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 2 September 2014 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 182 194 186
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -8
Contract jobs citing VPN 640 568 640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.13% 1.06% 1.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.82% 7.90% 7.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 306 267
Average daily rate
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£350 £313 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £155 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £460 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £275 £344
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 58 84
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £16.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.85 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £30.65 £30.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.25 £16.84 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+14.31% -0.94%

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
8189 7193 8881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 13.46% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4449 3894 4022
Average daily rate £360 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 416 690
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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 2 September 2014.

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 2 September 2014.

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 2 September 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
England +7 594 £350 +10.23% 215
London +17 274 £375 +15.38% 82
South East +1 123 £325 -3.70% 43
City of London +46 82 £363 +11.53% 25
East of England +20 69 £350 +27.27% 23
Berkshire +20 61 £400 +6.66% 11
South West +2 48 £388 +55.00% 19
West Midlands -13 25 £350 +9.37% 10
Hertfordshire +4 23 £173 -37.27% 7
North West -13 23 £310 +37.77% 18
Reading +9 22 £356 +29.54% 3
Surrey -2 20 £350 +52.17% 14
Suffolk +8 19 £375 +42.85% 2
Scotland -15 19 £251 +13.86% 7
Ipswich - 17 £375 - 2
Cambridgeshire +6 16 £345 - 3
Gloucestershire - 16 £263 -
Birmingham +8 15 £335 +27.61% 3
Bristol -9 14 £400 - 7
Yorkshire -13 14 £275 -12.00% 13
Cambridge +4 13 £145 - 2
Hampshire -11 13 £310 -23.45% 11
Aberdeen +9 11 £110 -66.91% 1
Wiltshire -2 11 - - 4
Kent -3 11 £145 -55.38% 2
Manchester -4 11 £363 +154.38% 9
East Midlands -4 10 £425 +60.37% 5
Cheshire +14 9 £290 -32.16% 7
Bracknell +8 9 £400 -3.03% 1
Buckinghamshire -2 9 £320 +15.31% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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.

1 699 (57.15%) Firewall
2 585 (47.83%) Cisco
3 571 (46.69%) Windows
4 366 (29.93%) Active Directory
5 364 (29.76%) LAN
6 363 (29.68%) WAN
7 340 (27.80%) Microsoft
8 313 (25.59%) Cisco Certification
9 299 (24.45%) TCP/IP
10 272 (22.24%) DNS
11 249 (20.36%) VMware
12 242 (19.79%) Juniper
13 236 (19.30%) ITIL
14 234 (19.13%) Windows 7
15 223 (18.23%) CheckPoint
16 218 (17.83%) MPLS
17 207 (16.93%) Linux
18 203 (16.60%) BGP
19 201 (16.43%) Citrix
20 198 (16.19%) MS Office
21 190 (15.54%) CCNP
22 185 (15.13%) IPsec
23 172 (14.06%) Wireless
24 168 (13.74%) OSPF
25 167 (13.65%) Finance
26 166 (13.57%) HP
26 166 (13.57%) MS Excel
26 166 (13.57%) Cisco ASA
27 163 (13.33%) MS Exchange
28 161 (13.16%) VMware Infrastructure

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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
1 163 (13.33%) MS Exchange
2 69 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 64 (5.23%) Apache
4 58 (4.74%) SharePoint
5 51 (4.17%) IIS
6 46 (3.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 38 (3.11%) Lync
8 26 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
9 20 (1.64%) WebSphere
9 20 (1.64%) IBM Notes
9 20 (1.64%) nginx
10 19 (1.55%) WebLogic
11 18 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
12 17 (1.39%) Tomcat
13 16 (1.31%) Confluence
14 14 (1.14%) MediaWiki
15 8 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
16 7 (0.57%) Oracle Application Server
16 7 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
17 6 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 198 (16.19%) MS Office
2 166 (13.57%) MS Excel
3 31 (2.53%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.57%) Doxygen
6 4 (0.33%) MS Project
7 3 (0.25%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.25%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 3 (0.25%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.16%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.082%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.082%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.082%) SPSS
9 1 (0.082%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 8 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.082%) Khalix
4 1 (0.082%) assyst
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 46 (3.76%) Office 365
2 29 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (2.21%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.65%) IaaS
4 8 (0.65%) PaaS
5 7 (0.57%) SaaS
5 7 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (0.49%) IBM SmartCloud
7 4 (0.33%) Joyent
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 699 (57.15%) Firewall
2 364 (29.76%) LAN
3 363 (29.68%) WAN
4 299 (24.45%) TCP/IP
5 272 (22.24%) DNS
6 218 (17.83%) MPLS
7 203 (16.60%) BGP
8 185 (15.13%) IPsec
9 172 (14.06%) Wireless
10 168 (13.74%) OSPF
11 166 (13.57%) Cisco ASA
12 158 (12.92%) Network Security
13 153 (12.51%) VLAN
14 150 (12.26%) DHCP
15 143 (11.69%) SSL
16 135 (11.04%) Internet
17 134 (10.96%) VoIP
18 132 (10.79%) SAN
19 103 (8.42%) Cisco Nexus
20 81 (6.62%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 45 (3.68%) MySQL
3 19 (1.55%) NoSQL
4 18 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (1.39%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (0.98%) DB2
8 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
8 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.49%) MS Access
10 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.33%) Redis
11 4 (0.33%) Big Data
12 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.25%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.25%) MarkLogic
12 3 (0.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
13 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (0.082%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 30 (2.45%) Git (software)
2 26 (2.13%) JIRA
3 25 (2.04%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.55%) Subversion
5 17 (1.39%) Hudson
6 7 (0.57%) Xcode
7 6 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.41%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.25%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.16%) Toad
10 2 (0.16%) MSI
10 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.16%) Selenium
11 1 (0.082%) FrontPage
11 1 (0.082%) Mercurial
11 1 (0.082%) Ant
11 1 (0.082%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.082%) Dreamweaver
11 1 (0.082%) Gerrit
General
1 167 (13.65%) Finance
2 112 (9.16%) Telecoms
3 45 (3.68%) Banking
4 31 (2.53%) Financial Institution
5 19 (1.55%) Manufacturing
5 19 (1.55%) Marketing
6 15 (1.23%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.06%) Legal
8 11 (0.90%) Local Government
8 11 (0.90%) Dutch Language
9 10 (0.82%) Retail
10 8 (0.65%) Back Office
10 8 (0.65%) Law
11 7 (0.57%) Games
12 6 (0.49%) French Language
12 6 (0.49%) Spanish Language
13 5 (0.41%) Front Office
14 4 (0.33%) Publishing
15 3 (0.25%) Advertising
16 2 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 247 (20.20%) Network Engineer
2 160 (13.08%) Analyst
3 92 (7.52%) Security Engineer
4 81 (6.62%) Architect
5 80 (6.54%) Support Engineer
6 72 (5.89%) Consultant
7 63 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support
8 62 (5.07%) Support Analyst
9 51 (4.17%) Cisco Engineer
10 48 (3.92%) Network Security Engineer
10 48 (3.92%) Desktop Support
10 48 (3.92%) IP Engineer
11 46 (3.76%) Developer
11 46 (3.76%) Service Analyst
11 46 (3.76%) Administrator
12 44 (3.60%) Network Support
13 43 (3.52%) Service Desk Analyst
14 40 (3.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 39 (3.19%) Design Engineer
16 34 (2.78%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (4.74%) Web Services
2 44 (3.60%) XML
3 35 (2.86%) LAMP
4 33 (2.70%) JSON
5 24 (1.96%) Middleware
5 24 (1.96%) .NET
6 20 (1.64%) CSS
6 20 (1.64%) HTML
7 17 (1.39%) XMPP
8 14 (1.14%) FIX Protocol
9 12 (0.98%) Regular Expression
10 11 (0.90%) Application Packaging
11 9 (0.74%) HTML5
12 7 (0.57%) RESTful
13 4 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
13 4 (0.33%) Ajax
13 4 (0.33%) SOAP
14 3 (0.25%) ASP.NET
14 3 (0.25%) COM
14 3 (0.25%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 140 (11.45%) Blackberry
2 56 (4.58%) iPad
3 46 (3.76%) iPhone
4 41 (3.35%) Replication
5 38 (3.11%) PKI
6 36 (2.94%) Hedge funds
7 35 (2.86%) Clustering
8 31 (2.53%) Management Information System
9 30 (2.45%) Video Conferencing
10 26 (2.13%) Open Source
11 25 (2.04%) Client/Server
12 22 (1.80%) Computer Science
13 20 (1.64%) Fat Client
13 20 (1.64%) Thin Client
14 16 (1.31%) Wiki
15 13 (1.06%) Firmware
15 13 (1.06%) CESG
16 12 (0.98%) PDA
17 11 (0.90%) SecurID
18 10 (0.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 571 (46.69%) Windows
2 234 (19.13%) Windows 7
3 207 (16.93%) Linux
4 137 (11.20%) Windows XP
5 130 (10.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 101 (8.26%) UNIX
7 89 (7.28%) Windows Server 2003
8 67 (5.48%) Windows Server 2012
9 41 (3.35%) Apple iOS
10 36 (2.94%) Android
11 35 (2.86%) Solaris
12 33 (2.70%) Windows 8
13 30 (2.45%) Ubuntu
14 28 (2.29%) AIX
15 26 (2.13%) Debian
16 20 (1.64%) Windows Vista
16 20 (1.64%) CentOS
16 20 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 19 (1.55%) Mac OS X
18 14 (1.14%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (19.30%) ITIL
2 126 (10.30%) Load Balancing
3 76 (6.21%) Migration
4 73 (5.97%) Network Management
5 69 (5.64%) Service Management
6 67 (5.48%) Project Management
7 65 (5.31%) Disaster Recovery
8 58 (4.74%) DevOps
9 54 (4.42%) Change Management
10 52 (4.25%) Network Design
10 52 (4.25%) Capacity Planning
11 48 (3.92%) Network Architecture
12 41 (3.35%) Kalman Filter
13 39 (3.19%) ITSM
14 38 (3.11%) Network Monitoring
15 36 (2.94%) Continuous Integration
16 35 (2.86%) Mobile Device Management
16 35 (2.86%) Mentoring
17 34 (2.78%) Incident Management
18 32 (2.62%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 141 (11.53%) SQL
2 70 (5.72%) Java
3 63 (5.15%) PowerShell
4 55 (4.50%) Perl
5 39 (3.19%) Bash Shell
6 34 (2.78%) Ruby
7 29 (2.37%) PHP
7 29 (2.37%) C
7 29 (2.37%) Shell Script
8 21 (1.72%) JavaScript
9 19 (1.55%) VB
10 15 (1.23%) Objective-C
11 10 (0.82%) VBScript
11 10 (0.82%) VBA
12 8 (0.65%) Python
13 6 (0.49%) C++
14 4 (0.33%) R
15 2 (0.16%) Tcl
16 1 (0.082%) C#
16 1 (0.082%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 313 (25.59%) Cisco Certification
2 190 (15.54%) CCNP
3 124 (10.14%) Security Cleared
4 119 (9.73%) CCNA
5 105 (8.59%) SC Cleared
6 85 (6.95%) CCIE
7 64 (5.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 60 (4.91%) Degree
9 51 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
10 41 (3.35%) MCSE
11 40 (3.27%) CISSP
12 35 (2.86%) CCSP
13 27 (2.21%) Check Point Certification
14 26 (2.13%) CCSE
15 25 (2.04%) CCDP
16 19 (1.55%) MCP
17 16 (1.31%) MCSA
18 14 (1.14%) CCSA
18 14 (1.14%) MCITP
19 13 (1.06%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.74%) SLA
2 33 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 19 (1.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.82%) QA
5 8 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.082%) TickIT
7 1 (0.082%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 366 (29.93%) Active Directory
2 161 (13.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (5.81%) vSphere
4 62 (5.07%) Hyper-V
5 35 (2.86%) XenApp
6 34 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (2.45%) XenServer
8 27 (2.21%) NFS
8 27 (2.21%) VMware ESX
9 25 (2.04%) ProxySG
10 24 (1.96%) Terminal Services
11 21 (1.72%) Postfix
12 20 (1.64%) KVM
13 19 (1.55%) Samba
14 15 (1.23%) Snort
15 14 (1.14%) Xen
15 14 (1.14%) XenDesktop
16 13 (1.06%) Oracle RAC
17 12 (0.98%) ISA Server
17 12 (0.98%) FreeRADIUS
Systems Management
1 60 (4.91%) SCCM
2 56 (4.58%) Puppet
3 37 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
3 37 (3.03%) Backup Exec
4 27 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
4 27 (2.21%) Cisco CUCM
5 24 (1.96%) FortiGate
6 20 (1.64%) OpenView
7 19 (1.55%) WSUS
7 19 (1.55%) SCOM
7 19 (1.55%) ZABBIX
8 17 (1.39%) Norton AntiVirus
9 13 (1.06%) OVSD
9 13 (1.06%) Salt
10 12 (0.98%) EMC NetWorker
11 11 (0.90%) NetBackup
11 11 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 10 (0.82%) DameWare
12 10 (0.82%) OPNET
12 10 (0.82%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 585 (47.83%) Cisco
2 340 (27.80%) Microsoft
3 249 (20.36%) VMware
4 242 (19.79%) Juniper
5 223 (18.23%) CheckPoint
6 201 (16.43%) Citrix
7 166 (13.57%) HP
8 140 (11.45%) F5
9 79 (6.46%) Blue Coat
10 73 (5.97%) Oracle
11 61 (4.99%) Symantec
12 60 (4.91%) Nokia
13 58 (4.74%) Red Hat
14 56 (4.58%) IBM
15 53 (4.33%) McAfee
16 49 (4.01%) Dell
17 48 (3.92%) Apple
18 38 (3.11%) SolarWinds
19 31 (2.53%) Remedy
20 28 (2.29%) Websense
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