Period
to 1 April 2020

The median contractor rate for an IT Systems Administrator was £294 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 April 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.

IT System Administrator
UK
6 months to
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 663 863 877
Rank change year-on-year +200 +14 -31
Contract jobs requiring an IT Systems Administrator 25 18 20
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.019% 0.020%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.043% 0.020% 0.021%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 14 16
Median daily rate £294 £388 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.19% +93.75% -38.46%
10th Percentile £184 £190 £160
90th Percentile £449 £482 £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £306 £400 £300
% change year-on-year -23.44% +33.33% -13.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £26.38 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.38 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 58,275 91,247 96,388
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.81% 94.68% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,038 60,426 63,496
Median daily rate £460 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.54% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £228 £273 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,488 2,816 2,922
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% +0.80% +0.28%
10th Percentile £11.84 £11.01 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

IT Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IT Systems Administrator in the UK

IT Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for IT Systems Administrator in the UK

IT Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IT Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 1 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for IT Systems Administrator in the UK

IT Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for IT Systems Administrator in the UK

IT Systems Administrator
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 1 April 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
England +195 23 £313 -19.35% 17
UK excluding London +136 21 £306 -23.44% 12
South East +109 7 £331 +21.56% 2
North of England +61 6 £288 +64.29% 1
Yorkshire +47 5 - - 1
London +142 4 £240 -15.04% 8
South West +29 3 £238 -40.63% 2
Midlands +68 2 £450 +4.35% 3
West Midlands +52 2 £450 +12.50% 3
Scotland - 2 £200 - 2
North West +37 1 £288 +64.29%
East of England - 1 - - 1

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

For the 6 months to 1 April 2020, IT 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 featuring IT Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 18 (72.00%) Windows
2 17 (68.00%) Active Directory
3 16 (64.00%) VMware
4 13 (52.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (44.00%) Office 365
6 10 (40.00%) Firewall
7 9 (36.00%) DNS
7 9 (36.00%) Microsoft
8 8 (32.00%) Windows Server
8 8 (32.00%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (28.00%) Virtual Environments
9 7 (28.00%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (20.00%) Virtual Machines
11 5 (20.00%) Facilities Management
11 5 (20.00%) SolarWinds
11 5 (20.00%) Azure
11 5 (20.00%) Sophos
11 5 (20.00%) SAN
11 5 (20.00%) Retail
11 5 (20.00%) IP Telephony
11 5 (20.00%) Linux
11 5 (20.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 4 (16.00%) Python
12 4 (16.00%) Red Hat
12 4 (16.00%) Cisco
12 4 (16.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (16.00%) ZABBIX
12 4 (16.00%) Ubuntu
12 4 (16.00%) WSUS

IT Systems Administrator Skill Set
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 2 (8.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (8.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Carpe Diem
1 1 (4.00%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 11 (44.00%) Office 365
2 5 (20.00%) Azure
3 3 (12.00%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (12.00%) AWS
3 3 (12.00%) AWS Lambda
3 3 (12.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (12.00%) Serverless
3 3 (12.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 2 (8.00%) Amazon S3
5 1 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (4.00%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 10 (40.00%) Firewall
2 9 (36.00%) DNS
3 5 (20.00%) IP Telephony
3 5 (20.00%) SAN
4 3 (12.00%) DHCP
4 3 (12.00%) IPsec
4 3 (12.00%) SNMP
4 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
4 3 (12.00%) VPN
5 2 (8.00%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (4.00%) HTTP
6 1 (4.00%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) Amazon RDS
1 3 (12.00%) MySQL
1 3 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.00%) Subversion
General
1 5 (20.00%) Retail
2 2 (8.00%) Housing Association
3 1 (4.00%) Legal
3 1 (4.00%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) LAMP
1 3 (12.00%) Web Services
2 1 (4.00%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) Fat Client
1 2 (8.00%) Management Information System
1 2 (8.00%) Thin Client
2 1 (4.00%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 18 (72.00%) Windows
2 8 (32.00%) Windows Server
2 8 (32.00%) Windows Server 2016
3 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (20.00%) Linux
5 4 (16.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (16.00%) Ubuntu
6 3 (12.00%) CentOS
6 3 (12.00%) Unix
6 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (4.00%) SUSE
7 1 (4.00%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (28.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 7 (28.00%) Virtual Environments
2 5 (20.00%) Facilities Management
2 5 (20.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 3 (12.00%) Deployment Automation
3 3 (12.00%) ITIL
3 3 (12.00%) Network Monitoring
3 3 (12.00%) Service Management
4 2 (8.00%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (8.00%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (8.00%) Mobile Device Management
4 2 (8.00%) Network Management
4 2 (8.00%) Server Management
5 1 (4.00%) Content Management
5 1 (4.00%) Email Filtering
5 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 1 (4.00%) Kalman Filter
5 1 (4.00%) Migration
5 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
5 1 (4.00%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.00%) Python
2 3 (12.00%) Perl
2 3 (12.00%) Ruby
3 2 (8.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (8.00%) SQL
4 1 (4.00%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 4 (16.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (8.00%) Degree
3 2 (8.00%) DV Cleared
3 2 (8.00%) HND
4 1 (4.00%) CCA
4 1 (4.00%) CCIE
4 1 (4.00%) CCNA
4 1 (4.00%) CCNP
4 1 (4.00%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.00%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (4.00%) CREST Certified
4 1 (4.00%) MCP
4 1 (4.00%) MCSA
4 1 (4.00%) MCSE
4 1 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) VCAP
4 1 (4.00%) VCDX
4 1 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) GDPR
1 1 (4.00%) ISO 9001
1 1 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (68.00%) Active Directory
2 13 (52.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (20.00%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (12.00%) Hyper-V
4 3 (12.00%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (8.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (8.00%) vSphere
5 2 (8.00%) XenApp
5 2 (8.00%) XenDesktop
6 1 (4.00%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (4.00%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 4 (16.00%) Ansible
1 4 (16.00%) Puppet
1 4 (16.00%) WSUS
1 4 (16.00%) ZABBIX
2 3 (12.00%) Nagios
2 3 (12.00%) Terraform
3 1 (4.00%) HP SIM
3 1 (4.00%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (4.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (64.00%) VMware
2 9 (36.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (20.00%) SolarWinds
3 5 (20.00%) Sophos
4 4 (16.00%) Cisco
4 4 (16.00%) Red Hat
4 4 (16.00%) Splunk
5 3 (12.00%) Citrix
5 3 (12.00%) Oracle
6 2 (8.00%) GFI Software
6 2 (8.00%) HP
6 2 (8.00%) Ivanti
6 2 (8.00%) Meraki
6 2 (8.00%) NetApp
6 2 (8.00%) Nimble Storage
6 2 (8.00%) Veeam
6 2 (8.00%) WatchGuard
7 1 (4.00%) iManage
7 1 (4.00%) McAfee
7 1 (4.00%) Palo Alto