Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 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.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 134 181 122
Rank change year-on-year +47 -59 +21
Contract jobs citing MPLS 53 30 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.10% 0.49% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.79% 3.57% 9.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 12 22
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £368 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% -2.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £283 £272 £242
90th Percentile £445 £438 £488
England median daily rate £375 £388 £400
% change year-on-year -3.23% -3.13% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.95 - -
England median hourly rate £13.50 £48.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -71.88% +6.67% +63.64%

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 781 840 598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.26% 13.71% 12.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 462 435 300
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.26%
10th Percentile £161 £193 £212
90th Percentile £501 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 64
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.38 £10.81
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.55 £39.82
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year -21.26% +15.85% +2.50%

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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 20 November 2017.

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 20 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
Dudley - 12 £350 -
Birmingham +15 8 £300 -29.41% 2
Shropshire +26 7 £420 - 1
Solihull -3 4 - -
Warwickshire - 3 £375 -
Worcestershire - 3 - -
Wolverhampton - 2 - -
Coventry +12 1 £463 +36.03% 1
Herefordshire - 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 £175 -
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England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 42 (79.25%) VPN
2 41 (77.36%) Cisco
3 39 (73.58%) WAN
4 37 (69.81%) Firewall
5 33 (62.26%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (45.28%) LAN
7 22 (41.51%) Cisco Nexus
8 20 (37.74%) Cisco ASA
8 20 (37.74%) CCNP
9 19 (35.85%) Wireless
9 19 (35.85%) Fortinet
10 17 (32.08%) CCIE
10 17 (32.08%) Service Delivery
11 14 (26.42%) Validation
12 13 (24.53%) DHCP
12 13 (24.53%) F5
12 13 (24.53%) Data Centre
13 12 (22.64%) Performance Metrics
13 12 (22.64%) Network Management
13 12 (22.64%) Internet
13 12 (22.64%) Wi-Fi
13 12 (22.64%) VLAN
13 12 (22.64%) Statistics
14 11 (20.75%) Service Management
14 11 (20.75%) Network Security
15 10 (18.87%) Amazon AWS
15 10 (18.87%) Blue Coat
15 10 (18.87%) OSPF
15 10 (18.87%) CheckPoint
15 10 (18.87%) BGP

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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 (7.55%) Apache
2 1 (1.89%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.89%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 2 (3.77%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 10 (18.87%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.66%) Akamai
3 3 (5.66%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 42 (79.25%) VPN
2 39 (73.58%) WAN
3 37 (69.81%) Firewall
4 24 (45.28%) LAN
5 22 (41.51%) Cisco Nexus
6 20 (37.74%) Cisco ASA
7 19 (35.85%) Wireless
8 13 (24.53%) DHCP
9 12 (22.64%) Internet
9 12 (22.64%) VLAN
9 12 (22.64%) Wi-Fi
10 11 (20.75%) Network Security
11 10 (18.87%) BGP
11 10 (18.87%) OSPF
11 10 (18.87%) VoIP
12 9 (16.98%) Intrusion Detection
13 8 (15.09%) IOS XR
13 8 (15.09%) NX-OS
14 7 (13.21%) DNS
14 7 (13.21%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.89%) Informix
1 1 (1.89%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (7.55%) Metasploit
2 1 (1.89%) PVCS
General
1 4 (7.55%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.66%) Finance
3 1 (1.89%) Advertising
3 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (49.06%) Network Engineer
2 9 (16.98%) Technical Specialist
3 8 (15.09%) Cisco Engineer
3 8 (15.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 8 (15.09%) Network Specialist
4 7 (13.21%) Architect
5 6 (11.32%) Senior Network Engineer
6 5 (9.43%) Network Support
7 4 (7.55%) Cisco Network Specialist
7 4 (7.55%) Cisco Specialist
7 4 (7.55%) Presales Solution Architect
7 4 (7.55%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (5.66%) Network Architect
8 3 (5.66%) Senior Cisco Engineer
8 3 (5.66%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
9 2 (3.77%) Cisco Expert
9 2 (3.77%) Lead Architect
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Cisco Expert
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Network Support
9 2 (3.77%) Senior Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.55%) LAMP
2 3 (5.66%) WAP
3 1 (1.89%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.89%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.53%) Data Centre
2 8 (15.09%) Management Information System
3 4 (7.55%) PKI
4 3 (5.66%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.55%) Unix
2 2 (3.77%) Windows
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (32.08%) Service Delivery
2 14 (26.42%) Validation
3 12 (22.64%) Network Management
3 12 (22.64%) Performance Metrics
3 12 (22.64%) Statistics
4 11 (20.75%) Service Management
5 10 (18.87%) ITIL
6 9 (16.98%) Coaching
6 9 (16.98%) Network Design
7 8 (15.09%) ITIL V3
7 8 (15.09%) Load Balancing
7 8 (15.09%) Problem Management
7 8 (15.09%) Service Design
8 7 (13.21%) Network Load Balancing
8 7 (13.21%) Network Packet Analysis
8 7 (13.21%) Root Cause Analysis
8 7 (13.21%) WAN Optimisation
9 5 (9.43%) Customer Engagement
9 5 (9.43%) Presales
10 4 (7.55%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.55%) SQL
2 1 (1.89%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 33 (62.26%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (37.74%) CCNP
3 17 (32.08%) CCIE
4 5 (9.43%) SC Cleared
4 5 (9.43%) Security Cleared
5 4 (7.55%) Check Point Certification
5 4 (7.55%) CISSP
6 3 (5.66%) CCNA
7 1 (1.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (7.55%) iptables
1 4 (7.55%) Postfix
1 4 (7.55%) Samba
1 4 (7.55%) Squid
2 1 (1.89%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (7.55%) Cisco UCCX
1 4 (7.55%) FortiGate
1 4 (7.55%) Nessus
1 4 (7.55%) Nmap
2 3 (5.66%) Nagios
2 3 (5.66%) SCOM
Vendors
1 41 (77.36%) Cisco
2 19 (35.85%) Fortinet
3 13 (24.53%) F5
4 10 (18.87%) Blue Coat
4 10 (18.87%) CheckPoint
5 9 (16.98%) HP
6 7 (13.21%) BMC
6 7 (13.21%) IBM
6 7 (13.21%) McAfee
7 6 (11.32%) Aruba
7 6 (11.32%) Palo Alto
8 5 (9.43%) Microsoft
9 4 (7.55%) NEC
10 3 (5.66%) AppDynamics
10 3 (5.66%) Infoblox
10 3 (5.66%) Juniper
10 3 (5.66%) SolarWinds
11 2 (3.77%) Citrix
11 2 (3.77%) Sourcefire
12 1 (1.89%) Capita