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 3 months to 30 May 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
3 months to
30 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 364 355 292
Rank change year-on-year -9 -63  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 246 328 407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.61% 0.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.12% 3.87% 5.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 188 256
Median daily rate £430 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.96% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 5
Median hourly rate £33.00 £47.83 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.00% +19.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £26.00 £23.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.80 £47.83 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.80 £47.83 £40.00
% change year-on-year -18.88% +19.57%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5974 8468 8095
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.34% 15.78% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3568 5130 4543
Median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £370 £340
% change year-on-year +5.40% +8.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 383 473
Median hourly rate £26.90 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.18% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -5.17% +11.53%  

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 3 months to 30 May 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 3 months to 30 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 230 £438 +12.90% 70
London +6 113 £450 +14.28% 16
South East -14 71 £413 +8.55% 14
Hampshire +1 26 £400 +6.66% 4
Berkshire +8 22 £400 +1.26% 3
North West +28 19 £350 -20.00% 18
Manchester +18 16 £350 -39.13% 14
City of London -4 14 £429 +10.64% 4
Scotland +45 11 £242 -25.53%
Winchester +16 7 £400 -
Reading +13 7 £494 +45.22% 2
West Sussex +24 6 £395 +8.21%
Leeds +19 6 £430 +37.60% 1
West Yorkshire +17 6 £430 +37.60% 2
Bracknell +11 6 £485 +15.47%
Yorkshire +11 6 £430 +37.60% 2
South West -8 6 £490 +35.17% 4
East of England -12 6 £350 -29.14% 3
Glasgow - 6 £221 -
Kent - 6 £425 -
Crawley +8 4 £395 -16.84%
Basingstoke +3 4 £425 +88.88%
Oxfordshire +3 4 £450 +38.46% 2
East Midlands -10 4 £291 +5.90% 4
Maidenhead - 4 £360 -
Dartford - 4 £425 -
Edinburgh +14 3 £413 +26.92%
Croydon +1 3 £450 -18.18%
Watford -3 3 £375 - 1
Fareham -5 3 £463 -26.00%

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 414 (72.38%) Cisco
2 300 (52.45%) Firewall
3 278 (48.60%) Cisco Certification
4 266 (46.50%) WAN
5 251 (43.88%) BGP
6 229 (40.03%) OSPF
7 220 (38.46%) LAN
8 203 (35.49%) CCNP
9 191 (33.39%) VPN
10 163 (28.50%) Data Centre
11 148 (25.87%) Juniper
12 142 (24.83%) TCP/IP
13 127 (22.20%) Wireless
14 122 (21.33%) Cisco Nexus
15 115 (20.10%) F5
16 109 (19.06%) CheckPoint
17 107 (18.71%) DNS
18 104 (18.18%) CCNA
19 100 (17.48%) VMware
20 98 (17.13%) VLAN
21 95 (16.61%) Telecoms
22 94 (16.43%) CCIE
23 89 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
24 84 (14.69%) Network Security
25 82 (14.34%) ITIL
26 81 (14.16%) Windows
26 81 (14.16%) IPsec
26 81 (14.16%) Network Design
27 78 (13.64%) Internet
28 72 (12.59%) DHCP

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 19 (3.32%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.62%) CMS
3 14 (2.45%) MS Exchange
4 12 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (1.92%) IIS
6 10 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (1.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (1.22%) Tomcat
8 6 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (1.05%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.70%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.52%) Apache
10 3 (0.52%) JBoss
11 2 (0.35%) CICS
11 2 (0.35%) SAS
12 1 (0.17%) Confluence
12 1 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 27 (4.72%) MS Visio
2 15 (2.62%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.05%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 49 (8.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (4.20%) Office 365
3 23 (4.02%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (1.92%) IaaS
5 7 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (0.87%) PaaS
7 4 (0.70%) SaaS
8 2 (0.35%) Akamai
8 2 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.17%) Bluemix
9 1 (0.17%) CloudFront
9 1 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.17%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.17%) Route 53
9 1 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 300 (52.45%) Firewall
2 266 (46.50%) WAN
3 251 (43.88%) BGP
4 229 (40.03%) OSPF
5 220 (38.46%) LAN
6 191 (33.39%) VPN
7 142 (24.83%) TCP/IP
8 127 (22.20%) Wireless
9 122 (21.33%) Cisco Nexus
10 107 (18.71%) DNS
11 98 (17.13%) VLAN
12 89 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
13 84 (14.69%) Network Security
14 81 (14.16%) IPsec
15 78 (13.64%) Internet
16 72 (12.59%) DHCP
16 72 (12.59%) Ethernet
17 63 (11.01%) Cisco IOS
17 63 (11.01%) VoIP
18 62 (10.84%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.50%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.35%) DB2
4 2 (0.35%) OLTP
4 2 (0.35%) Redis
4 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (1.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.70%) JIRA
3 2 (0.35%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 95 (16.61%) Telecoms
2 67 (11.71%) Finance
3 34 (5.94%) Banking
4 19 (3.32%) Retail
5 14 (2.45%) Military
6 13 (2.27%) Billing
7 11 (1.92%) Marketing
8 10 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.75%) Multimedia
9 6 (1.05%) Electronics
10 5 (0.87%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.70%) Legal
12 3 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.52%) German Language
13 2 (0.35%) Back Office
13 2 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.35%) Music Industry
13 2 (0.35%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.17%) Advertising
14 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 243 (42.48%) Network Engineer
2 86 (15.03%) Architect
3 63 (11.01%) Cisco Engineer
4 55 (9.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 55 (9.62%) Network Architect
5 43 (7.52%) Senior Network Engineer
6 39 (6.82%) Analyst
7 28 (4.90%) Network Analyst
8 27 (4.72%) IP Engineer
9 26 (4.55%) Support Engineer
10 25 (4.37%) Design Engineer
10 25 (4.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 25 (4.37%) Network Support
11 23 (4.02%) Firewall Engineer
11 23 (4.02%) Security Engineer
12 20 (3.50%) Network Support Engineer
12 20 (3.50%) Project Manager
13 18 (3.15%) Consultant
13 18 (3.15%) Network Security Engineer
14 17 (2.97%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.79%) 802.1X
2 12 (2.10%) Web Services
3 9 (1.57%) Middleware
3 9 (1.57%) SOAP
4 7 (1.22%) .NET
5 4 (0.70%) JSON
6 3 (0.52%) CGI
6 3 (0.52%) XMPP
7 2 (0.35%) COM
7 2 (0.35%) RESTful
7 2 (0.35%) RFC 2547
7 2 (0.35%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.35%) XML
8 1 (0.17%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.17%) Core Data
8 1 (0.17%) JMS
8 1 (0.17%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (0.17%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.17%) REST
8 1 (0.17%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 163 (28.50%) Data Centre
2 63 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.50%) CMDB
4 13 (2.27%) Clustering
4 13 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
5 12 (2.10%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.10%) Video Conferencing
6 10 (1.75%) Computer Science
6 10 (1.75%) IVR
7 9 (1.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 9 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 8 (1.40%) RSA SecurID
8 8 (1.40%) Virtual Team
9 6 (1.05%) BBC
9 6 (1.05%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.05%) FlexPod
9 6 (1.05%) Mainframe
9 6 (1.05%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.05%) Replication
10 5 (0.87%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 81 (14.16%) Windows
2 47 (8.22%) Windows Server
3 37 (6.47%) Linux
4 27 (4.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (4.55%) Unix
6 25 (4.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (1.92%) CatOS
7 11 (1.92%) Windows 10
8 9 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.40%) Windows 7
10 7 (1.22%) Android
11 3 (0.52%) AIX
11 3 (0.52%) CentOS
11 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.35%) FreeBSD
12 2 (0.35%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.17%) VyOS
13 1 (0.17%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (14.34%) ITIL
2 81 (14.16%) Network Design
3 61 (10.66%) Migration
4 57 (9.97%) Network Management
5 55 (9.62%) Load Balancing
6 44 (7.69%) Project Management
7 32 (5.59%) High Availability
8 27 (4.72%) Network Monitoring
9 24 (4.20%) Change Management
9 24 (4.20%) Service Management
10 23 (4.02%) Continuous Improvement
11 22 (3.85%) Configuration Management
11 22 (3.85%) Network Architecture
11 22 (3.85%) Problem Management
12 21 (3.67%) Disaster Recovery
12 21 (3.67%) Incident Management
13 18 (3.15%) PRINCE2
13 18 (3.15%) Service Delivery
14 16 (2.80%) CRM
14 16 (2.80%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (2.62%) PowerShell
2 12 (2.10%) C
2 12 (2.10%) SQL
3 10 (1.75%) Perl
4 9 (1.57%) Lisp
4 9 (1.57%) Python
5 4 (0.70%) VB
6 2 (0.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 278 (48.60%) Cisco Certification
2 203 (35.49%) CCNP
3 104 (18.18%) CCNA
4 94 (16.43%) CCIE
5 68 (11.89%) Security Cleared
6 49 (8.57%) SC Cleared
7 35 (6.12%) JNCIE
8 32 (5.59%) CCDP
9 23 (4.02%) Degree
10 18 (3.15%) JNCIP
11 17 (2.97%) CCIP
11 17 (2.97%) CCSP
12 11 (1.92%) JNCIA
12 11 (1.92%) JNCIS
13 10 (1.75%) CISSP
14 8 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
14 8 (1.40%) MCSE
14 8 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
15 6 (1.05%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 6 (1.05%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (4.90%) SLA
2 9 (1.57%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (0.87%) QA
4 3 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 15288
4 3 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.52%) PMO
5 2 (0.35%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.17%) PMBOK
System Software
1 63 (11.01%) Active Directory
2 62 (10.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (2.62%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.40%) Terminal Services
5 7 (1.22%) vSphere
6 6 (1.05%) ProxySG
6 6 (1.05%) vCloud
6 6 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.52%) Docker
8 3 (0.52%) KVM
9 2 (0.35%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 2 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (0.35%) NFS
9 2 (0.35%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.35%) XenApp
9 2 (0.35%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.17%) Firmware
10 1 (0.17%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 41 (7.17%) FortiGate
2 31 (5.42%) Cisco Prime
3 14 (2.45%) Nagios
4 8 (1.40%) Cisco CUCM
4 8 (1.40%) Puppet
5 7 (1.22%) SCCM
5 7 (1.22%) WhatsUp Gold
6 6 (1.05%) Cacti
6 6 (1.05%) Cisco UCCX
6 6 (1.05%) ZABBIX
7 5 (0.87%) Netcool
7 5 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.87%) WSUS
8 4 (0.70%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.70%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.52%) Ansible
9 3 (0.52%) CA Spectrum
9 3 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.52%) Pingdom
9 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 414 (72.38%) Cisco
2 148 (25.87%) Juniper
3 115 (20.10%) F5
4 109 (19.06%) CheckPoint
5 100 (17.48%) VMware
6 52 (9.09%) Palo Alto
7 51 (8.92%) Microsoft
8 49 (8.57%) Citrix
8 49 (8.57%) Fortinet
9 43 (7.52%) HP
10 41 (7.17%) SolarWinds
11 34 (5.94%) Avaya
12 23 (4.02%) Riverbed
13 19 (3.32%) Huawei
14 18 (3.15%) BT
15 17 (2.97%) Aruba
16 16 (2.80%) Arista
16 16 (2.80%) Blue Coat
17 11 (1.92%) Remedy
17 11 (1.92%) Siemens
Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Network ITR
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago