Period
to 26 May 2018

The median annual salary for a Senior Systems Administrator was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1032 995 1036
Rank change year-on-year -37 +41 -33
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Systems Administrator 147 170 243
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.085% 0.100% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.088% 0.10% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 129 135 222
UK median annual salary £55,000 £48,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +13.40% -3.00% -
10th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £73,250 £79,750 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £48,500 £44,000
% change year-on-year +8.25% +10.23% -2.22%

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 167,471 164,559 193,918
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.37% 96.44% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 136,134 136,220 162,840
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 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 26 May 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 26 May 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 -44 137 £57,500 +15.00% 19
London -5 75 £57,500 +4.55% 9
UK excluding London -48 67 £52,500 +8.25% 10
North of England +7 23 £43,750 +2.94% 5
South East -52 14 £60,000 +4.35% 3
North West +1 13 £60,000 +9.09% 3
Yorkshire +33 10 £40,000 -5.88% 1
Midlands -1 9 £43,000 +7.50%
South West -10 9 £57,500 +29.75%
East of England -4 7 £55,000 +13.40% 2
East Midlands +1 6 £65,000 +52.94%
Scotland -41 5 £45,000 +7.78%
West Midlands -2 3 £33,500 -16.25%

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

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 87 (59.18%) Linux
2 81 (55.10%) Windows
3 60 (40.82%) VMware
4 50 (34.01%) Active Directory
5 41 (27.89%) VMware Infrastructure
5 41 (27.89%) Ansible
5 41 (27.89%) DevOps
6 38 (25.85%) Windows Server
6 38 (25.85%) Microsoft
7 37 (25.17%) Firewall
8 35 (23.81%) Puppet
9 32 (21.77%) Finance
9 32 (21.77%) SAN
10 30 (20.41%) Red Hat
10 30 (20.41%) Cisco
10 30 (20.41%) Bash Shell
10 30 (20.41%) Data Centre
11 29 (19.73%) DNS
12 28 (19.05%) Amazon AWS
13 27 (18.37%) Hyper-V
13 27 (18.37%) Degree
14 26 (17.69%) Opscode Chef
15 25 (17.01%) Office 365
16 23 (15.65%) Agile Software Development
17 22 (14.97%) Virtual Machines
18 21 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
18 21 (14.29%) TCP/IP
19 20 (13.61%) Microsoft Certification
19 20 (13.61%) Python
19 20 (13.61%) SQL Server

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 16 (10.88%) Apache
2 13 (8.84%) MS Exchange
3 11 (7.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (7.48%) IIS
3 11 (7.48%) nginx
4 5 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
4 5 (3.40%) OpenStack
4 5 (3.40%) Tomcat
5 3 (2.04%) CMS
6 2 (1.36%) Drupal
6 2 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.36%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.68%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (5.44%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.68%) NetSuite
1 1 (0.68%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 28 (19.05%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (17.01%) Office 365
3 21 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
4 9 (6.12%) NuGet
5 7 (4.76%) SaaS
6 6 (4.08%) IaaS
7 5 (3.40%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (2.04%) PaaS
9 2 (1.36%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (1.36%) Heroku
9 2 (1.36%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.68%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.68%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.68%) G Suite
10 1 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.68%) Google Compute Engine
10 1 (0.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 37 (25.17%) Firewall
2 32 (21.77%) SAN
3 29 (19.73%) DNS
4 21 (14.29%) TCP/IP
5 16 (10.88%) VPN
6 13 (8.84%) DHCP
7 11 (7.48%) Internet
8 10 (6.80%) NAS
9 7 (4.76%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (4.08%) HTTP
10 6 (4.08%) LAN
10 6 (4.08%) VLAN
11 5 (3.40%) iSCSI
11 5 (3.40%) Network Security
11 5 (3.40%) SMTP
12 4 (2.72%) Fibre Channel
12 4 (2.72%) IP Telephony
12 4 (2.72%) WAN
13 3 (2.04%) Junos
13 3 (2.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (13.61%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.24%) MySQL
3 8 (5.44%) MongoDB
4 7 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (4.08%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (4.08%) Oracle Database
6 3 (2.04%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (2.04%) RDBMS
6 3 (2.04%) Relational Database
7 2 (1.36%) Blockchain
7 2 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.68%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 19 (12.93%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.40%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.04%) Subversion
4 2 (1.36%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.68%) JIRA
5 1 (0.68%) MSI
5 1 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 32 (21.77%) Finance
2 9 (6.12%) Banking
3 7 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 6 (4.08%) Retail
5 2 (1.36%) Games
6 1 (0.68%) Advertising
6 1 (0.68%) Law
6 1 (0.68%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.20%) LAMP
2 10 (6.80%) LDAP
3 6 (4.08%) LEMP Stack
4 4 (2.72%) .NET
4 4 (2.72%) .NET Framework
4 4 (2.72%) Middleware
5 3 (2.04%) Kafka
5 3 (2.04%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.36%) Web Services
7 1 (0.68%) JSON
7 1 (0.68%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (20.41%) Data Centre
2 17 (11.56%) Management Information System
3 12 (8.16%) Fintech
4 11 (7.48%) Computer Science
5 8 (5.44%) Linux Command Line
5 8 (5.44%) Replication
6 6 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (3.40%) PKI
7 5 (3.40%) Private Cloud
7 5 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (2.72%) Public Cloud
9 3 (2.04%) Enterprise Storage
10 2 (1.36%) Clustering
10 2 (1.36%) Hedge funds
11 1 (0.68%) Data Structures
11 1 (0.68%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 87 (59.18%) Linux
2 81 (55.10%) Windows
3 38 (25.85%) Windows Server
4 17 (11.56%) CentOS
4 17 (11.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 16 (10.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (9.52%) Unix
7 13 (8.84%) Ubuntu
8 8 (5.44%) Mac OS X
9 5 (3.40%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (2.72%) Oracle Linux
10 4 (2.72%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.04%) Debian
11 3 (2.04%) VMS
11 3 (2.04%) Windows 7
12 2 (1.36%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.68%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (27.89%) DevOps
2 23 (15.65%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (11.56%) Disaster Recovery
3 17 (11.56%) High Availability
3 17 (11.56%) Information Security
4 16 (10.88%) Configuration Management
4 16 (10.88%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (8.16%) ITIL
6 11 (7.48%) Continuous Delivery
7 10 (6.80%) Business Development
7 10 (6.80%) Mentoring
7 10 (6.80%) Patch Management
8 9 (6.12%) Change Control
8 9 (6.12%) Load Balancing
8 9 (6.12%) TDD
9 8 (5.44%) Deployment Automation
9 8 (5.44%) Security Monitoring
10 7 (4.76%) Open Source
10 7 (4.76%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (4.76%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 30 (20.41%) Bash Shell
2 20 (13.61%) Python
3 14 (9.52%) Shell Script
4 13 (8.84%) Perl
4 13 (8.84%) PowerShell
5 10 (6.80%) SQL
6 6 (4.08%) PHP
6 6 (4.08%) Ruby
7 5 (3.40%) Java
8 4 (2.72%) C
8 4 (2.72%) Korn
9 3 (2.04%) C++
9 3 (2.04%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.68%) C#
Qualifications
1 27 (18.37%) Degree
2 20 (13.61%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (10.88%) MCSE
4 8 (5.44%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (3.40%) MCP
5 5 (3.40%) MCSA
6 4 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (2.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (2.04%) CCNA
8 2 (1.36%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.36%) MCITP
8 2 (1.36%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.36%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.68%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.68%) CCDP
9 1 (0.68%) CCENT
9 1 (0.68%) CCNP
9 1 (0.68%) RHCE
9 1 (0.68%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.16%) QA
2 6 (4.08%) PCI DSS
2 6 (4.08%) SLA
3 3 (2.04%) COSHH
3 3 (2.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 50 (34.01%) Active Directory
2 41 (27.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (18.37%) Hyper-V
4 22 (14.97%) Virtual Machines
5 18 (12.24%) Docker
6 12 (8.16%) vSphere
6 12 (8.16%) Xen
7 11 (7.48%) VirtualBox
8 10 (6.80%) iptables
9 7 (4.76%) Firmware
10 5 (3.40%) KVM
11 4 (2.72%) NFS
11 4 (2.72%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (2.72%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (2.04%) QEMU
13 2 (1.36%) LXC
13 2 (1.36%) vCloud
14 1 (0.68%) GPFS
14 1 (0.68%) SpamAssassin
14 1 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 41 (27.89%) Ansible
2 35 (23.81%) Puppet
3 26 (17.69%) Opscode Chef
4 17 (11.56%) SCCM
5 9 (6.12%) HAProxy
6 8 (5.44%) Microsoft Clustering
6 8 (5.44%) SCOM
6 8 (5.44%) ZABBIX
7 7 (4.76%) Grafana
7 7 (4.76%) Kubernetes
7 7 (4.76%) Nagios
8 6 (4.08%) vCenter Server
9 5 (3.40%) SCVMM
10 4 (2.72%) Terraform
11 3 (2.04%) Cacti
11 3 (2.04%) Capistrano
11 3 (2.04%) CFEngine
11 3 (2.04%) Icinga
11 3 (2.04%) logstash
11 3 (2.04%) Netcool
Vendors
1 60 (40.82%) VMware
2 38 (25.85%) Microsoft
3 30 (20.41%) Cisco
3 30 (20.41%) Red Hat
4 16 (10.88%) Citrix
5 13 (8.84%) Oracle
6 10 (6.80%) HP
7 8 (5.44%) Veeam
8 7 (4.76%) Google
8 7 (4.76%) NetApp
9 6 (4.08%) EMC
9 6 (4.08%) Splunk
10 5 (3.40%) Dell
10 5 (3.40%) Juniper
11 4 (2.72%) Aruba
11 4 (2.72%) Veritas
12 3 (2.04%) Isilon
12 3 (2.04%) Sophos
13 2 (1.36%) F5
13 2 (1.36%) Rackspace