Period
to 16 May 2021

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 16 May 2021 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
16 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 428 366 410
Rank change year-on-year -62 +44 +18
Contract jobs citing MPLS 242 299 533
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.60% 0.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.75% 4.40% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 176 339
10th Percentile £300 £254 £263
25th Percentile £363 £313 £330
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £400 £415
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% -3.61% -2.35%
75th Percentile £500 £530 £500
90th Percentile £570 £575 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +7.50% +6.67% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 29 27
10th Percentile £16.02 £18.50 £14.65
25th Percentile £18.50 £19.25 £17.09
Median hourly rate £23.00 £34.00 £21.59
Median % change year-on-year -32.35% +57.52% -33.58%
75th Percentile £25.00 £51.25 £28.75
90th Percentile £66.25 £53.00 £34.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £21.59
% change year-on-year -2.50% -7.34% -6.15%

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 6,460 6,801 11,438
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.37% 13.63% 12.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,167 4,153 7,206
10th Percentile £225 £178 £203
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.04%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £615 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 391 528
10th Percentile £12.94 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.39
Median hourly rate £26.50 £22.50 £18.73
Median % change year-on-year +17.78% +20.16% +0.13%
75th Percentile £50.00 £46.88 £43.94
90th Percentile £63.75 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.50 £17.46
% change year-on-year +20.51% +11.68% -4.98%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MPLS.

Daily rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 16 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MPLS.

Hourly rate trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 16 May 2021.

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 16 May 2021. 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 -57 206 £450 +12.50% 73
London -18 111 £450 - 15
UK excluding London -55 92 £430 +7.50% 59
Work from Home -180 90 £474 +18.44% 13
South East -4 40 £402 -3.71% 18
North of England -30 15 £443 +36.15% 23
East of England +34 13 £425 -16.05% 3
Midlands -9 11 £450 - 4
North West -11 9 £524 +61.15% 14
South West +41 8 £425 +46.55% 10
Scotland -19 8 £475 +215.61% 1
West Midlands -13 7 £425 +14.09% 3
East Midlands +19 6 £475 -5.00% 1
Yorkshire +1 6 £293 -10.00% 9
Isle of Man - 1 £413 -

For the 6 months to 16 May 2021, 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.

1 163 (67.36%) Cisco
2 134 (55.37%) BGP
3 123 (50.83%) Firewall
4 106 (43.80%) VPN
5 105 (43.39%) Cisco Certification
6 100 (41.32%) WAN
7 84 (34.71%) OSPF
8 79 (32.64%) LAN
9 69 (28.51%) CCNP
10 65 (26.86%) Network Design
11 63 (26.03%) Azure
12 55 (22.73%) Network Security
13 54 (22.31%) Data Centre
13 54 (22.31%) Wireless
13 54 (22.31%) Juniper
14 51 (21.07%) Social Skills
15 48 (19.83%) DNS
16 47 (19.42%) Microsoft
16 47 (19.42%) CCIE
16 47 (19.42%) SD-WAN
17 45 (18.60%) TCP/IP
17 45 (18.60%) Telecoms
18 41 (16.94%) Security Cleared
19 39 (16.12%) F5
20 38 (15.70%) Migration
21 37 (15.29%) VMware
21 37 (15.29%) VLAN
22 36 (14.88%) Cisco Nexus
23 35 (14.46%) CCNA
24 34 (14.05%) 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 16 (6.61%) Confluence
1 16 (6.61%) MS Exchange
2 5 (2.07%) NetWeaver
3 4 (1.65%) JBoss
3 4 (1.65%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.24%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.83%) IIS
6 1 (0.41%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.41%) SAS
Applications
1 22 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (4.96%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 63 (26.03%) Azure
2 30 (12.40%) Microsoft 365
3 27 (11.16%) AWS
4 19 (7.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 10 (4.13%) IaaS
5 10 (4.13%) PaaS
5 10 (4.13%) SaaS
5 10 (4.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 7 (2.89%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (2.48%) Mimecast
8 5 (2.07%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (1.65%) Power Platform
10 3 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (1.24%) GCP
11 2 (0.83%) PowerApps
12 1 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.41%) GitHub
12 1 (0.41%) Google Sheets
12 1 (0.41%) Lucidchart
12 1 (0.41%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 134 (55.37%) BGP
2 123 (50.83%) Firewall
3 106 (43.80%) VPN
4 100 (41.32%) WAN
5 84 (34.71%) OSPF
6 79 (32.64%) LAN
7 55 (22.73%) Network Security
8 54 (22.31%) Wireless
9 48 (19.83%) DNS
10 47 (19.42%) SD-WAN
11 45 (18.60%) TCP/IP
12 37 (15.29%) VLAN
13 36 (14.88%) Cisco Nexus
14 34 (14.05%) Cisco IOS
15 31 (12.81%) Internet
15 31 (12.81%) Multicast
16 28 (11.57%) IOS XR
17 27 (11.16%) EIGRP
17 27 (11.16%) VoIP
18 26 (10.74%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.89%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.07%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (2.07%) DB2
2 5 (2.07%) MySQL
2 5 (2.07%) SAP HANA
3 4 (1.65%) Power BI
4 1 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.41%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (3.31%) JIRA
2 5 (2.07%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.83%) Git (software)
General
1 51 (21.07%) Social Skills
2 45 (18.60%) Telecoms
3 29 (11.98%) Finance
4 11 (4.55%) Banking
5 10 (4.13%) Documentation Skills
5 10 (4.13%) Public Sector
6 6 (2.48%) Influencing Skills
7 3 (1.24%) Advertising
7 3 (1.24%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.24%) Legal
7 3 (1.24%) Presentation Skills
7 3 (1.24%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
9 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.41%) Billing
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.41%) Marketing
9 1 (0.41%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 77 (31.82%) Network Engineer
2 43 (17.77%) Architect
3 29 (11.98%) Network Architect
4 27 (11.16%) Designer
5 22 (9.09%) Consultant
6 21 (8.68%) Design Engineer
6 21 (8.68%) IP Engineer
7 17 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 16 (6.61%) Network Designer
9 14 (5.79%) IP Design Engineer
9 14 (5.79%) Network Consultant
9 14 (5.79%) Network Design Engineer
10 13 (5.37%) IP Network Engineer
11 12 (4.96%) Security Engineer
12 11 (4.55%) Senior Network Engineer
13 10 (4.13%) Azure Engineer
13 10 (4.13%) Cisco Engineer
14 9 (3.72%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 9 (3.72%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
15 8 (3.31%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.31%) 802.1X
2 7 (2.89%) Express
3 5 (2.07%) SAP Basis
4 4 (1.65%) Jinja
4 4 (1.65%) Middleware
4 4 (1.65%) Spine.js
5 3 (1.24%) XMPP
6 1 (0.41%) JSON
6 1 (0.41%) OAuth
6 1 (0.41%) OpenID
6 1 (0.41%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.41%) SAML
6 1 (0.41%) Twisted
6 1 (0.41%) Web Services
6 1 (0.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 54 (22.31%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.55%) Public Cloud
3 8 (3.31%) Hybrid Cloud
3 8 (3.31%) PKI
4 5 (2.07%) Video Conferencing
4 5 (2.07%) Virtual Team
5 4 (1.65%) CCTV
5 4 (1.65%) Fibre Optics
5 4 (1.65%) SCADA
6 3 (1.24%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.24%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.24%) Thin Client
7 2 (0.83%) BYOD
7 2 (0.83%) Clustering
7 2 (0.83%) e-Health
7 2 (0.83%) User Experience
8 1 (0.41%) Cloud Native
8 1 (0.41%) Cybercrime
8 1 (0.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.41%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 34 (14.05%) Windows
2 15 (6.20%) Linux
3 13 (5.37%) Windows Server
4 6 (2.48%) Windows 10
5 5 (2.07%) AIX
5 5 (2.07%) Unix
6 3 (1.24%) Windows 7
6 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.41%) Android
7 1 (0.41%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.41%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (26.86%) Network Design
2 38 (15.70%) Migration
3 33 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (11.98%) Network Management
5 20 (8.26%) ITIL
6 19 (7.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 19 (7.85%) Network Virtualisation
7 18 (7.44%) Change Management
7 18 (7.44%) Project Delivery
8 16 (6.61%) Email Migration
9 15 (6.20%) Network Architecture
9 15 (6.20%) Patch Management
10 14 (5.79%) DevOps
10 14 (5.79%) Mentoring
10 14 (5.79%) Mobile Device Management
10 14 (5.79%) Scrum
10 14 (5.79%) Stakeholder Management
11 13 (5.37%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (4.55%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 23 (9.50%) Python
2 8 (3.31%) PowerShell
3 5 (2.07%) SQL
4 3 (1.24%) C
4 3 (1.24%) C++
5 2 (0.83%) Perl
6 1 (0.41%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.41%) Go
6 1 (0.41%) Java
6 1 (0.41%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.41%) Rust
6 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 105 (43.39%) Cisco Certification
2 69 (28.51%) CCNP
3 47 (19.42%) CCIE
4 41 (16.94%) Security Cleared
5 35 (14.46%) CCNA
6 27 (11.16%) SC Cleared
7 22 (9.09%) Degree
8 15 (6.20%) CCIE Service Provider
9 11 (4.55%) CCDP
9 11 (4.55%) JNCIP
10 9 (3.72%) JNCIS
11 6 (2.48%) CCDA
11 6 (2.48%) CCDE
11 6 (2.48%) Master's Degree
12 4 (1.65%) BC Cleared
12 4 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (1.65%) JNCIE
13 3 (1.24%) CCSA
13 3 (1.24%) CISSP
13 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.55%) SLA
2 5 (2.07%) COBIT
3 4 (1.65%) GDPR
3 4 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.65%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.24%) QA
5 1 (0.41%) HAZOP
5 1 (0.41%) NCSC
5 1 (0.41%) PMO
System Software
1 32 (13.22%) Active Directory
2 25 (10.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (5.79%) VMware NSX
4 7 (2.89%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.65%) Docker
5 4 (1.65%) KVM
5 4 (1.65%) vSphere
6 2 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.83%) XenApp
6 2 (0.83%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.41%) Firmware
7 1 (0.41%) NFS
7 1 (0.41%) Shibboleth
7 1 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (5.37%) Ansible
2 8 (3.31%) HP NNM
3 7 (2.89%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (2.89%) SCCM
3 7 (2.89%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 6 (2.48%) FortiGate
4 6 (2.48%) SolarWinds Orion
5 5 (2.07%) Kubernetes
6 4 (1.65%) vRealize
7 3 (1.24%) Nessus
7 3 (1.24%) Terraform
8 2 (0.83%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (0.83%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.83%) Puppet
8 2 (0.83%) Salt
8 2 (0.83%) StackStorm
9 1 (0.41%) Amdocs OSS
9 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 163 (67.36%) Cisco
2 54 (22.31%) Juniper
3 47 (19.42%) Microsoft
4 39 (16.12%) F5
5 37 (15.29%) VMware
6 33 (13.64%) Palo Alto
7 26 (10.74%) Meraki
8 24 (9.92%) Citrix
8 24 (9.92%) Nokia
9 22 (9.09%) CheckPoint
9 22 (9.09%) Fortinet
10 14 (5.79%) HP
11 11 (4.55%) ADVA
11 11 (4.55%) Arista
12 10 (4.13%) SolarWinds
13 8 (3.31%) Zscaler
14 7 (2.89%) Oracle
14 7 (2.89%) Riverbed
15 6 (2.48%) Huawei
15 6 (2.48%) SAP