The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 198 192 184
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -8
Contract jobs citing VPN 589 511 594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.05% 1.07% 0.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.12% 7.07% 6.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 237 266
Average daily rate £300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £150 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £277 £300 £263
% change year-on-year
-7.50% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 60 60
Average hourly rate £17.50 £23.50 £18.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.53% +25.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.52 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.75 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.25 £26.50 £19.42
% change year-on-year
-34.90% +36.45%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7257 7224 9297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.89% 15.14% 15.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3828 3580 4351
Average daily rate £360 £345 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -6.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 572 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.63 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% -23.72%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -29 538 £310 +3.33% 167
London -4 211 £325 +4.00% 83
South East +11 172 £300 - 35
Berkshire +14 81 £256 +42.36% 6
City of London -5 49 £325 +52.94% 28
East of England -28 36 £320 +16.36% 20
North West -9 34 £225 +80.00% 5
South West -31 31 £419 -2.89% 6
Surrey +1 29 £139 -55.24% 6
Reading -1 25 £214 -28.75% 5
Scotland -4 24 £200 - 8
Hampshire -3 20 £430 +9.77% 8
Yorkshire -19 17 £275 -8.33% 8
East Midlands -5 14 £110 -64.51% 4
Cheshire -6 14 £325 +116.66% 1
Edinburgh -13 14 £198 -45.51% 4
West Yorkshire -15 14 £275 -8.33% 5
Leeds -13 13 £275 -8.33% 2
Buckinghamshire -14 13 £150 -20.00% 6
North East -22 13 £273 -0.90% 1
Bristol -16 12 £425 +61.90% 1
Essex -17 12 £400 +41.59%
Tyne and Wear -24 12 £273 -9.16% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 12 £273 -9.16% 1
Guildford +6 11 £250 -
Milton Keynes -10 11 £160 - 3
Manchester -17 11 £90 -28.00% 4
Bracknell -2 10 £313 +89.39%
South Wales -11 10 £225 -35.71% 2
Wales -13 10 £225 -35.71% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 587 (51.31%) Windows
2 533 (46.59%) Firewall
3 514 (44.93%) Cisco
4 418 (36.54%) Active Directory
5 401 (35.05%) Microsoft
6 334 (29.20%) WAN
7 315 (27.53%) LAN
8 263 (22.99%) TCP/IP
9 262 (22.90%) Cisco Certification
9 262 (22.90%) Windows 7
10 247 (21.59%) MS Office
11 235 (20.54%) Citrix
12 232 (20.28%) MPLS
13 229 (20.02%) MS Exchange
14 227 (19.84%) DNS
15 210 (18.36%) VMware
16 209 (18.27%) ITIL
17 192 (16.78%) Blackberry
18 187 (16.35%) HP
19 186 (16.26%) Windows XP
20 176 (15.38%) BGP
21 172 (15.03%) CCNP
22 168 (14.69%) CheckPoint
23 161 (14.07%) Wireless
24 158 (13.81%) MS Excel
25 149 (13.02%) Windows Server 2008
26 148 (12.94%) Internet
27 145 (12.67%) Linux
28 143 (12.50%) Juniper
28 143 (12.50%) Finance

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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
1 229 (20.02%) MS Exchange
2 75 (6.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 66 (5.77%) IBM Notes
4 64 (5.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 48 (4.20%) SharePoint
6 39 (3.41%) Apache
7 34 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2007
8 33 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2003
9 30 (2.62%) IIS
10 26 (2.27%) Lync
11 17 (1.49%) Tomcat
12 15 (1.31%) nginx
13 12 (1.05%) WebSphere
14 8 (0.70%) Confluence
15 7 (0.61%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
16 5 (0.44%) Lotus Domino
16 5 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
17 4 (0.35%) MediaWiki
17 4 (0.35%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 247 (21.59%) MS Office
2 158 (13.81%) MS Excel
3 25 (2.19%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.40%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.44%) MS Project
6 3 (0.26%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.17%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.087%) SPSS
8 1 (0.087%) CATIA
8 1 (0.087%) Pro/ENGINEER
8 1 (0.087%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 12 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (0.61%) Oracle ERP
3 5 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.44%) assyst
4 4 (0.35%) Khalix
5 2 (0.17%) Eikon
5 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.087%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.087%) Oracle BRM
6 1 (0.087%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.087%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.66%) SaaS
2 17 (1.49%) Office 365
3 10 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.79%) Microsoft Azure
5 8 (0.70%) IaaS
5 8 (0.70%) PaaS
6 5 (0.44%) Joyent
7 3 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.17%) IBM SmartCloud
9 1 (0.087%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.087%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 533 (46.59%) Firewall
2 334 (29.20%) WAN
3 315 (27.53%) LAN
4 263 (22.99%) TCP/IP
5 232 (20.28%) MPLS
6 227 (19.84%) DNS
7 176 (15.38%) BGP
8 161 (14.07%) Wireless
9 148 (12.94%) Internet
10 141 (12.33%) OSPF
10 141 (12.33%) VoIP
11 132 (11.54%) Cisco ASA
12 126 (11.01%) SSL
13 121 (10.58%) DHCP
14 119 (10.40%) Network Security
15 118 (10.31%) IPsec
16 100 (8.74%) VLAN
16 100 (8.74%) SAN
17 89 (7.78%) Ethernet
17 89 (7.78%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (7.26%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.67%) MySQL
3 15 (1.31%) MS Access
4 13 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.52%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.52%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
7 5 (0.44%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.17%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.17%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.17%) Big Data
10 1 (0.087%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.087%) DB2
10 1 (0.087%) EDRMS
10 1 (0.087%) QlikView
10 1 (0.087%) KDB
10 1 (0.087%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (1.92%) Git (software)
2 15 (1.31%) Jenkins
3 13 (1.14%) JIRA
4 9 (0.79%) Hudson
5 7 (0.61%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (0.52%) Subversion
6 6 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.35%) Mercurial
7 4 (0.35%) Apache Continuum
7 4 (0.35%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.26%) PhoneGap
9 1 (0.087%) JUnit
9 1 (0.087%) JMeter
9 1 (0.087%) Xcode
9 1 (0.087%) Firebug
9 1 (0.087%) Fiddler
9 1 (0.087%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.087%) AppScan
9 1 (0.087%) FishEye
General
1 143 (12.50%) Finance
2 112 (9.79%) Telecoms
3 54 (4.72%) Banking
4 35 (3.06%) Financial Institution
5 21 (1.84%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.49%) Retail
7 15 (1.31%) Back Office
8 14 (1.22%) Marketing
9 13 (1.14%) Dutch Language
9 13 (1.14%) French Language
10 11 (0.96%) Games
11 9 (0.79%) Multimedia
12 8 (0.70%) German Language
13 6 (0.52%) Italian Language
13 6 (0.52%) Legal
13 6 (0.52%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.44%) Billing
15 4 (0.35%) Japanese Language
15 4 (0.35%) Publishing
16 3 (0.26%) Law
Job Titles
1 209 (18.27%) Analyst
2 202 (17.66%) Network Engineer
3 119 (10.40%) Support Engineer
4 89 (7.78%) Support Analyst
5 81 (7.08%) Architect
6 79 (6.91%) Desktop Support
7 75 (6.56%) 2nd Line Support
8 72 (6.29%) Consultant
9 64 (5.59%) Security Engineer
10 55 (4.81%) Service Analyst
11 54 (4.72%) Service Desk Analyst
12 46 (4.02%) Cisco Engineer
12 46 (4.02%) Administrator
13 44 (3.85%) Desktop Engineer
14 34 (2.97%) Network Security Engineer
14 34 (2.97%) Desktop Support Analyst
14 34 (2.97%) Desktop Analyst
15 32 (2.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 30 (2.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
17 29 (2.53%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (3.06%) Web Services
2 34 (2.97%) XML
3 27 (2.36%) HTML
4 24 (2.10%) CSS
5 22 (1.92%) .NET
6 15 (1.31%) XMPP
7 14 (1.22%) SOAP
7 14 (1.22%) Middleware
8 12 (1.05%) Ajax
8 12 (1.05%) Application Packaging
8 12 (1.05%) LAMP
9 10 (0.87%) FIX Protocol
9 10 (0.87%) COM
10 9 (0.79%) SAML
10 9 (0.79%) JSON
11 8 (0.70%) REST
11 8 (0.70%) OAuth
12 4 (0.35%) HTML5
13 3 (0.26%) J2EE
13 3 (0.26%) JTAPI
Miscellaneous
1 192 (16.78%) Blackberry
2 44 (3.85%) PKI
3 36 (3.15%) iPad
4 35 (3.06%) Video Conferencing
5 33 (2.88%) Management Information System
6 30 (2.62%) iPhone
7 27 (2.36%) Replication
8 25 (2.19%) Hedge funds
9 22 (1.92%) Fat Client
9 22 (1.92%) Thin Client
9 22 (1.92%) Clustering
10 21 (1.84%) Computer Science
11 16 (1.40%) NHS
12 15 (1.31%) Open Source
13 13 (1.14%) Cryptography
14 12 (1.05%) Mobile App
14 12 (1.05%) CMDB
15 10 (0.87%) Statistics
15 10 (0.87%) PDA
15 10 (0.87%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 587 (51.31%) Windows
2 262 (22.90%) Windows 7
3 186 (16.26%) Windows XP
4 149 (13.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 145 (12.67%) Linux
6 97 (8.48%) Windows Server 2003
7 80 (6.99%) UNIX
8 67 (5.86%) Windows 2000
9 55 (4.81%) Apple iOS
10 54 (4.72%) NetWare
11 38 (3.32%) Windows Vista
12 35 (3.06%) Windows Server 2012
12 35 (3.06%) Solaris
13 32 (2.80%) Android
14 21 (1.84%) Windows 8
15 19 (1.66%) Mac OS X
15 19 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 12 (1.05%) Ubuntu
17 10 (0.87%) Windows Phone
17 10 (0.87%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 209 (18.27%) ITIL
2 77 (6.73%) Network Design
3 68 (5.94%) Load Balancing
4 63 (5.51%) Project Management
5 58 (5.07%) Network Management
6 56 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
7 51 (4.46%) Incident Management
8 50 (4.37%) ITSM
9 46 (4.02%) Migration
10 44 (3.85%) Service Management
10 44 (3.85%) Capacity Planning
11 38 (3.32%) Change Management
12 36 (3.15%) Problem Management
13 35 (3.06%) Network Monitoring
14 33 (2.88%) Information Security
15 29 (2.53%) Configuration Management
16 28 (2.45%) Service Delivery
17 27 (2.36%) PRINCE2
18 25 (2.19%) Mobile Device Management
19 23 (2.01%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 95 (8.30%) SQL
2 86 (7.52%) PowerShell
3 48 (4.20%) Java
4 47 (4.11%) VBScript
5 33 (2.88%) Perl
6 31 (2.71%) C
7 24 (2.10%) JavaScript
7 24 (2.10%) VB
8 22 (1.92%) Bash Shell
9 18 (1.57%) Ruby
10 16 (1.40%) Shell Script
11 10 (0.87%) C++
12 9 (0.79%) PHP
12 9 (0.79%) Python
13 8 (0.70%) Objective-C
13 8 (0.70%) C#
14 2 (0.17%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.087%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.087%) VBA
15 1 (0.087%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 262 (22.90%) Cisco Certification
2 172 (15.03%) CCNP
3 113 (9.88%) CCNA
4 101 (8.83%) Security Cleared
5 81 (7.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 77 (6.73%) SC Cleared
7 71 (6.21%) CCIE
8 57 (4.98%) Degree
9 41 (3.58%) MCSE
10 33 (2.88%) ITIL Certification
11 24 (2.10%) CCSP
12 22 (1.92%) CISSP
13 18 (1.57%) MCITP
13 18 (1.57%) MCP
14 17 (1.49%) MCSA
14 17 (1.49%) CCDP
15 13 (1.14%) CCIP
16 11 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 9 (0.79%) PMP
17 9 (0.79%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.07%) SLA
2 23 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.75%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.22%) QA
5 9 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (0.61%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.35%) COBIT
7 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.087%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.087%) TickIT
System Software
1 418 (36.54%) Active Directory
2 128 (11.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 56 (4.90%) XenDesktop
4 55 (4.81%) vSphere
5 40 (3.50%) XenApp
6 37 (3.23%) Hyper-V
7 33 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
8 26 (2.27%) VMware ESX
9 17 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 17 (1.49%) UAG
10 15 (1.31%) KVM
11 14 (1.22%) Xen
11 14 (1.22%) Terminal Services
12 13 (1.14%) ProxySG
13 10 (0.87%) XenServer
13 10 (0.87%) Forefront TMG
13 10 (0.87%) Samba
14 8 (0.70%) Postfix
14 8 (0.70%) Squid
14 8 (0.70%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 80 (6.99%) SCCM
2 48 (4.20%) ServiceCenter
3 37 (3.23%) Puppet
4 29 (2.53%) WSUS
4 29 (2.53%) Norton AntiVirus
5 28 (2.45%) Backup Exec
6 22 (1.92%) Cisco CUCM
7 21 (1.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 19 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
9 17 (1.49%) NetBackup
10 14 (1.22%) SCOM
11 12 (1.05%) FortiGate
12 11 (0.96%) Cisco UCCX
13 9 (0.79%) Business Desktop Deployment
13 9 (0.79%) HP UCMDB
14 8 (0.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 8 (0.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 7 (0.61%) Netcool
15 7 (0.61%) ZABBIX
15 7 (0.61%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 514 (44.93%) Cisco
2 401 (35.05%) Microsoft
3 235 (20.54%) Citrix
4 210 (18.36%) VMware
5 187 (16.35%) HP
6 168 (14.69%) CheckPoint
7 143 (12.50%) Juniper
8 67 (5.86%) Lotus
9 65 (5.68%) Oracle
10 64 (5.59%) F5
11 60 (5.24%) Symantec
12 57 (4.98%) Novell
13 47 (4.11%) Blue Coat
14 45 (3.93%) Apple
15 40 (3.50%) SolarWinds
16 36 (3.15%) Nortel
17 35 (3.06%) NetApp
18 33 (2.88%) Red Hat
19 32 (2.80%) IBM
20 29 (2.53%) Avaya
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Advantage Resourcing
Rate: £34 - £43 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £304 to £304 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Enfield, Middlesex
Spencer Rose
Rate: £500 per day dependent on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £120 to £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £140 - £180 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £12 - £14 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £10 - £11 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £275.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Watford
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: NEG
Posted: 7 days ago
West London
A&O IT Group Ltd
Rate: From £14 to £16 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Intuition IT Solutions
Rate: €520 - €570 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Posted: 16 days ago