Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 152 123 147
Rank change year-on-year -29 +24 +28
Contract jobs citing VPN 73 82 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.22% 1.43% 1.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.96% 10.65% 8.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 58 59
North West median daily rate £388 £350 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -14.63% +5.81%
10th Percentile £156 £115 £210
90th Percentile £633 £483 £571
England median daily rate £400 £398 £425
% change year-on-year +0.63% -6.47% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 6
North West median hourly rate £22.16 £24.89 £21.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.98% +18.17% +26.35%
10th Percentile £14.80 £16.86 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.00 £168.75 £96.25
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £21.25
% change year-on-year +3.31% -14.82% +21.43%

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 815 770 1,005
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.67% 13.41% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 489 476 589
North West median daily rate £400 £386 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% -6.36% +10.00%
10th Percentile £198 £163 £213
90th Percentile £553 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +5.99% +0.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 59 56
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% - -5.44%
10th Percentile £12.18 £11.00 £12.54
90th Percentile £43.50 £45.24 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.56 £22.67
% change year-on-year +7.74% -18.11% +10.57%

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 21 November 2018.

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 21 November 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 -28 45 £444 +18.33% 27
Cheshire 0 18 £361 +1.59% 9
Merseyside -3 5 £433 +116.25% 2
Lancashire -22 3 £275 +175.00% 2
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 41 (56.16%) Windows
2 38 (52.05%) Office 365
3 36 (49.32%) Active Directory
4 28 (38.36%) Microsoft
5 27 (36.99%) Microsoft Azure
6 24 (32.88%) VMware
6 24 (32.88%) WAN
6 24 (32.88%) TCP/IP
7 22 (30.14%) Citrix
8 21 (28.77%) LAN
8 21 (28.77%) Firewall
9 20 (27.40%) DNS
9 20 (27.40%) Cisco
10 18 (24.66%) DHCP
11 17 (23.29%) ITIL
12 16 (21.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 15 (20.55%) Windows 7
14 14 (19.18%) Amazon AWS
14 14 (19.18%) Microsoft Office
14 14 (19.18%) Cisco Certification
15 13 (17.81%) CCNP
15 13 (17.81%) MPLS
15 13 (17.81%) Windows Server
15 13 (17.81%) Windows 10
16 12 (16.44%) Wireless
17 11 (15.07%) Linux
17 11 (15.07%) PowerShell
18 10 (13.70%) Finance
18 10 (13.70%) DevOps
19 9 (12.33%) OSPF

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 8 (10.96%) MS Exchange
2 3 (4.11%) nginx
2 3 (4.11%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.74%) Confluence
3 2 (2.74%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.74%) IIS
3 2 (2.74%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.37%) Apache
4 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 14 (19.18%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 38 (52.05%) Office 365
2 27 (36.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (19.18%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (10.96%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (10.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (9.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (6.85%) Amazon ELB
7 4 (5.48%) Amazon S3
7 4 (5.48%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (4.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (4.11%) Amazon SQS
8 3 (4.11%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (4.11%) IaaS
8 3 (4.11%) PaaS
8 3 (4.11%) Serverless
9 2 (2.74%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (2.74%) AWS CloudTrail
9 2 (2.74%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (2.74%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (2.74%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 24 (32.88%) TCP/IP
1 24 (32.88%) WAN
2 21 (28.77%) Firewall
2 21 (28.77%) LAN
3 20 (27.40%) DNS
4 18 (24.66%) DHCP
5 13 (17.81%) MPLS
6 12 (16.44%) Wireless
7 9 (12.33%) BGP
7 9 (12.33%) Network Security
7 9 (12.33%) OSPF
7 9 (12.33%) SSL
8 8 (10.96%) Cisco Nexus
8 8 (10.96%) VLAN
8 8 (10.96%) VoIP
9 7 (9.59%) Internet
10 6 (8.22%) ISDN
10 6 (8.22%) SAN
10 6 (8.22%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (6.85%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.22%) Amazon RDS
2 5 (6.85%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (2.74%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (2.74%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (2.74%) MySQL
3 2 (2.74%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.74%) Power BI
3 2 (2.74%) SQLite
4 1 (1.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.37%) Redis
4 1 (1.37%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (10.96%) Jenkins
2 4 (5.48%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (4.11%) JIRA
4 2 (2.74%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.74%) GitLab
4 2 (2.74%) Robot Framework
4 2 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.37%) Maven
5 1 (1.37%) MSI
5 1 (1.37%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 10 (13.70%) Finance
2 5 (6.85%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.11%) Banking
4 1 (1.37%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (19.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (16.44%) Network Engineer
3 7 (9.59%) Consultant
4 5 (6.85%) IT Support
4 5 (6.85%) Service Desk Engineer
5 4 (5.48%) Architect
5 4 (5.48%) Azure Consultant
5 4 (5.48%) Azure Engineer
5 4 (5.48%) Cloud Engineer
5 4 (5.48%) Desktop Support
5 4 (5.48%) DevOps Engineer
5 4 (5.48%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (4.11%) 1st Line Support
6 3 (4.11%) AWS Engineer
6 3 (4.11%) Azure Architect
6 3 (4.11%) Rollout Engineer
6 3 (4.11%) Service Desk Support
6 3 (4.11%) Support Engineer
6 3 (4.11%) Windows Engineer
7 2 (2.74%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.85%) 802.1X
2 4 (5.48%) JSON
3 3 (4.11%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (2.74%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (2.74%) Web Services
4 2 (2.74%) XML
5 1 (1.37%) boto
5 1 (1.37%) HTML
5 1 (1.37%) Kafka
5 1 (1.37%) LDAP
5 1 (1.37%) REST
5 1 (1.37%) Sensu
5 1 (1.37%) SOAP
5 1 (1.37%) XML-RPC
5 1 (1.37%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.96%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (9.59%) Data Centre
3 6 (8.22%) Blackberry
4 5 (6.85%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (6.85%) Driving Licence
4 5 (6.85%) Mobile App
4 5 (6.85%) YubiKey
5 3 (4.11%) Computer Science
5 3 (4.11%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (4.11%) Public Cloud
5 3 (4.11%) Smartphone
6 2 (2.74%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.74%) NHS
6 2 (2.74%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.37%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.37%) FMCG
7 1 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.37%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.37%) Replication
7 1 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 41 (56.16%) Windows
2 15 (20.55%) Windows 7
3 13 (17.81%) Windows 10
3 13 (17.81%) Windows Server
4 11 (15.07%) Linux
5 8 (10.96%) Android
6 7 (9.59%) Windows XP
7 3 (4.11%) Ubuntu
8 2 (2.74%) CentOS
8 2 (2.74%) Debian
8 2 (2.74%) Unix
8 2 (2.74%) VMS
8 2 (2.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.37%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (23.29%) ITIL
2 16 (21.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 10 (13.70%) DevOps
4 7 (9.59%) Network Design
4 7 (9.59%) Problem-Solving
5 6 (8.22%) Data Protection
5 6 (8.22%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (8.22%) Load Balancing
5 6 (8.22%) Network Management
6 5 (6.85%) Escalation Management
6 5 (6.85%) Incident Management
6 5 (6.85%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 5 (6.85%) Service Management
6 5 (6.85%) Two-Factor Authentication
7 4 (5.48%) Change Management
7 4 (5.48%) Migration
7 4 (5.48%) Network Monitoring
7 4 (5.48%) PRINCE2
8 3 (4.11%) Network Segmentation
8 3 (4.11%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.07%) PowerShell
2 4 (5.48%) Java
2 4 (5.48%) Python
2 4 (5.48%) VB
3 3 (4.11%) C
3 3 (4.11%) Perl
3 3 (4.11%) SQL
4 2 (2.74%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.74%) Bourne shell
4 2 (2.74%) PHP
4 2 (2.74%) Ruby
5 1 (1.37%) XPath
Qualifications
1 14 (19.18%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (17.81%) CCNP
3 9 (12.33%) Degree
3 9 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 9 (12.33%) Security Cleared
4 8 (10.96%) MCSE
4 8 (10.96%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (9.59%) CCNA
6 6 (8.22%) MCSA
7 4 (5.48%) AWS Certification
7 4 (5.48%) CCIE
7 4 (5.48%) MCP
7 4 (5.48%) MCTS
7 4 (5.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (4.11%) CCDP
8 3 (4.11%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (4.11%) ISEB
8 3 (4.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (2.74%) HP APS
10 1 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.22%) SLA
2 2 (2.74%) QA
3 1 (1.37%) PMO
System Software
1 36 (49.32%) Active Directory
2 9 (12.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (6.85%) Docker
3 5 (6.85%) Hyper-V
3 5 (6.85%) Virtual Desktop
3 5 (6.85%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.74%) KVM
4 2 (2.74%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.37%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.37%) NFS
5 1 (1.37%) vCloud
5 1 (1.37%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 5 (6.85%) Puppet
2 4 (5.48%) Ansible
2 4 (5.48%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (5.48%) SCCM
2 4 (5.48%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (4.11%) Forum Sentry
3 3 (4.11%) Kibana
3 3 (4.11%) logstash
3 3 (4.11%) Nagios
3 3 (4.11%) Salt
3 3 (4.11%) Terraform
4 2 (2.74%) Grafana
4 2 (2.74%) Graphite
4 2 (2.74%) Icinga
4 2 (2.74%) Observium
4 2 (2.74%) Packer
4 2 (2.74%) Prometheus
4 2 (2.74%) SCOM
4 2 (2.74%) SCVMM
4 2 (2.74%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 28 (38.36%) Microsoft
2 24 (32.88%) VMware
3 22 (30.14%) Citrix
4 20 (27.40%) Cisco
5 8 (10.96%) Juniper
6 7 (9.59%) Apple
6 7 (9.59%) Avaya
6 7 (9.59%) Meraki
7 4 (5.48%) Altiris
7 4 (5.48%) CheckPoint
7 4 (5.48%) HP
8 3 (4.11%) BMC
8 3 (4.11%) F5
8 3 (4.11%) Infoblox
8 3 (4.11%) Palo Alto
9 2 (2.74%) Ericsson
9 2 (2.74%) Huawei
9 2 (2.74%) Nokia
9 2 (2.74%) SolarWinds
9 2 (2.74%) Splunk