Period
to 3 April 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 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 341 401 443
Rank change year-on-year +60 +42 -70
Contract jobs citing MPLS 371 533 488
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.60% 0.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.00% 4.78% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 249 349 310
Median daily rate £425 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £255 £267 £248
90th Percentile £575 £575 £589
UK median daily rate £423 £405 £425
% change year-on-year +4.32% -4.71% +7.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 19 10
Median hourly rate £32.50 £25.67 £37.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.61% -31.47% +73.79%
10th Percentile £18.50 £14.43 £12.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £65.10 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £22.25 £42.42
% change year-on-year +46.07% -47.55% +41.40%

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 7,421 11,139 12,351
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.39% 12.64% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,414 6,885 7,635
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £180 £205 £200
90th Percentile £603 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 433 497 663
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.84
90th Percentile £50.80 £49.05 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.40
% change year-on-year +20.32% -3.58% -9.79%

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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 3 April 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 3 April 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 3 April 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
London +35 127 £450 - 26
South East +49 91 £425 +13.33% 15
North of England +82 85 £325 -9.72% 28
Midlands +48 43 £438 -2.78% 13
Yorkshire +61 42 £329 -9.00% 13
North West +49 39 £305 -18.67% 12
West Midlands +52 35 £450 +12.50% 12
East of England +41 17 £419 +11.67% 8
South West +25 8 £308 -12.14% 6
East Midlands +25 8 £413 -22.90% 1
North East +15 5 £475 +65.22% 3
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UK

For the 6 months to 3 April 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.

1 285 (76.82%) Cisco
2 223 (60.11%) BGP
3 197 (53.10%) WAN
4 174 (46.90%) Cisco Certification
5 164 (44.20%) LAN
6 162 (43.67%) Firewall
7 160 (43.13%) VPN
8 151 (40.70%) OSPF
9 138 (37.20%) CCNP
10 115 (31.00%) Juniper
11 86 (23.18%) Data Centre
12 85 (22.91%) Cisco Nexus
13 84 (22.64%) TCP/IP
14 74 (19.95%) CCNA
15 73 (19.68%) Wireless
16 63 (16.98%) Network Design
17 62 (16.71%) Palo Alto
18 61 (16.44%) Internet
18 61 (16.44%) Security Cleared
19 60 (16.17%) Migration
20 59 (15.90%) Cisco IOS
21 58 (15.63%) DNS
22 57 (15.36%) EIGRP
22 57 (15.36%) CCIE
23 56 (15.09%) Ethernet
23 56 (15.09%) Telecoms
24 54 (14.56%) Microsoft
25 52 (14.02%) Network Security
26 51 (13.75%) CheckPoint
27 50 (13.48%) Windows

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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 23 (6.20%) SharePoint
2 21 (5.66%) Skype for Business
3 15 (4.04%) MS Exchange
4 14 (3.77%) OpenStack
5 11 (2.96%) Confluence
6 10 (2.70%) IIS
7 5 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.54%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.54%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.27%) CMS
9 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 30 (8.09%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.89%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.27%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.27%) assyst
1 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.27%) Line 500
1 1 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 39 (10.51%) Azure
2 35 (9.43%) Office 365
3 19 (5.12%) AWS
4 12 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
4 12 (3.23%) IaaS
4 12 (3.23%) PaaS
5 7 (1.89%) OneDrive
5 7 (1.89%) SaaS
6 5 (1.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 4 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.81%) GitHub
9 2 (0.54%) Akamai
9 2 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (0.54%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.27%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.27%) G Suite
10 1 (0.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 223 (60.11%) BGP
2 197 (53.10%) WAN
3 164 (44.20%) LAN
4 162 (43.67%) Firewall
5 160 (43.13%) VPN
6 151 (40.70%) OSPF
7 85 (22.91%) Cisco Nexus
8 84 (22.64%) TCP/IP
9 73 (19.68%) Wireless
10 61 (16.44%) Internet
11 59 (15.90%) Cisco IOS
12 58 (15.63%) DNS
13 57 (15.36%) EIGRP
14 56 (15.09%) Ethernet
15 52 (14.02%) Network Security
16 49 (13.21%) IPsec
17 48 (12.94%) Cisco ASA
18 46 (12.40%) Multicast
19 44 (11.86%) DHCP
20 43 (11.59%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.85%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (1.62%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.54%) Cosmos DB
5 2 (0.54%) DB2
5 2 (0.54%) MySQL
5 2 (0.54%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.27%) Big Data
6 1 (0.27%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 16 (4.31%) Sonatype Nexus
2 12 (3.23%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.27%) Hudson
5 1 (0.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 56 (15.09%) Telecoms
2 45 (12.13%) Finance
3 24 (6.47%) Banking
4 15 (4.04%) Investment Banking
5 14 (3.77%) Front Office
6 9 (2.43%) Retail
7 7 (1.89%) French Language
7 7 (1.89%) German Language
7 7 (1.89%) Public Sector
8 4 (1.08%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.54%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.54%) Law
10 2 (0.54%) Legal
11 1 (0.27%) Automotive
11 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.27%) Games
Job Titles
1 196 (52.83%) Network Engineer
2 44 (11.86%) Cisco Engineer
3 40 (10.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 36 (9.70%) Architect
5 24 (6.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 20 (5.39%) IP Network Engineer
6 20 (5.39%) Network Architect
7 19 (5.12%) Security Engineer
7 19 (5.12%) Senior Network Engineer
8 17 (4.58%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 16 (4.31%) Designer
10 15 (4.04%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
10 15 (4.04%) Design Engineer
10 15 (4.04%) IP Engineer
10 15 (4.04%) Juniper Engineer
10 15 (4.04%) Network Designer
11 14 (3.77%) Support Engineer
12 13 (3.50%) Network Security Engineer
12 13 (3.50%) Network Support
13 12 (3.23%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.47%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.08%) Jinja
3 3 (0.81%) FIX Protocol
3 3 (0.81%) JSON
3 3 (0.81%) YAML
4 2 (0.54%) LDAP
4 2 (0.54%) ModSecurity
4 2 (0.54%) Web Services
5 1 (0.27%) HTML
5 1 (0.27%) REST
5 1 (0.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 86 (23.18%) Data Centre
2 20 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (3.77%) PKI
3 14 (3.77%) Video Conferencing
4 11 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.89%) CCTV
6 6 (1.62%) Clustering
6 6 (1.62%) Public Cloud
6 6 (1.62%) Replication
6 6 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.35%) Driving Licence
8 4 (1.08%) CESG
8 4 (1.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (0.81%) Fibre Optics
9 3 (0.81%) Social Media
9 3 (0.81%) SWIFT
10 2 (0.54%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.54%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.54%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 50 (13.48%) Windows
2 24 (6.47%) Windows Server
3 18 (4.85%) Linux
4 17 (4.58%) Unix
5 12 (3.23%) Windows Server 2016
6 11 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.89%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.62%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (1.35%) Android
10 4 (1.08%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.81%) VMS
12 2 (0.54%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (16.98%) Network Design
2 60 (16.17%) Migration
3 43 (11.59%) ITIL
4 42 (11.32%) Change Management
5 38 (10.24%) Network Management
6 35 (9.43%) Project Management
7 31 (8.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 30 (8.09%) Load Balancing
9 28 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
10 27 (7.28%) DevOps
11 24 (6.47%) Project Delivery
11 24 (6.47%) Service Delivery
12 22 (5.93%) Network Architecture
13 20 (5.39%) Cybersecurity
13 20 (5.39%) Technical Leadership
14 17 (4.58%) PRINCE2
15 16 (4.31%) Network Monitoring
15 16 (4.31%) Service Management
16 15 (4.04%) Agile Software Development
17 14 (3.77%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 43 (11.59%) Python
2 22 (5.93%) Perl
3 17 (4.58%) SQL
4 12 (3.23%) Shell Script
5 5 (1.35%) Java
6 4 (1.08%) C
6 4 (1.08%) PHP
7 3 (0.81%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.81%) PL/SQL
7 3 (0.81%) PowerShell
7 3 (0.81%) Ruby
8 1 (0.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 174 (46.90%) Cisco Certification
2 138 (37.20%) CCNP
3 74 (19.95%) CCNA
4 61 (16.44%) Security Cleared
5 57 (15.36%) CCIE
6 50 (13.48%) SC Cleared
7 22 (5.93%) BC Cleared
7 22 (5.93%) BPSS Clearance
7 22 (5.93%) CCDP
8 11 (2.96%) CCIP
9 10 (2.70%) CCIE Service Provider
9 10 (2.70%) JNCIE
10 9 (2.43%) CCDA
10 9 (2.43%) Degree
11 8 (2.16%) DV Cleared
11 8 (2.16%) JNCIP
12 7 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (1.35%) CCSP
13 5 (1.35%) JNCIA
13 5 (1.35%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (2.70%) SLA
3 8 (2.16%) GDPR
4 6 (1.62%) RMADS
5 5 (1.35%) QA
6 4 (1.08%) BS7799
7 3 (0.81%) COBIT
8 1 (0.27%) NIST
8 1 (0.27%) PMO
System Software
1 43 (11.59%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (2.96%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.43%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (2.43%) VMware NSX
5 8 (2.16%) XenDesktop
6 7 (1.89%) BitLocker
6 7 (1.89%) vSphere
7 6 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (1.35%) Docker
8 5 (1.35%) vCloud
9 3 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.54%) VMware Server
10 2 (0.54%) XenApp
11 1 (0.27%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 21 (5.66%) Cisco Prime
1 21 (5.66%) FortiGate
2 20 (5.39%) SCCM
3 18 (4.85%) Ansible
3 18 (4.85%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (4.85%) Puppet
4 17 (4.58%) Statseeker
5 15 (4.04%) Cacti
5 15 (4.04%) Nagios
5 15 (4.04%) NetMRI
5 15 (4.04%) SCOM
5 15 (4.04%) ZABBIX
6 11 (2.96%) Cisco CUCM
7 6 (1.62%) Cisco UCCX
8 5 (1.35%) AirWatch
9 4 (1.08%) Kubernetes
9 4 (1.08%) Opsview
9 4 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (0.81%) DatAdvantage
10 3 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 285 (76.82%) Cisco
2 115 (31.00%) Juniper
3 62 (16.71%) Palo Alto
4 54 (14.56%) Microsoft
5 51 (13.75%) CheckPoint
6 48 (12.94%) F5
7 43 (11.59%) VMware
8 35 (9.43%) Citrix
9 29 (7.82%) Fortinet
10 28 (7.55%) Huawei
11 24 (6.47%) Meraki
12 23 (6.20%) Nokia
13 19 (5.12%) NetScout
14 17 (4.58%) Solarflare
15 16 (4.31%) Riverbed
16 15 (4.04%) Aruba
16 15 (4.04%) SolarWinds
17 13 (3.50%) Oracle
18 12 (3.23%) HP
19 11 (2.96%) Brocade