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 27 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 171 200 187
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -13
Contract jobs citing VPN 695 548 515
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.30% 1.06% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.92% 8.15% 7.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 266 250
Average daily rate
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£350 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £115 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £281 £300
% change year-on-year
+24.44% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 69 58
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -13.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.17 £30.50 £44.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £16.50 £18.59
% change year-on-year
+1.33% -11.24%

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
7789 6720 6936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.52% 12.95% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4246 3470 3376
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.72% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 428 411 579
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -6.66%

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 27 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 27 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 27 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 +42 658 £350 +7.69% 242
London +73 311 £375 +7.14% 93
South East -24 163 £393 +30.83% 53
Berkshire -10 69 £398 +55.12% 13
City of London +43 67 £375 +15.38% 31
North West +10 52 £323 +29.00% 20
South West +2 42 £360 -11.38% 25
Manchester +22 38 £320 +28.00% 13
Surrey +11 37 £243 +76.36% 11
East of England +9 35 £390 +15.12% 20
Yorkshire -9 21 £285 +7.54% 14
Bristol +9 20 £375 -11.76% 7
West Midlands +6 20 £325 -13.04% 13
Hertfordshire +16 19 £400 +33.33% 7
Buckinghamshire +5 17 £350 +133.33% 9
Hampshire -17 16 £450 +12.50% 8
East Midlands -11 15 £425 +286.36% 2
Scotland -15 14 £500 +150.00% 8
Maidenhead +2 13 £398 +17.77% 1
Milton Keynes 0 12 £388 +176.78% 2
Reading -2 11 £328 +87.42% 6
Cheshire -6 10 £408 +25.38% 6
Camberley - 10 £416 - 2
Watford +15 9 £475 +46.15% 2
Glasgow +5 9 £500 +106.18% 2
Wiltshire +4 9 £180 -48.71% 4
Cambridgeshire +4 8 £215 -34.00% 7
Nottinghamshire -1 8 - - 1
Birmingham -8 8 £363 +51.04% 2
Bracknell +4 7 - -

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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.

1 778 (57.46%) Firewall
2 709 (52.36%) Cisco
3 594 (43.87%) Windows
4 475 (35.08%) WAN
5 467 (34.49%) LAN
6 402 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
7 350 (25.85%) Microsoft
8 347 (25.63%) Active Directory
9 322 (23.78%) MPLS
10 270 (19.94%) Cisco ASA
11 268 (19.79%) VMware
12 267 (19.72%) BGP
13 264 (19.50%) OSPF
14 261 (19.28%) Juniper
15 258 (19.05%) CCNP
16 257 (18.98%) TCP/IP
17 255 (18.83%) ITIL
18 253 (18.69%) DNS
19 245 (18.09%) CheckPoint
20 238 (17.58%) Citrix
21 228 (16.84%) Wireless
22 225 (16.62%) Linux
23 222 (16.40%) Windows 7
24 213 (15.73%) Network Security
25 198 (14.62%) CCNA
26 196 (14.48%) IPsec
27 195 (14.40%) MS Office
28 193 (14.25%) VLAN
29 182 (13.44%) SSL
30 176 (13.00%) Internet

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 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
1 151 (11.15%) MS Exchange
2 87 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 85 (6.28%) IIS
4 81 (5.98%) SharePoint
5 65 (4.80%) Apache
6 62 (4.58%) Lync
7 58 (4.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 33 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2007
9 30 (2.22%) nginx
9 30 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
10 25 (1.85%) IBM Notes
11 21 (1.55%) Confluence
12 19 (1.40%) MediaWiki
13 16 (1.18%) Office Communications Server
14 15 (1.11%) WorkSite
15 14 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
16 12 (0.89%) SharePoint 2013
17 11 (0.81%) Tomcat
18 7 (0.52%) Lotus Domino
19 5 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 195 (14.40%) MS Office
2 170 (12.56%) MS Excel
3 31 (2.29%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.96%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.44%) MS Project
6 2 (0.15%) Doxygen
6 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.074%) Shockwave
7 1 (0.074%) Quicktime
7 1 (0.074%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 8 (0.59%) assyst
2 6 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.074%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.074%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 42 (3.10%) Office 365
2 30 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.55%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (1.48%) IaaS
5 16 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
5 16 (1.18%) SaaS
6 14 (1.03%) PaaS
7 10 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (0.66%) CloudFront
9 7 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 6 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.44%) ElastiCache
10 6 (0.44%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 5 (0.37%) Amazon ELB
11 5 (0.37%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.15%) Google Apps
14 1 (0.074%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 778 (57.46%) Firewall
2 475 (35.08%) WAN
3 467 (34.49%) LAN
4 322 (23.78%) MPLS
5 270 (19.94%) Cisco ASA
6 267 (19.72%) BGP
7 264 (19.50%) OSPF
8 257 (18.98%) TCP/IP
9 253 (18.69%) DNS
10 228 (16.84%) Wireless
11 213 (15.73%) Network Security
12 196 (14.48%) IPsec
13 193 (14.25%) VLAN
14 182 (13.44%) SSL
15 176 (13.00%) Internet
16 165 (12.19%) VoIP
17 136 (10.04%) DHCP
18 129 (9.53%) Ethernet
19 122 (9.01%) Cisco Nexus
20 119 (8.79%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (8.79%) SQL Server
2 49 (3.62%) MySQL
3 39 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (1.55%) SQL Server 2008
5 17 (1.26%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.03%) NoSQL
7 12 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (0.89%) MongoDB
8 11 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
9 10 (0.74%) Big Data
9 10 (0.74%) DB2
10 7 (0.52%) Hadoop
10 7 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
11 6 (0.44%) Redis
12 5 (0.37%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.30%) SQLite
13 4 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
14 3 (0.22%) Oracle Database 11g
15 2 (0.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 2 (0.15%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 46 (3.40%) Git (software)
2 34 (2.51%) Jenkins
3 33 (2.44%) Subversion
4 23 (1.70%) JIRA
5 19 (1.40%) Hudson
6 11 (0.81%) MSI
7 8 (0.59%) SonarQube
7 8 (0.59%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.52%) Gerrit
9 6 (0.44%) Maven
10 5 (0.37%) Mercurial
11 4 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.30%) Selenium
11 4 (0.30%) JMeter
11 4 (0.30%) Xcode
11 4 (0.30%) Ant
11 4 (0.30%) Visual Studio
11 4 (0.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 4 (0.30%) Gradle
12 3 (0.22%) TeamCity
General
1 145 (10.71%) Finance
2 144 (10.64%) Telecoms
3 52 (3.84%) Banking
4 31 (2.29%) Law
5 21 (1.55%) Legal
6 20 (1.48%) Retail
7 18 (1.33%) Investment Banking
8 13 (0.96%) Manufacturing
9 12 (0.89%) Multimedia
9 12 (0.89%) Games
10 11 (0.81%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.66%) Local Government
11 9 (0.66%) Marketing
11 9 (0.66%) French Language
12 7 (0.52%) Electronics
13 5 (0.37%) Publishing
13 5 (0.37%) Japanese Language
13 5 (0.37%) Spanish Language
13 5 (0.37%) Dutch Language
14 4 (0.30%) German Language
Job Titles
1 334 (24.67%) Network Engineer
2 211 (15.58%) Analyst
3 128 (9.45%) Architect
4 113 (8.35%) Support Engineer
5 84 (6.20%) Security Engineer
6 79 (5.83%) Consultant
7 69 (5.10%) Service Desk Analyst
8 68 (5.02%) Service Analyst
9 53 (3.91%) Network Analyst
10 52 (3.84%) Network Support
11 51 (3.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 51 (3.77%) Network Security Engineer
12 50 (3.69%) IP Engineer
13 49 (3.62%) Desktop Support
14 47 (3.47%) 2nd Line Support
15 42 (3.10%) Support Analyst
16 37 (2.73%) Administrator
16 37 (2.73%) Senior Network Engineer
17 35 (2.58%) Design Engineer
18 34 (2.51%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (4.58%) Web Services
2 45 (3.32%) HTML
3 39 (2.88%) XML
4 34 (2.51%) CSS
5 25 (1.85%) .NET
6 22 (1.62%) Ajax
7 21 (1.55%) SOAP
8 17 (1.26%) COM
9 16 (1.18%) LAMP
9 16 (1.18%) JSON
9 16 (1.18%) HTML5
10 12 (0.89%) J2EE
11 9 (0.66%) Middleware
11 9 (0.66%) Regular Expression
12 8 (0.59%) .NET Framework
13 7 (0.52%) REST
14 6 (0.44%) RabbitMQ
14 6 (0.44%) jQuery
15 5 (0.37%) RESTful
15 5 (0.37%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 92 (6.79%) Blackberry
2 75 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (5.32%) PKI
4 56 (4.14%) Video Conferencing
5 45 (3.32%) Management Information System
6 37 (2.73%) Clustering
7 36 (2.66%) iPad
8 34 (2.51%) iPhone
9 31 (2.29%) SecurID
10 28 (2.07%) Replication
11 21 (1.55%) Wiki
12 20 (1.48%) CMDB
13 19 (1.40%) Client/Server
14 18 (1.33%) Open Source
15 17 (1.26%) Computer Science
16 16 (1.18%) FlexPod
17 15 (1.11%) Fat Client
17 15 (1.11%) Thin Client
18 14 (1.03%) NHS
18 14 (1.03%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 594 (43.87%) Windows
2 225 (16.62%) Linux
3 222 (16.40%) Windows 7
4 131 (9.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 109 (8.05%) UNIX
6 107 (7.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 103 (7.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 87 (6.43%) Windows XP
9 47 (3.47%) CentOS
10 43 (3.18%) Windows 8
11 41 (3.03%) Ubuntu
12 36 (2.66%) Solaris
13 35 (2.58%) Android
14 29 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 25 (1.85%) Mac OS X
16 24 (1.77%) Apple iOS
17 19 (1.40%) Debian
18 17 (1.26%) Windows 2000
19 16 (1.18%) AIX
19 16 (1.18%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (18.83%) ITIL
2 146 (10.78%) Load Balancing
3 109 (8.05%) Migration
4 86 (6.35%) Service Management
5 84 (6.20%) Project Management
6 70 (5.17%) Network Management
7 65 (4.80%) Network Design
8 58 (4.28%) Service Delivery
8 58 (4.28%) Kalman Filter
9 57 (4.21%) Change Management
10 46 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
11 44 (3.25%) Information Security
12 43 (3.18%) Incident Management
13 42 (3.10%) PRINCE2
13 42 (3.10%) E-Commerce
14 41 (3.03%) Configuration Management
14 41 (3.03%) DevOps
15 38 (2.81%) Disaster Recovery
16 37 (2.73%) Technical Architecture
16 37 (2.73%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 116 (8.57%) SQL
2 52 (3.84%) Perl
3 39 (2.88%) JavaScript
3 39 (2.88%) Python
4 37 (2.73%) Java
5 33 (2.44%) Bash Shell
6 31 (2.29%) Ruby
7 30 (2.22%) Shell Script
8 29 (2.14%) C
9 27 (1.99%) PowerShell
10 24 (1.77%) PHP
11 18 (1.33%) C++
12 11 (0.81%) C#
13 7 (0.52%) Objective-C
14 4 (0.30%) ActionScript
14 4 (0.30%) ActionScript 2.0
15 3 (0.22%) VBScript
16 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
17 1 (0.074%) VB
17 1 (0.074%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 402 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
2 258 (19.05%) CCNP
3 198 (14.62%) CCNA
4 156 (11.52%) Security Cleared
5 126 (9.31%) SC Cleared
6 112 (8.27%) CCIE
7 95 (7.02%) Degree
8 72 (5.32%) Microsoft Certification
9 58 (4.28%) CCIP
10 51 (3.77%) CISSP
11 50 (3.69%) MCSE
12 38 (2.81%) CCDP
13 32 (2.36%) JNCIP
14 27 (1.99%) JNCIA
14 27 (1.99%) DV Cleared
14 27 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (1.62%) MCP
16 21 (1.55%) CCSE
17 19 (1.40%) CCSP
18 18 (1.33%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (6.65%) SLA
2 48 (3.55%) PCI DSS
3 26 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (1.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (1.03%) QA
6 11 (0.81%) Dodd-Frank
7 9 (0.66%) COBIT
8 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 2 (0.15%) COSO
10 1 (0.074%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.074%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 347 (25.63%) Active Directory
2 156 (11.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (5.69%) vSphere
4 59 (4.36%) Hyper-V
5 40 (2.95%) XenApp
6 34 (2.51%) vCloud
7 24 (1.77%) XenServer
7 24 (1.77%) Firmware
7 24 (1.77%) VMware ESX
8 22 (1.62%) ProxySG
9 21 (1.55%) Postfix
9 21 (1.55%) iptables
10 20 (1.48%) XenDesktop
10 20 (1.48%) Terminal Services
10 20 (1.48%) Samba
11 17 (1.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 15 (1.11%) Sendmail
12 15 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
13 14 (1.03%) Terminal Server
13 14 (1.03%) Snort
Systems Management
1 73 (5.39%) SCCM
2 40 (2.95%) Puppet
3 31 (2.29%) Opscode Chef
4 26 (1.92%) ZABBIX
5 22 (1.62%) FortiGate
6 21 (1.55%) RANCID
7 20 (1.48%) Backup Exec
8 19 (1.40%) MIMEsweeper
9 18 (1.33%) Salt
9 18 (1.33%) HP UCMDB
10 17 (1.26%) Cisco CUCM
10 17 (1.26%) Ansible
11 16 (1.18%) CA Spectrum
11 16 (1.18%) Nagios
12 15 (1.11%) MAILsweeper
13 12 (0.89%) CiscoWorks
13 12 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
13 12 (0.89%) Cisco Prime
14 11 (0.81%) WSUS
15 10 (0.74%) SCOM
Vendors
1 709 (52.36%) Cisco
2 350 (25.85%) Microsoft
3 268 (19.79%) VMware
4 261 (19.28%) Juniper
5 245 (18.09%) CheckPoint
6 238 (17.58%) Citrix
7 166 (12.26%) F5
8 131 (9.68%) HP
9 102 (7.53%) Blue Coat
10 94 (6.94%) McAfee
11 73 (5.39%) SolarWinds
12 55 (4.06%) Oracle
13 53 (3.91%) CA
14 49 (3.62%) Red Hat
15 44 (3.25%) NetApp
16 43 (3.18%) Nokia
16 43 (3.18%) Remedy
17 39 (2.88%) Avaya
18 38 (2.81%) Symantec
19 35 (2.58%) BT
West Midlands
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £16000 Per Annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Netsource
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol Area
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: c.£350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Go Partnership.
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leatherhead, Surrey
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum + NEG
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Optimus Search Ltd
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago