Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 733 789 791
Rank change year-on-year +56 +2 -107
Contract jobs citing Sophos 142 95 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.089% 0.096%
As % of the Vendors category 0.33% 0.20% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 49 63
UK median daily rate £325 £350 £230
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +52.17% -34.29%
10th Percentile £149 £186 £125
90th Percentile £513 £500 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £325 £225
% change year-on-year -3.85% +44.44% -35.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 10
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £13.36
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.70% +72.22% -1.07%
10th Percentile £18.50 £13.99 £8.94
90th Percentile £27.97 £28.75 £18.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £16.13 £13.36
% change year-on-year +55.04% +20.74% +27.19%

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 42613 47842 49581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.90% 45.05% 43.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 26335 29231 29204
UK median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £243 £240 £225
90th Percentile £620 £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 1386 1711 2170
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.10 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -2.29% +4.67%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £45.22 £45.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.84 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +2.03% -2.94% +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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +69 120 £366 +7.72% 38
London +47 70 £390 -17.89% 10
UK excluding London +44 67 £313 -3.85% 28
South East +9 18 £240 -26.15% 19
Scotland +26 12 £325 -13.33%
Midlands +34 11 £413 +21.32% 2
North of England +80 9 £500 +42.86% 4
South West +19 9 £240 -25.00%
West Midlands +26 8 £425 +25.00% 1
North West +19 7 £500 +42.86% 2
Wales +13 3 £438 -2.78%
East Midlands +2 3 £250 -28.57% 1
East of England -21 3 £213 +8.12% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -
Yorkshire - 2 £125 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 111 (78.17%) Windows
2 76 (53.52%) Active Directory
3 63 (44.37%) Microsoft
4 58 (40.85%) Windows Server
5 51 (35.92%) Firewall
6 47 (33.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (30.99%) VMware
7 44 (30.99%) Cisco
8 41 (28.87%) DNS
9 37 (26.06%) SCCM
10 34 (23.94%) Windows 7
11 33 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
12 32 (22.54%) MS Exchange
13 31 (21.83%) Windows Server 2008
14 29 (20.42%) DHCP
15 27 (19.01%) Microsoft Certification
16 26 (18.31%) Symantec
17 25 (17.61%) Citrix
17 25 (17.61%) Linux
18 24 (16.90%) ITIL
18 24 (16.90%) SAN
18 24 (16.90%) Office 365
19 22 (15.49%) Hyper-V
20 21 (14.79%) HP
20 21 (14.79%) Finance
21 20 (14.08%) Cisco Certification
22 19 (13.38%) Juniper
22 19 (13.38%) PowerShell
23 18 (12.68%) Veeam
23 18 (12.68%) WSUS

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 32 (22.54%) MS Exchange
2 11 (7.75%) Exchange Server 2007
2 11 (7.75%) IIS
3 10 (7.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (6.34%) SharePoint
5 6 (4.23%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2000
7 4 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (2.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.11%) Documentum
8 3 (2.11%) Skype for Business
9 2 (1.41%) WordPress
10 1 (0.70%) Apache
10 1 (0.70%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (4.93%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 24 (16.90%) Office 365
2 11 (7.75%) Mimecast
3 10 (7.04%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (3.52%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (2.82%) G Suite
6 2 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.41%) IaaS
7 1 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.70%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 51 (35.92%) Firewall
2 41 (28.87%) DNS
3 29 (20.42%) DHCP
4 24 (16.90%) SAN
5 18 (12.68%) LAN
6 16 (11.27%) Cisco ASA
7 14 (9.86%) TCP/IP
8 13 (9.15%) Network Security
9 12 (8.45%) VPN
9 12 (8.45%) WAN
10 10 (7.04%) Wireless
11 9 (6.34%) VLAN
12 7 (4.93%) Internet
13 6 (4.23%) IPsec
13 6 (4.23%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (3.52%) ADSL
14 5 (3.52%) PBX
15 4 (2.82%) SNMP
15 4 (2.82%) SSH
15 4 (2.82%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.82%) MongoDB
3 3 (2.11%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (2.11%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.41%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.41%) Crystal Reports
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
5 1 (0.70%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 11 (7.75%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.70%) Redmine
General
1 21 (14.79%) Finance
2 6 (4.23%) Legal
3 4 (2.82%) Marketing
3 4 (2.82%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.11%) Advertising
4 3 (2.11%) Retail
5 2 (1.41%) Electronics
5 2 (1.41%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.41%) Multimedia
5 2 (1.41%) Publishing
6 1 (0.70%) Back Office
6 1 (0.70%) Law
6 1 (0.70%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 29 (20.42%) Analyst
2 18 (12.68%) Support Engineer
3 16 (11.27%) Network Engineer
4 14 (9.86%) Server Engineer
5 13 (9.15%) Security Analyst
6 12 (8.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (7.04%) 2nd Line Support
7 10 (7.04%) Support Analyst
8 9 (6.34%) Architect
8 9 (6.34%) Consultant
9 8 (5.63%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 8 (5.63%) Active Directory Support
9 8 (5.63%) Security Consultant
9 8 (5.63%) Server Support
9 8 (5.63%) Windows Engineer
9 8 (5.63%) Windows Server Support
10 7 (4.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 7 (4.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 7 (4.93%) Administrator
10 7 (4.93%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.63%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.11%) Web Services
3 2 (1.41%) CGI
4 1 (0.70%) LAMP
4 1 (0.70%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (0.70%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.70%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.04%) Management Information System
2 9 (6.34%) NHS
2 9 (6.34%) PKI
3 7 (4.93%) Clustering
4 6 (4.23%) Computer Science
4 6 (4.23%) Driving Licence
5 5 (3.52%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.82%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.82%) BYOD
7 3 (2.11%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.11%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.11%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Licensing
7 3 (2.11%) Replication
7 3 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.41%) Digital Media
8 2 (1.41%) HP Storage
8 2 (1.41%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.41%) Streaming Media
9 1 (0.70%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 111 (78.17%) Windows
2 58 (40.85%) Windows Server
3 47 (33.10%) Windows Server 2012
4 34 (23.94%) Windows 7
5 31 (21.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (17.61%) Linux
7 17 (11.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (11.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (7.04%) Windows 10
9 8 (5.63%) Android
10 6 (4.23%) Apple iOS
11 4 (2.82%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (2.11%) Mac OS X
12 3 (2.11%) Windows 8
13 2 (1.41%) Unix
14 1 (0.70%) CentOS
14 1 (0.70%) Check Point GAiA
14 1 (0.70%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.70%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (16.90%) ITIL
2 12 (8.45%) Change Control
2 12 (8.45%) Security Operations
3 11 (7.75%) Configuration Management
3 11 (7.75%) Information Security
3 11 (7.75%) Migration
3 11 (7.75%) Threat Modelling
4 10 (7.04%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (7.04%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (6.34%) Incident Management
5 9 (6.34%) SIEM
6 7 (4.93%) Patch Management
7 6 (4.23%) Kalman Filter
7 6 (4.23%) Release Management
7 6 (4.23%) Service Management
7 6 (4.23%) Web Filtering
8 5 (3.52%) Penetration Testing
8 5 (3.52%) Problem Management
8 5 (3.52%) Project Management
8 5 (3.52%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (13.38%) PowerShell
2 14 (9.86%) SQL
3 7 (4.93%) Python
4 5 (3.52%) VBScript
5 1 (0.70%) C
5 1 (0.70%) Perl
5 1 (0.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 27 (19.01%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (14.08%) Cisco Certification
3 16 (11.27%) MCSA
3 16 (11.27%) MCSE
4 13 (9.15%) CCNP
5 12 (8.45%) CCNA
6 10 (7.04%) CEH
6 10 (7.04%) Security Cleared
7 9 (6.34%) Degree
7 9 (6.34%) MCP
7 9 (6.34%) SSCP
7 9 (6.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.93%) DV Cleared
9 6 (4.23%) CHFI
10 5 (3.52%) DBS Check
10 5 (3.52%) MCITP
10 5 (3.52%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (2.82%) A+ Certification
11 4 (2.82%) CCIE
11 4 (2.82%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (10.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (9.86%) SLA
3 7 (4.93%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.11%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (2.11%) GDPR
5 2 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 76 (53.52%) Active Directory
2 33 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (15.49%) Hyper-V
4 13 (9.15%) vSphere
5 8 (5.63%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (4.93%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (4.93%) XenApp
7 4 (2.82%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (2.11%) BitLocker
8 3 (2.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (2.11%) Firmware
8 3 (2.11%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (2.11%) Terminal Services
8 3 (2.11%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.41%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.70%) pfSense
10 1 (0.70%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 37 (26.06%) SCCM
2 18 (12.68%) WSUS
3 14 (9.86%) Backup Exec
4 13 (9.15%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (5.63%) NetBackup
6 7 (4.93%) Nessus
7 5 (3.52%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (2.82%) MOM
8 4 (2.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 4 (2.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 4 (2.82%) vCenter Server
9 3 (2.11%) AirWatch
9 3 (2.11%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (2.11%) SCOM
9 3 (2.11%) SmoothWall
9 3 (2.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 2 (1.41%) DameWare
10 2 (1.41%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 2 (1.41%) HP Data Protector
11 1 (0.70%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 63 (44.37%) Microsoft
2 44 (30.99%) Cisco
2 44 (30.99%) VMware
3 26 (18.31%) Symantec
4 25 (17.61%) Citrix
5 21 (14.79%) HP
6 19 (13.38%) Juniper
7 18 (12.68%) McAfee
7 18 (12.68%) Veeam
8 14 (9.86%) Red Hat
8 14 (9.86%) SolarWinds
9 13 (9.15%) CheckPoint
10 11 (7.75%) FireEye
11 10 (7.04%) Dell
11 10 (7.04%) F5
12 9 (6.34%) Google
13 8 (5.63%) Apple
14 7 (4.93%) Forcepoint
14 7 (4.93%) Qualys
15 6 (4.23%) LogRhythm