Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 542 347 276
Rank change year-on-year -195 -71 +170
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 580 410 1,711
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.84% 1.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.68% 5.38% 7.74%
Number of salaries quoted 451 338 1,082
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +16.67% -13.46%
75th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £60,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £85,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £50,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -5.00% +17.65% -10.00%

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 15,777 7,615 22,108
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.92% 15.58% 15.71%
Number of salaries quoted 10,922 6,201 16,977
10th Percentile £27,500 £30,500 £25,725
25th Percentile £36,250 £38,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +16.67% -5.26%
75th Percentile £68,625 £68,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £83,750 £82,500 £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 25 September 2021.

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 25 September 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 -184 545 £52,500 - 96
UK excluding London -121 354 £47,500 -5.00% 71
London -205 198 £60,000 - 31
Work from Home -176 138 £65,000 +33.33% 18
North of England -82 121 £52,500 - 21
South East -112 111 £45,000 -18.18% 17
Yorkshire -49 71 £67,500 +50.00% 6
North West -106 59 £45,000 -18.18% 13
East of England -61 54 £45,000 -5.26% 6
Midlands -104 52 £45,000 -5.26% 14
West Midlands -83 44 £45,000 +1.12% 6
South West -64 43 £55,000 +22.22% 7
North East -24 11 £45,000 +20.00% 2
Scotland -93 7 £75,000 +42.86% 6
East Midlands -82 6 £57,500 +4.55% 7
Wales - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 343 (59.14%) Cisco
2 313 (53.97%) Firewall
3 267 (46.03%) BGP
4 266 (45.86%) WAN
5 246 (42.41%) Cisco Certification
6 224 (38.62%) OSPF
7 198 (34.14%) VPN
8 193 (33.28%) CCNP
9 192 (33.10%) LAN
10 177 (30.52%) Social Skills
11 163 (28.10%) Data Centre
12 142 (24.48%) Internet
12 142 (24.48%) Juniper
13 138 (23.79%) DNS
14 136 (23.45%) DHCP
15 131 (22.59%) Azure
16 123 (21.21%) Microsoft
17 120 (20.69%) Windows
18 118 (20.34%) Ethernet
19 115 (19.83%) Active Directory
20 113 (19.48%) VMware
20 113 (19.48%) VLAN
21 109 (18.79%) Wireless
22 105 (18.10%) CCNA
23 104 (17.93%) SD-WAN
24 98 (16.90%) Palo Alto
25 95 (16.38%) Wi-Fi
25 95 (16.38%) Network Design
26 94 (16.21%) IPv6
27 93 (16.03%) Telecoms

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 35 (6.03%) SharePoint
2 31 (5.34%) MS Exchange
3 23 (3.97%) IIS
4 18 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (1.90%) OpenStack
6 10 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (1.55%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 14 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.03%) MicroStation
2 6 (1.03%) Revit
3 4 (0.69%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
1 4 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
1 4 (0.69%) ScheduALL
2 3 (0.52%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.34%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 131 (22.59%) Azure
2 82 (14.14%) Microsoft 365
3 60 (10.34%) AWS
4 33 (5.69%) IaaS
5 21 (3.62%) SaaS
6 20 (3.45%) PaaS
7 9 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (1.55%) GCP
8 7 (1.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 7 (1.21%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.03%) Mimecast
9 6 (1.03%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 5 (0.86%) AWS Direct Connect
10 5 (0.86%) Cloudflare
11 4 (0.69%) Tricentis Tosca
12 3 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.34%) GitHub
14 1 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 313 (53.97%) Firewall
2 267 (46.03%) BGP
3 266 (45.86%) WAN
4 224 (38.62%) OSPF
5 198 (34.14%) VPN
6 192 (33.10%) LAN
7 142 (24.48%) Internet
8 138 (23.79%) DNS
9 136 (23.45%) DHCP
10 118 (20.34%) Ethernet
11 113 (19.48%) VLAN
12 109 (18.79%) Wireless
13 104 (17.93%) SD-WAN
14 95 (16.38%) Wi-Fi
15 94 (16.21%) IPv6
16 76 (13.10%) TCP/IP
17 74 (12.76%) IPsec
18 67 (11.55%) EIGRP
19 66 (11.38%) VoIP
20 61 (10.52%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.97%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.21%) SQL Server 2019
2 7 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (0.52%) DB2
4 3 (0.52%) GIS
4 3 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.34%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (2.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 12 (2.07%) Git (software)
3 10 (1.72%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.34%) GitLab
4 2 (0.34%) JIRA
4 2 (0.34%) Zephyr
5 1 (0.17%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 177 (30.52%) Social Skills
2 93 (16.03%) Telecoms
3 31 (5.34%) Finance
4 20 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (2.93%) Banking
6 16 (2.76%) Public Sector
7 13 (2.24%) Brand Awareness
8 11 (1.90%) Law
8 11 (1.90%) Organisational Skills
9 9 (1.55%) Games
9 9 (1.55%) Manufacturing
10 8 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
10 8 (1.38%) Retail
11 7 (1.21%) French Language
11 7 (1.21%) German Language
11 7 (1.21%) Italian Language
11 7 (1.21%) Legal
11 7 (1.21%) Marketing
11 7 (1.21%) Portuguese Language
11 7 (1.21%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 199 (34.31%) Network Engineer
2 78 (13.45%) Architect
3 52 (8.97%) Juniper Engineer
3 52 (8.97%) Senior Network Engineer
4 48 (8.28%) IP Engineer
5 44 (7.59%) Cisco Engineer
6 39 (6.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 37 (6.38%) Support Engineer
8 34 (5.86%) Network Architect
9 32 (5.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 32 (5.52%) IT Engineer
10 29 (5.00%) IP Network Engineer
10 29 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
11 28 (4.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 25 (4.31%) Chief Systems Engineer
13 23 (3.97%) Analyst
13 23 (3.97%) Network Manager
14 20 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support
14 20 (3.45%) WAN Engineer
15 19 (3.28%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (9.14%) 802.1X
2 40 (6.90%) RESTful
3 9 (1.55%) JSON
3 9 (1.55%) XML
4 6 (1.03%) SAML
5 4 (0.69%) OAuth
6 3 (0.52%) React
6 3 (0.52%) REST
6 3 (0.52%) Web Services
7 2 (0.34%) Middleware
7 2 (0.34%) SOAP
8 1 (0.17%) D3.js
8 1 (0.17%) Django
8 1 (0.17%) Flask
8 1 (0.17%) libvirt
8 1 (0.17%) MSMQ
8 1 (0.17%) RFC 2544
8 1 (0.17%) Vue.js
8 1 (0.17%) WAP
8 1 (0.17%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 163 (28.10%) Data Centre
2 27 (4.66%) Management Information System
2 27 (4.66%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (3.10%) Private Cloud
4 15 (2.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 13 (2.24%) Public Cloud
6 9 (1.55%) Driving Licence
7 8 (1.38%) Digital Signage
7 8 (1.38%) PKI
8 7 (1.21%) Fibre Optics
8 7 (1.21%) Replication
9 5 (0.86%) Clustering
9 5 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (0.69%) IPTV
10 4 (0.69%) Over-the-Top Content
10 4 (0.69%) Social Media
10 4 (0.69%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.52%) CCTV
11 3 (0.52%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 120 (20.69%) Windows
2 80 (13.79%) Windows Server
3 35 (6.03%) Windows 10
4 33 (5.69%) Linux
5 32 (5.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (4.66%) Windows Server 2019
7 20 (3.45%) Windows Server 2016
8 11 (1.90%) Mac OS X
9 7 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (1.03%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.86%) CentOS
11 5 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.69%) CatOS
12 4 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.69%) VMS
13 3 (0.52%) Windows 7
14 2 (0.34%) Android
15 1 (0.17%) Data ONTAP
15 1 (0.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (16.38%) Network Design
2 75 (12.93%) ITIL
3 71 (12.24%) Presales
4 56 (9.66%) Migration
5 53 (9.14%) Network Management
6 52 (8.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 48 (8.28%) Project Management
8 46 (7.93%) Storage Management
9 45 (7.76%) Problem-Solving
10 42 (7.24%) Network Monitoring
11 37 (6.38%) Service Delivery
12 36 (6.21%) Customer Requirements
13 33 (5.69%) Project Delivery
14 32 (5.52%) Mentoring
15 30 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
16 27 (4.66%) PRINCE2
17 26 (4.48%) Stakeholder Management
18 25 (4.31%) Network Virtualisation
19 22 (3.79%) Business Continuity
19 22 (3.79%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (9.48%) Python
2 30 (5.17%) PowerShell
3 28 (4.83%) SQL
4 10 (1.72%) Perl
5 8 (1.38%) C
6 5 (0.86%) PHP
6 5 (0.86%) VB
6 5 (0.86%) VBScript
7 4 (0.69%) Java
8 3 (0.52%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.34%) Go
9 2 (0.34%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 246 (42.41%) Cisco Certification
2 193 (33.28%) CCNP
3 105 (18.10%) CCNA
4 82 (14.14%) CCIE
5 55 (9.48%) JNCIA
6 50 (8.62%) Degree
7 31 (5.34%) JNCIP
8 24 (4.14%) Security Cleared
9 23 (3.97%) Microsoft Certification
9 23 (3.97%) SC Cleared
10 20 (3.45%) MCSE
11 18 (3.10%) MCSA
12 17 (2.93%) DBS Check
13 16 (2.76%) CCDP
14 15 (2.59%) JNCIS
15 14 (2.41%) JNCIE
16 13 (2.24%) CCIE Service Provider
17 8 (1.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 7 (1.21%) CCA
18 7 (1.21%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (5.86%) SLA
2 15 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (0.69%) GDPR
4 4 (0.69%) OASIS TOSCA
5 3 (0.52%) NIST
5 3 (0.52%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.52%) QA
6 2 (0.34%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.17%) HAZOP
7 1 (0.17%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 115 (19.83%) Active Directory
2 76 (13.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (7.76%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.45%) XenApp
5 16 (2.76%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (2.07%) Firmware
7 12 (2.07%) VMware NSX
8 9 (1.55%) vSphere
9 6 (1.03%) KVM
10 5 (0.86%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.52%) FreeRADIUS
11 3 (0.52%) iptables
12 2 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.17%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.17%) Docker
13 1 (0.17%) Snort
13 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (4.31%) Ansible
2 21 (3.62%) Nagios
3 16 (2.76%) FortiGate
4 12 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
5 11 (1.90%) Cisco CUCM
5 11 (1.90%) Single Sign-On
5 11 (1.90%) WSUS
6 8 (1.38%) Puppet
7 6 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
7 6 (1.03%) SCCM
8 5 (0.86%) Grafana
8 5 (0.86%) Icinga
8 5 (0.86%) Terraform
8 5 (0.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 4 (0.69%) Cacti
9 4 (0.69%) SolarWinds Orion
9 4 (0.69%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.52%) QRadar
10 3 (0.52%) vRealize
10 3 (0.52%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 343 (59.14%) Cisco
2 142 (24.48%) Juniper
3 123 (21.21%) Microsoft
4 113 (19.48%) VMware
5 98 (16.90%) Palo Alto
6 84 (14.48%) Fortinet
7 66 (11.38%) CheckPoint
8 58 (10.00%) Meraki
9 56 (9.66%) SolarWinds
10 35 (6.03%) Citrix
11 32 (5.52%) Nokia
12 23 (3.97%) F5
13 21 (3.62%) Ruckus Wireless
14 18 (3.10%) Veeam
15 17 (2.93%) Adobe
16 15 (2.59%) Sophos
17 13 (2.24%) Arista
17 13 (2.24%) HP
18 12 (2.07%) Aerohive Networks
18 12 (2.07%) Aruba