Period
to 26 January 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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 168 189 230
Rank change year-on-year +21 +41 -15
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,018 1,360 1,123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.58% 1.50% 1.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.55% 11.70% 9.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 616 856 726
England median daily rate £400 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.50% -5.88%
10th Percentile £153 £174 £148
90th Percentile £600 £588 £588
UK median daily rate £400 £410 £380
% change year-on-year -2.44% +7.89% -7.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 73 70
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -0.40% -11.62%
10th Percentile £12.62 £12.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.50 £35.70
UK median hourly rate £18.10 £17.25 £17.14
% change year-on-year +4.93% +0.67% -9.82%

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 8,814 11,619 12,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.66% 12.84% 13.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,362 7,045 7,743
England median daily rate £411 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.24% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £613 £595
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 480 516 629
England median hourly rate £22.01 £18.88 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.59% +0.96% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £46.55
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.76 £18.70
% change year-on-year +19.94% +0.32% -16.89%

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 26 January 2020.

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 26 January 2020.

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 26 January 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 +20 410 £425 - 108
South East +44 218 £400 +6.67% 103
North of England +21 127 £368 -8.70% 90
Midlands +43 110 £356 -24.60% 61
West Midlands +51 80 £369 -21.96% 36
East of England +13 78 £320 -14.67% 42
South West -9 72 £375 -3.23% 30
North West -3 59 £400 -9.86% 45
Yorkshire +30 41 £350 -2.78% 34
East Midlands +16 29 £331 -25.56% 25
North East +28 28 £373 +24.17% 11
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 483 (47.45%) Firewall
2 459 (45.09%) Cisco
3 432 (42.44%) Windows
4 327 (32.12%) Active Directory
5 296 (29.08%) WAN
6 268 (26.33%) LAN
7 265 (26.03%) Microsoft
8 252 (24.75%) DNS
9 247 (24.26%) Azure
10 240 (23.58%) TCP/IP
11 229 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
12 219 (21.51%) Office 365
13 207 (20.33%) Security Cleared
14 193 (18.96%) BGP
15 191 (18.76%) MPLS
16 177 (17.39%) OSPF
17 176 (17.29%) Microsoft Office
18 167 (16.40%) CCNP
18 167 (16.40%) Internet
19 166 (16.31%) Linux
20 165 (16.21%) Data Centre
21 163 (16.01%) Juniper
22 162 (15.91%) VMware
23 158 (15.52%) AWS
24 156 (15.32%) ITIL
25 154 (15.13%) DHCP
25 154 (15.13%) Windows Server
26 150 (14.73%) SC Cleared
27 141 (13.85%) Wireless
28 138 (13.56%) Windows 7

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 85 (8.35%) MS Exchange
2 55 (5.40%) SharePoint
3 34 (3.34%) Skype for Business
4 29 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (2.06%) IIS
6 18 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2003
7 17 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 15 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 14 (1.38%) OpenStack
11 12 (1.18%) Confluence
12 9 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
13 6 (0.59%) Apache Spark
13 6 (0.59%) nginx
14 4 (0.39%) Apache
14 4 (0.39%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
15 2 (0.20%) MQSeries
15 2 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 176 (17.29%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (3.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (2.95%) MS Visio
4 24 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (1.87%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (1.57%) Acrobat
7 14 (1.38%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.098%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.098%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 22 (2.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.20%) assyst
3 2 (0.20%) Distributed Ledger
3 2 (0.20%) R3 Corda
3 2 (0.20%) RMDS
4 1 (0.098%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.098%) Magento
4 1 (0.098%) Sage 1000
Cloud Services
1 247 (24.26%) Azure
2 219 (21.51%) Office 365
3 158 (15.52%) AWS
4 96 (9.43%) PaaS
5 90 (8.84%) IaaS
6 84 (8.25%) Azure Active Directory
7 65 (6.39%) SaaS
8 50 (4.91%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 46 (4.52%) Amazon EC2
10 44 (4.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 30 (2.95%) AWS CloudFormation
12 29 (2.85%) Cloud Computing
13 27 (2.65%) Serverless
14 24 (2.36%) Amazon S3
15 22 (2.16%) AWS Lambda
16 15 (1.47%) Amazon ECS
16 15 (1.47%) Amazon ELB
17 14 (1.38%) OneDrive
18 12 (1.18%) Route 53
19 10 (0.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 483 (47.45%) Firewall
2 296 (29.08%) WAN
3 268 (26.33%) LAN
4 252 (24.75%) DNS
5 240 (23.58%) TCP/IP
6 193 (18.96%) BGP
7 191 (18.76%) MPLS
8 177 (17.39%) OSPF
9 167 (16.40%) Internet
10 154 (15.13%) DHCP
11 141 (13.85%) Wireless
12 126 (12.38%) Network Security
13 116 (11.39%) Cisco Nexus
14 106 (10.41%) Cisco ASA
15 103 (10.12%) IPsec
16 97 (9.53%) VLAN
17 94 (9.23%) Ethernet
18 93 (9.14%) VoIP
19 89 (8.74%) Cisco IOS
20 88 (8.64%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (4.52%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.63%) Amazon RDS
3 28 (2.75%) PostgreSQL
4 19 (1.87%) Azure SQL Database
5 16 (1.57%) MySQL
6 8 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (0.79%) NoSQL
6 8 (0.79%) Power BI
7 7 (0.69%) Apache Cassandra
7 7 (0.69%) Big Data
7 7 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (0.59%) Apache Hive
8 6 (0.59%) Hadoop
8 6 (0.59%) HBase
8 6 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
9 5 (0.49%) Amazon Redshift
9 5 (0.49%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.49%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.49%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 38 (3.73%) Git (software)
2 33 (3.24%) JIRA
3 31 (3.05%) Jenkins
4 26 (2.55%) Sonatype Nexus
5 24 (2.36%) GitLab
6 13 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (1.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 10 (0.98%) Subversion
9 9 (0.88%) JMeter
10 8 (0.79%) CircleCI
11 7 (0.69%) Vagrant
12 6 (0.59%) Bitbucket
12 6 (0.59%) SonarQube
13 5 (0.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 5 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
13 5 (0.49%) Selenium
14 4 (0.39%) Visual Studio
15 2 (0.20%) TeamCity
16 1 (0.098%) Fiddler
General
1 124 (12.18%) Finance
2 65 (6.39%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.83%) Banking
4 29 (2.85%) Public Sector
5 19 (1.87%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.67%) Automotive
6 17 (1.67%) Retail
7 15 (1.47%) Front Office
7 15 (1.47%) Law
8 8 (0.79%) Legal
8 8 (0.79%) Multimedia
9 7 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 7 (0.69%) Games
9 7 (0.69%) German Language
10 6 (0.59%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.49%) Advertising
12 4 (0.39%) Mandarin Language
12 4 (0.39%) Publishing
13 3 (0.29%) Electronics
13 3 (0.29%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 279 (27.41%) Network Engineer
2 100 (9.82%) Analyst
3 88 (8.64%) Support Engineer
4 73 (7.17%) Architect
5 70 (6.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 57 (5.60%) Cisco Engineer
7 54 (5.30%) DevOps Engineer
8 52 (5.11%) Service Analyst
9 51 (5.01%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 49 (4.81%) Service Desk Analyst
11 47 (4.62%) Security Engineer
12 46 (4.52%) Desktop Support
13 44 (4.32%) Azure Engineer
14 43 (4.22%) Administrator
15 37 (3.63%) IT Support
16 36 (3.54%) Senior Network Engineer
17 35 (3.44%) Consultant
18 32 (3.14%) Cloud Engineer
19 30 (2.95%) 1st Line Support
19 30 (2.95%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (7.17%) Web Services
2 46 (4.52%) 802.1X
3 27 (2.65%) Elastic Stack
4 22 (2.16%) SAML
5 21 (2.06%) JSON
6 16 (1.57%) LDAP
7 8 (0.79%) .NET
7 8 (0.79%) Oracle Fusion
7 8 (0.79%) YAML
8 7 (0.69%) HTML
9 6 (0.59%) LAMP
9 6 (0.59%) REST
10 5 (0.49%) ASP.NET
10 5 (0.49%) FIX Protocol
10 5 (0.49%) OAuth
11 4 (0.39%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.39%) boto
11 4 (0.39%) Node.js
12 3 (0.29%) Jinja
12 3 (0.29%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 165 (16.21%) Data Centre
2 52 (5.11%) Replication
3 46 (4.52%) Blackberry
4 39 (3.83%) PKI
4 39 (3.83%) Video Conferencing
5 36 (3.54%) iPhone
6 33 (3.24%) Analytical Skills
6 33 (3.24%) Smartphone
7 29 (2.85%) Public Cloud
8 28 (2.75%) Hybrid Cloud
8 28 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (2.46%) Management Information System
10 18 (1.77%) Clustering
10 18 (1.77%) PDA
11 13 (1.28%) Cyberthreat
11 13 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (1.18%) Hedge funds
12 12 (1.18%) iPad
13 10 (0.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 10 (0.98%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 432 (42.44%) Windows
2 166 (16.31%) Linux
3 154 (15.13%) Windows Server
4 138 (13.56%) Windows 10
4 138 (13.56%) Windows 7
5 77 (7.56%) Android
6 62 (6.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 49 (4.81%) Windows XP
8 37 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
9 36 (3.54%) Apple iOS
10 30 (2.95%) Windows Server 2003
11 27 (2.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (2.55%) CentOS
12 26 (2.55%) Ubuntu
13 19 (1.87%) Unix
14 18 (1.77%) Windows 2000
14 18 (1.77%) Windows Vista
15 16 (1.57%) Mac OS
16 10 (0.98%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.79%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (15.32%) ITIL
2 135 (13.26%) Migration
3 102 (10.02%) DevOps
4 85 (8.35%) Agile Software Development
5 81 (7.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 79 (7.76%) Problem-Solving
7 74 (7.27%) Change Management
7 74 (7.27%) Load Balancing
7 74 (7.27%) Network Design
8 56 (5.50%) Disaster Recovery
9 53 (5.21%) Configuration Management
10 49 (4.81%) Information Security
11 47 (4.62%) Project Delivery
12 46 (4.52%) Network Management
13 43 (4.22%) High Availability
14 42 (4.13%) Service Delivery
14 42 (4.13%) Service Management
15 40 (3.93%) ITSM
16 39 (3.83%) Project Management
17 38 (3.73%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 105 (10.31%) PowerShell
2 84 (8.25%) Python
3 72 (7.07%) SQL
4 48 (4.72%) Bash Shell
5 40 (3.93%) Perl
6 26 (2.55%) Ruby
7 20 (1.96%) Java
8 13 (1.28%) C
9 8 (0.79%) C#
9 8 (0.79%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.49%) C++
10 5 (0.49%) Groovy
10 5 (0.49%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.20%) Go
11 2 (0.20%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.20%) R
11 2 (0.20%) VBA
12 1 (0.098%) Dart
12 1 (0.098%) Embedded C
12 1 (0.098%) VB
Qualifications
1 229 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
2 207 (20.33%) Security Cleared
3 167 (16.40%) CCNP
4 150 (14.73%) SC Cleared
5 110 (10.81%) CCNA
6 58 (5.70%) Degree
7 50 (4.91%) CCIE
8 41 (4.03%) ITIL Certification
9 32 (3.14%) JNCIP
10 30 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
11 26 (2.55%) DV Cleared
12 19 (1.87%) MCP
13 18 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
13 18 (1.77%) CCDP
13 18 (1.77%) CISSP
14 15 (1.47%) AWS Certification
15 13 (1.28%) JNCIA
15 13 (1.28%) JNCIS
16 12 (1.18%) BC Cleared
16 12 (1.18%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (5.40%) SLA
2 27 (2.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (2.06%) PCI DSS
4 19 (1.87%) QA
5 14 (1.38%) GDPR
6 9 (0.88%) NIST
7 7 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (0.39%) BS7799
8 4 (0.39%) PMO
9 3 (0.29%) COBIT
9 3 (0.29%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.29%) NCSC
10 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.20%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.098%) HL7
System Software
1 327 (32.12%) Active Directory
2 112 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (5.70%) Docker
4 45 (4.42%) Virtual Machines
5 40 (3.93%) Hyper-V
6 24 (2.36%) vSphere
7 23 (2.26%) VMware ESXi
8 16 (1.57%) VMware NSX
9 14 (1.38%) Virtual Servers
10 11 (1.08%) VMware Server
11 10 (0.98%) BitLocker
12 8 (0.79%) Firmware
12 8 (0.79%) XenApp
13 7 (0.69%) NFS
13 7 (0.69%) VMFS
14 6 (0.59%) HDFS
14 6 (0.59%) XenDesktop
15 5 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
16 4 (0.39%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 4 (0.39%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 83 (8.15%) SCCM
2 68 (6.68%) Terraform
3 63 (6.19%) Ansible
3 63 (6.19%) Puppet
4 53 (5.21%) Nagios
5 45 (4.42%) Microsoft Intune
6 43 (4.22%) Opscode Chef
7 37 (3.63%) Single Sign-On
8 33 (3.24%) OpenView
9 29 (2.85%) FortiGate
10 28 (2.75%) Cisco Prime
10 28 (2.75%) Kubernetes
11 24 (2.36%) AirWatch
12 21 (2.06%) WSUS
13 20 (1.96%) OVSD
13 20 (1.96%) Packer
13 20 (1.96%) ZABBIX
14 19 (1.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 18 (1.77%) ServiceCenter
16 16 (1.57%) Cacti
Vendors
1 459 (45.09%) Cisco
2 265 (26.03%) Microsoft
3 163 (16.01%) Juniper
4 162 (15.91%) VMware
5 106 (10.41%) CheckPoint
6 104 (10.22%) Palo Alto
7 100 (9.82%) Citrix
8 79 (7.76%) F5
9 73 (7.17%) HP
10 71 (6.97%) SolarWinds
11 57 (5.60%) Fortinet
12 48 (4.72%) ServiceNow
13 45 (4.42%) Meraki
14 34 (3.34%) Oracle
15 32 (3.14%) Aruba
15 32 (3.14%) Remedy
16 31 (3.05%) Dell
17 30 (2.95%) McAfee
18 27 (2.65%) Red Hat
19 25 (2.46%) Splunk