Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 261 175 192
Rank change year-on-year -86 +17 -6
Contract jobs citing MPLS 111 193 209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.68% 1.28% 1.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.89% 6.53% 6.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 130 120
South East median daily rate £425 £420 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +1.20% +21.61%
10th Percentile £270 £256 £261
90th Percentile £560 £575 £613
England median daily rate £413 £395 £414
% change year-on-year +4.43% -4.53% +16.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 12
South East median hourly rate £13.50 £13.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -71.78% +29.27%
England median hourly rate £13.95 £29.61 £45.00
% change year-on-year -52.88% -34.20% +109.30%

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 2,850 2,956 3,393
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.38% 19.55% 18.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,523 1,724 1,823
South East median daily rate £395 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.94% +3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £161 £232 £228
90th Percentile £563 £546 £519
England median daily rate £409 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 197 216
South East median hourly rate £17.44 £22.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% -30.77% +62.50%
10th Percentile £10.58 £11.33 £12.13
90th Percentile £44.50 £48.75 £51.88
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.38
% change year-on-year -16.89% +0.56% +9.29%

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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 22 January 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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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 22 January 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 -37 67 £325 -18.75% 21
Berkshire -26 52 £325 -18.75% 15
Hampshire -4 32 £463 +10.12% 5
Oxfordshire - 9 £320 - 2
Surrey -57 8 £463 +8.82% 5
Buckinghamshire -41 6 £560 +60.00% 4
Kent -12 2 £473 +155.41% 6
West Sussex -20 1 - - 1
Sussex - 1 £425 -
MPLS
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 66 (59.46%) Cisco
2 49 (44.14%) BGP
3 46 (41.44%) Firewall
4 45 (40.54%) VPN
5 39 (35.14%) Cisco Certification
6 37 (33.33%) Telecoms
7 36 (32.43%) WAN
8 31 (27.93%) CCNP
9 27 (24.32%) OSPF
10 26 (23.42%) Network Security
11 25 (22.52%) Juniper
12 23 (20.72%) SC Cleared
12 23 (20.72%) Security Cleared
13 20 (18.02%) TCP/IP
13 20 (18.02%) ITIL
14 19 (17.12%) LAN
14 19 (17.12%) Ethernet
15 16 (14.41%) Cisco ASA
15 16 (14.41%) F5
15 16 (14.41%) CheckPoint
15 16 (14.41%) CCNA
15 16 (14.41%) Cisco Nexus
15 16 (14.41%) Data Centre
15 16 (14.41%) Palo Alto
16 15 (13.51%) Multicast
16 15 (13.51%) IPsec
17 14 (12.61%) IPv6
18 13 (11.71%) CCIE
18 13 (11.71%) EIGRP
19 12 (10.81%) Wi-Fi

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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 2 (1.80%) IIS
1 2 (1.80%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.60%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (4.50%) Office 365
4 2 (1.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.90%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.90%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 49 (44.14%) BGP
2 46 (41.44%) Firewall
3 45 (40.54%) VPN
4 36 (32.43%) WAN
5 27 (24.32%) OSPF
6 26 (23.42%) Network Security
7 20 (18.02%) TCP/IP
8 19 (17.12%) Ethernet
8 19 (17.12%) LAN
9 16 (14.41%) Cisco ASA
9 16 (14.41%) Cisco Nexus
10 15 (13.51%) IPsec
10 15 (13.51%) Multicast
11 14 (12.61%) IPv6
12 13 (11.71%) EIGRP
13 12 (10.81%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (9.91%) ADSL
15 10 (9.01%) DHCP
16 9 (8.11%) VoIP
16 9 (8.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.80%) MySQL
2 1 (0.90%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (1.80%) Metasploit
General
1 37 (33.33%) Telecoms
2 8 (7.21%) Finance
3 6 (5.41%) Billing
4 4 (3.60%) Banking
5 3 (2.70%) Retail
6 2 (1.80%) Electronics
6 2 (1.80%) Legal
7 1 (0.90%) Advertising
7 1 (0.90%) French Language
7 1 (0.90%) German Language
Job Titles
1 51 (45.95%) Network Engineer
2 21 (18.92%) Architect
3 18 (16.22%) Network Security Engineer
3 18 (16.22%) Security Engineer
4 15 (13.51%) Network Architect
5 10 (9.01%) Consultant
6 8 (7.21%) IP Architect
6 8 (7.21%) Security Consultant
7 7 (6.31%) Cisco Engineer
7 7 (6.31%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 7 (6.31%) Network Security Consultant
7 7 (6.31%) Project Manager
8 6 (5.41%) Network Consultant
8 6 (5.41%) Senior Network Engineer
9 5 (4.50%) Network Specialist
9 5 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (3.60%) Analyst
10 4 (3.60%) Core Network Architect
10 4 (3.60%) Design Engineer
10 4 (3.60%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.70%) CGI
1 3 (2.70%) WAP
2 2 (1.80%) Core Data
2 2 (1.80%) LDAP
3 1 (0.90%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.90%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.41%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.50%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.60%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.60%) Client/Server
3 4 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.70%) Smart Meter
4 3 (2.70%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.80%) Clustering
5 2 (1.80%) FMCG
5 2 (1.80%) PKI
5 2 (1.80%) PMI
5 2 (1.80%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.90%) EMC VMAX
6 1 (0.90%) EMC VNX
6 1 (0.90%) Fintech
6 1 (0.90%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.01%) Windows
2 8 (7.21%) Linux
3 3 (2.70%) Unix
3 3 (2.70%) Windows 7
3 3 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.80%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (18.02%) ITIL
2 10 (9.01%) Migration
2 10 (9.01%) Service Delivery
3 9 (8.11%) Project Management
4 8 (7.21%) Network Design
4 8 (7.21%) PRINCE2
5 7 (6.31%) Information Security
5 7 (6.31%) Network Architecture
6 6 (5.41%) IT Strategy
6 6 (5.41%) Load Balancing
6 6 (5.41%) Problem Management
6 6 (5.41%) Risk Management
6 6 (5.41%) Security Architecture
7 5 (4.50%) Configuration Management
7 5 (4.50%) Process Improvement
7 5 (4.50%) Service Design
8 4 (3.60%) Business Continuity
8 4 (3.60%) Change Management
8 4 (3.60%) Incident Management
8 4 (3.60%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.11%) Python
2 8 (7.21%) Perl
3 6 (5.41%) Bash Shell
4 3 (2.70%) Ruby
5 2 (1.80%) C
5 2 (1.80%) C-shell
5 2 (1.80%) Korn
6 1 (0.90%) C++
6 1 (0.90%) Java
6 1 (0.90%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 39 (35.14%) Cisco Certification
2 31 (27.93%) CCNP
3 23 (20.72%) SC Cleared
3 23 (20.72%) Security Cleared
4 16 (14.41%) CCNA
5 13 (11.71%) CCIE
6 8 (7.21%) JNCIE
7 7 (6.31%) Degree
7 7 (6.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 4 (3.60%) CISSP
8 4 (3.60%) JNCIP
9 3 (2.70%) BC Cleared
9 3 (2.70%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (2.70%) JNCIS
10 2 (1.80%) CCDP
10 2 (1.80%) CCIP
10 2 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.80%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.80%) PMP
11 1 (0.90%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.41%) SLA
2 5 (4.50%) QA
3 3 (2.70%) ISO 9001
3 3 (2.70%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 5 (4.50%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.60%) VMware NSX
3 2 (1.80%) NFS
3 2 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.90%) EMC RecoverPoint
4 1 (0.90%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.90%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (2.70%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 3 (2.70%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.70%) Nagios
3 2 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (1.80%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.90%) Cisco UCCE
4 1 (0.90%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.90%) CSIRT
4 1 (0.90%) OSSEC
4 1 (0.90%) SCOM
4 1 (0.90%) SolarWinds Orion
4 1 (0.90%) vRealize
Vendors
1 66 (59.46%) Cisco
2 25 (22.52%) Juniper
3 16 (14.41%) CheckPoint
3 16 (14.41%) F5
3 16 (14.41%) Palo Alto
4 9 (8.11%) SolarWinds
5 7 (6.31%) Avaya
5 7 (6.31%) Fortinet
5 7 (6.31%) HP
5 7 (6.31%) Remedy
6 6 (5.41%) Blue Coat
7 5 (4.50%) Qualys
7 5 (4.50%) Riverbed
7 5 (4.50%) VMware
8 4 (3.60%) Ericsson
8 4 (3.60%) Microsoft
8 4 (3.60%) Splunk
9 3 (2.70%) 3PAR
9 3 (2.70%) Arista
9 3 (2.70%) Tufin