Period
to 18 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 142 77 131
Rank change year-on-year -65 +54 +4
Contract jobs citing VPN 69 115 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.33% 2.37% 1.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.94% 15.07% 9.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 80 23
West Midlands median daily rate £445 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.25% +33.33% -7.69%
10th Percentile £190 £280 £80
90th Percentile £550 £488 £450
England median daily rate £400 £400 £425
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.50 £13.95 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.41% -52.70% +68.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.86 £14.90
90th Percentile £13.00 £17.30 £43.30
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.10 £19.88
% change year-on-year -3.31% -8.93% +13.57%

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 631 763 802
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.17% 15.75% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 379 466 410
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +10.71%
10th Percentile £186 £160 £205
90th Percentile £538 £504 £540
England median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.81% +0.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 37 33
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £30.31 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.56% +102.07% -14.29%
10th Percentile £10.70 £11.95 £10.05
90th Percentile £30.80 £44.35 £40.24
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.38
% change year-on-year +5.26% -15.08% +9.15%

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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

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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

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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 December 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

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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 6 months to 18 December 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 -63 17 £508 +15.34% 1
Birmingham -10 13 £300 -22.58% 8
Warwickshire +12 12 £500 +42.86%
Solihull -4 7 £400 -
Coventry -5 7 £575 +35.29% 3
Dudley -1 3 £375 +7.14%
Walsall -3 1 £148 -
Staffordshire -16 1 £315 -18.71% 5
Worcestershire - 1 - - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 43 (62.32%) Firewall
2 35 (50.72%) Cisco
2 35 (50.72%) Amazon AWS
3 34 (49.28%) WAN
4 32 (46.38%) Wireless
5 31 (44.93%) Microsoft Azure
6 23 (33.33%) CheckPoint
7 22 (31.88%) Fortinet
8 21 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (27.54%) CCNP
10 18 (26.09%) MPLS
11 17 (24.64%) McAfee
11 17 (24.64%) SC Cleared
11 17 (24.64%) Security Cleared
11 17 (24.64%) WAN Optimisation
12 16 (23.19%) Cisco ASA
12 16 (23.19%) LAN
12 16 (23.19%) Data Centre
13 14 (20.29%) ITIL
13 14 (20.29%) BGP
14 13 (18.84%) OSPF
14 13 (18.84%) Linux
14 13 (18.84%) PowerShell
14 13 (18.84%) F5
14 13 (18.84%) Problem-Solving
15 12 (17.39%) ITIL V3
15 12 (17.39%) Bash Shell
15 12 (17.39%) Security Architecture
15 12 (17.39%) Aruba
15 12 (17.39%) Ruby

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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 (14.49%) OpenStack
2 4 (5.80%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.90%) Apache
3 2 (2.90%) CMS
3 2 (2.90%) Drupal
3 2 (2.90%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (2.90%) nginx
3 2 (2.90%) WordPress
4 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 35 (50.72%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (44.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (8.70%) SaaS
4 5 (7.25%) IaaS
4 5 (7.25%) PaaS
5 2 (2.90%) GitHub
5 2 (2.90%) Linode
5 2 (2.90%) Office 365
6 1 (1.45%) Akamai
6 1 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 43 (62.32%) Firewall
2 34 (49.28%) WAN
3 32 (46.38%) Wireless
4 18 (26.09%) MPLS
5 16 (23.19%) Cisco ASA
5 16 (23.19%) LAN
6 14 (20.29%) BGP
7 13 (18.84%) OSPF
8 12 (17.39%) HTTP
8 12 (17.39%) VoIP
9 11 (15.94%) DNS
9 11 (15.94%) SNMP
9 11 (15.94%) VLAN
10 10 (14.49%) 802.11
10 10 (14.49%) DHCP
11 9 (13.04%) HSRP
11 9 (13.04%) Internet
12 7 (10.14%) SAN
12 7 (10.14%) TCP/IP
13 6 (8.70%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.90%) MySQL
2 2 (2.90%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.45%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (14.49%) Burp Suite
1 10 (14.49%) Metasploit
2 2 (2.90%) CircleCI
2 2 (2.90%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.90%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (5.80%) Finance
2 1 (1.45%) Advertising
2 1 (1.45%) Banking
2 1 (1.45%) Retail
2 1 (1.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (44.93%) Network Engineer
2 10 (14.49%) Design Engineer
2 10 (14.49%) Network Design Engineer
2 10 (14.49%) Penetration Tester
2 10 (14.49%) Tester
3 9 (13.04%) Implementation Engineer
3 9 (13.04%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 9 (13.04%) Senior Network Engineer
4 8 (11.59%) Architect
5 7 (10.14%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 6 (8.70%) Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) Security Architect
8 3 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (4.35%) Network Specialist
8 3 (4.35%) Service Analyst
8 3 (4.35%) Service Desk Analyst
8 3 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (4.35%) Technical Specialist
9 2 (2.90%) Network Consultant
9 2 (2.90%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.49%) 802.1X
2 3 (4.35%) Middleware
3 2 (2.90%) JSON
3 2 (2.90%) LAMP
3 2 (2.90%) LEMP Stack
3 2 (2.90%) WAP
3 2 (2.90%) Web Services
3 2 (2.90%) XML
4 1 (1.45%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 16 (23.19%) Data Centre
2 10 (14.49%) Cyberthreat
2 10 (14.49%) SCADA
3 8 (11.59%) Mobile App
3 8 (11.59%) Wiki
4 4 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.80%) PKI
4 4 (5.80%) Replication
5 3 (4.35%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.45%) iPad
6 1 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (18.84%) Linux
2 10 (14.49%) Kali Linux
2 10 (14.49%) Windows
3 4 (5.80%) Windows 10
4 3 (4.35%) Windows 7
4 3 (4.35%) Windows Server
4 3 (4.35%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.45%) Unix
5 1 (1.45%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (24.64%) WAN Optimisation
2 14 (20.29%) ITIL
3 13 (18.84%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (17.39%) ITIL V3
4 12 (17.39%) Security Architecture
5 11 (15.94%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (15.94%) Computer Science
5 11 (15.94%) Network Design
5 11 (15.94%) Waterfall
6 10 (14.49%) Cyber Intelligence
6 10 (14.49%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 10 (14.49%) Mathematics
6 10 (14.49%) Open Source
6 10 (14.49%) OSINT
6 10 (14.49%) Patch Management
6 10 (14.49%) Penetration Testing
6 10 (14.49%) Remediation Plan
6 10 (14.49%) Social Engineering
6 10 (14.49%) Software Delivery
6 10 (14.49%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 13 (18.84%) PowerShell
2 12 (17.39%) Bash Shell
2 12 (17.39%) Java
2 12 (17.39%) Ruby
3 10 (14.49%) C
3 10 (14.49%) C#
3 10 (14.49%) Lua
3 10 (14.49%) Python
4 4 (5.80%) SQL
5 2 (2.90%) PHP
5 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
2 19 (27.54%) CCNP
3 17 (24.64%) SC Cleared
3 17 (24.64%) Security Cleared
4 10 (14.49%) CCNA
4 10 (14.49%) Degree
4 10 (14.49%) OSCE
5 6 (8.70%) CCIE
5 6 (8.70%) CISSP
6 3 (4.35%) Check Point Certification
6 3 (4.35%) CISM
7 2 (2.90%) CREST Certified
7 2 (2.90%) GPEN
7 2 (2.90%) OSCP
7 2 (2.90%) SANS
7 2 (2.90%) Sun Certification
7 2 (2.90%) Tigerscheme
8 1 (1.45%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.25%) PCI DSS
2 4 (5.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (13.04%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.90%) Docker
3 2 (2.90%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (1.45%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (1.45%) vSphere
4 1 (1.45%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 10 (14.49%) Nessus
1 10 (14.49%) Nmap
2 9 (13.04%) FortiGate
3 2 (2.90%) Kubernetes
3 2 (2.90%) SCCM
4 1 (1.45%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.45%) Nagios
4 1 (1.45%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (50.72%) Cisco
2 23 (33.33%) CheckPoint
3 22 (31.88%) Fortinet
4 17 (24.64%) McAfee
5 13 (18.84%) F5
6 12 (17.39%) Aruba
7 11 (15.94%) Microsoft
8 9 (13.04%) Nokia
8 9 (13.04%) Oracle
9 8 (11.59%) Blue Coat
10 7 (10.14%) VMware
11 6 (8.70%) HP
11 6 (8.70%) Juniper
12 5 (7.25%) Citrix
13 4 (5.80%) IBM
13 4 (5.80%) SonicWALL
14 3 (4.35%) BMC
15 2 (2.90%) Avaya
15 2 (2.90%) Brocade
15 2 (2.90%) Google