The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 266 244 224
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -20
Contract jobs citing MCSE 396 361 484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.76% 0.80%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 4.16% 4.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 198 239
Average daily rate £310 £285 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.77% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £286 £280 £285
% change year-on-year
+2.14% -1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 44 55
Average hourly rate £17.00 £22.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £135.00 £34.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £18.20 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-14.83% -1.62%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10976 8669 10495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.50% 18.17% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6208 4593 5416
Average daily rate £375 £363 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 472 579
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -43 378 £308 +8.84% 221
London -15 144 £325 +8.33% 78
South East -2 87 £325 +10.16% 64
East of England -15 42 £250 +7.52% 13
City of London -19 41 £275 -25.17% 21
North West +4 36 £250 +17.64% 19
Berkshire +6 25 £365 +62.22% 17
South West -20 22 £250 +18.34% 18
West Midlands -11 21 £224 +9.14% 10
Buckinghamshire -10 19 £275 -15.38% 13
Reading +10 17 £339 +35.50% 7
Hertfordshire +3 16 £248 - 3
Lancashire -8 16 £250 -
Manchester -5 15 £158 -42.72% 14
West Sussex +10 14 £350 - 2
Yorkshire -30 14 £313 -5.30% 11
Hampshire +10 13 £295 -6.34% 7
Cambridgeshire -8 12 £288 -17.85% 4
Birmingham - 12 £213 - 6
East Midlands -9 11 £348 +31.13% 6
Surrey -8 10 £235 +13.93% 13
St Albans - 10 - -
Worthing - 10 £350 -
Scotland -8 9 £355 -4.05% 10
West Yorkshire -16 9 £331 +44.02% 9
Milton Keynes -16 9 £275 -35.29% 8
Nottinghamshire +3 8 £450 +69.81% 2
Somerset -2 8 £243 +38.57% 4
Leeds -11 8 £350 - 6
Peterborough - 8 - - 1

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 769 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 604 (78.54%) Windows
3 475 (61.77%) Microsoft
4 403 (52.41%) Active Directory
5 327 (42.52%) VMware
6 316 (41.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 281 (36.54%) ITIL
8 257 (33.42%) MS Exchange
9 234 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 224 (29.13%) Citrix
11 222 (28.87%) MCP
12 219 (28.48%) VMware Infrastructure
13 199 (25.88%) MS Excel
14 191 (24.84%) MCITP
15 169 (21.98%) DNS
16 157 (20.42%) Windows 7
17 148 (19.25%) Cisco
18 146 (18.99%) DHCP
19 145 (18.86%) MCSA
20 140 (18.21%) Cisco Certification
21 133 (17.30%) MS Office
22 128 (16.64%) SQL
23 126 (16.38%) CCNA
24 121 (15.73%) vSphere
25 119 (15.47%) SQL Server
26 113 (14.69%) SAN
27 111 (14.43%) PowerShell
28 106 (13.78%) Exchange Server 2010
29 99 (12.87%) Exchange Server 2003
30 97 (12.61%) Finance

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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
1 257 (33.42%) MS Exchange
2 106 (13.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 99 (12.87%) Exchange Server 2003
4 94 (12.22%) Exchange Server 2007
5 80 (10.40%) SharePoint
6 58 (7.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 53 (6.89%) IIS
8 44 (5.72%) Lync
9 29 (3.77%) SharePoint 2010
10 26 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2013
11 15 (1.95%) SharePoint Server
12 13 (1.69%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.43%) Apache
14 10 (1.30%) SAS
14 10 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
15 9 (1.17%) Tomcat
15 9 (1.17%) JOnAS
16 8 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2000
17 7 (0.91%) Lotus Domino
18 4 (0.52%) WebLogic
Applications
1 199 (25.88%) MS Excel
2 133 (17.30%) MS Office
3 29 (3.77%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (1.17%) MS Project
5 8 (1.04%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.39%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.26%) Mingle
8 1 (0.13%) CATIA
8 1 (0.13%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 9 (1.17%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.26%) assyst
4 2 (0.26%) Tridion
4 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.73%) Office 365
2 7 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.52%) SaaS
3 4 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 169 (21.98%) DNS
2 146 (18.99%) DHCP
3 113 (14.69%) SAN
4 92 (11.96%) LAN
4 92 (11.96%) TCP/IP
5 90 (11.70%) WAN
6 89 (11.57%) Firewall
7 42 (5.46%) Internet
8 41 (5.33%) VPN
9 39 (5.07%) VLAN
10 33 (4.29%) Wireless
11 30 (3.90%) SMTP
12 29 (3.77%) NetScaler
13 23 (2.99%) VoIP
13 23 (2.99%) Network Security
14 19 (2.47%) Cisco ASA
15 17 (2.21%) NAS
16 13 (1.69%) iSCSI
16 13 (1.69%) Intranet
17 12 (1.56%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (15.47%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (2.73%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (0.78%) MySQL
6 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.39%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2000
7 3 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.39%) IDOL
8 2 (0.26%) DTS
8 2 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.26%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.26%) EDRMS
8 2 (0.26%) PerformancePoint
9 1 (0.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 12 (1.56%) Visual Studio
1 12 (1.56%) MSI
2 10 (1.30%) InstallShield
3 4 (0.52%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (0.39%) WinRunner
4 3 (0.39%) TestDirector
5 2 (0.26%) NUnit
5 2 (0.26%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.13%) MSTest
6 1 (0.13%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 97 (12.61%) Finance
2 36 (4.68%) Legal
3 34 (4.42%) Law
4 32 (4.16%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.60%) Banking
6 15 (1.95%) Advertising
7 8 (1.04%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.91%) French Language
9 6 (0.78%) Military
9 6 (0.78%) Publishing
9 6 (0.78%) Spanish Language
10 5 (0.65%) Marketing
10 5 (0.65%) Mandarin Language
11 4 (0.52%) Back Office
11 4 (0.52%) Games
11 4 (0.52%) Retail
12 3 (0.39%) Local Government
12 3 (0.39%) Electronics
13 2 (0.26%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.26%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 128 (16.64%) Support Engineer
2 107 (13.91%) Analyst
3 64 (8.32%) Consultant
4 61 (7.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 60 (7.80%) 2nd Line Support
6 53 (6.89%) Systems Engineer
6 53 (6.89%) Support Analyst
7 52 (6.76%) 3rd Line Support
8 40 (5.20%) Server Engineer
9 39 (5.07%) Administrator
10 38 (4.94%) Architect
11 30 (3.90%) Desktop Support
12 25 (3.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 24 (3.12%) IT Support
13 24 (3.12%) Technical Support
14 23 (2.99%) Service Analyst
14 23 (2.99%) Desktop Engineer
15 22 (2.86%) Help Desk Support
15 22 (2.86%) Service Desk Analyst
16 21 (2.73%) Messaging Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (4.29%) .NET
2 24 (3.12%) Web Services
3 22 (2.86%) Application Packaging
4 10 (1.30%) Middleware
5 9 (1.17%) XML
6 7 (0.91%) ASP.NET
7 6 (0.78%) HTML
8 5 (0.65%) WCF
8 5 (0.65%) XMPP
9 4 (0.52%) CSS
9 4 (0.52%) XSD
9 4 (0.52%) XSLT
9 4 (0.52%) Classic ASP
9 4 (0.52%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.26%) LAMP
10 2 (0.26%) CSS3
10 2 (0.26%) HTML5
10 2 (0.26%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.26%) RESTful
10 2 (0.26%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 84 (10.92%) Blackberry
2 67 (8.71%) Clustering
3 34 (4.42%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.99%) Thin Client
4 23 (2.99%) Fat Client
5 21 (2.73%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.56%) Replication
6 12 (1.56%) Client/Server
6 12 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
7 11 (1.43%) EqualLogic
8 8 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (0.91%) NHS
10 4 (0.52%) Smartphone
10 4 (0.52%) PKI
10 4 (0.52%) N-Tier
10 4 (0.52%) Hedge funds
10 4 (0.52%) iPad
11 3 (0.39%) CMDB
11 3 (0.39%) Firmware
11 3 (0.39%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 604 (78.54%) Windows
2 316 (41.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 234 (30.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 157 (20.42%) Windows 7
5 91 (11.83%) Windows XP
6 75 (9.75%) Windows Server 2012
7 69 (8.97%) Linux
8 42 (5.46%) UNIX
9 29 (3.77%) Windows Vista
9 29 (3.77%) Windows 2000 Server
10 28 (3.64%) Windows 8
11 26 (3.38%) Windows 2000
12 10 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.78%) Windows NT
13 6 (0.78%) Solaris
13 6 (0.78%) Android
14 5 (0.65%) AIX
15 4 (0.52%) Debian
16 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.39%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (36.54%) ITIL
2 84 (10.92%) Migration
3 62 (8.06%) Service Management
4 52 (6.76%) Project Management
5 49 (6.37%) Service Delivery
6 37 (4.81%) Disaster Recovery
7 33 (4.29%) Load Balancing
8 32 (4.16%) Change Control
9 29 (3.77%) Performance Monitoring
10 28 (3.64%) Change Management
11 27 (3.51%) PRINCE2
11 27 (3.51%) Problem Management
12 23 (2.99%) Business Continuity
12 23 (2.99%) Server Monitoring
13 21 (2.73%) Incident Management
14 19 (2.47%) Workflow
15 18 (2.34%) Root Cause Analysis
16 17 (2.21%) ITIL V3
17 15 (1.95%) Asset Management
18 14 (1.82%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (16.64%) SQL
2 111 (14.43%) PowerShell
3 34 (4.42%) VB
4 15 (1.95%) VBScript
4 15 (1.95%) C#
5 12 (1.56%) C
6 8 (1.04%) C++
6 8 (1.04%) T-SQL
7 7 (0.91%) Perl
7 7 (0.91%) Java
8 4 (0.52%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.39%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.26%) Korn
10 2 (0.26%) VBA
11 1 (0.13%) Bourne shell
11 1 (0.13%) C-shell
11 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.13%) PHP
11 1 (0.13%) AWK
11 1 (0.13%) LotusScript
Qualifications
1 769 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 222 (28.87%) MCP
3 191 (24.84%) MCITP
4 145 (18.86%) MCSA
5 140 (18.21%) Cisco Certification
6 126 (16.38%) CCNA
7 75 (9.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 71 (9.23%) MCTS
9 70 (9.10%) Security Cleared
9 70 (9.10%) Degree
10 63 (8.19%) Citrix Certification
11 50 (6.50%) CCNP
12 47 (6.11%) SC Cleared
13 43 (5.59%) CCA
13 43 (5.59%) MCDST
14 31 (4.03%) A+ Certification
15 26 (3.38%) MCSD
16 23 (2.99%) DV Cleared
17 22 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
18 17 (2.21%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (6.37%) SLA
2 13 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.65%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.52%) QA
4 4 (0.52%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.39%) COBIT
5 3 (0.39%) HL7
6 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 403 (52.41%) Active Directory
2 219 (28.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 121 (15.73%) vSphere
4 88 (11.44%) Hyper-V
5 82 (10.66%) XenApp
6 62 (8.06%) VMware ESX
7 45 (5.85%) XenDesktop
8 22 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (2.73%) ISA Server
10 20 (2.60%) XenServer
11 18 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
12 15 (1.95%) UAG
13 12 (1.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.78%) vCloud
14 6 (0.78%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 5 (0.65%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.65%) IAG
16 4 (0.52%) NFS
16 4 (0.52%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 89 (11.57%) SCCM
2 44 (5.72%) SCOM
3 31 (4.03%) Backup Exec
3 31 (4.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 28 (3.64%) MAILsweeper
5 16 (2.08%) SCVMM
6 15 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (1.30%) NetBackup
7 10 (1.30%) WSUS
8 7 (0.91%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 6 (0.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 6 (0.78%) HP SIM
10 5 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.52%) Netcool
11 4 (0.52%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.52%) AppDNA
12 3 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (0.39%) HP Data Protector
12 3 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
12 3 (0.39%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 475 (61.77%) Microsoft
2 327 (42.52%) VMware
3 224 (29.13%) Citrix
4 148 (19.25%) Cisco
5 94 (12.22%) HP
6 62 (8.06%) Dell
7 46 (5.98%) Symantec
8 32 (4.16%) Oracle
9 31 (4.03%) McAfee
9 31 (4.03%) NetApp
10 30 (3.90%) Altiris
11 28 (3.64%) IBM
11 28 (3.64%) EMC
12 27 (3.51%) Clearswift
12 27 (3.51%) Open Text
13 26 (3.38%) RightFax
14 21 (2.73%) Websense
15 20 (2.60%) Compaq
16 19 (2.47%) Sophos
17 16 (2.08%) Avaya
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd (Birmingham)
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Interactive Intelligence
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Jumar
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £16 - £18 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
IT HR
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Experis IT
Rate: £275.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £400 - £540 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Horley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £15.00 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
Aberdeen
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £27000.00 - £29500.00 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Wimbledon
Premier Group
Rate: £30000 per annum
Posted: 24 days ago
Plymouth
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £150 per day + Possible renewals
Posted: 24 days ago