Period
to 30 November 2021

The median annual salary for a Systems Engineer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 November 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
30 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 350 352 350
Rank change year-on-year +2 -2 +27
Permanent jobs requiring a Systems Engineer 1,203 445 1,219
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.93% 0.81% 0.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.02% 0.86% 0.95%
Number of salaries quoted 582 352 951
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +1.06% -1.05% -
75th Percentile £62,188 £57,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £73,625 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% -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 117,933 52,029 128,561
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.33% 95.12% 95.63%
Number of salaries quoted 82,126 43,783 104,256
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 30 November 2021.

Salary histogram for Systems Engineer in the UK

Systems Engineer
Top 17 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 30 November 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 -2 1,042 £47,500 - 427
UK excluding London +47 838 £45,000 +5.88% 374
London -136 278 £57,500 - 79
South East +7 222 £40,000 - 96
Work from Home -119 176 £42,500 - 41
South West +28 159 £45,000 -10.00% 75
North of England -46 151 £45,000 +1.12% 63
East of England -21 129 £60,000 +33.33% 53
Yorkshire -35 88 £45,000 -10.00% 13
Midlands -78 88 £42,500 - 59
West Midlands -82 52 £42,500 - 46
North West -71 50 £42,500 +14.09% 45
Scotland -43 45 £41,750 +1.83% 18
Wales -13 41 £48,200 +25.19% 8
East Midlands -52 35 £41,250 +3.13% 13
North East -25 14 £34,000 -28.42% 5
Northern Ireland - 6 £52,500 - 2

Systems Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 November 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.

1 344 (28.60%) Systems Engineering
2 330 (27.43%) Degree
3 329 (27.35%) Social Skills
4 268 (22.28%) Windows
5 205 (17.04%) Microsoft
6 192 (15.96%) Linux
7 189 (15.71%) Problem-Solving
8 186 (15.46%) Software Engineering
8 186 (15.46%) Azure
9 180 (14.96%) Validation
10 159 (13.22%) Agile Software Development
11 153 (12.72%) Electronics
12 150 (12.47%) Windows Server
12 150 (12.47%) Microsoft 365
13 149 (12.39%) Python
14 142 (11.80%) Security Cleared
15 141 (11.72%) Active Directory
16 139 (11.55%) VMware
17 137 (11.39%) PowerShell
18 119 (9.89%) Mentoring
19 118 (9.81%) AWS
20 110 (9.14%) MATLAB
21 107 (8.89%) Firewall
22 106 (8.81%) DevOps
23 103 (8.56%) Rational DOORS
24 91 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
25 90 (7.48%) Algorithms
25 90 (7.48%) Simulink
26 88 (7.32%) Avionics
27 86 (7.15%) Terraform

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 (3.57%) MS Exchange
2 41 (3.41%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.24%) IIS
4 22 (1.83%) Apache
5 17 (1.41%) Confluence
6 12 (1.00%) nginx
7 10 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
8 9 (0.75%) MTS
9 7 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.33%) CMS
11 4 (0.33%) Drupal
12 3 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.25%) Joomla!
12 3 (0.25%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.25%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.25%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.083%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 1 (0.083%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.083%) WinCC
Applications
1 90 (7.48%) Simulink
2 72 (5.99%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (1.50%) Stateflow
4 10 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.33%) Zemax
6 2 (0.17%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.17%) Figma
6 2 (0.17%) InVision
6 2 (0.17%) Marvel
6 2 (0.17%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.17%) Sketch
6 2 (0.17%) Windchill
7 1 (0.083%) ImageReady
7 1 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.58%) Summit
2 3 (0.25%) C-CURE
3 1 (0.083%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.083%) Endur
3 1 (0.083%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.083%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.083%) Unica
3 1 (0.083%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 186 (15.46%) Azure
2 150 (12.47%) Microsoft 365
3 118 (9.81%) AWS
4 40 (3.33%) SaaS
5 31 (2.58%) GCP
6 30 (2.49%) AWS CloudFormation
6 30 (2.49%) GitHub
7 29 (2.41%) Power Platform
8 26 (2.16%) Azure Active Directory
9 23 (1.91%) PaaS
10 22 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
11 18 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
11 18 (1.50%) Amazon S3
12 17 (1.41%) PowerApps
13 16 (1.33%) GitHub Actions
14 15 (1.25%) Amazon EKS
15 14 (1.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 14 (1.16%) IaaS
15 14 (1.16%) Power Automate
16 13 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 107 (8.89%) Firewall
2 75 (6.23%) DNS
3 71 (5.90%) TCP/IP
4 55 (4.57%) DHCP
4 55 (4.57%) Wireless
5 48 (3.99%) Ethernet
6 45 (3.74%) SAN
7 43 (3.57%) VPN
8 41 (3.41%) VLAN
9 35 (2.91%) Broadband
10 34 (2.83%) LAN
11 33 (2.74%) Internet
12 28 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
13 26 (2.16%) WAN
14 25 (2.08%) VoIP
15 23 (1.91%) HTTP
15 23 (1.91%) Wireshark
16 22 (1.83%) 802.11
16 22 (1.83%) MPLS
16 22 (1.83%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 30 (2.49%) MySQL
3 24 (2.00%) Power BI
4 20 (1.66%) Amazon RDS
5 17 (1.41%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (0.50%) MariaDB
8 5 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.33%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.33%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (0.25%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.17%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.17%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.17%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.17%) Power Query
11 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2019
12 1 (0.083%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 103 (8.56%) Rational DOORS
2 61 (5.07%) Rational Rhapsody
3 39 (3.24%) JIRA
4 27 (2.24%) Git (software)
5 22 (1.83%) GitLab
5 22 (1.83%) Jenkins
6 10 (0.83%) Rational Team Concert
7 7 (0.58%) LabVIEW
8 5 (0.42%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.33%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.33%) Subversion
9 4 (0.33%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.25%) ESLint
10 3 (0.25%) Storybook
10 3 (0.25%) webpack
11 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.17%) Emacs
11 2 (0.17%) Maven
General
1 329 (27.35%) Social Skills
2 153 (12.72%) Electronics
3 91 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
4 88 (7.32%) Avionics
5 76 (6.32%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 69 (5.74%) Military
7 68 (5.65%) Finance
8 66 (5.49%) Aerospace
9 58 (4.82%) Telecoms
10 48 (3.99%) Automotive
11 43 (3.57%) Manufacturing
12 42 (3.49%) Influencing Skills
13 35 (2.91%) Presentation Skills
14 34 (2.83%) Games
15 25 (2.08%) Marketing
16 23 (1.91%) Public Sector
17 20 (1.66%) Organisational Skills
18 18 (1.50%) Documentation Skills
19 14 (1.16%) Retail
20 13 (1.08%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (3.33%) 802.1X
2 31 (2.58%) .NET
3 21 (1.75%) XMPP
4 19 (1.58%) RESTful
5 18 (1.50%) PyTorch
5 18 (1.50%) TensorFlow
6 15 (1.25%) LAMP
7 13 (1.08%) Web Services
8 10 (0.83%) REST
9 8 (0.67%) Node.js
10 7 (0.58%) React
11 5 (0.42%) gRPC
11 5 (0.42%) LAPP Stack
11 5 (0.42%) LEMP Stack
11 5 (0.42%) SOAP
11 5 (0.42%) XML
12 4 (0.33%) HTML
12 4 (0.33%) Sensu
13 3 (0.25%) Ember.js
13 3 (0.25%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 90 (7.48%) Algorithms
2 77 (6.40%) Management Information System
3 68 (5.65%) Embedded Systems
4 43 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (3.49%) Data Centre
6 31 (2.58%) SCADA
7 29 (2.41%) Driving Licence
8 22 (1.83%) Public Cloud
9 21 (1.75%) CCTV
10 19 (1.58%) Robotics
10 19 (1.58%) Smart City
11 18 (1.50%) Mobile Computing
12 15 (1.25%) Replication
13 13 (1.08%) User Experience
13 13 (1.08%) Virtual Team
14 12 (1.00%) Life Science
15 10 (0.83%) Client/Server
15 10 (0.83%) PKI
15 10 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
16 9 (0.75%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 268 (22.28%) Windows
2 192 (15.96%) Linux
3 150 (12.47%) Windows Server
4 46 (3.82%) Unix
5 45 (3.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (3.49%) Windows Server 2019
7 39 (3.24%) Android
8 37 (3.08%) Windows 10
9 23 (1.91%) Windows Server 2016
10 17 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (1.33%) CentOS
11 16 (1.33%) Debian
11 16 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.91%) Mac OS X
13 10 (0.83%) Apple iOS
14 8 (0.67%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.50%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.50%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.42%) Solaris
17 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (28.60%) Systems Engineering
2 189 (15.71%) Problem-Solving
3 186 (15.46%) Software Engineering
4 180 (14.96%) Validation
5 159 (13.22%) Agile Software Development
6 119 (9.89%) Mentoring
7 106 (8.81%) DevOps
8 82 (6.82%) Computer Science
9 78 (6.48%) Software Testing
10 73 (6.07%) Continuous Improvement
11 71 (5.90%) Customer Requirements
12 64 (5.32%) Configuration Management
13 63 (5.24%) ITIL
14 62 (5.15%) Disaster Recovery
14 62 (5.15%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
15 60 (4.99%) Cybersecurity
16 59 (4.90%) Requirements Management
17 53 (4.41%) Migration
17 53 (4.41%) Technical Leadership
18 52 (4.32%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 149 (12.39%) Python
2 137 (11.39%) PowerShell
3 110 (9.14%) MATLAB
4 85 (7.07%) C
5 84 (6.98%) SQL
6 69 (5.74%) Bash Shell
7 48 (3.99%) C++
8 38 (3.16%) Java
9 31 (2.58%) C#
10 26 (2.16%) Go
10 26 (2.16%) JavaScript
11 17 (1.41%) PHP
12 15 (1.25%) Ada
13 12 (1.00%) Perl
13 12 (1.00%) Ruby
14 8 (0.67%) Shell Script
15 6 (0.50%) Rust
15 6 (0.50%) VB
16 4 (0.33%) Embedded C
16 4 (0.33%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 330 (27.43%) Degree
2 142 (11.80%) Security Cleared
3 74 (6.15%) SC Cleared
4 51 (4.24%) HND
5 47 (3.91%) HNC
6 31 (2.58%) Microsoft Certification
7 29 (2.41%) MCSE
8 25 (2.08%) Postgraduate
9 23 (1.91%) PhD
10 16 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
11 11 (0.91%) DV Cleared
12 10 (0.83%) AWS Certification
12 10 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
12 10 (0.83%) MCP
12 10 (0.83%) MCSA
13 9 (0.75%) CCNA
13 9 (0.75%) Chartered Engineer
13 9 (0.75%) CISSP
13 9 (0.75%) Numerate Degree
14 8 (0.67%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (2.00%) DO-254
2 21 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 18 (1.50%) SLA
4 17 (1.41%) QA
5 14 (1.16%) NIST 800
6 12 (1.00%) NCSC
7 10 (0.83%) Def Stans
7 10 (0.83%) IEC 61508
8 9 (0.75%) Cyber Essentials
9 7 (0.58%) GDPR
9 7 (0.58%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.50%) IEC 62304
10 6 (0.50%) ISO 13485
11 5 (0.42%) Accessibility
11 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
12 4 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 4 (0.33%) ISO 26262
13 2 (0.17%) COBIT
13 2 (0.17%) WCAG
System Software
1 141 (11.72%) Active Directory
2 81 (6.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (6.57%) Hyper-V
4 41 (3.41%) Docker
5 32 (2.66%) Firmware
6 24 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
7 23 (1.91%) vSphere
8 21 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
9 16 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
10 14 (1.16%) KVM
11 7 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 6 (0.50%) iptables
12 6 (0.50%) XenApp
13 3 (0.25%) QEMU
13 3 (0.25%) VMware NSX
14 2 (0.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.17%) LXC
14 2 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.17%) NFS
14 2 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 86 (7.15%) Terraform
2 68 (5.65%) Ansible
3 59 (4.90%) Puppet
4 45 (3.74%) Kubernetes
5 34 (2.83%) SCCM
6 30 (2.49%) Nagios
7 21 (1.75%) Graylog
7 21 (1.75%) Kibana
8 19 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
9 18 (1.50%) Prometheus
10 17 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
11 16 (1.33%) PTC Integrity
12 13 (1.08%) Grafana
12 13 (1.08%) Jamf Pro
13 11 (0.91%) Proxmox
14 10 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
14 10 (0.83%) SCOM
15 9 (0.75%) FortiGate
16 8 (0.67%) Backup Exec
17 7 (0.58%) WSUS
Vendors
1 205 (17.04%) Microsoft
2 139 (11.55%) VMware
3 65 (5.40%) Cisco
4 45 (3.74%) IBM
5 43 (3.57%) EMC
6 28 (2.33%) HP
7 27 (2.24%) Citrix
7 27 (2.24%) Siemens
8 23 (1.91%) Oracle
9 22 (1.83%) Google
10 20 (1.66%) Rockwell
11 18 (1.50%) Dell
11 18 (1.50%) OpenAI
12 16 (1.33%) PTC
12 16 (1.33%) SAP
13 14 (1.16%) Red Hat
14 13 (1.08%) Proofpoint
14 13 (1.08%) Veeam
15 12 (1.00%) Percona
16 11 (0.91%) LexisNexis