Period
to 27 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

System Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 464 350 426
Rank change year-on-year -114 +76 +71
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 296 156 396
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.43% 0.56% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.61% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 93 218
10th Percentile £293 £242 £279
25th Percentile £363 £350 £353
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £409 £450
Median % change year-on-year +16.14% -9.11% +16.13%
75th Percentile £575 £475 £500
90th Percentile £675 £493 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £409 £441
% change year-on-year +16.14% -7.26% +10.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 22 62
10th Percentile £42.00 £40.25 £18.39
25th Percentile £45.44 £41.25 £37.94
Median hourly rate £52.50 £44.25 £48.25
Median % change year-on-year +18.64% -8.29% +14.88%
75th Percentile £62.00 £50.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £72.25 £52.73 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £52.50 £44.25 £47.00
% change year-on-year +18.64% -5.85% +11.90%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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 contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 63,760 25,677 72,415
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.46% 92.58% 94.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,008 17,694 49,122
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £508 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.84% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,872 836 2,400
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.75 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.76 £22.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -10.19% +17.65% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.15 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%

Systems Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Systems Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Systems Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Systems Engineer in England over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Systems Engineer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Systems Engineer in England over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 27 October 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -145 112 £538 +34.38% 70
South West -29 51 £425 -9.19% 85
South East -53 51 £313 -18.03% 105
Midlands -63 29 £380 +24.59% 57
North of England -63 24 £438 -2.78% 49
East Midlands -21 20 £380 +92.41% 23
East of England -55 16 £350 -26.32% 60
Yorkshire -44 13 £360 +4.35% 19
West Midlands -61 9 £420 -4.00% 34
North West -59 8 £350 -22.22% 26
North East - 3 £550 - 4
Systems Engineer
UK

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, Systems Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Systems Engineer in the job title.

1 91 (30.74%) Windows
2 72 (24.32%) Linux
3 63 (21.28%) Python
4 61 (20.61%) VMware
5 58 (19.59%) Active Directory
6 56 (18.92%) Security Cleared
7 51 (17.23%) Microsoft
8 47 (15.88%) SC Cleared
9 45 (15.20%) AWS
10 44 (14.86%) Windows Server
11 43 (14.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 43 (14.53%) Social Skills
11 43 (14.53%) Degree
12 42 (14.19%) Firewall
12 42 (14.19%) Azure
12 42 (14.19%) Microsoft 365
12 42 (14.19%) Ansible
13 41 (13.85%) Java
14 37 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
15 36 (12.16%) Validation
16 35 (11.82%) ITIL
16 35 (11.82%) VMware Infrastructure
17 34 (11.49%) Rational DOORS
18 33 (11.15%) DevOps
18 33 (11.15%) Finance
18 33 (11.15%) Systems Engineering
19 30 (10.14%) Puppet
20 29 (9.80%) Configuration Management
20 29 (9.80%) Terraform
21 28 (9.46%) SCCM

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 21 (7.09%) Apache
2 13 (4.39%) Apache Airflow
3 11 (3.72%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.36%) Confluence
4 7 (2.36%) IIS
4 7 (2.36%) MS Exchange
5 6 (2.03%) nginx
5 6 (2.03%) Tomcat
6 5 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.35%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.68%) Apache Solr
8 2 (0.68%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.68%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.34%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (3.38%) Simulink
2 7 (2.36%) Stateflow
3 3 (1.01%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.01%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 45 (15.20%) AWS
2 42 (14.19%) Azure
2 42 (14.19%) Microsoft 365
3 17 (5.74%) SaaS
4 15 (5.07%) Amazon S3
5 12 (4.05%) GitHub
6 11 (3.72%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (3.72%) GCP
7 10 (3.38%) Serverless
8 9 (3.04%) AWS Lambda
8 9 (3.04%) Slack
9 8 (2.70%) IaaS
10 7 (2.36%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (2.03%) Amazon ECS
11 6 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (2.03%) AWS Fargate
11 6 (2.03%) PaaS
12 5 (1.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 3 (1.01%) Amazon EKS
13 3 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 42 (14.19%) Firewall
2 19 (6.42%) DNS
3 17 (5.74%) VPN
4 11 (3.72%) TCP/IP
5 10 (3.38%) SSH
6 9 (3.04%) HTTP
6 9 (3.04%) LAN
7 8 (2.70%) IPsec
7 8 (2.70%) SSL
7 8 (2.70%) WAN
8 7 (2.36%) DHCP
8 7 (2.36%) Internet
8 7 (2.36%) SAN
9 6 (2.03%) Kerberos
9 6 (2.03%) SNMP
10 5 (1.69%) HTTPS
10 5 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (1.35%) Skype
11 4 (1.35%) VoIP
12 3 (1.01%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.39%) NoSQL
1 13 (4.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.36%) Big Data
3 6 (2.03%) Apache Cassandra
3 6 (2.03%) MySQL
4 5 (1.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (1.01%) InfluxDB
6 2 (0.68%) Flink
6 2 (0.68%) Redis
6 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.34%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.34%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.34%) HBase
7 1 (0.34%) Impala
7 1 (0.34%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.34%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.34%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 34 (11.49%) Rational DOORS
2 21 (7.09%) Git (software)
2 21 (7.09%) Jenkins
2 21 (7.09%) JIRA
3 17 (5.74%) GitLab
4 10 (3.38%) Maven
5 7 (2.36%) Jasmine
5 7 (2.36%) Karma Test Runner
5 7 (2.36%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (2.03%) GoCD
7 4 (1.35%) Sonatype Nexus
7 4 (1.35%) TeamCity
8 3 (1.01%) Locust
8 3 (1.01%) TestRail
9 1 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.34%) Chocolatey
9 1 (0.34%) Gradle
9 1 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.34%) Rational Statemate
9 1 (0.34%) VectorCAST
General
1 43 (14.53%) Social Skills
2 33 (11.15%) Finance
3 17 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.74%) Law
4 13 (4.39%) Aerospace
4 13 (4.39%) Military
5 12 (4.05%) Banking
6 10 (3.38%) Avionics
6 10 (3.38%) Public Sector
7 9 (3.04%) Electronics
8 8 (2.70%) Back Office
9 7 (2.36%) Presentation Skills
10 6 (2.03%) Telecoms
11 5 (1.69%) Games
12 4 (1.35%) Investment Banking
12 4 (1.35%) Organisational Skills
12 4 (1.35%) Retail
13 3 (1.01%) Automotive
13 3 (1.01%) Documentation Skills
14 2 (0.68%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (6.42%) Kafka
2 11 (3.72%) Middleware
3 8 (2.70%) AngularJS
3 8 (2.70%) D3.js
3 8 (2.70%) React
4 5 (1.69%) Electron Framework
4 5 (1.69%) OpenFin
4 5 (1.69%) Web Services
5 4 (1.35%) .NET
5 4 (1.35%) LAMP
5 4 (1.35%) Software Packaging
6 3 (1.01%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.01%) LDAP
6 3 (1.01%) WireMock
7 2 (0.68%) Apache Beam
7 2 (0.68%) Apache NiFi
7 2 (0.68%) Node.js
7 2 (0.68%) REST
7 2 (0.68%) SAML
7 2 (0.68%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.42%) Data Centre
2 12 (4.05%) Management Information System
3 10 (3.38%) Algorithms
3 10 (3.38%) PKI
3 10 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.70%) Hybrid Cloud
4 8 (2.70%) NHS
5 7 (2.36%) Embedded Systems
6 6 (2.03%) Clustering
7 5 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (1.35%) User Experience
8 4 (1.35%) Video\Live Streaming
9 3 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.01%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 3 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.34%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.34%) FlexPod
10 1 (0.34%) Replication
10 1 (0.34%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 91 (30.74%) Windows
2 72 (24.32%) Linux
3 44 (14.86%) Windows Server
4 15 (5.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (5.07%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (4.73%) Windows 10
6 12 (4.05%) CentOS
6 12 (4.05%) Unix
7 11 (3.72%) Ubuntu
7 11 (3.72%) Windows Server 2019
8 10 (3.38%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (1.35%) Solaris
10 3 (1.01%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.68%) AIX
11 2 (0.68%) FreeRTOS
11 2 (0.68%) SUSE
11 2 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.34%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.34%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (14.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 37 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
3 36 (12.16%) Validation
4 35 (11.82%) ITIL
5 33 (11.15%) DevOps
5 33 (11.15%) Systems Engineering
6 29 (9.80%) Configuration Management
7 21 (7.09%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (7.09%) Continuous Integration
8 18 (6.08%) Software Engineering
9 17 (5.74%) Migration
9 17 (5.74%) Requirements Management
10 14 (4.73%) Change Management
10 14 (4.73%) Software Testing
10 14 (4.73%) Test Automation
11 13 (4.39%) Capacity Management
11 13 (4.39%) Computer Science
11 13 (4.39%) Infrastructure as Code
11 13 (4.39%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
12 12 (4.05%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 63 (21.28%) Python
2 41 (13.85%) Java
3 27 (9.12%) PowerShell
4 26 (8.78%) SQL
5 23 (7.77%) Bash Shell
6 15 (5.07%) JavaScript
7 13 (4.39%) C
7 13 (4.39%) MATLAB
8 11 (3.72%) Go
9 8 (2.70%) TypeScript
10 7 (2.36%) Perl
10 7 (2.36%) Shell Script
11 6 (2.03%) C++
12 4 (1.35%) C#
13 3 (1.01%) PHP
14 2 (0.68%) Ada
14 2 (0.68%) AWK
14 2 (0.68%) Embedded C
14 2 (0.68%) Korn
14 2 (0.68%) VB
Qualifications
1 56 (18.92%) Security Cleared
2 47 (15.88%) SC Cleared
3 43 (14.53%) Degree
4 18 (6.08%) CCNA
4 18 (6.08%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (5.41%) MCP
6 12 (4.05%) DV Cleared
7 8 (2.70%) Master's Degree
8 7 (2.36%) HND
9 6 (2.03%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (1.35%) Chartered Engineer
11 4 (1.35%) CITP
11 4 (1.35%) HNC
11 4 (1.35%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.35%) MCSE
11 4 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (1.01%) CCNP
13 2 (0.68%) Citrix Certification
13 2 (0.68%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.36%) PCI DSS
2 4 (1.35%) QA
3 3 (1.01%) GDPR
4 2 (0.68%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 15288
4 2 (0.68%) NIST 800
4 2 (0.68%) SLA
5 1 (0.34%) Actionable Recommendations
5 1 (0.34%) COBIT
5 1 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.34%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.34%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.34%) PMO
5 1 (0.34%) SOC 2
System Software
1 58 (19.59%) Active Directory
2 35 (11.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (6.76%) Docker
4 11 (3.72%) vSphere
5 8 (2.70%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 8 (2.70%) Hyper-V
6 7 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (2.03%) NFS
8 5 (1.69%) Firmware
8 5 (1.69%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.01%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.68%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.68%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.68%) XenApp
11 2 (0.68%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.34%) GPFS
12 1 (0.34%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 42 (14.19%) Ansible
2 30 (10.14%) Puppet
3 29 (9.80%) Terraform
4 28 (9.46%) SCCM
5 24 (8.11%) Grafana
6 13 (4.39%) Prometheus
7 12 (4.05%) Bosun
8 10 (3.38%) Kubernetes
9 9 (3.04%) VictorOps
10 8 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (2.36%) Icinga
12 6 (2.03%) Nagios
12 6 (2.03%) SCOM
12 6 (2.03%) vCenter Server
13 4 (1.35%) NetBackup
14 3 (1.01%) Backup Exec
14 3 (1.01%) SCDPM
14 3 (1.01%) SCSM
14 3 (1.01%) SCVMM
14 3 (1.01%) WSUS
Vendors
1 61 (20.61%) VMware
2 51 (17.23%) Microsoft
3 24 (8.11%) HP
4 23 (7.77%) Citrix
5 17 (5.74%) Palo Alto
6 15 (5.07%) Aruba
6 15 (5.07%) Cisco
6 15 (5.07%) Dell
7 14 (4.73%) Red Hat
8 9 (3.04%) IBM
9 8 (2.70%) Splunk
10 7 (2.36%) TOWER Software
11 6 (2.03%) SolarWinds
12 5 (1.69%) Atlassian
12 5 (1.69%) Neustar
12 5 (1.69%) SAP
12 5 (1.69%) Twitter
12 5 (1.69%) Veeam
12 5 (1.69%) Zscaler
13 4 (1.35%) Dell Compellent