The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 319 300 260
Rank change year-on-year -19 -40  
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 842 1035 1381
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 1.07% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.98% 1.10% 1.29%
Number of salaries quoted 742 920 1184
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +1.19%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £58,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 85825 93705 107053
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.53% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 70199 79011 88244
Median salary £46,250 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £73,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Systems Administrator
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Systems Administrator in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -27 797 £42,500 - 120
London -53 318 £47,500 -5.00% 48
South East +25 200 £43,000 +7.50% 35
North West +9 74 £35,500 +6.76% 4
Manchester +7 61 £35,000 +35.92% 2
Yorkshire +2 58 £37,500 -6.25% 13
South West +7 51 £35,000 +6.06% 2
City of London -11 44 £52,500 +5.00% 10
West Midlands +25 42 £40,000 +33.33% 4
West Yorkshire +16 41 £39,250 -1.87% 9
Berkshire +14 39 £45,000 - 9
Brighton +37 34 £45,000 - 1
East Sussex +31 34 £45,000 +9.09% 1
Surrey -10 30 £40,000 -11.11% 6
East of England -41 29 £45,000 +20.00% 9
Leeds +15 28 £40,000 - 6
Hampshire -4 25 £31,500 -3.07% 8
East Midlands -4 24 £34,035 -2.75% 5
Scotland -5 24 £38,500 +2.66% 4
West Sussex +27 22 £42,500 +25.92% 3
Oxfordshire +11 22 £35,000 -17.64% 4
Slough +21 19 £45,000 +5.88% 2
Edinburgh -1 18 £38,000 -10.05% 4
Crawley +25 17 £42,500 +54.54% 1
Kent -6 17 £26,500 -29.33%
Cambridgeshire -45 17 £45,500 +23.85% 4
Bristol -9 16 £33,500 -16.25%
Gloucestershire +2 13 £37,500 -
Warwickshire +23 11 £32,500 -38.09%
Guildford +8 11 £34,000 -24.44% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 1024 (61.99%) Linux
2 783 (47.40%) Windows
3 586 (35.47%) VMware
4 467 (28.27%) Active Directory
5 448 (27.12%) Windows Server
6 378 (22.88%) Puppet
7 372 (22.52%) DevOps
7 372 (22.52%) Microsoft
8 360 (21.79%) VMware Infrastructure
9 358 (21.67%) Red Hat
10 338 (20.46%) Python
11 313 (18.95%) Bash Shell
12 299 (18.10%) DNS
13 298 (18.04%) Firewall
14 292 (17.68%) Finance
15 279 (16.89%) SQL Server
16 268 (16.22%) Windows Server 2012
17 265 (16.04%) Windows Server 2008
18 262 (15.86%) Unix
19 258 (15.62%) MySQL
19 258 (15.62%) CentOS
20 253 (15.31%) Ansible
21 250 (15.13%) Perl
21 250 (15.13%) Apache
22 248 (15.01%) SQL
23 231 (13.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
24 223 (13.50%) Amazon AWS
25 214 (12.95%) Opscode Chef
26 208 (12.59%) SAN
27 199 (12.05%) 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
1 250 (15.13%) Apache
2 182 (11.02%) MS Exchange
3 110 (6.66%) Tomcat
4 109 (6.60%) nginx
5 106 (6.42%) IIS
6 89 (5.39%) Exchange Server 2010
7 69 (4.18%) SharePoint
8 52 (3.15%) OpenStack
9 45 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2013
10 31 (1.88%) Elasticsearch
11 23 (1.39%) Skype for Business
12 20 (1.21%) JBoss
13 15 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 15 (0.91%) CMS
13 15 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
14 14 (0.85%) Jetty
15 10 (0.61%) Confluence
15 10 (0.61%) WordPress
16 9 (0.54%) Documentum
16 9 (0.54%) Drupal
Applications
1 78 (4.72%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.24%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.18%) PTC Creo
6 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.061%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 40 (2.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 12 (0.73%) Unit4 Business World
3 8 (0.48%) NetSuite
4 6 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.30%) Cognos Controller
5 5 (0.30%) Magento
6 4 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.24%) SAP Business One
7 3 (0.18%) CODA-Financials
7 3 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.18%) iTrent
7 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.12%) Bankmaster
8 2 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.12%) HFM
8 2 (0.12%) Hyperion Planning
8 2 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 2 (0.12%) SAP BPC
8 2 (0.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 223 (13.50%) Amazon AWS
2 190 (11.50%) Office 365
3 135 (8.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 58 (3.51%) SaaS
5 42 (2.54%) PaaS
6 29 (1.76%) IaaS
7 28 (1.69%) Google Cloud Platform
8 14 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (0.79%) Amazon S3
9 13 (0.79%) GitHub
10 12 (0.73%) G Suite
11 10 (0.61%) OpenShift
12 8 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
12 8 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 7 (0.42%) Rackspace Cloud
14 6 (0.36%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.30%) Google App Engine
16 4 (0.24%) Datadog
16 4 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 299 (18.10%) DNS
2 298 (18.04%) Firewall
3 208 (12.59%) SAN
4 199 (12.05%) TCP/IP
5 146 (8.84%) LAN
6 136 (8.23%) WAN
7 134 (8.11%) DHCP
8 121 (7.32%) VPN
9 118 (7.14%) Internet
10 85 (5.15%) LDAP
11 63 (3.81%) VLAN
12 60 (3.63%) Network Security
13 58 (3.51%) VoIP
14 54 (3.27%) NAS
15 39 (2.36%) Cisco ASA
15 39 (2.36%) HTTP
16 38 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
17 36 (2.18%) iSCSI
18 32 (1.94%) SMTP
19 31 (1.88%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (16.89%) SQL Server
2 258 (15.62%) MySQL
3 64 (3.87%) PostgreSQL
4 56 (3.39%) SQL Server 2008
5 32 (1.94%) MariaDB
5 32 (1.94%) NoSQL
6 28 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 26 (1.57%) Redis
8 24 (1.45%) MongoDB
9 19 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
10 16 (0.97%) Relational Database
11 13 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
11 13 (0.79%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.73%) Couchbase
13 11 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (0.67%) MemSQL
13 11 (0.67%) SQL Server 2014
14 10 (0.61%) Big Data
14 10 (0.61%) Hadoop
14 10 (0.61%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 123 (7.45%) Jenkins
2 97 (5.87%) Git (software)
3 36 (2.18%) JIRA
4 29 (1.76%) Subversion
5 27 (1.63%) Vagrant
6 24 (1.45%) TeamCity
7 17 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 15 (0.91%) Bitbucket
9 12 (0.73%) Maven
10 11 (0.67%) Gerrit
11 9 (0.54%) Sonatype Nexus
11 9 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (0.42%) NuGet
13 6 (0.36%) MSI
13 6 (0.36%) Visual Studio
14 5 (0.30%) Gitweb
14 5 (0.30%) Hudson
15 4 (0.24%) GCC
15 4 (0.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 3 (0.18%) Mercurial
General
1 292 (17.68%) Finance
2 74 (4.48%) Marketing
3 61 (3.69%) Telecoms
4 59 (3.57%) Manufacturing
5 55 (3.33%) Banking
6 42 (2.54%) Electronics
7 36 (2.18%) Games
8 35 (2.12%) Retail
9 26 (1.57%) Back Office
10 21 (1.27%) Legal
11 18 (1.09%) Law
12 16 (0.97%) Publishing
13 15 (0.91%) Advertising
13 15 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.30%) Front Office
15 4 (0.24%) Automotive
15 4 (0.24%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.24%) German Language
15 4 (0.24%) Italian Language
16 2 (0.12%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (11.14%) LAMP
2 53 (3.21%) LEMP Stack
3 32 (1.94%) Web Services
4 31 (1.88%) HTML
5 23 (1.39%) .NET
6 16 (0.97%) CSS
6 16 (0.97%) Elastic Stack
7 14 (0.85%) Node.js
8 13 (0.79%) Kafka
8 13 (0.79%) RabbitMQ
9 11 (0.67%) Akka
10 10 (0.61%) FIX Protocol
10 10 (0.61%) LAPP Stack
11 9 (0.54%) 802.1X
12 8 (0.48%) JMX
13 7 (0.42%) EDI
13 7 (0.42%) JRuby
13 7 (0.42%) REST
13 7 (0.42%) RESTful
14 6 (0.36%) HornetQ
Miscellaneous
1 125 (7.57%) Data Centre
2 102 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (3.21%) Computer Science
4 52 (3.15%) Management Information System
5 43 (2.60%) Linux Command Line
6 40 (2.42%) Clustering
7 31 (1.88%) Fat Client
7 31 (1.88%) Thin Client
8 29 (1.76%) Replication
9 24 (1.45%) Fintech
10 22 (1.33%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (1.03%) Smartphone
13 16 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 16 (0.97%) EMC VNX
13 16 (0.97%) iPad
14 13 (0.79%) Enterprise Storage
14 13 (0.79%) Public Cloud
15 11 (0.67%) Driving Licence
15 11 (0.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1024 (61.99%) Linux
2 783 (47.40%) Windows
3 448 (27.12%) Windows Server
4 268 (16.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 265 (16.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 262 (15.86%) Unix
7 258 (15.62%) CentOS
8 231 (13.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 175 (10.59%) Ubuntu
10 170 (10.29%) Debian
11 52 (3.15%) Windows Server 2003
12 49 (2.97%) Solaris
13 48 (2.91%) Windows 7
14 44 (2.66%) Mac OS X
15 43 (2.60%) AIX
16 38 (2.30%) Windows 10
17 32 (1.94%) HPUX
18 19 (1.15%) SUSE
19 14 (0.85%) Windows 8
20 13 (0.79%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 372 (22.52%) DevOps
2 169 (10.23%) Configuration Management
3 141 (8.54%) ITIL
4 125 (7.57%) High Availability
5 96 (5.81%) Agile Software Development
6 86 (5.21%) Performance Tuning
7 83 (5.02%) Disaster Recovery
8 79 (4.78%) Open Source
9 74 (4.48%) Continuous Integration
10 64 (3.87%) Load Balancing
11 60 (3.63%) Service Delivery
12 57 (3.45%) Business Intelligence
13 55 (3.33%) Migration
14 54 (3.27%) Task Automation
15 47 (2.85%) Mentoring
16 46 (2.78%) Digital Marketing
17 45 (2.72%) Continuous Improvement
18 43 (2.60%) Performance Monitoring
19 41 (2.48%) E-Commerce
19 41 (2.48%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 338 (20.46%) Python
2 313 (18.95%) Bash Shell
3 250 (15.13%) Perl
4 248 (15.01%) SQL
5 199 (12.05%) PowerShell
6 145 (8.78%) Ruby
7 125 (7.57%) PHP
8 108 (6.54%) Shell Script
9 105 (6.36%) Java
10 22 (1.33%) JavaScript
11 17 (1.03%) C
12 11 (0.67%) C#
12 11 (0.67%) VBScript
13 10 (0.61%) C++
13 10 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 10 (0.61%) VB
14 9 (0.54%) C-shell
14 9 (0.54%) Go
14 9 (0.54%) Korn
15 8 (0.48%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 153 (9.26%) Degree
2 82 (4.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 58 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
4 57 (3.45%) CCNA
4 57 (3.45%) MCSA
5 49 (2.97%) Security Cleared
6 44 (2.66%) MCSE
7 20 (1.21%) Computer Science Degree
7 20 (1.21%) RHCE
8 19 (1.15%) SC Cleared
9 16 (0.97%) MCP
10 14 (0.85%) RHCA
11 13 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (0.73%) CCNP
13 11 (0.67%) RHCSA
14 10 (0.61%) DV Cleared
15 9 (0.54%) HND
15 9 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 5 (0.30%) Master's Degree
16 5 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (2.06%) SLA
2 33 (2.00%) PCI DSS
3 27 (1.63%) QA
4 11 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.061%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.061%) DICOM
8 1 (0.061%) GCP
8 1 (0.061%) GPG13
8 1 (0.061%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.061%) ISAE 3402
8 1 (0.061%) PMO
8 1 (0.061%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 467 (28.27%) Active Directory
2 360 (21.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 183 (11.08%) Hyper-V
4 136 (8.23%) Docker
5 93 (5.63%) vSphere
6 77 (4.66%) Virtual Machines
7 73 (4.42%) KVM
8 68 (4.12%) VMware ESXi
9 52 (3.15%) NFS
10 43 (2.60%) iptables
11 40 (2.42%) Virtual Servers
12 33 (2.00%) XenServer
13 28 (1.69%) Terminal Services
14 26 (1.57%) XenApp
15 24 (1.45%) Samba
15 24 (1.45%) Varnish
16 22 (1.33%) Xen
17 21 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
18 16 (0.97%) Postfix
19 15 (0.91%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 378 (22.88%) Puppet
2 253 (15.31%) Ansible
3 214 (12.95%) Opscode Chef
4 110 (6.66%) Nagios
5 79 (4.78%) SCCM
6 58 (3.51%) SCOM
7 44 (2.66%) Salt
8 43 (2.60%) ZABBIX
9 38 (2.30%) WSUS
10 36 (2.18%) Kubernetes
11 30 (1.82%) CFEngine
12 26 (1.57%) HAProxy
13 24 (1.45%) SELinux
14 21 (1.27%) Icinga
15 20 (1.21%) vCenter Server
16 18 (1.09%) Backup Exec
16 18 (1.09%) Terraform
17 17 (1.03%) Cacti
18 13 (0.79%) Cobbler
18 13 (0.79%) logstash
Vendors
1 586 (35.47%) VMware
2 372 (22.52%) Microsoft
3 358 (21.67%) Red Hat
4 178 (10.77%) Cisco
5 121 (7.32%) Oracle
6 102 (6.17%) Citrix
7 79 (4.78%) HP
8 60 (3.63%) SAP
9 55 (3.33%) EMC
10 45 (2.72%) Dell
11 41 (2.48%) Google
12 37 (2.24%) Avaya
12 37 (2.24%) IBM
13 32 (1.94%) NetApp
14 27 (1.63%) SolarWinds
15 25 (1.51%) Veeam
16 24 (1.45%) F5
17 22 (1.33%) Juniper
17 22 (1.33%) Rackspace
18 21 (1.27%) Apple
Chelmsford, Essex
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £35000.00 - £50000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Avance Consulting
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £34,000 to £36,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
onezeero.
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Amsource Technology Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £50k to £65k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to 45k + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Talent Point Ltd
Salary: £50000.00 - £70000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 25,000 to 50,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Oscar
Salary: £18000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Talent Point Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £18000.00 - £24000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: to £35k plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £40000 - £44000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Linking Humans Limited
Salary: From £30,000 to £45,000 per annum plus flexi-time and benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Salary: £38000 - £42000 per annum + training
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £34000 - £41000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago