Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 132 179 136
Rank change year-on-year +47 -43 +1
Contract jobs citing VPN 286 228 267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.91% 1.33% 1.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.26% 8.81% 9.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 120 140
South East median daily rate £363 £421 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.95% +5.31% +6.67%
10th Percentile £135 £175 £196
90th Percentile £550 £541 £538
England median daily rate £418 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +1.21% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 16 29
South East median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +12.07% -23.68%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.23 £12.33
90th Percentile £33.50 £24.38 £43.00
England median hourly rate £16.60 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -7.76% - -5.26%

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 2,541 2,587 2,735
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.94% 15.06% 17.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,502 1,355 1,509
South East median daily rate £413 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.13% +4.58%
10th Percentile £210 £206 £213
90th Percentile £578 £575 £538
England median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 147 177
South East median hourly rate £19.64 £25.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.44% +42.86% -30.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.73 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.15 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.75% +6.95% -25.20%

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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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 +50 137 £350 -17.65% 43
Berkshire +26 103 £460 +8.24% 28
Hampshire 0 59 £350 -21.35% 26
Surrey +39 39 £450 -6.79% 14
West Sussex +34 33 £400 +33.33% 11
Oxfordshire +37 22 £140 -68.89% 9
Buckinghamshire +4 12 £500 +49.03% 6
East Sussex -8 8 £250 -23.08% 3
Kent -1 7 £300 +71.43% 14
Middlesex +9 1 £192 -57.30%
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 159 (55.59%) Firewall
2 118 (41.26%) Cisco
3 105 (36.71%) WAN
4 92 (32.17%) Active Directory
5 90 (31.47%) LAN
6 83 (29.02%) Cisco Certification
7 82 (28.67%) Microsoft
8 81 (28.32%) TCP/IP
9 79 (27.62%) DNS
10 76 (26.57%) Windows
11 74 (25.87%) Security Cleared
12 68 (23.78%) SC Cleared
13 59 (20.63%) Office 365
14 57 (19.93%) Microsoft Azure
15 56 (19.58%) CCNP
16 54 (18.88%) MPLS
17 53 (18.53%) CCNA
18 46 (16.08%) Linux
18 46 (16.08%) VMware
19 45 (15.73%) Migration
19 45 (15.73%) IPsec
20 44 (15.38%) BGP
21 43 (15.03%) Cisco ASA
22 41 (14.34%) OSPF
23 39 (13.64%) Juniper
23 39 (13.64%) Wireless
24 38 (13.29%) VLAN
25 37 (12.94%) CheckPoint
25 37 (12.94%) SharePoint
25 37 (12.94%) Data Centre

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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 37 (12.94%) SharePoint
2 34 (11.89%) MS Exchange
3 19 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (3.15%) Skype for Business
5 4 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (1.40%) IIS
5 4 (1.40%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.05%) Apache
6 3 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.70%) Confluence
7 2 (0.70%) IBM Domino
7 2 (0.70%) IBM Notes
7 2 (0.70%) JBoss
7 2 (0.70%) nginx
7 2 (0.70%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.70%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.35%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.35%) Tomcat
Applications
1 34 (11.89%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.40%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.35%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (2.10%) assyst
2 2 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 59 (20.63%) Office 365
2 57 (19.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (8.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 18 (6.29%) SaaS
6 15 (5.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 13 (4.55%) AWS CloudFormation
8 12 (4.20%) IaaS
9 11 (3.85%) Amazon ECS
10 10 (3.50%) Amazon EMR
10 10 (3.50%) AWS Lambda
10 10 (3.50%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (3.50%) Serverless
11 9 (3.15%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (3.15%) Amazon Kinesis
12 8 (2.80%) PaaS
13 7 (2.45%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (2.45%) Power Platform
14 6 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (2.10%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 159 (55.59%) Firewall
2 105 (36.71%) WAN
3 90 (31.47%) LAN
4 81 (28.32%) TCP/IP
5 79 (27.62%) DNS
6 54 (18.88%) MPLS
7 45 (15.73%) IPsec
8 44 (15.38%) BGP
9 43 (15.03%) Cisco ASA
10 41 (14.34%) OSPF
11 39 (13.64%) Wireless
12 38 (13.29%) VLAN
13 32 (11.19%) DHCP
13 32 (11.19%) Internet
14 30 (10.49%) VoIP
15 29 (10.14%) Network Security
15 29 (10.14%) SAN
16 26 (9.09%) NAS
17 24 (8.39%) Ethernet
18 22 (7.69%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.20%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 5 (1.75%) MySQL
3 5 (1.75%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.05%) MS Access
5 2 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.35%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (2.80%) Jenkins
1 8 (2.80%) JIRA
2 3 (1.05%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.05%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (1.05%) TeamCity
3 2 (0.70%) Artifactory
3 2 (0.70%) FishEye
3 2 (0.70%) GitLab
3 2 (0.70%) Maven
3 2 (0.70%) MSI
3 2 (0.70%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (0.70%) SonarQube
3 2 (0.70%) Subversion
3 2 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (0.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.35%) Gradle
4 1 (0.35%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.35%) QARun
4 1 (0.35%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.35%) WinRunner
General
1 32 (11.19%) Telecoms
2 20 (6.99%) Finance
3 18 (6.29%) French Language
3 18 (6.29%) German Language
4 5 (1.75%) Legal
5 4 (1.40%) Back Office
5 4 (1.40%) Banking
6 2 (0.70%) Advertising
6 2 (0.70%) Billing
6 2 (0.70%) Games
6 2 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.70%) Retail
7 1 (0.35%) Electronics
7 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 90 (31.47%) Network Engineer
2 31 (10.84%) Architect
3 26 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (8.39%) Support Engineer
5 22 (7.69%) Security Engineer
6 18 (6.29%) Administrator
7 15 (5.24%) AWS Engineer
7 15 (5.24%) Azure Specialist
8 14 (4.90%) Help Desk Support
9 12 (4.20%) DevOps Engineer
10 11 (3.85%) Infrastructure Support
10 11 (3.85%) IT Engineer
10 11 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
11 10 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
11 10 (3.50%) Cisco Engineer
11 10 (3.50%) Network Specialist
12 9 (3.15%) 1st Line Support
12 9 (3.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 9 (3.15%) Network Support
12 9 (3.15%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (5.94%) Web Services
2 9 (3.15%) Kafka
2 9 (3.15%) LDAP
3 7 (2.45%) 802.1X
4 4 (1.40%) SailPoint
5 3 (1.05%) HTML
5 3 (1.05%) Middleware
5 3 (1.05%) XML
6 2 (0.70%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.70%) Java EE
6 2 (0.70%) JMS
6 2 (0.70%) JSON
6 2 (0.70%) JTA
6 2 (0.70%) Servlets
7 1 (0.35%) LAMP
7 1 (0.35%) LEMP Stack
7 1 (0.35%) ModSecurity
7 1 (0.35%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 37 (12.94%) Data Centre
2 12 (4.20%) Replication
3 10 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (2.80%) Fat Client
4 8 (2.80%) PKI
4 8 (2.80%) Public Cloud
4 8 (2.80%) Thin Client
5 6 (2.10%) Microsoft Licensing
6 5 (1.75%) Clustering
6 5 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (1.40%) BBC
7 4 (1.40%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.05%) BYOD
8 3 (1.05%) CESG
8 3 (1.05%) CMDB
8 3 (1.05%) Cybercrime
8 3 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.05%) NHS
8 3 (1.05%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 76 (26.57%) Windows
2 46 (16.08%) Linux
3 33 (11.54%) Windows Server
4 21 (7.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (5.59%) Windows 10
6 14 (4.90%) Windows 7
7 9 (3.15%) Unix
8 8 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (2.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (2.45%) Mac OS
9 7 (2.45%) Ubuntu
10 6 (2.10%) CentOS
11 5 (1.75%) Apple iOS
11 5 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.40%) Check Point GAiA
12 4 (1.40%) Solaris
13 2 (0.70%) Android
13 2 (0.70%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.70%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (15.73%) Migration
2 32 (11.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 26 (9.09%) Configuration Management
4 24 (8.39%) Customer Requirements
4 24 (8.39%) ITIL
5 23 (8.04%) Disaster Recovery
5 23 (8.04%) Network Monitoring
6 19 (6.64%) Load Balancing
7 18 (6.29%) DevOps
7 18 (6.29%) Network Design
8 17 (5.94%) Infrastructure as Code
9 16 (5.59%) SIEM
10 15 (5.24%) Identity Access Management
11 14 (4.90%) Information Security
12 13 (4.55%) Change Management
13 12 (4.20%) Change Control
13 12 (4.20%) Computer Science
14 11 (3.85%) Data Encryption
14 11 (3.85%) Mentoring
14 11 (3.85%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 20 (6.99%) PowerShell
2 14 (4.90%) SQL
3 12 (4.20%) Python
4 3 (1.05%) Java
4 3 (1.05%) Lua
5 2 (0.70%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.35%) Perl
Qualifications
1 83 (29.02%) Cisco Certification
2 74 (25.87%) Security Cleared
3 68 (23.78%) SC Cleared
4 56 (19.58%) CCNP
5 53 (18.53%) CCNA
6 19 (6.64%) Degree
7 12 (4.20%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (3.85%) CCDP
9 10 (3.50%) CCIE
10 9 (3.15%) MCSE
11 8 (2.80%) CCENT
11 8 (2.80%) DV Cleared
11 8 (2.80%) MCP
12 6 (2.10%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (1.75%) CCIP
13 5 (1.75%) JNCIA
14 4 (1.40%) JNCIP
14 4 (1.40%) JNCIS
14 4 (1.40%) Master's Degree
15 3 (1.05%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (7.34%) SLA
2 10 (3.50%) QA
3 7 (2.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (2.10%) PMO
5 4 (1.40%) NIST
6 2 (0.70%) GxP
7 1 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.35%) GDPR
7 1 (0.35%) NCSC
System Software
1 92 (32.17%) Active Directory
2 22 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.59%) Hyper-V
3 16 (5.59%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (2.10%) Docker
5 4 (1.40%) XenApp
6 3 (1.05%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.70%) NDS
7 2 (0.70%) NetIQ eDirectory
7 2 (0.70%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.70%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.35%) iptables
8 1 (0.35%) Snort
8 1 (0.35%) Squid
8 1 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 28 (9.79%) Ansible
2 21 (7.34%) Terraform
3 15 (5.24%) Single Sign-On
4 13 (4.55%) SCCM
5 12 (4.20%) FortiGate
6 10 (3.50%) Puppet
7 9 (3.15%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (2.10%) Kubernetes
9 5 (1.75%) Cisco Prime
10 4 (1.40%) Opsview
10 4 (1.40%) vCenter Server
11 3 (1.05%) Cisco CUCM
11 3 (1.05%) Nagios
11 3 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
12 2 (0.70%) Cisco UCCX
12 2 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
12 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (0.70%) ServiceCenter
12 2 (0.70%) WSUS
Vendors
1 118 (41.26%) Cisco
2 82 (28.67%) Microsoft
3 46 (16.08%) VMware
4 39 (13.64%) Juniper
5 37 (12.94%) CheckPoint
6 33 (11.54%) F5
7 23 (8.04%) SolarWinds
8 22 (7.69%) Citrix
9 17 (5.94%) HP
10 15 (5.24%) Fortinet
11 13 (4.55%) Palo Alto
12 12 (4.20%) Meraki
13 10 (3.50%) Blue Coat
13 10 (3.50%) Dell
13 10 (3.50%) NetApp
14 9 (3.15%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 9 (3.15%) Oracle
14 9 (3.15%) Riverbed
14 9 (3.15%) Veeam
15 7 (2.45%) Infoblox