Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 585 444 388
Rank change year-on-year -141 -56 +6
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 566 376 983
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.60% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.29% 4.24% 5.20%
Number of salaries quoted 469 299 750
10th Percentile £32,400 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% -
75th Percentile £82,500 £65,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +8.70% -3.16% -3.06%

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 17,194 8,867 18,920
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 14.08% 15.04%
Number of salaries quoted 10,955 7,091 15,123
10th Percentile £27,750 £29,000 £26,000
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,216 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +0.43% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -145 512 £53,750 +7.50% 97
UK excluding London -164 289 £50,000 +8.70% 72
London -105 241 £62,500 +2.04% 39
North of England -78 134 £45,000 -6.25% 21
Work from Home -169 100 £56,250 +18.42% 11
Yorkshire -67 82 £60,000 +14.29% 7
South East -122 68 £50,500 +6.32% 11
Midlands -64 57 £47,500 +18.75% 10
North West -74 52 £42,500 -19.05% 10
West Midlands -40 39 £50,500 +18.82% 6
South West -52 24 £47,250 +5.00% 9
East of England -113 22 £45,000 -5.26% 7
North East -12 16 £40,000 +23.08% 4
Scotland -50 16 £62,500 - 5
East Midlands -57 14 £47,500 +27.95% 4
Wales - 6 £40,000 - 4

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 341 (60.25%) Cisco
2 285 (50.35%) BGP
3 274 (48.41%) WAN
4 264 (46.64%) Firewall
5 259 (45.76%) Cisco Certification
6 221 (39.05%) OSPF
7 208 (36.75%) CCNP
8 196 (34.63%) Social Skills
9 188 (33.22%) LAN
10 184 (32.51%) VPN
11 147 (25.97%) Data Centre
12 139 (24.56%) Azure
13 134 (23.67%) DNS
14 128 (22.61%) Internet
15 122 (21.55%) Wireless
16 120 (21.20%) DHCP
17 118 (20.85%) Network Design
18 111 (19.61%) Microsoft
19 108 (19.08%) Palo Alto
20 106 (18.73%) CCIE
20 106 (18.73%) CCNA
21 102 (18.02%) Juniper
21 102 (18.02%) VLAN
22 97 (17.14%) IPsec
22 97 (17.14%) Telecoms
23 94 (16.61%) VMware
23 94 (16.61%) Ethernet
24 93 (16.43%) Active Directory
24 93 (16.43%) IPv6
24 93 (16.43%) SD-WAN

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 27 (4.77%) SharePoint
2 19 (3.36%) MS Exchange
3 14 (2.47%) IIS
4 7 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (1.24%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.18%) Apache
5 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.18%) nginx
5 1 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
1 10 (1.77%) MS Visio
2 9 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (2.47%) ScheduALL
2 6 (1.06%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 139 (24.56%) Azure
2 87 (15.37%) Microsoft 365
3 55 (9.72%) AWS
4 44 (7.77%) IaaS
5 26 (4.59%) SaaS
6 17 (3.00%) Cloud Computing
7 16 (2.83%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (2.30%) PaaS
9 12 (2.12%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 6 (1.06%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.88%) Power Platform
12 3 (0.53%) GCP
12 3 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.35%) AWS Direct Connect
14 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.18%) Azure Key Vault
14 1 (0.18%) Azure Monitor
14 1 (0.18%) Azure Service Bus
14 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 285 (50.35%) BGP
2 274 (48.41%) WAN
3 264 (46.64%) Firewall
4 221 (39.05%) OSPF
5 188 (33.22%) LAN
6 184 (32.51%) VPN
7 134 (23.67%) DNS
8 128 (22.61%) Internet
9 122 (21.55%) Wireless
10 120 (21.20%) DHCP
11 102 (18.02%) VLAN
12 97 (17.14%) IPsec
13 94 (16.61%) Ethernet
14 93 (16.43%) IPv6
14 93 (16.43%) SD-WAN
15 92 (16.25%) TCP/IP
16 87 (15.37%) Wi-Fi
17 86 (15.19%) Network Security
18 74 (13.07%) Cisco IOS
19 63 (11.13%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (3.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
2 5 (0.88%) Power BI
3 4 (0.71%) DB2
3 4 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.35%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.35%) MySQL
6 1 (0.18%) GIS
6 1 (0.18%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2019
6 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 31 (5.48%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.24%) JIRA
2 7 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 3 (0.53%) Zephyr
5 1 (0.18%) GitLab
General
1 196 (34.63%) Social Skills
2 97 (17.14%) Telecoms
3 56 (9.89%) Finance
4 43 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (4.59%) Banking
6 16 (2.83%) French Language
6 16 (2.83%) German Language
6 16 (2.83%) Italian Language
6 16 (2.83%) Portuguese Language
6 16 (2.83%) Spanish Language
7 14 (2.47%) Advertising
7 14 (2.47%) Public Sector
8 12 (2.12%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 10 (1.77%) Legal
10 9 (1.59%) Law
11 8 (1.41%) Manufacturing
11 8 (1.41%) Retail
12 6 (1.06%) Billing
13 5 (0.88%) Influencing Skills
14 4 (0.71%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 219 (38.69%) Network Engineer
2 64 (11.31%) Architect
3 63 (11.13%) Juniper Engineer
4 59 (10.42%) Cisco Engineer
5 56 (9.89%) Senior Network Engineer
6 45 (7.95%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 36 (6.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 34 (6.01%) Support Engineer
9 30 (5.30%) IP Engineer
10 27 (4.77%) Software Architect
11 26 (4.59%) Systems Architect
11 26 (4.59%) UML Architect
12 25 (4.42%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 25 (4.42%) Network Infrastructure Specialist
12 25 (4.42%) Network Specialist
13 23 (4.06%) IT Engineer
14 20 (3.53%) NOC Engineer
15 19 (3.36%) Team Leader
16 18 (3.18%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 17 (3.00%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (7.42%) 802.1X
2 36 (6.36%) RESTful
3 31 (5.48%) XML
4 29 (5.12%) JSON
5 4 (0.71%) OAuth
6 3 (0.53%) Web Services
7 2 (0.35%) RFC 2544
8 1 (0.18%) Middleware
8 1 (0.18%) MSMQ
8 1 (0.18%) SAML
8 1 (0.18%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 147 (25.97%) Data Centre
2 38 (6.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 36 (6.36%) Management Information System
4 30 (5.30%) Private Cloud
5 26 (4.59%) Digital Signage
6 25 (4.42%) PKI
7 18 (3.18%) Fibre Optics
8 16 (2.83%) Self-Motivation
9 14 (2.47%) Over-the-Top Content
9 14 (2.47%) Public Cloud
10 11 (1.94%) Clustering
11 8 (1.41%) Eurex
12 7 (1.24%) Driving Licence
13 6 (1.06%) Social Media
14 5 (0.88%) Analytical Mindset
15 4 (0.71%) CMDB
15 4 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (0.71%) Industrial Internet of Things
15 4 (0.71%) Internet of Things
15 4 (0.71%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 85 (15.02%) Windows
2 61 (10.78%) Windows Server
3 52 (9.19%) Linux
4 24 (4.24%) Unix
4 24 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (3.18%) Windows 10
6 14 (2.47%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (2.47%) Windows Server 2019
7 11 (1.94%) Ubuntu
8 9 (1.59%) Solaris
9 8 (1.41%) CatOS
10 7 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.88%) Android
13 3 (0.53%) CentOS
13 3 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (20.85%) Network Design
2 88 (15.55%) ITIL
3 66 (11.66%) Network Management
4 54 (9.54%) Migration
5 52 (9.19%) Problem-Solving
6 47 (8.30%) Service Management
7 45 (7.95%) Network Monitoring
8 44 (7.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 39 (6.89%) Load Balancing
10 38 (6.71%) Storage Management
11 36 (6.36%) Project Management
12 35 (6.18%) Broadcast Engineering
13 33 (5.83%) Incident Management
13 33 (5.83%) Presales
14 29 (5.12%) Business Case
15 26 (4.59%) Cybersecurity
15 26 (4.59%) Project Delivery
15 26 (4.59%) UML
16 24 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
16 24 (4.24%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 54 (9.54%) Python
2 25 (4.42%) SQL
3 23 (4.06%) PowerShell
4 8 (1.41%) C
5 5 (0.88%) VBScript
6 2 (0.35%) C++
6 2 (0.35%) Java
6 2 (0.35%) Perl
7 1 (0.18%) Bash
Qualifications
1 259 (45.76%) Cisco Certification
2 208 (36.75%) CCNP
3 106 (18.73%) CCIE
3 106 (18.73%) CCNA
4 60 (10.60%) Degree
5 38 (6.71%) JNCIA
6 24 (4.24%) Microsoft Certification
7 22 (3.89%) CCIE Service Provider
7 22 (3.89%) MCSE
8 21 (3.71%) JNCIP
9 15 (2.65%) Security Cleared
10 14 (2.47%) SC Cleared
11 12 (2.12%) CCDP
11 12 (2.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 11 (1.94%) CCIE Data Center
12 11 (1.94%) TOGAF Certification
13 9 (1.59%) MCSA
14 8 (1.41%) CCIP
14 8 (1.41%) CISSP
15 7 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (9.54%) SLA
2 12 (2.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.41%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.06%) NCSC
5 5 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.35%) QA
7 1 (0.18%) COBIT
7 1 (0.18%) GDPR
7 1 (0.18%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.18%) NIST
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 93 (16.43%) Active Directory
2 63 (11.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (8.13%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.12%) Firmware
5 11 (1.94%) VMware Workstation
6 10 (1.77%) VMware NSX
7 9 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (1.59%) vSphere
8 7 (1.24%) Docker
9 5 (0.88%) XenApp
10 4 (0.71%) vCloud
11 3 (0.53%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.18%) iptables
13 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.18%) Snort
13 1 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 24 (4.24%) Ansible
2 20 (3.53%) Nagios
3 19 (3.36%) SCCM
4 18 (3.18%) Microsoft Intune
5 17 (3.00%) Cisco CUCM
6 16 (2.83%) WSUS
7 15 (2.65%) Cisco Prime
8 14 (2.47%) SolarWinds Orion
8 14 (2.47%) Terraform
9 9 (1.59%) FortiGate
10 7 (1.24%) Cacti
10 7 (1.24%) Nessus
10 7 (1.24%) Puppet
11 6 (1.06%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 5 (0.88%) vCenter Server
13 4 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
13 4 (0.71%) QRadar
14 3 (0.53%) ZABBIX
15 2 (0.35%) Amdocs OSS
15 2 (0.35%) Grafana
Vendors
1 341 (60.25%) Cisco
2 111 (19.61%) Microsoft
3 108 (19.08%) Palo Alto
4 102 (18.02%) Juniper
5 94 (16.61%) VMware
6 81 (14.31%) Fortinet
7 71 (12.54%) SolarWinds
8 61 (10.78%) CheckPoint
9 60 (10.60%) F5
10 43 (7.60%) Veeam
11 39 (6.89%) Meraki
12 26 (4.59%) HP
13 24 (4.24%) Nokia
14 22 (3.89%) Ruckus Wireless
15 21 (3.71%) Extreme Networks
16 20 (3.53%) Citrix
17 16 (2.83%) Barracuda Networks
18 15 (2.65%) Aerohive Networks
18 15 (2.65%) Forcepoint
18 15 (2.65%) Speakerbus