Period
to 24 May 2018

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 24 May 2018 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 395 371 341
Rank change year-on-year -24 -30 -43
Contract jobs citing MPLS 533 532 681
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.58% 0.64% 0.70%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.30% 4.55% 4.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 343 454
England median daily rate £450 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +1.91% +12.14%
10th Percentile £246 £273 £254
90th Percentile £638 £575 £599
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 8 16
England median hourly rate £32.50 £31.50 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.17% -28.41% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.68 £31.63
90th Percentile £48.76 £67.48 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £30.25 £38.80 £43.00
% change year-on-year -22.03% -9.77% +43.33%

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 12,404 11,688 14,471
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.47% 14.00% 14.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,679 7,184 8,796
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £206 £213 £223
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £423 £412 £400
% change year-on-year +2.79% +2.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 676 653 610
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.50% -20.40% +16.28%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.85
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £20.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -4.95% -18.00% +13.64%

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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 24 May 2018.

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 24 May 2018.

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 24 May 2018. 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 -20 268 £440 -0.85% 60
South East -63 116 £475 +15.15% 27
Midlands +33 71 £475 +52.00% 17
West Midlands +30 63 £475 +31.94% 13
North of England -23 43 £425 +6.25% 28
South West +13 24 £475 +22.98% 8
East of England +3 23 £450 +20.00% 11
North West -32 23 £425 +21.43% 16
Yorkshire -1 20 £438 +1.74% 11
East Midlands -4 6 £375 +32.74% 4
MPLS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2018, 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.

1 330 (61.91%) Cisco
2 320 (60.04%) WAN
3 244 (45.78%) VPN
4 232 (43.53%) BGP
5 230 (43.15%) Firewall
6 227 (42.59%) LAN
7 220 (41.28%) Cisco Certification
8 144 (27.02%) CCNP
9 143 (26.83%) OSPF
10 142 (26.64%) Data Centre
11 136 (25.52%) Juniper
12 125 (23.45%) DNS
13 120 (22.51%) CCNA
14 108 (20.26%) Windows
15 106 (19.89%) ITIL
16 102 (19.14%) VLAN
17 87 (16.32%) TCP/IP
18 86 (16.14%) Internet
18 86 (16.14%) Cisco Nexus
19 85 (15.95%) Wireless
19 85 (15.95%) VMware
20 83 (15.57%) Network Security
21 80 (15.01%) Cisco ASA
22 78 (14.63%) VoIP
22 78 (14.63%) DHCP
23 76 (14.26%) CheckPoint
24 74 (13.88%) Security Cleared
25 73 (13.70%) Ethernet
26 72 (13.51%) Telecoms
26 72 (13.51%) SC Cleared

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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 9 (1.69%) Skype for Business
2 8 (1.50%) Apache
2 8 (1.50%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.13%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.75%) Confluence
4 4 (0.75%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.38%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.19%) IIS
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 17 (3.19%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.69%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.13%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) Relativity
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 54 (10.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (6.00%) Office 365
3 27 (5.07%) Amazon AWS
4 21 (3.94%) IaaS
5 9 (1.69%) PaaS
6 6 (1.13%) SaaS
7 3 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.56%) Amazon S3
7 3 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.56%) CloudFront
7 3 (0.56%) GitHub
7 3 (0.56%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.56%) Route 53
7 3 (0.56%) Serverless
7 3 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 320 (60.04%) WAN
2 244 (45.78%) VPN
3 232 (43.53%) BGP
4 230 (43.15%) Firewall
5 227 (42.59%) LAN
6 143 (26.83%) OSPF
7 125 (23.45%) DNS
8 102 (19.14%) VLAN
9 87 (16.32%) TCP/IP
10 86 (16.14%) Cisco Nexus
10 86 (16.14%) Internet
11 85 (15.95%) Wireless
12 83 (15.57%) Network Security
13 80 (15.01%) Cisco ASA
14 78 (14.63%) DHCP
14 78 (14.63%) VoIP
15 73 (13.70%) Ethernet
16 70 (13.13%) EIGRP
17 65 (12.20%) VPLS
18 58 (10.88%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.38%) Big Data
4 2 (0.38%) Data Mining
4 2 (0.38%) MySQL
4 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.19%) Redis
5 1 (0.19%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 10 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (1.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (0.94%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.94%) JIRA
4 3 (0.56%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.38%) Hudson
5 2 (0.38%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.19%) Robot Framework
6 1 (0.19%) TeamCity
General
1 72 (13.51%) Telecoms
2 70 (13.13%) Finance
3 23 (4.32%) Banking
4 14 (2.63%) Retail
5 7 (1.31%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.13%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.75%) French Language
8 3 (0.56%) Advertising
8 3 (0.56%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.38%) Billing
9 2 (0.38%) Electronics
9 2 (0.38%) Legal
9 2 (0.38%) Local Government
9 2 (0.38%) Music Industry
10 1 (0.19%) Games
10 1 (0.19%) German Language
10 1 (0.19%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.19%) Marketing
10 1 (0.19%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 224 (42.03%) Network Engineer
2 94 (17.64%) Architect
3 47 (8.82%) Cisco Engineer
4 39 (7.32%) Security Architect
4 39 (7.32%) Senior Network Engineer
5 34 (6.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 33 (6.19%) Network Architect
7 32 (6.00%) Network Security Engineer
7 32 (6.00%) Security Engineer
8 25 (4.69%) Project Manager
9 24 (4.50%) WAN Engineer
10 23 (4.32%) Analyst
11 22 (4.13%) Consultant
11 22 (4.13%) Support Engineer
12 18 (3.38%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 16 (3.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 16 (3.00%) Infrastructure Manager
13 16 (3.00%) Network Analyst
13 16 (3.00%) Network Consultant
13 16 (3.00%) Senior Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.32%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.88%) LDAP
3 8 (1.50%) JSON
4 6 (1.13%) AngularJS
4 6 (1.13%) Node.js
4 6 (1.13%) Spring
5 5 (0.94%) Web Services
6 4 (0.75%) LAMP
6 4 (0.75%) XML
7 3 (0.56%) Core Data
7 3 (0.56%) HTML
8 2 (0.38%) REST
8 2 (0.38%) RESTful
9 1 (0.19%) CGI
9 1 (0.19%) COM
9 1 (0.19%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.19%) Kafka
9 1 (0.19%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.19%) Rendezvous
9 1 (0.19%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 142 (26.64%) Data Centre
2 19 (3.56%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.38%) Management Information System
4 16 (3.00%) Video Conferencing
5 10 (1.88%) Public Cloud
6 7 (1.31%) Clustering
6 7 (1.31%) CMDB
6 7 (1.31%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.31%) PKI
6 7 (1.31%) Private Cloud
6 7 (1.31%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.13%) Replication
8 4 (0.75%) Equities
8 4 (0.75%) Fintech
8 4 (0.75%) Fixed Income
8 4 (0.75%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (0.75%) Smartphone
8 4 (0.75%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.56%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 108 (20.26%) Windows
2 44 (8.26%) Unix
3 36 (6.75%) Linux
4 28 (5.25%) Windows Server
5 22 (4.13%) Windows 10
6 15 (2.81%) Windows 7
7 13 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.56%) Solaris
11 2 (0.38%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.19%) Android
12 1 (0.19%) CentOS
12 1 (0.19%) Debian
12 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (19.89%) ITIL
2 68 (12.76%) Migration
2 68 (12.76%) Project Management
3 63 (11.82%) Network Design
4 57 (10.69%) Load Balancing
5 51 (9.57%) Network Architecture
6 40 (7.50%) Service Delivery
7 38 (7.13%) Network Management
8 36 (6.75%) Information Security
9 31 (5.82%) PRINCE2
10 30 (5.63%) Capacity Management
11 29 (5.44%) High Availability
11 29 (5.44%) Security Architecture
12 28 (5.25%) Data Loss Prevention
13 27 (5.07%) Agile Software Development
13 27 (5.07%) Change Management
13 27 (5.07%) Mentoring
13 27 (5.07%) Network Monitoring
14 25 (4.69%) Configuration Management
15 23 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 54 (10.13%) Python
2 49 (9.19%) PowerShell
3 33 (6.19%) Perl
4 15 (2.81%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.25%) SQL
6 9 (1.69%) Java
7 7 (1.31%) JavaScript
8 4 (0.75%) AWK
8 4 (0.75%) sed
9 2 (0.38%) PHP
9 2 (0.38%) Ruby
10 1 (0.19%) Bourne shell
10 1 (0.19%) C
10 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.19%) VBA
10 1 (0.19%) XPath
Qualifications
1 220 (41.28%) Cisco Certification
2 144 (27.02%) CCNP
3 120 (22.51%) CCNA
4 74 (13.88%) Security Cleared
5 72 (13.51%) SC Cleared
6 70 (13.13%) CCIE
7 35 (6.57%) Degree
8 29 (5.44%) CISSP
9 25 (4.69%) CCDP
10 21 (3.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 20 (3.75%) JNCIA
12 18 (3.38%) MCSE
13 16 (3.00%) CCSP
14 15 (2.81%) JNCIP
15 14 (2.63%) MCP
16 13 (2.44%) SANS
17 11 (2.06%) CCSA
17 11 (2.06%) JNCIS
18 10 (1.88%) CCIP
18 10 (1.88%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.07%) GDPR
2 21 (3.94%) SLA
3 16 (3.00%) PCI DSS
4 12 (2.25%) QA
5 6 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.19%) PMO
7 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 64 (12.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 62 (11.63%) Active Directory
3 26 (4.88%) VMware NSX
4 24 (4.50%) vSphere
5 19 (3.56%) XenApp
6 15 (2.81%) Hyper-V
6 15 (2.81%) Microsoft App-V
6 15 (2.81%) XenDesktop
7 14 (2.63%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (1.13%) Docker
9 5 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.75%) DFS Replication
10 4 (0.75%) Firmware
10 4 (0.75%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.38%) iptables
11 2 (0.38%) Postfix
11 2 (0.38%) Samba
11 2 (0.38%) Squid
11 2 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.19%) KVM
Systems Management
1 17 (3.19%) SCCM
2 12 (2.25%) CA Spectrum
3 10 (1.88%) AirWatch
4 7 (1.31%) Nagios
4 7 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.13%) Ansible
5 6 (1.13%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (1.13%) vCenter Server
6 5 (0.94%) Cisco Prime
6 5 (0.94%) FortiGate
6 5 (0.94%) Nessus
6 5 (0.94%) Puppet
6 5 (0.94%) SCOM
7 4 (0.75%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.75%) vRealize
8 3 (0.56%) OpenView
8 3 (0.56%) SolarWinds Orion
8 3 (0.56%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 330 (61.91%) Cisco
2 136 (25.52%) Juniper
3 85 (15.95%) VMware
4 76 (14.26%) CheckPoint
5 70 (13.13%) F5
6 57 (10.69%) Citrix
7 53 (9.94%) Microsoft
8 43 (8.07%) Fortinet
9 33 (6.19%) HP
10 32 (6.00%) Palo Alto
11 31 (5.82%) Meraki
12 29 (5.44%) SolarWinds
13 19 (3.56%) Blue Coat
14 17 (3.19%) Oracle
15 15 (2.81%) Ivanti
16 14 (2.63%) BT
16 14 (2.63%) Mitel
17 13 (2.44%) Arista
17 13 (2.44%) Wyse
18 12 (2.25%) CA