Systems Administrator Jobs

System Administrator (Sysadmin)
UK

The median System Administrator (Sysadmin) salary in the UK is £45,000 per year, according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months leading to 21 July 2024.

The table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
21 Jul 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 414 483 724
Rank change year-on-year +69 +241 -163
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 568 454 640
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.55% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.60% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 461 354 462
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,523 £28,250
25th Percentile £35,000 £34,125 £34,813
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - - +7.25%
75th Percentile £52,500 £60,938 £56,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £67,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

For comparison with the information above, the following table provides 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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 90,804 76,128 169,447
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 91.78% 95.48%
Number of salaries quoted 62,448 52,562 88,042
10th Percentile £29,750 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £40,000 £44,101 £43,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,818 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -10.30% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £71,000 £80,000 £78,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £53,000 £51,500
% change year-on-year -5.66% +2.91% +8.42%

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 21 July 2024.

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 July 2024. 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
Jobs
England +61 480 £45,000 - 49
UK excluding London +53 447 £42,500 +6.25% 47
Work from Home +37 122 £45,000 -2.17% 22
South East +34 111 £50,000 +25.00% 16
North of England +60 99 £40,000 +20.30% 13
London +27 97 £50,000 -11.11% 4
Midlands +2 78 £40,000 +14.29% 10
South West +4 76 £50,000 +9.89% 5
Scotland +7 62 £40,000 -13.04% 1
North West +12 49 £45,000 -5.26% 7
East Midlands -7 41 £40,000 +17.65% 3
Yorkshire +66 40 £35,000 +7.69% 6
West Midlands -8 37 £38,750 +10.71% 7
East of England -32 16 £35,000 -40.17% 2
North East -4 10 £41,250 +3.13%
Wales +20 5 £50,000 +53.85%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 21 July 2024, Systems Administrator job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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.

1 163 (28.70%) Windows
2 119 (20.95%) Microsoft
3 118 (20.77%) Problem-Solving
4 109 (19.19%) Linux
5 101 (17.78%) Azure
6 91 (16.02%) Microsoft 365
7 90 (15.85%) Security Cleared
8 89 (15.67%) Active Directory
9 88 (15.49%) VMware
10 86 (15.14%) Social Skills
11 69 (12.15%) Finance
12 62 (10.92%) SQL
12 62 (10.92%) VMware Infrastructure
13 55 (9.68%) Windows Server
14 49 (8.63%) DV Cleared
14 49 (8.63%) Firewall
14 49 (8.63%) Degree
15 48 (8.45%) PowerShell
16 46 (8.10%) Cybersecurity
16 46 (8.10%) Entra ID
17 45 (7.92%) PKI
18 44 (7.75%) DNS
19 42 (7.39%) Customer Service
20 40 (7.04%) Python
20 40 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
21 37 (6.51%) AWS
22 35 (6.16%) Microsoft Exchange
22 35 (6.16%) LAN
22 35 (6.16%) WAN
23 33 (5.81%) ITIL

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 35 (6.16%) Microsoft Exchange
2 24 (4.23%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.76%) Confluence
4 5 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (0.70%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.53%) Apache
6 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.53%) IIS
6 3 (0.53%) Moodle
7 1 (0.18%) nginx
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Application Server
7 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.18%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.35%) Trello
5 1 (0.18%) 1Password
Business Applications
1 9 (1.58%) Oracle HRMS
2 4 (0.70%) BASE24
2 4 (0.70%) iTrent
2 4 (0.70%) SAP Business One
3 3 (0.53%) Magento
4 2 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.35%) Salesforce CRM
4 2 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.18%) Cognos Controller
5 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 101 (17.78%) Azure
2 91 (16.02%) Microsoft 365
3 46 (8.10%) Entra ID
4 37 (6.51%) AWS
5 25 (4.40%) SaaS
6 18 (3.17%) GCP
7 17 (2.99%) Dynamics 365
8 11 (1.94%) Power Platform
9 10 (1.76%) Azure DevOps
10 6 (1.06%) DigitalOcean
10 6 (1.06%) Mimecast
10 6 (1.06%) OneDrive
10 6 (1.06%) WhatsApp
11 5 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.70%) IaaS
12 4 (0.70%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 4 (0.70%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 3 (0.53%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.53%) PowerApps
14 2 (0.35%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 49 (8.63%) Firewall
2 44 (7.75%) DNS
3 35 (6.16%) LAN
3 35 (6.16%) WAN
4 30 (5.28%) TCP/IP
5 29 (5.11%) DHCP
6 17 (2.99%) VPN
7 16 (2.82%) VLAN
8 13 (2.29%) SAN
8 13 (2.29%) VSAN
9 12 (2.11%) Internet
10 8 (1.41%) HTTPS
10 8 (1.41%) NAS
10 8 (1.41%) SSL
10 8 (1.41%) Wireless
11 7 (1.23%) Intrusion Detection
12 6 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (1.06%) Wireshark
13 5 (0.88%) 802.11
13 5 (0.88%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (3.35%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.41%) MySQL
2 8 (1.41%) Power BI
3 7 (1.23%) Crystal Reports
3 7 (1.23%) NonStop SQL
3 7 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (0.88%) Ingres
5 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (0.35%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.18%) Data Hub
7 1 (0.18%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.18%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 9 (1.58%) JIRA
2 8 (1.41%) Vagrant
3 7 (1.23%) Git
4 6 (1.06%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.18%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.18%) Jenkins
General
1 86 (15.14%) Social Skills
2 69 (12.15%) Finance
3 40 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (4.05%) Manufacturing
5 18 (3.17%) Retail
6 16 (2.82%) Telecoms
7 12 (2.11%) Marketing
8 11 (1.94%) Aerospace
8 11 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
9 9 (1.58%) Public Sector
10 6 (1.06%) Law
10 6 (1.06%) Legal
11 5 (0.88%) Automotive
11 5 (0.88%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 5 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.53%) Local Government
12 3 (0.53%) Presentation Skills
13 2 (0.35%) Banking
13 2 (0.35%) Billing
13 2 (0.35%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.41%) EDI
1 8 (1.41%) Software Packaging
2 7 (1.23%) REST
3 5 (0.88%) 802.1X
4 4 (0.70%) CSS
4 4 (0.70%) HTML
4 4 (0.70%) Oracle Fusion
4 4 (0.70%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 4 (0.70%) XML
5 3 (0.53%) JSON
5 3 (0.53%) OpenACC
5 3 (0.53%) OpenMP
5 3 (0.53%) React
5 3 (0.53%) Web Services
6 2 (0.35%) .NET
6 2 (0.35%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.35%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (0.35%) SPFx
7 1 (0.18%) Ajax
7 1 (0.18%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (7.92%) PKI
2 33 (5.81%) Management Information System
3 20 (3.52%) Data Centre
4 17 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (1.94%) Onboarding
6 7 (1.23%) Cyberattack
6 7 (1.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (1.06%) Client/Server
7 6 (1.06%) Learning Management System
7 6 (1.06%) Wiki
8 4 (0.70%) Cloud Native
8 4 (0.70%) Driving Licence
8 4 (0.70%) Replication
9 3 (0.53%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.53%) CUDA
9 3 (0.53%) Cyber Threat
9 3 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.53%) VAX
10 2 (0.35%) Bitcoin
10 2 (0.35%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 163 (28.70%) Windows
2 109 (19.19%) Linux
3 55 (9.68%) Windows Server
4 30 (5.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 25 (4.40%) Windows 10
5 25 (4.40%) Windows Server 2019
6 24 (4.23%) CentOS
6 24 (4.23%) Unix
7 20 (3.52%) Windows Server 2016
8 19 (3.35%) Ubuntu
9 14 (2.46%) Windows 7
9 14 (2.46%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (2.11%) Mac OS
11 10 (1.76%) Apple iOS
12 8 (1.41%) Debian
12 8 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (1.23%) Android
14 6 (1.06%) VMS
15 5 (0.88%) SUSE
16 3 (0.53%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (20.77%) Problem-Solving
2 46 (8.10%) Cybersecurity
3 42 (7.39%) Customer Service
4 33 (5.81%) ITIL
5 30 (5.28%) Agile
6 27 (4.75%) DevOps
7 24 (4.23%) Project Management
8 23 (4.05%) Collaborative Working
8 23 (4.05%) Computer Science
9 22 (3.87%) ERP
10 21 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (3.35%) Patch Management
12 18 (3.17%) Configuration Management
12 18 (3.17%) Roadmaps
13 17 (2.99%) Virtual Infrastructure
14 16 (2.82%) Change Management
14 16 (2.82%) Customer Experience
14 16 (2.82%) Migration
14 16 (2.82%) Task Automation
15 15 (2.64%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (10.92%) SQL
2 48 (8.45%) PowerShell
3 40 (7.04%) Python
4 28 (4.93%) Bash
5 15 (2.64%) Perl
6 12 (2.11%) Shell Script
7 8 (1.41%) JavaScript
8 4 (0.70%) Apex Code
8 4 (0.70%) PHP
9 3 (0.53%) C
9 3 (0.53%) C++
9 3 (0.53%) C-shell
9 3 (0.53%) Fortran
10 2 (0.35%) C#
10 2 (0.35%) Java
11 1 (0.18%) ActionScript
11 1 (0.18%) AWK
11 1 (0.18%) Go
11 1 (0.18%) sed
11 1 (0.18%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 90 (15.85%) Security Cleared
2 49 (8.63%) Degree
2 49 (8.63%) DV Cleared
3 19 (3.35%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (1.41%) CCNA
5 8 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (1.41%) SC Cleared
6 6 (1.06%) HNC
6 6 (1.06%) RHCE
7 5 (0.88%) CCNP
7 5 (0.88%) MCSA
7 5 (0.88%) MCSE
7 5 (0.88%) RHCSA
8 4 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.35%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.35%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.35%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 2 (0.35%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.18%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.11%) QA
2 10 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.23%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (0.88%) SLA
5 4 (0.70%) GDPR
6 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 89 (15.67%) Active Directory
2 62 (10.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (3.70%) Docker
3 21 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 19 (3.35%) vSphere
5 17 (2.99%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (1.94%) VMware NSX
7 10 (1.76%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.70%) Lustre
9 4 (0.70%) Slurm Workload Manager
9 4 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.53%) Ceph
10 3 (0.53%) GPFS
10 3 (0.53%) KVM
10 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.53%) XenApp
11 1 (0.18%) Dovecot
11 1 (0.18%) Postfix
11 1 (0.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 31 (5.46%) Ansible
2 21 (3.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 20 (3.52%) SCCM
4 14 (2.46%) Terraform
5 11 (1.94%) Kubernetes
5 11 (1.94%) WSUS
6 8 (1.41%) Puppet
7 7 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (0.88%) Nagios
9 3 (0.53%) EMC VPLEX
9 3 (0.53%) Grafana
9 3 (0.53%) Podman
9 3 (0.53%) Prometheus
10 2 (0.35%) Check_MK
10 2 (0.35%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.35%) Jamf Pro
10 2 (0.35%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.35%) Progress Chef
10 2 (0.35%) Proxmox
Vendors
1 119 (20.95%) Microsoft
2 88 (15.49%) VMware
3 32 (5.63%) Oracle
4 24 (4.23%) Red Hat
5 17 (2.99%) Veeam
6 16 (2.82%) Cisco
7 11 (1.94%) Epicor
8 10 (1.76%) Citrix
8 10 (1.76%) HP
9 8 (1.41%) Dell
9 8 (1.41%) SAP
10 6 (1.06%) Apple
10 6 (1.06%) Salesforce
11 5 (0.88%) EMC
12 4 (0.70%) Google
13 3 (0.53%) Autodesk
13 3 (0.53%) Centreon
13 3 (0.53%) Fortinet
13 3 (0.53%) SolarWinds
13 3 (0.53%) Sybase