Period
to 18 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Linux Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 623 543 509
Rank change year-on-year -80 -34 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Administrator 247 298 416
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.33% 0.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.35% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 213 316
UK median daily rate £400 £415 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +7.10% +3.33%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £278
90th Percentile £530 £575 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £401 £350
% change year-on-year -0.12% +14.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 4
UK median hourly rate £51.00 £37.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.00% +56.25% -36.21%
10th Percentile £49.00 £23.75 £14.18
90th Percentile £53.40 £40.35 £44.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.50 £27.50 £39.75
% change year-on-year +80.00% -30.82% +1.27%

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 94,397 86,272 100,584
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.98% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,783 55,878 65,278
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.09% +5.10%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,055 2,875 3,066
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.96 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.06% -5.20% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -10.00% +18.96%

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 18 June 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 18 June 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 -96 234 £400 -3.61% 92
UK excluding London -39 140 £400 -0.12% 44
London -73 102 £405 -4.71% 52
South East -51 49 £400 -0.12% 18
South West +39 33 £385 -14.44% 5
Midlands +7 22 £530 +41.33%
North of England -26 17 £375 -6.25% 9
Yorkshire -12 13 £375 +3.45% 3
East Midlands +11 12 £388 +44.86%
East of England 0 12 £400 +32.23% 8
West Midlands -15 10 £530 +17.78%
Scotland -40 6 £323 -21.82% 4
North West -43 3 £425 +3.66% 5
Wales - 2 £400 -
North East +3 1 £363 +15.54% 1

Linux Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 June 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.

1 247 (100.00%) Linux
2 114 (46.15%) Red Hat
3 104 (42.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 92 (37.25%) Puppet
5 77 (31.17%) Bash Shell
5 77 (31.17%) Unix
6 76 (30.77%) Python
6 76 (30.77%) VMware
7 70 (28.34%) Windows
8 63 (25.51%) Ansible
9 59 (23.89%) Perl
10 52 (21.05%) Docker
10 52 (21.05%) DevOps
11 47 (19.03%) Apache
12 45 (18.22%) VMware Infrastructure
13 44 (17.81%) Shell Script
14 43 (17.41%) Finance
14 43 (17.41%) Solaris
15 41 (16.60%) CentOS
15 41 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
16 40 (16.19%) Ubuntu
17 39 (15.79%) AIX
17 39 (15.79%) Configuration Management
18 38 (15.38%) Firewall
19 37 (14.98%) Git (software)
19 37 (14.98%) Open Source
20 35 (14.17%) Opscode Chef
21 33 (13.36%) Oracle
22 30 (12.15%) Jenkins
23 29 (11.74%) Active Directory

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 47 (19.03%) Apache
2 22 (8.91%) nginx
3 9 (3.64%) Tomcat
4 7 (2.83%) Confluence
5 6 (2.43%) JBoss
5 6 (2.43%) OpenStack
6 3 (1.21%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.21%) WordPress
7 2 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.81%) IIS
7 2 (0.81%) K2 blackpearl
7 2 (0.81%) lighttpd
7 2 (0.81%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.81%) SAS
8 1 (0.40%) CMS
8 1 (0.40%) Drupal
8 1 (0.40%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.40%) Jetty
8 1 (0.40%) Moodle
8 1 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 1 (0.40%) Magento
1 1 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.40%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 41 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (9.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (3.64%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (2.02%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (1.62%) GitHub
6 3 (1.21%) OpenShift
6 3 (1.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (0.81%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.81%) PaaS
8 1 (0.40%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.40%) IaaS
8 1 (0.40%) Office 365
8 1 (0.40%) SaaS
8 1 (0.40%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 38 (15.38%) Firewall
2 25 (10.12%) TCP/IP
3 22 (8.91%) SAN
4 21 (8.50%) DNS
5 9 (3.64%) NAS
6 8 (3.24%) LAN
6 8 (3.24%) SSH
7 7 (2.83%) Network Security
7 7 (2.83%) SSL
7 7 (2.83%) WAN
7 7 (2.83%) Wireshark
8 6 (2.43%) HTTP
8 6 (2.43%) Kerberos
8 6 (2.43%) VPN
9 5 (2.02%) DHCP
10 4 (1.62%) NetScaler
11 3 (1.21%) Fibre Channel
11 3 (1.21%) FTP
11 3 (1.21%) tcpdump
11 3 (1.21%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (8.91%) MySQL
2 11 (4.45%) MongoDB
2 11 (4.45%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (2.02%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (2.02%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.21%) DB2
4 3 (1.21%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.21%) MariaDB
4 3 (1.21%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.81%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.81%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.40%) Big Data
6 1 (0.40%) DB2 UDB
6 1 (0.40%) Ingres
6 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.40%) Yellowfin
Development Applications
1 37 (14.98%) Git (software)
2 30 (12.15%) Jenkins
3 12 (4.86%) Maven
4 10 (4.05%) Sonatype Nexus
4 10 (4.05%) Subversion
5 8 (3.24%) JIRA
6 6 (2.43%) Artifactory
7 3 (1.21%) GitLab
8 2 (0.81%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.81%) Emacs
9 1 (0.40%) Gradle
9 1 (0.40%) SonarQube
9 1 (0.40%) Vagrant
General
1 43 (17.41%) Finance
2 17 (6.88%) Financial Institution
3 8 (3.24%) Banking
4 7 (2.83%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.43%) Retail
6 3 (1.21%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.21%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.81%) Back Office
7 2 (0.81%) Local Government
7 2 (0.81%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.40%) Electronics
8 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.29%) LAMP
2 15 (6.07%) LDAP
3 14 (5.67%) Middleware
4 8 (3.24%) Elastic Stack
4 8 (3.24%) LEMP Stack
5 6 (2.43%) Web Services
6 4 (1.62%) YAML
7 3 (1.21%) J2EE
8 2 (0.81%) LAPP Stack
9 1 (0.40%) CGI
9 1 (0.40%) FastCGI
9 1 (0.40%) JSP
9 1 (0.40%) Kafka
9 1 (0.40%) MCollective
9 1 (0.40%) Memcached
9 1 (0.40%) Ruby on Rails
9 1 (0.40%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.26%) Clustering
2 9 (3.64%) Data Centre
2 9 (3.64%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (3.24%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (2.83%) Computer Science
4 7 (2.83%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.02%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (2.02%) LPAR
5 5 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.21%) Oracle Exalytics
6 3 (1.21%) PKI
6 3 (1.21%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.21%) Replication
7 2 (0.81%) Celerra
7 2 (0.81%) CLARiiON
7 2 (0.81%) Driving Licence
7 2 (0.81%) Fintech
8 1 (0.40%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.40%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 247 (100.00%) Linux
2 104 (42.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 77 (31.17%) Unix
4 70 (28.34%) Windows
5 43 (17.41%) Solaris
6 41 (16.60%) CentOS
7 40 (16.19%) Ubuntu
8 39 (15.79%) AIX
9 11 (4.45%) Windows Server
10 10 (4.05%) Oracle Linux
11 6 (2.43%) Debian
11 6 (2.43%) HPUX
12 5 (2.02%) SUSE
13 4 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (1.21%) FreeBSD
15 2 (0.81%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
16 1 (0.40%) CoreOS
16 1 (0.40%) FreeNAS
16 1 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (21.05%) DevOps
2 39 (15.79%) Configuration Management
3 37 (14.98%) Open Source
4 25 (10.12%) Migration
5 22 (8.91%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (8.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 21 (8.50%) ITIL
7 18 (7.29%) Continuous Integration
7 18 (7.29%) Problem-Solving
8 15 (6.07%) Deployment Automation
9 14 (5.67%) Change Management
10 11 (4.45%) Task Automation
11 9 (3.64%) Server Hardening
12 8 (3.24%) Security Management
13 7 (2.83%) Load Balancing
14 6 (2.43%) Business Continuity
14 6 (2.43%) High Availability
14 6 (2.43%) Performance Tuning
14 6 (2.43%) Test Automation
15 5 (2.02%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 77 (31.17%) Bash Shell
2 76 (30.77%) Python
3 59 (23.89%) Perl
4 44 (17.81%) Shell Script
5 27 (10.93%) Ruby
6 19 (7.69%) Korn
7 18 (7.29%) PHP
8 14 (5.67%) PowerShell
9 11 (4.45%) SQL
10 10 (4.05%) Java
11 6 (2.43%) Bourne shell
12 4 (1.62%) AWK
12 4 (1.62%) Groovy
13 3 (1.21%) C
14 2 (0.81%) C++
14 2 (0.81%) VB
14 2 (0.81%) VBScript
15 1 (0.40%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.40%) sed
Qualifications
1 26 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 24 (9.72%) SC Cleared
3 17 (6.88%) RHCE
4 9 (3.64%) Degree
5 4 (1.62%) OCP
5 4 (1.62%) Oracle Certification
5 4 (1.62%) RHCSA
6 3 (1.21%) DV Cleared
6 3 (1.21%) OCA
7 2 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.40%) HND
8 1 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.24%) SLA
2 7 (2.83%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.62%) TickIT
4 2 (0.81%) GDPR
4 2 (0.81%) QA
5 1 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.40%) GCP
5 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.40%) PMO
5 1 (0.40%) RMADS
System Software
1 52 (21.05%) Docker
2 45 (18.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (11.74%) Active Directory
4 13 (5.26%) Firmware
4 13 (5.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 11 (4.45%) NFS
5 11 (4.45%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (3.64%) LXC
7 8 (3.24%) KVM
8 7 (2.83%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (1.62%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 4 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.62%) vSphere
9 4 (1.62%) Xen
10 3 (1.21%) GlusterFS
10 3 (1.21%) Hyper-V
10 3 (1.21%) Samba
10 3 (1.21%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 2 (0.81%) iptables
11 2 (0.81%) zsh
Systems Management
1 92 (37.25%) Puppet
2 63 (25.51%) Ansible
3 35 (14.17%) Opscode Chef
4 18 (7.29%) Nagios
5 15 (6.07%) CFEngine
6 13 (5.26%) Kubernetes
6 13 (5.26%) Tivoli
6 13 (5.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 12 (4.86%) Red Hat Satellite
8 9 (3.64%) Cobbler
8 9 (3.64%) Terraform
9 8 (3.24%) SELinux
10 7 (2.83%) Oracle ZFS
11 5 (2.02%) NetBackup
11 5 (2.02%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (2.02%) Tivoli Monitoring
11 5 (2.02%) Veritas Storage Foundation
11 5 (2.02%) ZABBIX
12 4 (1.62%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 4 (1.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 114 (46.15%) Red Hat
2 76 (30.77%) VMware
3 33 (13.36%) Oracle
4 22 (8.91%) Veritas
5 17 (6.88%) IBM
6 14 (5.67%) SaltStack
7 11 (4.45%) HP
8 10 (4.05%) Cisco
9 9 (3.64%) EMC
9 9 (3.64%) Microsoft
10 7 (2.83%) NetApp
10 7 (2.83%) Sun
11 6 (2.43%) Symantec
12 5 (2.02%) Brocade
12 5 (2.02%) F5
13 4 (1.62%) Juniper
14 3 (1.21%) Centrify
14 3 (1.21%) Remedy
14 3 (1.21%) Splunk
14 3 (1.21%) StorageTek