Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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)
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 450 418 353
Rank change year-on-year -32 -65 +5
Contract jobs citing MPLS 498 578 731
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.55% 0.64%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.52% 3.56% 4.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 380 449
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% +12.68%
10th Percentile £242 £256 £259
90th Percentile £500 £538 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £375 £399
% change year-on-year -2.67% -5.96% +18.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 24
UK median hourly rate £14.41 £39.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.06% -13.33% +63.64%
10th Percentile £12.75 £21.18 £15.75
90th Percentile £49.19 £48.60 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £38.81 £45.00
% change year-on-year -65.21% -13.77% +63.64%

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 14147 16251 15798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.72% 15.52% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8605 9813 9138
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 745 827 1017
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.83% +17.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.13 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.65 £48.15 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor 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 21 November 2017. 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 -45 450 £375 -3.23% 70
UK excluding London -34 286 £365 -2.67% 47
London -21 200 £395 -1.25% 23
South East -69 98 £368 -8.13% 14
Midlands +48 65 £375 +15.38% 10
North of England +43 54 £375 - 18
West Midlands +45 53 £375 +2.04% 4
North West +33 42 £375 -6.25% 11
Scotland +3 29 £350 -
South West -21 24 £353 -2.76% 1
East Midlands +5 12 £294 +30.56% 5
Yorkshire +4 11 £375 +7.14% 7
East of England -18 11 £300 -33.70% 4
Wales - 8 £338 -
North East +64 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 with a requirement for MPLS.

1 351 (70.48%) Cisco
2 265 (53.21%) Firewall
3 258 (51.81%) WAN
4 231 (46.39%) VPN
5 217 (43.57%) Cisco Certification
6 202 (40.56%) BGP
7 197 (39.56%) LAN
8 168 (33.73%) OSPF
9 139 (27.91%) CCNP
10 136 (27.31%) Data Centre
11 119 (23.90%) Juniper
12 118 (23.69%) Cisco Nexus
13 117 (23.49%) Wireless
14 110 (22.09%) CheckPoint
15 109 (21.89%) Network Security
16 101 (20.28%) IPsec
17 98 (19.68%) Cisco ASA
18 96 (19.28%) TCP/IP
19 91 (18.27%) DNS
20 90 (18.07%) Telecoms
21 84 (16.87%) EIGRP
22 83 (16.67%) CCNA
23 82 (16.47%) CCIE
23 82 (16.47%) DHCP
24 81 (16.27%) F5
25 77 (15.46%) VLAN
26 76 (15.26%) Windows
26 76 (15.26%) Finance
27 74 (14.86%) VoIP
27 74 (14.86%) 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 15 (3.01%) MS Exchange
2 11 (2.21%) Skype for Business
3 9 (1.81%) CMS
4 8 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.00%) IIS
5 5 (1.00%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.80%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.80%) Apache
6 4 (0.80%) Drupal
6 4 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (0.80%) WordPress
7 2 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.20%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.20%) OpenEdge
8 1 (0.20%) SAS
8 1 (0.20%) Site Server
Applications
1 25 (5.02%) MS Visio
2 12 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.00%) HipChat
5 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.80%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) Maximo
2 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 41 (8.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (7.03%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (5.82%) Office 365
4 7 (1.41%) IaaS
4 7 (1.41%) PaaS
5 5 (1.00%) IBM Cloud
5 5 (1.00%) Mimecast
6 4 (0.80%) Akamai
7 3 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.40%) SaaS
9 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 265 (53.21%) Firewall
2 258 (51.81%) WAN
3 231 (46.39%) VPN
4 202 (40.56%) BGP
5 197 (39.56%) LAN
6 168 (33.73%) OSPF
7 118 (23.69%) Cisco Nexus
8 117 (23.49%) Wireless
9 109 (21.89%) Network Security
10 101 (20.28%) IPsec
11 98 (19.68%) Cisco ASA
12 96 (19.28%) TCP/IP
13 91 (18.27%) DNS
14 84 (16.87%) EIGRP
15 82 (16.47%) DHCP
16 77 (15.46%) VLAN
17 74 (14.86%) Ethernet
17 74 (14.86%) VoIP
18 51 (10.24%) Internet
19 49 (9.84%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.80%) MS Access
2 4 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.60%) OLTP
4 2 (0.40%) Big Data
4 2 (0.40%) MySQL
5 1 (0.20%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.20%) Informix
5 1 (0.20%) Redis
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (1.41%) Git (software)
2 5 (1.00%) Bitbucket
2 5 (1.00%) git-flow
2 5 (1.00%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.00%) JIRA
2 5 (1.00%) Maven
2 5 (1.00%) Metasploit
2 5 (1.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.20%) MSI
3 1 (0.20%) PVCS
General
1 90 (18.07%) Telecoms
2 76 (15.26%) Finance
3 39 (7.83%) Banking
4 28 (5.62%) Retail
5 13 (2.61%) Billing
6 10 (2.01%) Law
7 9 (1.81%) Legal
8 5 (1.00%) Advertising
8 5 (1.00%) Marketing
9 4 (0.80%) Music Industry
10 3 (0.60%) French Language
10 3 (0.60%) German Language
10 3 (0.60%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.60%) Retail Finance
11 2 (0.40%) Electronics
11 2 (0.40%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.40%) Military
11 2 (0.40%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 248 (49.80%) Network Engineer
2 73 (14.66%) Cisco Engineer
3 67 (13.45%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 55 (11.04%) Architect
5 35 (7.03%) Network Architect
6 31 (6.22%) Security Engineer
7 27 (5.42%) Project Manager
7 27 (5.42%) Senior Network Engineer
8 26 (5.22%) Network Security Engineer
9 25 (5.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 25 (5.02%) Support Engineer
10 24 (4.82%) Network Specialist
11 23 (4.62%) Network Support
12 21 (4.22%) Analyst
13 18 (3.61%) Lead Network Engineer
14 17 (3.41%) Design Engineer
14 17 (3.41%) IP Engineer
15 15 (3.01%) Cloud Engineer
15 15 (3.01%) Consultant
15 15 (3.01%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.61%) 802.1X
2 8 (1.61%) JSON
3 6 (1.20%) LAMP
4 5 (1.00%) Web Services
5 4 (0.80%) .NET
5 4 (0.80%) XMPP
6 3 (0.60%) Rendezvous
6 3 (0.60%) RFC 2544
6 3 (0.60%) WAP
6 3 (0.60%) XML
7 2 (0.40%) CGI
8 1 (0.20%) HTML
8 1 (0.20%) Middleware
8 1 (0.20%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.20%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 136 (27.31%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (4.62%) Computer Science
4 20 (4.02%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.41%) Virtual Team
6 9 (1.81%) PKI
6 9 (1.81%) Replication
7 7 (1.41%) Client/Server
7 7 (1.41%) Clustering
8 6 (1.20%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.00%) CESG
9 5 (1.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (1.00%) Hedge funds
9 5 (1.00%) IVR
9 5 (1.00%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.80%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.60%) Cyberthreat
11 3 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.60%) Smartphone
11 3 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 76 (15.26%) Windows
2 43 (8.63%) Windows Server
3 37 (7.43%) Linux
4 22 (4.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (4.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (4.02%) Unix
6 7 (1.41%) Windows 7
7 6 (1.20%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.80%) CentOS
8 4 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.60%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.40%) FreeBSD
10 2 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.20%) Android
11 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (13.65%) ITIL
1 68 (13.65%) Network Design
2 48 (9.64%) Network Management
3 45 (9.04%) Service Delivery
4 44 (8.84%) Project Management
5 41 (8.23%) Load Balancing
5 41 (8.23%) Migration
6 38 (7.63%) Service Management
7 34 (6.83%) Change Management
8 27 (5.42%) WAN Optimisation
9 25 (5.02%) Configuration Management
10 24 (4.82%) Network Monitoring
11 23 (4.62%) Network Architecture
12 22 (4.42%) High Availability
12 22 (4.42%) Stakeholder Management
13 21 (4.22%) Agile Software Development
14 20 (4.02%) Problem Management
15 19 (3.82%) Information Security
16 18 (3.61%) Capacity Management
17 17 (3.41%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 28 (5.62%) SQL
2 22 (4.42%) Python
3 17 (3.41%) Perl
4 16 (3.21%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.81%) C-shell
5 9 (1.81%) Korn
6 7 (1.41%) PowerShell
7 5 (1.00%) Groovy
8 4 (0.80%) C
9 2 (0.40%) Java
9 2 (0.40%) PHP
9 2 (0.40%) Ruby
10 1 (0.20%) C++
10 1 (0.20%) Progress 4GL
10 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.20%) VB
Qualifications
1 217 (43.57%) Cisco Certification
2 139 (27.91%) CCNP
3 83 (16.67%) CCNA
4 82 (16.47%) CCIE
5 50 (10.04%) Security Cleared
6 39 (7.83%) SC Cleared
7 24 (4.82%) Degree
8 19 (3.82%) JNCIE
9 17 (3.41%) JNCIP
10 12 (2.41%) CISSP
11 10 (2.01%) CCVP
11 10 (2.01%) DV Cleared
12 9 (1.81%) JNCIA
13 7 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
14 6 (1.20%) CCDP
14 6 (1.20%) CCNP Voice
14 6 (1.20%) CCSE
15 5 (1.00%) CCDA
15 5 (1.00%) JNCIS
15 5 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.41%) SLA
2 5 (1.00%) PMO
3 4 (0.80%) GDPR
4 3 (0.60%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 70 (14.06%) Active Directory
2 32 (6.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (5.62%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.01%) iptables
4 15 (3.01%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (2.81%) NFS
5 14 (2.81%) vSphere
6 7 (1.41%) Openswan
6 7 (1.41%) pfSense
6 7 (1.41%) ProxySG
6 7 (1.41%) VMware NSX
7 6 (1.20%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.80%) Postfix
8 4 (0.80%) Samba
8 4 (0.80%) Squid
8 4 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.40%) vCloud
10 1 (0.20%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 15 (3.01%) Cisco CUCM
1 15 (3.01%) Cisco Prime
1 15 (3.01%) Nagios
2 13 (2.61%) SCCM
3 11 (2.21%) FortiGate
3 11 (2.21%) SCOM
4 9 (1.81%) Cisco UCCX
4 9 (1.81%) SELinux
5 7 (1.41%) Cacti
5 7 (1.41%) vRealize
6 6 (1.20%) Nessus
6 6 (1.20%) PowerCLI
7 5 (1.00%) Ansible
7 5 (1.00%) BMC PATROL
7 5 (1.00%) Cisco UCCE
7 5 (1.00%) ZABBIX
8 4 (0.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (0.80%) Nmap
9 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.60%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 351 (70.48%) Cisco
2 119 (23.90%) Juniper
3 110 (22.09%) CheckPoint
4 81 (16.27%) F5
5 68 (13.65%) Palo Alto
6 50 (10.04%) VMware
7 48 (9.64%) Fortinet
7 48 (9.64%) Microsoft
8 43 (8.63%) HP
9 41 (8.23%) Citrix
10 40 (8.03%) Riverbed
11 39 (7.83%) SolarWinds
12 25 (5.02%) Avaya
13 23 (4.62%) Blue Coat
14 20 (4.02%) Arista
14 20 (4.02%) BT
15 19 (3.82%) Brocade
15 19 (3.82%) EMC
16 15 (3.01%) Aruba
16 15 (3.01%) Extreme Networks