Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 186 151 196
Rank change year-on-year -35 +45 +14
Contract jobs citing MPLS 28 49 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.47% 0.84% 0.49%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.31% 5.68% 3.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 27 22
North West median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% -5.88%
10th Percentile £226 £163 £264
90th Percentile £500 £475 £913
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 0
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £67.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.88% - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 £14.41 £47.83
% change year-on-year +101.32% -69.88% -

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 846 863 1,102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.19% 14.79% 15.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 506 649
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £208 £206 £235
90th Percentile £563 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 64 57
North West median hourly rate £18.06 £14.83 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.82% -7.34% -4.99%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £42.88 £51.71 £40.90
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £23.00
% change year-on-year +10.50% -21.30% +15.00%

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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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -37 15 £305 -12.86% 15
Cheshire -3 7 £358 -18.29% 9
Merseyside +20 4 £450 +80.00% 2
Cumbria -10 2 £375 -6.25%
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England

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 25 (89.29%) Cisco
2 20 (71.43%) WAN
3 19 (67.86%) LAN
4 18 (64.29%) Firewall
5 16 (57.14%) VPN
6 14 (50.00%) TCP/IP
7 13 (46.43%) BGP
7 13 (46.43%) Windows
8 12 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (39.29%) OSPF
9 11 (39.29%) VoIP
9 11 (39.29%) VLAN
10 10 (35.71%) CCNP
11 9 (32.14%) Disaster Recovery
12 8 (28.57%) VMware
12 8 (28.57%) CCNA
12 8 (28.57%) Juniper
12 8 (28.57%) DNS
13 7 (25.00%) DHCP
13 7 (25.00%) Linux
13 7 (25.00%) Active Directory
14 6 (21.43%) SSL
14 6 (21.43%) SAN
14 6 (21.43%) ITIL
14 6 (21.43%) ISDN
14 6 (21.43%) Migration
14 6 (21.43%) Wireless
14 6 (21.43%) Cisco IOS
14 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
14 6 (21.43%) Office 365

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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 5 (17.86%) Skype for Business
2 2 (7.14%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (3.57%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 6 (21.43%) Office 365
2 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (71.43%) WAN
2 19 (67.86%) LAN
3 18 (64.29%) Firewall
4 16 (57.14%) VPN
5 14 (50.00%) TCP/IP
6 13 (46.43%) BGP
7 11 (39.29%) OSPF
7 11 (39.29%) VLAN
7 11 (39.29%) VoIP
8 8 (28.57%) DNS
9 7 (25.00%) DHCP
10 6 (21.43%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (21.43%) ISDN
10 6 (21.43%) SAN
10 6 (21.43%) SSL
10 6 (21.43%) Wireless
11 5 (17.86%) Cisco ASA
11 5 (17.86%) SNMP
12 4 (14.29%) IP Telephony
12 4 (14.29%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) MySQL
1 2 (7.14%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (7.14%) SQLite
2 1 (3.57%) Redis
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (10.71%) Jenkins
2 2 (7.14%) Git (software)
2 2 (7.14%) Robot Framework
3 1 (3.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (14.29%) Telecoms
2 2 (7.14%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (57.14%) Network Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Server Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Analyst
3 2 (7.14%) Architect
3 2 (7.14%) Automation Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (7.14%) Network Security Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Security Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Technical Architect
3 2 (7.14%) Test Analyst
4 1 (3.57%) Cisco Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Data Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Data Network Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Juniper Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Office 365 Architect
4 1 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) LDAP
2 2 (7.14%) Elastic Stack
2 2 (7.14%) XML
3 1 (3.57%) 802.1X
3 1 (3.57%) JSON
3 1 (3.57%) Kafka
3 1 (3.57%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (3.57%) REST
3 1 (3.57%) SOAP
3 1 (3.57%) Web Services
3 1 (3.57%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (14.29%) Computer Science
2 4 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 4 (14.29%) Public Cloud
2 4 (14.29%) Smartphone
3 2 (7.14%) CCTV
3 2 (7.14%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (3.57%) Algorithms
4 1 (3.57%) NHS
4 1 (3.57%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 13 (46.43%) Windows
2 7 (25.00%) Linux
3 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
4 2 (7.14%) CentOS
4 2 (7.14%) Debian
4 2 (7.14%) Ubuntu
4 2 (7.14%) Unix
4 2 (7.14%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (21.43%) ITIL
2 6 (21.43%) Migration
3 5 (17.86%) Network Design
4 4 (14.29%) Capacity Management
4 4 (14.29%) Informatics
4 4 (14.29%) ITSM
4 4 (14.29%) Network Management
4 4 (14.29%) Procure-to-Pay
4 4 (14.29%) Service Management
4 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 3 (10.71%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (7.14%) Coaching
6 2 (7.14%) Defect Management
6 2 (7.14%) DevOps
6 2 (7.14%) Infrastructure Management
6 2 (7.14%) Mentoring
6 2 (7.14%) Risk Analysis
6 2 (7.14%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (7.14%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 4 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 2 (7.14%) Bourne shell
2 2 (7.14%) Java
2 2 (7.14%) Perl
2 2 (7.14%) PHP
2 2 (7.14%) Python
2 2 (7.14%) Ruby
3 1 (3.57%) C
3 1 (3.57%) SQL
3 1 (3.57%) XPath
Qualifications
1 12 (42.86%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (35.71%) CCNP
3 8 (28.57%) CCNA
4 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
5 4 (14.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (14.29%) Degree
5 4 (14.29%) ISEB
5 4 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (14.29%) SC Cleared
6 1 (3.57%) HP APS
6 1 (3.57%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) QA
System Software
1 7 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (17.86%) Hyper-V
2 5 (17.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.14%) Docker
3 2 (7.14%) KVM
4 1 (3.57%) ProxySG
4 1 (3.57%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (10.71%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (10.71%) Puppet
3 2 (7.14%) Ansible
3 2 (7.14%) Cacti
3 2 (7.14%) collectd
3 2 (7.14%) Grafana
3 2 (7.14%) Graphite
3 2 (7.14%) Icinga
3 2 (7.14%) Kibana
3 2 (7.14%) logstash
3 2 (7.14%) Nagios
3 2 (7.14%) Netcool
3 2 (7.14%) Observium
3 2 (7.14%) OpenNMS
3 2 (7.14%) Prometheus
3 2 (7.14%) Salt
3 2 (7.14%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 25 (89.29%) Cisco
2 8 (28.57%) Juniper
2 8 (28.57%) VMware
3 4 (14.29%) CheckPoint
4 3 (10.71%) Arista
5 2 (7.14%) Ericsson
5 2 (7.14%) HP
5 2 (7.14%) Huawei
5 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
5 2 (7.14%) Red Hat
5 2 (7.14%) Splunk
6 1 (3.57%) arcserve
6 1 (3.57%) Blue Coat
6 1 (3.57%) Brocade
6 1 (3.57%) Fortinet
6 1 (3.57%) Meraki
6 1 (3.57%) Nokia
6 1 (3.57%) Palo Alto
6 1 (3.57%) SolarWinds
6 1 (3.57%) Sophos