Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 736 785 797
Rank change year-on-year +49 +12 -84
Contract jobs citing Sophos 151 106 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.10% 0.086%
As % of the Vendors category 0.34% 0.22% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 56 60
UK median daily rate £316 £350 £228
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.64% +53.85% -32.09%
10th Percentile £160 £182 £120
90th Percentile £513 £500 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £290 £333 £228
% change year-on-year -12.78% +46.15% -32.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 12 7
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +84.00% -21.88%
10th Percentile £18.50 £14.38 £8.76
90th Percentile £27.97 £28.75 £16.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £16.13 £12.50
% change year-on-year +55.04% +29.00% +19.05%

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 43948 47741 49215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.62% 45.35% 43.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 27314 29152 29013
UK median daily rate £433 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.98% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £235 £240 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1468 1711 2098
UK median hourly rate £17.43 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.64% -5.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.65 £10.25 £10.13
90th Percentile £45.30 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +6.06%

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 November 2017.

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
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 23 November 2017. 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 +49 130 £325 -4.41% 34
London +33 76 £388 -13.89% 7
UK excluding London +30 70 £290 -12.78% 27
South East -10 15 £288 -8.00% 16
Scotland +6 12 £325 -13.33%
South West 0 12 £188 -41.41% 2
North of England +61 11 £500 +33.78% 1
Midlands +23 11 £400 - 4
West Midlands +31 8 £425 +25.00% 2
North West +18 7 £500 +33.78% 1
East of England -21 5 £168 -68.74% 4
Yorkshire - 4 £400 -
East Midlands -7 3 £250 -44.44% 2
Wales +14 2 £425 -5.56%
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 with a requirement for Sophos.

1 122 (80.79%) Windows
2 76 (50.33%) Active Directory
3 68 (45.03%) Microsoft
4 63 (41.72%) Windows Server
5 51 (33.77%) Firewall
6 48 (31.79%) VMware
6 48 (31.79%) Cisco
7 42 (27.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (26.49%) DNS
9 38 (25.17%) SCCM
10 34 (22.52%) VMware Infrastructure
10 34 (22.52%) MS Exchange
11 31 (20.53%) Windows 7
12 30 (19.87%) Microsoft Certification
13 29 (19.21%) DHCP
13 29 (19.21%) Office 365
14 28 (18.54%) ITIL
15 27 (17.88%) SAN
16 26 (17.22%) Hyper-V
16 26 (17.22%) Windows Server 2008
17 25 (16.56%) Symantec
18 24 (15.89%) Citrix
19 23 (15.23%) Linux
19 23 (15.23%) Finance
20 22 (14.57%) Cisco Certification
20 22 (14.57%) HP
21 20 (13.25%) MCSE
21 20 (13.25%) Juniper
21 20 (13.25%) Veeam
22 19 (12.58%) McAfee

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 34 (22.52%) MS Exchange
2 11 (7.28%) Exchange Server 2007
3 10 (6.62%) IIS
4 9 (5.96%) SharePoint
5 8 (5.30%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2000
8 3 (1.99%) Documentum
8 3 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.32%) Skype for Business
9 2 (1.32%) WordPress
10 1 (0.66%) Apache
10 1 (0.66%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (5.30%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 29 (19.21%) Office 365
2 15 (9.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (9.27%) Mimecast
4 6 (3.97%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (3.31%) G Suite
6 1 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.66%) IaaS
6 1 (0.66%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (33.77%) Firewall
2 40 (26.49%) DNS
3 29 (19.21%) DHCP
4 27 (17.88%) SAN
5 15 (9.93%) Cisco ASA
5 15 (9.93%) TCP/IP
6 14 (9.27%) LAN
6 14 (9.27%) VPN
7 12 (7.95%) Network Security
8 10 (6.62%) Internet
8 10 (6.62%) VLAN
8 10 (6.62%) Wireless
9 9 (5.96%) WAN
10 5 (3.31%) IPsec
10 5 (3.31%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (2.65%) HSRP
11 4 (2.65%) SNMP
11 4 (2.65%) SSH
11 4 (2.65%) TACACS
11 4 (2.65%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (7.28%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.65%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.99%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (1.99%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.32%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2000
4 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.66%) MS Access
5 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 9 (5.96%) Metasploit
General
1 23 (15.23%) Finance
2 5 (3.31%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.65%) Legal
3 4 (2.65%) Marketing
3 4 (2.65%) Retail
4 3 (1.99%) Advertising
5 2 (1.32%) Electronics
5 2 (1.32%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.32%) Multimedia
5 2 (1.32%) Publishing
6 1 (0.66%) Back Office
6 1 (0.66%) Law
Job Titles
1 29 (19.21%) Analyst
2 17 (11.26%) Network Engineer
3 16 (10.60%) Support Engineer
4 12 (7.95%) Server Engineer
5 11 (7.28%) Consultant
5 11 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (7.28%) Security Analyst
6 10 (6.62%) Support Analyst
7 8 (5.30%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (5.30%) Active Directory Support
7 8 (5.30%) Architect
7 8 (5.30%) Security Consultant
8 7 (4.64%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 7 (4.64%) Firewall Engineer
8 7 (4.64%) Infrastructure Manager
8 7 (4.64%) Security Engineer
8 7 (4.64%) Windows Engineer
9 6 (3.97%) Server Support
9 6 (3.97%) Service Analyst
9 6 (3.97%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.30%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.99%) WAP
2 3 (1.99%) Web Services
3 2 (1.32%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.28%) NHS
2 10 (6.62%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.96%) Computer Science
3 9 (5.96%) PKI
4 6 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.97%) Clustering
4 6 (3.97%) Microsoft Licensing
5 5 (3.31%) Blackberry
5 5 (3.31%) BYOD
5 5 (3.31%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (1.99%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.99%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.99%) Replication
6 3 (1.99%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.32%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.32%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.32%) HP Storage
7 2 (1.32%) Media Streaming
7 2 (1.32%) RSA SecurID
8 1 (0.66%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 122 (80.79%) Windows
2 63 (41.72%) Windows Server
3 42 (27.81%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (20.53%) Windows 7
5 26 (17.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (15.23%) Linux
7 16 (10.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (9.27%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (6.62%) Android
10 9 (5.96%) Windows 10
11 7 (4.64%) Apple iOS
12 4 (2.65%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (1.99%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.99%) Unix
13 3 (1.99%) Windows 8
14 2 (1.32%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.66%) Solaris
15 1 (0.66%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.66%) VMS
15 1 (0.66%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (18.54%) ITIL
2 15 (9.93%) Change Control
3 13 (8.61%) Incident Management
4 12 (7.95%) Information Security
5 11 (7.28%) Disaster Recovery
6 10 (6.62%) Migration
6 10 (6.62%) Security Operations
7 9 (5.96%) Configuration Management
7 9 (5.96%) SIEM
7 9 (5.96%) Threat Modelling
8 8 (5.30%) Capacity Planning
8 8 (5.30%) Cybersecurity
8 8 (5.30%) Patch Management
8 8 (5.30%) Problem Management
8 8 (5.30%) Root Cause Analysis
8 8 (5.30%) Service Management
9 6 (3.97%) Kalman Filter
9 6 (3.97%) People Management
9 6 (3.97%) Performance Monitoring
9 6 (3.97%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 17 (11.26%) PowerShell
2 15 (9.93%) SQL
3 6 (3.97%) Python
4 3 (1.99%) VBScript
5 2 (1.32%) C
6 1 (0.66%) Perl
6 1 (0.66%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 30 (19.87%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (14.57%) Cisco Certification
3 20 (13.25%) MCSE
4 16 (10.60%) CCNA
5 15 (9.93%) MCSA
6 14 (9.27%) MCP
7 12 (7.95%) Degree
7 12 (7.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (7.28%) CCNP
8 11 (7.28%) Security Cleared
9 9 (5.96%) CEH
10 8 (5.30%) SSCP
11 7 (4.64%) DV Cleared
12 5 (3.31%) CHFI
12 5 (3.31%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (3.31%) DBS Check
12 5 (3.31%) MCITP
12 5 (3.31%) Network+ Certification
12 5 (3.31%) SC Cleared
13 4 (2.65%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (11.92%) SLA
2 14 (9.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (4.64%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.99%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (1.99%) GDPR
5 2 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.66%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 76 (50.33%) Active Directory
2 34 (22.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (17.22%) Hyper-V
4 12 (7.95%) vSphere
5 10 (6.62%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (5.30%) BitLocker
6 8 (5.30%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (3.97%) XenApp
8 3 (1.99%) Firmware
8 3 (1.99%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (1.99%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (1.99%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.32%) Shibboleth
9 2 (1.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 38 (25.17%) SCCM
2 19 (12.58%) WSUS
3 17 (11.26%) Backup Exec
4 14 (9.27%) Norton AntiVirus
5 10 (6.62%) NetBackup
6 7 (4.64%) Nessus
7 5 (3.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 4 (2.65%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (2.65%) MOM
8 4 (2.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (2.65%) vCenter Server
9 3 (1.99%) AirWatch
9 3 (1.99%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (1.99%) SCOM
9 3 (1.99%) SmoothWall
9 3 (1.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (1.32%) DameWare
10 2 (1.32%) SolarWinds Orion
11 1 (0.66%) MAILsweeper
11 1 (0.66%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 68 (45.03%) Microsoft
2 48 (31.79%) Cisco
2 48 (31.79%) VMware
3 25 (16.56%) Symantec
4 24 (15.89%) Citrix
5 22 (14.57%) HP
6 20 (13.25%) Juniper
6 20 (13.25%) Veeam
7 19 (12.58%) McAfee
8 13 (8.61%) CheckPoint
8 13 (8.61%) Red Hat
8 13 (8.61%) SolarWinds
9 10 (6.62%) Dell
9 10 (6.62%) Google
10 9 (5.96%) Apple
10 9 (5.96%) FireEye
11 8 (5.30%) F5
12 7 (4.64%) Forcepoint
12 7 (4.64%) Qualys
13 6 (3.97%) Lumension