Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 140 167 171
Rank change year-on-year +27 +4 -38
Contract jobs citing MPLS 62 8 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.19% 0.18% 0.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.82% 1.31% 4.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 4 23
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £413 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% -8.33% +38.46%
10th Percentile £200 £314 £291
90th Percentile £534 £532 £475
England median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.25 - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £47.83
% change year-on-year -3.33% -37.28% +15.95%

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 703 609 798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.52% 13.72% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 338 412
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.38% +6.43%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £185
90th Percentile £545 £529 £525
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 50 40
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.42 £16.75 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.99% -22.09% +13.16%
10th Percentile £11.57 £10.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £30.81 £61.13 £38.83
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.69 £25.00
% change year-on-year +7.01% -25.24% +21.95%

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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 21 July 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 21 July 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
Solihull - 20 - -
Warwickshire +12 14 £500 -
Birmingham -6 14 £315 -6.67% 3
Dudley -1 6 £200 -
Wolverhampton - 2 - -
Staffordshire - 2 £355 - 2
Halesowen - 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 41 (66.13%) VPN
2 37 (59.68%) VLAN
3 33 (53.23%) Firewall
4 29 (46.77%) BGP
5 24 (38.71%) LAN
6 23 (37.10%) Cisco
6 23 (37.10%) Juniper
7 22 (35.48%) WAN
7 22 (35.48%) SC Cleared
7 22 (35.48%) Security Cleared
8 20 (32.26%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (30.65%) Network Security
10 18 (29.03%) Network Design
11 17 (27.42%) SNMP
12 16 (25.81%) ITIL
12 16 (25.81%) Unix
13 15 (24.19%) SDH
13 15 (24.19%) Ethernet
13 15 (24.19%) CCNP
13 15 (24.19%) CCNA
13 15 (24.19%) X.21
13 15 (24.19%) Service Delivery
13 15 (24.19%) VPLS
14 14 (22.58%) Cisco ASA
15 13 (20.97%) Security Architecture
15 13 (20.97%) SIEM
15 13 (20.97%) Data Protection
15 13 (20.97%) Data Loss Prevention
15 13 (20.97%) Management Information System
15 13 (20.97%) KiloStream

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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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (6.45%) Apache
2 2 (3.23%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2003
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.61%) Akamai
3 1 (1.61%) IBM Cloud
3 1 (1.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (66.13%) VPN
2 37 (59.68%) VLAN
3 33 (53.23%) Firewall
4 29 (46.77%) BGP
5 24 (38.71%) LAN
6 22 (35.48%) WAN
7 19 (30.65%) Network Security
8 17 (27.42%) SNMP
9 15 (24.19%) Ethernet
9 15 (24.19%) SDH
9 15 (24.19%) VPLS
9 15 (24.19%) X.21
10 14 (22.58%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (20.97%) KiloStream
11 13 (20.97%) MegaStream
12 12 (19.35%) SAN
13 8 (12.90%) Internet
13 8 (12.90%) RSVP
13 8 (12.90%) Wireless
14 7 (11.29%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.84%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (16.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.61%) Metasploit
General
1 8 (12.90%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.61%) Finance
Job Titles
1 24 (38.71%) Network Engineer
2 13 (20.97%) Architect
2 13 (20.97%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
2 13 (20.97%) Security Architect
3 9 (14.52%) Support Engineer
4 8 (12.90%) Analyst
4 8 (12.90%) Network Analyst
4 8 (12.90%) Network Support
5 7 (11.29%) Network Support Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Juniper Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Senior Support Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Cisco Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Network Security Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Network Specialist
8 2 (3.23%) Security Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Network Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Network Support
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Network Support Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.45%) LAMP
2 3 (4.84%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.97%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.84%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (3.23%) CCTV
3 2 (3.23%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.23%) PKI
4 1 (1.61%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 16 (25.81%) Unix
2 12 (19.35%) Windows
3 1 (1.61%) Linux
3 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (29.03%) Network Design
2 16 (25.81%) ITIL
3 15 (24.19%) Service Delivery
4 13 (20.97%) Data Loss Prevention
4 13 (20.97%) Data Protection
4 13 (20.97%) Identity Management
4 13 (20.97%) Security Architecture
4 13 (20.97%) SIEM
5 12 (19.35%) Information Governance
6 11 (17.74%) Cybersecurity
6 11 (17.74%) Information Security
6 11 (17.74%) Network Management
6 11 (17.74%) Risk Management
7 10 (16.13%) SDLC
7 10 (16.13%) Security Hardening
8 9 (14.52%) Load Balancing
9 6 (9.68%) Integration Testing
9 6 (9.68%) Performance Metrics
10 4 (6.45%) Network Security Management
10 4 (6.45%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 11 (17.74%) Perl
1 11 (17.74%) PowerShell
1 11 (17.74%) Python
2 3 (4.84%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (35.48%) SC Cleared
1 22 (35.48%) Security Cleared
2 20 (32.26%) Cisco Certification
3 15 (24.19%) CCNA
3 15 (24.19%) CCNP
4 11 (17.74%) CISSP
5 10 (16.13%) SANS
6 7 (11.29%) DV Cleared
7 6 (9.68%) Degree
7 6 (9.68%) JNCIA
7 6 (9.68%) JNCIP
7 6 (9.68%) JNCIS
8 2 (3.23%) CCIE
8 2 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (1.61%) CCSA
9 1 (1.61%) CCSE
9 1 (1.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (1.61%) MCITP
9 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (19.35%) GDPR
2 1 (1.61%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (4.84%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.23%) iptables
2 2 (3.23%) Postfix
2 2 (3.23%) Samba
2 2 (3.23%) Squid
Systems Management
1 4 (6.45%) Nessus
2 1 (1.61%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (1.61%) FortiGate
2 1 (1.61%) Nmap
Vendors
1 23 (37.10%) Cisco
1 23 (37.10%) Juniper
2 10 (16.13%) Oracle
3 6 (9.68%) CheckPoint
4 5 (8.06%) F5
5 3 (4.84%) Fortinet
6 2 (3.23%) Microsoft
6 2 (3.23%) Motorola
7 1 (1.61%) Avaya
7 1 (1.61%) Capita
7 1 (1.61%) EMC
7 1 (1.61%) HP
7 1 (1.61%) IBM
7 1 (1.61%) Meraki
7 1 (1.61%) NEC
7 1 (1.61%) NetApp
7 1 (1.61%) Palo Alto
7 1 (1.61%) Prolexic
7 1 (1.61%) VMware
7 1 (1.61%) WorldPay