Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 735 725 836
Rank change year-on-year -10 +111 -76
Contract jobs citing Sophos 146 142 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.074%
As % of the Vendors category 0.34% 0.34% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 88 59
UK median daily rate £300 £295 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -15.71% +52.17%
10th Percentile £156 £139 £156
90th Percentile £475 £488 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £288 £340
% change year-on-year +4.35% -15.44% +44.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 3
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.88 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.04% +20.35% +68.63%
10th Percentile £11.10 £16.27 £12.55
90th Percentile £25.01 £27.56 £24.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £26.25 £21.50
% change year-on-year -14.29% +22.09% +68.63%

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 43,013 41,859 49,109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.03% 43.78% 45.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,752 25,594 30,139
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,569 1,382 1,638
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% -
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.48
% change year-on-year - -5.58% +1.48%

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 15 August 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 15 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Sophos in the UK

Sophos
Top 15 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 15 August 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 -16 133 £300 - 36
UK excluding London -5 99 £300 +4.35% 27
London -30 45 £300 -14.29% 9
South East -14 31 £460 +148.51% 11
South West -2 24 £234 -24.68% 7
North of England -16 14 £226 +37.12% 4
East of England -7 13 £330 +32.00% 2
North West -7 9 £294 -41.25% 2
Scotland -40 7 £188 -40.24%
Midlands -29 6 £395 -4.24% 3
Yorkshire -14 5 £148 -10.61% 2
West Midlands -30 5 £395 -1.25% 2
Wales -14 3 £350 -7.89%
Northern Ireland +35 1 £250 -
East Midlands -2 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 98 (67.12%) Windows
2 68 (46.58%) Active Directory
3 67 (45.89%) Firewall
4 66 (45.21%) Windows Server
5 60 (41.10%) VMware
6 52 (35.62%) Cisco
7 44 (30.14%) Microsoft
8 35 (23.97%) Office 365
8 35 (23.97%) Windows 10
9 34 (23.29%) Windows 7
10 30 (20.55%) DNS
11 29 (19.86%) VPN
11 29 (19.86%) DHCP
12 28 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
13 27 (18.49%) MS Exchange
13 27 (18.49%) Hyper-V
14 26 (17.81%) Windows Server 2012
14 26 (17.81%) McAfee
15 25 (17.12%) SCCM
15 25 (17.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 24 (16.44%) Windows Server 2008
17 22 (15.07%) Backup Exec
17 22 (15.07%) Symantec
17 22 (15.07%) Linux
17 22 (15.07%) Microsoft Office
17 22 (15.07%) Veeam
18 21 (14.38%) Palo Alto
18 21 (14.38%) SQL
18 21 (14.38%) Cisco ASA
19 20 (13.70%) Security Cleared

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 27 (18.49%) MS Exchange
2 10 (6.85%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2007
3 7 (4.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.42%) IIS
4 5 (3.42%) Skype for Business
5 4 (2.74%) IBM Notes
6 3 (2.05%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.37%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 22 (15.07%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (1.37%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.68%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.68%) Maya
Business Applications
1 3 (2.05%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 35 (23.97%) Office 365
2 20 (13.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (6.16%) Mimecast
4 6 (4.11%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (2.05%) IaaS
5 3 (2.05%) OneDrive
6 2 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (1.37%) G Suite
7 1 (0.68%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (45.89%) Firewall
2 30 (20.55%) DNS
3 29 (19.86%) DHCP
3 29 (19.86%) VPN
4 21 (14.38%) Cisco ASA
5 18 (12.33%) Network Security
6 17 (11.64%) Cisco Nexus
6 17 (11.64%) Wireless
7 16 (10.96%) VLAN
8 15 (10.27%) WAN
9 14 (9.59%) Cisco Firepower
9 14 (9.59%) Cisco ISE
10 12 (8.22%) LAN
11 9 (6.16%) NetScaler
11 9 (6.16%) SAN
12 7 (4.79%) SSL
12 7 (4.79%) TCP/IP
13 6 (4.11%) Internet
13 6 (4.11%) MPLS
13 6 (4.11%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.11%) MySQL
3 4 (2.74%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (2.74%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.37%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.68%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 4 (2.74%) MSI
2 1 (0.68%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.68%) JIRA
2 1 (0.68%) Metasploit
General
1 6 (4.11%) Finance
1 6 (4.11%) Retail
2 5 (3.42%) Back Office
3 4 (2.74%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.05%) Legal
5 2 (1.37%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.68%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (18.49%) Desktop Support
2 25 (17.12%) Network Engineer
3 24 (16.44%) Analyst
4 23 (15.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 14 (9.59%) Security Engineer
6 13 (8.90%) Desktop Engineer
7 12 (8.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (6.85%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (6.85%) Support Engineer
9 9 (6.16%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (6.16%) Architect
9 9 (6.16%) Support Analyst
10 8 (5.48%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (5.48%) Desktop Analyst
10 8 (5.48%) Network Security Engineer
11 7 (4.79%) Security Architect
12 6 (4.11%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 6 (4.11%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 6 (4.11%) Infrastructure Manager
12 6 (4.11%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.05%) LDAP
2 1 (0.68%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.11%) Clustering
2 5 (3.42%) Blackberry
2 5 (3.42%) Data Centre
2 5 (3.42%) NHS
3 4 (2.74%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.05%) CESG
4 3 (2.05%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 3 (2.05%) PMI
5 2 (1.37%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.37%) EMC VNX
5 2 (1.37%) EMC VNXe
5 2 (1.37%) iPhone
6 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.68%) FlexPod
6 1 (0.68%) LIMS
6 1 (0.68%) PKI
6 1 (0.68%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.68%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 98 (67.12%) Windows
2 66 (45.21%) Windows Server
3 35 (23.97%) Windows 10
4 34 (23.29%) Windows 7
5 26 (17.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (16.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (15.07%) Linux
8 7 (4.79%) Android
8 7 (4.79%) Windows NT
8 7 (4.79%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (3.42%) Windows 8
10 4 (2.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (2.05%) CentOS
11 3 (2.05%) Mac OS X
11 3 (2.05%) Ubuntu
11 3 (2.05%) Unix
12 2 (1.37%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.37%) Solaris
12 2 (1.37%) Windows 2000
12 2 (1.37%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (17.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 16 (10.96%) ITIL
3 13 (8.90%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (8.22%) Migration
5 10 (6.85%) Information Security
6 9 (6.16%) Asset Management
6 9 (6.16%) Patch Management
7 8 (5.48%) Customer Requirements
8 7 (4.79%) Disaster Recovery
8 7 (4.79%) Disk Encryption
8 7 (4.79%) Service Management
9 6 (4.11%) Investment Management
9 6 (4.11%) Problem Management
9 6 (4.11%) Server Building
9 6 (4.11%) Service Delivery
10 5 (3.42%) Proactive Monitoring
11 4 (2.74%) Network Monitoring
11 4 (2.74%) Problem-Solving
11 4 (2.74%) Server Hardening
11 4 (2.74%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 21 (14.38%) SQL
2 16 (10.96%) PowerShell
3 3 (2.05%) Python
3 3 (2.05%) VBScript
4 2 (1.37%) Java
4 2 (1.37%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 20 (13.70%) Security Cleared
2 18 (12.33%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (12.33%) SC Cleared
3 9 (6.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (5.48%) CCNP
5 7 (4.79%) CCIE
6 5 (3.42%) A+ Certification
6 5 (3.42%) CHECK Team Member
6 5 (3.42%) MCSA
6 5 (3.42%) Network+ Certification
7 4 (2.74%) CISSP
7 4 (2.74%) HND
7 4 (2.74%) MCP
7 4 (2.74%) MCSE
8 3 (2.05%) CCDP
8 3 (2.05%) CCNA
8 3 (2.05%) HNC
8 3 (2.05%) PMI Certification
8 3 (2.05%) PMP
8 3 (2.05%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.48%) SLA
2 5 (3.42%) GDPR
3 3 (2.05%) JSP 440
4 2 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.68%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 68 (46.58%) Active Directory
2 28 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (18.49%) Hyper-V
4 19 (13.01%) vSphere
5 14 (9.59%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (8.22%) BitLocker
7 10 (6.85%) XenApp
8 8 (5.48%) XenDesktop
9 7 (4.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 7 (4.79%) VirtualBox
9 7 (4.79%) XenServer
10 5 (3.42%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (2.74%) Firmware
11 4 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (2.74%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (2.74%) VMware Server
12 3 (2.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (2.05%) NFS
13 1 (0.68%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (17.12%) SCCM
2 22 (15.07%) Backup Exec
3 16 (10.96%) WSUS
4 15 (10.27%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (4.11%) vCenter Server
6 5 (3.42%) FortiGate
6 5 (3.42%) Nessus
7 4 (2.74%) SCOM
8 3 (2.05%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (2.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (1.37%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (1.37%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (1.37%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (1.37%) Malwarebytes
9 2 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (1.37%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 2 (1.37%) SCVMM
9 2 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.68%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.68%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 60 (41.10%) VMware
2 52 (35.62%) Cisco
3 44 (30.14%) Microsoft
4 26 (17.81%) McAfee
5 22 (15.07%) Symantec
5 22 (15.07%) Veeam
6 21 (14.38%) Palo Alto
7 20 (13.70%) Citrix
8 19 (13.01%) Juniper
9 17 (11.64%) NetApp
10 16 (10.96%) HP
11 14 (9.59%) Infoblox
12 10 (6.85%) CheckPoint
13 9 (6.16%) SolarWinds
14 8 (5.48%) Forcepoint
14 8 (5.48%) Kaspersky
14 8 (5.48%) Oracle
15 7 (4.79%) Acronis
15 7 (4.79%) Dell
15 7 (4.79%) F5