The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 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 West
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 121 110 135
Rank change year-on-year -11 +25  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 16 31 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.59% 1.04% 0.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.69% 5.89% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 24 6
Median daily rate £370 £363 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.06% -9.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £404 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.60 £47.83 £95.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% -49.65%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 434 526 354
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 15.89% 17.65% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 337 212
Median daily rate £370 £363 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.06% -2.02%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 42 29
Median hourly rate £46.25 £25.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +85.00% +19.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.05 £14.00 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the South West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the South West over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the South West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the South West

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Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Wiltshire +1 8 £353 -2.75%
Bristol -5 5 £370 -0.67% 3
Dorset +4 2 £450 +12.50% 1
Devon -5 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, 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 West region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 20 (83.33%) Cisco
2 16 (66.67%) Network Management
3 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
3 11 (45.83%) VPN
4 10 (41.67%) Firewall
4 10 (41.67%) Wireless
4 10 (41.67%) Cisco Nexus
4 10 (41.67%) Data Centre
5 9 (37.50%) Juniper
6 8 (33.33%) CheckPoint
6 8 (33.33%) SolarWinds
7 7 (29.17%) Unified Communications
7 7 (29.17%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (29.17%) IronPort
7 7 (29.17%) Cisco IPT
7 7 (29.17%) IP Telephony
7 7 (29.17%) CA
7 7 (29.17%) HP
7 7 (29.17%) Cisco Prime
7 7 (29.17%) IBM
7 7 (29.17%) LAN
8 6 (25.00%) Ethernet
8 6 (25.00%) EMC
8 6 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (25.00%) BGP
8 6 (25.00%) DV Cleared
8 6 (25.00%) SevOne
9 5 (20.83%) FWSM
9 5 (20.83%) SC Cleared
9 5 (20.83%) OSPF

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (45.83%) VPN
2 10 (41.67%) Cisco Nexus
2 10 (41.67%) Firewall
2 10 (41.67%) Wireless
3 7 (29.17%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (29.17%) Cisco IPT
3 7 (29.17%) IP Telephony
3 7 (29.17%) LAN
3 7 (29.17%) Unified Communications
4 6 (25.00%) BGP
4 6 (25.00%) Ethernet
5 5 (20.83%) DNS
5 5 (20.83%) FWSM
5 5 (20.83%) OSPF
5 5 (20.83%) WAN
6 4 (16.67%) Spanning Tree
6 4 (16.67%) TCP/IP
6 4 (16.67%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (12.50%) DHCP
7 3 (12.50%) TACACS
General
1 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.17%) Billing
2 1 (4.17%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) German Language
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Network Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Senior Network Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Network Specialist
4 2 (8.33%) Network Operations Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Operations Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Senior Network Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.17%) Architect
5 1 (4.17%) Cisco Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Network Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Support Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Service Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Support Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) 802.1X
1 1 (4.17%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (41.67%) Data Centre
2 4 (16.67%) Management Information System
3 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.33%) Unix
1 2 (8.33%) Windows
2 1 (4.17%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Network Management
2 5 (20.83%) Service Management
3 4 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 4 (16.67%) ITIL
3 4 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (12.50%) Network Architecture
4 3 (12.50%) Problem Management
5 2 (8.33%) Capacity Management
5 2 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (8.33%) E-Commerce
5 2 (8.33%) High Availability
5 2 (8.33%) Load Balancing
5 2 (8.33%) Network Design
5 2 (8.33%) Performance Management
5 2 (8.33%) Proactive Monitoring
5 2 (8.33%) Software Architecture
6 1 (4.17%) Change Management
6 1 (4.17%) Service Delivery
6 1 (4.17%) Service Design
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
2 6 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (25.00%) DV Cleared
3 5 (20.83%) CCNA
3 5 (20.83%) Degree
3 5 (20.83%) SC Cleared
4 3 (12.50%) CCNP
5 2 (8.33%) Master's Degree
6 1 (4.17%) CCIE
6 1 (4.17%) MCSE
6 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (8.33%) FortiGate
2 2 (8.33%) Netcool
3 1 (4.17%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 20 (83.33%) Cisco
2 9 (37.50%) Juniper
3 8 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 8 (33.33%) SolarWinds
4 7 (29.17%) CA
4 7 (29.17%) HP
4 7 (29.17%) IBM
4 7 (29.17%) IronPort
5 6 (25.00%) EMC
5 6 (25.00%) SevOne
6 5 (20.83%) Blue Coat
6 5 (20.83%) Nokia
7 3 (12.50%) F5
8 2 (8.33%) Nortel
8 2 (8.33%) Palo Alto
9 1 (4.17%) Aruba
9 1 (4.17%) VMware
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