Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 446 406 305
Rank change year-on-year -40 -101 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 542 566 865
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.59% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.62% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 364 361 629
UK median daily rate £400 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% +3.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £538 £510 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 7
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £27.82 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.60% -29.58% +92.68%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.48 £20.35
90th Percentile £50.25 £40.00 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £24.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year +58.31% -39.24% +92.68%

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 98,001 91,080 104,622
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.84% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,208 59,037 68,093
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +0.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,166 2,930 3,110
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 22 July 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 22 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

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 Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 22 July 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 -55 491 £400 +3.23% 228
UK excluding London -42 323 £375 - 160
London -38 208 £425 +6.25% 86
South East -72 98 £395 -1.25% 47
North of England -34 53 £375 +7.14% 34
South West +14 52 £385 -16.76% 14
East of England +23 41 £375 +9.49% 21
Midlands -14 36 £306 -4.30% 26
Scotland -12 35 £325 -10.34% 17
North West -23 29 £375 -7.98% 13
Yorkshire -15 20 £375 +36.36% 17
West Midlands -29 19 £335 +6.77% 22
East Midlands +2 17 £225 -30.77% 4
Wales -1 10 £395 +5.33% 1
North East -9 4 £313 -3.55% 4

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 308 (56.83%) Linux
2 194 (35.79%) Windows
3 164 (30.26%) Unix
4 128 (23.62%) VMware
5 123 (22.69%) Red Hat
6 122 (22.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 121 (22.32%) Active Directory
8 94 (17.34%) Python
9 90 (16.61%) Finance
9 90 (16.61%) Windows Server
10 85 (15.68%) Bash Shell
11 82 (15.13%) Puppet
12 80 (14.76%) DevOps
13 74 (13.65%) ITIL
14 73 (13.47%) Microsoft
15 70 (12.92%) Problem-Solving
16 69 (12.73%) Amazon AWS
17 67 (12.36%) VMware Infrastructure
18 64 (11.81%) Solaris
19 63 (11.62%) Docker
20 62 (11.44%) Perl
21 61 (11.25%) SQL
21 61 (11.25%) CentOS
22 60 (11.07%) PowerShell
23 57 (10.52%) Migration
23 57 (10.52%) Firewall
24 56 (10.33%) Ansible
25 54 (9.96%) Security Cleared
26 53 (9.78%) Apache
27 51 (9.41%) Oracle

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 53 (9.78%) Apache
2 32 (5.90%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.51%) nginx
4 16 (2.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (2.58%) IIS
6 10 (1.85%) Confluence
6 10 (1.85%) JBoss
6 10 (1.85%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.66%) Tomcat
8 8 (1.48%) SharePoint
8 8 (1.48%) Skype for Business
9 7 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (1.11%) CMS
10 6 (1.11%) OpenStack
10 6 (1.11%) WebSphere Application Server
11 5 (0.92%) IBM Connections
11 5 (0.92%) IBM Domino
11 5 (0.92%) lighttpd
11 5 (0.92%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.92%) WordPress
Applications
1 15 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.74%) Unit4 Business World
3 3 (0.55%) assyst
4 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.37%) iTrent
4 2 (0.37%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.18%) HFM
5 1 (0.18%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.18%) JDE OneWorld
5 1 (0.18%) Magento
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.18%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.18%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.18%) Scribe Insight
5 1 (0.18%) Staffware
5 1 (0.18%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 69 (12.73%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (7.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (6.27%) Office 365
4 14 (2.58%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (2.21%) Amazon S3
5 12 (2.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 10 (1.85%) GitHub
7 8 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (1.11%) Akamai
9 5 (0.92%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.74%) Rackspace Cloud
10 4 (0.74%) SaaS
11 3 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.55%) OneDrive
11 3 (0.55%) Route 53
11 3 (0.55%) Yammer
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.37%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 57 (10.52%) Firewall
2 42 (7.75%) DNS
3 37 (6.83%) SAN
4 30 (5.54%) TCP/IP
5 27 (4.98%) DHCP
6 19 (3.51%) VPN
7 14 (2.58%) LAN
7 14 (2.58%) WAN
8 11 (2.03%) NAS
9 9 (1.66%) SSH
10 8 (1.48%) Fibre Channel
10 8 (1.48%) HTTP
10 8 (1.48%) Kerberos
10 8 (1.48%) SSL
11 7 (1.29%) Network Security
11 7 (1.29%) SMS
12 6 (1.11%) Skype
12 6 (1.11%) VLAN
13 5 (0.92%) NetScaler
14 4 (0.74%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.09%) MySQL
2 30 (5.54%) SQL Server
3 17 (3.14%) PostgreSQL
4 15 (2.77%) MongoDB
5 13 (2.40%) Amazon RDS
6 10 (1.85%) Relational Database
7 7 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (1.11%) DB2
8 6 (1.11%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.74%) Hadoop
9 4 (0.74%) MS Access
9 4 (0.74%) Power BI
9 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
10 3 (0.55%) Big Data
10 3 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 37 (6.83%) Git (software)
2 32 (5.90%) Jenkins
3 16 (2.95%) JIRA
4 10 (1.85%) Subversion
5 6 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 6 (1.11%) GitLab
6 4 (0.74%) git-flow
6 4 (0.74%) GoCD
7 3 (0.55%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.55%) Maven
7 3 (0.55%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.37%) Emacs
8 2 (0.37%) Mercurial
8 2 (0.37%) MSI
8 2 (0.37%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.18%) Hudson
9 1 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 90 (16.61%) Finance
2 29 (5.35%) Banking
3 17 (3.14%) Investment Banking
4 16 (2.95%) Financial Institution
5 10 (1.85%) Retail
6 8 (1.48%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.29%) General Ledger
8 6 (1.11%) French Language
8 6 (1.11%) Marketing
9 5 (0.92%) Automotive
9 5 (0.92%) Back Office
9 5 (0.92%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.74%) German Language
11 3 (0.55%) Advertising
11 3 (0.55%) Legal
12 2 (0.37%) Czech Language
12 2 (0.37%) Games
12 2 (0.37%) Law
12 2 (0.37%) Local Government
12 2 (0.37%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.06%) LDAP
2 19 (3.51%) HTML
3 15 (2.77%) LAMP
3 15 (2.77%) Web Services
4 14 (2.58%) CSS
5 12 (2.21%) Middleware
6 11 (2.03%) .NET
7 8 (1.48%) Elastic Stack
7 8 (1.48%) XML
8 6 (1.11%) LAPP Stack
9 5 (0.92%) HTML5
9 5 (0.92%) J2EE
9 5 (0.92%) Vue.js
10 4 (0.74%) Ajax
10 4 (0.74%) CSS3
10 4 (0.74%) Laravel
10 4 (0.74%) SAML
10 4 (0.74%) WebSphere MQ
10 4 (0.74%) XHTML
11 3 (0.55%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (6.27%) Management Information System
3 24 (4.43%) Clustering
3 24 (4.43%) Computer Science
4 21 (3.87%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (3.14%) Data Centre
6 13 (2.40%) PKI
7 12 (2.21%) Replication
8 10 (1.85%) Freedom of Information
9 9 (1.66%) Freedom of Information Act
9 9 (1.66%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.74%) Fintech
10 4 (0.74%) LPAR
10 4 (0.74%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.55%) CMDB
11 3 (0.55%) Equities
11 3 (0.55%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.55%) NHS
11 3 (0.55%) User Experience
11 3 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 308 (56.83%) Linux
2 194 (35.79%) Windows
3 164 (30.26%) Unix
4 122 (22.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 90 (16.61%) Windows Server
6 64 (11.81%) Solaris
7 61 (11.25%) CentOS
8 42 (7.75%) AIX
9 41 (7.56%) Ubuntu
10 32 (5.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 32 (5.90%) Windows Server 2012
11 12 (2.21%) Debian
12 8 (1.48%) Windows 10
13 6 (1.11%) FreeBSD
13 6 (1.11%) Oracle Linux
14 5 (0.92%) SUSE
14 5 (0.92%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.74%) HPUX
15 4 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.74%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (14.76%) DevOps
2 74 (13.65%) ITIL
3 70 (12.92%) Problem-Solving
4 57 (10.52%) Migration
5 38 (7.01%) Configuration Management
6 35 (6.46%) Open Source
7 34 (6.27%) Disaster Recovery
8 31 (5.72%) Change Management
8 31 (5.72%) ERP
9 30 (5.54%) Project Management
10 29 (5.35%) Agile Software Development
11 24 (4.43%) Security Management
12 21 (3.87%) Data Security
13 19 (3.51%) Capacity Planning
13 19 (3.51%) Service Management
14 17 (3.14%) User Acceptance Testing
15 16 (2.95%) Electronic Trading
15 16 (2.95%) Infrastructure Monitoring
15 16 (2.95%) Performance Engineering
15 16 (2.95%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 94 (17.34%) Python
2 85 (15.68%) Bash Shell
3 62 (11.44%) Perl
4 61 (11.25%) SQL
5 60 (11.07%) PowerShell
6 39 (7.20%) Shell Script
7 28 (5.17%) Java
8 25 (4.61%) PHP
9 19 (3.51%) Korn
10 18 (3.32%) Ruby
11 12 (2.21%) JavaScript
12 9 (1.66%) C#
13 8 (1.48%) AWK
14 7 (1.29%) Bourne shell
14 7 (1.29%) C
15 4 (0.74%) VB
15 4 (0.74%) VBScript
16 3 (0.55%) Groovy
16 3 (0.55%) PL/SQL
17 2 (0.37%) X++
Qualifications
1 54 (9.96%) Security Cleared
2 39 (7.20%) SC Cleared
3 23 (4.24%) Degree
4 17 (3.14%) RHCE
5 16 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (1.66%) AWS Certification
6 9 (1.66%) MCSE
7 7 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (1.29%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.92%) CCNA
9 5 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.92%) OCP
9 5 (0.92%) Oracle Certification
9 5 (0.92%) RHCSA
10 4 (0.74%) CCNP
10 4 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (0.74%) OCA
11 3 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (0.37%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.58%) SLA
2 8 (1.48%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.29%) GDPR
4 6 (1.11%) QA
5 5 (0.92%) PMO
6 3 (0.55%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.55%) TickIT
7 2 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.37%) GCP
8 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.18%) GAAP
8 1 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 121 (22.32%) Active Directory
2 67 (12.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (11.62%) Docker
4 20 (3.69%) Virtual Machines
5 19 (3.51%) Hyper-V
6 18 (3.32%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (2.95%) Firmware
8 15 (2.77%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 12 (2.21%) vSphere
10 10 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
11 9 (1.66%) NFS
12 8 (1.48%) LXC
13 6 (1.11%) GlusterFS
14 5 (0.92%) Postfix
14 5 (0.92%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 5 (0.92%) Varnish
14 5 (0.92%) VirtualBox
14 5 (0.92%) Xen
15 4 (0.74%) vCloud
16 3 (0.55%) KVM
Systems Management
1 82 (15.13%) Puppet
2 56 (10.33%) Ansible
3 44 (8.12%) Opscode Chef
4 32 (5.90%) Terraform
5 26 (4.80%) Kubernetes
6 24 (4.43%) SCCM
7 21 (3.87%) Nagios
7 21 (3.87%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 18 (3.32%) NetBackup
8 18 (3.32%) Tivoli
9 13 (2.40%) Red Hat Satellite
10 12 (2.21%) CFEngine
11 11 (2.03%) WSUS
12 10 (1.85%) Oracle ZFS
13 9 (1.66%) Cobbler
13 9 (1.66%) SCOM
13 9 (1.66%) SCVMM
13 9 (1.66%) SELinux
14 7 (1.29%) Tivoli Monitoring
14 7 (1.29%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 128 (23.62%) VMware
2 123 (22.69%) Red Hat
3 73 (13.47%) Microsoft
4 51 (9.41%) Oracle
5 31 (5.72%) Veritas
6 29 (5.35%) IBM
7 23 (4.24%) Cisco
8 20 (3.69%) NetApp
9 17 (3.14%) EMC
9 17 (3.14%) HP
10 14 (2.58%) SaltStack
10 14 (2.58%) Symantec
11 13 (2.40%) Citrix
12 12 (2.21%) Atlassian
12 12 (2.21%) Veeam
13 9 (1.66%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.66%) Splunk
13 9 (1.66%) Sun
14 8 (1.48%) Brocade
14 8 (1.48%) Dell