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 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 316 308 241
Rank change year-on-year -8 -67  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 100 124 200
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.48% 0.57% 0.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.40% 4.13% 6.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 80 146
Median daily rate £480 £423 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.60% +16.95%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £30.00 - £13.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.60 £47.83 £50.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% -4.34%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 2271 3002 3119
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 10.95% 13.83% 13.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1520 2054 2009
Median daily rate £450 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +9.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 47 98
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £19.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.63% +11.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.88 £12.05 £13.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS in London.

Contractor 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London +5 17 £419 +8.06% 8
Feltham - 2 - -
Hammersmith - 2 £300 -
Hillingdon 0 1 £375 -3.22%
Kingston Upon Thames - 1 £215 -
Canary Wharf - 1 £570 -
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England

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 164 (72.25%) Cisco
2 120 (52.86%) Firewall
3 113 (49.78%) WAN
4 110 (48.46%) Cisco Certification
5 106 (46.70%) BGP
6 96 (42.29%) OSPF
7 94 (41.41%) LAN
8 86 (37.89%) VPN
9 81 (35.68%) Data Centre
10 78 (34.36%) Juniper
11 73 (32.16%) TCP/IP
12 70 (30.84%) CCNP
13 67 (29.52%) Wireless
14 63 (27.75%) CCIE
15 45 (19.82%) CheckPoint
16 44 (19.38%) VMware
16 44 (19.38%) Network Security
17 43 (18.94%) Cisco ASA
18 42 (18.50%) F5
18 42 (18.50%) Cisco Nexus
19 41 (18.06%) Analytical Skills
19 41 (18.06%) IPv6
20 40 (17.62%) Ethernet
21 39 (17.18%) DNS
22 38 (16.74%) 802.1X
23 37 (16.30%) VLAN
24 36 (15.86%) IPv4
24 36 (15.86%) Windows
24 36 (15.86%) CCNA
25 35 (15.42%) DHCP

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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 12 (5.29%) SharePoint
2 8 (3.52%) CMS
3 6 (2.64%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.88%) CICS
6 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.88%) IIS
6 2 (0.88%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.88%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.44%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (6.17%) MS Visio
2 7 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (3.52%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 33 (14.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (10.13%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (6.17%) Office 365
4 4 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (1.76%) IaaS
4 4 (1.76%) PaaS
5 3 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.88%) Akamai
7 1 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.44%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.44%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.44%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.44%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.44%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.44%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.44%) Route 53
7 1 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 120 (52.86%) Firewall
2 113 (49.78%) WAN
3 106 (46.70%) BGP
4 96 (42.29%) OSPF
5 94 (41.41%) LAN
6 86 (37.89%) VPN
7 73 (32.16%) TCP/IP
8 67 (29.52%) Wireless
9 44 (19.38%) Network Security
10 43 (18.94%) Cisco ASA
11 42 (18.50%) Cisco Nexus
12 41 (18.06%) IPv6
13 40 (17.62%) Ethernet
14 39 (17.18%) DNS
15 37 (16.30%) VLAN
16 36 (15.86%) IPv4
17 35 (15.42%) DHCP
18 34 (14.98%) IPsec
19 32 (14.10%) Internet
20 29 (12.78%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.41%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (0.88%) DB2
2 2 (0.88%) OLTP
2 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (2.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.88%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 33 (14.54%) Telecoms
2 28 (12.33%) Finance
3 15 (6.61%) Banking
4 13 (5.73%) Military
5 12 (5.29%) Retail
6 8 (3.52%) Billing
6 8 (3.52%) Multimedia
7 3 (1.32%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.32%) Legal
7 3 (1.32%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.88%) Games
8 2 (0.88%) Music Industry
8 2 (0.88%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Advertising
9 1 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.44%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 90 (39.65%) Network Engineer
2 51 (22.47%) Architect
3 34 (14.98%) Network Architect
4 25 (11.01%) Cisco Engineer
5 22 (9.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 20 (8.81%) Senior Network Engineer
7 16 (7.05%) Analyst
8 15 (6.61%) Network Analyst
9 13 (5.73%) Support Engineer
10 11 (4.85%) Cloud Architect
10 11 (4.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 11 (4.85%) Network Support
11 10 (4.41%) Cisco Architect
11 10 (4.41%) Cisco Network Architect
11 10 (4.41%) Designer
11 10 (4.41%) Network Support Engineer
11 10 (4.41%) Wireless Engineer
11 10 (4.41%) Wireless Network Engineer
12 9 (3.96%) Telecoms Architect
13 8 (3.52%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (16.74%) 802.1X
2 10 (4.41%) Web Services
3 7 (3.08%) SOAP
4 4 (1.76%) Middleware
5 3 (1.32%) JSON
6 2 (0.88%) .NET
6 2 (0.88%) COM
6 2 (0.88%) RFC 2544
6 2 (0.88%) XML
7 1 (0.44%) CGI
7 1 (0.44%) Core Data
7 1 (0.44%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (0.44%) RESTful
7 1 (0.44%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 81 (35.68%) Data Centre
2 41 (18.06%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (5.29%) Hybrid Cloud
4 11 (4.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 8 (3.52%) Clustering
5 8 (3.52%) IVR
5 8 (3.52%) Virtual Team
6 6 (2.64%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (2.20%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.76%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.32%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.88%) CMDB
10 2 (0.88%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.88%) NHS
10 2 (0.88%) PKI
10 2 (0.88%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.88%) Replication
10 2 (0.88%) Social Media
10 2 (0.88%) Social Network
10 2 (0.88%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 36 (15.86%) Windows
2 20 (8.81%) Linux
3 19 (8.37%) Windows Server
4 13 (5.73%) Unix
5 12 (5.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (4.85%) Windows 10
6 11 (4.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (3.08%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (1.32%) CentOS
10 2 (0.88%) FreeBSD
10 2 (0.88%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.44%) Android
11 1 (0.44%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (14.10%) Network Design
2 24 (10.57%) Migration
2 24 (10.57%) Network Management
3 22 (9.69%) ITIL
3 22 (9.69%) Load Balancing
3 22 (9.69%) Project Management
4 17 (7.49%) Continuous Improvement
5 16 (7.05%) High Availability
6 14 (6.17%) Network Monitoring
6 14 (6.17%) SOA
7 13 (5.73%) Time Management
8 12 (5.29%) People Management
9 11 (4.85%) Incident Management
10 9 (3.96%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (3.96%) CRM
10 9 (3.96%) Network Architecture
11 8 (3.52%) Change Management
11 8 (3.52%) Service Management
12 7 (3.08%) PRINCE2
12 7 (3.08%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (3.52%) Lisp
2 7 (3.08%) SQL
3 3 (1.32%) Perl
3 3 (1.32%) PowerShell
4 2 (0.88%) Python
5 1 (0.44%) C
5 1 (0.44%) Java
Qualifications
1 110 (48.46%) Cisco Certification
2 70 (30.84%) CCNP
3 63 (27.75%) CCIE
4 36 (15.86%) CCNA
5 26 (11.45%) JNCIE
6 15 (6.61%) Security Cleared
7 10 (4.41%) CCDP
8 7 (3.08%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 7 (3.08%) Degree
8 7 (3.08%) SC Cleared
9 6 (2.64%) JNCIP
9 6 (2.64%) JNCIS
10 4 (1.76%) MCSE
10 4 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.32%) APMP
11 3 (1.32%) CCSP
11 3 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (1.32%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.88%) CCIE Security
12 2 (0.88%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.08%) SLA
2 1 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.44%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 30 (13.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (11.45%) Active Directory
3 5 (2.20%) Hyper-V
3 5 (2.20%) vCloud
4 4 (1.76%) vSphere
5 3 (1.32%) Docker
5 3 (1.32%) NFS
6 2 (0.88%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (0.88%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.44%) DFS Replication
7 1 (0.44%) Firmware
7 1 (0.44%) KVM
7 1 (0.44%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.44%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.44%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.44%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (7.49%) Cisco Prime
2 12 (5.29%) FortiGate
3 8 (3.52%) Nagios
4 6 (2.64%) Cisco UCCX
5 5 (2.20%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (2.20%) ZABBIX
6 4 (1.76%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (1.32%) Cacti
7 3 (1.32%) Puppet
8 2 (0.88%) Ansible
8 2 (0.88%) Nessus
8 2 (0.88%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.44%) Cisco LMS
9 1 (0.44%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.44%) OpenView
9 1 (0.44%) RANCID
9 1 (0.44%) SCCM
9 1 (0.44%) Terraform
9 1 (0.44%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 164 (72.25%) Cisco
2 78 (34.36%) Juniper
3 45 (19.82%) CheckPoint
4 44 (19.38%) VMware
5 42 (18.50%) F5
6 33 (14.54%) Citrix
7 32 (14.10%) Fortinet
8 31 (13.66%) Palo Alto
9 28 (12.33%) SolarWinds
10 23 (10.13%) Microsoft
11 18 (7.93%) Avaya
12 15 (6.61%) HP
13 12 (5.29%) Arista
14 11 (4.85%) Salesforce.com
15 7 (3.08%) Aruba
15 7 (3.08%) Meraki
16 6 (2.64%) Riverbed
16 6 (2.64%) Tektronix
17 5 (2.20%) Aerohive Networks
18 4 (1.76%) NetScout
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