Period
to 29 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 29 May 2020.

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
29 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 393 507 459
Rank change year-on-year +114 -48 -74
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 180 341 455
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.43% 0.41% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.43% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 253 312
Median daily rate £450 £395 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.92% -1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £217 £251
90th Percentile £650 £528 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +16.13% -3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 11
Median hourly rate £16.25 £29.36 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.65% -22.73% +89.98%
10th Percentile £13.06 £19.62 £16.25
90th Percentile £39.68 £35.87 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £23.27 £38.00
% change year-on-year -20.50% -38.76% +89.98%

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 38,997 78,534 87,447
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.78% 94.57% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,920 52,191 57,820
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £255 £280 £275
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £466 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,557 2,439 2,739
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.58%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.01 £48.11
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £18.19
% change year-on-year +13.16% +4.47% -4.18%

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Systems Administrator in England.

Daily rate trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Systems Administrator in England over the 6 months to 29 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Systems Administrator in England.

Hourly rate trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Systems Administrator in England over the 6 months to 29 May 2020.

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 29 May 2020. 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 +100 51 £325 -22.39% 22
South West +31 47 £525 +25.00% 12
South East +117 34 £450 +28.57% 17
North of England +84 25 £325 -10.96% 11
North West +58 15 £306 +2.08% 9
East of England +40 15 £416 +28.08% 3
Yorkshire +61 10 £425 -5.56% 2
Midlands +73 7 £213 -42.57% 3
West Midlands +63 4 £213 -42.57% 2
East Midlands +26 2 - - 1
Systems Administrator
UK

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

For the 6 months to 29 May 2020, 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 71 (39.44%) Linux
2 66 (36.67%) Windows
3 53 (29.44%) Active Directory
4 51 (28.33%) VMware
5 48 (26.67%) Security Cleared
6 42 (23.33%) Red Hat
7 37 (20.56%) ITIL
8 35 (19.44%) Microsoft
9 33 (18.33%) Office 365
10 32 (17.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 31 (17.22%) Windows Server
12 30 (16.67%) Python
13 27 (15.00%) Unix
14 26 (14.44%) Bash Shell
15 25 (13.89%) DevOps
15 25 (13.89%) Perl
16 24 (13.33%) Azure
17 23 (12.78%) SC Cleared
18 22 (12.22%) DV Cleared
19 21 (11.67%) CentOS
19 21 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
19 21 (11.67%) PowerShell
19 21 (11.67%) Ansible
19 21 (11.67%) Agile Software Development
20 20 (11.11%) SQL
20 20 (11.11%) AWS
21 19 (10.56%) Finance
22 18 (10.00%) Shell Script
22 18 (10.00%) Configuration Management
22 18 (10.00%) SQL Server

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 14 (7.78%) IIS
2 12 (6.67%) Confluence
3 6 (3.33%) Apache
3 6 (3.33%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.67%) OpenStack
4 3 (1.67%) Skype for Business
4 3 (1.67%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.11%) IBM Notes
5 2 (1.11%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.11%) Oracle Workflow
5 2 (1.11%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.56%) CMS
6 1 (0.56%) Documentum
6 1 (0.56%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.56%) nginx
6 1 (0.56%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 8 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.11%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.67%) NetSuite
2 2 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.56%) Carpe Diem
3 1 (0.56%) ContrOCC
3 1 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.56%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.56%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 33 (18.33%) Office 365
2 24 (13.33%) Azure
3 20 (11.11%) AWS
4 4 (2.22%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.67%) SaaS
6 2 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.11%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.11%) Power Platform
6 2 (1.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.56%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.56%) Datadog
7 1 (0.56%) G Suite
7 1 (0.56%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle CX
7 1 (0.56%) Oracle Service Cloud
7 1 (0.56%) Route 53
7 1 (0.56%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 17 (9.44%) Firewall
2 16 (8.89%) DNS
3 9 (5.00%) DHCP
4 8 (4.44%) SAN
5 5 (2.78%) IP Telephony
5 5 (2.78%) TCP/IP
6 4 (2.22%) FTP
6 4 (2.22%) HTTP
6 4 (2.22%) Internet
6 4 (2.22%) NAS
7 3 (1.67%) Network Security
7 3 (1.67%) Skype
7 3 (1.67%) SSH
8 2 (1.11%) IPsec
8 2 (1.11%) LAN
8 2 (1.11%) PBX
8 2 (1.11%) SMTP
8 2 (1.11%) SNMP
8 2 (1.11%) VPN
8 2 (1.11%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (7.22%) Hadoop
3 11 (6.11%) Apache Accumulo
4 6 (3.33%) Oracle Database
5 4 (2.22%) MySQL
6 3 (1.67%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.67%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (1.11%) Electronic Patient Records
7 2 (1.11%) GIS
7 2 (1.11%) Power BI
7 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.56%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.56%) Big Data
8 1 (0.56%) Impala
8 1 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 16 (8.89%) Jenkins
2 13 (7.22%) JIRA
3 11 (6.11%) Bitbucket
4 7 (3.89%) Git (software)
5 4 (2.22%) ClearCase
5 4 (2.22%) GitLab
6 2 (1.11%) Selenium
6 2 (1.11%) Subversion
7 1 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 19 (10.56%) Finance
2 11 (6.11%) Aerospace
3 8 (4.44%) Banking
4 6 (3.33%) Retail
5 5 (2.78%) Public Sector
6 4 (2.22%) Corporate Banking
7 3 (1.67%) Front Office
8 2 (1.11%) Back Office
8 2 (1.11%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.11%) Military
9 1 (0.56%) Billing
9 1 (0.56%) Games
9 1 (0.56%) Law
9 1 (0.56%) Legal
9 1 (0.56%) Local Government
9 1 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.11%) Apache NiFi
1 11 (6.11%) Kafka
1 11 (6.11%) Web Services
2 7 (3.89%) Middleware
3 6 (3.33%) HTML
4 5 (2.78%) .NET
5 4 (2.22%) LDAP
5 4 (2.22%) XML
6 2 (1.11%) J2EE
6 2 (1.11%) jQuery
6 2 (1.11%) JSON
6 2 (1.11%) LAMP
6 2 (1.11%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (0.56%) CSS
7 1 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.56%) LEMP Stack
7 1 (0.56%) REST
7 1 (0.56%) SOAP
7 1 (0.56%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (7.78%) PKI
3 13 (7.22%) Management Information System
4 9 (5.00%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (3.33%) Clustering
7 4 (2.22%) LIMS
8 3 (1.67%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.11%) e-Health
9 2 (1.11%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (1.11%) NHS
9 2 (1.11%) N-Tier
9 2 (1.11%) PACS
9 2 (1.11%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.11%) Replication
9 2 (1.11%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.56%) EMC VNX
10 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.56%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 71 (39.44%) Linux
2 66 (36.67%) Windows
3 32 (17.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 31 (17.22%) Windows Server
5 27 (15.00%) Unix
6 21 (11.67%) CentOS
7 16 (8.89%) Windows Server 2016
8 12 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (4.44%) Solaris
9 8 (4.44%) Windows XP
10 7 (3.89%) Ubuntu
11 4 (2.22%) Debian
11 4 (2.22%) Windows 10
12 3 (1.67%) Android
12 3 (1.67%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (1.11%) AIX
13 2 (1.11%) Data ONTAP
13 2 (1.11%) VMS
13 2 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (20.56%) ITIL
2 25 (13.89%) DevOps
3 21 (11.67%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (10.00%) Configuration Management
5 16 (8.89%) Cybersecurity
6 14 (7.78%) Scrum
6 14 (7.78%) Technical Leadership
7 13 (7.22%) Incident Management
7 13 (7.22%) Open Source
7 13 (7.22%) Validation
8 11 (6.11%) Application Packaging
8 11 (6.11%) Disaster Recovery
8 11 (6.11%) Migration
8 11 (6.11%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (5.56%) Task Automation
10 8 (4.44%) Asset Management
10 8 (4.44%) Virtual Environments
11 7 (3.89%) High Availability
11 7 (3.89%) Malware Detection/Protection
11 7 (3.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 30 (16.67%) Python
2 26 (14.44%) Bash Shell
3 25 (13.89%) Perl
4 21 (11.67%) PowerShell
5 20 (11.11%) SQL
6 18 (10.00%) Shell Script
7 15 (8.33%) Java
8 10 (5.56%) C
9 8 (4.44%) JavaScript
10 4 (2.22%) C-shell
11 3 (1.67%) PHP
11 3 (1.67%) Ruby
12 2 (1.11%) Korn
13 1 (0.56%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 48 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 23 (12.78%) SC Cleared
3 22 (12.22%) DV Cleared
4 7 (3.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.22%) Degree
6 3 (1.67%) MCSE
7 2 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.11%) MCSA
7 2 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.56%) ACCA
8 1 (0.56%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.56%) CIMA
8 1 (0.56%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.56%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (0.56%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.56%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.56%) ISEB
8 1 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.56%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.78%) SLA
2 4 (2.22%) Data Quality
2 4 (2.22%) GxP
2 4 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 17025
3 3 (1.67%) GLP
4 2 (1.11%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (1.11%) HL7
System Software
1 53 (29.44%) Active Directory
2 21 (11.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (8.89%) Docker
4 13 (7.22%) Virtual Machines
5 12 (6.67%) Hyper-V
6 11 (6.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 10 (5.56%) XenApp
8 6 (3.33%) vSphere
9 3 (1.67%) Samba
10 2 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.11%) Squid
10 2 (1.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.56%) LXC
11 1 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 21 (11.67%) Ansible
2 17 (9.44%) Puppet
3 14 (7.78%) SCCM
4 5 (2.78%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (2.78%) NetBackup
4 5 (2.78%) Terraform
5 4 (2.22%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (2.22%) Red Hat Satellite
6 3 (1.67%) Nagios
6 3 (1.67%) Oracle RMAN
6 3 (1.67%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.11%) Cacti
7 2 (1.11%) Data Guard
7 2 (1.11%) HP SIM
7 2 (1.11%) Nessus
7 2 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.11%) SCVMM
7 2 (1.11%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (1.11%) WSUS
7 2 (1.11%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 51 (28.33%) VMware
2 42 (23.33%) Red Hat
3 35 (19.44%) Microsoft
4 16 (8.89%) IBM
5 14 (7.78%) Citrix
5 14 (7.78%) Oracle
6 8 (4.44%) NetApp
7 6 (3.33%) Remedy
7 6 (3.33%) ServiceNow
7 6 (3.33%) Splunk
7 6 (3.33%) Veeam
8 5 (2.78%) Cisco
8 5 (2.78%) EMC
8 5 (2.78%) Veritas
9 4 (2.22%) Civica
9 4 (2.22%) HP
10 3 (1.67%) Canon
10 3 (1.67%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.67%) CyberArk
10 3 (1.67%) Juniper