The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 30 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)
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 32 28
Rank change year-on-year +14 -4  
Contract jobs citing VPN 4 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 3.77% 1.29% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 25.00% 6.25% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £388 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £350
% change year-on-year - +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.92 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.73% +31.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £17.66 £15.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.34 £24.18 £16.66
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 Chester with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 16 32 28
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 15.09% 20.65% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 21 16
Median daily rate £360 £250 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.00% -37.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £200 £366
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £435 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 5
Median hourly rate £15.15 £25.00 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.40% +57.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.84 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.68 £35.00 £43.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in Chester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in Chester

For the 6 months to 30 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 Chester region with a requirement for VPN.

1 4 (80.00%) Windows
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) Citrix
2 3 (60.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (60.00%) Windows XP
3 2 (40.00%) IBM Notes
3 2 (40.00%) MS Office
3 2 (40.00%) Lotus
3 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (20.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
4 1 (20.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
4 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (20.00%) iPad
4 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (20.00%) Skype for Business
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (20.00%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (20.00%) BitLocker
4 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (20.00%) CheckPoint
4 1 (20.00%) OSPF
4 1 (20.00%) Intel Security
4 1 (20.00%) BGP
4 1 (20.00%) Blackberry
4 1 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (20.00%) EIGRP
4 1 (20.00%) ITIL
4 1 (20.00%) SharePoint

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 2 (40.00%) IBM Notes
2 1 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (20.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (40.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) BGP
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (20.00%) DNS
1 1 (20.00%) EIGRP
1 1 (20.00%) Firewall
1 1 (20.00%) LAN
1 1 (20.00%) OSPF
1 1 (20.00%) SSL
1 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (20.00%) WAN
1 1 (20.00%) Wireless
General
1 1 (20.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Support Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) 1st Line Engineer
2 2 (40.00%) 1st Line Support
2 2 (40.00%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Desktop Support
3 1 (20.00%) Network Engineer
3 1 (20.00%) Network Support
3 1 (20.00%) Network Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (20.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (20.00%) Handset
1 1 (20.00%) iPad
1 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (20.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 4 (80.00%) Windows
2 3 (60.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (60.00%) Windows XP
3 1 (20.00%) Android
3 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) Change Management
1 1 (20.00%) ITIL
1 1 (20.00%) Load Balancing
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile Device Management
1 1 (20.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
1 1 (20.00%) Service Management
1 1 (20.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (20.00%) MCDST
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (20.00%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) Citrix
3 2 (40.00%) Lotus
4 1 (20.00%) AppSense
4 1 (20.00%) CheckPoint
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco
4 1 (20.00%) Fortinet
4 1 (20.00%) Intel Security