Period
to 24 October 2020

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 24 October 2020 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 200 179 223
Rank change year-on-year -21 +44 +4
Contract jobs citing VPN 355 1,148 1,207
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.30% 1.49% 1.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.83% 11.22% 9.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 715 775
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £185 £157 £150
90th Percentile £575 £610 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 60 62
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £18.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% -5.91% -1.33%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £37.00 £82.50 £45.28
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.06 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% +3.17% -7.89%

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 3,613 10,228 12,521
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.22% 13.27% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,108 6,253 7,574
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +5.46%
10th Percentile £213 £199 £200
90th Percentile £625 £606 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 513 605
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +44.44% +3.66%
10th Percentile £14.30 £13.15 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +57.89% -1.63%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for VPN in England

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VPN in England.

Daily rate trend for VPN in England

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for VPN in England

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VPN in England.

Hourly rate trend for VPN in England

VPN
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020. 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 +15 176 £495 +11.86% 50
South East +16 60 £425 - 34
Midlands +18 39 £413 +11.86% 20
South West +62 28 £425 +13.33% 15
West Midlands +17 27 £413 +11.86% 13
North of England +20 25 £315 -3.08% 43
East of England +58 21 £283 -1.74% 8
North West +26 17 £375 +20.97% 20
East Midlands +20 10 £330 -8.97% 7
Yorkshire +43 6 £315 -10.00% 19
North East +28 2 £105 -79.51% 4
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 188 (52.96%) Firewall
2 160 (45.07%) Windows
3 153 (43.10%) Cisco
4 131 (36.90%) WAN
5 110 (30.99%) Azure
6 104 (29.30%) Security Cleared
7 103 (29.01%) LAN
8 102 (28.73%) Active Directory
9 93 (26.20%) DNS
10 90 (25.35%) Microsoft
11 85 (23.94%) Linux
12 79 (22.25%) Cisco Certification
13 77 (21.69%) SC Cleared
14 70 (19.72%) Office 365
15 62 (17.46%) CCNP
16 60 (16.90%) Windows Server
17 59 (16.62%) PaaS
18 55 (15.49%) Wireless
19 54 (15.21%) VMware
19 54 (15.21%) Oracle
20 53 (14.93%) OSPF
20 53 (14.93%) Palo Alto
21 52 (14.65%) MPLS
21 52 (14.65%) AWS
21 52 (14.65%) Network Security
22 50 (14.08%) Juniper
22 50 (14.08%) CheckPoint
23 49 (13.80%) BGP
24 47 (13.24%) F5
25 45 (12.68%) DevOps

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 16 (4.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 16 (4.51%) Skype for Business
2 15 (4.23%) WebLogic
3 13 (3.66%) SharePoint
4 9 (2.54%) MS Exchange
4 9 (2.54%) WebSphere
5 6 (1.69%) JBoss
5 6 (1.69%) NetWeaver
6 5 (1.41%) OpenStack
7 4 (1.13%) Confluence
7 4 (1.13%) Jupyter
8 3 (0.85%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.85%) nginx
9 2 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (7.04%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.66%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.28%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.28%) Notepad++
5 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.28%) assyst
1 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.28%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 110 (30.99%) Azure
2 70 (19.72%) Office 365
3 59 (16.62%) PaaS
4 52 (14.65%) AWS
5 41 (11.55%) SaaS
6 36 (10.14%) IaaS
7 28 (7.89%) Azure Active Directory
8 20 (5.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 18 (5.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 11 (3.10%) Amazon S3
11 10 (2.82%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (2.25%) GCP
13 7 (1.97%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (1.97%) Route 53
14 6 (1.69%) Amazon EKS
14 6 (1.69%) Azure Stack
14 6 (1.69%) Power Automate
15 5 (1.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (1.13%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 188 (52.96%) Firewall
2 131 (36.90%) WAN
3 103 (29.01%) LAN
4 93 (26.20%) DNS
5 55 (15.49%) Wireless
6 53 (14.93%) OSPF
7 52 (14.65%) MPLS
7 52 (14.65%) Network Security
8 49 (13.80%) BGP
9 44 (12.39%) TCP/IP
10 43 (12.11%) IPsec
11 41 (11.55%) DHCP
12 39 (10.99%) DMZ
12 39 (10.99%) Internet
13 36 (10.14%) Wi-Fi
14 33 (9.30%) Cisco ASA
15 32 (9.01%) SNMP
16 30 (8.45%) VLAN
16 30 (8.45%) VoIP
17 28 (7.89%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.23%) Oracle ODI
2 11 (3.10%) Azure SQL Database
2 11 (3.10%) SQL Server
3 10 (2.82%) MySQL
4 9 (2.54%) Cosmos DB
5 8 (2.25%) DB2
6 6 (1.69%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.69%) SAP HANA
7 5 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (1.13%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.85%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.85%) Big Data
9 3 (0.85%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.85%) Redis
10 2 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.56%) Geospatial Data
11 1 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.28%) Data Lake
11 1 (0.28%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 19 (5.35%) JIRA
2 12 (3.38%) Jenkins
3 10 (2.82%) GitLab
4 5 (1.41%) Git (software)
4 5 (1.41%) Terragrunt
5 2 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (0.56%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.28%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.28%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.28%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 31 (8.73%) Finance
2 30 (8.45%) Public Sector
3 21 (5.92%) Telecoms
4 11 (3.10%) Banking
5 7 (1.97%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.97%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (1.41%) Electronics
6 5 (1.41%) German Language
6 5 (1.41%) Marketing
7 4 (1.13%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.85%) Retail
9 2 (0.56%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.56%) French Language
9 2 (0.56%) Law
9 2 (0.56%) Local Government
9 2 (0.56%) Publishing
10 1 (0.28%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.28%) Legal
10 1 (0.28%) Police
Job Titles
1 91 (25.63%) Network Engineer
2 49 (13.80%) Architect
3 37 (10.42%) Analyst
4 21 (5.92%) Developer
5 20 (5.63%) Security Engineer
6 18 (5.07%) Azure Engineer
7 17 (4.79%) Cloud Engineer
7 17 (4.79%) Network Architect
8 16 (4.51%) Cisco Engineer
8 16 (4.51%) DevOps Engineer
9 15 (4.23%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
9 15 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 14 (3.94%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 13 (3.66%) Cloud Developer
11 13 (3.66%) Senior Network Engineer
11 13 (3.66%) Technical Architect
12 12 (3.38%) Support Engineer
13 11 (3.10%) Consultant
13 11 (3.10%) Network Security Engineer
13 11 (3.10%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.76%) Oracle Fusion
2 17 (4.79%) SAML
3 11 (3.10%) .NET
4 10 (2.82%) 802.1X
4 10 (2.82%) Middleware
5 6 (1.69%) SAP Basis
5 6 (1.69%) Web Services
6 5 (1.41%) REST
7 4 (1.13%) LDAP
8 2 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
8 2 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (0.56%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (0.56%) YAML
9 1 (0.28%) J2EE
9 1 (0.28%) LAMP
9 1 (0.28%) LEMP Stack
9 1 (0.28%) PHP-FPM
Miscellaneous
1 39 (10.99%) Data Centre
2 28 (7.89%) PKI
3 22 (6.20%) Public Cloud
4 17 (4.79%) Management Information System
5 15 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (3.66%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 8 (2.25%) Mobile App
8 8 (2.25%) NHS
8 8 (2.25%) Replication
9 7 (1.97%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (1.97%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (1.69%) RSA SecurID
11 4 (1.13%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.13%) User Experience
11 4 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.85%) Blackberry
12 3 (0.85%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 3 (0.85%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.85%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 160 (45.07%) Windows
2 85 (23.94%) Linux
3 60 (16.90%) Windows Server
4 44 (12.39%) Windows 10
5 27 (7.61%) Unix
6 23 (6.48%) Windows 7
7 10 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (2.82%) Windows Mobile
8 9 (2.54%) Solaris
8 9 (2.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (2.54%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (1.97%) Android
10 6 (1.69%) Apple iOS
10 6 (1.69%) Fedora
10 6 (1.69%) Ubuntu
11 5 (1.41%) AIX
11 5 (1.41%) Debian
11 5 (1.41%) VMS
11 5 (1.41%) Windows Server 2016
11 5 (1.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (12.68%) DevOps
2 39 (10.99%) ITIL
3 33 (9.30%) Migration
4 31 (8.73%) Network Design
4 31 (8.73%) SIEM
5 30 (8.45%) Agile Software Development
6 29 (8.17%) Problem-Solving
7 27 (7.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 25 (7.04%) Service Management
9 24 (6.76%) Load Balancing
10 23 (6.48%) Dashboard Development
10 23 (6.48%) Network Virtualisation
11 22 (6.20%) Multi-Factor Authentication
12 21 (5.92%) SOA
13 19 (5.35%) Infrastructure as Code
13 19 (5.35%) Two-Factor Authentication
14 17 (4.79%) Vulnerability Management
15 16 (4.51%) Microservices
16 15 (4.23%) Patch Management
17 14 (3.94%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 36 (10.14%) Python
2 30 (8.45%) C
3 29 (8.17%) Bash Shell
3 29 (8.17%) Shell Script
4 19 (5.35%) SQL
5 17 (4.79%) Java
6 16 (4.51%) PowerShell
7 6 (1.69%) Perl
8 5 (1.41%) Ruby
9 4 (1.13%) R
10 3 (0.85%) PHP
11 2 (0.56%) C#
11 2 (0.56%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 104 (29.30%) Security Cleared
2 79 (22.25%) Cisco Certification
3 77 (21.69%) SC Cleared
4 62 (17.46%) CCNP
5 43 (12.11%) CCNA
6 39 (10.99%) DV Cleared
7 22 (6.20%) CISSP
8 21 (5.92%) CCIE
9 17 (4.79%) CCDP
10 15 (4.23%) Microsoft Certification
11 14 (3.94%) Degree
12 10 (2.82%) CCDA
13 9 (2.54%) MCSE
14 6 (1.69%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 5 (1.41%) AWS Certification
16 4 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
16 4 (1.13%) CISM
16 4 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
16 4 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
16 4 (1.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.54%) COBIT
2 8 (2.25%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.97%) GDPR
4 6 (1.69%) NIST
4 6 (1.69%) QA
4 6 (1.69%) SLA
5 3 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.56%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.28%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.28%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.28%) RMADS
System Software
1 102 (28.73%) Active Directory
2 32 (9.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (7.32%) Virtual Machines
4 22 (6.20%) Docker
5 17 (4.79%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (3.38%) VMware NSX
7 10 (2.82%) vSphere
8 7 (1.97%) Hyper-V
9 6 (1.69%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (1.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 4 (1.13%) vCloud
10 4 (1.13%) XenApp
10 4 (1.13%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.85%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.85%) NFS
11 3 (0.85%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.56%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.56%) Firmware
12 2 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 30 (8.45%) Kubernetes
1 30 (8.45%) SCCM
2 22 (6.20%) Single Sign-On
2 22 (6.20%) Terraform
3 21 (5.92%) Ansible
4 14 (3.94%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (2.82%) FortiGate
5 10 (2.82%) Nessus
6 8 (2.25%) HAProxy
7 7 (1.97%) Cisco CUCM
7 7 (1.97%) Cisco Prime
7 7 (1.97%) Prometheus
8 6 (1.69%) Istio
9 5 (1.41%) Cisco UCCX
10 4 (1.13%) vMotion
10 4 (1.13%) vRealize
11 3 (0.85%) EMC VPLEX
11 3 (0.85%) Nagios
11 3 (0.85%) QRadar
11 3 (0.85%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 153 (43.10%) Cisco
2 90 (25.35%) Microsoft
3 54 (15.21%) Oracle
3 54 (15.21%) VMware
4 53 (14.93%) Palo Alto
5 50 (14.08%) CheckPoint
5 50 (14.08%) Juniper
6 47 (13.24%) F5
7 33 (9.30%) Citrix
8 27 (7.61%) SolarWinds
9 25 (7.04%) HP
10 24 (6.76%) Fortinet
10 24 (6.76%) Meraki
11 21 (5.92%) Splunk
12 20 (5.63%) Dell
13 13 (3.66%) Red Hat
14 11 (3.10%) NetApp
14 11 (3.10%) SAP
15 10 (2.82%) Avaya
16 9 (2.54%) Blue Coat