Period
to 18 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 December 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 375 373 291
Rank change year-on-year -2 -82 -24
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,320 1,533 2,146
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.86% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 0.89% 1.21%
Number of salaries quoted 1,138 1,352 1,831
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £28,925 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £39,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year -2.50% +6.67% -3.85%

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 152,454 172,106 177,593
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.84% 96.06% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 122,023 138,690 148,265
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +4.40%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 -9 1,240 £42,500 - 228
UK excluding London -28 697 £39,000 -2.50% 166
London +41 600 £50,000 +5.26% 75
South East -26 251 £40,000 -5.88% 48
North of England -24 164 £34,500 -12.10% 36
South West +36 109 £42,250 +5.63% 22
Yorkshire +5 106 £35,000 -8.50% 17
Midlands -10 62 £37,000 -7.50% 23
East of England -6 56 £37,500 -10.71% 24
North West -20 50 £35,000 -12.50% 18
Scotland +2 33 £36,250 -5.84% 7
West Midlands +16 31 £37,000 +5.71% 10
East Midlands +8 31 £33,250 -21.76% 13
Wales +14 21 £39,750 +6.00% 5
North East +10 8 £31,000 -18.95% 1
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 -

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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.

1 833 (63.11%) Linux
2 675 (51.14%) Windows
3 449 (34.02%) VMware
4 406 (30.76%) Active Directory
5 397 (30.08%) Windows Server
6 380 (28.79%) Microsoft
7 336 (25.45%) Python
8 328 (24.85%) DevOps
9 294 (22.27%) Amazon AWS
9 294 (22.27%) Bash Shell
10 250 (18.94%) VMware Infrastructure
11 241 (18.26%) Red Hat
12 240 (18.18%) Puppet
13 237 (17.95%) Firewall
14 236 (17.88%) PowerShell
15 228 (17.27%) DNS
16 221 (16.74%) Microsoft Azure
17 210 (15.91%) Ansible
18 203 (15.38%) Configuration Management
19 181 (13.71%) SQL Server
20 179 (13.56%) Office 365
21 176 (13.33%) Unix
22 175 (13.26%) TCP/IP
23 173 (13.11%) CentOS
24 171 (12.95%) Finance
25 170 (12.88%) ITIL
26 169 (12.80%) Perl
27 160 (12.12%) Windows Server 2012
28 157 (11.89%) Degree
29 154 (11.67%) MS Exchange

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
1 154 (11.67%) MS Exchange
2 141 (10.68%) Apache
3 92 (6.97%) SharePoint
4 79 (5.98%) IIS
5 76 (5.76%) Tomcat
6 40 (3.03%) nginx
6 40 (3.03%) Skype for Business
7 32 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
8 25 (1.89%) JBoss
9 24 (1.82%) Confluence
10 20 (1.52%) OpenStack
11 19 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
12 16 (1.21%) WordPress
13 12 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
14 11 (0.83%) CMS
15 10 (0.76%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.61%) SAS
17 3 (0.23%) Drupal
17 3 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
17 3 (0.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 64 (4.85%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.36%) Spreadsheet
3 9 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.076%) Abaqus
5 1 (0.076%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.076%) Mathcad
5 1 (0.076%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.076%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 30 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.61%) NetSuite
3 7 (0.53%) iTrent
4 6 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.38%) HFM
5 5 (0.38%) Hyperion Planning
6 4 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.30%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.30%) SystmOne
7 3 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.23%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.15%) Infor SunSystems
8 2 (0.15%) Odoo
8 2 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
8 2 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
9 1 (0.076%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.076%) MetaTrader
9 1 (0.076%) Oracle Financials
9 1 (0.076%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 294 (22.27%) Amazon AWS
2 221 (16.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 179 (13.56%) Office 365
4 64 (4.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 41 (3.11%) SaaS
6 24 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 20 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (1.06%) OpenShift
9 13 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
10 12 (0.91%) Amazon S3
11 11 (0.83%) Mimecast
12 10 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.76%) OneDrive
12 10 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 8 (0.61%) G Suite
14 6 (0.45%) IaaS
15 4 (0.30%) Amazon ELB
15 4 (0.30%) GitHub
15 4 (0.30%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 237 (17.95%) Firewall
2 228 (17.27%) DNS
3 175 (13.26%) TCP/IP
4 149 (11.29%) SAN
5 118 (8.94%) DHCP
6 92 (6.97%) VPN
7 89 (6.74%) WAN
8 88 (6.67%) LAN
9 80 (6.06%) Internet
10 67 (5.08%) VLAN
11 48 (3.64%) HTTP
11 48 (3.64%) Network Security
12 38 (2.88%) Skype
12 38 (2.88%) Wi-Fi
13 31 (2.35%) SSH
14 30 (2.27%) NAS
15 28 (2.12%) iSCSI
16 26 (1.97%) RTMP
16 26 (1.97%) RTSP
17 25 (1.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (13.71%) SQL Server
2 132 (10.00%) MySQL
3 46 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
4 24 (1.82%) SQL Server 2008
5 23 (1.74%) NoSQL
6 22 (1.67%) MariaDB
7 21 (1.59%) Oracle Database
7 21 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 20 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 18 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
10 16 (1.21%) MongoDB
11 15 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
12 14 (1.06%) Redis
12 14 (1.06%) Relational Database
13 12 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
14 11 (0.83%) Big Data
14 11 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
15 10 (0.76%) Couchbase
15 10 (0.76%) Hadoop
15 10 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 115 (8.71%) Jenkins
2 106 (8.03%) Git (software)
3 36 (2.73%) JIRA
3 36 (2.73%) Octopus Deploy
4 30 (2.27%) TeamCity
5 26 (1.97%) Mercurial
6 24 (1.82%) Subversion
7 17 (1.29%) Vagrant
8 13 (0.98%) Hudson
9 12 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 12 (0.91%) Bitbucket
10 9 (0.68%) Maven
10 9 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
11 8 (0.61%) MSBuild
12 7 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
13 6 (0.45%) GitLab
14 5 (0.38%) Oracle Forms
15 4 (0.30%) Redmine
15 4 (0.30%) Selenium
15 4 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 171 (12.95%) Finance
2 69 (5.23%) Telecoms
3 40 (3.03%) Banking
4 30 (2.27%) Law
4 30 (2.27%) Retail
5 27 (2.05%) Legal
5 27 (2.05%) Manufacturing
6 26 (1.97%) Advertising
7 24 (1.82%) Marketing
8 19 (1.44%) Games
9 18 (1.36%) Electronics
10 8 (0.61%) Multimedia
11 7 (0.53%) Billing
12 6 (0.45%) Automotive
12 6 (0.45%) French Language
12 6 (0.45%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.30%) Back Office
13 4 (0.30%) Publishing
14 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.23%) Greek Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (7.80%) LAMP
2 84 (6.36%) Web Services
3 52 (3.94%) LDAP
4 31 (2.35%) .NET
5 20 (1.52%) .NET Framework
6 18 (1.36%) Elastic Stack
6 18 (1.36%) HTML
7 16 (1.21%) CSS
7 16 (1.21%) Node.js
8 15 (1.14%) Middleware
9 14 (1.06%) LAPP Stack
10 13 (0.98%) Spring
11 11 (0.83%) LEMP Stack
12 9 (0.68%) React
13 8 (0.61%) Kafka
14 7 (0.53%) Regular Expression
14 7 (0.53%) XML
15 3 (0.23%) REST
15 3 (0.23%) SAP Basis
15 3 (0.23%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 118 (8.94%) Data Centre
2 50 (3.79%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (3.64%) Clustering
4 43 (3.26%) Replication
5 42 (3.18%) Fintech
6 40 (3.03%) Management Information System
6 40 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
7 36 (2.73%) Linux Command Line
8 32 (2.42%) Public Cloud
9 27 (2.05%) Video\Live Streaming
10 23 (1.74%) PKI
11 14 (1.06%) Driving Licence
11 14 (1.06%) Enterprise Storage
12 10 (0.76%) HP StoreVirtual
13 9 (0.68%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.61%) Mobile App
14 8 (0.61%) Robotics
15 7 (0.53%) CMDB
15 7 (0.53%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 833 (63.11%) Linux
2 675 (51.14%) Windows
3 397 (30.08%) Windows Server
4 176 (13.33%) Unix
5 173 (13.11%) CentOS
6 160 (12.12%) Windows Server 2012
7 153 (11.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 130 (9.85%) Windows Server 2008
9 118 (8.94%) Ubuntu
10 108 (8.18%) Windows 10
11 88 (6.67%) Windows 7
12 69 (5.23%) Debian
13 63 (4.77%) Solaris
14 26 (1.97%) SUSE
15 24 (1.82%) AIX
16 22 (1.67%) Mac OS X
17 15 (1.14%) FreeBSD
18 14 (1.06%) Mac OS
19 13 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
19 13 (0.98%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (24.85%) DevOps
2 203 (15.38%) Configuration Management
3 170 (12.88%) ITIL
4 130 (9.85%) Problem-Solving
5 92 (6.97%) Agile Software Development
6 90 (6.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 79 (5.98%) Disaster Recovery
8 70 (5.30%) Open Source
9 66 (5.00%) Computer Science
10 62 (4.70%) High Availability
11 60 (4.55%) Continuous Integration
12 59 (4.47%) Service Delivery
13 51 (3.86%) CRM
14 48 (3.64%) E-Commerce
15 47 (3.56%) Migration
15 47 (3.56%) Patch Management
16 42 (3.18%) Security Patching
17 41 (3.11%) Root Cause Analysis
17 41 (3.11%) Server Management
18 40 (3.03%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 336 (25.45%) Python
2 294 (22.27%) Bash Shell
3 236 (17.88%) PowerShell
4 169 (12.80%) Perl
5 149 (11.29%) SQL
6 112 (8.48%) Shell Script
7 101 (7.65%) Ruby
8 87 (6.59%) Java
9 81 (6.14%) PHP
10 38 (2.88%) C
11 32 (2.42%) Korn
12 29 (2.20%) C#
13 25 (1.89%) JavaScript
14 22 (1.67%) Bourne shell
15 17 (1.29%) Go
16 10 (0.76%) VB
17 9 (0.68%) VBScript
18 4 (0.30%) C++
19 3 (0.23%) Jython
19 3 (0.23%) R
Qualifications
1 157 (11.89%) Degree
2 105 (7.95%) Microsoft Certification
3 69 (5.23%) MCSE
4 50 (3.79%) MCSA
5 48 (3.64%) Computer Science Degree
6 36 (2.73%) Security Cleared
7 31 (2.35%) SC Cleared
8 28 (2.12%) RHCE
9 27 (2.05%) Cisco Certification
10 26 (1.97%) RHCSA
10 26 (1.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 23 (1.74%) CCNA
12 21 (1.59%) MCP
13 11 (0.83%) MCITP
14 9 (0.68%) DV Cleared
14 9 (0.68%) Oracle Certification
15 8 (0.61%) AWS Certification
16 7 (0.53%) Sun Certification
17 6 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
18 5 (0.38%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (2.35%) SLA
2 18 (1.36%) QA
3 9 (0.68%) Data Quality
3 9 (0.68%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.61%) GDPR
5 6 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.076%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.076%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 406 (30.76%) Active Directory
2 250 (18.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 151 (11.44%) Docker
4 134 (10.15%) Hyper-V
5 86 (6.52%) VMware ESXi
6 62 (4.70%) Virtual Machines
7 45 (3.41%) vSphere
8 41 (3.11%) Virtual Servers
9 38 (2.88%) NFS
10 23 (1.74%) KVM
11 22 (1.67%) XenApp
12 21 (1.59%) iptables
13 20 (1.52%) Samba
14 17 (1.29%) pfSense
15 15 (1.14%) GlusterFS
16 13 (0.98%) Gluster
16 13 (0.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.98%) Terminal Services
16 13 (0.98%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 13 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 240 (18.18%) Puppet
2 210 (15.91%) Ansible
3 123 (9.32%) Opscode Chef
4 89 (6.74%) Terraform
5 83 (6.29%) Kubernetes
6 78 (5.91%) SCCM
7 64 (4.85%) Nagios
8 50 (3.79%) ZABBIX
9 28 (2.12%) Salt
10 27 (2.05%) vCenter Server
11 25 (1.89%) WSUS
12 23 (1.74%) HAProxy
13 22 (1.67%) NetBackup
14 20 (1.52%) SCOM
15 18 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
16 16 (1.21%) Microsoft Clustering
17 15 (1.14%) Backup Exec
17 15 (1.14%) Icinga
18 13 (0.98%) Prometheus
18 13 (0.98%) vRealize
Vendors
1 449 (34.02%) VMware
2 380 (28.79%) Microsoft
3 241 (18.26%) Red Hat
4 137 (10.38%) Cisco
5 87 (6.59%) Citrix
6 78 (5.91%) Oracle
7 56 (4.24%) Google
8 54 (4.09%) HP
9 53 (4.02%) EMC
10 43 (3.26%) Veritas
11 36 (2.73%) Veeam
12 32 (2.42%) SAP
13 31 (2.35%) Dell
14 30 (2.27%) NetApp
15 27 (2.05%) SaltStack
16 26 (1.97%) Symantec
17 23 (1.74%) Mitel
17 23 (1.74%) Remedy
18 22 (1.67%) Juniper
18 22 (1.67%) McAfee