The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 185 171 166
Rank change year-on-year -14 -5  
Permanent jobs citing MPLS 44 76 63
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.85% 1.22% 1.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.63% 8.28% 7.29%
Number of salaries quoted 34 43 56
Median salary £45,000 £38,000 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +18.42% -16.48%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £27,500 £28,550
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £58,000 £55,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - -5.26%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 781 918 864
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.17% 14.71% 15.06%
Number of salaries quoted 606 731 768
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,198 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £62,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MPLS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing MPLS as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in the West Midlands

MPLS
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for MPLS in the West Midlands

MPLS
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MPLS in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Salary histogram for MPLS in the West Midlands

MPLS
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +11 26 £45,000 +32.35% 4
Staffordshire +27 11 £30,000 -53.84% 1
Coventry -5 4 £60,000 +33.33% 1
Worcestershire -6 3 - -
Shropshire +4 1 £70,000 +143.47%
MPLS
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 88 (77.19%) Cisco
2 82 (71.93%) Firewall
3 76 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
4 71 (62.28%) CCNP
5 58 (50.88%) WAN
6 50 (43.86%) LAN
7 47 (41.23%) CCNA
8 39 (34.21%) Data Centre
9 38 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
9 38 (33.33%) OSPF
10 34 (29.82%) BGP
10 34 (29.82%) VLAN
11 33 (28.95%) VPN
12 29 (25.44%) Network Security
13 28 (24.56%) DNS
13 28 (24.56%) DHCP
13 28 (24.56%) Juniper
14 26 (22.81%) Wireless
14 26 (22.81%) Cisco IOS
15 25 (21.93%) Cisco Nexus
16 23 (20.18%) Network Design
16 23 (20.18%) Windows
17 22 (19.30%) SolarWinds
18 20 (17.54%) SNMP
19 19 (16.67%) PCI DSS
20 18 (15.79%) IPv6
21 17 (14.91%) ITIL
21 17 (14.91%) Load Balancing
21 17 (14.91%) JNCIP
22 16 (14.04%) JNCIE

MPLS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 6 (5.26%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.88%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.77%) Office 365
2 9 (7.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.88%) IaaS
4 1 (0.88%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 82 (71.93%) Firewall
2 58 (50.88%) WAN
3 50 (43.86%) LAN
4 38 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
4 38 (33.33%) OSPF
5 34 (29.82%) BGP
5 34 (29.82%) VLAN
6 33 (28.95%) VPN
7 29 (25.44%) Network Security
8 28 (24.56%) DHCP
8 28 (24.56%) DNS
9 26 (22.81%) Cisco IOS
9 26 (22.81%) Wireless
10 25 (21.93%) Cisco Nexus
11 20 (17.54%) SNMP
12 18 (15.79%) IPv6
13 16 (14.04%) Wi-Fi
14 14 (12.28%) ADSL
15 13 (11.40%) TACACS
16 11 (9.65%) BGP-4
General
1 9 (7.89%) Telecoms
2 3 (2.63%) Finance
2 3 (2.63%) Manufacturing
2 3 (2.63%) Spanish Language
3 2 (1.75%) Billing
Job Titles
1 51 (44.74%) Network Engineer
2 26 (22.81%) Cisco Engineer
3 20 (17.54%) Architect
3 20 (17.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 16 (14.04%) Design Engineer
4 16 (14.04%) IP Design Engineer
4 16 (14.04%) IP Engineer
5 11 (9.65%) Network Architect
5 11 (9.65%) Network Support
6 10 (8.77%) IP Architect
6 10 (8.77%) IP Network Engineer
6 10 (8.77%) Network Support Engineer
6 10 (8.77%) Support Engineer
7 9 (7.89%) Analyst
8 8 (7.02%) Cisco Security Engineer
8 8 (7.02%) Network Security Engineer
8 8 (7.02%) Security Architect
8 8 (7.02%) Security Engineer
9 7 (6.14%) Senior Network Support
9 7 (6.14%) Senior Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.65%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.88%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 39 (34.21%) Data Centre
2 10 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.14%) IVR
4 4 (3.51%) Driving Licence
4 4 (3.51%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.75%) FlexPod
6 1 (0.88%) AS400
6 1 (0.88%) Clustering
6 1 (0.88%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 23 (20.18%) Windows
2 14 (12.28%) Windows Server
3 11 (9.65%) Linux
3 11 (9.65%) Unix
4 7 (6.14%) VyOS
5 6 (5.26%) Windows 10
6 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.88%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (20.18%) Network Design
2 17 (14.91%) ITIL
2 17 (14.91%) Load Balancing
3 13 (11.40%) Network Monitoring
3 13 (11.40%) SIEM
4 10 (8.77%) Time Management
5 8 (7.02%) Information Security
5 8 (7.02%) Mobile Device Management
5 8 (7.02%) Project Management
6 7 (6.14%) Problem Management
7 6 (5.26%) Cybersecurity
7 6 (5.26%) Data Loss Prevention
7 6 (5.26%) Presales
8 5 (4.39%) Information Assurance
8 5 (4.39%) Network Load Balancing
8 5 (4.39%) Pattern Matching
8 5 (4.39%) Protective Monitoring
8 5 (4.39%) Service Delivery
8 5 (4.39%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (4.39%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.88%) PowerShell
1 1 (0.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 76 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
2 71 (62.28%) CCNP
3 47 (41.23%) CCNA
4 17 (14.91%) JNCIP
5 16 (14.04%) CCIE
5 16 (14.04%) CCIP
5 16 (14.04%) JNCIE
6 14 (12.28%) SC Cleared
6 14 (12.28%) Security Cleared
7 9 (7.89%) CCDP
8 6 (5.26%) Degree
8 6 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (4.39%) CISSP
9 5 (4.39%) ISSAP
10 4 (3.51%) CCSP
10 4 (3.51%) SANS
11 3 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.75%) CCSA
12 2 (1.75%) MCITP
12 2 (1.75%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (16.67%) PCI DSS
2 3 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 3 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.63%) SLA
3 2 (1.75%) QA
3 2 (1.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.88%) GDPR
System Software
1 10 (8.77%) Active Directory
1 10 (8.77%) Hyper-V
2 3 (2.63%) pfSense
3 2 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (8.77%) Nagios
2 3 (2.63%) Cisco Prime
3 1 (0.88%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.88%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.88%) Cisco UCCX
3 1 (0.88%) QRadar
3 1 (0.88%) WSUS
Vendors
1 88 (77.19%) Cisco
2 28 (24.56%) Juniper
3 22 (19.30%) SolarWinds
4 16 (14.04%) F5
4 16 (14.04%) VMware
5 12 (10.53%) Brocade
6 11 (9.65%) Cyberoam
6 11 (9.65%) HP
7 10 (8.77%) ProCurve
8 9 (7.89%) Aruba
8 9 (7.89%) Palo Alto
9 8 (7.02%) CheckPoint
9 8 (7.02%) Fortinet
9 8 (7.02%) Microsoft
10 7 (6.14%) Mitel
10 7 (6.14%) MobileIron
10 7 (6.14%) SonicWALL
10 7 (6.14%) Ubiquiti
11 5 (4.39%) Motorola
12 4 (3.51%) Meraki
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