The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 49 57 56
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -1
Contract jobs citing VPN 14 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.92% 1.05% 0.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.11% 8.05% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 0
Average daily rate
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£320 £263 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.90% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+20.90% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £10.00 - £13.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £16.84 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+6.88% +5.25%
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West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Communications & Networking Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
126 87 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.26% 13.06% 16.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 44 46
Average daily rate £320 £350 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £160 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £450 £391
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 3
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% +15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £7.50 £14.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £20.00 £17.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.88 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VPN across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VPN across the Birmingham region.

VPN Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN across the Birmingham region.

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing VPN also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited VPN.

1 12 (63.16%) Firewall
2 10 (52.63%) Cisco
3 8 (42.11%) Blue Coat
4 7 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (36.84%) Windows
5 6 (31.58%) TCP/IP
5 6 (31.58%) VMware
6 5 (26.32%) Juniper
6 5 (26.32%) Internet
6 5 (26.32%) Extranet
6 5 (26.32%) CheckPoint
6 5 (26.32%) DNS
6 5 (26.32%) WAN
6 5 (26.32%) CCNP
6 5 (26.32%) Active Directory
6 5 (26.32%) Linux
7 4 (21.05%) SonicWALL
7 4 (21.05%) Low Latency
7 4 (21.05%) Ultra-Low Latency
7 4 (21.05%) E-Commerce
7 4 (21.05%) LAN
7 4 (21.05%) Avaya
8 3 (15.79%) Check Point Certification
8 3 (15.79%) MS Exchange
8 3 (15.79%) Wireless
8 3 (15.79%) CCSA
8 3 (15.79%) Network Security
8 3 (15.79%) Clustering
8 3 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing VPN also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited VPN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (15.79%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
3 1 (5.26%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (10.53%) MS Office
1 2 (10.53%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (63.16%) Firewall
2 6 (31.58%) TCP/IP
3 5 (26.32%) DNS
3 5 (26.32%) WAN
3 5 (26.32%) Internet
3 5 (26.32%) Extranet
4 4 (21.05%) LAN
5 3 (15.79%) Wireless
5 3 (15.79%) Network Security
5 3 (15.79%) Junos
6 2 (10.53%) WLAN
6 2 (10.53%) SAN
6 2 (10.53%) 3G
6 2 (10.53%) OSPF
6 2 (10.53%) BGP
6 2 (10.53%) Ethernet
7 1 (5.26%) FTP
7 1 (5.26%) HTTP
7 1 (5.26%) HTTPS
7 1 (5.26%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Firewall Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) IT Support
2 2 (10.53%) Help Desk Support
2 2 (10.53%) Network Manager
2 2 (10.53%) Cisco Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) Network Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) 1st Line Support
2 2 (10.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) Service Manager
2 2 (10.53%) Network Services Manager
3 1 (5.26%) Network Technician
3 1 (5.26%) Security Consultant
3 1 (5.26%) Network Analyst
3 1 (5.26%) Support Technician
3 1 (5.26%) Analyst
3 1 (5.26%) Consultant
3 1 (5.26%) Network Support
3 1 (5.26%) Security Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Network Support Technician
3 1 (5.26%) Cisco Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Clustering
2 1 (5.26%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 7 (36.84%) Windows
2 5 (26.32%) Linux
3 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (15.79%) Windows 7
4 2 (10.53%) Solaris
4 2 (10.53%) Windows 2000
4 2 (10.53%) Windows XP
4 2 (10.53%) UNIX
5 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (5.26%) Android
5 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (21.05%) E-Commerce
1 4 (21.05%) Low Latency
1 4 (21.05%) Ultra-Low Latency
2 2 (10.53%) Risk Assessment
2 2 (10.53%) Load Balancing
2 2 (10.53%) WAN Optimisation
3 1 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (10.53%) Perl
1 2 (10.53%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 7 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (26.32%) CCNP
3 3 (15.79%) Check Point Certification
3 3 (15.79%) CCSA
4 2 (10.53%) CCNA
4 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
4 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
5 1 (5.26%) MCSE
5 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (5.26%) MCITP
5 1 (5.26%) Degree
System Software
1 5 (26.32%) Active Directory
2 3 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (10.53%) ProxySG
3 2 (10.53%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.26%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 10 (52.63%) Cisco
2 8 (42.11%) Blue Coat
3 6 (31.58%) VMware
4 5 (26.32%) Juniper
4 5 (26.32%) CheckPoint
5 4 (21.05%) Avaya
5 4 (21.05%) SonicWALL
6 2 (10.53%) Mitel
6 2 (10.53%) Sophos
6 2 (10.53%) Radware
6 2 (10.53%) Nortel
7 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
7 1 (5.26%) Sun
7 1 (5.26%) McAfee
7 1 (5.26%) Apple
7 1 (5.26%) F5