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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 27 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 139 125 109
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -16
Contract jobs citing VPN 19 27 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.52% 0.71% 0.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.54% 6.05% 6.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 12
Median daily rate £343 £350 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.14% +20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £182 £275 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £475 £422
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £16.84 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -11.36%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £14.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year
+34.48% -13.89%
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
537 446 407
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.67% 11.78% 13.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 221 199
Median daily rate £389 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.00% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 41 40
Median hourly rate £14.00 £16.84 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.86% -25.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.38 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.75 £21.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+47.67% +7.50%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing VPN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 27 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -12 12 £325 -7.14% 9
Merseyside +1 4 £400 - 2
Cheshire -1 3 £465 +95.17% 4
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England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for VPN.

1 23 (51.11%) WAN
2 21 (46.67%) Windows
2 21 (46.67%) Firewall
3 18 (40.00%) LAN
3 18 (40.00%) ITIL
3 18 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 15 (33.33%) Cisco
5 13 (28.89%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (26.67%) Microsoft
6 12 (26.67%) Windows 7
7 11 (24.44%) Citrix
7 11 (24.44%) MS Office
7 11 (24.44%) Juniper
7 11 (24.44%) Windows Server
8 10 (22.22%) Data Centre
8 10 (22.22%) SSL
8 10 (22.22%) TCP/IP
8 10 (22.22%) Security Cleared
9 9 (20.00%) DNS
9 9 (20.00%) CCNP
9 9 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (20.00%) DHCP
9 9 (20.00%) Blackberry
9 9 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (17.78%) Finance
10 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
11 7 (15.56%) Wireless
11 7 (15.56%) Law
11 7 (15.56%) Legal
11 7 (15.56%) MS Excel

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Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (4.44%) IBM Notes
2 2 (4.44%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.44%) OpenStack
2 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.44%) Skype for Business
2 2 (4.44%) WebSphere
3 1 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 11 (24.44%) MS Office
2 7 (15.56%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.44%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.44%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (51.11%) WAN
2 21 (46.67%) Firewall
3 18 (40.00%) LAN
4 10 (22.22%) SSL
4 10 (22.22%) TCP/IP
5 9 (20.00%) DHCP
5 9 (20.00%) DNS
6 7 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
6 7 (15.56%) Cisco Nexus
6 7 (15.56%) Wireless
7 5 (11.11%) Internet
7 5 (11.11%) MPLS
7 5 (11.11%) Network Security
7 5 (11.11%) VLAN
7 5 (11.11%) VoIP
7 5 (11.11%) WLAN
8 4 (8.89%) BGP
8 4 (8.89%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (8.89%) IPsec
9 3 (6.67%) FWSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) GoCD
1 1 (2.22%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.22%) Vagrant
1 1 (2.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (17.78%) Finance
2 7 (15.56%) Law
2 7 (15.56%) Legal
3 6 (13.33%) Banking
4 3 (6.67%) French Language
4 3 (6.67%) German Language
4 3 (6.67%) Telecoms
5 2 (4.44%) Local Government
6 1 (2.22%) Marketing
6 1 (2.22%) Retail
6 1 (2.22%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 9 (20.00%) Analyst
2 8 (17.78%) Network Engineer
3 7 (15.56%) Architect
4 6 (13.33%) Cisco Engineer
4 6 (13.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 6 (13.33%) Service Analyst
4 6 (13.33%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (11.11%) Consultant
6 4 (8.89%) Administrator
6 4 (8.89%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (6.67%) Firewall Engineer
7 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (6.67%) Systems Administrator
7 3 (6.67%) Technical Architect
8 2 (4.44%) Data Centre Engineer
8 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
8 2 (4.44%) Knowledge Analyst
8 2 (4.44%) Network Consultant
8 2 (4.44%) Network Designer
8 2 (4.44%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.44%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.22%) Middleware
2 1 (2.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 9 (20.00%) Blackberry
3 4 (8.89%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.44%) e-Learning
4 2 (4.44%) Life Science
4 2 (4.44%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.44%) PKI
4 2 (4.44%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.22%) Algorithms
5 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.22%) Driving Licence
5 1 (2.22%) FlexPod
5 1 (2.22%) HACMP
5 1 (2.22%) Health Informatics
5 1 (2.22%) Informatics
5 1 (2.22%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 21 (46.67%) Windows
2 12 (26.67%) Windows 7
3 11 (24.44%) Windows Server
4 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (13.33%) Unix
6 5 (11.11%) Linux
6 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (4.44%) Android
7 2 (4.44%) Apple iOS
7 2 (4.44%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.22%) AIX
8 1 (2.22%) CentOS
8 1 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (2.22%) Solaris
8 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (40.00%) ITIL
2 6 (13.33%) Document Management
2 6 (13.33%) Service Management
3 4 (8.89%) ITSM
3 4 (8.89%) Load Balancing
3 4 (8.89%) Migration
3 4 (8.89%) Network Design
3 4 (8.89%) Network Monitoring
4 3 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (6.67%) Network Management
4 3 (6.67%) Technical Architecture
5 2 (4.44%) Information Security
5 2 (4.44%) Knowledge Management
5 2 (4.44%) Open Source
5 2 (4.44%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (4.44%) Risk Management
5 2 (4.44%) Service Delivery
5 2 (4.44%) SIEM
5 2 (4.44%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.67%) PowerShell
1 3 (6.67%) SQL
2 1 (2.22%) Python
2 1 (2.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 13 (28.89%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (22.22%) Security Cleared
3 9 (20.00%) CCNP
3 9 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
5 7 (15.56%) MOS
6 6 (13.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 6 (13.33%) MCDST
7 5 (11.11%) CCNA
8 4 (8.89%) CCIE
9 3 (6.67%) CCDP
9 3 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (4.44%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (4.44%) CISSP
10 2 (4.44%) CLAS
10 2 (4.44%) MCSE
11 1 (2.22%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (2.22%) CCSA
11 1 (2.22%) CCSP
11 1 (2.22%) IBM AIX Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) SLA
2 2 (4.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.44%) JSP 440
2 2 (4.44%) RMADS
System Software
1 18 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.22%) GPFS
3 1 (2.22%) Terminal Server
3 1 (2.22%) vCloud
3 1 (2.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) Cacti
1 2 (4.44%) SmoothWall
2 1 (2.22%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (2.22%) Nagios
2 1 (2.22%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (2.22%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (2.22%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (2.22%) Packer
2 1 (2.22%) SCCM
2 1 (2.22%) Terraform
2 1 (2.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 15 (33.33%) Cisco
2 12 (26.67%) Microsoft
3 11 (24.44%) Citrix
3 11 (24.44%) Juniper
4 5 (11.11%) VMware
5 4 (8.89%) CheckPoint
5 4 (8.89%) HP
5 4 (8.89%) Palo Alto
6 3 (6.67%) Forcepoint
6 3 (6.67%) Fortinet
6 3 (6.67%) Nokia
6 3 (6.67%) Siemens
7 2 (4.44%) F5
7 2 (4.44%) Infor
7 2 (4.44%) Lotus
7 2 (4.44%) Polycom
7 2 (4.44%) ServiceNow
8 1 (2.22%) Dell
8 1 (2.22%) Mapinfo
8 1 (2.22%) Red Hat