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 23 February 2017 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
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / North West
Rank 90 114 107
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -7
Contract jobs citing VPN 41 44 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.55% 1.15% 1.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.22% 7.56% 9.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 19 17
Median daily rate £450 £425 £318
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +33.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £126 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £329
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +10.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 1
Median hourly rate £15.00 £19.67 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.74% +19.21%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.25 £18.42 £17.11
% change year-on-year
-28.06% +7.65%

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
401 582 437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.16% 15.24% 13.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 329 205
Median daily rate £383 £411 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.99% +17.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £600 £461
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 33 40
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.70 £40.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £30.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-28.33% +13.20%

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 23 February 2017.

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 23 February 2017. 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 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 +23 20 £450 +30.90% 7
Cheshire +19 14 £325 -45.83% 6
Lancashire - 3 £263 -
Merseyside -5 1 £350 - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 February 2017, 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 70 (71.43%) Firewall
2 69 (70.41%) Windows
3 67 (68.37%) LAN
4 65 (66.33%) WAN
5 53 (54.08%) VoIP
5 53 (54.08%) Linux
6 52 (53.06%) TCP/IP
7 46 (46.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 46 (46.94%) Patch Management
8 45 (45.92%) Unix
9 44 (44.90%) Apple
9 44 (44.90%) Vulnerability Management
10 41 (41.84%) CISSP
10 41 (41.84%) SSCP
10 41 (41.84%) SANS
11 39 (39.80%) QRadar
11 39 (39.80%) Elastic Stack
11 39 (39.80%) Splunk
12 37 (37.76%) Network Monitoring
13 32 (32.65%) Cybersecurity
13 32 (32.65%) IBM
14 31 (31.63%) LogRhythm
15 26 (26.53%) Security Cleared
16 23 (23.47%) Active Directory
16 23 (23.47%) Case Management
17 22 (22.45%) Information Security
17 22 (22.45%) SC Cleared
18 21 (21.43%) Microsoft
19 20 (20.41%) Cisco
19 20 (20.41%) Cisco Certification

VPN
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 (9.18%) IBM Notes
2 6 (6.12%) IIS
3 5 (5.10%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.06%) Apache
4 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.06%) Jetty
4 3 (3.06%) Mongrel
4 3 (3.06%) nginx
4 3 (3.06%) SharePoint
4 3 (3.06%) Tomcat
4 3 (3.06%) WebSphere
5 2 (2.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.04%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.02%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (10.20%) MS Office
2 4 (4.08%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.08%) MS PowerPoint
2 4 (4.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.20%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (7.14%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (4.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 4 (4.08%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (4.08%) Amazon EMR
3 4 (4.08%) Amazon S3
3 4 (4.08%) Amazon SQS
3 4 (4.08%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (4.08%) AWS CloudTrail
3 4 (4.08%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 4 (4.08%) AWS Lambda
3 4 (4.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 3 (3.06%) Google App Engine
4 3 (3.06%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.02%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 70 (71.43%) Firewall
2 67 (68.37%) LAN
3 65 (66.33%) WAN
4 53 (54.08%) VoIP
5 52 (53.06%) TCP/IP
6 15 (15.31%) VLAN
7 14 (14.29%) Wireless
8 13 (13.27%) DHCP
9 11 (11.22%) DNS
10 9 (9.18%) Intrusion Detection
11 8 (8.16%) Cisco Nexus
12 7 (7.14%) IPsec
12 7 (7.14%) MPLS
12 7 (7.14%) Network Security
12 7 (7.14%) SSL
13 6 (6.12%) SAN
14 4 (4.08%) Ethernet
14 4 (4.08%) OSPF
15 3 (3.06%) FTP
15 3 (3.06%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (15.31%) Redis
2 4 (4.08%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (4.08%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (2.04%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.02%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (10.20%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.06%) Travis CI
3 2 (2.04%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (1.02%) JIRA
General
1 5 (5.10%) Finance
2 2 (2.04%) Banking
3 1 (1.02%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 22 (22.45%) Analyst
2 15 (15.31%) Network Engineer
3 13 (13.27%) Security Analyst
4 11 (11.22%) Technical Specialist
5 10 (10.20%) Security Specialist
6 8 (8.16%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 7 (7.14%) Consultant
7 7 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (7.14%) Senior Security Analyst
7 7 (7.14%) Technical Support
8 5 (5.10%) 1st Line Support
8 5 (5.10%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
8 5 (5.10%) Support Engineer
8 5 (5.10%) Technical Security Specialist
9 4 (4.08%) Architect
9 4 (4.08%) AWS Engineer
9 4 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 4 (4.08%) Network Architect
9 4 (4.08%) Service Analyst
10 3 (3.06%) Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (39.80%) Elastic Stack
2 14 (14.29%) Web Services
3 11 (11.22%) RESTful
4 4 (4.08%) boto
4 4 (4.08%) HTML
4 4 (4.08%) JSON
4 4 (4.08%) YAML
5 3 (3.06%) .NET
5 3 (3.06%) J2EE
5 3 (3.06%) Servlets
6 2 (2.04%) 802.1X
7 1 (1.02%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 19 (19.39%) Cyber Attack
2 14 (14.29%) Management Information System
3 9 (9.18%) Security Operations Centre
4 4 (4.08%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.08%) NHS
4 4 (4.08%) PKI
5 3 (3.06%) Public Cloud
5 3 (3.06%) Smartphone
6 2 (2.04%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.04%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.04%) Digital Media
6 2 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.02%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.02%) AS400
7 1 (1.02%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.02%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.02%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.02%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.02%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 69 (70.41%) Windows
2 53 (54.08%) Linux
3 45 (45.92%) Unix
4 10 (10.20%) Windows 7
5 9 (9.18%) Windows Server
5 9 (9.18%) Windows XP
6 7 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (6.12%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (5.10%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (4.08%) Apple iOS
9 4 (4.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (4.08%) Windows 10
10 3 (3.06%) CentOS
11 2 (2.04%) Android
11 2 (2.04%) Windows 8
12 1 (1.02%) Solaris
12 1 (1.02%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (46.94%) Patch Management
1 46 (46.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 44 (44.90%) Vulnerability Management
3 37 (37.76%) Network Monitoring
4 32 (32.65%) Cybersecurity
5 23 (23.47%) Case Management
6 22 (22.45%) Information Security
7 20 (20.41%) Security Operations
8 18 (18.37%) Open Source
9 16 (16.33%) Security Monitoring
10 15 (15.31%) SIEM
11 13 (13.27%) DevOps
12 10 (10.20%) Root Cause Analysis
13 9 (9.18%) Analytics
13 9 (9.18%) Network Design
14 8 (8.16%) Data Analytics
14 8 (8.16%) Process Improvement
15 7 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
15 7 (7.14%) ITIL
16 6 (6.12%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.31%) Python
2 6 (6.12%) SQL
3 5 (5.10%) Java
4 4 (4.08%) Perl
5 3 (3.06%) Bash Shell
5 3 (3.06%) PowerShell
5 3 (3.06%) Ruby
6 2 (2.04%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.04%) PHP
6 2 (2.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (41.84%) CISSP
1 41 (41.84%) SANS
1 41 (41.84%) SSCP
2 26 (26.53%) Security Cleared
3 22 (22.45%) SC Cleared
4 20 (20.41%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (14.29%) CCNA
6 9 (9.18%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (7.14%) MCSE
8 5 (5.10%) CCNP
9 4 (4.08%) AWS Certification
9 4 (4.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (3.06%) CCIE
11 2 (2.04%) CCDP
11 2 (2.04%) MCSA
11 2 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (1.02%) CCSP
12 1 (1.02%) CWNA
12 1 (1.02%) JNCIP
12 1 (1.02%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.04%) SLA
2 1 (1.02%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 23 (23.47%) Active Directory
2 8 (8.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (7.14%) Docker
4 4 (4.08%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (3.06%) VMware ESX
5 3 (3.06%) vSphere
5 3 (3.06%) Xen
5 3 (3.06%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.04%) BitLocker
6 2 (2.04%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.04%) XenApp
7 1 (1.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (1.02%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 39 (39.80%) QRadar
2 15 (15.31%) Kibana
2 15 (15.31%) logstash
3 10 (10.20%) Puppet
4 8 (8.16%) Nessus
4 8 (8.16%) Nexpose
4 8 (8.16%) Nmap
4 8 (8.16%) RSA enVision
4 8 (8.16%) SCCM
5 7 (7.14%) Kubernetes
6 4 (4.08%) Backup Exec
6 4 (4.08%) Docker Swarm
6 4 (4.08%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (4.08%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (4.08%) SCOM
7 3 (3.06%) Ansible
7 3 (3.06%) FortiGate
7 3 (3.06%) Terraform
8 2 (2.04%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (2.04%) Salt
Vendors
1 44 (44.90%) Apple
2 39 (39.80%) Splunk
3 32 (32.65%) IBM
4 31 (31.63%) LogRhythm
5 21 (21.43%) Microsoft
6 20 (20.41%) Cisco
7 16 (16.33%) Intel Security
8 15 (15.31%) Citrix
9 10 (10.20%) VMware
10 9 (9.18%) F5
10 9 (9.18%) Lotus
11 8 (8.16%) ArcSight
11 8 (8.16%) Intel
11 8 (8.16%) NetWitness
11 8 (8.16%) Qualys
12 7 (7.14%) HP
13 6 (6.12%) Juniper
13 6 (6.12%) Snow
14 5 (5.10%) Dell
15 4 (4.08%) CheckPoint