Period
to 19 August 2017

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 August 2017.

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 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 349 298 260
Rank change year-on-year -51 -38 -8
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1610 2117 2751
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 1.07% 1.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.95% 1.11% 1.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1418 1857 2409
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £61,250 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% +2.67%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 169664 190277 209696
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.90% 96.49% 96.47%
Number of salaries quoted 137041 160037 172615
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 2017.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 15 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 2017. 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 -41 1533 £42,500 - 112
UK excluding London -15 951 £40,000 +6.67% 76
London -70 632 £47,500 -5.00% 43
South East +10 386 £42,500 +6.25% 21
North of England +9 225 £37,500 +7.14% 19
North West +24 122 £35,000 +7.69% 7
Midlands -8 111 £33,750 +0.75% 10
Yorkshire +9 103 £38,000 +1.33% 12
East of England -49 92 £45,000 +20.00% 9
South West +3 86 £36,000 +12.50% 10
West Midlands +28 61 £34,000 +4.62% 4
East Midlands -26 50 £33,000 -1.49% 6
Scotland -1 41 £38,500 +2.67% 7
Wales -13 9 £31,825 -6.40%
Northern Ireland -22 1 £38,000 -24.00%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 August 2017, Systems Administrator job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Systems Administrator in the job title.

1 1001 (62.17%) Linux
2 736 (45.71%) Windows
3 548 (34.04%) VMware
4 448 (27.83%) Active Directory
5 410 (25.47%) Windows Server
6 401 (24.91%) Puppet
7 386 (23.98%) DevOps
8 342 (21.24%) Python
9 336 (20.87%) VMware Infrastructure
10 333 (20.68%) Microsoft
11 332 (20.62%) Firewall
12 318 (19.75%) DNS
13 314 (19.50%) Bash Shell
14 311 (19.32%) Red Hat
15 280 (17.39%) Ansible
16 278 (17.27%) Finance
17 275 (17.08%) Unix
17 275 (17.08%) Amazon AWS
18 259 (16.09%) Windows Server 2008
19 258 (16.02%) MySQL
20 257 (15.96%) SQL Server
21 254 (15.78%) Apache
22 250 (15.53%) CentOS
23 248 (15.40%) SQL
24 242 (15.03%) Perl
25 230 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
26 228 (14.16%) PowerShell
27 227 (14.10%) Opscode Chef
28 208 (12.92%) TCP/IP
29 195 (12.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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
1 254 (15.78%) Apache
2 181 (11.24%) MS Exchange
3 132 (8.20%) nginx
4 97 (6.02%) Tomcat
5 83 (5.16%) IIS
6 78 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2010
7 71 (4.41%) SharePoint
8 54 (3.35%) OpenStack
9 39 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2013
10 30 (1.86%) Elasticsearch
11 27 (1.68%) Skype for Business
12 20 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
13 16 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
14 13 (0.81%) Jetty
15 12 (0.75%) JBoss
16 11 (0.68%) WordPress
17 10 (0.62%) CMS
17 10 (0.62%) Confluence
17 10 (0.62%) Drupal
18 8 (0.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 60 (3.73%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.31%) AutoCAD
4 5 (0.31%) PTC Creo
5 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.062%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.062%) Houdini
6 1 (0.062%) Maya
6 1 (0.062%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 18 (1.12%) Unit4 Business World
2 16 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.68%) NetSuite
4 7 (0.43%) Magento
5 6 (0.37%) Cognos Controller
6 5 (0.31%) SAP Business One
7 4 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.19%) CODA-Financials
8 3 (0.19%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
9 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.12%) iTrent
9 2 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 2 (0.12%) Relativity
9 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
10 1 (0.062%) Infor SunSystems
10 1 (0.062%) Q-Pulse
10 1 (0.062%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 275 (17.08%) Amazon AWS
2 190 (11.80%) Office 365
3 165 (10.25%) Microsoft Azure
4 53 (3.29%) SaaS
5 41 (2.55%) IaaS
6 40 (2.48%) PaaS
7 37 (2.30%) Google Cloud Platform
8 17 (1.06%) GitHub
9 16 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
10 12 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
10 12 (0.75%) G Suite
11 11 (0.68%) Amazon S3
12 10 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
12 10 (0.62%) OpenShift
13 9 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
14 8 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 7 (0.43%) Rackspace Cloud
16 6 (0.37%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
17 5 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
17 5 (0.31%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 332 (20.62%) Firewall
2 318 (19.75%) DNS
3 208 (12.92%) TCP/IP
4 182 (11.30%) SAN
5 144 (8.94%) VPN
6 135 (8.39%) LAN
7 130 (8.07%) WAN
8 121 (7.52%) DHCP
9 89 (5.53%) Internet
10 81 (5.03%) Network Security
11 76 (4.72%) VLAN
12 60 (3.73%) LDAP
13 44 (2.73%) Cisco ASA
14 43 (2.67%) NAS
14 43 (2.67%) Remote Desktop
15 35 (2.17%) iSCSI
16 34 (2.11%) VoIP
17 33 (2.05%) HTTP
18 31 (1.93%) SNMP
19 29 (1.80%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 258 (16.02%) MySQL
2 257 (15.96%) SQL Server
3 51 (3.17%) PostgreSQL
4 49 (3.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 41 (2.55%) NoSQL
6 36 (2.24%) MariaDB
7 33 (2.05%) MongoDB
8 31 (1.93%) SQL Server 2012
9 22 (1.37%) Redis
10 21 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (1.12%) Oracle Database
12 17 (1.06%) Apache Cassandra
13 15 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
13 15 (0.93%) Relational Database
14 12 (0.75%) Couchbase
14 12 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
15 11 (0.68%) MemSQL
16 10 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
16 10 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
17 9 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 125 (7.76%) Jenkins
2 90 (5.59%) Git (software)
3 32 (1.99%) JIRA
4 31 (1.93%) Subversion
4 31 (1.93%) Vagrant
5 25 (1.55%) TeamCity
6 15 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 13 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
8 12 (0.75%) Bitbucket
9 11 (0.68%) Gerrit
10 8 (0.50%) Maven
10 8 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
11 7 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
12 6 (0.37%) Eclipse
13 5 (0.31%) Gitweb
13 5 (0.31%) Hudson
13 5 (0.31%) NuGet
14 4 (0.25%) MSI
15 3 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 278 (17.27%) Finance
2 95 (5.90%) Manufacturing
3 85 (5.28%) Marketing
4 73 (4.53%) Telecoms
5 63 (3.91%) Electronics
6 51 (3.17%) Banking
7 30 (1.86%) Games
8 28 (1.74%) Retail
9 22 (1.37%) Back Office
10 19 (1.18%) Publishing
11 17 (1.06%) Advertising
12 14 (0.87%) Law
13 12 (0.75%) Legal
14 8 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
15 7 (0.43%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.43%) Front Office
16 5 (0.31%) Automotive
16 5 (0.31%) Investment Banking
17 2 (0.12%) French Language
17 2 (0.12%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (10.56%) LAMP
2 66 (4.10%) LEMP Stack
3 45 (2.80%) Web Services
4 21 (1.30%) .NET
5 19 (1.18%) HTML
6 16 (0.99%) Node.js
7 14 (0.87%) CSS
7 14 (0.87%) Elastic Stack
8 11 (0.68%) Akka
9 9 (0.56%) RabbitMQ
10 8 (0.50%) FIX Protocol
10 8 (0.50%) JMX
10 8 (0.50%) LAPP Stack
11 7 (0.43%) 802.1X
11 7 (0.43%) EDI
11 7 (0.43%) JRuby
12 6 (0.37%) HornetQ
13 5 (0.31%) Kafka
13 5 (0.31%) MCollective
13 5 (0.31%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 113 (7.02%) Data Centre
2 83 (5.16%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (3.73%) Management Information System
4 52 (3.23%) Clustering
5 46 (2.86%) Computer Science
5 46 (2.86%) Linux Command Line
6 27 (1.68%) Replication
7 26 (1.61%) Fintech
8 25 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
9 23 (1.43%) Public Cloud
10 21 (1.30%) Fat Client
10 21 (1.30%) Thin Client
11 19 (1.18%) User Experience
12 18 (1.12%) iPad
13 17 (1.06%) Digital Media
13 17 (1.06%) Private Cloud
14 16 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
15 10 (0.62%) Hedge funds
16 9 (0.56%) Device Driver
16 9 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1001 (62.17%) Linux
2 736 (45.71%) Windows
3 410 (25.47%) Windows Server
4 275 (17.08%) Unix
5 259 (16.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 250 (15.53%) CentOS
7 230 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
8 195 (12.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 194 (12.05%) Ubuntu
10 164 (10.19%) Debian
11 58 (3.60%) Windows 7
12 53 (3.29%) Windows 10
13 46 (2.86%) AIX
14 44 (2.73%) Windows Server 2003
15 38 (2.36%) Solaris
16 32 (1.99%) Mac OS X
17 26 (1.61%) HPUX
18 17 (1.06%) Windows 8
19 14 (0.87%) Mac OS
20 13 (0.81%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 386 (23.98%) DevOps
2 174 (10.81%) Configuration Management
3 153 (9.50%) ITIL
4 114 (7.08%) High Availability
5 104 (6.46%) Agile Software Development
6 98 (6.09%) Disaster Recovery
7 93 (5.78%) Continuous Integration
8 87 (5.40%) Open Source
9 76 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
10 73 (4.53%) Load Balancing
10 73 (4.53%) Performance Tuning
11 63 (3.91%) Digital Marketing
12 60 (3.73%) Programme Management
13 54 (3.35%) Migration
14 47 (2.92%) ERP
15 45 (2.80%) E-Commerce
16 43 (2.67%) Task Automation
17 40 (2.48%) Change Management
18 39 (2.42%) Mentoring
19 38 (2.36%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 342 (21.24%) Python
2 314 (19.50%) Bash Shell
3 248 (15.40%) SQL
4 242 (15.03%) Perl
5 228 (14.16%) PowerShell
6 141 (8.76%) Ruby
7 122 (7.58%) PHP
8 101 (6.27%) Shell Script
9 89 (5.53%) Java
10 21 (1.30%) C
11 20 (1.24%) JavaScript
12 11 (0.68%) Go
13 8 (0.50%) C++
13 8 (0.50%) Korn
14 7 (0.43%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.37%) Bourne shell
15 6 (0.37%) C#
15 6 (0.37%) C-shell
16 5 (0.31%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.31%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 142 (8.82%) Degree
2 88 (5.47%) Microsoft Certification
3 60 (3.73%) Cisco Certification
4 55 (3.42%) CCNA
4 55 (3.42%) MCSA
5 52 (3.23%) Security Cleared
6 47 (2.92%) MCSE
7 23 (1.43%) RHCE
8 21 (1.30%) MCP
9 19 (1.18%) SC Cleared
10 18 (1.12%) DV Cleared
11 14 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 13 (0.81%) CCNP
12 13 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (0.81%) RHCSA
13 12 (0.75%) RHCA
14 11 (0.68%) AWS Certification
15 10 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
16 8 (0.50%) HND
16 8 (0.50%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (1.80%) QA
2 24 (1.49%) PCI DSS
3 20 (1.24%) SLA
4 19 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.31%) GxP
5 5 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.19%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.12%) GCP
7 2 (0.12%) GDPR
7 2 (0.12%) ISAE 3402
7 2 (0.12%) SSAE 16
8 1 (0.062%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 448 (27.83%) Active Directory
2 336 (20.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 190 (11.80%) Hyper-V
4 177 (10.99%) Docker
5 91 (5.65%) Virtual Machines
6 76 (4.72%) vSphere
7 75 (4.66%) KVM
8 72 (4.47%) VMware ESXi
9 55 (3.42%) iptables
10 52 (3.23%) NFS
11 48 (2.98%) Virtual Servers
12 32 (1.99%) XenServer
13 31 (1.93%) Terminal Services
14 27 (1.68%) XenApp
15 26 (1.61%) Samba
16 23 (1.43%) Xen
17 20 (1.24%) Varnish
18 17 (1.06%) VirtualBox
19 16 (0.99%) VMware Workstation
20 15 (0.93%) LXC
Systems Management
1 401 (24.91%) Puppet
2 280 (17.39%) Ansible
3 227 (14.10%) Opscode Chef
4 102 (6.34%) Nagios
5 85 (5.28%) SCCM
6 67 (4.16%) SCOM
7 60 (3.73%) Kubernetes
8 53 (3.29%) Salt
9 51 (3.17%) ZABBIX
10 46 (2.86%) WSUS
11 33 (2.05%) HAProxy
12 27 (1.68%) CFEngine
13 25 (1.55%) Terraform
14 22 (1.37%) Backup Exec
15 19 (1.18%) SELinux
16 18 (1.12%) vCenter Server
17 17 (1.06%) Failover Clustering
18 15 (0.93%) Cacti
18 15 (0.93%) Icinga
19 13 (0.81%) Munin
Vendors
1 548 (34.04%) VMware
2 333 (20.68%) Microsoft
3 311 (19.32%) Red Hat
4 178 (11.06%) Cisco
5 121 (7.52%) Oracle
6 91 (5.65%) Citrix
7 83 (5.16%) HP
8 80 (4.97%) SAP
9 50 (3.11%) Google
9 50 (3.11%) IBM
10 44 (2.73%) Dell
11 42 (2.61%) EMC
12 34 (2.11%) Veeam
13 30 (1.86%) McAfee
14 29 (1.80%) NetApp
15 28 (1.74%) SolarWinds
16 27 (1.68%) Rackspace
17 24 (1.49%) F5
18 21 (1.30%) Avaya
19 20 (1.24%) Juniper