The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £382 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 April 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
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 381 353 339
Rank change year-on-year -28 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 243 340 357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.61% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.64% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 178 194
Median daily rate £382 £375 £344
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +10.71% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 45 61
Median hourly rate £43.75 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.37% +45.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.60 £31.00 £20.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.28 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% +33.33%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44568 53178 53123
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.59% 95.11% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 28942 34715 32199
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1550 2120
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.28 £16.70
% change year-on-year -4.24% +9.43%  

Systems Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Systems Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 April 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 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -29 211 £380 +1.33% 99
London -22 78 £363 -18.53% 39
South East +19 68 £430 +14.66% 29
Hampshire +37 35 £474 +18.50% 13
South West -12 23 £310 -11.42% 9
Scotland +40 19 £263 -18.28%
East of England +5 16 £275 -20.86% 8
Surrey +1 15 £425 +9.67% 5
City of London +4 14 £375 -8.53% 11
East Midlands -15 12 £265 -24.28% 2
Gloucestershire +11 10 £120 -64.57% 4
Glasgow - 10 £263 -
Yorkshire +23 8 £419 +16.31% 7
Leicestershire +4 8 £253 +1.00% 2
Oxfordshire -15 7 £375 +17.18%
Leeds +28 6 £388 - 2
West Yorkshire +20 6 £450 - 3
Berkshire +16 6 £400 -11.11% 4
Oxford -5 6 £388 +3.33%
Bristol -15 6 £350 -1.40% 1
West Midlands +19 5 £300 -23.07% 1
Edinburgh +12 5 - -
Cambridge +9 5 - - 7
Southampton +7 5 £450 +12.50% 2
Cambridgeshire +7 5 - - 7
Cheltenham +5 5 £120 - 2
Leicester -2 5 £250 - 2
Fareham -5 5 £475 - 3
New Malden - 5 - -
Wales +10 4 £400 - 1

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 201 (38.51%) Windows
2 183 (35.06%) Linux
3 134 (25.67%) Active Directory
4 132 (25.29%) VMware
5 124 (23.75%) Windows Server
6 119 (22.80%) Security Cleared
7 116 (22.22%) Microsoft
8 97 (18.58%) Finance
9 93 (17.82%) Unix
10 87 (16.67%) Python
11 74 (14.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 74 (14.18%) SC Cleared
12 72 (13.79%) PowerShell
13 63 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
14 62 (11.88%) DNS
15 61 (11.69%) Perl
16 57 (10.92%) TCP/IP
16 57 (10.92%) Agile Software Development
17 55 (10.54%) Amazon AWS
17 55 (10.54%) C
18 54 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
19 53 (10.15%) Cisco
19 53 (10.15%) Puppet
20 51 (9.77%) DevOps
20 51 (9.77%) ITIL
21 50 (9.58%) SQL
21 50 (9.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
22 49 (9.39%) Red Hat
22 49 (9.39%) Bash Shell
23 48 (9.20%) Data Centre

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 29 (5.56%) IIS
2 23 (4.41%) Apache
3 19 (3.64%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.64%) Tomcat
4 17 (3.26%) Elasticsearch
5 15 (2.87%) SharePoint
6 14 (2.68%) JBoss
7 11 (2.11%) OpenStack
8 8 (1.53%) nginx
9 7 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.34%) TPMS
10 6 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (1.15%) Skype for Business
11 5 (0.96%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.77%) ArcGIS
12 4 (0.77%) Confluence
12 4 (0.77%) GroupWise
12 4 (0.77%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.57%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.57%) GlassFish
Applications
1 20 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.77%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.77%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.38%) Simulink
5 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.57%) LabWindows
3 2 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.38%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 55 (10.54%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (6.13%) Office 365
3 29 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (2.11%) Amazon S3
4 11 (2.11%) IaaS
5 10 (1.92%) GitHub
6 8 (1.53%) AWS CloudFormation
7 7 (1.34%) Amazon EC2
7 7 (1.34%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.57%) OneDrive
8 3 (0.57%) PaaS
8 3 (0.57%) Route 53
9 2 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.38%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.19%) Amazon Glacier
10 1 (0.19%) Amazon SQS
10 1 (0.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 62 (11.88%) DNS
2 57 (10.92%) TCP/IP
3 37 (7.09%) Firewall
4 31 (5.94%) DHCP
4 31 (5.94%) SAN
5 30 (5.75%) LAN
6 16 (3.07%) WAN
7 15 (2.87%) Network Security
8 14 (2.68%) SSL
8 14 (2.68%) Wireless
9 12 (2.30%) LDAP
10 11 (2.11%) Internet
10 11 (2.11%) VPN
11 10 (1.92%) Cisco Nexus
11 10 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (1.53%) SNMP
13 7 (1.34%) Multicast
13 7 (1.34%) NAS
14 6 (1.15%) NetScaler
14 6 (1.15%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.51%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
3 16 (3.07%) Hadoop
4 13 (2.49%) Big Data
5 12 (2.30%) MySQL
6 9 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.77%) Redis
9 3 (0.57%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.57%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.57%) GIS
9 3 (0.57%) InfluxDB
9 3 (0.57%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.38%) KDB
10 2 (0.38%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.19%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.19%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 30 (5.75%) Rational DOORS
2 23 (4.41%) Jenkins
3 18 (3.45%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.92%) Rational Rhapsody
5 9 (1.72%) JIRA
6 6 (1.15%) Maven
7 5 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (0.96%) Subversion
8 4 (0.77%) VectorCAST
9 3 (0.57%) Ant
9 3 (0.57%) ClearCase
9 3 (0.57%) Gradle
10 2 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.38%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.38%) GitLab
10 2 (0.38%) MSI
10 2 (0.38%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.19%) Selenium
11 1 (0.19%) Talend Open Studio
11 1 (0.19%) TeamCity
General
1 97 (18.58%) Finance
2 28 (5.36%) Military
3 24 (4.60%) Telecoms
4 23 (4.41%) Banking
5 20 (3.83%) Manufacturing
6 14 (2.68%) Aerospace
7 11 (2.11%) Marketing
8 9 (1.72%) Law
9 8 (1.53%) Electronics
10 7 (1.34%) Avionics
11 4 (0.77%) Automotive
11 4 (0.77%) Back Office
11 4 (0.77%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.77%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.77%) Retail
12 2 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.19%) French Language
13 1 (0.19%) Front Office
13 1 (0.19%) Legal
13 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.45%) Web Services
2 12 (2.30%) Middleware
3 11 (2.11%) Elastic Stack
4 9 (1.72%) .NET
4 9 (1.72%) Sensu
5 7 (1.34%) .NET Framework
5 7 (1.34%) HTML
6 6 (1.15%) XML
7 5 (0.96%) LAMP
7 5 (0.96%) Memcached
8 4 (0.77%) CSS
8 4 (0.77%) FIX Protocol
8 4 (0.77%) Node.js
9 3 (0.57%) Java EE
9 3 (0.57%) Kafka
9 3 (0.57%) LAPP Stack
9 3 (0.57%) WebSphere MQ
9 3 (0.57%) YAML
10 2 (0.38%) RESTful
10 2 (0.38%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 48 (9.20%) Data Centre
2 17 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (3.26%) Clustering
2 17 (3.26%) Management Information System
3 16 (3.07%) Linux Command Line
4 11 (2.11%) Replication
5 8 (1.53%) Computer Science
6 7 (1.34%) EPoS
6 7 (1.34%) User Experience
7 6 (1.15%) Client/Server
8 5 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (0.96%) Hedge funds
8 5 (0.96%) NHS
8 5 (0.96%) PKI
9 4 (0.77%) CMDB
9 4 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.77%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 4 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.57%) RIA
10 3 (0.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 201 (38.51%) Windows
2 183 (35.06%) Linux
3 124 (23.75%) Windows Server
4 93 (17.82%) Unix
5 74 (14.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 54 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 50 (9.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 27 (5.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (4.98%) Solaris
10 22 (4.21%) Windows 7
11 20 (3.83%) AIX
12 19 (3.64%) CentOS
13 12 (2.30%) Windows 10
14 11 (2.11%) FreeBSD
15 7 (1.34%) Ubuntu
15 7 (1.34%) Windows XP
16 4 (0.77%) Debian
17 3 (0.57%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.57%) SUSE
17 3 (0.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (10.92%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (9.77%) DevOps
2 51 (9.77%) ITIL
3 35 (6.70%) Configuration Management
4 32 (6.13%) SDLC
5 27 (5.17%) Migration
5 27 (5.17%) Programme Management
5 27 (5.17%) Validation
6 25 (4.79%) Test Strategy
7 24 (4.60%) Requirements Management
7 24 (4.60%) UML
8 23 (4.41%) Software Engineering
9 20 (3.83%) High Availability
10 19 (3.64%) Change Control
11 18 (3.45%) Continuous Integration
11 18 (3.45%) Open Source
12 17 (3.26%) System Testing
13 16 (3.07%) Mathematics
13 16 (3.07%) Service Management
13 16 (3.07%) SysML
Programming Languages
1 87 (16.67%) Python
2 72 (13.79%) PowerShell
3 61 (11.69%) Perl
4 55 (10.54%) C
5 50 (9.58%) SQL
6 49 (9.39%) Bash Shell
7 47 (9.00%) Java
8 41 (7.85%) Ruby
9 20 (3.83%) C++
10 15 (2.87%) PHP
11 14 (2.68%) C#
12 13 (2.49%) Shell Script
13 11 (2.11%) tcsh
13 11 (2.11%) VBScript
14 10 (1.92%) Korn
15 9 (1.72%) JavaScript
15 9 (1.72%) VB
16 5 (0.96%) Ada
17 4 (0.77%) Go
17 4 (0.77%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 119 (22.80%) Security Cleared
2 74 (14.18%) SC Cleared
3 40 (7.66%) Degree
3 40 (7.66%) DV Cleared
4 24 (4.60%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (4.41%) MCSE
6 13 (2.49%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (2.49%) MCSA
7 12 (2.30%) CCNA
8 11 (2.11%) MCITP
8 11 (2.11%) MCP
9 4 (0.77%) RHCE
10 3 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.38%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.38%) CCA
11 2 (0.38%) CCNP
11 2 (0.38%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (0.38%) HNC
11 2 (0.38%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 11 (2.11%) QA
2 7 (1.34%) SLA
3 4 (0.77%) Def Stans
3 4 (0.77%) IEC 61508
3 4 (0.77%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.38%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.38%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.38%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.19%) BS25999
5 1 (0.19%) BS7799
5 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.19%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.19%) DO-254
5 1 (0.19%) GCP
5 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.19%) PMO
5 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 134 (25.67%) Active Directory
2 63 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (5.75%) Hyper-V
4 25 (4.79%) Docker
5 13 (2.49%) VMware ESX
6 12 (2.30%) Samba
7 10 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (1.92%) vSphere
8 8 (1.53%) Snort
9 7 (1.34%) GFS2
9 7 (1.34%) GlusterFS
9 7 (1.34%) NFS
9 7 (1.34%) OCFS2
10 6 (1.15%) PowerHA
10 6 (1.15%) Squid
10 6 (1.15%) Varnish
11 5 (0.96%) BitLocker
11 5 (0.96%) iptables
11 5 (0.96%) Postfix
11 5 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 53 (10.15%) Puppet
2 42 (8.05%) Ansible
3 41 (7.85%) SCCM
4 32 (6.13%) Opscode Chef
5 31 (5.94%) Nagios
6 17 (3.26%) SCOM
7 14 (2.68%) logstash
8 11 (2.11%) SELinux
9 10 (1.92%) Failover Clustering
9 10 (1.92%) Nessus
10 9 (1.72%) Oracle ZFS
11 8 (1.53%) Salt
12 7 (1.34%) CFEngine
12 7 (1.34%) Kibana
12 7 (1.34%) SmokePing
12 7 (1.34%) WSUS
13 6 (1.15%) NetBackup
13 6 (1.15%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.96%) Backup Exec
14 5 (0.96%) Graphite
Vendors
1 132 (25.29%) VMware
2 116 (22.22%) Microsoft
3 53 (10.15%) Cisco
4 49 (9.39%) Red Hat
5 40 (7.66%) Oracle
6 37 (7.09%) HP
7 33 (6.32%) Citrix
8 20 (3.83%) Dell
8 20 (3.83%) SolarWinds
9 19 (3.64%) Sun
10 17 (3.26%) EMC
11 13 (2.49%) IBM
11 13 (2.49%) LANDesk
12 12 (2.30%) SAP
13 11 (2.11%) NetApp
13 11 (2.11%) Splunk
14 10 (1.92%) Intel Security
15 8 (1.53%) Veritas
16 7 (1.34%) Novell
16 7 (1.34%) Rackspace
Leicester, Leicestershire
MAPP - IT, Digital, Broadcasting & Media Recruitment Specialists
Rate: £35,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Preston
aap3
Rate: £30.00 - £38.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £130 - £150 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Havant, Hampshire
Jobsite
Rate: Competitive Salary plus 29 days holiday & Group Pension Scheme
Posted: 4 days ago
Norfolk
Tec Partners
Rate: £35.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago