Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 217 198 202
Rank change year-on-year -19 +4 -19
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,162 1,126 1,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.25% 1.27% 1.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.44% 8.66% 8.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 742 683 725
England median daily rate £399 £419 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.72% +4.63% +21.21%
10th Percentile £150 £200 £175
90th Percentile £588 £588 £558
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -6.25% +3.23% +17.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 76 83
England median hourly rate £15.87 £18.10 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.35% -4.74% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.17 £11.25 £11.35
90th Percentile £32.50 £50.00 £41.29
UK median hourly rate £15.87 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.34% -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 12,315 12,996 13,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.21% 14.71% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,668 7,957 8,169
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £188 £213 £214
90th Percentile £590 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 640 689 763
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.98% -2.27% +10.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -34 541 £401 -13.41% 127
South East -2 251 £375 - 70
Midlands +68 149 £417 +31.18% 40
West Midlands +58 123 £421 +12.20% 22
North of England -15 98 £345 -15.85% 88
East of England +10 76 £325 +51.16% 48
North West -21 59 £340 -24.44% 45
South West +11 54 £400 +26.98% 33
Yorkshire -16 29 £419 +4.69% 43
East Midlands +11 25 £350 +180.00% 18
North East +46 10 £430 +18.62%
South Coast - 1 £350 -
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 568 (48.88%) Firewall
2 525 (45.18%) Cisco
3 458 (39.41%) Windows
4 344 (29.60%) WAN
5 307 (26.42%) Active Directory
6 292 (25.13%) Microsoft
7 275 (23.67%) LAN
8 272 (23.41%) DNS
9 229 (19.71%) ITIL
9 229 (19.71%) MPLS
10 227 (19.54%) Cisco Certification
11 200 (17.21%) Security Cleared
12 198 (17.04%) Microsoft Azure
13 195 (16.78%) VMware
14 192 (16.52%) Linux
15 188 (16.18%) Juniper
16 187 (16.09%) TCP/IP
17 179 (15.40%) DHCP
17 179 (15.40%) BGP
18 176 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
18 176 (15.15%) Data Centre
19 174 (14.97%) Cisco ASA
20 171 (14.72%) Wireless
21 170 (14.63%) Windows Server
22 169 (14.54%) Citrix
23 167 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
24 163 (14.03%) CheckPoint
25 154 (13.25%) Windows 7
26 151 (12.99%) Office 365
27 147 (12.65%) Network Security

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 88 (7.57%) MS Exchange
2 50 (4.30%) Tomcat
3 45 (3.87%) SharePoint
4 40 (3.44%) Skype for Business
5 32 (2.75%) Apache
6 28 (2.41%) IIS
7 27 (2.32%) IBM Notes
8 23 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
9 21 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
10 16 (1.38%) nginx
11 13 (1.12%) Confluence
12 8 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.60%) Apache Spark
13 7 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 6 (0.52%) Jetty
14 6 (0.52%) OpenStack
15 5 (0.43%) Mule ESB
15 5 (0.43%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.43%) WildFly
16 4 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 167 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.46%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.52%) HipChat
5 6 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.17%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.17%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.17%) Revit
7 1 (0.086%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.12%) Eikon
2 4 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.26%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) Relativity
5 1 (0.086%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.086%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.086%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 198 (17.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 176 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
3 151 (12.99%) Office 365
4 72 (6.20%) PaaS
5 68 (5.85%) IaaS
6 63 (5.42%) SaaS
7 32 (2.75%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (1.29%) Amazon S3
10 14 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 13 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
12 11 (0.95%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (0.77%) G Suite
13 9 (0.77%) GitHub
14 6 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.52%) Datadog
15 5 (0.43%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.43%) Route 53
16 4 (0.34%) Amazon ELB
16 4 (0.34%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 568 (48.88%) Firewall
2 344 (29.60%) WAN
3 275 (23.67%) LAN
4 272 (23.41%) DNS
5 229 (19.71%) MPLS
6 187 (16.09%) TCP/IP
7 179 (15.40%) BGP
7 179 (15.40%) DHCP
8 174 (14.97%) Cisco ASA
9 171 (14.72%) Wireless
10 147 (12.65%) Network Security
11 126 (10.84%) VoIP
12 124 (10.67%) Internet
12 124 (10.67%) OSPF
13 116 (9.98%) IPsec
14 113 (9.72%) VLAN
15 105 (9.04%) SSL
16 91 (7.83%) Cisco Nexus
16 91 (7.83%) SAN
17 70 (6.02%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (5.34%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.18%) MySQL
3 31 (2.67%) NoSQL
4 20 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
5 15 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (1.20%) Oracle Database
7 10 (0.86%) Azure SQL Database
7 10 (0.86%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.77%) Big Data
8 9 (0.77%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.52%) Redis
10 5 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.34%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.26%) SAP HANA
13 2 (0.17%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 2 (0.17%) Data Mining
13 2 (0.17%) Data Warehouse
13 2 (0.17%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 63 (5.42%) Jenkins
2 26 (2.24%) Maven
3 20 (1.72%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.55%) JIRA
5 16 (1.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.95%) Bitbucket
7 9 (0.77%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.60%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
9 6 (0.52%) Gerrit
9 6 (0.52%) GitLab
10 5 (0.43%) git-flow
10 5 (0.43%) Mercurial
10 5 (0.43%) Subversion
10 5 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.34%) Fiddler
11 4 (0.34%) Metasploit
12 2 (0.17%) NuGet
12 2 (0.17%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 135 (11.62%) Finance
2 93 (8.00%) Telecoms
3 38 (3.27%) Banking
4 30 (2.58%) Legal
5 28 (2.41%) Manufacturing
6 21 (1.81%) Retail
7 15 (1.29%) French Language
8 14 (1.20%) Billing
9 11 (0.95%) German Language
10 10 (0.86%) Law
11 8 (0.69%) Back Office
11 8 (0.69%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.60%) Advertising
13 6 (0.52%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.52%) Music Industry
13 6 (0.52%) Publishing
14 4 (0.34%) Games
14 4 (0.34%) Local Government
14 4 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 299 (25.73%) Network Engineer
2 162 (13.94%) Architect
3 138 (11.88%) Analyst
4 125 (10.76%) Support Engineer
5 84 (7.23%) Consultant
6 77 (6.63%) Desktop Support
7 72 (6.20%) Cisco Engineer
8 71 (6.11%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 63 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 61 (5.25%) Security Engineer
11 60 (5.16%) Service Analyst
11 60 (5.16%) Service Desk Analyst
12 53 (4.56%) 2nd Line Support
12 53 (4.56%) DevOps Engineer
13 52 (4.48%) Network Security Engineer
14 46 (3.96%) Cloud Engineer
15 45 (3.87%) Network Architect
16 40 (3.44%) IT Support
16 40 (3.44%) Support Analyst
17 39 (3.36%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (5.77%) Web Services
2 32 (2.75%) 802.1X
3 25 (2.15%) JSON
4 24 (2.07%) LDAP
5 18 (1.55%) Kafka
6 13 (1.12%) LAMP
7 12 (1.03%) Elastic Stack
8 9 (0.77%) LAPP Stack
9 8 (0.69%) .NET
9 8 (0.69%) XMPP
10 7 (0.60%) LEMP Stack
10 7 (0.60%) Node.js
11 6 (0.52%) Middleware
11 6 (0.52%) XML
12 5 (0.43%) HTML
12 5 (0.43%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (0.43%) Ruby on Rails
13 4 (0.34%) HTML5
13 4 (0.34%) J2EE
13 4 (0.34%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 176 (15.15%) Data Centre
2 70 (6.02%) Public Cloud
3 68 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
4 52 (4.48%) Management Information System
5 46 (3.96%) Blackberry
6 40 (3.44%) PKI
7 38 (3.27%) Smartphone
8 33 (2.84%) Computer Science
9 31 (2.67%) Replication
10 30 (2.58%) iPhone
11 23 (1.98%) iPad
12 22 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
13 19 (1.64%) RSA SecurID
13 19 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
14 18 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 16 (1.38%) Mobile Computing
16 15 (1.29%) Private Cloud
17 14 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
18 12 (1.03%) Fat Client
18 12 (1.03%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 458 (39.41%) Windows
2 192 (16.52%) Linux
3 170 (14.63%) Windows Server
4 154 (13.25%) Windows 7
5 99 (8.52%) Windows 10
6 93 (8.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 74 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
8 67 (5.77%) Unix
9 54 (4.65%) Apple iOS
10 52 (4.48%) CentOS
11 47 (4.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 42 (3.61%) Android
13 38 (3.27%) Windows XP
14 27 (2.32%) Windows 8
15 19 (1.64%) Windows Server 2003
16 17 (1.46%) Mac OS
16 17 (1.46%) Mac OS X
17 16 (1.38%) Ubuntu
18 14 (1.20%) VMS
19 12 (1.03%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 229 (19.71%) ITIL
2 118 (10.15%) DevOps
3 89 (7.66%) Load Balancing
4 88 (7.57%) Network Design
5 76 (6.54%) Migration
6 69 (5.94%) Agile Software Development
7 65 (5.59%) Service Delivery
8 52 (4.48%) Network Management
9 51 (4.39%) Project Management
10 50 (4.30%) Configuration Management
11 49 (4.22%) Kalman Filter
11 49 (4.22%) Mentoring
12 48 (4.13%) Continuous Integration
13 47 (4.04%) Disaster Recovery
13 47 (4.04%) Network Architecture
14 46 (3.96%) Information Security
14 46 (3.96%) Service Management
15 45 (3.87%) Change Management
16 44 (3.79%) Mobile Device Management
17 43 (3.70%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 88 (7.57%) SQL
2 85 (7.31%) PowerShell
3 60 (5.16%) Python
4 55 (4.73%) Java
5 33 (2.84%) Ruby
6 30 (2.58%) Perl
7 29 (2.50%) Bash Shell
8 22 (1.89%) Groovy
9 21 (1.81%) C
10 13 (1.12%) Go
11 11 (0.95%) JavaScript
12 10 (0.86%) PHP
13 8 (0.69%) C#
14 6 (0.52%) VBScript
15 4 (0.34%) VB
16 3 (0.26%) C++
16 3 (0.26%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.17%) Scala
17 2 (0.17%) Shell Script
18 1 (0.086%) Korn
Qualifications
1 227 (19.54%) Cisco Certification
2 200 (17.21%) Security Cleared
3 143 (12.31%) SC Cleared
4 131 (11.27%) CCNP
5 101 (8.69%) CCNA
6 75 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 63 (5.42%) CCIE
8 57 (4.91%) Degree
9 49 (4.22%) MCSE
10 32 (2.75%) DV Cleared
11 27 (2.32%) CISSP
12 22 (1.89%) CCDP
13 20 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (1.64%) CCSA
14 19 (1.64%) MCP
15 17 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
16 15 (1.29%) MCSA
16 15 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 14 (1.20%) JNCIP
18 13 (1.12%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (6.88%) SLA
2 33 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (1.55%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (0.52%) QA
6 5 (0.43%) GDPR
7 4 (0.34%) GAAP
7 4 (0.34%) GCP
7 4 (0.34%) PMO
8 3 (0.26%) NIST 800
8 3 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.17%) COBIT
9 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.17%) FIPS 140-2
9 2 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.17%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.086%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.086%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 307 (26.42%) Active Directory
2 136 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (6.97%) Hyper-V
4 50 (4.30%) Docker
5 48 (4.13%) vSphere
6 37 (3.18%) XenApp
7 25 (2.15%) Virtual Machines
8 21 (1.81%) Virtual Servers
9 19 (1.64%) ProxySG
9 19 (1.64%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (1.55%) VMware NSX
11 16 (1.38%) iptables
12 15 (1.29%) XenDesktop
13 12 (1.03%) BitLocker
13 12 (1.03%) DFS Replication
13 12 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 11 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
14 11 (0.95%) NFS
14 11 (0.95%) Terminal Services
15 8 (0.69%) Xen
Systems Management
1 79 (6.80%) Ansible
2 67 (5.77%) SCCM
3 55 (4.73%) FortiGate
4 50 (4.30%) Puppet
5 46 (3.96%) Terraform
6 39 (3.36%) Kubernetes
7 34 (2.93%) logstash
8 24 (2.07%) Nagios
8 24 (2.07%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (1.89%) SCOM
10 17 (1.46%) Cisco Prime
11 15 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
11 15 (1.29%) ZABBIX
12 13 (1.12%) AirWatch
12 13 (1.12%) vCenter Server
13 12 (1.03%) HAProxy
14 11 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
15 10 (0.86%) Nessus
15 10 (0.86%) OpenView
15 10 (0.86%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 525 (45.18%) Cisco
2 292 (25.13%) Microsoft
3 195 (16.78%) VMware
4 188 (16.18%) Juniper
5 169 (14.54%) Citrix
6 163 (14.03%) CheckPoint
7 121 (10.41%) HP
8 88 (7.57%) F5
9 79 (6.80%) Fortinet
10 76 (6.54%) Palo Alto
11 75 (6.45%) Oracle
12 67 (5.77%) McAfee
13 48 (4.13%) SolarWinds
14 45 (3.87%) Apple
15 43 (3.70%) Aruba
16 42 (3.61%) Blue Coat
17 38 (3.27%) NetApp
18 31 (2.67%) Dell
18 31 (2.67%) Meraki
19 28 (2.41%) Nokia