Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 133 144
Rank change year-on-year +47 +11 -13
Contract jobs citing VPN 107 64 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.27% 1.16% 0.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.99% 8.54% 6.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 23 20
West Midlands median daily rate £417 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.07% +15.38% +19.27%
10th Percentile £280 £80 £179
90th Percentile £530 £450 £488
England median daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +21.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.95 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.33% -25.71% -4.11%
10th Percentile £12.86 £11.50 £16.75
90th Percentile £17.30 £14.50 £18.25
England median hourly rate £17.32 £19.63 £17.50
% change year-on-year -11.76% +12.14% -1.03%

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 765 749 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.21% 13.61% 11.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 376 291
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £158 £200 £181
90th Percentile £505 £540 £505
England median daily rate £410 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +2.12% +0.38% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 28 54
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -14.29% -25.53%
10th Percentile £12.60 £10.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £44.65 £38.08 £41.38
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +8.64%

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 18 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VPN in the West Midlands

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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 18 January 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 +26 26 £463 +23.33% 1
Birmingham +8 20 £380 +7.04% 5
Solihull +1 10 - - 7
Coventry +17 9 £425 -5.56% 2
Dudley -1 9 £350 +337.50%
Warwickshire +11 8 £435 +33.85% 2
West Bromwich - 3 £175 -
Wolverhampton - 3 - -
Worcestershire +1 2 £260 -
Staffordshire - 2 £365 - 2
Herefordshire -1 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VPN.

1 75 (70.09%) Firewall
2 73 (68.22%) Cisco
3 68 (63.55%) WAN
4 47 (43.93%) Cisco Certification
5 44 (41.12%) Wireless
6 42 (39.25%) LAN
6 42 (39.25%) Cisco ASA
7 41 (38.32%) MPLS
7 41 (38.32%) Data Centre
8 38 (35.51%) Fortinet
9 36 (33.64%) Microsoft Azure
10 35 (32.71%) CheckPoint
11 34 (31.78%) Amazon AWS
12 32 (29.91%) CCNP
13 28 (26.17%) McAfee
14 27 (25.23%) DHCP
14 27 (25.23%) WAN Optimisation
15 26 (24.30%) Network Design
15 26 (24.30%) CCIE
16 25 (23.36%) Windows
16 25 (23.36%) FortiGate
17 24 (22.43%) VLAN
18 21 (19.63%) Oracle
18 21 (19.63%) DNS
18 21 (19.63%) Nokia
19 20 (18.69%) Cisco Nexus
20 19 (17.76%) VoIP
21 18 (16.82%) Aruba
22 16 (14.95%) ITIL
23 15 (14.02%) Active Directory

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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 10 (9.35%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.74%) Apache
2 4 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (2.80%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.93%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (4.67%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 36 (33.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (31.78%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (6.54%) SaaS
4 5 (4.67%) PaaS
5 4 (3.74%) IaaS
6 3 (2.80%) Akamai
6 3 (2.80%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (2.80%) Office 365
7 2 (1.87%) G Suite
7 2 (1.87%) GitHub
8 1 (0.93%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 75 (70.09%) Firewall
2 68 (63.55%) WAN
3 44 (41.12%) Wireless
4 42 (39.25%) Cisco ASA
4 42 (39.25%) LAN
5 41 (38.32%) MPLS
6 27 (25.23%) DHCP
7 24 (22.43%) VLAN
8 21 (19.63%) DNS
9 20 (18.69%) Cisco Nexus
10 19 (17.76%) VoIP
11 15 (14.02%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (11.21%) Internet
13 11 (10.28%) BGP
13 11 (10.28%) HSRP
13 11 (10.28%) OSPF
14 10 (9.35%) Intrusion Detection
14 10 (9.35%) TCP/IP
15 9 (8.41%) IPsec
16 8 (7.48%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.87%) Amazon RDS
1 2 (1.87%) MySQL
1 2 (1.87%) NoSQL
1 2 (1.87%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (3.74%) Metasploit
2 2 (1.87%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.93%) Codeship
3 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (4.67%) Finance
1 5 (4.67%) Telecoms
2 2 (1.87%) Back Office
2 2 (1.87%) Retail
3 1 (0.93%) Advertising
3 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.93%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 53 (49.53%) Network Engineer
2 24 (22.43%) Cisco Engineer
2 24 (22.43%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 20 (18.69%) Implementation Engineer
3 20 (18.69%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 17 (15.89%) Architect
4 17 (15.89%) Cloud Engineer
5 15 (14.02%) Cisco Design Engineer
5 15 (14.02%) Firewall Engineer
6 14 (13.08%) Design Engineer
6 14 (13.08%) Network Design Engineer
7 10 (9.35%) Network Architect
8 9 (8.41%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
9 8 (7.48%) Senior Network Engineer
10 7 (6.54%) Network Support
10 7 (6.54%) Solutions Architect
11 6 (5.61%) Consultant
11 6 (5.61%) Network Specialist
11 6 (5.61%) Support Engineer
11 6 (5.61%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.54%) 802.1X
2 4 (3.74%) JSON
2 4 (3.74%) LAMP
3 1 (0.93%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 41 (38.32%) Data Centre
2 9 (8.41%) PKI
3 7 (6.54%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.80%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.87%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.87%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.93%) CMDB
6 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.93%) Cyberattack
6 1 (0.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.93%) FMCG
6 1 (0.93%) Replication
6 1 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (0.93%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 25 (23.36%) Windows
2 11 (10.28%) Windows Server
3 7 (6.54%) Linux
4 5 (4.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.74%) Unix
5 4 (3.74%) Windows 7
5 4 (3.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.80%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.80%) Windows Vista
7 2 (1.87%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (25.23%) WAN Optimisation
2 26 (24.30%) Network Design
3 16 (14.95%) ITIL
4 14 (13.08%) Service Delivery
5 11 (10.28%) Load Balancing
6 10 (9.35%) Coaching
6 10 (9.35%) Problem Management
7 9 (8.41%) Network Management
7 9 (8.41%) Performance Metrics
7 9 (8.41%) Root Cause Analysis
7 9 (8.41%) Statistics
7 9 (8.41%) Validation
8 8 (7.48%) Network Load Balancing
8 8 (7.48%) Network Packet Analysis
8 8 (7.48%) Service Management
9 7 (6.54%) Change Control
9 7 (6.54%) ITIL V3
10 6 (5.61%) Configuration Management
10 6 (5.61%) Open Source
10 6 (5.61%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.41%) PowerShell
2 8 (7.48%) SQL
3 2 (1.87%) Go
3 2 (1.87%) Python
3 2 (1.87%) Ruby
3 2 (1.87%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (43.93%) Cisco Certification
2 32 (29.91%) CCNP
3 26 (24.30%) CCIE
4 10 (9.35%) CCNA
4 10 (9.35%) Security Cleared
5 6 (5.61%) MCSE
5 6 (5.61%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (5.61%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.74%) Check Point Certification
6 4 (3.74%) CISSP
6 4 (3.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (1.87%) MCITP
7 2 (1.87%) MCP
8 1 (0.93%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.93%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.74%) SLA
2 2 (1.87%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.93%) GCP
3 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 15 (14.02%) Active Directory
2 12 (11.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.61%) Hyper-V
4 4 (3.74%) iptables
4 4 (3.74%) Postfix
4 4 (3.74%) Samba
4 4 (3.74%) Squid
4 4 (3.74%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 3 (2.80%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (1.87%) KVM
6 2 (1.87%) XenServer
7 1 (0.93%) Docker
Systems Management
1 25 (23.36%) FortiGate
2 6 (5.61%) SCOM
3 4 (3.74%) Cisco UCCX
3 4 (3.74%) Nessus
3 4 (3.74%) Nmap
4 3 (2.80%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.80%) Nagios
5 2 (1.87%) Ansible
5 2 (1.87%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (1.87%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.87%) SCCM
5 2 (1.87%) Terraform
6 1 (0.93%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.93%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 73 (68.22%) Cisco
2 38 (35.51%) Fortinet
3 35 (32.71%) CheckPoint
4 28 (26.17%) McAfee
5 21 (19.63%) Nokia
5 21 (19.63%) Oracle
6 18 (16.82%) Aruba
7 15 (14.02%) VMware
8 14 (13.08%) F5
8 14 (13.08%) Juniper
9 13 (12.15%) Microsoft
10 12 (11.21%) HP
11 8 (7.48%) Blue Coat
11 8 (7.48%) BMC
11 8 (7.48%) IBM
11 8 (7.48%) SolarWinds
12 7 (6.54%) Dell
13 5 (4.67%) Citrix
13 5 (4.67%) Google
14 4 (3.74%) Brocade