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 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Sophos
Rank 137 130 132
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +2
Contract jobs citing Sophos 3 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.092% 0.071% 0.16%
As % of the Vendors category 0.20% 0.16% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Average daily rate
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- - £219
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £184 £313
% change year-on-year
+90.47% -41.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £8.50 £26.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-67.30% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-58.00% +25.00%
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
1488 1216 1475
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 45.87% 43.23% 47.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 824 554 686
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 110 107
Average hourly rate £17.75 £22.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.97% +30.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.75 £31.56 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.11 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-0.62% -4.67%

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
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 24 October 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -2 2 - -
Cheshire - 1 - -
Sophos
England

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 15 (71.43%) Citrix
1 15 (71.43%) VMware
2 12 (57.14%) McAfee
2 12 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 9 (42.86%) Windows
3 9 (42.86%) Symantec
3 9 (42.86%) Active Directory
4 7 (33.33%) Incident Management
5 6 (28.57%) Penetration Testing
5 6 (28.57%) Information Security
5 6 (28.57%) TCP/IP
5 6 (28.57%) CISSP
5 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (28.57%) Linux
5 6 (28.57%) ITIL
5 6 (28.57%) Windows XP
5 6 (28.57%) Security Testing
5 6 (28.57%) SonicWALL
5 6 (28.57%) Draytek
5 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (28.57%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (28.57%) Windows 7
5 6 (28.57%) Open Source
6 5 (23.81%) Becrypt
6 5 (23.81%) Veeam
6 5 (23.81%) Adobe
6 5 (23.81%) Crystal Reports
6 5 (23.81%) SAP
6 5 (23.81%) CA

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 3 (14.29%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 2 (9.52%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 6 (28.57%) TCP/IP
2 4 (19.05%) SAN
3 3 (14.29%) Firewall
3 3 (14.29%) LAN
3 3 (14.29%) WAN
4 2 (9.52%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (23.81%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Metasploit
General
1 4 (19.05%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Consultant
2 5 (23.81%) Support Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) 3rd Line Support
4 3 (14.29%) Security Consultant
4 3 (14.29%) Support Consultant
4 3 (14.29%) 1st Line Support
4 3 (14.29%) Security Specialist
4 3 (14.29%) Information Security Consultant
5 2 (9.52%) IT Security Specialist
5 2 (9.52%) 1st Line Support Technician
5 2 (9.52%) Help Desk Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Support Technician
5 2 (9.52%) Help Desk Support
5 2 (9.52%) Help Desk Support Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Technical Specialist
6 1 (4.76%) Technical Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Administrator
6 1 (4.76%) Technical Support Analyst
6 1 (4.76%) Technical Support
Miscellaneous
1 6 (28.57%) Open Source
2 2 (9.52%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 9 (42.86%) Windows
2 6 (28.57%) Linux
2 6 (28.57%) Windows XP
2 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
2 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (28.57%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 6 (28.57%) Security Testing
2 6 (28.57%) ITIL
2 6 (28.57%) Information Security
2 6 (28.57%) Penetration Testing
3 2 (9.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 2 (9.52%) Identity Management
3 2 (9.52%) Risk Management
3 2 (9.52%) Validation
3 2 (9.52%) SIEM
4 1 (4.76%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (28.57%) CISSP
1 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (19.05%) MCP
2 4 (19.05%) MCSE
2 4 (19.05%) MCSA
2 4 (19.05%) MCTS
2 4 (19.05%) MCITP
3 2 (9.52%) CEH
4 1 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.76%) CCNA
4 1 (4.76%) CCA
4 1 (4.76%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) QA
System Software
1 9 (42.86%) Active Directory
2 6 (28.57%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (19.05%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (19.05%) SCCM
1 4 (19.05%) SCOM
2 3 (14.29%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (4.76%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 15 (71.43%) Citrix
1 15 (71.43%) VMware
2 12 (57.14%) McAfee
2 12 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 9 (42.86%) Symantec
4 6 (28.57%) SonicWALL
4 6 (28.57%) Draytek
5 5 (23.81%) Veeam
5 5 (23.81%) Becrypt
5 5 (23.81%) SAP
5 5 (23.81%) Adobe
5 5 (23.81%) CA
5 5 (23.81%) Red Hat
6 3 (14.29%) CheckPoint
6 3 (14.29%) IronPort
6 3 (14.29%) Sourcefire