Period
to 21 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 435 397 345
Rank change year-on-year -38 -52 +13
Contract jobs citing MPLS 510 605 789
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.57% 0.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.73% 3.62% 4.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 389 490
UK median daily rate £375 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% - +6.53%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £535 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £380 £375
% change year-on-year -1.32% +1.33% +13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 18
UK median hourly rate £16.41 £47.83 £46.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.70% +3.05% +68.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £23.10 £14.96
90th Percentile £68.00 £48.48 £81.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.41 £47.83 £47.83
% change year-on-year -67.79% - +73.93%

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 13669 16708 15902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.73% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8303 10144 9104
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 842 1036
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.95% +18.75% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.00% +25.00% -

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 -16 471 £388 -3.13% 50
UK excluding London -16 293 £375 -1.32% 35
London +3 206 £413 +3.13% 19
South East -52 111 £375 -5.06% 9
Midlands +63 61 £375 +10.29% 11
North of England +75 60 £375 -6.25% 9
West Midlands +51 49 £375 -6.25% 3
North West +32 44 £375 -18.03% 3
Scotland +26 27 £360 +2.86% 1
South West -5 25 £353 -3.09% 1
Yorkshire +20 14 £375 +7.14% 6
East Midlands +6 12 £313 +38.89% 8
East of England -39 11 £375 -21.05% 1
North East +67 2 £450 +24.14%
Wales +10 1 £275 -15.38% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 367 (71.96%) Cisco
2 288 (56.47%) Firewall
3 268 (52.55%) WAN
4 244 (47.84%) VPN
5 223 (43.73%) Cisco Certification
6 222 (43.53%) BGP
7 211 (41.37%) LAN
8 183 (35.88%) OSPF
9 149 (29.22%) CCNP
9 149 (29.22%) Data Centre
10 132 (25.88%) Juniper
11 122 (23.92%) Wireless
12 120 (23.53%) Cisco Nexus
13 114 (22.35%) CheckPoint
14 112 (21.96%) Network Security
15 110 (21.57%) IPsec
16 104 (20.39%) TCP/IP
17 102 (20.00%) DNS
18 99 (19.41%) Telecoms
19 98 (19.22%) CCIE
20 88 (17.25%) EIGRP
20 88 (17.25%) F5
21 86 (16.86%) Cisco ASA
22 85 (16.67%) DHCP
23 83 (16.27%) VLAN
23 83 (16.27%) Palo Alto
24 82 (16.08%) Ethernet
25 78 (15.29%) VoIP
26 77 (15.10%) Network Design
27 74 (14.51%) Finance

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 (2.94%) MS Exchange
2 12 (2.35%) Skype for Business
3 10 (1.96%) CMS
4 9 (1.76%) IIS
5 8 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.98%) Apache
7 5 (0.98%) SharePoint
8 4 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.78%) Drupal
8 4 (0.78%) WordPress
9 3 (0.59%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.39%) SAS
11 1 (0.20%) Confluence
11 1 (0.20%) JBoss
11 1 (0.20%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.20%) OpenEdge
11 1 (0.20%) Site Server
Applications
1 23 (4.51%) MS Visio
2 17 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.98%) HipChat
6 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) Maximo
3 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 39 (7.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (6.47%) Amazon AWS
3 30 (5.88%) Office 365
4 6 (1.18%) IaaS
4 6 (1.18%) PaaS
5 5 (0.98%) Akamai
5 5 (0.98%) IBM Cloud
6 4 (0.78%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.59%) SaaS
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.20%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.20%) Route 53
8 1 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 288 (56.47%) Firewall
2 268 (52.55%) WAN
3 244 (47.84%) VPN
4 222 (43.53%) BGP
5 211 (41.37%) LAN
6 183 (35.88%) OSPF
7 122 (23.92%) Wireless
8 120 (23.53%) Cisco Nexus
9 112 (21.96%) Network Security
10 110 (21.57%) IPsec
11 104 (20.39%) TCP/IP
12 102 (20.00%) DNS
13 88 (17.25%) EIGRP
14 86 (16.86%) Cisco ASA
15 85 (16.67%) DHCP
16 83 (16.27%) VLAN
17 82 (16.08%) Ethernet
18 78 (15.29%) VoIP
19 57 (11.18%) Internet
20 53 (10.39%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.76%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.78%) MS Access
2 4 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.59%) Redis
4 2 (0.39%) MySQL
4 2 (0.39%) OLTP
4 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.20%) Big Data
5 1 (0.20%) Informix
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (1.37%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.18%) JIRA
3 5 (0.98%) Bitbucket
3 5 (0.98%) git-flow
3 5 (0.98%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.98%) Maven
3 5 (0.98%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.20%) MSI
5 1 (0.20%) PVCS
General
1 99 (19.41%) Telecoms
2 74 (14.51%) Finance
3 38 (7.45%) Banking
4 29 (5.69%) Retail
5 15 (2.94%) Billing
6 13 (2.55%) Marketing
7 10 (1.96%) Law
8 9 (1.76%) Legal
9 4 (0.78%) Advertising
9 4 (0.78%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.78%) Music Industry
10 3 (0.59%) Electronics
10 3 (0.59%) German Language
10 3 (0.59%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.59%) Military
11 2 (0.39%) French Language
11 2 (0.39%) Games
11 2 (0.39%) Multimedia
11 2 (0.39%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.39%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 228 (44.71%) Network Engineer
2 72 (14.12%) Cisco Engineer
3 65 (12.75%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 63 (12.35%) Architect
5 42 (8.24%) Network Architect
6 28 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 28 (5.49%) Senior Network Engineer
7 26 (5.10%) Security Engineer
8 25 (4.90%) Network Specialist
9 24 (4.71%) Project Manager
9 24 (4.71%) Support Engineer
10 22 (4.31%) Network Support
11 21 (4.12%) Consultant
11 21 (4.12%) Network Security Engineer
12 20 (3.92%) Lead Network Engineer
13 18 (3.53%) IP Engineer
14 17 (3.33%) Network Consultant
15 15 (2.94%) Analyst
15 15 (2.94%) Design Engineer
16 14 (2.75%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (5.69%) 802.1X
2 8 (1.57%) Web Services
3 7 (1.37%) JSON
4 6 (1.18%) .NET
4 6 (1.18%) LAMP
5 5 (0.98%) Middleware
6 4 (0.78%) XMPP
7 3 (0.59%) RFC 2544
7 3 (0.59%) SAP Basis
7 3 (0.59%) SOAP
7 3 (0.59%) WAP
8 2 (0.39%) XML
9 1 (0.20%) CGI
9 1 (0.20%) HTML
9 1 (0.20%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 149 (29.22%) Data Centre
2 33 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.71%) Computer Science
4 22 (4.31%) Management Information System
5 10 (1.96%) Private Cloud
5 10 (1.96%) Virtual Team
6 8 (1.57%) Client/Server
7 7 (1.37%) Clustering
8 6 (1.18%) PKI
8 6 (1.18%) Replication
9 5 (0.98%) CESG
9 5 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (0.98%) Hedge funds
9 5 (0.98%) IVR
9 5 (0.98%) Mainframe
9 5 (0.98%) Public Cloud
9 5 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (0.78%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 71 (13.92%) Windows
2 43 (8.43%) Windows Server
3 40 (7.84%) Linux
4 27 (5.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 27 (5.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (3.14%) Unix
6 5 (0.98%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.78%) Android
7 4 (0.78%) CentOS
7 4 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.59%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.39%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.20%) Solaris
10 1 (0.20%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (15.10%) Network Design
2 62 (12.16%) ITIL
3 55 (10.78%) Network Management
4 49 (9.61%) Load Balancing
5 45 (8.82%) Migration
5 45 (8.82%) Service Delivery
6 38 (7.45%) Project Management
6 38 (7.45%) Service Management
7 36 (7.06%) Change Management
8 27 (5.29%) Network Monitoring
9 26 (5.10%) Network Architecture
10 24 (4.71%) Stakeholder Management
10 24 (4.71%) WAN Optimisation
11 23 (4.51%) Configuration Management
11 23 (4.51%) High Availability
11 23 (4.51%) Problem Management
12 19 (3.73%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (3.73%) Information Security
13 18 (3.53%) Capacity Management
14 17 (3.33%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 30 (5.88%) SQL
2 23 (4.51%) Python
3 17 (3.33%) Perl
4 16 (3.14%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.76%) C-shell
5 9 (1.76%) Korn
6 7 (1.37%) Lisp
6 7 (1.37%) PowerShell
7 5 (0.98%) Groovy
8 4 (0.78%) C
8 4 (0.78%) VB
9 2 (0.39%) Java
9 2 (0.39%) PHP
9 2 (0.39%) Ruby
10 1 (0.20%) C++
10 1 (0.20%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 223 (43.73%) Cisco Certification
2 149 (29.22%) CCNP
3 98 (19.22%) CCIE
4 71 (13.92%) CCNA
5 44 (8.63%) Security Cleared
6 33 (6.47%) SC Cleared
7 28 (5.49%) Degree
8 20 (3.92%) JNCIE
9 15 (2.94%) CISSP
10 11 (2.16%) JNCIP
11 10 (1.96%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 10 (1.96%) CCVP
12 9 (1.76%) JNCIS
13 8 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (1.57%) DV Cleared
14 7 (1.37%) CCIP
14 7 (1.37%) JNCIA
15 6 (1.18%) CCDP
15 6 (1.18%) MCSE
15 6 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.35%) SLA
2 6 (1.18%) PMO
3 4 (0.78%) GDPR
4 3 (0.59%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.59%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.59%) QA
5 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 69 (13.53%) Active Directory
2 38 (7.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (5.29%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.75%) iptables
4 14 (2.75%) NFS
4 14 (2.75%) vSphere
5 12 (2.35%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.37%) Openswan
6 7 (1.37%) pfSense
6 7 (1.37%) ProxySG
6 7 (1.37%) VMware NSX
6 7 (1.37%) XenDesktop
7 6 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.78%) Postfix
8 4 (0.78%) Samba
8 4 (0.78%) Squid
9 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.39%) vCloud
10 1 (0.20%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.20%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 16 (3.14%) Nagios
2 15 (2.94%) Cisco CUCM
2 15 (2.94%) Cisco Prime
3 13 (2.55%) FortiGate
4 11 (2.16%) SCOM
5 10 (1.96%) Cacti
6 9 (1.76%) Cisco UCCX
7 8 (1.57%) SCCM
7 8 (1.57%) SELinux
8 7 (1.37%) vRealize
9 6 (1.18%) Netcool
9 6 (1.18%) PowerCLI
9 6 (1.18%) WSUS
10 5 (0.98%) Ansible
10 5 (0.98%) BMC PATROL
10 5 (0.98%) Cisco UCCE
10 5 (0.98%) ZABBIX
11 4 (0.78%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 4 (0.78%) Puppet
Vendors
1 367 (71.96%) Cisco
2 132 (25.88%) Juniper
3 114 (22.35%) CheckPoint
4 88 (17.25%) F5
5 83 (16.27%) Palo Alto
6 61 (11.96%) VMware
7 49 (9.61%) Microsoft
8 48 (9.41%) Fortinet
9 43 (8.43%) SolarWinds
10 41 (8.04%) Citrix
10 41 (8.04%) HP
11 40 (7.84%) Riverbed
12 23 (4.51%) Avaya
13 20 (3.92%) Blue Coat
14 19 (3.73%) Arista
14 19 (3.73%) Brocade
14 19 (3.73%) EMC
15 15 (2.94%) BT
16 14 (2.75%) Extreme Networks
16 14 (2.75%) SAP