Period
to 15 January 2019

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 6 months to 15 January 2019 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
6 months to
15 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 153 162 173
Rank change year-on-year +9 +11 -49
Contract jobs citing VPN 263 245 208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.65% 1.49% 1.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.04% 8.52% 7.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 156 141
South East median daily rate £370 £330 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.12% -20.00% +3.13%
10th Percentile £163 £120 £168
90th Percentile £538 £555 £525
England median daily rate £413 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +3.13% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 26 10
South East median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.94% -28.42% +18.75%
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.50 £12.53
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.00 £55.00
England median hourly rate £16.91 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.40% -12.50% +14.29%

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 South East with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,620 2,877 2,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.39% 17.50% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,384 1,553 1,736
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £209 £163 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £425 £410 £401
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.37% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 150 194
South East median hourly rate £22.47 £17.49 £22.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.49% -21.83% -30.62%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.72 £11.33
90th Percentile £49.13 £43.98 £48.75
England median hourly rate £19.39 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +3.66% -16.89% +2.27%

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Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the South East

VPN
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 6 months to 15 January 2019.

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 6 months to 15 January 2019.

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 6 months to 15 January 2019. 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
Thames Valley +44 132 £410 +2.50% 45
Berkshire +30 93 £475 +11.76% 19
Hampshire -36 53 £370 -7.50% 21
Surrey -9 37 £170 -43.33% 19
West Sussex +7 33 £325 +80.56% 6
Buckinghamshire +41 27 £325 +10.64% 14
Oxfordshire +8 13 £263 +0.96% 12
East Sussex -6 5 £158 -51.54% 1
Kent +10 4 £350 +107.10% 4
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region with a requirement for VPN.

1 145 (55.13%) Firewall
2 115 (43.73%) Windows
3 100 (38.02%) TCP/IP
4 92 (34.98%) Cisco
5 88 (33.46%) DNS
5 88 (33.46%) Security Cleared
6 87 (33.08%) Microsoft
7 86 (32.70%) LAN
8 79 (30.04%) Active Directory
9 78 (29.66%) WAN
10 69 (26.24%) Cisco Certification
11 66 (25.10%) Internet
12 59 (22.43%) ITIL
13 55 (20.91%) SC Cleared
14 54 (20.53%) CCNP
15 51 (19.39%) MPLS
16 48 (18.25%) Microsoft Azure
17 47 (17.87%) BGP
17 47 (17.87%) Juniper
18 45 (17.11%) OSPF
19 43 (16.35%) Linux
19 43 (16.35%) VoIP
20 42 (15.97%) Office 365
20 42 (15.97%) Windows Server
21 40 (15.21%) Wireless
21 40 (15.21%) Network Security
22 38 (14.45%) Cisco ASA
22 38 (14.45%) Data Centre
23 37 (14.07%) VMware
23 37 (14.07%) Microsoft Office

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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 24 (9.13%) MS Exchange
2 16 (6.08%) Skype for Business
3 14 (5.32%) SharePoint
4 12 (4.56%) IIS
5 11 (4.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (1.90%) CMS
8 4 (1.52%) Apache
9 3 (1.14%) IBM Notes
9 3 (1.14%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.76%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.76%) MS Project Server
10 2 (0.76%) nginx
10 2 (0.76%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.38%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.38%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.38%) Joomla!
Applications
1 37 (14.07%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.14%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 48 (18.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (15.97%) Office 365
3 24 (9.13%) SaaS
4 18 (6.84%) Amazon AWS
5 17 (6.46%) Cloud Computing
6 11 (4.18%) IaaS
6 11 (4.18%) PaaS
7 7 (2.66%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (2.28%) Amazon S3
9 5 (1.90%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (1.52%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (1.14%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.76%) Azure Functions
12 2 (0.76%) GitHub
12 2 (0.76%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.76%) Route 53
12 2 (0.76%) Serverless
12 2 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.38%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 145 (55.13%) Firewall
2 100 (38.02%) TCP/IP
3 88 (33.46%) DNS
4 86 (32.70%) LAN
5 78 (29.66%) WAN
6 66 (25.10%) Internet
7 51 (19.39%) MPLS
8 47 (17.87%) BGP
9 45 (17.11%) OSPF
10 43 (16.35%) VoIP
11 40 (15.21%) Network Security
11 40 (15.21%) Wireless
12 38 (14.45%) Cisco ASA
13 35 (13.31%) Cisco Nexus
13 35 (13.31%) Reverse Proxy
13 35 (13.31%) SAN
14 34 (12.93%) IPsec
15 33 (12.55%) DHCP
16 26 (9.89%) NAS
17 22 (8.37%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.04%) Oracle Database
3 7 (2.66%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (2.28%) MySQL
4 6 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.90%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (1.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (1.14%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.14%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (1.14%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.14%) Redis
8 2 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.76%) Big Data
8 2 (0.76%) Cloudera CDH
8 2 (0.76%) Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.76%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.76%) MariaDB
8 2 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.38%) Amazon Aurora
Development Applications
1 6 (2.28%) Visual Studio Team System
2 4 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.76%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.76%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (0.76%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.38%) AppVeyor
4 1 (0.38%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.38%) Liquibase
4 1 (0.38%) Maven
General
1 30 (11.41%) Telecoms
2 21 (7.98%) Finance
3 8 (3.04%) Banking
4 4 (1.52%) Back Office
4 4 (1.52%) Billing
5 3 (1.14%) Electronics
5 3 (1.14%) Legal
5 3 (1.14%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
5 3 (1.14%) Spanish Language
6 2 (0.76%) Advertising
6 2 (0.76%) Aerospace
6 2 (0.76%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 44 (16.73%) Network Engineer
2 41 (15.59%) Architect
3 25 (9.51%) Analyst
4 19 (7.22%) Consultant
5 18 (6.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 18 (6.84%) Solutions Architect
5 18 (6.84%) Support Engineer
6 13 (4.94%) Security Engineer
7 12 (4.56%) Cisco Engineer
8 11 (4.18%) Incident Manager
8 11 (4.18%) Major Incident Manager
8 11 (4.18%) Network Consultant
9 10 (3.80%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 9 (3.42%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 9 (3.42%) 2nd Line Support
10 9 (3.42%) DevOps Engineer
10 9 (3.42%) Network Architect
11 8 (3.04%) Desktop Support
11 8 (3.04%) Infrastructure Architect
12 7 (2.66%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (13.69%) Web Services
2 6 (2.28%) .NET
2 6 (2.28%) 802.1X
2 6 (2.28%) JSON
3 4 (1.52%) LDAP
4 3 (1.14%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (1.14%) SAML
5 2 (0.76%) .NET Framework
5 2 (0.76%) LAMP
6 1 (0.38%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.38%) COM
6 1 (0.38%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.38%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 38 (14.45%) Data Centre
2 27 (10.27%) Replication
3 22 (8.37%) Microsoft Licensing
4 17 (6.46%) PKI
5 16 (6.08%) Public Cloud
6 15 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (5.70%) Self-Motivation
7 14 (5.32%) Management Information System
8 6 (2.28%) BBC
8 6 (2.28%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (1.90%) CESG
9 5 (1.90%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.90%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.52%) Clustering
10 4 (1.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (1.52%) Fat Client
10 4 (1.52%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.52%) Thin Client
11 3 (1.14%) Device Driver
11 3 (1.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 115 (43.73%) Windows
2 43 (16.35%) Linux
3 42 (15.97%) Windows Server
4 27 (10.27%) Windows 10
5 15 (5.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (5.32%) Windows 7
7 12 (4.56%) Unix
8 9 (3.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (3.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (3.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (3.04%) Android
10 6 (2.28%) Apple iOS
11 5 (1.90%) Ubuntu
12 4 (1.52%) CentOS
13 3 (1.14%) Check Point GAiA
13 3 (1.14%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.76%) Fedora
15 1 (0.38%) Debian
15 1 (0.38%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (22.43%) ITIL
2 27 (10.27%) Load Balancing
3 25 (9.51%) Disaster Recovery
3 25 (9.51%) Network Monitoring
4 22 (8.37%) Software Licensing
5 19 (7.22%) DevOps
5 19 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 18 (6.84%) Migration
7 17 (6.46%) Problem Management
8 16 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
8 16 (6.08%) Project Management
9 15 (5.70%) Information Security
10 14 (5.32%) ITIL V3
11 13 (4.94%) Change Management
11 13 (4.94%) Network Design
12 12 (4.56%) Incident Management
12 12 (4.56%) Kalman Filter
12 12 (4.56%) Network Management
12 12 (4.56%) Service Management
12 12 (4.56%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (13.69%) PowerShell
2 24 (9.13%) SQL
3 15 (5.70%) Python
4 7 (2.66%) Bash Shell
5 4 (1.52%) Perl
6 1 (0.38%) C
6 1 (0.38%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.38%) Korn
6 1 (0.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 88 (33.46%) Security Cleared
2 69 (26.24%) Cisco Certification
3 55 (20.91%) SC Cleared
4 54 (20.53%) CCNP
5 34 (12.93%) DV Cleared
6 28 (10.65%) CCNA
7 25 (9.51%) Degree
8 18 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (5.32%) CCIE
10 13 (4.94%) JNCIS
11 9 (3.42%) MCSE
12 8 (3.04%) CISSP
12 8 (3.04%) JNCIA
13 7 (2.66%) CCDP
13 7 (2.66%) JNCIP
14 6 (2.28%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (2.28%) CESG Certified Professional
14 6 (2.28%) MCSA
15 5 (1.90%) BC Cleared
15 5 (1.90%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.46%) SLA
2 13 (4.94%) QA
3 11 (4.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (2.28%) PCI DSS
4 6 (2.28%) RMADS
5 3 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.76%) COBIT
6 2 (0.76%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.38%) GAMP
7 1 (0.38%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.38%) GPG13
System Software
1 79 (30.04%) Active Directory
2 25 (9.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.94%) Docker
4 11 (4.18%) NFS
5 9 (3.42%) Hyper-V
5 9 (3.42%) XenApp
6 6 (2.28%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (2.28%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (1.90%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.14%) KVM
8 3 (1.14%) VMware NSX
8 3 (1.14%) vSphere
9 2 (0.76%) Btrfs
9 2 (0.76%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.76%) iptables
9 2 (0.76%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.76%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.76%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.38%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 26 (9.89%) SCCM
2 9 (3.42%) Ansible
2 9 (3.42%) Puppet
3 7 (2.66%) SCOM
4 6 (2.28%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.90%) Cisco Prime
5 5 (1.90%) Kubernetes
5 5 (1.90%) Terraform
6 4 (1.52%) AirWatch
6 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (1.52%) Nagios
7 2 (0.76%) Consul
7 2 (0.76%) Grafana
7 2 (0.76%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.76%) Oracle ZFS
7 2 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.76%) WSUS
8 1 (0.38%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.38%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 92 (34.98%) Cisco
2 87 (33.08%) Microsoft
3 47 (17.87%) Juniper
4 37 (14.07%) CheckPoint
4 37 (14.07%) VMware
5 30 (11.41%) Citrix
6 22 (8.37%) Oracle
7 21 (7.98%) F5
7 21 (7.98%) SolarWinds
8 18 (6.84%) Palo Alto
9 14 (5.32%) NetApp
9 14 (5.32%) SAP
10 12 (4.56%) Red Hat
11 11 (4.18%) Riverbed
12 10 (3.80%) Avaya
13 8 (3.04%) HP
13 8 (3.04%) Huawei
14 7 (2.66%) Mitel
15 6 (2.28%) Blue Coat
15 6 (2.28%) McAfee