Period
to 21 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 450 359 314
Rank change year-on-year -91 -45 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 470 614 817
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.50% 0.68% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.71% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 413 620
England median daily rate £400 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -1.38% +8.64%
10th Percentile £263 £232 £260
90th Percentile £554 £500 £518
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £380
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 25 20
England median hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.33% +9.09% +34.15%
10th Percentile £13.78 £16.92 £16.74
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.50 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +26.65% +9.09% +34.15%

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 88,940 86,199 94,656
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.90% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,064 56,849 62,531
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,867 2,556 2,884
England median hourly rate £18.44 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.39% -1.58% +6.92%
10th Percentile £11.12 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.05
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%

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 21 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 -65 187 £421 +5.31% 96
South East -68 103 £400 +2.56% 44
North of England -37 52 £375 +7.14% 40
South West -28 45 £375 +5.63% 21
Midlands -6 44 £358 +19.17% 12
East of England +9 39 £400 +16.79% 26
Yorkshire -5 26 £375 +36.36% 17
West Midlands -18 25 £358 +33.02% 6
North West -30 22 £425 +9.68% 19
East Midlands +15 19 £348 +6.92% 6
North East -19 4 £313 -3.85% 4
Systems Administrator
UK

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

For the 6 months to 21 September 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.

1 266 (56.60%) Linux
2 181 (38.51%) Windows
3 152 (32.34%) Unix
4 130 (27.66%) VMware
5 110 (23.40%) Active Directory
6 98 (20.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 86 (18.30%) Red Hat
8 83 (17.66%) Windows Server
9 78 (16.60%) Python
10 77 (16.38%) VMware Infrastructure
11 76 (16.17%) DevOps
12 75 (15.96%) Microsoft
13 73 (15.53%) ITIL
13 73 (15.53%) Bash Shell
14 69 (14.68%) Puppet
15 68 (14.47%) CentOS
16 66 (14.04%) Amazon AWS
17 62 (13.19%) Finance
18 60 (12.77%) PowerShell
19 58 (12.34%) Problem-Solving
20 52 (11.06%) Security Cleared
21 49 (10.43%) Solaris
22 46 (9.79%) Firewall
23 44 (9.36%) Perl
23 44 (9.36%) Oracle
23 44 (9.36%) Microsoft Azure
23 44 (9.36%) Docker
24 42 (8.94%) SQL
24 42 (8.94%) Apache
25 39 (8.30%) DNS

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 42 (8.94%) Apache
2 36 (7.66%) MS Exchange
3 15 (3.19%) nginx
4 13 (2.77%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (2.77%) Tomcat
5 11 (2.34%) Confluence
6 10 (2.13%) CMS
7 9 (1.91%) SharePoint
8 8 (1.70%) IIS
9 7 (1.49%) JBoss
9 7 (1.49%) Skype for Business
10 6 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (1.28%) WebLogic
11 5 (1.06%) K2 blackpearl
11 5 (1.06%) lighttpd
11 5 (1.06%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.85%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.64%) Oracle Service Bus
14 2 (0.43%) Moodle
Applications
1 13 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.21%) Houdini
3 1 (0.21%) Maya
3 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.21%) NUKE
3 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.64%) Magento
2 3 (0.64%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.21%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.21%) HFM
3 1 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.21%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 66 (14.04%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (9.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (7.45%) Office 365
4 16 (3.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 12 (2.55%) Amazon EC2
6 10 (2.13%) Amazon S3
7 8 (1.70%) Route 53
8 6 (1.28%) Akamai
8 6 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (1.06%) GitHub
10 4 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.85%) CloudFront
10 4 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.85%) Serverless
11 3 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.64%) OneDrive
11 3 (0.64%) SaaS
11 3 (0.64%) Yammer
12 2 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (9.79%) Firewall
2 39 (8.30%) DNS
2 39 (8.30%) SAN
3 29 (6.17%) DHCP
4 20 (4.26%) TCP/IP
5 15 (3.19%) NAS
6 10 (2.13%) LAN
6 10 (2.13%) VPN
6 10 (2.13%) WAN
7 9 (1.91%) Fibre Channel
7 9 (1.91%) SSH
8 7 (1.49%) Internet
9 6 (1.28%) Kerberos
9 6 (1.28%) Skype
9 6 (1.28%) SSL
9 6 (1.28%) VLAN
10 5 (1.06%) iSCSI
10 5 (1.06%) NetScaler
10 5 (1.06%) Network Security
10 5 (1.06%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.60%) MySQL
2 23 (4.89%) SQL Server
3 19 (4.04%) PostgreSQL
4 13 (2.77%) MongoDB
5 10 (2.13%) Amazon RDS
6 7 (1.49%) Power BI
7 6 (1.28%) Oracle Database
8 5 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.85%) MS Access
9 4 (0.85%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.64%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.43%) DB2
11 2 (0.43%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 31 (6.60%) Git (software)
2 28 (5.96%) Jenkins
3 21 (4.47%) JIRA
4 5 (1.06%) GitLab
5 3 (0.64%) Subversion
6 2 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.43%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.43%) Mercurial
6 2 (0.43%) MSI
6 2 (0.43%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.21%) Maven
7 1 (0.21%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.21%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.21%) Zephyr
General
1 62 (13.19%) Finance
2 26 (5.53%) Banking
3 17 (3.62%) Investment Banking
4 9 (1.91%) Financial Institution
5 7 (1.49%) General Ledger
5 7 (1.49%) Retail
6 6 (1.28%) Automotive
6 6 (1.28%) Law
7 5 (1.06%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.64%) Legal
8 3 (0.64%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.43%) Advertising
9 2 (0.43%) French Language
9 2 (0.43%) German Language
9 2 (0.43%) Marketing
9 2 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.43%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.21%) Digital Economy
10 1 (0.21%) Local Government
10 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (6.60%) LDAP
2 19 (4.04%) Web Services
3 15 (3.19%) HTML
4 11 (2.34%) Elastic Stack
4 11 (2.34%) Middleware
5 10 (2.13%) .NET
6 9 (1.91%) LAMP
6 9 (1.91%) LAPP Stack
7 7 (1.49%) XML
8 6 (1.28%) LEMP Stack
8 6 (1.28%) Memcached
8 6 (1.28%) PHP-FPM
9 5 (1.06%) CSS
9 5 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
10 4 (0.85%) SAML
10 4 (0.85%) WebSphere MQ
11 3 (0.64%) ASP.NET
11 3 (0.64%) IBM Integration Bus
11 3 (0.64%) OAuth
12 2 (0.43%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (5.74%) Clustering
2 27 (5.74%) Management Information System
3 21 (4.47%) Data Centre
4 19 (4.04%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (3.62%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.13%) PKI
6 10 (2.13%) Replication
7 8 (1.70%) Freedom of Information
7 8 (1.70%) Freedom of Information Act
7 8 (1.70%) User Experience
8 7 (1.49%) Graphic Design
8 7 (1.49%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.49%) NHS
9 6 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.85%) Fintech
10 4 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
11 3 (0.64%) FMCG
11 3 (0.64%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.64%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 266 (56.60%) Linux
2 181 (38.51%) Windows
3 152 (32.34%) Unix
4 98 (20.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 83 (17.66%) Windows Server
6 68 (14.47%) CentOS
7 49 (10.43%) Solaris
8 33 (7.02%) Ubuntu
9 30 (6.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 29 (6.17%) AIX
11 26 (5.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 18 (3.83%) Debian
13 14 (2.98%) Windows 10
14 8 (1.70%) Windows 7
15 6 (1.28%) FreeBSD
15 6 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
16 5 (1.06%) SUSE
17 3 (0.64%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.64%) Oracle Linux
18 2 (0.43%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (16.17%) DevOps
2 73 (15.53%) ITIL
3 58 (12.34%) Problem-Solving
4 37 (7.87%) Configuration Management
5 34 (7.23%) Change Management
5 34 (7.23%) Migration
6 31 (6.60%) Agile Software Development
7 22 (4.68%) Disaster Recovery
8 21 (4.47%) Project Management
9 18 (3.83%) ERP
9 18 (3.83%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 17 (3.62%) Data Security
10 17 (3.62%) Service Management
11 16 (3.40%) Collaborative Working
11 16 (3.40%) Electronic Trading
11 16 (3.40%) Infrastructure Monitoring
11 16 (3.40%) Performance Engineering
11 16 (3.40%) Visualisation
12 14 (2.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 14 (2.98%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (16.60%) Python
2 73 (15.53%) Bash Shell
3 60 (12.77%) PowerShell
4 44 (9.36%) Perl
5 42 (8.94%) SQL
6 31 (6.60%) Shell Script
7 23 (4.89%) PHP
8 17 (3.62%) Korn
9 12 (2.55%) Java
10 9 (1.91%) Ruby
11 7 (1.49%) AWK
11 7 (1.49%) Bourne shell
11 7 (1.49%) C#
12 5 (1.06%) C
13 3 (0.64%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.64%) VB
14 2 (0.43%) C++
14 2 (0.43%) COBOL
14 2 (0.43%) JCL
14 2 (0.43%) X++
Qualifications
1 52 (11.06%) Security Cleared
2 35 (7.45%) SC Cleared
3 27 (5.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (4.47%) Degree
4 21 (4.47%) MCSE
5 13 (2.77%) RHCE
6 10 (2.13%) DV Cleared
7 6 (1.28%) AWS Certification
7 6 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (1.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 5 (1.06%) RHCSA
9 4 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.85%) OCA
9 4 (0.85%) OCP
9 4 (0.85%) Oracle Certification
9 4 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.64%) CCNA
10 3 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.64%) MCP
11 2 (0.43%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.13%) SLA
2 6 (1.28%) PCI DSS
2 6 (1.28%) QA
3 2 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.43%) GDPR
3 2 (0.43%) PMO
4 1 (0.21%) GCP
4 1 (0.21%) GPG13
4 1 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.21%) TickIT
System Software
1 110 (23.40%) Active Directory
2 77 (16.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (9.36%) Docker
4 24 (5.11%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (4.26%) Hyper-V
5 20 (4.26%) Virtual Machines
6 15 (3.19%) vSphere
7 14 (2.98%) NFS
8 11 (2.34%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 8 (1.70%) Postfix
9 8 (1.70%) Samba
10 7 (1.49%) Firmware
10 7 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (1.28%) GlusterFS
12 5 (1.06%) Varnish
13 4 (0.85%) KVM
13 4 (0.85%) Squid
13 4 (0.85%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 3 (0.64%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.64%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 69 (14.68%) Puppet
2 36 (7.66%) Ansible
3 32 (6.81%) Nagios
4 31 (6.60%) SCCM
4 31 (6.60%) Terraform
5 30 (6.38%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (4.89%) Kubernetes
7 15 (3.19%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 14 (2.98%) NetBackup
9 12 (2.55%) WSUS
10 10 (2.13%) Red Hat Satellite
10 10 (2.13%) Tivoli
11 9 (1.91%) HAProxy
11 9 (1.91%) vCenter Server
12 8 (1.70%) Microsoft Clustering
12 8 (1.70%) SCOM
13 7 (1.49%) Oracle ZFS
14 6 (1.28%) Icinga
14 6 (1.28%) SCVMM
14 6 (1.28%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 130 (27.66%) VMware
2 86 (18.30%) Red Hat
3 75 (15.96%) Microsoft
4 44 (9.36%) Oracle
5 25 (5.32%) HP
6 23 (4.89%) Veritas
7 22 (4.68%) IBM
8 21 (4.47%) Cisco
9 19 (4.04%) NetApp
10 18 (3.83%) EMC
11 16 (3.40%) Atlassian
12 13 (2.77%) Citrix
12 13 (2.77%) Symantec
13 9 (1.91%) ServiceNow
14 8 (1.70%) Dell
14 8 (1.70%) SaltStack
14 8 (1.70%) Sun
15 7 (1.49%) Brocade
15 7 (1.49%) New Relic
15 7 (1.49%) Splunk