Period
to 21 February 2018

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 February 2018 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 217 204 203
Rank change year-on-year -13 -1 -14
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,243 1,212 1,312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.22% 1.26% 1.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.31% 8.49% 8.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 789 729 767
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +3.23% +17.42%
10th Percentile £150 £195 £173
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £363
% change year-on-year -6.67% +3.45% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 79 86
UK median hourly rate £15.71 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.23% -7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.93 £11.10 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.70 £50.00 £40.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £16.38 £19.00
% change year-on-year -17.58% -13.79% +15.15%

VPN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,354 14,277 14,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.15% 14.87% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,240 8,698 8,726
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 702 762 812
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -8.56% -2.27% -

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 February 2018.

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 February 2018.

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 February 2018. 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 -14 1,168 £395 -4.82% 386
UK excluding London +22 677 £350 -6.67% 288
London -35 546 £401 -13.41% 115
South East +2 254 £350 -6.67% 71
Midlands +66 148 £415 +30.71% 41
West Midlands +61 122 £421 +12.20% 23
North of England -18 98 £345 -15.85% 79
East of England +14 75 £330 +53.49% 47
North West -18 59 £340 -24.44% 35
South West +1 54 £400 +26.98% 33
Scotland -7 45 £323 +61.25% 10
Yorkshire -14 29 £419 +4.69% 43
East Midlands +19 25 £350 +180.00% 18
Wales +3 16 £350 -12.50% 6
North East +38 10 £430 +18.62% 1

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing VPN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for VPN.

1 617 (49.64%) Firewall
2 574 (46.18%) Cisco
3 489 (39.34%) Windows
4 361 (29.04%) WAN
5 329 (26.47%) Active Directory
6 312 (25.10%) Microsoft
7 292 (23.49%) LAN
8 286 (23.01%) DNS
9 253 (20.35%) Cisco Certification
10 247 (19.87%) ITIL
10 247 (19.87%) MPLS
11 217 (17.46%) VMware
12 213 (17.14%) Security Cleared
13 211 (16.98%) Linux
14 206 (16.57%) TCP/IP
15 203 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
16 197 (15.85%) BGP
17 196 (15.77%) Juniper
18 194 (15.61%) Cisco ASA
19 193 (15.53%) Wireless
20 191 (15.37%) DHCP
21 186 (14.96%) Data Centre
22 181 (14.56%) Windows Server
22 181 (14.56%) Microsoft Office
22 181 (14.56%) CheckPoint
23 180 (14.48%) Amazon AWS
24 176 (14.16%) Citrix
25 167 (13.44%) Windows 7
26 158 (12.71%) Office 365
26 158 (12.71%) Network Security

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 96 (7.72%) MS Exchange
2 54 (4.34%) Tomcat
3 48 (3.86%) SharePoint
4 45 (3.62%) Apache
5 40 (3.22%) Skype for Business
6 33 (2.65%) IIS
7 30 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
7 30 (2.41%) IBM Notes
8 21 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 17 (1.37%) nginx
10 13 (1.05%) Confluence
11 11 (0.88%) JBoss
12 9 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.56%) Apache Spark
13 7 (0.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.56%) Jetty
14 6 (0.48%) Mule ESB
14 6 (0.48%) OpenStack
14 6 (0.48%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.48%) WildFly
Applications
1 181 (14.56%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.45%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.48%) HipChat
7 2 (0.16%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.16%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.16%) Revit
8 1 (0.080%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (1.05%) Eikon
2 4 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.16%) Relativity
5 1 (0.080%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.080%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.080%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.080%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 203 (16.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 180 (14.48%) Amazon AWS
3 158 (12.71%) Office 365
4 72 (5.79%) PaaS
5 68 (5.47%) IaaS
6 64 (5.15%) SaaS
7 32 (2.57%) Azure Active Directory
8 18 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
9 16 (1.29%) Amazon S3
10 15 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
11 14 (1.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 12 (0.97%) G Suite
12 12 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (0.72%) GitHub
14 6 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.48%) Datadog
15 5 (0.40%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.40%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.40%) Route 53
16 4 (0.32%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 617 (49.64%) Firewall
2 361 (29.04%) WAN
3 292 (23.49%) LAN
4 286 (23.01%) DNS
5 247 (19.87%) MPLS
6 206 (16.57%) TCP/IP
7 197 (15.85%) BGP
8 194 (15.61%) Cisco ASA
9 193 (15.53%) Wireless
10 191 (15.37%) DHCP
11 158 (12.71%) Network Security
12 138 (11.10%) OSPF
13 135 (10.86%) IPsec
14 129 (10.38%) Internet
14 129 (10.38%) VoIP
15 121 (9.73%) VLAN
16 108 (8.69%) SSL
17 100 (8.05%) Cisco Nexus
18 94 (7.56%) SAN
19 71 (5.71%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 41 (3.30%) MySQL
3 32 (2.57%) NoSQL
4 21 (1.69%) Amazon RDS
5 16 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (1.13%) Oracle Database
7 10 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
7 10 (0.80%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.72%) Big Data
8 9 (0.72%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.48%) Redis
10 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.32%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.24%) SAP HANA
13 2 (0.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 2 (0.16%) Data Mining
13 2 (0.16%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 64 (5.15%) Jenkins
2 27 (2.17%) Maven
3 20 (1.61%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.45%) JIRA
5 16 (1.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.88%) Bitbucket
7 9 (0.72%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.56%) Gerrit
8 7 (0.56%) GitLab
8 7 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.56%) Visual Studio Team System
9 6 (0.48%) Mercurial
10 5 (0.40%) git-flow
10 5 (0.40%) Subversion
10 5 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.32%) Fiddler
11 4 (0.32%) Metasploit
12 2 (0.16%) NuGet
12 2 (0.16%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.16%) Visual Studio
General
1 147 (11.83%) Finance
2 101 (8.13%) Telecoms
3 40 (3.22%) Banking
4 30 (2.41%) Legal
5 29 (2.33%) Manufacturing
6 21 (1.69%) Retail
7 16 (1.29%) French Language
8 14 (1.13%) Billing
9 11 (0.88%) German Language
10 9 (0.72%) Law
11 8 (0.64%) Back Office
11 8 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.56%) Advertising
13 6 (0.48%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.48%) Music Industry
13 6 (0.48%) Publishing
14 4 (0.32%) Games
14 4 (0.32%) Local Government
14 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 323 (25.99%) Network Engineer
2 169 (13.60%) Architect
3 146 (11.75%) Analyst
4 132 (10.62%) Support Engineer
5 88 (7.08%) Consultant
6 79 (6.36%) Desktop Support
7 73 (5.87%) Cisco Engineer
8 72 (5.79%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 67 (5.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 62 (4.99%) 2nd Line Support
11 61 (4.91%) Security Engineer
11 61 (4.91%) Service Analyst
11 61 (4.91%) Service Desk Analyst
12 57 (4.59%) DevOps Engineer
13 52 (4.18%) Network Security Engineer
14 48 (3.86%) Cloud Engineer
14 48 (3.86%) Network Architect
15 47 (3.78%) IT Support
16 45 (3.62%) Support Analyst
17 41 (3.30%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (5.39%) Web Services
2 34 (2.74%) 802.1X
3 28 (2.25%) LDAP
4 25 (2.01%) JSON
5 18 (1.45%) Kafka
6 15 (1.21%) LAMP
7 12 (0.97%) Elastic Stack
8 10 (0.80%) LAPP Stack
9 9 (0.72%) .NET
10 8 (0.64%) LEMP Stack
10 8 (0.64%) XMPP
11 7 (0.56%) Node.js
11 7 (0.56%) XML
12 6 (0.48%) Middleware
12 6 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
13 5 (0.40%) HTML
13 5 (0.40%) RESTful
13 5 (0.40%) Ruby on Rails
14 4 (0.32%) ASP.NET
14 4 (0.32%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 186 (14.96%) Data Centre
2 76 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (5.63%) Public Cloud
4 57 (4.59%) Management Information System
5 46 (3.70%) Blackberry
6 43 (3.46%) PKI
7 41 (3.30%) Smartphone
8 35 (2.82%) Computer Science
9 34 (2.74%) iPhone
10 31 (2.49%) Replication
11 28 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
12 27 (2.17%) iPad
13 22 (1.77%) Hybrid Cloud
14 18 (1.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 18 (1.45%) RSA SecurID
15 17 (1.37%) Private Cloud
16 16 (1.29%) Mobile Computing
17 15 (1.21%) Fat Client
17 15 (1.21%) Thin Client
18 14 (1.13%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 489 (39.34%) Windows
2 211 (16.98%) Linux
3 181 (14.56%) Windows Server
4 167 (13.44%) Windows 7
5 105 (8.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 102 (8.21%) Windows 10
7 82 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 70 (5.63%) Unix
9 56 (4.51%) CentOS
10 54 (4.34%) Apple iOS
11 53 (4.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 46 (3.70%) Android
13 40 (3.22%) Windows XP
14 29 (2.33%) Windows 8
15 24 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
16 19 (1.53%) Ubuntu
17 17 (1.37%) Mac OS
17 17 (1.37%) Mac OS X
18 14 (1.13%) VMS
19 12 (0.97%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (19.87%) ITIL
2 122 (9.81%) DevOps
3 92 (7.40%) Load Balancing
4 88 (7.08%) Network Design
5 81 (6.52%) Migration
6 73 (5.87%) Agile Software Development
7 69 (5.55%) Service Delivery
8 58 (4.67%) Project Management
9 57 (4.59%) Network Management
10 54 (4.34%) Change Management
11 52 (4.18%) Configuration Management
12 51 (4.10%) Kalman Filter
13 50 (4.02%) Continuous Integration
14 49 (3.94%) Mentoring
14 49 (3.94%) Service Management
15 48 (3.86%) Disaster Recovery
15 48 (3.86%) Network Architecture
16 47 (3.78%) Information Security
17 45 (3.62%) Mobile Device Management
18 44 (3.54%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 89 (7.16%) SQL
2 85 (6.84%) PowerShell
3 62 (4.99%) Python
4 56 (4.51%) Java
5 33 (2.65%) Ruby
6 32 (2.57%) Perl
7 31 (2.49%) Bash Shell
8 22 (1.77%) Groovy
9 21 (1.69%) C
10 13 (1.05%) Go
11 12 (0.97%) JavaScript
12 11 (0.88%) PHP
13 8 (0.64%) C#
14 6 (0.48%) VBScript
15 4 (0.32%) VB
16 3 (0.24%) C++
16 3 (0.24%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.16%) Scala
17 2 (0.16%) Shell Script
18 1 (0.080%) C-shell
Qualifications
1 253 (20.35%) Cisco Certification
2 213 (17.14%) Security Cleared
3 151 (12.15%) SC Cleared
4 150 (12.07%) CCNP
5 118 (9.49%) CCNA
6 82 (6.60%) Microsoft Certification
7 67 (5.39%) CCIE
8 61 (4.91%) Degree
9 49 (3.94%) MCSE
10 36 (2.90%) DV Cleared
11 32 (2.57%) CISSP
12 27 (2.17%) CCDP
13 20 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
13 20 (1.61%) MCP
14 19 (1.53%) CCSA
15 18 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
15 18 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 15 (1.21%) JNCIP
16 15 (1.21%) MCSA
17 14 (1.13%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (6.84%) SLA
2 34 (2.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.69%) PCI DSS
4 14 (1.13%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.64%) QA
6 6 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.40%) GDPR
7 5 (0.40%) PMO
8 4 (0.32%) GAAP
8 4 (0.32%) GCP
9 3 (0.24%) NIST 800
9 3 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.16%) COBIT
10 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.16%) FIPS 140-2
10 2 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.16%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.080%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.080%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 329 (26.47%) Active Directory
2 145 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (6.84%) Hyper-V
4 59 (4.75%) vSphere
5 51 (4.10%) Docker
6 36 (2.90%) XenApp
7 28 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
8 23 (1.85%) VMware NSX
9 22 (1.77%) VMware ESXi
10 21 (1.69%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.53%) ProxySG
12 18 (1.45%) iptables
13 16 (1.29%) Terminal Services
13 16 (1.29%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.97%) BitLocker
14 12 (0.97%) DFS Replication
14 12 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 11 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.88%) NFS
16 9 (0.72%) Xen
Systems Management
1 83 (6.68%) Ansible
2 74 (5.95%) SCCM
3 56 (4.51%) FortiGate
4 52 (4.18%) Puppet
5 48 (3.86%) Terraform
6 39 (3.14%) Kubernetes
7 34 (2.74%) logstash
8 25 (2.01%) Nagios
9 23 (1.85%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (1.77%) SCOM
11 17 (1.37%) Cisco Prime
12 16 (1.29%) ZABBIX
13 15 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
14 14 (1.13%) AirWatch
15 13 (1.05%) HAProxy
15 13 (1.05%) vCenter Server
16 11 (0.88%) McAfee ePO
16 11 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
17 10 (0.80%) OpenView
17 10 (0.80%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 574 (46.18%) Cisco
2 312 (25.10%) Microsoft
3 217 (17.46%) VMware
4 196 (15.77%) Juniper
5 181 (14.56%) CheckPoint
6 176 (14.16%) Citrix
7 139 (11.18%) HP
8 100 (8.05%) F5
9 79 (6.36%) Palo Alto
10 78 (6.28%) Fortinet
11 75 (6.03%) Oracle
12 64 (5.15%) McAfee
13 48 (3.86%) Apple
13 48 (3.86%) SolarWinds
14 45 (3.62%) Aruba
15 42 (3.38%) Blue Coat
16 41 (3.30%) NetApp
17 33 (2.65%) Dell
18 31 (2.49%) Lotus
18 31 (2.49%) Red Hat