Period
to 14 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 14 August 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
6 months to
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 355 390 431
Rank change year-on-year +35 +41 -9
Contract jobs citing MPLS 187 539 558
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.59% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.05% 4.60% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 316 326
Median daily rate £425 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £261 £263 £261
90th Percentile £595 £556 £609
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 26 31
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.06 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -30.56% -21.21%
10th Percentile £18.50 £15.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £46.00 £49.38 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.06 £24.00
% change year-on-year +10.77% -24.77% +3.23%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 4,618 11,712 13,755
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.54% 12.91% 13.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,627 7,140 8,429
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £603 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +1.25% +0.63% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 600 770
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +4.58%
10th Percentile £14.81 £12.50 £12.23
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £47.53
Median hourly rate £33.25 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +47.78% +18.42% +2.21%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 14 August 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
England +46 167 £450 +5.88% 32
UK excluding London +85 128 £450 +12.50% 24
South East +96 53 £450 +12.50% 9
London +68 48 £425 -5.56% 9
Midlands +93 29 £413 +6.45% 8
North of England +78 24 £438 +32.58% 2
West Midlands +62 19 £413 +10.00% 6
Work from Home -27 19 £375 +3.45% 6
Yorkshire +89 16 £400 +11.11%
East Midlands +66 10 £500 +10.55% 2
Scotland +51 10 £300 -29.41% 1
South West +67 7 £463 +20.13% 3
North West +53 7 £450 +28.57% 2
East of England +54 4 £531 +25.00% 1
North East +31 1 £475 +58.33%
Wales +29 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 with a requirement for MPLS.

1 136 (72.73%) Cisco
2 116 (62.03%) WAN
3 110 (58.82%) BGP
4 93 (49.73%) Firewall
5 80 (42.78%) VPN
6 79 (42.25%) LAN
7 71 (37.97%) OSPF
8 70 (37.43%) Cisco Certification
8 70 (37.43%) Juniper
9 48 (25.67%) CCNP
10 44 (23.53%) DNS
11 41 (21.93%) Data Centre
12 38 (20.32%) EIGRP
13 36 (19.25%) SNMP
13 36 (19.25%) VoIP
13 36 (19.25%) IPsec
14 34 (18.18%) Wireless
15 33 (17.65%) Network Design
15 33 (17.65%) Security Cleared
16 32 (17.11%) TCP/IP
16 32 (17.11%) Migration
17 31 (16.58%) Telecoms
17 31 (16.58%) F5
18 30 (16.04%) Network Security
19 29 (15.51%) Cisco ASA
19 29 (15.51%) DHCP
19 29 (15.51%) CCIE
20 28 (14.97%) Microsoft
20 28 (14.97%) VLAN
21 27 (14.44%) Ethernet

MPLS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 9 (4.81%) OpenStack
2 8 (4.28%) Confluence
3 5 (2.67%) JBoss
4 4 (2.14%) NetWeaver
4 4 (2.14%) WebSphere
5 3 (1.60%) Skype for Business
6 2 (1.07%) CMS
6 2 (1.07%) IIS
6 2 (1.07%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.53%) WildFly
Applications
1 10 (5.35%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.60%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.53%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.53%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 26 (13.90%) Azure
2 22 (11.76%) Office 365
3 13 (6.95%) IaaS
3 13 (6.95%) SaaS
4 11 (5.88%) PaaS
5 10 (5.35%) AWS
5 10 (5.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 8 (4.28%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.07%) Akamai
7 2 (1.07%) GitHub
8 1 (0.53%) G Suite
8 1 (0.53%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.53%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.53%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 116 (62.03%) WAN
2 110 (58.82%) BGP
3 93 (49.73%) Firewall
4 80 (42.78%) VPN
5 79 (42.25%) LAN
6 71 (37.97%) OSPF
7 44 (23.53%) DNS
8 38 (20.32%) EIGRP
9 36 (19.25%) IPsec
9 36 (19.25%) SNMP
9 36 (19.25%) VoIP
10 34 (18.18%) Wireless
11 32 (17.11%) TCP/IP
12 30 (16.04%) Network Security
13 29 (15.51%) Cisco ASA
13 29 (15.51%) DHCP
14 28 (14.97%) VLAN
15 27 (14.44%) Ethernet
16 24 (12.83%) Internet
17 23 (12.30%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.81%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.28%) Azure SQL Database
2 8 (4.28%) Cosmos DB
3 7 (3.74%) MySQL
4 6 (3.21%) DB2
5 4 (2.14%) SAP HANA
6 2 (1.07%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.53%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.53%) Redis
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 11 (5.88%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.53%) Hudson
2 1 (0.53%) JIRA
2 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
General
1 31 (16.58%) Telecoms
2 12 (6.42%) Finance
3 8 (4.28%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (2.67%) Public Sector
5 4 (2.14%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.60%) Legal
6 3 (1.60%) Retail
7 2 (1.07%) Billing
7 2 (1.07%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.53%) Banking
8 1 (0.53%) French Language
8 1 (0.53%) Games
8 1 (0.53%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (50.80%) Network Engineer
2 33 (17.65%) Architect
3 15 (8.02%) Cisco Engineer
4 14 (7.49%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 14 (7.49%) Consultant
4 14 (7.49%) Senior Network Engineer
5 12 (6.42%) Infrastructure Architect
6 11 (5.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 11 (5.88%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
6 11 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
7 10 (5.35%) Network Support
7 10 (5.35%) Support Engineer
8 9 (4.81%) Design Engineer
8 9 (4.81%) Network Architect
8 9 (4.81%) Network Support Engineer
9 7 (3.74%) Security Engineer
10 6 (3.21%) 3rd Line Support
10 6 (3.21%) Analyst
10 6 (3.21%) Network Design Engineer
10 6 (3.21%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.74%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.67%) Middleware
3 4 (2.14%) SAP Basis
4 3 (1.60%) XMPP
5 2 (1.07%) Jinja
5 2 (1.07%) XML
6 1 (0.53%) HTML
6 1 (0.53%) LDAP
6 1 (0.53%) RESTful
6 1 (0.53%) Web Services
6 1 (0.53%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (21.93%) Data Centre
2 19 (10.16%) PKI
3 14 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (6.95%) Public Cloud
5 7 (3.74%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.67%) Replication
7 4 (2.14%) CCTV
7 4 (2.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (2.14%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.14%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.60%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.60%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.07%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 2 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.07%) NHS
9 2 (1.07%) User Experience
10 1 (0.53%) Clustering
10 1 (0.53%) CMDB
10 1 (0.53%) IVR
10 1 (0.53%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 24 (12.83%) Windows
2 15 (8.02%) Windows Server
3 13 (6.95%) Linux
3 13 (6.95%) Unix
4 6 (3.21%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.14%) AIX
5 4 (2.14%) Check Point GAiA
5 4 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.60%) Debian
6 3 (1.60%) Fedora
6 3 (1.60%) NetWare
6 3 (1.60%) Solaris
6 3 (1.60%) Ubuntu
6 3 (1.60%) VMS
7 2 (1.07%) CatOS
7 2 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (17.65%) Network Design
2 32 (17.11%) Migration
3 21 (11.23%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (9.09%) ITIL
4 17 (9.09%) Load Balancing
5 13 (6.95%) DevOps
5 13 (6.95%) Network Architecture
5 13 (6.95%) Network Management
6 12 (6.42%) Project Management
6 12 (6.42%) Service Delivery
7 11 (5.88%) High Availability
8 10 (5.35%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (5.35%) Network Monitoring
9 9 (4.81%) Communications Security
10 8 (4.28%) Project Delivery
10 8 (4.28%) Technical Leadership
10 8 (4.28%) Test Planning
11 7 (3.74%) Customer Requirements
11 7 (3.74%) Data Protection
11 7 (3.74%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (13.37%) Python
2 16 (8.56%) SQL
3 6 (3.21%) Shell Script
4 2 (1.07%) Lisp
4 2 (1.07%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.53%) Perl
Qualifications
1 70 (37.43%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (25.67%) CCNP
3 33 (17.65%) Security Cleared
4 29 (15.51%) CCIE
5 27 (14.44%) CCNA
6 22 (11.76%) SC Cleared
7 15 (8.02%) CCDP
8 11 (5.88%) BC Cleared
8 11 (5.88%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (4.81%) Degree
10 7 (3.74%) CCIP
11 6 (3.21%) JNCIE
12 5 (2.67%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 5 (2.67%) CCIE Service Provider
13 3 (1.60%) CCDA
13 3 (1.60%) DV Cleared
13 3 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (1.60%) JNCIS
14 2 (1.07%) JNCIA
14 2 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (6.95%) QA
2 4 (2.14%) COBIT
2 4 (2.14%) GDPR
2 4 (2.14%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (12.30%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.74%) Docker
2 7 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (3.74%) VMware NSX
3 5 (2.67%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.60%) vSphere
5 1 (0.53%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.53%) vCloud
5 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (5.35%) Ansible
2 8 (4.28%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (3.74%) Kubernetes
4 6 (3.21%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (2.67%) Cisco UCCX
5 5 (2.67%) FortiGate
5 5 (2.67%) SCCM
6 4 (2.14%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.60%) TrustSec
7 3 (1.60%) vRealize
8 2 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.07%) Puppet
8 2 (1.07%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.53%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.53%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.53%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.53%) OPNET
9 1 (0.53%) SCOM
9 1 (0.53%) WSUS
Vendors
1 136 (72.73%) Cisco
2 70 (37.43%) Juniper
3 31 (16.58%) F5
4 28 (14.97%) Microsoft
5 26 (13.90%) CheckPoint
5 26 (13.90%) Palo Alto
6 17 (9.09%) Meraki
7 15 (8.02%) Citrix
8 14 (7.49%) VMware
9 11 (5.88%) Nokia
10 10 (5.35%) Red Hat
10 10 (5.35%) Riverbed
10 10 (5.35%) SolarWinds
11 9 (4.81%) Aruba
11 9 (4.81%) Blue Coat
11 9 (4.81%) Fortinet
11 9 (4.81%) HP
11 9 (4.81%) Huawei
12 8 (4.28%) Avaya
12 8 (4.28%) Oracle