The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for VPN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VPN over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 44 52 54
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2  
Contract jobs citing VPN 12 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.91% 0.93% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.63% 6.74% 7.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 6
Median daily rate £413 £320 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.90% -11.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £183 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £454 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £352 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -2.89% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £11.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £16.84 £16.72
% change year-on-year -22.80% +0.71%  

VPN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 95 89 102
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 15.13% 13.78% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 33 54
Median daily rate £363 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 5
Median hourly rate £14.00 £11.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.73% -55.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +23.33%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing VPN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPN in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in Birmingham over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in Birmingham

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in Birmingham

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for VPN.

1 18 (78.26%) Cisco
2 17 (73.91%) Firewall
3 13 (56.52%) WAN
4 12 (52.17%) Cisco ASA
5 11 (47.83%) Network Design
5 11 (47.83%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (43.48%) Juniper
7 9 (39.13%) F5
8 8 (34.78%) CheckPoint
8 8 (34.78%) CCNA
8 8 (34.78%) Windows
8 8 (34.78%) LAN
8 8 (34.78%) OSPF
8 8 (34.78%) BGP
9 6 (26.09%) CCNP
9 6 (26.09%) Data Centre
10 5 (21.74%) IP Telephony
10 5 (21.74%) Load Balancing
10 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
10 5 (21.74%) CCDA
10 5 (21.74%) CCDP
10 5 (21.74%) Active Directory
10 5 (21.74%) VoIP
10 5 (21.74%) DNS
10 5 (21.74%) DHCP
10 5 (21.74%) Wireless
11 4 (17.39%) Service Delivery
11 4 (17.39%) EIGRP
11 4 (17.39%) CCVP
11 4 (17.39%) CSS

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (4.35%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.35%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (73.91%) Firewall
2 13 (56.52%) WAN
3 12 (52.17%) Cisco ASA
4 8 (34.78%) BGP
4 8 (34.78%) LAN
4 8 (34.78%) OSPF
5 5 (21.74%) DHCP
5 5 (21.74%) DNS
5 5 (21.74%) IP Telephony
5 5 (21.74%) VoIP
5 5 (21.74%) Wireless
6 4 (17.39%) Cisco PIX
6 4 (17.39%) EIGRP
6 4 (17.39%) Junos
6 4 (17.39%) Unified Communications
7 3 (13.04%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (13.04%) Cisco Wireless
7 3 (13.04%) DMVPN
7 3 (13.04%) TCP/IP
8 2 (8.70%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Amazon RDS
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Advertising
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (60.87%) Network Engineer
2 13 (56.52%) Cisco Engineer
2 13 (56.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Consultant
3 3 (13.04%) Juniper Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Network Infrastructure Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Network Infrastructure Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Network Security Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Security Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Security Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Telephony Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Telephony Project Manager
5 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Active Directory Architect
5 1 (4.35%) Network Design Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) CSS
2 1 (4.35%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) Data Centre
2 2 (8.70%) FMCG
3 1 (4.35%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.35%) Clustering
3 1 (4.35%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 8 (34.78%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Windows 10
3 3 (13.04%) Linux
3 3 (13.04%) Windows Server
4 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (4.35%) Unix
5 1 (4.35%) Windows 7
5 1 (4.35%) Windows 8
5 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (47.83%) Network Design
2 5 (21.74%) Load Balancing
3 4 (17.39%) Penetration Testing
3 4 (17.39%) Service Delivery
4 3 (13.04%) Identity Access Management
4 3 (13.04%) Migration
5 2 (8.70%) Asset Management
5 2 (8.70%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (8.70%) Change Management
5 2 (8.70%) High Availability
5 2 (8.70%) Malware Detection/Protection
5 2 (8.70%) Service Design
5 2 (8.70%) SIEM
5 2 (8.70%) Software Asset Management
6 1 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (4.35%) Information Security
6 1 (4.35%) ITIL
6 1 (4.35%) Logistics
6 1 (4.35%) PRINCE
6 1 (4.35%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 11 (47.83%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (34.78%) CCNA
3 6 (26.09%) CCNP
4 5 (21.74%) CCDA
4 5 (21.74%) CCDP
5 4 (17.39%) CCVP
6 1 (4.35%) JNCIA
6 1 (4.35%) JNCIP
6 1 (4.35%) JNCIS
6 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) GDPR
1 2 (8.70%) PCI DSS
1 2 (8.70%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (21.74%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Firmware
2 1 (4.35%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.35%) NFS
2 1 (4.35%) Terminal Services
2 1 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (4.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) SCCM
2 1 (4.35%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 18 (78.26%) Cisco
2 10 (43.48%) Juniper
3 9 (39.13%) F5
4 8 (34.78%) CheckPoint
5 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
6 4 (17.39%) Nokia
7 3 (13.04%) Riverbed
8 2 (8.70%) VMware
9 1 (4.35%) Aruba
9 1 (4.35%) Avaya
9 1 (4.35%) BT
9 1 (4.35%) Fortinet
9 1 (4.35%) HP
9 1 (4.35%) LogRhythm
9 1 (4.35%) Proofpoint
9 1 (4.35%) Red Hat