Period
to 22 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 22 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 184 211 195
Rank change year-on-year +27 -16 -22
Permanent jobs citing VPN 2,711 2,752 3,313
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.95% 1.65% 1.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.41% 11.06% 11.79%
Number of salaries quoted 1,958 2,318 2,712
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +1.12% +1.14%
10th Percentile £24,925 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £69,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.75% - -

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 21,847 24,883 28,103
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.70% 14.94% 15.90%
Number of salaries quoted 16,551 19,776 22,817
UK median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,750 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

VPN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VPN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VPN in the UK

VPN
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for VPN in the UK

VPN
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing VPN over the 6 months to 22 September 2019.

Salary histogram for VPN in the UK

VPN
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing VPN within the UK over the 6 months to 22 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +26 2,530 £45,000 - 464
UK excluding London +49 1,840 £41,500 +3.75% 351
London -11 799 £52,500 - 139
North of England +105 667 £40,000 +6.67% 79
South East +35 537 £42,500 +10.39% 126
Yorkshire +118 512 £41,500 +10.67% 30
Midlands +17 235 £45,000 - 67
West Midlands +6 166 £45,000 - 43
East of England -7 151 £39,500 +5.33% 19
North West -22 141 £35,000 -11.39% 47
South West +12 139 £43,458 +8.64% 34
East Midlands +46 69 £47,500 +17.28% 24
Scotland +34 56 £42,500 +27.82% 16
Northern Ireland +5 26 £24,000 +14.29% 3
Wales +9 25 £40,000 -8.05% 7
North East +32 14 £42,915 +34.11% 2
Isle of Man - 10 £55,500 -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 1,789 (65.99%) Firewall
2 1,425 (52.56%) Cisco
3 1,168 (43.08%) WAN
4 1,124 (41.46%) Windows
5 1,069 (39.43%) Cisco Certification
6 1,050 (38.73%) DNS
7 956 (35.26%) Active Directory
8 890 (32.83%) Microsoft
9 862 (31.80%) CCNP
10 807 (29.77%) Linux
11 799 (29.47%) MPLS
12 758 (27.96%) LAN
13 753 (27.78%) Network Security
14 722 (26.63%) CCNA
15 712 (26.26%) BGP
16 680 (25.08%) Azure
17 672 (24.79%) Cisco ASA
18 664 (24.49%) OSPF
19 656 (24.20%) Windows Server
20 641 (23.64%) Office 365
21 626 (23.09%) VMware
22 592 (21.84%) DHCP
23 522 (19.25%) IPsec
24 513 (18.92%) TCP/IP
25 512 (18.89%) Python
26 492 (18.15%) Palo Alto
27 477 (17.59%) Network Design
28 469 (17.30%) Cisco Nexus
29 457 (16.86%) Service Delivery
30 450 (16.60%) AWS

VPN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 322 (11.88%) MS Exchange
2 152 (5.61%) Skype for Business
3 121 (4.46%) SharePoint
4 111 (4.09%) IIS
5 107 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2013
6 93 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2010
7 46 (1.70%) nginx
8 44 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2003
9 40 (1.48%) Apache
9 40 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2007
10 34 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
11 32 (1.18%) Tomcat
12 24 (0.89%) IBM Notes
13 22 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 22 (0.81%) Confluence
14 18 (0.66%) OpenStack
15 17 (0.63%) CMS
16 13 (0.48%) Apache Spark
16 13 (0.48%) Cloud Foundry
16 13 (0.48%) CloudStack
Applications
1 367 (13.54%) Microsoft Office
2 90 (3.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (2.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 65 (2.40%) MS Visio
5 20 (0.74%) Acrobat
6 18 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
7 7 (0.26%) Gephi
8 2 (0.074%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.074%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.037%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.037%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.037%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.037%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.037%) Revit
Business Applications
1 13 (0.48%) Elite 3E
2 11 (0.41%) Carpe Diem
2 11 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 10 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.26%) Q-Pulse
4 7 (0.26%) Sage CRM
5 6 (0.22%) Sage X3
5 6 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 5 (0.18%) Sage 200
7 4 (0.15%) Cisco SocialMiner
7 4 (0.15%) ContrOCC
8 3 (0.11%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.074%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.037%) Magento
10 1 (0.037%) Pegasus Opera
10 1 (0.037%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 680 (25.08%) Azure
2 641 (23.64%) Office 365
3 450 (16.60%) AWS
4 119 (4.39%) SaaS
5 110 (4.06%) IaaS
6 98 (3.61%) PaaS
7 89 (3.28%) Azure Active Directory
8 70 (2.58%) GCP
9 62 (2.29%) AWS CloudFormation
10 51 (1.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 38 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
12 28 (1.03%) OneDrive
13 27 (1.00%) OpenShift
14 25 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
15 22 (0.81%) Amazon S3
16 20 (0.74%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 19 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 15 (0.55%) Mimecast
19 14 (0.52%) Amazon ECS
19 14 (0.52%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1,789 (65.99%) Firewall
2 1,168 (43.08%) WAN
3 1,050 (38.73%) DNS
4 799 (29.47%) MPLS
5 758 (27.96%) LAN
6 753 (27.78%) Network Security
7 712 (26.26%) BGP
8 672 (24.79%) Cisco ASA
9 664 (24.49%) OSPF
10 592 (21.84%) DHCP
11 522 (19.25%) IPsec
12 513 (18.92%) TCP/IP
13 469 (17.30%) Cisco Nexus
14 427 (15.75%) Wireless
15 366 (13.50%) NetScaler
16 351 (12.95%) SMTP
17 337 (12.43%) Broadband
18 331 (12.21%) ADSL
19 330 (12.17%) RIP
20 309 (11.40%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 186 (6.86%) SQL Server
2 54 (1.99%) MySQL
3 36 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
4 28 (1.03%) MongoDB
5 27 (1.00%) SQL Server 2016
6 23 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
6 23 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
7 22 (0.81%) NoSQL
7 22 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
8 21 (0.77%) Big Data
8 21 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
8 21 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
9 13 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 13 (0.48%) Apache Hive
9 13 (0.48%) Relational Database
10 10 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
11 9 (0.33%) Power BI
12 8 (0.30%) SQL Server 2017
13 7 (0.26%) DB2
13 7 (0.26%) Impala
Development Applications
1 66 (2.43%) Jenkins
2 55 (2.03%) JIRA
3 39 (1.44%) Git (software)
4 23 (0.85%) Vagrant
5 20 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 19 (0.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 17 (0.63%) Hudson
8 10 (0.37%) GitLab
9 8 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
10 7 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (0.26%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.22%) Bitbucket
11 6 (0.22%) Sonatype Nexus
11 6 (0.22%) Subversion
12 3 (0.11%) git-flow
12 3 (0.11%) MSI
12 3 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (0.11%) Rational DOORS
13 2 (0.074%) Burp Suite
13 2 (0.074%) Visual Studio
General
1 276 (10.18%) Finance
2 231 (8.52%) Telecoms
3 112 (4.13%) Public Sector
4 94 (3.47%) Retail
5 74 (2.73%) Law
6 68 (2.51%) Banking
7 46 (1.70%) Legal
7 46 (1.70%) Manufacturing
8 33 (1.22%) Marketing
9 20 (0.74%) Aerospace
10 17 (0.63%) Financial Institution
11 16 (0.59%) Back Office
12 15 (0.55%) Electronics
13 13 (0.48%) Police
14 12 (0.44%) Local Government
15 11 (0.41%) Fire and Rescue
15 11 (0.41%) Games
16 9 (0.33%) Automotive
16 9 (0.33%) Publishing
17 8 (0.30%) Military
Job Titles
1 839 (30.95%) Network Engineer
2 330 (12.17%) Security Engineer
3 303 (11.18%) Network Security Engineer
4 285 (10.51%) Support Engineer
5 278 (10.25%) Cisco Engineer
6 264 (9.74%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 261 (9.63%) Analyst
8 221 (8.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 173 (6.38%) Cisco Security Engineer
10 164 (6.05%) IT Support
11 156 (5.75%) Consultant
12 143 (5.27%) IT Engineer
13 141 (5.20%) Administrator
14 134 (4.94%) Architect
15 117 (4.32%) DevOps Engineer
16 114 (4.21%) Support Analyst
17 112 (4.13%) Systems Administrator
17 112 (4.13%) Systems Engineer
18 110 (4.06%) Senior Network Engineer
19 102 (3.76%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (1.77%) Web Services
2 45 (1.66%) LDAP
3 43 (1.59%) 802.1X
4 40 (1.48%) Elastic Stack
5 30 (1.11%) .NET
6 29 (1.07%) Kafka
7 22 (0.81%) XML
8 20 (0.74%) CSS
9 19 (0.70%) REST
10 17 (0.63%) SAML
11 16 (0.59%) JSON
12 13 (0.48%) LEMP Stack
13 12 (0.44%) HTML
14 11 (0.41%) SOAP
15 10 (0.37%) XMPP
16 9 (0.33%) LAMP
16 9 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
16 9 (0.33%) RESTful
16 9 (0.33%) WebSphere MQ
17 8 (0.30%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 439 (16.19%) Management Information System
2 412 (15.20%) Data Centre
3 154 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
4 132 (4.87%) Self-Motivation
5 98 (3.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 92 (3.39%) Public Cloud
7 55 (2.03%) Blackberry
8 52 (1.92%) Linux Command Line
9 50 (1.84%) Driving Licence
10 48 (1.77%) Clustering
10 48 (1.77%) iPhone
11 39 (1.44%) PKI
12 38 (1.40%) Video Conferencing
13 33 (1.22%) Private Cloud
14 32 (1.18%) Replication
15 28 (1.03%) User Experience
16 27 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
17 25 (0.92%) iPad
18 23 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
19 22 (0.81%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 1,124 (41.46%) Windows
2 807 (29.77%) Linux
3 656 (24.20%) Windows Server
4 380 (14.02%) Unix
5 367 (13.54%) Windows 10
6 286 (10.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 261 (9.63%) Windows 7
8 241 (8.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 144 (5.31%) Windows Server 2003
10 92 (3.39%) Ubuntu
11 91 (3.36%) CentOS
12 87 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 74 (2.73%) Android
14 63 (2.32%) Windows 8
15 44 (1.62%) Mac OS
16 40 (1.48%) Windows XP
17 35 (1.29%) Apple iOS
18 27 (1.00%) Debian
19 23 (0.85%) Solaris
20 21 (0.77%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 477 (17.59%) Network Design
2 457 (16.86%) Service Delivery
3 431 (15.90%) ITIL
4 421 (15.53%) Network Management
5 338 (12.47%) Change Control
6 318 (11.73%) Product Management
7 303 (11.18%) Problem-Solving
8 282 (10.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 212 (7.82%) DevOps
10 189 (6.97%) Cybersecurity
11 185 (6.82%) Load Balancing
12 176 (6.49%) Agile Software Development
13 156 (5.75%) Change Management
14 152 (5.61%) Information Security
15 138 (5.09%) Incident Management
16 134 (4.94%) Network Monitoring
16 134 (4.94%) Project Delivery
17 129 (4.76%) Service Management
18 128 (4.72%) Migration
19 125 (4.61%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 512 (18.89%) Python
2 389 (14.35%) Bash Shell
3 341 (12.58%) Perl
4 251 (9.26%) PowerShell
5 194 (7.16%) SQL
6 70 (2.58%) Ruby
7 55 (2.03%) Go
8 54 (1.99%) Java
9 43 (1.59%) C
10 24 (0.89%) Shell Script
11 23 (0.85%) JavaScript
11 23 (0.85%) PHP
12 20 (0.74%) C#
13 13 (0.48%) VBScript
14 11 (0.41%) C++
15 9 (0.33%) Kotlin
15 9 (0.33%) VB
16 7 (0.26%) R
17 5 (0.18%) VBA
18 2 (0.074%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,069 (39.43%) Cisco Certification
2 862 (31.80%) CCNP
3 722 (26.63%) CCNA
4 303 (11.18%) Degree
5 207 (7.64%) Microsoft Certification
6 121 (4.46%) MCSA
7 118 (4.35%) Security Cleared
8 91 (3.36%) MCSE
9 90 (3.32%) CCIE
10 87 (3.21%) CCDP
11 78 (2.88%) SC Cleared
12 60 (2.21%) MCP
13 57 (2.10%) CISSP
14 55 (2.03%) DBS Check
15 46 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
16 45 (1.66%) JNCIA
17 42 (1.55%) MCITP
18 39 (1.44%) JNCIS
19 38 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 37 (1.36%) CCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 414 (15.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 307 (11.32%) ISO 9001
3 177 (6.53%) SLA
4 79 (2.91%) PCI DSS
5 37 (1.36%) GDPR
6 24 (0.89%) QA
7 15 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
8 12 (0.44%) NIST
9 9 (0.33%) NIST 800
10 7 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 7 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.22%) Data Quality
12 5 (0.18%) COBIT
13 4 (0.15%) PMO
14 3 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 2 (0.074%) BS7799
15 2 (0.074%) NCSC
16 1 (0.037%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 1 (0.037%) GPG13
16 1 (0.037%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 956 (35.26%) Active Directory
2 443 (16.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 315 (11.62%) Hyper-V
4 172 (6.34%) Docker
5 123 (4.54%) vSphere
6 91 (3.36%) VMware ESXi
7 56 (2.07%) Virtual Machines
8 50 (1.84%) XenApp
9 47 (1.73%) VMware NSX
10 35 (1.29%) XenDesktop
11 31 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
12 30 (1.11%) Firmware
13 21 (0.77%) Terminal Services
14 20 (0.74%) vCloud
15 19 (0.70%) VMware Workstation
16 18 (0.66%) iptables
16 18 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
17 14 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 13 (0.48%) BitLocker
19 12 (0.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 398 (14.68%) Nagios
2 367 (13.54%) FortiGate
3 174 (6.42%) SCCM
4 156 (5.75%) Ansible
5 152 (5.61%) Kubernetes
6 108 (3.98%) WSUS
7 103 (3.80%) Puppet
8 99 (3.65%) Terraform
9 91 (3.36%) Cisco CUCM
10 72 (2.66%) Opscode Chef
11 52 (1.92%) Packer
12 47 (1.73%) Microsoft Intune
13 45 (1.66%) Cisco Prime
14 42 (1.55%) ZABBIX
15 38 (1.40%) Backup Exec
16 37 (1.36%) Grafana
17 34 (1.25%) Consul
18 31 (1.14%) Cisco UCCX
19 27 (1.00%) Docker Swarm
19 27 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,425 (52.56%) Cisco
2 890 (32.83%) Microsoft
3 626 (23.09%) VMware
4 492 (18.15%) Palo Alto
5 399 (14.72%) Fortinet
6 300 (11.07%) Citrix
7 255 (9.41%) CheckPoint
8 240 (8.85%) Juniper
9 168 (6.20%) F5
10 160 (5.90%) Dell
11 158 (5.83%) SolarWinds
12 150 (5.53%) Meraki
13 134 (4.94%) HP
14 98 (3.61%) Veeam
15 88 (3.25%) Red Hat
16 84 (3.10%) Avaya
16 84 (3.10%) Google
17 71 (2.62%) Symantec
18 69 (2.55%) ServiceNow
19 60 (2.21%) Apple