Period
to 19 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 400 354 304
Rank change year-on-year -46 -50 -39
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,318 1,612 2,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.91% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.81% 0.95% 1.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1,143 1,420 1,857
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £29,650 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -2.60%

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 162,496 170,230 190,494
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.15% 96.08% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 130,855 137,468 160,221
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 £78,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Systems Administrator in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Systems Administrator.

Salary trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 -44 1,234 £45,000 +5.88% 211
UK excluding London -47 713 £40,000 - 151
London +7 575 £50,000 +5.26% 72
South East -68 252 £42,500 - 39
North of England -43 151 £40,000 +6.67% 36
Midlands +18 102 £40,000 +18.52% 20
South West +26 98 £41,000 +13.89% 22
Yorkshire +16 83 £40,000 +5.26% 20
North West -43 59 £42,500 +21.43% 12
East of England -22 58 £40,000 -11.11% 22
East Midlands +14 57 £42,500 +28.79% 15
West Midlands +10 45 £37,500 +10.29% 5
Scotland -18 37 £35,000 -9.09% 10
Wales +3 14 £35,000 +9.98% 2
North East - 9 £34,750 - 4
Northern Ireland +6 2 £48,500 +27.63%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, 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 Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 800 (60.70%) Linux
2 613 (46.51%) Windows
3 445 (33.76%) VMware
4 375 (28.45%) Active Directory
5 341 (25.87%) Microsoft
6 332 (25.19%) DevOps
7 329 (24.96%) Windows Server
8 303 (22.99%) Amazon AWS
9 301 (22.84%) Python
10 296 (22.46%) Bash Shell
11 274 (20.79%) VMware Infrastructure
12 262 (19.88%) Puppet
13 243 (18.44%) Ansible
14 237 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
15 221 (16.77%) Red Hat
16 219 (16.62%) Firewall
17 218 (16.54%) PowerShell
18 206 (15.63%) DNS
19 181 (13.73%) Office 365
20 178 (13.51%) Perl
21 176 (13.35%) ITIL
21 176 (13.35%) Unix
22 171 (12.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
23 170 (12.90%) Finance
24 166 (12.59%) Configuration Management
25 156 (11.84%) Windows Server 2012
25 156 (11.84%) Docker
26 153 (11.61%) TCP/IP
27 148 (11.23%) SQL Server
28 145 (11.00%) CentOS

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
1 136 (10.32%) Apache
2 122 (9.26%) MS Exchange
3 82 (6.22%) Tomcat
4 63 (4.78%) SharePoint
5 59 (4.48%) IIS
6 46 (3.49%) Skype for Business
7 42 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2010
8 40 (3.03%) OpenStack
9 37 (2.81%) nginx
10 26 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
11 20 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
12 18 (1.37%) Confluence
12 18 (1.37%) JBoss
13 17 (1.29%) CMS
14 9 (0.68%) WebLogic
15 8 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
16 7 (0.53%) CloudStack
17 6 (0.46%) WebSphere
18 5 (0.38%) Drupal
19 3 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 55 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
3 12 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.23%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.076%) Abaqus
7 1 (0.076%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.076%) Maya
7 1 (0.076%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.076%) NUKE
7 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 24 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
2 22 (1.67%) NetSuite
3 9 (0.68%) Oracle ERP
4 7 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
5 6 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.46%) SAP Business One
6 5 (0.38%) Distributed Ledger
6 5 (0.38%) SAP ERP
7 4 (0.30%) iTrent
7 4 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.23%) SAP HR
8 3 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 2 (0.15%) C-CURE
9 2 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.15%) Infor SunSystems
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.15%) Sage 200
9 2 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 303 (22.99%) Amazon AWS
2 237 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 181 (13.73%) Office 365
4 37 (2.81%) Google Cloud Platform
5 34 (2.58%) SaaS
6 25 (1.90%) IaaS
7 20 (1.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 18 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
9 15 (1.14%) Amazon EC2
10 14 (1.06%) PaaS
11 13 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
12 12 (0.91%) Amazon S3
13 10 (0.76%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 10 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
14 9 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
14 9 (0.68%) OneDrive
15 8 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
15 8 (0.61%) Mimecast
15 8 (0.61%) Route 53
15 8 (0.61%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 219 (16.62%) Firewall
2 206 (15.63%) DNS
3 153 (11.61%) TCP/IP
4 121 (9.18%) SAN
5 109 (8.27%) DHCP
6 88 (6.68%) VPN
7 78 (5.92%) LAN
8 71 (5.39%) Internet
9 65 (4.93%) WAN
10 60 (4.55%) Network Security
11 43 (3.26%) VLAN
12 41 (3.11%) HTTP
13 34 (2.58%) NAS
14 33 (2.50%) Skype
15 32 (2.43%) SSH
16 28 (2.12%) Cisco ASA
17 22 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
18 21 (1.59%) BGP
18 21 (1.59%) SMTP
18 21 (1.59%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (11.23%) SQL Server
2 112 (8.50%) MySQL
3 32 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
4 31 (2.35%) MongoDB
5 24 (1.82%) NoSQL
5 24 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 21 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
6 21 (1.59%) Oracle Database
7 17 (1.29%) Big Data
7 17 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 15 (1.14%) Relational Database
9 13 (0.99%) Hadoop
10 11 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
11 9 (0.68%) Blockchain
11 9 (0.68%) MariaDB
11 9 (0.68%) Redis
12 8 (0.61%) Amazon Aurora
12 8 (0.61%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
13 7 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 103 (7.81%) Git (software)
2 102 (7.74%) Jenkins
3 40 (3.03%) JIRA
4 36 (2.73%) Octopus Deploy
5 35 (2.66%) TeamCity
6 28 (2.12%) Subversion
7 21 (1.59%) Vagrant
8 17 (1.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 13 (0.99%) Mercurial
10 12 (0.91%) Bitbucket
10 12 (0.91%) Hudson
10 12 (0.91%) MSBuild
11 7 (0.53%) Maven
12 5 (0.38%) Chocolatey
13 4 (0.30%) Buildbot
13 4 (0.30%) JIRA Agile
13 4 (0.30%) MSI
13 4 (0.30%) Selenium
14 3 (0.23%) Emacs
14 3 (0.23%) GitLab
General
1 170 (12.90%) Finance
2 50 (3.79%) Telecoms
3 46 (3.49%) Retail
4 33 (2.50%) Banking
5 27 (2.05%) Legal
6 26 (1.97%) Manufacturing
7 25 (1.90%) Advertising
8 23 (1.75%) Law
9 22 (1.67%) Marketing
10 17 (1.29%) Games
11 10 (0.76%) Back Office
11 10 (0.76%) Billing
12 7 (0.53%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.46%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.38%) Digital Economy
14 5 (0.38%) Electronics
14 5 (0.38%) Military
15 4 (0.30%) Automotive
15 4 (0.30%) German Language
16 3 (0.23%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (7.44%) LAMP
2 87 (6.60%) Web Services
3 61 (4.63%) LDAP
4 44 (3.34%) .NET
5 23 (1.75%) .NET Framework
6 20 (1.52%) HTML
7 18 (1.37%) Middleware
8 16 (1.21%) Elastic Stack
9 15 (1.14%) LEMP Stack
10 13 (0.99%) React
11 11 (0.83%) Kafka
12 10 (0.76%) CSS
12 10 (0.76%) Node.js
12 10 (0.76%) RabbitMQ
13 9 (0.68%) LAPP Stack
14 7 (0.53%) Django
15 6 (0.46%) jQuery
15 6 (0.46%) XML
16 4 (0.30%) ActiveMQ
16 4 (0.30%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 110 (8.35%) Data Centre
2 64 (4.86%) Computer Science
3 48 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 43 (3.26%) Replication
5 39 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
6 38 (2.88%) Public Cloud
7 30 (2.28%) Clustering
8 21 (1.59%) Fintech
8 21 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
9 17 (1.29%) Video\Live Streaming
10 14 (1.06%) PKI
11 13 (0.99%) Private Cloud
12 12 (0.91%) Robotics
13 11 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
14 10 (0.76%) Driving Licence
14 10 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
15 9 (0.68%) CMDB
15 9 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 9 (0.68%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 800 (60.70%) Linux
2 613 (46.51%) Windows
3 329 (24.96%) Windows Server
4 176 (13.35%) Unix
5 171 (12.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 156 (11.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 145 (11.00%) CentOS
8 130 (9.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 120 (9.10%) Ubuntu
10 80 (6.07%) Debian
11 65 (4.93%) Windows 10
12 57 (4.32%) Windows 7
13 36 (2.73%) Solaris
14 30 (2.28%) Mac OS X
15 29 (2.20%) AIX
16 25 (1.90%) SUSE
17 17 (1.29%) HPUX
18 14 (1.06%) VMS
19 13 (0.99%) Fedora
20 10 (0.76%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (25.19%) DevOps
2 176 (13.35%) ITIL
3 166 (12.59%) Configuration Management
4 127 (9.64%) Problem-Solving
5 102 (7.74%) Agile Software Development
6 95 (7.21%) Disaster Recovery
7 81 (6.15%) High Availability
8 75 (5.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 63 (4.78%) Service Delivery
10 52 (3.95%) Continuous Integration
10 52 (3.95%) Load Balancing
10 52 (3.95%) Open Source
11 49 (3.72%) ERP
12 48 (3.64%) Change Control
13 45 (3.41%) Change Management
13 45 (3.41%) Deployment Automation
13 45 (3.41%) Migration
13 45 (3.41%) Patch Management
14 44 (3.34%) CRM
15 42 (3.19%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 301 (22.84%) Python
2 296 (22.46%) Bash Shell
3 218 (16.54%) PowerShell
4 178 (13.51%) Perl
5 140 (10.62%) SQL
6 118 (8.95%) Shell Script
7 88 (6.68%) Java
8 86 (6.53%) Ruby
9 65 (4.93%) PHP
10 47 (3.57%) Korn
11 45 (3.41%) JavaScript
12 39 (2.96%) C
13 26 (1.97%) C#
14 24 (1.82%) Bourne shell
15 17 (1.29%) VB
16 9 (0.68%) Go
17 6 (0.46%) VBScript
18 5 (0.38%) C++
19 4 (0.30%) AWK
20 3 (0.23%) Jython
Qualifications
1 120 (9.10%) Degree
2 72 (5.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 49 (3.72%) MCSE
4 31 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
5 29 (2.20%) MCSA
6 25 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
6 25 (1.90%) Security Cleared
7 24 (1.82%) CCNA
8 23 (1.75%) MCP
9 22 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 19 (1.44%) DV Cleared
11 18 (1.37%) RHCSA
12 16 (1.21%) SC Cleared
13 14 (1.06%) AWS Certification
14 12 (0.91%) RHCE
15 8 (0.61%) MCITP
16 6 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
17 5 (0.38%) CCNP
17 5 (0.38%) OCA
17 5 (0.38%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (2.43%) PCI DSS
2 31 (2.35%) SLA
3 19 (1.44%) QA
4 13 (0.99%) GCP
5 12 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 11 (0.83%) GDPR
7 7 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.23%) COSHH
9 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.076%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.076%) GAAP
10 1 (0.076%) GPG13
System Software
1 375 (28.45%) Active Directory
2 274 (20.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 156 (11.84%) Docker
4 135 (10.24%) Hyper-V
5 72 (5.46%) Virtual Machines
6 59 (4.48%) vSphere
7 48 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
8 41 (3.11%) KVM
9 35 (2.66%) Virtual Servers
10 32 (2.43%) NFS
11 29 (2.20%) Firmware
12 27 (2.05%) iptables
13 20 (1.52%) Terminal Services
14 14 (1.06%) Xen
15 13 (0.99%) QEMU
15 13 (0.99%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 12 (0.91%) GlusterFS
16 12 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
17 11 (0.83%) Postfix
17 11 (0.83%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 262 (19.88%) Puppet
2 243 (18.44%) Ansible
3 123 (9.33%) Opscode Chef
4 83 (6.30%) SCCM
4 83 (6.30%) Terraform
5 74 (5.61%) Kubernetes
6 69 (5.24%) Nagios
7 42 (3.19%) ZABBIX
8 29 (2.20%) SCOM
9 24 (1.82%) Grafana
10 22 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
10 22 (1.67%) Red Hat Satellite
11 19 (1.44%) HAProxy
12 17 (1.29%) NetBackup
13 16 (1.21%) Red Hat Spacewalk
13 16 (1.21%) Salt
13 16 (1.21%) WSUS
14 14 (1.06%) Cacti
14 14 (1.06%) Oracle ZFS
14 14 (1.06%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 445 (33.76%) VMware
2 341 (25.87%) Microsoft
3 221 (16.77%) Red Hat
4 140 (10.62%) Cisco
5 79 (5.99%) Citrix
6 69 (5.24%) Oracle
7 58 (4.40%) Google
8 50 (3.79%) HP
9 43 (3.26%) EMC
10 40 (3.03%) Veeam
11 35 (2.66%) NetApp
11 35 (2.66%) SAP
12 34 (2.58%) SaltStack
13 31 (2.35%) Symantec
14 23 (1.75%) IBM
15 22 (1.67%) Apple
15 22 (1.67%) Dell
16 21 (1.59%) Splunk
17 19 (1.44%) Juniper
17 19 (1.44%) Sophos