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 July 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 330 291 282
Rank change year-on-year
-39 -9
Contract jobs citing MCSE 376 463 389
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.81% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.27% 4.24% 3.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 256 218
Median daily rate £325 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £165 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 46 32
Median hourly rate £20.83 £20.82 £17.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.03% +19.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £15.50 £14.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.40 £30.25 £29.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £21.15 £16.54
% change year-on-year
+0.87% +27.88%

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
11516 10926 10460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.33% 19.15% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7176 6533 5916
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 417 543 458
Median hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £18.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% +18.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.62 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £51.17 £43.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.11% +25.00%

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 27 July 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 27 July 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 27 July 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 -58 337 £330 +0.76% 125
London -59 104 £400 +25.00% 48
South East -50 67 £335 -4.28% 33
North East +1 60 £320 +14.28% 1
Tyne and Wear -2 57 £320 +60.00% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 56 £317 +58.25% 1
East of England +8 31 £250 -37.50% 4
City of London +26 26 £428 +17.93% 11
Scotland +13 26 £298 +1.70% 4
Surrey +8 25 £238 -23.38% 13
South West +12 21 £600 +71.42% 9
West Midlands -28 19 £400 +33.33% 6
Berkshire -3 14 £350 +55.55% 8
North West -13 14 £300 - 11
Yorkshire -23 14 £375 +4.16% 9
Renfrewshire -10 13 £313 -25.59%
Erskine -13 13 £313 -25.59%
Birmingham -6 11 £400 +33.33%
Essex +2 10 £268 -34.15%
Bristol +8 9 £390 +136.36% 1
Hampshire -31 9 £335 -7.58% 8
Manchester -9 8 £200 -25.58% 5
Woking - 8 £190 - 2
Hertfordshire +16 7 £230 -29.23% 3
Milton Keynes +14 7 £425 +37.09% 1
Oxfordshire +12 7 £288 -4.16% 1
Cambridgeshire +6 7 £287 -30.00% 1
Buckinghamshire +5 7 £425 +36.00% 2
South Yorkshire -12 7 £375 +66.66% 1
Basildon +7 6 £268 -

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 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.

1 768 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 581 (75.65%) Windows
3 529 (68.88%) Microsoft
4 427 (55.60%) Active Directory
5 313 (40.76%) VMware
6 311 (40.49%) Windows Server
7 250 (32.55%) ITIL
8 226 (29.43%) Citrix
9 220 (28.65%) Windows Server 2008
10 219 (28.52%) MCSA
11 212 (27.60%) Windows Server 2012
12 211 (27.47%) MS Excel
13 202 (26.30%) PowerShell
14 200 (26.04%) Security Cleared
15 186 (24.22%) MS Exchange
16 182 (23.70%) VMware Infrastructure
17 173 (22.53%) DNS
18 170 (22.14%) MS Office
19 168 (21.88%) SQL
20 162 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
21 159 (20.70%) SQL Server
22 154 (20.05%) SharePoint
22 154 (20.05%) Windows 7
23 150 (19.53%) MCP
24 146 (19.01%) Degree
25 141 (18.36%) Office 365
25 141 (18.36%) Migration
26 138 (17.97%) HP
27 135 (17.58%) Cisco Certification
28 130 (16.93%) SC Cleared

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
1 186 (24.22%) MS Exchange
2 154 (20.05%) SharePoint
3 105 (13.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 87 (11.33%) Skype for Business
5 74 (9.64%) Exchange Server 2013
6 62 (8.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 62 (8.07%) IIS
7 46 (5.99%) OpenStack
8 32 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
9 31 (4.04%) SharePoint 2013
10 30 (3.91%) Office Communications Server
11 25 (3.26%) SharePoint 2010
12 15 (1.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 11 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
14 10 (1.30%) IBM Notes
15 8 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
16 5 (0.65%) MS Project Server
17 4 (0.52%) Apache
18 3 (0.39%) Zimbra
19 2 (0.26%) WebSphere
Applications
1 211 (27.47%) MS Excel
2 170 (22.14%) MS Office
3 20 (2.60%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.04%) MS Project
6 6 (0.78%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.39%) Eikon
2 2 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.13%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.13%) Sage 1000
3 1 (0.13%) Sage 50
3 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 141 (18.36%) Office 365
2 63 (8.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (3.39%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (2.34%) IaaS
5 17 (2.21%) OneDrive
6 13 (1.69%) PaaS
7 8 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (1.04%) Yammer
8 6 (0.78%) SaaS
9 5 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (0.65%) Google Apps
10 4 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.52%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.26%) HP Helion
12 1 (0.13%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 173 (22.53%) DNS
2 116 (15.10%) TCP/IP
3 108 (14.06%) DHCP
4 97 (12.63%) Firewall
5 96 (12.50%) SAN
6 74 (9.64%) WAN
7 65 (8.46%) LAN
8 55 (7.16%) Skype
9 43 (5.60%) Internet
9 43 (5.60%) VPN
10 25 (3.26%) Wireless
11 21 (2.73%) VoIP
12 18 (2.34%) VLAN
13 17 (2.21%) Network Security
13 17 (2.21%) SSL
14 16 (2.08%) Cisco ASA
14 16 (2.08%) Kerberos
14 16 (2.08%) NetScaler
14 16 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
15 15 (1.95%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (20.70%) SQL Server
2 54 (7.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 38 (4.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 36 (4.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 33 (4.30%) SQL Server 2005
6 28 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 19 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 16 (2.08%) SQL Server 2014
9 7 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (0.91%) Relational Database
9 7 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
10 6 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (0.78%) MS Access
10 6 (0.78%) SQLPlus
11 5 (0.65%) Oracle Database
12 4 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (0.52%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.39%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.39%) Datazen
13 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 30 (3.91%) Team Foundation Server
2 27 (3.52%) Visual Studio
3 25 (3.26%) TestDirector
4 23 (2.99%) HP UFT
4 23 (2.99%) WinRunner
5 10 (1.30%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.91%) StarTeam
7 6 (0.78%) JIRA
8 5 (0.65%) MSI
9 4 (0.52%) Ant
9 4 (0.52%) Hudson
9 4 (0.52%) InstallShield
9 4 (0.52%) Jenkins
9 4 (0.52%) Maven
9 4 (0.52%) Subversion
10 2 (0.26%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.26%) Oracle Forms
11 1 (0.13%) tSQLt
General
1 92 (11.98%) Finance
2 45 (5.86%) Banking
3 17 (2.21%) Manufacturing
4 15 (1.95%) German Language
4 15 (1.95%) Marketing
5 14 (1.82%) Legal
6 13 (1.69%) Advertising
7 11 (1.43%) Investment Banking
8 10 (1.30%) Back Office
8 10 (1.30%) Retail
9 9 (1.17%) French Language
9 9 (1.17%) Law
9 9 (1.17%) Telecoms
10 8 (1.04%) Local Government
10 8 (1.04%) Military
11 7 (0.91%) Spanish Language
12 6 (0.78%) Billing
12 6 (0.78%) Portuguese Language
13 5 (0.65%) Front Office
14 3 (0.39%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 115 (14.97%) Support Engineer
2 111 (14.45%) Analyst
3 70 (9.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 55 (7.16%) Desktop Support
5 48 (6.25%) Server Engineer
5 48 (6.25%) Windows Engineer
6 46 (5.99%) Consultant
6 46 (5.99%) Wintel Engineer
7 44 (5.73%) Architect
7 44 (5.73%) Support Analyst
8 42 (5.47%) 3rd Line Support
9 40 (5.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 34 (4.43%) Desktop Engineer
10 34 (4.43%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 34 (4.43%) Service Analyst
11 29 (3.78%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 28 (3.65%) Active Directory Engineer
12 28 (3.65%) Infrastructure Architect
13 27 (3.52%) Administrator
14 26 (3.39%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (6.64%) .NET
2 43 (5.60%) XML
3 24 (3.13%) CSS
4 14 (1.82%) Middleware
5 13 (1.69%) Web Services
6 12 (1.56%) HTML
7 9 (1.17%) ASP.NET
7 9 (1.17%) jQuery
8 8 (1.04%) REST
8 8 (1.04%) WSDL
8 8 (1.04%) XSD
9 7 (0.91%) ODBC
9 7 (0.91%) XSLT
10 6 (0.78%) SAML
11 5 (0.65%) ADO
11 5 (0.65%) ADO.NET
12 4 (0.52%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.39%) SAP Basis
13 3 (0.39%) WAP
14 2 (0.26%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 111 (14.45%) Computer Science
2 99 (12.89%) Data Centre
3 91 (11.85%) Clustering
4 56 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
5 52 (6.77%) Blackberry
6 44 (5.73%) Management Information System
7 30 (3.91%) PKI
8 19 (2.47%) PDA
9 17 (2.21%) Mainframe
9 17 (2.21%) Private Cloud
10 16 (2.08%) Client/Server
10 16 (2.08%) User Experience
11 15 (1.95%) NHS
11 15 (1.95%) Replication
12 13 (1.69%) AS400
12 13 (1.69%) Public Cloud
12 13 (1.69%) Visualisation
13 11 (1.43%) Driving Licence
14 10 (1.30%) Fat Client
14 10 (1.30%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 581 (75.65%) Windows
2 311 (40.49%) Windows Server
3 220 (28.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 212 (27.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 162 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 154 (20.05%) Windows 7
7 99 (12.89%) Linux
8 57 (7.42%) Windows XP
9 44 (5.73%) Unix
10 34 (4.43%) Windows 10
10 34 (4.43%) Windows 8
11 29 (3.78%) AIX
11 29 (3.78%) Android
12 28 (3.65%) Apple iOS
13 22 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 18 (2.34%) Ubuntu
15 13 (1.69%) VMS
16 11 (1.43%) Solaris
17 10 (1.30%) Mac OS X
18 8 (1.04%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (32.55%) ITIL
2 141 (18.36%) Migration
3 78 (10.16%) Change Management
4 53 (6.90%) Load Balancing
5 52 (6.77%) Service Delivery
6 47 (6.12%) Project Management
7 45 (5.86%) Disaster Recovery
8 40 (5.21%) Software Testing
9 39 (5.08%) ITIL V3
10 31 (4.04%) Service Management
11 30 (3.91%) ITSM
12 29 (3.78%) Mentoring
13 28 (3.65%) Configuration Management
13 28 (3.65%) PRINCE2
13 28 (3.65%) Workflow
14 27 (3.52%) Stakeholder Management
15 25 (3.26%) Smoke Testing
15 25 (3.26%) Test Scripting
16 24 (3.13%) Problem Management
16 24 (3.13%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 202 (26.30%) PowerShell
2 168 (21.88%) SQL
3 52 (6.77%) VBScript
4 49 (6.38%) C#
5 33 (4.30%) T-SQL
6 32 (4.17%) JavaScript
7 20 (2.60%) Python
8 19 (2.47%) Java
9 17 (2.21%) C++
9 17 (2.21%) VB
10 15 (1.95%) Bash Shell
11 13 (1.69%) C
12 10 (1.30%) Ruby
12 10 (1.30%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.91%) Perl
14 5 (0.65%) VBA
15 3 (0.39%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.26%) R
16 2 (0.26%) Scala
17 1 (0.13%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 768 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 219 (28.52%) MCSA
3 200 (26.04%) Security Cleared
4 150 (19.53%) MCP
5 146 (19.01%) Degree
6 135 (17.58%) Cisco Certification
7 130 (16.93%) SC Cleared
8 110 (14.32%) CCNA
9 105 (13.67%) MCITP
10 75 (9.77%) MCTS
11 73 (9.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 50 (6.51%) MCDST
13 48 (6.25%) CCNP
14 44 (5.73%) MCSD
15 30 (3.91%) Citrix Certification
16 28 (3.65%) ISTQB
17 27 (3.52%) CCA
18 23 (2.99%) DV Cleared
19 21 (2.73%) CISSP
20 18 (2.34%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (5.08%) SLA
2 17 (2.21%) Disclosure Scotland
3 11 (1.43%) PCI DSS
4 9 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.91%) HL7
6 3 (0.39%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.26%) QA
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.13%) ISO27002
System Software
1 427 (55.60%) Active Directory
2 182 (23.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 116 (15.10%) Hyper-V
4 81 (10.55%) vSphere
5 77 (10.03%) XenApp
6 43 (5.60%) VMware ESX
7 24 (3.13%) Virtual Servers
8 20 (2.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 20 (2.60%) VMware ESXi
8 20 (2.60%) XenDesktop
9 17 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 17 (2.21%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (2.08%) UAG
10 16 (2.08%) Xen
11 14 (1.82%) Brightmail
12 12 (1.56%) Docker
13 10 (1.30%) Firmware
13 10 (1.30%) XenServer
14 8 (1.04%) BitLocker
14 8 (1.04%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 113 (14.71%) SCCM
2 65 (8.46%) SCOM
3 49 (6.38%) Microsoft Clustering
4 43 (5.60%) McAfee ePO
5 40 (5.21%) WSUS
6 31 (4.04%) Backup Exec
7 28 (3.65%) Netcool
8 23 (2.99%) HP Quality Center
9 22 (2.86%) NetBackup
10 16 (2.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 13 (1.69%) OpenView
12 12 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (1.56%) Puppet
13 11 (1.43%) Ansible
14 10 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
15 9 (1.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 8 (1.04%) IBM BigFix
16 8 (1.04%) SCVMM
16 8 (1.04%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
16 8 (1.04%) WMI
Vendors
1 529 (68.88%) Microsoft
2 313 (40.76%) VMware
3 226 (29.43%) Citrix
4 138 (17.97%) HP
5 122 (15.89%) Cisco
6 62 (8.07%) Oracle
7 53 (6.90%) Dell
8 51 (6.64%) Intel Security
9 42 (5.47%) NetApp
10 38 (4.95%) Veritas
11 33 (4.30%) Symantec
12 32 (4.17%) IronPort
13 29 (3.78%) Red Hat
14 27 (3.52%) Apple
15 26 (3.39%) Juniper
16 23 (2.99%) IBM
17 16 (2.08%) ServiceNow
18 15 (1.95%) 3PAR
18 15 (1.95%) EMC
18 15 (1.95%) SAP
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