Period
to 21 May 2019

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 May 2019 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 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 151 130 154
Rank change year-on-year -21 +24 +16
Contract jobs citing MPLS 35 62 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.76% 1.27% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.62% 8.61% 2.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 28 13
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £475 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.63% +31.94% -20.00%
10th Percentile £250 £200 £268
90th Percentile £538 £550 £510
England median daily rate £425 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.17 £15.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.20% - -
England median hourly rate £25.67 £32.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year -21.02% +3.17% -28.41%

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 529 720 570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.50% 14.69% 13.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 434 300
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £200 £200 £170
90th Percentile £550 £536 £541
England median daily rate £435 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +2.35% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 45 39
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.05 £18.78 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.51% +17.34% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.44 £12.20 £10.45
90th Percentile £43.75 £33.33 £72.50
England median hourly rate £19.69 £20.00 £19.90
% change year-on-year -1.58% +0.50% -20.40%

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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 May 2019.

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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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 May 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 May 2019. 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
Warwickshire +4 12 £525 +7.69%
Birmingham +6 5 £375 +11.11% 5
Coventry - 4 £450 -
Dudley -9 3 £250 +25.00%
Solihull -11 2 £400 -
Shropshire -21 2 £445 -
Halesowen - 2 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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 (77.14%) Cisco
2 17 (48.57%) WAN
3 16 (45.71%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (42.86%) VPN
5 14 (40.00%) LAN
5 14 (40.00%) Firewall
6 13 (37.14%) CCNP
7 12 (34.29%) Network Design
8 11 (31.43%) CCNA
8 11 (31.43%) ITIL
8 11 (31.43%) Windows
9 10 (28.57%) Network Security
9 10 (28.57%) Migration
10 9 (25.71%) Oracle
10 9 (25.71%) CheckPoint
10 9 (25.71%) BGP
11 8 (22.86%) OSPF
12 7 (20.00%) Juniper
12 7 (20.00%) VLAN
12 7 (20.00%) Fortinet
12 7 (20.00%) F5
12 7 (20.00%) Data Centre
13 6 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
13 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
13 6 (17.14%) CISSP
13 6 (17.14%) Nokia
14 5 (14.29%) EIGRP
14 5 (14.29%) SAN
14 5 (14.29%) Internet
14 5 (14.29%) Unix

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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 2 (5.71%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (11.43%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.86%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 17 (48.57%) WAN
2 15 (42.86%) VPN
3 14 (40.00%) Firewall
3 14 (40.00%) LAN
4 10 (28.57%) Network Security
5 9 (25.71%) BGP
6 8 (22.86%) OSPF
7 7 (20.00%) VLAN
8 5 (14.29%) EIGRP
8 5 (14.29%) Internet
8 5 (14.29%) IPsec
8 5 (14.29%) NX-OS
8 5 (14.29%) SAN
8 5 (14.29%) SNMP
9 4 (11.43%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 4 (11.43%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 3 (8.57%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (8.57%) Wireless
11 2 (5.71%) Reverse Proxy
11 2 (5.71%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.71%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.86%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Jenkins
General
1 3 (8.57%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.86%) Military
2 1 (2.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Network Engineer
2 11 (31.43%) Architect
3 5 (14.29%) Security Architect
4 4 (11.43%) Network Architect
5 3 (8.57%) Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) Consultant
5 3 (8.57%) IP Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) Network Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Cisco Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Data Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Data Centre Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Implementation Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (5.71%) Network Implementation Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Network Implementation Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Project Coordinator
6 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Security Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) WAP
2 1 (2.86%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 6 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (11.43%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.71%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (5.71%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (5.71%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.86%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 11 (31.43%) Windows
2 5 (14.29%) Unix
3 4 (11.43%) HPUX
3 4 (11.43%) Windows Server
4 3 (8.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (34.29%) Network Design
2 11 (31.43%) ITIL
3 10 (28.57%) Migration
4 5 (14.29%) Coaching
4 5 (14.29%) Data Protection
4 5 (14.29%) Information Security
4 5 (14.29%) Load Balancing
4 5 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
4 5 (14.29%) Security Architecture
4 5 (14.29%) Service Management
5 4 (11.43%) Cybersecurity
5 4 (11.43%) Data Loss Prevention
5 4 (11.43%) Document Management
5 4 (11.43%) Identity Management
5 4 (11.43%) Information Governance
5 4 (11.43%) Risk Management
5 4 (11.43%) SDLC
5 4 (11.43%) Security Hardening
5 4 (11.43%) Service Delivery
5 4 (11.43%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.29%) Perl
2 4 (11.43%) PowerShell
2 4 (11.43%) Python
3 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (45.71%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (37.14%) CCNP
3 11 (31.43%) CCNA
4 6 (17.14%) CISSP
5 5 (14.29%) SANS
6 4 (11.43%) Degree
7 3 (8.57%) CCIE
7 3 (8.57%) MCSA
7 3 (8.57%) MCSE
7 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
7 3 (8.57%) Security Cleared
8 2 (5.71%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (5.71%) JNCIP
9 1 (2.86%) BC Cleared
9 1 (2.86%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (2.86%) CCIE Service Provider
9 1 (2.86%) ISSAP
9 1 (2.86%) JNCIA
9 1 (2.86%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.43%) GDPR
1 4 (11.43%) SLA
2 1 (2.86%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (8.57%) Active Directory
1 3 (8.57%) Virtual Servers
1 3 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (8.57%) vSphere
2 1 (2.86%) Docker
2 1 (2.86%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (2.86%) Ansible
1 1 (2.86%) Kubernetes
1 1 (2.86%) Nagios
1 1 (2.86%) Nessus
1 1 (2.86%) Nmap
1 1 (2.86%) OpenNMS
1 1 (2.86%) RANCID
Vendors
1 27 (77.14%) Cisco
2 9 (25.71%) CheckPoint
2 9 (25.71%) Oracle
3 7 (20.00%) F5
3 7 (20.00%) Fortinet
3 7 (20.00%) Juniper
4 6 (17.14%) Nokia
5 4 (11.43%) Blue Coat
5 4 (11.43%) Citrix
5 4 (11.43%) McAfee
5 4 (11.43%) Palo Alto
6 3 (8.57%) NetApp
6 3 (8.57%) VMware
7 2 (5.71%) Dell
7 2 (5.71%) IBM
7 2 (5.71%) Infoblox
8 1 (2.86%) BMC
8 1 (2.86%) CenturyLink
8 1 (2.86%) Meraki
8 1 (2.86%) SolarWinds