Period
to 20 July 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 July 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 224 210 208
Rank change year-on-year -14 -2 -20
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,165 1,139 1,312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.23% 1.30% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.20% 9.43% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 699 672 841
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £185
90th Percentile £600 £565 £570
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 97 56
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.26% +10.14%
10th Percentile £12.07 £10.50 £10.94
90th Percentile £40.70 £50.00 £45.13
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £18.05 £20.00
% change year-on-year -16.90% -9.75% +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 12,657 12,081 15,559
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.32% 13.77% 15.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,800 7,285 9,589
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £210 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 707 698 684
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -25.20% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.43
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.56% -22.00% +21.65%

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

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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 20 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in England

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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 July 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 July 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 -11 521 £425 - 117
South East -45 228 £421 +5.31% 60
Midlands +46 149 £400 +6.67% 25
North of England -54 132 £423 +5.63% 60
West Midlands +20 108 £463 +19.35% 16
East of England +33 87 £375 +87.50% 35
North West -42 71 £425 +6.25% 27
Yorkshire -42 53 £413 -8.33% 28
South West -18 49 £375 +15.38% 24
East Midlands +26 41 £319 +155.20% 9
North East +2 11 £625 +127.27% 5
South Coast - 1 £350 -
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 580 (49.79%) Firewall
2 502 (43.09%) Cisco
3 472 (40.52%) Windows
4 350 (30.04%) WAN
5 344 (29.53%) Active Directory
6 323 (27.73%) Microsoft
7 274 (23.52%) LAN
8 262 (22.49%) DNS
9 244 (20.94%) Microsoft Azure
10 241 (20.69%) ITIL
11 237 (20.34%) MPLS
12 215 (18.45%) VMware
13 203 (17.42%) TCP/IP
14 198 (17.00%) Data Centre
15 196 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
15 196 (16.82%) Juniper
15 196 (16.82%) CheckPoint
16 191 (16.39%) Network Security
17 188 (16.14%) Security Cleared
18 183 (15.71%) BGP
19 182 (15.62%) Amazon AWS
20 177 (15.19%) DHCP
20 177 (15.19%) Wireless
21 176 (15.11%) Citrix
22 175 (15.02%) Office 365
23 172 (14.76%) VMware Infrastructure
23 172 (14.76%) Linux
24 167 (14.33%) Cisco ASA
25 165 (14.16%) Microsoft Office
26 156 (13.39%) Windows Server

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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 82 (7.04%) MS Exchange
2 55 (4.72%) Skype for Business
3 52 (4.46%) SharePoint
4 45 (3.86%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (2.75%) Apache
6 25 (2.15%) Confluence
6 25 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 25 (2.15%) nginx
7 21 (1.80%) Apache Spark
7 21 (1.80%) IIS
8 15 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
8 15 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2007
9 14 (1.20%) OpenStack
10 13 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2003
10 13 (1.12%) IBM Notes
10 13 (1.12%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.60%) Apache Pig
11 7 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.52%) Apache Solr
13 5 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 165 (14.16%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.23%) MS Visio
3 25 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.26%) Mozilla Thunderbird
6 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.086%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.086%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.086%) Revit
Business Applications
1 4 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.26%) Eikon
2 3 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.17%) Relativity
4 1 (0.086%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.086%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.086%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 244 (20.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 182 (15.62%) Amazon AWS
3 175 (15.02%) Office 365
4 53 (4.55%) IaaS
5 48 (4.12%) PaaS
6 46 (3.95%) SaaS
7 30 (2.58%) Azure Active Directory
8 25 (2.15%) Amazon EC2
8 25 (2.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 20 (1.72%) GitHub
10 19 (1.63%) Amazon S3
11 16 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.37%) OneDrive
12 13 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
13 12 (1.03%) Serverless
14 8 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 8 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
15 7 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
16 6 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
17 5 (0.43%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 580 (49.79%) Firewall
2 350 (30.04%) WAN
3 274 (23.52%) LAN
4 262 (22.49%) DNS
5 237 (20.34%) MPLS
6 203 (17.42%) TCP/IP
7 191 (16.39%) Network Security
8 183 (15.71%) BGP
9 177 (15.19%) DHCP
9 177 (15.19%) Wireless
10 167 (14.33%) Cisco ASA
11 144 (12.36%) OSPF
11 144 (12.36%) VLAN
12 134 (11.50%) IPsec
13 110 (9.44%) Internet
14 106 (9.10%) SSL
15 97 (8.33%) VoIP
16 83 (7.12%) Cisco Nexus
17 72 (6.18%) SAN
18 70 (6.01%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (3.95%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.78%) MySQL
3 34 (2.92%) Hadoop
4 27 (2.32%) NoSQL
5 25 (2.15%) Big Data
6 23 (1.97%) Amazon RDS
7 19 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (1.12%) Apache Hive
9 12 (1.03%) Relational Database
10 10 (0.86%) Redis
11 9 (0.77%) Amazon Redshift
11 9 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (0.77%) Oracle Database
11 9 (0.77%) Power BI
12 8 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
12 8 (0.69%) Data Mining
13 7 (0.60%) Data Lake
13 7 (0.60%) MariaDB
13 7 (0.60%) MongoDB
13 7 (0.60%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 63 (5.41%) Jenkins
2 40 (3.43%) JIRA
3 35 (3.00%) Git (software)
4 22 (1.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 17 (1.46%) Team Foundation Server
6 16 (1.37%) Bitbucket
7 13 (1.12%) Artifactory
8 12 (1.03%) GitLab
8 12 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
9 11 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
10 10 (0.86%) Gerrit
11 9 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 6 (0.52%) FishEye
12 6 (0.52%) SonarQube
13 5 (0.43%) Ant
13 5 (0.43%) Mercurial
13 5 (0.43%) Subversion
13 5 (0.43%) Visual Studio
14 4 (0.34%) Maven
15 3 (0.26%) Fiddler
General
1 144 (12.36%) Finance
2 89 (7.64%) Telecoms
3 23 (1.97%) Legal
4 22 (1.89%) Retail
5 21 (1.80%) Law
6 20 (1.72%) Banking
6 20 (1.72%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.03%) Games
8 9 (0.77%) Financial Institution
8 9 (0.77%) Publishing
9 8 (0.69%) Advertising
9 8 (0.69%) German Language
10 7 (0.60%) Marketing
11 6 (0.52%) Back Office
11 6 (0.52%) Multimedia
12 5 (0.43%) Billing
13 4 (0.34%) Local Government
14 3 (0.26%) Electronics
14 3 (0.26%) French Language
14 3 (0.26%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 246 (21.12%) Network Engineer
2 168 (14.42%) Architect
3 151 (12.96%) Analyst
4 100 (8.58%) Support Engineer
5 79 (6.78%) Security Engineer
6 77 (6.61%) Desktop Support
7 70 (6.01%) Consultant
8 64 (5.49%) Network Security Engineer
9 61 (5.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 57 (4.89%) Network Architect
11 52 (4.46%) IT Support
12 51 (4.38%) Cisco Engineer
12 51 (4.38%) Support Analyst
13 48 (4.12%) DevOps Engineer
14 47 (4.03%) 2nd Line Support
15 45 (3.86%) Service Analyst
16 44 (3.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 44 (3.78%) Service Desk Analyst
17 42 (3.61%) Cloud Engineer
18 41 (3.52%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (3.69%) 802.1X
2 37 (3.18%) Web Services
3 26 (2.23%) JSON
4 21 (1.80%) LDAP
5 17 (1.46%) HTML
5 17 (1.46%) Kafka
5 17 (1.46%) XML
6 15 (1.29%) LAMP
7 13 (1.12%) Elastic Stack
7 13 (1.12%) LEMP Stack
8 12 (1.03%) WAP
9 10 (0.86%) HTML5
10 8 (0.69%) Middleware
10 8 (0.69%) RabbitMQ
11 6 (0.52%) LAPP Stack
11 6 (0.52%) Natural Language Processing
11 6 (0.52%) Play Framework
11 6 (0.52%) REST
11 6 (0.52%) SAML
11 6 (0.52%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 198 (17.00%) Data Centre
2 89 (7.64%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (4.46%) PKI
4 46 (3.95%) Public Cloud
5 43 (3.69%) Blackberry
6 36 (3.09%) Management Information System
7 33 (2.83%) Computer Science
8 25 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
9 23 (1.97%) iPhone
9 23 (1.97%) Replication
9 23 (1.97%) Smartphone
10 22 (1.89%) iPad
11 21 (1.80%) Driving Licence
12 20 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
13 18 (1.55%) RSA SecurID
14 15 (1.29%) Algorithms
14 15 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
14 15 (1.29%) Mobile App
15 12 (1.03%) Mobile Computing
16 11 (0.94%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 472 (40.52%) Windows
2 172 (14.76%) Linux
3 156 (13.39%) Windows Server
4 145 (12.45%) Windows 10
5 130 (11.16%) Windows 7
6 77 (6.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 67 (5.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 64 (5.49%) Windows XP
9 56 (4.81%) Apple iOS
9 56 (4.81%) Unix
10 49 (4.21%) Android
11 36 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 31 (2.66%) CentOS
13 29 (2.49%) Windows 8
14 26 (2.23%) Mac OS X
15 20 (1.72%) Mac OS
16 19 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
17 18 (1.55%) Ubuntu
18 16 (1.37%) VMS
19 13 (1.12%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 241 (20.69%) ITIL
2 112 (9.61%) DevOps
3 106 (9.10%) Load Balancing
4 104 (8.93%) Migration
5 91 (7.81%) Problem-Solving
6 75 (6.44%) Network Design
7 73 (6.27%) Agile Software Development
8 65 (5.58%) Service Delivery
9 63 (5.41%) Change Management
10 60 (5.15%) Network Management
11 59 (5.06%) Project Management
12 57 (4.89%) Configuration Management
12 57 (4.89%) Mentoring
12 57 (4.89%) Problem Management
13 51 (4.38%) Service Management
14 48 (4.12%) Disaster Recovery
14 48 (4.12%) Network Virtualisation
15 47 (4.03%) ITIL V3
16 44 (3.78%) Continuous Integration
17 41 (3.52%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 102 (8.76%) PowerShell
2 96 (8.24%) SQL
3 58 (4.98%) Python
4 40 (3.43%) Bash Shell
5 36 (3.09%) Java
6 26 (2.23%) C
6 26 (2.23%) Perl
7 20 (1.72%) Ruby
8 16 (1.37%) Shell Script
9 14 (1.20%) JavaScript
10 13 (1.12%) Go
11 12 (1.03%) Scala
12 10 (0.86%) VB
13 7 (0.60%) PHP
14 6 (0.52%) R
14 6 (0.52%) VBScript
15 3 (0.26%) C#
15 3 (0.26%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.26%) VBA
16 2 (0.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 196 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
2 188 (16.14%) Security Cleared
3 153 (13.13%) CCNP
4 144 (12.36%) SC Cleared
5 76 (6.52%) CCNA
6 60 (5.15%) Microsoft Certification
7 59 (5.06%) Degree
8 51 (4.38%) DV Cleared
9 45 (3.86%) CCIE
10 35 (3.00%) JNCIS
11 34 (2.92%) MCSE
12 32 (2.75%) CCDP
13 27 (2.32%) CISSP
14 25 (2.15%) CCSE
15 24 (2.06%) MCSA
16 22 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
18 20 (1.72%) CISM
18 20 (1.72%) JNCIA
19 18 (1.55%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (7.55%) SLA
2 28 (2.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (1.55%) PCI DSS
4 17 (1.46%) QA
5 12 (1.03%) GDPR
6 9 (0.77%) GCP
7 7 (0.60%) COBIT
7 7 (0.60%) PMO
8 5 (0.43%) NIST 800
9 4 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.26%) RMADS
10 3 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.086%) FATCA
12 1 (0.086%) FIPS 140-2
12 1 (0.086%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.086%) ISO 20022
12 1 (0.086%) PSD2
12 1 (0.086%) SEPA
12 1 (0.086%) TARGET2
System Software
1 344 (29.53%) Active Directory
2 172 (14.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (7.21%) Hyper-V
4 45 (3.86%) Docker
5 43 (3.69%) BitLocker
6 41 (3.52%) vSphere
7 39 (3.35%) XenApp
8 38 (3.26%) VMware NSX
9 37 (3.18%) Virtual Machines
10 29 (2.49%) XenDesktop
11 27 (2.32%) Microsoft App-V
12 16 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (1.37%) VirtualBox
12 16 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
13 11 (0.94%) Xen
14 10 (0.86%) NFS
14 10 (0.86%) ProxySG
15 9 (0.77%) KVM
15 9 (0.77%) XenServer
16 8 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 114 (9.79%) SCCM
2 79 (6.78%) Ansible
3 64 (5.49%) Terraform
4 50 (4.29%) FortiGate
5 34 (2.92%) Opscode Chef
6 32 (2.75%) SCOM
7 31 (2.66%) Kubernetes
8 30 (2.58%) Puppet
9 28 (2.40%) Microsoft Intune
10 20 (1.72%) WSUS
11 18 (1.55%) Single Sign-On
12 17 (1.46%) HAProxy
12 17 (1.46%) Nagios
13 16 (1.37%) OpenView
14 15 (1.29%) Backup Exec
15 14 (1.20%) OVSD
15 14 (1.20%) Prometheus
16 13 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
17 12 (1.03%) Hadoop YARN
17 12 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 502 (43.09%) Cisco
2 323 (27.73%) Microsoft
3 215 (18.45%) VMware
4 196 (16.82%) CheckPoint
4 196 (16.82%) Juniper
5 176 (15.11%) Citrix
6 115 (9.87%) HP
7 92 (7.90%) F5
8 88 (7.55%) Palo Alto
9 78 (6.70%) McAfee
10 74 (6.35%) Oracle
11 70 (6.01%) Aruba
12 63 (5.41%) Fortinet
13 56 (4.81%) Apple
14 54 (4.64%) SolarWinds
15 34 (2.92%) Ivanti
16 33 (2.83%) Meraki
17 32 (2.75%) Veeam
18 31 (2.66%) Nokia
18 31 (2.66%) Qualys