Period
to 17 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Linux Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 November 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 System Administrator
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 723 652 591
Rank change year-on-year -71 -61 +31
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 162 241 319
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.23% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.25% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 175 236
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £325 £278 £300
90th Percentile £525 £500 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £389 £400
% change year-on-year +2.89% -2.81% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 4
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £39.50 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.59% +18.80% -
10th Percentile £41.00 £28.10 £25.68
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.25 £39.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £46.50 £33.25
% change year-on-year -9.14% +39.85% -

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 97,705 97,629 100,490
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.94% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,456 64,345 65,505
UK median daily rate £450 £448 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,047 2,921 3,329
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -

Linux Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 17 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems 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 Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 17 November 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 -94 142 £400 - 78
UK excluding London -21 105 £400 +2.89% 45
London -55 55 £425 +6.25% 33
South East -24 33 £400 - 11
East of England +6 17 £425 +13.33% 7
North of England -33 15 £375 -3.23% 13
South West -36 15 £375 - 7
Wales - 14 £400 -
Yorkshire -12 7 £375 -4.76% 7
Midlands -20 6 £400 +1.91% 7
East Midlands +13 5 £400 - 1
Scotland -2 5 £400 -
North East -4 4 £400 +23.08% 2
North West -16 4 £350 -14.11% 4
West Midlands -27 1 £400 +1.91% 6

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

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, Linux 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 Linux Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 162 (100.00%) Linux
2 85 (52.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 82 (50.62%) Red Hat
4 59 (36.42%) Unix
5 51 (31.48%) CentOS
6 49 (30.25%) Puppet
6 49 (30.25%) DevOps
7 47 (29.01%) Python
8 46 (28.40%) Bash Shell
9 42 (25.93%) Apache
9 42 (25.93%) Windows
10 41 (25.31%) Ansible
11 39 (24.07%) VMware
12 32 (19.75%) Shell Script
13 31 (19.14%) DNS
13 31 (19.14%) Amazon AWS
14 30 (18.52%) Nagios
15 27 (16.67%) Security Cleared
16 25 (15.43%) Perl
16 25 (15.43%) Docker
16 25 (15.43%) Jenkins
17 23 (14.20%) LDAP
17 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
18 21 (12.96%) Git (software)
18 21 (12.96%) Solaris
18 21 (12.96%) Configuration Management
19 20 (12.35%) TCP/IP
19 20 (12.35%) Active Directory
19 20 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
19 20 (12.35%) Agile Software Development

Linux 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 42 (25.93%) Apache
2 17 (10.49%) nginx
3 16 (9.88%) JBoss
4 15 (9.26%) Tomcat
5 6 (3.70%) Confluence
6 5 (3.09%) lighttpd
7 4 (2.47%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.85%) MS Exchange
8 3 (1.85%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.23%) Drupal
9 2 (1.23%) GlassFish
9 2 (1.23%) IIS
10 1 (0.62%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.62%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (1.85%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.23%) Houdini
2 2 (1.23%) Maya
2 2 (1.23%) NUKE
2 2 (1.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.62%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 31 (19.14%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (7.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 8 (4.94%) Amazon EC2
3 8 (4.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (3.70%) Amazon S3
5 5 (3.09%) Route 53
6 4 (2.47%) OpenShift
6 4 (2.47%) SaaS
7 3 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (1.23%) Office 365
9 1 (0.62%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (0.62%) Apigee
9 1 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.62%) CloudFront
9 1 (0.62%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 31 (19.14%) DNS
2 20 (12.35%) TCP/IP
3 18 (11.11%) Firewall
4 12 (7.41%) HTTP
5 10 (6.17%) SAN
5 10 (6.17%) SSH
6 9 (5.56%) SSL
7 6 (3.70%) LAN
7 6 (3.70%) WAN
8 5 (3.09%) NetScaler
9 4 (2.47%) DHCP
9 4 (2.47%) DSL
9 4 (2.47%) VPN
10 3 (1.85%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.85%) OpenVPN
10 3 (1.85%) OPNsense
11 2 (1.23%) DKIM
11 2 (1.23%) DMARC
11 2 (1.23%) NAS
11 2 (1.23%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (11.73%) MySQL
1 19 (11.73%) PostgreSQL
2 8 (4.94%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (2.47%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.23%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.62%) Big Data
5 1 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.62%) InfluxDB
5 1 (0.62%) Ingres
5 1 (0.62%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.62%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.62%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.62%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 25 (15.43%) Jenkins
2 21 (12.96%) Git (software)
3 9 (5.56%) JIRA
4 8 (4.94%) Maven
5 6 (3.70%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (3.09%) Artifactory
6 5 (3.09%) GitLab
7 2 (1.23%) Liquibase
8 1 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.62%) Bitbucket
General
1 13 (8.02%) Finance
2 3 (1.85%) Banking
2 3 (1.85%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.23%) Legal
3 2 (1.23%) Retail
4 1 (0.62%) Advertising
4 1 (0.62%) Automotive
4 1 (0.62%) Games
4 1 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.62%) Spanish Language
4 1 (0.62%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.20%) LDAP
2 12 (7.41%) J2EE
2 12 (7.41%) Middleware
3 10 (6.17%) LAPP Stack
4 7 (4.32%) Elastic Stack
5 5 (3.09%) LAMP
5 5 (3.09%) LEMP Stack
5 5 (3.09%) Memcached
5 5 (3.09%) PHP-FPM
6 3 (1.85%) Web Services
7 2 (1.23%) Kafka
8 1 (0.62%) .NET
8 1 (0.62%) Spring
8 1 (0.62%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.41%) Linux Command Line
2 11 (6.79%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 5 (3.09%) Animation
4 5 (3.09%) Clustering
5 4 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.85%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.23%) IBM Storwize
7 2 (1.23%) LPAR
7 2 (1.23%) NHS
8 1 (0.62%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.62%) Freedom of Information Act
8 1 (0.62%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.62%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.62%) HP StoreVirtual
8 1 (0.62%) Life Science
8 1 (0.62%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 162 (100.00%) Linux
2 85 (52.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 59 (36.42%) Unix
4 51 (31.48%) CentOS
5 42 (25.93%) Windows
6 21 (12.96%) Solaris
7 20 (12.35%) Ubuntu
8 18 (11.11%) Debian
9 14 (8.64%) Windows Server
10 12 (7.41%) AIX
11 8 (4.94%) FreeBSD
12 7 (4.32%) Windows 7
13 5 (3.09%) SUSE
14 3 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
15 2 (1.23%) HPUX
15 2 (1.23%) VMS
16 1 (0.62%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.62%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (30.25%) DevOps
2 21 (12.96%) Configuration Management
3 20 (12.35%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (8.64%) Disaster Recovery
4 14 (8.64%) ITIL
4 14 (8.64%) Migration
5 13 (8.02%) Performance Tuning
6 11 (6.79%) Load Balancing
6 11 (6.79%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (6.17%) Service Management
8 8 (4.94%) Security Management
9 7 (4.32%) Change Management
9 7 (4.32%) Data Security
9 7 (4.32%) High Availability
9 7 (4.32%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (3.70%) JVM Tuning
10 6 (3.70%) Open Source
10 6 (3.70%) Software Engineering
10 6 (3.70%) Storage Management
10 6 (3.70%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 47 (29.01%) Python
2 46 (28.40%) Bash Shell
3 32 (19.75%) Shell Script
4 25 (15.43%) Perl
5 16 (9.88%) Java
6 12 (7.41%) PHP
7 10 (6.17%) SQL
8 8 (4.94%) PowerShell
9 5 (3.09%) Korn
10 4 (2.47%) Ruby
11 3 (1.85%) Bourne shell
12 2 (1.23%) AWK
13 1 (0.62%) C#
13 1 (0.62%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 27 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
3 8 (4.94%) RHCE
4 3 (1.85%) Degree
4 3 (1.85%) RHCSA
5 2 (1.23%) MCP
5 2 (1.23%) OCA
5 2 (1.23%) OCP
5 2 (1.23%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.62%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.62%) CCNA
6 1 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.62%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.62%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.56%) QA
2 2 (1.23%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (1.23%) GDPR
2 2 (1.23%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.62%) GPG13
3 1 (0.62%) PMO
3 1 (0.62%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (15.43%) Docker
2 20 (12.35%) Active Directory
2 20 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (8.64%) NFS
4 13 (8.02%) Samba
5 9 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (4.94%) KVM
6 8 (4.94%) Postfix
7 6 (3.70%) vSphere
8 5 (3.09%) Hyper-V
8 5 (3.09%) Squid
8 5 (3.09%) Varnish
8 5 (3.09%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (2.47%) iptables
9 4 (2.47%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 3 (1.85%) pfSense
11 2 (1.23%) Firmware
11 2 (1.23%) GlusterFS
11 2 (1.23%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 49 (30.25%) Puppet
2 41 (25.31%) Ansible
3 30 (18.52%) Nagios
4 16 (9.88%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (8.64%) Kubernetes
5 14 (8.64%) Terraform
6 11 (6.79%) Red Hat Satellite
7 7 (4.32%) HAProxy
8 6 (3.70%) Icinga
8 6 (3.70%) Oracle ZFS
8 6 (3.70%) Prometheus
8 6 (3.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 5 (3.09%) Cacti
9 5 (3.09%) Tivoli
9 5 (3.09%) ZABBIX
10 4 (2.47%) Grafana
10 4 (2.47%) Xymon
11 3 (1.85%) NetBackup
11 3 (1.85%) OVSD
12 2 (1.23%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 82 (50.62%) Red Hat
2 39 (24.07%) VMware
3 12 (7.41%) Oracle
4 10 (6.17%) Microsoft
5 8 (4.94%) HP
6 5 (3.09%) Atlassian
6 5 (3.09%) EMC
6 5 (3.09%) IBM
6 5 (3.09%) Juniper
6 5 (3.09%) Veritas
7 4 (2.47%) Cisco
7 4 (2.47%) NetApp
8 3 (1.85%) PagerDuty
8 3 (1.85%) SaltStack
8 3 (1.85%) Sun
9 2 (1.23%) Brocade
9 2 (1.23%) Centrify
9 2 (1.23%) Clearswift
9 2 (1.23%) StorageTek
9 2 (1.23%) Symantec