Period
to 25 February 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 February 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 422 404 391
Rank change year-on-year -18 -13 -97
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 859 1,131 1,365
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.75% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.78% 0.81%
Number of salaries quoted 730 993 1,211
UK median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.88% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £27,500 £28,600 £28,750
90th Percentile £60,000 £67,500 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +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 117,904 144,261 167,842
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.48% 95.95% 96.38%
Number of salaries quoted 94,501 115,552 137,876
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 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 -16 767 £40,000 -5.88% 198
UK excluding London +21 484 £37,500 -6.25% 146
London -47 331 £47,500 -5.00% 61
South East +44 182 £38,250 -4.38% 40
Midlands +61 77 £37,500 - 17
South West +6 64 £33,750 -23.30% 23
North of England -13 62 £35,500 +1.43% 44
West Midlands +55 53 £45,000 +20.00% 12
East of England +56 51 £40,000 +6.67% 13
Yorkshire -8 41 £40,000 +14.29% 20
East Midlands +32 24 £33,750 -3.57% 5
Scotland +30 21 £39,500 +9.72% 5
Wales -1 20 £38,500 -8.33% 4
North West +18 15 £35,000 - 18
Northern Ireland - 7 £28,000 -
North East +16 6 £27,500 -8.33% 6

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 488 (56.81%) Windows
2 371 (43.19%) VMware
3 361 (42.03%) Linux
4 317 (36.90%) Active Directory
5 292 (33.99%) Microsoft
6 258 (30.03%) Windows Server
7 245 (28.52%) VMware Infrastructure
8 231 (26.89%) Azure
9 194 (22.58%) AWS
10 193 (22.47%) Office 365
11 177 (20.61%) DNS
12 162 (18.86%) PowerShell
13 152 (17.69%) Firewall
14 140 (16.30%) ITIL
15 139 (16.18%) Problem-Solving
16 128 (14.90%) Degree
17 121 (14.09%) MS Exchange
18 119 (13.85%) DevOps
19 118 (13.74%) Red Hat
20 112 (13.04%) SQL
21 110 (12.81%) DHCP
22 108 (12.57%) Python
22 108 (12.57%) SCCM
23 104 (12.11%) SQL Server
24 101 (11.76%) Hyper-V
25 99 (11.53%) TCP/IP
26 98 (11.41%) Cisco
26 98 (11.41%) WAN
26 98 (11.41%) LAN
26 98 (11.41%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 121 (14.09%) MS Exchange
2 43 (5.01%) Apache
3 42 (4.89%) SharePoint
4 33 (3.84%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
6 20 (2.33%) IIS
7 18 (2.10%) nginx
7 18 (2.10%) OpenStack
7 18 (2.10%) Tomcat
8 13 (1.51%) WordPress
9 12 (1.40%) CMS
9 12 (1.40%) WebSphere
10 10 (1.16%) Skype for Business
11 9 (1.05%) Confluence
11 9 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
11 9 (1.05%) Joomla!
12 4 (0.47%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.47%) ArcGIS
13 3 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.35%) WildFly
Applications
1 54 (6.29%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.12%) Siemens NX
3 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (2.33%) NetSuite
2 15 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.58%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.12%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.12%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Shopify
6 1 (0.12%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.12%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 231 (26.89%) Azure
2 194 (22.58%) AWS
3 193 (22.47%) Office 365
4 34 (3.96%) SaaS
5 23 (2.68%) IaaS
6 18 (2.10%) GCP
7 17 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (1.98%) G Suite
8 16 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
9 12 (1.40%) OneDrive
10 11 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (1.05%) PaaS
12 8 (0.93%) GitHub
13 6 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (0.70%) Cloudflare
14 4 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
15 3 (0.35%) Amazon S3
15 3 (0.35%) DigitalOcean
15 3 (0.35%) Power Platform
15 3 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 177 (20.61%) DNS
2 152 (17.69%) Firewall
3 110 (12.81%) DHCP
4 99 (11.53%) TCP/IP
5 98 (11.41%) LAN
5 98 (11.41%) WAN
6 67 (7.80%) VPN
7 47 (5.47%) SAN
8 36 (4.19%) VoIP
9 29 (3.38%) HTTP
9 29 (3.38%) VLAN
10 27 (3.14%) BGP
11 26 (3.03%) Wireless
12 23 (2.68%) SNMP
13 17 (1.98%) WLAN
14 16 (1.86%) Skype
14 16 (1.86%) SMTP
15 14 (1.63%) IP Telephony
16 12 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
17 11 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (12.11%) SQL Server
2 50 (5.82%) MySQL
3 24 (2.79%) SQL Server 2012
4 22 (2.56%) SQL Server 2016
5 15 (1.75%) Hadoop
6 14 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (1.51%) Big Data
8 8 (0.93%) MariaDB
8 8 (0.93%) MongoDB
9 7 (0.81%) Crystal Reports
10 6 (0.70%) GIS
10 6 (0.70%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.70%) Relational Database
10 6 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.47%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.35%) Redis
12 3 (0.35%) Spatial Data
12 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 45 (5.24%) Git (software)
2 38 (4.42%) Jenkins
3 21 (2.44%) JIRA
4 18 (2.10%) Subversion
5 8 (0.93%) GitLab
6 7 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (0.81%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.35%) Bugzilla
7 3 (0.35%) CruiseControl
7 3 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.35%) Selenium
7 3 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.23%) Postman
8 2 (0.23%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.12%) Maven
9 1 (0.12%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 93 (10.83%) Finance
2 47 (5.47%) Retail
3 22 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 16 (1.86%) Public Sector
5 15 (1.75%) Legal
5 15 (1.75%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.28%) Advertising
7 9 (1.05%) Law
8 7 (0.81%) Aerospace
8 7 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
9 6 (0.70%) Games
10 4 (0.47%) Banking
10 4 (0.47%) Billing
10 4 (0.47%) Marketing
11 3 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.35%) Military
11 3 (0.35%) Police
12 1 (0.12%) Automotive
12 1 (0.12%) Electronics
12 1 (0.12%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.47%) LAMP
2 30 (3.49%) LDAP
3 12 (1.40%) CSS
3 12 (1.40%) HTML
4 11 (1.28%) Middleware
5 9 (1.05%) .NET
5 9 (1.05%) Elastic Stack
6 7 (0.81%) LEMP Stack
6 7 (0.81%) Node.js
7 5 (0.58%) RabbitMQ
7 5 (0.58%) YAML
8 4 (0.47%) 802.1X
9 3 (0.35%) Akka
9 3 (0.35%) LAPP Stack
9 3 (0.35%) OpenJDK
9 3 (0.35%) Sensu
10 2 (0.23%) RESTful
10 2 (0.23%) Web Services
11 1 (0.12%) Spring
11 1 (0.12%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 56 (6.52%) Data Centre
2 55 (6.40%) Self-Motivation
3 54 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
4 46 (5.36%) Clustering
5 40 (4.66%) Management Information System
6 24 (2.79%) Linux Command Line
7 21 (2.44%) Replication
8 13 (1.51%) Hybrid Cloud
9 12 (1.40%) Driving Licence
9 12 (1.40%) PKI
9 12 (1.40%) User Experience
10 11 (1.28%) CMDB
10 11 (1.28%) Public Cloud
10 11 (1.28%) Video\Live Streaming
11 10 (1.16%) Digital Media
11 10 (1.16%) IPTV
11 10 (1.16%) MPEG
11 10 (1.16%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (1.05%) EMC VNX
13 7 (0.81%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 488 (56.81%) Windows
2 361 (42.03%) Linux
3 258 (30.03%) Windows Server
4 98 (11.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 95 (11.06%) CentOS
6 59 (6.87%) Ubuntu
7 45 (5.24%) Unix
8 41 (4.77%) Windows 10
9 40 (4.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 36 (4.19%) Windows Server 2008
11 28 (3.26%) Windows 7
12 19 (2.21%) Solaris
13 16 (1.86%) Debian
13 16 (1.86%) Mac OS
14 14 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
15 10 (1.16%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.93%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.70%) Android
18 4 (0.47%) Fedora
18 4 (0.47%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (16.30%) ITIL
2 139 (16.18%) Problem-Solving
3 119 (13.85%) DevOps
4 78 (9.08%) Computer Science
5 57 (6.64%) Disaster Recovery
6 51 (5.94%) Service Management
7 49 (5.70%) High Availability
8 44 (5.12%) Configuration Management
8 44 (5.12%) Root Cause Analysis
9 42 (4.89%) Information Security
10 40 (4.66%) Mentoring
11 39 (4.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 38 (4.42%) Change Management
12 38 (4.42%) Migration
13 35 (4.07%) Cybersecurity
13 35 (4.07%) Problem Management
14 33 (3.84%) Security Patching
15 32 (3.73%) Project Management
15 32 (3.73%) Workflow
16 31 (3.61%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 162 (18.86%) PowerShell
2 112 (13.04%) SQL
3 108 (12.57%) Python
4 89 (10.36%) Bash Shell
5 54 (6.29%) Shell Script
6 31 (3.61%) PHP
6 31 (3.61%) Ruby
7 22 (2.56%) Perl
8 20 (2.33%) Java
9 19 (2.21%) C
10 12 (1.40%) JavaScript
11 10 (1.16%) R
12 9 (1.05%) C#
13 5 (0.58%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.58%) VBScript
14 4 (0.47%) Go
14 4 (0.47%) VB
14 4 (0.47%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.35%) C++
16 2 (0.23%) Korn
Qualifications
1 128 (14.90%) Degree
2 76 (8.85%) Microsoft Certification
3 51 (5.94%) Computer Science Degree
4 49 (5.70%) MCSE
4 49 (5.70%) Security Cleared
5 45 (5.24%) MCSA
6 38 (4.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 24 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (2.79%) SC Cleared
8 23 (2.68%) CCNA
9 15 (1.75%) RHCE
10 13 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (1.28%) DV Cleared
12 8 (0.93%) CCNP
12 8 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (0.81%) LFCE
13 7 (0.81%) LFCS
13 7 (0.81%) Linux+ Certification
13 7 (0.81%) RHCSA
13 7 (0.81%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (5.59%) SLA
2 36 (4.19%) QA
3 34 (3.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 23 (2.68%) ISO 9001
5 11 (1.28%) GDPR
5 11 (1.28%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.23%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 317 (36.90%) Active Directory
2 245 (28.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 101 (11.76%) Hyper-V
4 64 (7.45%) vSphere
5 61 (7.10%) Docker
6 43 (5.01%) XenApp
7 41 (4.77%) VMware ESXi
8 40 (4.66%) Virtual Machines
9 28 (3.26%) VirtualBox
10 22 (2.56%) XenDesktop
11 21 (2.44%) Terminal Server
12 18 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
13 16 (1.86%) KVM
14 13 (1.51%) Firmware
15 8 (0.93%) Varnish
16 7 (0.81%) NFS
17 5 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
18 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 4 (0.47%) Postfix
18 4 (0.47%) Xen
Systems Management
1 108 (12.57%) SCCM
2 84 (9.78%) Puppet
3 69 (8.03%) Ansible
4 61 (7.10%) SCOM
5 42 (4.89%) Terraform
6 40 (4.66%) Kubernetes
7 30 (3.49%) Nagios
8 28 (3.26%) ZABBIX
9 25 (2.91%) WSUS
10 24 (2.79%) Opscode Chef
11 23 (2.68%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 17 (1.98%) vCenter Server
13 15 (1.75%) Microsoft Intune
14 12 (1.40%) HAProxy
15 10 (1.16%) Grafana
16 9 (1.05%) Avamar
17 8 (0.93%) Jamf Pro
18 7 (0.81%) Backup Exec
18 7 (0.81%) NetBackup
18 7 (0.81%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 371 (43.19%) VMware
2 292 (33.99%) Microsoft
3 118 (13.74%) Red Hat
4 98 (11.41%) Cisco
5 68 (7.92%) Citrix
6 46 (5.36%) Dell
7 44 (5.12%) HP
8 39 (4.54%) Oracle
9 38 (4.42%) Google
10 36 (4.19%) EMC
11 35 (4.07%) NetApp
12 28 (3.26%) LogicMonitor
13 25 (2.91%) ServiceNow
14 22 (2.56%) Veeam
15 18 (2.10%) McAfee
16 17 (1.98%) CommVault
17 16 (1.86%) Fujitsu
18 15 (1.75%) AppDynamics
18 15 (1.75%) SonicWALL
19 13 (1.51%) Apple