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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 180 194 199
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +5
Contract jobs citing VPN 695 583 497
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.24% 1.07% 1.04%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.35% 8.06% 6.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 282 224
Average daily rate
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£350 £300 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £135 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £280 £301
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -6.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 58 65
Average hourly rate £18.85 £17.75 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.19% -22.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.35 £12.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £28.25 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.13 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+10.94% -31.50%

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
8325 7230 7275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.89% 13.25% 15.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4527 3851 3617
Average daily rate £350 £352 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.56% +0.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.54% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 391 580
Average hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.20 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.15 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 5 May 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 5 May 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 5 May 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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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 +16 647 £350 +9.37% 196
London +60 297 £350 - 60
South East -13 170 £398 +38.26% 54
Berkshire -16 62 £398 +75.69% 14
City of London +21 61 £406 +24.92% 19
North West -9 44 £313 +27.55% 28
Surrey +15 38 £375 +167.85% 20
East of England +20 37 £290 -6.45% 10
West Midlands +9 33 £325 -24.41% 13
Yorkshire -6 30 £293 +6.36% 8
Manchester +15 29 £300 +233.33% 17
Scotland -7 25 £265 +32.50% 6
South West +2 24 £360 -15.29% 17
Buckinghamshire +2 24 £425 +6.25% 5
Birmingham +16 23 £320 +33.33% 4
Hampshire -9 18 £425 +6.25% 9
Hertfordshire +11 16 £400 +33.33% 3
West Yorkshire -5 16 £368 +33.63% 4
Maidenhead +4 15 £398 +34.74% 1
Milton Keynes +4 13 £425 +6.25% 1
East Sussex -5 13 £323 +38.56% 1
East Midlands -10 13 £400 +150.00% 5
Cambridgeshire +12 12 £283 - 2
Bristol +9 12 £360 -15.29% 2
Bracknell +3 12 - - 1
Reading -16 11 - - 6
Leeds -17 11 £370 +34.54% 2
Oxfordshire -15 10 £348 +131.66%
North Yorkshire - 10 £293 - 3
Edinburgh -11 9 £158 +12.50% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 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.

1 817 (58.52%) Firewall
2 752 (53.87%) Cisco
3 594 (42.55%) Windows
4 514 (36.82%) LAN
5 499 (35.74%) WAN
6 423 (30.30%) Cisco Certification
7 386 (27.65%) Microsoft
8 372 (26.65%) Active Directory
9 345 (24.71%) MPLS
10 296 (21.20%) Juniper
11 290 (20.77%) VMware
12 287 (20.56%) DNS
13 286 (20.49%) Cisco ASA
14 276 (19.77%) CCNP
15 275 (19.70%) ITIL
16 270 (19.34%) BGP
17 268 (19.20%) OSPF
17 268 (19.20%) TCP/IP
18 264 (18.91%) CheckPoint
19 245 (17.55%) Linux
20 243 (17.41%) Wireless
21 238 (17.05%) Network Security
22 233 (16.69%) Citrix
23 211 (15.11%) CCNA
24 209 (14.97%) VLAN
25 208 (14.90%) SSL
26 204 (14.61%) Windows 7
27 192 (13.75%) IPsec
28 184 (13.18%) MS Office
29 182 (13.04%) Internet

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 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
1 155 (11.10%) MS Exchange
2 103 (7.38%) IIS
3 83 (5.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 73 (5.23%) SharePoint
5 70 (5.01%) Apache
6 69 (4.94%) Lync
7 50 (3.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 35 (2.51%) nginx
9 33 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2013
10 28 (2.01%) Exchange Server 2007
10 28 (2.01%) IBM Notes
11 23 (1.65%) Tomcat
12 20 (1.43%) Confluence
13 18 (1.29%) MediaWiki
14 16 (1.15%) Office Communications Server
15 12 (0.86%) WorkSite
16 11 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
16 11 (0.79%) Mule ESB
17 9 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
17 9 (0.64%) JBoss
Applications
1 184 (13.18%) MS Office
2 177 (12.68%) MS Excel
3 49 (3.51%) MS Visio
4 29 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.64%) MS Project
6 7 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.072%) Shockwave
8 1 (0.072%) Quicktime
8 1 (0.072%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 8 (0.57%) assyst
2 4 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.072%) TeleForm
4 1 (0.072%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.072%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 53 (3.80%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (3.08%) Office 365
3 39 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
4 23 (1.65%) IaaS
5 21 (1.50%) PaaS
6 20 (1.43%) AWS CloudFormation
7 19 (1.36%) SaaS
8 11 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
9 10 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 9 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
10 9 (0.64%) CloudFront
11 7 (0.50%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 7 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (0.43%) Google Apps
13 5 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (0.36%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.29%) Google Drive
15 3 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
16 2 (0.14%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 817 (58.52%) Firewall
2 514 (36.82%) LAN
3 499 (35.74%) WAN
4 345 (24.71%) MPLS
5 287 (20.56%) DNS
6 286 (20.49%) Cisco ASA
7 270 (19.34%) BGP
8 268 (19.20%) OSPF
8 268 (19.20%) TCP/IP
9 243 (17.41%) Wireless
10 238 (17.05%) Network Security
11 209 (14.97%) VLAN
12 208 (14.90%) SSL
13 192 (13.75%) IPsec
14 182 (13.04%) Internet
15 166 (11.89%) VoIP
16 152 (10.89%) DHCP
17 138 (9.89%) SAN
18 130 (9.31%) Ethernet
19 126 (9.03%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (8.67%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.66%) MySQL
3 42 (3.01%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (1.50%) NoSQL
5 20 (1.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 17 (1.22%) Big Data
8 15 (1.07%) MongoDB
9 14 (1.00%) Relational Database
10 12 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
11 11 (0.79%) Hadoop
12 10 (0.72%) Redis
13 7 (0.50%) SQLite
13 7 (0.50%) DB2
14 6 (0.43%) JasperReports
15 4 (0.29%) Oracle Database
16 3 (0.21%) Apache Cassandra
17 2 (0.14%) Apache Hive
17 2 (0.14%) DTS
17 2 (0.14%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 52 (3.72%) Git (software)
2 43 (3.08%) Jenkins
3 36 (2.58%) Subversion
4 23 (1.65%) JIRA
5 18 (1.29%) Hudson
6 11 (0.79%) Gerrit
6 11 (0.79%) Artifactory
6 11 (0.79%) SonarQube
7 9 (0.64%) Mercurial
7 9 (0.64%) MSI
8 8 (0.57%) Maven
9 7 (0.50%) Ant
9 7 (0.50%) Visual Studio
10 5 (0.36%) Oracle Forms
11 4 (0.29%) Selenium
11 4 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 4 (0.29%) JMeter
11 4 (0.29%) Gradle
12 3 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 162 (11.60%) Finance
2 140 (10.03%) Telecoms
3 54 (3.87%) Banking
4 26 (1.86%) Law
5 24 (1.72%) Investment Banking
6 20 (1.43%) Retail
7 15 (1.07%) Multimedia
8 14 (1.00%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.00%) Games
8 14 (1.00%) Financial Institution
9 11 (0.79%) Legal
9 11 (0.79%) Marketing
10 7 (0.50%) Local Government
10 7 (0.50%) Electronics
11 6 (0.43%) Back Office
11 6 (0.43%) Billing
11 6 (0.43%) Dutch Language
11 6 (0.43%) French Language
12 5 (0.36%) Japanese Language
12 5 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 355 (25.43%) Network Engineer
2 213 (15.26%) Analyst
3 157 (11.25%) Architect
4 98 (7.02%) Support Engineer
5 93 (6.66%) Security Engineer
6 75 (5.37%) Consultant
7 68 (4.87%) Service Desk Analyst
8 67 (4.80%) Service Analyst
8 67 (4.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 61 (4.37%) Network Security Engineer
10 53 (3.80%) Infrastructure Architect
11 51 (3.65%) Network Analyst
12 46 (3.30%) Support Analyst
12 46 (3.30%) IP Engineer
13 45 (3.22%) Network Support
14 38 (2.72%) Senior Network Engineer
15 37 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support
15 37 (2.65%) Desktop Support
16 36 (2.58%) Administrator
17 34 (2.44%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (5.66%) Web Services
2 42 (3.01%) HTML
3 39 (2.79%) XML
4 32 (2.29%) CSS
5 24 (1.72%) .NET
6 23 (1.65%) Ajax
7 22 (1.58%) SOAP
8 19 (1.36%) LAMP
9 18 (1.29%) COM
10 16 (1.15%) JSON
11 15 (1.07%) J2EE
12 13 (0.93%) HTML5
13 12 (0.86%) Middleware
14 10 (0.72%) RabbitMQ
15 9 (0.64%) FIX Protocol
15 9 (0.64%) .NET Framework
16 8 (0.57%) WCF
17 7 (0.50%) Regular Expression
17 7 (0.50%) .NET Compact Framework
18 6 (0.43%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 76 (5.44%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (5.23%) Blackberry
3 72 (5.16%) PKI
4 55 (3.94%) Management Information System
5 54 (3.87%) Video Conferencing
6 39 (2.79%) Clustering
7 35 (2.51%) iPhone
8 30 (2.15%) Replication
9 28 (2.01%) SecurID
10 27 (1.93%) Open Source
11 23 (1.65%) iPad
12 22 (1.58%) Client/Server
13 21 (1.50%) Wiki
14 20 (1.43%) Computer Science
15 19 (1.36%) CMDB
16 16 (1.15%) Public Cloud
16 16 (1.15%) Fat Client
16 16 (1.15%) Thin Client
17 15 (1.07%) NHS
18 13 (0.93%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 594 (42.55%) Windows
2 245 (17.55%) Linux
3 204 (14.61%) Windows 7
4 135 (9.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 121 (8.67%) Windows Server 2003
6 115 (8.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 102 (7.31%) UNIX
8 75 (5.37%) Windows XP
9 49 (3.51%) CentOS
10 47 (3.37%) Ubuntu
11 41 (2.94%) Windows 8
12 36 (2.58%) Android
13 35 (2.51%) Solaris
14 26 (1.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 24 (1.72%) Mac OS X
16 21 (1.50%) Apple iOS
17 18 (1.29%) Debian
18 14 (1.00%) Windows Vista
18 14 (1.00%) AIX
19 12 (0.86%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 275 (19.70%) ITIL
2 155 (11.10%) Load Balancing
3 110 (7.88%) Migration
4 86 (6.16%) Service Management
5 85 (6.09%) Network Management
6 81 (5.80%) Project Management
7 72 (5.16%) Network Design
8 59 (4.23%) Kalman Filter
9 58 (4.15%) Information Security
10 57 (4.08%) Service Delivery
10 57 (4.08%) Change Management
11 53 (3.80%) Agile Software Development
12 52 (3.72%) Incident Management
13 51 (3.65%) Configuration Management
13 51 (3.65%) DevOps
14 50 (3.58%) Disaster Recovery
15 42 (3.01%) E-Commerce
16 40 (2.87%) PRINCE2
17 38 (2.72%) Continuous Integration
18 37 (2.65%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 134 (9.60%) SQL
2 53 (3.80%) Perl
3 51 (3.65%) Python
4 45 (3.22%) Java
5 40 (2.87%) PowerShell
6 37 (2.65%) Bash Shell
6 37 (2.65%) JavaScript
7 36 (2.58%) Ruby
8 31 (2.22%) C
8 31 (2.22%) PHP
9 30 (2.15%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.07%) C#
11 14 (1.00%) C++
12 5 (0.36%) Objective-C
12 5 (0.36%) VBScript
13 4 (0.29%) ActionScript
13 4 (0.29%) ActionScript 2.0
14 3 (0.21%) VB
15 2 (0.14%) Tcl
15 2 (0.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 423 (30.30%) Cisco Certification
2 276 (19.77%) CCNP
3 211 (15.11%) CCNA
4 166 (11.89%) Security Cleared
5 131 (9.38%) SC Cleared
6 110 (7.88%) Degree
7 107 (7.66%) CCIE
8 84 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 65 (4.66%) CCIP
10 57 (4.08%) MCSE
11 55 (3.94%) CISSP
12 35 (2.51%) CCDP
13 33 (2.36%) DV Cleared
14 30 (2.15%) JNCIP
14 30 (2.15%) JNCIA
15 25 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (1.58%) CCSE
17 21 (1.50%) MCP
18 20 (1.43%) CCSA
19 19 (1.36%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (6.09%) SLA
2 55 (3.94%) PCI DSS
3 44 (3.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (1.07%) QA
6 11 (0.79%) Dodd-Frank
7 9 (0.64%) COBIT
8 5 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 4 (0.29%) COSO
10 1 (0.072%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.072%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 372 (26.65%) Active Directory
2 157 (11.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (7.38%) vSphere
4 70 (5.01%) Hyper-V
5 50 (3.58%) XenApp
6 43 (3.08%) vCloud
7 33 (2.36%) XenServer
8 27 (1.93%) XenDesktop
9 26 (1.86%) Firmware
10 23 (1.65%) VMware ESX
11 22 (1.58%) Samba
12 20 (1.43%) iptables
13 19 (1.36%) ProxySG
14 18 (1.29%) Postfix
14 18 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
15 17 (1.22%) Terminal Services
16 16 (1.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 14 (1.00%) Terminal Server
18 13 (0.93%) Snort
19 12 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 64 (4.58%) SCCM
2 51 (3.65%) Puppet
3 36 (2.58%) Opscode Chef
4 32 (2.29%) ZABBIX
5 27 (1.93%) FortiGate
6 25 (1.79%) Nagios
7 22 (1.58%) Ansible
8 21 (1.50%) RANCID
9 19 (1.36%) Salt
9 19 (1.36%) HP UCMDB
10 18 (1.29%) Backup Exec
11 17 (1.22%) Cisco CUCM
12 16 (1.15%) CA Spectrum
12 16 (1.15%) MIMEsweeper
13 14 (1.00%) SCOM
14 12 (0.86%) MAILsweeper
14 12 (0.86%) CiscoWorks
14 12 (0.86%) Cisco Prime
15 11 (0.79%) logstash
15 11 (0.79%) Kibana
Vendors
1 752 (53.87%) Cisco
2 386 (27.65%) Microsoft
3 296 (21.20%) Juniper
4 290 (20.77%) VMware
5 264 (18.91%) CheckPoint
6 233 (16.69%) Citrix
7 175 (12.54%) F5
8 128 (9.17%) HP
9 96 (6.88%) Blue Coat
10 85 (6.09%) McAfee
11 79 (5.66%) SolarWinds
12 57 (4.08%) CA
13 52 (3.72%) Oracle
14 51 (3.65%) NetApp
14 51 (3.65%) Red Hat
15 42 (3.01%) IBM
15 42 (3.01%) Infoblox
16 37 (2.65%) Apple
16 37 (2.65%) Nokia
17 34 (2.44%) Remedy
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 hours ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £20 - £25 Per Hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Addlestone, Surrey
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £13 - £16 Per Hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £13.50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £340 - £410 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Bracknell
Volt
Rate: £38.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Birmingham
iKonnect
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £340 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Cyclops Electronics Ltd
Rate: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
Maidenhead
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £370 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 13 days ago