Period
to 26 February 2020

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 26 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 203 221 199
Rank change year-on-year +18 -22 -12
Permanent jobs citing VPN 2,094 2,396 3,018
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.70% 1.58% 1.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.34% 10.51% 11.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1,654 1,921 2,390
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%

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 18,470 22,795 26,678
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.00% 15.06% 15.21%
Number of salaries quoted 14,560 17,838 21,545
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £76,525 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 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
England +23 1,939 £45,000 - 457
UK excluding London +26 1,225 £40,000 - 344
London +23 808 £55,000 +4.76% 139
South East +25 440 £45,000 +5.88% 96
North of England -2 247 £40,000 +6.67% 88
Midlands +24 190 £38,000 -10.59% 60
West Midlands +38 157 £39,000 -22.00% 46
South West +61 156 £33,000 -17.50% 33
North West +37 129 £36,000 +14.29% 46
Yorkshire -27 102 £42,500 +6.25% 36
East of England -17 90 £45,000 +12.50% 41
Scotland +53 56 £48,750 +35.42% 10
Wales -17 39 £38,500 -11.49% 14
East Midlands +3 33 £37,500 -11.76% 14
North East +22 16 £42,915 +32.05% 6
Northern Ireland +6 6 £31,250 +35.87% 2
Channel Islands +4 4 £25,000 -23.08%

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 with a requirement for VPN.

1 1,284 (61.32%) Firewall
2 970 (46.32%) Windows
3 894 (42.69%) Cisco
4 830 (39.64%) Microsoft
5 820 (39.16%) WAN
6 764 (36.49%) Active Directory
7 740 (35.34%) LAN
8 673 (32.14%) Office 365
9 651 (31.09%) DNS
10 613 (29.27%) Azure
11 589 (28.13%) Cisco Certification
12 557 (26.60%) VMware
13 556 (26.55%) TCP/IP
14 517 (24.69%) DHCP
14 517 (24.69%) Windows Server
15 438 (20.92%) VMware Infrastructure
16 412 (19.68%) Linux
17 405 (19.34%) CCNP
18 384 (18.34%) Data Centre
19 373 (17.81%) Network Security
20 365 (17.43%) BGP
21 361 (17.24%) Wireless
22 344 (16.43%) VLAN
23 334 (15.95%) AWS
24 330 (15.76%) ITIL
25 322 (15.38%) MPLS
26 310 (14.80%) OSPF
26 310 (14.80%) CCNA
26 310 (14.80%) Windows 10
27 289 (13.80%) Problem-Solving

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
1 255 (12.18%) MS Exchange
2 145 (6.92%) SharePoint
3 108 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2013
4 103 (4.92%) IIS
5 74 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 71 (3.39%) Skype for Business
7 28 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 26 (1.24%) Apache
9 24 (1.15%) Confluence
10 16 (0.76%) nginx
11 14 (0.67%) Apache Spark
12 13 (0.62%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
14 10 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
15 8 (0.38%) OpenStack
15 8 (0.38%) Tomcat
15 8 (0.38%) WebLogic
16 7 (0.33%) IBM Notes
17 4 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 3 (0.14%) CMS
Applications
1 282 (13.47%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 44 (2.10%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.53%) Acrobat
6 7 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.19%) Gephi
9 1 (0.048%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.048%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.048%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.048%) Revit
Business Applications
1 12 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.24%) assyst
3 5 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 3 (0.14%) Elite 3E
4 3 (0.14%) Exchequer
4 3 (0.14%) Visualfiles
5 2 (0.096%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.048%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 673 (32.14%) Office 365
2 613 (29.27%) Azure
3 334 (15.95%) AWS
4 123 (5.87%) IaaS
5 102 (4.87%) SaaS
6 84 (4.01%) PaaS
7 74 (3.53%) Azure Active Directory
8 52 (2.48%) GCP
9 50 (2.39%) Cloud Computing
10 48 (2.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 42 (2.01%) AWS CloudFormation
12 38 (1.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 31 (1.48%) OneDrive
14 28 (1.34%) OpenShift
15 25 (1.19%) Mimecast
16 23 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 23 (1.10%) Amazon ECS
17 22 (1.05%) Amazon EKS
18 18 (0.86%) Cloudflare
18 18 (0.86%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 1,284 (61.32%) Firewall
2 820 (39.16%) WAN
3 740 (35.34%) LAN
4 651 (31.09%) DNS
5 556 (26.55%) TCP/IP
6 517 (24.69%) DHCP
7 373 (17.81%) Network Security
8 365 (17.43%) BGP
9 361 (17.24%) Wireless
10 344 (16.43%) VLAN
11 322 (15.38%) MPLS
12 310 (14.80%) OSPF
13 279 (13.32%) IPsec
14 273 (13.04%) Cisco ASA
15 252 (12.03%) VoIP
16 219 (10.46%) SSL
17 191 (9.12%) Internet
18 174 (8.31%) SAN
19 156 (7.45%) WLAN
20 146 (6.97%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (7.74%) SQL Server
2 38 (1.81%) Amazon RDS
3 30 (1.43%) MySQL
4 27 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
5 25 (1.19%) Relational Database
6 22 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
7 20 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
8 19 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
9 17 (0.81%) NoSQL
10 16 (0.76%) Big Data
11 15 (0.72%) DB2
12 14 (0.67%) Apache Hive
13 13 (0.62%) Oracle Database
13 13 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
14 12 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
15 9 (0.43%) Hadoop
15 9 (0.43%) HBase
15 9 (0.43%) RDBMS
15 9 (0.43%) Sqoop
16 8 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 52 (2.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 51 (2.44%) JIRA
3 44 (2.10%) Jenkins
4 19 (0.91%) Vagrant
5 17 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 17 (0.81%) Git (software)
6 15 (0.72%) Metasploit
7 14 (0.67%) Bitbucket
8 12 (0.57%) Hudson
9 9 (0.43%) Visual Studio
10 8 (0.38%) Burp Suite
11 6 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (0.24%) CircleCI
12 5 (0.24%) JMeter
12 5 (0.24%) Selenium
12 5 (0.24%) TeamCity
13 3 (0.14%) Bitbucket Server
13 3 (0.14%) git-flow
13 3 (0.14%) MSI
General
1 221 (10.55%) Finance
2 115 (5.49%) Telecoms
3 91 (4.35%) Retail
4 61 (2.91%) Legal
5 60 (2.87%) Law
6 57 (2.72%) Public Sector
7 56 (2.67%) Banking
8 24 (1.15%) Marketing
9 17 (0.81%) Automotive
10 14 (0.67%) Aerospace
11 13 (0.62%) Manufacturing
12 12 (0.57%) Advertising
12 12 (0.57%) Police
13 10 (0.48%) Games
13 10 (0.48%) Japanese Language
14 9 (0.43%) Fire and Rescue
14 9 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.38%) Investment Banking
16 7 (0.33%) Back Office
16 7 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 556 (26.55%) Network Engineer
2 258 (12.32%) Support Engineer
3 232 (11.08%) Analyst
4 224 (10.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 162 (7.74%) IT Support
6 143 (6.83%) Architect
7 131 (6.26%) IT Engineer
8 124 (5.92%) Senior Network Engineer
9 109 (5.21%) Support Analyst
10 108 (5.16%) Security Engineer
11 100 (4.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 99 (4.73%) DevOps Engineer
13 92 (4.39%) Consultant
14 83 (3.96%) IT Support Engineer
15 82 (3.92%) Network Security Engineer
16 78 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
17 75 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support
18 71 (3.39%) Cisco Engineer
19 68 (3.25%) IT Analyst
20 67 (3.20%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (4.20%) LDAP
2 56 (2.67%) 802.1X
3 33 (1.58%) Elastic Stack
4 30 (1.43%) XML
5 27 (1.29%) HTML
6 25 (1.19%) CSS
7 22 (1.05%) Ajax
8 21 (1.00%) SAML
9 19 (0.91%) Web Services
10 16 (0.76%) .NET
10 16 (0.76%) JSON
11 13 (0.62%) WebSphere MQ
12 10 (0.48%) LAMP
13 9 (0.43%) OAuth
14 8 (0.38%) Kafka
15 7 (0.33%) ActiveMQ
15 7 (0.33%) ADSI
15 7 (0.33%) ASP.NET
15 7 (0.33%) Jinja
15 7 (0.33%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 384 (18.34%) Data Centre
2 150 (7.16%) Analytical Skills
3 123 (5.87%) Management Information System
4 110 (5.25%) Self-Motivation
5 82 (3.92%) Public Cloud
6 76 (3.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 52 (2.48%) Video Conferencing
8 48 (2.29%) Clustering
8 48 (2.29%) Driving Licence
9 42 (2.01%) Linux Command Line
10 40 (1.91%) Hybrid Cloud
11 34 (1.62%) Replication
12 33 (1.58%) PKI
13 30 (1.43%) iPhone
14 29 (1.38%) Enterprise Storage
15 25 (1.19%) Blackberry
15 25 (1.19%) User Experience
16 22 (1.05%) iPad
16 22 (1.05%) Smartphone
17 17 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 970 (46.32%) Windows
2 517 (24.69%) Windows Server
3 412 (19.68%) Linux
4 310 (14.80%) Windows 10
5 236 (11.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 189 (9.03%) Windows 7
7 147 (7.02%) Windows Server 2008
8 61 (2.91%) Android
9 53 (2.53%) Unix
9 53 (2.53%) Windows Server 2003
10 49 (2.34%) Windows 8
11 47 (2.24%) CentOS
12 45 (2.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 41 (1.96%) Mac OS
14 39 (1.86%) Ubuntu
15 36 (1.72%) Apple iOS
16 34 (1.62%) Windows XP
17 26 (1.24%) Debian
18 17 (0.81%) Mac OS X
19 12 (0.57%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (15.76%) ITIL
2 289 (13.80%) Problem-Solving
3 265 (12.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 202 (9.65%) DevOps
5 194 (9.26%) Load Balancing
6 151 (7.21%) Information Security
7 134 (6.40%) Agile Software Development
8 127 (6.06%) Network Design
9 126 (6.02%) Change Management
9 126 (6.02%) Migration
9 126 (6.02%) Project Delivery
10 125 (5.97%) Cybersecurity
11 112 (5.35%) Network Monitoring
12 109 (5.21%) SIEM
13 107 (5.11%) Mentoring
14 101 (4.82%) Disaster Recovery
15 92 (4.39%) Network Management
16 91 (4.35%) Computer Science
16 91 (4.35%) Configuration Management
17 87 (4.15%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 275 (13.13%) PowerShell
2 167 (7.98%) Python
3 165 (7.88%) SQL
4 88 (4.20%) Bash Shell
5 52 (2.48%) C
6 47 (2.24%) Ruby
7 44 (2.10%) Java
8 33 (1.58%) JavaScript
9 31 (1.48%) Perl
10 29 (1.38%) C#
11 24 (1.15%) Shell Script
12 23 (1.10%) PHP
13 20 (0.96%) Go
14 17 (0.81%) VB
15 15 (0.72%) VBScript
16 14 (0.67%) C++
17 13 (0.62%) T-SQL
18 7 (0.33%) Lua
19 5 (0.24%) R
20 2 (0.096%) Scala
Qualifications
1 589 (28.13%) Cisco Certification
2 405 (19.34%) CCNP
3 310 (14.80%) CCNA
4 268 (12.80%) Degree
5 182 (8.69%) Microsoft Certification
6 126 (6.02%) MCSE
7 112 (5.35%) Security Cleared
8 102 (4.87%) MCSA
9 80 (3.82%) CCIE
10 68 (3.25%) Computer Science Degree
11 55 (2.63%) CISSP
12 54 (2.58%) SC Cleared
13 48 (2.29%) MCP
14 42 (2.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 37 (1.77%) DV Cleared
16 34 (1.62%) CCDP
16 34 (1.62%) JNCIP
17 30 (1.43%) DBS Check
18 28 (1.34%) JNCIA
19 26 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (8.60%) SLA
2 122 (5.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (2.20%) PCI DSS
4 37 (1.77%) Cyber Essentials
5 30 (1.43%) NIST
6 21 (1.00%) GDPR
7 18 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.67%) QA
9 12 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 12 (0.57%) NIST 800
10 7 (0.33%) Data Quality
11 6 (0.29%) BS25999
12 5 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 5 (0.24%) NCSC
13 3 (0.14%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.096%) COBIT
14 2 (0.096%) FedRAMP
14 2 (0.096%) FISMA
14 2 (0.096%) PMO
System Software
1 764 (36.49%) Active Directory
2 438 (20.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 234 (11.17%) Hyper-V
4 123 (5.87%) Docker
5 98 (4.68%) vSphere
6 88 (4.20%) XenApp
7 76 (3.63%) XenDesktop
8 70 (3.34%) VMware ESXi
9 36 (1.72%) VMware NSX
10 31 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
11 30 (1.43%) Firmware
12 24 (1.15%) BitLocker
12 24 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
13 21 (1.00%) Terminal Services
14 16 (0.76%) NFS
15 14 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 14 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
16 13 (0.62%) vCloud
16 13 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
17 12 (0.57%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 173 (8.26%) SCCM
2 128 (6.11%) Ansible
3 118 (5.64%) Kubernetes
4 89 (4.25%) Puppet
5 86 (4.11%) Terraform
6 75 (3.58%) Single Sign-On
7 70 (3.34%) WSUS
8 55 (2.63%) Opscode Chef
9 50 (2.39%) Microsoft Intune
10 46 (2.20%) Nagios
11 44 (2.10%) FortiGate
12 38 (1.81%) Cisco CUCM
13 34 (1.62%) Backup Exec
14 31 (1.48%) SCOM
15 29 (1.38%) Nessus
16 28 (1.34%) ZABBIX
17 25 (1.19%) Salt
18 24 (1.15%) Grafana
18 24 (1.15%) Packer
19 22 (1.05%) Consul
Vendors
1 894 (42.69%) Cisco
2 830 (39.64%) Microsoft
3 557 (26.60%) VMware
4 283 (13.51%) Citrix
5 259 (12.37%) Palo Alto
6 206 (9.84%) CheckPoint
7 198 (9.46%) Juniper
8 157 (7.50%) HP
9 146 (6.97%) F5
9 146 (6.97%) SolarWinds
10 111 (5.30%) Meraki
11 102 (4.87%) Veeam
12 80 (3.82%) Google
13 77 (3.68%) ServiceNow
14 76 (3.63%) Fortinet
15 71 (3.39%) Dell
16 69 (3.30%) Red Hat
17 55 (2.63%) Aruba
18 54 (2.58%) Apple
19 51 (2.44%) Symantec