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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 202 169 199
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +30
Contract jobs citing VPN 638 718 544
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.24% 1.39% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.49% 9.30% 8.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 399 290
Average daily rate £383 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £160 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £319 £313
% change year-on-year
+13.72% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 40 52
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £15.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% +10.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.42 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.12 £25.15 £27.47
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £16.72 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+0.71% +1.33%

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
7512 7718 6671
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 14.90% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 4416 4287 3494
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £214 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 332 445 391
Average hourly rate £28.69 £24.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.53% +23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -27 604 £391 +11.78% 241
London -16 265 £425 +13.33% 57
South East -5 154 £363 +1.39% 69
North West -1 56 £475 +49.60% 19
Berkshire -13 54 £400 +14.28% 20
South West -5 46 £363 -4.60% 27
Cheshire +27 39 £525 +72.13% 8
City of London -2 36 £400 +22.13% 17
Hampshire +26 35 £400 - 11
Warrington - 32 £525 -
Reading +19 31 £428 +55.45% 5
Surrey -25 29 £385 +40.00% 14
East of England -14 23 £363 +2.11% 30
Yorkshire -29 23 £320 +12.28% 17
Wiltshire -4 21 £363 +90.78% 3
West Midlands -7 21 £200 -15.78% 16
Swindon +7 18 £363 +90.78% 3
Scotland -1 16 £325 -35.00% 2
Bristol -5 16 £368 -4.54% 11
West Yorkshire -9 16 £335 +21.81% 14
Oxfordshire +13 15 £134 -65.03% 4
Oxford +14 14 £134 - 1
Basingstoke +13 14 £588 +6.81% 3
Leeds -4 14 £320 -3.39% 10
West Sussex +16 13 £475 +26.66% 4
Birmingham 0 12 £198 -3.65% 6
Manchester -34 12 £350 +10.23% 8
Wales 0 11 £325 - 2
Glasgow +11 10 £325 -35.00%
North East -13 10 £280 -1.75% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 722 (55.11%) Firewall
2 696 (53.13%) Cisco
3 504 (38.47%) LAN
4 485 (37.02%) Windows
5 477 (36.41%) WAN
6 375 (28.63%) Microsoft
7 362 (27.63%) Active Directory
8 334 (25.50%) Cisco Certification
9 333 (25.42%) DNS
10 302 (23.05%) Juniper
11 293 (22.37%) TCP/IP
12 277 (21.15%) MPLS
13 250 (19.08%) BGP
14 248 (18.93%) CheckPoint
15 246 (18.78%) OSPF
16 235 (17.94%) SSL
17 230 (17.56%) DHCP
18 229 (17.48%) CCNP
18 229 (17.48%) ITIL
19 228 (17.40%) Linux
20 226 (17.25%) VMware
21 207 (15.80%) Wireless
22 200 (15.27%) Data Centre
23 198 (15.11%) IPsec
24 196 (14.96%) Cisco ASA
25 195 (14.89%) Network Security
26 194 (14.81%) Finance
27 193 (14.73%) VLAN
28 184 (14.05%) F5
29 183 (13.97%) MS Office

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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
1 117 (8.93%) MS Exchange
2 62 (4.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 51 (3.89%) Skype for Business
4 48 (3.66%) IIS
5 45 (3.44%) SharePoint
6 38 (2.90%) Apache
6 38 (2.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 29 (2.21%) Tomcat
8 27 (2.06%) IBM Notes
9 23 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2003
10 22 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 21 (1.60%) Confluence
12 19 (1.45%) nginx
13 18 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
14 14 (1.07%) JBoss
15 10 (0.76%) Mule ESB
15 10 (0.76%) Node.js
15 10 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
16 8 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
16 8 (0.61%) WebSphere
Applications
1 183 (13.97%) MS Office
2 150 (11.45%) MS Excel
3 36 (2.75%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.76%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (1.30%) MS Project
6 13 (0.99%) Acrobat
7 5 (0.38%) HipChat
8 4 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.23%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.23%) ProjectWise
9 3 (0.23%) SmartSuite
10 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.076%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 7 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.31%) Relativity
2 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.31%) Sage 200
3 3 (0.23%) assyst
4 2 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
5 1 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.076%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.076%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 66 (5.04%) Amazon AWS
2 61 (4.66%) Office 365
3 31 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
4 17 (1.30%) IaaS
5 13 (0.99%) SaaS
6 11 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
6 11 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 9 (0.69%) SoftLayer
8 8 (0.61%) GitHub
8 8 (0.61%) PaaS
9 7 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.38%) Sumo Logic
11 4 (0.31%) AWS CloudTrail
12 3 (0.23%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.15%) OneDrive
13 2 (0.15%) Route 53
14 1 (0.076%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 722 (55.11%) Firewall
2 504 (38.47%) LAN
3 477 (36.41%) WAN
4 333 (25.42%) DNS
5 293 (22.37%) TCP/IP
6 277 (21.15%) MPLS
7 250 (19.08%) BGP
8 246 (18.78%) OSPF
9 235 (17.94%) SSL
10 230 (17.56%) DHCP
11 207 (15.80%) Wireless
12 198 (15.11%) IPsec
13 196 (14.96%) Cisco ASA
14 195 (14.89%) Network Security
15 193 (14.73%) VLAN
16 143 (10.92%) Cisco Nexus
17 138 (10.53%) VoIP
18 133 (10.15%) Internet
19 113 (8.63%) Wi-Fi
20 108 (8.24%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (4.27%) SQL Server
2 38 (2.90%) MySQL
3 30 (2.29%) MongoDB
4 28 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (1.07%) NoSQL
5 14 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (0.76%) Big Data
6 10 (0.76%) Relational Database
7 7 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (0.46%) Redis
8 6 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.31%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
11 3 (0.23%) Couchbase
11 3 (0.23%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (0.23%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 48 (3.66%) Git (software)
2 39 (2.98%) Jenkins
3 29 (2.21%) JIRA
4 27 (2.06%) Subversion
5 17 (1.30%) Maven
6 16 (1.22%) Gerrit
7 15 (1.15%) Artifactory
7 15 (1.15%) Gradle
8 14 (1.07%) Selenium
9 13 (0.99%) Hudson
9 13 (0.99%) JMeter
9 13 (0.99%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 11 (0.84%) SonarQube
10 11 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
11 10 (0.76%) Vagrant
12 8 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (0.61%) Mercurial
13 6 (0.46%) Gitweb
14 5 (0.38%) Ant
14 5 (0.38%) IntelliJ
General
1 194 (14.81%) Finance
2 108 (8.24%) Telecoms
3 56 (4.27%) Banking
4 44 (3.36%) Legal
5 27 (2.06%) Law
6 17 (1.30%) Manufacturing
7 15 (1.15%) Advertising
7 15 (1.15%) Billing
7 15 (1.15%) French Language
7 15 (1.15%) Investment Banking
7 15 (1.15%) Retail
8 13 (0.99%) Games
9 12 (0.92%) Financial Institution
10 11 (0.84%) Spanish Language
11 10 (0.76%) Back Office
11 10 (0.76%) Local Government
12 9 (0.69%) Electronics
12 9 (0.69%) Marketing
13 7 (0.53%) Front Office
14 6 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 372 (28.40%) Network Engineer
2 191 (14.58%) Analyst
3 137 (10.46%) Architect
4 107 (8.17%) Cisco Engineer
5 103 (7.86%) Support Engineer
6 101 (7.71%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 72 (5.50%) Security Engineer
8 70 (5.34%) Senior Network Engineer
9 64 (4.89%) IT Support
10 61 (4.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 61 (4.66%) Network Analyst
11 59 (4.50%) Support Analyst
12 58 (4.43%) Consultant
13 55 (4.20%) Network Architect
14 51 (3.89%) Network Security Engineer
15 50 (3.82%) Administrator
16 49 (3.74%) Designer
16 49 (3.74%) Service Analyst
17 44 (3.36%) Service Desk Analyst
18 43 (3.28%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (5.34%) Web Services
2 33 (2.52%) 802.1X
3 31 (2.37%) CSS
4 28 (2.14%) HTML
5 26 (1.98%) XML
6 23 (1.76%) LAMP
7 21 (1.60%) .NET
8 19 (1.45%) Middleware
9 18 (1.37%) LAPP Stack
9 18 (1.37%) SOAP
10 15 (1.15%) LEMP Stack
11 12 (0.92%) jQuery
12 11 (0.84%) COM
12 11 (0.84%) Spring
13 10 (0.76%) Ajax
13 10 (0.76%) J2EE
14 8 (0.61%) REST
15 7 (0.53%) Java EE
15 7 (0.53%) RESTful
15 7 (0.53%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 200 (15.27%) Data Centre
2 83 (6.34%) Management Information System
3 76 (5.80%) Blackberry
4 67 (5.11%) PKI
5 59 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
6 49 (3.74%) Video Conferencing
7 38 (2.90%) Computer Science
8 24 (1.83%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 23 (1.76%) Handset
10 22 (1.68%) Clustering
11 20 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (1.53%) iPad
11 20 (1.53%) Mobile App
12 18 (1.37%) SecurID
13 16 (1.22%) Statistics
14 13 (0.99%) Cryptography
15 12 (0.92%) Client/Server
16 11 (0.84%) CESG
16 11 (0.84%) CMDB
16 11 (0.84%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 485 (37.02%) Windows
2 228 (17.40%) Linux
3 178 (13.59%) Windows 7
4 172 (13.13%) Windows Server
5 138 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 92 (7.02%) Windows Server 2012
7 85 (6.49%) Unix
8 84 (6.41%) Windows Server 2003
9 69 (5.27%) Windows XP
10 51 (3.89%) Apple iOS
10 51 (3.89%) CentOS
11 50 (3.82%) Android
12 43 (3.28%) Windows 8
13 30 (2.29%) Solaris
14 28 (2.14%) Ubuntu
15 22 (1.68%) Windows 10
16 19 (1.45%) Mac OS X
16 19 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 19 (1.45%) Windows Vista
17 15 (1.15%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 229 (17.48%) ITIL
2 128 (9.77%) Load Balancing
3 126 (9.62%) Migration
4 100 (7.63%) Network Design
5 85 (6.49%) Service Management
6 81 (6.18%) Information Security
7 73 (5.57%) Project Management
8 65 (4.96%) Agile Software Development
9 60 (4.58%) Change Management
10 58 (4.43%) PRINCE2
11 57 (4.35%) High Availability
12 55 (4.20%) ITSM
12 55 (4.20%) Network Architecture
13 51 (3.89%) Incident Management
14 50 (3.82%) Configuration Management
15 49 (3.74%) Network Management
16 48 (3.66%) Network Monitoring
17 47 (3.59%) Asset Management
18 44 (3.36%) Change Control
19 39 (2.98%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 74 (5.65%) SQL
2 59 (4.50%) PowerShell
3 49 (3.74%) Bash Shell
4 48 (3.66%) Python
5 47 (3.59%) Perl
6 34 (2.60%) Java
7 27 (2.06%) JavaScript
8 24 (1.83%) Ruby
9 23 (1.76%) VBScript
10 19 (1.45%) C
11 14 (1.07%) C++
11 14 (1.07%) PHP
12 10 (0.76%) C#
12 10 (0.76%) Lisp
13 9 (0.69%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.46%) Tcl
14 6 (0.46%) VBA
15 4 (0.31%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.31%) VB
16 3 (0.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 334 (25.50%) Cisco Certification
2 229 (17.48%) CCNP
3 181 (13.82%) Security Cleared
4 147 (11.22%) SC Cleared
5 143 (10.92%) CCNA
6 95 (7.25%) Degree
7 88 (6.72%) CCIE
8 76 (5.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 67 (5.11%) CISSP
10 52 (3.97%) CCSE
11 48 (3.66%) MCSE
12 43 (3.28%) DV Cleared
13 36 (2.75%) JNCIS
14 35 (2.67%) JNCIP
15 33 (2.52%) CCDP
16 32 (2.44%) CCSA
17 30 (2.29%) JNCIA
17 30 (2.29%) MCP
18 26 (1.98%) MCSA
19 20 (1.53%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (5.50%) SLA
2 46 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 42 (3.21%) PCI DSS
4 21 (1.60%) RMADS
5 16 (1.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 15 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
7 14 (1.07%) JSP 440
8 11 (0.84%) COBIT
8 11 (0.84%) QA
9 6 (0.46%) HIPAA
10 5 (0.38%) COSO
10 5 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.38%) SAS 70
11 3 (0.23%) ISO15022
11 3 (0.23%) ISO20022
11 3 (0.23%) ISO27002
12 2 (0.15%) HL7
12 2 (0.15%) PMBOK
System Software
1 362 (27.63%) Active Directory
2 148 (11.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (2.98%) Hyper-V
4 37 (2.82%) vSphere
5 34 (2.60%) XenDesktop
6 33 (2.52%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (2.44%) XenApp
8 27 (2.06%) VMware ESX
9 20 (1.53%) vCloud
9 20 (1.53%) XenServer
10 18 (1.37%) Snort
11 15 (1.15%) BitLocker
11 15 (1.15%) Docker
12 13 (0.99%) ISA Server
13 12 (0.92%) Firmware
14 10 (0.76%) ProxySG
15 9 (0.69%) iptables
16 8 (0.61%) NFS
17 7 (0.53%) Terminal Server
17 7 (0.53%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 59 (4.50%) Puppet
2 58 (4.43%) SCCM
3 43 (3.28%) Opscode Chef
4 27 (2.06%) Nagios
5 25 (1.91%) ZABBIX
6 24 (1.83%) Salt
7 21 (1.60%) Cisco CUCM
7 21 (1.60%) WSUS
8 20 (1.53%) AirWatch
9 19 (1.45%) Backup Exec
10 18 (1.37%) FortiGate
11 16 (1.22%) Proventia
12 14 (1.07%) Ansible
12 14 (1.07%) CiscoWorks
12 14 (1.07%) logstash
12 14 (1.07%) SCOM
13 13 (0.99%) OpenView
14 12 (0.92%) Cacti
14 12 (0.92%) SolarWinds Orion
15 10 (0.76%) Kibana
Vendors
1 696 (53.13%) Cisco
2 375 (28.63%) Microsoft
3 302 (23.05%) Juniper
4 248 (18.93%) CheckPoint
5 226 (17.25%) VMware
6 184 (14.05%) F5
7 161 (12.29%) Citrix
8 120 (9.16%) HP
9 97 (7.40%) Palo Alto
10 75 (5.73%) Blue Coat
11 67 (5.11%) Red Hat
12 53 (4.05%) SolarWinds
13 44 (3.36%) Dell
14 41 (3.13%) IBM
15 40 (3.05%) Oracle
16 39 (2.98%) IronPort
17 38 (2.90%) Aruba
18 36 (2.75%) Fortinet
19 31 (2.37%) Brocade
19 31 (2.37%) Sourcefire
London
Scott-Merrick LLP
Rate: Market rates - flexible
Posted: 4 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: upto £320 a day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 4 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
CBS butler
Posted: 13 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 21 hours ago
Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 23 hours ago
Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £370.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Jenrick IT
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £125 - £150 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
AAP3
Rate: £325 - £350 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
JM
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £55,000 to £65,000 per annum £55,000 - £65,000 + Benefits + c.£6,
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Connectus
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Weymouth
Spectrum IT
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Dorset
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £325.00 per annum
Posted: 21 days ago
Oxford
Spectrum IT
Rate: £29000 - £39000 per annum + 9mth FTC
Posted: 22 days ago