Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 186 218 212
Rank change year-on-year +32 -6 -3
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,249 1,171 1,051
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.50% 1.28% 1.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.90% 9.57% 8.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 797 711 631
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £155 £150
90th Percentile £600 £600 £559
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £393
% change year-on-year +3.03% +5.10% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 85 94
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -15.49% -6.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £54.50 £40.10 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.78 £14.60 £18.00
% change year-on-year +21.76% -18.89% -5.26%

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 10,500 12,242 11,793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.65% 13.37% 13.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,506 7,530 7,173
England median daily rate £435 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £206 £206 £213
90th Percentile £613 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 668 669
England median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.23 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.60 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.06 £19.90
% change year-on-year +10.18% -4.22% -23.46%

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 24 June 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

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 6 months to 24 June 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 24 June 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 +36 557 £475 +8.57% 27
South East +45 295 £375 -11.76% 27
North of England +43 142 £406 -4.41% 20
Midlands -17 95 £388 -8.82% 10
North West +31 83 £425 - 8
South West +10 80 £325 -29.73% 7
East of England -6 79 £413 +13.79% 7
West Midlands -30 63 £390 -19.50% 6
Yorkshire +13 41 £425 -1.45% 12
East Midlands +14 32 £375 +19.05% 4
North East +20 18 £325 -48.00%
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 645 (51.64%) Firewall
2 482 (38.59%) Cisco
3 441 (35.31%) Windows
4 400 (32.03%) WAN
5 364 (29.14%) Active Directory
6 334 (26.74%) LAN
7 294 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
8 292 (23.38%) Microsoft
9 279 (22.34%) DNS
10 265 (21.22%) TCP/IP
11 264 (21.14%) Amazon AWS
12 247 (19.78%) Microsoft Azure
13 234 (18.73%) Security Cleared
14 214 (17.13%) Office 365
15 212 (16.97%) SC Cleared
15 212 (16.97%) Linux
16 207 (16.57%) Data Centre
17 203 (16.25%) MPLS
17 203 (16.25%) BGP
18 194 (15.53%) OSPF
19 189 (15.13%) CCNP
20 185 (14.81%) DHCP
21 183 (14.65%) VMware
22 176 (14.09%) CheckPoint
23 171 (13.69%) DevOps
24 170 (13.61%) ITIL
25 162 (12.97%) Wireless
26 151 (12.09%) Network Security
27 147 (11.77%) VLAN
28 146 (11.69%) IPsec

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 94 (7.53%) MS Exchange
2 68 (5.44%) SharePoint
3 41 (3.28%) Confluence
3 41 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2010
3 41 (3.28%) nginx
3 41 (3.28%) Skype for Business
4 26 (2.08%) IIS
5 14 (1.12%) OpenStack
6 13 (1.04%) Apache
7 9 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (0.48%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.32%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.24%) WebSphere
14 2 (0.16%) EPiServer
14 2 (0.16%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.16%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 140 (11.21%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (2.32%) MS Visio
3 27 (2.16%) Microsoft Excel
4 21 (1.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.16%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.40%) assyst
3 4 (0.32%) Eikon
4 2 (0.16%) BigMachines
4 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.080%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 264 (21.14%) Amazon AWS
2 247 (19.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 214 (17.13%) Office 365
4 81 (6.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 62 (4.96%) PaaS
6 61 (4.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 59 (4.72%) AWS CloudFormation
8 51 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
9 46 (3.68%) IaaS
10 44 (3.52%) Serverless
11 42 (3.36%) Google Cloud Platform
12 40 (3.20%) SaaS
13 37 (2.96%) Amazon EC2
14 34 (2.72%) Amazon ELB
14 34 (2.72%) Amazon S3
15 30 (2.40%) AWS Lambda
16 29 (2.32%) Amazon ECS
17 25 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
17 25 (2.00%) Datadog
18 18 (1.44%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 645 (51.64%) Firewall
2 400 (32.03%) WAN
3 334 (26.74%) LAN
4 279 (22.34%) DNS
5 265 (21.22%) TCP/IP
6 203 (16.25%) BGP
6 203 (16.25%) MPLS
7 194 (15.53%) OSPF
8 185 (14.81%) DHCP
9 162 (12.97%) Wireless
10 151 (12.09%) Network Security
11 147 (11.77%) VLAN
12 146 (11.69%) IPsec
13 133 (10.65%) VoIP
14 129 (10.33%) Cisco ASA
15 122 (9.77%) Cisco Nexus
16 119 (9.53%) Internet
17 95 (7.61%) SSL
18 81 (6.49%) EIGRP
19 73 (5.84%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.16%) Amazon RDS
3 16 (1.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 16 (1.28%) MySQL
4 13 (1.04%) Cosmos DB
5 10 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
6 8 (0.64%) Big Data
6 8 (0.64%) Hadoop
6 8 (0.64%) Relational Database
7 6 (0.48%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.48%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.32%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.24%) MS Access
11 2 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.16%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.16%) Redis
11 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2000
11 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 62 (4.96%) Git (software)
2 56 (4.48%) JIRA
3 55 (4.40%) Jenkins
4 24 (1.92%) Sonatype Nexus
5 13 (1.04%) MSI
6 11 (0.88%) SonarQube
7 10 (0.80%) Vagrant
8 9 (0.72%) Artifactory
8 9 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 8 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (0.64%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.56%) Bitbucket
10 7 (0.56%) GitLab
10 7 (0.56%) Maven
11 6 (0.48%) TeamCity
12 5 (0.40%) Subversion
13 3 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 3 (0.24%) Hudson
14 2 (0.16%) FishEye
14 2 (0.16%) Rational DOORS
General
1 142 (11.37%) Finance
2 109 (8.73%) Telecoms
3 35 (2.80%) Banking
4 32 (2.56%) Law
5 21 (1.68%) Legal
6 18 (1.44%) French Language
6 18 (1.44%) German Language
7 16 (1.28%) Retail
8 14 (1.12%) Marketing
9 13 (1.04%) Manufacturing
10 12 (0.96%) Financial Institution
11 10 (0.80%) Billing
11 10 (0.80%) Investment Banking
12 9 (0.72%) Electronics
13 6 (0.48%) Publishing
14 5 (0.40%) Back Office
15 4 (0.32%) Military
15 4 (0.32%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.24%) Games
Job Titles
1 310 (24.82%) Network Engineer
2 147 (11.77%) Architect
3 110 (8.81%) Support Engineer
4 101 (8.09%) DevOps Engineer
5 97 (7.77%) Analyst
6 81 (6.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 58 (4.64%) Consultant
8 57 (4.56%) Security Engineer
9 56 (4.48%) AWS Engineer
10 54 (4.32%) Cisco Engineer
11 51 (4.08%) Desktop Support
12 48 (3.84%) Network Architect
13 45 (3.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 44 (3.52%) Cloud Engineer
15 43 (3.44%) Senior Network Engineer
16 39 (3.12%) IT Support
17 36 (2.88%) Security Architect
18 35 (2.80%) Administrator
19 34 (2.72%) 2nd Line Support
20 32 (2.56%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (4.40%) Web Services
2 44 (3.52%) 802.1X
3 33 (2.64%) Elastic Stack
4 27 (2.16%) LDAP
5 22 (1.76%) JSON
6 16 (1.28%) Node.js
7 15 (1.20%) REST
8 11 (0.88%) Kafka
8 11 (0.88%) SOAP
8 11 (0.88%) XML
9 10 (0.80%) YAML
10 7 (0.56%) ModSecurity
11 6 (0.48%) XSLT
12 5 (0.40%) .NET
12 5 (0.40%) HTML
12 5 (0.40%) J2EE
12 5 (0.40%) Middleware
12 5 (0.40%) RESTful
12 5 (0.40%) SAML
12 5 (0.40%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 207 (16.57%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
3 47 (3.76%) PKI
4 38 (3.04%) Public Cloud
5 30 (2.40%) Management Information System
5 30 (2.40%) Replication
6 25 (2.00%) Cyberattack
6 25 (2.00%) iPad
6 25 (2.00%) Video Conferencing
7 24 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
8 20 (1.60%) Clustering
8 20 (1.60%) Hybrid Cloud
8 20 (1.60%) iPhone
8 20 (1.60%) Mobile App
9 18 (1.44%) Smartphone
10 17 (1.36%) Fat Client
10 17 (1.36%) Linux Command Line
10 17 (1.36%) Thin Client
11 15 (1.20%) Blackberry
11 15 (1.20%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 441 (35.31%) Windows
2 212 (16.97%) Linux
3 142 (11.37%) Windows 10
4 133 (10.65%) Windows Server
5 123 (9.85%) Windows 7
6 77 (6.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 73 (5.84%) Unix
8 57 (4.56%) Android
9 53 (4.24%) Apple iOS
10 49 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 45 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 27 (2.16%) CentOS
13 22 (1.76%) Windows XP
14 21 (1.68%) Windows 8
14 21 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
15 20 (1.60%) Mac OS
16 18 (1.44%) Windows Mobile
17 11 (0.88%) Debian
17 11 (0.88%) Ubuntu
18 10 (0.80%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (13.69%) DevOps
2 170 (13.61%) ITIL
3 135 (10.81%) Migration
4 117 (9.37%) Agile Software Development
5 104 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
6 103 (8.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 95 (7.61%) Load Balancing
8 88 (7.05%) Network Monitoring
9 76 (6.08%) Network Design
10 72 (5.76%) High Availability
11 69 (5.52%) Configuration Management
11 69 (5.52%) SIEM
12 66 (5.28%) Disaster Recovery
13 62 (4.96%) Information Security
13 62 (4.96%) Service Delivery
14 60 (4.80%) Network Management
15 58 (4.64%) Service Management
16 54 (4.32%) Change Management
17 52 (4.16%) Kalman Filter
18 47 (3.76%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 102 (8.17%) PowerShell
2 84 (6.73%) SQL
3 73 (5.84%) Python
4 42 (3.36%) Bash Shell
5 28 (2.24%) Java
6 19 (1.52%) C
7 16 (1.28%) Shell Script
8 11 (0.88%) Ruby
9 9 (0.72%) JavaScript
9 9 (0.72%) Perl
10 6 (0.48%) C#
11 4 (0.32%) Lua
12 3 (0.24%) C++
12 3 (0.24%) VB
13 2 (0.16%) Go
13 2 (0.16%) Groovy
14 1 (0.080%) Bourne shell
14 1 (0.080%) R
14 1 (0.080%) sed
14 1 (0.080%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 294 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
2 234 (18.73%) Security Cleared
3 212 (16.97%) SC Cleared
4 189 (15.13%) CCNP
5 144 (11.53%) CCNA
6 85 (6.81%) CCIE
7 71 (5.68%) Degree
8 44 (3.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 35 (2.80%) CISSP
10 32 (2.56%) CCDP
11 26 (2.08%) RHCE
12 23 (1.84%) MCP
13 22 (1.76%) MCSE
14 20 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
14 20 (1.60%) CISM
15 19 (1.52%) DV Cleared
16 18 (1.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 16 (1.28%) JNCIA
18 15 (1.20%) CISA
19 14 (1.12%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (4.88%) SLA
2 26 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.84%) QA
4 19 (1.52%) PCI DSS
5 10 (0.80%) GDPR
6 9 (0.72%) NIST
6 9 (0.72%) PMO
7 7 (0.56%) HIPAA
8 4 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.32%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.16%) GxP
10 1 (0.080%) COBIT
10 1 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (0.080%) NCSC
10 1 (0.080%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 364 (29.14%) Active Directory
2 113 (9.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (6.73%) Docker
4 51 (4.08%) VMware ESXi
5 46 (3.68%) Hyper-V
6 31 (2.48%) XenApp
7 27 (2.16%) vSphere
8 23 (1.84%) BitLocker
9 15 (1.20%) XenDesktop
10 14 (1.12%) ProxySG
10 14 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
11 12 (0.96%) Terminal Services
12 11 (0.88%) Firmware
13 8 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
14 7 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.56%) Snort
14 7 (0.56%) Squid
15 6 (0.48%) KVM
15 6 (0.48%) NFS
15 6 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 130 (10.41%) Terraform
2 105 (8.41%) Ansible
3 91 (7.29%) Kubernetes
4 81 (6.49%) SCCM
5 60 (4.80%) Puppet
6 48 (3.84%) Packer
7 43 (3.44%) Opscode Chef
8 38 (3.04%) Microsoft Intune
9 34 (2.72%) Consul
10 29 (2.32%) FortiGate
11 19 (1.52%) Failover Clustering
12 18 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
13 14 (1.12%) Nagios
14 12 (0.96%) QRadar
15 11 (0.88%) HAProxy
16 10 (0.80%) WSUS
17 9 (0.72%) Cisco Prime
18 8 (0.64%) Backup Exec
18 8 (0.64%) Kibana
18 8 (0.64%) logstash
Vendors
1 482 (38.59%) Cisco
2 292 (23.38%) Microsoft
3 183 (14.65%) VMware
4 176 (14.09%) CheckPoint
5 138 (11.05%) F5
6 127 (10.17%) Juniper
7 115 (9.21%) Citrix
8 96 (7.69%) HP
9 87 (6.97%) Palo Alto
10 73 (5.84%) Splunk
11 62 (4.96%) SolarWinds
12 60 (4.80%) Fortinet
13 56 (4.48%) Apple
14 47 (3.76%) Google
15 40 (3.20%) Blue Coat
16 39 (3.12%) Oracle
17 37 (2.96%) Dell
17 37 (2.96%) Red Hat
18 34 (2.72%) Aruba
19 33 (2.64%) McAfee