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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 3 July 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
3 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 639 524 358
Rank change year-on-year -115 -166 -76
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 778 537 651
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.50% 0.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.26% 3.91% 5.47%
Number of salaries quoted 598 399 524
10th Percentile £39,375 £31,250 £29,750
25th Percentile £48,750 £41,250 £39,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +16.67%
75th Percentile £78,750 £67,500 £67,500
90th Percentile £91,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,750 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.37% +1.50% +17.65%

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 23,876 13,722 11,911
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.21% 12.73% 15.03%
Number of salaries quoted 12,324 9,633 9,500
10th Percentile £28,250 £28,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,750 £37,500 £35,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +8.70%
75th Percentile £70,925 £67,500 £65,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +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 3 July 2022.

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 3 July 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 -86 704 £60,000 +14.29% 97
UK excluding London -129 372 £55,000 +8.37% 64
London -48 347 £65,000 +18.18% 33
Work from Home -144 311 £60,000 -2.04% 25
South East -67 123 £60,350 +27.05% 18
North of England -81 117 £55,000 -8.33% 24
Yorkshire -60 60 £85,000 +41.67% 12
North West -70 48 £50,000 -9.09% 12
East of England -109 47 £70,000 +21.74% 7
Midlands -48 45 £55,000 +2.33% 4
West Midlands -45 38 £55,000 - 4
South West -40 34 £50,500 +2.02% 10
Scotland -45 26 £83,000 +10.67% 1
North East -7 9 £35,000 +27.27%
East Midlands -41 7 £50,000 -13.04%
Wales -40 1 £32,500 -23.53%
Northern Ireland - 1 £47,500 -

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 508 (65.30%) Cisco
2 439 (56.43%) WAN
3 422 (54.24%) BGP
4 414 (53.21%) Firewall
5 408 (52.44%) Cisco Certification
6 314 (40.36%) OSPF
7 302 (38.82%) CCNP
8 297 (38.17%) LAN
9 266 (34.19%) VPN
10 242 (31.11%) Wireless
11 215 (27.63%) Palo Alto
12 194 (24.94%) Social Skills
13 182 (23.39%) Data Centre
14 172 (22.11%) Azure
15 170 (21.85%) VMware
15 170 (21.85%) CCIE
16 167 (21.47%) SD-WAN
17 157 (20.18%) DNS
18 155 (19.92%) Juniper
19 152 (19.54%) Microsoft
20 145 (18.64%) TCP/IP
21 138 (17.74%) DHCP
22 137 (17.61%) CCNA
23 136 (17.48%) Internet
23 136 (17.48%) Wi-Fi
24 135 (17.35%) VMware Infrastructure
25 128 (16.45%) Ethernet
26 114 (14.65%) IPv6
27 112 (14.40%) ITIL
28 108 (13.88%) VLAN

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 68 (8.74%) SharePoint
2 31 (3.98%) MS Exchange
3 30 (3.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (0.77%) Apache
5 4 (0.51%) IIS
6 3 (0.39%) Confluence
6 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.39%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.26%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (1.80%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.77%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 22 (2.83%) ScheduALL
2 9 (1.16%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.90%) SAP GTS
4 5 (0.64%) Fidessa
5 2 (0.26%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.13%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.13%) Kondor
Cloud Services
1 172 (22.11%) Azure
2 101 (12.98%) Microsoft 365
3 82 (10.54%) AWS
4 25 (3.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 22 (2.83%) IaaS
6 19 (2.44%) PaaS
7 16 (2.06%) SaaS
8 15 (1.93%) OneDrive
9 11 (1.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 10 (1.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 10 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (1.03%) Power Platform
12 4 (0.51%) GCP
13 3 (0.39%) Azure DevOps
14 1 (0.13%) AWS Direct Connect
14 1 (0.13%) GitHub
14 1 (0.13%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 439 (56.43%) WAN
2 422 (54.24%) BGP
3 414 (53.21%) Firewall
4 314 (40.36%) OSPF
5 297 (38.17%) LAN
6 266 (34.19%) VPN
7 242 (31.11%) Wireless
8 167 (21.47%) SD-WAN
9 157 (20.18%) DNS
10 145 (18.64%) TCP/IP
11 138 (17.74%) DHCP
12 136 (17.48%) Internet
12 136 (17.48%) Wi-Fi
13 128 (16.45%) Ethernet
14 114 (14.65%) IPv6
15 108 (13.88%) VLAN
16 104 (13.37%) Cisco Nexus
17 99 (12.72%) Cisco IOS
18 93 (11.95%) Multicast
19 90 (11.57%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (1.67%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.29%) NoSQL
3 7 (0.90%) Power BI
4 5 (0.64%) MySQL
5 4 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.13%) GIS
Development Applications
1 40 (5.14%) Git (software)
2 17 (2.19%) JIRA
3 9 (1.16%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.16%) Robot Framework
4 4 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.26%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (0.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.13%) GitLab
General
1 194 (24.94%) Social Skills
2 100 (12.85%) Analytical Skills
3 97 (12.47%) Telecoms
4 85 (10.93%) Finance
5 42 (5.40%) Organisational Skills
5 42 (5.40%) Presentation Skills
6 24 (3.08%) Advertising
7 23 (2.96%) Banking
7 23 (2.96%) Legal
8 20 (2.57%) Public Sector
9 16 (2.06%) Marketing
10 13 (1.67%) Documentation Skills
10 13 (1.67%) Law
11 11 (1.41%) Retail
12 8 (1.03%) Games
12 8 (1.03%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.64%) Local Government
13 5 (0.64%) Police
14 4 (0.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 3 (0.39%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 310 (39.85%) Network Engineer
2 114 (14.65%) Architect
3 104 (13.37%) Senior Network Engineer
4 79 (10.15%) Network Architect
5 68 (8.74%) Network Manager
6 50 (6.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 48 (6.17%) Cisco Engineer
8 43 (5.53%) Juniper Engineer
9 38 (4.88%) IP Engineer
10 36 (4.63%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 36 (4.63%) Project Manager
11 30 (3.86%) Analyst
12 26 (3.34%) Software Architect
12 26 (3.34%) Systems Architect
12 26 (3.34%) UML Architect
13 25 (3.21%) Support Engineer
14 23 (2.96%) Design Engineer
15 22 (2.83%) IP Architect
16 21 (2.70%) Principal Engineer
16 21 (2.70%) Telephony Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (5.40%) 802.1X
2 37 (4.76%) JSON
3 35 (4.50%) XML
4 26 (3.34%) RESTful
5 13 (1.67%) REST
6 8 (1.03%) Web Services
7 4 (0.51%) COM
7 4 (0.51%) LAMP
8 3 (0.39%) WAP
9 2 (0.26%) LDAP
10 1 (0.13%) Elastic Stack
10 1 (0.13%) Middleware
10 1 (0.13%) RFC 2544
10 1 (0.13%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 182 (23.39%) Data Centre
2 39 (5.01%) IoT
3 36 (4.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 35 (4.50%) Management Information System
5 22 (2.83%) Over-the-Top Content
5 22 (2.83%) Public Cloud
6 21 (2.70%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (2.31%) Fibre Optics
8 17 (2.19%) Virtual Team
9 15 (1.93%) Private Cloud
10 12 (1.54%) Clustering
11 11 (1.41%) Digital Signage
11 11 (1.41%) PKI
12 8 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (0.90%) Cloud Native
13 7 (0.90%) Digital Media
14 5 (0.64%) Data Protection Act
14 5 (0.64%) Eurex
14 5 (0.64%) Handset
14 5 (0.64%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 98 (12.60%) Windows
2 78 (10.03%) Linux
3 56 (7.20%) Windows Server
4 37 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (2.83%) Unix
6 10 (1.29%) Windows 10
6 10 (1.29%) Windows Server 2016
7 8 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
8 7 (0.90%) Solaris
9 5 (0.64%) Ubuntu
9 5 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.51%) Debian
11 3 (0.39%) Android
11 3 (0.39%) CatOS
12 2 (0.26%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.26%) CentOS
12 2 (0.26%) SUSE
12 2 (0.26%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.13%) VMS
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (14.40%) ITIL
2 106 (13.62%) Network Design
3 83 (10.67%) Agile
4 77 (9.90%) Network Management
5 74 (9.51%) Change Management
6 69 (8.87%) Service Delivery
7 68 (8.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 63 (8.10%) Project Management
9 56 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
10 55 (7.07%) Problem-Solving
11 54 (6.94%) Network Architecture
11 54 (6.94%) Network Virtualisation
12 51 (6.56%) Incident Management
12 51 (6.56%) PRINCE2
13 49 (6.30%) Project Delivery
14 48 (6.17%) Migration
15 47 (6.04%) Collaborative Working
15 47 (6.04%) DevOps
16 45 (5.78%) Network Monitoring
17 40 (5.14%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (12.47%) Python
2 31 (3.98%) PowerShell
3 22 (2.83%) SQL
4 16 (2.06%) Perl
5 13 (1.67%) Bash
5 13 (1.67%) C
6 6 (0.77%) PHP
7 3 (0.39%) Go
8 2 (0.26%) C++
9 1 (0.13%) Rust
9 1 (0.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 408 (52.44%) Cisco Certification
2 302 (38.82%) CCNP
3 170 (21.85%) CCIE
4 137 (17.61%) CCNA
5 84 (10.80%) Degree
6 69 (8.87%) Security Cleared
7 64 (8.23%) SC Cleared
8 60 (7.71%) CCDP
9 45 (5.78%) CCIE Service Provider
10 43 (5.53%) JNCIP
11 23 (2.96%) JNCIA
12 18 (2.31%) JNCIE
13 14 (1.80%) CISSP
14 12 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
15 11 (1.41%) MCSA
16 9 (1.16%) CCIE Data Center
16 9 (1.16%) PMP
17 8 (1.03%) CCIP
17 8 (1.03%) MCSE
18 7 (0.90%) CCIE Security
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (5.01%) SLA
2 24 (3.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 18 (2.31%) NIST
4 15 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 10 (1.29%) NCSC
5 10 (1.29%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.90%) GDPR
7 5 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 4 (0.51%) QA
9 3 (0.39%) MiFID
9 3 (0.39%) PSD2
10 2 (0.26%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.26%) RMADS
System Software
1 135 (17.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 104 (13.37%) Active Directory
3 61 (7.84%) Hyper-V
4 34 (4.37%) VMware NSX
5 31 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (3.73%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (1.03%) Firmware
8 6 (0.77%) vSphere
9 5 (0.64%) Docker
10 4 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.26%) Squid
11 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.26%) XenApp
12 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 51 (6.56%) Ansible
2 36 (4.63%) WSUS
3 31 (3.98%) FortiGate
3 31 (3.98%) Microsoft Intune
4 25 (3.21%) SCCM
5 23 (2.96%) Cisco CUCM
5 23 (2.96%) Nagios
6 12 (1.54%) Kubernetes
7 11 (1.41%) Terraform
8 10 (1.29%) Cisco Prime
8 10 (1.29%) Puppet
8 10 (1.29%) SolarWinds Orion
9 9 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (1.03%) TrustSec
11 6 (0.77%) Observium
11 6 (0.77%) vCenter Server
12 5 (0.64%) AirWatch
13 4 (0.51%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.51%) ZABBIX
14 3 (0.39%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 508 (65.30%) Cisco
2 215 (27.63%) Palo Alto
3 170 (21.85%) VMware
4 155 (19.92%) Juniper
5 152 (19.54%) Microsoft
6 99 (12.72%) F5
7 92 (11.83%) Fortinet
8 77 (9.90%) CheckPoint
9 73 (9.38%) Citrix
10 66 (8.48%) SolarWinds
11 53 (6.81%) Nokia
12 40 (5.14%) Zscaler
13 38 (4.88%) Meraki
14 32 (4.11%) Aruba
15 29 (3.73%) Ruckus Wireless
16 26 (3.34%) Forcepoint
17 22 (2.83%) Riverbed
17 22 (2.83%) Tektronix
18 21 (2.70%) Ciena
18 21 (2.70%) Dell