Period
to 17 October 2019

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 October 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 408 383 362
Rank change year-on-year -25 -21 -60
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 1,004 1,364 1,612
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.83% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.86% 0.96%
Number of salaries quoted 865 1,175 1,416
UK median annual salary £42,500 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.41% +3.53% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £29,073 £28,250
90th Percentile £62,500 £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 131,250 157,771 168,081
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 95.93% 95.98%
Number of salaries quoted 104,620 127,104 134,629
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -25 921 £42,500 -5.56% 203
UK excluding London -22 559 £40,000 - 156
London -29 405 £50,000 - 65
South East -17 198 £40,000 - 40
Midlands +41 93 £35,000 -6.67% 24
South West -6 83 £42,500 - 29
North of England -49 77 £32,500 -7.14% 21
East of England +50 63 £45,000 +24.14% 24
West Midlands +54 56 £35,000 -5.41% 14
East Midlands +10 37 £29,000 -22.67% 10
Scotland +9 32 £40,000 +14.29% 8
North West +24 29 £32,500 -19.45% 10
Yorkshire -69 27 £28,750 -17.86% 9
North East +17 21 £46,262 +44.57% 2
Wales +4 7 £37,500 -5.66% 9
Northern Ireland -3 7 £70,000 +44.33% 1

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 524 (52.19%) Windows
2 514 (51.20%) Linux
3 318 (31.67%) VMware
4 314 (31.27%) Active Directory
5 301 (29.98%) Microsoft
6 292 (29.08%) Windows Server
7 221 (22.01%) AWS
8 217 (21.61%) Azure
9 197 (19.62%) Office 365
10 185 (18.43%) DNS
11 183 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
12 164 (16.33%) Firewall
13 155 (15.44%) Python
14 154 (15.34%) DevOps
15 148 (14.74%) Bash Shell
16 147 (14.64%) Red Hat
17 140 (13.94%) CentOS
18 139 (13.84%) Finance
19 138 (13.75%) Puppet
20 136 (13.55%) SQL
21 133 (13.25%) SQL Server
22 129 (12.85%) Ansible
23 127 (12.65%) TCP/IP
24 123 (12.25%) DHCP
24 123 (12.25%) ITIL
25 121 (12.05%) Hyper-V
26 116 (11.55%) PowerShell
26 116 (11.55%) Cisco
27 115 (11.45%) MS Exchange
28 108 (10.76%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 115 (11.45%) MS Exchange
2 67 (6.67%) SharePoint
3 63 (6.27%) Apache
4 41 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 35 (3.49%) IIS
6 32 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2013
7 31 (3.09%) nginx
8 16 (1.59%) Tomcat
9 15 (1.49%) Confluence
10 14 (1.39%) ArcGIS
10 14 (1.39%) Skype for Business
11 12 (1.20%) CMS
11 12 (1.20%) WordPress
12 11 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.40%) Apache Spark
13 4 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.30%) Oracle UPK
15 2 (0.20%) JBoss
15 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
16 1 (0.100%) SAS
Applications
1 84 (8.37%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.20%) Windchill
5 1 (0.100%) Autodesk Smoke
Business Applications
1 13 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.00%) NetSuite
3 6 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
3 6 (0.60%) SAP Business One
3 6 (0.60%) Teamcenter
4 5 (0.50%) Shopify
5 4 (0.40%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (0.30%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.30%) HFM
6 3 (0.30%) JDE EnterpriseOne
7 2 (0.20%) Hyperion Planning
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.20%) Workfront
8 1 (0.100%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.100%) Oracle ERP
8 1 (0.100%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.100%) Sage CRM
8 1 (0.100%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.100%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 221 (22.01%) AWS
2 217 (21.61%) Azure
3 197 (19.62%) Office 365
4 40 (3.98%) SaaS
5 31 (3.09%) Amazon EC2
5 31 (3.09%) GCP
6 28 (2.79%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
8 15 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (1.39%) OneDrive
10 13 (1.29%) IaaS
11 11 (1.10%) Amazon S3
11 11 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
12 10 (1.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 10 (1.00%) G Suite
13 8 (0.80%) Mimecast
13 8 (0.80%) PaaS
14 6 (0.60%) GitHub
15 5 (0.50%) Taleo
15 5 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 185 (18.43%) DNS
2 164 (16.33%) Firewall
3 127 (12.65%) TCP/IP
4 123 (12.25%) DHCP
5 96 (9.56%) SAN
6 95 (9.46%) VPN
7 87 (8.67%) LAN
8 78 (7.77%) WAN
9 50 (4.98%) HTTP
10 35 (3.49%) SMTP
11 34 (3.39%) Wireless
12 31 (3.09%) VoIP
13 29 (2.89%) SNMP
14 28 (2.79%) SSL
15 27 (2.69%) Internet
16 26 (2.59%) NAS
17 23 (2.29%) VLAN
17 23 (2.29%) WLAN
18 22 (2.19%) Multicast
18 22 (2.19%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (13.25%) SQL Server
2 77 (7.67%) MySQL
3 31 (3.09%) PostgreSQL
4 17 (1.69%) GIS
4 17 (1.69%) NoSQL
5 14 (1.39%) Spatial Data
6 13 (1.29%) Redis
7 12 (1.20%) Big Data
8 11 (1.10%) Hadoop
9 10 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
9 10 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (0.90%) MongoDB
10 9 (0.90%) SQL Server 2016
11 8 (0.80%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.70%) MariaDB
12 7 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
12 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
13 6 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
13 6 (0.60%) DB2
13 6 (0.60%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 72 (7.17%) Git (software)
2 52 (5.18%) Jenkins
3 38 (3.78%) Subversion
4 25 (2.49%) GitLab
5 22 (2.19%) JIRA
6 10 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 10 (1.00%) Mercurial
7 7 (0.70%) Artifactory
8 6 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.50%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.50%) Vagrant
10 3 (0.30%) SonarQube
11 2 (0.20%) Ant
11 2 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio
11 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.100%) ClearCase
12 1 (0.100%) MSI
12 1 (0.100%) TeamCity
General
1 139 (13.84%) Finance
2 47 (4.68%) Retail
3 25 (2.49%) Games
4 22 (2.19%) Banking
5 20 (1.99%) Legal
6 19 (1.89%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.69%) Law
7 17 (1.69%) Public Sector
8 14 (1.39%) Telecoms
9 9 (0.90%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.80%) Advertising
11 5 (0.50%) Marketing
12 4 (0.40%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.30%) Automotive
13 3 (0.30%) Billing
13 3 (0.30%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.30%) German Language
13 3 (0.30%) Local Government
13 3 (0.30%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (7.97%) LAMP
2 47 (4.68%) LDAP
3 31 (3.09%) Web Services
4 19 (1.89%) .NET
5 15 (1.49%) 802.1X
6 10 (1.00%) LEMP Stack
6 10 (1.00%) Regular Expression
7 9 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
8 8 (0.80%) CSS
8 8 (0.80%) Elastic Stack
8 8 (0.80%) HTML
8 8 (0.80%) Kafka
9 7 (0.70%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (0.60%) LAPP Stack
10 6 (0.60%) Middleware
10 6 (0.60%) REST
11 5 (0.50%) Laravel
11 5 (0.50%) React
11 5 (0.50%) Symfony
11 5 (0.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (5.98%) Data Centre
2 53 (5.28%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (5.18%) Replication
4 49 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
5 45 (4.48%) Clustering
6 34 (3.39%) Management Information System
7 33 (3.29%) PKI
8 31 (3.09%) Video\Live Streaming
9 27 (2.69%) Linux Command Line
10 25 (2.49%) Public Cloud
11 21 (2.09%) IPTV
11 21 (2.09%) MPEG
12 14 (1.39%) Fat Client
12 14 (1.39%) Thin Client
13 12 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
14 11 (1.10%) Online Games
15 10 (1.00%) Wiki
16 7 (0.70%) Digital Media
17 6 (0.60%) CMDB
17 6 (0.60%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 524 (52.19%) Windows
2 514 (51.20%) Linux
3 292 (29.08%) Windows Server
4 140 (13.94%) CentOS
5 108 (10.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 106 (10.56%) Unix
7 94 (9.36%) Ubuntu
8 89 (8.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 79 (7.87%) Windows Server 2008
10 76 (7.57%) Windows 10
11 53 (5.28%) Solaris
12 40 (3.98%) Debian
13 35 (3.49%) Windows 7
14 25 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
15 24 (2.39%) Mac OS
16 20 (1.99%) AIX
17 18 (1.79%) Fedora
18 16 (1.59%) Mac OS X
19 12 (1.20%) SUSE
20 11 (1.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (15.34%) DevOps
2 123 (12.25%) ITIL
3 104 (10.36%) Problem-Solving
4 99 (9.86%) High Availability
5 89 (8.86%) Configuration Management
6 70 (6.97%) Disaster Recovery
7 68 (6.77%) Migration
8 67 (6.67%) Computer Science
9 49 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 46 (4.58%) Root Cause Analysis
11 41 (4.08%) Project Management
12 40 (3.98%) Cybersecurity
13 39 (3.88%) Agile Software Development
14 36 (3.59%) ERP
15 35 (3.49%) Fintech
15 35 (3.49%) Patch Management
16 33 (3.29%) Time Management
17 29 (2.89%) Asset Management
17 29 (2.89%) Mentoring
18 28 (2.79%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 155 (15.44%) Python
2 148 (14.74%) Bash Shell
3 136 (13.55%) SQL
4 116 (11.55%) PowerShell
5 60 (5.98%) Shell Script
6 40 (3.98%) Perl
7 37 (3.69%) Ruby
8 30 (2.99%) PHP
9 23 (2.29%) Korn
10 20 (1.99%) Java
11 18 (1.79%) C
12 9 (0.90%) JavaScript
13 8 (0.80%) C#
13 8 (0.80%) Go
14 7 (0.70%) C++
14 7 (0.70%) VBA
15 5 (0.50%) Clojure
15 5 (0.50%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.50%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.40%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 97 (9.66%) Degree
2 62 (6.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 54 (5.38%) Security Cleared
4 51 (5.08%) MCSE
5 39 (3.88%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (3.19%) MCSA
7 30 (2.99%) Computer Science Degree
8 27 (2.69%) CCNA
9 26 (2.59%) SC Cleared
10 12 (1.20%) CCNP
11 10 (1.00%) CCDP
11 10 (1.00%) DV Cleared
12 8 (0.80%) AWS Certification
12 8 (0.80%) RHCE
13 6 (0.60%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.60%) Oracle Certification
13 6 (0.60%) Sun Certification
14 5 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.19%) SLA
2 18 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (1.79%) QA
3 14 (1.39%) PCI DSS
4 13 (1.29%) GDPR
5 6 (0.60%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.40%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.100%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.100%) NIST
9 1 (0.100%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 314 (31.27%) Active Directory
2 183 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 121 (12.05%) Hyper-V
4 99 (9.86%) Docker
5 63 (6.27%) VMware ESXi
6 52 (5.18%) vSphere
7 27 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
8 24 (2.39%) XenApp
9 23 (2.29%) KVM
10 15 (1.49%) Xen
11 14 (1.39%) Firmware
11 14 (1.39%) VirtualBox
12 13 (1.29%) DRBD
12 13 (1.29%) Varnish
13 11 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (1.00%) GlusterFS
15 9 (0.90%) Cronacle
15 9 (0.90%) Postfix
15 9 (0.90%) Veritas File System
15 9 (0.90%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 138 (13.75%) Puppet
2 129 (12.85%) Ansible
3 99 (9.86%) SCCM
4 69 (6.87%) Kubernetes
5 62 (6.18%) Nagios
6 60 (5.98%) Opscode Chef
7 49 (4.88%) ZABBIX
8 37 (3.69%) Terraform
9 32 (3.19%) WSUS
10 21 (2.09%) HAProxy
11 20 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
12 17 (1.69%) SCOM
13 16 (1.59%) Red Hat Satellite
14 15 (1.49%) Backup Exec
15 14 (1.39%) Consul
16 13 (1.29%) Red Hat Spacewalk
17 11 (1.10%) Jamf Pro
17 11 (1.10%) NetBackup
18 10 (1.00%) Galera Cluster
19 9 (0.90%) Grafana
Vendors
1 318 (31.67%) VMware
2 301 (29.98%) Microsoft
3 147 (14.64%) Red Hat
4 116 (11.55%) Cisco
5 63 (6.27%) Oracle
6 56 (5.58%) Citrix
7 37 (3.69%) Veeam
8 33 (3.29%) Google
9 26 (2.59%) HP
10 25 (2.49%) SAP
11 24 (2.39%) EMC
12 23 (2.29%) Splunk
12 23 (2.29%) Veritas
13 17 (1.69%) CommVault
13 17 (1.69%) Dell
14 16 (1.59%) Apple
14 16 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
15 14 (1.39%) Atlassian
15 14 (1.39%) Extreme Networks
15 14 (1.39%) Sophos