Period
to 26 April 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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 158 168
Rank change year-on-year +28 +10 -36
Contract jobs citing MPLS 57 19 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.18% 0.42% 0.49%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.10% 3.24% 4.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 14 12
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £360 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% -20.00% +38.46%
10th Percentile £200 £268 £425
90th Percentile £550 £485 £475
England median daily rate £439 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +9.69% - +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.50 - -
England median hourly rate £32.50 £29.61 £43.00
% change year-on-year +9.76% -31.14% +29.32%

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 704 587 619
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.55% 12.95% 11.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 300 296
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £200 £177 £182
90th Percentile £550 £550 £500
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 34 35
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +3.45% -44.23%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.08 £10.73
90th Percentile £43.35 £38.35 £38.10
England median hourly rate £19.51 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -9.26% -14.00% +13.64%

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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 26 April 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 26 April 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 - 19 - - 2
Warwickshire - 18 £488 - 1
Birmingham -18 7 £338 +8.00% 3
Dudley - 6 £200 -
Shropshire -12 4 £440 -3.03%
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
Wolverhampton - 1 - - 1
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England

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 (71.93%) VLAN
2 34 (59.65%) VPN
3 30 (52.63%) Firewall
4 26 (45.61%) BGP
5 25 (43.86%) WAN
6 24 (42.11%) SC Cleared
6 24 (42.11%) Security Cleared
7 22 (38.60%) Network Design
7 22 (38.60%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (38.60%) LAN
8 18 (31.58%) Cisco
8 18 (31.58%) Network Security
9 17 (29.82%) Security Architecture
9 17 (29.82%) SIEM
9 17 (29.82%) SNMP
9 17 (29.82%) Juniper
9 17 (29.82%) CCNP
9 17 (29.82%) ITIL
9 17 (29.82%) Identity Management
9 17 (29.82%) Data Protection
9 17 (29.82%) Data Loss Prevention
9 17 (29.82%) GDPR
10 16 (28.07%) Management Information System
10 16 (28.07%) CCNA
11 15 (26.32%) SDH
11 15 (26.32%) Information Governance
12 14 (24.56%) Cybersecurity
12 14 (24.56%) Python
12 14 (24.56%) Perl
12 14 (24.56%) Windows

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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 1 (1.75%) Apache
1 1 (1.75%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 7 (12.28%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (12.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.75%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 41 (71.93%) VLAN
2 34 (59.65%) VPN
3 30 (52.63%) Firewall
4 26 (45.61%) BGP
5 25 (43.86%) WAN
6 22 (38.60%) LAN
7 18 (31.58%) Network Security
8 17 (29.82%) SNMP
9 15 (26.32%) SDH
10 14 (24.56%) X.21
11 13 (22.81%) Ethernet
11 13 (22.81%) VPLS
12 12 (21.05%) KiloStream
12 12 (21.05%) MegaStream
12 12 (21.05%) SAN
13 11 (19.30%) Wireless
14 8 (14.04%) Internet
15 7 (12.28%) Cisco ASA
15 7 (12.28%) RSVP
16 6 (10.53%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.77%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (3.51%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.75%) Finance
Job Titles
1 25 (43.86%) Network Engineer
2 17 (29.82%) Architect
2 17 (29.82%) Security Architect
3 15 (26.32%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 9 (15.79%) Network Support
5 8 (14.04%) Network Support Engineer
5 8 (14.04%) Support Engineer
6 7 (12.28%) Analyst
6 7 (12.28%) Network Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Juniper Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Network Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Network Support
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Network Support Engineer
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Support Engineer
8 2 (3.51%) AWS Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Azure Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Cloud Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Firewall Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Network Design Architect
8 2 (3.51%) TOGAF Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.75%) LAMP
1 1 (1.75%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (28.07%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.51%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.75%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.75%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.75%) Replication
3 1 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 14 (24.56%) Windows
2 13 (22.81%) Unix
3 2 (3.51%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (38.60%) Network Design
2 17 (29.82%) Data Loss Prevention
2 17 (29.82%) Data Protection
2 17 (29.82%) Identity Management
2 17 (29.82%) ITIL
2 17 (29.82%) Security Architecture
2 17 (29.82%) SIEM
3 15 (26.32%) Information Governance
4 14 (24.56%) Cybersecurity
4 14 (24.56%) Information Security
4 14 (24.56%) Service Delivery
5 12 (21.05%) SDLC
5 12 (21.05%) Security Hardening
6 11 (19.30%) Risk Management
7 8 (14.04%) Network Management
8 6 (10.53%) Performance Metrics
9 5 (8.77%) Coaching
10 4 (7.02%) Network Packet Analysis
10 4 (7.02%) Root Cause Analysis
10 4 (7.02%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 14 (24.56%) Perl
1 14 (24.56%) PowerShell
1 14 (24.56%) Python
Qualifications
1 24 (42.11%) SC Cleared
1 24 (42.11%) Security Cleared
2 22 (38.60%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (29.82%) CCNP
4 16 (28.07%) CCNA
5 14 (24.56%) CISSP
6 12 (21.05%) SANS
7 10 (17.54%) Degree
8 7 (12.28%) DV Cleared
9 5 (8.77%) JNCIA
9 5 (8.77%) JNCIP
9 5 (8.77%) JNCIS
10 1 (1.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (29.82%) GDPR
2 1 (1.75%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (7.02%) FortiGate
2 1 (1.75%) Nessus
2 1 (1.75%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 18 (31.58%) Cisco
2 17 (29.82%) Juniper
3 12 (21.05%) Oracle
4 6 (10.53%) F5
5 5 (8.77%) Aruba
5 5 (8.77%) CheckPoint
5 5 (8.77%) Fortinet
5 5 (8.77%) HP
5 5 (8.77%) IBM
6 4 (7.02%) Blue Coat
6 4 (7.02%) BMC
6 4 (7.02%) McAfee
7 2 (3.51%) Capita
7 2 (3.51%) Motorola
8 1 (1.75%) Microsoft
8 1 (1.75%) WorldPay