Period
to 24 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Linux Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 2017.

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
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 620 589 611
Rank change year-on-year -31 +22 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 263 308 309
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.29% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.30% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 235 250
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £288 £300 £277
90th Percentile £500 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 3 1
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £17.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +99.66% -29.17%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £33.25 -
% change year-on-year +18.80% - -

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 92282 101134 108382
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60383 66022 68661
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2757 3174 4141
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.38% +5.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.39 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.20 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +4.67%

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 24 September 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 24 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Top 14 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 24 September 2017. 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 -2 259 £400 - 35
UK excluding London +53 148 £400 +3.90% 18
London -52 114 £400 -5.88% 17
South East +25 70 £401 +0.13% 10
South West +18 28 £369 +4.98% 1
North of England +71 26 £388 -8.82% 4
North West +20 13 £390 -9.57% 2
East of England -4 13 £345 -1.43% 1
Yorkshire +46 8 £425 +18.06% 2
Midlands +26 8 £393 +30.83% 2
North East +67 5 £325 -1.52%
West Midlands +30 4 £393 +25.60% 2
East Midlands +1 4 - -
Scotland +19 3 - -

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

For the 6 months to 24 September 2017, Linux Systems Administrator contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Linux Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 263 (100.00%) Linux
2 111 (42.21%) Red Hat
3 106 (40.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 96 (36.50%) Puppet
5 93 (35.36%) VMware
6 84 (31.94%) Python
7 83 (31.56%) Unix
8 80 (30.42%) CentOS
9 76 (28.90%) Windows
10 56 (21.29%) Ubuntu
11 53 (20.15%) VMware Infrastructure
12 51 (19.39%) Bash Shell
13 50 (19.01%) Perl
14 49 (18.63%) DevOps
15 48 (18.25%) Security Cleared
16 46 (17.49%) Windows Server
17 43 (16.35%) LDAP
18 42 (15.97%) DNS
19 40 (15.21%) Shell Script
20 39 (14.83%) SC Cleared
21 37 (14.07%) Firewall
21 37 (14.07%) Ansible
22 36 (13.69%) Amazon AWS
23 34 (12.93%) Finance
24 33 (12.55%) Active Directory
24 33 (12.55%) Apache
24 33 (12.55%) MySQL
25 31 (11.79%) Oracle
25 31 (11.79%) Debian
26 30 (11.41%) Nagios

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 33 (12.55%) Apache
2 30 (11.41%) Tomcat
3 15 (5.70%) nginx
4 14 (5.32%) JBoss
4 14 (5.32%) WebLogic
5 11 (4.18%) Apache Solr
6 6 (2.28%) Confluence
7 5 (1.90%) Jetty
7 5 (1.90%) MS Exchange
8 4 (1.52%) OpenStack
8 4 (1.52%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.76%) iPlanet
9 2 (0.76%) MediaWiki
9 2 (0.76%) Oracle Application Server
10 1 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.38%) Eucalyptus
10 1 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 6 (2.28%) Houdini
1 6 (2.28%) Maya
1 6 (2.28%) NUKE
1 6 (2.28%) Photoshop
2 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.38%) Mozilla Thunderbird
3 1 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.52%) Oracle Retail
1 4 (1.52%) Temenos T24
2 2 (0.76%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 36 (13.69%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (4.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.66%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (2.28%) GitHub
5 5 (1.90%) Amazon S3
5 5 (1.90%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.90%) Office 365
5 5 (1.90%) SaaS
6 4 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (1.52%) PaaS
7 3 (1.14%) IaaS
7 3 (1.14%) Route 53
8 2 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.76%) G Suite
8 2 (0.76%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.38%) DigitalOcean
9 1 (0.38%) Linode
9 1 (0.38%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 43 (16.35%) LDAP
2 42 (15.97%) DNS
3 37 (14.07%) Firewall
4 19 (7.22%) SAN
4 19 (7.22%) TCP/IP
5 18 (6.84%) DHCP
6 15 (5.70%) VPN
7 12 (4.56%) Kerberos
8 11 (4.18%) LAN
9 9 (3.42%) Internet
9 9 (3.42%) WAN
10 8 (3.04%) HTTP
11 7 (2.66%) SSH
12 6 (2.28%) NAS
13 4 (1.52%) Cisco Nexus
13 4 (1.52%) IP Telephony
13 4 (1.52%) Network Security
13 4 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
14 3 (1.14%) Ethernet
14 3 (1.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (12.55%) MySQL
2 19 (7.22%) Hadoop
3 11 (4.18%) Apache Hive
3 11 (4.18%) Impala
4 10 (3.80%) SQL Server
5 9 (3.42%) MongoDB
6 7 (2.66%) RDBMS
6 7 (2.66%) Relational Database
7 6 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.90%) MariaDB
8 5 (1.90%) NoSQL
8 5 (1.90%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.76%) Big Data
10 1 (0.38%) DataStage
10 1 (0.38%) DB2
10 1 (0.38%) GIS
10 1 (0.38%) Oracle Exadata
10 1 (0.38%) Redis
10 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 21 (7.98%) Git (software)
2 17 (6.46%) Jenkins
3 9 (3.42%) Subversion
4 7 (2.66%) JIRA
5 6 (2.28%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (1.14%) Bitbucket
6 3 (1.14%) GitLab
6 3 (1.14%) Hudson
6 3 (1.14%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.76%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.76%) Selenium
8 1 (0.38%) Gradle
8 1 (0.38%) Maven
General
1 34 (12.93%) Finance
2 24 (9.13%) Banking
3 11 (4.18%) Investment Banking
4 5 (1.90%) Financial Institution
4 5 (1.90%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.52%) Retail
6 3 (1.14%) Electronics
6 3 (1.14%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.14%) Marketing
7 2 (0.76%) Back Office
7 2 (0.76%) Games
8 1 (0.38%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.70%) LAMP
2 6 (2.28%) LAPP Stack
3 5 (1.90%) LEMP Stack
3 5 (1.90%) Servlets
4 4 (1.52%) IBM Integration Bus
5 3 (1.14%) Middleware
5 3 (1.14%) Regular Expression
5 3 (1.14%) Spring
6 2 (0.76%) J2EE
6 2 (0.76%) Ruby on Rails
6 2 (0.76%) XML
7 1 (0.38%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.38%) JSON
7 1 (0.38%) Memcached
7 1 (0.38%) POSIX
7 1 (0.38%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.38%) Serverless Framework
7 1 (0.38%) Web Services
7 1 (0.38%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 25 (9.51%) Data Centre
2 15 (5.70%) Clustering
3 13 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.04%) Linux Command Line
5 7 (2.66%) Animation
5 7 (2.66%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.28%) Spread Betting
7 5 (1.90%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.52%) Grid Computing
8 4 (1.52%) PKI
8 4 (1.52%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.52%) Replication
9 3 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.76%) Device Driver
10 2 (0.76%) Infotainment
10 2 (0.76%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.76%) Online Games
11 1 (0.38%) Life Science
11 1 (0.38%) User Experience
11 1 (0.38%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 263 (100.00%) Linux
2 106 (40.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 83 (31.56%) Unix
4 80 (30.42%) CentOS
5 76 (28.90%) Windows
6 56 (21.29%) Ubuntu
7 46 (17.49%) Windows Server
8 31 (11.79%) Debian
9 27 (10.27%) Solaris
10 15 (5.70%) AIX
11 12 (4.56%) Windows 7
12 7 (2.66%) HPUX
12 7 (2.66%) Mac OS
13 6 (2.28%) SUSE
14 5 (1.90%) Windows 10
15 4 (1.52%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.52%) Scientific Linux
16 2 (0.76%) Oracle Linux
16 2 (0.76%) VMS
17 1 (0.38%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (18.63%) DevOps
2 29 (11.03%) Configuration Management
3 25 (9.51%) Performance Tuning
4 21 (7.98%) ITIL
5 18 (6.84%) Load Balancing
6 16 (6.08%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (5.70%) Open Source
8 14 (5.32%) Desktop Virtualisation
8 14 (5.32%) Security Hardening
9 13 (4.94%) High Availability
10 12 (4.56%) Migration
11 11 (4.18%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (3.80%) Task Automation
13 9 (3.42%) Analytics
13 9 (3.42%) Server Building
14 8 (3.04%) Disaster Recovery
14 8 (3.04%) Kanban
14 8 (3.04%) Project Management
15 7 (2.66%) Performance Analysis
15 7 (2.66%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 84 (31.94%) Python
2 51 (19.39%) Bash Shell
3 50 (19.01%) Perl
4 40 (15.21%) Shell Script
5 30 (11.41%) Java
5 30 (11.41%) Ruby
6 12 (4.56%) Korn
7 7 (2.66%) C
7 7 (2.66%) SQL
8 6 (2.28%) PowerShell
9 4 (1.52%) PHP
9 4 (1.52%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
10 3 (1.14%) C++
10 3 (1.14%) Fortran
11 2 (0.76%) AWK
11 2 (0.76%) sed
12 1 (0.38%) Bourne shell
12 1 (0.38%) Groovy
12 1 (0.38%) Jython
Qualifications
1 48 (18.25%) Security Cleared
2 39 (14.83%) SC Cleared
3 8 (3.04%) Degree
4 7 (2.66%) RHCE
4 7 (2.66%) RHCSA
5 5 (1.90%) DV Cleared
5 5 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (1.52%) CCNA
6 4 (1.52%) CCNP
6 4 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (1.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.76%) CISSP
7 2 (0.76%) GCIH
7 2 (0.76%) GIAC
8 1 (0.38%) ACMT
8 1 (0.38%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.38%) MCSE
8 1 (0.38%) MySQL Certification
8 1 (0.38%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.14%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.14%) QA
3 2 (0.76%) GCP
4 1 (0.38%) AS 2805
4 1 (0.38%) ISO 8583
4 1 (0.38%) RMADS
4 1 (0.38%) SLA
System Software
1 53 (20.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (12.55%) Active Directory
3 19 (7.22%) NFS
3 19 (7.22%) VMware ESXi
4 18 (6.84%) KVM
5 17 (6.46%) Virtual Machines
6 15 (5.70%) Samba
7 11 (4.18%) Apache Flume
7 11 (4.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 11 (4.18%) HDFS
8 8 (3.04%) iptables
8 8 (3.04%) vSphere
9 7 (2.66%) Hyper-V
9 7 (2.66%) Xen
10 6 (2.28%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 4 (1.52%) Docker
11 4 (1.52%) GPFS
11 4 (1.52%) LXC
12 3 (1.14%) vCloud
12 3 (1.14%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 96 (36.50%) Puppet
2 37 (14.07%) Ansible
3 30 (11.41%) Nagios
4 23 (8.75%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (5.32%) yum
6 11 (4.18%) Oozie
7 10 (3.80%) HAProxy
8 9 (3.42%) Red Hat Satellite
9 7 (2.66%) Cobbler
9 7 (2.66%) Terraform
10 6 (2.28%) SELinux
10 6 (2.28%) ZABBIX
11 5 (1.90%) NetBackup
11 5 (1.90%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 4 (1.52%) OVSD
12 4 (1.52%) vCenter Server
13 3 (1.14%) Packer
14 2 (0.76%) Backup Exec
14 2 (0.76%) Bcfg2
14 2 (0.76%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 111 (42.21%) Red Hat
2 93 (35.36%) VMware
3 31 (11.79%) Oracle
4 23 (8.75%) Cisco
5 22 (8.37%) HP
6 16 (6.08%) IBM
6 16 (6.08%) Microsoft
7 15 (5.70%) EMC
8 14 (5.32%) Cloudera
8 14 (5.32%) Veritas
9 9 (3.42%) Atlassian
9 9 (3.42%) F5
9 9 (3.42%) Sun
10 7 (2.66%) Google
11 6 (2.28%) Juniper
11 6 (2.28%) NetApp
11 6 (2.28%) Splunk
12 5 (1.90%) Dell
13 4 (1.52%) Temenos
14 3 (1.14%) Citrix