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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 208 203 210
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +7
Contract jobs citing VPN 672 650 581
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.25% 1.16% 1.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.71% 8.07% 8.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 356 275
Median daily rate £375 £358 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.89% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £200 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £324
% change year-on-year
- +8.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 50 47
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.70% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £39.10 £25.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £15.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+20.63% +1.61%

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
8718 8059 7220
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.23% 14.38% 13.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 5279 4535 3866
Median daily rate £390 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.85% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 427 479 396
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.83% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.30 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.25% +33.33%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 0 631 £375 +4.16% 198
London -14 241 £400 +11.11% 62
South East -3 158 £338 -15.62% 36
South West +45 77 £375 - 18
Berkshire +26 75 £338 -15.09% 2
West Midlands -16 40 £338 +5.46% 23
Wiltshire +22 33 £375 -21.05% 5
Reading +21 32 £375 - 1
Yorkshire -7 29 £375 +10.29% 14
Buckinghamshire +16 28 £275 -33.33% 5
City of London +25 27 £388 - 16
North West -16 25 £400 +33.33% 16
Swindon +18 24 £375 -21.05% 2
East of England +5 24 £250 -4.76% 12
East Midlands +18 23 £600 +62.71% 12
Surrey -17 22 £410 +2.50% 6
Hampshire +6 20 £372 -7.00% 13
Bristol +22 19 £370 +29.82% 4
West Yorkshire -12 19 £375 +1.35% 10
Nottingham +14 18 £610 +138.04% 5
Nottinghamshire +10 18 £610 +138.04% 5
Milton Keynes +16 17 £440 +6.66% 3
Leeds -1 17 £375 - 5
North East -49 17 £310 -3.34% 5
Tyne and Wear -58 17 £310 +5.44% 5
Scotland -20 16 £288 +47.82% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -54 16 £310 +5.44% 4
Wales +25 14 £375 -6.25%
Croydon -4 14 £393 -7.64%
Gloucestershire +2 13 £330 -26.66% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 663 (49.74%) Firewall
2 655 (49.14%) Cisco
3 539 (40.44%) Windows
4 498 (37.36%) WAN
5 446 (33.46%) LAN
6 381 (28.58%) Cisco Certification
7 356 (26.71%) Microsoft
8 320 (24.01%) Active Directory
9 315 (23.63%) DNS
10 306 (22.96%) Linux
11 301 (22.58%) TCP/IP
12 282 (21.16%) BGP
13 275 (20.63%) Juniper
14 267 (20.03%) MPLS
15 253 (18.98%) CCNP
16 250 (18.75%) ITIL
17 236 (17.70%) Network Security
18 229 (17.18%) CheckPoint
19 227 (17.03%) Security Cleared
20 225 (16.88%) DHCP
21 212 (15.90%) IPsec
22 211 (15.83%) VMware
23 210 (15.75%) Wireless
24 207 (15.53%) Windows Server
25 204 (15.30%) OSPF
26 203 (15.23%) Cisco ASA
27 202 (15.15%) Finance
28 177 (13.28%) SC Cleared
29 174 (13.05%) Data Centre
30 166 (12.45%) SSL

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 83 (6.23%) MS Exchange
2 54 (4.05%) Skype for Business
3 47 (3.53%) IIS
4 43 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
5 39 (2.93%) SharePoint
6 34 (2.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 32 (2.40%) Apache
8 28 (2.10%) IBM Notes
9 24 (1.80%) Confluence
10 20 (1.50%) Mule
11 19 (1.43%) Tomcat
12 18 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
13 16 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
13 16 (1.20%) OpenStack
14 15 (1.13%) nginx
15 12 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
15 12 (0.90%) JBoss
16 11 (0.83%) MQSeries
17 7 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
17 7 (0.53%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 166 (12.45%) MS Excel
2 145 (10.88%) MS Office
3 47 (3.53%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.90%) MS Project
5 10 (0.75%) Acrobat
6 8 (0.60%) ProjectWise
7 5 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.23%) HipChat
9 3 (0.23%) SmartSuite
10 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.075%) CINEMA 4D
Business Applications
1 11 (0.83%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.30%) assyst
4 3 (0.23%) Eikon
4 3 (0.23%) RMDS
5 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.15%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 112 (8.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 110 (8.25%) Amazon AWS
3 78 (5.85%) Office 365
4 51 (3.83%) IaaS
5 35 (2.63%) PaaS
6 31 (2.33%) SaaS
7 23 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (0.98%) Google Cloud Platform
9 8 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
9 8 (0.60%) Amazon S3
10 7 (0.53%) GitHub
11 6 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.30%) CloudFront
12 4 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.23%) Google Apps
13 3 (0.23%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.23%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.23%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 663 (49.74%) Firewall
2 498 (37.36%) WAN
3 446 (33.46%) LAN
4 315 (23.63%) DNS
5 301 (22.58%) TCP/IP
6 282 (21.16%) BGP
7 267 (20.03%) MPLS
8 236 (17.70%) Network Security
9 225 (16.88%) DHCP
10 212 (15.90%) IPsec
11 210 (15.75%) Wireless
12 204 (15.30%) OSPF
13 203 (15.23%) Cisco ASA
14 166 (12.45%) SSL
15 143 (10.73%) Internet
16 136 (10.20%) VLAN
17 114 (8.55%) VoIP
18 105 (7.88%) Cisco Nexus
19 97 (7.28%) EIGRP
20 77 (5.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (7.35%) SQL Server
2 56 (4.20%) MySQL
3 26 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (1.20%) MongoDB
6 14 (1.05%) Relational Database
7 11 (0.83%) NoSQL
7 11 (0.83%) Redis
8 10 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.53%) DB2
10 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.38%) MariaDB
12 4 (0.30%) GIS
12 4 (0.30%) Oracle Database
12 4 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
13 3 (0.23%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 42 (3.15%) Jenkins
2 41 (3.08%) Git (software)
3 33 (2.48%) JIRA
4 14 (1.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 11 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 11 (0.83%) LoadRunner
5 11 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
6 9 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.68%) Subversion
7 8 (0.60%) Artifactory
7 8 (0.60%) SonarQube
8 7 (0.53%) Gerrit
8 7 (0.53%) GoCD
8 7 (0.53%) Mercurial
8 7 (0.53%) Vagrant
9 6 (0.45%) git-flow
10 5 (0.38%) Hudson
11 4 (0.30%) Metasploit
12 3 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (0.15%) GCC
General
1 202 (15.15%) Finance
2 114 (8.55%) Telecoms
3 39 (2.93%) Banking
4 35 (2.63%) Retail
5 34 (2.55%) Legal
6 28 (2.10%) Marketing
7 27 (2.03%) Law
8 18 (1.35%) French Language
9 14 (1.05%) Manufacturing
10 13 (0.98%) Games
11 11 (0.83%) Electronics
11 11 (0.83%) German Language
11 11 (0.83%) Publishing
12 10 (0.75%) Back Office
12 10 (0.75%) Billing
13 9 (0.68%) Front Office
13 9 (0.68%) Military
14 8 (0.60%) Spanish Language
15 6 (0.45%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.45%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 313 (23.48%) Network Engineer
2 224 (16.80%) Analyst
3 121 (9.08%) Architect
4 112 (8.40%) Support Engineer
5 82 (6.15%) Cisco Engineer
6 81 (6.08%) Security Engineer
7 77 (5.78%) Consultant
8 72 (5.40%) Network Analyst
9 71 (5.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 69 (5.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 66 (4.95%) Designer
12 64 (4.80%) Service Analyst
13 58 (4.35%) Network Designer
13 58 (4.35%) Network Security Engineer
14 57 (4.28%) Support Analyst
15 54 (4.05%) Service Desk Analyst
16 53 (3.98%) Senior Network Engineer
17 44 (3.30%) Network Support
18 41 (3.08%) Firewall Engineer
19 39 (2.93%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (4.28%) Web Services
2 49 (3.68%) .NET
3 42 (3.15%) 802.1X
3 42 (3.15%) CSS
4 38 (2.85%) Middleware
4 38 (2.85%) XML
5 18 (1.35%) J2EE
5 18 (1.35%) LAMP
6 15 (1.13%) SOAP
7 13 (0.98%) HTML
8 10 (0.75%) LEMP Stack
8 10 (0.75%) REST
9 9 (0.68%) ADO.NET
9 9 (0.68%) LAPP Stack
9 9 (0.68%) RabbitMQ
10 7 (0.53%) FIX Protocol
11 6 (0.45%) COM
11 6 (0.45%) SAML
12 5 (0.38%) Ajax
12 5 (0.38%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 174 (13.05%) Data Centre
2 77 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (4.58%) Computer Science
4 54 (4.05%) Management Information System
5 49 (3.68%) PKI
6 48 (3.60%) Blackberry
7 41 (3.08%) Public Cloud
8 33 (2.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 25 (1.88%) RSA SecurID
10 22 (1.65%) Video Conferencing
11 18 (1.35%) iPad
11 18 (1.35%) Private Cloud
12 17 (1.28%) Smartphone
13 16 (1.20%) HACMP
14 15 (1.13%) Algorithms
14 15 (1.13%) Virtual Team
15 14 (1.05%) CESG
16 13 (0.98%) BYOD
17 12 (0.90%) Clustering
17 12 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 539 (40.44%) Windows
2 306 (22.96%) Linux
3 207 (15.53%) Windows Server
4 141 (10.58%) Windows 7
5 126 (9.45%) Unix
6 110 (8.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 89 (6.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 69 (5.18%) Windows Server 2003
9 50 (3.75%) Mac OS X
10 45 (3.38%) Solaris
10 45 (3.38%) Windows 8
11 44 (3.30%) CentOS
12 43 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 43 (3.23%) Ubuntu
13 40 (3.00%) Windows XP
14 38 (2.85%) Windows 10
15 33 (2.48%) Apple iOS
16 25 (1.88%) Android
17 23 (1.73%) AIX
18 14 (1.05%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (18.75%) ITIL
2 140 (10.50%) Load Balancing
3 119 (8.93%) Migration
4 96 (7.20%) DevOps
5 91 (6.83%) Network Design
6 87 (6.53%) Agile Software Development
7 86 (6.45%) Project Management
8 85 (6.38%) Service Management
9 83 (6.23%) Configuration Management
10 77 (5.78%) Network Monitoring
11 74 (5.55%) High Availability
12 68 (5.10%) Information Security
13 61 (4.58%) Network Management
14 59 (4.43%) Change Management
15 53 (3.98%) ITSM
16 52 (3.90%) Disaster Recovery
17 49 (3.68%) Mentoring
17 49 (3.68%) Open Source
18 47 (3.53%) PRINCE2
19 45 (3.38%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 92 (6.90%) SQL
2 71 (5.33%) Python
3 64 (4.80%) PowerShell
4 55 (4.13%) Perl
5 51 (3.83%) Java
6 41 (3.08%) Bash Shell
7 40 (3.00%) Ruby
8 37 (2.78%) C
9 31 (2.33%) VBScript
10 26 (1.95%) C#
10 26 (1.95%) C++
11 23 (1.73%) Shell Script
12 22 (1.65%) PHP
13 19 (1.43%) JavaScript
14 12 (0.90%) VB
15 6 (0.45%) Lisp
15 6 (0.45%) Tcl
15 6 (0.45%) VBA
16 3 (0.23%) Go
17 2 (0.15%) Korn
Qualifications
1 381 (28.58%) Cisco Certification
2 253 (18.98%) CCNP
3 227 (17.03%) Security Cleared
4 177 (13.28%) SC Cleared
5 161 (12.08%) CCNA
6 111 (8.33%) Degree
7 76 (5.70%) Microsoft Certification
8 73 (5.48%) CCIE
9 70 (5.25%) DV Cleared
10 57 (4.28%) CISSP
11 46 (3.45%) MCSE
12 39 (2.93%) JNCIP
13 36 (2.70%) CCDP
14 33 (2.48%) JNCIS
15 31 (2.33%) MCSA
16 29 (2.18%) JNCIA
17 27 (2.03%) CCSE
18 23 (1.73%) MCP
19 20 (1.50%) CCDA
20 16 (1.20%) IBM AIX Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (5.40%) SLA
2 34 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (1.95%) PCI DSS
4 13 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
5 11 (0.83%) RMADS
6 6 (0.45%) COBIT
6 6 (0.45%) JSP 440
6 6 (0.45%) QA
7 5 (0.38%) HIPAA
8 4 (0.30%) COSO
8 4 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (0.30%) PMBOK
8 4 (0.30%) SAS 70
9 2 (0.15%) ISO15022
9 2 (0.15%) ISO20022
10 1 (0.075%) FISMA
10 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 1 (0.075%) MiFID
10 1 (0.075%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 320 (24.01%) Active Directory
2 137 (10.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (4.95%) Hyper-V
4 42 (3.15%) Docker
5 36 (2.70%) Virtual Machines
6 31 (2.33%) vSphere
7 30 (2.25%) VMware ESX
8 27 (2.03%) XenApp
9 26 (1.95%) XenDesktop
10 23 (1.73%) vCloud
11 19 (1.43%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (1.20%) GPFS
12 16 (1.20%) Samba
12 16 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
13 15 (1.13%) ProxySG
14 11 (0.83%) UAG
15 10 (0.75%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.75%) Firmware
15 10 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
16 9 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 95 (7.13%) Puppet
2 81 (6.08%) SCCM
3 48 (3.60%) Ansible
4 43 (3.23%) Opscode Chef
5 31 (2.33%) SCOM
6 30 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
7 26 (1.95%) Nagios
8 23 (1.73%) Cisco Prime
9 22 (1.65%) ZABBIX
10 17 (1.28%) FortiGate
10 17 (1.28%) Terraform
11 16 (1.20%) Cisco CUCM
11 16 (1.20%) logstash
11 16 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 13 (0.98%) DameWare
12 13 (0.98%) WSUS
13 11 (0.83%) Cacti
13 11 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 10 (0.75%) CFEngine
14 10 (0.75%) OpenView
Vendors
1 655 (49.14%) Cisco
2 356 (26.71%) Microsoft
3 275 (20.63%) Juniper
4 229 (17.18%) CheckPoint
5 211 (15.83%) VMware
6 145 (10.88%) Citrix
7 136 (10.20%) F5
8 108 (8.10%) Palo Alto
9 78 (5.85%) HP
10 72 (5.40%) Red Hat
11 69 (5.18%) Oracle
12 66 (4.95%) Blue Coat
13 57 (4.28%) IBM
14 49 (3.68%) SolarWinds
15 46 (3.45%) Fortinet
15 46 (3.45%) Intel Security
16 41 (3.08%) Google
17 36 (2.70%) Apple
17 36 (2.70%) Splunk
18 34 (2.55%) Aruba
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
FT Select
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Posted: Yesterday
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Salt
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £330.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
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Venn Group
Rate: £12 - £14 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
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Oho Group Ltd.
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Experis Ltd
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £200 - £270 per day
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London
Careerwise UK Limited
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Corsham, Wiltshire
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Essex
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London
Oho Group
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