Period
to 16 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £44,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 April 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
16 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 290 346 349
Rank change year-on-year +56 +3 -7
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 885 985 1,367
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 0.88% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.13% 0.92% 0.96%
Number of salaries quoted 459 766 1,049
10th Percentile £30,000 £30,750 £32,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £36,250 £38,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £44,000 £45,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.22% -10.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £57,500 £56,250 £62,500
90th Percentile £74,000 £70,000 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -11.11% - +5.88%

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 78,200 106,708 142,739
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.12% 95.38% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 61,472 86,663 115,006
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,880 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,000 £38,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 +54 795 £45,000 - 340
UK excluding London +45 673 £40,000 -11.11% 298
London +37 175 £60,500 +15.24% 55
North of England +38 138 £35,000 -22.22% 48
East of England +127 135 £50,000 +11.11% 39
South West -22 122 £42,899 -4.67% 79
South East -22 117 £42,500 -5.56% 75
Work from Home -41 115 £47,500 -5.00% 44
Midlands +64 114 £40,000 -11.11% 45
West Midlands +56 76 £37,500 -16.67% 27
Yorkshire +14 73 £37,500 -7.41% 20
North West +56 57 £32,667 -27.41% 25
Scotland +19 39 £38,000 -10.59% 9
East Midlands -3 38 £40,000 -5.88% 18
Wales +41 18 £46,950 -3.20% 3
North East -12 9 £38,500 -17.20% 3

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 255 (28.81%) Linux
2 250 (28.25%) Windows
3 236 (26.67%) Systems Engineering
4 193 (21.81%) Degree
5 192 (21.69%) VMware
6 177 (20.00%) Microsoft
7 161 (18.19%) Problem-Solving
8 160 (18.08%) Python
9 150 (16.95%) Security Cleared
10 147 (16.61%) Azure
11 129 (14.58%) Active Directory
12 128 (14.46%) Validation
13 124 (14.01%) AWS
14 123 (13.90%) VMware Infrastructure
15 121 (13.67%) PowerShell
16 113 (12.77%) Microsoft 365
16 113 (12.77%) Windows Server
17 110 (12.43%) Agile Software Development
18 107 (12.09%) DevOps
19 99 (11.19%) Bash Shell
20 97 (10.96%) DNS
21 92 (10.40%) Analytical Skills
22 90 (10.17%) Aerospace
23 89 (10.06%) Cisco
24 87 (9.83%) SC Cleared
24 87 (9.83%) Ansible
25 85 (9.60%) Firewall
26 84 (9.49%) Project Management
26 84 (9.49%) ITIL
26 84 (9.49%) Model-Based Systems 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 40 (4.52%) MS Exchange
2 39 (4.41%) Confluence
3 37 (4.18%) SharePoint
4 30 (3.39%) IIS
5 23 (2.60%) Apache
6 19 (2.15%) Tomcat
7 18 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
8 17 (1.92%) nginx
9 12 (1.36%) ejabberd
10 10 (1.13%) Apache Solr
11 8 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (0.79%) GlassFish
13 5 (0.56%) ArcGIS
14 4 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.45%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.34%) WebSphere
16 1 (0.11%) Drupal
16 1 (0.11%) Skype for Business
16 1 (0.11%) WinCC
Applications
1 69 (7.80%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (5.42%) Simulink
3 13 (1.47%) Stateflow
4 12 (1.36%) Microsoft Excel
5 5 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.45%) Zemax
7 2 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 7 (0.79%) Sentinel
2 7 (0.79%) Workfront
3 6 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.23%) C-CURE
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.11%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.11%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 147 (16.61%) Azure
2 124 (14.01%) AWS
3 113 (12.77%) Microsoft 365
4 31 (3.50%) PaaS
5 24 (2.71%) AWS CloudFormation
5 24 (2.71%) SaaS
6 23 (2.60%) Serverless
7 20 (2.26%) Power Platform
8 19 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
9 17 (1.92%) Amazon S3
10 16 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
11 15 (1.69%) GCP
12 13 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
12 13 (1.47%) AWS Fargate
13 11 (1.24%) Amazon ECS
14 10 (1.13%) OneDrive
14 10 (1.13%) PowerApps
15 9 (1.02%) IaaS
16 8 (0.90%) Amazon SageMaker
16 8 (0.90%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 97 (10.96%) DNS
2 85 (9.60%) Firewall
3 74 (8.36%) TCP/IP
4 64 (7.23%) DHCP
5 60 (6.78%) Wireless
6 57 (6.44%) VLAN
7 51 (5.76%) IPv4
8 50 (5.65%) LAN
9 48 (5.42%) VPN
10 47 (5.31%) Ethernet
10 47 (5.31%) Internet
11 43 (4.86%) WAN
12 38 (4.29%) SAN
13 37 (4.18%) IPv6
14 34 (3.84%) MPLS
15 31 (3.50%) 3GPP
16 27 (3.05%) HTTP
17 24 (2.71%) Broadband
17 24 (2.71%) Wi-Fi
18 21 (2.37%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.26%) Big Data
3 18 (2.03%) Power BI
4 17 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 16 (1.81%) Amazon RDS
6 13 (1.47%) MySQL
7 12 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (0.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 6 (0.68%) Apache Accumulo
9 6 (0.68%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.56%) MariaDB
10 5 (0.56%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.56%) SQLite
11 4 (0.45%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.45%) Redis
12 3 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.34%) MS Access
12 3 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
12 3 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 81 (9.15%) Rational DOORS
2 51 (5.76%) JIRA
3 49 (5.54%) Git (software)
4 39 (4.41%) Rational Rhapsody
5 23 (2.60%) Bitbucket
6 18 (2.03%) Jenkins
6 18 (2.03%) Subversion
7 7 (0.79%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.56%) GitLab
9 4 (0.45%) LabVIEW
10 3 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.23%) Travis CI
12 1 (0.11%) Maven
12 1 (0.11%) Selenium
General
1 90 (10.17%) Aerospace
2 66 (7.46%) Electronics
3 64 (7.23%) Finance
4 60 (6.78%) Military
5 45 (5.08%) Telecoms
6 34 (3.84%) Games
7 30 (3.39%) Manufacturing
8 28 (3.16%) Law
9 25 (2.82%) Avionics
10 24 (2.71%) Banking
11 22 (2.49%) Public Sector
12 21 (2.37%) Legal
13 15 (1.69%) Marketing
14 6 (0.68%) Retail
15 5 (0.56%) Automotive
15 5 (0.56%) French Language
15 5 (0.56%) Police
16 4 (0.45%) Local Government
16 4 (0.45%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.23%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (5.20%) 802.1X
2 30 (3.39%) XMPP
3 29 (3.28%) RESTful
4 28 (3.16%) Web Services
5 13 (1.47%) Natural Language Processing
5 13 (1.47%) PyTorch
5 13 (1.47%) TensorFlow
5 13 (1.47%) YAML
6 12 (1.36%) .NET
6 12 (1.36%) Elastic Stack
7 9 (1.02%) COM
7 9 (1.02%) Kafka
8 7 (0.79%) OpenCV
9 6 (0.68%) Apache NiFi
9 6 (0.68%) CSS
10 5 (0.56%) LAMP
10 5 (0.56%) REST
11 4 (0.45%) JSON
11 4 (0.45%) Serverless Framework
12 3 (0.34%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 92 (10.40%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (5.88%) Data Centre
3 38 (4.29%) Algorithms
4 34 (3.84%) Self-Motivation
5 31 (3.50%) Management Information System
6 29 (3.28%) Robotics
7 27 (3.05%) Client/Server
8 23 (2.60%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 20 (2.26%) Embedded Systems
9 20 (2.26%) Public Cloud
10 13 (1.47%) Smart City
11 12 (1.36%) Driving Licence
11 12 (1.36%) Replication
12 11 (1.24%) Clustering
12 11 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
13 10 (1.13%) PKI
14 9 (1.02%) EMC VNXe
14 9 (1.02%) Enterprise Storage
14 9 (1.02%) FlexPod
14 9 (1.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 255 (28.81%) Linux
2 250 (28.25%) Windows
3 113 (12.77%) Windows Server
4 50 (5.65%) Windows 10
5 45 (5.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 35 (3.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 33 (3.73%) Unix
8 30 (3.39%) CentOS
9 25 (2.82%) Windows Server 2016
10 18 (2.03%) Debian
11 16 (1.81%) Ubuntu
11 16 (1.81%) Windows 7
12 15 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
14 10 (1.13%) Mac OS
15 8 (0.90%) SUSE
16 4 (0.45%) VxWorks
17 3 (0.34%) VMS
18 2 (0.23%) Apple iOS
18 2 (0.23%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (26.67%) Systems Engineering
2 161 (18.19%) Problem-Solving
3 128 (14.46%) Validation
4 110 (12.43%) Agile Software Development
5 107 (12.09%) DevOps
6 84 (9.49%) ITIL
6 84 (9.49%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
6 84 (9.49%) Project Management
7 65 (7.34%) Configuration Management
8 59 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 58 (6.55%) Customer Requirements
10 57 (6.44%) Machine Learning
11 54 (6.10%) Computer Science
12 52 (5.88%) SysML
13 50 (5.65%) Mentoring
14 49 (5.54%) Physics
15 48 (5.42%) Scrum
16 47 (5.31%) Collaborative Working
16 47 (5.31%) Continuous Improvement
17 42 (4.75%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 160 (18.08%) Python
2 121 (13.67%) PowerShell
3 99 (11.19%) Bash Shell
4 81 (9.15%) MATLAB
5 64 (7.23%) C
6 58 (6.55%) SQL
7 57 (6.44%) C++
8 42 (4.75%) C#
9 33 (3.73%) Perl
10 29 (3.28%) PHP
11 27 (3.05%) Java
12 16 (1.81%) JavaScript
13 15 (1.69%) Shell Script
14 10 (1.13%) Go
15 9 (1.02%) Ruby
16 7 (0.79%) PL/SQL
16 7 (0.79%) VB.NET
16 7 (0.79%) VBA
17 4 (0.45%) Google Apps Script
18 3 (0.34%) Rust
Qualifications
1 193 (21.81%) Degree
2 150 (16.95%) Security Cleared
3 87 (9.83%) SC Cleared
4 50 (5.65%) HNC
5 46 (5.20%) DV Cleared
5 46 (5.20%) Microsoft Certification
6 41 (4.63%) MCSE
7 37 (4.18%) HND
8 34 (3.84%) PhD
9 31 (3.50%) MCSA
10 27 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
11 26 (2.94%) CCNA
12 15 (1.69%) RHCE
13 14 (1.58%) GIAC
13 14 (1.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 13 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
15 12 (1.36%) Chartered Engineer
16 10 (1.13%) Master's Degree
17 8 (0.90%) CCNP
17 8 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.24%) SLA
2 8 (0.90%) HAZOP
3 7 (0.79%) GDPR
4 6 (0.68%) IEC 61508
4 6 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 15288
4 6 (0.68%) OpenSCAP
5 5 (0.56%) GxP
5 5 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.45%) Cyber Essentials
6 4 (0.45%) NIST
6 4 (0.45%) QA
7 3 (0.34%) COSHH
7 3 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 3 (0.34%) Def Stans
8 2 (0.23%) GAMP
8 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.23%) NEBOSH
9 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 129 (14.58%) Active Directory
2 123 (13.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (6.10%) Docker
4 51 (5.76%) Hyper-V
5 40 (4.52%) VMware ESXi
6 26 (2.94%) vSphere
7 16 (1.81%) XenApp
8 15 (1.69%) Kamailio
8 15 (1.69%) KVM
9 14 (1.58%) Firmware
10 13 (1.47%) iptables
11 12 (1.36%) Postfix
11 12 (1.36%) QEMU
12 11 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
13 10 (1.13%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (0.68%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 6 (0.68%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 5 (0.56%) pfSense
17 4 (0.45%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 87 (9.83%) Ansible
2 54 (6.10%) Puppet
3 41 (4.63%) Terraform
4 34 (3.84%) SCCM
5 27 (3.05%) Kubernetes
6 21 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (2.26%) Graylog
7 20 (2.26%) HAProxy
8 19 (2.15%) WSUS
9 18 (2.03%) Kibana
10 16 (1.81%) Galera Cluster
10 16 (1.81%) ZABBIX
11 15 (1.69%) SCOM
12 13 (1.47%) Microsoft Intune
13 10 (1.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 10 (1.13%) Red Hat Satellite
13 10 (1.13%) vCenter Server
14 9 (1.02%) NetBackup
15 7 (0.79%) Backup Exec
16 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 192 (21.69%) VMware
2 177 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 89 (10.06%) Cisco
4 56 (6.33%) Red Hat
5 49 (5.54%) Twitter
6 47 (5.31%) EMC
7 40 (4.52%) Citrix
7 40 (4.52%) HP
8 34 (3.84%) NetApp
9 26 (2.94%) Oracle
10 24 (2.71%) IBM
11 20 (2.26%) Google
12 19 (2.15%) Dell
13 18 (2.03%) Veeam
14 15 (1.69%) Juniper
15 14 (1.58%) Mitel
16 12 (1.36%) GENBAND
16 12 (1.36%) Nortel
16 12 (1.36%) Percona
16 12 (1.36%) SonicWALL