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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Sophos
Rank 132 115 122
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +7
Contract jobs citing Sophos 13 15 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.35% 0.50% 0.040%
As % of the Vendors category 0.77% 1.18% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 0
Average daily rate
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£240 £138 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+74.54% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £240 £328 £444
% change year-on-year
-26.71% -26.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 0
Average hourly rate - £10.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.36 £11.25 £17.88
% change year-on-year
+18.71% -37.06%
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
1691 1274 1143
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.88% 42.48% 45.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 871 642 488
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 88 92
Average hourly rate £19.82 £16.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.84% -21.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £35.98 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.14 £17.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+6.70% -12.82%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 0 10 £259 - 1
Cheshire -14 1 - - 1
Lancashire - 1 £205 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Sophos
England

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 12 (80.00%) Citrix
2 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
3 10 (66.67%) Symantec
3 10 (66.67%) VMware
3 10 (66.67%) SCCM
4 9 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (60.00%) Backup Exec
4 9 (60.00%) SQL
4 9 (60.00%) ITIL
4 9 (60.00%) Windows
5 8 (53.33%) McAfee
5 8 (53.33%) SAN
5 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (53.33%) SCOM
5 8 (53.33%) Hyper-V
6 7 (46.67%) CCNA
6 7 (46.67%) CCA
6 7 (46.67%) Citrix Certification
6 7 (46.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 7 (46.67%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
8 4 (26.67%) MCSA
8 4 (26.67%) MCP
8 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
8 4 (26.67%) MCITP
8 4 (26.67%) Incident Management
8 4 (26.67%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (20.00%) MCTS
9 3 (20.00%) Firewall

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 4 (26.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (13.33%) IIS
3 2 (13.33%) TPMS
4 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
4 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2 (13.33%) MS Office
2 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 8 (53.33%) SAN
2 3 (20.00%) Firewall
3 2 (13.33%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (13.33%) DHCP
3 2 (13.33%) DNS
4 1 (6.67%) VoIP
4 1 (6.67%) TCP/IP
4 1 (6.67%) OpenScape
Job Titles
1 6 (40.00%) Analyst
1 6 (40.00%) Support Analyst
2 5 (33.33%) 3rd Line Support
3 4 (26.67%) Service Analyst
4 3 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (13.33%) Security Consultant
5 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) Consultant
6 1 (6.67%) Desktop Support
6 1 (6.67%) Junior
6 1 (6.67%) Service Desk Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Blackberry
1 1 (6.67%) Clustering
1 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 9 (60.00%) Windows
2 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (13.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (60.00%) ITIL
2 4 (26.67%) Incident Management
3 2 (13.33%) Problem Management
3 2 (13.33%) Service Management
4 1 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (6.67%) Migration
4 1 (6.67%) Asset Management
4 1 (6.67%) Software Deployment
4 1 (6.67%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (6.67%) Software Asset Management
4 1 (6.67%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 9 (60.00%) SQL
2 2 (13.33%) VB
2 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (6.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (53.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (46.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 7 (46.67%) CCNA
2 7 (46.67%) CCA
2 7 (46.67%) Citrix Certification
2 7 (46.67%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (26.67%) MCSA
3 4 (26.67%) MCP
3 4 (26.67%) MCITP
4 3 (20.00%) MCTS
4 3 (20.00%) MCSE
5 2 (13.33%) CISSP
5 2 (13.33%) GIAC
6 1 (6.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) SLA
2 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (53.33%) Hyper-V
3 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
4 2 (13.33%) XenApp
4 2 (13.33%) XenDesktop
5 1 (6.67%) vSphere
5 1 (6.67%) VMware ESX
5 1 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 10 (66.67%) SCCM
2 9 (60.00%) Backup Exec
3 8 (53.33%) SCOM
4 3 (20.00%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (13.33%) WSUS
6 1 (6.67%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 12 (80.00%) Citrix
2 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
3 10 (66.67%) Symantec
3 10 (66.67%) VMware
4 8 (53.33%) McAfee
5 2 (13.33%) Veritas
5 2 (13.33%) Kaspersky
6 1 (6.67%) Acronis
6 1 (6.67%) MobileIron
6 1 (6.67%) Avaya
6 1 (6.67%) Siemens
6 1 (6.67%) Qualys