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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 102 101 103
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +2
Contract jobs citing VPN 56 40 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.48% 1.22% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.41% 9.13% 7.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 15 19
Average daily rate £475 £318 £135
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+49.60% +135.18%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £319 £313
% change year-on-year
+13.72% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 2
Average hourly rate £16.84 £16.50 £12.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.06% +29.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £16.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.41 £16.50 £14.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £16.72 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+0.71% +1.33%
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
595 438 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.70% 13.39% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 214 176
Average daily rate £410 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £222 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £459 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 38 25
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.00 £15.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +19.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.55 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the North West region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +27 39 £525 +72.13% 7
Manchester -34 12 £350 +10.23% 8
Merseyside -1 2 - - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 (54.32%) Firewall
2 41 (50.62%) Cisco
3 36 (44.44%) Wireless
4 35 (43.21%) DNS
5 30 (37.04%) LAN
6 28 (34.57%) DHCP
6 28 (34.57%) Windows
6 28 (34.57%) SSL
7 25 (30.86%) Network Security
8 23 (28.40%) Active Directory
9 22 (27.16%) WAN
9 22 (27.16%) Apple iOS
10 21 (25.93%) IPsec
11 20 (24.69%) Microsoft
12 19 (23.46%) Android
13 18 (22.22%) SSH
13 18 (22.22%) Palo Alto
13 18 (22.22%) TCP/IP
14 17 (20.99%) Citrix
15 15 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (18.52%) VoIP
15 15 (18.52%) Wi-Fi
15 15 (18.52%) Windows 7
16 14 (17.28%) Mobile Device Management
16 14 (17.28%) Kalman Filter
16 14 (17.28%) Handset
16 14 (17.28%) CCNP
17 13 (16.05%) Juniper
17 13 (16.05%) ITIL
17 13 (16.05%) Blackberry

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 13 (16.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (7.41%) Skype for Business
3 5 (6.17%) SharePoint
4 4 (4.94%) MS Exchange
5 3 (3.70%) IBM Notes
6 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 8 (9.88%) MS Office
2 2 (2.47%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 44 (54.32%) Firewall
2 36 (44.44%) Wireless
3 35 (43.21%) DNS
4 30 (37.04%) LAN
5 28 (34.57%) DHCP
5 28 (34.57%) SSL
6 25 (30.86%) Network Security
7 22 (27.16%) WAN
8 21 (25.93%) IPsec
9 18 (22.22%) SSH
9 18 (22.22%) TCP/IP
10 15 (18.52%) VoIP
10 15 (18.52%) Wi-Fi
11 13 (16.05%) Intrusion Detection
12 12 (14.81%) BGP
12 12 (14.81%) Cisco ASA
12 12 (14.81%) OSPF
13 11 (13.58%) VLAN
14 8 (9.88%) MPLS
15 7 (8.64%) SAN
General
1 8 (9.88%) Local Government
2 3 (3.70%) Finance
3 2 (2.47%) Banking
3 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.23%) Electronics
4 1 (1.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (30.86%) Network Engineer
2 14 (17.28%) Architect
2 14 (17.28%) Cisco Engineer
2 14 (17.28%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 10 (12.35%) Administrator
3 10 (12.35%) Network Architect
4 8 (9.88%) Analyst
5 6 (7.41%) Firewall Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Senior Network Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Lead Architect
6 5 (6.17%) Network Security Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Security Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Senior Cisco Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
7 4 (4.94%) Data Architect
7 4 (4.94%) Data Centre Architect
7 4 (4.94%) Data Migration Architect
7 4 (4.94%) Data Migration Lead
7 4 (4.94%) Lead Data Architect
7 4 (4.94%) Migration Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.23%) HTML
2 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (17.28%) Handset
2 13 (16.05%) Blackberry
3 12 (14.81%) Enterprise Software
3 12 (14.81%) Management Information System
4 5 (6.17%) Data Centre
4 5 (6.17%) Mobile App
5 4 (4.94%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 4 (4.94%) iPad
5 4 (4.94%) iSeries
5 4 (4.94%) Statistics
6 2 (2.47%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.23%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.23%) NHS
7 1 (1.23%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 28 (34.57%) Windows
2 22 (27.16%) Apple iOS
3 19 (23.46%) Android
4 15 (18.52%) Windows 7
5 10 (12.35%) Windows XP
6 7 (8.64%) Windows Vista
7 6 (7.41%) Windows 8
8 5 (6.17%) Linux
9 4 (4.94%) Unix
9 4 (4.94%) Windows Server
9 4 (4.94%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (2.47%) NetWare
10 2 (2.47%) Windows 2000
10 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (1.23%) Windows 10
11 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (17.28%) Kalman Filter
1 14 (17.28%) Mobile Device Management
2 13 (16.05%) ITIL
3 11 (13.58%) Problem Management
4 9 (11.11%) Change Control
4 9 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
4 9 (11.11%) Load Balancing
4 9 (11.11%) Service Management
5 7 (8.64%) Network Monitoring
6 5 (6.17%) Information Security
6 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Management
6 5 (6.17%) Migration
6 5 (6.17%) Service Delivery
6 5 (6.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 4 (4.94%) Network Design
7 4 (4.94%) Web Filtering
8 3 (3.70%) Coaching
8 3 (3.70%) ITSM
8 3 (3.70%) PRINCE2
8 3 (3.70%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.94%) Lisp
1 4 (4.94%) Perl
1 4 (4.94%) Python
2 3 (3.70%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.70%) VBScript
3 1 (1.23%) Java
3 1 (1.23%) PHP
3 1 (1.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (17.28%) CCNP
3 10 (12.35%) Security Cleared
4 9 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 8 (9.88%) CCNA
5 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (4.94%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (4.94%) MCDST
7 2 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.23%) CCEA
8 1 (1.23%) CCEE
8 1 (1.23%) CCIE
8 1 (1.23%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (1.23%) DBS Check
8 1 (1.23%) MCSE
8 1 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.35%) SLA
2 1 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 23 (28.40%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.41%) XenDesktop
3 5 (6.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.70%) XenApp
5 2 (2.47%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 13 (16.05%) AirWatch
2 4 (4.94%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (2.47%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 41 (50.62%) Cisco
2 20 (24.69%) Microsoft
3 18 (22.22%) Palo Alto
4 17 (20.99%) Citrix
5 13 (16.05%) Fortinet
5 13 (16.05%) Juniper
6 11 (13.58%) VMware
7 7 (8.64%) HP
8 6 (7.41%) F5
9 5 (6.17%) Aruba
9 5 (6.17%) CheckPoint
10 4 (4.94%) IBM
11 3 (3.70%) Lotus
12 2 (2.47%) Avaya
12 2 (2.47%) BT
12 2 (2.47%) Novell
12 2 (2.47%) Polycom
12 2 (2.47%) Siemens
12 2 (2.47%) Toshiba
13 1 (1.23%) IronPort