The table below looks at the statistics for VPN skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 26 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 104 91 100
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +9
Contract jobs citing VPN 38 31 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.27% 1.31% 0.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.62% 9.14% 6.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 16 11
Median daily rate £338 £323 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% +3.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £137 £215 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £461 £400 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £320
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
Median hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +80.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+26.66% -3.22%
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
395 339 317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.23% 14.36% 13.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 189 147
Median daily rate £358 £325 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +3.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £235 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.35% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 34 35
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.44% +9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.80 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £29.21 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+26.00% +38.88%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing VPN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

VPN Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

VPN
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VPN across the West Midlands region.

VPN Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VPN across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 June 2016.

VPN Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

VPN
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN across the West Midlands region.

VPN Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -14 13 £306 -5.03% 5
Worcestershire -4 5 £380 -
Coventry -5 4 £120 - 4
Solihull - 4 £270 - 2
Dudley -1 2 £85 -
Warwickshire -8 2 £363 - 2
Shropshire -33 1 £496 +80.52% 3
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Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VPN.

1 34 (53.13%) Cisco Certification
2 33 (51.56%) CCNP
3 28 (43.75%) Cisco
3 28 (43.75%) LAN
3 28 (43.75%) WAN
3 28 (43.75%) BGP
4 27 (42.19%) Juniper
5 25 (39.06%) Security Cleared
6 24 (37.50%) Firewall
7 22 (34.38%) Windows
7 22 (34.38%) SC Cleared
8 20 (31.25%) Migration
9 18 (28.13%) TCP/IP
10 16 (25.00%) CCDP
11 15 (23.44%) Microsoft
11 15 (23.44%) Structured Cabling
12 14 (21.88%) Wireless
13 13 (20.31%) OSPF
13 13 (20.31%) Cisco ASA
13 13 (20.31%) JNCIA
14 11 (17.19%) MPLS
14 11 (17.19%) Active Directory
15 10 (15.63%) DHCP
16 9 (14.06%) PBX
16 9 (14.06%) MS Excel
16 9 (14.06%) SSL
16 9 (14.06%) X.21
16 9 (14.06%) Windows 7
17 8 (12.50%) Cisco Nexus
17 8 (12.50%) Linux

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Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (7.81%) IBM Domino
1 5 (7.81%) IBM Notes
2 2 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (3.13%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.56%) Apache
3 1 (1.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.56%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.56%) SAS
3 1 (1.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (14.06%) MS Excel
2 8 (12.50%) MS Office
3 4 (6.25%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 28 (43.75%) BGP
1 28 (43.75%) LAN
1 28 (43.75%) WAN
2 24 (37.50%) Firewall
3 18 (28.13%) TCP/IP
4 15 (23.44%) Structured Cabling
5 14 (21.88%) Wireless
6 13 (20.31%) Cisco ASA
6 13 (20.31%) OSPF
7 11 (17.19%) MPLS
8 10 (15.63%) DHCP
9 9 (14.06%) PBX
9 9 (14.06%) SSL
9 9 (14.06%) X.21
10 8 (12.50%) Cisco Nexus
11 7 (10.94%) DNS
11 7 (10.94%) HTTP
11 7 (10.94%) HTTPS
11 7 (10.94%) Internet
11 7 (10.94%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.13%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.56%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (6.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (4.69%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.13%) GoCD
3 2 (3.13%) Vagrant
4 1 (1.56%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (6.25%) Retail
2 3 (4.69%) Finance
3 2 (3.13%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.56%) Advertising
4 1 (1.56%) French Language
4 1 (1.56%) German Language
Job Titles
1 19 (29.69%) Network Engineer
2 15 (23.44%) Designer
3 14 (21.88%) Network Designer
4 6 (9.38%) Analyst
5 5 (7.81%) Cisco Engineer
5 5 (7.81%) Design Engineer
5 5 (7.81%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (6.25%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Network Design Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Senior Network Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Support Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Architect
7 3 (4.69%) Help Desk Support
7 3 (4.69%) Linux Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Network Manager
7 3 (4.69%) Service Analyst
7 3 (4.69%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (4.69%) Software Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.25%) 802.1X
2 2 (3.13%) Web Services
3 1 (1.56%) CSS
3 1 (1.56%) Memcached
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.38%) Data Centre
2 4 (6.25%) Arduino
2 4 (6.25%) Home Automation
2 4 (6.25%) Internet of Things
2 4 (6.25%) Raspberry Pi
3 2 (3.13%) Driving Licence
3 2 (3.13%) RSA SecurID
4 1 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.56%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.56%) BYOD
4 1 (1.56%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.56%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.56%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (1.56%) Freedom of Information Act
4 1 (1.56%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.56%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.56%) PKI
4 1 (1.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 22 (34.38%) Windows
2 9 (14.06%) Windows 7
3 8 (12.50%) Linux
3 8 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 7 (10.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (9.38%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (7.81%) Windows 8
7 3 (4.69%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (3.13%) CentOS
8 2 (3.13%) Mac OS X
8 2 (3.13%) Windows 10
9 1 (1.56%) Android
9 1 (1.56%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.56%) Unix
9 1 (1.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (31.25%) Migration
2 4 (6.25%) Desktop Virtualisation
2 4 (6.25%) Network Design
2 4 (6.25%) Problem Management
2 4 (6.25%) Software Engineering
2 4 (6.25%) System Testing
3 3 (4.69%) Build Automation
3 3 (4.69%) DevOps
3 3 (4.69%) ITIL
3 3 (4.69%) Load Balancing
4 2 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (3.13%) Change Management
4 2 (3.13%) Configuration Management
4 2 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (3.13%) E-Commerce
4 2 (3.13%) Mentoring
4 2 (3.13%) Network Planning
4 2 (3.13%) Risk Analysis
4 2 (3.13%) Service Management
4 2 (3.13%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.25%) Python
2 2 (3.13%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.13%) Ruby
2 2 (3.13%) Shell Script
2 2 (3.13%) Tcl
3 1 (1.56%) C#
Qualifications
1 34 (53.13%) Cisco Certification
2 33 (51.56%) CCNP
3 25 (39.06%) Security Cleared
4 22 (34.38%) SC Cleared
5 16 (25.00%) CCDP
6 13 (20.31%) JNCIA
7 6 (9.38%) CCIE
8 5 (7.81%) CCNA
8 5 (7.81%) JNCIP
9 4 (6.25%) CCDA
9 4 (6.25%) Degree
10 2 (3.13%) MCP
11 1 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.56%) CCSE
11 1 (1.56%) CCVP
11 1 (1.56%) JNCIE
11 1 (1.56%) MCITP
11 1 (1.56%) MCSE
11 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.13%) SLA
3 1 (1.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (17.19%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.69%) Hyper-V
2 3 (4.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.56%) vCloud
3 1 (1.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (7.81%) Nagios
2 3 (4.69%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (4.69%) SCCM
3 2 (3.13%) Cisco Prime
3 2 (3.13%) FortiGate
3 2 (3.13%) Packer
3 2 (3.13%) Terraform
4 1 (1.56%) Cacti
4 1 (1.56%) DameWare
4 1 (1.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (1.56%) logstash
4 1 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.56%) Nexpose
4 1 (1.56%) OpenView
4 1 (1.56%) SmokePing
4 1 (1.56%) TrustSec
4 1 (1.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 28 (43.75%) Cisco
2 27 (42.19%) Juniper
3 15 (23.44%) Microsoft
4 7 (10.94%) CheckPoint
5 5 (7.81%) F5
5 5 (7.81%) SolarWinds
5 5 (7.81%) Sophos
6 4 (6.25%) Citrix
6 4 (6.25%) HP
6 4 (6.25%) Intel Security
6 4 (6.25%) Lotus
6 4 (6.25%) VMware
7 3 (4.69%) Aruba
7 3 (4.69%) Palo Alto
7 3 (4.69%) Splunk
8 2 (3.13%) Avaya
8 2 (3.13%) Brocade
9 1 (1.56%) IBM
9 1 (1.56%) Nokia
9 1 (1.56%) Oracle