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 1 June 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
1 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Sophos
Rank 542 529 485
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -44
Contract jobs citing Sophos 59 62 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Vendors category 0.24% 0.26% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 31 38
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£235 £355 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.80% -12.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £195 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £255 £341 £463
% change year-on-year
-25.27% -26.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 3
Average hourly rate £12.75 £12.50 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.98% -39.02%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.75 £11.25 £20.50
% change year-on-year
+13.31% -45.12%

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
24083 23473 21800
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.00% 44.90% 46.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 14039 13308 11597
Average daily rate £400 £388 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1088 1036 1175
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.58 £37.49 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -10.52%

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 1 June 2015.

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
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 1 June 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
England -8 57 £223 -37.32% 38
London +15 20 £210 -47.50% 9
South East -4 18 £235 -39.35% 5
Surrey - 7 £275 - 2
North West -21 6 £184 +33.63% 10
Guildford - 6 £275 - 1
Hampshire +5 5 £150 -50.00%
East of England +5 5 £500 - 1
City of London +6 4 £165 -19.51% 2
Havant - 4 - -
Manchester - 4 £163 - 8
Berkshire +7 3 - - 2
Essex 0 3 - - 1
East Midlands -8 2 £375 - 1
North East - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
West Sussex - 2 £120 -
Worthing - 2 £120 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 - -
Harrow - 2 £110 -
Basildon - 2 - -
Tyne and Wear - 2 - -
Gloucester +11 1 - -
Reading 0 1 - - 1
West Midlands -5 1 £235 +44.61% 7
South West -8 1 - - 5
Gloucestershire -10 1 - - 3
Warrington -16 1 - -
Cheshire -25 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire - 1 - -

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 June 2015, 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.

1 104 (78.79%) Windows
2 63 (47.73%) VMware
3 56 (42.42%) Active Directory
4 53 (40.15%) Microsoft
5 46 (34.85%) Windows Server 2008
5 46 (34.85%) Windows 7
6 41 (31.06%) SCCM
7 38 (28.79%) VMware Infrastructure
7 38 (28.79%) DNS
8 33 (25.00%) Cisco
8 33 (25.00%) Security Cleared
9 32 (24.24%) ITIL
9 32 (24.24%) DHCP
9 32 (24.24%) Firewall
10 31 (23.48%) Citrix
11 29 (21.97%) Windows Server 2012
12 27 (20.45%) MS Exchange
13 26 (19.70%) McAfee
14 25 (18.94%) Windows Server 2003
15 23 (17.42%) Exchange Server 2010
16 21 (15.91%) SQL Server
17 19 (14.39%) Microsoft Certification
17 19 (14.39%) Symantec
18 18 (13.64%) MS Office
18 18 (13.64%) MCSE
18 18 (13.64%) SharePoint
18 18 (13.64%) SC Cleared
18 18 (13.64%) XenApp
18 18 (13.64%) WSUS
19 17 (12.88%) MS Excel

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 June 2015, 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 27 (20.45%) MS Exchange
2 23 (17.42%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (13.64%) SharePoint
4 9 (6.82%) IIS
5 8 (6.06%) Lync
6 6 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (3.79%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (2.27%) Moodle
8 3 (2.27%) Tomcat
8 3 (2.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.52%) WorkSite
9 2 (1.52%) TPMS
10 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2000
10 1 (0.76%) Apache
Applications
1 18 (13.64%) MS Office
2 17 (12.88%) MS Excel
3 4 (3.03%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (2.27%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.52%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 11 (8.33%) Office 365
2 4 (3.03%) Google Drive
2 4 (3.03%) IaaS
3 3 (2.27%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 38 (28.79%) DNS
2 32 (24.24%) DHCP
2 32 (24.24%) Firewall
3 15 (11.36%) VPN
4 14 (10.61%) Network Security
5 12 (9.09%) SAN
5 12 (9.09%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (6.06%) Wireless
7 7 (5.30%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.79%) SSL
8 5 (3.79%) DMZ
8 5 (3.79%) Internet
9 4 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (2.27%) Cisco ISE
10 3 (2.27%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (1.52%) LDAP
12 1 (0.76%) OpenScape
12 1 (0.76%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 1 (0.76%) Reverse Proxy
12 1 (0.76%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (15.91%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.03%) EDRMS
3 3 (2.27%) EDMS
4 2 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (6.06%) Finance
2 3 (2.27%) Law
3 2 (1.52%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.52%) Legal
3 2 (1.52%) Retail
4 1 (0.76%) Banking
4 1 (0.76%) Local Government
4 1 (0.76%) Games
Job Titles
1 27 (20.45%) Support Engineer
2 15 (11.36%) Analyst
3 13 (9.85%) Wintel Engineer
3 13 (9.85%) Desktop Engineer
3 13 (9.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 12 (9.09%) Desktop Support
4 12 (9.09%) Network Engineer
4 12 (9.09%) Security Engineer
5 11 (8.33%) Consultant
5 11 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
6 9 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 9 (6.82%) Network Security Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) Server Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) Rollout Engineer
8 7 (5.30%) Support Analyst
9 6 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (4.55%) Security Analyst
10 5 (3.79%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 5 (3.79%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.03%) Application Packaging
2 3 (2.27%) Regular Expression
2 3 (2.27%) CSS
3 1 (0.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.82%) Management Information System
1 9 (6.82%) Blackberry
1 9 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (6.06%) PKI
3 7 (5.30%) Clustering
4 6 (4.55%) Replication
5 4 (3.03%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (3.03%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.27%) iPhone
6 3 (2.27%) iPad
7 1 (0.76%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.76%) NHS
7 1 (0.76%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 104 (78.79%) Windows
2 46 (34.85%) Windows Server 2008
2 46 (34.85%) Windows 7
3 29 (21.97%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (18.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (9.09%) Windows XP
6 10 (7.58%) Windows 8
7 7 (5.30%) Linux
8 5 (3.79%) Windows Vista
9 4 (3.03%) VMS
9 4 (3.03%) Mac OS
9 4 (3.03%) Windows 2000 Server
9 4 (3.03%) Android
10 2 (1.52%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.76%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (24.24%) ITIL
2 14 (10.61%) Load Balancing
3 11 (8.33%) Kalman Filter
4 10 (7.58%) Security Patching
4 10 (7.58%) Asset Management
5 9 (6.82%) Time Management
5 9 (6.82%) Problem Management
6 8 (6.06%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (6.06%) Migration
7 7 (5.30%) Incident Management
7 7 (5.30%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (4.55%) Change Management
8 6 (4.55%) Information Security
9 4 (3.03%) Project Management
9 4 (3.03%) Service Management
9 4 (3.03%) Data Security
9 4 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (3.03%) Change Control
10 3 (2.27%) Patch Management
10 3 (2.27%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 15 (11.36%) PowerShell
2 11 (8.33%) SQL
3 4 (3.03%) VBScript
4 3 (2.27%) Python
5 2 (1.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 33 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 19 (14.39%) Microsoft Certification
3 18 (13.64%) MCSE
3 18 (13.64%) SC Cleared
4 15 (11.36%) MCP
4 15 (11.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 13 (9.85%) CCNA
5 13 (9.85%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (6.82%) MCDST
7 7 (5.30%) Citrix Certification
8 6 (4.55%) MCSA
8 6 (4.55%) DV Cleared
9 5 (3.79%) MCITP
10 4 (3.03%) CISSP
10 4 (3.03%) CCA
10 4 (3.03%) HND
10 4 (3.03%) MCTS
10 4 (3.03%) ACTC
11 3 (2.27%) CISA
12 2 (1.52%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.06%) SLA
2 3 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 56 (42.42%) Active Directory
2 38 (28.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (13.64%) XenApp
4 14 (10.61%) vSphere
5 10 (7.58%) Hyper-V
6 9 (6.82%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (6.82%) vCloud
7 6 (4.55%) Forefront TMG
7 6 (4.55%) XenDesktop
8 4 (3.03%) VMware ESX
8 4 (3.03%) ProxySG
8 4 (3.03%) UAG
9 3 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.27%) Terminal Server
9 3 (2.27%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.76%) Veritas File System
10 1 (0.76%) NFS
10 1 (0.76%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 41 (31.06%) SCCM
2 18 (13.64%) WSUS
3 15 (11.36%) Backup Exec
3 15 (11.36%) SCOM
4 9 (6.82%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (5.30%) NetBackup
5 7 (5.30%) AirWatch
6 6 (4.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (3.03%) SCVMM
7 4 (3.03%) Casper Suite
8 3 (2.27%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (2.27%) Legato
9 2 (1.52%) Nagios
9 2 (1.52%) HP Data Protector
9 2 (1.52%) Opsview
10 1 (0.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.76%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 63 (47.73%) VMware
2 53 (40.15%) Microsoft
3 33 (25.00%) Cisco
4 31 (23.48%) Citrix
5 26 (19.70%) McAfee
6 19 (14.39%) Symantec
7 16 (12.12%) HP
7 16 (12.12%) F5
8 13 (9.85%) CheckPoint
9 10 (7.58%) Dell
10 9 (6.82%) Panasonic
11 8 (6.06%) Blue Coat
12 7 (5.30%) Google
12 7 (5.30%) Adobe
12 7 (5.30%) Remedy
13 6 (4.55%) Meraki
13 6 (4.55%) MobileIron
13 6 (4.55%) Websense
13 6 (4.55%) NetApp
13 6 (4.55%) Veritas
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