The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Sophos products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Sophos over the 3 months to 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Sophos
Rank 148 122 134
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +12
Contract jobs citing Sophos 14 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.42% 0.10%
As % of the Vendors category 0.75% 0.93% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 0
Average daily rate
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£259 £175 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+47.85% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £230 £325 £175
% change year-on-year
-29.23% +85.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Average hourly rate - £8.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -69.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.25 £10.50 £25.25
% change year-on-year
+26.19% -58.41%
Sophos
England

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

Vendors Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1856 1405 1300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 42.34% 45.29% 44.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1080 733 579
Average daily rate £390 £335 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.41% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 93 105
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% -7.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.58 £10.16 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £18.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+1.35% -4.14%

Sophos
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Sophos Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Sophos
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Sophos Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Sophos
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Sophos across the North West region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Sophos Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Sophos
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Sophos Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Sophos
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sophos within the North West region over the 3 months to 2 September 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
Manchester -19 11 £259 +47.85% 1
Merseyside - 3 - -
Sophos
England

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 14 (66.67%) Windows
1 14 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 14 (66.67%) Citrix
2 13 (61.90%) VMware
3 12 (57.14%) Symantec
4 11 (52.38%) Backup Exec
4 11 (52.38%) ITIL
5 10 (47.62%) SQL
5 10 (47.62%) SCCM
6 9 (42.86%) VMware Infrastructure
6 9 (42.86%) MS Exchange
6 9 (42.86%) Active Directory
7 8 (38.10%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (38.10%) McAfee
7 8 (38.10%) SAN
7 8 (38.10%) Hyper-V
7 8 (38.10%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (38.10%) SCOM
8 7 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (33.33%) Firewall
8 7 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (33.33%) CCA
8 7 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (33.33%) CCNA
9 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (23.81%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (23.81%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (23.81%) DHCP
10 5 (23.81%) DNS
10 5 (23.81%) IIS

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 9 (42.86%) MS Exchange
2 8 (38.10%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (23.81%) IIS
4 3 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (9.52%) TPMS
6 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
6 1 (4.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Office
2 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 8 (38.10%) SAN
2 7 (33.33%) Firewall
3 5 (23.81%) DNS
3 5 (23.81%) DHCP
4 3 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (9.52%) Cisco IPT
5 2 (9.52%) IP Telephony
5 2 (9.52%) VoIP
6 1 (4.76%) WAN
6 1 (4.76%) TCP/IP
6 1 (4.76%) LAN
6 1 (4.76%) Intranet
6 1 (4.76%) OpenScape
6 1 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
General
1 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
1 1 (4.76%) Finance
1 1 (4.76%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (38.10%) Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) Support Analyst
2 6 (28.57%) 3rd Line Support
2 6 (28.57%) Service Analyst
3 5 (23.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (14.29%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Security Consultant
4 3 (14.29%) Consultant
4 3 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Desktop Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Desktop Support
6 1 (4.76%) Junior
6 1 (4.76%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.76%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Blackberry
1 3 (14.29%) Clustering
2 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (66.67%) Windows
2 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (23.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (9.52%) Windows 7
5 2 (9.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) ITIL
2 4 (19.05%) Incident Management
3 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (9.52%) Service Management
4 2 (9.52%) Problem Management
5 1 (4.76%) Software Deployment
5 1 (4.76%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (4.76%) Software Asset Management
5 1 (4.76%) Server Building
5 1 (4.76%) Migration
5 1 (4.76%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (47.62%) SQL
2 2 (9.52%) VB
2 2 (9.52%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.52%) Java
3 1 (4.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (38.10%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 7 (33.33%) CCNA
2 7 (33.33%) CCA
2 7 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
2 7 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (19.05%) MCSA
3 4 (19.05%) MCP
3 4 (19.05%) MCITP
4 3 (14.29%) MCTS
4 3 (14.29%) GIAC
4 3 (14.29%) MCSE
4 3 (14.29%) CISSP
5 1 (4.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) SLA
2 1 (4.76%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (42.86%) Active Directory
1 9 (42.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (38.10%) Hyper-V
3 4 (19.05%) XenDesktop
4 3 (14.29%) vSphere
4 3 (14.29%) VMware ESX
5 2 (9.52%) XenApp
6 1 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 11 (52.38%) Backup Exec
2 10 (47.62%) SCCM
3 8 (38.10%) SCOM
4 5 (23.81%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (14.29%) NetBackup
6 2 (9.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 14 (66.67%) Citrix
2 13 (61.90%) VMware
3 12 (57.14%) Symantec
4 8 (38.10%) McAfee
5 4 (19.05%) Veritas
6 3 (14.29%) Cisco
6 3 (14.29%) Kaspersky
6 3 (14.29%) Acronis
7 1 (4.76%) MobileIron
7 1 (4.76%) ScanSafe
7 1 (4.76%) Nimble Storage
7 1 (4.76%) Qualys
7 1 (4.76%) Avaya
7 1 (4.76%) Siemens