Period
to 18 December 2018

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 18 December 2018 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 183 169 196
Rank change year-on-year -14 +27 +26
Contract jobs citing MPLS 28 36 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.46% 0.63% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.37% 4.89% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 23 16
North West median daily rate £325 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -6.25% -
10th Percentile £190 £211 £325
90th Percentile £433 £475 £631
England median daily rate £413 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
North West median hourly rate £29.00 - -
England median hourly rate £27.50 £13.50 £29.61
% change year-on-year +103.70% -54.41% -34.20%

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 831 736 947
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.78% 12.92% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 501 464 575
North West median daily rate £400 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.96% -5.63% +2.56%
10th Percentile £204 £160 £213
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.81% +0.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 52 53
North West median hourly rate £18.25 £18.13 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +0.69% +3.87%
10th Percentile £12.27 £11.03 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.20 £44.62 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.38
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.08% +9.15%

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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 18 December 2018.

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 18 December 2018. 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 -31 16 £294 -16.07% 8
Merseyside - 5 £455 - 1
Cheshire +2 3 £350 -17.65% 3
Cumbria -2 2 £375 -16.67%
Lancashire - 2 £288 - 2
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England

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, 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 23 (82.14%) Cisco
2 17 (60.71%) WAN
3 15 (53.57%) Firewall
4 14 (50.00%) LAN
5 12 (42.86%) TCP/IP
5 12 (42.86%) VPN
6 11 (39.29%) CCNP
6 11 (39.29%) BGP
6 11 (39.29%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (32.14%) OSPF
7 9 (32.14%) Windows
7 9 (32.14%) Wireless
7 9 (32.14%) VLAN
8 8 (28.57%) Cisco ASA
8 8 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
9 7 (25.00%) VoIP
9 7 (25.00%) SSL
10 6 (21.43%) DNS
10 6 (21.43%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (21.43%) VMware
11 5 (17.86%) IPsec
11 5 (17.86%) Office 365
11 5 (17.86%) DHCP
11 5 (17.86%) CCNA
11 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
11 5 (17.86%) ISDN
11 5 (17.86%) Juniper
11 5 (17.86%) CheckPoint
12 4 (14.29%) Internet
12 4 (14.29%) SAN

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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 2 (7.14%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.57%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.86%) Office 365
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 17 (60.71%) WAN
2 15 (53.57%) Firewall
3 14 (50.00%) LAN
4 12 (42.86%) TCP/IP
4 12 (42.86%) VPN
5 11 (39.29%) BGP
6 9 (32.14%) OSPF
6 9 (32.14%) VLAN
6 9 (32.14%) Wireless
7 8 (28.57%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (28.57%) Cisco Nexus
8 7 (25.00%) SSL
8 7 (25.00%) VoIP
9 6 (21.43%) Cisco IOS
9 6 (21.43%) DNS
10 5 (17.86%) DHCP
10 5 (17.86%) IPsec
10 5 (17.86%) ISDN
11 4 (14.29%) ADSL
11 4 (14.29%) Ethernet
Development Applications
1 1 (3.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (14.29%) Finance
2 2 (7.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (64.29%) Network Engineer
2 2 (7.14%) 1st/2nd Line Support
2 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (7.14%) Analyst
2 2 (7.14%) Architect
2 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
2 2 (7.14%) Technical Architect
2 2 (7.14%) Test Analyst
3 1 (3.57%) Cisco Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Manager
3 1 (3.57%) Office 365 Architect
3 1 (3.57%) Project Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Project Manager
3 1 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Server Engineer
3 1 (3.57%) Service Desk Support
3 1 (3.57%) VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.14%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.57%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.14%) CCTV
2 2 (7.14%) Driving Licence
2 2 (7.14%) Smartphone
3 1 (3.57%) Algorithms
3 1 (3.57%) Fat Client
3 1 (3.57%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) NHS
3 1 (3.57%) Public Cloud
3 1 (3.57%) Replication
3 1 (3.57%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 9 (32.14%) Windows
2 3 (10.71%) Windows 10
3 1 (3.57%) Linux
3 1 (3.57%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.57%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (14.29%) Migration
1 4 (14.29%) Project Management
2 3 (10.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 3 (10.71%) ITIL
2 3 (10.71%) Network Management
2 3 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (7.14%) Coaching
3 2 (7.14%) Defect Management
3 2 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Management
3 2 (7.14%) ITSM
3 2 (7.14%) Mentoring
3 2 (7.14%) Network Design
3 2 (7.14%) Network Monitoring
3 2 (7.14%) Proactive Monitoring
3 2 (7.14%) Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (7.14%) Risk Management
3 2 (7.14%) Service Management
3 2 (7.14%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (7.14%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.57%) C
Qualifications
1 11 (39.29%) CCNP
1 11 (39.29%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (17.86%) CCNA
3 3 (10.71%) Security Cleared
4 2 (7.14%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (7.14%) Degree
4 2 (7.14%) HP APS
4 2 (7.14%) ISEB
4 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (3.57%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) GDPR
1 2 (7.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (17.86%) Active Directory
2 3 (10.71%) Hyper-V
2 3 (10.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.14%) Firmware
4 1 (3.57%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (3.57%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 23 (82.14%) Cisco
2 6 (21.43%) VMware
3 5 (17.86%) CheckPoint
3 5 (17.86%) Juniper
4 4 (14.29%) HP
5 3 (10.71%) Arista
5 3 (10.71%) Microsoft
6 2 (7.14%) Citrix
6 2 (7.14%) Civica
6 2 (7.14%) Dell
6 2 (7.14%) IPFX
6 2 (7.14%) jetNEXUS
6 2 (7.14%) Nokia
6 2 (7.14%) Sophos
6 2 (7.14%) Symantec
6 2 (7.14%) WatchGuard
6 2 (7.14%) Wyse
7 1 (3.57%) Extreme Networks
7 1 (3.57%) F5
7 1 (3.57%) Meraki