Period
to 7 April 2020

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 7 April 2020 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 143 126 168
Rank change year-on-year -17 +42 -16
Contract jobs citing VPN 141 316 242
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.48% 2.01% 1.44%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.42% 12.38% 9.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 204 160
Median daily rate £375 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% +4.29% -12.50%
10th Percentile £120 £163 £120
90th Percentile £530 £538 £500
England median daily rate £400 £424 £400
% change year-on-year -5.60% +5.94% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 23 17
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +25.00% -6.67%
10th Percentile £18.00 £15.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.50 £33.60
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £15.13
% change year-on-year +2.86% +15.70% -12.32%

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 1,674 2,552 2,662
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.56% 16.20% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 814 1,433 1,363
Median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £164 £219 £163
90th Percentile £550 £588 £570
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 143 151
Median hourly rate £32.25 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +84.29% -12.50% -
10th Percentile £14.85 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing VPN as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VPN in the South East.

Daily rate trend for VPN in the South East

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Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for VPN in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VPN in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for VPN in the South East

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Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020. 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 -17 74 £425 +21.43% 16
Hampshire +52 51 £120 -67.57% 13
Berkshire -15 50 £425 -5.56% 9
Buckinghamshire +20 21 £400 +23.08% 4
Surrey +31 14 £418 +14.07% 6
Oxfordshire -6 3 £200 -20.00% 3
East Sussex +21 1 £350 +122.22%
Sussex - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, 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 66 (46.81%) Firewall
2 62 (43.97%) Windows
3 55 (39.01%) Cisco
4 50 (35.46%) Active Directory
5 44 (31.21%) WAN
6 43 (30.50%) Microsoft Office
7 40 (28.37%) BGP
8 38 (26.95%) MPLS
8 38 (26.95%) Security Cleared
9 36 (25.53%) Microsoft
10 35 (24.82%) LAN
10 35 (24.82%) Internet
11 31 (21.99%) Cisco Certification
11 31 (21.99%) TCP/IP
12 30 (21.28%) DNS
12 30 (21.28%) SC Cleared
12 30 (21.28%) Windows Server
13 28 (19.86%) Problem-Solving
14 26 (18.44%) Data Centre
14 26 (18.44%) Remote Desktop
14 26 (18.44%) Windows 7
14 26 (18.44%) OSPF
15 25 (17.73%) CCNP
16 23 (16.31%) Microsoft Excel
16 23 (16.31%) Juniper
16 23 (16.31%) Azure
16 23 (16.31%) Office 365
17 22 (15.60%) Bomgar
17 22 (15.60%) Windows XP
17 22 (15.60%) MS Exchange

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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 22 (15.60%) MS Exchange
2 19 (13.48%) Exchange Server 2003
2 19 (13.48%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (3.55%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.84%) SharePoint
5 3 (2.13%) Apache
6 2 (1.42%) Confluence
6 2 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.42%) JBoss
6 2 (1.42%) nginx
6 2 (1.42%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.42%) WildFly
7 1 (0.71%) IIS
Applications
1 43 (30.50%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (16.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (14.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 21 (14.89%) MS Visio
4 19 (13.48%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (12.06%) Acrobat
6 14 (9.93%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (13.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.71%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 23 (16.31%) Azure
1 23 (16.31%) Office 365
2 14 (9.93%) AWS
3 9 (6.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 8 (5.67%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (5.67%) SaaS
5 7 (4.96%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (4.26%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 6 (4.26%) IaaS
6 6 (4.26%) PaaS
7 5 (3.55%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (2.84%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (2.84%) Serverless
9 3 (2.13%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (2.13%) Route 53
10 2 (1.42%) Amazon ECS
10 2 (1.42%) AWS CodeBuild
10 2 (1.42%) AWS Step Functions
10 2 (1.42%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (1.42%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 66 (46.81%) Firewall
2 44 (31.21%) WAN
3 40 (28.37%) BGP
4 38 (26.95%) MPLS
5 35 (24.82%) Internet
5 35 (24.82%) LAN
6 31 (21.99%) TCP/IP
7 30 (21.28%) DNS
8 26 (18.44%) OSPF
8 26 (18.44%) Remote Desktop
9 22 (15.60%) VoIP
10 21 (14.89%) WebEx
11 20 (14.18%) Cisco ASA
12 19 (13.48%) Wireless
13 18 (12.77%) IPsec
14 16 (11.35%) Network Security
15 15 (10.64%) Cisco Nexus
15 15 (10.64%) Ethernet
16 10 (7.09%) Cisco ISE
16 10 (7.09%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.84%) MySQL
2 2 (1.42%) Apache Cassandra
2 2 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (1.42%) Redis
2 2 (1.42%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (2.84%) JIRA
1 4 (2.84%) Selenium
2 2 (1.42%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.42%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.42%) JMeter
2 2 (1.42%) Mocha
2 2 (1.42%) Octopus Deploy
2 2 (1.42%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (13.48%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.26%) Finance
3 4 (2.84%) Public Sector
4 2 (1.42%) Banking
4 2 (1.42%) Legal
4 2 (1.42%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.71%) Automotive
5 1 (0.71%) Games
5 1 (0.71%) Law
5 1 (0.71%) Mandarin Language
5 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.71%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (27.66%) Network Engineer
2 15 (10.64%) Support Engineer
3 13 (9.22%) Architect
3 13 (9.22%) Desktop Support
4 12 (8.51%) Analyst
5 9 (6.38%) Help Desk Support
5 9 (6.38%) IT Support
6 8 (5.67%) Consultant
7 6 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) IT Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) Security Engineer
8 5 (3.55%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (3.55%) IT Support Engineer
8 5 (3.55%) NOC Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) 1st Line Support
9 4 (2.84%) Desktop Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) Network Security Engineer
9 4 (2.84%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.26%) Web Services
2 2 (1.42%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.42%) ActiveMQ
2 2 (1.42%) Elastic Stack
2 2 (1.42%) Kafka
2 2 (1.42%) Memcached
3 1 (0.71%) CSS
3 1 (0.71%) LAMP
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 26 (18.44%) Data Centre
2 21 (14.89%) Blackberry
3 18 (12.77%) PDA
4 6 (4.26%) Replication
5 5 (3.55%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.55%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.84%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.84%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.13%) CCTV
7 3 (2.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Licensing
8 2 (1.42%) Clustering
8 2 (1.42%) Driving Licence
8 2 (1.42%) iPad
8 2 (1.42%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.71%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 1 (0.71%) Internet of Things
9 1 (0.71%) iPhone
9 1 (0.71%) Machine to Machine
Operating Systems
1 62 (43.97%) Windows
2 30 (21.28%) Windows Server
3 26 (18.44%) Windows 7
4 22 (15.60%) Windows XP
5 21 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (13.48%) Windows 2000
6 19 (13.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 19 (13.48%) Windows Vista
7 15 (10.64%) Linux
8 12 (8.51%) Windows 10
9 7 (4.96%) Windows Server 2016
10 6 (4.26%) Android
10 6 (4.26%) Mac OS
11 3 (2.13%) Unix
12 2 (1.42%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.42%) CentOS
12 2 (1.42%) Check Point GAiA
12 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (19.86%) Problem-Solving
2 20 (14.18%) ITSM
3 19 (13.48%) Incident Management
4 12 (8.51%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (8.51%) ITIL
4 12 (8.51%) Load Balancing
4 12 (8.51%) Migration
5 11 (7.80%) Network Design
6 8 (5.67%) Cybersecurity
6 8 (5.67%) Service Delivery
7 7 (4.96%) Change Management
7 7 (4.96%) Network Management
7 7 (4.96%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (4.26%) Information Security
8 6 (4.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 6 (4.26%) Network Architecture
8 6 (4.26%) Network Monitoring
8 6 (4.26%) Process Management
8 6 (4.26%) Scrum
8 6 (4.26%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.51%) PowerShell
2 7 (4.96%) Bash Shell
3 6 (4.26%) Python
4 3 (2.13%) Ruby
4 3 (2.13%) SQL
5 2 (1.42%) C
5 2 (1.42%) Java
6 1 (0.71%) Perl
6 1 (0.71%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 38 (26.95%) Security Cleared
2 31 (21.99%) Cisco Certification
3 30 (21.28%) SC Cleared
4 25 (17.73%) CCNP
5 17 (12.06%) CCNA
6 7 (4.96%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (4.96%) Degree
7 6 (4.26%) CCIE
8 5 (3.55%) CCIP
8 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (2.84%) BC Cleared
9 4 (2.84%) CCDP
9 4 (2.84%) HNC
9 4 (2.84%) HND
9 4 (2.84%) MCSE
10 2 (1.42%) CCIE Security
10 2 (1.42%) CISSP
10 2 (1.42%) ISEB
10 2 (1.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 2 (1.42%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.96%) QA
2 5 (3.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.13%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (2.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 3 (2.13%) SLA
4 2 (1.42%) GDPR
5 1 (0.71%) NIST
5 1 (0.71%) NIST 800
5 1 (0.71%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 50 (35.46%) Active Directory
2 14 (9.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.84%) Docker
3 4 (2.84%) vSphere
4 2 (1.42%) BitLocker
4 2 (1.42%) Terminal Server
4 2 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.71%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.71%) XenApp
5 1 (0.71%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (14.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 19 (13.48%) ServiceCenter
3 15 (10.64%) SCCM
4 9 (6.38%) FortiGate
5 8 (5.67%) Terraform
6 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.84%) Opsview
7 3 (2.13%) Ansible
7 3 (2.13%) Jamf Pro
7 3 (2.13%) ZABBIX
8 2 (1.42%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (1.42%) Consul
8 2 (1.42%) Demisto
8 2 (1.42%) Grafana
8 2 (1.42%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.42%) Packer
8 2 (1.42%) QRadar
8 2 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 55 (39.01%) Cisco
2 36 (25.53%) Microsoft
3 23 (16.31%) Juniper
4 22 (15.60%) Bomgar
4 22 (15.60%) VMware
5 21 (14.89%) F5
5 21 (14.89%) HP
5 21 (14.89%) Remedy
6 20 (14.18%) Adobe
7 19 (13.48%) Peregrine
8 17 (12.06%) Citrix
9 14 (9.93%) CheckPoint
10 9 (6.38%) Fortinet
11 7 (4.96%) Palo Alto
11 7 (4.96%) ServiceNow
11 7 (4.96%) SolarWinds
12 6 (4.26%) Nokia
13 5 (3.55%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 5 (3.55%) Apple
14 4 (2.84%) Blue Coat