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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.


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  • 26th Jan

    Lead Engineer

    — Support students on an global scale

    Work under one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs Be the direction of the technology within a multidisciplinary team. Up to 4 days a week remote working. An international start-up is looking for a Lead Developer seeking a rewarding challenge. You will be working with a tech founder who has already built a company known as “one of the best places to work in the UK” aiming to take this one on the same journey. You will play a key part in supporting international students through your technical leadership within a thriving start-up. What skills you’ll be needing Highly proficient with PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML & CSS. Experience using modern JavaScript frameworks such as React, Angular, Vue, Node. Experience using MVC frameworks – Laravel, Symfony, Zend You will have worked with cloud computing (ideally AWS). Creating REST API’s. Ideally you will have worked with things like Git, Grunt, Gulp and Webpack. Experience managing other developers. Be able to carry out code reviews. You will be able to spot trends in the market and implement most efficient technologies. You will have worked in an agile/scrum environment Redux and React native are not essential but a bonus. It would also be beneficial if you had experience with TDD and BDD. What you’ll be doing As the Lead Developer on this new product you will be joining a small team to guide the entire technical space. You’ll facilitate the team of engineers which includes back-end, front-end and QA. Working closely with the product owner and product designer you will contribute in all areas including hands-on development, code reviews, sprints, stand-ups, project management, security, scalability and strategy (withing your capacity). You’ll ensure architecture is fit to meet business needs, manage middleware development between back-end and front-end applications, mentor where needed, assist with design and QA, and participate in workshops addressing any key problems you may face. It’s a critical role which works closely with the founders of the company who will support you on this journey to being one of the market leading companies that supports students on an international scale. What you’ll get in return for your talents As mentioned before you will be working with one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who built a market leading company from the ground up used by millions across the UK, he is on a journey for round 2 and you can be a very close part of that. In line with what has been said above with the autonomy in this role you will also receive a generous salary (£60K-£75K) 25 days holiday that can increase plus 3 days off a year for volunteering, flexible working (4 days remote), share options a good pension plus more – these benefits will be improving as the company grows with the aim to match some of the best benefits in the country. Along with the autonomy, the benefits and the general opportunity you will be on the forefront of technology working with some incredible talent. What’s next Want to know more? Send in your CV now to George -; 01179269530.
  • 26th Jan

    JavaScript Engineers

    — Work on award winning tools

    Multi award-winning FinTech for good start-up in Central Bristol. Working on the latest tech – React, Node, AWS, Kubernetes, Docker etc. Remote/flexible working, save on your commute! A multi award-winning fin-tech in central Bristol is looking to hire 6 JavaScript Engineers to join their small/medium sized team as they expand in what is going to be a very exciting 2020. The product was first launched in the early 2010’s and is now grown onto V2 and it just continues to expand, you will play a key part in maintaining the platform. You can focus on the front-end, back-end or whole stack. What experience you’ll need Essential You’ll have good JavaScript skills. Experience with a JS framework e.g. React, Node, Express, Angular Flexibility around the stack. A passion for technology and emerging trends. Team player, even when remote. Desirable Experience with AWS. Knowledge of APIs. Familiar with TDD, CI/CD. Some DevOps exposure (Kubernetes, Docker). OpenBanking experience. Mentoring of juniors (depending on level) What you’ll be doing Focussing on your core area of the stack whether it’s front-end or back-end you’ll have the chance to work with/learn AWS, Kubernetes, Node, React, Elastic stack, API’s and more. You’ll be ensuring high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles. You will thrive using agile methods and enjoy working openly as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on multiple projects. Within the team you will design and build services using web technologies, improve processes through automation and optimisation, share knowledge of tools and techniques applying your broad knowledge of technologies ensuring security. Your key contributions to the platform will support consumers with their financial issues and money worries, bringing new ideas and ways of innovating the process. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a competitive salary anywhere between £25K and £70K depending on your level of experience as they are looking for multiple people. Alongside this you will receive a generous pension (10% contribution), flexible/remote working, life insurance, own personal development budget, 25 days holiday a year and your own choice of OS which can be either Mac or Linux. This company pride themselves on a high code quality. What’s next?If you’d like to find out more about this role or apply please get in touch with George (01179269530; 
  • 22nd Jan

    Full-Stack JavaScript Engineers

    — Popular green-tech company

    Work with React, React Native, TypeScript, NodeJS, GCP Central office location with flexible working hours Very experienced engineering team, work with the best! A very successful start-up with a mission of greening the planet is expanding their engineering team (currently 17). They recently featured in Apple’s ‘app of the week’ with over 150,000 registrations having only launched 2 years ago. It’s a very exciting time to join, there’s lots of cool tech in the company, they’re working with ML, Computer vision/augmented reality so you’ll never get bored! Experience you’ll need Essential Experience using JavaScript (ideally React, TypeScript, NodeJS). Desire to work in an agile, highly collaborative start-up environment. Desire to learn new tech and share your knowledge with the team. You will have tested your own code before. Desirable Experience with SQL databases. Kubernetes. Use or knowledge of Microservices architecture. Any iOS or Android experience.       Any background using CI/CD. Interest in Machine Learning Relevant degree What you’ll be doing The technical challenges range from building a growing social network to investigating new technologies like AR and ML. You will be part of producing two user-facing products – the mobile app, and a bespoke CMS web app – every developer is able to deliver entire vertical features from databases, deployments, services and the front-end. React and React Native are used on the front-end, backed by a GraphQL API implemented with NodeJS with Postgres running on Kubernetes. The dev team has a tendency towards functional style of programming (with pair programming) and focus on testing, continuous integration and continuous delivery. You will be part of a team of full-stack engineers, with a high degree of autonomy across the full stack. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will receive a salary paying market rate (up to £65K for the right person) to start with, but you have all the other benefits alongside that – 25 days holiday, pension etc. but the softer benefits are great tech, free fruit, team socials/days out, central location, flat structure, self-directed autonomous working, machine learning, standing desks, pair programming, attend meet-ups and hackathons etc. but you also get to work with a small, experienced team that has each other’s backs Bristol where you will learn from some of the best developers around. You get to choose your own equipment, and have budget for books, or whatever you need to do your job better. You will be part of a new company working with the latest tech on building a community with a positive impact on the planet. Also you have flexible working hours (core are 10-4). What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more just give George a shout (; 01179269530)
  • 20th Jan

    DevOps Engineer (Senior or Lead)

    — 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 DevOps Engineers (at Senior or Lead/Manager level) 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.  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. There are opportunities available at more oversight/architectural level too where you'll still be hands-on but will be more involved in technical strategy.  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. 
  • 16th Jan

    DevOps Engineer (Robotics)

    — New team within an innovative division

    Negotiable (Please ask)
    Global tech business with growing Robotics division. Constant R&D, new & emerging tech, progressive product offering.  Outstanding team, progression, personal development opportunities. One of the UK’s most innovative technical businesses are looking for a DevOps Engineer to join their team in Wiltshire.  This is a new team which aims to develop innovative software systems into the robotics space, with lots of Greenfield work and autonomy to build state-of-the-art software algorithms from the ground up. What skills you’ll need Sound understanding of Linux OS, Linux customisation (Yocto) and open source software.  Proven CI/CD capability, preferably with Gitlab, Bamboo or similar.  Understanding of various build tools/systems; Ansible, Autotools, Bitbake, Cmake. Appreciation or experience in robotics would be beneficial though not essential.  Awareness of the importance of thorough testing, covering everything from single components to full systems.  A relevant degree in IT, Engineering or Electronics would be advantageous.   Full understanding of the project/software lifecyle.  What you’ll be doing Joining a new but rapidly-growing team you’ll take ownership of early-stage PoC systems in the robotics division, using progressive algorithms & innovative frameworks/techniques to improve overall quality before looking to deploy software to cloud/simulated robots. Quality assurance is incredibly important so it’s expected that you will establish a rigorous testing approach, ensuring that all aspects are covered, from single components to all-encompassing integrated systems. You’ll be given lots of autonomy to design, build & implement CI/CD workflows from scratch, as well as suggesting new ideas & approaches that will aim to make a real difference to growth of this new product delivery team. An adaptable mindset is key.   What you’ll get in return for your talents An incredible opportunity to work for a global giant offering a competitive salary with long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (27 days), bonus, health options, pension scheme, smart offices, R&D time and more. What’s next? Sound like the right role for you? Send your CV to Joe ASAP or give us a call to find out more. 
  • 2nd Jan

    DevOps Engineer

    — Rapid business growth & career progression

    £45K - £60K
    Greenfield solutions with lots of autonomy. Outstanding team culture, progression and development opportunities. Modern offices, central location, close to public transport links.  A well-reputed global consultancy in Central Bristol are looking for a DevOps Engineer with MS Azure knowledge to join them in Bristol. This role is part of a wider expansion plan and investment in technology services and would be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to play a key role in how their internal platforms are improved & maintained. What skills you’ll need Fluency in at least one server-side language, such as Java, PHP, Python or Perl.  Proven experience of managing MS Azure/Google Cloud or VMware environments.  Understanding of CI/CD pipelines and various deployment tools.  Configuration management experience with things like Ansible, Salt or Puppet.  Ability to validate requirements & troubleshoot deployments in a production environment, using tools like AzureDevOps or VSTS.  Knowledge of establishing a secure, scalable data platform. Analytical & data-driven mindset.  What you’ll be doing Joining a talented Agile team you’ll support the build of internal infrastructures, taking a cloud-first mindset to overall strategy and deploying various technology services to on-prem & on-cloud platforms. You will utilise a DevOps approach to your work, looking after secure configurations across all platforms and performing release deployments and continuous improvements to ensure the maintenance of these world-class solutions. The role involves operating multiple complex production data lake environments so you’ll need to be highly adaptable.  What you’ll get in return for your talents This business is recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK and are committed to enhancing the firm’s social impact by creating a more inclusive and diverse society. With smart offices including Pool tables and state-of-the-art equipment, you can expect a stimulating work environment working alongside some of the brightest people in their industries. You’ll be rewarded with a competitive salary, discretionary bonus, 12% pension contribution and unmatched career progression with a global leader in its field.   What's next? Like the sound of this one? Drop Joe a message now to find out more! 
  • 10th Dec

    DevOps Engineer

    — Tech for good start-up.

    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 Sarah 01179 269 530 or on email at
  • 4th Dec

    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)
  • 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.

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