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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 98 93 97
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +4
Contract jobs citing VPN 23 16 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.91% 0.72% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.75% 5.23% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 6
Average daily rate £200 £238 £244
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% -2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £169 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £438 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £318 £320
% change year-on-year
+14.17% -0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £16.72 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+0.71% +1.33%
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
263 306 265
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.36% 13.84% 12.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 129 126
Average daily rate £375 £300 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -10.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £155 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £471
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 49 13
Average hourly rate £18.00 £26.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.00 £14.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £40.00 £29.72
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 9 February 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

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 9 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -1 12 £198 -3.65% 5
Solihull - 10 - - 2
Shropshire - 1 £375 -
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England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 20 (48.78%) LAN
1 20 (48.78%) WAN
2 19 (46.34%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (43.90%) Juniper
4 17 (41.46%) Cisco
4 17 (41.46%) CCNP
5 16 (39.02%) MPLS
5 16 (39.02%) BGP
6 14 (34.15%) Firewall
7 13 (31.71%) Security Cleared
8 12 (29.27%) SC Cleared
8 12 (29.27%) Windows
9 11 (26.83%) JNCIA
10 10 (24.39%) Active Directory
11 9 (21.95%) TCP/IP
11 9 (21.95%) Citrix
12 8 (19.51%) CCDP
12 8 (19.51%) Microsoft
12 8 (19.51%) Migration
12 8 (19.51%) Structured Cabling
12 8 (19.51%) Data Centre
13 7 (17.07%) ITIL
13 7 (17.07%) OSPF
14 6 (14.63%) X.21
14 6 (14.63%) PBX
14 6 (14.63%) VMware
14 6 (14.63%) VLAN
14 6 (14.63%) Network Design
15 5 (12.20%) Windows 7
15 5 (12.20%) SecurID

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (7.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (4.88%) IBM Domino
2 2 (4.88%) IBM Notes
3 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.44%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (4.88%) MS Excel
1 2 (4.88%) MS Office
1 2 (4.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (4.88%) Mimecast
2 1 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (48.78%) LAN
1 20 (48.78%) WAN
2 16 (39.02%) BGP
2 16 (39.02%) MPLS
3 14 (34.15%) Firewall
4 9 (21.95%) TCP/IP
5 8 (19.51%) Structured Cabling
6 7 (17.07%) OSPF
7 6 (14.63%) PBX
7 6 (14.63%) VLAN
7 6 (14.63%) X.21
8 5 (12.20%) DHCP
8 5 (12.20%) DNS
8 5 (12.20%) Internet
8 5 (12.20%) Wireless
9 4 (9.76%) ADSL
9 4 (9.76%) Ethernet
9 4 (9.76%) L2TP
9 4 (9.76%) VoIP
9 4 (9.76%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (9.76%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Law
2 2 (4.88%) Legal
2 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (46.34%) Network Engineer
2 8 (19.51%) Designer
2 8 (19.51%) Network Designer
3 6 (14.63%) Juniper Engineer
4 5 (12.20%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Senior Network Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) Support Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Architect
6 3 (7.32%) Asset Management Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) IT Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Network Architect
6 3 (7.32%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Cisco Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Network Support
7 2 (4.88%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 8 (19.51%) Data Centre
2 5 (12.20%) Blackberry
2 5 (12.20%) SecurID
3 4 (9.76%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.88%) iPad
4 2 (4.88%) iPhone
5 1 (2.44%) BYOD
5 1 (2.44%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (2.44%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (2.44%) Freedom of Information Act
5 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 12 (29.27%) Windows
2 5 (12.20%) Windows 7
3 4 (9.76%) Mac OS X
4 3 (7.32%) Windows Server
4 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (7.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (4.88%) Android
5 2 (4.88%) Apple iOS
5 2 (4.88%) BlackBerry OS
5 2 (4.88%) Linux
5 2 (4.88%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (19.51%) Migration
2 7 (17.07%) ITIL
3 6 (14.63%) Network Design
4 4 (9.76%) Incident Management
4 4 (9.76%) Problem Management
4 4 (9.76%) Workflow
5 3 (7.32%) Asset Management
5 3 (7.32%) Budget Control
5 3 (7.32%) Change Management
5 3 (7.32%) Coaching
5 3 (7.32%) IT Asset Management
5 3 (7.32%) Load Balancing
5 3 (7.32%) Network Optimisation
5 3 (7.32%) Service Delivery
5 3 (7.32%) Software Licensing
5 3 (7.32%) Strategic Management
6 2 (4.88%) Business Continuity
6 2 (4.88%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (4.88%) Service Management
6 2 (4.88%) Ticket Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.76%) C
Qualifications
1 19 (46.34%) Cisco Certification
2 17 (41.46%) CCNP
3 13 (31.71%) Security Cleared
4 12 (29.27%) SC Cleared
5 11 (26.83%) JNCIA
6 8 (19.51%) CCDP
7 4 (9.76%) CCIE
7 4 (9.76%) CCNA
7 4 (9.76%) JNCIE
7 4 (9.76%) JNCIP
7 4 (9.76%) JNCIS
8 1 (2.44%) CCVP
8 1 (2.44%) MCSE
8 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.76%) SLA
2 2 (4.88%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 10 (24.39%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (7.32%) vSphere
4 2 (4.88%) Hyper-V
5 1 (2.44%) VMware ESX
5 1 (2.44%) XenApp
5 1 (2.44%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (9.76%) SCCM
2 1 (2.44%) QRadar
2 1 (2.44%) SCOM
2 1 (2.44%) WhatsUp Gold
2 1 (2.44%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 18 (43.90%) Juniper
2 17 (41.46%) Cisco
3 9 (21.95%) Citrix
4 8 (19.51%) Microsoft
5 6 (14.63%) VMware
6 3 (7.32%) CheckPoint
6 3 (7.32%) F5
6 3 (7.32%) HP
7 2 (4.88%) Acronis
7 2 (4.88%) iManage
7 2 (4.88%) Lotus
7 2 (4.88%) Mitel
7 2 (4.88%) MobileIron
7 2 (4.88%) SolarWinds
7 2 (4.88%) Sophos
8 1 (2.44%) Altiris
8 1 (2.44%) Avaya
8 1 (2.44%) Brocade
8 1 (2.44%) ION Trading
8 1 (2.44%) Tripwire