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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 98 125 119
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -6
Contract jobs citing VPN 58 37 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.80% 0.89% 0.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.13% 6.34% 5.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 28 6
Median daily rate £450 £438 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +53.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £130 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +16.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 5
Median hourly rate £19.63 £19.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +15.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.95 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £106.50 £24.25 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +21.21%
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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
478 584 437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.84% 14.10% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 346 247
Median daily rate £425 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 49 36
Median hourly rate £18.25 £16.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.60% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £10.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.69
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -0.83%

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 5 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the North West region over the 3 months to 5 December 2016.

VPN Hourly Rate Histogram 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 5 December 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 +26 38 £450 +28.57% 11
Cheshire +8 11 £263 -47.50% 2
Merseyside - 8 £400 - 1
Lancashire -3 3 £263 -34.37%
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England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 58 (71.60%) WAN
2 57 (70.37%) Firewall
3 55 (67.90%) Windows
4 54 (66.67%) LAN
5 42 (51.85%) VoIP
6 38 (46.91%) TCP/IP
7 36 (44.44%) Linux
8 33 (40.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 31 (38.27%) Patch Management
10 30 (37.04%) Vulnerability Management
10 30 (37.04%) Unix
11 29 (35.80%) CISSP
11 29 (35.80%) Apple
12 28 (34.57%) SSCP
12 28 (34.57%) SANS
13 25 (30.86%) ELK Stack
13 25 (30.86%) QRadar
13 25 (30.86%) Splunk
14 24 (29.63%) Network Monitoring
15 22 (27.16%) Cisco Certification
15 22 (27.16%) Active Directory
16 21 (25.93%) Microsoft
16 21 (25.93%) Cisco
17 20 (24.69%) Cybersecurity
18 18 (22.22%) Security Cleared
19 17 (20.99%) SC Cleared
19 17 (20.99%) IBM
19 17 (20.99%) Citrix
19 17 (20.99%) LogRhythm
19 17 (20.99%) Windows Server

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 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 6 (7.41%) IBM Notes
2 6 (7.41%) SharePoint
3 5 (6.17%) IIS
4 4 (4.94%) Skype for Business
5 3 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (2.47%) Apache
6 2 (2.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (2.47%) nginx
6 2 (2.47%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (2.47%) Tomcat
7 1 (1.23%) Confluence
7 1 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.23%) JBoss
7 1 (1.23%) Jetty
7 1 (1.23%) Mongrel
7 1 (1.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (8.64%) MS Office
2 5 (6.17%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.17%) MS PowerPoint
2 5 (6.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.94%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.70%) Amazon EC2
2 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon S3
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon SQS
3 2 (2.47%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (2.47%) AWS CloudTrail
3 2 (2.47%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 2 (2.47%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (2.47%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (2.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 1 (1.23%) GitHub
4 1 (1.23%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 58 (71.60%) WAN
2 57 (70.37%) Firewall
3 54 (66.67%) LAN
4 42 (51.85%) VoIP
5 38 (46.91%) TCP/IP
6 14 (17.28%) VLAN
7 13 (16.05%) SAN
8 11 (13.58%) DHCP
8 11 (13.58%) MPLS
9 10 (12.35%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (12.35%) DNS
10 9 (11.11%) IPsec
10 9 (11.11%) SSL
11 8 (9.88%) Intrusion Detection
11 8 (9.88%) Wireless
12 7 (8.64%) Network Security
13 4 (4.94%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (4.94%) OSPF
13 4 (4.94%) PBX
13 4 (4.94%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.11%) Redis
2 3 (3.70%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (2.47%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (1.23%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.23%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.23%) MySQL
4 1 (1.23%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (1.23%) Artifactory
3 1 (1.23%) Gerrit
3 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.23%) JIRA
3 1 (1.23%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.23%) SonarQube
3 1 (1.23%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (1.23%) Travis CI
General
1 2 (2.47%) Banking
2 1 (1.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 15 (18.52%) Analyst
2 13 (16.05%) Network Engineer
3 10 (12.35%) Security Analyst
4 9 (11.11%) Technical Specialist
5 8 (9.88%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 7 (8.64%) Architect
6 7 (8.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (8.64%) Technical Support
7 5 (6.17%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Senior Security Analyst
8 4 (4.94%) Consultant
8 4 (4.94%) IT Engineer
8 4 (4.94%) Security Specialist
8 4 (4.94%) Senior Network Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support
9 3 (3.70%) Cisco Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) Infrastructure Architect
9 3 (3.70%) Network Architect
9 3 (3.70%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (30.86%) ELK Stack
2 9 (11.11%) Web Services
3 7 (8.64%) RESTful
4 2 (2.47%) 802.1X
4 2 (2.47%) boto
4 2 (2.47%) HTML
4 2 (2.47%) JSON
4 2 (2.47%) YAML
5 1 (1.23%) .NET
5 1 (1.23%) J2EE
5 1 (1.23%) LAMP
5 1 (1.23%) LAPP Stack
5 1 (1.23%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (1.23%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 14 (17.28%) Cyber Attack
2 10 (12.35%) Data Centre
2 10 (12.35%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.17%) Blackberry
4 4 (4.94%) NHS
4 4 (4.94%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (3.70%) BYOD
6 2 (2.47%) Algorithms
6 2 (2.47%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.47%) Digital Media
6 2 (2.47%) FlexPod
6 2 (2.47%) Smartphone
6 2 (2.47%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.23%) AS400
7 1 (1.23%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.23%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.23%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.23%) PKI
7 1 (1.23%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 55 (67.90%) Windows
2 36 (44.44%) Linux
3 30 (37.04%) Unix
4 17 (20.99%) Windows Server
5 11 (13.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (12.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (8.64%) Windows 7
8 6 (7.41%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (7.41%) Windows XP
9 4 (4.94%) Windows 10
10 3 (3.70%) Apple iOS
11 2 (2.47%) CentOS
11 2 (2.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (2.47%) Windows 8
12 1 (1.23%) Android
12 1 (1.23%) Solaris
12 1 (1.23%) Ubuntu
12 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (40.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 31 (38.27%) Patch Management
3 30 (37.04%) Vulnerability Management
4 24 (29.63%) Network Monitoring
5 20 (24.69%) Cybersecurity
6 16 (19.75%) Case Management
7 13 (16.05%) Information Security
8 11 (13.58%) Security Operations
9 10 (12.35%) ITIL
10 9 (11.11%) Analytics
10 9 (11.11%) Network Design
10 9 (11.11%) Open Source
10 9 (11.11%) SIEM
11 8 (9.88%) Data Analytics
11 8 (9.88%) Migration
12 7 (8.64%) Root Cause Analysis
13 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Management
13 5 (6.17%) Process Improvement
13 5 (6.17%) Technical Analysis
14 4 (4.94%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 10 (12.35%) Python
2 9 (11.11%) SQL
3 4 (4.94%) PowerShell
4 3 (3.70%) Java
4 3 (3.70%) Perl
4 3 (3.70%) PHP
5 2 (2.47%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.47%) VBScript
6 1 (1.23%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 29 (35.80%) CISSP
2 28 (34.57%) SANS
2 28 (34.57%) SSCP
3 22 (27.16%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (22.22%) Security Cleared
5 17 (20.99%) SC Cleared
6 15 (18.52%) CCNA
7 10 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (9.88%) MCSE
9 6 (7.41%) CCNP
10 5 (6.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (4.94%) CCIE
12 3 (3.70%) CCDP
12 3 (3.70%) MCSA
13 2 (2.47%) AWS Certification
13 2 (2.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 1 (1.23%) CCSA
14 1 (1.23%) CCSE
14 1 (1.23%) JNCIP
14 1 (1.23%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.23%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 11 (13.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.94%) VMware ESX
3 4 (4.94%) vSphere
4 3 (3.70%) Docker
4 3 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (3.70%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.47%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.47%) XenApp
6 1 (1.23%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (1.23%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (1.23%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.23%) vCloud
6 1 (1.23%) Xen
Systems Management
1 25 (30.86%) QRadar
2 9 (11.11%) Kibana
2 9 (11.11%) logstash
3 8 (9.88%) Nessus
3 8 (9.88%) Nexpose
3 8 (9.88%) Nmap
3 8 (9.88%) SCCM
4 5 (6.17%) Backup Exec
4 5 (6.17%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (6.17%) RSA enVision
4 5 (6.17%) SCOM
5 4 (4.94%) Puppet
6 3 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (2.47%) Cacti
7 2 (2.47%) FortiGate
7 2 (2.47%) Kubernetes
7 2 (2.47%) Nagios
8 1 (1.23%) Salt
8 1 (1.23%) WSUS
8 1 (1.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 29 (35.80%) Apple
2 25 (30.86%) Splunk
3 21 (25.93%) Cisco
3 21 (25.93%) Microsoft
4 17 (20.99%) Citrix
4 17 (20.99%) IBM
4 17 (20.99%) LogRhythm
5 15 (18.52%) Intel Security
6 14 (17.28%) VMware
7 10 (12.35%) HP
8 8 (9.88%) ArcSight
8 8 (9.88%) Intel
8 8 (9.88%) NetWitness
8 8 (9.88%) Qualys
9 7 (8.64%) Dell
10 6 (7.41%) Lotus
11 5 (6.17%) Canon
11 5 (6.17%) F5
11 5 (6.17%) Juniper
11 5 (6.17%) Symantec
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