Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 229 217 222
Rank change year-on-year -12 +5 -19
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,153 1,123 1,214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.24% 1.24% 1.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.30% 8.96% 7.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 725 652 818
England median daily rate £400 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £175
90th Percentile £600 £550 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 85 48
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.68 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.71% -1.68% +10.14%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.40 £11.06
90th Percentile £42.35 £50.00 £46.80
UK median hourly rate £18.60 £18.85 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.33% -5.75% +17.65%

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 12,392 12,536 15,314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.31% 13.81% 15.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,557 7,650 9,473
England median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £224
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 647 673 723
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.50% -23.79% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.96 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +23.85%

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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 +17 534 £400 -5.82% 116
South East -30 218 £400 +1.27% 71
North of England -35 143 £413 +3.13% 80
Midlands -18 111 £375 -6.25% 37
East of England +30 93 £375 +42.86% 37
North West -36 72 £438 +12.18% 39
West Midlands -47 69 £413 +3.13% 28
Yorkshire -26 59 £413 -11.29% 36
South West -22 53 £380 +2.70% 26
East Midlands +33 41 £315 +152.00% 9
North East -5 14 £475 +34.75% 5
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 599 (51.95%) Firewall
2 468 (40.59%) Windows
2 468 (40.59%) Cisco
3 357 (30.96%) WAN
4 344 (29.84%) Active Directory
5 340 (29.49%) Microsoft
6 326 (28.27%) LAN
7 276 (23.94%) DNS
8 262 (22.72%) TCP/IP
9 257 (22.29%) Microsoft Azure
10 234 (20.29%) MPLS
11 228 (19.77%) VMware
12 219 (18.99%) Cisco Certification
13 215 (18.65%) ITIL
14 193 (16.74%) Wireless
15 191 (16.57%) Juniper
16 186 (16.13%) BGP
17 185 (16.05%) Linux
17 185 (16.05%) Office 365
18 184 (15.96%) Network Security
18 184 (15.96%) CheckPoint
19 180 (15.61%) Amazon AWS
20 174 (15.09%) Security Cleared
20 174 (15.09%) Data Centre
21 168 (14.57%) OSPF
21 168 (14.57%) DHCP
22 165 (14.31%) Windows Server
23 164 (14.22%) Finance
24 163 (14.14%) CCNP
25 157 (13.62%) Citrix

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 89 (7.72%) MS Exchange
2 56 (4.86%) Skype for Business
3 46 (3.99%) SharePoint
4 41 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 28 (2.43%) Apache
7 19 (1.65%) Apache Spark
7 19 (1.65%) nginx
8 18 (1.56%) IIS
9 17 (1.47%) Confluence
10 16 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
11 12 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
11 12 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
12 11 (0.95%) OpenStack
12 11 (0.95%) Tomcat
13 9 (0.78%) IBM Notes
14 8 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 7 (0.61%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.43%) Apache Solr
17 4 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 150 (13.01%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (2.08%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.26%) Mozilla Thunderbird
6 1 (0.087%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.087%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.087%) Eikon
3 1 (0.087%) Oracle Cash Management
3 1 (0.087%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.087%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 257 (22.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 185 (16.05%) Office 365
3 180 (15.61%) Amazon AWS
4 61 (5.29%) IaaS
4 61 (5.29%) SaaS
5 47 (4.08%) PaaS
6 44 (3.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 33 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 25 (2.17%) Amazon EC2
8 25 (2.17%) Amazon S3
9 20 (1.73%) GitHub
10 16 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
11 14 (1.21%) Serverless
12 12 (1.04%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 12 (1.04%) OneDrive
13 10 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
13 10 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
14 9 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
15 8 (0.69%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 599 (51.95%) Firewall
2 357 (30.96%) WAN
3 326 (28.27%) LAN
4 276 (23.94%) DNS
5 262 (22.72%) TCP/IP
6 234 (20.29%) MPLS
7 193 (16.74%) Wireless
8 186 (16.13%) BGP
9 184 (15.96%) Network Security
10 168 (14.57%) DHCP
10 168 (14.57%) OSPF
11 146 (12.66%) IPsec
12 145 (12.58%) Cisco ASA
13 134 (11.62%) VLAN
14 127 (11.01%) SSL
15 120 (10.41%) Internet
16 102 (8.85%) VoIP
17 96 (8.33%) Cisco Nexus
18 79 (6.85%) WLAN
19 73 (6.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (4.08%) SQL Server
2 30 (2.60%) Hadoop
3 29 (2.52%) Big Data
4 28 (2.43%) MySQL
5 24 (2.08%) Relational Database
6 21 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
7 17 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
8 16 (1.39%) HBase
9 15 (1.30%) NoSQL
10 13 (1.13%) Apache Hive
11 12 (1.04%) Redis
12 11 (0.95%) Apache Cassandra
13 10 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
14 9 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
14 9 (0.78%) Power BI
15 8 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
15 8 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
16 7 (0.61%) RDBMS
17 6 (0.52%) Pentaho
17 6 (0.52%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 56 (4.86%) Jenkins
2 35 (3.04%) Git (software)
3 30 (2.60%) JIRA
4 18 (1.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 12 (1.04%) Visual Studio Team System
6 11 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 7 (0.61%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.61%) CircleCI
9 6 (0.52%) Gerrit
10 5 (0.43%) Artifactory
10 5 (0.43%) FishEye
10 5 (0.43%) Subversion
11 3 (0.26%) AdminStudio
11 3 (0.26%) Ant
11 3 (0.26%) GitLab
11 3 (0.26%) Maven
11 3 (0.26%) Robot Framework
12 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 164 (14.22%) Finance
2 97 (8.41%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.86%) Retail
4 32 (2.78%) Legal
5 31 (2.69%) Law
6 17 (1.47%) Banking
7 12 (1.04%) Games
7 12 (1.04%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.95%) Financial Institution
9 10 (0.87%) Back Office
10 9 (0.78%) Multimedia
11 8 (0.69%) Advertising
12 7 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.43%) German Language
13 5 (0.43%) Marketing
14 4 (0.35%) Publishing
15 3 (0.26%) Automotive
15 3 (0.26%) Portuguese Language
16 2 (0.17%) French Language
16 2 (0.17%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 248 (21.51%) Network Engineer
2 165 (14.31%) Analyst
3 136 (11.80%) Architect
4 88 (7.63%) Support Engineer
5 75 (6.50%) Security Engineer
6 67 (5.81%) Consultant
7 65 (5.64%) Desktop Support
7 65 (5.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 59 (5.12%) DevOps Engineer
9 56 (4.86%) Network Security Engineer
9 56 (4.86%) Support Analyst
10 54 (4.68%) IT Support
10 54 (4.68%) Service Analyst
11 53 (4.60%) Service Desk Analyst
12 48 (4.16%) 2nd Line Support
13 46 (3.99%) Cisco Engineer
14 42 (3.64%) Senior Network Engineer
15 41 (3.56%) Network Architect
16 40 (3.47%) Cloud Engineer
17 38 (3.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (5.12%) 802.1X
2 43 (3.73%) Web Services
3 29 (2.52%) LDAP
4 28 (2.43%) SAML
5 25 (2.17%) JSON
6 20 (1.73%) OAuth
6 20 (1.73%) XML
7 18 (1.56%) LAMP
8 15 (1.30%) Elastic Stack
8 15 (1.30%) HTML
9 13 (1.13%) Middleware
9 13 (1.13%) REST
10 9 (0.78%) Kafka
10 9 (0.78%) OpenID
11 7 (0.61%) LEMP Stack
11 7 (0.61%) React
12 6 (0.52%) .NET
12 6 (0.52%) HTML5
12 6 (0.52%) RabbitMQ
12 6 (0.52%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 174 (15.09%) Data Centre
2 71 (6.16%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (4.77%) PKI
4 50 (4.34%) Public Cloud
5 44 (3.82%) Blackberry
6 37 (3.21%) Management Information System
7 29 (2.52%) Replication
8 25 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
8 25 (2.17%) Smartphone
9 19 (1.65%) Computer Science
10 18 (1.56%) iPhone
10 18 (1.56%) Mobile App
11 17 (1.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 16 (1.39%) Driving Licence
13 15 (1.30%) iPad
13 15 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
14 14 (1.21%) NHS
15 13 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
16 12 (1.04%) RSA SecurID
17 11 (0.95%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 468 (40.59%) Windows
2 185 (16.05%) Linux
3 165 (14.31%) Windows Server
4 142 (12.32%) Windows 10
5 112 (9.71%) Windows 7
6 65 (5.64%) Unix
7 64 (5.55%) Windows Server 2008
8 63 (5.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (4.94%) Android
10 52 (4.51%) Windows XP
11 50 (4.34%) Apple iOS
12 40 (3.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 30 (2.60%) CentOS
14 26 (2.25%) Mac OS X
15 25 (2.17%) Windows 8
16 18 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
17 17 (1.47%) Ubuntu
18 15 (1.30%) Mac OS
19 9 (0.78%) Check Point GAiA
19 9 (0.78%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (18.65%) ITIL
2 125 (10.84%) DevOps
3 108 (9.37%) Load Balancing
4 92 (7.98%) Migration
5 85 (7.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 80 (6.94%) Network Design
7 79 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
8 63 (5.46%) Change Management
8 63 (5.46%) Configuration Management
8 63 (5.46%) Service Management
9 60 (5.20%) Agile Software Development
10 54 (4.68%) Problem Management
11 53 (4.60%) Information Security
12 52 (4.51%) Service Delivery
13 49 (4.25%) ITIL V3
14 46 (3.99%) Network Management
15 44 (3.82%) Project Management
16 43 (3.73%) Kalman Filter
17 42 (3.64%) Continuous Integration
17 42 (3.64%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 98 (8.50%) PowerShell
2 69 (5.98%) SQL
3 50 (4.34%) Python
4 45 (3.90%) Bash Shell
5 30 (2.60%) Java
6 23 (1.99%) Perl
7 22 (1.91%) C
7 22 (1.91%) JavaScript
7 22 (1.91%) Shell Script
8 11 (0.95%) VB
9 9 (0.78%) PHP
9 9 (0.78%) Ruby
10 6 (0.52%) R
10 6 (0.52%) Scala
11 5 (0.43%) Go
11 5 (0.43%) VBScript
12 4 (0.35%) C++
13 3 (0.26%) Bourne shell
13 3 (0.26%) VBA
14 2 (0.17%) XPath
Qualifications
1 219 (18.99%) Cisco Certification
2 174 (15.09%) Security Cleared
3 163 (14.14%) CCNP
4 127 (11.01%) SC Cleared
5 91 (7.89%) CCNA
6 53 (4.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 48 (4.16%) CCIE
8 45 (3.90%) Degree
8 45 (3.90%) DV Cleared
9 29 (2.52%) JNCIS
10 28 (2.43%) MCSE
11 27 (2.34%) CISSP
11 27 (2.34%) MCSA
12 26 (2.25%) CCSE
13 25 (2.17%) CCDP
14 21 (1.82%) MCP
15 20 (1.73%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (1.73%) JNCIA
15 20 (1.73%) JNCIP
16 19 (1.65%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (7.55%) SLA
2 42 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.30%) QA
4 13 (1.13%) GDPR
4 13 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 13 (1.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 9 (0.78%) FedRAMP
5 9 (0.78%) HIPAA
6 7 (0.61%) COBIT
7 5 (0.43%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.43%) NIST 800
8 4 (0.35%) RMADS
9 2 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.087%) FATCA
10 1 (0.087%) GPG13
10 1 (0.087%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.087%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.087%) TARGET2
System Software
1 344 (29.84%) Active Directory
2 152 (13.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (7.29%) Hyper-V
4 62 (5.38%) Docker
5 39 (3.38%) vSphere
6 38 (3.30%) BitLocker
7 35 (3.04%) Virtual Machines
8 29 (2.52%) XenApp
9 26 (2.25%) VMware NSX
9 26 (2.25%) XenDesktop
10 20 (1.73%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (1.65%) NFS
12 16 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
13 11 (0.95%) HDFS
13 11 (0.95%) VirtualBox
14 10 (0.87%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
15 9 (0.78%) XenServer
16 8 (0.69%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 99 (8.59%) SCCM
2 87 (7.55%) Ansible
3 62 (5.38%) Terraform
4 43 (3.73%) Kubernetes
5 36 (3.12%) Microsoft Intune
5 36 (3.12%) Opscode Chef
5 36 (3.12%) Puppet
6 32 (2.78%) FortiGate
7 31 (2.69%) Single Sign-On
8 26 (2.25%) WSUS
9 23 (1.99%) Backup Exec
9 23 (1.99%) SCOM
10 21 (1.82%) Nagios
11 18 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
12 15 (1.30%) AirWatch
13 14 (1.21%) Cacti
14 12 (1.04%) Cisco Prime
14 12 (1.04%) Hadoop YARN
15 11 (0.95%) HAProxy
15 11 (0.95%) OpenView
Vendors
1 468 (40.59%) Cisco
2 340 (29.49%) Microsoft
3 228 (19.77%) VMware
4 191 (16.57%) Juniper
5 184 (15.96%) CheckPoint
6 157 (13.62%) Citrix
7 94 (8.15%) F5
7 94 (8.15%) Palo Alto
8 92 (7.98%) HP
9 73 (6.33%) McAfee
10 67 (5.81%) Oracle
11 60 (5.20%) Aruba
12 56 (4.86%) SolarWinds
13 55 (4.77%) Fortinet
14 46 (3.99%) Apple
15 39 (3.38%) Red Hat
16 36 (3.12%) Meraki
16 36 (3.12%) Veeam
17 35 (3.04%) Sophos
18 32 (2.78%) Ivanti