Period
to 22 October 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 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)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 221 214 211
Rank change year-on-year -7 -3 -3
Contract jobs citing VPN 1178 1336 1352
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.27% 1.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.61% 8.05% 8.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 683 847 805
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +11.11%
10th Percentile £151 £184 £186
90th Percentile £550 £588 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £361 £375
% change year-on-year +5.19% -3.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 65 106
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +18.20% -6.00%
10th Percentile £12.55 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +15.15% -2.02%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13679 16586 15894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.77% 15.73% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8310 10065 9102
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £361
% change year-on-year - +3.88% +3.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 724 830 1034
UK median hourly rate £19.32 £23.59 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.12% +17.95% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.56 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -21.75% +25.00% -

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the UK

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPN.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in the UK

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN over the 6 months to 22 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the UK

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the UK

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN over the 6 months to 22 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in the UK

VPN
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 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
England -4 1111 £400 - 131
UK excluding London +12 696 £380 +5.19% 88
London -44 466 £414 -10.54% 50
South East +1 248 £380 -5.00% 26
North of England +86 164 £400 - 23
Midlands +49 122 £400 +14.29% 10
West Midlands +56 108 £400 +37.93% 5
North West +47 88 £380 -5.00% 9
Yorkshire +43 70 £470 +10.59% 12
South West -21 69 £350 -2.78% 14
Scotland +18 46 £375 +31.23% 4
East of England -51 45 £263 -2.78% 8
East Midlands -16 14 £219 -63.54% 5
Wales -1 8 £200 -50.31% 3
North East +48 6 £353 +13.71% 2

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 611 (51.87%) Firewall
2 581 (49.32%) Cisco
3 493 (41.85%) Windows
4 411 (34.89%) WAN
5 352 (29.88%) LAN
6 314 (26.66%) Active Directory
7 281 (23.85%) Linux
8 278 (23.60%) Microsoft
9 272 (23.09%) DNS
10 248 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
11 244 (20.71%) MPLS
12 234 (19.86%) TCP/IP
13 204 (17.32%) Citrix
14 194 (16.47%) VMware
15 191 (16.21%) DHCP
15 191 (16.21%) Juniper
16 190 (16.13%) Data Centre
17 188 (15.96%) Wireless
18 185 (15.70%) Windows Server
19 183 (15.53%) BGP
20 182 (15.45%) ITIL
21 170 (14.43%) Cisco ASA
22 167 (14.18%) Network Security
23 166 (14.09%) Finance
24 163 (13.84%) CCNP
25 161 (13.67%) CheckPoint
26 160 (13.58%) Amazon AWS
27 157 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
28 153 (12.99%) Microsoft Office
29 152 (12.90%) Security Cleared

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 85 (7.22%) MS Exchange
2 46 (3.90%) Apache
3 40 (3.40%) IBM Notes
4 38 (3.23%) IIS
5 37 (3.14%) Skype for Business
6 34 (2.89%) Tomcat
7 30 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2010
7 30 (2.55%) SharePoint
8 23 (1.95%) OpenStack
9 18 (1.53%) Apache Spark
10 13 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
11 12 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
12 11 (0.93%) JBoss
13 9 (0.76%) nginx
13 9 (0.76%) WebLogic
14 7 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
15 6 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 6 (0.51%) Confluence
15 6 (0.51%) WebSphere
16 4 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 153 (12.99%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.78%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.51%) HipChat
6 5 (0.42%) Acrobat
6 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 26 (2.21%) Eikon
2 6 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.17%) Summit
5 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.085%) Maximo
5 1 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.085%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 160 (13.58%) Amazon AWS
2 157 (13.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 138 (11.71%) Office 365
4 65 (5.52%) IaaS
5 60 (5.09%) SaaS
6 57 (4.84%) PaaS
7 33 (2.80%) Azure Active Directory
8 24 (2.04%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 19 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
9 19 (1.61%) Amazon S3
10 17 (1.44%) GitHub
11 12 (1.02%) Amazon ELB
12 10 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.59%) G Suite
13 7 (0.59%) Route 53
14 6 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
15 5 (0.42%) Akamai
15 5 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.42%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 611 (51.87%) Firewall
2 411 (34.89%) WAN
3 352 (29.88%) LAN
4 272 (23.09%) DNS
5 244 (20.71%) MPLS
6 234 (19.86%) TCP/IP
7 191 (16.21%) DHCP
8 188 (15.96%) Wireless
9 183 (15.53%) BGP
10 170 (14.43%) Cisco ASA
11 167 (14.18%) Network Security
12 136 (11.54%) IPsec
13 134 (11.38%) OSPF
14 133 (11.29%) VLAN
14 133 (11.29%) VoIP
15 127 (10.78%) Internet
16 110 (9.34%) Wi-Fi
17 106 (9.00%) Cisco Nexus
18 97 (8.23%) SSL
19 87 (7.39%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.84%) SQL Server
2 29 (2.46%) MySQL
3 23 (1.95%) Hadoop
4 19 (1.61%) Big Data
5 14 (1.19%) Apache Hive
5 14 (1.19%) HBase
5 14 (1.19%) Impala
5 14 (1.19%) MongoDB
5 14 (1.19%) NoSQL
5 14 (1.19%) Sqoop
6 7 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (0.51%) Power BI
7 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
7 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.42%) Redis
8 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.34%) Apache Cassandra
9 4 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 38 (3.23%) Git (software)
2 35 (2.97%) Jenkins
3 17 (1.44%) Maven
4 15 (1.27%) JIRA
5 12 (1.02%) Subversion
6 9 (0.76%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.59%) git-flow
7 7 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 6 (0.51%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.42%) Artifactory
9 5 (0.42%) Sonatype Nexus
10 4 (0.34%) Ant
10 4 (0.34%) GitLab
10 4 (0.34%) Metasploit
10 4 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.17%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.085%) YouTrack
General
1 166 (14.09%) Finance
2 131 (11.12%) Telecoms
3 48 (4.07%) Banking
4 43 (3.65%) Manufacturing
5 33 (2.80%) Retail
6 31 (2.63%) Marketing
7 23 (1.95%) Electronics
8 18 (1.53%) Legal
9 15 (1.27%) Billing
10 11 (0.93%) Law
10 11 (0.93%) Retail Banking
11 10 (0.85%) Advertising
12 8 (0.68%) Military
13 7 (0.59%) Publishing
14 6 (0.51%) French Language
15 5 (0.42%) German Language
15 5 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.34%) Multimedia
16 4 (0.34%) Music Industry
17 3 (0.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 294 (24.96%) Network Engineer
2 133 (11.29%) Architect
3 117 (9.93%) Support Engineer
4 104 (8.83%) Analyst
5 86 (7.30%) Consultant
6 80 (6.79%) Cisco Engineer
7 77 (6.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 66 (5.60%) Desktop Support
8 66 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 64 (5.43%) Security Engineer
10 61 (5.18%) 2nd Line Support
11 49 (4.16%) Network Architect
12 45 (3.82%) Network Security Engineer
12 45 (3.82%) Network Support
13 44 (3.74%) Administrator
13 44 (3.74%) DevOps Engineer
14 42 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
15 40 (3.40%) IT Support
15 40 (3.40%) Systems Administrator
16 37 (3.14%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (4.24%) Web Services
2 36 (3.06%) 802.1X
3 19 (1.61%) LAMP
4 18 (1.53%) Elastic Stack
4 18 (1.53%) JSON
4 18 (1.53%) Kafka
4 18 (1.53%) XML
5 17 (1.44%) Sensu
6 15 (1.27%) SAML
7 14 (1.19%) Spark Streaming
8 13 (1.10%) .NET
9 12 (1.02%) Middleware
10 9 (0.76%) REST
10 9 (0.76%) XMPP
11 8 (0.68%) OAuth
12 6 (0.51%) J2EE
12 6 (0.51%) SOAP
13 5 (0.42%) Ajax
13 5 (0.42%) HTML
13 5 (0.42%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 190 (16.13%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (5.35%) Blackberry
4 55 (4.67%) Management Information System
5 51 (4.33%) Public Cloud
6 49 (4.16%) Computer Science
7 46 (3.90%) PKI
8 32 (2.72%) Video Conferencing
9 29 (2.46%) BYOD
10 23 (1.95%) Hybrid Cloud
11 22 (1.87%) Private Cloud
11 22 (1.87%) Replication
12 20 (1.70%) iPhone
12 20 (1.70%) Linux Command Line
13 19 (1.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 16 (1.36%) iPad
15 14 (1.19%) Driving Licence
16 13 (1.10%) Cyber Attack
16 13 (1.10%) FMCG
16 13 (1.10%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 493 (41.85%) Windows
2 281 (23.85%) Linux
3 185 (15.70%) Windows Server
4 134 (11.38%) Windows 7
5 100 (8.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 97 (8.23%) Windows 10
7 95 (8.06%) Windows Server 2008
8 90 (7.64%) Unix
9 61 (5.18%) Android
10 49 (4.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 46 (3.90%) Apple iOS
12 42 (3.57%) CentOS
13 33 (2.80%) Mac OS
14 28 (2.38%) Windows XP
15 25 (2.12%) Windows 8
15 25 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
16 17 (1.44%) Ubuntu
16 17 (1.44%) Windows Mobile
17 13 (1.10%) SUSE
18 10 (0.85%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (15.45%) ITIL
2 110 (9.34%) Network Design
3 105 (8.91%) DevOps
4 96 (8.15%) Load Balancing
5 79 (6.71%) Migration
6 75 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
7 64 (5.43%) Information Security
7 64 (5.43%) Network Management
8 56 (4.75%) Change Management
8 56 (4.75%) Disaster Recovery
8 56 (4.75%) Project Management
9 55 (4.67%) Configuration Management
9 55 (4.67%) Service Delivery
10 47 (3.99%) Cybersecurity
11 45 (3.82%) Continuous Integration
12 44 (3.74%) High Availability
13 43 (3.65%) Kalman Filter
13 43 (3.65%) Service Management
14 42 (3.57%) Problem Management
15 38 (3.23%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 78 (6.62%) Python
2 65 (5.52%) SQL
3 63 (5.35%) PowerShell
4 56 (4.75%) Perl
5 49 (4.16%) Bash Shell
6 37 (3.14%) Java
7 26 (2.21%) Ruby
8 22 (1.87%) Shell Script
9 16 (1.36%) JavaScript
10 15 (1.27%) C
11 10 (0.85%) C-shell
11 10 (0.85%) Korn
12 7 (0.59%) Lisp
13 6 (0.51%) Groovy
13 6 (0.51%) VB
14 5 (0.42%) VBScript
15 4 (0.34%) C#
15 4 (0.34%) Go
16 3 (0.25%) C++
17 2 (0.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 248 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
2 163 (13.84%) CCNP
3 152 (12.90%) Security Cleared
4 99 (8.40%) SC Cleared
5 94 (7.98%) CCNA
6 78 (6.62%) CCIE
7 67 (5.69%) Degree
8 61 (5.18%) Microsoft Certification
9 37 (3.14%) CISSP
10 33 (2.80%) MCSE
11 32 (2.72%) DV Cleared
12 21 (1.78%) JNCIS
13 20 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (1.61%) CCDP
15 18 (1.53%) MCSA
16 16 (1.36%) JNCIA
17 15 (1.27%) CCDA
18 14 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
18 14 (1.19%) JNCIE
19 13 (1.10%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (3.48%) SLA
2 20 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (1.02%) PCI DSS
3 12 (1.02%) QA
4 7 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.51%) PMO
6 4 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.25%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.25%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.17%) GCP
8 2 (0.17%) GDPR
8 2 (0.17%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.085%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 314 (26.66%) Active Directory
2 118 (10.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (4.58%) Hyper-V
4 50 (4.24%) vSphere
5 30 (2.55%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (2.46%) Docker
7 23 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
8 20 (1.70%) NFS
9 19 (1.61%) XenApp
10 18 (1.53%) iptables
11 17 (1.44%) ProxySG
12 15 (1.27%) VMware NSX
13 14 (1.19%) Apache Flume
14 13 (1.10%) XenDesktop
15 9 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
16 8 (0.68%) Openswan
16 8 (0.68%) pfSense
16 8 (0.68%) Samba
17 7 (0.59%) FreeRADIUS
18 5 (0.42%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 64 (5.43%) Ansible
2 60 (5.09%) Puppet
3 53 (4.50%) SCCM
4 42 (3.57%) Nagios
5 33 (2.80%) Terraform
6 27 (2.29%) FortiGate
6 27 (2.29%) Opscode Chef
7 24 (2.04%) SCOM
8 22 (1.87%) Kubernetes
9 21 (1.78%) WSUS
10 20 (1.70%) Cisco Prime
10 20 (1.70%) Nmap
11 19 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
12 18 (1.53%) AirWatch
12 18 (1.53%) Nexpose
13 15 (1.27%) logstash
13 15 (1.27%) Nessus
13 15 (1.27%) ZABBIX
14 14 (1.19%) Cacti
15 13 (1.10%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 581 (49.32%) Cisco
2 278 (23.60%) Microsoft
3 204 (17.32%) Citrix
4 194 (16.47%) VMware
5 191 (16.21%) Juniper
6 161 (13.67%) CheckPoint
7 126 (10.70%) F5
8 98 (8.32%) Palo Alto
9 71 (6.03%) HP
10 65 (5.52%) Fortinet
10 65 (5.52%) McAfee
10 65 (5.52%) SolarWinds
11 60 (5.09%) Oracle
12 49 (4.16%) Blue Coat
13 48 (4.07%) Red Hat
14 40 (3.40%) Lotus
15 38 (3.23%) Apple
15 38 (3.23%) Bloomberg
15 38 (3.23%) Dell
16 35 (2.97%) Symantec