Period
to 19 January 2019

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 19 January 2019 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 190 226 205
Rank change year-on-year +36 -21 +5
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,353 1,119 1,140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.50% 1.21% 1.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.58% 8.97% 8.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 853 726 695
England median daily rate £413 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £175 £146 £195
90th Percentile £610 £582 £575
UK median daily rate £413 £390 £419
% change year-on-year +5.77% -6.81% +6.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 70 61
England median hourly rate £16.91 £17.07 £19.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.95% -13.03% +12.14%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £35.70 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.14 £19.63
% change year-on-year +2.13% -12.69% +12.14%

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 11,688 12,469 13,375
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.92% 13.51% 14.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,077 7,769 8,184
England median daily rate £425 £410 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.37% +0.13%
10th Percentile £200 £185 £215
90th Percentile £613 £596 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 537 625 673
England median hourly rate £18.76 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.32% -16.89% +2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.00 £11.66
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.13% -16.89% +2.27%

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 19 January 2019.

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 19 January 2019.

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 19 January 2019. 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 +26 603 £425 +3.03% 128
South East +4 264 £370 +10.45% 97
North of England +47 170 £406 +16.07% 71
Midlands -14 119 £479 +14.95% 33
East of England +33 102 £350 +9.45% 32
South West +16 101 £388 -6.63% 40
North West +30 89 £441 +29.78% 35
West Midlands -34 74 £473 +13.31% 22
Yorkshire +15 61 £360 -24.21% 33
East Midlands +28 41 £448 +20.95% 11
North East +6 20 £300 -19.19% 3
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2019, 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.

1 689 (50.92%) Firewall
2 538 (39.76%) Windows
3 501 (37.03%) Cisco
4 404 (29.86%) WAN
5 377 (27.86%) LAN
6 374 (27.64%) Microsoft
7 367 (27.12%) Active Directory
8 352 (26.02%) DNS
9 327 (24.17%) Microsoft Azure
10 326 (24.09%) TCP/IP
11 306 (22.62%) Cisco Certification
12 305 (22.54%) Amazon AWS
13 278 (20.55%) Linux
14 262 (19.36%) VMware
15 252 (18.63%) Security Cleared
16 240 (17.74%) MPLS
17 236 (17.44%) BGP
18 229 (16.93%) CCNP
19 226 (16.70%) OSPF
20 220 (16.26%) Wireless
21 217 (16.04%) ITIL
22 204 (15.08%) Office 365
23 202 (14.93%) Network Security
24 201 (14.86%) DevOps
25 194 (14.34%) SC Cleared
26 192 (14.19%) Data Centre
27 184 (13.60%) CheckPoint
28 171 (12.64%) Finance
28 171 (12.64%) Cisco ASA
29 167 (12.34%) DHCP

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 90 (6.65%) MS Exchange
2 45 (3.33%) Skype for Business
3 34 (2.51%) IIS
4 33 (2.44%) SharePoint
5 29 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 26 (1.92%) Confluence
7 24 (1.77%) OpenStack
8 19 (1.40%) Apache
8 19 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
8 19 (1.40%) nginx
9 14 (1.03%) Apache Spark
9 14 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
10 12 (0.89%) WebSphere
11 11 (0.81%) Tomcat
12 9 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 9 (0.67%) CMS
13 6 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.37%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
16 3 (0.22%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 158 (11.68%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.18%) MS Visio
4 15 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.074%) HipChat
7 1 (0.074%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.074%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.074%) Eikon
3 1 (0.074%) Sage 200
3 1 (0.074%) Sage 50
3 1 (0.074%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 327 (24.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 305 (22.54%) Amazon AWS
3 204 (15.08%) Office 365
4 113 (8.35%) IaaS
5 98 (7.24%) PaaS
6 97 (7.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 94 (6.95%) SaaS
8 55 (4.07%) Azure Active Directory
9 52 (3.84%) Google Cloud Platform
10 46 (3.40%) Amazon S3
11 40 (2.96%) Amazon EC2
11 40 (2.96%) Datadog
12 36 (2.66%) AWS CloudFormation
13 33 (2.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 31 (2.29%) Amazon ELB
15 29 (2.14%) Serverless
16 28 (2.07%) AWS Lambda
17 26 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
18 21 (1.55%) Route 53
19 17 (1.26%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 689 (50.92%) Firewall
2 404 (29.86%) WAN
3 377 (27.86%) LAN
4 352 (26.02%) DNS
5 326 (24.09%) TCP/IP
6 240 (17.74%) MPLS
7 236 (17.44%) BGP
8 226 (16.70%) OSPF
9 220 (16.26%) Wireless
10 202 (14.93%) Network Security
11 171 (12.64%) Cisco ASA
12 167 (12.34%) DHCP
13 148 (10.94%) Cisco Nexus
14 145 (10.72%) IPsec
15 144 (10.64%) Internet
16 141 (10.42%) VoIP
17 137 (10.13%) SSL
18 111 (8.20%) VLAN
19 83 (6.13%) EIGRP
20 77 (5.69%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (6.13%) SQL Server
2 38 (2.81%) Azure SQL Database
3 36 (2.66%) Amazon RDS
4 31 (2.29%) Relational Database
5 27 (2.00%) Big Data
5 27 (2.00%) MySQL
6 25 (1.85%) Hadoop
7 24 (1.77%) Amazon Redshift
8 20 (1.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 20 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
9 16 (1.18%) HBase
10 15 (1.11%) Amazon Aurora
11 14 (1.03%) Apache Hive
12 13 (0.96%) NoSQL
12 13 (0.96%) Redis
13 12 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
14 11 (0.81%) MongoDB
15 10 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
16 9 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
16 9 (0.67%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 105 (7.76%) Jenkins
2 61 (4.51%) Git (software)
3 37 (2.73%) Sonatype Nexus
4 32 (2.37%) JIRA
5 17 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
6 16 (1.18%) GitLab
7 13 (0.96%) Burp Suite
7 13 (0.96%) Metasploit
8 12 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
9 9 (0.67%) MSI
10 8 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (0.52%) Maven
11 7 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 6 (0.44%) Artifactory
12 6 (0.44%) Bitbucket
12 6 (0.44%) CircleCI
13 5 (0.37%) Gradle
14 4 (0.30%) SonarQube
14 4 (0.30%) Visual Studio
15 3 (0.22%) TeamCity
General
1 171 (12.64%) Finance
2 94 (6.95%) Telecoms
3 53 (3.92%) Retail
4 46 (3.40%) Law
5 34 (2.51%) Banking
6 33 (2.44%) Legal
7 28 (2.07%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.40%) Financial Institution
9 14 (1.03%) Billing
10 13 (0.96%) Electronics
11 10 (0.74%) Marketing
12 8 (0.59%) Back Office
12 8 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 7 (0.52%) Advertising
13 7 (0.52%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.37%) Automotive
15 4 (0.30%) Games
15 4 (0.30%) Spanish Language
16 3 (0.22%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 290 (21.43%) Network Engineer
2 170 (12.56%) Architect
3 168 (12.42%) Analyst
4 99 (7.32%) DevOps Engineer
5 81 (5.99%) Security Engineer
5 81 (5.99%) Support Engineer
6 76 (5.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 74 (5.47%) Service Analyst
8 73 (5.40%) Service Desk Analyst
9 69 (5.10%) Consultant
10 61 (4.51%) Cisco Engineer
11 55 (4.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 55 (4.07%) Cloud Engineer
11 55 (4.07%) Network Architect
12 53 (3.92%) AWS Engineer
13 46 (3.40%) Azure Engineer
14 44 (3.25%) IT Support
15 43 (3.18%) Desktop Support
15 43 (3.18%) Senior Network Engineer
16 38 (2.81%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (5.62%) Web Services
2 65 (4.80%) 802.1X
3 55 (4.07%) JSON
4 27 (2.00%) LDAP
5 26 (1.92%) SAML
6 25 (1.85%) Elastic Stack
7 22 (1.63%) REST
8 21 (1.55%) OAuth
9 20 (1.48%) XML
10 19 (1.40%) Middleware
11 14 (1.03%) LAMP
11 14 (1.03%) Node.js
12 12 (0.89%) OpenID
13 11 (0.81%) .NET
13 11 (0.81%) Spring
14 10 (0.74%) HTML
15 8 (0.59%) Kafka
15 8 (0.59%) SOAP
16 7 (0.52%) RESTful
17 6 (0.44%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 192 (14.19%) Data Centre
2 71 (5.25%) Public Cloud
3 64 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
4 55 (4.07%) Management Information System
5 44 (3.25%) PKI
6 40 (2.96%) Replication
7 38 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
8 36 (2.66%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 35 (2.59%) Private Cloud
10 31 (2.29%) Blackberry
10 31 (2.29%) Cyberthreat
11 26 (1.92%) Smartphone
12 22 (1.63%) Mobile App
13 21 (1.55%) Microsoft Licensing
14 18 (1.33%) Wiki
15 17 (1.26%) iPhone
15 17 (1.26%) Linux Command Line
16 16 (1.18%) NHS
17 14 (1.03%) Client/Server
17 14 (1.03%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 538 (39.76%) Windows
2 278 (20.55%) Linux
3 162 (11.97%) Windows Server
4 150 (11.09%) Windows 10
5 117 (8.65%) Windows 7
6 73 (5.40%) Android
6 73 (5.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 71 (5.25%) Unix
8 70 (5.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 55 (4.07%) Windows Server 2008
10 40 (2.96%) Apple iOS
11 30 (2.22%) Windows XP
12 26 (1.92%) Ubuntu
13 21 (1.55%) Windows Server 2003
14 18 (1.33%) CentOS
15 15 (1.11%) Mac OS
16 13 (0.96%) Kali Linux
17 11 (0.81%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.74%) Windows 8
19 7 (0.52%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (16.04%) ITIL
2 201 (14.86%) DevOps
3 160 (11.83%) Load Balancing
4 98 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
5 97 (7.17%) Agile Software Development
6 92 (6.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 86 (6.36%) Migration
8 85 (6.28%) Information Security
8 85 (6.28%) Service Management
9 79 (5.84%) Configuration Management
10 76 (5.62%) Network Design
11 72 (5.32%) Service Delivery
12 69 (5.10%) Network Architecture
13 67 (4.95%) Network Monitoring
14 64 (4.73%) SIEM
15 61 (4.51%) Open Source
16 59 (4.36%) Change Management
17 58 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
18 56 (4.14%) Kalman Filter
18 56 (4.14%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 144 (10.64%) PowerShell
2 102 (7.54%) Python
2 102 (7.54%) SQL
3 83 (6.13%) Bash Shell
4 47 (3.47%) Java
5 35 (2.59%) Perl
6 31 (2.29%) C
6 31 (2.29%) Ruby
7 24 (1.77%) JavaScript
8 13 (0.96%) C#
8 13 (0.96%) Lua
8 13 (0.96%) Shell Script
9 7 (0.52%) Go
9 7 (0.52%) Scala
9 7 (0.52%) VBA
10 4 (0.30%) PHP
10 4 (0.30%) R
10 4 (0.30%) VB
11 3 (0.22%) C++
11 3 (0.22%) sed
Qualifications
1 306 (22.62%) Cisco Certification
2 252 (18.63%) Security Cleared
3 229 (16.93%) CCNP
4 194 (14.34%) SC Cleared
5 122 (9.02%) CCNA
6 84 (6.21%) Degree
7 70 (5.17%) CCIE
8 60 (4.43%) Microsoft Certification
9 50 (3.70%) CISSP
10 42 (3.10%) DV Cleared
11 40 (2.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 34 (2.51%) CISM
13 33 (2.44%) MCSE
13 33 (2.44%) RHCE
14 25 (1.85%) CCDP
15 24 (1.77%) CISA
16 23 (1.70%) ISSMP
17 22 (1.63%) JNCIS
17 22 (1.63%) MCSA
18 19 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (5.69%) SLA
2 55 (4.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (3.40%) PCI DSS
4 27 (2.00%) HIPAA
5 25 (1.85%) FedRAMP
6 20 (1.48%) GDPR
7 17 (1.26%) QA
8 13 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 6 (0.44%) Data Quality
10 6 (0.44%) RMADS
11 5 (0.37%) JSP 440
11 5 (0.37%) PMO
12 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.15%) COBIT
13 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
14 1 (0.074%) GPG13
14 1 (0.074%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 367 (27.12%) Active Directory
2 147 (10.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (6.28%) Docker
4 68 (5.03%) Hyper-V
5 39 (2.88%) vSphere
6 38 (2.81%) Virtual Machines
7 28 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (1.85%) XenApp
9 19 (1.40%) Virtual Desktop
9 19 (1.40%) XenDesktop
10 17 (1.26%) Firmware
10 17 (1.26%) NFS
10 17 (1.26%) Virtual Servers
11 16 (1.18%) ProxySG
11 16 (1.18%) VMware NSX
12 13 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (0.89%) BitLocker
14 11 (0.81%) HDFS
14 11 (0.81%) Terminal Services
14 11 (0.81%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 106 (7.83%) SCCM
2 100 (7.39%) Ansible
3 67 (4.95%) Kubernetes
4 63 (4.66%) Opscode Chef
4 63 (4.66%) Puppet
5 61 (4.51%) Terraform
6 34 (2.51%) Microsoft Intune
7 32 (2.37%) Nagios
8 31 (2.29%) FortiGate
9 24 (1.77%) AirWatch
9 24 (1.77%) Single Sign-On
10 17 (1.26%) Backup Exec
10 17 (1.26%) Cisco Prime
10 17 (1.26%) WSUS
11 16 (1.18%) SCOM
12 15 (1.11%) Istio
12 15 (1.11%) Nessus
13 14 (1.03%) Hadoop YARN
14 13 (0.96%) Nmap
15 12 (0.89%) Ambari
Vendors
1 501 (37.03%) Cisco
2 374 (27.64%) Microsoft
3 262 (19.36%) VMware
4 184 (13.60%) CheckPoint
5 165 (12.20%) Citrix
6 145 (10.72%) Juniper
7 97 (7.17%) F5
8 92 (6.80%) HP
9 86 (6.36%) SolarWinds
10 79 (5.84%) Oracle
11 78 (5.76%) Palo Alto
12 71 (5.25%) Red Hat
13 67 (4.95%) Splunk
14 62 (4.58%) Google
15 57 (4.21%) Fortinet
16 56 (4.14%) McAfee
17 49 (3.62%) Qualys
18 48 (3.55%) Avaya
19 45 (3.33%) Apple
20 44 (3.25%) Aruba