Period
to 23 January 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 23 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)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 123 146 128
Rank change year-on-year +23 -18 +38
Contract jobs citing VPN 92 56 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.62% 1.03% 1.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.17% 7.66% 9.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 41 59
North West median daily rate £448 £340 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.62% -20.00% +6.25%
10th Percentile £156 £115 £205
90th Percentile £650 £500 £595
England median daily rate £413 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +3.13% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 11
North West median hourly rate £15.32 £21.35 £19.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.27% +8.79% +16.54%
10th Percentile £14.80 £14.12 £11.25
90th Percentile £27.15 £24.70 £23.75
England median hourly rate £16.91 £17.07 £19.31
% change year-on-year -0.95% -11.62% +8.80%

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 756 731 911
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.31% 13.44% 14.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 459 466 559
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £206 £162 £213
90th Percentile £550 £599 £575
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 65 51
North West median hourly rate £17.41 £15.78 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.36% -14.73% +4.11%
10th Percentile £12.18 £11.10 £12.75
90th Percentile £44.80 £43.45 £51.71
England median hourly rate £18.76 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.29% -16.89% -

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 23 January 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 23 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
Manchester -1 50 £500 +42.86% 15
Cheshire +10 17 £375 +8.70% 12
Lancashire -2 15 £525 +425.00% 5
Merseyside -2 8 £433 +140.28% 2
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 North West region with a requirement for VPN.

1 48 (52.17%) Windows
2 47 (51.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (48.91%) Office 365
4 42 (45.65%) Active Directory
5 39 (42.39%) TCP/IP
6 37 (40.22%) Firewall
7 32 (34.78%) WAN
8 29 (31.52%) DNS
8 29 (31.52%) VMware
9 28 (30.43%) Microsoft
10 27 (29.35%) Citrix
11 24 (26.09%) LAN
12 22 (23.91%) DHCP
13 21 (22.83%) Cisco
13 21 (22.83%) Linux
13 21 (22.83%) Amazon AWS
13 21 (22.83%) Load Balancing
14 17 (18.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 16 (17.39%) DevOps
15 16 (17.39%) Network Security
15 16 (17.39%) Security Cleared
16 15 (16.30%) Android
16 15 (16.30%) ITIL
16 15 (16.30%) Cisco Certification
16 15 (16.30%) Data Centre
17 14 (15.22%) Windows 10
17 14 (15.22%) Finance
17 14 (15.22%) Apple
17 14 (15.22%) Information Security
18 13 (14.13%) SC Cleared

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 9 (9.78%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.70%) IIS
3 2 (2.17%) Confluence
3 2 (2.17%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.17%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.09%) Apache
4 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.09%) nginx
Applications
1 13 (14.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 47 (51.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 45 (48.91%) Office 365
3 21 (22.83%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (14.13%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (14.13%) IaaS
5 12 (13.04%) PaaS
6 4 (4.35%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (4.35%) Amazon S3
6 4 (4.35%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (3.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (3.26%) Amazon SQS
7 3 (3.26%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (3.26%) Serverless
7 3 (3.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (2.17%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (2.17%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (2.17%) AWS CloudTrail
8 2 (2.17%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 2 (2.17%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (2.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (42.39%) TCP/IP
2 37 (40.22%) Firewall
3 32 (34.78%) WAN
4 29 (31.52%) DNS
5 24 (26.09%) LAN
6 22 (23.91%) DHCP
7 16 (17.39%) Network Security
8 13 (14.13%) VoIP
9 12 (13.04%) VLAN
10 11 (11.96%) Cisco Nexus
10 11 (11.96%) MPLS
10 11 (11.96%) SSL
11 9 (9.78%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (8.70%) Wireless
13 7 (7.61%) BGP
13 7 (7.61%) BIG-IP
13 7 (7.61%) IPsec
13 7 (7.61%) OSPF
14 6 (6.52%) Cisco IOS
15 5 (5.43%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.04%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (4.35%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (4.35%) Big Data
2 4 (4.35%) Hadoop
3 3 (3.26%) SQL Server
4 2 (2.17%) Amazon Redshift
4 2 (2.17%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (2.17%) Power BI
5 1 (1.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 11 (11.96%) Jenkins
2 7 (7.61%) MSI
3 6 (6.52%) Git (software)
4 5 (5.43%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (3.26%) JIRA
7 2 (2.17%) GitLab
8 1 (1.09%) Maven
8 1 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (1.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (15.22%) Finance
2 6 (6.52%) Banking
3 5 (5.43%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.35%) Retail
5 3 (3.26%) Financial Institution
5 3 (3.26%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.26%) Law
6 1 (1.09%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 15 (16.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (15.22%) Architect
3 13 (14.13%) Network Engineer
4 9 (9.78%) Azure Engineer
5 8 (8.70%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (7.61%) Azure DevOps
7 6 (6.52%) Network Architect
7 6 (6.52%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (6.52%) Service Desk Engineer
8 5 (5.43%) Analyst
8 5 (5.43%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 5 (5.43%) Consultant
9 4 (4.35%) Data Architect
9 4 (4.35%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
9 4 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.26%) Rollout Engineer
10 3 (3.26%) Service Desk Support
10 3 (3.26%) SIEM Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) Splunk Analyst
10 3 (3.26%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.52%) 802.1X
1 6 (6.52%) Elastic Stack
2 4 (4.35%) JSON
3 1 (1.09%) boto
3 1 (1.09%) HTML
3 1 (1.09%) LDAP
3 1 (1.09%) Sensu
3 1 (1.09%) Web Services
3 1 (1.09%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (16.30%) Data Centre
2 11 (11.96%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (9.78%) Public Cloud
4 8 (8.70%) Private Cloud
5 7 (7.61%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (6.52%) Cyberattack
6 6 (6.52%) Data Protection Act
7 5 (5.43%) Blackberry
7 5 (5.43%) Management Information System
7 5 (5.43%) Mobile App
7 5 (5.43%) NHS
7 5 (5.43%) YubiKey
8 2 (2.17%) Driving Licence
8 2 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (1.09%) Algorithms
9 1 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
9 1 (1.09%) Replication
9 1 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (1.09%) Smartphone
9 1 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 48 (52.17%) Windows
2 21 (22.83%) Linux
3 15 (16.30%) Android
4 14 (15.22%) Windows 10
5 12 (13.04%) Windows 7
6 10 (10.87%) Windows Server
7 9 (9.78%) Unix
8 7 (7.61%) Apple iOS
9 4 (4.35%) Solaris
10 2 (2.17%) Windows XP
11 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (22.83%) Load Balancing
2 17 (18.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 16 (17.39%) DevOps
4 15 (16.30%) ITIL
5 14 (15.22%) Information Security
6 11 (11.96%) High Availability
7 9 (9.78%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (8.70%) Data Protection
8 8 (8.70%) Network Monitoring
9 7 (7.61%) Coaching
9 7 (7.61%) Configuration Management
9 7 (7.61%) Cybersecurity
9 7 (7.61%) Migration
9 7 (7.61%) Network Management
9 7 (7.61%) Open Source
9 7 (7.61%) Patch Management
9 7 (7.61%) Technical Architecture
10 6 (6.52%) Case Management
10 6 (6.52%) Planning and Forecasting
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.13%) PowerShell
2 11 (11.96%) Python
3 10 (10.87%) SQL
4 8 (8.70%) Bash Shell
5 3 (3.26%) Java
6 2 (2.17%) C
6 2 (2.17%) VB
7 1 (1.09%) Perl
Qualifications
1 16 (17.39%) Security Cleared
2 15 (16.30%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (14.13%) CCNP
3 13 (14.13%) SC Cleared
4 12 (13.04%) Degree
5 8 (8.70%) CCIE
6 6 (6.52%) MCSE
6 6 (6.52%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (4.35%) CCDP
7 4 (4.35%) CCNA
7 4 (4.35%) MCSA
8 2 (2.17%) AWS Certification
8 2 (2.17%) CISSP
8 2 (2.17%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.17%) HP APS
8 2 (2.17%) MCP
8 2 (2.17%) MCTS
8 2 (2.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (2.17%) SANS
8 2 (2.17%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.35%) SLA
2 2 (2.17%) GDPR
2 2 (2.17%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.09%) PMO
System Software
1 42 (45.65%) Active Directory
2 11 (11.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (9.78%) Docker
4 7 (7.61%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (7.61%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (6.52%) Hyper-V
6 5 (5.43%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (2.17%) Firmware
7 2 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.09%) vCloud
8 1 (1.09%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (7.61%) Kubernetes
1 7 (7.61%) logstash
2 6 (6.52%) QRadar
3 4 (4.35%) Forum Sentry
3 4 (4.35%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (2.17%) SCCM
5 1 (1.09%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (1.09%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (1.09%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (1.09%) Kibana
5 1 (1.09%) Nagios
5 1 (1.09%) Puppet
5 1 (1.09%) Rundeck
5 1 (1.09%) Salt
5 1 (1.09%) SCOM
5 1 (1.09%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 29 (31.52%) VMware
2 28 (30.43%) Microsoft
3 27 (29.35%) Citrix
4 21 (22.83%) Cisco
5 14 (15.22%) Apple
6 8 (8.70%) Avaya
7 7 (7.61%) F5
8 6 (6.52%) AlienVault
8 6 (6.52%) CheckPoint
8 6 (6.52%) IBM
8 6 (6.52%) McAfee
8 6 (6.52%) Splunk
9 5 (5.43%) Juniper
9 5 (5.43%) Meraki
10 4 (4.35%) BMC
10 4 (4.35%) Cloudera
10 4 (4.35%) Gemalto
10 4 (4.35%) Hortonworks
10 4 (4.35%) HP
10 4 (4.35%) Infoblox