Period
to 28 January 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 January 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
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 350 360 332
Rank change year-on-year +10 -28 -3
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 1,097 1,309 1,673
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 0.87% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.90% 1.01%
Number of salaries quoted 850 980 1,315
UK median annual salary £45,000 £48,750 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.69% +2.63% -
10th Percentile £30,749 £31,500 £29,850
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 120,037 144,882 165,680
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.55% 95.91% 96.28%
Number of salaries quoted 96,074 115,785 135,147
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,750 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Systems Engineer.

Salary trend for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Engineer over the 6 months to 28 January 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 28 January 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 +12 1,006 £45,000 -10.00% 525
UK excluding London +58 808 £45,000 - 498
South East +56 269 £45,500 -4.21% 129
London -90 244 £51,500 -1.90% 72
South West +40 203 £45,000 +5.88% 122
North of England +73 146 £45,000 +3.45% 44
Midlands +6 86 £42,500 +6.25% 69
Yorkshire +49 62 £43,750 +6.06% 14
East of England +22 56 £50,000 +11.11% 89
North West +23 54 £42,500 -5.56% 24
East Midlands +11 52 £40,000 +14.29% 24
West Midlands +4 34 £47,500 +9.83% 45
North East +33 30 £46,500 -15.45% 6
Scotland +32 28 £40,500 -22.86% 26
Wales -5 20 £82,600 +129.44% 14
Northern Ireland +2 1 £37,500 +7.14% 5

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 435 (39.65%) Windows
2 315 (28.71%) Linux
3 300 (27.35%) Microsoft
4 295 (26.89%) VMware
5 278 (25.34%) Systems Engineering
6 235 (21.42%) Active Directory
7 227 (20.69%) Degree
8 220 (20.05%) Windows Server
8 220 (20.05%) Azure
9 202 (18.41%) Problem-Solving
10 192 (17.50%) Office 365
11 191 (17.41%) VMware Infrastructure
12 168 (15.31%) Python
13 158 (14.40%) Firewall
14 154 (14.04%) C
15 153 (13.95%) PowerShell
16 148 (13.49%) AWS
17 142 (12.94%) Cisco
18 112 (10.21%) ITIL
19 108 (9.85%) Bash Shell
20 107 (9.75%) Windows Server 2012
21 106 (9.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 100 (9.12%) SQL Server
22 100 (9.12%) Security Cleared
23 97 (8.84%) SQL
24 96 (8.75%) DNS
24 96 (8.75%) Management Information System
25 93 (8.48%) Agile Software Development
26 92 (8.39%) Citrix
27 89 (8.11%) 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 69 (6.29%) MS Exchange
2 50 (4.56%) IIS
3 43 (3.92%) Apache
4 38 (3.46%) SharePoint
5 24 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (1.73%) Tomcat
7 16 (1.46%) Drupal
8 12 (1.09%) nginx
9 10 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (0.82%) Confluence
10 9 (0.82%) Skype for Business
11 8 (0.73%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
12 7 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
13 3 (0.27%) Jetty
14 2 (0.18%) WebLogic
15 1 (0.091%) Apache Airflow
15 1 (0.091%) Apache Spark
15 1 (0.091%) ArcGIS
15 1 (0.091%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 62 (5.65%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.64%) Simulink
3 15 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.55%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.091%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.091%) EPLAN
6 1 (0.091%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.091%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 8 (0.73%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 7 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.091%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.091%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.091%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.091%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 220 (20.05%) Azure
2 192 (17.50%) Office 365
3 148 (13.49%) AWS
4 22 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (1.37%) IaaS
5 15 (1.37%) SaaS
6 14 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
7 10 (0.91%) GCP
8 9 (0.82%) GitHub
8 9 (0.82%) PaaS
9 8 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.46%) Datadog
12 4 (0.36%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
13 3 (0.27%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.27%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.27%) Power Platform
13 3 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 2 (0.18%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 158 (14.40%) Firewall
2 96 (8.75%) DNS
3 89 (8.11%) TCP/IP
4 84 (7.66%) SAN
5 76 (6.93%) WAN
6 75 (6.84%) DHCP
7 69 (6.29%) LAN
8 54 (4.92%) Wireless
9 53 (4.83%) VPN
10 39 (3.56%) Internet
10 39 (3.56%) Software-Defined Radio
11 38 (3.46%) Network Security
12 32 (2.92%) VoIP
12 32 (2.92%) Wi-Fi
13 27 (2.46%) 4G
14 26 (2.37%) VLAN
15 22 (2.01%) BGP
16 21 (1.91%) WLAN
17 18 (1.64%) LTE
17 18 (1.64%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (9.12%) SQL Server
2 50 (4.56%) MySQL
3 31 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
4 25 (2.28%) SQL Server 2012
5 21 (1.91%) SQL Server 2008
6 16 (1.46%) Big Data
7 11 (1.00%) Hadoop
7 11 (1.00%) MariaDB
8 9 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
9 7 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
9 7 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (0.55%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.46%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
13 3 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.27%) Power BI
14 2 (0.18%) Data Mining
14 2 (0.18%) NoSQL
14 2 (0.18%) Redis
14 2 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 68 (6.20%) Rational DOORS
2 24 (2.19%) Jenkins
3 22 (2.01%) Git (software)
4 17 (1.55%) Rational Rhapsody
5 14 (1.28%) JIRA
6 11 (1.00%) CMake
6 11 (1.00%) Rational Quality Manager
6 11 (1.00%) Rational Team Concert
7 10 (0.91%) Visual Studio
8 8 (0.73%) Subversion
9 7 (0.64%) LabVIEW
10 4 (0.36%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.36%) MagicDraw
10 4 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (0.27%) MSI
12 2 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.18%) Fiddler
12 2 (0.18%) GitLab
12 2 (0.18%) Maven
12 2 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 79 (7.20%) Aerospace
1 79 (7.20%) Finance
2 75 (6.84%) Military
3 59 (5.38%) Telecoms
4 56 (5.10%) Electronics
5 51 (4.65%) Retail
6 50 (4.56%) Manufacturing
7 44 (4.01%) Automotive
8 42 (3.83%) Marketing
9 36 (3.28%) Public Sector
10 30 (2.73%) Legal
11 23 (2.10%) Banking
12 19 (1.73%) Avionics
13 18 (1.64%) Law
14 7 (0.64%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.55%) Advertising
16 5 (0.46%) Games
16 5 (0.46%) German Language
16 5 (0.46%) Italian Language
17 4 (0.36%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.92%) LDAP
2 31 (2.83%) LAMP
2 31 (2.83%) Web Services
3 24 (2.19%) .NET
4 17 (1.55%) Middleware
5 13 (1.19%) Elastic Stack
6 11 (1.00%) HTML
7 7 (0.64%) JSON
8 6 (0.55%) RabbitMQ
8 6 (0.55%) REST
8 6 (0.55%) XML
9 4 (0.36%) CSS
9 4 (0.36%) HTML5
9 4 (0.36%) LAPP Stack
9 4 (0.36%) Sensu
10 3 (0.27%) EJB
10 3 (0.27%) LEMP Stack
10 3 (0.27%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.27%) SOAP
10 3 (0.27%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 96 (8.75%) Management Information System
2 77 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (6.20%) Data Centre
4 57 (5.20%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 47 (4.28%) Algorithms
6 39 (3.56%) Self-Motivation
7 38 (3.46%) Verilog
7 38 (3.46%) VHDL
8 26 (2.37%) Embedded Systems
9 21 (1.91%) Driving Licence
10 19 (1.73%) Clustering
11 14 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
12 13 (1.19%) Private Cloud
13 12 (1.09%) Replication
14 11 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
14 11 (1.00%) PKI
15 10 (0.91%) SCADA
16 9 (0.82%) Fat Client
16 9 (0.82%) Mobile Computing
16 9 (0.82%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 435 (39.65%) Windows
2 315 (28.71%) Linux
3 220 (20.05%) Windows Server
4 107 (9.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 86 (7.84%) Windows 10
6 61 (5.56%) Unix
7 54 (4.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 40 (3.65%) CentOS
10 30 (2.73%) Windows 7
11 21 (1.91%) Solaris
12 20 (1.82%) Android
13 13 (1.19%) Debian
14 9 (0.82%) Windows 8
14 9 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
15 8 (0.73%) Windows Embedded Compact
16 6 (0.55%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.55%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.46%) SUSE
18 4 (0.36%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 278 (25.34%) Systems Engineering
2 202 (18.41%) Problem-Solving
3 112 (10.21%) ITIL
4 106 (9.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 93 (8.48%) Agile Software Development
6 83 (7.57%) UML
7 75 (6.84%) Project Management
8 74 (6.75%) DevOps
9 67 (6.11%) MODAF
10 65 (5.93%) Information Security
11 63 (5.74%) Customer Requirements
12 60 (5.47%) Technical Leadership
13 57 (5.20%) Configuration Management
13 57 (5.20%) TOGAF
14 54 (4.92%) Mentoring
14 54 (4.92%) SysML
15 49 (4.47%) Validation
16 47 (4.28%) Signal Processing
17 46 (4.19%) Presales
18 44 (4.01%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 168 (15.31%) Python
2 154 (14.04%) C
3 153 (13.95%) PowerShell
4 108 (9.85%) Bash Shell
5 97 (8.84%) SQL
6 77 (7.02%) C++
7 66 (6.02%) Perl
8 57 (5.20%) C#
9 35 (3.19%) Embedded C
9 35 (3.19%) Ruby
10 34 (3.10%) Java
11 27 (2.46%) MATLAB
11 27 (2.46%) Shell Script
12 20 (1.82%) JavaScript
13 16 (1.46%) VBScript
14 12 (1.09%) Korn
15 9 (0.82%) Go
15 9 (0.82%) PHP
16 7 (0.64%) VB
17 5 (0.46%) Ada
Qualifications
1 227 (20.69%) Degree
2 100 (9.12%) Security Cleared
3 66 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 58 (5.29%) SC Cleared
5 47 (4.28%) MCSE
6 39 (3.56%) Cisco Certification
7 37 (3.37%) MCSA
8 32 (2.92%) DV Cleared
9 28 (2.55%) CCNA
10 24 (2.19%) CCNP
11 19 (1.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 18 (1.64%) Chartered Engineer
13 12 (1.09%) HND
14 11 (1.00%) JNCIA
15 10 (0.91%) HNC
16 9 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
17 8 (0.73%) MCITP
17 8 (0.73%) VCP6
18 7 (0.64%) PhD
19 5 (0.46%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (2.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (2.55%) SLA
3 16 (1.46%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 16 (1.46%) PCI DSS
4 15 (1.37%) GDPR
5 12 (1.09%) QA
6 11 (1.00%) Def Stans
7 8 (0.73%) IEC 61508
8 7 (0.64%) HAZOP
9 5 (0.46%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.46%) JSP 440
10 4 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.27%) ISO 22301
11 3 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.27%) JTAG
11 3 (0.27%) NCSC
12 1 (0.091%) ISO 26262
12 1 (0.091%) NIST
System Software
1 235 (21.42%) Active Directory
2 191 (17.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (7.66%) Hyper-V
4 56 (5.10%) vSphere
5 47 (4.28%) Docker
6 45 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
7 44 (4.01%) XenApp
8 38 (3.46%) Virtual Machines
9 34 (3.10%) Firmware
10 29 (2.64%) Virtual Servers
11 17 (1.55%) XenDesktop
12 13 (1.19%) VMware NSX
13 12 (1.09%) KVM
14 11 (1.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (0.73%) NFS
15 8 (0.73%) Samba
16 6 (0.55%) Ceph
17 5 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
18 4 (0.36%) Squid
18 4 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 61 (5.56%) SCCM
2 51 (4.65%) Puppet
3 47 (4.28%) Ansible
4 32 (2.92%) Kubernetes
5 30 (2.73%) Terraform
6 29 (2.64%) SCOM
7 28 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
8 19 (1.73%) HP Quality Center
8 19 (1.73%) Nagios
9 17 (1.55%) vCenter Server
10 12 (1.09%) HAProxy
10 12 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (1.00%) Galera Cluster
11 11 (1.00%) SCVMM
12 9 (0.82%) BMC PATROL
13 8 (0.73%) Cacti
13 8 (0.73%) NetBackup
14 7 (0.64%) WSUS
15 5 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
16 4 (0.36%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 300 (27.35%) Microsoft
2 295 (26.89%) VMware
3 142 (12.94%) Cisco
4 92 (8.39%) Citrix
5 63 (5.74%) Red Hat
6 44 (4.01%) HP
7 40 (3.65%) NetApp
8 39 (3.56%) IBM
9 33 (3.01%) Juniper
10 32 (2.92%) SAP
11 31 (2.83%) EMC
12 26 (2.37%) Oracle
13 25 (2.28%) Atlassian
13 25 (2.28%) McAfee
14 19 (1.73%) Dell
15 18 (1.64%) Splunk
16 17 (1.55%) Veeam
17 15 (1.37%) Huawei
18 14 (1.28%) Palo Alto
18 14 (1.28%) Ruckus Wireless