Period
to 23 August 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 23 August 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
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 407 404 325
Rank change year-on-year -3 -79 +70
Contract jobs citing MPLS 518 622 807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.58% 0.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.93% 3.65% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 390 516
UK median daily rate £396 £384 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.26% +2.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £242 £262 £263
90th Percentile £565 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 13
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £47.83 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.14% +0.69% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.75 £30.20 £21.10
90th Percentile £67.63 £48.40 £138.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £47.83 £47.67
% change year-on-year -71.78% +0.35% +19.16%

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 13197 17021 16151
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.74% 15.74% 14.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7905 10348 9092
UK median daily rate £403 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.63% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 823 963
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £26.00 £20.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.92% +26.21% +5.64%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £49.19 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £26.58 £20.55
% change year-on-year -34.15% +29.32% +8.16%

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 23 August 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 23 August 2017.

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 23 August 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 -17 476 £400 +3.23% 91
UK excluding London -23 282 £375 - 60
London +10 222 £450 +6.19% 35
South East -18 130 £400 +5.26% 16
North of England +51 55 £375 +7.07% 25
North West +34 41 £350 -20.00% 13
Midlands +19 36 £313 -24.24% 8
Scotland +36 31 £300 -11.11% 4
West Midlands +31 22 £375 -14.29% 6
South West -23 20 £370 +2.07% 3
East Midlands -5 13 £300 +9.09% 2
East of England -19 12 £325 -34.21% 4
Yorkshire +15 11 £375 +8.70% 12
North East +60 3 £450 +63.64%
Wales 0 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 378 (72.97%) Cisco
2 287 (55.41%) Firewall
3 259 (50.00%) WAN
4 246 (47.49%) BGP
5 239 (46.14%) Cisco Certification
6 232 (44.79%) VPN
7 210 (40.54%) LAN
8 208 (40.15%) OSPF
9 178 (34.36%) CCNP
10 158 (30.50%) Data Centre
11 134 (25.87%) Juniper
12 125 (24.13%) TCP/IP
13 123 (23.75%) Cisco Nexus
14 122 (23.55%) Wireless
15 111 (21.43%) IPsec
16 109 (21.04%) Network Security
17 108 (20.85%) F5
18 106 (20.46%) CheckPoint
18 106 (20.46%) DNS
19 102 (19.69%) CCIE
20 98 (18.92%) Telecoms
21 95 (18.34%) Cisco ASA
22 90 (17.37%) EIGRP
23 88 (16.99%) DHCP
24 87 (16.80%) Network Design
25 83 (16.02%) VLAN
26 81 (15.64%) Ethernet
27 77 (14.86%) Palo Alto
28 74 (14.29%) VoIP
28 74 (14.29%) VMware

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 (3.67%) CMS
2 12 (2.32%) MS Exchange
3 11 (2.12%) IIS
4 9 (1.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 8 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (1.54%) Skype for Business
6 6 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.97%) SharePoint
7 5 (0.97%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.77%) Apache
9 3 (0.58%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.39%) CICS
10 2 (0.39%) SAS
11 1 (0.19%) Confluence
11 1 (0.19%) JBoss
11 1 (0.19%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.19%) OpenEdge
11 1 (0.19%) Site Server
Applications
1 21 (4.05%) MS Visio
2 16 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (2.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.16%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 39 (7.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (4.44%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (4.05%) Office 365
4 5 (0.97%) Akamai
4 5 (0.97%) IBM Cloud
5 3 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (0.58%) Mimecast
5 3 (0.58%) SaaS
6 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.39%) IaaS
6 2 (0.39%) PaaS
7 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.19%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.19%) Route 53
7 1 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 287 (55.41%) Firewall
2 259 (50.00%) WAN
3 246 (47.49%) BGP
4 232 (44.79%) VPN
5 210 (40.54%) LAN
6 208 (40.15%) OSPF
7 125 (24.13%) TCP/IP
8 123 (23.75%) Cisco Nexus
9 122 (23.55%) Wireless
10 111 (21.43%) IPsec
11 109 (21.04%) Network Security
12 106 (20.46%) DNS
13 95 (18.34%) Cisco ASA
14 90 (17.37%) EIGRP
15 88 (16.99%) DHCP
16 83 (16.02%) VLAN
17 81 (15.64%) Ethernet
18 74 (14.29%) VoIP
19 61 (11.78%) Cisco IOS
20 60 (11.58%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.77%) MS Access
3 3 (0.58%) Redis
4 2 (0.39%) DB2
4 2 (0.39%) OLTP
4 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.19%) Big Data
5 1 (0.19%) Informix
Development Applications
1 7 (1.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.58%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.39%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.39%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.19%) JIRA
4 1 (0.19%) MSI
4 1 (0.19%) PVCS
4 1 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 98 (18.92%) Telecoms
2 67 (12.93%) Finance
3 41 (7.92%) Banking
4 27 (5.21%) Retail
5 13 (2.51%) Marketing
6 10 (1.93%) Law
6 10 (1.93%) Military
7 8 (1.54%) Billing
8 7 (1.35%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.97%) Multimedia
10 4 (0.77%) German Language
11 3 (0.58%) Advertising
11 3 (0.58%) Legal
12 2 (0.39%) Electronics
12 2 (0.39%) French Language
12 2 (0.39%) Games
12 2 (0.39%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.39%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Local Government
13 1 (0.19%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 219 (42.28%) Network Engineer
2 66 (12.74%) Architect
3 64 (12.36%) Cisco Engineer
4 56 (10.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 49 (9.46%) Network Architect
6 29 (5.60%) Senior Network Engineer
7 28 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 27 (5.21%) Support Engineer
9 25 (4.83%) Analyst
9 25 (4.83%) Consultant
10 23 (4.44%) IP Engineer
10 23 (4.44%) Network Support
11 22 (4.25%) Network Specialist
12 21 (4.05%) Network Consultant
13 19 (3.67%) Project Manager
14 18 (3.47%) Design Engineer
14 18 (3.47%) Network Support Engineer
15 17 (3.28%) Lead Network Engineer
16 16 (3.09%) Juniper Engineer
16 16 (3.09%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (8.69%) 802.1X
2 7 (1.35%) .NET
2 7 (1.35%) Web Services
3 6 (1.16%) Middleware
4 5 (0.97%) LAMP
5 4 (0.77%) SOAP
5 4 (0.77%) XMPP
6 3 (0.58%) CGI
6 3 (0.58%) RFC 2544
6 3 (0.58%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.39%) COM
7 2 (0.39%) JSON
7 2 (0.39%) RESTful
7 2 (0.39%) XML
8 1 (0.19%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.19%) HTML
8 1 (0.19%) JMS
8 1 (0.19%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 158 (30.50%) Data Centre
2 46 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (3.86%) Computer Science
4 17 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.12%) Video Conferencing
6 10 (1.93%) Clustering
6 10 (1.93%) Private Cloud
7 9 (1.74%) Virtual Team
8 8 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (1.35%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 7 (1.35%) IVR
9 7 (1.35%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.97%) BBC
10 5 (0.97%) CESG
10 5 (0.97%) Mainframe
10 5 (0.97%) Smart Meter
11 4 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (0.77%) PKI
11 4 (0.77%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 71 (13.71%) Windows
2 36 (6.95%) Windows Server
3 31 (5.98%) Linux
4 27 (5.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 25 (4.83%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (3.67%) Unix
7 11 (2.12%) Windows 10
8 7 (1.35%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.97%) Android
10 4 (0.77%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.58%) AIX
11 3 (0.58%) CentOS
12 2 (0.39%) Check Point GAiA
12 2 (0.39%) FreeBSD
13 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.19%) VyOS
13 1 (0.19%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (16.80%) Network Design
2 65 (12.55%) Network Management
3 58 (11.20%) Load Balancing
4 54 (10.42%) Migration
5 53 (10.23%) ITIL
6 38 (7.34%) Service Delivery
7 32 (6.18%) Project Management
8 31 (5.98%) Service Management
9 30 (5.79%) Network Architecture
10 29 (5.60%) Network Monitoring
11 28 (5.41%) Change Management
11 28 (5.41%) High Availability
12 24 (4.63%) Disaster Recovery
13 21 (4.05%) Configuration Management
13 21 (4.05%) Stakeholder Management
14 20 (3.86%) Continuous Improvement
14 20 (3.86%) Integration Testing
14 20 (3.86%) Problem Management
15 16 (3.09%) WAN Optimisation
16 15 (2.90%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 27 (5.21%) SQL
2 14 (2.70%) Python
3 13 (2.51%) Perl
4 9 (1.74%) Bash Shell
4 9 (1.74%) PowerShell
5 8 (1.54%) C-shell
5 8 (1.54%) Korn
6 7 (1.35%) Lisp
7 4 (0.77%) C
7 4 (0.77%) VB
8 2 (0.39%) PHP
9 1 (0.19%) Java
9 1 (0.19%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 239 (46.14%) Cisco Certification
2 178 (34.36%) CCNP
3 102 (19.69%) CCIE
4 73 (14.09%) CCNA
5 58 (11.20%) Security Cleared
6 43 (8.30%) SC Cleared
7 32 (6.18%) JNCIE
8 27 (5.21%) Degree
9 17 (3.28%) CCDP
10 15 (2.90%) JNCIP
11 10 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
12 9 (1.74%) DV Cleared
12 9 (1.74%) JNCIS
13 8 (1.54%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 8 (1.54%) CCIP
13 8 (1.54%) CISSP
14 7 (1.35%) CCVP
15 6 (1.16%) CCIE Service Provider
16 5 (0.97%) JNCIA
16 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.74%) SLA
2 7 (1.35%) PMO
3 5 (0.97%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.97%) QA
4 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.39%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 56 (10.81%) Active Directory
2 53 (10.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (4.25%) Hyper-V
4 14 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
4 14 (2.70%) vSphere
5 13 (2.51%) NFS
6 8 (1.54%) iptables
6 8 (1.54%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (1.35%) VMware NSX
8 6 (1.16%) Openswan
8 6 (1.16%) pfSense
8 6 (1.16%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (0.77%) ProxySG
10 3 (0.58%) Postfix
10 3 (0.58%) Samba
10 3 (0.58%) Squid
11 2 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (0.39%) vCloud
11 2 (0.39%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 19 (3.67%) Cisco Prime
2 18 (3.47%) FortiGate
3 17 (3.28%) Cisco CUCM
4 13 (2.51%) Cisco UCCX
5 12 (2.32%) Nagios
6 11 (2.12%) Cacti
7 7 (1.35%) SCOM
8 6 (1.16%) vRealize
9 5 (0.97%) BMC PATROL
9 5 (0.97%) Cisco UCCE
9 5 (0.97%) Nessus
9 5 (0.97%) Netcool
9 5 (0.97%) PowerCLI
9 5 (0.97%) Puppet
10 4 (0.77%) AirWatch
10 4 (0.77%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.77%) SCCM
10 4 (0.77%) WhatsUp Gold
10 4 (0.77%) WSUS
11 3 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 378 (72.97%) Cisco
2 134 (25.87%) Juniper
3 108 (20.85%) F5
4 106 (20.46%) CheckPoint
5 77 (14.86%) Palo Alto
6 74 (14.29%) VMware
7 50 (9.65%) Fortinet
7 50 (9.65%) Microsoft
8 46 (8.88%) HP
9 45 (8.69%) Citrix
9 45 (8.69%) SolarWinds
10 40 (7.72%) Riverbed
11 31 (5.98%) Avaya
12 22 (4.25%) Arista
13 18 (3.47%) Brocade
14 17 (3.28%) SonicWALL
15 14 (2.70%) EMC
16 13 (2.51%) Blue Coat
16 13 (2.51%) SAP
17 12 (2.32%) Aruba