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 24 May 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
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 304 306 282
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSE 414 371 390
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.69% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.59% 3.52% 3.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 238 195
Median daily rate £340 £318 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.08% +1.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £200 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £300 £269
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +11.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 30 49
Median hourly rate £19.80 £21.55 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.10% +23.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £33.65 £26.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £21.55 £15.75
% change year-on-year
-1.02% +36.82%

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
11547 10530 10603
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.57% 19.45% 19.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7178 6009 6170
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 408 542 543
Median hourly rate £32.50 £24.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.74% +20.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -1 330 £346 +7.96% 124
South East +14 109 £400 +29.03% 22
London -71 88 £363 +3.57% 36
Scotland +45 70 £325 +41.30% 6
Erskine -4 46 £319 -29.16% 1
Renfrewshire -7 46 £319 -29.16% 1
North East -18 44 £313 +18.11% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne -15 43 £313 +56.50% 7
Tyne and Wear -15 43 £313 +56.50% 7
Surrey +6 31 £388 +31.35% 4
Berkshire 0 30 £388 +3.33% 5
Reading +3 22 £388 +55.00% 1
West Midlands +6 19 £288 +53.33% 11
City of London +11 18 £430 +22.85% 10
South West +4 18 £550 +46.66% 13
North West -13 18 £275 +1.72% 10
Hampshire -6 15 £406 +16.90% 4
East Midlands +23 13 £319 +6.25% 4
East of England +3 13 £162 -50.15% 8
Oxfordshire +15 11 £334 +11.25% 1
West Sussex -27 11 £400 +45.45% 3
Glasgow +13 9 £310 - 3
Yorkshire 0 8 £336 +12.08% 9
Redhill - 8 £350 -
Woking - 8 - - 2
Buckinghamshire +7 7 £425 +36.54%
Milton Keynes +6 7 £425 +37.09%
Chester +3 7 £275 +22.22%
Cheshire -2 7 £275 +22.22% 3
Manchester -13 7 £238 -32.14% 3

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 707 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 538 (76.10%) Windows
3 482 (68.18%) Microsoft
4 419 (59.26%) Active Directory
5 294 (41.58%) VMware
6 278 (39.32%) Windows Server
7 236 (33.38%) ITIL
8 234 (33.10%) Windows Server 2008
9 211 (29.84%) MS Excel
10 209 (29.56%) MCSA
11 198 (28.01%) MS Exchange
12 196 (27.72%) Windows Server 2012
13 195 (27.58%) Citrix
14 182 (25.74%) VMware Infrastructure
15 180 (25.46%) PowerShell
16 170 (24.05%) Windows Server 2003
17 166 (23.48%) Security Cleared
18 158 (22.35%) Windows 7
19 151 (21.36%) MS Office
20 149 (21.07%) SQL
21 148 (20.93%) DNS
22 133 (18.81%) Cisco Certification
23 132 (18.67%) Migration
24 130 (18.39%) MCP
25 126 (17.82%) Degree
26 125 (17.68%) SharePoint
27 123 (17.40%) HP
28 120 (16.97%) CCNA
28 120 (16.97%) Office 365
29 113 (15.98%) MCITP

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
1 198 (28.01%) MS Exchange
2 125 (17.68%) SharePoint
3 102 (14.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 81 (11.46%) Exchange Server 2013
5 70 (9.90%) Skype for Business
6 68 (9.62%) Exchange Server 2007
7 60 (8.49%) IIS
8 46 (6.51%) OpenStack
9 37 (5.23%) Exchange Server 2003
10 24 (3.39%) Office Communications Server
11 20 (2.83%) SharePoint 2013
12 16 (2.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 13 (1.84%) SharePoint 2010
14 11 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
15 7 (0.99%) IBM Notes
16 6 (0.85%) Apache
17 4 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
17 4 (0.57%) Tomcat
18 3 (0.42%) Zimbra
19 2 (0.28%) WebSphere
Applications
1 211 (29.84%) MS Excel
2 151 (21.36%) MS Office
3 12 (1.70%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.71%) MS Project
5 4 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 6 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.28%) Eikon
2 2 (0.28%) Sage 1000
2 2 (0.28%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Sage 50
3 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 120 (16.97%) Office 365
2 61 (8.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (2.83%) IaaS
5 14 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (1.98%) OneDrive
6 12 (1.70%) PaaS
7 8 (1.13%) SaaS
7 8 (1.13%) Yammer
8 6 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.42%) SoftLayer
10 2 (0.28%) Google Apps
10 2 (0.28%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.14%) GitHub
11 1 (0.14%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 148 (20.93%) DNS
2 99 (14.00%) TCP/IP
3 90 (12.73%) DHCP
4 79 (11.17%) SAN
5 78 (11.03%) Firewall
6 65 (9.19%) LAN
6 65 (9.19%) WAN
7 56 (7.92%) Skype
8 48 (6.79%) VPN
9 37 (5.23%) VoIP
10 28 (3.96%) Internet
11 18 (2.55%) Network Security
12 17 (2.40%) VLAN
12 17 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
12 17 (2.40%) Wireless
13 15 (2.12%) IPv6
13 15 (2.12%) Kerberos
13 15 (2.12%) LDAP
13 15 (2.12%) SSL
14 14 (1.98%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (15.84%) SQL Server
2 39 (5.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 24 (3.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 20 (2.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (2.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 12 (1.70%) SQL Server 2014
7 11 (1.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
9 8 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
10 7 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (0.99%) MS Access
11 6 (0.85%) Relational Database
12 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 5 (0.71%) SQLPlus
13 4 (0.57%) Datazen
14 3 (0.42%) Big Data
14 3 (0.42%) Hadoop
14 3 (0.42%) MongoDB
14 3 (0.42%) RDBMS
15 2 (0.28%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 33 (4.67%) HP UFT
1 33 (4.67%) TestDirector
1 33 (4.67%) WinRunner
2 26 (3.68%) Visual Studio
3 24 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (1.41%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.41%) JIRA
5 7 (0.99%) Ant
5 7 (0.99%) Hudson
5 7 (0.99%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.99%) Maven
5 7 (0.99%) Subversion
6 2 (0.28%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.28%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.28%) MSI
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.28%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.14%) Moq
7 1 (0.14%) Selenium
7 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 89 (12.59%) Finance
2 37 (5.23%) Banking
3 19 (2.69%) German Language
4 14 (1.98%) Manufacturing
4 14 (1.98%) Marketing
5 13 (1.84%) French Language
6 11 (1.56%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.56%) Retail
7 8 (1.13%) Advertising
7 8 (1.13%) Legal
7 8 (1.13%) Telecoms
8 7 (0.99%) Local Government
8 7 (0.99%) Military
8 7 (0.99%) Spanish Language
9 6 (0.85%) Back Office
9 6 (0.85%) Law
9 6 (0.85%) Portuguese Language
10 5 (0.71%) Front Office
11 3 (0.42%) Publishing
12 2 (0.28%) Billing
Job Titles
1 121 (17.11%) Support Engineer
2 109 (15.42%) Analyst
3 65 (9.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 59 (8.35%) Desktop Support
5 49 (6.93%) Support Analyst
6 48 (6.79%) Wintel Engineer
7 41 (5.80%) Server Engineer
8 40 (5.66%) Consultant
9 39 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 38 (5.37%) 3rd Line Support
11 37 (5.23%) Windows Engineer
12 36 (5.09%) Architect
13 31 (4.38%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 30 (4.24%) Active Directory Engineer
15 29 (4.10%) Desktop Engineer
16 28 (3.96%) Service Analyst
17 27 (3.82%) Technical Support
18 26 (3.68%) Desktop Analyst
19 24 (3.39%) Infrastructure Architect
19 24 (3.39%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (6.36%) .NET
2 42 (5.94%) XML
3 24 (3.39%) CSS
4 15 (2.12%) Web Services
5 10 (1.41%) HTML
6 9 (1.27%) jQuery
7 8 (1.13%) ASP.NET
8 7 (0.99%) ODBC
8 7 (0.99%) REST
8 7 (0.99%) WSDL
8 7 (0.99%) XSD
8 7 (0.99%) XSLT
9 6 (0.85%) ADO.NET
9 6 (0.85%) SAML
10 5 (0.71%) ADO
10 5 (0.71%) Middleware
11 4 (0.57%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.57%) Autofac
11 4 (0.57%) Entity Framework
11 4 (0.57%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 108 (15.28%) Computer Science
2 88 (12.45%) Data Centre
3 77 (10.89%) Clustering
4 53 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
5 50 (7.07%) Blackberry
6 36 (5.09%) Management Information System
7 32 (4.53%) PKI
8 27 (3.82%) PDA
9 22 (3.11%) Replication
10 17 (2.40%) Driving Licence
11 16 (2.26%) Smartphone
12 14 (1.98%) Private Cloud
13 13 (1.84%) Public Cloud
14 11 (1.56%) Fat Client
14 11 (1.56%) Mainframe
14 11 (1.56%) Thin Client
15 10 (1.41%) EMC VNX
15 10 (1.41%) NHS
15 10 (1.41%) User Experience
16 9 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 538 (76.10%) Windows
2 278 (39.32%) Windows Server
3 234 (33.10%) Windows Server 2008
4 196 (27.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 170 (24.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 158 (22.35%) Windows 7
7 91 (12.87%) Linux
8 59 (8.35%) Windows XP
9 43 (6.08%) Unix
10 34 (4.81%) AIX
11 30 (4.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (3.11%) Windows 10
13 20 (2.83%) Windows 8
14 17 (2.40%) Windows 2000 Server
15 16 (2.26%) VMS
16 14 (1.98%) Android
17 10 (1.41%) Apple iOS
17 10 (1.41%) Mac OS X
18 9 (1.27%) CentOS
19 6 (0.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (33.38%) ITIL
2 132 (18.67%) Migration
3 71 (10.04%) Change Management
4 47 (6.65%) Load Balancing
5 43 (6.08%) Service Delivery
6 41 (5.80%) ITIL V3
6 41 (5.80%) Software Testing
7 36 (5.09%) Disaster Recovery
8 35 (4.95%) Configuration Management
9 33 (4.67%) Service Management
9 33 (4.67%) Test Automation
10 31 (4.38%) Project Management
11 30 (4.24%) Mentoring
12 29 (4.10%) Time Management
13 27 (3.82%) Test Scripting
14 24 (3.39%) PRINCE2
14 24 (3.39%) Workflow
15 23 (3.25%) Agile Software Development
16 22 (3.11%) ITSM
17 21 (2.97%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 180 (25.46%) PowerShell
2 149 (21.07%) SQL
3 42 (5.94%) C#
4 41 (5.80%) VBScript
5 27 (3.82%) JavaScript
6 23 (3.25%) T-SQL
7 20 (2.83%) Python
8 18 (2.55%) VB
9 15 (2.12%) C++
10 13 (1.84%) C
11 12 (1.70%) Java
11 12 (1.70%) Shell Script
12 11 (1.56%) Ruby
13 10 (1.41%) Bash Shell
14 6 (0.85%) Perl
15 5 (0.71%) VBA
16 4 (0.57%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.42%) R
17 3 (0.42%) Scala
18 2 (0.28%) sed
Qualifications
1 707 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 209 (29.56%) MCSA
3 166 (23.48%) Security Cleared
4 133 (18.81%) Cisco Certification
5 130 (18.39%) MCP
6 126 (17.82%) Degree
7 120 (16.97%) CCNA
8 113 (15.98%) MCITP
9 97 (13.72%) SC Cleared
10 74 (10.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 63 (8.91%) MCTS
12 51 (7.21%) MCDST
13 42 (5.94%) MCSD
14 38 (5.37%) CCNP
15 28 (3.96%) ISTQB
16 22 (3.11%) CISSP
17 20 (2.83%) DV Cleared
18 16 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
19 13 (1.84%) Citrix Certification
20 12 (1.70%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.67%) SLA
2 11 (1.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 11 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (1.56%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.85%) HL7
4 3 (0.42%) QA
5 1 (0.14%) ISO27002
5 1 (0.14%) JSP 440
System Software
1 419 (59.26%) Active Directory
2 182 (25.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 101 (14.29%) Hyper-V
4 89 (12.59%) vSphere
5 70 (9.90%) XenApp
6 57 (8.06%) VMware ESX
7 25 (3.54%) VMware ESXi
8 15 (2.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 15 (2.12%) Docker
8 15 (2.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 15 (2.12%) XenServer
9 14 (1.98%) XenDesktop
10 13 (1.84%) UAG
11 11 (1.56%) Brightmail
12 10 (1.41%) Xen
13 9 (1.27%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 8 (1.13%) ISA Server
15 6 (0.85%) Terminal Server
16 5 (0.71%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 4 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 96 (13.58%) SCCM
2 63 (8.91%) SCOM
3 53 (7.50%) McAfee ePO
4 45 (6.36%) WSUS
5 41 (5.80%) NetBackup
6 33 (4.67%) HP Quality Center
7 31 (4.38%) Netcool
8 28 (3.96%) Backup Exec
9 17 (2.40%) Puppet
10 13 (1.84%) Norton AntiVirus
10 13 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
10 13 (1.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 12 (1.70%) Ansible
12 9 (1.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 8 (1.13%) Nagios
13 8 (1.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 7 (0.99%) SCVMM
14 7 (0.99%) Tivoli
15 6 (0.85%) AirWatch
15 6 (0.85%) vMotion
Vendors
1 482 (68.18%) Microsoft
2 294 (41.58%) VMware
3 195 (27.58%) Citrix
4 123 (17.40%) HP
5 110 (15.56%) Cisco
6 60 (8.49%) Intel Security
7 49 (6.93%) Dell
8 43 (6.08%) NetApp
8 43 (6.08%) Oracle
9 38 (5.37%) Red Hat
9 38 (5.37%) Veritas
10 31 (4.38%) Symantec
11 29 (4.10%) IronPort
12 26 (3.68%) EMC
13 21 (2.97%) CommVault
13 21 (2.97%) Remedy
14 18 (2.55%) IBM
15 14 (1.98%) Apple
15 14 (1.98%) Sophos
16 13 (1.84%) 3PAR
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