Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

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
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 471 501 347
Rank change year-on-year +30 -154 +76
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 396 230 273
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.36% 0.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.48% 0.39% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 102 167
10th Percentile £338 £300 £300
25th Percentile £420 £332 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £408 £450
Median % change year-on-year +22.70% -9.44% +2.86%
75th Percentile £570 £488 £492
90th Percentile £625 £638 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £403 £450
% change year-on-year +18.01% -10.56% +6.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 57 31
10th Percentile £17.00 £34.42 £26.15
25th Percentile £35.00 £41.25 £40.75
Median hourly rate £46.88 £50.00 £43.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% +16.28% +1.18%
75th Percentile £55.84 £56.25 £55.00
90th Percentile £62.63 £63.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +11.76%

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 81,749 59,523 38,255
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.10% 92.99% 93.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,596 40,748 25,452
10th Percentile £313 £300 £256
25th Percentile £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £435
% change year-on-year +8.57% +0.57% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,902 1,835 1,319
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.29 £11.55
25th Percentile £15.90 £14.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.05 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.76% +5.25% +6.95%
75th Percentile £50.00 £44.50 £40.15
90th Percentile £65.75 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.44 £18.50
% change year-on-year +8.47% -0.34% +5.56%

Systems Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 17 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 27 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -12 295 £485 +17.58% 275
UK excluding London +16 220 £475 +18.01% 252
Work from Home -1 155 £450 +12.50% 101
London -36 109 £550 +27.54% 40
North of England -12 52 £450 -5.26% 29
South East -40 42 £450 +44.00% 51
Wales +32 37 £570 +30.29% 9
South West -25 35 £420 -6.67% 64
East of England -17 24 £400 -11.11% 27
North West -28 24 £448 - 21
Yorkshire -23 15 £511 +7.63% 6
Midlands -41 14 £425 +5.59% 62
North East - 13 £450 - 2
West Midlands -26 12 £425 +5.59% 41
Scotland -11 11 £450 +12.50% 9
Northern Ireland - 5 - -
East Midlands -21 2 £500 +29.03% 21

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, Systems Engineer contract jobs required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Systems Engineer in the job title.

1 123 (31.06%) Windows
2 121 (30.56%) Linux
3 109 (27.53%) Microsoft
4 105 (26.52%) Security Cleared
5 99 (25.00%) SC Cleared
6 93 (23.48%) Azure
7 81 (20.45%) Windows Server
8 80 (20.20%) Active Directory
9 76 (19.19%) Python
10 64 (16.16%) AWS
11 61 (15.40%) Systems Engineering
12 55 (13.89%) Social Skills
13 52 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
13 52 (13.13%) PowerShell
14 51 (12.88%) DevOps
15 50 (12.63%) VMware
16 49 (12.37%) Microsoft 365
17 45 (11.36%) SQL Server
17 45 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
18 44 (11.11%) SQL
19 43 (10.86%) Firewall
19 43 (10.86%) Aerospace
20 40 (10.10%) Agile
21 39 (9.85%) Oracle
21 39 (9.85%) Terraform
22 38 (9.60%) Information Security
23 37 (9.34%) Validation
23 37 (9.34%) Ansible
24 35 (8.84%) Unix
25 32 (8.08%) VPN

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 18 (4.55%) IIS
2 17 (4.29%) Confluence
3 15 (3.79%) SharePoint
4 13 (3.28%) Apache
5 9 (2.27%) Tomcat
5 9 (2.27%) WebLogic
5 9 (2.27%) WebSphere
6 6 (1.52%) WebSphere Application Server
7 3 (0.76%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.76%) JBoss
7 3 (0.76%) Oracle Service Bus
7 3 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 3 (0.76%) WebLogic Portal
8 2 (0.51%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.51%) nginx
8 2 (0.51%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.25%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.25%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.25%) SAS
9 1 (0.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (3.54%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.76%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.76%) Simulink
4 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.25%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 6 (1.52%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (0.76%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.25%) LabWindows
4 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.25%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 93 (23.48%) Azure
2 64 (16.16%) AWS
3 49 (12.37%) Microsoft 365
4 25 (6.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (5.05%) SaaS
6 15 (3.79%) PaaS
7 13 (3.28%) AWS CloudFormation
7 13 (3.28%) Azure DevOps
8 11 (2.78%) Slack
9 10 (2.53%) GitHub
10 9 (2.27%) AWS Lambda
10 9 (2.27%) Miro
10 9 (2.27%) Power Platform
10 9 (2.27%) Serverless
11 8 (2.02%) OpenShift
12 7 (1.77%) GCP
13 6 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (1.52%) Azure Sentinel
13 6 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
14 5 (1.26%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (10.86%) Firewall
2 32 (8.08%) VPN
3 20 (5.05%) DNS
4 19 (4.80%) LAN
5 18 (4.55%) VLAN
5 18 (4.55%) WAN
6 16 (4.04%) Network Security
6 16 (4.04%) TCP/IP
7 14 (3.54%) DHCP
8 13 (3.28%) SSL
9 10 (2.53%) IPsec
9 10 (2.53%) NAS
9 10 (2.53%) SAN
10 9 (2.27%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (1.77%) Internet
11 7 (1.77%) Wireshark
12 6 (1.52%) Kerberos
12 6 (1.52%) SSH
13 3 (0.76%) IPv4
13 3 (0.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (11.36%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.03%) MySQL
3 11 (2.78%) Relational Database
4 9 (2.27%) DynamoDB
5 7 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (1.01%) Power BI
7 4 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (0.76%) Big Data
8 3 (0.76%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.76%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.76%) Tableau
9 2 (0.51%) MariaDB
9 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.25%) Oracle Database 12c
10 1 (0.25%) Redis
Development Applications
1 26 (6.57%) JIRA
2 23 (5.81%) Rational DOORS
3 15 (3.79%) Git (software)
4 11 (2.78%) Jenkins
5 10 (2.53%) GitLab
6 6 (1.52%) Octopus Deploy
6 6 (1.52%) TeamCity
7 5 (1.26%) Cucumber
7 5 (1.26%) LabVIEW
7 5 (1.26%) Locust
8 4 (1.01%) Selenium
8 4 (1.01%) TestRail
9 3 (0.76%) Appium
9 3 (0.76%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (0.76%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.51%) Fiddler
10 2 (0.51%) Rational Rhapsody
11 1 (0.25%) ClearCase
11 1 (0.25%) Robot Framework
11 1 (0.25%) SoapUI
General
1 55 (13.89%) Social Skills
2 45 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (10.86%) Aerospace
4 31 (7.83%) Finance
5 23 (5.81%) Public Sector
6 10 (2.53%) Banking
6 10 (2.53%) Electronics
6 10 (2.53%) Military
7 8 (2.02%) Automotive
7 8 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
8 7 (1.77%) Documentation Skills
8 7 (1.77%) Law
8 7 (1.77%) Retail
9 6 (1.52%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 6 (1.52%) Manufacturing
9 6 (1.52%) Presentation Skills
10 5 (1.26%) Telecoms
11 4 (1.01%) Dutch Language
11 4 (1.01%) French Language
12 3 (0.76%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.30%) .NET
2 16 (4.04%) Middleware
3 8 (2.02%) HTML
3 8 (2.02%) LDAP
4 7 (1.77%) CSS
5 6 (1.52%) 802.1X
5 6 (1.52%) ActiveMQ
5 6 (1.52%) Kafka
5 6 (1.52%) RabbitMQ
5 6 (1.52%) RESTful
6 5 (1.26%) Gherkin
6 5 (1.26%) Spring
6 5 (1.26%) WireMock
7 4 (1.01%) Sensu
7 4 (1.01%) XML
8 3 (0.76%) H2O
8 3 (0.76%) Keras
8 3 (0.76%) scikit-learn
8 3 (0.76%) SOAP
8 3 (0.76%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.08%) Data Centre
2 29 (7.32%) Management Information System
3 17 (4.29%) PKI
4 11 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.27%) FPGA
5 9 (2.27%) Legacy Systems
5 9 (2.27%) NHS
6 8 (2.02%) Algorithms
7 6 (1.52%) DataPower
7 6 (1.52%) Mainframe
8 5 (1.26%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.26%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.01%) Cyberthreat
9 4 (1.01%) SCADA
10 3 (0.76%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.76%) Clustering
10 3 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.76%) Virtual Team
11 2 (0.51%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 123 (31.06%) Windows
2 121 (30.56%) Linux
3 81 (20.45%) Windows Server
4 35 (8.84%) Unix
5 28 (7.07%) Windows 10
6 15 (3.79%) Windows Server 2019
7 13 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (3.03%) Solaris
8 12 (3.03%) Ubuntu
9 10 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (2.02%) Debian
10 8 (2.02%) Windows Server 2016
11 7 (1.77%) CentOS
11 7 (1.77%) Windows 7
11 7 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (1.52%) zOS
13 5 (1.26%) MVS
14 4 (1.01%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.01%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.76%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (15.40%) Systems Engineering
2 52 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
3 51 (12.88%) DevOps
4 40 (10.10%) Agile
5 38 (9.60%) Information Security
6 37 (9.34%) Validation
7 32 (8.08%) Migration
8 30 (7.58%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
9 27 (6.82%) Software Engineering
10 26 (6.57%) Test Automation
11 25 (6.31%) Cybersecurity
11 25 (6.31%) ITIL
12 24 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 22 (5.56%) CI/CD
13 22 (5.56%) Data Analysis
14 20 (5.05%) Continuous Improvement
15 18 (4.55%) Computer Science
16 17 (4.29%) Identity Access Management
16 17 (4.29%) Mentoring
16 17 (4.29%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 76 (19.19%) Python
2 52 (13.13%) PowerShell
3 44 (11.11%) SQL
4 26 (6.57%) Bash
5 20 (5.05%) C#
6 18 (4.55%) Java
7 15 (3.79%) Perl
8 14 (3.54%) C++
9 13 (3.28%) Shell Script
10 12 (3.03%) C
10 12 (3.03%) JavaScript
11 8 (2.02%) MATLAB
12 5 (1.26%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.76%) Ruby
13 3 (0.76%) VBA
14 2 (0.51%) Go
14 2 (0.51%) Groovy
14 2 (0.51%) VB
15 1 (0.25%) PHP
15 1 (0.25%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 105 (26.52%) Security Cleared
2 99 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 27 (6.82%) Degree
4 15 (3.79%) DV Cleared
5 10 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (2.02%) HNC
6 8 (2.02%) ISTQB
7 7 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (1.52%) CCNA
8 6 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (1.26%) Chartered Engineer
9 5 (1.26%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (1.01%) RHCSA
10 4 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 3 (0.76%) MCSA
12 2 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.51%) MCSE
13 1 (0.25%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.03%) QA
2 8 (2.02%) Cyber Essentials
2 8 (2.02%) SLA
3 3 (0.76%) GxP
3 3 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.76%) PMO
4 2 (0.51%) ISO 26262
5 1 (0.25%) Automotive SPICE
5 1 (0.25%) COBIT
5 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.25%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.25%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.25%) NIST
5 1 (0.25%) NIST 800
5 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 80 (20.20%) Active Directory
2 30 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (7.32%) Docker
4 12 (3.03%) Hyper-V
5 10 (2.53%) Firmware
6 8 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (2.02%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (1.77%) NFS
7 7 (1.77%) vSphere
8 3 (0.76%) XenApp
9 2 (0.51%) GPFS
9 2 (0.51%) iptables
9 2 (0.51%) Samba
9 2 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.51%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.25%) Time Sharing Option
10 1 (0.25%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 39 (9.85%) Terraform
2 37 (9.34%) Ansible
3 23 (5.81%) Kubernetes
4 18 (4.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 17 (4.29%) Puppet
6 14 (3.54%) BladeLogic
7 12 (3.03%) SCCM
8 11 (2.78%) Single Sign-On
9 10 (2.53%) Grafana
10 9 (2.27%) Nagios
11 8 (2.02%) Opsgenie
12 7 (1.77%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 5 (1.26%) Prometheus
13 5 (1.26%) ZABBIX
14 4 (1.01%) vCenter Server
15 3 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
15 3 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
15 3 (0.76%) SCOM
16 2 (0.51%) PTC Integrity
16 2 (0.51%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 109 (27.53%) Microsoft
2 50 (12.63%) VMware
3 39 (9.85%) Oracle
4 29 (7.32%) Cisco
4 29 (7.32%) Splunk
5 26 (6.57%) Red Hat
6 17 (4.29%) Citrix
7 14 (3.54%) Google
7 14 (3.54%) Meraki
8 13 (3.28%) IBM
9 12 (3.03%) TOWER Software
10 10 (2.53%) Dell
11 8 (2.02%) Dynatrace
12 6 (1.52%) NetApp
12 6 (1.52%) Nintex
12 6 (1.52%) Sparx
13 5 (1.26%) Palo Alto
13 5 (1.26%) SAP
14 4 (1.01%) Juniper
14 4 (1.01%) Zscaler