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 1 September 2014 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 259 215 251
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +36
Contract jobs citing MCSE 433 488 427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.91% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.06% 5.22% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 248 200
Average daily rate
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£328 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.76% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £175 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 50 52
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £13.50 £12.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.90 £35.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-9.52% +27.27%

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
10667 9354 10124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.87% 17.52% 17.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 6081 5124 5218
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £538 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 486 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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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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 -42 395 £325 -1.51% 195
London -54 144 £375 +3.80% 58
South East +3 136 £300 -11.76% 54
Hampshire +12 43 £347 -17.26% 11
North West +24 42 £300 +33.33% 25
City of London -21 27 £505 +44.28% 22
Berkshire -2 23 £300 -29.41% 8
West Sussex +13 19 £220 -20.00% 1
Scotland -14 19 £364 +21.33% 8
Surrey -7 17 £325 - 20
South West -40 17 £325 +85.71% 17
East of England -43 17 £295 +7.27% 13
Buckinghamshire +8 16 £170 +9.67% 6
Reading +2 16 £300 -29.41% 3
Manchester +4 15 £325 -13.33% 15
Yorkshire +9 14 £290 - 8
Milton Keynes +1 14 £170 +17.24% 2
West Midlands -10 12 £265 -18.46% 7
Cheshire +5 11 £305 +35.55% 4
Lancashire +1 10 £301 - 4
West Yorkshire +8 9 £290 - 6
Cardiff -2 8 £375 -10.71% 4
East Sussex -4 8 £110 -66.15%
Wales -7 8 £375 -10.71% 5
South Wales -8 8 £375 -10.71% 4
Cambridgeshire -9 8 £295 - 4
Basingstoke +23 7 £325 +85.71%
Leeds +7 7 £295 - 2
Birmingham 0 7 £300 - 3
Cambridge -7 7 £295 - 3

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 814 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 627 (77.03%) Windows
3 514 (63.14%) Microsoft
4 442 (54.30%) Active Directory
5 343 (42.14%) VMware
6 331 (40.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 283 (34.77%) ITIL
8 265 (32.56%) MS Exchange
9 229 (28.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 218 (26.78%) VMware Infrastructure
11 211 (25.92%) MCITP
12 207 (25.43%) Citrix
12 207 (25.43%) MCP
13 198 (24.32%) DNS
14 193 (23.71%) MS Excel
15 177 (21.74%) SAN
16 161 (19.78%) Firewall
17 153 (18.80%) Cisco
18 149 (18.30%) HP
19 147 (18.06%) DHCP
20 144 (17.69%) Exchange Server 2010
20 144 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
21 141 (17.32%) SQL
22 136 (16.71%) SQL Server
23 133 (16.34%) MCSA
23 133 (16.34%) SCCM
24 132 (16.22%) TCP/IP
24 132 (16.22%) Cisco Certification
25 126 (15.48%) Windows 7
26 124 (15.23%) CCNA

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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
1 265 (32.56%) MS Exchange
2 144 (17.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 89 (10.93%) SharePoint
4 84 (10.32%) Exchange Server 2007
5 83 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2003
6 80 (9.83%) IIS
7 47 (5.77%) SharePoint 2010
8 46 (5.65%) Exchange Server 2013
9 41 (5.04%) Lync
10 33 (4.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 22 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
12 9 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
13 8 (0.98%) IBM Notes
14 7 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2000
15 5 (0.61%) JOnAS
16 3 (0.37%) SharePoint Server
16 3 (0.37%) WebSphere
16 3 (0.37%) Office Communications Server
16 3 (0.37%) Tomcat
16 3 (0.37%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 193 (23.71%) MS Excel
2 109 (13.39%) MS Office
3 20 (2.46%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.37%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (1.97%) assyst
2 8 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.07%) Office 365
2 19 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (1.23%) IaaS
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 198 (24.32%) DNS
2 177 (21.74%) SAN
3 161 (19.78%) Firewall
4 147 (18.06%) DHCP
5 132 (16.22%) TCP/IP
6 81 (9.95%) WAN
7 78 (9.58%) LAN
8 53 (6.51%) Internet
9 41 (5.04%) VPN
10 36 (4.42%) VoIP
11 32 (3.93%) Wireless
12 29 (3.56%) Network Security
12 29 (3.56%) NAS
13 20 (2.46%) IP Telephony
14 19 (2.33%) iSCSI
14 19 (2.33%) MPLS
15 18 (2.21%) SMTP
16 17 (2.09%) VLAN
17 15 (1.84%) NetScaler
17 15 (1.84%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (16.71%) SQL Server
2 51 (6.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 41 (5.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 24 (2.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (2.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
6 17 (2.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (0.86%) MySQL
8 7 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.74%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
9 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
9 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.74%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.61%) DTS
11 3 (0.37%) OLAP
11 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (0.37%) SAP HANA
12 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (1.60%) MSI
2 11 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.23%) QuickTest Pro
4 7 (0.86%) Visual Studio
4 7 (0.86%) WinRunner
4 7 (0.86%) TestDirector
5 6 (0.74%) Subversion
6 4 (0.49%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.49%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.49%) CruiseControl
6 4 (0.49%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.37%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.37%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.25%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 101 (12.41%) Finance
2 25 (3.07%) Banking
3 22 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.33%) Advertising
4 19 (2.33%) Marketing
5 16 (1.97%) French Language
6 14 (1.72%) Spanish Language
6 14 (1.72%) Mandarin Language
6 14 (1.72%) Law
7 8 (0.98%) Back Office
8 7 (0.86%) Front Office
8 7 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.86%) Retail
8 7 (0.86%) Military
9 5 (0.61%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.49%) International Banking
10 4 (0.49%) Legal
11 3 (0.37%) Publishing
11 3 (0.37%) Games
12 1 (0.12%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 132 (16.22%) Analyst
2 124 (15.23%) Support Engineer
3 79 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 62 (7.62%) 3rd Line Support
5 53 (6.51%) Support Analyst
6 50 (6.14%) Server Engineer
7 49 (6.02%) Consultant
8 47 (5.77%) Systems Engineer
9 43 (5.28%) Administrator
10 39 (4.79%) Architect
11 32 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support
12 28 (3.44%) Desktop Support
13 26 (3.19%) Wintel Engineer
14 25 (3.07%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 25 (3.07%) Security Analyst
15 24 (2.95%) IT Support
16 21 (2.58%) Service Analyst
16 21 (2.58%) 1st Line Support
16 21 (2.58%) Network Engineer
17 20 (2.46%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (7.37%) .NET
2 19 (2.33%) ASP.NET
3 15 (1.84%) HTML
4 10 (1.23%) .NET Framework
4 10 (1.23%) Software Packaging
5 9 (1.11%) Middleware
6 8 (0.98%) Web Services
6 8 (0.98%) WCF
7 7 (0.86%) JSP
8 5 (0.61%) CSS
8 5 (0.61%) XML
8 5 (0.61%) WPF
8 5 (0.61%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (0.61%) Application Packaging
8 5 (0.61%) MDX
9 4 (0.49%) HTML5
9 4 (0.49%) WinForms
9 4 (0.49%) XSLT
9 4 (0.49%) WAP
9 4 (0.49%) Classic ASP
Miscellaneous
1 74 (9.09%) Clustering
2 61 (7.49%) Blackberry
3 29 (3.56%) Computer Science
4 24 (2.95%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.83%) PKI
6 15 (1.84%) Fat Client
6 15 (1.84%) Thin Client
7 13 (1.60%) Replication
8 10 (1.23%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.11%) EqualLogic
10 8 (0.98%) iPad
10 8 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
11 7 (0.86%) PDA
11 7 (0.86%) CMDB
12 6 (0.74%) Derivative
12 6 (0.74%) NHS
12 6 (0.74%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.61%) CLARiiON
13 5 (0.61%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 627 (77.03%) Windows
2 331 (40.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 229 (28.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 144 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 126 (15.48%) Windows 7
6 83 (10.20%) Linux
7 82 (10.07%) Windows XP
8 49 (6.02%) UNIX
9 28 (3.44%) Windows 8
10 25 (3.07%) Windows 2000
11 24 (2.95%) Windows 2000 Server
11 24 (2.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (1.97%) Windows Vista
13 15 (1.84%) Windows NT
14 7 (0.86%) AIX
14 7 (0.86%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.49%) Android
16 3 (0.37%) CentOS
16 3 (0.37%) VMS
17 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 283 (34.77%) ITIL
2 64 (7.86%) Migration
3 59 (7.25%) Project Management
4 39 (4.79%) Service Management
5 38 (4.67%) Incident Management
5 38 (4.67%) Load Balancing
6 36 (4.42%) Disaster Recovery
7 35 (4.30%) Change Management
8 34 (4.18%) Configuration Management
9 28 (3.44%) Service Delivery
10 26 (3.19%) PRINCE2
10 26 (3.19%) Change Control
11 22 (2.70%) Information Security
11 22 (2.70%) Penetration Testing
12 21 (2.58%) Problem Management
12 21 (2.58%) Workflow
13 19 (2.33%) Time Management
14 17 (2.09%) Performance Tuning
15 15 (1.84%) Data Protection
15 15 (1.84%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 141 (17.32%) SQL
2 97 (11.92%) PowerShell
3 22 (2.70%) VBScript
4 20 (2.46%) C#
5 19 (2.33%) T-SQL
6 18 (2.21%) VB
7 17 (2.09%) C
8 14 (1.72%) Perl
9 11 (1.35%) JavaScript
10 10 (1.23%) C++
11 9 (1.11%) Java
12 4 (0.49%) Bourne shell
12 4 (0.49%) VBA
12 4 (0.49%) Korn
13 3 (0.37%) Python
13 3 (0.37%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.37%) PHP
14 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.12%) PowerHouse
15 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 814 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 211 (25.92%) MCITP
3 207 (25.43%) MCP
4 133 (16.34%) MCSA
5 132 (16.22%) Cisco Certification
6 124 (15.23%) CCNA
7 112 (13.76%) Security Cleared
8 100 (12.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 99 (12.16%) Degree
10 89 (10.93%) MCTS
11 84 (10.32%) SC Cleared
12 46 (5.65%) CCNP
13 41 (5.04%) MCDST
14 31 (3.81%) Citrix Certification
15 28 (3.44%) CISSP
16 27 (3.32%) VCP5
17 25 (3.07%) DV Cleared
18 24 (2.95%) CCA
19 23 (2.83%) A+ Certification
19 23 (2.83%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (7.00%) SLA
2 18 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.11%) QA
4 7 (0.86%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.49%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.37%) BS7799
7 2 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 442 (54.30%) Active Directory
2 218 (26.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 100 (12.29%) vSphere
4 94 (11.55%) Hyper-V
5 70 (8.60%) VMware ESX
6 60 (7.37%) XenApp
7 40 (4.91%) XenServer
8 35 (4.30%) XenDesktop
9 29 (3.56%) ISA Server
10 22 (2.70%) UAG
11 14 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
11 14 (1.72%) vCloud
11 14 (1.72%) NFS
12 13 (1.60%) Terminal Services
13 11 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (0.98%) Xen
16 7 (0.86%) Forefront TMG
17 6 (0.74%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 6 (0.74%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 133 (16.34%) SCCM
2 63 (7.74%) SCOM
3 36 (4.42%) Backup Exec
4 22 (2.70%) McAfee ePO
5 17 (2.09%) NetBackup
6 16 (1.97%) SCVMM
6 16 (1.97%) WSUS
7 14 (1.72%) Nessus
8 12 (1.47%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 11 (1.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 11 (1.35%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (1.23%) Nagios
10 10 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (0.98%) MAILsweeper
11 8 (0.98%) Netcool
12 7 (0.86%) Windows Intune
12 7 (0.86%) BladeLogic
12 7 (0.86%) SCDPM
13 6 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 5 (0.61%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 514 (63.14%) Microsoft
2 343 (42.14%) VMware
3 207 (25.43%) Citrix
4 153 (18.80%) Cisco
5 149 (18.30%) HP
6 66 (8.11%) Symantec
7 61 (7.49%) Dell
8 45 (5.53%) McAfee
9 39 (4.79%) NetApp
9 39 (4.79%) Oracle
10 28 (3.44%) EMC
10 28 (3.44%) Avaya
11 26 (3.19%) Juniper
12 25 (3.07%) SolarWinds
13 24 (2.95%) Red Hat
14 22 (2.70%) CheckPoint
15 21 (2.58%) IBM
16 20 (2.46%) Intel
17 19 (2.33%) Compaq
17 19 (2.33%) F5
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15.77 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £150 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £100 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 hours ago
West London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Up to £150 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Chelmsford, Essex
Capita Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hot Rec
Rate: £19k - 24k per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £325 - £375 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Lancashire
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £1 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £13 - £15 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Ascot, Berkshire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
County Durham
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £26 per hour
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago