Period
to 23 August 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 August 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 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 691 807 740
Rank change year-on-year +116 -67 -44
Contract jobs citing Sophos 142 76 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.070% 0.11%
As % of the Vendors category 0.34% 0.16% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 54 70
UK median daily rate £289 £350 £233
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.50% +50.54% -28.46%
10th Percentile £139 £146 £145
90th Percentile £488 £498 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £345 £238
% change year-on-year -27.54% +45.26% -26.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 14
UK median hourly rate £25.25 £21.50 £12.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.44% +68.63% -16.39%
10th Percentile £16.28 £12.55 £11.38
90th Percentile £27.29 £24.25 £16.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £12.75
% change year-on-year +16.28% +68.63% +2.00%

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.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 41845 48586 50049
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.57% 44.94% 44.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 25615 29815 29151
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +2.56%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1381 1638 2218
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.43% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.48
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.38 £17.00
% change year-on-year -5.04% +2.21% +3.03%

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 August 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 August 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 +98 123 £300 -13.04% 19
UK excluding London +72 81 £250 -27.54% 14
London +44 54 £350 -20.00% 6
South East +37 21 £180 -47.06% 5
South West +18 17 £310 +93.75% 3
Midlands +16 15 £425 +38.21% 2
West Midlands +33 10 £400 +30.08%
North of England +63 9 £165 -61.74% 2
Scotland +35 8 £290 -22.67% 1
East of England -5 7 £250 - 1
Yorkshire +34 5 £165 -62.29%
East Midlands -9 5 £450 +28.57% 2
North West +26 4 £500 +53.85% 1
Wales +2 2 £380 -5.00%
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 112 (78.87%) Windows
2 71 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 64 (45.07%) Microsoft
4 59 (41.55%) Windows Server
5 54 (38.03%) Firewall
6 46 (32.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (30.99%) Cisco
8 43 (30.28%) VMware
9 42 (29.58%) DNS
10 39 (27.46%) SCCM
11 33 (23.24%) MS Exchange
12 31 (21.83%) DHCP
12 31 (21.83%) Windows 7
13 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2008
14 29 (20.42%) SAN
15 27 (19.01%) VMware Infrastructure
16 26 (18.31%) Windows Server 2003
16 26 (18.31%) Microsoft Certification
17 25 (17.61%) Citrix
17 25 (17.61%) HP
18 22 (15.49%) Cisco Certification
18 22 (15.49%) Finance
18 22 (15.49%) Office 365
19 21 (14.79%) SQL Server
19 21 (14.79%) ITIL
19 21 (14.79%) Symantec
20 20 (14.08%) Hyper-V
21 19 (13.38%) PowerShell
21 19 (13.38%) Cisco ASA
21 19 (13.38%) VPN

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 33 (23.24%) MS Exchange
2 13 (9.15%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (7.75%) IIS
4 9 (6.34%) Exchange Server 2007
4 9 (6.34%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (6.34%) SharePoint
5 5 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2000
5 5 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (3.52%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.82%) Apache
6 4 (2.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (2.11%) Documentum
8 2 (1.41%) WordPress
9 1 (0.70%) SAS
Applications
1 11 (7.75%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.41%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 22 (15.49%) Office 365
2 11 (7.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (7.04%) Mimecast
4 5 (3.52%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (2.82%) G Suite
5 4 (2.82%) IaaS
6 3 (2.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.70%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.70%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 54 (38.03%) Firewall
2 42 (29.58%) DNS
3 31 (21.83%) DHCP
4 29 (20.42%) SAN
5 19 (13.38%) Cisco ASA
5 19 (13.38%) VPN
6 18 (12.68%) LAN
6 18 (12.68%) WAN
7 14 (9.86%) Network Security
8 13 (9.15%) TCP/IP
9 12 (8.45%) VLAN
10 10 (7.04%) VoIP
11 9 (6.34%) Wireless
12 7 (4.93%) Remote Desktop
13 6 (4.23%) Internet
13 6 (4.23%) IPsec
14 5 (3.52%) ADSL
14 5 (3.52%) PBX
14 5 (3.52%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (2.82%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (14.79%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.23%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (3.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.41%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.41%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (1.41%) MySQL
4 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2000
4 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.41%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.70%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 4 (2.82%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.70%) Redmine
General
1 22 (15.49%) Finance
2 7 (4.93%) Legal
3 5 (3.52%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.82%) Publishing
5 3 (2.11%) Local Government
5 3 (2.11%) Marketing
6 2 (1.41%) Advertising
6 2 (1.41%) Banking
6 2 (1.41%) Electronics
6 2 (1.41%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.41%) Retail
7 1 (0.70%) Back Office
7 1 (0.70%) Billing
7 1 (0.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 26 (18.31%) Analyst
2 20 (14.08%) Support Engineer
3 19 (13.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 16 (11.27%) Network Engineer
5 15 (10.56%) 2nd Line Support
6 12 (8.45%) Consultant
6 12 (8.45%) Server Engineer
7 11 (7.75%) Security Analyst
7 11 (7.75%) Server Support
7 11 (7.75%) Windows Server Support
8 10 (7.04%) Support Analyst
9 9 (6.34%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 9 (6.34%) Active Directory Support
9 9 (6.34%) Security Consultant
9 9 (6.34%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (5.63%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 8 (5.63%) Administrator
10 8 (5.63%) Desktop Support
10 8 (5.63%) Windows Support Engineer
11 7 (4.93%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.93%) 802.1X
2 5 (3.52%) WAP
3 3 (2.11%) Web Services
4 2 (1.41%) .NET
5 1 (0.70%) LAMP
5 1 (0.70%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.70%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.34%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.63%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.93%) Clustering
3 7 (4.93%) NHS
3 7 (4.93%) PKI
4 6 (4.23%) Driving Licence
4 6 (4.23%) Replication
5 5 (3.52%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.82%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.11%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (2.11%) BYOD
7 3 (2.11%) CCTV
7 3 (2.11%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.11%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (2.11%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.41%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.41%) EPoS
8 2 (1.41%) HP Storage
8 2 (1.41%) RSA SecurID
9 1 (0.70%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 112 (78.87%) Windows
2 59 (41.55%) Windows Server
3 46 (32.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (21.83%) Windows 7
5 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (18.31%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (10.56%) Linux
8 11 (7.75%) Windows 10
9 6 (4.23%) Android
9 6 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (4.23%) Windows 8
10 5 (3.52%) Windows XP
11 4 (2.82%) Mac OS X
11 4 (2.82%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (1.41%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.70%) CentOS
13 1 (0.70%) Check Point GAiA
13 1 (0.70%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.70%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (14.79%) ITIL
2 11 (7.75%) Information Security
3 10 (7.04%) Migration
4 7 (4.93%) Asset Management
4 7 (4.93%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (4.93%) Patch Management
4 7 (4.93%) Proactive Monitoring
5 6 (4.23%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (4.23%) Incident Management
5 6 (4.23%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (4.23%) SIEM
5 6 (4.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 5 (3.52%) Security Operations
7 4 (2.82%) Break/Fix
7 4 (2.82%) Configuration Management
7 4 (2.82%) Identity Management
7 4 (2.82%) Security Patching
7 4 (2.82%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (2.82%) Threat Modelling
7 4 (2.82%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 19 (13.38%) PowerShell
2 18 (12.68%) SQL
3 9 (6.34%) VBScript
4 4 (2.82%) Python
5 1 (0.70%) C
5 1 (0.70%) Perl
5 1 (0.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 26 (18.31%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (15.49%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (12.68%) MCSE
4 14 (9.86%) CCNP
5 13 (9.15%) MCSA
6 12 (8.45%) CCNA
7 9 (6.34%) Security Cleared
8 7 (4.93%) CEH
8 7 (4.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (4.23%) SSCP
10 5 (3.52%) CISSP
10 5 (3.52%) Degree
10 5 (3.52%) DV Cleared
10 5 (3.52%) MCITP
10 5 (3.52%) MCP
10 5 (3.52%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (2.82%) A+ Certification
11 4 (2.82%) CCIE
11 4 (2.82%) MCTS
12 3 (2.11%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (9.86%) SLA
2 12 (8.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (5.63%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.11%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (2.11%) GDPR
5 1 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.70%) QA
System Software
1 71 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 27 (19.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (14.08%) Hyper-V
4 15 (10.56%) vSphere
5 8 (5.63%) XenApp
6 7 (4.93%) BitLocker
6 7 (4.93%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (4.23%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (2.11%) Firmware
8 3 (2.11%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (2.11%) VMware Server
8 3 (2.11%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.41%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.70%) pfSense
10 1 (0.70%) Shibboleth
10 1 (0.70%) Squid
10 1 (0.70%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 39 (27.46%) SCCM
2 15 (10.56%) WSUS
3 11 (7.75%) Norton AntiVirus
4 8 (5.63%) Backup Exec
4 8 (5.63%) NetBackup
5 7 (4.93%) Nessus
5 7 (4.93%) SCOM
6 5 (3.52%) Failover Clustering
7 4 (2.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (2.82%) MOM
7 4 (2.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (2.82%) vCenter Server
8 3 (2.11%) HP Data Protector
8 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (2.11%) Sysprep
8 3 (2.11%) Tivoli
8 3 (2.11%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (1.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 64 (45.07%) Microsoft
2 44 (30.99%) Cisco
3 43 (30.28%) VMware
4 25 (17.61%) Citrix
4 25 (17.61%) HP
5 21 (14.79%) Symantec
6 17 (11.97%) Juniper
7 16 (11.27%) Veeam
8 15 (10.56%) CheckPoint
9 14 (9.86%) McAfee
10 13 (9.15%) SolarWinds
11 9 (6.34%) Apple
11 9 (6.34%) Dell
11 9 (6.34%) Google
12 8 (5.63%) F5
12 8 (5.63%) Forcepoint
13 7 (4.93%) NetApp
13 7 (4.93%) Palo Alto
14 6 (4.23%) Red Hat
15 5 (3.52%) Qualys