Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 333 275 451
Rank change year-on-year -58 +176 -112
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 566 1,721 1,165
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 1.20% 0.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.70% 7.67% 4.50%
Number of salaries quoted 483 1,141 1,022
Median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +22.22% -14.29% +5.00%
10th Percentile £31,500 £31,250 £32,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,284 £42,500 £49,000
% change year-on-year +23.02% -13.27% +8.89%

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 9,928 22,444 25,910
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.44% 15.62% 15.11%
Number of salaries quoted 7,751 16,908 20,482
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £28,750 £25,750 £25,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
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 10 August 2020.

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 10 August 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 -47 552 £55,000 +22.22% 40
UK excluding London -71 325 £52,284 +23.02% 30
London +47 227 £60,000 +4.35% 13
North of England -112 121 £52,500 +31.25% 3
South East +50 92 £55,000 +15.79% 12
North West +135 80 £55,000 +35.80% 2
Midlands +57 53 £55,000 +4.76% 7
West Midlands +55 37 £52,500 -2.33% 6
Yorkshire -105 36 £55,000 +37.50% 1
East of England +92 31 £47,500 -13.64% 1
South West +72 30 £45,000 +12.50% 4
Work from Home +10 24 £53,750 -15.35% 4
East Midlands +65 16 £55,000 +37.50% 1
North East +32 9 £37,500 +2.74%
Scotland +87 6 £52,500 -19.23% 2

For the 6 months to 10 August 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.

1 416 (73.50%) Cisco
2 327 (57.77%) WAN
3 323 (57.07%) Firewall
4 322 (56.89%) Cisco Certification
5 301 (53.18%) BGP
6 243 (42.93%) CCNP
6 243 (42.93%) LAN
7 211 (37.28%) VPN
8 210 (37.10%) OSPF
9 172 (30.39%) Wireless
10 168 (29.68%) Data Centre
11 163 (28.80%) CCNA
12 159 (28.09%) Juniper
13 139 (24.56%) Palo Alto
14 124 (21.91%) VLAN
15 121 (21.38%) Network Security
16 100 (17.67%) VoIP
17 99 (17.49%) Cisco ASA
18 96 (16.96%) ITIL
19 93 (16.43%) Ethernet
20 92 (16.25%) TCP/IP
20 92 (16.25%) CheckPoint
21 90 (15.90%) Wi-Fi
22 88 (15.55%) EIGRP
23 87 (15.37%) Microsoft
23 87 (15.37%) Network Design
24 86 (15.19%) Azure
25 85 (15.02%) Cisco Nexus
26 80 (14.13%) Telecoms
27 78 (13.78%) VPLS

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 (4.24%) Confluence
2 18 (3.18%) IIS
3 16 (2.83%) Skype for Business
4 13 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (0.71%) CMS
6 2 (0.35%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.35%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.18%) JBoss
7 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
Applications
1 55 (9.72%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.71%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.35%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 2 (0.35%) assyst
1 2 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 86 (15.19%) Azure
2 65 (11.48%) AWS
3 53 (9.36%) Office 365
4 22 (3.89%) GCP
5 17 (3.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 16 (2.83%) IaaS
6 16 (2.83%) PaaS
7 14 (2.47%) Route 53
8 13 (2.30%) Slack
9 4 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.53%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.35%) SaaS
11 2 (0.35%) Smartsheet
12 1 (0.18%) Akamai
12 1 (0.18%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.18%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.18%) G Suite
12 1 (0.18%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 327 (57.77%) WAN
2 323 (57.07%) Firewall
3 301 (53.18%) BGP
4 243 (42.93%) LAN
5 211 (37.28%) VPN
6 210 (37.10%) OSPF
7 172 (30.39%) Wireless
8 124 (21.91%) VLAN
9 121 (21.38%) Network Security
10 100 (17.67%) VoIP
11 99 (17.49%) Cisco ASA
12 93 (16.43%) Ethernet
13 92 (16.25%) TCP/IP
14 90 (15.90%) Wi-Fi
15 88 (15.55%) EIGRP
16 85 (15.02%) Cisco Nexus
17 78 (13.78%) VPLS
18 72 (12.72%) IPsec
19 69 (12.19%) DHCP
20 68 (12.01%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (4.59%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.59%) Big Data
3 3 (0.53%) MySQL
4 2 (0.35%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.35%) Impala
4 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.18%) Cosmos DB
5 1 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.18%) DB2
Development Applications
1 26 (4.59%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.24%) JIRA
3 2 (0.35%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.35%) Bitbucket Server
3 2 (0.35%) git-flow
4 1 (0.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 80 (14.13%) Telecoms
2 74 (13.07%) Finance
3 19 (3.36%) Banking
4 13 (2.30%) Financial Institution
5 10 (1.77%) Public Sector
6 9 (1.59%) Retail
7 6 (1.06%) Billing
7 6 (1.06%) German Language
7 6 (1.06%) Legal
8 5 (0.88%) French Language
8 5 (0.88%) Italian Language
8 5 (0.88%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.71%) Japanese Language
10 3 (0.53%) Automotive
10 3 (0.53%) Marketing
11 2 (0.35%) Electronics
11 2 (0.35%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.35%) Military
11 2 (0.35%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.18%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 309 (54.59%) Network Engineer
2 95 (16.78%) Senior Network Engineer
3 53 (9.36%) IP Engineer
4 50 (8.83%) Architect
5 45 (7.95%) IP Network Engineer
6 43 (7.60%) Cisco Engineer
7 38 (6.71%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 37 (6.54%) NOC Engineer
9 31 (5.48%) Network Design Engineer
10 30 (5.30%) Design Engineer
11 29 (5.12%) Analyst
12 27 (4.77%) Network Manager
13 24 (4.24%) IT Manager
14 21 (3.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 20 (3.53%) Consultant
15 20 (3.53%) Infrastructure Architect
15 20 (3.53%) Network Architect
16 18 (3.18%) Support Engineer
17 17 (3.00%) Network Security Engineer
17 17 (3.00%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (6.89%) 802.1X
2 11 (1.94%) REST
3 8 (1.41%) RESTful
4 5 (0.88%) XMPP
5 4 (0.71%) Web Services
6 2 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.35%) jQuery
6 2 (0.35%) Kafka
6 2 (0.35%) LAMP
6 2 (0.35%) LDAP
7 1 (0.18%) HTML
7 1 (0.18%) Middleware
7 1 (0.18%) RFC 2544
7 1 (0.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 168 (29.68%) Data Centre
2 36 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (5.12%) Self-Motivation
4 26 (4.59%) Management Information System
5 24 (4.24%) Hybrid Cloud
6 20 (3.53%) Public Cloud
7 17 (3.00%) Video Conferencing
8 13 (2.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 11 (1.94%) Greenfield Project
9 11 (1.94%) PKI
10 10 (1.77%) Driving Licence
10 10 (1.77%) Private Cloud
11 7 (1.24%) Clustering
11 7 (1.24%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.71%) PMI
12 4 (0.71%) Renewable Energy
12 4 (0.71%) Social Media
13 3 (0.53%) BYOD
13 3 (0.53%) CESG
13 3 (0.53%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.54%) Linux
2 58 (10.25%) Windows
3 24 (4.24%) Windows Server
4 19 (3.36%) Unix
5 12 (2.12%) Mac OS X
6 10 (1.77%) CentOS
7 9 (1.59%) Windows 10
8 8 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (1.41%) Windows Server 2016
8 8 (1.41%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (1.24%) Android
9 7 (1.24%) Apple iOS
10 6 (1.06%) Debian
11 5 (0.88%) Solaris
12 2 (0.35%) CatOS
12 2 (0.35%) HPUX
12 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (16.96%) ITIL
2 87 (15.37%) Network Design
3 78 (13.78%) Problem-Solving
4 45 (7.95%) Load Balancing
5 41 (7.24%) Project Delivery
6 35 (6.18%) Project Management
6 35 (6.18%) WAN Optimisation
7 34 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
7 34 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 31 (5.48%) Network Monitoring
9 30 (5.30%) Information Security
10 29 (5.12%) Presales
10 29 (5.12%) Service Delivery
11 28 (4.95%) DevOps
11 28 (4.95%) Network Management
12 27 (4.77%) Disaster Recovery
13 26 (4.59%) Mentoring
14 24 (4.24%) Capacity Planning
15 23 (4.06%) Migration
16 22 (3.89%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 77 (13.60%) Python
2 9 (1.59%) Perl
3 7 (1.24%) Bash Shell
3 7 (1.24%) C
4 6 (1.06%) PHP
5 5 (0.88%) SQL
6 3 (0.53%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.35%) C++
7 2 (0.35%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.35%) R
7 2 (0.35%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.18%) Go
8 1 (0.18%) Java
8 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.18%) Tcl
8 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 322 (56.89%) Cisco Certification
2 243 (42.93%) CCNP
3 163 (28.80%) CCNA
4 62 (10.95%) CCIE
5 58 (10.25%) JNCIA
6 31 (5.48%) Degree
7 30 (5.30%) JNCIS
8 25 (4.42%) CCDP
9 21 (3.71%) JNCIP
9 21 (3.71%) Microsoft Certification
10 20 (3.53%) Security Cleared
11 19 (3.36%) MCSE
12 17 (3.00%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 10 (1.77%) CCDA
14 9 (1.59%) CISSP
14 9 (1.59%) MCITP
14 9 (1.59%) SC Cleared
15 8 (1.41%) CCIP
16 7 (1.24%) CCVP
16 7 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (5.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 27 (4.77%) SLA
3 22 (3.89%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.88%) GDPR
5 3 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.35%) ISO 20022
6 2 (0.35%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.18%) QA
System Software
1 44 (7.77%) Active Directory
2 43 (7.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (6.01%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.12%) Docker
5 11 (1.94%) VMware NSX
6 10 (1.77%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.41%) Firmware
8 5 (0.88%) VMware Server
8 5 (0.88%) vSphere
9 2 (0.35%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.35%) NFS
9 2 (0.35%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.35%) Samba
9 2 (0.35%) Squid
9 2 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.18%) KVM
10 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (9.01%) Ansible
2 34 (6.01%) FortiGate
3 20 (3.53%) Cisco CUCM
3 20 (3.53%) Nagios
4 14 (2.47%) Cisco Prime
4 14 (2.47%) Puppet
5 13 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (2.12%) Kubernetes
7 11 (1.94%) Terraform
8 10 (1.77%) Cisco UCCX
9 7 (1.24%) Observium
10 5 (0.88%) CASB
10 5 (0.88%) Cisco CME
10 5 (0.88%) Prometheus
10 5 (0.88%) ZABBIX
11 4 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.71%) SCCM
11 4 (0.71%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 416 (73.50%) Cisco
2 159 (28.09%) Juniper
3 139 (24.56%) Palo Alto
4 92 (16.25%) CheckPoint
5 87 (15.37%) Microsoft
6 77 (13.60%) F5
6 77 (13.60%) Fortinet
7 75 (13.25%) VMware
8 53 (9.36%) Meraki
9 36 (6.36%) Riverbed
10 35 (6.18%) SolarWinds
11 31 (5.48%) HP
11 31 (5.48%) Huawei
12 27 (4.77%) Citrix
13 24 (4.24%) Nokia
14 20 (3.53%) Infoblox
15 18 (3.18%) Sophos
16 17 (3.00%) ForeScout
17 15 (2.65%) Avaya
18 14 (2.47%) Aruba