Period
to 15 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Linux Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 January 2019.

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
15 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 739 672 579
Rank change year-on-year -67 -93 +71
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 149 206 300
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.21% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.22% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 155 223
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £313 £278 £300
90th Percentile £528 £500 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +23.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 3
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £38.63 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.03% +10.36% +133.33%
10th Percentile £41.00 £27.48 £25.30
90th Percentile £47.90 £47.25 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £46.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -9.14% +32.86% +133.33%

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 94,142 94,370 90,851
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.92% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,182 62,737 59,340
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,881 2,760 3,184
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.43
% change year-on-year - +0.40% -3.17%

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 15 January 2019.

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 15 January 2019. 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 -69 132 £400 - 71
UK excluding London -51 98 £400 - 47
London -41 49 £450 +12.50% 27
South East -13 24 £394 -1.56% 15
South West -28 22 £438 +16.67% 5
North of England -22 16 £350 -3.45% 10
East of England +9 11 £430 +11.69% 7
Wales -2 10 £398 -
Midlands -8 9 £400 - 7
East Midlands +14 8 £400 +9.59% 2
North West -8 7 £275 -34.52% 4
Scotland -4 6 £400 - 2
Yorkshire -13 5 £358 -15.88% 5
North East -8 4 £400 +23.08% 1
West Midlands -31 1 £400 - 5

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

For the 6 months to 15 January 2019, 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.

1 149 (100.00%) Linux
2 70 (46.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 69 (46.31%) Red Hat
4 59 (39.60%) DevOps
5 58 (38.93%) Puppet
6 54 (36.24%) CentOS
7 43 (28.86%) Unix
8 41 (27.52%) Python
9 39 (26.17%) Bash Shell
10 37 (24.83%) Ansible
11 36 (24.16%) Security Cleared
12 35 (23.49%) Docker
12 35 (23.49%) Windows
13 31 (20.81%) Apache
13 31 (20.81%) DNS
14 29 (19.46%) VMware
14 29 (19.46%) Amazon AWS
15 28 (18.79%) Jenkins
16 27 (18.12%) SC Cleared
17 26 (17.45%) Shell Script
18 25 (16.78%) Ubuntu
19 23 (15.44%) Git (software)
20 22 (14.77%) Active Directory
20 22 (14.77%) MySQL
20 22 (14.77%) Configuration Management
21 20 (13.42%) LDAP
22 19 (12.75%) Perl
22 19 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
23 18 (12.08%) PHP
23 18 (12.08%) TCP/IP

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 31 (20.81%) Apache
2 16 (10.74%) Tomcat
3 14 (9.40%) nginx
4 11 (7.38%) JBoss
5 7 (4.70%) Confluence
6 4 (2.68%) MS Exchange
7 3 (2.01%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (1.34%) GlassFish
8 2 (1.34%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.67%) Drupal
9 1 (0.67%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.01%) Maya
1 3 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (2.01%) NUKE
1 3 (2.01%) Photoshop
2 2 (1.34%) Houdini
Business Applications
1 1 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.67%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 29 (19.46%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (8.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (8.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 9 (6.04%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (4.03%) Route 53
5 4 (2.68%) Amazon S3
5 4 (2.68%) Office 365
5 4 (2.68%) OpenShift
6 2 (1.34%) GitHub
6 2 (1.34%) IaaS
6 2 (1.34%) SaaS
7 1 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.67%) Apigee
7 1 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.67%) CloudFront
7 1 (0.67%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.67%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 31 (20.81%) DNS
2 18 (12.08%) TCP/IP
3 16 (10.74%) Firewall
4 12 (8.05%) HTTP
5 9 (6.04%) SSH
6 7 (4.70%) SAN
7 6 (4.03%) Internet
7 6 (4.03%) LAN
7 6 (4.03%) SSL
7 6 (4.03%) WAN
8 4 (2.68%) DHCP
8 4 (2.68%) DSL
8 4 (2.68%) OpenLDAP
9 3 (2.01%) iSCSI
9 3 (2.01%) SMTP
9 3 (2.01%) VPN
10 2 (1.34%) NAS
10 2 (1.34%) SNMP
10 2 (1.34%) tcpdump
10 2 (1.34%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.77%) MySQL
2 12 (8.05%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (6.04%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (2.01%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.34%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.67%) Big Data
6 1 (0.67%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.67%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 28 (18.79%) Jenkins
2 23 (15.44%) Git (software)
3 10 (6.71%) JIRA
4 8 (5.37%) GitLab
5 6 (4.03%) Maven
6 5 (3.36%) Artifactory
7 4 (2.68%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (1.34%) Liquibase
9 1 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.67%) Bitbucket
General
1 8 (5.37%) Finance
2 2 (1.34%) Banking
2 2 (1.34%) Games
3 1 (0.67%) Automotive
3 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.67%) Legal
3 1 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (0.67%) Publishing
3 1 (0.67%) Retail
3 1 (0.67%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.42%) LDAP
2 7 (4.70%) Elastic Stack
2 7 (4.70%) J2EE
2 7 (4.70%) LEMP Stack
2 7 (4.70%) Middleware
2 7 (4.70%) PHP-FPM
3 6 (4.03%) LAMP
3 6 (4.03%) Memcached
4 5 (3.36%) LAPP Stack
4 5 (3.36%) Web Services
5 3 (2.01%) Ruby on Rails
6 2 (1.34%) Kafka
7 1 (0.67%) Spring
7 1 (0.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.38%) Linux Command Line
2 10 (6.71%) Data Centre
2 10 (6.71%) Management Information System
3 5 (3.36%) Animation
4 3 (2.01%) Clustering
5 2 (1.34%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.34%) IBM Storwize
5 2 (1.34%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.67%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.67%) Life Science
6 1 (0.67%) NHS
6 1 (0.67%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 149 (100.00%) Linux
2 70 (46.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 54 (36.24%) CentOS
4 43 (28.86%) Unix
5 35 (23.49%) Windows
6 25 (16.78%) Ubuntu
7 16 (10.74%) Debian
8 15 (10.07%) Windows Server
9 12 (8.05%) Solaris
10 8 (5.37%) Windows 7
11 3 (2.01%) AIX
12 2 (1.34%) FreeBSD
12 2 (1.34%) HPUX
12 2 (1.34%) SUSE
12 2 (1.34%) VMS
12 2 (1.34%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (1.34%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (39.60%) DevOps
2 22 (14.77%) Configuration Management
3 19 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (10.07%) ITIL
5 14 (9.40%) Service Management
6 11 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (6.71%) Migration
7 10 (6.71%) Security Management
8 9 (6.04%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (5.37%) Open Source
9 8 (5.37%) Technical Leadership
10 7 (4.70%) Auto-Scaling
10 7 (4.70%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (4.70%) Load Balancing
10 7 (4.70%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.03%) Change Management
11 6 (4.03%) Data Security
11 6 (4.03%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (3.36%) High Availability
12 5 (3.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 41 (27.52%) Python
2 39 (26.17%) Bash Shell
3 26 (17.45%) Shell Script
4 19 (12.75%) Perl
5 18 (12.08%) PHP
6 13 (8.72%) Java
7 8 (5.37%) SQL
8 7 (4.70%) Ruby
9 6 (4.03%) PowerShell
10 3 (2.01%) C
11 1 (0.67%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.67%) Korn
Qualifications
1 36 (24.16%) Security Cleared
2 27 (18.12%) SC Cleared
3 7 (4.70%) DV Cleared
4 2 (1.34%) Degree
4 2 (1.34%) MCP
4 2 (1.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (0.67%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.67%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.70%) QA
2 2 (1.34%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.67%) GDPR
3 1 (0.67%) GPG13
System Software
1 35 (23.49%) Docker
2 22 (14.77%) Active Directory
3 16 (10.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (8.05%) KVM
4 12 (8.05%) NFS
4 12 (8.05%) Samba
5 11 (7.38%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (6.04%) Hyper-V
6 9 (6.04%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (5.37%) vSphere
8 7 (4.70%) iptables
9 4 (2.68%) Squid
10 3 (2.01%) Postfix
10 3 (2.01%) Shibboleth
10 3 (2.01%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (1.34%) pfSense
11 2 (1.34%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.67%) GlusterFS
12 1 (0.67%) PowerHA
12 1 (0.67%) QEMU
Systems Management
1 58 (38.93%) Puppet
2 37 (24.83%) Ansible
3 18 (12.08%) Nagios
4 16 (10.74%) Kubernetes
5 15 (10.07%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (8.05%) Terraform
7 8 (5.37%) Red Hat Satellite
8 7 (4.70%) HAProxy
9 6 (4.03%) Icinga
10 5 (3.36%) Prometheus
10 5 (3.36%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 4 (2.68%) Oracle ZFS
11 4 (2.68%) Xymon
12 3 (2.01%) OVSD
12 3 (2.01%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 3 (2.01%) yum
12 3 (2.01%) ZABBIX
13 2 (1.34%) Grafana
13 2 (1.34%) SCCM
13 2 (1.34%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 69 (46.31%) Red Hat
2 29 (19.46%) VMware
3 12 (8.05%) Microsoft
4 7 (4.70%) Atlassian
4 7 (4.70%) Oracle
5 4 (2.68%) F5
5 4 (2.68%) HP
6 3 (2.01%) NetApp
7 2 (1.34%) Cisco
7 2 (1.34%) Clearswift
7 2 (1.34%) IBM
7 2 (1.34%) PagerDuty
7 2 (1.34%) Symantec
8 1 (0.67%) 3PAR
8 1 (0.67%) Crossbeam
8 1 (0.67%) Dynatrace
8 1 (0.67%) Google
8 1 (0.67%) SaltStack
8 1 (0.67%) Splunk
8 1 (0.67%) Zerto