Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 165 196 217
Rank change year-on-year +31 +21 -52
Contract jobs citing MPLS 41 32 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.72% 0.47% 0.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.32% 3.12% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 20 19
North West median daily rate £350 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - +17.65%
10th Percentile £166 £320 £160
90th Percentile £475 £744 £538
England median daily rate £375 £386 £400
% change year-on-year -2.91% -3.44% +11.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
North West median hourly rate - - £16.50
England median hourly rate £13.50 £48.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -71.88% +6.67% +63.64%

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 770 1027 1100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.50% 15.03% 12.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 598 633
North West median daily rate £386 £406 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.92% +8.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £163 £213 £206
90th Percentile £543 £575 £538
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 56 106
North West median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -5.44% -12.10%
10th Percentile £11.18 £12.54 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.36 £40.00 £41.80
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%

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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 November 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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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 +25 30 £325 -38.10% 8
Cheshire 0 5 £425 +9.68% 1
Cumbria - 5 £400 -
Merseyside +2 1 £250 -37.50%
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England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 29 (70.73%) Cisco
1 29 (70.73%) Juniper
2 25 (60.98%) Firewall
3 22 (53.66%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (48.78%) WAN
4 20 (48.78%) VPN
5 17 (41.46%) DNS
5 17 (41.46%) LAN
6 16 (39.02%) CheckPoint
7 15 (36.59%) Active Directory
7 15 (36.59%) ITIL
7 15 (36.59%) Windows
7 15 (36.59%) DHCP
8 13 (31.71%) CCNA
8 13 (31.71%) VLAN
8 13 (31.71%) Security Cleared
9 12 (29.27%) TCP/IP
9 12 (29.27%) Junos
10 11 (26.83%) SC Cleared
10 11 (26.83%) Windows Server
10 11 (26.83%) CCIE
10 11 (26.83%) Ethernet
10 11 (26.83%) Broadband
10 11 (26.83%) ISDN
10 11 (26.83%) BGP
10 11 (26.83%) Change Management
10 11 (26.83%) JNCIE
11 10 (24.39%) Network Design
12 9 (21.95%) BT
12 9 (21.95%) ADSL

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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 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (9.76%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.44%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.76%) Office 365
2 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.44%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 25 (60.98%) Firewall
2 20 (48.78%) VPN
2 20 (48.78%) WAN
3 17 (41.46%) DNS
3 17 (41.46%) LAN
4 15 (36.59%) DHCP
5 13 (31.71%) VLAN
6 12 (29.27%) Junos
6 12 (29.27%) TCP/IP
7 11 (26.83%) BGP
7 11 (26.83%) Broadband
7 11 (26.83%) Ethernet
7 11 (26.83%) ISDN
8 9 (21.95%) ADSL
9 8 (19.51%) Network Security
9 8 (19.51%) VoIP
10 6 (14.63%) SAN
11 5 (12.20%) SSL
12 4 (9.76%) NAS
13 3 (7.32%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (9.76%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.88%) Legal
2 2 (4.88%) Retail
3 1 (2.44%) Finance
3 1 (2.44%) Law
3 1 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 25 (60.98%) Network Engineer
2 9 (21.95%) Architect
3 8 (19.51%) Design Engineer
3 8 (19.51%) Network Architect
4 6 (14.63%) IP Design Engineer
4 6 (14.63%) IP Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) Cisco Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) Firewall Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) WAN Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Core Network Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Core Network Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) IP Architect
6 4 (9.76%) IP Network Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Juniper Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Network Security Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Security Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) Juniper Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Senior Firewall Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 8 (19.51%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (14.63%) Replication
3 3 (7.32%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (7.32%) Data Centre
3 3 (7.32%) Smartphone
4 2 (4.88%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (2.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 15 (36.59%) Windows
2 11 (26.83%) Windows Server
3 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (9.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.88%) Linux
6 1 (2.44%) Windows 10
6 1 (2.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (36.59%) ITIL
2 11 (26.83%) Change Management
3 10 (24.39%) Network Design
4 6 (14.63%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (14.63%) SIEM
5 5 (12.20%) Penetration Testing
5 5 (12.20%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 4 (9.76%) Configuration Management
6 4 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (9.76%) Migration
6 4 (9.76%) Service Management
7 3 (7.32%) Load Balancing
8 2 (4.88%) Capacity Management
8 2 (4.88%) Data Protection
8 2 (4.88%) Network Architecture
8 2 (4.88%) Network Management
8 2 (4.88%) Network Planning
8 2 (4.88%) Procure-to-Pay
9 1 (2.44%) Customer Requirements
9 1 (2.44%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.32%) PowerShell
2 2 (4.88%) Perl
2 2 (4.88%) PHP
2 2 (4.88%) Python
2 2 (4.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (53.66%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (31.71%) CCNA
2 13 (31.71%) Security Cleared
3 11 (26.83%) CCIE
3 11 (26.83%) JNCIE
3 11 (26.83%) SC Cleared
4 8 (19.51%) CCNP
4 8 (19.51%) JNCIP
5 4 (9.76%) JNCIA
6 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (4.88%) CCIE Service Provider
7 2 (4.88%) CISSP
7 2 (4.88%) MCP
7 2 (4.88%) MCSA
7 2 (4.88%) MCSE
8 1 (2.44%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (2.44%) ISEB
8 1 (2.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (2.44%) MCITP
8 1 (2.44%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.44%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.44%) PMO
2 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (36.59%) Active Directory
2 8 (19.51%) Hyper-V
3 6 (14.63%) ProxySG
4 4 (9.76%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (4.88%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (7.32%) SCCM
2 2 (4.88%) Cacti
2 2 (4.88%) Nagios
2 2 (4.88%) OpenNMS
2 2 (4.88%) Puppet
2 2 (4.88%) RANCID
2 2 (4.88%) SCOM
3 1 (2.44%) vMotion
Vendors
1 29 (70.73%) Cisco
1 29 (70.73%) Juniper
2 16 (39.02%) CheckPoint
3 9 (21.95%) BT
4 7 (17.07%) VMware
5 6 (14.63%) Blue Coat
5 6 (14.63%) Palo Alto
6 2 (4.88%) Brocade
6 2 (4.88%) Ericsson
6 2 (4.88%) F5
6 2 (4.88%) Foundry
6 2 (4.88%) Huawei
6 2 (4.88%) Microsoft
6 2 (4.88%) ZyXEL
7 1 (2.44%) Citrix
7 1 (2.44%) Dell
7 1 (2.44%) HP
7 1 (2.44%) NETGEAR
7 1 (2.44%) SonicWALL
7 1 (2.44%) Veeam