Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 456 377 347
Rank change year-on-year -79 -30 +96
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 469 854 1,404
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.78% 0.94%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.30% 5.16% 6.16%
Number of salaries quoted 352 670 1,113
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £32,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £39,000 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £54,000 £52,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% +3.85% +0.97%
75th Percentile £66,250 £67,500 £63,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £76,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% -3.06%

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 10,917 16,543 22,804
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.93% 15.04% 15.34%
Number of salaries quoted 8,310 13,218 17,696
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,250 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £66,250 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -76 427 £52,500 -4.55% 82
UK excluding London -12 314 £50,000 +11.11% 70
North of England +43 137 £52,500 +34.62% 19
London -84 123 £58,750 -6.00% 16
Work from Home -73 92 £55,000 -8.33% 12
Yorkshire +45 86 £52,500 +16.67% 9
South East -14 81 £47,500 -18.28% 16
North West +24 49 £52,500 +65.35% 10
East of England +57 42 £60,000 +50.00% 2
Midlands +5 32 £37,750 -29.44% 12
South West -5 26 £45,000 - 17
East Midlands +11 18 £40,000 - 4
West Midlands -1 17 £42,500 -24.11% 8
Scotland +6 11 £75,000 +127.27% 4
North East +2 6 £32,500 -13.33%
Wales +36 4 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 20 April 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.

1 293 (62.47%) Cisco
2 261 (55.65%) Firewall
3 244 (52.03%) WAN
4 214 (45.63%) BGP
5 211 (44.99%) Cisco Certification
6 186 (39.66%) LAN
7 166 (35.39%) OSPF
8 158 (33.69%) VPN
9 148 (31.56%) CCNP
10 135 (28.78%) Juniper
11 122 (26.01%) SD-WAN
12 118 (25.16%) VLAN
13 105 (22.39%) Wireless
14 104 (22.17%) Data Centre
15 101 (21.54%) Microsoft
16 100 (21.32%) CCNA
17 98 (20.90%) DNS
18 92 (19.62%) Network Security
18 92 (19.62%) Palo Alto
19 90 (19.19%) TCP/IP
20 89 (18.98%) Internet
20 89 (18.98%) Azure
21 87 (18.55%) ITIL
22 86 (18.34%) Windows
23 82 (17.48%) Wi-Fi
24 80 (17.06%) Ethernet
25 78 (16.63%) DHCP
26 74 (15.78%) Linux
27 73 (15.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 71 (15.14%) Active Directory

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 18 (3.84%) MS Exchange
2 17 (3.62%) OpenStack
3 16 (3.41%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.92%) IIS
4 9 (1.92%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.28%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.64%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.21%) Confluence
7 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.21%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.35%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.28%) Gephi
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.43%) Relativity
2 1 (0.21%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 89 (18.98%) Azure
2 67 (14.29%) Microsoft 365
3 47 (10.02%) AWS
4 15 (3.20%) Cloud Computing
4 15 (3.20%) SaaS
5 11 (2.35%) IaaS
6 8 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
6 8 (1.71%) Mimecast
7 6 (1.28%) Route 53
7 6 (1.28%) Slack
8 5 (1.07%) GCP
8 5 (1.07%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 3 (0.64%) PaaS
11 2 (0.43%) AWS Direct Connect
11 2 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.43%) GitHub
11 2 (0.43%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 261 (55.65%) Firewall
2 244 (52.03%) WAN
3 214 (45.63%) BGP
4 186 (39.66%) LAN
5 166 (35.39%) OSPF
6 158 (33.69%) VPN
7 122 (26.01%) SD-WAN
8 118 (25.16%) VLAN
9 105 (22.39%) Wireless
10 98 (20.90%) DNS
11 92 (19.62%) Network Security
12 90 (19.19%) TCP/IP
13 89 (18.98%) Internet
14 82 (17.48%) Wi-Fi
15 80 (17.06%) Ethernet
16 78 (16.63%) DHCP
17 65 (13.86%) VoIP
18 59 (12.58%) IPv6
19 56 (11.94%) Cisco Nexus
20 55 (11.73%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (3.41%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (1.28%) Apache Hive
3 6 (1.28%) Big Data
3 6 (1.28%) Impala
4 5 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.43%) RavenDB
5 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.21%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 9 (1.92%) JIRA
2 6 (1.28%) Bitbucket
2 6 (1.28%) Bitbucket Server
2 6 (1.28%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.28%) git-flow
2 6 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.43%) GCC
3 2 (0.43%) Gradle
3 2 (0.43%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.43%) Maven
4 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 64 (13.65%) Telecoms
2 26 (5.54%) Finance
3 15 (3.20%) Banking
4 14 (2.99%) Law
4 14 (2.99%) Public Sector
5 11 (2.35%) Publishing
6 9 (1.92%) Legal
7 8 (1.71%) Retail
8 7 (1.49%) Electronics
8 7 (1.49%) Marketing
9 5 (1.07%) Fire and Rescue
10 4 (0.85%) Games
10 4 (0.85%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.43%) Local Government
12 1 (0.21%) Advertising
12 1 (0.21%) Billing
12 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 201 (42.86%) Network Engineer
2 78 (16.63%) Senior Network Engineer
3 61 (13.01%) Architect
4 57 (12.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 43 (9.17%) Network Architect
6 38 (8.10%) IP Engineer
7 33 (7.04%) IP Network Engineer
7 33 (7.04%) Systems Engineer
8 29 (6.18%) Cisco Engineer
9 28 (5.97%) Juniper Engineer
10 25 (5.33%) Chief Systems Engineer
10 25 (5.33%) Consultant
11 24 (5.12%) Core Network Engineer
12 23 (4.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 22 (4.69%) Analyst
14 20 (4.26%) IT Engineer
14 20 (4.26%) Support Engineer
15 18 (3.84%) Network Consultant
15 18 (3.84%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 17 (3.62%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.81%) 802.1X
2 27 (5.76%) RESTful
3 10 (2.13%) REST
4 8 (1.71%) Web Services
5 7 (1.49%) gRPC
5 7 (1.49%) libvirt
6 6 (1.28%) Elastic Stack
6 6 (1.28%) Kafka
7 2 (0.43%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (0.43%) Jinja
7 2 (0.43%) JSON
7 2 (0.43%) MSMQ
7 2 (0.43%) React
7 2 (0.43%) SOAP
7 2 (0.43%) YAML
8 1 (0.21%) .NET
8 1 (0.21%) Express
Miscellaneous
1 104 (22.17%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (4.05%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.84%) Organisational Skills
5 17 (3.62%) Clustering
6 13 (2.77%) Driving Licence
7 11 (2.35%) Replication
8 10 (2.13%) Public Cloud
9 8 (1.71%) FMCG
9 8 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (1.28%) Analytical Mindset
10 6 (1.28%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 6 (1.28%) Private Cloud
11 4 (0.85%) Cybercrime
11 4 (0.85%) Fibre Optics
11 4 (0.85%) Podcast
12 3 (0.64%) ASIC
12 3 (0.64%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.64%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 86 (18.34%) Windows
2 74 (15.78%) Linux
3 54 (11.51%) Windows Server
4 21 (4.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (3.62%) Windows 10
6 16 (3.41%) Ubuntu
6 16 (3.41%) Windows Server 2019
7 12 (2.56%) Unix
7 12 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.92%) Mac OS X
9 8 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (1.49%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.64%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.43%) Android
12 2 (0.43%) SUSE
12 2 (0.43%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2016
13 1 (0.21%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (18.55%) ITIL
2 73 (15.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 53 (11.30%) Network Design
4 45 (9.59%) Presales
5 39 (8.32%) Network Virtualisation
6 37 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
7 31 (6.61%) Disaster Recovery
8 30 (6.40%) Storage Management
9 29 (6.18%) Network Management
10 28 (5.97%) Network Architecture
11 27 (5.76%) Service Delivery
12 26 (5.54%) Capacity Planning
13 23 (4.90%) Kalman Filter
14 22 (4.69%) Mentoring
14 22 (4.69%) Project Management
15 21 (4.48%) Network Monitoring
16 20 (4.26%) ITIL V3
17 18 (3.84%) High Availability
18 17 (3.62%) Load Balancing
19 16 (3.41%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 62 (13.22%) Python
2 27 (5.76%) SQL
3 16 (3.41%) Perl
4 15 (3.20%) C
4 15 (3.20%) PowerShell
5 14 (2.99%) Bash Shell
6 12 (2.56%) PHP
7 8 (1.71%) R
8 5 (1.07%) Go
9 4 (0.85%) Java
10 2 (0.43%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.43%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 211 (44.99%) Cisco Certification
2 148 (31.56%) CCNP
3 100 (21.32%) CCNA
4 38 (8.10%) Security Cleared
5 35 (7.46%) JNCIA
6 34 (7.25%) JNCIP
7 30 (6.40%) Degree
8 29 (6.18%) CCIE
9 26 (5.54%) Microsoft Certification
10 25 (5.33%) SC Cleared
11 21 (4.48%) MCSE
12 15 (3.20%) CCDP
13 13 (2.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 11 (2.35%) CISSP
15 10 (2.13%) CCDA
16 9 (1.92%) JNCIE
17 8 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
17 8 (1.71%) MCSA
18 7 (1.49%) JNCIS
18 7 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.20%) SLA
2 11 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.49%) OASIS TOSCA
4 3 (0.64%) COBIT
4 3 (0.64%) GRC
4 3 (0.64%) QA
5 2 (0.43%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) NIST
System Software
1 71 (15.14%) Active Directory
2 49 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (5.12%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.20%) KVM
5 12 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (2.13%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.71%) Firmware
7 8 (1.71%) FreeRADIUS
8 6 (1.28%) Apache Flume
8 6 (1.28%) vSphere
9 4 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.64%) Docker
10 3 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.64%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.43%) NLBS
11 2 (0.43%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.43%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.43%) XenApp
12 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 26 (5.54%) FortiGate
2 22 (4.69%) Ansible
3 18 (3.84%) Nagios
4 16 (3.41%) SCCM
5 13 (2.77%) Puppet
6 12 (2.56%) Nmap
7 11 (2.35%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (2.13%) Kubernetes
9 9 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
10 8 (1.71%) NetBackup
10 8 (1.71%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (1.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 7 (1.49%) Cacti
11 7 (1.49%) Terraform
12 6 (1.28%) Cisco CUCM
12 6 (1.28%) Kibana
12 6 (1.28%) Oozie
13 5 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
14 4 (0.85%) vCenter Server
14 4 (0.85%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 293 (62.47%) Cisco
2 135 (28.78%) Juniper
3 101 (21.54%) Microsoft
4 92 (19.62%) Palo Alto
5 69 (14.71%) VMware
6 66 (14.07%) Fortinet
7 56 (11.94%) CheckPoint
8 41 (8.74%) HP
9 36 (7.68%) F5
10 34 (7.25%) Meraki
11 20 (4.26%) BT
11 20 (4.26%) Veeam
12 19 (4.05%) Citrix
13 18 (3.84%) Avaya
14 17 (3.62%) SolarWinds
15 15 (3.20%) Mitel
16 13 (2.77%) Nokia
17 12 (2.56%) Symantec
18 11 (2.35%) EMC
18 11 (2.35%) Riverbed