Period
to 11 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 11 April 2021.

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
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 451 397 411
Rank change year-on-year -54 +14 +1
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 482 835 1,115
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.74% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.77% 0.78%
Number of salaries quoted 432 709 976
10th Percentile £29,551 £27,500 £29,825
25th Percentile £32,688 £32,500 £36,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £41,447 £43,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.54% -3.61% +1.18%
75th Percentile £52,500 £52,500 £56,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,900 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% -

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 77,171 108,316 142,889
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.18% 95.36% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 60,815 87,918 115,276
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,529 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Systems Administrator.

Salary trend for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Systems Administrator over the 6 months to 11 April 2021.

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 11 April 2021. 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 -35 436 £42,500 - 104
UK excluding London +26 334 £40,000 +3.90% 87
London -48 126 £55,000 +10.00% 23
North of England +65 93 £37,500 -11.76% 16
Work from Home -59 85 £45,000 - 21
South East +2 71 £42,500 +6.25% 16
South West +3 60 £42,500 +30.77% 17
Midlands +9 58 £40,000 +4.58% 20
North West +81 56 £37,500 -3.85% 8
West Midlands +8 31 £42,500 -5.56% 9
Yorkshire +3 30 £34,814 -18.09% 5
East Midlands +20 27 £32,500 -7.14% 11
Scotland +13 25 £32,500 -3.70% 4
East of England +39 24 £45,000 +20.00% 12
North East +12 7 £33,500 +21.82% 3
Wales +4 4 £33,125 -13.96% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 April 2021, 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.

1 238 (49.38%) Windows
2 202 (41.91%) Linux
3 163 (33.82%) Azure
4 152 (31.54%) Microsoft
5 147 (30.50%) VMware
6 146 (30.29%) Active Directory
7 144 (29.88%) Microsoft 365
8 125 (25.93%) Windows Server
9 110 (22.82%) AWS
10 101 (20.95%) VMware Infrastructure
11 95 (19.71%) DNS
12 89 (18.46%) Firewall
12 89 (18.46%) Python
13 88 (18.26%) PowerShell
14 85 (17.63%) Bash Shell
15 80 (16.60%) Problem-Solving
16 78 (16.18%) SQL Server
17 76 (15.77%) Hyper-V
18 74 (15.35%) Ansible
19 67 (13.90%) Finance
20 65 (13.49%) Red Hat
21 63 (13.07%) DHCP
22 61 (12.66%) ITIL
23 58 (12.03%) SQL
23 58 (12.03%) Agile Software Development
23 58 (12.03%) Puppet
24 56 (11.62%) DevOps
25 54 (11.20%) Cisco
26 51 (10.58%) SAN
26 51 (10.58%) SharePoint

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 51 (10.58%) SharePoint
2 41 (8.51%) MS Exchange
3 16 (3.32%) Apache
3 16 (3.32%) IIS
4 10 (2.07%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (1.66%) WordPress
6 7 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (1.24%) Confluence
8 4 (0.83%) ArcGIS
8 4 (0.83%) nginx
8 4 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (0.83%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.62%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.41%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.41%) SAS
10 2 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.21%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 30 (6.22%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.90%) Spreadsheet
3 4 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.62%) Houdini
4 3 (0.62%) Maya
4 3 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.62%) NUKE
4 3 (0.62%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.24%) NetSuite
2 5 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.04%) Sage 50
3 4 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.83%) HealthRoster
3 4 (0.83%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.21%) Line 50
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 163 (33.82%) Azure
2 144 (29.88%) Microsoft 365
3 110 (22.82%) AWS
4 36 (7.47%) SaaS
5 20 (4.15%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (3.11%) GCP
7 11 (2.28%) Amazon EC2
7 11 (2.28%) Serverless
8 10 (2.07%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 9 (1.87%) Amazon EKS
9 9 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
9 9 (1.87%) Power Automate
10 8 (1.66%) PaaS
11 7 (1.45%) Amazon SQS
11 7 (1.45%) Google Workspace
12 6 (1.24%) Amazon Kinesis
12 6 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
12 6 (1.24%) Google App Engine
13 5 (1.04%) Amazon S3
13 5 (1.04%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 95 (19.71%) DNS
2 89 (18.46%) Firewall
3 63 (13.07%) DHCP
4 51 (10.58%) SAN
5 36 (7.47%) TCP/IP
6 31 (6.43%) NAS
7 27 (5.60%) LAN
7 27 (5.60%) VPN
7 27 (5.60%) WAN
8 20 (4.15%) SSL
9 13 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
10 12 (2.49%) HTTP
11 11 (2.28%) VoIP
12 10 (2.07%) NetScaler
13 9 (1.87%) Internet
13 9 (1.87%) VLAN
13 9 (1.87%) Wireless
14 6 (1.24%) BIG-IP
14 6 (1.24%) Network Security
14 6 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (16.18%) SQL Server
2 30 (6.22%) MySQL
3 16 (3.32%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (2.07%) Amazon RDS
4 10 (2.07%) Blockchain
5 9 (1.87%) Big Data
5 9 (1.87%) MariaDB
5 9 (1.87%) Redis
6 7 (1.45%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 6 (1.24%) BigQuery
8 5 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 4 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.83%) GIS
10 3 (0.62%) Geospatial Data
10 3 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.41%) Oracle BI EE
11 2 (0.41%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 2 (0.41%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 48 (9.96%) Jenkins
2 26 (5.39%) Git (software)
3 12 (2.49%) JIRA
4 8 (1.66%) GitLab
5 5 (1.04%) Postman
5 5 (1.04%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.41%) Travis CI
8 1 (0.21%) Ant
8 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.21%) Maven
8 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 67 (13.90%) Finance
2 39 (8.09%) Telecoms
3 27 (5.60%) Public Sector
4 25 (5.19%) Marketing
5 18 (3.73%) Manufacturing
6 17 (3.53%) Electronics
7 12 (2.49%) Legal
8 8 (1.66%) Law
9 6 (1.24%) Retail
10 5 (1.04%) Back Office
11 4 (0.83%) Banking
12 3 (0.62%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.41%) Billing
14 1 (0.21%) Advertising
14 1 (0.21%) Automotive
14 1 (0.21%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.21%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (2.90%) LAMP
2 10 (2.07%) Web Services
3 7 (1.45%) LDAP
3 7 (1.45%) XML
4 6 (1.24%) gRPC
4 6 (1.24%) Kafka
4 6 (1.24%) Protocol Buffers
4 6 (1.24%) RESTful
5 5 (1.04%) .NET
5 5 (1.04%) YAML
6 4 (0.83%) HTML
6 4 (0.83%) JSON
6 4 (0.83%) LAPP Stack
6 4 (0.83%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.83%) Swagger
7 3 (0.62%) .NET Core
7 3 (0.62%) AngularJS
7 3 (0.62%) CSS
8 2 (0.41%) Oracle Fusion
8 2 (0.41%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 43 (8.92%) Data Centre
2 33 (6.85%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (5.60%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (3.53%) e-Learning
4 17 (3.53%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.70%) Linux Command Line
6 10 (2.07%) Cloud Native
6 10 (2.07%) Fat Client
6 10 (2.07%) Replication
6 10 (2.07%) Thin Client
7 8 (1.66%) Client/Server
7 8 (1.66%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.45%) NHS
9 5 (1.04%) Clustering
9 5 (1.04%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.04%) Private Cloud
10 4 (0.83%) Cyberthreat
10 4 (0.83%) Digital Media
11 3 (0.62%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.62%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 238 (49.38%) Windows
2 202 (41.91%) Linux
3 125 (25.93%) Windows Server
4 39 (8.09%) CentOS
4 39 (8.09%) Unix
5 36 (7.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 34 (7.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (6.85%) Ubuntu
8 32 (6.64%) Windows 10
9 25 (5.19%) Windows Server 2016
10 22 (4.56%) Windows Server 2019
11 16 (3.32%) Windows 7
12 14 (2.90%) Debian
13 9 (1.87%) Windows Server 2008
14 8 (1.66%) Fedora
15 6 (1.24%) Mac OS
15 6 (1.24%) SUSE
16 4 (0.83%) AIX
17 3 (0.62%) Android
18 2 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (16.60%) Problem-Solving
2 61 (12.66%) ITIL
3 58 (12.03%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (11.62%) DevOps
5 40 (8.30%) Business Intelligence
6 39 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 33 (6.85%) High Availability
8 31 (6.43%) Project Management
9 27 (5.60%) Configuration Management
10 26 (5.39%) Change Management
11 25 (5.19%) Server Management
12 22 (4.56%) Computer Science
12 22 (4.56%) Disaster Recovery
12 22 (4.56%) Migration
13 21 (4.36%) ERP
13 21 (4.36%) Open Source
14 19 (3.94%) PRINCE2
15 18 (3.73%) Digital Marketing
15 18 (3.73%) User Acceptance Testing
16 17 (3.53%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 89 (18.46%) Python
2 88 (18.26%) PowerShell
3 85 (17.63%) Bash Shell
4 58 (12.03%) SQL
5 27 (5.60%) Shell Script
6 23 (4.77%) Java
7 21 (4.36%) Perl
8 18 (3.73%) PHP
9 16 (3.32%) Go
10 15 (3.11%) JavaScript
11 12 (2.49%) Ruby
12 9 (1.87%) Clojure
13 5 (1.04%) VBScript
14 3 (0.62%) C
14 3 (0.62%) C#
15 2 (0.41%) Apex Code
15 2 (0.41%) C++
15 2 (0.41%) Tcl
15 2 (0.41%) VB
16 1 (0.21%) Korn
Qualifications
1 28 (5.81%) Degree
2 18 (3.73%) Security Cleared
3 14 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (2.70%) SC Cleared
5 7 (1.45%) MCSA
5 7 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (1.24%) MCP
7 5 (1.04%) AWS Certification
7 5 (1.04%) CCNA
7 5 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (1.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (1.04%) MCSE
8 4 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.62%) CCA
9 3 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.62%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.41%) CompTIA Security+
10 2 (0.41%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.21%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.15%) GDPR
2 17 (3.53%) QA
3 16 (3.32%) SLA
4 13 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.83%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.41%) PMO
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.21%) NIST
System Software
1 146 (30.29%) Active Directory
2 101 (20.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (15.77%) Hyper-V
4 39 (8.09%) Docker
5 23 (4.77%) vSphere
6 14 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (1.87%) NFS
8 8 (1.66%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (1.24%) Terminal Services
9 6 (1.24%) XenApp
10 5 (1.04%) Firmware
10 5 (1.04%) Samba
10 5 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.83%) KVM
11 4 (0.83%) Terminal Server
11 4 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (0.83%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.62%) pfSense
12 3 (0.62%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.41%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 74 (15.35%) Ansible
2 58 (12.03%) Puppet
3 34 (7.05%) Microsoft Intune
4 29 (6.02%) Kubernetes
4 29 (6.02%) SCCM
4 29 (6.02%) Terraform
5 24 (4.98%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (1.66%) Grafana
6 8 (1.66%) WSUS
7 7 (1.45%) Prometheus
7 7 (1.45%) Red Hat Satellite
8 6 (1.24%) AirWatch
8 6 (1.24%) HAProxy
8 6 (1.24%) Icinga
8 6 (1.24%) Nagios
9 5 (1.04%) Jamf Pro
9 5 (1.04%) Salt
10 4 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (0.62%) SCOM
11 3 (0.62%) WMI
Vendors
1 152 (31.54%) Microsoft
2 147 (30.50%) VMware
3 65 (13.49%) Red Hat
4 54 (11.20%) Cisco
5 42 (8.71%) Citrix
6 30 (6.22%) Dell
6 30 (6.22%) EMC
7 28 (5.81%) Veeam
8 23 (4.77%) SAP
9 22 (4.56%) Meraki
10 15 (3.11%) HP
11 13 (2.70%) Google
12 12 (2.49%) Salesforce.com
13 11 (2.28%) EqualLogic
14 9 (1.87%) IBM
14 9 (1.87%) Oracle
14 9 (1.87%) SolarWinds
15 8 (1.66%) Sophos
16 7 (1.45%) DataCore
16 7 (1.45%) F5