Period
to 21 May 2018

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 21 May 2018 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
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 211 210 214
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 -32
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,200 1,049 1,185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.30% 1.26% 1.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.70% 8.97% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 750 616 700
England median daily rate £425 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.96% +7.86%
10th Percentile £157 £155 £199
90th Percentile £600 £570 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £399 £375
% change year-on-year +3.45% +6.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 95 52
England median hourly rate £15.25 £17.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.86% -6.67% +0.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.50 £47.50 £29.85
UK median hourly rate £14.80 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -15.43% -7.89% +8.57%

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 12,376 11,700 14,426
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.45% 14.05% 14.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,676 7,179 8,764
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £213 £224
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £420 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +1.82% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 659 610
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.50% -20.40% +16.28%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.85
UK median hourly rate £19.06 £20.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.02% -18.00% +13.64%

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 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in England

VPN
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 21 May 2018.

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 21 May 2018. 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 -26 552 £450 +5.88% 119
South East -16 257 £413 +4.43% 78
Midlands +68 144 £450 +33.83% 31
North of England -25 119 £438 +9.38% 54
West Midlands +43 113 £485 +29.20% 18
East of England +46 87 £363 +108.63% 25
North West -21 71 £425 +6.25% 25
South West -8 48 £450 +41.73% 26
Yorkshire -22 41 £450 +7.14% 24
East Midlands +13 31 £350 +180.00% 13
North East +15 10 £625 +72.41% 5
South Coast - 1 £350 -
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, 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.

1 575 (47.92%) Firewall
2 514 (42.83%) Cisco
3 463 (38.58%) Windows
4 355 (29.58%) WAN
5 316 (26.33%) Active Directory
6 310 (25.83%) Microsoft
7 277 (23.08%) LAN
8 273 (22.75%) DNS
9 247 (20.58%) MPLS
10 243 (20.25%) ITIL
11 236 (19.67%) Microsoft Azure
12 225 (18.75%) Security Cleared
13 220 (18.33%) Juniper
14 218 (18.17%) VMware
15 209 (17.42%) Cisco Certification
16 207 (17.25%) Data Centre
17 201 (16.75%) BGP
18 191 (15.92%) CheckPoint
19 186 (15.50%) DHCP
20 183 (15.25%) Amazon AWS
21 179 (14.92%) Cisco ASA
22 177 (14.75%) Citrix
23 175 (14.58%) SC Cleared
24 174 (14.50%) VMware Infrastructure
25 171 (14.25%) Office 365
26 169 (14.08%) TCP/IP
27 167 (13.92%) Network Security
28 165 (13.75%) Linux
29 163 (13.58%) Microsoft Office
30 157 (13.08%) 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 83 (6.92%) MS Exchange
2 52 (4.33%) SharePoint
3 42 (3.50%) Skype for Business
4 36 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 36 (3.00%) Tomcat
5 32 (2.67%) Apache
6 30 (2.50%) IIS
7 27 (2.25%) nginx
8 26 (2.17%) Confluence
9 22 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
10 21 (1.75%) Apache Spark
10 21 (1.75%) IBM Notes
11 15 (1.25%) OpenStack
12 13 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2007
13 12 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
14 9 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 9 (0.75%) Jetty
15 8 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
15 8 (0.67%) Mule ESB
15 8 (0.67%) WildFly
Applications
1 163 (13.58%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (2.00%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.17%) Mozilla Thunderbird
7 1 (0.083%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.083%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.083%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.42%) Eikon
1 5 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
3 3 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.17%) Relativity
5 1 (0.083%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 236 (19.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 183 (15.25%) Amazon AWS
3 171 (14.25%) Office 365
4 63 (5.25%) IaaS
5 61 (5.08%) PaaS
6 47 (3.92%) SaaS
7 34 (2.83%) Azure Active Directory
8 21 (1.75%) Amazon EC2
8 21 (1.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 20 (1.67%) Amazon S3
10 16 (1.33%) GitHub
10 16 (1.33%) Google Cloud Platform
11 15 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
12 11 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
12 11 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
12 11 (0.92%) OneDrive
12 11 (0.92%) Serverless
13 8 (0.67%) Route 53
14 7 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 6 (0.50%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 575 (47.92%) Firewall
2 355 (29.58%) WAN
3 277 (23.08%) LAN
4 273 (22.75%) DNS
5 247 (20.58%) MPLS
6 201 (16.75%) BGP
7 186 (15.50%) DHCP
8 179 (14.92%) Cisco ASA
9 169 (14.08%) TCP/IP
10 167 (13.92%) Network Security
11 156 (13.00%) Wireless
12 152 (12.67%) OSPF
13 144 (12.00%) VLAN
14 119 (9.92%) Internet
15 111 (9.25%) SSL
16 106 (8.83%) IPsec
17 99 (8.25%) VoIP
18 92 (7.67%) Cisco Nexus
19 78 (6.50%) SAN
20 66 (5.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 45 (3.75%) MySQL
3 34 (2.83%) Hadoop
4 28 (2.33%) NoSQL
5 22 (1.83%) Amazon RDS
5 22 (1.83%) Big Data
5 22 (1.83%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (1.00%) Apache Hive
6 12 (1.00%) Oracle Database
7 10 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
7 10 (0.83%) Redis
8 9 (0.75%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.67%) MongoDB
9 8 (0.67%) Power BI
10 7 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
10 7 (0.58%) Data Mining
10 7 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.50%) MariaDB
11 6 (0.50%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 84 (7.00%) Jenkins
2 37 (3.08%) JIRA
3 36 (3.00%) Git (software)
4 19 (1.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 16 (1.33%) Bitbucket
6 15 (1.25%) Artifactory
6 15 (1.25%) GitLab
7 13 (1.08%) Gerrit
7 13 (1.08%) Maven
7 13 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
8 11 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 10 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 9 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
11 8 (0.67%) Mercurial
12 7 (0.58%) SonarQube
13 6 (0.50%) Fiddler
14 5 (0.42%) Ant
14 5 (0.42%) FishEye
14 5 (0.42%) Visual Studio
15 3 (0.25%) Subversion
General
1 142 (11.83%) Finance
2 98 (8.17%) Telecoms
3 34 (2.83%) Banking
4 29 (2.42%) Legal
5 23 (1.92%) Manufacturing
6 20 (1.67%) Retail
7 18 (1.50%) Law
8 12 (1.00%) Games
9 11 (0.92%) Financial Institution
9 11 (0.92%) German Language
9 11 (0.92%) Publishing
10 8 (0.67%) French Language
11 7 (0.58%) Back Office
12 6 (0.50%) Billing
13 5 (0.42%) Electronics
13 5 (0.42%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.42%) Marketing
14 4 (0.33%) Local Government
15 3 (0.25%) Advertising
15 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 276 (23.00%) Network Engineer
2 172 (14.33%) Architect
3 149 (12.42%) Analyst
4 106 (8.83%) Support Engineer
5 81 (6.75%) Consultant
6 78 (6.50%) Desktop Support
7 71 (5.92%) Security Engineer
8 65 (5.42%) Network Security Engineer
9 62 (5.17%) DevOps Engineer
10 58 (4.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 53 (4.42%) Cisco Engineer
12 50 (4.17%) Network Architect
13 49 (4.08%) Service Analyst
13 49 (4.08%) Service Desk Analyst
14 48 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support
14 48 (4.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 48 (4.00%) Support Analyst
15 47 (3.92%) IT Support
16 45 (3.75%) Cloud Engineer
17 40 (3.33%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (4.58%) Web Services
2 39 (3.25%) 802.1X
3 26 (2.17%) Kafka
4 21 (1.75%) JSON
5 20 (1.67%) LDAP
6 19 (1.58%) HTML
7 16 (1.33%) LAMP
8 14 (1.17%) Elastic Stack
8 14 (1.17%) LEMP Stack
8 14 (1.17%) XML
9 12 (1.00%) HTML5
10 11 (0.92%) WAP
11 10 (0.83%) LAPP Stack
12 9 (0.75%) RabbitMQ
13 6 (0.50%) Node.js
13 6 (0.50%) Samza
14 5 (0.42%) Natural Language Processing
14 5 (0.42%) Play Framework
14 5 (0.42%) React
14 5 (0.42%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 207 (17.25%) Data Centre
2 95 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
3 65 (5.42%) Public Cloud
4 49 (4.08%) Blackberry
5 40 (3.33%) Management Information System
6 35 (2.92%) iPhone
7 32 (2.67%) Smartphone
8 27 (2.25%) PKI
9 26 (2.17%) Computer Science
10 25 (2.08%) iPad
11 23 (1.92%) Replication
12 20 (1.67%) Mobile Computing
12 20 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
12 20 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
13 18 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
13 18 (1.50%) Mobile App
14 16 (1.33%) Driving Licence
15 15 (1.25%) BYOD
15 15 (1.25%) NHS
16 13 (1.08%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 463 (38.58%) Windows
2 165 (13.75%) Linux
3 157 (13.08%) Windows Server
4 139 (11.58%) Windows 7
5 126 (10.50%) Windows 10
6 76 (6.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 70 (5.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 65 (5.42%) Unix
9 63 (5.25%) Apple iOS
10 58 (4.83%) Android
11 52 (4.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 51 (4.25%) CentOS
13 46 (3.83%) Windows XP
14 30 (2.50%) Windows 8
15 21 (1.75%) Mac OS
16 19 (1.58%) Mac OS X
16 19 (1.58%) Ubuntu
17 18 (1.50%) Windows Server 2003
18 17 (1.42%) VMS
19 13 (1.08%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 243 (20.25%) ITIL
2 139 (11.58%) DevOps
3 116 (9.67%) Load Balancing
4 113 (9.42%) Migration
5 102 (8.50%) Problem-Solving
6 79 (6.58%) Network Design
7 78 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
8 66 (5.50%) Mentoring
8 66 (5.50%) Service Delivery
9 64 (5.33%) Continuous Integration
10 62 (5.17%) Network Management
11 60 (5.00%) Change Management
12 57 (4.75%) Configuration Management
13 53 (4.42%) Problem Management
14 51 (4.25%) Network Architecture
15 50 (4.17%) Project Management
16 49 (4.08%) Service Management
17 48 (4.00%) Disaster Recovery
18 44 (3.67%) ITIL V3
18 44 (3.67%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 94 (7.83%) SQL
2 93 (7.75%) PowerShell
3 73 (6.08%) Python
4 61 (5.08%) Java
5 39 (3.25%) Bash Shell
6 27 (2.25%) Perl
6 27 (2.25%) Ruby
7 24 (2.00%) C
8 15 (1.25%) Groovy
8 15 (1.25%) JavaScript
9 12 (1.00%) Go
10 11 (0.92%) PHP
10 11 (0.92%) Scala
10 11 (0.92%) Shell Script
11 6 (0.50%) VB
12 5 (0.42%) R
12 5 (0.42%) VBScript
13 4 (0.33%) C#
13 4 (0.33%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 225 (18.75%) Security Cleared
2 209 (17.42%) Cisco Certification
3 175 (14.58%) SC Cleared
4 151 (12.58%) CCNP
5 90 (7.50%) CCNA
6 68 (5.67%) Microsoft Certification
7 52 (4.33%) CCIE
8 50 (4.17%) Degree
9 48 (4.00%) DV Cleared
10 47 (3.92%) MCSE
11 42 (3.50%) CCDP
12 30 (2.50%) JNCIS
13 25 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
14 23 (1.92%) CISSP
15 21 (1.75%) CCSA
15 21 (1.75%) CCSE
16 19 (1.58%) MCP
17 16 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
18 14 (1.17%) JNCIA
18 14 (1.17%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (7.58%) SLA
2 25 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.92%) PCI DSS
4 12 (1.00%) QA
5 11 (0.92%) GCP
6 9 (0.75%) PMO
7 8 (0.67%) GDPR
8 7 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
10 4 (0.33%) COBIT
10 4 (0.33%) GAAP
11 3 (0.25%) FIPS 140-2
11 3 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.17%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.083%) ISO 20022
13 1 (0.083%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.083%) PSD2
13 1 (0.083%) SEPA
13 1 (0.083%) TARGET2
System Software
1 316 (26.33%) Active Directory
2 174 (14.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (7.42%) Hyper-V
4 59 (4.92%) Docker
5 43 (3.58%) XenApp
6 41 (3.42%) VMware NSX
6 41 (3.42%) vSphere
7 37 (3.08%) Virtual Machines
8 32 (2.67%) BitLocker
9 31 (2.58%) XenDesktop
10 24 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
12 16 (1.33%) Virtual Desktop
13 15 (1.25%) ProxySG
14 14 (1.17%) VirtualBox
15 13 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
15 13 (1.08%) Xen
16 10 (0.83%) XenServer
17 9 (0.75%) KVM
18 7 (0.58%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 97 (8.08%) SCCM
2 93 (7.75%) Ansible
3 66 (5.50%) Terraform
4 57 (4.75%) FortiGate
5 46 (3.83%) Kubernetes
6 44 (3.67%) Puppet
7 29 (2.42%) Microsoft Intune
7 29 (2.42%) SCOM
8 28 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
9 21 (1.75%) HAProxy
9 21 (1.75%) logstash
10 17 (1.42%) OpenView
11 16 (1.33%) Nagios
12 15 (1.25%) Nessus
13 14 (1.17%) OVSD
13 14 (1.17%) ZABBIX
14 13 (1.08%) Prometheus
14 13 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
15 12 (1.00%) AirWatch
15 12 (1.00%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 514 (42.83%) Cisco
2 310 (25.83%) Microsoft
3 220 (18.33%) Juniper
4 218 (18.17%) VMware
5 191 (15.92%) CheckPoint
6 177 (14.75%) Citrix
7 121 (10.08%) HP
8 95 (7.92%) Palo Alto
9 89 (7.42%) F5
10 79 (6.58%) Fortinet
11 77 (6.42%) Oracle
12 73 (6.08%) McAfee
13 58 (4.83%) Aruba
14 53 (4.42%) SolarWinds
15 48 (4.00%) Apple
16 36 (3.00%) Nokia
17 32 (2.67%) Blue Coat
18 27 (2.25%) Ivanti
19 26 (2.17%) Qualys
19 26 (2.17%) Red Hat