Period
to 18 November 2018

The median annual salary for a Linux Systems Administrator was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 637 610 574
Rank change year-on-year -27 -36 -33
Permanent jobs requiring a Linux Systems Administrator 556 712 860
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.40% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.41% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 489 611 735
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -8.16% +5.38%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,250 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -0.59% - +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 154,176 171,832 183,415
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.88% 95.95% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 124,076 137,811 153,535
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%

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 18 November 2018.

Salary histogram for Linux Systems Administrator in the UK

Linux Systems Administrator
Top 16 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 18 November 2018. 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 -37 524 £50,000 +11.11% 78
UK excluding London -54 292 £42,250 -0.59% 45
London +18 257 £55,000 +10.00% 33
South East -2 120 £44,000 -2.22% 11
North of England -40 64 £38,750 -3.13% 13
Yorkshire -6 53 £35,000 -12.50% 7
South West +30 49 £40,000 - 7
East of England +28 23 £46,250 +2.78% 7
Scotland +8 19 £38,000 -15.56%
Midlands +4 13 £43,000 +1.18% 7
West Midlands +24 11 £42,500 +9.68% 6
North West -13 10 £47,500 +26.67% 4
Wales +3 3 £42,000 +15.07%
East Midlands -8 2 £45,000 +5.88% 1
North East - 1 £35,500 - 2
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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.

1 556 (100.00%) Linux
2 284 (51.08%) Python
3 243 (43.71%) Bash Shell
4 237 (42.63%) DevOps
5 199 (35.79%) Puppet
6 178 (32.01%) Ansible
7 168 (30.22%) Red Hat
8 156 (28.06%) Perl
9 151 (27.16%) Amazon AWS
10 148 (26.62%) Windows
11 147 (26.44%) VMware
12 142 (25.54%) Configuration Management
13 140 (25.18%) Unix
14 115 (20.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 106 (19.06%) CentOS
16 104 (18.71%) Apache
17 98 (17.63%) Docker
18 92 (16.55%) Opscode Chef
18 92 (16.55%) VMware Infrastructure
19 86 (15.47%) Shell Script
19 86 (15.47%) Ubuntu
20 84 (15.11%) MySQL
21 83 (14.93%) LAMP
22 82 (14.75%) Ruby
22 82 (14.75%) Git (software)
23 80 (14.39%) Jenkins
24 78 (14.03%) Terraform
25 75 (13.49%) PowerShell
26 70 (12.59%) Finance
26 70 (12.59%) DNS

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
1 104 (18.71%) Apache
2 53 (9.53%) Tomcat
3 27 (4.86%) JBoss
4 21 (3.78%) nginx
5 14 (2.52%) OpenStack
6 11 (1.98%) Confluence
6 11 (1.98%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.62%) Skype for Business
8 8 (1.44%) WordPress
9 7 (1.26%) MS Exchange
9 7 (1.26%) WebSphere
10 5 (0.90%) SAS
11 4 (0.72%) CMS
12 3 (0.54%) IIS
12 3 (0.54%) SharePoint
13 2 (0.36%) uWSGI
13 2 (0.36%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
14 1 (0.18%) CloudStack
14 1 (0.18%) lighttpd
Applications
1 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.72%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.18%) Odoo
3 1 (0.18%) Rolfe and Nolan
Cloud Services
1 151 (27.16%) Amazon AWS
2 60 (10.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (8.09%) Google Cloud Platform
4 18 (3.24%) Office 365
5 13 (2.34%) SaaS
6 6 (1.08%) OpenShift
7 3 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.54%) GitHub
8 2 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.36%) Datadog
8 2 (0.36%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.18%) Azure Functions
9 1 (0.18%) FinancialForce
9 1 (0.18%) G Suite
9 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 70 (12.59%) DNS
2 62 (11.15%) Firewall
3 54 (9.71%) TCP/IP
4 42 (7.55%) Internet
5 39 (7.01%) SAN
6 36 (6.47%) HTTP
7 28 (5.04%) SSH
8 22 (3.96%) RTMP
8 22 (3.96%) RTSP
9 20 (3.60%) Network Security
9 20 (3.60%) VPN
10 19 (3.42%) SMTP
11 17 (3.06%) VLAN
12 16 (2.88%) LAN
13 14 (2.52%) DHCP
14 10 (1.80%) OpenVPN
14 10 (1.80%) OPNsense
14 10 (1.80%) WAN
15 9 (1.62%) BGP
15 9 (1.62%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (15.11%) MySQL
2 24 (4.32%) PostgreSQL
3 15 (2.70%) SQL Server
4 14 (2.52%) NoSQL
5 12 (2.16%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.98%) MariaDB
7 8 (1.44%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.26%) MongoDB
9 6 (1.08%) Big Data
9 6 (1.08%) Redis
10 4 (0.72%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.36%) Blockchain
11 2 (0.36%) DB2
12 1 (0.18%) InfluxDB
12 1 (0.18%) Riak
Development Applications
1 82 (14.75%) Git (software)
2 80 (14.39%) Jenkins
3 22 (3.96%) Mercurial
4 19 (3.42%) JIRA
5 18 (3.24%) Subversion
6 15 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
7 13 (2.34%) Vagrant
8 11 (1.98%) TeamCity
9 10 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (1.80%) Bitbucket
10 9 (1.62%) Hudson
10 9 (1.62%) MSBuild
11 5 (0.90%) GitLab
11 5 (0.90%) Redmine
11 5 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (0.72%) Gerrit
12 4 (0.72%) Selenium
12 4 (0.72%) Trac
12 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
13 2 (0.36%) Emacs
General
1 70 (12.59%) Finance
2 29 (5.22%) Telecoms
3 23 (4.14%) Marketing
4 21 (3.78%) Banking
4 21 (3.78%) Electronics
5 17 (3.06%) Manufacturing
6 14 (2.52%) Games
7 10 (1.80%) Law
8 7 (1.26%) Retail
9 5 (0.90%) Automotive
10 3 (0.54%) Advertising
10 3 (0.54%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.54%) Spanish Language
11 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.18%) Legal
11 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (14.93%) LAMP
2 49 (8.81%) Web Services
3 46 (8.27%) LDAP
4 12 (2.16%) Middleware
4 12 (2.16%) Spring
5 11 (1.98%) Node.js
6 9 (1.62%) Elastic Stack
6 9 (1.62%) LEMP Stack
6 9 (1.62%) React
7 8 (1.44%) LAPP Stack
8 5 (0.90%) Regular Expression
9 3 (0.54%) CSS
10 2 (0.36%) .NET
10 2 (0.36%) Django
10 2 (0.36%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.36%) HTML
10 2 (0.36%) XML
11 1 (0.18%) FreeSWITCH
11 1 (0.18%) OAuth
11 1 (0.18%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 53 (9.53%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.04%) Linux Command Line
2 28 (5.04%) Replication
3 23 (4.14%) Video\Live Streaming
4 20 (3.60%) Public Cloud
5 19 (3.42%) Hedge funds
6 16 (2.88%) Clustering
7 15 (2.70%) Computer Science
8 14 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
9 11 (1.98%) Greenfield Project
10 10 (1.80%) Management Information System
11 9 (1.62%) Robotics
12 8 (1.44%) Fintech
12 8 (1.44%) Online Games
13 6 (1.08%) Analytical Skills
13 6 (1.08%) CMDB
13 6 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (1.08%) Private Cloud
14 4 (0.72%) Mainframe
14 4 (0.72%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 556 (100.00%) Linux
2 148 (26.62%) Windows
3 140 (25.18%) Unix
4 115 (20.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 106 (19.06%) CentOS
6 86 (15.47%) Ubuntu
7 60 (10.79%) Debian
8 57 (10.25%) Windows Server
9 54 (9.71%) Solaris
10 21 (3.78%) AIX
10 21 (3.78%) SUSE
11 17 (3.06%) Windows Server 2008
12 14 (2.52%) Windows 10
12 14 (2.52%) Windows 7
13 13 (2.34%) HPUX
14 12 (2.16%) FreeBSD
15 11 (1.98%) Fedora
16 10 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
17 9 (1.62%) Oracle Linux
18 7 (1.26%) FreeNAS
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (42.63%) DevOps
2 142 (25.54%) Configuration Management
3 56 (10.07%) Open Source
4 50 (8.99%) Continuous Integration
5 44 (7.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 43 (7.73%) Agile Software Development
7 41 (7.37%) ITIL
8 37 (6.65%) Disaster Recovery
9 36 (6.47%) E-Commerce
10 31 (5.58%) Load Balancing
11 29 (5.22%) Problem-Solving
12 28 (5.04%) High Availability
13 25 (4.50%) Business Intelligence
13 25 (4.50%) Task Automation
14 24 (4.32%) Network Monitoring
15 21 (3.78%) Migration
16 20 (3.60%) Digital Marketing
17 19 (3.42%) Analytics
17 19 (3.42%) Artificial Intelligence
17 19 (3.42%) Collaborative Working
Programming Languages
1 284 (51.08%) Python
2 243 (43.71%) Bash Shell
3 156 (28.06%) Perl
4 86 (15.47%) Shell Script
5 82 (14.75%) Ruby
6 75 (13.49%) PowerShell
7 67 (12.05%) Java
8 54 (9.71%) PHP
9 40 (7.19%) SQL
10 35 (6.29%) Korn
11 33 (5.94%) C
12 23 (4.14%) Bourne shell
13 16 (2.88%) Go
14 11 (1.98%) VB
15 4 (0.72%) JavaScript
16 3 (0.54%) C#
17 2 (0.36%) AWK
17 2 (0.36%) C++
17 2 (0.36%) REXX
18 1 (0.18%) Jython
Qualifications
1 52 (9.35%) Degree
2 21 (3.78%) RHCE
2 21 (3.78%) RHCSA
3 18 (3.24%) Computer Science Degree
4 16 (2.88%) Security Cleared
5 13 (2.34%) SC Cleared
6 11 (1.98%) Numerate Degree
6 11 (1.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 8 (1.44%) Oracle Certification
8 5 (0.90%) Sun Certification
9 3 (0.54%) CCNA
9 3 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.54%) OCA
9 3 (0.54%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.36%) CCNP
10 2 (0.36%) OCP
11 1 (0.18%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.18%) MCSA
11 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.18%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.16%) SLA
2 5 (0.90%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.36%) QA
4 1 (0.18%) GDPR
System Software
1 98 (17.63%) Docker
2 92 (16.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (8.27%) Active Directory
4 44 (7.91%) Virtual Machines
5 35 (6.29%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (5.94%) NFS
7 21 (3.78%) KVM
8 16 (2.88%) iptables
8 16 (2.88%) Samba
9 15 (2.70%) GlusterFS
10 14 (2.52%) pfSense
11 13 (2.34%) Gluster
12 12 (2.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 12 (2.16%) vSphere
13 11 (1.98%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (1.26%) Firmware
14 7 (1.26%) Hyper-V
15 6 (1.08%) Postfix
16 5 (0.90%) GFS2
16 5 (0.90%) Xen
Systems Management
1 199 (35.79%) Puppet
2 178 (32.01%) Ansible
3 92 (16.55%) Opscode Chef
4 78 (14.03%) Terraform
5 61 (10.97%) Kubernetes
6 52 (9.35%) Nagios
7 46 (8.27%) ZABBIX
8 19 (3.42%) Salt
9 15 (2.70%) HAProxy
10 14 (2.52%) NetBackup
11 13 (2.34%) Grafana
11 13 (2.34%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 12 (2.16%) vRealize
13 11 (1.98%) Cacti
14 10 (1.80%) Red Hat Satellite
15 9 (1.62%) Kibana
15 9 (1.62%) Oracle ZFS
16 8 (1.44%) Docker Swarm
16 8 (1.44%) Icinga
17 7 (1.26%) Munin
Vendors
1 168 (30.22%) Red Hat
2 147 (26.44%) VMware
3 54 (9.71%) Microsoft
4 44 (7.91%) Oracle
5 36 (6.47%) Google
6 25 (4.50%) Veritas
7 24 (4.32%) EMC
7 24 (4.32%) Remedy
8 17 (3.06%) Cisco
9 16 (2.88%) NetApp
9 16 (2.88%) SAP
10 15 (2.70%) SaltStack
11 13 (2.34%) Splunk
12 12 (2.16%) PagerDuty
13 11 (1.98%) IBM
14 10 (1.80%) Atlassian
15 9 (1.62%) Blue Prism
15 9 (1.62%) SolarWinds
16 7 (1.26%) HP
16 7 (1.26%) Symantec