Period
to 26 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

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
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 351 415 460
Rank change year-on-year +64 +45 -31
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 303 505 508
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.56% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.59% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 318 307
Median daily rate £425 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +9.38% +1.59%
10th Percentile £262 £313 £260
90th Percentile £600 £550 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £431 £425 £388
% change year-on-year +1.47% +9.68% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 82 67
Median hourly rate £43.00 £42.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +4.94% -10.00%
10th Percentile £27.13 £18.48 £19.16
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.75 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -7.51%

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 44,450 85,884 96,302
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.65% 94.55% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,969 56,548 63,214
Median daily rate £465 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £245 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,856 2,755 3,023
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.16% +5.56% -4.99%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.73 £17.50
% change year-on-year +10.01% +1.29% -2.78%

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 26 May 2020.

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 26 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 16 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 26 May 2020. 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 +93 275 £425 - 180
UK excluding London +45 213 £431 +1.47% 161
London +120 78 £425 -10.53% 33
South West +30 73 £480 +6.75% 17
South East +107 62 £400 -5.88% 43
North of England +66 33 £400 -8.57% 28
East of England +56 21 £375 -16.67% 39
North West +50 16 £355 +1.43% 15
Yorkshire +60 14 £400 -10.31% 5
Scotland +41 14 £323 -19.38% 11
Work from Home +4 12 £425 -2.86% 6
Midlands +39 7 £393 +16.30% 20
West Midlands +19 4 £450 +38.46% 13
East Midlands +34 3 £335 -10.67% 7
North East +23 3 £400 +75.82% 8
Wales -17 3 £479 +8.81% 4

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 2020, 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.

1 112 (36.96%) Windows
2 99 (32.67%) Security Cleared
3 81 (26.73%) Linux
4 80 (26.40%) Microsoft
4 80 (26.40%) Active Directory
5 75 (24.75%) SC Cleared
6 66 (21.78%) VMware
6 66 (21.78%) Windows Server
7 49 (16.17%) Systems Engineering
8 44 (14.52%) VMware Infrastructure
9 43 (14.19%) Azure
10 42 (13.86%) Office 365
10 42 (13.86%) SQL
11 40 (13.20%) Python
12 39 (12.87%) Problem-Solving
13 38 (12.54%) Degree
14 37 (12.21%) DNS
15 35 (11.55%) Unix
15 35 (11.55%) PowerShell
16 34 (11.22%) C
16 34 (11.22%) Cisco
17 32 (10.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 30 (9.90%) Windows Server 2012
18 30 (9.90%) SCCM
18 30 (9.90%) Citrix
18 30 (9.90%) Firewall
18 30 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
19 29 (9.57%) Ansible
20 27 (8.91%) SAN
20 27 (8.91%) Hyper-V

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 25 (8.25%) MS Exchange
2 15 (4.95%) IIS
3 11 (3.63%) SharePoint
4 10 (3.30%) Confluence
5 8 (2.64%) Skype for Business
6 7 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (1.98%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.32%) Apache
9 3 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.99%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.66%) JBoss
11 1 (0.33%) Drupal
11 1 (0.33%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.33%) nginx
Applications
1 16 (5.28%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.96%) Simulink
3 4 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.99%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.33%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 5 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.99%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.66%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.33%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.33%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 43 (14.19%) Azure
2 42 (13.86%) Office 365
3 17 (5.61%) AWS
4 7 (2.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.32%) SaaS
6 2 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (0.66%) Boomi
6 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.66%) Power Platform
6 2 (0.66%) PowerApps
6 2 (0.66%) Yammer
7 1 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.33%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.33%) Datadog
7 1 (0.33%) GCP
7 1 (0.33%) IaaS
7 1 (0.33%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.33%) PaaS
7 1 (0.33%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 37 (12.21%) DNS
2 30 (9.90%) Firewall
3 27 (8.91%) SAN
4 18 (5.94%) DHCP
5 15 (4.95%) WAN
6 14 (4.62%) LAN
7 11 (3.63%) TCP/IP
8 8 (2.64%) NetScaler
8 8 (2.64%) Remote Desktop
8 8 (2.64%) Skype
9 7 (2.31%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (2.31%) VoIP
10 6 (1.98%) Internet
10 6 (1.98%) Network Security
10 6 (1.98%) SSH
11 5 (1.65%) Bluetooth
11 5 (1.65%) NFC
11 5 (1.65%) VLAN
11 5 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (1.32%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.63%) MySQL
3 10 (3.30%) Big Data
4 6 (1.98%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (1.32%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.99%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.66%) GIS
7 2 (0.66%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.33%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Smart View
8 1 (0.33%) Redis
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 27 (8.91%) Rational DOORS
2 19 (6.27%) JIRA
3 6 (1.98%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.98%) GitLab
3 6 (1.98%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.65%) Rational Rhapsody
5 4 (1.32%) Bugzilla
6 3 (0.99%) Subversion
7 2 (0.66%) MSI
7 2 (0.66%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.33%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.33%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.33%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.33%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.33%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.33%) MagicDraw
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.33%) Selenium
8 1 (0.33%) TeamCity
General
1 23 (7.59%) Military
2 13 (4.29%) Finance
3 11 (3.63%) Manufacturing
3 11 (3.63%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.64%) Aerospace
4 8 (2.64%) Law
5 7 (2.31%) Legal
5 7 (2.31%) Public Sector
5 7 (2.31%) Retail
6 6 (1.98%) Electronics
7 5 (1.65%) Banking
8 4 (1.32%) Avionics
9 3 (0.99%) French Language
9 3 (0.99%) German Language
9 3 (0.99%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.66%) Back Office
10 2 (0.66%) Police
11 1 (0.33%) Advertising
11 1 (0.33%) Automotive
11 1 (0.33%) Fire and Rescue
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.97%) Middleware
2 6 (1.98%) LAMP
3 4 (1.32%) REST
4 3 (0.99%) LDAP
4 3 (0.99%) OAuth
4 3 (0.99%) OpenID
4 3 (0.99%) SAML
5 2 (0.66%) .NET
5 2 (0.66%) Apache NiFi
5 2 (0.66%) HTML
5 2 (0.66%) SailPoint
5 2 (0.66%) XML
5 2 (0.66%) YAML
6 1 (0.33%) HTML5
6 1 (0.33%) JSON
6 1 (0.33%) Lambda Expressions
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.33%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.33%) Sensu
6 1 (0.33%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 30 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (7.26%) Management Information System
3 16 (5.28%) Clustering
4 11 (3.63%) Data Centre
5 8 (2.64%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (1.98%) PKI
7 5 (1.65%) Chip and PIN
7 5 (1.65%) Replication
7 5 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.32%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (1.32%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.99%) User Experience
9 3 (0.99%) Video\Live Streaming
10 2 (0.66%) Acoustics
10 2 (0.66%) Blackberry
10 2 (0.66%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.66%) EPoS
10 2 (0.66%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.66%) SCADA
11 1 (0.33%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 112 (36.96%) Windows
2 81 (26.73%) Linux
3 66 (21.78%) Windows Server
4 35 (11.55%) Unix
5 32 (10.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 30 (9.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (7.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (7.26%) Windows Server 2016
8 19 (6.27%) Windows 10
9 14 (4.62%) Solaris
10 9 (2.97%) CentOS
10 9 (2.97%) Windows 7
10 9 (2.97%) Windows XP
11 7 (2.31%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (1.98%) SUSE
13 5 (1.65%) VMS
13 5 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (1.32%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.99%) Android
15 3 (0.99%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (16.17%) Systems Engineering
2 39 (12.87%) Problem-Solving
3 27 (8.91%) Cybersecurity
4 25 (8.25%) ITIL
5 24 (7.92%) DevOps
6 21 (6.93%) Configuration Management
7 19 (6.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 18 (5.94%) Validation
9 17 (5.61%) SysML
10 16 (5.28%) Customer Requirements
11 13 (4.29%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (4.29%) Test Automation
12 12 (3.96%) Continuous Integration
12 12 (3.96%) Migration
13 11 (3.63%) Application Packaging
14 10 (3.30%) Change Management
14 10 (3.30%) Decision-Making
14 10 (3.30%) Requirements Gathering
14 10 (3.30%) Stakeholder Management
15 9 (2.97%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 42 (13.86%) SQL
2 40 (13.20%) Python
3 35 (11.55%) PowerShell
4 34 (11.22%) C
5 18 (5.94%) Shell Script
6 17 (5.61%) Bash Shell
7 16 (5.28%) Java
8 13 (4.29%) Perl
9 12 (3.96%) MATLAB
10 11 (3.63%) C++
11 9 (2.97%) JavaScript
12 5 (1.65%) C#
12 5 (1.65%) Ruby
12 5 (1.65%) VBScript
13 4 (1.32%) PHP
14 2 (0.66%) Go
14 2 (0.66%) Korn
15 1 (0.33%) Tcl
15 1 (0.33%) VB
15 1 (0.33%) XPath
Qualifications
1 99 (32.67%) Security Cleared
2 75 (24.75%) SC Cleared
3 38 (12.54%) Degree
4 21 (6.93%) DV Cleared
5 8 (2.64%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (2.31%) Chartered Engineer
6 7 (2.31%) HNC
7 6 (1.98%) MCSE
8 5 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (1.32%) HND
9 4 (1.32%) ISEB
9 4 (1.32%) ISTQB
9 4 (1.32%) MCSA
10 3 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.99%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.66%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.66%) OCP
11 2 (0.66%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.66%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.30%) SLA
2 9 (2.97%) QA
3 5 (1.65%) Def Stans
3 5 (1.65%) GDPR
4 4 (1.32%) DO-254
4 4 (1.32%) ISO 14001
5 3 (0.99%) HAZOP
5 3 (0.99%) IEC 61508
5 3 (0.99%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.33%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.33%) GxP
6 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 80 (26.40%) Active Directory
2 44 (14.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 21 (6.93%) XenApp
5 16 (5.28%) vSphere
6 15 (4.95%) Virtual Machines
7 13 (4.29%) Docker
7 13 (4.29%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (2.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 5 (1.65%) Squid
10 4 (1.32%) Firmware
10 4 (1.32%) NFS
10 4 (1.32%) Terminal Server
10 4 (1.32%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.99%) OpenAM
12 2 (0.66%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.66%) GFS2
12 2 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.66%) Samba
12 2 (0.66%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 30 (9.90%) SCCM
2 29 (9.57%) Ansible
3 22 (7.26%) Puppet
4 9 (2.97%) Nagios
5 7 (2.31%) vCenter Server
6 6 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (1.98%) Terraform
7 5 (1.65%) Cacti
7 5 (1.65%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.65%) Opsview
7 5 (1.65%) Red Hat Satellite
8 4 (1.32%) AirWatch
8 4 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (1.32%) vRealize
9 3 (0.99%) FreeIPA
9 3 (0.99%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.99%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.99%) WSUS
10 2 (0.66%) SELinux
Vendors
1 80 (26.40%) Microsoft
2 66 (21.78%) VMware
3 34 (11.22%) Cisco
4 30 (9.90%) Citrix
5 26 (8.58%) Oracle
5 26 (8.58%) Red Hat
6 14 (4.62%) Atlassian
7 9 (2.97%) CheckPoint
7 9 (2.97%) Dell
7 9 (2.97%) EqualLogic
7 9 (2.97%) HP
7 9 (2.97%) NetApp
7 9 (2.97%) Splunk
8 8 (2.64%) IBM
8 8 (2.64%) Nimble Storage
9 7 (2.31%) EMC
9 7 (2.31%) Palo Alto
9 7 (2.31%) Sun
9 7 (2.31%) Sybase
10 6 (1.98%) Juniper