Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 219 215 222
Rank change year-on-year -4 +7 -33
Contract jobs citing VPN 1,295 1,106 1,264
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.28% 1.21% 1.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.55% 8.69% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 797 653 737
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £152 £155 £203
90th Percentile £600 £556 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% +7.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 98 57
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.29% -7.89% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.43 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £32.94 £50.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.95 £13.87 £16.84
% change year-on-year +0.58% -17.64% -

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 13,566 12,725 15,878
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.36% 13.97% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,383 7,777 9,467
UK median daily rate £423 £411 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.80% +2.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £204 £208 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 749 735 707
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £21.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.21% -16.00% +16.28%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.24 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.30% -20.40% +11.11%

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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 -6 1,206 £425 +6.25% 351
UK excluding London +11 722 £400 +6.67% 250
London -17 548 £450 +5.88% 122
South East -19 256 £413 +4.43% 82
Midlands +66 151 £425 +26.39% 29
North of England -29 117 £438 +9.38% 63
West Midlands +42 114 £485 +29.20% 15
East of England +43 91 £363 +88.31% 28
North West -24 69 £425 +6.25% 33
South West -2 48 £438 +35.66% 27
Scotland -12 43 £225 -18.18% 9
Yorkshire -27 41 £450 +7.14% 26
East Midlands +23 37 £325 +160.00% 14
Wales +7 25 £325 +1.56% 9
North East +16 10 £625 +72.41% 4

For the 6 months to 26 May 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.

1 627 (48.42%) Firewall
2 572 (44.17%) Cisco
3 502 (38.76%) Windows
4 367 (28.34%) WAN
5 352 (27.18%) Active Directory
6 338 (26.10%) Microsoft
7 290 (22.39%) DNS
8 287 (22.16%) LAN
9 265 (20.46%) ITIL
10 256 (19.77%) Microsoft Azure
11 255 (19.69%) MPLS
12 233 (17.99%) Security Cleared
13 232 (17.92%) Cisco Certification
14 228 (17.61%) VMware
15 223 (17.22%) CheckPoint
16 218 (16.83%) Juniper
17 215 (16.60%) Data Centre
18 209 (16.14%) Cisco ASA
19 207 (15.98%) BGP
20 203 (15.68%) DHCP
21 190 (14.67%) Office 365
22 187 (14.44%) Amazon AWS
23 185 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
24 184 (14.21%) SC Cleared
24 184 (14.21%) TCP/IP
25 182 (14.05%) Network Security
26 181 (13.98%) Wireless
27 180 (13.90%) Microsoft Office
28 178 (13.75%) Citrix
29 175 (13.51%) Linux

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 95 (7.34%) MS Exchange
2 63 (4.86%) SharePoint
3 46 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 45 (3.47%) Skype for Business
5 34 (2.63%) Apache
6 33 (2.55%) Tomcat
7 29 (2.24%) IIS
8 26 (2.01%) nginx
9 25 (1.93%) Confluence
10 22 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
11 20 (1.54%) Apache Spark
12 18 (1.39%) IBM Notes
13 16 (1.24%) OpenStack
14 14 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2007
15 12 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
16 9 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 9 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
17 8 (0.62%) Jetty
17 8 (0.62%) Mule ESB
17 8 (0.62%) WildFly
Applications
1 180 (13.90%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 25 (1.93%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.15%) Mozilla Thunderbird
7 1 (0.077%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.077%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.077%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.31%) Eikon
2 4 (0.31%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.15%) Relativity
4 1 (0.077%) Oracle Cash Management
4 1 (0.077%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 256 (19.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 190 (14.67%) Office 365
3 187 (14.44%) Amazon AWS
4 68 (5.25%) IaaS
5 62 (4.79%) PaaS
6 43 (3.32%) SaaS
7 33 (2.55%) Azure Active Directory
8 22 (1.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 19 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
9 19 (1.47%) Amazon S3
10 16 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
10 16 (1.24%) Google Cloud Platform
11 15 (1.16%) GitHub
12 11 (0.85%) OneDrive
13 10 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
13 10 (0.77%) G Suite
14 9 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
14 9 (0.69%) Serverless
15 8 (0.62%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 6 (0.46%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 627 (48.42%) Firewall
2 367 (28.34%) WAN
3 290 (22.39%) DNS
4 287 (22.16%) LAN
5 255 (19.69%) MPLS
6 209 (16.14%) Cisco ASA
7 207 (15.98%) BGP
8 203 (15.68%) DHCP
9 184 (14.21%) TCP/IP
10 182 (14.05%) Network Security
11 181 (13.98%) Wireless
12 158 (12.20%) OSPF
13 150 (11.58%) VLAN
14 120 (9.27%) Internet
14 120 (9.27%) IPsec
15 110 (8.49%) SSL
16 103 (7.95%) VoIP
17 95 (7.34%) Cisco Nexus
18 80 (6.18%) SAN
19 69 (5.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (3.86%) SQL Server
2 43 (3.32%) MySQL
3 34 (2.63%) Hadoop
4 25 (1.93%) NoSQL
5 22 (1.70%) Big Data
5 22 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
6 19 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
7 13 (1.00%) Oracle Database
8 12 (0.93%) Apache Hive
9 11 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
10 10 (0.77%) Redis
11 8 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (0.62%) Power BI
11 8 (0.62%) Relational Database
12 7 (0.54%) Amazon Redshift
12 7 (0.54%) Data Mining
12 7 (0.54%) MongoDB
13 6 (0.46%) MariaDB
13 6 (0.46%) Neo4j
13 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 78 (6.02%) Jenkins
2 36 (2.78%) Git (software)
2 36 (2.78%) JIRA
3 17 (1.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 16 (1.24%) Bitbucket
5 15 (1.16%) GitLab
6 13 (1.00%) Artifactory
6 13 (1.00%) Gerrit
7 11 (0.85%) Maven
7 11 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
7 11 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 9 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
10 8 (0.62%) Mercurial
11 6 (0.46%) Fiddler
11 6 (0.46%) SonarQube
12 5 (0.39%) Ant
12 5 (0.39%) FishEye
12 5 (0.39%) Visual Studio
13 4 (0.31%) Hudson
General
1 155 (11.97%) Finance
2 110 (8.49%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.55%) Legal
4 31 (2.39%) Banking
5 22 (1.70%) Manufacturing
6 21 (1.62%) Law
7 18 (1.39%) Retail
8 12 (0.93%) French Language
8 12 (0.93%) Games
8 12 (0.93%) German Language
9 11 (0.85%) Financial Institution
9 11 (0.85%) Publishing
10 7 (0.54%) Back Office
11 6 (0.46%) Billing
12 5 (0.39%) Electronics
12 5 (0.39%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.39%) Marketing
13 4 (0.31%) Advertising
13 4 (0.31%) Local Government
14 3 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 300 (23.17%) Network Engineer
2 179 (13.82%) Architect
3 164 (12.66%) Analyst
4 117 (9.03%) Support Engineer
5 81 (6.25%) Desktop Support
6 78 (6.02%) Consultant
7 74 (5.71%) Security Engineer
8 67 (5.17%) Network Security Engineer
9 66 (5.10%) 2nd Line Support
10 63 (4.86%) DevOps Engineer
11 61 (4.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 57 (4.40%) Cisco Engineer
12 57 (4.40%) IT Support
12 57 (4.40%) Support Analyst
13 54 (4.17%) Network Architect
14 52 (4.02%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 52 (4.02%) Service Analyst
14 52 (4.02%) Service Desk Analyst
15 48 (3.71%) Cloud Engineer
16 44 (3.40%) Firewall Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (3.86%) Web Services
2 42 (3.24%) 802.1X
3 26 (2.01%) JSON
4 25 (1.93%) Kafka
5 20 (1.54%) LDAP
6 19 (1.47%) HTML
7 16 (1.24%) LAMP
8 14 (1.08%) XML
9 13 (1.00%) LEMP Stack
10 12 (0.93%) Elastic Stack
10 12 (0.93%) HTML5
10 12 (0.93%) WAP
11 10 (0.77%) LAPP Stack
12 9 (0.69%) RabbitMQ
13 6 (0.46%) Node.js
13 6 (0.46%) Samza
14 5 (0.39%) Natural Language Processing
14 5 (0.39%) Play Framework
14 5 (0.39%) React
14 5 (0.39%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 215 (16.60%) Data Centre
2 102 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (4.32%) Public Cloud
4 49 (3.78%) Blackberry
5 47 (3.63%) Management Information System
6 39 (3.01%) iPhone
7 34 (2.63%) PKI
7 34 (2.63%) Smartphone
8 30 (2.32%) iPad
9 28 (2.16%) Video Conferencing
10 26 (2.01%) Computer Science
11 21 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
12 20 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
13 19 (1.47%) Replication
14 18 (1.39%) Mobile Computing
15 17 (1.31%) Driving Licence
15 17 (1.31%) Mobile App
15 17 (1.31%) RSA SecurID
16 15 (1.16%) NHS
17 13 (1.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 502 (38.76%) Windows
2 175 (13.51%) Linux
3 171 (13.20%) Windows Server
4 159 (12.28%) Windows 7
5 143 (11.04%) Windows 10
6 88 (6.80%) Windows Server 2008
7 79 (6.10%) Windows Server 2012
8 69 (5.33%) Unix
9 63 (4.86%) Apple iOS
10 57 (4.40%) Android
11 52 (4.02%) Windows XP
12 51 (3.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 48 (3.71%) CentOS
14 31 (2.39%) Windows 8
15 22 (1.70%) Windows Server 2003
16 21 (1.62%) Ubuntu
17 20 (1.54%) Mac OS
18 19 (1.47%) Mac OS X
19 17 (1.31%) VMS
20 15 (1.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 265 (20.46%) ITIL
2 137 (10.58%) DevOps
3 119 (9.19%) Migration
4 113 (8.73%) Load Balancing
5 106 (8.19%) Problem-Solving
6 81 (6.25%) Network Design
7 80 (6.18%) Agile Software Development
8 77 (5.95%) Service Delivery
9 63 (4.86%) Change Management
10 62 (4.79%) Mentoring
10 62 (4.79%) Network Management
11 61 (4.71%) Configuration Management
12 60 (4.63%) Continuous Integration
13 58 (4.48%) Problem Management
13 58 (4.48%) Service Management
14 52 (4.02%) Disaster Recovery
14 52 (4.02%) Network Architecture
15 50 (3.86%) Project Management
16 47 (3.63%) ITIL V3
17 46 (3.55%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 95 (7.34%) SQL
2 94 (7.26%) PowerShell
3 71 (5.48%) Python
4 56 (4.32%) Java
5 38 (2.93%) Bash Shell
6 28 (2.16%) Perl
7 26 (2.01%) C
8 23 (1.78%) Ruby
9 15 (1.16%) Groovy
9 15 (1.16%) JavaScript
10 12 (0.93%) PHP
11 11 (0.85%) Scala
11 11 (0.85%) Shell Script
12 10 (0.77%) Go
13 8 (0.62%) VB
14 5 (0.39%) R
14 5 (0.39%) VBScript
15 4 (0.31%) C#
16 3 (0.23%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 233 (17.99%) Security Cleared
2 232 (17.92%) Cisco Certification
3 184 (14.21%) SC Cleared
4 170 (13.13%) CCNP
5 98 (7.57%) CCNA
6 74 (5.71%) Microsoft Certification
7 54 (4.17%) CCIE
8 53 (4.09%) Degree
9 50 (3.86%) DV Cleared
10 46 (3.55%) MCSE
11 42 (3.24%) CCDP
12 30 (2.32%) JNCIS
13 28 (2.16%) CISSP
14 24 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (1.70%) CCSE
15 22 (1.70%) MCP
16 21 (1.62%) CCSA
17 16 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
18 14 (1.08%) CISM
18 14 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (7.41%) SLA
2 27 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.93%) PCI DSS
4 13 (1.00%) QA
5 12 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
6 11 (0.85%) GCP
6 11 (0.85%) GDPR
7 10 (0.77%) PMO
8 8 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.39%) COBIT
10 4 (0.31%) GAAP
11 3 (0.23%) FIPS 140-2
11 3 (0.23%) NIST 800
11 3 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.15%) RMADS
13 1 (0.077%) FATCA
13 1 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.077%) P3O
13 1 (0.077%) PSD2
System Software
1 352 (27.18%) Active Directory
2 185 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 93 (7.18%) Hyper-V
4 56 (4.32%) Docker
5 45 (3.47%) vSphere
6 43 (3.32%) XenApp
7 42 (3.24%) VMware NSX
8 40 (3.09%) Virtual Machines
9 35 (2.70%) BitLocker
10 31 (2.39%) XenDesktop
11 24 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (1.39%) VMware ESXi
13 16 (1.24%) Virtual Desktop
14 15 (1.16%) ProxySG
15 13 (1.00%) Virtual Servers
15 13 (1.00%) VirtualBox
16 12 (0.93%) Terminal Services
17 11 (0.85%) Xen
18 10 (0.77%) XenServer
19 9 (0.69%) KVM
Systems Management
1 107 (8.26%) SCCM
2 92 (7.10%) Ansible
3 69 (5.33%) Terraform
4 63 (4.86%) FortiGate
5 43 (3.32%) Kubernetes
6 41 (3.17%) Puppet
7 31 (2.39%) SCOM
8 28 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
9 27 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
10 21 (1.62%) HAProxy
11 17 (1.31%) logstash
11 17 (1.31%) OpenView
12 16 (1.24%) Nagios
13 15 (1.16%) Nessus
14 14 (1.08%) AirWatch
14 14 (1.08%) OVSD
14 14 (1.08%) WSUS
14 14 (1.08%) ZABBIX
15 13 (1.00%) Prometheus
15 13 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 572 (44.17%) Cisco
2 338 (26.10%) Microsoft
3 228 (17.61%) VMware
4 223 (17.22%) CheckPoint
5 218 (16.83%) Juniper
6 178 (13.75%) Citrix
7 131 (10.12%) HP
8 99 (7.64%) F5
9 97 (7.49%) Palo Alto
10 80 (6.18%) Fortinet
10 80 (6.18%) McAfee
11 75 (5.79%) Oracle
12 66 (5.10%) Aruba
13 52 (4.02%) Apple
13 52 (4.02%) SolarWinds
14 38 (2.93%) Nokia
15 32 (2.47%) Blue Coat
16 31 (2.39%) Red Hat
17 28 (2.16%) Qualys
18 27 (2.08%) Ivanti