Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 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.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England > North West
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 123 145 179
Rank change year-on-year +22 +34 -24
Contract jobs citing VPN 80 83 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.41% 1.20% 0.71%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.23% 7.94% 5.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 60 39
North West median daily rate £355 £405 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.35% +14.08% +10.94%
10th Percentile £115 £197 £146
90th Percentile £488 £571 £528
England median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +18.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 6
North West median hourly rate £24.89 £21.06 £16.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.17% +26.35% -1.01%
10th Percentile £16.86 £11.25 £12.13
90th Percentile £168.75 £96.25 £18.63
England median hourly rate £18.10 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -9.50% +14.29% -2.78%

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 782 1045 1098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.76% 15.16% 12.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 610 625
North West median daily rate £394 £409 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.67% +9.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £163 £213 £208
90th Percentile £543 £575 £538
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 56 108
North West median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -5.88% -10.53%
10th Percentile £11.35 £12.54 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.36 £40.00 £41.80
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.84 £20.50
% change year-on-year -18.11% +11.39% +2.50%

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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

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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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 +21 58 £375 -6.25% 13
Cheshire +11 12 £374 -8.28% 4
Merseyside +1 6 £200 -50.00% 1
Lancashire +15 3 £100 - 1
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 41 (51.25%) Firewall
2 36 (45.00%) Cisco
3 32 (40.00%) Windows
3 32 (40.00%) LAN
4 28 (35.00%) WAN
5 20 (25.00%) MPLS
5 20 (25.00%) VoIP
5 20 (25.00%) TCP/IP
5 20 (25.00%) Juniper
5 20 (25.00%) Linux
6 19 (23.75%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (21.25%) Active Directory
7 17 (21.25%) DNS
8 15 (18.75%) DHCP
8 15 (18.75%) Windows Server
9 14 (17.50%) ITIL
10 13 (16.25%) BGP
10 13 (16.25%) Data Centre
11 12 (15.00%) Cybersecurity
11 12 (15.00%) Wi-Fi
11 12 (15.00%) Ethernet
11 12 (15.00%) VLAN
12 11 (13.75%) VMware
12 11 (13.75%) Load Balancing
12 11 (13.75%) VMware Infrastructure
12 11 (13.75%) CISSP
12 11 (13.75%) Unix
12 11 (13.75%) Broadband
12 11 (13.75%) CheckPoint
13 10 (12.50%) Apple

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 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (6.25%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.50%) IIS
3 2 (2.50%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.25%) Apache
4 1 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.25%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (8.75%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (12.50%) Office 365
2 6 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (3.75%) SaaS
4 2 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (2.50%) PaaS
4 2 (2.50%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (1.25%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (1.25%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.25%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (1.25%) Heroku
5 1 (1.25%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (51.25%) Firewall
2 32 (40.00%) LAN
3 28 (35.00%) WAN
4 20 (25.00%) MPLS
4 20 (25.00%) TCP/IP
4 20 (25.00%) VoIP
5 17 (21.25%) DNS
6 15 (18.75%) DHCP
7 13 (16.25%) BGP
8 12 (15.00%) Ethernet
8 12 (15.00%) VLAN
8 12 (15.00%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (13.75%) Broadband
10 8 (10.00%) OSPF
11 7 (8.75%) Cisco Nexus
12 6 (7.50%) Internet
12 6 (7.50%) IPsec
12 6 (7.50%) Network Security
12 6 (7.50%) PBX
13 5 (6.25%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.50%) Redis
3 1 (1.25%) MySQL
3 1 (1.25%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (3.75%) GitLab
2 2 (2.50%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.25%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.25%) Subversion
General
1 8 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 6 (7.50%) Finance
3 3 (3.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (31.25%) Network Engineer
2 12 (15.00%) Architect
3 11 (13.75%) Analyst
4 9 (11.25%) Network Architect
5 7 (8.75%) Design Engineer
6 6 (7.50%) Security Analyst
7 5 (6.25%) Network Security Engineer
7 5 (6.25%) Security Engineer
7 5 (6.25%) Support Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Cisco Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Core Network Architect
8 4 (5.00%) Core Network Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) IP Architect
8 4 (5.00%) IP Design Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) IP Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) IP Network Engineer
9 3 (3.75%) Exchange Support
9 3 (3.75%) Juniper Architect
9 3 (3.75%) Splunk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.50%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (6.25%) SAML
3 2 (2.50%) JSON
3 2 (2.50%) OAuth
3 2 (2.50%) REST
3 2 (2.50%) Web Services
3 2 (2.50%) XML
4 1 (1.25%) .NET
4 1 (1.25%) 802.1X
4 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.25%) Middleware
4 1 (1.25%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.25%) Data Centre
2 10 (12.50%) Cyber Attack
3 7 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (8.75%) Smartphone
4 4 (5.00%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (3.75%) Replication
6 2 (2.50%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.50%) CMDB
6 2 (2.50%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (2.50%) iPhone
6 2 (2.50%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.50%) NHS
6 2 (2.50%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.25%) BYOD
7 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.25%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.25%) EMC VNXe
7 1 (1.25%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.25%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 32 (40.00%) Windows
2 20 (25.00%) Linux
3 15 (18.75%) Windows Server
4 11 (13.75%) Unix
5 9 (11.25%) Windows 7
6 8 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (8.75%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (5.00%) SUSE
8 4 (5.00%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 4 (5.00%) Ubuntu
9 2 (2.50%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.50%) Mac OS X
9 2 (2.50%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (17.50%) ITIL
2 12 (15.00%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (13.75%) Load Balancing
4 10 (12.50%) Case Management
4 10 (12.50%) Patch Management
4 10 (12.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 10 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
5 8 (10.00%) Analytics
5 8 (10.00%) Data Analytics
5 8 (10.00%) Security Monitoring
6 7 (8.75%) DevOps
6 7 (8.75%) Network Design
6 7 (8.75%) Service Management
7 6 (7.50%) Security Operations
7 6 (7.50%) SIEM
8 5 (6.25%) Change Management
8 5 (6.25%) Process Improvement
9 4 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (5.00%) High Availability
10 3 (3.75%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.75%) Ruby
2 2 (2.50%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.50%) SQL
3 1 (1.25%) Bash Shell
3 1 (1.25%) Java
3 1 (1.25%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.25%) Perl
3 1 (1.25%) Python
3 1 (1.25%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (23.75%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (13.75%) CISSP
3 9 (11.25%) JNCIE
3 9 (11.25%) SANS
3 9 (11.25%) SSCP
4 8 (10.00%) CCIE
4 8 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 7 (8.75%) SC Cleared
6 6 (7.50%) CCNA
6 6 (7.50%) CCNP
6 6 (7.50%) JNCIP
7 4 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (3.75%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (2.50%) DV Cleared
9 2 (2.50%) MCP
9 2 (2.50%) MCSA
9 2 (2.50%) MCSE
10 1 (1.25%) Degree
10 1 (1.25%) MCITP
10 1 (1.25%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.25%) PMO
1 1 (1.25%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (21.25%) Active Directory
2 11 (13.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (10.00%) Hyper-V
4 4 (5.00%) vSphere
5 2 (2.50%) ProxySG
6 1 (1.25%) iptables
6 1 (1.25%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (12.50%) QRadar
2 8 (10.00%) Nessus
2 8 (10.00%) Nexpose
2 8 (10.00%) Nmap
3 4 (5.00%) Ansible
3 4 (5.00%) Terraform
4 2 (2.50%) Failover Clustering
4 2 (2.50%) Kibana
4 2 (2.50%) logstash
4 2 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (1.25%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.25%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (1.25%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.25%) Puppet
5 1 (1.25%) SCCM
5 1 (1.25%) SCOM
5 1 (1.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 36 (45.00%) Cisco
2 20 (25.00%) Juniper
3 11 (13.75%) CheckPoint
3 11 (13.75%) VMware
4 10 (12.50%) Apple
4 10 (12.50%) McAfee
4 10 (12.50%) Splunk
5 9 (11.25%) BT
5 9 (11.25%) Microsoft
5 9 (11.25%) ServiceNow
6 8 (10.00%) ArcSight
6 8 (10.00%) Intel
6 8 (10.00%) Qualys
7 7 (8.75%) Citrix
7 7 (8.75%) Snow
8 6 (7.50%) AlienVault
8 6 (7.50%) Dell
8 6 (7.50%) F5
9 5 (6.25%) Fortinet
9 5 (6.25%) HP