Period
to 19 July 2019

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 July 2019.

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
19 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 382 417 353
Rank change year-on-year +35 -64 -48
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,163 1,315 1,671
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.76% 0.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.78% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 1,002 1,152 1,461
UK median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £27,500 £29,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 139,958 167,522 170,950
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.86% 96.22% 96.21%
Number of salaries quoted 111,774 135,533 139,527
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019. 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 +36 1,074 £43,000 -4.44% 204
UK excluding London +18 650 £40,000 - 143
London +29 483 £50,000 - 68
South East +13 227 £42,500 - 39
Midlands +15 104 £35,000 -12.50% 37
North of England -28 102 £35,000 -17.65% 25
South West -9 82 £42,500 +6.25% 20
East of England +82 74 £42,500 +8.97% 15
West Midlands +32 57 £37,500 - 23
Scotland +17 48 £36,000 -5.26% 5
East Midlands +8 47 £29,000 -30.12% 14
Yorkshire -9 44 £34,500 -18.82% 5
North West -17 36 £33,250 -21.76% 13
North East +27 22 £47,500 +43.94% 7
Wales +3 7 £37,500 -6.25%
Northern Ireland -13 6 £70,000 +44.33% 2

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 July 2019, 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.

1 642 (55.20%) Linux
2 593 (50.99%) Windows
3 353 (30.35%) VMware
4 345 (29.66%) Active Directory
5 338 (29.06%) Windows Server
6 336 (28.89%) Microsoft
7 244 (20.98%) Amazon AWS
8 210 (18.06%) DevOps
9 208 (17.88%) VMware Infrastructure
10 204 (17.54%) Office 365
11 203 (17.45%) DNS
12 201 (17.28%) Python
13 196 (16.85%) Firewall
14 189 (16.25%) Microsoft Azure
15 181 (15.56%) Bash Shell
15 181 (15.56%) Hyper-V
16 176 (15.13%) CentOS
16 176 (15.13%) Red Hat
17 174 (14.96%) Puppet
18 162 (13.93%) Finance
19 150 (12.90%) Unix
20 146 (12.55%) Ansible
21 139 (11.95%) SQL
22 136 (11.69%) SQL Server
23 132 (11.35%) SAN
24 129 (11.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
25 127 (10.92%) ITIL
26 126 (10.83%) Cisco
27 125 (10.75%) Problem-Solving
28 124 (10.66%) 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
1 117 (10.06%) MS Exchange
2 96 (8.25%) Apache
3 76 (6.53%) SharePoint
4 57 (4.90%) nginx
5 42 (3.61%) IIS
6 34 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2013
7 29 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
8 27 (2.32%) Skype for Business
9 20 (1.72%) Tomcat
10 15 (1.29%) Confluence
11 14 (1.20%) Apache Spark
12 9 (0.77%) ArcGIS
13 7 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.60%) Oracle UPK
13 7 (0.60%) WordPress
14 4 (0.34%) CMS
14 4 (0.34%) JBoss
14 4 (0.34%) NetWeaver
14 4 (0.34%) OpenStack
14 4 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 88 (7.57%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.43%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.17%) Windchill
5 1 (0.086%) Autodesk Smoke
Business Applications
1 17 (1.46%) NetSuite
2 10 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.60%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 7 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
3 7 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
4 6 (0.52%) SAP Business One
4 6 (0.52%) Teamcenter
5 4 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
5 4 (0.34%) JDE OneWorld
5 4 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.34%) Workfront
6 2 (0.17%) HFM
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.086%) CA PPM
7 1 (0.086%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.086%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.086%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.086%) Hyperion Planning
7 1 (0.086%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 244 (20.98%) Amazon AWS
2 204 (17.54%) Office 365
3 189 (16.25%) Microsoft Azure
4 50 (4.30%) SaaS
5 39 (3.35%) Cloud Computing
6 34 (2.92%) Google Cloud Platform
7 33 (2.84%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (1.46%) Amazon EC2
9 15 (1.29%) PaaS
10 13 (1.12%) IaaS
11 12 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.86%) Amazon S3
13 9 (0.77%) Mimecast
13 9 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 8 (0.69%) G Suite
15 7 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 7 (0.60%) Google Play
16 6 (0.52%) Cloudflare
17 5 (0.43%) Amazon ECS
17 5 (0.43%) Kong
Communications & Networking
1 203 (17.45%) DNS
2 196 (16.85%) Firewall
3 132 (11.35%) SAN
4 124 (10.66%) DHCP
4 124 (10.66%) TCP/IP
5 119 (10.23%) VPN
6 88 (7.57%) LAN
7 81 (6.96%) WAN
8 40 (3.44%) HTTP
9 39 (3.35%) SSL
10 35 (3.01%) NAS
10 35 (3.01%) VLAN
11 33 (2.84%) Internet
12 32 (2.75%) Network Security
13 28 (2.41%) iSCSI
13 28 (2.41%) Skype
14 26 (2.24%) Wireless
15 25 (2.15%) VoIP
16 24 (2.06%) SMTP
17 23 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (11.69%) SQL Server
2 118 (10.15%) MySQL
3 39 (3.35%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (1.81%) Big Data
5 19 (1.63%) Hadoop
6 17 (1.46%) MariaDB
7 12 (1.03%) Oracle Database
7 12 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (0.95%) Crystal Reports
8 11 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (0.77%) Essbase
10 9 (0.77%) GIS
10 9 (0.77%) Spatial Data
11 8 (0.69%) NoSQL
11 8 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
11 8 (0.69%) Redis
12 7 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
12 7 (0.60%) MS Access
12 7 (0.60%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 64 (5.50%) Git (software)
2 62 (5.33%) Jenkins
3 26 (2.24%) Subversion
4 18 (1.55%) JIRA
5 16 (1.38%) Mercurial
6 15 (1.29%) GitLab
7 12 (1.03%) Artifactory
8 7 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (0.52%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (0.43%) Travis CI
11 4 (0.34%) TeamCity
12 3 (0.26%) Bitbucket
12 3 (0.26%) Visual Studio
13 2 (0.17%) Ant
13 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket Server
13 2 (0.17%) GoCD
13 2 (0.17%) SonarQube
14 1 (0.086%) ClearCase
14 1 (0.086%) MSI
14 1 (0.086%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 162 (13.93%) Finance
2 63 (5.42%) Retail
3 37 (3.18%) Games
4 32 (2.75%) Banking
5 26 (2.24%) Law
6 23 (1.98%) Legal
7 17 (1.46%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.46%) Telecoms
8 9 (0.77%) Back Office
8 9 (0.77%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.69%) General Ledger
10 7 (0.60%) Billing
11 6 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.43%) Marketing
13 4 (0.34%) German Language
14 3 (0.26%) Military
15 2 (0.17%) Automotive
15 2 (0.17%) Electronics
16 1 (0.086%) Italian Language
16 1 (0.086%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (7.48%) LAMP
2 72 (6.19%) Web Services
3 44 (3.78%) LDAP
4 19 (1.63%) .NET
5 18 (1.55%) Kafka
6 17 (1.46%) Elastic Stack
7 14 (1.20%) LEMP Stack
7 14 (1.20%) RabbitMQ
8 10 (0.86%) 802.1X
9 9 (0.77%) LAPP Stack
9 9 (0.77%) Regular Expression
9 9 (0.77%) Spring
10 8 (0.69%) ASP.NET
11 7 (0.60%) REST
12 6 (0.52%) Oracle Fusion
12 6 (0.52%) XML
13 4 (0.34%) CSS
13 4 (0.34%) JSON
13 4 (0.34%) SAP Basis
13 4 (0.34%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 84 (7.22%) Data Centre
2 62 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (4.73%) Replication
4 53 (4.56%) Self-Motivation
5 45 (3.87%) Management Information System
6 44 (3.78%) Linux Command Line
7 34 (2.92%) PKI
8 31 (2.67%) Video\Live Streaming
9 30 (2.58%) Clustering
10 25 (2.15%) Public Cloud
11 16 (1.38%) Online Games
12 12 (1.03%) Fat Client
12 12 (1.03%) Thin Client
13 11 (0.95%) Hedge funds
13 11 (0.95%) Wiki
14 10 (0.86%) IPTV
14 10 (0.86%) MPEG
15 9 (0.77%) Digital Media
15 9 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
15 9 (0.77%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 642 (55.20%) Linux
2 593 (50.99%) Windows
3 338 (29.06%) Windows Server
4 176 (15.13%) CentOS
5 150 (12.90%) Unix
6 129 (11.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 119 (10.23%) Ubuntu
8 107 (9.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 98 (8.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 77 (6.62%) Debian
10 77 (6.62%) Windows 10
11 51 (4.39%) Solaris
12 41 (3.53%) Windows 7
13 31 (2.67%) AIX
14 30 (2.58%) Windows Server 2003
15 25 (2.15%) Mac OS
16 21 (1.81%) Mac OS X
17 12 (1.03%) Fedora
17 12 (1.03%) VMS
17 12 (1.03%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (18.06%) DevOps
2 127 (10.92%) ITIL
3 125 (10.75%) Problem-Solving
4 121 (10.40%) Configuration Management
5 104 (8.94%) High Availability
6 80 (6.88%) Disaster Recovery
7 77 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 72 (6.19%) Migration
9 54 (4.64%) Agile Software Development
10 52 (4.47%) Open Source
11 51 (4.39%) Computer Science
12 49 (4.21%) Patch Management
13 47 (4.04%) Root Cause Analysis
14 46 (3.96%) Asset Management
15 44 (3.78%) Cybersecurity
16 42 (3.61%) Business Continuity
16 42 (3.61%) Fintech
16 42 (3.61%) Server Management
17 40 (3.44%) Data Protection
18 39 (3.35%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 201 (17.28%) Python
2 181 (15.56%) Bash Shell
3 139 (11.95%) SQL
4 124 (10.66%) PowerShell
5 90 (7.74%) Shell Script
6 66 (5.67%) Ruby
7 51 (4.39%) Perl
8 34 (2.92%) Java
9 31 (2.67%) PHP
10 25 (2.15%) Korn
11 18 (1.55%) C
12 15 (1.29%) Clojure
13 12 (1.03%) Go
14 11 (0.95%) JavaScript
15 10 (0.86%) C++
16 7 (0.60%) C#
17 6 (0.52%) Bourne shell
17 6 (0.52%) T-SQL
17 6 (0.52%) VBA
18 5 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 106 (9.11%) Degree
2 85 (7.31%) Microsoft Certification
3 59 (5.07%) MCSE
4 51 (4.39%) Security Cleared
5 42 (3.61%) MCSA
6 35 (3.01%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (2.24%) CCNA
7 26 (2.24%) SC Cleared
8 24 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (1.03%) MCP
10 11 (0.95%) RHCE
11 10 (0.86%) AWS Certification
12 7 (0.60%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (0.60%) DV Cleared
12 7 (0.60%) MCITP
13 6 (0.52%) CCDP
13 6 (0.52%) CCNP
13 6 (0.52%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.43%) MCTS
14 5 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (1.29%) QA
2 14 (1.20%) SLA
3 11 (0.95%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.86%) GDPR
5 9 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.43%) HL7
6 5 (0.43%) ISO 22301
6 5 (0.43%) ISO 9000
7 4 (0.34%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 345 (29.66%) Active Directory
2 208 (17.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 181 (15.56%) Hyper-V
4 119 (10.23%) Docker
5 91 (7.82%) VMware ESXi
6 53 (4.56%) vSphere
7 48 (4.13%) Virtual Machines
8 39 (3.35%) XenApp
9 37 (3.18%) KVM
10 22 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.63%) iptables
12 17 (1.46%) Xen
13 16 (1.38%) Postfix
14 13 (1.12%) Firmware
15 9 (0.77%) Cronacle
15 9 (0.77%) Veritas File System
15 9 (0.77%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 8 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
16 8 (0.69%) NFS
16 8 (0.69%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 174 (14.96%) Puppet
2 146 (12.55%) Ansible
3 89 (7.65%) SCCM
4 85 (7.31%) Kubernetes
5 74 (6.36%) Opscode Chef
6 68 (5.85%) Nagios
7 48 (4.13%) Terraform
8 45 (3.87%) ZABBIX
9 21 (1.81%) WSUS
10 16 (1.38%) Backup Exec
11 15 (1.29%) SCOM
12 14 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
13 13 (1.12%) HAProxy
13 13 (1.12%) Red Hat Satellite
14 11 (0.95%) Kibana
14 11 (0.95%) vCenter Server
15 10 (0.86%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.86%) Red Hat Spacewalk
16 9 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
17 8 (0.69%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 353 (30.35%) VMware
2 336 (28.89%) Microsoft
3 176 (15.13%) Red Hat
4 126 (10.83%) Cisco
5 74 (6.36%) Oracle
6 73 (6.28%) Citrix
7 43 (3.70%) Veeam
8 38 (3.27%) SAP
9 35 (3.01%) Google
10 31 (2.67%) HP
11 24 (2.06%) Salesforce.com
12 19 (1.63%) EMC
13 18 (1.55%) Splunk
14 17 (1.46%) IBM
14 17 (1.46%) Veritas
15 16 (1.38%) CommVault
15 16 (1.38%) Sophos
16 15 (1.29%) Dell
17 14 (1.20%) Hyperion
17 14 (1.20%) NetApp