Period
to 26 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 26 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 383 368 404
Rank change year-on-year -15 +36 -100
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 968 1,320 1,354
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.87% 0.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.24% 5.79% 5.08%
Number of salaries quoted 738 1,157 1,071
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,550 £32,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £49,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year -8.16% +3.16% -

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 18,470 22,795 26,678
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.00% 15.06% 15.21%
Number of salaries quoted 14,560 17,838 21,545
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £76,525 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MPLS.

Salary trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

Salary histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the UK over the 6 months to 26 February 2020. 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
England -10 921 £52,500 - 140
UK excluding London -26 521 £45,000 -8.16% 98
London +19 415 £60,000 - 48
South East +22 222 £55,000 +4.76% 26
North of England -5 127 £40,000 - 35
North West +17 65 £39,000 - 18
Midlands -27 58 £40,000 -11.11% 17
Yorkshire +4 52 £45,000 -5.26% 16
East of England +13 49 £42,500 -29.17% 6
South West +5 44 £45,000 - 8
East Midlands +32 30 £40,000 -16.67% 5
West Midlands -37 28 £52,500 +16.67% 12
Scotland +17 16 £33,000 -47.20% 1
North East +18 10 £37,000 +13.85% 1
Wales -15 4 - - 5
Northern Ireland - 1 £36,000 -

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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 with a requirement for MPLS.

1 638 (65.91%) Cisco
2 555 (57.33%) Cisco Certification
3 553 (57.13%) Firewall
4 546 (56.40%) WAN
5 453 (46.80%) BGP
6 411 (42.46%) CCNP
7 406 (41.94%) LAN
8 351 (36.26%) OSPF
9 322 (33.26%) VPN
10 300 (30.99%) Juniper
11 254 (26.24%) Data Centre
12 251 (25.93%) CCNA
13 211 (21.80%) Internet
14 210 (21.69%) Wireless
15 184 (19.01%) Network Design
16 180 (18.60%) ITIL
17 179 (18.49%) Azure
18 173 (17.87%) TCP/IP
18 173 (17.87%) Telecoms
19 168 (17.36%) Microsoft
20 150 (15.50%) VMware
20 150 (15.50%) Palo Alto
21 147 (15.19%) Degree
22 144 (14.88%) Windows
23 143 (14.77%) VLAN
24 141 (14.57%) CCIE
25 137 (14.15%) Ethernet
25 137 (14.15%) IPsec
25 137 (14.15%) Network Security
26 136 (14.05%) DNS

MPLS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 42 (4.34%) Skype for Business
2 27 (2.79%) IIS
3 17 (1.76%) MS Exchange
3 17 (1.76%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.55%) Confluence
5 10 (1.03%) OpenStack
6 7 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (0.72%) JBoss
7 5 (0.52%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.41%) Apache
8 4 (0.41%) nginx
9 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.10%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.10%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.10%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 30 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.86%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 14 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.41%) Gephi
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 9 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.41%) assyst
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 179 (18.49%) Azure
2 131 (13.53%) Office 365
3 113 (11.67%) AWS
4 32 (3.31%) IaaS
5 28 (2.89%) SaaS
6 27 (2.79%) G Suite
7 13 (1.34%) PaaS
8 12 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (1.14%) OpenShift
10 7 (0.72%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (0.52%) GitHub
11 5 (0.52%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.31%) GCP
13 2 (0.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 2 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.21%) Route 53
14 1 (0.10%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 553 (57.13%) Firewall
2 546 (56.40%) WAN
3 453 (46.80%) BGP
4 406 (41.94%) LAN
5 351 (36.26%) OSPF
6 322 (33.26%) VPN
7 211 (21.80%) Internet
8 210 (21.69%) Wireless
9 173 (17.87%) TCP/IP
10 143 (14.77%) VLAN
11 137 (14.15%) Ethernet
11 137 (14.15%) IPsec
11 137 (14.15%) Network Security
12 136 (14.05%) DNS
13 134 (13.84%) Wi-Fi
14 130 (13.43%) Cisco ASA
14 130 (13.43%) VoIP
15 110 (11.36%) DHCP
16 93 (9.61%) VPLS
17 82 (8.47%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (3.20%) Blockchain
2 29 (3.00%) SQL Server
3 10 (1.03%) Big Data
4 6 (0.62%) MySQL
5 5 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (0.52%) Apache Hive
5 5 (0.52%) Impala
6 2 (0.21%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.21%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.21%) DB2
Development Applications
1 30 (3.10%) Git (software)
2 17 (1.76%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 13 (1.34%) JIRA
4 10 (1.03%) Fiddler
4 10 (1.03%) Postman
4 10 (1.03%) Selenium
4 10 (1.03%) SpecFlow
4 10 (1.03%) Subversion
5 6 (0.62%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.41%) GitLab
7 3 (0.31%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.31%) Bitbucket Server
7 3 (0.31%) git-flow
8 2 (0.21%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.10%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.10%) Zephyr
General
1 173 (17.87%) Telecoms
2 108 (11.16%) Finance
3 37 (3.82%) Banking
3 37 (3.82%) Retail
4 19 (1.96%) Legal
5 16 (1.65%) French Language
6 12 (1.24%) Law
6 12 (1.24%) Public Sector
7 11 (1.14%) Advertising
7 11 (1.14%) German Language
7 11 (1.14%) Italian Language
8 10 (1.03%) Japanese Language
9 8 (0.83%) Aerospace
9 8 (0.83%) Marketing
10 5 (0.52%) Local Government
11 3 (0.31%) Automotive
11 3 (0.31%) Games
11 3 (0.31%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.21%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 518 (53.51%) Network Engineer
2 144 (14.88%) Senior Network Engineer
3 85 (8.78%) Cisco Engineer
4 81 (8.37%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 81 (8.37%) Consultant
5 77 (7.95%) Architect
6 51 (5.27%) IP Engineer
7 50 (5.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 50 (5.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 41 (4.24%) IT Manager
9 40 (4.13%) Network Architect
10 38 (3.93%) Core Network Engineer
10 38 (3.93%) IP Network Engineer
10 38 (3.93%) Juniper Engineer
11 33 (3.41%) Network Consultant
12 32 (3.31%) Solutions Architect
13 31 (3.20%) IT Consultant
14 30 (3.10%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
14 30 (3.10%) Analyst
14 30 (3.10%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (3.51%) 802.1X
2 8 (0.83%) JSON
2 8 (0.83%) YAML
3 7 (0.72%) Jinja
4 5 (0.52%) Elastic Stack
4 5 (0.52%) Kafka
5 4 (0.41%) jQuery
5 4 (0.41%) RESTful
6 3 (0.31%) REST
6 3 (0.31%) Web Services
7 2 (0.21%) gRPC
7 2 (0.21%) RFC 2544
7 2 (0.21%) XMPP
8 1 (0.10%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.10%) LDAP
8 1 (0.10%) libvirt
Miscellaneous
1 254 (26.24%) Data Centre
2 101 (10.43%) Self-Motivation
3 58 (5.99%) Management Information System
4 56 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
5 45 (4.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 43 (4.44%) Public Cloud
7 29 (3.00%) Driving Licence
7 29 (3.00%) Internet of Things
8 19 (1.96%) Hybrid Cloud
8 19 (1.96%) PKI
8 19 (1.96%) Private Cloud
9 16 (1.65%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (1.45%) Robotics
11 11 (1.14%) CCTV
11 11 (1.14%) Fibre Optics
12 9 (0.93%) IVR
12 9 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (0.83%) Clustering
13 8 (0.83%) Replication
14 7 (0.72%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 144 (14.88%) Windows
2 115 (11.88%) Linux
3 96 (9.92%) Windows Server
4 53 (5.48%) Unix
5 41 (4.24%) Windows 10
6 25 (2.58%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (0.72%) Solaris
9 7 (0.72%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.72%) Windows 8
9 7 (0.72%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.21%) HPUX
13 1 (0.10%) CatOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (19.01%) Network Design
2 180 (18.60%) ITIL
3 131 (13.53%) Problem-Solving
4 89 (9.19%) Presales
5 80 (8.26%) Load Balancing
6 79 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
7 71 (7.33%) Project Management
8 69 (7.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 66 (6.82%) Network Architecture
10 62 (6.40%) WAN Optimisation
11 60 (6.20%) Network Monitoring
12 59 (6.10%) Kalman Filter
13 57 (5.89%) Cybersecurity
14 54 (5.58%) Change Management
14 54 (5.58%) Configuration Management
15 53 (5.48%) IT Strategy
16 52 (5.37%) Customer Requirements
17 50 (5.17%) Service Management
18 48 (4.96%) Network Management
18 48 (4.96%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 60 (6.20%) Python
2 31 (3.20%) SQL
3 28 (2.89%) PowerShell
4 25 (2.58%) C
5 16 (1.65%) Bash Shell
6 12 (1.24%) Perl
7 10 (1.03%) C#
8 7 (0.72%) PHP
8 7 (0.72%) VBScript
9 6 (0.62%) C++
9 6 (0.62%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.52%) R
11 4 (0.41%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.31%) Java
13 1 (0.10%) Go
13 1 (0.10%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 555 (57.33%) Cisco Certification
2 411 (42.46%) CCNP
3 251 (25.93%) CCNA
4 147 (15.19%) Degree
5 141 (14.57%) CCIE
6 94 (9.71%) JNCIA
7 69 (7.13%) JNCIP
8 68 (7.02%) Security Cleared
9 64 (6.61%) CCDP
10 55 (5.68%) JNCIS
11 45 (4.65%) Microsoft Certification
12 38 (3.93%) SC Cleared
13 31 (3.20%) MCSE
14 29 (3.00%) DBS Check
15 28 (2.89%) JNCIE
16 19 (1.96%) CCDA
17 18 (1.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 14 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
18 14 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
19 13 (1.34%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (5.48%) SLA
2 29 (3.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.76%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.45%) QA
5 9 (0.93%) GDPR
6 6 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.21%) NIST
8 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.10%) PMO
System Software
1 120 (12.40%) Active Directory
2 103 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (5.58%) Hyper-V
4 38 (3.93%) vSphere
5 32 (3.31%) XenApp
6 24 (2.48%) Docker
7 17 (1.76%) VMware NSX
8 15 (1.55%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.03%) Terminal Services
9 10 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (0.93%) XenDesktop
11 8 (0.83%) Firmware
12 6 (0.62%) iptables
12 6 (0.62%) NFS
13 5 (0.52%) Apache Flume
14 4 (0.41%) Corosync
14 4 (0.41%) FreeRADIUS
14 4 (0.41%) Postfix
14 4 (0.41%) vCloud
14 4 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (5.27%) Ansible
2 43 (4.44%) FortiGate
3 29 (3.00%) Cisco CUCM
4 28 (2.89%) Cisco Prime
5 19 (1.96%) Kubernetes
5 19 (1.96%) SolarWinds Orion
6 16 (1.65%) SCCM
7 10 (1.03%) Salt
7 10 (1.03%) WSUS
8 9 (0.93%) BMC PATROL
8 9 (0.93%) Cisco UCCX
8 9 (0.93%) Puppet
8 9 (0.93%) vCenter Server
9 8 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
10 7 (0.72%) Nagios
11 6 (0.62%) Kibana
11 6 (0.62%) Observium
12 5 (0.52%) Oozie
13 4 (0.41%) HAProxy
13 4 (0.41%) Pacemaker
Vendors
1 638 (65.91%) Cisco
2 300 (30.99%) Juniper
3 168 (17.36%) Microsoft
4 150 (15.50%) Palo Alto
4 150 (15.50%) VMware
5 105 (10.85%) CheckPoint
6 103 (10.64%) F5
7 88 (9.09%) Citrix
8 79 (8.16%) Meraki
9 78 (8.06%) SolarWinds
10 72 (7.44%) Fortinet
11 69 (7.13%) HP
12 52 (5.37%) Huawei
13 32 (3.31%) Forcepoint
13 32 (3.31%) Google
14 29 (3.00%) Arista
14 29 (3.00%) Aruba
15 27 (2.79%) Veeam
16 26 (2.69%) Nokia
17 25 (2.58%) Sophos