Period
to 24 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Administrator was £42,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 426 429 408
Rank change year-on-year +3 -21 -21
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 393 856 1,160
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.68% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.71% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 425 755 1,055
Median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,200 £29,500
90th Percentile £68,250 £60,000 £66,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year - -3.85% -2.50%

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 60,490 120,158 145,590
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.14% 95.57% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 49,048 97,321 117,815
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 +31 373 £42,500 +3.66% 106
UK excluding London +65 241 £37,500 - 89
London +21 138 £55,000 +10.00% 27
Work from Home +6 76 £43,750 -2.78% 22
North of England +113 71 £36,500 +4.29% 18
South West +49 49 £42,500 +8.97% 13
South East +28 46 £40,000 +6.67% 19
North West +106 43 £37,500 - 17
Midlands +56 39 £40,000 +14.29% 17
Yorkshire +53 26 £33,500 -2.90% 1
East of England +74 25 £40,000 - 12
East Midlands +65 24 £35,000 -3.45% 8
West Midlands +49 15 £44,000 +25.71% 8
Scotland +23 8 £37,500 -6.25% 4
Wales +27 3 £30,000 -22.08% 3
North East +10 2 £33,500 +7.20%

Systems Administrator Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 174 (44.27%) Linux
2 172 (43.77%) Windows
3 125 (31.81%) Azure
4 118 (30.03%) VMware
5 117 (29.77%) Microsoft
6 105 (26.72%) Active Directory
7 100 (25.45%) Windows Server
8 95 (24.17%) AWS
9 86 (21.88%) Python
10 81 (20.61%) Bash Shell
10 81 (20.61%) Office 365
11 72 (18.32%) Firewall
12 71 (18.07%) VMware Infrastructure
13 64 (16.28%) DNS
13 64 (16.28%) Red Hat
14 63 (16.03%) Finance
15 60 (15.27%) Problem-Solving
16 57 (14.50%) Hyper-V
17 55 (13.99%) Agile Software Development
17 55 (13.99%) Unix
18 54 (13.74%) CentOS
18 54 (13.74%) DevOps
19 51 (12.98%) Ansible
20 49 (12.47%) Puppet
21 48 (12.21%) SQL Server
21 48 (12.21%) Telecoms
22 46 (11.70%) Business Intelligence
22 46 (11.70%) SharePoint
23 44 (11.20%) Docker
24 40 (10.18%) PowerShell

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 46 (11.70%) SharePoint
2 26 (6.62%) Apache
3 22 (5.60%) MS Exchange
4 12 (3.05%) WordPress
5 9 (2.29%) Confluence
5 9 (2.29%) IIS
6 7 (1.78%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (1.53%) nginx
7 6 (1.53%) Skype for Business
7 6 (1.53%) Tomcat
8 5 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (1.02%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.76%) ArcGIS
10 3 (0.76%) CMS
10 3 (0.76%) JBoss
10 3 (0.76%) Jetty
11 2 (0.51%) Apache Solr
11 2 (0.51%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.53%) Spreadsheet
3 4 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.27%) NetSuite
2 3 (0.76%) HealthRoster
2 3 (0.76%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 2 (0.51%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.25%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 125 (31.81%) Azure
2 95 (24.17%) AWS
3 81 (20.61%) Office 365
4 22 (5.60%) SaaS
5 14 (3.56%) Azure Active Directory
6 8 (2.04%) AWS CloudFormation
6 8 (2.04%) G Suite
6 8 (2.04%) IaaS
7 6 (1.53%) GCP
7 6 (1.53%) Mavenlink
7 6 (1.53%) Mimecast
8 5 (1.27%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.27%) Slack
9 4 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (1.02%) PaaS
9 4 (1.02%) Power Automate
10 3 (0.76%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.76%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 3 (0.76%) SuccessFactors
11 2 (0.51%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 72 (18.32%) Firewall
2 64 (16.28%) DNS
3 40 (10.18%) DHCP
4 37 (9.41%) SAN
5 33 (8.40%) TCP/IP
6 24 (6.11%) VPN
7 23 (5.85%) WAN
8 22 (5.60%) LAN
9 17 (4.33%) NAS
10 15 (3.82%) Internet
11 14 (3.56%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (3.31%) HTTP
13 12 (3.05%) Network Security
13 12 (3.05%) SSL
14 11 (2.80%) Cisco ASA
14 11 (2.80%) IPv4
14 11 (2.80%) IPv6
15 10 (2.54%) VoIP
16 9 (2.29%) NetScaler
16 9 (2.29%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (12.21%) SQL Server
2 20 (5.09%) MySQL
3 19 (4.83%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (4.07%) MariaDB
5 11 (2.80%) Big Data
6 8 (2.04%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (1.78%) Redis
8 6 (1.53%) Blockchain
9 4 (1.02%) GIS
9 4 (1.02%) MongoDB
9 4 (1.02%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.76%) Geospatial Data
10 3 (0.76%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.76%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.76%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.51%) Apache Ignite
11 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2019
11 2 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 36 (9.16%) Jenkins
2 27 (6.87%) Git (software)
3 11 (2.80%) JIRA
4 5 (1.27%) GitLab
4 5 (1.27%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.76%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.25%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.25%) CMake
7 1 (0.25%) GCC
7 1 (0.25%) Travis CI
General
1 63 (16.03%) Finance
2 48 (12.21%) Telecoms
3 37 (9.41%) Marketing
4 33 (8.40%) Public Sector
5 29 (7.38%) Manufacturing
6 28 (7.12%) Electronics
7 14 (3.56%) Banking
8 13 (3.31%) Law
9 12 (3.05%) Legal
10 5 (1.27%) Aerospace
10 5 (1.27%) Retail Banking
11 4 (1.02%) Advertising
11 4 (1.02%) Back Office
11 4 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.76%) Retail
13 2 (0.51%) Local Government
13 2 (0.51%) Publishing
14 1 (0.25%) Catalan Language
14 1 (0.25%) Games
14 1 (0.25%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (5.09%) LAMP
2 14 (3.56%) LAPP Stack
3 9 (2.29%) XML
4 5 (1.27%) .NET
4 5 (1.27%) AngularJS
4 5 (1.27%) HTML
4 5 (1.27%) Web Services
4 5 (1.27%) YAML
5 4 (1.02%) CSS
6 3 (0.76%) .NET Core
6 3 (0.76%) LDAP
6 3 (0.76%) Velocity
7 2 (0.51%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.51%) SailPoint
8 1 (0.25%) Kafka
8 1 (0.25%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (0.25%) Node.js
8 1 (0.25%) PostGIS
8 1 (0.25%) Sass
8 1 (0.25%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 34 (8.65%) Data Centre
2 27 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (6.36%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (4.33%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.31%) e-Learning
6 12 (3.05%) Replication
7 9 (2.29%) Linux Command Line
8 8 (2.04%) Fat Client
8 8 (2.04%) Thin Client
9 6 (1.53%) NHS
9 6 (1.53%) User Experience
10 5 (1.27%) Clustering
10 5 (1.27%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.02%) Cloud Native
11 4 (1.02%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (0.76%) Cybercrime
12 3 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.76%) Hedge funds
12 3 (0.76%) Tandem
12 3 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 174 (44.27%) Linux
2 172 (43.77%) Windows
3 100 (25.45%) Windows Server
4 55 (13.99%) Unix
5 54 (13.74%) CentOS
6 35 (8.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 33 (8.40%) Windows Server 2016
8 29 (7.38%) Windows Server 2012
9 26 (6.62%) Windows 10
10 19 (4.83%) Windows Server 2019
11 16 (4.07%) Ubuntu
12 13 (3.31%) Fedora
13 8 (2.04%) Debian
14 7 (1.78%) Windows 7
15 6 (1.53%) Mac OS
15 6 (1.53%) Windows Server 2008
16 5 (1.27%) AIX
17 3 (0.76%) Solaris
18 2 (0.51%) OpenBSD
18 2 (0.51%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (15.27%) Problem-Solving
2 55 (13.99%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (13.74%) DevOps
4 46 (11.70%) Business Intelligence
5 35 (8.91%) Configuration Management
5 35 (8.91%) ITIL
6 30 (7.63%) Digital Marketing
7 28 (7.12%) Open Source
7 28 (7.12%) Programme Management
8 25 (6.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 25 (6.36%) Project Management
9 24 (6.11%) High Availability
10 23 (5.85%) Migration
11 21 (5.34%) Server Management
12 18 (4.58%) Change Management
12 18 (4.58%) Disaster Recovery
12 18 (4.58%) Fintech
13 17 (4.33%) Cybersecurity
14 16 (4.07%) Change Control
14 16 (4.07%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 86 (21.88%) Python
2 81 (20.61%) Bash Shell
3 40 (10.18%) PowerShell
3 40 (10.18%) Shell Script
4 37 (9.41%) SQL
5 21 (5.34%) Perl
6 17 (4.33%) PHP
7 12 (3.05%) Java
8 6 (1.53%) Clojure
8 6 (1.53%) JavaScript
9 5 (1.27%) Ruby
9 5 (1.27%) VBScript
10 3 (0.76%) C#
10 3 (0.76%) Go
11 2 (0.51%) C
11 2 (0.51%) Tcl
11 2 (0.51%) VB
12 1 (0.25%) C++
12 1 (0.25%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 28 (7.12%) Degree
2 20 (5.09%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (4.07%) Security Cleared
4 14 (3.56%) MCSA
4 14 (3.56%) SC Cleared
5 11 (2.80%) MCSE
6 9 (2.29%) CCNA
6 9 (2.29%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (1.78%) AWS Certification
8 4 (1.02%) HNC
9 3 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.76%) CCA
9 3 (0.76%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (0.76%) MCP
9 3 (0.76%) MCTS
9 3 (0.76%) RHCSA
9 3 (0.76%) VCDX
9 3 (0.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.51%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.07%) GDPR
2 15 (3.82%) SLA
3 12 (3.05%) QA
4 10 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.51%) PMO
6 1 (0.25%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 105 (26.72%) Active Directory
2 71 (18.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (14.50%) Hyper-V
4 44 (11.20%) Docker
5 19 (4.83%) vSphere
6 13 (3.31%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (1.78%) KVM
7 7 (1.78%) NFS
8 6 (1.53%) VMware Workstation
9 5 (1.27%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (1.27%) XenApp
9 5 (1.27%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.76%) Slurm Workload Manager
10 3 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.76%) VirtualBox
11 2 (0.51%) Postfix
11 2 (0.51%) Samba
11 2 (0.51%) Xen
12 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 51 (12.98%) Ansible
2 49 (12.47%) Puppet
3 28 (7.12%) Kubernetes
4 24 (6.11%) Terraform
5 23 (5.85%) SCCM
6 21 (5.34%) Opscode Chef
7 18 (4.58%) Microsoft Intune
8 14 (3.56%) Icinga
9 13 (3.31%) HAProxy
10 7 (1.78%) Red Hat Satellite
11 6 (1.53%) Packer
11 6 (1.53%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.53%) WSUS
12 4 (1.02%) AirWatch
12 4 (1.02%) Grafana
12 4 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (1.02%) Nagios
12 4 (1.02%) NetBackup
12 4 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 3 (0.76%) Salt
Vendors
1 118 (30.03%) VMware
2 117 (29.77%) Microsoft
3 64 (16.28%) Red Hat
4 37 (9.41%) Cisco
5 31 (7.89%) Citrix
5 31 (7.89%) SAP
6 21 (5.34%) Dell
7 18 (4.58%) EMC
7 18 (4.58%) Meraki
8 14 (3.56%) Oracle
9 12 (3.05%) NetApp
9 12 (3.05%) Veeam
10 11 (2.80%) IBM
11 9 (2.29%) Atlassian
11 9 (2.29%) EqualLogic
11 9 (2.29%) McAfee
11 9 (2.29%) SolarWinds
11 9 (2.29%) Sophos
12 8 (2.04%) Google
13 6 (1.53%) Symantec