The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £41,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
System Administrator (SysAdmin)
UK
Rank 313 287 241
Rank change year-on-year -26 -46  
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 821 1150 1434
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.11% 1.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 1.16% 1.40%
Number of salaries quoted 698 995 1234
Median salary £41,500 £41,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -2.35%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  

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 81759 99530 102645
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67832 83314 83806
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Systems Administrator in the job title.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -31 779 £42,500 +1.65% 124
London -20 312 £45,000 -5.26% 50
South East +48 231 £41,500 +3.75% 29
East of England +8 79 £45,000 +12.50% 8
Surrey +38 57 £40,000 -10.11% 7
East Midlands +32 47 £30,000 -10.44% 1
Berkshire +26 45 £45,000 +12.50% 7
East Sussex +28 38 £45,000 +12.50% 1
City of London +21 38 £42,500 -15.00% 15
Hampshire +13 38 £32,500 -10.34% 6
Brighton +35 37 £45,000 +12.50% 1
South West -30 32 £40,000 - 10
Yorkshire -28 29 £37,500 +7.14% 5
Oxfordshire -11 28 £45,000 +2.27% 6
Guildford +35 27 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Hertfordshire +14 27 £45,000 +12.50% 2
North West -29 27 £37,000 +13.84% 7
Reading +34 22 £45,000 - 4
West Midlands +6 22 £30,000 -10.44% 13
Cambridgeshire -18 22 £37,500 -7.40% 4
Nottingham +21 21 £38,750 +14.81%
Nottinghamshire +18 21 £38,750 +14.81%
Scotland +25 20 £32,500 -8.45% 4
Welwyn Garden City +15 18 £45,000 +42.85% 1
Manchester -23 18 £36,500 -2.66% 5
Cambridge -18 17 £42,500 +6.25% 4
Essex +28 16 £47,500 +50.79%
Northamptonshire +35 15 £30,000 -20.00% 1
Colchester - 15 £47,500 -
West Yorkshire +1 13 £55,000 +46.66% 4

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 1198 (63.96%) Linux
2 909 (48.53%) Windows
3 605 (32.30%) VMware
4 547 (29.20%) Windows Server
5 495 (26.43%) Active Directory
6 448 (23.92%) Microsoft
7 442 (23.60%) Puppet
8 428 (22.85%) Red Hat
9 378 (20.18%) DevOps
10 357 (19.06%) VMware Infrastructure
11 353 (18.85%) Bash Shell
12 345 (18.42%) Firewall
13 336 (17.94%) Python
14 327 (17.46%) CentOS
15 308 (16.44%) Finance
16 306 (16.34%) MySQL
17 304 (16.23%) DNS
18 303 (16.18%) Windows Server 2012
19 287 (15.32%) Amazon AWS
20 285 (15.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 273 (14.58%) Apache
22 270 (14.42%) SQL Server
23 266 (14.20%) Unix
23 266 (14.20%) Opscode Chef
24 260 (13.88%) Ubuntu
25 256 (13.67%) Windows Server 2008
26 249 (13.29%) SQL
27 239 (12.76%) Ansible
28 226 (12.07%) Perl
29 212 (11.32%) SAN

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top Related 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
1 273 (14.58%) Apache
2 183 (9.77%) MS Exchange
3 149 (7.96%) IIS
4 137 (7.31%) Tomcat
5 95 (5.07%) SharePoint
6 86 (4.59%) Exchange Server 2010
7 84 (4.48%) nginx
8 59 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2013
9 43 (2.30%) Elasticsearch
10 41 (2.19%) OpenStack
11 25 (1.33%) Skype for Business
12 18 (0.96%) JBoss
13 16 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 15 (0.80%) CMS
15 13 (0.69%) Drupal
16 12 (0.64%) Confluence
17 10 (0.53%) Documentum
17 10 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
17 10 (0.53%) Site Server
17 10 (0.53%) WordPress
Applications
1 187 (9.98%) MS Excel
2 112 (5.98%) MS Office
3 11 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.16%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.16%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.11%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.053%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.053%) Houdini
6 1 (0.053%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.053%) Maya
6 1 (0.053%) NUKE
6 1 (0.053%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 13 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
2 9 (0.48%) NetSuite
3 7 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.37%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.21%) HFM
5 4 (0.21%) Hyperion Planning
5 4 (0.21%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 4 (0.21%) Magento
5 4 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.16%) Infor SunSystems
6 3 (0.16%) Primavera
6 3 (0.16%) Sage X3
6 3 (0.16%) SAP Business One
7 2 (0.11%) Bankmaster
7 2 (0.11%) Cognos Controller
7 2 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.11%) SAP BPC
7 2 (0.11%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 287 (15.32%) Amazon AWS
2 194 (10.36%) Office 365
3 129 (6.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 62 (3.31%) SaaS
5 29 (1.55%) Amazon EC2
6 21 (1.12%) Amazon S3
6 21 (1.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 18 (0.96%) Google Cloud Platform
7 18 (0.96%) PaaS
8 15 (0.80%) GitHub
9 13 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (0.69%) IaaS
10 9 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
10 9 (0.48%) Slack
11 7 (0.37%) G Suite
12 5 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.27%) Google App Engine
12 5 (0.27%) Oracle CX
12 5 (0.27%) Route 53
13 4 (0.21%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 345 (18.42%) Firewall
2 304 (16.23%) DNS
3 212 (11.32%) SAN
4 210 (11.21%) TCP/IP
5 152 (8.12%) LAN
6 150 (8.01%) DHCP
7 145 (7.74%) WAN
8 128 (6.83%) VPN
9 126 (6.73%) Internet
10 88 (4.70%) LDAP
11 77 (4.11%) VoIP
12 76 (4.06%) NAS
13 64 (3.42%) VLAN
14 62 (3.31%) HTTP
15 55 (2.94%) Network Security
16 42 (2.24%) Cisco ASA
17 37 (1.98%) iSCSI
18 32 (1.71%) SMTP
19 31 (1.66%) SSL
20 30 (1.60%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 306 (16.34%) MySQL
2 270 (14.42%) SQL Server
3 71 (3.79%) PostgreSQL
4 48 (2.56%) MongoDB
5 32 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 25 (1.33%) NoSQL
6 25 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
7 23 (1.23%) Redis
7 23 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 19 (1.01%) Crystal Reports
9 18 (0.96%) Relational Database
10 17 (0.91%) Hadoop
10 17 (0.91%) MariaDB
11 15 (0.80%) Big Data
11 15 (0.80%) Oracle Database
12 13 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
13 9 (0.48%) RDBMS
13 9 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
14 8 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 7 (0.37%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 138 (7.37%) Jenkins
2 85 (4.54%) Git (software)
3 52 (2.78%) JIRA
3 52 (2.78%) Subversion
4 28 (1.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 25 (1.33%) TeamCity
6 14 (0.75%) Maven
7 10 (0.53%) Bundler
8 8 (0.43%) Bitbucket
8 8 (0.43%) Vagrant
9 7 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.32%) Redmine
11 5 (0.27%) Gerrit
11 5 (0.27%) Visual Studio
12 4 (0.21%) MSI
12 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
12 4 (0.21%) Trac
13 3 (0.16%) Mercurial
13 3 (0.16%) Travis CI
General
1 308 (16.44%) Finance
2 87 (4.64%) Telecoms
3 68 (3.63%) Banking
4 61 (3.26%) Marketing
5 40 (2.14%) Retail
6 39 (2.08%) Games
7 28 (1.49%) Manufacturing
8 25 (1.33%) Publishing
9 23 (1.23%) Law
9 23 (1.23%) Legal
10 22 (1.17%) Advertising
11 20 (1.07%) Electronics
12 17 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
13 16 (0.85%) Back Office
14 4 (0.21%) Automotive
14 4 (0.21%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.21%) Front Office
14 4 (0.21%) General Ledger
15 3 (0.16%) Private Banking
16 2 (0.11%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (9.61%) LAMP
2 97 (5.18%) Web Services
3 60 (3.20%) .NET
4 50 (2.67%) HTML
5 46 (2.46%) LEMP Stack
6 32 (1.71%) Node.js
7 20 (1.07%) CSS
8 17 (0.91%) Memcached
9 16 (0.85%) EDI
10 15 (0.80%) Kafka
10 15 (0.80%) RabbitMQ
11 12 (0.64%) Ajax
11 12 (0.64%) Elastic Stack
11 12 (0.64%) Middleware
12 11 (0.59%) Ruby on Rails
13 10 (0.53%) JSF
13 10 (0.53%) XHTML
13 10 (0.53%) XML
14 9 (0.48%) ASP.NET
15 7 (0.37%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 169 (9.02%) Data Centre
2 85 (4.54%) Analytical Skills
3 65 (3.47%) Computer Science
4 57 (3.04%) Management Information System
5 34 (1.82%) Linux Command Line
6 33 (1.76%) Fat Client
6 33 (1.76%) Thin Client
7 32 (1.71%) Clustering
8 27 (1.44%) Fintech
9 22 (1.17%) Hedge funds
10 20 (1.07%) Replication
10 20 (1.07%) Smartphone
11 19 (1.01%) AS400
11 19 (1.01%) Private Cloud
12 17 (0.91%) Driving Licence
13 16 (0.85%) Blackberry
14 15 (0.80%) EMC VNX
15 12 (0.64%) Enterprise Storage
15 12 (0.64%) Public Cloud
16 11 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1198 (63.96%) Linux
2 909 (48.53%) Windows
3 547 (29.20%) Windows Server
4 327 (17.46%) CentOS
5 303 (16.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 285 (15.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 266 (14.20%) Unix
8 260 (13.88%) Ubuntu
9 256 (13.67%) Windows Server 2008
10 154 (8.22%) Debian
11 84 (4.48%) Solaris
12 71 (3.79%) Mac OS X
13 56 (2.99%) Windows 7
14 45 (2.40%) Windows 10
15 44 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
16 40 (2.14%) SUSE
17 36 (1.92%) AIX
18 26 (1.39%) HPUX
19 20 (1.07%) Apple iOS
20 19 (1.01%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (20.18%) DevOps
2 170 (9.08%) ITIL
3 168 (8.97%) Configuration Management
4 114 (6.09%) High Availability
5 110 (5.87%) Open Source
6 103 (5.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 92 (4.91%) Agile Software Development
8 81 (4.32%) Service Delivery
9 72 (3.84%) Project Management
10 61 (3.26%) Continuous Integration
11 58 (3.10%) Performance Tuning
12 57 (3.04%) Load Balancing
12 57 (3.04%) Service Management
13 56 (2.99%) Continuous Improvement
14 52 (2.78%) E-Commerce
15 49 (2.62%) ERP
16 48 (2.56%) Migration
17 43 (2.30%) Virtual Environments
18 41 (2.19%) Patch Management
19 37 (1.98%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 353 (18.85%) Bash Shell
2 336 (17.94%) Python
3 249 (13.29%) SQL
4 226 (12.07%) Perl
5 211 (11.27%) PowerShell
6 146 (7.79%) PHP
6 146 (7.79%) Ruby
7 104 (5.55%) Java
8 101 (5.39%) Shell Script
9 47 (2.51%) C#
10 38 (2.03%) JavaScript
11 27 (1.44%) C
12 18 (0.96%) VBScript
13 17 (0.91%) VB
14 15 (0.80%) Korn
15 13 (0.69%) C++
15 13 (0.69%) VBA
16 8 (0.43%) T-SQL
17 6 (0.32%) VB.NET
17 6 (0.32%) VB6
Qualifications
1 191 (10.20%) Degree
2 97 (5.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 79 (4.22%) Cisco Certification
4 76 (4.06%) CCNA
5 67 (3.58%) MCSE
6 62 (3.31%) MCSA
7 60 (3.20%) Security Cleared
8 33 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
9 25 (1.33%) MCP
10 18 (0.96%) DV Cleared
10 18 (0.96%) HND
11 16 (0.85%) SC Cleared
12 12 (0.64%) CISSP
12 12 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 10 (0.53%) MCITP
14 8 (0.43%) CCNP
14 8 (0.43%) CISM
14 8 (0.43%) CompTIA Security+
14 8 (0.43%) Security+ Certification
15 5 (0.27%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (2.83%) SLA
2 41 (2.19%) PCI DSS
3 37 (1.98%) QA
4 8 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.21%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.053%) DICOM
7 1 (0.053%) GCP
7 1 (0.053%) GPG13
7 1 (0.053%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.053%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.053%) PMO
System Software
1 495 (26.43%) Active Directory
2 357 (19.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 182 (9.72%) Hyper-V
4 102 (5.45%) Docker
5 87 (4.64%) vSphere
6 56 (2.99%) NFS
7 55 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
8 48 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
9 47 (2.51%) KVM
10 35 (1.87%) Varnish
10 35 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
10 35 (1.87%) XenServer
11 33 (1.76%) Xen
12 24 (1.28%) iptables
12 24 (1.28%) VMware ESX
13 21 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
14 20 (1.07%) VMware Server
15 19 (1.01%) Firmware
15 19 (1.01%) Terminal Services
16 16 (0.85%) Samba
Systems Management
1 442 (23.60%) Puppet
2 266 (14.20%) Opscode Chef
3 239 (12.76%) Ansible
4 134 (7.15%) Nagios
5 94 (5.02%) SCCM
6 65 (3.47%) Salt
7 45 (2.40%) SCOM
8 31 (1.66%) ZABBIX
9 25 (1.33%) WSUS
10 24 (1.28%) OpenView
11 23 (1.23%) NetBackup
12 22 (1.17%) Cobbler
13 21 (1.12%) Kubernetes
14 20 (1.07%) Control-M
14 20 (1.07%) HAProxy
15 18 (0.96%) Cacti
15 18 (0.96%) logstash
16 17 (0.91%) Backup Exec
16 17 (0.91%) CFEngine
17 15 (0.80%) Icinga
Vendors
1 605 (32.30%) VMware
2 448 (23.92%) Microsoft
3 428 (22.85%) Red Hat
4 211 (11.27%) Cisco
5 133 (7.10%) Oracle
6 110 (5.87%) Citrix
7 98 (5.23%) HP
8 64 (3.42%) EMC
9 48 (2.56%) Dell
10 34 (1.82%) Avaya
11 32 (1.71%) NetApp
12 31 (1.66%) IBM
12 31 (1.66%) Juniper
12 31 (1.66%) Veritas
13 28 (1.49%) Sun
14 26 (1.39%) Apple
14 26 (1.39%) Splunk
15 24 (1.28%) Google
16 23 (1.23%) SAP
16 23 (1.23%) SolarWinds
London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus, benefits + training
Posted: 15 hours ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Searchability
Salary: £27000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to 45k + benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
North West London
Franklin Fitch Limited
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £1 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Quant Capital
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + benefits and bonus
Posted: 14 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £20000.00 - £30000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Premier IT
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Employ Solutions
Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £55k + benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Webrecruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £31000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to 33k
Posted: 16 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
Futureheads Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Big Red Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + competitive package
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
IPsoft
Salary: Excellent salary with strong benefits package
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Rugby, Warwickshire
Searchability
Salary: £20000 - £24000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Sanderson
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + 20% Bonus + 10% Pension
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
Franklin Bates
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Searchability
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Feltham, Middlesex
2M Employment Solutions
Salary: £30000.00 - £32000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Posted: 2 days ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Understanding Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Execllent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago