Period
to 13 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £395 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 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.

System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 452 419 305
Rank change year-on-year -33 -114 +50
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 529 570 864
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.55% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.58% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 385 611
UK median daily rate £395 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% -1.32% +5.19%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £263
90th Percentile £525 £518 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year +1.90% +1.52% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 27
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +36.36% +27.91%
10th Percentile £13.79 £21.35 £17.03
90th Percentile £45.95 £47.25 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -9.64% +18.57% +62.79%

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 99,844 98,017 97,325
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.93% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 66,066 64,939 63,502
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,088 2,875 3,289
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 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 13 December 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 -51 471 £400 +6.67% 225
UK excluding London -24 341 £375 +1.90% 164
London -24 180 £425 +6.25% 75
South East -43 89 £400 - 48
North of England +1 70 £375 +7.14% 29
Midlands +3 52 £366 +7.72% 25
South West -65 41 £375 -3.23% 23
East of England +16 38 £425 +61.90% 25
Yorkshire +10 37 £375 +7.14% 11
Scotland +5 34 £375 +7.14% 8
East Midlands +19 27 £369 +28.26% 16
West Midlands -21 25 £365 - 9
North West -31 22 £275 -21.43% 16
Wales -4 17 £395 +4.29% 5
North East +1 11 £363 +11.54% 2
Northern Ireland +30 1 - - 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, 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 Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 267 (50.47%) Linux
2 218 (41.21%) Windows
3 169 (31.95%) Unix
4 139 (26.28%) VMware
5 117 (22.12%) Active Directory
6 103 (19.47%) Red Hat
6 103 (19.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 101 (19.09%) Windows Server
8 96 (18.15%) DevOps
9 85 (16.07%) VMware Infrastructure
9 85 (16.07%) Amazon AWS
10 83 (15.69%) Python
11 81 (15.31%) CentOS
12 79 (14.93%) Microsoft
13 76 (14.37%) ITIL
14 75 (14.18%) Security Cleared
15 69 (13.04%) Bash Shell
15 69 (13.04%) Puppet
16 59 (11.15%) PowerShell
17 56 (10.59%) Finance
18 54 (10.21%) Oracle
18 54 (10.21%) Ansible
19 53 (10.02%) Solaris
20 52 (9.83%) Microsoft Azure
21 51 (9.64%) SQL
22 49 (9.26%) Agile Software Development
23 48 (9.07%) Apache
23 48 (9.07%) DNS
23 48 (9.07%) Docker
24 46 (8.70%) Problem-Solving

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 48 (9.07%) Apache
2 43 (8.13%) MS Exchange
3 24 (4.54%) nginx
4 19 (3.59%) Tomcat
5 13 (2.46%) CMS
5 13 (2.46%) SharePoint
6 12 (2.27%) JBoss
7 11 (2.08%) Confluence
8 10 (1.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 9 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (1.32%) Skype for Business
12 5 (0.95%) IIS
12 5 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
12 5 (0.95%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.76%) IBM Domino
13 4 (0.76%) lighttpd
14 3 (0.57%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 20 (3.78%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.38%) Houdini
4 2 (0.38%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.38%) Maya
4 2 (0.38%) NUKE
4 2 (0.38%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.95%) OPENHousing
3 2 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.38%) Magento
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.38%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.19%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 85 (16.07%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (9.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (7.75%) Office 365
4 24 (4.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 15 (2.84%) Amazon EC2
6 12 (2.27%) Amazon S3
7 11 (2.08%) Route 53
8 9 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.76%) IaaS
9 4 (0.76%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.76%) OpenShift
9 4 (0.76%) SaaS
10 3 (0.57%) CloudFront
10 3 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.38%) Amazon SQS
11 2 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.38%) Serverless
11 2 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 48 (9.07%) DNS
2 43 (8.13%) SAN
3 40 (7.56%) Firewall
4 26 (4.91%) TCP/IP
5 19 (3.59%) DHCP
6 17 (3.21%) LAN
6 17 (3.21%) WAN
7 12 (2.27%) Internet
7 12 (2.27%) NAS
8 11 (2.08%) SSH
9 9 (1.70%) HTTP
9 9 (1.70%) SSL
9 9 (1.70%) VPN
10 8 (1.51%) Network Security
11 7 (1.32%) iSCSI
11 7 (1.32%) Skype
12 5 (0.95%) Fibre Channel
12 5 (0.95%) NetScaler
13 4 (0.76%) DSL
13 4 (0.76%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.56%) MySQL
2 33 (6.24%) SQL Server
3 26 (4.91%) PostgreSQL
4 13 (2.46%) Amazon RDS
5 12 (2.27%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.51%) Power BI
7 7 (1.32%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.95%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 4 (0.76%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.76%) Oracle Database 12c
9 4 (0.76%) Oracle Discoverer
10 3 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (0.57%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
10 3 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.57%) Lumira
10 3 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (6.62%) Jenkins
2 32 (6.05%) Git (software)
3 19 (3.59%) JIRA
4 9 (1.70%) GitLab
5 7 (1.32%) Maven
6 5 (0.95%) Artifactory
6 5 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.95%) TeamCity
7 4 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.38%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.38%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.38%) Liquibase
9 2 (0.38%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.38%) MSI
10 1 (0.19%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.19%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.19%) Zephyr
General
1 56 (10.59%) Finance
2 25 (4.73%) Banking
3 14 (2.65%) Investment Banking
4 11 (2.08%) Law
5 8 (1.51%) Retail
6 6 (1.13%) Publishing
7 5 (0.95%) Legal
8 4 (0.76%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.76%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.57%) Automotive
10 2 (0.38%) Advertising
10 2 (0.38%) Games
10 2 (0.38%) Marketing
10 2 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.38%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.19%) Back Office
11 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.86%) LDAP
2 20 (3.78%) Web Services
3 19 (3.59%) Elastic Stack
4 13 (2.46%) LEMP Stack
4 13 (2.46%) Middleware
4 13 (2.46%) PHP-FPM
5 12 (2.27%) HTML
5 12 (2.27%) Memcached
6 9 (1.70%) J2EE
6 9 (1.70%) LAPP Stack
7 7 (1.32%) LAMP
8 5 (0.95%) .NET
8 5 (0.95%) Oracle Fusion
9 4 (0.76%) CSS
9 4 (0.76%) XML
10 2 (0.38%) EntireX
10 2 (0.38%) Kafka
10 2 (0.38%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 2 (0.38%) Spring
11 1 (0.19%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.67%) Clustering
2 28 (5.29%) Management Information System
3 24 (4.54%) Data Centre
4 16 (3.02%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (2.46%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (1.51%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.32%) Graphic Design
8 7 (1.32%) Replication
8 7 (1.32%) User Experience
9 6 (1.13%) NHS
10 5 (0.95%) Animation
11 4 (0.76%) FMCG
11 4 (0.76%) Freedom of Information
11 4 (0.76%) Freedom of Information Act
12 3 (0.57%) e-Learning
12 3 (0.57%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.57%) PKI
12 3 (0.57%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 267 (50.47%) Linux
2 218 (41.21%) Windows
3 169 (31.95%) Unix
4 103 (19.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 101 (19.09%) Windows Server
6 81 (15.31%) CentOS
7 53 (10.02%) Solaris
8 36 (6.81%) Windows Server 2012
9 33 (6.24%) AIX
10 31 (5.86%) Windows Server 2008
11 23 (4.35%) Ubuntu
12 20 (3.78%) Debian
13 17 (3.21%) Windows 7
14 14 (2.65%) Windows 10
15 11 (2.08%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (1.13%) FreeBSD
16 6 (1.13%) SUSE
17 4 (0.76%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.76%) VMS
18 3 (0.57%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (18.15%) DevOps
2 76 (14.37%) ITIL
3 49 (9.26%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (8.51%) Migration
6 31 (5.86%) Configuration Management
7 28 (5.29%) Service Management
8 25 (4.73%) Change Management
9 23 (4.35%) Change Control
10 19 (3.59%) Disaster Recovery
10 19 (3.59%) Security Management
11 17 (3.21%) Collaborative Working
12 16 (3.02%) Performance Tuning
13 15 (2.84%) User Acceptance Testing
14 14 (2.65%) Content Management
14 14 (2.65%) CRM
14 14 (2.65%) Data Security
14 14 (2.65%) Project Management
15 13 (2.46%) Electronic Trading
15 13 (2.46%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 83 (15.69%) Python
2 69 (13.04%) Bash Shell
3 59 (11.15%) PowerShell
4 51 (9.64%) SQL
5 40 (7.56%) Shell Script
6 33 (6.24%) Perl
7 28 (5.29%) PHP
8 18 (3.40%) Java
9 10 (1.89%) Korn
10 5 (0.95%) Ruby
11 4 (0.76%) C
11 4 (0.76%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.57%) Bourne shell
12 3 (0.57%) VB
13 2 (0.38%) AWK
13 2 (0.38%) C#
13 2 (0.38%) COBOL
13 2 (0.38%) JCL
13 2 (0.38%) REXX
14 1 (0.19%) C++
Qualifications
1 75 (14.18%) Security Cleared
2 40 (7.56%) SC Cleared
3 25 (4.73%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (3.78%) DV Cleared
4 20 (3.78%) MCSE
5 13 (2.46%) Degree
6 10 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (0.95%) CCNA
7 5 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (0.95%) RHCE
8 4 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (0.57%) MCP
9 3 (0.57%) RHCSA
10 2 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.38%) MCSA
10 2 (0.38%) OCA
10 2 (0.38%) OCP
10 2 (0.38%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.51%) QA
2 5 (0.95%) SLA
3 3 (0.57%) GDPR
4 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.38%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.19%) GPG13
5 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.19%) PMO
5 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 117 (22.12%) Active Directory
2 85 (16.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (9.07%) Docker
4 36 (6.81%) VMware ESXi
5 29 (5.48%) vSphere
6 26 (4.91%) Hyper-V
7 23 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
8 22 (4.16%) NFS
9 14 (2.65%) Samba
10 8 (1.51%) Squid
11 7 (1.32%) Postfix
12 6 (1.13%) KVM
13 5 (0.95%) Firmware
13 5 (0.95%) iptables
13 5 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.95%) XenApp
13 5 (0.95%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.76%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.76%) Varnish
14 4 (0.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 69 (13.04%) Puppet
2 54 (10.21%) Ansible
3 42 (7.94%) Nagios
4 41 (7.75%) SCCM
5 34 (6.43%) Terraform
6 25 (4.73%) Kubernetes
7 20 (3.78%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (3.21%) WSUS
9 14 (2.65%) HAProxy
9 14 (2.65%) Icinga
9 14 (2.65%) Microsoft Clustering
10 13 (2.46%) NetBackup
10 13 (2.46%) Oracle ZFS
10 13 (2.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 13 (2.46%) vCenter Server
11 12 (2.27%) SCOM
12 11 (2.08%) Red Hat Satellite
13 9 (1.70%) Prometheus
14 6 (1.13%) Failover Clustering
14 6 (1.13%) Grafana
Vendors
1 139 (26.28%) VMware
2 103 (19.47%) Red Hat
3 79 (14.93%) Microsoft
4 54 (10.21%) Oracle
5 30 (5.67%) HP
6 26 (4.91%) IBM
7 19 (3.59%) NetApp
8 14 (2.65%) Sun
8 14 (2.65%) Symantec
8 14 (2.65%) Veritas
9 13 (2.46%) EMC
10 12 (2.27%) Atlassian
10 12 (2.27%) Citrix
11 10 (1.89%) Adobe
11 10 (1.89%) Cisco
11 10 (1.89%) Dell
11 10 (1.89%) ServiceNow
12 8 (1.51%) McAfee
12 8 (1.51%) Veeam
13 7 (1.32%) Google