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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 284 270 256
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -14
Contract jobs citing MCSE 388 407 366
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 0.72% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.59% 3.70% 4.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 194 203
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £293
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £160 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £285
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 50 45
Average hourly rate £19.78 £17.25 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.63% -21.59%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.95 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.65 £27.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.78 £15.38 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+28.61% -16.44%

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
10798 11013 8885
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.32% 19.54% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6104 6209 4710
Average daily rate £390 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 547 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £48.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -30 346 £300 - 198
London +2 150 £310 -4.61% 76
South East -15 88 £300 -7.69% 40
City of London +31 50 £345 +33.98% 17
Scotland +18 27 £325 -8.45% 7
Berkshire +9 24 £213 -36.09% 12
North West -32 24 £321 +28.34% 23
East of England -3 22 £250 - 8
Hampshire -2 20 £333 +12.71% 9
West Sussex -9 18 £290 -17.14% 1
Yorkshire -13 18 £300 -4.00% 11
Reading +8 16 £204 -26.48% 5
South West -5 16 £375 +134.37% 15
West Midlands -21 15 £200 -10.61% 11
Surrey +5 13 £220 +12.82% 6
Worthing -9 13 £300 -14.28%
West Yorkshire -8 11 £344 +3.77% 6
Manchester -15 10 £388 +146.03% 19
Glasgow +2 9 £220 +62.96% 1
Leeds -14 9 £350 - 4
Dorset +5 7 £500 - 3
Croydon 0 7 £350 -15.40%
South Yorkshire -3 7 £300 +41.17% 3
East Midlands 0 6 £300 -13.66% 9
Hertfordshire -1 6 £325 +31.31% 2
Buckinghamshire -8 6 £275 - 9
Lancashire -9 6 £300 +20.16%
Sheffield - 6 £300 - 3
Kent -4 5 £305 - 1
Cambridgeshire -4 5 £250 -13.04% 4

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 764 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 576 (75.39%) Windows
3 503 (65.84%) Microsoft
4 422 (55.24%) Active Directory
5 332 (43.46%) VMware
6 287 (37.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 270 (35.34%) ITIL
8 240 (31.41%) MS Exchange
9 206 (26.96%) Windows Server 2003
10 199 (26.05%) Citrix
10 199 (26.05%) VMware Infrastructure
11 193 (25.26%) Windows Server 2012
12 187 (24.48%) MCP
13 181 (23.69%) MCITP
14 173 (22.64%) Cisco
15 167 (21.86%) MCSA
15 167 (21.86%) Windows 7
16 150 (19.63%) MS Excel
17 144 (18.85%) DNS
18 137 (17.93%) Cisco Certification
19 135 (17.67%) Security Cleared
20 131 (17.15%) SQL
21 130 (17.02%) HP
22 119 (15.58%) CCNA
23 118 (15.45%) SAN
24 110 (14.40%) Firewall
24 110 (14.40%) Exchange Server 2010
25 108 (14.14%) DHCP
26 107 (14.01%) TCP/IP
26 107 (14.01%) SC Cleared

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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
1 240 (31.41%) MS Exchange
2 110 (14.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 91 (11.91%) SharePoint
4 66 (8.64%) Lync
5 63 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 63 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 56 (7.33%) IIS
7 55 (7.20%) Exchange Server 2003
8 32 (4.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 22 (2.88%) Office Communications Server
9 22 (2.88%) SharePoint 2013
10 21 (2.75%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (1.05%) IBM Notes
11 8 (1.05%) SAS
12 6 (0.79%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.79%) Lotus Domino
13 5 (0.65%) Apache
13 5 (0.65%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.52%) WebSphere
Applications
1 150 (19.63%) MS Excel
2 93 (12.17%) MS Office
3 23 (3.01%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.92%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.79%) MS Project
6 2 (0.26%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.79%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 52 (6.81%) Office 365
2 17 (2.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.57%) SaaS
4 9 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (1.05%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (0.79%) IaaS
7 2 (0.26%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.26%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 144 (18.85%) DNS
2 118 (15.45%) SAN
3 110 (14.40%) Firewall
4 108 (14.14%) DHCP
5 107 (14.01%) TCP/IP
6 82 (10.73%) LAN
6 82 (10.73%) WAN
7 55 (7.20%) VPN
8 48 (6.28%) Internet
9 41 (5.37%) NAS
10 40 (5.24%) VoIP
11 34 (4.45%) VLAN
12 23 (3.01%) Wireless
13 18 (2.36%) SSL
14 17 (2.23%) NetScaler
15 16 (2.09%) MPLS
16 15 (1.96%) IP Telephony
17 14 (1.83%) Ethernet
18 11 (1.44%) LDAP
18 11 (1.44%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (11.13%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (2.09%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 9 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.52%) Spotfire
8 4 (0.52%) MySQL
9 3 (0.39%) QlikView
9 3 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.39%) EDRMS
10 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.26%) PerformancePoint
10 2 (0.26%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.26%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.13%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 20 (2.62%) WinRunner
1 20 (2.62%) TestDirector
1 20 (2.62%) QuickTest Pro
2 14 (1.83%) Visual Studio
3 7 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (0.79%) MSI
5 5 (0.65%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.13%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.13%) Ant
General
1 90 (11.78%) Finance
2 36 (4.71%) Telecoms
3 25 (3.27%) Banking
4 14 (1.83%) Legal
5 10 (1.31%) Law
6 9 (1.18%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.05%) Military
8 6 (0.79%) Local Government
8 6 (0.79%) Marketing
9 5 (0.65%) Spanish Language
9 5 (0.65%) Retail
9 5 (0.65%) Back Office
10 4 (0.52%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.39%) Electronics
11 3 (0.39%) Advertising
11 3 (0.39%) Publishing
12 1 (0.13%) Games
12 1 (0.13%) Front Office
12 1 (0.13%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 115 (15.05%) Analyst
1 115 (15.05%) Support Engineer
2 84 (10.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 75 (9.82%) Consultant
4 57 (7.46%) 3rd Line Support
5 49 (6.41%) Support Analyst
6 48 (6.28%) 2nd Line Support
7 46 (6.02%) Server Engineer
8 39 (5.10%) IT Support
9 35 (4.58%) Desktop Support
10 30 (3.93%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 27 (3.53%) Administrator
12 26 (3.40%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 25 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
14 24 (3.14%) Service Desk Analyst
14 24 (3.14%) Service Analyst
14 24 (3.14%) Architect
15 19 (2.49%) Systems Administrator
16 17 (2.23%) 1st Line Support
16 17 (2.23%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.62%) .NET
2 19 (2.49%) XML
3 18 (2.36%) Application Packaging
4 15 (1.96%) HTML
5 14 (1.83%) Web Services
6 12 (1.57%) ASP.NET
7 10 (1.31%) JSP
8 7 (0.92%) .NET Framework
9 5 (0.65%) SOAP
10 4 (0.52%) LAMP
11 3 (0.39%) MDX
11 3 (0.39%) Software Packaging
11 3 (0.39%) CSS
12 2 (0.26%) ODBC
12 2 (0.26%) OLE
13 1 (0.13%) XMPP
13 1 (0.13%) EDI
13 1 (0.13%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 74 (9.69%) Clustering
2 59 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (6.81%) Blackberry
4 28 (3.66%) Video Conferencing
5 26 (3.40%) Computer Science
5 26 (3.40%) Management Information System
6 22 (2.88%) PDA
7 19 (2.49%) Replication
8 15 (1.96%) PKI
9 12 (1.57%) Private Cloud
10 11 (1.44%) NHS
11 10 (1.31%) Thin Client
11 10 (1.31%) Fat Client
12 9 (1.18%) Client/Server
13 8 (1.05%) iPhone
13 8 (1.05%) CMDB
14 7 (0.92%) Open Source
15 6 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
15 6 (0.79%) EPoS
16 5 (0.65%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 576 (75.39%) Windows
2 287 (37.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 206 (26.96%) Windows Server 2003
4 193 (25.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 167 (21.86%) Windows 7
6 104 (13.61%) Linux
7 89 (11.65%) Windows XP
8 39 (5.10%) UNIX
9 34 (4.45%) Windows 8
10 31 (4.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 24 (3.14%) AIX
12 17 (2.23%) Windows 2000 Server
12 17 (2.23%) Windows Vista
13 13 (1.70%) Windows 2000
14 12 (1.57%) Android
15 8 (1.05%) Solaris
16 7 (0.92%) Mac OS X
16 7 (0.92%) Mac OS
17 6 (0.79%) Debian
18 5 (0.65%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 270 (35.34%) ITIL
2 94 (12.30%) Migration
3 55 (7.20%) Change Management
4 53 (6.94%) Service Management
5 51 (6.68%) Service Delivery
6 46 (6.02%) Project Management
7 38 (4.97%) Configuration Management
8 37 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
9 34 (4.45%) PRINCE2
10 27 (3.53%) Incident Management
10 27 (3.53%) ITIL V3
11 23 (3.01%) Performance Monitoring
11 23 (3.01%) Software Testing
12 22 (2.88%) Time Management
13 21 (2.75%) Test Scripting
14 20 (2.62%) Test Automation
14 20 (2.62%) Capacity Planning
14 20 (2.62%) Change Control
14 20 (2.62%) Problem Management
14 20 (2.62%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 131 (17.15%) SQL
2 68 (8.90%) PowerShell
3 19 (2.49%) VBScript
4 14 (1.83%) JavaScript
5 10 (1.31%) C
6 8 (1.05%) VB
7 5 (0.65%) R
8 4 (0.52%) C#
8 4 (0.52%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.52%) Java
8 4 (0.52%) PHP
9 3 (0.39%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.26%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 2 (0.26%) Perl
10 2 (0.26%) Python
11 1 (0.13%) Tcl
11 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.13%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.13%) Korn
11 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 764 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 187 (24.48%) MCP
3 181 (23.69%) MCITP
4 167 (21.86%) MCSA
5 137 (17.93%) Cisco Certification
6 135 (17.67%) Security Cleared
7 119 (15.58%) CCNA
8 107 (14.01%) SC Cleared
9 93 (12.17%) MCTS
10 90 (11.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 67 (8.77%) Degree
12 53 (6.94%) Citrix Certification
13 42 (5.50%) CCA
14 41 (5.37%) DV Cleared
15 32 (4.19%) CCNP
16 25 (3.27%) MCDST
17 24 (3.14%) CCEA
18 23 (3.01%) A+ Certification
19 22 (2.88%) ITIL Certification
20 21 (2.75%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (10.86%) SLA
2 11 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (1.44%) QA
3 7 (0.92%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.65%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.52%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 422 (55.24%) Active Directory
2 199 (26.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 105 (13.74%) Hyper-V
4 78 (10.21%) XenApp
5 58 (7.59%) vSphere
6 53 (6.94%) VMware ESX
7 22 (2.88%) XenDesktop
8 17 (2.23%) Microsoft App-V
9 15 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (1.70%) VMware Workstation
10 13 (1.70%) Terminal Services
10 13 (1.70%) ISA Server
11 11 (1.44%) Terminal Server
11 11 (1.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 10 (1.31%) UAG
12 10 (1.31%) Xen
12 10 (1.31%) XenServer
13 9 (1.18%) VMware Server
13 9 (1.18%) vCloud
14 7 (0.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 105 (13.74%) SCCM
2 58 (7.59%) SCOM
3 29 (3.80%) McAfee ePO
4 24 (3.14%) HP Quality Center
5 23 (3.01%) Backup Exec
6 18 (2.36%) Netcool
7 13 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 11 (1.44%) Nagios
9 10 (1.31%) WMI
10 9 (1.18%) Tivoli
10 9 (1.18%) NetBackup
11 8 (1.05%) WSUS
11 8 (1.05%) HP SIM
11 8 (1.05%) Nessus
11 8 (1.05%) SCSM
12 7 (0.92%) BladeLogic
12 7 (0.92%) Puppet
13 6 (0.79%) OVSD
13 6 (0.79%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 6 (0.79%) MOM
Vendors
1 503 (65.84%) Microsoft
2 332 (43.46%) VMware
3 199 (26.05%) Citrix
4 173 (22.64%) Cisco
5 130 (17.02%) HP
6 73 (9.55%) McAfee
7 46 (6.02%) NetApp
8 39 (5.10%) Red Hat
9 34 (4.45%) Symantec
10 33 (4.32%) Dell
11 30 (3.93%) EMC
12 29 (3.80%) Veritas
13 24 (3.14%) Juniper
14 23 (3.01%) Apple
15 21 (2.75%) IBM
16 20 (2.62%) Sophos
17 19 (2.49%) Avaya
18 18 (2.36%) AppSense
19 15 (1.96%) Oracle
20 14 (1.83%) Remedy
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