Period
to 25 January 2022

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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 434 325 347
Rank change year-on-year -109 +22 +54
Contract jobs citing MPLS 158 75 167
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.42% 0.42% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.25% 4.21% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 59 119
10th Percentile £400 £293 £300
25th Percentile £478 £375 £361
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +5.88% -5.56%
75th Percentile £569 £522 £530
90th Percentile £600 £578 £550
England median daily rate £495 £450 £405
% change year-on-year +10.00% +11.11% -1.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
10th Percentile £23.25 - £26.66
25th Percentile £24.38 £61.25 £36.04
Median hourly rate £27.50 £62.50 £43.75
Median % change year-on-year -56.00% +42.86% -27.08%
75th Percentile £28.75 £63.75 £48.44
90th Percentile - - £50.13
England median hourly rate £27.50 £19.50 £42.46
% change year-on-year +41.03% -54.07% +58.73%

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 3,714 1,781 3,314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.89% 10.06% 11.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,582 1,216 2,327
10th Percentile £300 £258 £183
25th Percentile £425 £375 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £475 £435
Median % change year-on-year +15.79% +9.20% -3.33%
75th Percentile £650 £575 £550
90th Percentile £750 £650 £650
England median daily rate £500 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 15 92
10th Percentile £12.27 £21.55 £14.03
25th Percentile £16.08 £22.75 £16.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year - +21.95% -7.87%
75th Percentile £40.75 £49.00 £44.06
90th Percentile £63.30 £61.45 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.50 £32.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -33.85% +54.76% +16.67%

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

MPLS
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 25 January 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 25 January 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 -42 21 £525 +5.00% 5
MPLS
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 105 (66.46%) BGP
2 96 (60.76%) Cisco
3 72 (45.57%) Firewall
4 56 (35.44%) Cisco Certification
5 49 (31.01%) Nokia
5 49 (31.01%) VPN
6 46 (29.11%) WAN
7 42 (26.58%) OSPF
8 38 (24.05%) Azure
9 37 (23.42%) Migration
9 37 (23.42%) F5
10 36 (22.78%) Social Skills
11 34 (21.52%) IOS XR
12 30 (18.99%) Data Centre
12 30 (18.99%) Windows
12 30 (18.99%) CCNP
12 30 (18.99%) VLAN
13 29 (18.35%) Network Design
13 29 (18.35%) SD-WAN
14 28 (17.72%) Ethernet VPN
14 28 (17.72%) CCIE
14 28 (17.72%) Citrix
15 27 (17.09%) Finance
16 26 (16.46%) VPLS
17 25 (15.82%) Cisco IOS
18 24 (15.19%) Security Cleared
18 24 (15.19%) LAN
19 23 (14.56%) SC Cleared
19 23 (14.56%) Network Security
20 22 (13.92%) Microsoft

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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 (5.70%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.53%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.27%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.63%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.27%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 38 (24.05%) Azure
2 21 (13.29%) Microsoft 365
3 15 (9.49%) AWS
4 9 (5.70%) Mimecast
5 5 (3.16%) SaaS
6 2 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (0.63%) IaaS
7 1 (0.63%) PaaS
7 1 (0.63%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 105 (66.46%) BGP
2 72 (45.57%) Firewall
3 49 (31.01%) VPN
4 46 (29.11%) WAN
5 42 (26.58%) OSPF
6 34 (21.52%) IOS XR
7 30 (18.99%) VLAN
8 29 (18.35%) SD-WAN
9 28 (17.72%) Ethernet VPN
10 26 (16.46%) VPLS
11 25 (15.82%) Cisco IOS
12 24 (15.19%) LAN
13 23 (14.56%) Network Security
14 22 (13.92%) EIGRP
15 20 (12.66%) DNS
15 20 (12.66%) RSVP
16 19 (12.03%) NX-OS
17 18 (11.39%) Wireless
18 16 (10.13%) Internet
18 16 (10.13%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 3 (1.90%) JIRA
2 1 (0.63%) Git (software)
General
1 36 (22.78%) Social Skills
2 27 (17.09%) Finance
3 18 (11.39%) Telecoms
4 7 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (4.43%) Banking
5 4 (2.53%) Presentation Skills
6 2 (1.27%) Local Government
7 1 (0.63%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 71 (44.94%) Network Engineer
2 23 (14.56%) IP Engineer
3 19 (12.03%) Design Engineer
4 18 (11.39%) Project Manager
5 16 (10.13%) IP Network Engineer
6 13 (8.23%) Cisco Engineer
6 13 (8.23%) Cloud Engineer
6 13 (8.23%) Security Engineer
7 11 (6.96%) Cisco Design Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Infrastructure Manager
8 10 (6.33%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 10 (6.33%) IP Design Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Network Design Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) Senior Network Engineer
9 8 (5.06%) Architect
9 8 (5.06%) Azure Engineer
10 7 (4.43%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (4.43%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (4.43%) Principal Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.23%) Jinja
1 13 (8.23%) JSON
1 13 (8.23%) XML
2 1 (0.63%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.63%) CSS
2 1 (0.63%) Middleware
2 1 (0.63%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (18.99%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.70%) Fat Client
2 9 (5.70%) Hybrid Cloud
2 9 (5.70%) Thin Client
3 8 (5.06%) Public Cloud
4 7 (4.43%) Fibre Optics
5 4 (2.53%) CCTV
6 3 (1.90%) User Experience
7 2 (1.27%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.27%) Over-the-Top Content
7 2 (1.27%) PKI
7 2 (1.27%) SCADA
8 1 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.63%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.63%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.63%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.63%) PMI
8 1 (0.63%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 30 (18.99%) Windows
2 11 (6.96%) Apple iOS
3 9 (5.70%) Windows 10
3 9 (5.70%) Windows 7
4 4 (2.53%) Linux
5 2 (1.27%) CatOS
5 2 (1.27%) Unix
6 1 (0.63%) Android
6 1 (0.63%) CentOS
6 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.63%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (23.42%) Migration
2 29 (18.35%) Network Design
3 19 (12.03%) Email Migration
4 18 (11.39%) Project Delivery
5 17 (10.76%) Stakeholder Management
6 16 (10.13%) DevOps
7 15 (9.49%) PRINCE2
8 13 (8.23%) Network Architecture
8 13 (8.23%) Test Planning
9 10 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 10 (6.33%) Network Management
9 10 (6.33%) Network Monitoring
10 9 (5.70%) Computer Science
10 9 (5.70%) Identity Management
10 9 (5.70%) ITIL
10 9 (5.70%) Mobile Device Management
10 9 (5.70%) Patch Management
10 9 (5.70%) Time Management
11 8 (5.06%) Scrum
11 8 (5.06%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (13.29%) Python
2 6 (3.80%) Perl
3 1 (0.63%) Bash
3 1 (0.63%) Go
3 1 (0.63%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 56 (35.44%) Cisco Certification
2 30 (18.99%) CCNP
3 28 (17.72%) CCIE
4 24 (15.19%) Security Cleared
5 23 (14.56%) SC Cleared
6 11 (6.96%) CCIE Service Provider
7 10 (6.33%) CCNA
8 9 (5.70%) Degree
9 8 (5.06%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 6 (3.80%) CCIE Security
11 4 (2.53%) CCIP
11 4 (2.53%) PMP
12 3 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (1.90%) CCDP
12 3 (1.90%) JNCIA
13 2 (1.27%) BC Cleared
13 2 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (1.27%) JNCIE
14 1 (0.63%) JNCIP
14 1 (0.63%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.96%) SLA
2 2 (1.27%) QA
System Software
1 20 (12.66%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.80%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.63%) Kamailio
4 1 (0.63%) KVM
4 1 (0.63%) LXC
4 1 (0.63%) OpenSIPS
4 1 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.63%) Xen
Systems Management
1 12 (7.59%) Nagios
2 8 (5.06%) Ansible
2 8 (5.06%) FortiGate
3 4 (2.53%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (2.53%) Prometheus
3 4 (2.53%) ZABBIX
4 3 (1.90%) Cisco UCCX
5 2 (1.27%) SCCM
6 1 (0.63%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.63%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.63%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.63%) OPNET
Vendors
1 96 (60.76%) Cisco
2 49 (31.01%) Nokia
3 37 (23.42%) F5
4 28 (17.72%) Citrix
5 22 (13.92%) Microsoft
6 19 (12.03%) Fortinet
7 18 (11.39%) CheckPoint
7 18 (11.39%) Juniper
7 18 (11.39%) VMware
8 14 (8.86%) Palo Alto
8 14 (8.86%) SolarWinds
9 10 (6.33%) Huawei
10 9 (5.70%) Aruba
10 9 (5.70%) Okta
11 8 (5.06%) Infoblox
12 5 (3.16%) Alcatel-Lucent
12 5 (3.16%) Meraki
13 4 (2.53%) NetScout
13 4 (2.53%) Oracle
13 4 (2.53%) Splunk