Period
to 25 July 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 July 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
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 343 329 325
Rank change year-on-year -14 -4 +56
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 1,082 633 1,461
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.89% 1.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.06% 0.94% 1.06%
Number of salaries quoted 479 505 1,104
10th Percentile £31,986 £31,250 £31,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £46,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -8.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £60,000 £58,750 £63,750
90th Percentile £69,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.44% - +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 102,551 67,238 138,278
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.19% 95.03% 95.87%
Number of salaries quoted 72,936 54,858 111,762
10th Percentile £31,750 £31,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 July 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 25 July 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 -17 934 £47,500 +2.15% 359
UK excluding London +32 783 £43,000 -4.44% 327
London -94 233 £57,500 +4.55% 65
North of England +6 161 £40,000 - 47
East of England +66 157 £60,000 +33.33% 41
Work from Home -123 157 £48,900 +6.30% 55
South West -8 143 £42,899 -14.20% 65
South East -66 143 £42,500 -5.56% 99
Midlands -53 86 £40,000 -11.11% 40
Yorkshire -8 85 £42,500 -5.56% 14
Scotland -27 61 £43,000 -4.44% 20
North West -8 60 £42,500 +6.25% 25
West Midlands -53 47 £42,500 -5.56% 27
East Midlands -36 39 £40,000 -3.03% 13
Wales +10 34 £48,900 +27.01% 15
North East -23 18 £35,750 -4.67% 8

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 354 (32.72%) Systems Engineering
2 290 (26.80%) Degree
3 248 (22.92%) Social Skills
4 229 (21.16%) Linux
5 224 (20.70%) Windows
6 212 (19.59%) Microsoft
7 193 (17.84%) Python
8 189 (17.47%) Validation
9 176 (16.27%) Security Cleared
10 170 (15.71%) Azure
11 156 (14.42%) Agile Software Development
12 148 (13.68%) VMware
13 143 (13.22%) PowerShell
14 136 (12.57%) Software Engineering
15 134 (12.38%) DevOps
16 132 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
17 131 (12.11%) AWS
18 117 (10.81%) MATLAB
19 116 (10.72%) Active Directory
20 113 (10.44%) Microsoft 365
21 107 (9.89%) Firewall
22 105 (9.70%) Electronics
22 105 (9.70%) Windows Server
23 101 (9.33%) Mentoring
24 96 (8.87%) SC Cleared
25 93 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
26 92 (8.50%) Ansible
26 92 (8.50%) Rational DOORS
27 88 (8.13%) VMware Infrastructure
27 88 (8.13%) 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 53 (4.90%) Confluence
2 40 (3.70%) SharePoint
3 39 (3.60%) MS Exchange
4 27 (2.50%) Apache
5 26 (2.40%) IIS
5 26 (2.40%) nginx
6 20 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
7 14 (1.29%) Tomcat
8 11 (1.02%) ejabberd
9 8 (0.74%) MTS
9 8 (0.74%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.28%) CMS
11 3 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.28%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.18%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.18%) Drupal
12 2 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.18%) GlassFish
12 2 (0.18%) Joomla!
Applications
1 76 (7.02%) Simulink
2 71 (6.56%) Microsoft Office
3 22 (2.03%) Stateflow
4 13 (1.20%) Zemax
5 11 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
6 6 (0.55%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.18%) EngageOne
8 2 (0.18%) Windchill
9 1 (0.092%) ImageReady
9 1 (0.092%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.37%) C-CURE
1 4 (0.37%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.18%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.092%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.092%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 170 (15.71%) Azure
2 131 (12.11%) AWS
3 113 (10.44%) Microsoft 365
4 38 (3.51%) AWS CloudFormation
5 35 (3.23%) PaaS
6 34 (3.14%) GitHub
7 32 (2.96%) Serverless
8 31 (2.87%) SaaS
9 27 (2.50%) AWS Lambda
10 25 (2.31%) Amazon S3
11 22 (2.03%) Power Platform
12 18 (1.66%) Azure Active Directory
13 16 (1.48%) AWS Fargate
13 16 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
14 15 (1.39%) PowerApps
15 13 (1.20%) Amazon SageMaker
15 13 (1.20%) AWS CodePipeline
15 13 (1.20%) GCP
16 12 (1.11%) Amazon EKS
16 12 (1.11%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 107 (9.89%) Firewall
2 86 (7.95%) DNS
3 82 (7.58%) TCP/IP
4 78 (7.21%) VPN
5 67 (6.19%) DHCP
6 60 (5.55%) Wireless
7 58 (5.36%) Ethernet
8 57 (5.27%) LAN
9 54 (4.99%) VLAN
10 51 (4.71%) Internet
11 41 (3.79%) IPv4
12 40 (3.70%) HTTP
13 39 (3.60%) Broadband
13 39 (3.60%) WAN
14 30 (2.77%) 802.11
14 30 (2.77%) MPLS
15 28 (2.59%) 3GPP
16 27 (2.50%) IPv6
16 27 (2.50%) Wi-Fi
16 27 (2.50%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (3.88%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.48%) Big Data
3 15 (1.39%) Power BI
4 12 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (1.02%) MySQL
6 9 (0.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 9 (0.83%) MariaDB
7 8 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.28%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.18%) Adabas
10 2 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.18%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.18%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.092%) Blockchain
11 1 (0.092%) ClickHouse
11 1 (0.092%) Electronic Patient Records
11 1 (0.092%) ObjectStore
Development Applications
1 92 (8.50%) Rational DOORS
2 73 (6.75%) JIRA
3 53 (4.90%) Git (software)
4 52 (4.81%) Rational Rhapsody
5 22 (2.03%) Bitbucket
6 20 (1.85%) Jenkins
7 17 (1.57%) GitLab
8 16 (1.48%) Subversion
9 11 (1.02%) LabVIEW
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.18%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.092%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.092%) Grunt
11 1 (0.092%) gulp
11 1 (0.092%) Maven
11 1 (0.092%) Travis CI
11 1 (0.092%) webpack
General
1 248 (22.92%) Social Skills
2 105 (9.70%) Electronics
3 93 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
4 79 (7.30%) Aerospace
5 65 (6.01%) Avionics
6 58 (5.36%) Finance
7 56 (5.18%) Telecoms
8 42 (3.88%) Military
9 36 (3.33%) Games
10 34 (3.14%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 33 (3.05%) Influencing Skills
12 32 (2.96%) Presentation Skills
13 28 (2.59%) Manufacturing
14 27 (2.50%) Organisational Skills
15 21 (1.94%) Banking
15 21 (1.94%) Law
16 20 (1.85%) Automotive
17 16 (1.48%) Documentation Skills
17 16 (1.48%) Public Sector
18 13 (1.20%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (5.18%) 802.1X
2 37 (3.42%) XMPP
3 32 (2.96%) Web Services
4 30 (2.77%) .NET
5 29 (2.68%) RESTful
6 22 (2.03%) PyTorch
6 22 (2.03%) TensorFlow
7 12 (1.11%) React
8 11 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
9 10 (0.92%) LAMP
9 10 (0.92%) REST
10 9 (0.83%) LDAP
10 9 (0.83%) Vue.js
11 8 (0.74%) Ember.js
11 8 (0.74%) LAPP Stack
11 8 (0.74%) LEMP Stack
12 7 (0.65%) OpenCV
13 6 (0.55%) CSS
13 6 (0.55%) Middleware
13 6 (0.55%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 65 (6.01%) Algorithms
2 54 (4.99%) Embedded Systems
3 52 (4.81%) Management Information System
4 41 (3.79%) Data Centre
5 30 (2.77%) Robotics
6 28 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
7 24 (2.22%) Smart City
8 22 (2.03%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 22 (2.03%) Public Cloud
8 22 (2.03%) SCADA
9 19 (1.76%) Driving Licence
10 17 (1.57%) Life Science
11 15 (1.39%) Private Cloud
11 15 (1.39%) Renewable Energy
12 14 (1.29%) Client/Server
13 13 (1.20%) CCTV
13 13 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
13 13 (1.20%) Legacy Systems
13 13 (1.20%) PKI
14 12 (1.11%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 229 (21.16%) Linux
2 224 (20.70%) Windows
3 105 (9.70%) Windows Server
4 56 (5.18%) Unix
5 48 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 38 (3.51%) Windows 10
7 27 (2.50%) Windows Server 2019
8 20 (1.85%) CentOS
9 19 (1.76%) Windows Server 2016
10 17 (1.57%) Android
11 15 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (1.29%) Debian
13 8 (0.74%) Ubuntu
13 8 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
14 7 (0.65%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.55%) SUSE
16 5 (0.46%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.37%) Apple iOS
18 2 (0.18%) Solaris
18 2 (0.18%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 354 (32.72%) Systems Engineering
2 189 (17.47%) Validation
3 156 (14.42%) Agile Software Development
4 136 (12.57%) Software Engineering
5 134 (12.38%) DevOps
6 132 (12.20%) Problem-Solving
7 101 (9.33%) Mentoring
8 86 (7.95%) ITIL
9 82 (7.58%) Configuration Management
10 81 (7.49%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
11 78 (7.21%) Software Testing
12 76 (7.02%) Customer Requirements
13 75 (6.93%) Project Management
14 73 (6.75%) Computer Science
15 71 (6.56%) SDLC
16 66 (6.10%) Continuous Integration
17 65 (6.01%) Physics
17 65 (6.01%) SysML
18 61 (5.64%) Integration Testing
19 57 (5.27%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 193 (17.84%) Python
2 143 (13.22%) PowerShell
3 117 (10.81%) MATLAB
4 88 (8.13%) Bash Shell
5 70 (6.47%) C
6 60 (5.55%) C++
7 54 (4.99%) SQL
8 46 (4.25%) C#
9 37 (3.42%) JavaScript
10 32 (2.96%) Java
11 28 (2.59%) Perl
12 20 (1.85%) Go
13 19 (1.76%) PHP
14 18 (1.66%) Shell Script
15 12 (1.11%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.92%) Ruby
17 9 (0.83%) PL/SQL
18 7 (0.65%) Kotlin
18 7 (0.65%) Rust
18 7 (0.65%) VBA
Qualifications
1 290 (26.80%) Degree
2 176 (16.27%) Security Cleared
3 96 (8.87%) SC Cleared
4 39 (3.60%) HNC
4 39 (3.60%) PhD
5 38 (3.51%) HND
6 26 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 23 (2.13%) MCSE
8 22 (2.03%) Postgraduate
9 21 (1.94%) DV Cleared
10 16 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
11 15 (1.39%) RHCE
12 14 (1.29%) GIAC
13 12 (1.11%) CCNA
14 10 (0.92%) MCSA
15 9 (0.83%) Chartered Engineer
16 8 (0.74%) CCNP
17 7 (0.65%) AWS Certification
17 7 (0.65%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (1.94%) IEC 61508
2 14 (1.29%) SLA
3 9 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 9 (0.83%) QA
4 7 (0.65%) IEC 62304
4 7 (0.65%) ISO 13485
5 6 (0.55%) Def Stans
5 6 (0.55%) GDPR
5 6 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.46%) NCSC
7 4 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 4 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.28%) DO-254
8 3 (0.28%) NIST
9 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.18%) NEBOSH
9 2 (0.18%) OpenSCAP
10 1 (0.092%) GAMP
10 1 (0.092%) GLBA
System Software
1 116 (10.72%) Active Directory
2 88 (8.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (5.36%) Docker
4 39 (3.60%) Hyper-V
5 37 (3.42%) VMware ESXi
6 26 (2.40%) Firmware
7 21 (1.94%) iptables
8 17 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (1.57%) vSphere
9 15 (1.39%) KVM
10 12 (1.11%) QEMU
10 12 (1.11%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (1.02%) Kamailio
11 11 (1.02%) Postfix
12 5 (0.46%) XenApp
13 4 (0.37%) NFS
14 3 (0.28%) LXC
15 2 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 2 (0.18%) SRDF
15 2 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 92 (8.50%) Ansible
2 76 (7.02%) Puppet
3 67 (6.19%) Terraform
4 47 (4.34%) Kubernetes
5 30 (2.77%) Kibana
6 28 (2.59%) Graylog
7 22 (2.03%) SCCM
8 16 (1.48%) HAProxy
9 15 (1.39%) PTC Integrity
10 14 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (1.20%) ZABBIX
12 12 (1.11%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 12 (1.11%) Galera Cluster
13 10 (0.92%) Grafana
13 10 (0.92%) Nagios
13 10 (0.92%) Prometheus
14 8 (0.74%) Failover Clustering
14 8 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
14 8 (0.74%) SCOM
14 8 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 212 (19.59%) Microsoft
2 148 (13.68%) VMware
3 70 (6.47%) Instagram
4 61 (5.64%) Cisco
5 49 (4.53%) EMC
6 36 (3.33%) Oracle
7 35 (3.23%) Red Hat
8 34 (3.14%) HP
9 32 (2.96%) Citrix
10 23 (2.13%) IBM
11 22 (2.03%) Dell
11 22 (2.03%) OpenAI
12 20 (1.85%) NetApp
13 16 (1.48%) Atlassian
14 15 (1.39%) Google
14 15 (1.39%) Juniper
14 15 (1.39%) PTC
15 14 (1.29%) SonicWALL
15 14 (1.29%) Veeam
16 13 (1.20%) Mitel