Period
to 21 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

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
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 298 355 361
Rank change year-on-year +57 +6 -28
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 649 1,114 1,284
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.02% 0.88% 0.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.07% 0.92% 0.89%
Number of salaries quoted 468 898 996
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £49,250
Median salary % change year-on-year - -8.63% +3.68%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,925 £31,375
90th Percentile £70,750 £70,375 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.56% - -

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 60,659 120,682 144,670
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.14% 95.58% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 49,230 97,737 117,131
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
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 21 January 2021.

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 21 January 2021. 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 +43 598 £45,000 -0.55% 279
UK excluding London +32 463 £42,500 -5.56% 250
London +135 164 £60,000 +16.50% 46
North of England +49 106 £43,250 -3.89% 36
Midlands +107 94 £41,250 -2.94% 34
South East +14 92 £42,500 -5.56% 74
South West -22 85 £47,500 +5.56% 49
Work from Home -12 83 £42,500 -22.73% 22
East of England +120 66 £50,000 - 41
West Midlands +98 61 £42,500 -10.53% 22
Yorkshire +29 51 £52,500 +23.53% 12
North West +68 44 £32,500 -23.53% 20
East Midlands +48 33 £40,000 - 12
Wales +45 19 £43,750 -47.03% 4
North East +2 11 £38,500 -17.20% 4
Scotland +30 10 £46,000 +13.58% 11

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, 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.

1 227 (34.98%) Windows
2 196 (30.20%) VMware
3 180 (27.73%) Linux
4 148 (22.80%) Active Directory
5 142 (21.88%) Microsoft
6 132 (20.34%) Azure
7 127 (19.57%) Systems Engineering
8 121 (18.64%) Windows Server
8 121 (18.64%) Degree
9 114 (17.57%) Office 365
10 113 (17.41%) VMware Infrastructure
11 103 (15.87%) Python
12 102 (15.72%) Problem-Solving
13 91 (14.02%) Security Cleared
14 90 (13.87%) PowerShell
14 90 (13.87%) DNS
15 87 (13.41%) AWS
16 81 (12.48%) DevOps
17 79 (12.17%) Cisco
18 75 (11.56%) Bash Shell
19 74 (11.40%) Aerospace
20 71 (10.94%) Validation
20 71 (10.94%) Firewall
21 69 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
21 69 (10.63%) DHCP
22 68 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
22 68 (10.48%) Ansible
22 68 (10.48%) ITIL
23 63 (9.71%) TCP/IP
24 62 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 43 (6.63%) MS Exchange
2 21 (3.24%) Confluence
3 20 (3.08%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.85%) Apache
5 10 (1.54%) Apache Solr
5 10 (1.54%) IIS
6 9 (1.39%) nginx
6 9 (1.39%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.77%) ArcGIS
9 5 (0.77%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 5 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.77%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.62%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.46%) JBoss
11 3 (0.46%) Jetty
12 2 (0.31%) OpenStack
Applications
1 45 (6.93%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.62%) Simulink
3 9 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.39%) Stateflow
4 4 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.54%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 9 (1.39%) Workfront
3 5 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.77%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.31%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.15%) SmartPlant
6 1 (0.15%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 132 (20.34%) Azure
2 114 (17.57%) Office 365
3 87 (13.41%) AWS
4 19 (2.93%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (2.93%) PaaS
4 19 (2.93%) SaaS
5 15 (2.31%) GCP
6 11 (1.69%) IaaS
6 11 (1.69%) Power Platform
7 10 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
8 9 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (1.39%) Amazon ECS
9 8 (1.23%) G Suite
9 8 (1.23%) Serverless
10 6 (0.92%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.77%) AWS Fargate
11 5 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
11 5 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.62%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 4 (0.62%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 90 (13.87%) DNS
2 71 (10.94%) Firewall
3 69 (10.63%) DHCP
4 63 (9.71%) TCP/IP
5 51 (7.86%) SAN
6 48 (7.40%) WAN
7 45 (6.93%) LAN
7 45 (6.93%) VLAN
8 41 (6.32%) Wireless
9 37 (5.70%) IPv4
10 31 (4.78%) IPv6
11 28 (4.31%) Internet
12 27 (4.16%) VPN
13 23 (3.54%) MPLS
14 22 (3.39%) Ethernet
14 22 (3.39%) SSL
15 20 (3.08%) VoIP
16 17 (2.62%) 3GPP
17 14 (2.16%) HTTP
17 14 (2.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (6.78%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.77%) MySQL
3 14 (2.16%) Amazon RDS
3 14 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (1.54%) Power BI
5 9 (1.39%) Big Data
5 9 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (1.08%) Apache Accumulo
6 7 (1.08%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.92%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.92%) Redis
8 5 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.77%) SQLite
9 4 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.62%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.46%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 46 (7.09%) Rational DOORS
2 29 (4.47%) JIRA
3 28 (4.31%) Git (software)
4 18 (2.77%) Jenkins
4 18 (2.77%) Rational Rhapsody
5 11 (1.69%) Subversion
6 10 (1.54%) Bitbucket
7 9 (1.39%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.77%) Oracle Forms
9 4 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (0.46%) GitLab
10 3 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.46%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.15%) Bugzilla
11 1 (0.15%) LabVIEW
11 1 (0.15%) Maven
11 1 (0.15%) Selenium
11 1 (0.15%) Travis CI
General
1 74 (11.40%) Aerospace
2 43 (6.63%) Military
3 42 (6.47%) Finance
4 29 (4.47%) Electronics
5 26 (4.01%) Legal
6 23 (3.54%) Manufacturing
7 22 (3.39%) Telecoms
8 18 (2.77%) Banking
8 18 (2.77%) Public Sector
9 15 (2.31%) Games
10 14 (2.16%) Law
10 14 (2.16%) Marketing
11 13 (2.00%) Avionics
12 9 (1.39%) Automotive
13 8 (1.23%) Police
14 5 (0.77%) Front Office
14 5 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.62%) Retail
16 3 (0.46%) French Language
16 3 (0.46%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (3.08%) 802.1X
2 17 (2.62%) RESTful
3 15 (2.31%) Web Services
4 14 (2.16%) YAML
5 12 (1.85%) .NET
6 10 (1.54%) REST
7 8 (1.23%) Kafka
8 7 (1.08%) Apache NiFi
8 7 (1.08%) Elastic Stack
8 7 (1.08%) Middleware
9 6 (0.92%) COM
9 6 (0.92%) XMPP
10 5 (0.77%) JSON
10 5 (0.77%) Natural Language Processing
10 5 (0.77%) PyTorch
10 5 (0.77%) TensorFlow
11 4 (0.62%) LDAP
11 4 (0.62%) Sensu
11 4 (0.62%) Serverless Framework
11 4 (0.62%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 68 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.08%) Data Centre
3 31 (4.78%) Management Information System
4 28 (4.31%) Self-Motivation
5 26 (4.01%) Algorithms
6 22 (3.39%) Client/Server
7 17 (2.62%) Robotics
8 14 (2.16%) PKI
9 12 (1.85%) Public Cloud
10 11 (1.69%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 9 (1.39%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.39%) Replication
12 8 (1.23%) Cyberthreat
12 8 (1.23%) EMC VNXe
12 8 (1.23%) Enterprise Storage
12 8 (1.23%) FlexPod
12 8 (1.23%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 7 (1.08%) Clustering
13 7 (1.08%) Embedded Systems
14 6 (0.92%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 227 (34.98%) Windows
2 180 (27.73%) Linux
3 121 (18.64%) Windows Server
4 49 (7.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (7.09%) Windows 10
6 37 (5.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 32 (4.93%) CentOS
8 23 (3.54%) Unix
9 22 (3.39%) Windows Server 2016
10 18 (2.77%) Windows 7
11 17 (2.62%) Ubuntu
11 17 (2.62%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (1.69%) Windows Server 2019
13 10 (1.54%) Debian
14 8 (1.23%) Mac OS
15 7 (1.08%) Solaris
16 4 (0.62%) Fedora
16 4 (0.62%) VxWorks
17 2 (0.31%) Windows 8
18 1 (0.15%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (19.57%) Systems Engineering
2 102 (15.72%) Problem-Solving
3 81 (12.48%) DevOps
4 71 (10.94%) Validation
5 69 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (10.48%) ITIL
7 62 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 52 (8.01%) Project Management
9 44 (6.78%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
10 42 (6.47%) Configuration Management
10 42 (6.47%) Continuous Improvement
11 32 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
12 30 (4.62%) Customer Requirements
13 29 (4.47%) Cybersecurity
13 29 (4.47%) Storage Management
14 27 (4.16%) Collaborative Working
14 27 (4.16%) Computer Science
14 27 (4.16%) Service Management
14 27 (4.16%) SysML
15 26 (4.01%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 103 (15.87%) Python
2 90 (13.87%) PowerShell
3 75 (11.56%) Bash Shell
4 49 (7.55%) SQL
5 39 (6.01%) C
6 32 (4.93%) C++
7 31 (4.78%) C#
7 31 (4.78%) MATLAB
8 29 (4.47%) Perl
9 21 (3.24%) Shell Script
10 18 (2.77%) Java
10 18 (2.77%) PHP
11 16 (2.47%) Ruby
12 10 (1.54%) JavaScript
13 7 (1.08%) Go
13 7 (1.08%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.62%) Google Apps Script
15 3 (0.46%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.46%) VBA
16 2 (0.31%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 121 (18.64%) Degree
2 91 (14.02%) Security Cleared
3 55 (8.47%) Microsoft Certification
4 54 (8.32%) SC Cleared
5 41 (6.32%) MCSE
6 37 (5.70%) MCSA
7 31 (4.78%) DV Cleared
8 29 (4.47%) CCNA
8 29 (4.47%) Cisco Certification
9 24 (3.70%) HNC
10 20 (3.08%) HND
11 17 (2.62%) PhD
12 14 (2.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 11 (1.69%) Master's Degree
13 11 (1.69%) MCP
14 9 (1.39%) CCSA
14 9 (1.39%) Check Point Certification
15 8 (1.23%) Chartered Engineer
16 7 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
16 7 (1.08%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.31%) GDPR
2 10 (1.54%) GxP
3 9 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.08%) GAMP
4 7 (1.08%) HAZOP
4 7 (1.08%) SLA
5 6 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 15288
6 5 (0.77%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 5 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (0.77%) GMP
6 5 (0.77%) ISO 26262
7 4 (0.62%) NIST
7 4 (0.62%) OpenSCAP
7 4 (0.62%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.46%) COSHH
8 3 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (0.46%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.31%) COBIT
9 2 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 148 (22.80%) Active Directory
2 113 (17.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (8.78%) Hyper-V
4 37 (5.70%) Docker
5 30 (4.62%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (2.62%) XenApp
7 13 (2.00%) Virtual Servers
7 13 (2.00%) vSphere
8 11 (1.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 10 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
10 8 (1.23%) XenDesktop
11 7 (1.08%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 7 (1.08%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 7 (1.08%) Firmware
11 7 (1.08%) KVM
12 6 (0.92%) RHEV
13 4 (0.62%) Kamailio
14 3 (0.46%) pfSense
15 2 (0.31%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.31%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 68 (10.48%) Ansible
2 37 (5.70%) SCCM
2 37 (5.70%) Terraform
3 28 (4.31%) Puppet
4 23 (3.54%) Kubernetes
5 21 (3.24%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (3.24%) SCOM
5 21 (3.24%) WSUS
6 14 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
7 13 (2.00%) vCenter Server
8 12 (1.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 10 (1.54%) NetBackup
9 10 (1.54%) SCOrch
10 9 (1.39%) Backup Exec
10 9 (1.39%) ZABBIX
11 8 (1.23%) HAProxy
11 8 (1.23%) Nagios
11 8 (1.23%) Red Hat Satellite
12 5 (0.77%) Graylog
12 5 (0.77%) Kibana
Vendors
1 196 (30.20%) VMware
2 142 (21.88%) Microsoft
3 79 (12.17%) Cisco
4 46 (7.09%) Red Hat
5 42 (6.47%) Citrix
6 32 (4.93%) NetApp
7 23 (3.54%) EMC
8 22 (3.39%) CheckPoint
8 22 (3.39%) Oracle
9 19 (2.93%) HP
10 17 (2.62%) Google
10 17 (2.62%) Twitter
11 16 (2.47%) Dell
12 14 (2.16%) Veeam
13 13 (2.00%) IBM
13 13 (2.00%) Remedy
13 13 (2.00%) ServiceNow
14 10 (1.54%) Sophos
14 10 (1.54%) Sparx
15 9 (1.39%) Mitel