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 22 January 2017 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK
Rank 192 205 189
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -16
Contract jobs citing VPN 579 612 638
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.31% 1.21% 1.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.58% 8.30% 8.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 326 348
Median daily rate £395 £400 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +19.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £160 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £361 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.34% +20.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 38 36
Median hourly rate £19.31 £19.75 £17.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.21% +11.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £11.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £46.71 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £19.00 £15.15
% change year-on-year
-9.21% +25.45%

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
6749 7373 7500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.32% 14.52% 14.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4126 4286 4243
Median daily rate £400 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.36% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 367 417
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +19.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +20.83%

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 22 January 2017.

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 January 2017.

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 22 January 2017. 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 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 +16 536 £400 - 171
London +36 281 £450 +5.88% 64
South East -34 103 £375 -6.25% 41
North West +1 34 £450 -4.76% 22
City of London -2 31 £378 -7.07% 16
East of England +7 29 £195 -48.00% 10
West Midlands +10 28 £400 +100.00% 10
Berkshire -16 26 £350 -12.50% 5
Yorkshire +20 25 £375 +15.38% 13
Surrey +18 24 £378 -5.62% 8
Croydon +11 23 £475 +239.28%
South West +7 21 £310 -17.33% 8
Hampshire -6 21 £388 -13.40% 7
West Yorkshire +25 18 £375 +7.14% 9
Buckinghamshire +16 18 £450 -18.18% 10
Scotland +22 17 £200 -40.74% 7
Milton Keynes +21 17 £450 -18.18% 3
Cheshire +5 16 £600 +14.28% 3
Manchester +15 14 £450 +26.31% 15
Leeds +13 14 £375 +0.67% 8
Hertfordshire +4 12 £195 - 1
Birmingham -4 12 £400 +102.53% 6
Reading -6 11 £185 -57.47% 2
Stevenage - 11 £195 -
Bristol -6 9 £300 -18.36% 4
County Antrim -11 9 £225 - 1
Belfast -12 9 £225 - 1
Northern Ireland -14 9 £225 - 2
Salford - 9 £450 - 2
Dorset +10 8 £243 -41.21% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, 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.

1 633 (52.84%) Firewall
2 567 (47.33%) Cisco
3 433 (36.14%) Windows
4 414 (34.56%) WAN
5 401 (33.47%) LAN
6 303 (25.29%) Microsoft
7 297 (24.79%) DNS
8 296 (24.71%) Cisco Certification
9 290 (24.21%) Active Directory
10 271 (22.62%) Linux
11 268 (22.37%) VMware
12 241 (20.12%) TCP/IP
13 235 (19.62%) Security Cleared
14 222 (18.53%) CheckPoint
15 219 (18.28%) Cisco ASA
16 218 (18.20%) Wireless
17 203 (16.94%) Amazon AWS
18 201 (16.78%) SC Cleared
18 201 (16.78%) Juniper
19 184 (15.36%) Network Security
20 179 (14.94%) CCNP
21 175 (14.61%) Data Centre
22 174 (14.52%) DevOps
23 168 (14.02%) SSL
24 166 (13.86%) Windows Server
25 163 (13.61%) CCNA
26 161 (13.44%) DHCP
27 157 (13.11%) Load Balancing
28 154 (12.85%) ITIL
28 154 (12.85%) Finance

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 80 (6.68%) MS Exchange
2 79 (6.59%) Apache
3 66 (5.51%) nginx
4 45 (3.76%) Exchange Server 2010
5 43 (3.59%) SharePoint
6 41 (3.42%) Tomcat
7 37 (3.09%) Confluence
8 35 (2.92%) Skype for Business
9 33 (2.75%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (2.17%) Jetty
11 25 (2.09%) Mule ESB
11 25 (2.09%) WildFly
12 24 (2.00%) IIS
13 23 (1.92%) IBM Notes
14 21 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
15 17 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
16 13 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
17 10 (0.83%) WebSphere
18 6 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 6 (0.50%) JBoss
Applications
1 121 (10.10%) MS Office
2 94 (7.85%) MS Excel
3 39 (3.26%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.92%) HipChat
5 17 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.25%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.17%) MS Project
7 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.50%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.42%) Infor M3
3 4 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.25%) Eikon
4 3 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.17%) assyst
6 1 (0.083%) Bankmaster
6 1 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.083%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 203 (16.94%) Amazon AWS
2 124 (10.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 103 (8.60%) Office 365
4 46 (3.84%) Amazon EC2
5 43 (3.59%) Amazon S3
6 42 (3.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 38 (3.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 35 (2.92%) IaaS
9 33 (2.75%) AWS CloudFormation
9 33 (2.75%) PaaS
10 29 (2.42%) AWS CloudTrail
11 23 (1.92%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 21 (1.75%) SaaS
13 19 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
13 19 (1.59%) Route 53
14 18 (1.50%) CloudFront
15 10 (0.83%) Akamai
15 10 (0.83%) Amazon ELB
16 9 (0.75%) AWS Lambda
17 6 (0.50%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 633 (52.84%) Firewall
2 414 (34.56%) WAN
3 401 (33.47%) LAN
4 297 (24.79%) DNS
5 241 (20.12%) TCP/IP
6 219 (18.28%) Cisco ASA
7 218 (18.20%) Wireless
8 184 (15.36%) Network Security
9 168 (14.02%) SSL
10 161 (13.44%) DHCP
11 152 (12.69%) MPLS
12 148 (12.35%) IPsec
13 147 (12.27%) VoIP
14 145 (12.10%) VLAN
15 140 (11.69%) OSPF
16 138 (11.52%) BGP
17 122 (10.18%) Cisco Nexus
18 109 (9.10%) Internet
19 80 (6.68%) SAN
20 64 (5.34%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (7.10%) PostgreSQL
2 84 (7.01%) SQL Server
3 66 (5.51%) MySQL
4 54 (4.51%) Amazon RDS
5 43 (3.59%) Oracle Database
6 37 (3.09%) Oracle Database 11g
7 36 (3.01%) NoSQL
8 33 (2.75%) Hadoop
9 27 (2.25%) Redis
10 16 (1.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 15 (1.25%) MongoDB
12 7 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
13 6 (0.50%) Big Data
14 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
14 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
15 4 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
15 4 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
16 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
16 3 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 125 (10.43%) Jenkins
2 70 (5.84%) Git (software)
3 59 (4.92%) JIRA
4 38 (3.17%) Sonatype Nexus
5 31 (2.59%) Gerrit
5 31 (2.59%) Mercurial
6 29 (2.42%) SonarQube
7 24 (2.00%) GitLab
8 21 (1.75%) JIRA Agile
9 19 (1.59%) Ant
9 19 (1.59%) Maven
10 17 (1.42%) JUnit
10 17 (1.42%) Liquibase
11 16 (1.34%) Bitbucket
12 13 (1.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 12 (1.00%) Artifactory
13 12 (1.00%) GoCD
14 10 (0.83%) Vagrant
15 8 (0.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
16 6 (0.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 154 (12.85%) Finance
2 61 (5.09%) Telecoms
3 38 (3.17%) Retail
4 28 (2.34%) Banking
5 26 (2.17%) Legal
6 22 (1.84%) Financial Institution
7 10 (0.83%) Advertising
7 10 (0.83%) Local Government
7 10 (0.83%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.75%) Back Office
8 9 (0.75%) Billing
9 4 (0.33%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.33%) Spanish Language
10 3 (0.25%) Games
10 3 (0.25%) German Language
10 3 (0.25%) Japanese Language
10 3 (0.25%) Law
10 3 (0.25%) Marketing
10 3 (0.25%) Publishing
10 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 272 (22.70%) Network Engineer
2 158 (13.19%) Architect
3 149 (12.44%) Analyst
4 111 (9.27%) Support Engineer
5 92 (7.68%) Consultant
6 78 (6.51%) Cisco Engineer
7 66 (5.51%) DevOps Engineer
7 66 (5.51%) Security Engineer
8 65 (5.43%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 61 (5.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 58 (4.84%) AWS DevOps
11 46 (3.84%) Security Analyst
12 45 (3.76%) Network Security Engineer
12 45 (3.76%) Network Support
13 44 (3.67%) Network Architect
13 44 (3.67%) Senior Network Engineer
14 41 (3.42%) 2nd Line Support
15 39 (3.26%) Cloud Architect
15 39 (3.26%) Technical Architect
16 38 (3.17%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (6.34%) ELK Stack
2 51 (4.26%) Web Services
3 45 (3.76%) 802.1X
4 39 (3.26%) LAMP
5 30 (2.50%) LAPP Stack
5 30 (2.50%) LEMP Stack
6 25 (2.09%) RabbitMQ
6 25 (2.09%) Software Packaging
7 18 (1.50%) .NET
7 18 (1.50%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 17 (1.42%) MCollective
9 14 (1.17%) Middleware
9 14 (1.17%) RESTful
10 11 (0.92%) JSON
11 10 (0.83%) CSS
11 10 (0.83%) HTML
12 8 (0.67%) XMPP
13 7 (0.58%) REST
14 6 (0.50%) SOAP
15 5 (0.42%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 175 (14.61%) Data Centre
2 69 (5.76%) PKI
3 64 (5.34%) Management Information System
4 62 (5.18%) Public Cloud
5 61 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
6 44 (3.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 37 (3.09%) Video Conferencing
8 27 (2.25%) Blackberry
9 21 (1.75%) Replication
10 19 (1.59%) Cyber Attack
10 19 (1.59%) Smartphone
11 18 (1.50%) Hedge funds
11 18 (1.50%) RSA SecurID
12 14 (1.17%) Clustering
13 13 (1.09%) BYOD
13 13 (1.09%) Computer Science
13 13 (1.09%) Fat Client
13 13 (1.09%) Security Operations Centre
13 13 (1.09%) Thin Client
14 12 (1.00%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 433 (36.14%) Windows
2 271 (22.62%) Linux
3 166 (13.86%) Windows Server
4 125 (10.43%) Windows 7
5 108 (9.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 106 (8.85%) Unix
7 105 (8.76%) CentOS
8 93 (7.76%) Windows Server 2012
9 72 (6.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 71 (5.93%) Windows 10
11 55 (4.59%) Windows Server 2003
12 47 (3.92%) Ubuntu
13 40 (3.34%) Android
14 35 (2.92%) Windows 8
15 34 (2.84%) Windows XP
16 26 (2.17%) Apple iOS
17 17 (1.42%) VyOS
18 16 (1.34%) Mac OS X
19 14 (1.17%) Solaris
20 13 (1.09%) RancherOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (14.52%) DevOps
2 157 (13.11%) Load Balancing
3 154 (12.85%) ITIL
4 136 (11.35%) Agile Software Development
5 111 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
6 100 (8.35%) Network Design
7 89 (7.43%) Migration
8 83 (6.93%) Configuration Management
9 77 (6.43%) Information Security
10 72 (6.01%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 61 (5.09%) Network Monitoring
11 61 (5.09%) Scrum
12 57 (4.76%) Mentoring
12 57 (4.76%) Network Management
12 57 (4.76%) Service Management
13 56 (4.67%) Change Management
14 55 (4.59%) Cybersecurity
15 52 (4.34%) Continuous Delivery
16 51 (4.26%) Patch Management
17 48 (4.01%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 107 (8.93%) Python
2 74 (6.18%) SQL
3 73 (6.09%) Bash Shell
4 64 (5.34%) Ruby
5 59 (4.92%) Perl
6 44 (3.67%) PowerShell
7 34 (2.84%) C
8 32 (2.67%) Shell Script
9 31 (2.59%) Java
10 15 (1.25%) Go
10 15 (1.25%) PHP
11 12 (1.00%) JavaScript
12 5 (0.42%) C#
12 5 (0.42%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.33%) VBScript
14 3 (0.25%) C++
14 3 (0.25%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.083%) Lisp
15 1 (0.083%) VB
15 1 (0.083%) XAML
Qualifications
1 296 (24.71%) Cisco Certification
2 235 (19.62%) Security Cleared
3 201 (16.78%) SC Cleared
4 179 (14.94%) CCNP
5 163 (13.61%) CCNA
6 76 (6.34%) Degree
7 72 (6.01%) CCIE
8 65 (5.43%) CISSP
9 43 (3.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 38 (3.17%) SANS
11 36 (3.01%) MCSE
12 35 (2.92%) CCDP
13 34 (2.84%) CCSA
13 34 (2.84%) SSCP
14 27 (2.25%) JNCIP
14 27 (2.25%) JNCIS
15 26 (2.17%) CCSE
16 25 (2.09%) AWS Certification
16 25 (2.09%) CCDA
16 25 (2.09%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (5.26%) SLA
2 21 (1.75%) PCI DSS
3 18 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.92%) Disclosure Scotland
4 11 (0.92%) QA
5 5 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.33%) COBIT
6 4 (0.33%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.17%) COSO
7 2 (0.17%) FedRAMP
7 2 (0.17%) SAS 70
8 1 (0.083%) HL7
8 1 (0.083%) HMG Infosec
8 1 (0.083%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.083%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.083%) ISO27005
8 1 (0.083%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.083%) RMADS
System Software
1 290 (24.21%) Active Directory
2 149 (12.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (9.35%) Docker
4 52 (4.34%) Hyper-V
4 52 (4.34%) Virtual Machines
5 41 (3.42%) vCloud
6 35 (2.92%) vSphere
7 29 (2.42%) VMware ESX
8 28 (2.34%) Xen
8 28 (2.34%) XenApp
9 27 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
10 24 (2.00%) XenDesktop
11 21 (1.75%) ProxySG
12 19 (1.59%) Squid
13 17 (1.42%) Postfix
14 13 (1.09%) BitLocker
15 12 (1.00%) Firmware
15 12 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
15 12 (1.00%) Terminal Services
16 11 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 138 (11.52%) Ansible
2 130 (10.85%) Puppet
3 97 (8.10%) Terraform
4 78 (6.51%) SCCM
5 71 (5.93%) Kubernetes
6 66 (5.51%) ZABBIX
7 54 (4.51%) logstash
8 53 (4.42%) Kibana
9 49 (4.09%) Opscode Chef
10 43 (3.59%) Consul
10 43 (3.59%) FortiGate
10 43 (3.59%) HAProxy
11 35 (2.92%) SCOM
12 34 (2.84%) QRadar
13 33 (2.75%) Nagios
13 33 (2.75%) Packer
14 27 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
15 23 (1.92%) Nexpose
16 20 (1.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
17 19 (1.59%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 567 (47.33%) Cisco
2 303 (25.29%) Microsoft
3 268 (22.37%) VMware
4 222 (18.53%) CheckPoint
5 201 (16.78%) Juniper
6 133 (11.10%) Citrix
7 116 (9.68%) F5
8 104 (8.68%) Palo Alto
9 88 (7.35%) Oracle
10 70 (5.84%) Apple
11 64 (5.34%) HP
12 63 (5.26%) Blue Coat
13 62 (5.18%) Red Hat
14 59 (4.92%) Splunk
15 55 (4.59%) Intel Security
16 51 (4.26%) Fortinet
17 48 (4.01%) Symantec
18 43 (3.59%) Dell
19 37 (3.09%) Aruba
19 37 (3.09%) LogRhythm
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £230.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £340 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Kent
Senitor Associates
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £120.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
onezeero.
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Xist4 IT Recruitment
Rate: £15-20/hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £200.00 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £13 - £14 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £100.00 - £150.00 per day + subsidised restaurant & gym
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Great Abington, Cambridgeshire
XIST4 IT Recruitment
Rate: £15-20/hour
Posted: 12 days ago
South West London
World First
Posted: 9 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago