The first table below looks at the demand for knowledge and experience of Sophos products and/or services in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Sophos over the 3 months to 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors currently tracked.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Sophos
Rank 491 526 529
Rank change year-on-year
+35 +3
Contract jobs citing Sophos 99 44 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.086% 0.095%
As % of the Vendors category 0.40% 0.18% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 20 31
Average daily rate
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£335 £361 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.26% +3.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £180 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £455 £350
% change year-on-year
-26.37% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 2
Average hourly rate £19.00 £23.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.14% +20.51%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.25 £23.50 -
% change year-on-year
-52.12% -
Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
24962 24020 26977
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.63% 47.12% 46.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 13870 13017 13658
Average daily rate £380 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.93% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1086 1196 1388
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £40.87 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-10.25% +1.50%

Sophos
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Sophos Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Sophos
Daily Rate Trend

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

Sophos Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Sophos
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Sophos within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 2014.

Sophos Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Sophos
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Sophos Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Sophos
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Sophos within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 2014.

Sophos Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Sophos
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sophos within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 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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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
England +40 89 £313 -10.71% 16
London +16 23 £345 -1.42% 8
South East +4 21 £313 -25.59% 3
Hampshire +6 19 £313 -25.59%
North West +11 18 £175 - 1
South West -14 15 £355 -15.47% 1
Warrington - 10 £138 -
Cheshire - 10 £138 - 1
East of England -14 9 - -
Manchester +5 8 £175 -
Hertfordshire 0 5 - -
Essex 0 3 - -
Bristol -19 3 £225 -57.14%
City of London +24 2 £140 -60.70% 2
East Midlands +3 1 - - 1
Berkshire +2 1 £388 -
Yorkshire +1 1 £263 -47.50%
East Sussex - 1 £123 -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £388 -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - - - - 1
Scotland - - - - 3
Reigate - - - - 2
Runcorn - - - - 1
Slough - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Leatherhead - - - -
Leeds - - - -

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 116 (72.96%) Windows
2 88 (55.35%) VMware
3 87 (54.72%) Active Directory
4 77 (48.43%) Microsoft
5 74 (46.54%) McAfee
6 69 (43.40%) Citrix
7 56 (35.22%) VMware Infrastructure
8 55 (34.59%) Security Cleared
9 52 (32.70%) Windows Server 2008
10 51 (32.08%) SCCM
11 48 (30.19%) MS Exchange
12 45 (28.30%) ITIL
13 43 (27.04%) PowerShell
14 40 (25.16%) Windows 7
15 39 (24.53%) Symantec
16 34 (21.38%) DV Cleared
16 34 (21.38%) McAfee ePO
17 32 (20.13%) Microsoft Certification
18 31 (19.50%) SC Cleared
19 29 (18.24%) Windows Server 2003
20 28 (17.61%) TCP/IP
21 27 (16.98%) DNS
21 27 (16.98%) Lumension
22 26 (16.35%) Cisco
23 25 (15.72%) MCP
24 24 (15.09%) MS Office
24 24 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2010
25 23 (14.47%) LAN
25 23 (14.47%) MCSE
26 22 (13.84%) HP

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 48 (30.19%) MS Exchange
2 24 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (9.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 13 (8.18%) Exchange Server 2003
5 12 (7.55%) SharePoint
6 9 (5.66%) IIS
7 8 (5.03%) Lync
8 5 (3.14%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (3.14%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (2.52%) IBM Notes
9 4 (2.52%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (1.26%) Tomcat
10 2 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2000
10 2 (1.26%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.63%) Drupal
Applications
1 24 (15.09%) MS Office
2 21 (13.21%) MS Excel
3 5 (3.14%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.63%) MS Project
4 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.89%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (1.89%) assyst
2 2 (1.26%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.40%) Cloud Computing
2 5 (3.14%) Office 365
3 1 (0.63%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 28 (17.61%) TCP/IP
2 27 (16.98%) DNS
3 23 (14.47%) LAN
4 22 (13.84%) Firewall
5 18 (11.32%) WAN
5 18 (11.32%) VPN
5 18 (11.32%) DHCP
6 13 (8.18%) SAN
7 7 (4.40%) VoIP
8 6 (3.77%) Wireless
8 6 (3.77%) Network Security
8 6 (3.77%) Cisco IOS
9 5 (3.14%) Internet
10 4 (2.52%) VLAN
11 2 (1.26%) Intrusion Detection
11 2 (1.26%) BIG-IP
11 2 (1.26%) iSCSI
11 2 (1.26%) Cisco ASA
11 2 (1.26%) Fibre Channel
12 1 (0.63%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.66%) Crystal Reports
2 6 (3.77%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.52%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.26%) MySQL
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 9 (5.66%) ClearCase
2 3 (1.89%) Metasploit
3 2 (1.26%) MSI
General
1 18 (11.32%) Finance
2 4 (2.52%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.26%) Banking
3 2 (1.26%) Legal
4 1 (0.63%) Law
4 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.63%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 22 (13.84%) Support Engineer
2 21 (13.21%) Analyst
3 15 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 15 (9.43%) Support Analyst
4 14 (8.81%) Consultant
4 14 (8.81%) Administrator
5 13 (8.18%) Wintel Engineer
5 13 (8.18%) Systems Administrator
6 12 (7.55%) Security Engineer
7 11 (6.92%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (6.29%) Architect
9 9 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 9 (5.66%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (5.03%) Technical Support
10 8 (5.03%) Windows Systems Administrator
10 8 (5.03%) Windows Administrator
10 8 (5.03%) Security Specialist
11 7 (4.40%) Systems Engineer
12 5 (3.14%) Wintel Support Engineer
12 5 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.26%) LAMP
2 1 (0.63%) XML
2 1 (0.63%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 16 (10.06%) Blackberry
1 16 (10.06%) Clustering
2 6 (3.77%) iPad
3 5 (3.14%) iPhone
4 4 (2.52%) Client/Server
4 4 (2.52%) Open Source
5 3 (1.89%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.26%) PKI
6 2 (1.26%) CESG
6 2 (1.26%) Replication
7 1 (0.63%) FMCG
7 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.63%) CMDB
7 1 (0.63%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 116 (72.96%) Windows
2 52 (32.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 40 (25.16%) Windows 7
4 29 (18.24%) Windows Server 2003
5 19 (11.95%) Linux
6 18 (11.32%) UNIX
7 17 (10.69%) Windows XP
8 11 (6.92%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (5.66%) Windows Vista
9 9 (5.66%) Solaris
10 6 (3.77%) Mac OS X
11 5 (3.14%) Android
12 3 (1.89%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (1.26%) AIX
13 2 (1.26%) CentOS
13 2 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.26%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.63%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.63%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (28.30%) ITIL
2 18 (11.32%) Service Delivery
3 15 (9.43%) Change Management
4 14 (8.81%) ITIL V3
5 11 (6.92%) Service Management
6 10 (6.29%) Information Security
6 10 (6.29%) Incident Management
7 9 (5.66%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (5.66%) Unit Testing
7 9 (5.66%) Configuration Management
8 8 (5.03%) Security Management
8 8 (5.03%) CRM
8 8 (5.03%) Asset Management
8 8 (5.03%) Change Control
9 7 (4.40%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (4.40%) Network Load Balancing
10 6 (3.77%) Validation
11 4 (2.52%) Disaster Recovery
11 4 (2.52%) Penetration Testing
11 4 (2.52%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 43 (27.04%) PowerShell
2 19 (11.95%) SQL
3 14 (8.81%) VBScript
4 2 (1.26%) C
5 1 (0.63%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 55 (34.59%) Security Cleared
2 34 (21.38%) DV Cleared
3 32 (20.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (19.50%) SC Cleared
5 25 (15.72%) MCP
6 23 (14.47%) MCSE
7 8 (5.03%) MCSA
8 7 (4.40%) MCITP
8 7 (4.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.40%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (3.77%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (3.14%) CCNA
10 5 (3.14%) CISSP
11 4 (2.52%) MOS
11 4 (2.52%) MCTS
12 3 (1.89%) CCSE
12 3 (1.89%) CEH
12 3 (1.89%) Degree
12 3 (1.89%) MCDST
12 3 (1.89%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.77%) SLA
2 2 (1.26%) QA
2 2 (1.26%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 87 (54.72%) Active Directory
2 56 (35.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (12.58%) vSphere
4 17 (10.69%) Hyper-V
5 16 (10.06%) XenApp
6 14 (8.81%) VMware ESX
7 12 (7.55%) vCloud
8 10 (6.29%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (3.77%) XenDesktop
10 4 (2.52%) Forefront TMG
10 4 (2.52%) UAG
11 2 (1.26%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.26%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.26%) MetaFrame
11 2 (1.26%) NFS
11 2 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.63%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 51 (32.08%) SCCM
2 34 (21.38%) McAfee ePO
3 22 (13.84%) Norton AntiVirus
4 19 (11.95%) SCOM
5 16 (10.06%) Backup Exec
6 11 (6.92%) HP SIM
7 9 (5.66%) WSUS
8 8 (5.03%) MIMEsweeper
8 8 (5.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 7 (4.40%) SAP Afaria
9 7 (4.40%) MOM
10 3 (1.89%) CORE IMPACT
10 3 (1.89%) NetBackup
11 2 (1.26%) ARCserve
11 2 (1.26%) MAILsweeper
11 2 (1.26%) EMC NetWorker
11 2 (1.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (1.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 1 (0.63%) FortiGate
12 1 (0.63%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 88 (55.35%) VMware
2 77 (48.43%) Microsoft
3 74 (46.54%) McAfee
4 69 (43.40%) Citrix
5 39 (24.53%) Symantec
6 27 (16.98%) Lumension
7 26 (16.35%) Cisco
8 22 (13.84%) HP
9 18 (11.32%) F5
10 17 (10.69%) Remedy
11 16 (10.06%) Altiris
12 12 (7.55%) Websense
12 12 (7.55%) Veeam
13 11 (6.92%) Red Hat
14 10 (6.29%) CA
14 10 (6.29%) Qualys
14 10 (6.29%) Becrypt
15 9 (5.66%) Adobe
15 9 (5.66%) SAP
15 9 (5.66%) CheckPoint
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