Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 159 146 189
Rank change year-on-year -13 +43 -76
Contract jobs citing MPLS 38 44 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.75% 0.96% 0.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.82% 6.09% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 21 12
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -6.25% +17.65%
10th Percentile £209 £325 £272
90th Percentile £519 £475 £468
England median daily rate £425 £393 £400
% change year-on-year +8.28% -1.88% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.25 £13.95 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.13% - -
England median hourly rate £29.00 £13.95 £47.83
% change year-on-year +107.85% -70.83% +3.05%

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 653 723 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.93% 15.81% 14.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 427 461
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £181
90th Percentile £530 £500 £525
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 51 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.41% -13.98% +32.86%
10th Percentile £11.34 £10.50 £11.76
90th Percentile £27.83 £60.00 £39.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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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 15 October 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 15 October 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
Birmingham -9 9 £300 -16.67% 5
Warwickshire +11 7 £513 +36.67% 1
Staffordshire - 5 £400 - 2
Solihull 0 4 - -
Dudley -3 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Shropshire -46 3 £448 +7.83% 1
Wolverhampton -4 2 - -
Coventry -11 1 - - 2
Halesowen - 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 27 (71.05%) Firewall
2 25 (65.79%) WAN
3 23 (60.53%) Cisco
3 23 (60.53%) Cisco Certification
4 22 (57.89%) VPN
5 21 (55.26%) LAN
6 19 (50.00%) CCNP
7 15 (39.47%) ITIL
8 13 (34.21%) BGP
8 13 (34.21%) VLAN
9 11 (28.95%) Unix
9 11 (28.95%) CCNA
9 11 (28.95%) Network Security
9 11 (28.95%) Cisco ASA
10 10 (26.32%) Load Balancing
10 10 (26.32%) CheckPoint
11 9 (23.68%) Internet
11 9 (23.68%) SNMP
11 9 (23.68%) VoIP
11 9 (23.68%) Wireless
12 8 (21.05%) Telecoms
12 8 (21.05%) F5
13 7 (18.42%) Data Protection
13 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
13 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
13 7 (18.42%) Network Management
13 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (18.42%) Windows
13 7 (18.42%) Juniper
13 7 (18.42%) SAN

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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 (10.53%) Apache
2 1 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (2.63%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (13.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (7.89%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.63%) Akamai
3 1 (2.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (71.05%) Firewall
2 25 (65.79%) WAN
3 22 (57.89%) VPN
4 21 (55.26%) LAN
5 13 (34.21%) BGP
5 13 (34.21%) VLAN
6 11 (28.95%) Cisco ASA
6 11 (28.95%) Network Security
7 9 (23.68%) Internet
7 9 (23.68%) SNMP
7 9 (23.68%) VoIP
7 9 (23.68%) Wireless
8 7 (18.42%) SAN
8 7 (18.42%) SSL
8 7 (18.42%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (15.79%) OSPF
10 5 (13.16%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (10.53%) DHCP
11 4 (10.53%) DNS
11 4 (10.53%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
1 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Metasploit
1 1 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (21.05%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.63%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (34.21%) Network Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) Architect
2 5 (13.16%) Security Architect
3 4 (10.53%) Analyst
4 3 (7.89%) Network Specialist
4 3 (7.89%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (7.89%) Technical Specialist
5 2 (5.26%) Business Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) NOC Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Security Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.26%) Technical Business Analyst
5 2 (5.26%) Test Manager
6 1 (2.63%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 1 (2.63%) Cisco Project Manager
6 1 (2.63%) Juniper Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.53%) LAMP
2 3 (7.89%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.79%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (7.89%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.26%) CCTV
3 2 (5.26%) PKI
3 2 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (2.63%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 11 (28.95%) Unix
2 7 (18.42%) Windows
3 1 (2.63%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (39.47%) ITIL
2 10 (26.32%) Load Balancing
3 7 (18.42%) Data Protection
3 7 (18.42%) Network Management
4 6 (15.79%) Integration Testing
4 6 (15.79%) ITIL V3
5 5 (13.16%) Cybersecurity
5 5 (13.16%) Data Loss Prevention
5 5 (13.16%) Identity Management
5 5 (13.16%) Information Governance
5 5 (13.16%) Information Security
5 5 (13.16%) Network Design
5 5 (13.16%) Risk Management
5 5 (13.16%) SDLC
5 5 (13.16%) Security Architecture
5 5 (13.16%) Security Hardening
5 5 (13.16%) SIEM
6 4 (10.53%) Network Security Management
6 4 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (10.53%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (13.16%) Perl
1 5 (13.16%) PowerShell
1 5 (13.16%) Python
2 4 (10.53%) SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (60.53%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (50.00%) CCNP
3 11 (28.95%) CCNA
4 7 (18.42%) CISSP
4 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
4 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
5 5 (13.16%) SANS
6 4 (10.53%) CCIE
7 2 (5.26%) Check Point Certification
7 2 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (2.63%) CCSA
8 1 (2.63%) CCSE
8 1 (2.63%) Degree
8 1 (2.63%) DV Cleared
8 1 (2.63%) JNCIA
8 1 (2.63%) JNCIP
8 1 (2.63%) JNCIS
8 1 (2.63%) MCITP
8 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (2.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.53%) GDPR
2 1 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (2.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (7.89%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.26%) iptables
2 2 (5.26%) Postfix
2 2 (5.26%) Samba
2 2 (5.26%) Squid
Systems Management
1 4 (10.53%) Nessus
2 1 (2.63%) Cisco UCCX
2 1 (2.63%) FortiGate
2 1 (2.63%) Nmap
Vendors
1 23 (60.53%) Cisco
2 10 (26.32%) CheckPoint
3 8 (21.05%) F5
4 7 (18.42%) Juniper
5 6 (15.79%) Fortinet
6 5 (13.16%) Oracle
7 4 (10.53%) Microsoft
8 3 (7.89%) Blue Coat
8 3 (7.89%) McAfee
8 3 (7.89%) NetApp
9 2 (5.26%) Aerohive Networks
9 2 (5.26%) BMC
9 2 (5.26%) IBM
10 1 (2.63%) Avaya
10 1 (2.63%) EMC
10 1 (2.63%) HP
10 1 (2.63%) Meraki
10 1 (2.63%) Palo Alto
10 1 (2.63%) Prolexic
10 1 (2.63%) Riverbed