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 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 556 599 585
Rank change year-on-year +43 -14  
Contract jobs citing Sophos 59 46 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.085% 0.10%
As % of the Vendors category 0.29% 0.19% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 32 30
Median daily rate £281 £345 £243
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.47% +42.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £328
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £345 £275
% change year-on-year -27.53% +25.45%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 9
Median hourly rate £17.39 - £13.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.39 - £13.00

Sophos is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 20543 24211 25040
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 43.83% 44.90% 44.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 12469 14933 14677
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £569 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 717 824 1120
Median hourly rate £18.50 £20.39 £18.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.26% +7.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £11.50 £11.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Sophos
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Sophos as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 22 June 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 30 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 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +61 53 £325 -2.25% 12
South East +31 17 £183 -45.11% 3
London +19 16 £356 +9.61% 2
Oxfordshire 0 9 £150 -60.00% 2
South West +20 8 £245 -32.41% 1
West Midlands +18 4 £400 +23.07% 2
Hampshire +10 4 £373 +14.61% 1
Witney - 4 £140 -
Birmingham +11 3 £400 +125.35% 1
Oxford -2 3 £150 -60.00%
East Midlands -8 3 £450 +28.57% 1
Gloucestershire - 3 - -
Somerset - 3 £245 -
East of England - 3 £325 - 1
Hook - 3 £375 -
Leicestershire -6 2 £450 +28.57%
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
Taunton - 2 £245 -
Hertfordshire - 2 - - 1
Belfast - 2 £250 -
County Antrim - 2 £250 -
Abingdon - 2 £231 - 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -
Scotland +32 1 - - 2
Yorkshire +26 1 - -
North West +21 1 - - 2
Coventry +14 1 £140 -57.89% 1
Manchester +8 1 - -
Wiltshire +5 1 - -
Bridgend +3 1 £450 +12.50%

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 89 (76.07%) Windows
2 63 (53.85%) Active Directory
3 47 (40.17%) Firewall
3 47 (40.17%) Windows Server 2012
3 47 (40.17%) Windows Server
4 42 (35.90%) Microsoft
5 34 (29.06%) VMware
6 32 (27.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (25.64%) Cisco
8 28 (23.93%) Windows 7
9 25 (21.37%) DNS
10 24 (20.51%) SAN
11 23 (19.66%) SCCM
11 23 (19.66%) Windows Server 2003
12 22 (18.80%) HP
13 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
13 21 (17.95%) MS Exchange
13 21 (17.95%) WAN
14 20 (17.09%) LAN
14 20 (17.09%) VMware Infrastructure
15 19 (16.24%) DHCP
15 19 (16.24%) Citrix
15 19 (16.24%) VPN
15 19 (16.24%) Office 365
16 18 (15.38%) PowerShell
17 16 (13.68%) Finance
17 16 (13.68%) SQL
17 16 (13.68%) ITIL
17 16 (13.68%) Hyper-V
18 15 (12.82%) Cisco ASA

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 21 (17.95%) MS Exchange
2 11 (9.40%) Exchange Server 2013
2 11 (9.40%) SharePoint
3 10 (8.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (6.84%) IIS
5 6 (5.13%) Skype for Business
6 3 (2.56%) Apache
6 3 (2.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (2.56%) Documentum
7 2 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2000
8 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.85%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (6.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.85%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 19 (16.24%) Office 365
2 13 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.42%) IaaS
4 4 (3.42%) Mimecast
5 3 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.85%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.85%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 47 (40.17%) Firewall
2 25 (21.37%) DNS
3 24 (20.51%) SAN
4 21 (17.95%) WAN
5 20 (17.09%) LAN
6 19 (16.24%) DHCP
6 19 (16.24%) VPN
7 15 (12.82%) Cisco ASA
8 14 (11.97%) Network Security
9 11 (9.40%) VoIP
10 8 (6.84%) VLAN
10 8 (6.84%) Wireless
11 6 (5.13%) NAS
12 5 (4.27%) ADSL
12 5 (4.27%) Internet
12 5 (4.27%) IPsec
12 5 (4.27%) IPv4
12 5 (4.27%) IPv6
12 5 (4.27%) PBX
12 5 (4.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.27%) SQL Server 2005
2 5 (4.27%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.71%) MySQL
3 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.85%) FileMaker
Development Applications
1 4 (3.42%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.85%) Redmine
General
1 16 (13.68%) Finance
2 12 (10.26%) Legal
3 7 (5.98%) Telecoms
4 6 (5.13%) Retail
5 4 (3.42%) Local Government
6 3 (2.56%) Publishing
7 2 (1.71%) Banking
8 1 (0.85%) Billing
8 1 (0.85%) Law
8 1 (0.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (20.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 19 (16.24%) Analyst
3 17 (14.53%) Support Engineer
4 14 (11.97%) 2nd Line Support
4 14 (11.97%) Server Engineer
5 13 (11.11%) Network Engineer
6 11 (9.40%) Desktop Support
7 10 (8.55%) Security Analyst
7 10 (8.55%) Server Support
8 9 (7.69%) Consultant
8 9 (7.69%) Windows Server Support
9 8 (6.84%) IT Support
9 8 (6.84%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (5.98%) 3rd Line Support
10 7 (5.98%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (5.98%) Windows Support Engineer
11 6 (5.13%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 6 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
11 6 (5.13%) Security Engineer
11 6 (5.13%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.27%) WAP
2 3 (2.56%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.71%) .NET
4 1 (0.85%) LAMP
4 1 (0.85%) LEMP Stack
4 1 (0.85%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.82%) Data Centre
2 7 (5.98%) Clustering
3 6 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (4.27%) Driving Licence
4 5 (4.27%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (3.42%) Blackberry
5 4 (3.42%) PKI
5 4 (3.42%) Replication
6 3 (2.56%) CCTV
6 3 (2.56%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.71%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.71%) EPoS
7 2 (1.71%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.71%) NHS
8 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.85%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.85%) Handset
8 1 (0.85%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 89 (76.07%) Windows
2 47 (40.17%) Windows Server
2 47 (40.17%) Windows Server 2012
3 32 (27.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 28 (23.93%) Windows 7
5 23 (19.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (10.26%) Windows 10
7 11 (9.40%) Linux
8 6 (5.13%) Windows 8
9 5 (4.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (4.27%) Windows XP
10 2 (1.71%) Android
10 2 (1.71%) Unix
11 1 (0.85%) CentOS
11 1 (0.85%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.85%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (13.68%) ITIL
2 10 (8.55%) Disaster Recovery
3 9 (7.69%) Asset Management
4 8 (6.84%) Virtual Environments
5 7 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
5 7 (5.98%) Information Security
5 7 (5.98%) Migration
6 6 (5.13%) Project Management
6 6 (5.13%) Server Virtualisation
7 5 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (3.42%) Configuration Management
8 4 (3.42%) Data Protection
8 4 (3.42%) Hardware Maintenance
8 4 (3.42%) IT Audit
8 4 (3.42%) Performance Monitoring
8 4 (3.42%) Performance Testing
8 4 (3.42%) Programme Delivery
8 4 (3.42%) Security Testing
8 4 (3.42%) SIEM
8 4 (3.42%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 18 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 16 (13.68%) SQL
3 8 (6.84%) VBScript
4 3 (2.56%) Python
5 1 (0.85%) C
5 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (12.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (8.55%) MCSE
4 9 (7.69%) CCNP
5 8 (6.84%) Security Cleared
6 7 (5.98%) CEH
6 7 (5.98%) SSCP
7 5 (4.27%) CCNA
7 5 (4.27%) DV Cleared
7 5 (4.27%) MCSA
8 3 (2.56%) CCIE
8 3 (2.56%) CHFI
8 3 (2.56%) GCWN
8 3 (2.56%) GISF
8 3 (2.56%) MCP
8 3 (2.56%) MCSD
9 2 (1.71%) CISSP
9 2 (1.71%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.71%) MCTS
9 2 (1.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (5.98%) SLA
3 6 (5.13%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.85%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.85%) QA
System Software
1 63 (53.85%) Active Directory
2 20 (17.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (13.68%) Hyper-V
4 10 (8.55%) vSphere
5 8 (6.84%) XenApp
6 7 (5.98%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (4.27%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (4.27%) VMware Server
8 4 (3.42%) BitLocker
9 3 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.71%) Terminal Services
10 2 (1.71%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.85%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.85%) pfSense
11 1 (0.85%) Squid
Systems Management
1 23 (19.66%) SCCM
2 8 (6.84%) WSUS
3 7 (5.98%) NetBackup
4 6 (5.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 5 (4.27%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (4.27%) SCOM
6 4 (3.42%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 4 (3.42%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (3.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (2.56%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (2.56%) Nessus
7 3 (2.56%) Sysprep
7 3 (2.56%) Tivoli
7 3 (2.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (1.71%) Backup Exec
8 2 (1.71%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.85%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.85%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 42 (35.90%) Microsoft
2 34 (29.06%) VMware
3 30 (25.64%) Cisco
4 22 (18.80%) HP
5 19 (16.24%) Citrix
6 15 (12.82%) Symantec
7 10 (8.55%) CheckPoint
7 10 (8.55%) McAfee
8 8 (6.84%) Avaya
8 8 (6.84%) Dell
9 7 (5.98%) F5
9 7 (5.98%) Forcepoint
9 7 (5.98%) Juniper
9 7 (5.98%) NetApp
9 7 (5.98%) SolarWinds
9 7 (5.98%) Veeam
10 6 (5.13%) Fortinet
10 6 (5.13%) Meraki
10 6 (5.13%) Palo Alto
11 5 (4.27%) Red Hat
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