Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 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.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England > South East
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 160 163 132
Rank change year-on-year +3 -31 +42
Contract jobs citing VPN 244 250 336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.45% 1.50% 1.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.27% 7.90% 9.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 170 188
South East median daily rate £370 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.65% +2.38% +23.08%
10th Percentile £120 £181 £282
90th Percentile £577 £525 £521
England median daily rate £398 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -6.47% +6.25% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 10 32
South East median hourly rate £17.00 £26.75 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.45% +35.44% -1.25%
10th Percentile £12.50 £10.50 £12.60
90th Percentile £43.00 £55.00 £41.45
England median hourly rate £18.10 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -9.50% +14.29% -2.78%

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 2949 3165 3514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.51% 18.98% 18.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1596 1803 1886
South East median daily rate £393 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £185 £228 £225
90th Percentile £550 £527 £500
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 221 243
South East median hourly rate £17.43 £25.50 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.66% +11.70% +26.83%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.50 £11.82
90th Percentile £46.09 £53.75 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%

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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 23 November 2017.

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 -12 118 £400 +14.29% 8
Berkshire +2 82 £425 +21.43%
Hampshire +35 59 £300 -17.81% 5
Surrey -24 38 £378 -11.18% 8
Oxfordshire +25 23 £400 +81.82% 2
West Sussex +2 15 £180 -62.13% 1
Buckinghamshire -56 13 £400 -3.03% 6
Kent -8 6 £285 -12.31%
Middlesex -6 3 £450 -
East Sussex +2 2 - - 1
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 119 (48.77%) Firewall
2 114 (46.72%) Cisco
3 110 (45.08%) Windows
4 79 (32.38%) WAN
5 67 (27.46%) LAN
6 66 (27.05%) TCP/IP
6 66 (27.05%) Microsoft
7 64 (26.23%) Active Directory
7 64 (26.23%) DNS
8 53 (21.72%) Linux
9 47 (19.26%) ITIL
10 45 (18.44%) Windows Server
11 43 (17.62%) Citrix
11 43 (17.62%) MPLS
12 42 (17.21%) Network Security
13 41 (16.80%) Juniper
13 41 (16.80%) VMware
14 39 (15.98%) Cisco Certification
14 39 (15.98%) Microsoft Office
15 37 (15.16%) DHCP
15 37 (15.16%) Telecoms
16 36 (14.75%) Internet
16 36 (14.75%) Microsoft Azure
17 34 (13.93%) Office 365
18 32 (13.11%) IPsec
19 31 (12.70%) CheckPoint
19 31 (12.70%) Security Cleared
20 30 (12.30%) BGP
21 29 (11.89%) CCNA
21 29 (11.89%) VoIP

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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 17 (6.97%) MS Exchange
2 9 (3.69%) Skype for Business
3 8 (3.28%) IIS
4 7 (2.87%) Apache
4 7 (2.87%) SharePoint
5 6 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.46%) Tomcat
6 5 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.82%) IBM Notes
7 2 (0.82%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.41%) MQSeries
Applications
1 39 (15.98%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.82%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (2.46%) Eikon
2 1 (0.41%) Maximo
2 1 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.41%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 36 (14.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (13.93%) Office 365
3 17 (6.97%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (6.56%) SaaS
5 13 (5.33%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (3.69%) IaaS
7 7 (2.87%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (2.87%) PaaS
8 1 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.41%) Heroku
8 1 (0.41%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.41%) OpenDNS
8 1 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.41%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 119 (48.77%) Firewall
2 79 (32.38%) WAN
3 67 (27.46%) LAN
4 66 (27.05%) TCP/IP
5 64 (26.23%) DNS
6 43 (17.62%) MPLS
7 42 (17.21%) Network Security
8 37 (15.16%) DHCP
9 36 (14.75%) Internet
10 32 (13.11%) IPsec
11 30 (12.30%) BGP
12 29 (11.89%) VoIP
12 29 (11.89%) Wireless
13 28 (11.48%) Wi-Fi
14 24 (9.84%) Cisco ASA
15 19 (7.79%) Ethernet
15 19 (7.79%) OSPF
16 18 (7.38%) NetScaler
17 16 (6.56%) Cisco Nexus
18 13 (5.33%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.92%) MySQL
2 9 (3.69%) SQL Server
3 8 (3.28%) MongoDB
4 3 (1.23%) MS Access
4 3 (1.23%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.82%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.41%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (0.82%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.41%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.41%) JIRA
2 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
General
1 37 (15.16%) Telecoms
2 27 (11.07%) Finance
3 10 (4.10%) Manufacturing
4 6 (2.46%) Publishing
5 5 (2.05%) Billing
6 3 (1.23%) Advertising
6 3 (1.23%) Dutch Language
6 3 (1.23%) German Language
6 3 (1.23%) Polish Language
6 3 (1.23%) Retail
7 2 (0.82%) Banking
7 2 (0.82%) Electronics
7 2 (0.82%) Marketing
8 1 (0.41%) Law
8 1 (0.41%) Legal
8 1 (0.41%) Local Government
8 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 56 (22.95%) Network Engineer
2 36 (14.75%) Architect
3 32 (13.11%) Support Engineer
4 27 (11.07%) Analyst
5 20 (8.20%) 2nd Line Support
5 20 (8.20%) Desktop Support
6 14 (5.74%) Desktop Engineer
6 14 (5.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 13 (5.33%) Security Engineer
8 12 (4.92%) Consultant
8 12 (4.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 12 (4.92%) Security Architect
9 11 (4.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 10 (4.10%) Network Security Engineer
10 10 (4.10%) Service Desk Support
10 10 (4.10%) Support Analyst
10 10 (4.10%) Windows Engineer
11 9 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (3.69%) Network Specialist
11 9 (3.69%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.51%) Web Services
2 8 (3.28%) LAMP
3 4 (1.64%) Sensu
4 3 (1.23%) XML
5 2 (0.82%) JSON
6 1 (0.41%) .NET
6 1 (0.41%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.41%) HTML
6 1 (0.41%) J2EE
6 1 (0.41%) JTAPI
6 1 (0.41%) Kafka
6 1 (0.41%) RFC 2833
6 1 (0.41%) SOAP
6 1 (0.41%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 27 (11.07%) Data Centre
2 17 (6.97%) Management Information System
3 10 (4.10%) CMDB
4 9 (3.69%) Mobile App
5 8 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.87%) Computer Science
6 7 (2.87%) Linux Command Line
6 7 (2.87%) Replication
6 7 (2.87%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (2.46%) PKI
7 6 (2.46%) Smartphone
8 5 (2.05%) CESG
8 5 (2.05%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (2.05%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.64%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.64%) Social Media
10 3 (1.23%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.23%) Mobile Computing
11 2 (0.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 110 (45.08%) Windows
2 53 (21.72%) Linux
3 45 (18.44%) Windows Server
4 28 (11.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 27 (11.07%) Windows 10
6 26 (10.66%) Windows 7
7 20 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (5.33%) Unix
9 12 (4.92%) Windows 8
10 11 (4.51%) CentOS
10 11 (4.51%) Windows XP
11 10 (4.10%) Android
11 10 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (3.69%) Apple iOS
12 9 (3.69%) Windows Mobile
13 7 (2.87%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (1.64%) Ubuntu
15 3 (1.23%) Mac OS X
15 3 (1.23%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.82%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (19.26%) ITIL
2 17 (6.97%) Load Balancing
3 16 (6.56%) Mentoring
4 15 (6.15%) Configuration Management
4 15 (6.15%) Problem Management
5 14 (5.74%) Disaster Recovery
5 14 (5.74%) Kalman Filter
5 14 (5.74%) Service Delivery
6 13 (5.33%) Information Security
7 12 (4.92%) Network Design
7 12 (4.92%) Server Patching
8 11 (4.51%) Customer Requirements
8 11 (4.51%) High Availability
8 11 (4.51%) Network Management
9 10 (4.10%) Project Management
9 10 (4.10%) Time Management
10 9 (3.69%) Change Management
10 9 (3.69%) Incident Management
10 9 (3.69%) ITIL V3
10 9 (3.69%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 21 (8.61%) Perl
2 20 (8.20%) Python
3 11 (4.51%) PowerShell
4 10 (4.10%) SQL
5 9 (3.69%) Bash Shell
6 8 (3.28%) Java
7 7 (2.87%) JavaScript
8 5 (2.05%) C
8 5 (2.05%) C-shell
8 5 (2.05%) Korn
9 3 (1.23%) C++
10 1 (0.41%) R
10 1 (0.41%) Ruby
10 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.41%) VB
10 1 (0.41%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 39 (15.98%) Cisco Certification
2 31 (12.70%) Security Cleared
3 29 (11.89%) CCNA
4 28 (11.48%) CCNP
5 26 (10.66%) SC Cleared
6 13 (5.33%) Degree
7 9 (3.69%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (1.64%) CISSP
9 3 (1.23%) BC Cleared
9 3 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.23%) CCDA
9 3 (1.23%) CCDP
9 3 (1.23%) CCIE
9 3 (1.23%) CCSA
9 3 (1.23%) CCSE
9 3 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (1.23%) JNCIA
9 3 (1.23%) MCSE
9 3 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (5.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (4.51%) SLA
3 6 (2.46%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.46%) QA
4 5 (2.05%) PMO
5 1 (0.41%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.41%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 64 (26.23%) Active Directory
2 26 (10.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.87%) Microsoft App-V
4 7 (2.87%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (2.46%) vSphere
6 5 (2.05%) ProxySG
7 4 (1.64%) NFS
7 4 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.23%) Openswan
8 3 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (1.23%) XenApp
8 3 (1.23%) XenServer
9 2 (0.82%) iptables
9 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.82%) pfSense
9 2 (0.82%) UAG
10 1 (0.41%) Docker
10 1 (0.41%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (7.38%) Nagios
2 14 (5.74%) Puppet
3 13 (5.33%) SCCM
4 9 (3.69%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (3.28%) WSUS
6 7 (2.87%) Cacti
6 7 (2.87%) Nmap
6 7 (2.87%) OpenVAS
7 5 (2.05%) FortiGate
7 5 (2.05%) SCOM
8 4 (1.64%) AirWatch
8 4 (1.64%) CFEngine
8 4 (1.64%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (1.64%) logstash
8 4 (1.64%) Netcool
8 4 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (1.64%) ZABBIX
9 3 (1.23%) CA Spectrum
9 3 (1.23%) Cisco Prime
9 3 (1.23%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 114 (46.72%) Cisco
2 66 (27.05%) Microsoft
3 43 (17.62%) Citrix
4 41 (16.80%) Juniper
4 41 (16.80%) VMware
5 31 (12.70%) CheckPoint
6 24 (9.84%) F5
6 24 (9.84%) Palo Alto
7 16 (6.56%) HP
8 15 (6.15%) SolarWinds
9 13 (5.33%) Fortinet
10 12 (4.92%) Blue Coat
10 12 (4.92%) Meraki
11 11 (4.51%) Oracle
12 10 (4.10%) Dell
13 9 (3.69%) Forcepoint
13 9 (3.69%) Samsung
13 9 (3.69%) SonicWALL
14 8 (3.28%) Brocade
14 8 (3.28%) Red Hat