The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 137 125 156
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +31
Contract jobs citing VPN 61 80 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.14% 1.38% 0.97%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.48% 9.99% 8.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 40 33
Average daily rate
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£450 £381 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.03% +17.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £163 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £454
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £345 £275
% change year-on-year
+5.07% +25.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 11
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £19.25 £16.84
% change year-on-year
-24.67% +14.31%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Communications & Networking Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
719 801 855
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 13.38% 13.78% 11.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 528 513 573
Average daily rate £425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 27 30
Average hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.15% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.37 £160.00 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

VPN Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the City of London region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 60 (54.55%) Firewall
2 59 (53.64%) Cisco
3 46 (41.82%) Windows
4 42 (38.18%) LAN
5 40 (36.36%) WAN
6 37 (33.64%) Active Directory
7 30 (27.27%) Microsoft
8 29 (26.36%) CheckPoint
9 28 (25.45%) MPLS
10 27 (24.55%) Cisco Certification
10 27 (24.55%) Finance
11 24 (21.82%) Wireless
11 24 (21.82%) TCP/IP
11 24 (21.82%) DNS
12 21 (19.09%) CCNP
12 21 (19.09%) ITIL
12 21 (19.09%) OSPF
12 21 (19.09%) BGP
13 20 (18.18%) Citrix
14 19 (17.27%) VLAN
15 18 (16.36%) IPsec
15 18 (16.36%) VMware
16 17 (15.45%) DHCP
16 17 (15.45%) F5
17 16 (14.55%) Windows 7
17 16 (14.55%) Cisco ASA
17 16 (14.55%) MS Excel
18 15 (13.64%) Linux
18 15 (13.64%) Video Conferencing
19 14 (12.73%) Load Balancing

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 13 (11.82%) MS Exchange
2 12 (10.91%) Lync
3 10 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.64%) IIS
5 3 (2.73%) Apache
5 3 (2.73%) nginx
5 3 (2.73%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.82%) Mule ESB
6 2 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.82%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.82%) JBoss
6 2 (1.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.91%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.91%) WorkSite
7 1 (0.91%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.91%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.91%) Confluence
7 1 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (14.55%) MS Excel
2 13 (11.82%) MS Office
3 6 (5.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (2.73%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.91%) MS Project
5 1 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.91%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (2.73%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.91%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.64%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (3.64%) Office 365
2 3 (2.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.82%) Google Apps
3 2 (1.82%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.91%) IaaS
4 1 (0.91%) SaaS
4 1 (0.91%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (54.55%) Firewall
2 42 (38.18%) LAN
3 40 (36.36%) WAN
4 28 (25.45%) MPLS
5 24 (21.82%) TCP/IP
5 24 (21.82%) DNS
5 24 (21.82%) Wireless
6 21 (19.09%) OSPF
6 21 (19.09%) BGP
7 19 (17.27%) VLAN
8 18 (16.36%) IPsec
9 17 (15.45%) DHCP
10 16 (14.55%) Cisco ASA
11 14 (12.73%) Network Security
12 13 (11.82%) Cisco IOS
12 13 (11.82%) Cisco Nexus
13 12 (10.91%) HSRP
14 11 (10.00%) SSL
15 10 (9.09%) Internet
15 10 (9.09%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.36%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.45%) MySQL
3 3 (2.73%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.82%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.82%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.82%) Redis
5 1 (0.91%) Big Data
5 1 (0.91%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.91%) JasperReports
Development Applications
1 3 (2.73%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.73%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.82%) SonarQube
2 2 (1.82%) Gerrit
2 2 (1.82%) Artifactory
2 2 (1.82%) Mercurial
3 1 (0.91%) Hudson
3 1 (0.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.91%) Subversion
3 1 (0.91%) JIRA
General
1 27 (24.55%) Finance
2 11 (10.00%) Banking
3 5 (4.55%) Investment Banking
3 5 (4.55%) Law
4 4 (3.64%) Publishing
5 3 (2.73%) Legal
5 3 (2.73%) Advertising
6 2 (1.82%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.82%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.82%) Front Office
6 2 (1.82%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (1.82%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.91%) Swedish Language
7 1 (0.91%) Retail
7 1 (0.91%) Billing
7 1 (0.91%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 28 (25.45%) Network Engineer
2 18 (16.36%) Analyst
3 13 (11.82%) Architect
4 9 (8.18%) Support Analyst
5 8 (7.27%) Senior Network Engineer
5 8 (7.27%) Security Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Security Manager
6 6 (5.45%) Support Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (4.55%) IT Trainer
7 5 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
7 5 (4.55%) Trainer
7 5 (4.55%) Voice Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) IT Support
8 4 (3.64%) Cisco Voice Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Desktop Support
8 4 (3.64%) Network Security Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Network Analyst
8 4 (3.64%) Senior Network Analyst
8 4 (3.64%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.27%) XMPP
1 8 (7.27%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.73%) LAMP
3 2 (1.82%) FIX Protocol
3 2 (1.82%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (1.82%) HTML
3 2 (1.82%) .NET
3 2 (1.82%) J2EE
3 2 (1.82%) Web Services
4 1 (0.91%) Middleware
4 1 (0.91%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.64%) Video Conferencing
2 10 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 7 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.45%) iPhone
4 6 (5.45%) PKI
4 6 (5.45%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.55%) Blackberry
6 4 (3.64%) Clustering
6 4 (3.64%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.73%) Replication
7 3 (2.73%) Fixed Income
7 3 (2.73%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.73%) Mobile App
7 3 (2.73%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (2.73%) User Experience
8 2 (1.82%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.82%) iPad
9 1 (0.91%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.91%) Wiki
9 1 (0.91%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 46 (41.82%) Windows
2 16 (14.55%) Windows 7
3 15 (13.64%) Linux
4 12 (10.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (10.00%) Mac OS X
6 9 (8.18%) Android
7 8 (7.27%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (7.27%) Windows 8
8 6 (5.45%) Windows XP
9 5 (4.55%) UNIX
10 4 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (3.64%) Windows Phone
11 3 (2.73%) CentOS
11 3 (2.73%) Ubuntu
12 2 (1.82%) Windows Vista
12 2 (1.82%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.91%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.91%) Debian
13 1 (0.91%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (19.09%) ITIL
2 14 (12.73%) Load Balancing
3 10 (9.09%) Project Management
3 10 (9.09%) Service Management
4 9 (8.18%) Asset Management
5 8 (7.27%) PRINCE2
6 7 (6.36%) Network Monitoring
7 6 (5.45%) Network Architecture
8 5 (4.55%) Service Delivery
8 5 (4.55%) Identity Management
9 4 (3.64%) Investment Management
9 4 (3.64%) Network Management
9 4 (3.64%) Data Protection
9 4 (3.64%) Cyber Security
9 4 (3.64%) WAN Optimisation
9 4 (3.64%) Software Deployment
9 4 (3.64%) Malware Detection\Protection
10 3 (2.73%) Server Building
10 3 (2.73%) DevOps
10 3 (2.73%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.18%) SQL
2 4 (3.64%) C
3 3 (2.73%) Perl
3 3 (2.73%) PHP
3 3 (2.73%) Ruby
3 3 (2.73%) PowerShell
3 3 (2.73%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.82%) Python
4 2 (1.82%) Lisp
5 1 (0.91%) Java
5 1 (0.91%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 27 (24.55%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (19.09%) CCNP
3 10 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (8.18%) CCSA
4 9 (8.18%) Degree
5 8 (7.27%) CCNA
6 7 (6.36%) MCP
7 6 (5.45%) MCSA
8 5 (4.55%) MCSE
8 5 (4.55%) CCSE
8 5 (4.55%) SC Cleared
8 5 (4.55%) Security Cleared
9 4 (3.64%) CISSP
9 4 (3.64%) CCIE
10 2 (1.82%) Postgraduate
10 2 (1.82%) Check Point Certification
10 2 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.82%) MCTS
11 1 (0.91%) MCITP
11 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (10.00%) SLA
2 3 (2.73%) QA
3 2 (1.82%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.91%) COBIT
4 1 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.91%) COSO
System Software
1 37 (33.64%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.45%) vSphere
4 5 (4.55%) XenApp
4 5 (4.55%) ProxySG
5 4 (3.64%) Snort
5 4 (3.64%) Hyper-V
6 3 (2.73%) Squid
6 3 (2.73%) Xen
6 3 (2.73%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (2.73%) vCloud
7 2 (1.82%) Docker
7 2 (1.82%) XenServer
8 1 (0.91%) iptables
8 1 (0.91%) Postfix
8 1 (0.91%) Samba
Systems Management
1 9 (8.18%) SCCM
1 9 (8.18%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (4.55%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (3.64%) OPNET
3 4 (3.64%) Cisco UCCE
3 4 (3.64%) Cisco UCCX
4 3 (2.73%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (2.73%) Ansible
4 3 (2.73%) Backup Exec
4 3 (2.73%) Puppet
4 3 (2.73%) Data Guard
4 3 (2.73%) ZABBIX
4 3 (2.73%) Salt
5 2 (1.82%) Kibana
5 2 (1.82%) Vagrant
5 2 (1.82%) Rundeck
5 2 (1.82%) logstash
5 2 (1.82%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.91%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.91%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 59 (53.64%) Cisco
2 30 (27.27%) Microsoft
3 29 (26.36%) CheckPoint
4 20 (18.18%) Citrix
5 18 (16.36%) VMware
6 17 (15.45%) F5
7 14 (12.73%) Juniper
8 10 (9.09%) Apple
9 9 (8.18%) Blue Coat
9 9 (8.18%) Riverbed
10 7 (6.36%) McAfee
11 6 (5.45%) SolarWinds
11 6 (5.45%) Polycom
11 6 (5.45%) Dell
12 5 (4.55%) Nokia
12 5 (4.55%) Aruba
13 4 (3.64%) Google
13 4 (3.64%) Red Hat
13 4 (3.64%) NetApp
13 4 (3.64%) HP
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