Period
to 24 May 2019

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 24 May 2019 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 726 744 743
Rank change year-on-year +18 -1 +72
Contract jobs citing Sophos 118 146 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Vendors category 0.30% 0.35% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 87 61
UK median daily rate £300 £265 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.21% -18.46% +8.33%
10th Percentile £158 £130 £128
90th Percentile £450 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £303 £270 £208
% change year-on-year +12.04% +30.12% -30.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 5
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £20.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.12% +18.57% +20.69%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £22.50 £17.39
% change year-on-year +20.00% +29.38% +19.93%

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 38,893 41,729 39,863
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.44% 41.41% 44.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,201 25,956 24,466
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,324 1,480 1,398
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.86% - -6.42%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.38
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.86 £16.92
% change year-on-year +10.34% -6.26% -6.00%

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 24 May 2019.

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 14 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 24 May 2019. 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 +11 109 £300 +14.29% 6
UK excluding London -4 83 £303 +12.04% 6
London +50 34 £300 +14.29%
North of England +26 22 £356 +25.55% 3
Midlands +21 20 £300 +7.14%
North West +25 15 £400 +36.17% 2
East of England +12 15 £425 - 1
South East +1 13 £275 -33.33% 2
East Midlands +23 11 £325 +176.60%
West Midlands +2 9 £270 -31.65%
Yorkshire +10 7 £180 -31.43% 1
South West -52 5 £255 -
Scotland +22 4 £288 -11.54%
Wales - 4 £323 -

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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 80 (67.80%) Windows
2 62 (52.54%) Microsoft
3 56 (47.46%) Active Directory
4 45 (38.14%) Cisco
5 42 (35.59%) Windows Server
6 41 (34.75%) Citrix
7 40 (33.90%) VMware
7 40 (33.90%) Windows 10
8 39 (33.05%) Office 365
9 32 (27.12%) Firewall
10 29 (24.58%) MS Exchange
10 29 (24.58%) LAN
11 28 (23.73%) Windows 7
12 27 (22.88%) Microsoft Azure
12 27 (22.88%) Microsoft Office
13 26 (22.03%) WAN
14 25 (21.19%) SCCM
15 24 (20.34%) ITIL
16 23 (19.49%) Windows Server 2008
17 22 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012
17 22 (18.64%) Finance
18 20 (16.95%) VMware Infrastructure
18 20 (16.95%) VPN
19 19 (16.10%) Hyper-V
19 19 (16.10%) Amazon AWS
20 18 (15.25%) DNS
20 18 (15.25%) Cisco ASA
21 17 (14.41%) Dell
21 17 (14.41%) Veeam
22 16 (13.56%) Incident Management

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 29 (24.58%) MS Exchange
2 15 (12.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (11.86%) SharePoint
4 8 (6.78%) Skype for Business
5 5 (4.24%) WordPress
6 3 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (2.54%) IIS
7 2 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.85%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.85%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.85%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 27 (22.88%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.85%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.85%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.54%) SystmOne
2 2 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.69%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 39 (33.05%) Office 365
2 27 (22.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (16.10%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (7.63%) Mimecast
5 8 (6.78%) IaaS
6 7 (5.93%) PaaS
7 3 (2.54%) OpenDNS
8 2 (1.69%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.85%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.85%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 32 (27.12%) Firewall
2 29 (24.58%) LAN
3 26 (22.03%) WAN
4 20 (16.95%) VPN
5 18 (15.25%) Cisco ASA
5 18 (15.25%) DNS
6 13 (11.02%) NetScaler
7 12 (10.17%) DHCP
7 12 (10.17%) Wireless
8 11 (9.32%) VLAN
9 9 (7.63%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (6.78%) BGP
10 8 (6.78%) BIG-IP
10 8 (6.78%) OSPF
10 8 (6.78%) TCP/IP
10 8 (6.78%) VPLS
11 7 (5.93%) IP Telephony
11 7 (5.93%) PABX
12 6 (5.08%) iSCSI
12 6 (5.08%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.24%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.85%) FileMaker
2 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (1.69%) Hudson
1 2 (1.69%) JIRA
2 1 (0.85%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.85%) TeamCity
General
1 22 (18.64%) Finance
2 11 (9.32%) Retail
3 8 (6.78%) Multimedia
4 2 (1.69%) Publishing
5 1 (0.85%) Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Legal
5 1 (0.85%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (16.10%) Analyst
2 12 (10.17%) Consultant
2 12 (10.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (10.17%) Support Engineer
3 10 (8.47%) Applications Packager
4 9 (7.63%) 2nd Line Support
4 9 (7.63%) IT Support
4 9 (7.63%) Service Analyst
5 8 (6.78%) IT Analyst
5 8 (6.78%) Network Engineer
5 8 (6.78%) Security Engineer
5 8 (6.78%) Server Engineer
5 8 (6.78%) Service Desk Analyst
5 8 (6.78%) Support Analyst
6 7 (5.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 7 (5.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 7 (5.93%) IT Engineer
6 7 (5.93%) Team Leader
6 7 (5.93%) Wintel Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.17%) Data Centre
2 9 (7.63%) Handset
3 7 (5.93%) Driving Licence
4 6 (5.08%) CLARiiON
4 6 (5.08%) Clustering
5 5 (4.24%) Blackberry
5 5 (4.24%) PKI
6 4 (3.39%) Fat Client
6 4 (3.39%) Replication
6 4 (3.39%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (3.39%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.69%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (1.69%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.69%) IVR
7 2 (1.69%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.69%) NHS
8 1 (0.85%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.85%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 80 (67.80%) Windows
2 42 (35.59%) Windows Server
3 40 (33.90%) Windows 10
4 28 (23.73%) Windows 7
5 23 (19.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (9.32%) Android
8 8 (6.78%) Apple iOS
9 6 (5.08%) Linux
10 5 (4.24%) Windows 8
10 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (1.69%) Solaris
11 2 (1.69%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.85%) CentOS
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (20.34%) ITIL
2 16 (13.56%) Incident Management
3 15 (12.71%) Application Packaging
4 14 (11.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 14 (11.86%) Kalman Filter
5 13 (11.02%) Service Management
6 10 (8.47%) CRM
6 10 (8.47%) Network Monitoring
6 10 (8.47%) Web Filtering
7 8 (6.78%) Network Load Balancing
7 8 (6.78%) Penetration Testing
8 7 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (5.93%) ITSM
9 6 (5.08%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (5.08%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (5.08%) Migration
9 6 (5.08%) SIEM
10 5 (4.24%) Asset Management
10 5 (4.24%) Proactive Monitoring
10 5 (4.24%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.71%) SQL
2 10 (8.47%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.69%) VBScript
4 1 (0.85%) Java
Qualifications
1 14 (11.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (5.93%) MCSE
3 6 (5.08%) MCP
3 6 (5.08%) MCSA
3 6 (5.08%) SC Cleared
3 6 (5.08%) Security Cleared
4 5 (4.24%) CCNA
4 5 (4.24%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (4.24%) DBS Check
5 3 (2.54%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.69%) CISSP
6 2 (1.69%) CNE
6 2 (1.69%) Novell Certification
6 2 (1.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.85%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.85%) CEH
7 1 (0.85%) CREST Certified
7 1 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.85%) MCITP
7 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (4.24%) PCI DSS
2 5 (4.24%) SLA
3 2 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.85%) COBIT
4 1 (0.85%) COSO
4 1 (0.85%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.85%) GDPR
4 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 56 (47.46%) Active Directory
2 20 (16.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (16.10%) Hyper-V
4 15 (12.71%) XenApp
5 8 (6.78%) XenDesktop
6 7 (5.93%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (5.93%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (4.24%) BitLocker
8 4 (3.39%) vCloud
8 4 (3.39%) VMware NSX
8 4 (3.39%) VMware Server
8 4 (3.39%) vSphere
9 3 (2.54%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (2.54%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (1.69%) KVM
10 2 (1.69%) ProxySG
10 2 (1.69%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 25 (21.19%) SCCM
2 9 (7.63%) WSUS
3 8 (6.78%) Cisco Prime
4 6 (5.08%) Backup Exec
4 6 (5.08%) SCOM
5 5 (4.24%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (4.24%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.54%) SCVMM
6 3 (2.54%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.85%) Nessus
7 1 (0.85%) QRadar
Vendors
1 62 (52.54%) Microsoft
2 45 (38.14%) Cisco
3 41 (34.75%) Citrix
4 40 (33.90%) VMware
5 17 (14.41%) Dell
5 17 (14.41%) Veeam
6 15 (12.71%) Meraki
7 14 (11.86%) HP
7 14 (11.86%) SolarWinds
8 12 (10.17%) CheckPoint
8 12 (10.17%) F5
9 11 (9.32%) McAfee
9 11 (9.32%) Mitel
10 8 (6.78%) EMC
11 6 (5.08%) Fortinet
11 6 (5.08%) Intel
11 6 (5.08%) Symantec
12 5 (4.24%) arcserve
12 5 (4.24%) Forcepoint
12 5 (4.24%) Remedy