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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 172 191 180
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -11
Contract jobs citing VPN 660 521 509
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.27% 1.04% 1.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.73% 7.93% 7.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 380 270 252
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £314
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £110 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £344 £285 £300
% change year-on-year
+20.61% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 58 62
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.39 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.75% -13.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £32.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+1.33% -13.15%

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
7559 6567 6800
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.57% 13.11% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 4102 3366 3311
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £215 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 372 568
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £20.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+47.27% -10.97%

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 5 March 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 5 March 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 5 March 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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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 +34 631 £338 +13.44% 227
London +74 282 £334 -2.55% 66
South East -14 172 £375 +15.38% 54
Berkshire +1 80 £398 +51.42% 12
City of London +53 72 £330 +1.53% 21
South West +5 43 £360 +2.56% 33
Surrey +18 40 £245 +55.55% 16
North West -5 38 £319 +41.66% 23
East of England +17 37 £390 +20.00% 6
Manchester +5 27 £318 +135.18% 9
Yorkshire -4 27 £285 +5.55% 18
Hertfordshire +17 19 £475 +46.15% 3
Bristol +6 17 £380 +245.45% 6
West Midlands +2 16 £285 -17.09% 11
Wiltshire +2 15 £190 -41.89% 4
Hampshire -22 15 £419 +4.68% 12
East Midlands -10 14 £313 +184.09% 9
Scotland -11 14 £500 +48.14% 3
Buckinghamshire +3 13 £290 +21.46% 5
West Yorkshire -8 12 £300 +16.50% 14
Maidenhead -1 11 £398 +13.57% 1
Watford +18 10 £475 +46.15%
Nottinghamshire - 10 £306 - 1
Glasgow +7 9 £500 +42.85% 2
Swindon -3 9 £190 -41.89% 1
Milton Keynes -6 9 £290 +107.14% 2
Reading -9 9 £249 +37.37% 2
Nottingham - 9 £306 - 1
Suffolk +9 8 £245 -2.00%
Cheshire +4 8 £408 +25.38% 13

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 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.

1 738 (55.32%) Firewall
2 681 (51.05%) Cisco
3 620 (46.48%) Windows
4 452 (33.88%) WAN
5 436 (32.68%) LAN
6 370 (27.74%) Cisco Certification
7 366 (27.44%) Microsoft
8 356 (26.69%) Active Directory
9 297 (22.26%) MPLS
10 275 (20.61%) VMware
11 271 (20.31%) TCP/IP
12 258 (19.34%) BGP
13 257 (19.27%) ITIL
14 254 (19.04%) OSPF
15 249 (18.67%) DNS
16 243 (18.22%) CheckPoint
16 243 (18.22%) Windows 7
17 239 (17.92%) Citrix
18 238 (17.84%) Juniper
19 237 (17.77%) Cisco ASA
20 228 (17.09%) CCNP
21 204 (15.29%) Linux
22 202 (15.14%) MS Office
23 192 (14.39%) Wireless
23 192 (14.39%) IPsec
24 189 (14.17%) Network Security
25 182 (13.64%) VLAN
25 182 (13.64%) CCNA
26 181 (13.57%) SSL
27 172 (12.89%) MS Excel

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 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
1 155 (11.62%) MS Exchange
2 91 (6.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 83 (6.22%) IIS
4 76 (5.70%) SharePoint
5 64 (4.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 62 (4.65%) Lync
7 56 (4.20%) Apache
8 33 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2007
9 29 (2.17%) IBM Notes
10 27 (2.02%) Exchange Server 2013
11 23 (1.72%) nginx
12 21 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
13 20 (1.50%) WorkSite
14 19 (1.42%) Confluence
15 17 (1.27%) MediaWiki
16 15 (1.12%) Office Communications Server
17 12 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
18 9 (0.67%) Lotus Domino
19 8 (0.60%) Tomcat
20 5 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 202 (15.14%) MS Office
2 172 (12.89%) MS Excel
3 33 (2.47%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.45%) MS Project
5 6 (0.45%) Doxygen
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.075%) Shockwave
7 1 (0.075%) Quicktime
7 1 (0.075%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 9 (0.67%) assyst
2 6 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.075%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.075%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 40 (3.00%) Office 365
2 31 (2.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.50%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (1.20%) SaaS
5 15 (1.12%) IaaS
6 10 (0.75%) PaaS
6 10 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
7 9 (0.67%) CloudFront
8 6 (0.45%) ElastiCache
8 6 (0.45%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 5 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
9 5 (0.37%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.075%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 738 (55.32%) Firewall
2 452 (33.88%) WAN
3 436 (32.68%) LAN
4 297 (22.26%) MPLS
5 271 (20.31%) TCP/IP
6 258 (19.34%) BGP
7 254 (19.04%) OSPF
8 249 (18.67%) DNS
9 237 (17.77%) Cisco ASA
10 192 (14.39%) Wireless
10 192 (14.39%) IPsec
11 189 (14.17%) Network Security
12 182 (13.64%) VLAN
13 181 (13.57%) SSL
14 168 (12.59%) Internet
15 159 (11.92%) VoIP
16 154 (11.54%) DHCP
17 121 (9.07%) SAN
18 112 (8.40%) Ethernet
18 112 (8.40%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (9.15%) SQL Server
2 38 (2.85%) MySQL
3 33 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
4 27 (2.02%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (1.27%) Relational Database
6 13 (0.97%) NoSQL
7 12 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
8 11 (0.82%) Big Data
9 10 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.75%) DB2
10 9 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
10 9 (0.67%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.52%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.37%) Redis
12 5 (0.37%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.30%) SQLite
14 3 (0.22%) Oracle Database 11g
14 3 (0.22%) MS Access
15 2 (0.15%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 40 (3.00%) Git (software)
2 28 (2.10%) Jenkins
3 27 (2.02%) Subversion
4 19 (1.42%) JIRA
5 17 (1.27%) Hudson
6 13 (0.97%) MSI
7 8 (0.60%) Xcode
8 6 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 6 (0.45%) Gerrit
8 6 (0.45%) Artifactory
9 4 (0.30%) Gradle
9 4 (0.30%) Selenium
9 4 (0.30%) Maven
9 4 (0.30%) JMeter
9 4 (0.30%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.22%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.22%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.15%) Rational DOORS
11 2 (0.15%) Ant
12 1 (0.075%) NUnit
General
1 147 (11.02%) Telecoms
2 141 (10.57%) Finance
3 55 (4.12%) Banking
4 39 (2.92%) Law
5 27 (2.02%) Legal
6 19 (1.42%) Retail
7 17 (1.27%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 12 (0.90%) Games
10 10 (0.75%) Manufacturing
11 9 (0.67%) Local Government
11 9 (0.67%) Marketing
11 9 (0.67%) French Language
12 5 (0.37%) Back Office
12 5 (0.37%) Electronics
13 4 (0.30%) Publishing
13 4 (0.30%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.22%) German Language
14 3 (0.22%) Japanese Language
14 3 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 306 (22.94%) Network Engineer
2 223 (16.72%) Analyst
3 123 (9.22%) Architect
4 118 (8.85%) Support Engineer
5 88 (6.60%) Consultant
6 78 (5.85%) Security Engineer
7 77 (5.77%) Service Analyst
7 77 (5.77%) Service Desk Analyst
8 57 (4.27%) Network Analyst
9 53 (3.97%) Support Analyst
10 51 (3.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 51 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support
10 51 (3.82%) Desktop Support
10 51 (3.82%) IP Engineer
11 50 (3.75%) Network Support
12 49 (3.67%) Network Security Engineer
13 43 (3.22%) Developer
14 38 (2.85%) Design Engineer
15 33 (2.47%) Solutions Architect
15 33 (2.47%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (4.80%) Web Services
2 46 (3.45%) HTML
3 42 (3.15%) XML
4 31 (2.32%) CSS
5 25 (1.87%) .NET
6 20 (1.50%) Ajax
6 20 (1.50%) JSON
7 19 (1.42%) SOAP
7 19 (1.42%) HTML5
8 16 (1.20%) COM
9 11 (0.82%) LAMP
10 9 (0.67%) J2EE
10 9 (0.67%) RESTful
10 9 (0.67%) Regular Expression
11 8 (0.60%) .NET Framework
11 8 (0.60%) Middleware
12 7 (0.52%) Application Packaging
12 7 (0.52%) REST
13 6 (0.45%) jQuery
14 5 (0.37%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 107 (8.02%) Blackberry
2 73 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (4.50%) PKI
4 49 (3.67%) Video Conferencing
5 42 (3.15%) Management Information System
6 39 (2.92%) iPad
7 37 (2.77%) iPhone
7 37 (2.77%) Clustering
8 32 (2.40%) SecurID
9 30 (2.25%) Replication
10 23 (1.72%) Client/Server
11 21 (1.57%) FlexPod
11 21 (1.57%) CMDB
12 19 (1.42%) Wiki
13 16 (1.20%) Fat Client
13 16 (1.20%) Thin Client
13 16 (1.20%) Handset
14 14 (1.05%) Open Source
15 13 (0.97%) Computer Science
15 13 (0.97%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 620 (46.48%) Windows
2 243 (18.22%) Windows 7
3 204 (15.29%) Linux
4 145 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
5 107 (8.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 102 (7.65%) UNIX
7 97 (7.27%) Windows XP
8 96 (7.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (4.27%) Windows 8
10 42 (3.15%) CentOS
11 37 (2.77%) Android
11 37 (2.77%) Apple iOS
12 35 (2.62%) Ubuntu
13 27 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 26 (1.95%) Solaris
15 25 (1.87%) Mac OS X
16 21 (1.57%) Windows 2000
17 17 (1.27%) Debian
17 17 (1.27%) Windows Vista
18 15 (1.12%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (19.27%) ITIL
2 136 (10.19%) Load Balancing
3 99 (7.42%) Migration
4 83 (6.22%) Project Management
5 81 (6.07%) Service Management
6 68 (5.10%) Network Design
7 62 (4.65%) Change Management
8 61 (4.57%) Network Management
9 51 (3.82%) Kalman Filter
10 50 (3.75%) Service Delivery
11 43 (3.22%) PRINCE2
11 43 (3.22%) Agile Software Development
12 42 (3.15%) Information Security
13 41 (3.07%) Incident Management
13 41 (3.07%) Configuration Management
13 41 (3.07%) Network Monitoring
14 36 (2.70%) Technical Architecture
15 35 (2.62%) Disaster Recovery
15 35 (2.62%) DevOps
16 34 (2.55%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 113 (8.47%) SQL
2 52 (3.90%) Perl
3 39 (2.92%) JavaScript
4 34 (2.55%) Java
5 29 (2.17%) Python
6 28 (2.10%) Bash Shell
7 27 (2.02%) PowerShell
7 27 (2.02%) Shell Script
8 25 (1.87%) C
9 23 (1.72%) Ruby
10 21 (1.57%) PHP
11 17 (1.27%) Objective-C
12 13 (0.97%) C++
13 10 (0.75%) C#
14 8 (0.60%) VBScript
15 4 (0.30%) ActionScript
15 4 (0.30%) ActionScript 2.0
15 4 (0.30%) R
16 2 (0.15%) VB
17 1 (0.075%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 370 (27.74%) Cisco Certification
2 228 (17.09%) CCNP
3 182 (13.64%) CCNA
4 147 (11.02%) Security Cleared
5 122 (9.15%) SC Cleared
6 117 (8.77%) CCIE
7 78 (5.85%) Degree
8 71 (5.32%) Microsoft Certification
9 54 (4.05%) MCSE
10 51 (3.82%) CCIP
11 47 (3.52%) CISSP
12 32 (2.40%) CCDP
13 27 (2.02%) JNCIP
14 23 (1.72%) DV Cleared
14 23 (1.72%) CCSP
15 22 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (1.65%) JNCIA
15 22 (1.65%) VCP4
16 21 (1.57%) CCSE
17 20 (1.50%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (6.90%) SLA
2 47 (3.52%) PCI DSS
3 21 (1.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 15 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.82%) Dodd-Frank
6 7 (0.52%) COBIT
6 7 (0.52%) QA
7 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.075%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.075%) COSO
System Software
1 356 (26.69%) Active Directory
2 167 (12.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (6.22%) vSphere
4 62 (4.65%) Hyper-V
5 34 (2.55%) XenApp
6 33 (2.47%) vCloud
7 28 (2.10%) XenServer
8 25 (1.87%) VMware ESX
9 24 (1.80%) Firmware
10 23 (1.72%) XenDesktop
11 22 (1.65%) ProxySG
12 21 (1.57%) Terminal Services
13 19 (1.42%) Terminal Server
13 19 (1.42%) Postfix
14 18 (1.35%) Samba
15 17 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
16 12 (0.90%) Sendmail
16 12 (0.90%) Snort
17 11 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
17 11 (0.82%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 83 (6.22%) SCCM
2 32 (2.40%) Puppet
3 24 (1.80%) FortiGate
4 23 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
5 22 (1.65%) Backup Exec
6 21 (1.57%) ZABBIX
7 18 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
8 17 (1.27%) HP UCMDB
8 17 (1.27%) RANCID
9 16 (1.20%) Salt
9 16 (1.20%) MIMEsweeper
10 15 (1.12%) Ansible
10 15 (1.12%) CA Spectrum
11 14 (1.05%) Nagios
12 13 (0.97%) SCOM
12 13 (0.97%) OpenNMS
13 12 (0.90%) MAILsweeper
13 12 (0.90%) MOM
14 11 (0.82%) WSUS
15 10 (0.75%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 681 (51.05%) Cisco
2 366 (27.44%) Microsoft
3 275 (20.61%) VMware
4 243 (18.22%) CheckPoint
5 239 (17.92%) Citrix
6 238 (17.84%) Juniper
7 142 (10.64%) F5
8 133 (9.97%) HP
9 92 (6.90%) Blue Coat
10 88 (6.60%) McAfee
11 54 (4.05%) SolarWinds
12 52 (3.90%) Oracle
13 48 (3.60%) CA
14 47 (3.52%) Remedy
15 46 (3.45%) Nokia
16 44 (3.30%) Symantec
17 42 (3.15%) Dell
18 41 (3.07%) NetApp
19 40 (3.00%) Red Hat
20 38 (2.85%) Avaya
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £325.00 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
City of London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £280 to £320 per annum direct - no agency margin
Posted: 20 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
TRG
Rate: 350-400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Devon
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £12 - £15 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Richmond, Surrey
LEXSTRA
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: £0.00 per day + Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £300 per day £300.00 Day Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Norwich
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £200 - 250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 3 days ago