Period
to 23 April 2019

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 6 months to 23 April 2019 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
6 months to
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 192 197 169
Rank change year-on-year +5 -28 +36
Contract jobs citing MPLS 20 22 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.36% 0.38% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.20% 3.04% 4.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 17 12
North West median daily rate £331 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.14% +5.33% -37.50%
10th Percentile £153 £275 £167
90th Percentile £481 £480 £566
England median daily rate £425 £438 £400
% change year-on-year -2.86% +9.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
North West median hourly rate £25.67 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.02% - -
England median hourly rate £25.67 £32.50 £21.56
% change year-on-year -21.02% +50.78% -49.87%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 625 724 799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.32% 12.54% 14.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 415 464
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% -4.85%
10th Percentile £208 £187 £235
90th Percentile £600 £600 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 80 61
North West median hourly rate £17.46 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.79% +3.13% -31.40%
10th Percentile £12.42 £10.76 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.13 £37.50 £49.50
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% -6.98% -14.00%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 23 April 2019.

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 6 months to 23 April 2019. 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
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +16 14 £309 -11.79% 6
Cheshire +6 4 £413 +17.86%
Lancashire - 2 £288 - 2
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England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, 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 North West region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 14 (70.00%) Cisco
2 11 (55.00%) WAN
3 8 (40.00%) VPN
3 8 (40.00%) Firewall
4 7 (35.00%) Windows
4 7 (35.00%) LAN
4 7 (35.00%) TCP/IP
4 7 (35.00%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (30.00%) PBX
5 6 (30.00%) ITIL
5 6 (30.00%) DNS
5 6 (30.00%) Data Centre
6 5 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (25.00%) VLAN
6 5 (25.00%) DHCP
6 5 (25.00%) CCNP
6 5 (25.00%) Project Management
6 5 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (20.00%) VMware
7 4 (20.00%) BGP
7 4 (20.00%) CCNA
7 4 (20.00%) Office 365
7 4 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (20.00%) IP Telephony
8 3 (15.00%) Civica
8 3 (15.00%) Smartphone
8 3 (15.00%) Network Design
8 3 (15.00%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (15.00%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (15.00%) Driving Licence

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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 (15.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (10.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (20.00%) Office 365
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (55.00%) WAN
2 8 (40.00%) Firewall
2 8 (40.00%) VPN
3 7 (35.00%) LAN
3 7 (35.00%) TCP/IP
4 6 (30.00%) DNS
4 6 (30.00%) PBX
5 5 (25.00%) DHCP
5 5 (25.00%) VLAN
5 5 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (20.00%) BGP
6 4 (20.00%) IP Telephony
7 3 (15.00%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (15.00%) CTI
7 3 (15.00%) IPsec
7 3 (15.00%) ISDN
7 3 (15.00%) SSL
7 3 (15.00%) VoIP
7 3 (15.00%) Wireless
7 3 (15.00%) WLAN
General
1 2 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (5.00%) Back Office
2 1 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (60.00%) Network Engineer
2 3 (15.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
2 3 (15.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (10.00%) Architect
3 2 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Network Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Cisco Support
4 1 (5.00%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Implementation Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Network Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Network Security Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Network Support
4 1 (5.00%) Network Support Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Security Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (30.00%) Data Centre
2 5 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (15.00%) Driving Licence
3 3 (15.00%) Smartphone
4 1 (5.00%) Fat Client
4 1 (5.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 7 (35.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (5.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) ITIL
2 5 (25.00%) Project Management
3 3 (15.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (15.00%) Migration
3 3 (15.00%) Network Design
3 3 (15.00%) Workflow
4 2 (10.00%) Change Management
4 2 (10.00%) Computer Science
4 2 (10.00%) Informatics
4 2 (10.00%) ITSM
4 2 (10.00%) Network Management
4 2 (10.00%) Proactive Monitoring
4 2 (10.00%) Problem Management
4 2 (10.00%) Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (10.00%) Service Management
5 1 (5.00%) BCP
5 1 (5.00%) DevOps
5 1 (5.00%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
5 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 7 (35.00%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (25.00%) CCNP
3 4 (20.00%) CCNA
4 2 (10.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (10.00%) Degree
4 2 (10.00%) ISEB
4 2 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) GDPR
1 2 (10.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (15.00%) Firmware
3 2 (10.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (10.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 14 (70.00%) Cisco
2 4 (20.00%) VMware
3 3 (15.00%) Citrix
3 3 (15.00%) Civica
3 3 (15.00%) Dell
3 3 (15.00%) IPFX
3 3 (15.00%) Sophos
3 3 (15.00%) Wyse
4 2 (10.00%) CheckPoint
4 2 (10.00%) jetNEXUS
4 2 (10.00%) Meraki
4 2 (10.00%) Symantec
4 2 (10.00%) WatchGuard
5 1 (5.00%) Arista
5 1 (5.00%) Aruba
5 1 (5.00%) Extreme Networks
5 1 (5.00%) F5
5 1 (5.00%) HP
5 1 (5.00%) Juniper
5 1 (5.00%) SolarWinds