Period
to 21 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 435 393 310
Rank change year-on-year -42 -83 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 514 605 867
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.61% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.64% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 401 620
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +8.57%
10th Percentile £259 £225 £263
90th Percentile £538 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +5.63% +1.43% +0.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 28 26
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £30.38 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.09% +10.45% +27.91%
10th Percentile £13.78 £21.10 £17.03
90th Percentile £44.85 £43.90 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £32.00 £39.73
% change year-on-year +21.09% -19.46% +93.80%

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 96,952 94,329 100,711
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.95% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,720 61,949 65,599
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,111 2,809 3,298
UK median hourly rate £17.71 £18.70 £18.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.29% +2.40% +1.46%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -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 21 October 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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 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 -69 466 £400 +6.67% 277
UK excluding London -41 328 £375 +5.63% 199
London -70 177 £425 +6.25% 95
South East -72 92 £400 +3.56% 54
North of England -19 70 £375 +7.14% 50
Midlands -15 44 £358 +24.35% 26
South West -37 44 £375 - 29
East of England +22 39 £400 +8.11% 23
Yorkshire -2 33 £375 +15.38% 27
West Midlands -17 26 £358 +36.84% 19
Scotland -11 25 £350 -10.54% 11
North West -24 25 £350 -9.68% 17
East Midlands +13 18 £363 +20.83% 7
Wales -7 15 £398 +6.00% 4
North East +2 12 £350 +7.69% 6
Northern Ireland +32 1 - - 2

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2018, 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.

1 281 (54.67%) Linux
2 195 (37.94%) Windows
3 167 (32.49%) Unix
4 130 (25.29%) VMware
5 115 (22.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 109 (21.21%) Active Directory
7 102 (19.84%) Red Hat
8 96 (18.68%) DevOps
9 93 (18.09%) Windows Server
10 88 (17.12%) Python
11 79 (15.37%) VMware Infrastructure
12 77 (14.98%) Microsoft
13 76 (14.79%) Puppet
14 75 (14.59%) ITIL
15 73 (14.20%) Bash Shell
16 71 (13.81%) Amazon AWS
17 70 (13.62%) CentOS
18 67 (13.04%) Security Cleared
18 67 (13.04%) Finance
19 58 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
20 57 (11.09%) Ansible
21 56 (10.89%) Apache
22 55 (10.70%) Solaris
23 54 (10.51%) DNS
24 52 (10.12%) PowerShell
25 51 (9.92%) Oracle
26 49 (9.53%) SQL
27 48 (9.34%) Shell Script
28 47 (9.14%) Firewall
28 47 (9.14%) Microsoft Azure

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 56 (10.89%) Apache
2 42 (8.17%) MS Exchange
3 20 (3.89%) nginx
3 20 (3.89%) Tomcat
4 17 (3.31%) JBoss
5 13 (2.53%) Confluence
6 12 (2.33%) CMS
7 11 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (1.56%) IIS
8 8 (1.56%) SharePoint
8 8 (1.56%) Skype for Business
9 7 (1.36%) WebLogic
10 6 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.97%) lighttpd
11 5 (0.97%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.78%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.58%) Oracle Service Bus
14 2 (0.39%) Moodle
Applications
1 14 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (2.33%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.19%) Houdini
3 1 (0.19%) Maya
3 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.19%) NUKE
3 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.78%) Unit4 Business World
3 3 (0.58%) Magento
4 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.39%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.19%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 71 (13.81%) Amazon AWS
2 47 (9.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (6.81%) Office 365
4 18 (3.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 11 (2.14%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (1.75%) Amazon S3
6 9 (1.75%) Route 53
7 8 (1.56%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (1.17%) Azure Active Directory
8 6 (1.17%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.97%) Akamai
9 5 (0.97%) SaaS
10 4 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (0.78%) CloudFront
10 4 (0.78%) GitHub
10 4 (0.78%) OneDrive
10 4 (0.78%) OpenShift
10 4 (0.78%) Serverless
11 3 (0.58%) IaaS
11 3 (0.58%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 54 (10.51%) DNS
2 47 (9.14%) Firewall
3 45 (8.75%) SAN
4 28 (5.45%) TCP/IP
5 25 (4.86%) DHCP
6 15 (2.92%) NAS
7 13 (2.53%) LAN
7 13 (2.53%) WAN
8 11 (2.14%) HTTP
8 11 (2.14%) Network Security
9 10 (1.95%) SSH
9 10 (1.95%) SSL
10 9 (1.75%) Internet
10 9 (1.75%) VPN
11 8 (1.56%) Skype
12 7 (1.36%) Fibre Channel
12 7 (1.36%) iSCSI
13 5 (0.97%) Kerberos
13 5 (0.97%) NetScaler
13 5 (0.97%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.03%) MySQL
2 29 (5.64%) SQL Server
3 25 (4.86%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (2.14%) Oracle Database
5 10 (1.95%) Amazon RDS
6 9 (1.75%) MongoDB
7 7 (1.36%) Power BI
8 5 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.78%) MS Access
9 4 (0.78%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.58%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
10 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 2 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.39%) Big Data
11 2 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.39%) DB2
11 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 43 (8.37%) Jenkins
2 33 (6.42%) Git (software)
3 20 (3.89%) JIRA
4 10 (1.95%) GitLab
5 8 (1.56%) Maven
6 7 (1.36%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (0.97%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.58%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.39%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.39%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.39%) MSI
9 2 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.39%) Subversion
9 2 (0.39%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.19%) Liquibase
10 1 (0.19%) Metasploit
10 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.19%) Zephyr
General
1 67 (13.04%) Finance
2 21 (4.09%) Banking
3 17 (3.31%) Investment Banking
4 8 (1.56%) Financial Institution
4 8 (1.56%) Law
5 7 (1.36%) General Ledger
5 7 (1.36%) Retail
6 6 (1.17%) Automotive
6 6 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.78%) Legal
8 3 (0.58%) Advertising
9 2 (0.39%) Back Office
9 2 (0.39%) French Language
9 2 (0.39%) Games
9 2 (0.39%) German Language
9 2 (0.39%) Marketing
9 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.39%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.19%) Publishing
10 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (6.81%) LDAP
2 22 (4.28%) Middleware
3 19 (3.70%) Web Services
4 15 (2.92%) HTML
5 13 (2.53%) Elastic Stack
6 12 (2.33%) J2EE
7 11 (2.14%) LAPP Stack
8 9 (1.75%) LAMP
9 8 (1.56%) .NET
9 8 (1.56%) LEMP Stack
9 8 (1.56%) Memcached
9 8 (1.56%) PHP-FPM
9 8 (1.56%) XML
10 5 (0.97%) CSS
10 5 (0.97%) Oracle Fusion
11 4 (0.78%) WebSphere MQ
12 3 (0.58%) ASP.NET
12 3 (0.58%) IBM Integration Bus
12 3 (0.58%) SAML
12 3 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.64%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.45%) Clustering
3 26 (5.06%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.70%) Data Centre
5 18 (3.50%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (2.33%) Linux Command Line
8 10 (1.95%) Replication
9 8 (1.56%) Freedom of Information
9 8 (1.56%) Freedom of Information Act
10 7 (1.36%) Graphic Design
10 7 (1.36%) Mainframe
10 7 (1.36%) NHS
10 7 (1.36%) PKI
10 7 (1.36%) User Experience
11 4 (0.78%) Fintech
11 4 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.58%) Animation
12 3 (0.58%) FMCG
12 3 (0.58%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 281 (54.67%) Linux
2 195 (37.94%) Windows
3 167 (32.49%) Unix
4 115 (22.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 93 (18.09%) Windows Server
6 70 (13.62%) CentOS
7 55 (10.70%) Solaris
8 38 (7.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 33 (6.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 32 (6.23%) AIX
11 20 (3.89%) Ubuntu
12 18 (3.50%) Debian
13 14 (2.72%) Windows 10
14 12 (2.33%) Windows 7
15 11 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
16 8 (1.56%) FreeBSD
17 5 (0.97%) SUSE
18 4 (0.78%) VMS
19 3 (0.58%) Mac OS X
20 2 (0.39%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (18.68%) DevOps
2 75 (14.59%) ITIL
3 58 (11.28%) Problem-Solving
4 47 (9.14%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (7.00%) Configuration Management
6 28 (5.45%) Change Management
7 27 (5.25%) Service Management
8 26 (5.06%) Migration
9 21 (4.09%) Project Management
10 20 (3.89%) Disaster Recovery
11 18 (3.50%) ERP
11 18 (3.50%) Performance Tuning
12 17 (3.31%) Load Balancing
13 16 (3.11%) Collaborative Working
13 16 (3.11%) Electronic Trading
13 16 (3.11%) Infrastructure Monitoring
13 16 (3.11%) Performance Engineering
13 16 (3.11%) Visualisation
14 15 (2.92%) Capacity Planning
14 15 (2.92%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 88 (17.12%) Python
2 73 (14.20%) Bash Shell
3 52 (10.12%) PowerShell
4 49 (9.53%) SQL
5 48 (9.34%) Shell Script
6 39 (7.59%) Perl
7 26 (5.06%) Java
8 24 (4.67%) PHP
9 14 (2.72%) Korn
10 8 (1.56%) Ruby
11 5 (0.97%) Bourne shell
11 5 (0.97%) C
11 5 (0.97%) C#
12 4 (0.78%) AWK
12 4 (0.78%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.58%) VB
14 2 (0.39%) COBOL
14 2 (0.39%) JCL
14 2 (0.39%) REXX
14 2 (0.39%) X++
Qualifications
1 67 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 42 (8.17%) SC Cleared
3 29 (5.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (4.28%) MCSE
5 18 (3.50%) Degree
6 14 (2.72%) DV Cleared
7 9 (1.75%) RHCE
8 6 (1.17%) AWS Certification
9 5 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.97%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (0.78%) RHCSA
10 4 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.58%) MCP
11 3 (0.58%) OCA
11 3 (0.58%) OCP
11 3 (0.58%) Oracle Certification
12 2 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.39%) MCSA
12 2 (0.39%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.53%) QA
2 7 (1.36%) SLA
3 4 (0.78%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.58%) GDPR
5 2 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.39%) PMO
6 1 (0.19%) GAAP
6 1 (0.19%) GPG13
6 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 109 (21.21%) Active Directory
2 79 (15.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (7.39%) Docker
4 27 (5.25%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (5.06%) Hyper-V
6 24 (4.67%) Virtual Machines
7 23 (4.47%) vSphere
8 19 (3.70%) NFS
9 12 (2.33%) Samba
10 8 (1.56%) Postfix
10 8 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (1.36%) Firmware
11 7 (1.36%) Squid
12 6 (1.17%) KVM
12 6 (1.17%) XenApp
13 5 (0.97%) Varnish
13 5 (0.97%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 5 (0.97%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.78%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
15 3 (0.58%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 76 (14.79%) Puppet
2 57 (11.09%) Ansible
3 37 (7.20%) Nagios
3 37 (7.20%) Opscode Chef
4 35 (6.81%) Terraform
5 32 (6.23%) SCCM
6 23 (4.47%) Kubernetes
7 17 (3.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 12 (2.33%) Microsoft Clustering
8 12 (2.33%) NetBackup
8 12 (2.33%) Red Hat Satellite
8 12 (2.33%) vCenter Server
9 11 (2.14%) WSUS
10 10 (1.95%) HAProxy
10 10 (1.95%) SCOM
11 9 (1.75%) Icinga
11 9 (1.75%) Tivoli
12 8 (1.56%) Prometheus
13 7 (1.36%) Oracle ZFS
14 6 (1.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 130 (25.29%) VMware
2 102 (19.84%) Red Hat
3 77 (14.98%) Microsoft
4 51 (9.92%) Oracle
5 25 (4.86%) HP
5 25 (4.86%) IBM
6 23 (4.47%) NetApp
7 19 (3.70%) Cisco
7 19 (3.70%) EMC
8 17 (3.31%) Veritas
9 13 (2.53%) Atlassian
10 12 (2.33%) Citrix
10 12 (2.33%) ServiceNow
11 10 (1.95%) Symantec
12 7 (1.36%) Veeam
13 6 (1.17%) 3PAR
13 6 (1.17%) Bomgar
13 6 (1.17%) Dell
13 6 (1.17%) Google
13 6 (1.17%) New Relic