Period
to 22 September 2019

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 22 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 268 437 339
Rank change year-on-year +169 -98 -23
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 1,701 1,176 1,748
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.22% 0.71% 0.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.79% 4.73% 6.22%
Number of salaries quoted 1,077 1,007 1,457
UK median annual salary £45,000 £52,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.46% +4.00% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £32,400 £31,250
90th Percentile £73,750 £73,750 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -10.53% +5.56% -

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 21,847 24,883 28,103
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.70% 14.94% 15.90%
Number of salaries quoted 16,551 19,776 22,817
UK median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,750 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 22 September 2019.

Salary histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 17 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 22 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +170 1,657 £45,000 -14.29% 178
UK excluding London +197 1,210 £42,500 -10.53% 118
North of England +223 725 £40,000 -10.11% 30
Yorkshire +193 657 £40,000 -15.79% 7
London +68 467 £55,000 +2.80% 66
South East +58 263 £47,500 -7.32% 48
Midlands -2 99 £52,500 +16.67% 21
West Midlands +19 75 £53,500 +1.90% 8
North West -12 65 £42,000 +5.00% 22
South West +19 51 £40,000 -11.11% 7
East of England +34 48 £55,000 -8.33% 7
East Midlands +4 24 £41,250 -8.33% 13
Scotland -4 11 £57,500 +15.00% 2
Wales +5 6 £40,000 -0.52% 3
Isle of Man - 5 £51,000 -
North East +15 3 £36,500 - 1
Northern Ireland -4 2 £37,500 +7.14% 1

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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 1,297 (76.25%) Cisco Certification
2 1,151 (67.67%) Cisco
3 1,144 (67.25%) CCNP
4 1,109 (65.20%) WAN
5 1,058 (62.20%) Firewall
6 925 (54.38%) CCNA
7 859 (50.50%) BGP
8 799 (46.97%) VPN
9 733 (43.09%) OSPF
10 552 (32.45%) Cisco ASA
11 539 (31.69%) LAN
12 534 (31.39%) Network Design
13 532 (31.28%) Network Security
14 521 (30.63%) DNS
15 462 (27.16%) IPsec
16 461 (27.10%) Fortinet
17 433 (25.46%) Linux
18 421 (24.75%) Palo Alto
19 403 (23.69%) Internet
20 402 (23.63%) Cisco Nexus
21 392 (23.05%) Network Management
22 388 (22.81%) Service Delivery
23 372 (21.87%) FortiGate
24 371 (21.81%) Python
25 366 (21.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
26 353 (20.75%) Change Control
27 352 (20.69%) Unix
27 352 (20.69%) Management Information System
28 349 (20.52%) Nagios
29 346 (20.34%) NetScaler

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
1 105 (6.17%) Skype for Business
2 41 (2.41%) IIS
3 40 (2.35%) MS Exchange
4 37 (2.18%) SharePoint
5 12 (0.71%) Apache
6 7 (0.41%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.41%) Tomcat
7 6 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.12%) Confluence
9 2 (0.12%) JBoss
9 2 (0.12%) Smallworld
9 2 (0.12%) WildFly
10 1 (0.059%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 40 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.23%) MS Visio
3 16 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.41%) Gephi
6 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.059%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.059%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.059%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
1 7 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 7 (0.41%) Q-Pulse
1 7 (0.41%) Sage CRM
2 4 (0.24%) Cisco SocialMiner
3 1 (0.059%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 257 (15.11%) Azure
2 173 (10.17%) AWS
3 154 (9.05%) Office 365
4 34 (2.00%) IaaS
4 34 (2.00%) SaaS
5 24 (1.41%) G Suite
6 21 (1.23%) OpenShift
7 20 (1.18%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 15 (0.88%) PaaS
9 11 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.47%) GCP
11 7 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (0.24%) Mimecast
12 4 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (0.18%) Serverless
14 2 (0.12%) OneDrive
14 2 (0.12%) Power Platform
15 1 (0.059%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 1,109 (65.20%) WAN
2 1,058 (62.20%) Firewall
3 859 (50.50%) BGP
4 799 (46.97%) VPN
5 733 (43.09%) OSPF
6 552 (32.45%) Cisco ASA
7 539 (31.69%) LAN
8 532 (31.28%) Network Security
9 521 (30.63%) DNS
10 462 (27.16%) IPsec
11 403 (23.69%) Internet
12 402 (23.63%) Cisco Nexus
13 346 (20.34%) NetScaler
14 345 (20.28%) RIP
15 340 (19.99%) Broadband
16 339 (19.93%) SMTP
17 325 (19.11%) ADSL
18 252 (14.81%) Wireless
19 203 (11.93%) TCP/IP
20 194 (11.41%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 26 (1.53%) Blockchain
3 24 (1.41%) MySQL
4 8 (0.47%) MongoDB
5 7 (0.41%) Apache Hive
5 7 (0.41%) Big Data
5 7 (0.41%) Impala
5 7 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
5 7 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (0.41%) SQL Server 2017
6 4 (0.24%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.18%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.18%) MariaDB
7 3 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.12%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 16 (0.94%) Git (software)
2 15 (0.88%) Subversion
3 8 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 7 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.18%) Axure RP
5 3 (0.18%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.18%) JIRA
6 2 (0.12%) Fiddler
6 2 (0.12%) Selenium
6 2 (0.12%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.059%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.059%) Visual Studio
General
1 317 (18.64%) Telecoms
2 122 (7.17%) Finance
3 58 (3.41%) Banking
4 53 (3.12%) Public Sector
5 44 (2.59%) Retail
6 20 (1.18%) Aerospace
7 18 (1.06%) Marketing
8 17 (1.00%) Law
9 16 (0.94%) Manufacturing
10 14 (0.82%) French Language
10 14 (0.82%) German Language
10 14 (0.82%) Italian Language
11 9 (0.53%) Back Office
12 8 (0.47%) Legal
12 8 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
13 7 (0.41%) Local Government
14 3 (0.18%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.12%) Electronics
15 2 (0.12%) Games
16 1 (0.059%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,057 (62.14%) Network Engineer
2 296 (17.40%) Cisco Engineer
3 283 (16.64%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 263 (15.46%) Network Security Engineer
4 263 (15.46%) Security Engineer
5 193 (11.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 179 (10.52%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
7 173 (10.17%) Cisco Security Engineer
8 161 (9.47%) Project Engineer
9 128 (7.52%) Senior Network Engineer
10 113 (6.64%) Consultant
11 83 (4.88%) Architect
12 79 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 75 (4.41%) Network Consultant
14 64 (3.76%) Network Architect
15 63 (3.70%) Network Support
16 61 (3.59%) Support Engineer
17 51 (3.00%) Switch Engineer
18 48 (2.82%) Firewall Engineer
18 48 (2.82%) NOC Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (2.59%) 802.1X
2 16 (0.94%) LDAP
3 14 (0.82%) Web Services
4 10 (0.59%) LAMP
5 8 (0.47%) .NET
6 7 (0.41%) Elastic Stack
6 7 (0.41%) Kafka
7 3 (0.18%) LAPP Stack
8 2 (0.12%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.059%) COM
9 1 (0.059%) HTML
9 1 (0.059%) J2EE
9 1 (0.059%) JSON
9 1 (0.059%) Node.js
9 1 (0.059%) REST
9 1 (0.059%) Vue.js
9 1 (0.059%) WebSockets
9 1 (0.059%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 352 (20.69%) Management Information System
2 291 (17.11%) Data Centre
3 74 (4.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 60 (3.53%) Analytical Skills
5 55 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
6 45 (2.65%) Driving Licence
7 31 (1.82%) Public Cloud
8 24 (1.41%) Internet of Things
9 21 (1.23%) Replication
10 20 (1.18%) Clustering
11 15 (0.88%) CCTV
11 15 (0.88%) CMDB
11 15 (0.88%) Private Cloud
12 13 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
13 12 (0.71%) PKI
13 12 (0.71%) User Experience
13 12 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
14 10 (0.59%) BBC
14 10 (0.59%) IPTV
14 10 (0.59%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 433 (25.46%) Linux
2 352 (20.69%) Unix
3 201 (11.82%) Windows
4 153 (8.99%) Windows Server
5 56 (3.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 45 (2.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 41 (2.41%) Windows 10
8 36 (2.12%) CentOS
9 28 (1.65%) Debian
10 24 (1.41%) Solaris
10 24 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (1.18%) CatOS
12 18 (1.06%) Windows 8
13 15 (0.88%) Ubuntu
14 14 (0.82%) Windows 7
15 11 (0.65%) HPUX
15 11 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 10 (0.59%) Android
17 5 (0.29%) Windows XP
18 2 (0.12%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 534 (31.39%) Network Design
2 392 (23.05%) Network Management
3 388 (22.81%) Service Delivery
4 353 (20.75%) Change Control
5 326 (19.17%) Product Management
6 306 (17.99%) Presales
7 230 (13.52%) Validation
8 221 (12.99%) ITIL
9 114 (6.70%) Network Monitoring
10 107 (6.29%) Problem-Solving
11 98 (5.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 93 (5.47%) Cybersecurity
13 92 (5.41%) Service Management
14 90 (5.29%) Network Architecture
15 89 (5.23%) Project Delivery
16 84 (4.94%) Load Balancing
17 76 (4.47%) Project Management
18 71 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
19 64 (3.76%) Change Management
19 64 (3.76%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 371 (21.81%) Python
2 336 (19.75%) Bash Shell
3 318 (18.69%) Perl
4 77 (4.53%) SQL
5 34 (2.00%) PowerShell
6 25 (1.47%) C
7 7 (0.41%) R
8 3 (0.18%) C#
9 2 (0.12%) Java
10 1 (0.059%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.059%) PHP
10 1 (0.059%) Ruby
10 1 (0.059%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,297 (76.25%) Cisco Certification
2 1,144 (67.25%) CCNP
3 925 (54.38%) CCNA
4 187 (10.99%) Degree
5 140 (8.23%) CCIE
6 82 (4.82%) CCDP
7 78 (4.59%) Security Cleared
8 66 (3.88%) JNCIA
8 66 (3.88%) JNCIP
9 62 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 56 (3.29%) JNCIS
11 51 (3.00%) MCSE
12 48 (2.82%) SC Cleared
13 47 (2.76%) JNCIE
14 38 (2.23%) CCDA
15 17 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
15 17 (1.00%) HND
16 16 (0.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 15 (0.88%) CCIE Routing and Switching
17 15 (0.88%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 366 (21.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 339 (19.93%) ISO 9001
3 61 (3.59%) SLA
4 14 (0.82%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.65%) PMO
6 9 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 7 (0.41%) ISO 22301
9 6 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (0.24%) QA
11 3 (0.18%) GDPR
11 3 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.059%) BS7799
12 1 (0.059%) HAZOP
12 1 (0.059%) ISO 31000
12 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 207 (12.17%) vCloud
2 137 (8.05%) Active Directory
3 136 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 68 (4.00%) Hyper-V
5 49 (2.88%) vSphere
6 32 (1.88%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (1.65%) XenApp
8 26 (1.53%) Docker
9 22 (1.29%) XenDesktop
10 15 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
11 12 (0.71%) Terminal Server
12 11 (0.65%) BitLocker
12 11 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (0.59%) DRBD
13 10 (0.59%) Firmware
13 10 (0.59%) GlusterFS
14 9 (0.53%) NFS
15 7 (0.41%) Apache Flume
15 7 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.35%) iptables
Systems Management
1 372 (21.87%) FortiGate
2 349 (20.52%) Nagios
3 43 (2.53%) Cisco Prime
4 42 (2.47%) Cisco CUCM
5 38 (2.23%) SCCM
6 30 (1.76%) Ansible
7 27 (1.59%) vCenter Server
7 27 (1.59%) WSUS
8 25 (1.47%) Kubernetes
9 16 (0.94%) Puppet
9 16 (0.94%) RANCID
10 13 (0.76%) Cacti
10 13 (0.76%) SCOM
11 12 (0.71%) SolarWinds Orion
12 10 (0.59%) Galera Cluster
12 10 (0.59%) ZABBIX
13 9 (0.53%) Nessus
13 9 (0.53%) Observium
14 7 (0.41%) Kibana
14 7 (0.41%) Oozie
Vendors
1 1,151 (67.67%) Cisco
2 461 (27.10%) Fortinet
3 421 (24.75%) Palo Alto
4 330 (19.40%) Juniper
5 203 (11.93%) CheckPoint
6 190 (11.17%) Microsoft
7 184 (10.82%) VMware
8 133 (7.82%) F5
9 130 (7.64%) Meraki
10 111 (6.53%) SolarWinds
11 99 (5.82%) Citrix
12 83 (4.88%) Dell
13 66 (3.88%) HP
14 60 (3.53%) Aruba
15 36 (2.12%) Arista
15 36 (2.12%) Google
16 34 (2.00%) Huawei
16 34 (2.00%) Red Hat
17 29 (1.70%) Veeam
18 28 (1.65%) Forcepoint