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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 323 334 260
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -74
Contract jobs citing MCSE 365 391 465
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.68% 0.80%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.32% 3.44% 4.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 205 254
Median daily rate £330 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £187 £157 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 33 45
Median hourly rate £21.00 £21.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.87 £13.06 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.20 £29.25 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £21.28 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-1.29% +11.97%

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
10981 11377 11557
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.60% 19.66% 19.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 6808 6876 6383
Median daily rate £400 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £254 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 526 491
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.71 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +25.56%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -3 323 £350 - 113
London -16 102 £400 +25.00% 46
South East +1 65 £425 +17.24% 22
North East +33 58 £330 +17.85% 3
Tyne and Wear +22 53 £330 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +18 53 £330 - 3
Scotland +14 49 £298 -0.83% 1
Renfrewshire -6 41 £315 -3.07%
Erskine -6 41 £315 -3.07%
East of England +9 32 £250 - 5
Surrey +35 30 £425 +9.67% 5
North West +12 21 £238 -40.62% 12
City of London -11 20 £401 +7.58% 11
Yorkshire +3 16 £363 +26.08% 7
West Midlands -27 16 £400 - 5
South West +18 14 £260 -25.71% 6
Essex +10 13 £300 - 1
Hampshire -6 13 £288 -20.68% 4
Birmingham -4 10 £400 +33.33%
Basildon +10 8 £300 -
Bristol +1 8 £310 +20.38% 1
Berkshire -1 8 £475 +216.66% 4
West Yorkshire -6 8 £275 -31.25% 4
Suffolk +5 7 £195 -22.00%
Leeds -2 7 £275 -31.25% 3
Manchester -17 7 £225 -43.75% 6
Canary Wharf - 7 £160 -
Hertfordshire +4 6 £230 -23.33% 2
South Yorkshire +1 6 £375 +245.65% 2
Oxfordshire -15 6 £275 +14.58% 2

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 790 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 600 (75.95%) Windows
3 528 (66.84%) Microsoft
4 467 (59.11%) Active Directory
5 357 (45.19%) Windows Server
6 306 (38.73%) VMware
7 252 (31.90%) Windows Server 2012
8 249 (31.52%) ITIL
9 237 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 217 (27.47%) Citrix
11 212 (26.84%) MS Excel
12 203 (25.70%) Security Cleared
13 202 (25.57%) PowerShell
14 197 (24.94%) MCSA
15 177 (22.41%) SharePoint
16 173 (21.90%) MS Exchange
17 172 (21.77%) Office 365
18 171 (21.65%) SQL Server
19 170 (21.52%) Cisco Certification
20 167 (21.14%) DNS
21 166 (21.01%) Degree
22 164 (20.76%) MS Office
23 163 (20.63%) VMware Infrastructure
24 159 (20.13%) Windows Server 2003
25 157 (19.87%) SQL
26 151 (19.11%) MCP
26 151 (19.11%) Cisco
27 149 (18.86%) Migration
28 140 (17.72%) HP
28 140 (17.72%) 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
1 177 (22.41%) SharePoint
2 173 (21.90%) MS Exchange
3 119 (15.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 113 (14.30%) Skype for Business
5 93 (11.77%) Exchange Server 2013
6 74 (9.37%) IIS
7 63 (7.97%) Exchange Server 2007
8 56 (7.09%) OpenStack
9 34 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2003
9 34 (4.30%) Office Communications Server
9 34 (4.30%) SharePoint 2013
10 26 (3.29%) SharePoint 2010
11 16 (2.03%) IBM Notes
12 13 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 8 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.63%) MS Project Server
14 5 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
15 4 (0.51%) Apache
16 3 (0.38%) Tomcat
16 3 (0.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 212 (26.84%) MS Excel
2 164 (20.76%) MS Office
3 24 (3.04%) MS Visio
4 19 (2.41%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
5 8 (1.01%) MS Project
6 5 (0.63%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 24 (3.04%) Dynamics NAV
2 11 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.13%) Eikon
4 1 (0.13%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 172 (21.77%) Office 365
2 69 (8.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (3.92%) IaaS
4 25 (3.16%) PaaS
5 24 (3.04%) Amazon AWS
6 21 (2.66%) SaaS
7 14 (1.77%) OneDrive
8 13 (1.65%) HP Helion
9 11 (1.39%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.76%) Yammer
11 5 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (0.63%) Google Apps
12 3 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.25%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.13%) Google App Engine
14 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 167 (21.14%) DNS
2 119 (15.06%) DHCP
3 107 (13.54%) TCP/IP
4 95 (12.03%) Firewall
5 84 (10.63%) SAN
6 70 (8.86%) WAN
7 68 (8.61%) Skype
8 67 (8.48%) Internet
9 64 (8.10%) LAN
10 32 (4.05%) VPN
11 30 (3.80%) MPLS
12 28 (3.54%) Wireless
13 24 (3.04%) Network Security
14 20 (2.53%) SSL
15 19 (2.41%) Kerberos
16 18 (2.28%) Ethernet
16 18 (2.28%) NetScaler
17 17 (2.15%) NAS
17 17 (2.15%) VLAN
17 17 (2.15%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 171 (21.65%) SQL Server
2 54 (6.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 41 (5.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 40 (5.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 33 (4.18%) SQL Server 2012
6 32 (4.05%) SQL Server 2005
7 20 (2.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 16 (2.03%) SQL Server 2014
9 13 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.89%) SQL Server 2000
11 6 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.76%) Oracle Database
11 6 (0.76%) Relational Database
11 6 (0.76%) SQLPlus
12 5 (0.63%) MySQL
13 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 4 (0.51%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
14 2 (0.25%) Oracle Database 12c
14 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 28 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (2.53%) Visual Studio
3 16 (2.03%) StarTeam
4 10 (1.27%) TestDirector
5 8 (1.01%) HP UFT
5 8 (1.01%) WinRunner
6 7 (0.89%) Git (software)
7 4 (0.51%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.38%) CruiseControl
8 3 (0.38%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.38%) MSI
8 3 (0.38%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.25%) InstallShield
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.13%) Hudson
10 1 (0.13%) JIRA
10 1 (0.13%) Maven
10 1 (0.13%) Subversion
10 1 (0.13%) tSQLt
10 1 (0.13%) Vagrant
General
1 84 (10.63%) Finance
2 33 (4.18%) Banking
3 23 (2.91%) Retail
4 18 (2.28%) Advertising
5 14 (1.77%) Legal
6 12 (1.52%) Manufacturing
7 11 (1.39%) Marketing
7 11 (1.39%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.27%) Back Office
8 10 (1.27%) Law
9 9 (1.14%) German Language
9 9 (1.14%) Local Government
10 7 (0.89%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.76%) Billing
11 6 (0.76%) French Language
11 6 (0.76%) Military
11 6 (0.76%) Portuguese Language
11 6 (0.76%) Spanish Language
12 4 (0.51%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 100 (12.66%) Support Engineer
2 89 (11.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 78 (9.87%) Architect
4 73 (9.24%) Analyst
5 55 (6.96%) Infrastructure Architect
6 48 (6.08%) Windows Engineer
7 46 (5.82%) Desktop Support
8 45 (5.70%) Consultant
9 43 (5.44%) 3rd Line Support
10 41 (5.19%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 41 (5.19%) Server Engineer
11 37 (4.68%) Wintel Engineer
12 32 (4.05%) Administrator
13 31 (3.92%) Support Analyst
14 29 (3.67%) Desktop Engineer
15 26 (3.29%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 26 (3.29%) Systems Engineer
16 24 (3.04%) SharePoint Engineer
17 23 (2.91%) Active Directory Engineer
17 23 (2.91%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (6.58%) .NET
2 30 (3.80%) XML
3 24 (3.04%) ASP.NET
4 17 (2.15%) Web Services
5 15 (1.90%) HTML
5 15 (1.90%) Middleware
6 14 (1.77%) CSS
7 12 (1.52%) REST
8 8 (1.01%) WSDL
8 8 (1.01%) XSD
9 5 (0.63%) ODBC
9 5 (0.63%) SOAP
10 4 (0.51%) Ajax
10 4 (0.51%) LAMP
10 4 (0.51%) WCF
11 3 (0.38%) ebXML
11 3 (0.38%) jQuery
11 3 (0.38%) OAuth
11 3 (0.38%) SAP Basis
11 3 (0.38%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 113 (14.30%) Computer Science
2 95 (12.03%) Data Centre
3 91 (11.52%) Clustering
4 68 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
5 59 (7.47%) Management Information System
6 56 (7.09%) Blackberry
7 27 (3.42%) NHS
8 26 (3.29%) PKI
9 24 (3.04%) Client/Server
10 18 (2.28%) Private Cloud
11 16 (2.03%) User Experience
12 14 (1.77%) Replication
13 13 (1.65%) Visualisation
14 12 (1.52%) AS400
14 12 (1.52%) Mainframe
15 10 (1.27%) Smartphone
16 8 (1.01%) Public Cloud
16 8 (1.01%) Tandem
17 7 (0.89%) Mobile App
17 7 (0.89%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 600 (75.95%) Windows
2 357 (45.19%) Windows Server
3 252 (31.90%) Windows Server 2012
4 237 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 159 (20.13%) Windows Server 2003
6 136 (17.22%) Windows 7
7 93 (11.77%) Linux
8 56 (7.09%) Windows XP
9 43 (5.44%) Apple iOS
9 43 (5.44%) Windows 10
10 35 (4.43%) Unix
11 33 (4.18%) Android
12 29 (3.67%) Windows 8
13 23 (2.91%) AIX
14 14 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 13 (1.65%) Ubuntu
16 11 (1.39%) Solaris
17 9 (1.14%) VMS
18 8 (1.01%) Mac OS X
18 8 (1.01%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (31.52%) ITIL
2 149 (18.86%) Migration
3 84 (10.63%) Change Management
4 66 (8.35%) Load Balancing
5 53 (6.71%) Project Management
6 49 (6.20%) Service Delivery
7 44 (5.57%) PRINCE2
8 43 (5.44%) Disaster Recovery
9 36 (4.56%) Problem Management
9 36 (4.56%) TOGAF
10 35 (4.43%) ITIL V3
11 32 (4.05%) Time Management
12 30 (3.80%) Performance Monitoring
13 29 (3.67%) Server Virtualisation
13 29 (3.67%) Software Testing
14 28 (3.54%) Change Control
14 28 (3.54%) Mobile Device Management
15 25 (3.16%) ITSM
15 25 (3.16%) Service Management
15 25 (3.16%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 202 (25.57%) PowerShell
2 157 (19.87%) SQL
3 47 (5.95%) C#
4 42 (5.32%) VBScript
5 32 (4.05%) Java
6 30 (3.80%) T-SQL
7 29 (3.67%) JavaScript
8 19 (2.41%) C++
9 16 (2.03%) Bash Shell
10 14 (1.77%) Python
11 13 (1.65%) Shell Script
12 10 (1.27%) Ruby
13 9 (1.14%) VB
14 8 (1.01%) Perl
15 7 (0.89%) C
16 4 (0.51%) PHP
17 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
17 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 790 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 203 (25.70%) Security Cleared
3 197 (24.94%) MCSA
4 170 (21.52%) Cisco Certification
5 166 (21.01%) Degree
6 151 (19.11%) MCP
7 140 (17.72%) SC Cleared
8 115 (14.56%) CCNA
9 106 (13.42%) MCITP
10 74 (9.37%) MCTS
11 70 (8.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 56 (7.09%) Citrix Certification
13 53 (6.71%) CCA
14 50 (6.33%) CCNP
14 50 (6.33%) MCDST
15 41 (5.19%) MCSD
16 36 (4.56%) ITIL Certification
17 30 (3.80%) CCIE
18 24 (3.04%) A+ Certification
18 24 (3.04%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.19%) SLA
2 19 (2.41%) Disclosure Scotland
3 17 (2.15%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.27%) HL7
4 10 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.38%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) ISO27002
6 1 (0.13%) QA
6 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 467 (59.11%) Active Directory
2 163 (20.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (14.43%) Hyper-V
4 78 (9.87%) vSphere
5 66 (8.35%) XenApp
6 37 (4.68%) VMware ESXi
7 34 (4.30%) VMware ESX
8 32 (4.05%) Virtual Servers
9 24 (3.04%) XenDesktop
10 17 (2.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 15 (1.90%) Xen
12 14 (1.77%) Brightmail
12 14 (1.77%) UAG
13 11 (1.39%) Firmware
13 11 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
14 10 (1.27%) Docker
15 9 (1.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 9 (1.14%) XenServer
16 8 (1.01%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 118 (14.94%) SCCM
2 73 (9.24%) SCOM
3 43 (5.44%) Microsoft Clustering
4 37 (4.68%) McAfee ePO
5 33 (4.18%) Backup Exec
6 27 (3.42%) WSUS
7 23 (2.91%) Netcool
8 21 (2.66%) NetBackup
9 14 (1.77%) AirWatch
10 13 (1.65%) OpenView
11 10 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
11 10 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 9 (1.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 9 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (1.14%) Puppet
13 8 (1.01%) HP Quality Center
13 8 (1.01%) IBM BigFix
13 8 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (1.01%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
13 8 (1.01%) WMI
Vendors
1 528 (66.84%) Microsoft
2 306 (38.73%) VMware
3 217 (27.47%) Citrix
4 151 (19.11%) Cisco
5 140 (17.72%) HP
6 55 (6.96%) Oracle
7 46 (5.82%) Intel Security
8 45 (5.70%) Dell
9 38 (4.81%) Symantec
9 38 (4.81%) Veritas
10 36 (4.56%) NetApp
11 33 (4.18%) Apple
11 33 (4.18%) IronPort
12 23 (2.91%) Juniper
13 19 (2.41%) Red Hat
13 19 (2.41%) SAP
14 18 (2.28%) IBM
15 16 (2.03%) Lotus
16 15 (1.90%) Sophos
17 14 (1.77%) 3PAR
Kent
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Rate: Highly competitive day rate
Posted: 6 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
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Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
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Posted: 13 hours ago
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Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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Colston Consulting
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
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TEKsystems
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Posted: 6 days ago
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Rate: £350 - £450 per day
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