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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 80 72 58
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -14
Contract jobs citing VPN 8 10 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.72% 1.01% 1.75%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.02% 7.19% 10.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 3
Average daily rate £425 £424 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.29% +30.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £202 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £440 £337
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £360 £275
% change year-on-year
+0.69% +30.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £15.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -14.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.13 £17.50 £17.13
% change year-on-year
-7.85% +2.18%
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
199 139 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 17.99% 14.04% 16.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 75 40
Average daily rate £385 £400 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £258 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £547 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £340 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.05% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 13
Average hourly rate £21.00 £15.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.48% -52.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £14.50 £18.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.25 £20.19 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £20.75
% change year-on-year
- +44.57%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 - 6 £425 -
VPN
North West

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 28 (58.33%) Firewall
2 22 (45.83%) Cisco
3 21 (43.75%) LAN
4 20 (41.67%) SSL
5 19 (39.58%) DNS
6 18 (37.50%) Android
6 18 (37.50%) Apple iOS
7 15 (31.25%) Network Security
7 15 (31.25%) Wireless
7 15 (31.25%) DHCP
7 15 (31.25%) Juniper
7 15 (31.25%) Palo Alto
8 14 (29.17%) SSH
9 13 (27.08%) IPsec
9 13 (27.08%) Wi-Fi
9 13 (27.08%) Mobile Device Management
10 12 (25.00%) AirWatch
10 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
10 12 (25.00%) WAN
11 11 (22.92%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (22.92%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (20.83%) SC Cleared
12 10 (20.83%) CCNP
12 10 (20.83%) Microsoft
12 10 (20.83%) Problem Management
12 10 (20.83%) VLAN
12 10 (20.83%) Management Information System
12 10 (20.83%) Handset
13 9 (18.75%) Citrix
13 9 (18.75%) Active Directory

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 6 (12.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (10.42%) Skype for Business
3 2 (4.17%) OpenStack
3 2 (4.17%) WebSphere
4 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 28 (58.33%) Firewall
2 21 (43.75%) LAN
3 20 (41.67%) SSL
4 19 (39.58%) DNS
5 15 (31.25%) DHCP
5 15 (31.25%) Network Security
5 15 (31.25%) Wireless
6 14 (29.17%) SSH
7 13 (27.08%) IPsec
7 13 (27.08%) Wi-Fi
8 12 (25.00%) WAN
9 10 (20.83%) VLAN
10 8 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
11 5 (10.42%) MPLS
12 4 (8.33%) BGP
12 4 (8.33%) FabricPath
12 4 (8.33%) IPv4
12 4 (8.33%) IPv6
12 4 (8.33%) OSPF
12 4 (8.33%) TCP/IP
General
1 5 (10.42%) Local Government
2 2 (4.17%) Finance
3 1 (2.08%) Banking
3 1 (2.08%) Marketing
3 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (25.00%) Architect
1 12 (25.00%) Network Engineer
2 9 (18.75%) Network Architect
3 7 (14.58%) Administrator
4 5 (10.42%) Cisco Engineer
4 5 (10.42%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 5 (10.42%) Lead Architect
4 5 (10.42%) Network Security Engineer
4 5 (10.42%) Security Engineer
5 4 (8.33%) Consultant
5 4 (8.33%) Data Architect
5 4 (8.33%) Data Centre Architect
5 4 (8.33%) Data Migration Architect
5 4 (8.33%) Data Migration Lead
5 4 (8.33%) Lead Data Architect
5 4 (8.33%) Migration Architect
6 3 (6.25%) Applications Support
6 3 (6.25%) Designer
6 3 (6.25%) Security Architect
7 2 (4.17%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.08%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.92%) Enterprise Software
2 10 (20.83%) Handset
2 10 (20.83%) Management Information System
3 7 (14.58%) Data Centre
4 6 (12.50%) Blackberry
5 5 (10.42%) Mobile App
6 4 (8.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (8.33%) iSeries
7 2 (4.17%) PKI
8 1 (2.08%) Client/Server
8 1 (2.08%) HACMP
8 1 (2.08%) Health Informatics
8 1 (2.08%) Informatics
8 1 (2.08%) iPad
8 1 (2.08%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 18 (37.50%) Android
1 18 (37.50%) Apple iOS
2 8 (16.67%) Windows
3 6 (12.50%) Linux
3 6 (12.50%) Windows 7
4 5 (10.42%) Unix
4 5 (10.42%) Windows 8
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.08%) AIX
6 1 (2.08%) Solaris
6 1 (2.08%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.08%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (27.08%) Mobile Device Management
2 10 (20.83%) Problem Management
3 9 (18.75%) Change Control
3 9 (18.75%) Continuous Improvement
3 9 (18.75%) Kalman Filter
4 8 (16.67%) ITIL
5 5 (10.42%) Information Security
5 5 (10.42%) Infrastructure Management
6 4 (8.33%) Migration
6 4 (8.33%) Service Management
7 2 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (4.17%) ITIL V3
7 2 (4.17%) ITSM
7 2 (4.17%) Network Design
7 2 (4.17%) Penetration Testing
7 2 (4.17%) PRINCE2
7 2 (4.17%) Scrum
7 2 (4.17%) SOA
7 2 (4.17%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (2.08%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.33%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 12 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 11 (22.92%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (20.83%) CCNP
3 10 (20.83%) SC Cleared
4 6 (12.50%) CCNA
5 4 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (6.25%) CCIE
7 2 (4.17%) CCDP
7 2 (4.17%) CESG Certified Professional
7 2 (4.17%) CLAS
8 1 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (2.08%) CCSP
8 1 (2.08%) IBM AIX Certification
8 1 (2.08%) MCDST
8 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (4.17%) JSP 440
1 2 (4.17%) RMADS
2 1 (2.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.08%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.08%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 12 (25.00%) AirWatch
2 2 (4.17%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 22 (45.83%) Cisco
2 15 (31.25%) Juniper
2 15 (31.25%) Palo Alto
3 10 (20.83%) Microsoft
4 9 (18.75%) Citrix
5 6 (12.50%) CheckPoint
5 6 (12.50%) VMware
6 5 (10.42%) F5
6 5 (10.42%) Fortinet
6 5 (10.42%) IBM
7 2 (4.17%) HP
7 2 (4.17%) Nokia
8 1 (2.08%) Red Hat