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 9 December 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.

3 months to
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 345 336 265
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -71
Contract jobs citing MCSE 297 344 461
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.62% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.93% 3.01% 3.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 199 203 246
Median daily rate £330 £318 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.93% -3.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £150 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £321 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.72% -1.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 32 50
Median hourly rate £18.36 £17.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.43% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.15 £10.50 £14.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £21.93 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £17.75 £19.25
% change year-on-year
+10.76% -7.79%

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
10126 11422 11701
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.43% 20.72% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6435 6923 6666
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 552 558
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.83 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.49% +53.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +52.77%

MCSE
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 9 December 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 9 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK over the 3 months to 9 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -10 250 £330 +1.53% 99
London +12 83 £325 +6.12% 35
South East -26 48 £425 +21.42% 19
Scotland -5 39 £283 -6.52% 2
North East +2 30 £330 +32.00% 2
Tyne and Wear -6 29 £330 +32.00% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 29 £330 +32.00% 1
East of England +4 27 £300 - 6
Erskine -3 24 £283 -8.79%
Renfrewshire -7 24 £283 -8.42%
North West +18 23 £350 -6.91% 14
Surrey +19 16 £425 +28.78% 5
South West +14 13 £310 -21.01% 6
West Midlands -22 12 £330 +120.00% 5
Suffolk - 12 £200 -
East Midlands -3 11 £400 -11.11% 4
City of London -9 10 £388 +47.61% 6
Glasgow -6 9 £200 -20.00% 2
Lancashire +1 8 £187 -49.36% 1
Northampton -8 7 £400 +72.97%
Northamptonshire -10 7 £400 +72.97% 2
Berkshire -19 7 £380 -10.58% 6
Kent - 7 £350 - 1
Yorkshire +13 6 £400 +220.00% 6
Essex +8 6 £325 -
Hampshire -5 6 £303 -21.93% 3
Manchester -4 5 £375 -6.25% 7
Cambridgeshire -4 5 £400 +129.88% 4
Aberdeen - 5 £295 -
Beccles - 5 £195 -

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSE.

1 637 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 463 (72.68%) Windows
3 431 (67.66%) Microsoft
4 363 (56.99%) Active Directory
5 286 (44.90%) Windows Server
6 251 (39.40%) VMware
7 215 (33.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 211 (33.12%) ITIL
9 194 (30.46%) Windows Server 2008
10 176 (27.63%) Cisco Certification
10 176 (27.63%) Cisco
11 171 (26.84%) MCSA
12 165 (25.90%) Citrix
13 141 (22.14%) MS Excel
14 132 (20.72%) Office 365
15 131 (20.57%) MCP
16 129 (20.25%) MS Exchange
17 127 (19.94%) VMware Infrastructure
18 125 (19.62%) SQL Server
18 125 (19.62%) Windows Server 2003
19 122 (19.15%) SharePoint
19 122 (19.15%) Degree
20 121 (19.00%) MS Office
21 118 (18.52%) CCNA
22 115 (18.05%) Security Cleared
23 106 (16.64%) PowerShell
24 104 (16.33%) Windows 7
25 103 (16.17%) MCITP
26 100 (15.70%) SQL
27 95 (14.91%) DNS

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 129 (20.25%) MS Exchange
2 122 (19.15%) SharePoint
3 91 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 84 (13.19%) Skype for Business
5 60 (9.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 48 (7.54%) IIS
7 27 (4.24%) Exchange Server 2007
7 27 (4.24%) OpenStack
8 26 (4.08%) SharePoint 2013
9 25 (3.92%) SharePoint 2010
10 21 (3.30%) Office Communications Server
11 18 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2003
12 11 (1.73%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.78%) MS Project Server
14 3 (0.47%) GroupWise
15 2 (0.31%) Apache
15 2 (0.31%) CMS
15 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
Applications
1 141 (22.14%) MS Excel
2 121 (19.00%) MS Office
3 21 (3.30%) Spreadsheet
4 11 (1.73%) MS Visio
5 8 (1.26%) MS PowerPoint
6 5 (0.78%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.31%) MS Project
8 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 30 (4.71%) Dynamics NAV
2 10 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.31%) Eikon
4 1 (0.16%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.16%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 132 (20.72%) Office 365
2 53 (8.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (3.77%) IaaS
4 21 (3.30%) Amazon AWS
4 21 (3.30%) PaaS
5 17 (2.67%) SaaS
6 11 (1.73%) HP Helion
6 11 (1.73%) OneDrive
7 7 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.31%) G Suite
9 2 (0.31%) GitHub
9 2 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.31%) Yammer
10 1 (0.16%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.16%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 95 (14.91%) DNS
2 89 (13.97%) DHCP
3 84 (13.19%) Firewall
4 73 (11.46%) WAN
5 71 (11.15%) TCP/IP
6 70 (10.99%) LAN
6 70 (10.99%) SAN
7 68 (10.68%) Internet
8 62 (9.73%) Skype
9 38 (5.97%) MPLS
9 38 (5.97%) Wireless
10 24 (3.77%) VPN
11 20 (3.14%) VLAN
12 19 (2.98%) Ethernet
13 18 (2.83%) Cisco ASA
13 18 (2.83%) NAS
13 18 (2.83%) WLAN
14 16 (2.51%) NetScaler
14 16 (2.51%) VoIP
15 14 (2.20%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (19.62%) SQL Server
2 32 (5.02%) SQL Server 2012
3 29 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 28 (4.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (3.61%) SQL Server 2008
6 22 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 18 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
8 15 (2.35%) SQL Server 2005
9 12 (1.88%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (1.10%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
12 5 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 4 (0.63%) MySQL
14 3 (0.47%) DTS
14 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database 12c
14 3 (0.47%) Power BI
15 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
15 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
15 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
15 2 (0.31%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 21 (3.30%) StarTeam
2 11 (1.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.94%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.78%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.78%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.47%) CruiseControl
5 3 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.31%) MSI
6 2 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.31%) TestDirector
6 2 (0.31%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.16%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.16%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.16%) JIRA
7 1 (0.16%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.16%) tSQLt
7 1 (0.16%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.16%) WinRunner
General
1 68 (10.68%) Finance
2 29 (4.55%) Retail
3 22 (3.45%) Banking
4 17 (2.67%) Telecoms
5 16 (2.51%) Advertising
6 11 (1.73%) Legal
6 11 (1.73%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.26%) Back Office
7 8 (1.26%) Law
7 8 (1.26%) Local Government
8 7 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.63%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.63%) Military
10 3 (0.47%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.47%) German Language
11 2 (0.31%) Billing
11 2 (0.31%) Games
11 2 (0.31%) Marketing
12 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 91 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 71 (11.15%) Architect
3 64 (10.05%) Support Engineer
4 61 (9.58%) Analyst
5 49 (7.69%) Infrastructure Architect
6 43 (6.75%) Consultant
7 38 (5.97%) 3rd Line Support
7 38 (5.97%) Windows Engineer
8 36 (5.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 35 (5.49%) Desktop Support
10 32 (5.02%) Administrator
11 27 (4.24%) IT Engineer
12 26 (4.08%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 25 (3.92%) Support Analyst
13 25 (3.92%) Systems Engineer
14 22 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 22 (3.45%) Technical Leader
15 20 (3.14%) Cisco Architect
15 20 (3.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 20 (3.14%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.92%) .NET
2 18 (2.83%) ASP.NET
3 14 (2.20%) Web Services
4 12 (1.88%) Middleware
5 9 (1.41%) HTML
6 7 (1.10%) SOAP
7 6 (0.94%) REST
8 4 (0.63%) Ajax
8 4 (0.63%) CSS
8 4 (0.63%) LAMP
8 4 (0.63%) OAuth
8 4 (0.63%) SAML
8 4 (0.63%) WCF
9 3 (0.47%) ebXML
9 3 (0.47%) WF
10 2 (0.31%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.31%) COM
10 2 (0.31%) ODBC
10 2 (0.31%) WAP
10 2 (0.31%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 70 (10.99%) Data Centre
2 68 (10.68%) Clustering
3 67 (10.52%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (9.89%) Computer Science
5 50 (7.85%) Management Information System
6 46 (7.22%) Blackberry
7 31 (4.87%) NHS
8 21 (3.30%) Client/Server
9 14 (2.20%) Replication
10 11 (1.73%) Visualisation
11 10 (1.57%) PKI
12 9 (1.41%) Mobile App
12 9 (1.41%) Smartphone
13 8 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (1.26%) Fat Client
13 8 (1.26%) Thin Client
14 7 (1.10%) Driving Licence
14 7 (1.10%) Private Cloud
15 6 (0.94%) AS400
15 6 (0.94%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 463 (72.68%) Windows
2 286 (44.90%) Windows Server
3 215 (33.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 194 (30.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 125 (19.62%) Windows Server 2003
6 104 (16.33%) Windows 7
7 86 (13.50%) Linux
8 45 (7.06%) Windows XP
9 44 (6.91%) Windows 10
10 39 (6.12%) Apple iOS
11 28 (4.40%) Android
12 26 (4.08%) Windows 8
13 22 (3.45%) AIX
14 21 (3.30%) Unix
15 12 (1.88%) Ubuntu
16 11 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 11 (1.73%) Solaris
17 10 (1.57%) Mac OS X
18 8 (1.26%) Windows Mobile
19 4 (0.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (33.12%) ITIL
2 85 (13.34%) Migration
3 75 (11.77%) Change Management
4 48 (7.54%) Project Management
5 39 (6.12%) Disaster Recovery
5 39 (6.12%) Performance Monitoring
6 38 (5.97%) Load Balancing
6 38 (5.97%) PRINCE2
6 38 (5.97%) Problem Management
6 38 (5.97%) Service Delivery
7 33 (5.18%) Time Management
8 26 (4.08%) ITIL V3
9 25 (3.92%) Data Analysis
9 25 (3.92%) Mobile Device Management
10 24 (3.77%) Server Virtualisation
10 24 (3.77%) Software Testing
10 24 (3.77%) TOGAF
11 23 (3.61%) Agile Software Development
12 22 (3.45%) Service Management
12 22 (3.45%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 106 (16.64%) PowerShell
2 100 (15.70%) SQL
3 21 (3.30%) C#
3 21 (3.30%) Java
4 13 (2.04%) T-SQL
5 12 (1.88%) Bash Shell
6 11 (1.73%) C++
6 11 (1.73%) VBScript
7 10 (1.57%) JavaScript
7 10 (1.57%) Shell Script
8 9 (1.41%) Python
9 8 (1.26%) Ruby
10 6 (0.94%) C
10 6 (0.94%) Perl
11 4 (0.63%) PHP
12 3 (0.47%) VB
13 1 (0.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 1 (0.16%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.16%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 637 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 176 (27.63%) Cisco Certification
3 171 (26.84%) MCSA
4 131 (20.57%) MCP
5 122 (19.15%) Degree
6 118 (18.52%) CCNA
7 115 (18.05%) Security Cleared
8 103 (16.17%) MCITP
9 81 (12.72%) SC Cleared
10 63 (9.89%) Citrix Certification
11 61 (9.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 58 (9.11%) CCA
13 57 (8.95%) MCTS
14 38 (5.97%) ITIL Certification
14 38 (5.97%) MCDST
15 36 (5.65%) CCNP
16 35 (5.49%) CCIE
17 26 (4.08%) Network+ Certification
18 23 (3.61%) ISTQB
19 21 (3.30%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (5.81%) SLA
2 18 (2.83%) Disclosure Scotland
3 14 (2.20%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.94%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.47%) HL7
5 3 (0.47%) QA
6 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.16%) GCP
7 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 363 (56.99%) Active Directory
2 127 (19.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (14.44%) Hyper-V
4 58 (9.11%) vSphere
5 45 (7.06%) XenApp
6 30 (4.71%) Virtual Servers
7 29 (4.55%) VMware ESXi
8 20 (3.14%) VMware ESX
9 16 (2.51%) XenDesktop
10 14 (2.20%) Firmware
11 8 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (1.26%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 7 (1.10%) Terminal Services
12 7 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
13 6 (0.94%) Brightmail
13 6 (0.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 6 (0.94%) Docker
13 6 (0.94%) Xen
14 5 (0.78%) UAG
14 5 (0.78%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 92 (14.44%) SCCM
2 41 (6.44%) SCOM
3 29 (4.55%) McAfee ePO
4 25 (3.92%) Backup Exec
5 22 (3.45%) Netcool
6 21 (3.30%) Microsoft Clustering
7 18 (2.83%) NetBackup
8 14 (2.20%) Puppet
9 13 (2.04%) WSUS
10 11 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
11 9 (1.41%) AirWatch
12 8 (1.26%) Ansible
13 7 (1.10%) Nessus
13 7 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
14 6 (0.94%) Failover Clustering
14 6 (0.94%) OpenView
15 5 (0.78%) Cisco UCCX
15 5 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
16 4 (0.63%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 431 (67.66%) Microsoft
2 251 (39.40%) VMware
3 176 (27.63%) Cisco
4 165 (25.90%) Citrix
5 93 (14.60%) HP
6 38 (5.97%) Oracle
7 37 (5.81%) Apple
8 35 (5.49%) Veritas
9 34 (5.34%) Intel Security
9 34 (5.34%) NetApp
10 28 (4.40%) Dell
11 24 (3.77%) Symantec
12 20 (3.14%) SolarWinds
13 19 (2.98%) Veeam
14 17 (2.67%) IronPort
15 16 (2.51%) 3PAR
15 16 (2.51%) Juniper
15 16 (2.51%) Sophos
16 12 (1.88%) IBM
16 12 (1.88%) Red Hat
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Networkers
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Plan-net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Durham
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £10.00 - £15.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £50 - £55 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £22000 - £29326 per annum + + benefits+Overtime
Posted: 4 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Valis IT
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 11 days ago