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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / South West
Rank 131 102 130
Rank change year-on-year -29 +28  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 9 36 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.35% 1.24% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.05% 7.88% 3.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 30 8
Median daily rate £370 £363 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.06% +7.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £356 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £363 £365
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £313
% change year-on-year +3.44% +16.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £43.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -30.23% +7.50%  

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 438 457 373
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.86% 15.80% 11.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 301 183
Median daily rate £338 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.89% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £440 £452
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 30 23
Median hourly rate £44.25 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.90% -15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.33 £16.50 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

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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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 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
Bristol +3 6 £358 -4.34% 1
Wiltshire -24 2 £425 +17.24%
Devon - 1 £111 -
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England

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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 13 (59.09%) Cisco
2 9 (40.91%) Firewall
3 8 (36.36%) CheckPoint
3 8 (36.36%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (36.36%) VPN
3 8 (36.36%) Unified Communications
4 7 (31.82%) Cisco Nexus
4 7 (31.82%) Cisco ASA
4 7 (31.82%) HP
4 7 (31.82%) Wireless
4 7 (31.82%) Data Centre
5 6 (27.27%) OSPF
5 6 (27.27%) BGP
5 6 (27.27%) Cisco Prime
5 6 (27.27%) SolarWinds
5 6 (27.27%) Network Management
6 5 (22.73%) FWSM
6 5 (22.73%) IP Telephony
6 5 (22.73%) Cisco IPT
6 5 (22.73%) IronPort
6 5 (22.73%) CCNA
6 5 (22.73%) IBM
6 5 (22.73%) Juniper
6 5 (22.73%) CA
6 5 (22.73%) Nokia
6 5 (22.73%) TCP/IP
6 5 (22.73%) WAN
6 5 (22.73%) ITIL
6 5 (22.73%) PRINCE2
6 5 (22.73%) LAN

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Top Related 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (9.09%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 4 (18.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (40.91%) Firewall
2 8 (36.36%) Unified Communications
2 8 (36.36%) VPN
3 7 (31.82%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (31.82%) Cisco Nexus
3 7 (31.82%) Wireless
4 6 (27.27%) BGP
4 6 (27.27%) OSPF
5 5 (22.73%) Cisco IPT
5 5 (22.73%) FWSM
5 5 (22.73%) IP Telephony
5 5 (22.73%) LAN
5 5 (22.73%) TCP/IP
5 5 (22.73%) WAN
6 4 (18.18%) DNS
6 4 (18.18%) PPP
6 4 (18.18%) Spanning Tree
6 4 (18.18%) VLAN
6 4 (18.18%) VoIP
6 4 (18.18%) VPLS
Development Applications
1 2 (9.09%) JIRA
General
1 4 (18.18%) Advertising
2 2 (9.09%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.55%) Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Billing
3 1 (4.55%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 8 (36.36%) Analyst
2 6 (27.27%) Network Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Senior Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Senior Network Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Network Specialist
4 3 (13.64%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Test Manager
5 2 (9.09%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (9.09%) Juniper Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Migration Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Network Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (9.09%) Server Specialist
5 2 (9.09%) Technical Specialist
6 1 (4.55%) LAN Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) LAN/WAN Engineer
6 1 (4.55%) Migration Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Service Assurance Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Telephony Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Unified Communications Manager
6 1 (4.55%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) 802.1X
1 1 (4.55%) LINQ to SQL
1 1 (4.55%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (31.82%) Data Centre
2 5 (22.73%) Management Information System
3 4 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (9.09%) Replication
4 2 (9.09%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) Android
1 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Network Management
2 5 (22.73%) ITIL
2 5 (22.73%) PRINCE2
3 4 (18.18%) Network Design
3 4 (18.18%) Network Monitoring
3 4 (18.18%) Project Management
4 3 (13.64%) Migration
5 2 (9.09%) Automated Testing
5 2 (9.09%) Data Protection
5 2 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (9.09%) Information Security
5 2 (9.09%) ITIL V3
5 2 (9.09%) ITSM
5 2 (9.09%) Network Architecture
5 2 (9.09%) Performance Management
5 2 (9.09%) Problem Management
5 2 (9.09%) Service Management
5 2 (9.09%) Stress Testing
5 2 (9.09%) Test Scripting
5 2 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 8 (36.36%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (22.73%) CCNA
3 3 (13.64%) MCSE
3 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
4 2 (9.09%) CCDA
4 2 (9.09%) CNA
4 2 (9.09%) CNE
4 2 (9.09%) Degree
4 2 (9.09%) MCSA
4 2 (9.09%) Novell Certification
4 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
5 1 (4.55%) CCIE
5 1 (4.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (13.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.55%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (27.27%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (4.55%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 13 (59.09%) Cisco
2 8 (36.36%) CheckPoint
3 7 (31.82%) HP
4 6 (27.27%) SolarWinds
5 5 (22.73%) CA
5 5 (22.73%) IBM
5 5 (22.73%) IronPort
5 5 (22.73%) Juniper
5 5 (22.73%) Nokia
6 3 (13.64%) Blue Coat
6 3 (13.64%) VMware
7 2 (9.09%) F5
7 2 (9.09%) Fortinet
7 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
7 2 (9.09%) Nortel
7 2 (9.09%) Novell
7 2 (9.09%) SonicWALL
7 2 (9.09%) WatchGuard
8 1 (4.55%) Brocade
8 1 (4.55%) BT