Period
to 22 September 2020

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 22 September 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)
England > London
6 months to
22 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 314 384 402
Rank change year-on-year +70 +18 +9
Contract jobs citing MPLS 48 180 252
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.36% 0.47% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.13% 4.47% 4.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 128 173
Median daily rate £425 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £294 £263
90th Percentile £511 £575 £638
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Median hourly rate £45.00 £46.25 £52.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% -11.48% +74.17%
10th Percentile £36.85 £42.63 £34.60
90th Percentile £54.35 £50.88 £60.00
England median hourly rate £31.50 £31.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year +1.61% +6.90% +101.32%

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 1,534 4,031 5,376
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 11.47% 10.54% 11.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 967 2,717 3,728
Median daily rate £465 £463 £453
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +2.21% +0.56%
10th Percentile £263 £212 £200
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
England median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 106 139
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.92% +8.75% +0.83%
10th Percentile £20.70 £13.94 £13.60
90th Percentile £57.10 £53.75 £52.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £20.00
% change year-on-year +39.33% +25.60% +10.50%

MPLS
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 22 September 2020.

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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Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MPLS in London over the 6 months to 22 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 22 September 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
Central London +110 8 £275 -37.50% 2
East London - 1 - - 1
South London - 1 - -
MPLS
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 34 (70.83%) Cisco
2 30 (62.50%) BGP
3 29 (60.42%) Firewall
4 23 (47.92%) WAN
5 22 (45.83%) LAN
6 21 (43.75%) OSPF
7 18 (37.50%) F5
8 16 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (33.33%) VPN
9 15 (31.25%) Data Centre
9 15 (31.25%) Network Design
10 14 (29.17%) Palo Alto
11 13 (27.08%) Python
11 13 (27.08%) Juniper
11 13 (27.08%) SNMP
12 12 (25.00%) EIGRP
12 12 (25.00%) Network Security
13 10 (20.83%) Cisco ASA
13 10 (20.83%) HSRP
13 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
13 10 (20.83%) CCNP
14 9 (18.75%) CCIE
14 9 (18.75%) Finance
14 9 (18.75%) Migration
14 9 (18.75%) Network Monitoring
15 8 (16.67%) Office 365
15 8 (16.67%) Cisco ISE
15 8 (16.67%) VLAN
16 7 (14.58%) Fortinet
16 7 (14.58%) VPLS

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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 4 (8.33%) Skype for Business
2 3 (6.25%) Confluence
2 3 (6.25%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (2.08%) IIS
3 1 (2.08%) OpenStack
3 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 8 (16.67%) Office 365
2 7 (14.58%) Azure
3 2 (4.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
3 2 (4.17%) SaaS
4 1 (2.08%) AWS
4 1 (2.08%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 30 (62.50%) BGP
2 29 (60.42%) Firewall
3 23 (47.92%) WAN
4 22 (45.83%) LAN
5 21 (43.75%) OSPF
6 16 (33.33%) VPN
7 13 (27.08%) SNMP
8 12 (25.00%) EIGRP
8 12 (25.00%) Network Security
9 10 (20.83%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (20.83%) HSRP
9 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
10 8 (16.67%) Cisco ISE
10 8 (16.67%) VLAN
11 7 (14.58%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 7 (14.58%) RSVP
11 7 (14.58%) Unified Communications
11 7 (14.58%) VPLS
11 7 (14.58%) Wireless
12 6 (12.50%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) Neo4j
1 3 (6.25%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.08%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (2.08%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (14.58%) Git (software)
2 3 (6.25%) Jenkins
General
1 9 (18.75%) Finance
2 6 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.08%) Legal
3 1 (2.08%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 21 (43.75%) Network Engineer
2 5 (10.42%) Architect
3 4 (8.33%) Analyst
3 4 (8.33%) Check Point Analyst
3 4 (8.33%) Cisco Engineer
3 4 (8.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 4 (8.33%) Network Analyst
3 4 (8.33%) Unified Communications Specialist
4 3 (6.25%) Infrastructure Support
4 3 (6.25%) IP Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Network Security Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Security Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Wireless Engineer
4 3 (6.25%) Wireless Network Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Design Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (4.17%) Server Support
5 2 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) 802.1X
1 3 (6.25%) CORBA
1 3 (6.25%) Elastic Stack
1 3 (6.25%) Kafka
2 2 (4.17%) XMPP
3 1 (2.08%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 15 (31.25%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.25%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (6.25%) User Experience
2 3 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.17%) FMCG
3 2 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (2.08%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.08%) PKI
4 1 (2.08%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.08%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.08%) Replication
4 1 (2.08%) Social Media
4 1 (2.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (10.42%) Linux
2 4 (8.33%) Debian
2 4 (8.33%) Fedora
2 4 (8.33%) NetWare
2 4 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 4 (8.33%) Solaris
2 4 (8.33%) Ubuntu
2 4 (8.33%) Unix
2 4 (8.33%) VMS
3 2 (4.17%) Windows
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (31.25%) Network Design
2 9 (18.75%) Migration
2 9 (18.75%) Network Monitoring
3 7 (14.58%) Network Management
4 5 (10.42%) Load Balancing
5 4 (8.33%) Content Management
5 4 (8.33%) DevOps
5 4 (8.33%) Enterprise Architecture
5 4 (8.33%) Network Architecture
5 4 (8.33%) Project Management
6 3 (6.25%) Artificial Intelligence
6 3 (6.25%) Problem Management
6 3 (6.25%) Test Planning
7 2 (4.17%) Incident Management
7 2 (4.17%) ITIL
7 2 (4.17%) Kalman Filter
7 2 (4.17%) Programme Management
7 2 (4.17%) SIEM
7 2 (4.17%) Software Testing
7 2 (4.17%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 13 (27.08%) Python
2 5 (10.42%) Perl
3 4 (8.33%) SQL
4 3 (6.25%) Java
4 3 (6.25%) PHP
4 3 (6.25%) PL/SQL
5 2 (4.17%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 16 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (20.83%) CCNP
3 9 (18.75%) CCIE
4 3 (6.25%) CCDP
4 3 (6.25%) CCNA
4 3 (6.25%) MCSE
4 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 3 (6.25%) Security Cleared
5 2 (4.17%) CCIE Routing and Switching
5 2 (4.17%) CCIE Service Provider
5 2 (4.17%) Degree
6 1 (2.08%) BC Cleared
6 1 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.08%) CCDE
6 1 (2.08%) JNCIE
6 1 (2.08%) JNCIP
6 1 (2.08%) JNCIS
6 1 (2.08%) Master's Degree
6 1 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.08%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 5 (10.42%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 3 (6.25%) Netcool
3 2 (4.17%) Ansible
3 2 (4.17%) FortiGate
3 2 (4.17%) TrustSec
4 1 (2.08%) HAProxy
4 1 (2.08%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.08%) SCCM
4 1 (2.08%) SCOM
Vendors
1 34 (70.83%) Cisco
2 18 (37.50%) F5
3 14 (29.17%) Palo Alto
4 13 (27.08%) Juniper
5 7 (14.58%) CheckPoint
5 7 (14.58%) Fortinet
6 6 (12.50%) Microsoft
7 5 (10.42%) Blue Coat
7 5 (10.42%) Riverbed
8 4 (8.33%) Avaya
8 4 (8.33%) Citrix
8 4 (8.33%) Foundstone
8 4 (8.33%) HP
8 4 (8.33%) Meraki
8 4 (8.33%) Novell
8 4 (8.33%) Red Hat
9 3 (6.25%) AppDynamics
9 3 (6.25%) Nokia
9 3 (6.25%) SevOne
9 3 (6.25%) VMware