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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 590 624 618
Rank change year-on-year +34 -6  
Contract jobs citing VPLS 17 27 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.036% 0.051% 0.041%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.27% 0.32% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 21 10
Median daily rate £475 £513 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.31% +46.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £350 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £584 £600 £384
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £340
% change year-on-year +12.50% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

VPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6391 8567 8055
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.59% 16.14% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3780 5194 4540
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 421 475
Median hourly rate £27.50 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.16 £13.00 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

VPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Top 5 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +24 17 £475 -7.31% 17
London -7 16 £475 -13.63% 13
City of London -3 3 £588 +38.23% 5
Hammersmith - 2 £300 -
West Midlands - 1 £450 - 2

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 50 (100.00%) MPLS
2 41 (82.00%) OSPF
2 41 (82.00%) Cisco
3 38 (76.00%) BGP
4 37 (74.00%) Juniper
5 32 (64.00%) Firewall
6 30 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (56.00%) CCNP
8 23 (46.00%) WAN
8 23 (46.00%) Cisco ASA
9 21 (42.00%) TCP/IP
10 20 (40.00%) VPN
11 18 (36.00%) Wireless
11 18 (36.00%) Palo Alto
12 17 (34.00%) Data Centre
12 17 (34.00%) LAN
12 17 (34.00%) IPv6
13 16 (32.00%) RSVP
14 15 (30.00%) Multicast
15 14 (28.00%) Cisco Nexus
15 14 (28.00%) CheckPoint
15 14 (28.00%) Network Design
15 14 (28.00%) VLAN
16 13 (26.00%) Ethernet
17 12 (24.00%) Windows
17 12 (24.00%) IPv4
17 12 (24.00%) Telecoms
17 12 (24.00%) F5
17 12 (24.00%) FortiGate
17 12 (24.00%) SolarWinds

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 2 (4.00%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (4.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 50 (100.00%) MPLS
2 41 (82.00%) OSPF
3 38 (76.00%) BGP
4 32 (64.00%) Firewall
5 23 (46.00%) Cisco ASA
5 23 (46.00%) WAN
6 21 (42.00%) TCP/IP
7 20 (40.00%) VPN
8 18 (36.00%) Wireless
9 17 (34.00%) IPv6
9 17 (34.00%) LAN
10 16 (32.00%) RSVP
11 15 (30.00%) Multicast
12 14 (28.00%) Cisco Nexus
12 14 (28.00%) VLAN
13 13 (26.00%) Ethernet
14 12 (24.00%) IPv4
15 10 (20.00%) DNS
16 9 (18.00%) Internet
17 8 (16.00%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.00%) DB2
1 2 (4.00%) OLTP
General
1 12 (24.00%) Telecoms
2 4 (8.00%) Finance
3 3 (6.00%) Banking
4 2 (4.00%) Retail
4 2 (4.00%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.00%) Advertising
5 1 (2.00%) Billing
5 1 (2.00%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (2.00%) Electronics
5 1 (2.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (60.00%) Network Engineer
2 9 (18.00%) Architect
3 8 (16.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 8 (16.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 6 (12.00%) Network Architect
5 5 (10.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (10.00%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
6 4 (8.00%) Data Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Cisco Wireless Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Designer
7 3 (6.00%) Juniper Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Network Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Network Designer
7 3 (6.00%) Network Specialist
7 3 (6.00%) Network Support
7 3 (6.00%) Network Support Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Support Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Wireless Engineer
7 3 (6.00%) Wireless Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (18.00%) 802.1X
2 3 (6.00%) Middleware
3 2 (4.00%) .NET
3 2 (4.00%) JSON
3 2 (4.00%) RFC 2547
3 2 (4.00%) Web Services
3 2 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (34.00%) Data Centre
2 11 (22.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.00%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (6.00%) IPTV
3 3 (6.00%) Over-the-Top Content
3 3 (6.00%) STB
3 3 (6.00%) Video on Demand
4 2 (4.00%) Mainframe
4 2 (4.00%) VSAM
5 1 (2.00%) Driving Licence
5 1 (2.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 12 (24.00%) Windows
2 9 (18.00%) Unix
3 8 (16.00%) Linux
4 4 (8.00%) Windows Server
5 3 (6.00%) AIX
6 1 (2.00%) Android
6 1 (2.00%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (28.00%) Network Design
2 6 (12.00%) Migration
3 5 (10.00%) Network Monitoring
4 3 (6.00%) Network Architecture
4 3 (6.00%) Network Management
4 3 (6.00%) Project Management
5 2 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (4.00%) Data Analysis
5 2 (4.00%) Incident Management
5 2 (4.00%) ITIL
5 2 (4.00%) Multithreading
5 2 (4.00%) SDLC
5 2 (4.00%) Service Management
5 2 (4.00%) TOGAF
5 2 (4.00%) Validation
5 2 (4.00%) Waterfall
6 1 (2.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (2.00%) High Availability
6 1 (2.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (2.00%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (14.00%) Lisp
2 2 (4.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
2 28 (56.00%) CCNP
3 11 (22.00%) CCIE
4 9 (18.00%) CCNA
5 7 (14.00%) JNCIS
6 6 (12.00%) CCIE Routing and Switching
7 5 (10.00%) SC Cleared
7 5 (10.00%) Security Cleared
8 4 (8.00%) CCIP
9 3 (6.00%) JNCIA
9 3 (6.00%) JNCIE
9 3 (6.00%) JNCIP
10 1 (2.00%) CCSA
10 1 (2.00%) Degree
10 1 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (8.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (6.00%) NFS
3 2 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.00%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 12 (24.00%) FortiGate
2 7 (14.00%) Cisco Prime
3 3 (6.00%) Nagios
4 1 (2.00%) Cacti
Vendors
1 41 (82.00%) Cisco
2 37 (74.00%) Juniper
3 18 (36.00%) Palo Alto
4 14 (28.00%) CheckPoint
5 12 (24.00%) F5
5 12 (24.00%) SolarWinds
6 7 (14.00%) VMware
7 4 (8.00%) Aruba
8 3 (6.00%) Huawei
9 2 (4.00%) BT
9 2 (4.00%) Microsoft
9 2 (4.00%) Oracle
9 2 (4.00%) TSYS
10 1 (2.00%) Arista
10 1 (2.00%) Meraki
10 1 (2.00%) NetScout
10 1 (2.00%) ProCurve
10 1 (2.00%) SevOne
10 1 (2.00%) SonicWALL
10 1 (2.00%) Ubiquiti