Period
to 13 November 2019

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 13 November 2019 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
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 88 147 79
Rank change year-on-year +59 -68 +53
Contract jobs citing VPN 88 62 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.24% 1.21% 2.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.24% 9.63% 15.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 44 78
West Midlands median daily rate £385 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% - +33.33%
10th Percentile £139 £150 £243
90th Percentile £578 £518 £458
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.50 £18.75 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +38.89% -15.63%
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.25 £11.10
90th Percentile £32.60 £25.65 £17.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.70 £18.10
% change year-on-year -6.42% +3.31% -9.50%

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 618 644 744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.71% 12.60% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 376 439
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.64% +4.00% -1.64%
10th Percentile £210 £184 £160
90th Percentile £588 £533 £500
England median daily rate £425 £425 £408
% change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 39 43
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% -5.41% -13.95%
10th Percentile £12.35 £10.86 £10.55
90th Percentile £47.88 £33.00 £44.95
England median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +25.60% +6.95% -16.89%

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

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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 13 November 2019.

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

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 13 November 2019. 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 +29 36 £311 +3.75% 9
Shropshire +54 19 £510 - 5
Coventry +14 9 £313 +108.33%
Solihull +3 6 £350 -12.50% 5
Warwickshire -1 6 £569 +13.75% 5
Staffordshire +22 2 £130 -58.73% 4
Herefordshire - 2 £400 -
Walsall +1 1 - -
Halesowen 0 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 £525 - 3
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 13 November 2019, 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 59 (67.05%) Firewall
2 44 (50.00%) Cisco
3 42 (47.73%) WAN
4 37 (42.05%) Active Directory
5 33 (37.50%) Juniper
6 27 (30.68%) Windows
7 25 (28.41%) Microsoft
8 22 (25.00%) LAN
8 22 (25.00%) VMware
9 21 (23.86%) AWS
10 19 (21.59%) VLAN
10 19 (21.59%) DHCP
11 18 (20.45%) DNS
12 17 (19.32%) CheckPoint
13 16 (18.18%) Security Cleared
14 15 (17.05%) MPLS
14 15 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 14 (15.91%) BGP
15 14 (15.91%) Office 365
16 13 (14.77%) Data Centre
16 13 (14.77%) Palo Alto
16 13 (14.77%) Cisco ASA
16 13 (14.77%) Cisco Certification
16 13 (14.77%) IPsec
16 13 (14.77%) Terraform
16 13 (14.77%) Infrastructure as Code
17 12 (13.64%) Fortinet
17 12 (13.64%) Apple iOS
17 12 (13.64%) NetScaler
18 11 (12.50%) SC Cleared

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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 6 (6.82%) MS Exchange
2 4 (4.55%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.27%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (6.82%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.27%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 21 (23.86%) AWS
2 14 (15.91%) Office 365
3 10 (11.36%) Cloud Computing
4 9 (10.23%) Azure
5 3 (3.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (3.41%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (3.41%) IaaS
5 3 (3.41%) Mimecast
5 3 (3.41%) OneDrive
5 3 (3.41%) PaaS
5 3 (3.41%) Power Platform
5 3 (3.41%) PowerApps
6 2 (2.27%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 59 (67.05%) Firewall
2 42 (47.73%) WAN
3 22 (25.00%) LAN
4 19 (21.59%) DHCP
4 19 (21.59%) VLAN
5 18 (20.45%) DNS
6 15 (17.05%) MPLS
7 14 (15.91%) BGP
8 13 (14.77%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (14.77%) IPsec
9 12 (13.64%) NetScaler
10 11 (12.50%) Internet
10 11 (12.50%) Wireless
11 10 (11.36%) Junos
12 9 (10.23%) OSPF
12 9 (10.23%) SSL
12 9 (10.23%) TCP/IP
12 9 (10.23%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (7.95%) Cisco Firepower
13 7 (7.95%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.68%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.41%) Power BI
2 3 (3.41%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (1.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (11.36%) Vagrant
2 4 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (5.68%) Finance
2 3 (3.41%) German Language
2 3 (3.41%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.14%) Banking
4 1 (1.14%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 35 (39.77%) Network Engineer
2 12 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (13.64%) Support Engineer
3 10 (11.36%) Cloud Engineer
4 9 (10.23%) Platform Engineer
5 7 (7.95%) Analyst
5 7 (7.95%) Architect
5 7 (7.95%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 7 (7.95%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (6.82%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (6.82%) Network Architect
7 5 (5.68%) 1st Line Support
7 5 (5.68%) Network Support
7 5 (5.68%) Network Support Engineer
7 5 (5.68%) WAN Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) 1st Line Support Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) AWS Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) IT Engineer
8 4 (4.55%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.82%) SAML
2 4 (4.55%) Web Services
3 1 (1.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.77%) Data Centre
2 6 (6.82%) Hybrid Cloud
2 6 (6.82%) PKI
3 5 (5.68%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (3.41%) MPEG
5 3 (3.41%) Tandem
6 2 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.27%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.27%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.14%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (1.14%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.14%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 27 (30.68%) Windows
2 12 (13.64%) Apple iOS
3 11 (12.50%) Linux
4 10 (11.36%) Android
4 10 (11.36%) CentOS
5 8 (9.09%) Windows 10
5 8 (9.09%) Windows Server
6 6 (6.82%) Windows 7
7 4 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (3.41%) VMS
8 3 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (2.27%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 13 (14.77%) Infrastructure as Code
3 11 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 10 (11.36%) DevOps
4 10 (11.36%) Software Engineering
5 7 (7.95%) Kalman Filter
6 6 (6.82%) ITIL
6 6 (6.82%) Load Balancing
7 5 (5.68%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (5.68%) High Availability
7 5 (5.68%) Migration
7 5 (5.68%) Network Design
8 4 (4.55%) Capacity Management
8 4 (4.55%) Collaborative Working
8 4 (4.55%) Digital Content Management
8 4 (4.55%) Digital Transformation Programme
8 4 (4.55%) Infrastructure Management
8 4 (4.55%) Network Management
8 4 (4.55%) Statistics
9 3 (3.41%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.36%) Bash Shell
1 10 (11.36%) Ruby
2 6 (6.82%) PowerShell
3 5 (5.68%) C
4 3 (3.41%) SQL
5 1 (1.14%) Python
Qualifications
1 16 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 13 (14.77%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 10 (11.36%) CCNP
5 7 (7.95%) CCIE
6 5 (5.68%) CCNA
7 4 (4.55%) DV Cleared
7 4 (4.55%) JNCIA
7 4 (4.55%) JNCIE
8 2 (2.27%) MCSE
8 2 (2.27%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.14%) CEH
9 1 (1.14%) CISM
9 1 (1.14%) CISSP
9 1 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.68%) SLA
2 3 (3.41%) GDPR
3 1 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 37 (42.05%) Active Directory
2 9 (10.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.41%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.27%) Forefront TMG
4 2 (2.27%) ISA Server
4 2 (2.27%) Squid
5 1 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.14%) vSphere
5 1 (1.14%) XenApp
5 1 (1.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (14.77%) Terraform
2 10 (11.36%) Consul
2 10 (11.36%) Packer
2 10 (11.36%) Puppet
3 9 (10.23%) FortiGate
4 5 (5.68%) SCCM
5 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (3.41%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (2.27%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (1.14%) Ansible
7 1 (1.14%) Nagios
7 1 (1.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (1.14%) WSUS
Vendors
1 44 (50.00%) Cisco
2 33 (37.50%) Juniper
3 25 (28.41%) Microsoft
4 22 (25.00%) VMware
5 17 (19.32%) CheckPoint
6 13 (14.77%) Palo Alto
7 12 (13.64%) Fortinet
8 9 (10.23%) F5
8 9 (10.23%) Zscaler
9 8 (9.09%) Google
9 8 (9.09%) Riverbed
10 7 (7.95%) Blue Coat
11 6 (6.82%) Aruba
11 6 (6.82%) CA
11 6 (6.82%) Citrix
11 6 (6.82%) Forcepoint
11 6 (6.82%) SolarWinds
12 4 (4.55%) Mitel
12 4 (4.55%) Oracle
12 4 (4.55%) Splunk