Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 357 282 430
Rank change year-on-year -75 +148 -79
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 380 1,567 1,207
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 1.15% 0.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.08% 7.40% 4.96%
Number of salaries quoted 353 1,067 1,090
Median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £52,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.53% -8.65% -0.95%
10th Percentile £31,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%

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 7,473 21,179 24,314
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.30% 15.57% 14.87%
Number of salaries quoted 5,946 16,254 19,239
Median annual salary £51,000 £45,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.09% -4.21% +5.56%
10th Percentile £30,000 £25,750 £25,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -73 367 £52,500 +10.53% 66
UK excluding London -87 215 £50,000 +11.11% 57
London +20 149 £60,000 +4.35% 10
North of England -93 85 £55,000 +37.50% 22
North West +126 59 £55,000 +29.41% 9
South East +32 56 £55,000 +15.79% 13
Midlands +78 35 £55,000 +4.76% 6
Work from Home +5 35 £47,500 -9.52% 8
Yorkshire -100 28 £55,000 +37.50% 11
East of England +119 27 £47,500 -13.64% 4
West Midlands +69 27 £44,000 -17.76% 2
South West +86 17 £45,000 +5.88% 11
East Midlands +68 8 £55,000 +29.41% 4
Scotland +87 3 - -
North East +24 2 £37,500 +2.74% 2

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 267 (70.26%) Cisco
2 242 (63.68%) WAN
3 212 (55.79%) BGP
4 209 (55.00%) Cisco Certification
5 205 (53.95%) Firewall
6 174 (45.79%) LAN
7 162 (42.63%) CCNP
8 160 (42.11%) OSPF
9 142 (37.37%) VPN
10 133 (35.00%) Wireless
11 110 (28.95%) CCNA
12 99 (26.05%) Palo Alto
13 95 (25.00%) Data Centre
14 88 (23.16%) Microsoft
15 85 (22.37%) Azure
16 81 (21.32%) VLAN
17 76 (20.00%) Juniper
18 73 (19.21%) Network Security
19 66 (17.37%) EIGRP
19 66 (17.37%) Python
20 62 (16.32%) Fortinet
21 61 (16.05%) AWS
22 60 (15.79%) DNS
22 60 (15.79%) VoIP
23 59 (15.53%) ITIL
23 59 (15.53%) CheckPoint
23 59 (15.53%) Finance
23 59 (15.53%) Cisco Nexus
24 56 (14.74%) Office 365
24 56 (14.74%) IPsec

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 23 (6.05%) Skype for Business
2 10 (2.63%) IIS
3 6 (1.58%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.05%) CMS
4 4 (1.05%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.05%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.53%) Confluence
5 2 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.53%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.26%) DNN
6 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 48 (12.63%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (6.32%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 85 (22.37%) Azure
2 61 (16.05%) AWS
3 56 (14.74%) Office 365
4 31 (8.16%) Azure Active Directory
5 23 (6.05%) GCP
5 23 (6.05%) Route 53
5 23 (6.05%) Slack
6 16 (4.21%) IaaS
7 9 (2.37%) PaaS
8 8 (2.11%) SaaS
9 2 (0.53%) Smartsheet
9 2 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.26%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.26%) GitHub
10 1 (0.26%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.26%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 242 (63.68%) WAN
2 212 (55.79%) BGP
3 205 (53.95%) Firewall
4 174 (45.79%) LAN
5 160 (42.11%) OSPF
6 142 (37.37%) VPN
7 133 (35.00%) Wireless
8 81 (21.32%) VLAN
9 73 (19.21%) Network Security
10 66 (17.37%) EIGRP
11 60 (15.79%) DNS
11 60 (15.79%) VoIP
12 59 (15.53%) Cisco Nexus
13 56 (14.74%) DHCP
13 56 (14.74%) IPsec
13 56 (14.74%) TCP/IP
14 55 (14.47%) Ethernet
15 54 (14.21%) Cisco ASA
16 50 (13.16%) Wi-Fi
17 44 (11.58%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.16%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.05%) Big Data
3 2 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.53%) MySQL
3 2 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.26%) Redis
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.26%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 4 (1.05%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (0.79%) JIRA
3 2 (0.53%) Git (software)
General
1 59 (15.53%) Finance
2 46 (12.11%) Telecoms
3 14 (3.68%) Financial Institution
4 13 (3.42%) Banking
5 6 (1.58%) German Language
5 6 (1.58%) Public Sector
6 5 (1.32%) French Language
6 5 (1.32%) Italian Language
6 5 (1.32%) Spanish Language
7 4 (1.05%) Marketing
7 4 (1.05%) Retail
8 2 (0.53%) Advertising
8 2 (0.53%) Automotive
8 2 (0.53%) Electronics
8 2 (0.53%) Law
8 2 (0.53%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.53%) Military
8 2 (0.53%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 207 (54.47%) Network Engineer
2 79 (20.79%) Senior Network Engineer
3 51 (13.42%) IP Engineer
4 48 (12.63%) IP Network Engineer
5 38 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
6 31 (8.16%) Architect
6 31 (8.16%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 21 (5.53%) NOC Engineer
8 20 (5.26%) Analyst
8 20 (5.26%) Consultant
9 16 (4.21%) IT Manager
10 15 (3.95%) Support Engineer
11 13 (3.42%) Infrastructure Manager
11 13 (3.42%) Network Architect
11 13 (3.42%) Network Consultant
11 13 (3.42%) Technical Support
12 12 (3.16%) Network Security Engineer
12 12 (3.16%) Security Engineer
12 12 (3.16%) Senior Cisco Engineer
12 12 (3.16%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (8.16%) 802.1X
2 9 (2.37%) RESTful
3 5 (1.32%) LDAP
4 4 (1.05%) REST
5 2 (0.53%) LAMP
5 2 (0.53%) Web Services
5 2 (0.53%) XMPP
6 1 (0.26%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.26%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.26%) JSON
6 1 (0.26%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.26%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 95 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 19 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (3.95%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (3.68%) Public Cloud
5 13 (3.42%) Management Information System
6 11 (2.89%) Hybrid Cloud
7 10 (2.63%) Clustering
8 7 (1.84%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.58%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.32%) PKI
11 4 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.79%) BYOD
12 3 (0.79%) CESG
12 3 (0.79%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.79%) Cybercrime
12 3 (0.79%) Renewable Energy
13 2 (0.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 2 (0.53%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.53%) MPEG
13 2 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (12.37%) Windows
2 43 (11.32%) Linux
3 29 (7.63%) Windows Server
4 23 (6.05%) Mac OS X
5 8 (2.11%) Android
5 8 (2.11%) Apple iOS
5 8 (2.11%) Windows 10
6 7 (1.84%) CentOS
7 4 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.79%) Debian
8 3 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.53%) CatOS
9 2 (0.53%) Unix
9 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.53%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.26%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (15.53%) ITIL
2 36 (9.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 36 (9.47%) Project Delivery
3 35 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
4 31 (8.16%) B2B
5 30 (7.89%) Load Balancing
6 28 (7.37%) Network Monitoring
7 25 (6.58%) Network Design
7 25 (6.58%) Performance Analysis
8 24 (6.32%) Project Management
9 23 (6.05%) Capacity Planning
9 23 (6.05%) Identity Management
9 23 (6.05%) Security Monitoring
10 18 (4.74%) Artificial Intelligence
10 18 (4.74%) WAN Optimisation
11 17 (4.47%) Mentoring
11 17 (4.47%) Migration
11 17 (4.47%) Presales
12 16 (4.21%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (4.21%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 66 (17.37%) Python
2 10 (2.63%) Perl
3 5 (1.32%) Bash Shell
3 5 (1.32%) Java
3 5 (1.32%) SQL
4 4 (1.05%) C
4 4 (1.05%) PHP
5 2 (0.53%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 209 (55.00%) Cisco Certification
2 162 (42.63%) CCNP
3 110 (28.95%) CCNA
4 46 (12.11%) CCIE
5 31 (8.16%) JNCIA
6 14 (3.68%) Degree
6 14 (3.68%) JNCIP
7 11 (2.89%) JNCIS
8 9 (2.37%) CCDP
8 9 (2.37%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 8 (2.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 7 (1.84%) CCIP
10 7 (1.84%) JNCIE
10 7 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (1.58%) CCDA
11 6 (1.58%) MCSE
11 6 (1.58%) Security Cleared
12 4 (1.05%) CCA
12 4 (1.05%) CCVP
12 4 (1.05%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (4.21%) SLA
3 13 (3.42%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.32%) NIST
5 3 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.53%) GDPR
7 1 (0.26%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.26%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 50 (13.16%) Active Directory
2 26 (6.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.68%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.84%) VMware NSX
5 5 (1.32%) vSphere
6 3 (0.79%) Firmware
7 2 (0.53%) Docker
7 2 (0.53%) NFS
7 2 (0.53%) pfSense
7 2 (0.53%) ProxySG
7 2 (0.53%) Samba
7 2 (0.53%) Squid
7 2 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.53%) XenApp
8 1 (0.26%) vCloud
8 1 (0.26%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 46 (12.11%) Ansible
2 31 (8.16%) Nagios
3 24 (6.32%) Opscode Chef
3 24 (6.32%) Puppet
4 23 (6.05%) Cisco CUCM
5 18 (4.74%) FortiGate
6 9 (2.37%) SCCM
7 8 (2.11%) Cisco UCCX
8 6 (1.58%) Terraform
9 5 (1.32%) Cisco CME
9 5 (1.32%) Prometheus
9 5 (1.32%) ZABBIX
10 4 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.79%) Cisco Prime
11 3 (0.79%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.53%) SolarWinds Orion
13 1 (0.26%) Nessus
13 1 (0.26%) Stealthwatch
13 1 (0.26%) WSUS
Vendors
1 267 (70.26%) Cisco
2 99 (26.05%) Palo Alto
3 88 (23.16%) Microsoft
4 76 (20.00%) Juniper
5 62 (16.32%) Fortinet
6 59 (15.53%) CheckPoint
7 44 (11.58%) F5
8 41 (10.79%) VMware
9 32 (8.42%) Meraki
9 32 (8.42%) Riverbed
10 28 (7.37%) Avaya
11 19 (5.00%) SolarWinds
12 14 (3.68%) ForeScout
12 14 (3.68%) Infoblox
12 14 (3.68%) Sophos
13 11 (2.89%) Citrix
14 10 (2.63%) HP
14 10 (2.63%) McAfee
15 8 (2.11%) Ruckus Wireless
15 8 (2.11%) WatchGuard