Period
to 16 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Engineer was £393 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 July 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 453 418 384
Rank change year-on-year -35 -34 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 508 533 682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.56% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.59% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 315 371
UK median daily rate £393 £393 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.88% +15.94%
10th Percentile £256 £239 £263
90th Percentile £525 £531 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £354
% change year-on-year +2.67% +5.93% +9.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 65 91
UK median hourly rate £41.31 £42.50 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.81% +2.41% +22.06%
10th Percentile £19.79 £27.00 £32.50
90th Percentile £49.84 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £42.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% +6.67%

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 98,386 90,114 104,687
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 94.95% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,408 58,344 68,084
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,166 2,933 3,152
UK median hourly rate £18.09 £18.70 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.26% -4.13% +11.43%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 16 July 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 16 July 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 16 July 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 -55 416 £390 -2.50% 378
UK excluding London +2 385 £385 +2.67% 351
South East -43 130 £375 -12.79% 76
London -110 109 £425 - 67
North of England +6 62 £425 +25.18% 37
Wales +27 55 £405 +3.18% 13
South West +7 52 £388 +6.90% 55
Yorkshire +5 37 £425 +1.19% 11
Midlands -23 37 £329 +14.85% 78
East of England +8 26 £275 - 65
East Midlands -4 23 £338 +27.36% 23
North West -17 23 £443 +32.09% 20
Scotland -45 23 £263 -15.32% 23
West Midlands -19 14 £320 -1.54% 55
North East 0 2 £400 +15.27% 6
Channel Islands - 1 £175 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £250 - 4

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 July 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.

1 176 (34.65%) Windows
2 169 (33.27%) Linux
3 136 (26.77%) Active Directory
4 119 (23.43%) Microsoft
5 95 (18.70%) VMware
6 83 (16.34%) Windows Server
7 79 (15.55%) Security Cleared
8 77 (15.16%) Amazon AWS
9 70 (13.78%) Problem-Solving
10 69 (13.58%) Agile Software Development
11 68 (13.39%) Microsoft Azure
12 67 (13.19%) Office 365
12 67 (13.19%) DevOps
13 65 (12.80%) SC Cleared
14 63 (12.40%) SCCM
15 58 (11.42%) PowerShell
16 57 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
16 57 (11.22%) Windows Server 2012
17 56 (11.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 56 (11.02%) Validation
18 54 (10.63%) IBM
18 54 (10.63%) Red Hat
19 50 (9.84%) Firewall
20 49 (9.65%) SQL
20 49 (9.65%) Requirements Management
20 49 (9.65%) Ansible
21 48 (9.45%) Python
22 46 (9.06%) Unix
23 45 (8.86%) Cisco
23 45 (8.86%) TCP/IP

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 41 (8.07%) MS Exchange
2 27 (5.31%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.54%) IIS
4 17 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (3.15%) Apache
5 16 (3.15%) Skype for Business
6 11 (2.17%) OpenStack
7 9 (1.77%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.77%) JBoss
7 9 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.18%) WebLogic
8 6 (1.18%) WebSphere
8 6 (1.18%) WebSphere Application Server
9 5 (0.98%) CMS
9 5 (0.98%) Drupal
9 5 (0.98%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.79%) Confluence
10 4 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.79%) K2 blackpearl
11 3 (0.59%) Site Server
Applications
1 31 (6.10%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.36%) Simulink
4 8 (1.57%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.20%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 77 (15.16%) Amazon AWS
2 68 (13.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 67 (13.19%) Office 365
4 12 (2.36%) GitHub
5 10 (1.97%) Amazon EC2
5 10 (1.97%) Azure Active Directory
6 9 (1.77%) OneDrive
7 8 (1.57%) OpenShift
7 8 (1.57%) PaaS
8 7 (1.38%) SaaS
9 6 (1.18%) IaaS
10 5 (0.98%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 4 (0.79%) Yammer
12 3 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.59%) Serverless
12 3 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.39%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.39%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.39%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 50 (9.84%) Firewall
2 45 (8.86%) TCP/IP
3 41 (8.07%) DNS
4 36 (7.09%) SAN
5 27 (5.31%) DHCP
6 20 (3.94%) Internet
7 15 (2.95%) LAN
7 15 (2.95%) Remote Desktop
7 15 (2.95%) Wireless
8 13 (2.56%) Skype
9 12 (2.36%) WAN
10 10 (1.97%) VPN
11 9 (1.77%) HTTP
12 8 (1.57%) Cisco ISE
12 8 (1.57%) VoIP
13 7 (1.38%) NAS
14 6 (1.18%) SSL
15 5 (0.98%) FTP
15 5 (0.98%) Kerberos
15 5 (0.98%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (6.50%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.51%) Amazon RDS
3 12 (2.36%) MySQL
4 9 (1.77%) NoSQL
4 9 (1.77%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.98%) Big Data
7 5 (0.98%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.98%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.79%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.59%) HBase
10 2 (0.39%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.39%) Impala
11 1 (0.20%) DB2
11 1 (0.20%) MS Access
11 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 38 (7.48%) Git (software)
1 38 (7.48%) Rational DOORS
2 37 (7.28%) Jenkins
3 30 (5.91%) Rational Rhapsody
4 11 (2.17%) GitLab
4 11 (2.17%) Rational Team Concert
5 9 (1.77%) Rational Quality Manager
6 8 (1.57%) JIRA
6 8 (1.57%) Maven
6 8 (1.57%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (1.57%) TeamCity
7 6 (1.18%) Subversion
8 5 (0.98%) Oracle APEX
9 4 (0.79%) LabVIEW
10 3 (0.59%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.39%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.20%) Bitbucket
12 1 (0.20%) MSI
12 1 (0.20%) RStudio
12 1 (0.20%) SonarQube
General
1 40 (7.87%) Finance
2 33 (6.50%) Electronics
3 26 (5.12%) Manufacturing
4 19 (3.74%) Automotive
5 14 (2.76%) Military
6 13 (2.56%) Aerospace
7 11 (2.17%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.57%) Publishing
9 7 (1.38%) Retail
10 6 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.98%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.79%) Marketing
13 3 (0.59%) Banking
13 3 (0.59%) Law
14 2 (0.39%) Back Office
14 2 (0.39%) Legal
15 1 (0.20%) Avionics
15 1 (0.20%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.20%) German Language
15 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (7.48%) Web Services
2 10 (1.97%) .NET
3 8 (1.57%) Elastic Stack
3 8 (1.57%) LDAP
4 7 (1.38%) LAMP
4 7 (1.38%) XML
5 5 (0.98%) JSON
5 5 (0.98%) XSLT
6 4 (0.79%) Middleware
7 3 (0.59%) SAML
8 2 (0.39%) LAPP Stack
8 2 (0.39%) OAuth
8 2 (0.39%) REST
8 2 (0.39%) Sensu
9 1 (0.20%) Celery
9 1 (0.20%) HTML5
9 1 (0.20%) Kafka
9 1 (0.20%) Node.js
9 1 (0.20%) OpenID
9 1 (0.20%) OSGi
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.33%) Data Centre
3 21 (4.13%) Management Information System
4 16 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
5 15 (2.95%) Clustering
5 15 (2.95%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.77%) NHS
6 9 (1.77%) PKI
7 8 (1.57%) SCADA
8 7 (1.38%) Algorithms
8 7 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.38%) Infotainment
9 6 (1.18%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.18%) Embedded Systems
9 6 (1.18%) MPEG
10 5 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (0.98%) Private Cloud
11 4 (0.79%) RIA
11 4 (0.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 176 (34.65%) Windows
2 169 (33.27%) Linux
3 83 (16.34%) Windows Server
4 57 (11.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 56 (11.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 46 (9.06%) Unix
7 37 (7.28%) Windows 10
8 30 (5.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (4.92%) Solaris
10 22 (4.33%) CentOS
11 20 (3.94%) Ubuntu
12 14 (2.76%) Windows 7
12 14 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (2.36%) AIX
13 12 (2.36%) Apple iOS
13 12 (2.36%) Mac OS
14 9 (1.77%) HPUX
15 4 (0.79%) Debian
15 4 (0.79%) Windows 8
16 3 (0.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (13.78%) Problem-Solving
2 69 (13.58%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (13.19%) DevOps
4 56 (11.02%) Validation
5 49 (9.65%) Requirements Management
6 43 (8.46%) ITIL
7 40 (7.87%) Migration
8 32 (6.30%) Continuous Improvement
9 30 (5.91%) Project Management
10 27 (5.31%) Configuration Management
10 27 (5.31%) Customer Requirements
11 26 (5.12%) Continuous Integration
12 23 (4.53%) Test Automation
13 21 (4.13%) SysML
13 21 (4.13%) UML
13 21 (4.13%) Use Case
14 20 (3.94%) SDLC
14 20 (3.94%) Software Engineering
15 19 (3.74%) Data Protection
16 18 (3.54%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 58 (11.42%) PowerShell
2 49 (9.65%) SQL
3 48 (9.45%) Python
4 39 (7.68%) Bash Shell
5 24 (4.72%) Java
6 21 (4.13%) MATLAB
6 21 (4.13%) Perl
7 15 (2.95%) PHP
8 11 (2.17%) C
9 9 (1.77%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.57%) Ruby
11 6 (1.18%) VBScript
12 5 (0.98%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.79%) C#
13 4 (0.79%) C++
13 4 (0.79%) VB
14 3 (0.59%) Go
14 3 (0.59%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.39%) Groovy
15 2 (0.39%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 79 (15.55%) Security Cleared
2 65 (12.80%) SC Cleared
3 37 (7.28%) Degree
4 30 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (3.74%) MCSE
6 15 (2.95%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (2.95%) DV Cleared
7 10 (1.97%) CCNP
8 8 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (1.57%) MCITP
8 8 (1.57%) MCP
9 7 (1.38%) HND
10 6 (1.18%) CCIE
10 6 (1.18%) CCNA
10 6 (1.18%) HNC
11 5 (0.98%) AWS Certification
11 5 (0.98%) MCSA
12 4 (0.79%) A+ Certification
13 3 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.59%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.95%) GDPR
2 8 (1.57%) QA
3 7 (1.38%) DO-178B
3 7 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 7 (1.38%) SLA
4 5 (0.98%) ARP4754
5 4 (0.79%) PMO
6 3 (0.59%) GMP
6 3 (0.59%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.39%) DO-254
7 2 (0.39%) HAZOP
7 2 (0.39%) ISO 13485
7 2 (0.39%) MIL-STD-1553
8 1 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.20%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.20%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.20%) MISRA
8 1 (0.20%) RMADS
System Software
1 136 (26.77%) Active Directory
2 57 (11.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (8.07%) Docker
4 35 (6.89%) Hyper-V
5 26 (5.12%) vSphere
6 23 (4.53%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (3.15%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (2.76%) XenApp
9 13 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.38%) KVM
11 6 (1.18%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (1.18%) XenDesktop
11 6 (1.18%) XenServer
12 5 (0.98%) Firmware
12 5 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
12 5 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.79%) Slurm Workload Manager
13 4 (0.79%) VMware NSX
14 3 (0.59%) Ceph
14 3 (0.59%) Lustre
Systems Management
1 63 (12.40%) SCCM
2 49 (9.65%) Ansible
3 43 (8.46%) Puppet
4 24 (4.72%) PTC Integrity
5 22 (4.33%) SCOM
6 21 (4.13%) Kubernetes
7 20 (3.94%) Microsoft Intune
8 17 (3.35%) Opscode Chef
9 14 (2.76%) Terraform
10 13 (2.56%) vCenter Server
11 12 (2.36%) HP Quality Center
12 11 (2.17%) Nagios
13 9 (1.77%) Kibana
13 9 (1.77%) NetBackup
13 9 (1.77%) Single Sign-On
14 8 (1.57%) Microsoft Clustering
15 7 (1.38%) CA Single Sign-On
15 7 (1.38%) Grafana
16 6 (1.18%) logstash
16 6 (1.18%) SELinux
Vendors
1 119 (23.43%) Microsoft
2 95 (18.70%) VMware
3 54 (10.63%) IBM
3 54 (10.63%) Red Hat
4 45 (8.86%) Cisco
5 34 (6.69%) Citrix
6 32 (6.30%) HP
7 26 (5.12%) Oracle
8 24 (4.72%) PTC
9 22 (4.33%) EMC
10 16 (3.15%) SolarWinds
11 14 (2.76%) NetApp
12 13 (2.56%) Apple
13 12 (2.36%) Dell
13 12 (2.36%) Splunk
14 8 (1.57%) Brocade
14 8 (1.57%) Google
14 8 (1.57%) McAfee
14 8 (1.57%) Sun
14 8 (1.57%) Veritas