The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 167 182 160
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -22
Contract jobs citing VPN 677 555 582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.33% 1.14% 1.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.14% 8.55% 8.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 300 276
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £110 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 58 87
Average hourly rate £17.93 £15.25 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.59% -19.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £11.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £31.85 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -13.15%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7410 6490 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.33% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4167 3461 3435
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £223 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 389 638
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £21.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.37% -15.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VPN within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VPN
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VPN within the UK.

VPN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN within the UK.

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VPN
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

VPN Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

VPN
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 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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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
England +25 656 £338 +3.84% 287
London +57 287 £375 -6.25% 138
South East -15 160 £329 -6.00% 55
City of London +36 69 £375 -6.25% 45
Berkshire +4 69 £300 -14.28% 12
South West +2 55 £375 +15.38% 30
East of England +7 43 £390 +13.45% 17
Surrey +15 41 £273 -0.90% 14
North West 0 38 £309 +128.70% 9
Manchester +5 32 £318 +135.18% 5
Yorkshire +15 30 £285 +14.00% 15
Wiltshire -2 21 £190 -41.89% 4
East Midlands -8 21 £313 +184.09% 8
Bristol +7 19 £385 +250.00% 14
Hertfordshire +8 18 £390 +7.58% 7
West Yorkshire +4 17 £275 +10.00% 8
West Midlands +6 16 £238 -20.83% 11
Nottinghamshire +9 14 £306 +22.50% 5
Nottingham +7 13 £306 +22.50% 5
Suffolk +7 12 £275 - 1
Leeds 0 11 £251 +0.50% 3
Hampshire -38 11 £250 -41.17% 15
Ipswich - 11 £260 - 1
Swindon -12 10 £190 -41.89% 1
Scotland -12 10 £380 +8.57% 9
Bracknell +6 9 £333 +2.30% 1
Birmingham +4 9 £203 +68.75% 6
Buckinghamshire -18 9 £350 +42.13% 7
Reading +3 8 £302 +60.80% 4
East Sussex -4 8 £400 +33.33% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 748 (55.95%) Firewall
2 681 (50.93%) Cisco
3 614 (45.92%) Windows
4 436 (32.61%) WAN
5 419 (31.34%) LAN
6 390 (29.17%) Cisco Certification
7 377 (28.20%) Microsoft
8 341 (25.50%) Active Directory
9 293 (21.91%) MPLS
10 279 (20.87%) TCP/IP
11 272 (20.34%) BGP
12 268 (20.04%) VMware
13 266 (19.90%) ITIL
14 257 (19.22%) CheckPoint
15 250 (18.70%) Juniper
16 249 (18.62%) OSPF
17 246 (18.40%) CCNP
18 238 (17.80%) DNS
19 236 (17.65%) Citrix
20 234 (17.50%) Cisco ASA
21 233 (17.43%) Windows 7
22 215 (16.08%) MS Office
23 194 (14.51%) IPsec
24 192 (14.36%) Linux
24 192 (14.36%) VLAN
25 187 (13.99%) SSL
26 186 (13.91%) Network Security
27 181 (13.54%) Wireless
28 177 (13.24%) CCNA
29 175 (13.09%) Internet

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 155 (11.59%) MS Exchange
2 85 (6.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 82 (6.13%) IIS
4 78 (5.83%) SharePoint
5 63 (4.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 61 (4.56%) Apache
7 53 (3.96%) Lync
8 34 (2.54%) IBM Notes
9 29 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
10 25 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2003
11 20 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
12 18 (1.35%) WorkSite
13 17 (1.27%) nginx
14 15 (1.12%) Office Communications Server
15 14 (1.05%) Confluence
16 13 (0.97%) Tomcat
17 12 (0.90%) MediaWiki
18 9 (0.67%) Lotus Domino
19 8 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
20 6 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 215 (16.08%) MS Office
2 169 (12.64%) MS Excel
3 35 (2.62%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.67%) Doxygen
6 7 (0.52%) MS Project
7 2 (0.15%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.075%) PrintSoft PReS
8 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (0.60%) assyst
2 6 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.075%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 38 (2.84%) Office 365
2 33 (2.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (1.12%) SaaS
5 10 (0.75%) IaaS
6 7 (0.52%) PaaS
7 5 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.37%) CloudFront
8 4 (0.30%) IBM SmartCloud
9 3 (0.22%) ElastiCache
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 3 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.075%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 748 (55.95%) Firewall
2 436 (32.61%) WAN
3 419 (31.34%) LAN
4 293 (21.91%) MPLS
5 279 (20.87%) TCP/IP
6 272 (20.34%) BGP
7 249 (18.62%) OSPF
8 238 (17.80%) DNS
9 234 (17.50%) Cisco ASA
10 194 (14.51%) IPsec
11 192 (14.36%) VLAN
12 187 (13.99%) SSL
13 186 (13.91%) Network Security
14 181 (13.54%) Wireless
15 175 (13.09%) Internet
16 161 (12.04%) DHCP
17 153 (11.44%) VoIP
18 128 (9.57%) Cisco Nexus
19 124 (9.27%) SAN
20 117 (8.75%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (8.83%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.54%) MySQL
3 28 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
4 26 (1.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (1.42%) DB2
6 13 (0.97%) NoSQL
7 11 (0.82%) Relational Database
8 10 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (0.67%) Big Data
9 9 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
10 8 (0.60%) Hadoop
10 8 (0.60%) MongoDB
11 6 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.45%) MS Access
12 4 (0.30%) Redis
13 3 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.22%) Oracle Database
14 2 (0.15%) Couchbase
14 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2000
14 2 (0.15%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 36 (2.69%) Git (software)
2 23 (1.72%) Jenkins
3 22 (1.65%) Subversion
4 17 (1.27%) JIRA
5 14 (1.05%) MSI
6 12 (0.90%) Hudson
7 11 (0.82%) Xcode
8 7 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 6 (0.45%) Gerrit
9 6 (0.45%) Artifactory
10 5 (0.37%) Selenium
11 4 (0.30%) Mercurial
12 3 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 3 (0.22%) Maven
12 3 (0.22%) JMeter
12 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio
12 3 (0.22%) Gradle
13 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
14 1 (0.075%) Team Foundation Server
14 1 (0.075%) Ant
General
1 153 (11.44%) Finance
2 143 (10.70%) Telecoms
3 61 (4.56%) Banking
4 39 (2.92%) Law
5 29 (2.17%) Legal
6 20 (1.50%) Retail
7 17 (1.27%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 14 (1.05%) Manufacturing
10 11 (0.82%) Local Government
10 11 (0.82%) Games
11 10 (0.75%) Marketing
11 10 (0.75%) Spanish Language
12 8 (0.60%) French Language
13 5 (0.37%) Back Office
14 4 (0.30%) Publishing
15 3 (0.22%) Advertising
15 3 (0.22%) Multimedia
16 2 (0.15%) German Language
17 1 (0.075%) Danish Language
Job Titles
1 322 (24.08%) Network Engineer
2 204 (15.26%) Analyst
3 120 (8.98%) Support Engineer
4 110 (8.23%) Architect
5 91 (6.81%) Consultant
6 86 (6.43%) Security Engineer
7 65 (4.86%) Service Analyst
8 64 (4.79%) Service Desk Analyst
9 59 (4.41%) Support Analyst
10 58 (4.34%) 2nd Line Support
11 56 (4.19%) IP Engineer
12 54 (4.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 51 (3.81%) Desktop Support
13 51 (3.81%) Network Support
14 50 (3.74%) Network Security Engineer
15 49 (3.66%) Developer
16 47 (3.52%) Network Analyst
17 46 (3.44%) Design Engineer
18 40 (2.99%) Senior Network Engineer
19 39 (2.92%) Cisco Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (4.41%) Web Services
2 41 (3.07%) XML
2 41 (3.07%) HTML
3 29 (2.17%) CSS
4 23 (1.72%) .NET
5 19 (1.42%) JSON
6 18 (1.35%) SOAP
7 17 (1.27%) Ajax
8 15 (1.12%) HTML5
8 15 (1.12%) Regular Expression
9 13 (0.97%) COM
10 11 (0.82%) LAMP
10 11 (0.82%) RESTful
11 10 (0.75%) Middleware
12 9 (0.67%) Application Packaging
13 6 (0.45%) REST
13 6 (0.45%) J2EE
14 5 (0.37%) WAP
14 5 (0.37%) RabbitMQ
14 5 (0.37%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 129 (9.65%) Blackberry
2 76 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 58 (4.34%) PKI
4 53 (3.96%) Video Conferencing
5 46 (3.44%) iPad
6 38 (2.84%) iPhone
6 38 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 36 (2.69%) Clustering
8 31 (2.32%) Replication
9 27 (2.02%) SecurID
10 22 (1.65%) Client/Server
11 19 (1.42%) Computer Science
11 19 (1.42%) FlexPod
12 18 (1.35%) CMDB
12 18 (1.35%) Handset
13 16 (1.20%) Thin Client
13 16 (1.20%) Fat Client
14 15 (1.12%) Open Source
15 14 (1.05%) Wiki
16 12 (0.90%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 614 (45.92%) Windows
2 233 (17.43%) Windows 7
3 192 (14.36%) Linux
4 154 (11.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 110 (8.23%) Windows XP
6 103 (7.70%) UNIX
7 99 (7.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 98 (7.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 53 (3.96%) Windows 8
10 44 (3.29%) Apple iOS
11 35 (2.62%) CentOS
12 30 (2.24%) Android
12 30 (2.24%) Ubuntu
13 26 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 25 (1.87%) Solaris
14 25 (1.87%) AIX
15 24 (1.80%) Windows 2000
16 22 (1.65%) Mac OS X
17 20 (1.50%) SUSE
17 20 (1.50%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (19.90%) ITIL
2 149 (11.14%) Load Balancing
3 90 (6.73%) Migration
4 76 (5.68%) Service Management
5 75 (5.61%) Change Management
6 69 (5.16%) Project Management
7 67 (5.01%) Network Management
8 62 (4.64%) Network Design
9 56 (4.19%) Kalman Filter
10 46 (3.44%) Mentoring
10 46 (3.44%) Agile Software Development
11 44 (3.29%) Service Delivery
12 40 (2.99%) Information Security
12 40 (2.99%) Network Monitoring
13 37 (2.77%) Network Architecture
14 36 (2.69%) Incident Management
14 36 (2.69%) Configuration Management
15 35 (2.62%) ITSM
16 32 (2.39%) Capacity Planning
16 32 (2.39%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 113 (8.45%) SQL
2 55 (4.11%) Perl
3 37 (2.77%) JavaScript
4 36 (2.69%) Java
5 32 (2.39%) PowerShell
6 26 (1.94%) Objective-C
7 25 (1.87%) Python
7 25 (1.87%) Shell Script
8 24 (1.80%) Bash Shell
8 24 (1.80%) C
9 18 (1.35%) Ruby
10 17 (1.27%) PHP
11 13 (0.97%) C++
12 12 (0.90%) VBScript
13 7 (0.52%) C#
13 7 (0.52%) R
14 4 (0.30%) ActionScript 2.0
14 4 (0.30%) ActionScript
15 3 (0.22%) VB
16 1 (0.075%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 390 (29.17%) Cisco Certification
2 246 (18.40%) CCNP
3 177 (13.24%) CCNA
4 149 (11.14%) Security Cleared
5 123 (9.20%) CCIE
6 120 (8.98%) SC Cleared
7 71 (5.31%) Degree
8 61 (4.56%) Microsoft Certification
9 46 (3.44%) CISSP
10 43 (3.22%) MCSE
11 42 (3.14%) CCIP
12 33 (2.47%) ITIL Certification
13 31 (2.32%) CCSE
14 29 (2.17%) CCSP
15 27 (2.02%) JNCIP
16 26 (1.94%) CCDP
17 24 (1.80%) DV Cleared
18 23 (1.72%) CCSA
19 20 (1.50%) JNCIA
20 16 (1.20%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (6.51%) SLA
2 45 (3.37%) PCI DSS
3 23 (1.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.67%) QA
6 8 (0.60%) Dodd-Frank
7 4 (0.30%) COBIT
7 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.075%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.075%) COSO
System Software
1 341 (25.50%) Active Directory
2 156 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (6.13%) vSphere
4 61 (4.56%) Hyper-V
5 38 (2.84%) XenApp
6 32 (2.39%) ProxySG
7 25 (1.87%) Firmware
7 25 (1.87%) VMware ESX
7 25 (1.87%) XenDesktop
8 24 (1.80%) XenServer
9 22 (1.65%) Terminal Services
10 21 (1.57%) vCloud
11 18 (1.35%) FreeRADIUS
12 16 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
13 15 (1.12%) Terminal Server
14 14 (1.05%) Postfix
15 12 (0.90%) ISA Server
15 12 (0.90%) Samba
15 12 (0.90%) Snort
16 10 (0.75%) NFS
Systems Management
1 82 (6.13%) SCCM
2 28 (2.09%) Puppet
3 27 (2.02%) Backup Exec
4 25 (1.87%) Norton AntiVirus
5 23 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
6 22 (1.65%) RANCID
7 20 (1.50%) FortiGate
8 19 (1.42%) OpenNMS
9 18 (1.35%) Nagios
10 17 (1.27%) ZABBIX
11 16 (1.20%) WSUS
11 16 (1.20%) SCOM
11 16 (1.20%) CA Spectrum
12 14 (1.05%) HP UCMDB
12 14 (1.05%) Salt
12 14 (1.05%) MIMEsweeper
12 14 (1.05%) OpenView
13 13 (0.97%) Ansible
14 10 (0.75%) Cisco CUCM
14 10 (0.75%) MAILsweeper
Vendors
1 681 (50.93%) Cisco
2 377 (28.20%) Microsoft
3 268 (20.04%) VMware
4 257 (19.22%) CheckPoint
5 250 (18.70%) Juniper
6 236 (17.65%) Citrix
7 152 (11.37%) F5
8 150 (11.22%) HP
9 93 (6.96%) Blue Coat
10 79 (5.91%) McAfee
11 58 (4.34%) Nokia
12 57 (4.26%) Oracle
13 56 (4.19%) Dell
14 53 (3.96%) SolarWinds
15 51 (3.81%) Symantec
16 45 (3.37%) IBM
17 43 (3.22%) Remedy
18 41 (3.07%) Avaya
19 39 (2.92%) Red Hat
20 36 (2.69%) CA
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £150 - £190 per day
Posted: 57 minutes ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + NEG
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TRG
Rate: £350 - £420 Per Day call for details
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
TRG
Rate: £350 - £420 Per Day call for details
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £275 - £315 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Gold Group
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £130 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £370 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
LA International
Rate: £13 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
X4 Group
Rate: £550 - 600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucestershire
Proprius Recruitment
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Proprius Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago