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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 91 101 89
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -12
Contract jobs citing VPN 16 8 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.74% 0.38% 0.83%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.48% 3.01% 5.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 1
Average daily rate
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£238 £244 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.56% -35.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
- +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Average hourly rate - - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -11.67%
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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
292 266 291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.50% 12.76% 16.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 128 75
Average daily rate £300 £332 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.63% +10.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £150 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £444 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 15 53
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -34.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.75 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.89 £29.30 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +4 9 £203 +68.75% 3
Warwickshire - 4 £345 -
Staffordshire - 1 £223 - 2
Worcestershire - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - - 1
Shropshire - - - -
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VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (78.95%) Cisco
2 24 (63.16%) Firewall
3 20 (52.63%) LAN
4 18 (47.37%) WAN
5 16 (42.11%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (34.21%) CCNP
7 12 (31.58%) MPLS
8 11 (28.95%) CCNA
8 11 (28.95%) Windows
9 10 (26.32%) TCP/IP
9 10 (26.32%) Juniper
10 9 (23.68%) Active Directory
10 9 (23.68%) OSPF
10 9 (23.68%) BGP
10 9 (23.68%) DSL
10 9 (23.68%) IPsec
11 8 (21.05%) Telecoms
11 8 (21.05%) HP
11 8 (21.05%) ATM
11 8 (21.05%) SC Cleared
11 8 (21.05%) Security Cleared
12 7 (18.42%) Load Balancing
12 7 (18.42%) ISDN
12 7 (18.42%) Wireless
13 6 (15.79%) X.21
13 6 (15.79%) Ethernet
13 6 (15.79%) PPP
13 6 (15.79%) MS Exchange
14 5 (13.16%) CheckPoint
14 5 (13.16%) Windows Server 2003

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

Application Platforms
1 6 (15.79%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (5.26%) IIS
3 1 (2.63%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.63%) Apache
3 1 (2.63%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.63%) Lync
3 1 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 4 (10.53%) MS Office
2 2 (5.26%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.63%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 24 (63.16%) Firewall
2 20 (52.63%) LAN
3 18 (47.37%) WAN
4 12 (31.58%) MPLS
5 10 (26.32%) TCP/IP
6 9 (23.68%) OSPF
6 9 (23.68%) BGP
6 9 (23.68%) DSL
6 9 (23.68%) IPsec
7 8 (21.05%) ATM
8 7 (18.42%) ISDN
8 7 (18.42%) Wireless
9 6 (15.79%) X.21
9 6 (15.79%) Ethernet
9 6 (15.79%) PPP
10 4 (10.53%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (10.53%) SSL
11 3 (7.89%) ADSL
11 3 (7.89%) DNS
11 3 (7.89%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.63%) DTS
2 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.63%) MarkLogic
2 1 (2.63%) Big Data
2 1 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (2.63%) Hadoop
General
1 8 (21.05%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.63%) Finance
2 1 (2.63%) Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) 2nd Line Support
2 5 (13.16%) Security Engineer
2 5 (13.16%) NOC Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Support Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Cisco Security Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (5.26%) Network Support
4 2 (5.26%) Enterprise Architect
4 2 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Network Security Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Architect
5 1 (2.63%) Desktop Support
5 1 (2.63%) Analyst
5 1 (2.63%) Support Technician
5 1 (2.63%) Support Analyst
5 1 (2.63%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (2.63%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (2.63%) IP Network Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (7.89%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.26%) e-Health
3 2 (5.26%) Statistics
3 2 (5.26%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.63%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.63%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.63%) GIS
4 1 (2.63%) Clustering
4 1 (2.63%) iPhone
4 1 (2.63%) iPad
4 1 (2.63%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (28.95%) Windows
2 5 (13.16%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (13.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (10.53%) Windows 7
4 3 (7.89%) UNIX
5 1 (2.63%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.63%) AIX
5 1 (2.63%) Linux
5 1 (2.63%) Windows 2000
5 1 (2.63%) Fedora
5 1 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (2.63%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (18.42%) Load Balancing
2 4 (10.53%) Network Monitoring
2 4 (10.53%) Network Design
3 3 (7.89%) ITIL
3 3 (7.89%) Configuration Management
3 3 (7.89%) Migration
3 3 (7.89%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (7.89%) Network Management
4 2 (5.26%) Incident Management
4 2 (5.26%) Enterprise Architecture
4 2 (5.26%) Fault Management
4 2 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (5.26%) Change Management
5 1 (2.63%) Data Modelling
5 1 (2.63%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (2.63%) PRINCE
5 1 (2.63%) Logistics
5 1 (2.63%) Supplier Management
5 1 (2.63%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.63%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.89%) SQL
2 1 (2.63%) C
Qualifications
1 16 (42.11%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (34.21%) CCNP
3 11 (28.95%) CCNA
4 8 (21.05%) SC Cleared
4 8 (21.05%) Security Cleared
5 2 (5.26%) BC Cleared
5 2 (5.26%) CCSP
5 2 (5.26%) CCIP
6 1 (2.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (2.63%) PMP
6 1 (2.63%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.63%) Degree
6 1 (2.63%) CITP
6 1 (2.63%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.89%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (23.68%) Active Directory
2 3 (7.89%) ProxySG
3 2 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.63%) Terminal Services
4 1 (2.63%) VMware ESX
4 1 (2.63%) KVM
4 1 (2.63%) Postfix
4 1 (2.63%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (7.89%) Netcool
1 3 (7.89%) WhatsUp Gold
1 3 (7.89%) SCCM
2 2 (5.26%) CA Spectrum
2 2 (5.26%) Backup Exec
3 1 (2.63%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (2.63%) Control-M
3 1 (2.63%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (78.95%) Cisco
2 10 (26.32%) Juniper
3 8 (21.05%) HP
4 5 (13.16%) CheckPoint
5 4 (10.53%) Remedy
5 4 (10.53%) Microsoft
6 3 (7.89%) Blue Coat
6 3 (7.89%) F5
6 3 (7.89%) SolarWinds
7 2 (5.26%) Rackspace
7 2 (5.26%) ScanSafe
7 2 (5.26%) VMware
7 2 (5.26%) McAfee
7 2 (5.26%) CA
7 2 (5.26%) IBM
8 1 (2.63%) Oracle
8 1 (2.63%) SAP
8 1 (2.63%) EMC
8 1 (2.63%) Intel
8 1 (2.63%) Nortel