Period
to 10 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 10 December 2019.

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
10 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 402 482 437
Rank change year-on-year +80 -45 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 394 441 465
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.46% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.57% 0.48% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 246 272
England median daily rate £450 £389 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.76% -2.81% -3.03%
10th Percentile £263 £236 £243
90th Percentile £575 £531 £561
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +12.50% +1.91% -1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 33 62
England median hourly rate £47.50 £42.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.10% +5.00% +2.56%
10th Percentile £33.25 £26.01 £21.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £49.88
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% -2.44%

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 68,973 91,123 89,554
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.93% 94.80% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,601 61,101 59,895
England median daily rate £463 £458 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.09% +1.67% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,587 2,762 2,602
England median hourly rate £19.31 £18.28 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.62% -2.23% +2.02%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.81
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +8.33% -3.74% +3.89%

Systems Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Systems Engineer in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Engineer in England over the 6 months to 10 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Engineer in England

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Engineer in England over the 6 months to 10 December 2019.

Contractor 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 10 December 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +85 124 £463 +8.82% 87
South West +31 84 £450 +21.62% 82
South East +48 75 £400 -0.31% 140
North of England +36 64 £350 +7.69% 70
Yorkshire +55 36 £325 -15.58% 27
Midlands +26 31 £303 -14.18% 53
North West +19 26 £350 +7.69% 34
East Midlands +32 17 £288 -23.33% 19
East of England +15 15 £475 +25.00% 85
West Midlands +19 14 £363 +2.84% 34
North East +23 2 - - 9
Systems Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 10 December 2019, 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.

1 120 (30.46%) Windows
2 96 (24.37%) Systems Engineering
3 95 (24.11%) Security Cleared
4 91 (23.10%) Linux
5 81 (20.56%) Active Directory
6 74 (18.78%) Microsoft
7 69 (17.51%) SC Cleared
8 68 (17.26%) VMware
9 59 (14.97%) C
10 57 (14.47%) Rational DOORS
11 53 (13.45%) Windows Server
12 50 (12.69%) DV Cleared
13 49 (12.44%) ITIL
14 46 (11.68%) Degree
14 46 (11.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 44 (11.17%) Azure
15 44 (11.17%) DNS
16 43 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
17 42 (10.66%) Military
18 41 (10.41%) Firewall
18 41 (10.41%) SysML
19 39 (9.90%) VMware Infrastructure
19 39 (9.90%) PowerShell
20 37 (9.39%) SCCM
21 36 (9.14%) Office 365
21 36 (9.14%) SQL
22 35 (8.88%) DevOps
23 34 (8.63%) Agile Software Development
24 31 (7.87%) Unix
24 31 (7.87%) Bash Shell

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 20 (5.08%) MS Exchange
2 13 (3.30%) SharePoint
3 12 (3.05%) Skype for Business
4 8 (2.03%) Apache
5 7 (1.78%) IIS
6 6 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.02%) Kinematics
7 4 (1.02%) nginx
8 2 (0.51%) Confluence
8 2 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.51%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.25%) Drupal
9 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 18 (4.57%) Simulink
2 10 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.76%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.25%) RMDS
2 1 (0.25%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.25%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 44 (11.17%) Azure
2 36 (9.14%) Office 365
3 20 (5.08%) AWS
4 14 (3.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (1.52%) GCP
6 4 (1.02%) IaaS
7 3 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.76%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.51%) IBM Cloud
8 2 (0.51%) Mimecast
8 2 (0.51%) PaaS
8 2 (0.51%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.25%) Google Drive
9 1 (0.25%) SaaS
9 1 (0.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 44 (11.17%) DNS
2 41 (10.41%) Firewall
3 30 (7.61%) DHCP
4 23 (5.84%) Internet
5 18 (4.57%) LAN
6 16 (4.06%) SNMP
7 15 (3.81%) SAN
7 15 (3.81%) WAN
8 14 (3.55%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (2.79%) Skype
10 10 (2.54%) TCP/IP
11 9 (2.28%) VSAN
12 7 (1.78%) NAS
13 6 (1.52%) Wireless
14 5 (1.27%) Broadband
14 5 (1.27%) Ethernet
15 4 (1.02%) MIMO
15 4 (1.02%) RS-485
15 4 (1.02%) VPN
15 4 (1.02%) WPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.30%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.05%) MySQL
3 6 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.02%) Big Data
4 4 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (0.76%) Oracle ODI
5 3 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.51%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.25%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 57 (14.47%) Rational DOORS
2 11 (2.79%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.54%) Rational Rhapsody
4 8 (2.03%) MSI
5 6 (1.52%) AdminStudio
5 6 (1.52%) JIRA
6 4 (1.02%) LabVIEW
7 3 (0.76%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.76%) GitLab
7 3 (0.76%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.76%) MagicDraw
8 2 (0.51%) Polyspace
8 2 (0.51%) VectorCAST
9 1 (0.25%) CircleCI
9 1 (0.25%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.25%) Subversion
9 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (10.66%) Military
2 28 (7.11%) Finance
3 18 (4.57%) Aerospace
4 16 (4.06%) Electronics
5 14 (3.55%) Avionics
5 14 (3.55%) Telecoms
6 12 (3.05%) Public Sector
7 11 (2.79%) Banking
8 10 (2.54%) Retail
9 8 (2.03%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.27%) Marketing
11 4 (1.02%) Law
11 4 (1.02%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.76%) Automotive
13 2 (0.51%) Games
13 2 (0.51%) Legal
13 2 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.25%) Advertising
14 1 (0.25%) International Banking
14 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.79%) Middleware
2 6 (1.52%) .NET
2 6 (1.52%) Software Packaging
2 6 (1.52%) Universal Windows Platform
3 4 (1.02%) HTML
3 4 (1.02%) Java EE
3 4 (1.02%) LAMP
3 4 (1.02%) STL
4 3 (0.76%) Flash
4 3 (0.76%) LDAP
4 3 (0.76%) LEMP Stack
4 3 (0.76%) XML
5 2 (0.51%) CSS
5 2 (0.51%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (0.51%) REST
5 2 (0.51%) RESTful
5 2 (0.51%) SOAP
5 2 (0.51%) Web Services
6 1 (0.25%) HTML5
6 1 (0.25%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 23 (5.84%) Data Centre
2 22 (5.58%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 21 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (5.33%) Management Information System
4 18 (4.57%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (4.06%) ASIC
6 12 (3.05%) Clustering
7 9 (2.28%) Embedded Systems
8 8 (2.03%) PKI
9 6 (1.52%) Algorithms
10 5 (1.27%) Public Cloud
11 4 (1.02%) EMC VMAX
11 4 (1.02%) EMC VNX
11 4 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (1.02%) User Experience
12 3 (0.76%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.76%) Replication
13 2 (0.51%) CCTV
13 2 (0.51%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 120 (30.46%) Windows
2 91 (23.10%) Linux
3 53 (13.45%) Windows Server
4 31 (7.87%) Unix
5 23 (5.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 23 (5.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (5.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 21 (5.33%) Windows 10
7 19 (4.82%) Windows 7
8 14 (3.55%) Ubuntu
9 5 (1.27%) CentOS
10 4 (1.02%) SUSE
11 3 (0.76%) Mesosphere
12 2 (0.51%) Solaris
12 2 (0.51%) VMS
12 2 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.51%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.25%) Android
13 1 (0.25%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.25%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (24.37%) Systems Engineering
2 49 (12.44%) ITIL
3 46 (11.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 43 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (10.41%) SysML
6 35 (8.88%) DevOps
7 34 (8.63%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (7.87%) Customer Requirements
9 30 (7.61%) Continuous Integration
9 30 (7.61%) UML
10 29 (7.36%) Cybersecurity
11 27 (6.85%) Configuration Management
11 27 (6.85%) Validation
12 25 (6.35%) Information Security
12 25 (6.35%) Service Management
13 23 (5.84%) Migration
14 22 (5.58%) Project Delivery
15 21 (5.33%) Disaster Recovery
15 21 (5.33%) Physics
15 21 (5.33%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 59 (14.97%) C
2 39 (9.90%) PowerShell
3 36 (9.14%) SQL
4 31 (7.87%) Bash Shell
5 30 (7.61%) Python
6 26 (6.60%) MATLAB
7 24 (6.09%) Java
8 16 (4.06%) Korn
9 15 (3.81%) C++
10 11 (2.79%) C#
10 11 (2.79%) JavaScript
11 9 (2.28%) Ruby
11 9 (2.28%) Shell Script
11 9 (2.28%) VB
12 8 (2.03%) Ada
13 7 (1.78%) PHP
14 5 (1.27%) Perl
15 4 (1.02%) Objective-C
16 2 (0.51%) Assembly Language
16 2 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 95 (24.11%) Security Cleared
2 69 (17.51%) SC Cleared
3 50 (12.69%) DV Cleared
4 46 (11.68%) Degree
5 9 (2.28%) Master's Degree
6 8 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (1.52%) MCSA
7 6 (1.52%) MCSE
8 4 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (1.02%) ISEB
8 4 (1.02%) ISTQB
8 4 (1.02%) MCITP
8 4 (1.02%) MCP
9 3 (0.76%) BC Cleared
9 3 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.76%) CCNP
9 3 (0.76%) Chartered Engineer
9 3 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.76%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.28%) QA
2 7 (1.78%) DO-254
3 5 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.02%) SLA
5 3 (0.76%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.76%) NIST
6 2 (0.51%) ECSS
6 2 (0.51%) GxP
6 2 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.51%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.51%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.25%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.25%) DO-160
7 1 (0.25%) HAZOP
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 81 (20.56%) Active Directory
2 39 (9.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (4.06%) Docker
4 15 (3.81%) vSphere
5 13 (3.30%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.79%) Hyper-V
7 8 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (1.78%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (1.52%) KVM
9 6 (1.52%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (1.02%) NFS
11 3 (0.76%) DFS Replication
11 3 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.76%) Xen
12 2 (0.51%) Firmware
12 2 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.51%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.25%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.25%) VirtualBox
13 1 (0.25%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 37 (9.39%) SCCM
2 26 (6.60%) Puppet
3 17 (4.31%) Ansible
4 15 (3.81%) Opscode Chef
5 13 (3.30%) Kubernetes
6 11 (2.79%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (2.79%) Terraform
7 10 (2.54%) SCOM
8 9 (2.28%) Prometheus
9 8 (2.03%) WSUS
10 6 (1.52%) NetBackup
10 6 (1.52%) vCenter Server
11 5 (1.27%) Grafana
12 4 (1.02%) EMC VPLEX
12 4 (1.02%) Graphite
12 4 (1.02%) QRadar
12 4 (1.02%) Salt
12 4 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
13 3 (0.76%) CFEngine
13 3 (0.76%) Marathon
Vendors
1 74 (18.78%) Microsoft
2 68 (17.26%) VMware
3 25 (6.35%) Red Hat
4 23 (5.84%) Cisco
5 20 (5.08%) Google
6 19 (4.82%) Apple
7 17 (4.31%) Citrix
7 17 (4.31%) HP
7 17 (4.31%) Oracle
8 15 (3.81%) EMC
9 8 (2.03%) IBM
9 8 (2.03%) McAfee
10 7 (1.78%) Splunk
10 7 (1.78%) Teradata
10 7 (1.78%) Veeam
11 6 (1.52%) Brocade
11 6 (1.52%) Ivanti
12 5 (1.27%) CheckPoint
12 5 (1.27%) NetApp
12 5 (1.27%) Remedy