Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies requiring MPLS skills. It includes a benchmarking guide to the annual salaries offered in vacancies that cited MPLS over the 6 months leading up to 17 July 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
17 Jul 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 536 473 654
Rank change year-on-year -63 +181 -103
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 387 500 806
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.59% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.07% 3.72% 3.48%
Number of salaries quoted 300 323 616
10th Percentile £32,500 £38,500 £39,375
25th Percentile £43,619 £46,500 £48,438
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £71,563 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £80,250 £95,000 £89,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £50,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -3.00% -9.09% +6.80%

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK

MPLS falls under the Communications and Computer Networking category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies requiring communications or computer networking skills.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 12,621 13,449 23,170
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 12.62% 15.94% 12.91%
Number of salaries quoted 8,419 7,526 12,490
10th Percentile £26,250 £28,500 £28,500
25th Percentile £32,500 £36,031 £38,031
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £51,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -7.77% -1.90% +5.00%
75th Percentile £63,750 £70,083 £70,863
90th Percentile £78,750 £87,500 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,934 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year -0.15% -5.26% +5.56%

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 17 July 2024.

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 17 July 2024. 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 -16 363 £52,500 -12.50% 41
UK excluding London -50 245 £48,500 -3.00% 38
Work from Home +49 156 £52,500 -14.29% 18
London +7 129 £70,000 +7.69% 7
Midlands +17 79 £48,500 -30.71% 5
West Midlands +49 76 £48,500 -37.42% 4
North of England +27 71 £47,750 +6.11% 15
South East -22 63 £58,750 +6.82% 11
North West +12 47 £45,000 -35.71% 9
Yorkshire +33 30 £60,000 +33.33% 6
East of England -13 27 £45,000 -25.00% 4
South West -47 18 £48,500 -3.00% 1
Wales +29 12 £42,977 +79.07% 1
North East -23 3 £62,500 -19.35% 1
East Midlands -38 3 £50,000 -28.57% 1
Scotland -71 2 £75,000 -

MPLS
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 41 (10.59%) Microsoft Exchange
2 16 (4.13%) SharePoint
3 10 (2.58%) Skype for Business
4 5 (1.29%) CMS
5 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.03%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 87 (22.48%) Azure
2 63 (16.28%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (10.59%) AWS
4 19 (4.91%) SaaS
5 15 (3.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 15 (3.88%) IaaS
6 14 (3.62%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (2.84%) PaaS
8 10 (2.58%) Entra ID
9 8 (2.07%) GCP
10 5 (1.29%) AWS Direct Connect
10 5 (1.29%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (1.29%) Power Platform
10 5 (1.29%) PowerApps
11 4 (1.03%) Azure Sentinel
11 4 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.78%) Azure DevOps
12 3 (0.78%) Rubrik
13 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Purview
13 1 (0.26%) Nutanix
Communications & Networking
1 264 (68.22%) WAN
2 194 (50.13%) BGP
3 183 (47.29%) Firewall
4 169 (43.67%) LAN
5 128 (33.07%) VPN
6 119 (30.75%) OSPF
7 112 (28.94%) SD-WAN
8 90 (23.26%) Wi-Fi
9 80 (20.67%) VLAN
10 76 (19.64%) TCP/IP
11 68 (17.57%) Wireless
12 65 (16.80%) DHCP
13 61 (15.76%) DNS
13 61 (15.76%) IPsec
14 51 (13.18%) WLAN
15 50 (12.92%) Network Security
16 47 (12.14%) VoIP
17 41 (10.59%) Internet
18 37 (9.56%) Ethernet
19 24 (6.20%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (2.84%) MongoDB
1 11 (2.84%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.26%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 13 (3.36%) JIRA
2 11 (2.84%) GitLab
3 1 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 58 (14.99%) Telecoms
2 54 (13.95%) Social Skills
3 36 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (6.20%) Law
5 17 (4.39%) Finance
6 10 (2.58%) Organisational Skills
6 10 (2.58%) Retail
7 9 (2.33%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 6 (1.55%) Public Sector
9 5 (1.29%) Local Government
9 5 (1.29%) Police
10 4 (1.03%) Manufacturing
10 4 (1.03%) Marketing
11 2 (0.52%) Advertising
11 2 (0.52%) Automotive
11 2 (0.52%) Welsh Language
12 1 (0.26%) Billing
12 1 (0.26%) Documentation Skills
12 1 (0.26%) Military
12 1 (0.26%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 174 (44.96%) Network Engineer
2 101 (26.10%) Senior
3 60 (15.50%) Senior Network Engineer
4 44 (11.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 39 (10.08%) IP Engineer
6 37 (9.56%) Analyst
7 33 (8.53%) Network Analyst
8 32 (8.27%) Juniper Engineer
9 28 (7.24%) IP Network Engineer
10 24 (6.20%) Architect
11 23 (5.94%) Cisco Engineer
11 23 (5.94%) Core Network Engineer
12 22 (5.68%) Senior Core Network Engineer
13 21 (5.43%) Senior IP Engineer
14 20 (5.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 19 (4.91%) WAN Engineer
16 18 (4.65%) Network Operations Analyst
16 18 (4.65%) Operations Analyst
16 18 (4.65%) Senior IP Network Engineer
17 17 (4.39%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.91%) 802.1X
2 18 (4.65%) XML
3 17 (4.39%) NETCONF
4 12 (3.10%) RESTCONF
5 11 (2.84%) JSON
5 11 (2.84%) REST
5 11 (2.84%) SOAP
5 11 (2.84%) YAML
5 11 (2.84%) YANG
6 8 (2.07%) SAML
7 7 (1.81%) HTML
8 2 (0.52%) EDI
8 2 (0.52%) LDAP
8 2 (0.52%) Web Services
8 2 (0.52%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.26%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 96 (24.81%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.43%) Driving Licence
2 21 (5.43%) Public Cloud
3 20 (5.17%) Management Information System
4 16 (4.13%) IoT
5 13 (3.36%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.07%) ARM Cortex
6 8 (2.07%) Client/Server
6 8 (2.07%) Cyber Threat
6 8 (2.07%) PKI
7 7 (1.81%) FMCG
7 7 (1.81%) Operational Technology
7 7 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (0.78%) Clustering
11 2 (0.52%) SCADA
12 1 (0.26%) Linux Command Line
12 1 (0.26%) NHS
12 1 (0.26%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 33 (8.53%) Windows
2 31 (8.01%) Windows Server
3 25 (6.46%) Linux
4 19 (4.91%) Unix
5 11 (2.84%) CentOS
6 10 (2.58%) VyOS
7 7 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.81%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (1.29%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.78%) VMS
10 2 (0.52%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.52%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (16.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 60 (15.50%) Cybersecurity
3 55 (14.21%) ITIL
4 51 (13.18%) Network Management
5 50 (12.92%) Customer Service
6 39 (10.08%) Problem-Solving
7 38 (9.82%) Project Management
7 38 (9.82%) Roadmaps
8 34 (8.79%) Agile
8 34 (8.79%) Network Design
9 32 (8.27%) Technical Leadership
10 31 (8.01%) Load Balancing
10 31 (8.01%) Mentoring
11 25 (6.46%) High Availability
12 23 (5.94%) Technology Roadmap
13 22 (5.68%) Change Control
14 21 (5.43%) Information Security
15 20 (5.17%) Continuous Improvement
15 20 (5.17%) Project Delivery
16 19 (4.91%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 24 (6.20%) Python
2 20 (5.17%) PowerShell
3 12 (3.10%) SQL
4 2 (0.52%) Bicep
5 1 (0.26%) Go
5 1 (0.26%) Kusto Query Language
Qualifications
1 128 (33.07%) Cisco Certification
2 91 (23.51%) CCNA
3 72 (18.60%) CCNP
4 60 (15.50%) Security Cleared
5 36 (9.30%) SC Cleared
6 31 (8.01%) CCIE
7 27 (6.98%) CCDP
8 22 (5.68%) Degree
8 22 (5.68%) JNCIP
9 21 (5.43%) JNCIA
10 16 (4.13%) APMP
11 15 (3.88%) JNCIE
12 13 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (2.58%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (2.33%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 9 (2.33%) MCSE
15 8 (2.07%) Azure Certification
15 8 (2.07%) CTC Cleared
16 4 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.43%) SLA
2 19 (4.91%) Cyber Essentials
3 13 (3.36%) GDPR
4 10 (2.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (2.07%) COSHH
5 8 (2.07%) NCSC
6 5 (1.29%) HIPAA
7 4 (1.03%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 64 (16.54%) Active Directory
2 56 (14.47%) Hyper-V
3 37 (9.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (5.17%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (2.84%) Docker
6 8 (2.07%) Firmware
7 4 (1.03%) vCloud
8 3 (0.78%) VMware NSX
8 3 (0.78%) vSphere
9 1 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 29 (7.49%) FortiGate
2 23 (5.94%) WSUS
3 13 (3.36%) Kubernetes
4 9 (2.33%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (2.07%) Progress Chef
5 8 (2.07%) Puppet
5 8 (2.07%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (1.55%) Nessus
7 5 (1.29%) Ansible
8 4 (1.03%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 4 (1.03%) BMC PATROL
8 4 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
8 4 (1.03%) SCCM
9 3 (0.78%) Endace
9 3 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (0.78%) Nagios
9 3 (0.78%) OfficeScan
9 3 (0.78%) Terraform
9 3 (0.78%) ZABBIX
10 2 (0.52%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 227 (58.66%) Cisco
2 134 (34.63%) Juniper
3 86 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 68 (17.57%) Fortinet
5 56 (14.47%) Nokia
6 54 (13.95%) VMware
7 43 (11.11%) Meraki
8 36 (9.30%) Palo Alto
9 34 (8.79%) CheckPoint
10 33 (8.53%) Ruckus Wireless
11 31 (8.01%) SolarWinds
12 29 (7.49%) HP
13 17 (4.39%) Dell
14 16 (4.13%) Darktrace
14 16 (4.13%) F5
14 16 (4.13%) NEC
14 16 (4.13%) Ribbon
15 15 (3.88%) Aruba
16 10 (2.58%) Arista
16 10 (2.58%) Vyatta