Period
to 31 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for VPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited VPLS over the 6 months to 31 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Virtual private LAN service (VPLS)
UK
6 months to
31 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 959 706 961
Rank change year-on-year -253 +255 +24
Permanent jobs citing VPLS 35 95 143
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.031% 0.14% 0.099%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.24% 0.91% 0.64%
Number of salaries quoted 31 64 101
10th Percentile £21,500 £37,500 £37,500
25th Percentile £24,250 £42,500 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,000 £52,500 £51,500
Median % change year-on-year -20.00% +1.94% -6.36%
75th Percentile £56,250 £74,375 £71,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £78,375 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £45,000 £53,250
% change year-on-year -6.67% -15.49% +0.95%

VPLS 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 14,714 10,453 22,433
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.95% 15.37% 15.60%
Number of salaries quoted 10,287 8,354 17,169
10th Percentile £28,000 £28,500 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,813 £36,250 £32,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -3.23%
75th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £62,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

VPLS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VPLS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing VPLS.

Salary trend for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing VPLS over the 6 months to 31 July 2021.

Salary histogram for VPLS in the UK

VPLS
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing VPLS within the UK over the 6 months to 31 July 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 -228 34 £42,000 -21.86% 9
UK excluding London -162 28 £42,000 -6.67% 7
North West -28 12 £42,000 -20.00% 1
North of England -65 12 £42,000 -20.00% 2
South East -106 8 £25,500 -36.25% 3
London -181 6 £62,500 +4.17% 2
West Midlands -74 4 £36,500 -18.89%
Midlands -83 4 £36,500 -18.89%
South West -73 3 £70,000 -6.67% 2
Work from Home -254 3 £65,000 +8.33% 2
East of England -46 1 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 31 July 2021, IT jobs citing VPLS 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 VPLS.

1 35 (100.00%) MPLS
2 22 (62.86%) Cisco
3 18 (51.43%) OSPF
4 17 (48.57%) Active Directory
5 16 (45.71%) BGP
5 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
6 15 (42.86%) VLAN
7 14 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (40.00%) CCNP
8 13 (37.14%) Microsoft 365
9 12 (34.29%) DHCP
9 12 (34.29%) Windows
10 11 (31.43%) WAN
10 11 (31.43%) DNS
10 11 (31.43%) Firewall
11 10 (28.57%) Mac OS X
11 10 (28.57%) CCNA
11 10 (28.57%) Adobe
11 10 (28.57%) Network Design
11 10 (28.57%) DBS Check
12 9 (25.71%) VPN
13 8 (22.86%) VRRP
13 8 (22.86%) IPv6
13 8 (22.86%) LAN
14 7 (20.00%) Microsoft
14 7 (20.00%) Network Security
14 7 (20.00%) Network Management
14 7 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 6 (17.14%) tcpdump
15 6 (17.14%) Nmap

VPLS
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 3 (8.57%) IIS
1 3 (8.57%) SharePoint
1 3 (8.57%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (5.71%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 13 (37.14%) Microsoft 365
2 4 (11.43%) Azure
3 3 (8.57%) AWS
4 2 (5.71%) SaaS
5 1 (2.86%) AWS Direct Connect
5 1 (2.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 35 (100.00%) MPLS
2 18 (51.43%) OSPF
3 16 (45.71%) BGP
4 15 (42.86%) VLAN
5 12 (34.29%) DHCP
6 11 (31.43%) DNS
6 11 (31.43%) Firewall
6 11 (31.43%) WAN
7 9 (25.71%) VPN
8 8 (22.86%) IPv6
8 8 (22.86%) LAN
8 8 (22.86%) VRRP
9 7 (20.00%) Network Security
10 6 (17.14%) IPv4
10 6 (17.14%) tcpdump
10 6 (17.14%) Wireshark
11 5 (14.29%) Spanning Tree
12 4 (11.43%) Cisco Firepower
12 4 (11.43%) EIGRP
12 4 (11.43%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.71%) RavenDB
General
1 5 (14.29%) Social Skills
2 4 (11.43%) Public Sector
3 3 (8.57%) Telecoms
4 2 (5.71%) Banking
5 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.86%) Finance
5 1 (2.86%) Marketing
5 1 (2.86%) Presentation Skills
5 1 (2.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (45.71%) Network Engineer
2 10 (28.57%) Cisco Engineer
2 10 (28.57%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 7 (20.00%) IT Engineer
4 6 (17.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 6 (17.14%) Core Network Engineer
4 6 (17.14%) IP Engineer
4 6 (17.14%) IP Network Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Architect
6 3 (8.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Administrator
7 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Architect
7 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 2 (5.71%) IT Support
7 2 (5.71%) IT Support Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Network Architect
7 2 (5.71%) Security Architect
7 2 (5.71%) Support Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.57%) 802.1X
1 3 (8.57%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.57%) Clustering
3 2 (5.71%) Cybercrime
3 2 (5.71%) Driving Licence
3 2 (5.71%) Mobile App
3 2 (5.71%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (2.86%) e-Health
4 1 (2.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (34.29%) Windows
2 10 (28.57%) Mac OS X
3 4 (11.43%) Linux
3 4 (11.43%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.86%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (28.57%) Network Design
2 7 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 7 (20.00%) Network Management
3 4 (11.43%) ITIL
3 4 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (8.57%) Commercial Awareness
4 3 (8.57%) Customer Requirements
4 3 (8.57%) Load Balancing
4 3 (8.57%) Network Load Balancing
4 3 (8.57%) Presales
5 2 (5.71%) ArchiMate
5 2 (5.71%) Critical Thinking
5 2 (5.71%) DevOps
5 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure as Code
5 2 (5.71%) Logistics
5 2 (5.71%) MODAF
5 2 (5.71%) PQQ
5 2 (5.71%) Project Delivery
5 2 (5.71%) Requirements Gathering
5 2 (5.71%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.43%) PowerShell
2 2 (5.71%) Python
3 1 (2.86%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.86%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (40.00%) CCNP
1 14 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (28.57%) CCNA
2 10 (28.57%) DBS Check
3 3 (8.57%) JNCIP
3 3 (8.57%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.71%) JNCIE
4 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) CCA
5 1 (2.86%) CCIE
5 1 (2.86%) CCIE Service Provider
5 1 (2.86%) CCSP
5 1 (2.86%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (2.86%) Degree
5 1 (2.86%) DV Cleared
5 1 (2.86%) JNCIA
5 1 (2.86%) JNCIS
5 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (48.57%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.71%) Hyper-V
2 2 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.86%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (17.14%) Nmap
2 3 (8.57%) FortiGate
3 1 (2.86%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 22 (62.86%) Cisco
2 10 (28.57%) Adobe
3 7 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 5 (14.29%) Juniper
5 4 (11.43%) HP
5 4 (11.43%) Palo Alto
6 3 (8.57%) CheckPoint
6 3 (8.57%) F5
6 3 (8.57%) Fortinet
6 3 (8.57%) Veeam
7 2 (5.71%) 3PAR
7 2 (5.71%) VMware
8 1 (2.86%) Aruba
8 1 (2.86%) CA
8 1 (2.86%) Citrix
8 1 (2.86%) Forcepoint
8 1 (2.86%) NetApp
8 1 (2.86%) Nokia
8 1 (2.86%) SonicWALL
8 1 (2.86%) Symantec