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 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 209 208 194
Rank change year-on-year -1 -14  
Contract jobs citing VPN 533 627 632
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.24% 1.27% 1.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.06% 7.96% 8.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 306 419 352
Median daily rate £395 £375 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +3.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £206 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £353 £350
% change year-on-year +7.09% +0.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 26 44
Median hourly rate £18.68 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.68% +5.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.11 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -9.93% +26.66%  

VPN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5883 7880 7535
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.67% 15.91% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3497 4892 4304
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £245 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 351 431
Median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +22.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing VPN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 22 June 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

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in England over the 3 months to 22 June 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +8 234 £410 +2.50% 66
South East -12 119 £400 +14.28% 34
North West +52 52 £388 -3.12% 23
Yorkshire +30 32 £425 +13.33% 17
West Midlands +17 29 £388 +14.81% 14
South West -38 27 £370 -1.33% 9
East of England -3 26 £156 -37.50% 17
East Midlands -22 10 £125 -79.16% 2
North East +54 4 £275 -11.29% 1
Midlands - 1 £400 - 16
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 526 (50.43%) Firewall
2 493 (47.27%) Cisco
3 417 (39.98%) Windows
4 359 (34.42%) WAN
5 314 (30.11%) LAN
6 308 (29.53%) Active Directory
7 275 (26.37%) Microsoft
8 259 (24.83%) DNS
9 249 (23.87%) Cisco Certification
10 195 (18.70%) VMware
11 194 (18.60%) TCP/IP
12 188 (18.02%) Linux
13 187 (17.93%) Wireless
14 185 (17.74%) CCNP
15 183 (17.55%) MPLS
16 165 (15.82%) Juniper
17 163 (15.63%) Security Cleared
18 162 (15.53%) Microsoft Office
19 159 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
20 157 (15.05%) ITIL
21 156 (14.96%) BGP
22 152 (14.57%) OSPF
23 148 (14.19%) DHCP
24 147 (14.09%) Citrix
24 147 (14.09%) Data Centre
25 145 (13.90%) Cisco ASA
26 141 (13.52%) Network Security
27 131 (12.56%) CheckPoint
28 129 (12.37%) SC Cleared
28 129 (12.37%) 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 67 (6.42%) MS Exchange
2 41 (3.93%) Apache
2 41 (3.93%) IBM Notes
3 37 (3.55%) SharePoint
4 34 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (3.07%) Skype for Business
6 28 (2.68%) nginx
7 22 (2.11%) IIS
8 19 (1.82%) Tomcat
9 16 (1.53%) Confluence
9 16 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
10 14 (1.34%) OpenStack
11 10 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 8 (0.77%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2007
14 6 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
14 6 (0.58%) WebLogic
15 4 (0.38%) Jetty
15 4 (0.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 162 (15.53%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (2.11%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.48%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.19%) HipChat
6 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.096%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (0.96%) Eikon
2 7 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.19%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.096%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.096%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.096%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.096%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.096%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 159 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
2 125 (11.98%) Office 365
3 122 (11.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 48 (4.60%) PaaS
5 41 (3.93%) SaaS
6 34 (3.26%) IaaS
7 25 (2.40%) Amazon EC2
8 23 (2.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 19 (1.82%) Amazon S3
10 17 (1.63%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 14 (1.34%) Azure Active Directory
13 13 (1.25%) CloudFront
14 11 (1.05%) AWS CloudTrail
14 11 (1.05%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 10 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
16 9 (0.86%) SuccessFactors
17 7 (0.67%) G Suite
18 6 (0.58%) Route 53
19 5 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 526 (50.43%) Firewall
2 359 (34.42%) WAN
3 314 (30.11%) LAN
4 259 (24.83%) DNS
5 194 (18.60%) TCP/IP
6 187 (17.93%) Wireless
7 183 (17.55%) MPLS
8 156 (14.96%) BGP
9 152 (14.57%) OSPF
10 148 (14.19%) DHCP
11 145 (13.90%) Cisco ASA
12 141 (13.52%) Network Security
13 117 (11.22%) VLAN
14 115 (11.03%) Internet
15 102 (9.78%) SSL
16 94 (9.01%) Cisco Nexus
17 93 (8.92%) VoIP
18 92 (8.82%) IPsec
19 82 (7.86%) Cisco IOS
19 82 (7.86%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (6.04%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.07%) PostgreSQL
3 28 (2.68%) MySQL
4 21 (2.01%) Amazon RDS
5 14 (1.34%) MongoDB
5 14 (1.34%) Oracle Database
5 14 (1.34%) Oracle Database 11g
6 12 (1.15%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.96%) Redis
8 8 (0.77%) NoSQL
9 6 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.48%) Power BI
11 4 (0.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 4 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.38%) Big Data
12 3 (0.29%) Data Lake
12 3 (0.29%) DocumentDB
12 3 (0.29%) MS Access
13 2 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 40 (3.84%) Jenkins
2 27 (2.59%) JIRA
3 22 (2.11%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 10 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.86%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.77%) Bitbucket
7 8 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (0.77%) Vagrant
8 5 (0.48%) Ant
8 5 (0.48%) GitLab
8 5 (0.48%) Subversion
9 4 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.38%) Maven
10 3 (0.29%) YouTrack
11 2 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.19%) Travis CI
11 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.096%) Mercurial
General
1 121 (11.60%) Finance
2 86 (8.25%) Telecoms
3 38 (3.64%) Banking
4 37 (3.55%) Retail
5 21 (2.01%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.53%) Marketing
7 14 (1.34%) Law
8 13 (1.25%) Military
9 10 (0.96%) Retail Banking
10 8 (0.77%) Advertising
10 8 (0.77%) Billing
10 8 (0.77%) Legal
11 7 (0.67%) Electronics
12 5 (0.48%) Publishing
13 4 (0.38%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.38%) Japanese Language
13 4 (0.38%) Local Government
14 3 (0.29%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.29%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 231 (22.15%) Network Engineer
2 154 (14.77%) Architect
3 136 (13.04%) Analyst
4 107 (10.26%) Support Engineer
5 70 (6.71%) Consultant
6 62 (5.94%) Network Architect
7 57 (5.47%) 2nd Line Support
8 56 (5.37%) Cisco Engineer
9 53 (5.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 53 (5.08%) IT Support
10 52 (4.99%) Security Engineer
11 51 (4.89%) Administrator
12 50 (4.79%) Network Support
13 49 (4.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 46 (4.41%) Desktop Support
15 43 (4.12%) Support Analyst
16 42 (4.03%) DevOps Engineer
17 41 (3.93%) Network Support Engineer
18 37 (3.55%) IT Analyst
18 37 (3.55%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (4.31%) Web Services
2 40 (3.84%) 802.1X
3 26 (2.49%) Elastic Stack
4 19 (1.82%) SAML
5 16 (1.53%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 16 (1.53%) XML
6 15 (1.44%) JSON
7 13 (1.25%) LAMP
8 12 (1.15%) Middleware
8 12 (1.15%) REST
9 11 (1.05%) .NET
9 11 (1.05%) OAuth
10 7 (0.67%) CSS
10 7 (0.67%) RESTful
11 6 (0.58%) SOAP
11 6 (0.58%) Software Packaging
12 5 (0.48%) LAPP Stack
12 5 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
13 4 (0.38%) Node.js
13 4 (0.38%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 147 (14.09%) Data Centre
2 91 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
3 58 (5.56%) PKI
4 52 (4.99%) Management Information System
5 41 (3.93%) Blackberry
6 38 (3.64%) Video Conferencing
7 32 (3.07%) Public Cloud
8 31 (2.97%) Replication
9 30 (2.88%) Smartphone
10 28 (2.68%) Computer Science
11 25 (2.40%) BYOD
12 23 (2.21%) Hybrid Cloud
13 15 (1.44%) Private Cloud
14 14 (1.34%) iPad
15 12 (1.15%) Driving Licence
15 12 (1.15%) RSA SecurID
16 11 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
17 10 (0.96%) iPhone
18 9 (0.86%) Fat Client
18 9 (0.86%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 417 (39.98%) Windows
2 188 (18.02%) Linux
3 129 (12.37%) Windows 7
4 119 (11.41%) Windows Server
5 77 (7.38%) Windows 10
6 72 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 71 (6.81%) Unix
8 62 (5.94%) Windows Server 2012
9 52 (4.99%) Android
10 32 (3.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 31 (2.97%) Windows XP
12 30 (2.88%) Mac OS
13 29 (2.78%) CentOS
13 29 (2.78%) Windows Server 2003
14 24 (2.30%) Windows 8
15 19 (1.82%) Ubuntu
16 16 (1.53%) Apple iOS
17 15 (1.44%) Mac OS X
18 12 (1.15%) SUSE
19 10 (0.96%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (15.05%) ITIL
2 102 (9.78%) Migration
3 100 (9.59%) Network Design
4 97 (9.30%) DevOps
5 91 (8.72%) Load Balancing
6 78 (7.48%) Network Management
7 59 (5.66%) Configuration Management
8 56 (5.37%) Information Security
9 52 (4.99%) Agile Software Development
9 52 (4.99%) Continuous Integration
10 49 (4.70%) Disaster Recovery
11 48 (4.60%) Network Monitoring
12 46 (4.41%) Change Management
13 43 (4.12%) Cybersecurity
14 41 (3.93%) SIEM
15 39 (3.74%) Project Management
16 37 (3.55%) High Availability
16 37 (3.55%) Service Delivery
17 35 (3.36%) Patch Management
18 34 (3.26%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 67 (6.42%) SQL
2 57 (5.47%) PowerShell
3 41 (3.93%) Python
4 28 (2.68%) Ruby
5 26 (2.49%) Perl
6 24 (2.30%) Java
7 23 (2.21%) Bash Shell
8 19 (1.82%) C
9 8 (0.77%) Lisp
9 8 (0.77%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.67%) VBScript
11 5 (0.48%) Go
11 5 (0.48%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.48%) PHP
12 4 (0.38%) VB
13 3 (0.29%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.19%) C#
15 1 (0.096%) C++
15 1 (0.096%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.096%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 249 (23.87%) Cisco Certification
2 185 (17.74%) CCNP
3 163 (15.63%) Security Cleared
4 129 (12.37%) SC Cleared
5 111 (10.64%) CCNA
6 67 (6.42%) CCIE
7 58 (5.56%) Degree
8 56 (5.37%) Microsoft Certification
9 34 (3.26%) CCDP
10 32 (3.07%) CISSP
11 27 (2.59%) MCSE
12 21 (2.01%) DV Cleared
12 21 (2.01%) SANS
13 19 (1.82%) JNCIE
14 17 (1.63%) JNCIS
15 15 (1.44%) JNCIP
15 15 (1.44%) SSCP
16 14 (1.34%) CCDA
16 14 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
17 12 (1.15%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (5.08%) SLA
2 20 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.82%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.86%) QA
5 7 (0.67%) PMO
6 5 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.29%) GDPR
7 3 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (0.29%) RMADS
8 2 (0.19%) COBIT
8 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.096%) COSO
9 1 (0.096%) PMBOK
System Software
1 308 (29.53%) Active Directory
2 111 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (6.14%) Hyper-V
4 41 (3.93%) Docker
5 30 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (2.78%) vSphere
7 21 (2.01%) XenApp
8 18 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (1.25%) ProxySG
9 13 (1.25%) XenDesktop
10 9 (0.86%) NFS
10 9 (0.86%) vCloud
10 9 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (0.77%) Xen
12 7 (0.67%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.67%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.48%) Firmware
13 5 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
14 4 (0.38%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 88 (8.44%) Puppet
2 77 (7.38%) SCCM
3 47 (4.51%) Terraform
4 46 (4.41%) Ansible
5 43 (4.12%) SCOM
6 34 (3.26%) FortiGate
7 30 (2.88%) Kubernetes
8 29 (2.78%) Nagios
8 29 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
8 29 (2.78%) ZABBIX
9 20 (1.92%) Cisco CUCM
10 17 (1.63%) AirWatch
10 17 (1.63%) Microsoft Intune
11 16 (1.53%) QRadar
12 15 (1.44%) Cisco Prime
13 13 (1.25%) logstash
13 13 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
14 12 (1.15%) Nexpose
15 11 (1.05%) Kibana
15 11 (1.05%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 493 (47.27%) Cisco
2 275 (26.37%) Microsoft
3 195 (18.70%) VMware
4 165 (15.82%) Juniper
5 147 (14.09%) Citrix
6 131 (12.56%) CheckPoint
7 107 (10.26%) F5
8 95 (9.11%) HP
9 85 (8.15%) Palo Alto
10 66 (6.33%) Apple
11 60 (5.75%) SolarWinds
12 51 (4.89%) Oracle
13 49 (4.70%) Fortinet
14 44 (4.22%) Dell
15 42 (4.03%) Riverbed
16 41 (3.93%) Lotus
17 39 (3.74%) Blue Coat
18 37 (3.55%) McAfee
19 36 (3.45%) IBM
20 35 (3.36%) Red Hat
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £250.00 - £288.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 10 hours ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £260 - £280 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Expenses
Posted: 11 hours ago
South East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £440.00 per day + up to £90 travel expenses
Posted: 11 hours ago
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Gatwick, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Coventry
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Warwickshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £150 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
High Wycombe
People Source Consulting
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Warwickshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £150 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago