Period
to 24 September 2018

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 24 September 2018 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 183 153 156
Rank change year-on-year -30 +3 -28
Contract jobs citing VPN 216 250 259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.32% 1.55% 1.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.39% 8.97% 8.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 138 179
South East median daily rate £394 £392 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.57% +4.40% -6.25%
10th Percentile £159 £152 £162
90th Percentile £575 £550 £488
England median daily rate £400 £400 £393
% change year-on-year - +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 24 14
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £18.85 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.81% +9.28% -10.39%
10th Percentile £12.23 £12.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £24.63 £43.00 £41.65
England median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.60% -1.58% +11.76%

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 2,574 2,788 3,175
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.71% 17.24% 18.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,364 1,541 1,827
South East median daily rate £411 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.75% +3.90% +4.05%
10th Percentile £203 £206 £227
90th Percentile £575 £550 £530
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 131 160 208
South East median hourly rate £22.75 £17.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.17% -29.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £12.70 £11.97 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £47.50 £47.83
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £23.00
% change year-on-year +10.50% -21.30% +15.00%

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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

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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 6 months to 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018.

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 24 September 2018. 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 -21 102 £425 +6.25% 21
Berkshire -23 68 £450 +12.50% 11
Hampshire -25 51 £369 -4.84% 28
Surrey -15 34 £425 +9.68% 13
Buckinghamshire +26 29 £325 -18.75% 6
West Sussex 0 19 £386 -2.22% 5
Kent +12 7 £325 +14.04% 5
Oxfordshire -7 5 £165 -45.45% 4
East Sussex -2 4 £325 - 2
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 24 September 2018, 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.

1 120 (55.56%) Firewall
2 87 (40.28%) Cisco
3 84 (38.89%) Windows
4 74 (34.26%) LAN
5 72 (33.33%) TCP/IP
6 70 (32.41%) WAN
7 59 (27.31%) Security Cleared
8 58 (26.85%) Microsoft
9 57 (26.39%) Active Directory
9 57 (26.39%) Juniper
9 57 (26.39%) DNS
10 48 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
11 47 (21.76%) ITIL
12 44 (20.37%) Internet
13 40 (18.52%) Network Security
14 37 (17.13%) Microsoft Azure
15 35 (16.20%) CheckPoint
15 35 (16.20%) CCNP
16 34 (15.74%) MPLS
16 34 (15.74%) Linux
17 33 (15.28%) BGP
17 33 (15.28%) SC Cleared
18 31 (14.35%) VLAN
19 30 (13.89%) OSPF
20 29 (13.43%) Office 365
20 29 (13.43%) Windows Server
21 27 (12.50%) SCCM
21 27 (12.50%) SSL
22 26 (12.04%) Microsoft Office
22 26 (12.04%) Finance

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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 18 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 11 (5.09%) SharePoint
3 9 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (3.70%) IIS
5 7 (3.24%) Apache
5 7 (3.24%) Skype for Business
6 4 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.85%) OpenStack
7 3 (1.39%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2000
8 1 (0.46%) nginx
8 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 26 (12.04%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.93%) Mozilla Thunderbird
3 1 (0.46%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 37 (17.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (13.43%) Office 365
3 26 (12.04%) SaaS
4 22 (10.19%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (3.70%) Amazon EC2
5 8 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (3.24%) OneDrive
7 6 (2.78%) IaaS
8 5 (2.31%) Azure Functions
8 5 (2.31%) GitHub
8 5 (2.31%) Serverless
9 4 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (1.85%) PaaS
10 3 (1.39%) Amazon ELB
10 3 (1.39%) Amazon S3
10 3 (1.39%) HP Helion
11 2 (0.93%) Route 53
11 2 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.46%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 120 (55.56%) Firewall
2 74 (34.26%) LAN
3 72 (33.33%) TCP/IP
4 70 (32.41%) WAN
5 57 (26.39%) DNS
6 44 (20.37%) Internet
7 40 (18.52%) Network Security
8 34 (15.74%) MPLS
9 33 (15.28%) BGP
10 31 (14.35%) VLAN
11 30 (13.89%) OSPF
12 27 (12.50%) SSL
13 25 (11.57%) Wi-Fi
14 24 (11.11%) DHCP
15 22 (10.19%) Cisco ASA
15 22 (10.19%) Wireless
16 21 (9.72%) Cisco Nexus
16 21 (9.72%) IPsec
17 18 (8.33%) VoIP
18 12 (5.56%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.24%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.78%) RDBMS
2 6 (2.78%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.31%) Cosmos DB
3 5 (2.31%) MySQL
3 5 (2.31%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.85%) Hadoop
4 4 (1.85%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.93%) Big Data
5 2 (0.93%) Cloudera CDH
5 2 (0.93%) MariaDB
5 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.46%) Amazon Aurora
6 1 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.46%) Redis
6 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.31%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (2.31%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (1.39%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.46%) AppVeyor
3 1 (0.46%) Git (software)
General
1 26 (12.04%) Finance
2 15 (6.94%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.39%) Banking
3 3 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (1.39%) Publishing
4 2 (0.93%) Back Office
4 2 (0.93%) Legal
5 1 (0.46%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.46%) Automotive
5 1 (0.46%) Law
5 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 40 (18.52%) Network Engineer
2 35 (16.20%) Architect
3 26 (12.04%) Analyst
4 16 (7.41%) Support Engineer
5 15 (6.94%) Solutions Architect
6 13 (6.02%) Incident Manager
6 13 (6.02%) Major Incident Manager
6 13 (6.02%) Network Analyst
7 12 (5.56%) Network Architect
7 12 (5.56%) Security Analyst
8 11 (5.09%) Consultant
8 11 (5.09%) Network Security Analyst
8 11 (5.09%) Security Engineer
9 9 (4.17%) Cisco Engineer
9 9 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
9 9 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (3.70%) Desktop Support
10 8 (3.70%) Firewall Engineer
11 7 (3.24%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 7 (3.24%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.80%) Web Services
2 10 (4.63%) 802.1X
3 7 (3.24%) SAML
4 4 (1.85%) LDAP
4 4 (1.85%) Middleware
5 3 (1.39%) .NET
6 2 (0.93%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.93%) HTML
6 2 (0.93%) JSON
6 2 (0.93%) LAMP
6 2 (0.93%) XML
7 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.46%) REST
7 1 (0.46%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.80%) PKI
2 13 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.02%) Data Centre
2 13 (6.02%) Replication
3 11 (5.09%) Public Cloud
4 10 (4.63%) Microsoft Licensing
5 7 (3.24%) Hybrid Cloud
5 7 (3.24%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (2.78%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.78%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.78%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (2.31%) DataPower
8 4 (1.85%) BYOD
8 4 (1.85%) CMDB
8 4 (1.85%) Device Driver
8 4 (1.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 4 (1.85%) NHS
9 3 (1.39%) BBC
9 3 (1.39%) Social Media
9 3 (1.39%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 84 (38.89%) Windows
2 34 (15.74%) Linux
3 29 (13.43%) Windows Server
4 14 (6.48%) Windows 10
5 12 (5.56%) Unix
6 10 (4.63%) Windows 7
7 9 (4.17%) Check Point GAiA
8 7 (3.24%) Android
8 7 (3.24%) CentOS
9 6 (2.78%) Apple iOS
9 6 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (2.78%) Windows XP
10 5 (2.31%) Windows Mobile
10 5 (2.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (1.85%) Windows NT
12 3 (1.39%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.93%) Debian
13 2 (0.93%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (21.76%) ITIL
2 23 (10.65%) Problem Management
3 17 (7.87%) ITIL V3
4 16 (7.41%) Load Balancing
5 15 (6.94%) Incident Management
6 14 (6.48%) DevOps
7 13 (6.02%) ERP
7 13 (6.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 13 (6.02%) Migration
7 13 (6.02%) SIEM
8 12 (5.56%) Kalman Filter
9 11 (5.09%) Network Design
10 10 (4.63%) Capacity Planning
10 10 (4.63%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (4.63%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.63%) Software Licensing
11 9 (4.17%) Mentoring
11 9 (4.17%) Performance Monitoring
11 9 (4.17%) Project Management
11 9 (4.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (8.33%) PowerShell
2 16 (7.41%) SQL
3 9 (4.17%) Bash Shell
4 5 (2.31%) Python
5 2 (0.93%) C
5 2 (0.93%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.93%) Perl
6 1 (0.46%) Korn
6 1 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 59 (27.31%) Security Cleared
2 48 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
3 35 (16.20%) CCNP
4 33 (15.28%) SC Cleared
5 23 (10.65%) DV Cleared
6 19 (8.80%) CCNA
7 13 (6.02%) JNCIS
8 12 (5.56%) CCDP
8 12 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (5.09%) CCIE
10 9 (4.17%) CISSP
10 9 (4.17%) MCSA
11 8 (3.70%) CISM
12 7 (3.24%) Degree
13 6 (2.78%) CCSE
13 6 (2.78%) JNCIA
14 5 (2.31%) A+ Certification
14 5 (2.31%) Network+ Certification
15 4 (1.85%) CISA
15 4 (1.85%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.56%) SLA
2 9 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.31%) QA
4 4 (1.85%) GDPR
4 4 (1.85%) NIST 800
4 4 (1.85%) RMADS
5 3 (1.39%) PCI DSS
5 3 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.93%) COBIT
7 1 (0.46%) GAMP
7 1 (0.46%) GPG13
7 1 (0.46%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.46%) PMO
System Software
1 57 (26.39%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (6.02%) Hyper-V
3 13 (6.02%) NFS
4 9 (4.17%) BitLocker
4 9 (4.17%) Docker
5 8 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (3.24%) XenApp
7 6 (2.78%) VirtualBox
8 5 (2.31%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (1.85%) VMware NSX
9 4 (1.85%) XenServer
10 3 (1.39%) Snort
11 2 (0.93%) Btrfs
11 2 (0.93%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.93%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.93%) Samba
11 2 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.46%) KVM
Systems Management
1 27 (12.50%) SCCM
2 9 (4.17%) SCOM
2 9 (4.17%) Single Sign-On
3 8 (3.70%) Terraform
4 7 (3.24%) Ansible
5 6 (2.78%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (2.78%) Puppet
6 4 (1.85%) Backup Exec
6 4 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.39%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.39%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.93%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.93%) Cacti
8 2 (0.93%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.93%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.93%) OpenVAS
8 2 (0.93%) Oracle ZFS
8 2 (0.93%) systemd
8 2 (0.93%) WSUS
Vendors
1 87 (40.28%) Cisco
2 58 (26.85%) Microsoft
3 57 (26.39%) Juniper
4 35 (16.20%) CheckPoint
5 26 (12.04%) VMware
6 22 (10.19%) Citrix
6 22 (10.19%) Oracle
7 21 (9.72%) Palo Alto
8 15 (6.94%) Aruba
8 15 (6.94%) F5
8 15 (6.94%) SAP
9 14 (6.48%) Qualys
10 13 (6.02%) HP
11 11 (5.09%) McAfee
12 9 (4.17%) Avaya
12 9 (4.17%) SolarWinds
13 8 (3.70%) Blue Coat
14 7 (3.24%) Riverbed
15 6 (2.78%) Red Hat
15 6 (2.78%) Veeam