Period
to 23 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 23 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 226 201 212
Rank change year-on-year -25 +11 -16
Contract jobs citing VPN 1148 1305 1240
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.21% 1.33% 1.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.76% 8.66% 8.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 826 776
England median daily rate £398 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.47% +6.25% +17.65%
10th Percentile £150 £190 £175
90th Percentile £550 £588 £538
UK median daily rate £386 £413 £388
% change year-on-year -6.36% +6.45% +14.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 64 100
England median hourly rate £18.10 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.50% +14.29% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.33 £11.00
90th Percentile £43.00 £50.00 £39.55
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 13105 15064 14531
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.82% 15.40% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8033 9154 8522
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £190 £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 682 765 946
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.25 £47.50 £47.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
% change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%

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 23 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

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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 23 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 23 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 -69 491 £410 -13.68% 70
South East +3 244 £370 -9.65% 23
North of England +36 147 £394 -1.56% 44
Midlands +50 134 £400 +14.29% 29
West Midlands +53 116 £400 +23.08% 16
North West +21 80 £350 -14.63% 24
South West -26 69 £368 +5.00% 9
East of England -41 64 £261 -3.24% 13
Yorkshire +17 59 £462 +8.71% 15
East Midlands -11 17 £314 -46.14% 12
North East +41 8 £371 +19.76% 5
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 23 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.

1 564 (49.13%) Firewall
2 537 (46.78%) Cisco
3 497 (43.29%) Windows
4 374 (32.58%) WAN
5 320 (27.87%) LAN
5 320 (27.87%) Active Directory
6 294 (25.61%) Microsoft
7 273 (23.78%) Linux
8 268 (23.34%) DNS
9 235 (20.47%) TCP/IP
10 232 (20.21%) Cisco Certification
11 209 (18.21%) MPLS
12 201 (17.51%) ITIL
13 200 (17.42%) Windows Server
14 199 (17.33%) DHCP
15 196 (17.07%) VMware
16 185 (16.11%) Citrix
17 178 (15.51%) Juniper
18 176 (15.33%) Wireless
19 169 (14.72%) Network Security
20 163 (14.20%) Amazon AWS
21 162 (14.11%) Security Cleared
21 162 (14.11%) Cisco ASA
21 162 (14.11%) Finance
22 158 (13.76%) Data Centre
23 155 (13.50%) Windows 7
24 153 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
25 151 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
26 144 (12.54%) CheckPoint
27 141 (12.28%) BGP

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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
1 103 (8.97%) MS Exchange
2 41 (3.57%) Tomcat
3 36 (3.14%) Apache
3 36 (3.14%) Skype for Business
4 35 (3.05%) IBM Notes
4 35 (3.05%) IIS
5 33 (2.87%) SharePoint
6 32 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2010
7 20 (1.74%) Apache Spark
8 18 (1.57%) OpenStack
9 15 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
10 12 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (1.05%) nginx
11 11 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (0.78%) WebLogic
13 8 (0.70%) Confluence
14 7 (0.61%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.35%) MQSeries
17 3 (0.26%) JBoss
Applications
1 151 (13.15%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (3.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.48%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.52%) Acrobat
5 6 (0.52%) HipChat
5 6 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.087%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.087%) Revit
Business Applications
1 25 (2.18%) Eikon
2 4 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.17%) Summit
5 1 (0.087%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.087%) Maximo
5 1 (0.087%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.087%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 163 (14.20%) Amazon AWS
2 153 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 140 (12.20%) Office 365
4 60 (5.23%) SaaS
5 57 (4.97%) IaaS
6 48 (4.18%) PaaS
7 30 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
8 22 (1.92%) Amazon S3
8 22 (1.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 21 (1.83%) GitHub
10 16 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
11 11 (0.96%) Amazon ELB
12 10 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
13 8 (0.70%) G Suite
13 8 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
13 8 (0.70%) Route 53
14 6 (0.52%) Akamai
14 6 (0.52%) Datadog
15 5 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.44%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 564 (49.13%) Firewall
2 374 (32.58%) WAN
3 320 (27.87%) LAN
4 268 (23.34%) DNS
5 235 (20.47%) TCP/IP
6 209 (18.21%) MPLS
7 199 (17.33%) DHCP
8 176 (15.33%) Wireless
9 169 (14.72%) Network Security
10 162 (14.11%) Cisco ASA
11 141 (12.28%) BGP
11 141 (12.28%) VoIP
12 126 (10.98%) IPsec
13 122 (10.63%) VLAN
14 119 (10.37%) Internet
15 106 (9.23%) SSL
16 103 (8.97%) Wi-Fi
17 99 (8.62%) OSPF
18 91 (7.93%) Cisco Nexus
19 81 (7.06%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (5.84%) SQL Server
2 36 (3.14%) MySQL
3 22 (1.92%) Big Data
3 22 (1.92%) Hadoop
4 21 (1.83%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.39%) Amazon RDS
6 14 (1.22%) Apache Hive
6 14 (1.22%) HBase
6 14 (1.22%) Impala
6 14 (1.22%) MongoDB
6 14 (1.22%) Sqoop
7 10 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
11 5 (0.44%) Redis
12 4 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 4 (0.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 51 (4.44%) Jenkins
2 32 (2.79%) Git (software)
3 19 (1.66%) Maven
4 18 (1.57%) JIRA
5 13 (1.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 9 (0.78%) Subversion
6 9 (0.78%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.70%) Artifactory
7 8 (0.70%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.61%) git-flow
9 6 (0.52%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.35%) Metasploit
11 3 (0.26%) GitLab
11 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.17%) Gerrit
12 2 (0.17%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.17%) Vagrant
13 1 (0.087%) TeamCity
General
1 162 (14.11%) Finance
2 108 (9.41%) Telecoms
3 42 (3.66%) Banking
4 37 (3.22%) Manufacturing
5 30 (2.61%) Retail
6 23 (2.00%) Marketing
7 21 (1.83%) Legal
8 20 (1.74%) Electronics
9 13 (1.13%) Billing
10 10 (0.87%) Advertising
11 9 (0.78%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.70%) German Language
13 7 (0.61%) French Language
13 7 (0.61%) Law
14 6 (0.52%) Publishing
15 5 (0.44%) Back Office
15 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.35%) Military
16 4 (0.35%) Music Industry
17 3 (0.26%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 289 (25.17%) Network Engineer
2 131 (11.41%) Support Engineer
3 124 (10.80%) Analyst
4 121 (10.54%) Architect
5 80 (6.97%) Consultant
6 75 (6.53%) Cisco Engineer
7 74 (6.45%) Desktop Support
8 73 (6.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 71 (6.18%) 2nd Line Support
10 70 (6.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 58 (5.05%) Security Engineer
12 48 (4.18%) DevOps Engineer
13 46 (4.01%) Service Analyst
14 45 (3.92%) Network Security Engineer
14 45 (3.92%) Service Desk Analyst
15 41 (3.57%) Network Support
16 38 (3.31%) Cloud Engineer
16 38 (3.31%) Network Architect
17 37 (3.22%) IT Support
18 36 (3.14%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (4.79%) Web Services
2 27 (2.35%) 802.1X
3 22 (1.92%) Elastic Stack
4 21 (1.83%) Kafka
5 20 (1.74%) JSON
6 18 (1.57%) LAMP
7 17 (1.48%) Sensu
8 14 (1.22%) .NET
8 14 (1.22%) Spark Streaming
8 14 (1.22%) XML
9 9 (0.78%) SAML
9 9 (0.78%) XMPP
10 8 (0.70%) Middleware
11 7 (0.61%) J2EE
12 6 (0.52%) 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
1 158 (13.76%) Data Centre
2 69 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (5.49%) Blackberry
4 61 (5.31%) Public Cloud
5 50 (4.36%) Management Information System
6 46 (4.01%) PKI
7 34 (2.96%) Computer Science
7 34 (2.96%) Replication
8 27 (2.35%) BYOD
9 26 (2.26%) Video Conferencing
10 25 (2.18%) Smartphone
11 23 (2.00%) Linux Command Line
12 20 (1.74%) iPhone
13 19 (1.66%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 16 (1.39%) iPad
15 15 (1.31%) CMDB
15 15 (1.31%) Mobile App
16 13 (1.13%) Cyber Attack
16 13 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
17 11 (0.96%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 497 (43.29%) Windows
2 273 (23.78%) Linux
3 200 (17.42%) Windows Server
4 155 (13.50%) Windows 7
5 104 (9.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 102 (8.89%) Windows Server 2012
7 96 (8.36%) Windows 10
8 80 (6.97%) Unix
9 59 (5.14%) Android
10 53 (4.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 51 (4.44%) Apple iOS
12 49 (4.27%) CentOS
13 27 (2.35%) Windows 8
13 27 (2.35%) Windows XP
14 26 (2.26%) Mac OS
15 24 (2.09%) Windows Server 2003
16 18 (1.57%) Windows Mobile
17 14 (1.22%) Ubuntu
18 12 (1.05%) Mac OS X
19 10 (0.87%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (17.51%) ITIL
2 107 (9.32%) DevOps
3 98 (8.54%) Network Design
4 95 (8.28%) Load Balancing
5 76 (6.62%) Agile Software Development
6 71 (6.18%) Migration
7 64 (5.57%) Information Security
8 63 (5.49%) Configuration Management
9 61 (5.31%) Network Management
10 59 (5.14%) Service Delivery
11 58 (5.05%) Disaster Recovery
11 58 (5.05%) Project Management
12 53 (4.62%) Kalman Filter
13 49 (4.27%) Cybersecurity
13 49 (4.27%) Service Management
14 46 (4.01%) Continuous Integration
14 46 (4.01%) Mentoring
15 45 (3.92%) High Availability
16 42 (3.66%) Open Source
17 41 (3.57%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 77 (6.71%) Python
2 76 (6.62%) SQL
3 62 (5.40%) PowerShell
4 49 (4.27%) Java
5 48 (4.18%) Perl
6 42 (3.66%) Bash Shell
7 31 (2.70%) Ruby
8 22 (1.92%) Shell Script
9 17 (1.48%) JavaScript
10 16 (1.39%) C
11 10 (0.87%) Go
12 7 (0.61%) Groovy
13 6 (0.52%) 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 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 232 (20.21%) Cisco Certification
2 162 (14.11%) Security Cleared
3 140 (12.20%) CCNP
4 102 (8.89%) SC Cleared
5 100 (8.71%) CCNA
6 66 (5.75%) CCIE
7 61 (5.31%) Microsoft Certification
8 59 (5.14%) Degree
9 34 (2.96%) DV Cleared
10 30 (2.61%) CISSP
10 30 (2.61%) MCSE
11 18 (1.57%) JNCIP
11 18 (1.57%) MCSA
12 17 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
13 16 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
13 16 (1.39%) JNCIE
14 15 (1.31%) JNCIA
14 15 (1.31%) JNCIS
15 12 (1.05%) CCDP
16 11 (0.96%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.75%) SLA
2 28 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.70%) QA
5 6 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.52%) PMO
6 4 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.26%) GCP
7 3 (0.26%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.17%) GDPR
8 2 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.17%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.087%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.087%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.087%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.087%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.087%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 320 (27.87%) Active Directory
2 128 (11.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (5.92%) Hyper-V
4 50 (4.36%) vSphere
5 38 (3.31%) Docker
6 29 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
7 21 (1.83%) XenApp
8 20 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (1.66%) iptables
9 19 (1.66%) NFS
10 14 (1.22%) Apache Flume
11 13 (1.13%) ProxySG
12 12 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
12 12 (1.05%) XenDesktop
13 10 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (0.78%) Samba
15 8 (0.70%) Terminal Services
16 7 (0.61%) FreeRADIUS
16 7 (0.61%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 76 (6.62%) Ansible
2 59 (5.14%) SCCM
3 58 (5.05%) Puppet
4 40 (3.48%) Terraform
5 36 (3.14%) Nagios
6 31 (2.70%) FortiGate
7 29 (2.53%) Kubernetes
8 23 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (1.92%) logstash
10 20 (1.74%) Nmap
10 20 (1.74%) SCOM
11 18 (1.57%) Cisco Prime
11 18 (1.57%) Microsoft Intune
11 18 (1.57%) WSUS
12 15 (1.31%) Nessus
12 15 (1.31%) Nexpose
13 13 (1.13%) Prometheus
13 13 (1.13%) ZABBIX
14 11 (0.96%) AirWatch
15 10 (0.87%) QRadar
Vendors
1 537 (46.78%) Cisco
2 294 (25.61%) Microsoft
3 196 (17.07%) VMware
4 185 (16.11%) Citrix
5 178 (15.51%) Juniper
6 144 (12.54%) CheckPoint
7 104 (9.06%) F5
8 93 (8.10%) HP
9 82 (7.14%) Palo Alto
10 68 (5.92%) McAfee
10 68 (5.92%) Oracle
11 63 (5.49%) Fortinet
12 59 (5.14%) SolarWinds
13 49 (4.27%) Blue Coat
14 45 (3.92%) Red Hat
15 42 (3.66%) Dell
16 40 (3.48%) Apple
17 38 (3.31%) Bloomberg
18 35 (3.05%) Lotus
19 32 (2.79%) NetApp