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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 29 June 2022 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
29 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 402 400 337
Rank change year-on-year -2 -63 +66
Contract jobs citing MPLS 188 115 63
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.48% 0.43% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.93% 4.62% 3.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 76 34
10th Percentile £400 £310 £304
25th Percentile £463 £400 £355
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £455 £431
Median % change year-on-year +15.38% +5.51% -6.50%
75th Percentile £575 £526 £450
90th Percentile £650 £581 £540
England median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
10th Percentile - - £25.70
25th Percentile £25.50 £68.75 £36.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £72.50 £46.25
Median % change year-on-year -64.14% +56.76% -
75th Percentile £28.38 £76.25 £52.56
90th Percentile £29.50 - £54.93
England median hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £19.25
% change year-on-year +33.33% +1.30% -25.01%

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 3,814 2,488 1,890
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.71% 9.20% 10.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,705 1,715 1,299
10th Percentile £313 £300 £250
25th Percentile £450 £400 £361
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +11.11% -5.26%
75th Percentile £656 £600 £575
90th Percentile £750 £689 £663
England median daily rate £500 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +11.11% +2.27% +1.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 23 50
10th Percentile £16.25 £14.45 £15.18
25th Percentile £23.91 £21.44 £20.69
Median hourly rate £27.50 £36.50 £41.50
Median % change year-on-year -24.66% -12.05% +93.02%
75th Percentile £46.00 £51.88 £48.52
90th Percentile £67.50 £75.40 £53.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £23.81 £21.00
% change year-on-year +4.99% +13.39% +5.00%

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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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June 2022. 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
Jobs
Central London -22 24 £500 - 9
East London -7 1 - - 1
South London -16 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 29 June 2022, 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.

1 108 (57.45%) Cisco
2 101 (53.72%) BGP
3 91 (48.40%) Firewall
4 81 (43.09%) WAN
4 81 (43.09%) VPN
5 70 (37.23%) Cisco Certification
6 62 (32.98%) SD-WAN
7 55 (29.26%) OSPF
8 50 (26.60%) CCNP
8 50 (26.60%) Migration
9 49 (26.06%) LAN
10 48 (25.53%) Azure
11 46 (24.47%) Juniper
12 41 (21.81%) Nokia
13 39 (20.74%) Finance
14 38 (20.21%) Wireless
14 38 (20.21%) Data Centre
14 38 (20.21%) Palo Alto
15 37 (19.68%) Social Skills
15 37 (19.68%) Python
16 34 (18.09%) DNS
16 34 (18.09%) Network Security
17 33 (17.55%) CCIE
18 30 (15.96%) AWS
19 29 (15.43%) Project Delivery
19 29 (15.43%) VXLAN
20 27 (14.36%) F5
20 27 (14.36%) NX-OS
21 26 (13.83%) IOS XR
21 26 (13.83%) CCNA

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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 9 (4.79%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.60%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.06%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.53%) Apache
4 1 (0.53%) Confluence
4 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.53%) IIS
4 1 (0.53%) JBoss
4 1 (0.53%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.53%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 3 (1.60%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.13%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.53%) ScheduALL
2 1 (0.53%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 48 (25.53%) Azure
2 30 (15.96%) AWS
3 13 (6.91%) Microsoft 365
4 10 (5.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 8 (4.26%) Mimecast
6 7 (3.72%) IaaS
7 5 (2.66%) GCP
7 5 (2.66%) Power Platform
8 4 (2.13%) SaaS
9 3 (1.60%) Azure DevOps
9 3 (1.60%) PaaS
10 2 (1.06%) Azure Storage
10 2 (1.06%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 2 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 101 (53.72%) BGP
2 91 (48.40%) Firewall
3 81 (43.09%) VPN
3 81 (43.09%) WAN
4 62 (32.98%) SD-WAN
5 55 (29.26%) OSPF
6 49 (26.06%) LAN
7 38 (20.21%) Wireless
8 34 (18.09%) DNS
8 34 (18.09%) Network Security
9 29 (15.43%) VXLAN
10 27 (14.36%) NX-OS
11 26 (13.83%) IOS XR
12 25 (13.30%) IPsec
13 24 (12.77%) TCP/IP
14 23 (12.23%) Cisco ISE
14 23 (12.23%) Cisco Nexus
14 23 (12.23%) Ethernet VPN
15 22 (11.70%) EIGRP
15 22 (11.70%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.13%) Power BI
2 3 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (4.79%) Sonatype Nexus
2 5 (2.66%) JIRA
3 2 (1.06%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.53%) GitLab
General
1 39 (20.74%) Finance
2 37 (19.68%) Social Skills
3 16 (8.51%) Telecoms
4 14 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (7.45%) Banking
5 7 (3.72%) Public Sector
6 6 (3.19%) Investment Banking
7 5 (2.66%) Documentation Skills
7 5 (2.66%) Local Government
8 2 (1.06%) Legal
8 2 (1.06%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.53%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.53%) French Language
9 1 (0.53%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 90 (47.87%) Network Engineer
2 14 (7.45%) Architect
2 14 (7.45%) IP Engineer
2 14 (7.45%) Senior Network Engineer
3 12 (6.38%) Analyst
3 12 (6.38%) Network Security Engineer
3 12 (6.38%) Project Manager
3 12 (6.38%) Security Engineer
4 10 (5.32%) Cisco Engineer
5 9 (4.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Cloud Engineer
6 8 (4.26%) Design Engineer
7 7 (3.72%) Azure Engineer
7 7 (3.72%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 7 (3.72%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 7 (3.72%) Juniper Engineer
7 7 (3.72%) WAN Engineer
8 6 (3.19%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (3.19%) Consultant
8 6 (3.19%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.26%) JSON
2 4 (2.13%) Jinja
2 4 (2.13%) Oracle Fusion
2 4 (2.13%) XML
3 3 (1.60%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.60%) XMPP
4 2 (1.06%) ARM Templates
4 2 (1.06%) YAML
5 1 (0.53%) Express
5 1 (0.53%) IBM Integration Bus
5 1 (0.53%) jBPM
5 1 (0.53%) JSON Schema
5 1 (0.53%) REST
5 1 (0.53%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 38 (20.21%) Data Centre
2 10 (5.32%) Public Cloud
3 5 (2.66%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (2.13%) Cloud Native
4 4 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (1.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 3 (1.60%) Fibre Optics
5 3 (1.60%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.60%) Private Cloud
5 3 (1.60%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.06%) NHS
6 2 (1.06%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.53%) Clustering
7 1 (0.53%) Cyberattack
7 1 (0.53%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.53%) Over-the-Top Content
7 1 (0.53%) PKI
7 1 (0.53%) PMI
7 1 (0.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 25 (13.30%) Windows
2 10 (5.32%) Apple iOS
3 3 (1.60%) Linux
4 2 (1.06%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.53%) CatOS
5 1 (0.53%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (26.60%) Migration
2 29 (15.43%) Project Delivery
3 22 (11.70%) Change Management
4 17 (9.04%) ITIL
4 17 (9.04%) Network Design
4 17 (9.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 15 (7.98%) DevOps
6 13 (6.91%) Network Management
7 12 (6.38%) Problem-Solving
8 11 (5.85%) Project Management
9 10 (5.32%) Due Diligence
9 10 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 10 (5.32%) Low Latency
9 10 (5.32%) Service Delivery
9 10 (5.32%) Time Management
10 9 (4.79%) Data Loss Prevention
10 9 (4.79%) Network Architecture
11 8 (4.26%) Email Migration
11 8 (4.26%) Mobile Device Management
11 8 (4.26%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (19.68%) Python
2 6 (3.19%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.66%) Perl
4 4 (2.13%) C
4 4 (2.13%) SQL
5 3 (1.60%) Java
6 2 (1.06%) C#
7 1 (0.53%) Prolog
7 1 (0.53%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 70 (37.23%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (26.60%) CCNP
3 33 (17.55%) CCIE
4 26 (13.83%) CCNA
5 16 (8.51%) Security Cleared
6 13 (6.91%) SC Cleared
7 12 (6.38%) JNCIA
8 9 (4.79%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 7 (3.72%) CCIP
9 7 (3.72%) JNCIS
10 6 (3.19%) CCDP
11 5 (2.66%) CCIE Service Provider
11 5 (2.66%) PMP
12 4 (2.13%) Degree
12 4 (2.13%) ISTQB
13 3 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (1.60%) TOGAF Certification
14 2 (1.06%) CCNP Voice
14 2 (1.06%) EMCIE
14 2 (1.06%) EMCTA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.72%) QA
1 7 (3.72%) SLA
2 1 (0.53%) NCSC
2 1 (0.53%) NIST
2 1 (0.53%) RMADS
System Software
1 11 (5.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (5.32%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.13%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.53%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 20 (10.64%) Ansible
2 12 (6.38%) FortiGate
3 9 (4.79%) Nagios
3 9 (4.79%) ZABBIX
4 8 (4.26%) Terraform
5 6 (3.19%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (3.19%) Grafana
6 4 (2.13%) Cisco UCCX
7 3 (1.60%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (1.60%) HP ALM
7 3 (1.60%) Prometheus
8 2 (1.06%) Cisco UCCE
8 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (1.06%) SCCM
8 2 (1.06%) TrustSec
9 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.53%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.53%) WSUS
Vendors
1 108 (57.45%) Cisco
2 46 (24.47%) Juniper
3 41 (21.81%) Nokia
4 38 (20.21%) Palo Alto
5 27 (14.36%) F5
6 26 (13.83%) Fortinet
7 24 (12.77%) CheckPoint
8 22 (11.70%) Citrix
9 21 (11.17%) Microsoft
10 19 (10.11%) VMware
11 15 (7.98%) SolarWinds
12 12 (6.38%) Aruba
13 10 (5.32%) Arista
13 10 (5.32%) Huawei
13 10 (5.32%) Zscaler
14 8 (4.26%) ADVA
14 8 (4.26%) Okta
14 8 (4.26%) Oracle
15 7 (3.72%) HP
16 6 (3.19%) Avaya