Period
to 6 August 2020

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 6 August 2020 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
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 363 391 429
Rank change year-on-year +28 +38 -13
Contract jobs citing MPLS 171 497 530
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.60% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.09% 4.64% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 306 318
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £257 £263 £264
90th Percentile £599 £575 £621
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 15 22
Median hourly rate £19.25 £22.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.44% -22.41% -3.33%
10th Percentile £15.95 £14.15 £13.65
90th Percentile £41.10 £49.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.06 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.77% -27.78% -24.24%

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 4,180 10,706 12,549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.31% 12.89% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,436 6,627 7,725
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £205
90th Percentile £636 £610 £610
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 229 501 702
Median hourly rate £34.90 £23.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.49% +17.50% +10.50%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.15 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.59 £20.00
% change year-on-year +48.37% +17.95% +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 6 August 2020.

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 6 August 2020.

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 6 August 2020. 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
South East +86 52 £450 +12.50% 9
London +75 47 £425 -5.56% 11
Midlands +88 32 £413 +10.00% 8
North of England +75 29 £475 +35.71% 7
West Midlands +64 22 £413 +10.00% 7
Yorkshire +86 20 £400 +10.73% 4
East Midlands +64 10 £500 +10.55% 1
North West +39 8 £525 +50.00% 3
South West +63 5 £575 +51.32% 5
East of England +58 4 £675 +58.82% 2
North East +25 1 £475 +46.15%
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UK

For the 6 months to 6 August 2020, 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.

1 120 (70.18%) Cisco
2 101 (59.06%) WAN
3 100 (58.48%) BGP
4 84 (49.12%) Firewall
5 74 (43.27%) VPN
6 69 (40.35%) Cisco Certification
7 68 (39.77%) LAN
8 66 (38.60%) Juniper
9 58 (33.92%) OSPF
10 47 (27.49%) CCNP
11 40 (23.39%) DNS
12 38 (22.22%) Data Centre
13 31 (18.13%) SNMP
14 30 (17.54%) Microsoft
15 29 (16.96%) CCIE
15 29 (16.96%) Migration
15 29 (16.96%) Network Design
16 28 (16.37%) EIGRP
16 28 (16.37%) CCNA
16 28 (16.37%) TCP/IP
16 28 (16.37%) VoIP
16 28 (16.37%) Security Cleared
16 28 (16.37%) F5
17 27 (15.79%) VLAN
17 27 (15.79%) Wireless
17 27 (15.79%) IPsec
17 27 (15.79%) Telecoms
18 26 (15.20%) Ethernet
18 26 (15.20%) Python
18 26 (15.20%) Azure

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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 10 (5.85%) OpenStack
2 8 (4.68%) Confluence
3 4 (2.34%) JBoss
3 4 (2.34%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.75%) IIS
4 3 (1.75%) NetWeaver
4 3 (1.75%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.17%) CMS
5 2 (1.17%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.17%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.58%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.58%) WildFly
Applications
1 11 (6.43%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.17%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.58%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.58%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 26 (15.20%) Azure
2 22 (12.87%) Office 365
3 12 (7.02%) IaaS
4 11 (6.43%) PaaS
5 10 (5.85%) AWS
6 9 (5.26%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 9 (5.26%) SaaS
7 7 (4.09%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (1.17%) Akamai
9 1 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (0.58%) G Suite
9 1 (0.58%) GitHub
9 1 (0.58%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.58%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.58%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 101 (59.06%) WAN
2 100 (58.48%) BGP
3 84 (49.12%) Firewall
4 74 (43.27%) VPN
5 68 (39.77%) LAN
6 58 (33.92%) OSPF
7 40 (23.39%) DNS
8 31 (18.13%) SNMP
9 28 (16.37%) EIGRP
9 28 (16.37%) TCP/IP
9 28 (16.37%) VoIP
10 27 (15.79%) IPsec
10 27 (15.79%) VLAN
10 27 (15.79%) Wireless
11 26 (15.20%) Ethernet
12 25 (14.62%) DHCP
13 24 (14.04%) Internet
14 23 (13.45%) Cisco ASA
15 19 (11.11%) Network Security
15 19 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.68%) Azure SQL Database
3 7 (4.09%) Cosmos DB
4 6 (3.51%) MySQL
5 5 (2.92%) DB2
6 3 (1.75%) SAP HANA
7 2 (1.17%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.58%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.58%) Redis
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 11 (6.43%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.58%) Hudson
2 1 (0.58%) JIRA
2 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio
General
1 27 (15.79%) Telecoms
2 9 (5.26%) Finance
3 7 (4.09%) Pharmaceutical
4 4 (2.34%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.34%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.75%) Legal
5 3 (1.75%) Retail
6 2 (1.17%) Italian Language
7 1 (0.58%) Games
Job Titles
1 90 (52.63%) Network Engineer
2 29 (16.96%) Architect
3 15 (8.77%) Cisco Engineer
3 15 (8.77%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 14 (8.19%) Senior Network Engineer
5 12 (7.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 12 (7.02%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
6 11 (6.43%) Infrastructure Architect
6 11 (6.43%) Solutions Architect
7 9 (5.26%) Design Engineer
7 9 (5.26%) Network Support
7 9 (5.26%) Support Engineer
8 8 (4.68%) Consultant
8 8 (4.68%) Network Support Engineer
9 7 (4.09%) Analyst
9 7 (4.09%) Network Architect
10 6 (3.51%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 6 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (3.51%) Network Analyst
10 6 (3.51%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.09%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.34%) Middleware
3 3 (1.75%) SAP Basis
4 1 (0.58%) HTML
4 1 (0.58%) Jinja
4 1 (0.58%) LDAP
4 1 (0.58%) RESTful
4 1 (0.58%) XML
4 1 (0.58%) XMPP
4 1 (0.58%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 38 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 17 (9.94%) PKI
3 14 (8.19%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (6.43%) Public Cloud
5 6 (3.51%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.92%) Replication
7 4 (2.34%) CCTV
7 4 (2.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (2.34%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.75%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.75%) Clustering
8 3 (1.75%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 2 (1.17%) NHS
9 2 (1.17%) User Experience
10 1 (0.58%) FMCG
10 1 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.58%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.58%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.04%) Windows
2 14 (8.19%) Windows Server
3 10 (5.85%) Linux
3 10 (5.85%) Unix
4 6 (3.51%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.34%) Check Point GAiA
6 3 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.17%) AIX
7 2 (1.17%) Debian
7 2 (1.17%) Fedora
7 2 (1.17%) NetWare
7 2 (1.17%) Solaris
7 2 (1.17%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.17%) VMS
7 2 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.58%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (16.96%) Migration
1 29 (16.96%) Network Design
2 22 (12.87%) Problem-Solving
3 17 (9.94%) Load Balancing
4 15 (8.77%) ITIL
5 14 (8.19%) DevOps
5 14 (8.19%) Network Architecture
6 12 (7.02%) Network Management
7 11 (6.43%) Project Management
7 11 (6.43%) Service Delivery
8 9 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (5.26%) Project Delivery
9 8 (4.68%) Customer Requirements
9 8 (4.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 8 (4.68%) Technical Leadership
9 8 (4.68%) Test Planning
10 7 (4.09%) Communications Security
11 6 (3.51%) Data Protection
11 6 (3.51%) Network Monitoring
11 6 (3.51%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (15.20%) Python
2 16 (9.36%) SQL
3 7 (4.09%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.17%) Lisp
4 2 (1.17%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.58%) Perl
Qualifications
1 69 (40.35%) Cisco Certification
2 47 (27.49%) CCNP
3 29 (16.96%) CCIE
4 28 (16.37%) CCNA
4 28 (16.37%) Security Cleared
5 17 (9.94%) SC Cleared
6 11 (6.43%) CCDP
7 9 (5.26%) BC Cleared
7 9 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (4.09%) JNCIE
9 5 (2.92%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 5 (2.92%) CCIE Service Provider
9 5 (2.92%) CCIP
9 5 (2.92%) Degree
10 4 (2.34%) JNCIS
11 3 (1.75%) CCDA
11 3 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.75%) JNCIA
11 3 (1.75%) JNCIP
12 2 (1.17%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.85%) QA
2 3 (1.75%) COBIT
2 3 (1.75%) GDPR
2 3 (1.75%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.58%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (14.04%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.51%) VMware NSX
4 5 (2.92%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.34%) Docker
6 3 (1.75%) vSphere
7 2 (1.17%) vCloud
8 1 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 10 (5.85%) Ansible
2 7 (4.09%) Cisco Prime
3 6 (3.51%) FortiGate
3 6 (3.51%) SCCM
4 5 (2.92%) Cisco CUCM
4 5 (2.92%) Cisco UCCX
5 4 (2.34%) Kubernetes
5 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.75%) vRealize
7 2 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.17%) Puppet
7 2 (1.17%) SCOM
7 2 (1.17%) TrustSec
7 2 (1.17%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.58%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.58%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.58%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.58%) HP ALM
8 1 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.58%) WSUS
Vendors
1 120 (70.18%) Cisco
2 66 (38.60%) Juniper
3 30 (17.54%) Microsoft
4 28 (16.37%) F5
5 22 (12.87%) CheckPoint
6 21 (12.28%) Palo Alto
7 16 (9.36%) Meraki
8 15 (8.77%) Citrix
8 15 (8.77%) VMware
9 10 (5.85%) HP
9 10 (5.85%) Huawei
9 10 (5.85%) Nokia
10 9 (5.26%) Red Hat
11 8 (4.68%) Aruba
11 8 (4.68%) Oracle
11 8 (4.68%) Riverbed
11 8 (4.68%) SolarWinds
12 7 (4.09%) Avaya
12 7 (4.09%) Blue Coat
12 7 (4.09%) Fortinet