Period
to 16 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 16 December 2018 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 178 128 181
Rank change year-on-year -50 +53 -51
Contract jobs citing MPLS 31 63 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.60% 1.31% 0.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.98% 8.27% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 30 15
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £290 £281 £269
90th Percentile £538 £488 £438
England median daily rate £413 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +6.28% -2.97% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £13.95 -
England median hourly rate £27.50 £13.50 £29.61
% change year-on-year +103.70% -54.41% -34.20%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 622 762 813
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.07% 15.84% 13.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 466 420
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £184 £160 £202
90th Percentile £538 £504 £540
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 38 33
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £30.16 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.28% +101.03% -14.29%
10th Percentile £10.64 £12.15 £10.05
90th Percentile £31.08 £44.20 £40.24
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.56% +9.76%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in the West Midlands

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MPLS in the West Midlands

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in the West Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 16 December 2018. 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
Shropshire -58 8 £473 +12.50% 1
Warwickshire +6 6 £525 +10.53%
Staffordshire - 5 £400 - 2
Birmingham +3 4 £313 +8.70% 8
Dudley -2 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Coventry 0 2 - - 3
Solihull -3 1 - -
Herefordshire -14 1 £375 -
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England

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 26 (83.87%) WAN
2 24 (77.42%) Cisco Certification
3 23 (74.19%) Cisco
3 23 (74.19%) CCNP
3 23 (74.19%) Firewall
4 17 (54.84%) VPN
4 17 (54.84%) ITIL
5 16 (51.61%) LAN
6 15 (48.39%) Wireless
7 14 (45.16%) CheckPoint
7 14 (45.16%) BGP
8 13 (41.94%) CCNA
9 12 (38.71%) VLAN
9 12 (38.71%) Fortinet
9 12 (38.71%) F5
10 11 (35.48%) ITIL V3
10 11 (35.48%) OSPF
11 10 (32.26%) Security Cleared
11 10 (32.26%) Microsoft Azure
12 9 (29.03%) SC Cleared
12 9 (29.03%) HSRP
12 9 (29.03%) Internet
13 8 (25.81%) McAfee
13 8 (25.81%) Root Cause Analysis
13 8 (25.81%) WAN Optimisation
13 8 (25.81%) Amazon AWS
13 8 (25.81%) Network Load Balancing
13 8 (25.81%) Blue Coat
13 8 (25.81%) Coaching
13 8 (25.81%) Problem-Solving

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (32.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (25.81%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.23%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 26 (83.87%) WAN
2 23 (74.19%) Firewall
3 17 (54.84%) VPN
4 16 (51.61%) LAN
5 15 (48.39%) Wireless
6 14 (45.16%) BGP
7 12 (38.71%) VLAN
8 11 (35.48%) OSPF
9 9 (29.03%) HSRP
9 9 (29.03%) Internet
10 7 (22.58%) SNMP
11 5 (16.13%) SAN
11 5 (16.13%) VoIP
12 4 (12.90%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (12.90%) Network Security
12 4 (12.90%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (12.90%) WLAN
13 3 (9.68%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (9.68%) DHCP
13 3 (9.68%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 3 (9.68%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.23%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (51.61%) Network Engineer
2 7 (22.58%) Senior Network Engineer
3 5 (16.13%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 4 (12.90%) Analyst
4 4 (12.90%) Architect
4 4 (12.90%) Security Architect
5 3 (9.68%) Network Specialist
5 3 (9.68%) Technical Analyst
5 3 (9.68%) Technical Specialist
6 2 (6.45%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) Disaster Recovery Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) Technical Business Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) Test Manager
7 1 (3.23%) Communications Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery Manager
7 1 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery Project Manager
7 1 (3.23%) Network Operations Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) Operations Engineer
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Communications Analyst
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Operations Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Data Centre
1 5 (16.13%) Management Information System
2 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.45%) CCTV
2 2 (6.45%) Driving Licence
2 2 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.13%) Windows
2 4 (12.90%) Unix
3 1 (3.23%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (54.84%) ITIL
2 11 (35.48%) ITIL V3
3 8 (25.81%) Coaching
3 8 (25.81%) Network Load Balancing
3 8 (25.81%) Problem-Solving
3 8 (25.81%) Root Cause Analysis
3 8 (25.81%) WAN Optimisation
4 7 (22.58%) Data Protection
5 6 (19.35%) Network Design
6 5 (16.13%) Load Balancing
6 5 (16.13%) Network Management
7 4 (12.90%) Cybersecurity
7 4 (12.90%) Data Loss Prevention
7 4 (12.90%) Identity Management
7 4 (12.90%) Information Governance
7 4 (12.90%) Information Security
7 4 (12.90%) SDLC
7 4 (12.90%) Security Architecture
7 4 (12.90%) Security Hardening
7 4 (12.90%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.90%) Perl
1 4 (12.90%) PowerShell
1 4 (12.90%) Python
2 2 (6.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (77.42%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (74.19%) CCNP
3 13 (41.94%) CCNA
4 10 (32.26%) Security Cleared
5 9 (29.03%) SC Cleared
6 7 (22.58%) CISSP
7 5 (16.13%) CCIE
8 4 (12.90%) SANS
9 3 (9.68%) Check Point Certification
10 1 (3.23%) BC Cleared
10 1 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (3.23%) CCDA
10 1 (3.23%) CCDP
10 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
10 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.68%) GDPR
2 2 (6.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 2 (6.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (3.23%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 23 (74.19%) Cisco
2 14 (45.16%) CheckPoint
3 12 (38.71%) F5
3 12 (38.71%) Fortinet
4 8 (25.81%) Blue Coat
4 8 (25.81%) McAfee
5 4 (12.90%) Oracle
6 3 (9.68%) BMC
6 3 (9.68%) IBM
6 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
6 3 (9.68%) NetApp
7 2 (6.45%) Aerohive Networks
8 1 (3.23%) EMC
8 1 (3.23%) Juniper
8 1 (3.23%) Meraki
8 1 (3.23%) Prolexic