Period
to 23 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £393 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 464 375 424
Rank change year-on-year -89 +49 -46
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 447 584 529
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.61% 0.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.47% 0.64% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 379 233
UK median daily rate £393 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.88% +14.29% -0.78%
10th Percentile £232 £268 £206
90th Percentile £565 £542 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.00% +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 73 113
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £42.00 £42.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.14% -1.08% +34.47%
10th Percentile £20.43 £20.06 £20.40
90th Percentile £53.90 £49.46 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.15 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.12% - +33.33%

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 95,342 91,100 101,599
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.78% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,328 59,471 64,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,819 3,215 3,851
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.74%

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 23 January 2018.

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 23 January 2018.

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 23 January 2018. 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 -96 407 £400 - 532
UK excluding London -31 306 £386 +3.00% 483
London -89 135 £450 +1.41% 95
South East -51 110 £400 - 117
North of England +30 53 £363 +3.57% 54
South West -7 47 £400 +8.11% 57
Midlands +23 42 £326 +12.99% 129
North West +8 31 £273 -29.68% 33
West Midlands +27 29 £350 +9.38% 92
Scotland -21 21 £300 -24.53% 17
Yorkshire +2 18 £405 +24.62% 14
East of England -30 17 £400 +18.08% 81
Wales +19 16 £393 +0.64% 27
East Midlands +7 13 £293 +10.38% 37
North East +42 4 £325 -23.53% 7

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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.

1 173 (38.70%) Windows
2 144 (32.21%) Linux
3 124 (27.74%) Active Directory
4 121 (27.07%) VMware
5 92 (20.58%) Microsoft
6 79 (17.67%) Windows Server
7 72 (16.11%) Security Cleared
8 65 (14.54%) VMware Infrastructure
9 62 (13.87%) PowerShell
10 61 (13.65%) Python
11 59 (13.20%) ITIL
12 58 (12.98%) Firewall
13 57 (12.75%) Puppet
14 55 (12.30%) Data Centre
15 54 (12.08%) SC Cleared
15 54 (12.08%) DNS
15 54 (12.08%) DevOps
16 53 (11.86%) SAN
17 51 (11.41%) Oracle
17 51 (11.41%) Agile Software Development
18 50 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
19 48 (10.74%) Windows Server 2012
20 46 (10.29%) Finance
21 45 (10.07%) SQL
22 44 (9.84%) Unix
22 44 (9.84%) Microsoft Azure
23 43 (9.62%) HP
23 43 (9.62%) Citrix
24 42 (9.40%) Configuration Management
24 42 (9.40%) Office 365

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 40 (8.95%) MS Exchange
2 26 (5.82%) Apache
2 26 (5.82%) IIS
3 23 (5.15%) Tomcat
4 21 (4.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (3.80%) Skype for Business
6 14 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (2.24%) SharePoint
8 7 (1.57%) WebLogic
9 6 (1.34%) nginx
10 5 (1.12%) Confluence
10 5 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (1.12%) IBM Notes
10 5 (1.12%) OpenStack
10 5 (1.12%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.89%) Jetty
11 4 (0.89%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2007
13 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.45%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 16 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.46%) Simulink
3 2 (0.45%) AutoCAD
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.22%) CATIA
4 1 (0.22%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.22%) GNU Octave
4 1 (0.22%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.67%) Bloomberg TOMS
1 3 (0.67%) ION MarketView
2 2 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.22%) LabWindows
3 1 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 50 (11.19%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (9.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (9.40%) Office 365
4 12 (2.68%) IaaS
5 11 (2.46%) SaaS
6 10 (2.24%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (1.79%) AWS CloudFormation
7 8 (1.79%) PaaS
8 7 (1.57%) GitHub
9 4 (0.89%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (0.89%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.67%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.67%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.45%) Rackspace Cloud
12 1 (0.22%) Akamai
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.22%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.22%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 58 (12.98%) Firewall
2 54 (12.08%) DNS
3 53 (11.86%) SAN
4 40 (8.95%) DHCP
5 34 (7.61%) TCP/IP
6 24 (5.37%) LAN
7 22 (4.92%) Wireless
8 16 (3.58%) WAN
9 14 (3.13%) Internet
10 12 (2.68%) VoIP
11 11 (2.46%) VPN
12 10 (2.24%) NAS
13 9 (2.01%) Ethernet
13 9 (2.01%) Kerberos
13 9 (2.01%) VLAN
14 7 (1.57%) Remote Desktop
14 7 (1.57%) SMTP
14 7 (1.57%) Wireshark
15 6 (1.34%) Cisco Nexus
15 6 (1.34%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (5.82%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.91%) MySQL
3 10 (2.24%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.12%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.89%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.67%) Big Data
6 3 (0.67%) Hadoop
6 3 (0.67%) Redis
6 3 (0.67%) Riak
7 2 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.45%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.45%) InfluxDB
7 2 (0.45%) Oracle BI EE
7 2 (0.45%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.22%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 32 (7.16%) Git (software)
2 31 (6.94%) Rational DOORS
3 29 (6.49%) Jenkins
4 19 (4.25%) JIRA
5 9 (2.01%) Rational Rhapsody
6 7 (1.57%) CMake
7 5 (1.12%) LabVIEW
7 5 (1.12%) Maven
7 5 (1.12%) MSI
8 4 (0.89%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.67%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.67%) git-flow
9 3 (0.67%) Gradle
9 3 (0.67%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.45%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.22%) GitLab
11 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 46 (10.29%) Finance
2 24 (5.37%) Telecoms
3 20 (4.47%) Banking
4 13 (2.91%) Aerospace
4 13 (2.91%) Military
5 12 (2.68%) Investment Banking
6 11 (2.46%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.01%) Electronics
8 5 (1.12%) Automotive
9 4 (0.89%) German Language
9 4 (0.89%) Retail
10 3 (0.67%) Avionics
10 3 (0.67%) Back Office
10 3 (0.67%) Law
10 3 (0.67%) Legal
10 3 (0.67%) Marketing
10 3 (0.67%) Publishing
11 2 (0.45%) Retail Finance
12 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.22%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.36%) LDAP
2 14 (3.13%) Web Services
3 13 (2.91%) Elastic Stack
4 8 (1.79%) LAMP
5 6 (1.34%) CGI
6 5 (1.12%) Sensu
6 5 (1.12%) Software Packaging
7 4 (0.89%) .NET
7 4 (0.89%) Middleware
8 3 (0.67%) Kafka
8 3 (0.67%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.45%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (0.45%) J2EE
9 2 (0.45%) LEMP Stack
9 2 (0.45%) Node.js
9 2 (0.45%) OAuth
9 2 (0.45%) Oracle Fusion
9 2 (0.45%) SAML
9 2 (0.45%) Servlets
9 2 (0.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 55 (12.30%) Data Centre
2 23 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (4.70%) Clustering
4 14 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.01%) Blackberry
6 7 (1.57%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.57%) Data Protection Act
6 7 (1.57%) Private Cloud
7 6 (1.34%) Client/Server
8 5 (1.12%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.12%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.12%) SCADA
9 4 (0.89%) EMC VMAX
9 4 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.89%) Replication
10 3 (0.67%) EMC VNX
10 3 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.67%) Fixed Income
11 2 (0.45%) CAN bus
Operating Systems
1 173 (38.70%) Windows
2 144 (32.21%) Linux
3 79 (17.67%) Windows Server
4 48 (10.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 44 (9.84%) Unix
6 38 (8.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 36 (8.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (6.04%) CentOS
9 23 (5.15%) Solaris
10 20 (4.47%) Windows 10
11 18 (4.03%) Windows 7
12 16 (3.58%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (3.13%) AIX
13 14 (3.13%) Ubuntu
14 10 (2.24%) Debian
15 8 (1.79%) Windows 8
16 6 (1.34%) Apple iOS
17 5 (1.12%) HPUX
17 5 (1.12%) Windows Vista
18 4 (0.89%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (13.20%) ITIL
2 54 (12.08%) DevOps
3 51 (11.41%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (9.40%) Configuration Management
5 31 (6.94%) Validation
6 29 (6.49%) Change Management
7 27 (6.04%) Continuous Integration
8 26 (5.82%) Disaster Recovery
8 26 (5.82%) Migration
9 23 (5.15%) Software Engineering
10 20 (4.47%) High Availability
11 19 (4.25%) Service Delivery
11 19 (4.25%) Test Automation
11 19 (4.25%) Time Management
12 18 (4.03%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (4.03%) Open Source
12 18 (4.03%) Project Management
13 17 (3.80%) Load Balancing
13 17 (3.80%) Requirements Management
13 17 (3.80%) SysML
Programming Languages
1 62 (13.87%) PowerShell
2 61 (13.65%) Python
3 45 (10.07%) SQL
4 32 (7.16%) Java
5 26 (5.82%) Bash Shell
6 24 (5.37%) Ruby
7 23 (5.15%) Shell Script
8 19 (4.25%) C
8 19 (4.25%) Perl
9 14 (3.13%) MATLAB
10 12 (2.68%) C++
11 11 (2.46%) PHP
12 8 (1.79%) JavaScript
13 5 (1.12%) Groovy
14 4 (0.89%) Go
15 3 (0.67%) C#
15 3 (0.67%) C-shell
15 3 (0.67%) VB
15 3 (0.67%) VBScript
16 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 72 (16.11%) Security Cleared
2 54 (12.08%) SC Cleared
3 37 (8.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 32 (7.16%) MCSE
5 25 (5.59%) Degree
6 18 (4.03%) MCSA
7 17 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (3.36%) ITIL Certification
9 14 (3.13%) MCP
10 13 (2.91%) DV Cleared
11 11 (2.46%) CCNA
12 10 (2.24%) MCITP
13 9 (2.01%) AWS Certification
14 7 (1.57%) MCDST
15 6 (1.34%) MCSM
15 6 (1.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 5 (1.12%) ACDT
16 5 (1.12%) ACHDS
16 5 (1.12%) ACTC
16 5 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.36%) SLA
2 9 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.34%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 15288
5 3 (0.67%) DO-178B
5 3 (0.67%) MiFID
6 2 (0.45%) GDPR
6 2 (0.45%) QA
7 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.22%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.22%) DICOM
7 1 (0.22%) GCP
7 1 (0.22%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.22%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.22%) MISRA
7 1 (0.22%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 124 (27.74%) Active Directory
2 65 (14.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (6.71%) Hyper-V
4 18 (4.03%) Docker
5 15 (3.36%) XenApp
6 14 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (2.46%) vSphere
8 10 (2.24%) iptables
9 7 (1.57%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (1.12%) KVM
10 5 (1.12%) Samba
11 3 (0.67%) Firmware
11 3 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.45%) NFS
12 2 (0.45%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.45%) Sendmail
12 2 (0.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 2 (0.45%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.45%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 57 (12.75%) Puppet
2 33 (7.38%) SCCM
3 28 (6.26%) Ansible
4 21 (4.70%) Opscode Chef
5 19 (4.25%) Nagios
6 18 (4.03%) SCOM
6 18 (4.03%) Terraform
7 16 (3.58%) logstash
8 13 (2.91%) NetBackup
9 8 (1.79%) Salt
10 7 (1.57%) Kibana
11 6 (1.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 5 (1.12%) Backup Exec
12 5 (1.12%) EMC NetWorker
12 5 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (1.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 4 (0.89%) CFEngine
13 4 (0.89%) Cobbler
13 4 (0.89%) Icinga
13 4 (0.89%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 121 (27.07%) VMware
2 92 (20.58%) Microsoft
3 51 (11.41%) Oracle
4 43 (9.62%) Citrix
4 43 (9.62%) HP
5 41 (9.17%) Cisco
6 38 (8.50%) Red Hat
7 23 (5.15%) EMC
8 18 (4.03%) NetApp
9 14 (3.13%) IBM
10 12 (2.68%) F5
10 12 (2.68%) McAfee
10 12 (2.68%) SolarWinds
10 12 (2.68%) Symantec
11 10 (2.24%) Juniper
11 10 (2.24%) Splunk
12 8 (1.79%) Sun
13 7 (1.57%) Brocade
14 6 (1.34%) Google
14 6 (1.34%) Siemens