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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 269 250 265
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +15
Contract jobs citing MCSE 373 370 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.76% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.65% 4.07% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 175 153
Average daily rate
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£325 £320 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £465 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £304
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -1.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 46 53
Average hourly rate £17.75 £20.06 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.51% -10.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.34 £13.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £26.75 £43.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.25 £19.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
-3.94% +3.26%

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
10220 9096 8066
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.13% 18.69% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5946 4944 4255
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 427 565
Average hourly rate £19.35 £18.55 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.31% -19.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.85 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £22.70
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -22.90%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 26 January 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 -38 338 £313 -2.34% 206
South East +25 119 £310 -12.67% 53
London -47 102 £301 -10.74% 65
Berkshire +10 34 £204 -52.00% 18
Scotland +12 27 £354 -2.33% 5
West Midlands +17 23 £325 -18.75% 9
South West -21 23 £355 +136.66% 19
Hampshire -2 22 £325 -7.14% 9
City of London -6 22 £345 -8.00% 15
East of England -17 21 £288 +9.52% 17
Reading +10 20 £203 -49.37% 7
Buckinghamshire -6 20 £350 +18.64% 6
West Sussex +6 19 £290 -9.37% 5
Milton Keynes +5 17 £350 +32.07% 4
North East -11 13 £255 -28.00% 1
North West -16 13 £390 +73.33% 16
East Midlands -2 11 £398 +39.47% 8
Wiltshire -4 11 £355 +9.23% 2
Yorkshire 0 9 £313 +9.64% 10
Glasgow -1 9 £350 -3.44% 3
Birmingham +1 8 £350 -12.50% 2
East Sussex +1 8 £425 +30.26%
Surrey -10 8 £145 -63.75% 9
Manchester -11 8 £338 +50.00% 10
Leeds -2 7 £314 +6.35% 6
West Yorkshire -2 7 £314 +10.08% 8
Cambridgeshire -18 7 £308 +17.14% 5
Crawley - 7 - -
Hertfordshire +8 6 £250 - 5
Kent -9 6 £305 +1.66% 4

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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.

1 845 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 656 (77.63%) Windows
3 520 (61.54%) Microsoft
4 414 (48.99%) Active Directory
5 363 (42.96%) VMware
6 346 (40.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 288 (34.08%) ITIL
8 271 (32.07%) Windows Server 2003
9 257 (30.41%) MS Exchange
10 220 (26.04%) Citrix
11 218 (25.80%) VMware Infrastructure
12 205 (24.26%) Windows Server 2012
12 205 (24.26%) MCP
13 196 (23.20%) MCITP
14 177 (20.95%) Security Cleared
15 175 (20.71%) HP
16 168 (19.88%) DNS
17 166 (19.64%) MS Excel
18 160 (18.93%) Windows 7
19 151 (17.87%) TCP/IP
20 148 (17.51%) Cisco
21 144 (17.04%) MCSA
22 138 (16.33%) SAN
22 138 (16.33%) SC Cleared
23 129 (15.27%) SQL
23 129 (15.27%) DHCP
24 128 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
25 125 (14.79%) Exchange Server 2010
26 124 (14.67%) Firewall
27 119 (14.08%) SCCM

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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
1 257 (30.41%) MS Exchange
2 125 (14.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 90 (10.65%) SharePoint
4 84 (9.94%) Exchange Server 2003
5 78 (9.23%) IIS
6 72 (8.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 63 (7.46%) Exchange Server 2013
8 58 (6.86%) Lync
9 28 (3.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 22 (2.60%) SharePoint 2010
11 16 (1.89%) Office Communications Server
12 15 (1.78%) BizTalk Server
13 12 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
14 10 (1.18%) Tomcat
15 9 (1.07%) Lotus Domino
15 9 (1.07%) Apache
16 8 (0.95%) IBM Notes
16 8 (0.95%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
17 5 (0.59%) SAS
Applications
1 166 (19.64%) MS Excel
2 98 (11.60%) MS Office
3 21 (2.49%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.47%) MS Project
6 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (1.07%) assyst
2 8 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 42 (4.97%) Office 365
2 17 (2.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.95%) SaaS
4 6 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.71%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 168 (19.88%) DNS
2 151 (17.87%) TCP/IP
3 138 (16.33%) SAN
4 129 (15.27%) DHCP
5 124 (14.67%) Firewall
6 68 (8.05%) WAN
7 63 (7.46%) LAN
8 55 (6.51%) Internet
9 45 (5.33%) VoIP
10 43 (5.09%) VPN
11 42 (4.97%) NAS
12 31 (3.67%) VLAN
13 26 (3.08%) Wireless
14 23 (2.72%) SSL
15 20 (2.37%) NetScaler
16 19 (2.25%) IP Telephony
17 17 (2.01%) Network Security
18 16 (1.89%) iSCSI
19 14 (1.66%) Fibre Channel
20 13 (1.54%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (13.14%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.02%) SQL Server 2008
3 22 (2.60%) SQL Server 2005
4 19 (2.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 13 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (1.07%) MySQL
8 5 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.59%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.47%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.36%) PerformancePoint
10 3 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.24%) OLAP Cube
11 2 (0.24%) Data Mart
11 2 (0.24%) OLAP
12 1 (0.12%) DB2
12 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 14 (1.66%) WinRunner
1 14 (1.66%) TestDirector
1 14 (1.66%) QuickTest Pro
2 11 (1.30%) MSI
3 10 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.83%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.47%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.12%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 93 (11.01%) Finance
2 34 (4.02%) Telecoms
3 24 (2.84%) Banking
4 16 (1.89%) Law
5 15 (1.78%) Military
6 12 (1.42%) Marketing
7 11 (1.30%) Legal
8 9 (1.07%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.59%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.59%) Local Government
10 4 (0.47%) Back Office
11 3 (0.36%) Advertising
11 3 (0.36%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.24%) Publishing
12 2 (0.24%) Electronics
12 2 (0.24%) Retail
12 2 (0.24%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 125 (14.79%) Support Engineer
2 123 (14.56%) Analyst
3 82 (9.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 76 (8.99%) Consultant
5 53 (6.27%) Server Engineer
6 52 (6.15%) 3rd Line Support
7 46 (5.44%) Desktop Support
8 45 (5.33%) Support Analyst
8 45 (5.33%) Administrator
9 42 (4.97%) Architect
10 34 (4.02%) Wintel Engineer
11 33 (3.91%) 2nd Line Support
12 32 (3.79%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 32 (3.79%) IT Support
13 30 (3.55%) Service Analyst
14 29 (3.43%) Service Desk Analyst
15 28 (3.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 26 (3.08%) Desktop Engineer
17 23 (2.72%) Windows Administrator
17 23 (2.72%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.84%) .NET
2 15 (1.78%) HTML
2 15 (1.78%) Application Packaging
3 12 (1.42%) XML
4 11 (1.30%) JSP
4 11 (1.30%) ASP.NET
5 7 (0.83%) Web Services
6 6 (0.71%) Software Packaging
7 5 (0.59%) SOAP
8 4 (0.47%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.36%) LAMP
10 2 (0.24%) Ajax
10 2 (0.24%) CSS
10 2 (0.24%) ADO.NET
10 2 (0.24%) WCF
10 2 (0.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.24%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 1 (0.12%) SAP Basis
11 1 (0.12%) ODBC
11 1 (0.12%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 103 (12.19%) Clustering
2 55 (6.51%) Blackberry
3 53 (6.27%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.25%) Computer Science
6 18 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
7 17 (2.01%) CMDB
7 17 (2.01%) Replication
8 16 (1.89%) PDA
9 13 (1.54%) Client/Server
10 12 (1.42%) PKI
11 11 (1.30%) Thin Client
11 11 (1.30%) Fat Client
12 9 (1.07%) EPoS
12 9 (1.07%) NHS
13 8 (0.95%) Open Source
14 7 (0.83%) iPad
15 6 (0.71%) iPhone
15 6 (0.71%) Mainframe
16 4 (0.47%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 656 (77.63%) Windows
2 346 (40.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 271 (32.07%) Windows Server 2003
4 205 (24.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 160 (18.93%) Windows 7
6 107 (12.66%) Linux
7 98 (11.60%) Windows XP
8 48 (5.68%) UNIX
9 34 (4.02%) Windows 2000 Server
9 34 (4.02%) Windows 8
10 33 (3.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 30 (3.55%) Windows 2000
12 22 (2.60%) Windows Vista
13 17 (2.01%) AIX
14 16 (1.89%) Windows NT
15 15 (1.78%) Android
16 5 (0.59%) Windows Mobile
16 5 (0.59%) Solaris
17 4 (0.47%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.47%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 288 (34.08%) ITIL
2 79 (9.35%) Migration
3 54 (6.39%) Disaster Recovery
4 53 (6.27%) Change Management
5 52 (6.15%) Service Management
6 35 (4.14%) Time Management
7 34 (4.02%) Service Delivery
8 32 (3.79%) Incident Management
9 31 (3.67%) Change Control
10 30 (3.55%) Configuration Management
11 28 (3.31%) Project Management
11 28 (3.31%) PRINCE2
12 27 (3.20%) Validation
13 23 (2.72%) Data Protection
14 22 (2.60%) ITIL V3
15 21 (2.49%) Load Balancing
16 20 (2.37%) Test Scripting
16 20 (2.37%) Asset Management
16 20 (2.37%) Information Security
16 20 (2.37%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 129 (15.27%) SQL
2 84 (9.94%) PowerShell
3 22 (2.60%) VBScript
4 16 (1.89%) VB
5 14 (1.66%) C
5 14 (1.66%) JavaScript
6 11 (1.30%) T-SQL
7 6 (0.71%) C#
7 6 (0.71%) Perl
7 6 (0.71%) PHP
7 6 (0.71%) Bourne shell
7 6 (0.71%) Korn
8 5 (0.59%) VBA
9 2 (0.24%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.24%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.24%) Java
10 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.12%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.12%) C++
Qualifications
1 845 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 205 (24.26%) MCP
3 196 (23.20%) MCITP
4 177 (20.95%) Security Cleared
5 144 (17.04%) MCSA
6 138 (16.33%) SC Cleared
7 128 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
8 112 (13.25%) CCNA
9 99 (11.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 88 (10.41%) MCTS
11 63 (7.46%) Degree
12 55 (6.51%) DV Cleared
13 47 (5.56%) CCNP
13 47 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
14 40 (4.73%) CCA
15 36 (4.26%) MCDST
16 32 (3.79%) A+ Certification
17 21 (2.49%) CISSP
18 18 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
19 17 (2.01%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (10.65%) SLA
2 16 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.30%) QA
4 6 (0.71%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.59%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.12%) BS7799
System Software
1 414 (48.99%) Active Directory
2 218 (25.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (13.96%) Hyper-V
4 70 (8.28%) XenApp
5 68 (8.05%) vSphere
5 68 (8.05%) VMware ESX
6 32 (3.79%) ISA Server
7 22 (2.60%) Terminal Services
7 22 (2.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 20 (2.37%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (1.89%) Xen
10 15 (1.78%) XenDesktop
11 14 (1.66%) VMware Workstation
11 14 (1.66%) NFS
12 13 (1.54%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 13 (1.54%) XenServer
12 13 (1.54%) Forefront TMG
12 13 (1.54%) UAG
12 13 (1.54%) vCloud
13 9 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 119 (14.08%) SCCM
2 75 (8.88%) SCOM
3 44 (5.21%) Backup Exec
4 36 (4.26%) McAfee ePO
5 27 (3.20%) NetBackup
6 19 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
6 19 (2.25%) Nagios
7 17 (2.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 16 (1.89%) BladeLogic
9 13 (1.54%) Netcool
10 12 (1.42%) WSUS
11 10 (1.18%) OVSD
11 10 (1.18%) Nessus
12 9 (1.07%) WMI
12 9 (1.07%) SCSM
13 7 (0.83%) SCDPM
13 7 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
13 7 (0.83%) SCVMM
13 7 (0.83%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
14 6 (0.71%) Puppet
Vendors
1 520 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 363 (42.96%) VMware
3 220 (26.04%) Citrix
4 175 (20.71%) HP
5 148 (17.51%) Cisco
6 74 (8.76%) McAfee
7 52 (6.15%) NetApp
8 49 (5.80%) Symantec
9 41 (4.85%) Red Hat
9 41 (4.85%) Dell
9 41 (4.85%) EMC
10 37 (4.38%) Veritas
11 34 (4.02%) IBM
12 30 (3.55%) Sophos
13 25 (2.96%) Avaya
14 23 (2.72%) Juniper
15 19 (2.25%) Remedy
16 18 (2.13%) SolarWinds
17 17 (2.01%) Veeam
18 16 (1.89%) Apple
London Arena
IntaPeople
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £208 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £130 - £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes
Church International
Rate: £300 + per day DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TalentFlow
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £16 to £20 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Maidstone
Pearson Whiffin
Rate: £280 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
Explore Group
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
England
Explore Group
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago