Period
to 19 February 2018

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 383 277 274
Rank change year-on-year -106 -3 -29
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,385 1,999 2,597
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 1.15% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.82% 1.19% 1.27%
Number of salaries quoted 1,226 1,698 2,299
UK median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.41% -2.35% -
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,425 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £61,250 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -5.06% +6.76%

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 168,954 167,321 203,747
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.24% 96.47% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 138,376 139,001 170,390
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 February 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 February 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 -98 1,306 £42,500 - 226
UK excluding London -53 837 £40,000 +6.67% 178
London -120 527 £47,500 - 65
South East -75 317 £40,000 -2.44% 49
North of England +23 189 £38,000 +8.57% 35
Midlands -12 97 £42,250 +30.00% 33
Yorkshire +46 95 £38,000 +8.57% 16
East of England -31 94 £40,000 -3.61% 22
North West +15 93 £39,250 +20.77% 17
South West +4 87 £40,000 +14.29% 22
West Midlands +14 51 £36,000 +10.77% 14
East Midlands -19 45 £42,500 +30.77% 19
Scotland -40 36 £39,500 +12.86% 10
Wales 0 17 £37,500 +7.14% 6
North East -37 2 £38,250 -7.27% 2
Northern Ireland -23 1 £26,500 +17.78% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 848 (61.23%) Linux
2 582 (42.02%) Windows
3 431 (31.12%) VMware
4 325 (23.47%) Active Directory
5 298 (21.52%) DevOps
6 281 (20.29%) Microsoft
7 270 (19.49%) Windows Server
8 267 (19.28%) Bash Shell
8 267 (19.28%) Python
9 265 (19.13%) VMware Infrastructure
10 260 (18.77%) Red Hat
11 247 (17.83%) MySQL
12 245 (17.69%) CentOS
12 245 (17.69%) Amazon AWS
13 243 (17.55%) Firewall
14 240 (17.33%) DNS
15 239 (17.26%) Puppet
16 224 (16.17%) Apache
17 222 (16.03%) Ansible
18 193 (13.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 193 (13.94%) Unix
19 191 (13.79%) Finance
20 183 (13.21%) SQL
21 181 (13.07%) Cisco
22 174 (12.56%) TCP/IP
23 173 (12.49%) PowerShell
24 167 (12.06%) Configuration Management
25 164 (11.84%) SAN
26 154 (11.12%) Microsoft Azure
27 150 (10.83%) Ubuntu

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
1 224 (16.17%) Apache
2 133 (9.60%) MS Exchange
3 98 (7.08%) nginx
4 70 (5.05%) Tomcat
5 68 (4.91%) SharePoint
6 65 (4.69%) IIS
7 50 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2010
8 34 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 28 (2.02%) OpenStack
10 20 (1.44%) Skype for Business
11 18 (1.30%) JBoss
12 17 (1.23%) WebSphere
13 14 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
14 12 (0.87%) CMS
14 12 (0.87%) WordPress
15 9 (0.65%) Confluence
16 8 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
16 8 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
17 6 (0.43%) Apache Spark
17 6 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 53 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.22%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.072%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.072%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.072%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.072%) CINEMA 4D
6 1 (0.072%) Maya
6 1 (0.072%) NUKE
6 1 (0.072%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 27 (1.95%) NetSuite
2 14 (1.01%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.58%) Unit4 Business World
5 6 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.36%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 5 (0.36%) SAP Business One
7 4 (0.29%) Dynamics GP
7 4 (0.29%) Infor SunSystems
8 3 (0.22%) CODA-Financials
9 2 (0.14%) Distributed Ledger
9 2 (0.14%) JDE OneWorld
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.14%) Sage 200
10 1 (0.072%) Hyperion Planning
10 1 (0.072%) Oracle Retail
10 1 (0.072%) Rolfe and Nolan
10 1 (0.072%) SAP BPC
10 1 (0.072%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 245 (17.69%) Amazon AWS
2 154 (11.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 142 (10.25%) Office 365
4 57 (4.12%) SaaS
5 41 (2.96%) Google Cloud Platform
6 25 (1.81%) PaaS
7 19 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
7 19 (1.37%) IaaS
8 16 (1.16%) Azure Active Directory
9 14 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
9 14 (1.01%) Amazon S3
10 12 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (0.79%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 9 (0.65%) AWS Lambda
12 9 (0.65%) Serverless
13 8 (0.58%) GitHub
14 6 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
15 5 (0.36%) Akamai
15 5 (0.36%) Amazon SQS
15 5 (0.36%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 243 (17.55%) Firewall
2 240 (17.33%) DNS
3 174 (12.56%) TCP/IP
4 164 (11.84%) SAN
5 102 (7.36%) DHCP
6 95 (6.86%) VPN
7 71 (5.13%) WAN
8 69 (4.98%) Network Security
9 67 (4.84%) LAN
10 60 (4.33%) Internet
11 48 (3.47%) HTTP
12 43 (3.10%) NAS
13 36 (2.60%) VoIP
14 35 (2.53%) VLAN
15 30 (2.17%) iSCSI
16 28 (2.02%) SMTP
17 26 (1.88%) Cisco ASA
18 23 (1.66%) Ethernet
18 23 (1.66%) Remote Desktop
19 22 (1.59%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 247 (17.83%) MySQL
2 146 (10.54%) SQL Server
3 58 (4.19%) PostgreSQL
4 32 (2.31%) MongoDB
5 23 (1.66%) Hadoop
6 22 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 21 (1.52%) MariaDB
8 13 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
8 13 (0.94%) NoSQL
9 11 (0.79%) Blockchain
10 10 (0.72%) Oracle Database
10 10 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
12 8 (0.58%) Big Data
12 8 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (0.58%) Power BI
12 8 (0.58%) Relational Database
12 8 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 94 (6.79%) Jenkins
2 90 (6.50%) Git (software)
3 25 (1.81%) Vagrant
4 21 (1.52%) Subversion
5 12 (0.87%) Sonatype Nexus
6 11 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
6 11 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (0.72%) Selenium
8 9 (0.65%) JIRA
9 8 (0.58%) TeamCity
10 6 (0.43%) NuGet
11 4 (0.29%) Ant
11 4 (0.29%) GoCD
11 4 (0.29%) Maven
12 3 (0.22%) Bitbucket
12 3 (0.22%) GCC
12 3 (0.22%) GitLab
12 3 (0.22%) Travis CI
12 3 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 191 (13.79%) Finance
2 47 (3.39%) Telecoms
3 35 (2.53%) Banking
4 34 (2.45%) Games
5 31 (2.24%) Advertising
6 27 (1.95%) Retail
7 20 (1.44%) Law
7 20 (1.44%) Marketing
8 17 (1.23%) Legal
9 15 (1.08%) Manufacturing
10 14 (1.01%) Back Office
11 9 (0.65%) Online Betting
12 6 (0.43%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.43%) Local Government
12 6 (0.43%) Military
13 5 (0.36%) Electronics
13 5 (0.36%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.29%) French Language
14 4 (0.29%) Publishing
15 3 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (9.46%) LAMP
2 69 (4.98%) LEMP Stack
3 63 (4.55%) LDAP
4 61 (4.40%) Web Services
5 23 (1.66%) .NET
6 21 (1.52%) LAPP Stack
7 10 (0.72%) HTML
8 9 (0.65%) Memcached
8 9 (0.65%) Middleware
9 8 (0.58%) Elastic Stack
10 7 (0.51%) 802.1X
10 7 (0.51%) CSS
10 7 (0.51%) REST
11 6 (0.43%) FIX Protocol
11 6 (0.43%) JRuby
11 6 (0.43%) Node.js
11 6 (0.43%) XML
12 5 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
12 5 (0.36%) Visualforce
13 4 (0.29%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 98 (7.08%) Computer Science
2 95 (6.86%) Data Centre
3 65 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
4 61 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 39 (2.82%) Fintech
5 39 (2.82%) Linux Command Line
6 34 (2.45%) Replication
7 31 (2.24%) Clustering
7 31 (2.24%) Public Cloud
8 20 (1.44%) Hedge funds
9 13 (0.94%) User Experience
10 11 (0.79%) AS400
11 9 (0.65%) Mobile App
11 9 (0.65%) Private Cloud
12 8 (0.58%) Blackberry
12 8 (0.58%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.58%) Digital Media
12 8 (0.58%) Driving Licence
13 7 (0.51%) Enterprise Storage
13 7 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 848 (61.23%) Linux
2 582 (42.02%) Windows
3 270 (19.49%) Windows Server
4 245 (17.69%) CentOS
5 193 (13.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 193 (13.94%) Unix
6 150 (10.83%) Ubuntu
7 134 (9.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 133 (9.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 69 (4.98%) Debian
10 67 (4.84%) Windows 7
11 52 (3.75%) Windows 10
12 43 (3.10%) Solaris
13 41 (2.96%) AIX
14 24 (1.73%) SUSE
15 18 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (1.16%) CoreOS
17 14 (1.01%) HPUX
18 13 (0.94%) Mac OS X
19 10 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (21.52%) DevOps
2 167 (12.06%) Configuration Management
3 144 (10.40%) ITIL
4 126 (9.10%) Agile Software Development
5 109 (7.87%) Disaster Recovery
6 75 (5.42%) High Availability
7 70 (5.05%) Continuous Integration
8 66 (4.77%) Open Source
9 61 (4.40%) ERP
10 52 (3.75%) Migration
11 51 (3.68%) Load Balancing
12 48 (3.47%) E-Commerce
13 44 (3.18%) CRM
14 38 (2.74%) Mentoring
14 38 (2.74%) Server Building
15 37 (2.67%) Mathematics
16 34 (2.45%) Performance Tuning
17 33 (2.38%) Time Management
18 31 (2.24%) Business Continuity
18 31 (2.24%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 267 (19.28%) Bash Shell
1 267 (19.28%) Python
2 183 (13.21%) SQL
3 173 (12.49%) PowerShell
4 130 (9.39%) Perl
5 113 (8.16%) PHP
6 91 (6.57%) Shell Script
7 83 (5.99%) Java
8 71 (5.13%) Ruby
9 27 (1.95%) JavaScript
10 21 (1.52%) C
11 12 (0.87%) C#
12 11 (0.79%) C++
12 11 (0.79%) Korn
13 9 (0.65%) Bourne shell
13 9 (0.65%) Groovy
13 9 (0.65%) VB
14 8 (0.58%) Go
15 6 (0.43%) VBScript
16 5 (0.36%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 150 (10.83%) Degree
2 72 (5.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 54 (3.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 50 (3.61%) MCSE
5 39 (2.82%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (2.60%) RHCE
7 34 (2.45%) Security Cleared
8 33 (2.38%) MCSA
9 31 (2.24%) CCNA
10 25 (1.81%) MCITP
11 19 (1.37%) CCNP
11 19 (1.37%) MCP
12 17 (1.23%) SC Cleared
13 16 (1.16%) Citrix Certification
14 13 (0.94%) RHCSA
15 12 (0.87%) DV Cleared
16 10 (0.72%) MCTS
16 10 (0.72%) Numerate Degree
17 9 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
17 9 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (2.17%) QA
2 26 (1.88%) SLA
3 17 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.29%) GCP
5 4 (0.29%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.14%) GDPR
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.072%) DICOM
8 1 (0.072%) ISAE 3402
8 1 (0.072%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 325 (23.47%) Active Directory
2 265 (19.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 150 (10.83%) Hyper-V
4 146 (10.54%) Docker
5 56 (4.04%) vSphere
6 49 (3.54%) VMware ESXi
7 46 (3.32%) Virtual Machines
8 37 (2.67%) NFS
9 35 (2.53%) iptables
10 24 (1.73%) Virtual Servers
11 22 (1.59%) KVM
11 22 (1.59%) XenApp
12 19 (1.37%) Xen
12 19 (1.37%) XenDesktop
13 14 (1.01%) Ceph
14 10 (0.72%) Postfix
15 9 (0.65%) Snort
16 8 (0.58%) Terminal Server
16 8 (0.58%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 239 (17.26%) Puppet
2 222 (16.03%) Ansible
3 144 (10.40%) Opscode Chef
4 115 (8.30%) Nagios
5 71 (5.13%) SCCM
6 66 (4.77%) Kubernetes
7 43 (3.10%) Terraform
8 31 (2.24%) Cacti
9 28 (2.02%) ZABBIX
10 27 (1.95%) HAProxy
10 27 (1.95%) SCOM
11 25 (1.81%) Salt
12 17 (1.23%) Grafana
13 16 (1.16%) vCenter Server
13 16 (1.16%) WSUS
14 15 (1.08%) Icinga
15 13 (0.94%) Red Hat Spacewalk
16 12 (0.87%) CFEngine
16 12 (0.87%) logstash
16 12 (0.87%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 431 (31.12%) VMware
2 281 (20.29%) Microsoft
3 260 (18.77%) Red Hat
4 181 (13.07%) Cisco
5 124 (8.95%) Oracle
6 72 (5.20%) HP
7 70 (5.05%) Citrix
8 55 (3.97%) Google
9 51 (3.68%) NetApp
10 45 (3.25%) IBM
11 37 (2.67%) Veeam
12 31 (2.24%) Dell
13 30 (2.17%) Juniper
14 24 (1.73%) F5
14 24 (1.73%) Symantec
15 22 (1.59%) SolarWinds
16 17 (1.23%) Hitachi
17 16 (1.16%) EMC
17 16 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
18 15 (1.08%) SAP