The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 188 196 176
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -20
Contract jobs citing VPN 599 516 642
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.10% 1.01% 1.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.94% 7.39% 7.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 284 256
Average daily rate
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£350 £300 £354
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -15.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £145 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £338
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -18.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 65 86
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.75 £16.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% +14.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.20 £44.00 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £21.25 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-20.75% +32.81%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7542 6984 8956
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 13.66% 15.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4022 3605 3937
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 408 468 690
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.65 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%

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 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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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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 +18 555 £350 +16.66% 218
London +34 264 £375 +12.78% 88
South East -4 119 £300 - 44
City of London +6 63 £350 +6.87% 25
Berkshire +22 58 £338 +22.72% 12
East of England +4 52 £356 +29.54% 19
South West -16 39 £400 +81.81% 16
Reading +8 28 £300 +87.50% 4
West Midlands +5 28 £306 +12.38% 12
North West -14 28 £290 +24.73% 12
Surrey +9 24 £163 -29.34% 11
Hertfordshire +18 22 £260 -9.56% 6
Bristol -7 18 £400 +33.33% 4
Suffolk - 18 £375 -
Birmingham +7 17 £301 -0.41% 4
Scotland -22 17 £125 -25.37% 8
Ipswich - 16 £375 -
Cheshire +3 15 £280 -18.84% 6
Hampshire -14 14 £310 -11.42% 11
Aberdeen +5 9 £110 -63.33%
West Sussex +2 9 £325 -26.55% 1
Southampton -4 9 £293 -17.60% 2
East Midlands -12 9 £465 +69.09% 8
Yorkshire -22 9 £305 +10.90% 18
Bracknell +10 8 £400 -
Gloucestershire - 8 £289 - 5
Crawley +11 7 £220 -50.28%
Cambridgeshire -8 7 £265 +6.53% 4
West Yorkshire -17 7 £305 +10.90% 10
Wales -22 7 £375 -42.30% 2

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 640 (54.42%) Firewall
2 568 (48.30%) Windows
3 526 (44.73%) Cisco
4 369 (31.38%) Active Directory
5 346 (29.42%) WAN
6 345 (29.34%) Microsoft
7 344 (29.25%) LAN
8 285 (24.23%) TCP/IP
9 274 (23.30%) Cisco Certification
10 261 (22.19%) DNS
11 246 (20.92%) VMware
12 242 (20.58%) Windows 7
13 226 (19.22%) ITIL
14 216 (18.37%) MPLS
15 203 (17.26%) Citrix
16 192 (16.33%) Linux
17 191 (16.24%) MS Office
18 189 (16.07%) Juniper
19 186 (15.82%) CheckPoint
20 182 (15.48%) BGP
21 177 (15.05%) CCNP
22 176 (14.97%) IPsec
23 173 (14.71%) MS Excel
24 171 (14.54%) MS Exchange
24 171 (14.54%) Wireless
25 167 (14.20%) HP
26 162 (13.78%) VMware Infrastructure
27 154 (13.10%) Finance
28 152 (12.93%) OSPF
29 145 (12.33%) Cisco ASA

VPN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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
1 171 (14.54%) MS Exchange
2 67 (5.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 57 (4.85%) SharePoint
4 53 (4.51%) Apache
5 49 (4.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 40 (3.40%) IIS
7 37 (3.15%) Lync
8 25 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
9 21 (1.79%) WebSphere
10 20 (1.70%) WebLogic
11 19 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2007
12 18 (1.53%) nginx
12 18 (1.53%) IBM Notes
13 15 (1.28%) Confluence
14 14 (1.19%) Tomcat
15 13 (1.11%) MediaWiki
16 8 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
17 7 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
17 7 (0.60%) Office Communications Server
17 7 (0.60%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 191 (16.24%) MS Office
2 173 (14.71%) MS Excel
3 23 (1.96%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.43%) Doxygen
5 5 (0.43%) MS Project
6 3 (0.26%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 3 (0.26%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.17%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.17%) RoboHelp
8 1 (0.085%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.085%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.085%) SPSS
8 1 (0.085%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 11 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) Eikon
4 2 (0.17%) Khalix
5 1 (0.085%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.085%) assyst
5 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.085%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.085%) SAP CCM
Cloud Services
1 45 (3.83%) Office 365
2 25 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (2.04%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (1.11%) SaaS
5 9 (0.77%) PaaS
5 9 (0.77%) IaaS
6 7 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (0.34%) Joyent
8 3 (0.26%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (0.26%) IBM SmartCloud
8 3 (0.26%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 640 (54.42%) Firewall
2 346 (29.42%) WAN
3 344 (29.25%) LAN
4 285 (24.23%) TCP/IP
5 261 (22.19%) DNS
6 216 (18.37%) MPLS
7 182 (15.48%) BGP
8 176 (14.97%) IPsec
9 171 (14.54%) Wireless
10 152 (12.93%) OSPF
11 145 (12.33%) Cisco ASA
12 143 (12.16%) DHCP
13 140 (11.90%) Network Security
14 135 (11.48%) SSL
15 134 (11.39%) VoIP
16 128 (10.88%) VLAN
17 118 (10.03%) Internet
18 114 (9.69%) SAN
19 76 (6.46%) EIGRP
20 75 (6.38%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (7.74%) SQL Server
2 43 (3.66%) MySQL
3 18 (1.53%) NoSQL
4 17 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
5 16 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (1.36%) Relational Database
6 9 (0.77%) Oracle Database
6 9 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (0.77%) MS Access
7 4 (0.34%) DB2
7 4 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (0.34%) Big Data
8 3 (0.26%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (0.26%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.26%) Redis
8 3 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.17%) MarkLogic
10 1 (0.085%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.085%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 28 (2.38%) Git (software)
2 23 (1.96%) JIRA
3 21 (1.79%) Jenkins
4 16 (1.36%) Subversion
4 16 (1.36%) Hudson
5 5 (0.43%) Xcode
5 5 (0.43%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.26%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.17%) Toad
8 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.085%) Ant
9 1 (0.085%) JUnit
9 1 (0.085%) Dreamweaver
9 1 (0.085%) MSI
9 1 (0.085%) JMeter
9 1 (0.085%) PhoneGap
9 1 (0.085%) FrontPage
9 1 (0.085%) Firebug
General
1 154 (13.10%) Finance
2 109 (9.27%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.32%) Banking
4 36 (3.06%) Financial Institution
5 19 (1.62%) Investment Banking
6 18 (1.53%) Marketing
7 15 (1.28%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.11%) Dutch Language
9 12 (1.02%) Back Office
10 11 (0.94%) Legal
10 11 (0.94%) Local Government
11 8 (0.68%) Games
11 8 (0.68%) Law
12 7 (0.60%) Front Office
12 7 (0.60%) Retail
13 6 (0.51%) French Language
14 4 (0.34%) Publishing
15 3 (0.26%) German Language
16 2 (0.17%) Billing
16 2 (0.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 224 (19.05%) Network Engineer
2 176 (14.97%) Analyst
3 86 (7.31%) Support Engineer
4 76 (6.46%) Architect
4 76 (6.46%) Security Engineer
5 75 (6.38%) Consultant
6 72 (6.12%) Support Analyst
7 63 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
8 59 (5.02%) Desktop Support
9 45 (3.83%) Service Analyst
9 45 (3.83%) Administrator
10 44 (3.74%) Cisco Engineer
11 43 (3.66%) Service Desk Analyst
12 42 (3.57%) Network Security Engineer
13 39 (3.32%) Network Support
14 38 (3.23%) Developer
15 37 (3.15%) IP Engineer
16 36 (3.06%) Design Engineer
17 35 (2.98%) Desktop Engineer
18 34 (2.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (5.19%) Web Services
2 47 (4.00%) XML
3 33 (2.81%) LAMP
4 31 (2.64%) JSON
5 24 (2.04%) CSS
6 23 (1.96%) Middleware
6 23 (1.96%) HTML
7 22 (1.87%) .NET
8 19 (1.62%) XMPP
9 11 (0.94%) SOAP
9 11 (0.94%) Ajax
10 10 (0.85%) Application Packaging
11 8 (0.68%) COM
12 7 (0.60%) FIX Protocol
12 7 (0.60%) HTML5
13 5 (0.43%) RESTful
13 5 (0.43%) Regular Expression
14 3 (0.26%) RabbitMQ
14 3 (0.26%) ASP.NET
14 3 (0.26%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 131 (11.14%) Blackberry
2 50 (4.25%) iPad
3 42 (3.57%) Replication
4 40 (3.40%) Hedge funds
5 39 (3.32%) iPhone
6 34 (2.89%) Management Information System
7 33 (2.81%) PKI
8 32 (2.72%) Clustering
9 28 (2.38%) Open Source
10 26 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
10 26 (2.21%) Client/Server
11 24 (2.04%) Thin Client
11 24 (2.04%) Fat Client
12 18 (1.53%) Computer Science
13 14 (1.19%) Wiki
14 13 (1.11%) Statistics
15 12 (1.02%) CMDB
16 10 (0.85%) SecurID
16 10 (0.85%) Mobile App
17 9 (0.77%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 568 (48.30%) Windows
2 242 (20.58%) Windows 7
3 192 (16.33%) Linux
4 142 (12.07%) Windows XP
5 129 (10.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 101 (8.59%) UNIX
7 88 (7.48%) Windows Server 2003
8 61 (5.19%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (3.15%) Solaris
10 35 (2.98%) Windows 8
11 34 (2.89%) Android
12 33 (2.81%) Apple iOS
13 29 (2.47%) Ubuntu
14 26 (2.21%) Debian
15 24 (2.04%) Windows Vista
16 22 (1.87%) Mac OS X
17 21 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 18 (1.53%) CentOS
18 18 (1.53%) AIX
19 15 (1.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (19.22%) ITIL
2 98 (8.33%) Load Balancing
3 73 (6.21%) Migration
4 69 (5.87%) Project Management
4 69 (5.87%) Network Management
5 65 (5.53%) Disaster Recovery
6 62 (5.27%) Network Design
7 61 (5.19%) Service Management
8 53 (4.51%) DevOps
9 48 (4.08%) Incident Management
9 48 (4.08%) Capacity Planning
10 47 (4.00%) Change Management
11 43 (3.66%) Network Architecture
12 41 (3.49%) Network Monitoring
13 40 (3.40%) ITSM
14 35 (2.98%) Service Delivery
15 34 (2.89%) Continuous Integration
16 33 (2.81%) Configuration Management
17 31 (2.64%) Information Security
18 30 (2.55%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 143 (12.16%) SQL
2 68 (5.78%) Java
3 61 (5.19%) PowerShell
4 47 (4.00%) Perl
5 37 (3.15%) Bash Shell
6 36 (3.06%) C
7 32 (2.72%) Ruby
8 31 (2.64%) Shell Script
9 29 (2.47%) PHP
10 25 (2.13%) VB
11 24 (2.04%) JavaScript
12 11 (0.94%) VBA
13 10 (0.85%) VBScript
14 8 (0.68%) Python
15 7 (0.60%) C++
15 7 (0.60%) Objective-C
16 4 (0.34%) C#
17 2 (0.17%) Tcl
18 1 (0.085%) Lisp
18 1 (0.085%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 274 (23.30%) Cisco Certification
2 177 (15.05%) CCNP
3 123 (10.46%) Security Cleared
4 104 (8.84%) SC Cleared
5 103 (8.76%) CCNA
6 75 (6.38%) Microsoft Certification
7 72 (6.12%) Degree
8 70 (5.95%) CCIE
9 49 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
10 48 (4.08%) MCSE
11 43 (3.66%) CISSP
12 31 (2.64%) CCSP
13 25 (2.13%) CCDP
14 23 (1.96%) MCP
15 21 (1.79%) Check Point Certification
16 18 (1.53%) MCSA
16 18 (1.53%) MCITP
17 15 (1.28%) CCSE
18 12 (1.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 12 (1.02%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.93%) SLA
2 31 (2.64%) PCI DSS
3 13 (1.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 10 (0.85%) QA
5 9 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.51%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.26%) COBIT
8 1 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.085%) TickIT
System Software
1 369 (31.38%) Active Directory
2 162 (13.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (5.61%) vSphere
4 62 (5.27%) Hyper-V
5 38 (3.23%) XenApp
6 30 (2.55%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (2.38%) VMware ESX
8 26 (2.21%) XenServer
9 23 (1.96%) NFS
10 21 (1.79%) Terminal Services
11 20 (1.70%) Postfix
11 20 (1.70%) KVM
12 19 (1.62%) Samba
13 16 (1.36%) XenDesktop
14 15 (1.28%) Xen
14 15 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
15 13 (1.11%) ProxySG
15 13 (1.11%) Oracle RAC
16 12 (1.02%) Snort
16 12 (1.02%) UAG
Systems Management
1 57 (4.85%) SCCM
2 51 (4.34%) Puppet
3 35 (2.98%) Backup Exec
4 32 (2.72%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
6 25 (2.13%) Cisco CUCM
7 22 (1.87%) FortiGate
7 22 (1.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 18 (1.53%) WSUS
9 17 (1.45%) ZABBIX
10 16 (1.36%) SCOM
10 16 (1.36%) OPNET
11 14 (1.19%) OpenView
12 12 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
12 12 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
13 11 (0.94%) Salt
13 11 (0.94%) NetBackup
14 10 (0.85%) DameWare
14 10 (0.85%) EMC NetWorker
14 10 (0.85%) OVSD
Vendors
1 526 (44.73%) Cisco
2 345 (29.34%) Microsoft
3 246 (20.92%) VMware
4 203 (17.26%) Citrix
5 189 (16.07%) Juniper
6 186 (15.82%) CheckPoint
7 167 (14.20%) HP
8 116 (9.86%) F5
9 70 (5.95%) Oracle
10 59 (5.02%) Symantec
10 59 (5.02%) Blue Coat
11 55 (4.68%) Red Hat
12 54 (4.59%) Apple
13 53 (4.51%) McAfee
14 51 (4.34%) IBM
15 44 (3.74%) Nokia
16 41 (3.49%) SolarWinds
17 35 (2.98%) Dell
18 30 (2.55%) Remedy
19 29 (2.47%) EMC
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