Period
to 24 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 440 378 336
Rank change year-on-year -62 -42 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 514 581 756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.64% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.67% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 389 516
UK median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £230 £250 £229
90th Percentile £527 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 15
UK median hourly rate £44.75 £20.25 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +120.99% -30.17% +16.00%
10th Percentile £24.40 £15.28 £14.50
90th Percentile £53.40 £29.86 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.75 £18.46 £26.25
% change year-on-year +142.42% -29.68% +28.05%

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 95,940 86,521 100,715
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,058 56,224 64,987
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £412 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,958 2,966 3,307
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% -2.56% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -85 467 £400 +5.96% 226
UK excluding London -3 303 £375 - 170
London -117 200 £420 +5.66% 75
South East -72 87 £395 +3.95% 50
South West +41 66 £431 +15.00% 14
North of England -25 41 £350 -6.67% 36
Midlands +6 37 £370 +13.85% 29
East of England +6 32 £340 +0.74% 22
Scotland -8 32 £313 -10.64% 13
North West -23 22 £375 -10.18% 22
West Midlands +6 20 £375 +15.38% 16
East Midlands +11 17 £263 -19.23% 13
Yorkshire -14 16 £350 -3.45% 8
Wales -3 8 £383 -15.00% 6
North East +14 3 £339 +9.88% 6

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 306 (59.53%) Linux
2 203 (39.49%) Windows
3 134 (26.07%) Red Hat
4 124 (24.12%) Unix
5 119 (23.15%) Active Directory
6 113 (21.98%) VMware
7 107 (20.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 90 (17.51%) Windows Server
9 85 (16.54%) Python
10 83 (16.15%) Puppet
11 81 (15.76%) Finance
12 76 (14.79%) Bash Shell
13 73 (14.20%) DevOps
14 70 (13.62%) VMware Infrastructure
15 67 (13.04%) Microsoft
16 66 (12.84%) Perl
16 66 (12.84%) Ansible
17 64 (12.45%) PowerShell
18 62 (12.06%) Amazon AWS
18 62 (12.06%) Migration
19 58 (11.28%) Firewall
19 58 (11.28%) Security Cleared
19 58 (11.28%) Docker
20 56 (10.89%) Solaris
21 55 (10.70%) ITIL
21 55 (10.70%) Shell Script
21 55 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
22 54 (10.51%) Apache
23 48 (9.34%) CentOS
24 47 (9.14%) SQL

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 54 (10.51%) Apache
2 23 (4.47%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.70%) nginx
4 17 (3.31%) JBoss
5 15 (2.92%) Confluence
6 14 (2.72%) IIS
7 13 (2.53%) Tomcat
8 12 (2.33%) WebSphere
9 10 (1.95%) SharePoint
10 8 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (1.36%) WebSphere Application Server
11 7 (1.36%) WordPress
12 5 (0.97%) IBM Connections
12 5 (0.97%) IBM Domino
12 5 (0.97%) K2 blackpearl
12 5 (0.97%) Skype for Business
12 5 (0.97%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.78%) ExpressionEngine
14 3 (0.58%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 12 (2.33%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.58%) Houdini
3 3 (0.58%) Maya
3 3 (0.58%) NUKE
3 3 (0.58%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (1.36%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.78%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.58%) assyst
3 3 (0.58%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.58%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.39%) iTrent
4 2 (0.39%) ResourceLink
4 2 (0.39%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.19%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.19%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.19%) Infor SunSystems
5 1 (0.19%) Magento
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.19%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.19%) Scribe Insight
5 1 (0.19%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 62 (12.06%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (5.84%) Office 365
4 14 (2.72%) GitHub
5 6 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (0.78%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.78%) Rackspace Cloud
6 4 (0.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (0.39%) Akamai
7 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.39%) G Suite
7 2 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.39%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.39%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.39%) Yammer
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.19%) PaaS
8 1 (0.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 58 (11.28%) Firewall
2 42 (8.17%) SAN
3 38 (7.39%) DNS
4 29 (5.64%) TCP/IP
5 21 (4.09%) LAN
6 20 (3.89%) WAN
7 19 (3.70%) DHCP
8 16 (3.11%) VPN
9 14 (2.72%) SSH
10 13 (2.53%) NAS
11 9 (1.75%) SMS
12 8 (1.56%) FTP
12 8 (1.56%) HTTP
13 6 (1.17%) Network Security
13 6 (1.17%) SMTP
13 6 (1.17%) SSL
13 6 (1.17%) Wireshark
14 5 (0.97%) Skype
15 4 (0.78%) Fibre Channel
15 4 (0.78%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (6.03%) MySQL
1 31 (6.03%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.33%) MongoDB
3 9 (1.75%) Relational Database
4 8 (1.56%) DB2
5 7 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (1.17%) Amazon RDS
6 6 (1.17%) MariaDB
7 4 (0.78%) Big Data
7 4 (0.78%) Hadoop
7 4 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.58%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (0.39%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.39%) Power BI
9 2 (0.39%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 38 (7.39%) Git (software)
2 33 (6.42%) Jenkins
3 28 (5.45%) JIRA
4 10 (1.95%) Artifactory
4 10 (1.95%) Subversion
5 8 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.97%) CMake
6 5 (0.97%) GoCD
7 4 (0.78%) git-flow
7 4 (0.78%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.58%) ClearCase
8 3 (0.58%) Maven
8 3 (0.58%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.39%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.39%) Emacs
9 2 (0.39%) Gradle
9 2 (0.39%) MSI
9 2 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 81 (15.76%) Finance
2 29 (5.64%) Banking
3 16 (3.11%) Investment Banking
4 15 (2.92%) Financial Institution
4 15 (2.92%) Retail
5 9 (1.75%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.56%) Legal
7 5 (0.97%) Marketing
8 4 (0.78%) Back Office
8 4 (0.78%) French Language
9 3 (0.58%) Law
10 2 (0.39%) Advertising
10 2 (0.39%) Czech Language
10 2 (0.39%) German Language
10 2 (0.39%) Local Government
10 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.19%) Electronics
11 1 (0.19%) Games
11 1 (0.19%) General Ledger
11 1 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (6.03%) LAMP
2 13 (2.53%) HTML
3 12 (2.33%) LDAP
4 11 (2.14%) Elastic Stack
4 11 (2.14%) Middleware
5 10 (1.95%) CSS
6 9 (1.75%) Web Services
7 8 (1.56%) LEMP Stack
8 7 (1.36%) XML
9 6 (1.17%) .NET
10 5 (0.97%) CGI
11 4 (0.78%) CSS3
11 4 (0.78%) HTML5
11 4 (0.78%) Laravel
11 4 (0.78%) Vue (Vue.js)
11 4 (0.78%) YAML
12 3 (0.58%) Ajax
12 3 (0.58%) JSON
12 3 (0.58%) Kafka
12 3 (0.58%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.64%) Management Information System
2 28 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.45%) Clustering
3 27 (5.25%) Data Centre
4 16 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (2.92%) Computer Science
6 14 (2.72%) PKI
7 9 (1.75%) Linux Command Line
8 8 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
8 8 (1.56%) Freedom of Information
9 7 (1.36%) FMCG
9 7 (1.36%) Freedom of Information Act
10 5 (0.97%) Replication
11 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.58%) LPAR
12 3 (0.58%) Oracle Exalytics
13 2 (0.39%) Digital Signage
13 2 (0.39%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.39%) Enterprise Storage
13 2 (0.39%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 306 (59.53%) Linux
2 203 (39.49%) Windows
3 124 (24.12%) Unix
4 107 (20.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 90 (17.51%) Windows Server
6 56 (10.89%) Solaris
7 48 (9.34%) CentOS
8 45 (8.75%) AIX
8 45 (8.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 38 (7.39%) Ubuntu
10 34 (6.61%) Windows Server 2012
11 17 (3.31%) Windows 7
12 13 (2.53%) HPUX
13 11 (2.14%) Windows 10
14 10 (1.95%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.97%) Debian
15 5 (0.97%) SUSE
15 5 (0.97%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.78%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.78%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (14.20%) DevOps
2 62 (12.06%) Migration
3 55 (10.70%) ITIL
3 55 (10.70%) Problem-Solving
4 43 (8.37%) Open Source
5 38 (7.39%) Configuration Management
6 30 (5.84%) Disaster Recovery
7 22 (4.28%) Project Management
7 22 (4.28%) Service Management
8 21 (4.09%) ERP
9 20 (3.89%) Agile Software Development
9 20 (3.89%) Change Management
10 17 (3.31%) Continuous Integration
11 16 (3.11%) Capacity Planning
12 14 (2.72%) Deployment Automation
12 14 (2.72%) Server Hardening
13 12 (2.33%) Change Control
13 12 (2.33%) Security Management
13 12 (2.33%) TDD
14 10 (1.95%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 85 (16.54%) Python
2 76 (14.79%) Bash Shell
3 66 (12.84%) Perl
4 64 (12.45%) PowerShell
5 55 (10.70%) Shell Script
6 47 (9.14%) SQL
7 36 (7.00%) Java
8 29 (5.64%) Ruby
9 22 (4.28%) PHP
10 21 (4.09%) Korn
11 10 (1.95%) JavaScript
12 9 (1.75%) C
12 9 (1.75%) Groovy
13 7 (1.36%) VBScript
14 5 (0.97%) C#
14 5 (0.97%) VB
15 4 (0.78%) AWK
16 3 (0.58%) Bourne shell
17 2 (0.39%) PL/SQL
18 1 (0.19%) C++
Qualifications
1 58 (11.28%) Security Cleared
2 41 (7.98%) SC Cleared
3 17 (3.31%) Degree
4 12 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (2.33%) RHCE
5 9 (1.75%) DV Cleared
6 7 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.17%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (1.17%) MCSE
8 5 (0.97%) CCNA
9 4 (0.78%) AWS Certification
9 4 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (0.78%) CCNP
9 4 (0.78%) MCP
9 4 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (0.58%) CISSP
10 3 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.39%) CCIE
11 2 (0.39%) OCP
11 2 (0.39%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.92%) SLA
2 7 (1.36%) GDPR
3 5 (0.97%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.78%) PMO
5 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.58%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.58%) TickIT
6 2 (0.39%) GCP
7 1 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.19%) QA
System Software
1 119 (23.15%) Active Directory
2 70 (13.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (11.28%) Docker
4 28 (5.45%) Hyper-V
5 21 (4.09%) Virtual Machines
6 20 (3.89%) vSphere
7 17 (3.31%) Firmware
8 15 (2.92%) NFS
9 13 (2.53%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 12 (2.33%) VMware ESXi
11 9 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (1.56%) LXC
13 6 (1.17%) Xen
14 5 (0.97%) Oracle Clusterware
15 4 (0.78%) KVM
15 4 (0.78%) Samba
15 4 (0.78%) vCloud
16 3 (0.58%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 3 (0.58%) VirtualBox
16 3 (0.58%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 83 (16.15%) Puppet
2 66 (12.84%) Ansible
3 29 (5.64%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (5.64%) SCCM
4 20 (3.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 17 (3.31%) Nagios
6 15 (2.92%) Tivoli
7 13 (2.53%) CFEngine
8 12 (2.33%) NetBackup
8 12 (2.33%) Red Hat Satellite
8 12 (2.33%) SCVMM
9 11 (2.14%) Terraform
10 8 (1.56%) Cobbler
10 8 (1.56%) Kubernetes
10 8 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (1.56%) Oracle ZFS
10 8 (1.56%) SELinux
10 8 (1.56%) vCenter Server
11 7 (1.36%) SCOM
12 6 (1.17%) WSUS
Vendors
1 134 (26.07%) Red Hat
2 113 (21.98%) VMware
3 67 (13.04%) Microsoft
4 45 (8.75%) Oracle
5 31 (6.03%) Veritas
6 25 (4.86%) Cisco
7 22 (4.28%) IBM
8 20 (3.89%) Citrix
9 18 (3.50%) HP
10 15 (2.92%) SaltStack
11 14 (2.72%) Symantec
11 14 (2.72%) Veeam
12 13 (2.53%) NetApp
13 11 (2.14%) Atlassian
14 10 (1.95%) Dell
14 10 (1.95%) EMC
14 10 (1.95%) Sun
15 9 (1.75%) ForgeRock
16 8 (1.56%) SAP
16 8 (1.56%) Splunk