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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 95 72
Rank change year-on-year +26 -23  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 18 7 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.36% 0.39% 1.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.05% 2.82% 10.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 5
Median daily rate £255 £600 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -57.50% +118.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £590 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £795 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £363 £323
% change year-on-year +2.06% +12.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £44.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -31.81% +6.66%  

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 199 248 234
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 15.03% 13.80% 14.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 132 119
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £534 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 10 12
Median hourly rate £15.50 £17.30 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.40% -16.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £48.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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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 30 March 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 30 March 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 24 (96.00%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (84.00%) Firewall
3 16 (64.00%) FortiGate
4 15 (60.00%) Network Security
5 14 (56.00%) Fortinet
5 14 (56.00%) CCSP
6 8 (32.00%) Cisco
7 7 (28.00%) CCNP
8 6 (24.00%) VPN
8 6 (24.00%) WAN
9 5 (20.00%) VLAN
9 5 (20.00%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (16.00%) VPLS
10 4 (16.00%) Network Design
10 4 (16.00%) Wireless
10 4 (16.00%) Juniper
10 4 (16.00%) CheckPoint
10 4 (16.00%) OSPF
11 3 (12.00%) BGP
11 3 (12.00%) CCIE
11 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
11 3 (12.00%) Unix
11 3 (12.00%) Windows
11 3 (12.00%) Linux
11 3 (12.00%) LAN
11 3 (12.00%) CCDP
11 3 (12.00%) VMware
11 3 (12.00%) JNCIP
11 3 (12.00%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (12.00%) Hyper-V

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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:

Communications & Networking
1 21 (84.00%) Firewall
2 15 (60.00%) Network Security
3 6 (24.00%) VPN
3 6 (24.00%) WAN
4 5 (20.00%) Cisco IOS
4 5 (20.00%) VLAN
5 4 (16.00%) OSPF
5 4 (16.00%) VPLS
5 4 (16.00%) Wireless
6 3 (12.00%) BGP
6 3 (12.00%) Cisco ASA
6 3 (12.00%) LAN
6 3 (12.00%) NX-OS
6 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
7 2 (8.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 2 (8.00%) DHCP
7 2 (8.00%) DNS
7 2 (8.00%) IPsec
7 2 (8.00%) SSL
8 1 (4.00%) VoIP
General
1 2 (8.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (80.00%) Network Engineer
2 15 (60.00%) Design Engineer
3 14 (56.00%) Firewall Engineer
3 14 (56.00%) Implementation Engineer
3 14 (56.00%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 14 (56.00%) Network Security Engineer
3 14 (56.00%) Security Engineer
4 4 (16.00%) Cisco Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Analyst
5 3 (12.00%) Architect
5 3 (12.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 3 (12.00%) Network Analyst
5 3 (12.00%) Network Architect
5 3 (12.00%) Network Specialist
6 2 (8.00%) Cisco Design Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) Juniper Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) LAN Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) LAN/WAN Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) Telecoms Engineer
6 2 (8.00%) WAN Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) NHS
2 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.00%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.00%) Linux
1 3 (12.00%) Unix
1 3 (12.00%) Windows
1 3 (12.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (16.00%) Network Design
2 3 (12.00%) Network Monitoring
3 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (8.00%) Informatics
3 2 (8.00%) ITIL
3 2 (8.00%) ITSM
3 2 (8.00%) Load Balancing
3 2 (8.00%) Migration
3 2 (8.00%) Network Architecture
3 2 (8.00%) Service Management
4 1 (4.00%) Customer Requirements
Qualifications
1 24 (96.00%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (56.00%) CCSP
3 7 (28.00%) CCNP
4 3 (12.00%) CCDP
4 3 (12.00%) CCIE
4 3 (12.00%) JNCIP
5 2 (8.00%) CCNA
5 2 (8.00%) ISEB
5 2 (8.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (4.00%) JNCIE
6 1 (4.00%) JNCIS
System Software
1 3 (12.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 16 (64.00%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 14 (56.00%) Fortinet
2 8 (32.00%) Cisco
3 4 (16.00%) CheckPoint
3 4 (16.00%) Juniper
4 3 (12.00%) Aruba
4 3 (12.00%) F5
4 3 (12.00%) Palo Alto
4 3 (12.00%) VMware
5 1 (4.00%) Brocade
5 1 (4.00%) Ericsson
5 1 (4.00%) Foundry
5 1 (4.00%) Huawei
5 1 (4.00%) Riverbed
5 1 (4.00%) ZyXEL