Period
to 25 November 2017

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 25 November 2017 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
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 216 201 207
Rank change year-on-year -15 +6 -6
Contract jobs citing VPN 1138 1297 1253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.21% 1.33% 1.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.76% 8.69% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 701 818 782
England median daily rate £398 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.47% +6.25% +15.94%
10th Percentile £150 £193 £175
90th Percentile £556 £588 £538
UK median daily rate £385 £425 £388
% change year-on-year -9.41% +9.68% +13.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 62 98
England median hourly rate £18.10 £19.94 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.22% +13.93% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.28 £11.00
90th Percentile £42.93 £50.00 £39.65
UK median hourly rate £18.10 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -19.56% +28.57% -2.78%

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 12995 14932 14667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.80% 15.35% 14.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 7972 9084 8606
England median daily rate £403 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.75% +1.27% +5.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 671 756 941
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.84 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.11% +8.74% +5.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.17 £47.50 £47.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -19.15% +11.90% +5.00%

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 25 November 2017.

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

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

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 25 November 2017. 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 -61 488 £413 -13.16% 69
South East 0 244 £370 -10.84% 24
North of England +25 145 £389 -2.81% 44
Midlands +54 132 £400 +6.67% 26
West Midlands +58 115 £400 +33.33% 13
North West +23 80 £340 -17.33% 23
South West -19 68 £365 +4.29% 11
East of England -34 62 £260 -3.70% 13
Yorkshire +20 57 £462 +8.71% 16
East Midlands -4 16 £314 -46.14% 12
North East +38 8 £371 +19.76% 5
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 25 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for VPN.

1 560 (49.21%) Firewall
2 534 (46.92%) Cisco
3 490 (43.06%) Windows
4 370 (32.51%) WAN
5 316 (27.77%) Active Directory
6 315 (27.68%) LAN
7 293 (25.75%) Microsoft
8 267 (23.46%) Linux
9 264 (23.20%) DNS
10 235 (20.65%) TCP/IP
11 231 (20.30%) Cisco Certification
12 208 (18.28%) MPLS
13 198 (17.40%) ITIL
14 196 (17.22%) DHCP
14 196 (17.22%) Windows Server
15 190 (16.70%) VMware
16 184 (16.17%) Citrix
17 173 (15.20%) Juniper
17 173 (15.20%) Wireless
18 166 (14.59%) Network Security
19 165 (14.50%) Security Cleared
20 163 (14.32%) Cisco ASA
20 163 (14.32%) Finance
21 162 (14.24%) Amazon AWS
22 155 (13.62%) Microsoft Azure
22 155 (13.62%) Data Centre
23 152 (13.36%) Windows 7
23 152 (13.36%) Microsoft Office
24 144 (12.65%) CheckPoint
25 141 (12.39%) BGP

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
1 101 (8.88%) MS Exchange
2 41 (3.60%) Tomcat
3 36 (3.16%) Apache
3 36 (3.16%) Skype for Business
4 35 (3.08%) IBM Notes
4 35 (3.08%) IIS
5 32 (2.81%) SharePoint
6 31 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 20 (1.76%) Apache Spark
8 17 (1.49%) OpenStack
9 15 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
10 12 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (1.05%) nginx
11 11 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (0.79%) WebLogic
13 8 (0.70%) Confluence
14 7 (0.62%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.35%) MQSeries
17 3 (0.26%) JBoss
Applications
1 152 (13.36%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.41%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.53%) HipChat
6 5 (0.44%) Acrobat
6 5 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.088%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.088%) Revit
Business Applications
1 25 (2.20%) Eikon
2 3 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.18%) Summit
4 1 (0.088%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.088%) Maximo
4 1 (0.088%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.088%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 162 (14.24%) Amazon AWS
2 155 (13.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 139 (12.21%) Office 365
4 61 (5.36%) SaaS
5 57 (5.01%) IaaS
6 48 (4.22%) PaaS
7 30 (2.64%) Azure Active Directory
8 21 (1.85%) Amazon S3
8 21 (1.85%) GitHub
8 21 (1.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 15 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
10 12 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (0.97%) Amazon ELB
12 8 (0.70%) G Suite
12 8 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
12 8 (0.70%) Route 53
13 6 (0.53%) Akamai
13 6 (0.53%) Datadog
14 5 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 5 (0.44%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 560 (49.21%) Firewall
2 370 (32.51%) WAN
3 315 (27.68%) LAN
4 264 (23.20%) DNS
5 235 (20.65%) TCP/IP
6 208 (18.28%) MPLS
7 196 (17.22%) DHCP
8 173 (15.20%) Wireless
9 166 (14.59%) Network Security
10 163 (14.32%) Cisco ASA
11 141 (12.39%) BGP
12 139 (12.21%) VoIP
13 125 (10.98%) IPsec
14 120 (10.54%) Internet
14 120 (10.54%) VLAN
15 105 (9.23%) SSL
16 104 (9.14%) Wi-Fi
17 99 (8.70%) OSPF
18 90 (7.91%) Cisco Nexus
19 79 (6.94%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (5.71%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.08%) MySQL
3 22 (1.93%) Big Data
3 22 (1.93%) Hadoop
4 21 (1.85%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.41%) Amazon RDS
6 14 (1.23%) Apache Hive
6 14 (1.23%) HBase
6 14 (1.23%) Impala
6 14 (1.23%) MongoDB
6 14 (1.23%) Sqoop
7 10 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
11 5 (0.44%) Redis
12 4 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 4 (0.35%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 53 (4.66%) Jenkins
2 32 (2.81%) Git (software)
3 21 (1.85%) Maven
4 18 (1.58%) JIRA
5 13 (1.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 9 (0.79%) Subversion
6 9 (0.79%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.70%) Artifactory
7 8 (0.70%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.62%) git-flow
9 6 (0.53%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.35%) Metasploit
11 3 (0.26%) GitLab
12 2 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.18%) Gerrit
12 2 (0.18%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.18%) Vagrant
12 2 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
13 1 (0.088%) TeamCity
General
1 163 (14.32%) Finance
2 107 (9.40%) Telecoms
3 41 (3.60%) Banking
4 38 (3.34%) Manufacturing
5 30 (2.64%) Retail
6 23 (2.02%) Marketing
7 21 (1.85%) Legal
8 20 (1.76%) Electronics
9 13 (1.14%) Billing
10 10 (0.88%) Advertising
11 9 (0.79%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.70%) German Language
13 7 (0.62%) French Language
13 7 (0.62%) Law
14 6 (0.53%) Publishing
15 5 (0.44%) Back Office
16 4 (0.35%) Military
16 4 (0.35%) Music Industry
16 4 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.26%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 289 (25.40%) Network Engineer
2 131 (11.51%) Support Engineer
3 123 (10.81%) Analyst
4 122 (10.72%) Architect
5 83 (7.29%) Consultant
6 75 (6.59%) Cisco Engineer
7 74 (6.50%) Desktop Support
8 73 (6.41%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 70 (6.15%) 2nd Line Support
10 67 (5.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 58 (5.10%) Security Engineer
12 48 (4.22%) DevOps Engineer
13 47 (4.13%) Service Analyst
14 46 (4.04%) Network Security Engineer
14 46 (4.04%) Service Desk Analyst
15 41 (3.60%) Network Support
16 38 (3.34%) Cloud Engineer
16 38 (3.34%) Network Architect
17 37 (3.25%) IT Support
18 36 (3.16%) AWS DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (5.10%) Web Services
2 27 (2.37%) 802.1X
3 22 (1.93%) Elastic Stack
4 21 (1.85%) Kafka
5 20 (1.76%) JSON
6 18 (1.58%) LAMP
7 17 (1.49%) Sensu
8 14 (1.23%) .NET
8 14 (1.23%) Spark Streaming
8 14 (1.23%) XML
9 9 (0.79%) SAML
9 9 (0.79%) XMPP
10 8 (0.70%) Middleware
11 7 (0.62%) J2EE
12 6 (0.53%) REST
13 5 (0.44%) ASP.NET
13 5 (0.44%) HTML
13 5 (0.44%) Spring
14 4 (0.35%) OAuth
14 4 (0.35%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 155 (13.62%) Data Centre
2 65 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (5.62%) Public Cloud
4 63 (5.54%) Blackberry
5 48 (4.22%) Management Information System
6 45 (3.95%) PKI
7 36 (3.16%) Replication
8 33 (2.90%) Computer Science
9 27 (2.37%) BYOD
10 26 (2.28%) Smartphone
10 26 (2.28%) Video Conferencing
11 23 (2.02%) Linux Command Line
12 20 (1.76%) iPhone
13 19 (1.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 16 (1.41%) iPad
15 15 (1.32%) CMDB
15 15 (1.32%) Mobile App
16 14 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
17 13 (1.14%) Cyber Attack
18 12 (1.05%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 490 (43.06%) Windows
2 267 (23.46%) Linux
3 196 (17.22%) Windows Server
4 152 (13.36%) Windows 7
5 101 (8.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 101 (8.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 95 (8.35%) Windows 10
7 80 (7.03%) Unix
8 59 (5.18%) Android
9 54 (4.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 51 (4.48%) Apple iOS
11 49 (4.31%) CentOS
12 27 (2.37%) Windows 8
13 26 (2.28%) Mac OS
13 26 (2.28%) Windows XP
14 22 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
15 18 (1.58%) Windows Mobile
16 14 (1.23%) Ubuntu
17 12 (1.05%) Mac OS X
18 9 (0.79%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (17.40%) ITIL
2 106 (9.31%) DevOps
3 97 (8.52%) Network Design
4 96 (8.44%) Load Balancing
5 75 (6.59%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (5.98%) Migration
7 63 (5.54%) Configuration Management
7 63 (5.54%) Information Security
8 60 (5.27%) Disaster Recovery
9 59 (5.18%) Network Management
10 58 (5.10%) Project Management
11 57 (5.01%) Service Delivery
12 53 (4.66%) Kalman Filter
13 48 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
13 48 (4.22%) Service Management
14 47 (4.13%) Continuous Integration
14 47 (4.13%) Mentoring
15 45 (3.95%) High Availability
16 42 (3.69%) Open Source
17 41 (3.60%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 77 (6.77%) Python
2 75 (6.59%) SQL
3 64 (5.62%) PowerShell
4 50 (4.39%) Java
5 48 (4.22%) Perl
6 42 (3.69%) Bash Shell
7 31 (2.72%) Ruby
8 22 (1.93%) Shell Script
9 17 (1.49%) JavaScript
10 16 (1.41%) C
11 10 (0.88%) Go
12 7 (0.62%) Groovy
13 6 (0.53%) C#
14 5 (0.44%) C-shell
14 5 (0.44%) Korn
15 4 (0.35%) VBScript
16 3 (0.26%) C++
16 3 (0.26%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.26%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.18%) PHP
Qualifications
1 231 (20.30%) Cisco Certification
2 165 (14.50%) Security Cleared
3 139 (12.21%) CCNP
4 104 (9.14%) SC Cleared
5 99 (8.70%) CCNA
6 65 (5.71%) CCIE
7 60 (5.27%) Microsoft Certification
8 58 (5.10%) Degree
9 35 (3.08%) DV Cleared
10 30 (2.64%) CISSP
10 30 (2.64%) MCSE
11 18 (1.58%) MCSA
12 17 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
12 17 (1.49%) JNCIP
13 16 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (1.41%) JNCIE
14 14 (1.23%) JNCIA
14 14 (1.23%) JNCIS
15 12 (1.05%) CCDP
16 11 (0.97%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (3.60%) SLA
2 25 (2.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (0.97%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.79%) QA
5 7 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.53%) PMO
7 4 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.26%) GCP
8 3 (0.26%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.18%) GDPR
9 2 (0.18%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.18%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.088%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.088%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.088%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.088%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 316 (27.77%) Active Directory
2 123 (10.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (5.80%) Hyper-V
4 49 (4.31%) vSphere
5 38 (3.34%) Docker
6 27 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
7 21 (1.85%) XenApp
8 19 (1.67%) iptables
8 19 (1.67%) NFS
8 19 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (1.23%) Apache Flume
10 13 (1.14%) ProxySG
11 12 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
11 12 (1.05%) XenDesktop
12 10 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
13 9 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 9 (0.79%) Samba
14 8 (0.70%) Terminal Services
15 7 (0.62%) FreeRADIUS
15 7 (0.62%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 77 (6.77%) Ansible
2 58 (5.10%) Puppet
3 57 (5.01%) SCCM
4 40 (3.51%) Terraform
5 36 (3.16%) Nagios
6 31 (2.72%) FortiGate
7 30 (2.64%) Kubernetes
8 24 (2.11%) logstash
9 22 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (1.76%) Nmap
11 19 (1.67%) SCOM
12 18 (1.58%) Cisco Prime
12 18 (1.58%) Microsoft Intune
12 18 (1.58%) WSUS
13 14 (1.23%) Nessus
13 14 (1.23%) Nexpose
14 13 (1.14%) Prometheus
14 13 (1.14%) ZABBIX
15 11 (0.97%) AirWatch
16 10 (0.88%) QRadar
Vendors
1 534 (46.92%) Cisco
2 293 (25.75%) Microsoft
3 190 (16.70%) VMware
4 184 (16.17%) Citrix
5 173 (15.20%) Juniper
6 144 (12.65%) CheckPoint
7 103 (9.05%) F5
8 92 (8.08%) HP
9 82 (7.21%) Palo Alto
10 68 (5.98%) McAfee
11 67 (5.89%) Oracle
12 62 (5.45%) Fortinet
13 57 (5.01%) SolarWinds
14 49 (4.31%) Blue Coat
15 43 (3.78%) Red Hat
16 41 (3.60%) Dell
17 40 (3.51%) Apple
18 38 (3.34%) Bloomberg
19 35 (3.08%) Lotus
20 32 (2.81%) NetApp