Period
to 24 November 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 24 November 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
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 225 201 218
Rank change year-on-year -24 +17 -15
Contract jobs citing VPN 1226 1392 1341
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.33% 1.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.69% 8.55% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 745 861 832
UK median daily rate £388 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +9.68% +14.39%
10th Percentile £150 £193 £175
90th Percentile £550 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 75 103
UK median hourly rate £18.10 £22.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.56% +28.57% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.08 £50.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.07 £19.63 £17.17
% change year-on-year -13.04% +14.30% +1.96%

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 14116 16276 15916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 15.50% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 8591 9824 9211
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £214 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 741 834 1023
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.75 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.45% +4.68%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.89 £48.26 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.04 £25.00 £20.97
% change year-on-year -27.84% +19.23% +4.84%

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 24 November 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 24 November 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 24 November 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 -20 1147 £398 -6.47% 189
UK excluding London +7 717 £375 - 127
London -63 491 £413 -13.16% 72
South East +3 245 £370 -10.30% 26
North of England +36 147 £390 -2.50% 44
Midlands +55 134 £400 +6.67% 24
West Midlands +49 116 £400 +37.93% 12
North West +28 81 £345 -16.11% 23
South West -23 68 £365 +4.29% 10
East of England -25 63 £261 -3.24% 13
Yorkshire +22 58 £462 +8.71% 16
Scotland +14 55 £370 +29.48% 10
East Midlands -5 17 £314 -46.14% 11
Wales +10 12 £350 -17.65%
North East +43 8 £371 +19.76% 5

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 619 (50.49%) Firewall
2 593 (48.37%) Cisco
3 526 (42.90%) Windows
4 408 (33.28%) WAN
5 350 (28.55%) LAN
6 336 (27.41%) Active Directory
7 309 (25.20%) Microsoft
8 292 (23.82%) Linux
9 276 (22.51%) DNS
10 262 (21.37%) TCP/IP
11 257 (20.96%) Cisco Certification
12 234 (19.09%) MPLS
13 216 (17.62%) VMware
14 214 (17.46%) ITIL
15 207 (16.88%) DHCP
16 205 (16.72%) Windows Server
17 202 (16.48%) Citrix
18 200 (16.31%) Wireless
19 195 (15.91%) Juniper
20 179 (14.60%) Network Security
21 177 (14.44%) Cisco ASA
22 175 (14.27%) Data Centre
23 173 (14.11%) BGP
24 172 (14.03%) Security Cleared
25 170 (13.87%) Finance
26 168 (13.70%) Windows 7
26 168 (13.70%) Amazon AWS
27 165 (13.46%) CheckPoint
28 162 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
29 158 (12.89%) 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
1 105 (8.56%) MS Exchange
2 46 (3.75%) Apache
3 44 (3.59%) Tomcat
4 41 (3.34%) IBM Notes
5 39 (3.18%) IIS
6 38 (3.10%) Skype for Business
7 34 (2.77%) Exchange Server 2010
7 34 (2.77%) SharePoint
8 20 (1.63%) Apache Spark
9 18 (1.47%) OpenStack
10 15 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
11 12 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2003
11 12 (0.98%) nginx
12 11 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
12 11 (0.90%) JBoss
13 9 (0.73%) WebLogic
14 8 (0.65%) Confluence
14 8 (0.65%) WebSphere
15 5 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.33%) MQSeries
Applications
1 162 (13.21%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (1.55%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.49%) Acrobat
5 6 (0.49%) HipChat
6 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.082%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.082%) Revit
Business Applications
1 25 (2.04%) Eikon
2 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) Summit
4 1 (0.082%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.082%) Maximo
4 1 (0.082%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.082%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 168 (13.70%) Amazon AWS
2 158 (12.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 144 (11.75%) Office 365
4 63 (5.14%) SaaS
5 59 (4.81%) IaaS
6 50 (4.08%) PaaS
7 31 (2.53%) Azure Active Directory
8 22 (1.79%) Amazon S3
9 21 (1.71%) GitHub
9 21 (1.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 17 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
11 13 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
12 12 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
13 8 (0.65%) G Suite
13 8 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
13 8 (0.65%) Route 53
14 6 (0.49%) Akamai
14 6 (0.49%) Datadog
15 5 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.41%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 619 (50.49%) Firewall
2 408 (33.28%) WAN
3 350 (28.55%) LAN
4 276 (22.51%) DNS
5 262 (21.37%) TCP/IP
6 234 (19.09%) MPLS
7 207 (16.88%) DHCP
8 200 (16.31%) Wireless
9 179 (14.60%) Network Security
10 177 (14.44%) Cisco ASA
11 173 (14.11%) BGP
12 143 (11.66%) VoIP
13 141 (11.50%) IPsec
14 129 (10.52%) VLAN
15 126 (10.28%) Internet
16 116 (9.46%) OSPF
17 112 (9.14%) SSL
18 104 (8.48%) Wi-Fi
19 99 (8.08%) Cisco Nexus
20 88 (7.18%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (5.55%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.02%) MySQL
3 22 (1.79%) Big Data
3 22 (1.79%) Hadoop
4 21 (1.71%) NoSQL
5 17 (1.39%) Amazon RDS
6 14 (1.14%) Apache Hive
6 14 (1.14%) HBase
6 14 (1.14%) Impala
6 14 (1.14%) MongoDB
6 14 (1.14%) Sqoop
7 10 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
11 5 (0.41%) Redis
12 4 (0.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 4 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 53 (4.32%) Jenkins
2 32 (2.61%) Git (software)
3 22 (1.79%) Maven
4 18 (1.47%) JIRA
5 13 (1.06%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 9 (0.73%) Subversion
6 9 (0.73%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.65%) Artifactory
7 8 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.57%) git-flow
9 6 (0.49%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.33%) Metasploit
11 3 (0.24%) GitLab
11 3 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.16%) Gerrit
12 2 (0.16%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.16%) Vagrant
13 1 (0.082%) Mercurial
General
1 170 (13.87%) Finance
2 122 (9.95%) Telecoms
3 44 (3.59%) Banking
4 41 (3.34%) Manufacturing
5 30 (2.45%) Retail
6 23 (1.88%) Legal
6 23 (1.88%) Marketing
7 20 (1.63%) Electronics
8 13 (1.06%) Billing
9 10 (0.82%) Advertising
10 9 (0.73%) Retail Banking
11 8 (0.65%) German Language
12 7 (0.57%) French Language
12 7 (0.57%) Law
13 6 (0.49%) Back Office
13 6 (0.49%) Publishing
14 5 (0.41%) Military
14 5 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.33%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.33%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 325 (26.51%) Network Engineer
2 139 (11.34%) Support Engineer
3 128 (10.44%) Analyst
4 124 (10.11%) Architect
5 88 (7.18%) Consultant
6 82 (6.69%) Cisco Engineer
7 79 (6.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 76 (6.20%) Desktop Support
9 74 (6.04%) 2nd Line Support
9 74 (6.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 67 (5.46%) Security Engineer
11 49 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
12 47 (3.83%) Network Security Engineer
12 47 (3.83%) Service Analyst
13 46 (3.75%) Service Desk Analyst
14 44 (3.59%) Cloud Engineer
14 44 (3.59%) IT Support
14 44 (3.59%) Network Support
15 39 (3.18%) Network Architect
16 38 (3.10%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (4.81%) Web Services
2 31 (2.53%) 802.1X
3 22 (1.79%) Elastic Stack
4 21 (1.71%) Kafka
5 20 (1.63%) JSON
5 20 (1.63%) LAMP
6 17 (1.39%) Sensu
7 15 (1.22%) .NET
7 15 (1.22%) XML
8 14 (1.14%) Spark Streaming
9 9 (0.73%) SAML
9 9 (0.73%) XMPP
10 8 (0.65%) Middleware
11 7 (0.57%) J2EE
11 7 (0.57%) REST
12 6 (0.49%) Spring
13 5 (0.41%) ASP.NET
13 5 (0.41%) HTML
14 4 (0.33%) SOAP
14 4 (0.33%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 175 (14.27%) Data Centre
2 70 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (5.22%) Public Cloud
4 63 (5.14%) Blackberry
5 56 (4.57%) Management Information System
6 47 (3.83%) PKI
7 45 (3.67%) Computer Science
8 36 (2.94%) Replication
9 29 (2.37%) Video Conferencing
10 27 (2.20%) BYOD
11 26 (2.12%) Smartphone
12 23 (1.88%) iPhone
12 23 (1.88%) Linux Command Line
13 19 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 19 (1.55%) iPad
14 18 (1.47%) CMDB
15 16 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
16 15 (1.22%) Mobile App
16 15 (1.22%) Private Cloud
17 13 (1.06%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 526 (42.90%) Windows
2 292 (23.82%) Linux
3 205 (16.72%) Windows Server
4 168 (13.70%) Windows 7
5 114 (9.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 106 (8.65%) Windows Server 2012
7 96 (7.83%) Windows 10
8 89 (7.26%) Unix
9 61 (4.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 60 (4.89%) Android
11 52 (4.24%) CentOS
12 51 (4.16%) Apple iOS
13 30 (2.45%) Windows 8
13 30 (2.45%) Windows XP
14 27 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
15 26 (2.12%) Mac OS
16 18 (1.47%) Windows Mobile
17 14 (1.14%) Ubuntu
18 12 (0.98%) Mac OS X
19 10 (0.82%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (17.46%) ITIL
2 111 (9.05%) DevOps
3 103 (8.40%) Network Design
4 101 (8.24%) Load Balancing
5 82 (6.69%) Agile Software Development
6 73 (5.95%) Migration
7 72 (5.87%) Project Management
8 67 (5.46%) Configuration Management
8 67 (5.46%) Information Security
9 62 (5.06%) Network Management
10 61 (4.98%) Disaster Recovery
11 58 (4.73%) Change Management
11 58 (4.73%) Service Delivery
12 54 (4.40%) Kalman Filter
13 51 (4.16%) Cybersecurity
13 51 (4.16%) Service Management
14 48 (3.92%) Continuous Integration
14 48 (3.92%) Mentoring
15 45 (3.67%) High Availability
16 44 (3.59%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 82 (6.69%) Python
2 79 (6.44%) SQL
3 65 (5.30%) PowerShell
4 54 (4.40%) Perl
5 51 (4.16%) Java
6 47 (3.83%) Bash Shell
7 31 (2.53%) Ruby
8 24 (1.96%) Shell Script
9 18 (1.47%) JavaScript
10 16 (1.31%) C
11 10 (0.82%) C-shell
11 10 (0.82%) Go
11 10 (0.82%) Korn
12 7 (0.57%) Groovy
13 6 (0.49%) C#
14 4 (0.33%) VBScript
15 3 (0.24%) C++
15 3 (0.24%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.24%) VB
15 3 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 257 (20.96%) Cisco Certification
2 172 (14.03%) Security Cleared
3 153 (12.48%) CCNP
4 114 (9.30%) CCNA
5 108 (8.81%) SC Cleared
6 68 (5.55%) CCIE
7 66 (5.38%) Microsoft Certification
8 64 (5.22%) Degree
9 40 (3.26%) CISSP
10 35 (2.85%) DV Cleared
11 31 (2.53%) MCSE
12 21 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
12 21 (1.71%) MCSA
13 19 (1.55%) JNCIA
13 19 (1.55%) JNCIP
14 18 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
15 16 (1.31%) JNCIE
15 16 (1.31%) JNCIS
15 16 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 14 (1.14%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (3.67%) SLA
2 28 (2.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (0.98%) PCI DSS
4 11 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
5 10 (0.82%) QA
6 6 (0.49%) PMO
7 4 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.24%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.24%) GCP
8 3 (0.24%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.16%) GDPR
9 2 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.16%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.082%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.082%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.082%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.082%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.082%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 336 (27.41%) Active Directory
2 135 (11.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (6.12%) Hyper-V
4 62 (5.06%) vSphere
5 38 (3.10%) Docker
6 34 (2.77%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (1.96%) NFS
8 22 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (1.71%) iptables
9 21 (1.71%) XenApp
10 14 (1.14%) Apache Flume
11 13 (1.06%) ProxySG
12 12 (0.98%) Virtual Servers
12 12 (0.98%) VMware NSX
12 12 (0.98%) XenDesktop
13 10 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (0.82%) Terminal Services
14 9 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (0.73%) Samba
15 8 (0.65%) Openswan
Systems Management
1 79 (6.44%) Ansible
2 66 (5.38%) SCCM
3 60 (4.89%) Puppet
4 40 (3.26%) Terraform
5 37 (3.02%) Nagios
6 32 (2.61%) FortiGate
7 30 (2.45%) Kubernetes
8 24 (1.96%) logstash
9 23 (1.88%) Opscode Chef
10 20 (1.63%) Nmap
10 20 (1.63%) SCOM
10 20 (1.63%) WSUS
11 19 (1.55%) Cisco Prime
12 18 (1.47%) Microsoft Intune
13 14 (1.14%) AirWatch
13 14 (1.14%) Nessus
13 14 (1.14%) Nexpose
14 13 (1.06%) Prometheus
14 13 (1.06%) ZABBIX
15 12 (0.98%) Cacti
Vendors
1 593 (48.37%) Cisco
2 309 (25.20%) Microsoft
3 216 (17.62%) VMware
4 202 (16.48%) Citrix
5 195 (15.91%) Juniper
6 165 (13.46%) CheckPoint
7 124 (10.11%) F5
8 105 (8.56%) HP
9 89 (7.26%) Palo Alto
10 69 (5.63%) Fortinet
10 69 (5.63%) Oracle
11 68 (5.55%) McAfee
12 62 (5.06%) SolarWinds
13 49 (4.00%) Blue Coat
14 47 (3.83%) Red Hat
15 43 (3.51%) Dell
16 41 (3.34%) Lotus
17 40 (3.26%) Apple
18 38 (3.10%) Bloomberg
19 34 (2.77%) NetApp