Period
to 22 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 476 426 399
Rank change year-on-year -50 -27 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 479 535 639
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.54% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.49% 0.57% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 329 389
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £246 £253 £266
90th Percentile £538 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +0.26% +2.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 66 85
UK median hourly rate £42.13 £40.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.33% -2.44% -1.20%
10th Percentile £22.42 £21.00 £25.72
90th Percentile £50.23 £49.38 £48.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £41.15 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.07% +2.88% -4.76%

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 97,845 94,346 99,963
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.73% 94.94% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,305 61,972 65,147
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,138 2,810 3,268
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.08% +3.89% +0.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -63 412 £388 -3.13% 452
UK excluding London -29 342 £386 +0.26% 387
London -57 130 £441 -2.00% 101
South East -58 90 £388 -8.82% 89
South West -16 60 £400 +3.23% 70
North of England -13 53 £325 -2.99% 67
East of England +26 40 £380 -5.00% 53
Midlands -37 40 £353 +8.46% 73
Wales -7 31 £440 +12.10% 23
Scotland -13 30 £320 +0.71% 7
Yorkshire -6 24 £350 -14.63% 18
North West -12 24 £325 +2.36% 42
East Midlands +13 22 £363 +29.46% 34
West Midlands -28 18 £353 +8.46% 39
North East +6 5 £321 -7.42% 7

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 167 (34.86%) Windows
2 152 (31.73%) Linux
3 131 (27.35%) Active Directory
4 109 (22.76%) VMware
5 101 (21.09%) Microsoft
6 80 (16.70%) Security Cleared
7 77 (16.08%) Windows Server
8 72 (15.03%) Office 365
9 71 (14.82%) Agile Software Development
10 70 (14.61%) Amazon AWS
11 69 (14.41%) PowerShell
12 66 (13.78%) Microsoft Azure
13 60 (12.53%) Python
14 57 (11.90%) SQL Server
14 57 (11.90%) VMware Infrastructure
15 54 (11.27%) SQL
15 54 (11.27%) DNS
15 54 (11.27%) DevOps
15 54 (11.27%) Problem-Solving
16 53 (11.06%) MS Exchange
16 53 (11.06%) SCCM
17 52 (10.86%) ITIL
18 51 (10.65%) SC Cleared
18 51 (10.65%) Ansible
19 48 (10.02%) Validation
20 47 (9.81%) Windows Server 2012
21 46 (9.60%) Puppet
21 46 (9.60%) Firewall
21 46 (9.60%) Citrix
22 45 (9.39%) Unix

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 53 (11.06%) MS Exchange
2 40 (8.35%) SharePoint
3 29 (6.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (3.97%) Apache
5 17 (3.55%) SharePoint 2013
5 17 (3.55%) Skype for Business
6 16 (3.34%) IIS
7 14 (2.92%) Tomcat
8 11 (2.30%) OpenStack
9 10 (2.09%) Drupal
9 10 (2.09%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (1.88%) Documentum
11 7 (1.46%) CMS
11 7 (1.46%) JBoss
11 7 (1.46%) nginx
12 5 (1.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
12 5 (1.04%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.84%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 4 (0.84%) Confluence
Applications
1 22 (4.59%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.67%) Simulink
4 3 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 72 (15.03%) Office 365
2 70 (14.61%) Amazon AWS
3 66 (13.78%) Microsoft Azure
4 17 (3.55%) GitHub
5 12 (2.51%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (2.51%) OpenShift
6 10 (2.09%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (1.46%) OneDrive
7 7 (1.46%) PaaS
8 6 (1.25%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 6 (1.25%) Mimecast
8 6 (1.25%) Quay.io
9 4 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.84%) iTunes
9 4 (0.84%) Yammer
10 3 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.63%) SaaS
10 3 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.42%) Amazon Glacier
Communications & Networking
1 54 (11.27%) DNS
2 46 (9.60%) Firewall
3 38 (7.93%) TCP/IP
4 25 (5.22%) DHCP
4 25 (5.22%) SAN
5 16 (3.34%) Skype
6 15 (3.13%) Internet
6 15 (3.13%) LAN
6 15 (3.13%) VPN
7 13 (2.71%) Ethernet
7 13 (2.71%) WAN
8 11 (2.30%) Wireless
9 8 (1.67%) HTTP
10 7 (1.46%) 3G
10 7 (1.46%) BGP
10 7 (1.46%) OSPF
10 7 (1.46%) VLAN
11 6 (1.25%) 4G
11 6 (1.25%) LTE
11 6 (1.25%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (11.90%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.18%) Amazon RDS
3 18 (3.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 15 (3.13%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (2.92%) NoSQL
6 13 (2.71%) MySQL
7 12 (2.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (1.04%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.63%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (0.63%) Big Data
10 2 (0.42%) Amazon Aurora
10 2 (0.42%) Amazon Redshift
10 2 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.42%) GIS
10 2 (0.42%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.42%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
11 1 (0.21%) Couchbase
11 1 (0.21%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 34 (7.10%) Git (software)
2 31 (6.47%) Jenkins
3 26 (5.43%) Rational DOORS
4 21 (4.38%) GitLab
4 21 (4.38%) JIRA
5 13 (2.71%) Rational Rhapsody
6 9 (1.88%) Subversion
7 7 (1.46%) Artifactory
8 5 (1.04%) Rational Quality Manager
8 5 (1.04%) Rational Team Concert
8 5 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (0.84%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.63%) ClearCase
10 3 (0.63%) CMake
10 3 (0.63%) LabVIEW
10 3 (0.63%) Maven
11 2 (0.42%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.42%) JMeter
11 2 (0.42%) MSBuild
11 2 (0.42%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (6.89%) Finance
2 24 (5.01%) Manufacturing
3 22 (4.59%) Aerospace
4 19 (3.97%) Telecoms
5 16 (3.34%) Automotive
6 12 (2.51%) Electronics
7 11 (2.30%) Military
8 10 (2.09%) Banking
9 8 (1.67%) Legal
10 7 (1.46%) Publishing
11 6 (1.25%) Avionics
11 6 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (1.25%) Retail
12 4 (0.84%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.42%) Back Office
13 2 (0.42%) Front Office
13 2 (0.42%) Law
13 2 (0.42%) Marketing
13 2 (0.42%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.21%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (5.43%) Web Services
2 24 (5.01%) .NET
3 22 (4.59%) Middleware
4 14 (2.92%) LAMP
5 12 (2.51%) Elastic Stack
6 10 (2.09%) LDAP
7 4 (0.84%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.84%) JSON
8 3 (0.63%) XML
8 3 (0.63%) XSLT
9 2 (0.42%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.42%) DAO
9 2 (0.42%) Django
9 2 (0.42%) EntireX
9 2 (0.42%) HTML
9 2 (0.42%) REST
9 2 (0.42%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.42%) Yocto
10 1 (0.21%) FastCGI
10 1 (0.21%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 26 (5.43%) Data Centre
2 24 (5.01%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (4.59%) Management Information System
4 19 (3.97%) Embedded Systems
4 19 (3.97%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (2.71%) Computer Science
6 11 (2.30%) SCADA
7 10 (2.09%) Algorithms
8 9 (1.88%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.67%) NHS
9 8 (1.67%) Private Cloud
10 7 (1.46%) Clustering
10 7 (1.46%) Driving Licence
11 6 (1.25%) PKI
12 5 (1.04%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.84%) Derivative
13 4 (0.84%) MPEG
13 4 (0.84%) Smartphone
13 4 (0.84%) Virtual Team
14 3 (0.63%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 167 (34.86%) Windows
2 152 (31.73%) Linux
3 77 (16.08%) Windows Server
4 47 (9.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (9.39%) Unix
6 36 (7.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 29 (6.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (5.85%) Windows 10
9 19 (3.97%) CentOS
10 17 (3.55%) Solaris
11 16 (3.34%) Ubuntu
12 11 (2.30%) Windows 7
13 10 (2.09%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (1.46%) CoreOS
14 7 (1.46%) Data ONTAP
14 7 (1.46%) HPUX
15 6 (1.25%) AIX
16 5 (1.04%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.84%) Android
18 3 (0.63%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (14.82%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (11.27%) DevOps
2 54 (11.27%) Problem-Solving
3 52 (10.86%) ITIL
4 48 (10.02%) Validation
5 41 (8.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 31 (6.47%) Migration
7 27 (5.64%) Configuration Management
7 27 (5.64%) Project Management
8 21 (4.38%) Continuous Integration
8 21 (4.38%) Requirements Management
8 21 (4.38%) Software Engineering
9 19 (3.97%) Kanban
10 15 (3.13%) Continuous Improvement
10 15 (3.13%) Open Source
11 14 (2.92%) Customer Requirements
11 14 (2.92%) Programme Management
11 14 (2.92%) Scrum
12 13 (2.71%) Analytics
12 13 (2.71%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 69 (14.41%) PowerShell
2 60 (12.53%) Python
3 54 (11.27%) SQL
4 44 (9.19%) Bash Shell
5 30 (6.26%) Java
6 18 (3.76%) C
7 16 (3.34%) MATLAB
7 16 (3.34%) Perl
8 15 (3.13%) C#
9 12 (2.51%) C++
9 12 (2.51%) Go
10 11 (2.30%) PHP
11 6 (1.25%) Ruby
11 6 (1.25%) VBScript
12 5 (1.04%) Embedded C
12 5 (1.04%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.84%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.84%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.42%) VB
14 2 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 80 (16.70%) Security Cleared
2 51 (10.65%) SC Cleared
3 30 (6.26%) Degree
4 22 (4.59%) DV Cleared
5 18 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (2.30%) MCSE
7 8 (1.67%) HNC
7 8 (1.67%) HND
8 7 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.84%) CCNA
9 4 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.63%) MCITP
10 3 (0.63%) MCP
10 3 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (0.42%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.42%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.42%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (0.21%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.21%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.46%) ARP4754
2 6 (1.25%) DO-178B
3 5 (1.04%) QA
4 4 (0.84%) GDPR
5 3 (0.63%) ISO 26262
5 3 (0.63%) MISRA
5 3 (0.63%) PMO
5 3 (0.63%) SLA
6 2 (0.42%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.42%) GAMP
6 2 (0.42%) GMP
6 2 (0.42%) HAZOP
6 2 (0.42%) ISO 13485
6 2 (0.42%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.21%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.21%) ECSS
7 1 (0.21%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.21%) RMADS
System Software
1 131 (27.35%) Active Directory
2 57 (11.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (6.47%) Docker
4 29 (6.05%) Hyper-V
5 25 (5.22%) vSphere
5 25 (5.22%) XenApp
6 18 (3.76%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (3.55%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.88%) XenServer
9 8 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (1.46%) Ceph
11 6 (1.25%) etcd
11 6 (1.25%) flannel
11 6 (1.25%) GlusterFS
11 6 (1.25%) SkyDNS
12 5 (1.04%) Slurm Workload Manager
13 4 (0.84%) Dovecot
13 4 (0.84%) KVM
13 4 (0.84%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 53 (11.06%) SCCM
2 51 (10.65%) Ansible
3 46 (9.60%) Puppet
4 20 (4.18%) Kubernetes
5 16 (3.34%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (3.34%) ZABBIX
6 13 (2.71%) HAProxy
7 12 (2.51%) Microsoft Intune
8 11 (2.30%) PTC Integrity
9 10 (2.09%) Graphite
9 10 (2.09%) Nagios
9 10 (2.09%) NetBackup
10 9 (1.88%) Prometheus
10 9 (1.88%) SCOM
11 8 (1.67%) Grafana
11 8 (1.67%) SELinux
12 7 (1.46%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (1.46%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 6 (1.25%) rkt
13 6 (1.25%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 109 (22.76%) VMware
2 101 (21.09%) Microsoft
3 46 (9.60%) Citrix
4 39 (8.14%) Red Hat
5 38 (7.93%) Cisco
6 34 (7.10%) Oracle
7 33 (6.89%) IBM
8 19 (3.97%) EMC
9 17 (3.55%) NetApp
10 13 (2.71%) HP
11 11 (2.30%) PTC
12 10 (2.09%) Google
12 10 (2.09%) Pega
12 10 (2.09%) Splunk
13 9 (1.88%) Apple
14 7 (1.46%) Dell
14 7 (1.46%) Juniper
15 6 (1.25%) McAfee
15 6 (1.25%) Sun
15 6 (1.25%) Veeam