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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 173 189 157
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -32
Contract jobs citing VPN 671 570 645
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.23% 1.11% 1.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.52% 8.22% 8.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 368 309 287
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £110 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year
- +3.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 49 94
Average hourly rate £18.00 £14.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -26.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £10.85 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £27.26 £45.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £15.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+12.26% -21.05%

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
7877 6938 7817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.45% 13.47% 15.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 4484 3766 3816
Average daily rate £363 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 423 647
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.13
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.95%

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 22 December 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 22 December 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 22 December 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 +17 644 £325 - 204
London +73 316 £338 -15.62% 88
South East -23 140 £325 -3.70% 39
City of London +20 71 £325 -18.75% 36
Berkshire 0 55 £275 -29.48% 7
East of England +4 48 £355 -8.38% 14
South West -13 46 £300 -7.69% 15
Surrey +18 45 £428 +26.66% 14
North West -27 26 £220 +62.96% 15
Yorkshire +1 23 £275 +10.00% 17
West Yorkshire +1 21 £275 +32.53% 8
Manchester -19 20 £298 +120.37% 9
West Midlands -12 19 £214 -16.17% 10
East Midlands -13 18 £313 +184.09% 4
Hertfordshire +5 15 £355 -8.97% 10
Suffolk +18 14 £275 -
Scotland -3 14 £319 -8.92% 1
Leeds -2 13 £288 +15.00% 6
Wiltshire -6 13 £450 +38.46% 5
Ipswich - 13 £260 -
Nottingham +11 11 £313 +25.00%
Nottinghamshire +10 11 £313 +25.00%
Bristol -7 11 £425 +286.36% 4
Hampshire -28 10 £150 -62.50% 9
Birmingham +4 9 £205 +51.85% 2
East Sussex -9 9 £400 +33.33%
Buckinghamshire -20 9 £345 +2.22% 3
Devon - 9 £225 -
Reading +3 8 £313 +86.56% 2
Milton Keynes -24 8 £345 +2.22% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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.

1 756 (56.84%) Firewall
2 666 (50.08%) Cisco
3 619 (46.54%) Windows
4 417 (31.35%) WAN
5 403 (30.30%) LAN
6 380 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
7 370 (27.82%) Microsoft
8 366 (27.52%) Active Directory
9 305 (22.93%) TCP/IP
10 281 (21.13%) MPLS
10 281 (21.13%) BGP
11 274 (20.60%) ITIL
12 267 (20.08%) VMware
13 265 (19.92%) DNS
13 265 (19.92%) CheckPoint
14 262 (19.70%) Juniper
15 254 (19.10%) OSPF
16 240 (18.05%) CCNP
17 233 (17.52%) Windows 7
18 221 (16.62%) Citrix
19 217 (16.32%) MS Office
20 214 (16.09%) Cisco ASA
21 208 (15.64%) IPsec
22 204 (15.34%) VLAN
23 197 (14.81%) Network Security
24 194 (14.59%) Linux
25 186 (13.98%) SSL
26 171 (12.86%) DHCP
27 169 (12.71%) MS Excel
28 168 (12.63%) Internet

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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
1 162 (12.18%) MS Exchange
2 87 (6.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 83 (6.24%) SharePoint
4 70 (5.26%) IIS
5 62 (4.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 53 (3.98%) Lync
7 43 (3.23%) Apache
8 25 (1.88%) IBM Notes
8 25 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2003
8 25 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2007
9 17 (1.28%) WorkSite
10 16 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2013
11 15 (1.13%) Office Communications Server
12 13 (0.98%) nginx
13 12 (0.90%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.60%) Lotus Domino
15 7 (0.53%) Confluence
16 6 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
16 6 (0.45%) MediaWiki
17 5 (0.38%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 217 (16.32%) MS Office
2 169 (12.71%) MS Excel
3 34 (2.56%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.68%) Doxygen
6 7 (0.53%) MS Project
7 3 (0.23%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.15%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.075%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.075%) PrintSoft PReS
9 1 (0.075%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.075%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (0.45%) assyst
2 5 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.075%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.075%) Khalix
4 1 (0.075%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (2.93%) Microsoft Azure
1 39 (2.93%) Office 365
2 20 (1.50%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (1.13%) SaaS
4 13 (0.98%) IaaS
5 10 (0.75%) PaaS
6 4 (0.30%) IBM SmartCloud
6 4 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.075%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 756 (56.84%) Firewall
2 417 (31.35%) WAN
3 403 (30.30%) LAN
4 305 (22.93%) TCP/IP
5 281 (21.13%) MPLS
5 281 (21.13%) BGP
6 265 (19.92%) DNS
7 254 (19.10%) OSPF
8 214 (16.09%) Cisco ASA
9 208 (15.64%) IPsec
10 204 (15.34%) VLAN
11 197 (14.81%) Network Security
12 186 (13.98%) SSL
13 171 (12.86%) DHCP
14 168 (12.63%) Internet
14 168 (12.63%) Wireless
15 138 (10.38%) VoIP
16 135 (10.15%) Cisco Nexus
17 134 (10.08%) SAN
18 119 (8.95%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (8.50%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.03%) MySQL
2 27 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (1.50%) DB2
4 17 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (1.20%) NoSQL
6 11 (0.83%) Relational Database
7 10 (0.75%) Big Data
8 9 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
9 8 (0.60%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
10 6 (0.45%) MS Access
11 4 (0.30%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.30%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.23%) Redis
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Hive
13 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2000
13 2 (0.15%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 25 (1.88%) Git (software)
2 15 (1.13%) Subversion
3 14 (1.05%) MSI
3 14 (1.05%) Jenkins
4 11 (0.83%) Xcode
5 10 (0.75%) JIRA
6 8 (0.60%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 6 (0.45%) Hudson
8 3 (0.23%) Gerrit
8 3 (0.23%) Mercurial
8 3 (0.23%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.23%) Selenium
8 3 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.075%) Maven
10 1 (0.075%) FrontPage
10 1 (0.075%) Toad
10 1 (0.075%) Dreamweaver
10 1 (0.075%) Ant
General
1 161 (12.11%) Finance
2 145 (10.90%) Telecoms
3 60 (4.51%) Banking
4 41 (3.08%) Law
5 30 (2.26%) Legal
6 17 (1.28%) Financial Institution
7 16 (1.20%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.13%) Investment Banking
9 14 (1.05%) Retail
10 12 (0.90%) Local Government
10 12 (0.90%) Marketing
11 10 (0.75%) Games
11 10 (0.75%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.53%) French Language
12 7 (0.53%) Back Office
13 4 (0.30%) Advertising
13 4 (0.30%) Publishing
14 3 (0.23%) German Language
15 2 (0.15%) Multimedia
16 1 (0.075%) Billing
Job Titles
1 306 (23.01%) Network Engineer
2 192 (14.44%) Analyst
3 115 (8.65%) Support Engineer
4 107 (8.05%) Architect
5 88 (6.62%) Consultant
5 88 (6.62%) Security Engineer
6 63 (4.74%) Support Analyst
7 56 (4.21%) Service Analyst
8 54 (4.06%) Network Security Engineer
8 54 (4.06%) 2nd Line Support
9 53 (3.98%) Service Desk Analyst
10 52 (3.91%) Desktop Support
11 51 (3.83%) IP Engineer
12 49 (3.68%) Developer
13 47 (3.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 47 (3.53%) Network Support
14 46 (3.46%) Cisco Engineer
15 44 (3.31%) Network Analyst
16 43 (3.23%) Design Engineer
17 37 (2.78%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (4.89%) Web Services
2 42 (3.16%) XML
3 35 (2.63%) HTML
4 25 (1.88%) CSS
5 24 (1.80%) JSON
6 20 (1.50%) .NET
7 17 (1.28%) Regular Expression
8 15 (1.13%) LAMP
9 13 (0.98%) SOAP
9 13 (0.98%) Ajax
10 12 (0.90%) Application Packaging
10 12 (0.90%) HTML5
11 11 (0.83%) Middleware
12 10 (0.75%) COM
13 9 (0.68%) RESTful
14 5 (0.38%) REST
15 4 (0.30%) RabbitMQ
16 3 (0.23%) jQuery
16 3 (0.23%) OLE
16 3 (0.23%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 130 (9.77%) Blackberry
2 77 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (4.81%) PKI
4 54 (4.06%) iPad
5 48 (3.61%) Clustering
6 45 (3.38%) Video Conferencing
7 40 (3.01%) Replication
8 39 (2.93%) iPhone
9 37 (2.78%) Management Information System
10 26 (1.95%) Client/Server
11 24 (1.80%) SecurID
12 19 (1.43%) Computer Science
12 19 (1.43%) FlexPod
13 18 (1.35%) Handset
14 17 (1.28%) Thin Client
14 17 (1.28%) Open Source
14 17 (1.28%) Fat Client
15 15 (1.13%) Hedge funds
16 14 (1.05%) CESG
16 14 (1.05%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 619 (46.54%) Windows
2 233 (17.52%) Windows 7
3 194 (14.59%) Linux
4 163 (12.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 117 (8.80%) Windows XP
6 109 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 105 (7.89%) UNIX
8 97 (7.29%) Windows Server 2003
9 46 (3.46%) Windows 8
10 43 (3.23%) Apple iOS
11 36 (2.71%) Android
12 30 (2.26%) Ubuntu
13 29 (2.18%) CentOS
14 27 (2.03%) Solaris
15 26 (1.95%) AIX
16 24 (1.80%) Windows 2000
17 23 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 23 (1.73%) Windows Vista
18 21 (1.58%) SUSE
19 20 (1.50%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 274 (20.60%) ITIL
2 157 (11.80%) Load Balancing
3 84 (6.32%) Change Management
4 83 (6.24%) Service Management
5 81 (6.09%) Migration
6 73 (5.49%) Project Management
7 72 (5.41%) Network Management
8 63 (4.74%) Network Design
9 50 (3.76%) Kalman Filter
10 47 (3.53%) Network Monitoring
11 46 (3.46%) Mentoring
12 45 (3.38%) Service Delivery
13 44 (3.31%) Agile Software Development
14 43 (3.23%) Network Architecture
15 39 (2.93%) DevOps
16 38 (2.86%) Configuration Management
16 38 (2.86%) ITSM
17 35 (2.63%) Risk Assessment
18 32 (2.41%) Asset Management
18 32 (2.41%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 136 (10.23%) SQL
2 57 (4.29%) Perl
3 49 (3.68%) PowerShell
4 33 (2.48%) JavaScript
5 32 (2.41%) Java
6 31 (2.33%) Shell Script
7 26 (1.95%) Objective-C
8 23 (1.73%) Bash Shell
9 21 (1.58%) PHP
10 20 (1.50%) Python
11 19 (1.43%) Ruby
12 18 (1.35%) C
13 17 (1.28%) VBScript
14 10 (0.75%) C++
15 9 (0.68%) VB
16 8 (0.60%) R
17 6 (0.45%) C#
18 4 (0.30%) ActionScript
18 4 (0.30%) VBA
18 4 (0.30%) ActionScript 2.0
Qualifications
1 380 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
2 240 (18.05%) CCNP
3 164 (12.33%) CCNA
4 160 (12.03%) Security Cleared
5 131 (9.85%) SC Cleared
6 126 (9.47%) CCIE
7 65 (4.89%) Degree
8 60 (4.51%) Microsoft Certification
9 46 (3.46%) CISSP
10 40 (3.01%) MCSE
11 38 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
12 37 (2.78%) CCSE
13 35 (2.63%) CCSP
14 30 (2.26%) CCDP
14 30 (2.26%) CCSA
15 27 (2.03%) CCIP
16 23 (1.73%) JNCIP
16 23 (1.73%) DV Cleared
17 21 (1.58%) Check Point Certification
18 18 (1.35%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (6.77%) SLA
2 47 (3.53%) PCI DSS
3 20 (1.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.75%) QA
5 5 (0.38%) Dodd-Frank
6 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 3 (0.23%) COBIT
8 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 366 (27.52%) Active Directory
2 163 (12.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (6.54%) vSphere
4 74 (5.56%) Hyper-V
5 32 (2.41%) XenApp
6 30 (2.26%) ProxySG
7 28 (2.11%) VMware ESX
8 25 (1.88%) XenDesktop
9 24 (1.80%) XenServer
9 24 (1.80%) Terminal Services
10 22 (1.65%) Firmware
11 20 (1.50%) VMware ESXi
12 19 (1.43%) FreeRADIUS
13 18 (1.35%) Snort
14 17 (1.28%) Terminal Server
14 17 (1.28%) NFS
15 11 (0.83%) vCloud
15 11 (0.83%) KVM
16 10 (0.75%) Microsoft App-V
16 10 (0.75%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 93 (6.99%) SCCM
2 33 (2.48%) Puppet
3 32 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
4 29 (2.18%) Norton AntiVirus
5 24 (1.80%) Backup Exec
5 24 (1.80%) FortiGate
6 21 (1.58%) RANCID
7 19 (1.43%) OpenNMS
8 18 (1.35%) SCOM
8 18 (1.35%) Nagios
9 17 (1.28%) WSUS
9 17 (1.28%) McAfee ePO
10 15 (1.13%) OpenView
10 15 (1.13%) CA Spectrum
11 14 (1.05%) Salt
12 13 (0.98%) NetBackup
13 10 (0.75%) Ansible
13 10 (0.75%) SCDPM
13 10 (0.75%) HP UCMDB
14 9 (0.68%) MOM
Vendors
1 666 (50.08%) Cisco
2 370 (27.82%) Microsoft
3 267 (20.08%) VMware
4 265 (19.92%) CheckPoint
5 262 (19.70%) Juniper
6 221 (16.62%) Citrix
7 163 (12.26%) F5
8 160 (12.03%) HP
9 96 (7.22%) Blue Coat
10 72 (5.41%) McAfee
11 64 (4.81%) Dell
12 63 (4.74%) Nokia
13 58 (4.36%) Symantec
14 52 (3.91%) Oracle
15 51 (3.83%) SolarWinds
16 50 (3.76%) IBM
17 39 (2.93%) Avaya
18 38 (2.86%) Remedy
19 37 (2.78%) Red Hat
20 35 (2.63%) Apple
Warwick, Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £260.00 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 11 hours ago
West London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 month contract - Closing date 5th January
Posted: 12 hours ago
West Sussex
Gold Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Yoh
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £260.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £15 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £25 Per Hour
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £38,000 to £48,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Yorkshire
Nigel Wright Consultancy
Rate: 400 - 500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dorking, Surrey
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £150 - £200 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £10 - £11 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Stott & May
Posted: 5 days ago