Period
to 26 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 26 January 2020 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)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
26 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 297 380 365
Rank change year-on-year +83 -15 -43
Contract jobs citing MPLS 281 290 297
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.71% 0.55% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.54% 3.83% 3.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 174 186
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% -5.00%
10th Percentile £220 £250 £209
90th Percentile £538 £530 £497
UK median daily rate £408 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -1.21% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 11 9
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £14.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +52.72% -68.34%
10th Percentile £16.15 £13.17 £12.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £28.75 £36.35
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.50 £16.41
% change year-on-year +37.25% +55.44% -45.32%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 6,188 7,576 7,908
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.64% 14.42% 15.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,485 4,248 4,546
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £180 £200 £160
90th Percentile £563 £563 £550
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 418 429 518
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.30 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.01% -7.89% -15.56%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.91 £44.37
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.76 £18.70
% change year-on-year +19.94% +0.32% -16.89%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 26 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 26 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 26 January 2020. 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
South East +75 110 £425 +9.32% 39
North of England +71 84 £323 -11.03% 34
North West +63 57 £285 -21.38% 20
Midlands +44 49 £450 -4.76% 22
West Midlands +46 32 £425 -2.30% 11
Yorkshire +39 24 £379 -3.81% 11
East of England +31 18 £350 -26.32% 8
East Midlands +26 17 £450 -13.46% 11
South West +12 12 £325 -14.47% 9
Scotland +15 7 - - 8
North East +8 4 £513 +82.22% 3
Wales +27 2 £525 +50.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
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UK

For the 6 months to 26 January 2020, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 222 (79.00%) Cisco
2 174 (61.92%) WAN
3 159 (56.58%) BGP
4 135 (48.04%) LAN
5 134 (47.69%) Cisco Certification
6 121 (43.06%) Firewall
7 111 (39.50%) VPN
8 106 (37.72%) OSPF
9 99 (35.23%) CCNP
10 89 (31.67%) Juniper
11 64 (22.78%) Data Centre
12 63 (22.42%) TCP/IP
13 62 (22.06%) CCNA
14 59 (21.00%) Telecoms
15 57 (20.28%) Security Cleared
16 54 (19.22%) IPsec
16 54 (19.22%) CheckPoint
16 54 (19.22%) Internet
17 51 (18.15%) Palo Alto
18 49 (17.44%) SC Cleared
19 48 (17.08%) DNS
20 45 (16.01%) Migration
21 42 (14.95%) Ethernet
21 42 (14.95%) Cisco ASA
21 42 (14.95%) Cisco Nexus
22 41 (14.59%) F5
23 40 (14.23%) Wireless
24 39 (13.88%) Windows
25 37 (13.17%) DHCP
26 36 (12.81%) EIGRP

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 14 (4.98%) SharePoint
2 9 (3.20%) MS Exchange
2 9 (3.20%) Skype for Business
3 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (0.71%) IIS
3 2 (0.71%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.36%) Confluence
4 1 (0.36%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 16 (5.69%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.85%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.36%) assyst
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 27 (9.61%) Azure
2 18 (6.41%) AWS
3 12 (4.27%) Office 365
4 9 (3.20%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (2.14%) OneDrive
5 6 (2.14%) PaaS
6 5 (1.78%) IaaS
6 5 (1.78%) SaaS
7 4 (1.42%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.36%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.36%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 174 (61.92%) WAN
2 159 (56.58%) BGP
3 135 (48.04%) LAN
4 121 (43.06%) Firewall
5 111 (39.50%) VPN
6 106 (37.72%) OSPF
7 63 (22.42%) TCP/IP
8 54 (19.22%) Internet
8 54 (19.22%) IPsec
9 48 (17.08%) DNS
10 42 (14.95%) Cisco ASA
10 42 (14.95%) Cisco Nexus
10 42 (14.95%) Ethernet
11 40 (14.23%) Wireless
12 37 (13.17%) DHCP
13 36 (12.81%) EIGRP
14 33 (11.74%) VoIP
15 32 (11.39%) Network Security
16 31 (11.03%) Cisco IOS
17 30 (10.68%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.20%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.36%) Big Data
3 1 (0.36%) MySQL
3 1 (0.36%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (1.07%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.36%) Hudson
General
1 59 (21.00%) Telecoms
2 21 (7.47%) Finance
3 9 (3.20%) Retail
4 5 (1.78%) Public Sector
5 4 (1.42%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.07%) Banking
7 2 (0.71%) Legal
8 1 (0.36%) Back Office
8 1 (0.36%) French Language
8 1 (0.36%) German Language
8 1 (0.36%) Law
8 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 147 (52.31%) Network Engineer
2 28 (9.96%) Cisco Engineer
2 28 (9.96%) IP Engineer
3 24 (8.54%) Architect
4 22 (7.83%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 20 (7.12%) Network Architect
6 16 (5.69%) IP Network Engineer
6 16 (5.69%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 15 (5.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 14 (4.98%) Senior Network Engineer
8 14 (4.98%) WAN Engineer
9 13 (4.63%) Network Support
10 12 (4.27%) Security Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) Support Engineer
12 10 (3.56%) Designer
12 10 (3.56%) Network Design Engineer
12 10 (3.56%) Network Designer
12 10 (3.56%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.85%) 802.1X
2 7 (2.49%) Web Services
3 2 (0.71%) ModSecurity
4 1 (0.36%) Jinja
4 1 (0.36%) LDAP
4 1 (0.36%) Middleware
4 1 (0.36%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 64 (22.78%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (4.27%) PKI
4 5 (1.78%) CESG
4 5 (1.78%) Clustering
4 5 (1.78%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.42%) CCTV
5 4 (1.42%) Driving Licence
5 4 (1.42%) Hedge funds
5 4 (1.42%) PMI
6 3 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.07%) RSA SecurID
6 3 (1.07%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.71%) NHS
7 2 (0.71%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.71%) Replication
8 1 (0.36%) BBC
8 1 (0.36%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.36%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 39 (13.88%) Windows
2 24 (8.54%) Windows Server
3 15 (5.34%) Linux
4 6 (2.14%) Unix
4 6 (2.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.71%) Solaris
6 2 (0.71%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.36%) CentOS
7 1 (0.36%) Debian
7 1 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.36%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.36%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (16.01%) Migration
2 33 (11.74%) Network Design
3 27 (9.61%) Change Management
4 25 (8.90%) Network Management
5 24 (8.54%) ITIL
6 23 (8.19%) Service Delivery
7 21 (7.47%) Project Management
8 20 (7.12%) Network Monitoring
9 19 (6.76%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (6.41%) Cybersecurity
10 18 (6.41%) Load Balancing
11 16 (5.69%) Service Management
12 15 (5.34%) Project Delivery
13 14 (4.98%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (4.63%) High Availability
14 13 (4.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 13 (4.63%) PRINCE2
14 13 (4.63%) Process Management
15 12 (4.27%) Network Architecture
16 11 (3.91%) Communications Security
Programming Languages
1 9 (3.20%) Python
2 8 (2.85%) Perl
3 5 (1.78%) C
4 4 (1.42%) PHP
4 4 (1.42%) SQL
5 3 (1.07%) Java
5 3 (1.07%) Ruby
6 1 (0.36%) C++
6 1 (0.36%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 134 (47.69%) Cisco Certification
2 99 (35.23%) CCNP
3 62 (22.06%) CCNA
4 57 (20.28%) Security Cleared
5 49 (17.44%) SC Cleared
6 28 (9.96%) CCIE
7 21 (7.47%) CCDP
8 19 (6.76%) CCIP
9 18 (6.41%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (5.34%) BC Cleared
11 14 (4.98%) Degree
12 6 (2.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (1.78%) CCSE
13 5 (1.78%) HNC
13 5 (1.78%) JNCIA
14 4 (1.42%) CCIE Service Provider
14 4 (1.42%) CCSA
14 4 (1.42%) HND
14 4 (1.42%) PMI Certification
14 4 (1.42%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.34%) SLA
2 12 (4.27%) QA
3 9 (3.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (2.14%) RMADS
5 4 (1.42%) BS7799
6 3 (1.07%) COBIT
6 3 (1.07%) GDPR
7 2 (0.71%) PMO
8 1 (0.36%) NIST
8 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (8.90%) Active Directory
2 18 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.20%) Hyper-V
3 9 (3.20%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (2.85%) vSphere
5 6 (2.14%) BitLocker
5 6 (2.14%) XenDesktop
6 4 (1.42%) VMware NSX
7 3 (1.07%) Docker
8 2 (0.71%) iptables
8 2 (0.71%) vCloud
8 2 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.71%) XenApp
9 1 (0.36%) Firmware
9 1 (0.36%) KVM
Systems Management
1 19 (6.76%) FortiGate
2 14 (4.98%) SCOM
3 12 (4.27%) SCCM
4 6 (2.14%) Nagios
5 4 (1.42%) OPNET
5 4 (1.42%) Opsview
6 3 (1.07%) Cisco Prime
6 3 (1.07%) WSUS
7 2 (0.71%) Ansible
7 2 (0.71%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.71%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.71%) Statseeker
7 2 (0.71%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.36%) Amdocs OSS
8 1 (0.36%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.36%) Icinga
8 1 (0.36%) Observium
8 1 (0.36%) Rundeck
8 1 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 222 (79.00%) Cisco
2 89 (31.67%) Juniper
3 54 (19.22%) CheckPoint
4 51 (18.15%) Palo Alto
5 41 (14.59%) F5
6 36 (12.81%) Fortinet
7 34 (12.10%) Microsoft
8 33 (11.74%) VMware
9 30 (10.68%) Citrix
10 24 (8.54%) Huawei
10 24 (8.54%) Meraki
11 16 (5.69%) Ericsson
12 15 (5.34%) SolarWinds
13 14 (4.98%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 14 (4.98%) Redback
14 12 (4.27%) Riverbed
15 11 (3.91%) HP
16 10 (3.56%) Brocade
17 9 (3.20%) Aruba
17 9 (3.20%) Nokia