The table below looks at the statistics for MCSE in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSE over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 296 271 219
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -52
Contract jobs citing MCSE 378 382 410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.73% 0.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.66% 3.72% 4.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 194 227
Average daily rate
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£313 £313 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £170 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £269 £300
% change year-on-year
+11.62% -10.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 49 45
Average hourly rate £21.55 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.14% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.00 £12.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.60 £26.08 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.55 £15.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+36.82% -14.86%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10329 10256 8594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.07% 19.48% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5893 5990 4605
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 531 468
Average hourly rate £24.12 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.60% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

MCSE
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MCSE Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSE
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSE within the UK.

MCSE Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

MCSE Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCSE
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSE within the UK.

MCSE Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

MCSE Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MCSE
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. 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
England -37 345 £314 +2.03% 178
London +2 150 £338 -2.87% 53
South East -22 91 £310 +3.33% 52
City of London +12 40 £350 +7.69% 12
Hampshire 0 26 £344 +14.58% 15
Berkshire -3 23 £325 -10.95% 13
North West -35 22 £270 +8.13% 21
Scotland +4 20 £230 -30.30% 4
East of England -15 19 £250 - 10
Yorkshire -3 17 £300 -4.00% 11
Surrey +9 15 £295 +25.53% 9
Reading +11 14 £250 -31.50% 9
South West +9 14 £375 +50.00% 14
Manchester -12 13 £350 +16.66% 15
Buckinghamshire -5 12 £311 +13.18% 6
North East - 11 £265 - 3
Cambridgeshire +1 10 £306 +27.60% 3
Southampton +1 10 £344 +14.58% 2
West Yorkshire -5 10 £331 - 9
West Sussex -28 10 £275 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £200 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £200 - 1
Aberdeen +9 9 £230 -29.23% 1
West Midlands -16 9 £188 -25.00% 10
Cambridge +3 8 £306 +27.60% 2
Hook +1 8 £327 -18.25%
Croydon -3 8 £350 -10.25% 1
East Midlands -10 8 £300 -13.66% 3
Dorset +1 7 - - 4
Worthing -9 7 £275 -31.25%

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 751 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 561 (74.70%) Windows
3 519 (69.11%) Microsoft
4 420 (55.93%) Active Directory
5 336 (44.74%) VMware
6 258 (34.35%) ITIL
7 249 (33.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 222 (29.56%) MS Exchange
9 198 (26.36%) VMware Infrastructure
10 196 (26.10%) Citrix
11 187 (24.90%) Windows Server 2012
12 186 (24.77%) MCITP
13 182 (24.23%) MCP
14 177 (23.57%) Windows Server 2003
15 162 (21.57%) Cisco
16 158 (21.04%) MCSA
17 154 (20.51%) MS Excel
17 154 (20.51%) Windows 7
18 139 (18.51%) DNS
19 130 (17.31%) Cisco Certification
19 130 (17.31%) SQL
20 126 (16.78%) HP
21 118 (15.71%) Security Cleared
22 117 (15.58%) SAN
23 112 (14.91%) CCNA
24 107 (14.25%) Exchange Server 2010
25 106 (14.11%) MS Office
25 106 (14.11%) Migration
26 103 (13.72%) DHCP
27 101 (13.45%) Linux

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 222 (29.56%) MS Exchange
2 107 (14.25%) Exchange Server 2010
3 83 (11.05%) SharePoint
4 65 (8.66%) Lync
5 60 (7.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 60 (7.99%) Exchange Server 2007
6 57 (7.59%) IIS
7 43 (5.73%) Exchange Server 2003
8 27 (3.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 22 (2.93%) SharePoint 2010
10 21 (2.80%) SharePoint 2013
11 17 (2.26%) Office Communications Server
12 8 (1.07%) SAS
13 7 (0.93%) IBM Notes
14 5 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
15 4 (0.53%) Oracle Application Server
15 4 (0.53%) Tomcat
16 3 (0.40%) TPMS
16 3 (0.40%) Apache
16 3 (0.40%) Documentum
Applications
1 154 (20.51%) MS Excel
2 106 (14.11%) MS Office
3 23 (3.06%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.93%) MS Project
6 5 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) SPSS
7 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (0.80%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 52 (6.92%) Office 365
2 22 (2.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
3 11 (1.46%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.33%) SaaS
5 7 (0.93%) IaaS
6 3 (0.40%) Google Apps
7 2 (0.27%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 139 (18.51%) DNS
2 117 (15.58%) SAN
3 103 (13.72%) DHCP
4 101 (13.45%) Firewall
5 99 (13.18%) LAN
6 98 (13.05%) WAN
7 93 (12.38%) TCP/IP
8 53 (7.06%) VPN
9 49 (6.52%) Internet
10 34 (4.53%) VLAN
11 32 (4.26%) VoIP
12 31 (4.13%) NAS
13 21 (2.80%) NetScaler
14 20 (2.66%) Wireless
15 15 (2.00%) MPLS
15 15 (2.00%) IP Telephony
15 15 (2.00%) Cisco IOS
16 14 (1.86%) Fibre Channel
17 13 (1.73%) LDAP
17 13 (1.73%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (13.32%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 14 (1.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 9 (1.20%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (0.93%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.67%) MySQL
8 4 (0.53%) Spotfire
9 3 (0.40%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.40%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.40%) QlikView
10 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.13%) PerformancePoint
11 1 (0.13%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 19 (2.53%) WinRunner
1 19 (2.53%) TestDirector
1 19 (2.53%) QuickTest Pro
2 11 (1.46%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.67%) MSI
4 4 (0.53%) Fiddler
5 3 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.27%) Subversion
6 2 (0.27%) Ant
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.13%) InstallShield
General
1 96 (12.78%) Finance
2 30 (3.99%) Telecoms
3 21 (2.80%) Banking
4 16 (2.13%) Legal
5 9 (1.20%) Law
6 7 (0.93%) Retail
6 7 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 7 (0.93%) Spanish Language
7 6 (0.80%) Military
8 5 (0.67%) Advertising
8 5 (0.67%) Local Government
9 3 (0.40%) Back Office
9 3 (0.40%) Electronics
9 3 (0.40%) Marketing
10 2 (0.27%) Publishing
10 2 (0.27%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.13%) Front Office
11 1 (0.13%) Billing
11 1 (0.13%) Games
11 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 116 (15.45%) Analyst
2 98 (13.05%) Support Engineer
3 92 (12.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 64 (8.52%) Consultant
5 55 (7.32%) 3rd Line Support
6 54 (7.19%) Support Analyst
7 53 (7.06%) 2nd Line Support
7 53 (7.06%) Server Engineer
8 30 (3.99%) IT Support
9 28 (3.73%) Administrator
9 28 (3.73%) Architect
10 27 (3.60%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 27 (3.60%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 25 (3.33%) Desktop Support
12 21 (2.80%) Service Analyst
12 21 (2.80%) Service Desk Analyst
13 19 (2.53%) Desktop Engineer
14 17 (2.26%) Systems Administrator
15 16 (2.13%) Systems Engineer
16 14 (1.86%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.80%) .NET
2 17 (2.26%) XML
2 17 (2.26%) Application Packaging
3 14 (1.86%) Web Services
4 13 (1.73%) HTML
5 11 (1.46%) ASP.NET
6 7 (0.93%) JSP
6 7 (0.93%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.53%) LAMP
8 3 (0.40%) CSS
8 3 (0.40%) MDX
9 2 (0.27%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.27%) ODBC
9 2 (0.27%) SOAP
9 2 (0.27%) OLE
10 1 (0.13%) Middleware
10 1 (0.13%) EDI
10 1 (0.13%) COM
10 1 (0.13%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 67 (8.92%) Clustering
2 53 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (6.39%) Blackberry
4 32 (4.26%) Computer Science
5 30 (3.99%) Video Conferencing
6 23 (3.06%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.66%) PDA
8 15 (2.00%) PKI
9 14 (1.86%) NHS
10 13 (1.73%) Replication
11 11 (1.46%) Fat Client
11 11 (1.46%) Thin Client
11 11 (1.46%) Client/Server
12 10 (1.33%) Private Cloud
13 6 (0.80%) EPoS
13 6 (0.80%) iPhone
13 6 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (0.67%) Open Source
14 5 (0.67%) Hedge funds
14 5 (0.67%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 561 (74.70%) Windows
2 249 (33.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 187 (24.90%) Windows Server 2012
4 177 (23.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 154 (20.51%) Windows 7
6 101 (13.45%) Linux
7 74 (9.85%) Windows XP
8 38 (5.06%) Windows 8
9 31 (4.13%) UNIX
10 27 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 22 (2.93%) AIX
12 11 (1.46%) Android
13 10 (1.33%) Windows 2000 Server
14 9 (1.20%) Mac OS X
14 9 (1.20%) Solaris
15 8 (1.07%) Windows Vista
15 8 (1.07%) Debian
16 5 (0.67%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.53%) Windows 2000
17 4 (0.53%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (34.35%) ITIL
2 106 (14.11%) Migration
3 53 (7.06%) Project Management
4 50 (6.66%) Change Management
5 47 (6.26%) Service Management
6 44 (5.86%) Service Delivery
7 41 (5.46%) Configuration Management
8 30 (3.99%) Disaster Recovery
9 27 (3.60%) Problem Management
10 26 (3.46%) PRINCE2
11 24 (3.20%) ITIL V3
12 23 (3.06%) Capacity Planning
12 23 (3.06%) Software Testing
13 20 (2.66%) Incident Management
13 20 (2.66%) CRM
13 20 (2.66%) Performance Monitoring
13 20 (2.66%) Change Control
14 19 (2.53%) Test Automation
14 19 (2.53%) Test Scripting
15 18 (2.40%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 130 (17.31%) SQL
2 63 (8.39%) PowerShell
3 21 (2.80%) VBScript
4 13 (1.73%) JavaScript
5 8 (1.07%) T-SQL
6 6 (0.80%) Java
6 6 (0.80%) C
7 5 (0.67%) R
7 5 (0.67%) C#
7 5 (0.67%) VB
8 4 (0.53%) Perl
9 3 (0.40%) Bash Shell
9 3 (0.40%) PHP
10 2 (0.27%) Python
10 2 (0.27%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.13%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.13%) Tcl
11 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 751 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 186 (24.77%) MCITP
3 182 (24.23%) MCP
4 158 (21.04%) MCSA
5 130 (17.31%) Cisco Certification
6 118 (15.71%) Security Cleared
7 112 (14.91%) CCNA
8 100 (13.32%) MCTS
9 95 (12.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 83 (11.05%) SC Cleared
11 68 (9.05%) Degree
12 59 (7.86%) Citrix Certification
13 41 (5.46%) CCA
14 34 (4.53%) DV Cleared
15 32 (4.26%) CCNP
16 26 (3.46%) MCDST
17 25 (3.33%) A+ Certification
18 23 (3.06%) ITIL Certification
19 21 (2.80%) CISSP
20 20 (2.66%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (8.52%) SLA
2 16 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.07%) QA
4 7 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 7 (0.93%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.13%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.13%) BS7799
6 1 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 420 (55.93%) Active Directory
2 198 (26.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 94 (12.52%) Hyper-V
4 87 (11.58%) XenApp
5 75 (9.99%) vSphere
6 59 (7.86%) VMware ESX
7 28 (3.73%) XenDesktop
8 20 (2.66%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (2.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (1.46%) Terminal Server
10 11 (1.46%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (1.33%) XenServer
12 9 (1.20%) vCloud
12 9 (1.20%) UAG
12 9 (1.20%) VMware Server
12 9 (1.20%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.93%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 7 (0.93%) Xen
14 6 (0.80%) NFS
15 5 (0.67%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 101 (13.45%) SCCM
2 55 (7.32%) SCOM
3 27 (3.60%) McAfee ePO
4 22 (2.93%) HP Quality Center
5 19 (2.53%) Backup Exec
6 17 (2.26%) Netcool
7 10 (1.33%) Tivoli
8 9 (1.20%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 9 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 8 (1.07%) WMI
9 8 (1.07%) Puppet
10 7 (0.93%) HP SIM
10 7 (0.93%) vMotion
10 7 (0.93%) SCSM
10 7 (0.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 7 (0.93%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 7 (0.93%) Nagios
10 7 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
10 7 (0.93%) NetBackup
11 6 (0.80%) Nessus
Vendors
1 519 (69.11%) Microsoft
2 336 (44.74%) VMware
3 196 (26.10%) Citrix
4 162 (21.57%) Cisco
5 126 (16.78%) HP
6 72 (9.59%) McAfee
7 54 (7.19%) NetApp
8 46 (6.13%) Symantec
9 36 (4.79%) Red Hat
10 30 (3.99%) Dell
11 28 (3.73%) Apple
12 25 (3.33%) IBM
13 23 (3.06%) EMC
14 22 (2.93%) Juniper
15 20 (2.66%) AppSense
15 20 (2.66%) Veritas
16 18 (2.40%) Avaya
16 18 (2.40%) Sophos
17 15 (2.00%) Oracle
18 13 (1.73%) 3PAR
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
LA International
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 11 hours ago
Brecon, Powys
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £475 - 535 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
NES IT
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Cyber Team
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £200 to £260 per day £200 - £260 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £280.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Cheshire
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £70000 - £90000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Explore Group
Posted: 23 days ago
Stockport
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago