Period
to 4 August 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £46,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 4 August 2020.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

System Engineer
UK
6 months to
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 332 313 363
Rank change year-on-year -19 +50 -12
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 583 1,447 1,485
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 1.01% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.92% 1.06% 0.89%
Number of salaries quoted 485 1,136 1,202
Median annual salary £46,500 £51,500 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.71% +5.10% +8.89%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,875 £31,028
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £73,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £46,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year -2.17% +4.55% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 63,188 137,103 166,315
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.94% 95.85% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 50,836 109,526 134,258
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Systems Engineer.

Salary trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 4 August 2020.

Salary histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 4 August 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 552 £47,500 -7.77% 189
UK excluding London +28 381 £45,000 -2.17% 167
London +4 190 £55,000 -4.35% 36
South East -2 119 £45,000 - 57
North of England +123 78 £40,000 -5.88% 21
Midlands +78 66 £45,000 - 14
South West -1 62 £50,000 - 26
West Midlands +55 37 £45,000 -5.26% 5
East of England +37 36 £46,250 -15.91% 35
Yorkshire +113 30 £47,500 +13.10% 7
East Midlands +80 29 £41,250 +3.13% 9
North West +83 25 £40,000 +4.23% 11
North East +43 23 £37,500 -25.00% 3
Work from Home -37 22 £46,000 -29.23% 4
Scotland +84 18 £45,000 +18.42% 9
Wales +38 6 £38,500 -18.09% 5

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 2020, Systems Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Systems Engineer in the job title.

1 248 (42.54%) Windows
2 177 (30.36%) Microsoft
3 173 (29.67%) VMware
4 171 (29.33%) Active Directory
5 166 (28.47%) Linux
6 159 (27.27%) Azure
7 151 (25.90%) Windows Server
8 127 (21.78%) AWS
9 126 (21.61%) Degree
10 124 (21.27%) Office 365
11 112 (19.21%) Python
12 109 (18.70%) VMware Infrastructure
13 108 (18.52%) Systems Engineering
14 94 (16.12%) PowerShell
15 86 (14.75%) Firewall
16 84 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
17 83 (14.24%) Cisco
18 75 (12.86%) DNS
19 68 (11.66%) SQL
19 68 (11.66%) Hyper-V
19 68 (11.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 62 (10.63%) Windows Server 2016
21 59 (10.12%) SQL Server
21 59 (10.12%) Disaster Recovery
22 58 (9.95%) ITIL
22 58 (9.95%) DevOps
23 57 (9.78%) Windows Server 2012
23 57 (9.78%) Agile Software Development
24 56 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
24 56 (9.61%) Bash Shell

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 33 (5.66%) MS Exchange
2 19 (3.26%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.74%) IIS
4 13 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (1.72%) Apache
5 10 (1.72%) Confluence
6 7 (1.20%) Skype for Business
7 6 (1.03%) nginx
8 5 (0.86%) OpenStack
9 4 (0.69%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 4 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.69%) ThingWorx
9 4 (0.69%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.51%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.34%) CloudStack
11 2 (0.34%) Drupal
11 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.17%) WinCC
Applications
1 13 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.54%) Simulink
4 8 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.69%) Stateflow
6 2 (0.34%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.17%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.51%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (0.51%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.34%) Relativity
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 159 (27.27%) Azure
2 127 (21.78%) AWS
3 124 (21.27%) Office 365
4 32 (5.49%) AWS CloudFormation
5 28 (4.80%) SaaS
6 26 (4.46%) PaaS
6 26 (4.46%) Serverless
7 21 (3.60%) IaaS
8 18 (3.09%) GCP
9 16 (2.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 14 (2.40%) Amazon EC2
10 14 (2.40%) Amazon ECS
11 12 (2.06%) AWS Lambda
12 11 (1.89%) AWS CodePipeline
12 11 (1.89%) GitHub
13 8 (1.37%) AWS CodeDeploy
13 8 (1.37%) AWS Fargate
13 8 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
14 7 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 86 (14.75%) Firewall
2 75 (12.86%) DNS
3 52 (8.92%) TCP/IP
3 52 (8.92%) VPN
4 48 (8.23%) DHCP
4 48 (8.23%) SAN
5 45 (7.72%) LAN
6 43 (7.38%) WAN
7 30 (5.15%) Internet
8 27 (4.63%) Wireless
9 23 (3.95%) VLAN
10 20 (3.43%) Network Security
11 14 (2.40%) VoIP
11 14 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (2.06%) IPv6
12 12 (2.06%) NAS
13 11 (1.89%) Remote Desktop
14 10 (1.72%) NetScaler
14 10 (1.72%) Skype
14 10 (1.72%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (10.12%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.26%) MySQL
3 12 (2.06%) SQL Server 2016
4 11 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
5 9 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (1.37%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (1.37%) Relational Database
7 6 (1.03%) Data Lake
8 5 (0.86%) Big Data
8 5 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.51%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.51%) Looker
10 3 (0.51%) Redis
11 2 (0.34%) Amazon Redshift
11 2 (0.34%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2019
12 1 (0.17%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 32 (5.49%) Git (software)
2 26 (4.46%) Jenkins
3 15 (2.57%) JIRA
4 14 (2.40%) Bitbucket
5 9 (1.54%) Rational DOORS
5 9 (1.54%) TeamCity
6 8 (1.37%) Octopus Deploy
7 7 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
8 4 (0.69%) Subversion
9 3 (0.51%) Bugzilla
9 3 (0.51%) MagicDraw
9 3 (0.51%) Selenium
9 3 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.34%) Artifactory
10 2 (0.34%) GitLab
10 2 (0.34%) TestRail
11 1 (0.17%) GoCD
11 1 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.17%) Vagrant
General
1 46 (7.89%) Finance
2 31 (5.32%) Aerospace
3 22 (3.77%) Public Sector
4 20 (3.43%) Military
5 19 (3.26%) Telecoms
6 17 (2.92%) Legal
7 12 (2.06%) Automotive
7 12 (2.06%) Law
8 10 (1.72%) Electronics
8 10 (1.72%) Marketing
9 9 (1.54%) Banking
10 8 (1.37%) Advertising
11 6 (1.03%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.03%) Retail
12 5 (0.86%) Back Office
12 5 (0.86%) Police
13 4 (0.69%) Games
14 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.51%) German Language
14 3 (0.51%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.37%) .NET
2 7 (1.20%) LDAP
2 7 (1.20%) Web Services
3 6 (1.03%) REST
3 6 (1.03%) XML
4 5 (0.86%) CSS
4 5 (0.86%) RabbitMQ
4 5 (0.86%) WebRTC
5 4 (0.69%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.69%) Middleware
6 3 (0.51%) HTML
6 3 (0.51%) JSON
6 3 (0.51%) LAMP
6 3 (0.51%) Regular Expression
6 3 (0.51%) RESTful
6 3 (0.51%) YAML
7 2 (0.34%) Django
7 2 (0.34%) Kafka
7 2 (0.34%) Node.js
7 2 (0.34%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 54 (9.26%) Data Centre
2 45 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (4.97%) Management Information System
4 20 (3.43%) Hybrid Cloud
5 18 (3.09%) SCADA
5 18 (3.09%) Self-Motivation
6 16 (2.74%) Clustering
7 14 (2.40%) Replication
8 11 (1.89%) CMDB
9 10 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (1.54%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.37%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.37%) EMC VNX
11 8 (1.37%) PKI
12 7 (1.20%) CAN bus
13 6 (1.03%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.86%) Algorithms
14 5 (0.86%) EMC VMAX
14 5 (0.86%) HP Storage
14 5 (0.86%) IBM XIV
Operating Systems
1 248 (42.54%) Windows
2 166 (28.47%) Linux
3 151 (25.90%) Windows Server
4 62 (10.63%) Windows Server 2016
5 57 (9.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 43 (7.38%) Windows 10
7 39 (6.69%) Unix
8 28 (4.80%) CentOS
8 28 (4.80%) Windows 7
9 27 (4.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 25 (4.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (2.06%) Ubuntu
12 10 (1.72%) Windows Server 2019
13 9 (1.54%) Solaris
14 8 (1.37%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.86%) SUSE
16 4 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
17 2 (0.34%) VyOS
17 2 (0.34%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.34%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (18.52%) Systems Engineering
2 84 (14.41%) Problem-Solving
3 68 (11.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 59 (10.12%) Disaster Recovery
5 58 (9.95%) DevOps
5 58 (9.95%) ITIL
6 57 (9.78%) Agile Software Development
7 44 (7.55%) Configuration Management
8 43 (7.38%) Computer Science
9 38 (6.52%) Information Security
9 38 (6.52%) Mentoring
10 31 (5.32%) Validation
11 27 (4.63%) Migration
12 24 (4.12%) Change Management
12 24 (4.12%) Project Management
13 22 (3.77%) Change Control
13 22 (3.77%) High Availability
13 22 (3.77%) Infrastructure Automation
14 21 (3.60%) Analytics
14 21 (3.60%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 112 (19.21%) Python
2 94 (16.12%) PowerShell
3 68 (11.66%) SQL
4 56 (9.61%) Bash Shell
5 35 (6.00%) C
6 30 (5.15%) Perl
7 28 (4.80%) C++
8 20 (3.43%) Shell Script
9 18 (3.09%) C#
10 12 (2.06%) Java
10 12 (2.06%) MATLAB
11 11 (1.89%) Ruby
12 8 (1.37%) VBScript
13 7 (1.20%) Go
14 6 (1.03%) Groovy
14 6 (1.03%) R
14 6 (1.03%) Tcl
15 5 (0.86%) PHP
16 4 (0.69%) Rust
16 4 (0.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 126 (21.61%) Degree
2 56 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
3 55 (9.43%) Security Cleared
4 44 (7.55%) MCSE
5 29 (4.97%) Computer Science Degree
6 27 (4.63%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (4.12%) SC Cleared
8 22 (3.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 20 (3.43%) MCSA
10 18 (3.09%) CCNA
11 15 (2.57%) DV Cleared
12 12 (2.06%) CCNP
13 11 (1.89%) Chartered Engineer
14 9 (1.54%) HND
15 8 (1.37%) AWS Certification
15 8 (1.37%) MCP
16 6 (1.03%) HNC
17 5 (0.86%) VCP5
18 4 (0.69%) JNCIS
18 4 (0.69%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (3.77%) QA
2 12 (2.06%) SLA
3 9 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (1.37%) PCI DSS
5 6 (1.03%) GDPR
5 6 (1.03%) NIST
6 5 (0.86%) ISO 26262
7 4 (0.69%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.51%) GxP
8 3 (0.51%) HAZOP
8 3 (0.51%) IEC 61508
9 2 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.34%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.34%) DO-254
10 1 (0.17%) Def Stans
10 1 (0.17%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 171 (29.33%) Active Directory
2 109 (18.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (11.66%) Hyper-V
4 41 (7.03%) vSphere
5 40 (6.86%) Docker
6 39 (6.69%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (4.80%) XenApp
8 14 (2.40%) XenDesktop
9 12 (2.06%) Firmware
9 12 (2.06%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (1.54%) KVM
11 6 (1.03%) NFS
11 6 (1.03%) vCloud
12 5 (0.86%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.69%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.51%) Terminal Server
15 2 (0.34%) PowerHA
15 2 (0.34%) Squid
15 2 (0.34%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 50 (8.58%) Ansible
2 49 (8.40%) Terraform
3 46 (7.89%) SCCM
4 44 (7.55%) Kubernetes
5 25 (4.29%) SCOM
6 21 (3.60%) Puppet
7 13 (2.23%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (1.72%) Backup Exec
9 9 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (1.37%) SCVMM
10 8 (1.37%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.03%) Nagios
12 5 (0.86%) FortiGate
12 5 (0.86%) Opsgenie
12 5 (0.86%) SCOrch
12 5 (0.86%) ZABBIX
13 4 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.69%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 177 (30.36%) Microsoft
2 173 (29.67%) VMware
3 83 (14.24%) Cisco
4 44 (7.55%) Citrix
5 31 (5.32%) Red Hat
6 27 (4.63%) Dell
7 26 (4.46%) HP
8 23 (3.95%) EMC
8 23 (3.95%) Veeam
9 22 (3.77%) Juniper
10 21 (3.60%) SAP
11 18 (3.09%) Palo Alto
12 17 (2.92%) Google
12 17 (2.92%) Oracle
13 16 (2.74%) NetApp
14 15 (2.57%) McAfee
15 14 (2.40%) CommVault
16 13 (2.23%) EqualLogic
17 11 (1.89%) CheckPoint
17 11 (1.89%) Symantec