Period
to 10 December 2019

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 10 December 2019 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
10 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 195 257 270
Rank change year-on-year +62 +13 -64
Contract jobs citing MPLS 136 136 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.05% 0.80% 0.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.80% 4.90% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 62 55
South East median daily rate £425 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% +4.00% -10.71%
10th Percentile £233 £301 £270
90th Percentile £539 £494 £550
England median daily rate £425 £415 £380
% change year-on-year +2.41% +9.21% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 5 4
South East median hourly rate £42.42 £27.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.25% +103.70% -71.88%
10th Percentile £13.75 £19.50 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.83 £39.02 £14.25
England median hourly rate £31.00 £28.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year +9.73% +109.26% -71.88%

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 2,345 2,775 2,895
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 18.12% 16.35% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,235 1,486 1,562
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £189 £209 £170
90th Percentile £550 £575 £550
England median daily rate £415 £425 £403
% change year-on-year -2.35% +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 155 122 153
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £22.63 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.70% +35.07% -33.00%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.78 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.80 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +25.60% +6.95% -16.89%

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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 10 December 2019.

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 10 December 2019.

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 10 December 2019. 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 +23 61 £425 - 12
Hampshire +36 55 £400 +8.11% 13
Berkshire -4 51 £425 +13.33% 8
West Sussex +18 9 £500 +21.21%
Surrey +41 8 £500 +30.72% 8
Oxfordshire +32 5 £415 -2.35% 2
Buckinghamshire - 5 £413 - 2
Kent - 3 £220 - 1
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England

For the 6 months to 10 December 2019, 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.

1 105 (77.21%) Cisco
2 87 (63.97%) WAN
3 75 (55.15%) LAN
4 67 (49.26%) Firewall
4 67 (49.26%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (49.26%) BGP
5 51 (37.50%) CCNP
6 49 (36.03%) VPN
7 40 (29.41%) Juniper
8 38 (27.94%) Data Centre
9 36 (26.47%) OSPF
10 35 (25.74%) Telecoms
10 35 (25.74%) F5
11 31 (22.79%) SC Cleared
11 31 (22.79%) Security Cleared
12 30 (22.06%) CheckPoint
12 30 (22.06%) DNS
13 29 (21.32%) CCNA
14 28 (20.59%) Ethernet
14 28 (20.59%) Cisco ASA
15 24 (17.65%) Palo Alto
16 23 (16.91%) Wireless
17 22 (16.18%) IPsec
17 22 (16.18%) Fortinet
17 22 (16.18%) HSRP
18 21 (15.44%) Azure
19 20 (14.71%) TCP/IP
19 20 (14.71%) Cisco Nexus
20 19 (13.97%) Internet
20 19 (13.97%) Cisco IOS

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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 3 (2.21%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.47%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.74%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.68%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 21 (15.44%) Azure
2 9 (6.62%) AWS
3 4 (2.94%) Office 365
4 3 (2.21%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.74%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 87 (63.97%) WAN
2 75 (55.15%) LAN
3 67 (49.26%) BGP
3 67 (49.26%) Firewall
4 49 (36.03%) VPN
5 36 (26.47%) OSPF
6 30 (22.06%) DNS
7 28 (20.59%) Cisco ASA
7 28 (20.59%) Ethernet
8 23 (16.91%) Wireless
9 22 (16.18%) HSRP
9 22 (16.18%) IPsec
10 20 (14.71%) Cisco Nexus
10 20 (14.71%) TCP/IP
11 19 (13.97%) Cisco IOS
11 19 (13.97%) Internet
12 18 (13.24%) Multicast
13 17 (12.50%) EIGRP
14 16 (11.76%) WLAN
15 15 (11.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.94%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.47%) MS Access
2 2 (1.47%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (0.74%) Big Data
3 1 (0.74%) MariaDB
3 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.74%) MySQL
3 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (1.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.74%) JIRA
General
1 35 (25.74%) Telecoms
2 9 (6.62%) Finance
2 9 (6.62%) Retail
3 7 (5.15%) Public Sector
4 2 (1.47%) Legal
5 1 (0.74%) Back Office
5 1 (0.74%) Banking
5 1 (0.74%) Local Government
5 1 (0.74%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 87 (63.97%) Network Engineer
2 18 (13.24%) IP Engineer
2 18 (13.24%) IP Network Engineer
3 15 (11.03%) Cisco Engineer
4 13 (9.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 13 (9.56%) Support Engineer
5 11 (8.09%) Network Design Engineer
5 11 (8.09%) Network Support
5 11 (8.09%) Network Support Engineer
6 10 (7.35%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 10 (7.35%) Senior Network Engineer
7 9 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (5.15%) Core Network Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) Architect
9 6 (4.41%) Cisco Support
9 6 (4.41%) Design Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) Designer
9 6 (4.41%) Network Designer
10 5 (3.68%) Switch Engineer
10 5 (3.68%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.15%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.94%) Web Services
3 1 (0.74%) Node.js
3 1 (0.74%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 38 (27.94%) Data Centre
2 7 (5.15%) CMDB
3 4 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.21%) Clustering
5 2 (1.47%) NHS
6 1 (0.74%) CESG
6 1 (0.74%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.74%) Digital TV
6 1 (0.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.74%) Fibre Optics
6 1 (0.74%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.74%) PKI
6 1 (0.74%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (0.74%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 18 (13.24%) Windows
2 12 (8.82%) Linux
3 10 (7.35%) Windows Server
4 5 (3.68%) Unix
5 3 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (2.21%) Solaris
6 2 (1.47%) Check Point GAiA
6 2 (1.47%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.74%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (11.76%) ITIL
1 16 (11.76%) Load Balancing
2 15 (11.03%) Migration
3 14 (10.29%) Change Management
3 14 (10.29%) Configuration Management
3 14 (10.29%) Network Design
4 12 (8.82%) Network Monitoring
5 11 (8.09%) High Availability
5 11 (8.09%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (8.09%) Project Management
6 9 (6.62%) Service Delivery
7 7 (5.15%) Decision-Making
7 7 (5.15%) Problem Management
7 7 (5.15%) Service Management
8 6 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 6 (4.41%) SIEM
9 5 (3.68%) Infrastructure Automation
9 5 (3.68%) Kalman Filter
9 5 (3.68%) Mentoring
9 5 (3.68%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 8 (5.88%) Python
2 7 (5.15%) Perl
3 4 (2.94%) PHP
4 3 (2.21%) SQL
5 2 (1.47%) C
6 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.74%) C++
6 1 (0.74%) Java
6 1 (0.74%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.74%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 67 (49.26%) Cisco Certification
2 51 (37.50%) CCNP
3 31 (22.79%) SC Cleared
3 31 (22.79%) Security Cleared
4 29 (21.32%) CCNA
5 15 (11.03%) CCIE
6 10 (7.35%) CCIP
7 9 (6.62%) Degree
8 8 (5.88%) CCDP
9 5 (3.68%) BC Cleared
9 5 (3.68%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (3.68%) JNCIP
10 4 (2.94%) JNCIA
11 3 (2.21%) HNC
11 3 (2.21%) JNCIS
12 2 (1.47%) APMP
12 2 (1.47%) CISSP
12 2 (1.47%) HND
13 1 (0.74%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 1 (0.74%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.62%) SLA
2 8 (5.88%) QA
3 4 (2.94%) GDPR
3 4 (2.94%) PMO
4 2 (1.47%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.74%) NIST
System Software
1 11 (8.09%) Active Directory
1 11 (8.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.94%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.47%) KVM
3 2 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.47%) vSphere
3 2 (1.47%) XenApp
4 1 (0.74%) BIND 9
4 1 (0.74%) Docker
4 1 (0.74%) NFS
4 1 (0.74%) Postfix
4 1 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (5.88%) Cisco Prime
2 4 (2.94%) Nagios
2 4 (2.94%) SCOM
3 3 (2.21%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (2.21%) WSUS
4 2 (1.47%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.74%) Ansible
5 1 (0.74%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.74%) SCCM
Vendors
1 105 (77.21%) Cisco
2 40 (29.41%) Juniper
3 35 (25.74%) F5
4 30 (22.06%) CheckPoint
5 24 (17.65%) Palo Alto
6 22 (16.18%) Fortinet
7 17 (12.50%) SolarWinds
8 15 (11.03%) VMware
9 12 (8.82%) Aruba
9 12 (8.82%) HP
9 12 (8.82%) Microsoft
10 10 (7.35%) BT
10 10 (7.35%) Citrix
10 10 (7.35%) Nokia
11 9 (6.62%) Brocade
12 8 (5.88%) Meraki
13 6 (4.41%) Blue Coat
13 6 (4.41%) Huawei
14 5 (3.68%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 5 (3.68%) Genesys