The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the North West region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 105 93 101
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +8
Contract jobs citing VPN 27 35 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.88% 1.31% 1.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.80% 9.14% 6.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 7
Average daily rate
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£290 £229 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.77% -29.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £137 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £403 £345
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £330
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 11
Average hourly rate £19.00 £37.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-49.33% +200.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.94 £14.60 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.30 £41.20 £19.91
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £21.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-20.75% +34.92%
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
397 383 543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.01% 14.37% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 180 196
Average daily rate £300 £284 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% -12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 43 55
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.03 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.74% +60.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £14.65 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
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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 24 July 2014.

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 24 July 2014. 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
Cheshire +6 14 £280 -18.84% 5
Manchester -7 5 £400 +188.28% 6
Lancashire -9 4 £225 -
Merseyside +2 3 - - 1
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VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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 38 (62.30%) Windows
2 29 (47.54%) Firewall
3 28 (45.90%) Cisco
4 24 (39.34%) Microsoft
5 22 (36.07%) Wireless
5 22 (36.07%) Windows 7
6 21 (34.43%) Active Directory
6 21 (34.43%) LAN
7 19 (31.15%) MS Office
8 17 (27.87%) WAN
8 17 (27.87%) Windows XP
9 16 (26.23%) SLA
9 16 (26.23%) ITIL
10 15 (24.59%) Cisco Certification
11 14 (22.95%) HP
11 14 (22.95%) Juniper
11 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (21.31%) Internet
13 12 (19.67%) CCNP
13 12 (19.67%) TCP/IP
14 11 (18.03%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (18.03%) VLAN
15 10 (16.39%) Citrix
15 10 (16.39%) DNS
15 10 (16.39%) DHCP
15 10 (16.39%) BGP
16 9 (14.75%) Disaster Recovery
16 9 (14.75%) CCNA
16 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Certification
17 8 (13.11%) Blackberry

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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 (11.48%) MS Exchange
2 6 (9.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (6.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.64%) Lync
4 1 (1.64%) IIS
4 1 (1.64%) Apache
4 1 (1.64%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (31.15%) MS Office
2 6 (9.84%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.28%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (47.54%) Firewall
2 22 (36.07%) Wireless
3 21 (34.43%) LAN
4 17 (27.87%) WAN
5 13 (21.31%) Internet
6 12 (19.67%) TCP/IP
7 11 (18.03%) VLAN
8 10 (16.39%) DNS
8 10 (16.39%) DHCP
8 10 (16.39%) BGP
9 6 (9.84%) Ethernet
9 6 (9.84%) MPLS
9 6 (9.84%) Network Security
10 5 (8.20%) Structured Cabling
10 5 (8.20%) OSPF
10 5 (8.20%) SSL
10 5 (8.20%) DMZ
11 4 (6.56%) ADSL
11 4 (6.56%) Cisco PIX
11 4 (6.56%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (1.64%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
General
1 6 (9.84%) Finance
2 5 (8.20%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.28%) Banking
3 2 (3.28%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.64%) Local Government
4 1 (1.64%) Law
4 1 (1.64%) Legal
4 1 (1.64%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (16.39%) Network Engineer
1 10 (16.39%) Analyst
2 9 (14.75%) Support Engineer
3 6 (9.84%) Desktop Support
3 6 (9.84%) Support Analyst
3 6 (9.84%) Desktop Engineer
4 5 (8.20%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (8.20%) IT Support
4 5 (8.20%) Service Analyst
4 5 (8.20%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (6.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Network Support
6 3 (4.92%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (4.92%) Network Analyst
6 3 (4.92%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (3.28%) Security Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.28%) Consultant
7 2 (3.28%) 1st Line Support
7 2 (3.28%) Senior IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.92%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.11%) Blackberry
1 8 (13.11%) iPad
2 5 (8.20%) Firmware
3 4 (6.56%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.56%) iPhone
3 4 (6.56%) Smartphone
4 3 (4.92%) Statistics
4 3 (4.92%) Fat Client
4 3 (4.92%) Thin Client
5 2 (3.28%) EqualLogic
5 2 (3.28%) PDA
5 2 (3.28%) SecurID
6 1 (1.64%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.64%) Open Source
6 1 (1.64%) Handset
6 1 (1.64%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 38 (62.30%) Windows
2 22 (36.07%) Windows 7
3 17 (27.87%) Windows XP
4 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (18.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (4.92%) UNIX
6 3 (4.92%) Linux
6 3 (4.92%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.64%) Windows Vista
7 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.64%) Android
7 1 (1.64%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (26.23%) ITIL
2 9 (14.75%) Disaster Recovery
3 7 (11.48%) Capacity Planning
3 7 (11.48%) Service Management
4 5 (8.20%) Information Security
4 5 (8.20%) Load Balancing
4 5 (8.20%) Incident Management
4 5 (8.20%) ITSM
5 4 (6.56%) Service Delivery
5 4 (6.56%) Project Management
5 4 (6.56%) Change Control
6 3 (4.92%) Web Development
6 3 (4.92%) Problem Management
6 3 (4.92%) Risk Analysis
6 3 (4.92%) Release Management
6 3 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (4.92%) Network Monitoring
6 3 (4.92%) Product Management
6 3 (4.92%) Migration
7 2 (3.28%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.92%) PowerShell
1 3 (4.92%) VB
2 2 (3.28%) C
2 2 (3.28%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (24.59%) Cisco Certification
2 12 (19.67%) CCNP
3 9 (14.75%) CCNA
3 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (11.48%) MCSE
5 5 (8.20%) Security Cleared
6 4 (6.56%) CISSP
6 4 (6.56%) MCSA
6 4 (6.56%) MCP
6 4 (6.56%) MCTS
7 3 (4.92%) MCITP
7 3 (4.92%) SC Cleared
8 2 (3.28%) PMP
8 2 (3.28%) PMI Certification
8 2 (3.28%) JNCIP
8 2 (3.28%) JNCIE
8 2 (3.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (1.64%) CCSA
9 1 (1.64%) JNCIA
9 1 (1.64%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (26.23%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (34.43%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.56%) Hyper-V
2 4 (6.56%) XenApp
3 3 (4.92%) ISA Server
3 3 (4.92%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (3.28%) VMware ESX
4 2 (3.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.28%) Forefront TMG
5 1 (1.64%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 6 (9.84%) SCCM
2 4 (6.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (4.92%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 3 (4.92%) FortiGate
3 3 (4.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 3 (4.92%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (3.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (3.28%) ARCserve
4 2 (3.28%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (3.28%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.64%) SCOM
5 1 (1.64%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 28 (45.90%) Cisco
2 24 (39.34%) Microsoft
3 14 (22.95%) HP
3 14 (22.95%) Juniper
4 10 (16.39%) Citrix
5 6 (9.84%) F5
5 6 (9.84%) Blue Coat
6 5 (8.20%) Fortinet
6 5 (8.20%) Symantec
6 5 (8.20%) CA
6 5 (8.20%) CheckPoint
7 4 (6.56%) Dell
7 4 (6.56%) VMware
8 3 (4.92%) McAfee
8 3 (4.92%) AppSense
8 3 (4.92%) Toshiba
8 3 (4.92%) Apple
9 2 (3.28%) NetApp
9 2 (3.28%) Nokia
9 2 (3.28%) EMC
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