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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 266 274 215
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -59
Contract jobs citing MCSE 461 387 494
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.81% 0.71% 0.97%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.26% 3.72% 5.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 218 247
Average daily rate
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£330 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -4.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £174 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £515 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 29 50
Average hourly rate £19.61 £17.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.02% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £14.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.15 £30.40 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.07 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.37% -18.71%

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
10819 10417 9038
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.03% 19.06% 17.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6459 5859 4848
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 521 459 499
Average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +20 427 £330 +9.70% 158
London +18 167 £304 -24.00% 59
South East -9 118 £355 +51.06% 46
City of London +16 54 £363 -27.50% 10
Hampshire +9 46 £363 +61.11% 7
East of England +18 42 £363 +70.58% 7
Yorkshire +5 35 £360 +15.20% 6
Southampton +23 29 £363 -
West Yorkshire -3 25 £400 +28.00% 4
Leeds -5 23 £400 +28.00% 3
North West -35 22 £310 +7.82% 21
Berkshire +10 21 £175 -55.12% 10
Scotland -10 18 £323 -7.19% 2
Cambridgeshire +13 16 £388 +229.78%
Buckinghamshire +5 15 £313 +56.25% 10
Surrey 0 15 £288 -4.16% 13
Reading +2 13 £138 -66.25% 8
North East - 13 £280 -
West Midlands +7 12 £300 +20.00% 7
Essex 0 12 £406 +1.56% 1
South West -10 12 £350 +7.69% 5
Manchester -11 12 £269 -10.41% 12
Tyne and Wear - 11 £200 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 11 £200 -
Cambridge -1 10 £321 +173.40%
South Yorkshire -1 9 £225 -20.00% 2
Hertfordshire 0 7 £325 +71.05% 3
Kent -3 7 £388 +10.71% 4
Milton Keynes -7 6 £310 +63.15% 4
West Sussex -33 6 £170 -22.72% 2

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 849 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 626 (73.73%) Windows
3 620 (73.03%) Microsoft
4 439 (51.71%) Active Directory
5 380 (44.76%) VMware
6 300 (35.34%) ITIL
7 274 (32.27%) Windows Server 2008
8 256 (30.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 230 (27.09%) MS Exchange
10 222 (26.15%) VMware Infrastructure
11 212 (24.97%) Citrix
12 205 (24.15%) MCSA
13 196 (23.09%) MS Excel
14 187 (22.03%) MCITP
15 186 (21.91%) Cisco
16 178 (20.97%) MCP
17 160 (18.85%) Windows 7
18 148 (17.43%) Windows Server 2003
19 144 (16.96%) SAN
20 143 (16.84%) Cisco Certification
21 141 (16.61%) SQL
22 140 (16.49%) DNS
23 132 (15.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
24 130 (15.31%) SCCM
25 129 (15.19%) SQL Server
26 128 (15.08%) HP
27 127 (14.96%) MS Office
27 127 (14.96%) LAN
28 123 (14.49%) CCNA
29 118 (13.90%) Exchange Server 2010

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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
1 230 (27.09%) MS Exchange
2 118 (13.90%) Exchange Server 2010
3 85 (10.01%) SharePoint
4 83 (9.78%) Lync
5 80 (9.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 63 (7.42%) Exchange Server 2007
7 60 (7.07%) IIS
8 33 (3.89%) Exchange Server 2003
9 26 (3.06%) SharePoint 2010
10 23 (2.71%) SharePoint 2013
11 21 (2.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 17 (2.00%) Office Communications Server
13 8 (0.94%) IBM Notes
14 5 (0.59%) SAS
15 4 (0.47%) Oracle Application Server
16 3 (0.35%) TPMS
17 2 (0.24%) Drupal
17 2 (0.24%) MS Project Server
17 2 (0.24%) Lotus Domino
17 2 (0.24%) Apache
Applications
1 196 (23.09%) MS Excel
2 127 (14.96%) MS Office
3 23 (2.71%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.53%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (1.06%) MS Project
6 5 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.12%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 6 (0.71%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.24%) SAP CCM
2 2 (0.24%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.12%) Eikon
3 1 (0.12%) Tesseract
3 1 (0.12%) assyst
3 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 54 (6.36%) Office 365
2 31 (3.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (0.94%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (0.82%) SaaS
4 7 (0.82%) IaaS
5 3 (0.35%) Google Apps
5 3 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.24%) PaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Yammer
7 1 (0.12%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 144 (16.96%) SAN
2 140 (16.49%) DNS
3 127 (14.96%) LAN
4 115 (13.55%) WAN
5 104 (12.25%) DHCP
5 104 (12.25%) Firewall
6 93 (10.95%) TCP/IP
7 49 (5.77%) VPN
8 42 (4.95%) VLAN
9 38 (4.48%) Internet
10 30 (3.53%) NAS
11 23 (2.71%) NetScaler
12 20 (2.36%) Cisco IOS
12 20 (2.36%) LDAP
13 17 (2.00%) VoIP
13 17 (2.00%) MPLS
14 16 (1.88%) Cisco ASA
15 15 (1.77%) Fibre Channel
16 14 (1.65%) Network Security
16 14 (1.65%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (15.19%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (2.12%) SQL Server 2012
4 16 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (1.65%) SQL Server 2005
7 9 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.35%) Spotfire
10 3 (0.35%) QlikView
10 3 (0.35%) EDRMS
11 2 (0.24%) Oracle Database
12 1 (0.12%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.12%) MySQL
12 1 (0.12%) Sybase ASE
12 1 (0.12%) Data Mining
12 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database 10g
12 1 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (1.18%) Visual Studio
2 9 (1.06%) WinRunner
2 9 (1.06%) TestDirector
2 9 (1.06%) HP UFT
3 5 (0.59%) MSI
3 5 (0.59%) Ant
4 4 (0.47%) Fiddler
5 3 (0.35%) JIRA
6 2 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.24%) Hudson
6 2 (0.24%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.24%) Trac
6 2 (0.24%) Subversion
7 1 (0.12%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.12%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.12%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 98 (11.54%) Finance
2 25 (2.94%) Telecoms
3 23 (2.71%) Banking
4 15 (1.77%) Legal
5 14 (1.65%) Retail
6 11 (1.30%) French Language
7 7 (0.82%) Spanish Language
7 7 (0.82%) Advertising
7 7 (0.82%) Law
8 6 (0.71%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.71%) German Language
9 3 (0.35%) Back Office
9 3 (0.35%) Electronics
10 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.24%) Games
10 2 (0.24%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.24%) Local Government
11 1 (0.12%) Marketing
11 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.12%) Military
Job Titles
1 113 (13.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 108 (12.72%) Analyst
3 104 (12.25%) Support Engineer
4 64 (7.54%) Support Analyst
5 63 (7.42%) Server Engineer
6 60 (7.07%) 2nd Line Support
7 59 (6.95%) Consultant
8 55 (6.48%) 3rd Line Support
9 42 (4.95%) Administrator
9 42 (4.95%) Architect
10 36 (4.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 32 (3.77%) IT Support
12 29 (3.42%) Infrastructure Architect
13 27 (3.18%) Systems Administrator
14 26 (3.06%) Desktop Support
15 24 (2.83%) Windows Server Engineer
16 23 (2.71%) Wintel Engineer
17 21 (2.47%) Desktop Engineer
18 20 (2.36%) Service Desk Analyst
18 20 (2.36%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.36%) Application Packaging
2 17 (2.00%) .NET
3 13 (1.53%) Web Services
4 9 (1.06%) XML
5 7 (0.82%) ASP.NET
6 6 (0.71%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.47%) HTML
7 4 (0.47%) LAMP
8 3 (0.35%) MDX
8 3 (0.35%) COM
8 3 (0.35%) CSS
9 2 (0.24%) ODBC
9 2 (0.24%) OLE
9 2 (0.24%) jQuery
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 1 (0.12%) XMPP
10 1 (0.12%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.12%) Silverlight
10 1 (0.12%) Middleware
10 1 (0.12%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 100 (11.78%) Data Centre
2 60 (7.07%) Clustering
3 53 (6.24%) Analytical Skills
4 48 (5.65%) Blackberry
5 35 (4.12%) Computer Science
5 35 (4.12%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (2.94%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.36%) PKI
8 17 (2.00%) Replication
9 16 (1.88%) NHS
10 15 (1.77%) Thin Client
10 15 (1.77%) Fat Client
11 14 (1.65%) EqualLogic
12 10 (1.18%) iPad
12 10 (1.18%) Enterprise Storage
13 9 (1.06%) iPhone
13 9 (1.06%) PDA
14 8 (0.94%) CESG
15 7 (0.82%) Client/Server
16 6 (0.71%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 626 (73.73%) Windows
2 274 (32.27%) Windows Server 2008
3 256 (30.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 160 (18.85%) Windows 7
5 148 (17.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 117 (13.78%) Linux
7 59 (6.95%) Windows 8
8 58 (6.83%) Windows XP
9 40 (4.71%) UNIX
10 23 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (1.88%) Mac OS X
12 15 (1.77%) Ubuntu
13 13 (1.53%) Solaris
13 13 (1.53%) Data ONTAP
14 12 (1.41%) AIX
15 9 (1.06%) Android
16 8 (0.94%) Debian
17 7 (0.82%) Apple iOS
18 6 (0.71%) Windows 2000 Server
19 5 (0.59%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 300 (35.34%) ITIL
2 117 (13.78%) Migration
3 67 (7.89%) Project Management
4 50 (5.89%) Service Delivery
5 45 (5.30%) Server Building
6 44 (5.18%) Configuration Management
7 41 (4.83%) Disaster Recovery
7 41 (4.83%) Service Management
8 38 (4.48%) Change Management
9 34 (4.00%) PRINCE2
10 33 (3.89%) Problem Management
10 33 (3.89%) Change Control
11 32 (3.77%) Patch Management
12 27 (3.18%) ITIL V3
13 23 (2.71%) Capacity Planning
13 23 (2.71%) Load Balancing
14 19 (2.24%) Incident Management
14 19 (2.24%) Kalman Filter
15 16 (1.88%) Mentoring
15 16 (1.88%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (16.61%) SQL
2 86 (10.13%) PowerShell
3 28 (3.30%) VBScript
4 10 (1.18%) T-SQL
4 10 (1.18%) C
5 8 (0.94%) VB
6 7 (0.82%) C#
6 7 (0.82%) Perl
7 6 (0.71%) Java
7 6 (0.71%) JavaScript
8 5 (0.59%) R
9 4 (0.47%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.47%) Python
10 3 (0.35%) XMLA
11 2 (0.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (0.12%) Tcl
12 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.12%) VBA
12 1 (0.12%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 849 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 205 (24.15%) MCSA
3 187 (22.03%) MCITP
4 178 (20.97%) MCP
5 143 (16.84%) Cisco Certification
6 132 (15.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 123 (14.49%) CCNA
8 113 (13.31%) Security Cleared
9 78 (9.19%) MCTS
10 76 (8.95%) Degree
11 71 (8.36%) SC Cleared
12 59 (6.95%) Citrix Certification
13 39 (4.59%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (4.36%) CCNP
15 35 (4.12%) A+ Certification
16 33 (3.89%) CCA
17 30 (3.53%) MCDST
18 26 (3.06%) DV Cleared
19 25 (2.94%) CISSP
20 23 (2.71%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (7.42%) SLA
2 24 (2.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (0.71%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.59%) QA
5 5 (0.59%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.24%) BS7799
7 1 (0.12%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.12%) COBIT
System Software
1 439 (51.71%) Active Directory
2 222 (26.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (13.19%) vSphere
4 96 (11.31%) Hyper-V
5 95 (11.19%) XenApp
6 49 (5.77%) VMware ESX
7 37 (4.36%) VMware ESXi
8 36 (4.24%) XenDesktop
9 19 (2.24%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (1.30%) DFS Replication
11 10 (1.18%) XenServer
11 10 (1.18%) VMware Server
11 10 (1.18%) Terminal Services
12 9 (1.06%) Terminal Server
12 9 (1.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 8 (0.94%) NFS
13 8 (0.94%) Forefront TMG
14 6 (0.71%) UAG
14 6 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 5 (0.59%) Xen
Systems Management
1 130 (15.31%) SCCM
2 70 (8.24%) SCOM
3 20 (2.36%) Backup Exec
4 16 (1.88%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (1.77%) Norton AntiVirus
6 13 (1.53%) WSUS
7 12 (1.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 12 (1.41%) Tivoli
8 11 (1.30%) NetBackup
8 11 (1.30%) vMotion
9 10 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
10 9 (1.06%) SCVMM
10 9 (1.06%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 8 (0.94%) HP SIM
11 8 (0.94%) Puppet
12 7 (0.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 7 (0.82%) Netcool
13 6 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 6 (0.71%) SolarWinds Orion
14 5 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 620 (73.03%) Microsoft
2 380 (44.76%) VMware
3 212 (24.97%) Citrix
4 186 (21.91%) Cisco
5 128 (15.08%) HP
6 56 (6.60%) NetApp
7 54 (6.36%) Symantec
8 50 (5.89%) McAfee
9 44 (5.18%) Dell
10 33 (3.89%) EMC
11 30 (3.53%) Intel
11 30 (3.53%) Apple
12 29 (3.42%) Red Hat
13 24 (2.83%) IBM
14 20 (2.36%) AppSense
15 18 (2.12%) 3PAR
16 17 (2.00%) Juniper
16 17 (2.00%) Remedy
17 16 (1.88%) Oracle
17 16 (1.88%) Sophos
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Rate: competitive
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