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 23 January 2017 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
23 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / West Midlands
Rank 96 97 92
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -5
Contract jobs citing VPN 28 18 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.17% 0.75% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.59% 6.92% 5.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 7 12
Median daily rate £400 £200 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -15.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £152 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £407 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £360 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.69% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £13.00 £18.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.77% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £19.00 £15.15
% change year-on-year
-9.21% +25.45%

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
326 260 300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.62% 10.82% 14.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 125 134
Median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £160 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £366 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.02% +4.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 19 44
Median hourly rate £14.00 £20.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.00 £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +20.00%

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 23 January 2017.

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

VPN
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 23 January 2017. 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 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 -4 12 £400 +102.53% 8
Shropshire +17 4 £375 -
Solihull -4 4 £265 - 2
Coventry - 3 £450 -
Herefordshire - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, 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 38 (62.30%) Firewall
2 32 (52.46%) Cisco
3 30 (49.18%) WAN
3 30 (49.18%) LAN
4 27 (44.26%) Cisco Certification
4 27 (44.26%) Juniper
5 25 (40.98%) Security Cleared
6 24 (39.34%) SC Cleared
7 21 (34.43%) CCNA
8 17 (27.87%) Cisco ASA
9 14 (22.95%) VoIP
9 14 (22.95%) Intrusion Detection
9 14 (22.95%) F5
10 13 (21.31%) Windows
11 12 (19.67%) Unix
11 12 (19.67%) CCNP
11 12 (19.67%) BGP
12 11 (18.03%) CCDP
12 11 (18.03%) CheckPoint
12 11 (18.03%) Information Security
12 11 (18.03%) Cybersecurity
12 11 (18.03%) VLAN
12 11 (18.03%) Data Centre
12 11 (18.03%) Identity Access Management
13 10 (16.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 10 (16.39%) Disk Encryption
13 10 (16.39%) Forensic Analysis
13 10 (16.39%) Malware Analysis
13 10 (16.39%) Data Analysis
13 10 (16.39%) Wireless

VPN
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 2 (3.28%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (1.64%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (3.28%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.64%) MS Office
2 1 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.64%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (1.64%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (62.30%) Firewall
2 30 (49.18%) LAN
2 30 (49.18%) WAN
3 17 (27.87%) Cisco ASA
4 14 (22.95%) Intrusion Detection
4 14 (22.95%) VoIP
5 12 (19.67%) BGP
6 11 (18.03%) VLAN
7 10 (16.39%) TCP/IP
7 10 (16.39%) Wireless
8 9 (14.75%) DNS
8 9 (14.75%) SSL
9 8 (13.11%) DHCP
10 7 (11.48%) MPLS
10 7 (11.48%) Network Security
10 7 (11.48%) OSPF
11 6 (9.84%) IP Telephony
11 6 (9.84%) WLAN
12 5 (8.20%) PBX
12 5 (8.20%) X.21
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.84%) Big Data
2 1 (1.64%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (8.20%) Finance
2 1 (1.64%) Advertising
2 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (32.79%) Network Engineer
2 15 (24.59%) Analyst
3 11 (18.03%) Cisco Engineer
3 11 (18.03%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 10 (16.39%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 10 (16.39%) Security Analyst
5 9 (14.75%) Architect
6 5 (8.20%) Designer
6 5 (8.20%) Network Architect
6 5 (8.20%) Network Designer
7 4 (6.56%) Information Security Specialist
7 4 (6.56%) Information Specialist
7 4 (6.56%) Security Specialist
8 3 (4.92%) Firewall Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Incident Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Juniper Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) Presales Solution Architect
8 3 (4.92%) Service Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Service Desk Analyst
8 3 (4.92%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.20%) 802.1X
1 5 (8.20%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.03%) Data Centre
2 6 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.84%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (4.92%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.64%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.64%) Clustering
4 1 (1.64%) CMDB
4 1 (1.64%) PKI
4 1 (1.64%) Replication
4 1 (1.64%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 13 (21.31%) Windows
2 12 (19.67%) Unix
3 9 (14.75%) Linux
4 5 (8.20%) Windows Server
5 4 (6.56%) Windows 7
6 3 (4.92%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (4.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (4.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (3.28%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.64%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (1.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (18.03%) Cybersecurity
1 11 (18.03%) Identity Access Management
1 11 (18.03%) Information Security
2 10 (16.39%) Data Analysis
2 10 (16.39%) Disk Encryption
2 10 (16.39%) Forensic Analysis
2 10 (16.39%) Malware Analysis
3 9 (14.75%) Incident Management
3 9 (14.75%) Network Design
4 8 (13.11%) Security Monitoring
4 8 (13.11%) SIEM
5 7 (11.48%) Migration
5 7 (11.48%) Security Operations
6 4 (6.56%) ITIL
6 4 (6.56%) Malware Detection/Protection
6 4 (6.56%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 4 (6.56%) Penetration Testing
6 4 (6.56%) Service Delivery
6 4 (6.56%) Two-Factor Authentication
6 4 (6.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.28%) SQL
2 1 (1.64%) C
2 1 (1.64%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 27 (44.26%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (40.98%) Security Cleared
3 24 (39.34%) SC Cleared
4 21 (34.43%) CCNA
5 12 (19.67%) CCNP
6 11 (18.03%) CCDP
7 8 (13.11%) CCSA
8 7 (11.48%) CCDA
8 7 (11.48%) CEH
8 7 (11.48%) GCFA
8 7 (11.48%) GCIH
8 7 (11.48%) MCP
9 5 (8.20%) CCVP
10 1 (1.64%) CCIE
10 1 (1.64%) Degree
10 1 (1.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (1.64%) JNCIA
10 1 (1.64%) JNCIP
10 1 (1.64%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.28%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (8.20%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.28%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.64%) Firmware
3 1 (1.64%) NFS
3 1 (1.64%) Terminal Services
3 1 (1.64%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (16.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 4 (6.56%) Nexpose
3 1 (1.64%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 32 (52.46%) Cisco
2 27 (44.26%) Juniper
3 14 (22.95%) F5
4 11 (18.03%) CheckPoint
5 8 (13.11%) Microsoft
6 6 (9.84%) Palo Alto
7 5 (8.20%) Brocade
7 5 (8.20%) Intel Security
7 5 (8.20%) Nokia
8 4 (6.56%) ArcSight
8 4 (6.56%) Blue Coat
8 4 (6.56%) FireEye
8 4 (6.56%) Fortinet
8 4 (6.56%) GFI Software
8 4 (6.56%) LogRhythm
8 4 (6.56%) Rapid7
8 4 (6.56%) Sourcefire
8 4 (6.56%) Symantec
8 4 (6.56%) TippingPoint
9 2 (3.28%) VMware