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 27 August 2014 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 186 198 184
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -14
Contract jobs citing VPN 639 564 647
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.15% 1.06% 1.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.90% 7.82% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 307 265
Average daily rate
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£350 £313 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £155 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £451 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £275 £338
% change year-on-year
+25.45% -18.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 61 87
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £13.00 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £37.50 £29.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.25 £16.92 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+13.77% +7.42%

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
8084 7210 9059
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.54% 13.51% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4373 3882 4077
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 418 712
Average hourly rate £21.75 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-4.25% -6.00%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +9 592 £350 +9.80% 160
London +17 277 £375 +15.38% 70
South East -3 124 £325 -3.70% 28
City of London +28 80 £381 +17.30% 24
East of England +19 69 £350 +27.27% 19
Berkshire +21 61 £400 +6.66% 5
South West +3 47 £388 +55.00% 17
Hertfordshire +6 25 £173 -37.27% 5
Reading +11 23 £356 +29.54% 2
Surrey -1 22 £350 +52.17% 12
West Midlands -1 22 £335 +4.68% 10
North West -14 22 £320 +42.22% 8
Suffolk +9 19 £375 +42.85% 3
Scotland -25 18 £251 +26.83% 4
Ipswich - 17 £375 - 2
Cambridgeshire +11 15 £345 - 2
Gloucestershire - 15 £263 -
Birmingham +4 14 £320 +21.90% 3
Bristol -9 14 £400 - 8
Hampshire -8 13 £310 -23.45% 7
Yorkshire -8 13 £281 -13.46% 5
Cambridge +3 12 £138 - 1
Wiltshire -5 11 - - 3
Aberdeen +7 10 £110 -66.91%
Kent -7 10 £248 -23.84% 1
East Midlands -7 10 £425 +65.04% 2
Manchester -8 10 £375 +163.15% 3
Cheshire +1 9 £290 -32.16% 4
Wales -9 9 £375 -42.30% 3
Bracknell +8 8 £400 -3.03%

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 702 (57.45%) Firewall
2 577 (47.22%) Cisco
3 572 (46.81%) Windows
4 368 (30.11%) Active Directory
5 363 (29.71%) LAN
5 363 (29.71%) WAN
6 344 (28.15%) Microsoft
7 308 (25.20%) Cisco Certification
8 299 (24.47%) TCP/IP
9 275 (22.50%) DNS
10 250 (20.46%) VMware
11 241 (19.72%) Juniper
12 236 (19.31%) ITIL
13 233 (19.07%) Windows 7
14 223 (18.25%) CheckPoint
15 220 (18.00%) MPLS
16 205 (16.78%) Linux
17 199 (16.28%) Citrix
18 198 (16.20%) BGP
19 196 (16.04%) MS Office
20 186 (15.22%) CCNP
21 184 (15.06%) IPsec
22 179 (14.65%) Wireless
23 171 (13.99%) MS Excel
24 168 (13.75%) MS Exchange
25 166 (13.58%) HP
25 166 (13.58%) Finance
26 164 (13.42%) OSPF
27 162 (13.26%) VMware Infrastructure
27 162 (13.26%) Cisco ASA

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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
1 168 (13.75%) MS Exchange
2 71 (5.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 63 (5.16%) Apache
4 59 (4.83%) SharePoint
5 49 (4.01%) IIS
6 44 (3.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 41 (3.36%) Lync
8 26 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
9 21 (1.72%) WebSphere
10 20 (1.64%) WebLogic
10 20 (1.64%) nginx
11 18 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
11 18 (1.47%) IBM Notes
11 18 (1.47%) Tomcat
12 16 (1.31%) Confluence
13 14 (1.15%) MediaWiki
14 8 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.57%) Oracle Application Server
15 7 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
16 6 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 196 (16.04%) MS Office
2 171 (13.99%) MS Excel
3 31 (2.54%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.57%) Doxygen
6 5 (0.41%) MS Project
7 3 (0.25%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.25%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 3 (0.25%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.16%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.082%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.082%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.082%) SPSS
9 1 (0.082%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 7 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.082%) Khalix
4 1 (0.082%) assyst
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 47 (3.85%) Office 365
2 29 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (2.29%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (0.65%) IaaS
4 8 (0.65%) PaaS
5 7 (0.57%) SaaS
6 5 (0.41%) IBM SmartCloud
7 4 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (0.33%) Joyent
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 702 (57.45%) Firewall
2 363 (29.71%) LAN
2 363 (29.71%) WAN
3 299 (24.47%) TCP/IP
4 275 (22.50%) DNS
5 220 (18.00%) MPLS
6 198 (16.20%) BGP
7 184 (15.06%) IPsec
8 179 (14.65%) Wireless
9 164 (13.42%) OSPF
10 162 (13.26%) Cisco ASA
11 157 (12.85%) Network Security
12 153 (12.52%) VLAN
13 152 (12.44%) DHCP
14 144 (11.78%) SSL
15 138 (11.29%) Internet
16 135 (11.05%) VoIP
17 131 (10.72%) SAN
18 97 (7.94%) Cisco Nexus
19 81 (6.63%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (7.94%) SQL Server
2 48 (3.93%) MySQL
3 20 (1.64%) NoSQL
4 19 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (1.39%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (0.90%) DB2
8 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
8 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.49%) MS Access
10 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (0.41%) Big Data
11 4 (0.33%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.33%) Redis
12 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.25%) MarkLogic
12 3 (0.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
13 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (0.082%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 30 (2.45%) Git (software)
2 27 (2.21%) JIRA
3 25 (2.05%) Jenkins
4 19 (1.55%) Subversion
5 17 (1.39%) Hudson
6 7 (0.57%) Xcode
7 5 (0.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 5 (0.41%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.25%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.16%) Selenium
9 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.16%) Toad
10 1 (0.082%) Dreamweaver
10 1 (0.082%) MSI
10 1 (0.082%) JMeter
10 1 (0.082%) FrontPage
10 1 (0.082%) Ant
10 1 (0.082%) JUnit
10 1 (0.082%) Visual Studio
General
1 166 (13.58%) Finance
2 112 (9.17%) Telecoms
3 47 (3.85%) Banking
4 32 (2.62%) Financial Institution
5 19 (1.55%) Manufacturing
5 19 (1.55%) Marketing
6 16 (1.31%) Investment Banking
7 12 (0.98%) Legal
8 11 (0.90%) Local Government
8 11 (0.90%) Dutch Language
9 10 (0.82%) Retail
10 8 (0.65%) Back Office
11 7 (0.57%) Law
11 7 (0.57%) Games
12 6 (0.49%) Front Office
12 6 (0.49%) French Language
12 6 (0.49%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.33%) Publishing
14 3 (0.25%) Advertising
15 2 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 244 (19.97%) Network Engineer
2 160 (13.09%) Analyst
3 89 (7.28%) Security Engineer
4 82 (6.71%) Architect
4 82 (6.71%) Support Engineer
5 71 (5.81%) Consultant
6 63 (5.16%) 2nd Line Support
7 62 (5.07%) Support Analyst
8 48 (3.93%) Cisco Engineer
9 47 (3.85%) Administrator
9 47 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
9 47 (3.85%) Desktop Support
9 47 (3.85%) IP Engineer
10 46 (3.76%) Developer
11 45 (3.68%) Service Analyst
12 44 (3.60%) Network Support
13 42 (3.44%) Service Desk Analyst
14 41 (3.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 40 (3.27%) Design Engineer
16 33 (2.70%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (4.91%) Web Services
2 45 (3.68%) XML
3 35 (2.86%) LAMP
4 34 (2.78%) JSON
5 24 (1.96%) Middleware
5 24 (1.96%) .NET
6 20 (1.64%) CSS
6 20 (1.64%) HTML
7 19 (1.55%) XMPP
8 12 (0.98%) FIX Protocol
9 10 (0.82%) Application Packaging
9 10 (0.82%) Regular Expression
10 9 (0.74%) HTML5
11 7 (0.57%) RESTful
12 5 (0.41%) SOAP
13 4 (0.33%) Ajax
13 4 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
14 3 (0.25%) ASP.NET
14 3 (0.25%) COM
14 3 (0.25%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 137 (11.21%) Blackberry
2 55 (4.50%) iPad
3 43 (3.52%) iPhone
4 42 (3.44%) Replication
5 37 (3.03%) PKI
6 36 (2.95%) Hedge funds
7 35 (2.86%) Clustering
8 31 (2.54%) Management Information System
9 30 (2.45%) Video Conferencing
10 28 (2.29%) Client/Server
11 27 (2.21%) Open Source
12 22 (1.80%) Computer Science
13 20 (1.64%) Fat Client
13 20 (1.64%) Thin Client
14 16 (1.31%) Wiki
15 13 (1.06%) Firmware
15 13 (1.06%) CESG
16 12 (0.98%) PDA
17 11 (0.90%) SecurID
18 10 (0.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 572 (46.81%) Windows
2 233 (19.07%) Windows 7
3 205 (16.78%) Linux
4 138 (11.29%) Windows XP
5 132 (10.80%) Windows Server 2008
6 102 (8.35%) UNIX
7 90 (7.36%) Windows Server 2003
8 69 (5.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 36 (2.95%) Apple iOS
9 36 (2.95%) Solaris
10 35 (2.86%) Android
11 33 (2.70%) Windows 8
12 31 (2.54%) Ubuntu
13 27 (2.21%) Debian
13 27 (2.21%) AIX
14 21 (1.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 20 (1.64%) CentOS
15 20 (1.64%) Mac OS X
16 19 (1.55%) Windows Vista
17 13 (1.06%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (19.31%) ITIL
2 126 (10.31%) Load Balancing
3 77 (6.30%) Migration
4 73 (5.97%) Network Management
5 68 (5.56%) Project Management
6 67 (5.48%) Service Management
6 67 (5.48%) Disaster Recovery
7 58 (4.75%) DevOps
8 55 (4.50%) Capacity Planning
9 54 (4.42%) Change Management
10 53 (4.34%) Network Design
11 49 (4.01%) Network Architecture
12 41 (3.36%) Kalman Filter
13 37 (3.03%) Network Monitoring
14 36 (2.95%) Continuous Integration
14 36 (2.95%) Incident Management
14 36 (2.95%) ITSM
15 34 (2.78%) Mobile Device Management
16 32 (2.62%) Configuration Management
16 32 (2.62%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 142 (11.62%) SQL
2 72 (5.89%) Java
3 65 (5.32%) PowerShell
4 54 (4.42%) Perl
5 40 (3.27%) Bash Shell
6 35 (2.86%) Ruby
7 31 (2.54%) Shell Script
8 30 (2.45%) PHP
9 28 (2.29%) C
10 21 (1.72%) JavaScript
11 20 (1.64%) VB
12 13 (1.06%) Objective-C
13 11 (0.90%) VBA
14 10 (0.82%) VBScript
15 9 (0.74%) Python
16 7 (0.57%) C++
17 3 (0.25%) R
18 2 (0.16%) Tcl
18 2 (0.16%) C#
19 1 (0.082%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 308 (25.20%) Cisco Certification
2 186 (15.22%) CCNP
3 121 (9.90%) Security Cleared
4 115 (9.41%) CCNA
5 102 (8.35%) SC Cleared
6 85 (6.96%) CCIE
7 65 (5.32%) Microsoft Certification
8 62 (5.07%) Degree
9 50 (4.09%) ITIL Certification
10 43 (3.52%) MCSE
11 41 (3.36%) CISSP
12 35 (2.86%) CCSP
13 27 (2.21%) Check Point Certification
14 25 (2.05%) CCDP
14 25 (2.05%) CCSE
15 19 (1.55%) MCP
16 16 (1.31%) MCSA
17 14 (1.15%) MCITP
18 13 (1.06%) MCTS
18 13 (1.06%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (4.66%) SLA
2 33 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 20 (1.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 11 (0.90%) QA
5 8 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.082%) TickIT
7 1 (0.082%) COBIT
7 1 (0.082%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 368 (30.11%) Active Directory
2 162 (13.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (5.89%) vSphere
4 65 (5.32%) Hyper-V
5 37 (3.03%) XenApp
6 36 (2.95%) VMware ESXi
7 29 (2.37%) XenServer
8 27 (2.21%) VMware ESX
9 26 (2.13%) NFS
10 25 (2.05%) ProxySG
11 24 (1.96%) Terminal Services
12 22 (1.80%) KVM
13 21 (1.72%) Postfix
14 19 (1.55%) Samba
15 17 (1.39%) Xen
16 16 (1.31%) Snort
17 15 (1.23%) XenDesktop
18 13 (1.06%) Oracle RAC
19 12 (0.98%) ISA Server
20 11 (0.90%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 61 (4.99%) SCCM
2 57 (4.66%) Puppet
3 38 (3.11%) Opscode Chef
4 37 (3.03%) Backup Exec
5 28 (2.29%) Cisco CUCM
6 27 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
7 24 (1.96%) FortiGate
8 20 (1.64%) WSUS
8 20 (1.64%) OpenView
9 19 (1.55%) SCOM
9 19 (1.55%) ZABBIX
10 17 (1.39%) Norton AntiVirus
11 13 (1.06%) OVSD
11 13 (1.06%) Salt
12 12 (0.98%) EMC NetWorker
13 11 (0.90%) NetBackup
14 10 (0.82%) DameWare
14 10 (0.82%) OPNET
14 10 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 9 (0.74%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 577 (47.22%) Cisco
2 344 (28.15%) Microsoft
3 250 (20.46%) VMware
4 241 (19.72%) Juniper
5 223 (18.25%) CheckPoint
6 199 (16.28%) Citrix
7 166 (13.58%) HP
8 140 (11.46%) F5
9 82 (6.71%) Blue Coat
10 75 (6.14%) Oracle
11 62 (5.07%) Nokia
12 61 (4.99%) Symantec
13 58 (4.75%) Red Hat
14 57 (4.66%) IBM
15 52 (4.26%) McAfee
16 50 (4.09%) Apple
17 48 (3.93%) Dell
18 38 (3.11%) SolarWinds
19 30 (2.45%) Remedy
20 29 (2.37%) EMC
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Rate: From £280 to £320 per day direct - no agency margin.
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Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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