Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Windows Systems Administrator was £360 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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.

Windows System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 818 785 787
Rank change year-on-year -33 +2 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Windows Systems Administrator 69 106 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.067% 0.10% 0.095%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.071% 0.11% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 72 82
UK median daily rate £360 £350 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.10% +11.72%
10th Percentile £256 £251 £206
90th Percentile £450 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £333 £288 £300
% change year-on-year +15.65% -4.17% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £32.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.23% +44.44% +67.60%
10th Percentile £25.33 £31.25 £14.80
90th Percentile £39.78 £33.75 £29.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 - £22.50

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Windows Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Windows Systems Administrator in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Windows Systems Administrator in the UK

Windows Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Windows Systems Administrator.

Contractor daily rate trend for Windows Systems Administrator in the UK

Windows Systems Administrator
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Windows Systems Administrator in the UK

Windows Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows Systems Administrator.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Windows Systems Administrator in the UK

Windows Systems Administrator
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Windows Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Windows Systems Administrator in the UK

Windows Systems Administrator
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Windows Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 23 November 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 -18 69 £360 +2.86% 8
London -47 38 £375 - 4
UK excluding London +32 32 £333 +15.65% 5
South East +17 22 £365 +32.73% 2
Midlands +21 4 £300 -4.00%
North of England +52 3 £238 -13.64%
West Midlands +28 3 £313 -
North West +17 3 £238 -5.00%
South West -4 2 £338 -15.63%
East of England -18 1 £400 +53.85% 2
East Midlands - 1 £288 -

Windows Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Windows 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 Windows Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 69 (100.00%) Windows
2 57 (82.61%) Windows Server
3 52 (75.36%) Active Directory
4 46 (66.67%) VMware
5 33 (47.83%) Microsoft
5 33 (47.83%) PowerShell
6 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 23 (33.33%) Linux
8 21 (30.43%) Office 365
8 21 (30.43%) VMware Infrastructure
9 20 (28.99%) ITIL
10 19 (27.54%) SCCM
11 17 (24.64%) Hyper-V
11 17 (24.64%) SQL Server
12 16 (23.19%) MS Exchange
13 15 (21.74%) DNS
14 14 (20.29%) Security Cleared
15 13 (18.84%) Microsoft Azure
15 13 (18.84%) Cisco
15 13 (18.84%) Citrix
15 13 (18.84%) SAN
16 12 (17.39%) DHCP
17 11 (15.94%) Unix
17 11 (15.94%) Finance
18 10 (14.49%) Microsoft Certification
18 10 (14.49%) NetApp
18 10 (14.49%) Exchange Server 2013
19 9 (13.04%) Firewall
19 9 (13.04%) Banking

Windows 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 16 (23.19%) MS Exchange
2 10 (14.49%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (11.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (10.14%) IIS
5 2 (2.90%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.45%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (30.43%) Office 365
2 13 (18.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (8.70%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 15 (21.74%) DNS
2 13 (18.84%) SAN
3 12 (17.39%) DHCP
4 9 (13.04%) Firewall
5 8 (11.59%) Network Security
6 7 (10.14%) IP Telephony
7 6 (8.70%) TCP/IP
7 6 (8.70%) VPN
8 5 (7.25%) Kerberos
8 5 (7.25%) LAN
9 3 (4.35%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (4.35%) iSCSI
9 3 (4.35%) WAN
10 1 (1.45%) FTP
10 1 (1.45%) Junos
10 1 (1.45%) NAS
10 1 (1.45%) OSPF
10 1 (1.45%) PBX
10 1 (1.45%) VLAN
10 1 (1.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (24.64%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (4.35%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (2.90%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (8.70%) Git (software)
2 5 (7.25%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.90%) MSI
4 1 (1.45%) Ant
4 1 (1.45%) Maven
4 1 (1.45%) MSBuild
4 1 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (15.94%) Finance
2 9 (13.04%) Banking
3 1 (1.45%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.35%) Web Services
2 2 (2.90%) Middleware
2 2 (2.90%) XML
2 2 (2.90%) XML Messaging
3 1 (1.45%) .NET
3 1 (1.45%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.59%) Data Centre
2 7 (10.14%) Fat Client
2 7 (10.14%) Thin Client
3 6 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (7.25%) Computer Science
4 5 (7.25%) PKI
5 2 (2.90%) Clustering
5 2 (2.90%) Online Banking
6 1 (1.45%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.45%) Life Science
6 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 69 (100.00%) Windows
2 57 (82.61%) Windows Server
3 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2008
3 25 (36.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (33.33%) Linux
5 11 (15.94%) Unix
6 8 (11.59%) CentOS
7 7 (10.14%) Windows 7
8 4 (5.80%) Windows 10
9 3 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (2.90%) VMS
10 2 (2.90%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.45%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (28.99%) ITIL
2 8 (11.59%) Asset Management
2 8 (11.59%) Migration
2 8 (11.59%) Task Automation
3 7 (10.14%) DevOps
4 6 (8.70%) Project Management
5 5 (7.25%) Change Management
5 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Management
5 5 (7.25%) Server Patching
5 5 (7.25%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 4 (5.80%) Analytical Thinking
6 4 (5.80%) Creative Thinking
6 4 (5.80%) Data Protection
6 4 (5.80%) DRM
6 4 (5.80%) High Availability
6 4 (5.80%) Time Management
7 3 (4.35%) Capacity Planning
7 3 (4.35%) Server Building
8 2 (2.90%) Release Management
8 2 (2.90%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 33 (47.83%) PowerShell
2 4 (5.80%) Shell Script
2 4 (5.80%) SQL
3 2 (2.90%) Java
4 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.45%) C#
4 1 (1.45%) Perl
4 1 (1.45%) Python
4 1 (1.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (20.29%) Security Cleared
2 10 (14.49%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (7.25%) Degree
4 4 (5.80%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (5.80%) SC Cleared
5 3 (4.35%) A+ Certification
5 3 (4.35%) CompTIA Security+
5 3 (4.35%) Network+ Certification
5 3 (4.35%) Security+ Certification
6 2 (2.90%) MCSE
7 1 (1.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.45%) MCITP
7 1 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.90%) SLA
System Software
1 52 (75.36%) Active Directory
2 21 (30.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (24.64%) Hyper-V
4 6 (8.70%) DFS Replication
4 6 (8.70%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (7.25%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (7.25%) XenApp
6 3 (4.35%) vSphere
7 2 (2.90%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (2.90%) NFS
7 2 (2.90%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 19 (27.54%) SCCM
2 7 (10.14%) Ansible
2 7 (10.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (8.70%) SCOM
3 6 (8.70%) WSUS
4 4 (5.80%) Backup Exec
4 4 (5.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (4.35%) Puppet
5 3 (4.35%) vCenter Server
6 2 (2.90%) Nagios
6 2 (2.90%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.45%) Control-M
7 1 (1.45%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (1.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 46 (66.67%) VMware
2 33 (47.83%) Microsoft
3 13 (18.84%) Cisco
3 13 (18.84%) Citrix
4 10 (14.49%) NetApp
5 8 (11.59%) HP
5 8 (11.59%) Red Hat
6 7 (10.14%) Juniper
7 6 (8.70%) Symantec
7 6 (8.70%) Veeam
8 5 (7.25%) Atlassian
9 3 (4.35%) BT
9 3 (4.35%) McAfee
10 2 (2.90%) IBM
10 2 (2.90%) IFS
10 2 (2.90%) Oracle
10 2 (2.90%) SolarWinds
11 1 (1.45%) 3PAR
11 1 (1.45%) Aruba
11 1 (1.45%) Canon