The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 24 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)
England / South East
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 129 120 124
Rank change year-on-year -9 +4  
Contract jobs citing VPN 115 159 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.51% 1.78% 1.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.77% 9.16% 8.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 92 69
Median daily rate £400 £340 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.64% -15.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £212 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £472 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 19
Median hourly rate £14.89 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.65% -24.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.00 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.55 £45.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.63 £19.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year -1.94% +20.63%  

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 the South East with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1312 1735 1834
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 17.18% 19.45% 19.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 714 960 899
Median daily rate £400 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -1.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 122 120
Median hourly rate £22.50 £38.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.55% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £14.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £48.00 £40.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in the South East

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in the South East

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Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 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
Berkshire -8 40 £408 +20.74% 7
Hampshire +32 38 £403 +0.75% 11
Buckinghamshire -32 12 £375 +11.11% 6
Surrey -8 10 £503 +18.58% 3
West Sussex +18 7 £395 +8.96% 1
Kent +1 4 £373 +14.61% 2
Oxfordshire -8 3 £155 -34.73% 1
Middlesex +12 1 - - 1
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 South East region with a requirement for VPN.

1 133 (52.99%) Cisco
2 120 (47.81%) Firewall
3 87 (34.66%) Cisco Certification
4 80 (31.87%) WAN
5 78 (31.08%) CCNP
6 65 (25.90%) LAN
7 64 (25.50%) Windows
8 59 (23.51%) MPLS
9 56 (22.31%) BGP
10 51 (20.32%) Active Directory
11 50 (19.92%) TCP/IP
11 50 (19.92%) DNS
12 47 (18.73%) Microsoft Office
12 47 (18.73%) Cisco ASA
13 45 (17.93%) Security Cleared
13 45 (17.93%) Data Centre
14 44 (17.53%) Microsoft
15 43 (17.13%) CCNA
15 43 (17.13%) OSPF
15 43 (17.13%) Telecoms
16 42 (16.73%) VMware
16 42 (16.73%) SC Cleared
17 39 (15.54%) F5
18 38 (15.14%) Wireless
18 38 (15.14%) Juniper
18 38 (15.14%) ITIL
19 37 (14.74%) Linux
20 35 (13.94%) Internet
20 35 (13.94%) Network Design
21 32 (12.75%) VLAN

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 16 (6.37%) MS Exchange
2 12 (4.78%) Skype for Business
3 5 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (1.99%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (1.59%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.80%) Apache
6 2 (0.80%) nginx
6 2 (0.80%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.80%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 47 (18.73%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.20%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.40%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.40%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 21 (8.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (7.97%) Office 365
3 18 (7.17%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.39%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (1.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 4 (1.59%) IaaS
7 3 (1.20%) PaaS
8 2 (0.80%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.40%) HP Helion
9 1 (0.40%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.40%) SaaS
9 1 (0.40%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 120 (47.81%) Firewall
2 80 (31.87%) WAN
3 65 (25.90%) LAN
4 59 (23.51%) MPLS
5 56 (22.31%) BGP
6 50 (19.92%) DNS
6 50 (19.92%) TCP/IP
7 47 (18.73%) Cisco ASA
8 43 (17.13%) OSPF
9 38 (15.14%) Wireless
10 35 (13.94%) Internet
11 32 (12.75%) VLAN
12 31 (12.35%) Cisco Nexus
13 29 (11.55%) Network Security
14 26 (10.36%) VoIP
15 22 (8.76%) DHCP
16 19 (7.57%) Ethernet
17 18 (7.17%) IPsec
17 18 (7.17%) SSL
18 15 (5.98%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.19%) MySQL
2 6 (2.39%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.20%) MS Access
3 3 (1.20%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.40%) Power BI
4 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (1.59%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.80%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.80%) JIRA
3 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 43 (17.13%) Telecoms
2 16 (6.37%) Finance
3 10 (3.98%) Banking
4 8 (3.19%) Law
4 8 (3.19%) Manufacturing
4 8 (3.19%) Marketing
5 4 (1.59%) Advertising
6 3 (1.20%) Publishing
7 2 (0.80%) Electronics
7 2 (0.80%) Local Government
8 1 (0.40%) Automotive
8 1 (0.40%) Back Office
8 1 (0.40%) Billing
8 1 (0.40%) German Language
8 1 (0.40%) Legal
8 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.40%) Retail
Job Titles
1 76 (30.28%) Network Engineer
2 29 (11.55%) Architect
3 28 (11.16%) Analyst
4 26 (10.36%) Support Engineer
5 21 (8.37%) Consultant
6 15 (5.98%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (5.98%) Cisco Engineer
6 15 (5.98%) Desktop Support
6 15 (5.98%) Network Architect
7 14 (5.58%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 13 (5.18%) IT Support
9 12 (4.78%) IP Engineer
9 12 (4.78%) Security Engineer
9 12 (4.78%) Service Desk Support
10 11 (4.38%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 11 (4.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 11 (4.38%) IT Analyst
10 11 (4.38%) Network Support
10 11 (4.38%) NOC Engineer
10 11 (4.38%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.19%) 802.1X
2 7 (2.79%) Web Services
3 6 (2.39%) LAMP
4 4 (1.59%) Sensu
5 3 (1.20%) Middleware
5 3 (1.20%) REST
6 2 (0.80%) .NET
6 2 (0.80%) SAML
6 2 (0.80%) SAP Basis
6 2 (0.80%) SAP Smart Forms
6 2 (0.80%) YAML
7 1 (0.40%) ADO
7 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (0.40%) JMS
7 1 (0.40%) RESTful
7 1 (0.40%) SOAP
7 1 (0.40%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (17.93%) Data Centre
2 22 (8.76%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (5.58%) Management Information System
4 13 (5.18%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (3.19%) PKI
6 7 (2.79%) BBC
6 7 (2.79%) Smartphone
7 5 (1.99%) CESG
7 5 (1.99%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.99%) Replication
8 4 (1.59%) BYOD
8 4 (1.59%) Driving Licence
8 4 (1.59%) iPad
8 4 (1.59%) Machine to Machine
8 4 (1.59%) RSA SecurID
8 4 (1.59%) Smart Meter
9 3 (1.20%) CMDB
9 3 (1.20%) Handset
9 3 (1.20%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.80%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 64 (25.50%) Windows
2 37 (14.74%) Linux
3 28 (11.16%) Windows 7
4 15 (5.98%) Unix
4 15 (5.98%) Windows Server
5 11 (4.38%) Android
6 10 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (3.98%) Windows 10
7 9 (3.59%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (3.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (2.39%) CentOS
9 5 (1.99%) Windows 8
9 5 (1.99%) Windows XP
10 4 (1.59%) Ubuntu
11 3 (1.20%) AIX
11 3 (1.20%) Solaris
12 2 (0.80%) Debian
13 1 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.40%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (15.14%) ITIL
2 35 (13.94%) Network Design
3 32 (12.75%) Migration
4 26 (10.36%) Load Balancing
5 17 (6.77%) Network Management
5 17 (6.77%) Service Delivery
6 16 (6.37%) Configuration Management
7 12 (4.78%) Information Security
8 11 (4.38%) DevOps
8 11 (4.38%) Project Management
9 9 (3.59%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (3.59%) Kalman Filter
10 8 (3.19%) Customer Requirements
10 8 (3.19%) High Availability
10 8 (3.19%) Incident Management
10 8 (3.19%) ITIL V3
11 7 (2.79%) Change Control
11 7 (2.79%) ITSM
11 7 (2.79%) Time Management
11 7 (2.79%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (4.78%) PowerShell
2 9 (3.59%) Perl
2 9 (3.59%) Python
3 6 (2.39%) Java
4 4 (1.59%) C
4 4 (1.59%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.59%) VB
5 3 (1.20%) Ruby
6 2 (0.80%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.80%) PHP
6 2 (0.80%) SQL
7 1 (0.40%) C#
7 1 (0.40%) C++
7 1 (0.40%) R
7 1 (0.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 87 (34.66%) Cisco Certification
2 78 (31.08%) CCNP
3 45 (17.93%) Security Cleared
4 43 (17.13%) CCNA
5 42 (16.73%) SC Cleared
6 23 (9.16%) CCDP
7 19 (7.57%) CCIE
8 11 (4.38%) Degree
8 11 (4.38%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (3.19%) MCSE
10 7 (2.79%) CCIP
11 6 (2.39%) DV Cleared
12 5 (1.99%) CISSP
13 4 (1.59%) BC Cleared
13 4 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (1.59%) MCSA
14 3 (1.20%) CCDA
14 3 (1.20%) CISM
14 3 (1.20%) MCP
15 2 (0.80%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.58%) SLA
2 9 (3.59%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.59%) PMO
5 3 (1.20%) QA
6 1 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.40%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.40%) RMADS
System Software
1 51 (20.32%) Active Directory
2 30 (11.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.98%) ProxySG
4 8 (3.19%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.99%) vSphere
6 4 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 3 (1.20%) XenApp
8 2 (0.80%) NFS
8 2 (0.80%) vCloud
9 1 (0.40%) Docker
9 1 (0.40%) KVM
9 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.40%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.40%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.40%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (4.78%) Nagios
2 11 (4.38%) Puppet
3 9 (3.59%) FortiGate
3 9 (3.59%) NetBackup
3 9 (3.59%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (3.59%) SCCM
4 7 (2.79%) AirWatch
5 5 (1.99%) Netcool
6 4 (1.59%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.59%) WSUS
6 4 (1.59%) ZABBIX
7 3 (1.20%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.20%) SCOM
7 3 (1.20%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.80%) Ansible
8 2 (0.80%) CFEngine
8 2 (0.80%) logstash
8 2 (0.80%) Nexpose
8 2 (0.80%) vMotion
Vendors
1 133 (52.99%) Cisco
2 44 (17.53%) Microsoft
3 42 (16.73%) VMware
4 39 (15.54%) F5
5 38 (15.14%) Juniper
6 30 (11.95%) CheckPoint
7 26 (10.36%) Palo Alto
8 18 (7.17%) Blue Coat
8 18 (7.17%) HP
9 14 (5.58%) Citrix
9 14 (5.58%) Riverbed
10 12 (4.78%) Brocade
10 12 (4.78%) SAP
11 11 (4.38%) Apple
12 10 (3.98%) Dell
13 9 (3.59%) Fortinet
14 8 (3.19%) Virgin Media
15 7 (2.79%) Avaya
15 7 (2.79%) Huawei
15 7 (2.79%) Rackspace
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