The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 26 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 / North West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 144 130
Rank change year-on-year +28 -14  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 26 21 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.88% 0.56% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.65% 3.66% 4.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 13 6
Median daily rate £288 £400 £456
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.12% -12.32%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £283 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £1,033 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £373
% change year-on-year - +0.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Median hourly rate £67.25 - £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 the North West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 460 574 475
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 15.60% 15.30% 12.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 324 240
Median daily rate £375 £382 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.70% +17.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 24 44
Median hourly rate £19.50 £14.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.28% -20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the North West over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the North West

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Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 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
Manchester +20 20 £257 -39.64% 12
Cheshire +22 2 - - 1
Cumbria - 2 £363 -
Lancashire +4 1 £250 -9.09% 1
Merseyside -6 1 £250 -37.50%
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England

For the 6 months to 26 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 North West region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 30 (63.83%) Firewall
2 29 (61.70%) Cisco Certification
3 28 (59.57%) Cisco
4 17 (36.17%) WAN
5 16 (34.04%) VPN
5 16 (34.04%) CCNP
6 15 (31.91%) Juniper
7 14 (29.79%) LAN
8 13 (27.66%) VLAN
8 13 (27.66%) Network Security
9 12 (25.53%) Fortinet
10 11 (23.40%) Network Design
11 10 (21.28%) Cisco IOS
11 10 (21.28%) FortiGate
11 10 (21.28%) CCSP
11 10 (21.28%) Windows
12 9 (19.15%) DHCP
12 9 (19.15%) DNS
12 9 (19.15%) OSPF
12 9 (19.15%) JNCIP
13 8 (17.02%) JNCIE
13 8 (17.02%) BGP
13 8 (17.02%) CheckPoint
13 8 (17.02%) TCP/IP
13 8 (17.02%) Windows Server
14 7 (14.89%) CCIE
14 7 (14.89%) ITIL
14 7 (14.89%) CCNA
14 7 (14.89%) Disaster Recovery
14 7 (14.89%) VMware

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 3 (6.38%) SAS
2 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.13%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (8.51%) Office 365
3 2 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (63.83%) Firewall
2 17 (36.17%) WAN
3 16 (34.04%) VPN
4 14 (29.79%) LAN
5 13 (27.66%) Network Security
5 13 (27.66%) VLAN
6 10 (21.28%) Cisco IOS
7 9 (19.15%) DHCP
7 9 (19.15%) DNS
7 9 (19.15%) OSPF
8 8 (17.02%) BGP
8 8 (17.02%) TCP/IP
9 6 (12.77%) Wireless
10 5 (10.64%) IPsec
10 5 (10.64%) NX-OS
10 5 (10.64%) SSL
11 4 (8.51%) Internet
11 4 (8.51%) ISDN
11 4 (8.51%) VoIP
11 4 (8.51%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (8.51%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (51.06%) Network Engineer
2 17 (36.17%) Design Engineer
3 12 (25.53%) Network Security Engineer
3 12 (25.53%) Security Engineer
4 10 (21.28%) Firewall Engineer
4 10 (21.28%) Implementation Engineer
4 10 (21.28%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 8 (17.02%) Architect
5 8 (17.02%) Network Architect
6 7 (14.89%) Juniper Engineer
7 6 (12.77%) IP Design Engineer
7 6 (12.77%) IP Engineer
8 4 (8.51%) Analyst
8 4 (8.51%) Cisco Engineer
8 4 (8.51%) Network Specialist
8 4 (8.51%) Telecoms Engineer
9 3 (6.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 3 (6.38%) Network Analyst
10 2 (4.26%) Senior Network Engineer
10 2 (4.26%) Senior Security Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.38%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.38%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (6.38%) Microsoft Licensing
2 3 (6.38%) Smartphone
3 2 (4.26%) NHS
3 2 (4.26%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.13%) BYOD
4 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.13%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.13%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.13%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.28%) Windows
2 8 (17.02%) Windows Server
3 5 (10.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (6.38%) Linux
4 3 (6.38%) Unix
5 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (23.40%) Network Design
2 7 (14.89%) Disaster Recovery
2 7 (14.89%) ITIL
2 7 (14.89%) Network Architecture
3 6 (12.77%) Load Balancing
4 4 (8.51%) Migration
5 3 (6.38%) CRM
5 3 (6.38%) Informatics
5 3 (6.38%) ITSM
5 3 (6.38%) Network Monitoring
5 3 (6.38%) Service Management
5 3 (6.38%) Software Licensing
6 2 (4.26%) Change Management
6 2 (4.26%) E-Commerce
6 2 (4.26%) Mentoring
7 1 (2.13%) Capacity Management
7 1 (2.13%) Customer Requirements
7 1 (2.13%) High Availability
7 1 (2.13%) Project Management
7 1 (2.13%) SIEM
Qualifications
1 29 (61.70%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (34.04%) CCNP
3 10 (21.28%) CCSP
4 9 (19.15%) JNCIP
5 8 (17.02%) JNCIE
6 7 (14.89%) CCIE
6 7 (14.89%) CCNA
7 6 (12.77%) CCIE Service Provider
8 5 (10.64%) SC Cleared
8 5 (10.64%) Security Cleared
9 3 (6.38%) ISEB
9 3 (6.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (4.26%) JNCIA
11 1 (2.13%) CCDP
11 1 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (2.13%) Degree
11 1 (2.13%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.13%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (14.89%) Hyper-V
2 4 (8.51%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (21.28%) FortiGate
2 3 (6.38%) vMotion
Vendors
1 28 (59.57%) Cisco
2 15 (31.91%) Juniper
3 12 (25.53%) Fortinet
4 8 (17.02%) CheckPoint
5 7 (14.89%) VMware
6 6 (12.77%) F5
7 4 (8.51%) Microsoft
7 4 (8.51%) Palo Alto
8 3 (6.38%) Aruba
8 3 (6.38%) Dell
8 3 (6.38%) HP
8 3 (6.38%) NETGEAR
8 3 (6.38%) SonicWALL
9 1 (2.13%) Brocade
9 1 (2.13%) BT
9 1 (2.13%) Foundry
9 1 (2.13%) Huawei
9 1 (2.13%) Riverbed
9 1 (2.13%) SolarWinds
9 1 (2.13%) ZyXEL