The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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)
North West / Manchester
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 71 88 82
Rank change year-on-year +17 -6  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 19 13 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.38% 0.71% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.79% 4.73% 5.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 4
Median daily rate £257 £425 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -39.64% +12.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £265 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £1,100 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £40.00
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 Manchester with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 194 275 213
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 14.09% 15.00% 14.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 147 108
Median daily rate £350 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 8 17
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.00 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.23% -34.69%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £9.79 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £35.85 £40.00
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 Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in Manchester

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in Manchester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in Manchester

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 Manchester region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 28 (75.68%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (64.86%) Firewall
3 20 (54.05%) Cisco
4 15 (40.54%) CCNP
4 15 (40.54%) Network Security
5 14 (37.84%) Fortinet
6 13 (35.14%) VPN
7 12 (32.43%) CCSP
7 12 (32.43%) VLAN
7 12 (32.43%) FortiGate
8 10 (27.03%) Cisco IOS
8 10 (27.03%) Juniper
9 9 (24.32%) OSPF
9 9 (24.32%) WAN
9 9 (24.32%) JNCIP
9 9 (24.32%) Network Design
10 7 (18.92%) JNCIE
10 7 (18.92%) CCIE
10 7 (18.92%) Network Architecture
11 6 (16.22%) F5
11 6 (16.22%) CCIE Service Provider
11 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
11 6 (16.22%) LAN
11 6 (16.22%) Disaster Recovery
12 5 (13.51%) IPsec
12 5 (13.51%) ITIL
12 5 (13.51%) Windows
12 5 (13.51%) DHCP
12 5 (13.51%) DNS
12 5 (13.51%) SSL

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 24 (64.86%) Firewall
2 15 (40.54%) Network Security
3 13 (35.14%) VPN
4 12 (32.43%) VLAN
5 10 (27.03%) Cisco IOS
6 9 (24.32%) OSPF
6 9 (24.32%) WAN
7 6 (16.22%) LAN
7 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
8 5 (13.51%) BGP
8 5 (13.51%) DHCP
8 5 (13.51%) DNS
8 5 (13.51%) IPsec
8 5 (13.51%) NX-OS
8 5 (13.51%) SSL
9 4 (10.81%) Wireless
10 3 (8.11%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (8.11%) PBX
10 3 (8.11%) VPLS
11 2 (5.41%) Spanning Tree
General
1 4 (10.81%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (62.16%) Network Engineer
2 19 (51.35%) Design Engineer
3 14 (37.84%) Network Security Engineer
3 14 (37.84%) Security Engineer
4 12 (32.43%) Firewall Engineer
4 12 (32.43%) Implementation Engineer
4 12 (32.43%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 7 (18.92%) Juniper Engineer
6 6 (16.22%) IP Design Engineer
6 6 (16.22%) IP Engineer
7 4 (10.81%) Analyst
7 4 (10.81%) Cisco Engineer
7 4 (10.81%) Network Specialist
7 4 (10.81%) Telecoms Engineer
8 3 (8.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 3 (8.11%) Network Analyst
9 2 (5.41%) Architect
9 2 (5.41%) Network Architect
9 2 (5.41%) Senior Network Engineer
9 2 (5.41%) Senior Security Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) Greenfield Project
1 3 (8.11%) Smartphone
2 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.41%) NHS
3 1 (2.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.70%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.51%) Windows
2 3 (8.11%) Linux
2 3 (8.11%) Unix
2 3 (8.11%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (24.32%) Network Design
2 7 (18.92%) Network Architecture
3 6 (16.22%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (13.51%) ITIL
4 5 (13.51%) Load Balancing
5 3 (8.11%) Informatics
5 3 (8.11%) ITSM
5 3 (8.11%) Network Monitoring
5 3 (8.11%) Service Management
6 2 (5.41%) Mentoring
7 1 (2.70%) Customer Requirements
7 1 (2.70%) Migration
7 1 (2.70%) Project Management
Qualifications
1 28 (75.68%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (40.54%) CCNP
3 12 (32.43%) CCSP
4 9 (24.32%) JNCIP
5 7 (18.92%) CCIE
5 7 (18.92%) JNCIE
6 6 (16.22%) CCIE Service Provider
7 4 (10.81%) CCNA
8 3 (8.11%) ISEB
8 3 (8.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (2.70%) CCDP
9 1 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (2.70%) Degree
9 1 (2.70%) JNCIA
9 1 (2.70%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.70%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (8.11%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 12 (32.43%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 20 (54.05%) Cisco
2 14 (37.84%) Fortinet
3 10 (27.03%) Juniper
4 6 (16.22%) F5
5 4 (10.81%) CheckPoint
6 3 (8.11%) Aruba
6 3 (8.11%) Palo Alto
6 3 (8.11%) VMware
7 1 (2.70%) Brocade
7 1 (2.70%) Ericsson
7 1 (2.70%) Foundry
7 1 (2.70%) Huawei
7 1 (2.70%) Riverbed
7 1 (2.70%) SolarWinds
7 1 (2.70%) ZyXEL