Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 151 121 158
Rank change year-on-year -30 +37 -19
Contract jobs citing VPN 65 79 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.13% 1.44% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.00% 9.79% 7.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 52 47
North West median daily rate £403 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.29% - +33.86%
10th Percentile £154 £160 £130
90th Percentile £638 £600 £550
England median daily rate £401 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +0.13% +1.91% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 9
North West median hourly rate £21.00 £15.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -10.93% -6.03%
10th Percentile £10.64 £10.50 £15.75
90th Percentile £31.50 £22.53 £27.71
England median hourly rate £15.62 £17.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year -10.77% -10.26% +11.43%

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 722 807 1,149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.51% 14.70% 14.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 469 649
North West median daily rate £400 £395 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% -4.24% +13.79%
10th Percentile £186 £242 £231
90th Percentile £600 £551 £575
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 61 59
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £24.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -33.75% +30.54%
10th Percentile £10.79 £10.50 £11.85
90th Percentile £37.50 £49.50 £41.89
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% -14.00% +16.28%

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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 20 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -27 33 £400 -8.57% 21
Cheshire -26 15 £350 - 13
Merseyside +18 8 £450 +28.57% 3
Lancashire -2 4 £625 +138.10%
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 33 (50.77%) Firewall
2 27 (41.54%) Cisco
3 26 (40.00%) WAN
4 25 (38.46%) LAN
5 19 (29.23%) Windows
6 18 (27.69%) VoIP
6 18 (27.69%) Microsoft
6 18 (27.69%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (26.15%) Active Directory
8 16 (24.62%) MPLS
9 14 (21.54%) ITIL
9 14 (21.54%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
11 12 (18.46%) DevOps
12 11 (16.92%) Office 365
12 11 (16.92%) Linux
12 11 (16.92%) CCNP
12 11 (16.92%) BGP
12 11 (16.92%) Telecoms
13 10 (15.38%) TCP/IP
13 10 (15.38%) DHCP
13 10 (15.38%) Hyper-V
13 10 (15.38%) VLAN
14 9 (13.85%) Network Security
14 9 (13.85%) DNS
14 9 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
14 9 (13.85%) Data Centre
14 9 (13.85%) Windows Server
15 8 (12.31%) CCIE
15 8 (12.31%) Juniper

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 5 (7.69%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.08%) Confluence
2 2 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.54%) Apache
3 1 (1.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (1.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (6.15%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (6.15%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 13 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (16.92%) Office 365
3 8 (12.31%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (10.77%) PaaS
5 4 (6.15%) IaaS
6 3 (4.62%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (4.62%) SaaS
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon S3
7 2 (3.08%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (3.08%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (3.08%) AWS CloudTrail
7 2 (3.08%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 2 (3.08%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (3.08%) Serverless
8 1 (1.54%) OneDrive
8 1 (1.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 33 (50.77%) Firewall
2 26 (40.00%) WAN
3 25 (38.46%) LAN
4 18 (27.69%) VoIP
5 16 (24.62%) MPLS
6 11 (16.92%) BGP
7 10 (15.38%) DHCP
7 10 (15.38%) TCP/IP
7 10 (15.38%) VLAN
8 9 (13.85%) DNS
8 9 (13.85%) Network Security
9 8 (12.31%) OSPF
10 7 (10.77%) Ethernet
11 6 (9.23%) Broadband
11 6 (9.23%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (9.23%) PBX
11 6 (9.23%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (7.69%) Cisco ISE
12 5 (7.69%) Wireless
13 4 (6.15%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.15%) Oracle Database
1 4 (6.15%) SAP HANA
2 3 (4.62%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (3.08%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (3.08%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.54%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.54%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.54%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (6.15%) Jenkins
2 3 (4.62%) JIRA
2 3 (4.62%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (3.08%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (1.54%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (16.92%) Telecoms
2 6 (9.23%) Finance
3 1 (1.54%) Banking
3 1 (1.54%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.54%) Law
3 1 (1.54%) Legal
3 1 (1.54%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.54%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 24 (36.92%) Network Engineer
2 7 (10.77%) Cisco Engineer
2 7 (10.77%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 7 (10.77%) Consultant
3 6 (9.23%) Architect
3 6 (9.23%) Support Engineer
4 5 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
4 5 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (7.69%) IT Engineer
4 5 (7.69%) Server Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) Azure Consultant
5 4 (6.15%) Core Network Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) IP Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) IP Network Engineer
5 4 (6.15%) Network Support
5 4 (6.15%) Network Support Engineer
6 3 (4.62%) Design Engineer
6 3 (4.62%) Network Architect
6 3 (4.62%) Service Analyst
6 3 (4.62%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.77%) JSON
2 5 (7.69%) LDAP
3 3 (4.62%) 802.1X
4 2 (3.08%) .NET
4 2 (3.08%) boto
4 2 (3.08%) HTML
4 2 (3.08%) YAML
5 1 (1.54%) Kafka
5 1 (1.54%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (1.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.85%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (13.85%) Data Centre
2 6 (9.23%) Smartphone
3 5 (7.69%) NHS
3 5 (7.69%) Public Cloud
4 4 (6.15%) Management Information System
4 4 (6.15%) Replication
5 2 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.54%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.54%) iPhone
6 1 (1.54%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 19 (29.23%) Windows
2 11 (16.92%) Linux
3 9 (13.85%) Windows Server
4 6 (9.23%) Apple iOS
5 4 (6.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (6.15%) Unix
5 4 (6.15%) Windows 7
6 3 (4.62%) CentOS
6 3 (4.62%) Windows 8
6 3 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (3.08%) Ubuntu
7 2 (3.08%) Windows 10
7 2 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.54%) Android
8 1 (1.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (21.54%) ITIL
1 14 (21.54%) Problem-Solving
2 12 (18.46%) DevOps
3 8 (12.31%) Migration
4 7 (10.77%) Configuration Management
4 7 (10.77%) Disaster Recovery
4 7 (10.77%) Time Management
5 6 (9.23%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (9.23%) Load Balancing
5 6 (9.23%) Project Management
6 5 (7.69%) Data Management
6 5 (7.69%) High Availability
6 5 (7.69%) Network Design
6 5 (7.69%) Network Management
7 4 (6.15%) Capacity Management
7 4 (6.15%) Contract Management
7 4 (6.15%) IT Strategy
7 4 (6.15%) Proactive Monitoring
7 4 (6.15%) Procure-to-Pay
7 4 (6.15%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 8 (12.31%) PowerShell
2 4 (6.15%) Python
2 4 (6.15%) SQL
3 3 (4.62%) Java
3 3 (4.62%) Perl
4 2 (3.08%) C#
5 1 (1.54%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.54%) C
5 1 (1.54%) Java 8
5 1 (1.54%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.54%) PHP
5 1 (1.54%) Ruby
5 1 (1.54%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (27.69%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (16.92%) CCNP
3 8 (12.31%) CCIE
4 7 (10.77%) CCNA
5 6 (9.23%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (6.15%) CCDP
6 4 (6.15%) Chartered Engineer
6 4 (6.15%) CISM
6 4 (6.15%) CISSP
6 4 (6.15%) Degree
6 4 (6.15%) JNCIP
6 4 (6.15%) MCSE
6 4 (6.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 4 (6.15%) SC Cleared
6 4 (6.15%) Security Cleared
7 3 (4.62%) CWNA
7 3 (4.62%) JNCIE
7 3 (4.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (3.08%) CCSP
9 1 (1.54%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.69%) SLA
2 2 (3.08%) PMO
3 1 (1.54%) GCP
3 1 (1.54%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.54%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (26.15%) Active Directory
2 10 (15.38%) Hyper-V
3 6 (9.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (4.62%) Docker
5 1 (1.54%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.54%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (6.15%) SCOM
2 3 (4.62%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (4.62%) Puppet
2 3 (4.62%) SCVMM
3 2 (3.08%) Ansible
3 2 (3.08%) Docker Swarm
3 2 (3.08%) Kubernetes
3 2 (3.08%) SCCM
4 1 (1.54%) Cacti
4 1 (1.54%) Consul
4 1 (1.54%) FortiGate
4 1 (1.54%) Nagios
4 1 (1.54%) OpenNMS
4 1 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.54%) Packer
4 1 (1.54%) RANCID
4 1 (1.54%) Salt
4 1 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.54%) Terraform
Vendors
1 27 (41.54%) Cisco
2 18 (27.69%) Microsoft
3 8 (12.31%) Juniper
4 7 (10.77%) VMware
5 4 (6.15%) BT
5 4 (6.15%) hybris
5 4 (6.15%) Oracle
5 4 (6.15%) SAP
6 3 (4.62%) Citrix
6 3 (4.62%) HP
6 3 (4.62%) Palo Alto
7 2 (3.08%) CheckPoint
7 2 (3.08%) Hortonworks
7 2 (3.08%) Meraki
8 1 (1.54%) Aerohive Networks
8 1 (1.54%) Apple
8 1 (1.54%) Arista
8 1 (1.54%) Ericsson
8 1 (1.54%) SaltStack
8 1 (1.54%) Wyse