Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 120 170 136
Rank change year-on-year +50 -34 +1
Contract jobs citing MPLS 61 28 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.32% 0.52% 0.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.20% 3.82% 8.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 13 18
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £360 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -12.73% +50.00%
10th Percentile £280 £268 £236
90th Percentile £489 £431 £488
England median daily rate £413 £393 £413
% change year-on-year +5.10% -4.85% +16.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.95 - -
England median hourly rate £13.95 £29.61 £45.00
% change year-on-year -52.88% -34.20% +109.30%

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 744 733 591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.06% 13.50% 11.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 367 297
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £156 £200 £181
90th Percentile £508 £540 £500
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 28 54
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.31 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +102.07% -14.29% -25.53%
10th Percentile £12.55 £10.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £44.95 £38.08 £41.38
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +7.61%

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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 January 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 21 January 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
Warwickshire - 11 £475 -
Dudley - 9 £350 - 1
Shropshire +18 8 £420 -7.44% 1
Birmingham -9 8 £275 -12.00% 2
Solihull +2 6 - - 8
Worcestershire - 3 - - 2
Wolverhampton - 2 - -
Herefordshire - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £463 -
Walsall - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 £175 -
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England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 44 (72.13%) WAN
2 42 (68.85%) Firewall
3 41 (67.21%) VPN
4 40 (65.57%) Cisco
5 39 (63.93%) Cisco Certification
6 31 (50.82%) LAN
7 24 (39.34%) CCNP
8 20 (32.79%) Fortinet
9 19 (31.15%) VLAN
9 19 (31.15%) Cisco Nexus
10 17 (27.87%) Network Security
10 17 (27.87%) Cisco ASA
10 17 (27.87%) Wireless
10 17 (27.87%) CCIE
11 15 (24.59%) ITIL
11 15 (24.59%) F5
12 14 (22.95%) Data Centre
12 14 (22.95%) Internet
12 14 (22.95%) Service Delivery
13 13 (21.31%) Management Information System
13 13 (21.31%) Network Design
14 12 (19.67%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (19.67%) Validation
14 12 (19.67%) BGP
14 12 (19.67%) Amazon AWS
15 11 (18.03%) Coaching
15 11 (18.03%) OSPF
15 11 (18.03%) CheckPoint
15 11 (18.03%) Blue Coat
16 10 (16.39%) Intrusion Detection

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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 (6.56%) Apache
2 1 (1.64%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (3.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.67%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (16.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.92%) Akamai
3 3 (4.92%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 44 (72.13%) WAN
2 42 (68.85%) Firewall
3 41 (67.21%) VPN
4 31 (50.82%) LAN
5 19 (31.15%) Cisco Nexus
5 19 (31.15%) VLAN
6 17 (27.87%) Cisco ASA
6 17 (27.87%) Network Security
6 17 (27.87%) Wireless
7 14 (22.95%) Internet
8 12 (19.67%) BGP
8 12 (19.67%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (18.03%) OSPF
10 10 (16.39%) DHCP
10 10 (16.39%) Intrusion Detection
10 10 (16.39%) VoIP
11 8 (13.11%) HSRP
11 8 (13.11%) IOS XR
11 8 (13.11%) NX-OS
12 7 (11.48%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (6.56%) Metasploit
General
1 5 (8.20%) Telecoms
2 4 (6.56%) Finance
3 1 (1.64%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 29 (47.54%) Network Engineer
2 13 (21.31%) Architect
3 8 (13.11%) Cisco Engineer
3 8 (13.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) Security Architect
5 6 (9.84%) Network Specialist
5 6 (9.84%) Senior Network Engineer
5 6 (9.84%) Technical Specialist
6 5 (8.20%) Network Support
7 4 (6.56%) Network Architect
7 4 (6.56%) Presales Solution Architect
7 4 (6.56%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (4.92%) Cisco Network Specialist
8 3 (4.92%) Cisco Specialist
8 3 (4.92%) Senior Cisco Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Network Support Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Security Engineer
9 2 (3.28%) Senior Network Support
9 2 (3.28%) Senior Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.20%) LDAP
2 4 (6.56%) LAMP
3 3 (4.92%) WAP
4 1 (1.64%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 14 (22.95%) Data Centre
2 13 (21.31%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.56%) PKI
4 3 (4.92%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.64%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 9 (14.75%) Unix
2 7 (11.48%) Windows
3 1 (1.64%) Linux
3 1 (1.64%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (24.59%) ITIL
2 14 (22.95%) Service Delivery
3 13 (21.31%) Network Design
4 12 (19.67%) Validation
5 11 (18.03%) Coaching
6 10 (16.39%) SIEM
7 9 (14.75%) Load Balancing
7 9 (14.75%) Network Management
7 9 (14.75%) Performance Metrics
7 9 (14.75%) Security Architecture
7 9 (14.75%) Service Management
7 9 (14.75%) Statistics
8 8 (13.11%) Network Load Balancing
8 8 (13.11%) Network Packet Analysis
8 8 (13.11%) Root Cause Analysis
8 8 (13.11%) WAN Optimisation
9 7 (11.48%) Data Loss Prevention
9 7 (11.48%) Data Protection
9 7 (11.48%) ITIL V3
9 7 (11.48%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (9.84%) Perl
1 6 (9.84%) PowerShell
1 6 (9.84%) Python
2 4 (6.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (63.93%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (39.34%) CCNP
3 17 (27.87%) CCIE
4 10 (16.39%) CCNA
4 10 (16.39%) CISSP
5 8 (13.11%) SC Cleared
5 8 (13.11%) Security Cleared
6 5 (8.20%) Degree
6 5 (8.20%) SANS
7 4 (6.56%) Check Point Certification
8 1 (1.64%) DV Cleared
8 1 (1.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.48%) GDPR
2 1 (1.64%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (6.56%) iptables
1 4 (6.56%) Postfix
1 4 (6.56%) Samba
1 4 (6.56%) Squid
2 2 (3.28%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (8.20%) FortiGate
2 4 (6.56%) Cisco UCCX
2 4 (6.56%) Nessus
2 4 (6.56%) Nmap
3 3 (4.92%) Nagios
3 3 (4.92%) SCOM
Vendors
1 40 (65.57%) Cisco
2 20 (32.79%) Fortinet
3 15 (24.59%) F5
4 11 (18.03%) Blue Coat
4 11 (18.03%) CheckPoint
5 10 (16.39%) HP
6 8 (13.11%) BMC
6 8 (13.11%) IBM
6 8 (13.11%) McAfee
7 7 (11.48%) Aruba
8 6 (9.84%) Microsoft
8 6 (9.84%) Palo Alto
9 5 (8.20%) Oracle
10 4 (6.56%) NEC
11 3 (4.92%) AppDynamics
11 3 (4.92%) Infoblox
11 3 (4.92%) Juniper
11 3 (4.92%) SolarWinds
12 2 (3.28%) Capita
12 2 (3.28%) Sourcefire