Period
to 24 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 404 404 378
Rank change year-on-year 0 -26 -15
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 302 993 1,372
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.73% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.76% 0.87%
Number of salaries quoted 311 872 1,229
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -4.55% +2.72%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,775 £29,452
90th Percentile £68,750 £63,750 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -6.25% - -

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 46,381 130,574 157,847
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 95.64% 95.91%
Number of salaries quoted 38,363 104,243 127,113
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 2020. 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 +13 280 £45,000 +5.88% 78
UK excluding London +56 174 £37,500 -6.25% 69
London +40 123 £52,500 +5.00% 17
South East +73 43 £35,000 -12.50% 11
North of England +134 33 £36,500 +12.31% 19
Work from Home +40 31 £52,500 -8.70% 13
South West +75 29 £42,500 - 9
East of England +110 26 £43,000 -1.71% 9
Midlands +59 25 £50,000 +42.86% 12
Yorkshire +119 18 £34,628 +15.43% 6
North West +112 15 £37,000 +14.73% 12
West Midlands +61 14 £53,750 +53.57% 3
Wales +53 13 £34,250 -5.52% 1
East Midlands +71 11 £37,500 +25.00% 9
Scotland +72 5 £37,500 -6.25% 8

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2020, 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.

1 174 (57.62%) Linux
2 140 (46.36%) Windows
3 99 (32.78%) VMware
3 99 (32.78%) Microsoft
4 97 (32.12%) Azure
5 82 (27.15%) Active Directory
6 80 (26.49%) AWS
7 70 (23.18%) Windows Server
8 68 (22.52%) Python
9 59 (19.54%) Unix
10 55 (18.21%) Finance
11 54 (17.88%) Bash Shell
12 53 (17.55%) Office 365
12 53 (17.55%) Red Hat
13 51 (16.89%) DevOps
13 51 (16.89%) VMware Infrastructure
14 46 (15.23%) DNS
15 42 (13.91%) PowerShell
16 41 (13.58%) Ansible
16 41 (13.58%) Docker
17 40 (13.25%) CentOS
18 39 (12.91%) Hyper-V
19 36 (11.92%) Firewall
20 35 (11.59%) SQL
20 35 (11.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 34 (11.26%) SQL Server
22 33 (10.93%) Agile Software Development
23 31 (10.26%) Puppet
23 31 (10.26%) Data Centre
24 30 (9.93%) Kubernetes

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 25 (8.28%) SharePoint
2 22 (7.28%) Apache
3 13 (4.30%) Confluence
3 13 (4.30%) IIS
4 10 (3.31%) OpenStack
4 10 (3.31%) WordPress
5 9 (2.98%) MS Exchange
6 5 (1.66%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.32%) CMS
7 4 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.32%) nginx
7 4 (1.32%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.99%) JBoss
8 3 (0.99%) Jetty
9 1 (0.33%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.33%) Site Server
9 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.66%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.33%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 97 (32.12%) Azure
2 80 (26.49%) AWS
3 53 (17.55%) Office 365
4 18 (5.96%) SaaS
5 10 (3.31%) IaaS
6 9 (2.98%) PaaS
7 8 (2.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (2.32%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.99%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (1.99%) Dynamics 365
9 6 (1.99%) Mavenlink
9 6 (1.99%) OpenShift
10 5 (1.66%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (1.66%) Mimecast
10 5 (1.66%) Slack
11 4 (1.32%) Amazon S3
11 4 (1.32%) G Suite
12 3 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.99%) GCP
13 2 (0.66%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 46 (15.23%) DNS
2 36 (11.92%) Firewall
3 29 (9.60%) TCP/IP
4 26 (8.61%) SAN
5 18 (5.96%) DHCP
6 16 (5.30%) HTTP
7 14 (4.64%) SSH
8 12 (3.97%) Skype
9 11 (3.64%) IPv4
9 11 (3.64%) IPv6
10 10 (3.31%) Fibre Channel
10 10 (3.31%) Network Security
10 10 (3.31%) VoIP
11 9 (2.98%) FTP
11 9 (2.98%) VPN
11 9 (2.98%) WAN
11 9 (2.98%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (2.65%) Internet
13 7 (2.32%) LAN
14 5 (1.66%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (11.26%) SQL Server
2 27 (8.94%) MySQL
3 23 (7.62%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (5.30%) MariaDB
5 14 (4.64%) Hadoop
6 12 (3.97%) Big Data
7 9 (2.98%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.99%) Data Lake
8 6 (1.99%) DB2
9 5 (1.66%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (1.66%) Oracle Database
9 5 (1.66%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.66%) Redis
10 4 (1.32%) MongoDB
10 4 (1.32%) NoSQL
10 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.66%) Blockchain
12 1 (0.33%) KDB
12 1 (0.33%) Kdb+
Development Applications
1 25 (8.28%) Git (software)
2 23 (7.62%) Jenkins
3 16 (5.30%) JIRA
4 6 (1.99%) Vagrant
5 3 (0.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.99%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.99%) GitLab
6 1 (0.33%) CMake
6 1 (0.33%) GCC
6 1 (0.33%) Redmine
6 1 (0.33%) Subversion
6 1 (0.33%) TeamCity
General
1 55 (18.21%) Finance
2 26 (8.61%) Telecoms
3 21 (6.95%) Marketing
4 20 (6.62%) Public Sector
5 17 (5.63%) Manufacturing
6 16 (5.30%) Electronics
7 15 (4.97%) Banking
7 15 (4.97%) Law
8 7 (2.32%) Advertising
9 6 (1.99%) Retail
10 5 (1.66%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.99%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.99%) Legal
12 2 (0.66%) Back Office
12 2 (0.66%) Games
12 2 (0.66%) Local Government
12 2 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.66%) Publishing
13 1 (0.33%) Catalan Language
13 1 (0.33%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (5.63%) LAMP
2 13 (4.30%) LAPP Stack
3 6 (1.99%) XML
4 4 (1.32%) .NET
4 4 (1.32%) AngularJS
4 4 (1.32%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (0.99%) CSS
5 3 (0.99%) HTML
5 3 (0.99%) Velocity
5 3 (0.99%) YAML
6 2 (0.66%) COM
6 2 (0.66%) Middleware
6 2 (0.66%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.66%) Web Services
6 2 (0.66%) WebRTC
6 2 (0.66%) ZeroMQ
7 1 (0.33%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.33%) LDAP
7 1 (0.33%) PostGIS
7 1 (0.33%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 31 (10.26%) Data Centre
2 21 (6.95%) Linux Command Line
3 16 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (4.97%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.31%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.98%) Clustering
7 7 (2.32%) Replication
8 6 (1.99%) User Experience
9 5 (1.66%) Hedge funds
10 4 (1.32%) Blog
10 4 (1.32%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.99%) Cybercrime
11 3 (0.99%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.99%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.99%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.99%) Smartcard
11 3 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
12 2 (0.66%) Fat Client
12 2 (0.66%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 174 (57.62%) Linux
2 140 (46.36%) Windows
3 70 (23.18%) Windows Server
4 59 (19.54%) Unix
5 40 (13.25%) CentOS
6 35 (11.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (7.62%) Windows Server 2016
8 17 (5.63%) Windows 10
9 14 (4.64%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (3.31%) Ubuntu
10 10 (3.31%) Windows Server 2019
11 9 (2.98%) Fedora
11 9 (2.98%) Solaris
11 9 (2.98%) Windows 7
12 7 (2.32%) AIX
13 6 (1.99%) Debian
14 3 (0.99%) FreeBSD
14 3 (0.99%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (16.89%) DevOps
2 33 (10.93%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (9.27%) ITIL
4 26 (8.61%) Problem-Solving
5 24 (7.95%) Open Source
6 22 (7.28%) Cybersecurity
7 21 (6.95%) Business Intelligence
7 21 (6.95%) Configuration Management
8 18 (5.96%) Disaster Recovery
9 17 (5.63%) Problem Management
10 16 (5.30%) Change Management
10 16 (5.30%) Digital Marketing
10 16 (5.30%) Programme Management
11 14 (4.64%) High Availability
11 14 (4.64%) Migration
11 14 (4.64%) Performance Tuning
11 14 (4.64%) Storage Management
12 12 (3.97%) Root Cause Analysis
12 12 (3.97%) Server Management
13 11 (3.64%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 68 (22.52%) Python
2 54 (17.88%) Bash Shell
3 42 (13.91%) PowerShell
4 35 (11.59%) SQL
5 26 (8.61%) Shell Script
6 14 (4.64%) Perl
7 12 (3.97%) PHP
8 10 (3.31%) Java
9 7 (2.32%) C++
10 6 (1.99%) R
11 5 (1.66%) Ruby
11 5 (1.66%) VBScript
12 3 (0.99%) C
12 3 (0.99%) C#
12 3 (0.99%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.66%) Clojure
13 2 (0.66%) Elixir
13 2 (0.66%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.66%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.33%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 30 (9.93%) Degree
2 22 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
3 14 (4.64%) MCSA
4 13 (4.30%) Security Cleared
5 12 (3.97%) MCSE
6 10 (3.31%) CCNA
6 10 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (2.32%) SC Cleared
8 6 (1.99%) RHCSA
9 5 (1.66%) MCTS
10 3 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.99%) HNC
10 3 (0.99%) RHCE
10 3 (0.99%) VCDX
11 2 (0.66%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.66%) Linux+ Certification
11 2 (0.66%) MCITP
11 2 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.33%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.33%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.62%) SLA
2 16 (5.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.99%) NIST
4 4 (1.32%) GDPR
5 2 (0.66%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.66%) QA
System Software
1 82 (27.15%) Active Directory
2 51 (16.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (13.58%) Docker
4 39 (12.91%) Hyper-V
5 14 (4.64%) Virtual Machines
6 13 (4.30%) vSphere
7 9 (2.98%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (1.99%) KVM
8 6 (1.99%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (1.32%) XenApp
10 3 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.99%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.66%) LXC
11 2 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.33%) BIND 9
12 1 (0.33%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.33%) Slurm Workload Manager
12 1 (0.33%) vCloud
12 1 (0.33%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.33%) zsh
Systems Management
1 41 (13.58%) Ansible
2 31 (10.26%) Puppet
3 30 (9.93%) Kubernetes
4 29 (9.60%) SCCM
5 24 (7.95%) Terraform
6 17 (5.63%) Opscode Chef
7 13 (4.30%) WSUS
8 11 (3.64%) Icinga
9 10 (3.31%) Microsoft Intune
10 9 (2.98%) HAProxy
11 8 (2.65%) PowerCLI
12 6 (1.99%) vCenter Server
13 5 (1.66%) Packer
14 4 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
14 4 (1.32%) NetBackup
14 4 (1.32%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 4 (1.32%) Oracle RMAN
14 4 (1.32%) Red Hat Satellite
14 4 (1.32%) SCOrch
15 3 (0.99%) SCOM
Vendors
1 99 (32.78%) Microsoft
1 99 (32.78%) VMware
2 53 (17.55%) Red Hat
3 25 (8.28%) Cisco
4 21 (6.95%) Oracle
5 16 (5.30%) SAP
6 13 (4.30%) Citrix
7 10 (3.31%) Atlassian
7 10 (3.31%) IBM
8 7 (2.32%) McAfee
8 7 (2.32%) NetApp
9 6 (1.99%) HP
9 6 (1.99%) LogicMonitor
9 6 (1.99%) Sun
10 5 (1.66%) Dell
10 5 (1.66%) Sophos
11 4 (1.32%) EMC
11 4 (1.32%) Veeam
12 3 (0.99%) Google
12 3 (0.99%) Palo Alto