The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £41,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 April 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 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 327 297 254
Rank change year-on-year -30 -43  
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 777 1134 1460
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.90% 1.09% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 1.13% 1.37%
Number of salaries quoted 670 992 1268
Median salary £41,500 £40,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.46% -4.70%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £58,500 £57,500
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 83193 100058 106919
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.30% 96.32% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 69089 83978 87229
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
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 April 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 April 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 -46 743 £42,500 +2.40% 105
London -52 298 £47,500 - 53
South East +1 200 £42,500 +6.25% 21
East of England -6 69 £45,000 +20.00% 5
Berkshire -3 45 £45,000 - 6
City of London +2 43 £47,500 -5.00% 14
North West -11 41 £36,500 +12.30% 9
West Midlands +23 39 £30,000 -3.22% 3
Surrey +12 39 £39,000 -13.33% 4
East Midlands +11 33 £32,500 -7.14% 1
Yorkshire -18 33 £37,500 +3.44% 8
Oxfordshire +3 31 £45,000 -
East Sussex +30 30 £45,000 +20.00% 2
Brighton +30 30 £45,000 +12.50% 2
Hampshire -2 30 £31,000 -11.42% 1
South West -6 30 £40,000 +23.07% 5
Manchester -9 30 £35,000 - 5
Cambridgeshire -22 25 £45,000 +11.80% 2
Scotland +14 22 £29,500 -15.71% 7
Guildford +30 21 £35,000 -22.22% 2
Cambridge -30 21 £45,000 +20.00% 1
West Yorkshire -13 20 £52,500 +31.25% 5
Hertfordshire +23 19 £45,000 +20.00% 3
Reading +11 18 £42,500 -5.55% 3
Edinburgh +15 16 £26,500 -24.28% 6
Leeds +25 14 £53,750 +34.37% 4
Northamptonshire +25 14 £30,000 -20.00%
Welwyn Garden City +13 12 £45,000 +42.85%
Nottingham +7 12 £37,500 -6.25%
Coventry +4 12 £28,750 -23.33% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 1111 (64.48%) Linux
2 841 (48.81%) Windows
3 565 (32.79%) VMware
4 493 (28.61%) Windows Server
5 468 (27.16%) Active Directory
6 400 (23.22%) Puppet
7 397 (23.04%) Microsoft
8 394 (22.87%) Red Hat
9 359 (20.84%) DevOps
10 337 (19.56%) VMware Infrastructure
11 329 (19.09%) Bash Shell
12 325 (18.86%) Firewall
13 320 (18.57%) Python
14 307 (17.82%) CentOS
15 294 (17.06%) MySQL
16 288 (16.72%) DNS
17 283 (16.42%) Finance
18 276 (16.02%) Amazon AWS
19 275 (15.96%) Windows Server 2012
20 264 (15.32%) SQL Server
21 259 (15.03%) Apache
21 259 (15.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
22 249 (14.45%) Unix
23 243 (14.10%) Windows Server 2008
24 238 (13.81%) Ansible
25 237 (13.76%) Opscode Chef
26 231 (13.41%) SQL
27 217 (12.59%) Ubuntu
28 208 (12.07%) Perl
29 204 (11.84%) SAN

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
1 259 (15.03%) Apache
2 166 (9.63%) MS Exchange
3 132 (7.66%) Tomcat
4 130 (7.54%) IIS
5 87 (5.05%) nginx
6 86 (4.99%) Exchange Server 2010
7 76 (4.41%) SharePoint
8 50 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2013
9 41 (2.38%) Elasticsearch
9 41 (2.38%) OpenStack
10 21 (1.22%) Skype for Business
11 18 (1.04%) JBoss
12 17 (0.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 16 (0.93%) CMS
14 15 (0.87%) Confluence
15 14 (0.81%) Drupal
16 11 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
16 11 (0.64%) WordPress
17 10 (0.58%) Documentum
18 9 (0.52%) Jetty
Applications
1 88 (5.11%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.17%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.12%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.058%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.058%) Houdini
6 1 (0.058%) Maya
6 1 (0.058%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.058%) NUKE
6 1 (0.058%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 14 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.64%) NetSuite
3 9 (0.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 9 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 5 (0.29%) Magento
5 4 (0.23%) HFM
5 4 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
5 4 (0.23%) Infor SunSystems
5 4 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.17%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 3 (0.17%) Primavera
6 3 (0.17%) SAP Business One
7 2 (0.12%) Bankmaster
7 2 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.12%) Sage X3
7 2 (0.12%) SAP BPC
7 2 (0.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 276 (16.02%) Amazon AWS
2 192 (11.14%) Office 365
3 133 (7.72%) Microsoft Azure
4 64 (3.71%) SaaS
5 23 (1.33%) Google Cloud Platform
6 22 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
7 21 (1.22%) PaaS
8 17 (0.99%) Amazon S3
8 17 (0.99%) GitHub
8 17 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 16 (0.93%) IaaS
10 13 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (0.52%) G Suite
12 7 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
13 6 (0.35%) OpenShift
13 6 (0.35%) Slack
14 5 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
14 5 (0.29%) Boomi
14 5 (0.29%) Google App Engine
14 5 (0.29%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 325 (18.86%) Firewall
2 288 (16.72%) DNS
3 204 (11.84%) SAN
4 198 (11.49%) TCP/IP
5 144 (8.36%) LAN
6 135 (7.84%) WAN
7 133 (7.72%) DHCP
8 129 (7.49%) VPN
9 119 (6.91%) Internet
10 80 (4.64%) LDAP
11 74 (4.29%) VoIP
12 64 (3.71%) VLAN
13 60 (3.48%) Network Security
14 53 (3.08%) HTTP
15 52 (3.02%) NAS
16 44 (2.55%) Cisco ASA
17 33 (1.92%) SMTP
18 32 (1.86%) SNMP
19 31 (1.80%) iSCSI
20 30 (1.74%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 294 (17.06%) MySQL
2 264 (15.32%) SQL Server
3 67 (3.89%) PostgreSQL
4 40 (2.32%) MongoDB
5 28 (1.63%) NoSQL
5 28 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
6 27 (1.57%) Redis
7 22 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
8 20 (1.16%) MariaDB
8 20 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 18 (1.04%) Crystal Reports
10 16 (0.93%) Relational Database
11 15 (0.87%) Hadoop
11 15 (0.87%) Oracle Database
12 14 (0.81%) Amazon RDS
13 13 (0.75%) Big Data
14 9 (0.52%) RDBMS
15 8 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
15 8 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
15 8 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 134 (7.78%) Jenkins
2 91 (5.28%) Git (software)
3 45 (2.61%) Subversion
4 44 (2.55%) JIRA
5 27 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 25 (1.45%) TeamCity
7 14 (0.81%) Maven
8 10 (0.58%) Bitbucket
8 10 (0.58%) Vagrant
9 8 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
9 8 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (0.41%) Bundler
11 6 (0.35%) Gerrit
12 5 (0.29%) MSI
12 5 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 5 (0.29%) Visual Studio
13 4 (0.23%) Trac
14 3 (0.17%) GCC
14 3 (0.17%) NuGet
14 3 (0.17%) Redmine
General
1 283 (16.42%) Finance
2 71 (4.12%) Telecoms
3 58 (3.37%) Marketing
4 55 (3.19%) Banking
5 39 (2.26%) Games
6 38 (2.21%) Retail
7 31 (1.80%) Manufacturing
8 25 (1.45%) Publishing
9 23 (1.33%) Law
10 22 (1.28%) Advertising
10 22 (1.28%) Legal
11 19 (1.10%) Back Office
12 18 (1.04%) Electronics
13 17 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.29%) Front Office
15 4 (0.23%) Automotive
15 4 (0.23%) General Ledger
16 3 (0.17%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.17%) Private Banking
17 2 (0.12%) International Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (10.33%) LAMP
2 78 (4.53%) Web Services
3 47 (2.73%) LEMP Stack
4 44 (2.55%) .NET
5 39 (2.26%) HTML
6 22 (1.28%) Node.js
7 19 (1.10%) CSS
8 15 (0.87%) Kafka
9 14 (0.81%) Memcached
9 14 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
10 13 (0.75%) EDI
11 12 (0.70%) Elastic Stack
12 10 (0.58%) Ajax
12 10 (0.58%) Middleware
13 8 (0.46%) JMX
13 8 (0.46%) JSF
13 8 (0.46%) Ruby on Rails
13 8 (0.46%) XHTML
13 8 (0.46%) XML
14 7 (0.41%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 133 (7.72%) Data Centre
2 93 (5.40%) Analytical Skills
3 60 (3.48%) Computer Science
4 58 (3.37%) Management Information System
5 39 (2.26%) Linux Command Line
6 33 (1.92%) Clustering
7 31 (1.80%) Fat Client
7 31 (1.80%) Thin Client
8 24 (1.39%) Fintech
9 20 (1.16%) Smartphone
10 19 (1.10%) Private Cloud
10 19 (1.10%) Replication
11 18 (1.04%) AS400
12 17 (0.99%) Blackberry
12 17 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
13 16 (0.93%) EMC VNX
14 13 (0.75%) Enterprise Storage
15 12 (0.70%) iPad
16 11 (0.64%) Driving Licence
16 11 (0.64%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1111 (64.48%) Linux
2 841 (48.81%) Windows
3 493 (28.61%) Windows Server
4 307 (17.82%) CentOS
5 275 (15.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 259 (15.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 249 (14.45%) Unix
8 243 (14.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 217 (12.59%) Ubuntu
10 165 (9.58%) Debian
11 69 (4.00%) Mac OS X
12 64 (3.71%) Solaris
13 49 (2.84%) Windows 7
14 41 (2.38%) Windows Server 2003
15 38 (2.21%) Windows 10
16 35 (2.03%) SUSE
17 31 (1.80%) AIX
18 28 (1.63%) HPUX
19 23 (1.33%) Windows 8
20 21 (1.22%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (20.84%) DevOps
2 153 (8.88%) Configuration Management
3 148 (8.59%) ITIL
4 113 (6.56%) High Availability
5 93 (5.40%) Disaster Recovery
6 87 (5.05%) Open Source
7 82 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
8 71 (4.12%) Performance Tuning
9 69 (4.00%) Service Delivery
10 61 (3.54%) Project Management
11 58 (3.37%) Load Balancing
12 57 (3.31%) Continuous Integration
13 55 (3.19%) Continuous Improvement
14 50 (2.90%) Service Management
15 48 (2.79%) ERP
16 47 (2.73%) Migration
17 45 (2.61%) E-Commerce
18 42 (2.44%) Virtual Environments
19 41 (2.38%) Mentoring
20 38 (2.21%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 329 (19.09%) Bash Shell
2 320 (18.57%) Python
3 231 (13.41%) SQL
4 208 (12.07%) Perl
5 177 (10.27%) PowerShell
6 133 (7.72%) PHP
7 130 (7.54%) Ruby
8 115 (6.67%) Java
9 107 (6.21%) Shell Script
10 36 (2.09%) JavaScript
11 30 (1.74%) C#
12 18 (1.04%) C
13 13 (0.75%) VBScript
14 12 (0.70%) C++
14 12 (0.70%) Korn
14 12 (0.70%) VB
15 9 (0.52%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.52%) VBA
16 6 (0.35%) C-shell
17 5 (0.29%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 185 (10.74%) Degree
2 85 (4.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 66 (3.83%) Cisco Certification
4 64 (3.71%) CCNA
5 61 (3.54%) MCSA
6 58 (3.37%) MCSE
7 49 (2.84%) Security Cleared
8 19 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
8 19 (1.10%) MCP
9 15 (0.87%) SC Cleared
10 14 (0.81%) HND
11 11 (0.64%) DV Cleared
11 11 (0.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (0.52%) CISSP
13 8 (0.46%) CISM
14 7 (0.41%) RHCA
15 6 (0.35%) RHCE
16 5 (0.29%) CompTIA Security+
16 5 (0.29%) Security+ Certification
17 4 (0.23%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (2.55%) PCI DSS
2 40 (2.32%) SLA
3 32 (1.86%) QA
4 8 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.058%) DICOM
7 1 (0.058%) GCP
7 1 (0.058%) GPG13
7 1 (0.058%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.058%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.058%) PMO
System Software
1 468 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 337 (19.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 198 (11.49%) Hyper-V
4 106 (6.15%) Docker
5 85 (4.93%) vSphere
6 57 (3.31%) Virtual Machines
7 49 (2.84%) KVM
8 44 (2.55%) NFS
9 38 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
10 34 (1.97%) XenServer
11 32 (1.86%) Varnish
11 32 (1.86%) Virtual Servers
12 28 (1.63%) iptables
13 26 (1.51%) VMware ESX
13 26 (1.51%) Xen
14 23 (1.33%) Terminal Services
15 15 (0.87%) Firmware
15 15 (0.87%) VMware Server
16 14 (0.81%) VMware Workstation
17 13 (0.75%) Samba
Systems Management
1 400 (23.22%) Puppet
2 238 (13.81%) Ansible
3 237 (13.76%) Opscode Chef
4 127 (7.37%) Nagios
5 84 (4.88%) SCCM
6 55 (3.19%) SCOM
7 46 (2.67%) Salt
8 32 (1.86%) ZABBIX
9 25 (1.45%) CFEngine
10 23 (1.33%) Kubernetes
10 23 (1.33%) WSUS
11 21 (1.22%) HAProxy
11 21 (1.22%) Icinga
12 18 (1.04%) Cacti
12 18 (1.04%) OpenView
13 17 (0.99%) Cobbler
13 17 (0.99%) SELinux
14 16 (0.93%) Control-M
14 16 (0.93%) logstash
15 15 (0.87%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 565 (32.79%) VMware
2 397 (23.04%) Microsoft
3 394 (22.87%) Red Hat
4 188 (10.91%) Cisco
5 117 (6.79%) Oracle
6 99 (5.75%) Citrix
7 85 (4.93%) HP
8 55 (3.19%) EMC
9 42 (2.44%) Dell
10 34 (1.97%) Avaya
11 31 (1.80%) Google
12 29 (1.68%) Apple
13 27 (1.57%) NetApp
14 26 (1.51%) IBM
14 26 (1.51%) Splunk
14 26 (1.51%) Veritas
15 25 (1.45%) SAP
16 24 (1.39%) Juniper
16 24 (1.39%) Sun
17 20 (1.16%) Veeam
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Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + bonus and benefits
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Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + bonus + pension
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Harrington Starr
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