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 23 June 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
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 351 337 301
Rank change year-on-year -14 -36  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 268 338 402
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.63% 0.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.22% 3.89% 4.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 198 248
Median daily rate £400 £388 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +8.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £270 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £581 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 6
Median hourly rate £38.80 £47.83 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.88% +6.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £26.00 £26.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £80.20 £48.00 £150.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.60 £47.83 £50.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% -4.34%  

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 6347 8686 8118
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.56% 16.14% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 3768 5279 4580
Median daily rate £400 £389 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.82% +8.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 426 473
Median hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.17% +20.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 3 months to 23 June 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 23 June 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 23 June 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 -26 242 £404 +3.19% 83
London -12 102 £485 +14.45% 26
South East -20 78 £400 +5.96% 21
Hampshire +11 28 £425 +26.58% 5
North West +28 26 £288 -28.12% 13
Berkshire -4 24 £394 +12.57% 5
Manchester +19 20 £257 -39.64% 11
Scotland +53 19 £242 -
City of London -1 16 £413 +6.45% 8
South West -13 14 £370 +2.06% 1
Yorkshire +24 9 £375 +6.99% 5
Edinburgh +20 9 £275 -
West Sussex +18 9 £395 +8.21% 2
Basingstoke +1 9 £425 +93.18% 2
West Yorkshire +22 8 £403 +0.62% 3
Leeds +13 8 £403 +0.62%
Glasgow - 8 £232 -
Wiltshire +4 7 £353 -2.75%
Reading -2 7 £494 +45.22% 2
Kent - 7 £413 - 4
Winchester +11 6 £400 -
Oxfordshire -7 6 £433 +33.07% 2
Bracknell +9 5 £485 +43.70%
Crawley +5 5 £395 -16.84%
East of England -12 5 £325 -34.27% 4
Bristol -7 4 £370 -0.67% 1
Buckinghamshire -21 4 - - 1
Dartford - 4 £425 -
Maidenhead - 4 £360 -
West Midlands +3 3 £450 +12.50% 8

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 388 (71.19%) Cisco
2 286 (52.48%) Firewall
3 265 (48.62%) Cisco Certification
4 250 (45.87%) WAN
5 241 (44.22%) BGP
6 217 (39.82%) OSPF
7 214 (39.27%) LAN
8 201 (36.88%) VPN
9 192 (35.23%) CCNP
10 160 (29.36%) Data Centre
11 143 (26.24%) Juniper
12 139 (25.50%) TCP/IP
13 123 (22.57%) Wireless
14 119 (21.83%) Cisco Nexus
15 114 (20.92%) F5
16 100 (18.35%) CCIE
17 99 (18.17%) CheckPoint
18 98 (17.98%) DNS
19 95 (17.43%) Telecoms
19 95 (17.43%) VLAN
20 93 (17.06%) CCNA
21 91 (16.70%) VMware
22 90 (16.51%) Cisco ASA
23 85 (15.60%) Network Security
24 84 (15.41%) IPsec
25 82 (15.05%) Network Design
26 75 (13.76%) DHCP
27 74 (13.58%) Ethernet
28 73 (13.39%) ITIL
29 72 (13.21%) Internet

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 21 (3.85%) CMS
2 13 (2.39%) SharePoint
3 12 (2.20%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.28%) IIS
7 6 (1.10%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.73%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.73%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (0.55%) SAS
10 2 (0.37%) Apache
10 2 (0.37%) CICS
10 2 (0.37%) JBoss
11 1 (0.18%) CloudStack
11 1 (0.18%) Confluence
11 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 28 (5.14%) MS Visio
2 13 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (2.39%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (1.83%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 45 (8.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (4.77%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (4.22%) Office 365
4 4 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (0.73%) IaaS
4 4 (0.73%) PaaS
5 3 (0.55%) IBM Cloud
5 3 (0.55%) SaaS
6 2 (0.37%) Akamai
6 2 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.18%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.18%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.18%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.18%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.18%) Route 53
7 1 (0.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 286 (52.48%) Firewall
2 250 (45.87%) WAN
3 241 (44.22%) BGP
4 217 (39.82%) OSPF
5 214 (39.27%) LAN
6 201 (36.88%) VPN
7 139 (25.50%) TCP/IP
8 123 (22.57%) Wireless
9 119 (21.83%) Cisco Nexus
10 98 (17.98%) DNS
11 95 (17.43%) VLAN
12 90 (16.51%) Cisco ASA
13 85 (15.60%) Network Security
14 84 (15.41%) IPsec
15 75 (13.76%) DHCP
16 74 (13.58%) Ethernet
17 72 (13.21%) Internet
18 65 (11.93%) EIGRP
18 65 (11.93%) VoIP
19 60 (11.01%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (0.55%) MS Access
3 2 (0.37%) DB2
3 2 (0.37%) OLTP
3 2 (0.37%) Redis
3 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (1.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (0.37%) JIRA
2 2 (0.37%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 95 (17.43%) Telecoms
2 50 (9.17%) Finance
3 29 (5.32%) Banking
4 21 (3.85%) Retail
5 14 (2.57%) Military
6 12 (2.20%) Billing
7 10 (1.83%) Marketing
8 8 (1.47%) Multimedia
9 7 (1.28%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.92%) Electronics
11 4 (0.73%) Legal
12 3 (0.55%) German Language
12 3 (0.55%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.37%) Back Office
13 2 (0.37%) Games
13 2 (0.37%) Music Industry
13 2 (0.37%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.18%) Advertising
14 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 239 (43.85%) Network Engineer
2 80 (14.68%) Architect
3 58 (10.64%) Cisco Engineer
4 57 (10.46%) Network Architect
5 50 (9.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 42 (7.71%) Analyst
7 39 (7.16%) Senior Network Engineer
8 32 (5.87%) IP Engineer
9 28 (5.14%) Support Engineer
10 25 (4.59%) Design Engineer
10 25 (4.59%) Network Analyst
11 24 (4.40%) Network Support
12 22 (4.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 21 (3.85%) Network Support Engineer
14 19 (3.49%) Network Specialist
15 18 (3.30%) Firewall Engineer
16 17 (3.12%) Consultant
16 17 (3.12%) Project Manager
16 17 (3.12%) Security Engineer
17 16 (2.94%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (9.72%) 802.1X
2 11 (2.02%) Web Services
3 9 (1.65%) Middleware
4 8 (1.47%) SOAP
5 7 (1.28%) .NET
6 3 (0.55%) CGI
6 3 (0.55%) JSON
7 2 (0.37%) COM
7 2 (0.37%) RESTful
7 2 (0.37%) RFC 2544
7 2 (0.37%) RFC 2547
7 2 (0.37%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.37%) XML
7 2 (0.37%) XMPP
8 1 (0.18%) Core Data
8 1 (0.18%) JMS
8 1 (0.18%) LAMP
8 1 (0.18%) Managed Extensibility Framework
8 1 (0.18%) REST
8 1 (0.18%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 160 (29.36%) Data Centre
2 65 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (2.57%) CMDB
4 13 (2.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 13 (2.39%) Hybrid Cloud
4 13 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
5 12 (2.20%) Computer Science
5 12 (2.20%) IVR
5 12 (2.20%) Management Information System
6 11 (2.02%) Clustering
7 8 (1.47%) Virtual Team
8 7 (1.28%) BBC
9 6 (1.10%) Mainframe
9 6 (1.10%) Private Cloud
10 5 (0.92%) CESG
10 5 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (0.92%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.92%) Smart Meter
11 4 (0.73%) Replication
11 4 (0.73%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 71 (13.03%) Windows
2 40 (7.34%) Windows Server
3 36 (6.61%) Linux
4 25 (4.59%) Unix
4 25 (4.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (4.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (2.02%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.28%) Android
7 7 (1.28%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.10%) CatOS
9 5 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.55%) AIX
10 3 (0.55%) CentOS
11 2 (0.37%) FreeBSD
11 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.37%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.18%) VyOS
12 1 (0.18%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (15.05%) Network Design
2 73 (13.39%) ITIL
3 63 (11.56%) Network Management
4 60 (11.01%) Migration
5 52 (9.54%) Load Balancing
6 41 (7.52%) Project Management
7 32 (5.87%) High Availability
8 27 (4.95%) Service Management
9 26 (4.77%) Continuous Improvement
10 25 (4.59%) Disaster Recovery
10 25 (4.59%) Network Monitoring
11 24 (4.40%) Network Architecture
12 21 (3.85%) Change Management
13 20 (3.67%) CRM
14 19 (3.49%) Configuration Management
14 19 (3.49%) Incident Management
14 19 (3.49%) Service Delivery
15 18 (3.30%) Problem Management
16 16 (2.94%) Integration Testing
17 15 (2.75%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (2.39%) SQL
2 12 (2.20%) PowerShell
3 10 (1.83%) C
4 8 (1.47%) Lisp
5 5 (0.92%) Perl
5 5 (0.92%) Python
6 4 (0.73%) VB
7 2 (0.37%) Java
Qualifications
1 265 (48.62%) Cisco Certification
2 192 (35.23%) CCNP
3 100 (18.35%) CCIE
4 93 (17.06%) CCNA
5 68 (12.48%) Security Cleared
6 48 (8.81%) SC Cleared
7 35 (6.42%) JNCIE
8 28 (5.14%) CCDP
9 25 (4.59%) Degree
10 16 (2.94%) CCSP
10 16 (2.94%) JNCIP
11 14 (2.57%) CCIP
12 10 (1.83%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (1.47%) CISSP
13 8 (1.47%) JNCIA
13 8 (1.47%) JNCIS
14 7 (1.28%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 7 (1.28%) DV Cleared
15 6 (1.10%) CCIE Service Provider
15 6 (1.10%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.40%) SLA
2 7 (1.28%) PMO
3 5 (0.92%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.92%) QA
4 3 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.37%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
System Software
1 58 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 54 (9.91%) Active Directory
3 16 (2.94%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (1.47%) vSphere
6 7 (1.28%) vCloud
6 7 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.55%) Docker
8 3 (0.55%) KVM
8 3 (0.55%) NFS
8 3 (0.55%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.37%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 2 (0.37%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (0.37%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.37%) XenApp
9 2 (0.37%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.18%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.18%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 34 (6.24%) Cisco Prime
2 33 (6.06%) FortiGate
3 10 (1.83%) Nagios
4 8 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (1.28%) Cisco UCCX
6 6 (1.10%) Cacti
6 6 (1.10%) Puppet
7 5 (0.92%) Netcool
7 5 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.92%) SCCM
7 5 (0.92%) ZABBIX
8 4 (0.73%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.73%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.73%) WhatsUp Gold
8 4 (0.73%) WSUS
9 3 (0.55%) vMotion
10 2 (0.37%) Ansible
10 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Satellite
10 2 (0.37%) SCOM
10 2 (0.37%) vRealize
Vendors
1 388 (71.19%) Cisco
2 143 (26.24%) Juniper
3 114 (20.92%) F5
4 99 (18.17%) CheckPoint
5 91 (16.70%) VMware
6 56 (10.28%) Fortinet
7 55 (10.09%) Palo Alto
8 47 (8.62%) SolarWinds
9 44 (8.07%) Microsoft
10 43 (7.89%) HP
11 42 (7.71%) Citrix
12 36 (6.61%) Avaya
13 24 (4.40%) Riverbed
14 18 (3.30%) Huawei
15 16 (2.94%) Arista
15 16 (2.94%) Aruba
15 16 (2.94%) BT
16 13 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
17 12 (2.20%) Blue Coat
18 11 (2.02%) CA
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