Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 372 440 460
Rank change year-on-year +68 +20 -33
Contract jobs citing MPLS 538 548 493
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.53% 0.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.76% 4.04% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 339 279
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £240
90th Percentile £544 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £370
% change year-on-year +1.25% +8.11% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 18 11
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £23.00 £14.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.61% +59.67% -63.06%
10th Percentile £16.00 £14.20 £12.75
90th Percentile £49.38 £50.11 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year - +40.74% -65.21%

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 11,304 13,579 13,886
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.53% 13.05% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,773 8,167 8,467
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £193 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 645 638 739
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +5.26% -19.15%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.03
90th Percentile £53.25 £47.50 £46.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.66
% change year-on-year +18.42% +1.81% -25.35%

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 November 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 20 November 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 20 November 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 +67 519 £423 +2.42% 152
UK excluding London +80 343 £405 +1.25% 101
London +53 181 £425 -0.87% 56
South East +56 145 £415 +6.41% 36
North of England +42 80 £350 -3.45% 25
Midlands +39 62 £450 +12.50% 12
North West +46 58 £350 -6.67% 10
West Midlands +41 41 £413 +3.13% 8
East of England +42 30 £425 -1.45% 11
East Midlands +28 21 £450 -13.46% 4
Yorkshire +31 17 £450 +9.09% 12
South West -20 17 £375 -6.25% 12
Scotland +29 8 £350 -12.50% 3
North East +6 6 £335 +11.67% 3
Wales +26 2 £525 +85.84% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 400 (74.35%) Cisco
2 306 (56.88%) WAN
3 264 (49.07%) Firewall
4 251 (46.65%) BGP
4 251 (46.65%) LAN
5 250 (46.47%) Cisco Certification
6 219 (40.71%) VPN
7 181 (33.64%) OSPF
8 177 (32.90%) CCNP
9 155 (28.81%) Juniper
10 133 (24.72%) Telecoms
11 123 (22.86%) Wireless
12 118 (21.93%) Data Centre
13 113 (21.00%) Ethernet
14 112 (20.82%) TCP/IP
15 107 (19.89%) CCNA
16 105 (19.52%) Internet
17 102 (18.96%) CheckPoint
18 101 (18.77%) EIGRP
19 92 (17.10%) DNS
20 86 (15.99%) Migration
20 86 (15.99%) Cisco ASA
20 86 (15.99%) Palo Alto
21 83 (15.43%) F5
21 83 (15.43%) VoIP
22 78 (14.50%) Network Security
23 77 (14.31%) Finance
24 74 (13.75%) CCIE
25 73 (13.57%) Cisco IOS
26 72 (13.38%) Network Design

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 22 (4.09%) MS Exchange
2 20 (3.72%) SharePoint
3 17 (3.16%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.42%) IIS
5 7 (1.30%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 20 (3.72%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.97%) MS Visio
3 7 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.67%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.37%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 62 (11.52%) Azure
2 26 (4.83%) Office 365
3 25 (4.65%) AWS
4 9 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (1.67%) Mimecast
5 8 (1.49%) SaaS
6 7 (1.30%) IaaS
7 6 (1.12%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 6 (1.12%) PaaS
8 3 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.56%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.19%) Akamai
9 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.19%) npm
9 1 (0.19%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 306 (56.88%) WAN
2 264 (49.07%) Firewall
3 251 (46.65%) BGP
3 251 (46.65%) LAN
4 219 (40.71%) VPN
5 181 (33.64%) OSPF
6 123 (22.86%) Wireless
7 113 (21.00%) Ethernet
8 112 (20.82%) TCP/IP
9 105 (19.52%) Internet
10 101 (18.77%) EIGRP
11 92 (17.10%) DNS
12 86 (15.99%) Cisco ASA
13 83 (15.43%) VoIP
14 78 (14.50%) Network Security
15 73 (13.57%) Cisco IOS
16 72 (13.38%) Cisco Nexus
17 71 (13.20%) IPsec
18 68 (12.64%) WLAN
19 64 (11.90%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.67%) MySQL
1 9 (1.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.37%) MS Access
5 2 (0.37%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.37%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.37%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.19%) Big Data
6 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 7 (1.30%) Sonatype Nexus
2 5 (0.93%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (0.74%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.56%) Hudson
4 3 (0.56%) Subversion
5 2 (0.37%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (0.37%) Rational Quality Manager
6 1 (0.19%) Bower
6 1 (0.19%) JIRA
6 1 (0.19%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 133 (24.72%) Telecoms
2 77 (14.31%) Finance
3 18 (3.35%) Banking
4 17 (3.16%) Billing
5 16 (2.97%) Public Sector
6 11 (2.04%) Retail
7 8 (1.49%) Investment Banking
7 8 (1.49%) Multimedia
8 6 (1.12%) Financial Institution
8 6 (1.12%) Marketing
9 5 (0.93%) Front Office
9 5 (0.93%) Private Banking
10 4 (0.74%) Back Office
10 4 (0.74%) Legal
11 3 (0.56%) Law
11 3 (0.56%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.37%) Electronics
13 1 (0.19%) Games
13 1 (0.19%) Polish Language
13 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 298 (55.39%) Network Engineer
2 62 (11.52%) Cisco Engineer
3 51 (9.48%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 41 (7.62%) Architect
5 38 (7.06%) Senior Network Engineer
6 33 (6.13%) IP Engineer
7 31 (5.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 31 (5.76%) IP Network Engineer
8 27 (5.02%) Network Architect
8 27 (5.02%) Network Support
9 26 (4.83%) Support Engineer
10 25 (4.65%) WAN Engineer
11 23 (4.28%) Analyst
11 23 (4.28%) Network Support Engineer
12 22 (4.09%) Network Design Engineer
13 21 (3.90%) Designer
13 21 (3.90%) Network Designer
14 20 (3.72%) Network Security Engineer
14 20 (3.72%) Security Engineer
15 18 (3.35%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (7.81%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.86%) Web Services
3 5 (0.93%) J2EE
3 5 (0.93%) JSON
3 5 (0.93%) REST
3 5 (0.93%) Spring
4 4 (0.74%) Jinja
4 4 (0.74%) Node.js
5 3 (0.56%) Kafka
5 3 (0.56%) LDAP
6 2 (0.37%) Middleware
6 2 (0.37%) SOAP
6 2 (0.37%) Spring MVC
7 1 (0.19%) .NET
7 1 (0.19%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.19%) HTML
7 1 (0.19%) jBPM
7 1 (0.19%) WebSockets
7 1 (0.19%) XML
7 1 (0.19%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 118 (21.93%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.65%) Video Conferencing
4 20 (3.72%) PKI
5 14 (2.60%) Handset
5 14 (2.60%) iPhone
6 13 (2.42%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.67%) Driving Licence
8 8 (1.49%) CCTV
8 8 (1.49%) Public Cloud
9 7 (1.30%) Clustering
9 7 (1.30%) CMDB
10 6 (1.12%) Hedge funds
10 6 (1.12%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (1.12%) Smartphone
10 6 (1.12%) User Experience
11 5 (0.93%) NHS
11 5 (0.93%) PMI
11 5 (0.93%) RSA SecurID
12 4 (0.74%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 68 (12.64%) Windows
2 45 (8.36%) Linux
3 23 (4.28%) Unix
4 21 (3.90%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.86%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.67%) Windows 10
6 9 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.30%) CentOS
7 7 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (1.12%) Debian
9 4 (0.74%) Solaris
10 3 (0.56%) Android
10 3 (0.56%) FreeBSD
10 3 (0.56%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.37%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (0.37%) SUSE
11 2 (0.37%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.19%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (15.99%) Migration
2 72 (13.38%) Network Design
3 61 (11.34%) ITIL
4 56 (10.41%) Network Management
5 52 (9.67%) Project Management
6 48 (8.92%) Service Delivery
7 44 (8.18%) Load Balancing
8 43 (7.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 43 (7.99%) Project Delivery
9 41 (7.62%) Change Management
10 40 (7.43%) Network Monitoring
11 36 (6.69%) Problem-Solving
12 28 (5.20%) Network Architecture
13 25 (4.65%) High Availability
14 22 (4.09%) Service Management
15 19 (3.53%) Disaster Recovery
16 18 (3.35%) Technical Leadership
17 17 (3.16%) Enterprise Architecture
17 17 (3.16%) Kalman Filter
17 17 (3.16%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (4.09%) Python
2 17 (3.16%) SQL
3 15 (2.79%) Perl
4 7 (1.30%) Java
5 6 (1.12%) C
5 6 (1.12%) PowerShell
6 4 (0.74%) PHP
7 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.19%) C++
7 1 (0.19%) Ruby
7 1 (0.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 250 (46.47%) Cisco Certification
2 177 (32.90%) CCNP
3 107 (19.89%) CCNA
4 74 (13.75%) CCIE
5 70 (13.01%) Security Cleared
6 58 (10.78%) SC Cleared
7 34 (6.32%) CCDP
8 31 (5.76%) Degree
9 24 (4.46%) JNCIE
10 23 (4.28%) JNCIP
11 19 (3.53%) BC Cleared
11 19 (3.53%) BPSS Clearance
12 18 (3.35%) CCIP
13 11 (2.04%) CCDA
14 10 (1.86%) CCSE
14 10 (1.86%) JNCIA
15 9 (1.67%) CISSP
16 8 (1.49%) CCSA
16 8 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
17 7 (1.30%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.90%) SLA
2 14 (2.60%) QA
3 8 (1.49%) GDPR
4 5 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.74%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.56%) COBIT
6 3 (0.56%) PMO
7 2 (0.37%) NIST
8 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 42 (7.81%) Active Directory
2 33 (6.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.67%) Hyper-V
4 8 (1.49%) VMware NSX
4 8 (1.49%) vSphere
5 7 (1.30%) XenDesktop
6 5 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.56%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.56%) Docker
7 3 (0.56%) KVM
8 2 (0.37%) iptables
8 2 (0.37%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.37%) XenApp
9 1 (0.19%) BIND 9
9 1 (0.19%) Firmware
9 1 (0.19%) NFS
9 1 (0.19%) Postfix
9 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 18 (3.35%) Cisco Prime
1 18 (3.35%) SCCM
2 13 (2.42%) Nagios
3 12 (2.23%) AirWatch
3 12 (2.23%) Cisco CUCM
4 11 (2.04%) SCOM
5 10 (1.86%) FortiGate
6 9 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (1.67%) Puppet
6 9 (1.67%) WSUS
7 8 (1.49%) Cisco UCCX
8 7 (1.30%) Cacti
9 6 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (1.12%) ZABBIX
10 5 (0.93%) OPNET
11 4 (0.74%) Iperf
12 3 (0.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
13 2 (0.37%) Ansible
13 2 (0.37%) Cisco LMS
Vendors
1 400 (74.35%) Cisco
2 155 (28.81%) Juniper
3 102 (18.96%) CheckPoint
4 86 (15.99%) Palo Alto
5 83 (15.43%) F5
6 59 (10.97%) Microsoft
7 54 (10.04%) VMware
8 53 (9.85%) Citrix
8 53 (9.85%) Fortinet
9 51 (9.48%) SolarWinds
10 46 (8.55%) Meraki
11 33 (6.13%) Aruba
12 29 (5.39%) BT
12 29 (5.39%) HP
13 23 (4.28%) Nokia
14 22 (4.09%) Riverbed
15 20 (3.72%) Mitel
16 18 (3.35%) Huawei
17 17 (3.16%) Alcatel-Lucent
17 17 (3.16%) Ericsson