Period
to 12 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1007 1048 998
Rank change year-on-year +41 -50 -12
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 132 151 244
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.083% 0.084% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.086% 0.088% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 111 130 207
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
10th Percentile £36,750 £40,000 £36,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £71,375 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £55,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year -18.18% +13.40% +14.12%

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 152,872 172,294 179,887
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.84% 96.05% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 122,614 138,599 150,222
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £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% - +3.03%

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 12 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Senior Systems Administrator in the UK

Senior Systems Administrator
Top 12 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 12 December 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 +66 126 £55,000 - 21
London +74 71 £55,000 -10.20% 8
UK excluding London +60 58 £45,000 -18.18% 14
South East +3 19 £51,000 -15.00% 5
South West +35 15 £44,500 +5.95% 2
North of England +12 10 £42,500 -22.73% 1
Yorkshire +36 9 £42,500 -22.73% 1
Midlands +31 6 £35,000 -12.50% 4
West Midlands +28 6 £35,000 +11.11% 1
East of England +37 5 £45,000 -37.93% 1
Scotland +4 3 £38,500 -14.44% 1
North West +14 1 £42,500 -32.00%

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

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 (70.45%) Linux
2 56 (42.42%) Windows
3 44 (33.33%) VMware
4 42 (31.82%) Windows Server
5 36 (27.27%) Active Directory
5 36 (27.27%) Amazon AWS
5 36 (27.27%) Puppet
6 35 (26.52%) Ansible
7 34 (25.76%) DNS
8 31 (23.48%) Microsoft
8 31 (23.48%) Python
9 29 (21.97%) Firewall
9 29 (21.97%) Configuration Management
9 29 (21.97%) Red Hat
10 28 (21.21%) Unix
11 27 (20.45%) PowerShell
12 26 (19.70%) Bash Shell
13 24 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
14 22 (16.67%) SAN
15 21 (15.91%) Solaris
16 20 (15.15%) CentOS
16 20 (15.15%) Opscode Chef
17 19 (14.39%) Docker
17 19 (14.39%) DevOps
17 19 (14.39%) VMware Infrastructure
17 19 (14.39%) VPN
18 18 (13.64%) DHCP
18 18 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 18 (13.64%) Hyper-V
19 17 (12.88%) 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 17 (12.88%) Apache
2 15 (11.36%) MS Exchange
3 10 (7.58%) IIS
4 7 (5.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (5.30%) nginx
5 4 (3.03%) Skype for Business
6 3 (2.27%) CMS
6 3 (2.27%) Confluence
6 3 (2.27%) Tomcat
7 2 (1.52%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.76%) JBoss
8 1 (0.76%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.76%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.76%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (5.30%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.76%) Abaqus
2 1 (0.76%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.76%) Mathcad
2 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (4.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.52%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.76%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.76%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 36 (27.27%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (12.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (9.09%) Office 365
4 5 (3.79%) SaaS
5 3 (2.27%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (2.27%) GitHub
6 1 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.76%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.76%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.76%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 34 (25.76%) DNS
2 29 (21.97%) Firewall
3 22 (16.67%) SAN
4 19 (14.39%) VPN
5 18 (13.64%) DHCP
6 11 (8.33%) iSCSI
6 11 (8.33%) VLAN
7 10 (7.58%) LAN
8 8 (6.06%) WAN
9 7 (5.30%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (4.55%) Network Security
11 5 (3.79%) BGP
11 5 (3.79%) IGMP
11 5 (3.79%) Junos
11 5 (3.79%) NAS
11 5 (3.79%) OSPF
11 5 (3.79%) RIP
12 4 (3.03%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (3.03%) Skype
12 4 (3.03%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.30%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (5.30%) MySQL
3 6 (4.55%) Couchbase
4 5 (3.79%) MariaDB
4 5 (3.79%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (3.79%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (3.79%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.52%) RDBMS
6 2 (1.52%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.76%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 4 (3.03%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.27%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.27%) JIRA
3 2 (1.52%) GitLab
3 2 (1.52%) MSI
3 2 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.76%) CMake
4 1 (0.76%) Subversion
General
1 17 (12.88%) Finance
2 9 (6.82%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.79%) Law
3 5 (3.79%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.03%) Retail
5 3 (2.27%) Banking
5 3 (2.27%) French Language
5 3 (2.27%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.76%) Back Office
6 1 (0.76%) Games
6 1 (0.76%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.61%) LAMP
2 6 (4.55%) LDAP
3 5 (3.79%) Web Services
4 2 (1.52%) .NET
4 2 (1.52%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.76%) CSS
5 1 (0.76%) HTML
5 1 (0.76%) Java EE
5 1 (0.76%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.76%) Middleware
5 1 (0.76%) Node.js
5 1 (0.76%) React
5 1 (0.76%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.36%) Data Centre
2 10 (7.58%) Management Information System
3 9 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (5.30%) Clustering
5 6 (4.55%) CMDB
5 6 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (3.79%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (3.03%) Blackberry
7 4 (3.03%) Client/Server
7 4 (3.03%) EPoS
8 3 (2.27%) Fintech
8 3 (2.27%) User Experience
9 2 (1.52%) PKI
10 1 (0.76%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
10 1 (0.76%) IVR
10 1 (0.76%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 93 (70.45%) Linux
2 56 (42.42%) Windows
3 42 (31.82%) Windows Server
4 28 (21.21%) Unix
5 21 (15.91%) Solaris
6 20 (15.15%) CentOS
7 18 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (7.58%) Ubuntu
9 9 (6.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (6.06%) Debian
11 7 (5.30%) Windows 10
12 5 (3.79%) FreeNAS
13 4 (3.03%) AIX
13 4 (3.03%) HPUX
14 3 (2.27%) Mac OS
15 2 (1.52%) Windows 7
15 2 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
15 2 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
16 1 (0.76%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (21.97%) Configuration Management
2 24 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
3 19 (14.39%) DevOps
4 15 (11.36%) ITIL
5 14 (10.61%) High Availability
6 10 (7.58%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (6.82%) Artificial Intelligence
7 9 (6.82%) Computer Science
7 9 (6.82%) ITIL V3
8 8 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 8 (6.06%) Open Source
9 7 (5.30%) Business Continuity
9 7 (5.30%) Migration
10 6 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (4.55%) Customer Requirements
10 6 (4.55%) Penetration Testing
11 5 (3.79%) Critical Thinking
11 5 (3.79%) Microservices
11 5 (3.79%) Procure-to-Pay
11 5 (3.79%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (23.48%) Python
2 27 (20.45%) PowerShell
3 26 (19.70%) Bash Shell
4 12 (9.09%) Perl
5 11 (8.33%) Shell Script
6 9 (6.82%) Ruby
7 3 (2.27%) PHP
8 2 (1.52%) C#
8 2 (1.52%) SQL
8 2 (1.52%) VB
9 1 (0.76%) Bourne shell
9 1 (0.76%) C
9 1 (0.76%) C++
9 1 (0.76%) C-shell
9 1 (0.76%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.76%) Korn
Qualifications
1 14 (10.61%) Degree
2 10 (7.58%) MCSE
2 10 (7.58%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (5.30%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (4.55%) CCNA
4 6 (4.55%) MCP
5 5 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (3.03%) MCITP
6 4 (3.03%) MCSA
6 4 (3.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (2.27%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (1.52%) MCDST
8 2 (1.52%) Numerate Degree
9 1 (0.76%) RHCE
9 1 (0.76%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.03%) PCI DSS
1 4 (3.03%) QA
1 4 (3.03%) SLA
2 2 (1.52%) GDPR
2 2 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.76%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 36 (27.27%) Active Directory
2 19 (14.39%) Docker
2 19 (14.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 16 (12.12%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (7.58%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 9 (6.82%) NFS
7 8 (6.06%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (5.30%) vSphere
9 5 (3.79%) iptables
10 4 (3.03%) LXC
11 1 (0.76%) StorNext
11 1 (0.76%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.76%) Varnish
11 1 (0.76%) Veritas File System
11 1 (0.76%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 1 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 36 (27.27%) Puppet
2 35 (26.52%) Ansible
3 20 (15.15%) Opscode Chef
4 15 (11.36%) Kubernetes
5 7 (5.30%) NetBackup
5 7 (5.30%) Oracle ZFS
5 7 (5.30%) SCCM
6 6 (4.55%) Control-M
6 6 (4.55%) Unicenter
6 6 (4.55%) Xymon
7 5 (3.79%) Backup Exec
7 5 (3.79%) HAProxy
7 5 (3.79%) Red Hat Satellite
8 4 (3.03%) Failover Clustering
8 4 (3.03%) SCVMM
8 4 (3.03%) SolarWinds Orion
8 4 (3.03%) WSUS
9 3 (2.27%) Nagios
10 2 (1.52%) Red Hat Spacewalk
10 2 (1.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 44 (33.33%) VMware
2 31 (23.48%) Microsoft
3 29 (21.97%) Red Hat
4 14 (10.61%) Cisco
5 12 (9.09%) Symantec
5 12 (9.09%) Veritas
6 11 (8.33%) Dell
7 8 (6.06%) NetApp
7 8 (6.06%) Oracle
7 8 (6.06%) Veeam
8 7 (5.30%) Sophos
9 6 (4.55%) BMC
9 6 (4.55%) CA
9 6 (4.55%) Fortinet
9 6 (4.55%) Remedy
10 5 (3.79%) Citrix
10 5 (3.79%) EqualLogic
10 5 (3.79%) Infoblox
11 4 (3.03%) SAP
11 4 (3.03%) SolarWinds