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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 204 196 207
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +11
Contract jobs citing VPN 629 605 509
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.10% 1.11% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.05% 7.90% 7.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 308 277
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £179 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 39 65
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% +1.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £25.70 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £16.84 £21.25
% change year-on-year
-13.89% -20.75%

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
7818 7661 7013
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.73% 14.00% 13.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4471 4083 3635
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £323
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 416 465
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 -9 599 £375 +7.14% 230
London +1 275 £400 +6.66% 82
South East +9 155 £400 +25.98% 41
City of London -14 64 £425 +21.42% 12
Berkshire -13 45 £398 +13.57% 8
South West -4 40 £450 +12.50% 25
North West -15 29 £300 +7.14% 27
East of England -22 29 £270 -24.21% 9
Yorkshire 0 28 £375 +22.95% 29
Hampshire +5 25 £400 +29.03% 4
Surrey -4 23 £400 +142.42% 11
West Midlands -4 20 £315 +2.85% 6
Wiltshire +16 19 £450 - 10
Manchester +2 18 £350 -12.50% 18
Buckinghamshire +4 17 £425 +30.76% 3
Oxfordshire -8 17 £350 +28.44% 5
Scotland -4 16 £200 +60.00% 4
West Sussex -5 13 £363 +11.53% 3
East Midlands -3 12 £363 -22.04% 8
Reading -20 12 £433 +44.16% 4
Swindon - 12 £450 - 6
Basingstoke 0 11 £406 -
Gloucestershire -3 11 £450 +46.93% 1
Cambridgeshire -3 11 £265 - 1
Cheltenham +2 10 £450 +55.84%
North East -16 10 £294 -9.53% 3
West Yorkshire -18 10 £344 +12.70% 15
Tyne and Wear -18 10 £294 -9.53% 1
Kent +5 9 £488 +25.80% 5
Milton Keynes +5 9 £413 +26.92% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 759 (57.41%) Firewall
2 720 (54.46%) Cisco
3 534 (40.39%) Windows
4 513 (38.80%) LAN
5 512 (38.73%) WAN
6 396 (29.95%) Cisco Certification
7 368 (27.84%) Active Directory
8 341 (25.79%) Microsoft
9 328 (24.81%) DNS
9 328 (24.81%) MPLS
10 307 (23.22%) Juniper
11 304 (23.00%) CheckPoint
12 303 (22.92%) TCP/IP
13 285 (21.56%) VMware
14 269 (20.35%) CCNP
15 265 (20.05%) BGP
16 258 (19.52%) Cisco ASA
17 257 (19.44%) ITIL
18 253 (19.14%) Network Security
19 243 (18.38%) Wireless
20 229 (17.32%) OSPF
21 221 (16.72%) Linux
22 212 (16.04%) IPsec
22 212 (16.04%) Data Centre
23 210 (15.89%) Citrix
24 206 (15.58%) VLAN
25 205 (15.51%) Windows 7
26 204 (15.43%) CCNA
27 203 (15.36%) SSL
28 195 (14.75%) Finance

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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
1 139 (10.51%) MS Exchange
2 97 (7.34%) Lync
3 71 (5.37%) SharePoint
4 68 (5.14%) IIS
5 66 (4.99%) Exchange Server 2010
6 57 (4.31%) Apache
7 37 (2.80%) Tomcat
7 37 (2.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 33 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
9 32 (2.42%) nginx
10 19 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2007
10 19 (1.44%) JBoss
11 15 (1.13%) IBM Notes
12 14 (1.06%) Mule ESB
13 13 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.91%) WebSphere
14 12 (0.91%) WorkSite
14 12 (0.91%) Confluence
14 12 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
14 12 (0.91%) Node.js
Applications
1 183 (13.84%) MS Office
2 180 (13.62%) MS Excel
3 55 (4.16%) MS Visio
4 44 (3.33%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (0.61%) MS Project
6 4 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.076%) Fireworks
7 1 (0.076%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 7 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (0.38%) assyst
3 4 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.23%) JDE OneWorld
4 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.076%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.076%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.076%) TeleForm
5 1 (0.076%) Eikon
5 1 (0.076%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 62 (4.69%) Amazon AWS
2 50 (3.78%) Office 365
3 22 (1.66%) Microsoft Azure
4 21 (1.59%) IaaS
5 20 (1.51%) PaaS
6 18 (1.36%) SaaS
6 18 (1.36%) Google Cloud Platform
7 10 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
8 8 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 8 (0.61%) Google Apps
9 6 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 4 (0.30%) Sumo Logic
10 4 (0.30%) SoftLayer
10 4 (0.30%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 3 (0.23%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.23%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 759 (57.41%) Firewall
2 513 (38.80%) LAN
3 512 (38.73%) WAN
4 328 (24.81%) DNS
4 328 (24.81%) MPLS
5 303 (22.92%) TCP/IP
6 265 (20.05%) BGP
7 258 (19.52%) Cisco ASA
8 253 (19.14%) Network Security
9 243 (18.38%) Wireless
10 229 (17.32%) OSPF
11 212 (16.04%) IPsec
12 206 (15.58%) VLAN
13 203 (15.36%) SSL
14 193 (14.60%) DHCP
15 157 (11.88%) Internet
16 146 (11.04%) VoIP
17 132 (9.98%) SAN
18 130 (9.83%) Cisco Nexus
19 127 (9.61%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 64 (4.84%) MySQL
3 31 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (1.59%) NoSQL
5 19 (1.44%) MongoDB
6 17 (1.29%) Big Data
7 15 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (1.06%) Redis
9 13 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
10 10 (0.76%) Relational Database
11 6 (0.45%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.45%) JasperReports
11 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.38%) DB2
12 5 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
13 4 (0.30%) SQLite
14 3 (0.23%) Oracle Database
14 3 (0.23%) Apache Cassandra
14 3 (0.23%) EDRMS
15 2 (0.15%) Sybase ASA
Development Applications
1 41 (3.10%) Git (software)
2 40 (3.03%) Jenkins
3 22 (1.66%) Subversion
4 18 (1.36%) Gerrit
5 16 (1.21%) Artifactory
5 16 (1.21%) JIRA
6 15 (1.13%) Mercurial
7 14 (1.06%) SonarQube
8 11 (0.83%) Maven
9 10 (0.76%) Hudson
10 9 (0.68%) Ant
11 8 (0.61%) JMeter
11 8 (0.61%) Metasploit
11 8 (0.61%) Selenium
11 8 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (0.53%) Gradle
12 7 (0.53%) Visual Studio
12 7 (0.53%) Oracle Forms
13 6 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 6 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 195 (14.75%) Finance
2 135 (10.21%) Telecoms
3 58 (4.39%) Banking
4 34 (2.57%) Law
5 31 (2.34%) Legal
6 23 (1.74%) Investment Banking
7 22 (1.66%) Multimedia
8 18 (1.36%) Retail
9 17 (1.29%) Back Office
10 15 (1.13%) Marketing
11 13 (0.98%) Electronics
11 13 (0.98%) Manufacturing
11 13 (0.98%) Publishing
12 12 (0.91%) Local Government
13 11 (0.83%) French Language
13 11 (0.83%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.76%) Billing
15 9 (0.68%) Advertising
16 8 (0.61%) Dutch Language
17 5 (0.38%) German Language
Job Titles
1 359 (27.16%) Network Engineer
2 183 (13.84%) Analyst
3 140 (10.59%) Architect
4 88 (6.66%) Support Engineer
5 73 (5.52%) Security Engineer
6 69 (5.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 62 (4.69%) Senior Network Engineer
8 54 (4.08%) Consultant
9 52 (3.93%) Support Analyst
10 51 (3.86%) Network Security Engineer
11 49 (3.71%) Service Analyst
11 49 (3.71%) Desktop Support
11 49 (3.71%) Service Desk Analyst
11 49 (3.71%) Infrastructure Architect
12 44 (3.33%) Network Analyst
13 36 (2.72%) Administrator
14 35 (2.65%) Network Support
15 34 (2.57%) 3rd Line Support
15 34 (2.57%) Network Architect
16 33 (2.50%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (5.37%) Web Services
2 69 (5.22%) 802.1X
3 34 (2.57%) LAMP
4 27 (2.04%) HTML
4 27 (2.04%) .NET
5 25 (1.89%) CSS
6 20 (1.51%) XML
7 19 (1.44%) J2EE
8 18 (1.36%) Middleware
9 15 (1.13%) XMPP
10 13 (0.98%) SOAP
11 12 (0.91%) Ajax
11 12 (0.91%) RabbitMQ
12 11 (0.83%) FIX Protocol
13 10 (0.76%) jQuery
14 9 (0.68%) COM
15 7 (0.53%) JSON
15 7 (0.53%) Spring
15 7 (0.53%) SAML
15 7 (0.53%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 212 (16.04%) Data Centre
2 102 (7.72%) PKI
3 82 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
4 69 (5.22%) Blackberry
5 61 (4.61%) Management Information System
6 57 (4.31%) Video Conferencing
7 45 (3.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 32 (2.42%) iPhone
9 29 (2.19%) Clustering
10 26 (1.97%) Computer Science
11 25 (1.89%) Replication
12 21 (1.59%) Client/Server
12 21 (1.59%) iPad
13 17 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
14 16 (1.21%) SecurID
14 16 (1.21%) Statistics
15 15 (1.13%) Cryptography
16 13 (0.98%) Thin Client
16 13 (0.98%) Public Cloud
16 13 (0.98%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 534 (40.39%) Windows
2 221 (16.72%) Linux
3 205 (15.51%) Windows 7
4 135 (10.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 114 (8.62%) Windows Server 2003
6 106 (8.02%) Windows Server 2012
7 97 (7.34%) UNIX
8 57 (4.31%) Android
9 56 (4.24%) Windows XP
10 39 (2.95%) Solaris
11 35 (2.65%) Windows 8
12 34 (2.57%) Ubuntu
13 30 (2.27%) CentOS
14 24 (1.82%) Mac OS X
15 22 (1.66%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 10 (0.76%) Windows Vista
18 8 (0.61%) Debian
18 8 (0.61%) Data ONTAP
19 7 (0.53%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (19.44%) ITIL
2 158 (11.95%) Load Balancing
3 83 (6.28%) Project Management
3 83 (6.28%) Service Management
4 79 (5.98%) Migration
4 79 (5.98%) Network Management
5 68 (5.14%) Kalman Filter
6 67 (5.07%) Network Design
7 62 (4.69%) Service Delivery
8 61 (4.61%) Information Security
9 53 (4.01%) PRINCE2
10 46 (3.48%) Change Management
10 46 (3.48%) Agile Software Development
11 44 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
11 44 (3.33%) Configuration Management
12 42 (3.18%) Capacity Planning
12 42 (3.18%) DevOps
13 39 (2.95%) Continuous Integration
13 39 (2.95%) Incident Management
14 38 (2.87%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 117 (8.85%) SQL
2 63 (4.77%) Python
3 48 (3.63%) Perl
4 47 (3.56%) PowerShell
5 40 (3.03%) Ruby
6 37 (2.80%) PHP
7 34 (2.57%) Java
7 34 (2.57%) Bash Shell
8 33 (2.50%) C
9 26 (1.97%) JavaScript
10 23 (1.74%) Shell Script
11 22 (1.66%) VB
12 20 (1.51%) C++
13 15 (1.13%) VBScript
14 11 (0.83%) C#
15 3 (0.23%) Lisp
16 2 (0.15%) Tcl
17 1 (0.076%) Objective-C
17 1 (0.076%) ABAP
17 1 (0.076%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 396 (29.95%) Cisco Certification
2 269 (20.35%) CCNP
3 204 (15.43%) CCNA
4 137 (10.36%) Security Cleared
5 105 (7.94%) SC Cleared
6 102 (7.72%) Degree
7 87 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 81 (6.13%) CCIE
9 47 (3.56%) MCSE
10 46 (3.48%) CCSE
11 44 (3.33%) CISSP
12 38 (2.87%) CCSA
13 35 (2.65%) CCDP
14 30 (2.27%) CCIP
15 28 (2.12%) MCP
16 26 (1.97%) MCSA
17 25 (1.89%) DV Cleared
18 24 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
19 23 (1.74%) JNCIS
20 20 (1.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (6.13%) SLA
2 45 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (2.04%) PCI DSS
4 21 (1.59%) QA
5 17 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 9 (0.68%) COBIT
7 7 (0.53%) HIPAA
8 5 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 4 (0.30%) COSO
10 2 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.15%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.076%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 368 (27.84%) Active Directory
2 161 (12.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 101 (7.64%) vSphere
4 67 (5.07%) Hyper-V
5 66 (4.99%) XenApp
6 39 (2.95%) vCloud
7 30 (2.27%) ProxySG
8 25 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (1.82%) XenServer
10 23 (1.74%) XenDesktop
11 20 (1.51%) Docker
12 19 (1.44%) Snort
13 17 (1.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 17 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
14 15 (1.13%) VMware ESX
15 14 (1.06%) VirtualBox
16 12 (0.91%) MetaFrame
17 11 (0.83%) Terminal Server
18 10 (0.76%) Samba
18 10 (0.76%) Squid
Systems Management
1 82 (6.20%) SCCM
2 47 (3.56%) Puppet
3 41 (3.10%) Cisco CUCM
4 39 (2.95%) Opscode Chef
5 29 (2.19%) Nagios
6 28 (2.12%) Backup Exec
7 25 (1.89%) ZABBIX
8 21 (1.59%) Ansible
9 18 (1.36%) Salt
10 17 (1.29%) CA Spectrum
10 17 (1.29%) HAProxy
11 16 (1.21%) RANCID
12 15 (1.13%) logstash
12 15 (1.13%) FortiGate
13 14 (1.06%) Rundeck
13 14 (1.06%) Kibana
14 13 (0.98%) Cacti
15 12 (0.91%) SolarWinds Orion
15 12 (0.91%) AirWatch
16 11 (0.83%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 720 (54.46%) Cisco
2 341 (25.79%) Microsoft
3 307 (23.22%) Juniper
4 304 (23.00%) CheckPoint
5 285 (21.56%) VMware
6 210 (15.89%) Citrix
7 184 (13.92%) F5
8 113 (8.55%) HP
9 107 (8.09%) Blue Coat
10 92 (6.96%) SolarWinds
11 58 (4.39%) McAfee
12 52 (3.93%) Red Hat
13 48 (3.63%) NetApp
14 47 (3.56%) Aruba
15 44 (3.33%) Dell
16 43 (3.25%) Oracle
17 42 (3.18%) CA
17 42 (3.18%) Symantec
17 42 (3.18%) Infoblox
18 41 (3.10%) Nokia
Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £90 - £120 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 8 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £80 - 90 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Darlington, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £11.00 - £16.00 per hour + Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North East
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: £Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £160 - £180 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £100 - £110 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East Riding
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £160 - £180 per day
Posted: 4 days ago