Period
to 19 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £393 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 481 383 417
Rank change year-on-year -98 +34 -52
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 443 535 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.58% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.46% 0.61% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 324 290
UK median daily rate £393 £398 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.26% +10.42% -
10th Percentile £256 £255 £207
90th Percentile £538 £538 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.00% +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 63 102
UK median hourly rate £39.81 £43.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.49% +2.35% +41.67%
10th Percentile £19.16 £28.80 £31.26
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.81 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -6.34% +6.25% +25.00%

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 96,001 87,918 101,505
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.95% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,167 57,151 65,412
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £251
90th Percentile £632 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,952 3,021 3,351
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% -3.85% +15.73%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.54 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 19 April 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 19 April 2018.

Contractor 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 19 April 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 -97 380 £388 - 400
UK excluding London +8 340 £386 +3.00% 372
South East -30 130 £385 -3.75% 72
London -126 94 £423 +5.63% 75
North of England +18 60 £406 +8.33% 60
South West -2 44 £343 -2.14% 45
Wales +20 37 £406 +1.56% 20
Midlands +11 33 £363 +30.63% 72
Yorkshire +4 32 £413 +10.00% 17
North West -15 23 £450 +20.00% 35
West Midlands -3 20 £375 +25.00% 49
East of England -17 17 £275 -15.38% 76
Scotland -51 17 £288 -28.13% 26
East Midlands -7 13 £350 +32.08% 23
North East +28 5 £325 -7.14% 8
Northern Ireland - 1 £250 - 1
Channel Islands - 1 £175 -

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 April 2018, 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 featuring Systems Engineer in the job title.

1 169 (38.15%) Windows
2 151 (34.09%) Linux
3 124 (27.99%) Active Directory
4 107 (24.15%) Microsoft
5 100 (22.57%) VMware
6 85 (19.19%) Windows Server
7 76 (17.16%) Security Cleared
8 64 (14.45%) Amazon AWS
8 64 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
9 60 (13.54%) SC Cleared
10 59 (13.32%) Microsoft Azure
11 57 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
11 57 (12.87%) DevOps
12 56 (12.64%) Windows Server 2012
13 55 (12.42%) PowerShell
13 55 (12.42%) Agile Software Development
14 51 (11.51%) ITIL
14 51 (11.51%) Python
15 49 (11.06%) SCCM
16 48 (10.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 46 (10.38%) Puppet
18 45 (10.16%) Firewall
19 44 (9.93%) Office 365
20 43 (9.71%) Finance
21 42 (9.48%) HP
21 42 (9.48%) Data Centre
22 41 (9.26%) Red Hat
23 40 (9.03%) Cisco
24 38 (8.58%) MS Exchange
25 37 (8.35%) SQL

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 38 (8.58%) MS Exchange
2 29 (6.55%) IIS
3 17 (3.84%) Apache
4 15 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (2.48%) Elasticsearch
5 11 (2.48%) Skype for Business
5 11 (2.48%) Tomcat
6 9 (2.03%) SharePoint
7 8 (1.81%) WebLogic
8 7 (1.58%) WebSphere
9 5 (1.13%) OpenStack
10 4 (0.90%) Confluence
10 4 (0.90%) JBoss
10 4 (0.90%) K2 blackpearl
10 4 (0.90%) nginx
11 3 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.45%) Apache Spark
12 2 (0.45%) CMS
Applications
1 24 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.48%) Simulink
3 9 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.23%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.23%) CATIA
6 1 (0.23%) GNU Octave
6 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.23%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.23%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 64 (14.45%) Amazon AWS
2 59 (13.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (9.93%) Office 365
4 13 (2.93%) IaaS
5 12 (2.71%) SaaS
6 11 (2.48%) GitHub
7 9 (2.03%) PaaS
8 7 (1.58%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (1.13%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.68%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.68%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.68%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.68%) Serverless
11 2 (0.45%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 2 (0.45%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.45%) Route 53
11 2 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (10.16%) Firewall
2 32 (7.22%) SAN
3 29 (6.55%) DNS
4 28 (6.32%) DHCP
5 22 (4.97%) TCP/IP
6 17 (3.84%) LAN
7 15 (3.39%) Remote Desktop
7 15 (3.39%) WAN
8 12 (2.71%) Wireless
9 11 (2.48%) Internet
10 9 (2.03%) Cisco ISE
11 8 (1.81%) VPN
12 7 (1.58%) VoIP
13 6 (1.35%) NAS
14 5 (1.13%) Bluetooth
14 5 (1.13%) Cisco Nexus
14 5 (1.13%) NetScaler
15 3 (0.68%) HTTP
15 3 (0.68%) SMS
15 3 (0.68%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (5.42%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.84%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (2.26%) MySQL
4 6 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.90%) Big Data
5 4 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.90%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.90%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.90%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.68%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.45%) Apache Hive
7 2 (0.45%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.45%) HBase
7 2 (0.45%) Impala
8 1 (0.23%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 34 (7.67%) Rational DOORS
2 29 (6.55%) Git (software)
3 28 (6.32%) Jenkins
4 18 (4.06%) Rational Rhapsody
5 11 (2.48%) JIRA
5 11 (2.48%) Maven
5 11 (2.48%) TeamCity
6 8 (1.81%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (1.35%) Subversion
8 5 (1.13%) CMake
8 5 (1.13%) LabVIEW
8 5 (1.13%) Oracle APEX
8 5 (1.13%) Rational Team Concert
9 4 (0.90%) Artifactory
9 4 (0.90%) GitLab
9 4 (0.90%) Rational Quality Manager
10 3 (0.68%) git-flow
10 3 (0.68%) Gradle
10 3 (0.68%) MSI
11 2 (0.45%) Vagrant
General
1 43 (9.71%) Finance
2 27 (6.09%) Electronics
3 18 (4.06%) Manufacturing
4 15 (3.39%) Automotive
5 14 (3.16%) Military
6 11 (2.48%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.81%) Banking
8 7 (1.58%) Aerospace
9 5 (1.13%) Investment Banking
9 5 (1.13%) Publishing
10 4 (0.90%) Marketing
10 4 (0.90%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.68%) Law
11 3 (0.68%) Legal
11 3 (0.68%) Retail
12 2 (0.45%) Back Office
12 2 (0.45%) German Language
12 2 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.23%) Avionics
13 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (6.55%) Web Services
2 10 (2.26%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (1.13%) .NET
3 5 (1.13%) CGI
3 5 (1.13%) LAMP
3 5 (1.13%) Middleware
4 4 (0.90%) LDAP
4 4 (0.90%) OAuth
4 4 (0.90%) SAML
5 3 (0.68%) XML
6 2 (0.45%) Kafka
6 2 (0.45%) LAPP Stack
6 2 (0.45%) Oracle Fusion
6 2 (0.45%) Sensu
6 2 (0.45%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.23%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.23%) Celery
7 1 (0.23%) JSON
7 1 (0.23%) OpenID
7 1 (0.23%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 42 (9.48%) Data Centre
2 33 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (4.29%) Clustering
4 15 (3.39%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.58%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.35%) Infotainment
7 6 (1.35%) PKI
8 5 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
8 5 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.13%) NHS
8 5 (1.13%) Public Cloud
9 4 (0.90%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.68%) CAN bus
10 3 (0.68%) Data Structures
10 3 (0.68%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.68%) RIA
10 3 (0.68%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 169 (38.15%) Windows
2 151 (34.09%) Linux
3 85 (19.19%) Windows Server
4 56 (12.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 48 (10.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 35 (7.90%) Unix
7 34 (7.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 31 (7.00%) Windows 10
9 19 (4.29%) Solaris
9 19 (4.29%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (3.84%) CentOS
11 15 (3.39%) Windows 7
12 14 (3.16%) Ubuntu
13 10 (2.26%) Apple iOS
14 9 (2.03%) Mac OS
15 8 (1.81%) AIX
15 8 (1.81%) Debian
15 8 (1.81%) Windows 8
16 5 (1.13%) HPUX
17 4 (0.90%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
2 57 (12.87%) DevOps
3 55 (12.42%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (11.51%) ITIL
5 37 (8.35%) Validation
6 35 (7.90%) Requirements Management
7 32 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (6.55%) Configuration Management
9 27 (6.09%) Migration
10 25 (5.64%) Continuous Improvement
11 23 (5.19%) Disaster Recovery
12 22 (4.97%) Test Automation
13 20 (4.51%) Customer Requirements
13 20 (4.51%) SysML
14 18 (4.06%) Data Protection
14 18 (4.06%) High Availability
14 18 (4.06%) SDLC
15 17 (3.84%) Network Management
15 17 (3.84%) UML
16 16 (3.61%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 55 (12.42%) PowerShell
2 51 (11.51%) Python
3 37 (8.35%) SQL
4 31 (7.00%) Bash Shell
5 19 (4.29%) Java
5 19 (4.29%) MATLAB
6 18 (4.06%) Shell Script
7 16 (3.61%) Ruby
8 15 (3.39%) Perl
9 13 (2.93%) PHP
10 10 (2.26%) C
11 6 (1.35%) C++
11 6 (1.35%) Groovy
12 5 (1.13%) VBScript
13 4 (0.90%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.90%) VB
14 3 (0.68%) C#
15 2 (0.45%) Go
15 2 (0.45%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.23%) Ada
Qualifications
1 76 (17.16%) Security Cleared
2 60 (13.54%) SC Cleared
3 34 (7.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 29 (6.55%) MCSE
5 24 (5.42%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (5.19%) Degree
7 16 (3.61%) DV Cleared
8 15 (3.39%) MCSA
9 13 (2.93%) CCNP
9 13 (2.93%) MCP
10 12 (2.71%) MCITP
11 11 (2.48%) CCNA
12 9 (2.03%) CCIE
12 9 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.90%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
14 3 (0.68%) HND
14 3 (0.68%) RHCE
15 2 (0.45%) A+ Certification
15 2 (0.45%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.93%) GDPR
2 9 (2.03%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 8 (1.81%) SLA
4 4 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.90%) QA
5 3 (0.68%) DO-178B
5 3 (0.68%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.68%) PMO
6 2 (0.45%) Def Stans
6 2 (0.45%) DO-254
6 2 (0.45%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.45%) MIL-STD-1553
6 2 (0.45%) MISRA
7 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.23%) GMP
7 1 (0.23%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.23%) ISO 13485
7 1 (0.23%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.23%) MISRA C
System Software
1 124 (27.99%) Active Directory
2 57 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (7.90%) Hyper-V
4 33 (7.45%) Docker
5 18 (4.06%) vSphere
6 17 (3.84%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (2.71%) XenApp
8 10 (2.26%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.90%) Firmware
9 4 (0.90%) KVM
9 4 (0.90%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.90%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.90%) XenServer
10 3 (0.68%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.45%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.45%) Ceph
11 2 (0.45%) HDFS
11 2 (0.45%) iptables
11 2 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 49 (11.06%) SCCM
2 46 (10.38%) Puppet
3 30 (6.77%) Ansible
4 19 (4.29%) Opscode Chef
5 18 (4.06%) SCOM
6 13 (2.93%) Nagios
6 13 (2.93%) Terraform
7 12 (2.71%) Microsoft Intune
7 12 (2.71%) PTC Integrity
8 10 (2.26%) vCenter Server
9 9 (2.03%) Kibana
9 9 (2.03%) Kubernetes
10 8 (1.81%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (1.81%) Salt
11 7 (1.58%) logstash
11 7 (1.58%) NetBackup
11 7 (1.58%) Single Sign-On
12 6 (1.35%) Marathon
12 6 (1.35%) Mesos
12 6 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 107 (24.15%) Microsoft
2 100 (22.57%) VMware
3 42 (9.48%) HP
4 41 (9.26%) Red Hat
5 40 (9.03%) Cisco
6 35 (7.90%) Citrix
7 31 (7.00%) Oracle
8 29 (6.55%) IBM
9 24 (5.42%) SolarWinds
10 18 (4.06%) EMC
11 15 (3.39%) NetApp
12 13 (2.93%) Splunk
13 12 (2.71%) PTC
14 11 (2.48%) Apple
14 11 (2.48%) Brocade
14 11 (2.48%) Ivanti
15 9 (2.03%) Dell
15 9 (2.03%) Shavlik
16 8 (1.81%) Google
17 7 (1.58%) McAfee