Period
to 18 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 18 August 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)
England > North West
6 months to
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 135 151 120
Rank change year-on-year +16 -31 +68
Contract jobs citing VPN 69 67 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.30% 1.09% 1.59%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.78% 8.40% 11.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 49 58
North West median daily rate £350 £425 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +8.97% +16.42%
10th Percentile £135 £109 £159
90th Percentile £475 £638 £483
England median daily rate £400 £414 £400
% change year-on-year -3.38% +3.50% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 12
North West median hourly rate £22.50 £28.00 £42.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.64% -33.53% +87.22%
10th Percentile £19.00 £10.33 £10.50
90th Percentile £27.52 £32.00 £158.68
England median hourly rate £17.25 £18.70 £18.10
% change year-on-year -7.75% +3.31% -4.74%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 640 798 829
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.07% 13.01% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 467 474
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £181 £209 £218
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 84 72
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +9.68% +3.33%
10th Percentile £12.30 £12.45 £11.00
90th Percentile £28.68 £43.03 £51.04
England median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £18.05
% change year-on-year +18.75% +10.80% -27.80%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the North West

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPN in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in the North West

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the North West over the 6 months to 18 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the North West

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the North West

VPN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the North West region over the 6 months to 18 August 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
Manchester +19 37 £310 -27.06% 26
Cheshire +13 17 £358 -0.87% 8
Lancashire +11 9 £350 -44.00% 6
Merseyside -8 4 £450 - 3
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 North West region with a requirement for VPN.

1 35 (50.72%) Cisco
2 32 (46.38%) Firewall
3 28 (40.58%) VoIP
3 28 (40.58%) Windows
4 24 (34.78%) LAN
5 23 (33.33%) DHCP
5 23 (33.33%) DNS
6 20 (28.99%) WAN
6 20 (28.99%) Active Directory
7 17 (24.64%) MPLS
8 16 (23.19%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (23.19%) Microsoft Azure
9 15 (21.74%) Cisco ASA
9 15 (21.74%) CheckPoint
9 15 (21.74%) ITIL
10 14 (20.29%) Microsoft
11 13 (18.84%) BGP
11 13 (18.84%) CCNA
11 13 (18.84%) Amazon AWS
12 12 (17.39%) TCP/IP
12 12 (17.39%) Windows Server
13 10 (14.49%) Network Security
13 10 (14.49%) VLAN
14 9 (13.04%) HSRP
14 9 (13.04%) CCNP
15 8 (11.59%) Service Management
15 8 (11.59%) Telecoms
15 8 (11.59%) Migration
15 8 (11.59%) SSL
15 8 (11.59%) Office 365

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 6 (8.70%) MS Exchange
2 4 (5.80%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.90%) IIS
3 2 (2.90%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.90%) WordPress
4 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 16 (23.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (18.84%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (11.59%) Office 365
4 3 (4.35%) AWS CloudFormation
4 3 (4.35%) AWS Fargate
4 3 (4.35%) G Suite
5 2 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (1.45%) IaaS
6 1 (1.45%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.45%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.45%) PaaS
6 1 (1.45%) SaaS
6 1 (1.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (46.38%) Firewall
2 28 (40.58%) VoIP
3 24 (34.78%) LAN
4 23 (33.33%) DHCP
4 23 (33.33%) DNS
5 20 (28.99%) WAN
6 17 (24.64%) MPLS
7 15 (21.74%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (18.84%) BGP
9 12 (17.39%) TCP/IP
10 10 (14.49%) Network Security
10 10 (14.49%) VLAN
11 9 (13.04%) HSRP
12 8 (11.59%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (11.59%) SSL
13 6 (8.70%) IP Telephony
13 6 (8.70%) Multicast
13 6 (8.70%) PBX
13 6 (8.70%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (7.25%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.35%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.45%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (11.59%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.70%) Public Sector
3 4 (5.80%) Finance
4 3 (4.35%) Legal
5 2 (2.90%) Law
6 1 (1.45%) Banking
6 1 (1.45%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.45%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 22 (31.88%) Network Engineer
2 14 (20.29%) Cisco Engineer
3 9 (13.04%) Support Engineer
4 8 (11.59%) Consultant
5 7 (10.14%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 6 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 5 (7.25%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (5.80%) 3rd Line Support
8 4 (5.80%) Cisco Support
8 4 (5.80%) Cisco Support Engineer
8 4 (5.80%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (5.80%) Service Desk Support
8 4 (5.80%) Telecoms Engineer
9 3 (4.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 3 (4.35%) AWS Consultant
9 3 (4.35%) Cisco Network Support Engineer
9 3 (4.35%) IT Support
9 3 (4.35%) IT Technician
9 3 (4.35%) Network Architect
9 3 (4.35%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.25%) LDAP
1 5 (7.25%) Web Services
2 1 (1.45%) REST
2 1 (1.45%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.59%) Data Centre
2 7 (10.14%) Smartphone
3 6 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (7.25%) Clustering
5 3 (4.35%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.90%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (2.90%) iPhone
6 2 (2.90%) Mobile App
6 2 (2.90%) NHS
6 2 (2.90%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.45%) iPad
7 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 28 (40.58%) Windows
2 12 (17.39%) Windows Server
3 7 (10.14%) Windows 10
4 5 (7.25%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.35%) Android
5 3 (4.35%) Apple iOS
5 3 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.90%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (1.45%) Mac OS X
7 1 (1.45%) Unix
7 1 (1.45%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (21.74%) ITIL
2 8 (11.59%) Collaborative Working
2 8 (11.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 8 (11.59%) Migration
2 8 (11.59%) Service Management
3 6 (8.70%) Network Design
3 6 (8.70%) Proactive Monitoring
4 5 (7.25%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (7.25%) High Availability
4 5 (7.25%) ITSM
4 5 (7.25%) Project Management
5 4 (5.80%) Change Management
5 4 (5.80%) DevOps
5 4 (5.80%) Load Balancing
6 3 (4.35%) Computer Science
6 3 (4.35%) Hardware Maintenance
7 2 (2.90%) Informatics
7 2 (2.90%) Strategic Planning
7 2 (2.90%) Technical Architecture
7 2 (2.90%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.35%) Python
2 1 (1.45%) C
2 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.45%) R
2 1 (1.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (23.19%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (18.84%) CCNA
3 9 (13.04%) CCNP
4 3 (4.35%) CISSP
4 3 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (4.35%) Degree
4 3 (4.35%) ISEB
4 3 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.35%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.90%) CCDP
5 2 (2.90%) CCIE
5 2 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (2.90%) JNCIA
5 2 (2.90%) JNCIP
5 2 (2.90%) JNCIS
6 1 (1.45%) CCDA
6 1 (1.45%) CCSA
6 1 (1.45%) CCSP
6 1 (1.45%) Check Point Certification
6 1 (1.45%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.25%) SLA
2 3 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.90%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 20 (28.99%) Active Directory
2 5 (7.25%) Hyper-V
3 4 (5.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.90%) BitLocker
4 2 (2.90%) ProxySG
5 1 (1.45%) NFS
5 1 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.45%) VMFS
5 1 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.45%) VMware NSX
5 1 (1.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (8.70%) FortiGate
2 4 (5.80%) Failover Clustering
2 4 (5.80%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (5.80%) SCCM
3 2 (2.90%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (2.90%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.45%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.45%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.45%) Terraform
4 1 (1.45%) vCenter Server
4 1 (1.45%) vMotion
4 1 (1.45%) vRealize
4 1 (1.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (50.72%) Cisco
2 15 (21.74%) CheckPoint
3 14 (20.29%) Microsoft
4 6 (8.70%) F5
5 5 (7.25%) Avaya
5 5 (7.25%) Citrix
5 5 (7.25%) Juniper
5 5 (7.25%) VMware
6 4 (5.80%) SonicWALL
6 4 (5.80%) Symantec
7 3 (4.35%) Fortinet
7 3 (4.35%) Google
7 3 (4.35%) Palo Alto
8 2 (2.90%) Blue Coat
8 2 (2.90%) CA
8 2 (2.90%) HP
8 2 (2.90%) Samsung
9 1 (1.45%) Apple
9 1 (1.45%) McAfee
9 1 (1.45%) Sage