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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 205 213 201
Rank change year-on-year +8 -12  
Contract jobs citing VPN 574 653 655
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.22% 1.23% 1.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.98% 7.62% 8.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 433 362
Median daily rate £388 £375 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +4.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £200 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +8.57% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 30 47
Median hourly rate £23.75 £19.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.79% +15.79%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.60 £45.00 £39.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +26.66%  

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 6391 8567 8055
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.59% 16.14% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3780 5194 4540
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 421 475
Median hourly rate £27.50 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.50% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.16 £13.00 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 +1 539 £390 +4.00% 189
London -5 234 £401 +0.12% 68
South East -4 118 £400 +18.08% 32
North West +54 55 £390 -2.50% 27
Berkshire -6 41 £408 +20.74% 5
Hampshire +26 38 £403 +0.75% 9
West Midlands +20 35 £375 +11.11% 9
Manchester +34 32 £350 +7.69% 14
Yorkshire +28 31 £425 +13.33% 17
City of London -2 30 £225 -41.93% 14
Scotland +47 27 £288 - 5
South West -41 27 £370 -1.33% 14
East of England -5 25 £156 -39.32% 18
West Yorkshire +17 19 £400 +6.66% 11
Cheshire +37 18 £400 +12.67% 10
Reading +1 16 £415 +10.66% 2
Basingstoke -2 16 £420 +12.00% 2
Edinburgh +26 14 £300 +28.34% 2
Leeds +19 13 £413 +10.00% 9
Surrey -3 12 £503 +22.56% 3
Buckinghamshire -33 12 £375 +36.36% 7
Birmingham +18 11 £388 +26.53% 2
Bristol -12 11 £370 - 1
East Midlands -20 11 £125 -79.16% 1
Cambridgeshire +8 9 £200 - 4
Cambridge +9 8 £162 -
Derby - 8 £125 -
Derbyshire - 8 £125 - 1
West Sussex +21 7 £395 +8.96% 1
Sheffield +15 7 £363 +36.15% 3

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 569 (50.67%) Firewall
2 546 (48.62%) Cisco
3 446 (39.72%) Windows
4 395 (35.17%) WAN
5 346 (30.81%) LAN
6 327 (29.12%) Active Directory
7 291 (25.91%) Microsoft
8 275 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
9 265 (23.60%) DNS
10 212 (18.88%) VMware
11 205 (18.25%) TCP/IP
12 204 (18.17%) Wireless
13 200 (17.81%) CCNP
13 200 (17.81%) MPLS
14 196 (17.45%) Linux
15 183 (16.30%) Juniper
16 178 (15.85%) BGP
17 175 (15.58%) Microsoft Office
18 166 (14.78%) ITIL
18 166 (14.78%) Security Cleared
19 165 (14.69%) OSPF
20 161 (14.34%) Citrix
20 161 (14.34%) Amazon AWS
21 159 (14.16%) Cisco ASA
22 157 (13.98%) Data Centre
23 156 (13.89%) DHCP
24 146 (13.00%) CheckPoint
24 146 (13.00%) Network Security
25 144 (12.82%) Windows 7
26 132 (11.75%) Office 365

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 (6.59%) MS Exchange
2 45 (4.01%) IBM Notes
3 41 (3.65%) Apache
4 39 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
4 39 (3.47%) SharePoint
5 37 (3.29%) Skype for Business
6 27 (2.40%) nginx
7 22 (1.96%) IIS
8 19 (1.69%) Tomcat
9 16 (1.42%) Confluence
9 16 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
10 15 (1.34%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
12 9 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 8 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
14 7 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
14 7 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
15 6 (0.53%) WebLogic
16 4 (0.36%) Jetty
16 4 (0.36%) WebSphere
Applications
1 175 (15.58%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (2.14%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.45%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.18%) HipChat
6 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.089%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (0.89%) Eikon
2 7 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.18%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.089%) assyst
5 1 (0.089%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.089%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.089%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.089%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.089%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 161 (14.34%) Amazon AWS
2 132 (11.75%) Office 365
3 128 (11.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 47 (4.19%) PaaS
5 43 (3.83%) SaaS
6 35 (3.12%) IaaS
7 24 (2.14%) Amazon EC2
7 24 (2.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 18 (1.60%) Amazon S3
9 16 (1.42%) AWS CloudFormation
10 15 (1.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 14 (1.25%) Azure Active Directory
12 12 (1.07%) CloudFront
13 10 (0.89%) AWS CloudTrail
13 10 (0.89%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 10 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (0.80%) G Suite
14 9 (0.80%) SuccessFactors
15 6 (0.53%) Route 53
16 5 (0.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 569 (50.67%) Firewall
2 395 (35.17%) WAN
3 346 (30.81%) LAN
4 265 (23.60%) DNS
5 205 (18.25%) TCP/IP
6 204 (18.17%) Wireless
7 200 (17.81%) MPLS
8 178 (15.85%) BGP
9 165 (14.69%) OSPF
10 159 (14.16%) Cisco ASA
11 156 (13.89%) DHCP
12 146 (13.00%) Network Security
13 123 (10.95%) VLAN
14 121 (10.77%) Internet
15 106 (9.44%) SSL
16 104 (9.26%) VoIP
17 102 (9.08%) Cisco Nexus
17 102 (9.08%) IPsec
18 88 (7.84%) Cisco IOS
18 88 (7.84%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 32 (2.85%) PostgreSQL
3 27 (2.40%) MySQL
4 20 (1.78%) Amazon RDS
5 14 (1.25%) MongoDB
5 14 (1.25%) Oracle Database
5 14 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
6 13 (1.16%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.89%) Redis
8 8 (0.71%) NoSQL
9 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.45%) Big Data
10 5 (0.45%) Power BI
11 4 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 4 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.27%) Data Lake
12 3 (0.27%) DocumentDB
12 3 (0.27%) MS Access
13 2 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 40 (3.56%) Jenkins
2 27 (2.40%) JIRA
3 22 (1.96%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 10 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
5 10 (0.89%) Visual Studio
6 9 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (0.71%) Bitbucket
7 8 (0.71%) Vagrant
8 5 (0.45%) Ant
8 5 (0.45%) GitLab
8 5 (0.45%) Subversion
9 4 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.36%) Maven
10 3 (0.27%) YouTrack
11 2 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
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 (0.089%) Mercurial
General
1 129 (11.49%) Finance
2 92 (8.19%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.47%) Banking
3 39 (3.47%) Retail
4 23 (2.05%) Manufacturing
5 16 (1.42%) Marketing
6 14 (1.25%) Law
7 13 (1.16%) Military
8 10 (0.89%) Retail Banking
9 8 (0.71%) Advertising
9 8 (0.71%) Legal
10 7 (0.62%) Billing
10 7 (0.62%) Electronics
11 5 (0.45%) Publishing
12 4 (0.36%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.36%) Japanese Language
12 4 (0.36%) Local Government
13 3 (0.27%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.27%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 258 (22.97%) Network Engineer
2 157 (13.98%) Architect
3 145 (12.91%) Analyst
4 115 (10.24%) Support Engineer
5 74 (6.59%) Consultant
6 66 (5.88%) Cisco Engineer
7 65 (5.79%) Network Architect
8 63 (5.61%) Security Engineer
9 62 (5.52%) 2nd Line Support
9 62 (5.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 60 (5.34%) IT Support
11 54 (4.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 52 (4.63%) Network Support
13 51 (4.54%) Administrator
14 48 (4.27%) Desktop Support
15 47 (4.19%) Support Analyst
16 42 (3.74%) Network Support Engineer
17 40 (3.56%) DevOps Engineer
17 40 (3.56%) IT Analyst
18 39 (3.47%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (4.01%) Web Services
2 43 (3.83%) 802.1X
3 26 (2.32%) Elastic Stack
4 20 (1.78%) SAML
5 17 (1.51%) XML
6 16 (1.42%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 15 (1.34%) JSON
8 14 (1.25%) LAMP
9 13 (1.16%) .NET
10 12 (1.07%) Middleware
10 12 (1.07%) REST
11 11 (0.98%) OAuth
12 10 (0.89%) CSS
13 7 (0.62%) RESTful
14 6 (0.53%) Software Packaging
15 5 (0.45%) Ajax
15 5 (0.45%) LAPP Stack
15 5 (0.45%) RabbitMQ
15 5 (0.45%) SOAP
16 4 (0.36%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 157 (13.98%) Data Centre
2 97 (8.64%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (5.34%) PKI
4 55 (4.90%) Management Information System
5 43 (3.83%) Blackberry
6 42 (3.74%) Video Conferencing
7 34 (3.03%) Public Cloud
7 34 (3.03%) Smartphone
8 33 (2.94%) Replication
9 32 (2.85%) Computer Science
10 26 (2.32%) Hybrid Cloud
11 25 (2.23%) BYOD
12 17 (1.51%) RSA SecurID
13 16 (1.42%) Driving Licence
13 16 (1.42%) Private Cloud
14 14 (1.25%) iPad
15 11 (0.98%) Fat Client
15 11 (0.98%) iPhone
15 11 (0.98%) Thin Client
16 10 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 446 (39.72%) Windows
2 196 (17.45%) Linux
3 144 (12.82%) Windows 7
4 124 (11.04%) Windows Server
5 80 (7.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 78 (6.95%) Windows 10
7 75 (6.68%) Unix
8 69 (6.14%) Windows Server 2012
9 55 (4.90%) Android
10 34 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (3.03%) Windows XP
11 31 (2.76%) CentOS
11 31 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
12 30 (2.67%) Mac OS
13 28 (2.49%) Windows 8
14 21 (1.87%) Apple iOS
15 19 (1.69%) Ubuntu
16 15 (1.34%) Mac OS X
17 12 (1.07%) SUSE
18 10 (0.89%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 166 (14.78%) ITIL
2 108 (9.62%) Network Design
3 104 (9.26%) Migration
4 95 (8.46%) DevOps
4 95 (8.46%) Load Balancing
5 85 (7.57%) Network Management
6 62 (5.52%) Configuration Management
7 56 (4.99%) Information Security
8 55 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
9 53 (4.72%) Change Management
9 53 (4.72%) Continuous Integration
9 53 (4.72%) Disaster Recovery
9 53 (4.72%) Network Monitoring
10 49 (4.36%) Cybersecurity
11 46 (4.10%) Project Management
12 44 (3.92%) Service Delivery
13 42 (3.74%) SIEM
14 41 (3.65%) Incident Management
15 38 (3.38%) High Availability
16 37 (3.29%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 71 (6.32%) SQL
2 59 (5.25%) PowerShell
3 41 (3.65%) Python
4 28 (2.49%) Ruby
5 26 (2.32%) Perl
6 24 (2.14%) Java
7 23 (2.05%) Bash Shell
8 19 (1.69%) C
9 9 (0.80%) Shell Script
10 8 (0.71%) Lisp
10 8 (0.71%) VBScript
11 6 (0.53%) C++
11 6 (0.53%) JavaScript
12 5 (0.45%) Go
12 5 (0.45%) PHP
12 5 (0.45%) VB
13 3 (0.27%) C#
13 3 (0.27%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.089%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.089%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 275 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
2 200 (17.81%) CCNP
3 166 (14.78%) Security Cleared
4 131 (11.67%) SC Cleared
5 123 (10.95%) CCNA
6 68 (6.06%) CCIE
7 60 (5.34%) Degree
7 60 (5.34%) Microsoft Certification
8 38 (3.38%) CCDP
9 37 (3.29%) CISSP
10 27 (2.40%) MCSE
11 21 (1.87%) DV Cleared
11 21 (1.87%) SANS
12 20 (1.78%) JNCIE
13 17 (1.51%) CCDA
13 17 (1.51%) JNCIS
14 16 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
15 15 (1.34%) JNCIP
15 15 (1.34%) SSCP
16 13 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (5.52%) SLA
2 23 (2.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.69%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (0.71%) QA
5 7 (0.62%) PMO
6 3 (0.27%) GDPR
6 3 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (0.27%) RMADS
7 2 (0.18%) COBIT
7 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.089%) COSO
8 1 (0.089%) PMBOK
System Software
1 327 (29.12%) Active Directory
2 125 (11.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (6.14%) Hyper-V
4 41 (3.65%) Docker
5 33 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (2.85%) vSphere
7 21 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
7 21 (1.87%) XenApp
8 16 (1.42%) ProxySG
9 14 (1.25%) XenDesktop
10 9 (0.80%) NFS
10 9 (0.80%) vCloud
10 9 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (0.71%) Xen
12 7 (0.62%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.62%) Terminal Services
13 6 (0.53%) Snort
14 5 (0.45%) Firmware
14 5 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (0.45%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 87 (7.75%) Puppet
2 79 (7.03%) SCCM
3 46 (4.10%) Ansible
3 46 (4.10%) Terraform
4 43 (3.83%) SCOM
5 36 (3.21%) FortiGate
6 30 (2.67%) Kubernetes
7 29 (2.58%) Nagios
7 29 (2.58%) Opscode Chef
7 29 (2.58%) ZABBIX
8 20 (1.78%) Cisco CUCM
9 18 (1.60%) AirWatch
10 17 (1.51%) Microsoft Intune
11 16 (1.42%) Cisco Prime
11 16 (1.42%) QRadar
12 14 (1.25%) WSUS
13 13 (1.16%) logstash
13 13 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
14 12 (1.07%) Backup Exec
14 12 (1.07%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 546 (48.62%) Cisco
2 291 (25.91%) Microsoft
3 212 (18.88%) VMware
4 183 (16.30%) Juniper
5 161 (14.34%) Citrix
6 146 (13.00%) CheckPoint
7 119 (10.60%) F5
8 103 (9.17%) HP
9 90 (8.01%) Palo Alto
10 72 (6.41%) Apple
11 64 (5.70%) SolarWinds
12 52 (4.63%) Fortinet
12 52 (4.63%) Oracle
13 49 (4.36%) Dell
14 45 (4.01%) Lotus
15 43 (3.83%) Blue Coat
15 43 (3.83%) Riverbed
16 41 (3.65%) McAfee
17 37 (3.29%) Avaya
17 37 (3.29%) Red Hat
West London
IQ Telecom
Rate: £300 - £320 per month
Posted: 18 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 7 hours ago
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £200 - £225 per day +
Posted: 3 days ago
Mold, Clwyd
Oscar
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £250.00 - £288.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £260 - £280 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
PBIT Consultants
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £330 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Expenses
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £440.00 per day + up to £90 travel expenses
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
High Wycombe
People Source Consulting
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 24 days ago