The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 26 February 2017 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
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK
Rank 210 202 170
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -32
Contract jobs citing VPN 540 633 706
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.21% 1.22% 1.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.04% 8.39% 9.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 326 398
Median daily rate £375 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £201 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £328
% change year-on-year
-3.44% +10.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 29 44
Median hourly rate £15.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.90 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.45 £33.00 £28.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £20.00 £17.11
% change year-on-year
-32.50% +16.89%

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
6713 7548 7809
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.99% 14.53% 14.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4189 4440 4257
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £235 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 327 448
Median hourly rate £23.95 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.16% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.19 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £37.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-42.66% +41.50%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing VPN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 February 2017.

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 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 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
England -15 500 £380 +1.33% 170
London +19 250 £425 - 55
South East -23 110 £350 -3.44% 45
North West +14 40 £450 +5.88% 16
Surrey -1 29 £335 -4.28% 2
City of London -5 29 £378 -5.62% 12
South West -31 27 £315 -13.10% 10
Buckinghamshire +11 24 £425 -22.72% 9
Berkshire -17 24 £344 -14.06% 6
West Midlands +6 21 £336 -7.24% 12
Hampshire -7 21 £330 -8.33% 16
Manchester +17 20 £450 +33.33% 9
Yorkshire +18 19 £400 +25.00% 16
East of England -12 19 £174 -52.06% 8
Milton Keynes +15 18 £425 -22.72% 5
Bristol -5 14 £313 -16.66% 4
Cheshire +20 13 £325 -45.83% 6
West Yorkshire +12 13 £400 +19.40% 13
Salford - 12 £488 -
Croydon +13 11 £413 -10.81%
Scotland +24 10 £200 -40.95% 1
East Midlands +10 10 £125 +9.64% 5
Belfast -7 10 £225 - 1
Northern Ireland -7 10 £225 - 1
County Antrim -9 10 £225 - 1
West End +9 9 £500 -13.79% 1
Birmingham +2 9 £363 +3.57% 9
Reading -1 9 £253 -40.58% 2
Leeds -5 9 £400 +19.40% 10
Bracknell +7 8 £319 +8.97% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 633 (52.88%) Firewall
2 550 (45.95%) Cisco
3 450 (37.59%) Windows
4 422 (35.25%) WAN
5 401 (33.50%) LAN
6 308 (25.73%) Microsoft
7 292 (24.39%) Active Directory
8 282 (23.56%) Cisco Certification
9 272 (22.72%) DNS
10 263 (21.97%) Linux
11 260 (21.72%) VMware
12 253 (21.14%) Security Cleared
13 240 (20.05%) TCP/IP
14 235 (19.63%) Wireless
15 217 (18.13%) SC Cleared
16 209 (17.46%) Cisco ASA
17 204 (17.04%) CheckPoint
18 194 (16.21%) Amazon AWS
19 193 (16.12%) Juniper
20 179 (14.95%) CCNP
20 179 (14.95%) Network Security
21 166 (13.87%) Data Centre
22 159 (13.28%) DevOps
22 159 (13.28%) MPLS
22 159 (13.28%) ITIL
23 157 (13.12%) SSL
24 156 (13.03%) CCNA
25 153 (12.78%) DHCP
26 148 (12.36%) VoIP
27 147 (12.28%) MS Office

VPN
Top Related IT Skills 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 78 (6.52%) MS Exchange
2 69 (5.76%) Apache
3 62 (5.18%) nginx
4 47 (3.93%) SharePoint
5 44 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2010
6 38 (3.17%) Confluence
7 31 (2.59%) Tomcat
8 30 (2.51%) IBM Notes
9 29 (2.42%) Skype for Business
10 24 (2.01%) IIS
11 21 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
12 19 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
12 19 (1.59%) Jetty
13 18 (1.50%) Mule ESB
14 16 (1.34%) WildFly
15 15 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
16 14 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2003
17 7 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 6 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
18 6 (0.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 147 (12.28%) MS Office
2 100 (8.35%) MS Excel
3 33 (2.76%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.50%) HipChat
5 15 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.17%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.17%) MS Project
7 1 (0.084%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.42%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.25%) Eikon
3 3 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.17%) assyst
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.084%) Bankmaster
5 1 (0.084%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 194 (16.21%) Amazon AWS
2 126 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 114 (9.52%) Office 365
4 49 (4.09%) Amazon EC2
5 48 (4.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 45 (3.76%) Amazon S3
7 41 (3.43%) PaaS
8 38 (3.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 38 (3.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 34 (2.84%) AWS CloudTrail
10 33 (2.76%) IaaS
11 28 (2.34%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 27 (2.26%) SaaS
13 23 (1.92%) CloudFront
14 19 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
15 17 (1.42%) Route 53
16 10 (0.84%) Akamai
17 8 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
18 7 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
18 7 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 633 (52.88%) Firewall
2 422 (35.25%) WAN
3 401 (33.50%) LAN
4 272 (22.72%) DNS
5 240 (20.05%) TCP/IP
6 235 (19.63%) Wireless
7 209 (17.46%) Cisco ASA
8 179 (14.95%) Network Security
9 159 (13.28%) MPLS
10 157 (13.12%) SSL
11 153 (12.78%) DHCP
12 148 (12.36%) VoIP
13 142 (11.86%) OSPF
14 140 (11.70%) BGP
14 140 (11.70%) IPsec
15 135 (11.28%) VLAN
16 127 (10.61%) Cisco Nexus
17 104 (8.69%) Internet
18 69 (5.76%) SAN
19 59 (4.93%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 72 (6.02%) PostgreSQL
3 51 (4.26%) Amazon RDS
4 42 (3.51%) Oracle Database
5 41 (3.43%) Oracle Database 11g
6 37 (3.09%) MySQL
7 33 (2.76%) Hadoop
8 24 (2.01%) NoSQL
9 22 (1.84%) Redis
10 17 (1.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 11 (0.92%) MongoDB
12 8 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
13 7 (0.58%) Big Data
14 6 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
15 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
16 4 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
16 4 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
16 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
17 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
17 3 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 115 (9.61%) Jenkins
2 61 (5.10%) JIRA
3 57 (4.76%) Git (software)
4 36 (3.01%) Sonatype Nexus
5 23 (1.92%) SonarQube
6 21 (1.75%) Gerrit
6 21 (1.75%) Mercurial
7 20 (1.67%) Bitbucket
8 17 (1.42%) JIRA Agile
9 16 (1.34%) GitLab
10 15 (1.25%) Ant
11 14 (1.17%) Maven
12 13 (1.09%) JUnit
12 13 (1.09%) Liquibase
12 13 (1.09%) Vagrant
13 12 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 10 (0.84%) Artifactory
15 7 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 6 (0.50%) Metasploit
17 5 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 146 (12.20%) Finance
2 66 (5.51%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.76%) Retail
4 28 (2.34%) Banking
5 24 (2.01%) Legal
6 15 (1.25%) Financial Institution
6 15 (1.25%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.00%) Advertising
8 9 (0.75%) Billing
9 5 (0.42%) Local Government
10 4 (0.33%) Electronics
10 4 (0.33%) Marketing
10 4 (0.33%) Military
11 3 (0.25%) Games
11 3 (0.25%) German Language
11 3 (0.25%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.25%) Law
11 3 (0.25%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.17%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 262 (21.89%) Network Engineer
2 173 (14.45%) Analyst
3 172 (14.37%) Architect
4 114 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 86 (7.18%) Consultant
6 71 (5.93%) Cisco Engineer
7 62 (5.18%) DevOps Engineer
8 60 (5.01%) AWS DevOps
8 60 (5.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 59 (4.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 57 (4.76%) Security Engineer
11 52 (4.34%) 2nd Line Support
11 52 (4.34%) Support Analyst
12 50 (4.18%) Network Architect
13 49 (4.09%) Security Analyst
14 47 (3.93%) IT Support
15 45 (3.76%) Cloud Architect
15 45 (3.76%) Technical Architect
16 44 (3.68%) Network Analyst
17 43 (3.59%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 89 (7.44%) Elastic Stack
2 54 (4.51%) Web Services
3 44 (3.68%) 802.1X
4 25 (2.09%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 25 (2.09%) Software Packaging
5 23 (1.92%) LAMP
6 21 (1.75%) LAPP Stack
6 21 (1.75%) LEMP Stack
7 19 (1.59%) .NET
8 18 (1.50%) RabbitMQ
8 18 (1.50%) RESTful
9 13 (1.09%) JSON
9 13 (1.09%) MCollective
10 12 (1.00%) CSS
10 12 (1.00%) Middleware
11 9 (0.75%) HTML
12 8 (0.67%) REST
13 7 (0.58%) SOAP
13 7 (0.58%) XMPP
14 5 (0.42%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 166 (13.87%) Data Centre
2 85 (7.10%) PKI
3 76 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
4 72 (6.02%) Management Information System
5 46 (3.84%) Public Cloud
6 41 (3.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 38 (3.17%) Video Conferencing
8 35 (2.92%) Smartphone
9 26 (2.17%) RSA SecurID
10 25 (2.09%) Cyber Attack
11 23 (1.92%) Replication
12 22 (1.84%) Blackberry
13 18 (1.50%) Security Operations Centre
14 16 (1.34%) Fat Client
14 16 (1.34%) Thin Client
15 15 (1.25%) CMDB
16 13 (1.09%) BYOD
16 13 (1.09%) Clustering
16 13 (1.09%) Computer Science
17 11 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 450 (37.59%) Windows
2 263 (21.97%) Linux
3 142 (11.86%) Windows 7
4 140 (11.70%) Windows Server
5 111 (9.27%) Unix
6 103 (8.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 92 (7.69%) CentOS
8 84 (7.02%) Windows Server 2012
9 79 (6.60%) Windows 10
10 73 (6.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 48 (4.01%) Windows Server 2003
12 46 (3.84%) Android
13 40 (3.34%) Windows 8
14 36 (3.01%) Windows XP
15 33 (2.76%) Ubuntu
16 22 (1.84%) Apple iOS
17 17 (1.42%) VyOS
18 13 (1.09%) RancherOS
19 11 (0.92%) Mac OS X
20 10 (0.84%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (13.28%) DevOps
1 159 (13.28%) ITIL
2 141 (11.78%) Load Balancing
3 125 (10.44%) Agile Software Development
4 107 (8.94%) Network Design
5 106 (8.86%) Continuous Integration
6 97 (8.10%) Migration
7 85 (7.10%) Information Security
8 84 (7.02%) Configuration Management
9 81 (6.77%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 75 (6.27%) Network Monitoring
11 72 (6.02%) Cybersecurity
12 69 (5.76%) Network Management
13 65 (5.43%) Patch Management
14 54 (4.51%) Incident Management
14 54 (4.51%) Vulnerability Management
15 53 (4.43%) SIEM
16 52 (4.34%) Open Source
17 51 (4.26%) Change Management
18 49 (4.09%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 86 (7.18%) SQL
2 77 (6.43%) Python
3 62 (5.18%) Bash Shell
4 47 (3.93%) Ruby
5 45 (3.76%) Perl
6 43 (3.59%) PowerShell
7 38 (3.17%) C
8 21 (1.75%) Java
9 19 (1.59%) Shell Script
10 12 (1.00%) JavaScript
11 8 (0.67%) PHP
12 7 (0.58%) C#
12 7 (0.58%) VBScript
13 6 (0.50%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.25%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.17%) Go
15 2 (0.17%) Lisp
16 1 (0.084%) C++
16 1 (0.084%) Scala
16 1 (0.084%) VB
Qualifications
1 282 (23.56%) Cisco Certification
2 253 (21.14%) Security Cleared
3 217 (18.13%) SC Cleared
4 179 (14.95%) CCNP
5 156 (13.03%) CCNA
6 80 (6.68%) CISSP
7 75 (6.27%) Degree
8 66 (5.51%) CCIE
9 52 (4.34%) SANS
10 47 (3.93%) SSCP
11 46 (3.84%) Microsoft Certification
12 38 (3.17%) CCDP
13 32 (2.67%) MCSE
14 31 (2.59%) CCSA
15 26 (2.17%) CCDA
16 25 (2.09%) AWS Certification
17 24 (2.01%) MCP
18 23 (1.92%) JNCIP
19 22 (1.84%) DV Cleared
19 22 (1.84%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (5.60%) SLA
2 22 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.67%) PCI DSS
4 12 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (0.84%) QA
6 7 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.33%) COBIT
7 4 (0.33%) PMO
8 3 (0.25%) HIPAA
8 3 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.17%) COSO
9 2 (0.17%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.17%) SAS 70
10 1 (0.084%) HL7
10 1 (0.084%) HMG Infosec
10 1 (0.084%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.084%) ISO27005
10 1 (0.084%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.084%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.084%) RMADS
System Software
1 292 (24.39%) Active Directory
2 140 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 109 (9.11%) Docker
4 61 (5.10%) Hyper-V
5 36 (3.01%) vCloud
5 36 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (2.76%) vSphere
7 30 (2.51%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (2.51%) XenApp
8 28 (2.34%) XenDesktop
9 25 (2.09%) VMware ESX
10 23 (1.92%) ProxySG
11 20 (1.67%) Xen
12 16 (1.34%) Squid
13 15 (1.25%) BitLocker
13 15 (1.25%) Terminal Services
14 14 (1.17%) Postfix
15 11 (0.92%) Firmware
15 11 (0.92%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 138 (11.53%) Puppet
2 110 (9.19%) Ansible
3 90 (7.52%) Terraform
4 77 (6.43%) SCCM
5 74 (6.18%) Kubernetes
6 63 (5.26%) ZABBIX
7 50 (4.18%) logstash
8 49 (4.09%) FortiGate
8 49 (4.09%) Kibana
9 48 (4.01%) QRadar
10 38 (3.17%) HAProxy
11 36 (3.01%) Nagios
12 34 (2.84%) SCOM
13 33 (2.76%) Consul
13 33 (2.76%) Packer
14 32 (2.67%) Microsoft Intune
15 28 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
16 22 (1.84%) yum
17 21 (1.75%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
18 20 (1.67%) Rsyslog
Vendors
1 550 (45.95%) Cisco
2 308 (25.73%) Microsoft
3 260 (21.72%) VMware
4 204 (17.04%) CheckPoint
5 193 (16.12%) Juniper
6 144 (12.03%) Citrix
7 127 (10.61%) F5
8 108 (9.02%) Palo Alto
9 92 (7.69%) Apple
10 81 (6.77%) Oracle
11 71 (5.93%) HP
12 70 (5.85%) Splunk
13 58 (4.85%) Blue Coat
14 54 (4.51%) IBM
15 50 (4.18%) Red Hat
16 48 (4.01%) Fortinet
17 47 (3.93%) Intel Security
17 47 (3.93%) LogRhythm
18 44 (3.68%) Dell
19 43 (3.59%) Symantec
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