Period
to 15 July 2018

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 15 July 2018 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
15 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 182 141 132
Rank change year-on-year -41 -9 -2
Contract jobs citing VPN 230 266 331
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.35% 1.66% 1.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.92% 9.64% 8.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 139 203
South East median daily rate £421 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.31% +6.67% -5.66%
10th Percentile £198 £192 £185
90th Percentile £526 £534 £569
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 29 22
South East median hourly rate £16.25 £14.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% -26.32% -26.92%
10th Percentile £12.23 £12.33 £10.58
90th Percentile £28.08 £36.20 £29.80
England median hourly rate £15.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -13.89% -5.26% +8.57%

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 2,579 2,758 3,742
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.09% 17.20% 20.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,352 1,527 2,102
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £206 £215 £220
90th Percentile £575 £538 £527
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 175 219
South East median hourly rate £25.01 £17.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.89% -32.69% -7.56%
10th Percentile £12.70 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.50 £48.89
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%

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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 15 July 2018.

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 15 July 2018.

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 15 July 2018. 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 -42 98 £425 +3.03% 30
Hampshire -1 70 £450 +12.08% 12
Berkshire -25 58 £413 +4.70% 18
Surrey -42 27 £491 +26.81% 13
Buckinghamshire -7 22 £336 -19.88% 9
West Sussex -4 19 £300 -24.05% 3
Oxfordshire +4 18 £450 - 3
East Sussex - 9 £325 - 1
Kent +10 6 £175 -53.02% 8
Middlesex +2 1 £450 -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 15 July 2018, 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.

1 142 (61.74%) Firewall
2 108 (46.96%) Cisco
3 91 (39.57%) Windows
4 88 (38.26%) WAN
5 70 (30.43%) LAN
6 62 (26.96%) Active Directory
7 61 (26.52%) Juniper
7 61 (26.52%) DNS
8 59 (25.65%) Microsoft
9 56 (24.35%) BGP
10 53 (23.04%) Security Cleared
11 47 (20.43%) TCP/IP
12 46 (20.00%) MPLS
13 44 (19.13%) Cisco Certification
13 44 (19.13%) Network Security
14 41 (17.83%) ITIL
14 41 (17.83%) VMware
15 40 (17.39%) VLAN
16 39 (16.96%) Cisco ASA
16 39 (16.96%) OSPF
17 38 (16.52%) CCNP
17 38 (16.52%) Microsoft Azure
18 37 (16.09%) CheckPoint
19 36 (15.65%) Internet
19 36 (15.65%) Linux
19 36 (15.65%) VMware Infrastructure
20 35 (15.22%) SC Cleared
20 35 (15.22%) Microsoft Office
21 33 (14.35%) SCCM
21 33 (14.35%) Office 365

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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 14 (6.09%) IIS
2 11 (4.78%) Apache
2 11 (4.78%) SharePoint
3 9 (3.91%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.91%) Skype for Business
4 5 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (2.17%) OpenStack
5 3 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.30%) GroupWise
6 2 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.87%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 35 (15.22%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.30%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.87%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Cloud Services
1 38 (16.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (14.35%) Office 365
3 32 (13.91%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (7.83%) SaaS
5 8 (3.48%) IaaS
6 5 (2.17%) OneDrive
7 4 (1.74%) PaaS
8 3 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (1.30%) GitHub
8 3 (1.30%) HP Helion
8 3 (1.30%) Serverless
9 2 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.43%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 142 (61.74%) Firewall
2 88 (38.26%) WAN
3 70 (30.43%) LAN
4 61 (26.52%) DNS
5 56 (24.35%) BGP
6 47 (20.43%) TCP/IP
7 46 (20.00%) MPLS
8 44 (19.13%) Network Security
9 40 (17.39%) VLAN
10 39 (16.96%) Cisco ASA
10 39 (16.96%) OSPF
11 36 (15.65%) Internet
12 26 (11.30%) IPsec
13 25 (10.87%) Wireless
14 24 (10.43%) DHCP
14 24 (10.43%) SSL
15 23 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
16 19 (8.26%) VoIP
17 16 (6.96%) SMTP
18 14 (6.09%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.91%) MySQL
2 4 (1.74%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.30%) Cosmos DB
3 3 (1.30%) RDBMS
3 3 (1.30%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (1.30%) Jenkins
1 3 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (0.87%) Hudson
3 1 (0.43%) Git (software)
General
1 23 (10.00%) Finance
2 19 (8.26%) Telecoms
3 7 (3.04%) Publishing
4 2 (0.87%) French Language
4 2 (0.87%) German Language
4 2 (0.87%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.43%) Law
5 1 (0.43%) Legal
5 1 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.43%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 51 (22.17%) Network Engineer
2 45 (19.57%) Architect
3 24 (10.43%) Analyst
4 22 (9.57%) Network Architect
4 22 (9.57%) Network Security Engineer
4 22 (9.57%) Security Engineer
5 19 (8.26%) Consultant
6 17 (7.39%) Support Engineer
7 13 (5.65%) Solutions Architect
8 11 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 10 (4.35%) AWS Engineer
9 10 (4.35%) Desktop Support
9 10 (4.35%) Network Analyst
10 9 (3.91%) Firewall Engineer
10 9 (3.91%) IT Support
10 9 (3.91%) Network Security Analyst
10 9 (3.91%) Security Analyst
10 9 (3.91%) Security Architect
11 8 (3.48%) Cloud Architect
11 8 (3.48%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.78%) Web Services
2 9 (3.91%) 802.1X
3 5 (2.17%) Middleware
4 4 (1.74%) SAML
5 3 (1.30%) LDAP
6 2 (0.87%) HTML
6 2 (0.87%) JSON
6 2 (0.87%) XML
7 1 (0.43%) COM
7 1 (0.43%) REST
7 1 (0.43%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 26 (11.30%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.52%) PKI
3 12 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.91%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.91%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (3.04%) Hybrid Cloud
5 7 (3.04%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.61%) Client/Server
6 6 (2.61%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.61%) DataPower
7 5 (2.17%) BYOD
8 4 (1.74%) CMDB
8 4 (1.74%) NHS
8 4 (1.74%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.30%) Clustering
9 3 (1.30%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.30%) iPad
9 3 (1.30%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.30%) Social Media
9 3 (1.30%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 91 (39.57%) Windows
2 36 (15.65%) Linux
3 26 (11.30%) Windows Server
4 19 (8.26%) Unix
4 19 (8.26%) Windows 7
5 15 (6.52%) Windows 10
6 12 (5.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (4.78%) Check Point GAiA
8 9 (3.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (3.48%) Android
9 8 (3.48%) Windows XP
10 7 (3.04%) Apple iOS
11 6 (2.61%) Debian
11 6 (2.61%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (2.17%) Mac OS
12 5 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (1.74%) CentOS
13 4 (1.74%) Mac OS X
13 4 (1.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (1.74%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (17.83%) ITIL
2 24 (10.43%) Migration
3 18 (7.83%) Load Balancing
3 18 (7.83%) Problem Management
4 16 (6.96%) Change Management
5 15 (6.52%) Project Management
6 14 (6.09%) Kalman Filter
7 13 (5.65%) ITIL V3
7 13 (5.65%) Mentoring
7 13 (5.65%) Service Delivery
7 13 (5.65%) SIEM
8 12 (5.22%) DevOps
8 12 (5.22%) Network Management
9 11 (4.78%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (4.78%) Service Management
9 11 (4.78%) Time Management
10 10 (4.35%) Network Virtualisation
10 10 (4.35%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.35%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (3.91%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 22 (9.57%) SQL
2 11 (4.78%) PowerShell
3 4 (1.74%) Bash Shell
4 2 (0.87%) C
4 2 (0.87%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.43%) Perl
5 1 (0.43%) Python
5 1 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 53 (23.04%) Security Cleared
2 44 (19.13%) Cisco Certification
3 38 (16.52%) CCNP
4 35 (15.22%) SC Cleared
5 22 (9.57%) CCDP
6 20 (8.70%) DV Cleared
7 18 (7.83%) JNCIS
8 17 (7.39%) CCNA
9 12 (5.22%) Microsoft Certification
10 9 (3.91%) Degree
10 9 (3.91%) MCSA
11 8 (3.48%) CCIE
11 8 (3.48%) CCSE
11 8 (3.48%) CISSP
11 8 (3.48%) MCSE
12 7 (3.04%) CISM
13 5 (2.17%) CCDA
13 5 (2.17%) CCSA
13 5 (2.17%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (1.74%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (2.61%) PMO
1 6 (2.61%) QA
1 6 (2.61%) SLA
2 4 (1.74%) GDPR
2 4 (1.74%) NIST 800
3 3 (1.30%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.30%) RMADS
4 1 (0.43%) FIPS 140-2
4 1 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 62 (26.96%) Active Directory
2 36 (15.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (9.13%) Hyper-V
4 13 (5.65%) VMware NSX
5 12 (5.22%) XenApp
6 9 (3.91%) BitLocker
7 8 (3.48%) VirtualBox
8 6 (2.61%) XenDesktop
9 5 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (2.17%) XenServer
10 4 (1.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 4 (1.74%) Docker
10 4 (1.74%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (1.74%) vSphere
11 3 (1.30%) NFS
11 3 (1.30%) Snort
12 2 (0.87%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.87%) Samba
12 2 (0.87%) UAG
13 1 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 33 (14.35%) SCCM
2 13 (5.65%) SCOM
3 10 (4.35%) Terraform
4 7 (3.04%) Microsoft Intune
4 7 (3.04%) Single Sign-On
5 6 (2.61%) Nagios
6 4 (1.74%) Ansible
6 4 (1.74%) Backup Exec
6 4 (1.74%) Cacti
6 4 (1.74%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.74%) OpenView
6 4 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (1.74%) Puppet
7 3 (1.30%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.30%) MaaS360
7 3 (1.30%) OVSD
8 2 (0.87%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.87%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.87%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 108 (46.96%) Cisco
2 61 (26.52%) Juniper
3 59 (25.65%) Microsoft
4 41 (17.83%) VMware
5 37 (16.09%) CheckPoint
6 30 (13.04%) Citrix
7 23 (10.00%) Palo Alto
7 23 (10.00%) SolarWinds
8 17 (7.39%) HP
9 15 (6.52%) Aruba
10 13 (5.65%) Brocade
11 12 (5.22%) McAfee
11 12 (5.22%) Qualys
12 11 (4.78%) F5
13 8 (3.48%) Blue Coat
13 8 (3.48%) IronPort
14 7 (3.04%) Avaya
14 7 (3.04%) IBM
14 7 (3.04%) Oracle
14 7 (3.04%) Sophos