The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 23 June 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)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 76 67
Rank change year-on-year +37 -9  
Contract jobs citing VPN 19 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.97% 0.65% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.00% 3.77% 6.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 1
Median daily rate £398 £355 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.97% +29.09%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.85% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 4
Median hourly rate £41.84 - £15.92
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 - £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.95 - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.68 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -1.68% +26.66%  

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 Cheshire with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 100 159 125
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.63% 17.28% 12.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 110 66
Median daily rate £360 £375 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 3 20
Median hourly rate £65.00 £21.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +209.52% +24.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £21.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in Cheshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in Cheshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester - 7 £356 -
Warrington +26 5 - - 7
VPN
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for VPN.

1 12 (48.00%) Firewall
2 11 (44.00%) Cisco
3 10 (40.00%) Citrix
4 9 (36.00%) CheckPoint
5 8 (32.00%) Microsoft
5 8 (32.00%) EIGRP
5 8 (32.00%) LAN
5 8 (32.00%) WAN
5 8 (32.00%) BGP
6 7 (28.00%) SAML
6 7 (28.00%) Load Balancing
7 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (24.00%) OSPF
7 6 (24.00%) Windows
7 6 (24.00%) Finance
8 5 (20.00%) Windows XP
8 5 (20.00%) DNS
8 5 (20.00%) Data Centre
8 5 (20.00%) Windows 7
8 5 (20.00%) NetScaler
8 5 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 4 (16.00%) SaaS
9 4 (16.00%) PaaS
9 4 (16.00%) SC Cleared
9 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
9 4 (16.00%) Private Cloud
9 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
9 4 (16.00%) Network Design
9 4 (16.00%) Wireless

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 3 (12.00%) IBM Notes
2 1 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (16.00%) PaaS
1 4 (16.00%) SaaS
2 3 (12.00%) Office 365
3 2 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (8.00%) IaaS
3 2 (8.00%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 12 (48.00%) Firewall
2 8 (32.00%) BGP
2 8 (32.00%) EIGRP
2 8 (32.00%) LAN
2 8 (32.00%) WAN
3 6 (24.00%) OSPF
4 5 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 5 (20.00%) DNS
4 5 (20.00%) NetScaler
5 4 (16.00%) Wireless
6 3 (12.00%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
7 2 (8.00%) Internet
7 2 (8.00%) Intranet
7 2 (8.00%) MPLS
7 2 (8.00%) Network Security
7 2 (8.00%) VoIP
7 2 (8.00%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (4.00%) PSTN
8 1 (4.00%) SSL
General
1 6 (24.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 7 (28.00%) Network Engineer
1 7 (28.00%) Support Engineer
2 6 (24.00%) Architect
3 3 (12.00%) 1st Line Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) 1st Line Support
3 3 (12.00%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Network Support
3 3 (12.00%) Network Support Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Azure Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Citrix Specialist
4 2 (8.00%) Cloud Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Design Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Desktop Support
4 2 (8.00%) Network Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Network Security Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Security Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Security Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Technical Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (28.00%) SAML
2 2 (8.00%) JSON
2 2 (8.00%) OAuth
2 2 (8.00%) REST
2 2 (8.00%) Web Services
2 2 (8.00%) XML
3 1 (4.00%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (20.00%) Data Centre
3 4 (16.00%) Private Cloud
4 3 (12.00%) Public Cloud
5 2 (8.00%) PKI
6 1 (4.00%) Blackberry
6 1 (4.00%) Handset
6 1 (4.00%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (4.00%) iPad
6 1 (4.00%) Management Information System
6 1 (4.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 6 (24.00%) Windows
2 5 (20.00%) Windows 7
2 5 (20.00%) Windows XP
3 1 (4.00%) Android
3 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.00%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (28.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (16.00%) Network Design
3 3 (12.00%) Change Management
3 3 (12.00%) ITIL
3 3 (12.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
4 2 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (8.00%) Capacity Management
4 2 (8.00%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 2 (8.00%) Privileged Access Management
4 2 (8.00%) SABSA
4 2 (8.00%) SOA
4 2 (8.00%) TOGAF
4 2 (8.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 1 (4.00%) High Availability
5 1 (4.00%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (4.00%) Service Management
5 1 (4.00%) SIEM
5 1 (4.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (16.00%) SC Cleared
1 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.00%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (8.00%) CCNP
3 2 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.00%) MCDST
4 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 4 (16.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.00%) BitLocker
2 1 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) FortiGate
1 1 (4.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (44.00%) Cisco
2 10 (40.00%) Citrix
3 9 (36.00%) CheckPoint
4 8 (32.00%) Microsoft
5 3 (12.00%) Fortinet
5 3 (12.00%) Juniper
5 3 (12.00%) Lotus
6 2 (8.00%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (8.00%) ServiceNow
7 1 (4.00%) AppSense
7 1 (4.00%) F5
7 1 (4.00%) McAfee
7 1 (4.00%) Palo Alto