Period
to 18 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for VPN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited VPN over the 6 months to 18 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 182 213 180
Rank change year-on-year +31 -33 +3
Permanent jobs citing VPN 1,265 1,351 1,882
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.78% 1.59% 1.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.99% 9.76% 11.81%
Number of salaries quoted 1,021 1,079 1,494
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,613 £23,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

VPN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 11,513 13,837 15,931
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.24% 16.33% 16.03%
Number of salaries quoted 8,809 10,636 12,763
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £24,750 £24,500 £23,750
90th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £63,750
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the UK excluding London

VPN
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing VPN in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for VPN in the UK excluding London

VPN
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing VPN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 January 2020.

Salary histogram for VPN in the UK excluding London

VPN
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 January 2020. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +52 464 £45,000 +5.88% 84
North of England +17 257 £39,000 +4.00% 89
Midlands +22 210 £39,750 -6.47% 50
West Midlands +14 162 £40,000 -20.00% 30
South West +53 141 £33,000 -19.02% 36
North West +16 129 £37,000 +13.85% 40
Yorkshire +14 119 £40,000 +6.67% 39
East of England -30 88 £42,000 +1.20% 41
Scotland +65 64 £47,500 +31.94% 18
East Midlands +12 48 £37,500 -11.76% 20
Wales -16 34 £38,500 -12.99% 4
North East +13 9 £41,500 +27.69% 10
Northern Ireland +3 7 £36,000 +63.64%
Channel Islands +6 4 £25,000 -23.08%
VPN
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2020, IT 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 permanent job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for VPN.

1 819 (64.74%) Firewall
2 602 (47.59%) Windows
3 538 (42.53%) Microsoft
4 537 (42.45%) Cisco
5 507 (40.08%) Active Directory
6 447 (35.34%) WAN
7 431 (34.07%) DNS
8 415 (32.81%) LAN
9 363 (28.70%) VMware
10 360 (28.46%) Windows Server
11 346 (27.35%) Cisco Certification
12 342 (27.04%) DHCP
13 341 (26.96%) Office 365
14 337 (26.64%) Azure
15 328 (25.93%) TCP/IP
16 274 (21.66%) Linux
17 268 (21.19%) VMware Infrastructure
18 239 (18.89%) CCNP
19 227 (17.94%) Wireless
20 216 (17.08%) ITIL
21 214 (16.92%) VLAN
22 212 (16.76%) Network Security
23 210 (16.60%) Data Centre
24 205 (16.21%) Windows 10
25 200 (15.81%) BGP
26 199 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
27 198 (15.65%) CCNA
28 176 (13.91%) Cisco ASA
29 171 (13.52%) Microsoft Office
30 168 (13.28%) MS Exchange

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 168 (13.28%) MS Exchange
2 104 (8.22%) SharePoint
3 86 (6.80%) IIS
4 63 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2013
5 52 (4.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 49 (3.87%) Skype for Business
7 25 (1.98%) Apache
8 16 (1.26%) Confluence
9 14 (1.11%) nginx
10 10 (0.79%) IBM Notes
11 7 (0.55%) Apache Spark
11 7 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
12 6 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.47%) WebLogic
13 5 (0.40%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.32%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.24%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.16%) CMS
17 1 (0.079%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 171 (13.52%) Microsoft Office
2 44 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (3.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (2.37%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.55%) Acrobat
6 4 (0.32%) Gephi
6 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.079%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.079%) Autodesk Inventor
7 1 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 3 (0.24%) Elite 3E
2 3 (0.24%) Visualfiles
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.079%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.079%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 341 (26.96%) Office 365
2 337 (26.64%) Azure
3 152 (12.02%) AWS
4 62 (4.90%) IaaS
5 59 (4.66%) SaaS
6 52 (4.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 31 (2.45%) PaaS
8 30 (2.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 27 (2.13%) Cloud Computing
9 27 (2.13%) GCP
10 18 (1.42%) OneDrive
11 15 (1.19%) AWS CloudFormation
12 11 (0.87%) Mimecast
13 10 (0.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 9 (0.71%) Amazon ECS
14 9 (0.71%) Power Platform
14 9 (0.71%) PowerApps
15 8 (0.63%) Amazon EKS
15 8 (0.63%) AWS Fargate
15 8 (0.63%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 819 (64.74%) Firewall
2 447 (35.34%) WAN
3 431 (34.07%) DNS
4 415 (32.81%) LAN
5 342 (27.04%) DHCP
6 328 (25.93%) TCP/IP
7 227 (17.94%) Wireless
8 214 (16.92%) VLAN
9 212 (16.76%) Network Security
10 200 (15.81%) BGP
11 176 (13.91%) Cisco ASA
12 166 (13.12%) OSPF
13 155 (12.25%) MPLS
14 129 (10.20%) VoIP
15 124 (9.80%) IPsec
16 107 (8.46%) WLAN
17 103 (8.14%) Internet
18 100 (7.91%) SSL
19 84 (6.64%) SAN
20 74 (5.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (8.38%) SQL Server
2 31 (2.45%) Amazon RDS
3 19 (1.50%) MySQL
4 15 (1.19%) Relational Database
5 11 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (0.71%) RDBMS
7 8 (0.63%) Big Data
8 7 (0.55%) Apache Hive
8 7 (0.55%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.47%) Ingres
10 5 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (0.40%) Geospatial Data
10 5 (0.40%) Impala
10 5 (0.40%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.32%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.24%) FileMaker
12 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (0.16%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 32 (2.53%) JIRA
2 17 (1.34%) Jenkins
3 12 (0.95%) Git (software)
4 11 (0.87%) Bitbucket
5 8 (0.63%) Metasploit
6 7 (0.55%) Burp Suite
6 7 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (0.55%) Visual Studio
7 5 (0.40%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.32%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.24%) MSI
9 3 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (0.079%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.079%) Bitbucket Server
10 1 (0.079%) git-flow
10 1 (0.079%) Hudson
10 1 (0.079%) RSpec
10 1 (0.079%) Vagrant
General
1 96 (7.59%) Finance
2 71 (5.61%) Telecoms
3 55 (4.35%) Public Sector
3 55 (4.35%) Retail
4 39 (3.08%) Legal
5 17 (1.34%) Law
6 14 (1.11%) Automotive
6 14 (1.11%) Manufacturing
7 11 (0.87%) Police
8 10 (0.79%) Fire and Rescue
9 9 (0.71%) Banking
9 9 (0.71%) Marketing
10 8 (0.63%) Advertising
10 8 (0.63%) Aerospace
11 7 (0.55%) Military
12 4 (0.32%) Back Office
12 4 (0.32%) Electronics
13 3 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.16%) Games
14 2 (0.16%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 320 (25.30%) Network Engineer
2 180 (14.23%) Support Engineer
3 124 (9.80%) Analyst
3 124 (9.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 100 (7.91%) IT Support
5 99 (7.83%) IT Engineer
6 80 (6.32%) Architect
7 68 (5.38%) Administrator
8 67 (5.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 65 (5.14%) Systems Administrator
10 63 (4.98%) Security Engineer
10 63 (4.98%) Senior Network Engineer
11 61 (4.82%) IT Support Engineer
12 57 (4.51%) 3rd Line Support
13 50 (3.95%) Support Analyst
14 49 (3.87%) DevOps Engineer
14 49 (3.87%) Network Security Engineer
15 48 (3.79%) Cisco Engineer
16 46 (3.64%) Consultant
17 43 (3.40%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.77%) LDAP
2 22 (1.74%) 802.1X
3 12 (0.95%) Elastic Stack
4 10 (0.79%) .NET
4 10 (0.79%) Kafka
4 10 (0.79%) SAML
5 9 (0.71%) ActiveMQ
5 9 (0.71%) LAMP
5 9 (0.71%) RabbitMQ
6 7 (0.55%) ASP.NET
6 7 (0.55%) COM
7 6 (0.47%) Web Services
8 5 (0.40%) CSS
9 4 (0.32%) JSON
9 4 (0.32%) OpenJDK
10 3 (0.24%) Jinja
11 2 (0.16%) OAuth
11 2 (0.16%) REST
11 2 (0.16%) SOAP
11 2 (0.16%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 210 (16.60%) Data Centre
2 124 (9.80%) Analytical Skills
3 92 (7.27%) Self-Motivation
4 68 (5.38%) Management Information System
5 51 (4.03%) Public Cloud
6 40 (3.16%) Driving Licence
7 36 (2.85%) Linux Command Line
8 35 (2.77%) Clustering
9 28 (2.21%) Replication
10 26 (2.06%) Hybrid Cloud
11 24 (1.90%) Blackberry
12 20 (1.58%) Smartphone
13 18 (1.42%) Cyberthreat
14 16 (1.26%) Cybercrime
15 15 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
16 14 (1.11%) PKI
16 14 (1.11%) Private Cloud
17 13 (1.03%) User Experience
17 13 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
18 12 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 602 (47.59%) Windows
2 360 (28.46%) Windows Server
3 274 (21.66%) Linux
4 205 (16.21%) Windows 10
5 159 (12.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 126 (9.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 110 (8.70%) Windows 7
8 54 (4.27%) Windows Server 2003
9 41 (3.24%) Ubuntu
9 41 (3.24%) Windows 8
10 34 (2.69%) CentOS
11 31 (2.45%) Windows XP
12 25 (1.98%) Unix
13 22 (1.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 19 (1.50%) Android
14 19 (1.50%) Debian
15 16 (1.26%) Mac OS
16 11 (0.87%) Apple iOS
17 10 (0.79%) Solaris
18 7 (0.55%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 216 (17.08%) ITIL
2 199 (15.73%) Problem-Solving
3 147 (11.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 93 (7.35%) DevOps
5 92 (7.27%) Migration
6 83 (6.56%) Change Management
7 80 (6.32%) Information Security
8 78 (6.17%) Cybersecurity
9 76 (6.01%) Load Balancing
10 74 (5.85%) Mentoring
11 73 (5.77%) Network Management
12 71 (5.61%) Project Delivery
13 65 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
14 61 (4.82%) Service Delivery
15 59 (4.66%) Incident Management
16 55 (4.35%) Computer Science
17 50 (3.95%) Patch Management
18 48 (3.79%) Penetration Testing
19 47 (3.72%) Kalman Filter
19 47 (3.72%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 148 (11.70%) PowerShell
2 121 (9.57%) SQL
3 79 (6.25%) Python
4 53 (4.19%) Bash Shell
5 28 (2.21%) C
6 27 (2.13%) Ruby
7 20 (1.58%) Java
8 17 (1.34%) Shell Script
9 16 (1.26%) PHP
10 14 (1.11%) Perl
11 13 (1.03%) C#
12 9 (0.71%) VB
13 8 (0.63%) VBScript
14 7 (0.55%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.47%) Lua
16 5 (0.40%) R
17 2 (0.16%) C++
17 2 (0.16%) Go
18 1 (0.079%) JavaScript
18 1 (0.079%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 346 (27.35%) Cisco Certification
2 239 (18.89%) CCNP
3 198 (15.65%) CCNA
4 138 (10.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 129 (10.20%) Degree
6 80 (6.32%) MCSE
7 78 (6.17%) MCSA
8 75 (5.93%) Security Cleared
9 45 (3.56%) CISSP
10 41 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
11 36 (2.85%) SC Cleared
12 34 (2.69%) MCP
13 28 (2.21%) CCDP
14 27 (2.13%) DV Cleared
15 24 (1.90%) CEH
15 24 (1.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 23 (1.82%) CISM
17 22 (1.74%) CCIE
17 22 (1.74%) DBS Check
17 22 (1.74%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (9.88%) SLA
2 71 (5.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 43 (3.40%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.58%) NIST
5 19 (1.50%) Cyber Essentials
6 13 (1.03%) NIST 800
7 9 (0.71%) GDPR
8 8 (0.63%) QA
8 8 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.16%) COBIT
9 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.079%) BS7799
10 1 (0.079%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.079%) GxP
10 1 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.079%) PMO
System Software
1 507 (40.08%) Active Directory
2 268 (21.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 156 (12.33%) Hyper-V
4 80 (6.32%) vSphere
5 61 (4.82%) Docker
6 37 (2.92%) VMware NSX
7 34 (2.69%) XenApp
8 28 (2.21%) Virtual Servers
9 25 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
10 24 (1.90%) XenDesktop
11 21 (1.66%) Firmware
12 17 (1.34%) vCloud
13 15 (1.19%) BitLocker
13 15 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
14 14 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 14 (1.11%) VMware Workstation
15 12 (0.95%) Terminal Services
15 12 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
16 10 (0.79%) NFS
17 9 (0.71%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 99 (7.83%) SCCM
2 68 (5.38%) Ansible
3 66 (5.22%) WSUS
4 56 (4.43%) Kubernetes
5 40 (3.16%) Puppet
6 32 (2.53%) Microsoft Intune
7 31 (2.45%) Nagios
8 30 (2.37%) Cisco CUCM
9 27 (2.13%) SCOM
10 26 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
11 24 (1.90%) Nessus
11 24 (1.90%) Single Sign-On
12 21 (1.66%) Terraform
13 20 (1.58%) FortiGate
14 19 (1.50%) Cisco UCCX
15 17 (1.34%) Backup Exec
16 15 (1.19%) SolarWinds Orion
17 14 (1.11%) Nmap
18 12 (0.95%) Red Hat Satellite
18 12 (0.95%) yum
Vendors
1 538 (42.53%) Microsoft
2 537 (42.45%) Cisco
3 363 (28.70%) VMware
4 132 (10.43%) Citrix
5 128 (10.12%) Palo Alto
6 121 (9.57%) CheckPoint
7 113 (8.93%) Juniper
8 85 (6.72%) SolarWinds
9 71 (5.61%) F5
9 71 (5.61%) HP
10 69 (5.45%) Meraki
11 68 (5.38%) Veeam
12 59 (4.66%) Dell
13 50 (3.95%) ServiceNow
14 44 (3.48%) NetApp
15 43 (3.40%) Fortinet
16 41 (3.24%) Symantec
17 38 (3.00%) Red Hat
18 32 (2.53%) Splunk
19 30 (2.37%) Apple