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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / South East
Rank 115 104 110
Rank change year-on-year -11 +6  
Contract jobs citing VPN 136 178 163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.76% 1.93% 1.66%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.27% 8.73% 8.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 91 88
Median daily rate £380 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.29% +2.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £196 £200 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £498 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.17% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 11 5
Median hourly rate £13.50 £21.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.71% -50.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.60 £22.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £16.84 £16.78
% change year-on-year -22.80% +0.35%  

VPN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next 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 and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 1467 2039 2018
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 18.97% 22.11% 20.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 843 1128 982
Median daily rate £400 £352 £341
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% +3.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 103 101
Median hourly rate £19.56 £42.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.42% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £18.00 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £51.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing VPN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the South East

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the South East

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the South East over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in the South East

VPN
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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Surrey +3 30 £375 -2.59% 2
Buckinghamshire +6 29 £438 -2.88% 10
Hampshire -6 26 £175 -56.25% 8
Berkshire -9 26 £350 -9.67% 8
Oxfordshire -9 11 £450 +200.00%
West Sussex +5 10 £419 -4.28%
Kent +8 2 £375 -16.66%
East Sussex +6 1 £275 - 2
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for VPN.

1 129 (53.09%) Cisco
2 119 (48.97%) Firewall
3 80 (32.92%) Windows
4 78 (32.10%) Cisco Certification
5 75 (30.86%) WAN
6 65 (26.75%) LAN
6 65 (26.75%) CCNP
7 63 (25.93%) Security Cleared
8 58 (23.87%) Cisco ASA
9 57 (23.46%) SC Cleared
9 57 (23.46%) DNS
10 51 (20.99%) TCP/IP
10 51 (20.99%) Data Centre
11 50 (20.58%) VMware
12 49 (20.16%) CCNA
12 49 (20.16%) Active Directory
12 49 (20.16%) Microsoft
13 47 (19.34%) Juniper
13 47 (19.34%) Linux
14 46 (18.93%) MS Office
15 44 (18.11%) BGP
15 44 (18.11%) Wireless
15 44 (18.11%) Cisco Nexus
16 43 (17.70%) ITIL
17 39 (16.05%) CheckPoint
18 38 (15.64%) MPLS
18 38 (15.64%) SSL
19 36 (14.81%) F5
20 35 (14.40%) OSPF
21 34 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure

VPN
Top Related 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 14 (5.76%) MS Exchange
2 9 (3.70%) Skype for Business
3 4 (1.65%) IBM Notes
4 2 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (0.82%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.41%) Apache
5 1 (0.41%) Confluence
5 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 46 (18.93%) MS Office
2 24 (9.88%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (1.65%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 22 (9.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (7.82%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (7.41%) Office 365
4 3 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.82%) IaaS
5 2 (0.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.41%) PaaS
6 1 (0.41%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 119 (48.97%) Firewall
2 75 (30.86%) WAN
3 65 (26.75%) LAN
4 58 (23.87%) Cisco ASA
5 57 (23.46%) DNS
6 51 (20.99%) TCP/IP
7 44 (18.11%) BGP
7 44 (18.11%) Cisco Nexus
7 44 (18.11%) Wireless
8 38 (15.64%) MPLS
8 38 (15.64%) SSL
9 35 (14.40%) OSPF
10 34 (13.99%) Network Security
11 27 (11.11%) VLAN
12 24 (9.88%) Internet
13 23 (9.47%) DHCP
13 23 (9.47%) IPsec
14 21 (8.64%) VoIP
15 17 (7.00%) SAN
16 15 (6.17%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.23%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.82%) MySQL
2 2 (0.82%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.82%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.41%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.41%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Jenkins
1 4 (1.65%) JIRA
2 2 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.82%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.82%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.41%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.41%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.41%) Vagrant
General
1 28 (11.52%) Telecoms
2 14 (5.76%) Finance
3 7 (2.88%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.47%) Banking
5 4 (1.65%) Advertising
6 3 (1.23%) Legal
6 3 (1.23%) Publishing
7 2 (0.82%) Billing
7 2 (0.82%) Law
7 2 (0.82%) Local Government
8 1 (0.41%) Automotive
8 1 (0.41%) Back Office
8 1 (0.41%) Electronics
8 1 (0.41%) Marketing
8 1 (0.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 66 (27.16%) Network Engineer
2 25 (10.29%) Architect
3 24 (9.88%) Analyst
4 22 (9.05%) Support Engineer
5 21 (8.64%) Consultant
6 19 (7.82%) Security Engineer
7 16 (6.58%) Administrator
7 16 (6.58%) Network Security Engineer
8 13 (5.35%) 2nd Line Support
9 12 (4.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 11 (4.53%) Systems Administrator
11 10 (4.12%) Cisco Engineer
11 10 (4.12%) Network Analyst
11 10 (4.12%) Systems Engineer
12 9 (3.70%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 9 (3.70%) Desktop Support
12 9 (3.70%) Linux Engineer
12 9 (3.70%) Network Architect
12 9 (3.70%) Project Manager
12 9 (3.70%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.12%) 802.1X
2 4 (1.65%) Middleware
2 4 (1.65%) Web Services
3 3 (1.23%) REST
4 2 (0.82%) .NET
4 2 (0.82%) CSS
4 2 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (0.82%) SAML
4 2 (0.82%) SAP Basis
4 2 (0.82%) SAP Smart Forms
4 2 (0.82%) YAML
5 1 (0.41%) ADO
5 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.41%) JMS
5 1 (0.41%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 1 (0.41%) SOAP
5 1 (0.41%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.41%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (20.99%) Data Centre
2 20 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (4.94%) Management Information System
4 11 (4.53%) PKI
5 8 (3.29%) Replication
5 8 (3.29%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (2.88%) Smartphone
7 6 (2.47%) CMDB
8 5 (2.06%) BYOD
8 5 (2.06%) Fat Client
8 5 (2.06%) iPad
8 5 (2.06%) RSA SecurID
8 5 (2.06%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.23%) Machine to Machine
9 3 (1.23%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.23%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.82%) Enterprise Storage
10 2 (0.82%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 80 (32.92%) Windows
2 47 (19.34%) Linux
3 28 (11.52%) Windows 7
4 23 (9.47%) Windows Server
5 21 (8.64%) Unix
6 17 (7.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (6.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (5.76%) CentOS
9 12 (4.94%) Android
10 10 (4.12%) Windows 10
10 10 (4.12%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (3.70%) Windows 8
12 6 (2.47%) Ubuntu
12 6 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (2.06%) Solaris
13 5 (2.06%) Windows XP
14 3 (1.23%) AIX
14 3 (1.23%) Apple iOS
14 3 (1.23%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.82%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (17.70%) ITIL
2 30 (12.35%) Load Balancing
3 28 (11.52%) Network Design
4 22 (9.05%) Migration
5 12 (4.94%) Incident Management
5 12 (4.94%) Service Delivery
6 11 (4.53%) Coaching
7 10 (4.12%) Configuration Management
7 10 (4.12%) Information Security
7 10 (4.12%) Project Management
7 10 (4.12%) Service Management
8 7 (2.88%) DevOps
8 7 (2.88%) ITIL V3
8 7 (2.88%) Kalman Filter
9 6 (2.47%) Change Management
9 6 (2.47%) ITSM
9 6 (2.47%) Network Management
9 6 (2.47%) Network Monitoring
9 6 (2.47%) Regulatory Compliance
9 6 (2.47%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (4.12%) Python
2 9 (3.70%) PowerShell
3 8 (3.29%) C
4 7 (2.88%) Perl
5 6 (2.47%) Ruby
6 5 (2.06%) Bash Shell
7 4 (1.65%) SQL
8 2 (0.82%) Java
8 2 (0.82%) PHP
9 1 (0.41%) C#
9 1 (0.41%) C++
9 1 (0.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 78 (32.10%) Cisco Certification
2 65 (26.75%) CCNP
3 63 (25.93%) Security Cleared
4 57 (23.46%) SC Cleared
5 49 (20.16%) CCNA
6 28 (11.52%) Degree
7 14 (5.76%) CCDP
8 11 (4.53%) CCIE
9 10 (4.12%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (2.88%) CCSE
10 7 (2.88%) JNCIS
10 7 (2.88%) MCSE
11 6 (2.47%) DV Cleared
11 6 (2.47%) MCP
12 5 (2.06%) CEH
12 5 (2.06%) Check Point Certification
12 5 (2.06%) CISSP
13 4 (1.65%) CCDA
13 4 (1.65%) PMI Certification
13 4 (1.65%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.17%) SLA
2 6 (2.47%) QA
3 5 (2.06%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.82%) PMO
5 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.41%) PMBOK
System Software
1 49 (20.16%) Active Directory
2 34 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (6.58%) vSphere
4 12 (4.94%) vCloud
5 9 (3.70%) ProxySG
6 8 (3.29%) Hyper-V
7 7 (2.88%) XenApp
8 5 (2.06%) VMware ESX
8 5 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.06%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.65%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (1.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.23%) BitLocker
10 3 (1.23%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.82%) Docker
11 2 (0.82%) NFS
11 2 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.82%) XenServer
12 1 (0.41%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 16 (6.58%) Puppet
2 13 (5.35%) Nagios
3 11 (4.53%) SCCM
4 10 (4.12%) FortiGate
5 8 (3.29%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (2.06%) Backup Exec
6 5 (2.06%) NetBackup
6 5 (2.06%) Tivoli
7 4 (1.65%) Ansible
7 4 (1.65%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.65%) Nexpose
7 4 (1.65%) SCOM
8 3 (1.23%) OPNET
8 3 (1.23%) Opsview
8 3 (1.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.82%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.82%) Control-M
9 2 (0.82%) OpenView
9 2 (0.82%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.82%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 129 (53.09%) Cisco
2 50 (20.58%) VMware
3 49 (20.16%) Microsoft
4 47 (19.34%) Juniper
5 39 (16.05%) CheckPoint
6 36 (14.81%) F5
7 25 (10.29%) Palo Alto
8 20 (8.23%) Citrix
9 18 (7.41%) Blue Coat
10 17 (7.00%) Apple
11 16 (6.58%) HP
12 11 (4.53%) Brocade
12 11 (4.53%) Dell
13 10 (4.12%) Riverbed
14 9 (3.70%) Remedy
15 8 (3.29%) Avaya
15 8 (3.29%) SAP
15 8 (3.29%) SolarWinds
16 7 (2.88%) Red Hat
16 7 (2.88%) Symantec
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