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 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / West Midlands
Rank 94 111 96
Rank change year-on-year +17 -15  
Contract jobs citing VPN 21 24 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.92% 0.90% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.60% 8.30% 5.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 5 13
Median daily rate £369 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £264 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £453 £419
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £363 £350
% change year-on-year -3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £12.69 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.25 £16.67 £16.72
% change year-on-year -20.51% -0.29%  

VPN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next 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 and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 318 289 338
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.95% 10.89% 13.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 135 151
Median daily rate £375 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 42
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -35.27% +34.54%  

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing VPN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 22 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VPN in the West Midlands

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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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +10 11 £388 -13.88% 4
Solihull -11 4 £120 -68.00% 1
Coventry - 2 £450 - 2
Staffordshire - 2 £269 -
Shropshire +31 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 £375 -
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
VPN
England

VPN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VPN.

1 40 (72.73%) Firewall
2 31 (56.36%) Cisco
3 24 (43.64%) Cisco Certification
4 22 (40.00%) Cisco ASA
5 21 (38.18%) WAN
6 20 (36.36%) Juniper
7 19 (34.55%) LAN
8 18 (32.73%) CCNA
9 17 (30.91%) Windows
9 17 (30.91%) F5
10 15 (27.27%) Security Cleared
11 14 (25.45%) CheckPoint
11 14 (25.45%) SC Cleared
12 13 (23.64%) BGP
12 13 (23.64%) Intrusion Detection
13 12 (21.82%) Network Design
13 12 (21.82%) Information Security
13 12 (21.82%) Identity Access Management
14 11 (20.00%) CCNP
14 11 (20.00%) OSPF
14 11 (20.00%) DNS
15 10 (18.18%) Unix
15 10 (18.18%) Wireless
15 10 (18.18%) Data Analysis
15 10 (18.18%) Network Intrusion Detection System
15 10 (18.18%) Disk Encryption
15 10 (18.18%) Forensic Analysis
15 10 (18.18%) Cybersecurity
15 10 (18.18%) Malware Analysis
16 9 (16.36%) TCP/IP

VPN
Top Related 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 2 (3.64%) IIS
2 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (1.82%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (3.64%) MS Office
2 1 (1.82%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.82%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.82%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.82%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (1.82%) IaaS
2 1 (1.82%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 40 (72.73%) Firewall
2 22 (40.00%) Cisco ASA
3 21 (38.18%) WAN
4 19 (34.55%) LAN
5 13 (23.64%) BGP
5 13 (23.64%) Intrusion Detection
6 11 (20.00%) DNS
6 11 (20.00%) OSPF
7 10 (18.18%) Wireless
8 9 (16.36%) DHCP
8 9 (16.36%) SSL
8 9 (16.36%) TCP/IP
9 7 (12.73%) Cisco PIX
10 6 (10.91%) Network Security
11 5 (9.09%) Cisco Nexus
11 5 (9.09%) EIGRP
11 5 (9.09%) IP Telephony
11 5 (9.09%) Unified Communications
11 5 (9.09%) VLAN
11 5 (9.09%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.91%) Big Data
2 2 (3.64%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.82%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 6 (10.91%) Finance
2 1 (1.82%) Advertising
2 1 (1.82%) Retail
2 1 (1.82%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (38.18%) Network Engineer
2 15 (27.27%) Cisco Engineer
2 15 (27.27%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 12 (21.82%) Analyst
4 9 (16.36%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 9 (16.36%) Security Analyst
5 4 (7.27%) Consultant
5 4 (7.27%) Juniper Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Firewall Engineer
6 3 (5.45%) Incident Analyst
6 3 (5.45%) Information Security Specialist
6 3 (5.45%) Information Specialist
6 3 (5.45%) Security Specialist
7 2 (3.64%) Designer
7 2 (3.64%) IT Assistant
7 2 (3.64%) IT Support
7 2 (3.64%) IT Support Assistant
7 2 (3.64%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (3.64%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 2 (3.64%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.09%) CSS
2 4 (7.27%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.73%) Data Centre
2 6 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (10.91%) Security Operations Centre
3 5 (9.09%) Linux Command Line
4 3 (5.45%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.82%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.82%) Clustering
5 1 (1.82%) FMCG
5 1 (1.82%) iPad
5 1 (1.82%) PKI
5 1 (1.82%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 17 (30.91%) Windows
2 10 (18.18%) Unix
3 9 (16.36%) Linux
4 6 (10.91%) Windows 10
5 4 (7.27%) Windows 7
6 3 (5.45%) Windows Server
7 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.82%) Solaris
8 1 (1.82%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (21.82%) Identity Access Management
1 12 (21.82%) Information Security
1 12 (21.82%) Network Design
2 10 (18.18%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (18.18%) Data Analysis
2 10 (18.18%) Disk Encryption
2 10 (18.18%) Forensic Analysis
2 10 (18.18%) Malware Analysis
3 8 (14.55%) Incident Management
3 8 (14.55%) SIEM
4 7 (12.73%) Security Operations
5 6 (10.91%) Security Monitoring
6 5 (9.09%) Load Balancing
6 5 (9.09%) Migration
6 5 (9.09%) Penetration Testing
7 4 (7.27%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 4 (7.27%) Service Delivery
8 3 (5.45%) Network Monitoring
8 3 (5.45%) Two-Factor Authentication
8 3 (5.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.45%) SQL
2 1 (1.82%) C
2 1 (1.82%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 24 (43.64%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (32.73%) CCNA
3 15 (27.27%) Security Cleared
4 14 (25.45%) SC Cleared
5 11 (20.00%) CCNP
6 8 (14.55%) CCDP
7 6 (10.91%) CCDA
7 6 (10.91%) CCSA
7 6 (10.91%) CEH
7 6 (10.91%) GCFA
7 6 (10.91%) GCIH
7 6 (10.91%) MCP
8 5 (9.09%) CCVP
9 1 (1.82%) CCIE
9 1 (1.82%) CISA
9 1 (1.82%) CISM
9 1 (1.82%) CISSP
9 1 (1.82%) JNCIA
9 1 (1.82%) JNCIP
9 1 (1.82%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.82%) GDPR
1 1 (1.82%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.82%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (12.73%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.64%) VMware ESX
3 1 (1.82%) Firmware
3 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.82%) NFS
3 1 (1.82%) Terminal Services
3 1 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (18.18%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 4 (7.27%) Nexpose
2 4 (7.27%) SCCM
Vendors
1 31 (56.36%) Cisco
2 20 (36.36%) Juniper
3 17 (30.91%) F5
4 14 (25.45%) CheckPoint
5 7 (12.73%) Microsoft
5 7 (12.73%) Palo Alto
5 7 (12.73%) VMware
6 5 (9.09%) Nokia
7 4 (7.27%) Blue Coat
7 4 (7.27%) Fortinet
7 4 (7.27%) Intel Security
7 4 (7.27%) LogRhythm
7 4 (7.27%) Riverbed
7 4 (7.27%) Sourcefire
8 3 (5.45%) ArcSight
8 3 (5.45%) FireEye
8 3 (5.45%) GFI Software
8 3 (5.45%) Rapid7
8 3 (5.45%) Symantec
8 3 (5.45%) TippingPoint