The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the West Midlands region.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Rank 89 87 100
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +13
Contract jobs citing VPN 27 16 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.14% 0.86% 0.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.11% 5.59% 4.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 6 2
Average daily rate
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£313 £238 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.57% -32.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £150 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £381 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 6
Average hourly rate £10.00 £26.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.26% +60.60%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.92 £23.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-26.43% +27.77%
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
333 286 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.10% 15.43% 12.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 157 125 125
Average daily rate £313 £315 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.79% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 42 28
Average hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.50% +17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.44% -2.00%
VPN
England

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 11 July 2014.

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 11 July 2014. 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 +7 16 £313 +3.30% 4
Warwickshire -5 4 £400 +60.00% 5
Coventry - 2 £300 -
Solihull - 1 - - 1
Walsall - 1 £500 -
Staffordshire - 1 £95 - 3
Worcestershire - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Halesowen - - - -
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 (55.56%) Firewall
2 17 (47.22%) Windows
3 15 (41.67%) Cisco
4 14 (38.89%) Active Directory
5 11 (30.56%) WAN
5 11 (30.56%) Windows XP
6 9 (25.00%) LAN
6 9 (25.00%) CheckPoint
6 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
7 8 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (22.22%) TCP/IP
7 8 (22.22%) MS Office
7 8 (22.22%) Blue Coat
8 7 (19.44%) MS Exchange
8 7 (19.44%) Juniper
9 6 (16.67%) CCNP
9 6 (16.67%) Linux
9 6 (16.67%) DNS
9 6 (16.67%) VMware
9 6 (16.67%) SCCM
10 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
10 5 (13.89%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (13.89%) Windows 8
10 5 (13.89%) Wireless
10 5 (13.89%) Citrix
10 5 (13.89%) Internet
11 4 (11.11%) Extranet
11 4 (11.11%) MPLS
11 4 (11.11%) HP
11 4 (11.11%) Microsoft

VPN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 2014, 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 7 (19.44%) MS Exchange
2 3 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.78%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (2.78%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (22.22%) MS Office
2 2 (5.56%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (55.56%) Firewall
2 11 (30.56%) WAN
3 9 (25.00%) LAN
4 8 (22.22%) TCP/IP
5 6 (16.67%) DNS
6 5 (13.89%) Internet
6 5 (13.89%) Wireless
7 4 (11.11%) Network Security
7 4 (11.11%) MPLS
7 4 (11.11%) Extranet
8 3 (8.33%) 3G
8 3 (8.33%) SAN
8 3 (8.33%) OSPF
8 3 (8.33%) BGP
8 3 (8.33%) IPsec
8 3 (8.33%) Junos
8 3 (8.33%) Cisco PIX
9 2 (5.56%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (5.56%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (5.56%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.56%) Hadoop
1 2 (5.56%) Big Data
2 1 (2.78%) MarkLogic
2 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (13.89%) Architect
1 5 (13.89%) Support Engineer
1 5 (13.89%) Firewall Engineer
2 4 (11.11%) Network Engineer
2 4 (11.11%) IT Support
3 3 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (8.33%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (5.56%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (5.56%) Enterprise Architect
4 2 (5.56%) Technical Tester
4 2 (5.56%) Deskside Support
4 2 (5.56%) Network Analyst
4 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.56%) Infrastructure Tester
4 2 (5.56%) Service Manager
4 2 (5.56%) Help Desk Support
4 2 (5.56%) Consultant
4 2 (5.56%) Tester
4 2 (5.56%) Analyst
4 2 (5.56%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.78%) CSS
1 1 (2.78%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Clustering
2 1 (2.78%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.78%) FMCG
2 1 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.78%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 17 (47.22%) Windows
2 11 (30.56%) Windows XP
3 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 6 (16.67%) Linux
5 5 (13.89%) Windows 8
5 5 (13.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (5.56%) UNIX
6 2 (5.56%) Windows 2000
6 2 (5.56%) Solaris
6 2 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.78%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.78%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (11.11%) E-Commerce
1 4 (11.11%) WAN Optimisation
1 4 (11.11%) Low Latency
1 4 (11.11%) Ultra-Low Latency
2 3 (8.33%) Network Design
3 2 (5.56%) Regression Testing
3 2 (5.56%) ERP
3 2 (5.56%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (5.56%) Enterprise Architecture
3 2 (5.56%) Load Balancing
3 2 (5.56%) Test Scripting
3 2 (5.56%) Risk Assessment
4 1 (2.78%) Data Architecture
4 1 (2.78%) SIEM
4 1 (2.78%) Predictive Analytics
4 1 (2.78%) Analytics
4 1 (2.78%) Data Modelling
4 1 (2.78%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (2.78%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (2.78%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.56%) Perl
1 2 (5.56%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 8 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (16.67%) CCNP
3 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
4 4 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 3 (8.33%) CCNA
5 3 (8.33%) Check Point Certification
5 3 (8.33%) CCSA
6 2 (5.56%) CCDP
6 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (5.56%) Degree
7 1 (2.78%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.78%) MCSE
7 1 (2.78%) CCDA
7 1 (2.78%) CCVP
7 1 (2.78%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.78%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (38.89%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (5.56%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (5.56%) ProxySG
2 2 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.78%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.78%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 6 (16.67%) SCCM
2 3 (8.33%) FortiGate
3 2 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.78%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 15 (41.67%) Cisco
2 9 (25.00%) CheckPoint
3 8 (22.22%) Blue Coat
4 7 (19.44%) Juniper
5 6 (16.67%) VMware
6 5 (13.89%) Citrix
7 4 (11.11%) Avaya
7 4 (11.11%) HP
7 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
7 4 (11.11%) SonicWALL
8 3 (8.33%) F5
8 3 (8.33%) McAfee
9 2 (5.56%) Sophos
9 2 (5.56%) Nortel
9 2 (5.56%) Riverbed
9 2 (5.56%) Mitel
9 2 (5.56%) Radware
10 1 (2.78%) SAP
10 1 (2.78%) TippingPoint
10 1 (2.78%) Sourcefire
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £120 - £130 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Telford
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago