Period
to 17 June 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 17 June 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
17 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 125 141
Rank change year-on-year +38 +16 -12
Contract jobs citing VPN 109 47 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.24% 1.08% 1.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.87% 7.85% 8.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 33 32
West Midlands median daily rate £485 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.20% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £189 £136 £176
90th Percentile £535 £500 £490
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £10.00 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -27.90% -22.94%
10th Percentile £12.38 £10.00 £11.77
90th Percentile £21.00 £10.00 £15.97
England median hourly rate £15.00 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% -2.70% +2.78%

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 687 599 684
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.10% 13.79% 12.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 323 345
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £200 £186 £185
90th Percentile £538 £525 £506
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 44 38
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.48% -21.18% -12.66%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.33 £10.73
90th Percentile £33.33 £67.88 £38.75
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.44 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.88% -22.24% +17.65%

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 17 June 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 17 June 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
Shropshire +8 31 £530 +24.71% 1
Solihull +11 22 £425 +254.17% 2
Birmingham -15 22 £411 +6.13% 7
Coventry -10 9 £150 -66.67% 3
Dudley - 6 £200 -
Warwickshire +3 3 £425 +13.33% 2
Wolverhampton - 3 - - 1
Worcestershire -12 2 £260 +37.75%
Halesowen - 1 - -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 17 June 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 67 (61.47%) Firewall
2 65 (59.63%) Cisco
3 49 (44.95%) Cisco ASA
4 48 (44.04%) WAN
5 47 (43.12%) Security Cleared
5 47 (43.12%) SC Cleared
6 42 (38.53%) CheckPoint
6 42 (38.53%) Wireless
7 41 (37.61%) Fortinet
8 39 (35.78%) Microsoft Azure
8 39 (35.78%) FortiGate
9 38 (34.86%) Data Centre
9 38 (34.86%) MPLS
10 37 (33.94%) Network Design
11 36 (33.03%) McAfee
11 36 (33.03%) Amazon AWS
12 35 (32.11%) WAN Optimisation
12 35 (32.11%) Nokia
12 35 (32.11%) Oracle
13 34 (31.19%) Aruba
14 26 (23.85%) VLAN
14 26 (23.85%) Windows
14 26 (23.85%) Juniper
15 23 (21.10%) BGP
16 19 (17.43%) HP
16 19 (17.43%) ITIL
17 18 (16.51%) DHCP
18 16 (14.68%) LAN
18 16 (14.68%) Service Delivery
19 15 (13.76%) X.21

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 5 (4.59%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.67%) Apache
3 3 (2.75%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.75%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.92%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 9 (8.26%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 39 (35.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 36 (33.03%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.75%) G Suite
3 3 (2.75%) IaaS
3 3 (2.75%) PaaS
4 2 (1.83%) Office 365
5 1 (0.92%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 67 (61.47%) Firewall
2 49 (44.95%) Cisco ASA
3 48 (44.04%) WAN
4 42 (38.53%) Wireless
5 38 (34.86%) MPLS
6 26 (23.85%) VLAN
7 23 (21.10%) BGP
8 18 (16.51%) DHCP
9 16 (14.68%) LAN
10 15 (13.76%) Ethernet
10 15 (13.76%) SDH
10 15 (13.76%) VPLS
10 15 (13.76%) X.21
11 13 (11.93%) DNS
11 13 (11.93%) KiloStream
11 13 (11.93%) MegaStream
12 10 (9.17%) VoIP
13 8 (7.34%) RSVP
13 8 (7.34%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (6.42%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.59%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (9.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.75%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.92%) Metasploit
General
1 6 (5.50%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.59%) Back Office
3 3 (2.75%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.75%) Retail
4 2 (1.83%) Advertising
4 2 (1.83%) Finance
Job Titles
1 56 (51.38%) Network Engineer
2 32 (29.36%) Design Engineer
2 32 (29.36%) Implementation Engineer
2 32 (29.36%) Network Design Engineer
2 32 (29.36%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 28 (25.69%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 23 (21.10%) Cisco Engineer
4 23 (21.10%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 21 (19.27%) Firewall Engineer
6 20 (18.35%) Cisco Design Engineer
6 20 (18.35%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
6 20 (18.35%) Cloud Engineer
7 15 (13.76%) Support Engineer
8 9 (8.26%) Analyst
8 9 (8.26%) Network Support
9 8 (7.34%) Network Support Engineer
10 7 (6.42%) Network Analyst
11 6 (5.50%) 2nd Line Support
12 5 (4.59%) Desktop Support
13 4 (3.67%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.09%) WAP
2 8 (7.34%) 802.1X
3 4 (3.67%) LAMP
4 3 (2.75%) JSON
5 2 (1.83%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 38 (34.86%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.59%) Driving Licence
4 4 (3.67%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.75%) iPad
5 3 (2.75%) PKI
5 3 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.83%) iPhone
6 2 (1.83%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.92%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.92%) BYOD
7 1 (0.92%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 26 (23.85%) Windows
2 11 (10.09%) Windows 10
2 11 (10.09%) Windows Server
3 10 (9.17%) Windows 7
4 7 (6.42%) Windows 8
5 6 (5.50%) Unix
5 6 (5.50%) Windows Vista
6 3 (2.75%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.83%) Android
7 2 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.92%) Linux
8 1 (0.92%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.92%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.92%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (33.94%) Network Design
2 35 (32.11%) WAN Optimisation
3 19 (17.43%) ITIL
4 16 (14.68%) Service Delivery
5 10 (9.17%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (8.26%) Network Management
7 6 (5.50%) Load Balancing
7 6 (5.50%) Performance Metrics
7 6 (5.50%) Problem Management
7 6 (5.50%) Workflow
8 4 (3.67%) Change Management
8 4 (3.67%) Coaching
8 4 (3.67%) Disk Encryption
8 4 (3.67%) Infrastructure Management
8 4 (3.67%) Integration Testing
8 4 (3.67%) Network Security Management
8 4 (3.67%) Open Source
8 4 (3.67%) Remote Infrastructure Management
8 4 (3.67%) Security Management
9 3 (2.75%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 6 (5.50%) PowerShell
2 4 (3.67%) SQL
3 3 (2.75%) VB
4 1 (0.92%) C
Qualifications
1 47 (43.12%) SC Cleared
1 47 (43.12%) Security Cleared
2 15 (13.76%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (7.34%) CCNA
3 8 (7.34%) CCNP
3 8 (7.34%) MCSE
3 8 (7.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (6.42%) DV Cleared
4 7 (6.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 6 (5.50%) CCIE
5 6 (5.50%) JNCIA
5 6 (5.50%) JNCIP
5 6 (5.50%) JNCIS
6 2 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.83%) MCITP
7 1 (0.92%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.92%) Degree
7 1 (0.92%) MCP
7 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (11.01%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (11.93%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (4.59%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.83%) BitLocker
4 2 (1.83%) iptables
4 2 (1.83%) KVM
4 2 (1.83%) Postfix
4 2 (1.83%) Samba
4 2 (1.83%) Squid
4 2 (1.83%) XenServer
5 1 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.92%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 39 (35.78%) FortiGate
2 7 (6.42%) SCCM
3 4 (3.67%) AirWatch
3 4 (3.67%) Nessus
4 3 (2.75%) SCOM
4 3 (2.75%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.92%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.92%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.92%) Nmap
Vendors
1 65 (59.63%) Cisco
2 42 (38.53%) CheckPoint
3 41 (37.61%) Fortinet
4 36 (33.03%) McAfee
5 35 (32.11%) Nokia
5 35 (32.11%) Oracle
6 34 (31.19%) Aruba
7 26 (23.85%) Juniper
8 19 (17.43%) HP
9 12 (11.01%) Microsoft
10 7 (6.42%) Citrix
10 7 (6.42%) VMware
11 5 (4.59%) Dell
12 3 (2.75%) Google
12 3 (2.75%) TippingPoint
13 2 (1.83%) Fujitsu
13 2 (1.83%) Motorola
13 2 (1.83%) Tandberg
14 1 (0.92%) Avaya
14 1 (0.92%) Sophos