Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 419 418 418
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -76
Contract jobs citing MPLS 559 534 614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.54% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.14% 3.97% 3.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 307 387
UK median daily rate £425 £395 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% +1.94% +3.33%
10th Percentile £250 £256 £263
90th Percentile £605 £551 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 15 12
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £30.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.33% -37.28% -
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £26.00
90th Percentile £52.84 £67.70 £47.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £14.41 £47.83
% change year-on-year +31.90% -69.88% -

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 13,510 13,455 16,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.63% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,199 8,152 10,194
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £195 £220
90th Percentile £606 £585 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 739 832
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%
10th Percentile £12.21 £10.96 £11.52
90th Percentile £47.92 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.39 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +4.78% -26.00% +23.85%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 +14 540 £425 +6.25% 144
UK excluding London -27 300 £405 +8.00% 119
London +9 252 £439 +3.24% 37
South East -13 120 £425 +7.59% 34
North of England -16 68 £411 +9.67% 35
Midlands -12 52 £400 - 20
West Midlands -22 41 £388 -3.13% 12
Yorkshire +3 31 £413 +10.00% 12
North West -40 27 £375 +7.14% 23
South West -6 24 £400 +10.73% 8
East of England +1 23 £413 +17.86% 10
East Midlands +8 11 £520 +74.79% 8
North East -6 10 £283 -37.22%
Scotland -40 10 - - 7
Wales -22 5 £165 - 5

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 373 (66.73%) Cisco
2 319 (57.07%) WAN
3 261 (46.69%) BGP
4 260 (46.51%) Firewall
5 243 (43.47%) VPN
6 232 (41.50%) LAN
7 224 (40.07%) Cisco Certification
8 187 (33.45%) OSPF
9 173 (30.95%) CCNP
10 151 (27.01%) Juniper
11 124 (22.18%) Wireless
12 123 (22.00%) TCP/IP
12 123 (22.00%) Data Centre
13 108 (19.32%) CCNA
14 106 (18.96%) DNS
15 105 (18.78%) Windows
16 93 (16.64%) Telecoms
17 91 (16.28%) EIGRP
17 91 (16.28%) VoIP
18 88 (15.74%) ITIL
18 88 (15.74%) Finance
19 87 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
20 85 (15.21%) VLAN
21 84 (15.03%) Internet
22 83 (14.85%) CheckPoint
23 79 (14.13%) Ethernet
24 78 (13.95%) Migration
25 75 (13.42%) VMware
26 73 (13.06%) Linux
27 72 (12.88%) Microsoft Azure

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 23 (4.11%) Skype for Business
2 10 (1.79%) MS Exchange
2 10 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 8 (1.43%) Apache
3 8 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (1.07%) Confluence
5 5 (0.89%) OpenStack
5 5 (0.89%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.72%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.54%) CMS
7 3 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.36%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.18%) IIS
Applications
1 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Office
1 11 (1.97%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.18%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 72 (12.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (7.51%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (5.19%) Office 365
4 15 (2.68%) IaaS
5 6 (1.07%) PaaS
5 6 (1.07%) SaaS
6 5 (0.89%) GitHub
7 4 (0.72%) Akamai
7 4 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.54%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.54%) CloudFront
8 3 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.54%) Route 53
8 3 (0.54%) Serverless
9 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.36%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 319 (57.07%) WAN
2 261 (46.69%) BGP
3 260 (46.51%) Firewall
4 243 (43.47%) VPN
5 232 (41.50%) LAN
6 187 (33.45%) OSPF
7 124 (22.18%) Wireless
8 123 (22.00%) TCP/IP
9 106 (18.96%) DNS
10 91 (16.28%) EIGRP
10 91 (16.28%) VoIP
11 87 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
12 85 (15.21%) VLAN
13 84 (15.03%) Internet
14 79 (14.13%) Ethernet
15 67 (11.99%) Network Security
16 58 (10.38%) DHCP
17 57 (10.20%) IPsec
18 55 (9.84%) Cisco Nexus
19 54 (9.66%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.79%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.25%) Relational Database
3 4 (0.72%) MySQL
4 3 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.54%) SQLite
5 2 (0.36%) Redis
5 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.18%) Big Data
6 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 17 (3.04%) JIRA
2 8 (1.43%) Jenkins
3 6 (1.07%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.72%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.54%) Metasploit
5 3 (0.54%) Robot Framework
6 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.18%) JMeter
6 1 (0.18%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 93 (16.64%) Telecoms
2 88 (15.74%) Finance
3 18 (3.22%) Banking
4 14 (2.50%) Retail
5 7 (1.25%) Law
6 6 (1.07%) German Language
6 6 (1.07%) Multimedia
7 5 (0.89%) Advertising
8 4 (0.72%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.72%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.54%) French Language
10 2 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.18%) Billing
11 1 (0.18%) Electronics
11 1 (0.18%) Games
11 1 (0.18%) Marketing
11 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 236 (42.22%) Network Engineer
2 81 (14.49%) Architect
3 48 (8.59%) Cisco Engineer
4 44 (7.87%) Analyst
5 42 (7.51%) Network Architect
6 40 (7.16%) Senior Network Engineer
7 32 (5.72%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 28 (5.01%) Network Analyst
9 23 (4.11%) WAN Engineer
10 22 (3.94%) Consultant
10 22 (3.94%) Juniper Engineer
10 22 (3.94%) Security Engineer
10 22 (3.94%) Senior Cisco Engineer
11 21 (3.76%) Network Security Engineer
12 19 (3.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 18 (3.22%) Network Consultant
14 17 (3.04%) Project Manager
15 15 (2.68%) Implementation Engineer
15 15 (2.68%) Network Implementation Engineer
15 15 (2.68%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.11%) 802.1X
2 14 (2.50%) Web Services
3 11 (1.97%) Spring
4 10 (1.79%) REST
5 9 (1.61%) LDAP
6 8 (1.43%) J2EE
6 8 (1.43%) Middleware
7 7 (1.25%) Boost C++ Libraries
7 7 (1.25%) Spring Boot
8 5 (0.89%) JSON
8 5 (0.89%) XML
9 4 (0.72%) LAMP
9 4 (0.72%) XMPP
10 3 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
10 3 (0.54%) Node.js
11 2 (0.36%) AngularJS
11 2 (0.36%) Kafka
11 2 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (0.36%) SAML
11 2 (0.36%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 123 (22.00%) Data Centre
2 30 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.29%) Self-Motivation
4 21 (3.76%) Management Information System
5 20 (3.58%) Video Conferencing
6 14 (2.50%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.15%) PKI
7 12 (2.15%) Public Cloud
8 9 (1.61%) Linux Command Line
9 7 (1.25%) CMDB
9 7 (1.25%) Fintech
10 5 (0.89%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.72%) Equities
11 4 (0.72%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.72%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.54%) CCTV
12 3 (0.54%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (0.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 3 (0.54%) Fat Client
12 3 (0.54%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 105 (18.78%) Windows
2 73 (13.06%) Linux
3 44 (7.87%) Windows Server
4 27 (4.83%) Unix
5 21 (3.76%) Windows 10
6 12 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (1.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (1.79%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.07%) Solaris
10 6 (1.07%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.72%) CentOS
11 4 (0.72%) Debian
12 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.18%) Android
13 1 (0.18%) Check Point GAiA
13 1 (0.18%) HPUX
13 1 (0.18%) SUSE
13 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (15.74%) ITIL
2 78 (13.95%) Migration
3 70 (12.52%) Network Design
4 53 (9.48%) Load Balancing
5 51 (9.12%) Network Management
6 50 (8.94%) Project Management
7 41 (7.33%) Network Architecture
8 32 (5.72%) Network Monitoring
8 32 (5.72%) Problem-Solving
9 31 (5.55%) Change Management
9 31 (5.55%) Service Delivery
10 29 (5.19%) High Availability
11 23 (4.11%) Configuration Management
11 23 (4.11%) DNA
11 23 (4.11%) Mentoring
12 22 (3.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 20 (3.58%) Disaster Recovery
13 20 (3.58%) Information Security
14 19 (3.40%) DevOps
14 19 (3.40%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 54 (9.66%) Python
2 28 (5.01%) Bash Shell
3 27 (4.83%) Perl
4 25 (4.47%) PowerShell
5 14 (2.50%) Java
5 14 (2.50%) Ruby
5 14 (2.50%) SQL
6 8 (1.43%) C++
7 5 (0.89%) C
8 3 (0.54%) Bourne shell
8 3 (0.54%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.54%) PHP
8 3 (0.54%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.36%) AWK
9 2 (0.36%) XPath
10 1 (0.18%) C#
10 1 (0.18%) R
10 1 (0.18%) Tcl
10 1 (0.18%) VBA
10 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 224 (40.07%) Cisco Certification
2 173 (30.95%) CCNP
3 108 (19.32%) CCNA
4 66 (11.81%) CCIE
5 64 (11.45%) Security Cleared
6 57 (10.20%) SC Cleared
7 30 (5.37%) Degree
8 28 (5.01%) CCDP
9 20 (3.58%) JNCIP
10 18 (3.22%) JNCIA
11 16 (2.86%) JNCIS
12 14 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (2.33%) DV Cleared
14 12 (2.15%) Computer Science Degree
15 11 (1.97%) BC Cleared
15 11 (1.97%) CCIP
16 10 (1.79%) CISSP
17 7 (1.25%) CCDE
17 7 (1.25%) CCSP
17 7 (1.25%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.40%) SLA
2 17 (3.04%) QA
3 10 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.61%) GDPR
5 5 (0.89%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.36%) FISMA
6 2 (0.36%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.18%) GPG13
System Software
1 53 (9.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 48 (8.59%) Active Directory
3 18 (3.22%) Virtual Desktop
3 18 (3.22%) vSphere
4 16 (2.86%) Docker
5 14 (2.50%) Microsoft App-V
5 14 (2.50%) XenApp
5 14 (2.50%) XenDesktop
6 11 (1.97%) VMware NSX
7 10 (1.79%) Hyper-V
8 7 (1.25%) ProxySG
9 5 (0.89%) KVM
10 4 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.54%) NFS
12 2 (0.36%) Firmware
12 2 (0.36%) iptables
12 2 (0.36%) Postfix
12 2 (0.36%) Samba
12 2 (0.36%) Squid
12 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (2.68%) CA Spectrum
2 12 (2.15%) FortiGate
2 12 (2.15%) Opscode Chef
2 12 (2.15%) Puppet
3 10 (1.79%) AirWatch
3 10 (1.79%) Cisco CUCM
3 10 (1.79%) Cisco Prime
4 9 (1.61%) Ansible
5 7 (1.25%) CSIRT
5 7 (1.25%) SCCM
6 6 (1.07%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 5 (0.89%) Nagios
7 5 (0.89%) QRadar
8 4 (0.72%) Cacti
8 4 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
8 4 (0.72%) Grafana
8 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.72%) Nessus
8 4 (0.72%) SolarWinds Orion
8 4 (0.72%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 373 (66.73%) Cisco
2 151 (27.01%) Juniper
3 83 (14.85%) CheckPoint
4 75 (13.42%) VMware
5 71 (12.70%) F5
6 69 (12.34%) Microsoft
7 42 (7.51%) SolarWinds
8 41 (7.33%) Citrix
9 30 (5.37%) Meraki
10 26 (4.65%) Oracle
11 25 (4.47%) Fortinet
11 25 (4.47%) Palo Alto
12 22 (3.94%) Aruba
13 21 (3.76%) HP
14 20 (3.58%) Riverbed
15 19 (3.40%) Polycom
16 18 (3.22%) Arista
16 18 (3.22%) Blue Coat
16 18 (3.22%) BT
17 16 (2.86%) Mitel