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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Sophos
Rank 584 540 542
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +2
Contract jobs citing Sophos 42 72 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.14% 0.093%
As % of the Vendors category 0.19% 0.30% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 48 19
Average daily rate £300 £350 £273
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +28.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £190 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £376 £480 £376
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £350 £225
% change year-on-year
-14.28% +55.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 5
Average hourly rate £14.50 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.44% +20.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £18.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year
-19.44% +26.31%

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
22062 23715 22622
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 42.89% 45.79% 45.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 13130 13749 12420
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 866 1006 988
Average hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £17.32
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.71% +1.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.02 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+22.85% +6.06%

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
England -28 41 £300 -14.28% 32
South East +13 9 £300 -11.11% 11
South West +9 9 £348 -22.77% 1
London -8 9 £365 +3.54% 5
West Midlands -9 7 £175 -44.88% 7
Wiltshire - 7 £350 -
Swindon - 6 £350 -
Oxfordshire - 5 £300 - 9
Oxford - 5 £300 -
Birmingham - 5 £175 - 2
East of England -11 4 £350 +7.69% 2
North West - 3 £325 - 1
City of London +35 2 - - 1
Surrey -7 2 £225 +7.14% 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £350 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £133 -
Cambridgeshire +9 1 - - 1
Hampshire +1 1 £200 -38.46% 1
Norwich -14 1 - -
Norfolk -16 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Berkshire - 1 £200 -
Coventry - 1 - - 4
Solihull - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £200 -
Cambridge - 1 - - 1
Cheltenham - 1 £140 -
Gloucester - 1 £125 -
Havant - 1 £200 -
Guildford - 1 £225 -

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 71 (88.75%) Windows
2 60 (75.00%) Active Directory
3 46 (57.50%) Microsoft
4 41 (51.25%) Windows Server
5 31 (38.75%) Citrix
6 29 (36.25%) Microsoft Certification
7 28 (35.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (33.75%) VMware
9 26 (32.50%) ITIL
10 25 (31.25%) Windows 7
11 24 (30.00%) Security Cleared
11 24 (30.00%) DNS
11 24 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 22 (27.50%) DHCP
13 21 (26.25%) MS Exchange
13 21 (26.25%) Cisco
14 20 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
15 19 (23.75%) HP
15 19 (23.75%) NetApp
16 18 (22.50%) Windows XP
16 18 (22.50%) MS Office
16 18 (22.50%) SCCM
16 18 (22.50%) Migration
17 16 (20.00%) Linux
17 16 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
18 15 (18.75%) vSphere
18 15 (18.75%) SAN
19 14 (17.50%) Firewall
20 13 (16.25%) Windows Server 2003
20 13 (16.25%) XenApp

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 21 (26.25%) MS Exchange
2 16 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
4 9 (11.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (7.50%) IIS
5 6 (7.50%) SharePoint
6 5 (6.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (6.25%) IBM Notes
7 4 (5.00%) Apache
7 4 (5.00%) ArcGIS
7 4 (5.00%) Skype for Business
7 4 (5.00%) WebSphere
7 4 (5.00%) WebSphere Portal
8 3 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (2.50%) IBM Domino
9 2 (2.50%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 18 (22.50%) MS Office
2 5 (6.25%) MS Excel
3 4 (5.00%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (2.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.25%) Office 365
2 3 (3.75%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.25%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 24 (30.00%) DNS
2 22 (27.50%) DHCP
3 15 (18.75%) SAN
4 14 (17.50%) Firewall
5 11 (13.75%) Remote Desktop
6 10 (12.50%) TCP/IP
7 7 (8.75%) LAN
8 6 (7.50%) VPN
9 5 (6.25%) WAN
10 4 (5.00%) NetScaler
10 4 (5.00%) VoIP
11 3 (3.75%) Internet
11 3 (3.75%) Network Security
12 2 (2.50%) LDAP
12 2 (2.50%) NAS
12 2 (2.50%) VLAN
12 2 (2.50%) Wireless
13 1 (1.25%) Cisco IOS
13 1 (1.25%) Cisco IPT
13 1 (1.25%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (13.75%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.00%) GIS
2 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database 10g
2 4 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
2 4 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (1.25%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 4 (5.00%) ClearCase
1 4 (5.00%) Eclipse
General
1 4 (5.00%) Banking
1 4 (5.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.75%) Finance
2 3 (3.75%) Games
2 3 (3.75%) Publishing
3 2 (2.50%) Advertising
3 2 (2.50%) Law
3 2 (2.50%) Military
4 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (21.25%) Analyst
2 13 (16.25%) 2nd Line Support
2 13 (16.25%) Support Engineer
3 11 (13.75%) Desktop Support
3 11 (13.75%) IT Support
4 10 (12.50%) Support Analyst
5 8 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
6 7 (8.75%) IT Engineer
7 6 (7.50%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
7 6 (7.50%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 6 (7.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 6 (7.50%) Senior IT Support
8 5 (6.25%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 5 (6.25%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
8 5 (6.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 5 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
9 4 (5.00%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
9 4 (5.00%) Development Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.25%) Web Services
2 4 (5.00%) Dojo
2 4 (5.00%) GWT
2 4 (5.00%) J2EE
2 4 (5.00%) JSF
2 4 (5.00%) XML
3 1 (1.25%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 8 (10.00%) Blackberry
3 7 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.00%) Fat Client
4 4 (5.00%) Thin Client
5 3 (3.75%) HP Storage
6 2 (2.50%) CESG
6 2 (2.50%) Mathematics
6 2 (2.50%) Replication
7 1 (1.25%) Clustering
7 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.25%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.25%) Informatics
7 1 (1.25%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.25%) NHS
7 1 (1.25%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 71 (88.75%) Windows
2 41 (51.25%) Windows Server
3 28 (35.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 25 (31.25%) Windows 7
5 24 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (22.50%) Windows XP
7 16 (20.00%) Linux
8 13 (16.25%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (6.25%) Windows 2000 Server
10 4 (5.00%) Unix
11 2 (2.50%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (2.50%) Windows 8
12 1 (1.25%) Android
12 1 (1.25%) Apple iOS
12 1 (1.25%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (1.25%) Mac OS X
12 1 (1.25%) Windows 2000
12 1 (1.25%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (32.50%) ITIL
2 18 (22.50%) Migration
3 9 (11.25%) Root Cause Analysis
4 6 (7.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 6 (7.50%) Mentoring
5 5 (6.25%) Process Management
6 4 (5.00%) Configuration Management
6 4 (5.00%) Data Migration
6 4 (5.00%) Image Processing
6 4 (5.00%) Infrastructure Management
6 4 (5.00%) ITIL V3
6 4 (5.00%) Requirements Analysis
6 4 (5.00%) Test Scripting
6 4 (5.00%) Web Application Development
7 3 (3.75%) Asset Management
7 3 (3.75%) Change Management
7 3 (3.75%) Information Security
7 3 (3.75%) ITSM
7 3 (3.75%) Load Balancing
7 3 (3.75%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.00%) SQL
2 11 (13.75%) PowerShell
3 6 (7.50%) C
4 4 (5.00%) Java
4 4 (5.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.00%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.50%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.50%) Perl
5 2 (2.50%) Python
5 2 (2.50%) VBScript
6 1 (1.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 29 (36.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (30.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (15.00%) MCSE
3 12 (15.00%) SC Cleared
4 10 (12.50%) MCSA
5 8 (10.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (7.50%) DV Cleared
7 5 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (5.00%) CCNA
8 4 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (5.00%) ISTQB
8 4 (5.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (5.00%) MCITP
8 4 (5.00%) MCP
9 3 (3.75%) NCIE
10 2 (2.50%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (2.50%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (1.25%) Degree
11 1 (1.25%) MCDST
11 1 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.75%) SLA
2 4 (5.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (3.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.50%) JSP 440
System Software
1 60 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 20 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (18.75%) vSphere
4 13 (16.25%) XenApp
5 10 (12.50%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (11.25%) Hyper-V
7 7 (8.75%) VMware ESX
8 5 (6.25%) XenDesktop
9 2 (2.50%) NFS
9 2 (2.50%) Samba
9 2 (2.50%) XenServer
10 1 (1.25%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.25%) ISA Server
10 1 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (1.25%) UAG
Systems Management
1 18 (22.50%) SCCM
2 8 (10.00%) Backup Exec
3 7 (8.75%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (7.50%) WSUS
5 3 (3.75%) AirWatch
5 3 (3.75%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.50%) MIMEsweeper
6 2 (2.50%) OpenView
6 2 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (2.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.25%) BladeLogic
7 1 (1.25%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (1.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (1.25%) SCOM
7 1 (1.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (1.25%) vMotion
7 1 (1.25%) WhatsUp Gold
7 1 (1.25%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 46 (57.50%) Microsoft
2 31 (38.75%) Citrix
3 27 (33.75%) VMware
4 21 (26.25%) Cisco
5 19 (23.75%) HP
5 19 (23.75%) NetApp
6 12 (15.00%) Dell
7 8 (10.00%) Oracle
7 8 (10.00%) Symantec
8 5 (6.25%) Lotus
8 5 (6.25%) Lumension
8 5 (6.25%) Veeam
9 4 (5.00%) ESRI
9 4 (5.00%) Fujitsu
9 4 (5.00%) Google
10 3 (3.75%) CheckPoint
10 3 (3.75%) IBM
10 3 (3.75%) Intel Security
10 3 (3.75%) LANDesk
10 3 (3.75%) Remedy
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