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 22 February 2017 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK
Rank 382 357 302
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -55
Contract jobs citing MCSE 220 290 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.56% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.33% 2.62% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 150 201
Median daily rate £325 £318 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% +2.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £174 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £316
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -1.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 34 43
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £9.80 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.15 £59.25 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +20.00%

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
9431 11056 10383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.79% 21.26% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6086 6855 5939
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 450 488
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.82% +82.22%

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 22 February 2017.

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 22 February 2017.

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 22 February 2017. 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 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 +1 208 £325 - 116
London +13 83 £331 +1.92% 31
South East -8 45 £325 +8.33% 31
East of England +7 23 £400 +129.88% 6
City of London -9 19 £320 +7.56% 6
East Midlands +1 15 £320 -28.88% 8
Yorkshire +20 12 £400 +45.45% 12
Berkshire +6 12 £275 -5.17% 3
Cambridgeshire +5 12 £413 +137.06% 1
North West +13 11 £350 -6.66% 17
Derbyshire -7 8 £320 -32.63% 1
Cambridge +13 7 £469 -
North East -8 7 £290 - 2
West Yorkshire +15 6 £419 - 5
Scotland +11 6 £270 -11.47% 3
Hampshire +6 6 £128 -63.57% 12
South West -4 6 £289 -17.57% 6
Derby -6 6 £435 -8.42% 1
Kent - 6 £350 - 3
Manchester +9 5 £408 +171.66% 10
Hertfordshire +2 5 - - 3
Surrey -5 5 £238 -31.15% 10
Tyne and Wear -5 5 £290 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 5 £290 - 1
West Sussex -9 5 - -
Bracknell - 5 £513 -
Buckinghamshire - 5 £550 - 1
Wales +13 4 - -
Glasgow +2 4 £200 +100.00% 1
Leeds +1 4 £419 - 1

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 February 2017, 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.

1 570 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 432 (75.79%) Windows
3 365 (64.04%) Microsoft
4 331 (58.07%) Active Directory
5 275 (48.25%) Windows Server
6 226 (39.65%) VMware
7 199 (34.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 186 (32.63%) ITIL
9 181 (31.75%) Windows Server 2008
10 159 (27.89%) Cisco Certification
11 140 (24.56%) Cisco
12 137 (24.04%) MS Excel
13 135 (23.68%) MS Exchange
14 132 (23.16%) Office 365
15 131 (22.98%) MCSA
16 128 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
17 123 (21.58%) Citrix
18 120 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
19 117 (20.53%) PowerShell
20 114 (20.00%) MCP
21 113 (19.82%) MCITP
22 109 (19.12%) CCNA
23 97 (17.02%) SharePoint
24 95 (16.67%) SQL Server
25 92 (16.14%) Hyper-V
26 91 (15.96%) Firewall
27 90 (15.79%) Degree
28 86 (15.09%) Migration
28 86 (15.09%) MS Office
28 86 (15.09%) Skype for Business

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
1 135 (23.68%) MS Exchange
2 97 (17.02%) SharePoint
3 86 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 86 (15.09%) Skype for Business
4 60 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2013
5 57 (10.00%) IIS
6 25 (4.39%) Exchange Server 2007
7 24 (4.21%) OpenStack
8 18 (3.16%) Office Communications Server
8 18 (3.16%) SharePoint 2013
9 17 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 17 (2.98%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (1.23%) IBM Notes
11 6 (1.05%) Apache
12 5 (0.88%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.35%) GroupWise
14 2 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (0.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 137 (24.04%) MS Excel
2 86 (15.09%) MS Office
3 13 (2.28%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.93%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.18%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 30 (5.26%) Dynamics NAV
2 13 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) Eikon
4 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 132 (23.16%) Office 365
2 83 (14.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (5.79%) IaaS
4 28 (4.91%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (4.91%) PaaS
5 25 (4.39%) SaaS
6 21 (3.68%) Azure Active Directory
7 11 (1.93%) HP Helion
7 11 (1.93%) OneDrive
8 8 (1.40%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.70%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.53%) GitHub
10 3 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
10 3 (0.53%) Yammer
11 2 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.35%) AWS OpsWorks
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 91 (15.96%) Firewall
2 76 (13.33%) WAN
3 75 (13.16%) DNS
3 75 (13.16%) LAN
4 69 (12.11%) Skype
5 68 (11.93%) DHCP
6 62 (10.88%) SAN
7 52 (9.12%) TCP/IP
8 49 (8.60%) Internet
9 36 (6.32%) MPLS
10 33 (5.79%) VPN
11 30 (5.26%) Wireless
12 19 (3.33%) Network Security
12 19 (3.33%) Remote Desktop
13 18 (3.16%) NAS
13 18 (3.16%) VLAN
13 18 (3.16%) VoIP
14 13 (2.28%) Wi-Fi
15 12 (2.11%) Ethernet
15 12 (2.11%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (4.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 18 (3.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 18 (3.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (2.46%) SQL Server 2014
6 12 (2.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 11 (1.93%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.23%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.70%) DTS
10 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (0.70%) Oracle Database 12c
10 4 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle9i Database
11 3 (0.53%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 14 (2.46%) StarTeam
2 10 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.58%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.40%) Git (software)
5 7 (1.23%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.88%) CruiseControl
6 5 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (0.70%) JIRA
8 3 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.35%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 1 (0.18%) Bitbucket
10 1 (0.18%) Travis CI
General
1 67 (11.75%) Finance
2 35 (6.14%) Retail
3 15 (2.63%) Banking
4 14 (2.46%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.28%) Back Office
5 13 (2.28%) Legal
5 13 (2.28%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.88%) Law
6 5 (0.88%) Local Government
6 5 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.53%) Advertising
8 2 (0.35%) Games
8 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.35%) Marketing
8 2 (0.35%) Military
9 1 (0.18%) German Language
9 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 68 (11.93%) Architect
2 66 (11.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 59 (10.35%) Analyst
3 59 (10.35%) Support Engineer
4 51 (8.95%) Consultant
5 44 (7.72%) Infrastructure Architect
6 32 (5.61%) 3rd Line Support
7 29 (5.09%) IT Engineer
7 29 (5.09%) Systems Engineer
8 28 (4.91%) 2nd Line Support
8 28 (4.91%) Windows Engineer
9 26 (4.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 25 (4.39%) Desktop Support
10 25 (4.39%) Support Analyst
11 23 (4.04%) Administrator
12 20 (3.51%) IT Support
12 20 (3.51%) Network Infrastructure Architect
13 19 (3.33%) Cisco Architect
13 19 (3.33%) Windows Infrastructure Architect
14 18 (3.16%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (4.39%) .NET
2 21 (3.68%) ASP.NET
3 11 (1.93%) Web Services
4 8 (1.40%) HTML
4 8 (1.40%) Middleware
5 6 (1.05%) WCF
6 5 (0.88%) SAML
6 5 (0.88%) WF
7 4 (0.70%) OAuth
7 4 (0.70%) REST
7 4 (0.70%) SOAP
8 3 (0.53%) WAP
9 2 (0.35%) COM
10 1 (0.18%) CSS
10 1 (0.18%) CSS3
10 1 (0.18%) FIX Protocol
10 1 (0.18%) J2EE
10 1 (0.18%) LAMP
10 1 (0.18%) Servlets
10 1 (0.18%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 69 (12.11%) Clustering
2 56 (9.82%) Data Centre
3 51 (8.95%) Computer Science
4 44 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
5 43 (7.54%) Management Information System
6 28 (4.91%) Blackberry
7 25 (4.39%) NHS
8 19 (3.33%) Replication
9 13 (2.28%) Client/Server
9 13 (2.28%) Video Conferencing
10 10 (1.75%) iPad
10 10 (1.75%) PKI
11 9 (1.58%) Mobile App
12 8 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.05%) Fat Client
13 6 (1.05%) Public Cloud
13 6 (1.05%) Smartphone
13 6 (1.05%) Thin Client
13 6 (1.05%) User Experience
14 5 (0.88%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 432 (75.79%) Windows
2 275 (48.25%) Windows Server
3 199 (34.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 181 (31.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 120 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 83 (14.56%) Windows 7
7 73 (12.81%) Linux
8 35 (6.14%) Windows 10
9 32 (5.61%) Windows XP
10 27 (4.74%) Apple iOS
11 24 (4.21%) Android
12 19 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (3.33%) Windows 8
13 18 (3.16%) Unix
14 14 (2.46%) AIX
15 7 (1.23%) Solaris
15 7 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
16 5 (0.88%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.53%) CentOS
17 3 (0.53%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (32.63%) ITIL
2 86 (15.09%) Migration
3 63 (11.05%) Change Management
4 42 (7.37%) Load Balancing
5 35 (6.14%) Disaster Recovery
6 33 (5.79%) Project Management
7 31 (5.44%) Problem Management
8 30 (5.26%) DevOps
8 30 (5.26%) PRINCE2
9 29 (5.09%) ITIL V3
10 26 (4.56%) Service Delivery
10 26 (4.56%) Service Management
10 26 (4.56%) Time Management
11 24 (4.21%) Performance Monitoring
11 24 (4.21%) TOGAF
12 22 (3.86%) Agile Software Development
13 21 (3.68%) Mobile Device Management
14 20 (3.51%) Network Design
15 19 (3.33%) Identity Management
16 18 (3.16%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 117 (20.53%) PowerShell
2 77 (13.51%) SQL
3 14 (2.46%) C#
4 11 (1.93%) Java
5 10 (1.75%) Python
6 9 (1.58%) Bash Shell
6 9 (1.58%) Shell Script
7 8 (1.40%) T-SQL
7 8 (1.40%) VBScript
8 6 (1.05%) C++
9 5 (0.88%) C
9 5 (0.88%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.70%) Perl
10 4 (0.70%) Ruby
11 1 (0.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.18%) PHP
11 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.18%) VB
11 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.18%) X++
Qualifications
1 570 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 159 (27.89%) Cisco Certification
3 131 (22.98%) MCSA
4 114 (20.00%) MCP
5 113 (19.82%) MCITP
6 109 (19.12%) CCNA
7 90 (15.79%) Degree
8 85 (14.91%) Security Cleared
9 57 (10.00%) SC Cleared
10 51 (8.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 45 (7.89%) MCTS
12 41 (7.19%) CCIE
13 40 (7.02%) ITIL Certification
14 39 (6.84%) Citrix Certification
15 29 (5.09%) CCA
15 29 (5.09%) CCNP
16 25 (4.39%) MCDST
17 16 (2.81%) MCSD
17 16 (2.81%) Network+ Certification
18 14 (2.46%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.44%) SLA
2 11 (1.93%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.53%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.53%) QA
6 1 (0.18%) GCP
6 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 331 (58.07%) Active Directory
2 128 (22.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (16.14%) Hyper-V
4 44 (7.72%) vSphere
5 34 (5.96%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (4.21%) XenApp
7 18 (3.16%) Virtual Servers
7 18 (3.16%) VMware ESX
8 11 (1.93%) XenDesktop
9 8 (1.40%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 8 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.23%) Terminal Services
11 6 (1.05%) Docker
11 6 (1.05%) Firmware
11 6 (1.05%) UAG
11 6 (1.05%) VMware Server
12 5 (0.88%) NDS
13 4 (0.70%) Terminal Server
14 3 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
14 3 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 71 (12.46%) SCCM
2 35 (6.14%) SCOM
3 30 (5.26%) NetBackup
4 19 (3.33%) Backup Exec
4 19 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
5 18 (3.16%) Puppet
6 16 (2.81%) AirWatch
6 16 (2.81%) Microsoft Clustering
7 14 (2.46%) Netcool
8 13 (2.28%) WSUS
9 12 (2.11%) Nessus
10 11 (1.93%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (1.23%) Ansible
11 7 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
11 7 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
11 7 (1.23%) vMotion
12 6 (1.05%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 6 (1.05%) WMI
13 5 (0.88%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 5 (0.88%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 365 (64.04%) Microsoft
2 226 (39.65%) VMware
3 140 (24.56%) Cisco
4 123 (21.58%) Citrix
5 71 (12.46%) HP
6 29 (5.09%) Intel Security
6 29 (5.09%) NetApp
6 29 (5.09%) Oracle
7 26 (4.56%) Veritas
8 25 (4.39%) SolarWinds
9 24 (4.21%) Apple
10 22 (3.86%) Symantec
11 18 (3.16%) EMC
12 16 (2.81%) Red Hat
13 14 (2.46%) CheckPoint
13 14 (2.46%) Dell
13 14 (2.46%) LANDesk
14 13 (2.28%) Sophos
14 13 (2.28%) Veeam
15 11 (1.93%) 3PAR
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Durham
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £10.00 - £15.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 15 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 16 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 16 days ago
Whiteley, Hampshire, UK
Leidos
Posted: 17 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
North Ferriby, Hull, East Yorkshire
omya
Rate: Competitve
Posted: 26 days ago