Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 15 October 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 137 88 143
Rank change year-on-year -49 +55 -11
Contract jobs citing VPN 60 105 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.19% 2.30% 1.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.19% 14.52% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 73 34
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +33.33% -6.98%
10th Percentile £146 £290 £80
90th Percentile £530 £440 £475
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.25 £13.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -56.45% +77.14%
10th Percentile £11.93 £11.10 £18.50
90th Percentile £23.40 £17.00 £43.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.48 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% -2.74% +11.76%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 653 723 866
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.93% 15.81% 14.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 427 461
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £181
90th Percentile £530 £500 £525
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 51 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.41% -13.98% +32.86%
10th Percentile £11.34 £10.50 £11.76
90th Percentile £27.83 £60.00 £39.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 15 October 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
Birmingham -21 14 £300 -23.81% 9
Shropshire -51 14 £520 +22.35% 3
Solihull -1 9 £400 - 6
Coventry -8 6 £150 -67.57% 3
Warwickshire -1 3 £425 +21.43% 4
Dudley -3 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Wolverhampton -4 2 - - 2
Walsall +1 1 £148 -
Staffordshire -15 1 £315 -17.38% 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 -
Halesowen - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VPN.

1 47 (78.33%) Firewall
2 35 (58.33%) Cisco
3 32 (53.33%) WAN
4 25 (41.67%) Cisco ASA
5 22 (36.67%) Wireless
5 22 (36.67%) MPLS
6 20 (33.33%) CheckPoint
6 20 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (31.67%) SC Cleared
7 19 (31.67%) Security Cleared
8 18 (30.00%) Fortinet
8 18 (30.00%) LAN
9 17 (28.33%) Amazon AWS
10 16 (26.67%) Microsoft Azure
11 15 (25.00%) Aruba
11 15 (25.00%) Data Centre
12 14 (23.33%) WAN Optimisation
12 14 (23.33%) ITIL
12 14 (23.33%) CCNP
12 14 (23.33%) McAfee
13 12 (20.00%) BGP
13 12 (20.00%) Windows
13 12 (20.00%) Network Design
13 12 (20.00%) FortiGate
14 11 (18.33%) Load Balancing
14 11 (18.33%) Oracle
14 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
14 11 (18.33%) Nokia
15 9 (15.00%) Juniper
15 9 (15.00%) Internet

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 6 (10.00%) Apache
2 2 (3.33%) CMS
2 2 (3.33%) Drupal
2 2 (3.33%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (3.33%) nginx
2 2 (3.33%) WordPress
3 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 17 (28.33%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (26.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.00%) Office 365
4 2 (3.33%) GitHub
4 2 (3.33%) Linode
5 1 (1.67%) Akamai
5 1 (1.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 47 (78.33%) Firewall
2 32 (53.33%) WAN
3 25 (41.67%) Cisco ASA
4 22 (36.67%) MPLS
4 22 (36.67%) Wireless
5 18 (30.00%) LAN
6 12 (20.00%) BGP
7 9 (15.00%) DHCP
7 9 (15.00%) Internet
7 9 (15.00%) VLAN
7 9 (15.00%) VoIP
7 9 (15.00%) Wi-Fi
8 8 (13.33%) DNS
8 8 (13.33%) SSL
9 7 (11.67%) Network Security
9 7 (11.67%) OSPF
10 6 (10.00%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (6.67%) EIGRP
11 4 (6.67%) HSRP
11 4 (6.67%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.33%) MySQL
2 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (3.33%) CircleCI
1 2 (3.33%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.67%) Metasploit
2 1 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.00%) Advertising
2 3 (5.00%) Back Office
2 3 (5.00%) Finance
2 3 (5.00%) Retail
3 1 (1.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 30 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 11 (18.33%) Design Engineer
2 11 (18.33%) Implementation Engineer
2 11 (18.33%) Network Design Engineer
2 11 (18.33%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 7 (11.67%) Cisco Engineer
3 7 (11.67%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 7 (11.67%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 6 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (10.00%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Cisco Design Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Firewall Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (5.00%) Environment Manager
6 3 (5.00%) Network Specialist
6 3 (5.00%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.00%) LAMP
2 2 (3.33%) LDAP
2 2 (3.33%) LEMP Stack
2 2 (3.33%) WAP
3 1 (1.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 15 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 4 (6.67%) iPad
3 2 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.33%) PKI
3 2 (3.33%) Replication
3 2 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.67%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 12 (20.00%) Windows
2 7 (11.67%) Windows Server
3 6 (10.00%) Unix
4 4 (6.67%) Windows 10
5 3 (5.00%) Windows XP
6 2 (3.33%) Linux
6 2 (3.33%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.67%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (23.33%) ITIL
1 14 (23.33%) WAN Optimisation
2 12 (20.00%) Network Design
3 11 (18.33%) Load Balancing
4 9 (15.00%) Problem-Solving
5 7 (11.67%) ITIL V3
6 5 (8.33%) Network Management
7 4 (6.67%) Integration Testing
7 4 (6.67%) Network Security Management
7 4 (6.67%) Open Source
7 4 (6.67%) Security Management
8 3 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
8 3 (5.00%) Change Management
8 3 (5.00%) Configuration Management
8 3 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (5.00%) High Availability
8 3 (5.00%) Network Load Balancing
8 3 (5.00%) Service Delivery
8 3 (5.00%) Statistics
8 3 (5.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.67%) SQL
2 2 (3.33%) Bash Shell
2 2 (3.33%) PHP
2 2 (3.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 20 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (31.67%) SC Cleared
2 19 (31.67%) Security Cleared
3 14 (23.33%) CCNP
4 7 (11.67%) CCNA
5 6 (10.00%) CCIE
6 3 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (3.33%) Check Point Certification
7 2 (3.33%) CISSP
8 1 (1.67%) DBS Check
8 1 (1.67%) DV Cleared
8 1 (1.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.67%) JNCIA
8 1 (1.67%) JNCIP
8 1 (1.67%) JNCIS
System Software
1 4 (6.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.33%) BitLocker
2 2 (3.33%) Docker
2 2 (3.33%) iptables
2 2 (3.33%) Postfix
2 2 (3.33%) Samba
2 2 (3.33%) Squid
3 1 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (20.00%) FortiGate
2 4 (6.67%) Nessus
3 2 (3.33%) Kubernetes
3 2 (3.33%) SCCM
4 1 (1.67%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.67%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.67%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.67%) Nmap
4 1 (1.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (58.33%) Cisco
2 20 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 18 (30.00%) Fortinet
4 15 (25.00%) Aruba
5 14 (23.33%) McAfee
6 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
6 11 (18.33%) Nokia
6 11 (18.33%) Oracle
7 9 (15.00%) Juniper
8 8 (13.33%) F5
9 6 (10.00%) HP
10 5 (8.33%) Citrix
11 3 (5.00%) Blue Coat
11 3 (5.00%) IBM
12 2 (3.33%) Aerohive Networks
12 2 (3.33%) Avaya
12 2 (3.33%) BMC
12 2 (3.33%) Google
12 2 (3.33%) SonicWALL
13 1 (1.67%) Brocade