Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 117 101 132
Rank change year-on-year -16 +31 -2
Contract jobs citing VPN 77 74 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.51% 1.71% 1.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.27% 11.97% 9.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 55 40
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £400 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +28.00% -3.85%
10th Percentile £150 £218 £80
90th Percentile £550 £440 £454
England median daily rate £415 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £10.00 £14.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -33.04% -13.42%
10th Percentile £12.38 £10.00 £12.04
90th Percentile £21.00 £10.00 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.31% -4.74% +11.76%

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 683 618 844
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.38% 14.30% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 401 347 437
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £204 £181 £177
90th Percentile £550 £511 £530
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 47 46
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.34 £16.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.34% -25.58% +24.64%
10th Percentile £11.64 £10.50 £10.99
90th Percentile £30.80 £64.50 £39.13
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -28.00% +21.95%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -18 23 £530 +24.71%
Birmingham -31 19 £300 -25.00% 8
Solihull +4 17 £413 +243.75% 2
Coventry -12 5 £150 -60.00%
Warwickshire -3 3 £425 +21.43% 1
Wolverhampton - 2 - - 1
Staffordshire -13 1 £315 -18.71% 2
Halesowen - 1 - -
Kingswinford - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 56 (72.73%) Firewall
2 44 (57.14%) Cisco
3 40 (51.95%) WAN
4 38 (49.35%) SC Cleared
4 38 (49.35%) Security Cleared
5 31 (40.26%) Cisco ASA
6 29 (37.66%) MPLS
7 28 (36.36%) CheckPoint
7 28 (36.36%) Wireless
7 28 (36.36%) Fortinet
7 28 (36.36%) Data Centre
8 26 (33.77%) Microsoft Azure
8 26 (33.77%) Amazon AWS
9 24 (31.17%) Aruba
9 24 (31.17%) WAN Optimisation
9 24 (31.17%) FortiGate
9 24 (31.17%) McAfee
10 23 (29.87%) Nokia
10 23 (29.87%) Oracle
11 21 (27.27%) Network Design
12 19 (24.68%) BGP
13 18 (23.38%) Juniper
13 18 (23.38%) LAN
14 17 (22.08%) VLAN
15 14 (18.18%) Windows
16 13 (16.88%) ITIL
16 13 (16.88%) Cisco Certification
17 10 (12.99%) Service Delivery
17 10 (12.99%) HP
17 10 (12.99%) Microsoft

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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 5 (6.49%) Apache
2 2 (2.60%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.60%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.30%) CMS
3 1 (1.30%) Drupal
3 1 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.30%) nginx
3 1 (1.30%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.30%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.30%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (6.49%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.30%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 26 (33.77%) Amazon AWS
1 26 (33.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.60%) Office 365
3 1 (1.30%) Akamai
3 1 (1.30%) GitHub
3 1 (1.30%) IBM Cloud
3 1 (1.30%) Linode
Communications & Networking
1 56 (72.73%) Firewall
2 40 (51.95%) WAN
3 31 (40.26%) Cisco ASA
4 29 (37.66%) MPLS
5 28 (36.36%) Wireless
6 19 (24.68%) BGP
7 18 (23.38%) LAN
8 17 (22.08%) VLAN
9 10 (12.99%) VoIP
10 8 (10.39%) Ethernet
10 8 (10.39%) Internet
10 8 (10.39%) RSVP
10 8 (10.39%) SDH
10 8 (10.39%) SSL
10 8 (10.39%) VPLS
10 8 (10.39%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (10.39%) X.21
11 7 (9.09%) Network Security
12 6 (7.79%) KiloStream
12 6 (7.79%) MegaStream
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.30%) MySQL
2 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (7.79%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.30%) CircleCI
2 1 (1.30%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.30%) Metasploit
General
1 6 (7.79%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.90%) Advertising
2 3 (3.90%) Back Office
2 3 (3.90%) Retail
3 1 (1.30%) Finance
Job Titles
1 40 (51.95%) Network Engineer
2 20 (25.97%) Design Engineer
2 20 (25.97%) Implementation Engineer
2 20 (25.97%) Network Design Engineer
2 20 (25.97%) Network Implementation Engineer
3 19 (24.68%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
4 16 (20.78%) Cisco Engineer
4 16 (20.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 12 (15.58%) Cisco Design Engineer
5 12 (15.58%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
5 12 (15.58%) Cloud Engineer
5 12 (15.58%) Firewall Engineer
6 11 (14.29%) Support Engineer
7 7 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (9.09%) Network Support
8 6 (7.79%) Network Support Engineer
9 5 (6.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 5 (6.49%) Analyst
10 4 (5.19%) Architect
10 4 (5.19%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.69%) WAP
2 5 (6.49%) LAMP
3 2 (2.60%) LDAP
4 1 (1.30%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 28 (36.36%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.19%) iPad
3 3 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.90%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.60%) iPhone
4 2 (2.60%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.60%) PKI
4 2 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.30%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.30%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.30%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 14 (18.18%) Windows
2 6 (7.79%) Unix
2 6 (7.79%) Windows Server
3 5 (6.49%) Windows 10
4 4 (5.19%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.60%) Android
5 2 (2.60%) Linux
5 2 (2.60%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.30%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.30%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.30%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (31.17%) WAN Optimisation
2 21 (27.27%) Network Design
3 13 (16.88%) ITIL
4 10 (12.99%) Service Delivery
5 9 (11.69%) Load Balancing
6 8 (10.39%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (5.19%) Change Management
7 4 (5.19%) Integration Testing
7 4 (5.19%) Network Security Management
7 4 (5.19%) Open Source
7 4 (5.19%) Security Management
8 3 (3.90%) High Availability
8 3 (3.90%) ITIL V3
8 3 (3.90%) Network Management
8 3 (3.90%) Workflow
9 2 (2.60%) Change Control
9 2 (2.60%) Disaster Recovery
9 2 (2.60%) Line Management
9 2 (2.60%) Problem Management
9 2 (2.60%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.90%) SQL
2 1 (1.30%) Bash Shell
2 1 (1.30%) PHP
2 1 (1.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 38 (49.35%) SC Cleared
1 38 (49.35%) Security Cleared
2 13 (16.88%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (10.39%) CCNP
4 6 (7.79%) CCIE
4 6 (7.79%) JNCIA
4 6 (7.79%) JNCIP
4 6 (7.79%) JNCIS
5 5 (6.49%) CCNA
6 4 (5.19%) DV Cleared
7 3 (3.90%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (1.30%) Check Point Certification
8 1 (1.30%) CISSP
8 1 (1.30%) DBS Check
8 1 (1.30%) Degree
8 1 (1.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.30%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (6.49%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.60%) BitLocker
2 2 (2.60%) iptables
2 2 (2.60%) Postfix
2 2 (2.60%) Samba
2 2 (2.60%) Squid
3 1 (1.30%) Docker
3 1 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (1.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.30%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (31.17%) FortiGate
2 4 (5.19%) Nessus
3 2 (2.60%) SCCM
4 1 (1.30%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.30%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.30%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.30%) Nmap
Vendors
1 44 (57.14%) Cisco
2 28 (36.36%) CheckPoint
2 28 (36.36%) Fortinet
3 24 (31.17%) Aruba
3 24 (31.17%) McAfee
4 23 (29.87%) Nokia
4 23 (29.87%) Oracle
5 18 (23.38%) Juniper
6 10 (12.99%) HP
6 10 (12.99%) Microsoft
7 6 (7.79%) Citrix
8 5 (6.49%) F5
9 2 (2.60%) IBM
9 2 (2.60%) Ivanti
9 2 (2.60%) Tandberg
10 1 (1.30%) Apple
10 1 (1.30%) Avaya
10 1 (1.30%) BMC
10 1 (1.30%) NEC
10 1 (1.30%) VMware