Period
to 23 October 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 23 October 2018 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 761 741 802
Rank change year-on-year -20 +61 -3
Contract jobs citing Sophos 126 142 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.14% 0.090%
As % of the Vendors category 0.29% 0.33% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 90 49
UK median daily rate £303 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.92% -7.14% +53.85%
10th Percentile £150 £149 £186
90th Percentile £475 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +12.00% -3.85% +46.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 10
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.00% +8.70% +67.76%
10th Percentile £10.50 £18.50 £13.99
90th Percentile £75.38 £27.97 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £25.00 £16.13
% change year-on-year -33.00% +55.04% +17.61%

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.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 43,477 43,059 47,571
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.03% 42.97% 45.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,927 26,623 29,086
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £242 £239
90th Percentile £625 £620 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,675 1,400 1,693
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.43% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.40 £45.44 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.82 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.90% +1.94% -2.94%

Sophos
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Sophos as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Sophos over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Sophos over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Sophos within the UK over the 6 months to 23 October 2018. 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
England -6 116 £300 -18.09% 48
UK excluding London -12 66 £350 +12.00% 31
London -18 58 £300 -23.08% 18
South East -11 19 £475 +97.92% 9
South West -13 13 £230 -4.17% 5
East of England +20 12 £290 +36.15% 4
North of England -11 9 £305 -39.00% 7
Yorkshire -4 5 £148 +18.00% 3
Midlands -17 5 £450 +9.09% 5
West Midlands -25 5 £450 +5.88% 2
Scotland -27 5 £538 +65.38% 1
North West -14 4 £513 +2.50% 4
Wales -19 3 £350 -20.00%

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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 with a requirement for Sophos.

1 83 (65.87%) Windows
2 80 (63.49%) Active Directory
3 62 (49.21%) Microsoft
4 52 (41.27%) Firewall
5 51 (40.48%) Cisco
6 50 (39.68%) VMware
7 48 (38.10%) Windows 10
8 46 (36.51%) Windows 7
9 44 (34.92%) Windows Server
10 41 (32.54%) Office 365
11 39 (30.95%) VPN
12 38 (30.16%) Microsoft Office
13 37 (29.37%) MS Exchange
14 36 (28.57%) DNS
14 36 (28.57%) DHCP
15 35 (27.78%) McAfee
16 32 (25.40%) Windows Server 2012
17 29 (23.02%) Citrix
18 27 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
19 26 (20.63%) VMware Infrastructure
20 25 (19.84%) Backup Exec
21 24 (19.05%) Veeam
22 22 (17.46%) Patch Management
23 21 (16.67%) WSUS
23 21 (16.67%) Linux
24 19 (15.08%) WAN
24 19 (15.08%) SCCM
25 18 (14.29%) Asset Management
25 18 (14.29%) ITIL
25 18 (14.29%) LAN

Sophos
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 37 (29.37%) MS Exchange
2 18 (14.29%) SharePoint
3 10 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (3.97%) Skype for Business
5 4 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (3.17%) IIS
6 3 (2.38%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.59%) CMS
7 2 (1.59%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 38 (30.16%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (10.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.79%) Maya
3 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.38%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (2.38%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 41 (32.54%) Office 365
2 18 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (13.49%) Mimecast
4 4 (3.17%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.38%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (2.38%) G Suite
5 3 (2.38%) IaaS
6 2 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.79%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.79%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (41.27%) Firewall
2 39 (30.95%) VPN
3 36 (28.57%) DHCP
3 36 (28.57%) DNS
4 19 (15.08%) WAN
5 18 (14.29%) LAN
6 17 (13.49%) Wireless
7 14 (11.11%) Cisco IOS
8 13 (10.32%) Structured Cabling
8 13 (10.32%) VLAN
9 11 (8.73%) Network Security
9 11 (8.73%) SAN
10 10 (7.94%) Internet
11 9 (7.14%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (6.35%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (5.56%) TCP/IP
13 7 (5.56%) VoIP
14 6 (4.76%) Intrusion Detection
14 6 (4.76%) IPsec
14 6 (4.76%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.73%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.17%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.79%) MySQL
4 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 3 (2.38%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.79%) JIRA
General
1 10 (7.94%) Finance
2 9 (7.14%) Retail
3 6 (4.76%) Legal
4 5 (3.97%) Back Office
5 3 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.59%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.59%) Law
7 1 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.79%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 33 (26.19%) Analyst
2 25 (19.84%) Desktop Support
3 20 (15.87%) Support Analyst
4 17 (13.49%) Network Engineer
5 15 (11.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 13 (10.32%) IT Support
7 11 (8.73%) Desktop Engineer
7 11 (8.73%) Security Engineer
8 9 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
9 8 (6.35%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
9 8 (6.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 8 (6.35%) IT Analyst
10 7 (5.56%) Desktop Analyst
10 7 (5.56%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 7 (5.56%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
10 7 (5.56%) IT Support Analyst
10 7 (5.56%) Senior IT Support
11 6 (4.76%) Consultant
11 6 (4.76%) Service Analyst
11 6 (4.76%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.38%) LDAP
2 1 (0.79%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.32%) Blackberry
2 7 (5.56%) Data Centre
3 6 (4.76%) Clustering
4 5 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 4 (3.17%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.17%) NHS
6 3 (2.38%) CESG
6 3 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.38%) iPhone
6 3 (2.38%) PKI
7 2 (1.59%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.59%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.59%) EMC VNXe
7 2 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.79%) LIMS
8 1 (0.79%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 83 (65.87%) Windows
2 48 (38.10%) Windows 10
3 46 (36.51%) Windows 7
4 44 (34.92%) Windows Server
5 32 (25.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (16.67%) Linux
8 18 (14.29%) Android
9 9 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (5.56%) Mac OS X
11 6 (4.76%) Apple iOS
11 6 (4.76%) Unix
12 4 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (3.17%) Windows 8
13 3 (2.38%) CentOS
13 3 (2.38%) Solaris
13 3 (2.38%) Ubuntu
13 3 (2.38%) Windows Phone
14 2 (1.59%) Windows 2000
14 2 (1.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (17.46%) Patch Management
2 18 (14.29%) Asset Management
2 18 (14.29%) ITIL
3 17 (13.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 16 (12.70%) Service Management
5 15 (11.90%) Proactive Monitoring
6 14 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
6 14 (11.11%) Information Security
7 12 (9.52%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (9.52%) Investment Management
7 12 (9.52%) Root Cause Analysis
8 10 (7.94%) Service Delivery
9 9 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (7.14%) Kalman Filter
9 9 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
10 8 (6.35%) Time Management
11 6 (4.76%) Change Management
11 6 (4.76%) Migration
11 6 (4.76%) Server Building
12 5 (3.97%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 15 (11.90%) PowerShell
2 9 (7.14%) SQL
3 3 (2.38%) Python
4 2 (1.59%) Java
4 2 (1.59%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (7.94%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (5.56%) Degree
2 7 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 6 (4.76%) MCSA
3 6 (4.76%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.97%) CHECK Team Member
5 4 (3.17%) CCNP
5 4 (3.17%) MCSE
6 3 (2.38%) CEH
6 3 (2.38%) CISSP
6 3 (2.38%) DBS Check
6 3 (2.38%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (2.38%) MCP
7 2 (1.59%) CCDP
7 2 (1.59%) CCIE
7 2 (1.59%) CCNA
7 2 (1.59%) CREST Certified
7 2 (1.59%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.49%) SLA
2 6 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (3.97%) GDPR
4 3 (2.38%) JSP 440
5 2 (1.59%) COBIT
5 2 (1.59%) COSO
6 1 (0.79%) GAMP
6 1 (0.79%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 80 (63.49%) Active Directory
2 26 (20.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (11.90%) Hyper-V
3 15 (11.90%) VMware ESXi
4 12 (9.52%) VMware Server
5 9 (7.14%) vSphere
6 5 (3.97%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (3.17%) Terminal Services
7 4 (3.17%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (2.38%) BitLocker
8 3 (2.38%) Firmware
8 3 (2.38%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (2.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (2.38%) NFS
9 1 (0.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.79%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.79%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.79%) XenApp
9 1 (0.79%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.79%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (19.84%) Backup Exec
2 21 (16.67%) WSUS
3 19 (15.08%) SCCM
4 12 (9.52%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (4.76%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (4.76%) Nessus
6 5 (3.97%) vCenter Server
7 3 (2.38%) FortiGate
7 3 (2.38%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (2.38%) Malwarebytes
7 3 (2.38%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (2.38%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (2.38%) ZABBIX
8 2 (1.59%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.59%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.59%) QRadar
8 2 (1.59%) SCOM
8 2 (1.59%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.79%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 62 (49.21%) Microsoft
2 51 (40.48%) Cisco
3 50 (39.68%) VMware
4 35 (27.78%) McAfee
5 29 (23.02%) Citrix
6 24 (19.05%) Veeam
7 17 (13.49%) Symantec
8 16 (12.70%) Juniper
9 14 (11.11%) HP
10 13 (10.32%) CheckPoint
11 12 (9.52%) Avaya
11 12 (9.52%) Dell
11 12 (9.52%) Ivanti
11 12 (9.52%) Shavlik
12 11 (8.73%) Palo Alto
13 9 (7.14%) Apple
13 9 (7.14%) SolarWinds
14 7 (5.56%) Forcepoint
15 6 (4.76%) NetApp
16 5 (3.97%) Bloomberg