Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 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
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 346 358 422
Rank change year-on-year +12 +64 +20
Contract jobs citing MPLS 148 508 535
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.66% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.06% 4.98% 4.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 328 324
Median daily rate £450 £425 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.92% +11.20%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 19 18
Median hourly rate £31.50 £27.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -6.90% +114.81%
10th Percentile £15.95 £15.75 £14.55
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.51 £57.11
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £21.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year +48.24% -18.27% +86.35%

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 3,648 10,208 12,524
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.21% 13.26% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,127 6,227 7,589
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +5.20%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £606 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 516 603
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +44.44% +3.66%
10th Percentile £14.05 £13.13 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +57.89% -

MPLS
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 26 October 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 26 October 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 26 October 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 +72 46 £425 - 13
South East +77 42 £450 +8.43% 12
Midlands +64 26 £413 -2.94% 6
South West +114 17 £463 +23.33% 14
West Midlands +51 16 £413 +5.10% 3
East Midlands +29 9 £500 +11.11% 3
East of England +72 8 £375 -11.76% 5
North of England +51 6 £450 +28.57% 21
North West +29 5 £450 +28.57% 11
Yorkshire +66 1 - - 10
MPLS
UK

For the 6 months to 26 October 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.

1 105 (70.95%) Cisco
2 84 (56.76%) Firewall
3 83 (56.08%) WAN
4 77 (52.03%) BGP
5 63 (42.57%) Cisco Certification
6 52 (35.14%) LAN
6 52 (35.14%) VPN
7 50 (33.78%) OSPF
8 48 (32.43%) Juniper
9 43 (29.05%) CCNP
10 35 (23.65%) Security Cleared
10 35 (23.65%) F5
11 31 (20.95%) Cisco ASA
11 31 (20.95%) Azure
12 30 (20.27%) EIGRP
13 29 (19.59%) Data Centre
14 28 (18.92%) Network Design
15 26 (17.57%) Microsoft
15 26 (17.57%) DNS
16 25 (16.89%) CCIE
16 25 (16.89%) Palo Alto
16 25 (16.89%) SC Cleared
17 23 (15.54%) Cisco Nexus
17 23 (15.54%) VoIP
17 23 (15.54%) Telecoms
18 22 (14.86%) CheckPoint
19 21 (14.19%) Ethernet
20 20 (13.51%) Office 365
21 19 (12.84%) DHCP
21 19 (12.84%) SNMP

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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 7 (4.73%) JBoss
2 6 (4.05%) NetWeaver
2 6 (4.05%) WebSphere
3 5 (3.38%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (2.70%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.35%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.68%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.68%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.68%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 31 (20.95%) Azure
2 20 (13.51%) Office 365
3 15 (10.14%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 13 (8.78%) AWS
5 11 (7.43%) IaaS
5 11 (7.43%) PaaS
6 10 (6.76%) SaaS
7 1 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.68%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.68%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 84 (56.76%) Firewall
2 83 (56.08%) WAN
3 77 (52.03%) BGP
4 52 (35.14%) LAN
4 52 (35.14%) VPN
5 50 (33.78%) OSPF
6 31 (20.95%) Cisco ASA
7 30 (20.27%) EIGRP
8 26 (17.57%) DNS
9 23 (15.54%) Cisco Nexus
9 23 (15.54%) VoIP
10 21 (14.19%) Ethernet
11 19 (12.84%) DHCP
11 19 (12.84%) IPsec
11 19 (12.84%) SNMP
11 19 (12.84%) Wireless
12 18 (12.16%) VLAN
13 17 (11.49%) Network Security
14 15 (10.14%) TCP/IP
15 14 (9.46%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.41%) Azure SQL Database
1 8 (5.41%) Cosmos DB
1 8 (5.41%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.05%) DB2
2 6 (4.05%) MySQL
2 6 (4.05%) SAP HANA
3 5 (3.38%) Neo4j
3 5 (3.38%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.35%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.68%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.68%) Redis
Development Applications
1 6 (4.05%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.38%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.68%) Hudson
3 1 (0.68%) JIRA
General
1 23 (15.54%) Telecoms
2 10 (6.76%) Finance
3 8 (5.41%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.73%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (2.03%) Electronics
5 3 (2.03%) Retail
6 2 (1.35%) Legal
7 1 (0.68%) Billing
Job Titles
1 57 (38.51%) Network Engineer
2 32 (21.62%) Architect
3 14 (9.46%) Consultant
3 14 (9.46%) Infrastructure Architect
3 14 (9.46%) Senior Network Engineer
4 13 (8.78%) Cisco Engineer
5 12 (8.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 12 (8.11%) Network Consultant
6 11 (7.43%) Network Architect
7 8 (5.41%) IP Engineer
7 8 (5.41%) Solutions Architect
7 8 (5.41%) Technical Architect
8 6 (4.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) Network Support
8 6 (4.05%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) Support Engineer
9 5 (3.38%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
9 5 (3.38%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
9 5 (3.38%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.73%) Middleware
2 6 (4.05%) SAP Basis
3 5 (3.38%) CORBA
3 5 (3.38%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (3.38%) Kafka
4 4 (2.70%) 802.1X
5 3 (2.03%) JSON
6 2 (1.35%) XMPP
7 1 (0.68%) .NET
7 1 (0.68%) REST
7 1 (0.68%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 29 (19.59%) Data Centre
2 17 (11.49%) Public Cloud
3 12 (8.11%) PKI
4 5 (3.38%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (3.38%) Virtual Team
5 4 (2.70%) Private Cloud
6 3 (2.03%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.03%) NHS
6 3 (2.03%) Replication
6 3 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.35%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.35%) FMCG
7 2 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.35%) User Experience
7 2 (1.35%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.68%) CCTV
8 1 (0.68%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.68%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.68%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 19 (12.84%) Windows
2 12 (8.11%) Linux
2 12 (8.11%) Windows Server
3 11 (7.43%) Unix
4 6 (4.05%) AIX
4 6 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (3.38%) Ubuntu
5 5 (3.38%) Windows 10
6 4 (2.70%) Check Point GAiA
6 4 (2.70%) Debian
6 4 (2.70%) Fedora
6 4 (2.70%) NetWare
6 4 (2.70%) Solaris
6 4 (2.70%) VMS
7 1 (0.68%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (18.92%) Network Design
2 18 (12.16%) ITIL
3 17 (11.49%) Migration
4 13 (8.78%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (8.78%) Load Balancing
4 13 (8.78%) Network Management
5 12 (8.11%) Network Monitoring
6 11 (7.43%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (6.76%) Network Architecture
8 9 (6.08%) High Availability
8 9 (6.08%) Network Virtualisation
8 9 (6.08%) Service Management
9 8 (5.41%) Data Protection
9 8 (5.41%) TOGAF
10 7 (4.73%) Architecture Roadmap
10 7 (4.73%) Change Management
10 7 (4.73%) Identity Management
10 7 (4.73%) Project Delivery
11 6 (4.05%) Business Analysis
11 6 (4.05%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 18 (12.16%) SQL
2 17 (11.49%) Python
3 10 (6.76%) Perl
4 5 (3.38%) Java
4 5 (3.38%) PHP
4 5 (3.38%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.68%) C
5 1 (0.68%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 63 (42.57%) Cisco Certification
2 43 (29.05%) CCNP
3 35 (23.65%) Security Cleared
4 25 (16.89%) CCIE
4 25 (16.89%) SC Cleared
5 17 (11.49%) CCNA
6 11 (7.43%) DV Cleared
7 7 (4.73%) CCDP
7 7 (4.73%) JNCIE
8 6 (4.05%) Degree
9 5 (3.38%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 4 (2.70%) MCSE
10 4 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (2.03%) BC Cleared
11 3 (2.03%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (2.03%) CCIE Service Provider
11 3 (2.03%) HP APS
12 2 (1.35%) CCDA
12 2 (1.35%) CCDE
12 2 (1.35%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.05%) COBIT
1 6 (4.05%) GDPR
1 6 (4.05%) PCI DSS
2 5 (3.38%) QA
3 2 (1.35%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (10.14%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (5.41%) VMware NSX
4 7 (4.73%) Docker
5 4 (2.70%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.35%) vSphere
7 1 (0.68%) KVM
Systems Management
1 11 (7.43%) Kubernetes
2 7 (4.73%) FortiGate
3 6 (4.05%) Cisco Prime
4 5 (3.38%) Ansible
4 5 (3.38%) Netcool
5 4 (2.70%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (2.70%) Cisco UCCX
5 4 (2.70%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (2.70%) SCCM
6 3 (2.03%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.68%) CASB
7 1 (0.68%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.68%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.68%) Terraform
7 1 (0.68%) vRealize
Vendors
1 105 (70.95%) Cisco
2 48 (32.43%) Juniper
3 35 (23.65%) F5
4 26 (17.57%) Microsoft
5 25 (16.89%) Palo Alto
6 22 (14.86%) CheckPoint
7 11 (7.43%) Citrix
7 11 (7.43%) VMware
8 10 (6.76%) Meraki
9 9 (6.08%) Fortinet
9 9 (6.08%) HP
10 8 (5.41%) Nokia
10 8 (5.41%) Oracle
10 8 (5.41%) Red Hat
10 8 (5.41%) SolarWinds
11 7 (4.73%) Avaya
11 7 (4.73%) Blue Coat
12 6 (4.05%) Riverbed
12 6 (4.05%) SAP
13 5 (3.38%) Aruba