Period
to 20 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 132 137
Rank change year-on-year +51 +5 -4
Contract jobs citing VPN 115 81 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.39% 1.32% 0.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.72% 9.64% 6.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 34 17
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -13.33% +20.97%
10th Percentile £269 £80 £223
90th Percentile £475 £475 £503
England median daily rate £398 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -6.47% +6.25% +18.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 8
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.63% -8.57% +12.90%
10th Percentile £11.10 £12.30 £15.75
90th Percentile £17.00 £40.50 £18.25
England median hourly rate £18.10 £21.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.82% +21.43% -2.78%

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 781 840 598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.26% 13.71% 12.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 462 435 300
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.26%
10th Percentile £161 £193 £212
90th Percentile £501 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 40 64
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.38 £10.81
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.55 £39.82
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year -21.26% +15.85% +2.50%

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 20 November 2017.

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

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 20 November 2017. 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 +23 27 £394 +12.50% 6
Shropshire +30 24 £425 +13.33%
Dudley +1 12 £350 +337.50%
Warwickshire +10 11 £350 +7.69%
Solihull +3 10 - -
Staffordshire +14 7 £388 -
Coventry +16 6 £425 -5.56% 5
Worcestershire +7 4 £189 -41.92%
West Bromwich - 3 £175 -
Wolverhampton - 2 - -
Herefordshire 0 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
VPN
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 81 (70.43%) Firewall
2 78 (67.83%) Cisco
3 73 (63.48%) WAN
4 49 (42.61%) LAN
5 48 (41.74%) Cisco Certification
6 46 (40.00%) Cisco ASA
7 45 (39.13%) Wireless
8 42 (36.52%) MPLS
9 37 (32.17%) Data Centre
10 35 (30.43%) CCNP
11 34 (29.57%) Fortinet
12 33 (28.70%) CheckPoint
13 32 (27.83%) Microsoft Azure
14 31 (26.96%) Amazon AWS
15 29 (25.22%) DHCP
16 27 (23.48%) CCIE
17 26 (22.61%) Windows
17 26 (22.61%) Network Design
18 24 (20.87%) McAfee
18 24 (20.87%) WAN Optimisation
19 22 (19.13%) Cisco Nexus
19 22 (19.13%) VLAN
20 21 (18.26%) DNS
20 21 (18.26%) Active Directory
20 21 (18.26%) FortiGate
21 18 (15.65%) Nokia
21 18 (15.65%) Oracle
22 17 (14.78%) VoIP
22 17 (14.78%) Wi-Fi
22 17 (14.78%) Service Delivery

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 12 (10.43%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (3.48%) Apache
3 4 (3.48%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.61%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.48%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 32 (27.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (26.96%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (6.09%) SaaS
4 5 (4.35%) PaaS
5 4 (3.48%) IaaS
6 3 (2.61%) Akamai
6 3 (2.61%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (2.61%) G Suite
6 3 (2.61%) iTunes
6 3 (2.61%) Office 365
7 1 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.87%) GitHub
7 1 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 81 (70.43%) Firewall
2 73 (63.48%) WAN
3 49 (42.61%) LAN
4 46 (40.00%) Cisco ASA
5 45 (39.13%) Wireless
6 42 (36.52%) MPLS
7 29 (25.22%) DHCP
8 22 (19.13%) Cisco Nexus
8 22 (19.13%) VLAN
9 21 (18.26%) DNS
10 17 (14.78%) VoIP
10 17 (14.78%) Wi-Fi
11 11 (9.57%) HSRP
11 11 (9.57%) Internet
12 10 (8.70%) BGP
12 10 (8.70%) Network Security
12 10 (8.70%) OSPF
13 9 (7.83%) Intrusion Detection
13 9 (7.83%) IPsec
14 8 (6.96%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.48%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.87%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.87%) MySQL
2 1 (0.87%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (3.48%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.87%) Codeship
2 1 (0.87%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (9.57%) Retail
2 5 (4.35%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.48%) Finance
4 1 (0.87%) Advertising
4 1 (0.87%) Back Office
4 1 (0.87%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 52 (45.22%) Network Engineer
2 20 (17.39%) Cisco Engineer
2 20 (17.39%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 18 (15.65%) Implementation Engineer
3 18 (15.65%) Network Implementation Engineer
4 17 (14.78%) Architect
5 12 (10.43%) Design Engineer
5 12 (10.43%) Network Design Engineer
6 10 (8.70%) Cisco Design Engineer
6 10 (8.70%) Cloud Engineer
6 10 (8.70%) Firewall Engineer
6 10 (8.70%) Network Architect
7 9 (7.83%) Analyst
7 9 (7.83%) Technical Specialist
8 8 (6.96%) Network Specialist
8 8 (6.96%) Senior Network Engineer
9 7 (6.09%) Solutions Architect
10 6 (5.22%) Network Support
11 5 (4.35%) IT Support
11 5 (4.35%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.35%) 802.1X
2 4 (3.48%) LAMP
3 3 (2.61%) JSON
4 1 (0.87%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (32.17%) Data Centre
2 10 (8.70%) PKI
3 8 (6.96%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.48%) FMCG
5 2 (1.74%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.74%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.74%) Cyber Attack
5 2 (1.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.74%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (0.87%) CMDB
6 1 (0.87%) NHS
6 1 (0.87%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.87%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.87%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 26 (22.61%) Windows
2 13 (11.30%) Windows Server
3 8 (6.96%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (6.96%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (5.22%) Linux
5 4 (3.48%) Apple iOS
5 4 (3.48%) Unix
6 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.74%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.87%) Android
7 1 (0.87%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.87%) VMS
7 1 (0.87%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.87%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (22.61%) Network Design
2 24 (20.87%) WAN Optimisation
3 17 (14.78%) Service Delivery
4 14 (12.17%) ITIL
5 12 (10.43%) Network Management
5 12 (10.43%) Performance Metrics
5 12 (10.43%) Problem Management
5 12 (10.43%) Statistics
5 12 (10.43%) Validation
6 10 (8.70%) Service Management
7 9 (7.83%) Coaching
7 9 (7.83%) Load Balancing
8 8 (6.96%) ITIL V3
8 8 (6.96%) Security Management
8 8 (6.96%) Service Design
8 8 (6.96%) Workflow
9 7 (6.09%) Change Control
9 7 (6.09%) Logistics
9 7 (6.09%) Network Load Balancing
9 7 (6.09%) Network Packet Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (5.22%) SQL
2 3 (2.61%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.87%) Go
3 1 (0.87%) Python
3 1 (0.87%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 48 (41.74%) Cisco Certification
2 35 (30.43%) CCNP
3 27 (23.48%) CCIE
4 11 (9.57%) Security Cleared
5 7 (6.09%) CCNA
5 7 (6.09%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.48%) Check Point Certification
6 4 (3.48%) CISSP
7 2 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.74%) Degree
7 2 (1.74%) MCP
7 2 (1.74%) MCSE
7 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.87%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.48%) SLA
2 3 (2.61%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.87%) GCP
3 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 21 (18.26%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.48%) Hyper-V
3 4 (3.48%) iptables
3 4 (3.48%) Postfix
3 4 (3.48%) Samba
3 4 (3.48%) Squid
3 4 (3.48%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (2.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (2.61%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (1.74%) XenApp
6 1 (0.87%) Docker
Systems Management
1 21 (18.26%) FortiGate
2 5 (4.35%) SCOM
3 4 (3.48%) Cisco UCCX
3 4 (3.48%) Nessus
3 4 (3.48%) Nmap
4 3 (2.61%) Nagios
5 2 (1.74%) Ansible
5 2 (1.74%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.87%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.87%) Puppet
6 1 (0.87%) SCCM
6 1 (0.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.87%) Terraform
Vendors
1 78 (67.83%) Cisco
2 34 (29.57%) Fortinet
3 33 (28.70%) CheckPoint
4 24 (20.87%) McAfee
5 18 (15.65%) Nokia
5 18 (15.65%) Oracle
6 16 (13.91%) Juniper
6 16 (13.91%) VMware
7 12 (10.43%) F5
8 11 (9.57%) Microsoft
9 10 (8.70%) SolarWinds
10 9 (7.83%) Aruba
11 8 (6.96%) HP
12 7 (6.09%) Blue Coat
12 7 (6.09%) BMC
12 7 (6.09%) IBM
13 6 (5.22%) Citrix
14 5 (4.35%) Dell
14 5 (4.35%) Google
14 5 (4.35%) Sophos