Period
to 18 September 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £40,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 September 2021.

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 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 590 405 396
Rank change year-on-year -185 -9 +10
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 511 332 1,103
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.66% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.69% 0.81%
Number of salaries quoted 446 295 946
10th Percentile £26,250 £27,200 £27,000
25th Percentile £31,250 £32,750 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% -3.41%
75th Percentile £55,000 £58,750 £55,188
90th Percentile £66,250 £65,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £39,000 £37,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +4.00% -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 110,579 47,958 135,696
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.43% 94.81% 95.79%
Number of salaries quoted 76,938 39,636 109,301
10th Percentile £31,875 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 18 September 2021.

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 September 2021. 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 -159 446 £41,957 -6.76% 147
UK excluding London -102 334 £39,000 +4.00% 92
London -257 134 £57,500 +4.55% 58
South East -79 119 £37,500 +7.14% 26
Work from Home -212 87 £45,000 -18.18% 36
North of England -89 60 £40,000 - 18
Midlands -82 59 £35,000 -30.00% 17
West Midlands -64 42 £39,000 -29.09% 12
South West -79 41 £40,000 -5.88% 11
East of England -99 32 £40,000 +14.29% 15
Yorkshire -92 26 £39,000 -2.50% 4
North West -66 22 £41,957 +5.55% 11
Scotland -74 22 £35,125 +8.08% 5
East Midlands -53 17 £35,000 -17.65% 5
North East -23 12 £40,000 +50.94% 3
Wales -62 1 £28,500 -10.94%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 2021, 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.

1 250 (48.92%) Windows
2 191 (37.38%) Linux
3 190 (37.18%) Microsoft
4 182 (35.62%) Active Directory
5 165 (32.29%) Windows Server
6 137 (26.81%) Azure
7 129 (25.24%) Social Skills
8 124 (24.27%) Microsoft 365
9 116 (22.70%) Firewall
10 109 (21.33%) DNS
11 106 (20.74%) PowerShell
12 101 (19.77%) VMware
13 89 (17.42%) AWS
14 80 (15.66%) SQL
15 76 (14.87%) VMware Infrastructure
16 74 (14.48%) Hyper-V
17 73 (14.29%) Finance
18 71 (13.89%) DHCP
19 70 (13.70%) Problem-Solving
20 66 (12.92%) Cisco
21 62 (12.13%) Windows Server 2012
22 61 (11.94%) VPN
23 58 (11.35%) Windows Server 2019
24 56 (10.96%) Windows Server 2016
24 56 (10.96%) Disaster Recovery
24 56 (10.96%) Python
24 56 (10.96%) ITIL
25 54 (10.57%) SQL Server
26 53 (10.37%) Degree
27 51 (9.98%) Computer Science

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 48 (9.39%) MS Exchange
2 40 (7.83%) SharePoint
3 33 (6.46%) Exchange Server 2013
4 22 (4.31%) IIS
5 18 (3.52%) Apache
6 13 (2.54%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.57%) nginx
8 6 (1.17%) Skype for Business
9 5 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.59%) Confluence
10 3 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.59%) WordPress
11 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.20%) JBoss
12 1 (0.20%) Mailman
Applications
1 51 (9.98%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.35%) Spreadsheet
3 10 (1.96%) Siemens NX
4 9 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.78%) Maya
5 4 (0.78%) NUKE
6 3 (0.59%) Houdini
6 3 (0.59%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.39%) Oracle Smart View
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (2.54%) NetSuite
2 10 (1.96%) Teamcenter
3 7 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (1.17%) SAP Business One
5 3 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.59%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (0.59%) Sage 200
5 3 (0.59%) Sage 50
6 2 (0.39%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.39%) ResourceLink
6 2 (0.39%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.20%) Hyperion Planning
7 1 (0.20%) Line 50
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Assets
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.20%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 1 (0.20%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 137 (26.81%) Azure
2 124 (24.27%) Microsoft 365
3 89 (17.42%) AWS
4 31 (6.07%) Azure Active Directory
5 26 (5.09%) SaaS
6 17 (3.33%) GCP
6 17 (3.33%) IaaS
7 15 (2.94%) Azure Storage
8 14 (2.74%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (2.15%) Mimecast
10 10 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (1.96%) Cloudflare
11 7 (1.37%) OneDrive
11 7 (1.37%) PaaS
12 6 (1.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 6 (1.17%) Amazon S3
12 6 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.98%) Google Workspace
14 4 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.78%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 116 (22.70%) Firewall
2 109 (21.33%) DNS
3 71 (13.89%) DHCP
4 61 (11.94%) VPN
5 50 (9.78%) SAN
6 48 (9.39%) LAN
7 45 (8.81%) WAN
8 44 (8.61%) TCP/IP
9 20 (3.91%) Wi-Fi
10 18 (3.52%) Internet
11 17 (3.33%) SSL
11 17 (3.33%) VoIP
12 14 (2.74%) NAS
13 13 (2.54%) HTTP
14 10 (1.96%) Fibre Channel
14 10 (1.96%) MPLS
14 10 (1.96%) Skype
14 10 (1.96%) VLAN
15 9 (1.76%) Remote Desktop
16 7 (1.37%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (10.57%) SQL Server
2 26 (5.09%) MySQL
3 9 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (1.76%) SQL Server 2014
4 8 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (1.37%) Crystal Reports
6 6 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.98%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.98%) Redis
7 5 (0.98%) SAP HANA
7 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
9 3 (0.59%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.59%) Metadata
10 2 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.39%) BigQuery
10 2 (0.39%) OLAP
10 2 (0.39%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 20 (3.91%) Jenkins
2 17 (3.33%) JIRA
3 16 (3.13%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.37%) GitLab
5 5 (0.98%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.39%) git-flow
6 2 (0.39%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.20%) Ant
7 1 (0.20%) Maven
General
1 129 (25.24%) Social Skills
2 73 (14.29%) Finance
3 51 (9.98%) Analytical Skills
4 38 (7.44%) Telecoms
5 35 (6.85%) Public Sector
6 30 (5.87%) Legal
6 30 (5.87%) Manufacturing
7 27 (5.28%) Marketing
8 15 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
9 11 (2.15%) Banking
10 10 (1.96%) Law
11 8 (1.57%) Electronics
11 8 (1.57%) Financial Institution
11 8 (1.57%) Games
12 7 (1.37%) Retail
13 5 (0.98%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 5 (0.98%) Organisational Skills
14 4 (0.78%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.78%) Local Government
15 2 (0.39%) Korean Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.13%) .NET
2 12 (2.35%) Web Services
3 8 (1.57%) LAMP
4 7 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
5 6 (1.17%) REST
6 5 (0.98%) Middleware
7 4 (0.78%) Kafka
8 3 (0.59%) FIX Protocol
8 3 (0.59%) RESTful
9 2 (0.39%) gRPC
9 2 (0.39%) HTML
9 2 (0.39%) LDAP
9 2 (0.39%) Node.js
9 2 (0.39%) Protocol Buffers
10 1 (0.20%) .NET Core
10 1 (0.20%) ARM Templates
10 1 (0.20%) EJS
10 1 (0.20%) LEMP Stack
10 1 (0.20%) Sequelize
10 1 (0.20%) TypeORM
Miscellaneous
1 46 (9.00%) Self-Motivation
2 34 (6.65%) Linux Command Line
3 27 (5.28%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.52%) Data Centre
5 12 (2.35%) LIMS
6 9 (1.76%) Replication
7 8 (1.57%) Driving Licence
8 7 (1.37%) Analytical Mindset
8 7 (1.37%) User Experience
9 5 (0.98%) Clustering
9 5 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.98%) Fat Client
9 5 (0.98%) FMCG
9 5 (0.98%) Thin Client
10 4 (0.78%) Enterprise Cloud
10 4 (0.78%) Grid Computing
10 4 (0.78%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.59%) Algorithms
11 3 (0.59%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.59%) Eurex
Operating Systems
1 250 (48.92%) Windows
2 191 (37.38%) Linux
3 165 (32.29%) Windows Server
4 62 (12.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 58 (11.35%) Windows Server 2019
6 56 (10.96%) Windows Server 2016
7 44 (8.61%) Ubuntu
8 40 (7.83%) Unix
9 27 (5.28%) CentOS
10 21 (4.11%) Windows 10
11 18 (3.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 15 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
13 13 (2.54%) Windows 7
14 9 (1.76%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.98%) Debian
15 5 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
15 5 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
16 4 (0.78%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.78%) Solaris
17 3 (0.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (13.70%) Problem-Solving
2 56 (10.96%) Disaster Recovery
2 56 (10.96%) ITIL
3 51 (9.98%) Computer Science
4 47 (9.20%) DevOps
5 45 (8.81%) Agile Software Development
6 37 (7.24%) ERP
7 36 (7.05%) Migration
8 34 (6.65%) Project Management
9 29 (5.68%) Change Management
9 29 (5.68%) High Availability
10 20 (3.91%) Business Intelligence
10 20 (3.91%) Cybersecurity
11 19 (3.72%) Patch Management
12 18 (3.52%) CRM
13 17 (3.33%) Incident Management
13 17 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 15 (2.94%) Configuration Management
15 14 (2.74%) Service Management
16 13 (2.54%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 106 (20.74%) PowerShell
2 80 (15.66%) SQL
3 56 (10.96%) Python
4 49 (9.59%) Bash Shell
5 21 (4.11%) Perl
6 17 (3.33%) Shell Script
7 15 (2.94%) Java
8 12 (2.35%) PHP
9 9 (1.76%) C#
9 9 (1.76%) Go
10 8 (1.57%) C
11 7 (1.37%) Ada
12 6 (1.17%) VB
12 6 (1.17%) VBScript
13 5 (0.98%) Ruby
13 5 (0.98%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.78%) JavaScript
14 4 (0.78%) VBA
15 3 (0.59%) Korn
16 2 (0.39%) Clojure
Qualifications
1 53 (10.37%) Degree
2 33 (6.46%) Security Cleared
3 19 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (2.94%) MCSA
4 15 (2.94%) MCSE
5 13 (2.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
7 8 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.17%) SC Cleared
9 5 (0.98%) CCA
9 5 (0.98%) CCNA
9 5 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (0.59%) CIMA
10 3 (0.59%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.59%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.39%) AAT
11 2 (0.39%) AWS Certification
12 1 (0.20%) MCITP
12 1 (0.20%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (4.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (3.52%) QA
3 14 (2.74%) SLA
4 12 (2.35%) GDPR
5 9 (1.76%) Good Clinical Practice
6 5 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (0.78%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.39%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.39%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.20%) Accessibility
9 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.20%) GxP
System Software
1 182 (35.62%) Active Directory
2 76 (14.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (14.48%) Hyper-V
4 38 (7.44%) Docker
5 25 (4.89%) vSphere
6 13 (2.54%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (2.35%) XenApp
8 8 (1.57%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (1.37%) Firmware
10 6 (1.17%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.78%) VMware Server
12 3 (0.59%) NFS
12 3 (0.59%) Samba
12 3 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.39%) KVM
13 2 (0.39%) Xen
14 1 (0.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 1 (0.20%) pfSense
14 1 (0.20%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 34 (6.65%) Kubernetes
2 32 (6.26%) Ansible
3 31 (6.07%) Puppet
4 26 (5.09%) SCCM
5 20 (3.91%) Terraform
6 18 (3.52%) Microsoft Intune
7 12 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (1.37%) Grafana
9 6 (1.17%) Icinga
9 6 (1.17%) Nagios
9 6 (1.17%) Prometheus
9 6 (1.17%) SCOM
9 6 (1.17%) WSUS
10 5 (0.98%) Jamf Pro
10 5 (0.98%) NetBackup
10 5 (0.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.78%) Packer
12 3 (0.59%) Consul
13 2 (0.39%) Docker Swarm
13 2 (0.39%) Salt
Vendors
1 190 (37.18%) Microsoft
2 101 (19.77%) VMware
3 66 (12.92%) Cisco
4 31 (6.07%) SAP
5 30 (5.87%) Red Hat
6 26 (5.09%) Citrix
6 26 (5.09%) Oracle
7 23 (4.50%) Veeam
8 22 (4.31%) Aruba
8 22 (4.31%) SonicWALL
9 21 (4.11%) Dell
10 19 (3.72%) Palo Alto
11 18 (3.52%) EMC
12 17 (3.33%) Meraki
13 15 (2.94%) Google
14 14 (2.74%) Sophos
15 12 (2.35%) Apple
15 12 (2.35%) LabWare
15 12 (2.35%) Splunk
16 11 (2.15%) HP