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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 184 202 185
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -17
Contract jobs citing VPN 659 565 646
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.14% 1.07% 1.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.82% 7.91% 7.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 294 267
Average daily rate
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£350 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £163 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £295 £340
% change year-on-year
+10.16% -13.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 62 72
Average hourly rate £19.50 £16.42 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -6.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £13.00 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £31.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £16.84 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+12.82% -3.77%

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
8424 7141 8923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.62% 13.53% 15.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4660 3880 4041
Average daily rate £363 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.69% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 415 683
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.57 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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
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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 +16 617 £350 +9.37% 242
London +43 295 £351 +3.85% 91
South East -4 118 £325 -7.14% 57
City of London +40 83 £400 +10.34% 18
East of England +15 72 £350 +27.27% 19
Berkshire +18 60 £356 -5.00% 12
South West -9 47 £308 +13.88% 24
North West -9 26 £310 +37.77% 16
West Midlands -13 26 £350 +9.37% 15
Hertfordshire -12 25 £160 -41.81% 7
Surrey -7 21 £360 +54.01% 13
Reading +15 19 £356 -5.00% 1
Cambridgeshire +21 18 £345 - 1
Scotland -18 17 £310 -0.80% 11
Suffolk +14 16 £375 +42.85% 2
Ipswich +10 15 £375 - 2
Yorkshire -4 15 £281 -13.46% 14
Cambridge - 15 £350 -
Manchester -11 14 £350 +152.25% 7
Wiltshire -1 13 - - 5
Gloucestershire -5 13 £263 - 5
Birmingham +1 12 £350 -6.04% 4
Cheshire +12 11 £290 -32.16% 7
Aberdeen +8 11 £310 -15.06% 2
Bristol -3 11 £400 - 6
Guildford +7 9 £368 +63.33% 1
Bracknell +6 9 £400 -3.03%
Kent -1 9 £145 -55.38% 7
East Midlands -3 9 £425 +57.40% 4
Hampshire -20 9 £315 -11.26% 13

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 709 (56.54%) Firewall
2 604 (48.17%) Windows
3 597 (47.61%) Cisco
4 385 (30.70%) Active Directory
5 373 (29.74%) LAN
5 373 (29.74%) WAN
6 349 (27.83%) Microsoft
7 328 (26.16%) TCP/IP
8 323 (25.76%) Cisco Certification
9 295 (23.52%) DNS
10 256 (20.41%) Juniper
11 254 (20.26%) VMware
12 251 (20.02%) Windows 7
13 237 (18.90%) ITIL
14 234 (18.66%) CheckPoint
15 223 (17.78%) MPLS
16 219 (17.46%) BGP
17 208 (16.59%) Citrix
18 207 (16.51%) MS Office
19 199 (15.87%) Linux
20 198 (15.79%) IPsec
21 193 (15.39%) CCNP
22 181 (14.43%) OSPF
23 175 (13.96%) Finance
24 171 (13.64%) DHCP
24 171 (13.64%) Cisco ASA
25 169 (13.48%) Wireless
26 168 (13.40%) MS Excel
26 168 (13.40%) HP
27 165 (13.16%) VMware Infrastructure

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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
1 163 (13.00%) MS Exchange
2 75 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 63 (5.02%) Apache
4 60 (4.78%) SharePoint
5 56 (4.47%) IIS
6 45 (3.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 38 (3.03%) Lync
8 29 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2003
9 27 (2.15%) IBM Notes
10 21 (1.67%) WebSphere
11 20 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
12 19 (1.52%) Tomcat
13 18 (1.44%) WebLogic
14 17 (1.36%) nginx
15 15 (1.20%) Confluence
16 13 (1.04%) MediaWiki
17 9 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
18 7 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
18 7 (0.56%) Office Communications Server
19 6 (0.48%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 207 (16.51%) MS Office
2 168 (13.40%) MS Excel
3 28 (2.23%) MS Visio
4 20 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 10 (0.80%) Doxygen
6 5 (0.40%) MS Project
7 3 (0.24%) AutoCAD
7 3 (0.24%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.24%) Pro/ENGINEER
8 1 (0.080%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.080%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.080%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 7 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) assyst
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.080%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.080%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.080%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.080%) Khalix
Cloud Services
1 46 (3.67%) Office 365
2 29 (2.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (2.07%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (0.48%) SaaS
4 6 (0.48%) PaaS
4 6 (0.48%) IaaS
5 4 (0.32%) Joyent
5 4 (0.32%) IBM SmartCloud
6 3 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.24%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.080%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 709 (56.54%) Firewall
2 373 (29.74%) LAN
2 373 (29.74%) WAN
3 328 (26.16%) TCP/IP
4 295 (23.52%) DNS
5 223 (17.78%) MPLS
6 219 (17.46%) BGP
7 198 (15.79%) IPsec
8 181 (14.43%) OSPF
9 171 (13.64%) DHCP
9 171 (13.64%) Cisco ASA
10 169 (13.48%) Wireless
11 164 (13.08%) Network Security
12 163 (13.00%) VLAN
13 156 (12.44%) SSL
14 144 (11.48%) Internet
15 138 (11.00%) VoIP
16 133 (10.61%) SAN
17 112 (8.93%) Cisco Nexus
18 88 (7.02%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (7.58%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.51%) MySQL
3 19 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (1.52%) NoSQL
4 17 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
5 15 (1.20%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.12%) DB2
7 8 (0.64%) MS Access
8 7 (0.56%) Oracle Database
8 7 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.40%) Redis
10 4 (0.32%) Big Data
10 4 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.16%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.16%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.16%) MarkLogic
12 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 31 (2.47%) Git (software)
2 23 (1.83%) Jenkins
3 21 (1.67%) JIRA
4 18 (1.44%) Subversion
5 16 (1.28%) Hudson
6 10 (0.80%) Xcode
7 7 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.40%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.32%) MSI
10 3 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.24%) Eclipse
11 2 (0.16%) Toad
11 2 (0.16%) Selenium
11 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.16%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.16%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.16%) Gerrit
12 1 (0.080%) FrontPage
12 1 (0.080%) Dreamweaver
12 1 (0.080%) Visual Studio
General
1 175 (13.96%) Finance
2 119 (9.49%) Telecoms
3 52 (4.15%) Banking
4 31 (2.47%) Financial Institution
5 21 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 18 (1.44%) Legal
7 17 (1.36%) Marketing
7 17 (1.36%) Law
8 16 (1.28%) Investment Banking
9 14 (1.12%) Local Government
10 10 (0.80%) Back Office
11 8 (0.64%) French Language
11 8 (0.64%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.56%) Dutch Language
13 6 (0.48%) Retail
14 5 (0.40%) Front Office
14 5 (0.40%) Publishing
15 3 (0.24%) Advertising
15 3 (0.24%) Games
16 2 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 262 (20.89%) Network Engineer
2 180 (14.35%) Analyst
3 100 (7.97%) Security Engineer
4 85 (6.78%) Support Engineer
5 82 (6.54%) Architect
6 80 (6.38%) Consultant
7 69 (5.50%) Support Analyst
8 68 (5.42%) 2nd Line Support
9 53 (4.23%) Network Security Engineer
10 51 (4.07%) Desktop Support
10 51 (4.07%) IP Engineer
11 50 (3.99%) Service Analyst
12 48 (3.83%) Developer
13 47 (3.75%) Service Desk Analyst
13 47 (3.75%) Cisco Engineer
14 45 (3.59%) Network Support
15 42 (3.35%) Design Engineer
15 42 (3.35%) Administrator
16 38 (3.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 32 (2.55%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (4.55%) Web Services
2 38 (3.03%) XML
3 35 (2.79%) JSON
4 33 (2.63%) LAMP
5 23 (1.83%) .NET
6 20 (1.59%) Middleware
7 17 (1.36%) HTML
8 16 (1.28%) CSS
9 15 (1.20%) Application Packaging
10 14 (1.12%) XMPP
10 14 (1.12%) FIX Protocol
11 13 (1.04%) Regular Expression
12 11 (0.88%) HTML5
13 10 (0.80%) RESTful
14 5 (0.40%) RabbitMQ
15 3 (0.24%) WAP
15 3 (0.24%) SOAP
15 3 (0.24%) ASP.NET
15 3 (0.24%) OLE
16 2 (0.16%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 141 (11.24%) Blackberry
2 63 (5.02%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (4.15%) iPad
4 45 (3.59%) PKI
4 45 (3.59%) Replication
5 42 (3.35%) iPhone
6 39 (3.11%) Hedge funds
7 38 (3.03%) Management Information System
8 36 (2.87%) Clustering
9 30 (2.39%) Client/Server
9 30 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
10 21 (1.67%) Open Source
11 20 (1.59%) Computer Science
12 17 (1.36%) Fat Client
12 17 (1.36%) Thin Client
13 15 (1.20%) Wiki
13 15 (1.20%) CESG
14 12 (0.96%) SecurID
15 11 (0.88%) User Experience
15 11 (0.88%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 604 (48.17%) Windows
2 251 (20.02%) Windows 7
3 199 (15.87%) Linux
4 149 (11.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 140 (11.16%) Windows XP
6 102 (8.13%) Windows Server 2003
7 95 (7.58%) UNIX
8 76 (6.06%) Windows Server 2012
9 48 (3.83%) Windows 8
10 45 (3.59%) Apple iOS
11 38 (3.03%) Android
12 30 (2.39%) Ubuntu
13 29 (2.31%) Solaris
14 25 (1.99%) AIX
14 25 (1.99%) Debian
15 21 (1.67%) Windows Vista
16 20 (1.59%) CentOS
17 19 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 18 (1.44%) Mac OS X
19 16 (1.28%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (18.90%) ITIL
2 133 (10.61%) Load Balancing
3 79 (6.30%) Migration
4 73 (5.82%) Network Management
5 65 (5.18%) Service Management
6 61 (4.86%) Project Management
7 57 (4.55%) Network Design
7 57 (4.55%) DevOps
8 56 (4.47%) Change Management
9 55 (4.39%) Disaster Recovery
10 51 (4.07%) Network Architecture
10 51 (4.07%) Capacity Planning
11 42 (3.35%) Kalman Filter
12 39 (3.11%) Mentoring
12 39 (3.11%) Network Monitoring
13 38 (3.03%) ITSM
14 36 (2.87%) Agile Software Development
15 34 (2.71%) Service Delivery
16 33 (2.63%) Risk Assessment
17 32 (2.55%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 133 (10.61%) SQL
2 66 (5.26%) Java
3 65 (5.18%) PowerShell
4 57 (4.55%) Perl
5 36 (2.87%) Bash Shell
6 32 (2.55%) Ruby
7 30 (2.39%) C
8 27 (2.15%) PHP
8 27 (2.15%) Shell Script
9 23 (1.83%) JavaScript
10 20 (1.59%) VB
11 18 (1.44%) Objective-C
12 14 (1.12%) VBScript
13 10 (0.80%) VBA
14 9 (0.72%) Python
15 7 (0.56%) R
15 7 (0.56%) C++
16 2 (0.16%) Tcl
17 1 (0.080%) VB.NET
17 1 (0.080%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 323 (25.76%) Cisco Certification
2 193 (15.39%) CCNP
3 128 (10.21%) CCNA
4 121 (9.65%) Security Cleared
5 105 (8.37%) SC Cleared
6 93 (7.42%) CCIE
7 76 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
8 53 (4.23%) Degree
9 51 (4.07%) MCSE
9 51 (4.07%) ITIL Certification
10 41 (3.27%) CISSP
11 37 (2.95%) CCSP
12 29 (2.31%) CCSE
13 28 (2.23%) Check Point Certification
14 26 (2.07%) CCDP
15 19 (1.52%) MCP
16 16 (1.28%) MCSA
16 16 (1.28%) MCITP
17 15 (1.20%) JNCIS
17 15 (1.20%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (5.02%) SLA
2 37 (2.95%) PCI DSS
3 19 (1.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.80%) QA
5 7 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.080%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.080%) COBIT
7 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.080%) TickIT
System Software
1 385 (30.70%) Active Directory
2 165 (13.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (5.74%) vSphere
4 63 (5.02%) Hyper-V
5 34 (2.71%) XenServer
6 33 (2.63%) XenApp
7 29 (2.31%) NFS
8 28 (2.23%) ProxySG
9 27 (2.15%) VMware ESXi
10 24 (1.91%) VMware ESX
11 23 (1.83%) Terminal Services
12 18 (1.44%) Postfix
13 17 (1.36%) XenDesktop
13 17 (1.36%) KVM
14 16 (1.28%) Samba
14 16 (1.28%) Snort
15 13 (1.04%) vCloud
15 13 (1.04%) FreeRADIUS
15 13 (1.04%) Xen
16 12 (0.96%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 70 (5.58%) SCCM
2 53 (4.23%) Puppet
3 38 (3.03%) Backup Exec
4 35 (2.79%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (2.23%) McAfee ePO
6 27 (2.15%) FortiGate
7 23 (1.83%) Cisco CUCM
8 22 (1.75%) OpenView
9 21 (1.67%) SCOM
9 21 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
10 20 (1.59%) WSUS
11 18 (1.44%) ZABBIX
12 15 (1.20%) OVSD
13 14 (1.12%) Salt
14 12 (0.96%) EMC NetWorker
15 11 (0.88%) SCDPM
15 11 (0.88%) CA Spectrum
16 10 (0.80%) NetBackup
16 10 (0.80%) DameWare
16 10 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 597 (47.61%) Cisco
2 349 (27.83%) Microsoft
3 256 (20.41%) Juniper
4 254 (20.26%) VMware
5 234 (18.66%) CheckPoint
6 208 (16.59%) Citrix
7 168 (13.40%) HP
8 147 (11.72%) F5
9 83 (6.62%) Blue Coat
10 71 (5.66%) Oracle
11 64 (5.10%) Symantec
12 63 (5.02%) Nokia
13 58 (4.63%) Dell
14 56 (4.47%) Red Hat
14 56 (4.47%) McAfee
15 55 (4.39%) IBM
16 46 (3.67%) SolarWinds
17 43 (3.43%) Apple
18 32 (2.55%) Remedy
19 29 (2.31%) EMC
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