
6 17 (8.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 14 (6.76%) Network Designer
8 13 (6.28%) Network Consultant
9 12 (5.80%) Design Engineer
9 12 (5.80%) IP Engineer
10 11 (5.31%) Senior Network Engineer
11 10 (4.83%) Azure Engineer
11 10 (4.83%) Security Engineer
12 9 (4.35%) Cisco Engineer
12 9 (4.35%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 9 (4.35%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
13 8 (3.86%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
13 8 (3.86%) IP Designer
13 8 (3.86%) Project Manager
14 7 (3.38%) IP Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.38%) Express
2 6 (2.90%) 802.1X
3 4 (1.93%) Jinja
3 4 (1.93%) Middleware
3 4 (1.93%) SAP Basis
4 2 (0.97%) Spine.js
4 2 (0.97%) XMPP
5 1 (0.48%) JSON
5 1 (0.48%) OAuth
5 1 (0.48%) OpenID
5 1 (0.48%) SAML
5 1 (0.48%) Twisted
5 1 (0.48%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 41 (19.81%) Data Centre
2 8 (3.86%) Public Cloud
3 7 (3.38%) PKI
4 5 (2.42%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (2.42%) Virtual Team
5 4 (1.93%) CCTV
5 4 (1.93%) Fibre Optics
5 4 (1.93%) SCADA
6 3 (1.45%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.45%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.45%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.97%) BYOD
7 2 (0.97%) Clustering
7 2 (0.97%) e-Health
7 2 (0.97%) User Experience
8 1 (0.48%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.48%) PMI
8 1 (0.48%) Replication
8 1 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 33 (15.94%) Windows
2 12 (5.80%) Linux
2 12 (5.80%) Windows Server
3 6 (2.90%) Windows 10
4 4 (1.93%) AIX
4 4 (1.93%) Unix
5 3 (1.45%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (1.45%) Windows Server 2016
5 3 (1.45%) Windows Server 2019
6 1 (0.48%) Android
6 1 (0.48%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.48%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (21.74%) Network Design
2 32 (15.46%) Migration
3 31 (14.98%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (14.01%) Network Management
5 19 (9.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 18 (8.70%) Project Delivery
7 17 (8.21%) Change Management
7 17 (8.21%) ITIL
8 16 (7.73%) Email Migration
9 15 (7.25%) Network Architecture
9 15 (7.25%) Patch Management
10 14 (6.76%) Mobile Device Management
10 14 (6.76%) Network Virtualisation
10 14 (6.76%) Scrum
11 13 (6.28%) Mentoring
11 13 (6.28%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (5.80%) Root Cause Analysis
13 11 (5.31%) Service Delivery
14 10 (4.83%) Problem-Solving
14 10 (4.83%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 23 (11.11%) Python
2 8 (3.86%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.42%) SQL
4 2 (0.97%) C
4 2 (0.97%) Perl
5 1 (0.48%) C++
5 1 (0.48%) Java
5 1 (0.48%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.48%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 83 (40.10%) Cisco Certification
2 58 (28.02%) CCNP
3 38 (18.36%) Security Cleared
4 33 (15.94%) CCIE
5 30 (14.49%) CCNA
6 24 (11.59%) SC Cleared
7 16 (7.73%) Degree
8 11 (5.31%) CCDP
8 11 (5.31%) JNCIP
9 9 (4.35%) JNCIS
10 6 (2.90%) CCDE
10 6 (2.90%) Master's Degree
11 5 (2.42%) CCDA
11 5 (2.42%) CCIE Service Provider
12 4 (1.93%) BC Cleared
12 4 (1.93%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (1.45%) CISSP
13 3 (1.45%) MCSA
13 3 (1.45%) MCSE
13 3 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.31%) SLA
2 5 (2.42%) COBIT
3 4 (1.93%) GDPR
3 4 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.93%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.45%) QA
5 1 (0.48%) HAZOP
5 1 (0.48%) NCSC
5 1 (0.48%) PMO
System Software
1 31 (14.98%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.90%) Hyper-V
3 6 (2.90%) VMware NSX
4 4 (1.93%) Docker
4 4 (1.93%) vSphere
5 2 (0.97%) KVM
5 2 (0.97%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.97%) XenApp
5 2 (0.97%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.48%) Firmware
6 1 (0.48%) NFS
6 1 (0.48%) Shibboleth
6 1 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (4.35%) Ansible
2 8 (3.86%) HP NNM
3 7 (3.38%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (3.38%) SCCM
4 6 (2.90%) FortiGate
4 6 (2.90%) SolarWinds Orion
5 4 (1.93%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.45%) Nessus
7 2 (0.97%) CA Spectrum
7 2 (0.97%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.97%) Puppet
7 2 (0.97%) Salt
7 2 (0.97%) vRealize
7 2 (0.97%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.48%) Terraform
Vendors
1 140 (67.63%) Cisco
2 49 (23.67%) Juniper
3 46 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 35 (16.91%) F5
5 29 (14.01%) Palo Alto
6 26 (12.56%) Meraki
6 26 (12.56%) VMware
7 23 (11.11%) Citrix
8 20 (9.66%) CheckPoint
9 17 (8.21%) Fortinet
10 15 (7.25%) Nokia
11 13 (6.28%) HP
12 10 (4.83%) SolarWinds
13 9 (4.35%) ADVA
13 9 (4.35%) Arista
14 7 (3.38%) Riverbed
15 6 (2.90%) Huawei
15 6 (2.90%) Oracle
16 5 (2.42%) BT
16 5 (2.42%) CA