Period
to 20 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 20 June 2021 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)
England > London
6 months to
20 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 366 345 404
Rank change year-on-year -21 +59 -19
Contract jobs citing MPLS 113 65 208
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.43% 0.37% 0.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.76% 3.40% 4.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 35 152
10th Percentile £305 £337 £313
25th Percentile £391 £360 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £440 £456
Median % change year-on-year +2.27% -3.56% +1.39%
75th Percentile £525 £488 £541
90th Percentile £593 £540 £675
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Median hourly rate £67.50 £46.25 -
Median % change year-on-year +45.95% - -
England median hourly rate £23.00 £19.50 £25.34
% change year-on-year +17.95% -23.03% +1.34%

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 London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,372 1,913 4,195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.10% 10.82% 10.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,629 1,323 2,858
10th Percentile £300 £242 £225
25th Percentile £385 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £493 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.44% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £663 £650
England median daily rate £450 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 50 91
10th Percentile £14.00 £15.18 £14.75
25th Percentile £21.25 £20.69 £17.00
Median hourly rate £45.00 £41.50 £21.50
Median % change year-on-year +8.43% +93.02% +8.90%
75th Percentile £63.75 £48.52 £38.75
90th Percentile £76.00 £53.75 £52.50
England median hourly rate £23.21 £20.50 £19.64
% change year-on-year +13.22% +4.38% +1.83%

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Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS in London.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in London

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Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MPLS in London over the 6 months to 20 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MPLS in London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS in London.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in London

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Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the London region over the 6 months to 20 June 2021. 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
Central London -8 15 £509 +19.71% 6
East London - 2 £403 - 5
South London +35 1 - - 1
West London +8 1 - - 2
MPLS
England

For the 6 months to 20 June 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 79 (69.91%) Cisco
2 63 (55.75%) BGP
3 47 (41.59%) Firewall
4 43 (38.05%) Cisco Certification
5 41 (36.28%) VPN
6 39 (34.51%) OSPF
7 33 (29.20%) WAN
8 31 (27.43%) Azure
9 29 (25.66%) CCNP
10 27 (23.89%) LAN
11 26 (23.01%) TCP/IP
12 24 (21.24%) Microsoft
13 23 (20.35%) Juniper
13 23 (20.35%) Wireless
13 23 (20.35%) F5
14 22 (19.47%) CCIE
15 20 (17.70%) Finance
16 19 (16.81%) Telecoms
16 19 (16.81%) VLAN
17 18 (15.93%) Windows
17 18 (15.93%) Data Centre
18 17 (15.04%) Cisco Nexus
18 17 (15.04%) Project Delivery
18 17 (15.04%) DNS
19 16 (14.16%) Internet
19 16 (14.16%) Network Design
19 16 (14.16%) IOS XR
20 15 (13.27%) SD-WAN
20 15 (13.27%) Active Directory
20 15 (13.27%) Migration

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Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 8 (7.08%) MS Exchange
2 7 (6.19%) Confluence
3 1 (0.88%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.88%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (8.85%) MS Visio
2 7 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 31 (27.43%) Azure
2 14 (12.39%) AWS
2 14 (12.39%) Microsoft 365
3 11 (9.73%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 7 (6.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 6 (5.31%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (3.54%) IaaS
7 3 (2.65%) Mimecast
7 3 (2.65%) PaaS
7 3 (2.65%) SaaS
8 1 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.88%) GCP
8 1 (0.88%) GitHub
8 1 (0.88%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 63 (55.75%) BGP
2 47 (41.59%) Firewall
3 41 (36.28%) VPN
4 39 (34.51%) OSPF
5 33 (29.20%) WAN
6 27 (23.89%) LAN
7 26 (23.01%) TCP/IP
8 23 (20.35%) Wireless
9 19 (16.81%) VLAN
10 17 (15.04%) Cisco Nexus
10 17 (15.04%) DNS
11 16 (14.16%) Internet
11 16 (14.16%) IOS XR
12 15 (13.27%) SD-WAN
13 14 (12.39%) Multicast
13 14 (12.39%) VoIP
14 13 (11.50%) Cisco IOS
14 13 (11.50%) DWDM
14 13 (11.50%) EIGRP
15 11 (9.73%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (0.88%) Big Data
1 1 (0.88%) Data Mining
1 1 (0.88%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 7 (6.19%) JIRA
2 3 (2.65%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.88%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.88%) PowerDesigner
3 1 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 20 (17.70%) Finance
2 19 (16.81%) Telecoms
3 13 (11.50%) Social Skills
4 8 (7.08%) Banking
5 3 (2.65%) Advertising
5 3 (2.65%) Documentation Skills
6 2 (1.77%) Organisational Skills
6 2 (1.77%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.88%) Billing
7 1 (0.88%) Legal
7 1 (0.88%) Local Government
7 1 (0.88%) Marketing
7 1 (0.88%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 40 (35.40%) Network Engineer
2 15 (13.27%) Consultant
3 14 (12.39%) Designer
4 11 (9.73%) Architect
5 10 (8.85%) Network Consultant
6 9 (7.96%) Network Designer
7 8 (7.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (7.08%) Security Engineer
7 8 (7.08%) Senior Network Engineer
8 7 (6.19%) Network Architect
9 6 (5.31%) Azure Engineer
9 6 (5.31%) Cloud Engineer
9 6 (5.31%) Project Manager
10 5 (4.42%) Cisco Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) Design Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) IP Designer
10 5 (4.42%) IP Engineer
10 5 (4.42%) Juniper Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.19%) Express
2 4 (3.54%) 802.1X
2 4 (3.54%) Jinja
3 1 (0.88%) JSON
3 1 (0.88%) Spine.js
3 1 (0.88%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.93%) Data Centre
2 9 (7.96%) CCTV
2 9 (7.96%) Fibre Optics
2 9 (7.96%) SCADA
3 3 (2.65%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (2.65%) Virtual Team
4 2 (1.77%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.77%) Public Cloud
4 2 (1.77%) Thin Client
4 2 (1.77%) User Experience
5 1 (0.88%) Clustering
5 1 (0.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (0.88%) iPad
5 1 (0.88%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.88%) PKI
5 1 (0.88%) PMI
5 1 (0.88%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.88%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 18 (15.93%) Windows
2 6 (5.31%) Linux
3 3 (2.65%) Windows 10
3 3 (2.65%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.77%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.88%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (15.04%) Project Delivery
2 16 (14.16%) Network Design
3 15 (13.27%) Migration
4 14 (12.39%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (11.50%) Email Migration
5 13 (11.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (9.73%) Scrum
7 10 (8.85%) Network Management
8 9 (7.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 9 (7.96%) Patch Management
8 9 (7.96%) Service Delivery
9 8 (7.08%) Change Management
9 8 (7.08%) Kanban
9 8 (7.08%) Mobile Device Management
9 8 (7.08%) Network Architecture
10 7 (6.19%) PRINCE2
10 7 (6.19%) Time Management
11 6 (5.31%) Acceptance Criteria
11 6 (5.31%) Computer Science
12 5 (4.42%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.62%) Python
2 4 (3.54%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.88%) C
3 1 (0.88%) C++
3 1 (0.88%) Java
3 1 (0.88%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.88%) Perl
Qualifications
1 43 (38.05%) Cisco Certification
2 29 (25.66%) CCNP
3 22 (19.47%) CCIE
4 14 (12.39%) Degree
5 12 (10.62%) Security Cleared
6 11 (9.73%) CCNA
7 10 (8.85%) JNCIP
7 10 (8.85%) SC Cleared
8 7 (6.19%) CCDP
9 6 (5.31%) JNCIS
10 5 (4.42%) CCDE
10 5 (4.42%) Master's Degree
11 4 (3.54%) CCDA
11 4 (3.54%) CCIE Service Provider
12 3 (2.65%) CCSA
13 1 (0.88%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.88%) CISSP
13 1 (0.88%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.88%) PMP
13 1 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.31%) SLA
2 1 (0.88%) COBIT
2 1 (0.88%) HAZOP
2 1 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.88%) PMO
2 1 (0.88%) QA
System Software
1 15 (13.27%) Active Directory
2 10 (8.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (4.42%) VMware NSX
4 3 (2.65%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.65%) vSphere
5 2 (1.77%) KVM
6 1 (0.88%) Firmware
6 1 (0.88%) NFS
6 1 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (7.08%) HP NNM
2 4 (3.54%) SCCM
3 3 (2.65%) Ansible
3 3 (2.65%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (1.77%) FortiGate
4 2 (1.77%) Nessus
4 2 (1.77%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.77%) Puppet
4 2 (1.77%) Salt
4 2 (1.77%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.88%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.88%) Terraform
5 1 (0.88%) vRealize
5 1 (0.88%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 79 (69.91%) Cisco
2 24 (21.24%) Microsoft
3 23 (20.35%) F5
3 23 (20.35%) Juniper
4 14 (12.39%) Citrix
4 14 (12.39%) Nokia
4 14 (12.39%) VMware
5 13 (11.50%) Palo Alto
6 11 (9.73%) Fortinet
7 10 (8.85%) CheckPoint
8 9 (7.96%) HP
9 7 (6.19%) Arista
10 5 (4.42%) ADVA
10 5 (4.42%) Huawei
10 5 (4.42%) Meraki
10 5 (4.42%) SolarWinds
11 4 (3.54%) Zscaler
12 3 (2.65%) CA
12 3 (2.65%) Okta
13 2 (1.77%) Aruba