Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
25 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 371 298 425
Rank change year-on-year -73 +127 -109
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 747 1,556 1,264
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 1.07% 0.73%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.44% 6.90% 4.82%
Number of salaries quoted 614 1,189 1,055
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £29,750 £32,500 £33,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - -10.00% +11.11%

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 13,736 22,559 26,245
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.89% 15.55% 15.09%
Number of salaries quoted 10,758 17,137 20,823
Median annual salary £50,000 £46,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.53% +1.09% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,000 £26,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -55 719 £55,000 +10.00% 22
UK excluding London -90 404 £45,000 - 15
London +46 325 £62,500 +7.76% 7
South East +19 135 £59,375 +25.00% 2
North of England -104 127 £40,000 - 3
North West +76 74 £39,483 -16.88% 2
Midlands +38 49 £57,500 +34.98% 3
East of England +56 41 £40,000 -27.27%
South West +21 39 £45,000 +12.50% 6
Yorkshire -125 37 £45,000 +12.50% 1
West Midlands +22 33 £55,000 +22.22% 3
Work from Home -19 26 £60,000 -7.69% 2
East Midlands +38 16 £57,500 +53.33%
North East +28 16 £37,500 +2.74%
Scotland +69 13 £33,000 -42.61% 1

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 515 (68.94%) Cisco
2 423 (56.63%) WAN
3 422 (56.49%) Firewall
4 417 (55.82%) Cisco Certification
5 383 (51.27%) BGP
6 309 (41.37%) CCNP
7 301 (40.29%) LAN
8 279 (37.35%) OSPF
9 257 (34.40%) VPN
10 217 (29.05%) Data Centre
11 215 (28.78%) Juniper
12 206 (27.58%) CCNA
13 167 (22.36%) Wireless
14 145 (19.41%) ITIL
14 145 (19.41%) VLAN
15 141 (18.88%) Palo Alto
16 138 (18.47%) TCP/IP
17 135 (18.07%) Network Design
18 134 (17.94%) Network Security
19 122 (16.33%) Microsoft
20 115 (15.39%) Telecoms
21 112 (14.99%) Wi-Fi
22 111 (14.86%) VoIP
23 110 (14.73%) VMware
24 108 (14.46%) Cisco ASA
25 107 (14.32%) Ethernet
26 106 (14.19%) Internet
26 106 (14.19%) Azure
27 99 (13.25%) Problem-Solving
28 96 (12.85%) 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 28 (3.75%) Confluence
2 25 (3.35%) IIS
3 19 (2.54%) Skype for Business
4 11 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
5 9 (1.20%) OpenStack
6 6 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (0.80%) JBoss
7 3 (0.40%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.27%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.27%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 47 (6.29%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.01%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.27%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 6 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.54%) assyst
2 4 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 106 (14.19%) Azure
2 74 (9.91%) AWS
3 70 (9.37%) Office 365
4 24 (3.21%) IaaS
5 17 (2.28%) PaaS
6 12 (1.61%) GCP
7 10 (1.34%) SaaS
8 9 (1.20%) G Suite
9 8 (1.07%) OpenShift
10 6 (0.80%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (0.67%) GitHub
12 4 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.27%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 2 (0.27%) Route 53
13 2 (0.27%) Smartsheet
14 1 (0.13%) Akamai
14 1 (0.13%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 423 (56.63%) WAN
2 422 (56.49%) Firewall
3 383 (51.27%) BGP
4 301 (40.29%) LAN
5 279 (37.35%) OSPF
6 257 (34.40%) VPN
7 167 (22.36%) Wireless
8 145 (19.41%) VLAN
9 138 (18.47%) TCP/IP
10 134 (17.94%) Network Security
11 112 (14.99%) Wi-Fi
12 111 (14.86%) VoIP
13 108 (14.46%) Cisco ASA
14 107 (14.32%) Ethernet
15 106 (14.19%) Internet
16 96 (12.85%) VPLS
17 92 (12.32%) Cisco Nexus
18 90 (12.05%) IPsec
19 87 (11.65%) DNS
20 86 (11.51%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (3.48%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.74%) Big Data
3 11 (1.47%) Blockchain
4 3 (0.40%) MySQL
5 2 (0.27%) Apache Hive
5 2 (0.27%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.27%) Cosmos DB
5 2 (0.27%) DB2
5 2 (0.27%) Impala
6 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.13%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (5.22%) Git (software)
2 6 (0.80%) JIRA
2 6 (0.80%) Vagrant
3 4 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.27%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.27%) Bitbucket Server
4 2 (0.27%) git-flow
5 1 (0.13%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.13%) Postman
5 1 (0.13%) Selenium
5 1 (0.13%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.13%) Subversion
General
1 115 (15.39%) Telecoms
2 92 (12.32%) Finance
3 20 (2.68%) Banking
4 18 (2.41%) Legal
5 15 (2.01%) Retail
6 13 (1.74%) Public Sector
7 12 (1.61%) Japanese Language
8 10 (1.34%) French Language
9 7 (0.94%) Advertising
9 7 (0.94%) German Language
9 7 (0.94%) Italian Language
10 6 (0.80%) Billing
10 6 (0.80%) Law
11 4 (0.54%) Automotive
11 4 (0.54%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.40%) Local Government
12 3 (0.40%) Marketing
13 2 (0.27%) Games
13 2 (0.27%) Military
14 1 (0.13%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 398 (53.28%) Network Engineer
2 107 (14.32%) Senior Network Engineer
3 59 (7.90%) Architect
4 52 (6.96%) Cisco Engineer
4 52 (6.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 49 (6.56%) Consultant
6 43 (5.76%) IP Engineer
7 41 (5.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 37 (4.95%) Network Design Engineer
9 36 (4.82%) NOC Engineer
10 33 (4.42%) IP Network Engineer
10 33 (4.42%) IT Manager
11 32 (4.28%) Network Manager
12 31 (4.15%) Design Engineer
13 30 (4.02%) Core Network Engineer
14 29 (3.88%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
14 29 (3.88%) Analyst
14 29 (3.88%) Network Consultant
15 27 (3.61%) Network Architect
16 23 (3.08%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (4.69%) 802.1X
2 13 (1.74%) REST
3 7 (0.94%) JSON
3 7 (0.94%) YAML
4 6 (0.80%) Jinja
4 6 (0.80%) RESTful
4 6 (0.80%) XMPP
5 4 (0.54%) jQuery
5 4 (0.54%) Web Services
6 2 (0.27%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.27%) gRPC
6 2 (0.27%) Kafka
6 2 (0.27%) LDAP
6 2 (0.27%) RFC 2544
7 1 (0.13%) HTML
7 1 (0.13%) LAMP
7 1 (0.13%) libvirt
7 1 (0.13%) Middleware
7 1 (0.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 217 (29.05%) Data Centre
2 53 (7.10%) Self-Motivation
3 40 (5.35%) Public Cloud
4 34 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
5 31 (4.15%) Management Information System
6 27 (3.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 27 (3.61%) Hybrid Cloud
7 21 (2.81%) Driving Licence
8 20 (2.68%) Private Cloud
9 19 (2.54%) PKI
10 16 (2.14%) Video Conferencing
11 11 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
12 10 (1.34%) Internet of Things
13 9 (1.20%) Clustering
13 9 (1.20%) Virtual Team
14 8 (1.07%) Linux Command Line
15 6 (0.80%) Robotics
16 4 (0.54%) CCTV
16 4 (0.54%) Replication
16 4 (0.54%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 90 (12.05%) Linux
2 87 (11.65%) Windows
3 48 (6.43%) Windows Server
4 43 (5.76%) Unix
5 25 (3.35%) Windows 10
6 17 (2.28%) Windows Server 2016
6 17 (2.28%) Windows Server 2019
7 15 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.07%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.80%) Solaris
10 6 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.80%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.67%) CentOS
12 3 (0.40%) Debian
13 2 (0.27%) CatOS
13 2 (0.27%) HPUX
13 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (19.41%) ITIL
2 135 (18.07%) Network Design
3 99 (13.25%) Problem-Solving
4 66 (8.84%) Load Balancing
5 62 (8.30%) Presales
6 52 (6.96%) Project Management
7 50 (6.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 50 (6.69%) Service Delivery
8 46 (6.16%) WAN Optimisation
9 44 (5.89%) Agile Software Development
10 40 (5.35%) Project Delivery
11 39 (5.22%) DevOps
11 39 (5.22%) Kalman Filter
12 38 (5.09%) Information Security
13 37 (4.95%) IT Strategy
13 37 (4.95%) Network Management
14 35 (4.69%) ITIL V3
15 34 (4.55%) Network Architecture
16 32 (4.28%) Configuration Management
17 31 (4.15%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 81 (10.84%) Python
2 18 (2.41%) PowerShell
3 14 (1.87%) SQL
4 13 (1.74%) Bash Shell
4 13 (1.74%) C
5 8 (1.07%) PHP
5 8 (1.07%) Shell Script
6 7 (0.94%) Perl
7 6 (0.80%) VBScript
8 5 (0.67%) C++
9 4 (0.54%) JavaScript
10 3 (0.40%) Java
11 2 (0.27%) Go
11 2 (0.27%) R
12 1 (0.13%) C#
12 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.13%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 417 (55.82%) Cisco Certification
2 309 (41.37%) CCNP
3 206 (27.58%) CCNA
4 73 (9.77%) CCIE
5 71 (9.50%) JNCIA
6 59 (7.90%) Degree
7 46 (6.16%) Security Cleared
8 44 (5.89%) JNCIP
9 40 (5.35%) JNCIS
10 32 (4.28%) CCDP
10 32 (4.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 22 (2.95%) SC Cleared
12 20 (2.68%) MCSE
13 19 (2.54%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 16 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
15 15 (2.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 14 (1.87%) MCITP
17 13 (1.74%) CCSA
18 12 (1.61%) CCDA
19 10 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (5.09%) SLA
2 33 (4.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (2.68%) PCI DSS
4 8 (1.07%) GDPR
5 3 (0.40%) QA
6 2 (0.27%) ISO 20022
6 2 (0.27%) ISO 8583
6 2 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 65 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 64 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (6.69%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.61%) Docker
5 20 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (2.41%) vSphere
7 17 (2.28%) VMware NSX
8 12 (1.61%) Firmware
9 6 (0.80%) iptables
9 6 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.67%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.40%) vCloud
12 2 (0.27%) Apache Flume
12 2 (0.27%) KVM
12 2 (0.27%) NLBS
12 2 (0.27%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.27%) XenApp
13 1 (0.13%) NFS
13 1 (0.13%) Samba
13 1 (0.13%) Squid
Systems Management
1 56 (7.50%) Ansible
2 48 (6.43%) FortiGate
3 28 (3.75%) Cisco Prime
4 27 (3.61%) Cisco CUCM
5 23 (3.08%) Kubernetes
6 14 (1.87%) SolarWinds Orion
7 13 (1.74%) Cisco UCCX
8 12 (1.61%) Terraform
9 10 (1.34%) Observium
9 10 (1.34%) vCenter Server
10 8 (1.07%) Nagios
10 8 (1.07%) Puppet
11 7 (0.94%) Salt
12 5 (0.67%) Amdocs OSS
12 5 (0.67%) CASB
12 5 (0.67%) SCCM
13 4 (0.54%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.54%) Icinga
13 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
13 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 515 (68.94%) Cisco
2 215 (28.78%) Juniper
3 141 (18.88%) Palo Alto
4 122 (16.33%) Microsoft
5 110 (14.73%) VMware
6 94 (12.58%) CheckPoint
7 89 (11.91%) F5
8 65 (8.70%) Meraki
9 60 (8.03%) Fortinet
10 54 (7.23%) Huawei
11 53 (7.10%) SolarWinds
12 50 (6.69%) HP
13 46 (6.16%) Citrix
14 31 (4.15%) Riverbed
15 29 (3.88%) Nokia
16 21 (2.81%) Infoblox
17 20 (2.68%) Sophos
18 17 (2.28%) Arista
18 17 (2.28%) Aruba
18 17 (2.28%) ForeScout