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 28 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 211 196 183
Rank change year-on-year -15 -13  
Contract jobs citing VPN 545 662 697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.24% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.36% 8.38% 8.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 352 421
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 £162 £200 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £352 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -2.89% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 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 £32.00 £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 6520 7903 8008
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.46% 14.75% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4030 4739 4375
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 £235 £233 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 360 336 444
Median hourly rate £24.00 £32.25 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.58% +17.27%  
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 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.14 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -40.96% +25.00%  

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 28 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 28 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 28 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 -20 520 £400 +6.66% 152
London +14 235 £450 +4.65% 47
South East -19 136 £388 +0.64% 33
North West +35 37 £400 -5.88% 27
South West -29 37 £305 -15.79% 9
Surrey +6 30 £375 -2.59% 4
City of London -18 29 £425 -5.55% 14
Buckinghamshire +11 28 £431 -4.27% 10
Berkshire -9 27 £350 -6.66% 8
Hampshire -6 26 £200 -50.00% 9
Manchester +26 25 £425 +89.94% 15
Milton Keynes +6 22 £431 -4.27% 6
East of England -9 22 £155 -56.49% 10
West Midlands +10 21 £375 - 7
Yorkshire +11 20 £423 +35.74% 14
Bristol +3 14 £325 -9.72% 6
West Yorkshire +3 13 £420 +28.73% 12
Salford - 13 £450 - 2
Birmingham +5 12 £413 +28.90% 2
Cambridgeshire +11 11 £398 +24.21% 3
Oxfordshire -1 11 £450 +200.00% 1
Wiltshire -22 11 £258 -28.96%
West Sussex +10 10 £419 -4.28%
Cambridge +15 9 £399 +24.60% 3
Gloucestershire +5 9 £250 +88.67%
Fareham -1 9 £175 -12.50% 1
Reading -10 9 £408 +1.87% 5
Cheshire +17 8 £325 -45.83% 10
Bracknell +8 8 £300 -
Oxford -3 8 £450 +200.00%

VPN
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 645 (52.96%) Firewall
2 549 (45.07%) Cisco
3 430 (35.30%) Windows
4 425 (34.89%) WAN
5 389 (31.94%) LAN
6 314 (25.78%) Active Directory
7 313 (25.70%) Microsoft
8 298 (24.47%) DNS
9 277 (22.74%) Cisco Certification
10 256 (21.02%) Security Cleared
11 255 (20.94%) VMware
12 247 (20.28%) Linux
13 238 (19.54%) TCP/IP
14 235 (19.29%) Wireless
15 221 (18.14%) SC Cleared
16 213 (17.49%) Amazon AWS
17 208 (17.08%) Cisco ASA
18 206 (16.91%) Juniper
19 199 (16.34%) CheckPoint
20 189 (15.52%) Network Security
21 184 (15.11%) CCNP
22 168 (13.79%) Data Centre
23 163 (13.38%) ITIL
24 162 (13.30%) DevOps
25 160 (13.14%) DHCP
26 159 (13.05%) MPLS
27 158 (12.97%) SSL
28 151 (12.40%) Finance
29 150 (12.32%) MS Office
29 150 (12.32%) Load Balancing

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 73 (5.99%) MS Exchange
2 64 (5.25%) Apache
3 58 (4.76%) nginx
4 47 (3.86%) SharePoint
5 43 (3.53%) Confluence
6 38 (3.12%) Exchange Server 2010
7 31 (2.55%) Skype for Business
8 30 (2.46%) IBM Notes
9 21 (1.72%) IIS
10 20 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
10 20 (1.64%) Tomcat
11 17 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
12 13 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2007
13 12 (0.99%) Jetty
14 10 (0.82%) WildFly
15 9 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
15 9 (0.74%) Mule ESB
16 5 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 4 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
17 4 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 150 (12.32%) MS Office
2 104 (8.54%) MS Excel
3 29 (2.38%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.56%) HipChat
5 13 (1.07%) 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 (0.25%) 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
1 213 (17.49%) Amazon AWS
2 145 (11.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 125 (10.26%) Office 365
4 51 (4.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 48 (3.94%) PaaS
6 47 (3.86%) Amazon EC2
7 45 (3.69%) Amazon S3
8 38 (3.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 35 (2.87%) AWS CloudFormation
9 35 (2.87%) AWS CloudTrail
10 33 (2.71%) IaaS
11 31 (2.55%) SaaS
12 29 (2.38%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 23 (1.89%) CloudFront
14 19 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
15 17 (1.40%) Route 53
16 10 (0.82%) Akamai
17 8 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
18 7 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
19 6 (0.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 645 (52.96%) Firewall
2 425 (34.89%) WAN
3 389 (31.94%) LAN
4 298 (24.47%) DNS
5 238 (19.54%) TCP/IP
6 235 (19.29%) Wireless
7 208 (17.08%) Cisco ASA
8 189 (15.52%) Network Security
9 160 (13.14%) DHCP
10 159 (13.05%) MPLS
11 158 (12.97%) SSL
12 148 (12.15%) BGP
12 148 (12.15%) OSPF
13 146 (11.99%) VLAN
14 143 (11.74%) IPsec
15 128 (10.51%) Cisco Nexus
16 126 (10.34%) VoIP
17 105 (8.62%) Internet
18 66 (5.42%) Wi-Fi
19 65 (5.34%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (7.55%) SQL Server
2 67 (5.50%) PostgreSQL
3 51 (4.19%) Amazon RDS
4 43 (3.53%) Oracle Database
4 43 (3.53%) Oracle Database 11g
5 33 (2.71%) Hadoop
6 31 (2.55%) MySQL
7 18 (1.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 15 (1.23%) NoSQL
9 11 (0.90%) Redis
10 10 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (0.74%) MongoDB
12 8 (0.66%) Big Data
13 6 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
15 4 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
15 4 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
15 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
16 3 (0.25%) DocumentDB
16 3 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 113 (9.28%) Jenkins
2 66 (5.42%) JIRA
3 52 (4.27%) Git (software)
4 38 (3.12%) Sonatype Nexus
5 20 (1.64%) Bitbucket
5 20 (1.64%) SonarQube
6 17 (1.40%) JIRA Agile
7 15 (1.23%) Ant
7 15 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 15 (1.23%) Vagrant
8 13 (1.07%) JUnit
8 13 (1.07%) Liquibase
8 13 (1.07%) Maven
9 12 (0.99%) Mercurial
10 11 (0.90%) Gerrit
11 9 (0.74%) GitLab
12 8 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 7 (0.57%) Artifactory
14 5 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
15 4 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 151 (12.40%) Finance
2 71 (5.83%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.71%) Retail
4 26 (2.13%) Banking
5 18 (1.48%) Manufacturing
6 17 (1.40%) Legal
7 16 (1.31%) Financial Institution
8 11 (0.90%) Advertising
9 9 (0.74%) Billing
10 6 (0.49%) Law
10 6 (0.49%) Local Government
10 6 (0.49%) Marketing
10 6 (0.49%) Military
11 4 (0.33%) Electronics
11 4 (0.33%) Japanese Language
11 4 (0.33%) Publishing
11 4 (0.33%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.25%) Games
12 3 (0.25%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.25%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 276 (22.66%) Network Engineer
2 179 (14.70%) Architect
3 152 (12.48%) Analyst
4 116 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 88 (7.22%) Consultant
6 72 (5.91%) Cisco Engineer
7 64 (5.25%) AWS DevOps
8 63 (5.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 63 (5.17%) DevOps Engineer
9 61 (5.01%) Security Engineer
10 60 (4.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 55 (4.52%) 2nd Line Support
12 53 (4.35%) IT Support
12 53 (4.35%) Network Architect
13 51 (4.19%) Cloud Architect
13 51 (4.19%) Support Analyst
14 49 (4.02%) Technical Architect
15 44 (3.61%) Network Support
16 43 (3.53%) AWS Engineer
17 42 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (5.75%) Elastic Stack
2 50 (4.11%) Web Services
3 41 (3.37%) 802.1X
4 27 (2.22%) Software Packaging
5 26 (2.13%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 20 (1.64%) .NET
7 13 (1.07%) CSS
7 13 (1.07%) JSON
7 13 (1.07%) LAMP
7 13 (1.07%) MCollective
8 12 (0.99%) LAPP Stack
8 12 (0.99%) LEMP Stack
9 10 (0.82%) Middleware
10 9 (0.74%) RabbitMQ
10 9 (0.74%) REST
10 9 (0.74%) RESTful
11 8 (0.66%) HTML
12 7 (0.57%) XMPP
13 6 (0.49%) SAML
13 6 (0.49%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 168 (13.79%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.65%) PKI
3 76 (6.24%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (5.42%) Management Information System
5 47 (3.86%) Public Cloud
6 38 (3.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 37 (3.04%) Smartphone
8 36 (2.96%) Video Conferencing
9 31 (2.55%) Replication
10 23 (1.89%) Blackberry
10 23 (1.89%) RSA SecurID
11 16 (1.31%) BYOD
11 16 (1.31%) CMDB
11 16 (1.31%) Cyber Attack
11 16 (1.31%) Security Operations Centre
12 15 (1.23%) Computer Science
12 15 (1.23%) iPad
13 14 (1.15%) Fat Client
13 14 (1.15%) Thin Client
14 13 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 430 (35.30%) Windows
2 247 (20.28%) Linux
3 145 (11.90%) Windows 7
4 122 (10.02%) Windows Server
5 96 (7.88%) Unix
6 87 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 85 (6.98%) Windows 10
8 79 (6.49%) CentOS
9 75 (6.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 72 (5.91%) Windows Server 2012
11 47 (3.86%) Android
12 38 (3.12%) Windows Server 2003
13 35 (2.87%) Windows 8
14 33 (2.71%) Windows XP
15 20 (1.64%) Ubuntu
16 19 (1.56%) Apple iOS
17 18 (1.48%) VyOS
18 15 (1.23%) Mac OS
19 13 (1.07%) Mac OS X
19 13 (1.07%) RancherOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (13.38%) ITIL
2 162 (13.30%) DevOps
3 150 (12.32%) Load Balancing
4 124 (10.18%) Agile Software Development
5 121 (9.93%) Network Design
6 109 (8.95%) Continuous Integration
6 109 (8.95%) Migration
7 85 (6.98%) Configuration Management
8 76 (6.24%) Information Security
9 74 (6.08%) Network Management
10 61 (5.01%) Network Monitoring
11 59 (4.84%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 55 (4.52%) Service Management
13 54 (4.43%) Cybersecurity
13 54 (4.43%) SIEM
14 53 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
15 52 (4.27%) Change Management
16 47 (3.86%) High Availability
16 47 (3.86%) Project Management
17 45 (3.69%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (8.21%) SQL
2 61 (5.01%) Python
3 55 (4.52%) Bash Shell
4 50 (4.11%) Ruby
5 39 (3.20%) C
6 37 (3.04%) PowerShell
7 35 (2.87%) Perl
8 21 (1.72%) Shell Script
9 20 (1.64%) Java
10 8 (0.66%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.49%) C#
11 6 (0.49%) PHP
11 6 (0.49%) PL/SQL
12 5 (0.41%) Go
12 5 (0.41%) VBScript
13 3 (0.25%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.16%) C++
14 2 (0.16%) Lisp
15 1 (0.082%) VB
15 1 (0.082%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 277 (22.74%) Cisco Certification
2 256 (21.02%) Security Cleared
3 221 (18.14%) SC Cleared
4 184 (15.11%) CCNP
5 149 (12.23%) CCNA
6 75 (6.16%) Degree
7 65 (5.34%) CCIE
8 59 (4.84%) CISSP
9 48 (3.94%) Microsoft Certification
10 37 (3.04%) SANS
11 33 (2.71%) CCDP
12 32 (2.63%) MCSE
12 32 (2.63%) SSCP
13 27 (2.22%) DV Cleared
13 27 (2.22%) JNCIP
14 26 (2.13%) CCDA
15 25 (2.05%) CCSA
15 25 (2.05%) JNCIS
16 24 (1.97%) AWS Certification
17 21 (1.72%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (4.68%) SLA
2 18 (1.48%) PCI DSS
3 17 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
5 12 (0.99%) QA
6 5 (0.41%) PMO
7 4 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.16%) FedRAMP
8 2 (0.16%) GDPR
8 2 (0.16%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.082%) COBIT
9 1 (0.082%) HL7
9 1 (0.082%) HMG Infosec
9 1 (0.082%) ISO27005
9 1 (0.082%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.082%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 314 (25.78%) Active Directory
2 130 (10.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 104 (8.54%) Docker
4 71 (5.83%) Hyper-V
5 38 (3.12%) vCloud
6 31 (2.55%) vSphere
7 28 (2.30%) XenApp
8 27 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (2.22%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (1.89%) ProxySG
10 21 (1.72%) XenDesktop
11 18 (1.48%) VMware ESX
12 16 (1.31%) Squid
13 14 (1.15%) Postfix
13 14 (1.15%) Xen
14 13 (1.07%) Terminal Services
14 13 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
15 11 (0.90%) BitLocker
16 10 (0.82%) Firmware
17 9 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 149 (12.23%) Puppet
2 103 (8.46%) Ansible
3 97 (7.96%) Terraform
4 88 (7.22%) SCCM
5 78 (6.40%) Kubernetes
6 58 (4.76%) ZABBIX
7 57 (4.68%) FortiGate
8 52 (4.27%) SCOM
9 41 (3.37%) Nagios
10 33 (2.71%) Consul
10 33 (2.71%) logstash
10 33 (2.71%) Microsoft Intune
10 33 (2.71%) Packer
11 32 (2.63%) Kibana
12 30 (2.46%) HAProxy
12 30 (2.46%) QRadar
13 28 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
14 22 (1.81%) yum
15 21 (1.72%) Nexpose
16 20 (1.64%) Rsyslog
Vendors
1 549 (45.07%) Cisco
2 313 (25.70%) Microsoft
3 255 (20.94%) VMware
4 206 (16.91%) Juniper
5 199 (16.34%) CheckPoint
6 146 (11.99%) Citrix
7 130 (10.67%) F5
8 117 (9.61%) Palo Alto
9 86 (7.06%) HP
10 81 (6.65%) Apple
11 77 (6.32%) Oracle
12 60 (4.93%) Blue Coat
13 53 (4.35%) Fortinet
14 50 (4.11%) Splunk
15 45 (3.69%) Dell
16 44 (3.61%) SolarWinds
17 41 (3.37%) Intel Security
18 40 (3.28%) Atlassian
19 39 (3.20%) Red Hat
19 39 (3.20%) Riverbed
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