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 3 months to 30 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.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 207 197 183
Rank change year-on-year -10 -14  
Contract jobs citing VPN 549 664 695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.23% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.37% 8.31% 8.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 361 421
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £193 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £543 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £350
% change year-on-year - +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 28 40
Median hourly rate £14.75 £17.67 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.52% +0.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £27.94 £50.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £16.84 £16.72
% change year-on-year -22.80% +0.71%  

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 with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6563 7989 7930
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.41% 14.76% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4035 4785 4336
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 338 438
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 30 March 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VPN in the UK

VPN
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 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
England -7 522 £400 +6.66% 150
London +9 232 £450 +4.65% 47
South East -2 142 £400 +3.89% 33
North West +37 38 £400 +6.66% 26
South West -24 37 £305 -15.79% 8
City of London +4 31 £375 -16.66% 12
Hampshire +2 31 £400 -3.03% 4
Buckinghamshire +14 29 £425 -5.66% 10
Surrey -3 29 £375 -2.59% 9
Berkshire -7 27 £350 -9.67% 8
Manchester +30 26 £425 +89.94% 12
Milton Keynes +13 22 £431 -4.27% 6
West Midlands +15 21 £375 - 4
East of England -8 21 £155 -57.24% 8
Yorkshire +13 20 £423 +35.74% 18
West Yorkshire +6 13 £420 +28.73% 15
Bristol +5 13 £325 -9.72% 4
Salford - 13 £450 - 1
Birmingham +11 12 £413 +28.90% 2
Oxfordshire -5 12 £450 +200.00% 1
Cambridgeshire +12 11 £398 +24.21% 3
Wiltshire -20 11 £258 -28.96%
West Sussex +9 10 £419 -11.84%
Gloucestershire +8 10 £250 +88.67%
Cambridge +13 9 £399 +24.60% 3
Fareham -2 9 £175 -12.50% 1
Reading -11 9 £408 +1.87% 5
Cheshire +27 8 £325 -27.77% 12
Basingstoke +1 8 £300 -29.41% 1
Oxford -4 8 £450 +221.42%

For the 6 months to 30 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 651 (53.10%) Firewall
2 553 (45.11%) Cisco
3 433 (35.32%) Windows
4 425 (34.67%) WAN
5 390 (31.81%) LAN
6 320 (26.10%) Active Directory
7 315 (25.69%) Microsoft
8 297 (24.23%) DNS
9 282 (23.00%) Cisco Certification
10 260 (21.21%) Security Cleared
11 258 (21.04%) VMware
12 242 (19.74%) Linux
13 234 (19.09%) TCP/IP
14 233 (19.00%) Wireless
15 225 (18.35%) SC Cleared
16 210 (17.13%) Amazon AWS
17 209 (17.05%) Cisco ASA
18 207 (16.88%) Juniper
19 199 (16.23%) CheckPoint
20 189 (15.42%) CCNP
20 189 (15.42%) Network Security
21 169 (13.78%) Data Centre
22 161 (13.13%) ITIL
23 160 (13.05%) DHCP
23 160 (13.05%) MPLS
24 159 (12.97%) DevOps
25 156 (12.72%) SSL
26 154 (12.56%) OSPF
26 154 (12.56%) BGP
27 153 (12.48%) Finance

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 74 (6.04%) MS Exchange
2 64 (5.22%) Apache
3 58 (4.73%) nginx
4 49 (4.00%) SharePoint
5 41 (3.34%) Confluence
6 39 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2010
7 34 (2.77%) Skype for Business
8 31 (2.53%) IBM Notes
9 21 (1.71%) IIS
10 20 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2013
10 20 (1.63%) Tomcat
11 17 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
12 13 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
13 12 (0.98%) Jetty
14 10 (0.82%) WildFly
15 9 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2003
15 9 (0.73%) Mule ESB
16 5 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 4 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
17 4 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 150 (12.23%) MS Office
2 104 (8.48%) MS Excel
3 28 (2.28%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.55%) HipChat
5 13 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.16%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.082%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.41%) Infor M3
3 4 (0.33%) Eikon
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.16%) assyst
5 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.16%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.082%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 210 (17.13%) Amazon AWS
2 146 (11.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 124 (10.11%) Office 365
4 49 (4.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 48 (3.92%) PaaS
6 45 (3.67%) Amazon EC2
7 43 (3.51%) Amazon S3
8 38 (3.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 35 (2.85%) AWS CloudTrail
10 34 (2.77%) AWS CloudFormation
11 32 (2.61%) IaaS
12 31 (2.53%) SaaS
13 27 (2.20%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 23 (1.88%) CloudFront
15 20 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
16 15 (1.22%) Route 53
17 10 (0.82%) Akamai
18 7 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
19 6 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
19 6 (0.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 651 (53.10%) Firewall
2 425 (34.67%) WAN
3 390 (31.81%) LAN
4 297 (24.23%) DNS
5 234 (19.09%) TCP/IP
6 233 (19.00%) Wireless
7 209 (17.05%) Cisco ASA
8 189 (15.42%) Network Security
9 160 (13.05%) DHCP
9 160 (13.05%) MPLS
10 156 (12.72%) SSL
11 154 (12.56%) BGP
11 154 (12.56%) OSPF
12 151 (12.32%) VLAN
13 143 (11.66%) IPsec
14 129 (10.52%) Cisco Nexus
15 125 (10.20%) VoIP
16 106 (8.65%) Internet
17 68 (5.55%) Wi-Fi
18 64 (5.22%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (7.34%) SQL Server
2 65 (5.30%) PostgreSQL
3 49 (4.00%) Amazon RDS
4 43 (3.51%) Oracle Database
4 43 (3.51%) Oracle Database 11g
5 33 (2.69%) Hadoop
6 29 (2.37%) MySQL
7 16 (1.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 13 (1.06%) NoSQL
9 11 (0.90%) Redis
10 10 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
11 8 (0.65%) Big Data
12 7 (0.57%) MongoDB
13 6 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
15 4 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
15 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
16 3 (0.24%) Data Lake
16 3 (0.24%) DocumentDB
16 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 111 (9.05%) Jenkins
2 64 (5.22%) JIRA
3 52 (4.24%) Git (software)
4 36 (2.94%) Sonatype Nexus
5 20 (1.63%) Bitbucket
6 18 (1.47%) SonarQube
7 17 (1.39%) JIRA Agile
8 15 (1.22%) Ant
9 13 (1.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 13 (1.06%) JUnit
9 13 (1.06%) Liquibase
9 13 (1.06%) Maven
9 13 (1.06%) Vagrant
10 12 (0.98%) Mercurial
11 11 (0.90%) Gerrit
12 9 (0.73%) GitLab
13 8 (0.65%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 5 (0.41%) Artifactory
14 5 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
15 4 (0.33%) TeamCity
General
1 153 (12.48%) Finance
2 73 (5.95%) Telecoms
3 34 (2.77%) Retail
4 27 (2.20%) Banking
5 18 (1.47%) Manufacturing
6 17 (1.39%) Legal
7 16 (1.31%) Financial Institution
8 11 (0.90%) Advertising
9 9 (0.73%) Billing
10 7 (0.57%) Military
11 6 (0.49%) Law
11 6 (0.49%) Local Government
11 6 (0.49%) Marketing
12 5 (0.41%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.33%) Electronics
13 4 (0.33%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.33%) Japanese Language
13 4 (0.33%) Publishing
14 3 (0.24%) Games
14 3 (0.24%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 277 (22.59%) Network Engineer
2 184 (15.01%) Architect
3 155 (12.64%) Analyst
4 116 (9.46%) Support Engineer
5 88 (7.18%) Consultant
6 71 (5.79%) Cisco Engineer
7 63 (5.14%) AWS DevOps
8 62 (5.06%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 61 (4.98%) Security Engineer
10 60 (4.89%) DevOps Engineer
11 58 (4.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 58 (4.73%) Network Architect
12 55 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
13 53 (4.32%) IT Support
14 52 (4.24%) Support Analyst
15 51 (4.16%) Cloud Architect
16 49 (4.00%) Technical Architect
17 44 (3.59%) Network Support
18 42 (3.43%) AWS Engineer
18 42 (3.43%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (5.55%) Elastic Stack
2 48 (3.92%) Web Services
3 41 (3.34%) 802.1X
4 27 (2.20%) Software Packaging
5 26 (2.12%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 20 (1.63%) .NET
7 13 (1.06%) CSS
7 13 (1.06%) JSON
7 13 (1.06%) LAMP
7 13 (1.06%) MCollective
8 12 (0.98%) LAPP Stack
8 12 (0.98%) LEMP Stack
9 10 (0.82%) Middleware
10 9 (0.73%) RabbitMQ
10 9 (0.73%) REST
10 9 (0.73%) RESTful
11 8 (0.65%) HTML
12 7 (0.57%) SAML
12 7 (0.57%) XMPP
13 6 (0.49%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 169 (13.78%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.61%) PKI
3 77 (6.28%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (5.38%) Management Information System
5 46 (3.75%) Public Cloud
6 38 (3.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 37 (3.02%) Smartphone
8 36 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
9 31 (2.53%) Replication
10 23 (1.88%) RSA SecurID
11 22 (1.79%) Blackberry
12 16 (1.31%) BYOD
12 16 (1.31%) CMDB
12 16 (1.31%) Computer Science
12 16 (1.31%) Cyber Attack
12 16 (1.31%) Security Operations Centre
13 15 (1.22%) iPad
14 14 (1.14%) Fat Client
14 14 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
14 14 (1.14%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 433 (35.32%) Windows
2 242 (19.74%) Linux
3 148 (12.07%) Windows 7
4 120 (9.79%) Windows Server
5 96 (7.83%) Unix
6 85 (6.93%) Windows 10
6 85 (6.93%) Windows Server 2008
7 77 (6.28%) CentOS
8 73 (5.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 72 (5.87%) Windows Server 2012
10 45 (3.67%) Android
11 37 (3.02%) Windows Server 2003
12 34 (2.77%) Windows 8
12 34 (2.77%) Windows XP
13 20 (1.63%) Ubuntu
14 19 (1.55%) Apple iOS
15 18 (1.47%) Mac OS
15 18 (1.47%) VyOS
16 15 (1.22%) Mac OS X
17 13 (1.06%) RancherOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (13.13%) ITIL
2 159 (12.97%) DevOps
3 147 (11.99%) Load Balancing
4 123 (10.03%) Agile Software Development
5 120 (9.79%) Network Design
6 107 (8.73%) Continuous Integration
7 106 (8.65%) Migration
8 84 (6.85%) Configuration Management
9 78 (6.36%) Network Management
10 76 (6.20%) Information Security
11 61 (4.98%) Network Monitoring
12 59 (4.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 55 (4.49%) Service Management
14 54 (4.40%) Cybersecurity
14 54 (4.40%) SIEM
15 53 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
16 52 (4.24%) Change Management
17 47 (3.83%) Project Management
18 46 (3.75%) High Availability
19 45 (3.67%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (7.91%) SQL
2 58 (4.73%) Python
3 53 (4.32%) Bash Shell
4 47 (3.83%) Ruby
5 39 (3.18%) C
6 37 (3.02%) PowerShell
7 35 (2.85%) Perl
8 21 (1.71%) Shell Script
9 18 (1.47%) Java
10 8 (0.65%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.49%) C#
11 6 (0.49%) PHP
12 5 (0.41%) Go
12 5 (0.41%) VBScript
13 4 (0.33%) C++
13 4 (0.33%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.24%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.16%) Lisp
16 1 (0.082%) VB
16 1 (0.082%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 282 (23.00%) Cisco Certification
2 260 (21.21%) Security Cleared
3 225 (18.35%) SC Cleared
4 189 (15.42%) CCNP
5 147 (11.99%) CCNA
6 75 (6.12%) Degree
7 66 (5.38%) CCIE
8 59 (4.81%) CISSP
9 47 (3.83%) Microsoft Certification
10 38 (3.10%) CCDP
11 37 (3.02%) SANS
12 32 (2.61%) SSCP
13 31 (2.53%) MCSE
14 27 (2.20%) DV Cleared
15 26 (2.12%) JNCIP
16 25 (2.04%) CCDA
16 25 (2.04%) CCSA
16 25 (2.04%) JNCIS
17 24 (1.96%) AWS Certification
18 21 (1.71%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.73%) SLA
2 17 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (1.39%) PCI DSS
3 13 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
4 12 (0.98%) QA
5 5 (0.41%) PMO
6 4 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.16%) FedRAMP
7 2 (0.16%) GDPR
7 2 (0.16%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.082%) COBIT
8 1 (0.082%) HL7
8 1 (0.082%) HMG Infosec
8 1 (0.082%) ISO27005
8 1 (0.082%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.082%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 320 (26.10%) Active Directory
2 133 (10.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (8.32%) Docker
4 71 (5.79%) Hyper-V
5 38 (3.10%) vCloud
6 31 (2.53%) vSphere
7 28 (2.28%) XenApp
8 27 (2.20%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (2.20%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (1.88%) ProxySG
10 21 (1.71%) XenDesktop
11 18 (1.47%) VMware ESX
12 16 (1.31%) Squid
13 14 (1.14%) Postfix
13 14 (1.14%) Xen
14 13 (1.06%) Terminal Services
14 13 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
15 10 (0.82%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.82%) Firmware
16 9 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 149 (12.15%) Puppet
2 100 (8.16%) Ansible
3 94 (7.67%) Terraform
4 89 (7.26%) SCCM
5 78 (6.36%) Kubernetes
6 58 (4.73%) ZABBIX
7 57 (4.65%) FortiGate
8 52 (4.24%) SCOM
9 39 (3.18%) Nagios
10 33 (2.69%) Consul
10 33 (2.69%) logstash
10 33 (2.69%) Microsoft Intune
10 33 (2.69%) Packer
11 32 (2.61%) Kibana
12 30 (2.45%) HAProxy
12 30 (2.45%) QRadar
13 27 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
14 22 (1.79%) yum
15 21 (1.71%) Nexpose
16 20 (1.63%) Rsyslog
Vendors
1 553 (45.11%) Cisco
2 315 (25.69%) Microsoft
3 258 (21.04%) VMware
4 207 (16.88%) Juniper
5 199 (16.23%) CheckPoint
6 147 (11.99%) Citrix
7 130 (10.60%) F5
8 117 (9.54%) Palo Alto
9 86 (7.01%) HP
10 84 (6.85%) Apple
11 75 (6.12%) Oracle
12 60 (4.89%) Blue Coat
13 53 (4.32%) Fortinet
14 49 (4.00%) Splunk
15 44 (3.59%) Dell
15 44 (3.59%) SolarWinds
16 41 (3.34%) Intel Security
17 40 (3.26%) Atlassian
18 38 (3.10%) Red Hat
18 38 (3.10%) Riverbed
Warrington, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 5 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On application
Posted: 5 days ago
London
IT Connections
Rate: £500-600/day
Posted: 5 days ago
South East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £400 - £401425 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago