The table below looks at the statistics for MCSE in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSE over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 125 122 118
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -4
Contract jobs citing MCSE 19 14 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.59% 0.49% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.02% 2.69% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 7
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£400 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £240 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £320 £281
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £300
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
Average hourly rate £27.50 £31.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.29% +37.77%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -13.51%
MCSE
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
630 520 521
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.50% 18.36% 17.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 237 275
Average daily rate £365 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 42 26
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.63 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £35.61 £39.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

MCSE
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSE across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSE Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSE
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSE across the North West region.

MCSE Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSE across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

MCSE Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

MCSE
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSE across the North West region.

MCSE Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSE across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

MCSE Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -2 12 £350 +12.00% 7
Cheshire +10 3 £450 - 3
Lancashire - 2 - - 1
Merseyside -11 1 - - 1
Cumbria - - - -
MCSE
England

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MCSE also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSE.

1 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (80.95%) Windows
3 36 (57.14%) Active Directory
4 34 (53.97%) Microsoft
5 29 (46.03%) VMware
6 25 (39.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 24 (38.10%) ITIL
8 23 (36.51%) DNS
9 22 (34.92%) Cisco
10 21 (33.33%) MCITP
11 20 (31.75%) TCP/IP
12 19 (30.16%) SAN
12 19 (30.16%) MS Excel
12 19 (30.16%) Windows Server 2003
13 18 (28.57%) SQL Server
13 18 (28.57%) MCTS
14 17 (26.98%) SQL
15 16 (25.40%) MCSA
15 16 (25.40%) HP
15 16 (25.40%) Citrix
15 16 (25.40%) VMware Infrastructure
16 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
16 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2005
16 14 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
16 14 (22.22%) DHCP
16 14 (22.22%) CCNA
16 14 (22.22%) MCP
17 13 (20.63%) SharePoint
17 13 (20.63%) Finance
18 12 (19.05%) MS Exchange

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing MCSE also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSE. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (20.63%) SharePoint
2 12 (19.05%) MS Exchange
3 10 (15.87%) SharePoint 2010
4 8 (12.70%) IIS
5 6 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (3.17%) Apache
7 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (3.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.59%) Lync
8 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 19 (30.16%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.17%) MS Office
2 2 (3.17%) InfoPath
3 1 (1.59%) MS Project
3 1 (1.59%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.35%) Office 365
2 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 23 (36.51%) DNS
2 20 (31.75%) TCP/IP
3 19 (30.16%) SAN
4 14 (22.22%) DHCP
5 11 (17.46%) WAN
6 7 (11.11%) LAN
7 5 (7.94%) VLAN
8 4 (6.35%) Firewall
8 4 (6.35%) Network Security
9 3 (4.76%) iSCSI
9 3 (4.76%) NAS
10 2 (3.17%) Ethernet
10 2 (3.17%) Wireless
10 2 (3.17%) DMZ
11 1 (1.59%) NetScaler
11 1 (1.59%) Fibre Channel
11 1 (1.59%) IP Telephony
11 1 (1.59%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
2 14 (22.22%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (9.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (9.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (9.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (3.17%) OLAP
5 2 (3.17%) PerformancePoint
5 2 (3.17%) Data Mart
5 2 (3.17%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 1 (1.59%) Fiddler
1 1 (1.59%) MSI
General
1 13 (20.63%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Banking
2 3 (4.76%) Marketing
2 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.17%) Publishing
4 1 (1.59%) Retail
4 1 (1.59%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.59%) Back Office
4 1 (1.59%) Law
4 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (15.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 9 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support
3 8 (12.70%) Administrator
4 7 (11.11%) Developer
5 6 (9.52%) Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Security Manager
6 5 (7.94%) Network Security Manager
6 5 (7.94%) Systems Administrator
6 5 (7.94%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.94%) Network Manager
7 4 (6.35%) Architect
7 4 (6.35%) Consultant
7 4 (6.35%) SharePoint Developer
8 3 (4.76%) IT Support
8 3 (4.76%) SharePoint Administrator
8 3 (4.76%) Support Consultant
8 3 (4.76%) Support Technician
8 3 (4.76%) Support Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Server Engineer
8 3 (4.76%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) .NET
2 2 (3.17%) Application Packaging
2 2 (3.17%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.87%) Clustering
2 3 (4.76%) Life Science
3 1 (1.59%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.59%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 51 (80.95%) Windows
2 25 (39.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (30.16%) Windows Server 2003
4 12 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (14.29%) Linux
6 6 (9.52%) Windows XP
7 5 (7.94%) Windows 7
8 4 (6.35%) Android
9 3 (4.76%) Windows Vista
10 2 (3.17%) Windows 2000
10 2 (3.17%) HPUX
10 2 (3.17%) Solaris
10 2 (3.17%) UNIX
11 1 (1.59%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.59%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.59%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (38.10%) ITIL
2 10 (15.87%) Migration
3 9 (14.29%) Load Balancing
4 7 (11.11%) Project Management
5 6 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (6.35%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (6.35%) Time Management
6 4 (6.35%) Data Analysis
6 4 (6.35%) People Management
6 4 (6.35%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (4.76%) Software Deployment
7 3 (4.76%) Business Analysis
7 3 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (3.17%) E-Commerce
8 2 (3.17%) Workflow
8 2 (3.17%) Service Delivery
8 2 (3.17%) Problem Management
8 2 (3.17%) Performance Management
8 2 (3.17%) Load Testing
8 2 (3.17%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 17 (26.98%) SQL
2 11 (17.46%) PowerShell
3 4 (6.35%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.17%) VBScript
4 2 (3.17%) VB
4 2 (3.17%) PHP
5 1 (1.59%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.59%) C
Qualifications
1 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (33.33%) MCITP
3 18 (28.57%) MCTS
4 16 (25.40%) MCSA
5 14 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (22.22%) CCNA
5 14 (22.22%) MCP
6 7 (11.11%) CCDP
7 6 (9.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (7.94%) RHCSA
8 5 (7.94%) MCDST
8 5 (7.94%) ACSA
8 5 (7.94%) ACSP
8 5 (7.94%) IBM Certification
8 5 (7.94%) CCNP
8 5 (7.94%) CCIP
8 5 (7.94%) RHCE
9 3 (4.76%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.17%) CCEA
10 2 (3.17%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.17%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.59%) QA
3 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (57.14%) Active Directory
2 16 (25.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (12.70%) XenServer
4 7 (11.11%) Hyper-V
5 5 (7.94%) vSphere
5 5 (7.94%) XenDesktop
5 5 (7.94%) XenApp
6 3 (4.76%) VMware ESX
7 2 (3.17%) UAG
8 1 (1.59%) Xen
8 1 (1.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (1.59%) Terminal Server
8 1 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.59%) NFS
Systems Management
1 11 (17.46%) SCCM
1 11 (17.46%) SCOM
2 2 (3.17%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.59%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.59%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (1.59%) Legato
3 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.59%) Nagios
3 1 (1.59%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 34 (53.97%) Microsoft
2 29 (46.03%) VMware
3 22 (34.92%) Cisco
4 16 (25.40%) HP
4 16 (25.40%) Citrix
5 10 (15.87%) EMC
6 8 (12.70%) Dell
7 5 (7.94%) Symantec
7 5 (7.94%) Red Hat
7 5 (7.94%) Apple
7 5 (7.94%) IBM
8 4 (6.35%) Compaq
8 4 (6.35%) Sophos
9 3 (4.76%) SolarWinds
9 3 (4.76%) Avaya
10 2 (3.17%) NetApp
10 2 (3.17%) Sun
10 2 (3.17%) Oracle
10 2 (3.17%) McAfee
10 2 (3.17%) StorageTek