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 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
Rank 339 297 301
Rank change year-on-year -42 +4  
Contract jobs citing MPLS 278 398 364
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.75% 0.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.20% 5.09% 4.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 255 239
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 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £580 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £313
% change year-on-year +3.44% +16.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 7
Median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.79% +7.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.35 £33.85 £28.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.93 £48.80 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £43.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -30.23% +7.50%  

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 6618 7818 7780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.75% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4078 4664 4242
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 £204
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 361 334 431
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £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 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

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 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
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

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 3 months to 24 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 24 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 -34 261 £400 +5.26% 79
London +35 128 £413 -17.50% 27
South East -38 70 £391 +7.93% 20
North West +40 23 £376 -37.41% 10
Berkshire -5 21 £475 +11.76% 6
Manchester +20 18 £350 -41.66% 8
Croydon +19 14 £450 +33.33% 2
Hampshire -25 14 £375 +6.53% 2
West Sussex +11 12 £400 -15.78%
Crawley +19 10 £400 -15.78%
City of London +6 9 £400 +3.22% 6
East of England -10 9 £400 +10.34% 2
South West -29 9 £370 +2.06% 1
West Midlands -5 8 £385 -14.44% 9
East Midlands +2 7 £283 +44.87% 5
Scotland +6 6 £450 +125.00% 1
Bristol +3 6 £358 -4.34% 1
Aberdeen -1 6 £450 -
Middlesex +6 5 £335 -23.42%
Birmingham +1 5 £313 - 3
Reading -4 5 £550 +17.33% 2
Oxfordshire -10 5 £400 +68.42% 4
Surrey 0 4 £400 +60.00% 2
Milton Keynes -7 4 £413 -8.33% 1
Buckinghamshire -10 4 £413 -8.33% 2
Fareham -13 4 £350 -44.00%
Cheshire +30 3 £550 -8.33%
Chesterfield +8 3 £300 +9.09%
Basingstoke +8 3 £218 -30.24%
Bracknell 0 3 - - 1

MPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 432 (73.85%) Cisco
2 326 (55.73%) Firewall
3 293 (50.09%) Cisco Certification
4 267 (45.64%) WAN
5 256 (43.76%) BGP
6 237 (40.51%) OSPF
7 225 (38.46%) LAN
8 198 (33.85%) CCNP
9 182 (31.11%) Data Centre
10 161 (27.52%) VPN
11 154 (26.32%) Juniper
12 146 (24.96%) TCP/IP
13 133 (22.74%) CCNA
13 133 (22.74%) Cisco Nexus
14 132 (22.56%) F5
15 125 (21.37%) DNS
15 125 (21.37%) CheckPoint
16 124 (21.20%) Wireless
17 117 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
18 107 (18.29%) VMware
19 99 (16.92%) ITIL
20 98 (16.75%) Network Security
21 97 (16.58%) VLAN
22 85 (14.53%) Finance
23 84 (14.36%) Internet
23 84 (14.36%) Windows
24 82 (14.02%) CCIE
25 78 (13.33%) Telecoms
26 75 (12.82%) Network Design
27 73 (12.48%) IPsec

MPLS
Top Related 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 (3.08%) SharePoint
2 15 (2.56%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (1.37%) Skype for Business
5 7 (1.20%) CMS
5 7 (1.20%) IIS
6 6 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (0.85%) Apache
7 5 (0.85%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.51%) JBoss
8 3 (0.51%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.34%) SAS
9 2 (0.34%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.34%) 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 (5.13%) MS Visio
2 21 (3.59%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.54%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (1.03%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 50 (8.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (3.93%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (3.93%) Office 365
3 14 (2.39%) IaaS
4 9 (1.54%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (1.20%) PaaS
6 7 (1.20%) 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
1 326 (55.73%) Firewall
2 267 (45.64%) WAN
3 256 (43.76%) BGP
4 237 (40.51%) OSPF
5 225 (38.46%) LAN
6 161 (27.52%) VPN
7 146 (24.96%) TCP/IP
8 133 (22.74%) Cisco Nexus
9 125 (21.37%) DNS
10 124 (21.20%) Wireless
11 117 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
12 98 (16.75%) Network Security
13 97 (16.58%) VLAN
14 84 (14.36%) Internet
15 73 (12.48%) IPsec
16 71 (12.14%) Ethernet
17 69 (11.79%) DHCP
17 69 (11.79%) VoIP
18 67 (11.45%) Cisco IOS
19 65 (11.11%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.25%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.51%) 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 (1.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.68%) JIRA
3 2 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.17%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.17%) Selenium
4 1 (0.17%) WebDriver
General
1 85 (14.53%) Finance
2 78 (13.33%) Telecoms
3 35 (5.98%) Banking
4 20 (3.42%) Retail
5 14 (2.39%) Billing
6 10 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.54%) Multimedia
8 8 (1.37%) Electronics
8 8 (1.37%) Legal
9 6 (1.03%) Military
10 5 (0.85%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.68%) Advertising
11 4 (0.68%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.51%) German Language
12 3 (0.51%) Marketing
13 2 (0.34%) Back Office
13 2 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.34%) Music Industry
14 1 (0.17%) Automotive
14 1 (0.17%) Law
Job Titles
1 267 (45.64%) Network Engineer
2 86 (14.70%) Architect
3 67 (11.45%) Cisco Engineer
4 60 (10.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 49 (8.38%) Analyst
6 46 (7.86%) Network Architect
7 45 (7.69%) Senior Network Engineer
8 40 (6.84%) Network Analyst
9 30 (5.13%) Firewall Engineer
10 28 (4.79%) Security Engineer
11 23 (3.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 23 (3.93%) Network Security Engineer
11 23 (3.93%) Project Manager
12 22 (3.76%) Design Engineer
12 22 (3.76%) Juniper Engineer
12 22 (3.76%) Support Engineer
13 21 (3.59%) Network Support
14 19 (3.25%) WAN Engineer
15 18 (3.08%) LAN Engineer
15 18 (3.08%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (9.57%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.54%) Middleware
3 8 (1.37%) SOAP
4 7 (1.20%) Web Services
5 5 (0.85%) COM
5 5 (0.85%) XMPP
6 3 (0.51%) JSON
7 2 (0.34%) .NET
7 2 (0.34%) CGI
7 2 (0.34%) J2EE
7 2 (0.34%) REST
7 2 (0.34%) 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
1 182 (31.11%) Data Centre
2 58 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (3.76%) CMDB
4 21 (3.59%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.08%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.74%) Clustering
7 14 (2.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 14 (2.39%) IVR
8 10 (1.71%) Hybrid Cloud
8 10 (1.71%) PKI
8 10 (1.71%) Replication
9 9 (1.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (1.54%) Virtual Team
10 8 (1.37%) IPTV
10 8 (1.37%) Over-the-Top Content
10 8 (1.37%) RSA SecurID
10 8 (1.37%) STB
10 8 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
10 8 (1.37%) Video on Demand
11 7 (1.20%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 84 (14.36%) Windows
2 51 (8.72%) Windows Server
3 40 (6.84%) Unix
4 34 (5.81%) Linux
5 23 (3.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (3.59%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (2.22%) CatOS
8 11 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.85%) Android
9 5 (0.85%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.85%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.68%) FreeBSD
11 3 (0.51%) AIX
11 3 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.34%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.34%) Solaris
12 2 (0.34%) VMS
13 1 (0.17%) MVS
13 1 (0.17%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (16.92%) ITIL
2 75 (12.82%) Network Design
3 69 (11.79%) Migration
4 56 (9.57%) Project Management
5 54 (9.23%) Network Management
6 52 (8.89%) Load Balancing
7 30 (5.13%) Change Management
7 30 (5.13%) Network Monitoring
8 27 (4.62%) High Availability
8 27 (4.62%) Problem Management
9 26 (4.44%) Configuration Management
9 26 (4.44%) PRINCE2
10 24 (4.10%) Network Architecture
11 23 (3.93%) Service Management
12 21 (3.59%) Incident Management
13 19 (3.25%) ITIL V3
14 18 (3.08%) CRM
14 18 (3.08%) Disaster Recovery
14 18 (3.08%) Information Security
15 17 (2.91%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (2.39%) SQL
2 12 (2.05%) Perl
3 11 (1.88%) C
3 11 (1.88%) Python
4 10 (1.71%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.34%) Java
5 2 (0.34%) Lisp
5 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.17%) C#
6 1 (0.17%) JCL
Qualifications
1 293 (50.09%) Cisco Certification
2 198 (33.85%) CCNP
3 133 (22.74%) CCNA
4 82 (14.02%) CCIE
5 57 (9.74%) Security Cleared
6 42 (7.18%) SC Cleared
7 26 (4.44%) CCDP
8 22 (3.76%) JNCIA
9 18 (3.08%) CCIP
9 18 (3.08%) Degree
10 17 (2.91%) CCSP
11 16 (2.74%) JNCIE
12 15 (2.56%) JNCIP
12 15 (2.56%) MCSE
12 15 (2.56%) Microsoft Certification
13 12 (2.05%) CISSP
14 8 (1.37%) CCDA
15 7 (1.20%) GCIH
15 7 (1.20%) GIAC
15 7 (1.20%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.98%) SLA
2 19 (3.25%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.37%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.34%) PMO
5 2 (0.34%) 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 (12.14%) Active Directory
2 68 (11.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.91%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.71%) vSphere
5 9 (1.54%) Terminal Services
5 9 (1.54%) vCloud
6 7 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.03%) ProxySG
8 5 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
8 5 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.68%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 4 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.51%) Docker
10 3 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.51%) XenApp
11 2 (0.34%) 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 47 (8.03%) FortiGate
2 34 (5.81%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (2.91%) Nagios
4 13 (2.22%) Puppet
5 9 (1.54%) WhatsUp Gold
6 8 (1.37%) Cisco UCCX
6 8 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (1.37%) SCCM
7 6 (1.03%) CA Spectrum
7 6 (1.03%) ZABBIX
8 5 (0.85%) Cisco CUCM
8 5 (0.85%) Nessus
9 4 (0.68%) Ansible
9 4 (0.68%) Cacti
9 4 (0.68%) vRealize
10 3 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.51%) Pingdom
10 3 (0.51%) Red Hat Satellite
10 3 (0.51%) SCOM
10 3 (0.51%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 432 (73.85%) Cisco
2 154 (26.32%) Juniper
3 132 (22.56%) F5
4 125 (21.37%) CheckPoint
5 107 (18.29%) VMware
6 55 (9.40%) Microsoft
7 53 (9.06%) Citrix
8 44 (7.52%) Fortinet
9 42 (7.18%) HP
10 40 (6.84%) Palo Alto
10 40 (6.84%) SolarWinds
11 33 (5.64%) Blue Coat
12 26 (4.44%) Avaya
13 21 (3.59%) Aruba
13 21 (3.59%) Huawei
14 20 (3.42%) BT
14 20 (3.42%) Riverbed
15 17 (2.91%) Meraki
16 13 (2.22%) Arista
16 13 (2.22%) CA
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