The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 26 June 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)
UK / Scotland
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 137 115
Rank change year-on-year +47 -22  
Contract jobs citing VPN 27 14 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.24% 0.48% 0.80%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.07% 2.49% 7.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 10
Median daily rate £288 £288 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +55.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £126 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £345 £285
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +8.57% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 4
Median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £12.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +226.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.10 £40.65 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.40 £41.85 £15.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +26.66%  

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 Scotland with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 244 562 309
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 11.17% 19.41% 10.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 283 125
Median daily rate £350 £330 £293
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +12.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £266 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 37 17
Median hourly rate £33.00 £40.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% +128.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £19.85 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 Scotland

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in Scotland

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in Scotland over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in Scotland

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in Scotland

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in Scotland over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in Scotland

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Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +26 14 £300 +28.34% 1
Aberdeen 0 7 - -
Glasgow +9 5 £225 -21.73% 1
West Lothian - 1 - -
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UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 Scotland region with a requirement for VPN.

1 25 (78.13%) Cisco
2 22 (68.75%) Firewall
3 19 (59.38%) LAN
4 18 (56.25%) WAN
5 14 (43.75%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (43.75%) BGP
6 10 (31.25%) Wireless
7 9 (28.13%) OSPF
7 9 (28.13%) TCP/IP
8 8 (25.00%) CCNP
8 8 (25.00%) MPLS
8 8 (25.00%) EIGRP
8 8 (25.00%) Juniper
9 7 (21.88%) Fault Management
9 7 (21.88%) CCNA
10 6 (18.75%) Windows
10 6 (18.75%) ITIL
10 6 (18.75%) CheckPoint
10 6 (18.75%) Project Management
10 6 (18.75%) Change Management
10 6 (18.75%) F5
11 5 (15.63%) IPsec
11 5 (15.63%) VMware
11 5 (15.63%) SSH
11 5 (15.63%) Telecoms
11 5 (15.63%) CISSP
11 5 (15.63%) SNMP
11 5 (15.63%) CCSP
12 4 (12.50%) Citrix
12 4 (12.50%) Active Directory

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 2 (6.25%) Skype for Business
2 1 (3.13%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MS Visio
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (68.75%) Firewall
2 19 (59.38%) LAN
3 18 (56.25%) WAN
4 14 (43.75%) BGP
5 10 (31.25%) Wireless
6 9 (28.13%) OSPF
6 9 (28.13%) TCP/IP
7 8 (25.00%) EIGRP
7 8 (25.00%) MPLS
8 5 (15.63%) IPsec
8 5 (15.63%) SNMP
8 5 (15.63%) SSH
9 4 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (12.50%) SAN
9 4 (12.50%) VLAN
10 3 (9.38%) Internet
10 3 (9.38%) Spanning Tree
10 3 (9.38%) VXLAN
11 2 (6.25%) 802.11
11 2 (6.25%) L2TP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) Big Data
1 1 (3.13%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Xcode
General
1 5 (15.63%) Telecoms
2 2 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (43.75%) Network Engineer
2 8 (25.00%) Security Engineer
3 7 (21.88%) Cisco Engineer
4 6 (18.75%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 4 (12.50%) Senior Security Engineer
6 3 (9.38%) C++ Software Engineer
6 3 (9.38%) Senior Cisco Engineer
6 3 (9.38%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
6 3 (9.38%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (9.38%) Software Engineer
7 2 (6.25%) Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Cisco Security Engineer
7 2 (6.25%) Developer
7 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 2 (6.25%) IT Support
7 2 (6.25%) Network Security Engineer
8 1 (3.13%) Data Centre Specialist
8 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Support Specialist
8 1 (3.13%) VMware Specialist
8 1 (3.13%) Voice Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.25%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.13%) .NET
2 1 (3.13%) Ajax
2 1 (3.13%) iOS SDK
2 1 (3.13%) LAMP
2 1 (3.13%) React Native
2 1 (3.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Computer Science
1 4 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 3 (9.38%) CMDB
2 3 (9.38%) Device Driver
2 3 (9.38%) Driving Licence
2 3 (9.38%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.13%) Fat Client
4 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.13%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.13%) Private Cloud
4 1 (3.13%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (3.13%) Thin Client
4 1 (3.13%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 6 (18.75%) Windows
2 3 (9.38%) Linux
2 3 (9.38%) Unix
3 2 (6.25%) CentOS
3 2 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
4 1 (3.13%) Windows 10
4 1 (3.13%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.88%) Fault Management
2 6 (18.75%) Change Management
2 6 (18.75%) ITIL
2 6 (18.75%) Project Management
3 4 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (12.50%) Mentoring
3 4 (12.50%) Network Monitoring
3 4 (12.50%) Problem Management
3 4 (12.50%) QMS
4 3 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (9.38%) Coaching
4 3 (9.38%) Configuration Management
4 3 (9.38%) Kalman Filter
4 3 (9.38%) Release Management
4 3 (9.38%) Software Engineering
5 2 (6.25%) Asset Management
5 2 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (6.25%) Incident Management
5 2 (6.25%) Network Management
6 1 (3.13%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.50%) C++
2 2 (6.25%) Shell Script
2 2 (6.25%) SQL
3 1 (3.13%) C#
3 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.13%) Objective-C
3 1 (3.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (43.75%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (25.00%) CCNP
3 7 (21.88%) CCNA
4 5 (15.63%) CCSP
4 5 (15.63%) CISSP
5 3 (9.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (6.25%) Degree
6 2 (6.25%) MCSA
6 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (6.25%) Security Cleared
7 1 (3.13%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (3.13%) CCDP
7 1 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (3.13%) MCP
7 1 (3.13%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.50%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (9.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 4 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (9.38%) vSphere
3 2 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) Cacti
1 2 (6.25%) WSUS
2 1 (3.13%) AirWatch
2 1 (3.13%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (3.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 25 (78.13%) Cisco
2 8 (25.00%) Juniper
3 6 (18.75%) CheckPoint
3 6 (18.75%) F5
4 5 (15.63%) VMware
5 4 (12.50%) Citrix
6 3 (9.38%) McAfee
6 3 (9.38%) SolarWinds
7 2 (6.25%) Avaya
7 2 (6.25%) Red Hat
8 1 (3.13%) ArcSight
8 1 (3.13%) Aruba
8 1 (3.13%) Brocade
8 1 (3.13%) Fortinet
8 1 (3.13%) HP
8 1 (3.13%) Riverbed
8 1 (3.13%) Sophos
8 1 (3.13%) Splunk
8 1 (3.13%) Tandberg
8 1 (3.13%) Veeam