Period
to 19 July 2018

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 6 months to 19 July 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 > South East
6 months to
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 264 244 194
Rank change year-on-year -20 -50 +27
Contract jobs citing MPLS 115 131 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.67% 0.82% 1.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.48% 4.80% 6.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 74 155
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% -4.40%
10th Percentile £281 £314 £186
90th Percentile £570 £510 £573
England median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 13
South East median hourly rate £43.50 £13.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +222.22% -71.78% +6.29%
10th Percentile £18.50 £12.60 £36.95
90th Percentile £47.83 £26.40 £47.97
England median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year -3.33% -37.28% +15.95%

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 South East with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,566 2,729 3,740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.06% 17.01% 20.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,341 1,513 2,111
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £205 £213 £220
90th Percentile £575 £538 £528
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 179 215
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.87% -30.00% -11.11%
10th Percentile £12.73 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.88 £47.50 £48.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £25.00
% change year-on-year +6.95% -25.20% +21.95%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 6 months to 19 July 2018.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the South East over the 6 months to 19 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 19 July 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
Thames Valley -12 60 £425 +3.03% 8
Berkshire 0 50 £425 -4.23% 7
Hampshire -28 24 £425 +6.25% 8
Surrey -9 13 £482 +28.64% 3
West Sussex -6 9 £410 +2.18% 2
Middlesex +9 8 £525 +56.72%
Buckinghamshire +9 6 £360 -12.73% 1
Oxfordshire -13 4 £488 +19.63%
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England

For the 6 months to 19 July 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 South East region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 71 (61.74%) WAN
2 59 (51.30%) Cisco
3 52 (45.22%) LAN
4 49 (42.61%) BGP
5 44 (38.26%) Firewall
5 44 (38.26%) VPN
6 37 (32.17%) Cisco Certification
7 31 (26.96%) Telecoms
7 31 (26.96%) OSPF
8 28 (24.35%) Juniper
8 28 (24.35%) DNS
9 25 (21.74%) CCNA
9 25 (21.74%) Data Centre
10 24 (20.87%) Windows
11 23 (20.00%) CCNP
12 20 (17.39%) TCP/IP
13 18 (15.65%) Ethernet
13 18 (15.65%) Security Cleared
14 17 (14.78%) VoIP
14 17 (14.78%) ITIL
14 17 (14.78%) Internet
14 17 (14.78%) Migration
14 17 (14.78%) Wireless
15 16 (13.91%) SC Cleared
15 16 (13.91%) F5
16 14 (12.17%) Network Management
16 14 (12.17%) Windows Server
16 14 (12.17%) Load Balancing
16 14 (12.17%) Wi-Fi
16 14 (12.17%) VMware

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Co-occurring 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 7 (6.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 4 (3.48%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.74%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 13 (11.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.48%) Office 365
4 3 (2.61%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.74%) Akamai
5 2 (1.74%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.87%) G Suite
6 1 (0.87%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (61.74%) WAN
2 52 (45.22%) LAN
3 49 (42.61%) BGP
4 44 (38.26%) Firewall
4 44 (38.26%) VPN
5 31 (26.96%) OSPF
6 28 (24.35%) DNS
7 20 (17.39%) TCP/IP
8 18 (15.65%) Ethernet
9 17 (14.78%) Internet
9 17 (14.78%) VoIP
9 17 (14.78%) Wireless
10 14 (12.17%) IPsec
10 14 (12.17%) Wi-Fi
11 12 (10.43%) Cisco ASA
12 11 (9.57%) L2TP
12 11 (9.57%) Unified Communications
13 10 (8.70%) RIP
14 9 (7.83%) HSRP
14 9 (7.83%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Hudson
1 2 (1.74%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.87%) JIRA
2 1 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 31 (26.96%) Telecoms
2 8 (6.96%) Finance
3 1 (0.87%) Billing
3 1 (0.87%) Legal
3 1 (0.87%) Retail
Job Titles
1 47 (40.87%) Network Engineer
2 17 (14.78%) Architect
3 12 (10.43%) Senior Network Engineer
4 10 (8.70%) Cisco Engineer
4 10 (8.70%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (7.83%) Consultant
6 7 (6.09%) IP Network Engineer
6 7 (6.09%) OSS Architect
6 7 (6.09%) Senior Cisco Engineer
7 6 (5.22%) IP Engineer
7 6 (5.22%) OSS Solutions Architect
8 5 (4.35%) Analyst
8 5 (4.35%) Network Manager
8 5 (4.35%) Security Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Incident Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Network Consultant
9 4 (3.48%) Network Security Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Project Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.09%) J2EE
1 7 (6.09%) REST
1 7 (6.09%) Spring
1 7 (6.09%) Spring Boot
1 7 (6.09%) Web Services
2 2 (1.74%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.74%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 1 (0.87%) COM
3 1 (0.87%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 25 (21.74%) Data Centre
2 12 (10.43%) Management Information System
3 7 (6.09%) CMDB
4 5 (4.35%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.74%) BYOD
7 2 (1.74%) Clustering
7 2 (1.74%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.74%) User Experience
8 1 (0.87%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.87%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.87%) PKI
8 1 (0.87%) PMI
8 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.87%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.87%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 24 (20.87%) Windows
2 14 (12.17%) Windows Server
3 11 (9.57%) Linux
4 6 (5.22%) Solaris
5 4 (3.48%) Unix
6 3 (2.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.74%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.74%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.87%) Debian
8 1 (0.87%) SUSE
8 1 (0.87%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (14.78%) ITIL
1 17 (14.78%) Migration
2 14 (12.17%) Load Balancing
2 14 (12.17%) Network Management
3 13 (11.30%) Configuration Management
4 11 (9.57%) Network Design
5 10 (8.70%) Use Case
6 9 (7.83%) Change Management
6 9 (7.83%) DevOps
6 9 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (7.83%) Service Delivery
6 9 (7.83%) Technical Architecture
7 8 (6.96%) Network Architecture
8 7 (6.09%) Critical Thinking
8 7 (6.09%) Microservices
8 7 (6.09%) Network Optimisation
8 7 (6.09%) SOA
9 6 (5.22%) Business Continuity
9 6 (5.22%) Risk Management
9 6 (5.22%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.43%) Python
2 8 (6.96%) SQL
3 7 (6.09%) Java
4 6 (5.22%) Bash Shell
4 6 (5.22%) Perl
5 5 (4.35%) Ruby
6 2 (1.74%) C++
6 2 (1.74%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 37 (32.17%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (21.74%) CCNA
3 23 (20.00%) CCNP
4 18 (15.65%) Security Cleared
5 16 (13.91%) SC Cleared
6 11 (9.57%) CCIE
6 11 (9.57%) Degree
7 6 (5.22%) CCIP
8 5 (4.35%) CCDA
9 4 (3.48%) CCDP
10 3 (2.61%) BC Cleared
10 3 (2.61%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (2.61%) CCVP
11 2 (1.74%) CCSP
11 2 (1.74%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.74%) JNCIE
12 1 (0.87%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.87%) MCSA
12 1 (0.87%) MCSE
12 1 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.35%) SLA
2 1 (0.87%) GDPR
2 1 (0.87%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.87%) PMO
2 1 (0.87%) QA
2 1 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (11.30%) Active Directory
1 13 (11.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (6.96%) Docker
3 3 (2.61%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (1.74%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.74%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.87%) KVM
5 1 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.87%) vSphere
5 1 (0.87%) XenApp
5 1 (0.87%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (6.96%) CA Spectrum
2 5 (4.35%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (4.35%) SCCM
3 4 (3.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 4 (3.48%) CSIRT
4 3 (2.61%) FortiGate
5 2 (1.74%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.74%) QRadar
5 2 (1.74%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (0.87%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.87%) Nagios
6 1 (0.87%) OpenView
6 1 (0.87%) Puppet
6 1 (0.87%) SCOM
Vendors
1 59 (51.30%) Cisco
2 28 (24.35%) Juniper
3 16 (13.91%) F5
4 14 (12.17%) VMware
5 9 (7.83%) CheckPoint
5 9 (7.83%) SolarWinds
6 8 (6.96%) CA
6 8 (6.96%) Microsoft
6 8 (6.96%) TIBCO
7 7 (6.09%) Oracle
8 6 (5.22%) Palo Alto
8 6 (5.22%) Splunk
9 5 (4.35%) Avaya
9 5 (4.35%) Dell
9 5 (4.35%) Fortinet
10 4 (3.48%) Brocade
10 4 (3.48%) Nortel
10 4 (3.48%) Remedy
10 4 (3.48%) Riverbed
11 3 (2.61%) Citrix