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 3 months to 25 April 2017 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
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 357 304 304
Rank change year-on-year -53 0  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 236 359 372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.55% 0.70% 0.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.00% 4.68% 4.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 236 234
Median daily rate £425 £380 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +13.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £230 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £565 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £325
% change year-on-year +3.44% +11.53%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 7
Median hourly rate £21.75 £43.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.41% +1.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £32.50 £34.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.60 £47.83 £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.05 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -35.45% +5.88%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5905 7664 7744
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.81% 14.90% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3570 4730 4298
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +4.82% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 347 303 410
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.28 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +16.66%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 25 April 2017.

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 3 months to 25 April 2017.

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 3 months to 25 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +29 120 £450 +5.88% 26
South East -44 60 £398 +6.00% 18
North West +32 22 £350 -40.42% 15
South West -12 11 £386 +6.55% 4
East Midlands -5 8 £283 +2.72% 3
East of England -17 6 £350 -27.46% 2
Yorkshire +16 2 £488 +39.28% 5
North East +15 1 - -
West Midlands +3 1 £538 +19.44% 6
Midlands - 1 £400 -
MPLS
UK

For the 6 months to 25 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 386 (73.11%) Cisco
2 299 (56.63%) Firewall
3 268 (50.76%) Cisco Certification
4 245 (46.40%) WAN
5 226 (42.80%) BGP
6 207 (39.20%) OSPF
7 190 (35.98%) LAN
8 185 (35.04%) CCNP
9 162 (30.68%) VPN
10 153 (28.98%) Data Centre
11 137 (25.95%) Juniper
12 132 (25.00%) TCP/IP
13 116 (21.97%) CheckPoint
14 115 (21.78%) F5
15 114 (21.59%) CCNA
16 113 (21.40%) Wireless
17 111 (21.02%) Cisco Nexus
18 107 (20.27%) DNS
19 103 (19.51%) Cisco ASA
20 96 (18.18%) VLAN
21 91 (17.23%) Network Security
22 86 (16.29%) VMware
23 80 (15.15%) CCIE
24 76 (14.39%) Internet
25 74 (14.02%) Windows
26 72 (13.64%) ITIL
26 72 (13.64%) VoIP
27 71 (13.45%) Telecoms
28 67 (12.69%) DHCP
29 66 (12.50%) IPsec

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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 18 (3.41%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.65%) MS Exchange
3 12 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (1.70%) IIS
6 8 (1.52%) Skype for Business
7 7 (1.33%) CMS
8 6 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (1.14%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.76%) Apache
10 3 (0.57%) JBoss
10 3 (0.57%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.38%) CICS
11 2 (0.38%) SAS
12 1 (0.19%) CloudStack
12 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.19%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (3.22%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.14%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 53 (10.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (4.36%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (4.17%) Office 365
4 12 (2.27%) IaaS
5 8 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
5 8 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (1.33%) PaaS
7 6 (1.14%) SaaS
8 1 (0.19%) Akamai
8 1 (0.19%) Bluemix
8 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.19%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.19%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 299 (56.63%) Firewall
2 245 (46.40%) WAN
3 226 (42.80%) BGP
4 207 (39.20%) OSPF
5 190 (35.98%) LAN
6 162 (30.68%) VPN
7 132 (25.00%) TCP/IP
8 113 (21.40%) Wireless
9 111 (21.02%) Cisco Nexus
10 107 (20.27%) DNS
11 103 (19.51%) Cisco ASA
12 96 (18.18%) VLAN
13 91 (17.23%) Network Security
14 76 (14.39%) Internet
15 72 (13.64%) VoIP
16 67 (12.69%) DHCP
17 66 (12.50%) IPsec
18 65 (12.31%) Ethernet
19 61 (11.55%) SNMP
20 59 (11.17%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.22%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.38%) DB2
4 2 (0.38%) OLTP
5 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (1.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.57%) JIRA
3 2 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.19%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.19%) Selenium
4 1 (0.19%) WebDriver
General
1 71 (13.45%) Telecoms
2 60 (11.36%) Finance
3 36 (6.82%) Banking
4 17 (3.22%) Retail
5 11 (2.08%) Military
6 10 (1.89%) Billing
6 10 (1.89%) Multimedia
7 8 (1.52%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.95%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.76%) German Language
9 4 (0.76%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.57%) Advertising
10 3 (0.57%) Legal
10 3 (0.57%) Marketing
10 3 (0.57%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.38%) Back Office
11 2 (0.38%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.38%) Electronics
11 2 (0.38%) Music Industry
12 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 239 (45.27%) Network Engineer
2 78 (14.77%) Architect
3 65 (12.31%) Cisco Engineer
4 60 (11.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 49 (9.28%) Network Architect
6 41 (7.77%) Analyst
7 36 (6.82%) Network Analyst
7 36 (6.82%) Senior Network Engineer
8 25 (4.73%) Firewall Engineer
9 24 (4.55%) Design Engineer
10 22 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 21 (3.98%) IP Engineer
11 21 (3.98%) Juniper Engineer
11 21 (3.98%) Security Engineer
11 21 (3.98%) Support Engineer
12 20 (3.79%) Network Security Engineer
12 20 (3.79%) Network Support
13 19 (3.60%) NOC Engineer
13 19 (3.60%) Project Manager
14 18 (3.41%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (9.85%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.70%) Web Services
3 8 (1.52%) SOAP
4 6 (1.14%) .NET
5 5 (0.95%) JSON
5 5 (0.95%) Middleware
5 5 (0.95%) XMPP
6 3 (0.57%) CGI
7 2 (0.38%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.38%) COM
7 2 (0.38%) REST
7 2 (0.38%) RFC 2547
7 2 (0.38%) XML
8 1 (0.19%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.19%) Core Data
8 1 (0.19%) Kafka
8 1 (0.19%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (0.19%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.19%) OpenDaylight
8 1 (0.19%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 153 (28.98%) Data Centre
2 65 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (2.84%) Clustering
4 14 (2.65%) Hybrid Cloud
5 13 (2.46%) Driving Licence
5 13 (2.46%) IVR
6 12 (2.27%) Video Conferencing
7 11 (2.08%) Management Information System
8 10 (1.89%) CMDB
9 9 (1.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (1.70%) Replication
9 9 (1.70%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 6 (1.14%) BBC
11 6 (1.14%) Computer Science
11 6 (1.14%) e-Health
11 6 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.14%) FlexPod
12 5 (0.95%) NHS
12 5 (0.95%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 74 (14.02%) Windows
2 38 (7.20%) Windows Server
3 35 (6.63%) Linux
4 33 (6.25%) Unix
5 25 (4.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (4.36%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (2.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (1.70%) Windows 10
9 8 (1.52%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.76%) Android
11 3 (0.57%) AIX
11 3 (0.57%) CentOS
11 3 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.38%) FreeBSD
12 2 (0.38%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.38%) VMS
12 2 (0.38%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.19%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (13.64%) ITIL
2 56 (10.61%) Network Design
3 53 (10.04%) Migration
4 48 (9.09%) Network Management
5 46 (8.71%) Load Balancing
6 39 (7.39%) Project Management
7 33 (6.25%) High Availability
8 26 (4.92%) Change Management
9 24 (4.55%) Network Monitoring
10 23 (4.36%) PRINCE2
10 23 (4.36%) Service Management
11 22 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
12 21 (3.98%) Continuous Improvement
12 21 (3.98%) Network Architecture
13 17 (3.22%) Incident Management
13 17 (3.22%) Time Management
14 16 (3.03%) CRM
14 16 (3.03%) Service Delivery
15 15 (2.84%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (2.65%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (2.27%) SQL
2 10 (1.89%) PowerShell
3 6 (1.14%) Perl
4 5 (0.95%) Python
5 4 (0.76%) C
6 2 (0.38%) Java
6 2 (0.38%) Lisp
7 1 (0.19%) C#
Qualifications
1 268 (50.76%) Cisco Certification
2 185 (35.04%) CCNP
3 114 (21.59%) CCNA
4 80 (15.15%) CCIE
5 57 (10.80%) Security Cleared
6 43 (8.14%) SC Cleared
7 28 (5.30%) CCDP
8 25 (4.73%) JNCIE
9 18 (3.41%) CCSP
10 14 (2.65%) JNCIA
10 14 (2.65%) JNCIP
11 11 (2.08%) CCIP
11 11 (2.08%) CISSP
11 11 (2.08%) Degree
12 8 (1.52%) MCSE
12 8 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (1.33%) CCDA
13 7 (1.33%) GCIH
13 7 (1.33%) GIAC
14 6 (1.14%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (4.92%) SLA
2 13 (2.46%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.76%) PMO
5 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.57%) QA
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) PMBOK
System Software
1 53 (10.04%) Active Directory
2 52 (9.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (2.84%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.52%) Terminal Services
5 7 (1.33%) vCloud
6 4 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.57%) Docker
7 3 (0.57%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 3 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.57%) vSphere
8 2 (0.38%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.38%) KVM
8 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.38%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.19%) etcd
9 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.19%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 34 (6.44%) FortiGate
2 31 (5.87%) Cisco Prime
3 12 (2.27%) Puppet
4 10 (1.89%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (1.89%) Nagios
5 8 (1.52%) Cisco UCCX
6 7 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.33%) SCCM
7 6 (1.14%) CA Spectrum
7 6 (1.14%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.95%) WhatsUp Gold
9 4 (0.76%) Ansible
10 3 (0.57%) Cacti
10 3 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.57%) Pingdom
10 3 (0.57%) Red Hat Satellite
10 3 (0.57%) SCOM
10 3 (0.57%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.57%) vRealize
10 3 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 386 (73.11%) Cisco
2 137 (25.95%) Juniper
3 116 (21.97%) CheckPoint
4 115 (21.78%) F5
5 86 (16.29%) VMware
6 49 (9.28%) Microsoft
7 47 (8.90%) Citrix
8 45 (8.52%) Fortinet
9 42 (7.95%) Palo Alto
10 38 (7.20%) SolarWinds
11 34 (6.44%) HP
12 31 (5.87%) Avaya
13 21 (3.98%) Blue Coat
14 18 (3.41%) Riverbed
15 17 (3.22%) Arista
15 17 (3.22%) Aruba
15 17 (3.22%) Meraki
16 14 (2.65%) Huawei
17 13 (2.46%) CA
17 13 (2.46%) Remedy
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