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 May 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 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 205 218 194
Rank change year-on-year +13 -24  
Contract jobs citing VPN 542 621 687
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.16% 1.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.07% 7.33% 8.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 304 392 377
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 £144 £213 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £361 £350
% change year-on-year +7.95% +3.21%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 27 50
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £18.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +3.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.30 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.84 £16.25 £16.84
% change year-on-year -14.84% -3.50%  

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 5974 8468 8095
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.34% 15.78% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3568 5130 4543
Median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £370 £340
% change year-on-year +5.40% +8.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 383 473
Median hourly rate £26.90 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.18% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -5.17% +11.53%  

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 May 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 May 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 May 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 +23 520 £400 +5.26% 152
London +19 238 £443 +10.62% 59
South East -15 121 £415 +5.73% 21
North West +48 42 £388 +19.23% 19
Hampshire +14 37 £415 -3.48% 5
Berkshire -10 36 £388 +10.85% 3
South West -11 33 £339 -6.62% 8
Yorkshire +19 31 £425 +21.42% 16
City of London -8 26 £225 -41.93% 14
Manchester +29 24 £350 +7.69% 15
East of England -1 23 £325 +8.33% 13
West Midlands +17 22 £375 +11.11% 12
West Yorkshire +17 19 £410 +17.14% 8
Reading +4 16 £420 +12.00%
Surrey +1 16 £520 +24.55% 5
Buckinghamshire -14 16 £375 -14.77% 5
Cheshire +37 14 £394 +38.15% 3
Scotland +38 13 £375 +28.20% 2
Leeds +13 13 £413 +17.85% 7
Basingstoke +9 13 £426 +0.11% 2
Bristol +2 11 £352 -2.22% 3
Wiltshire -12 10 £294 -20.33%
Milton Keynes -18 10 £438 -0.56% 4
Cambridgeshire +15 9 £380 -
Edinburgh +18 8 £375 +67.59%
Cambridge +13 8 £261 -
Birmingham +7 8 £375 +36.36% 4
West Sussex +22 7 £395 -1.25%
East Midlands -22 7 £125 -79.83% 4
Gloucestershire +5 6 £250 -23.66% 1

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 540 (49.59%) Firewall
2 514 (47.20%) Cisco
3 424 (38.93%) Windows
4 386 (35.45%) WAN
5 337 (30.95%) LAN
6 311 (28.56%) Active Directory
7 289 (26.54%) Microsoft
8 267 (24.52%) Cisco Certification
9 262 (24.06%) DNS
10 207 (19.01%) Wireless
11 206 (18.92%) VMware
12 194 (17.81%) CCNP
13 191 (17.54%) MPLS
14 183 (16.80%) TCP/IP
15 180 (16.53%) Linux
15 180 (16.53%) Security Cleared
16 179 (16.44%) Juniper
17 168 (15.43%) BGP
18 166 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
19 164 (15.06%) OSPF
19 164 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
20 158 (14.51%) Cisco ASA
21 157 (14.42%) CheckPoint
22 156 (14.33%) DHCP
23 151 (13.87%) Citrix
23 151 (13.87%) Data Centre
24 150 (13.77%) SC Cleared
25 145 (13.31%) Network Security
26 142 (13.04%) Windows 7
26 142 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure

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 71 (6.52%) MS Exchange
2 42 (3.86%) SharePoint
3 40 (3.67%) Apache
4 39 (3.58%) IBM Notes
5 36 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (2.94%) Skype for Business
7 30 (2.75%) nginx
8 23 (2.11%) IIS
9 18 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
10 17 (1.56%) Tomcat
11 16 (1.47%) Confluence
12 13 (1.19%) OpenStack
13 11 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2007
14 10 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2003
15 9 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 8 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
17 6 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
18 4 (0.37%) Jetty
19 3 (0.28%) WebSphere
20 2 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 164 (15.06%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.39%) MS Visio
3 24 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.37%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.18%) HipChat
7 1 (0.092%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.092%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.64%) Eikon
2 5 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
2 5 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.18%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.092%) assyst
5 1 (0.092%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.092%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.092%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.092%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.092%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 166 (15.24%) Amazon AWS
2 142 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 128 (11.75%) Office 365
4 53 (4.87%) PaaS
5 48 (4.41%) SaaS
6 39 (3.58%) IaaS
7 30 (2.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 29 (2.66%) Amazon EC2
9 23 (2.11%) Amazon S3
10 22 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
11 21 (1.93%) Azure Active Directory
12 20 (1.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 15 (1.38%) AWS CloudTrail
13 15 (1.38%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 15 (1.38%) CloudFront
14 8 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
15 7 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
16 6 (0.55%) G Suite
16 6 (0.55%) Route 53
17 5 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 540 (49.59%) Firewall
2 386 (35.45%) WAN
3 337 (30.95%) LAN
4 262 (24.06%) DNS
5 207 (19.01%) Wireless
6 191 (17.54%) MPLS
7 183 (16.80%) TCP/IP
8 168 (15.43%) BGP
9 164 (15.06%) OSPF
10 158 (14.51%) Cisco ASA
11 156 (14.33%) DHCP
12 145 (13.31%) Network Security
13 126 (11.57%) VLAN
14 119 (10.93%) Internet
15 117 (10.74%) SSL
16 101 (9.27%) IPsec
17 98 (9.00%) Cisco Nexus
18 89 (8.17%) VoIP
19 80 (7.35%) Cisco IOS
20 75 (6.89%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.80%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.03%) PostgreSQL
3 27 (2.48%) Amazon RDS
4 20 (1.84%) MySQL
5 15 (1.38%) Oracle Database
5 15 (1.38%) Oracle Database 11g
6 14 (1.29%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.92%) MongoDB
7 10 (0.92%) Redis
8 8 (0.73%) NoSQL
9 7 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.55%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 6 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
11 5 (0.46%) Big Data
11 5 (0.46%) Power BI
12 4 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
13 3 (0.28%) Data Lake
13 3 (0.28%) DocumentDB
13 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 44 (4.04%) Jenkins
2 28 (2.57%) JIRA
3 23 (2.11%) Git (software)
4 11 (1.01%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 10 (0.92%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (0.83%) Bitbucket
7 8 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (0.73%) Vagrant
8 5 (0.46%) Ant
8 5 (0.46%) GitLab
8 5 (0.46%) Subversion
9 4 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.37%) Maven
10 3 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.28%) YouTrack
11 2 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.18%) Travis CI
11 2 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.092%) Mercurial
12 1 (0.092%) Redmine
General
1 130 (11.94%) Finance
2 82 (7.53%) Telecoms
3 40 (3.67%) Banking
4 38 (3.49%) Retail
5 22 (2.02%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.29%) Law
6 14 (1.29%) Marketing
7 13 (1.19%) Military
8 12 (1.10%) Legal
9 11 (1.01%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.83%) Advertising
10 9 (0.83%) Billing
10 9 (0.83%) Retail Banking
11 5 (0.46%) Electronics
11 5 (0.46%) Publishing
12 4 (0.37%) Japanese Language
12 4 (0.37%) Local Government
13 3 (0.28%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.28%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.18%) Games
Job Titles
1 240 (22.04%) Network Engineer
2 173 (15.89%) Architect
3 136 (12.49%) Analyst
4 118 (10.84%) Support Engineer
5 73 (6.70%) Consultant
6 66 (6.06%) Network Architect
7 63 (5.79%) Cisco Engineer
8 61 (5.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 61 (5.60%) IT Support
9 57 (5.23%) Security Engineer
10 55 (5.05%) 2nd Line Support
11 54 (4.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 54 (4.96%) Network Support
12 49 (4.50%) Support Analyst
13 48 (4.41%) Technical Architect
14 47 (4.32%) Administrator
15 44 (4.04%) Desktop Support
15 44 (4.04%) DevOps Engineer
16 43 (3.95%) Network Support Engineer
17 40 (3.67%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (4.32%) Web Services
2 42 (3.86%) 802.1X
3 28 (2.57%) Elastic Stack
4 17 (1.56%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 16 (1.47%) JSON
5 16 (1.47%) SAML
6 15 (1.38%) Middleware
7 13 (1.19%) XML
8 11 (1.01%) .NET
8 11 (1.01%) CSS
9 10 (0.92%) REST
10 9 (0.83%) OAuth
11 7 (0.64%) RESTful
12 6 (0.55%) LAMP
12 6 (0.55%) SOAP
12 6 (0.55%) Software Packaging
13 5 (0.46%) Ajax
13 5 (0.46%) LAPP Stack
13 5 (0.46%) RabbitMQ
13 5 (0.46%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 151 (13.87%) Data Centre
2 82 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (5.42%) PKI
4 55 (5.05%) Management Information System
5 49 (4.50%) Video Conferencing
6 35 (3.21%) Public Cloud
7 33 (3.03%) Blackberry
8 31 (2.85%) Replication
8 31 (2.85%) Smartphone
9 25 (2.30%) Computer Science
9 25 (2.30%) Hybrid Cloud
10 24 (2.20%) RSA SecurID
11 19 (1.74%) BYOD
12 18 (1.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 16 (1.47%) iPad
14 14 (1.29%) Private Cloud
15 12 (1.10%) Driving Licence
16 11 (1.01%) Clustering
16 11 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
17 10 (0.92%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 424 (38.93%) Windows
2 180 (16.53%) Linux
3 142 (13.04%) Windows 7
4 114 (10.47%) Windows Server
5 92 (8.45%) Windows 10
6 76 (6.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 68 (6.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 67 (6.15%) Unix
9 49 (4.50%) Android
10 36 (3.31%) Windows XP
11 34 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 33 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
13 32 (2.94%) Windows 8
14 25 (2.30%) CentOS
15 24 (2.20%) Mac OS
16 20 (1.84%) Apple iOS
17 19 (1.74%) Ubuntu
18 15 (1.38%) Mac OS X
19 11 (1.01%) SUSE
20 7 (0.64%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (12.21%) ITIL
2 111 (10.19%) Migration
3 107 (9.83%) Network Design
4 103 (9.46%) DevOps
5 96 (8.82%) Load Balancing
6 75 (6.89%) Network Management
7 62 (5.69%) Agile Software Development
8 59 (5.42%) Information Security
9 58 (5.33%) Configuration Management
10 54 (4.96%) Continuous Integration
11 53 (4.87%) Disaster Recovery
12 51 (4.68%) Network Monitoring
13 45 (4.13%) Service Delivery
14 43 (3.95%) Change Management
15 42 (3.86%) SIEM
16 41 (3.76%) Asset Management
17 39 (3.58%) High Availability
18 37 (3.40%) Incident Management
19 36 (3.31%) Cybersecurity
19 36 (3.31%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 78 (7.16%) SQL
2 52 (4.78%) PowerShell
3 42 (3.86%) Python
4 29 (2.66%) Ruby
5 28 (2.57%) C
6 24 (2.20%) Bash Shell
6 24 (2.20%) Perl
7 15 (1.38%) Java
8 9 (0.83%) Lisp
9 8 (0.73%) VBScript
10 6 (0.55%) C++
10 6 (0.55%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.46%) Go
11 5 (0.46%) PHP
11 5 (0.46%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.46%) VB
12 3 (0.28%) C#
12 3 (0.28%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.092%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.092%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 267 (24.52%) Cisco Certification
2 194 (17.81%) CCNP
3 180 (16.53%) Security Cleared
4 150 (13.77%) SC Cleared
5 123 (11.29%) CCNA
6 70 (6.43%) CCIE
7 57 (5.23%) Degree
7 57 (5.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 43 (3.95%) CCDP
9 37 (3.40%) CISSP
10 31 (2.85%) MCSE
11 23 (2.11%) JNCIE
12 22 (2.02%) DV Cleared
13 21 (1.93%) JNCIS
13 21 (1.93%) SANS
14 20 (1.84%) JNCIP
15 17 (1.56%) CCDA
16 15 (1.38%) SSCP
17 14 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (1.19%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (5.05%) SLA
2 22 (2.02%) PCI DSS
3 18 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (1.01%) QA
5 9 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.28%) GDPR
6 3 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (0.28%) PMO
6 3 (0.28%) RMADS
7 2 (0.18%) COBIT
7 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.092%) COSO
8 1 (0.092%) PMBOK
System Software
1 311 (28.56%) Active Directory
2 116 (10.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (5.97%) Hyper-V
4 46 (4.22%) Docker
5 31 (2.85%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (2.75%) vSphere
7 25 (2.30%) XenApp
8 19 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (1.74%) XenDesktop
9 18 (1.65%) ProxySG
10 11 (1.01%) Terminal Services
11 10 (0.92%) vCloud
12 9 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (0.73%) Xen
14 7 (0.64%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.64%) Firmware
15 6 (0.55%) NFS
15 6 (0.55%) Snort
16 5 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
16 5 (0.46%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 91 (8.36%) Puppet
2 86 (7.90%) SCCM
3 53 (4.87%) SCOM
4 51 (4.68%) Ansible
4 51 (4.68%) Terraform
5 40 (3.67%) FortiGate
6 35 (3.21%) Kubernetes
6 35 (3.21%) Nagios
7 32 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
8 28 (2.57%) ZABBIX
9 27 (2.48%) Microsoft Intune
10 21 (1.93%) Cisco CUCM
11 20 (1.84%) AirWatch
12 16 (1.47%) QRadar
13 14 (1.29%) Backup Exec
13 14 (1.29%) Cisco Prime
14 12 (1.10%) logstash
14 12 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
14 12 (1.10%) Nexpose
14 12 (1.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 514 (47.20%) Cisco
2 289 (26.54%) Microsoft
3 206 (18.92%) VMware
4 179 (16.44%) Juniper
5 157 (14.42%) CheckPoint
6 151 (13.87%) Citrix
7 108 (9.92%) F5
8 93 (8.54%) HP
9 92 (8.45%) Palo Alto
10 70 (6.43%) Apple
11 53 (4.87%) Oracle
12 49 (4.50%) Fortinet
13 47 (4.32%) SolarWinds
14 46 (4.22%) Dell
15 43 (3.95%) Riverbed
16 41 (3.76%) Blue Coat
17 39 (3.58%) Lotus
18 36 (3.31%) McAfee
19 35 (3.21%) Avaya
20 33 (3.03%) Symantec
London
X4 Group
Rate: £400 - 420 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
TELSTRA Associates
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day £450-500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Itecco
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Network ITR
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
onezeero.
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Market rate + Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Basildon, Essex
Gravitas Recruitment Group
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £40 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
AMS contingency
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 11 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £140 - £170 per day
Posted: 14 days ago