Period
to 24 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 6 months to 24 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK > England
6 months to
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 504 323 271
Rank change year-on-year -181 -52 +175
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 528 601 1,719
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.92% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.04% 6.00% 8.17%
Number of salaries quoted 396 480 1,130
10th Percentile £31,038 £29,975 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £39,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +16.67% -14.29%
75th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £75,625 £77,500 £72,525
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +16.67% -14.29%

MPLS is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,073 10,021 21,050
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 13.04% 15.37% 15.74%
Number of salaries quoted 9,192 8,091 16,159
10th Percentile £28,000 £28,500 £26,000
25th Percentile £37,000 £36,250 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median % change year-on-year - +8.70% -3.16%
75th Percentile £67,500 £66,875 £62,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -4.26%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in England

MPLS
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MPLS in England.

Salary trend for MPLS in England

MPLS
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing MPLS in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Salary histogram for MPLS in England

MPLS
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the England region over the 6 months to 24 July 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -187 159 £55,000 -8.33% 32
North of England -70 119 £57,500 +27.78% 33
South East -74 113 £46,250 -22.92% 15
East of England 0 67 £47,500 - 6
Yorkshire -31 63 £60,000 +33.33% 6
North West -62 57 £52,500 +0.41% 24
South West -47 47 £53,750 +26.47% 10
Midlands -89 38 £50,000 -9.09% 10
West Midlands -64 31 £45,000 -14.29% 6
East Midlands -60 8 £57,500 - 4
North East -28 3 £45,000 +20.00% 3
MPLS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 318 (60.23%) Cisco
2 291 (55.11%) Firewall
3 238 (45.08%) WAN
4 224 (42.42%) BGP
5 222 (42.05%) Cisco Certification
6 197 (37.31%) LAN
7 187 (35.42%) OSPF
8 177 (33.52%) VPN
9 161 (30.49%) CCNP
10 147 (27.84%) Juniper
11 145 (27.46%) Data Centre
12 140 (26.52%) Social Skills
13 121 (22.92%) Windows
14 118 (22.35%) Microsoft
15 117 (22.16%) DNS
16 114 (21.59%) Azure
17 113 (21.40%) VLAN
17 113 (21.40%) CCNA
18 110 (20.83%) Internet
19 108 (20.45%) DHCP
20 103 (19.51%) SD-WAN
21 102 (19.32%) Active Directory
22 99 (18.75%) VMware
23 97 (18.37%) Ethernet
24 96 (18.18%) Wireless
25 90 (17.05%) Palo Alto
26 82 (15.53%) Wi-Fi
27 80 (15.15%) Microsoft 365
28 78 (14.77%) Fortinet
29 76 (14.39%) Windows Server

MPLS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 29 (5.49%) SharePoint
2 28 (5.30%) MS Exchange
3 22 (4.17%) IIS
4 18 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (2.46%) OpenStack
6 11 (2.08%) Skype for Business
7 6 (1.14%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
10 1 (0.19%) SAS
Applications
1 13 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.14%) Gephi
2 6 (1.14%) MicroStation
2 6 (1.14%) MS Visio
2 6 (1.14%) Revit
3 4 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.76%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.19%) Relativity
4 1 (0.19%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.19%) ScheduALL
Cloud Services
1 114 (21.59%) Azure
2 80 (15.15%) Microsoft 365
3 60 (11.36%) AWS
4 31 (5.87%) IaaS
5 20 (3.79%) SaaS
6 18 (3.41%) PaaS
7 15 (2.84%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (1.70%) Mimecast
9 7 (1.33%) GCP
9 7 (1.33%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.95%) Cloudflare
10 5 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 3 (0.57%) AWS Direct Connect
13 2 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
14 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.19%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 291 (55.11%) Firewall
2 238 (45.08%) WAN
3 224 (42.42%) BGP
4 197 (37.31%) LAN
5 187 (35.42%) OSPF
6 177 (33.52%) VPN
7 117 (22.16%) DNS
8 113 (21.40%) VLAN
9 110 (20.83%) Internet
10 108 (20.45%) DHCP
11 103 (19.51%) SD-WAN
12 97 (18.37%) Ethernet
13 96 (18.18%) Wireless
14 82 (15.53%) Wi-Fi
15 74 (14.02%) TCP/IP
16 71 (13.45%) IPv6
17 69 (13.07%) Cisco Nexus
18 66 (12.50%) Network Security
19 60 (11.36%) EIGRP
20 56 (10.61%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.60%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.14%) Apache Hive
2 6 (1.14%) Big Data
2 6 (1.14%) Impala
2 6 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
2 6 (1.14%) SQL Server 2019
2 6 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (0.95%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (0.38%) GIS
4 2 (0.38%) RavenDB
5 1 (0.19%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 12 (2.27%) Git (software)
2 10 (1.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 9 (1.70%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (1.33%) JIRA
5 6 (1.14%) Bitbucket
5 6 (1.14%) Bitbucket Server
5 6 (1.14%) git-flow
6 2 (0.38%) GCC
7 1 (0.19%) GitLab
7 1 (0.19%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 140 (26.52%) Social Skills
2 67 (12.69%) Telecoms
3 22 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (2.84%) Public Sector
5 14 (2.65%) Banking
5 14 (2.65%) Finance
5 14 (2.65%) Legal
5 14 (2.65%) Organisational Skills
6 13 (2.46%) Presentation Skills
7 12 (2.27%) Law
8 11 (2.08%) Marketing
9 8 (1.52%) Brand Awareness
10 7 (1.33%) Documentation Skills
10 7 (1.33%) Games
10 7 (1.33%) Influencing Skills
11 6 (1.14%) Local Government
11 6 (1.14%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.76%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 4 (0.76%) Publishing
13 3 (0.57%) Retail
Job Titles
1 201 (38.07%) Network Engineer
2 68 (12.88%) Architect
3 61 (11.55%) Senior Network Engineer
4 51 (9.66%) IP Engineer
5 47 (8.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 41 (7.77%) Cisco Engineer
7 38 (7.20%) Juniper Engineer
8 34 (6.44%) IP Network Engineer
8 34 (6.44%) Network Architect
9 33 (6.25%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 31 (5.87%) IT Engineer
11 30 (5.68%) Systems Engineer
12 28 (5.30%) Analyst
12 28 (5.30%) Core Network Engineer
12 28 (5.30%) Support Engineer
13 25 (4.73%) Chief Systems Engineer
13 25 (4.73%) Consultant
14 19 (3.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 17 (3.22%) Network Consultant
15 17 (3.22%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (10.23%) 802.1X
2 31 (5.87%) RESTful
3 8 (1.52%) Web Services
4 7 (1.33%) REST
5 6 (1.14%) Elastic Stack
5 6 (1.14%) gRPC
5 6 (1.14%) Kafka
5 6 (1.14%) libvirt
6 5 (0.95%) SAML
7 4 (0.76%) JSON
7 4 (0.76%) OAuth
8 3 (0.57%) XML
9 2 (0.38%) MSMQ
9 2 (0.38%) React
10 1 (0.19%) D3.js
10 1 (0.19%) Express
10 1 (0.19%) Flask
10 1 (0.19%) SOAP
10 1 (0.19%) Vue.js
10 1 (0.19%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 145 (27.46%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.49%) Self-Motivation
3 24 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.84%) Public Cloud
5 12 (2.27%) Private Cloud
6 10 (1.89%) Replication
7 9 (1.70%) Driving Licence
8 8 (1.52%) FMCG
9 7 (1.33%) Clustering
10 6 (1.14%) Analytical Mindset
10 6 (1.14%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 6 (1.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 5 (0.95%) Fibre Optics
11 5 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.76%) Podcast
12 4 (0.76%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
13 3 (0.57%) IPTV
13 3 (0.57%) PKI
14 2 (0.38%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 121 (22.92%) Windows
2 76 (14.39%) Windows Server
3 56 (10.61%) Linux
4 35 (6.63%) Windows 10
5 29 (5.49%) Windows Server 2019
6 26 (4.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 16 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (2.84%) Windows Server 2016
9 11 (2.08%) Mac OS X
10 9 (1.70%) Ubuntu
11 8 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.14%) Unix
13 5 (0.95%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.76%) VMS
15 3 (0.57%) CentOS
15 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
16 2 (0.38%) Android
17 1 (0.19%) Data ONTAP
17 1 (0.19%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (14.20%) Presales
2 72 (13.64%) Network Design
3 68 (12.88%) ITIL
4 63 (11.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 50 (9.47%) Problem-Solving
6 49 (9.28%) Network Management
7 37 (7.01%) Network Virtualisation
7 37 (7.01%) Storage Management
8 36 (6.82%) Project Management
9 35 (6.63%) Customer Requirements
10 34 (6.44%) Migration
11 32 (6.06%) Service Delivery
12 30 (5.68%) Disaster Recovery
13 24 (4.55%) Project Delivery
14 23 (4.36%) Mentoring
15 21 (3.98%) Network Monitoring
15 21 (3.98%) Stakeholder Management
16 20 (3.79%) ITIL V3
16 20 (3.79%) Server Management
17 17 (3.22%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 53 (10.04%) Python
2 29 (5.49%) SQL
3 26 (4.92%) PowerShell
4 16 (3.03%) C
5 11 (2.08%) Bash Shell
6 10 (1.89%) Perl
7 6 (1.14%) PHP
7 6 (1.14%) R
8 5 (0.95%) Java
8 5 (0.95%) VB
8 5 (0.95%) VBScript
9 3 (0.57%) Go
10 2 (0.38%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.19%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 222 (42.05%) Cisco Certification
2 161 (30.49%) CCNP
3 113 (21.40%) CCNA
4 52 (9.85%) JNCIA
5 45 (8.52%) CCIE
6 36 (6.82%) JNCIP
7 34 (6.44%) Security Cleared
8 33 (6.25%) Degree
9 26 (4.92%) Microsoft Certification
10 24 (4.55%) SC Cleared
11 23 (4.36%) MCSE
12 17 (3.22%) JNCIE
12 17 (3.22%) JNCIS
13 16 (3.03%) DBS Check
14 15 (2.84%) CCDP
15 14 (2.65%) MCSA
16 11 (2.08%) CCIE Service Provider
17 8 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
18 7 (1.33%) CISSP
18 7 (1.33%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.60%) SLA
2 18 (3.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 5 (0.95%) QA
4 3 (0.57%) GRC
4 3 (0.57%) NIST
4 3 (0.57%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.57%) PMO
5 2 (0.38%) COBIT
5 2 (0.38%) GDPR
5 2 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) HAZOP
System Software
1 102 (19.32%) Active Directory
2 65 (12.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (6.82%) Hyper-V
4 19 (3.60%) XenApp
5 17 (3.22%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.08%) XenDesktop
7 10 (1.89%) VMware NSX
7 10 (1.89%) vSphere
8 7 (1.33%) KVM
9 6 (1.14%) Apache Flume
9 6 (1.14%) Firmware
10 5 (0.95%) FreeRADIUS
11 2 (0.38%) iptables
12 1 (0.19%) Docker
12 1 (0.19%) NLBS
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 25 (4.73%) FortiGate
2 19 (3.60%) Ansible
3 15 (2.84%) Nagios
4 11 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (1.89%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (1.52%) Nmap
6 8 (1.52%) SCCM
7 7 (1.33%) Failover Clustering
7 7 (1.33%) Kubernetes
8 6 (1.14%) Kibana
8 6 (1.14%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (1.14%) Oozie
8 6 (1.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 6 (1.14%) WSUS
8 6 (1.14%) ZABBIX
9 5 (0.95%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 5 (0.95%) vCenter Server
10 4 (0.76%) Grafana
10 4 (0.76%) Icinga
Vendors
1 318 (60.23%) Cisco
2 147 (27.84%) Juniper
3 118 (22.35%) Microsoft
4 99 (18.75%) VMware
5 90 (17.05%) Palo Alto
6 78 (14.77%) Fortinet
7 57 (10.80%) CheckPoint
8 44 (8.33%) Meraki
9 39 (7.39%) Citrix
10 32 (6.06%) SolarWinds
11 29 (5.49%) HP
12 24 (4.55%) Nokia
13 22 (4.17%) F5
14 17 (3.22%) Veeam
15 16 (3.03%) Adobe
16 14 (2.65%) Sophos
17 12 (2.27%) Aruba
17 12 (2.27%) BT
17 12 (2.27%) EMC
18 11 (2.08%) Mitel