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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 340 296 307
Rank change year-on-year -44 +11  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 258 403 373
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.76% 0.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.96% 5.12% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 259 247
Median daily rate £400 £380 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +16.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £242 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £595 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £313
% change year-on-year +3.44% +16.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 16 8
Median hourly rate £45.00 £43.00 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £34.75 £28.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.51 £48.92 £48.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £44.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -14.77% +6.66%  

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 6519 7870 8007
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.51% 14.78% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4021 4698 4373
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 359 337 444
Median hourly rate £24.50 £32.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.43% +16.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +23.33%  

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

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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 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 3 months to 27 March 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 27 March 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 -45 243 £400 +3.22% 72
London +30 121 £421 -13.58% 24
South East -65 65 £391 +7.93% 15
North West +35 21 £376 -37.41% 10
Berkshire -5 17 £475 +11.76% 6
Manchester +21 16 £350 -41.66% 9
Hampshire -25 15 £375 +6.53% 2
Croydon +18 13 £450 +33.33% 1
West Sussex +11 11 £400 -15.78%
Crawley +14 9 £400 -15.78%
South West -24 8 £378 +4.13% 2
West Midlands +3 7 £385 -14.44% 8
East Midlands +1 7 £283 +44.87% 4
City of London +1 7 £400 +3.22% 5
East of England -13 7 £400 +10.34% 2
Scotland +8 6 £450 +125.00% 2
Aberdeen -1 6 £450 -
Middlesex +7 5 £335 -23.42%
Bristol +4 5 £370 -1.00% 1
Oxfordshire -7 5 £400 +68.42% 2
Birmingham +4 4 £313 - 3
Surrey -9 4 £400 +45.45% 1
Fareham -13 4 £350 -44.00%
Cheshire +27 3 £550 -8.33%
Chesterfield +8 3 £300 +9.09%
Basingstoke +8 3 £218 -30.24%
Yorkshire +6 3 £425 +37.09% 4
Bracknell -2 3 - - 1
Milton Keynes -3 3 £413 -8.33% 1
Derbyshire -3 3 £300 +53.84%

MPLS
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 423 (73.69%) Cisco
2 320 (55.75%) Firewall
3 287 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
4 264 (45.99%) WAN
5 250 (43.55%) BGP
6 232 (40.42%) OSPF
7 222 (38.68%) LAN
8 195 (33.97%) CCNP
9 180 (31.36%) Data Centre
10 158 (27.53%) VPN
11 150 (26.13%) Juniper
12 144 (25.09%) TCP/IP
13 131 (22.82%) CCNA
14 130 (22.65%) Cisco Nexus
15 128 (22.30%) F5
16 124 (21.60%) DNS
17 123 (21.43%) Wireless
18 119 (20.73%) CheckPoint
19 115 (20.03%) Cisco ASA
20 107 (18.64%) VMware
21 98 (17.07%) ITIL
22 97 (16.90%) Network Security
23 96 (16.72%) VLAN
24 84 (14.63%) Windows
25 83 (14.46%) Internet
25 83 (14.46%) Finance
26 80 (13.94%) CCIE
27 75 (13.07%) Telecoms
28 74 (12.89%) IPsec
29 73 (12.72%) Network Design

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 18 (3.14%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.61%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (1.39%) Skype for Business
5 7 (1.22%) CMS
5 7 (1.22%) IIS
6 6 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (0.87%) Apache
7 5 (0.87%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.52%) JBoss
8 3 (0.52%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.35%) SAS
9 2 (0.35%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.17%) CloudStack
10 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.17%) Site Server
Applications
1 30 (5.23%) MS Visio
2 21 (3.66%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.57%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (1.05%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.70%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 49 (8.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (3.83%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (3.83%) Office 365
3 14 (2.44%) IaaS
4 9 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (1.39%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (1.22%) PaaS
6 7 (1.22%) SaaS
7 1 (0.17%) Akamai
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.17%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.17%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.17%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.17%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 320 (55.75%) Firewall
2 264 (45.99%) WAN
3 250 (43.55%) BGP
4 232 (40.42%) OSPF
5 222 (38.68%) LAN
6 158 (27.53%) VPN
7 144 (25.09%) TCP/IP
8 130 (22.65%) Cisco Nexus
9 124 (21.60%) DNS
10 123 (21.43%) Wireless
11 115 (20.03%) Cisco ASA
12 97 (16.90%) Network Security
13 96 (16.72%) VLAN
14 83 (14.46%) Internet
15 74 (12.89%) IPsec
16 71 (12.37%) Ethernet
17 69 (12.02%) DHCP
17 69 (12.02%) VoIP
18 67 (11.67%) Cisco IOS
19 64 (11.15%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.31%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.17%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.17%) DB2
4 1 (0.17%) MySQL
4 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (1.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.52%) JIRA
3 2 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.17%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.17%) Selenium
4 1 (0.17%) WebDriver
General
1 83 (14.46%) Finance
2 75 (13.07%) Telecoms
3 35 (6.10%) Banking
4 19 (3.31%) Retail
5 14 (2.44%) Billing
6 10 (1.74%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.57%) Multimedia
8 8 (1.39%) Electronics
8 8 (1.39%) Legal
9 6 (1.05%) Military
10 5 (0.87%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.70%) Advertising
11 4 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.52%) German Language
12 3 (0.52%) Marketing
13 2 (0.35%) Back Office
13 2 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.35%) Music Industry
14 1 (0.17%) Automotive
14 1 (0.17%) Law
Job Titles
1 260 (45.30%) Network Engineer
2 85 (14.81%) Architect
3 64 (11.15%) Cisco Engineer
4 57 (9.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 48 (8.36%) Analyst
6 46 (8.01%) Network Architect
7 45 (7.84%) Senior Network Engineer
8 40 (6.97%) Network Analyst
9 28 (4.88%) Firewall Engineer
9 28 (4.88%) Security Engineer
10 23 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 23 (4.01%) Network Security Engineer
11 22 (3.83%) Juniper Engineer
11 22 (3.83%) Project Manager
11 22 (3.83%) Support Engineer
12 21 (3.66%) Design Engineer
12 21 (3.66%) Network Support
13 19 (3.31%) WAN Engineer
14 18 (3.14%) LAN Engineer
14 18 (3.14%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.76%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.57%) Middleware
3 8 (1.39%) SOAP
4 7 (1.22%) Web Services
5 5 (0.87%) COM
5 5 (0.87%) XMPP
6 3 (0.52%) JSON
7 2 (0.35%) .NET
7 2 (0.35%) CGI
7 2 (0.35%) J2EE
7 2 (0.35%) REST
7 2 (0.35%) RFC 2547
8 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.17%) Core Data
8 1 (0.17%) Kafka
8 1 (0.17%) LINQ to SQL
8 1 (0.17%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.17%) OpenDaylight
8 1 (0.17%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 180 (31.36%) Data Centre
2 57 (9.93%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.83%) CMDB
4 21 (3.66%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.96%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.79%) Clustering
7 14 (2.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 14 (2.44%) IVR
8 10 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
8 10 (1.74%) Replication
9 9 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (1.57%) PKI
9 9 (1.57%) Virtual Team
10 8 (1.39%) IPTV
10 8 (1.39%) Over-the-Top Content
10 8 (1.39%) RSA SecurID
10 8 (1.39%) STB
10 8 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
10 8 (1.39%) Video on Demand
11 7 (1.22%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 84 (14.63%) Windows
2 51 (8.89%) Windows Server
3 39 (6.79%) Unix
4 34 (5.92%) Linux
5 23 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (3.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (2.26%) CatOS
8 11 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.87%) Android
9 5 (0.87%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.87%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.70%) FreeBSD
11 3 (0.52%) AIX
11 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.35%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.35%) Solaris
12 2 (0.35%) VMS
13 1 (0.17%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (17.07%) ITIL
2 73 (12.72%) Network Design
3 68 (11.85%) Migration
4 55 (9.58%) Project Management
5 54 (9.41%) Network Management
6 52 (9.06%) Load Balancing
7 30 (5.23%) Change Management
8 29 (5.05%) Network Monitoring
9 27 (4.70%) High Availability
9 27 (4.70%) Problem Management
10 25 (4.36%) Configuration Management
10 25 (4.36%) PRINCE2
11 24 (4.18%) Network Architecture
12 23 (4.01%) Service Management
13 21 (3.66%) Incident Management
14 19 (3.31%) ITIL V3
15 18 (3.14%) Capacity Management
15 18 (3.14%) CRM
15 18 (3.14%) Disaster Recovery
15 18 (3.14%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 14 (2.44%) SQL
2 12 (2.09%) Perl
3 11 (1.92%) C
3 11 (1.92%) Python
4 10 (1.74%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.35%) Java
5 2 (0.35%) Lisp
5 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.17%) C#
Qualifications
1 287 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 195 (33.97%) CCNP
3 131 (22.82%) CCNA
4 80 (13.94%) CCIE
5 58 (10.10%) Security Cleared
6 43 (7.49%) SC Cleared
7 26 (4.53%) CCDP
8 22 (3.83%) JNCIA
9 18 (3.14%) CCIP
10 17 (2.96%) CCSP
10 17 (2.96%) Degree
11 16 (2.79%) JNCIE
12 15 (2.61%) JNCIP
12 15 (2.61%) MCSE
12 15 (2.61%) Microsoft Certification
13 12 (2.09%) CISSP
14 8 (1.39%) CCDA
15 7 (1.22%) GCIH
15 7 (1.22%) GIAC
16 6 (1.05%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (6.10%) SLA
2 19 (3.31%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.39%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.35%) PMO
5 2 (0.35%) QA
6 1 (0.17%) COBIT
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.17%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 71 (12.37%) Active Directory
2 68 (11.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.96%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.74%) vSphere
5 9 (1.57%) Terminal Services
5 9 (1.57%) vCloud
6 7 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.05%) ProxySG
8 5 (0.87%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (0.87%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.70%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.52%) Docker
10 3 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.52%) XenApp
11 2 (0.35%) KVM
12 1 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 1 (0.17%) etcd
12 1 (0.17%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 46 (8.01%) FortiGate
2 34 (5.92%) Cisco Prime
3 16 (2.79%) Nagios
4 13 (2.26%) Puppet
5 9 (1.57%) WhatsUp Gold
6 8 (1.39%) Cisco UCCX
6 8 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (1.39%) SCCM
7 6 (1.05%) CA Spectrum
7 6 (1.05%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.87%) Cisco CUCM
8 5 (0.87%) Nessus
9 4 (0.70%) Ansible
9 4 (0.70%) vRealize
10 3 (0.52%) Cacti
10 3 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.52%) Pingdom
10 3 (0.52%) Red Hat Satellite
10 3 (0.52%) SCOM
10 3 (0.52%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 423 (73.69%) Cisco
2 150 (26.13%) Juniper
3 128 (22.30%) F5
4 119 (20.73%) CheckPoint
5 107 (18.64%) VMware
6 55 (9.58%) Microsoft
7 53 (9.23%) Citrix
8 42 (7.32%) Fortinet
8 42 (7.32%) HP
9 39 (6.79%) SolarWinds
10 38 (6.62%) Palo Alto
11 32 (5.57%) Blue Coat
12 26 (4.53%) Avaya
13 21 (3.66%) Aruba
14 20 (3.48%) BT
14 20 (3.48%) Huawei
15 19 (3.31%) Riverbed
16 16 (2.79%) Meraki
17 13 (2.26%) Arista
17 13 (2.26%) CA
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