Period
to 18 July 2018

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 July 2018 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 150 95 191
Rank change year-on-year -55 +96 -34
Contract jobs citing VPN 70 105 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.14% 1.86% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.93% 12.82% 3.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 68 25
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +9.38%
10th Percentile £105 £160 £114
90th Percentile £638 £566 £488
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 2
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £18.97 £20.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.64% -9.35% +24.23%
10th Percentile £10.18 £10.50 £16.58
90th Percentile £32.00 £138.53 £26.53
England median hourly rate £17.25 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% -5.26% +8.57%

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 784 819 1,122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.78% 14.48% 14.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 449 457 644
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.23% +15.71%
10th Percentile £206 £225 £255
90th Percentile £575 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 84 52
North West median hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.29% +3.33% -13.04%
10th Percentile £11.93 £10.50 £11.10
90th Percentile £43.18 £51.05 £42.93
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £25.00
% change year-on-year +6.95% -25.20% +21.95%

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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 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the North West

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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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the North West over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 July 2018. 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 -52 34 £190 -52.50% 16
Cheshire -9 21 £361 -6.93% 8
Merseyside +19 7 £450 +12.50% 3
Lancashire -10 3 £625 - 1
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, 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 36 (51.43%) Windows
2 34 (48.57%) Firewall
3 31 (44.29%) WAN
4 29 (41.43%) LAN
5 28 (40.00%) Cisco
5 28 (40.00%) ITIL
6 26 (37.14%) Active Directory
7 22 (31.43%) Microsoft
8 19 (27.14%) TCP/IP
9 17 (24.29%) Linux
10 16 (22.86%) VoIP
10 16 (22.86%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (22.86%) MPLS
10 16 (22.86%) Microsoft Azure
11 14 (20.00%) Office 365
11 14 (20.00%) Network Security
11 14 (20.00%) CCNP
11 14 (20.00%) Windows Server
12 13 (18.57%) Disaster Recovery
13 12 (17.14%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (15.71%) DevOps
14 11 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
14 11 (15.71%) Data Centre
14 11 (15.71%) Migration
14 11 (15.71%) VMware
14 11 (15.71%) OSPF
14 11 (15.71%) BGP
14 11 (15.71%) DHCP
14 11 (15.71%) PowerShell
14 11 (15.71%) Amazon AWS

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 (8.57%) Skype for Business
2 4 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (5.71%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.86%) Confluence
3 2 (2.86%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.86%) nginx
4 1 (1.43%) Apache
4 1 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (8.57%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.43%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 16 (22.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (20.00%) Office 365
3 11 (15.71%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (11.43%) PaaS
5 7 (10.00%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (8.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (7.14%) Amazon ELB
8 4 (5.71%) IaaS
8 4 (5.71%) SaaS
9 3 (4.29%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (2.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (2.86%) Amazon EMR
10 2 (2.86%) Amazon S3
10 2 (2.86%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (2.86%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (2.86%) AWS CloudTrail
10 2 (2.86%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (2.86%) Serverless
11 1 (1.43%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 34 (48.57%) Firewall
2 31 (44.29%) WAN
3 29 (41.43%) LAN
4 19 (27.14%) TCP/IP
5 16 (22.86%) MPLS
5 16 (22.86%) VoIP
6 14 (20.00%) Network Security
7 11 (15.71%) BGP
7 11 (15.71%) DHCP
7 11 (15.71%) OSPF
8 9 (12.86%) DNS
8 9 (12.86%) VLAN
9 8 (11.43%) Wireless
10 7 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (10.00%) IP Telephony
11 6 (8.57%) Cisco IOS
11 6 (8.57%) Internet
11 6 (8.57%) SAN
11 6 (8.57%) Skype
12 5 (7.14%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.71%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.86%) Amazon Redshift
2 2 (2.86%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (2.86%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.86%) MySQL
2 2 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (2.86%) SQLite
3 1 (1.43%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.43%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.43%) Redis
3 1 (1.43%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 8 (11.43%) Jenkins
2 3 (4.29%) Git (software)
2 3 (4.29%) JIRA
2 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (2.86%) Robot Framework
4 1 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.43%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.43%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 10 (14.29%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.57%) Finance
3 1 (1.43%) Banking
3 1 (1.43%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.43%) Law
3 1 (1.43%) Legal
3 1 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 21 (30.00%) Network Engineer
2 8 (11.43%) Network Security Engineer
2 8 (11.43%) Security Engineer
3 7 (10.00%) Consultant
3 7 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (8.57%) Server Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) 1st Line Support
5 5 (7.14%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) Cisco Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Architect
6 4 (5.71%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Senior Network Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Senior Network Security Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Senior Security Engineer
7 3 (4.29%) Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) IT Support
7 3 (4.29%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (4.29%) Service Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.43%) JSON
2 6 (8.57%) LDAP
3 3 (4.29%) .NET
3 3 (4.29%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (2.86%) 802.1X
4 2 (2.86%) boto
4 2 (2.86%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (2.86%) HTML
4 2 (2.86%) Kafka
4 2 (2.86%) Web Services
4 2 (2.86%) XML
4 2 (2.86%) YAML
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.43%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.43%) REST
5 1 (1.43%) SOAP
5 1 (1.43%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.71%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (15.71%) Data Centre
2 6 (8.57%) Public Cloud
3 4 (5.71%) Driving Licence
3 4 (5.71%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.71%) Smartphone
4 3 (4.29%) Blackberry
4 3 (4.29%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.29%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.43%) iPhone
6 1 (1.43%) NHS
6 1 (1.43%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 36 (51.43%) Windows
2 17 (24.29%) Linux
3 14 (20.00%) Windows Server
4 9 (12.86%) Windows XP
5 8 (11.43%) Windows 7
6 6 (8.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (7.14%) CentOS
7 5 (7.14%) Ubuntu
8 4 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (4.29%) Unix
10 2 (2.86%) Debian
10 2 (2.86%) VMS
11 1 (1.43%) Android
11 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.43%) Windows 10
11 1 (1.43%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (40.00%) ITIL
2 13 (18.57%) Disaster Recovery
3 12 (17.14%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (15.71%) DevOps
4 11 (15.71%) Migration
5 9 (12.86%) Change Management
6 8 (11.43%) Service Management
7 7 (10.00%) Network Design
7 7 (10.00%) PRINCE2
8 6 (8.57%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (8.57%) Load Balancing
9 5 (7.14%) Capacity Management
9 5 (7.14%) Configuration Management
9 5 (7.14%) Data Management
9 5 (7.14%) High Availability
9 5 (7.14%) Network Management
9 5 (7.14%) Procure-to-Pay
9 5 (7.14%) Task Automation
10 4 (5.71%) Contract Management
10 4 (5.71%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.71%) PowerShell
2 5 (7.14%) Python
3 4 (5.71%) Java
3 4 (5.71%) Perl
4 3 (4.29%) C
4 3 (4.29%) SQL
4 3 (4.29%) VB
5 2 (2.86%) Bourne shell
5 2 (2.86%) C#
5 2 (2.86%) PHP
5 2 (2.86%) Ruby
6 1 (1.43%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.43%) Java 8
6 1 (1.43%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.43%) VBScript
6 1 (1.43%) XPath
Qualifications
1 16 (22.86%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (20.00%) CCNP
3 9 (12.86%) CCNA
4 7 (10.00%) Degree
4 7 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (8.57%) MCSE
5 6 (8.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 5 (7.14%) SC Cleared
6 5 (7.14%) Security Cleared
7 4 (5.71%) CCDP
7 4 (5.71%) CCIE
7 4 (5.71%) Chartered Engineer
7 4 (5.71%) CISM
7 4 (5.71%) CISSP
7 4 (5.71%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (5.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 3 (4.29%) ISEB
8 3 (4.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (4.29%) MCP
8 3 (4.29%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.86%) QA
3 1 (1.43%) GCP
3 1 (1.43%) PMO
System Software
1 26 (37.14%) Active Directory
2 9 (12.86%) Hyper-V
3 7 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (8.57%) Docker
5 2 (2.86%) BitLocker
5 2 (2.86%) KVM
5 2 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.43%) NFS
6 1 (1.43%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.43%) XenApp
6 1 (1.43%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (8.57%) Ansible
1 6 (8.57%) Puppet
2 4 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (5.71%) Terraform
3 3 (4.29%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (4.29%) Packer
3 3 (4.29%) Salt
3 3 (4.29%) SCCM
3 3 (4.29%) SCOM
3 3 (4.29%) SCVMM
4 2 (2.86%) Docker Swarm
4 2 (2.86%) Grafana
4 2 (2.86%) Graphite
4 2 (2.86%) Icinga
4 2 (2.86%) Kibana
4 2 (2.86%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.86%) logstash
4 2 (2.86%) Observium
4 2 (2.86%) Prometheus
4 2 (2.86%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (40.00%) Cisco
2 22 (31.43%) Microsoft
3 11 (15.71%) VMware
4 10 (14.29%) Juniper
5 5 (7.14%) Citrix
6 4 (5.71%) CheckPoint
6 4 (5.71%) HP
7 3 (4.29%) Altiris
7 3 (4.29%) Fortinet
7 3 (4.29%) Meraki
8 2 (2.86%) Ericsson
8 2 (2.86%) Hortonworks
8 2 (2.86%) Huawei
8 2 (2.86%) Oracle
8 2 (2.86%) Palo Alto
8 2 (2.86%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.86%) Splunk
8 2 (2.86%) WatchGuard
9 1 (1.43%) Apple
9 1 (1.43%) Dell