Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
23 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 302 418 313
Rank change year-on-year +116 -105 +2
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 1,532 1,258 1,801
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 0.73% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.83% 4.83% 6.68%
Number of salaries quoted 1,129 995 1,532
UK median annual salary £48,750 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.14% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,214 £32,200 £32,500
90th Percentile £73,750 £71,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -8.16% +8.89% -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 22,417 26,044 26,980
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.56% 15.15% 15.95%
Number of salaries quoted 16,978 20,666 22,008
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.20% +1.11% -
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,000 £25,625
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 23 May 2019.

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 23 May 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 +120 1,482 £49,250 -6.19% 47
UK excluding London +127 1,041 £45,000 -8.16% 34
North of England +192 520 £40,000 -5.88% 15
London +59 463 £57,500 +4.55% 14
Yorkshire +194 432 £40,000 -5.33% 8
South East +5 239 £47,500 -9.52% 8
Midlands +20 107 £42,500 +2.41% 6
West Midlands +24 91 £42,500 - 4
South West +52 83 £40,000 -4.19% 2
North West +19 83 £42,500 -1.16% 7
East of England +41 66 £55,000 -12.00% 2
East Midlands +10 16 £37,500 -9.64% 2
Wales +26 13 £42,000 +4.45%
Scotland -7 11 £57,500 +43.75%
North East +10 5 £36,500 +82.50%
Isle of Man - 3 £51,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 1,110 (72.45%) Cisco
2 963 (62.86%) Cisco Certification
3 945 (61.68%) Firewall
4 916 (59.79%) WAN
5 822 (53.66%) CCNP
6 734 (47.91%) BGP
7 710 (46.34%) VPN
8 646 (42.17%) OSPF
9 576 (37.60%) CCNA
10 509 (33.22%) Cisco ASA
11 471 (30.74%) DNS
12 428 (27.94%) LAN
13 405 (26.44%) Network Security
14 389 (25.39%) Network Design
15 380 (24.80%) Cisco Nexus
16 370 (24.15%) IPsec
17 361 (23.56%) Juniper
18 324 (21.15%) Linux
19 314 (20.50%) Network Management
20 308 (20.10%) Fortinet
21 305 (19.91%) Data Centre
22 285 (18.60%) Service Delivery
23 282 (18.41%) Python
24 275 (17.95%) NetScaler
25 266 (17.36%) Microsoft Azure
26 262 (17.10%) Palo Alto
27 259 (16.91%) CheckPoint
28 258 (16.84%) Wireless
29 257 (16.78%) Nagios
30 254 (16.58%) ISO/IEC 27001

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 87 (5.68%) Skype for Business
2 78 (5.09%) MS Exchange
3 49 (3.20%) SharePoint
4 48 (3.13%) IIS
5 30 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2010
6 17 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (0.72%) Apache
8 10 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (0.65%) Tomcat
9 8 (0.52%) CMS
10 5 (0.33%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.20%) JBoss
11 3 (0.20%) WildFly
12 2 (0.13%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.13%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.13%) nginx
12 2 (0.13%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.13%) Site Server
12 2 (0.13%) Smallworld
Applications
1 45 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.02%) MS Visio
3 22 (1.44%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.13%) Gephi
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.33%) Q-Pulse
2 5 (0.33%) Sage CRM
3 2 (0.13%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.065%) GoldMine
4 1 (0.065%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 266 (17.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 171 (11.16%) Office 365
3 155 (10.12%) Amazon AWS
4 45 (2.94%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 35 (2.28%) SaaS
6 34 (2.22%) IaaS
7 19 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (0.85%) PaaS
9 12 (0.78%) OpenShift
10 10 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
10 10 (0.65%) Power Platform
11 6 (0.39%) G Suite
12 3 (0.20%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.065%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 945 (61.68%) Firewall
2 916 (59.79%) WAN
3 734 (47.91%) BGP
4 710 (46.34%) VPN
5 646 (42.17%) OSPF
6 509 (33.22%) Cisco ASA
7 471 (30.74%) DNS
8 428 (27.94%) LAN
9 405 (26.44%) Network Security
10 380 (24.80%) Cisco Nexus
11 370 (24.15%) IPsec
12 275 (17.95%) NetScaler
13 258 (16.84%) Wireless
14 250 (16.32%) Broadband
15 245 (15.99%) Internet
16 240 (15.67%) ADSL
17 233 (15.21%) SMTP
18 228 (14.88%) RIP
19 222 (14.49%) VoIP
20 212 (13.84%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (3.79%) SQL Server
2 11 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (0.65%) Power BI
4 8 (0.52%) MySQL
4 8 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (0.39%) Blockchain
5 6 (0.39%) MongoDB
5 6 (0.39%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (0.33%) Big Data
6 5 (0.33%) NoSQL
6 5 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (0.33%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (0.20%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.20%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (0.20%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.20%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.13%) MS Access
8 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 13 (0.85%) Subversion
2 11 (0.72%) Git (software)
3 10 (0.65%) Fiddler
3 10 (0.65%) Selenium
3 10 (0.65%) SpecFlow
4 5 (0.33%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.20%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.065%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.065%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 223 (14.56%) Telecoms
2 157 (10.25%) Finance
3 62 (4.05%) Banking
4 51 (3.33%) Retail
5 32 (2.09%) Law
6 22 (1.44%) Manufacturing
7 20 (1.31%) Marketing
8 19 (1.24%) French Language
9 17 (1.11%) Legal
10 15 (0.98%) German Language
11 13 (0.85%) Italian Language
12 12 (0.78%) Front Office
13 8 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.39%) Electronics
15 5 (0.33%) Games
16 4 (0.26%) Advertising
17 3 (0.20%) Local Government
18 2 (0.13%) Aerospace
18 2 (0.13%) Dutch Language
19 1 (0.065%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 795 (51.89%) Network Engineer
2 197 (12.86%) Cisco Engineer
3 184 (12.01%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 179 (11.68%) Security Engineer
5 175 (11.42%) Network Security Engineer
6 133 (8.68%) Senior Network Engineer
7 126 (8.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 120 (7.83%) Project Engineer
9 107 (6.98%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
9 107 (6.98%) Architect
10 105 (6.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 84 (5.48%) Analyst
12 79 (5.16%) Cisco Security Engineer
13 65 (4.24%) Network Architect
14 61 (3.98%) Consultant
15 58 (3.79%) Network Analyst
16 53 (3.46%) Support Engineer
17 51 (3.33%) Network Support
18 49 (3.20%) IP Network Engineer
19 48 (3.13%) IP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (2.87%) 802.1X
2 26 (1.70%) XMPP
3 19 (1.24%) LDAP
4 10 (0.65%) Elastic Stack
5 9 (0.59%) JSON
6 8 (0.52%) Web Services
7 7 (0.46%) .NET
8 6 (0.39%) WCF
9 3 (0.20%) LAPP Stack
10 2 (0.13%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.13%) ActiveMQ
10 2 (0.13%) J2EE
10 2 (0.13%) Kafka
10 2 (0.13%) Node.js
10 2 (0.13%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.13%) REST
10 2 (0.13%) RESTful
10 2 (0.13%) WebSockets
11 1 (0.065%) Ajax
11 1 (0.065%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 305 (19.91%) Data Centre
2 248 (16.19%) Management Information System
3 69 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (4.31%) Self-Motivation
5 43 (2.81%) Public Cloud
6 36 (2.35%) Driving Licence
7 33 (2.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 31 (2.02%) Fat Client
8 31 (2.02%) Thin Client
9 28 (1.83%) Clustering
10 20 (1.31%) Virtual Team
11 17 (1.11%) CMDB
12 16 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
13 15 (0.98%) PKI
14 14 (0.91%) Replication
15 12 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
16 10 (0.65%) BYOD
16 10 (0.65%) Internet of Things
16 10 (0.65%) Private Cloud
17 9 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 324 (21.15%) Linux
2 240 (15.67%) Windows
3 237 (15.47%) Unix
4 160 (10.44%) Windows Server
5 65 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 60 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 47 (3.07%) Windows 10
8 30 (1.96%) Windows 7
9 29 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
10 24 (1.57%) Debian
11 19 (1.24%) CentOS
12 13 (0.85%) Windows 8
13 10 (0.65%) Android
13 10 (0.65%) CatOS
13 10 (0.65%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.39%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.20%) Data ONTAP
15 3 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.20%) VMS
16 2 (0.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (25.39%) Network Design
2 314 (20.50%) Network Management
3 285 (18.60%) Service Delivery
4 233 (15.21%) Change Control
5 226 (14.75%) Presales
6 213 (13.90%) ITIL
7 212 (13.84%) Product Management
8 144 (9.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 120 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
10 117 (7.64%) Project Management
11 113 (7.38%) Validation
12 102 (6.66%) Load Balancing
13 98 (6.40%) Network Architecture
14 92 (6.01%) Network Monitoring
15 74 (4.83%) High Availability
16 71 (4.63%) Service Management
17 66 (4.31%) Migration
18 65 (4.24%) Change Management
19 61 (3.98%) Kalman Filter
20 60 (3.92%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 282 (18.41%) Python
2 246 (16.06%) Perl
3 229 (14.95%) Bash Shell
4 82 (5.35%) SQL
5 58 (3.79%) PowerShell
6 10 (0.65%) C
6 10 (0.65%) C#
7 6 (0.39%) Java
8 5 (0.33%) R
9 3 (0.20%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.13%) Tcl
11 1 (0.065%) PHP
11 1 (0.065%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 963 (62.86%) Cisco Certification
2 822 (53.66%) CCNP
3 576 (37.60%) CCNA
4 196 (12.79%) CCIE
5 135 (8.81%) Degree
6 68 (4.44%) Security Cleared
7 58 (3.79%) Microsoft Certification
8 53 (3.46%) CCDP
9 52 (3.39%) JNCIA
10 49 (3.20%) JNCIP
11 47 (3.07%) SC Cleared
12 44 (2.87%) JNCIE
13 39 (2.55%) JNCIS
14 36 (2.35%) MCSE
15 29 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
16 27 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 25 (1.63%) CCDA
18 23 (1.50%) CCSP
19 21 (1.37%) CCIE Security
19 21 (1.37%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 254 (16.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 221 (14.43%) ISO 9001
3 56 (3.66%) SLA
4 16 (1.04%) GDPR
5 14 (0.91%) PMO
6 10 (0.65%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
8 6 (0.39%) ISO 22301
8 6 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.39%) QA
9 4 (0.26%) ISO 31000
10 3 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.065%) GPG13
11 1 (0.065%) HAZOP
11 1 (0.065%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 196 (12.79%) Active Directory
2 152 (9.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (6.33%) vCloud
4 81 (5.29%) Hyper-V
5 47 (3.07%) vSphere
6 44 (2.87%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (1.17%) XenApp
8 16 (1.04%) Docker
9 14 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (0.78%) Terminal Server
11 8 (0.52%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.39%) ProxySG
12 6 (0.39%) VMware NSX
13 5 (0.33%) BitLocker
13 5 (0.33%) Firmware
14 4 (0.26%) NLBS
14 4 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
14 4 (0.26%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.26%) Xen
15 3 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 257 (16.78%) Nagios
2 244 (15.93%) FortiGate
3 68 (4.44%) Cisco CUCM
4 52 (3.39%) Cisco Prime
5 36 (2.35%) SCCM
6 32 (2.09%) Ansible
7 31 (2.02%) vCenter Server
8 27 (1.76%) WSUS
9 25 (1.63%) SCOM
10 17 (1.11%) Cacti
11 15 (0.98%) Observium
12 14 (0.91%) Kubernetes
13 13 (0.85%) Nessus
14 11 (0.72%) Cisco UCCX
15 10 (0.65%) Puppet
15 10 (0.65%) RANCID
16 8 (0.52%) Backup Exec
16 8 (0.52%) Cisco UCCE
16 8 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
17 6 (0.39%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,110 (72.45%) Cisco
2 361 (23.56%) Juniper
3 308 (20.10%) Fortinet
4 262 (17.10%) Palo Alto
5 259 (16.91%) CheckPoint
6 249 (16.25%) Microsoft
7 215 (14.03%) VMware
8 150 (9.79%) F5
9 133 (8.68%) Meraki
10 131 (8.55%) SolarWinds
11 84 (5.48%) Citrix
12 72 (4.70%) HP
13 65 (4.24%) Dell
14 42 (2.74%) Riverbed
15 41 (2.68%) Avaya
16 37 (2.42%) Aruba
17 35 (2.28%) Mitel
18 33 (2.15%) Veeam
19 32 (2.09%) BT
20 31 (2.02%) EMC