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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / North West
Rank 94 130 100
Rank change year-on-year +36 -30  
Contract jobs citing VPN 36 29 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.38% 0.76% 1.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.52% 5.08% 10.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 12 21
Median daily rate £400 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £110 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.17% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 4
Median hourly rate £12.50 £20.92 £34.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.24% -38.61%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.40 £16.60 £12.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.01 £26.44 £138.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £16.84 £16.72
% change year-on-year -22.80% +0.71%  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 378 571 475
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 14.54% 14.94% 13.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 325 218
Median daily rate £388 £425 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +19.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 28 40
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.84 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.95% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.70 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.15 £40.00 £51.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
Manchester +22 24 £425 +89.94% 13
Cheshire +23 8 £325 -45.83% 10
Lancashire - 2 - - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 North West region with a requirement for VPN.

1 56 (71.79%) Firewall
2 53 (67.95%) LAN
3 51 (65.38%) WAN
4 49 (62.82%) Windows
5 42 (53.85%) TCP/IP
6 41 (52.56%) VoIP
7 40 (51.28%) Linux
8 34 (43.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 34 (43.59%) Patch Management
9 33 (42.31%) Unix
10 32 (41.03%) Apple
10 32 (41.03%) Vulnerability Management
11 29 (37.18%) CISSP
11 29 (37.18%) SSCP
11 29 (37.18%) SANS
12 27 (34.62%) QRadar
12 27 (34.62%) Elastic Stack
12 27 (34.62%) Splunk
13 25 (32.05%) Network Monitoring
14 22 (28.21%) Security Cleared
15 21 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
16 20 (25.64%) IBM
17 19 (24.36%) LogRhythm
18 18 (23.08%) Case Management
18 18 (23.08%) Cisco
18 18 (23.08%) SC Cleared
19 16 (20.51%) VLAN
19 16 (20.51%) Active Directory
20 15 (19.23%) Microsoft
20 15 (19.23%) Information Security

VPN
Top Related 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 7 (8.97%) IBM Notes
2 3 (3.85%) IIS
3 2 (2.56%) Apache
3 2 (2.56%) Jetty
3 2 (2.56%) Mongrel
3 2 (2.56%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.56%) nginx
3 2 (2.56%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.56%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.56%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.56%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.28%) Confluence
4 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 7 (8.97%) MS Office
2 1 (1.28%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.28%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.54%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (7.69%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon EMR
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon S3
3 4 (5.13%) Amazon SQS
3 4 (5.13%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (5.13%) AWS CloudTrail
3 4 (5.13%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 4 (5.13%) AWS Lambda
3 4 (5.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 2 (2.56%) Google App Engine
4 2 (2.56%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.28%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 56 (71.79%) Firewall
2 53 (67.95%) LAN
3 51 (65.38%) WAN
4 42 (53.85%) TCP/IP
5 41 (52.56%) VoIP
6 16 (20.51%) VLAN
7 13 (16.67%) DHCP
8 12 (15.38%) DNS
9 11 (14.10%) Wireless
10 7 (8.97%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (8.97%) SSL
11 6 (7.69%) Intrusion Detection
12 5 (6.41%) IPsec
12 5 (6.41%) MPLS
12 5 (6.41%) Network Security
12 5 (6.41%) OSPF
13 4 (5.13%) Ethernet
14 3 (3.85%) BGP
14 3 (3.85%) EIGRP
15 2 (2.56%) 802.11
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.82%) Redis
2 4 (5.13%) Amazon RDS
2 4 (5.13%) Amazon Redshift
3 1 (1.28%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 9 (11.54%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.56%) Travis CI
3 1 (1.28%) JIRA
3 1 (1.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (6.41%) Finance
2 2 (2.56%) Local Government
2 2 (2.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (17.95%) Analyst
1 14 (17.95%) Network Engineer
2 11 (14.10%) Technical Specialist
3 10 (12.82%) Security Specialist
4 8 (10.26%) Security Analyst
5 6 (7.69%) Support Engineer
6 5 (6.41%) Technical Security Specialist
7 4 (5.13%) 1st Line Support
7 4 (5.13%) AWS Engineer
7 4 (5.13%) Cisco Engineer
7 4 (5.13%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 4 (5.13%) Consultant
7 4 (5.13%) SOC Analyst
8 3 (3.85%) AWS Consultant
8 3 (3.85%) AWS DevOps
8 3 (3.85%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 3 (3.85%) Cybersecurity Specialist
8 3 (3.85%) DevOps Consultant
8 3 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (34.62%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (12.82%) Web Services
3 7 (8.97%) RESTful
4 4 (5.13%) boto
4 4 (5.13%) HTML
4 4 (5.13%) JSON
4 4 (5.13%) YAML
5 2 (2.56%) .NET
5 2 (2.56%) 802.1X
5 2 (2.56%) J2EE
5 2 (2.56%) Servlets
6 1 (1.28%) CSS
6 1 (1.28%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.67%) Cyber Attack
2 10 (12.82%) Management Information System
3 7 (8.97%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (6.41%) NHS
5 4 (5.13%) Data Centre
6 3 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.85%) PKI
6 3 (3.85%) Public Cloud
6 3 (3.85%) Smartphone
7 2 (2.56%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (1.28%) AS400
8 1 (1.28%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.28%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.28%) Handset
8 1 (1.28%) iPad
8 1 (1.28%) Mainframe
8 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.28%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 49 (62.82%) Windows
2 40 (51.28%) Linux
3 33 (42.31%) Unix
4 9 (11.54%) Windows 7
5 7 (8.97%) Windows XP
6 4 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.85%) CentOS
7 3 (3.85%) Windows Server
8 2 (2.56%) Android
8 2 (2.56%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.28%) Solaris
9 1 (1.28%) Windows 10
9 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (43.59%) Patch Management
1 34 (43.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 32 (41.03%) Vulnerability Management
3 25 (32.05%) Network Monitoring
4 21 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
5 18 (23.08%) Case Management
6 15 (19.23%) Information Security
6 15 (19.23%) Security Operations
7 13 (16.67%) DevOps
7 13 (16.67%) Security Monitoring
8 12 (15.38%) Open Source
9 10 (12.82%) SIEM
10 9 (11.54%) Analytics
10 9 (11.54%) Network Design
11 8 (10.26%) Data Analytics
12 7 (8.97%) Agile Software Development
12 7 (8.97%) Root Cause Analysis
13 6 (7.69%) ITIL
13 6 (7.69%) Load Balancing
14 5 (6.41%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 11 (14.10%) Python
2 4 (5.13%) Perl
3 3 (3.85%) Bash Shell
3 3 (3.85%) Ruby
4 2 (2.56%) Java
4 2 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (37.18%) CISSP
1 29 (37.18%) SANS
1 29 (37.18%) SSCP
2 22 (28.21%) Security Cleared
3 18 (23.08%) SC Cleared
4 14 (17.95%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (11.54%) CCNA
6 4 (5.13%) AWS Certification
6 4 (5.13%) CCNP
7 3 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.56%) CCDP
8 2 (2.56%) CCIE
8 2 (2.56%) ISEB
8 2 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (2.56%) MCSE
9 1 (1.28%) CCSP
9 1 (1.28%) CWNA
9 1 (1.28%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.56%) SLA
2 1 (1.28%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (20.51%) Active Directory
2 7 (8.97%) Docker
3 4 (5.13%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.56%) BitLocker
5 2 (2.56%) Xen
6 1 (1.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (1.28%) VMware ESX
6 1 (1.28%) vSphere
6 1 (1.28%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 27 (34.62%) QRadar
2 10 (12.82%) Kibana
2 10 (12.82%) logstash
3 9 (11.54%) Puppet
4 8 (10.26%) Nessus
4 8 (10.26%) Nexpose
4 8 (10.26%) Nmap
5 7 (8.97%) Kubernetes
6 5 (6.41%) SCCM
7 4 (5.13%) Docker Swarm
7 4 (5.13%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (5.13%) RSA enVision
8 3 (3.85%) Ansible
8 3 (3.85%) FortiGate
8 3 (3.85%) Terraform
9 2 (2.56%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (2.56%) Salt
10 1 (1.28%) Backup Exec
10 1 (1.28%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (1.28%) Nagios
Vendors
1 32 (41.03%) Apple
2 27 (34.62%) Splunk
3 20 (25.64%) IBM
4 19 (24.36%) LogRhythm
5 18 (23.08%) Cisco
6 15 (19.23%) Microsoft
7 13 (16.67%) Citrix
8 12 (15.38%) Intel Security
9 8 (10.26%) ArcSight
9 8 (10.26%) F5
9 8 (10.26%) Intel
9 8 (10.26%) NetWitness
9 8 (10.26%) Qualys
10 7 (8.97%) Lotus
11 6 (7.69%) Snow
12 5 (6.41%) Juniper
13 4 (5.13%) CheckPoint
14 3 (3.85%) HP
14 3 (3.85%) VMware
15 2 (2.56%) AppSense
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