The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Sophos products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Sophos over the 3 months to 27 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within Sophos PLC.

Location
3 months to
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Sophos
Rank 528 514 468
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -46
Contract jobs citing Sophos 58 49 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.26% 0.23% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 23 33
Average daily rate
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£223 £355 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.32% -6.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £170 £184
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £424 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £341 £463
% change year-on-year
-25.27% -26.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 4
Average hourly rate £12.75 £12.50 £17.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.98% -30.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.45 £9.60 £12.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.40 £19.00 £20.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.75 £12.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year
+1.98% -39.02%
Sophos
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Vendors Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
22641 21630 19465
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 45.18% 45.06% 46.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 13367 12551 10705
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.39% -1.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1033 1007 1106
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.03 £11.00 £11.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

Sophos
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Sophos across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Sophos Jobs Demand Trend in England

Sophos
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Sophos across the England region.

Sophos Daily Rate Trend in England

Sophos
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Sophos across the England region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015.

Sophos Daily Rate Histogram in England

Sophos
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Sophos across the England region.

Sophos Hourly Rate Trend in England

Sophos
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sophos within the England region over the 3 months to 27 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +21 23 £210 -47.50% 4
South East -7 17 £255 -34.19% 6
North West -27 6 £184 +33.63% 9
East of England +1 4 £500 - 2
East Midlands -12 2 £375 - 1
North East - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
South West 0 1 - - 4
West Midlands -10 1 £235 +44.61% 7
Sophos
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Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Sophos also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Sophos.

1 99 (79.84%) Windows
2 60 (48.39%) VMware
3 52 (41.94%) Microsoft
4 48 (38.71%) Active Directory
5 45 (36.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 45 (36.29%) Windows 7
6 36 (29.03%) VMware Infrastructure
6 36 (29.03%) SCCM
7 33 (26.61%) DNS
8 32 (25.81%) ITIL
9 31 (25.00%) Security Cleared
10 30 (24.19%) MS Exchange
11 29 (23.39%) Cisco
12 28 (22.58%) DHCP
12 28 (22.58%) Firewall
13 26 (20.97%) Citrix
14 25 (20.16%) Windows Server 2012
15 23 (18.55%) McAfee
15 23 (18.55%) Exchange Server 2010
16 21 (16.94%) Windows Server 2003
16 21 (16.94%) SQL Server
17 20 (16.13%) SC Cleared
18 19 (15.32%) Microsoft Certification
19 18 (14.52%) MS Office
19 18 (14.52%) MCSE
19 18 (14.52%) SharePoint
19 18 (14.52%) WSUS
20 17 (13.71%) MS Excel
21 16 (12.90%) Symantec
21 16 (12.90%) Backup Exec

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Sophos also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Sophos. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 30 (24.19%) MS Exchange
2 23 (18.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (14.52%) SharePoint
4 8 (6.45%) IIS
4 8 (6.45%) Lync
5 6 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (2.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (2.42%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.42%) Moodle
7 3 (2.42%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.61%) TPMS
8 2 (1.61%) WorkSite
9 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2000
9 1 (0.81%) Apache
Applications
1 18 (14.52%) MS Office
2 17 (13.71%) MS Excel
3 4 (3.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (2.42%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.61%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.87%) Office 365
2 4 (3.23%) IaaS
2 4 (3.23%) Google Drive
3 3 (2.42%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 33 (26.61%) DNS
2 28 (22.58%) DHCP
2 28 (22.58%) Firewall
3 15 (12.10%) VPN
4 14 (11.29%) Network Security
5 10 (8.06%) SAN
6 9 (7.26%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (6.45%) Wireless
8 7 (5.65%) TCP/IP
9 5 (4.03%) DMZ
9 5 (4.03%) SSL
10 4 (3.23%) Internet
10 4 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.61%) LDAP
12 1 (0.81%) LAN
12 1 (0.81%) PBX
12 1 (0.81%) VoIP
12 1 (0.81%) WAN
12 1 (0.81%) Kerberos
12 1 (0.81%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (16.94%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.23%) EDRMS
3 3 (2.42%) EDMS
4 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (6.45%) Finance
2 2 (1.61%) Law
2 2 (1.61%) Legal
2 2 (1.61%) Retail
3 1 (0.81%) Local Government
3 1 (0.81%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.81%) Games
Job Titles
1 25 (20.16%) Support Engineer
2 15 (12.10%) Analyst
3 12 (9.68%) Network Engineer
3 12 (9.68%) Security Engineer
4 11 (8.87%) Consultant
4 11 (8.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (8.87%) Desktop Engineer
5 10 (8.06%) Desktop Support
5 10 (8.06%) Wintel Engineer
6 9 (7.26%) Network Security Engineer
7 7 (5.65%) Support Analyst
7 7 (5.65%) Server Engineer
7 7 (5.65%) 3rd Line Support
7 7 (5.65%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) Rollout Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) Security Analyst
8 6 (4.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 6 (4.84%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (4.03%) Technical Consultant
9 5 (4.03%) Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.23%) Application Packaging
2 3 (2.42%) Regular Expression
2 3 (2.42%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.06%) Management Information System
2 9 (7.26%) Blackberry
2 9 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.45%) PKI
4 5 (4.03%) Clustering
5 4 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.23%) Enterprise Storage
6 3 (2.42%) iPhone
6 3 (2.42%) iPad
6 3 (2.42%) Replication
7 1 (0.81%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.81%) NHS
7 1 (0.81%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 99 (79.84%) Windows
2 45 (36.29%) Windows Server 2008
2 45 (36.29%) Windows 7
3 25 (20.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (16.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (9.68%) Windows XP
6 10 (8.06%) Linux
6 10 (8.06%) Windows 8
7 5 (4.03%) Windows Vista
8 4 (3.23%) Windows 2000 Server
8 4 (3.23%) Mac OS
8 4 (3.23%) VMS
9 2 (1.61%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.81%) Android
10 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (25.81%) ITIL
2 13 (10.48%) Load Balancing
3 11 (8.87%) Kalman Filter
3 11 (8.87%) Security Patching
4 9 (7.26%) Asset Management
5 8 (6.45%) Migration
5 8 (6.45%) Change Management
5 8 (6.45%) Time Management
5 8 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
6 7 (5.65%) Problem Management
7 6 (4.84%) Information Security
8 5 (4.03%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (4.03%) Service Management
8 5 (4.03%) Service Delivery
8 5 (4.03%) Incident Management
9 4 (3.23%) Data Security
9 4 (3.23%) Project Management
9 4 (3.23%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (3.23%) Change Control
9 4 (3.23%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.10%) PowerShell
2 9 (7.26%) SQL
3 4 (3.23%) VBScript
4 3 (2.42%) Python
5 2 (1.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 31 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 20 (16.13%) SC Cleared
3 19 (15.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (14.52%) MCSE
5 13 (10.48%) MCP
6 11 (8.87%) CCNA
6 11 (8.87%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (8.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 8 (6.45%) MCDST
9 5 (4.03%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (3.23%) CISSP
10 4 (3.23%) HND
10 4 (3.23%) MCSA
10 4 (3.23%) ACTC
10 4 (3.23%) DV Cleared
11 3 (2.42%) MCITP
11 3 (2.42%) CISA
12 2 (1.61%) CISM
12 2 (1.61%) MCTS
12 2 (1.61%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.26%) SLA
2 3 (2.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 48 (38.71%) Active Directory
2 36 (29.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (12.10%) XenApp
4 13 (10.48%) vSphere
5 11 (8.87%) Hyper-V
6 9 (7.26%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (7.26%) vCloud
7 6 (4.84%) Forefront TMG
7 6 (4.84%) XenDesktop
8 4 (3.23%) UAG
8 4 (3.23%) ProxySG
9 3 (2.42%) ISA Server
9 3 (2.42%) VMware ESX
9 3 (2.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.42%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.61%) Firmware
11 1 (0.81%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.81%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.81%) NFS
Systems Management
1 36 (29.03%) SCCM
2 18 (14.52%) WSUS
3 16 (12.90%) Backup Exec
4 13 (10.48%) SCOM
5 8 (6.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 7 (5.65%) NetBackup
7 6 (4.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 6 (4.84%) AirWatch
8 4 (3.23%) Casper Suite
8 4 (3.23%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (3.23%) SCVMM
9 3 (2.42%) Legato
9 3 (2.42%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.61%) Opsview
10 2 (1.61%) Nagios
10 2 (1.61%) HP Data Protector
11 1 (0.81%) ARCserve
11 1 (0.81%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 60 (48.39%) VMware
2 52 (41.94%) Microsoft
3 29 (23.39%) Cisco
4 26 (20.97%) Citrix
5 23 (18.55%) McAfee
6 16 (12.90%) Symantec
6 16 (12.90%) F5
7 13 (10.48%) HP
8 10 (8.06%) CheckPoint
9 9 (7.26%) Dell
10 8 (6.45%) Blue Coat
10 8 (6.45%) Panasonic
11 7 (5.65%) Google
11 7 (5.65%) Remedy
11 7 (5.65%) Adobe
11 7 (5.65%) Lumension
12 6 (4.84%) MobileIron
12 6 (4.84%) Meraki
12 6 (4.84%) Barracuda Networks
12 6 (4.84%) NetApp
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