Period
to 27 October 2021

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 6 months to 27 October 2021 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
6 months to
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 686 471 668
Rank change year-on-year -215 +197 +88
Contract jobs citing Sophos 60 33 103
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.088% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Vendors category 0.22% 0.28% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 24 84
10th Percentile £211 £302 £159
25th Percentile £400 £397 £196
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £456 £468 £313
Median % change year-on-year -2.41% +49.60% +4.17%
75th Percentile £599 £525 £400
90th Percentile £616 " £438
UK median daily rate £475 £468 £310
% change year-on-year +1.60% +50.81% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 1
10th Percentile £13.70 " "
25th Percentile £15.00 " £19.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 - £20.00
75th Percentile £17.00 " £21.00
90th Percentile £18.20 " "
UK median hourly rate £16.00 - £20.00

Sophos is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 26,998 11,975 32,746
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 39.57% 43.17% 42.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,077 7,944 21,161
10th Percentile £263 £256 £243
25th Percentile £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £601 £575 £560
90th Percentile £700 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 846 362 1,176
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.78 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.20 £20.81 £18.90
Median % change year-on-year -7.74% +10.11% +9.06%
75th Percentile £41.69 £45.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £55.00 £51.61
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year -13.33% +18.42% +11.76%

Sophos
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Sophos as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Sophos in England.

Daily rate trend for Sophos in England

Sophos
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Sophos in England over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Sophos in England

Sophos
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Sophos in England.

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 6 months to 27 October 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -211 19 £500 +11.11% 15
East of England -46 14 £450 -10.00% 7
North of England - 10 £300 - 18
North West - 9 £300 - 12
Midlands -75 6 £475 +58.33% 6
South East - 6 £325 - 13
East Midlands -29 4 £525 +320.00% 2
West Midlands -65 2 £425 -10.53% 4
Yorkshire - 1 £425 - 6
Sophos
UK

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Sophos also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Sophos.

1 45 (75.00%) Windows
2 43 (71.67%) Microsoft
3 41 (68.33%) Active Directory
4 36 (60.00%) VMware
5 29 (48.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 28 (46.67%) Windows Server
7 26 (43.33%) Microsoft 365
7 26 (43.33%) Cisco
8 25 (41.67%) Windows 10
9 22 (36.67%) Azure
9 22 (36.67%) ITIL
9 22 (36.67%) Social Skills
10 21 (35.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 20 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 19 (31.67%) Windows Server 2012
13 18 (30.00%) Windows Server 2019
14 17 (28.33%) Microsoft Office
14 17 (28.33%) Migration
15 16 (26.67%) Windows 7
15 16 (26.67%) Windows Server 2016
16 15 (25.00%) Hyper-V
16 15 (25.00%) PowerShell
17 14 (23.33%) Security Cleared
18 13 (21.67%) DV Cleared
18 13 (21.67%) SCCM
18 13 (21.67%) Lumension
18 13 (21.67%) DevOps
18 13 (21.67%) Mimecast
18 13 (21.67%) Ansible
18 13 (21.67%) C

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 12 (20.00%) ArcGIS
2 9 (15.00%) SharePoint
3 8 (13.33%) MS Exchange
4 2 (3.33%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.67%) Confluence
5 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.67%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 17 (28.33%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (20.00%) Photoshop
3 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 26 (43.33%) Microsoft 365
2 22 (36.67%) Azure
3 13 (21.67%) Mimecast
4 5 (8.33%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (3.33%) Google Workspace
5 2 (3.33%) SaaS
6 1 (1.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (1.67%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (1.67%) AWS
6 1 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.67%) Azure Sentinel
6 1 (1.67%) GCP
6 1 (1.67%) GitHub
6 1 (1.67%) Google Docs
6 1 (1.67%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 12 (20.00%) Firewall
2 10 (16.67%) DNS
3 8 (13.33%) DHCP
3 8 (13.33%) VPN
4 4 (6.67%) VoIP
4 4 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (5.00%) MPLS
5 3 (5.00%) NetScaler
6 2 (3.33%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (3.33%) IPsec
6 2 (3.33%) SAN
6 2 (3.33%) SD-WAN
6 2 (3.33%) Skype
6 2 (3.33%) SSL
6 2 (3.33%) TCP/IP
6 2 (3.33%) Wireless
7 1 (1.67%) BGP
7 1 (1.67%) Kerberos
7 1 (1.67%) WAN
7 1 (1.67%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (20.00%) GIS
1 12 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.67%) JIRA
1 1 (1.67%) Serena SBM
1 1 (1.67%) Subversion
1 1 (1.67%) TeamCity
General
1 22 (36.67%) Social Skills
2 3 (5.00%) Public Sector
2 3 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.33%) Back Office
3 2 (3.33%) Documentation Skills
3 2 (3.33%) Finance
3 2 (3.33%) Local Government
3 2 (3.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.67%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.67%) Automotive
4 1 (1.67%) Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Electronics
4 1 (1.67%) International Banking
4 1 (1.67%) Law
4 1 (1.67%) Marketing
4 1 (1.67%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 12 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (18.33%) Analyst
3 10 (16.67%) Support Engineer
4 7 (11.67%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (10.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 6 (10.00%) Service Analyst
5 6 (10.00%) Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) Security Engineer
7 4 (6.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (6.67%) Security Specialist
7 4 (6.67%) Windows Specialist
8 3 (5.00%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Security Specialist
8 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (5.00%) IT Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Network Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Support Analyst
8 3 (5.00%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.67%) 802.1X
1 1 (1.67%) LDAP
1 1 (1.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.00%) NHS
2 4 (6.67%) Clustering
3 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Cloud
3 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (1.67%) FlexPod
3 1 (1.67%) Handset
3 1 (1.67%) iPad
3 1 (1.67%) iPhone
3 1 (1.67%) PKI
3 1 (1.67%) Replication
3 1 (1.67%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 45 (75.00%) Windows
2 28 (46.67%) Windows Server
3 25 (41.67%) Windows 10
4 21 (35.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (31.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (30.00%) Windows Server 2019
7 16 (26.67%) Windows 7
7 16 (26.67%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (5.00%) Linux
8 3 (5.00%) Mac OS
9 2 (3.33%) Android
9 2 (3.33%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.67%) Solaris
10 1 (1.67%) Unix
10 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.67%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (36.67%) ITIL
2 17 (28.33%) Migration
3 13 (21.67%) DevOps
4 12 (20.00%) Data Migration
4 12 (20.00%) Image Processing
4 12 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 12 (20.00%) Requirements Analysis
4 12 (20.00%) Systems Engineering
4 12 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 10 (16.67%) Incident Management
5 10 (16.67%) Service Design
6 7 (11.67%) Patch Management
7 5 (8.33%) Workflow
8 4 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 4 (6.67%) Network Monitoring
8 4 (6.67%) Security Operations
8 4 (6.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 3 (5.00%) Cybersecurity
9 3 (5.00%) Hardware Maintenance
9 3 (5.00%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 15 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 13 (21.67%) C
3 12 (20.00%) VB
4 2 (3.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 20 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (23.33%) Security Cleared
3 13 (21.67%) Cisco Certification
3 13 (21.67%) DV Cleared
4 8 (13.33%) MCSE
5 7 (11.67%) MCP
6 5 (8.33%) Degree
6 5 (8.33%) MOS
7 4 (6.67%) SC Cleared
8 3 (5.00%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.67%) CCNP
9 1 (1.67%) CISSP
9 1 (1.67%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.33%) SLA
2 1 (1.67%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 41 (68.33%) Active Directory
2 29 (48.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (25.00%) Hyper-V
4 12 (20.00%) VMware NSX
5 3 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (5.00%) XenApp
5 3 (5.00%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.67%) Docker
6 1 (1.67%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (21.67%) Ansible
1 13 (21.67%) SCCM
2 7 (11.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 4 (6.67%) AirWatch
3 4 (6.67%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (6.67%) Nessus
4 3 (5.00%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (3.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (3.33%) PaperCut
5 2 (3.33%) SCOM
5 2 (3.33%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.67%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (1.67%) FortiGate
6 1 (1.67%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.67%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.67%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.67%) Puppet
6 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (1.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 43 (71.67%) Microsoft
2 36 (60.00%) VMware
3 26 (43.33%) Cisco
4 13 (21.67%) Lumension
4 13 (21.67%) Oracle
5 12 (20.00%) ESRI
6 7 (11.67%) Citrix
6 7 (11.67%) ServiceNow
7 6 (10.00%) Splunk
7 6 (10.00%) Veeam
8 5 (8.33%) Fortinet
8 5 (8.33%) McAfee
9 4 (6.67%) HP
9 4 (6.67%) Kaspersky
9 4 (6.67%) LogRhythm
9 4 (6.67%) NetApp
9 4 (6.67%) SolarWinds
10 3 (5.00%) arcserve
10 3 (5.00%) Dell
10 3 (5.00%) Meraki