Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 127 139 161
Rank change year-on-year +12 +22 +7
Contract jobs citing VPN 185 293 251
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.75% 1.85% 1.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.88% 11.34% 8.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 173 164
South East median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £120 £165 £120
90th Percentile £550 £538 £550
England median daily rate £400 £425 £391
% change year-on-year -5.88% +8.63% -5.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 22 18
South East median hourly rate £80.00 £17.00 £14.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +370.59% +16.24% +6.36%
10th Percentile £18.58 £15.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £82.50 £47.50 £33.33
England median hourly rate £14.65 £17.75 £16.20
% change year-on-year -17.46% +9.55% -6.07%

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 1,873 2,583 2,794
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.69% 16.28% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 946 1,413 1,486
South East median daily rate £400 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £180 £213 £161
90th Percentile £550 £575 £575
England median daily rate £414 £425 £413
% change year-on-year -2.59% +3.03% +0.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 138 138
South East median hourly rate £33.00 £18.06 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +82.75% +0.32% -10.00%
10th Percentile £14.98 £12.00 £11.65
90th Percentile £57.50 £49.13 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.04
% change year-on-year +12.30% -6.69% -6.79%

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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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 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 +10 105 £425 +7.59% 32
Berkshire +9 75 £444 -8.97% 22
Hampshire +53 58 £338 -11.48% 24
Buckinghamshire +17 23 £375 +9.09% 6
Surrey +33 13 £520 +48.57% 22
Oxfordshire +10 7 £203 -19.00% 4
Kent +16 3 £475 -5.00% 10
West Sussex -16 3 £250 -23.08% 7
Sussex - 2 - - 1
Isle of Wight - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 98 (52.97%) Firewall
2 78 (42.16%) Windows
3 67 (36.22%) Cisco
4 61 (32.97%) DNS
5 60 (32.43%) Active Directory
5 60 (32.43%) Security Cleared
6 54 (29.19%) Microsoft
7 52 (28.11%) Azure
8 51 (27.57%) Internet
9 50 (27.03%) TCP/IP
10 48 (25.95%) WAN
10 48 (25.95%) BGP
10 48 (25.95%) SC Cleared
11 47 (25.41%) Microsoft Office
12 39 (21.08%) Cisco Certification
13 38 (20.54%) LAN
14 37 (20.00%) Office 365
15 35 (18.92%) Data Centre
16 34 (18.38%) Windows Server
16 34 (18.38%) MPLS
17 33 (17.84%) PowerShell
18 31 (16.76%) OSPF
18 31 (16.76%) CheckPoint
18 31 (16.76%) CCNP
19 27 (14.59%) Reverse Proxy
19 27 (14.59%) F5
20 26 (14.05%) SaaS
20 26 (14.05%) Information Security
21 25 (13.51%) VMware
21 25 (13.51%) IPsec

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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 19 (10.27%) MS Exchange
2 17 (9.19%) Exchange Server 2003
2 17 (9.19%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (2.70%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.16%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.62%) Apache
6 2 (1.08%) Confluence
6 2 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (1.08%) JBoss
6 2 (1.08%) nginx
6 2 (1.08%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.08%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.08%) WildFly
7 1 (0.54%) IIS
Applications
1 47 (25.41%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (11.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (10.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 19 (10.27%) MS Visio
4 17 (9.19%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (8.65%) Acrobat
6 13 (7.03%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (9.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.54%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 52 (28.11%) Azure
2 37 (20.00%) Office 365
3 26 (14.05%) SaaS
4 25 (13.51%) IaaS
5 24 (12.97%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 22 (11.89%) PaaS
7 16 (8.65%) AWS
7 16 (8.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 12 (6.49%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (5.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 7 (3.78%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (2.16%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (1.62%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (1.62%) Route 53
12 3 (1.62%) Serverless
13 2 (1.08%) Amazon ECS
13 2 (1.08%) AWS CodeBuild
13 2 (1.08%) AWS Step Functions
13 2 (1.08%) BlazeMeter
13 2 (1.08%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 98 (52.97%) Firewall
2 61 (32.97%) DNS
3 51 (27.57%) Internet
4 50 (27.03%) TCP/IP
5 48 (25.95%) BGP
5 48 (25.95%) WAN
6 38 (20.54%) LAN
7 34 (18.38%) MPLS
8 31 (16.76%) OSPF
9 27 (14.59%) Reverse Proxy
10 25 (13.51%) IPsec
11 23 (12.43%) Wireless
12 22 (11.89%) Cisco ASA
12 22 (11.89%) Cisco Nexus
12 22 (11.89%) SAN
13 21 (11.35%) NAS
13 21 (11.35%) Remote Desktop
14 20 (10.81%) Network Security
15 19 (10.27%) WebEx
16 18 (9.73%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.32%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (2.16%) MySQL
3 3 (1.62%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.62%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.08%) Redis
4 2 (1.08%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 8 (4.32%) Visual Studio Team System
2 6 (3.24%) Selenium
3 5 (2.70%) JIRA
4 3 (1.62%) JMeter
5 2 (1.08%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.08%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.08%) Mocha
5 2 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (1.08%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (1.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 17 (9.19%) Telecoms
2 16 (8.65%) Finance
3 6 (3.24%) Public Sector
4 4 (2.16%) Retail
5 3 (1.62%) Advertising
5 3 (1.62%) Banking
6 2 (1.08%) Legal
6 2 (1.08%) Mandarin Language
6 2 (1.08%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.08%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.54%) Automotive
7 1 (0.54%) Electronics
7 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.54%) Law
7 1 (0.54%) Marketing
7 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 54 (29.19%) Network Engineer
2 21 (11.35%) Architect
3 20 (10.81%) Support Engineer
4 15 (8.11%) Azure Engineer
4 15 (8.11%) Desktop Support
5 13 (7.03%) Analyst
6 11 (5.95%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 9 (4.86%) IT Support
7 9 (4.86%) Security Engineer
8 8 (4.32%) Help Desk Support
8 8 (4.32%) Network Support
8 8 (4.32%) Operations Engineer
8 8 (4.32%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (3.78%) Implementation Engineer
9 7 (3.78%) IT Engineer
9 7 (3.78%) Network Operations Engineer
10 6 (3.24%) Azure Architect
10 6 (3.24%) Cloud Architect
10 6 (3.24%) Cloud Engineer
10 6 (3.24%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.51%) Web Services
2 5 (2.70%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.70%) Oracle Fusion
3 2 (1.08%) ActiveMQ
3 2 (1.08%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (1.08%) Kafka
3 2 (1.08%) Memcached
4 1 (0.54%) CSS
4 1 (0.54%) JSON
4 1 (0.54%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (18.92%) Data Centre
2 24 (12.97%) Replication
3 21 (11.35%) Blackberry
4 17 (9.19%) PDA
5 10 (5.41%) Hybrid Cloud
6 8 (4.32%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (4.32%) Public Cloud
7 7 (3.78%) Microsoft Licensing
8 4 (2.16%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (2.16%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.62%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (1.08%) Clustering
10 2 (1.08%) iPad
10 2 (1.08%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.54%) Cyberthreat
11 1 (0.54%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.54%) FMCG
11 1 (0.54%) iPhone
11 1 (0.54%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 78 (42.16%) Windows
2 34 (18.38%) Windows Server
3 25 (13.51%) Windows 7
4 20 (10.81%) Windows XP
5 19 (10.27%) Linux
5 19 (10.27%) Windows 10
6 18 (9.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (9.19%) Windows 2000
7 17 (9.19%) Windows Server 2003
7 17 (9.19%) Windows Vista
8 8 (4.32%) Android
9 6 (3.24%) Mac OS
10 5 (2.70%) Apple iOS
11 4 (2.16%) Check Point GAiA
12 3 (1.62%) Unix
13 2 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.08%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.54%) CentOS
14 1 (0.54%) Debian
14 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (14.05%) Information Security
2 21 (11.35%) Disaster Recovery
3 20 (10.81%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (9.73%) Incident Management
4 18 (9.73%) ITSM
5 17 (9.19%) Computer Science
6 16 (8.65%) Non-Functional Testing
6 16 (8.65%) SOA
7 15 (8.11%) Agile Software Development
8 14 (7.57%) ITIL
9 12 (6.49%) ERP
9 12 (6.49%) Load Balancing
9 12 (6.49%) Network Design
10 11 (5.95%) Migration
11 10 (5.41%) Analytics
11 10 (5.41%) Identity Management
11 10 (5.41%) Network Management
11 10 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (4.86%) Change Management
12 9 (4.86%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.84%) PowerShell
2 12 (6.49%) SQL
3 7 (3.78%) Bash Shell
3 7 (3.78%) Python
4 4 (2.16%) C
5 3 (1.62%) Ruby
6 2 (1.08%) C#
6 2 (1.08%) C++
6 2 (1.08%) Java
6 2 (1.08%) Perl
7 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 60 (32.43%) Security Cleared
2 48 (25.95%) SC Cleared
3 39 (21.08%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (16.76%) CCNP
5 19 (10.27%) Degree
6 18 (9.73%) CCNA
7 13 (7.03%) CCIE
8 7 (3.78%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (3.78%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (2.70%) CISSP
10 4 (2.16%) CCSE
10 4 (2.16%) HNC
10 4 (2.16%) HND
10 4 (2.16%) MCSE
11 3 (1.62%) CCIP
11 3 (1.62%) ISEB
11 3 (1.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (1.08%) BC Cleared
12 2 (1.08%) CCDP
12 2 (1.08%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (3.78%) QA
3 5 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.70%) SLA
4 3 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (1.08%) GDPR
6 1 (0.54%) NIST
6 1 (0.54%) NIST 800
System Software
1 60 (32.43%) Active Directory
2 14 (7.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.24%) Docker
4 4 (2.16%) vSphere
5 3 (1.62%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.08%) BitLocker
6 2 (1.08%) Firmware
7 1 (0.54%) KVM
7 1 (0.54%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.54%) XenApp
7 1 (0.54%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 19 (10.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 17 (9.19%) ServiceCenter
3 16 (8.65%) SCCM
4 14 (7.57%) Microsoft Intune
5 9 (4.86%) FortiGate
5 9 (4.86%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (4.32%) Terraform
7 4 (2.16%) Ansible
7 4 (2.16%) Opsview
8 3 (1.62%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (1.62%) ZABBIX
9 2 (1.08%) Consul
9 2 (1.08%) Endace
9 2 (1.08%) Grafana
9 2 (1.08%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.08%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (1.08%) Packer
9 2 (1.08%) Puppet
9 2 (1.08%) QRadar
Vendors
1 67 (36.22%) Cisco
2 54 (29.19%) Microsoft
3 31 (16.76%) CheckPoint
4 27 (14.59%) F5
5 25 (13.51%) VMware
6 24 (12.97%) Juniper
7 21 (11.35%) Bomgar
8 19 (10.27%) Remedy
9 18 (9.73%) HP
10 17 (9.19%) Adobe
10 17 (9.19%) Citrix
10 17 (9.19%) Peregrine
11 16 (8.65%) Palo Alto
12 14 (7.57%) Fortinet
13 11 (5.95%) Blue Coat
14 9 (4.86%) McAfee
15 8 (4.32%) Meraki
15 8 (4.32%) SolarWinds
15 8 (4.32%) Workday
16 6 (3.24%) ServiceNow