Period
to 20 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 351 297 268
Rank change year-on-year -54 -29 -19
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1598 2119 2722
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.11% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 1.15% 1.29%
Number of salaries quoted 1402 1845 2397
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +1.19% +4.09%
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £62,500 £62,400 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -

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 166841 184148 211679
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.76% 96.44% 96.48%
Number of salaries quoted 133583 154294 175388
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -48 1511 £43,500 +2.35% 81
UK excluding London -15 940 £40,000 +6.67% 46
London -88 620 £47,500 -5.00% 37
South East -8 353 £42,500 +6.25% 12
North of England +28 255 £40,000 +14.29% 14
Yorkshire +56 138 £40,000 +6.67% 9
North West +16 118 £39,500 +29.51% 5
Midlands +5 106 £35,571 +9.45% 9
South West +36 94 £37,500 +8.03% 5
East of England -27 83 £45,000 +20.00% 4
East Midlands +6 56 £40,000 +23.08% 6
West Midlands +20 50 £35,000 +2.94% 3
Scotland -15 41 £40,000 +6.67% 1
Wales -26 6 £31,500 -8.03%
Northern Ireland -33 2 £32,250 -35.50%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 971 (60.76%) Linux
2 708 (44.31%) Windows
3 563 (35.23%) VMware
4 431 (26.97%) Active Directory
5 387 (24.22%) Windows Server
6 376 (23.53%) DevOps
7 351 (21.96%) Puppet
8 347 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
9 333 (20.84%) Microsoft
10 331 (20.71%) Firewall
11 307 (19.21%) DNS
12 286 (17.90%) Red Hat
13 283 (17.71%) Amazon AWS
14 281 (17.58%) Finance
15 280 (17.52%) Python
16 279 (17.46%) MySQL
17 266 (16.65%) Bash Shell
18 264 (16.52%) Apache
19 260 (16.27%) Unix
20 253 (15.83%) Ansible
21 249 (15.58%) SQL
22 243 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
23 241 (15.08%) PowerShell
24 236 (14.77%) SQL Server
25 231 (14.46%) CentOS
26 212 (13.27%) Windows Server 2012
27 203 (12.70%) MS Exchange
28 200 (12.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
29 199 (12.45%) Opscode Chef
30 197 (12.33%) TCP/IP

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
1 264 (16.52%) Apache
2 203 (12.70%) MS Exchange
3 135 (8.45%) nginx
4 86 (5.38%) IIS
5 85 (5.32%) Tomcat
6 74 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2010
6 74 (4.63%) SharePoint
7 52 (3.25%) OpenStack
8 45 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2013
9 28 (1.75%) Skype for Business
10 18 (1.13%) WordPress
11 17 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
12 16 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
13 14 (0.88%) WebSphere
14 12 (0.75%) Confluence
14 12 (0.75%) JBoss
15 9 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
16 8 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
16 8 (0.50%) Jetty
Applications
1 51 (3.19%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.31%) AutoCAD
4 5 (0.31%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.063%) Houdini
5 1 (0.063%) Maya
5 1 (0.063%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.063%) NUKE
5 1 (0.063%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 22 (1.38%) Unit4 Business World
2 17 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.63%) NetSuite
4 7 (0.44%) Cognos Controller
5 6 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.31%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 5 (0.31%) SAP Business One
7 4 (0.25%) Magento
7 4 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.19%) CODA-Financials
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
9 2 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.13%) JDE OneWorld
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.13%) Relativity
10 1 (0.063%) iTrent
10 1 (0.063%) Q-Pulse
Cloud Services
1 283 (17.71%) Amazon AWS
2 190 (11.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 183 (11.45%) Office 365
4 55 (3.44%) SaaS
5 40 (2.50%) IaaS
6 39 (2.44%) PaaS
7 38 (2.38%) Google Cloud Platform
8 17 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
9 16 (1.00%) GitHub
10 14 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
11 12 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 10 (0.63%) Amazon S3
12 10 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.44%) Route 53
14 5 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
14 5 (0.31%) G Suite
14 5 (0.31%) OpenShift
14 5 (0.31%) SuccessFactors
15 4 (0.25%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 331 (20.71%) Firewall
2 307 (19.21%) DNS
3 197 (12.33%) TCP/IP
4 189 (11.83%) SAN
5 145 (9.07%) VPN
6 119 (7.45%) LAN
7 115 (7.20%) WAN
8 112 (7.01%) DHCP
9 75 (4.69%) Network Security
10 73 (4.57%) VLAN
11 67 (4.19%) Internet
12 50 (3.13%) LDAP
13 45 (2.82%) Remote Desktop
14 39 (2.44%) NAS
15 37 (2.32%) Cisco ASA
16 32 (2.00%) iSCSI
17 29 (1.81%) BGP
17 29 (1.81%) Intrusion Detection
18 26 (1.63%) VoIP
19 24 (1.50%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (17.46%) MySQL
2 236 (14.77%) SQL Server
3 43 (2.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 42 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
5 37 (2.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 36 (2.25%) MariaDB
6 36 (2.25%) MongoDB
7 34 (2.13%) NoSQL
8 20 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (1.00%) Hadoop
9 16 (1.00%) Redis
10 15 (0.94%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
10 15 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
11 14 (0.88%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
13 11 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 10 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
15 9 (0.56%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 113 (7.07%) Jenkins
2 93 (5.82%) Git (software)
3 36 (2.25%) Vagrant
4 28 (1.75%) Subversion
5 25 (1.56%) JIRA
6 23 (1.44%) TeamCity
7 18 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
8 15 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 15 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
9 11 (0.69%) Bitbucket
10 7 (0.44%) Maven
11 6 (0.38%) Ant
11 6 (0.38%) Eclipse
11 6 (0.38%) Gerrit
12 5 (0.31%) Gitweb
12 5 (0.31%) Hudson
12 5 (0.31%) NuGet
12 5 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
13 3 (0.19%) GitLab
13 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 281 (17.58%) Finance
2 90 (5.63%) Manufacturing
3 79 (4.94%) Telecoms
4 76 (4.76%) Marketing
5 64 (4.01%) Electronics
6 49 (3.07%) Banking
7 34 (2.13%) Retail
8 27 (1.69%) Games
9 20 (1.25%) Back Office
10 16 (1.00%) Advertising
11 15 (0.94%) Law
12 13 (0.81%) Publishing
13 9 (0.56%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.56%) Legal
14 6 (0.38%) Investment Banking
15 5 (0.31%) French Language
16 4 (0.25%) Front Office
16 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
17 3 (0.19%) Local Government
18 2 (0.13%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (11.08%) LAMP
2 81 (5.07%) LEMP Stack
3 55 (3.44%) Web Services
4 30 (1.88%) .NET
5 17 (1.06%) LAPP Stack
6 15 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
7 12 (0.75%) HTML
8 10 (0.63%) Node.js
9 8 (0.50%) CSS
10 7 (0.44%) FIX Protocol
11 6 (0.38%) Akka
11 6 (0.38%) COM
11 6 (0.38%) JRuby
11 6 (0.38%) OpenVZ
11 6 (0.38%) REST
11 6 (0.38%) WebSphere MQ
12 5 (0.31%) 802.1X
12 5 (0.31%) IBM Integration Bus
12 5 (0.31%) Middleware
12 5 (0.31%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 125 (7.82%) Data Centre
2 86 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (4.32%) Management Information System
4 62 (3.88%) Clustering
5 55 (3.44%) Computer Science
6 43 (2.69%) Fintech
7 37 (2.32%) Replication
8 35 (2.19%) Linux Command Line
9 30 (1.88%) Public Cloud
10 23 (1.44%) User Experience
11 17 (1.06%) Digital Media
12 16 (1.00%) Fat Client
12 16 (1.00%) Private Cloud
12 16 (1.00%) Thin Client
13 15 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
14 14 (0.88%) Hedge funds
14 14 (0.88%) iPad
15 12 (0.75%) Driving Licence
16 11 (0.69%) EMC VNX
16 11 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 971 (60.76%) Linux
2 708 (44.31%) Windows
3 387 (24.22%) Windows Server
4 260 (16.27%) Unix
5 243 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 231 (14.46%) CentOS
7 212 (13.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 200 (12.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 191 (11.95%) Ubuntu
10 125 (7.82%) Debian
11 66 (4.13%) Windows 7
12 57 (3.57%) Windows 10
13 53 (3.32%) AIX
14 42 (2.63%) Solaris
15 39 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
16 22 (1.38%) HPUX
17 19 (1.19%) Mac OS X
18 18 (1.13%) Windows XP
19 15 (0.94%) CoreOS
20 13 (0.81%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 376 (23.53%) DevOps
2 189 (11.83%) Configuration Management
3 155 (9.70%) ITIL
4 134 (8.39%) Agile Software Development
5 121 (7.57%) Disaster Recovery
6 114 (7.13%) Continuous Integration
7 100 (6.26%) High Availability
8 80 (5.01%) Open Source
9 76 (4.76%) Business Intelligence
10 75 (4.69%) Load Balancing
11 58 (3.63%) Digital Marketing
12 57 (3.57%) Programme Management
13 53 (3.32%) Migration
14 51 (3.19%) Performance Tuning
15 49 (3.07%) ERP
16 45 (2.82%) Change Management
17 42 (2.63%) CRM
18 38 (2.38%) Business Continuity
18 38 (2.38%) Task Automation
19 37 (2.32%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 280 (17.52%) Python
2 266 (16.65%) Bash Shell
3 249 (15.58%) SQL
4 241 (15.08%) PowerShell
5 193 (12.08%) Perl
6 130 (8.14%) PHP
7 100 (6.26%) Shell Script
8 95 (5.94%) Ruby
9 81 (5.07%) Java
10 20 (1.25%) C
11 16 (1.00%) JavaScript
12 13 (0.81%) Go
13 11 (0.69%) C#
14 9 (0.56%) Groovy
14 9 (0.56%) Korn
14 9 (0.56%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.50%) Bourne shell
15 8 (0.50%) VB
16 6 (0.38%) PL/SQL
17 5 (0.31%) C-shell
Qualifications
1 143 (8.95%) Degree
2 95 (5.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 59 (3.69%) Cisco Certification
4 54 (3.38%) CCNA
5 52 (3.25%) MCSA
6 50 (3.13%) MCSE
7 47 (2.94%) Security Cleared
8 36 (2.25%) RHCE
9 23 (1.44%) Computer Science Degree
9 23 (1.44%) MCP
9 23 (1.44%) RHCSA
10 17 (1.06%) CCNP
10 17 (1.06%) DV Cleared
10 17 (1.06%) MCITP
11 16 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 14 (0.88%) Citrix Certification
12 14 (0.88%) SC Cleared
13 12 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (0.56%) CompTIA Security+
14 9 (0.56%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (2.25%) QA
2 23 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.25%) SLA
4 19 (1.19%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.38%) GCP
5 6 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.31%) GxP
7 3 (0.19%) GDPR
7 3 (0.19%) ISAE 3402
7 3 (0.19%) SSAE 16
8 2 (0.13%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.063%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 431 (26.97%) Active Directory
2 347 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 188 (11.76%) Docker
4 181 (11.33%) Hyper-V
5 90 (5.63%) Virtual Machines
6 85 (5.32%) VMware ESXi
7 72 (4.51%) vSphere
8 58 (3.63%) KVM
9 52 (3.25%) Virtual Servers
10 49 (3.07%) iptables
11 39 (2.44%) NFS
11 39 (2.44%) XenApp
12 30 (1.88%) Terminal Services
13 23 (1.44%) Samba
14 21 (1.31%) XenServer
15 17 (1.06%) Varnish
16 16 (1.00%) VirtualBox
17 15 (0.94%) LXC
17 15 (0.94%) Xen
18 14 (0.88%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 351 (21.96%) Puppet
2 253 (15.83%) Ansible
3 199 (12.45%) Opscode Chef
4 90 (5.63%) Nagios
5 79 (4.94%) SCCM
6 75 (4.69%) Kubernetes
7 52 (3.25%) SCOM
8 45 (2.82%) Salt
9 42 (2.63%) Terraform
9 42 (2.63%) WSUS
10 40 (2.50%) ZABBIX
11 28 (1.75%) HAProxy
12 25 (1.56%) vCenter Server
13 22 (1.38%) Backup Exec
14 18 (1.13%) CFEngine
15 15 (0.94%) Cacti
16 13 (0.81%) Failover Clustering
16 13 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
17 12 (0.75%) vRealize
18 10 (0.63%) SELinux
Vendors
1 563 (35.23%) VMware
2 333 (20.84%) Microsoft
3 286 (17.90%) Red Hat
4 181 (11.33%) Cisco
5 115 (7.20%) Oracle
6 108 (6.76%) Citrix
7 78 (4.88%) HP
7 78 (4.88%) SAP
8 58 (3.63%) IBM
9 45 (2.82%) Google
10 37 (2.32%) Veeam
11 36 (2.25%) EMC
12 35 (2.19%) Dell
12 35 (2.19%) NetApp
13 32 (2.00%) SolarWinds
14 29 (1.81%) F5
14 29 (1.81%) McAfee
15 21 (1.31%) Rackspace
15 21 (1.31%) Symantec
16 20 (1.25%) 3PAR