Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 235 329 386
Rank change year-on-year +94 +57 -28
Contract jobs citing MPLS 105 327 299
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.75% 0.68% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.71% 4.50% 3.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 184 158
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £285 £222 £218
90th Percentile £575 £526 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 18 25
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.06 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -4.97% +36.18%
10th Percentile £16.65 £14.98 £12.75
90th Percentile £34.60 £46.96 £45.62
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.28 £24.50
% change year-on-year -1.37% -17.23% +5.59%

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 2,227 7,270 7,917
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.99% 15.15% 14.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,231 4,223 4,361
Median daily rate £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £173 £195 £198
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 456 557
Median hourly rate £34.00 £23.55 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.40% +23.92% +2.70%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +29.63% +35.00% +5.26%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK excluding London

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MPLS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 September 2020.

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 18 September 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 +102 40 £450 +12.50% 9
Midlands +101 27 £413 -4.07% 14
West Midlands +72 18 £393 +4.67% 12
South West +96 14 £463 +20.13% 1
North of England +85 12 £375 +11.94% 9
East Midlands +60 9 £500 +11.11% 2
North West +49 7 £375 +15.38% 4
East of England +70 6 £388 -8.82% 5
Scotland +57 6 £300 -29.41% 1
Yorkshire +73 4 £320 -26.86% 4
North East +35 1 £475 +46.15% 1
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UK

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 77 (73.33%) Cisco
2 67 (63.81%) WAN
3 63 (60.00%) Firewall
4 57 (54.29%) BGP
5 53 (50.48%) Cisco Certification
6 51 (48.57%) VPN
7 41 (39.05%) Juniper
7 41 (39.05%) CCNP
8 38 (36.19%) OSPF
9 35 (33.33%) LAN
10 34 (32.38%) DNS
11 32 (30.48%) Security Cleared
12 31 (29.52%) EIGRP
13 27 (25.71%) VoIP
14 26 (24.76%) IPsec
15 24 (22.86%) Cisco ASA
16 23 (21.90%) SC Cleared
17 21 (20.00%) Azure
18 19 (18.10%) Microsoft
18 19 (18.10%) CCNA
19 18 (17.14%) DHCP
19 18 (17.14%) Wireless
20 17 (16.19%) Internet
20 17 (16.19%) Ethernet
20 17 (16.19%) Windows
20 17 (16.19%) CCIE
20 17 (16.19%) SNMP
20 17 (16.19%) F5
21 16 (15.24%) Cisco Nexus
21 16 (15.24%) Data Centre

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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 5 (4.76%) JBoss
2 4 (3.81%) NetWeaver
2 4 (3.81%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.90%) CMS
3 2 (1.90%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.95%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (20.00%) Azure
2 13 (12.38%) Office 365
3 11 (10.48%) AWS
4 10 (9.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 10 (9.52%) IaaS
4 10 (9.52%) PaaS
5 7 (6.67%) SaaS
6 6 (5.71%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.90%) Akamai
8 1 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.95%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.95%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 67 (63.81%) WAN
2 63 (60.00%) Firewall
3 57 (54.29%) BGP
4 51 (48.57%) VPN
5 38 (36.19%) OSPF
6 35 (33.33%) LAN
7 34 (32.38%) DNS
8 31 (29.52%) EIGRP
9 27 (25.71%) VoIP
10 26 (24.76%) IPsec
11 24 (22.86%) Cisco ASA
12 18 (17.14%) DHCP
12 18 (17.14%) Wireless
13 17 (16.19%) Ethernet
13 17 (16.19%) Internet
13 17 (16.19%) SNMP
14 16 (15.24%) Cisco Nexus
15 14 (13.33%) TCP/IP
15 14 (13.33%) Wi-Fi
16 12 (11.43%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.67%) Azure SQL Database
1 7 (6.67%) Cosmos DB
1 7 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.76%) DB2
2 5 (4.76%) MySQL
3 4 (3.81%) SAP HANA
4 2 (1.90%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.95%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.95%) Hudson
2 1 (0.95%) JIRA
General
1 16 (15.24%) Telecoms
2 6 (5.71%) Pharmaceutical
2 6 (5.71%) Public Sector
3 3 (2.86%) Retail
4 2 (1.90%) Electronics
5 1 (0.95%) Billing
5 1 (0.95%) Legal
5 1 (0.95%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 49 (46.67%) Network Engineer
2 25 (23.81%) Architect
3 12 (11.43%) Infrastructure Architect
4 9 (8.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 9 (8.57%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
4 9 (8.57%) Consultant
5 8 (7.62%) Cisco Engineer
5 8 (7.62%) Senior Network Engineer
6 7 (6.67%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 7 (6.67%) Network Architect
6 7 (6.67%) Network Consultant
6 7 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (4.76%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
7 5 (4.76%) IP Engineer
7 5 (4.76%) Network Support
7 5 (4.76%) Network Support Engineer
7 5 (4.76%) Support Engineer
7 5 (4.76%) Technical Architect
8 4 (3.81%) Infrastructure Consultant
8 4 (3.81%) Network Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.76%) Middleware
2 4 (3.81%) SAP Basis
3 3 (2.86%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.95%) .NET
4 1 (0.95%) HTML
4 1 (0.95%) JSON
4 1 (0.95%) REST
4 1 (0.95%) RESTful
4 1 (0.95%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (15.24%) Data Centre
2 14 (13.33%) Public Cloud
3 13 (12.38%) PKI
4 7 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.81%) Replication
6 3 (2.86%) Client/Server
6 3 (2.86%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.90%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (1.90%) NHS
7 2 (1.90%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.95%) CCTV
8 1 (0.95%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 17 (16.19%) Windows
2 12 (11.43%) Windows Server
3 6 (5.71%) Unix
4 5 (4.76%) Linux
5 4 (3.81%) AIX
5 4 (3.81%) Check Point GAiA
5 4 (3.81%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (15.24%) Migration
1 16 (15.24%) Network Design
2 12 (11.43%) ITIL
3 11 (10.48%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (9.52%) Load Balancing
5 9 (8.57%) Change Management
6 8 (7.62%) Service Management
7 7 (6.67%) Network Management
7 7 (6.67%) Process Management
7 7 (6.67%) Service Delivery
8 6 (5.71%) Communications Security
8 6 (5.71%) Data Protection
8 6 (5.71%) High Availability
8 6 (5.71%) Network Architecture
8 6 (5.71%) Technical Leadership
9 5 (4.76%) Identity Management
9 5 (4.76%) Network Virtualisation
9 5 (4.76%) Requirements Analysis
9 5 (4.76%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 12 (11.43%) SQL
2 5 (4.76%) Python
3 3 (2.86%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 53 (50.48%) Cisco Certification
2 41 (39.05%) CCNP
3 32 (30.48%) Security Cleared
4 23 (21.90%) SC Cleared
5 19 (18.10%) CCNA
6 17 (16.19%) CCIE
7 9 (8.57%) CCDP
7 9 (8.57%) DV Cleared
8 8 (7.62%) BC Cleared
8 8 (7.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (6.67%) CCIP
10 6 (5.71%) JNCIE
11 2 (1.90%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 2 (1.90%) HP APS
12 1 (0.95%) CISSP
12 1 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.52%) QA
2 4 (3.81%) COBIT
2 4 (3.81%) GDPR
2 4 (3.81%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.95%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.62%) VMware NSX
3 6 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.81%) Docker
4 4 (3.81%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.90%) vSphere
6 1 (0.95%) vCloud
6 1 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (4.76%) FortiGate
2 4 (3.81%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (3.81%) Cisco Prime
2 4 (3.81%) Cisco UCCX
2 4 (3.81%) Kubernetes
2 4 (3.81%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (3.81%) SCCM
3 3 (2.86%) vRealize
4 2 (1.90%) Ansible
4 2 (1.90%) HAProxy
4 2 (1.90%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.90%) Puppet
4 2 (1.90%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.95%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.95%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.95%) Terraform
Vendors
1 77 (73.33%) Cisco
2 41 (39.05%) Juniper
3 19 (18.10%) Microsoft
4 17 (16.19%) F5
5 15 (14.29%) CheckPoint
6 14 (13.33%) Palo Alto
7 10 (9.52%) Citrix
7 10 (9.52%) Meraki
7 10 (9.52%) VMware
8 8 (7.62%) SolarWinds
9 7 (6.67%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 6 (5.71%) HP
10 6 (5.71%) Oracle
11 5 (4.76%) Aruba
11 5 (4.76%) Avaya
12 4 (3.81%) Fortinet
12 4 (3.81%) SAP
13 3 (2.86%) Blue Coat
13 3 (2.86%) Nokia
13 3 (2.86%) Tufin