Period
to 21 May 2019

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 May 2019.

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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 965 1062 1001
Rank change year-on-year +97 -61 +49
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 133 144 174
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.092% 0.084% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.096% 0.087% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 125 127 138
UK median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.55% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £38,450 £36,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £66,000 £71,750 £78,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £55,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year -18.18% +13.40% +10.23%

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 138,416 165,583 162,929
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.01% 96.41% 96.50%
Number of salaries quoted 109,868 134,836 134,784
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,500 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 21 May 2019.

Salary histogram for Senior Systems Administrator in the UK

Senior Systems Administrator
Top 14 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 21 May 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 +90 130 £52,500 -8.70% 23
UK excluding London +76 69 £45,000 -18.18% 17
London +84 64 £57,500 - 7
South East +42 23 £60,000 - 11
South West +43 18 £45,500 -24.17% 1
East of England +93 13 £45,000 -18.18% 2
Midlands +26 9 £42,500 +0.59%
West Midlands +29 7 £42,500 +26.87%
North of England +11 3 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Yorkshire +3 3 £40,000 - 2
East Midlands +26 2 £42,500 -34.62%
Scotland +5 1 £42,000 -6.67% 1
Wales - 1 £60,000 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £70,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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 87 (65.41%) Linux
2 57 (42.86%) Windows
3 50 (37.59%) Puppet
4 44 (33.08%) Ansible
5 40 (30.08%) VMware
6 38 (28.57%) Microsoft
6 38 (28.57%) Windows Server
7 37 (27.82%) Active Directory
7 37 (27.82%) DevOps
8 36 (27.07%) CentOS
9 35 (26.32%) Hyper-V
10 26 (19.55%) Opscode Chef
11 24 (18.05%) Docker
11 24 (18.05%) Configuration Management
11 24 (18.05%) Unix
12 23 (17.29%) ITIL
12 23 (17.29%) Red Hat
12 23 (17.29%) Kubernetes
12 23 (17.29%) Office 365
12 23 (17.29%) Microsoft Azure
12 23 (17.29%) VMware Infrastructure
13 21 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 19 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
14 19 (14.29%) Cisco
14 19 (14.29%) LAN
14 19 (14.29%) WAN
14 19 (14.29%) Finance
15 18 (13.53%) Python
15 18 (13.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 18 (13.53%) High Availability

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 17 (12.78%) MS Exchange
2 14 (10.53%) Apache
3 4 (3.01%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.26%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.50%) Drupal
5 2 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.75%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.75%) Confluence
6 1 (0.75%) Skype for Business
Business Applications
1 1 (0.75%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 23 (17.29%) Microsoft Azure
1 23 (17.29%) Office 365
2 19 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (6.02%) SaaS
4 3 (2.26%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.50%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.75%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.75%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 1 (0.75%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.75%) IaaS
6 1 (0.75%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.75%) PaaS
6 1 (0.75%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 19 (14.29%) LAN
1 19 (14.29%) WAN
2 13 (9.77%) iSCSI
3 12 (9.02%) DNS
3 12 (9.02%) SAN
4 11 (8.27%) Firewall
4 11 (8.27%) VLAN
5 7 (5.26%) VPN
6 6 (4.51%) DHCP
7 4 (3.01%) Skype
8 3 (2.26%) VoIP
9 2 (1.50%) Cisco Nexus
9 2 (1.50%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (1.50%) FTP
9 2 (1.50%) Network Security
9 2 (1.50%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.75%) Cisco IOS
10 1 (0.75%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 1 (0.75%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.03%) MySQL
2 9 (6.77%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.01%) MariaDB
4 3 (2.26%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.75%) DB2
5 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (7.52%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.26%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.75%) CMake
3 1 (0.75%) JIRA
3 1 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.75%) Vagrant
General
1 19 (14.29%) Finance
2 5 (3.76%) Law
3 4 (3.01%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.26%) Retail
5 1 (0.75%) Back Office
5 1 (0.75%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.28%) LAMP
2 7 (5.26%) Web Services
3 2 (1.50%) LDAP
3 2 (1.50%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (0.75%) CSS
4 1 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.75%) HTML
4 1 (0.75%) Node.js
4 1 (0.75%) React
4 1 (0.75%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.27%) Management Information System
2 8 (6.02%) Data Centre
3 7 (5.26%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (4.51%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (3.76%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (3.01%) Fintech
7 3 (2.26%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.50%) User Experience
9 1 (0.75%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.75%) EMC VNX
9 1 (0.75%) EPoS
9 1 (0.75%) iPhone
9 1 (0.75%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.75%) Social Media
9 1 (0.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 87 (65.41%) Linux
2 57 (42.86%) Windows
3 38 (28.57%) Windows Server
4 36 (27.07%) CentOS
5 24 (18.05%) Unix
6 18 (13.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (11.28%) Solaris
8 14 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (9.02%) Ubuntu
10 10 (7.52%) Debian
11 5 (3.76%) Windows 10
12 3 (2.26%) AIX
12 3 (2.26%) Mac OS
12 3 (2.26%) Windows 7
12 3 (2.26%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (1.50%) Android
13 2 (1.50%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (27.82%) DevOps
2 24 (18.05%) Configuration Management
3 23 (17.29%) ITIL
4 21 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 18 (13.53%) High Availability
6 15 (11.28%) Disaster Recovery
7 11 (8.27%) ITIL V3
7 11 (8.27%) Open Source
8 8 (6.02%) Critical Thinking
8 8 (6.02%) Penetration Testing
8 8 (6.02%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (5.26%) Infrastructure Automation
9 7 (5.26%) Mentoring
9 7 (5.26%) Task Automation
10 6 (4.51%) Server Building
11 5 (3.76%) Artificial Intelligence
11 5 (3.76%) Change Management
11 5 (3.76%) Storage Management
12 4 (3.01%) Information Security
12 4 (3.01%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 18 (13.53%) Python
2 17 (12.78%) PowerShell
3 12 (9.02%) Bash Shell
4 10 (7.52%) Perl
5 9 (6.77%) SQL
6 7 (5.26%) Shell Script
7 4 (3.01%) Ruby
8 2 (1.50%) AWK
8 2 (1.50%) Bourne shell
8 2 (1.50%) Korn
8 2 (1.50%) VB
9 1 (0.75%) C++
9 1 (0.75%) Java
9 1 (0.75%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.75%) PHP
Qualifications
1 16 (12.03%) Security Cleared
2 14 (10.53%) Degree
3 12 (9.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (6.77%) MCSE
5 8 (6.02%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.26%) DBS Check
6 3 (2.26%) MCSA
6 3 (2.26%) MCTS
7 2 (1.50%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.50%) MCP
8 1 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.01%) SLA
2 2 (1.50%) GDPR
2 2 (1.50%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.50%) QA
System Software
1 37 (27.82%) Active Directory
2 35 (26.32%) Hyper-V
3 24 (18.05%) Docker
4 23 (17.29%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (6.77%) KVM
6 6 (4.51%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 5 (3.76%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (3.01%) XenDesktop
9 3 (2.26%) iptables
9 3 (2.26%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.26%) NFS
9 3 (2.26%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (2.26%) vSphere
9 3 (2.26%) Xen
9 3 (2.26%) XenApp
10 2 (1.50%) GlusterFS
10 2 (1.50%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.75%) oVirt
11 1 (0.75%) pfSense
11 1 (0.75%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 50 (37.59%) Puppet
2 44 (33.08%) Ansible
3 26 (19.55%) Opscode Chef
4 23 (17.29%) Kubernetes
5 12 (9.02%) Nagios
6 10 (7.52%) Red Hat Spacewalk
7 6 (4.51%) ZABBIX
8 4 (3.01%) HAProxy
8 4 (3.01%) SCCM
9 3 (2.26%) SolarWinds Orion
10 2 (1.50%) NetBackup
10 2 (1.50%) Oracle ZFS
10 2 (1.50%) RANCID
10 2 (1.50%) Red Hat Satellite
10 2 (1.50%) Veritas Storage Foundation
11 1 (0.75%) Grafana
11 1 (0.75%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 1 (0.75%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.75%) Prometheus
11 1 (0.75%) Terraform
Vendors
1 40 (30.08%) VMware
2 38 (28.57%) Microsoft
3 23 (17.29%) Red Hat
4 19 (14.29%) Cisco
5 13 (9.77%) Citrix
6 7 (5.26%) Oracle
7 5 (3.76%) HP
8 4 (3.01%) Veeam
9 3 (2.26%) EMC
9 3 (2.26%) Ivanti
9 3 (2.26%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.50%) Brocade
10 2 (1.50%) Dell
10 2 (1.50%) Google
10 2 (1.50%) Meraki
10 2 (1.50%) Mitel
10 2 (1.50%) NetApp
10 2 (1.50%) StorageTek
10 2 (1.50%) Sun
10 2 (1.50%) Veritas