The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Sophos
Rank 506 526 541
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +15
Contract jobs citing Sophos 107 48 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.091% 0.092%
As % of the Vendors category 0.41% 0.19% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 23 30
Average daily rate
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£325 £180 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+80.55% -49.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £138 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £297 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £175 £325
% change year-on-year
+85.71% -46.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 2
Average hourly rate £14.50 £24.50 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.81% +24.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.60 £10.80 £19.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £65.20 £19.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £25.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-58.41% +26.25%

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

Vendors Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
25793 24704 26940
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 46.35% 46.90% 46.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 14444 13694 13692
Average daily rate £385 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.66%
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 1093 1105 1354
Average hourly rate £18.50 £19.48 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.03% -0.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.30 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-6.73% +1.57%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +44 99 £319 +82.14% 15
London +25 31 £345 +68.29% 5
South East +8 26 £310 +90.76% 7
Hampshire - 20 £313 -
North West +8 13 £175 - 1
South West -21 12 £426 -
East of England -20 11 - - 1
Manchester -1 10 £175 -
Swindon - 8 £413 -
Wiltshire - 8 £413 -
Hertfordshire -9 7 - -
City of London +25 5 £295 +43.90% 1
Yorkshire +8 5 £263 - 1
West Yorkshire +6 4 - - 1
Wakefield - 4 - - 1
Essex -5 3 - -
Farnborough - 3 - -
Cheshire - 3 - - 1
West Midlands -5 2 £190 -
Berkshire +9 1 £325 - 1
Reigate +5 1 £95 - 1
East Midlands +1 1 - -
Surrey -5 1 £95 - 1
Buckinghamshire -6 1 £230 +41.53% 3
Milton Keynes -9 1 £230 +48.38% 2
Bristol -17 1 £325 -
Birmingham - 1 £190 -
Kent - 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 £263 -

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 120 (71.01%) Windows
2 94 (55.62%) Active Directory
3 86 (50.89%) Microsoft
4 81 (47.93%) VMware
5 69 (40.83%) McAfee
6 59 (34.91%) Citrix
7 58 (34.32%) SCCM
8 55 (32.54%) Security Cleared
9 50 (29.59%) MS Exchange
9 50 (29.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 50 (29.59%) Windows 7
10 47 (27.81%) VMware Infrastructure
11 43 (25.44%) Symantec
12 39 (23.08%) PowerShell
13 32 (18.93%) ITIL
14 30 (17.75%) MS Office
14 30 (17.75%) Windows Server 2003
14 30 (17.75%) DV Cleared
15 29 (17.16%) Exchange Server 2010
15 29 (17.16%) TCP/IP
15 29 (17.16%) DNS
16 27 (15.98%) HP
16 27 (15.98%) McAfee ePO
17 26 (15.38%) MS Excel
17 26 (15.38%) Firewall
17 26 (15.38%) SC Cleared
18 25 (14.79%) Norton AntiVirus
18 25 (14.79%) vSphere
19 24 (14.20%) F5
20 23 (13.61%) Windows XP

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 50 (29.59%) MS Exchange
2 29 (17.16%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (9.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 15 (8.88%) Exchange Server 2003
5 11 (6.51%) IIS
6 9 (5.33%) SharePoint
7 8 (4.73%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (4.14%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (3.55%) IBM Notes
10 4 (2.37%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (1.78%) Lync
11 3 (1.78%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (1.18%) Tomcat
12 2 (1.18%) WebSphere
12 2 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2000
13 1 (0.59%) Moodle
Applications
1 30 (17.75%) MS Office
2 26 (15.38%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.78%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.59%) MS Project
4 1 (0.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.78%) assyst
1 3 (1.78%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.37%) Office 365
2 1 (0.59%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 29 (17.16%) TCP/IP
1 29 (17.16%) DNS
2 26 (15.38%) Firewall
3 21 (12.43%) DHCP
4 19 (11.24%) VPN
5 17 (10.06%) WAN
5 17 (10.06%) LAN
6 14 (8.28%) SAN
7 6 (3.55%) VoIP
8 5 (2.96%) Internet
8 5 (2.96%) Network Security
9 4 (2.37%) VLAN
9 4 (2.37%) Wireless
10 3 (1.78%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.18%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (1.18%) Intrusion Detection
11 2 (1.18%) BIG-IP
11 2 (1.18%) iSCSI
11 2 (1.18%) Fibre Channel
12 1 (0.59%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.33%) Crystal Reports
2 7 (4.14%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.37%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.78%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (1.18%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (5.92%) ClearCase
2 3 (1.78%) Metasploit
3 2 (1.18%) MSI
General
1 22 (13.02%) Finance
2 5 (2.96%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.78%) Legal
4 2 (1.18%) Banking
4 2 (1.18%) Front Office
4 2 (1.18%) Law
5 1 (0.59%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (15.38%) Support Engineer
2 21 (12.43%) Analyst
3 19 (11.24%) Wintel Engineer
4 16 (9.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 14 (8.28%) Consultant
6 13 (7.69%) Support Analyst
7 12 (7.10%) Desktop Engineer
8 11 (6.51%) Security Engineer
8 11 (6.51%) Administrator
9 10 (5.92%) Systems Administrator
9 10 (5.92%) Architect
9 10 (5.92%) Desktop Support
10 9 (5.33%) Security Specialist
11 8 (4.73%) Technical Support
11 8 (4.73%) 2nd Line Support
11 8 (4.73%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 7 (4.14%) 3rd Line Support
12 7 (4.14%) Systems Engineer
13 6 (3.55%) 1st Line Support
13 6 (3.55%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.78%) Middleware
2 2 (1.18%) LAMP
3 1 (0.59%) XML
3 1 (0.59%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.43%) Blackberry
2 18 (10.65%) Clustering
3 6 (3.55%) Open Source
3 6 (3.55%) iPad
4 5 (2.96%) iPhone
5 4 (2.37%) PKI
6 2 (1.18%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.18%) Replication
6 2 (1.18%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.59%) CESG
7 1 (0.59%) Statistics
7 1 (0.59%) CMDB
7 1 (0.59%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.59%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 120 (71.01%) Windows
2 50 (29.59%) Windows Server 2008
2 50 (29.59%) Windows 7
3 30 (17.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 23 (13.61%) Windows XP
5 13 (7.69%) UNIX
6 11 (6.51%) Linux
7 10 (5.92%) Solaris
7 10 (5.92%) Windows Vista
8 9 (5.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (3.55%) Mac OS X
10 5 (2.96%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.78%) Android
11 3 (1.78%) Windows 2000 Server
11 3 (1.78%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.78%) Windows Phone
12 2 (1.18%) AIX
12 2 (1.18%) CentOS
12 2 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (18.93%) ITIL
2 14 (8.28%) Kalman Filter
3 11 (6.51%) Service Delivery
3 11 (6.51%) Asset Management
4 10 (5.92%) Configuration Management
4 10 (5.92%) Incident Management
4 10 (5.92%) Unit Testing
5 9 (5.33%) Security Management
6 8 (4.73%) Information Security
7 7 (4.14%) Change Management
7 7 (4.14%) Network Load Balancing
7 7 (4.14%) Change Control
7 7 (4.14%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (3.55%) Security Testing
8 6 (3.55%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (3.55%) Validation
9 5 (2.96%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (2.96%) Time Management
9 5 (2.96%) ITIL V3
10 4 (2.37%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 39 (23.08%) PowerShell
2 14 (8.28%) SQL
2 14 (8.28%) VBScript
3 3 (1.78%) C
4 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 55 (32.54%) Security Cleared
2 30 (17.75%) DV Cleared
3 26 (15.38%) SC Cleared
4 20 (11.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (7.69%) MCP
6 11 (6.51%) MCSE
7 8 (4.73%) MCSA
8 7 (4.14%) MCITP
9 6 (3.55%) CISSP
9 6 (3.55%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (3.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (2.96%) MCDST
10 5 (2.96%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (2.37%) MCTS
11 4 (2.37%) MOS
12 3 (1.78%) CCNA
12 3 (1.78%) Degree
13 2 (1.18%) CTC Cleared
13 2 (1.18%) NCDA
13 2 (1.18%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.73%) SLA
2 3 (1.78%) QA
3 2 (1.18%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 94 (55.62%) Active Directory
2 47 (27.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (14.79%) vSphere
4 19 (11.24%) vCloud
5 17 (10.06%) VMware ESX
6 16 (9.47%) XenApp
7 12 (7.10%) Hyper-V
8 11 (6.51%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (3.55%) UAG
9 6 (3.55%) XenDesktop
10 4 (2.37%) Forefront TMG
11 3 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (1.78%) Terminal Server
12 2 (1.18%) Terminal Services
12 2 (1.18%) MetaFrame
12 2 (1.18%) NFS
13 1 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.59%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 58 (34.32%) SCCM
2 27 (15.98%) McAfee ePO
3 25 (14.79%) Norton AntiVirus
4 18 (10.65%) SCOM
5 11 (6.51%) HP SIM
5 11 (6.51%) Backup Exec
6 8 (4.73%) MIMEsweeper
7 7 (4.14%) MOM
7 7 (4.14%) SAP Afaria
8 6 (3.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 6 (3.55%) WSUS
8 6 (3.55%) NetBackup
9 3 (1.78%) CORE IMPACT
9 3 (1.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 2 (1.18%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 2 (1.18%) SCDPM
10 2 (1.18%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.18%) ARCserve
10 2 (1.18%) MAILsweeper
11 1 (0.59%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 86 (50.89%) Microsoft
2 81 (47.93%) VMware
3 69 (40.83%) McAfee
4 59 (34.91%) Citrix
5 43 (25.44%) Symantec
6 27 (15.98%) HP
7 24 (14.20%) F5
8 23 (13.61%) Cisco
9 19 (11.24%) Altiris
10 18 (10.65%) Lumension
11 16 (9.47%) Remedy
12 12 (7.10%) Websense
12 12 (7.10%) SAP
13 11 (6.51%) Red Hat
14 10 (5.92%) CA
14 10 (5.92%) Becrypt
14 10 (5.92%) Qualys
14 10 (5.92%) Veeam
15 9 (5.33%) Adobe
16 8 (4.73%) CheckPoint
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