Period
to 18 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £393 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

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
6 months to
18 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 459 396 429
Rank change year-on-year -63 +33 -47
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 497 587 581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.58% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% 0.61% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 375 269
UK median daily rate £393 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.88% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £240 £270 £202
90th Percentile £556 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £334
% change year-on-year - +12.36% -1.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 74 130
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £41.75 £42.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.59% -1.67% +41.53%
10th Percentile £21.00 £23.55 £20.03
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.35 £50.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +65.52%

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97965 96438 106876
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 94.70% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 64983 62914 68134
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.72% +2.44%
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £398 £375
% change year-on-year +0.63% +6.00% +3.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2861 3267 4067
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.79 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.10 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +6.06%

Systems Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 18 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 15 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 18 December 2017. 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
England -49 456 £400 -3.03% 93
UK excluding London -8 327 £375 - 59
London -72 165 £450 - 38
South East -33 120 £420 -1.18% 20
North of England +27 50 £335 -4.29% 15
South West -3 50 £388 +10.71% 7
Midlands +39 48 £325 +12.07% 7
North West +21 35 £300 -20.00% 7
West Midlands +39 32 £325 +1.56% 3
Scotland -12 23 £313 -18.77% 3
East of England -25 20 £400 +19.40% 6
Wales +18 16 £393 +1.29% 1
East Midlands +12 16 £300 +7.14% 4
Yorkshire -2 14 £410 +26.15% 7
North East +54 1 £350 +6.06% 1

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2017, Systems Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Systems Engineer in the job title.

1 170 (34.21%) Windows
2 159 (31.99%) Linux
3 136 (27.36%) VMware
4 124 (24.95%) Active Directory
5 89 (17.91%) Microsoft
6 86 (17.30%) Windows Server
7 76 (15.29%) Security Cleared
8 68 (13.68%) PowerShell
9 67 (13.48%) Python
10 66 (13.28%) Firewall
10 66 (13.28%) Data Centre
11 63 (12.68%) ITIL
12 62 (12.47%) Puppet
13 60 (12.07%) SAN
13 60 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
14 58 (11.67%) Finance
15 57 (11.47%) Windows Server 2012
16 56 (11.27%) Office 365
16 56 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
17 55 (11.07%) SC Cleared
17 55 (11.07%) DNS
17 55 (11.07%) DevOps
18 52 (10.46%) Unix
19 51 (10.26%) Oracle
20 49 (9.86%) SQL
20 49 (9.86%) Citrix
21 48 (9.66%) Amazon AWS
22 47 (9.46%) Microsoft Azure
22 47 (9.46%) Rational DOORS
23 46 (9.26%) SCCM

Systems Engineer 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 39 (7.85%) MS Exchange
2 30 (6.04%) Apache
3 27 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 26 (5.23%) Tomcat
5 18 (3.62%) IIS
6 15 (3.02%) Skype for Business
7 13 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2013
8 12 (2.41%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (1.81%) nginx
10 8 (1.61%) OpenStack
10 8 (1.61%) SharePoint
11 6 (1.21%) WebLogic
12 5 (1.01%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.80%) Jetty
13 4 (0.80%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.80%) WinCC
14 2 (0.40%) Apache Spark
14 2 (0.40%) Confluence
14 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 17 (3.42%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.22%) Simulink
3 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.20%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.20%) GNU Octave
4 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.20%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.60%) Bloomberg TOMS
1 3 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.60%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) LabWindows
2 1 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 56 (11.27%) Office 365
2 48 (9.66%) Amazon AWS
3 47 (9.46%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (2.41%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (2.01%) GitHub
6 9 (1.81%) SaaS
7 7 (1.41%) IaaS
8 4 (0.80%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.60%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.60%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.60%) PaaS
10 2 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.40%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.40%) Rackspace Cloud
11 1 (0.20%) Akamai
11 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 66 (13.28%) Firewall
2 60 (12.07%) SAN
3 55 (11.07%) DNS
4 41 (8.25%) TCP/IP
5 39 (7.85%) DHCP
6 25 (5.03%) LAN
7 23 (4.63%) Wireless
8 18 (3.62%) Internet
9 16 (3.22%) WAN
10 12 (2.41%) LDAP
10 12 (2.41%) VoIP
11 11 (2.21%) NAS
11 11 (2.21%) SSL
11 11 (2.21%) VPN
12 9 (1.81%) Ethernet
12 9 (1.81%) VLAN
13 8 (1.61%) BIG-IP
13 8 (1.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 8 (1.61%) Network Security
13 8 (1.61%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (5.63%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.22%) MySQL
3 14 (2.82%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.01%) MongoDB
4 10 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.01%) Big Data
6 4 (0.80%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.60%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.60%) Redis
7 3 (0.60%) Riak
8 2 (0.40%) DB2
8 2 (0.40%) InfluxDB
8 2 (0.40%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (0.40%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.20%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.20%) GIS
9 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.20%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 47 (9.46%) Rational DOORS
2 34 (6.84%) Git (software)
3 30 (6.04%) Jenkins
4 14 (2.82%) JIRA
5 12 (2.41%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (1.21%) Visual Studio
7 5 (1.01%) LabVIEW
8 4 (0.80%) CMake
8 4 (0.80%) GDB
8 4 (0.80%) MSI
8 4 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.60%) Maven
9 3 (0.60%) RequisitePro
10 2 (0.40%) git-flow
10 2 (0.40%) GitLab
10 2 (0.40%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.40%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.20%) Gradle
11 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 58 (11.67%) Finance
2 29 (5.84%) Telecoms
3 28 (5.63%) Banking
4 24 (4.83%) Aerospace
5 14 (2.82%) Military
6 12 (2.41%) Manufacturing
7 10 (2.01%) Avionics
7 10 (2.01%) Investment Banking
8 9 (1.81%) Electronics
9 6 (1.21%) Automotive
9 6 (1.21%) Marketing
10 5 (1.01%) Retail
11 4 (0.80%) German Language
12 3 (0.60%) Legal
13 2 (0.40%) Back Office
13 2 (0.40%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.40%) Law
13 2 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.40%) Publishing
13 2 (0.40%) Retail Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.01%) Elastic Stack
2 9 (1.81%) LAMP
3 6 (1.21%) .NET
3 6 (1.21%) LAPP Stack
3 6 (1.21%) Middleware
3 6 (1.21%) Sensu
4 5 (1.01%) RabbitMQ
4 5 (1.01%) Software Packaging
4 5 (1.01%) Web Services
5 4 (0.80%) Kafka
6 3 (0.60%) CGI
6 3 (0.60%) J2EE
6 3 (0.60%) LEMP Stack
6 3 (0.60%) Oracle Fusion
6 3 (0.60%) Servlets
7 2 (0.40%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.40%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (0.40%) OAuth
7 2 (0.40%) SAML
7 2 (0.40%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 66 (13.28%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.23%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (5.03%) Clustering
4 16 (3.22%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.01%) Blackberry
7 9 (1.81%) Fat Client
7 9 (1.81%) Thin Client
8 8 (1.61%) Embedded Systems
9 7 (1.41%) SCADA
10 6 (1.21%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.21%) Private Cloud
11 5 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
11 5 (1.01%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.01%) Replication
11 5 (1.01%) User Experience
12 4 (0.80%) EMC VMAX
13 3 (0.60%) Fixed Income
13 3 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
13 3 (0.60%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 170 (34.21%) Windows
2 159 (31.99%) Linux
3 86 (17.30%) Windows Server
4 57 (11.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 52 (10.46%) Unix
6 38 (7.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 35 (7.04%) Windows Server 2008
8 31 (6.24%) CentOS
9 27 (5.43%) Solaris
10 26 (5.23%) Windows 10
11 19 (3.82%) AIX
11 19 (3.82%) Ubuntu
12 15 (3.02%) Windows 7
13 13 (2.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (2.01%) Apple iOS
14 10 (2.01%) Debian
15 6 (1.21%) Android
15 6 (1.21%) CoreOS
16 5 (1.01%) HPUX
16 5 (1.01%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (12.68%) ITIL
2 56 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (11.07%) DevOps
4 45 (9.05%) Migration
5 42 (8.45%) Configuration Management
6 40 (8.05%) Validation
7 36 (7.24%) Change Management
8 32 (6.44%) Software Engineering
9 27 (5.43%) Continuous Integration
10 26 (5.23%) Continuous Improvement
10 26 (5.23%) SysML
11 24 (4.83%) Requirements Management
12 22 (4.43%) Time Management
13 20 (4.02%) Project Management
14 19 (3.82%) Disaster Recovery
15 18 (3.62%) Service Delivery
16 16 (3.22%) Open Source
16 16 (3.22%) Test Automation
16 16 (3.22%) UML
17 15 (3.02%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 68 (13.68%) PowerShell
2 67 (13.48%) Python
3 49 (9.86%) SQL
4 33 (6.64%) Java
5 28 (5.63%) Bash Shell
6 24 (4.83%) C
6 24 (4.83%) Perl
6 24 (4.83%) Ruby
7 17 (3.42%) MATLAB
7 17 (3.42%) Shell Script
8 13 (2.62%) C++
9 10 (2.01%) JavaScript
10 8 (1.61%) PHP
11 6 (1.21%) C#
12 4 (0.80%) Go
12 4 (0.80%) VBScript
13 3 (0.60%) C-shell
13 3 (0.60%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.40%) X++
15 1 (0.20%) Korn
Qualifications
1 76 (15.29%) Security Cleared
2 55 (11.07%) SC Cleared
3 37 (7.44%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (6.24%) Degree
5 30 (6.04%) MCSE
6 18 (3.62%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (3.22%) MCSA
8 14 (2.82%) DV Cleared
9 13 (2.62%) AWS Certification
9 13 (2.62%) CCNA
10 12 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (2.41%) MCP
11 9 (1.81%) MCITP
11 9 (1.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (1.41%) MCDST
13 6 (1.21%) CCNP
13 6 (1.21%) MCSM
13 6 (1.21%) RHCE
14 5 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.02%) SLA
2 11 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.81%) DO-178B
4 7 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 15288
5 4 (0.80%) MiFID
6 3 (0.60%) ARP4754
6 3 (0.60%) DO-254
6 3 (0.60%) QA
7 2 (0.40%) GAMP
7 2 (0.40%) GDPR
7 2 (0.40%) PMO
8 1 (0.20%) AS 2805
8 1 (0.20%) COBIT
8 1 (0.20%) DICOM
8 1 (0.20%) GCP
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.20%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 124 (24.95%) Active Directory
2 60 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (5.63%) Hyper-V
4 17 (3.42%) Docker
5 16 (3.22%) XenApp
6 13 (2.62%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (2.21%) vSphere
8 10 (2.01%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (1.81%) iptables
10 8 (1.61%) DFS Replication
11 6 (1.21%) Firmware
11 6 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.01%) Samba
12 5 (1.01%) XenServer
13 4 (0.80%) KVM
14 3 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.40%) NFS
15 2 (0.40%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.40%) vCloud
15 2 (0.40%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 62 (12.47%) Puppet
2 46 (9.26%) SCCM
3 29 (5.84%) Ansible
4 25 (5.03%) Terraform
5 22 (4.43%) Opscode Chef
6 21 (4.23%) Nagios
7 19 (3.82%) SCOM
8 15 (3.02%) logstash
9 10 (2.01%) NetBackup
10 8 (1.61%) Kubernetes
11 7 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
12 6 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 6 (1.21%) vCenter Server
13 5 (1.01%) Backup Exec
13 5 (1.01%) EMC NetWorker
13 5 (1.01%) Icinga
13 5 (1.01%) Kibana
13 5 (1.01%) McAfee ePO
13 5 (1.01%) Packer
13 5 (1.01%) SELinux
Vendors
1 136 (27.36%) VMware
2 89 (17.91%) Microsoft
3 51 (10.26%) Oracle
4 49 (9.86%) Citrix
5 44 (8.85%) Cisco
6 39 (7.85%) HP
7 38 (7.65%) Red Hat
8 35 (7.04%) IBM
9 26 (5.23%) EMC
10 25 (5.03%) NetApp
11 14 (2.82%) F5
12 12 (2.41%) McAfee
12 12 (2.41%) Siemens
13 10 (2.01%) Splunk
14 9 (1.81%) Symantec
15 8 (1.61%) Juniper
15 8 (1.61%) SolarWinds
15 8 (1.61%) Sun
16 7 (1.41%) Rockwell
17 6 (1.21%) Palo Alto