The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 23 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 94 97 88
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -9
Contract jobs citing VPN 38 33 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.21% 1.20% 1.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.03% 8.68% 8.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 22 14
Average daily rate
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£309 £135 £138
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+128.70% -1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £135 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £425 £322
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £323 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.42% +7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 10
Average hourly rate £16.50 £12.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% -33.08%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%
VPN
England

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

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
421 380 462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.43% 13.87% 17.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 190 189
Average daily rate £325 £337 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.56% +3.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 26 52
Average hourly rate £18.50 £15.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.33% -45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -13.33%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

VPN Daily Rate Trend in the North West

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the North West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

VPN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015. 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
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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
Manchester +7 32 £318 +135.18% 7
Cheshire +3 4 £186 -56.17% 4
Merseyside - 1 - -
Lancashire - - - -
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 32 (51.61%) Cisco
2 30 (48.39%) Microsoft
3 28 (45.16%) Windows
4 24 (38.71%) Citrix
4 24 (38.71%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (37.10%) Firewall
6 21 (33.87%) OSPF
6 21 (33.87%) CCNA
7 18 (29.03%) SSL
7 18 (29.03%) Juniper
7 18 (29.03%) MPLS
7 18 (29.03%) BGP
8 17 (27.42%) CCNP
9 16 (25.81%) Cisco IOS
10 15 (24.19%) BT
11 14 (22.58%) Active Directory
11 14 (22.58%) CCIE
12 13 (20.97%) CheckPoint
12 13 (20.97%) Broadband
12 13 (20.97%) Telecoms
12 13 (20.97%) Blackberry
12 13 (20.97%) JNCIP
13 12 (19.35%) JNCIA
13 12 (19.35%) BT 21CN
13 12 (19.35%) Windows 7
13 12 (19.35%) Junos
13 12 (19.35%) HSRP
13 12 (19.35%) L2TP
13 12 (19.35%) RSVP
13 12 (19.35%) VRRP

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 11 (17.74%) Apache
1 11 (17.74%) IIS
2 9 (14.52%) IBM Notes
3 6 (9.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (8.06%) MS Exchange
5 3 (4.84%) Lync
5 3 (4.84%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 11 (17.74%) MS Office
2 9 (14.52%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 23 (37.10%) Firewall
2 21 (33.87%) OSPF
3 18 (29.03%) SSL
3 18 (29.03%) MPLS
3 18 (29.03%) BGP
4 16 (25.81%) Cisco IOS
5 13 (20.97%) Broadband
6 12 (19.35%) BT 21CN
6 12 (19.35%) Junos
6 12 (19.35%) HSRP
6 12 (19.35%) L2TP
6 12 (19.35%) RSVP
6 12 (19.35%) VRRP
6 12 (19.35%) WAN
6 12 (19.35%) Ethernet
6 12 (19.35%) IPv4
6 12 (19.35%) IPv6
7 11 (17.74%) LAN
7 11 (17.74%) Wireless
7 11 (17.74%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.61%) Data Mining
General
1 13 (20.97%) Telecoms
2 4 (6.45%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 13 (20.97%) Network Engineer
2 12 (19.35%) Implementation Engineer
2 12 (19.35%) Operations Engineer
2 12 (19.35%) IP Engineer
2 12 (19.35%) Analyst
3 10 (16.13%) Security Engineer
4 9 (14.52%) Network Analyst
4 9 (14.52%) Network Security Engineer
5 7 (11.29%) Desktop Support
6 6 (9.68%) Support Engineer
7 4 (6.45%) Team Leader
8 3 (4.84%) Security Analyst
8 3 (4.84%) Network Security Analyst
8 3 (4.84%) Desktop Team Leader
8 3 (4.84%) Service Analyst
8 3 (4.84%) Architect
9 2 (3.23%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Senior Network Analyst
9 2 (3.23%) Help Desk Support
9 2 (3.23%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.61%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.97%) Blackberry
2 6 (9.68%) Management Information System
2 6 (9.68%) iPad
3 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.84%) Life Science
4 2 (3.23%) Handset
4 2 (3.23%) Statistics
4 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 28 (45.16%) Windows
2 12 (19.35%) Windows 7
2 12 (19.35%) UNIX
2 12 (19.35%) Linux
3 8 (12.90%) Windows XP
4 5 (8.06%) Windows Vista
5 4 (6.45%) Apple iOS
6 3 (4.84%) Windows 8
6 3 (4.84%) Windows 2000
7 2 (3.23%) AIX
7 2 (3.23%) Solaris
7 2 (3.23%) NetWare
7 2 (3.23%) Android
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (1.61%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (17.74%) Information Security
2 10 (16.13%) ITIL
3 4 (6.45%) Service Management
3 4 (6.45%) Network Management
3 4 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
3 4 (6.45%) Coaching
4 3 (4.84%) Load Balancing
4 3 (4.84%) Project Management
4 3 (4.84%) Migration
5 2 (3.23%) Data Management
5 2 (3.23%) Change Management
5 2 (3.23%) ITSM
5 2 (3.23%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (3.23%) Network Design
5 2 (3.23%) SIEM
5 2 (3.23%) Change Control
5 2 (3.23%) Line Management
5 2 (3.23%) Mentoring
6 1 (1.61%) People Management
6 1 (1.61%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.23%) SQL
1 2 (3.23%) VBScript
1 2 (3.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 24 (38.71%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (33.87%) CCNA
3 17 (27.42%) CCNP
4 14 (22.58%) CCIE
5 13 (20.97%) JNCIP
6 12 (19.35%) JNCIA
6 12 (19.35%) CCIP
7 7 (11.29%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (6.45%) CISSP
8 4 (6.45%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (4.84%) ISACA
9 3 (4.84%) CISMP
10 2 (3.23%) MCDST
10 2 (3.23%) SC Cleared
10 2 (3.23%) Security Cleared
11 1 (1.61%) DV Cleared
11 1 (1.61%) Degree
11 1 (1.61%) MCTS
11 1 (1.61%) JNCIE
11 1 (1.61%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.45%) SLA
1 4 (6.45%) QA
2 2 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 14 (22.58%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.45%) ISA Server
3 2 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.23%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.61%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.61%) NFS
Systems Management
1 4 (6.45%) MIMEsweeper
2 3 (4.84%) SCCM
3 2 (3.23%) OpenView
3 2 (3.23%) ServiceCenter
3 2 (3.23%) EMC NetWorker
3 2 (3.23%) SAP Afaria
4 1 (1.61%) SCOM
Vendors
1 32 (51.61%) Cisco
2 30 (48.39%) Microsoft
3 24 (38.71%) Citrix
4 18 (29.03%) Juniper
5 15 (24.19%) BT
6 13 (20.97%) CheckPoint
7 9 (14.52%) Lotus
8 7 (11.29%) Clearswift
9 6 (9.68%) Avaya
10 5 (8.06%) HP
10 5 (8.06%) VMware
11 4 (6.45%) SurfControl
11 4 (6.45%) Nortel
12 2 (3.23%) Oracle
12 2 (3.23%) Novell
12 2 (3.23%) StorageTek
12 2 (3.23%) Apple
12 2 (3.23%) Sun
12 2 (3.23%) EMC
12 2 (3.23%) Axway
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