Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 349 293 265
Rank change year-on-year -56 -28 -13
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1615 2162 2727
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 1.14% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 1.19% 1.30%
Number of salaries quoted 1422 1864 2400
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,500 £27,725
90th Percentile £62,500 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +4.00%

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 173309 182267 209632
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 139088 152628 174119
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 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 -56 1523 £42,834 +0.78% 112
UK excluding London -23 947 £40,000 +6.67% 80
London -112 632 £47,500 -5.00% 41
South East -9 357 £42,500 +4.94% 24
North of England +38 247 £37,500 +7.14% 18
Yorkshire +56 148 £38,250 +2.00% 9
Midlands +18 112 £37,500 +15.38% 13
North West +24 99 £37,500 +22.95% 7
East of England -23 91 £42,500 +13.33% 9
South West +14 86 £37,500 +8.03% 7
West Midlands +30 57 £35,000 +3.70% 7
East Midlands +12 55 £40,000 +23.08% 6
Scotland -23 40 £39,000 -1.27% 4
Wales -22 12 £38,250 +9.29% 5
Northern Ireland -29 2 £32,250 -19.38%
North East -15 1 £31,500 -25.88% 2

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 980 (60.68%) Linux
2 708 (43.84%) Windows
3 531 (32.88%) VMware
4 422 (26.13%) Active Directory
5 379 (23.47%) Windows Server
6 375 (23.22%) DevOps
7 337 (20.87%) Puppet
8 332 (20.56%) Microsoft
9 331 (20.50%) Firewall
10 327 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
11 323 (20.00%) DNS
12 289 (17.89%) MySQL
13 286 (17.71%) Python
14 283 (17.52%) Red Hat
15 282 (17.46%) Amazon AWS
16 279 (17.28%) Bash Shell
17 267 (16.53%) Ansible
17 267 (16.53%) Finance
18 266 (16.47%) Apache
19 260 (16.10%) Unix
20 257 (15.91%) CentOS
21 239 (14.80%) PowerShell
22 234 (14.49%) SQL
23 217 (13.44%) TCP/IP
24 216 (13.37%) Windows Server 2008
25 203 (12.57%) SQL Server
26 199 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
26 199 (12.32%) Ubuntu
27 198 (12.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
28 197 (12.20%) Opscode Chef

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
1 266 (16.47%) Apache
2 182 (11.27%) MS Exchange
3 140 (8.67%) nginx
4 85 (5.26%) SharePoint
5 77 (4.77%) IIS
6 72 (4.46%) Tomcat
7 67 (4.15%) Exchange Server 2010
8 42 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
9 41 (2.54%) OpenStack
10 22 (1.36%) Skype for Business
11 20 (1.24%) WebSphere
12 18 (1.11%) WordPress
13 16 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
14 14 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
14 14 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2007
15 13 (0.80%) JBoss
16 11 (0.68%) Confluence
17 8 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
18 7 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
19 4 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 55 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.31%) AutoCAD
4 5 (0.31%) PTC Creo
5 2 (0.12%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.062%) Houdini
6 1 (0.062%) Maya
6 1 (0.062%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.062%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 20 (1.24%) Unit4 Business World
2 18 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 16 (0.99%) NetSuite
4 8 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.43%) Cognos Controller
6 6 (0.37%) PeopleSoft HCM
7 5 (0.31%) SAP Business One
8 3 (0.19%) CODA-Financials
8 3 (0.19%) Magento
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
9 2 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.12%) JDE OneWorld
9 2 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.12%) Relativity
10 1 (0.062%) iTrent
10 1 (0.062%) Oracle CRM
10 1 (0.062%) Q-Pulse
10 1 (0.062%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 282 (17.46%) Amazon AWS
2 193 (11.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 184 (11.39%) Office 365
4 55 (3.41%) SaaS
5 40 (2.48%) Google Cloud Platform
6 30 (1.86%) IaaS
7 28 (1.73%) PaaS
8 19 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
9 17 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
10 14 (0.87%) GitHub
11 13 (0.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 11 (0.68%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
13 9 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
14 8 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
15 7 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
15 7 (0.43%) Route 53
15 7 (0.43%) Serverless
16 6 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
17 4 (0.25%) AWS OpsWorks
Communications & Networking
1 331 (20.50%) Firewall
2 323 (20.00%) DNS
3 217 (13.44%) TCP/IP
4 180 (11.15%) SAN
5 146 (9.04%) VPN
6 117 (7.24%) DHCP
7 108 (6.69%) LAN
8 106 (6.56%) WAN
9 80 (4.95%) Network Security
10 63 (3.90%) VLAN
11 61 (3.78%) Internet
12 55 (3.41%) LDAP
13 44 (2.72%) NAS
14 39 (2.41%) Remote Desktop
15 38 (2.35%) HTTP
16 36 (2.23%) Cisco ASA
17 33 (2.04%) iSCSI
18 30 (1.86%) BGP
18 30 (1.86%) Intrusion Detection
19 27 (1.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (17.89%) MySQL
2 203 (12.57%) SQL Server
3 47 (2.91%) PostgreSQL
4 33 (2.04%) MongoDB
5 30 (1.86%) MariaDB
6 29 (1.80%) NoSQL
7 27 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
7 27 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
8 18 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
9 16 (0.99%) Oracle Database
10 15 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (0.93%) Hadoop
10 15 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
10 15 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
12 11 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
13 10 (0.62%) Redis
13 10 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 9 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
14 9 (0.56%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 108 (6.69%) Jenkins
2 84 (5.20%) Git (software)
3 32 (1.98%) Vagrant
4 23 (1.42%) Subversion
5 19 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 18 (1.11%) TeamCity
7 16 (0.99%) JIRA
7 16 (0.99%) Octopus Deploy
8 14 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 10 (0.62%) Sonatype Nexus
10 9 (0.56%) Bitbucket
11 6 (0.37%) Ant
11 6 (0.37%) Eclipse
12 5 (0.31%) NuGet
13 4 (0.25%) GitLab
13 4 (0.25%) Maven
14 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
15 2 (0.12%) GCC
15 2 (0.12%) MSI
15 2 (0.12%) PEAR
General
1 267 (16.53%) Finance
2 79 (4.89%) Manufacturing
3 77 (4.77%) Telecoms
4 64 (3.96%) Marketing
5 50 (3.10%) Electronics
6 42 (2.60%) Banking
7 34 (2.11%) Retail
8 32 (1.98%) Games
9 27 (1.67%) Advertising
10 21 (1.30%) Back Office
11 19 (1.18%) Law
12 11 (0.68%) Publishing
13 10 (0.62%) Financial Institution
13 10 (0.62%) Legal
14 6 (0.37%) Investment Banking
15 5 (0.31%) French Language
15 5 (0.31%) Front Office
16 4 (0.25%) Local Government
17 3 (0.19%) Online Betting
17 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (10.84%) LAMP
2 87 (5.39%) LEMP Stack
3 58 (3.59%) Web Services
4 34 (2.11%) .NET
5 18 (1.11%) LAPP Stack
6 14 (0.87%) HTML
7 9 (0.56%) 802.1X
8 8 (0.50%) Elastic Stack
9 7 (0.43%) FIX Protocol
9 7 (0.43%) IBM Integration Bus
9 7 (0.43%) WebSphere MQ
10 6 (0.37%) Memcached
10 6 (0.37%) Node.js
10 6 (0.37%) OpenVZ
10 6 (0.37%) REST
11 5 (0.31%) COM
11 5 (0.31%) Middleware
11 5 (0.31%) Sensu
11 5 (0.31%) Velocity
12 3 (0.19%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 121 (7.49%) Data Centre
2 82 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (4.46%) Management Information System
4 71 (4.40%) Computer Science
5 55 (3.41%) Clustering
6 43 (2.66%) Fintech
7 38 (2.35%) Linux Command Line
8 35 (2.17%) Replication
9 32 (1.98%) Public Cloud
10 23 (1.42%) User Experience
11 21 (1.30%) Digital Media
12 18 (1.11%) Hedge funds
13 15 (0.93%) Private Cloud
14 12 (0.74%) AS400
14 12 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (0.68%) Driving Licence
15 11 (0.68%) EMC VNX
15 11 (0.68%) Fat Client
15 11 (0.68%) Thin Client
16 10 (0.62%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 980 (60.68%) Linux
2 708 (43.84%) Windows
3 379 (23.47%) Windows Server
4 260 (16.10%) Unix
5 257 (15.91%) CentOS
6 216 (13.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 199 (12.32%) Ubuntu
7 199 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 198 (12.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 104 (6.44%) Debian
10 80 (4.95%) Windows 7
11 72 (4.46%) Windows 10
12 49 (3.03%) AIX
13 43 (2.66%) Solaris
14 30 (1.86%) Windows Server 2003
15 20 (1.24%) HPUX
16 19 (1.18%) Windows XP
17 17 (1.05%) CoreOS
18 15 (0.93%) Mac OS X
19 13 (0.80%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (23.22%) DevOps
2 194 (12.01%) Configuration Management
3 159 (9.85%) ITIL
4 132 (8.17%) Disaster Recovery
5 128 (7.93%) Agile Software Development
6 106 (6.56%) Continuous Integration
7 91 (5.63%) High Availability
8 88 (5.45%) Open Source
9 70 (4.33%) Load Balancing
10 66 (4.09%) Business Intelligence
11 65 (4.02%) ERP
12 52 (3.22%) CRM
13 47 (2.91%) Performance Tuning
14 46 (2.85%) Migration
15 44 (2.72%) Digital Marketing
16 43 (2.66%) Programme Management
17 41 (2.54%) E-Commerce
17 41 (2.54%) Service Management
18 40 (2.48%) Change Management
19 38 (2.35%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 286 (17.71%) Python
2 279 (17.28%) Bash Shell
3 239 (14.80%) PowerShell
4 234 (14.49%) SQL
5 178 (11.02%) Perl
6 140 (8.67%) PHP
7 107 (6.63%) Shell Script
8 91 (5.63%) Ruby
9 77 (4.77%) Java
10 23 (1.42%) C
11 13 (0.80%) C#
11 13 (0.80%) Korn
12 12 (0.74%) JavaScript
13 10 (0.62%) Go
14 9 (0.56%) Bourne shell
14 9 (0.56%) Groovy
14 9 (0.56%) T-SQL
14 9 (0.56%) VB
15 6 (0.37%) C-shell
16 5 (0.31%) PHP 5
Qualifications
1 155 (9.60%) Degree
2 88 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
4 50 (3.10%) CCNA
4 50 (3.10%) MCSE
5 47 (2.91%) MCSA
6 43 (2.66%) Security Cleared
7 37 (2.29%) Computer Science Degree
8 34 (2.11%) RHCE
9 22 (1.36%) MCP
10 19 (1.18%) RHCSA
11 18 (1.11%) DV Cleared
12 17 (1.05%) MCITP
13 16 (0.99%) CCNP
14 14 (0.87%) Citrix Certification
14 14 (0.87%) SC Cleared
15 12 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 10 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
17 9 (0.56%) CompTIA Security+
17 9 (0.56%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (2.11%) QA
2 22 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (1.36%) SLA
3 15 (0.93%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.37%) GCP
5 5 (0.31%) GxP
5 5 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.19%) GDPR
6 3 (0.19%) ISAE 3402
6 3 (0.19%) SSAE 16
7 2 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.062%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 422 (26.13%) Active Directory
2 327 (20.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 185 (11.46%) Docker
4 172 (10.65%) Hyper-V
5 73 (4.52%) VMware ESXi
6 72 (4.46%) Virtual Machines
7 66 (4.09%) vSphere
8 50 (3.10%) NFS
9 49 (3.03%) iptables
9 49 (3.03%) KVM
10 47 (2.91%) Virtual Servers
11 32 (1.98%) XenApp
12 27 (1.67%) Terminal Services
13 22 (1.36%) Samba
14 20 (1.24%) Xen
15 16 (0.99%) Varnish
15 16 (0.99%) XenServer
16 15 (0.93%) Postfix
17 14 (0.87%) XenDesktop
18 12 (0.74%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 337 (20.87%) Puppet
2 267 (16.53%) Ansible
3 197 (12.20%) Opscode Chef
4 112 (6.93%) Nagios
5 82 (5.08%) SCCM
6 77 (4.77%) Kubernetes
7 47 (2.91%) Terraform
8 44 (2.72%) Salt
9 40 (2.48%) SCOM
10 38 (2.35%) ZABBIX
11 34 (2.11%) WSUS
12 30 (1.86%) HAProxy
13 23 (1.42%) vCenter Server
14 22 (1.36%) Cacti
15 18 (1.11%) Backup Exec
16 16 (0.99%) CFEngine
17 13 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
18 12 (0.74%) Grafana
19 10 (0.62%) Munin
19 10 (0.62%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 531 (32.88%) VMware
2 332 (20.56%) Microsoft
3 283 (17.52%) Red Hat
4 188 (11.64%) Cisco
5 120 (7.43%) Oracle
6 96 (5.94%) Citrix
7 75 (4.64%) HP
8 65 (4.02%) SAP
9 62 (3.84%) IBM
10 43 (2.66%) Google
11 37 (2.29%) Veeam
12 34 (2.11%) NetApp
13 31 (1.92%) Dell
13 31 (1.92%) F5
14 30 (1.86%) EMC
14 30 (1.86%) SolarWinds
15 24 (1.49%) McAfee
15 24 (1.49%) Symantec
16 21 (1.30%) Juniper
17 20 (1.24%) Rackspace