The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 April 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.

System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 360 307 305
Rank change year-on-year -53 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 254 411 402
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.74% 0.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.77% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 278 253
Median daily rate £375 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.59% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £232 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £499
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 18
Median hourly rate £16.92 £31.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.41% +51.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £21.45 £14.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.19 £41.43 £38.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.92 £31.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -45.41% +51.21%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44572 53135 52859
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.10% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28959 34612 32049
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.01% +5.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1459 1536 2107
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £44.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Systems Administrator in the job title.

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 3 months to 29 April 2017.

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 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -62 239 £375 -2.59% 103
London -59 95 £385 -3.75% 48
South East +1 71 £401 +5.39% 19
Hampshire +29 23 £401 +23.23% 3
Surrey -19 20 £463 +15.62% 3
South West +6 19 £493 +33.55% 7
North West +35 16 £420 +5.00% 12
Yorkshire +18 12 £306 -23.43% 8
Oxfordshire -3 12 £375 +66.66%
City of London -32 12 £413 -2.94% 12
Sheffield +14 9 £289 -23.18% 3
Manchester +13 9 £300 -25.00% 8
South Yorkshire +11 9 £289 -14.37% 3
Epsom +3 9 - -
East of England -19 9 £295 -9.23% 4
Berkshire +22 8 £425 +3.65% 6
Scotland +15 8 £340 -15.00% 5
East Midlands -5 8 £325 - 1
Oxford -7 7 £398 +98.75%
Plymouth - 7 £544 -
Devon - 7 £544 - 2
West Midlands +26 6 £225 -37.93% 4
Hertfordshire +9 5 £310 -17.33% 2
Winchester - 5 - -
Cheshire +28 4 £438 +6.06%
Reading +23 4 £431 +30.68% 3
Wiltshire 0 4 £245 - 2
Edinburgh -6 4 £375 -8.53% 5
Southampton - 4 £203 - 1
Tyne and Wear +21 3 £308 +89.23%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2017, 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 Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 348 (61.05%) Linux
2 193 (33.86%) Red Hat
3 161 (28.25%) Unix
3 161 (28.25%) VMware
4 156 (27.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 144 (25.26%) Windows
6 111 (19.47%) Finance
7 110 (19.30%) Puppet
8 101 (17.72%) VMware Infrastructure
9 98 (17.19%) Active Directory
10 93 (16.32%) Solaris
11 85 (14.91%) Python
12 83 (14.56%) SAN
13 82 (14.39%) Bash Shell
14 73 (12.81%) DNS
14 73 (12.81%) Oracle
15 68 (11.93%) CentOS
16 67 (11.75%) DevOps
16 67 (11.75%) Windows Server
17 66 (11.58%) ITIL
18 65 (11.40%) Perl
19 63 (11.05%) Ansible
20 61 (10.70%) Veritas
21 60 (10.53%) Microsoft
22 57 (10.00%) Apache
23 56 (9.82%) Security Cleared
24 54 (9.47%) PowerShell
25 52 (9.12%) Cisco
25 52 (9.12%) HP
25 52 (9.12%) Configuration Management

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 57 (10.00%) Apache
2 34 (5.96%) Tomcat
3 20 (3.51%) MS Exchange
4 17 (2.98%) JBoss
5 16 (2.81%) IIS
6 11 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.75%) Confluence
7 10 (1.75%) nginx
8 8 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (1.05%) Apache Solr
9 6 (1.05%) SAS
9 6 (1.05%) SharePoint
10 5 (0.88%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.53%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.53%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.53%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.53%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.35%) Apache Pig
12 2 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 14 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.18%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 8 (1.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.53%) Oracle Retail
3 3 (0.53%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.35%) Infor SunSystems
4 2 (0.35%) Northgate Housing
4 2 (0.35%) OPENHousing
4 2 (0.35%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.18%) Aareon QL
5 1 (0.18%) Academy Housing
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.18%) HFM
5 1 (0.18%) Kypera Housing
5 1 (0.18%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.18%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.18%) RMDS
5 1 (0.18%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 45 (7.89%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (5.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (3.51%) Office 365
4 12 (2.11%) GitHub
5 10 (1.75%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (1.58%) SaaS
7 8 (1.40%) SuccessFactors
8 7 (1.23%) Amazon S3
8 7 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.70%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.53%) Boomi
10 3 (0.53%) G Suite
10 3 (0.53%) IaaS
11 2 (0.35%) Amazon Kinesis
11 2 (0.35%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.18%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 83 (14.56%) SAN
2 73 (12.81%) DNS
3 49 (8.60%) NAS
4 48 (8.42%) Firewall
5 44 (7.72%) LDAP
6 40 (7.02%) TCP/IP
7 27 (4.74%) Internet
8 25 (4.39%) DHCP
9 20 (3.51%) VPN
10 16 (2.81%) LAN
10 16 (2.81%) SSH
10 16 (2.81%) WAN
11 15 (2.63%) HTTP
12 14 (2.46%) Ethernet
13 13 (2.28%) Kerberos
14 11 (1.93%) Cisco Nexus
15 10 (1.75%) FTP
16 9 (1.58%) VLAN
17 8 (1.40%) Cisco IOS
17 8 (1.40%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (5.44%) MySQL
2 23 (4.04%) PostgreSQL
3 22 (3.86%) Hadoop
4 14 (2.46%) SQL Server
5 9 (1.58%) Big Data
5 9 (1.58%) MongoDB
6 8 (1.40%) Apache Hive
7 6 (1.05%) Impala
7 6 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.88%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.70%) Cloudera CDH
9 4 (0.70%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.53%) HBase
10 3 (0.53%) InterSystems Cache
10 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.53%) Pentaho
10 3 (0.53%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 33 (5.79%) Jenkins
2 27 (4.74%) Git (software)
3 20 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (2.46%) Subversion
5 12 (2.11%) JIRA
5 12 (2.11%) Sonatype Nexus
6 9 (1.58%) GitLab
7 7 (1.23%) Hudson
8 5 (0.88%) Gradle
9 4 (0.70%) Maven
9 4 (0.70%) Vagrant
10 3 (0.53%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.53%) gulp
10 3 (0.53%) Selenium
10 3 (0.53%) Visual Studio
11 2 (0.35%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (0.35%) GoCD
12 1 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
General
1 111 (19.47%) Finance
2 35 (6.14%) Banking
3 20 (3.51%) Legal
4 15 (2.63%) Financial Institution
4 15 (2.63%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.46%) Law
6 13 (2.28%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.58%) Marketing
9 8 (1.40%) Electronics
10 5 (0.88%) Retail
11 4 (0.70%) Advertising
11 4 (0.70%) Back Office
12 2 (0.35%) Games
12 2 (0.35%) Local Government
12 2 (0.35%) Publishing
13 1 (0.18%) Front Office
13 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.28%) LAMP
2 12 (2.11%) Middleware
3 11 (1.93%) HTML
4 9 (1.58%) Elastic Stack
5 7 (1.23%) .NET
5 7 (1.23%) SAML
6 4 (0.70%) LEMP Stack
6 4 (0.70%) Web Services
7 3 (0.53%) Browserify
7 3 (0.53%) LAPP Stack
7 3 (0.53%) OAuth
7 3 (0.53%) REST
7 3 (0.53%) Sensu
7 3 (0.53%) XML
8 2 (0.35%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.35%) Flash
8 2 (0.35%) HTML5
8 2 (0.35%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (0.35%) RESTful
8 2 (0.35%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.37%) Data Centre
2 32 (5.61%) Management Information System
3 27 (4.74%) Enterprise Storage
4 19 (3.33%) Clustering
5 11 (1.93%) Replication
6 8 (1.40%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (1.40%) EMC VNX
7 6 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 6 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (0.88%) Algorithms
8 5 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (0.70%) Fintech
9 4 (0.70%) Freedom of Information
9 4 (0.70%) Freedom of Information Act
9 4 (0.70%) PKI
9 4 (0.70%) Public Cloud
10 3 (0.53%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.53%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.53%) RSA SecurID
10 3 (0.53%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 348 (61.05%) Linux
2 161 (28.25%) Unix
3 156 (27.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 144 (25.26%) Windows
5 93 (16.32%) Solaris
6 68 (11.93%) CentOS
7 67 (11.75%) Windows Server
8 39 (6.84%) Windows Server 2012
9 38 (6.67%) Ubuntu
10 31 (5.44%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (4.91%) Debian
12 22 (3.86%) AIX
13 14 (2.46%) SUSE
13 14 (2.46%) Windows 7
14 11 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
15 6 (1.05%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 6 (1.05%) Windows 10
16 5 (0.88%) HPUX
16 5 (0.88%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.70%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (11.75%) DevOps
2 66 (11.58%) ITIL
3 52 (9.12%) Configuration Management
4 43 (7.54%) Change Management
5 39 (6.84%) Migration
6 38 (6.67%) Change Control
7 32 (5.61%) High Availability
8 28 (4.91%) Service Delivery
9 26 (4.56%) Continuous Integration
10 25 (4.39%) Agile Software Development
10 25 (4.39%) Problem Management
11 21 (3.68%) Performance Tuning
11 21 (3.68%) Service Management
12 17 (2.98%) Data Management
12 17 (2.98%) Disaster Recovery
12 17 (2.98%) Project Management
13 16 (2.81%) Analytics
13 16 (2.81%) Load Balancing
13 16 (2.81%) Open Source
13 16 (2.81%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (14.91%) Python
2 82 (14.39%) Bash Shell
3 65 (11.40%) Perl
4 54 (9.47%) PowerShell
5 50 (8.77%) SQL
6 38 (6.67%) Shell Script
7 32 (5.61%) Java
8 21 (3.68%) Ruby
9 13 (2.28%) C++
9 13 (2.28%) PHP
10 11 (1.93%) JavaScript
11 9 (1.58%) Korn
12 7 (1.23%) VB
13 5 (0.88%) AWK
14 4 (0.70%) C#
14 4 (0.70%) sed
15 3 (0.53%) C-shell
15 3 (0.53%) VBScript
16 2 (0.35%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 56 (9.82%) Security Cleared
2 45 (7.89%) SC Cleared
3 12 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
4 9 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (1.40%) CCNA
5 8 (1.40%) CCNP
5 8 (1.40%) DV Cleared
5 8 (1.40%) MCSE
5 8 (1.40%) RHCE
5 8 (1.40%) RHCSA
6 7 (1.23%) Degree
6 7 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 7 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (0.88%) MCITP
8 3 (0.53%) CCA
8 3 (0.53%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.35%) CISSP
9 2 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (1.40%) PCI DSS
2 8 (1.40%) SLA
3 7 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.70%) QA
5 3 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.35%) BS25999
6 2 (0.35%) GCP
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 101 (17.72%) VMware Infrastructure
2 98 (17.19%) Active Directory
3 46 (8.07%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 29 (5.09%) Docker
5 27 (4.74%) Veritas File System
6 26 (4.56%) NFS
6 26 (4.56%) vSphere
7 23 (4.04%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (2.98%) Hyper-V
9 15 (2.63%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 14 (2.46%) VMware ESX
11 13 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
12 12 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
13 10 (1.75%) KVM
13 10 (1.75%) Samba
14 7 (1.23%) HDFS
14 7 (1.23%) XenApp
15 6 (1.05%) Apache Flume
15 6 (1.05%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 5 (0.88%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 110 (19.30%) Puppet
2 63 (11.05%) Ansible
3 45 (7.89%) Nagios
4 41 (7.19%) Opscode Chef
5 30 (5.26%) SCCM
6 24 (4.21%) NetBackup
7 17 (2.98%) vCenter Server
8 16 (2.81%) SCOM
9 14 (2.46%) Red Hat Spacewalk
10 13 (2.28%) WSUS
11 12 (2.11%) Red Hat Satellite
12 10 (1.75%) Veritas Storage Foundation
13 9 (1.58%) HAProxy
14 8 (1.40%) Kibana
15 7 (1.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 7 (1.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 7 (1.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 6 (1.05%) logstash
16 6 (1.05%) Oozie
16 6 (1.05%) yum
Vendors
1 193 (33.86%) Red Hat
2 161 (28.25%) VMware
3 73 (12.81%) Oracle
4 61 (10.70%) Veritas
5 60 (10.53%) Microsoft
6 52 (9.12%) Cisco
6 52 (9.12%) HP
7 48 (8.42%) Sun
8 45 (7.89%) EMC
9 30 (5.26%) Symantec
10 29 (5.09%) NetApp
11 28 (4.91%) IBM
12 21 (3.68%) Citrix
13 19 (3.33%) ServiceNow
14 17 (2.98%) Splunk
15 16 (2.81%) Cloudera
16 14 (2.46%) Dell
17 13 (2.28%) SAP
18 9 (1.58%) 3PAR
18 9 (1.58%) Veeam
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