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PDQ releases 2023 State of System Administration report

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PDQ|January 25, 2023
The State of Sysadmin 2023 report
The State of Sysadmin 2023 report

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — January 25, 2023 — Tech layoffs and remote workforces weren’t the only stressor for IT professionals this year. 2022 saw a major spike in cyberattacks, and according to a new report released by software company PDQ, industrial companies and healthcare were hit the hardest. To better understand the IT industry, PDQ conducted an in-depth study of more than 1,000 sysadmins around the world and found some surprising challenges — along with a few much needed reprieves.

  • Healthcare and education are the most stressful work environments for sysadmins, with over 40% of IT pros saying they are more stressed at work now than they were last year.

  • Despite major layoffs in the tech sector this year, sysadmins in tech feel the most confident in their job security — and report less stress than their colleagues in other industries.

  • Two years into the pandemic, more companies are returning to the office. Sysadmins reported that only 35% of companies have at least a quarter of their employees working remotely — that’s down 13 points from last year.

  • Education and government have the highest percent of on-site employees, while tech companies offer more remote options.

  • Over 73% of sysadmins said they get the support they need from executive teams. That’s a 16-point increase from 2022. Given the surge in cybersecurity attacks this year, it could be that the C-suite recognizes more than ever how much they need a strong IT team.

To learn more about what’s happening in the IT industry, read the full 2023 State of Sysadmin report. And don't forget to tune in to this Thursday's PDQ webcast for a special episode all about the report.

About PDQ

PDQ is an industry leader in software and IT asset management. PDQ helps IT professionals across small and large companies to manage and organize hardware, software, and configuration data for Windows and Apple-based devices. PDQ’s tools seamlessly automate patch management and other software deployments. Founded in 2001, PDQ is headquartered in South Salt Lake, Utah. For more information, please visit

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PDQ is the best way to have healthy, up-to-date machines automatically. Scan your environment for vulnerabilities and streamline your patch management and software deployment processes — whether you manage 15 machines or 15,000.

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