Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 344 426 464
Rank change year-on-year +82 +38 -40
Contract jobs citing MPLS 515 537 459
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.56% 0.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.17% 4.28% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 343 266
England median daily rate £425 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +9.21% -5.00%
10th Percentile £262 £263 £259
90th Percentile £550 £575 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 11 9
England median hourly rate £31.00 £29.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.90% +114.81% -71.88%
10th Percentile £16.25 £21.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £52.63 £60.00 £23.91
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £26.00 £13.95
% change year-on-year +19.23% +86.35% -64.22%

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 9,966 12,542 12,962
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.60% 13.01% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,049 7,630 8,047
England median daily rate £414 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.59% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 541 579 652
England median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +6.95% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £44.20
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.73
% change year-on-year +25.60% +6.81% -16.78%

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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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 +62 189 £430 +1.18% 65
South East +59 138 £425 +8.97% 41
North of England +47 84 £350 -3.45% 37
North West +58 63 £300 -7.69% 25
Midlands +67 58 £450 +9.09% 15
West Midlands +47 37 £413 +3.13% 8
East of England +39 24 £425 -10.53% 8
East Midlands +36 21 £450 -13.46% 7
South West +5 19 £375 -6.25% 9
Yorkshire +23 17 £450 +8.50% 11
North East +8 5 £518 +83.19% 1
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UK

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 395 (76.70%) Cisco
2 297 (57.67%) WAN
3 252 (48.93%) BGP
4 251 (48.74%) Firewall
5 243 (47.18%) LAN
6 233 (45.24%) Cisco Certification
7 216 (41.94%) VPN
8 179 (34.76%) OSPF
9 166 (32.23%) CCNP
10 159 (30.87%) Juniper
11 115 (22.33%) Wireless
12 114 (22.14%) Data Centre
13 112 (21.75%) Telecoms
14 104 (20.19%) Ethernet
15 102 (19.81%) CheckPoint
16 100 (19.42%) TCP/IP
17 99 (19.22%) Internet
18 97 (18.83%) EIGRP
19 94 (18.25%) CCNA
20 87 (16.89%) Palo Alto
21 84 (16.31%) F5
21 84 (16.31%) DNS
22 83 (16.12%) Migration
22 83 (16.12%) Cisco ASA
22 83 (16.12%) Cisco Nexus
23 79 (15.34%) Finance
24 75 (14.56%) Cisco IOS
25 71 (13.79%) Network Security
25 71 (13.79%) VoIP
25 71 (13.79%) CCIE

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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 22 (4.27%) MS Exchange
2 18 (3.50%) SharePoint
3 17 (3.30%) Skype for Business
4 12 (2.33%) IIS
5 7 (1.36%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.19%) Confluence
8 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.72%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.75%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.39%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 63 (12.23%) Azure
2 29 (5.63%) Office 365
3 28 (5.44%) AWS
4 9 (1.75%) SaaS
5 8 (1.55%) Mimecast
6 7 (1.36%) IaaS
6 7 (1.36%) PaaS
7 6 (1.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 6 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.78%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.19%) Akamai
10 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.19%) npm
10 1 (0.19%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 297 (57.67%) WAN
2 252 (48.93%) BGP
3 251 (48.74%) Firewall
4 243 (47.18%) LAN
5 216 (41.94%) VPN
6 179 (34.76%) OSPF
7 115 (22.33%) Wireless
8 104 (20.19%) Ethernet
9 100 (19.42%) TCP/IP
10 99 (19.22%) Internet
11 97 (18.83%) EIGRP
12 84 (16.31%) DNS
13 83 (16.12%) Cisco ASA
13 83 (16.12%) Cisco Nexus
14 75 (14.56%) Cisco IOS
15 71 (13.79%) Network Security
15 71 (13.79%) VoIP
16 69 (13.40%) Multicast
16 69 (13.40%) WLAN
17 65 (12.62%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.14%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.75%) MySQL
3 8 (1.55%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (0.58%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.39%) MS Access
6 2 (0.39%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.39%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.39%) SAP HANA
6 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.19%) Big Data
7 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (1.94%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.39%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.39%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.39%) Subversion
2 2 (0.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.19%) Bower
3 1 (0.19%) Hudson
3 1 (0.19%) JIRA
3 1 (0.19%) Postman
3 1 (0.19%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (0.19%) Rational Quality Manager
3 1 (0.19%) SoapUI
3 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 112 (21.75%) Telecoms
2 79 (15.34%) Finance
3 24 (4.66%) Banking
4 17 (3.30%) Billing
5 13 (2.52%) Public Sector
6 12 (2.33%) Retail
7 11 (2.14%) Investment Banking
8 8 (1.55%) Front Office
8 8 (1.55%) Multimedia
9 7 (1.36%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.97%) Marketing
10 5 (0.97%) Private Banking
11 3 (0.58%) Legal
11 3 (0.58%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.39%) Electronics
12 2 (0.39%) Law
13 1 (0.19%) Back Office
13 1 (0.19%) Games
13 1 (0.19%) Local Government
13 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 280 (54.37%) Network Engineer
2 63 (12.23%) Cisco Engineer
3 52 (10.10%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 41 (7.96%) Architect
5 36 (6.99%) Senior Network Engineer
6 35 (6.80%) IP Engineer
7 33 (6.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 32 (6.21%) IP Network Engineer
9 27 (5.24%) Network Architect
10 25 (4.85%) Support Engineer
11 24 (4.66%) Analyst
11 24 (4.66%) Network Support
11 24 (4.66%) WAN Engineer
12 23 (4.47%) Designer
12 23 (4.47%) Network Designer
13 22 (4.27%) Network Support Engineer
14 21 (4.08%) Network Design Engineer
15 20 (3.88%) Security Engineer
16 19 (3.69%) Network Security Engineer
17 17 (3.30%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (8.74%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.94%) Web Services
3 5 (0.97%) JSON
4 4 (0.78%) Jinja
5 3 (0.58%) J2EE
5 3 (0.58%) REST
6 2 (0.39%) LDAP
6 2 (0.39%) Middleware
6 2 (0.39%) Node.js
6 2 (0.39%) Spring
7 1 (0.19%) .NET
7 1 (0.19%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.19%) HTML
7 1 (0.19%) jBPM
7 1 (0.19%) SOAP
7 1 (0.19%) Spring Boot
7 1 (0.19%) Spring MVC
7 1 (0.19%) WebSockets
7 1 (0.19%) XML
7 1 (0.19%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 114 (22.14%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.85%) Video Conferencing
4 17 (3.30%) PKI
5 14 (2.72%) iPhone
5 14 (2.72%) Management Information System
6 13 (2.52%) Handset
7 9 (1.75%) Driving Licence
8 8 (1.55%) Public Cloud
8 8 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.36%) Clustering
9 7 (1.36%) CMDB
9 7 (1.36%) Hedge funds
10 5 (0.97%) CCTV
10 5 (0.97%) CESG
10 5 (0.97%) PMI
10 5 (0.97%) RSA SecurID
11 4 (0.78%) NHS
11 4 (0.78%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.78%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 62 (12.04%) Windows
2 40 (7.77%) Linux
3 21 (4.08%) Unix
4 20 (3.88%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.94%) Windows 7
6 8 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.36%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.17%) CentOS
8 6 (1.17%) Debian
8 6 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.58%) Android
9 3 (0.58%) FreeBSD
9 3 (0.58%) Solaris
10 2 (0.39%) Check Point GAiA
10 2 (0.39%) SUSE
10 2 (0.39%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.39%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.19%) VMS
11 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (16.12%) Migration
2 69 (13.40%) Network Design
3 57 (11.07%) ITIL
4 55 (10.68%) Project Management
5 48 (9.32%) Network Management
6 43 (8.35%) Change Management
6 43 (8.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 43 (8.35%) Network Monitoring
7 42 (8.16%) Load Balancing
7 42 (8.16%) Project Delivery
7 42 (8.16%) Service Delivery
8 32 (6.21%) Problem-Solving
9 25 (4.85%) Network Architecture
10 23 (4.47%) High Availability
11 19 (3.69%) Cybersecurity
12 18 (3.50%) Kalman Filter
12 18 (3.50%) Service Management
13 17 (3.30%) Enterprise Architecture
13 17 (3.30%) Technical Leadership
14 16 (3.11%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 24 (4.66%) Python
2 18 (3.50%) Perl
3 16 (3.11%) SQL
4 7 (1.36%) C
5 6 (1.17%) PowerShell
6 4 (0.78%) Java
6 4 (0.78%) PHP
7 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.19%) C++
7 1 (0.19%) Ruby
7 1 (0.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 233 (45.24%) Cisco Certification
2 166 (32.23%) CCNP
3 94 (18.25%) CCNA
4 71 (13.79%) CCIE
5 63 (12.23%) Security Cleared
6 53 (10.29%) SC Cleared
7 29 (5.63%) CCDP
8 24 (4.66%) JNCIE
9 23 (4.47%) Degree
10 22 (4.27%) JNCIP
11 15 (2.91%) CCIP
12 14 (2.72%) BC Cleared
12 14 (2.72%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (2.14%) CCSE
14 10 (1.94%) CCDA
15 9 (1.75%) CCSA
16 8 (1.55%) CISSP
16 8 (1.55%) JNCIA
17 7 (1.36%) CCSP
18 6 (1.17%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.88%) SLA
2 10 (1.94%) QA
3 7 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.17%) GDPR
5 5 (0.97%) COBIT
6 4 (0.78%) PMO
7 3 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.58%) RMADS
8 2 (0.39%) NIST
9 1 (0.19%) BS7799
9 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 43 (8.35%) Active Directory
2 34 (6.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.33%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.94%) VMware NSX
5 9 (1.75%) vSphere
6 8 (1.55%) XenDesktop
7 6 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.78%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.58%) XenApp
10 2 (0.39%) Docker
10 2 (0.39%) iptables
10 2 (0.39%) KVM
10 2 (0.39%) ProxySG
11 1 (0.19%) BIND 9
11 1 (0.19%) Firmware
11 1 (0.19%) NFS
11 1 (0.19%) Postfix
11 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
11 1 (0.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 21 (4.08%) Cisco Prime
2 20 (3.88%) SCCM
3 16 (3.11%) Nagios
4 13 (2.52%) Cisco CUCM
4 13 (2.52%) SCOM
5 12 (2.33%) AirWatch
5 12 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
5 12 (2.33%) Puppet
6 10 (1.94%) FortiGate
7 9 (1.75%) Cacti
7 9 (1.75%) Cisco UCCX
7 9 (1.75%) ZABBIX
8 8 (1.55%) WSUS
9 7 (1.36%) Single Sign-On
10 5 (0.97%) Iperf
10 5 (0.97%) OPNET
11 4 (0.78%) Ansible
12 3 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
13 2 (0.39%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 395 (76.70%) Cisco
2 159 (30.87%) Juniper
3 102 (19.81%) CheckPoint
4 87 (16.89%) Palo Alto
5 84 (16.31%) F5
6 58 (11.26%) Microsoft
7 56 (10.87%) VMware
8 54 (10.49%) Citrix
9 53 (10.29%) Fortinet
10 46 (8.93%) SolarWinds
11 43 (8.35%) Meraki
12 31 (6.02%) Aruba
13 28 (5.44%) BT
14 25 (4.85%) HP
15 23 (4.47%) Huawei
16 21 (4.08%) Ericsson
16 21 (4.08%) Nokia
16 21 (4.08%) Riverbed
17 20 (3.88%) Mitel
18 15 (2.91%) NetScout