Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 258 257 203
Rank change year-on-year -1 -54 +10
Contract jobs citing MPLS 120 111 188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.74% 0.68% 1.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.55% 3.95% 6.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 60 127
South East median daily rate £413 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -5.06% -0.63%
10th Percentile £281 £286 £227
90th Percentile £538 £513 £488
England median daily rate £420 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +8.39% -3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 5
South East median hourly rate £42.96 £13.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +218.22% -71.78% -
10th Percentile £15.63 £12.75 £26.78
90th Percentile £46.31 £30.45 £48.00
England median hourly rate £29.00 £14.41 £47.92
% change year-on-year +101.32% -69.94% +0.18%

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 2,636 2,813 3,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.16% 17.32% 18.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,389 1,551 1,792
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 150 216
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% -25.70% +10.11%
10th Percentile £12.72 £12.00 £11.38
90th Percentile £53.00 £46.02 £48.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -14 58 £425 +19.72% 18
Berkshire -3 52 £425 +18.06% 13
Hampshire -16 28 £365 -18.89% 7
Surrey 0 18 £390 +4.00% 4
West Sussex -2 12 £413 -2.94% 3
Buckinghamshire +12 3 £360 +10.77% 3
Oxfordshire -9 3 £425 +21.43% 2
Middlesex - 3 £423 -
East Sussex - 2 £600 - 2
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England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 68 (56.67%) Cisco
2 64 (53.33%) Firewall
3 61 (50.83%) WAN
4 52 (43.33%) LAN
5 51 (42.50%) BGP
6 45 (37.50%) Cisco Certification
7 43 (35.83%) OSPF
8 39 (32.50%) Juniper
9 38 (31.67%) VPN
10 37 (30.83%) Data Centre
11 34 (28.33%) CCNP
12 32 (26.67%) VoIP
13 30 (25.00%) TCP/IP
13 30 (25.00%) Security Cleared
14 29 (24.17%) CCNA
15 28 (23.33%) Telecoms
16 27 (22.50%) Wireless
17 26 (21.67%) DNS
17 26 (21.67%) SC Cleared
18 23 (19.17%) Linux
19 22 (18.33%) F5
20 21 (17.50%) Windows
20 21 (17.50%) Cisco ASA
21 20 (16.67%) Network Design
22 19 (15.83%) CheckPoint
23 18 (15.00%) Python
23 18 (15.00%) Network Management
24 17 (14.17%) CCIE
24 17 (14.17%) EIGRP
24 17 (14.17%) Migration

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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 9 (7.50%) Skype for Business
2 7 (5.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (2.50%) OpenStack
Applications
1 3 (2.50%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (2.50%) Office 365
5 2 (1.67%) Akamai
5 2 (1.67%) G Suite
6 1 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.83%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 64 (53.33%) Firewall
2 61 (50.83%) WAN
3 52 (43.33%) LAN
4 51 (42.50%) BGP
5 43 (35.83%) OSPF
6 38 (31.67%) VPN
7 32 (26.67%) VoIP
8 30 (25.00%) TCP/IP
9 27 (22.50%) Wireless
10 26 (21.67%) DNS
11 21 (17.50%) Cisco ASA
12 17 (14.17%) EIGRP
13 15 (12.50%) Internet
14 14 (11.67%) Ethernet
15 13 (10.83%) DHCP
15 13 (10.83%) IPsec
15 13 (10.83%) L2TP
15 13 (10.83%) VLAN
16 11 (9.17%) WLAN
17 10 (8.33%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 6 (5.00%) JIRA
2 2 (1.67%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.83%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 28 (23.33%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.00%) Banking
3 4 (3.33%) Finance
4 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.83%) Billing
4 1 (0.83%) Retail
4 1 (0.83%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 47 (39.17%) Network Engineer
2 18 (15.00%) Architect
3 10 (8.33%) Analyst
3 10 (8.33%) Senior Network Engineer
4 8 (6.67%) Cisco Engineer
4 8 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
5 7 (5.83%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 7 (5.83%) Consultant
5 7 (5.83%) Developer
5 7 (5.83%) OSS Architect
6 6 (5.00%) C++ Developer
6 6 (5.00%) Incident Analyst
6 6 (5.00%) Network Architect
6 6 (5.00%) NOC Engineer
6 6 (5.00%) OSS Solutions Architect
6 6 (5.00%) Security Analyst
6 6 (5.00%) Security Incident Analyst
7 5 (4.17%) Design Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.83%) Boost C++ Libraries
1 7 (5.83%) J2EE
1 7 (5.83%) REST
1 7 (5.83%) Spring
1 7 (5.83%) Spring Boot
1 7 (5.83%) Web Services
2 2 (1.67%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.83%) LDAP
3 1 (0.83%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (30.83%) Data Centre
2 14 (11.67%) Management Information System
3 8 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.00%) BBC
5 4 (3.33%) Public Cloud
6 3 (2.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.67%) BYOD
7 2 (1.67%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.67%) Handset
7 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.67%) User Experience
8 1 (0.83%) Clustering
8 1 (0.83%) CMDB
8 1 (0.83%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.83%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.83%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.83%) PKI
8 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 23 (19.17%) Linux
2 21 (17.50%) Windows
3 10 (8.33%) Windows Server
4 6 (5.00%) Solaris
5 4 (3.33%) Unix
6 3 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (2.50%) Ubuntu
6 3 (2.50%) Windows 7
6 3 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.83%) Check Point GAiA
8 1 (0.83%) Debian
8 1 (0.83%) SUSE
8 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (16.67%) Network Design
2 18 (15.00%) Network Management
3 17 (14.17%) Migration
4 16 (13.33%) Load Balancing
5 12 (10.00%) Network Monitoring
6 11 (9.17%) Change Management
6 11 (9.17%) ITIL
6 11 (9.17%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (7.50%) DevOps
7 9 (7.50%) Use Case
8 8 (6.67%) Incident Management
8 8 (6.67%) Open Source
9 7 (5.83%) Deep Packet Inspection
9 7 (5.83%) Microservices
9 7 (5.83%) Network Architecture
9 7 (5.83%) Network Optimisation
9 7 (5.83%) SOA
9 7 (5.83%) Technical Architecture
9 7 (5.83%) Test Automation
10 6 (5.00%) Malware Analysis
Programming Languages
1 18 (15.00%) Python
2 11 (9.17%) Bash Shell
2 11 (9.17%) Ruby
3 9 (7.50%) Perl
4 7 (5.83%) C++
4 7 (5.83%) Java
4 7 (5.83%) SQL
5 2 (1.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 45 (37.50%) Cisco Certification
2 34 (28.33%) CCNP
3 30 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 29 (24.17%) CCNA
5 26 (21.67%) SC Cleared
6 17 (14.17%) CCIE
7 11 (9.17%) DV Cleared
8 9 (7.50%) CCDP
9 7 (5.83%) Degree
10 6 (5.00%) JNCIS
11 5 (4.17%) BC Cleared
11 5 (4.17%) CCIP
11 5 (4.17%) ISEB
11 5 (4.17%) ISTQB
12 4 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (3.33%) CCDA
13 3 (2.50%) JNCIP
14 2 (1.67%) CCSE
14 2 (1.67%) CCVP
14 2 (1.67%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.83%) QA
2 4 (3.33%) SLA
3 3 (2.50%) GDPR
3 3 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.83%) GPG13
4 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (10.83%) Active Directory
2 9 (7.50%) Docker
3 6 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.67%) KVM
4 2 (1.67%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 9 (7.50%) FortiGate
2 6 (5.00%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 6 (5.00%) CSIRT
3 4 (3.33%) Puppet
4 3 (2.50%) CA Spectrum
4 3 (2.50%) SCCM
5 2 (1.67%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.67%) QRadar
6 1 (0.83%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.83%) OpenView
6 1 (0.83%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 68 (56.67%) Cisco
2 39 (32.50%) Juniper
3 22 (18.33%) F5
4 19 (15.83%) CheckPoint
5 12 (10.00%) Riverbed
6 11 (9.17%) Microsoft
7 9 (7.50%) Palo Alto
7 9 (7.50%) VMware
8 7 (5.83%) Forcepoint
8 7 (5.83%) Oracle
8 7 (5.83%) TIBCO
9 6 (5.00%) EMC
9 6 (5.00%) Rackspace
9 6 (5.00%) SolarWinds
9 6 (5.00%) Virgin Media
10 5 (4.17%) LogRhythm
10 5 (4.17%) Nortel
10 5 (4.17%) SevOne
11 4 (3.33%) Avaya
11 4 (3.33%) Fortinet