Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 853 849 860
Rank change year-on-year -4 +11 -39
Contract jobs citing VPLS 31 50 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.030% 0.047% 0.039%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.22% 0.31% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 44 22
UK median daily rate £325 £400 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.75% +11.89% -0.69%
10th Percentile £140 £289 £306
90th Percentile £713 £554 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £400 £338
% change year-on-year -21.88% +18.52% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 14146 16349 15656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.71% 15.51% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8603 9874 9060
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 746 834 1012
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.88 £20.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.42% +15.31% +3.53%
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.82 £48.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

VPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPLS.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPLS over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 22 November 2017. 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 -4 29 £325 -18.75% 10
London -36 21 £325 -13.33% 6
UK excluding London +15 8 £313 -21.88% 6
North of England +68 3 - - 1
South East -2 3 - - 1
North West +11 2 - -
Scotland - 2 £313 - 2
Yorkshire +22 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VPLS.

1 17 (54.84%) MPLS
2 16 (51.61%) Cisco
3 13 (41.94%) Firewall
4 12 (38.71%) VPN
5 10 (32.26%) DNS
6 9 (29.03%) Ethernet
6 9 (29.03%) BGP
7 8 (25.81%) Juniper
7 8 (25.81%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (25.81%) WAN
7 8 (25.81%) Windows
7 8 (25.81%) IPsec
7 8 (25.81%) Telecoms
8 7 (22.58%) VMware
8 7 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (22.58%) Active Directory
8 7 (22.58%) Microsoft
9 6 (19.35%) SAN
9 6 (19.35%) OSPF
9 6 (19.35%) Web Services
9 6 (19.35%) Data Centre
10 5 (16.13%) User Experience
10 5 (16.13%) F5
10 5 (16.13%) Cisco ASA
10 5 (16.13%) Microsoft Azure
10 5 (16.13%) Amazon AWS
10 5 (16.13%) Windows Server
10 5 (16.13%) Linux
10 5 (16.13%) VoIP
10 5 (16.13%) CCNA

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 3 (9.68%) SharePoint
1 3 (9.68%) Skype for Business
2 2 (6.45%) IBM Notes
3 1 (3.23%) IIS
3 1 (3.23%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.23%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (9.68%) MS Visio
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (6.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (16.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (6.45%) npm
2 2 (6.45%) Serverless
3 1 (3.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (54.84%) MPLS
2 13 (41.94%) Firewall
3 12 (38.71%) VPN
4 10 (32.26%) DNS
5 9 (29.03%) BGP
5 9 (29.03%) Ethernet
6 8 (25.81%) IPsec
6 8 (25.81%) WAN
7 6 (19.35%) OSPF
7 6 (19.35%) SAN
8 5 (16.13%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (16.13%) VLAN
8 5 (16.13%) VoIP
9 4 (12.90%) HTTP
9 4 (12.90%) SSL
9 4 (12.90%) TCP/IP
10 3 (9.68%) DWDM
10 3 (9.68%) Internet
10 3 (9.68%) PPP
10 3 (9.68%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) OLTP
2 2 (6.45%) MongoDB
2 2 (6.45%) NoSQL
2 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (3.23%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Babel
1 2 (6.45%) Bitbucket
1 2 (6.45%) Git (software)
1 2 (6.45%) Jenkins
1 2 (6.45%) TeamCity
1 2 (6.45%) webpack
2 1 (3.23%) JIRA
General
1 8 (25.81%) Telecoms
2 4 (12.90%) Finance
3 3 (9.68%) Banking
3 3 (9.68%) Retail
3 3 (9.68%) Retail Banking
3 3 (9.68%) Retail Finance
4 1 (3.23%) Law
4 1 (3.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 11 (35.48%) Network Engineer
2 7 (22.58%) Architect
3 4 (12.90%) Solutions Architect
3 4 (12.90%) Support Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (9.68%) 2nd Line Support Technician
4 3 (9.68%) IT Support
4 3 (9.68%) IT Support Technician
4 3 (9.68%) IT Technician
4 3 (9.68%) Network Support
4 3 (9.68%) Network Support Engineer
4 3 (9.68%) Product Manager
4 3 (9.68%) Support Technician
4 3 (9.68%) Telecoms Manager
4 3 (9.68%) Telecoms Product Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Full Stack Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Juniper Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (19.35%) Web Services
2 3 (9.68%) JSON
2 3 (9.68%) XML
3 2 (6.45%) CSS
3 2 (6.45%) CSS3
3 2 (6.45%) Ext JS
3 2 (6.45%) HTML
3 2 (6.45%) HTML5
3 2 (6.45%) LESS
3 2 (6.45%) Node.js
3 2 (6.45%) React
3 2 (6.45%) REST
3 2 (6.45%) Sass
3 2 (6.45%) Semantic UI
3 2 (6.45%) Serverless Framework
4 1 (3.23%) JTAPI
4 1 (3.23%) RFC 2833
4 1 (3.23%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 6 (19.35%) Data Centre
2 5 (16.13%) User Experience
3 3 (9.68%) Mainframe
4 2 (6.45%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.81%) Windows
2 5 (16.13%) Linux
2 5 (16.13%) Windows Server
3 3 (9.68%) Unix
4 1 (3.23%) Debian
4 1 (3.23%) Fedora
4 1 (3.23%) Mac OS
4 1 (3.23%) Ubuntu
4 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (22.58%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (12.90%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (12.90%) ITIL
3 3 (9.68%) Business Continuity
3 3 (9.68%) Data Analysis
3 3 (9.68%) IT Strategy
3 3 (9.68%) ITIL V3
3 3 (9.68%) Multithreading
3 3 (9.68%) Network Virtualisation
3 3 (9.68%) Product Management
3 3 (9.68%) Project Management
3 3 (9.68%) SDLC
3 3 (9.68%) TOGAF
4 2 (6.45%) Adaptive Web Design
4 2 (6.45%) Agile Project Management
4 2 (6.45%) BDD
4 2 (6.45%) DevOps
4 2 (6.45%) Network Monitoring
4 2 (6.45%) Test Automation
4 2 (6.45%) Transpiler
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.45%) C#
1 2 (6.45%) ES6
1 2 (6.45%) JavaScript
1 2 (6.45%) Perl
2 1 (3.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (25.81%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (16.13%) CCNA
3 3 (9.68%) CCNP
3 3 (9.68%) DBS Check
4 1 (3.23%) CCIE
4 1 (3.23%) CCIE Service Provider
4 1 (3.23%) CCIP
4 1 (3.23%) CCSP
4 1 (3.23%) Degree
4 1 (3.23%) JNCIS
4 1 (3.23%) MCSA
4 1 (3.23%) MCSE
4 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (3.23%) PA-DSS
1 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (22.58%) Active Directory
2 4 (12.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (9.68%) NFS
4 1 (3.23%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.23%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (12.90%) SCCM
2 2 (6.45%) Nessus
3 1 (3.23%) FortiGate
3 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (3.23%) vCenter Server
3 1 (3.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (51.61%) Cisco
2 8 (25.81%) Juniper
3 7 (22.58%) Microsoft
3 7 (22.58%) VMware
4 5 (16.13%) F5
5 4 (12.90%) Dell
5 4 (12.90%) Palo Alto
5 4 (12.90%) SolarWinds
6 3 (9.68%) HP
6 3 (9.68%) TSYS
7 2 (6.45%) Arista
7 2 (6.45%) BT
7 2 (6.45%) Extreme Networks
7 2 (6.45%) IBM
7 2 (6.45%) Lotus
7 2 (6.45%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (6.45%) ServiceNow
7 2 (6.45%) Virgin Media
8 1 (3.23%) Dell Compellent
8 1 (3.23%) Red Hat