Period
to 20 May 2018

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 415 325 297
Rank change year-on-year -90 -28 -41
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,252 1,678 2,274
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.98% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 1.02% 1.17%
Number of salaries quoted 1,115 1,442 2,020
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £61,925 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +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 165,738 164,565 194,156
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.40% 96.47% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 134,928 136,254 163,031
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 20 May 2018.

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 20 May 2018. 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 -91 1,171 £44,000 +3.53% 247
UK excluding London -74 754 £40,000 - 161
London -86 476 £47,500 - 95
South East -82 277 £40,000 -5.88% 48
North of England -10 140 £40,000 +3.90% 35
Midlands -24 98 £42,500 +33.86% 18
South West +5 93 £40,000 +6.67% 25
East of England -42 89 £38,250 -15.00% 26
North West -11 86 £40,000 - 19
West Midlands +9 49 £37,500 +15.38% 6
Yorkshire +6 48 £40,750 +8.67% 14
East Midlands -28 48 £43,750 +45.83% 12
Scotland -33 38 £38,000 +16.03% 8
Wales +21 20 £37,500 +17.83% 1
North East - 6 £37,000 - 2
Northern Ireland -3 1 - -

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, 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.

1 747 (59.66%) Linux
2 550 (43.93%) Windows
3 426 (34.03%) VMware
4 305 (24.36%) Active Directory
5 287 (22.92%) Bash Shell
6 285 (22.76%) DevOps
7 283 (22.60%) Microsoft
8 271 (21.65%) VMware Infrastructure
9 266 (21.25%) Windows Server
10 262 (20.93%) Amazon AWS
10 262 (20.93%) Python
11 232 (18.53%) Puppet
12 227 (18.13%) Firewall
13 219 (17.49%) Ansible
14 214 (17.09%) Red Hat
15 185 (14.78%) Microsoft Azure
16 184 (14.70%) DNS
17 178 (14.22%) CentOS
18 168 (13.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 168 (13.42%) Office 365
18 168 (13.42%) Cisco
19 165 (13.18%) Apache
20 164 (13.10%) MySQL
20 164 (13.10%) PowerShell
21 159 (12.70%) Docker
22 155 (12.38%) Unix
23 147 (11.74%) Configuration Management
23 147 (11.74%) Degree
24 146 (11.66%) ITIL
25 143 (11.42%) Finance

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
1 165 (13.18%) Apache
2 113 (9.03%) MS Exchange
3 67 (5.35%) Tomcat
4 63 (5.03%) nginx
5 47 (3.75%) IIS
6 46 (3.67%) SharePoint
7 43 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2010
8 37 (2.96%) OpenStack
9 32 (2.56%) Skype for Business
10 27 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2013
11 24 (1.92%) CMS
12 18 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
13 14 (1.12%) JBoss
14 12 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
15 9 (0.72%) WebSphere
16 8 (0.64%) WebLogic
17 7 (0.56%) Apache Spark
18 6 (0.48%) CloudStack
19 5 (0.40%) Confluence
20 3 (0.24%) Drupal
Applications
1 49 (3.91%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.16%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.080%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.080%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.080%) CINEMA 4D
6 1 (0.080%) Maya
6 1 (0.080%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.080%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.080%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 30 (2.40%) NetSuite
2 20 (1.60%) Dynamics AX
3 13 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
4 12 (0.96%) Dynamics NAV
5 8 (0.64%) Oracle ERP
5 8 (0.64%) SAP Business One
6 5 (0.40%) Distributed Ledger
6 5 (0.40%) Dynamics GP
6 5 (0.40%) Infor SunSystems
7 4 (0.32%) CODA-Financials
8 3 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
8 3 (0.24%) Sage 200
9 2 (0.16%) C-CURE
9 2 (0.16%) Hyperion Planning
9 2 (0.16%) SAP BPC
9 2 (0.16%) Scribe Insight
9 2 (0.16%) Shopify
9 2 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
10 1 (0.080%) Cognos Controller
10 1 (0.080%) JDE OneWorld
Cloud Services
1 262 (20.93%) Amazon AWS
2 185 (14.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 168 (13.42%) Office 365
4 63 (5.03%) SaaS
5 29 (2.32%) IaaS
6 25 (2.00%) Google Cloud Platform
7 23 (1.84%) PaaS
8 22 (1.76%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
10 14 (1.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 13 (1.04%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 13 (1.04%) Amazon S3
12 12 (0.96%) Amazon ELB
13 9 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
13 9 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
13 9 (0.72%) NuGet
13 9 (0.72%) OneDrive
13 9 (0.72%) Serverless
14 8 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
14 8 (0.64%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 227 (18.13%) Firewall
2 184 (14.70%) DNS
3 125 (9.98%) TCP/IP
4 124 (9.90%) SAN
5 104 (8.31%) DHCP
6 86 (6.87%) VPN
7 77 (6.15%) LAN
8 68 (5.43%) WAN
9 61 (4.87%) Network Security
10 44 (3.51%) Internet
10 44 (3.51%) VLAN
11 37 (2.96%) NAS
12 30 (2.40%) HTTP
12 30 (2.40%) VoIP
13 29 (2.32%) Cisco ASA
14 27 (2.16%) Skype
15 26 (2.08%) SMTP
16 23 (1.84%) iSCSI
17 21 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
18 19 (1.52%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (13.10%) MySQL
2 129 (10.30%) SQL Server
3 44 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
4 43 (3.43%) MongoDB
5 18 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
5 18 (1.44%) Hadoop
6 17 (1.36%) Big Data
7 16 (1.28%) MariaDB
7 16 (1.28%) Oracle Database
8 15 (1.20%) NoSQL
8 15 (1.20%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.04%) Blockchain
9 13 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 12 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
10 12 (0.96%) Redis
10 12 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
11 10 (0.80%) SQL Server 2014
12 8 (0.64%) Amazon Aurora
13 7 (0.56%) Apache Hive
13 7 (0.56%) HBase
Development Applications
1 106 (8.47%) Git (software)
2 97 (7.75%) Jenkins
3 30 (2.40%) Subversion
4 26 (2.08%) Vagrant
5 13 (1.04%) JIRA
6 11 (0.88%) Octopus Deploy
7 10 (0.80%) Bitbucket
7 10 (0.80%) Selenium
8 9 (0.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 9 (0.72%) TeamCity
9 6 (0.48%) Chocolatey
9 6 (0.48%) Maven
10 5 (0.40%) Buildbot
10 5 (0.40%) Mercurial
10 5 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.32%) GoCD
11 4 (0.32%) MSI
12 2 (0.16%) GCC
12 2 (0.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 2 (0.16%) Travis CI
General
1 143 (11.42%) Finance
2 52 (4.15%) Retail
3 38 (3.04%) Telecoms
4 32 (2.56%) Banking
5 25 (2.00%) Games
6 24 (1.92%) Advertising
7 22 (1.76%) Manufacturing
7 22 (1.76%) Marketing
8 16 (1.28%) Law
9 15 (1.20%) Legal
10 11 (0.88%) Back Office
11 9 (0.72%) Military
12 7 (0.56%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.48%) Online Betting
14 5 (0.40%) Digital Economy
14 5 (0.40%) Electronics
14 5 (0.40%) German Language
15 4 (0.32%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.24%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (7.19%) LAMP
2 74 (5.91%) Web Services
3 52 (4.15%) LDAP
4 31 (2.48%) LEMP Stack
5 27 (2.16%) .NET
6 18 (1.44%) HTML
7 16 (1.28%) Middleware
8 13 (1.04%) RabbitMQ
9 12 (0.96%) LAPP Stack
10 11 (0.88%) CSS
10 11 (0.88%) Kafka
11 10 (0.80%) Elastic Stack
12 9 (0.72%) .NET Framework
13 7 (0.56%) HTML5
13 7 (0.56%) Node.js
14 6 (0.48%) ActiveMQ
14 6 (0.48%) Django
15 5 (0.40%) ASP.NET
15 5 (0.40%) JRuby
15 5 (0.40%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 93 (7.43%) Computer Science
2 89 (7.11%) Data Centre
3 58 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 49 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
4 49 (3.91%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (3.04%) Replication
6 29 (2.32%) Linux Command Line
6 29 (2.32%) Public Cloud
7 21 (1.68%) Fintech
8 13 (1.04%) Clustering
8 13 (1.04%) Hedge funds
8 13 (1.04%) Private Cloud
9 10 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (0.72%) Enterprise Storage
11 8 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.56%) Driving Licence
12 7 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
12 7 (0.56%) Video\Live Streaming
13 6 (0.48%) PKI
13 6 (0.48%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 747 (59.66%) Linux
2 550 (43.93%) Windows
3 266 (21.25%) Windows Server
4 178 (14.22%) CentOS
5 168 (13.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 155 (12.38%) Unix
7 138 (11.02%) Ubuntu
8 127 (10.14%) Windows Server 2012
9 119 (9.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 88 (7.03%) Debian
11 48 (3.83%) Windows 7
12 45 (3.59%) Windows 10
13 30 (2.40%) SUSE
14 29 (2.32%) AIX
15 27 (2.16%) Solaris
16 25 (2.00%) Mac OS X
17 18 (1.44%) Windows Server 2003
18 14 (1.12%) VMS
19 13 (1.04%) HPUX
20 12 (0.96%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (22.76%) DevOps
2 147 (11.74%) Configuration Management
3 146 (11.66%) ITIL
4 137 (10.94%) Problem-Solving
5 113 (9.03%) Agile Software Development
6 83 (6.63%) Disaster Recovery
7 74 (5.91%) High Availability
8 57 (4.55%) Open Source
9 53 (4.23%) Continuous Integration
10 52 (4.15%) E-Commerce
11 51 (4.07%) ERP
11 51 (4.07%) Migration
12 47 (3.75%) Mentoring
13 45 (3.59%) Load Balancing
14 43 (3.43%) Change Control
14 43 (3.43%) Deployment Automation
15 38 (3.04%) CRM
16 37 (2.96%) Cybersecurity
17 36 (2.88%) Change Management
18 34 (2.72%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 287 (22.92%) Bash Shell
2 262 (20.93%) Python
3 164 (13.10%) PowerShell
4 142 (11.34%) SQL
5 126 (10.06%) Perl
6 95 (7.59%) Shell Script
7 78 (6.23%) PHP
8 73 (5.83%) Java
9 72 (5.75%) Ruby
10 51 (4.07%) JavaScript
11 17 (1.36%) Korn
12 15 (1.20%) C#
13 14 (1.12%) C
14 11 (0.88%) C++
15 10 (0.80%) Go
16 8 (0.64%) VBScript
17 5 (0.40%) Apex Code
18 4 (0.32%) Bourne shell
18 4 (0.32%) VB
19 2 (0.16%) AWK
Qualifications
1 147 (11.74%) Degree
2 73 (5.83%) Microsoft Certification
3 49 (3.91%) MCSE
4 45 (3.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 32 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (2.32%) MCSA
7 25 (2.00%) CCNA
7 25 (2.00%) MCP
8 24 (1.92%) Security Cleared
9 20 (1.60%) MCITP
10 18 (1.44%) RHCE
10 18 (1.44%) SC Cleared
11 16 (1.28%) DV Cleared
12 15 (1.20%) CCNP
13 12 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.56%) AWS Certification
15 6 (0.48%) MCTS
16 5 (0.40%) CISSP
16 5 (0.40%) Numerate Degree
17 4 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.04%) SLA
2 34 (2.72%) QA
3 30 (2.40%) PCI DSS
4 18 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.48%) GDPR
6 5 (0.40%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.24%) COSHH
9 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.080%) DICOM
10 1 (0.080%) GCP
System Software
1 305 (24.36%) Active Directory
2 271 (21.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 159 (12.70%) Docker
4 143 (11.42%) Hyper-V
5 59 (4.71%) Virtual Machines
5 59 (4.71%) vSphere
6 40 (3.19%) KVM
7 37 (2.96%) VMware ESXi
8 35 (2.80%) iptables
9 23 (1.84%) Virtual Servers
10 22 (1.76%) NFS
11 19 (1.52%) Firmware
11 19 (1.52%) Xen
12 14 (1.12%) Ceph
13 12 (0.96%) QEMU
13 12 (0.96%) VirtualBox
13 12 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
14 11 (0.88%) Postfix
14 11 (0.88%) XenServer
15 10 (0.80%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 232 (18.53%) Puppet
2 219 (17.49%) Ansible
3 121 (9.66%) Opscode Chef
4 82 (6.55%) SCCM
5 81 (6.47%) Nagios
6 59 (4.71%) Kubernetes
7 32 (2.56%) SCOM
7 32 (2.56%) ZABBIX
8 31 (2.48%) HAProxy
8 31 (2.48%) Terraform
9 23 (1.84%) Cacti
10 21 (1.68%) Grafana
11 18 (1.44%) WSUS
12 17 (1.36%) Salt
13 15 (1.20%) vCenter Server
14 14 (1.12%) logstash
14 14 (1.12%) Microsoft Clustering
15 13 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
15 13 (1.04%) Red Hat Satellite
16 12 (0.96%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 426 (34.03%) VMware
2 283 (22.60%) Microsoft
3 214 (17.09%) Red Hat
4 168 (13.42%) Cisco
5 105 (8.39%) Oracle
6 62 (4.95%) Google
7 61 (4.87%) Citrix
8 59 (4.71%) HP
9 52 (4.15%) NetApp
10 50 (3.99%) Veeam
11 37 (2.96%) SAP
12 34 (2.72%) Dell
13 31 (2.48%) IBM
14 29 (2.32%) Symantec
15 26 (2.08%) Splunk
16 25 (2.00%) EMC
16 25 (2.00%) Juniper
17 20 (1.60%) Salesforce.com
18 19 (1.52%) Apple
18 19 (1.52%) SolarWinds