Period
to 20 February 2018

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

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

Senior System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1042 981 1003
Rank change year-on-year -61 +22 -24
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 156 203 298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.092% 0.12% 0.15%
Number of salaries quoted 135 162 258
UK median annual salary £57,500 £50,000 £51,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.00% -2.91% -1.90%
10th Percentile £40,049 £36,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £75,000 £69,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £58,500 £49,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +18.18% +10.00% -

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 170,110 168,598 202,590
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.24% 96.48% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 139,266 140,109 169,391
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

Senior Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Systems Administrator in the UK

Senior Systems Administrator
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Senior Systems Administrator in the UK

Senior Systems Administrator
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Salary histogram for Senior Systems Administrator in the UK

Senior Systems Administrator
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 20 February 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 -61 149 £57,500 +15.00% 16
UK excluding London -40 80 £58,500 +18.18% 15
London -41 74 £57,500 +4.55% 5
South East -8 33 £60,000 +4.35% 4
North of England +4 23 £55,000 +22.22% 2
North West -11 13 £60,000 +9.09% 2
Yorkshire +22 11 £55,000 +29.41%
South West +11 9 £42,250 -5.39% 1
Midlands -2 5 £33,500 -16.25% 1
East of England -10 5 £72,500 +55.08% 3
Scotland -36 5 £45,000 -10.00% 3
West Midlands -3 3 £31,500 -21.25%
East Midlands +1 2 £50,000 +12.36% 1

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, Senior 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 Senior Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 103 (66.03%) Linux
2 65 (41.67%) Windows
3 55 (35.26%) VMware
4 49 (31.41%) DNS
5 47 (30.13%) Active Directory
6 44 (28.21%) Red Hat
6 44 (28.21%) Ansible
7 42 (26.92%) MySQL
8 41 (26.28%) VMware Infrastructure
9 39 (25.00%) Windows Server
10 38 (24.36%) DevOps
10 38 (24.36%) Python
11 37 (23.72%) Firewall
12 36 (23.08%) Bash Shell
13 35 (22.44%) Puppet
14 33 (21.15%) Microsoft
15 30 (19.23%) Apache
15 30 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
15 30 (19.23%) CentOS
16 29 (18.59%) VPN
16 29 (18.59%) Data Centre
17 26 (16.67%) Cisco
17 26 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 25 (16.03%) SAN
19 24 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
19 24 (15.38%) LAMP
19 24 (15.38%) Perl
20 22 (14.10%) Agile Software Development
21 21 (13.46%) nginx
22 20 (12.82%) Nagios

Senior 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 30 (19.23%) Apache
2 21 (13.46%) nginx
3 20 (12.82%) MS Exchange
4 14 (8.97%) Tomcat
5 12 (7.69%) IIS
6 11 (7.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (3.21%) OpenStack
8 5 (3.21%) SharePoint
9 4 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (1.28%) Confluence
11 2 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (1.28%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.64%) Apache Solr
12 1 (0.64%) JBoss
12 1 (0.64%) Site Server
Applications
1 9 (5.77%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 30 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (10.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (9.62%) Office 365
4 8 (5.13%) Amazon ELB
5 6 (3.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 6 (3.85%) SaaS
6 3 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.92%) IaaS
6 3 (1.92%) PaaS
7 2 (1.28%) Akamai
7 2 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.28%) Cloudflare
7 2 (1.28%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.64%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.64%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 1 (0.64%) Google Compute Engine
8 1 (0.64%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 49 (31.41%) DNS
2 37 (23.72%) Firewall
3 29 (18.59%) VPN
4 25 (16.03%) SAN
5 17 (10.90%) TCP/IP
6 12 (7.69%) DHCP
7 11 (7.05%) Cisco ASA
7 11 (7.05%) OpenVPN
8 10 (6.41%) BGP
8 10 (6.41%) HTTP
8 10 (6.41%) Network Security
9 9 (5.77%) IGMP
9 9 (5.77%) Junos
9 9 (5.77%) OSPF
9 9 (5.77%) RIP
10 8 (5.13%) Internet
10 8 (5.13%) iSCSI
11 7 (4.49%) WAN
12 6 (3.85%) Kerberos
12 6 (3.85%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (26.92%) MySQL
2 17 (10.90%) SQL Server
3 9 (5.77%) Hadoop
3 9 (5.77%) MongoDB
4 8 (5.13%) Amazon RDS
4 8 (5.13%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.56%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.64%) IBM InfoSphere
6 1 (0.64%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (11.54%) Git (software)
2 8 (5.13%) Jenkins
3 6 (3.85%) NuGet
4 5 (3.21%) Vagrant
5 4 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (1.28%) Ant
7 2 (1.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (1.28%) JIRA
7 2 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.64%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.64%) GCC
8 1 (0.64%) Maven
8 1 (0.64%) MSI
8 1 (0.64%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (9.62%) Finance
2 4 (2.56%) Banking
2 4 (2.56%) Games
2 4 (2.56%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.92%) Retail
4 2 (1.28%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.38%) LAMP
2 18 (11.54%) LDAP
3 13 (8.33%) LEMP Stack
4 5 (3.21%) REST
5 4 (2.56%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (2.56%) Web Services
6 3 (1.92%) .NET
7 2 (1.28%) PHP-FPM
7 2 (1.28%) Sensu
8 1 (0.64%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.64%) J2EE
8 1 (0.64%) JSON
8 1 (0.64%) Middleware
8 1 (0.64%) POSIX
8 1 (0.64%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.64%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (18.59%) Data Centre
2 15 (9.62%) Computer Science
3 10 (6.41%) Fintech
3 10 (6.41%) Linux Command Line
4 9 (5.77%) Management Information System
4 9 (5.77%) Replication
5 7 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (3.85%) Driving Licence
7 4 (2.56%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.92%) User Experience
9 2 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (1.28%) Hedge funds
9 2 (1.28%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.64%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.64%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.64%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.64%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.64%) Internet of Things
10 1 (0.64%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 103 (66.03%) Linux
2 65 (41.67%) Windows
3 39 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 30 (19.23%) CentOS
5 26 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (8.97%) Ubuntu
6 14 (8.97%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (7.05%) Unix
9 4 (2.56%) Debian
10 3 (1.92%) Windows 10
10 3 (1.92%) Windows 7
11 2 (1.28%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.28%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.28%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.28%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.64%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.64%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (24.36%) DevOps
2 24 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
3 22 (14.10%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (10.90%) Configuration Management
4 17 (10.90%) High Availability
5 15 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (8.33%) Information Security
6 13 (8.33%) Release Management
7 12 (7.69%) ITIL
8 10 (6.41%) Continuous Delivery
8 10 (6.41%) Open Source
9 9 (5.77%) Business Continuity
9 9 (5.77%) Low Latency
10 8 (5.13%) Mentoring
10 8 (5.13%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (4.49%) Migration
12 6 (3.85%) E-Commerce
12 6 (3.85%) Network Design
12 6 (3.85%) Service Delivery
12 6 (3.85%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 38 (24.36%) Python
2 36 (23.08%) Bash Shell
3 24 (15.38%) Perl
4 15 (9.62%) PowerShell
5 14 (8.97%) Shell Script
6 12 (7.69%) Java
7 11 (7.05%) PHP
7 11 (7.05%) Ruby
7 11 (7.05%) SQL
8 5 (3.21%) Go
9 3 (1.92%) C
9 3 (1.92%) C++
9 3 (1.92%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.64%) Groovy
10 1 (0.64%) Korn
10 1 (0.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (12.82%) Degree
2 11 (7.05%) MCSE
2 11 (7.05%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (5.77%) Computer Science Degree
4 8 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (3.85%) CCNA
6 5 (3.21%) MCP
6 5 (3.21%) MCSA
7 4 (2.56%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.28%) CCNP
8 2 (1.28%) MCITP
9 1 (0.64%) CCDP
9 1 (0.64%) CCENT
9 1 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.64%) RHCE
9 1 (0.64%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.64%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.64%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.33%) QA
2 5 (3.21%) SLA
3 1 (0.64%) ISAE 3402
3 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.64%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 47 (30.13%) Active Directory
2 41 (26.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (12.18%) Hyper-V
4 17 (10.90%) Virtual Machines
5 14 (8.97%) Docker
5 14 (8.97%) NFS
6 12 (7.69%) iptables
7 8 (5.13%) vSphere
8 6 (3.85%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (3.85%) Xen
9 5 (3.21%) VirtualBox
10 4 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (1.28%) Corosync
11 2 (1.28%) Postfix
11 2 (1.28%) PowerDNS
11 2 (1.28%) SpamAssassin
11 2 (1.28%) XenServer
12 1 (0.64%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.64%) XenApp
12 1 (0.64%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 44 (28.21%) Ansible
2 35 (22.44%) Puppet
3 20 (12.82%) Nagios
4 18 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (8.33%) HAProxy
6 9 (5.77%) Kubernetes
7 7 (4.49%) Terraform
8 6 (3.85%) logstash
9 4 (2.56%) Icinga
9 4 (2.56%) Salt
9 4 (2.56%) vCenter Server
9 4 (2.56%) ZABBIX
10 3 (1.92%) Cacti
10 3 (1.92%) CFEngine
10 3 (1.92%) Netcool
10 3 (1.92%) SCVMM
11 2 (1.28%) Capistrano
11 2 (1.28%) Check_MK
11 2 (1.28%) Galera Cluster
11 2 (1.28%) Pacemaker
Vendors
1 55 (35.26%) VMware
2 44 (28.21%) Red Hat
3 33 (21.15%) Microsoft
4 26 (16.67%) Cisco
5 11 (7.05%) Citrix
6 10 (6.41%) Google
6 10 (6.41%) MikroTik
6 10 (6.41%) Veeam
7 8 (5.13%) Oracle
8 7 (4.49%) HP
9 6 (3.85%) F5
9 6 (3.85%) Juniper
10 5 (3.21%) NetApp
11 4 (2.56%) Cloudera
11 4 (2.56%) Hitachi
11 4 (2.56%) Veritas
12 3 (1.92%) IBM
12 3 (1.92%) Splunk
13 2 (1.28%) Dell
13 2 (1.28%) SAP