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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
UK
Rank 558 635 591
Rank change year-on-year +77 -44  
Contract jobs citing VPLS 35 9 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.077% 0.017% 0.062%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.53% 0.11% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 3 22
Median daily rate £450 £240 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +87.50% -27.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £188 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £448 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 - £488
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 6617 7870 7816
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.79% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4077 4695 4260
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 338 430
Median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.35% +14.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

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 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Top 23 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 25 March 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 +54 32 £450 +87.50% 13
London +41 13 £450 +87.50% 9
South East +30 12 £225 - 1
Hampshire - 5 £218 -
Berkshire +27 3 - -
North West - 3 - - 2
Manchester - 3 - - 2
West Midlands +13 2 £411 -
Basingstoke - 2 £218 -
Surrey - 2 £225 -
West Sussex - 2 £335 -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
Suffolk - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £285 -
Crawley - 1 - -
Horsham - 1 £335 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
Reading - 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
Winchester - 1 £500 -
East of England - 1 - -

VPLS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 64 (94.12%) MPLS
2 61 (89.71%) Cisco
3 55 (80.88%) OSPF
4 53 (77.94%) BGP
5 52 (76.47%) Juniper
6 50 (73.53%) Firewall
7 48 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
8 38 (55.88%) CCNP
9 31 (45.59%) WAN
10 29 (42.65%) CCNA
11 27 (39.71%) Cisco Nexus
12 24 (35.29%) TCP/IP
12 24 (35.29%) VLAN
13 23 (33.82%) Multicast
14 21 (30.88%) Wireless
14 21 (30.88%) LAN
15 20 (29.41%) Cisco ASA
16 19 (27.94%) CheckPoint
16 19 (27.94%) Internet
17 16 (23.53%) IPv6
17 16 (23.53%) Telecoms
18 15 (22.06%) SLA
18 15 (22.06%) VPN
18 15 (22.06%) Windows
18 15 (22.06%) F5
18 15 (22.06%) Analytical Skills
19 14 (20.59%) Ethernet
19 14 (20.59%) RSVP
20 13 (19.12%) JNCIA
20 13 (19.12%) Palo Alto

VPLS
Top Related 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 (2.94%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 3 (4.41%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (1.47%) Amazon S3
1 1 (1.47%) AWS CloudTrail
1 1 (1.47%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.47%) Office 365
1 1 (1.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 64 (94.12%) MPLS
2 55 (80.88%) OSPF
3 53 (77.94%) BGP
4 50 (73.53%) Firewall
5 31 (45.59%) WAN
6 27 (39.71%) Cisco Nexus
7 24 (35.29%) TCP/IP
7 24 (35.29%) VLAN
8 23 (33.82%) Multicast
9 21 (30.88%) LAN
9 21 (30.88%) Wireless
10 20 (29.41%) Cisco ASA
11 19 (27.94%) Internet
12 16 (23.53%) IPv6
13 15 (22.06%) VPN
14 14 (20.59%) Ethernet
14 14 (20.59%) RSVP
15 13 (19.12%) Network Security
16 12 (17.65%) DNS
16 12 (17.65%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.47%) JMeter
1 1 (1.47%) JUnit
General
1 16 (23.53%) Telecoms
2 5 (7.35%) Finance
3 4 (5.88%) Billing
3 4 (5.88%) Electronics
3 4 (5.88%) Legal
4 3 (4.41%) Banking
5 2 (2.94%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (52.94%) Network Engineer
2 13 (19.12%) Cisco Engineer
3 12 (17.65%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 9 (13.24%) Data Engineer
5 6 (8.82%) Architect
5 6 (8.82%) Juniper Engineer
5 6 (8.82%) NOC Engineer
6 5 (7.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 5 (7.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (7.35%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
7 4 (5.88%) 1st Line Support
8 3 (4.41%) Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Consultant
8 3 (4.41%) Firewall Engineer
8 3 (4.41%) IP Network Engineer
8 3 (4.41%) Network Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Network Architect
8 3 (4.41%) Network Consultant
8 3 (4.41%) Network Specialist
8 3 (4.41%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.71%) 802.1X
2 8 (11.76%) Middleware
3 2 (2.94%) RFC 2547
Miscellaneous
1 15 (22.06%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (16.18%) Data Centre
3 8 (11.76%) IPTV
3 8 (11.76%) Over-the-Top Content
3 8 (11.76%) STB
3 8 (11.76%) Video on Demand
4 2 (2.94%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.47%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.47%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 15 (22.06%) Windows
2 11 (16.18%) Unix
3 9 (13.24%) Linux
4 4 (5.88%) Android
4 4 (5.88%) Windows Server
5 3 (4.41%) AIX
6 1 (1.47%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (13.24%) Network Design
2 8 (11.76%) Network Architecture
2 8 (11.76%) Network Management
2 8 (11.76%) Project Management
3 7 (10.29%) Migration
4 6 (8.82%) Incident Management
4 6 (8.82%) ITIL
4 6 (8.82%) Network Monitoring
5 5 (7.35%) PRINCE2
6 4 (5.88%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 3 (4.41%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (4.41%) Service Delivery
7 3 (4.41%) Service Management
8 2 (2.94%) Change Management
8 2 (2.94%) Configuration Management
8 2 (2.94%) Load Balancing
8 2 (2.94%) Patch Management
8 2 (2.94%) Security Monitoring
8 2 (2.94%) Validation
9 1 (1.47%) Defect Tracking
Qualifications
1 48 (70.59%) Cisco Certification
2 38 (55.88%) CCNP
3 29 (42.65%) CCNA
4 13 (19.12%) JNCIA
5 12 (17.65%) CCIP
6 7 (10.29%) CCIE
7 6 (8.82%) JNCIS
7 6 (8.82%) SC Cleared
7 6 (8.82%) Security Cleared
8 4 (5.88%) Degree
9 3 (4.41%) JNCIP
10 2 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (2.94%) JNCIE
11 1 (1.47%) CCDP
11 1 (1.47%) CCSA
11 1 (1.47%) DV Cleared
11 1 (1.47%) ISEB
11 1 (1.47%) ISTQB
11 1 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (22.06%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (5.88%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.94%) ProxySG
4 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.47%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (19.12%) FortiGate
2 10 (14.71%) Cisco Prime
3 7 (10.29%) Nagios
4 2 (2.94%) Cacti
5 1 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 61 (89.71%) Cisco
2 52 (76.47%) Juniper
3 19 (27.94%) CheckPoint
4 15 (22.06%) F5
5 13 (19.12%) Palo Alto
5 13 (19.12%) SolarWinds
6 10 (14.71%) Huawei
7 9 (13.24%) VMware
8 4 (5.88%) Aruba
8 4 (5.88%) BT
8 4 (5.88%) Microsoft
9 3 (4.41%) Ericsson
9 3 (4.41%) SonicWALL
10 2 (2.94%) Bloomberg
10 2 (2.94%) Blue Coat
10 2 (2.94%) Brocade
10 2 (2.94%) Fortinet
10 2 (2.94%) NetScout
10 2 (2.94%) Reuters
10 2 (2.94%) WatchGuard
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