The first table below looks at the demand for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the Chester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the Chester region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 35 23 16
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -7
Contract jobs citing VPN 7 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 2.68% 1.38% 2.04%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.67% 6.45% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Average daily rate £325 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £300 £250
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Average hourly rate - £55.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +292.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.75 £26.50 £18.71
% change year-on-year
-33.01% +41.63%
Communications & Networking Category
Chester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
60 31 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Chester 22.99% 21.38% 28.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 2 5
Average daily rate £340 £240 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.66% -36.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £240 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £409 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 7 5
Average hourly rate £31.56 £55.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.62% +292.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.03 £9.00 £12.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £33.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -20.35%
VPN
Cheshire

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

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

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in Chester

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

VPN Daily Rate Trend in Chester

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Chester

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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 11 (91.67%) Capacity Planning
2 10 (83.33%) LAN
2 10 (83.33%) WAN
2 10 (83.33%) DHCP
2 10 (83.33%) DNS
2 10 (83.33%) Cisco
2 10 (83.33%) CCNP
2 10 (83.33%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (83.33%) Firewall
3 9 (75.00%) Juniper
3 9 (75.00%) BGP
4 8 (66.67%) Blue Coat
4 8 (66.67%) F5
4 8 (66.67%) NetScaler
5 7 (58.33%) VLAN
5 7 (58.33%) TCP/IP
5 7 (58.33%) ITIL
6 6 (50.00%) HP
7 5 (41.67%) MPLS
7 5 (41.67%) Firmware
7 5 (41.67%) DMZ
7 5 (41.67%) Internet
7 5 (41.67%) Incident Management
7 5 (41.67%) Load Balancing
7 5 (41.67%) Wireless
7 5 (41.67%) Structured Cabling
8 4 (33.33%) Network Monitoring
8 4 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
8 4 (33.33%) Risk Management
8 4 (33.33%) Telecoms

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in Chester by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Chester 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.

Communications & Networking
1 10 (83.33%) LAN
1 10 (83.33%) WAN
1 10 (83.33%) DHCP
1 10 (83.33%) DNS
1 10 (83.33%) Firewall
2 9 (75.00%) BGP
3 8 (66.67%) NetScaler
4 7 (58.33%) VLAN
4 7 (58.33%) TCP/IP
5 5 (41.67%) MPLS
5 5 (41.67%) DMZ
5 5 (41.67%) Internet
5 5 (41.67%) Wireless
5 5 (41.67%) Structured Cabling
6 4 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
6 4 (33.33%) Cisco IOS
6 4 (33.33%) Cisco PIX
6 4 (33.33%) Network Security
6 4 (33.33%) OSPF
7 3 (25.00%) Extranet
General
1 4 (33.33%) Telecoms
1 4 (33.33%) Finance
1 4 (33.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Network Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Security Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Network Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Network Security Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Storage Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Senior Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Network Security Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Network Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Data Network Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Data Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Security Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Network Operations Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) Firmware
2 4 (33.33%) e-Health
3 2 (16.67%) EqualLogic
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Capacity Planning
2 7 (58.33%) ITIL
3 5 (41.67%) Incident Management
3 5 (41.67%) Load Balancing
4 4 (33.33%) Network Monitoring
4 4 (33.33%) Risk Management
4 4 (33.33%) Information Security
4 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (33.33%) Problem Management
5 3 (25.00%) Network Management
6 2 (16.67%) Change Management
7 1 (8.33%) Project Management
7 1 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
7 1 (8.33%) Data Migration
7 1 (8.33%) Data Security
7 1 (8.33%) Migration
7 1 (8.33%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (83.33%) CCNP
1 10 (83.33%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 4 (33.33%) ProxySG
2 1 (8.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) Netcool
2 2 (16.67%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 10 (83.33%) Cisco
2 9 (75.00%) Juniper
3 8 (66.67%) Blue Coat
3 8 (66.67%) F5
4 6 (50.00%) HP
5 4 (33.33%) NetScout
5 4 (33.33%) CheckPoint
6 3 (25.00%) Avaya
6 3 (25.00%) Nortel
7 2 (16.67%) VMware
7 2 (16.67%) Citrix
7 2 (16.67%) Dell
7 2 (16.67%) EMC
7 2 (16.67%) IBM
7 2 (16.67%) NetApp
8 1 (8.33%) Microsoft