The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 30 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.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 31 27 45
Rank change year-on-year -4 +18  
Contract jobs citing VPN 8 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 2.87% 2.58% 0.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.39% 16.67% 3.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 1
Median daily rate £450 £140 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +221.42% -59.71%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £350
% change year-on-year - +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £30.00
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 Oxford with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 46 36 55
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 16.49% 15.45% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 29 32
Median daily rate £450 £225 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -42.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £130 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £320 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 4
Median hourly rate £14.85 £24.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.38% +75.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford 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 Oxford

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPN in Oxford.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in Oxford

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN in Oxford.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in Oxford

For the 6 months to 30 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 Oxford region with a requirement for VPN.

1 6 (60.00%) BGP
1 6 (60.00%) Juniper
1 6 (60.00%) WAN
1 6 (60.00%) DNS
1 6 (60.00%) Intrusion Detection
1 6 (60.00%) Network Security
1 6 (60.00%) Palo Alto
2 5 (50.00%) Kalman Filter
2 5 (50.00%) TCP/IP
3 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (30.00%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (30.00%) Firewall
4 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (30.00%) CCNP
4 3 (30.00%) Linux
4 3 (30.00%) Web Filtering
5 2 (20.00%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (20.00%) VoIP
5 2 (20.00%) Ethernet
5 2 (20.00%) Unix
5 2 (20.00%) Publishing
5 2 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (10.00%) IaaS
6 1 (10.00%) Analytics
6 1 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
6 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (10.00%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (10.00%) SolarWinds
6 1 (10.00%) VMware

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxford 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:

Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (30.00%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (10.00%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (60.00%) BGP
1 6 (60.00%) DNS
1 6 (60.00%) Intrusion Detection
1 6 (60.00%) Network Security
1 6 (60.00%) WAN
2 5 (50.00%) TCP/IP
3 3 (30.00%) Firewall
4 2 (20.00%) Ethernet
4 2 (20.00%) VoIP
5 1 (10.00%) DHCP
5 1 (10.00%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (10.00%) LAN
5 1 (10.00%) MPLS
5 1 (10.00%) OSPF
General
1 2 (20.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (80.00%) Network Engineer
2 6 (60.00%) Network Security Engineer
2 6 (60.00%) Security Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) Consultant
3 2 (20.00%) Juniper Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Administrator
4 1 (10.00%) Azure Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Firewall Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Juniper Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Network Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Network Security Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Security Consultant
4 1 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (10.00%) Windows Administrator
4 1 (10.00%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (30.00%) Linux
2 2 (20.00%) Unix
3 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Kalman Filter
2 3 (30.00%) Web Filtering
3 2 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (20.00%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (10.00%) Analytics
4 1 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (10.00%) Change Management
4 1 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (10.00%) ITIL
4 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (10.00%) Network Design
4 1 (10.00%) Problem Management
4 1 (10.00%) Security Operations
4 1 (10.00%) Service Delivery
4 1 (10.00%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) C
1 1 (10.00%) C++
1 1 (10.00%) Java
1 1 (10.00%) Perl
1 1 (10.00%) Python
1 1 (10.00%) Ruby
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) CCNP
1 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (10.00%) CCNA
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) Nagios
1 1 (10.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) Juniper
1 6 (60.00%) Palo Alto
2 1 (10.00%) Cisco
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) SolarWinds
2 1 (10.00%) VMware