The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 36 63 72
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +9
Contract jobs citing VPN 39 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 4.13% 0.78% 0.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.90% 3.85% 4.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 4 2
Average daily rate £525 £305 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+72.13% -28.23%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £319 £313
% change year-on-year
+13.72% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 1
Average hourly rate £23.75 £16.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.93% +13.79%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £16.72 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+0.71% +1.33%
VPN
North West

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

Communications & Networking Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
196 156 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 20.76% 20.23% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 83 66
Average daily rate £488 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £203 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £578
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 15 8
Average hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.88% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £16.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £19.45 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

VPN Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

VPN
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 32 £525 -
Chester - 5 - -
VPN
North West

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 22 (48.89%) Firewall
2 21 (46.67%) DNS
2 21 (46.67%) Cisco
3 19 (42.22%) SSL
4 18 (40.00%) LAN
4 18 (40.00%) Android
4 18 (40.00%) Apple iOS
5 17 (37.78%) DHCP
6 16 (35.56%) Wireless
7 15 (33.33%) Network Security
8 14 (31.11%) SSH
9 13 (28.89%) Wi-Fi
9 13 (28.89%) IPsec
9 13 (28.89%) Mobile Device Management
9 13 (28.89%) Palo Alto
10 12 (26.67%) AirWatch
11 11 (24.44%) Management Information System
11 11 (24.44%) Active Directory
11 11 (24.44%) Juniper
11 11 (24.44%) Handset
11 11 (24.44%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (22.22%) VLAN
12 10 (22.22%) Problem Management
12 10 (22.22%) Citrix
12 10 (22.22%) Microsoft
12 10 (22.22%) Windows
13 9 (20.00%) WAN
13 9 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
13 9 (20.00%) Change Control
13 9 (20.00%) Kalman Filter

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 7 (15.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (11.11%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.44%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (48.89%) Firewall
2 21 (46.67%) DNS
3 19 (42.22%) SSL
4 18 (40.00%) LAN
5 17 (37.78%) DHCP
6 16 (35.56%) Wireless
7 15 (33.33%) Network Security
8 14 (31.11%) SSH
9 13 (28.89%) IPsec
9 13 (28.89%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (22.22%) VLAN
11 9 (20.00%) WAN
12 8 (17.78%) Intrusion Detection
13 5 (11.11%) MPLS
13 5 (11.11%) TCP/IP
14 4 (8.89%) BGP
14 4 (8.89%) FabricPath
14 4 (8.89%) IPv4
14 4 (8.89%) IPv6
14 4 (8.89%) OSPF
General
1 6 (13.33%) Local Government
2 1 (2.22%) Banking
2 1 (2.22%) Finance
2 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (24.44%) Architect
2 9 (20.00%) Network Architect
2 9 (20.00%) Network Engineer
3 7 (15.56%) Administrator
4 5 (11.11%) Lead Architect
4 5 (11.11%) Network Security Engineer
4 5 (11.11%) Security Engineer
5 4 (8.89%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (8.89%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (8.89%) Data Architect
5 4 (8.89%) Data Centre Architect
5 4 (8.89%) Data Migration Architect
5 4 (8.89%) Data Migration Lead
5 4 (8.89%) Lead Data Architect
5 4 (8.89%) Migration Architect
6 3 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (6.67%) Applications Support
6 3 (6.67%) Consultant
6 3 (6.67%) Designer
7 2 (4.44%) Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 11 (24.44%) Enterprise Software
1 11 (24.44%) Handset
1 11 (24.44%) Management Information System
2 7 (15.56%) Blackberry
3 5 (11.11%) Data Centre
3 5 (11.11%) Mobile App
4 4 (8.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 4 (8.89%) iSeries
5 2 (4.44%) iPad
6 1 (2.22%) Client/Server
6 1 (2.22%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 18 (40.00%) Android
1 18 (40.00%) Apple iOS
2 10 (22.22%) Windows
3 7 (15.56%) Windows 7
4 5 (11.11%) Windows 8
5 4 (8.89%) Linux
6 3 (6.67%) Windows Server
7 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (4.44%) Windows Vista
7 2 (4.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (28.89%) Mobile Device Management
2 10 (22.22%) Problem Management
3 9 (20.00%) Change Control
3 9 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 9 (20.00%) Kalman Filter
4 6 (13.33%) ITIL
5 5 (11.11%) Information Security
5 5 (11.11%) Infrastructure Management
6 4 (8.89%) Migration
7 2 (4.44%) ITIL V3
7 2 (4.44%) PRINCE2
7 2 (4.44%) Project Management
7 2 (4.44%) Service Management
8 1 (2.22%) Change Management
8 1 (2.22%) Network Design
8 1 (2.22%) Security Operations
8 1 (2.22%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.89%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 8 (17.78%) Cisco Certification
1 8 (17.78%) Security Cleared
2 7 (15.56%) CCNP
2 7 (15.56%) SC Cleared
3 6 (13.33%) CCNA
4 4 (8.89%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (4.44%) MCDST
5 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (2.22%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) SLA
2 1 (2.22%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 11 (24.44%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.44%) XenApp
2 2 (4.44%) XenDesktop
2 2 (4.44%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (26.67%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 21 (46.67%) Cisco
2 13 (28.89%) Palo Alto
3 11 (24.44%) Juniper
4 10 (22.22%) Citrix
4 10 (22.22%) Microsoft
5 7 (15.56%) VMware
6 5 (11.11%) F5
6 5 (11.11%) Fortinet
7 4 (8.89%) CheckPoint
7 4 (8.89%) IBM
8 2 (4.44%) Avaya
8 2 (4.44%) BT
8 2 (4.44%) Toshiba
9 1 (2.22%) HP