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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 202 193 197
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +4
Contract jobs citing VPN 660 638 558
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.13% 1.15% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.15% 7.81% 7.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 320 303
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £345 £275
% change year-on-year
+5.07% +25.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 46 59
Average hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.15% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £50.00 £30.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £19.25 £16.84
% change year-on-year
-24.67% +14.31%

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
8102 8165 7151
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.83% 14.68% 13.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4615 4419 3855
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 442 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £21.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.03% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -1 630 £375 +7.14% 214
London +6 281 £400 +6.66% 70
South East +19 173 £400 +23.07% 41
City of London -12 61 £450 +18.03% 15
South West -8 49 £420 +8.38% 21
Berkshire -18 45 £425 +6.25% 12
Yorkshire -5 37 £275 -2.22% 20
Hampshire +15 36 £373 +20.16% 4
Wiltshire +17 30 £388 - 5
North West -25 28 £288 -10.15% 18
East of England -37 24 £338 -3.57% 14
Buckinghamshire +4 23 £475 +46.15% 4
Surrey -2 23 £400 +14.28% 12
West Midlands -2 20 £308 -8.20% 15
Oxfordshire -5 20 £363 +22.88% 1
Reading -12 19 £425 +19.29% 7
South Yorkshire -4 18 £269 -2.27% 6
Swindon +8 16 £475 - 4
West Sussex -4 13 £350 +59.09% 2
Sheffield -8 13 £275 - 4
Basingstoke +9 12 £485 -
Milton Keynes 0 12 £413 +26.92% 1
Manchester -17 12 £350 -6.66% 12
Cambridgeshire -10 11 £350 +1.44% 5
Kent +6 10 £473 +90.90% 6
Gloucestershire -8 10 £450 +71.42% 3
Scotland -13 10 £260 +3.79% 10
North East -17 10 £294 -16.00% 5
West Yorkshire -19 10 £313 +2.45% 8
Cheltenham 0 9 £450 +71.42% 1

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 795 (59.28%) Firewall
2 745 (55.56%) Cisco
3 528 (39.37%) LAN
4 524 (39.08%) WAN
5 512 (38.18%) Windows
6 419 (31.25%) Cisco Certification
7 356 (26.55%) MPLS
8 355 (26.47%) Microsoft
9 348 (25.95%) Active Directory
10 339 (25.28%) DNS
11 316 (23.56%) TCP/IP
12 315 (23.49%) Juniper
13 306 (22.82%) CheckPoint
14 295 (22.00%) CCNP
15 294 (21.92%) BGP
16 286 (21.33%) VMware
17 266 (19.84%) Wireless
18 258 (19.24%) OSPF
19 252 (18.79%) ITIL
19 252 (18.79%) Network Security
20 249 (18.57%) Cisco ASA
21 239 (17.82%) IPsec
22 234 (17.45%) SSL
23 232 (17.30%) Data Centre
24 225 (16.78%) VLAN
25 217 (16.18%) Linux
26 216 (16.11%) DHCP
27 208 (15.51%) F5
28 204 (15.21%) CCNA
29 193 (14.39%) Finance

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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
1 130 (9.69%) MS Exchange
2 90 (6.71%) Lync
3 72 (5.37%) IIS
4 69 (5.15%) SharePoint
5 62 (4.62%) Apache
6 57 (4.25%) Exchange Server 2010
7 48 (3.58%) Tomcat
8 35 (2.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 32 (2.39%) nginx
10 29 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2013
11 22 (1.64%) JBoss
12 18 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
13 16 (1.19%) Node.js
13 16 (1.19%) Mule ESB
14 14 (1.04%) WebSphere
15 13 (0.97%) IBM Notes
16 12 (0.89%) Confluence
17 11 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
17 11 (0.82%) WorkSite
18 9 (0.67%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 185 (13.80%) MS Office
2 175 (13.05%) MS Excel
3 55 (4.10%) MS Visio
4 48 (3.58%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (0.60%) MS Project
6 7 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.075%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.075%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 6 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.30%) assyst
3 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.22%) JDE OneWorld
3 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.075%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.075%) TeleForm
5 1 (0.075%) Eikon
5 1 (0.075%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.075%) Tridion
Cloud Services
1 73 (5.44%) Amazon AWS
2 54 (4.03%) Office 365
3 26 (1.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 22 (1.64%) Google Cloud Platform
5 18 (1.34%) IaaS
5 18 (1.34%) SaaS
5 18 (1.34%) PaaS
6 8 (0.60%) Sumo Logic
6 8 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
6 8 (0.60%) SoftLayer
7 7 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 7 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 7 (0.52%) Google Apps
8 5 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.075%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 1 (0.075%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.075%) Heroku
10 1 (0.075%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 795 (59.28%) Firewall
2 528 (39.37%) LAN
3 524 (39.08%) WAN
4 356 (26.55%) MPLS
5 339 (25.28%) DNS
6 316 (23.56%) TCP/IP
7 294 (21.92%) BGP
8 266 (19.84%) Wireless
9 258 (19.24%) OSPF
10 252 (18.79%) Network Security
11 249 (18.57%) Cisco ASA
12 239 (17.82%) IPsec
13 234 (17.45%) SSL
14 225 (16.78%) VLAN
15 216 (16.11%) DHCP
16 167 (12.45%) VoIP
17 150 (11.19%) Cisco Nexus
18 143 (10.66%) Internet
19 135 (10.07%) EIGRP
20 131 (9.77%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (7.16%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.92%) MySQL
3 34 (2.54%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (1.64%) MongoDB
4 22 (1.64%) NoSQL
5 17 (1.27%) Big Data
6 15 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (0.97%) Redis
7 13 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (0.60%) Hadoop
9 7 (0.52%) Relational Database
10 6 (0.45%) JasperReports
10 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
10 6 (0.45%) DB2
11 3 (0.22%) EDRMS
11 3 (0.22%) SQLite
11 3 (0.22%) Couchbase
12 2 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.15%) Oracle Database
12 2 (0.15%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 47 (3.50%) Jenkins
2 44 (3.28%) Git (software)
3 23 (1.72%) Subversion
4 22 (1.64%) Gerrit
5 20 (1.49%) Artifactory
6 19 (1.42%) JIRA
7 18 (1.34%) Mercurial
8 16 (1.19%) SonarQube
9 15 (1.12%) Maven
10 13 (0.97%) Selenium
10 13 (0.97%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 13 (0.97%) JMeter
11 12 (0.89%) Ant
12 10 (0.75%) Gradle
13 9 (0.67%) Hudson
13 9 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
13 9 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 8 (0.60%) Metasploit
15 7 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
15 7 (0.52%) Jasmine
General
1 193 (14.39%) Finance
2 138 (10.29%) Telecoms
3 53 (3.95%) Banking
4 35 (2.61%) Law
5 33 (2.46%) Legal
6 22 (1.64%) Multimedia
6 22 (1.64%) Investment Banking
7 17 (1.27%) Retail
8 16 (1.19%) Back Office
9 14 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.04%) Marketing
10 13 (0.97%) Publishing
11 12 (0.89%) Local Government
12 10 (0.75%) French Language
12 10 (0.75%) Billing
12 10 (0.75%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.67%) Electronics
13 9 (0.67%) Advertising
14 6 (0.45%) Spanish Language
14 6 (0.45%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 401 (29.90%) Network Engineer
2 169 (12.60%) Analyst
3 134 (9.99%) Architect
4 89 (6.64%) Support Engineer
5 80 (5.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 68 (5.07%) Senior Network Engineer
7 65 (4.85%) Security Engineer
8 60 (4.47%) Consultant
9 51 (3.80%) Support Analyst
10 47 (3.50%) Service Analyst
10 47 (3.50%) Service Desk Analyst
11 45 (3.36%) Desktop Support
12 44 (3.28%) Infrastructure Architect
13 43 (3.21%) Network Support
13 43 (3.21%) Network Security Engineer
14 40 (2.98%) Cisco Engineer
15 39 (2.91%) Administrator
16 38 (2.83%) Network Analyst
17 36 (2.68%) 2nd Line Support
17 36 (2.68%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (5.82%) Web Services
2 70 (5.22%) 802.1X
3 36 (2.68%) LAMP
4 27 (2.01%) .NET
5 26 (1.94%) CSS
6 24 (1.79%) HTML
7 22 (1.64%) Middleware
8 18 (1.34%) J2EE
9 17 (1.27%) XML
10 15 (1.12%) SOAP
11 14 (1.04%) XMPP
12 13 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
13 12 (0.89%) jQuery
13 12 (0.89%) Spring
14 11 (0.82%) Ajax
14 11 (0.82%) FIX Protocol
15 10 (0.75%) Java EE
16 9 (0.67%) Ruby on Rails
17 8 (0.60%) Grails
17 8 (0.60%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 232 (17.30%) Data Centre
2 102 (7.61%) PKI
3 80 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
4 62 (4.62%) Management Information System
5 61 (4.55%) Blackberry
6 54 (4.03%) Video Conferencing
7 48 (3.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 33 (2.46%) Clustering
9 30 (2.24%) Computer Science
10 27 (2.01%) iPhone
10 27 (2.01%) Replication
11 20 (1.49%) Client/Server
11 20 (1.49%) iPad
12 19 (1.42%) Statistics
12 19 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.42%) Cryptography
13 15 (1.12%) Public Cloud
14 13 (0.97%) NHS
15 11 (0.82%) SecurID
16 10 (0.75%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 512 (38.18%) Windows
2 217 (16.18%) Linux
3 174 (12.98%) Windows 7
4 141 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 108 (8.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 104 (7.76%) Windows Server 2003
7 99 (7.38%) UNIX
8 57 (4.25%) Windows XP
9 48 (3.58%) Android
10 37 (2.76%) Solaris
11 35 (2.61%) Ubuntu
12 33 (2.46%) CentOS
12 33 (2.46%) Windows 8
13 22 (1.64%) Mac OS X
14 16 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 14 (1.04%) Apple iOS
15 14 (1.04%) Windows Vista
16 11 (0.82%) Mac OS
17 7 (0.52%) Debian
18 6 (0.45%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (18.79%) ITIL
2 181 (13.50%) Load Balancing
3 86 (6.41%) Network Management
4 85 (6.34%) Migration
5 82 (6.11%) Project Management
6 76 (5.67%) Kalman Filter
7 74 (5.52%) Service Management
8 70 (5.22%) Information Security
9 63 (4.70%) Network Design
10 57 (4.25%) Service Delivery
11 50 (3.73%) Change Management
11 50 (3.73%) DevOps
12 47 (3.50%) Continuous Integration
13 46 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
14 45 (3.36%) Agile Software Development
15 44 (3.28%) PRINCE2
15 44 (3.28%) Configuration Management
16 43 (3.21%) Network Monitoring
17 40 (2.98%) Capacity Planning
18 38 (2.83%) DDoS Mitigation
Programming Languages
1 105 (7.83%) SQL
2 73 (5.44%) Python
3 52 (3.88%) Perl
4 48 (3.58%) PowerShell
5 47 (3.50%) Ruby
6 43 (3.21%) Bash Shell
7 38 (2.83%) Java
8 37 (2.76%) C
9 36 (2.68%) PHP
10 28 (2.09%) JavaScript
11 24 (1.79%) Shell Script
11 24 (1.79%) C++
12 23 (1.72%) VB
13 15 (1.12%) VBScript
14 11 (0.82%) C#
15 3 (0.22%) Lisp
16 2 (0.15%) Tcl
16 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
17 1 (0.075%) ABAP
17 1 (0.075%) R
Qualifications
1 419 (31.25%) Cisco Certification
2 295 (22.00%) CCNP
3 204 (15.21%) CCNA
4 145 (10.81%) Security Cleared
5 109 (8.13%) SC Cleared
5 109 (8.13%) Degree
6 83 (6.19%) CCIE
7 82 (6.11%) Microsoft Certification
8 55 (4.10%) CISSP
9 51 (3.80%) CCSE
10 42 (3.13%) CCSA
11 41 (3.06%) MCSE
12 36 (2.68%) CCDP
13 27 (2.01%) DV Cleared
14 24 (1.79%) JNCIS
14 24 (1.79%) CCIP
14 24 (1.79%) CCSP
15 23 (1.72%) MCSA
16 22 (1.64%) MCP
17 21 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (6.26%) SLA
2 43 (3.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 30 (2.24%) PCI DSS
4 26 (1.94%) QA
5 18 (1.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (0.82%) HIPAA
7 7 (0.52%) COBIT
8 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 4 (0.30%) COSO
10 2 (0.15%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.075%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 348 (25.95%) Active Directory
2 165 (12.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (6.79%) vSphere
4 69 (5.15%) Hyper-V
5 67 (5.00%) XenApp
6 36 (2.68%) vCloud
7 34 (2.54%) ProxySG
8 25 (1.86%) Docker
8 25 (1.86%) XenDesktop
9 24 (1.79%) XenServer
10 21 (1.57%) VMware ESX
11 18 (1.34%) Snort
11 18 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
12 16 (1.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 14 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
14 12 (0.89%) Squid
14 12 (0.89%) MetaFrame
14 12 (0.89%) VirtualBox
15 8 (0.60%) Terminal Server
15 8 (0.60%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 74 (5.52%) SCCM
2 54 (4.03%) Puppet
3 47 (3.50%) Opscode Chef
4 42 (3.13%) Cisco CUCM
5 38 (2.83%) Nagios
6 28 (2.09%) Backup Exec
7 24 (1.79%) ZABBIX
8 23 (1.72%) Ansible
9 20 (1.49%) HAProxy
9 20 (1.49%) RANCID
9 20 (1.49%) logstash
10 18 (1.34%) Cacti
11 17 (1.27%) Salt
12 16 (1.19%) Kibana
12 16 (1.19%) Rundeck
13 15 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
14 13 (0.97%) AirWatch
14 13 (0.97%) CA Spectrum
14 13 (0.97%) FortiGate
15 12 (0.89%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 745 (55.56%) Cisco
2 355 (26.47%) Microsoft
3 315 (23.49%) Juniper
4 306 (22.82%) CheckPoint
5 286 (21.33%) VMware
6 208 (15.51%) F5
7 191 (14.24%) Citrix
8 124 (9.25%) HP
9 107 (7.98%) Blue Coat
10 100 (7.46%) SolarWinds
11 57 (4.25%) Aruba
11 57 (4.25%) Red Hat
12 56 (4.18%) McAfee
13 49 (3.65%) Dell
14 44 (3.28%) Nokia
14 44 (3.28%) Infoblox
15 42 (3.13%) Brocade
16 41 (3.06%) Oracle
17 38 (2.83%) Symantec
18 37 (2.76%) NetApp
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £220 - £310 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £290 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Maidenhead, Berkshire
IT Talent Solutions
Rate: From £60,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £20 to £25 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Witham, Essex
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £36,000 to £58,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Networking People
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £382.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £11.30 - £13.68 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £600.00 per annum
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Rate: £350 - £380 per day
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Lorien Resourcing
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North East
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: £14 per hour - This is an initial 2 -3-month contract
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
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