Period
to 22 October 2020

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 October 2020 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 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 363 384 442
Rank change year-on-year +21 +58 +3
Contract jobs citing MPLS 169 528 552
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.62% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.01% 4.69% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 330 324
Median daily rate £425 £425 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.55% +11.60%
10th Percentile £278 £263 £261
90th Percentile £575 £538 £584
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +9.76% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 24 26
Median hourly rate £31.50 £24.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% -1.00% +52.39%
10th Percentile £16.65 £15.90 £12.75
90th Percentile £43.60 £49.63 £54.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.75 £19.03 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.80% +0.14% +23.34%

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 4,210 11,268 13,603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.24% 13.28% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,419 6,796 8,190
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £195 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 619 666
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +65.79% -1.63%
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £18.79
% change year-on-year +39.33% +33.69% -3.95%

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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 14 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 October 2020. 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 +33 150 £438 +2.94% 65
UK excluding London +54 102 £450 +9.76% 56
London +89 49 £425 - 10
South East +80 41 £450 +8.43% 11
Work from Home -74 38 £463 +23.33% 8
Midlands +57 26 £413 -2.94% 5
South West +109 17 £463 +23.33% 12
West Midlands +55 16 £413 +8.55% 2
East Midlands +32 9 £500 +11.11% 3
East of England +71 8 £375 -11.76% 5
North of England +53 6 £450 +28.57% 22
North West +45 5 £450 +28.57% 11
Scotland +70 4 £300 -29.41%
Yorkshire +63 1 - - 9

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 118 (69.82%) Cisco
2 93 (55.03%) WAN
3 92 (54.44%) Firewall
4 89 (52.66%) BGP
5 72 (42.60%) Cisco Certification
6 63 (37.28%) OSPF
6 63 (37.28%) LAN
7 58 (34.32%) VPN
8 52 (30.77%) Juniper
9 49 (28.99%) CCNP
10 41 (24.26%) Security Cleared
11 38 (22.49%) EIGRP
12 36 (21.30%) F5
13 34 (20.12%) Data Centre
14 32 (18.93%) DNS
15 31 (18.34%) Azure
15 31 (18.34%) Cisco ASA
15 31 (18.34%) SC Cleared
16 30 (17.75%) Cisco Nexus
17 29 (17.16%) Telecoms
18 28 (16.57%) IPsec
18 28 (16.57%) Network Design
18 28 (16.57%) CCIE
19 26 (15.38%) Microsoft
19 26 (15.38%) VoIP
19 26 (15.38%) Palo Alto
20 25 (14.79%) Network Security
20 25 (14.79%) DHCP
20 25 (14.79%) Ethernet
20 25 (14.79%) SNMP

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 7 (4.14%) JBoss
2 6 (3.55%) NetWeaver
2 6 (3.55%) WebSphere
3 5 (2.96%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (2.37%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.78%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.59%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.59%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.59%) MS Visio
1 1 (0.59%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 31 (18.34%) Azure
2 20 (11.83%) Office 365
3 15 (8.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 13 (7.69%) AWS
5 12 (7.10%) SaaS
6 11 (6.51%) IaaS
6 11 (6.51%) PaaS
7 5 (2.96%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.59%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.59%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 93 (55.03%) WAN
2 92 (54.44%) Firewall
3 89 (52.66%) BGP
4 63 (37.28%) LAN
4 63 (37.28%) OSPF
5 58 (34.32%) VPN
6 38 (22.49%) EIGRP
7 32 (18.93%) DNS
8 31 (18.34%) Cisco ASA
9 30 (17.75%) Cisco Nexus
10 28 (16.57%) IPsec
11 26 (15.38%) VoIP
12 25 (14.79%) DHCP
12 25 (14.79%) Ethernet
12 25 (14.79%) Network Security
12 25 (14.79%) SNMP
13 24 (14.20%) Wireless
14 23 (13.61%) VLAN
15 20 (11.83%) TCP/IP
16 15 (8.88%) VXLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.73%) Azure SQL Database
1 8 (4.73%) Cosmos DB
1 8 (4.73%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.55%) DB2
2 6 (3.55%) MySQL
2 6 (3.55%) SAP HANA
3 5 (2.96%) Neo4j
3 5 (2.96%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.18%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.59%) Redis
Development Applications
1 7 (4.14%) Git (software)
2 6 (3.55%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.59%) Gerrit
4 1 (0.59%) Hudson
4 1 (0.59%) JIRA
General
1 29 (17.16%) Telecoms
2 10 (5.92%) Finance
3 8 (4.73%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.14%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (1.78%) Electronics
5 3 (1.78%) Retail
6 2 (1.18%) Billing
6 2 (1.18%) Legal
7 1 (0.59%) Banking
7 1 (0.59%) French Language
7 1 (0.59%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (40.24%) Network Engineer
2 35 (20.71%) Architect
3 16 (9.47%) Senior Network Engineer
4 15 (8.88%) Cisco Engineer
4 15 (8.88%) Consultant
5 14 (8.28%) Infrastructure Architect
5 14 (8.28%) Network Architect
6 13 (7.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 11 (6.51%) Network Consultant
8 8 (4.73%) IP Engineer
8 8 (4.73%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (4.73%) Technical Architect
9 6 (3.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (3.55%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
9 6 (3.55%) Network Support
9 6 (3.55%) Network Support Engineer
9 6 (3.55%) Security Engineer
9 6 (3.55%) Support Engineer
10 5 (2.96%) Analyst
10 5 (2.96%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.14%) Middleware
2 6 (3.55%) SAP Basis
3 5 (2.96%) 802.1X
3 5 (2.96%) CORBA
3 5 (2.96%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (2.96%) Kafka
4 3 (1.78%) JSON
4 3 (1.78%) XMPP
5 1 (0.59%) .NET
5 1 (0.59%) LDAP
5 1 (0.59%) REST
5 1 (0.59%) RESTful
5 1 (0.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (20.12%) Data Centre
2 17 (10.06%) PKI
2 17 (10.06%) Public Cloud
3 8 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (2.37%) Private Cloud
5 4 (2.37%) Virtual Team
6 3 (1.78%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.78%) NHS
6 3 (1.78%) Replication
6 3 (1.78%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.18%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.18%) FMCG
7 2 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.18%) IPTV
7 2 (1.18%) Over-the-Top Content
7 2 (1.18%) User Experience
7 2 (1.18%) Video\Live Streaming
8 1 (0.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 19 (11.24%) Windows
2 13 (7.69%) Linux
3 12 (7.10%) Windows Server
4 11 (6.51%) Unix
5 6 (3.55%) AIX
5 6 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (2.96%) Ubuntu
6 5 (2.96%) Windows 10
7 4 (2.37%) Check Point GAiA
7 4 (2.37%) Debian
7 4 (2.37%) Fedora
7 4 (2.37%) NetWare
7 4 (2.37%) Solaris
7 4 (2.37%) VMS
8 1 (0.59%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (16.57%) Network Design
2 23 (13.61%) Migration
3 19 (11.24%) ITIL
4 15 (8.88%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (8.88%) Load Balancing
4 15 (8.88%) Network Management
4 15 (8.88%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (8.28%) Network Monitoring
6 13 (7.69%) Network Virtualisation
7 12 (7.10%) High Availability
8 11 (6.51%) Network Architecture
9 9 (5.33%) Change Management
9 9 (5.33%) Project Management
9 9 (5.33%) Service Management
10 8 (4.73%) Data Protection
10 8 (4.73%) TOGAF
11 7 (4.14%) Continuous Improvement
11 7 (4.14%) Identity Management
11 7 (4.14%) Project Delivery
11 7 (4.14%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 19 (11.24%) Python
2 18 (10.65%) SQL
3 10 (5.92%) Perl
4 5 (2.96%) Java
4 5 (2.96%) PHP
4 5 (2.96%) PL/SQL
5 2 (1.18%) Lisp
6 1 (0.59%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.59%) C
6 1 (0.59%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 72 (42.60%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (28.99%) CCNP
3 41 (24.26%) Security Cleared
4 31 (18.34%) SC Cleared
5 28 (16.57%) CCIE
6 20 (11.83%) CCNA
7 11 (6.51%) DV Cleared
8 10 (5.92%) CCDP
9 9 (5.33%) Degree
10 7 (4.14%) JNCIE
11 6 (3.55%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (2.96%) BC Cleared
12 5 (2.96%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 4 (2.37%) CCIP
13 4 (2.37%) MCSE
13 4 (2.37%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (1.78%) CCDE
14 3 (1.78%) CCIE Service Provider
14 3 (1.78%) HP APS
15 2 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.33%) QA
2 6 (3.55%) COBIT
2 6 (3.55%) GDPR
2 6 (3.55%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.18%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (10.06%) Active Directory
2 9 (5.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (4.73%) VMware NSX
4 7 (4.14%) Docker
5 4 (2.37%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.18%) ProxySG
6 2 (1.18%) vSphere
7 1 (0.59%) Ceph
7 1 (0.59%) KVM
7 1 (0.59%) NFS
Systems Management
1 11 (6.51%) Kubernetes
2 9 (5.33%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (4.14%) FortiGate
4 6 (3.55%) Ansible
4 6 (3.55%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (2.96%) Cisco UCCX
5 5 (2.96%) Netcool
6 4 (2.37%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.37%) SCCM
7 3 (1.78%) HAProxy
7 3 (1.78%) TrustSec
8 2 (1.18%) OPNET
9 1 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.59%) Grafana
9 1 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.59%) Nagios
9 1 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.59%) Puppet
9 1 (0.59%) Terraform
9 1 (0.59%) vRealize
Vendors
1 118 (69.82%) Cisco
2 52 (30.77%) Juniper
3 36 (21.30%) F5
4 26 (15.38%) Microsoft
4 26 (15.38%) Palo Alto
5 24 (14.20%) CheckPoint
6 11 (6.51%) Citrix
6 11 (6.51%) VMware
7 10 (5.92%) Meraki
7 10 (5.92%) Nokia
8 9 (5.33%) Blue Coat
8 9 (5.33%) Fortinet
8 9 (5.33%) HP
8 9 (5.33%) SolarWinds
9 8 (4.73%) Oracle
9 8 (4.73%) Red Hat
10 7 (4.14%) Avaya
10 7 (4.14%) Riverbed
11 6 (3.55%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 6 (3.55%) Aruba