Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 431 364 353
Rank change year-on-year -67 -11 -35
Contract jobs citing MPLS 512 610 707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.64% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.85% 4.30% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 384 459
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £225 £261 £259
90th Percentile £574 £537 £596
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 26
UK median hourly rate £16.41 £30.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.32% -25.00% +50.94%
10th Percentile £12.75 £14.44 £15.75
90th Percentile £46.89 £63.42 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.41 £45.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -67.99% +4.65% +115.00%

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 13,308 14,172 14,975
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.11% 14.87% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,213 8,634 8,781
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 757 816
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.01 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.43 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.52 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% -2.27% -0.79%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -85 472 £425 +6.25% 145
UK excluding London -52 298 £400 - 110
London -27 207 £425 +6.25% 39
South East -93 111 £450 +7.14% 34
Midlands +49 82 £400 +40.35% 11
West Midlands +51 71 £408 +13.19% 8
North of England +22 38 £350 -12.50% 29
South West +20 30 £450 +21.62% 14
North West +7 28 £350 -12.50% 17
Scotland -14 22 £325 -13.33% 3
East of England -24 20 £389 -13.61% 18
Wales +5 12 £331 - 1
Yorkshire -8 10 £444 +5.65% 12
East Midlands +1 9 £300 +30.43% 3
Northern Ireland -14 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 335 (65.43%) Cisco
2 250 (48.83%) WAN
3 247 (48.24%) VPN
4 240 (46.88%) Firewall
5 219 (42.77%) Cisco Certification
6 200 (39.06%) BGP
7 194 (37.89%) LAN
8 145 (28.32%) OSPF
9 130 (25.39%) Data Centre
10 126 (24.61%) CCNP
11 114 (22.27%) Juniper
11 114 (22.27%) Cisco Nexus
12 109 (21.29%) CCNA
13 102 (19.92%) Cisco ASA
14 99 (19.34%) CheckPoint
15 93 (18.16%) VLAN
16 91 (17.77%) DNS
16 91 (17.77%) Windows
17 88 (17.19%) ITIL
18 87 (16.99%) Network Security
19 81 (15.82%) Wireless
20 80 (15.63%) Telecoms
21 79 (15.43%) CCIE
22 78 (15.23%) TCP/IP
22 78 (15.23%) IPsec
23 77 (15.04%) Security Cleared
24 76 (14.84%) Internet
25 73 (14.26%) SC Cleared
25 73 (14.26%) F5
26 70 (13.67%) Ethernet

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 10 (1.95%) MS Exchange
2 7 (1.37%) Skype for Business
3 6 (1.17%) Apache
4 5 (0.98%) SharePoint
5 4 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 4 (0.78%) Drupal
5 4 (0.78%) WordPress
6 3 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.39%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.20%) IIS
Applications
1 21 (4.10%) MS Visio
2 18 (3.52%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.98%) HipChat
5 4 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.39%) Relativity
2 1 (0.20%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 54 (10.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 43 (8.40%) Amazon AWS
3 39 (7.62%) Office 365
4 13 (2.54%) IaaS
5 10 (1.95%) PaaS
6 6 (1.17%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.59%) SaaS
8 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.20%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.20%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 250 (48.83%) WAN
2 247 (48.24%) VPN
3 240 (46.88%) Firewall
4 200 (39.06%) BGP
5 194 (37.89%) LAN
6 145 (28.32%) OSPF
7 114 (22.27%) Cisco Nexus
8 102 (19.92%) Cisco ASA
9 93 (18.16%) VLAN
10 91 (17.77%) DNS
11 87 (16.99%) Network Security
12 81 (15.82%) Wireless
13 78 (15.23%) IPsec
13 78 (15.23%) TCP/IP
14 76 (14.84%) Internet
15 70 (13.67%) Ethernet
16 69 (13.48%) DHCP
17 59 (11.52%) VoIP
18 58 (11.33%) EIGRP
19 47 (9.18%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
1 5 (0.98%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (0.59%) Big Data
3 3 (0.59%) MySQL
3 3 (0.59%) OLTP
3 3 (0.59%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.39%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.20%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (1.17%) Git (software)
1 6 (1.17%) Metasploit
1 6 (1.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (0.98%) Bitbucket
2 5 (0.98%) git-flow
2 5 (0.98%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.98%) JIRA
2 5 (0.98%) Maven
3 4 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.20%) TeamCity
General
1 80 (15.63%) Telecoms
2 65 (12.70%) Finance
3 24 (4.69%) Banking
4 19 (3.71%) Retail
5 11 (2.15%) Billing
6 7 (1.37%) Legal
7 6 (1.17%) Music Industry
8 5 (0.98%) Advertising
8 5 (0.98%) French Language
9 4 (0.78%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.78%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.59%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.59%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.59%) Retail Finance
11 2 (0.39%) Electronics
11 2 (0.39%) Local Government
11 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.39%) Military
12 1 (0.20%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 247 (48.24%) Network Engineer
2 102 (19.92%) Architect
3 55 (10.74%) Cisco Engineer
4 54 (10.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 41 (8.01%) Network Architect
5 41 (8.01%) Security Engineer
6 37 (7.23%) Network Security Engineer
7 35 (6.84%) Security Architect
8 30 (5.86%) Senior Network Engineer
9 29 (5.66%) Project Manager
10 26 (5.08%) Analyst
10 26 (5.08%) Network Support
11 23 (4.49%) Consultant
11 23 (4.49%) Support Engineer
12 20 (3.91%) Solutions Architect
13 19 (3.71%) Infrastructure Manager
14 18 (3.52%) Network Analyst
15 17 (3.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 17 (3.32%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 16 (3.13%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (3.71%) 802.1X
2 15 (2.93%) LDAP
3 11 (2.15%) JSON
4 6 (1.17%) WAP
5 5 (0.98%) Web Services
6 4 (0.78%) .NET
6 4 (0.78%) LAMP
6 4 (0.78%) XML
7 3 (0.59%) Core Data
7 3 (0.59%) Rendezvous
8 2 (0.39%) CGI
9 1 (0.20%) HTML
9 1 (0.20%) REST
9 1 (0.20%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 130 (25.39%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.47%) Management Information System
3 26 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (3.13%) Computer Science
5 12 (2.34%) Replication
6 11 (2.15%) PKI
7 8 (1.56%) Public Cloud
7 8 (1.56%) Virtual Team
8 6 (1.17%) Private Cloud
9 5 (0.98%) Clustering
10 4 (0.78%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.78%) Hedge funds
10 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.59%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.59%) Mainframe
12 2 (0.39%) FMCG
12 2 (0.39%) PMI
12 2 (0.39%) Smart Meter
12 2 (0.39%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 91 (17.77%) Windows
2 36 (7.03%) Linux
2 36 (7.03%) Unix
3 27 (5.27%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.32%) Windows 7
5 16 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (2.93%) Windows 10
7 12 (2.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.78%) CentOS
10 4 (0.78%) Solaris
11 2 (0.39%) FreeBSD
12 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (17.19%) ITIL
2 65 (12.70%) Network Design
3 49 (9.57%) Migration
4 48 (9.38%) Project Management
5 41 (8.01%) Load Balancing
5 41 (8.01%) Network Architecture
6 34 (6.64%) Information Security
7 32 (6.25%) Service Delivery
8 30 (5.86%) Security Architecture
9 28 (5.47%) SIEM
10 27 (5.27%) PRINCE2
11 25 (4.88%) Agile Software Development
12 24 (4.69%) Capacity Management
13 23 (4.49%) Network Management
13 23 (4.49%) Service Management
14 22 (4.30%) Data Protection
15 21 (4.10%) Change Management
15 21 (4.10%) Configuration Management
15 21 (4.10%) Data Loss Prevention
15 21 (4.10%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 35 (6.84%) Python
2 32 (6.25%) PowerShell
3 26 (5.08%) Perl
4 19 (3.71%) SQL
5 16 (3.13%) Bash Shell
6 5 (0.98%) Groovy
7 4 (0.78%) AWK
7 4 (0.78%) Java
7 4 (0.78%) sed
8 3 (0.59%) C
8 3 (0.59%) Ruby
9 2 (0.39%) C-shell
9 2 (0.39%) Korn
10 1 (0.20%) C++
10 1 (0.20%) PHP
10 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 219 (42.77%) Cisco Certification
2 126 (24.61%) CCNP
3 109 (21.29%) CCNA
4 79 (15.43%) CCIE
5 77 (15.04%) Security Cleared
6 73 (14.26%) SC Cleared
7 35 (6.84%) CISSP
8 29 (5.66%) Degree
9 21 (4.10%) Microsoft Certification
10 20 (3.91%) MCSE
11 17 (3.32%) JNCIE
12 15 (2.93%) JNCIA
12 15 (2.93%) JNCIP
13 14 (2.73%) MCP
14 11 (2.15%) CCSP
15 10 (1.95%) SANS
16 9 (1.76%) CCDA
16 9 (1.76%) CCDP
17 8 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 7 (1.37%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (4.69%) GDPR
2 14 (2.73%) SLA
3 10 (1.95%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.98%) QA
5 4 (0.78%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.20%) PMO
7 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 69 (13.48%) Active Directory
2 30 (5.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (3.71%) vSphere
4 18 (3.52%) Hyper-V
5 14 (2.73%) VMware NSX
6 10 (1.95%) iptables
7 9 (1.76%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (1.76%) XenApp
8 6 (1.17%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.98%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (0.78%) DFS Replication
10 4 (0.78%) NFS
10 4 (0.78%) Postfix
10 4 (0.78%) Samba
10 4 (0.78%) Squid
10 4 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.59%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.39%) Docker
13 1 (0.20%) Openswan
13 1 (0.20%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 21 (4.10%) SCCM
2 14 (2.73%) Cisco Prime
3 13 (2.54%) Nagios
4 10 (1.95%) FortiGate
4 10 (1.95%) SCOM
5 7 (1.37%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (1.37%) Nessus
5 7 (1.37%) ZABBIX
6 6 (1.17%) Ansible
6 6 (1.17%) SELinux
7 4 (0.78%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 4 (0.78%) Nmap
7 4 (0.78%) vCenter Server
8 3 (0.59%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.59%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 3 (0.59%) OpenView
8 3 (0.59%) vRealize
8 3 (0.59%) WSUS
9 2 (0.39%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 335 (65.43%) Cisco
2 114 (22.27%) Juniper
3 99 (19.34%) CheckPoint
4 73 (14.26%) F5
5 54 (10.55%) VMware
6 53 (10.35%) Fortinet
7 49 (9.57%) Citrix
8 48 (9.38%) Palo Alto
9 44 (8.59%) Microsoft
10 40 (7.81%) HP
11 24 (4.69%) Blue Coat
12 22 (4.30%) SolarWinds
13 21 (4.10%) Meraki
14 17 (3.32%) Riverbed
15 16 (3.13%) Avaya
15 16 (3.13%) BT
15 16 (3.13%) McAfee
16 15 (2.93%) Oracle
17 12 (2.34%) IBM
17 12 (2.34%) Splunk