Period
to 21 August 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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 214 219 212
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7 +6
Contract jobs citing VPN 1179 1351 1325
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.23% 1.25% 1.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.95% 7.92% 8.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 667 858 769
UK median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.83% +9.85%
10th Percentile £150 £174 £194
90th Percentile £556 £563 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +10.71% - +10.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 63 95
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +17.65% -5.56%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £46.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.69 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.80% +16.67% -13.04%

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 13170 17048 16301
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.75% 15.72% 14.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 7887 10347 9178
UK median daily rate £405 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 822 972
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.25 £20.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.75% +22.87% +5.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.02
90th Percentile £49.19 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £26.50 £20.55
% change year-on-year -32.08% +28.95% +6.75%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 21 August 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 +5 1119 £400 +3.23% 179
UK excluding London -5 693 £388 +10.71% 117
London -13 471 £425 -3.41% 72
South East -1 260 £400 +3.90% 28
North of England +89 172 £400 +14.29% 37
Midlands +17 94 £381 +8.93% 13
North West +73 90 £390 +20.00% 18
Yorkshire +47 77 £456 +14.00% 16
West Midlands +42 75 £400 +28.00% 10
South West -35 70 £370 - 14
East of England -29 52 £244 -12.16% 15
Scotland +33 42 £355 +23.91% 7
East Midlands -28 18 £125 -78.54% 3
Wales -9 6 £300 -20.00% 2
North East +29 5 £275 -11.29% 3

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 593 (50.30%) Firewall
2 577 (48.94%) Cisco
3 485 (41.14%) Windows
4 414 (35.11%) WAN
5 353 (29.94%) LAN
6 318 (26.97%) Active Directory
7 270 (22.90%) Microsoft
8 268 (22.73%) Cisco Certification
9 267 (22.65%) Linux
10 258 (21.88%) DNS
11 231 (19.59%) TCP/IP
12 225 (19.08%) MPLS
13 201 (17.05%) Juniper
14 199 (16.88%) BGP
15 198 (16.79%) VMware
16 195 (16.54%) Citrix
17 194 (16.45%) CCNP
18 181 (15.35%) DHCP
19 179 (15.18%) Wireless
20 167 (14.16%) OSPF
21 166 (14.08%) Data Centre
21 166 (14.08%) Windows Server
22 165 (13.99%) CheckPoint
22 165 (13.99%) ITIL
23 162 (13.74%) Amazon AWS
24 161 (13.66%) Security Cleared
25 160 (13.57%) Cisco ASA
26 155 (13.15%) Network Security
26 155 (13.15%) Finance
27 148 (12.55%) Microsoft Office

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 81 (6.87%) MS Exchange
2 46 (3.90%) IBM Notes
3 38 (3.22%) IIS
4 37 (3.14%) Apache
4 37 (3.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 36 (3.05%) Skype for Business
6 33 (2.80%) SharePoint
7 29 (2.46%) OpenStack
8 24 (2.04%) Tomcat
9 19 (1.61%) nginx
10 16 (1.36%) Apache Spark
11 15 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
12 14 (1.19%) Confluence
13 9 (0.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 9 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
14 8 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
14 8 (0.68%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2007
16 6 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
17 5 (0.42%) WebSphere
Applications
1 148 (12.55%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (3.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (2.04%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.51%) Acrobat
6 5 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
8 2 (0.17%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 18 (1.53%) Eikon
2 6 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.17%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.085%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.085%) Maximo
5 1 (0.085%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.085%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.085%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.085%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 162 (13.74%) Amazon AWS
2 146 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 124 (10.52%) Office 365
4 48 (4.07%) SaaS
5 44 (3.73%) IaaS
6 41 (3.48%) PaaS
7 27 (2.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 24 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
9 20 (1.70%) GitHub
10 18 (1.53%) Amazon EC2
11 16 (1.36%) Amazon S3
12 10 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
13 9 (0.76%) G Suite
14 8 (0.68%) Amazon ELB
14 8 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
15 7 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
16 6 (0.51%) Akamai
16 6 (0.51%) CloudFront
16 6 (0.51%) Route 53
17 5 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 593 (50.30%) Firewall
2 414 (35.11%) WAN
3 353 (29.94%) LAN
4 258 (21.88%) DNS
5 231 (19.59%) TCP/IP
6 225 (19.08%) MPLS
7 199 (16.88%) BGP
8 181 (15.35%) DHCP
9 179 (15.18%) Wireless
10 167 (14.16%) OSPF
11 160 (13.57%) Cisco ASA
12 155 (13.15%) Network Security
13 138 (11.70%) VLAN
14 120 (10.18%) IPsec
15 115 (9.75%) Internet
16 109 (9.25%) Wi-Fi
17 108 (9.16%) SSL
18 107 (9.08%) VoIP
19 104 (8.82%) Cisco Nexus
20 92 (7.80%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.34%) SQL Server
2 30 (2.54%) MySQL
3 24 (2.04%) Hadoop
4 21 (1.78%) Big Data
5 18 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (1.27%) MongoDB
7 14 (1.19%) Apache Hive
7 14 (1.19%) HBase
7 14 (1.19%) Impala
7 14 (1.19%) Sqoop
8 11 (0.93%) NoSQL
9 9 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
11 5 (0.42%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 5 (0.42%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (0.42%) Power BI
11 5 (0.42%) Redis
Development Applications
1 42 (3.56%) Jenkins
2 35 (2.97%) Git (software)
3 21 (1.78%) JIRA
4 11 (0.93%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 9 (0.76%) Visual Studio
6 8 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (0.68%) Subversion
6 8 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (0.59%) GitLab
7 7 (0.59%) Maven
8 5 (0.42%) Ant
8 5 (0.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.42%) Vagrant
9 3 (0.25%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.25%) YouTrack
10 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.17%) Gerrit
10 2 (0.17%) git-flow
10 2 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 155 (13.15%) Finance
2 120 (10.18%) Telecoms
3 49 (4.16%) Banking
4 40 (3.39%) Retail
5 37 (3.14%) Manufacturing
6 32 (2.71%) Marketing
7 22 (1.87%) Electronics
8 15 (1.27%) Law
9 14 (1.19%) Military
10 11 (0.93%) Retail Banking
11 10 (0.85%) Legal
12 8 (0.68%) Billing
13 7 (0.59%) Advertising
13 7 (0.59%) Publishing
14 4 (0.34%) German Language
14 4 (0.34%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.34%) Local Government
15 3 (0.25%) Japanese Language
16 2 (0.17%) Italian Language
16 2 (0.17%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 280 (23.75%) Network Engineer
2 130 (11.03%) Architect
3 122 (10.35%) Analyst
4 110 (9.33%) Support Engineer
5 90 (7.63%) Consultant
6 69 (5.85%) Cisco Engineer
7 66 (5.60%) Security Engineer
8 65 (5.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 62 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
10 57 (4.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 56 (4.75%) Network Architect
12 53 (4.50%) Administrator
13 51 (4.33%) DevOps Engineer
14 49 (4.16%) Desktop Support
15 47 (3.99%) Network Support
16 43 (3.65%) IT Support
16 43 (3.65%) Network Security Engineer
16 43 (3.65%) Systems Administrator
17 42 (3.56%) Senior Network Engineer
18 41 (3.48%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (3.73%) Web Services
2 36 (3.05%) 802.1X
3 21 (1.78%) XML
4 18 (1.53%) Elastic Stack
4 18 (1.53%) SAML
5 17 (1.44%) Sensu
6 16 (1.36%) Kafka
7 15 (1.27%) LAMP
8 14 (1.19%) Middleware
8 14 (1.19%) Spark Streaming
9 13 (1.10%) JSON
10 12 (1.02%) .NET
11 10 (0.85%) OAuth
11 10 (0.85%) REST
12 6 (0.51%) CSS
12 6 (0.51%) HTML
12 6 (0.51%) Oracle GoldenGate
12 6 (0.51%) SOAP
13 5 (0.42%) J2EE
13 5 (0.42%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 166 (14.08%) Data Centre
2 88 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (5.09%) Management Information System
4 59 (5.00%) Blackberry
5 45 (3.82%) Computer Science
6 43 (3.65%) Public Cloud
7 36 (3.05%) PKI
8 32 (2.71%) Video Conferencing
9 30 (2.54%) BYOD
10 24 (2.04%) Hybrid Cloud
10 24 (2.04%) Replication
11 22 (1.87%) Private Cloud
12 19 (1.61%) iPad
13 18 (1.53%) Driving Licence
13 18 (1.53%) iPhone
14 13 (1.10%) Cyber Attack
15 12 (1.02%) CMDB
15 12 (1.02%) FMCG
15 12 (1.02%) Smartphone
16 11 (0.93%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 485 (41.14%) Windows
2 267 (22.65%) Linux
3 166 (14.08%) Windows Server
4 142 (12.04%) Windows 7
5 91 (7.72%) Windows 10
6 87 (7.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 82 (6.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 81 (6.87%) Unix
9 57 (4.83%) Android
10 44 (3.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 41 (3.48%) Apple iOS
11 41 (3.48%) Mac OS
12 39 (3.31%) CentOS
13 33 (2.80%) Windows XP
14 29 (2.46%) Windows 8
15 25 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
16 22 (1.87%) Ubuntu
17 18 (1.53%) SUSE
18 14 (1.19%) Mac OS X
19 12 (1.02%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (13.99%) ITIL
2 114 (9.67%) Network Design
3 112 (9.50%) DevOps
4 111 (9.41%) Load Balancing
5 108 (9.16%) Migration
6 78 (6.62%) Agile Software Development
7 76 (6.45%) Network Management
8 72 (6.11%) Information Security
9 66 (5.60%) Configuration Management
9 66 (5.60%) Disaster Recovery
10 62 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
11 54 (4.58%) Change Management
12 48 (4.07%) Cybersecurity
13 45 (3.82%) Project Management
14 43 (3.65%) SIEM
15 41 (3.48%) Kalman Filter
16 40 (3.39%) Service Management
17 38 (3.22%) Coaching
18 37 (3.14%) Mentoring
18 37 (3.14%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 74 (6.28%) Python
2 63 (5.34%) SQL
3 52 (4.41%) PowerShell
4 46 (3.90%) Perl
5 43 (3.65%) Bash Shell
6 34 (2.88%) Ruby
7 30 (2.54%) Java
8 25 (2.12%) Shell Script
9 11 (0.93%) JavaScript
10 9 (0.76%) C
10 9 (0.76%) C-shell
10 9 (0.76%) Korn
11 7 (0.59%) Go
11 7 (0.59%) Lisp
12 6 (0.51%) C++
12 6 (0.51%) VB
12 6 (0.51%) VBScript
13 5 (0.42%) PHP
14 2 (0.17%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.17%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 268 (22.73%) Cisco Certification
2 194 (16.45%) CCNP
3 161 (13.66%) Security Cleared
4 115 (9.75%) SC Cleared
5 114 (9.67%) CCNA
6 69 (5.85%) CCIE
7 65 (5.51%) Degree
8 62 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
9 35 (2.97%) CCDP
10 32 (2.71%) DV Cleared
11 30 (2.54%) CISSP
12 28 (2.37%) MCSE
13 24 (2.04%) JNCIS
14 20 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (1.70%) JNCIA
15 18 (1.53%) CCDA
16 17 (1.44%) JNCIE
16 17 (1.44%) JNCIP
17 13 (1.10%) MCSA
17 13 (1.10%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (3.56%) SLA
2 20 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.61%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.85%) QA
5 8 (0.68%) PMO
6 6 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.34%) GDPR
9 3 (0.25%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.25%) RMADS
10 2 (0.17%) COBIT
10 2 (0.17%) GCP
10 2 (0.17%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.085%) COSO
System Software
1 318 (26.97%) Active Directory
2 122 (10.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (5.34%) Hyper-V
4 39 (3.31%) Docker
4 39 (3.31%) vSphere
5 30 (2.54%) VMware ESXi
6 27 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
7 22 (1.87%) VMware NSX
8 20 (1.70%) NFS
9 15 (1.27%) XenApp
10 14 (1.19%) Apache Flume
11 13 (1.10%) ProxySG
11 13 (1.10%) XenDesktop
12 7 (0.59%) Openswan
12 7 (0.59%) pfSense
12 7 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
13 6 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (0.42%) vCloud
14 5 (0.42%) Xen
14 5 (0.42%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 77 (6.53%) Puppet
2 74 (6.28%) SCCM
3 64 (5.43%) Ansible
4 45 (3.82%) Terraform
5 39 (3.31%) SCOM
6 33 (2.80%) Nagios
7 32 (2.71%) FortiGate
8 29 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
9 26 (2.21%) Kubernetes
10 21 (1.78%) WSUS
11 20 (1.70%) AirWatch
11 20 (1.70%) Nexpose
12 17 (1.44%) Cisco CUCM
13 16 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
13 16 (1.36%) Nmap
13 16 (1.36%) ZABBIX
14 14 (1.19%) Cisco Prime
15 13 (1.10%) Prometheus
16 12 (1.02%) QRadar
16 12 (1.02%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 577 (48.94%) Cisco
2 270 (22.90%) Microsoft
3 201 (17.05%) Juniper
4 198 (16.79%) VMware
5 195 (16.54%) Citrix
6 165 (13.99%) CheckPoint
7 127 (10.77%) F5
8 104 (8.82%) Palo Alto
9 85 (7.21%) HP
10 67 (5.68%) SolarWinds
11 63 (5.34%) Fortinet
12 54 (4.58%) Oracle
13 53 (4.50%) McAfee
14 50 (4.24%) Red Hat
15 46 (3.90%) Lotus
16 45 (3.82%) Apple
17 41 (3.48%) Blue Coat
18 40 (3.39%) Dell
19 33 (2.80%) SAP
20 31 (2.63%) Riverbed