Period
to 18 June 2018

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 18 June 2018 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 405 383 355
Rank change year-on-year -22 -28 -36
Contract jobs citing MPLS 566 548 732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.60% 0.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.26% 4.34% 4.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 343 470
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £230 £263 £227
90th Percentile £638 £575 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £388 £363
% change year-on-year +9.68% +6.90% +8.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 19 25
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £44.60 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.97% -0.90% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £31.55
90th Percentile £47.83 £67.40 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £45.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year -37.78% -5.92% +12.54%

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 13,284 12,621 16,032
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 13.89% 15.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,167 7,652 9,618
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £206 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 727 753 734
UK median hourly rate £19.09 £20.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.55% -23.81% +22.09%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.43 £47.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -2.56% -29.09% +22.22%

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 18 June 2018.

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 18 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 15 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 18 June 2018. 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 -15 538 £440 +10.00% 142
UK excluding London -25 294 £425 +9.68% 99
London -10 266 £440 -2.22% 45
South East -21 123 £475 +18.75% 30
Midlands +39 67 £400 +28.00% 11
West Midlands +28 58 £400 +3.90% 6
North of England -32 45 £425 +6.25% 28
East of England +9 26 £400 +6.67% 13
North West -53 23 £425 +21.43% 23
South West +20 22 £475 +28.38% 15
Yorkshire -8 21 £413 -4.07% 5
Scotland -52 18 £350 +44.63% 2
East Midlands 0 7 £375 +28.76% 5
Wales -9 6 £170 -
North East +3 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 18 June 2018, 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.

1 355 (62.72%) Cisco
2 331 (58.48%) WAN
3 262 (46.29%) VPN
4 252 (44.52%) Firewall
5 238 (42.05%) BGP
6 231 (40.81%) LAN
7 217 (38.34%) Cisco Certification
8 150 (26.50%) Data Centre
9 146 (25.80%) CCNP
10 144 (25.44%) Juniper
10 144 (25.44%) OSPF
11 122 (21.55%) DNS
12 117 (20.67%) CCNA
13 114 (20.14%) ITIL
14 110 (19.43%) Windows
15 97 (17.14%) VLAN
15 97 (17.14%) Cisco ASA
16 94 (16.61%) Internet
17 92 (16.25%) VMware
18 91 (16.08%) TCP/IP
19 90 (15.90%) Wireless
19 90 (15.90%) Cisco Nexus
20 82 (14.49%) DHCP
21 81 (14.31%) Finance
22 80 (14.13%) Ethernet
23 79 (13.96%) Security Cleared
24 77 (13.60%) SC Cleared
24 77 (13.60%) VoIP
25 76 (13.43%) Migration
26 75 (13.25%) Telecoms

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 12 (2.12%) MS Exchange
2 9 (1.59%) Skype for Business
3 8 (1.41%) Apache
4 6 (1.06%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.88%) Confluence
6 4 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.71%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.18%) IIS
9 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
Applications
1 20 (3.53%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.77%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.41%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.35%) Relativity
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.18%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 63 (11.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (6.36%) Office 365
3 34 (6.01%) Amazon AWS
4 21 (3.71%) IaaS
5 9 (1.59%) PaaS
6 6 (1.06%) SaaS
7 3 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.53%) Amazon S3
7 3 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.53%) CloudFront
7 3 (0.53%) GitHub
7 3 (0.53%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.53%) Route 53
7 3 (0.53%) Serverless
7 3 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.35%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 331 (58.48%) WAN
2 262 (46.29%) VPN
3 252 (44.52%) Firewall
4 238 (42.05%) BGP
5 231 (40.81%) LAN
6 144 (25.44%) OSPF
7 122 (21.55%) DNS
8 97 (17.14%) Cisco ASA
8 97 (17.14%) VLAN
9 94 (16.61%) Internet
10 91 (16.08%) TCP/IP
11 90 (15.90%) Cisco Nexus
11 90 (15.90%) Wireless
12 82 (14.49%) DHCP
13 80 (14.13%) Ethernet
14 77 (13.60%) VoIP
15 75 (13.25%) Network Security
16 74 (13.07%) EIGRP
17 64 (11.31%) VPLS
18 61 (10.78%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.06%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (0.53%) MySQL
2 3 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (0.35%) Big Data
3 2 (0.35%) Data Mining
3 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.35%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (0.35%) SQLite
4 1 (0.18%) Redis
Development Applications
1 11 (1.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (1.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 7 (1.24%) JIRA
4 6 (1.06%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.53%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.35%) Hudson
6 2 (0.35%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.35%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
General
1 81 (14.31%) Finance
2 75 (13.25%) Telecoms
3 25 (4.42%) Banking
4 14 (2.47%) Retail
5 8 (1.41%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.06%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.71%) French Language
8 3 (0.53%) Advertising
8 3 (0.53%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.35%) Billing
9 2 (0.35%) Electronics
9 2 (0.35%) Local Government
9 2 (0.35%) Marketing
9 2 (0.35%) Music Industry
10 1 (0.18%) Games
10 1 (0.18%) German Language
10 1 (0.18%) Legal
10 1 (0.18%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 242 (42.76%) Network Engineer
2 95 (16.78%) Architect
3 49 (8.66%) Cisco Engineer
4 36 (6.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 36 (6.36%) Network Architect
5 34 (6.01%) Network Security Engineer
5 34 (6.01%) Security Engineer
5 34 (6.01%) Senior Network Engineer
6 33 (5.83%) Security Architect
7 26 (4.59%) Consultant
7 26 (4.59%) Project Manager
8 25 (4.42%) Analyst
8 25 (4.42%) WAN Engineer
9 24 (4.24%) Support Engineer
10 21 (3.71%) Network Consultant
11 20 (3.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 18 (3.18%) Network Analyst
12 18 (3.18%) Network Support
13 17 (3.00%) Juniper Engineer
14 16 (2.83%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.06%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.77%) LDAP
3 9 (1.59%) Spring
4 8 (1.41%) JSON
4 8 (1.41%) Web Services
5 6 (1.06%) AngularJS
5 6 (1.06%) Node.js
6 5 (0.88%) REST
7 4 (0.71%) LAMP
7 4 (0.71%) XML
8 3 (0.53%) Core Data
8 3 (0.53%) J2EE
8 3 (0.53%) Spring Boot
9 2 (0.35%) Boost C++ Libraries
9 2 (0.35%) COM
9 2 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.35%) HTML
9 2 (0.35%) RESTful
10 1 (0.18%) Kafka
10 1 (0.18%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 150 (26.50%) Data Centre
2 24 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 16 (2.83%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (1.94%) Public Cloud
6 10 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (1.41%) Clustering
7 8 (1.41%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.24%) CMDB
8 7 (1.24%) PKI
9 6 (1.06%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.06%) Replication
10 5 (0.88%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.71%) Equities
11 4 (0.71%) Fintech
11 4 (0.71%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (0.71%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 3 (0.53%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 110 (19.43%) Windows
2 40 (7.07%) Linux
3 38 (6.71%) Unix
4 32 (5.65%) Windows Server
5 23 (4.06%) Windows 10
6 16 (2.83%) Windows 7
7 12 (2.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.71%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.53%) Debian
11 3 (0.53%) Solaris
12 2 (0.35%) CentOS
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.18%) Android
13 1 (0.18%) HPUX
13 1 (0.18%) SUSE
13 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (20.14%) ITIL
2 76 (13.43%) Migration
3 65 (11.48%) Project Management
4 58 (10.25%) Network Design
5 53 (9.36%) Load Balancing
6 51 (9.01%) Network Architecture
7 43 (7.60%) Service Delivery
8 40 (7.07%) Network Management
9 33 (5.83%) Agile Software Development
9 33 (5.83%) PRINCE2
10 30 (5.30%) Change Management
11 28 (4.95%) Capacity Management
11 28 (4.95%) High Availability
11 28 (4.95%) Information Security
12 27 (4.77%) Network Monitoring
13 25 (4.42%) Configuration Management
13 25 (4.42%) Data Loss Prevention
13 25 (4.42%) Disaster Recovery
13 25 (4.42%) Mentoring
14 22 (3.89%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (9.19%) Python
2 44 (7.77%) PowerShell
3 28 (4.95%) Perl
4 14 (2.47%) SQL
5 13 (2.30%) Bash Shell
5 13 (2.30%) Java
6 7 (1.24%) JavaScript
7 4 (0.71%) Ruby
8 2 (0.35%) Bourne shell
8 2 (0.35%) C++
8 2 (0.35%) PHP
9 1 (0.18%) AWK
9 1 (0.18%) sed
9 1 (0.18%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.18%) VBA
9 1 (0.18%) XPath
Qualifications
1 217 (38.34%) Cisco Certification
2 146 (25.80%) CCNP
3 117 (20.67%) CCNA
4 79 (13.96%) Security Cleared
5 77 (13.60%) SC Cleared
6 68 (12.01%) CCIE
7 34 (6.01%) Degree
8 27 (4.77%) CCDP
9 23 (4.06%) CISSP
9 23 (4.06%) Microsoft Certification
10 18 (3.18%) MCSE
11 16 (2.83%) CCSP
11 16 (2.83%) JNCIP
12 14 (2.47%) JNCIA
12 14 (2.47%) MCP
13 11 (1.94%) CCSA
13 11 (1.94%) JNCIS
14 10 (1.77%) CCIP
14 10 (1.77%) DV Cleared
14 10 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.89%) SLA
2 21 (3.71%) GDPR
3 17 (3.00%) QA
4 14 (2.47%) PCI DSS
5 6 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.35%) PMO
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 68 (12.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 66 (11.66%) Active Directory
3 26 (4.59%) VMware NSX
4 24 (4.24%) vSphere
5 19 (3.36%) XenApp
6 16 (2.83%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (2.83%) XenDesktop
7 14 (2.47%) Hyper-V
7 14 (2.47%) Virtual Desktop
8 10 (1.77%) Docker
9 6 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (0.88%) ProxySG
11 4 (0.71%) Firmware
12 3 (0.53%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.35%) iptables
13 2 (0.35%) KVM
13 2 (0.35%) Postfix
13 2 (0.35%) Samba
13 2 (0.35%) Squid
13 2 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 19 (3.36%) SCCM
2 12 (2.12%) CA Spectrum
3 11 (1.94%) AirWatch
4 9 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.41%) Ansible
6 7 (1.24%) FortiGate
6 7 (1.24%) Nagios
6 7 (1.24%) Puppet
7 6 (1.06%) Cisco CUCM
7 6 (1.06%) vCenter Server
8 5 (0.88%) Cisco Prime
8 5 (0.88%) Nessus
9 4 (0.71%) Cisco UCCX
9 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.71%) SCOM
9 4 (0.71%) vRealize
9 4 (0.71%) ZABBIX
10 3 (0.53%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (0.53%) WSUS
11 2 (0.35%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 355 (62.72%) Cisco
2 144 (25.44%) Juniper
3 92 (16.25%) VMware
4 75 (13.25%) CheckPoint
5 66 (11.66%) F5
6 60 (10.60%) Microsoft
7 58 (10.25%) Citrix
8 43 (7.60%) Fortinet
9 33 (5.83%) HP
9 33 (5.83%) Palo Alto
10 30 (5.30%) Meraki
11 29 (5.12%) SolarWinds
12 21 (3.71%) Oracle
13 16 (2.83%) Blue Coat
13 16 (2.83%) BT
14 15 (2.65%) Ivanti
14 15 (2.65%) Mitel
14 15 (2.65%) Polycom
15 13 (2.30%) CA
15 13 (2.30%) Wyse