Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 380 375 302
Rank change year-on-year -5 -73 +35
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 1,211 1,450 1,929
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.83% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.31% 5.48% 6.49%
Number of salaries quoted 1,070 1,161 1,570
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +2.04%
10th Percentile £31,750 £32,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £76,250 £73,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +4.21% - -

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 22,810 26,466 29,730
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.06% 15.22% 16.77%
Number of salaries quoted 17,854 21,463 24,186
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £25,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -7 1,158 £52,500 +5.00% 192
UK excluding London -7 697 £49,500 +4.21% 131
London -3 492 £60,000 +4.35% 73
South East -20 235 £55,000 +10.00% 41
North of England -8 169 £40,000 -9.09% 37
Midlands +18 128 £48,000 +9.71% 17
West Midlands +40 103 £50,000 +17.65% 12
North West +9 99 £38,500 -14.44% 15
East of England +48 96 £60,000 -4.00% 12
Yorkshire -30 66 £49,000 +15.29% 19
South West +37 47 £45,500 +13.75% 12
Scotland -11 31 £57,500 +2.22% 5
East Midlands -12 25 £40,500 -2.41% 5
Wales +13 11 £43,750 -20.80% 7
North East +15 4 £32,500 +62.50% 3

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 913 (75.39%) Cisco
2 662 (54.67%) Cisco Certification
3 653 (53.92%) Firewall
4 646 (53.34%) WAN
5 562 (46.41%) BGP
6 518 (42.77%) CCNP
7 440 (36.33%) OSPF
8 424 (35.01%) LAN
9 414 (34.19%) VPN
10 342 (28.24%) Juniper
11 316 (26.09%) Wireless
12 287 (23.70%) CCNA
13 284 (23.45%) Data Centre
14 257 (21.22%) CheckPoint
15 256 (21.14%) Microsoft
16 248 (20.48%) Cisco ASA
17 246 (20.31%) VoIP
18 232 (19.16%) Windows
19 222 (18.33%) Telecoms
20 220 (18.17%) Microsoft Azure
21 218 (18.00%) CCIE
22 217 (17.92%) Ethernet
23 210 (17.34%) TCP/IP
24 205 (16.93%) Network Security
25 204 (16.85%) Active Directory
26 198 (16.35%) Cisco Nexus
27 195 (16.10%) DNS
28 189 (15.61%) Finance
29 178 (14.70%) IPsec
30 177 (14.62%) VMware

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 (7.18%) MS Exchange
2 61 (5.04%) Skype for Business
3 33 (2.73%) IIS
4 32 (2.64%) CMS
4 32 (2.64%) SharePoint
5 23 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 15 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
9 8 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.41%) Apache
10 5 (0.41%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.25%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.17%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.17%) Site Server
13 1 (0.083%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.083%) JBoss
13 1 (0.083%) SAS
Applications
1 48 (3.96%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (2.64%) MS Visio
3 21 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.17%) BASE24
1 2 (0.17%) Elite 3E
1 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.17%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.083%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.083%) GoldMine
2 1 (0.083%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 220 (18.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 147 (12.14%) Office 365
3 112 (9.25%) Amazon AWS
4 24 (1.98%) IaaS
5 16 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
5 16 (1.32%) SaaS
6 11 (0.91%) PaaS
7 7 (0.58%) OpenDNS
8 6 (0.50%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.25%) Route 53
9 3 (0.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 653 (53.92%) Firewall
2 646 (53.34%) WAN
3 562 (46.41%) BGP
4 440 (36.33%) OSPF
5 424 (35.01%) LAN
6 414 (34.19%) VPN
7 316 (26.09%) Wireless
8 248 (20.48%) Cisco ASA
9 246 (20.31%) VoIP
10 217 (17.92%) Ethernet
11 210 (17.34%) TCP/IP
12 205 (16.93%) Network Security
13 198 (16.35%) Cisco Nexus
14 195 (16.10%) DNS
15 178 (14.70%) IPsec
16 167 (13.79%) Cisco IOS
17 164 (13.54%) VPLS
18 163 (13.46%) VLAN
19 158 (13.05%) EIGRP
20 153 (12.63%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (3.14%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.24%) Power BI
3 12 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
4 10 (0.83%) NoSQL
4 10 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (0.50%) Big Data
7 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.25%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.25%) MySQL
10 2 (0.17%) MS Access
10 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.083%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.083%) Essbase
11 1 (0.083%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 4 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.083%) Axure RP
2 1 (0.083%) Hudson
2 1 (0.083%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 222 (18.33%) Telecoms
2 189 (15.61%) Finance
3 111 (9.17%) Banking
4 66 (5.45%) Retail
5 38 (3.14%) French Language
6 34 (2.81%) German Language
7 28 (2.31%) Advertising
7 28 (2.31%) Italian Language
8 25 (2.06%) Legal
9 23 (1.90%) Front Office
9 23 (1.90%) Law
10 12 (0.99%) Marketing
11 11 (0.91%) Spanish Language
12 9 (0.74%) Back Office
13 7 (0.58%) Dutch Language
14 5 (0.41%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.41%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.33%) Electronics
15 4 (0.33%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.17%) Games
Job Titles
1 528 (43.60%) Network Engineer
2 142 (11.73%) Cisco Engineer
3 124 (10.24%) Architect
4 122 (10.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 103 (8.51%) Senior Network Engineer
6 74 (6.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 73 (6.03%) Consultant
8 70 (5.78%) Analyst
8 70 (5.78%) Network Architect
9 61 (5.04%) Network Manager
10 58 (4.79%) Infrastructure Manager
11 53 (4.38%) IP Network Engineer
12 52 (4.29%) Security Engineer
13 47 (3.88%) Voice Engineer
14 46 (3.80%) IP Engineer
14 46 (3.80%) Network Security Engineer
15 42 (3.47%) NOC Engineer
16 40 (3.30%) Project Engineer
17 39 (3.22%) Project Manager
17 39 (3.22%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (4.79%) XMPP
2 42 (3.47%) 802.1X
3 19 (1.57%) LDAP
4 12 (0.99%) REST
5 10 (0.83%) Node.js
5 10 (0.83%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (0.83%) WebSockets
6 9 (0.74%) J2EE
7 5 (0.41%) Web Services
8 4 (0.33%) XML
9 2 (0.17%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.17%) HTML
9 2 (0.17%) JSON
9 2 (0.17%) LAMP
9 2 (0.17%) WCF
10 1 (0.083%) LEMP Stack
10 1 (0.083%) OAuth
10 1 (0.083%) OpenID
10 1 (0.083%) RFC 2547
10 1 (0.083%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 284 (23.45%) Data Centre
2 110 (9.08%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
4 42 (3.47%) Video Conferencing
5 38 (3.14%) Fat Client
5 38 (3.14%) Thin Client
6 33 (2.73%) Management Information System
7 31 (2.56%) Clustering
8 25 (2.06%) Public Cloud
8 25 (2.06%) Virtual Team
9 19 (1.57%) CMDB
10 18 (1.49%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 15 (1.24%) BYOD
12 14 (1.16%) Replication
13 11 (0.91%) Driving Licence
13 11 (0.91%) NHS
13 11 (0.91%) PKI
14 10 (0.83%) Hedge funds
15 7 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
15 7 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 232 (19.16%) Windows
2 126 (10.40%) Windows Server
3 102 (8.42%) Linux
4 54 (4.46%) Windows 10
5 48 (3.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 48 (3.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 43 (3.55%) Windows 7
7 36 (2.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.07%) Unix
9 7 (0.58%) Windows XP
10 6 (0.50%) Solaris
10 6 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
10 6 (0.50%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.41%) CentOS
12 4 (0.33%) Android
13 3 (0.25%) Debian
13 3 (0.25%) HPUX
13 3 (0.25%) SUSE
14 2 (0.17%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (14.20%) Problem-Solving
2 159 (13.13%) ITIL
3 128 (10.57%) Presales
4 122 (10.07%) Network Design
5 115 (9.50%) Network Management
6 113 (9.33%) Load Balancing
7 106 (8.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 85 (7.02%) Project Management
9 83 (6.85%) Service Delivery
10 81 (6.69%) Change Management
11 68 (5.62%) Migration
11 68 (5.62%) Network Architecture
11 68 (5.62%) Stakeholder Management
12 60 (4.95%) Network Monitoring
13 56 (4.62%) Kalman Filter
13 56 (4.62%) Mentoring
14 53 (4.38%) Continuous Improvement
14 53 (4.38%) Problem Management
15 51 (4.21%) Change Control
15 51 (4.21%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 87 (7.18%) SQL
2 74 (6.11%) Python
3 73 (6.03%) Perl
4 53 (4.38%) PowerShell
5 20 (1.65%) Shell Script
6 10 (0.83%) C
7 9 (0.74%) JavaScript
8 6 (0.50%) Bash Shell
8 6 (0.50%) Java
8 6 (0.50%) VBScript
9 5 (0.41%) VBA
10 1 (0.083%) C++
10 1 (0.083%) Lisp
10 1 (0.083%) R
Qualifications
1 662 (54.67%) Cisco Certification
2 518 (42.77%) CCNP
3 287 (23.70%) CCNA
4 218 (18.00%) CCIE
5 108 (8.92%) Degree
6 62 (5.12%) CCVP
7 61 (5.04%) Microsoft Certification
8 53 (4.38%) JNCIA
9 49 (4.05%) Security Cleared
10 47 (3.88%) JNCIE
11 38 (3.14%) CCDP
12 36 (2.97%) SC Cleared
13 32 (2.64%) JNCIP
14 28 (2.31%) JNCIS
15 24 (1.98%) CCIP
15 24 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
15 24 (1.98%) MCSA
16 22 (1.82%) MCSE
17 20 (1.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 19 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (6.19%) SLA
2 28 (2.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (2.15%) GDPR
4 10 (0.83%) QA
5 9 (0.74%) PMO
6 6 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 4 (0.33%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.083%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 204 (16.85%) Active Directory
2 107 (8.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (4.87%) Hyper-V
4 25 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (1.65%) VMware NSX
6 16 (1.32%) vSphere
7 14 (1.16%) Docker
7 14 (1.16%) XenDesktop
8 12 (0.99%) XenApp
9 7 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (0.50%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 6 (0.50%) Terminal Server
11 4 (0.33%) DFS Replication
11 4 (0.33%) vCloud
11 4 (0.33%) VMware Server
12 3 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.17%) pfSense
13 2 (0.17%) ProxySG
13 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 104 (8.59%) Cisco CUCM
2 50 (4.13%) Nagios
3 46 (3.80%) Cisco Prime
4 42 (3.47%) SCCM
5 41 (3.39%) Cisco UCCX
6 29 (2.39%) Cisco UCCE
7 26 (2.15%) vCenter Server
8 24 (1.98%) FortiGate
9 21 (1.73%) SCOM
10 19 (1.57%) Ansible
11 15 (1.24%) Nessus
12 14 (1.16%) QRadar
13 11 (0.91%) Stealthwatch
14 9 (0.74%) Cacti
15 8 (0.66%) EMC NetWorker
15 8 (0.66%) WhatsUp Gold
16 7 (0.58%) Backup Exec
16 7 (0.58%) CSIRT
16 7 (0.58%) WSUS
17 5 (0.41%) Terraform
Vendors
1 913 (75.39%) Cisco
2 342 (28.24%) Juniper
3 257 (21.22%) CheckPoint
4 256 (21.14%) Microsoft
5 177 (14.62%) VMware
6 165 (13.63%) Palo Alto
7 163 (13.46%) F5
8 148 (12.22%) SolarWinds
9 103 (8.51%) Meraki
10 94 (7.76%) Fortinet
11 91 (7.51%) Citrix
12 69 (5.70%) Riverbed
13 63 (5.20%) HP
14 54 (4.46%) Avaya
15 40 (3.30%) BT
16 39 (3.22%) Speakerbus
17 35 (2.89%) McAfee
18 33 (2.73%) Nokia
19 29 (2.39%) Dell
20 28 (2.31%) Mitel