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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 244 224 264
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +40
Contract jobs citing MCSE 461 481 407
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.81% 0.91% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.12% 5.29% 3.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 266 199
Average daily rate
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£347 £343 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.45% +14.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 48 46
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £16.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% +31.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £12.31 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £35.60 £24.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.63 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-12.15% +39.54%

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
11189 9095 10240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.56% 17.26% 17.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6198 5113 5307
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 404 606
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -28.00%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 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
England -22 422 £339 -3.21% 183
London -20 159 £375 +2.04% 59
South East -10 134 £322 -14.20% 50
North West +17 44 £325 +44.44% 19
Hampshire +14 38 £350 +7.69% 8
City of London +7 35 £400 +14.28% 17
Berkshire -12 32 £300 -29.41% 16
Buckinghamshire +12 23 £170 +17.24% 11
Scotland 0 23 £349 +51.63% 10
Milton Keynes +8 21 £170 +17.24% 6
Manchester +1 21 £350 +33.97% 9
Reading -4 21 £300 -29.41% 10
Surrey -5 19 £350 +5.66% 9
East of England -38 19 £350 +27.27% 13
South West -27 18 £330 +1.53% 8
Yorkshire +4 14 £300 -16.08% 12
North East -27 14 £250 -6.54% 1
Durham +3 12 £250 -6.54%
West Midlands -14 10 £288 -4.16% 11
Peterlee - 10 - -
Cambridgeshire +9 9 £350 - 4
Cheshire +5 8 £319 +41.66% 5
West Yorkshire -1 8 £295 -17.48% 8
Oxfordshire -2 8 £306 +108.33% 1
Lancashire -16 8 £420 +97.64% 2
Cambridge +2 7 £323 - 1
Birmingham 0 7 £305 +1.66% 4
East Midlands -9 7 £275 - 5
Basingstoke - 7 £325 - 1
Bracknell +6 6 £400 - 2

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

1 835 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 646 (77.37%) Windows
3 533 (63.83%) Microsoft
4 434 (51.98%) Active Directory
5 341 (40.84%) VMware
6 327 (39.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 297 (35.57%) ITIL
8 267 (31.98%) MS Exchange
9 235 (28.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 220 (26.35%) Citrix
11 212 (25.39%) VMware Infrastructure
12 211 (25.27%) MCITP
13 200 (23.95%) MCP
14 193 (23.11%) MS Excel
15 188 (22.51%) DNS
16 173 (20.72%) SAN
17 168 (20.12%) HP
18 164 (19.64%) Firewall
19 156 (18.68%) TCP/IP
20 153 (18.32%) Cisco
20 153 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
21 145 (17.37%) Exchange Server 2010
21 145 (17.37%) SQL Server
22 139 (16.65%) Windows 7
22 139 (16.65%) Security Cleared
23 138 (16.53%) DHCP
24 135 (16.17%) SCCM
25 134 (16.05%) MCSA
25 134 (16.05%) Cisco Certification
26 132 (15.81%) SQL

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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
1 267 (31.98%) MS Exchange
2 145 (17.37%) Exchange Server 2010
3 93 (11.14%) IIS
4 91 (10.90%) SharePoint
5 85 (10.18%) Exchange Server 2007
6 83 (9.94%) Exchange Server 2003
7 55 (6.59%) Exchange Server 2013
8 44 (5.27%) SharePoint 2010
9 41 (4.91%) Lync
10 30 (3.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 19 (2.28%) SharePoint 2013
12 11 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
13 7 (0.84%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2000
15 5 (0.60%) Tomcat
16 4 (0.48%) Apache
16 4 (0.48%) WebSphere
17 3 (0.36%) Office Communications Server
17 3 (0.36%) ArcGIS
17 3 (0.36%) Documentum
Applications
1 193 (23.11%) MS Excel
2 113 (13.53%) MS Office
3 22 (2.63%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.48%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 17 (2.04%) assyst
2 9 (1.08%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.11%) Office 365
2 21 (2.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.32%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.20%) IaaS
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 188 (22.51%) DNS
2 173 (20.72%) SAN
3 164 (19.64%) Firewall
4 156 (18.68%) TCP/IP
5 138 (16.53%) DHCP
6 78 (9.34%) WAN
7 69 (8.26%) LAN
8 67 (8.02%) Internet
9 43 (5.15%) VPN
10 32 (3.83%) VoIP
10 32 (3.83%) Network Security
11 28 (3.35%) NAS
12 24 (2.87%) Wireless
13 20 (2.40%) X.500
14 19 (2.28%) SMTP
15 18 (2.16%) X.400
15 18 (2.16%) iSCSI
16 17 (2.04%) IP Telephony
17 16 (1.92%) VLAN
17 16 (1.92%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 145 (17.37%) SQL Server
2 53 (6.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 40 (4.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (2.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 23 (2.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 17 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
7 9 (1.08%) MySQL
8 6 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (0.72%) RDBMS
8 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
8 6 (0.72%) Relational Database
8 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.36%) SAP HANA
9 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2000
9 3 (0.36%) DTS
9 3 (0.36%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 16 (1.92%) MSI
2 10 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (0.96%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (0.72%) Visual Studio
4 6 (0.72%) Subversion
5 5 (0.60%) InstallShield
5 5 (0.60%) WinRunner
5 5 (0.60%) TestDirector
6 4 (0.48%) CruiseControl
6 4 (0.48%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.48%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.36%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.36%) AdminStudio
7 3 (0.36%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 104 (12.46%) Finance
2 26 (3.11%) Banking
3 24 (2.87%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.40%) Marketing
5 17 (2.04%) Law
6 16 (1.92%) Advertising
6 16 (1.92%) French Language
6 16 (1.92%) Spanish Language
7 14 (1.68%) Mandarin Language
8 12 (1.44%) Military
9 8 (0.96%) Back Office
9 8 (0.96%) Retail
10 7 (0.84%) Front Office
11 6 (0.72%) Legal
12 5 (0.60%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.60%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.48%) International Banking
14 3 (0.36%) Games
15 2 (0.24%) Electronics
16 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 133 (15.93%) Analyst
2 119 (14.25%) Support Engineer
3 82 (9.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 58 (6.95%) 3rd Line Support
5 53 (6.35%) Support Analyst
6 48 (5.75%) Consultant
7 47 (5.63%) Administrator
8 46 (5.51%) Server Engineer
9 45 (5.39%) Architect
10 40 (4.79%) Systems Engineer
11 36 (4.31%) Desktop Support
12 35 (4.19%) Wintel Engineer
13 28 (3.35%) Security Analyst
14 26 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
15 25 (2.99%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 24 (2.87%) Network Engineer
16 24 (2.87%) Messaging Engineer
17 23 (2.75%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 22 (2.63%) Service Analyst
19 21 (2.51%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (6.71%) .NET
2 19 (2.28%) ASP.NET
3 15 (1.80%) HTML
4 12 (1.44%) Software Packaging
5 10 (1.20%) .NET Framework
6 9 (1.08%) Middleware
7 8 (0.96%) WCF
8 7 (0.84%) JSP
9 6 (0.72%) XML
9 6 (0.72%) Application Packaging
10 5 (0.60%) WPF
10 5 (0.60%) MDX
10 5 (0.60%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (0.60%) Web Services
10 5 (0.60%) CSS
11 4 (0.48%) Classic ASP
11 4 (0.48%) XSLT
11 4 (0.48%) WAP
11 4 (0.48%) LAMP
11 4 (0.48%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 89 (10.66%) Clustering
2 64 (7.66%) Blackberry
3 62 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (3.35%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.99%) PKI
6 21 (2.51%) Management Information System
7 16 (1.92%) Replication
8 14 (1.68%) Thin Client
8 14 (1.68%) Fat Client
9 12 (1.44%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (1.32%) CMDB
11 10 (1.20%) EPoS
12 8 (0.96%) Mainframe
12 8 (0.96%) EqualLogic
13 7 (0.84%) iPad
14 6 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (0.72%) Derivative
15 5 (0.60%) iPhone
15 5 (0.60%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 646 (77.37%) Windows
2 327 (39.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 235 (28.14%) Windows Server 2003
4 153 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 139 (16.65%) Windows 7
6 96 (11.50%) Linux
7 75 (8.98%) Windows XP
8 55 (6.59%) UNIX
9 38 (4.55%) Windows 8
10 32 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 30 (3.59%) Windows 2000 Server
12 25 (2.99%) Windows 2000
13 16 (1.92%) Windows NT
13 16 (1.92%) Windows Vista
14 8 (0.96%) Android
15 7 (0.84%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.72%) AIX
17 3 (0.36%) CentOS
17 3 (0.36%) Apple iOS
17 3 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (35.57%) ITIL
2 53 (6.35%) Migration
3 48 (5.75%) Project Management
4 47 (5.63%) Disaster Recovery
5 41 (4.91%) Incident Management
5 41 (4.91%) Service Management
6 37 (4.43%) Load Balancing
7 36 (4.31%) Change Management
8 33 (3.95%) Configuration Management
9 30 (3.59%) Service Delivery
10 29 (3.47%) Change Control
11 24 (2.87%) Information Security
11 24 (2.87%) Time Management
12 23 (2.75%) Data Protection
12 23 (2.75%) Validation
12 23 (2.75%) Penetration Testing
13 22 (2.63%) PRINCE2
13 22 (2.63%) Problem Management
14 18 (2.16%) Coaching
15 16 (1.92%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 132 (15.81%) SQL
2 82 (9.82%) PowerShell
3 29 (3.47%) VBScript
4 20 (2.40%) VB
5 19 (2.28%) C
5 19 (2.28%) C#
6 18 (2.16%) T-SQL
7 13 (1.56%) Perl
8 11 (1.32%) JavaScript
9 9 (1.08%) C++
10 8 (0.96%) Java
11 6 (0.72%) VBA
12 5 (0.60%) Bourne shell
12 5 (0.60%) Korn
13 4 (0.48%) PHP
14 3 (0.36%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.36%) Python
14 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
15 1 (0.12%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 835 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 211 (25.27%) MCITP
3 200 (23.95%) MCP
4 139 (16.65%) Security Cleared
5 134 (16.05%) MCSA
5 134 (16.05%) Cisco Certification
6 127 (15.21%) CCNA
7 106 (12.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 105 (12.57%) SC Cleared
9 96 (11.50%) Degree
10 88 (10.54%) MCTS
11 50 (5.99%) CCNP
12 46 (5.51%) MCDST
13 36 (4.31%) DV Cleared
14 33 (3.95%) Citrix Certification
15 27 (3.23%) A+ Certification
16 26 (3.11%) CISSP
17 25 (2.99%) CEH
18 24 (2.87%) CCA
19 22 (2.63%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (7.31%) SLA
2 25 (2.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (0.96%) QA
4 7 (0.84%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.36%) BS7799
6 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 434 (51.98%) Active Directory
2 212 (25.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 94 (11.26%) Hyper-V
4 83 (9.94%) vSphere
5 72 (8.62%) VMware ESX
6 59 (7.07%) XenApp
7 31 (3.71%) XenServer
7 31 (3.71%) ISA Server
8 24 (2.87%) XenDesktop
9 18 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 18 (2.16%) UAG
10 16 (1.92%) Terminal Services
10 16 (1.92%) NFS
11 12 (1.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 12 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
12 10 (1.20%) Xen
12 10 (1.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 9 (1.08%) vCloud
14 8 (0.96%) Forefront TMG
15 6 (0.72%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 135 (16.17%) SCCM
2 69 (8.26%) SCOM
3 49 (5.87%) Backup Exec
4 29 (3.47%) McAfee ePO
5 21 (2.51%) NetBackup
6 18 (2.16%) WSUS
7 14 (1.68%) Norton AntiVirus
7 14 (1.68%) Nessus
8 12 (1.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 11 (1.32%) SCDPM
9 11 (1.32%) Nagios
10 10 (1.20%) BladeLogic
10 10 (1.20%) SCVMM
11 8 (0.96%) Windows Intune
11 8 (0.96%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
12 7 (0.84%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 7 (0.84%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 7 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 533 (63.83%) Microsoft
2 341 (40.84%) VMware
3 220 (26.35%) Citrix
4 168 (20.12%) HP
5 153 (18.32%) Cisco
6 68 (8.14%) Symantec
7 54 (6.47%) McAfee
8 46 (5.51%) Dell
9 40 (4.79%) NetApp
10 37 (4.43%) Red Hat
10 37 (4.43%) Oracle
11 35 (4.19%) EMC
12 30 (3.59%) IBM
13 29 (3.47%) SolarWinds
14 27 (3.23%) Avaya
15 25 (2.99%) Apple
16 23 (2.75%) Intel
17 22 (2.63%) Juniper
18 21 (2.51%) Veritas
19 19 (2.28%) CheckPoint
Kent
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £150 to £250 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Basildon, Essex
LA International
Posted: 20 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 20 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110.00 - £120.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rates
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £120 - £144 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £110 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £1 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Chelmsford, Essex
Capita Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £200 - £260 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450.00 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Ifftner Solutions
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Gloucester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
Posted: 11 days ago