Period
to 20 June 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 20 June 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
20 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 124 85 121
Rank change year-on-year -39 +36 +15
Contract jobs citing VPN 63 109 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.38% 2.23% 1.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.52% 15.91% 8.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 65 37
West Midlands median daily rate £390 £485 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.50% +29.20% +7.14%
10th Percentile £210 £189 £157
90th Percentile £587 £535 £500
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 1
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.00 £15.00 £10.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +50.00% -27.90%
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% -16.67% -

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 547 685 603
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.00% 14.00% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 397 323
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £210 £200 £191
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
England median daily rate £435 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.35% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 47 46
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.43% +4.48% -21.18%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £10.38
90th Percentile £47.50 £32.49 £65.63
England median hourly rate £20.50 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% -24.00%

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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 20 June 2019.

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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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 20 June 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 20 June 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 +7 19 £375 -8.54% 1
Coventry +3 13 £400 +166.67% 1
Solihull -8 10 - -
Shropshire -36 4 £600 +13.21%
Warwickshire +4 3 £334 -21.47%
Halesowen +3 2 - -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 20 June 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 41 (65.08%) Cisco
2 40 (63.49%) Firewall
3 29 (46.03%) WAN
4 22 (34.92%) CheckPoint
5 21 (33.33%) IPsec
6 18 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (28.57%) F5
6 18 (28.57%) Data Centre
7 16 (25.40%) Windows
7 16 (25.40%) VMware
8 14 (22.22%) Juniper
9 13 (20.63%) CCNA
9 13 (20.63%) SC Cleared
9 13 (20.63%) Security Cleared
10 12 (19.05%) Junos
10 12 (19.05%) SSL
10 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
10 12 (19.05%) MPLS
10 12 (19.05%) LAN
10 12 (19.05%) Windows Server
11 11 (17.46%) Load Balancing
12 9 (14.29%) Blue Coat
12 9 (14.29%) Forcepoint
12 9 (14.29%) DNS
12 9 (14.29%) OSPF
12 9 (14.29%) BGP
12 9 (14.29%) Citrix
12 9 (14.29%) JNCIA
12 9 (14.29%) PKI
12 9 (14.29%) Fortinet

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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 3 (4.76%) MS Exchange
1 3 (4.76%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.59%) IIS
3 1 (1.59%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
1 9 (14.29%) Office 365
2 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.76%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 40 (63.49%) Firewall
2 29 (46.03%) WAN
3 21 (33.33%) IPsec
4 12 (19.05%) Junos
4 12 (19.05%) LAN
4 12 (19.05%) MPLS
4 12 (19.05%) SSL
5 9 (14.29%) BGP
5 9 (14.29%) DNS
5 9 (14.29%) OSPF
6 8 (12.70%) Cisco Firepower
6 8 (12.70%) Cisco Nexus
6 8 (12.70%) DMZ
7 7 (11.11%) EIGRP
7 7 (11.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 7 (11.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 6 (9.52%) VLAN
9 5 (7.94%) DHCP
9 5 (7.94%) NX-OS
9 5 (7.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (3.17%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.59%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (12.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (4.76%) Vagrant
3 2 (3.17%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.59%) Burp Suite
4 1 (1.59%) Metasploit
General
1 4 (6.35%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.17%) Finance
3 1 (1.59%) Advertising
3 1 (1.59%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (53.97%) Network Engineer
2 16 (25.40%) Support Engineer
3 10 (15.87%) Network Support
3 10 (15.87%) Network Support Engineer
4 9 (14.29%) 1st Line Engineer
4 9 (14.29%) 1st Line Support
4 9 (14.29%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 7 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
6 6 (9.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 5 (7.94%) Data Centre Engineer
7 5 (7.94%) Data Network Engineer
7 5 (7.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (6.35%) Azure Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) AWS Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Cloud Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) IT Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) IT Support
9 3 (4.76%) Network Deployment Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.17%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.59%) Middleware
2 1 (1.59%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 9 (14.29%) PKI
3 8 (12.70%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (6.35%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.17%) MPEG
7 1 (1.59%) Clustering
7 1 (1.59%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.59%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.59%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.59%) Replication
7 1 (1.59%) SCADA
7 1 (1.59%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 16 (25.40%) Windows
2 12 (19.05%) Windows Server
3 7 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (6.35%) HPUX
5 4 (6.35%) Linux
5 4 (6.35%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (4.76%) CentOS
7 2 (3.17%) VMS
8 1 (1.59%) Kali Linux
8 1 (1.59%) Unix
8 1 (1.59%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.59%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (17.46%) Load Balancing
2 8 (12.70%) High Availability
3 7 (11.11%) Collaborative Working
3 7 (11.11%) Migration
4 6 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 5 (7.94%) ITIL
6 4 (6.35%) Infrastructure as Code
6 4 (6.35%) Service Delivery
7 3 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (4.76%) Change Management
7 3 (4.76%) DevOps
7 3 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (4.76%) Network Virtualisation
7 3 (4.76%) Project Management
7 3 (4.76%) Software Engineering
8 2 (3.17%) Digital Content Management
8 2 (3.17%) Kalman Filter
8 2 (3.17%) Mentoring
8 2 (3.17%) Robotic Process Automation
8 2 (3.17%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (11.11%) C
1 7 (11.11%) PowerShell
2 4 (6.35%) Bash Shell
2 4 (6.35%) Ruby
3 1 (1.59%) C#
3 1 (1.59%) Java
3 1 (1.59%) Lua
3 1 (1.59%) Perl
3 1 (1.59%) Python
3 1 (1.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 18 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (20.63%) CCNA
2 13 (20.63%) SC Cleared
2 13 (20.63%) Security Cleared
3 9 (14.29%) JNCIA
4 7 (11.11%) CCNP
5 5 (7.94%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (6.35%) CCIE
7 3 (4.76%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
8 2 (3.17%) JNCIE
9 1 (1.59%) BC Cleared
9 1 (1.59%) CCDA
9 1 (1.59%) CCDP
9 1 (1.59%) Degree
9 1 (1.59%) MCP
9 1 (1.59%) MCSE
9 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.59%) OSCE
9 1 (1.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (4.76%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
2 6 (9.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (7.94%) Hyper-V
3 5 (7.94%) XenApp
4 4 (6.35%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (6.35%) XenDesktop
5 2 (3.17%) Terminal Services
5 2 (3.17%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (4.76%) Consul
1 3 (4.76%) Packer
1 3 (4.76%) Puppet
1 3 (4.76%) Terraform
2 2 (3.17%) Nessus
2 2 (3.17%) Nmap
3 1 (1.59%) Ansible
3 1 (1.59%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.59%) Nagios
3 1 (1.59%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.59%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (1.59%) OpenNMS
3 1 (1.59%) RANCID
3 1 (1.59%) SCCM
Vendors
1 41 (65.08%) Cisco
2 22 (34.92%) CheckPoint
3 18 (28.57%) F5
4 16 (25.40%) VMware
5 14 (22.22%) Juniper
6 9 (14.29%) Blue Coat
6 9 (14.29%) Citrix
6 9 (14.29%) Forcepoint
6 9 (14.29%) Fortinet
7 7 (11.11%) Microsoft
8 6 (9.52%) SolarWinds
9 5 (7.94%) Oracle
10 3 (4.76%) Aruba
10 3 (4.76%) HP
10 3 (4.76%) Palo Alto
11 2 (3.17%) Dell
11 2 (3.17%) Infoblox
11 2 (3.17%) McAfee
11 2 (3.17%) Synology
12 1 (1.59%) Sophos