Creating teams. Shaping futures.

We connect ambitious organisations with their greatest assets,
equally ambitious talent.

Sysadmin / Cloud / DevOps jobs and careers

Sysadmin professionals manage, install and upgrade and software and hardware. They are typically involved in data backup and recovery, as well as maintaining operating systems, email, PCs, local and wide area networking both hardware and software and mid-range server hardware.

DevOps is a collaborative delivery process that highlights communication between operations and professionals. The main objective of a DevOps Engineer is to automate a smooth process that integrates software testing by forming and maintaining a harmonious environment in which software releasing can happen frequently.

Why consider a career in Sysadmin or DevOps?
If you’re keen to solve interesting and new problems, a role in DevOps or sysadmin does not fall along one career track and professionals often evolve into this type of position from a variety of backgrounds.

What a Sysadmin or DevOps career or job may entail…
You will be responsible for every stage of all hosting environments, from design to implementation to maintenance. You may provide capable assistance across all aspects of the Developer environment and client hosting platforms. Your knowledge and skills will grow through an introduction to new technologies and procedures and this will be used to improve systems throughout your remit. You may also evaluate and select new tech as well as improve all systems and processes around you.
Typical role titles include
DevOps Engineer
Operations Engineer
Systems Administrator
Cloud Engineer

Career progression example
Head of DevOps
Infrastructure Manager
Cloud Architect

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior / graduate Sysadmin or DevOps professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30k-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
Popular skills within this market include: 

Microsoft Azure  | AWS (Amazon Web Services) | Google Cloud Platform | Windows Server | IIS | Source Control | Continuous Integration (Jenkins etc).  | Virtualisation and networking knowledge | Automation tools such as Docker | Puppet, Saltstack, Ansible or Chef | AWS tech stack often includes EC2, CloudFront, CloudFormation, S3 etc | Linux based DevOps roles available which require strong LAMP admin | MySQL | scripting (PHP, Python, Ruby, Bash, Go) and more.

What qualifications does it take?
There aren’t any entry qualifications but it is possible to complete Microsoft certifications for Azure, achieve Amazon accreditation for AWS and GCP from Google.


Our Technology recruitment team

Our latest Technology jobs

Search all jobs
  • 6th Nov

    DevOps Engineer - LAMP on AWS

    — Central Bristol

    Up to £350 p/day
    DevOps/Sysadmin Engineer. LAMP on AWS. Central Bristol. Superb opportunity for a DevOps Engineer with LAMP admin/development experience and ideally knowledge of PHP based content management systems. The initial contract will be 2 months with potential for further extensions and is based in fantastic offices. What you'll be doing Engineering the platform for PHP/React websites based on content management systems such as Drupal. Commercial experience of developing/administering LAMP on Amazon Web Services (AWS). What experience you'll need to apply for this role LAMP (Expert). AWS (Advanced). PHP/JavaScript (Experienced). Content Management Systems e.g. Drupal (Desirable) What you'll get in return for your experience The daily rate is up to £350 p/day - However, all quotes from suitable candidates will be considered.  What's next? Please apply with your most up-to-date CV and I will be in touch to discuss further.
  • 9th Oct

    DevOps Engineer (Mid & Senior)

    — Flexible/Remote Working

    Negotiable (Please ask)
    Global tech business with an exciting new digital hub. Progressive and adaptable technology exposure spread across multiple stacks. High-level creative solutions for global organisations and household names. An internationally renowned technology giant recently landed in Bristol and is looking for a range of motivated DevOps Engineers to join their outstanding team. With plans to grow to 200 in the next 2 years, this opportunity will offer excellent scope for progression and a great chance to pick up a range of modern and emerging technology. Please note that the wider salary range is due to the business considering multiple levels of applicant.  What skills you’ll need Significant cloud technology experience, preferably with Amazon Web Services (AWS) but will also consider Google Cloud, MS Azure or Digital Ocean.  Proven knowledge of CI/CD and containerisation (Jenkins, Bamboo, CircleCI, Docker, Kubernetes etc.)  Excellent understanding of various configuration, build and automation tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt, Selenium, Terraform etc.)   A passion for infrastructure-as-code would be advantageous.  Linux/Windows system administration and scripting skills (Python, Bash).  Experience of building, maintaining, monitoring & scaling web/cloud based platforms.  Knowledge of at least one server-side language would be beneficial.  If you’re well-versed with some of the above but feel like you’d have a lot to learn, I’d still love to hear from you. The business is considering applicants with different backgrounds and technology experience; training and development is at the heart of their approach. What you’ll be doing Joining a new & talented team with scope for rapid growth, you’ll take responsibility for the build and delivery of various technical platforms across the company’s client base. This is a multi-disciplinary role with a primary focus on infrastructure automation and environment management, with the expectation that you will embed yourself into the wider team to act as an advocate for DevOps practices across any particular project/programme. You will be involved in regular release and deployments, constantly liaising with the Developers, Testers and Business Analysts to ensure that all systems are built to be maintainable and able to handle frequent change.  No day is the same in this role, offering plenty of variety, exposure to a broad range of progressive technologies and an innovative team to collaborate with.   What you’ll get in return for your talents An incredible opportunity to work for a Times Top 50 Employer who’ve won awards for their flexibility in the work place. They are offering a competitive salary with outstanding long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (25 days), a discretionary bonus, healthy pension (matched up to 8%) and a flexible benefits scheme tailored to your preferences!  This is a fantastic chance to be a key part of a growing technology team in stunning new offices designed to hold regular tech meetups, show and tells and drive innovation through their work. What’s next? To hear more about this great opportunity, send your CV to Joe or give us a call to find out more. 
  • 30th Sep

    Research Associate (Technology)

    — Exceptional in-house training

    Dressed down social environment, amazing trips/socials. Work projects in the fields of Cryptocurrency, AI, engineering, construction, food manufacturing and so on. Multiple awards - in the top 100 best small companies to work for 2018/19. An award-winning firm of CTA’s who specialise in R&D tax credits are growing with more and more clients asking for their innovative and modern approach driving more requirements into the business, one of those requirements is a Research Associate within technology – someone who has a passion for technology and the industry, but isn’t looking to be a hands-on engineer/programmer giving clients in exciting industries extra funds to spark a new project or create something truly remarkable. What experience you’ll need You must have come from a software/digital/tech background, perhaps as a developer working with popular languages such as JavaScript (React, Angular Vue etc), PHP, Java, C# or Python.. or maybe were a tester, or an engineer but no longer coding/hands on, or either looking to move away from it. You will need to be client facing which is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience working with the clients and understanding their needs. As you will be representing the company you need to be a natural communicator, able to write well in order to help create narratives. It is important that you are very much a team player and keep an open mind on how you progress into a specialist role. What you’ll be doing As this role will require some training upon starting you will be enrolled on their in-depth R&D training programme – the company are prepared to teach anyone. From there you will be supporting other teams with narrative writing pieces on the client’s technical queries, meeting the client in person with other team members to work their full process and help them understand it. You will help gather requirements; communicate internally with multiple teams and make sure that a high standard of work is carried out in time. You must be willing to work to quarters and be resilient; the company has a very busy period of the year where you may need to go the extra mile, but for the rest of the year you will have early finishes and a relaxed working environment. What you’ll get in return for your talents As well as a generous salary you will get offered a role in which you get to impart areas of your knowledge so far. As this role is offers lots of progression and learning you will be put through lots of courses/training sessions to bring you up to speed and make you brilliant. The hours are pretty standard and they don’t offer a load of remote working, but they are very easy going and during the quieter times you can leave early, they are respectful with flexibility for out of work commitments. The team are a very social bunch and the office gives a ‘digital agency’ environment. You will be part of an award winning company that are growing year on year. Their new offices are also amazing, lots of breakout areas and social spaces. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (; 01179269530)
  • 1st Sep

    DevOps Engineer

    — Tech for good start-up.

    £38k up to £55k.
    Fast-growing robotics company! Working with AWS, Docker and Terraform. Relaxed R&D environment! A fast-growing robotics company focused in decommissioning sectors are looking for a DevOps Engineer to join the highly experienced web development team in Bristol to support the development of their data delivery platform. They have ambitious plans and are looking for a DevOps engineer who is passionate about their work and wants to deliver highly scalable infrastructure. What skills you’ll need In a perfect world you will be working tirelessly with Amazon Web Services (AWS). You will have significant knowledge of Linux systems such as Ubuntu or even Debian. Ideally you will have worked with Linux security and image hardening. Demonstrable passion and experience of working with infrastructure as code using tools such as Terraform and CloudFormation. Hopefully you have been logging applications using ELK. What you’ll be doing You will be joining a web development team to help support the development of a browser-based data management system that provides data to wide range of tech for good clients and also help support the R&D team’s work as well. For this role you will have a strong track record in Linux system administration, AWS and docker. This is a multi-disciplinary role with a primary focus on the infrastructure and environment management, you will act as an advocate for DevOps practices across any project they embark on. Every day is different, offering a variety and exposure to a broad range of tech, working with a highly innovative and collaborative team. What you’ll get in return for your talents This is an incredible opportunity to work for a fast-growing robotics start-up based in central Bristol, offering a competitive salary (£38k-£55k). Along with the salary, you will receive a relaxed, R&D environment with mentorship instead of being micromanaged, 25 days holiday a year, flexible working policy with core and compressed hour principles, a generous pension scheme, In-house Gym, sponsorship to attend any relevant worldwide conferences and training and even the freedom to come up with your own new ideas. What’s next? If this role is of interest, get in touch with George 01179 269 530 or on email at

Technology case studies


Employer of choice for Developers

  • SCISYS are a leading an international software and solutions company.
  • Enjoying a period of high growth SCISYS were looking to expand their technology team at pace and required an agency that would not only find the right talent, but also support the development of their employer brand. 
  • To achieve this, we introduced SCISYS to our tech community partners, helping them to raise their profile in the developer community, placing them solidly on the map as an employer of choice for developers and wider technology people. 
  • Through our consultative approach, we provided market guidance and knowledge, along with a comprehensive resourcing campaign that resulted in the successful hire of several hard to fill vacancies, from Developers to Solution Architects. 

“ADLIB have been a huge help throughout a very busy year of growth here at SCISYS. Not only have they supported with live requirements, they have also provided valuable market information throughout the year which has in turn supported with our hiring decisions and future growth plans. We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2019.”

Mollie Hatton, Recruitment Manager, at SCISYS 

Immersive Labs

Expanding their team of Developers at pace

  • Immersive Labs help reduce the risk of attacks via a class leading cyber-learning environment. 
  • As a fast growing business, Immersive Labs needed to work with a recruiter that was able to get to the heart of their culture to deliver hard to find technology expertise. Step forward ADLIB's technology recruitment team. Through our in-depth knowledge of the local candidate market skilled in JavaScript libraries such as React and Ruby on Rails and our ability to find the right personality match, we quickly identified the talent required and all in line with critical business timings.
  • With more and more companies hunting out similar skill sets, a major contributor to the success of the campaign was them being a business with a culture for R&D, cutting edge technology, highly competitive salaries & benefits and the opportunity to be part of a tech-first and people focused culture.

"ADLIB's comprehensive understanding of the local tech market and the challenges faced by quickly growing start-ups has been significant in helping us grow over the last two years"

Greg Craft, Talent Director at Immersive Labs 

Guides and Surveys

Tech | Data | Marketing | Creative

Day Rate & Salary benchmarks, tips to retain top talent & skill-sets in demand.

View and download


Local, knowledgeable and authentic.

A wealth of wisdom here, showcasing and featuring thought-leaders, career journeys, tips and expert advice.

Read the latest articles here

Technology, Data, Marketing or Creative jobs directly to your inbox.

Tailor your alerts

Looking to recruit ambitious Technology, Data, Marketing or Creative talent?

Contact us