Period
to 23 October 2018

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1016 1048 1002
Rank change year-on-year +32 -46 -1
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 141 148 235
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.086% 0.084% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.088% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 117 132 211
UK median annual salary £55,000 £53,750 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.33% +7.50% +4.17%
10th Percentile £37,750 £40,000 £36,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £67,500 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £49,500
% change year-on-year -10.00% +1.01% +16.47%

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 158,028 168,578 183,103
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.91% 95.95% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 127,272 135,008 153,428
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +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% - +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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +35 135 £55,000 - 27
London +53 77 £55,000 -8.33% 9
UK excluding London 0 61 £45,000 -10.00% 19
South East -15 16 £48,750 -2.50% 5
North of England +16 12 £42,500 -22.73% 5
South West +1 12 £50,000 +19.05% 4
East of England +35 10 £47,500 -34.48% 2
Yorkshire +16 10 £42,500 -22.73% 3
Midlands +21 8 £53,250 +19.66% 2
East Midlands -4 6 £65,000 +62.50% 1
Scotland -6 3 £38,500 -14.44% 1
West Midlands +42 2 £33,750 -25.00% 1
North West -9 2 £42,500 -32.00% 1

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 90 (63.83%) Linux
2 65 (46.10%) Windows
3 51 (36.17%) VMware
4 49 (34.75%) Active Directory
5 44 (31.21%) Windows Server
6 40 (28.37%) DNS
7 39 (27.66%) Firewall
8 36 (25.53%) Amazon AWS
9 32 (22.70%) Ansible
9 32 (22.70%) PowerShell
10 31 (21.99%) Microsoft
11 30 (21.28%) Python
12 29 (20.57%) Puppet
13 27 (19.15%) Red Hat
13 27 (19.15%) Bash Shell
14 26 (18.44%) VMware Infrastructure
14 26 (18.44%) Disaster Recovery
15 25 (17.73%) SAN
15 25 (17.73%) Opscode Chef
16 24 (17.02%) DevOps
16 24 (17.02%) Configuration Management
16 24 (17.02%) Unix
17 23 (16.31%) Microsoft Azure
18 22 (15.60%) Docker
19 21 (14.89%) Office 365
19 21 (14.89%) Virtual Machines
19 21 (14.89%) Hyper-V
19 21 (14.89%) VPN
19 21 (14.89%) Finance
20 20 (14.18%) Cisco

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 14 (9.93%) Apache
1 14 (9.93%) MS Exchange
2 10 (7.09%) IIS
3 8 (5.67%) nginx
4 5 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.55%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.84%) CMS
5 4 (2.84%) Skype for Business
6 3 (2.13%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.71%) JBoss
7 1 (0.71%) MS Project Server
7 1 (0.71%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.71%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.71%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (4.96%) 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 3 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.71%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.71%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.71%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 36 (25.53%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (16.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (14.89%) Office 365
4 3 (2.13%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (2.13%) SaaS
5 2 (1.42%) Heroku
6 1 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.71%) G Suite
6 1 (0.71%) GitHub
6 1 (0.71%) IaaS
6 1 (0.71%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.71%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.71%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (28.37%) DNS
2 39 (27.66%) Firewall
3 25 (17.73%) SAN
4 21 (14.89%) VPN
5 18 (12.77%) DHCP
6 17 (12.06%) TCP/IP
7 16 (11.35%) VLAN
8 15 (10.64%) LAN
9 10 (7.09%) SMTP
10 9 (6.38%) Internet
10 9 (6.38%) WAN
11 8 (5.67%) HTTP
12 7 (4.96%) BGP
12 7 (4.96%) IGMP
12 7 (4.96%) iSCSI
12 7 (4.96%) Junos
12 7 (4.96%) OSPF
12 7 (4.96%) RIP
13 6 (4.26%) NAS
13 6 (4.26%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.96%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (3.55%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (3.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (3.55%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (3.55%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (2.84%) Couchbase
4 4 (2.84%) MySQL
5 2 (1.42%) Blockchain
5 2 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.42%) MariaDB
5 2 (1.42%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.71%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.42%) Git (software)
1 2 (1.42%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.42%) MSI
1 2 (1.42%) Subversion
2 1 (0.71%) JIRA
2 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (14.89%) Finance
2 7 (4.96%) Retail
2 7 (4.96%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.26%) Banking
4 3 (2.13%) French Language
4 3 (2.13%) Law
4 3 (2.13%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.13%) Spanish Language
5 1 (0.71%) Back Office
5 1 (0.71%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (9.22%) LDAP
2 12 (8.51%) LAMP
3 5 (3.55%) Web Services
4 3 (2.13%) .NET
5 2 (1.42%) 802.1X
5 2 (1.42%) LEMP Stack
5 2 (1.42%) Middleware
6 1 (0.71%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.71%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.71%) Java EE
6 1 (0.71%) Kafka
6 1 (0.71%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.71%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.93%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.38%) Computer Science
2 9 (6.38%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.67%) Fintech
4 6 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (4.26%) Clustering
4 6 (4.26%) CMDB
4 6 (4.26%) Linux Command Line
5 4 (2.84%) Blackberry
5 4 (2.84%) EPoS
5 4 (2.84%) PKI
6 3 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.42%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.42%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.71%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.71%) IVR
8 1 (0.71%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 90 (63.83%) Linux
2 65 (46.10%) Windows
3 44 (31.21%) Windows Server
4 24 (17.02%) Unix
5 14 (9.93%) Solaris
6 13 (9.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (9.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (8.51%) CentOS
8 9 (6.38%) Debian
8 9 (6.38%) Ubuntu
9 7 (4.96%) FreeNAS
9 7 (4.96%) Windows 10
10 4 (2.84%) Mac OS
11 3 (2.13%) AIX
11 3 (2.13%) HPUX
11 3 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (1.42%) Windows 7
12 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.71%) Android
13 1 (0.71%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (18.44%) Disaster Recovery
2 24 (17.02%) Configuration Management
2 24 (17.02%) DevOps
3 17 (12.06%) High Availability
4 10 (7.09%) Business Continuity
4 10 (7.09%) ITIL
4 10 (7.09%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (6.38%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 8 (5.67%) Microservices
7 7 (4.96%) Migration
7 7 (4.96%) Open Source
7 7 (4.96%) Server Virtualisation
8 6 (4.26%) Artificial Intelligence
8 6 (4.26%) Information Security
8 6 (4.26%) Storage Management
9 5 (3.55%) API Development
9 5 (3.55%) Customer Requirements
9 5 (3.55%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (3.55%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (22.70%) PowerShell
2 30 (21.28%) Python
3 27 (19.15%) Bash Shell
4 16 (11.35%) Perl
5 13 (9.22%) Shell Script
6 9 (6.38%) Ruby
7 8 (5.67%) C
7 8 (5.67%) VB
8 4 (2.84%) PHP
9 3 (2.13%) C#
9 3 (2.13%) SQL
10 1 (0.71%) Bourne shell
10 1 (0.71%) C++
10 1 (0.71%) C-shell
10 1 (0.71%) Go
10 1 (0.71%) Java
10 1 (0.71%) Korn
Qualifications
1 14 (9.93%) Degree
2 8 (5.67%) MCSE
2 8 (5.67%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (4.26%) MCP
4 5 (3.55%) CCNA
4 5 (3.55%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (2.84%) MCITP
5 4 (2.84%) MCSA
6 3 (2.13%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (1.42%) MCDST
7 2 (1.42%) Numerate Degree
8 1 (0.71%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.71%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.55%) PCI DSS
2 3 (2.13%) QA
3 1 (0.71%) GDPR
3 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.71%) SLA
System Software
1 49 (34.75%) Active Directory
2 26 (18.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (15.60%) Docker
4 21 (14.89%) Hyper-V
4 21 (14.89%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (7.09%) iptables
5 10 (7.09%) NFS
5 10 (7.09%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 8 (5.67%) vSphere
7 6 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (2.13%) LXC
9 2 (1.42%) Firmware
9 2 (1.42%) Varnish
10 1 (0.71%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.71%) GPFS
10 1 (0.71%) KVM
10 1 (0.71%) Lustre
10 1 (0.71%) QEMU
10 1 (0.71%) StorNext
10 1 (0.71%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 32 (22.70%) Ansible
2 29 (20.57%) Puppet
3 25 (17.73%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (11.35%) Kubernetes
5 10 (7.09%) SCCM
6 7 (4.96%) NetBackup
6 7 (4.96%) Oracle ZFS
7 6 (4.26%) Control-M
7 6 (4.26%) Unicenter
7 6 (4.26%) Xymon
8 5 (3.55%) Backup Exec
8 5 (3.55%) HAProxy
8 5 (3.55%) Red Hat Satellite
8 5 (3.55%) SCVMM
9 4 (2.84%) Failover Clustering
9 4 (2.84%) WSUS
10 2 (1.42%) Galera Cluster
10 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (1.42%) SCOM
10 2 (1.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 51 (36.17%) VMware
2 31 (21.99%) Microsoft
3 27 (19.15%) Red Hat
4 20 (14.18%) Cisco
5 12 (8.51%) Symantec
5 12 (8.51%) Veritas
6 11 (7.80%) Dell
7 10 (7.09%) Citrix
8 8 (5.67%) HP
9 7 (4.96%) Sophos
9 7 (4.96%) Veeam
10 6 (4.26%) BMC
10 6 (4.26%) CA
10 6 (4.26%) NetApp
10 6 (4.26%) Remedy
11 5 (3.55%) EqualLogic
11 5 (3.55%) Infoblox
12 4 (2.84%) Aruba
12 4 (2.84%) Fortinet
12 4 (2.84%) Oracle