Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 118 190 162
Rank change year-on-year +72 -28 0
Contract jobs citing VPN 289 218 248
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.10% 1.32% 1.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.62% 8.17% 8.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 119 137
South East median daily rate £425 £388 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +1.97% -5.00%
10th Percentile £149 £155 £131
90th Percentile £552 £575 £566
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 10 27
South East median hourly rate £80.00 £15.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +407.94% -10.00% -7.89%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.23 £12.50
90th Percentile £82.50 £24.53 £43.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.60 £18.70
% change year-on-year -5.91% -0.53% -1.58%

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 2,487 2,668 2,813
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 18.07% 16.21% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,395 1,405 1,551
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £203 £202 £200
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 118 150
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £23.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +68.42% +31.94% -25.47%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.56 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £52.00 £46.02
England median hourly rate £29.25 £19.69 £18.70
% change year-on-year +48.53% +5.31% -16.89%

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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 22 October 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 22 October 2019.

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 6 months to 22 October 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 +56 167 £450 +9.09% 43
Berkshire +41 135 £461 +2.50% 24
Hampshire +15 60 £365 -1.35% 34
Surrey +27 22 £550 +223.53% 21
West Sussex +19 21 £500 +25.00% 3
Buckinghamshire +18 18 £400 +23.08% 11
Oxfordshire +38 14 £250 +53.85% 8
East Sussex +9 8 £525 +61.54%
Kent +10 7 £300 -2.04% 11
Isle of Wight - 1 - - 1
Sussex - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 195 (67.47%) Firewall
2 139 (48.10%) DNS
3 118 (40.83%) Microsoft
4 115 (39.79%) TCP/IP
5 113 (39.10%) Security Cleared
6 112 (38.75%) Cisco
7 110 (38.06%) Azure
8 106 (36.68%) Windows
9 103 (35.64%) WAN
10 99 (34.26%) SC Cleared
11 88 (30.45%) LAN
12 86 (29.76%) Active Directory
13 71 (24.57%) Office 365
14 70 (24.22%) Cisco Certification
15 68 (23.53%) Internet
16 62 (21.45%) Reverse Proxy
17 59 (20.42%) BGP
18 57 (19.72%) Disaster Recovery
18 57 (19.72%) SAN
18 57 (19.72%) SaaS
19 56 (19.38%) IaaS
19 56 (19.38%) MPLS
20 54 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
20 54 (18.69%) PowerShell
21 53 (18.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
22 52 (17.99%) NAS
22 52 (17.99%) Web Services
22 52 (17.99%) Replication
23 50 (17.30%) CCNP
24 49 (16.96%) VMware

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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 21 (7.27%) SharePoint
2 15 (5.19%) MS Exchange
3 8 (2.77%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (1.04%) IIS
5 3 (1.04%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.69%) Apache
6 2 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.69%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.35%) nginx
7 1 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 54 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.77%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.35%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 4 (1.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.04%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 110 (38.06%) Azure
2 71 (24.57%) Office 365
3 57 (19.72%) SaaS
4 56 (19.38%) IaaS
5 53 (18.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 48 (16.61%) PaaS
7 23 (7.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (6.57%) AWS
9 18 (6.23%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (2.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (2.08%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (2.08%) OneDrive
12 5 (1.73%) Amazon ECS
12 5 (1.73%) Amazon EMR
12 5 (1.73%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (1.73%) Power Platform
13 4 (1.38%) Amazon Kinesis
13 4 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
13 4 (1.38%) Serverless
14 2 (0.69%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 195 (67.47%) Firewall
2 139 (48.10%) DNS
3 115 (39.79%) TCP/IP
4 103 (35.64%) WAN
5 88 (30.45%) LAN
6 68 (23.53%) Internet
7 62 (21.45%) Reverse Proxy
8 59 (20.42%) BGP
9 57 (19.72%) SAN
10 56 (19.38%) MPLS
11 52 (17.99%) NAS
12 43 (14.88%) OSPF
13 38 (13.15%) IPsec
13 38 (13.15%) Wireless
14 36 (12.46%) DHCP
15 34 (11.76%) Cisco ASA
15 34 (11.76%) VLAN
16 28 (9.69%) Network Security
17 20 (6.92%) Ethernet
18 19 (6.57%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.54%) Azure SQL Database
2 9 (3.11%) Oracle Database
2 9 (3.11%) Oracle Reports
3 8 (2.77%) SQL Server
4 4 (1.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 2 (0.69%) MS Access
6 1 (0.35%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.35%) MySQL
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 14 (4.84%) Visual Studio Team System
2 6 (2.08%) JIRA
2 6 (2.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (1.38%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.69%) JMeter
4 2 (0.69%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (0.69%) Selenium
5 1 (0.35%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.35%) GitLab
5 1 (0.35%) Gradle
5 1 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.35%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.35%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (11.42%) Telecoms
2 24 (8.30%) Finance
3 8 (2.77%) Public Sector
4 4 (1.38%) Advertising
4 4 (1.38%) Back Office
4 4 (1.38%) French Language
4 4 (1.38%) German Language
4 4 (1.38%) Retail
5 3 (1.04%) Banking
6 2 (0.69%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.35%) Billing
7 1 (0.35%) Electronics
7 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.35%) Legal
7 1 (0.35%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.35%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 81 (28.03%) Network Engineer
2 58 (20.07%) Architect
3 28 (9.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (8.30%) Azure Engineer
5 23 (7.96%) Azure Architect
6 21 (7.27%) Support Engineer
7 16 (5.54%) Solutions Architect
8 13 (4.50%) Cloud Architect
8 13 (4.50%) Security Engineer
9 12 (4.15%) Analyst
9 12 (4.15%) Cloud Engineer
10 11 (3.81%) Implementation Engineer
10 11 (3.81%) Network Support
11 10 (3.46%) Cisco Engineer
12 9 (3.11%) Administrator
12 9 (3.11%) Network Architect
12 9 (3.11%) Network Support Engineer
12 9 (3.11%) Security Architect
13 8 (2.77%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 8 (2.77%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (17.99%) Web Services
2 13 (4.50%) 802.1X
3 12 (4.15%) Oracle Fusion
4 5 (1.73%) Kafka
5 4 (1.38%) LDAP
5 4 (1.38%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.35%) .NET
6 1 (0.35%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.35%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.35%) JSON
6 1 (0.35%) LAMP
6 1 (0.35%) LEMP Stack
6 1 (0.35%) Middleware
6 1 (0.35%) REST
6 1 (0.35%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 52 (17.99%) Replication
2 42 (14.53%) Data Centre
3 15 (5.19%) Enterprise Software
3 15 (5.19%) Hybrid Cloud
4 14 (4.84%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (4.50%) Microsoft Licensing
6 12 (4.15%) Public Cloud
7 10 (3.46%) PKI
8 9 (3.11%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (2.42%) CMDB
9 7 (2.42%) Management Information System
10 6 (2.08%) Fat Client
10 6 (2.08%) Thin Client
11 5 (1.73%) Clustering
12 4 (1.38%) Blackberry
12 4 (1.38%) NHS
12 4 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
13 3 (1.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 3 (1.04%) iPad
13 3 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 106 (36.68%) Windows
2 39 (13.49%) Linux
3 29 (10.03%) Windows Server
4 22 (7.61%) Windows 10
5 13 (4.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (4.15%) Mac OS
7 9 (3.11%) Windows 7
8 8 (2.77%) Apple iOS
9 7 (2.42%) Android
9 7 (2.42%) Check Point GAiA
9 7 (2.42%) Ubuntu
9 7 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.08%) Unix
11 5 (1.73%) Solaris
12 4 (1.38%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.38%) Windows XP
13 3 (1.04%) CentOS
14 2 (0.69%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.69%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (19.72%) Disaster Recovery
2 41 (14.19%) Information Security
3 39 (13.49%) Computer Science
4 34 (11.76%) SOA
5 32 (11.07%) Migration
6 30 (10.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 29 (10.03%) Non-Functional Testing
8 26 (9.00%) ERP
8 26 (9.00%) ITIL
9 25 (8.65%) Analytics
10 20 (6.92%) Identity Management
11 19 (6.57%) Re-Platforming
12 18 (6.23%) Network Design
12 18 (6.23%) Project Management
12 18 (6.23%) SIEM
13 14 (4.84%) Change Management
13 14 (4.84%) Network Virtualisation
13 14 (4.84%) Project Delivery
14 13 (4.50%) Runbook
14 13 (4.50%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 54 (18.69%) PowerShell
2 28 (9.69%) SQL
3 4 (1.38%) C
3 4 (1.38%) Python
4 3 (1.04%) C++
4 3 (1.04%) Perl
5 2 (0.69%) C#
5 2 (0.69%) Java
5 2 (0.69%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.35%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 113 (39.10%) Security Cleared
2 99 (34.26%) SC Cleared
3 70 (24.22%) Cisco Certification
4 50 (17.30%) CCNP
5 46 (15.92%) Degree
6 36 (12.46%) CCNA
7 16 (5.54%) CCIE
8 15 (5.19%) Microsoft Certification
9 10 (3.46%) CCDP
10 9 (3.11%) MCSE
11 8 (2.77%) CISSP
12 7 (2.42%) MCP
13 6 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (1.73%) DV Cleared
14 5 (1.73%) JNCIS
15 4 (1.38%) CCIP
15 4 (1.38%) CCSE
15 4 (1.38%) Master's Degree
16 3 (1.04%) BC Cleared
16 3 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.61%) SLA
2 13 (4.50%) QA
3 10 (3.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.73%) NIST
4 5 (1.73%) PCI DSS
5 4 (1.38%) NCSC
6 2 (0.69%) GDPR
6 2 (0.69%) PMO
7 1 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 86 (29.76%) Active Directory
2 25 (8.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (4.84%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (2.42%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.38%) Docker
6 3 (1.04%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.69%) Firmware
7 2 (0.69%) NDS
7 2 (0.69%) NetIQ eDirectory
7 2 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.69%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.35%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.35%) KVM
8 1 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.35%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 24 (8.30%) Microsoft Intune
2 23 (7.96%) Single Sign-On
3 16 (5.54%) SCCM
4 11 (3.81%) Ansible
5 8 (2.77%) Cisco Prime
6 6 (2.08%) Puppet
6 6 (2.08%) SCOM
6 6 (2.08%) Terraform
7 5 (1.73%) Nagios
8 4 (1.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (1.38%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.69%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.69%) Cisco UCCX
9 2 (0.69%) Endace
9 2 (0.69%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.69%) ServiceCenter
10 1 (0.35%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.35%) Icinga
10 1 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 118 (40.83%) Microsoft
2 112 (38.75%) Cisco
3 49 (16.96%) VMware
4 45 (15.57%) Juniper
5 43 (14.88%) CheckPoint
6 30 (10.38%) Palo Alto
7 26 (9.00%) F5
8 23 (7.96%) SolarWinds
9 19 (6.57%) Workday
10 16 (5.54%) Oracle
11 14 (4.84%) Citrix
11 14 (4.84%) Fortinet
12 13 (4.50%) HP
13 12 (4.15%) Blue Coat
13 12 (4.15%) McAfee
14 10 (3.46%) Dell
14 10 (3.46%) Remedy
14 10 (3.46%) Veeam
15 9 (3.11%) Meraki
15 9 (3.11%) ServiceNow