The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 183 204 170
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -34
Contract jobs citing VPN 583 515 646
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.01% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.90% 7.43% 7.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 287 280 255
Average daily rate
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£350 £300 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £145 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £338
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -18.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 67 86
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.75 £16.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% +16.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.20 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.85 £44.30 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £21.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-20.75% +37.09%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7382 6928 8973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 13.59% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 3936 3573 3939
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 476 681
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.54 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.75 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.54% +2.00%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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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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 +16 535 £350 +16.66% 204
London +21 253 £368 +8.88% 86
South East +13 115 £300 - 44
City of London +25 63 £325 +4.41% 29
Berkshire +18 53 £300 +9.09% 14
East of England +15 51 £350 +27.27% 23
South West -15 37 £400 +81.81% 12
West Midlands -1 28 £306 +36.11% 11
Reading +11 27 £300 +114.28% 4
North West -13 26 £290 +26.77% 10
Surrey +12 24 £163 -29.34% 10
Hertfordshire +21 22 £260 -9.56% 7
Scotland -14 20 £125 -25.37% 5
Birmingham +14 17 £301 -0.41% 3
Bristol -15 17 £400 +33.33% 2
Suffolk - 17 £375 - 2
Hampshire -18 15 £310 -11.42% 11
Ipswich - 15 £375 - 1
Cheshire +6 14 £280 -18.84% 4
Aberdeen +9 11 £110 -63.33%
East Midlands -8 10 £500 +81.81% 5
West Sussex +5 9 £325 -26.55%
Southampton -3 9 £293 -17.60% 1
Bracknell +13 8 £400 - 1
Yorkshire -19 8 £305 +10.90% 12
Gloucestershire - 8 £289 - 1
Crawley +8 7 £220 -50.28%
Cambridgeshire +2 7 £265 +6.53% 4
Wales -15 7 £375 -42.30% 2
Cambridge +3 6 £193 -35.29% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 639 (53.97%) Firewall
2 572 (48.31%) Windows
3 529 (44.68%) Cisco
4 359 (30.32%) Active Directory
5 350 (29.56%) Microsoft
6 347 (29.31%) WAN
7 342 (28.89%) LAN
8 287 (24.24%) TCP/IP
9 276 (23.31%) Cisco Certification
10 253 (21.37%) DNS
11 249 (21.03%) Windows 7
12 243 (20.52%) VMware
13 219 (18.50%) ITIL
14 210 (17.74%) MPLS
15 208 (17.57%) Citrix
16 197 (16.64%) MS Office
17 196 (16.55%) Linux
18 190 (16.05%) Juniper
19 189 (15.96%) CheckPoint
20 182 (15.37%) CCNP
21 181 (15.29%) BGP
22 175 (14.78%) MS Exchange
23 172 (14.53%) MS Excel
23 172 (14.53%) Wireless
24 167 (14.10%) HP
25 163 (13.77%) IPsec
26 160 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
27 157 (13.26%) Finance
28 147 (12.42%) OSPF
29 146 (12.33%) Windows XP

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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
1 175 (14.78%) MS Exchange
2 67 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 57 (4.81%) SharePoint
4 52 (4.39%) Apache
5 49 (4.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 37 (3.13%) IIS
6 37 (3.13%) Lync
7 25 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2003
8 22 (1.86%) IBM Notes
9 21 (1.77%) WebLogic
9 21 (1.77%) WebSphere
10 19 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
11 17 (1.44%) nginx
12 14 (1.18%) Confluence
12 14 (1.18%) Tomcat
13 12 (1.01%) MediaWiki
14 8 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
14 8 (0.68%) Oracle Application Server
15 7 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.59%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 197 (16.64%) MS Office
2 172 (14.53%) MS Excel
3 24 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 20 (1.69%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.42%) Doxygen
5 5 (0.42%) MS Project
6 3 (0.25%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 3 (0.25%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.17%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.17%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.084%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.084%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.084%) SPSS
8 1 (0.084%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 13 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) Eikon
4 2 (0.17%) Khalix
5 1 (0.084%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.084%) assyst
5 1 (0.084%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.084%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.084%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.084%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.084%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.084%) SAP CCM
5 1 (0.084%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 46 (3.89%) Office 365
2 26 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (1.86%) Microsoft Azure
4 15 (1.27%) SaaS
5 8 (0.68%) PaaS
6 7 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.59%) IaaS
7 4 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
7 4 (0.34%) Joyent
7 4 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.17%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 639 (53.97%) Firewall
2 347 (29.31%) WAN
3 342 (28.89%) LAN
4 287 (24.24%) TCP/IP
5 253 (21.37%) DNS
6 210 (17.74%) MPLS
7 181 (15.29%) BGP
8 172 (14.53%) Wireless
9 163 (13.77%) IPsec
10 147 (12.42%) OSPF
11 146 (12.33%) Cisco ASA
12 135 (11.40%) DHCP
12 135 (11.40%) VoIP
13 131 (11.06%) Network Security
14 128 (10.81%) SSL
15 124 (10.47%) Internet
16 123 (10.39%) VLAN
17 115 (9.71%) SAN
18 77 (6.50%) Cisco Nexus
19 74 (6.25%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.55%) MySQL
3 18 (1.52%) NoSQL
4 16 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
4 16 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
5 15 (1.27%) Relational Database
6 10 (0.84%) Oracle Database
6 10 (0.84%) MS Access
7 9 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.34%) DB2
8 4 (0.34%) Big Data
9 3 (0.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 3 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
9 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.25%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.25%) Redis
10 2 (0.17%) MarkLogic
11 1 (0.084%) SQL Server 2012
11 1 (0.084%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 27 (2.28%) Git (software)
2 22 (1.86%) JIRA
3 20 (1.69%) Jenkins
4 15 (1.27%) Subversion
4 15 (1.27%) Hudson
5 5 (0.42%) Xcode
5 5 (0.42%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.25%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.17%) PhoneGap
8 2 (0.17%) Toad
8 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.084%) Ant
9 1 (0.084%) JUnit
9 1 (0.084%) Dreamweaver
9 1 (0.084%) MSI
9 1 (0.084%) JMeter
9 1 (0.084%) FrontPage
9 1 (0.084%) Firebug
General
1 157 (13.26%) Finance
2 101 (8.53%) Telecoms
3 41 (3.46%) Banking
4 40 (3.38%) Financial Institution
5 21 (1.77%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.44%) Marketing
7 15 (1.27%) Dutch Language
7 15 (1.27%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.01%) Back Office
9 11 (0.93%) Legal
10 9 (0.76%) Retail
11 8 (0.68%) Games
11 8 (0.68%) Law
11 8 (0.68%) French Language
12 7 (0.59%) Local Government
13 6 (0.51%) Front Office
14 5 (0.42%) Publishing
15 4 (0.34%) German Language
16 2 (0.17%) Billing
16 2 (0.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 231 (19.51%) Network Engineer
2 181 (15.29%) Analyst
3 92 (7.77%) Support Engineer
4 79 (6.67%) Consultant
5 75 (6.33%) Security Engineer
6 73 (6.17%) Architect
6 73 (6.17%) Support Analyst
7 66 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
8 58 (4.90%) Desktop Support
9 48 (4.05%) Service Analyst
10 46 (3.89%) Service Desk Analyst
11 45 (3.80%) Administrator
12 43 (3.63%) Cisco Engineer
13 41 (3.46%) Network Support
14 40 (3.38%) Network Security Engineer
15 38 (3.21%) Developer
16 35 (2.96%) Desktop Engineer
17 34 (2.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 34 (2.87%) Design Engineer
18 33 (2.79%) IP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (5.41%) Web Services
2 48 (4.05%) XML
3 32 (2.70%) LAMP
4 31 (2.62%) JSON
5 26 (2.20%) CSS
6 25 (2.11%) HTML
7 23 (1.94%) .NET
7 23 (1.94%) Middleware
8 19 (1.60%) XMPP
9 13 (1.10%) SOAP
10 12 (1.01%) Ajax
11 10 (0.84%) Application Packaging
12 9 (0.76%) COM
13 8 (0.68%) FIX Protocol
13 8 (0.68%) HTML5
14 6 (0.51%) RESTful
15 5 (0.42%) Regular Expression
16 3 (0.25%) RabbitMQ
16 3 (0.25%) ASP.NET
16 3 (0.25%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 134 (11.32%) Blackberry
2 49 (4.14%) iPad
3 43 (3.63%) Replication
4 40 (3.38%) iPhone
4 40 (3.38%) Hedge funds
5 34 (2.87%) Management Information System
6 33 (2.79%) PKI
7 31 (2.62%) Clustering
8 29 (2.45%) Video Conferencing
9 27 (2.28%) Open Source
10 26 (2.20%) Thin Client
10 26 (2.20%) Client/Server
10 26 (2.20%) Fat Client
11 18 (1.52%) Computer Science
12 13 (1.10%) CMDB
12 13 (1.10%) Statistics
12 13 (1.10%) Wiki
13 11 (0.93%) Mobile App
14 10 (0.84%) SecurID
14 10 (0.84%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 572 (48.31%) Windows
2 249 (21.03%) Windows 7
3 196 (16.55%) Linux
4 146 (12.33%) Windows XP
5 130 (10.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 107 (9.04%) UNIX
7 88 (7.43%) Windows Server 2003
8 61 (5.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 38 (3.21%) Solaris
10 37 (3.13%) Apple iOS
11 36 (3.04%) Windows 8
12 35 (2.96%) Android
13 28 (2.36%) Ubuntu
14 25 (2.11%) Debian
15 24 (2.03%) Windows Vista
16 21 (1.77%) Mac OS X
16 21 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 19 (1.60%) Windows 2000
18 18 (1.52%) AIX
19 17 (1.44%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (18.50%) ITIL
2 95 (8.02%) Load Balancing
3 71 (6.00%) Migration
4 68 (5.74%) Project Management
5 67 (5.66%) Network Management
6 65 (5.49%) Disaster Recovery
7 63 (5.32%) Service Management
7 63 (5.32%) Network Design
8 52 (4.39%) DevOps
9 48 (4.05%) Incident Management
9 48 (4.05%) Capacity Planning
10 46 (3.89%) Change Management
11 42 (3.55%) ITSM
11 42 (3.55%) Network Monitoring
12 39 (3.29%) Network Architecture
13 33 (2.79%) Continuous Integration
13 33 (2.79%) Service Delivery
13 33 (2.79%) Configuration Management
14 32 (2.70%) PRINCE2
15 30 (2.53%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 142 (11.99%) SQL
2 67 (5.66%) Java
3 62 (5.24%) PowerShell
4 48 (4.05%) Perl
5 37 (3.13%) C
6 36 (3.04%) Bash Shell
7 32 (2.70%) Shell Script
8 31 (2.62%) Ruby
9 28 (2.36%) PHP
10 26 (2.20%) JavaScript
10 26 (2.20%) VB
11 12 (1.01%) VBScript
12 11 (0.93%) VBA
13 8 (0.68%) Python
14 7 (0.59%) C++
14 7 (0.59%) Objective-C
15 4 (0.34%) C#
16 2 (0.17%) Tcl
17 1 (0.084%) Lisp
17 1 (0.084%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 276 (23.31%) Cisco Certification
2 182 (15.37%) CCNP
3 123 (10.39%) Security Cleared
4 103 (8.70%) CCNA
5 102 (8.61%) SC Cleared
6 75 (6.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 74 (6.25%) Degree
8 67 (5.66%) CCIE
9 48 (4.05%) MCSE
10 47 (3.97%) ITIL Certification
11 42 (3.55%) CISSP
12 30 (2.53%) CCSP
13 24 (2.03%) CCDP
14 23 (1.94%) MCP
15 20 (1.69%) Check Point Certification
16 19 (1.60%) CCSE
17 18 (1.52%) MCITP
17 18 (1.52%) MCSA
18 12 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 11 (0.93%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (5.32%) SLA
2 30 (2.53%) PCI DSS
3 13 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 9 (0.76%) QA
4 9 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.51%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.25%) COBIT
7 1 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.084%) TickIT
System Software
1 359 (30.32%) Active Directory
2 160 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (5.32%) vSphere
4 61 (5.15%) Hyper-V
5 38 (3.21%) XenApp
6 31 (2.62%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (2.36%) VMware ESX
8 24 (2.03%) XenServer
9 23 (1.94%) Terminal Services
9 23 (1.94%) NFS
10 21 (1.77%) KVM
11 20 (1.69%) XenDesktop
12 19 (1.60%) Postfix
13 18 (1.52%) Samba
14 15 (1.27%) Xen
14 15 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
15 13 (1.10%) ProxySG
15 13 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
16 12 (1.01%) Snort
16 12 (1.01%) UAG
Systems Management
1 58 (4.90%) SCCM
2 51 (4.31%) Puppet
3 35 (2.96%) Backup Exec
4 32 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
5 27 (2.28%) Cisco CUCM
6 26 (2.20%) McAfee ePO
7 22 (1.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 21 (1.77%) FortiGate
9 18 (1.52%) WSUS
10 17 (1.44%) OPNET
11 16 (1.35%) SCOM
11 16 (1.35%) ZABBIX
12 14 (1.18%) OpenView
13 12 (1.01%) Norton AntiVirus
13 12 (1.01%) HP Quality Center
14 11 (0.93%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
15 10 (0.84%) OVSD
15 10 (0.84%) DameWare
15 10 (0.84%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 529 (44.68%) Cisco
2 350 (29.56%) Microsoft
3 243 (20.52%) VMware
4 208 (17.57%) Citrix
5 190 (16.05%) Juniper
6 189 (15.96%) CheckPoint
7 167 (14.10%) HP
8 122 (10.30%) F5
9 73 (6.17%) Oracle
10 66 (5.57%) Blue Coat
11 62 (5.24%) Symantec
12 55 (4.65%) Apple
13 54 (4.56%) Red Hat
13 54 (4.56%) McAfee
14 50 (4.22%) IBM
15 43 (3.63%) Nokia
16 42 (3.55%) SolarWinds
17 35 (2.96%) Dell
18 31 (2.62%) Remedy
19 30 (2.53%) EMC
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Nicoll Curtin
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Arrows Group
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £288 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LEXSTRA
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Incisive Ltd
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £400 - £500
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £240 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Devon
Edge Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £12.00 - £16.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago