The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 267 201 224
Rank change year-on-year
-66 +23
Contract jobs citing MCSE 397 497 467
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.97% 0.81%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.81% 5.49% 4.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 251 203
Average daily rate
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£325 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £458 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 51 54
Average hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.20 £35.00 £35.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.07 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
-18.71% +21.73%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10430 9053 9821
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.08% 17.71% 16.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 5879 4854 5076
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 502 610
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.62% -2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -47 367 £301 -11.52% 185
London -35 148 £400 +7.74% 59
South East -21 122 £235 -35.61% 47
West Sussex +27 34 £220 - 2
North West +5 31 £288 +27.21% 12
Hampshire +3 30 £225 -52.12% 8
City of London -38 29 £503 +43.57% 20
East of England -31 27 £213 -10.52% 13
Scotland -18 18 £348 -3.33% 11
Berkshire -12 17 £390 +2.63% 12
Manchester +4 15 £300 -20.00% 8
South West -32 15 £325 +85.71% 11
Crawley - 13 £325 - 2
Buckinghamshire -6 12 £200 -6.97% 7
Surrey -18 12 £300 -7.69% 10
Reading -3 10 £408 +5.84% 4
Bedfordshire -15 10 £213 -22.72% 4
Milton Keynes -5 9 £190 -11.62% 5
West Midlands -8 9 £250 -16.66% 8
East Sussex +3 8 £110 -66.15%
Cheshire +2 8 £258 - 3
Kent +4 7 £350 +27.27% 2
Yorkshire -11 7 £313 +25.00% 22
East Midlands -17 7 £350 +12.90% 16
Brighton +10 6 £110 -66.17%
Lancashire -9 6 £270 - 1
Essex -9 6 £400 +125.35%
South Wales -23 6 £375 +32.27% 3
Wales -24 6 £375 +32.27% 4
Gatwick +4 5 £280 -

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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.

1 777 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 595 (76.58%) Windows
3 495 (63.71%) Microsoft
4 417 (53.67%) Active Directory
5 334 (42.99%) VMware
5 334 (42.99%) Windows Server 2008
6 281 (36.16%) ITIL
7 270 (34.75%) MS Exchange
8 218 (28.06%) VMware Infrastructure
9 215 (27.67%) Windows Server 2003
10 214 (27.54%) MCP
11 212 (27.28%) MCITP
12 211 (27.16%) Citrix
13 191 (24.58%) MS Excel
14 181 (23.29%) DNS
15 158 (20.33%) Cisco
16 155 (19.95%) SAN
17 153 (19.69%) Firewall
18 144 (18.53%) SQL
19 143 (18.40%) Exchange Server 2010
20 141 (18.15%) DHCP
21 138 (17.76%) Cisco Certification
22 136 (17.50%) MCSA
23 128 (16.47%) CCNA
24 123 (15.83%) MS Office
24 123 (15.83%) Windows Server 2012
25 120 (15.44%) Windows 7
25 120 (15.44%) SCCM
26 119 (15.32%) SQL Server
27 114 (14.67%) HP

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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
1 270 (34.75%) MS Exchange
2 143 (18.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 94 (12.10%) Exchange Server 2003
4 91 (11.71%) Exchange Server 2007
5 86 (11.07%) SharePoint
6 62 (7.98%) IIS
7 46 (5.92%) Lync
7 46 (5.92%) Exchange Server 2013
8 44 (5.66%) SharePoint 2010
9 43 (5.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 23 (2.96%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (1.16%) SAS
12 8 (1.03%) SharePoint Server
13 7 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
13 7 (0.90%) IBM Notes
13 7 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2000
14 5 (0.64%) JOnAS
15 3 (0.39%) ArcGIS
15 3 (0.39%) Documentum
16 2 (0.26%) Tomcat
Applications
1 191 (24.58%) MS Excel
2 123 (15.83%) MS Office
3 21 (2.70%) MS Visio
4 18 (2.32%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.64%) MS Project
6 1 (0.13%) SPSS
6 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (1.03%) assyst
2 7 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.90%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.13%) 3000 Xtra
Cloud Services
1 23 (2.96%) Office 365
2 16 (2.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.29%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.16%) IaaS
5 7 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 181 (23.29%) DNS
2 155 (19.95%) SAN
3 153 (19.69%) Firewall
4 141 (18.15%) DHCP
5 114 (14.67%) TCP/IP
6 95 (12.23%) LAN
7 92 (11.84%) WAN
8 51 (6.56%) Internet
9 48 (6.18%) VPN
10 35 (4.50%) Wireless
11 33 (4.25%) VoIP
12 28 (3.60%) Network Security
12 28 (3.60%) NAS
13 20 (2.57%) NetScaler
13 20 (2.57%) SMTP
13 20 (2.57%) MPLS
14 18 (2.32%) iSCSI
14 18 (2.32%) Cisco ASA
14 18 (2.32%) IP Telephony
15 15 (1.93%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (15.32%) SQL Server
2 46 (5.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (3.86%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (2.96%) SQL Server 2012
5 15 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
8 8 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.90%) MySQL
10 6 (0.77%) Oracle Database 10g
10 6 (0.77%) Oracle Database
11 5 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.51%) DTS
12 4 (0.51%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.51%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.51%) Relational Database
13 2 (0.26%) SAP HANA
13 2 (0.26%) QlikView
13 2 (0.26%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 12 (1.54%) MSI
2 11 (1.42%) QuickTest Pro
3 8 (1.03%) Visual Studio
4 7 (0.90%) WinRunner
4 7 (0.90%) TestDirector
5 6 (0.77%) Subversion
5 6 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.51%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.51%) CruiseControl
6 4 (0.51%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.51%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.51%) LoadRunner
7 3 (0.39%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.13%) AdminStudio
General
1 101 (13.00%) Finance
2 22 (2.83%) Banking
2 22 (2.83%) Advertising
3 21 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.45%) French Language
5 17 (2.19%) Spanish Language
5 17 (2.19%) Marketing
5 17 (2.19%) Mandarin Language
6 12 (1.54%) Law
7 9 (1.16%) Back Office
8 8 (1.03%) Legal
9 7 (0.90%) Front Office
9 7 (0.90%) Retail
9 7 (0.90%) Military
10 6 (0.77%) Publishing
11 5 (0.64%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.64%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.51%) International Banking
13 3 (0.39%) Games
14 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 135 (17.37%) Support Engineer
2 120 (15.44%) Analyst
3 79 (10.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 64 (8.24%) 3rd Line Support
5 52 (6.69%) Support Analyst
6 49 (6.31%) Consultant
7 47 (6.05%) Server Engineer
8 43 (5.53%) Systems Engineer
9 36 (4.63%) Architect
10 35 (4.50%) 2nd Line Support
11 31 (3.99%) Administrator
12 27 (3.47%) Network Engineer
13 25 (3.22%) Desktop Support
13 25 (3.22%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 23 (2.96%) IT Support
14 23 (2.96%) Wintel Engineer
15 21 (2.70%) Desktop Engineer
16 20 (2.57%) Service Analyst
17 19 (2.45%) Help Desk Support
17 19 (2.45%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (7.21%) .NET
2 17 (2.19%) ASP.NET
3 15 (1.93%) Web Services
4 13 (1.67%) HTML
5 11 (1.42%) Middleware
6 10 (1.29%) Software Packaging
7 9 (1.16%) WCF
8 8 (1.03%) .NET Framework
8 8 (1.03%) XML
9 7 (0.90%) Application Packaging
10 6 (0.77%) JSP
11 5 (0.64%) WPF
11 5 (0.64%) MDX
12 4 (0.51%) XSD
12 4 (0.51%) XSLT
12 4 (0.51%) WAP
12 4 (0.51%) Classic ASP
12 4 (0.51%) HTML5
12 4 (0.51%) WinForms
13 3 (0.39%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 69 (8.88%) Clustering
2 65 (8.37%) Blackberry
3 26 (3.35%) Computer Science
4 24 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.45%) PKI
6 18 (2.32%) Thin Client
6 18 (2.32%) Fat Client
7 14 (1.80%) Replication
8 12 (1.54%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
9 11 (1.42%) EqualLogic
10 7 (0.90%) PDA
10 7 (0.90%) iPad
11 6 (0.77%) Derivative
11 6 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (0.64%) Grid Computing
12 5 (0.64%) Smartphone
13 4 (0.51%) NHS
13 4 (0.51%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.51%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 595 (76.58%) Windows
2 334 (42.99%) Windows Server 2008
3 215 (27.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 123 (15.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 120 (15.44%) Windows 7
6 85 (10.94%) Windows XP
7 82 (10.55%) Linux
8 49 (6.31%) UNIX
9 27 (3.47%) Windows 8
10 25 (3.22%) Windows 2000 Server
11 22 (2.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 17 (2.19%) Windows Vista
12 17 (2.19%) Windows 2000
13 9 (1.16%) Windows NT
14 7 (0.90%) AIX
14 7 (0.90%) Mac OS X
15 6 (0.77%) Android
16 3 (0.39%) CentOS
17 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
18 1 (0.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (36.16%) ITIL
2 61 (7.85%) Migration
3 59 (7.59%) Project Management
4 57 (7.34%) Service Management
5 38 (4.89%) Incident Management
6 37 (4.76%) Service Delivery
7 35 (4.50%) Configuration Management
8 32 (4.12%) Change Management
9 31 (3.99%) Load Balancing
10 27 (3.47%) Disaster Recovery
11 25 (3.22%) Problem Management
11 25 (3.22%) Change Control
12 24 (3.09%) PRINCE2
13 23 (2.96%) Performance Monitoring
14 22 (2.83%) Workflow
15 19 (2.45%) ITSM
16 18 (2.32%) Information Security
17 16 (2.06%) Business Continuity
17 16 (2.06%) ITIL V3
18 15 (1.93%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 144 (18.53%) SQL
2 98 (12.61%) PowerShell
3 24 (3.09%) VBScript
4 21 (2.70%) VB
4 21 (2.70%) C#
5 16 (2.06%) C
6 15 (1.93%) T-SQL
7 13 (1.67%) C++
8 10 (1.29%) Perl
9 9 (1.16%) JavaScript
10 8 (1.03%) Java
11 5 (0.64%) VBA
12 3 (0.39%) Python
12 3 (0.39%) PHP
13 2 (0.26%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.13%) PowerHouse
14 1 (0.13%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 777 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 214 (27.54%) MCP
3 212 (27.28%) MCITP
4 138 (17.76%) Cisco Certification
5 136 (17.50%) MCSA
6 128 (16.47%) CCNA
7 103 (13.26%) Degree
7 103 (13.26%) Security Cleared
8 93 (11.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 82 (10.55%) MCTS
10 80 (10.30%) SC Cleared
11 52 (6.69%) CCNP
12 40 (5.15%) MCDST
13 35 (4.50%) Citrix Certification
14 29 (3.73%) DV Cleared
15 27 (3.47%) VCP5
16 25 (3.22%) CISSP
17 23 (2.96%) A+ Certification
18 22 (2.83%) CCA
19 17 (2.19%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (6.82%) SLA
2 18 (2.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.90%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.64%) QA
4 5 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.39%) BS7799
6 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 417 (53.67%) Active Directory
2 218 (28.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (13.13%) Hyper-V
4 100 (12.87%) vSphere
5 67 (8.62%) XenApp
6 63 (8.11%) VMware ESX
7 40 (5.15%) XenDesktop
8 35 (4.50%) XenServer
9 22 (2.83%) ISA Server
10 17 (2.19%) UAG
11 15 (1.93%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (1.16%) NFS
12 9 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
12 9 (1.16%) vCloud
13 8 (1.03%) Terminal Services
13 8 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.77%) Xen
15 5 (0.64%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 4 (0.51%) VMware Server
16 4 (0.51%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 120 (15.44%) SCCM
2 50 (6.44%) SCOM
3 39 (5.02%) Backup Exec
4 26 (3.35%) McAfee ePO
5 17 (2.19%) SCVMM
5 17 (2.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 14 (1.80%) WSUS
7 13 (1.67%) MAILsweeper
8 12 (1.54%) Nessus
9 11 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 8 (1.03%) Netcool
10 8 (1.03%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (0.90%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 6 (0.77%) EMC NetWorker
13 5 (0.64%) SCDPM
13 5 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (0.64%) Windows Intune
14 4 (0.51%) Nagios
Vendors
1 495 (63.71%) Microsoft
2 334 (42.99%) VMware
3 211 (27.16%) Citrix
4 158 (20.33%) Cisco
5 114 (14.67%) HP
6 58 (7.46%) Dell
7 56 (7.21%) Symantec
8 50 (6.44%) McAfee
9 41 (5.28%) Oracle
10 33 (4.25%) NetApp
11 28 (3.60%) Juniper
12 27 (3.47%) Avaya
13 25 (3.22%) EMC
13 25 (3.22%) CheckPoint
14 23 (2.96%) Sophos
14 23 (2.96%) SolarWinds
15 22 (2.83%) Apple
16 21 (2.70%) Red Hat
17 20 (2.57%) IBM
18 16 (2.06%) Compaq
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Reading
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £230 - £330 per day +
Posted: 9 hours ago
Reading
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Upon Application
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Posted: 5 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per day + market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxted, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum Pro-rate
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £230 - £280 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
ARM Utilities
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Watford
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Hampshire
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 26 days ago