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 28 June 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.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 85 106 87
Rank change year-on-year +21 -19  
Contract jobs citing VPN 36 40 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.73% 1.33% 1.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.01% 9.83% 8.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 28 17
Median daily rate £375 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +9.37%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £153 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £463 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +8.57% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £10.00 £16.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.50% -11.11%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.88 £19.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +25.69% +20.63%  

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 327 407 334
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.74% 13.54% 14.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 454 692 569
Median daily rate £400 £356 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +9.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £500 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 52 77
Median hourly rate £31.00 £21.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.18% +19.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.23 £12.25 £10.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £77.50 £38.75 £29.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VPN in the West Midlands.

Contractor 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 3 months to 28 June 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 +14 12 £388 +12.72% 2
Staffordshire - 7 £375 -
Shropshire +17 6 £425 -14.31%
Worcestershire +14 6 £189 -50.32% 1
Warwickshire +5 3 £150 -58.62% 1
Dudley +4 2 - - 1
Coventry +12 1 £288 +139.58% 3
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 35 (61.40%) Firewall
2 32 (56.14%) Cisco
3 28 (49.12%) Windows
4 26 (45.61%) WAN
5 24 (42.11%) Active Directory
6 21 (36.84%) Cisco ASA
7 19 (33.33%) DNS
8 18 (31.58%) LAN
9 17 (29.82%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (26.32%) Wireless
10 15 (26.32%) DHCP
11 14 (24.56%) CCNP
11 14 (24.56%) Windows Server
12 13 (22.81%) VMware
12 13 (22.81%) Retail
13 11 (19.30%) CheckPoint
13 11 (19.30%) Windows Server 2012
14 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
15 9 (15.79%) Amazon AWS
15 9 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
15 9 (15.79%) Network Design
15 9 (15.79%) Juniper
15 9 (15.79%) Microsoft
15 9 (15.79%) MS Exchange
16 8 (14.04%) SQL Server
16 8 (14.04%) Exchange Server 2010
16 8 (14.04%) F5
17 7 (12.28%) Cisco Nexus
17 7 (12.28%) CCNA
17 7 (12.28%) Citrix

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 9 (15.79%) MS Exchange
2 8 (14.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.26%) Confluence
3 3 (5.26%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (3.51%) IIS
4 2 (3.51%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (10.53%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (15.79%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (5.26%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (5.26%) G Suite
3 3 (5.26%) iTunes
4 2 (3.51%) IaaS
4 2 (3.51%) PaaS
4 2 (3.51%) SaaS
5 1 (1.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (61.40%) Firewall
2 26 (45.61%) WAN
3 21 (36.84%) Cisco ASA
4 19 (33.33%) DNS
5 18 (31.58%) LAN
6 15 (26.32%) DHCP
6 15 (26.32%) Wireless
7 7 (12.28%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (10.53%) Network Security
8 6 (10.53%) OSPF
9 5 (8.77%) BGP
9 5 (8.77%) EIGRP
9 5 (8.77%) IPsec
9 5 (8.77%) TCP/IP
10 4 (7.02%) DMVPN
10 4 (7.02%) SSH
10 4 (7.02%) SSL
10 4 (7.02%) TACACS
10 4 (7.02%) VLAN
10 4 (7.02%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.04%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (5.26%) JIRA
1 3 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (5.26%) YouTrack
2 2 (3.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 13 (22.81%) Retail
2 6 (10.53%) Finance
3 1 (1.75%) Advertising
3 1 (1.75%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 16 (28.07%) Network Engineer
2 9 (15.79%) Analyst
3 7 (12.28%) Administrator
3 7 (12.28%) Cisco Engineer
3 7 (12.28%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 7 (12.28%) Systems Administrator
4 4 (7.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 4 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (7.02%) IT Analyst
4 4 (7.02%) Security Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Active Directory Analyst
5 3 (5.26%) Business IT Analyst
5 3 (5.26%) Design Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) DevOps Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Implementation Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) JIRA Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Linux DevOps Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 3 (5.26%) Mac Engineer
5 3 (5.26%) Network Implementation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.02%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.77%) Data Centre
1 5 (8.77%) FMCG
2 3 (5.26%) PKI
2 3 (5.26%) Public Cloud
3 2 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.75%) CESG
4 1 (1.75%) Clustering
4 1 (1.75%) iPad
4 1 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.75%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.75%) NHS
4 1 (1.75%) Replication
4 1 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 28 (49.12%) Windows
2 14 (24.56%) Windows Server
3 11 (19.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (8.77%) Linux
5 5 (8.77%) Windows 10
6 4 (7.02%) Apple iOS
6 4 (7.02%) Unix
7 3 (5.26%) CentOS
7 3 (5.26%) Ubuntu
7 3 (5.26%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (3.51%) VMS
8 2 (3.51%) Windows 7
8 2 (3.51%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.51%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.75%) Android
9 1 (1.75%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (15.79%) Network Design
2 6 (10.53%) ERP
2 6 (10.53%) Hardware Maintenance
2 6 (10.53%) ITIL
2 6 (10.53%) Logistics
3 5 (8.77%) DevOps
3 5 (8.77%) Identity Access Management
3 5 (8.77%) Migration
3 5 (8.77%) Security Management
4 4 (7.02%) Configuration Management
4 4 (7.02%) Information Security
4 4 (7.02%) Load Balancing
4 4 (7.02%) Malware Detection/Protection
4 4 (7.02%) Service Design
4 4 (7.02%) SIEM
5 3 (5.26%) Asset Management
5 3 (5.26%) Penetration Testing
5 3 (5.26%) Software Asset Management
5 3 (5.26%) WAN Optimisation
5 3 (5.26%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.02%) Python
2 3 (5.26%) Bash Shell
2 3 (5.26%) Ruby
3 1 (1.75%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.75%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (29.82%) Cisco Certification
2 14 (24.56%) CCNP
3 7 (12.28%) CCNA
4 3 (5.26%) CCIE
4 3 (5.26%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.51%) CCDP
5 2 (3.51%) CCSA
5 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.75%) CCDA
6 1 (1.75%) CCSE
6 1 (1.75%) CEH
6 1 (1.75%) CISA
6 1 (1.75%) CISM
6 1 (1.75%) CISSP
6 1 (1.75%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.75%) GCFA
6 1 (1.75%) GCIH
6 1 (1.75%) JNCIA
6 1 (1.75%) JNCIP
6 1 (1.75%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.02%) SLA
2 3 (5.26%) GDPR
2 3 (5.26%) PCI DSS
3 2 (3.51%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (42.11%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.26%) Docker
2 3 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.51%) XenApp
4 1 (1.75%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.75%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 5 (8.77%) Ansible
1 5 (8.77%) Opscode Chef
1 5 (8.77%) Puppet
1 5 (8.77%) SCCM
2 3 (5.26%) FortiGate
2 3 (5.26%) Nexpose
2 3 (5.26%) Terraform
3 1 (1.75%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 32 (56.14%) Cisco
2 13 (22.81%) VMware
3 11 (19.30%) CheckPoint
4 9 (15.79%) Juniper
4 9 (15.79%) Microsoft
5 8 (14.04%) F5
6 7 (12.28%) Citrix
7 6 (10.53%) McAfee
7 6 (10.53%) Sophos
8 4 (7.02%) Fortinet
8 4 (7.02%) Oracle
8 4 (7.02%) Riverbed
8 4 (7.02%) SolarWinds
9 3 (5.26%) Apple
9 3 (5.26%) Atlassian
9 3 (5.26%) Blue Coat
9 3 (5.26%) LogRhythm
9 3 (5.26%) Nokia
9 3 (5.26%) Red Hat
9 3 (5.26%) Symantec
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 21 days ago