Period
to 22 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for VPN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VPN over the 6 months to 22 October 2019 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)
UK > England
6 months to
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 186 222 222
Rank change year-on-year +36 0 -5
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,146 1,200 1,111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.48% 1.27% 1.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.19% 9.61% 8.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 689 749 650
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £153 £150 £150
90th Percentile £608 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 60 80
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.60 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.91% -0.53% -1.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £82.50 £46.25 £50.75
UK median hourly rate £18.06 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.17% -7.89% -5.00%

VPN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 10,242 12,493 12,563
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.23% 13.23% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,252 7,561 7,726
England median daily rate £425 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £195 £200 £200
90th Percentile £606 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 602 654
England median hourly rate £29.25 £19.69 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.53% +5.31% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.11 £12.25 £11.64
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £19.00 £19.32
% change year-on-year +65.79% -1.63% -15.41%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in England

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in England

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 22 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in England

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 22 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in England

VPN
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the England region over the 6 months to 22 October 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +22 474 £448 +8.48% 138
South East +72 289 £425 +9.68% 115
North of England +4 126 £325 -16.40% 81
Midlands +63 118 £375 - 59
South West +8 80 £375 -1.32% 40
West Midlands +44 76 £375 - 38
North West -1 73 £320 -17.68% 40
East of England -10 52 £288 -23.33% 36
Yorkshire +11 44 £333 -19.05% 31
East Midlands +21 41 £375 +15.38% 21
North East +4 10 £513 +81.42% 10
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for VPN.

1 576 (50.26%) Firewall
2 487 (42.50%) Cisco
3 456 (39.79%) Windows
4 365 (31.85%) WAN
5 342 (29.84%) Active Directory
6 335 (29.23%) Microsoft
7 312 (27.23%) LAN
8 306 (26.70%) DNS
9 294 (25.65%) TCP/IP
10 258 (22.51%) Azure
11 250 (21.82%) Cisco Certification
12 249 (21.73%) Office 365
13 229 (19.98%) Security Cleared
14 205 (17.89%) MPLS
15 204 (17.80%) Linux
16 196 (17.10%) BGP
17 193 (16.84%) AWS
18 181 (15.79%) SC Cleared
19 179 (15.62%) DHCP
19 179 (15.62%) VMware
19 179 (15.62%) Data Centre
20 173 (15.10%) ITIL
21 167 (14.57%) Microsoft Office
22 165 (14.40%) CCNP
23 163 (14.22%) CheckPoint
24 161 (14.05%) Internet
24 161 (14.05%) OSPF
25 155 (13.53%) Juniper
26 152 (13.26%) Wireless
27 150 (13.09%) Windows Server

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 78 (6.81%) MS Exchange
2 72 (6.28%) SharePoint
3 43 (3.75%) Skype for Business
4 39 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2010
5 30 (2.62%) OpenStack
6 28 (2.44%) IIS
7 26 (2.27%) Confluence
8 17 (1.48%) nginx
9 13 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (0.70%) Apache
11 6 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
13 4 (0.35%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
14 3 (0.26%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.17%) Ethereum
15 2 (0.17%) Hyperledger
15 2 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 167 (14.57%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.71%) MS Visio
3 22 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 16 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.087%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 9 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
2 8 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.44%) assyst
4 2 (0.17%) Distributed Ledger
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.17%) R3 Corda
4 2 (0.17%) RMDS
5 1 (0.087%) Eikon
5 1 (0.087%) Global One
5 1 (0.087%) Magento
5 1 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.087%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 258 (22.51%) Azure
2 249 (21.73%) Office 365
3 193 (16.84%) AWS
4 106 (9.25%) PaaS
5 97 (8.46%) IaaS
6 88 (7.68%) SaaS
7 68 (5.93%) Azure Active Directory
8 60 (5.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 43 (3.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 41 (3.58%) Amazon EC2
11 36 (3.14%) AWS CloudFormation
12 32 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
13 27 (2.36%) Serverless
14 26 (2.27%) AWS Lambda
15 25 (2.18%) OneDrive
16 22 (1.92%) Amazon ECS
16 22 (1.92%) Amazon S3
17 14 (1.22%) Mimecast
18 13 (1.13%) Dynamics 365
18 13 (1.13%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 576 (50.26%) Firewall
2 365 (31.85%) WAN
3 312 (27.23%) LAN
4 306 (26.70%) DNS
5 294 (25.65%) TCP/IP
6 205 (17.89%) MPLS
7 196 (17.10%) BGP
8 179 (15.62%) DHCP
9 161 (14.05%) Internet
9 161 (14.05%) OSPF
10 152 (13.26%) Wireless
11 141 (12.30%) VLAN
12 132 (11.52%) Cisco ASA
13 126 (10.99%) Network Security
14 110 (9.60%) VoIP
14 110 (9.60%) Wi-Fi
15 101 (8.81%) IPsec
16 98 (8.55%) SAN
17 97 (8.46%) Cisco Nexus
18 96 (8.38%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (4.10%) SQL Server
2 39 (3.40%) Amazon RDS
3 24 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
4 17 (1.48%) Azure SQL Database
5 10 (0.87%) Oracle Database
6 9 (0.79%) MySQL
6 9 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (0.70%) Power BI
8 7 (0.61%) Relational Database
9 6 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (0.44%) SQL Server 2017
11 4 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 4 (0.35%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.26%) Blockchain
13 2 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
13 2 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
13 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
13 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 53 (4.62%) JIRA
2 51 (4.45%) Git (software)
3 39 (3.40%) Jenkins
4 20 (1.75%) GitLab
5 18 (1.57%) Vagrant
6 17 (1.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 14 (1.22%) Sonatype Nexus
7 14 (1.22%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (0.70%) Subversion
8 8 (0.70%) Visual Studio
9 5 (0.44%) CircleCI
10 4 (0.35%) JMeter
10 4 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.35%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.26%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.17%) Hudson
12 2 (0.17%) Rational DOORS
12 2 (0.17%) Selenium
12 2 (0.17%) SoapUI
General
1 142 (12.39%) Finance
2 114 (9.95%) Telecoms
3 36 (3.14%) Public Sector
4 31 (2.71%) Banking
5 24 (2.09%) Law
6 23 (2.01%) Legal
7 18 (1.57%) Retail
8 14 (1.22%) Marketing
9 13 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 12 (1.05%) Financial Institution
10 12 (1.05%) German Language
10 12 (1.05%) Publishing
11 11 (0.96%) Automotive
12 9 (0.79%) Games
12 9 (0.79%) Multimedia
13 7 (0.61%) Electronics
13 7 (0.61%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.44%) Advertising
14 5 (0.44%) French Language
15 4 (0.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 291 (25.39%) Network Engineer
2 118 (10.30%) Architect
3 98 (8.55%) Support Engineer
4 90 (7.85%) Analyst
5 87 (7.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 58 (5.06%) DevOps Engineer
7 56 (4.89%) Desktop Support
8 55 (4.80%) Cisco Engineer
9 51 (4.45%) Cloud Engineer
9 51 (4.45%) Consultant
10 44 (3.84%) Administrator
11 42 (3.66%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 42 (3.66%) Security Engineer
12 41 (3.58%) 2nd Line Support
12 41 (3.58%) Senior Network Engineer
13 39 (3.40%) AWS Engineer
13 39 (3.40%) Azure Engineer
14 37 (3.23%) Security Architect
15 35 (3.05%) Azure Architect
16 33 (2.88%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (8.38%) Web Services
2 52 (4.54%) 802.1X
3 27 (2.36%) JSON
4 17 (1.48%) Elastic Stack
5 13 (1.13%) Node.js
6 12 (1.05%) Oracle Fusion
7 10 (0.87%) REST
8 9 (0.79%) LDAP
9 8 (0.70%) .NET
10 6 (0.52%) Kafka
11 5 (0.44%) ASP.NET
11 5 (0.44%) HTML
11 5 (0.44%) YAML
12 4 (0.35%) .NET Framework
12 4 (0.35%) CSS
12 4 (0.35%) J2EE
12 4 (0.35%) LAMP
12 4 (0.35%) Middleware
12 4 (0.35%) SOAP
12 4 (0.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 179 (15.62%) Data Centre
2 73 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (5.76%) Replication
4 48 (4.19%) PKI
5 37 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
6 34 (2.97%) Hybrid Cloud
7 33 (2.88%) Video Conferencing
8 29 (2.53%) Management Information System
9 28 (2.44%) Public Cloud
9 28 (2.44%) Smartphone
10 23 (2.01%) Clustering
11 17 (1.48%) Blackberry
11 17 (1.48%) iPhone
11 17 (1.48%) Linux Command Line
12 16 (1.40%) Mobile App
12 16 (1.40%) NHS
13 15 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
14 14 (1.22%) Cyberthreat
15 13 (1.13%) Driving Licence
15 13 (1.13%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 456 (39.79%) Windows
2 204 (17.80%) Linux
3 150 (13.09%) Windows Server
4 136 (11.87%) Windows 10
5 127 (11.08%) Windows 7
6 61 (5.32%) Android
7 55 (4.80%) Windows Server 2012
8 47 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 46 (4.01%) Apple iOS
10 43 (3.75%) Unix
11 33 (2.88%) CentOS
12 32 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 31 (2.71%) Ubuntu
14 28 (2.44%) Mac OS
15 23 (2.01%) Windows XP
16 19 (1.66%) Windows Mobile
17 18 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
18 14 (1.22%) Mac OS X
19 11 (0.96%) Check Point GAiA
20 10 (0.87%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (15.10%) ITIL
2 143 (12.48%) Migration
3 123 (10.73%) DevOps
4 105 (9.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 99 (8.64%) Problem-Solving
6 86 (7.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 82 (7.16%) Agile Software Development
8 78 (6.81%) Information Security
9 73 (6.37%) Configuration Management
9 73 (6.37%) Network Design
10 72 (6.28%) Load Balancing
11 66 (5.76%) Network Management
12 59 (5.15%) Computer Science
12 59 (5.15%) Service Delivery
13 58 (5.06%) SIEM
14 57 (4.97%) Project Management
15 54 (4.71%) Project Delivery
15 54 (4.71%) Service Management
16 51 (4.45%) Change Management
17 50 (4.36%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 111 (9.69%) PowerShell
2 76 (6.63%) Python
3 65 (5.67%) SQL
4 57 (4.97%) Bash Shell
5 31 (2.71%) Ruby
6 26 (2.27%) Perl
7 23 (2.01%) Java
8 13 (1.13%) C
9 10 (0.87%) C#
10 8 (0.70%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.52%) C++
12 5 (0.44%) Groovy
13 3 (0.26%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.17%) Go
14 2 (0.17%) R
15 1 (0.087%) Embedded C
15 1 (0.087%) Scala
15 1 (0.087%) VB
Qualifications
1 250 (21.82%) Cisco Certification
2 229 (19.98%) Security Cleared
3 181 (15.79%) SC Cleared
4 165 (14.40%) CCNP
5 126 (10.99%) CCNA
6 89 (7.77%) Degree
7 73 (6.37%) CCIE
8 39 (3.40%) Microsoft Certification
9 37 (3.23%) CISSP
10 29 (2.53%) DV Cleared
10 29 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
10 29 (2.53%) JNCIP
11 28 (2.44%) AWS Certification
12 24 (2.09%) CCDP
13 23 (2.01%) MCP
14 19 (1.66%) JNCIE
15 17 (1.48%) MCSE
15 17 (1.48%) RHCE
16 14 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
16 14 (1.22%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (6.81%) SLA
2 35 (3.05%) PCI DSS
3 29 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.66%) QA
5 16 (1.40%) NIST
6 10 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 7 (0.61%) GDPR
7 7 (0.61%) PMO
8 4 (0.35%) NCSC
9 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.17%) COBIT
10 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.17%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 1 (0.087%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 342 (29.84%) Active Directory
2 108 (9.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (7.07%) Docker
4 45 (3.93%) Hyper-V
5 41 (3.58%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (2.53%) Virtual Machines
7 25 (2.18%) vSphere
8 20 (1.75%) XenApp
9 17 (1.48%) BitLocker
10 13 (1.13%) VMware NSX
11 11 (0.96%) Firmware
12 10 (0.87%) XenDesktop
13 9 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (0.61%) NFS
14 7 (0.61%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.61%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.52%) VMFS
16 5 (0.44%) VMware Server
17 4 (0.35%) ISA Server
17 4 (0.35%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 87 (7.59%) SCCM
2 76 (6.63%) Terraform
3 66 (5.76%) Ansible
4 61 (5.32%) Microsoft Intune
5 52 (4.54%) Puppet
6 44 (3.84%) Kubernetes
7 38 (3.32%) Packer
7 38 (3.32%) Single Sign-On
8 31 (2.71%) Opscode Chef
9 27 (2.36%) Nagios
10 25 (2.18%) Consul
11 20 (1.75%) FortiGate
12 19 (1.66%) Cisco Prime
12 19 (1.66%) Suricata
12 19 (1.66%) WSUS
13 16 (1.40%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 15 (1.31%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 14 (1.22%) OpenView
16 13 (1.13%) CASB
16 13 (1.13%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 487 (42.50%) Cisco
2 335 (29.23%) Microsoft
3 179 (15.62%) VMware
4 163 (14.22%) CheckPoint
5 155 (13.53%) Juniper
6 110 (9.60%) Palo Alto
7 105 (9.16%) F5
8 100 (8.73%) Citrix
9 81 (7.07%) SolarWinds
10 72 (6.28%) HP
11 62 (5.41%) Fortinet
12 46 (4.01%) Meraki
13 44 (3.84%) Aruba
13 44 (3.84%) Splunk
14 42 (3.66%) ServiceNow
15 41 (3.58%) Riverbed
16 39 (3.40%) Apple
16 39 (3.40%) Red Hat
17 38 (3.32%) Blue Coat
17 38 (3.32%) Dell