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 19 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 250 235 273
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +38
Contract jobs citing MCSE 452 464 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.88% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.07% 5.09% 4.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 243 194
Average daily rate
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£330 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 47 46
Average hourly rate £18.15 £21.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.58% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £12.20 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.06 £35.00 £26.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.02 £21.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-14.20% +35.48%

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
11103 9108 10182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.28% 17.26% 17.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6182 5090 5263
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 432 615
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -23 410 £325 -2.98% 190
London -20 152 £350 - 64
South East +10 134 £300 -17.80% 52
Hampshire +20 44 £348 +5.37% 9
North West +19 44 £310 +37.77% 17
City of London -3 32 £400 +16.36% 19
Berkshire -5 31 £300 -29.41% 12
Scotland -5 23 £357 +50.31% 10
Reading +6 21 £300 -29.41% 10
Manchester +3 21 £350 +7.69% 10
South West -41 20 £328 +1.55% 13
Buckinghamshire -5 17 £165 +6.45% 8
Surrey -11 17 £300 -11.11% 14
Milton Keynes -7 15 £165 +13.79% 3
East of England -42 14 £323 +17.27% 7
Yorkshire +7 13 £300 -4.76% 11
West Sussex +5 11 £220 -20.00%
North East -23 11 - - 2
Durham +4 10 - -
West Midlands -16 10 £275 -8.33% 10
Peterlee - 9 - -
West Yorkshire +11 8 £295 -6.34% 8
Cheshire +8 8 £308 +36.66% 3
Cambridgeshire +7 8 £323 - 2
East Midlands -9 8 £450 +51.26% 9
Lancashire -12 8 £420 +97.64% 2
Birmingham +2 7 £300 - 4
Cambridge -2 7 £323 -
Somerset -11 7 £325 +1.56% 3
Basingstoke - 7 £325 - 1

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 839 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 640 (76.28%) Windows
3 528 (62.93%) Microsoft
4 451 (53.75%) Active Directory
5 337 (40.17%) VMware
6 318 (37.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 296 (35.28%) ITIL
8 272 (32.42%) MS Exchange
9 226 (26.94%) Windows Server 2003
10 215 (25.63%) Citrix
10 215 (25.63%) VMware Infrastructure
11 214 (25.51%) MCITP
12 203 (24.20%) MCP
13 195 (23.24%) DNS
14 190 (22.65%) MS Excel
15 175 (20.86%) SAN
16 164 (19.55%) Firewall
17 163 (19.43%) HP
18 155 (18.47%) Cisco
19 152 (18.12%) TCP/IP
20 149 (17.76%) Windows Server 2012
21 148 (17.64%) Exchange Server 2010
22 145 (17.28%) DHCP
22 145 (17.28%) SQL Server
23 142 (16.92%) Cisco Certification
23 142 (16.92%) SCCM
24 141 (16.81%) Windows 7
24 141 (16.81%) SQL
25 138 (16.45%) MCSA
26 134 (15.97%) CCNA

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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
1 272 (32.42%) MS Exchange
2 148 (17.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 91 (10.85%) IIS
4 90 (10.73%) SharePoint
5 81 (9.65%) Exchange Server 2003
6 80 (9.54%) Exchange Server 2007
7 51 (6.08%) Exchange Server 2013
8 46 (5.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 42 (5.01%) Lync
10 33 (3.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 18 (2.15%) SharePoint 2013
12 11 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
13 8 (0.95%) IBM Notes
14 7 (0.83%) Tomcat
15 6 (0.72%) WebSphere
16 5 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2000
17 4 (0.48%) Apache
17 4 (0.48%) JOnAS
18 3 (0.36%) ArcGIS
18 3 (0.36%) Documentum
Applications
1 190 (22.65%) MS Excel
2 113 (13.47%) MS Office
3 22 (2.62%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.36%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 17 (2.03%) assyst
2 11 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
4 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.98%) Office 365
2 20 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.31%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.19%) IaaS
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 195 (23.24%) DNS
2 175 (20.86%) SAN
3 164 (19.55%) Firewall
4 152 (18.12%) TCP/IP
5 145 (17.28%) DHCP
6 84 (10.01%) WAN
7 76 (9.06%) LAN
8 66 (7.87%) Internet
9 51 (6.08%) VPN
10 38 (4.53%) VoIP
11 32 (3.81%) Network Security
12 28 (3.34%) Wireless
12 28 (3.34%) NAS
13 22 (2.62%) SMTP
14 21 (2.50%) iSCSI
15 19 (2.26%) X.500
16 18 (2.15%) VLAN
17 17 (2.03%) IP Telephony
17 17 (2.03%) X.400
18 16 (1.91%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 145 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 52 (6.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 40 (4.77%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (2.62%) SQL Server 2012
6 21 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 16 (1.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.31%) MySQL
9 9 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.72%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.72%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.48%) DTS
13 3 (0.36%) SAP HANA
13 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (0.36%) OLAP
14 2 (0.24%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 17 (2.03%) MSI
2 11 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (0.95%) QuickTest Pro
4 7 (0.83%) Visual Studio
5 6 (0.72%) InstallShield
5 6 (0.72%) Subversion
6 5 (0.60%) WinRunner
6 5 (0.60%) TestDirector
7 4 (0.48%) CruiseControl
7 4 (0.48%) TeamCity
7 4 (0.48%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.36%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.36%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.36%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 99 (11.80%) Finance
2 26 (3.10%) Telecoms
2 26 (3.10%) Banking
3 19 (2.26%) Marketing
4 17 (2.03%) French Language
4 17 (2.03%) Law
4 17 (2.03%) Advertising
5 15 (1.79%) Spanish Language
6 14 (1.67%) Mandarin Language
7 12 (1.43%) Military
8 8 (0.95%) Retail
9 7 (0.83%) Front Office
9 7 (0.83%) Back Office
10 6 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.60%) Legal
12 4 (0.48%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.48%) International Banking
13 3 (0.36%) Games
14 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 140 (16.69%) Analyst
2 121 (14.42%) Support Engineer
3 84 (10.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 58 (6.91%) Support Analyst
5 57 (6.79%) 3rd Line Support
6 50 (5.96%) Consultant
7 43 (5.13%) Systems Engineer
8 42 (5.01%) Server Engineer
9 41 (4.89%) Administrator
10 40 (4.77%) Architect
11 35 (4.17%) Desktop Support
12 33 (3.93%) Wintel Engineer
13 31 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support
14 28 (3.34%) Security Analyst
15 26 (3.10%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 26 (3.10%) IT Support
16 25 (2.98%) Service Analyst
17 24 (2.86%) Messaging Engineer
18 23 (2.74%) Network Engineer
19 22 (2.62%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (6.91%) .NET
2 19 (2.26%) ASP.NET
3 15 (1.79%) HTML
4 11 (1.31%) Software Packaging
5 10 (1.19%) .NET Framework
6 9 (1.07%) Middleware
7 8 (0.95%) WCF
8 7 (0.83%) Application Packaging
8 7 (0.83%) JSP
9 6 (0.72%) LAMP
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%) XML
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%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 84 (10.01%) Clustering
2 66 (7.87%) Blackberry
3 63 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (3.69%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.98%) PKI
6 23 (2.74%) Management Information System
7 19 (2.26%) Replication
8 14 (1.67%) Thin Client
8 14 (1.67%) Fat Client
9 11 (1.31%) CMDB
10 10 (1.19%) Client/Server
10 10 (1.19%) iPad
10 10 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.07%) EqualLogic
12 8 (0.95%) Mainframe
13 7 (0.83%) EPoS
14 6 (0.72%) NHS
14 6 (0.72%) Derivative
14 6 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.60%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 640 (76.28%) Windows
2 318 (37.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 226 (26.94%) Windows Server 2003
4 149 (17.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 141 (16.81%) Windows 7
6 90 (10.73%) Linux
7 80 (9.54%) Windows XP
8 55 (6.56%) UNIX
9 35 (4.17%) Windows 8
10 30 (3.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 28 (3.34%) Windows 2000 Server
12 26 (3.10%) Windows 2000
13 17 (2.03%) Windows Vista
14 16 (1.91%) Windows NT
15 9 (1.07%) Android
16 7 (0.83%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.72%) AIX
18 4 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
19 3 (0.36%) Apple iOS
19 3 (0.36%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (35.28%) ITIL
2 60 (7.15%) Migration
3 56 (6.67%) Project Management
4 44 (5.24%) Disaster Recovery
5 43 (5.13%) Incident Management
6 38 (4.53%) Load Balancing
7 37 (4.41%) Service Management
8 34 (4.05%) Configuration Management
9 33 (3.93%) Change Management
10 31 (3.69%) Change Control
11 27 (3.22%) Service Delivery
12 24 (2.86%) PRINCE2
12 24 (2.86%) Information Security
13 23 (2.74%) Time Management
13 23 (2.74%) Penetration Testing
14 22 (2.62%) Data Protection
15 20 (2.38%) Validation
15 20 (2.38%) Problem Management
16 19 (2.26%) Coaching
17 17 (2.03%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 141 (16.81%) SQL
2 90 (10.73%) PowerShell
3 25 (2.98%) VBScript
4 21 (2.50%) VB
4 21 (2.50%) C
5 19 (2.26%) C#
5 19 (2.26%) T-SQL
6 13 (1.55%) Perl
7 11 (1.31%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.19%) C++
9 9 (1.07%) Java
10 5 (0.60%) Korn
10 5 (0.60%) Bourne shell
11 4 (0.48%) PHP
11 4 (0.48%) VBA
12 3 (0.36%) Python
12 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.24%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.12%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 839 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 214 (25.51%) MCITP
3 203 (24.20%) MCP
4 142 (16.92%) Cisco Certification
5 138 (16.45%) MCSA
6 134 (15.97%) CCNA
7 126 (15.02%) Security Cleared
8 107 (12.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 98 (11.68%) Degree
10 93 (11.08%) SC Cleared
11 91 (10.85%) MCTS
12 52 (6.20%) CCNP
13 44 (5.24%) MCDST
14 34 (4.05%) DV Cleared
15 33 (3.93%) Citrix Certification
16 27 (3.22%) CISSP
17 26 (3.10%) CCA
17 26 (3.10%) A+ Certification
18 25 (2.98%) CEH
19 24 (2.86%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (7.87%) SLA
2 24 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.07%) QA
4 7 (0.83%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.36%) BS7799
System Software
1 451 (53.75%) Active Directory
2 215 (25.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 93 (11.08%) Hyper-V
4 88 (10.49%) vSphere
5 75 (8.94%) VMware ESX
6 58 (6.91%) XenApp
7 32 (3.81%) XenServer
8 30 (3.58%) ISA Server
9 25 (2.98%) XenDesktop
10 21 (2.50%) UAG
11 18 (2.15%) NFS
11 18 (2.15%) Microsoft App-V
12 16 (1.91%) Terminal Services
13 14 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
14 12 (1.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (1.07%) vCloud
15 9 (1.07%) Xen
16 8 (0.95%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 7 (0.83%) VMware Server
17 7 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 142 (16.92%) SCCM
2 64 (7.63%) SCOM
3 42 (5.01%) Backup Exec
4 24 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
5 21 (2.50%) NetBackup
6 17 (2.03%) WSUS
7 14 (1.67%) Nessus
8 13 (1.55%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 12 (1.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 12 (1.43%) Norton AntiVirus
9 12 (1.43%) MAILsweeper
9 12 (1.43%) SCVMM
10 11 (1.31%) Nagios
11 9 (1.07%) SCDPM
11 9 (1.07%) BladeLogic
12 8 (0.95%) MIMEsweeper
12 8 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.95%) Windows Intune
13 7 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 7 (0.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 528 (62.93%) Microsoft
2 337 (40.17%) VMware
3 215 (25.63%) Citrix
4 163 (19.43%) HP
5 155 (18.47%) Cisco
6 71 (8.46%) Symantec
7 50 (5.96%) Dell
8 47 (5.60%) McAfee
9 42 (5.01%) Oracle
10 40 (4.77%) NetApp
11 34 (4.05%) EMC
12 33 (3.93%) Red Hat
13 29 (3.46%) IBM
14 28 (3.34%) SolarWinds
15 26 (3.10%) Avaya
16 24 (2.86%) Apple
16 24 (2.86%) Juniper
17 22 (2.62%) Intel
18 20 (2.38%) CheckPoint
19 19 (2.26%) Veritas
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Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450.00 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Somerset
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Horley, Surrey
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15 - £16 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
Senitor Associates
Rate: £13 - £17 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110.00 - £120.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £17.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
South East London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £16 to £20 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £33000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
euro car parts
Rate: From £22,000 to £28,000 per annum 6 month contract possibly permanent
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £415 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex
St Paul s Catholic College
Rate: From £15,189 to £15,882 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
North West England
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Hereford
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
City of London
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Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
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