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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 284 264 260
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -4
Contract jobs citing MCSE 350 352 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.70% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.10% 3.57% 3.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 156 174
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £160 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £295
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 43 46
Average hourly rate £17.75 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.25% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.89 £13.10 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £27.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -13.04%

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
11306 9847 8223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.59% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6538 5305 4364
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 465 493
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.66 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.93% -32.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -43 316 £309 +2.91% 220
London -22 121 £300 -7.55% 71
South East +6 102 £308 +2.50% 51
City of London +16 39 £363 +7.40% 21
Berkshire +13 30 £204 -25.81% 23
East of England -8 29 £288 +4.54% 19
Scotland +18 28 £325 -13.33% 12
West Sussex 0 23 £310 -11.42% 1
West Midlands +4 22 £300 -5.51% 11
Hampshire -2 20 £325 +8.33% 7
Reading +9 19 £196 +56.60% 11
Glasgow +13 14 £220 - 4
North West -25 13 £321 +42.60% 18
Buckinghamshire -9 10 £350 +27.27% 2
Birmingham -2 9 £350 -12.50% 6
Cambridgeshire -8 9 £303 +10.00% 1
South West -32 9 £355 +121.87% 27
Worthing -10 8 £395 +12.85% 1
Yorkshire -16 8 £356 +14.00% 10
Milton Keynes -8 7 £350 +27.27% 1
Kent -11 7 £305 +1.66% 2
Hertfordshire +7 6 £313 - 9
Leeds -5 6 £375 +3.44% 4
Surrey -7 6 £138 -45.54% 14
East Midlands -9 6 £398 +54.36% 7
West Yorkshire -14 6 £375 +20.00% 6
Wiltshire +2 5 £355 +46.39% 3
Bedfordshire -3 5 £450 - 5
East Sussex - 5 £425 - 2
Crawley - 5 - -

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 807 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 631 (78.19%) Windows
3 518 (64.19%) Microsoft
4 408 (50.56%) Active Directory
5 356 (44.11%) VMware
6 333 (41.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 276 (34.20%) ITIL
8 269 (33.33%) MS Exchange
9 247 (30.61%) Windows Server 2003
10 225 (27.88%) MCP
11 218 (27.01%) Citrix
12 216 (26.77%) VMware Infrastructure
13 201 (24.91%) Windows Server 2012
14 188 (23.30%) MCITP
15 179 (22.18%) Windows 7
16 175 (21.69%) Security Cleared
17 163 (20.20%) Cisco
18 155 (19.21%) MCSA
19 147 (18.22%) HP
20 142 (17.60%) MS Excel
20 142 (17.60%) SC Cleared
21 138 (17.10%) DNS
22 135 (16.73%) TCP/IP
23 130 (16.11%) Firewall
23 130 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
24 129 (15.99%) Exchange Server 2010
25 125 (15.49%) Hyper-V
26 122 (15.12%) SQL
27 118 (14.62%) SAN
28 114 (14.13%) CCNA

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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
1 269 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 129 (15.99%) Exchange Server 2010
3 87 (10.78%) SharePoint
4 82 (10.16%) Exchange Server 2003
5 76 (9.42%) Exchange Server 2007
6 69 (8.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 62 (7.68%) IIS
8 60 (7.43%) Lync
9 38 (4.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 20 (2.48%) Office Communications Server
11 19 (2.35%) SharePoint 2010
11 19 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
12 9 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
12 9 (1.12%) Lotus Domino
12 9 (1.12%) Tomcat
13 8 (0.99%) Apache
13 8 (0.99%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.74%) IBM Notes
15 5 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 142 (17.60%) MS Excel
2 104 (12.89%) MS Office
3 21 (2.60%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.50%) MS Project
6 2 (0.25%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.25%) assyst
2 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
3 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 44 (5.45%) Office 365
2 17 (2.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.24%) SaaS
4 9 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (0.99%) IaaS
6 7 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 138 (17.10%) DNS
2 135 (16.73%) TCP/IP
3 130 (16.11%) Firewall
4 118 (14.62%) SAN
5 108 (13.38%) DHCP
6 74 (9.17%) WAN
7 70 (8.67%) LAN
8 56 (6.94%) VPN
9 55 (6.82%) Internet
10 42 (5.20%) VoIP
11 40 (4.96%) NAS
12 33 (4.09%) VLAN
13 26 (3.22%) Wireless
14 21 (2.60%) NetScaler
15 20 (2.48%) IP Telephony
15 20 (2.48%) SSL
16 14 (1.73%) MPLS
17 13 (1.61%) Fibre Channel
18 12 (1.49%) iSCSI
19 11 (1.36%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (12.76%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (2.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 17 (2.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 10 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (0.99%) SQL Server 2005
6 8 (0.99%) MySQL
7 7 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
9 3 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (0.37%) Spotfire
9 3 (0.37%) PerformancePoint
10 2 (0.25%) QlikView
10 2 (0.25%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Power View
11 1 (0.12%) OLAP Cube
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.12%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 20 (2.48%) WinRunner
1 20 (2.48%) TestDirector
1 20 (2.48%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (1.24%) MSI
3 7 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.62%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.37%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.25%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.12%) AdminStudio
General
1 102 (12.64%) Finance
2 38 (4.71%) Telecoms
3 31 (3.84%) Banking
4 14 (1.73%) Military
5 13 (1.61%) Law
5 13 (1.61%) Legal
6 9 (1.12%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.12%) Marketing
7 6 (0.74%) Back Office
7 6 (0.74%) Local Government
8 5 (0.62%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.50%) Electronics
10 3 (0.37%) Retail
10 3 (0.37%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.37%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.25%) Front Office
11 2 (0.25%) Advertising
11 2 (0.25%) Publishing
12 1 (0.12%) Games
12 1 (0.12%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 131 (16.23%) Analyst
2 128 (15.86%) Support Engineer
3 80 (9.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 77 (9.54%) Consultant
5 56 (6.94%) 3rd Line Support
6 55 (6.82%) Support Analyst
7 54 (6.69%) Server Engineer
8 45 (5.58%) Desktop Support
9 41 (5.08%) 2nd Line Support
10 39 (4.83%) IT Support
11 37 (4.58%) Service Analyst
12 36 (4.46%) Service Desk Analyst
13 35 (4.34%) Architect
14 33 (4.09%) Administrator
15 32 (3.97%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 31 (3.84%) Wintel Engineer
17 29 (3.59%) Desktop Engineer
18 24 (2.97%) Infrastructure Analyst
19 23 (2.85%) 1st Line Support
19 23 (2.85%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.11%) Application Packaging
2 16 (1.98%) .NET
3 14 (1.73%) XML
4 11 (1.36%) HTML
5 9 (1.12%) JSP
6 8 (0.99%) ASP.NET
6 8 (0.99%) Web Services
7 5 (0.62%) SOAP
7 5 (0.62%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.37%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.37%) OLE
8 3 (0.37%) LAMP
9 2 (0.25%) MDX
9 2 (0.25%) ODBC
10 1 (0.12%) EDI
10 1 (0.12%) WAP
10 1 (0.12%) SAP Basis
10 1 (0.12%) OLE DB
Miscellaneous
1 94 (11.65%) Clustering
2 61 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (7.31%) Blackberry
4 23 (2.85%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.85%) Video Conferencing
5 22 (2.73%) PDA
6 20 (2.48%) Computer Science
7 18 (2.23%) Replication
8 12 (1.49%) NHS
8 12 (1.49%) CMDB
9 10 (1.24%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.12%) PKI
10 9 (1.12%) iPhone
10 9 (1.12%) iPad
11 8 (0.99%) Open Source
12 7 (0.87%) Fat Client
12 7 (0.87%) EPoS
12 7 (0.87%) Thin Client
13 5 (0.62%) Hedge funds
13 5 (0.62%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 631 (78.19%) Windows
2 333 (41.26%) Windows Server 2008
3 247 (30.61%) Windows Server 2003
4 201 (24.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 179 (22.18%) Windows 7
6 108 (13.38%) Linux
7 105 (13.01%) Windows XP
8 42 (5.20%) UNIX
9 40 (4.96%) Windows 8
10 36 (4.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 27 (3.35%) Windows 2000 Server
12 26 (3.22%) AIX
13 23 (2.85%) Windows Vista
14 20 (2.48%) Windows 2000
15 15 (1.86%) Android
16 9 (1.12%) Windows NT
17 8 (0.99%) Solaris
18 5 (0.62%) Mac OS X
19 4 (0.50%) Mac OS
19 4 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 276 (34.20%) ITIL
2 85 (10.53%) Migration
3 51 (6.32%) Service Management
4 49 (6.07%) Change Management
5 47 (5.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 36 (4.46%) Service Delivery
7 35 (4.34%) PRINCE2
8 34 (4.21%) Configuration Management
9 33 (4.09%) Incident Management
10 31 (3.84%) Project Management
11 29 (3.59%) Time Management
12 26 (3.22%) Change Control
12 26 (3.22%) Validation
13 23 (2.85%) Software Testing
14 22 (2.73%) ITIL V3
14 22 (2.73%) Test Scripting
15 21 (2.60%) Network Management
16 20 (2.48%) Test Automation
17 19 (2.35%) Asset Management
18 18 (2.23%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 122 (15.12%) SQL
2 67 (8.30%) PowerShell
3 22 (2.73%) VBScript
4 13 (1.61%) C
5 11 (1.36%) VB
6 10 (1.24%) JavaScript
7 6 (0.74%) PHP
8 5 (0.62%) T-SQL
8 5 (0.62%) VBA
9 4 (0.50%) Java
10 3 (0.37%) C#
11 2 (0.25%) Perl
11 2 (0.25%) Bourne shell
11 2 (0.25%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.25%) R
11 2 (0.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.25%) Korn
12 1 (0.12%) Tcl
12 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 807 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 225 (27.88%) MCP
3 188 (23.30%) MCITP
4 175 (21.69%) Security Cleared
5 155 (19.21%) MCSA
6 142 (17.60%) SC Cleared
7 130 (16.11%) Cisco Certification
8 114 (14.13%) CCNA
9 102 (12.64%) MCTS
10 92 (11.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 57 (7.06%) Degree
12 54 (6.69%) DV Cleared
13 52 (6.44%) Citrix Certification
14 45 (5.58%) CCNP
15 40 (4.96%) CCA
16 35 (4.34%) MCDST
17 26 (3.22%) A+ Certification
18 21 (2.60%) CCEA
18 21 (2.60%) CISSP
19 20 (2.48%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (11.15%) SLA
2 11 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.12%) QA
4 5 (0.62%) JSP 440
4 5 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.62%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.12%) COBIT
5 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 408 (50.56%) Active Directory
2 216 (26.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 125 (15.49%) Hyper-V
4 80 (9.91%) XenApp
5 63 (7.81%) vSphere
6 62 (7.68%) VMware ESX
7 22 (2.73%) Microsoft App-V
7 22 (2.73%) ISA Server
8 20 (2.48%) XenDesktop
9 16 (1.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 15 (1.86%) Terminal Services
11 14 (1.73%) Xen
11 14 (1.73%) VMware Workstation
12 11 (1.36%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 10 (1.24%) XenServer
13 10 (1.24%) UAG
13 10 (1.24%) NFS
14 8 (0.99%) Firmware
14 8 (0.99%) vCloud
14 8 (0.99%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 110 (13.63%) SCCM
2 61 (7.56%) SCOM
3 39 (4.83%) Backup Exec
4 37 (4.58%) McAfee ePO
5 23 (2.85%) HP Quality Center
6 18 (2.23%) NetBackup
6 18 (2.23%) Netcool
7 12 (1.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 12 (1.49%) Nagios
8 11 (1.36%) BladeLogic
9 10 (1.24%) WMI
9 10 (1.24%) OVSD
10 9 (1.12%) WSUS
11 8 (0.99%) Nessus
11 8 (0.99%) SCSM
12 7 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.74%) SCDPM
14 5 (0.62%) MIMEsweeper
14 5 (0.62%) MAILsweeper
14 5 (0.62%) MOM
Vendors
1 518 (64.19%) Microsoft
2 356 (44.11%) VMware
3 218 (27.01%) Citrix
4 163 (20.20%) Cisco
5 147 (18.22%) HP
6 84 (10.41%) McAfee
7 46 (5.70%) NetApp
8 42 (5.20%) Red Hat
9 39 (4.83%) Symantec
10 38 (4.71%) Veritas
10 38 (4.71%) EMC
11 34 (4.21%) Dell
12 33 (4.09%) Sophos
13 28 (3.47%) IBM
14 23 (2.85%) Avaya
14 23 (2.85%) Juniper
15 22 (2.73%) Remedy
15 22 (2.73%) Apple
16 15 (1.86%) Lumension
17 13 (1.61%) Wyse
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £25 to £33 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £330 - £600 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Nakama
Rate: From £450 to £475 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Gold Group
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Worthing, West Sussex
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £250 - 300 per day + .
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £13 - £16 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Head Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £22.50 - 35.00 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £25.31 to £33.03 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Altrincham
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £240 - £280 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 7 days ago
High Wycombe
Church International
Rate: £400 per day all inclusive
Posted: 7 days ago
Reading
Explore Group
Posted: 10 days ago
Reading
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Bournemouth
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 15 days ago
Essex
Explore Group
Posted: 18 days ago
Warrington
Venturi
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour
Posted: 21 days ago