Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 414 429 372
Rank change year-on-year +15 -57 -9
Contract jobs citing MPLS 505 479 552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.56% 0.53% 0.62%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.33% 3.90% 4.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 296 360
England median daily rate £413 £413 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.10% -4.85%
10th Percentile £266 £263 £257
90th Percentile £575 £573 £538
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% -6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 3
England median hourly rate £26.75 £13.95 £29.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +91.72% -52.88% -34.20%
10th Percentile £13.89 £12.75 £16.12
90th Percentile £58.38 £35.05 £45.27
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £15.41 £30.00
% change year-on-year +52.55% -48.65% -30.23%

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 11,673 12,267 13,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.89% 13.49% 14.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,075 7,647 8,126
England median daily rate £425 £410 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.37% +0.13%
10th Percentile £200 £185 £215
90th Percentile £613 £595 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 528 620 668
England median hourly rate £18.76 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.32% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.59
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.33 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.13% -16.89% +2.27%

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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 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +33 234 £450 +5.88% 73
South East +7 117 £390 -8.24% 42
North of England 0 69 £363 +3.57% 37
Midlands -23 50 £473 +18.13% 17
West Midlands -43 31 £413 +3.13% 12
Yorkshire +6 30 £413 +26.92% 19
North West -14 23 £350 - 15
East Midlands +12 19 £520 +48.57% 5
South West -43 19 £380 -15.56% 12
East of England +5 16 £475 +58.33% 12
North East - 16 £300 - 3
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UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 334 (66.14%) Cisco
2 291 (57.62%) Firewall
3 261 (51.68%) WAN
4 246 (48.71%) BGP
5 241 (47.72%) VPN
6 216 (42.77%) OSPF
7 215 (42.57%) Cisco Certification
8 208 (41.19%) LAN
9 167 (33.07%) CCNP
10 132 (26.14%) CheckPoint
11 131 (25.94%) Wireless
12 122 (24.16%) Juniper
13 114 (22.57%) TCP/IP
14 103 (20.40%) Cisco ASA
15 101 (20.00%) CCNA
16 97 (19.21%) Data Centre
17 96 (19.01%) DNS
18 87 (17.23%) EIGRP
19 85 (16.83%) Network Security
20 84 (16.63%) F5
21 81 (16.04%) Windows
22 80 (15.84%) VoIP
23 78 (15.45%) Cisco Nexus
24 77 (15.25%) ITIL
25 74 (14.65%) CCIE
26 71 (14.06%) Network Design
27 70 (13.86%) Microsoft Azure
27 70 (13.86%) Finance
28 69 (13.66%) VLAN
29 68 (13.47%) Linux

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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 21 (4.16%) Skype for Business
2 13 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2013
3 12 (2.38%) OpenStack
4 10 (1.98%) WebSphere
5 9 (1.78%) MS Exchange
6 6 (1.19%) CMS
6 6 (1.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.79%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.20%) Apache
8 1 (0.20%) Confluence
8 1 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.20%) IIS
8 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.17%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.58%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (0.59%) ScheduALL
2 1 (0.20%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 70 (13.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (12.08%) Amazon AWS
3 33 (6.53%) Office 365
4 18 (3.56%) Google Cloud Platform
5 16 (3.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 13 (2.57%) IaaS
7 10 (1.98%) SaaS
8 7 (1.39%) PaaS
9 4 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.59%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.40%) G Suite
11 2 (0.40%) GitHub
12 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 291 (57.62%) Firewall
2 261 (51.68%) WAN
3 246 (48.71%) BGP
4 241 (47.72%) VPN
5 216 (42.77%) OSPF
6 208 (41.19%) LAN
7 131 (25.94%) Wireless
8 114 (22.57%) TCP/IP
9 103 (20.40%) Cisco ASA
10 96 (19.01%) DNS
11 87 (17.23%) EIGRP
12 85 (16.83%) Network Security
13 80 (15.84%) VoIP
14 78 (15.45%) Cisco Nexus
15 69 (13.66%) VLAN
16 59 (11.68%) Internet
16 59 (11.68%) IPsec
17 53 (10.50%) DHCP
18 44 (8.71%) WLAN
19 43 (8.51%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (4.36%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.17%) Relational Database
3 6 (1.19%) MySQL
4 4 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (0.79%) MariaDB
4 4 (0.79%) MongoDB
4 4 (0.79%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.20%) Big Data
5 1 (0.20%) InfluxDB
5 1 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.20%) Redis
5 1 (0.20%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 20 (3.96%) JIRA
2 4 (0.79%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (0.79%) Rational Quality Manager
2 4 (0.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.59%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.40%) Hudson
5 1 (0.20%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.20%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.20%) JMeter
5 1 (0.20%) Robot Framework
5 1 (0.20%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.20%) Zephyr
General
1 70 (13.86%) Finance
2 56 (11.09%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.37%) Retail
4 15 (2.97%) Banking
5 9 (1.78%) Law
6 4 (0.79%) Billing
6 4 (0.79%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.79%) Spanish Language
7 3 (0.59%) German Language
7 3 (0.59%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.40%) Advertising
8 2 (0.40%) French Language
8 2 (0.40%) Legal
9 1 (0.20%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.20%) Back Office
9 1 (0.20%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 218 (43.17%) Network Engineer
2 68 (13.47%) Architect
3 36 (7.13%) Analyst
4 34 (6.73%) Cisco Engineer
4 34 (6.73%) Network Architect
4 34 (6.73%) Senior Network Engineer
5 30 (5.94%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 27 (5.35%) Consultant
7 23 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (4.55%) Network Consultant
8 22 (4.36%) Security Engineer
9 20 (3.96%) Network Analyst
9 20 (3.96%) Network Security Engineer
10 17 (3.37%) Implementation Engineer
10 17 (3.37%) Project Manager
11 16 (3.17%) Infrastructure Architect
11 16 (3.17%) Network Implementation Engineer
12 15 (2.97%) Network Specialist
13 13 (2.57%) Developer
13 13 (2.57%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.97%) Middleware
2 14 (2.77%) 802.1X
3 11 (2.18%) XMPP
4 10 (1.98%) Boost C++ Libraries
5 5 (0.99%) Spring
5 5 (0.99%) Web Services
6 4 (0.79%) Node.js
7 3 (0.59%) LDAP
7 3 (0.59%) RESTful
7 3 (0.59%) SAML
7 3 (0.59%) XML
8 2 (0.40%) JSON
8 2 (0.40%) REST
8 2 (0.40%) SOAP
9 1 (0.20%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.20%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.20%) Kafka
9 1 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.20%) RFC 2544
9 1 (0.20%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 97 (19.21%) Data Centre
2 36 (7.13%) Self-Motivation
3 26 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (2.38%) Blog
4 12 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 8 (1.58%) Fintech
5 8 (1.58%) PKI
5 8 (1.58%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.39%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
6 7 (1.39%) Public Cloud
6 7 (1.39%) Thin Client
7 6 (1.19%) BBC
7 6 (1.19%) CCTV
8 5 (0.99%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.79%) Mobile App
9 4 (0.79%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.59%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.59%) Digital Media
10 3 (0.59%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 81 (16.04%) Windows
2 68 (13.47%) Linux
3 36 (7.13%) Windows Server
4 16 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 15 (2.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (2.77%) Windows 10
6 14 (2.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (2.57%) Unix
7 13 (2.57%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.98%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.40%) CentOS
9 2 (0.40%) Solaris
10 1 (0.20%) Android
10 1 (0.20%) Check Point GAiA
10 1 (0.20%) Debian
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (15.25%) ITIL
2 71 (14.06%) Network Design
3 58 (11.49%) Load Balancing
4 57 (11.29%) Migration
5 48 (9.50%) Network Architecture
6 43 (8.51%) Network Management
7 32 (6.34%) High Availability
8 31 (6.14%) Project Management
9 28 (5.54%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (5.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 26 (5.15%) Network Monitoring
10 26 (5.15%) Problem-Solving
11 25 (4.95%) Change Management
12 24 (4.75%) Computer Science
12 24 (4.75%) Service Management
12 24 (4.75%) WAN Optimisation
13 20 (3.96%) ITIL V3
14 19 (3.76%) DevOps
15 18 (3.56%) Information Security
15 18 (3.56%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 59 (11.68%) Python
2 32 (6.34%) Perl
3 30 (5.94%) Bash Shell
4 18 (3.56%) SQL
5 14 (2.77%) PowerShell
6 13 (2.57%) Ruby
7 11 (2.18%) C++
8 5 (0.99%) C
9 4 (0.79%) Java
10 3 (0.59%) Go
11 2 (0.40%) VBScript
12 1 (0.20%) AWK
12 1 (0.20%) Bourne shell
12 1 (0.20%) C#
12 1 (0.20%) PHP
12 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.20%) Tcl
12 1 (0.20%) XPath
Qualifications
1 215 (42.57%) Cisco Certification
2 167 (33.07%) CCNP
3 101 (20.00%) CCNA
4 74 (14.65%) CCIE
5 60 (11.88%) Security Cleared
6 54 (10.69%) SC Cleared
7 40 (7.92%) Degree
8 24 (4.75%) Computer Science Degree
9 18 (3.56%) CCDP
9 18 (3.56%) JNCIP
9 18 (3.56%) JNCIS
10 13 (2.57%) DV Cleared
10 13 (2.57%) JNCIA
11 11 (2.18%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (1.78%) BC Cleared
12 9 (1.78%) ISTQB
13 8 (1.58%) CCSE
13 8 (1.58%) CISSP
14 7 (1.39%) Check Point Certification
14 7 (1.39%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.57%) SLA
2 12 (2.38%) QA
3 11 (2.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.98%) GDPR
5 8 (1.58%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.20%) GPG13
7 1 (0.20%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 51 (10.10%) Active Directory
2 30 (5.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (3.76%) Hyper-V
4 16 (3.17%) vSphere
5 12 (2.38%) KVM
6 11 (2.18%) Docker
7 9 (1.78%) XenApp
8 8 (1.58%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.39%) ProxySG
10 6 (1.19%) Firmware
10 6 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (1.19%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (0.79%) BIND 9
12 4 (0.79%) NFS
12 4 (0.79%) Postfix
13 3 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
13 3 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.59%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.40%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 20 (3.96%) Cisco Prime
2 18 (3.56%) Cisco CUCM
3 14 (2.77%) Puppet
4 11 (2.18%) Ansible
5 8 (1.58%) CA Spectrum
5 8 (1.58%) FortiGate
6 7 (1.39%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.99%) Nagios
9 4 (0.79%) Netcool
9 4 (0.79%) SCCM
10 3 (0.59%) Cacti
10 3 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
11 2 (0.40%) Grafana
11 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.40%) SCOM
11 2 (0.40%) SolarWinds Orion
11 2 (0.40%) vMotion
11 2 (0.40%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 334 (66.14%) Cisco
2 132 (26.14%) CheckPoint
3 122 (24.16%) Juniper
4 84 (16.63%) F5
5 63 (12.48%) Microsoft
5 63 (12.48%) VMware
6 58 (11.49%) Palo Alto
7 39 (7.72%) Citrix
8 34 (6.73%) SolarWinds
9 33 (6.53%) Fortinet
10 31 (6.14%) Aruba
11 23 (4.55%) Oracle
12 22 (4.36%) Meraki
13 21 (4.16%) Blue Coat
13 21 (4.16%) HP
14 18 (3.56%) IBM
14 18 (3.56%) Red Hat
14 18 (3.56%) Riverbed
15 16 (3.17%) McAfee
16 15 (2.97%) Avaya