Period
to 8 December 2019

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 8 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
8 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 338 421 366
Rank change year-on-year +83 -55 -57
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 1,238 1,150 1,572
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.93% 0.72% 0.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.07% 4.84% 5.65%
Number of salaries quoted 866 1,007 1,266
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -5.26% - -

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 20,382 23,752 27,830
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.34% 14.95% 15.48%
Number of salaries quoted 15,921 18,656 22,534
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MPLS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MPLS.

Salary trend for MPLS in the UK

MPLS
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS over the 6 months to 8 December 2019.

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 8 December 2019. 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 +95 1,187 £50,000 -2.44% 177
UK excluding London +90 735 £45,000 -5.26% 112
London +72 470 £57,500 - 68
North of England +113 266 £42,500 +6.25% 40
South East +61 265 £50,000 -6.54% 37
Yorkshire +140 216 £42,500 -10.53% 15
Midlands -15 88 £52,500 +16.67% 15
West Midlands -28 52 £52,500 +10.53% 7
North West -11 50 £42,500 +8.97% 23
East of England +24 49 £45,000 -25.00% 6
South West +23 44 £42,500 -5.56% 11
East Midlands +21 36 £40,000 -11.11% 8
Scotland -4 14 £50,000 -13.04% 2
Wales -1 6 £40,000 -11.11% 1
Northern Ireland - 3 £37,500 -

For the 6 months to 8 December 2019, 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.

1 822 (66.40%) Cisco Certification
2 821 (66.32%) Cisco
3 737 (59.53%) WAN
4 734 (59.29%) Firewall
5 667 (53.88%) CCNP
6 599 (48.38%) BGP
7 488 (39.42%) CCNA
8 477 (38.53%) LAN
9 468 (37.80%) OSPF
10 454 (36.67%) VPN
11 337 (27.22%) Juniper
12 296 (23.91%) Network Design
13 293 (23.67%) Internet
14 257 (20.76%) Cisco ASA
15 256 (20.68%) Data Centre
16 249 (20.11%) Network Security
17 239 (19.31%) Palo Alto
18 237 (19.14%) DNS
19 231 (18.66%) Telecoms
20 229 (18.50%) Wireless
21 228 (18.42%) Azure
22 222 (17.93%) IPsec
23 196 (15.83%) Fortinet
24 191 (15.43%) ITIL
25 190 (15.35%) Degree
26 188 (15.19%) TCP/IP
27 184 (14.86%) Linux
28 170 (13.73%) Windows
29 163 (13.17%) VMware
30 161 (13.00%) Microsoft

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 65 (5.25%) Skype for Business
2 31 (2.50%) MS Exchange
3 23 (1.86%) SharePoint
4 16 (1.29%) IIS
5 8 (0.65%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.57%) Confluence
7 6 (0.48%) Apache
8 5 (0.40%) OpenStack
9 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.32%) nginx
10 2 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.16%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.081%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.081%) JBoss
Applications
1 31 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.86%) MS Visio
3 20 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.57%) Gephi
6 6 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.081%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.081%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.081%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.32%) Cisco SocialMiner
2 3 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.081%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.081%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.081%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 228 (18.42%) Azure
2 154 (12.44%) AWS
3 147 (11.87%) Office 365
4 34 (2.75%) G Suite
5 32 (2.58%) SaaS
6 29 (2.34%) IaaS
7 15 (1.21%) OpenShift
8 14 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (0.97%) PaaS
10 10 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
11 7 (0.57%) GCP
12 6 (0.48%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 6 (0.48%) OneDrive
13 5 (0.40%) Mimecast
14 4 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 3 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
15 3 (0.24%) Serverless
16 2 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
17 1 (0.081%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 737 (59.53%) WAN
2 734 (59.29%) Firewall
3 599 (48.38%) BGP
4 477 (38.53%) LAN
5 468 (37.80%) OSPF
6 454 (36.67%) VPN
7 293 (23.67%) Internet
8 257 (20.76%) Cisco ASA
9 249 (20.11%) Network Security
10 237 (19.14%) DNS
11 229 (18.50%) Wireless
12 222 (17.93%) IPsec
13 188 (15.19%) TCP/IP
14 156 (12.60%) VLAN
15 148 (11.95%) Ethernet
16 137 (11.07%) Cisco Nexus
17 133 (10.74%) DHCP
18 127 (10.26%) VoIP
19 122 (9.85%) Wi-Fi
20 118 (9.53%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (3.15%) Blockchain
2 35 (2.83%) SQL Server
3 21 (1.70%) MySQL
4 8 (0.65%) Apache Hive
4 8 (0.65%) Big Data
4 8 (0.65%) Impala
5 6 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.24%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 24 (1.94%) Git (software)
2 20 (1.62%) Subversion
3 18 (1.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 10 (0.81%) Fiddler
4 10 (0.81%) JIRA
4 10 (0.81%) Postman
4 10 (0.81%) Selenium
4 10 (0.81%) SpecFlow
5 4 (0.32%) GitLab
5 4 (0.32%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.081%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.081%) Bitbucket Server
6 1 (0.081%) git-flow
6 1 (0.081%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.081%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.081%) Zephyr
General
1 231 (18.66%) Telecoms
2 119 (9.61%) Finance
3 52 (4.20%) Retail
4 44 (3.55%) Banking
5 32 (2.58%) Public Sector
6 20 (1.62%) Aerospace
7 16 (1.29%) French Language
8 13 (1.05%) German Language
8 13 (1.05%) Italian Language
9 11 (0.89%) Marketing
10 9 (0.73%) Back Office
10 9 (0.73%) Law
10 9 (0.73%) Local Government
11 8 (0.65%) Advertising
11 8 (0.65%) Legal
12 7 (0.57%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.32%) Games
14 3 (0.24%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.16%) Investment Banking
15 2 (0.16%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 720 (58.16%) Network Engineer
2 165 (13.33%) Cisco Engineer
3 157 (12.68%) Senior Network Engineer
4 155 (12.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 99 (8.00%) Consultant
6 89 (7.19%) Network Security Engineer
6 89 (7.19%) Security Engineer
7 84 (6.79%) Architect
8 80 (6.46%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 64 (5.17%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
10 61 (4.93%) Cisco Security Engineer
11 54 (4.36%) Network Architect
12 53 (4.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 53 (4.28%) IP Engineer
13 47 (3.80%) IT Consultant
14 46 (3.72%) Network Consultant
15 40 (3.23%) Juniper Engineer
16 39 (3.15%) Project Engineer
17 38 (3.07%) Network Support
17 38 (3.07%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (3.15%) 802.1X
2 10 (0.81%) LAMP
2 10 (0.81%) LDAP
3 8 (0.65%) Elastic Stack
3 8 (0.65%) Kafka
4 5 (0.40%) Web Services
5 3 (0.24%) REST
6 2 (0.16%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (0.16%) gRPC
7 1 (0.081%) .NET
7 1 (0.081%) COM
7 1 (0.081%) Jinja
7 1 (0.081%) JSON
7 1 (0.081%) libvirt
7 1 (0.081%) RFC 2544
7 1 (0.081%) Vue.js
7 1 (0.081%) XMPP
7 1 (0.081%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 256 (20.68%) Data Centre
2 129 (10.42%) Management Information System
3 88 (7.11%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (5.82%) Analytical Skills
5 66 (5.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 35 (2.83%) Internet of Things
7 34 (2.75%) Driving Licence
8 33 (2.67%) Public Cloud
9 20 (1.62%) Replication
10 19 (1.53%) CCTV
11 18 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
12 17 (1.37%) Private Cloud
13 16 (1.29%) Robotics
14 15 (1.21%) Clustering
14 15 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
15 14 (1.13%) User Experience
16 13 (1.05%) Fibre Optics
17 12 (0.97%) IPTV
17 12 (0.97%) IVR
18 11 (0.89%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 184 (14.86%) Linux
2 170 (13.73%) Windows
3 118 (9.53%) Windows Server
4 114 (9.21%) Unix
5 36 (2.91%) Windows 10
6 30 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (2.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (1.78%) CentOS
8 22 (1.78%) Solaris
9 14 (1.13%) Ubuntu
10 11 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (0.81%) HPUX
11 10 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (0.73%) Windows 8
13 8 (0.65%) Debian
14 7 (0.57%) CatOS
14 7 (0.57%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.32%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.16%) Android
17 1 (0.081%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (23.91%) Network Design
2 191 (15.43%) ITIL
3 146 (11.79%) Presales
4 137 (11.07%) Problem-Solving
5 128 (10.34%) Network Management
6 123 (9.94%) Service Delivery
7 111 (8.97%) Change Control
8 100 (8.08%) Validation
9 99 (8.00%) Network Monitoring
10 94 (7.59%) Agile Software Development
11 91 (7.35%) Network Architecture
12 81 (6.54%) Product Management
13 79 (6.38%) Cybersecurity
14 77 (6.22%) Service Management
15 74 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 71 (5.74%) Load Balancing
17 65 (5.25%) Project Delivery
18 61 (4.93%) IT Strategy
18 61 (4.93%) Project Management
19 60 (4.85%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 116 (9.37%) Python
2 92 (7.43%) Bash Shell
3 80 (6.46%) Perl
4 40 (3.23%) SQL
5 25 (2.02%) C
6 23 (1.86%) PowerShell
7 11 (0.89%) C#
8 8 (0.65%) R
9 3 (0.24%) Java
9 3 (0.24%) PHP
10 2 (0.16%) C++
11 1 (0.081%) Go
11 1 (0.081%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.081%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 822 (66.40%) Cisco Certification
2 667 (53.88%) CCNP
3 488 (39.42%) CCNA
4 190 (15.35%) Degree
5 159 (12.84%) CCIE
6 100 (8.08%) JNCIA
7 87 (7.03%) CCDP
8 67 (5.41%) Security Cleared
9 64 (5.17%) JNCIP
10 55 (4.44%) JNCIS
11 46 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
12 45 (3.63%) JNCIE
13 41 (3.31%) SC Cleared
14 37 (2.99%) MCSE
15 32 (2.58%) DBS Check
16 25 (2.02%) CCDA
17 18 (1.45%) HNC
17 18 (1.45%) HND
18 16 (1.29%) CCIE Service Provider
19 14 (1.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (8.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 84 (6.79%) ISO 9001
3 53 (4.28%) SLA
4 15 (1.21%) PCI DSS
5 13 (1.05%) QA
6 6 (0.48%) GDPR
7 4 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.16%) NIST
10 1 (0.081%) BS7799
10 1 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 127 (10.26%) Active Directory
2 116 (9.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (5.98%) vCloud
4 43 (3.47%) Hyper-V
4 43 (3.47%) vSphere
5 38 (3.07%) XenApp
6 22 (1.78%) XenDesktop
7 18 (1.45%) Docker
8 17 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (1.13%) DRBD
10 13 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (1.05%) VMware NSX
11 11 (0.89%) Terminal Services
12 10 (0.81%) GlusterFS
13 9 (0.73%) NFS
13 9 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
14 8 (0.65%) Apache Flume
14 8 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 7 (0.57%) Firmware
16 6 (0.48%) iptables
Systems Management
1 120 (9.69%) FortiGate
2 88 (7.11%) Nagios
3 36 (2.91%) Ansible
4 27 (2.18%) Cisco CUCM
5 20 (1.62%) Kubernetes
6 19 (1.53%) SCCM
7 17 (1.37%) Puppet
8 16 (1.29%) Cisco Prime
8 16 (1.29%) vCenter Server
9 13 (1.05%) SolarWinds Orion
10 11 (0.89%) WSUS
11 10 (0.81%) Galera Cluster
11 10 (0.81%) ZABBIX
12 9 (0.73%) BMC PATROL
12 9 (0.73%) Kibana
13 8 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
13 8 (0.65%) Oozie
14 7 (0.57%) Cacti
15 6 (0.48%) Cisco UCCE
15 6 (0.48%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 821 (66.32%) Cisco
2 337 (27.22%) Juniper
3 239 (19.31%) Palo Alto
4 196 (15.83%) Fortinet
5 163 (13.17%) VMware
6 161 (13.00%) Microsoft
7 140 (11.31%) CheckPoint
8 108 (8.72%) F5
8 108 (8.72%) Meraki
9 95 (7.67%) Citrix
10 74 (5.98%) HP
10 74 (5.98%) SolarWinds
11 56 (4.52%) Aruba
12 49 (3.96%) Dell
13 45 (3.63%) Google
14 41 (3.31%) Huawei
15 38 (3.07%) Arista
16 32 (2.58%) Forcepoint
17 27 (2.18%) Veeam
18 26 (2.10%) Mitel