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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Sophos
Rank 517 518 549
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +31
Contract jobs citing Sophos 97 60 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.11% 0.092%
As % of the Vendors category 0.37% 0.24% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 30 27
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£375 £194 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+93.54% -44.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £149 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £349 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £178 £325
% change year-on-year
+88.73% -45.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 14 2
Average hourly rate £10.50 £25.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-58.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.65 £15.15 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.85 £32.05 £29.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.50 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-58.82% +2.00%

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
26444 24565 27318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 45.76% 46.60% 46.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 14953 13794 13926
Average daily rate £390 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £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 1180 1089 1385
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.34 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +21 92 £375 +111.26% 25
London +33 38 £390 +90.24% 7
South East -7 15 £325 +88.40% 9
South West -20 11 £426 +112.75% 1
East of England -20 11 £375 +127.27% 3
City of London +25 9 £400 +95.12%
North West +5 9 £175 -
Hampshire -6 9 £450 +30.90% 1
Wiltshire -3 8 £413 -
Swindon - 8 £413 -
Yorkshire +8 7 £263 - 2
Manchester -7 7 £175 -
West Yorkshire -2 6 - -
Hertfordshire -19 6 - - 1
Wakefield - 6 - -
Essex -8 5 £375 - 1
Farnborough - 5 - -
West Midlands -11 4 - - 2
Surrey -2 2 £95 - 1
Warrington - 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 - -
Berkshire +11 1 £325 - 4
Reigate +4 1 £95 - 1
Milton Keynes -6 1 £230 +48.38% 3
Warwickshire -7 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -13 1 £230 +41.53% 3
East Midlands - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 - -
Kent - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 £263 -

Sophos
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 129 (73.71%) Windows
2 99 (56.57%) Active Directory
3 92 (52.57%) Microsoft
4 85 (48.57%) VMware
5 72 (41.14%) McAfee
6 60 (34.29%) MS Exchange
7 59 (33.71%) Security Cleared
8 58 (33.14%) Citrix
9 57 (32.57%) SCCM
10 56 (32.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 54 (30.86%) Windows 7
12 49 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 49 (28.00%) Symantec
13 39 (22.29%) Exchange Server 2010
14 38 (21.71%) PowerShell
15 37 (21.14%) ITIL
15 37 (21.14%) MS Office
16 35 (20.00%) Firewall
17 34 (19.43%) HP
18 32 (18.29%) Norton AntiVirus
19 31 (17.71%) DV Cleared
20 30 (17.14%) Windows Server 2003
20 30 (17.14%) TCP/IP
21 29 (16.57%) DNS
21 29 (16.57%) Cisco
21 29 (16.57%) MS Excel
21 29 (16.57%) SC Cleared
22 28 (16.00%) vSphere
23 25 (14.29%) McAfee ePO
24 23 (13.14%) Blackberry

Sophos
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 60 (34.29%) MS Exchange
2 39 (22.29%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (13.14%) Exchange Server 2003
4 16 (9.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 13 (7.43%) IIS
6 12 (6.86%) SharePoint
7 10 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (2.29%) Lync
9 4 (2.29%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.71%) WebSphere
10 3 (1.71%) IBM Notes
10 3 (1.71%) Tomcat
10 3 (1.71%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.57%) Moodle
Applications
1 37 (21.14%) MS Office
2 29 (16.57%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.86%) MS Project
3 5 (2.86%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.14%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.57%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.57%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (1.71%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.14%) assyst
3 1 (0.57%) Summit
3 1 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.86%) Office 365
2 1 (0.57%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 35 (20.00%) Firewall
2 30 (17.14%) TCP/IP
3 29 (16.57%) DNS
4 21 (12.00%) VPN
4 21 (12.00%) DHCP
4 21 (12.00%) SAN
5 18 (10.29%) LAN
5 18 (10.29%) WAN
6 8 (4.57%) VLAN
7 7 (4.00%) Internet
8 5 (2.86%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (2.86%) Network Security
8 5 (2.86%) Wireless
9 4 (2.29%) VoIP
10 3 (1.71%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.71%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.14%) Intrusion Detection
11 2 (1.14%) BIG-IP
11 2 (1.14%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (10.86%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (4.57%) Crystal Reports
4 5 (2.86%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (1.71%) MySQL
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.57%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 11 (6.29%) ClearCase
2 3 (1.71%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.57%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.57%) MSI
General
1 22 (12.57%) Finance
2 8 (4.57%) Legal
3 7 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.43%) Law
5 2 (1.14%) Front Office
6 1 (0.57%) Banking
6 1 (0.57%) Billing
Job Titles
1 25 (14.29%) Support Engineer
2 24 (13.71%) Analyst
3 20 (11.43%) Wintel Engineer
4 17 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 15 (8.57%) Consultant
5 15 (8.57%) Desktop Engineer
6 14 (8.00%) Support Analyst
6 14 (8.00%) Desktop Support
7 12 (6.86%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 11 (6.29%) Architect
9 10 (5.71%) Administrator
10 9 (5.14%) Security Specialist
10 9 (5.14%) Security Engineer
10 9 (5.14%) 2nd Line Support
10 9 (5.14%) Systems Administrator
11 8 (4.57%) Technical Support
12 6 (3.43%) Systems Engineer
12 6 (3.43%) 3rd Line Support
12 6 (3.43%) 1st Line Support
12 6 (3.43%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.71%) LAMP
1 3 (1.71%) Middleware
2 1 (0.57%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 1 (0.57%) jQuery
2 1 (0.57%) CSS
2 1 (0.57%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (13.14%) Blackberry
2 22 (12.57%) Clustering
3 11 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.57%) iPad
5 6 (3.43%) iPhone
5 6 (3.43%) Open Source
6 5 (2.86%) CESG
7 4 (2.29%) PKI
8 3 (1.71%) CESG CLAS
8 3 (1.71%) Replication
8 3 (1.71%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.71%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.14%) Statistics
10 1 (0.57%) FMCG
10 1 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.57%) Handset
10 1 (0.57%) CMDB
10 1 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
10 1 (0.57%) Freedom of Information Act
10 1 (0.57%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 129 (73.71%) Windows
2 56 (32.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 54 (30.86%) Windows 7
4 30 (17.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 19 (10.86%) Windows XP
6 14 (8.00%) Linux
7 13 (7.43%) UNIX
8 12 (6.86%) Windows Vista
9 10 (5.71%) Solaris
10 9 (5.14%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (4.57%) Windows 8
12 6 (3.43%) Mac OS X
12 6 (3.43%) Windows 2000
13 4 (2.29%) Android
13 4 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (1.71%) Windows Phone
15 2 (1.14%) AIX
15 2 (1.14%) CentOS
16 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (21.14%) ITIL
2 16 (9.14%) Service Delivery
3 12 (6.86%) Incident Management
3 12 (6.86%) Kalman Filter
4 11 (6.29%) Unit Testing
4 11 (6.29%) Configuration Management
5 10 (5.71%) Asset Management
5 10 (5.71%) Security Management
6 9 (5.14%) Information Security
7 7 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (4.00%) Change Control
7 7 (4.00%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (3.43%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (3.43%) Network Load Balancing
8 6 (3.43%) Change Management
8 6 (3.43%) Migration
8 6 (3.43%) Security Testing
9 5 (2.86%) Security Architecture
9 5 (2.86%) Line Management
9 5 (2.86%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 38 (21.71%) PowerShell
2 18 (10.29%) SQL
3 17 (9.71%) VBScript
4 5 (2.86%) Shell Script
5 2 (1.14%) C
6 1 (0.57%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 59 (33.71%) Security Cleared
2 31 (17.71%) DV Cleared
3 29 (16.57%) SC Cleared
4 22 (12.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (8.00%) MCP
5 14 (8.00%) MCSE
6 9 (5.14%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (4.57%) CISSP
7 8 (4.57%) MCSA
7 8 (4.57%) MCITP
8 7 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.00%) CCNA
9 6 (3.43%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (2.29%) MOS
10 4 (2.29%) MCDST
10 4 (2.29%) MCTS
11 3 (1.71%) Degree
11 3 (1.71%) RHCT
11 3 (1.71%) RHCE
12 2 (1.14%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.57%) SLA
2 3 (1.71%) QA
3 2 (1.14%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 99 (56.57%) Active Directory
2 49 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (16.00%) vSphere
4 22 (12.57%) VMware ESX
5 19 (10.86%) vCloud
6 17 (9.71%) XenApp
6 17 (9.71%) Hyper-V
7 9 (5.14%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (3.43%) XenDesktop
9 4 (2.29%) UAG
10 3 (1.71%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.71%) NFS
10 3 (1.71%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.14%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.14%) MetaFrame
11 2 (1.14%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.57%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 57 (32.57%) SCCM
2 32 (18.29%) Norton AntiVirus
3 25 (14.29%) McAfee ePO
4 22 (12.57%) SCOM
5 16 (9.14%) Backup Exec
6 10 (5.71%) HP SIM
7 9 (5.14%) NetBackup
8 8 (4.57%) SCDPM
9 7 (4.00%) SCVMM
9 7 (4.00%) MIMEsweeper
10 6 (3.43%) MOM
10 6 (3.43%) WSUS
10 6 (3.43%) SAP Afaria
11 4 (2.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 4 (2.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (1.71%) CORE IMPACT
12 3 (1.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 3 (1.71%) MAILsweeper
13 2 (1.14%) ARCserve
13 2 (1.14%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 92 (52.57%) Microsoft
2 85 (48.57%) VMware
3 72 (41.14%) McAfee
4 58 (33.14%) Citrix
5 49 (28.00%) Symantec
6 34 (19.43%) HP
7 29 (16.57%) Cisco
8 22 (12.57%) F5
8 22 (12.57%) Lumension
9 17 (9.71%) Altiris
10 13 (7.43%) Remedy
11 10 (5.71%) Red Hat
11 10 (5.71%) SAP
12 9 (5.14%) Veeam
12 9 (5.14%) Qualys
12 9 (5.14%) Adobe
12 9 (5.14%) CheckPoint
12 9 (5.14%) Websense
13 8 (4.57%) CA
13 8 (4.57%) SonicWALL
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