Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 168 177 211
Rank change year-on-year +9 +34 -52
Contract jobs citing MPLS 28 33 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.52% 0.56% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.94% 3.82% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 12 17
North West median daily rate £350 £400 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -33.33% +87.50%
10th Percentile £239 £325 £162
90th Percentile £475 £538 £625
England median daily rate £425 £400 £405
% change year-on-year +6.25% -1.23% +15.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
North West median hourly rate £32.50 - £16.50
10th Percentile £31.25 - £15.80
90th Percentile £33.75 - £22.65
England median hourly rate £14.41 £21.56 £43.00
% change year-on-year -33.17% -49.87% +100.00%

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 710 863 1,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.19% 14.57% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 525 659
North West median daily rate £375 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.48% +0.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £158 £216 £225
90th Percentile £600 £592 £564
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 58 90
North West median hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.29% -1.52% -6.47%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £44.37 £50.16 £41.80
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £22.19
% change year-on-year -6.98% -3.10% +10.94%

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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 21 February 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 21 February 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 0 17 £350 -12.50% 9
Cheshire -2 9 £350 -9.68% 3
Cumbria -5 1 £450 +12.22%
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England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 21 (75.00%) Cisco
2 17 (60.71%) Firewall
2 17 (60.71%) Cisco Certification
2 17 (60.71%) VPN
3 16 (57.14%) Juniper
4 15 (53.57%) WAN
4 15 (53.57%) LAN
5 12 (42.86%) Active Directory
6 10 (35.71%) Windows
6 10 (35.71%) BGP
6 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
7 9 (32.14%) SC Cleared
7 9 (32.14%) CCNA
7 9 (32.14%) CheckPoint
7 9 (32.14%) CCIE
8 8 (28.57%) VMware
8 8 (28.57%) VLAN
9 7 (25.00%) JNCIP
9 7 (25.00%) Hyper-V
9 7 (25.00%) TCP/IP
9 7 (25.00%) DNS
9 7 (25.00%) Broadband
9 7 (25.00%) DHCP
9 7 (25.00%) Ethernet
10 6 (21.43%) VoIP
10 6 (21.43%) CCNP
10 6 (21.43%) SAN
10 6 (21.43%) BT
10 6 (21.43%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (21.43%) Replication

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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%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (17.86%) Office 365
2 1 (3.57%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (60.71%) Firewall
1 17 (60.71%) VPN
2 15 (53.57%) LAN
2 15 (53.57%) WAN
3 10 (35.71%) BGP
4 8 (28.57%) VLAN
5 7 (25.00%) Broadband
5 7 (25.00%) DHCP
5 7 (25.00%) DNS
5 7 (25.00%) Ethernet
5 7 (25.00%) TCP/IP
6 6 (21.43%) SAN
6 6 (21.43%) VoIP
7 5 (17.86%) ADSL
7 5 (17.86%) ISDN
8 4 (14.29%) EIGRP
8 4 (14.29%) Junos
8 4 (14.29%) OSPF
9 3 (10.71%) Cisco Nexus
9 3 (10.71%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (3.57%) Git (software)
General
1 2 (7.14%) Local Government
2 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (71.43%) Network Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Architect
2 6 (21.43%) Design Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Cisco Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Core Network Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) IP Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) IP Network Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Network Architect
4 4 (14.29%) Core Network Architect
4 4 (14.29%) Firewall Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) IP Architect
4 4 (14.29%) IP Design Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) IT Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) Server Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) WAN Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Juniper Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Office 365 Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Product Design Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Product Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Replication
2 5 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (14.29%) Public Cloud
4 3 (10.71%) Data Centre
5 1 (3.57%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (3.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) Windows
2 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
3 4 (14.29%) Linux
3 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (3.57%) Windows 10
5 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (21.43%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (17.86%) Configuration Management
2 5 (17.86%) ITIL
2 5 (17.86%) Migration
3 4 (14.29%) Capacity Management
3 4 (14.29%) Change Management
3 4 (14.29%) Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (10.71%) Network Design
5 2 (7.14%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (7.14%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (7.14%) Load Balancing
5 2 (7.14%) Network Management
5 2 (7.14%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (7.14%) Release Management
5 2 (7.14%) SIEM
6 1 (3.57%) Analytics
6 1 (3.57%) Coaching
6 1 (3.57%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (3.57%) Proactive Monitoring
6 1 (3.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.86%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.57%) Perl
2 1 (3.57%) PHP
2 1 (3.57%) Python
2 1 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (60.71%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
3 9 (32.14%) CCIE
3 9 (32.14%) CCNA
3 9 (32.14%) SC Cleared
4 7 (25.00%) JNCIP
5 6 (21.43%) CCNP
5 6 (21.43%) JNCIE
6 2 (7.14%) JNCIA
7 1 (3.57%) MCITP
7 1 (3.57%) MCTS
7 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) ISO 9001
1 1 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (3.57%) PCI DSS
1 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 7 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 4 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (7.14%) ProxySG
4 2 (7.14%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (7.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) SCCM
2 3 (10.71%) SCOM
3 1 (3.57%) Cacti
3 1 (3.57%) FortiGate
3 1 (3.57%) Nagios
3 1 (3.57%) OpenNMS
3 1 (3.57%) Puppet
3 1 (3.57%) RANCID
Vendors
1 21 (75.00%) Cisco
2 16 (57.14%) Juniper
3 9 (32.14%) CheckPoint
4 8 (28.57%) VMware
5 6 (21.43%) BT
6 3 (10.71%) Citrix
6 3 (10.71%) F5
6 3 (10.71%) Palo Alto
7 2 (7.14%) Blue Coat
8 1 (3.57%) Capita
8 1 (3.57%) Ericsson
8 1 (3.57%) Huawei
8 1 (3.57%) Meraki
8 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
8 1 (3.57%) Riverbed
8 1 (3.57%) SolarWinds
8 1 (3.57%) Veeam