Period
to 23 July 2019

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 July 2019 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 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 382 440 418
Rank change year-on-year +58 -22 -48
Contract jobs citing MPLS 559 556 512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.54% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.77% 4.04% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 329 310
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £263 £259 £259
90th Percentile £575 £575 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £413 £375
% change year-on-year -6.97% +10.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 28 13
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.45% -25.76% -28.26%
10th Percentile £15.05 £12.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £50.75 £47.83 £67.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £22.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year -17.93% -5.38% -51.39%

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 11,727 13,760 12,977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.74% 13.32% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,203 8,467 7,788
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £204
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +1.27% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 572 770 761
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.50% +2.56% -22.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.79 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26% -24.00%

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 July 2019.

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 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 16 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 July 2019. 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 +28 508 £425 - 171
UK excluding London +61 336 £384 -6.97% 113
London +8 205 £463 +8.82% 61
South East +29 135 £391 -7.94% 41
North of England +32 64 £350 -17.65% 25
Midlands -5 40 £400 - 18
North West +37 37 £350 -17.65% 19
South West -10 32 £350 -12.50% 11
West Midlands -13 31 £375 -6.25% 10
East of England +16 27 £410 -2.09% 15
Scotland +28 26 £413 +17.86% 2
Yorkshire +14 14 £355 -14.87% 6
North East +28 13 £325 -9.09%
East Midlands +21 9 £452 +0.51% 8
Wales +6 9 £350 +112.12% 1
Northern Ireland - 3 £465 -

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, 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.

1 377 (67.44%) Cisco
2 311 (55.64%) WAN
3 287 (51.34%) Firewall
4 265 (47.41%) Cisco Certification
5 236 (42.22%) LAN
6 221 (39.53%) BGP
7 215 (38.46%) VPN
8 191 (34.17%) OSPF
9 177 (31.66%) CCNP
10 150 (26.83%) Juniper
11 135 (24.15%) Wireless
12 134 (23.97%) Data Centre
13 129 (23.08%) Telecoms
14 128 (22.90%) CCNA
15 123 (22.00%) Ethernet
16 109 (19.50%) CheckPoint
17 102 (18.25%) Internet
18 99 (17.71%) TCP/IP
19 98 (17.53%) Network Design
19 98 (17.53%) F5
20 95 (16.99%) CCIE
21 94 (16.82%) Network Security
22 86 (15.38%) DNS
23 84 (15.03%) Migration
24 81 (14.49%) EIGRP
24 81 (14.49%) VLAN
25 77 (13.77%) Cisco ASA
25 77 (13.77%) VoIP
25 77 (13.77%) Palo Alto
26 72 (12.88%) Windows

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 20 (3.58%) MS Exchange
2 19 (3.40%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.86%) IIS
4 10 (1.79%) Skype for Business
5 7 (1.25%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.36%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.18%) Apache
9 1 (0.18%) JBoss
9 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 21 (3.76%) MS Visio
2 16 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.61%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.36%) BigMachines
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 63 (11.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (6.44%) Amazon AWS
3 30 (5.37%) Office 365
4 12 (2.15%) SaaS
5 11 (1.97%) Cloud Computing
5 11 (1.97%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 10 (1.79%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.43%) Amazon ELB
8 7 (1.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 7 (1.25%) Datadog
9 6 (1.07%) IaaS
10 4 (0.72%) PaaS
11 3 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.36%) GitHub
12 2 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.36%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.36%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.18%) npm
13 1 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 311 (55.64%) WAN
2 287 (51.34%) Firewall
3 236 (42.22%) LAN
4 221 (39.53%) BGP
5 215 (38.46%) VPN
6 191 (34.17%) OSPF
7 135 (24.15%) Wireless
8 123 (22.00%) Ethernet
9 102 (18.25%) Internet
10 99 (17.71%) TCP/IP
11 94 (16.82%) Network Security
12 86 (15.38%) DNS
13 81 (14.49%) EIGRP
13 81 (14.49%) VLAN
14 77 (13.77%) Cisco ASA
14 77 (13.77%) VoIP
15 70 (12.52%) DHCP
16 66 (11.81%) Multicast
17 58 (10.38%) Cisco Nexus
18 57 (10.20%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.33%) MySQL
2 10 (1.79%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (1.25%) SQL Server
4 5 (0.89%) NoSQL
5 3 (0.54%) MariaDB
5 3 (0.54%) MS Access
5 3 (0.54%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (0.36%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.36%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.36%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.18%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (1.25%) Hudson
2 6 (1.07%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.07%) Jenkins
2 6 (1.07%) JIRA
3 4 (0.72%) Subversion
3 4 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.36%) Ant
4 2 (0.36%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (0.36%) Rational Quality Manager
5 1 (0.18%) Bower
5 1 (0.18%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.18%) Selenium
5 1 (0.18%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.18%) SpecFlow
General
1 129 (23.08%) Telecoms
2 66 (11.81%) Finance
3 17 (3.04%) Billing
4 16 (2.86%) Banking
5 10 (1.79%) Retail
6 7 (1.25%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.07%) Marketing
8 5 (0.89%) Legal
9 4 (0.72%) Back Office
9 4 (0.72%) Electronics
9 4 (0.72%) German Language
9 4 (0.72%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.54%) Polish Language
10 3 (0.54%) Private Banking
11 2 (0.36%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.36%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.18%) Games
12 1 (0.18%) Local Government
12 1 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 293 (52.42%) Network Engineer
2 63 (11.27%) Architect
3 48 (8.59%) Senior Network Engineer
4 45 (8.05%) Cisco Engineer
5 41 (7.33%) Network Architect
6 39 (6.98%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 27 (4.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 22 (3.94%) Consultant
9 21 (3.76%) Security Engineer
10 20 (3.58%) Network Security Engineer
11 18 (3.22%) Designer
11 18 (3.22%) Project Manager
11 18 (3.22%) Support Engineer
12 17 (3.04%) Analyst
12 17 (3.04%) Network Consultant
12 17 (3.04%) WAN Engineer
13 16 (2.86%) Juniper Engineer
13 16 (2.86%) Network Designer
13 16 (2.86%) Network Support
14 15 (2.68%) IP Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.22%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.61%) Web Services
3 7 (1.25%) Node.js
4 6 (1.07%) J2EE
4 6 (1.07%) LDAP
4 6 (1.07%) REST
5 5 (0.89%) Spring
6 4 (0.72%) SOAP
7 3 (0.54%) Kafka
7 3 (0.54%) WebSockets
7 3 (0.54%) XMPP
8 2 (0.36%) Ajax
8 2 (0.36%) CSS
8 2 (0.36%) Jinja
8 2 (0.36%) Middleware
8 2 (0.36%) Spring MVC
9 1 (0.18%) HTML
9 1 (0.18%) jBPM
9 1 (0.18%) Velocity
9 1 (0.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 134 (23.97%) Data Centre
2 33 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (4.29%) Video Conferencing
4 20 (3.58%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (3.22%) Driving Licence
6 15 (2.68%) Management Information System
7 13 (2.33%) PKI
8 12 (2.15%) Public Cloud
9 11 (1.97%) NHS
10 10 (1.79%) Handset
11 8 (1.43%) Clustering
11 8 (1.43%) iPhone
12 7 (1.25%) CCTV
12 7 (1.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 6 (1.07%) Cyber Defence
13 6 (1.07%) Hedge funds
13 6 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
14 5 (0.89%) Smartphone
14 5 (0.89%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.72%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 72 (12.88%) Windows
2 63 (11.27%) Linux
3 27 (4.83%) Unix
4 19 (3.40%) Windows Server
5 15 (2.68%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (2.33%) CentOS
8 12 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (1.97%) Debian
10 10 (1.79%) Windows 10
11 9 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (1.07%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.89%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.89%) Windows 8
13 5 (0.89%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.72%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.72%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.54%) FreeBSD
15 3 (0.54%) HPUX
15 3 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (17.53%) Network Design
2 84 (15.03%) Migration
3 66 (11.81%) Network Management
4 61 (10.91%) ITIL
5 50 (8.94%) Service Delivery
6 47 (8.41%) Project Management
7 44 (7.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 43 (7.69%) Load Balancing
9 41 (7.33%) Network Monitoring
10 39 (6.98%) Change Management
11 33 (5.90%) Network Architecture
12 29 (5.19%) Agile Software Development
13 27 (4.83%) Problem-Solving
14 26 (4.65%) DevOps
15 25 (4.47%) Service Management
16 24 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
17 22 (3.94%) High Availability
18 20 (3.58%) Problem Management
19 19 (3.40%) Computer Science
20 18 (3.22%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 33 (5.90%) Python
2 32 (5.72%) SQL
3 14 (2.50%) Perl
4 12 (2.15%) Java
5 9 (1.61%) PowerShell
6 8 (1.43%) Bash Shell
7 7 (1.25%) C
8 5 (0.89%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.36%) C++
9 2 (0.36%) Go
9 2 (0.36%) Korn
9 2 (0.36%) PHP
9 2 (0.36%) Ruby
10 1 (0.18%) C#
10 1 (0.18%) VB
Qualifications
1 265 (47.41%) Cisco Certification
2 177 (31.66%) CCNP
3 128 (22.90%) CCNA
4 95 (16.99%) CCIE
5 53 (9.48%) Security Cleared
6 44 (7.87%) Degree
7 42 (7.51%) SC Cleared
8 29 (5.19%) JNCIE
9 28 (5.01%) CCDP
10 27 (4.83%) JNCIP
11 17 (3.04%) Computer Science Degree
12 15 (2.68%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (2.68%) JNCIA
13 13 (2.33%) CCDA
14 11 (1.97%) BC Cleared
14 11 (1.97%) CCSA
14 11 (1.97%) CCSE
14 11 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
15 10 (1.79%) CCIP
16 8 (1.43%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.58%) SLA
2 12 (2.15%) QA
3 10 (1.79%) GDPR
3 10 (1.79%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.07%) PMO
5 5 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.54%) COBIT
7 2 (0.36%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.36%) NIST
7 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.18%) HAZOP
8 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
System Software
1 52 (9.30%) Active Directory
2 41 (7.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (2.15%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.79%) VMware NSX
5 9 (1.61%) Docker
6 8 (1.43%) XenApp
7 5 (0.89%) KVM
7 5 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.89%) vSphere
8 3 (0.54%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.36%) BIND 9
9 2 (0.36%) NFS
9 2 (0.36%) Postfix
9 2 (0.36%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.18%) Firmware
10 1 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 16 (2.86%) Ansible
1 16 (2.86%) SCCM
2 15 (2.68%) Cisco Prime
3 11 (1.97%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (1.79%) Puppet
5 9 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.25%) FortiGate
7 6 (1.07%) AirWatch
8 5 (0.89%) SCOM
8 5 (0.89%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (0.72%) Nagios
9 4 (0.72%) WSUS
10 3 (0.54%) CASB
10 3 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
10 3 (0.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.54%) Iperf
10 3 (0.54%) Kubernetes
10 3 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.36%) Cacti
11 2 (0.36%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 377 (67.44%) Cisco
2 150 (26.83%) Juniper
3 109 (19.50%) CheckPoint
4 98 (17.53%) F5
5 77 (13.77%) Palo Alto
6 54 (9.66%) VMware
7 53 (9.48%) Microsoft
8 44 (7.87%) SolarWinds
9 38 (6.80%) Fortinet
9 38 (6.80%) Meraki
10 36 (6.44%) HP
11 34 (6.08%) Citrix
11 34 (6.08%) Nokia
12 27 (4.83%) Aruba
13 20 (3.58%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 19 (3.40%) BT
14 19 (3.40%) Riverbed
15 17 (3.04%) Arista
16 16 (2.86%) Red Hat
17 15 (2.68%) McAfee