Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £379 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 450 317 363
Rank change year-on-year -133 +46 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 510 742 693
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.78% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.82% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 507 465
UK median daily rate £379 £388 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.26% +6.16% +4.29%
10th Percentile £219 £261 £240
90th Percentile £525 £518 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £330
% change year-on-year - +13.64% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 26 32
UK median hourly rate £29.88 £26.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.81% +19.32% -10.20%
10th Percentile £21.05 £17.03 £14.53
90th Percentile £47.25 £48.21 £43.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £31.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year +34.13% +46.51% -12.24%

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 94,433 90,345 102,409
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,733 58,963 65,345
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,782 3,196 3,879
UK median hourly rate £18.44 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.43% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 -103 485 £375 -1.83% 229
UK excluding London -6 291 £375 - 172
London -158 214 £400 - 68
South East -45 102 £390 +4.00% 61
South West +48 71 £425 +21.43% 14
North of England -5 44 £350 -4.11% 30
Midlands +16 33 £365 -11.52% 29
West Midlands +21 24 £375 -6.25% 14
North West -5 22 £368 -9.54% 17
East of England -27 22 £310 -6.42% 27
Yorkshire +5 18 £400 +6.67% 12
Scotland -22 16 £350 - 4
East Midlands +3 9 £275 -40.54% 15
North East +23 4 £325 +1.56% 1
Wales +1 3 £388 -13.89% 7

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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.

1 326 (63.92%) Linux
2 226 (44.31%) Windows
3 148 (29.02%) Unix
4 140 (27.45%) Red Hat
5 130 (25.49%) VMware
6 119 (23.33%) Windows Server
7 115 (22.55%) Active Directory
8 113 (22.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 91 (17.84%) Puppet
10 87 (17.06%) Python
11 80 (15.69%) Security Cleared
12 76 (14.90%) Ansible
13 73 (14.31%) Finance
13 73 (14.31%) Oracle
14 71 (13.92%) Solaris
15 68 (13.33%) Shell Script
15 68 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
15 68 (13.33%) DevOps
16 67 (13.14%) Microsoft
17 64 (12.55%) Firewall
18 63 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
19 62 (12.16%) Perl
20 61 (11.96%) Windows Server 2008
21 59 (11.57%) PowerShell
22 58 (11.37%) CentOS
22 58 (11.37%) SAN
23 54 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
24 53 (10.39%) Bash Shell
25 47 (9.22%) DNS
26 46 (9.02%) SQL Server

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 (8.24%) Apache
2 31 (6.08%) Tomcat
3 27 (5.29%) JBoss
4 23 (4.51%) MS Exchange
5 20 (3.92%) WebLogic
6 15 (2.94%) IIS
6 15 (2.94%) nginx
7 11 (2.16%) WebSphere
8 10 (1.96%) Confluence
9 8 (1.57%) SharePoint
10 7 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
11 6 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (1.18%) SAS
12 3 (0.59%) iPlanet
12 3 (0.59%) Jetty
12 3 (0.59%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.59%) Oracle Application Server
12 3 (0.59%) Skype for Business
13 2 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
13 2 (0.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (3.53%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.37%) Houdini
2 7 (1.37%) Maya
2 7 (1.37%) NUKE
2 7 (1.37%) Photoshop
3 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Temenos T24
2 3 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.59%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.39%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.39%) ResourceLink
3 2 (0.39%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.20%) Cognos Controller
4 1 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.20%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.20%) Infor SunSystems
4 1 (0.20%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 63 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (7.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (4.12%) Office 365
4 10 (1.96%) PaaS
5 9 (1.76%) GitHub
6 8 (1.57%) IaaS
7 5 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.98%) Amazon S3
7 5 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.78%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.59%) SaaS
9 3 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.39%) G Suite
10 2 (0.39%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.39%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.39%) Route 53
10 2 (0.39%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 64 (12.55%) Firewall
2 58 (11.37%) SAN
3 47 (9.22%) DNS
4 33 (6.47%) TCP/IP
5 28 (5.49%) NAS
6 26 (5.10%) LAN
7 25 (4.90%) WAN
8 22 (4.31%) DHCP
9 17 (3.33%) HTTP
10 15 (2.94%) SSH
11 10 (1.96%) Network Security
11 10 (1.96%) SMS
11 10 (1.96%) VPN
12 9 (1.76%) FTP
13 8 (1.57%) SSL
14 6 (1.18%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 6 (1.18%) Fibre Channel
14 6 (1.18%) Kerberos
14 6 (1.18%) SMTP
14 6 (1.18%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (9.02%) SQL Server
2 34 (6.67%) MySQL
3 25 (4.90%) Relational Database
4 13 (2.55%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.55%) RDBMS
5 12 (2.35%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (1.96%) MariaDB
6 10 (1.96%) Oracle Exadata
7 5 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.98%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.98%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.78%) Big Data
8 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.59%) DB2
10 2 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.39%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.20%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.20%) Oracle BI EE
11 1 (0.20%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 37 (7.25%) Git (software)
2 32 (6.27%) Jenkins
3 20 (3.92%) JIRA
4 14 (2.75%) Artifactory
5 9 (1.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (1.57%) Selenium
7 7 (1.37%) CMake
7 7 (1.37%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (1.18%) Hudson
9 4 (0.78%) Vagrant
10 3 (0.59%) Bitbucket
10 3 (0.59%) ClearCase
10 3 (0.59%) Gradle
10 3 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.59%) Subversion
11 2 (0.39%) GitLab
11 2 (0.39%) Maven
12 1 (0.20%) Cucumber
12 1 (0.20%) gulp
12 1 (0.20%) SonarQube
General
1 73 (14.31%) Finance
2 43 (8.43%) Banking
3 17 (3.33%) Investment Banking
4 15 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.75%) Retail
6 12 (2.35%) Financial Institution
7 7 (1.37%) Legal
8 6 (1.18%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.18%) Marketing
9 5 (0.98%) Electronics
10 4 (0.78%) Advertising
10 4 (0.78%) Law
11 3 (0.59%) Back Office
12 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.20%) French Language
13 1 (0.20%) Front Office
13 1 (0.20%) Games
13 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (5.69%) LAMP
2 28 (5.49%) LDAP
3 14 (2.75%) Middleware
4 10 (1.96%) JSON
4 10 (1.96%) LEMP Stack
5 9 (1.76%) XML
6 7 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
6 7 (1.37%) Web Services
7 6 (1.18%) CGI
7 6 (1.18%) LAPP Stack
8 5 (0.98%) .NET
8 5 (0.98%) HTML
9 4 (0.78%) IBM Integration Bus
9 4 (0.78%) SOAP
10 3 (0.59%) J2EE
10 3 (0.59%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.59%) REST
10 3 (0.59%) Servlets
10 3 (0.59%) XML Messaging
10 3 (0.59%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (8.04%) Data Centre
2 32 (6.27%) Clustering
3 17 (3.33%) Computer Science
3 17 (3.33%) Linux Command Line
4 16 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (1.57%) Enterprise Storage
6 8 (1.57%) Public Cloud
7 7 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.37%) FMCG
8 6 (1.18%) Animation
8 6 (1.18%) Freedom of Information
8 6 (1.18%) Freedom of Information Act
8 6 (1.18%) PKI
9 5 (0.98%) Online Banking
9 5 (0.98%) User Experience
9 5 (0.98%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.78%) Grid Computing
11 3 (0.59%) Oracle Exalogic
11 3 (0.59%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 326 (63.92%) Linux
2 226 (44.31%) Windows
3 148 (29.02%) Unix
4 119 (23.33%) Windows Server
5 113 (22.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 71 (13.92%) Solaris
7 61 (11.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 58 (11.37%) CentOS
9 54 (10.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 38 (7.45%) AIX
11 34 (6.67%) Windows 7
12 24 (4.71%) Ubuntu
13 22 (4.31%) Windows 10
14 16 (3.14%) SUSE
15 14 (2.75%) Windows Server 2003
16 13 (2.55%) Debian
16 13 (2.55%) HPUX
17 9 (1.76%) Mac OS X
18 6 (1.18%) Mac OS
19 5 (0.98%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (13.33%) DevOps
2 40 (7.84%) ITIL
3 34 (6.67%) Configuration Management
4 33 (6.47%) Agile Software Development
5 30 (5.88%) Migration
5 30 (5.88%) Open Source
6 28 (5.49%) Disaster Recovery
7 26 (5.10%) Load Balancing
8 18 (3.53%) High Availability
8 18 (3.53%) Service Management
9 17 (3.33%) Change Management
10 16 (3.14%) Analytics
10 16 (3.14%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (3.14%) Data Protection
10 16 (3.14%) Patch Management
11 14 (2.75%) Capacity Planning
11 14 (2.75%) Mentoring
11 14 (2.75%) Project Management
11 14 (2.75%) Service Delivery
12 13 (2.55%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 87 (17.06%) Python
2 68 (13.33%) Shell Script
3 62 (12.16%) Perl
4 59 (11.57%) PowerShell
5 53 (10.39%) Bash Shell
6 39 (7.65%) Java
7 32 (6.27%) Ruby
7 32 (6.27%) SQL
8 22 (4.31%) Korn
9 11 (2.16%) PHP
10 9 (1.76%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
11 8 (1.57%) C
12 6 (1.18%) Groovy
13 4 (0.78%) C++
13 4 (0.78%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.78%) VBScript
14 3 (0.59%) Fortran
15 2 (0.39%) VB
16 1 (0.20%) AWK
16 1 (0.20%) Jython
Qualifications
1 80 (15.69%) Security Cleared
2 46 (9.02%) SC Cleared
3 19 (3.73%) Degree
4 15 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (2.75%) DV Cleared
6 13 (2.55%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (1.76%) RHCE
8 7 (1.37%) MCSE
9 6 (1.18%) MySQL Certification
9 6 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.78%) DBS Check
10 4 (0.78%) VCP5
11 3 (0.59%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.59%) CompTIA Security+
11 3 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.59%) MCSA
11 3 (0.59%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (0.59%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.57%) SLA
2 7 (1.37%) QA
3 5 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.78%) GCP
5 3 (0.59%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.59%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.39%) AS 2805
6 2 (0.39%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.20%) GAMP
7 1 (0.20%) GDPR
7 1 (0.20%) GPG13
7 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 115 (22.55%) Active Directory
2 68 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (6.47%) Hyper-V
3 33 (6.47%) NFS
4 25 (4.90%) Virtual Machines
4 25 (4.90%) vSphere
5 24 (4.71%) Samba
6 23 (4.51%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (4.31%) Xen
8 17 (3.33%) Docker
9 12 (2.35%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 11 (2.16%) KVM
10 11 (2.16%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 9 (1.76%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (1.57%) Veritas File System
13 7 (1.37%) XenApp
14 6 (1.18%) Firmware
14 6 (1.18%) Oracle Clusterware
15 5 (0.98%) SRDF
16 4 (0.78%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 91 (17.84%) Puppet
2 76 (14.90%) Ansible
3 30 (5.88%) SCCM
4 28 (5.49%) Opscode Chef
5 24 (4.71%) Nagios
6 20 (3.92%) NetBackup
7 19 (3.73%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 12 (2.35%) vCenter Server
9 9 (1.76%) Cobbler
10 8 (1.57%) Terraform
11 7 (1.37%) Backup Exec
11 7 (1.37%) SCOM
11 7 (1.37%) SCVMM
12 6 (1.18%) Control-M
12 6 (1.18%) Kibana
12 6 (1.18%) logstash
13 5 (0.98%) CFEngine
13 5 (0.98%) HAProxy
13 5 (0.98%) Kubernetes
13 5 (0.98%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 140 (27.45%) Red Hat
2 130 (25.49%) VMware
3 73 (14.31%) Oracle
4 67 (13.14%) Microsoft
5 39 (7.65%) Cisco
6 34 (6.67%) HP
7 31 (6.08%) Veritas
8 26 (5.10%) Citrix
9 24 (4.71%) IBM
10 23 (4.51%) EMC
11 18 (3.53%) NetApp
11 18 (3.53%) Sun
12 15 (2.94%) Symantec
12 15 (2.94%) Veeam
13 14 (2.75%) McAfee
14 13 (2.55%) F5
14 13 (2.55%) SAP
15 10 (1.96%) Atlassian
16 9 (1.76%) SaltStack
17 8 (1.57%) Brocade