Period
to 15 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1042 1028 1052
Rank change year-on-year -14 +24 -31
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 141 159 222
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.083% 0.090% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.086% 0.093% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 117 135 204
UK median annual salary £55,000 £47,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +15.79% -5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £37,500 £40,000 £35,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £67,500 £73,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +8.24%

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 163,095 170,091 191,719
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.17% 96.09% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 131,470 137,314 161,223
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 15 August 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 15 August 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 +14 134 £55,000 +10.00% 9
London +74 81 £55,000 -4.35% 2
UK excluding London -16 56 £47,500 +5.56% 7
North of England +25 20 £41,500 -7.78% 4
Yorkshire +32 11 £40,000 -5.88% 2
South East -34 11 £52,750 +5.50%
North West +17 9 £60,000 +2.13% 1
South West -11 9 £57,500 +36.90% 2
Midlands +15 7 £65,000 +53.85%
East Midlands +12 6 £65,000 +62.50%
East of England +11 6 £50,000 -16.67% 1
Scotland -12 3 £42,500 -2.30%
West Midlands +28 1 £43,000 -4.44%

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

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 93 (65.96%) Linux
2 66 (46.81%) Windows
3 57 (40.43%) VMware
4 46 (32.62%) Active Directory
5 44 (31.21%) Puppet
6 42 (29.79%) Ansible
7 36 (25.53%) DevOps
7 36 (25.53%) Red Hat
8 35 (24.82%) Firewall
8 35 (24.82%) DNS
8 35 (24.82%) Bash Shell
8 35 (24.82%) VMware Infrastructure
9 32 (22.70%) Finance
9 32 (22.70%) Opscode Chef
9 32 (22.70%) Windows Server
10 31 (21.99%) Docker
10 31 (21.99%) Amazon AWS
11 29 (20.57%) Python
11 29 (20.57%) Virtual Machines
12 26 (18.44%) Disaster Recovery
12 26 (18.44%) Configuration Management
13 25 (17.73%) Unix
13 25 (17.73%) Microsoft
14 22 (15.60%) TCP/IP
14 22 (15.60%) Office 365
15 21 (14.89%) Data Centre
16 20 (14.18%) Cisco
16 20 (14.18%) SAN
16 20 (14.18%) Hyper-V
16 20 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure

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 12 (8.51%) Apache
2 11 (7.80%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.96%) nginx
3 7 (4.96%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.55%) IIS
4 5 (3.55%) OpenStack
5 4 (2.84%) CMS
5 4 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (2.13%) SharePoint
7 2 (1.42%) Drupal
7 2 (1.42%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.71%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.71%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.71%) Abaqus
2 1 (0.71%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.71%) Mathcad
2 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (4.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.71%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.71%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 31 (21.99%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (15.60%) Office 365
3 20 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (2.84%) IaaS
4 4 (2.84%) NuGet
5 3 (2.13%) SaaS
6 2 (1.42%) Heroku
6 2 (1.42%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.71%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.71%) G Suite
7 1 (0.71%) GitHub
7 1 (0.71%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.71%) PaaS
7 1 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 35 (24.82%) DNS
1 35 (24.82%) Firewall
2 22 (15.60%) TCP/IP
3 20 (14.18%) SAN
4 17 (12.06%) VPN
5 15 (10.64%) DHCP
6 11 (7.80%) Internet
7 8 (5.67%) NAS
8 7 (4.96%) BGP
8 7 (4.96%) IGMP
8 7 (4.96%) Junos
8 7 (4.96%) OSPF
8 7 (4.96%) RIP
9 6 (4.26%) LAN
9 6 (4.26%) SMTP
9 6 (4.26%) VLAN
10 5 (3.55%) HTTP
10 5 (3.55%) SSH
11 4 (2.84%) Wireless
12 3 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.51%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.67%) Oracle Database
3 6 (4.26%) MySQL
4 5 (3.55%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.13%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (2.13%) RDBMS
5 3 (2.13%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.42%) Blockchain
6 2 (1.42%) MariaDB
6 2 (1.42%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.71%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (9.93%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.26%) Jenkins
3 4 (2.84%) Subversion
4 2 (1.42%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.71%) JIRA
5 1 (0.71%) MSI
5 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 32 (22.70%) Finance
2 10 (7.09%) Banking
3 7 (4.96%) Retail
4 5 (3.55%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.13%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.42%) Law
7 1 (0.71%) Advertising
7 1 (0.71%) Back Office
7 1 (0.71%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.48%) LDAP
2 14 (9.93%) LAMP
3 6 (4.26%) Web Services
4 4 (2.84%) .NET
4 4 (2.84%) .NET Framework
4 4 (2.84%) LEMP Stack
5 3 (2.13%) Kafka
5 3 (2.13%) Middleware
5 3 (2.13%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.42%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.71%) Java EE
7 1 (0.71%) JSON
7 1 (0.71%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (14.89%) Data Centre
2 13 (9.22%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.26%) CMDB
3 6 (4.26%) Fintech
3 6 (4.26%) PKI
4 4 (2.84%) Blackberry
4 4 (2.84%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (2.84%) Public Cloud
5 3 (2.13%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (2.13%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.42%) Clustering
6 2 (1.42%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.71%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.71%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.71%) EPoS
7 1 (0.71%) IVR
7 1 (0.71%) Replication
7 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 93 (65.96%) Linux
2 66 (46.81%) Windows
3 32 (22.70%) Windows Server
4 25 (17.73%) Unix
5 16 (11.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (8.51%) Ubuntu
7 10 (7.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (6.38%) Solaris
9 8 (5.67%) Mac OS X
10 7 (4.96%) CentOS
10 7 (4.96%) FreeNAS
11 5 (3.55%) Debian
12 4 (2.84%) Oracle Linux
13 3 (2.13%) VMS
13 3 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
14 1 (0.71%) Android
14 1 (0.71%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.71%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (25.53%) DevOps
2 26 (18.44%) Configuration Management
2 26 (18.44%) Disaster Recovery
3 17 (12.06%) High Availability
4 13 (9.22%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (8.51%) ITIL
6 11 (7.80%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (6.38%) Business Continuity
7 9 (6.38%) Change Control
7 9 (6.38%) Information Security
7 9 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 9 (6.38%) Mentoring
8 8 (5.67%) Deployment Automation
8 8 (5.67%) Microservices
8 8 (5.67%) Patch Management
8 8 (5.67%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (4.96%) Open Source
9 7 (4.96%) Service Management
9 7 (4.96%) Storage Management
9 7 (4.96%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (24.82%) Bash Shell
2 29 (20.57%) Python
3 18 (12.77%) PowerShell
4 17 (12.06%) Perl
5 16 (11.35%) Shell Script
6 11 (7.80%) Ruby
7 8 (5.67%) C
8 7 (4.96%) SQL
9 6 (4.26%) VB
10 4 (2.84%) Korn
10 4 (2.84%) PHP
11 3 (2.13%) Java
12 1 (0.71%) C#
12 1 (0.71%) C++
12 1 (0.71%) Go
Qualifications
1 15 (10.64%) Degree
2 12 (8.51%) Microsoft Certification
3 8 (5.67%) MCSE
4 7 (4.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.13%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (1.42%) CCNA
7 1 (0.71%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.71%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.71%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.38%) PCI DSS
2 7 (4.96%) QA
3 3 (2.13%) COSHH
3 3 (2.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (1.42%) SLA
5 1 (0.71%) GDPR
5 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 46 (32.62%) Active Directory
2 35 (24.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (21.99%) Docker
4 29 (20.57%) Virtual Machines
5 20 (14.18%) Hyper-V
6 12 (8.51%) iptables
7 9 (6.38%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 8 (5.67%) NFS
8 8 (5.67%) vSphere
9 7 (4.96%) Firmware
9 7 (4.96%) Xen
10 6 (4.26%) VirtualBox
11 5 (3.55%) KVM
11 5 (3.55%) LXC
12 4 (2.84%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (2.13%) QEMU
14 2 (1.42%) Varnish
14 2 (1.42%) vCloud
15 1 (0.71%) DFS Replication
15 1 (0.71%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 44 (31.21%) Puppet
2 42 (29.79%) Ansible
3 32 (22.70%) Opscode Chef
4 17 (12.06%) SCCM
5 14 (9.93%) Kubernetes
6 8 (5.67%) Microsoft Clustering
6 8 (5.67%) SCOM
6 8 (5.67%) ZABBIX
7 7 (4.96%) Grafana
7 7 (4.96%) Oracle ZFS
8 6 (4.26%) Control-M
8 6 (4.26%) NetBackup
8 6 (4.26%) Unicenter
8 6 (4.26%) vCenter Server
8 6 (4.26%) Xymon
9 5 (3.55%) Red Hat Satellite
9 5 (3.55%) SCVMM
10 4 (2.84%) Terraform
11 3 (2.13%) Capistrano
12 2 (1.42%) cPanel
Vendors
1 57 (40.43%) VMware
2 36 (25.53%) Red Hat
3 25 (17.73%) Microsoft
4 20 (14.18%) Cisco
5 15 (10.64%) Citrix
6 12 (8.51%) Oracle
7 9 (6.38%) HP
7 9 (6.38%) Veritas
8 7 (4.96%) Dell
8 7 (4.96%) EMC
9 6 (4.26%) BMC
9 6 (4.26%) CA
9 6 (4.26%) Remedy
9 6 (4.26%) Symantec
10 5 (3.55%) Infoblox
11 4 (2.84%) Aruba
11 4 (2.84%) Google
11 4 (2.84%) Veeam
12 3 (2.13%) Isilon
12 3 (2.13%) Splunk