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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 186 205 194
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -11
Contract jobs citing VPN 672 558 472
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.24% 1.06% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.45% 8.08% 6.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 274 215
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £139 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £291 £300
% change year-on-year
+19.30% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 55 60
Average hourly rate £18.85 £18.00 £25.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.72% -30.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.45 £10.50 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £29.00 £43.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.42 £17.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+0.98% -37.27%

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +22 624 £350 +7.69% 240
London +31 278 £375 - 83
South East -1 153 £398 +50.00% 65
Berkshire -10 55 £398 +59.00% 16
City of London +8 53 £408 +16.26% 26
North West -15 45 £300 +22.44% 20
West Midlands +17 38 £325 -18.75% 10
East of England +6 35 £290 -9.37% 20
Manchester +11 31 £300 +233.33% 10
Yorkshire -2 31 £316 +15.00% 10
Surrey +7 30 £375 +170.27% 15
Birmingham +14 26 £325 +36.84% 4
South West +12 26 £360 -15.29% 23
Scotland -3 26 £195 +39.28% 8
Buckinghamshire +9 22 £425 +17.24% 9
Hampshire -4 15 £425 +13.33% 16
East Midlands -8 15 £400 +60.00% 4
Maidenhead +13 13 £398 -
East Sussex -3 13 £275 +138.09% 1
West Yorkshire -11 13 £368 +33.63% 8
Leeds -13 12 £370 +34.54% 6
Oxfordshire -14 12 £375 +87.50% 2
Cambridgeshire +5 11 £300 +1.69% 7
Bracknell +5 11 - - 1
Edinburgh +3 11 £140 - 2
Milton Keynes +1 11 £425 +6.25% 3
Hertfordshire 0 11 £263 +11.70% 5
North East -8 11 £411 +46.87% 4
Reading -10 11 - - 7
North Yorkshire - 11 £293 -

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 803 (58.27%) Firewall
2 735 (53.34%) Cisco
3 586 (42.53%) Windows
4 519 (37.66%) LAN
5 506 (36.72%) WAN
6 403 (29.25%) Cisco Certification
7 375 (27.21%) Microsoft
8 369 (26.78%) Active Directory
9 344 (24.96%) MPLS
10 300 (21.77%) Juniper
11 296 (21.48%) DNS
12 280 (20.32%) VMware
13 279 (20.25%) Cisco ASA
14 268 (19.45%) TCP/IP
15 263 (19.09%) CheckPoint
16 261 (18.94%) ITIL
17 257 (18.65%) CCNP
18 256 (18.58%) BGP
19 246 (17.85%) Wireless
20 245 (17.78%) OSPF
21 244 (17.71%) Network Security
22 230 (16.69%) Citrix
23 221 (16.04%) Linux
24 214 (15.53%) Windows 7
25 205 (14.88%) CCNA
25 205 (14.88%) VLAN
26 201 (14.59%) SSL
27 192 (13.93%) IPsec
28 188 (13.64%) MS Office
29 179 (12.99%) Internet

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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
1 152 (11.03%) MS Exchange
2 95 (6.89%) IIS
3 79 (5.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 70 (5.08%) SharePoint
4 70 (5.08%) Apache
4 70 (5.08%) Lync
5 43 (3.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 33 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2013
7 32 (2.32%) nginx
8 28 (2.03%) IBM Notes
9 26 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
10 25 (1.81%) Tomcat
11 20 (1.45%) Confluence
12 18 (1.31%) MediaWiki
13 13 (0.94%) Office Communications Server
13 13 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.87%) WorkSite
15 11 (0.80%) JBoss
15 11 (0.80%) Mule ESB
16 10 (0.73%) Node.js
Applications
1 188 (13.64%) MS Office
2 176 (12.77%) MS Excel
3 54 (3.92%) MS Visio
4 30 (2.18%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.65%) MS Project
6 7 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.073%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.073%) Shockwave
8 1 (0.073%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 6 (0.44%) assyst
2 3 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.22%) JDE OneWorld
3 1 (0.073%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.073%) TeleForm
3 1 (0.073%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 50 (3.63%) Amazon AWS
2 46 (3.34%) Office 365
3 34 (2.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 24 (1.74%) IaaS
5 23 (1.67%) PaaS
6 17 (1.23%) SaaS
6 17 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
7 11 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
7 11 (0.80%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 10 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
9 9 (0.65%) CloudFront
10 7 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.51%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 6 (0.44%) Google Apps
12 5 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.36%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.29%) Google Drive
13 4 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
15 2 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 803 (58.27%) Firewall
2 519 (37.66%) LAN
3 506 (36.72%) WAN
4 344 (24.96%) MPLS
5 296 (21.48%) DNS
6 279 (20.25%) Cisco ASA
7 268 (19.45%) TCP/IP
8 256 (18.58%) BGP
9 246 (17.85%) Wireless
10 245 (17.78%) OSPF
11 244 (17.71%) Network Security
12 205 (14.88%) VLAN
13 201 (14.59%) SSL
14 192 (13.93%) IPsec
15 179 (12.99%) Internet
16 160 (11.61%) VoIP
17 153 (11.10%) DHCP
18 123 (8.93%) Ethernet
18 123 (8.93%) SAN
19 115 (8.35%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (8.64%) SQL Server
2 67 (4.86%) MySQL
3 39 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
5 18 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
5 18 (1.31%) NoSQL
6 14 (1.02%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.02%) MongoDB
7 13 (0.94%) Big Data
8 12 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
9 10 (0.73%) Redis
10 7 (0.51%) SQLite
10 7 (0.51%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.44%) JasperReports
12 5 (0.36%) Oracle Database
13 2 (0.15%) DTS
13 2 (0.15%) DB2
13 2 (0.15%) Oracle9i Database
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 49 (3.56%) Git (software)
2 42 (3.05%) Jenkins
3 34 (2.47%) Subversion
4 23 (1.67%) JIRA
5 18 (1.31%) Hudson
6 12 (0.87%) Gerrit
7 11 (0.80%) Artifactory
7 11 (0.80%) SonarQube
8 9 (0.65%) Maven
8 9 (0.65%) Mercurial
9 7 (0.51%) Ant
9 7 (0.51%) Visual Studio
9 7 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 6 (0.44%) MSI
11 5 (0.36%) Selenium
11 5 (0.36%) Gradle
11 5 (0.36%) JMeter
11 5 (0.36%) Oracle Forms
12 4 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (0.15%) PhantomJS
General
1 166 (12.05%) Finance
2 136 (9.87%) Telecoms
3 52 (3.77%) Banking
4 22 (1.60%) Retail
5 21 (1.52%) Investment Banking
6 19 (1.38%) Multimedia
7 18 (1.31%) Law
8 14 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 12 (0.87%) Financial Institution
9 12 (0.87%) Games
9 12 (0.87%) Back Office
9 12 (0.87%) Legal
9 12 (0.87%) Marketing
10 11 (0.80%) Publishing
11 9 (0.65%) Local Government
12 8 (0.58%) Billing
12 8 (0.58%) Electronics
13 7 (0.51%) French Language
14 6 (0.44%) Dutch Language
15 5 (0.36%) German Language
Job Titles
1 353 (25.62%) Network Engineer
2 209 (15.17%) Analyst
3 160 (11.61%) Architect
4 103 (7.47%) Support Engineer
5 84 (6.10%) Security Engineer
6 69 (5.01%) Consultant
7 68 (4.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 67 (4.86%) Service Desk Analyst
9 66 (4.79%) Service Analyst
10 55 (3.99%) Infrastructure Architect
11 53 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
12 47 (3.41%) Support Analyst
13 46 (3.34%) Network Analyst
14 44 (3.19%) 2nd Line Support
15 43 (3.12%) Desktop Support
16 42 (3.05%) Network Support
17 40 (2.90%) Senior Network Engineer
18 37 (2.69%) Administrator
19 36 (2.61%) Network Architect
20 35 (2.54%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (5.08%) Web Services
2 35 (2.54%) HTML
3 28 (2.03%) CSS
4 27 (1.96%) XML
5 22 (1.60%) .NET
6 21 (1.52%) LAMP
7 19 (1.38%) Ajax
8 18 (1.31%) SOAP
9 15 (1.09%) J2EE
10 14 (1.02%) COM
10 14 (1.02%) Middleware
11 12 (0.87%) HTML5
12 11 (0.80%) JSON
13 9 (0.65%) .NET Framework
13 9 (0.65%) FIX Protocol
14 8 (0.58%) RabbitMQ
14 8 (0.58%) WCF
14 8 (0.58%) jQuery
15 7 (0.51%) .NET Compact Framework
15 7 (0.51%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 83 (6.02%) PKI
2 75 (5.44%) Analytical Skills
3 71 (5.15%) Blackberry
4 58 (4.21%) Management Information System
5 55 (3.99%) Video Conferencing
6 37 (2.69%) iPhone
7 34 (2.47%) Clustering
7 34 (2.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 28 (2.03%) Open Source
9 25 (1.81%) Replication
9 25 (1.81%) Client/Server
10 24 (1.74%) iPad
11 23 (1.67%) SecurID
12 21 (1.52%) Wiki
12 21 (1.52%) Computer Science
13 15 (1.09%) Fat Client
13 15 (1.09%) CMDB
13 15 (1.09%) Thin Client
14 14 (1.02%) Public Cloud
14 14 (1.02%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 586 (42.53%) Windows
2 221 (16.04%) Linux
3 214 (15.53%) Windows 7
4 137 (9.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 121 (8.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 111 (8.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 95 (6.89%) UNIX
8 73 (5.30%) Windows XP
9 45 (3.27%) Android
10 44 (3.19%) CentOS
11 43 (3.12%) Windows 8
12 40 (2.90%) Ubuntu
13 35 (2.54%) Solaris
14 25 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 24 (1.74%) Apple iOS
16 23 (1.67%) Mac OS X
17 16 (1.16%) Debian
18 15 (1.09%) Windows Vista
19 9 (0.65%) Windows 2000
20 7 (0.51%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (18.94%) ITIL
2 150 (10.89%) Load Balancing
3 112 (8.13%) Migration
4 95 (6.89%) Network Management
5 83 (6.02%) Project Management
6 78 (5.66%) Service Management
7 69 (5.01%) Network Design
8 62 (4.50%) Information Security
9 59 (4.28%) Kalman Filter
10 56 (4.06%) Service Delivery
11 54 (3.92%) Incident Management
12 51 (3.70%) Agile Software Development
13 50 (3.63%) Change Management
13 50 (3.63%) Configuration Management
14 48 (3.48%) Disaster Recovery
15 47 (3.41%) DevOps
16 40 (2.90%) Continuous Integration
17 39 (2.83%) PRINCE2
18 37 (2.69%) Capacity Planning
19 36 (2.61%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 123 (8.93%) SQL
2 54 (3.92%) Python
3 50 (3.63%) Perl
4 49 (3.56%) Java
5 35 (2.54%) PHP
5 35 (2.54%) PowerShell
5 35 (2.54%) Ruby
5 35 (2.54%) Bash Shell
6 33 (2.39%) C
7 30 (2.18%) JavaScript
8 25 (1.81%) Shell Script
9 15 (1.09%) C#
10 14 (1.02%) C++
11 6 (0.44%) VBScript
12 5 (0.36%) Objective-C
13 4 (0.29%) VB
14 3 (0.22%) Lisp
15 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.15%) Tcl
16 1 (0.073%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 403 (29.25%) Cisco Certification
2 257 (18.65%) CCNP
3 205 (14.88%) CCNA
4 155 (11.25%) Security Cleared
5 122 (8.85%) SC Cleared
6 106 (7.69%) Degree
7 98 (7.11%) CCIE
8 84 (6.10%) Microsoft Certification
9 59 (4.28%) CCIP
10 53 (3.85%) MCSE
11 50 (3.63%) CISSP
12 33 (2.39%) CCDP
13 29 (2.10%) DV Cleared
14 28 (2.03%) JNCIP
15 27 (1.96%) JNCIA
16 23 (1.67%) CCSE
16 23 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
17 20 (1.45%) JNCIS
18 19 (1.38%) MCP
19 18 (1.31%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (6.24%) SLA
2 49 (3.56%) PCI DSS
3 46 (3.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (1.09%) QA
6 11 (0.80%) Dodd-Frank
7 9 (0.65%) COBIT
8 6 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 4 (0.29%) COSO
10 1 (0.073%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 1 (0.073%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.073%) PMBOK
System Software
1 369 (26.78%) Active Directory
2 155 (11.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (6.60%) vSphere
4 62 (4.50%) Hyper-V
5 53 (3.85%) XenApp
6 43 (3.12%) vCloud
7 33 (2.39%) XenServer
8 24 (1.74%) XenDesktop
9 22 (1.60%) Samba
10 21 (1.52%) VMware ESX
11 20 (1.45%) iptables
11 20 (1.45%) Firmware
12 19 (1.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 18 (1.31%) Postfix
14 17 (1.23%) ProxySG
15 15 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
15 15 (1.09%) Terminal Server
15 15 (1.09%) Microsoft App-V
16 14 (1.02%) ISA Server
17 13 (0.94%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 64 (4.64%) SCCM
2 46 (3.34%) Puppet
3 33 (2.39%) ZABBIX
4 31 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (2.03%) FortiGate
6 25 (1.81%) Nagios
7 19 (1.38%) Salt
7 19 (1.38%) Ansible
8 18 (1.31%) RANCID
8 18 (1.31%) Backup Exec
9 17 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
10 15 (1.09%) HP UCMDB
10 15 (1.09%) MIMEsweeper
11 14 (1.02%) SCOM
12 12 (0.87%) CA Spectrum
13 11 (0.80%) WSUS
13 11 (0.80%) MAILsweeper
13 11 (0.80%) CiscoWorks
13 11 (0.80%) Cisco Prime
13 11 (0.80%) logstash
Vendors
1 735 (53.34%) Cisco
2 375 (27.21%) Microsoft
3 300 (21.77%) Juniper
4 280 (20.32%) VMware
5 263 (19.09%) CheckPoint
6 230 (16.69%) Citrix
7 168 (12.19%) F5
8 119 (8.64%) HP
9 96 (6.97%) Blue Coat
10 83 (6.02%) McAfee
11 82 (5.95%) SolarWinds
12 53 (3.85%) Oracle
12 53 (3.85%) CA
12 53 (3.85%) Red Hat
13 49 (3.56%) NetApp
14 48 (3.48%) Infoblox
15 37 (2.69%) Aruba
16 36 (2.61%) Nokia
16 36 (2.61%) Apple
17 32 (2.32%) Avaya
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £175 - £200 per day + none
Posted: 3 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
The Resourcing Hub
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day £500 - £600 a day
Posted: 3 days ago
Tonbridge, Kent
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £500.00 - £549.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £280 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rates
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hudson IT
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £290 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Eden Lea UK Limited
Rate: Around £300 per day.
Posted: 5 days ago