Period
to 9 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK > England
6 months to
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 451 402 297
Rank change year-on-year -49 -105 +61
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 467 539 826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.49% 0.57% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.60% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 369 598
England median daily rate £400 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +5.56%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £263
90th Percentile £525 £525 £525
UK median daily rate £395 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +5.33% -1.32% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 27 27
England median hourly rate £38.50 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +36.36% +27.91%
10th Percentile £13.79 £21.35 £17.03
90th Percentile £46.43 £47.25 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year - +36.36% +27.91%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 90,470 89,490 91,173
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.90% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,667 59,868 60,011
England median daily rate £456 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,745 2,600 3,024
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.41% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.80 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Systems Administrator in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Systems Administrator in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the England region over the 6 months to 9 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
London -34 178 £425 +6.25% 75
South East -47 89 £400 - 47
North of England +3 70 £375 +7.14% 27
Midlands +4 51 £363 +15.08% 26
South West -61 40 £375 - 24
East of England +3 38 £425 +61.90% 23
Yorkshire +14 37 £375 +7.14% 11
East Midlands +24 27 £369 +28.26% 13
West Midlands -20 24 £360 +2.86% 13
North West -25 22 £275 -21.43% 15
North East -4 11 £363 +11.54% 1
Systems Administrator
UK

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, Systems Administrator contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 237 (50.75%) Linux
2 206 (44.11%) Windows
3 143 (30.62%) Unix
4 124 (26.55%) VMware
5 110 (23.55%) Active Directory
6 96 (20.56%) Windows Server
7 84 (17.99%) DevOps
8 82 (17.56%) Amazon AWS
9 80 (17.13%) Python
10 78 (16.70%) CentOS
10 78 (16.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 76 (16.27%) Red Hat
12 75 (16.06%) VMware Infrastructure
13 71 (15.20%) Microsoft
13 71 (15.20%) ITIL
14 70 (14.99%) Security Cleared
15 61 (13.06%) Bash Shell
15 61 (13.06%) Puppet
16 54 (11.56%) PowerShell
17 50 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
18 48 (10.28%) SQL
19 47 (10.06%) Oracle
20 44 (9.42%) Finance
21 42 (8.99%) Nagios
21 42 (8.99%) Docker
22 41 (8.78%) Problem-Solving
23 40 (8.57%) Office 365
23 40 (8.57%) MySQL
23 40 (8.57%) SAN
23 40 (8.57%) Agile Software Development

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (8.35%) MS Exchange
2 33 (7.07%) Apache
3 20 (4.28%) nginx
4 12 (2.57%) SharePoint
4 12 (2.57%) Tomcat
5 10 (2.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 10 (2.14%) CMS
5 10 (2.14%) Confluence
6 9 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (1.50%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.07%) IIS
9 5 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.86%) IBM Domino
10 4 (0.86%) JBoss
10 4 (0.86%) lighttpd
10 4 (0.86%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.64%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 20 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.43%) Houdini
4 2 (0.43%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.43%) Maya
4 2 (0.43%) NUKE
4 2 (0.43%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.43%) Magento
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.21%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 82 (17.56%) Amazon AWS
2 50 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (8.57%) Office 365
4 24 (5.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 15 (3.21%) Amazon EC2
6 12 (2.57%) Amazon S3
7 11 (2.36%) Route 53
8 9 (1.93%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.86%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.86%) SaaS
10 3 (0.64%) CloudFront
10 3 (0.64%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.64%) IaaS
11 2 (0.43%) Akamai
11 2 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
11 2 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.43%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.43%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 40 (8.57%) SAN
2 33 (7.07%) DNS
2 33 (7.07%) Firewall
3 19 (4.07%) DHCP
4 17 (3.64%) TCP/IP
5 15 (3.21%) LAN
5 15 (3.21%) WAN
6 12 (2.57%) Internet
6 12 (2.57%) NAS
7 11 (2.36%) SSH
8 9 (1.93%) VPN
9 6 (1.28%) iSCSI
9 6 (1.28%) Skype
10 5 (1.07%) Fibre Channel
10 5 (1.07%) NetScaler
10 5 (1.07%) Network Security
10 5 (1.07%) SSL
11 4 (0.86%) SNMP
11 4 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.64%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.57%) MySQL
2 32 (6.85%) SQL Server
3 20 (4.28%) PostgreSQL
4 13 (2.78%) Amazon RDS
5 12 (2.57%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.71%) Power BI
7 7 (1.50%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.07%) Relational Database
8 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.86%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
9 4 (0.86%) Oracle Discoverer
9 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (0.64%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
10 3 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.64%) Lumira
10 3 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 32 (6.85%) Git (software)
2 24 (5.14%) Jenkins
3 16 (3.43%) JIRA
4 5 (1.07%) GitLab
5 3 (0.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.64%) Maven
5 3 (0.64%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.43%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.43%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.43%) Liquibase
6 2 (0.43%) Mercurial
6 2 (0.43%) MSI
6 2 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.21%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.21%) Subversion
7 1 (0.21%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.21%) Zephyr
General
1 44 (9.42%) Finance
2 18 (3.85%) Banking
3 14 (3.00%) Investment Banking
4 8 (1.71%) Retail
5 6 (1.28%) Law
5 6 (1.28%) Publishing
6 5 (1.07%) Legal
7 4 (0.86%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.64%) Automotive
9 2 (0.43%) Advertising
9 2 (0.43%) Games
9 2 (0.43%) Marketing
9 2 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.43%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.21%) Back Office
10 1 (0.21%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (5.14%) LDAP
2 19 (4.07%) Elastic Stack
2 19 (4.07%) Web Services
3 13 (2.78%) LEMP Stack
3 13 (2.78%) PHP-FPM
4 12 (2.57%) HTML
4 12 (2.57%) Memcached
5 7 (1.50%) LAMP
5 7 (1.50%) LAPP Stack
6 5 (1.07%) .NET
6 5 (1.07%) Middleware
6 5 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (0.86%) CSS
8 3 (0.64%) XML
9 2 (0.43%) EntireX
9 2 (0.43%) Kafka
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 1 (0.21%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.21%) Vue.js
10 1 (0.21%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.21%) Clustering
2 26 (5.57%) Management Information System
3 24 (5.14%) Data Centre
4 15 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (2.57%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (1.71%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.50%) Graphic Design
8 7 (1.50%) Replication
8 7 (1.50%) User Experience
9 6 (1.28%) NHS
10 5 (1.07%) Animation
11 4 (0.86%) FMCG
11 4 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
11 4 (0.86%) Freedom of Information Act
12 3 (0.64%) e-Learning
12 3 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.64%) PKI
12 3 (0.64%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 237 (50.75%) Linux
2 206 (44.11%) Windows
3 143 (30.62%) Unix
4 96 (20.56%) Windows Server
5 78 (16.70%) CentOS
5 78 (16.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 34 (7.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 31 (6.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 30 (6.42%) Solaris
9 26 (5.57%) AIX
10 22 (4.71%) Ubuntu
11 20 (4.28%) Debian
12 17 (3.64%) Windows 7
13 14 (3.00%) Windows 10
14 11 (2.36%) Windows Server 2003
15 6 (1.28%) FreeBSD
15 6 (1.28%) SUSE
16 4 (0.86%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.64%) HPUX
17 3 (0.64%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (17.99%) DevOps
2 71 (15.20%) ITIL
3 41 (8.78%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (8.57%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (8.14%) Migration
6 27 (5.78%) Configuration Management
7 25 (5.35%) Change Management
7 25 (5.35%) Service Management
8 19 (4.07%) Disaster Recovery
9 17 (3.64%) Collaborative Working
10 16 (3.43%) Change Control
10 16 (3.43%) Security Management
11 15 (3.21%) User Acceptance Testing
12 14 (3.00%) Data Security
12 14 (3.00%) Project Management
13 13 (2.78%) Capacity Planning
13 13 (2.78%) Electronic Trading
13 13 (2.78%) Infrastructure Monitoring
13 13 (2.78%) Performance Engineering
13 13 (2.78%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 80 (17.13%) Python
2 61 (13.06%) Bash Shell
3 54 (11.56%) PowerShell
4 48 (10.28%) SQL
5 33 (7.07%) Shell Script
6 29 (6.21%) Perl
7 28 (6.00%) PHP
8 10 (2.14%) Java
8 10 (2.14%) Korn
9 5 (1.07%) Ruby
10 4 (0.86%) C
10 4 (0.86%) JavaScript
11 3 (0.64%) Bourne shell
11 3 (0.64%) VB
12 2 (0.43%) AWK
12 2 (0.43%) C#
12 2 (0.43%) COBOL
12 2 (0.43%) JCL
12 2 (0.43%) REXX
13 1 (0.21%) C++
Qualifications
1 70 (14.99%) Security Cleared
2 38 (8.14%) SC Cleared
3 24 (5.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (4.28%) MCSE
5 19 (4.07%) DV Cleared
6 13 (2.78%) Degree
7 10 (2.14%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.07%) CCNA
8 5 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (1.07%) RHCE
9 4 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 4 (0.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.64%) MCP
10 3 (0.64%) RHCSA
11 2 (0.43%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.43%) OCA
11 2 (0.43%) OCP
11 2 (0.43%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.43%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.07%) SLA
2 4 (0.86%) QA
3 2 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.43%) GDPR
3 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.21%) GPG13
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.21%) PMO
4 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 110 (23.55%) Active Directory
2 75 (16.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (8.99%) Docker
4 31 (6.64%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (5.35%) vSphere
6 23 (4.93%) Hyper-V
7 22 (4.71%) NFS
8 19 (4.07%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (3.00%) Samba
10 8 (1.71%) Squid
11 7 (1.50%) Postfix
12 5 (1.07%) Firmware
12 5 (1.07%) KVM
12 5 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (1.07%) XenApp
12 5 (1.07%) XenDesktop
13 4 (0.86%) Oracle RAC
13 4 (0.86%) Varnish
13 4 (0.86%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 3 (0.64%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 61 (13.06%) Puppet
2 42 (8.99%) Nagios
3 39 (8.35%) Ansible
3 39 (8.35%) SCCM
4 34 (7.28%) Terraform
5 23 (4.93%) Kubernetes
6 18 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
7 15 (3.21%) WSUS
8 14 (3.00%) HAProxy
8 14 (3.00%) Icinga
9 13 (2.78%) Microsoft Clustering
9 13 (2.78%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 13 (2.78%) vCenter Server
10 12 (2.57%) SCOM
11 9 (1.93%) NetBackup
12 6 (1.28%) Grafana
12 6 (1.28%) Tivoli
13 5 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
13 5 (1.07%) Prometheus
13 5 (1.07%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 124 (26.55%) VMware
2 76 (16.27%) Red Hat
3 71 (15.20%) Microsoft
4 47 (10.06%) Oracle
5 25 (5.35%) HP
6 21 (4.50%) IBM
7 17 (3.64%) NetApp
8 14 (3.00%) Veritas
9 12 (2.57%) Atlassian
9 12 (2.57%) Citrix
9 12 (2.57%) Symantec
10 11 (2.36%) EMC
11 10 (2.14%) Adobe
11 10 (2.14%) Cisco
12 8 (1.71%) McAfee
12 8 (1.71%) ServiceNow
13 7 (1.50%) Google
13 7 (1.50%) SAP
14 6 (1.28%) Dell
15 5 (1.07%) Ivanti