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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 103 88 105
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +17
Contract jobs citing VPN 45 40 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.23% 1.32% 0.81%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.95% 10.84% 6.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 3
Average daily rate
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£300 £245 £233
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.44% +5.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £204 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £337 £323
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £291 £300
% change year-on-year
+19.30% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 10
Average hourly rate £17.92 £17.50 £39.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% -55.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £14.70 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £64.00 £18.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.42 £17.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+0.98% -37.27%
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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
503 369 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.71% 12.20% 12.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 175 122
Average daily rate £325 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 28 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £32.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.15% +47.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.85 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

VPN Hourly Rate Histogram 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 22 May 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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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 +11 31 £300 +233.33% 10
Cheshire -25 7 £202 -37.03% 6
Merseyside -10 6 - - 1
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England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 44 (51.16%) Cisco
2 43 (50.00%) Firewall
3 36 (41.86%) Windows
4 34 (39.53%) Cisco Certification
5 27 (31.40%) Citrix
6 25 (29.07%) Juniper
6 25 (29.07%) BGP
7 24 (27.91%) CCNA
7 24 (27.91%) SSL
8 23 (26.74%) CCIE
8 23 (26.74%) Microsoft
8 23 (26.74%) DNS
8 23 (26.74%) OSPF
9 22 (25.58%) CCNP
9 22 (25.58%) LAN
9 22 (25.58%) WAN
10 21 (24.42%) Network Security
11 20 (23.26%) HSRP
11 20 (23.26%) UNIX
12 18 (20.93%) DHCP
12 18 (20.93%) MPLS
12 18 (20.93%) JNCIP
13 17 (19.77%) JNCIA
13 17 (19.77%) Cisco IOS
13 17 (19.77%) Network Management
13 17 (19.77%) Ethernet
13 17 (19.77%) IPv4
13 17 (19.77%) Linux
14 16 (18.60%) Broadband
14 16 (18.60%) VoIP

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 14 (16.28%) IIS
2 11 (12.79%) Apache
3 10 (11.63%) IBM Notes
4 6 (6.98%) MS Exchange
5 4 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (3.49%) SharePoint
6 3 (3.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (1.16%) Lync
7 1 (1.16%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (3.49%) MS Office
2 2 (2.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.16%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.65%) Office 365
2 3 (3.49%) PaaS
3 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 43 (50.00%) Firewall
2 25 (29.07%) BGP
3 24 (27.91%) SSL
4 23 (26.74%) DNS
4 23 (26.74%) OSPF
5 22 (25.58%) LAN
5 22 (25.58%) WAN
6 21 (24.42%) Network Security
7 20 (23.26%) HSRP
8 18 (20.93%) DHCP
8 18 (20.93%) MPLS
9 17 (19.77%) Cisco IOS
9 17 (19.77%) Ethernet
9 17 (19.77%) IPv4
10 16 (18.60%) Broadband
10 16 (18.60%) VoIP
10 16 (18.60%) IPv6
10 16 (18.60%) L2TP
10 16 (18.60%) RSVP
10 16 (18.60%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.49%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.16%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.16%) MySQL
General
1 16 (18.60%) Telecoms
2 6 (6.98%) Finance
3 2 (2.33%) Publishing
3 2 (2.33%) Local Government
4 1 (1.16%) Retail
4 1 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.16%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (20.93%) Network Engineer
2 17 (19.77%) Operations Engineer
3 16 (18.60%) IP Engineer
3 16 (18.60%) Implementation Engineer
4 14 (16.28%) Analyst
5 10 (11.63%) Security Engineer
6 9 (10.47%) Consultant
6 9 (10.47%) Network Security Engineer
6 9 (10.47%) Technical Analyst
7 8 (9.30%) Citrix Analyst
7 8 (9.30%) Network Consultant
8 7 (8.14%) Architect
9 6 (6.98%) Network Support
10 4 (4.65%) Security Consultant
10 4 (4.65%) Network Analyst
10 4 (4.65%) Security Analyst
10 4 (4.65%) Network Security Consultant
11 3 (3.49%) Network Security Analyst
11 3 (3.49%) Security Architect
11 3 (3.49%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.65%) Web Services
2 3 (3.49%) REST
2 3 (3.49%) OAuth
2 3 (3.49%) JSON
2 3 (3.49%) XML
2 3 (3.49%) SAML
3 1 (1.16%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.81%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.49%) Open Source
2 3 (3.49%) Life Science
2 3 (3.49%) PKI
2 3 (3.49%) Blackberry
2 3 (3.49%) Handset
3 2 (2.33%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.33%) iPad
4 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.16%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.16%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 36 (41.86%) Windows
2 20 (23.26%) UNIX
3 17 (19.77%) Linux
4 12 (13.95%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (8.14%) Windows XP
6 7 (8.14%) Windows 7
7 4 (4.65%) Solaris
8 3 (3.49%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.16%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.16%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.16%) Android
9 1 (1.16%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (19.77%) Network Management
2 16 (18.60%) Information Security
3 8 (9.30%) Migration
4 7 (8.14%) ITIL
5 5 (5.81%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (4.65%) Service Management
6 4 (4.65%) Load Balancing
6 4 (4.65%) Network Architecture
6 4 (4.65%) Change Control
7 3 (3.49%) Problem Management
7 3 (3.49%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 3 (3.49%) SOA
7 3 (3.49%) Identity Management
8 2 (2.33%) Service Delivery
8 2 (2.33%) Data Management
8 2 (2.33%) Network Design
8 2 (2.33%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (2.33%) Capacity Planning
9 1 (1.16%) Performance Tuning
9 1 (1.16%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.49%) Java
1 3 (3.49%) SQL
2 1 (1.16%) Bash Shell
2 1 (1.16%) Ruby
2 1 (1.16%) Python
2 1 (1.16%) Perl
Qualifications
1 34 (39.53%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (27.91%) CCNA
3 23 (26.74%) CCIE
4 22 (25.58%) CCNP
5 18 (20.93%) JNCIP
6 17 (19.77%) JNCIA
7 16 (18.60%) CCIP
8 9 (10.47%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (6.98%) Degree
10 4 (4.65%) MCSE
10 4 (4.65%) CISSP
10 4 (4.65%) CCA
10 4 (4.65%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (4.65%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (4.65%) SC Cleared
10 4 (4.65%) Security Cleared
10 4 (4.65%) CCEE
10 4 (4.65%) CCAA
11 3 (3.49%) ISACA
11 3 (3.49%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (11.63%) QA
1 10 (11.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (6.98%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (1.16%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (18.60%) Active Directory
2 8 (9.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 8 (9.30%) XenApp
2 8 (9.30%) MetaFrame
3 4 (4.65%) ISA Server
4 3 (3.49%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (1.16%) iptables
6 1 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.16%) Terminal Services
6 1 (1.16%) NFS
6 1 (1.16%) Samba
Systems Management
1 4 (4.65%) Nagios
1 4 (4.65%) MIMEsweeper
2 2 (2.33%) CiscoWorks
2 2 (2.33%) SCCM
2 2 (2.33%) SCOM
3 1 (1.16%) Opsview
3 1 (1.16%) FortiGate
3 1 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.16%) Puppet
3 1 (1.16%) MOM
Vendors
1 44 (51.16%) Cisco
2 27 (31.40%) Citrix
3 25 (29.07%) Juniper
4 23 (26.74%) Microsoft
5 16 (18.60%) CheckPoint
5 16 (18.60%) BT
6 10 (11.63%) Lotus
7 9 (10.47%) AppSense
8 7 (8.14%) Clearswift
8 7 (8.14%) VMware
9 6 (6.98%) EMC
10 4 (4.65%) SurfControl
10 4 (4.65%) Red Hat
10 4 (4.65%) F5
11 3 (3.49%) SolarWinds
11 3 (3.49%) Infoblox
12 2 (2.33%) Websense
12 2 (2.33%) NetApp
12 2 (2.33%) HP
12 2 (2.33%) Blue Coat