The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Sophos products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Sophos over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Sophos
UK / England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 536 585 574
Rank change year-on-year +49 -11  
Contract jobs citing Sophos 53 38 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.12% 0.078% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.28% 0.18% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 25 33
Median daily rate £325 £340 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.41% +51.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £154 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £470 £325
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £350 £235
% change year-on-year -28.57% +48.93%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 10
Median hourly rate - - £13.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £13.36

Sophos is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 18970 21682 22783
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 43.95% 44.49% 44.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11606 13612 13631
Median daily rate £427 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.43% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 635 721 1031
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £11.00 £11.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.33 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.07
% change year-on-year -14.63% +13.44%  

Sophos
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Sophos as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Sophos in England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sophos within the England region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +40 17 £185 -44.36% 5
London -1 17 £363 +11.53% 4
South West +12 8 £245 -32.41% 1
West Midlands +16 4 £400 +23.07% 2
East Midlands -7 3 £450 +28.57% 1
East of England - 3 £325 - 1
North West +20 1 - - 2
Sophos
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Sophos also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Sophos.

1 82 (78.10%) Windows
2 58 (55.24%) Active Directory
3 47 (44.76%) Windows Server
4 45 (42.86%) Firewall
5 43 (40.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 36 (34.29%) Microsoft
7 29 (27.62%) VMware
7 29 (27.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (26.67%) Cisco
9 26 (24.76%) Windows 7
10 23 (21.90%) Windows Server 2003
10 23 (21.90%) SAN
10 23 (21.90%) DNS
11 21 (20.00%) WAN
12 20 (19.05%) LAN
12 20 (19.05%) SQL Server
12 20 (19.05%) HP
13 18 (17.14%) SCCM
13 18 (17.14%) Office 365
14 17 (16.19%) VMware Infrastructure
14 17 (16.19%) VPN
14 17 (16.19%) MS Exchange
15 16 (15.24%) DHCP
15 16 (15.24%) PowerShell
16 15 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
16 15 (14.29%) Network Security
17 14 (13.33%) Hyper-V
17 14 (13.33%) Finance
17 14 (13.33%) SQL
17 14 (13.33%) ITIL

Sophos
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (16.19%) MS Exchange
2 11 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2013
3 10 (9.52%) SharePoint
4 9 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (8.57%) IIS
5 6 (5.71%) Skype for Business
6 4 (3.81%) Apache
7 3 (2.86%) Documentum
8 2 (1.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.95%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (8.57%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.90%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.90%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.95%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 18 (17.14%) Office 365
2 13 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.81%) IaaS
4 4 (3.81%) Mimecast
5 3 (2.86%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.95%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 45 (42.86%) Firewall
2 23 (21.90%) DNS
2 23 (21.90%) SAN
3 21 (20.00%) WAN
4 20 (19.05%) LAN
5 17 (16.19%) VPN
6 16 (15.24%) DHCP
7 15 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
7 15 (14.29%) Network Security
8 12 (11.43%) VoIP
9 8 (7.62%) VLAN
10 7 (6.67%) Wireless
11 6 (5.71%) NAS
12 5 (4.76%) ADSL
12 5 (4.76%) Internet
12 5 (4.76%) IPsec
12 5 (4.76%) PBX
12 5 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (3.81%) IPv4
13 4 (3.81%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.81%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.90%) MySQL
5 1 (0.95%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 4 (3.81%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.95%) Redmine
General
1 14 (13.33%) Finance
2 11 (10.48%) Legal
3 6 (5.71%) Retail
3 6 (5.71%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.86%) Local Government
4 3 (2.86%) Publishing
5 2 (1.90%) Banking
6 1 (0.95%) Billing
6 1 (0.95%) Law
6 1 (0.95%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 20 (19.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (17.14%) Analyst
3 16 (15.24%) Support Engineer
4 13 (12.38%) 2nd Line Support
4 13 (12.38%) Network Engineer
4 13 (12.38%) Server Engineer
5 11 (10.48%) Security Analyst
6 10 (9.52%) Server Support
6 10 (9.52%) Windows Server Support
7 9 (8.57%) Desktop Support
7 9 (8.57%) IT Support
8 8 (7.62%) Windows Engineer
9 7 (6.67%) Windows Support Engineer
10 6 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (5.71%) 3rd Line Support
10 6 (5.71%) Administrator
10 6 (5.71%) Consultant
10 6 (5.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (5.71%) Windows Server Engineer
11 5 (4.76%) Exchange Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.76%) WAP
2 3 (2.86%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.90%) .NET
4 1 (0.95%) LAMP
4 1 (0.95%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (0.95%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.95%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.33%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.71%) Clustering
3 5 (4.76%) Driving Licence
3 5 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.81%) Replication
5 3 (2.86%) Blackberry
5 3 (2.86%) CCTV
5 3 (2.86%) PKI
6 2 (1.90%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (1.90%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.90%) EPoS
6 2 (1.90%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.90%) NHS
7 1 (0.95%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.95%) Handset
7 1 (0.95%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.95%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 82 (78.10%) Windows
2 47 (44.76%) Windows Server
3 43 (40.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 29 (27.62%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (24.76%) Windows 7
6 23 (21.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (11.43%) Windows 10
8 11 (10.48%) Linux
9 6 (5.71%) Windows 8
10 5 (4.76%) Windows XP
11 4 (3.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.90%) Android
12 2 (1.90%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.95%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.95%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (13.33%) ITIL
2 9 (8.57%) Asset Management
2 9 (8.57%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (7.62%) Information Security
3 8 (7.62%) Virtual Environments
4 7 (6.67%) Migration
5 6 (5.71%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (5.71%) Project Management
5 6 (5.71%) Server Virtualisation
6 5 (4.76%) Data Protection
6 5 (4.76%) SIEM
6 5 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (3.81%) Configuration Management
7 4 (3.81%) Hardware Maintenance
7 4 (3.81%) IT Audit
7 4 (3.81%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (3.81%) Performance Testing
7 4 (3.81%) Security Testing
7 4 (3.81%) Threat Modelling
7 4 (3.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 16 (15.24%) PowerShell
2 14 (13.33%) SQL
3 7 (6.67%) VBScript
4 3 (2.86%) Python
5 1 (0.95%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (11.43%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (10.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 8 (7.62%) CCNP
3 8 (7.62%) CEH
3 8 (7.62%) MCSE
3 8 (7.62%) SSCP
4 7 (6.67%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.81%) CCNA
5 4 (3.81%) DV Cleared
5 4 (3.81%) MCSA
6 3 (2.86%) CCIE
6 3 (2.86%) CHFI
6 3 (2.86%) CISSP
6 3 (2.86%) GCWN
6 3 (2.86%) GISF
6 3 (2.86%) MCSD
7 2 (1.90%) CISM
7 2 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.90%) MCTS
7 2 (1.90%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (5.71%) PCI DSS
2 6 (5.71%) SLA
3 2 (1.90%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.95%) QA
System Software
1 58 (55.24%) Active Directory
2 17 (16.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 8 (7.62%) vSphere
5 5 (4.76%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (4.76%) VMware Server
5 5 (4.76%) XenApp
6 4 (3.81%) BitLocker
7 3 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.90%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.95%) pfSense
9 1 (0.95%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.95%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (17.14%) SCCM
2 6 (5.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 6 (5.71%) NetBackup
3 5 (4.76%) SCOM
4 4 (3.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (3.81%) Nessus
4 4 (3.81%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (3.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (3.81%) WSUS
5 3 (2.86%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (2.86%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (2.86%) Sysprep
5 3 (2.86%) Tivoli
5 3 (2.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (1.90%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.95%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.95%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.95%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.95%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 36 (34.29%) Microsoft
2 29 (27.62%) VMware
3 28 (26.67%) Cisco
4 20 (19.05%) HP
5 13 (12.38%) Citrix
5 13 (12.38%) Symantec
6 10 (9.52%) CheckPoint
7 7 (6.67%) Avaya
7 7 (6.67%) Juniper
7 7 (6.67%) McAfee
7 7 (6.67%) NetApp
7 7 (6.67%) SolarWinds
8 6 (5.71%) F5
8 6 (5.71%) Fortinet
8 6 (5.71%) Meraki
8 6 (5.71%) Palo Alto
8 6 (5.71%) Veeam
9 5 (4.76%) Dell
9 5 (4.76%) Forcepoint
10 4 (3.81%) Red Hat
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