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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 259 217 255
Rank change year-on-year
-42 +38
Contract jobs citing MCSE 415 480 442
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.90% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.98% 5.11% 4.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 249 196
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.97% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 50 59
Average hourly rate £18.98 £21.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.60% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £13.50 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.85 £35.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.98 £21.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-9.60% +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
10416 9394 10251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.80% 17.66% 17.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5899 5140 5257
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 £540 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 491 640
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.85 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 -48 379 £325 - 190
London -29 144 £375 +2.04% 53
South East -1 124 £300 -11.43% 52
North West +13 42 £300 +33.03% 22
Hampshire +3 34 £350 -25.53% 8
City of London -5 25 £475 +31.03% 16
Berkshire -8 25 £300 -27.27% 12
West Sussex +18 20 £220 -20.00% 1
Scotland -11 19 £364 +26.60% 5
Reading +7 17 £300 -25.00% 3
East of England -33 17 £213 -9.57% 20
Manchester 0 15 £300 -20.00% 13
Surrey -9 15 £325 - 17
Yorkshire +4 14 £290 - 10
Buckinghamshire +5 13 £180 +16.12% 7
South West -31 13 £325 +85.71% 10
Cheshire +2 12 £303 +34.44% 3
West Midlands -8 12 £265 -15.20% 8
Milton Keynes +7 11 £180 +24.13% 3
West Yorkshire +1 9 £290 - 6
Lancashire -4 9 £285 - 4
Cardiff +2 8 £375 -10.71% 1
East Sussex -1 8 £110 -66.15%
South Wales -3 8 £375 -10.71% 1
Wales -6 8 £375 -10.71% 1
Leeds +11 7 £295 - 3
Birmingham +5 7 £300 - 3
East Midlands -6 7 £350 +12.90% 15
Crawley +10 6 £270 -1.81% 1
Brighton 0 6 £110 -66.17%

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 809 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 631 (78.00%) Windows
3 503 (62.18%) Microsoft
4 437 (54.02%) Active Directory
5 351 (43.39%) VMware
5 351 (43.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 286 (35.35%) ITIL
7 266 (32.88%) MS Exchange
8 233 (28.80%) Windows Server 2003
9 229 (28.31%) VMware Infrastructure
10 220 (27.19%) Citrix
11 218 (26.95%) MCITP
12 213 (26.33%) MCP
13 198 (24.47%) DNS
14 196 (24.23%) MS Excel
15 172 (21.26%) SAN
16 157 (19.41%) Firewall
17 155 (19.16%) Cisco
18 147 (18.17%) Exchange Server 2010
19 144 (17.80%) DHCP
20 143 (17.68%) Windows Server 2012
21 141 (17.43%) SQL
22 139 (17.18%) HP
23 138 (17.06%) MCSA
24 135 (16.69%) Cisco Certification
25 133 (16.44%) SQL Server
26 130 (16.07%) SCCM
27 129 (15.95%) TCP/IP
28 126 (15.57%) CCNA
29 125 (15.45%) Windows 7

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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
1 266 (32.88%) MS Exchange
2 147 (18.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 92 (11.37%) SharePoint
4 86 (10.63%) Exchange Server 2003
4 86 (10.63%) Exchange Server 2007
5 76 (9.39%) IIS
6 47 (5.81%) SharePoint 2010
7 46 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2013
8 45 (5.56%) Lync
9 37 (4.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 22 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.99%) IBM Notes
12 7 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2000
12 7 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.62%) JOnAS
14 4 (0.49%) SharePoint Server
15 3 (0.37%) Office Communications Server
15 3 (0.37%) Documentum
15 3 (0.37%) ArcGIS
16 2 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 196 (24.23%) MS Excel
2 114 (14.09%) MS Office
3 19 (2.35%) MS Visio
4 12 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.37%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (1.73%) assyst
2 7 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) 3000 Xtra
5 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.21%) Office 365
2 19 (2.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.36%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.11%) IaaS
5 5 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 198 (24.47%) DNS
2 172 (21.26%) SAN
3 157 (19.41%) Firewall
4 144 (17.80%) DHCP
5 129 (15.95%) TCP/IP
6 85 (10.51%) LAN
7 83 (10.26%) WAN
8 52 (6.43%) Internet
9 43 (5.32%) VPN
10 33 (4.08%) Wireless
10 33 (4.08%) VoIP
11 31 (3.83%) Network Security
12 26 (3.21%) NAS
13 20 (2.47%) MPLS
13 20 (2.47%) IP Telephony
14 17 (2.10%) iSCSI
14 17 (2.10%) NetScaler
14 17 (2.10%) SMTP
15 16 (1.98%) VLAN
16 14 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (16.44%) SQL Server
2 50 (6.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 39 (4.82%) SQL Server 2005
4 21 (2.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 21 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 14 (1.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 9 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.74%) MySQL
8 6 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
8 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.62%) Relational Database
9 5 (0.62%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.62%) DTS
9 5 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (0.37%) SAP HANA
12 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 2 (0.25%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 13 (1.61%) MSI
2 10 (1.24%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (0.87%) WinRunner
3 7 (0.87%) TestDirector
3 7 (0.87%) Visual Studio
4 6 (0.74%) Subversion
5 4 (0.49%) CruiseControl
5 4 (0.49%) InstallShield
5 4 (0.49%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.49%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.37%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.37%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.25%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 105 (12.98%) Finance
2 24 (2.97%) Banking
3 21 (2.60%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.35%) Advertising
5 17 (2.10%) Marketing
6 16 (1.98%) French Language
7 14 (1.73%) Law
7 14 (1.73%) Spanish Language
7 14 (1.73%) Mandarin Language
8 8 (0.99%) Back Office
9 7 (0.87%) Retail
9 7 (0.87%) Front Office
9 7 (0.87%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.87%) Military
10 5 (0.62%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.62%) Legal
11 4 (0.49%) International Banking
12 3 (0.37%) Publishing
12 3 (0.37%) Games
13 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 132 (16.32%) Support Engineer
2 124 (15.33%) Analyst
3 81 (10.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 63 (7.79%) 3rd Line Support
5 51 (6.30%) Support Analyst
6 49 (6.06%) Consultant
6 49 (6.06%) Server Engineer
7 45 (5.56%) Systems Engineer
8 39 (4.82%) Architect
9 36 (4.45%) Administrator
10 33 (4.08%) 2nd Line Support
11 29 (3.58%) Wintel Engineer
11 29 (3.58%) Desktop Support
12 27 (3.34%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 23 (2.84%) IT Support
14 22 (2.72%) Network Engineer
14 22 (2.72%) Security Analyst
15 21 (2.60%) Desktop Engineer
15 21 (2.60%) Service Analyst
15 21 (2.60%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (7.17%) .NET
2 18 (2.22%) ASP.NET
3 14 (1.73%) HTML
4 11 (1.36%) Middleware
5 10 (1.24%) .NET Framework
5 10 (1.24%) Software Packaging
6 8 (0.99%) Web Services
6 8 (0.99%) WCF
7 6 (0.74%) JSP
8 5 (0.62%) WPF
8 5 (0.62%) MDX
8 5 (0.62%) Application Packaging
8 5 (0.62%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (0.62%) CSS
8 5 (0.62%) XML
9 4 (0.49%) WinForms
9 4 (0.49%) Classic ASP
9 4 (0.49%) XSLT
9 4 (0.49%) WAP
9 4 (0.49%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 72 (8.90%) Clustering
2 62 (7.66%) Blackberry
3 28 (3.46%) Computer Science
4 24 (2.97%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.60%) PKI
6 14 (1.73%) Thin Client
6 14 (1.73%) Fat Client
7 13 (1.61%) Replication
8 11 (1.36%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.11%) EqualLogic
10 8 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
11 7 (0.87%) iPad
11 7 (0.87%) PDA
12 6 (0.74%) Derivative
12 6 (0.74%) CMDB
12 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.62%) Statistics
13 5 (0.62%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.62%) NHS
13 5 (0.62%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 631 (78.00%) Windows
2 351 (43.39%) Windows Server 2008
3 233 (28.80%) Windows Server 2003
4 143 (17.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 125 (15.45%) Windows 7
6 85 (10.51%) Windows XP
7 83 (10.26%) Linux
8 51 (6.30%) UNIX
9 28 (3.46%) Windows 8
10 24 (2.97%) Windows 2000 Server
11 23 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (2.72%) Windows 2000
13 16 (1.98%) Windows Vista
14 13 (1.61%) Windows NT
15 7 (0.87%) Android
15 7 (0.87%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.87%) AIX
16 3 (0.37%) CentOS
16 3 (0.37%) VMS
17 2 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 286 (35.35%) ITIL
2 65 (8.03%) Migration
3 62 (7.66%) Project Management
4 46 (5.69%) Service Management
5 39 (4.82%) Load Balancing
6 37 (4.57%) Incident Management
7 36 (4.45%) Change Management
7 36 (4.45%) Disaster Recovery
8 35 (4.33%) Configuration Management
9 34 (4.20%) Service Delivery
10 24 (2.97%) PRINCE2
10 24 (2.97%) Information Security
10 24 (2.97%) Problem Management
11 23 (2.84%) Change Control
12 21 (2.60%) Workflow
13 20 (2.47%) Penetration Testing
14 17 (2.10%) Time Management
14 17 (2.10%) Performance Monitoring
15 15 (1.85%) User Acceptance Testing
16 14 (1.73%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (17.43%) SQL
2 105 (12.98%) PowerShell
3 24 (2.97%) VBScript
4 20 (2.47%) C#
5 17 (2.10%) VB
6 16 (1.98%) T-SQL
6 16 (1.98%) C
7 13 (1.61%) Perl
8 10 (1.24%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.24%) C++
9 9 (1.11%) Java
10 5 (0.62%) VBA
11 3 (0.37%) Bourne shell
11 3 (0.37%) Python
11 3 (0.37%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.37%) PHP
11 3 (0.37%) Korn
12 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.12%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.12%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 809 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 218 (26.95%) MCITP
3 213 (26.33%) MCP
4 138 (17.06%) MCSA
5 135 (16.69%) Cisco Certification
6 126 (15.57%) CCNA
7 109 (13.47%) Security Cleared
8 99 (12.24%) Degree
9 98 (12.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 92 (11.37%) MCTS
11 83 (10.26%) SC Cleared
12 50 (6.18%) CCNP
13 42 (5.19%) MCDST
14 35 (4.33%) Citrix Certification
15 29 (3.58%) DV Cleared
16 28 (3.46%) CISSP
17 27 (3.34%) VCP5
18 25 (3.09%) CCA
19 23 (2.84%) A+ Certification
20 21 (2.60%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (6.55%) SLA
2 20 (2.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (0.99%) QA
4 7 (0.87%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.62%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.37%) BS7799
7 2 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 437 (54.02%) Active Directory
2 229 (28.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 100 (12.36%) vSphere
3 100 (12.36%) Hyper-V
4 71 (8.78%) VMware ESX
5 63 (7.79%) XenApp
6 40 (4.94%) XenServer
7 36 (4.45%) XenDesktop
8 26 (3.21%) ISA Server
9 20 (2.47%) UAG
10 14 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
11 13 (1.61%) NFS
11 13 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
12 12 (1.48%) vCloud
13 11 (1.36%) Terminal Services
14 9 (1.11%) Xen
14 9 (1.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (0.74%) Forefront TMG
15 6 (0.74%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 5 (0.62%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 130 (16.07%) SCCM
2 60 (7.42%) SCOM
3 41 (5.07%) Backup Exec
4 25 (3.09%) McAfee ePO
5 17 (2.10%) SCVMM
6 15 (1.85%) WSUS
6 15 (1.85%) NetBackup
7 13 (1.61%) Nessus
8 12 (1.48%) Norton AntiVirus
8 12 (1.48%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 9 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
9 9 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 8 (0.99%) Netcool
10 8 (0.99%) MAILsweeper
11 7 (0.87%) Windows Intune
11 7 (0.87%) SCDPM
12 6 (0.74%) Nagios
12 6 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (0.62%) BladeLogic
13 5 (0.62%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 503 (62.18%) Microsoft
2 351 (43.39%) VMware
3 220 (27.19%) Citrix
4 155 (19.16%) Cisco
5 139 (17.18%) HP
6 62 (7.66%) Dell
7 61 (7.54%) Symantec
8 49 (6.06%) McAfee
9 37 (4.57%) NetApp
10 35 (4.33%) Oracle
11 28 (3.46%) EMC
12 27 (3.34%) Avaya
13 26 (3.21%) Juniper
14 25 (3.09%) Red Hat
15 24 (2.97%) CheckPoint
16 22 (2.72%) IBM
16 22 (2.72%) SolarWinds
17 21 (2.60%) Apple
18 20 (2.47%) Sophos
19 19 (2.35%) Compaq
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Posted: 1 hour ago
Wiltshire
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Rate: £180 to £230 per day
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Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £180 - £230 per day
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London
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Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Upon Application
Posted: Yesterday
London
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Blackburn, Lancashire
CRL
Rate: From £130 to £180 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basildon, Essex
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
British Film Institute
Rate: From £34,446 to £40,296 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Dover, Kent
People Source Consulting
Rate: daily rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Orgtel
Rate: £250 - £325 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Steria
Rate: From £28,000 to £34,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
South West London
Interquest - IQ ERP
Rate: £45000 per annum + FTC
Posted: 19 days ago
Wokingham
Orgtel
Rate: £200 - £250 per day + competitive
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Reading
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Oxted, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
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City of London
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