Period
to 15 October 2018

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £44,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 380 361 302
Rank change year-on-year -19 -59 -27
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,361 1,591 2,121
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.92% 1.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.95% 1.15%
Number of salaries quoted 1,173 1,398 1,853
UK median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.53% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -

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 157,885 166,786 183,863
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.93% 95.95% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 127,253 133,641 154,192
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 £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -29 1,266 £45,000 +3.45% 292
UK excluding London -42 736 £40,000 - 210
London +21 596 £50,000 +5.26% 95
South East -56 261 £40,000 -5.88% 46
North of England -42 161 £35,000 -12.50% 54
South West +11 102 £42,500 +13.33% 30
Yorkshire -2 99 £35,000 -12.50% 22
Midlands 0 84 £37,500 +7.14% 38
East of England -1 64 £36,250 -19.44% 29
East Midlands -2 56 £37,500 +5.42% 12
North West -64 50 £40,349 +1.51% 24
Scotland -2 42 £35,000 -12.50% 8
West Midlands +6 28 £37,000 +8.82% 26
Wales +21 22 £39,750 +26.19% 3
North East - 12 £32,250 - 8
Northern Ireland +8 1 £48,500 +50.39% 2

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 October 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.

1 833 (61.20%) Linux
2 649 (47.69%) Windows
3 414 (30.42%) VMware
4 405 (29.76%) Active Directory
5 373 (27.41%) Microsoft
6 366 (26.89%) Windows Server
7 340 (24.98%) DevOps
8 326 (23.95%) Python
9 298 (21.90%) Amazon AWS
10 295 (21.68%) Bash Shell
11 247 (18.15%) Puppet
12 242 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
13 233 (17.12%) VMware Infrastructure
14 230 (16.90%) Red Hat
15 229 (16.83%) PowerShell
16 226 (16.61%) Ansible
17 225 (16.53%) Firewall
18 221 (16.24%) DNS
19 186 (13.67%) Perl
20 180 (13.23%) Office 365
21 178 (13.08%) Configuration Management
22 175 (12.86%) Finance
23 173 (12.71%) SQL Server
23 173 (12.71%) TCP/IP
24 172 (12.64%) Unix
25 164 (12.05%) ITIL
25 164 (12.05%) CentOS
26 156 (11.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
27 153 (11.24%) Windows Server 2012
28 145 (10.65%) SQL

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
1 144 (10.58%) MS Exchange
2 131 (9.63%) Apache
3 80 (5.88%) Tomcat
4 74 (5.44%) SharePoint
5 71 (5.22%) IIS
6 43 (3.16%) Skype for Business
7 33 (2.42%) nginx
8 29 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
9 26 (1.91%) OpenStack
10 25 (1.84%) Confluence
10 25 (1.84%) JBoss
11 19 (1.40%) Elasticsearch
12 14 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
13 12 (0.88%) CMS
14 9 (0.66%) WordPress
15 8 (0.59%) WebSphere
16 6 (0.44%) WebLogic
17 4 (0.29%) Drupal
18 3 (0.22%) CloudStack
18 3 (0.22%) SAS
Applications
1 62 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
3 11 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.22%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.22%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.073%) Abaqus
7 1 (0.073%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.073%) Maya
7 1 (0.073%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.073%) NUKE
7 1 (0.073%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 28 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (1.32%) NetSuite
3 17 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
4 9 (0.66%) Oracle ERP
5 7 (0.51%) iTrent
6 6 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.44%) SAP Business One
7 5 (0.37%) Hyperion Planning
7 5 (0.37%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.37%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.29%) HFM
9 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.22%) SAP HR
9 3 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.15%) Infor SunSystems
10 2 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
10 2 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
11 1 (0.073%) Dynamics GP
11 1 (0.073%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 298 (21.90%) Amazon AWS
2 242 (17.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 180 (13.23%) Office 365
4 53 (3.89%) Google Cloud Platform
5 32 (2.35%) SaaS
6 19 (1.40%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
8 14 (1.03%) IaaS
9 13 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 11 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
11 10 (0.73%) Mimecast
12 9 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (0.59%) PaaS
14 7 (0.51%) Amazon S3
14 7 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
14 7 (0.51%) G Suite
14 7 (0.51%) OneDrive
14 7 (0.51%) OpenShift
15 6 (0.44%) Google Analytics
16 3 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 225 (16.53%) Firewall
2 221 (16.24%) DNS
3 173 (12.71%) TCP/IP
4 140 (10.29%) SAN
5 121 (8.89%) DHCP
6 87 (6.39%) Internet
7 85 (6.25%) LAN
8 79 (5.80%) VPN
9 74 (5.44%) WAN
10 60 (4.41%) Network Security
11 56 (4.11%) VLAN
12 49 (3.60%) HTTP
13 37 (2.72%) SSH
14 33 (2.42%) NAS
14 33 (2.42%) Skype
15 27 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
16 26 (1.91%) Cisco ASA
16 26 (1.91%) SMTP
17 20 (1.47%) VoIP
17 20 (1.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 173 (12.71%) SQL Server
2 116 (8.52%) MySQL
3 36 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
4 24 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
5 21 (1.54%) NoSQL
6 20 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (1.40%) MongoDB
8 18 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
9 16 (1.18%) Oracle Database
10 15 (1.10%) Relational Database
11 14 (1.03%) Big Data
11 14 (1.03%) MariaDB
12 11 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
12 11 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
13 10 (0.73%) Hadoop
13 10 (0.73%) SQL Server 2016
14 8 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
14 8 (0.59%) RDBMS
15 7 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 111 (8.16%) Jenkins
2 91 (6.69%) Git (software)
3 48 (3.53%) JIRA
4 42 (3.09%) Octopus Deploy
5 39 (2.87%) TeamCity
6 20 (1.47%) Subversion
7 18 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 17 (1.25%) Mercurial
9 14 (1.03%) Vagrant
10 13 (0.96%) Hudson
11 12 (0.88%) MSBuild
12 11 (0.81%) Bitbucket
12 11 (0.81%) Maven
13 8 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
14 6 (0.44%) GitLab
15 5 (0.37%) Redmine
15 5 (0.37%) Selenium
15 5 (0.37%) Trac
15 5 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
16 4 (0.29%) Oracle Forms
General
1 175 (12.86%) Finance
2 61 (4.48%) Telecoms
3 42 (3.09%) Retail
4 33 (2.42%) Banking
5 31 (2.28%) Law
6 30 (2.20%) Legal
7 28 (2.06%) Manufacturing
8 27 (1.98%) Advertising
9 24 (1.76%) Marketing
10 18 (1.32%) Games
11 14 (1.03%) Electronics
12 12 (0.88%) Billing
13 8 (0.59%) Automotive
13 8 (0.59%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.29%) Back Office
14 4 (0.29%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.29%) Military
15 3 (0.22%) French Language
15 3 (0.22%) Spanish Language
16 2 (0.15%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (6.39%) LAMP
2 82 (6.02%) Web Services
3 58 (4.26%) LDAP
4 44 (3.23%) .NET
5 24 (1.76%) .NET Framework
6 19 (1.40%) HTML
7 18 (1.32%) Middleware
8 16 (1.18%) Elastic Stack
9 14 (1.03%) CSS
10 13 (0.96%) React
11 11 (0.81%) Spring
12 10 (0.73%) LEMP Stack
12 10 (0.73%) Node.js
13 9 (0.66%) Kafka
14 8 (0.59%) LAPP Stack
14 8 (0.59%) XML
15 6 (0.44%) RabbitMQ
16 5 (0.37%) Regular Expression
17 4 (0.29%) Django
17 4 (0.29%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 100 (7.35%) Data Centre
2 52 (3.82%) Computer Science
3 42 (3.09%) Management Information System
4 41 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
5 40 (2.94%) Replication
5 40 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
6 37 (2.72%) Public Cloud
7 35 (2.57%) Clustering
8 32 (2.35%) Fintech
8 32 (2.35%) Linux Command Line
9 21 (1.54%) PKI
10 20 (1.47%) Video\Live Streaming
11 12 (0.88%) Robotics
12 11 (0.81%) New Media
13 9 (0.66%) Hedge funds
14 8 (0.59%) Driving Licence
14 8 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
14 8 (0.59%) Mobile App
14 8 (0.59%) Online Games
14 8 (0.59%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 833 (61.20%) Linux
2 649 (47.69%) Windows
3 366 (26.89%) Windows Server
4 172 (12.64%) Unix
5 164 (12.05%) CentOS
6 156 (11.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 153 (11.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 121 (8.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 116 (8.52%) Ubuntu
10 88 (6.47%) Windows 10
11 82 (6.02%) Windows 7
12 76 (5.58%) Debian
13 46 (3.38%) Solaris
14 27 (1.98%) AIX
15 26 (1.91%) Mac OS X
16 24 (1.76%) SUSE
17 17 (1.25%) Mac OS
18 14 (1.03%) HPUX
19 13 (0.96%) FreeBSD
20 12 (0.88%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 340 (24.98%) DevOps
2 178 (13.08%) Configuration Management
3 164 (12.05%) ITIL
4 130 (9.55%) Problem-Solving
5 106 (7.79%) Agile Software Development
6 96 (7.05%) Disaster Recovery
7 95 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 79 (5.80%) High Availability
9 67 (4.92%) Open Source
10 66 (4.85%) Service Delivery
11 50 (3.67%) CRM
11 50 (3.67%) ERP
12 49 (3.60%) Continuous Integration
13 47 (3.45%) E-Commerce
14 46 (3.38%) Load Balancing
15 45 (3.31%) Migration
16 44 (3.23%) Server Virtualisation
17 42 (3.09%) Business Continuity
17 42 (3.09%) Patch Management
17 42 (3.09%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 326 (23.95%) Python
2 295 (21.68%) Bash Shell
3 229 (16.83%) PowerShell
4 186 (13.67%) Perl
5 145 (10.65%) SQL
6 117 (8.60%) Shell Script
7 93 (6.83%) Java
8 91 (6.69%) Ruby
9 76 (5.58%) PHP
10 45 (3.31%) C
11 42 (3.09%) Korn
12 36 (2.65%) JavaScript
13 35 (2.57%) C#
14 27 (1.98%) Bourne shell
15 15 (1.10%) Go
15 15 (1.10%) VB
16 6 (0.44%) VBScript
17 5 (0.37%) C++
18 4 (0.29%) AWK
19 3 (0.22%) Jython
Qualifications
1 135 (9.92%) Degree
2 87 (6.39%) Microsoft Certification
3 62 (4.56%) MCSE
4 44 (3.23%) MCSA
5 39 (2.87%) Computer Science Degree
6 27 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (1.91%) Security Cleared
8 25 (1.84%) CCNA
9 24 (1.76%) RHCE
9 24 (1.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 23 (1.69%) RHCSA
11 22 (1.62%) MCP
12 19 (1.40%) SC Cleared
13 12 (0.88%) DV Cleared
13 12 (0.88%) MCITP
13 12 (0.88%) Oracle Certification
14 11 (0.81%) AWS Certification
15 7 (0.51%) Sun Certification
16 5 (0.37%) OCA
17 4 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (2.06%) SLA
2 17 (1.25%) QA
3 16 (1.18%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.66%) GDPR
4 9 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.37%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.073%) GAAP
9 1 (0.073%) GPG13
9 1 (0.073%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.073%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.073%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 405 (29.76%) Active Directory
2 233 (17.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 134 (9.85%) Hyper-V
4 131 (9.63%) Docker
5 66 (4.85%) Virtual Machines
5 66 (4.85%) VMware ESXi
6 47 (3.45%) vSphere
7 41 (3.01%) NFS
8 32 (2.35%) KVM
8 32 (2.35%) Virtual Servers
9 22 (1.62%) iptables
10 20 (1.47%) Terminal Services
11 18 (1.32%) Firmware
12 16 (1.18%) Samba
13 15 (1.10%) pfSense
13 15 (1.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 15 (1.10%) XenApp
14 14 (1.03%) GlusterFS
14 14 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
15 10 (0.73%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 247 (18.15%) Puppet
2 226 (16.61%) Ansible
3 122 (8.96%) Opscode Chef
4 95 (6.98%) Terraform
5 78 (5.73%) SCCM
6 71 (5.22%) Kubernetes
7 64 (4.70%) Nagios
8 52 (3.82%) ZABBIX
9 23 (1.69%) SCOM
10 22 (1.62%) vCenter Server
11 21 (1.54%) Salt
12 19 (1.40%) HAProxy
13 18 (1.32%) WSUS
14 16 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
14 16 (1.18%) NetBackup
15 15 (1.10%) Grafana
15 15 (1.10%) Red Hat Satellite
15 15 (1.10%) Red Hat Spacewalk
16 14 (1.03%) Backup Exec
16 14 (1.03%) Cacti
Vendors
1 414 (30.42%) VMware
2 373 (27.41%) Microsoft
3 230 (16.90%) Red Hat
4 140 (10.29%) Cisco
5 84 (6.17%) Citrix
6 74 (5.44%) Oracle
7 60 (4.41%) Google
8 48 (3.53%) HP
9 44 (3.23%) EMC
10 36 (2.65%) Veeam
11 35 (2.57%) SAP
12 31 (2.28%) SaltStack
13 30 (2.20%) Symantec
14 28 (2.06%) NetApp
15 27 (1.98%) Veritas
16 25 (1.84%) Dell
17 24 (1.76%) Sophos
18 23 (1.69%) Apple
19 22 (1.62%) Atlassian
19 22 (1.62%) Mitel