Period
to 20 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Linux Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 671 556 636
Rank change year-on-year -115 +80 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 199 299 244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.31% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.33% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 223 193
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £276 £283 £286
90th Percentile £500 £506 £486
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £330
% change year-on-year - +21.21% -2.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 1
UK median hourly rate £38.63 £35.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.36% +133.33% -60.13%
10th Percentile £27.48 £25.30 £14.50
90th Percentile £47.25 £39.50 £15.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.50 £35.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +32.86% +133.33% -60.13%

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 94,249 91,784 102,687
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,616 59,908 65,517
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,769 3,237 3,875
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.10 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.13
% change year-on-year - -3.45% +9.85%

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 20 January 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 January 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 -94 193 £400 - 69
London -93 99 £400 +5.26% 29
UK excluding London -24 98 £400 - 44
South East -47 32 £400 -5.88% 17
South West +11 21 £375 +10.29% 5
North of England +25 19 £388 -7.19% 8
Yorkshire +20 12 £425 +6.25% 3
Midlands +9 11 £400 -11.11% 6
East of England -6 11 £400 +12.28% 4
West Midlands +26 9 £400 +3.23% 3
North West -6 4 £425 +1.80% 5
North East +46 3 £325 -23.53%
Scotland -21 3 - - 1
East Midlands +1 2 £365 -27.00% 3
Wales +11 1 - - 3

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

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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.

1 199 (100.00%) Linux
2 82 (41.21%) Red Hat
3 70 (35.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 64 (32.16%) Windows
5 63 (31.66%) Puppet
6 62 (31.16%) Python
7 51 (25.63%) Ansible
8 49 (24.62%) DevOps
9 48 (24.12%) CentOS
10 47 (23.62%) Unix
11 42 (21.11%) VMware
12 41 (20.60%) Bash Shell
13 35 (17.59%) Shell Script
14 32 (16.08%) Amazon AWS
15 31 (15.58%) Security Cleared
15 31 (15.58%) Windows Server
16 30 (15.08%) Finance
16 30 (15.08%) Apache
17 29 (14.57%) Firewall
18 28 (14.07%) Perl
19 25 (12.56%) Java
19 25 (12.56%) Oracle
19 25 (12.56%) Tomcat
19 25 (12.56%) LDAP
19 25 (12.56%) Active Directory
19 25 (12.56%) SC Cleared
19 25 (12.56%) Git (software)
20 24 (12.06%) MySQL
20 24 (12.06%) LAMP
20 24 (12.06%) Data Centre

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 30 (15.08%) Apache
2 25 (12.56%) Tomcat
3 17 (8.54%) JBoss
4 12 (6.03%) nginx
5 11 (5.53%) WebLogic
6 8 (4.02%) Confluence
7 4 (2.01%) WebSphere
8 3 (1.51%) Jetty
9 2 (1.01%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.01%) SAS
10 1 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.50%) iPlanet
10 1 (0.50%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.50%) Oracle Application Server
10 1 (0.50%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (2.51%) Houdini
1 5 (2.51%) Maya
1 5 (2.51%) NUKE
1 5 (2.51%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (2.01%) Temenos T24
2 3 (1.51%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 32 (16.08%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (6.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (4.52%) GitHub
4 4 (2.01%) AWS CloudFormation
4 4 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (2.01%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.51%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (1.51%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.51%) IaaS
5 3 (1.51%) PaaS
5 3 (1.51%) SaaS
6 2 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.01%) OpenShift
6 2 (1.01%) Route 53
6 2 (1.01%) Serverless
6 2 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 1 (0.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.50%) Amazon Glacier
7 1 (0.50%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.50%) Linode
Communications & Networking
1 29 (14.57%) Firewall
2 18 (9.05%) DNS
3 17 (8.54%) SAN
3 17 (8.54%) TCP/IP
4 9 (4.52%) DHCP
4 9 (4.52%) HTTP
5 7 (3.52%) LAN
5 7 (3.52%) WAN
6 6 (3.02%) Kerberos
6 6 (3.02%) NAS
6 6 (3.02%) SSH
6 6 (3.02%) SSL
7 5 (2.51%) BIG-IP
7 5 (2.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 5 (2.51%) SMS
8 3 (1.51%) Network Security
8 3 (1.51%) OpenVPN
8 3 (1.51%) SMTP
8 3 (1.51%) tcpdump
8 3 (1.51%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.06%) MySQL
2 11 (5.53%) SQL Server
3 9 (4.52%) MariaDB
4 8 (4.02%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (4.02%) RDBMS
4 8 (4.02%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.51%) Hadoop
6 4 (2.01%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (1.01%) DB2
7 2 (1.01%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.01%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.50%) Big Data
8 1 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.50%) DataStage
8 1 (0.50%) IBM InfoSphere
8 1 (0.50%) MemSQL
8 1 (0.50%) Oracle Exadata
8 1 (0.50%) Redis
Development Applications
1 25 (12.56%) Git (software)
2 22 (11.06%) Jenkins
3 8 (4.02%) JIRA
4 6 (3.02%) Artifactory
5 4 (2.01%) Vagrant
6 3 (1.51%) Bitbucket
6 3 (1.51%) Gradle
6 3 (1.51%) Selenium
7 2 (1.01%) Subversion
8 1 (0.50%) CMake
8 1 (0.50%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.50%) GitLab
8 1 (0.50%) GoCD
8 1 (0.50%) gulp
8 1 (0.50%) Hudson
8 1 (0.50%) Maven
8 1 (0.50%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 30 (15.08%) Finance
2 13 (6.53%) Banking
3 10 (5.03%) Retail
4 8 (4.02%) Financial Institution
5 4 (2.01%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.51%) Electronics
6 3 (1.51%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.51%) Marketing
6 3 (1.51%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.50%) Back Office
7 1 (0.50%) Front Office
7 1 (0.50%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.56%) LDAP
2 24 (12.06%) LAMP
3 7 (3.52%) LEMP Stack
4 6 (3.02%) LAPP Stack
4 6 (3.02%) Middleware
5 4 (2.01%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (2.01%) IBM Integration Bus
6 3 (1.51%) Regular Expression
6 3 (1.51%) Servlets
7 2 (1.01%) JSON
7 2 (1.01%) YAML
8 1 (0.50%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (0.50%) Browserify
8 1 (0.50%) J2EE
8 1 (0.50%) JSP
8 1 (0.50%) Memcached
8 1 (0.50%) POSIX
8 1 (0.50%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.50%) Ruby on Rails
8 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 24 (12.06%) Data Centre
2 14 (7.04%) Clustering
3 11 (5.53%) Linux Command Line
4 7 (3.52%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (3.02%) Animation
6 5 (2.51%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.51%) FMCG
7 4 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.01%) Grid Computing
8 2 (1.01%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.01%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.01%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.01%) Spread Betting
9 1 (0.50%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.50%) HACMP
9 1 (0.50%) Life Science
9 1 (0.50%) LPAR
9 1 (0.50%) NHS
9 1 (0.50%) Online Games
9 1 (0.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 199 (100.00%) Linux
2 70 (35.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 64 (32.16%) Windows
4 48 (24.12%) CentOS
5 47 (23.62%) Unix
6 31 (15.58%) Windows Server
7 16 (8.04%) Ubuntu
8 14 (7.04%) Windows 7
9 13 (6.53%) AIX
10 12 (6.03%) Debian
10 12 (6.03%) Solaris
11 8 (4.02%) Windows 10
12 5 (2.51%) Mac OS
12 5 (2.51%) SUSE
13 4 (2.01%) FreeBSD
13 4 (2.01%) Mac OS X
13 4 (2.01%) Scientific Linux
14 3 (1.51%) HPUX
14 3 (1.51%) Windows Server 2012
15 2 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (24.62%) DevOps
2 21 (10.55%) Configuration Management
3 19 (9.55%) Open Source
4 16 (8.04%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (7.04%) ITIL
5 14 (7.04%) Migration
6 12 (6.03%) Analytics
7 10 (5.03%) Load Balancing
8 9 (4.52%) E-Commerce
9 8 (4.02%) Capacity Planning
9 8 (4.02%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (4.02%) Machine Learning
10 7 (3.52%) Disaster Recovery
10 7 (3.52%) High Availability
10 7 (3.52%) Patch Management
10 7 (3.52%) Server Building
11 6 (3.02%) Performance Tuning
11 6 (3.02%) Visual Effects
12 5 (2.51%) Root Cause Analysis
12 5 (2.51%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 62 (31.16%) Python
2 41 (20.60%) Bash Shell
3 35 (17.59%) Shell Script
4 28 (14.07%) Perl
5 25 (12.56%) Java
6 21 (10.55%) Ruby
7 9 (4.52%) PowerShell
8 8 (4.02%) Korn
8 8 (4.02%) PHP
9 4 (2.01%) C
9 4 (2.01%) C++
10 3 (1.51%) Fortran
10 3 (1.51%) Groovy
10 3 (1.51%) SQL
10 3 (1.51%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
11 1 (0.50%) AWK
11 1 (0.50%) Jython
11 1 (0.50%) sed
Qualifications
1 31 (15.58%) Security Cleared
2 25 (12.56%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.52%) RHCE
4 4 (2.01%) Degree
5 2 (1.01%) CISSP
5 2 (1.01%) RHCSA
6 1 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.50%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.50%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.50%) GCIH
6 1 (0.50%) GIAC
6 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.50%) MySQL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.01%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.51%) AS 2805
2 3 (1.51%) GCP
2 3 (1.51%) ISO 8583
3 2 (1.01%) QA
4 1 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.50%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (12.56%) Active Directory
2 22 (11.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (7.54%) Samba
4 14 (7.04%) NFS
5 10 (5.03%) Docker
6 9 (4.52%) KVM
7 8 (4.02%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (3.02%) Xen
9 5 (2.51%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (2.01%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (2.01%) vSphere
11 3 (1.51%) pfSense
11 3 (1.51%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 2 (1.01%) Firmware
12 2 (1.01%) iptables
12 2 (1.01%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 2 (1.01%) XenApp
13 1 (0.50%) GPFS
13 1 (0.50%) LXC
13 1 (0.50%) Snort
Systems Management
1 63 (31.66%) Puppet
2 51 (25.63%) Ansible
3 17 (8.54%) Nagios
4 13 (6.53%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (4.52%) Cobbler
6 7 (3.52%) Terraform
7 6 (3.02%) Red Hat Satellite
8 5 (2.51%) HAProxy
8 5 (2.51%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 4 (2.01%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 3 (1.51%) CFEngine
10 3 (1.51%) Kubernetes
10 3 (1.51%) SELinux
10 3 (1.51%) Tivoli
10 3 (1.51%) yum
11 2 (1.01%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
12 1 (0.50%) OpenNMS
12 1 (0.50%) OpenView
12 1 (0.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 82 (41.21%) Red Hat
2 42 (21.11%) VMware
3 25 (12.56%) Oracle
4 17 (8.54%) IBM
5 12 (6.03%) Cisco
6 10 (5.03%) F5
7 8 (4.02%) EMC
8 7 (3.52%) Atlassian
8 7 (3.52%) HP
8 7 (3.52%) Veritas
9 6 (3.02%) NetApp
10 5 (2.51%) Citrix
10 5 (2.51%) Microsoft
10 5 (2.51%) SaltStack
11 4 (2.01%) Temenos
12 3 (1.51%) Google
12 3 (1.51%) Juniper
12 3 (1.51%) Rackspace
12 3 (1.51%) SAP
12 3 (1.51%) Splunk