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 6 May 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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 209 185 210
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +25
Contract jobs citing VPN 661 695 583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.19% 1.24% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.68% 8.27% 7.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 375 282
Median daily rate £375 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £280
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 48 58
Median hourly rate £18.75 £18.85 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.53% +6.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.60 £50.50 £28.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £17.13
% change year-on-year
-13.15% +10.94%

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
8602 8400 7333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.48% 15.01% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5229 4565 3897
Median daily rate £390 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £345 £328
% change year-on-year
+7.24% +5.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 363 474 402
Median hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £47.50 £40.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £28.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+23.21% +40.00%

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 6 May 2016.

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 6 May 2016.

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 6 May 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
England -19 618 £375 +7.14% 186
London -42 251 £400 +14.28% 71
South East -10 172 £385 -3.14% 42
Berkshire +2 65 £375 -5.66% 18
South West +40 64 £363 +0.69% 13
Reading +26 37 £375 - 8
City of London +20 37 £388 -4.55% 17
Hampshire +26 35 £413 -2.94% 6
West Midlands -10 34 £344 +5.76% 21
Surrey -12 30 £385 +2.66% 5
Wiltshire +26 28 £363 -23.68% 1
East of England -5 24 £356 +22.84% 9
Swindon +24 23 £363 -23.68%
Yorkshire -4 23 £345 +17.94% 13
North West -33 23 £400 +28.00% 10
Buckinghamshire +11 22 £440 +3.52% 8
West Yorkshire +3 21 £350 -4.76% 7
Leeds -1 20 £350 -5.40% 6
East Midlands +14 19 £381 -4.68% 5
Scotland -14 19 £310 +16.98% 3
Milton Keynes +8 17 £440 +3.52% 1
Solihull +3 15 £375 - 3
North East -24 13 £280 -41.05% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 13 £280 - 1
Tyne and Wear -29 13 £280 - 2
Wales +19 12 £350 - 4
Birmingham -13 12 £338 +5.46% 4
Harrow - 12 £420 -
Basingstoke -2 11 £363 -9.37%
Bristol -3 11 £368 +2.08% 5

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 619 (48.82%) Cisco
2 617 (48.66%) Firewall
3 482 (38.01%) Windows
4 468 (36.91%) WAN
5 445 (35.09%) LAN
6 364 (28.71%) Microsoft
7 340 (26.81%) Cisco Certification
8 311 (24.53%) Active Directory
9 300 (23.66%) DNS
10 280 (22.08%) TCP/IP
11 257 (20.27%) BGP
12 256 (20.19%) Linux
13 242 (19.09%) MPLS
14 236 (18.61%) Juniper
15 235 (18.53%) ITIL
16 225 (17.74%) CCNP
17 206 (16.25%) Network Security
18 204 (16.09%) CheckPoint
19 202 (15.93%) Finance
20 201 (15.85%) VMware
21 200 (15.77%) OSPF
22 199 (15.69%) Security Cleared
23 197 (15.54%) DHCP
24 189 (14.91%) Wireless
25 180 (14.20%) IPsec
26 177 (13.96%) Windows Server
27 172 (13.56%) Cisco ASA
28 166 (13.09%) Citrix
29 165 (13.01%) SSL
30 163 (12.85%) SC Cleared

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
1 106 (8.36%) MS Exchange
2 58 (4.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 49 (3.86%) Skype for Business
4 47 (3.71%) SharePoint
5 45 (3.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 42 (3.31%) IBM Notes
7 39 (3.08%) IIS
8 28 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2003
9 26 (2.05%) Apache
10 22 (1.74%) Confluence
11 17 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (1.26%) Tomcat
13 13 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
13 13 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.95%) nginx
15 10 (0.79%) JBoss
15 10 (0.79%) OpenStack
16 9 (0.71%) MQSeries
17 8 (0.63%) IBM Domino
18 7 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 158 (12.46%) MS Office
2 144 (11.36%) MS Excel
3 30 (2.37%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.34%) Acrobat
5 14 (1.10%) MS Project
6 11 (0.87%) ProjectWise
7 8 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
8 5 (0.39%) SmartSuite
9 4 (0.32%) HipChat
9 4 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 11 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.47%) assyst
3 5 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.079%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.079%) Eikon
4 1 (0.079%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.079%) SDL Web 8
4 1 (0.079%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 81 (6.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (4.81%) Amazon AWS
3 54 (4.26%) Office 365
4 47 (3.71%) IaaS
5 28 (2.21%) PaaS
6 23 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
7 22 (1.74%) SaaS
8 7 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (0.39%) GitHub
9 5 (0.39%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.32%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.24%) Google Apps
11 3 (0.24%) Route 53
11 3 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.16%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.16%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 617 (48.66%) Firewall
2 468 (36.91%) WAN
3 445 (35.09%) LAN
4 300 (23.66%) DNS
5 280 (22.08%) TCP/IP
6 257 (20.27%) BGP
7 242 (19.09%) MPLS
8 206 (16.25%) Network Security
9 200 (15.77%) OSPF
10 197 (15.54%) DHCP
11 189 (14.91%) Wireless
12 180 (14.20%) IPsec
13 172 (13.56%) Cisco ASA
14 165 (13.01%) SSL
15 130 (10.25%) Internet
16 123 (9.70%) VLAN
17 115 (9.07%) Cisco Nexus
18 111 (8.75%) VoIP
19 94 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
20 93 (7.33%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 41 (3.23%) MySQL
3 17 (1.34%) MongoDB
4 15 (1.18%) Relational Database
4 15 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (0.79%) NoSQL
5 10 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (0.79%) Redis
6 9 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 9 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (0.63%) Oracle Database
8 7 (0.55%) DB2
9 6 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.32%) GIS
11 3 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.24%) BusinessObjects
11 3 (0.24%) Informix
11 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2005
12 2 (0.16%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 37 (2.92%) Git (software)
2 25 (1.97%) JIRA
3 19 (1.50%) Jenkins
4 11 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 11 (0.87%) LoadRunner
4 11 (0.87%) Octopus Deploy
5 10 (0.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 9 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
7 7 (0.55%) Subversion
8 6 (0.47%) Artifactory
8 6 (0.47%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.39%) Gerrit
9 5 (0.39%) Hudson
9 5 (0.39%) Mercurial
10 4 (0.32%) Metasploit
11 3 (0.24%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.16%) Maven
12 2 (0.16%) Robot Framework
12 2 (0.16%) Selenium
12 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 202 (15.93%) Finance
2 100 (7.89%) Telecoms
3 47 (3.71%) Banking
4 38 (3.00%) Legal
5 35 (2.76%) Law
6 29 (2.29%) Retail
7 25 (1.97%) Marketing
8 14 (1.10%) French Language
8 14 (1.10%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.03%) Back Office
9 13 (1.03%) Electronics
10 12 (0.95%) Billing
10 12 (0.95%) Games
11 11 (0.87%) German Language
12 10 (0.79%) Spanish Language
13 9 (0.71%) Investment Banking
13 9 (0.71%) Publishing
14 8 (0.63%) Military
15 7 (0.55%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.55%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 307 (24.21%) Network Engineer
2 197 (15.54%) Analyst
3 112 (8.83%) Support Engineer
4 106 (8.36%) Architect
5 89 (7.02%) Cisco Engineer
6 77 (6.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 73 (5.76%) Consultant
8 70 (5.52%) Designer
8 70 (5.52%) Support Analyst
9 62 (4.89%) Security Engineer
10 61 (4.81%) Network Analyst
11 59 (4.65%) Senior Network Engineer
12 58 (4.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 58 (4.57%) Network Designer
13 50 (3.94%) Service Analyst
14 48 (3.79%) IT Support
14 48 (3.79%) Network Security Engineer
15 44 (3.47%) Administrator
16 41 (3.23%) Project Manager
17 40 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (3.86%) Web Services
2 47 (3.71%) .NET
3 37 (2.92%) Middleware
4 36 (2.84%) CSS
4 36 (2.84%) XML
5 29 (2.29%) 802.1X
6 21 (1.66%) SOAP
7 15 (1.18%) REST
8 14 (1.10%) J2EE
9 13 (1.03%) LAMP
10 11 (0.87%) HTML
11 9 (0.71%) ADO.NET
12 8 (0.63%) LAPP Stack
12 8 (0.63%) LEMP Stack
12 8 (0.63%) RabbitMQ
13 7 (0.55%) COM
14 6 (0.47%) Ajax
14 6 (0.47%) SAML
15 5 (0.39%) FIX Protocol
16 4 (0.32%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 162 (12.78%) Data Centre
2 66 (5.21%) Blackberry
2 66 (5.21%) Management Information System
3 64 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (4.18%) PKI
5 51 (4.02%) Computer Science
6 33 (2.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 33 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
7 27 (2.13%) Public Cloud
8 18 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
8 18 (1.42%) RSA SecurID
9 17 (1.34%) iPad
10 16 (1.26%) Algorithms
10 16 (1.26%) Handset
10 16 (1.26%) Mobile App
11 15 (1.18%) HACMP
12 14 (1.10%) Clustering
13 13 (1.03%) iSeries
14 12 (0.95%) BYOD
14 12 (0.95%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 482 (38.01%) Windows
2 256 (20.19%) Linux
3 177 (13.96%) Windows Server
4 148 (11.67%) Windows 7
5 123 (9.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 118 (9.31%) Unix
7 92 (7.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 71 (5.60%) Windows Server 2003
9 65 (5.13%) Windows XP
10 56 (4.42%) Apple iOS
11 47 (3.71%) Windows 8
12 41 (3.23%) Android
12 41 (3.23%) Ubuntu
13 40 (3.15%) Solaris
14 39 (3.08%) CentOS
14 39 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 35 (2.76%) Windows 10
16 26 (2.05%) Mac OS X
17 25 (1.97%) AIX
18 15 (1.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 235 (18.53%) ITIL
2 131 (10.33%) Load Balancing
3 123 (9.70%) Migration
4 95 (7.49%) Service Management
5 83 (6.55%) High Availability
5 83 (6.55%) Network Design
6 76 (5.99%) Project Management
7 69 (5.44%) Network Monitoring
8 67 (5.28%) Configuration Management
9 63 (4.97%) Agile Software Development
10 62 (4.89%) Information Security
11 59 (4.65%) Network Management
12 57 (4.50%) DevOps
13 53 (4.18%) PRINCE2
14 50 (3.94%) Change Management
15 46 (3.63%) Disaster Recovery
16 45 (3.55%) ITSM
17 42 (3.31%) Incident Management
17 42 (3.31%) Service Delivery
18 40 (3.15%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 92 (7.26%) SQL
2 71 (5.60%) PowerShell
3 58 (4.57%) Python
4 54 (4.26%) Perl
5 43 (3.39%) Java
6 37 (2.92%) Bash Shell
7 36 (2.84%) VBScript
8 34 (2.68%) C
9 21 (1.66%) C++
10 20 (1.58%) C#
11 18 (1.42%) Shell Script
12 17 (1.34%) Ruby
13 14 (1.10%) JavaScript
13 14 (1.10%) PHP
14 12 (0.95%) VB
15 11 (0.87%) Tcl
16 10 (0.79%) Lisp
17 6 (0.47%) VBA
18 5 (0.39%) Korn
19 3 (0.24%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 340 (26.81%) Cisco Certification
2 225 (17.74%) CCNP
3 199 (15.69%) Security Cleared
4 163 (12.85%) SC Cleared
5 137 (10.80%) CCNA
6 106 (8.36%) Degree
7 90 (7.10%) Microsoft Certification
8 67 (5.28%) DV Cleared
9 66 (5.21%) CCIE
10 56 (4.42%) CISSP
11 47 (3.71%) MCSE
12 41 (3.23%) CCDP
13 36 (2.84%) JNCIA
14 35 (2.76%) JNCIP
14 35 (2.76%) JNCIS
15 31 (2.44%) MCP
16 27 (2.13%) CCSE
16 27 (2.13%) MCSA
17 22 (1.74%) CISM
18 21 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.57%) SLA
2 34 (2.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.97%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
5 13 (1.03%) RMADS
6 9 (0.71%) COBIT
7 7 (0.55%) QA
8 5 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.39%) JSP 440
9 4 (0.32%) COSO
9 4 (0.32%) PMBOK
9 4 (0.32%) SAS 70
10 3 (0.24%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.24%) ISO15022
10 3 (0.24%) ISO20022
11 1 (0.079%) FISMA
11 1 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 17799
11 1 (0.079%) ISO27002
11 1 (0.079%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 311 (24.53%) Active Directory
2 126 (9.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (4.02%) Hyper-V
4 38 (3.00%) XenDesktop
5 31 (2.44%) vSphere
6 28 (2.21%) XenApp
7 27 (2.13%) VMware ESX
8 24 (1.89%) Docker
8 24 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
9 18 (1.42%) vCloud
10 17 (1.34%) Samba
11 15 (1.18%) GPFS
12 14 (1.10%) BitLocker
13 10 (0.79%) Snort
14 8 (0.63%) Firmware
14 8 (0.63%) ISA Server
14 8 (0.63%) UAG
14 8 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 7 (0.55%) iptables
15 7 (0.55%) NFS
Systems Management
1 60 (4.73%) Puppet
2 54 (4.26%) SCCM
3 30 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (1.74%) Cisco CUCM
5 21 (1.66%) FortiGate
5 21 (1.66%) SCOM
6 20 (1.58%) Nagios
7 19 (1.50%) WSUS
8 18 (1.42%) AirWatch
8 18 (1.42%) Ansible
8 18 (1.42%) DameWare
9 15 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 14 (1.10%) CiscoWorks
10 14 (1.10%) Windows Intune
10 14 (1.10%) ZABBIX
11 12 (0.95%) Backup Exec
12 11 (0.87%) Salt
13 10 (0.79%) vMotion
14 9 (0.71%) OpenView
15 8 (0.63%) Nessus
Vendors
1 619 (48.82%) Cisco
2 364 (28.71%) Microsoft
3 236 (18.61%) Juniper
4 204 (16.09%) CheckPoint
5 201 (15.85%) VMware
6 166 (13.09%) Citrix
7 146 (11.51%) F5
8 92 (7.26%) HP
8 92 (7.26%) Red Hat
9 87 (6.86%) Palo Alto
10 64 (5.05%) IBM
11 60 (4.73%) Oracle
12 50 (3.94%) SolarWinds
13 47 (3.71%) Blue Coat
14 41 (3.23%) Lotus
15 40 (3.15%) Fortinet
16 32 (2.52%) Aruba
17 31 (2.44%) Dell
18 30 (2.37%) Nokia
19 27 (2.13%) NetApp
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