Period
to 12 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VPLS over the 6 months to 12 July 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.

Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
UK
6 months to
12 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 556 818 839
Rank change year-on-year +262 +21 -36
Contract jobs citing VPLS 24 45 55
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.059% 0.048% 0.053%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.44% 0.38% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 38 24
Median daily rate £400 £413 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +1.54% -9.72%
10th Percentile £310 £300 £265
90th Percentile £568 £558 £624
UK excluding London median daily rate £545 £381 £413
% change year-on-year +42.95% -7.58% +23.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £65.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +242.11% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £19.00

VPLS 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 5,473 11,901 13,793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.34% 12.66% 13.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,129 7,327 8,491
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £190 £201 £203
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £403 £391
% change year-on-year +1.86% +3.07% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 577 758
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.00 £19.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.73% +12.76% -1.96%
10th Percentile £14.07 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.95 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.19 £21.00 £19.39
% change year-on-year +5.65% +8.33% +2.03%

VPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VPLS over the 6 months to 12 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPLS within the UK over the 6 months to 12 July 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 +254 24 £400 -9.09% 2
London +194 17 £383 -15.00% 1
UK excluding London +206 7 £545 +42.95% 1
South East +157 4 £450 +56.52% 1
North of England +102 2 £545 +28.24%
North West - 2 £545 -
South West +89 1 - -
Work from Home -8 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing VPLS 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 VPLS.

1 20 (83.33%) MPLS
2 18 (75.00%) Cisco
3 17 (70.83%) BGP
4 16 (66.67%) Data Centre
5 15 (62.50%) RSVP
6 14 (58.33%) VRRP
6 14 (58.33%) DevOps
6 14 (58.33%) HSRP
7 13 (54.17%) IPv4
7 13 (54.17%) SNMP
8 12 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
8 12 (50.00%) Python
8 12 (50.00%) Test Planning
8 12 (50.00%) Git (software)
8 12 (50.00%) Confluence
9 11 (45.83%) Broadband
9 11 (45.83%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (41.67%) Nokia
10 10 (41.67%) CCIE
10 10 (41.67%) BIG-IP
10 10 (41.67%) Huawei
10 10 (41.67%) Network Security
11 9 (37.50%) VPN
12 8 (33.33%) Windows
12 8 (33.33%) CCIE Service Provider
13 7 (29.17%) Firewall
14 6 (25.00%) Migration
14 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
14 6 (25.00%) Active Directory
14 6 (25.00%) Network Design

VPLS
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 12 (50.00%) Confluence
2 2 (8.33%) IIS
2 2 (8.33%) Office Communications Server
2 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 2 (8.33%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 5 (20.83%) Office 365
2 3 (12.50%) Azure
3 2 (8.33%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (8.33%) Azure Data Factory
3 2 (8.33%) IaaS
3 2 (8.33%) PaaS
4 1 (4.17%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 20 (83.33%) MPLS
2 17 (70.83%) BGP
3 15 (62.50%) RSVP
4 14 (58.33%) HSRP
4 14 (58.33%) VRRP
5 13 (54.17%) IPv4
5 13 (54.17%) SNMP
6 11 (45.83%) Broadband
7 10 (41.67%) BIG-IP
7 10 (41.67%) Network Security
8 9 (37.50%) VPN
9 7 (29.17%) Firewall
10 5 (20.83%) LAN
10 5 (20.83%) VLAN
11 4 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
11 4 (16.67%) DNS
11 4 (16.67%) OSPF
11 4 (16.67%) SSL
11 4 (16.67%) WAN
12 3 (12.50%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.33%) Azure SQL Database
1 2 (8.33%) NoSQL
1 2 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (50.00%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (66.67%) Network Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Design Engineer
2 6 (25.00%) Network Design Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Citrix Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Azure Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Cloud Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Core Network Design Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Core Network Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Mobile Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Azure Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Data Centre Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Project Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Python Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Telecoms Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) LDAP
2 1 (4.17%) 802.1X
2 1 (4.17%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 16 (66.67%) Data Centre
2 2 (8.33%) Clustering
3 1 (4.17%) Driving Licence
3 1 (4.17%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (4.17%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (33.33%) Windows
2 3 (12.50%) Windows 10
2 3 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
2 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016
3 2 (8.33%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (58.33%) DevOps
2 12 (50.00%) Test Planning
3 6 (25.00%) Migration
3 6 (25.00%) Network Design
4 5 (20.83%) Load Balancing
5 3 (12.50%) Application Virtualisation
5 3 (12.50%) Performance Management
5 3 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (8.33%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (8.33%) Change Management
6 2 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 2 (8.33%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (8.33%) Network Architecture
6 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
6 2 (8.33%) Technical Leadership
7 1 (4.17%) Cryptography
7 1 (4.17%) Programme Management
7 1 (4.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (50.00%) Python
2 2 (8.33%) SQL
3 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (41.67%) CCIE
3 8 (33.33%) CCIE Service Provider
4 3 (12.50%) CCA
4 3 (12.50%) Citrix Certification
4 3 (12.50%) MCSA
4 3 (12.50%) MCSE
4 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 1 (4.17%) CCDE
5 1 (4.17%) CCDP
5 1 (4.17%) CCNA
5 1 (4.17%) CCNP
5 1 (4.17%) Degree
System Software
1 6 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (12.50%) Citrix Hypervisor
2 3 (12.50%) XenApp
2 3 (12.50%) XenDesktop
3 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
3 1 (4.17%) Terminal Server
3 1 (4.17%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Cisco
2 10 (41.67%) Huawei
2 10 (41.67%) Nokia
3 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 4 (16.67%) HP
4 4 (16.67%) Juniper
5 3 (12.50%) Arista
5 3 (12.50%) Citrix
5 3 (12.50%) NVIDIA
6 1 (4.17%) 3PAR
6 1 (4.17%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 1 (4.17%) Extreme Networks
6 1 (4.17%) Fortinet
6 1 (4.17%) McAfee