Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 129 170 134
Rank change year-on-year +41 -36 +52
Contract jobs citing MPLS 40 38 53
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.02% 0.75% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.60% 5.94% 7.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 23 23
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -3.23%
10th Percentile £305 £263 £283
90th Percentile £509 £515 £445
England median daily rate £420 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +1.82% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £27.00 £18.75 £13.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.00% +34.38% -
10th Percentile £20.20 £14.25 £12.86
90th Percentile £33.40 £25.65 £17.30
England median hourly rate £27.00 £29.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -6.90% +114.81% -71.88%

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 606 640 736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.50% 12.61% 15.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 373 434
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.64% +4.00% -1.64%
10th Percentile £210 £183 £160
90th Percentile £588 £533 £500
England median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 39 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% -5.41% -13.95%
10th Percentile £12.35 £10.86 £10.55
90th Percentile £47.88 £33.00 £44.95
England median hourly rate £25.68 £19.69 £19.00
% change year-on-year +30.40% +3.64% -15.56%

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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 12 November 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 12 November 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 12 November 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
Birmingham +13 17 £405 +31.71% 4
Solihull +9 7 £350 - 1
Warwickshire +2 7 £500 -2.44% 2
Shropshire +51 3 £375 -21.26%
Coventry +13 2 £500 - 1
Herefordshire +11 2 £400 +6.67%
Walsall - 1 - -
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England

For the 6 months to 12 November 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 23 (57.50%) Cisco
2 21 (52.50%) Juniper
2 21 (52.50%) WAN
3 19 (47.50%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (45.00%) BGP
5 17 (42.50%) LAN
6 16 (40.00%) CCNP
6 16 (40.00%) Firewall
7 15 (37.50%) VPN
8 11 (27.50%) CheckPoint
9 9 (22.50%) Internet
9 9 (22.50%) OSPF
9 9 (22.50%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (22.50%) IPsec
9 9 (22.50%) CCNA
9 9 (22.50%) Security Cleared
10 8 (20.00%) Riverbed
10 8 (20.00%) Network Management
10 8 (20.00%) Network Design
10 8 (20.00%) Wireless
10 8 (20.00%) NetScaler
10 8 (20.00%) Palo Alto
11 7 (17.50%) PKI
11 7 (17.50%) Fortinet
12 6 (15.00%) Network Security
12 6 (15.00%) Cybersecurity
13 5 (12.50%) Unified Communications
13 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
13 5 (12.50%) CCTV
13 5 (12.50%) Cisco IOS

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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 2 (5.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.00%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (52.50%) WAN
2 18 (45.00%) BGP
3 17 (42.50%) LAN
4 16 (40.00%) Firewall
5 15 (37.50%) VPN
6 9 (22.50%) Internet
6 9 (22.50%) IPsec
6 9 (22.50%) OSPF
6 9 (22.50%) Wi-Fi
7 8 (20.00%) NetScaler
7 8 (20.00%) Wireless
8 6 (15.00%) Network Security
9 5 (12.50%) Cisco IOS
9 5 (12.50%) Unified Communications
10 4 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (10.00%) EIGRP
10 4 (10.00%) WLAN
11 3 (7.50%) Cisco Nexus
11 3 (7.50%) VoIP
12 2 (5.00%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
1 1 (2.50%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 5 (12.50%) Telecoms
2 3 (7.50%) Finance
3 1 (2.50%) Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Legal
3 1 (2.50%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 22 (55.00%) Network Engineer
2 7 (17.50%) Architect
2 7 (17.50%) Network Support
2 7 (17.50%) Network Support Engineer
2 7 (17.50%) Support Engineer
3 6 (15.00%) Network Manager
4 5 (12.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 5 (12.50%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
4 5 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
4 5 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 5 (12.50%) WAN Engineer
5 4 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (10.00%) Network Architect
5 4 (10.00%) Senior Manager
5 4 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) Cisco Network Support Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) Cisco Support
6 3 (7.50%) Cisco Support Engineer
6 3 (7.50%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.50%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.50%) PKI
2 5 (12.50%) CCTV
2 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
3 3 (7.50%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.00%) User Experience
4 2 (5.00%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.50%) Unix
2 3 (7.50%) FreeBSD
3 2 (5.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (20.00%) Network Design
1 8 (20.00%) Network Management
2 6 (15.00%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (12.50%) Network Architecture
4 4 (10.00%) Document Management
4 4 (10.00%) Service Management
5 3 (7.50%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (7.50%) Data Loss Prevention
5 3 (7.50%) Integration Testing
5 3 (7.50%) Network Load Balancing
5 3 (7.50%) Technical Leadership
6 2 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (5.00%) Communications Security
6 2 (5.00%) Data Protection
6 2 (5.00%) Mobile Device Management
6 2 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (5.00%) Project Delivery
6 2 (5.00%) Security Hardening
6 2 (5.00%) System Integration Testing
6 2 (5.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.00%) C
2 1 (2.50%) Perl
2 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 19 (47.50%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (40.00%) CCNP
3 9 (22.50%) CCNA
3 9 (22.50%) Security Cleared
4 4 (10.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (7.50%) Degree
6 2 (5.00%) CCDP
6 2 (5.00%) CISSP
6 2 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (5.00%) JNCIP
6 2 (5.00%) SANS
7 1 (2.50%) BC Cleared
7 1 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (2.50%) CCIE
7 1 (2.50%) ISTQB
7 1 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (2.50%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.50%) GDPR
1 1 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (5.00%) VMware NSX
2 1 (2.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (2.50%) Nagios
Vendors
1 23 (57.50%) Cisco
2 21 (52.50%) Juniper
3 11 (27.50%) CheckPoint
4 8 (20.00%) Palo Alto
4 8 (20.00%) Riverbed
5 7 (17.50%) Fortinet
6 4 (10.00%) Mitel
7 3 (7.50%) Oracle
7 3 (7.50%) SolarWinds
7 3 (7.50%) VMware
8 2 (5.00%) Meraki
8 2 (5.00%) Microsoft
8 2 (5.00%) Nokia
9 1 (2.50%) Citrix
9 1 (2.50%) Computacenter
9 1 (2.50%) IBM