Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 157 213
Rank change year-on-year -30 +56 -45
Contract jobs citing MPLS 24 42 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.41% 0.77% 0.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.11% 5.20% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 14 23
North West median daily rate £425 £350 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -41.67% +40.76%
10th Percentile £335 £180 £273
90th Percentile £483 £549 £903
England median daily rate £450 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
North West median hourly rate £30.25 £67.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.02% - -
England median hourly rate £32.50 £31.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year +3.17% -28.41% +10.00%

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 772 808 1,164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.22% 14.75% 15.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 477 660
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £414
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.13% -3.50% +10.40%
10th Percentile £200 £248 £261
90th Percentile £600 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 72 56
North West median hourly rate £16.96 £15.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.40% -24.39% +13.07%
10th Percentile £12.32 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £38.75 £56.92 £42.63
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% -20.40% +16.28%

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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 27 May 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 27 May 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
Cheshire -11 10 £350 -36.36% 5
Manchester -42 9 £385 +10.00% 12
Merseyside - 4 £450 -
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England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (87.50%) Cisco
2 19 (79.17%) Firewall
3 17 (70.83%) WAN
3 17 (70.83%) LAN
4 16 (66.67%) VPN
5 12 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 12 (50.00%) VoIP
6 11 (45.83%) Windows
7 10 (41.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 9 (37.50%) VMware
9 8 (33.33%) VLAN
9 8 (33.33%) Linux
9 8 (33.33%) TCP/IP
9 8 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (33.33%) Capacity Management
9 8 (33.33%) Windows Server
10 7 (29.17%) Office 365
10 7 (29.17%) Hyper-V
10 7 (29.17%) Public Cloud
10 7 (29.17%) DNS
10 7 (29.17%) BGP
10 7 (29.17%) Network Security
11 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
11 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 6 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
11 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
11 6 (25.00%) Migration
11 6 (25.00%) Change Management
11 6 (25.00%) OSPF
11 6 (25.00%) Juniper

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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 (16.67%) Skype for Business
2 1 (4.17%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (4.17%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 7 (29.17%) Office 365
2 6 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 19 (79.17%) Firewall
2 17 (70.83%) LAN
2 17 (70.83%) WAN
3 16 (66.67%) VPN
4 12 (50.00%) VoIP
5 8 (33.33%) TCP/IP
5 8 (33.33%) VLAN
6 7 (29.17%) BGP
6 7 (29.17%) DNS
6 7 (29.17%) Network Security
7 6 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 6 (25.00%) DHCP
7 6 (25.00%) OSPF
7 6 (25.00%) SAN
8 5 (20.83%) EIGRP
9 4 (16.67%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (16.67%) Skype
10 3 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (12.50%) Cisco ISE
10 3 (12.50%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) MySQL
1 1 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (4.17%) Redis
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.17%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
1 2 (8.33%) Jenkins
1 2 (8.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (4.17%) Robot Framework
General
1 2 (8.33%) Local Government
1 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (62.50%) Network Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Server Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Network Security Engineer
3 4 (16.67%) Security Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) LAN Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) LAN/WAN Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) WAN Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) IT Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Automation Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Cisco Security Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Data Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) IP Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Juniper Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Network Operations Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Network Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) LDAP
2 1 (4.17%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (4.17%) JSON
2 1 (4.17%) Kafka
2 1 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
2 1 (4.17%) REST
2 1 (4.17%) SOAP
2 1 (4.17%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) XML
2 1 (4.17%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Public Cloud
2 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (16.67%) Data Centre
3 2 (8.33%) Replication
4 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (4.17%) Private Cloud
4 1 (4.17%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (45.83%) Windows
2 8 (33.33%) Linux
2 8 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (4.17%) CentOS
4 1 (4.17%) Debian
4 1 (4.17%) Ubuntu
4 1 (4.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (41.67%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (33.33%) Capacity Management
3 6 (25.00%) Change Management
3 6 (25.00%) Migration
3 6 (25.00%) Network Management
3 6 (25.00%) Procure-to-Pay
4 4 (16.67%) Configuration Management
4 4 (16.67%) High Availability
4 4 (16.67%) Proactive Monitoring
4 4 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (16.67%) Task Automation
4 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
5 3 (12.50%) ITIL
5 3 (12.50%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (12.50%) Network Monitoring
5 3 (12.50%) Patch Management
5 3 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Programme Delivery
5 3 (12.50%) Security Management
5 3 (12.50%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (8.33%) Perl
2 2 (8.33%) PHP
2 2 (8.33%) Python
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) Bourne shell
3 1 (4.17%) Java
3 1 (4.17%) Ruby
3 1 (4.17%) XPath
Qualifications
1 8 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 5 (20.83%) CCNA
4 4 (16.67%) CCNP
5 1 (4.17%) CCIE
5 1 (4.17%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (4.17%) Degree
5 1 (4.17%) ISEB
5 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (4.17%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) PCI DSS
1 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 12 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (29.17%) Hyper-V
3 6 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (8.33%) XenApp
5 1 (4.17%) Docker
5 1 (4.17%) KVM
5 1 (4.17%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (12.50%) Puppet
2 3 (12.50%) SCCM
2 3 (12.50%) SCOM
3 2 (8.33%) Cacti
3 2 (8.33%) Nagios
3 2 (8.33%) OpenNMS
3 2 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (4.17%) Ansible
4 1 (4.17%) collectd
4 1 (4.17%) FortiGate
4 1 (4.17%) Grafana
4 1 (4.17%) Graphite
4 1 (4.17%) Icinga
4 1 (4.17%) Kibana
4 1 (4.17%) logstash
4 1 (4.17%) Observium
4 1 (4.17%) Prometheus
4 1 (4.17%) RANCID
4 1 (4.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 21 (87.50%) Cisco
2 9 (37.50%) VMware
3 6 (25.00%) Juniper
4 3 (12.50%) CheckPoint
5 2 (8.33%) Citrix
5 2 (8.33%) Ericsson
5 2 (8.33%) Huawei
5 2 (8.33%) Palo Alto
6 1 (4.17%) arcserve
6 1 (4.17%) Arista
6 1 (4.17%) Blue Coat
6 1 (4.17%) Capita
6 1 (4.17%) F5
6 1 (4.17%) Fortinet
6 1 (4.17%) Meraki
6 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
6 1 (4.17%) Red Hat
6 1 (4.17%) Sophos
6 1 (4.17%) Splunk