Period
to 27 May 2020

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 27 May 2020 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
27 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 71 117 84
Rank change year-on-year +46 -33 +42
Contract jobs citing VPN 52 70 111
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.50% 1.53% 2.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.65% 12.87% 15.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 37 69
Median daily rate £569 £390 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +45.90% -19.50% +29.20%
10th Percentile £209 £135 £200
90th Percentile £713 £550 £532
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 5
Median hourly rate £17.23 £12.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.54% -20.00% -
10th Percentile £15.55 £12.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £19.12 £13.17 £22.20
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year +8.57% +7.69% -7.14%

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 355 544 725
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.03% 11.86% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 272 428
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £204 £200 £200
90th Percentile £650 £550 £538
England median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 26 46
Median hourly rate £19.00 £13.17 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.27% -32.07% +15.75%
10th Percentile £13.20 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £46.75 £45.63 £38.38
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% - +0.50%

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing VPN as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 27 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for VPN in the West Midlands

VPN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

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 27 May 2020. 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 17 £373 +2.76% 2
Solihull +9 9 - - 2
Warwickshire +15 3 £575 +15.00%
Shropshire +37 2 £75 -84.25%
Herefordshire - 2 £550 - 1
Worcestershire +25 1 - - 1
Coventry +15 1 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £569 -
Staffordshire - 1 £500 - 3
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 2020, 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 34 (65.38%) Juniper
2 32 (61.54%) WAN
3 31 (59.62%) Security Cleared
4 29 (55.77%) Cisco
5 27 (51.92%) Firewall
6 26 (50.00%) BGP
7 23 (44.23%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (42.31%) LAN
9 21 (40.38%) OSPF
10 20 (38.46%) IPsec
10 20 (38.46%) Linux
11 19 (36.54%) EIGRP
12 18 (34.62%) Microsoft
12 18 (34.62%) CCDP
13 17 (32.69%) CCNP
13 17 (32.69%) Python
13 17 (32.69%) DV Cleared
13 17 (32.69%) SolarWinds
13 17 (32.69%) Cisco Nexus
14 16 (30.77%) DMVPN
14 16 (30.77%) Cisco ISE
14 16 (30.77%) Splunk
14 16 (30.77%) VoIP
14 16 (30.77%) Dell
14 16 (30.77%) Network Design
15 15 (28.85%) CCNA
16 13 (25.00%) CCIE
17 12 (23.08%) Windows
18 11 (21.15%) Azure
18 11 (21.15%) PKI

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 2 (3.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (9.62%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.85%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 11 (21.15%) Azure
2 8 (15.38%) Office 365
3 7 (13.46%) AWS
4 5 (9.62%) GCP
5 2 (3.85%) PaaS
6 1 (1.92%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.92%) GitHub
6 1 (1.92%) IaaS
6 1 (1.92%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.92%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 32 (61.54%) WAN
2 27 (51.92%) Firewall
3 26 (50.00%) BGP
4 22 (42.31%) LAN
5 21 (40.38%) OSPF
6 20 (38.46%) IPsec
7 19 (36.54%) EIGRP
8 17 (32.69%) Cisco Nexus
9 16 (30.77%) Cisco ISE
9 16 (30.77%) DMVPN
9 16 (30.77%) VoIP
10 10 (19.23%) Junos
11 8 (15.38%) MPLS
12 7 (13.46%) Wireless
13 5 (9.62%) Internet
14 4 (7.69%) TCP/IP
15 3 (5.77%) DNS
15 3 (5.77%) Network Security
15 3 (5.77%) Skype
15 3 (5.77%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 6 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.92%) ClearCase
2 1 (1.92%) PVCS
General
1 3 (5.77%) Public Sector
2 2 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.92%) Electronics
3 1 (1.92%) Finance
3 1 (1.92%) Legal
3 1 (1.92%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.92%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 29 (55.77%) Network Engineer
2 12 (23.08%) Design Engineer
2 12 (23.08%) Network Design Engineer
3 10 (19.23%) Architect
4 8 (15.38%) Network Architect
5 7 (13.46%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) 1st Line Support
6 5 (9.62%) Network Support
6 5 (9.62%) Network Support Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) Support Engineer
7 4 (7.69%) 1st Line Engineer
7 4 (7.69%) 1st Line Support Engineer
7 4 (7.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (7.69%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) WAN Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Analyst
9 2 (3.85%) Junior
9 2 (3.85%) LAN/WAN Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.77%) SAML
2 2 (3.85%) Web Services
2 2 (3.85%) XML
3 1 (1.92%) .NET
3 1 (1.92%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.92%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.92%) RESTful
3 1 (1.92%) SOAP
3 1 (1.92%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (21.15%) PKI
2 7 (13.46%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (7.69%) Data Centre
4 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.85%) Blackberry
5 2 (3.85%) Cyber Defence
5 2 (3.85%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.85%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.92%) Cyberattack
6 1 (1.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 20 (38.46%) Linux
2 12 (23.08%) Windows
3 5 (9.62%) Windows 7
4 4 (7.69%) Android
4 4 (7.69%) Apple iOS
4 4 (7.69%) Windows 10
5 2 (3.85%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.92%) AIX
6 1 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.92%) Solaris
6 1 (1.92%) Unix
6 1 (1.92%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (30.77%) Network Design
2 10 (19.23%) MODAF
3 9 (17.31%) Cryptography
4 7 (13.46%) Project Delivery
5 6 (11.54%) Customer Requirements
5 6 (11.54%) SOA
6 5 (9.62%) Enterprise Architecture
6 5 (9.62%) Migration
7 4 (7.69%) Architectural Design
7 4 (7.69%) Architecture Roadmap
7 4 (7.69%) High Availability
7 4 (7.69%) Load Balancing
7 4 (7.69%) Network Architecture
7 4 (7.69%) Service Delivery
7 4 (7.69%) Service Management
7 4 (7.69%) Technology Roadmap
8 3 (5.77%) Cybersecurity
8 3 (5.77%) ITIL
8 3 (5.77%) Mobile Device Management
9 2 (3.85%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 17 (32.69%) Python
2 1 (1.92%) C
2 1 (1.92%) Dart
2 1 (1.92%) Java
2 1 (1.92%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.92%) Ruby
2 1 (1.92%) SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (59.62%) Security Cleared
2 23 (44.23%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (34.62%) CCDP
4 17 (32.69%) CCNP
4 17 (32.69%) DV Cleared
5 15 (28.85%) CCNA
6 13 (25.00%) CCIE
7 11 (21.15%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 10 (19.23%) Degree
9 6 (11.54%) CCDA
9 6 (11.54%) JNCIA
9 6 (11.54%) SC Cleared
10 5 (9.62%) CCDE
11 1 (1.92%) BC Cleared
11 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.92%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.77%) SLA
2 1 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 8 (15.38%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (1.92%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (5.77%) SCCM
2 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.92%) Ansible
3 1 (1.92%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.92%) Nagios
3 1 (1.92%) SCOM
3 1 (1.92%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 34 (65.38%) Juniper
2 29 (55.77%) Cisco
3 18 (34.62%) Microsoft
4 17 (32.69%) SolarWinds
5 16 (30.77%) Dell
5 16 (30.77%) Splunk
6 8 (15.38%) Oracle
7 6 (11.54%) Google
8 5 (9.62%) Zscaler
9 3 (5.77%) CA
9 3 (5.77%) SAP
10 2 (3.85%) Citrix
10 2 (3.85%) F5
10 2 (3.85%) Ivanti
10 2 (3.85%) MobileIron
11 1 (1.92%) CheckPoint
11 1 (1.92%) HP
11 1 (1.92%) Nortel
11 1 (1.92%) Palo Alto
11 1 (1.92%) Red Hat