The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 328 296 268
Rank change year-on-year -32 -28  
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 844 1059 1367
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.95% 1.08% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 1.11% 1.29%
Number of salaries quoted 745 941 1169
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 85544 95045 105654
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.95% 96.52% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 69856 80154 87088
Median salary £46,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £72,500
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 27 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 27 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 -31 796 £42,500 - 120
London -49 316 £47,500 -5.00% 48
South East +6 199 £43,000 +7.50% 34
North West +4 74 £35,500 +6.76% 2
Manchester +5 61 £35,000 +35.92% 1
Yorkshire +7 60 £37,500 -6.25% 12
South West +11 52 £35,000 +9.37% 3
City of London -6 44 £52,500 +5.00% 11
West Yorkshire +13 42 £39,250 -1.87% 9
West Midlands +16 40 £40,000 +33.33% 5
Berkshire +18 39 £45,000 - 8
East Sussex +39 34 £45,000 +9.09% 1
Brighton +35 34 £45,000 - 1
Surrey -7 30 £40,000 -11.11% 8
Leeds +14 28 £40,000 - 5
East of England -58 28 £45,250 +20.66% 10
Scotland -3 26 £38,500 +2.66% 1
East Midlands -12 26 £34,035 -2.75% 5
Hampshire -9 25 £31,500 -3.07% 5
West Sussex +27 22 £42,500 +25.92% 3
Oxfordshire +14 22 £35,000 -17.64% 5
Edinburgh +2 20 £38,000 -10.05% 1
Slough +20 19 £45,000 +5.88% 2
Crawley +26 17 £42,500 +54.54% 1
Kent -4 17 £26,500 -24.28% 1
Bristol -14 17 £33,500 -16.25%
Cambridgeshire -51 17 £45,500 +23.85% 3
Gloucestershire +1 13 £37,500 -
Bradford -2 12 £36,000 -10.00% 2
Guildford +12 11 £34,000 -24.44% 3

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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 1029 (61.99%) Linux
2 786 (47.35%) Windows
3 591 (35.60%) VMware
4 468 (28.19%) Active Directory
5 451 (27.17%) Windows Server
6 381 (22.95%) Puppet
7 373 (22.47%) DevOps
8 372 (22.41%) Microsoft
9 362 (21.81%) VMware Infrastructure
10 357 (21.51%) Red Hat
11 339 (20.42%) Python
12 316 (19.04%) Bash Shell
13 303 (18.25%) Firewall
14 301 (18.13%) DNS
15 292 (17.59%) Finance
16 279 (16.81%) SQL Server
17 269 (16.20%) Windows Server 2012
18 266 (16.02%) Windows Server 2008
19 261 (15.72%) MySQL
20 260 (15.66%) Unix
21 259 (15.60%) CentOS
22 257 (15.48%) Ansible
23 253 (15.24%) Apache
24 250 (15.06%) Perl
25 247 (14.88%) SQL
26 230 (13.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
27 224 (13.49%) Amazon AWS
28 216 (13.01%) Opscode Chef
29 207 (12.47%) SAN
30 201 (12.11%) 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
1 253 (15.24%) Apache
2 182 (10.96%) MS Exchange
3 112 (6.75%) nginx
4 110 (6.63%) Tomcat
5 106 (6.39%) IIS
6 89 (5.36%) Exchange Server 2010
7 70 (4.22%) SharePoint
8 52 (3.13%) OpenStack
9 45 (2.71%) Exchange Server 2013
10 32 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
11 23 (1.39%) Skype for Business
12 20 (1.20%) JBoss
13 15 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 15 (0.90%) CMS
13 15 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
14 14 (0.84%) Jetty
15 10 (0.60%) Confluence
15 10 (0.60%) WordPress
16 9 (0.54%) Documentum
16 9 (0.54%) Drupal
Applications
1 78 (4.70%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.24%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.18%) PTC Creo
6 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.060%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 40 (2.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 13 (0.78%) Unit4 Business World
3 9 (0.54%) NetSuite
4 6 (0.36%) Cognos Controller
4 6 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
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
1 224 (13.49%) Amazon AWS
2 191 (11.51%) Office 365
3 136 (8.19%) Microsoft Azure
4 61 (3.67%) SaaS
5 42 (2.53%) PaaS
6 30 (1.81%) IaaS
7 28 (1.69%) Google Cloud Platform
8 14 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (0.78%) Amazon S3
9 13 (0.78%) GitHub
10 12 (0.72%) G Suite
11 10 (0.60%) 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%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
16 4 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 303 (18.25%) Firewall
2 301 (18.13%) DNS
3 207 (12.47%) SAN
4 201 (12.11%) TCP/IP
5 145 (8.73%) LAN
6 135 (8.13%) DHCP
6 135 (8.13%) WAN
7 122 (7.35%) VPN
8 119 (7.17%) Internet
9 84 (5.06%) LDAP
10 63 (3.80%) VLAN
11 60 (3.61%) Network Security
12 58 (3.49%) VoIP
13 54 (3.25%) NAS
14 39 (2.35%) Cisco ASA
14 39 (2.35%) HTTP
15 38 (2.29%) Remote Desktop
16 37 (2.23%) iSCSI
17 32 (1.93%) SMTP
18 31 (1.87%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (16.81%) SQL Server
2 261 (15.72%) MySQL
3 64 (3.86%) PostgreSQL
4 56 (3.37%) SQL Server 2008
5 34 (2.05%) MariaDB
6 33 (1.99%) NoSQL
7 28 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
8 27 (1.63%) Redis
9 24 (1.45%) MongoDB
10 19 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
11 16 (0.96%) Relational Database
12 13 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
12 13 (0.78%) Oracle Database
13 12 (0.72%) Couchbase
14 11 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
14 11 (0.66%) MemSQL
14 11 (0.66%) SQL Server 2014
15 10 (0.60%) Big Data
15 10 (0.60%) Hadoop
15 10 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 124 (7.47%) Jenkins
2 98 (5.90%) Git (software)
3 35 (2.11%) JIRA
4 29 (1.75%) Subversion
5 28 (1.69%) Vagrant
6 25 (1.51%) TeamCity
7 17 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 15 (0.90%) Bitbucket
9 12 (0.72%) Maven
10 11 (0.66%) 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 (17.59%) Finance
2 74 (4.46%) Marketing
3 61 (3.67%) Telecoms
4 59 (3.55%) Manufacturing
5 55 (3.31%) Banking
6 42 (2.53%) Electronics
7 36 (2.17%) Games
8 35 (2.11%) Retail
9 26 (1.57%) Back Office
10 21 (1.27%) Legal
11 18 (1.08%) Law
12 16 (0.96%) Publishing
13 15 (0.90%) Advertising
13 15 (0.90%) 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
1 189 (11.39%) LAMP
2 55 (3.31%) LEMP Stack
3 33 (1.99%) Web Services
4 31 (1.87%) HTML
5 23 (1.39%) .NET
6 16 (0.96%) CSS
6 16 (0.96%) Elastic Stack
7 14 (0.84%) Node.js
7 14 (0.84%) RabbitMQ
8 13 (0.78%) Kafka
9 11 (0.66%) Akka
10 10 (0.60%) FIX Protocol
10 10 (0.60%) 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 (7.53%) Data Centre
2 103 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (3.19%) Computer Science
4 52 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 43 (2.59%) Linux Command Line
6 40 (2.41%) Clustering
7 31 (1.87%) Fat Client
7 31 (1.87%) Thin Client
8 30 (1.81%) Replication
9 24 (1.45%) Fintech
10 22 (1.33%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.27%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (1.02%) EMC VNX
12 17 (1.02%) iPad
12 17 (1.02%) Smartphone
13 16 (0.96%) Blackberry
14 13 (0.78%) Enterprise Storage
14 13 (0.78%) Public Cloud
15 12 (0.72%) User Experience
16 11 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1029 (61.99%) Linux
2 786 (47.35%) Windows
3 451 (27.17%) Windows Server
4 269 (16.20%) Windows Server 2012
5 266 (16.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 260 (15.66%) Unix
7 259 (15.60%) CentOS
8 230 (13.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 180 (10.84%) Ubuntu
10 171 (10.30%) Debian
11 52 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 49 (2.95%) Solaris
13 47 (2.83%) Windows 7
14 44 (2.65%) Mac OS X
15 43 (2.59%) AIX
16 38 (2.29%) Windows 10
17 32 (1.93%) HPUX
18 18 (1.08%) SUSE
19 14 (0.84%) Windows 8
20 13 (0.78%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 373 (22.47%) DevOps
2 170 (10.24%) Configuration Management
3 141 (8.49%) ITIL
4 126 (7.59%) High Availability
5 96 (5.78%) Agile Software Development
6 86 (5.18%) Performance Tuning
7 85 (5.12%) Disaster Recovery
8 79 (4.76%) Open Source
9 74 (4.46%) Continuous Integration
10 63 (3.80%) Load Balancing
11 62 (3.73%) Service Delivery
12 57 (3.43%) Business Intelligence
13 55 (3.31%) Migration
14 53 (3.19%) Task Automation
15 48 (2.89%) Mentoring
16 46 (2.77%) Digital Marketing
17 45 (2.71%) Continuous Improvement
18 43 (2.59%) E-Commerce
18 43 (2.59%) Performance Monitoring
19 41 (2.47%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 339 (20.42%) Python
2 316 (19.04%) Bash Shell
3 250 (15.06%) Perl
4 247 (14.88%) SQL
5 200 (12.05%) PowerShell
6 145 (8.73%) Ruby
7 129 (7.77%) PHP
8 109 (6.57%) Shell Script
9 104 (6.27%) Java
10 22 (1.33%) JavaScript
11 17 (1.02%) C
12 11 (0.66%) C#
12 11 (0.66%) VBScript
13 10 (0.60%) C++
13 10 (0.60%) T-SQL
13 10 (0.60%) 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 (9.22%) Degree
2 82 (4.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 58 (3.49%) Cisco Certification
4 57 (3.43%) CCNA
4 57 (3.43%) MCSA
5 49 (2.95%) Security Cleared
6 44 (2.65%) MCSE
7 20 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
7 20 (1.20%) RHCE
8 19 (1.14%) SC Cleared
9 16 (0.96%) MCP
10 14 (0.84%) RHCA
11 13 (0.78%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (0.72%) CCNP
13 11 (0.66%) RHCSA
14 10 (0.60%) DV Cleared
15 9 (0.54%) HND
15 9 (0.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 5 (0.30%) CIMA
16 5 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (2.05%) SLA
2 33 (1.99%) PCI DSS
3 27 (1.63%) QA
4 11 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.060%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.060%) DICOM
8 1 (0.060%) GCP
8 1 (0.060%) GPG13
8 1 (0.060%) GxP
8 1 (0.060%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.060%) ISAE 3402
8 1 (0.060%) PMO
8 1 (0.060%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 468 (28.19%) Active Directory
2 362 (21.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 183 (11.02%) Hyper-V
4 137 (8.25%) Docker
5 93 (5.60%) vSphere
6 77 (4.64%) Virtual Machines
7 74 (4.46%) KVM
8 68 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
9 53 (3.19%) NFS
10 44 (2.65%) iptables
11 41 (2.47%) Virtual Servers
12 33 (1.99%) 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 17 (1.02%) Postfix
19 16 (0.96%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 381 (22.95%) Puppet
2 257 (15.48%) Ansible
3 216 (13.01%) Opscode Chef
4 112 (6.75%) Nagios
5 79 (4.76%) SCCM
6 58 (3.49%) SCOM
7 45 (2.71%) Salt
8 43 (2.59%) ZABBIX
9 38 (2.29%) WSUS
10 36 (2.17%) Kubernetes
11 30 (1.81%) CFEngine
12 27 (1.63%) HAProxy
13 23 (1.39%) SELinux
14 21 (1.27%) Icinga
15 20 (1.20%) vCenter Server
16 18 (1.08%) Backup Exec
16 18 (1.08%) Cacti
16 18 (1.08%) Terraform
17 14 (0.84%) logstash
18 13 (0.78%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 591 (35.60%) VMware
2 372 (22.41%) Microsoft
3 357 (21.51%) Red Hat
4 179 (10.78%) Cisco
5 121 (7.29%) Oracle
6 102 (6.14%) Citrix
7 78 (4.70%) HP
8 61 (3.67%) SAP
9 56 (3.37%) EMC
10 45 (2.71%) Dell
11 41 (2.47%) Google
12 38 (2.29%) IBM
13 37 (2.23%) Avaya
14 32 (1.93%) NetApp
15 27 (1.63%) SolarWinds
16 26 (1.57%) Veeam
17 24 (1.45%) F5
18 22 (1.33%) Juniper
18 22 (1.33%) McAfee
18 22 (1.33%) Rackspace
London
onezeero.
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Ebury
Salary: £35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Frome, Somerset
Premier Group Recruitment
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + Pension, Bonus, Healthcare
Posted: 3 hours ago
Ashford, Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + great benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + benefiits + training
Posted: 12 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £44000 - £53000 per annum + Exceptional Benefits Package
Posted: 6 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
onezeero.
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Salary: From £29,597 to £33,633 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Salary: £38000 - £42000 per annum + training
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £18000.00 - £20000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Kettering, Northamptonshire
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Salary: £22,000.00 - £26,000.00
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits Benefits & Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Chelmsford, Essex
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Salary: £55000 - £60000 Per Annum Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Avance Consulting
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £35000.00 - £50000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Staffordshire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £34,000 to £36,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
Stepstone
Salary: Competitive Salary plus 29 days holiday & Group Pension Scheme
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Oscar
Salary: £20000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago