Period
to 11 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 11 November 2019.

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
11 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 506 456 388
Rank change year-on-year -50 -68 -89
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 286 466 596
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.38% 0.50% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.53% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 308 404
England median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -1.32%
10th Percentile £272 £275 £225
90th Percentile £532 £538 £512
UK median daily rate £401 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +0.25% +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 30
England median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £30.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +30.04% +10.45%
10th Percentile £17.70 £13.78 £21.20
90th Percentile £45.00 £46.90 £46.13
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £30.38
% change year-on-year +3.90% +26.75% +10.45%

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 71,555 88,386 89,080
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.06% 94.76% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,509 59,071 59,255
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £445
% change year-on-year +2.78% +1.12% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,543 2,727 2,629
England median hourly rate £19.64 £18.44 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.51% -1.39% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £19.97 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +10.92% -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 11 November 2019.

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 11 November 2019.

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 11 November 2019. 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 -9 96 £450 +5.88% 57
South East +6 64 £400 - 37
North of England +12 43 £325 -13.33% 25
South West +4 41 £450 +20.00% 26
North West +15 26 £325 -7.14% 15
Midlands +24 22 £405 +12.50% 20
West Midlands +39 19 £405 +12.50% 14
East of England +3 17 £375 -6.25% 40
Yorkshire +9 16 £358 -4.67% 9
East Midlands +1 3 £350 -3.45% 6
North East +8 1 - - 1
Systems Administrator
UK

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

For the 6 months to 11 November 2019, 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.

1 127 (44.41%) Windows
2 126 (44.06%) Linux
3 94 (32.87%) Active Directory
4 92 (32.17%) VMware
5 82 (28.67%) Microsoft
6 70 (24.48%) Windows Server
7 66 (23.08%) Azure
8 63 (22.03%) Office 365
9 55 (19.23%) DNS
10 52 (18.18%) PowerShell
11 51 (17.83%) SQL
12 46 (16.08%) AWS
13 45 (15.73%) Unix
14 43 (15.03%) Security Cleared
15 41 (14.34%) Red Hat
16 39 (13.64%) Firewall
16 39 (13.64%) SCCM
17 37 (12.94%) VMware Infrastructure
18 35 (12.24%) DevOps
18 35 (12.24%) Finance
19 32 (11.19%) Citrix
19 32 (11.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
20 30 (10.49%) SQL Server
21 29 (10.14%) Python
22 28 (9.79%) ITIL
22 28 (9.79%) DHCP
23 27 (9.44%) Oracle
24 26 (9.09%) Bash Shell
24 26 (9.09%) DV Cleared
24 26 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012

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 17 (5.94%) SharePoint
2 14 (4.90%) Apache
3 13 (4.55%) MS Exchange
4 11 (3.85%) IIS
5 10 (3.50%) Confluence
6 7 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (2.10%) nginx
8 3 (1.05%) CMS
8 3 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (1.05%) IBM Notes
8 3 (1.05%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (1.05%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.70%) Drupal
9 2 (0.70%) Moodle
9 2 (0.70%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.70%) SAS
10 1 (0.35%) IBM Transformation Extender
10 1 (0.35%) WordPress
10 1 (0.35%) Zimbra
Applications
1 13 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.05%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.05%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.40%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.70%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.35%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.35%) ContrOCC
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.35%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.35%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.35%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.35%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 66 (23.08%) Azure
2 63 (22.03%) Office 365
3 46 (16.08%) AWS
4 18 (6.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (3.50%) GCP
6 9 (3.15%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (2.10%) PaaS
8 5 (1.75%) GitHub
8 5 (1.75%) OpenShift
9 4 (1.40%) Amazon S3
9 4 (1.40%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (1.40%) Power Platform
9 4 (1.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (1.05%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (1.05%) IaaS
10 3 (1.05%) Route 53
11 2 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.70%) CloudFront
11 2 (0.70%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 55 (19.23%) DNS
2 39 (13.64%) Firewall
3 28 (9.79%) DHCP
4 21 (7.34%) SAN
5 16 (5.59%) TCP/IP
6 15 (5.24%) VPN
7 10 (3.50%) NAS
7 10 (3.50%) SSH
8 9 (3.15%) LAN
8 9 (3.15%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (2.80%) Internet
10 7 (2.45%) SSL
10 7 (2.45%) WAN
11 5 (1.75%) iSCSI
11 5 (1.75%) SNMP
12 4 (1.40%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (1.40%) IPsec
12 4 (1.40%) SMTP
13 3 (1.05%) Network Security
13 3 (1.05%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (10.49%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.64%) MySQL
3 10 (3.50%) Oracle Database
4 8 (2.80%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (2.80%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (2.45%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (1.40%) Power BI
7 3 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.05%) DataStage
7 3 (1.05%) GIS
7 3 (1.05%) IBM InfoSphere
7 3 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.70%) Big Data
8 2 (0.70%) EDRMS
8 2 (0.70%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.70%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 23 (8.04%) JIRA
2 14 (4.90%) Jenkins
3 12 (4.20%) Bitbucket
4 8 (2.80%) Git (software)
5 5 (1.75%) Artifactory
6 3 (1.05%) Subversion
7 2 (0.70%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.35%) CircleCI
8 1 (0.35%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.35%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.35%) Gerrit
8 1 (0.35%) GitLab
8 1 (0.35%) GoCD
8 1 (0.35%) Hudson
8 1 (0.35%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (12.24%) Finance
2 13 (4.55%) Banking
3 6 (2.10%) Retail
4 4 (1.40%) German Language
4 4 (1.40%) Public Sector
4 4 (1.40%) Russian Language
5 3 (1.05%) Advertising
6 2 (0.70%) Games
6 2 (0.70%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.35%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.35%) French Language
7 1 (0.35%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.35%) International Banking
7 1 (0.35%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.55%) LDAP
1 13 (4.55%) REST
2 10 (3.50%) LAMP
3 9 (3.15%) Web Services
4 7 (2.45%) .NET
4 7 (2.45%) Middleware
5 6 (2.10%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.05%) HTML
6 3 (1.05%) Regular Expression
6 3 (1.05%) SAML
7 2 (0.70%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (0.70%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.70%) SOAP
8 1 (0.35%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.35%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.35%) J2EE
8 1 (0.35%) OpenVZ
8 1 (0.35%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.35%) XML
8 1 (0.35%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 20 (6.99%) Clustering
2 17 (5.94%) Management Information System
3 14 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (4.90%) Data Centre
4 11 (3.85%) Linux Command Line
5 10 (3.50%) Replication
6 8 (2.80%) Enterprise Storage
7 3 (1.05%) Fat Client
7 3 (1.05%) FMCG
7 3 (1.05%) Mainframe
7 3 (1.05%) Thin Client
8 2 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.70%) PKI
8 2 (0.70%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.70%) Smartphone
8 2 (0.70%) User Experience
9 1 (0.35%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.35%) Data Structures
9 1 (0.35%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.35%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 127 (44.41%) Windows
2 126 (44.06%) Linux
3 70 (24.48%) Windows Server
4 45 (15.73%) Unix
5 32 (11.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 26 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
7 23 (8.04%) CentOS
8 16 (5.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (4.90%) Solaris
9 14 (4.90%) Windows 10
10 13 (4.55%) Ubuntu
11 8 (2.80%) AIX
12 7 (2.45%) Debian
13 3 (1.05%) HPUX
14 2 (0.70%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.35%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.35%) VMS
15 1 (0.35%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (12.24%) DevOps
2 28 (9.79%) ITIL
3 25 (8.74%) Configuration Management
4 24 (8.39%) Migration
5 23 (8.04%) Problem-Solving
6 22 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
6 22 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 19 (6.64%) Load Balancing
8 14 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (4.55%) Application Packaging
10 12 (4.20%) Patch Management
10 12 (4.20%) Storage Management
11 11 (3.85%) Change Management
11 11 (3.85%) Cybersecurity
11 11 (3.85%) Service Design
12 10 (3.50%) Capacity Planning
12 10 (3.50%) Root Cause Analysis
12 10 (3.50%) Service Management
13 9 (3.15%) Infrastructure Automation
13 9 (3.15%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 51 (17.83%) SQL
3 29 (10.14%) Python
4 26 (9.09%) Bash Shell
5 16 (5.59%) Perl
6 13 (4.55%) Java
7 12 (4.20%) Shell Script
7 12 (4.20%) VB
8 8 (2.80%) PHP
9 7 (2.45%) C
9 7 (2.45%) Ruby
10 4 (1.40%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.05%) C++
12 2 (0.70%) C#
12 2 (0.70%) VBA
13 1 (0.35%) Korn
13 1 (0.35%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.35%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 43 (15.03%) Security Cleared
2 26 (9.09%) DV Cleared
3 16 (5.59%) Degree
4 13 (4.55%) SC Cleared
5 9 (3.15%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (2.80%) CCNA
7 4 (1.40%) CCENT
7 4 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.05%) CCNP
8 3 (1.05%) MCSE
9 2 (0.70%) A+ Certification
9 2 (0.70%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.70%) HNC
9 2 (0.70%) MCP
9 2 (0.70%) RHCE
9 2 (0.70%) RHCSA
9 2 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.35%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.35%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.10%) SLA
2 4 (1.40%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.05%) GDPR
3 3 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.70%) QA
4 2 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 94 (32.87%) Active Directory
2 37 (12.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (6.99%) Docker
3 20 (6.99%) VMware ESXi
4 18 (6.29%) Hyper-V
5 17 (5.94%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (5.59%) vSphere
7 11 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (3.50%) XenApp
9 9 (3.15%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (1.40%) Firmware
11 4 (1.40%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 3 (1.05%) Cronacle
12 3 (1.05%) DFS Replication
12 3 (1.05%) NFS
12 3 (1.05%) Veritas File System
12 3 (1.05%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 2 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
14 1 (0.35%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 39 (13.64%) SCCM
2 23 (8.04%) Ansible
3 21 (7.34%) Puppet
4 16 (5.59%) Microsoft Intune
5 14 (4.90%) Kubernetes
5 14 (4.90%) WSUS
6 12 (4.20%) vCenter Server
7 9 (3.15%) NetBackup
7 9 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
7 9 (3.15%) SCVMM
8 8 (2.80%) Microsoft Clustering
9 6 (2.10%) Failover Clustering
9 6 (2.10%) Nagios
9 6 (2.10%) Terraform
10 5 (1.75%) McAfee ePO
10 5 (1.75%) SCOM
10 5 (1.75%) Tivoli
11 4 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
12 3 (1.05%) HAProxy
12 3 (1.05%) Salt
Vendors
1 92 (32.17%) VMware
2 82 (28.67%) Microsoft
3 41 (14.34%) Red Hat
4 32 (11.19%) Citrix
5 27 (9.44%) Oracle
6 25 (8.74%) Cisco
7 14 (4.90%) Veeam
8 13 (4.55%) Dell
9 12 (4.20%) HP
10 10 (3.50%) EMC
10 10 (3.50%) NetApp
11 9 (3.15%) Veritas
12 8 (2.80%) Atlassian
12 8 (2.80%) IBM
12 8 (2.80%) SolarWinds
13 7 (2.45%) Ivanti
14 6 (2.10%) Google
15 5 (1.75%) McAfee
15 5 (1.75%) Sophos
15 5 (1.75%) Splunk