Period
to 22 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 110 168
Rank change year-on-year -36 +58 +15
Contract jobs citing VPN 72 93 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.22% 1.60% 0.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.85% 10.78% 5.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 56 46
North West median daily rate £438 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.18% -2.50% +33.33%
10th Percentile £166 £160 £206
90th Percentile £647 £488 £571
England median daily rate £400 £400 £393
% change year-on-year - +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 2
North West median hourly rate £28.50 £19.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.05% +10.00% +3.92%
10th Percentile £22.25 £10.50 £12.25
90th Percentile £32.00 £148.60 £22.75
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.68 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.71% -1.68% +10.14%

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 814 863 1,103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.81% 14.82% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 506 655
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £206 £215 £242
90th Percentile £571 £543 £574
England median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 66 56
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.33 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.19% -4.22% -4.99%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.00 £11.88
90th Percentile £43.25 £51.71 £41.13
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £23.75
% change year-on-year +10.50% -23.79% +18.75%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -36 40 £475 +26.67% 25
Cheshire -5 21 £368 -7.76% 11
Merseyside +12 4 £450 +12.50% 1
Lancashire -4 4 £625 +25.00% 2
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 39 (54.17%) Windows
2 32 (44.44%) WAN
2 32 (44.44%) Active Directory
3 29 (40.28%) LAN
3 29 (40.28%) Firewall
4 28 (38.89%) Microsoft Azure
5 27 (37.50%) Cisco
5 27 (37.50%) Office 365
6 24 (33.33%) TCP/IP
7 22 (30.56%) Microsoft
8 21 (29.17%) ITIL
8 21 (29.17%) VMware
9 18 (25.00%) DNS
9 18 (25.00%) DHCP
10 17 (23.61%) Cisco Certification
10 17 (23.61%) Windows Server
11 16 (22.22%) MPLS
12 14 (19.44%) CCNP
12 14 (19.44%) Amazon AWS
13 13 (18.06%) Network Security
13 13 (18.06%) Linux
13 13 (18.06%) OSPF
13 13 (18.06%) BGP
13 13 (18.06%) DevOps
14 12 (16.67%) Data Centre
14 12 (16.67%) Juniper
14 12 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
14 12 (16.67%) PowerShell
15 11 (15.28%) VMware Infrastructure
15 11 (15.28%) Telecoms

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 7 (9.72%) Skype for Business
2 3 (4.17%) nginx
3 2 (2.78%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (2.78%) IIS
4 1 (1.39%) Apache
4 1 (1.39%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.39%) Confluence
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.39%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 28 (38.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (37.50%) Office 365
3 14 (19.44%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (11.11%) Amazon EC2
4 8 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (9.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (6.94%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (4.17%) Amazon S3
7 3 (4.17%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (4.17%) PaaS
8 2 (2.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (2.78%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (2.78%) Amazon SQS
8 2 (2.78%) AWS CloudTrail
8 2 (2.78%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 2 (2.78%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (2.78%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (2.78%) IaaS
8 2 (2.78%) SaaS
8 2 (2.78%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 32 (44.44%) WAN
2 29 (40.28%) Firewall
2 29 (40.28%) LAN
3 24 (33.33%) TCP/IP
4 18 (25.00%) DHCP
4 18 (25.00%) DNS
5 16 (22.22%) MPLS
6 13 (18.06%) BGP
6 13 (18.06%) Network Security
6 13 (18.06%) OSPF
7 11 (15.28%) Wireless
8 10 (13.89%) VoIP
9 9 (12.50%) VLAN
10 8 (11.11%) SSL
11 7 (9.72%) SAN
12 6 (8.33%) EIGRP
12 6 (8.33%) Internet
12 6 (8.33%) IP Telephony
12 6 (8.33%) ISDN
12 6 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.94%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (4.17%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (2.78%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (2.78%) MySQL
3 2 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.78%) SQLite
4 1 (1.39%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (1.39%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.39%) Power BI
4 1 (1.39%) Redis
4 1 (1.39%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 8 (11.11%) Jenkins
2 5 (6.94%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (4.17%) JIRA
4 2 (2.78%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.78%) Robot Framework
5 1 (1.39%) GitLab
5 1 (1.39%) Maven
5 1 (1.39%) MSI
5 1 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (15.28%) Telecoms
2 4 (5.56%) Finance
3 1 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 18 (25.00%) Network Engineer
2 11 (15.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (8.33%) Architect
3 6 (8.33%) Consultant
3 6 (8.33%) Network Security Engineer
3 6 (8.33%) Security Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) Azure Architect
4 5 (6.94%) DevOps Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) Server Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Cloud Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) IT Support
5 4 (5.56%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (4.17%) 1st Line Support
6 3 (4.17%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 3 (4.17%) Azure Consultant
6 3 (4.17%) Desktop Support
6 3 (4.17%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (4.17%) Senior Network Security Engineer
6 3 (4.17%) Senior Security Engineer
7 2 (2.78%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.72%) JSON
2 4 (5.56%) 802.1X
2 4 (5.56%) LDAP
3 3 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (4.17%) Web Services
4 2 (2.78%) boto
4 2 (2.78%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (2.78%) HTML
4 2 (2.78%) Kafka
4 2 (2.78%) XML
4 2 (2.78%) YAML
5 1 (1.39%) .NET
5 1 (1.39%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.39%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.39%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.39%) REST
5 1 (1.39%) Sensu
5 1 (1.39%) SOAP
5 1 (1.39%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 12 (16.67%) Data Centre
2 10 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (8.33%) Public Cloud
4 5 (6.94%) Driving Licence
4 5 (6.94%) Mobile App
4 5 (6.94%) Smartphone
4 5 (6.94%) YubiKey
5 4 (5.56%) Computer Science
6 3 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.78%) Blackberry
7 2 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (2.78%) NHS
7 2 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.39%) Algorithms
8 1 (1.39%) FMCG
8 1 (1.39%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 39 (54.17%) Windows
2 17 (23.61%) Windows Server
3 13 (18.06%) Linux
4 9 (12.50%) Windows XP
5 8 (11.11%) Windows 7
6 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (4.17%) CentOS
7 3 (4.17%) Ubuntu
7 3 (4.17%) Unix
8 2 (2.78%) Android
8 2 (2.78%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.78%) Debian
8 2 (2.78%) VMS
8 2 (2.78%) Windows 10
8 2 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.39%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (29.17%) ITIL
2 13 (18.06%) DevOps
3 12 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 11 (15.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 11 (15.28%) Problem-Solving
5 10 (13.89%) Migration
6 9 (12.50%) Service Management
7 8 (11.11%) Change Management
7 8 (11.11%) Network Design
8 7 (9.72%) Load Balancing
9 6 (8.33%) PRINCE2
10 5 (6.94%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (6.94%) ITSM
10 5 (6.94%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 5 (6.94%) Two-Factor Authentication
11 4 (5.56%) Capacity Management
11 4 (5.56%) Change Control
11 4 (5.56%) Network Management
11 4 (5.56%) SFIA
11 4 (5.56%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 12 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 5 (6.94%) Python
3 4 (5.56%) C
3 4 (5.56%) Java
3 4 (5.56%) Perl
3 4 (5.56%) VB
4 2 (2.78%) Bourne shell
4 2 (2.78%) PHP
4 2 (2.78%) Ruby
5 1 (1.39%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.39%) Java 8
5 1 (1.39%) SQL
5 1 (1.39%) XPath
Qualifications
1 17 (23.61%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (19.44%) CCNP
3 10 (13.89%) CCNA
4 9 (12.50%) Degree
4 9 (12.50%) MCSE
4 9 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 9 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 5 (6.94%) MCSA
5 5 (6.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (5.56%) CCDP
6 4 (5.56%) CCIE
6 4 (5.56%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (5.56%) ISEB
6 4 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (5.56%) MCP
6 4 (5.56%) MCTS
7 3 (4.17%) AWS Certification
7 3 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (2.78%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.56%) SLA
2 2 (2.78%) QA
System Software
1 32 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 11 (15.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (13.89%) Hyper-V
4 6 (8.33%) Docker
5 4 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (2.78%) BitLocker
6 2 (2.78%) KVM
7 1 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.39%) NFS
7 1 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.39%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (8.33%) Puppet
2 5 (6.94%) Ansible
3 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (5.56%) SCCM
3 4 (5.56%) SCOM
3 4 (5.56%) SCVMM
3 4 (5.56%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (4.17%) Kibana
4 3 (4.17%) logstash
4 3 (4.17%) Nagios
4 3 (4.17%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (4.17%) Salt
4 3 (4.17%) Terraform
5 2 (2.78%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (2.78%) Forum Sentry
5 2 (2.78%) Grafana
5 2 (2.78%) Graphite
5 2 (2.78%) Icinga
5 2 (2.78%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.78%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 27 (37.50%) Cisco
2 22 (30.56%) Microsoft
3 21 (29.17%) VMware
4 12 (16.67%) Juniper
5 11 (15.28%) Citrix
6 6 (8.33%) CheckPoint
6 6 (8.33%) Meraki
7 4 (5.56%) Altiris
7 4 (5.56%) HP
8 3 (4.17%) Fortinet
9 2 (2.78%) BMC
9 2 (2.78%) Ericsson
9 2 (2.78%) F5
9 2 (2.78%) Huawei
9 2 (2.78%) Infoblox
9 2 (2.78%) Oracle
9 2 (2.78%) Palo Alto
9 2 (2.78%) Red Hat
9 2 (2.78%) Splunk
9 2 (2.78%) WatchGuard