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 4 September 2015 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 50 49 53
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +4
Contract jobs citing VPN 9 15 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.22% 1.95% 1.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.84% 11.36% 10.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 8 3
Average daily rate
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£358 £335 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.71% +4.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £211 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £350 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £295
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +10.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Average hourly rate £17.50 £10.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+75.00% -44.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year
-15.38% +15.79%
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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
83 132 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 11.26% 17.19% 13.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 81 51
Average daily rate £313 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.34% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £220 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 4
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £10.50 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.90 £21.50 £17.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 2015.

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 4 September 2015, 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 19 (55.88%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (47.06%) Cisco
2 16 (47.06%) Firewall
3 15 (44.12%) LAN
4 14 (41.18%) WAN
5 13 (38.24%) OSPF
5 13 (38.24%) BGP
6 12 (35.29%) CCNP
6 12 (35.29%) Windows
6 12 (35.29%) MPLS
7 11 (32.35%) CheckPoint
8 10 (29.41%) Active Directory
8 10 (29.41%) CCNA
8 10 (29.41%) Cisco ASA
9 9 (26.47%) Microsoft
9 9 (26.47%) Juniper
9 9 (26.47%) Network Security
10 7 (20.59%) Finance
10 7 (20.59%) Data Centre
11 6 (17.65%) Cisco PIX
11 6 (17.65%) Linux
12 5 (14.71%) ITIL
12 5 (14.71%) CCIE
12 5 (14.71%) EIGRP
12 5 (14.71%) CCSA
12 5 (14.71%) F5
13 4 (11.76%) Junos
13 4 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (11.76%) Programme Management
13 4 (11.76%) Load Balancing

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 (8.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (2.94%) IBM Notes
2 1 (2.94%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 4 (11.76%) MS Excel
2 3 (8.82%) MS Office
3 2 (5.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (47.06%) Firewall
2 15 (44.12%) LAN
3 14 (41.18%) WAN
4 13 (38.24%) OSPF
4 13 (38.24%) BGP
5 12 (35.29%) MPLS
6 10 (29.41%) Cisco ASA
7 9 (26.47%) Network Security
8 6 (17.65%) Cisco PIX
9 5 (14.71%) EIGRP
10 4 (11.76%) Extranet
10 4 (11.76%) Junos
11 3 (8.82%) Wireless
11 3 (8.82%) IPsec
11 3 (8.82%) VLAN
11 3 (8.82%) Internet
12 2 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (5.88%) TCP/IP
12 2 (5.88%) Cisco IOS
13 1 (2.94%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 7 (20.59%) Finance
2 2 (5.88%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.88%) Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Marketing
3 1 (2.94%) Electronics
3 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (26.47%) Analyst
1 9 (26.47%) Network Engineer
2 4 (11.76%) Network Security Engineer
2 4 (11.76%) Security Engineer
2 4 (11.76%) Firewall Engineer
3 3 (8.82%) Technical Manager
3 3 (8.82%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (8.82%) Service Analyst
3 3 (8.82%) Technical Project Manager
3 3 (8.82%) Project Manager
4 2 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (5.88%) Network Analyst
4 2 (5.88%) Network Support
4 2 (5.88%) Technical Specialist
4 2 (5.88%) Citrix Specialist
4 2 (5.88%) Citrix Technical Specialist
5 1 (2.94%) Architect
5 1 (2.94%) Voice Analyst
5 1 (2.94%) Voice Specialist
5 1 (2.94%) Cisco Voice Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.82%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.88%) Clustering
3 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) NHS
3 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
3 1 (2.94%) DTV
3 1 (2.94%) Handset
3 1 (2.94%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 12 (35.29%) Windows
2 6 (17.65%) Linux
3 4 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.88%) UNIX
5 2 (5.88%) Windows 8
5 2 (5.88%) Solaris
6 1 (2.94%) Windows XP
6 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (14.71%) ITIL
2 4 (11.76%) E-Commerce
2 4 (11.76%) Programme Management
2 4 (11.76%) Load Balancing
3 3 (8.82%) Strategic Management
3 3 (8.82%) Asset Management
3 3 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (8.82%) PRINCE2
3 3 (8.82%) Risk Analysis
3 3 (8.82%) Budget Control
3 3 (8.82%) Network Management
3 3 (8.82%) Low Latency
3 3 (8.82%) Ultra-Low Latency
3 3 (8.82%) Software Licensing
3 3 (8.82%) IT Asset Management
4 2 (5.88%) Migration
4 2 (5.88%) Service Delivery
4 2 (5.88%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (5.88%) Network Design
4 2 (5.88%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.88%) Perl
1 2 (5.88%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 19 (55.88%) Cisco Certification
2 12 (35.29%) CCNP
3 10 (29.41%) CCNA
4 5 (14.71%) CCIE
4 5 (14.71%) CCSA
5 3 (8.82%) CCVP
5 3 (8.82%) Check Point Certification
5 3 (8.82%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
5 3 (8.82%) CCDP
6 2 (5.88%) CCSE
7 1 (2.94%) JNCIA
7 1 (2.94%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.94%) JNCIE
7 1 (2.94%) HP ASE
7 1 (2.94%) CCDA
7 1 (2.94%) CCIP
7 1 (2.94%) HNC
7 1 (2.94%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.88%) QA
1 2 (5.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (29.41%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.88%) MetaFrame
2 2 (5.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (5.88%) XenApp
3 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.94%) ISA Server
3 1 (2.94%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 16 (47.06%) Cisco
2 11 (32.35%) CheckPoint
3 9 (26.47%) Microsoft
3 9 (26.47%) Juniper
4 5 (14.71%) F5
5 4 (11.76%) Citrix
6 2 (5.88%) Foundry
6 2 (5.88%) VMware
6 2 (5.88%) AppSense
6 2 (5.88%) Blue Coat
6 2 (5.88%) Brocade
7 1 (2.94%) SolarWinds
7 1 (2.94%) Remedy
7 1 (2.94%) Sophos
7 1 (2.94%) SAP
7 1 (2.94%) Nokia
7 1 (2.94%) Lotus
7 1 (2.94%) Sun
7 1 (2.94%) HP