Period
to 23 April 2019

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 493 436 362
Rank change year-on-year -57 -74 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 407 512 583
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.51% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.53% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 329 391
UK median daily rate £388 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £213 £230 £250
90th Percentile £525 £527 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 12
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £44.75 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.79% +120.99% -30.17%
10th Percentile £16.64 £24.40 £15.28
90th Percentile £43.55 £53.40 £29.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £44.75 £18.46
% change year-on-year -21.79% +142.42% -29.68%

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 90,071 95,967 87,312
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.58% 94.93% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,547 63,121 56,727
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £650 £635 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,813 2,950 2,999
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% -2.56%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.76 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.57 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% -5.26%

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 23 April 2019.

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 23 April 2019.

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 23 April 2019. 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 -60 366 £388 -3.13% 238
UK excluding London -27 265 £375 - 169
London -29 138 £413 -1.79% 85
South West -25 65 £425 -2.86% 24
East of England +30 44 £325 -4.41% 29
South East -38 43 £350 -11.39% 35
North of England +5 39 £375 +7.14% 29
Midlands -3 35 £375 +2.74% 36
Scotland +16 31 £375 +15.38% 14
East Midlands +23 21 £363 +38.10% 21
North West +2 18 £275 -26.67% 16
Yorkshire +6 14 £438 +25.00% 9
West Midlands -24 14 £375 - 15
North East +6 7 £365 +7.59% 4
Wales 0 5 £388 +1.31% 1
Northern Ireland - 3 £400 - 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, 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.

1 193 (47.42%) Linux
2 145 (35.63%) Windows
3 132 (32.43%) Unix
4 89 (21.87%) Active Directory
5 83 (20.39%) VMware
6 79 (19.41%) Windows Server
7 70 (17.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 69 (16.95%) Microsoft
9 66 (16.22%) DevOps
10 62 (15.23%) Security Cleared
11 61 (14.99%) Red Hat
12 60 (14.74%) CentOS
13 58 (14.25%) Docker
14 53 (13.02%) Amazon AWS
14 53 (13.02%) Office 365
15 51 (12.53%) ITIL
15 51 (12.53%) Puppet
16 48 (11.79%) Solaris
17 47 (11.55%) Python
18 44 (10.81%) DNS
19 43 (10.57%) Firewall
19 43 (10.57%) Management Information System
19 43 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
19 43 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
20 41 (10.07%) Bash Shell
21 40 (9.83%) Finance
21 40 (9.83%) Migration
21 40 (9.83%) SQL
22 37 (9.09%) PowerShell
23 36 (8.85%) MySQL

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 23 (5.65%) Apache
2 21 (5.16%) Tomcat
3 16 (3.93%) SharePoint
4 15 (3.69%) MS Exchange
5 12 (2.95%) IIS
6 11 (2.70%) nginx
7 9 (2.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 6 (1.47%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.98%) CMS
9 4 (0.98%) Confluence
9 4 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.98%) IBM Domino
10 3 (0.74%) Joomla!
10 3 (0.74%) SAS
10 3 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.74%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.49%) JBoss
11 2 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 16 (3.93%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.74%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.49%) Maya
5 2 (0.49%) NUKE
5 2 (0.49%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.25%) Houdini
6 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.25%) SPSS
6 1 (0.25%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.23%) OPENHousing
3 4 (0.98%) HFM
3 4 (0.98%) Northgate Housing
4 3 (0.74%) Teamcenter
5 2 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.49%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.49%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.49%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.49%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.25%) Hyperion Planning
6 1 (0.25%) JDE OneWorld
6 1 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.25%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.25%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 53 (13.02%) Amazon AWS
1 53 (13.02%) Office 365
2 43 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (5.16%) Amazon EC2
4 14 (3.44%) Amazon S3
5 11 (2.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 9 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.47%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.23%) IaaS
8 5 (1.23%) SaaS
9 4 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.98%) GitHub
9 4 (0.98%) PaaS
9 4 (0.98%) Route 53
10 2 (0.49%) DigitalOcean
10 2 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.49%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.49%) npm
11 1 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.25%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 44 (10.81%) DNS
2 43 (10.57%) Firewall
3 26 (6.39%) SAN
4 24 (5.90%) TCP/IP
5 22 (5.41%) WAN
6 21 (5.16%) LAN
7 17 (4.18%) VPN
8 13 (3.19%) Internet
8 13 (3.19%) VLAN
9 12 (2.95%) HTTP
10 11 (2.70%) DHCP
10 11 (2.70%) OpenLDAP
11 8 (1.97%) SMTP
11 8 (1.97%) SSH
12 7 (1.72%) NAS
13 5 (1.23%) Wireless
14 4 (0.98%) Network Security
14 4 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
15 3 (0.74%) Intranet
15 3 (0.74%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (8.85%) MySQL
2 30 (7.37%) SQL Server
3 19 (4.67%) Amazon RDS
4 10 (2.46%) BusinessObjects
5 9 (2.21%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (1.97%) Oracle Database
7 7 (1.72%) EDRMS
8 4 (0.98%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.98%) Oracle Discoverer
8 4 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.74%) DataStage
9 3 (0.74%) GIS
9 3 (0.74%) IBM InfoSphere
9 3 (0.74%) Oracle Smart View
9 3 (0.74%) Power BI
9 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.49%) Lumira
10 2 (0.49%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 23 (5.65%) Git (software)
2 22 (5.41%) Jenkins
3 12 (2.95%) JIRA
4 7 (1.72%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.74%) GitLab
5 3 (0.74%) Subversion
5 3 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.49%) Bitbucket Server
6 2 (0.49%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.49%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.25%) Liquibase
7 1 (0.25%) Maven
7 1 (0.25%) MSI
General
1 40 (9.83%) Finance
2 26 (6.39%) Banking
3 8 (1.97%) Retail
4 6 (1.47%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.23%) Investment Banking
5 5 (1.23%) Publishing
6 4 (0.98%) Games
6 4 (0.98%) Law
6 4 (0.98%) Legal
7 3 (0.74%) Marketing
8 2 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.25%) Back Office
9 1 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.25%) Local Government
9 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (5.90%) LDAP
2 18 (4.42%) Web Services
3 9 (2.21%) HTML
3 9 (2.21%) LEMP Stack
4 8 (1.97%) LAMP
5 7 (1.72%) .NET
5 7 (1.72%) CSS
6 6 (1.47%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (1.23%) PHP-FPM
8 4 (0.98%) Memcached
9 3 (0.74%) Ajax
9 3 (0.74%) Ruby on Rails
9 3 (0.74%) XML
10 2 (0.49%) Middleware
10 2 (0.49%) Node.js
10 2 (0.49%) XHTML
11 1 (0.25%) IBM Integration Bus
11 1 (0.25%) RESTful
11 1 (0.25%) Spring
11 1 (0.25%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 43 (10.57%) Management Information System
2 16 (3.93%) Clustering
2 16 (3.93%) Data Centre
3 13 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (2.70%) HACMP
5 9 (2.21%) Linux Command Line
6 8 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.47%) Replication
8 4 (0.98%) Fat Client
8 4 (0.98%) Freedom of Information
8 4 (0.98%) Freedom of Information Act
8 4 (0.98%) Thin Client
9 3 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (0.49%) Animation
10 2 (0.49%) FMCG
10 2 (0.49%) iSeries
10 2 (0.49%) LLPG
10 2 (0.49%) LPAR
10 2 (0.49%) NHS
10 2 (0.49%) NLPG
Operating Systems
1 193 (47.42%) Linux
2 145 (35.63%) Windows
3 132 (32.43%) Unix
4 79 (19.41%) Windows Server
5 70 (17.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 60 (14.74%) CentOS
7 48 (11.79%) Solaris
8 29 (7.13%) Ubuntu
9 25 (6.14%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (5.16%) AIX
10 21 (5.16%) Debian
10 21 (5.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 13 (3.19%) Windows 7
12 9 (2.21%) Windows 10
13 8 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (1.23%) SUSE
15 4 (0.98%) HPUX
16 3 (0.74%) Oracle Linux
17 2 (0.49%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.49%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (16.22%) DevOps
2 51 (12.53%) ITIL
3 40 (9.83%) Migration
4 29 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
5 24 (5.90%) Configuration Management
6 22 (5.41%) Security Management
7 21 (5.16%) Change Control
7 21 (5.16%) Change Management
7 21 (5.16%) Problem-Solving
8 16 (3.93%) Open Source
8 16 (3.93%) Technical Leadership
9 15 (3.69%) Data Security
9 15 (3.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 15 (3.69%) User Acceptance Testing
10 14 (3.44%) Service Management
11 13 (3.19%) CRM
11 13 (3.19%) Project Management
12 12 (2.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 12 (2.95%) Server Management
13 11 (2.70%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 47 (11.55%) Python
2 41 (10.07%) Bash Shell
3 40 (9.83%) SQL
4 37 (9.09%) PowerShell
5 32 (7.86%) Perl
6 24 (5.90%) PHP
7 23 (5.65%) Shell Script
8 18 (4.42%) Java
9 11 (2.70%) C
10 10 (2.46%) JavaScript
11 9 (2.21%) VB
12 8 (1.97%) Ruby
13 5 (1.23%) C++
13 5 (1.23%) Korn
14 2 (0.49%) C#
14 2 (0.49%) COBOL
14 2 (0.49%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.25%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.25%) VBScript
15 1 (0.25%) XAML
Qualifications
1 62 (15.23%) Security Cleared
2 32 (7.86%) SC Cleared
3 17 (4.18%) DV Cleared
4 14 (3.44%) ITIL Certification
5 12 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (2.21%) Degree
7 8 (1.97%) MCSA
7 8 (1.97%) MCSE
8 6 (1.47%) CCNA
8 6 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 3 (0.74%) MCP
11 2 (0.49%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.25%) ACMT
12 1 (0.25%) CCENT
12 1 (0.25%) IBM Certification
12 1 (0.25%) MCTS
12 1 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.25%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.97%) QA
2 5 (1.23%) SLA
3 3 (0.74%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.25%) COBIT
4 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 89 (21.87%) Active Directory
2 58 (14.25%) Docker
3 43 (10.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (6.88%) VMware ESXi
5 21 (5.16%) KVM
6 20 (4.91%) Hyper-V
7 17 (4.18%) vSphere
8 13 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
9 10 (2.46%) Shibboleth
10 8 (1.97%) NFS
11 5 (1.23%) Xen
12 4 (0.98%) Firmware
12 4 (0.98%) iptables
12 4 (0.98%) Samba
12 4 (0.98%) Terminal Server
12 4 (0.98%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.74%) PowerHA
13 3 (0.74%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.49%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 2 (0.49%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 51 (12.53%) Puppet
2 32 (7.86%) Ansible
2 32 (7.86%) SCCM
3 29 (7.13%) Kubernetes
4 24 (5.90%) Terraform
5 21 (5.16%) Opscode Chef
6 17 (4.18%) WSUS
7 14 (3.44%) Nagios
8 12 (2.95%) Oracle ZFS
9 10 (2.46%) NetBackup
10 8 (1.97%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (1.72%) HAProxy
11 7 (1.72%) vCenter Server
12 6 (1.47%) Red Hat Spacewalk
13 5 (1.23%) Icinga
13 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Intune
14 4 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
14 4 (0.98%) SCOM
15 3 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
15 3 (0.74%) yum
Vendors
1 83 (20.39%) VMware
2 69 (16.95%) Microsoft
3 61 (14.99%) Red Hat
4 30 (7.37%) Oracle
5 24 (5.90%) IBM
6 18 (4.42%) EMC
7 15 (3.69%) Sun
8 14 (3.44%) Cisco
8 14 (3.44%) SAP
9 13 (3.19%) HP
9 13 (3.19%) Veritas
10 12 (2.95%) NetApp
10 12 (2.95%) Symantec
11 10 (2.46%) Citrix
11 10 (2.46%) F5
12 9 (2.21%) Adobe
13 8 (1.97%) Dell
13 8 (1.97%) Veeam
14 7 (1.72%) Atlassian
15 6 (1.47%) Google