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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 95 103 79
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -24
Contract jobs citing VPN 29 10 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.08% 0.42% 1.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.79% 3.50% 7.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 4 10
Average daily rate
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£325 £435 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.28% +70.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £297 £182
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £487 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+30.90% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Average hourly rate - £11.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -63.49%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.13 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+2.18% -31.50%
VPN
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
427 286 269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 15.85% 11.97% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 122 119
Average daily rate £345 £350 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.42% +29.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £213 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 22 38
Average hourly rate £26.00 £15.85 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+64.03% -18.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.00 £32.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

VPN
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VPN across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 24 April 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 April 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
Birmingham +15 19 £319 +32.81% 4
Warwickshire +3 5 £325 -35.96%
Dudley - 3 - -
Shropshire - 2 £400 -
Staffordshire - 1 £275 -
Solihull - 1 - - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 30 (66.67%) Cisco
2 27 (60.00%) Firewall
3 21 (46.67%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (44.44%) LAN
5 18 (40.00%) CheckPoint
6 17 (37.78%) WAN
7 16 (35.56%) CCNP
8 14 (31.11%) Juniper
8 14 (31.11%) Windows
9 13 (28.89%) CCNA
9 13 (28.89%) MPLS
9 13 (28.89%) OSPF
10 11 (24.44%) Network Security
11 10 (22.22%) BGP
12 9 (20.00%) HP
12 9 (20.00%) Telecoms
12 9 (20.00%) Security Cleared
12 9 (20.00%) SC Cleared
13 8 (17.78%) Linux
14 7 (15.56%) IPsec
14 7 (15.56%) Blue Coat
14 7 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (15.56%) VLAN
14 7 (15.56%) Load Balancing
14 7 (15.56%) F5
15 6 (13.33%) Junos
15 6 (13.33%) Finance
15 6 (13.33%) MS Excel
15 6 (13.33%) UNIX
15 6 (13.33%) Active Directory

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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.

Applications
1 6 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.67%) MS Office
2 3 (6.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (60.00%) Firewall
2 20 (44.44%) LAN
3 17 (37.78%) WAN
4 13 (28.89%) MPLS
4 13 (28.89%) OSPF
5 11 (24.44%) Network Security
6 10 (22.22%) BGP
7 7 (15.56%) IPsec
7 7 (15.56%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (15.56%) VLAN
8 6 (13.33%) Junos
9 5 (11.11%) Internet
9 5 (11.11%) TCP/IP
9 5 (11.11%) DSL
9 5 (11.11%) Wireless
10 4 (8.89%) ATM
10 4 (8.89%) SSL
11 3 (6.67%) VoIP
11 3 (6.67%) Extranet
11 3 (6.67%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.22%) DTS
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
General
1 9 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 6 (13.33%) Finance
3 3 (6.67%) Banking
4 2 (4.44%) Marketing
4 2 (4.44%) Electronics
4 2 (4.44%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 12 (26.67%) Analyst
3 8 (17.78%) Network Analyst
4 6 (13.33%) Security Engineer
4 6 (13.33%) Network Security Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Support Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Service Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Network Support
5 3 (6.67%) Service Desk Analyst
6 2 (4.44%) Citrix Technical Specialist
6 2 (4.44%) Technical Specialist
6 2 (4.44%) Firewall Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Citrix Specialist
6 2 (4.44%) NOC Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Network Consultant
6 2 (4.44%) Consultant
6 2 (4.44%) 2nd Line Support
7 1 (2.22%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (2.22%) Security Consultant
7 1 (2.22%) Architect
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.67%) Clustering
2 2 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.44%) e-Health
2 2 (4.44%) DTV
3 1 (2.22%) NHS
3 1 (2.22%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.22%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.22%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 14 (31.11%) Windows
2 8 (17.78%) Linux
3 6 (13.33%) UNIX
4 3 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (4.44%) Solaris
6 1 (2.22%) AIX
6 1 (2.22%) Windows 7
6 1 (2.22%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (15.56%) Load Balancing
2 5 (11.11%) ITIL
2 5 (11.11%) Migration
2 5 (11.11%) Kalman Filter
3 4 (8.89%) Capacity Planning
4 3 (6.67%) E-Commerce
4 3 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (6.67%) Network Design
4 3 (6.67%) Programme Management
4 3 (6.67%) Network Management
4 3 (6.67%) Risk Analysis
4 3 (6.67%) Low Latency
4 3 (6.67%) Ultra-Low Latency
5 2 (4.44%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (4.44%) Digital Marketing
5 2 (4.44%) Fault Management
5 2 (4.44%) Incident Management
5 2 (4.44%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (4.44%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (2.22%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.44%) Perl
1 2 (4.44%) Tcl
2 1 (2.22%) SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (46.67%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (35.56%) CCNP
3 13 (28.89%) CCNA
4 9 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 9 (20.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (6.67%) Check Point Certification
5 3 (6.67%) CCSA
6 2 (4.44%) BC Cleared
6 2 (4.44%) CCIE
6 2 (4.44%) CCIP
7 1 (2.22%) PMP
7 1 (2.22%) PMI Certification
7 1 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (2.22%) JNCIA
7 1 (2.22%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.22%) JNCIE
7 1 (2.22%) HP ASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) PCI DSS
2 2 (4.44%) QA
2 2 (4.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.67%) ProxySG
3 2 (4.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (4.44%) XenApp
3 2 (4.44%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) CA Spectrum
2 1 (2.22%) Control-M
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 1 (2.22%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 30 (66.67%) Cisco
2 18 (40.00%) CheckPoint
3 14 (31.11%) Juniper
4 9 (20.00%) HP
5 7 (15.56%) Blue Coat
5 7 (15.56%) F5
6 6 (13.33%) Microsoft
7 4 (8.89%) BT
8 2 (4.44%) ScanSafe
8 2 (4.44%) AppSense
8 2 (4.44%) SAP
8 2 (4.44%) CA
8 2 (4.44%) Nokia
8 2 (4.44%) Citrix
9 1 (2.22%) Sun
9 1 (2.22%) BMC
9 1 (2.22%) Oracle
9 1 (2.22%) Cramer
9 1 (2.22%) VMware
9 1 (2.22%) Remedy
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