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 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK / Scotland
Rank 98 115 116
Rank change year-on-year +17 +1  
Contract jobs citing VPN 5 15 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.29% 0.58% 0.43%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.51% 4.01% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 7
Median daily rate £300 £325 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -35.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 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 199 374 339
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 11.50% 14.52% 12.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 196 154
Median daily rate £360 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +11.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 9
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +52.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.73 £40.00 £25.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -38.24% +34.54%  

VPN
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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 23 March 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 +11 2 £271 -16.53% 1
Glasgow +3 1 £400 -
North Lanarkshire - 1 £200 -
Aberdeen - 1 - -
VPN
UK

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 23 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 Scotland region with a requirement for VPN.

1 19 (73.08%) Cisco
2 12 (46.15%) Firewall
3 9 (34.62%) WAN
3 9 (34.62%) Windows
3 9 (34.62%) LAN
4 8 (30.77%) ITIL
4 8 (30.77%) Active Directory
4 8 (30.77%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (30.77%) Wireless
4 8 (30.77%) Windows Server
5 7 (26.92%) Juniper
6 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
6 6 (23.08%) VLAN
6 6 (23.08%) Network Security
6 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (23.08%) Windows 7
6 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (19.23%) VMware
7 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
7 5 (19.23%) VoIP
8 4 (15.38%) Risk Management
8 4 (15.38%) Finance
8 4 (15.38%) NetScreen
8 4 (15.38%) Thin Client
8 4 (15.38%) Configuration Management
8 4 (15.38%) MS Exchange
8 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
8 4 (15.38%) MS Office
8 4 (15.38%) CCNA
8 4 (15.38%) Degree

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Top Related 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 4 (15.38%) MS Exchange
2 2 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 4 (15.38%) MS Office
2 3 (11.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (46.15%) Firewall
2 9 (34.62%) LAN
2 9 (34.62%) WAN
3 8 (30.77%) Wireless
4 6 (23.08%) Network Security
4 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
4 6 (23.08%) VLAN
5 5 (19.23%) VoIP
6 4 (15.38%) NetScreen
7 3 (11.54%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (7.69%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (7.69%) Cisco Wireless
8 2 (7.69%) DNS
8 2 (7.69%) Internet
8 2 (7.69%) OSPF
8 2 (7.69%) WLAN
9 1 (3.85%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (3.85%) HSRP
9 1 (3.85%) Unified Communications
9 1 (3.85%) VXLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Xcode
General
1 4 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (26.92%) Network Engineer
2 6 (23.08%) Analyst
3 5 (19.23%) Support Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) IT Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) IT Support
4 4 (15.38%) IT Support Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) Network Security Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Security Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Team Leader
5 3 (11.54%) Cisco Engineer
5 3 (11.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 3 (11.54%) Network Manager
5 3 (11.54%) Network Team Leader
6 2 (7.69%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (7.69%) Network Support
6 2 (7.69%) Project Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Security Advisor
7 1 (3.85%) Cloud Architect
7 1 (3.85%) Senior Voice Network Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Voice Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.85%) .NET
1 1 (3.85%) 802.1X
1 1 (3.85%) Ajax
1 1 (3.85%) iOS SDK
1 1 (3.85%) React Native
1 1 (3.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) CMDB
1 4 (15.38%) Fat Client
1 4 (15.38%) Thin Client
2 3 (11.54%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (7.69%) Smartphone
4 1 (3.85%) CESG
4 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 9 (34.62%) Windows
2 8 (30.77%) Windows Server
3 6 (23.08%) Windows 7
3 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (7.69%) Windows 10
5 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (30.77%) ITIL
2 4 (15.38%) Configuration Management
2 4 (15.38%) Cybersecurity
2 4 (15.38%) Fault Management
2 4 (15.38%) Release Management
2 4 (15.38%) Risk Management
3 3 (11.54%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (11.54%) ITIL V3
3 3 (11.54%) Line Management
3 3 (11.54%) Mentoring
3 3 (11.54%) Problem Management
3 3 (11.54%) Project Management
3 3 (11.54%) QMS
4 2 (7.69%) Desktop Virtualisation
4 2 (7.69%) Information Security
4 2 (7.69%) Network Management
4 2 (7.69%) People Management
4 2 (7.69%) Protective Monitoring
4 2 (7.69%) Software Delivery
5 1 (3.85%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.69%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) C#
2 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
2 1 (3.85%) Objective-C
2 1 (3.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (30.77%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (15.38%) CCNA
2 4 (15.38%) Degree
3 3 (11.54%) CCNP
3 3 (11.54%) CCSP
3 3 (11.54%) CISSP
4 2 (7.69%) CCIE
4 2 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (7.69%) MCP
4 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) CCENT
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (7.69%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.85%) ISO27005
System Software
1 8 (30.77%) Active Directory
2 4 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.69%) Terminal Services
3 2 (7.69%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.85%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.85%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (15.38%) SCCM
2 1 (3.85%) AirWatch
2 1 (3.85%) FortiGate
2 1 (3.85%) SCOM
2 1 (3.85%) WhatsUp Gold
2 1 (3.85%) WMI
Vendors
1 19 (73.08%) Cisco
2 7 (26.92%) Juniper
3 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
3 5 (19.23%) VMware
4 3 (11.54%) CheckPoint
4 3 (11.54%) Tandberg
5 2 (7.69%) Citrix
5 2 (7.69%) SolarWinds
6 1 (3.85%) F5
6 1 (3.85%) Progress
6 1 (3.85%) Xamarin