The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / South East
Rank 175 122 173
Rank change year-on-year -53 +51  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 70 149 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.89% 1.62% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.69% 7.31% 4.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 92 59
Median daily rate £391 £363 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.93% +8.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £254
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £565 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £313
% change year-on-year +3.44% +16.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 3
Median hourly rate £13.25 £43.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.18% -9.47%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £44.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -31.81% +10.00%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1492 2039 2004
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 19.01% 22.11% 20.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 1128 977
Median daily rate £400 £352 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% +3.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £225 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 103 101
Median hourly rate £19.50 £42.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.57% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.24 £18.00 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £51.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the South East over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MPLS in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the South East

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Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the South East region over the 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -5 21 £475 +11.76% 6
Hampshire -29 14 £375 +6.53% 2
West Sussex +12 12 £400 -15.78%
Middlesex +7 5 £335 -23.42%
Oxfordshire -9 5 £400 +68.42% 4
Surrey -4 4 £400 +45.45% 2
Buckinghamshire -12 4 £413 -8.33% 2
East Sussex - 1 £275 - 2
MPLS
England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 South East region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 134 (79.76%) Cisco
2 90 (53.57%) Cisco Certification
3 89 (52.98%) Firewall
4 69 (41.07%) BGP
5 68 (40.48%) WAN
6 63 (37.50%) CCNP
6 63 (37.50%) Data Centre
7 60 (35.71%) OSPF
8 53 (31.55%) LAN
9 52 (30.95%) CCNA
10 48 (28.57%) F5
11 46 (27.38%) Cisco Nexus
11 46 (27.38%) ITIL
12 39 (23.21%) Juniper
13 38 (22.62%) VPN
13 38 (22.62%) DNS
14 36 (21.43%) TCP/IP
15 33 (19.64%) Telecoms
16 29 (17.26%) VoIP
17 27 (16.07%) Ethernet
17 27 (16.07%) VMware
18 26 (15.48%) Cisco ASA
19 25 (14.88%) SNMP
19 25 (14.88%) Internet
20 23 (13.69%) VLAN
21 21 (12.50%) Migration
21 21 (12.50%) CheckPoint
22 20 (11.90%) Windows
22 20 (11.90%) VPLS
23 19 (11.31%) IPsec

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Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 (2.98%) Apache
1 5 (2.98%) Tomcat
2 3 (1.79%) IIS
2 3 (1.79%) JBoss
3 2 (1.19%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.60%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.60%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (2.38%) MS Visio
2 3 (1.79%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.60%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.38%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.57%) IaaS
2 6 (3.57%) SaaS
3 4 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.60%) Office 365
4 1 (0.60%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 89 (52.98%) Firewall
2 69 (41.07%) BGP
3 68 (40.48%) WAN
4 60 (35.71%) OSPF
5 53 (31.55%) LAN
6 46 (27.38%) Cisco Nexus
7 38 (22.62%) DNS
7 38 (22.62%) VPN
8 36 (21.43%) TCP/IP
9 29 (17.26%) VoIP
10 27 (16.07%) Ethernet
11 26 (15.48%) Cisco ASA
12 25 (14.88%) Internet
12 25 (14.88%) SNMP
13 23 (13.69%) VLAN
14 20 (11.90%) VPLS
15 19 (11.31%) ADSL
15 19 (11.31%) IPsec
16 16 (9.52%) DHCP
16 16 (9.52%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.60%) SQL Server
General
1 33 (19.64%) Telecoms
2 10 (5.95%) Finance
3 7 (4.17%) Retail
4 4 (2.38%) Banking
5 3 (1.79%) Billing
5 3 (1.79%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.19%) Back Office
6 2 (1.19%) Electronics
6 2 (1.19%) Marketing
7 1 (0.60%) Legal
Job Titles
1 66 (39.29%) Network Engineer
2 20 (11.90%) Architect
3 18 (10.71%) Cisco Engineer
4 16 (9.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 12 (7.14%) IP Engineer
6 11 (6.55%) IP Network Engineer
6 11 (6.55%) Senior Network Engineer
7 10 (5.95%) Analyst
7 10 (5.95%) Network Analyst
7 10 (5.95%) Network Architect
8 9 (5.36%) NOC Engineer
9 8 (4.76%) IT Manager
10 7 (4.17%) Consultant
10 7 (4.17%) Infrastructure Manager
10 7 (4.17%) Network Operations Analyst
10 7 (4.17%) Operations Analyst
11 6 (3.57%) Service Manager
11 6 (3.57%) Systems Engineering Manager
11 6 (3.57%) Systems Manager
11 6 (3.57%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.98%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.38%) Middleware
3 2 (1.19%) J2EE
3 2 (1.19%) RFC 2547
4 1 (0.60%) .NET
4 1 (0.60%) JMS
4 1 (0.60%) JTAPI
4 1 (0.60%) REST
4 1 (0.60%) SOAP
4 1 (0.60%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 63 (37.50%) Data Centre
2 14 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.74%) Management Information System
4 12 (7.14%) Driving Licence
5 8 (4.76%) CMDB
6 7 (4.17%) IVR
7 6 (3.57%) e-Health
7 6 (3.57%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (3.57%) FlexPod
8 5 (2.98%) PKI
9 4 (2.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (2.38%) EMC VMAX
9 4 (2.38%) EMC VNX
9 4 (2.38%) IPTV
9 4 (2.38%) Over-the-Top Content
9 4 (2.38%) STB
9 4 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (2.38%) Video on Demand
10 3 (1.79%) Clustering
10 3 (1.79%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 20 (11.90%) Windows
2 14 (8.33%) Linux
3 9 (5.36%) Unix
4 6 (3.57%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.79%) AIX
6 3 (1.79%) Android
6 3 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.60%) VMS
7 1 (0.60%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (27.38%) ITIL
2 21 (12.50%) Migration
3 18 (10.71%) Network Design
4 17 (10.12%) Change Management
4 17 (10.12%) Load Balancing
5 11 (6.55%) Capacity Management
5 11 (6.55%) Incident Management
5 11 (6.55%) Information Security
5 11 (6.55%) Network Management
5 11 (6.55%) Project Management
5 11 (6.55%) Service Management
6 10 (5.95%) Cryptography
6 10 (5.95%) ITIL V3
6 10 (5.95%) Problem Management
7 9 (5.36%) Computer Security
7 9 (5.36%) Security Patching
8 8 (4.76%) CRM
8 8 (4.76%) High Availability
8 8 (4.76%) Validation
9 7 (4.17%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 4 (2.38%) SQL
2 3 (1.79%) Perl
2 3 (1.79%) Python
3 1 (0.60%) C
3 1 (0.60%) Java
3 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 90 (53.57%) Cisco Certification
2 63 (37.50%) CCNP
3 52 (30.95%) CCNA
4 19 (11.31%) Security Cleared
5 17 (10.12%) CCIE
6 15 (8.93%) SC Cleared
7 10 (5.95%) CCIP
8 7 (4.17%) GCIH
8 7 (4.17%) GIAC
9 6 (3.57%) CISSP
10 5 (2.98%) JNCIA
11 4 (2.38%) CCDP
11 4 (2.38%) MCSE
11 4 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (1.79%) CCDA
12 3 (1.79%) Degree
12 3 (1.79%) HP ASE
12 3 (1.79%) PMI Certification
12 3 (1.79%) RHCSA
13 2 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (10.12%) SLA
2 10 (5.95%) PCI DSS
3 7 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.19%) QA
5 1 (0.60%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.60%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (10.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (5.36%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.38%) EMC RecoverPoint
3 4 (2.38%) vCloud
4 3 (1.79%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (1.19%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.60%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.60%) vSphere
6 1 (0.60%) XenApp
6 1 (0.60%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (4.17%) FortiGate
1 7 (4.17%) Puppet
2 6 (3.57%) CA Spectrum
3 5 (2.98%) Cisco Prime
4 4 (2.38%) Nagios
4 4 (2.38%) vRealize
5 3 (1.79%) Red Hat Satellite
5 3 (1.79%) WSUS
6 2 (1.19%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (1.19%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (1.19%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.60%) Amdocs OSS
7 1 (0.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.60%) Netcool
7 1 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.60%) SCCM
7 1 (0.60%) SCOM
Vendors
1 134 (79.76%) Cisco
2 48 (28.57%) F5
3 39 (23.21%) Juniper
4 27 (16.07%) VMware
5 21 (12.50%) CheckPoint
6 14 (8.33%) Palo Alto
7 12 (7.14%) Huawei
8 10 (5.95%) Avaya
9 9 (5.36%) HP
9 9 (5.36%) Microsoft
10 7 (4.17%) Remedy
10 7 (4.17%) Riverbed
11 6 (3.57%) CA
12 5 (2.98%) EMC
12 5 (2.98%) Genesys
13 4 (2.38%) 3PAR
13 4 (2.38%) Aruba
13 4 (2.38%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.79%) Barracuda Networks
14 3 (1.79%) Cyberoam
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