Period
to 25 June 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £41,957 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 June 2021.

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
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 520 392 398
Rank change year-on-year -128 +6 +43
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 502 585 1,157
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.73% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.77% 0.84%
Number of salaries quoted 449 499 1,003
10th Percentile £28,000 £28,400 £28,000
25th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £41,957 £43,000 £43,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.43% - -4.44%
75th Percentile £55,000 £56,250 £55,000
90th Percentile £65,250 £63,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.90% -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 96,914 76,199 138,389
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.78% 95.13% 95.93%
Number of salaries quoted 69,141 61,954 111,508
10th Percentile £31,750 £31,000 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 25 June 2021.

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 25 June 2021. 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 -139 436 £42,500 -5.56% 124
UK excluding London -67 337 £40,000 +3.90% 95
London -143 132 £60,000 +14.29% 39
South East -35 93 £40,000 -3.49% 27
North of England -51 69 £38,000 -10.59% 19
Work from Home -173 59 £45,000 -4.26% 20
Midlands -50 54 £40,000 -11.11% 15
South West -49 50 £40,000 +23.08% 14
North West -10 38 £38,000 +1.33% 13
East of England -9 37 £41,000 +46.43% 10
West Midlands -60 33 £42,500 -10.53% 2
Scotland -35 32 £32,500 - 8
Yorkshire -68 22 £38,500 -10.98% 5
East Midlands -25 21 £37,500 +3.45% 13
North East -10 9 £34,628 +28.25% 1
Wales -32 3 £36,250 +2.11% 2

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 2021, 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.

1 269 (53.59%) Windows
2 203 (40.44%) Linux
3 188 (37.45%) Microsoft
4 186 (37.05%) Active Directory
5 158 (31.47%) Microsoft 365
6 156 (31.08%) Windows Server
7 146 (29.08%) Azure
8 136 (27.09%) VMware
9 131 (26.10%) Firewall
10 127 (25.30%) DNS
11 121 (24.10%) PowerShell
12 118 (23.51%) Social Skills
13 92 (18.33%) VMware Infrastructure
13 92 (18.33%) AWS
14 85 (16.93%) Hyper-V
15 84 (16.73%) DHCP
16 73 (14.54%) Problem-Solving
17 72 (14.34%) Cisco
17 72 (14.34%) SAN
18 68 (13.55%) Finance
19 67 (13.35%) SQL Server
20 65 (12.95%) Python
20 65 (12.95%) VPN
21 60 (11.95%) ITIL
22 59 (11.75%) MS Exchange
23 57 (11.35%) Bash Shell
23 57 (11.35%) Windows Server 2012
23 57 (11.35%) Ansible
24 55 (10.96%) SQL
25 52 (10.36%) LAN

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 59 (11.75%) MS Exchange
2 46 (9.16%) SharePoint
3 28 (5.58%) IIS
4 26 (5.18%) Exchange Server 2013
5 23 (4.58%) Apache
6 11 (2.19%) Tomcat
7 7 (1.39%) WordPress
8 6 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (1.20%) nginx
8 6 (1.20%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.00%) Confluence
9 5 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.60%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.40%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.40%) SAS
12 1 (0.20%) JBoss
12 1 (0.20%) Mailman
12 1 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 48 (9.56%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.59%) Spreadsheet
3 7 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.80%) Siemens NX
5 3 (0.60%) Houdini
5 3 (0.60%) Maya
5 3 (0.60%) NUKE
5 3 (0.60%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.40%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.00%) NetSuite
2 5 (1.00%) Sage 50
3 4 (0.80%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.80%) HealthRoster
3 4 (0.80%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.60%) Sage 200
5 2 (0.40%) Line 50
5 2 (0.40%) ResourceLink
5 2 (0.40%) SAP Business One
5 2 (0.40%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.40%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle Payroll
6 1 (0.20%) Social Studio
6 1 (0.20%) Workday HCM
6 1 (0.20%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 158 (31.47%) Microsoft 365
2 146 (29.08%) Azure
3 92 (18.33%) AWS
4 43 (8.57%) SaaS
5 27 (5.38%) Azure Active Directory
6 16 (3.19%) GCP
6 16 (3.19%) IaaS
7 15 (2.99%) Azure Storage
8 12 (2.39%) Amazon EC2
9 11 (2.19%) Dynamics 365
9 11 (2.19%) Mimecast
10 10 (1.99%) Cloudflare
10 10 (1.99%) Serverless
11 9 (1.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 9 (1.79%) Amazon EKS
12 8 (1.59%) AWS Lambda
12 8 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (1.39%) PaaS
14 6 (1.20%) Amazon SQS
14 6 (1.20%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 131 (26.10%) Firewall
2 127 (25.30%) DNS
3 84 (16.73%) DHCP
4 72 (14.34%) SAN
5 65 (12.95%) VPN
6 52 (10.36%) LAN
7 49 (9.76%) WAN
8 45 (8.96%) TCP/IP
9 26 (5.18%) NAS
10 23 (4.58%) SSL
11 20 (3.98%) VoIP
12 17 (3.39%) Internet
13 16 (3.19%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (2.39%) HTTP
14 12 (2.39%) Skype
15 10 (1.99%) MPLS
15 10 (1.99%) VLAN
15 10 (1.99%) Wireless
16 8 (1.59%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 8 (1.59%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (13.35%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.58%) MySQL
3 13 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
4 9 (1.79%) Redis
4 9 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
6 6 (1.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 6 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
6 6 (1.20%) BigQuery
6 6 (1.20%) Blockchain
6 6 (1.20%) MariaDB
6 6 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
7 5 (1.00%) MongoDB
7 5 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.80%) Big Data
8 4 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.60%) GIS
10 2 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 38 (7.57%) Jenkins
2 24 (4.78%) Git (software)
3 21 (4.18%) JIRA
4 9 (1.79%) GitLab
5 5 (1.00%) Postman
6 3 (0.60%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.60%) Travis CI
7 2 (0.40%) git-flow
7 2 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.20%) Ant
8 1 (0.20%) Maven
8 1 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 118 (23.51%) Social Skills
2 68 (13.55%) Finance
3 36 (7.17%) Public Sector
4 30 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (5.18%) Telecoms
6 25 (4.98%) Legal
7 22 (4.38%) Manufacturing
8 16 (3.19%) Marketing
9 10 (1.99%) Banking
9 10 (1.99%) Electronics
10 6 (1.20%) Documentation Skills
10 6 (1.20%) Games
10 6 (1.20%) Organisational Skills
10 6 (1.20%) Retail
11 5 (1.00%) Law
12 3 (0.60%) Back Office
12 3 (0.60%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.60%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.40%) Presentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.59%) LAMP
2 8 (1.59%) Web Services
3 7 (1.39%) LDAP
4 6 (1.20%) .NET
4 6 (1.20%) gRPC
4 6 (1.20%) Kafka
4 6 (1.20%) Protocol Buffers
4 6 (1.20%) RESTful
5 5 (1.00%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (0.80%) JSON
6 4 (0.80%) Middleware
6 4 (0.80%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.80%) Swagger
6 4 (0.80%) XML
7 2 (0.40%) LAPP Stack
7 2 (0.40%) Oracle Fusion
7 2 (0.40%) Visualforce
8 1 (0.20%) EJS
8 1 (0.20%) LEMP Stack
8 1 (0.20%) Sequelize
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.97%) Self-Motivation
2 36 (7.17%) Data Centre
3 30 (5.98%) Linux Command Line
4 18 (3.59%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.99%) Replication
6 11 (2.19%) Driving Licence
7 8 (1.59%) Cloud Native
7 8 (1.59%) e-Learning
7 8 (1.59%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.39%) Clustering
8 7 (1.39%) NHS
9 6 (1.20%) Client/Server
10 5 (1.00%) Fat Client
10 5 (1.00%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.00%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.80%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.80%) FMCG
11 4 (0.80%) Grid Computing
12 3 (0.60%) Enterprise Storage
12 3 (0.60%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 269 (53.59%) Windows
2 203 (40.44%) Linux
3 156 (31.08%) Windows Server
4 57 (11.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (9.76%) Ubuntu
6 46 (9.16%) Windows Server 2019
7 45 (8.96%) Windows Server 2016
8 43 (8.57%) Unix
9 36 (7.17%) Windows 10
10 28 (5.58%) CentOS
11 24 (4.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 21 (4.18%) Windows 7
13 11 (2.19%) Debian
13 11 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
14 7 (1.39%) Mac OS
15 6 (1.20%) Fedora
16 5 (1.00%) Android
17 4 (0.80%) AIX
17 4 (0.80%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.80%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (14.54%) Problem-Solving
2 60 (11.95%) ITIL
3 46 (9.16%) DevOps
4 44 (8.76%) Disaster Recovery
5 42 (8.37%) Agile Software Development
6 40 (7.97%) Computer Science
7 30 (5.98%) Business Intelligence
7 30 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 29 (5.78%) ERP
9 27 (5.38%) High Availability
10 24 (4.78%) Project Management
11 23 (4.58%) Migration
11 23 (4.58%) Server Management
12 22 (4.38%) Change Management
12 22 (4.38%) Patch Management
13 16 (3.19%) CRM
14 15 (2.99%) Configuration Management
14 15 (2.99%) Fintech
14 15 (2.99%) Open Source
15 12 (2.39%) Tech Ops
Programming Languages
1 121 (24.10%) PowerShell
2 65 (12.95%) Python
3 57 (11.35%) Bash Shell
4 55 (10.96%) SQL
5 19 (3.78%) Java
6 18 (3.59%) Perl
7 15 (2.99%) Go
8 13 (2.59%) Shell Script
9 12 (2.39%) Ruby
10 10 (1.99%) JavaScript
10 10 (1.99%) PHP
11 8 (1.59%) VBScript
12 5 (1.00%) C
12 5 (1.00%) VB
13 4 (0.80%) Ada
13 4 (0.80%) Clojure
14 2 (0.40%) Apex Code
14 2 (0.40%) Korn
15 1 (0.20%) C++
15 1 (0.20%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 33 (6.57%) Degree
2 30 (5.98%) Security Cleared
3 16 (3.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (2.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (1.79%) MCSE
6 8 (1.59%) MCSA
6 8 (1.59%) SC Cleared
7 7 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.20%) CCNA
9 5 (1.00%) CCA
9 5 (1.00%) Citrix Certification
9 5 (1.00%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (1.00%) MCP
10 4 (0.80%) DBS Check
11 3 (0.60%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.20%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (3.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 17 (3.39%) SLA
2 11 (2.19%) GDPR
3 10 (1.99%) QA
4 6 (1.20%) ISO 9001
5 5 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.20%) Good Clinical Practice
7 1 (0.20%) GxP
7 1 (0.20%) NIST
7 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 186 (37.05%) Active Directory
2 92 (18.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (16.93%) Hyper-V
4 34 (6.77%) Docker
5 22 (4.38%) vSphere
6 12 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (2.19%) Firmware
8 9 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (1.59%) XenApp
10 6 (1.20%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.00%) NFS
11 5 (1.00%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.80%) Terminal Server
12 4 (0.80%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.80%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.60%) Samba
13 3 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.40%) KVM
14 2 (0.40%) pfSense
14 2 (0.40%) Xen
Systems Management
1 57 (11.35%) Ansible
2 43 (8.57%) Puppet
3 37 (7.37%) Microsoft Intune
4 32 (6.37%) Kubernetes
5 27 (5.38%) Terraform
6 26 (5.18%) SCCM
7 20 (3.98%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.59%) Prometheus
9 7 (1.39%) Grafana
10 5 (1.00%) Jamf Pro
10 5 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.80%) HAProxy
11 4 (0.80%) Icinga
11 4 (0.80%) Nagios
11 4 (0.80%) WSUS
12 3 (0.60%) AirWatch
12 3 (0.60%) Packer
12 3 (0.60%) Salt
12 3 (0.60%) SCOM
12 3 (0.60%) WMI
Vendors
1 188 (37.45%) Microsoft
2 136 (27.09%) VMware
3 72 (14.34%) Cisco
4 43 (8.57%) Red Hat
5 31 (6.18%) Citrix
6 30 (5.98%) Veeam
7 27 (5.38%) Dell
8 26 (5.18%) EMC
8 26 (5.18%) SAP
9 23 (4.58%) SonicWALL
10 19 (3.78%) Aruba
10 19 (3.78%) Palo Alto
11 17 (3.39%) Meraki
11 17 (3.39%) Sophos
12 15 (2.99%) Oracle
13 14 (2.79%) Google
14 13 (2.59%) Salesforce.com
15 12 (2.39%) HP
16 11 (2.19%) Splunk
17 10 (1.99%) IBM