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 3 July 2015 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 194 201 201
Rank change year-on-year
+7 0
Contract jobs citing VPN 653 582 499
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.17% 1.10% 1.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.23% 8.03% 7.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 272 248
Average daily rate
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£360 £345 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% +11.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £160 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £290
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +12.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 46 72
Average hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £34.25 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
+1.61% -41.50%

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
7937 7246 6967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.21% 13.69% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 3937 3536
Average daily rate £355 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.38% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £326 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 381 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+31.94% -28.00%

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 2015. 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 -4 613 £363 +3.57% 221
London +4 284 £375 - 77
South East +8 150 £399 +32.91% 51
City of London -17 53 £414 +21.69% 19
Berkshire 0 40 £398 +32.50% 7
Yorkshire +4 36 £314 +2.86% 18
East of England -7 33 £263 -26.31% 14
North West -6 32 £300 +22.44% 19
Surrey +1 31 £400 +146.15% 11
South West -7 29 £350 -12.50% 19
West Midlands +5 26 £320 +4.48% 14
Scotland +4 23 £260 +85.71% 2
Hampshire +6 22 £400 +23.07% 12
Buckinghamshire +11 20 £413 +13.79% 8
Manchester +8 20 £300 - 9
Birmingham +4 17 £320 +27.36% 3
West Yorkshire -11 17 £375 +22.95% 12
Leeds -16 15 £375 +22.95% 11
Oxfordshire -13 13 £375 +37.61% 3
North East -14 13 £321 +13.73% 1
Staines +14 12 £400 +1.26% 2
Cambridgeshire +6 12 £265 -10.16% 4
Tyne and Wear -15 12 £294 +4.25%
North Yorkshire - 12 £293 - 1
Milton Keynes +3 11 £413 +3.12%
Bracknell +2 11 - -
East Midlands -9 11 £369 +47.50% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -15 11 £294 +4.25%
Harrogate - 11 £293 -
Maidenhead +10 10 £398 -

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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.

1 806 (58.62%) Firewall
2 737 (53.60%) Cisco
3 580 (42.18%) Windows
4 533 (38.76%) LAN
5 522 (37.96%) WAN
6 392 (28.51%) Active Directory
7 391 (28.44%) Cisco Certification
8 368 (26.76%) Microsoft
9 336 (24.44%) MPLS
10 322 (23.42%) DNS
11 308 (22.40%) Juniper
12 298 (21.67%) TCP/IP
13 297 (21.60%) VMware
14 289 (21.02%) CheckPoint
15 270 (19.64%) Cisco ASA
16 258 (18.76%) BGP
17 252 (18.33%) CCNP
18 249 (18.11%) Wireless
19 246 (17.89%) ITIL
20 241 (17.53%) Citrix
21 238 (17.31%) Network Security
22 233 (16.95%) Linux
23 230 (16.73%) OSPF
24 224 (16.29%) Data Centre
25 220 (16.00%) Windows 7
26 201 (14.62%) SSL
27 200 (14.55%) IPsec
28 198 (14.40%) CCNA
29 197 (14.33%) VLAN
30 194 (14.11%) MS Office

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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
1 149 (10.84%) MS Exchange
2 96 (6.98%) IIS
3 86 (6.25%) Lync
4 79 (5.75%) SharePoint
5 76 (5.53%) Apache
6 71 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
7 37 (2.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 36 (2.62%) nginx
9 34 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 31 (2.25%) Tomcat
11 24 (1.75%) IBM Notes
12 23 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
13 20 (1.45%) Confluence
14 18 (1.31%) JBoss
15 17 (1.24%) Mule ESB
16 16 (1.16%) MediaWiki
17 13 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
18 12 (0.87%) Node.js
18 12 (0.87%) WorkSite
19 11 (0.80%) WebSphere
Applications
1 194 (14.11%) MS Office
2 186 (13.53%) MS Excel
3 58 (4.22%) MS Visio
4 41 (2.98%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.58%) MS Project
6 7 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.073%) Shockwave
8 1 (0.073%) Quicktime
8 1 (0.073%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 6 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.29%) assyst
2 4 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.22%) JDE OneWorld
3 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.073%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.073%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.073%) TeleForm
5 1 (0.073%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 62 (4.51%) Amazon AWS
2 58 (4.22%) Office 365
3 29 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
4 23 (1.67%) PaaS
5 22 (1.60%) IaaS
6 17 (1.24%) Google Cloud Platform
6 17 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
6 17 (1.24%) SaaS
7 12 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
8 11 (0.80%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 9 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.65%) CloudFront
10 7 (0.51%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 6 (0.44%) Google Apps
11 6 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (0.44%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
14 2 (0.15%) Google Drive
14 2 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 806 (58.62%) Firewall
2 533 (38.76%) LAN
3 522 (37.96%) WAN
4 336 (24.44%) MPLS
5 322 (23.42%) DNS
6 298 (21.67%) TCP/IP
7 270 (19.64%) Cisco ASA
8 258 (18.76%) BGP
9 249 (18.11%) Wireless
10 238 (17.31%) Network Security
11 230 (16.73%) OSPF
12 201 (14.62%) SSL
13 200 (14.55%) IPsec
14 197 (14.33%) VLAN
15 175 (12.73%) DHCP
16 167 (12.15%) Internet
17 156 (11.35%) VoIP
18 141 (10.25%) SAN
19 126 (9.16%) Ethernet
19 126 (9.16%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (8.95%) SQL Server
2 76 (5.53%) MySQL
3 40 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
4 25 (1.82%) NoSQL
5 21 (1.53%) MongoDB
6 18 (1.31%) SQL Server 2008
7 16 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (1.09%) Redis
9 13 (0.95%) Big Data
10 12 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
11 11 (0.80%) Relational Database
12 7 (0.51%) SQLite
13 6 (0.44%) JasperReports
14 5 (0.36%) Oracle Database
14 5 (0.36%) Hadoop
15 3 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
15 3 (0.22%) SQL Server 2005
15 3 (0.22%) DB2
16 2 (0.15%) Sybase ASA
16 2 (0.15%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 51 (3.71%) Git (software)
2 46 (3.35%) Jenkins
3 30 (2.18%) Subversion
4 23 (1.67%) JIRA
5 19 (1.38%) Gerrit
6 17 (1.24%) Artifactory
6 17 (1.24%) Hudson
6 17 (1.24%) SonarQube
7 14 (1.02%) Mercurial
8 11 (0.80%) Maven
9 10 (0.73%) Visual Studio
10 9 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (0.58%) Ant
12 7 (0.51%) Oracle Forms
12 7 (0.51%) JMeter
12 7 (0.51%) Selenium
12 7 (0.51%) Gradle
13 6 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 5 (0.36%) Metasploit
15 4 (0.29%) MSI
General
1 182 (13.24%) Finance
2 131 (9.53%) Telecoms
3 57 (4.15%) Banking
4 23 (1.67%) Multimedia
4 23 (1.67%) Investment Banking
5 22 (1.60%) Law
6 21 (1.53%) Legal
6 21 (1.53%) Retail
7 15 (1.09%) Back Office
8 14 (1.02%) Marketing
9 12 (0.87%) Local Government
9 12 (0.87%) Manufacturing
10 11 (0.80%) Electronics
10 11 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 11 (0.80%) Publishing
11 10 (0.73%) French Language
12 9 (0.65%) Billing
13 8 (0.58%) Dutch Language
14 5 (0.36%) German Language
14 5 (0.36%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 349 (25.38%) Network Engineer
2 204 (14.84%) Analyst
3 152 (11.05%) Architect
4 98 (7.13%) Support Engineer
5 80 (5.82%) Security Engineer
6 77 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 62 (4.51%) Service Desk Analyst
8 61 (4.44%) Service Analyst
9 60 (4.36%) Consultant
10 56 (4.07%) Infrastructure Architect
11 53 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
12 52 (3.78%) Desktop Support
13 49 (3.56%) Network Analyst
14 47 (3.42%) Support Analyst
15 46 (3.35%) Senior Network Engineer
16 40 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support
17 38 (2.76%) Administrator
17 38 (2.76%) Network Support
18 35 (2.55%) Project Manager
19 32 (2.33%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (5.67%) Web Services
2 31 (2.25%) HTML
3 30 (2.18%) LAMP
4 28 (2.04%) .NET
5 27 (1.96%) CSS
6 22 (1.60%) J2EE
6 22 (1.60%) XML
7 17 (1.24%) Middleware
8 15 (1.09%) Ajax
9 14 (1.02%) SOAP
10 13 (0.95%) RabbitMQ
11 12 (0.87%) HTML5
12 11 (0.80%) XMPP
12 11 (0.80%) JSON
12 11 (0.80%) FIX Protocol
13 10 (0.73%) COM
14 9 (0.65%) jQuery
15 8 (0.58%) .NET Framework
16 7 (0.51%) SAML
16 7 (0.51%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 224 (16.29%) Data Centre
2 90 (6.55%) PKI
3 81 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
4 68 (4.95%) Blackberry
5 62 (4.51%) Management Information System
6 55 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
7 38 (2.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 35 (2.55%) iPhone
9 33 (2.40%) Clustering
10 28 (2.04%) Replication
11 24 (1.75%) iPad
12 22 (1.60%) Client/Server
13 20 (1.45%) Computer Science
14 18 (1.31%) Wiki
15 16 (1.16%) SecurID
16 15 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
17 14 (1.02%) Public Cloud
18 13 (0.95%) Fat Client
18 13 (0.95%) Thin Client
19 12 (0.87%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 580 (42.18%) Windows
2 233 (16.95%) Linux
3 220 (16.00%) Windows 7
4 131 (9.53%) Windows Server 2008
5 112 (8.15%) Windows Server 2003
6 105 (7.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 101 (7.35%) UNIX
8 61 (4.44%) Windows XP
9 55 (4.00%) Android
10 44 (3.20%) Windows 8
11 41 (2.98%) Solaris
12 40 (2.91%) CentOS
13 37 (2.69%) Ubuntu
14 25 (1.82%) Mac OS X
15 23 (1.67%) Apple iOS
16 19 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 13 (0.95%) Debian
18 10 (0.73%) Windows Vista
19 8 (0.58%) Data ONTAP
20 7 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 246 (17.89%) ITIL
2 142 (10.33%) Load Balancing
3 98 (7.13%) Migration
4 84 (6.11%) Network Management
5 82 (5.96%) Service Management
6 81 (5.89%) Project Management
7 67 (4.87%) Information Security
8 66 (4.80%) Network Design
9 62 (4.51%) Service Delivery
10 58 (4.22%) Kalman Filter
11 53 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
12 51 (3.71%) PRINCE2
13 48 (3.49%) Agile Software Development
13 48 (3.49%) DevOps
14 47 (3.42%) Incident Management
14 47 (3.42%) Capacity Planning
15 44 (3.20%) Continuous Integration
15 44 (3.20%) Configuration Management
16 43 (3.13%) Change Management
17 38 (2.76%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 121 (8.80%) SQL
2 61 (4.44%) Python
3 53 (3.85%) Perl
4 42 (3.05%) Java
5 41 (2.98%) PowerShell
6 40 (2.91%) Ruby
7 39 (2.84%) PHP
8 37 (2.69%) C
9 35 (2.55%) Bash Shell
10 27 (1.96%) JavaScript
11 25 (1.82%) Shell Script
12 16 (1.16%) C++
13 14 (1.02%) VB
14 11 (0.80%) C#
15 9 (0.65%) VBScript
16 3 (0.22%) Lisp
17 2 (0.15%) Tcl
18 1 (0.073%) Objective-C
18 1 (0.073%) ABAP
18 1 (0.073%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 391 (28.44%) Cisco Certification
2 252 (18.33%) CCNP
3 198 (14.40%) CCNA
4 142 (10.33%) Security Cleared
5 113 (8.22%) SC Cleared
6 99 (7.20%) Degree
7 89 (6.47%) Microsoft Certification
8 86 (6.25%) CCIE
9 52 (3.78%) MCSE
10 45 (3.27%) CCIP
11 39 (2.84%) CISSP
12 30 (2.18%) CCDP
12 30 (2.18%) CCSE
13 24 (1.75%) MCP
13 24 (1.75%) CCSA
14 23 (1.67%) DV Cleared
15 22 (1.60%) MCSA
16 21 (1.53%) Check Point Certification
16 21 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
16 21 (1.53%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (5.67%) SLA
2 47 (3.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (2.11%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.45%) QA
5 15 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 9 (0.65%) COBIT
7 7 (0.51%) Dodd-Frank
8 5 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 4 (0.29%) COSO
10 2 (0.15%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.073%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 1 (0.073%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 392 (28.51%) Active Directory
2 174 (12.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 108 (7.85%) vSphere
4 70 (5.09%) XenApp
5 67 (4.87%) Hyper-V
6 53 (3.85%) vCloud
7 34 (2.47%) XenServer
8 27 (1.96%) XenDesktop
9 23 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
10 20 (1.45%) ProxySG
10 20 (1.45%) Samba
11 19 (1.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 18 (1.31%) Docker
12 18 (1.31%) iptables
12 18 (1.31%) VMware ESX
12 18 (1.31%) Snort
12 18 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (1.16%) Postfix
14 14 (1.02%) ISA Server
14 14 (1.02%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 77 (5.60%) SCCM
2 51 (3.71%) Puppet
3 36 (2.62%) ZABBIX
3 36 (2.62%) Opscode Chef
4 31 (2.25%) Cisco CUCM
5 24 (1.75%) Nagios
6 23 (1.67%) Backup Exec
6 23 (1.67%) Ansible
6 23 (1.67%) Salt
7 19 (1.38%) FortiGate
8 18 (1.31%) CA Spectrum
9 17 (1.24%) logstash
9 17 (1.24%) Kibana
9 17 (1.24%) RANCID
9 17 (1.24%) Rundeck
10 16 (1.16%) HAProxy
10 16 (1.16%) MIMEsweeper
11 12 (0.87%) MAILsweeper
11 12 (0.87%) Cisco Prime
12 11 (0.80%) WSUS
Vendors
1 737 (53.60%) Cisco
2 368 (26.76%) Microsoft
3 308 (22.40%) Juniper
4 297 (21.60%) VMware
5 289 (21.02%) CheckPoint
6 241 (17.53%) Citrix
7 159 (11.56%) F5
8 114 (8.29%) HP
9 109 (7.93%) Blue Coat
10 89 (6.47%) SolarWinds
11 65 (4.73%) McAfee
12 64 (4.65%) Red Hat
13 56 (4.07%) Oracle
14 51 (3.71%) NetApp
15 50 (3.64%) Infoblox
16 48 (3.49%) CA
17 44 (3.20%) Dell
18 43 (3.13%) Aruba
19 38 (2.76%) Nokia
19 38 (2.76%) Symantec
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