Period
to 17 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Administrator was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 December 2017.

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
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 420 294 354
Rank change year-on-year -126 +60 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 554 855 757
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.84% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.89% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 603 490
UK median daily rate £375 £380 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.32% +5.56% +5.11%
10th Percentile £224 £263 £226
90th Percentile £518 £513 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £373 £330
% change year-on-year +0.67% +12.88% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 26 44
UK median hourly rate £29.88 £26.25 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.81% +22.09% -12.24%
10th Percentile £21.05 £17.03 £14.50
90th Percentile £47.25 £48.21 £47.15
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 97323 96429 107128
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 94.70% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 64537 62908 68329
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £258 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £398 £375
% change year-on-year +0.63% +6.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2850 3269 4064
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.05 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 17 December 2017.

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 17 December 2017.

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 17 December 2017. 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 -124 526 £375 -1.32% 100
UK excluding London -12 332 £375 +0.67% 71
London -178 217 £396 -0.94% 32
South East -33 121 £400 - 20
South West +38 69 £400 +10.34% 13
North of England +3 56 £350 - 12
Midlands +46 40 £356 -16.18% 17
North West +9 31 £350 -12.50% 7
West Midlands +27 26 £365 -8.75% 6
East of England -34 24 £250 -24.53% 6
Yorkshire +5 19 £350 -6.67% 4
Scotland -17 16 £350 - 2
East Midlands +15 14 £288 -42.50% 11
North East +35 6 £325 +4.17% 1
Wales +8 4 £383 -7.27% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £345 -

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 2017, 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.

1 342 (61.73%) Linux
2 245 (44.22%) Windows
3 173 (31.23%) Unix
4 152 (27.44%) VMware
5 151 (27.26%) Red Hat
6 146 (26.35%) Windows Server
7 137 (24.73%) Active Directory
8 129 (23.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 87 (15.70%) Finance
9 87 (15.70%) Puppet
10 84 (15.16%) Security Cleared
10 84 (15.16%) Oracle
11 82 (14.80%) Microsoft
12 77 (13.90%) Python
13 76 (13.72%) SAN
14 72 (13.00%) Solaris
15 69 (12.45%) Perl
15 69 (12.45%) Windows Server 2012
16 68 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
17 67 (12.09%) PowerShell
18 65 (11.73%) Firewall
19 63 (11.37%) Ansible
20 62 (11.19%) DevOps
20 62 (11.19%) Shell Script
20 62 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
20 62 (11.19%) CentOS
20 62 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
21 54 (9.75%) Banking
22 53 (9.57%) Bash Shell
22 53 (9.57%) ITIL

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 39 (7.04%) Apache
2 32 (5.78%) MS Exchange
2 32 (5.78%) Tomcat
3 27 (4.87%) JBoss
4 24 (4.33%) WebLogic
5 18 (3.25%) nginx
6 15 (2.71%) IIS
7 14 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 13 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2013
9 11 (1.99%) WebSphere
10 9 (1.62%) SharePoint
11 8 (1.44%) Skype for Business
12 6 (1.08%) Confluence
13 3 (0.54%) iPlanet
13 3 (0.54%) Jetty
13 3 (0.54%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.54%) Oracle Application Server
13 3 (0.54%) SAS
14 2 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
14 2 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 19 (3.43%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.62%) Houdini
2 9 (1.62%) Maya
2 9 (1.62%) NUKE
2 9 (1.62%) Photoshop
3 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.72%) Temenos T24
2 3 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.54%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.36%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.36%) ResourceLink
3 2 (0.36%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.18%) Infor SunSystems
4 1 (0.18%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.18%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 62 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (6.14%) Office 365
4 11 (1.99%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (1.99%) PaaS
5 8 (1.44%) GitHub
5 8 (1.44%) IaaS
6 5 (0.90%) Amazon S3
6 5 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.54%) G Suite
8 3 (0.54%) SaaS
8 3 (0.54%) Serverless
8 3 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
8 3 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 2 (0.36%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.36%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.36%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 76 (13.72%) SAN
2 65 (11.73%) Firewall
3 53 (9.57%) DNS
4 38 (6.86%) NAS
5 37 (6.68%) TCP/IP
6 31 (5.60%) LDAP
6 31 (5.60%) WAN
7 30 (5.42%) LAN
8 24 (4.33%) DHCP
9 21 (3.79%) VPN
10 19 (3.43%) HTTP
11 16 (2.89%) SSH
12 10 (1.81%) Network Security
12 10 (1.81%) SSL
13 9 (1.62%) Ethernet
13 9 (1.62%) SMS
14 8 (1.44%) Fibre Channel
14 8 (1.44%) FTP
14 8 (1.44%) Kerberos
15 7 (1.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (8.30%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.96%) MySQL
3 31 (5.60%) Relational Database
4 15 (2.71%) Oracle Database
5 13 (2.35%) RDBMS
6 11 (1.99%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (1.81%) MongoDB
7 10 (1.81%) Oracle Exadata
8 7 (1.26%) MariaDB
8 7 (1.26%) NoSQL
9 6 (1.08%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.72%) Big Data
10 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.36%) DB2
12 1 (0.18%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.18%) DataStage
12 1 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 34 (6.14%) Git (software)
2 28 (5.05%) Jenkins
3 12 (2.17%) JIRA
4 8 (1.44%) Artifactory
4 8 (1.44%) Selenium
5 6 (1.08%) Hudson
5 6 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.72%) CMake
6 4 (0.72%) GitLab
6 4 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.72%) Subversion
6 4 (0.72%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.36%) ClearCase
7 2 (0.36%) Gradle
7 2 (0.36%) MSI
8 1 (0.18%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.18%) Introscope
8 1 (0.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 87 (15.70%) Finance
2 54 (9.75%) Banking
3 19 (3.43%) Telecoms
4 17 (3.07%) Investment Banking
5 12 (2.17%) Retail
6 11 (1.99%) Financial Institution
6 11 (1.99%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.99%) Marketing
7 9 (1.62%) Electronics
8 5 (0.90%) Legal
8 5 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.90%) Publishing
9 4 (0.72%) Advertising
10 3 (0.54%) Back Office
10 3 (0.54%) Law
11 2 (0.36%) Games
12 1 (0.18%) French Language
12 1 (0.18%) Front Office
12 1 (0.18%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (3.79%) LAMP
2 14 (2.53%) Middleware
3 11 (1.99%) JSON
3 11 (1.99%) XML
4 7 (1.26%) LAPP Stack
4 7 (1.26%) LEMP Stack
4 7 (1.26%) Web Services
5 6 (1.08%) HTML
6 5 (0.90%) .NET
7 4 (0.72%) IBM Integration Bus
7 4 (0.72%) J2EE
7 4 (0.72%) SOAP
8 3 (0.54%) CGI
8 3 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (0.54%) Regular Expression
8 3 (0.54%) REST
8 3 (0.54%) Servlets
8 3 (0.54%) XML Messaging
9 2 (0.36%) Node.js
9 2 (0.36%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 50 (9.03%) Data Centre
2 36 (6.50%) Clustering
3 28 (5.05%) Computer Science
4 23 (4.15%) Linux Command Line
5 19 (3.43%) Management Information System
6 14 (2.53%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (1.81%) PKI
8 9 (1.62%) Public Cloud
9 8 (1.44%) Animation
9 8 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.26%) Enterprise Storage
10 7 (1.26%) Fat Client
10 7 (1.26%) FMCG
10 7 (1.26%) Thin Client
11 6 (1.08%) Freedom of Information
11 6 (1.08%) Freedom of Information Act
11 6 (1.08%) Online Banking
11 6 (1.08%) User Experience
12 5 (0.90%) Grid Computing
12 5 (0.90%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 342 (61.73%) Linux
2 245 (44.22%) Windows
3 173 (31.23%) Unix
4 146 (26.35%) Windows Server
5 129 (23.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 72 (13.00%) Solaris
7 69 (12.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 62 (11.19%) CentOS
8 62 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 40 (7.22%) Windows 7
10 39 (7.04%) AIX
11 31 (5.60%) Ubuntu
12 24 (4.33%) Windows 10
13 16 (2.89%) Debian
14 14 (2.53%) HPUX
14 14 (2.53%) SUSE
15 13 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
16 8 (1.44%) Apple iOS
16 8 (1.44%) Mac OS X
17 7 (1.26%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (11.19%) DevOps
2 53 (9.57%) ITIL
3 37 (6.68%) Migration
4 36 (6.50%) Disaster Recovery
5 35 (6.32%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (5.60%) Configuration Management
7 27 (4.87%) Load Balancing
8 24 (4.33%) Mentoring
9 23 (4.15%) Change Management
9 23 (4.15%) Open Source
10 21 (3.79%) Task Automation
11 19 (3.43%) Service Management
12 18 (3.25%) Data Protection
12 18 (3.25%) High Availability
12 18 (3.25%) Patch Management
13 16 (2.89%) Analytics
13 16 (2.89%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (2.71%) Capacity Planning
14 15 (2.71%) Project Management
15 14 (2.53%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 77 (13.90%) Python
2 69 (12.45%) Perl
3 67 (12.09%) PowerShell
4 62 (11.19%) Shell Script
5 53 (9.57%) Bash Shell
6 40 (7.22%) SQL
7 36 (6.50%) Java
8 25 (4.51%) Ruby
9 22 (3.97%) Korn
10 10 (1.81%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
11 9 (1.62%) PHP
12 7 (1.26%) C
13 5 (0.90%) JavaScript
14 4 (0.72%) C++
14 4 (0.72%) VBScript
15 3 (0.54%) AWK
15 3 (0.54%) Fortran
15 3 (0.54%) VB
16 2 (0.36%) Bourne shell
17 1 (0.18%) Jython
Qualifications
1 84 (15.16%) Security Cleared
2 45 (8.12%) SC Cleared
3 29 (5.23%) Degree
4 21 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
5 17 (3.07%) Microsoft Certification
6 15 (2.71%) DV Cleared
7 10 (1.81%) RHCE
8 8 (1.44%) MCSE
8 8 (1.44%) NVQ Level 4
9 6 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.08%) MySQL Certification
9 6 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.90%) DBS Check
10 5 (0.90%) MCSA
11 4 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (0.72%) VCP5
12 3 (0.54%) CompTIA Security+
12 3 (0.54%) Master's Degree
12 3 (0.54%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.62%) QA
2 8 (1.44%) SLA
3 7 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.72%) GCP
4 4 (0.72%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.54%) AS 2805
5 3 (0.54%) ISO 8583
5 3 (0.54%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.36%) GPG13
7 1 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) GAMP
7 1 (0.18%) GDPR
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 137 (24.73%) Active Directory
2 68 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (7.04%) NFS
4 30 (5.42%) Hyper-V
4 30 (5.42%) Xen
5 26 (4.69%) Samba
6 24 (4.33%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (3.97%) Virtual Machines
8 21 (3.79%) vSphere
9 13 (2.35%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 11 (1.99%) KVM
10 11 (1.99%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 11 (1.99%) Virtual Servers
11 9 (1.62%) Veritas File System
12 8 (1.44%) DFS Replication
12 8 (1.44%) XenApp
13 6 (1.08%) Docker
13 6 (1.08%) Oracle Clusterware
14 5 (0.90%) SRDF
15 4 (0.72%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 87 (15.70%) Puppet
2 63 (11.37%) Ansible
3 34 (6.14%) SCCM
4 27 (4.87%) Opscode Chef
5 26 (4.69%) Nagios
6 25 (4.51%) NetBackup
7 19 (3.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 12 (2.17%) vCenter Server
9 11 (1.99%) HAProxy
10 10 (1.81%) SCOM
11 9 (1.62%) Backup Exec
11 9 (1.62%) Microsoft Intune
11 9 (1.62%) Terraform
12 8 (1.44%) Control-M
13 7 (1.26%) Cobbler
13 7 (1.26%) Kibana
13 7 (1.26%) logstash
13 7 (1.26%) Red Hat Satellite
14 6 (1.08%) Kubernetes
14 6 (1.08%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 152 (27.44%) VMware
2 151 (27.26%) Red Hat
3 84 (15.16%) Oracle
4 82 (14.80%) Microsoft
5 42 (7.58%) HP
6 41 (7.40%) Cisco
7 39 (7.04%) Citrix
8 34 (6.14%) Veritas
9 29 (5.23%) IBM
10 26 (4.69%) EMC
11 25 (4.51%) NetApp
12 19 (3.43%) SAP
12 19 (3.43%) Sun
13 16 (2.89%) Atlassian
13 16 (2.89%) F5
13 16 (2.89%) Symantec
14 14 (2.53%) McAfee
14 14 (2.53%) Veeam
15 10 (1.81%) Brocade
16 8 (1.44%) ServiceNow