Period
to 25 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 July 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
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 376 313 295
Rank change year-on-year -63 -18 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 572 867 912
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.79% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.83% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 629 610
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £213
90th Percentile £500 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £357 £350
% change year-on-year +5.04% +2.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 7 47
UK median hourly rate £27.82 £39.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.58% +92.68% -13.23%
10th Percentile £15.48 £20.35 £12.85
90th Percentile £40.00 £49.46 £44.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £39.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -39.24% +92.68% -13.23%

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 90227 104434 107865
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.01% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58501 67966 66791
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £233
90th Percentile £619 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2891 3103 4169
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76% +1.49%

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 25 July 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 6 months to 25 July 2017.

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 25 July 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 -45 544 £389 +3.67% 116
UK excluding London -6 356 £375 +5.04% 68
London -100 208 £400 +3.36% 48
South East +12 158 £400 - 27
North of England +30 65 £341 -5.21% 22
South West +15 49 £435 +16.00% 3
Midlands +42 41 £315 -3.08% 8
North West +27 34 £408 +1.88% 8
East of England -47 23 £343 +5.38% 8
West Midlands +38 22 £313 -13.79% 7
East Midlands +5 19 £325 +13.04% 1
Yorkshire +2 16 £275 -32.52% 14
North East +46 15 £325 +44.22%
Scotland -3 14 £363 -9.38%
Northern Ireland - 5 £324 -
Wales -1 1 £375 +36.36%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 322 (56.29%) Linux
2 190 (33.22%) Windows
3 183 (31.99%) VMware
4 153 (26.75%) Unix
4 153 (26.75%) Red Hat
5 147 (25.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 137 (23.95%) Active Directory
7 124 (21.68%) Windows Server
8 97 (16.96%) Finance
9 95 (16.61%) VMware Infrastructure
10 94 (16.43%) Puppet
11 90 (15.73%) SAN
12 85 (14.86%) Python
13 81 (14.16%) Solaris
13 81 (14.16%) Security Cleared
14 79 (13.81%) CentOS
15 78 (13.64%) Microsoft
16 75 (13.11%) Perl
16 75 (13.11%) DevOps
17 74 (12.94%) Oracle
18 70 (12.24%) Bash Shell
19 69 (12.06%) Firewall
20 68 (11.89%) ITIL
20 68 (11.89%) DNS
21 60 (10.49%) HP
22 55 (9.62%) Ubuntu
23 53 (9.27%) PowerShell
24 52 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
25 50 (8.74%) SC Cleared
25 50 (8.74%) Amazon AWS

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 42 (7.34%) MS Exchange
2 41 (7.17%) Apache
3 28 (4.90%) Tomcat
4 20 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 18 (3.15%) JBoss
6 13 (2.27%) Confluence
6 13 (2.27%) SharePoint
6 13 (2.27%) WebLogic
7 12 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (2.10%) IIS
8 11 (1.92%) Apache Solr
8 11 (1.92%) nginx
9 10 (1.75%) Skype for Business
10 6 (1.05%) IBM Notes
10 6 (1.05%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.87%) SAS
11 5 (0.87%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2000
12 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.70%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 20 (3.50%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.52%) Houdini
4 3 (0.52%) Maya
4 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.52%) NUKE
4 3 (0.52%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.17%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 10 (1.75%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.70%) Oracle Retail
3 3 (0.52%) CODA-Financials
3 3 (0.52%) Northgate Housing
3 3 (0.52%) OPENHousing
4 2 (0.35%) Aareon QL
4 2 (0.35%) Academy Housing
4 2 (0.35%) HFM
4 2 (0.35%) Infor SunSystems
4 2 (0.35%) Kypera Housing
4 2 (0.35%) Maximo
4 2 (0.35%) MIS ActiveH
4 2 (0.35%) Orchard Housing
4 2 (0.35%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.35%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.17%) Bankmaster
5 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 50 (8.74%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (7.52%) Office 365
3 33 (5.77%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (1.57%) GitHub
5 7 (1.22%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (1.22%) SuccessFactors
6 6 (1.05%) SaaS
7 4 (0.70%) Amazon S3
7 4 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.70%) G Suite
8 3 (0.52%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.52%) OpenShift
8 3 (0.52%) PaaS
9 2 (0.35%) Amazon Kinesis
9 2 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.35%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (0.35%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.35%) Route 53
9 2 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 90 (15.73%) SAN
2 69 (12.06%) Firewall
3 68 (11.89%) DNS
4 46 (8.04%) NAS
5 45 (7.87%) VPN
6 37 (6.47%) TCP/IP
7 31 (5.42%) WAN
8 30 (5.24%) LAN
8 30 (5.24%) LDAP
9 25 (4.37%) Internet
10 19 (3.32%) Ethernet
11 18 (3.15%) DHCP
12 10 (1.75%) Remote Desktop
13 9 (1.57%) HTTP
14 8 (1.40%) Kerberos
14 8 (1.40%) Network Security
14 8 (1.40%) SSH
15 7 (1.22%) IP Telephony
15 7 (1.22%) VLAN
16 6 (1.05%) OpenLDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (5.94%) MySQL
2 27 (4.72%) SQL Server
3 22 (3.85%) Hadoop
4 13 (2.27%) Apache Hive
4 13 (2.27%) MongoDB
5 11 (1.92%) Impala
6 10 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (1.40%) Oracle Database
8 7 (1.22%) MariaDB
9 6 (1.05%) Big Data
9 6 (1.05%) NoSQL
9 6 (1.05%) Relational Database
10 4 (0.70%) GIS
11 3 (0.52%) Cloudera CDH
11 3 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
11 3 (0.52%) Pentaho
11 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
12 2 (0.35%) EDRMS
12 2 (0.35%) MS Access
12 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 25 (4.37%) Jenkins
2 23 (4.02%) Git (software)
3 17 (2.97%) JIRA
4 13 (2.27%) Subversion
5 11 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (1.57%) GitLab
7 4 (0.70%) Hudson
7 4 (0.70%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (0.70%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.52%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.52%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.35%) Maven
9 2 (0.35%) MSI
10 1 (0.17%) Ant
10 1 (0.17%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.17%) Gerrit
10 1 (0.17%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 97 (16.96%) Finance
2 45 (7.87%) Banking
3 20 (3.50%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.80%) Investment Banking
4 16 (2.80%) Manufacturing
5 15 (2.62%) Legal
5 15 (2.62%) Marketing
5 15 (2.62%) Retail
6 13 (2.27%) Electronics
7 7 (1.22%) Law
7 7 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.05%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.70%) Military
9 4 (0.70%) Publishing
10 3 (0.52%) Back Office
10 3 (0.52%) Local Government
11 2 (0.35%) Advertising
11 2 (0.35%) Digital Economy
11 2 (0.35%) Games
12 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (2.45%) LAMP
2 9 (1.57%) Middleware
3 8 (1.40%) .NET
4 5 (0.87%) HTML
4 5 (0.87%) J2EE
4 5 (0.87%) Web Services
5 4 (0.70%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (0.70%) LAPP Stack
5 4 (0.70%) XML
6 3 (0.52%) JSON
6 3 (0.52%) LEMP Stack
6 3 (0.52%) Servlets
6 3 (0.52%) Spring
7 2 (0.35%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.35%) Flash
7 2 (0.35%) Java SE
7 2 (0.35%) RESTful
8 1 (0.17%) COM
8 1 (0.17%) Silverlight
8 1 (0.17%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.52%) Data Centre
2 28 (4.90%) Clustering
3 23 (4.02%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.32%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.32%) Computer Science
5 15 (2.62%) PKI
6 12 (2.10%) Enterprise Storage
6 12 (2.10%) Linux Command Line
7 10 (1.75%) Replication
8 8 (1.40%) Fat Client
8 8 (1.40%) Thin Client
9 5 (0.87%) EMC VNX
9 5 (0.87%) Spread Betting
10 4 (0.70%) Animation
10 4 (0.70%) NHS
10 4 (0.70%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.52%) Freedom of Information
11 3 (0.52%) Freedom of Information Act
11 3 (0.52%) Online Banking
11 3 (0.52%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 322 (56.29%) Linux
2 190 (33.22%) Windows
3 153 (26.75%) Unix
4 147 (25.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 124 (21.68%) Windows Server
6 81 (14.16%) Solaris
7 79 (13.81%) CentOS
8 55 (9.62%) Ubuntu
9 52 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
10 41 (7.17%) Windows Server 2008
11 38 (6.64%) AIX
12 31 (5.42%) Debian
13 25 (4.37%) Windows 7
14 15 (2.62%) HPUX
15 13 (2.27%) Windows 10
16 9 (1.57%) SUSE
17 8 (1.40%) Apple iOS
17 8 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
18 5 (0.87%) VMS
19 4 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (13.11%) DevOps
2 68 (11.89%) ITIL
3 41 (7.17%) Migration
4 36 (6.29%) Configuration Management
5 32 (5.59%) Change Management
6 31 (5.42%) Disaster Recovery
6 31 (5.42%) High Availability
7 30 (5.24%) Performance Tuning
8 28 (4.90%) Agile Software Development
9 22 (3.85%) Load Balancing
10 21 (3.67%) Service Delivery
11 20 (3.50%) Project Management
11 20 (3.50%) Service Management
12 16 (2.80%) Desktop Virtualisation
13 15 (2.62%) Continuous Integration
14 14 (2.45%) Change Control
14 14 (2.45%) Mentoring
14 14 (2.45%) Problem Management
14 14 (2.45%) Security Hardening
14 14 (2.45%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 85 (14.86%) Python
2 75 (13.11%) Perl
3 70 (12.24%) Bash Shell
4 53 (9.27%) PowerShell
5 49 (8.57%) SQL
6 45 (7.87%) Shell Script
7 35 (6.12%) Java
7 35 (6.12%) Ruby
8 22 (3.85%) Korn
9 10 (1.75%) PHP
10 7 (1.22%) JavaScript
11 6 (1.05%) AWK
11 6 (1.05%) C
12 5 (0.87%) Bourne shell
13 4 (0.70%) C++
13 4 (0.70%) VB
14 3 (0.52%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.52%) VBA
15 2 (0.35%) C-shell
15 2 (0.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 81 (14.16%) Security Cleared
2 50 (8.74%) SC Cleared
3 23 (4.02%) Degree
3 23 (4.02%) DV Cleared
4 21 (3.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (2.10%) RHCE
6 9 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (1.57%) MCSE
6 9 (1.57%) RHCSA
7 7 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
7 7 (1.22%) MCITP
7 7 (1.22%) NVQ Level 4
8 6 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (0.70%) MCSA
10 4 (0.70%) OCA
10 4 (0.70%) OCP
10 4 (0.70%) Oracle Certification
11 3 (0.52%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (1.40%) SLA
3 7 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.87%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.70%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.35%) QA
6 2 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.17%) AS 2805
7 1 (0.17%) BS25999
7 1 (0.17%) GPG13
7 1 (0.17%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.17%) RMADS
7 1 (0.17%) SEPA
System Software
1 137 (23.95%) Active Directory
2 95 (16.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (5.24%) Hyper-V
4 29 (5.07%) Virtual Machines
5 23 (4.02%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 23 (4.02%) vSphere
6 21 (3.67%) NFS
7 20 (3.50%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (3.32%) KVM
9 16 (2.80%) Docker
10 15 (2.62%) Veritas File System
11 14 (2.45%) Xen
12 13 (2.27%) Samba
13 11 (1.92%) Apache Flume
13 11 (1.92%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 11 (1.92%) HDFS
13 11 (1.92%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 10 (1.75%) iptables
14 10 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (1.75%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 94 (16.43%) Puppet
2 40 (6.99%) Ansible
3 35 (6.12%) Nagios
4 33 (5.77%) SCCM
5 32 (5.59%) NetBackup
6 30 (5.24%) Opscode Chef
7 24 (4.20%) SCOM
8 18 (3.15%) Red Hat Satellite
9 16 (2.80%) vCenter Server
10 12 (2.10%) HAProxy
10 12 (2.10%) yum
11 11 (1.92%) Oozie
11 11 (1.92%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 11 (1.92%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 8 (1.40%) Microsoft Intune
12 8 (1.40%) Veritas Storage Foundation
13 7 (1.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 7 (1.22%) Oracle ZFS
14 6 (1.05%) Backup Exec
14 6 (1.05%) WSUS
Vendors
1 183 (31.99%) VMware
2 153 (26.75%) Red Hat
3 78 (13.64%) Microsoft
4 74 (12.94%) Oracle
5 60 (10.49%) HP
6 47 (8.22%) Cisco
7 44 (7.69%) Veritas
8 42 (7.34%) Citrix
9 33 (5.77%) Sun
10 30 (5.24%) EMC
11 22 (3.85%) IBM
12 21 (3.67%) NetApp
13 20 (3.50%) SAP
13 20 (3.50%) Symantec
14 18 (3.15%) Cloudera
14 18 (3.15%) ServiceNow
15 11 (1.92%) Dell
16 10 (1.75%) 3PAR
16 10 (1.75%) F5
17 9 (1.57%) Brocade
London
Ashdown IT
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Kent
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Marks Sattin
Rate: £350 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Comtecs
Rate: £400 - £425 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Camberley, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 6 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Premier Group Recruitment
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Basingstoke
Spectrum IT
Posted: 21 days ago