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 28 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 126 107 92
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -15
Contract jobs citing VPN 28 27 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.73% 0.88% 1.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.25% 6.80% 9.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 12 14
Average daily rate
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£300 £290 £229
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +26.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £227 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £422 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 12
Average hourly rate £17.92 £19.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.68% -49.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.06 £13.94 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.78 £21.30 £41.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £16.84 £21.25
% change year-on-year
-12.41% -20.75%
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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
448 397 383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 11.71% 13.00% 14.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 200 180
Average daily rate £350 £300 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 33 43
Average hourly rate £16.84 £22.50 £32.03
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.15% -29.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.85 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.25 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -2 18 £325 -18.75% 17
Cheshire -12 6 £238 -14.91% 6
Merseyside -15 2 £400 - 1
Lancashire +6 1 £150 -33.33%
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England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 37 (51.39%) Cisco
2 35 (48.61%) Firewall
3 30 (41.67%) Windows
4 29 (40.28%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (34.72%) WAN
6 24 (33.33%) DNS
7 21 (29.17%) LAN
8 20 (27.78%) DHCP
8 20 (27.78%) BGP
9 19 (26.39%) Juniper
10 18 (25.00%) OSPF
11 17 (23.61%) Active Directory
11 17 (23.61%) VoIP
12 16 (22.22%) CCNP
13 15 (20.83%) Citrix
13 15 (20.83%) TCP/IP
13 15 (20.83%) Wireless
13 15 (20.83%) Network Security
13 15 (20.83%) Network Management
14 14 (19.44%) CCNA
14 14 (19.44%) CCIE
14 14 (19.44%) UNIX
14 14 (19.44%) Data Centre
14 14 (19.44%) 802.1X
15 13 (18.06%) SSL
15 13 (18.06%) Windows Server 2003
16 12 (16.67%) Microsoft
17 11 (15.28%) Wi-Fi
17 11 (15.28%) IPsec
17 11 (15.28%) SAN

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 7 (9.72%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.94%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (5.56%) IIS
3 4 (5.56%) IBM Notes
4 3 (4.17%) SharePoint
4 3 (4.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.39%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.39%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (2.78%) MS Office
2 1 (1.39%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.39%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.56%) Office 365
2 3 (4.17%) PaaS
3 1 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (48.61%) Firewall
2 25 (34.72%) WAN
3 24 (33.33%) DNS
4 21 (29.17%) LAN
5 20 (27.78%) DHCP
5 20 (27.78%) BGP
6 18 (25.00%) OSPF
7 17 (23.61%) VoIP
8 15 (20.83%) TCP/IP
8 15 (20.83%) Wireless
8 15 (20.83%) Network Security
9 13 (18.06%) SSL
10 11 (15.28%) SAN
10 11 (15.28%) IPsec
10 11 (15.28%) Wi-Fi
10 11 (15.28%) MPLS
10 11 (15.28%) Cisco IOS
10 11 (15.28%) HSRP
11 10 (13.89%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (13.89%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.39%) MySQL
3 1 (1.39%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.39%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.39%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 7 (9.72%) Telecoms
2 5 (6.94%) Finance
3 2 (2.78%) Publishing
3 2 (2.78%) Retail
3 2 (2.78%) Local Government
4 1 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.39%) Banking
4 1 (1.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (19.44%) Network Engineer
2 13 (18.06%) Analyst
3 9 (12.50%) Technical Analyst
4 8 (11.11%) Network Consultant
4 8 (11.11%) Architect
4 8 (11.11%) Consultant
4 8 (11.11%) Operations Engineer
4 8 (11.11%) Citrix Analyst
5 7 (9.72%) Implementation Engineer
5 7 (9.72%) IP Engineer
5 7 (9.72%) Network Support
6 4 (5.56%) Network Security Consultant
6 4 (5.56%) Desktop Support
6 4 (5.56%) Support Engineer
6 4 (5.56%) Security Consultant
7 3 (4.17%) Technical Architect
7 3 (4.17%) Network Technician
7 3 (4.17%) Administrator
7 3 (4.17%) Network Analyst
7 3 (4.17%) Network Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.44%) 802.1X
2 5 (6.94%) Web Services
3 3 (4.17%) XML
3 3 (4.17%) SAML
3 3 (4.17%) JSON
3 3 (4.17%) OAuth
3 3 (4.17%) REST
4 1 (1.39%) .NET
4 1 (1.39%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 14 (19.44%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.56%) Blackberry
3 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.17%) Handset
3 3 (4.17%) PKI
3 3 (4.17%) Statistics
3 3 (4.17%) EMC VNX
3 3 (4.17%) iPad
4 2 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.78%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.39%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.39%) Life Science
5 1 (1.39%) iPhone
5 1 (1.39%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 30 (41.67%) Windows
2 14 (19.44%) UNIX
3 13 (18.06%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (15.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 11 (15.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (13.89%) Linux
6 8 (11.11%) Windows 7
7 7 (9.72%) Windows XP
8 4 (5.56%) Solaris
9 2 (2.78%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.39%) Android
10 1 (1.39%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (20.83%) Network Management
2 9 (12.50%) Migration
3 7 (9.72%) ITIL
3 7 (9.72%) Load Balancing
4 6 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (6.94%) Information Security
6 4 (5.56%) Service Delivery
6 4 (5.56%) Network Architecture
6 4 (5.56%) Change Control
6 4 (5.56%) Network Monitoring
7 3 (4.17%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (4.17%) Open Source
7 3 (4.17%) Problem Management
7 3 (4.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 3 (4.17%) Technical Architecture
7 3 (4.17%) Service Management
7 3 (4.17%) SOA
7 3 (4.17%) Identity Management
8 2 (2.78%) Business Continuity
8 2 (2.78%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.56%) Perl
1 4 (5.56%) Python
2 3 (4.17%) SQL
2 3 (4.17%) Java
3 1 (1.39%) Ruby
3 1 (1.39%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 29 (40.28%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (22.22%) CCNP
3 14 (19.44%) CCIE
3 14 (19.44%) CCNA
4 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (12.50%) JNCIP
6 8 (11.11%) JNCIA
7 7 (9.72%) CCIP
8 6 (8.33%) Degree
9 5 (6.94%) SC Cleared
9 5 (6.94%) Security Cleared
9 5 (6.94%) MCSE
10 4 (5.56%) CCA
10 4 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (5.56%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (5.56%) CCEE
10 4 (5.56%) CCAA
11 3 (4.17%) JNCIS
11 3 (4.17%) MCDST
12 1 (1.39%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (11.11%) QA
3 5 (6.94%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 2 (2.78%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (23.61%) Active Directory
2 8 (11.11%) MetaFrame
2 8 (11.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 8 (11.11%) XenApp
3 3 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (4.17%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.39%) iptables
4 1 (1.39%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.39%) Samba
4 1 (1.39%) NFS
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) Nagios
1 4 (5.56%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.78%) CiscoWorks
2 2 (2.78%) Puppet
3 1 (1.39%) MOM
3 1 (1.39%) SCCM
3 1 (1.39%) SCOM
3 1 (1.39%) Ansible
3 1 (1.39%) Opsview
3 1 (1.39%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 37 (51.39%) Cisco
2 19 (26.39%) Juniper
3 15 (20.83%) Citrix
4 12 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 9 (12.50%) AppSense
6 8 (11.11%) BT
6 8 (11.11%) VMware
7 7 (9.72%) EMC
8 5 (6.94%) CheckPoint
8 5 (6.94%) F5
9 4 (5.56%) Aruba
9 4 (5.56%) Lotus
9 4 (5.56%) Red Hat
10 3 (4.17%) NetApp
10 3 (4.17%) Websense
10 3 (4.17%) Infoblox
10 3 (4.17%) Fortinet
11 2 (2.78%) Veeam
11 2 (2.78%) SolarWinds
11 2 (2.78%) Avaya
Altrincham, Cheshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 6 days ago