Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 150 125 168
Rank change year-on-year -25 +43 -15
Contract jobs citing VPN 55 82 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.02% 1.36% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.58% 9.05% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 59 52
North West median daily rate £340 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +6.25% +25.98%
10th Percentile £115 £205 £151
90th Percentile £500 £595 £550
England median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +21.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 11
North West median hourly rate £21.35 £19.63 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.79% +16.54% -
10th Percentile £14.12 £11.25 £14.25
90th Percentile £24.70 £23.75 £27.50
England median hourly rate £17.07 £19.31 £17.75
% change year-on-year -11.62% +8.80% -0.64%

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 726 906 1,198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.48% 15.01% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 465 555 689
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £161 £213 £215
90th Percentile £599 £575 £550
England median daily rate £409 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 50 106
North West median hourly rate £15.78 £18.38 £17.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.15% +4.20% -7.18%
10th Percentile £11.05 £12.60 £12.00
90th Percentile £43.00 £44.55 £42.00
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.38
% change year-on-year -16.89% +0.56% +9.29%

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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

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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

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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 22 January 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

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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 22 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in the North West

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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 22 January 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 -6 39 £350 -17.65% 20
Cheshire -10 8 £345 -27.37% 10
Lancashire +7 3 £100 -61.90% 2
Merseyside +7 3 £180 -55.00% 4
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England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 30 (54.55%) Firewall
2 25 (45.45%) Cisco
3 22 (40.00%) LAN
4 19 (34.55%) Cisco Certification
4 19 (34.55%) WAN
5 18 (32.73%) Windows
5 18 (32.73%) MPLS
6 17 (30.91%) Active Directory
7 16 (29.09%) Juniper
8 14 (25.45%) VoIP
9 12 (21.82%) Windows Server
10 11 (20.00%) Ethernet
10 11 (20.00%) DNS
10 11 (20.00%) Office 365
11 10 (18.18%) Hyper-V
11 10 (18.18%) VLAN
11 10 (18.18%) DHCP
11 10 (18.18%) Telecoms
12 9 (16.36%) VMware
12 9 (16.36%) BGP
12 9 (16.36%) Broadband
12 9 (16.36%) Microsoft
12 9 (16.36%) CCIE
12 9 (16.36%) Data Centre
13 8 (14.55%) TCP/IP
13 8 (14.55%) Linux
13 8 (14.55%) ITIL
13 8 (14.55%) Smartphone
13 8 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
14 7 (12.73%) JNCIP

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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 4 (7.27%) MS Exchange
1 4 (7.27%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.64%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.82%) Apache
3 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.82%) IBM Notes
3 1 (1.82%) IIS
3 1 (1.82%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (5.45%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 11 (20.00%) Office 365
2 6 (10.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.82%) Heroku
4 1 (1.82%) IaaS
4 1 (1.82%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 30 (54.55%) Firewall
2 22 (40.00%) LAN
3 19 (34.55%) WAN
4 18 (32.73%) MPLS
5 14 (25.45%) VoIP
6 11 (20.00%) DNS
6 11 (20.00%) Ethernet
7 10 (18.18%) DHCP
7 10 (18.18%) VLAN
8 9 (16.36%) BGP
8 9 (16.36%) Broadband
9 8 (14.55%) TCP/IP
10 7 (12.73%) PBX
10 7 (12.73%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (10.91%) Wireless
12 5 (9.09%) SAN
13 4 (7.27%) IPsec
13 4 (7.27%) OSPF
14 3 (5.45%) LLU
14 3 (5.45%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.27%) Oracle Database
2 3 (5.45%) SAP HANA
2 3 (5.45%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.82%) MySQL
3 1 (1.82%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.82%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.82%) GitLab
2 1 (1.82%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.82%) Subversion
2 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (18.18%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.64%) Finance
2 2 (3.64%) Legal
2 2 (3.64%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.82%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.82%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 8 (14.55%) Architect
3 6 (10.91%) Design Engineer
3 6 (10.91%) Network Architect
3 6 (10.91%) Support Engineer
4 5 (9.09%) Core Network Engineer
4 5 (9.09%) IP Engineer
4 5 (9.09%) IP Network Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) Cisco Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) Core Network Architect
5 4 (7.27%) IP Architect
5 4 (7.27%) IP Design Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) IT Engineer
5 4 (7.27%) Network Support
5 4 (7.27%) Network Support Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Project Manager
6 3 (5.45%) Server Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.45%) LDAP
2 2 (3.64%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.82%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (1.82%) JSON
3 1 (1.82%) Middleware
3 1 (1.82%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Data Centre
2 8 (14.55%) Smartphone
3 5 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (9.09%) NHS
4 4 (7.27%) Public Cloud
5 3 (5.45%) Replication
6 2 (3.64%) CMDB
6 2 (3.64%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (3.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.82%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.82%) BYOD
7 1 (1.82%) Clustering
7 1 (1.82%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.82%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.82%) EMC VNXe
7 1 (1.82%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.82%) iPhone
7 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.82%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.82%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 18 (32.73%) Windows
2 12 (21.82%) Windows Server
3 8 (14.55%) Linux
4 6 (10.91%) Apple iOS
5 5 (9.09%) Windows 7
6 4 (7.27%) Unix
6 4 (7.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (5.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (3.64%) Mac OS X
8 2 (3.64%) Windows 10
8 2 (3.64%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.82%) SUSE
9 1 (1.82%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 1 (1.82%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (14.55%) ITIL
2 6 (10.91%) DevOps
2 6 (10.91%) Time Management
3 4 (7.27%) Capacity Management
3 4 (7.27%) Configuration Management
3 4 (7.27%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (7.27%) Migration
3 4 (7.27%) Multi-Factor Authentication
3 4 (7.27%) Network Design
3 4 (7.27%) Service Management
4 3 (5.45%) Change Management
4 3 (5.45%) Coaching
4 3 (5.45%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (5.45%) E-Commerce
4 3 (5.45%) Kalman Filter
4 3 (5.45%) Load Balancing
4 3 (5.45%) Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (5.45%) Project Management
4 3 (5.45%) Two-Factor Authentication
5 2 (3.64%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 5 (9.09%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.64%) Perl
2 2 (3.64%) Ruby
2 2 (3.64%) SQL
3 1 (1.82%) Java
3 1 (1.82%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.82%) PHP
3 1 (1.82%) Python
Qualifications
1 19 (34.55%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (16.36%) CCIE
3 7 (12.73%) CCNA
3 7 (12.73%) JNCIP
4 6 (10.91%) JNCIE
4 6 (10.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (9.09%) CCNP
6 4 (7.27%) MCSE
7 3 (5.45%) CISSP
7 3 (5.45%) MCP
7 3 (5.45%) SC Cleared
7 3 (5.45%) Security Cleared
8 2 (3.64%) CCSP
8 2 (3.64%) CWNA
8 2 (3.64%) MCITP
8 2 (3.64%) MCSA
9 1 (1.82%) A+ Certification
9 1 (1.82%) MCTS
9 1 (1.82%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (1.82%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.64%) SLA
2 1 (1.82%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.82%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.82%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (30.91%) Active Directory
2 10 (18.18%) Hyper-V
3 8 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.64%) ProxySG
5 1 (1.82%) iptables
5 1 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (5.45%) SCCM
1 3 (5.45%) SCOM
2 2 (3.64%) Ansible
2 2 (3.64%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (3.64%) Failover Clustering
2 2 (3.64%) Puppet
2 2 (3.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (1.82%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.82%) FortiGate
3 1 (1.82%) Nagios
3 1 (1.82%) Nessus
3 1 (1.82%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.82%) Nexpose
3 1 (1.82%) Nmap
3 1 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.82%) QRadar
3 1 (1.82%) RANCID
3 1 (1.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.82%) Terraform
3 1 (1.82%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 25 (45.45%) Cisco
2 16 (29.09%) Juniper
3 9 (16.36%) Microsoft
3 9 (16.36%) VMware
4 6 (10.91%) BT
4 6 (10.91%) CheckPoint
5 5 (9.09%) HP
5 5 (9.09%) Oracle
6 3 (5.45%) Citrix
6 3 (5.45%) Dell
6 3 (5.45%) Ericsson
6 3 (5.45%) F5
6 3 (5.45%) Huawei
6 3 (5.45%) hybris
6 3 (5.45%) Palo Alto
6 3 (5.45%) SAP
7 2 (3.64%) Blue Coat
7 2 (3.64%) Meraki
7 2 (3.64%) NetApp
7 2 (3.64%) Symantec