Period
to 11 July 2020

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 11 July 2020.

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
11 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 389 516 438
Rank change year-on-year +127 -78 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 205 366 551
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.39% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.41% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 268 372
Median daily rate £450 £378 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.21% -5.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £228 £210 £255
90th Percentile £650 £528 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £368 £375
% change year-on-year +22.45% -2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 4 12
Median hourly rate £19.50 £23.27 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.20% -38.76% +29.32%
10th Percentile £12.98 £15.30 £16.30
90th Percentile £43.75 £35.06 £49.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £23.27 £38.00
% change year-on-year -20.50% -38.76% +58.31%

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 38,349 88,382 98,618
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.49% 94.54% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,032 58,180 64,523
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £264 £269
90th Percentile £660 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.65% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,557 2,924 3,186
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.72 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.10% +9.56% -5.16%
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.23 £48.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% -2.78%

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Systems Administrator.

Daily rate trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 11 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Systems Administrator.

Hourly rate trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 11 July 2020.

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 11 July 2020. 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 +131 185 £481 +20.19% 47
UK excluding London +121 138 £450 +22.45% 31
London +139 60 £500 +17.65% 20
South West +65 52 £500 +21.58% 3
South East +132 32 £450 +22.45% 6
North of England +87 22 £306 -16.10% 8
North West +59 13 £325 - 2
Work from Home +1 11 £438 +6.06% 5
East of England +46 10 £368 +13.08% 7
Midlands +74 9 £231 -37.50% 3
Yorkshire +66 9 £175 -58.82% 5
Scotland +44 7 £210 -23.64% 3
West Midlands +74 6 £231 -37.50% 3
Wales +39 3 - -
Channel Islands - 3 £225 -
East Midlands +48 2 - -

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 2020, 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 87 (42.44%) Linux
2 84 (40.98%) Windows
3 61 (29.76%) VMware
4 60 (29.27%) Active Directory
5 53 (25.85%) Security Cleared
6 45 (21.95%) Red Hat
7 42 (20.49%) ITIL
8 41 (20.00%) Microsoft
9 39 (19.02%) DevOps
10 37 (18.05%) PowerShell
11 36 (17.56%) Office 365
12 35 (17.07%) Azure
13 34 (16.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 34 (16.59%) JIRA
14 33 (16.10%) SQL
14 33 (16.10%) Python
14 33 (16.10%) Windows Server
15 32 (15.61%) Confluence
16 30 (14.63%) SC Cleared
17 29 (14.15%) SharePoint
18 28 (13.66%) Ansible
19 27 (13.17%) Bash Shell
19 27 (13.17%) CentOS
19 27 (13.17%) SQL Server
20 26 (12.68%) Perl
20 26 (12.68%) VMware Infrastructure
21 25 (12.20%) Docker
22 24 (11.71%) Unix
23 22 (10.73%) DV Cleared
23 22 (10.73%) Puppet

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 32 (15.61%) Confluence
2 29 (14.15%) SharePoint
3 17 (8.29%) IIS
4 8 (3.90%) Apache
5 5 (2.44%) Skype for Business
5 5 (2.44%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.95%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.98%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.49%) Documentum
8 1 (0.49%) iPlanet
8 1 (0.49%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.49%) nginx
8 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.49%) SAP Portal
8 1 (0.49%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.46%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.49%) HealthRoster
2 1 (0.49%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.49%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 36 (17.56%) Office 365
2 35 (17.07%) Azure
3 14 (6.83%) AWS
4 6 (2.93%) OpenShift
5 4 (1.95%) Power Platform
6 3 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.98%) SaaS
8 1 (0.49%) Datadog
8 1 (0.49%) G Suite
8 1 (0.49%) GCP
8 1 (0.49%) GitHub
8 1 (0.49%) IaaS
8 1 (0.49%) PaaS
8 1 (0.49%) Power Automate
8 1 (0.49%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.76%) DNS
2 19 (9.27%) Firewall
3 12 (5.85%) DHCP
3 12 (5.85%) SAN
4 6 (2.93%) NAS
4 6 (2.93%) Skype
5 5 (2.44%) HTTP
5 5 (2.44%) Internet
5 5 (2.44%) IP Telephony
5 5 (2.44%) LAN
5 5 (2.44%) TCP/IP
5 5 (2.44%) WAN
6 4 (1.95%) FTP
6 4 (1.95%) Network Security
6 4 (1.95%) SMTP
7 2 (0.98%) Ethernet
7 2 (0.98%) Kerberos
7 2 (0.98%) PBX
7 2 (0.98%) SSH
8 1 (0.49%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (13.17%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.29%) Hadoop
3 14 (6.83%) Apache Accumulo
4 4 (1.95%) GIS
4 4 (1.95%) MySQL
4 4 (1.95%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.95%) Power BI
5 3 (1.46%) DB2
5 3 (1.46%) Electronic Patient Records
5 3 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.46%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.46%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.49%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.49%) Big Data
7 1 (0.49%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.49%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 34 (16.59%) JIRA
2 19 (9.27%) Bitbucket
3 15 (7.32%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (2.44%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (1.95%) ClearCase
6 4 (1.95%) Git (software)
7 3 (1.46%) Subversion
8 2 (0.98%) GitLab
8 2 (0.98%) Selenium
9 1 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.49%) Serena SBM
9 1 (0.49%) TeamCity
General
1 17 (8.29%) Finance
2 14 (6.83%) Aerospace
3 8 (3.90%) Banking
4 6 (2.93%) Public Sector
4 6 (2.93%) Retail
5 4 (1.95%) Corporate Banking
5 4 (1.95%) Military
6 3 (1.46%) Front Office
7 2 (0.98%) Back Office
7 2 (0.98%) Housing Association
7 2 (0.98%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.98%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.49%) Games
8 1 (0.49%) International Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Law
8 1 (0.49%) Local Government
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.24%) .NET
2 16 (7.80%) ASP.NET
3 14 (6.83%) Apache NiFi
3 14 (6.83%) Kafka
4 8 (3.90%) LDAP
4 8 (3.90%) Web Services
5 6 (2.93%) HTML
6 4 (1.95%) Middleware
6 4 (1.95%) XML
7 2 (0.98%) J2EE
7 2 (0.98%) jQuery
7 2 (0.98%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.49%) CSS
8 1 (0.49%) LAPP Stack
8 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Graph
8 1 (0.49%) ODBC
8 1 (0.49%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.49%) SAP PI
8 1 (0.49%) XSLT
8 1 (0.49%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.27%) PKI
2 17 (8.29%) Management Information System
3 12 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.39%) Clustering
4 9 (4.39%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.41%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.44%) LIMS
6 5 (2.44%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.95%) Replication
8 3 (1.46%) e-Health
8 3 (1.46%) NHS
8 3 (1.46%) PACS
9 2 (0.98%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.49%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.49%) Enterprise Storage
10 1 (0.49%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.49%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 87 (42.44%) Linux
2 84 (40.98%) Windows
3 34 (16.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 33 (16.10%) Windows Server
5 27 (13.17%) CentOS
6 24 (11.71%) Unix
7 13 (6.34%) Windows Server 2016
8 12 (5.85%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (4.88%) Solaris
9 10 (4.88%) Windows XP
10 5 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
11 4 (1.95%) Debian
11 4 (1.95%) Windows 10
12 3 (1.46%) AIX
12 3 (1.46%) Android
12 3 (1.46%) HPUX
13 2 (0.98%) SUSE
13 2 (0.98%) VMS
13 2 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (20.49%) ITIL
2 39 (19.02%) DevOps
3 21 (10.24%) Configuration Management
4 20 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (9.76%) Cybersecurity
5 17 (8.29%) Scrum
5 17 (8.29%) Technical Leadership
6 16 (7.80%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (7.80%) Incident Management
7 15 (7.32%) Open Source
8 13 (6.34%) Application Packaging
9 11 (5.37%) Asset Management
9 11 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (5.37%) Validation
10 10 (4.88%) High Availability
11 9 (4.39%) Migration
12 8 (3.90%) Patch Management
12 8 (3.90%) Virtual Environments
13 7 (3.41%) Security Hardening
13 7 (3.41%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 37 (18.05%) PowerShell
2 33 (16.10%) Python
2 33 (16.10%) SQL
3 27 (13.17%) Bash Shell
4 26 (12.68%) Perl
5 21 (10.24%) Shell Script
6 19 (9.27%) Java
7 16 (7.80%) C#
8 7 (3.41%) JavaScript
9 6 (2.93%) C
10 4 (1.95%) C-shell
11 3 (1.46%) PHP
12 2 (0.98%) Korn
12 2 (0.98%) Ruby
13 1 (0.49%) ABAP
13 1 (0.49%) XPath
Qualifications
1 53 (25.85%) Security Cleared
2 30 (14.63%) SC Cleared
3 22 (10.73%) DV Cleared
4 9 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (2.93%) Degree
6 3 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.46%) MCSE
6 3 (1.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.98%) HND
7 2 (0.98%) MCSA
7 2 (0.98%) RHCE
8 1 (0.49%) ACCA
8 1 (0.49%) CIMA
8 1 (0.49%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.49%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.49%) ISEB
8 1 (0.49%) LPIC
8 1 (0.49%) MCITP
8 1 (0.49%) RHCT
8 1 (0.49%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.93%) SLA
2 5 (2.44%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.95%) GxP
3 4 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 17025
4 3 (1.46%) GLP
4 3 (1.46%) HL7
5 2 (0.98%) GDPR
5 2 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 60 (29.27%) Active Directory
2 26 (12.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (12.20%) Docker
4 14 (6.83%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 13 (6.34%) Hyper-V
5 13 (6.34%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (6.34%) XenApp
6 6 (2.93%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.93%) vSphere
7 3 (1.46%) Samba
8 2 (0.98%) Squid
8 2 (0.98%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.49%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.49%) Firmware
9 1 (0.49%) KVM
9 1 (0.49%) MetaFrame
9 1 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.49%) RHEV
9 1 (0.49%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 28 (13.66%) Ansible
2 22 (10.73%) Puppet
3 17 (8.29%) SCCM
4 5 (2.44%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (1.95%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (1.95%) Red Hat Satellite
5 4 (1.95%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (1.95%) Tivoli
5 4 (1.95%) WSUS
6 3 (1.46%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (1.46%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.46%) SCDPM
6 3 (1.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 3 (1.46%) vCenter Server
7 2 (0.98%) Cacti
7 2 (0.98%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.98%) HP SIM
7 2 (0.98%) Opsview
7 2 (0.98%) PowerCLI
7 2 (0.98%) Terraform
Vendors
1 61 (29.76%) VMware
2 45 (21.95%) Red Hat
3 41 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 17 (8.29%) Atlassian
5 16 (7.80%) Citrix
5 16 (7.80%) IBM
6 13 (6.34%) Oracle
7 7 (3.41%) Remedy
7 7 (3.41%) ServiceNow
7 7 (3.41%) Veeam
8 5 (2.44%) Cisco
8 5 (2.44%) EMC
8 5 (2.44%) HP
8 5 (2.44%) NetApp
8 5 (2.44%) Splunk
8 5 (2.44%) Veritas
9 4 (1.95%) Civica
9 4 (1.95%) CyberArk
9 4 (1.95%) McAfee
9 4 (1.95%) SAP