Period
to 25 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 October 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
25 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 329 339 372
Rank change year-on-year +10 +33 -29
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 423 1,274 1,391
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 0.94% 0.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.98% 0.88%
Number of salaries quoted 370 1,011 1,083
Median annual salary £47,500 £50,000 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.00% +2.04% +3.16%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.38% +3.33% -

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 46,391 130,232 157,705
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 95.65% 95.90%
Number of salaries quoted 38,367 103,938 126,942
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
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 25 October 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 25 October 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 +19 396 £47,500 -5.00% 250
UK excluding London -10 257 £44,000 -5.38% 223
London +121 159 £57,500 +6.48% 52
South East +15 66 £42,000 -11.58% 50
North of England +101 57 £42,500 - 30
Midlands +86 46 £42,500 - 32
South West -10 40 £50,000 +11.11% 45
East of England +93 29 £45,000 -18.18% 41
West Midlands +76 29 £42,500 -15.00% 13
Work from Home -16 27 £47,500 -26.92% 20
North West +95 25 £35,000 -12.50% 10
Yorkshire +93 22 £52,500 +23.53% 15
East Midlands +83 17 £40,000 - 19
Scotland +88 15 £45,000 -10.00% 13
North East +17 10 £45,750 -1.61% 5
Wales +41 7 £38,500 -41.93% 12

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 October 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.

1 195 (46.10%) Windows
2 152 (35.93%) VMware
3 137 (32.39%) Active Directory
4 126 (29.79%) Linux
4 126 (29.79%) Azure
5 115 (27.19%) Microsoft
6 110 (26.00%) Windows Server
7 104 (24.59%) Office 365
8 82 (19.39%) AWS
9 79 (18.68%) VMware Infrastructure
10 78 (18.44%) PowerShell
11 75 (17.73%) Python
12 68 (16.08%) Degree
13 64 (15.13%) Firewall
14 63 (14.89%) DNS
15 58 (13.71%) Cisco
16 56 (13.24%) DHCP
17 55 (13.00%) TCP/IP
18 53 (12.53%) ITIL
19 52 (12.29%) Systems Engineering
20 51 (12.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 49 (11.58%) Hyper-V
22 47 (11.11%) DevOps
23 45 (10.64%) Bash Shell
24 43 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
25 42 (9.93%) Security Cleared
26 41 (9.69%) Finance
27 40 (9.46%) SQL
27 40 (9.46%) Problem-Solving
28 39 (9.22%) Ansible

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 20 (4.73%) MS Exchange
2 14 (3.31%) IIS
3 12 (2.84%) Apache
4 10 (2.36%) nginx
5 9 (2.13%) Confluence
6 7 (1.65%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 7 (1.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 7 (1.65%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.71%) JBoss
8 3 (0.71%) Jetty
8 3 (0.71%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.71%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.47%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.47%) CloudStack
9 2 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.47%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
1 8 (1.89%) Simulink
2 6 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.42%) Stateflow
3 3 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.18%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.71%) Teamcenter
3 2 (0.47%) SAP Business One
3 2 (0.47%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 126 (29.79%) Azure
2 104 (24.59%) Office 365
3 82 (19.39%) AWS
4 16 (3.78%) IaaS
5 15 (3.55%) SaaS
6 13 (3.07%) PaaS
7 9 (2.13%) GCP
8 8 (1.89%) AWS CloudFormation
8 8 (1.89%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (1.42%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.95%) Amazon ECS
11 4 (0.95%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.95%) G Suite
11 4 (0.95%) Serverless
12 3 (0.71%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.71%) AWS CodePipeline
12 3 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.71%) GitHub
13 2 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 64 (15.13%) Firewall
2 63 (14.89%) DNS
3 56 (13.24%) DHCP
4 55 (13.00%) TCP/IP
5 38 (8.98%) LAN
6 36 (8.51%) WAN
7 34 (8.04%) SAN
8 24 (5.67%) VLAN
9 22 (5.20%) Wireless
10 21 (4.96%) VPN
11 19 (4.49%) Internet
12 18 (4.26%) SSL
13 17 (4.02%) IPv6
14 15 (3.55%) IPv4
14 15 (3.55%) VoIP
15 13 (3.07%) Network Security
16 12 (2.84%) HTTP
16 12 (2.84%) Unified Communications
16 12 (2.84%) Wi-Fi
17 8 (1.89%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.62%) SQL Server
2 17 (4.02%) MySQL
3 7 (1.65%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
4 6 (1.42%) Data Lake
4 6 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.71%) Big Data
5 3 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.71%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.71%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.47%) Apache Accumulo
6 2 (0.47%) Couchbase
6 2 (0.47%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.47%) Redis
6 2 (0.47%) Tableau
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.24%) Power BI
7 1 (0.24%) QGIS
7 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 19 (4.49%) Git (software)
2 13 (3.07%) JIRA
3 10 (2.36%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.89%) TeamCity
5 7 (1.65%) Octopus Deploy
5 7 (1.65%) Oracle Forms
5 7 (1.65%) Subversion
6 6 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (1.18%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.95%) Bugzilla
9 3 (0.71%) GitLab
9 3 (0.71%) Selenium
9 3 (0.71%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.47%) Rational DOORS
10 2 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.47%) TestRail
11 1 (0.24%) Maven
11 1 (0.24%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 41 (9.69%) Finance
2 19 (4.49%) Legal
3 17 (4.02%) Electronics
4 12 (2.84%) Aerospace
5 10 (2.36%) Automotive
5 10 (2.36%) Banking
5 10 (2.36%) Police
6 9 (2.13%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.42%) Public Sector
7 6 (1.42%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.18%) Law
8 5 (1.18%) Military
8 5 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.95%) Advertising
9 4 (0.95%) Back Office
9 4 (0.95%) Front Office
10 3 (0.71%) Games
11 2 (0.47%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.47%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.47%) Mandarin Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.60%) REST
2 7 (1.65%) Middleware
2 7 (1.65%) XML
3 6 (1.42%) 802.1X
3 6 (1.42%) YAML
4 5 (1.18%) .NET
4 5 (1.18%) JSON
4 5 (1.18%) LDAP
4 5 (1.18%) RESTful
4 5 (1.18%) Web Services
5 4 (0.95%) CSS
5 4 (0.95%) Sensu
6 2 (0.47%) Apache NiFi
6 2 (0.47%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.47%) HTML
6 2 (0.47%) Kafka
6 2 (0.47%) LAMP
6 2 (0.47%) LEMP Stack
6 2 (0.47%) PHP-FPM
6 2 (0.47%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 43 (10.17%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (5.91%) Data Centre
3 18 (4.26%) Management Information System
4 16 (3.78%) PKI
5 13 (3.07%) Hybrid Cloud
6 11 (2.60%) Algorithms
6 11 (2.60%) Clustering
6 11 (2.60%) Replication
7 10 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (2.13%) Client/Server
9 8 (1.89%) Cyberthreat
9 8 (1.89%) Driving Licence
9 8 (1.89%) SCADA
9 8 (1.89%) State Machine
10 7 (1.65%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.42%) Public Cloud
12 5 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
13 4 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
13 4 (0.95%) Internet of Things
14 3 (0.71%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 195 (46.10%) Windows
2 126 (29.79%) Linux
3 110 (26.00%) Windows Server
4 34 (8.04%) Windows 10
5 33 (7.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (7.57%) Unix
7 28 (6.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 22 (5.20%) CentOS
8 22 (5.20%) Windows Server 2016
9 18 (4.26%) Windows 7
10 16 (3.78%) Windows Server 2008
11 13 (3.07%) Ubuntu
11 13 (3.07%) Windows Server 2019
12 12 (2.84%) Solaris
13 6 (1.42%) Debian
14 5 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.95%) Fedora
16 3 (0.71%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.71%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (12.53%) ITIL
2 52 (12.29%) Systems Engineering
3 51 (12.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 47 (11.11%) DevOps
5 40 (9.46%) Problem-Solving
6 31 (7.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 28 (6.62%) Validation
8 27 (6.38%) Configuration Management
9 23 (5.44%) Computer Science
10 22 (5.20%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (4.49%) Cybersecurity
12 18 (4.26%) Root Cause Analysis
13 17 (4.02%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (4.02%) Service Management
13 17 (4.02%) Use Case
14 16 (3.78%) Software Engineering
15 15 (3.55%) Asset Management
15 15 (3.55%) Mathematics
16 14 (3.31%) ITSM
16 14 (3.31%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (18.44%) PowerShell
2 75 (17.73%) Python
3 45 (10.64%) Bash Shell
4 40 (9.46%) SQL
5 31 (7.33%) Perl
6 20 (4.73%) C
7 18 (4.26%) Ruby
8 17 (4.02%) C++
9 14 (3.31%) MATLAB
9 14 (3.31%) Shell Script
10 13 (3.07%) Java
11 11 (2.60%) C#
12 6 (1.42%) PL/SQL
12 6 (1.42%) R
13 5 (1.18%) JavaScript
13 5 (1.18%) VBScript
14 4 (0.95%) PHP
14 4 (0.95%) Tcl
15 3 (0.71%) VB
15 3 (0.71%) VBA
Qualifications
1 68 (16.08%) Degree
2 42 (9.93%) Security Cleared
3 37 (8.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (5.20%) Cisco Certification
5 21 (4.96%) MCSE
6 19 (4.49%) CCNA
6 19 (4.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 18 (4.26%) MCSA
8 15 (3.55%) DV Cleared
8 15 (3.55%) SC Cleared
9 11 (2.60%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (2.13%) MCP
11 8 (1.89%) PhD
12 7 (1.65%) Master's Degree
13 5 (1.18%) CCNP
13 5 (1.18%) CCSA
13 5 (1.18%) Check Point Certification
13 5 (1.18%) CISSP
14 4 (0.95%) CISM
14 4 (0.95%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.55%) GDPR
2 10 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (2.36%) NIST
3 8 (1.89%) ISO 26262
4 7 (1.65%) PCI DSS
5 5 (1.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 5 (1.18%) GAMP
5 5 (1.18%) GMP
5 5 (1.18%) GxP
5 5 (1.18%) QA
6 3 (0.71%) SLA
7 2 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.47%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.47%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.24%) COBIT
System Software
1 137 (32.39%) Active Directory
2 79 (18.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (11.58%) Hyper-V
4 29 (6.86%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (4.49%) Docker
6 16 (3.78%) vSphere
7 12 (2.84%) XenApp
8 9 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (1.89%) KVM
10 7 (1.65%) XenDesktop
11 6 (1.42%) RHEV
11 6 (1.42%) vCloud
11 6 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 4 (0.95%) NFS
13 3 (0.71%) Firmware
13 3 (0.71%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.47%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.47%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 39 (9.22%) Ansible
2 29 (6.86%) Terraform
3 26 (6.15%) SCCM
4 21 (4.96%) Puppet
5 17 (4.02%) Kubernetes
6 16 (3.78%) SCOM
7 13 (3.07%) Opscode Chef
8 12 (2.84%) Nagios
9 10 (2.36%) SCOrch
10 8 (1.89%) ZABBIX
11 6 (1.42%) Microsoft Intune
11 6 (1.42%) Opsgenie
11 6 (1.42%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.42%) WSUS
12 5 (1.18%) Microsoft Clustering
12 5 (1.18%) Packer
13 4 (0.95%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.95%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 3 (0.71%) Consul
15 2 (0.47%) CSIRT
Vendors
1 152 (35.93%) VMware
2 115 (27.19%) Microsoft
3 58 (13.71%) Cisco
4 31 (7.33%) Citrix
5 27 (6.38%) Red Hat
6 18 (4.26%) Oracle
7 17 (4.02%) CheckPoint
8 12 (2.84%) HP
9 10 (2.36%) SAP
9 10 (2.36%) Veeam
10 9 (2.13%) NetApp
10 9 (2.13%) ServiceNow
11 8 (1.89%) Dell
11 8 (1.89%) Google
11 8 (1.89%) Remedy
12 7 (1.65%) EMC
12 7 (1.65%) Mitel
12 7 (1.65%) Palo Alto
13 6 (1.42%) IBM
13 6 (1.42%) Meraki