Period
to 16 January 2021

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 16 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 418 386 392
Rank change year-on-year -32 +6 -9
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 387 1,009 1,202
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.80% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.37% 5.31% 5.28%
Number of salaries quoted 367 804 1,126
Median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.76% -4.55% +4.76%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £32,250
90th Percentile £84,250 £78,750 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - -5.00% +2.04%

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 8,853 18,996 22,758
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.22% 15.06% 15.06%
Number of salaries quoted 7,078 15,160 18,060
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 16 January 2021.

Salary histogram for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Top 15 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 16 January 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
England -38 359 £50,000 -9.09% 73
UK excluding London +38 240 £47,500 - 58
London -51 118 £60,000 - 19
North of England +87 103 £52,500 +23.53% 18
Yorkshire +59 68 £55,000 +25.00% 8
South East +10 64 £53,750 +2.38% 14
Work from Home -56 61 £47,500 -23.08% 10
East of England +97 37 £47,500 +5.56% 5
North West +63 36 £55,000 +30.95% 8
Midlands +49 29 £53,750 +7.50% 11
South West +63 20 £45,000 - 6
West Midlands +51 15 £45,000 -14.29% 6
East Midlands +47 14 £55,000 +37.50% 5
North East +24 6 £32,500 -21.69% 2
Scotland +38 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 with a requirement for MPLS.

1 262 (67.70%) Cisco
2 221 (57.11%) WAN
2 221 (57.11%) BGP
3 214 (55.30%) Firewall
4 196 (50.65%) Cisco Certification
5 157 (40.57%) LAN
6 156 (40.31%) OSPF
7 139 (35.92%) VPN
8 132 (34.11%) CCNP
9 110 (28.42%) Wireless
10 105 (27.13%) CCNA
11 99 (25.58%) Microsoft
12 92 (23.77%) Juniper
13 91 (23.51%) Azure
14 85 (21.96%) DNS
15 84 (21.71%) VLAN
16 83 (21.45%) Network Security
17 82 (21.19%) Palo Alto
18 81 (20.93%) Data Centre
19 77 (19.90%) VoIP
20 76 (19.64%) TCP/IP
20 76 (19.64%) ITIL
21 72 (18.60%) DHCP
22 71 (18.35%) Python
23 68 (17.57%) Office 365
24 64 (16.54%) Active Directory
25 62 (16.02%) Windows
26 61 (15.76%) VMware
27 59 (15.25%) Wi-Fi
28 58 (14.99%) Internet

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 24 (6.20%) Skype for Business
2 15 (3.88%) MS Exchange
3 13 (3.36%) SharePoint
4 9 (2.33%) OpenStack
5 7 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (1.55%) IIS
7 3 (0.78%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.26%) DNN
8 1 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 36 (9.30%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (6.46%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 91 (23.51%) Azure
2 68 (17.57%) Office 365
3 55 (14.21%) AWS
4 33 (8.53%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (6.20%) Route 53
5 24 (6.20%) Slack
6 20 (5.17%) GCP
7 16 (4.13%) SaaS
8 15 (3.88%) IaaS
9 6 (1.55%) Mimecast
10 4 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (1.03%) OneDrive
11 3 (0.78%) GitHub
11 3 (0.78%) PaaS
12 2 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.52%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.26%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 221 (57.11%) BGP
1 221 (57.11%) WAN
2 214 (55.30%) Firewall
3 157 (40.57%) LAN
4 156 (40.31%) OSPF
5 139 (35.92%) VPN
6 110 (28.42%) Wireless
7 85 (21.96%) DNS
8 84 (21.71%) VLAN
9 83 (21.45%) Network Security
10 77 (19.90%) VoIP
11 76 (19.64%) TCP/IP
12 72 (18.60%) DHCP
13 59 (15.25%) Wi-Fi
14 58 (14.99%) Internet
15 55 (14.21%) IPsec
16 52 (13.44%) Ethernet
17 50 (12.92%) Cisco ASA
18 46 (11.89%) Cisco Nexus
19 43 (11.11%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.78%) Big Data
4 2 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.26%) MySQL
5 1 (0.26%) Redis
5 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 4 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (0.78%) JIRA
3 2 (0.52%) Gradle
3 2 (0.52%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.52%) Maven
General
1 43 (11.11%) Telecoms
2 42 (10.85%) Finance
3 13 (3.36%) Banking
3 13 (3.36%) Public Sector
4 10 (2.58%) Retail
5 9 (2.33%) Law
6 7 (1.81%) Electronics
6 7 (1.81%) Publishing
7 5 (1.29%) Financial Institution
7 5 (1.29%) Fire and Rescue
8 4 (1.03%) Games
9 3 (0.78%) Marketing
10 2 (0.52%) Advertising
10 2 (0.52%) German Language
10 2 (0.52%) Local Government
11 1 (0.26%) Billing
11 1 (0.26%) French Language
11 1 (0.26%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.26%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.26%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 188 (48.58%) Network Engineer
2 73 (18.86%) Senior Network Engineer
3 37 (9.56%) IP Engineer
4 35 (9.04%) Architect
4 35 (9.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 34 (8.79%) IP Network Engineer
6 28 (7.24%) Cisco Engineer
7 27 (6.98%) Network Architect
8 26 (6.72%) Consultant
9 25 (6.46%) Support Engineer
10 24 (6.20%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 22 (5.68%) Systems Engineer
12 19 (4.91%) Network Consultant
13 18 (4.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 16 (4.13%) Analyst
14 16 (4.13%) Network Specialist
15 15 (3.88%) Juniper Engineer
16 14 (3.62%) Chief Systems Engineer
16 14 (3.62%) Network Security Engineer
16 14 (3.62%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (6.72%) 802.1X
2 17 (4.39%) RESTful
3 3 (0.78%) JSON
3 3 (0.78%) LDAP
4 2 (0.52%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (0.52%) Jinja
4 2 (0.52%) REST
5 1 (0.26%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (0.26%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.26%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (0.26%) Web Services
5 1 (0.26%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 81 (20.93%) Data Centre
2 19 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (4.91%) Management Information System
3 18 (4.65%) Clustering
4 10 (2.58%) Driving Licence
5 8 (2.07%) Cybercrime
5 8 (2.07%) Replication
6 6 (1.55%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.03%) Private Cloud
7 4 (1.03%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (0.78%) Client/Server
8 3 (0.78%) Fibre Optics
8 3 (0.78%) Hedge funds
9 2 (0.52%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.52%) Fat Client
9 2 (0.52%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.52%) Internet of Things
9 2 (0.52%) SCADA
9 2 (0.52%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 62 (16.02%) Windows
2 52 (13.44%) Linux
3 44 (11.37%) Windows Server
4 24 (6.20%) Mac OS X
5 12 (3.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (2.58%) Windows 10
7 8 (2.07%) Ubuntu
8 6 (1.55%) Unix
9 5 (1.29%) Windows 7
9 5 (1.29%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.78%) Android
11 3 (0.78%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.52%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
13 1 (0.26%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.26%) SUSE
13 1 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (19.64%) ITIL
2 54 (13.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 33 (8.53%) Network Monitoring
3 33 (8.53%) Problem-Solving
4 31 (8.01%) Capacity Planning
5 28 (7.24%) Network Design
6 27 (6.98%) Performance Analysis
7 26 (6.72%) Disaster Recovery
8 25 (6.46%) B2B
8 25 (6.46%) Security Monitoring
9 24 (6.20%) Identity Management
9 24 (6.20%) Mentoring
10 22 (5.68%) Project Delivery
11 21 (5.43%) Storage Management
12 20 (5.17%) Network Virtualisation
12 20 (5.17%) Presales
13 19 (4.91%) Service Delivery
14 18 (4.65%) DevOps
14 18 (4.65%) Load Balancing
14 18 (4.65%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 71 (18.35%) Python
2 19 (4.91%) SQL
3 13 (3.36%) Perl
4 10 (2.58%) PowerShell
5 5 (1.29%) Java
5 5 (1.29%) PHP
6 4 (1.03%) C
7 2 (0.52%) R
8 1 (0.26%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 196 (50.65%) Cisco Certification
2 132 (34.11%) CCNP
3 105 (27.13%) CCNA
4 36 (9.30%) CCIE
5 29 (7.49%) JNCIA
6 22 (5.68%) Degree
7 20 (5.17%) JNCIP
8 19 (4.91%) Microsoft Certification
8 19 (4.91%) Security Cleared
9 18 (4.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 14 (3.62%) MCSE
11 11 (2.84%) SC Cleared
12 10 (2.58%) JNCIE
13 8 (2.07%) CCDA
13 8 (2.07%) CCDP
13 8 (2.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (1.81%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 7 (1.81%) MCSA
15 6 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
16 5 (1.29%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (5.68%) SLA
2 14 (3.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.81%) OASIS TOSCA
4 5 (1.29%) NIST
4 5 (1.29%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 64 (16.54%) Active Directory
2 43 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (5.68%) Hyper-V
4 10 (2.58%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (2.07%) KVM
5 8 (2.07%) vSphere
6 7 (1.81%) Firmware
7 4 (1.03%) VMware NSX
7 4 (1.03%) XenApp
8 3 (0.78%) FreeRADIUS
8 3 (0.78%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.78%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.52%) Docker
9 2 (0.52%) pfSense
9 2 (0.52%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.52%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.52%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.26%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.26%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 42 (10.85%) Ansible
2 30 (7.75%) Nagios
2 30 (7.75%) Puppet
3 27 (6.98%) Opscode Chef
4 19 (4.91%) SCCM
5 17 (4.39%) Cisco CUCM
6 15 (3.88%) FortiGate
7 8 (2.07%) Terraform
8 6 (1.55%) Cisco UCCX
9 5 (1.29%) Cacti
9 5 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
10 4 (1.03%) Nmap
10 4 (1.03%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.78%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.78%) Stealthwatch
12 2 (0.52%) ITRS Geneos
12 2 (0.52%) Salt
13 1 (0.26%) Grafana
13 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 262 (67.70%) Cisco
2 99 (25.58%) Microsoft
3 92 (23.77%) Juniper
4 82 (21.19%) Palo Alto
5 61 (15.76%) VMware
6 45 (11.63%) Fortinet
7 41 (10.59%) CheckPoint
8 35 (9.04%) Meraki
9 34 (8.79%) Avaya
10 31 (8.01%) F5
11 29 (7.49%) Riverbed
12 26 (6.72%) HP
13 20 (5.17%) Veeam
14 16 (4.13%) SolarWinds
15 13 (3.36%) Sophos
16 12 (3.10%) Google
17 11 (2.84%) Citrix
17 11 (2.84%) Nokia
18 10 (2.58%) Brocade
19 9 (2.33%) BT