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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 188 192 171
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -21
Contract jobs citing VPN 658 572 627
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.15% 1.10% 1.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.10% 8.19% 7.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 291 270
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £329
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +6.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £135 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £314 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.99% +0.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 62 83
Average hourly rate £18.00 £14.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -24.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.15 £12.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.30 £44.70 £32.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £14.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+8.47% -20.27%

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
8124 6986 8141
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.25% 13.45% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4673 3848 3914
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 £215 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 471 619
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+2.22% +7.14%

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 24 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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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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 +11 633 £325 -7.14% 233
London +67 346 £338 -15.62% 82
South East -52 110 £350 - 54
City of London +34 79 £375 -6.25% 22
East of England +3 53 £355 -8.38% 23
Berkshire -2 48 £293 -16.42% 8
South West -25 32 £261 -19.61% 17
Surrey +5 31 £428 +9.61% 10
North West -18 24 £350 +42.85% 8
West Midlands -14 23 £338 +29.80% 13
Yorkshire +6 22 £253 +12.22% 22
West Yorkshire +12 19 £215 -4.44% 12
Manchester -10 19 £350 +159.25% 6
Hertfordshire -9 16 £260 -30.89% 10
Scotland -10 14 £319 -8.92% 8
Leeds +1 11 £215 -14.00% 8
Essex -3 11 £425 +36.00% 4
East Midlands -4 11 £310 +181.81% 9
Cambridgeshire -8 10 £325 - 1
Devon - 10 £218 - 3
Aberdeen +15 9 £318 -15.33%
Suffolk +11 9 £450 - 3
Bracknell -1 9 £333 - 1
Reading +5 8 £395 +12.85% 3
Ipswich 0 8 £438 - 3
Guildford -8 8 £368 +145.00% 1
Cambridge +6 7 £325 - 1
Slough -7 7 £280 -6.66%
Bristol -10 7 £338 - 3
Hampshire -49 7 £148 -57.85% 16

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 737 (56.78%) Firewall
2 625 (48.15%) Windows
3 615 (47.38%) Cisco
4 410 (31.59%) WAN
5 396 (30.51%) LAN
6 379 (29.20%) Active Directory
7 355 (27.35%) Microsoft
8 343 (26.43%) TCP/IP
9 340 (26.19%) Cisco Certification
10 285 (21.96%) DNS
11 265 (20.42%) CheckPoint
12 264 (20.34%) BGP
13 261 (20.11%) VMware
14 258 (19.88%) Juniper
15 256 (19.72%) Windows 7
16 247 (19.03%) MPLS
17 242 (18.64%) ITIL
18 232 (17.87%) OSPF
19 221 (17.03%) Citrix
20 219 (16.87%) MS Office
20 219 (16.87%) CCNP
21 207 (15.95%) Linux
22 193 (14.87%) IPsec
23 188 (14.48%) VLAN
24 187 (14.41%) Cisco ASA
25 178 (13.71%) SSL
26 177 (13.64%) Network Security
27 176 (13.56%) VMware Infrastructure
28 175 (13.48%) DHCP
28 175 (13.48%) MS Excel

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 (12.48%) MS Exchange
2 81 (6.24%) Exchange Server 2010
3 79 (6.09%) SharePoint
4 69 (5.32%) IIS
5 60 (4.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 48 (3.70%) Apache
7 41 (3.16%) Lync
8 25 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2003
9 24 (1.85%) IBM Notes
10 23 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
11 16 (1.23%) WorkSite
12 15 (1.16%) nginx
13 12 (0.92%) Office Communications Server
13 12 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
13 12 (0.92%) Tomcat
14 10 (0.77%) Confluence
15 9 (0.69%) MediaWiki
15 9 (0.69%) WebLogic
16 8 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
17 7 (0.54%) WebSphere
Applications
1 219 (16.87%) MS Office
2 175 (13.48%) MS Excel
3 34 (2.62%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.39%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.85%) Doxygen
6 6 (0.46%) MS Project
7 3 (0.23%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.23%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.15%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.077%) PrintSoft PReS
9 1 (0.077%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.077%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.077%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.31%) assyst
3 3 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.077%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.077%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.077%) Khalix
4 1 (0.077%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 50 (3.85%) Office 365
2 37 (2.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (2.23%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (0.92%) SaaS
5 10 (0.77%) IaaS
6 8 (0.62%) PaaS
7 4 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.31%) IBM SmartCloud
8 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.077%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.077%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.077%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.077%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 737 (56.78%) Firewall
2 410 (31.59%) WAN
3 396 (30.51%) LAN
4 343 (26.43%) TCP/IP
5 285 (21.96%) DNS
6 264 (20.34%) BGP
7 247 (19.03%) MPLS
8 232 (17.87%) OSPF
9 193 (14.87%) IPsec
10 188 (14.48%) VLAN
11 187 (14.41%) Cisco ASA
12 178 (13.71%) SSL
13 177 (13.64%) Network Security
14 175 (13.48%) DHCP
15 163 (12.56%) Wireless
16 151 (11.63%) Internet
17 146 (11.25%) SAN
18 135 (10.40%) Cisco Nexus
19 121 (9.32%) VoIP
20 108 (8.32%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (8.24%) SQL Server
2 28 (2.16%) MySQL
3 27 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (1.85%) NoSQL
5 21 (1.62%) DB2
6 16 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
7 14 (1.08%) Relational Database
8 10 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (0.69%) Big Data
10 7 (0.54%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.46%) MS Access
11 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.46%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.31%) MongoDB
13 3 (0.23%) Redis
14 2 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
14 2 (0.15%) Apache Hive
14 2 (0.15%) Data Warehouse
14 2 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 25 (1.93%) Git (software)
2 16 (1.23%) Jenkins
3 14 (1.08%) Subversion
4 13 (1.00%) JIRA
5 12 (0.92%) MSI
6 11 (0.85%) Xcode
7 9 (0.69%) Hudson
8 7 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.23%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.23%) Selenium
9 3 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.23%) Gerrit
9 3 (0.23%) Artifactory
10 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.15%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.15%) Toad
11 1 (0.077%) Dreamweaver
11 1 (0.077%) JMeter
11 1 (0.077%) Ant
General
1 174 (13.41%) Finance
2 132 (10.17%) Telecoms
3 57 (4.39%) Banking
4 36 (2.77%) Law
5 29 (2.23%) Legal
6 23 (1.77%) Financial Institution
7 16 (1.23%) Manufacturing
8 14 (1.08%) Investment Banking
9 13 (1.00%) Retail
9 13 (1.00%) Marketing
10 12 (0.92%) Local Government
11 10 (0.77%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.54%) French Language
12 7 (0.54%) Back Office
13 4 (0.31%) Front Office
13 4 (0.31%) Publishing
13 4 (0.31%) Games
14 3 (0.23%) Advertising
14 3 (0.23%) German Language
15 2 (0.15%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 273 (21.03%) Network Engineer
2 183 (14.10%) Analyst
3 104 (8.01%) Support Engineer
4 96 (7.40%) Security Engineer
5 90 (6.93%) Architect
5 90 (6.93%) Consultant
6 64 (4.93%) Support Analyst
7 58 (4.47%) Network Security Engineer
7 58 (4.47%) 2nd Line Support
8 54 (4.16%) Desktop Support
8 54 (4.16%) Developer
9 52 (4.01%) IP Engineer
10 50 (3.85%) Service Analyst
11 48 (3.70%) Design Engineer
11 48 (3.70%) Cisco Engineer
12 47 (3.62%) Service Desk Analyst
13 44 (3.39%) Network Analyst
13 44 (3.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 43 (3.31%) Network Support
15 35 (2.70%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (5.70%) Web Services
2 48 (3.70%) XML
3 34 (2.62%) JSON
4 31 (2.39%) HTML
5 21 (1.62%) .NET
5 21 (1.62%) LAMP
6 19 (1.46%) CSS
6 19 (1.46%) Regular Expression
7 17 (1.31%) Middleware
8 14 (1.08%) HTML5
9 11 (0.85%) RESTful
9 11 (0.85%) Application Packaging
10 9 (0.69%) Ajax
10 9 (0.69%) SOAP
11 6 (0.46%) COM
12 5 (0.39%) REST
13 4 (0.31%) RabbitMQ
14 3 (0.23%) J2EE
14 3 (0.23%) Ruby on Rails
14 3 (0.23%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 132 (10.17%) Blackberry
2 73 (5.62%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (4.78%) PKI
4 57 (4.39%) iPad
5 46 (3.54%) Replication
6 42 (3.24%) Clustering
7 40 (3.08%) Management Information System
7 40 (3.08%) iPhone
8 35 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
9 32 (2.47%) Client/Server
10 31 (2.39%) Hedge funds
11 20 (1.54%) Open Source
12 18 (1.39%) FlexPod
12 18 (1.39%) SecurID
13 17 (1.31%) Computer Science
14 16 (1.23%) CESG
14 16 (1.23%) Thin Client
14 16 (1.23%) Fat Client
15 14 (1.08%) PDA
16 13 (1.00%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 625 (48.15%) Windows
2 256 (19.72%) Windows 7
3 207 (15.95%) Linux
4 163 (12.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 117 (9.01%) Windows XP
6 110 (8.47%) UNIX
7 101 (7.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 96 (7.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 49 (3.78%) Apple iOS
10 45 (3.47%) Windows 8
11 43 (3.31%) Android
12 30 (2.31%) Ubuntu
12 30 (2.31%) AIX
13 29 (2.23%) CentOS
14 27 (2.08%) Solaris
14 27 (2.08%) Mac OS X
15 22 (1.69%) SUSE
16 21 (1.62%) Windows Vista
17 20 (1.54%) Debian
18 19 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 242 (18.64%) ITIL
2 142 (10.94%) Load Balancing
3 79 (6.09%) Service Management
4 74 (5.70%) Change Management
5 73 (5.62%) Migration
6 66 (5.08%) Project Management
7 64 (4.93%) Network Design
8 60 (4.62%) Network Management
9 53 (4.08%) DevOps
10 48 (3.70%) Network Monitoring
11 46 (3.54%) Kalman Filter
12 45 (3.47%) Agile Software Development
13 44 (3.39%) Network Architecture
14 40 (3.08%) ITSM
15 39 (3.00%) Configuration Management
16 38 (2.93%) Risk Assessment
16 38 (2.93%) Mentoring
17 37 (2.85%) Service Delivery
18 36 (2.77%) Capacity Planning
19 31 (2.39%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 141 (10.86%) SQL
2 65 (5.01%) PowerShell
3 62 (4.78%) Perl
4 44 (3.39%) Java
5 34 (2.62%) Shell Script
6 29 (2.23%) JavaScript
7 26 (2.00%) Ruby
8 25 (1.93%) Bash Shell
8 25 (1.93%) PHP
8 25 (1.93%) Objective-C
9 20 (1.54%) C
10 15 (1.16%) VBScript
11 14 (1.08%) VB
11 14 (1.08%) Python
12 12 (0.92%) C++
13 9 (0.69%) VBA
14 8 (0.62%) R
15 3 (0.23%) ActionScript 2.0
15 3 (0.23%) ActionScript
15 3 (0.23%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 340 (26.19%) Cisco Certification
2 219 (16.87%) CCNP
3 140 (10.79%) Security Cleared
4 126 (9.71%) CCNA
5 116 (8.94%) SC Cleared
6 115 (8.86%) CCIE
7 62 (4.78%) Microsoft Certification
8 55 (4.24%) Degree
9 41 (3.16%) CISSP
10 38 (2.93%) CCSP
10 38 (2.93%) MCSE
11 36 (2.77%) ITIL Certification
11 36 (2.77%) CCSE
12 31 (2.39%) CCDP
13 26 (2.00%) CCSA
14 24 (1.85%) Check Point Certification
15 22 (1.69%) MCP
16 19 (1.46%) CCIP
16 19 (1.46%) MOS
17 16 (1.23%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (5.39%) SLA
2 37 (2.85%) PCI DSS
3 16 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.77%) QA
5 6 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.23%) COBIT
6 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.077%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.077%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 379 (29.20%) Active Directory
2 176 (13.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (6.86%) vSphere
4 72 (5.55%) Hyper-V
5 33 (2.54%) XenApp
6 32 (2.47%) XenServer
6 32 (2.47%) ProxySG
7 26 (2.00%) VMware ESX
7 26 (2.00%) XenDesktop
8 25 (1.93%) Terminal Services
9 23 (1.77%) VMware ESXi
10 22 (1.69%) NFS
10 22 (1.69%) Snort
11 19 (1.46%) FreeRADIUS
12 18 (1.39%) Firmware
12 18 (1.39%) Terminal Server
13 16 (1.23%) vCloud
14 14 (1.08%) KVM
15 13 (1.00%) Postfix
16 9 (0.69%) Samba
Systems Management
1 88 (6.78%) SCCM
2 46 (3.54%) Puppet
3 40 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
4 26 (2.00%) Norton AntiVirus
5 25 (1.93%) McAfee ePO
6 21 (1.62%) Backup Exec
7 20 (1.54%) FortiGate
8 19 (1.46%) RANCID
8 19 (1.46%) WSUS
9 18 (1.39%) OpenNMS
10 17 (1.31%) CA Spectrum
11 16 (1.23%) Salt
11 16 (1.23%) OpenView
12 15 (1.16%) Nagios
12 15 (1.16%) SCOM
13 13 (1.00%) SCDPM
14 11 (0.85%) Cisco CUCM
14 11 (0.85%) EMC NetWorker
14 11 (0.85%) ZABBIX
15 10 (0.77%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 615 (47.38%) Cisco
2 355 (27.35%) Microsoft
3 265 (20.42%) CheckPoint
4 261 (20.11%) VMware
5 258 (19.88%) Juniper
6 221 (17.03%) Citrix
7 157 (12.10%) HP
7 157 (12.10%) F5
8 95 (7.32%) Blue Coat
9 70 (5.39%) Nokia
10 65 (5.01%) Dell
11 62 (4.78%) McAfee
12 61 (4.70%) Symantec
13 56 (4.31%) IBM
14 55 (4.24%) Oracle
15 49 (3.78%) SolarWinds
16 46 (3.54%) Red Hat
17 40 (3.08%) Apple
17 40 (3.08%) Remedy
18 35 (2.70%) Sourcefire
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