Period
to 17 December 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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 770 734 793
Rank change year-on-year -36 +59 +18
Contract jobs citing Sophos 120 152 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.15% 0.093%
As % of the Vendors category 0.27% 0.35% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 100 45
UK median daily rate £300 £290 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -17.14% +55.56%
10th Percentile £150 £151 £146
90th Percentile £488 £514 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £250 £325
% change year-on-year +40.00% -23.08% +44.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 12
UK median hourly rate £11.00 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.00% +8.70% +86.16%
10th Percentile £10.50 £18.50 £14.38
90th Percentile £23.90 £27.97 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 £25.00 £16.13
% change year-on-year -56.00% +55.04% +30.51%

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 44,381 43,329 46,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.30% 42.22% 45.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,584 27,145 28,192
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £256 £233 £240
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,639 1,401 1,684
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% -5.71%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.71 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £16.78 £16.50
% change year-on-year -0.16% +1.68% -2.94%

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 17 December 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 17 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 December 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 -19 113 £300 +1.69% 32
UK excluding London -35 61 £350 +40.00% 26
London -9 58 £240 -33.79% 7
South East +2 18 £422 +100.95% 6
East of England 0 11 £290 +72.62% 8
North of England -19 10 £275 -42.11% 5
South West -27 9 £254 +8.19% 4
North West -13 8 £350 -30.00% 4
Midlands -28 7 £355 +20.34% 2
West Midlands -20 5 £350 -17.65%
Scotland -18 3 £538 +65.38%
Wales -25 3 £350 -17.65% 1
East Midlands +2 2 £360 +44.00% 2
Yorkshire -13 2 £220 -45.00% 1

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 82 (68.33%) Windows
2 78 (65.00%) Active Directory
3 63 (52.50%) Microsoft
4 51 (42.50%) Office 365
5 48 (40.00%) Cisco
6 47 (39.17%) Firewall
7 44 (36.67%) VMware
7 44 (36.67%) Windows 10
8 43 (35.83%) Windows 7
8 43 (35.83%) Windows Server
9 39 (32.50%) MS Exchange
10 37 (30.83%) DNS
11 36 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 35 (29.17%) Microsoft Office
13 31 (25.83%) McAfee
14 30 (25.00%) DHCP
15 29 (24.17%) VPN
15 29 (24.17%) Citrix
16 26 (21.67%) Windows Server 2008
17 23 (19.17%) ITIL
18 21 (17.50%) VMware Infrastructure
18 21 (17.50%) Mimecast
19 20 (16.67%) SCCM
20 19 (15.83%) Linux
20 19 (15.83%) LAN
21 18 (15.00%) WAN
21 18 (15.00%) Backup Exec
21 18 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 17 (14.17%) Android
22 17 (14.17%) Veeam

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 39 (32.50%) MS Exchange
2 17 (14.17%) SharePoint
3 13 (10.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (4.17%) IIS
5 4 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (2.50%) OpenStack
7 2 (1.67%) CMS
7 2 (1.67%) MS Project Server
7 2 (1.67%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 35 (29.17%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.83%) Maya
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (3.33%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (2.50%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 51 (42.50%) Office 365
2 21 (17.50%) Mimecast
3 14 (11.67%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (2.50%) IaaS
5 2 (1.67%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.83%) G Suite
6 1 (0.83%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.83%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 47 (39.17%) Firewall
2 37 (30.83%) DNS
3 30 (25.00%) DHCP
4 29 (24.17%) VPN
5 19 (15.83%) LAN
6 18 (15.00%) WAN
7 12 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
8 11 (9.17%) VLAN
9 10 (8.33%) Cisco IOS
9 10 (8.33%) Wireless
10 9 (7.50%) Internet
10 9 (7.50%) Structured Cabling
10 9 (7.50%) TCP/IP
11 8 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
11 8 (6.67%) Network Security
11 8 (6.67%) VoIP
11 8 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (5.83%) SAN
13 6 (5.00%) IPsec
13 6 (5.00%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 4 (3.33%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.83%) Hudson
2 1 (0.83%) JIRA
General
1 11 (9.17%) Finance
2 8 (6.67%) Retail
3 5 (4.17%) Back Office
3 5 (4.17%) Legal
4 3 (2.50%) Law
4 3 (2.50%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.83%) Banking
5 1 (0.83%) Marketing
5 1 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.83%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (32.50%) Analyst
2 22 (18.33%) Support Analyst
3 18 (15.00%) Desktop Support
4 16 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 13 (10.83%) 2nd Line Support
6 12 (10.00%) IT Support
6 12 (10.00%) Network Engineer
7 11 (9.17%) Support Engineer
8 9 (7.50%) Desktop Engineer
8 9 (7.50%) Security Engineer
9 8 (6.67%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
9 8 (6.67%) Service Analyst
9 8 (6.67%) Service Desk Analyst
10 7 (5.83%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
10 7 (5.83%) Desktop Analyst
10 7 (5.83%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 7 (5.83%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
10 7 (5.83%) IT Analyst
10 7 (5.83%) IT Support Analyst
11 6 (5.00%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.50%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.33%) Blackberry
1 10 (8.33%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.33%) Clustering
3 4 (3.33%) PKI
4 3 (2.50%) CESG
4 3 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.67%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.67%) EMC VNX
5 2 (1.67%) EMC VNXe
6 1 (0.83%) Handset
6 1 (0.83%) iPhone
6 1 (0.83%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 82 (68.33%) Windows
2 44 (36.67%) Windows 10
3 43 (35.83%) Windows 7
3 43 (35.83%) Windows Server
4 36 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (21.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (15.83%) Linux
7 17 (14.17%) Android
8 11 (9.17%) Apple iOS
9 7 (5.83%) Mac OS X
9 7 (5.83%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (4.17%) Unix
11 3 (2.50%) CentOS
11 3 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (2.50%) Ubuntu
11 3 (2.50%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.67%) Mac OS
12 2 (1.67%) Windows 2000
12 2 (1.67%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.83%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (19.17%) ITIL
2 18 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 17 (14.17%) Patch Management
4 14 (11.67%) Asset Management
4 14 (11.67%) Information Security
5 12 (10.00%) Proactive Monitoring
5 12 (10.00%) Service Management
6 11 (9.17%) Cybersecurity
6 11 (9.17%) Root Cause Analysis
7 10 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (8.33%) Service Delivery
8 9 (7.50%) Continuous Improvement
8 9 (7.50%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (6.67%) Incident Management
9 8 (6.67%) Investment Management
9 8 (6.67%) Migration
9 8 (6.67%) Time Management
10 6 (5.00%) Change Management
10 6 (5.00%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 14 (11.67%) PowerShell
2 5 (4.17%) SQL
3 3 (2.50%) Python
3 3 (2.50%) VBScript
4 2 (1.67%) Java
5 1 (0.83%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 17 (14.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (9.17%) MCP
2 11 (9.17%) MCSE
3 10 (8.33%) Security Cleared
4 9 (7.50%) SC Cleared
5 7 (5.83%) Degree
6 6 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (5.00%) DBS Check
7 5 (4.17%) CEH
7 5 (4.17%) CHECK Team Member
7 5 (4.17%) CISSP
7 5 (4.17%) MCSA
8 3 (2.50%) CCIE
8 3 (2.50%) CCNA
8 3 (2.50%) CREST Certified
8 3 (2.50%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (1.67%) CNE
9 2 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.67%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (12.50%) SLA
2 8 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.50%) COBIT
3 3 (2.50%) COSO
3 3 (2.50%) GDPR
3 3 (2.50%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.83%) GAMP
4 1 (0.83%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.83%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 78 (65.00%) Active Directory
2 21 (17.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (10.00%) Hyper-V
4 11 (9.17%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (8.33%) vSphere
6 9 (7.50%) VMware Server
7 5 (4.17%) Terminal Services
8 3 (2.50%) Firmware
8 3 (2.50%) NFS
8 3 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (2.50%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.67%) XenApp
10 1 (0.83%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.83%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 20 (16.67%) SCCM
2 18 (15.00%) Backup Exec
3 16 (13.33%) WSUS
4 11 (9.17%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (5.00%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (5.00%) Nessus
6 5 (4.17%) SCOM
6 5 (4.17%) vCenter Server
6 5 (4.17%) ZABBIX
7 3 (2.50%) QRadar
7 3 (2.50%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (1.67%) AirWatch
8 2 (1.67%) CASB
8 2 (1.67%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.67%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.67%) NetBackup
8 2 (1.67%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.83%) SCDPM
9 1 (0.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 63 (52.50%) Microsoft
2 48 (40.00%) Cisco
3 44 (36.67%) VMware
4 31 (25.83%) McAfee
5 29 (24.17%) Citrix
6 17 (14.17%) Veeam
7 16 (13.33%) Symantec
8 15 (12.50%) Juniper
9 14 (11.67%) CheckPoint
10 13 (10.83%) Avaya
10 13 (10.83%) HP
11 12 (10.00%) Dell
12 10 (8.33%) Apple
13 9 (7.50%) Ivanti
13 9 (7.50%) Palo Alto
13 9 (7.50%) Shavlik
14 8 (6.67%) Forcepoint
14 8 (6.67%) NetApp
15 7 (5.83%) Mitel
16 6 (5.00%) SolarWinds