Period
to 3 July 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £44,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 July 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 391 391 421
Rank change year-on-year 0 +30 -79
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 575 1,167 1,310
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.80% 0.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.83% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 494 1,042 1,183
Median annual salary £44,500 £43,845 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.49% -2.57% +5.88%
10th Percentile £27,650 £28,050 £29,196
90th Percentile £64,375 £67,500 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -3.75% - -

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 75,302 140,558 170,579
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.10% 95.90% 96.30%
Number of salaries quoted 60,547 112,146 138,553
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 3 July 2020.

Salary histogram for Systems Administrator in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 17 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 3 July 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 -2 515 £45,000 +1.12% 56
UK excluding London +42 329 £38,500 -3.75% 44
London -6 232 £52,500 +5.00% 23
South East +17 98 £41,447 -2.48% 10
North of England +85 66 £42,500 +19.72% 14
Midlands +87 60 £45,000 +28.57% 4
Yorkshire +116 48 £44,000 +25.71% 6
West Midlands +73 41 £47,500 +26.67% 4
South West +37 33 £32,500 -23.53% 2
Wales +37 27 £35,500 -8.39% 5
East of England +44 26 £28,500 -32.94% 3
East Midlands +44 19 £36,250 +25.00%
Scotland +60 14 £25,000 -30.56% 5
North West +80 13 £37,500 +7.91% 7
Work from Home +27 12 £47,000 -10.48% 3
Northern Ireland +23 5 - - 1
North East +12 5 £26,500 -47.00% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 290 (50.43%) Windows
2 252 (43.83%) Linux
3 240 (41.74%) VMware
4 200 (34.78%) Microsoft
5 173 (30.09%) Active Directory
6 160 (27.83%) VMware Infrastructure
7 152 (26.43%) Windows Server
8 127 (22.09%) Finance
9 122 (21.22%) PowerShell
10 121 (21.04%) Azure
11 117 (20.35%) AWS
12 116 (20.17%) ITIL
13 99 (17.22%) Python
14 94 (16.35%) DNS
15 89 (15.48%) Office 365
16 86 (14.96%) Firewall
17 83 (14.43%) SCCM
17 83 (14.43%) DevOps
18 82 (14.26%) Ansible
19 81 (14.09%) Degree
20 77 (13.39%) Bash Shell
21 74 (12.87%) Red Hat
22 73 (12.70%) Change Management
23 72 (12.52%) SQL
24 70 (12.17%) Data Centre
24 70 (12.17%) Problem-Solving
25 61 (10.61%) SQL Server
26 57 (9.91%) Hyper-V
27 53 (9.22%) Docker
28 51 (8.87%) MS Exchange

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 51 (8.87%) MS Exchange
2 39 (6.78%) OpenStack
3 26 (4.52%) Confluence
4 23 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (3.48%) Apache
5 20 (3.48%) IIS
5 20 (3.48%) SharePoint
6 16 (2.78%) Tomcat
7 12 (2.09%) nginx
7 12 (2.09%) WebSphere
8 7 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (1.04%) WildFly
10 5 (0.87%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.87%) Skype for Business
10 5 (0.87%) WebSphere Application Server
11 4 (0.70%) Tuxedo
11 4 (0.70%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.52%) Gluu
12 3 (0.52%) WordPress
Applications
1 22 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (1.39%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (1.04%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.17%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 121 (21.04%) Azure
2 117 (20.35%) AWS
3 89 (15.48%) Office 365
4 30 (5.22%) Dynamics 365
5 15 (2.61%) IaaS
6 14 (2.43%) SaaS
7 13 (2.26%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (2.26%) PaaS
8 12 (2.09%) Azure Active Directory
9 11 (1.91%) Mimecast
10 9 (1.57%) G Suite
11 8 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
11 8 (1.39%) OpenShift
12 6 (1.04%) GitHub
12 6 (1.04%) OneDrive
13 5 (0.87%) Amazon ECS
13 5 (0.87%) Amazon S3
13 5 (0.87%) GCP
14 4 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
14 4 (0.70%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 94 (16.35%) DNS
2 86 (14.96%) Firewall
3 50 (8.70%) DHCP
3 50 (8.70%) LAN
3 50 (8.70%) TCP/IP
3 50 (8.70%) WAN
4 40 (6.96%) SAN
4 40 (6.96%) VPN
5 27 (4.70%) VoIP
6 21 (3.65%) FTP
7 19 (3.30%) Skype
8 18 (3.13%) Internet
8 18 (3.13%) Wi-Fi
9 15 (2.61%) VLAN
10 14 (2.43%) Network Security
10 14 (2.43%) SSL
11 13 (2.26%) IP Telephony
11 13 (2.26%) SSH
11 13 (2.26%) Wireless
12 11 (1.91%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (10.61%) SQL Server
2 38 (6.61%) MySQL
3 21 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
4 16 (2.78%) MariaDB
4 16 (2.78%) SQL Server 2016
5 15 (2.61%) Relational Database
6 14 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
7 12 (2.09%) Hadoop
8 9 (1.57%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.39%) Big Data
10 7 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (1.04%) DB2
11 6 (1.04%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.87%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.87%) RDBMS
12 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
13 4 (0.70%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 2 (0.35%) Hazelcast
14 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
14 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 31 (5.39%) JIRA
2 29 (5.04%) Git (software)
3 24 (4.17%) Jenkins
4 17 (2.96%) Bitbucket
5 13 (2.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 11 (1.91%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.70%) GitLab
7 4 (0.70%) PeopleTools
7 4 (0.70%) Subversion
8 3 (0.52%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (0.52%) Selenium
9 1 (0.17%) MSI
9 1 (0.17%) Redmine
9 1 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 127 (22.09%) Finance
2 32 (5.57%) Retail
3 26 (4.52%) Telecoms
4 16 (2.78%) Law
5 12 (2.09%) Advertising
5 12 (2.09%) Banking
6 11 (1.91%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.70%) Aerospace
7 4 (0.70%) Games
7 4 (0.70%) Military
8 3 (0.52%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.35%) Billing
9 2 (0.35%) Marketing
9 2 (0.35%) Public Sector
10 1 (0.17%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.39%) Middleware
2 22 (3.83%) LAMP
3 16 (2.78%) Elastic Stack
4 12 (2.09%) YAML
5 11 (1.91%) .NET
6 9 (1.57%) Node.js
7 8 (1.39%) LDAP
8 7 (1.22%) Web Services
9 6 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
10 5 (0.87%) SOAP
10 5 (0.87%) WSDL
11 4 (0.70%) Akka
11 4 (0.70%) MEAN Stack
11 4 (0.70%) OpenJDK
11 4 (0.70%) XML
12 3 (0.52%) COM
12 3 (0.52%) FIX Protocol
12 3 (0.52%) Nightwatchjs
12 3 (0.52%) OpenID
12 3 (0.52%) ZeroMQ
Miscellaneous
1 70 (12.17%) Data Centre
2 46 (8.00%) Management Information System
3 24 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (3.83%) Self-Motivation
5 21 (3.65%) Clustering
6 13 (2.26%) Public Cloud
7 12 (2.09%) Linux Command Line
8 11 (1.91%) Biotechnology
8 11 (1.91%) EMC VNX
9 7 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (1.04%) Cloud Native
10 6 (1.04%) iSeries
10 6 (1.04%) Replication
11 5 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
12 4 (0.70%) Blog
12 4 (0.70%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.70%) Digital Media
12 4 (0.70%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.70%) iPhone
12 4 (0.70%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 290 (50.43%) Windows
2 252 (43.83%) Linux
3 152 (26.43%) Windows Server
4 50 (8.70%) Windows Server 2016
5 48 (8.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 48 (8.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 46 (8.00%) CentOS
7 42 (7.30%) Unix
8 41 (7.13%) Ubuntu
9 22 (3.83%) Windows 10
10 19 (3.30%) Solaris
11 18 (3.13%) Windows 7
11 18 (3.13%) Windows Server 2019
12 13 (2.26%) Debian
13 12 (2.09%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (2.09%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (1.91%) FreeBSD
14 11 (1.91%) FreeNAS
15 7 (1.22%) AIX
16 6 (1.04%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (20.17%) ITIL
2 83 (14.43%) DevOps
3 73 (12.70%) Change Management
4 70 (12.17%) Problem-Solving
5 46 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
6 43 (7.48%) Service Management
7 42 (7.30%) Configuration Management
8 36 (6.26%) Agile Software Development
8 36 (6.26%) Problem Management
9 32 (5.57%) High Availability
10 31 (5.39%) Information Security
11 29 (5.04%) Cybersecurity
12 27 (4.70%) Computer Science
13 26 (4.52%) Server Hardening
13 26 (4.52%) Virtual Environments
14 25 (4.35%) Open Source
15 24 (4.17%) Mentoring
15 24 (4.17%) Migration
16 21 (3.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 19 (3.30%) Collaborative Working
Programming Languages
1 122 (21.22%) PowerShell
2 99 (17.22%) Python
3 77 (13.39%) Bash Shell
4 72 (12.52%) SQL
5 41 (7.13%) Shell Script
6 36 (6.26%) PHP
7 26 (4.52%) Perl
8 24 (4.17%) Java
9 14 (2.43%) Ruby
10 11 (1.91%) R
11 10 (1.74%) C
12 8 (1.39%) C++
12 8 (1.39%) JavaScript
13 7 (1.22%) VBScript
14 5 (0.87%) VB
15 3 (0.52%) AWK
15 3 (0.52%) C#
15 3 (0.52%) Go
15 3 (0.52%) sed
15 3 (0.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 81 (14.09%) Degree
2 43 (7.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (4.87%) MCSA
3 28 (4.87%) Security Cleared
4 27 (4.70%) MCSE
4 27 (4.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 25 (4.35%) CCNA
5 25 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (2.96%) SC Cleared
7 15 (2.61%) Citrix Certification
8 11 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (1.74%) DV Cleared
9 10 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (1.22%) CCA
10 7 (1.22%) RHCE
11 6 (1.04%) AWS Certification
12 4 (0.70%) RHCSA
13 3 (0.52%) CCNP
13 3 (0.52%) Linux+ Certification
13 3 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (8.17%) SLA
2 35 (6.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.57%) ISO 9001
4 7 (1.22%) GDPR
5 6 (1.04%) QA
6 5 (0.87%) NIST
6 5 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 173 (30.09%) Active Directory
2 160 (27.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (9.91%) Hyper-V
4 53 (9.22%) Docker
5 35 (6.09%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (5.74%) vSphere
6 33 (5.74%) XenApp
7 30 (5.22%) Terminal Server
8 28 (4.87%) XenDesktop
9 25 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (2.78%) KVM
11 11 (1.91%) Virtual Servers
12 10 (1.74%) VMware Workstation
13 9 (1.57%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (1.22%) VirtualBox
15 5 (0.87%) LXC
16 4 (0.70%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 4 (0.70%) iptables
16 4 (0.70%) Lustre
16 4 (0.70%) Slurm Workload Manager
Systems Management
1 83 (14.43%) SCCM
2 82 (14.26%) Ansible
3 50 (8.70%) SCOM
4 48 (8.35%) Puppet
5 42 (7.30%) Kubernetes
6 30 (5.22%) Terraform
7 19 (3.30%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (2.96%) WSUS
9 13 (2.26%) PowerCLI
10 11 (1.91%) Avamar
10 11 (1.91%) Proxmox
11 8 (1.39%) Kibana
11 8 (1.39%) logstash
11 8 (1.39%) vCenter Server
12 7 (1.22%) Red Hat Satellite
13 6 (1.04%) Grafana
13 6 (1.04%) Nagios
14 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (0.87%) NetBackup
14 5 (0.87%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 240 (41.74%) VMware
2 200 (34.78%) Microsoft
3 74 (12.87%) Red Hat
4 50 (8.70%) Citrix
5 31 (5.39%) Cisco
6 28 (4.87%) Dell
7 22 (3.83%) EMC
7 22 (3.83%) HP
8 21 (3.65%) Oracle
9 18 (3.13%) NetApp
10 17 (2.96%) ServiceNow
11 16 (2.78%) AppDynamics
11 16 (2.78%) IBM
12 15 (2.61%) Atlassian
13 13 (2.26%) Percona
13 13 (2.26%) SaltStack
14 11 (1.91%) CommVault
14 11 (1.91%) Sophos
14 11 (1.91%) Splunk
15 9 (1.57%) McAfee