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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 367 289 273
Rank change year-on-year
-78 -16
Contract jobs citing MCSE 276 376 356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.54% 0.73% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.53% 3.58% 3.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 204 160
Average daily rate £323 £313 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.36% +0.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £139 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 45 41
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £20.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -12.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.20 £31.10 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +9.37%

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
10906 10502 9640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.28% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6716 6074 5197
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 489 490 442
Average hourly rate £38.25 £20.00 £18.61
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.25% +7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £46.50 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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 12 February 2016.

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 12 February 2016.

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 12 February 2016. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -62 248 £325 +6.55% 167
London -13 87 £320 +16.36% 55
South East -19 76 £300 -1.63% 47
Scotland -6 24 £305 -13.85% 4
Surrey +8 23 £330 +140.00% 13
Berkshire 0 23 £285 +39.70% 16
City of London +32 22 £260 -23.52% 5
Renfrewshire +3 19 £308 -14.12% 1
Erskine +2 19 £308 -14.12% 1
Reading -5 19 £285 +39.70% 9
South West 0 17 £375 +5.63% 14
East of England -10 17 £174 -33.71% 12
East Midlands -8 16 £450 +5.88% 4
North West -15 14 £338 -15.62% 16
Hampshire -5 13 £350 +7.69% 5
Cambridgeshire +15 12 £174 -42.47% 4
West Midlands -23 12 £150 -50.00% 11
Wiltshire -6 10 £350 -1.40% 1
Peterborough +19 8 £174 +67.30%
Derbyshire -7 8 £475 +76.74%
Yorkshire -22 8 £275 -22.80% 7
Swindon - 8 £375 -
Derby - 8 £475 -
Coventry -3 7 £150 - 3
West Yorkshire -9 7 - - 6
Lancashire - 7 £275 -
Northamptonshire +15 6 £238 - 2
Redhill - 6 - -
Glasgow +4 5 £99 -65.35% 2
Leatherhead -10 5 £345 -

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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.

1 633 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 470 (74.25%) Windows
3 446 (70.46%) Microsoft
4 385 (60.82%) Active Directory
5 240 (37.91%) ITIL
6 238 (37.60%) VMware
7 233 (36.81%) Windows Server
8 226 (35.70%) Windows Server 2008
9 185 (29.23%) MCSA
10 178 (28.12%) Windows 7
11 171 (27.01%) Citrix
12 161 (25.43%) MS Exchange
13 160 (25.28%) MCITP
14 153 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
15 149 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
16 147 (23.22%) Windows Server 2012
17 146 (23.06%) MCP
17 146 (23.06%) SQL
18 140 (22.12%) CCNA
19 130 (20.54%) MS Excel
20 126 (19.91%) MS Office
21 124 (19.59%) Security Cleared
21 124 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
22 122 (19.27%) Cisco
23 106 (16.75%) DNS
24 92 (14.53%) SQL Server
25 89 (14.06%) TCP/IP
26 87 (13.74%) HP
27 85 (13.43%) LAN
28 84 (13.27%) WAN

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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
1 161 (25.43%) MS Exchange
2 68 (10.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 66 (10.43%) SharePoint
4 49 (7.74%) IIS
5 46 (7.27%) Exchange Server 2013
6 39 (6.16%) Exchange Server 2007
7 38 (6.00%) Skype for Business
8 21 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2003
9 13 (2.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 12 (1.90%) OpenStack
11 11 (1.74%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.95%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.79%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.63%) Apache
15 3 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
16 2 (0.32%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.32%) LiveLink
16 2 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
16 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
17 1 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 130 (20.54%) MS Excel
2 126 (19.91%) MS Office
3 8 (1.26%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.16%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.63%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.32%) assyst
5 2 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.16%) Sage 1000
6 1 (0.16%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 60 (9.48%) Office 365
2 38 (6.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (3.95%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.37%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (0.79%) IaaS
5 5 (0.79%) SaaS
6 4 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.63%) OneDrive
6 4 (0.63%) Yammer
7 2 (0.32%) PaaS
8 1 (0.16%) GitHub
8 1 (0.16%) IBM PureFlex
8 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 106 (16.75%) DNS
2 89 (14.06%) TCP/IP
3 85 (13.43%) LAN
4 84 (13.27%) WAN
5 72 (11.37%) DHCP
6 66 (10.43%) Firewall
7 57 (9.00%) SAN
8 48 (7.58%) VPN
9 38 (6.00%) VoIP
10 31 (4.90%) Internet
11 27 (4.27%) Skype
11 27 (4.27%) VLAN
12 21 (3.32%) Wi-Fi
12 21 (3.32%) Wireless
13 17 (2.69%) LDAP
14 15 (2.37%) Cisco Nexus
15 11 (1.74%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (1.74%) iSCSI
15 11 (1.74%) Kerberos
15 11 (1.74%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (14.53%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (3.16%) SQL Server 2012
4 12 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (1.58%) Azure SQL Database
6 8 (1.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 8 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (1.11%) SQL Server 2005
8 6 (0.95%) Power BI
9 5 (0.79%) MySQL
9 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.63%) MS Access
11 3 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.47%) GIS
11 3 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.32%) EDRMS
12 2 (0.32%) QlikView
12 2 (0.32%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 53 (8.37%) HP UFT
2 51 (8.06%) TestDirector
2 51 (8.06%) WinRunner
3 13 (2.05%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.90%) JIRA
5 9 (1.42%) Ant
5 9 (1.42%) Hudson
5 9 (1.42%) Jenkins
5 9 (1.42%) Maven
5 9 (1.42%) Subversion
6 8 (1.26%) MSI
7 3 (0.47%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.47%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.32%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.16%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.16%) Moq
9 1 (0.16%) Selenium
9 1 (0.16%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 80 (12.64%) Finance
2 28 (4.42%) Banking
3 15 (2.37%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.05%) German Language
5 11 (1.74%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.42%) French Language
7 8 (1.26%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.11%) Retail
9 6 (0.95%) Advertising
10 5 (0.79%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.79%) Korean Language
11 4 (0.63%) Front Office
11 4 (0.63%) Local Government
12 3 (0.47%) Dutch Language
12 3 (0.47%) Legal
12 3 (0.47%) Marketing
12 3 (0.47%) Publishing
13 2 (0.32%) Billing
13 2 (0.32%) Law
13 2 (0.32%) Military
Job Titles
1 134 (21.17%) Analyst
2 88 (13.90%) Support Engineer
3 76 (12.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 63 (9.95%) Desktop Support
5 61 (9.64%) Support Analyst
6 51 (8.06%) Architect
7 36 (5.69%) Consultant
7 36 (5.69%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 35 (5.53%) IT Engineer
9 34 (5.37%) Test Analyst
10 33 (5.21%) IT Support
11 32 (5.06%) Service Analyst
12 30 (4.74%) 3rd Line Support
12 30 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
13 28 (4.42%) 2nd Line Support
14 26 (4.11%) Desktop Analyst
14 26 (4.11%) Desktop Support Analyst
15 25 (3.95%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
15 25 (3.95%) Service Desk Analyst
16 22 (3.48%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.53%) .NET
2 11 (1.74%) Web Services
3 6 (0.95%) .NET Framework
3 6 (0.95%) SAML
4 5 (0.79%) ELK Stack
4 5 (0.79%) HTML
4 5 (0.79%) ODBC
4 5 (0.79%) XML
5 2 (0.32%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.32%) Autofac
5 2 (0.32%) CSS
5 2 (0.32%) Entity Framework
5 2 (0.32%) Middleware
5 2 (0.32%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (0.32%) WAP
5 2 (0.32%) WCF
6 1 (0.16%) Castle Windsor
6 1 (0.16%) CSS3
6 1 (0.16%) HTML5
6 1 (0.16%) Ninject
Miscellaneous
1 70 (11.06%) Data Centre
2 65 (10.27%) Clustering
3 52 (8.21%) Blackberry
4 47 (7.42%) PDA
5 45 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
6 39 (6.16%) Computer Science
7 32 (5.06%) Management Information System
8 29 (4.58%) PKI
9 25 (3.95%) Video Conferencing
10 24 (3.79%) Replication
11 23 (3.63%) Driving Licence
12 18 (2.84%) CESG
13 14 (2.21%) CESG CLAS
14 13 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (1.74%) NHS
16 10 (1.58%) EMC VNX
16 10 (1.58%) Fat Client
16 10 (1.58%) Thin Client
17 8 (1.26%) Client/Server
17 8 (1.26%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 470 (74.25%) Windows
2 233 (36.81%) Windows Server
3 226 (35.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 178 (28.12%) Windows 7
5 153 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 147 (23.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 76 (12.01%) Windows XP
8 69 (10.90%) Linux
9 48 (7.58%) AIX
10 39 (6.16%) Unix
11 28 (4.42%) Windows 8
12 16 (2.53%) Windows 2000 Server
13 15 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 14 (2.21%) Windows 10
15 13 (2.05%) Windows Vista
16 11 (1.74%) Android
16 11 (1.74%) Mac OS X
16 11 (1.74%) VMS
17 6 (0.95%) Apple iOS
18 5 (0.79%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (37.91%) ITIL
2 84 (13.27%) Change Management
3 72 (11.37%) Migration
4 62 (9.79%) Service Management
5 51 (8.06%) Software Testing
5 51 (8.06%) Test Automation
6 44 (6.95%) Test Scripting
7 34 (5.37%) Configuration Management
8 29 (4.58%) Disaster Recovery
9 28 (4.42%) Time Management
10 27 (4.27%) PRINCE2
11 26 (4.11%) Information Security
11 26 (4.11%) ITSM
12 24 (3.79%) ITIL V3
12 24 (3.79%) Project Management
13 21 (3.32%) TOGAF
14 19 (3.00%) DevOps
14 19 (3.00%) Service Delivery
15 18 (2.84%) Agile Software Development
15 18 (2.84%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 146 (23.06%) SQL
2 79 (12.48%) PowerShell
3 18 (2.84%) Python
4 12 (1.90%) VBScript
5 11 (1.74%) T-SQL
6 10 (1.58%) Ruby
7 9 (1.42%) Bash Shell
8 5 (0.79%) C#
8 5 (0.79%) VB
9 4 (0.63%) C
9 4 (0.63%) Perl
9 4 (0.63%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.47%) Java
11 2 (0.32%) AWK
11 2 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.32%) sed
11 2 (0.32%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.32%) VBA
12 1 (0.16%) Scala
12 1 (0.16%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 633 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 185 (29.23%) MCSA
3 160 (25.28%) MCITP
4 149 (23.54%) Cisco Certification
5 146 (23.06%) MCP
6 140 (22.12%) CCNA
7 124 (19.59%) Security Cleared
8 76 (12.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 75 (11.85%) MCTS
10 74 (11.69%) Degree
11 71 (11.22%) SC Cleared
12 45 (7.11%) MCDST
13 43 (6.79%) ISTQB
14 33 (5.21%) Citrix Certification
15 32 (5.06%) DV Cleared
16 29 (4.58%) ITIL Certification
17 28 (4.42%) CCNP
18 27 (4.27%) CISSP
19 23 (3.63%) A+ Certification
20 16 (2.53%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (5.69%) SLA
2 8 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.79%) JSP 440
4 5 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.47%) FedRAMP
6 2 (0.32%) QA
System Software
1 385 (60.82%) Active Directory
2 124 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (12.95%) Hyper-V
4 79 (12.48%) vSphere
5 67 (10.58%) VMware ESX
6 55 (8.69%) XenApp
7 23 (3.63%) Microsoft App-V
7 23 (3.63%) XenDesktop
8 17 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
9 12 (1.90%) XenServer
10 11 (1.74%) Terminal Server
11 10 (1.58%) Docker
12 9 (1.42%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 8 (1.26%) ISA Server
14 6 (0.95%) NFS
15 4 (0.63%) MetaFrame
15 4 (0.63%) Samba
15 4 (0.63%) UAG
16 3 (0.47%) Brightmail
16 3 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 79 (12.48%) SCCM
2 60 (9.48%) McAfee ePO
3 53 (8.37%) HP Quality Center
4 48 (7.58%) SCOM
5 46 (7.27%) Netcool
6 39 (6.16%) WSUS
7 28 (4.42%) NetBackup
8 22 (3.48%) Puppet
9 20 (3.16%) Backup Exec
10 16 (2.53%) Norton AntiVirus
10 16 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
11 14 (2.21%) Ansible
11 14 (2.21%) Nagios
12 7 (1.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 7 (1.11%) Sysprep
13 6 (0.95%) AirWatch
14 5 (0.79%) Cacti
14 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 5 (0.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 5 (0.79%) vMotion
Vendors
1 446 (70.46%) Microsoft
2 238 (37.60%) VMware
3 171 (27.01%) Citrix
4 122 (19.27%) Cisco
5 87 (13.74%) HP
6 69 (10.90%) Intel Security
7 47 (7.42%) Veritas
8 46 (7.27%) Oracle
9 44 (6.95%) Dell
10 32 (5.06%) Symantec
11 29 (4.58%) EMC
11 29 (4.58%) NetApp
12 23 (3.63%) Apple
13 21 (3.32%) Red Hat
14 18 (2.84%) Remedy
14 18 (2.84%) SolarWinds
15 13 (2.05%) CommVault
16 12 (1.90%) IBM
16 12 (1.90%) Intel
16 12 (1.90%) Sophos
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