Period
to 16 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 500 454 402
Rank change year-on-year -46 -52 -94
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 316 530 615
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.51% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.40% 0.54% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 210 345 416
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%
10th Percentile £231 £260 £228
90th Percentile £526 £525 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +2.67% +3.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 19 29
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +17.19% +16.36%
10th Percentile £17.97 £13.79 £23.15
90th Percentile £44.75 £45.95 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £38.25
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.96% +9.29%

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 78,405 98,494 97,717
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,318 64,958 64,391
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
10th Percentile £256 £269 £261
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,077 2,923
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

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 16 November 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 16 November 2019.

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 16 November 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 -38 287 £413 +3.13% 202
UK excluding London -31 216 £385 +2.67% 155
London -3 97 £450 +5.88% 67
South East +12 65 £400 - 32
North of England +15 45 £325 -13.33% 28
South West -3 39 £438 +16.67% 23
North West +26 27 £325 -7.14% 16
Scotland +19 26 £230 -38.67% 9
Midlands +29 22 £405 +12.50% 20
West Midlands +33 19 £405 +12.50% 13
Yorkshire +18 17 £340 -9.33% 11
East of England +2 17 £368 -8.13% 32
Wales +17 3 £425 +6.92% 10
East Midlands +11 3 £350 - 7
North East +6 1 - - 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 147 (46.52%) Windows
2 141 (44.62%) Linux
3 112 (35.44%) Active Directory
4 102 (32.28%) VMware
5 85 (26.90%) Microsoft
6 84 (26.58%) Windows Server
7 76 (24.05%) Office 365
8 68 (21.52%) Azure
9 65 (20.57%) SQL
10 61 (19.30%) DNS
11 52 (16.46%) Firewall
11 52 (16.46%) AWS
11 52 (16.46%) PowerShell
12 51 (16.14%) SCCM
13 45 (14.24%) Unix
14 44 (13.92%) Red Hat
15 42 (13.29%) Security Cleared
16 41 (12.97%) SQL Server
17 39 (12.34%) VMware Infrastructure
18 38 (12.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 36 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
19 36 (11.39%) DevOps
20 35 (11.08%) Cisco
20 35 (11.08%) Finance
21 33 (10.44%) Python
22 32 (10.13%) Citrix
23 31 (9.81%) DHCP
24 30 (9.49%) ITIL
25 29 (9.18%) Bash Shell
26 28 (8.86%) Oracle

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 20 (6.33%) MS Exchange
2 18 (5.70%) Apache
2 18 (5.70%) SharePoint
3 11 (3.48%) IIS
4 9 (2.85%) Confluence
5 8 (2.53%) nginx
6 7 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.27%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.95%) CMS
8 3 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (0.95%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.63%) Drupal
9 2 (0.63%) Moodle
9 2 (0.63%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.63%) SAS
10 1 (0.32%) IBM Transformation Extender
10 1 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.32%) WordPress
Applications
1 13 (4.11%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.95%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.95%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.27%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.63%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.32%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.32%) ContrOCC
3 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.32%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.32%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.32%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.32%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 76 (24.05%) Office 365
2 68 (21.52%) Azure
3 52 (16.46%) AWS
4 20 (6.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (3.16%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (2.85%) GCP
7 6 (1.90%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 6 (1.90%) PaaS
8 5 (1.58%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.58%) GitHub
8 5 (1.58%) OpenShift
8 5 (1.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (1.27%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (1.27%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.95%) IaaS
10 3 (0.95%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.95%) Route 53
10 3 (0.95%) Serverless
11 2 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 61 (19.30%) DNS
2 52 (16.46%) Firewall
3 31 (9.81%) DHCP
4 21 (6.65%) SAN
5 19 (6.01%) VPN
6 18 (5.70%) LAN
6 18 (5.70%) TCP/IP
7 15 (4.75%) WAN
8 10 (3.16%) SSH
8 10 (3.16%) VoIP
9 9 (2.85%) Internet
9 9 (2.85%) NAS
9 9 (2.85%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (2.53%) SSL
11 6 (1.90%) SNMP
12 5 (1.58%) IPsec
12 5 (1.58%) iSCSI
12 5 (1.58%) VLAN
13 4 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (1.27%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (12.97%) SQL Server
2 21 (6.65%) MySQL
3 10 (3.16%) Oracle Database
4 8 (2.53%) Amazon RDS
4 8 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (2.53%) SQL Server 2016
5 4 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.27%) Power BI
6 3 (0.95%) DataStage
6 3 (0.95%) IBM InfoSphere
6 3 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (0.63%) Big Data
7 2 (0.63%) EDRMS
7 2 (0.63%) GIS
7 2 (0.63%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.32%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 22 (6.96%) JIRA
2 14 (4.43%) Jenkins
3 11 (3.48%) Bitbucket
4 8 (2.53%) Git (software)
5 5 (1.58%) Artifactory
6 3 (0.95%) Subversion
7 2 (0.63%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.32%) CircleCI
8 1 (0.32%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.32%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.32%) Gerrit
8 1 (0.32%) GitLab
8 1 (0.32%) GoCD
8 1 (0.32%) Hudson
8 1 (0.32%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (11.08%) Finance
2 13 (4.11%) Banking
3 8 (2.53%) Public Sector
4 6 (1.90%) Retail
5 4 (1.27%) German Language
5 4 (1.27%) Russian Language
6 3 (0.95%) Advertising
7 2 (0.63%) Games
7 2 (0.63%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.32%) French Language
8 1 (0.32%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.32%) International Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.43%) LDAP
2 13 (4.11%) REST
3 12 (3.80%) LAMP
4 10 (3.16%) Web Services
5 7 (2.22%) .NET
5 7 (2.22%) Middleware
6 6 (1.90%) Elastic Stack
7 4 (1.27%) SAML
8 3 (0.95%) HTML
8 3 (0.95%) Regular Expression
9 2 (0.63%) LEMP Stack
9 2 (0.63%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.63%) SOAP
10 1 (0.32%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.32%) Apache Flex
10 1 (0.32%) cXML
10 1 (0.32%) Node.js
10 1 (0.32%) OpenVZ
10 1 (0.32%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 1 (0.32%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 21 (6.65%) Clustering
2 19 (6.01%) Management Information System
3 16 (5.06%) Data Centre
4 15 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (3.48%) Replication
6 10 (3.16%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (2.53%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.27%) CMDB
10 3 (0.95%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.95%) FMCG
10 3 (0.95%) Mainframe
10 3 (0.95%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.63%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.63%) PKI
11 2 (0.63%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.63%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.63%) User Experience
12 1 (0.32%) Learning Management System
12 1 (0.32%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 147 (46.52%) Windows
2 141 (44.62%) Linux
3 84 (26.58%) Windows Server
4 45 (14.24%) Unix
5 38 (12.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 36 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (7.91%) CentOS
8 19 (6.01%) Windows 10
9 16 (5.06%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (4.43%) Solaris
10 14 (4.43%) Ubuntu
11 10 (3.16%) AIX
12 7 (2.22%) Debian
13 5 (1.58%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.95%) HPUX
14 3 (0.95%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.32%) VMS
15 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
15 1 (0.32%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (11.39%) DevOps
2 30 (9.49%) ITIL
3 28 (8.86%) Problem-Solving
4 27 (8.54%) Migration
5 25 (7.91%) Configuration Management
6 23 (7.28%) Disaster Recovery
6 23 (7.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 19 (6.01%) Load Balancing
8 15 (4.75%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (4.11%) Application Packaging
10 12 (3.80%) Cybersecurity
10 12 (3.80%) Patch Management
10 12 (3.80%) Storage Management
11 11 (3.48%) Capacity Planning
11 11 (3.48%) Server Management
11 11 (3.48%) Service Design
12 10 (3.16%) Change Management
12 10 (3.16%) Project Management
12 10 (3.16%) Root Cause Analysis
12 10 (3.16%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 65 (20.57%) SQL
2 52 (16.46%) PowerShell
3 33 (10.44%) Python
4 29 (9.18%) Bash Shell
5 17 (5.38%) Perl
6 16 (5.06%) Java
7 12 (3.80%) PHP
7 12 (3.80%) Shell Script
7 12 (3.80%) VB
8 8 (2.53%) Ruby
9 6 (1.90%) C
10 5 (1.58%) JavaScript
11 3 (0.95%) C++
12 2 (0.63%) C#
12 2 (0.63%) VBA
13 1 (0.32%) ANSI SQL
13 1 (0.32%) Korn
13 1 (0.32%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (13.29%) Security Cleared
2 24 (7.59%) DV Cleared
3 19 (6.01%) Degree
4 14 (4.43%) SC Cleared
5 8 (2.53%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (2.22%) CCNA
7 4 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (0.95%) CCENT
8 3 (0.95%) CCNP
8 3 (0.95%) MCSE
9 2 (0.63%) A+ Certification
9 2 (0.63%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.63%) HNC
9 2 (0.63%) MCP
9 2 (0.63%) RHCE
9 2 (0.63%) RHCSA
9 2 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.32%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.32%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.90%) SLA
2 5 (1.58%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.95%) GDPR
3 3 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.63%) QA
4 2 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 112 (35.44%) Active Directory
2 39 (12.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (6.96%) VMware ESXi
4 21 (6.65%) Docker
5 20 (6.33%) Hyper-V
6 17 (5.38%) Virtual Machines
7 16 (5.06%) vSphere
8 11 (3.48%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (3.16%) XenApp
10 9 (2.85%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.58%) NFS
11 5 (1.58%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (1.27%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 3 (0.95%) Cronacle
13 3 (0.95%) DFS Replication
13 3 (0.95%) Firmware
13 3 (0.95%) Veritas File System
13 3 (0.95%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 2 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.63%) Samba
Systems Management
1 51 (16.14%) SCCM
2 26 (8.23%) Ansible
3 23 (7.28%) Puppet
4 16 (5.06%) Microsoft Intune
5 14 (4.43%) Kubernetes
5 14 (4.43%) WSUS
6 12 (3.80%) vCenter Server
7 10 (3.16%) NetBackup
8 9 (2.85%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (2.85%) SCVMM
9 8 (2.53%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (2.22%) Failover Clustering
10 7 (2.22%) Nagios
10 7 (2.22%) Terraform
11 6 (1.90%) ZABBIX
12 5 (1.58%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (1.58%) SCOM
12 5 (1.58%) Tivoli
13 4 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
14 3 (0.95%) Oracle ZFS
Vendors
1 102 (32.28%) VMware
2 85 (26.90%) Microsoft
3 44 (13.92%) Red Hat
4 35 (11.08%) Cisco
5 32 (10.13%) Citrix
6 28 (8.86%) Oracle
7 26 (8.23%) Veeam
8 16 (5.06%) McAfee
9 13 (4.11%) Dell
9 13 (4.11%) HP
9 13 (4.11%) Meraki
10 10 (3.16%) EMC
10 10 (3.16%) Veritas
11 9 (2.85%) IBM
11 9 (2.85%) NetApp
11 9 (2.85%) SolarWinds
12 8 (2.53%) Sophos
13 7 (2.22%) Atlassian
13 7 (2.22%) Ivanti
14 6 (1.90%) Splunk