Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 253 200 173
Rank change year-on-year -53 -27 +31
Contract jobs citing MPLS 123 160 247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.73% 1.03% 1.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.70% 5.36% 6.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 91 164
South East median daily rate £475 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £301 £275 £206
90th Percentile £575 £575 £613
England median daily rate £438 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +9.38% - +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 14
South East median hourly rate £42.42 £13.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +214.22% -70.00% -5.26%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.55 £36.33
90th Percentile £47.83 £14.25 £47.83
England median hourly rate £32.50 £21.56 £43.00
% change year-on-year +50.78% -49.87% +29.32%

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 2,616 2,986 3,713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.57% 19.20% 20.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,350 1,707 2,060
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £185 £218 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £530
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 191 204
South East median hourly rate £20.00 £19.63 £33.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.91% -42.07% +12.92%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.00 £11.81
90th Percentile £51.63 £47.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% -14.00% +15.85%

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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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -28 55 £425 +9.89% 4
Berkshire -15 44 £420 +18.14% 1
Hampshire -15 41 £475 +13.10% 7
Surrey -19 13 £550 +10.00% 3
West Sussex -14 7 £410 +3.80% 1
Buckinghamshire -24 7 £560 +93.10% 1
Middlesex -3 5 £525 +56.13%
Oxfordshire -10 4 £488 +18.18% 2
Kent +6 1 £575 +35.29% 4
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England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 70 (56.91%) Cisco
2 64 (52.03%) WAN
3 52 (42.28%) VPN
4 48 (39.02%) BGP
5 45 (36.59%) Firewall
6 39 (31.71%) LAN
7 37 (30.08%) Cisco Certification
8 32 (26.02%) Telecoms
9 28 (22.76%) Security Cleared
10 27 (21.95%) SC Cleared
11 25 (20.33%) Juniper
11 25 (20.33%) ITIL
12 24 (19.51%) CCNP
13 23 (18.70%) Multicast
14 21 (17.07%) OSPF
15 20 (16.26%) Migration
15 20 (16.26%) CCNA
16 19 (15.45%) F5
16 19 (15.45%) Data Centre
17 18 (14.63%) Palo Alto
17 18 (14.63%) IPv6
17 18 (14.63%) DNS
17 18 (14.63%) Ethernet
17 18 (14.63%) Wi-Fi
18 17 (13.82%) Network Security
19 16 (13.01%) Windows
20 14 (11.38%) CCIE
20 14 (11.38%) IPsec
21 13 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
22 12 (9.76%) 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 1 (0.81%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.81%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.81%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 13 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (4.88%) Office 365
3 2 (1.63%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.81%) G Suite
4 1 (0.81%) IaaS
4 1 (0.81%) IBM Cloud
4 1 (0.81%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 64 (52.03%) WAN
2 52 (42.28%) VPN
3 48 (39.02%) BGP
4 45 (36.59%) Firewall
5 39 (31.71%) LAN
6 23 (18.70%) Multicast
7 21 (17.07%) OSPF
8 18 (14.63%) DNS
8 18 (14.63%) Ethernet
8 18 (14.63%) IPv6
8 18 (14.63%) Wi-Fi
9 17 (13.82%) Network Security
10 14 (11.38%) IPsec
11 12 (9.76%) Cisco Nexus
12 11 (8.94%) Cisco ASA
12 11 (8.94%) Internet
12 11 (8.94%) TCP/IP
12 11 (8.94%) VoIP
13 10 (8.13%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 8 (6.50%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.81%) Big Data
1 1 (0.81%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Hudson
2 1 (0.81%) Metasploit
General
1 32 (26.02%) Telecoms
2 9 (7.32%) Finance
3 3 (2.44%) Banking
4 2 (1.63%) Retail
5 1 (0.81%) Electronics
5 1 (0.81%) Legal
Job Titles
1 53 (43.09%) Network Engineer
2 20 (16.26%) Architect
3 18 (14.63%) Network Security Engineer
3 18 (14.63%) Security Engineer
4 14 (11.38%) Consultant
5 12 (9.76%) Network Architect
6 9 (7.32%) Cisco Engineer
6 9 (7.32%) Network Manager
7 8 (6.50%) Network Consultant
7 8 (6.50%) Security Consultant
8 7 (5.69%) Network Security Consultant
8 7 (5.69%) Project Manager
9 6 (4.88%) Solutions Architect
10 5 (4.07%) IP Architect
10 5 (4.07%) IP Engineer
10 5 (4.07%) IT Manager
10 5 (4.07%) Senior Cisco Engineer
10 5 (4.07%) Senior Network Engineer
11 4 (3.25%) Core Network Architect
11 4 (3.25%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.44%) WAP
2 2 (1.63%) CGI
2 2 (1.63%) Core Data
3 1 (0.81%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.81%) COM
3 1 (0.81%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 19 (15.45%) Data Centre
2 6 (4.88%) CMDB
3 4 (3.25%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.25%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.44%) Clustering
4 3 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.63%) PKI
5 2 (1.63%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.81%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.81%) Fintech
6 1 (0.81%) PMI
6 1 (0.81%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.01%) Windows
2 6 (4.88%) Windows Server
3 5 (4.07%) Windows 7
4 3 (2.44%) Solaris
4 3 (2.44%) Unix
4 3 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.63%) Linux
5 2 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.81%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (20.33%) ITIL
2 20 (16.26%) Migration
3 10 (8.13%) Configuration Management
3 10 (8.13%) Load Balancing
3 10 (8.13%) Network Design
3 10 (8.13%) Project Management
3 10 (8.13%) Service Delivery
4 8 (6.50%) Business Continuity
4 8 (6.50%) Change Management
4 8 (6.50%) IT Strategy
5 7 (5.69%) Information Security
5 7 (5.69%) Network Architecture
5 7 (5.69%) Risk Management
5 7 (5.69%) Service Management
6 5 (4.07%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (4.07%) Performance Management
6 5 (4.07%) PRINCE2
6 5 (4.07%) Problem Management
7 4 (3.25%) Security Architecture
7 4 (3.25%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.88%) Python
2 5 (4.07%) Perl
3 4 (3.25%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.63%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.81%) Ruby
5 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.81%) SQL
Qualifications
1 37 (30.08%) Cisco Certification
2 28 (22.76%) Security Cleared
3 27 (21.95%) SC Cleared
4 24 (19.51%) CCNP
5 20 (16.26%) CCNA
6 14 (11.38%) CCIE
7 7 (5.69%) Degree
7 7 (5.69%) JNCIE
8 5 (4.07%) CCDP
8 5 (4.07%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 4 (3.25%) CCIP
9 4 (3.25%) CISSP
10 3 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (2.44%) JNCIP
11 2 (1.63%) BC Cleared
11 2 (1.63%) CCDA
11 2 (1.63%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.81%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.81%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.69%) SLA
2 5 (4.07%) QA
3 3 (2.44%) ISO 9001
3 3 (2.44%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.81%) PMO
5 1 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 9 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (6.50%) Active Directory
3 5 (4.07%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.63%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.81%) vSphere
5 1 (0.81%) XenApp
5 1 (0.81%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (4.07%) CA Spectrum
1 5 (4.07%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (3.25%) Cisco Prime
3 3 (2.44%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 2 (1.63%) SCCM
4 2 (1.63%) SolarWinds Orion
5 1 (0.81%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.81%) CSIRT
5 1 (0.81%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.81%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.81%) Nagios
5 1 (0.81%) SCOM
Vendors
1 70 (56.91%) Cisco
2 25 (20.33%) Juniper
3 19 (15.45%) F5
4 18 (14.63%) Palo Alto
5 12 (9.76%) VMware
6 11 (8.94%) SolarWinds
7 10 (8.13%) CheckPoint
8 7 (5.69%) Splunk
9 6 (4.88%) Blue Coat
9 6 (4.88%) Remedy
10 5 (4.07%) CA
10 5 (4.07%) Dell
10 5 (4.07%) Fortinet
10 5 (4.07%) Riverbed
11 3 (2.44%) HP
11 3 (2.44%) Infovista
11 3 (2.44%) Qualys
11 3 (2.44%) Tufin
12 2 (1.63%) Tandberg
12 2 (1.63%) Veeam