Period
to 21 January 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £41,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK > England
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 424 397 381
Rank change year-on-year -27 -16 -87
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 773 1,094 1,345
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.66% 0.78% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 0.81% 0.87%
Number of salaries quoted 672 944 1,192
England median annual salary £41,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.53% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £29,500 £29,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £66,175 £62,500
UK median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -5.88% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
England
Permanent vacancies in England with a recognized job title 111,525 134,491 154,873
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.53% 95.94% 96.20%
Number of salaries quoted 89,919 108,645 127,002
England median annual salary £52,500 £51,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.94% +2.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,989 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Systems Administrator in England.

Salary trend for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator in England over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in England

Systems Administrator
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the England region over the 6 months to 21 January 2020. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -55 357 £50,000 - 52
South East +12 178 £37,500 -6.25% 37
Midlands +54 72 £35,000 -6.04% 23
South West 0 71 £39,000 -8.24% 17
East of England +67 51 £40,000 +6.67% 23
West Midlands +42 50 £35,000 -6.67% 11
North of England -51 44 £34,750 - 36
East Midlands +19 22 £31,000 -4.62% 12
Yorkshire -35 21 £30,000 -13.04% 14
North West +7 17 £40,000 +14.29% 14
North East +5 6 £31,250 +4.17% 8
Systems Administrator
UK

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, Systems Administrator job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region featuring Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 415 (53.69%) Windows
2 339 (43.86%) Linux
3 279 (36.09%) VMware
4 274 (35.45%) Active Directory
5 255 (32.99%) Microsoft
6 226 (29.24%) Windows Server
7 201 (26.00%) AWS
8 194 (25.10%) Azure
9 180 (23.29%) Office 365
10 172 (22.25%) VMware Infrastructure
11 163 (21.09%) DNS
12 152 (19.66%) Firewall
13 139 (17.98%) PowerShell
14 120 (15.52%) DevOps
15 115 (14.88%) DHCP
16 112 (14.49%) SQL
17 110 (14.23%) Python
17 110 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
18 109 (14.10%) TCP/IP
19 108 (13.97%) MS Exchange
20 101 (13.07%) Degree
21 100 (12.94%) Puppet
21 100 (12.94%) SQL Server
22 97 (12.55%) Cisco
23 93 (12.03%) ITIL
24 92 (11.90%) Bash Shell
24 92 (11.90%) Windows Server 2012
25 88 (11.38%) Red Hat
26 85 (11.00%) CentOS
27 78 (10.09%) Hyper-V

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 108 (13.97%) MS Exchange
2 49 (6.34%) Apache
3 43 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 24 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2010
5 23 (2.98%) IIS
6 22 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2013
6 22 (2.85%) nginx
7 16 (2.07%) CMS
8 15 (1.94%) Elasticsearch
8 15 (1.94%) WordPress
9 14 (1.81%) Tomcat
10 10 (1.29%) Skype for Business
11 9 (1.16%) Joomla!
11 9 (1.16%) WebSphere
12 8 (1.03%) ArcGIS
12 8 (1.03%) Confluence
13 5 (0.65%) Apache Spark
14 4 (0.52%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
15 3 (0.39%) GlassFish
Applications
1 51 (6.60%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.13%) Siemens NX
3 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (2.46%) NetSuite
2 15 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.65%) Shopify
3 5 (0.65%) Unit4 Business World
4 4 (0.52%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.52%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.13%) HFM
6 1 (0.13%) Hyperion Planning
6 1 (0.13%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.13%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.13%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.13%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 201 (26.00%) AWS
2 194 (25.10%) Azure
3 180 (23.29%) Office 365
4 38 (4.92%) SaaS
5 21 (2.72%) GCP
6 17 (2.20%) IaaS
7 16 (2.07%) Amazon EC2
7 16 (2.07%) Dynamics 365
8 15 (1.94%) Azure Active Directory
9 14 (1.81%) G Suite
10 12 (1.55%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (1.42%) OneDrive
12 9 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
13 8 (1.03%) GitHub
13 8 (1.03%) PaaS
14 4 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 4 (0.52%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.52%) Power Platform
14 4 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 3 (0.39%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 163 (21.09%) DNS
2 152 (19.66%) Firewall
3 115 (14.88%) DHCP
4 109 (14.10%) TCP/IP
5 73 (9.44%) LAN
6 67 (8.67%) WAN
7 60 (7.76%) VPN
8 41 (5.30%) SAN
9 37 (4.79%) HTTP
10 31 (4.01%) BGP
10 31 (4.01%) SNMP
10 31 (4.01%) VoIP
11 26 (3.36%) VLAN
12 25 (3.23%) Wireless
13 22 (2.85%) SMTP
14 20 (2.59%) WLAN
15 18 (2.33%) iSCSI
16 15 (1.94%) Multicast
17 14 (1.81%) IGMP
17 14 (1.81%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (12.94%) SQL Server
2 54 (6.99%) MySQL
3 17 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
4 15 (1.94%) Hadoop
4 15 (1.94%) SQL Server 2016
5 14 (1.81%) Big Data
5 14 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (1.42%) GIS
7 10 (1.29%) NoSQL
8 8 (1.03%) MongoDB
8 8 (1.03%) Spatial Data
9 7 (0.91%) Crystal Reports
9 7 (0.91%) Redis
9 7 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.78%) MariaDB
11 5 (0.65%) DB2
11 5 (0.65%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database
13 3 (0.39%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 51 (6.60%) Git (software)
2 45 (5.82%) Jenkins
3 25 (3.23%) Subversion
4 21 (2.72%) GitLab
4 21 (2.72%) JIRA
5 6 (0.78%) Vagrant
6 5 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (0.52%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.39%) Bugzilla
8 3 (0.39%) CruiseControl
8 3 (0.39%) Selenium
8 3 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.26%) Postman
10 1 (0.13%) Mercurial
10 1 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.13%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 76 (9.83%) Finance
2 33 (4.27%) Retail
3 21 (2.72%) Public Sector
4 18 (2.33%) Advertising
4 18 (2.33%) Manufacturing
5 16 (2.07%) Legal
6 15 (1.94%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.16%) Banking
8 7 (0.91%) Marketing
9 5 (0.65%) Games
9 5 (0.65%) Law
10 4 (0.52%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.52%) Billing
11 3 (0.39%) Police
12 2 (0.26%) Electronics
12 2 (0.26%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.26%) German Language
12 2 (0.26%) Local Government
12 2 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.13%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (6.86%) LAMP
2 30 (3.88%) LDAP
3 13 (1.68%) CSS
3 13 (1.68%) HTML
4 11 (1.42%) Elastic Stack
5 9 (1.16%) .NET
5 9 (1.16%) LEMP Stack
6 8 (1.03%) 802.1X
6 8 (1.03%) Node.js
7 7 (0.91%) Middleware
7 7 (0.91%) Web Services
8 5 (0.65%) Laravel
8 5 (0.65%) React
8 5 (0.65%) Symfony
9 4 (0.52%) HTML5
9 4 (0.52%) LAPP Stack
10 3 (0.39%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (0.39%) Sensu
11 2 (0.26%) RESTful
12 1 (0.13%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.86%) Self-Motivation
2 48 (6.21%) Clustering
3 41 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (4.66%) Data Centre
5 33 (4.27%) Management Information System
6 26 (3.36%) Linux Command Line
7 25 (3.23%) Replication
8 23 (2.98%) Public Cloud
9 16 (2.07%) PKI
9 16 (2.07%) Video\Live Streaming
10 14 (1.81%) IPTV
10 14 (1.81%) MPEG
11 11 (1.42%) CMDB
12 9 (1.16%) User Experience
12 9 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (0.91%) EPoS
13 7 (0.91%) iPhone
14 6 (0.78%) Driving Licence
14 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Storage
14 6 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 415 (53.69%) Windows
2 339 (43.86%) Linux
3 226 (29.24%) Windows Server
4 92 (11.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 85 (11.00%) CentOS
6 67 (8.67%) Ubuntu
7 46 (5.95%) Unix
8 42 (5.43%) Windows 10
9 41 (5.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (5.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 25 (3.23%) Solaris
12 24 (3.10%) Windows 7
13 17 (2.20%) Debian
13 17 (2.20%) Mac OS
14 11 (1.42%) Fedora
15 10 (1.29%) Windows 8
16 9 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
17 7 (0.91%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.91%) SUSE
18 6 (0.78%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (15.52%) DevOps
2 110 (14.23%) Problem-Solving
3 93 (12.03%) ITIL
4 56 (7.24%) Computer Science
5 51 (6.60%) Migration
6 48 (6.21%) Root Cause Analysis
7 45 (5.82%) High Availability
8 44 (5.69%) Configuration Management
8 44 (5.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 43 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
10 40 (5.17%) Service Management
11 39 (5.05%) Cybersecurity
12 33 (4.27%) Project Management
13 32 (4.14%) Agile Software Development
14 31 (4.01%) Information Security
15 29 (3.75%) ERP
15 29 (3.75%) Workflow
16 28 (3.62%) Mentoring
17 26 (3.36%) Change Management
17 26 (3.36%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 139 (17.98%) PowerShell
2 112 (14.49%) SQL
3 110 (14.23%) Python
4 92 (11.90%) Bash Shell
5 59 (7.63%) Shell Script
6 29 (3.75%) Perl
6 29 (3.75%) Ruby
7 22 (2.85%) PHP
8 20 (2.59%) C
9 14 (1.81%) JavaScript
10 10 (1.29%) R
11 6 (0.78%) Java
12 5 (0.65%) C#
12 5 (0.65%) Korn
13 4 (0.52%) Go
13 4 (0.52%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.26%) C++
14 2 (0.26%) VBA
15 1 (0.13%) PHP 5
15 1 (0.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 101 (13.07%) Degree
2 59 (7.63%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (7.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 41 (5.30%) Security Cleared
5 39 (5.05%) MCSE
6 27 (3.49%) MCSA
7 23 (2.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 22 (2.85%) Cisco Certification
9 17 (2.20%) CCNA
10 16 (2.07%) SC Cleared
11 14 (1.81%) RHCE
12 9 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (1.03%) CCNP
14 7 (0.91%) DV Cleared
14 7 (0.91%) Oracle Certification
14 7 (0.91%) Sun Certification
15 6 (0.78%) RHCSA
16 5 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 5 (0.65%) LFCE
16 5 (0.65%) LFCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (2.98%) SLA
3 18 (2.33%) ISO 9001
4 15 (1.94%) QA
5 11 (1.42%) GDPR
6 9 (1.16%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.39%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.13%) NIST
9 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 274 (35.45%) Active Directory
2 172 (22.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 78 (10.09%) Hyper-V
4 66 (8.54%) Docker
5 54 (6.99%) vSphere
6 39 (5.05%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (3.62%) VirtualBox
8 27 (3.49%) XenApp
9 24 (3.10%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (1.94%) XenDesktop
11 14 (1.81%) Firmware
12 11 (1.42%) KVM
12 11 (1.42%) Varnish
12 11 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.16%) Terminal Server
14 7 (0.91%) Postfix
15 6 (0.78%) DRBD
15 6 (0.78%) NFS
16 5 (0.65%) Terminal Services
17 4 (0.52%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 100 (12.94%) Puppet
2 78 (10.09%) SCCM
3 77 (9.96%) Ansible
4 40 (5.17%) Kubernetes
5 39 (5.05%) Terraform
6 37 (4.79%) Nagios
7 31 (4.01%) Opscode Chef
8 30 (3.88%) ZABBIX
9 22 (2.85%) SCOM
10 19 (2.46%) WSUS
11 16 (2.07%) HAProxy
11 16 (2.07%) vCenter Server
12 14 (1.81%) Jamf Pro
12 14 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
13 11 (1.42%) Consul
14 9 (1.16%) Icinga
15 7 (0.91%) Backup Exec
15 7 (0.91%) Grafana
15 7 (0.91%) Munin
16 6 (0.78%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 279 (36.09%) VMware
2 255 (32.99%) Microsoft
3 97 (12.55%) Cisco
4 88 (11.38%) Red Hat
5 50 (6.47%) Citrix
6 42 (5.43%) Google
7 38 (4.92%) Oracle
8 33 (4.27%) HP
9 29 (3.75%) Dell
10 28 (3.62%) LogicMonitor
11 27 (3.49%) EMC
12 23 (2.98%) NetApp
13 21 (2.72%) ServiceNow
14 19 (2.46%) Veeam
15 16 (2.07%) Fujitsu
15 16 (2.07%) Meraki
16 15 (1.94%) McAfee
16 15 (1.94%) Splunk
17 12 (1.55%) SonicWALL
18 11 (1.42%) CommVault