Period
to 22 January 2019

The median annual salary for a Linux Systems Administrator was £46,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

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

Linux System Administrator
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 696 631 541
Rank change year-on-year -65 -90 -7
Permanent jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 446 643 821
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.37% 0.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.39% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 390 570 675
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% -5.26% +0.53%
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £65,000 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -4.76% -1.18% +6.25%

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

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 145,617 166,862 168,522
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.90% 96.20% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 116,393 135,777 140,246
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

Linux Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Linux Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

Salary histogram for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Linux Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 2019. 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
England -64 421 £47,500 +5.56% 63
UK excluding London -42 242 £40,000 -4.76% 40
London -17 200 £55,000 +10.00% 27
South East -21 79 £40,000 -11.11% 12
North of England 0 62 £37,500 -6.25% 14
Yorkshire +8 50 £37,500 -6.25% 4
South West +30 47 £42,000 - 3
East of England +32 26 £42,500 - 3
Scotland +11 16 £38,000 +0.66% 3
North West +2 11 £40,000 +6.67% 9
West Midlands +39 8 £42,500 +9.68% 4
Midlands +27 8 £42,500 - 4
Wales +7 3 £32,500 -13.33%
North East - 1 £35,500 - 1
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, Linux 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 featuring Linux Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 446 (100.00%) Linux
2 230 (51.57%) Python
3 207 (46.41%) Bash Shell
4 194 (43.50%) DevOps
5 146 (32.74%) Puppet
6 135 (30.27%) Windows
7 131 (29.37%) Red Hat
7 131 (29.37%) VMware
8 120 (26.91%) Amazon AWS
9 115 (25.78%) Unix
10 110 (24.66%) Configuration Management
10 110 (24.66%) Ansible
11 105 (23.54%) CentOS
12 100 (22.42%) MySQL
13 95 (21.30%) Perl
14 93 (20.85%) VMware Infrastructure
15 92 (20.63%) Docker
16 87 (19.51%) LAMP
17 84 (18.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 82 (18.39%) Git (software)
19 81 (18.16%) Apache
20 78 (17.49%) Ubuntu
21 77 (17.26%) Jenkins
22 75 (16.82%) Opscode Chef
23 70 (15.70%) Finance
24 69 (15.47%) Shell Script
25 65 (14.57%) Ruby
26 57 (12.78%) Debian
27 55 (12.33%) Open Source
28 54 (12.11%) PHP

Linux 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 81 (18.16%) Apache
2 33 (7.40%) Tomcat
3 24 (5.38%) nginx
4 18 (4.04%) JBoss
5 14 (3.14%) Confluence
6 11 (2.47%) OpenStack
6 11 (2.47%) WebSphere
7 8 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
8 7 (1.57%) IIS
9 6 (1.35%) CMS
9 6 (1.35%) WordPress
10 5 (1.12%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.90%) MS Exchange
12 3 (0.67%) SAS
13 1 (0.22%) Apache Spark
13 1 (0.22%) SharePoint
13 1 (0.22%) uWSGI
13 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.67%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.22%) Odoo
2 1 (0.22%) Rolfe and Nolan
Cloud Services
1 120 (26.91%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (8.97%) Google Cloud Platform
2 40 (8.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (4.04%) Office 365
4 13 (2.91%) OpenShift
4 13 (2.91%) SaaS
5 4 (0.90%) Slack
6 3 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.45%) GitHub
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.22%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.22%) FinancialForce
8 1 (0.22%) G Suite
8 1 (0.22%) IaaS
8 1 (0.22%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.22%) Route 53
8 1 (0.22%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 49 (10.99%) Firewall
2 47 (10.54%) DNS
3 37 (8.30%) SAN
4 32 (7.17%) TCP/IP
5 27 (6.05%) Internet
6 24 (5.38%) RTMP
6 24 (5.38%) RTSP
7 23 (5.16%) VLAN
8 19 (4.26%) SSH
9 18 (4.04%) HTTP
10 16 (3.59%) VPN
11 12 (2.69%) Network Security
12 9 (2.02%) DHCP
12 9 (2.02%) NAS
12 9 (2.02%) OpenVPN
12 9 (2.02%) OPNsense
13 8 (1.79%) WAN
14 7 (1.57%) LAN
14 7 (1.57%) SMTP
14 7 (1.57%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (22.42%) MySQL
2 24 (5.38%) PostgreSQL
3 21 (4.71%) MariaDB
4 16 (3.59%) Redis
5 13 (2.91%) NoSQL
6 12 (2.69%) SQL Server
7 9 (2.02%) MongoDB
8 7 (1.57%) Relational Database
9 6 (1.35%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.90%) Big Data
10 4 (0.90%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
12 1 (0.22%) Blockchain
12 1 (0.22%) CouchDB
12 1 (0.22%) Riak
Development Applications
1 82 (18.39%) Git (software)
2 77 (17.26%) Jenkins
3 24 (5.38%) Mercurial
4 23 (5.16%) Subversion
5 19 (4.26%) JIRA
6 15 (3.36%) Vagrant
7 12 (2.69%) Bitbucket
8 6 (1.35%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (0.90%) Gerrit
10 4 (0.90%) GitLab
10 4 (0.90%) Hudson
10 4 (0.90%) Redmine
10 4 (0.90%) Trac
11 3 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.45%) git-flow
12 2 (0.45%) TeamCity
12 2 (0.45%) Travis CI
13 1 (0.22%) SonarQube
General
1 70 (15.70%) Finance
2 23 (5.16%) Electronics
2 23 (5.16%) Marketing
2 23 (5.16%) Telecoms
3 19 (4.26%) Manufacturing
4 11 (2.47%) Games
5 10 (2.24%) Retail
6 6 (1.35%) Banking
7 5 (1.12%) Automotive
7 5 (1.12%) Law
8 4 (0.90%) Advertising
9 3 (0.67%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.22%) Legal
10 1 (0.22%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (19.51%) LAMP
2 39 (8.74%) Web Services
3 29 (6.50%) LDAP
4 19 (4.26%) Node.js
5 17 (3.81%) LEMP Stack
6 14 (3.14%) Spring
7 12 (2.69%) Elastic Stack
8 11 (2.47%) LAPP Stack
8 11 (2.47%) Middleware
9 7 (1.57%) CSS
10 6 (1.35%) HTML
10 6 (1.35%) Regular Expression
11 5 (1.12%) RabbitMQ
12 3 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
13 2 (0.45%) XML
14 1 (0.22%) .NET
14 1 (0.22%) CGI
14 1 (0.22%) MAPI
14 1 (0.22%) SAML
14 1 (0.22%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 38 (8.52%) Data Centre
2 30 (6.73%) Replication
3 25 (5.61%) Linux Command Line
3 25 (5.61%) Video\Live Streaming
4 21 (4.71%) Hedge funds
5 16 (3.59%) Clustering
5 16 (3.59%) Self-Motivation
6 15 (3.36%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (3.36%) Public Cloud
7 13 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (2.47%) Enterprise Storage
9 10 (2.24%) Fintech
10 9 (2.02%) Private Cloud
11 4 (0.90%) Online Games
12 3 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 3 (0.67%) Management Information System
13 2 (0.45%) CMDB
13 2 (0.45%) Eurex
13 2 (0.45%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 446 (100.00%) Linux
2 135 (30.27%) Windows
3 115 (25.78%) Unix
4 105 (23.54%) CentOS
5 84 (18.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 78 (17.49%) Ubuntu
7 57 (12.78%) Debian
8 54 (12.11%) Windows Server
9 46 (10.31%) Solaris
10 16 (3.59%) AIX
11 13 (2.91%) Windows Server 2012
12 12 (2.69%) Windows 10
13 11 (2.47%) SUSE
14 10 (2.24%) FreeBSD
14 10 (2.24%) HPUX
15 9 (2.02%) Windows 8
16 8 (1.79%) Windows 7
17 7 (1.57%) CoreOS
18 6 (1.35%) Oracle Linux
19 5 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (43.50%) DevOps
2 110 (24.66%) Configuration Management
3 55 (12.33%) Open Source
4 48 (10.76%) Continuous Integration
5 45 (10.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 42 (9.42%) ITIL
7 39 (8.74%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (6.95%) E-Commerce
8 31 (6.95%) Problem-Solving
9 27 (6.05%) Disaster Recovery
10 26 (5.83%) Network Monitoring
11 22 (4.93%) Continuous Delivery
11 22 (4.93%) Digital Marketing
12 18 (4.04%) Business Intelligence
12 18 (4.04%) High Availability
12 18 (4.04%) Programme Management
12 18 (4.04%) Project Management
13 17 (3.81%) Mathematics
13 17 (3.81%) Migration
14 16 (3.59%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 230 (51.57%) Python
2 207 (46.41%) Bash Shell
3 95 (21.30%) Perl
4 69 (15.47%) Shell Script
5 65 (14.57%) Ruby
6 54 (12.11%) PHP
7 53 (11.88%) PowerShell
8 51 (11.43%) Java
9 38 (8.52%) SQL
10 18 (4.04%) Korn
11 17 (3.81%) C
11 17 (3.81%) Go
12 9 (2.02%) Bourne shell
12 9 (2.02%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.67%) C#
14 1 (0.22%) C++
14 1 (0.22%) C-shell
14 1 (0.22%) Jython
14 1 (0.22%) R
14 1 (0.22%) REXX
Qualifications
1 50 (11.21%) Degree
2 22 (4.93%) Computer Science Degree
3 19 (4.26%) Security Cleared
4 18 (4.04%) SC Cleared
5 15 (3.36%) Numerate Degree
6 13 (2.91%) RHCE
7 11 (2.47%) RHCSA
8 7 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (1.12%) Oracle Certification
9 5 (1.12%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.22%) CCNA
10 1 (0.22%) CCNP
10 1 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.22%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.22%) LPIC
10 1 (0.22%) MCSA
10 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.22%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.91%) SLA
2 3 (0.67%) PCI DSS
2 3 (0.67%) QA
3 1 (0.22%) GDPR
System Software
1 93 (20.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 92 (20.63%) Docker
3 42 (9.42%) Virtual Machines
4 37 (8.30%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (7.85%) Active Directory
6 27 (6.05%) NFS
7 19 (4.26%) KVM
7 19 (4.26%) Samba
8 18 (4.04%) iptables
9 13 (2.91%) pfSense
10 9 (2.02%) vSphere
11 7 (1.57%) Gluster
11 7 (1.57%) GlusterFS
12 6 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (1.12%) Hyper-V
13 5 (1.12%) Postfix
14 3 (0.67%) GFS2
14 3 (0.67%) Oracle Clusterware
14 3 (0.67%) Varnish
14 3 (0.67%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 146 (32.74%) Puppet
2 110 (24.66%) Ansible
3 75 (16.82%) Opscode Chef
4 46 (10.31%) Kubernetes
5 41 (9.19%) Terraform
6 36 (8.07%) Nagios
6 36 (8.07%) ZABBIX
7 21 (4.71%) HAProxy
8 15 (3.36%) Salt
9 10 (2.24%) Rundeck
10 8 (1.79%) NetBackup
11 7 (1.57%) Icinga
12 6 (1.35%) Cacti
12 6 (1.35%) Kibana
12 6 (1.35%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 6 (1.35%) Suricata
12 6 (1.35%) vRealize
13 5 (1.12%) Prometheus
14 4 (0.90%) Docker Swarm
14 4 (0.90%) logstash
Vendors
1 131 (29.37%) Red Hat
1 131 (29.37%) VMware
2 41 (9.19%) Microsoft
3 34 (7.62%) Oracle
4 32 (7.17%) Google
5 23 (5.16%) Veritas
6 18 (4.04%) NetApp
6 18 (4.04%) SAP
7 15 (3.36%) Remedy
8 14 (3.14%) EMC
9 12 (2.69%) Atlassian
10 10 (2.24%) Cisco
11 9 (2.02%) F5
11 9 (2.02%) PagerDuty
11 9 (2.02%) SaltStack
11 9 (2.02%) Splunk
12 8 (1.79%) SolarWinds
13 6 (1.35%) AlienVault
13 6 (1.35%) IBM
14 5 (1.12%) Citrix