Period
to 21 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Linux Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies 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.

Linux Administrator
UK
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 669 528 496
Rank change year-on-year -141 -32 +58
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Administrator 221 356 448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.36% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.38% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 235 337
UK median daily rate £400 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +0.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £283 £273
90th Percentile £530 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £371
% change year-on-year - +7.74% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 14 5
UK median hourly rate £45.75 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.71% - +55.45%
10th Percentile £41.00 £21.53 £20.40
90th Percentile £50.18 £41.23 £45.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £39.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +6.33% +12.86% -

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 97,377 93,786 102,104
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.92% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,913 61,292 66,691
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,178 2,813 3,183
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.30
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.63
% change year-on-year -2.78% -3.36% +6.43%

Linux Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Linux Administrator in the UK

Linux Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux Administrator in the UK

Linux Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Administrator over the 6 months to 21 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux Administrator in the UK

Linux Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux Administrator in the UK

Linux Administrator
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Linux Administrator within the UK 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
England -152 206 £400 -0.12% 89
UK excluding London -70 136 £400 - 54
London -90 82 £400 -3.61% 40
South East -52 51 £400 -0.12% 15
South West -14 25 £375 - 6
East of England +7 21 £413 +19.57% 7
North of England -49 16 £375 -3.85% 19
Yorkshire -19 11 £375 -4.76% 7
Midlands -12 10 £470 +19.75% 2
Scotland -13 8 £375 - 5
East Midlands +12 6 £394 - 1
Wales - 6 £400 -
West Midlands -21 4 £530 +35.03% 1
North West -34 4 £425 +7.59% 10
North East -13 1 £363 +11.54% 2

Linux Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, Linux 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 Linux Administrator in the job title.

1 221 (100.00%) Linux
2 104 (47.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 101 (45.70%) Red Hat
4 83 (37.56%) Unix
5 73 (33.03%) Puppet
6 67 (30.32%) VMware
7 59 (26.70%) Windows
8 58 (26.24%) Bash Shell
9 55 (24.89%) Apache
10 53 (23.98%) Python
11 51 (23.08%) Perl
12 47 (21.27%) Ansible
12 47 (21.27%) DevOps
13 46 (20.81%) CentOS
14 39 (17.65%) Shell Script
15 37 (16.74%) Solaris
15 37 (16.74%) Amazon AWS
16 36 (16.29%) DNS
17 35 (15.84%) Ubuntu
17 35 (15.84%) VMware Infrastructure
17 35 (15.84%) Docker
18 32 (14.48%) Configuration Management
19 30 (13.57%) Active Directory
19 30 (13.57%) AIX
20 28 (12.67%) Nagios
20 28 (12.67%) Firewall
21 27 (12.22%) LDAP
22 26 (11.76%) Oracle
23 25 (11.31%) Jenkins
23 25 (11.31%) Migration

Linux 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 55 (24.89%) Apache
2 21 (9.50%) nginx
3 18 (8.14%) Tomcat
4 15 (6.79%) JBoss
5 7 (3.17%) OpenStack
6 6 (2.71%) Confluence
7 5 (2.26%) lighttpd
8 4 (1.81%) MS Exchange
9 3 (1.36%) Drupal
10 2 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.90%) IIS
10 2 (0.90%) K2 blackpearl
10 2 (0.90%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.45%) CMS
11 1 (0.45%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.45%) SAS
11 1 (0.45%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (1.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.45%) Houdini
2 1 (0.45%) Maya
2 1 (0.45%) NUKE
2 1 (0.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (0.90%) Magento
2 1 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 37 (16.74%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (8.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 5 (2.26%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.36%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.36%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.36%) OpenShift
6 3 (1.36%) Route 53
7 2 (0.90%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.90%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.90%) Serverless
8 1 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
8 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.45%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.45%) GitHub
8 1 (0.45%) Office 365
8 1 (0.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (16.29%) DNS
2 28 (12.67%) Firewall
3 25 (11.31%) SAN
3 25 (11.31%) TCP/IP
4 13 (5.88%) SSH
5 12 (5.43%) NAS
6 11 (4.98%) SSL
7 9 (4.07%) HTTP
8 8 (3.62%) DHCP
9 7 (3.17%) LAN
10 5 (2.26%) DKIM
10 5 (2.26%) DMARC
10 5 (2.26%) Kerberos
10 5 (2.26%) NetScaler
10 5 (2.26%) WAN
11 4 (1.81%) DSL
11 4 (1.81%) Fibre Channel
11 4 (1.81%) iSCSI
11 4 (1.81%) SNMP
11 4 (1.81%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.05%) MySQL
2 19 (8.60%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (4.07%) MongoDB
4 5 (2.26%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (1.36%) DB2
5 3 (1.36%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.36%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (1.36%) SQL Server
6 2 (0.90%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.90%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.90%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon Aurora
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.45%) Big Data
7 1 (0.45%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.45%) Ingres
7 1 (0.45%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.45%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 25 (11.31%) Jenkins
2 23 (10.41%) Git (software)
3 10 (4.52%) Maven
3 10 (4.52%) Sonatype Nexus
4 9 (4.07%) JIRA
5 6 (2.71%) Subversion
6 4 (1.81%) Artifactory
6 4 (1.81%) GitLab
7 1 (0.45%) Selenium
7 1 (0.45%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.45%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.45%) WebDriver
General
1 23 (10.41%) Finance
2 10 (4.52%) Banking
3 8 (3.62%) Financial Institution
4 6 (2.71%) Retail
5 4 (1.81%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.36%) Spanish Language
6 3 (1.36%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.90%) Back Office
7 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.45%) Advertising
8 1 (0.45%) Automotive
8 1 (0.45%) Front Office
8 1 (0.45%) Legal
8 1 (0.45%) Local Government
8 1 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (12.22%) LDAP
2 15 (6.79%) Middleware
3 11 (4.98%) LAMP
4 10 (4.52%) LAPP Stack
5 8 (3.62%) J2EE
6 7 (3.17%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (2.26%) LEMP Stack
7 5 (2.26%) Web Services
8 4 (1.81%) Memcached
9 3 (1.36%) PHP-FPM
10 1 (0.45%) .NET
10 1 (0.45%) CGI
10 1 (0.45%) FastCGI
10 1 (0.45%) Kafka
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 1 (0.45%) Ruby on Rails
10 1 (0.45%) Spring
10 1 (0.45%) XML
10 1 (0.45%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.43%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.07%) Clustering
2 9 (4.07%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.17%) Linux Command Line
3 7 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (2.71%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.71%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.36%) LPAR
6 3 (1.36%) PKI
6 3 (1.36%) Replication
7 2 (0.90%) Animation
7 2 (0.90%) Celerra
7 2 (0.90%) CLARiiON
7 2 (0.90%) Driving Licence
7 2 (0.90%) Fintech
7 2 (0.90%) IBM Storwize
7 2 (0.90%) NHS
8 1 (0.45%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.45%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 221 (100.00%) Linux
2 104 (47.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 83 (37.56%) Unix
4 59 (26.70%) Windows
5 46 (20.81%) CentOS
6 37 (16.74%) Solaris
7 35 (15.84%) Ubuntu
8 30 (13.57%) AIX
9 20 (9.05%) Debian
10 15 (6.79%) Windows Server
11 8 (3.62%) Oracle Linux
12 6 (2.71%) FreeBSD
12 6 (2.71%) HPUX
12 6 (2.71%) SUSE
13 3 (1.36%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 3 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
14 2 (0.90%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (21.27%) DevOps
2 32 (14.48%) Configuration Management
3 25 (11.31%) Migration
4 22 (9.95%) Problem-Solving
5 21 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
5 21 (9.50%) ITIL
6 20 (9.05%) Disaster Recovery
7 16 (7.24%) Performance Tuning
8 14 (6.33%) Change Management
9 13 (5.88%) High Availability
10 9 (4.07%) Open Source
10 9 (4.07%) Storage Management
10 9 (4.07%) Task Automation
11 8 (3.62%) Server Hardening
11 8 (3.62%) Service Management
12 7 (3.17%) Continuous Integration
12 7 (3.17%) Deployment Automation
12 7 (3.17%) Load Balancing
12 7 (3.17%) Security Management
12 7 (3.17%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 58 (26.24%) Bash Shell
2 53 (23.98%) Python
3 51 (23.08%) Perl
4 39 (17.65%) Shell Script
5 17 (7.69%) PHP
6 13 (5.88%) Korn
6 13 (5.88%) PowerShell
6 13 (5.88%) SQL
7 12 (5.43%) Ruby
8 10 (4.52%) Java
9 7 (3.17%) Bourne shell
10 4 (1.81%) AWK
11 2 (0.90%) C
11 2 (0.90%) C++
11 2 (0.90%) VB
11 2 (0.90%) VBScript
12 1 (0.45%) C#
12 1 (0.45%) Groovy
12 1 (0.45%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (11.31%) Security Cleared
2 22 (9.95%) SC Cleared
3 15 (6.79%) RHCE
4 8 (3.62%) Degree
5 6 (2.71%) RHCSA
6 4 (1.81%) OCA
6 4 (1.81%) OCP
6 4 (1.81%) Oracle Certification
7 3 (1.36%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.90%) MCP
8 2 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.45%) CCNA
9 1 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.45%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.62%) PCI DSS
1 8 (3.62%) QA
1 8 (3.62%) SLA
2 4 (1.81%) GDPR
3 2 (0.90%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.45%) GCP
4 1 (0.45%) GPG13
4 1 (0.45%) PMO
4 1 (0.45%) RMADS
System Software
1 35 (15.84%) Docker
1 35 (15.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 30 (13.57%) Active Directory
3 15 (6.79%) NFS
4 11 (4.98%) Postfix
5 10 (4.52%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (4.07%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 8 (3.62%) Samba
8 7 (3.17%) Hyper-V
8 7 (3.17%) KVM
8 7 (3.17%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (2.71%) Squid
10 5 (2.26%) Firmware
10 5 (2.26%) Varnish
10 5 (2.26%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (1.81%) GlusterFS
11 4 (1.81%) vSphere
12 3 (1.36%) LXC
12 3 (1.36%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 3 (1.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 73 (33.03%) Puppet
2 47 (21.27%) Ansible
3 28 (12.67%) Nagios
4 24 (10.86%) Opscode Chef
5 15 (6.79%) Red Hat Satellite
6 14 (6.33%) Kubernetes
7 10 (4.52%) Oracle ZFS
7 10 (4.52%) Terraform
8 8 (3.62%) Tivoli
8 8 (3.62%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 7 (3.17%) CFEngine
9 7 (3.17%) HAProxy
10 6 (2.71%) Veritas Storage Foundation
11 5 (2.26%) Cacti
11 5 (2.26%) NetBackup
11 5 (2.26%) Prometheus
11 5 (2.26%) ZABBIX
12 4 (1.81%) Grafana
12 4 (1.81%) IBM BigFix
12 4 (1.81%) Xymon
Vendors
1 101 (45.70%) Red Hat
2 67 (30.32%) VMware
3 26 (11.76%) Oracle
4 16 (7.24%) HP
4 16 (7.24%) Microsoft
5 15 (6.79%) Veritas
6 14 (6.33%) IBM
7 11 (4.98%) NetApp
8 10 (4.52%) EMC
9 9 (4.07%) Cisco
10 8 (3.62%) Sun
11 7 (3.17%) SaltStack
12 5 (2.26%) Atlassian
12 5 (2.26%) Brocade
12 5 (2.26%) Juniper
12 5 (2.26%) Symantec
13 4 (1.81%) Centrify
13 4 (1.81%) StorageTek
14 3 (1.36%) Clearswift
15 2 (0.90%) McAfee