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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 184 200 171
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -29
Contract jobs citing VPN 651 546 672
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.12% 1.04% 1.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.67% 7.71% 7.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 273 293
Average daily rate
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£325 £334 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.62% -1.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £170 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £502 £471
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £320 £323
% change year-on-year
- -0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 61 77
Average hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.20 £12.50 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.75 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+5.84% -8.69%

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
8490 7084 8547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.58% 13.48% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4793 3869 4051
Average daily rate £364 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.93% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 446 634
Average hourly rate £23.00 £21.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.74% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +8 616 £328 +0.76% 232
London +56 338 £350 -4.76% 82
South East -44 104 £338 -3.57% 53
City of London +42 83 £400 +14.28% 20
East of England +9 57 £345 +25.45% 13
Berkshire +2 44 £331 -11.66% 11
South West -11 41 £263 -19.23% 19
Surrey +4 27 £364 +27.63% 13
North West -18 24 £320 +16.36% 24
West Midlands -17 23 £350 +34.61% 17
Hertfordshire -15 19 £160 -51.87% 6
Cambridgeshire +20 18 £345 - 3
Scotland -8 17 £311 -11.07% 5
Manchester -4 16 £350 +16.66% 15
Yorkshire -8 16 £288 -10.15% 17
Reading +12 14 £440 +17.33% 4
Cambridge - 14 £338 - 2
Aberdeen +18 11 £310 -22.50%
Gloucestershire -11 11 £275 -19.70% 5
Guildford 0 10 £364 +61.66% 1
Wiltshire -7 10 - - 5
Kent +4 9 £145 -73.63% 1
Essex -13 9 £406 +125.69% 1
Buckinghamshire -24 9 £320 +8.01% 4
Cheshire +4 8 £300 -6.61% 7
West Yorkshire -14 8 £428 +33.59% 12
Bristol -21 7 £300 - 6
South Yorkshire +8 6 £275 +11.11% 2
East Midlands -2 6 £320 +100.00% 6
Slough -2 6 £285 -17.09% 3

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 705 (57.13%) Firewall
2 594 (48.14%) Windows
3 582 (47.16%) Cisco
4 391 (31.69%) WAN
5 373 (30.23%) LAN
6 360 (29.17%) Active Directory
7 337 (27.31%) TCP/IP
8 333 (26.99%) Microsoft
9 325 (26.34%) Cisco Certification
10 274 (22.20%) DNS
11 258 (20.91%) Juniper
12 249 (20.18%) Windows 7
13 246 (19.94%) VMware
14 239 (19.37%) BGP
15 235 (19.04%) CheckPoint
16 232 (18.80%) ITIL
17 222 (17.99%) MPLS
18 215 (17.42%) MS Office
19 203 (16.45%) Citrix
20 200 (16.21%) CCNP
21 198 (16.05%) OSPF
22 194 (15.72%) IPsec
23 182 (14.75%) Linux
24 174 (14.10%) VLAN
25 173 (14.02%) Finance
26 170 (13.78%) Cisco ASA
27 165 (13.37%) MS Excel
28 164 (13.29%) VMware Infrastructure
29 163 (13.21%) Wireless
30 161 (13.05%) DHCP

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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
1 152 (12.32%) MS Exchange
2 68 (5.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 67 (5.43%) SharePoint
4 60 (4.86%) IIS
5 51 (4.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 49 (3.97%) Apache
7 31 (2.51%) Lync
8 28 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
9 25 (2.03%) IBM Notes
10 21 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2007
11 17 (1.38%) WebLogic
12 13 (1.05%) WebSphere
12 13 (1.05%) WorkSite
13 12 (0.97%) nginx
14 11 (0.89%) Confluence
14 11 (0.89%) Tomcat
15 10 (0.81%) MediaWiki
16 9 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
17 7 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
17 7 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 215 (17.42%) MS Office
2 165 (13.37%) MS Excel
3 35 (2.84%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.38%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (1.05%) Doxygen
6 6 (0.49%) MS Project
7 3 (0.24%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.24%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.081%) PrintSoft PReS
9 1 (0.081%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.081%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.24%) assyst
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.081%) Khalix
4 1 (0.081%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 56 (4.54%) Office 365
2 30 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (2.19%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.73%) IaaS
5 8 (0.65%) PaaS
6 7 (0.57%) SaaS
7 6 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.32%) IBM SmartCloud
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon S3
9 3 (0.24%) Joyent
10 1 (0.081%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 705 (57.13%) Firewall
2 391 (31.69%) WAN
3 373 (30.23%) LAN
4 337 (27.31%) TCP/IP
5 274 (22.20%) DNS
6 239 (19.37%) BGP
7 222 (17.99%) MPLS
8 198 (16.05%) OSPF
9 194 (15.72%) IPsec
10 174 (14.10%) VLAN
11 170 (13.78%) Cisco ASA
12 163 (13.21%) Wireless
13 161 (13.05%) DHCP
14 160 (12.97%) Network Security
15 157 (12.72%) SSL
16 134 (10.86%) Internet
17 128 (10.37%) SAN
18 119 (9.64%) VoIP
19 116 (9.40%) Cisco Nexus
20 91 (7.37%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (6.97%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.19%) MySQL
3 25 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 19 (1.54%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.30%) DB2
6 13 (1.05%) Relational Database
7 11 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
7 11 (0.89%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.57%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.41%) Redis
9 5 (0.41%) MS Access
10 4 (0.32%) Big Data
10 4 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
12 2 (0.16%) MarkLogic
12 2 (0.16%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.16%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.16%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 28 (2.27%) Git (software)
2 18 (1.46%) Jenkins
3 17 (1.38%) JIRA
4 15 (1.22%) Subversion
5 13 (1.05%) Xcode
6 12 (0.97%) Hudson
7 7 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.41%) MSI
8 5 (0.41%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.24%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.16%) Toad
10 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.16%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.16%) Selenium
10 2 (0.16%) Gerrit
10 2 (0.16%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.081%) FrontPage
11 1 (0.081%) Dreamweaver
11 1 (0.081%) Ant
General
1 173 (14.02%) Finance
2 120 (9.72%) Telecoms
3 54 (4.38%) Banking
4 28 (2.27%) Legal
4 28 (2.27%) Financial Institution
5 26 (2.11%) Law
6 17 (1.38%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.22%) Marketing
8 14 (1.13%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.13%) Local Government
9 10 (0.81%) Spanish Language
10 8 (0.65%) Retail
11 7 (0.57%) Back Office
12 6 (0.49%) Dutch Language
13 5 (0.41%) French Language
13 5 (0.41%) Publishing
14 4 (0.32%) Front Office
15 3 (0.24%) Advertising
16 2 (0.16%) Games
16 2 (0.16%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 265 (21.47%) Network Engineer
2 171 (13.86%) Analyst
3 95 (7.70%) Support Engineer
4 92 (7.46%) Security Engineer
5 85 (6.89%) Consultant
6 83 (6.73%) Architect
7 68 (5.51%) Support Analyst
8 61 (4.94%) 2nd Line Support
9 56 (4.54%) Desktop Support
10 51 (4.13%) Network Security Engineer
11 50 (4.05%) Network Support
12 49 (3.97%) Cisco Engineer
12 49 (3.97%) Developer
13 47 (3.81%) Service Analyst
14 45 (3.65%) IP Engineer
15 44 (3.57%) Service Desk Analyst
16 38 (3.08%) Design Engineer
17 34 (2.76%) Administrator
17 34 (2.76%) Network Analyst
18 33 (2.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (4.86%) Web Services
2 39 (3.16%) XML
3 36 (2.92%) JSON
4 24 (1.94%) .NET
4 24 (1.94%) LAMP
5 19 (1.54%) HTML
6 17 (1.38%) Middleware
7 15 (1.22%) CSS
7 15 (1.22%) Application Packaging
8 14 (1.13%) FIX Protocol
8 14 (1.13%) HTML5
8 14 (1.13%) Regular Expression
9 13 (1.05%) RESTful
10 6 (0.49%) XMPP
11 5 (0.41%) RabbitMQ
12 3 (0.24%) REST
12 3 (0.24%) WAP
12 3 (0.24%) OLE
12 3 (0.24%) SOAP
13 2 (0.16%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 137 (11.10%) Blackberry
2 66 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (4.54%) PKI
4 54 (4.38%) iPad
5 41 (3.32%) iPhone
6 38 (3.08%) Management Information System
6 38 (3.08%) Replication
7 35 (2.84%) Clustering
8 34 (2.76%) Video Conferencing
8 34 (2.76%) Hedge funds
9 30 (2.43%) Client/Server
10 21 (1.70%) Open Source
11 19 (1.54%) Computer Science
12 17 (1.38%) CESG
13 14 (1.13%) Thin Client
13 14 (1.13%) Fat Client
13 14 (1.13%) User Experience
14 13 (1.05%) FlexPod
15 12 (0.97%) Wiki
15 12 (0.97%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 594 (48.14%) Windows
2 249 (20.18%) Windows 7
3 182 (14.75%) Linux
4 147 (11.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 119 (9.64%) Windows XP
6 96 (7.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 94 (7.62%) UNIX
8 77 (6.24%) Windows Server 2012
9 54 (4.38%) Apple iOS
10 46 (3.73%) Windows 8
11 43 (3.48%) Android
12 28 (2.27%) Solaris
13 25 (2.03%) Ubuntu
14 24 (1.94%) AIX
14 24 (1.94%) Mac OS X
15 22 (1.78%) Windows Vista
16 21 (1.70%) CentOS
17 20 (1.62%) Debian
18 18 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 16 (1.30%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (18.80%) ITIL
2 140 (11.35%) Load Balancing
3 71 (5.75%) Migration
4 68 (5.51%) Service Management
4 68 (5.51%) Change Management
5 63 (5.11%) Network Design
5 63 (5.11%) Network Management
6 61 (4.94%) Project Management
7 53 (4.29%) Network Monitoring
8 50 (4.05%) DevOps
8 50 (4.05%) Network Architecture
9 46 (3.73%) Kalman Filter
10 44 (3.57%) Capacity Planning
11 42 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
12 35 (2.84%) Service Delivery
13 34 (2.76%) Disaster Recovery
13 34 (2.76%) Mentoring
14 33 (2.67%) ITSM
15 32 (2.59%) Risk Assessment
16 30 (2.43%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (9.97%) SQL
2 64 (5.19%) PowerShell
3 61 (4.94%) Perl
4 57 (4.62%) Java
5 30 (2.43%) Shell Script
6 27 (2.19%) Objective-C
6 27 (2.19%) Ruby
7 26 (2.11%) C
8 25 (2.03%) PHP
8 25 (2.03%) Bash Shell
9 22 (1.78%) JavaScript
10 19 (1.54%) VB
11 15 (1.22%) VBScript
12 12 (0.97%) Python
13 10 (0.81%) C++
13 10 (0.81%) VBA
14 8 (0.65%) R
15 3 (0.24%) Tcl
16 1 (0.081%) VB6
16 1 (0.081%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 325 (26.34%) Cisco Certification
2 200 (16.21%) CCNP
3 124 (10.05%) CCNA
4 123 (9.97%) Security Cleared
5 107 (8.67%) SC Cleared
6 99 (8.02%) CCIE
7 66 (5.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 47 (3.81%) Degree
9 46 (3.73%) ITIL Certification
10 40 (3.24%) MCSE
11 37 (3.00%) CISSP
11 37 (3.00%) CCSE
12 35 (2.84%) CCSP
13 26 (2.11%) CCDP
14 22 (1.78%) Check Point Certification
15 21 (1.70%) MOS
16 20 (1.62%) CCSA
17 17 (1.38%) MCP
18 13 (1.05%) JNCIS
19 12 (0.97%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (5.51%) SLA
2 30 (2.43%) PCI DSS
3 21 (1.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 11 (0.89%) QA
5 7 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.24%) COBIT
6 3 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.081%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.081%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 360 (29.17%) Active Directory
2 164 (13.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (5.51%) vSphere
4 60 (4.86%) Hyper-V
5 31 (2.51%) XenServer
6 30 (2.43%) ProxySG
7 28 (2.27%) NFS
8 23 (1.86%) Terminal Services
8 23 (1.86%) VMware ESX
8 23 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
9 22 (1.78%) XenApp
10 20 (1.62%) Snort
11 18 (1.46%) Terminal Server
12 17 (1.38%) XenDesktop
13 14 (1.13%) Postfix
13 14 (1.13%) FreeRADIUS
13 14 (1.13%) vCloud
13 14 (1.13%) KVM
14 11 (0.89%) Samba
14 11 (0.89%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 86 (6.97%) SCCM
2 46 (3.73%) Puppet
3 35 (2.84%) Opscode Chef
4 28 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
5 27 (2.19%) Backup Exec
6 26 (2.11%) Norton AntiVirus
7 20 (1.62%) FortiGate
8 19 (1.54%) OpenView
9 18 (1.46%) WSUS
10 16 (1.30%) SCOM
11 15 (1.22%) Cisco CUCM
12 14 (1.13%) Salt
12 14 (1.13%) RANCID
12 14 (1.13%) ZABBIX
13 13 (1.05%) OpenNMS
13 13 (1.05%) SCDPM
14 12 (0.97%) CA Spectrum
14 12 (0.97%) EMC NetWorker
14 12 (0.97%) Nagios
14 12 (0.97%) OVSD
Vendors
1 582 (47.16%) Cisco
2 333 (26.99%) Microsoft
3 258 (20.91%) Juniper
4 246 (19.94%) VMware
5 235 (19.04%) CheckPoint
6 203 (16.45%) Citrix
7 150 (12.16%) HP
8 147 (11.91%) F5
9 93 (7.54%) Blue Coat
10 70 (5.67%) Nokia
11 69 (5.59%) Symantec
12 65 (5.27%) McAfee
13 59 (4.78%) Dell
14 57 (4.62%) Oracle
15 50 (4.05%) Red Hat
16 45 (3.65%) SolarWinds
17 43 (3.48%) IBM
18 41 (3.32%) Apple
19 36 (2.92%) Remedy
20 33 (2.67%) Sourcefire
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
West Yorkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £100.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Atech Support
Rate: £150 a shift + shift allowance depending on experience/knowledge
Posted: 3 hours ago
West Yorkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Essex
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: plus excellent benefits package
Posted: 4 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £20 - £30 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day £400 Day Rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
Surrey
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £14 - £15 Per Hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum + NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology Leadership Practice
Rate: £150 - £270 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Personnel IT
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £13.00 - £16.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
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Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
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Salt
Rate: £100 - £220 per day + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
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Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £16 to £18 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
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