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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK
Rank 378 386 281
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -105
Contract jobs citing MCSE 216 251 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.49% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 2.35% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 133 209
Median daily rate £325 £329 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.14% +1.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £152 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £326 £324
% change year-on-year
-0.38% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 26 46
Median hourly rate £20.48 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.09% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.65 £10.50 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.15 £52.50 £30.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £17.00 £17.75
% change year-on-year
+15.64% -4.22%

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
8942 10670 10380
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.31% 21.00% 20.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5705 6477 6069
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 498 488
Median hourly rate £28.15 £37.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.93% +102.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £40.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-29.62% +105.12%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 -11 196 £325 -1.51% 113
London +9 73 £325 -5.79% 31
South East -28 36 £350 +6.06% 28
East of England +4 21 £306 +76.00% 7
Scotland +21 14 £275 -10.56% 1
East Midlands +4 14 £320 -28.88% 8
North West +34 12 £263 -30.00% 12
Yorkshire +20 12 £400 +42.22% 6
South West +9 9 £205 -45.33% 6
Cambridgeshire -2 9 £400 +129.88% 2
Kent - 9 £350 - 3
West Midlands -1 8 £350 +133.33% 9
North East -6 8 £290 - 4
City of London -19 8 £325 +54.76% 9
Berkshire +3 7 £250 -14.52% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -16 7 £290 - 4
Tyne and Wear -19 7 £290 - 4
West Yorkshire +24 6 £400 - 3
West Sussex +9 6 - - 1
Glasgow +8 6 £200 -6.75% 1
Surrey +2 6 £438 +32.57% 12
Derbyshire +1 6 £320 -32.63% 3
Suffolk - 6 £300 -
Cambridge +5 5 £525 -
Birmingham -1 5 £350 -12.50% 3
Aberdeen - 5 £295 -
Leeds +8 4 £400 - 2
Staines +2 4 - -
Hertfordshire 0 4 - - 3
Derby -2 4 £320 -32.63% 1

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 571 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 426 (74.61%) Windows
3 380 (66.55%) Microsoft
4 332 (58.14%) Active Directory
5 268 (46.94%) Windows Server
6 229 (40.11%) VMware
7 194 (33.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 184 (32.22%) ITIL
9 173 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 156 (27.32%) Cisco Certification
11 145 (25.39%) Cisco
12 142 (24.87%) MS Excel
13 141 (24.69%) MCSA
14 130 (22.77%) Citrix
15 125 (21.89%) MS Exchange
16 124 (21.72%) VMware Infrastructure
17 119 (20.84%) Office 365
18 117 (20.49%) MCP
18 117 (20.49%) Windows Server 2003
19 104 (18.21%) CCNA
20 103 (18.04%) Degree
21 101 (17.69%) SharePoint
22 98 (17.16%) MCITP
22 98 (17.16%) PowerShell
23 97 (16.99%) MS Office
23 97 (16.99%) SQL Server
24 92 (16.11%) Windows 7
25 88 (15.41%) Security Cleared
25 88 (15.41%) DNS
26 87 (15.24%) Firewall

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
1 125 (21.89%) MS Exchange
2 101 (17.69%) SharePoint
3 84 (14.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 82 (14.36%) Skype for Business
5 58 (10.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 54 (9.46%) IIS
7 25 (4.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 25 (4.38%) OpenStack
8 24 (4.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 21 (3.68%) SharePoint 2010
10 19 (3.33%) Office Communications Server
11 16 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2003
12 9 (1.58%) IBM Notes
13 6 (1.05%) Apache
14 5 (0.88%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 3 (0.53%) GroupWise
16 3 (0.53%) MS Project Server
17 2 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
17 2 (0.35%) Umbraco
Applications
1 142 (24.87%) MS Excel
2 97 (16.99%) MS Office
3 11 (1.93%) Spreadsheet
4 9 (1.58%) MS Visio
5 6 (1.05%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.35%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.18%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 30 (5.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 11 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) Eikon
4 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.18%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 119 (20.84%) Office 365
2 65 (11.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (5.08%) IaaS
4 25 (4.38%) PaaS
5 24 (4.20%) Amazon AWS
5 24 (4.20%) SaaS
6 12 (2.10%) Azure Active Directory
7 11 (1.93%) HP Helion
7 11 (1.93%) OneDrive
8 6 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.70%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.35%) GitHub
11 2 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.35%) Yammer
12 1 (0.18%) AWS OpsWorks
12 1 (0.18%) Google App Engine
12 1 (0.18%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.18%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 88 (15.41%) DNS
2 87 (15.24%) Firewall
3 84 (14.71%) DHCP
4 77 (13.49%) WAN
5 76 (13.31%) LAN
6 65 (11.38%) Skype
7 62 (10.86%) TCP/IP
8 60 (10.51%) Internet
8 60 (10.51%) SAN
9 38 (6.65%) MPLS
10 36 (6.30%) VPN
11 30 (5.25%) Wireless
12 19 (3.33%) VLAN
13 18 (3.15%) NAS
13 18 (3.15%) Network Security
14 15 (2.63%) Ethernet
15 14 (2.45%) Remote Desktop
16 13 (2.28%) VoIP
16 13 (2.28%) Wi-Fi
17 12 (2.10%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (16.99%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (3.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 16 (2.80%) SQL Server 2008
6 15 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 14 (2.45%) SQL Server 2014
8 13 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.05%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 5 (0.88%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (0.70%) MySQL
12 3 (0.53%) DTS
12 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database 12c
12 3 (0.53%) Power BI
13 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 10g
13 2 (0.35%) Oracle9i Database
13 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 14 (2.45%) StarTeam
2 8 (1.40%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (1.05%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.88%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.53%) CruiseControl
6 3 (0.53%) JIRA
6 3 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.53%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.35%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.18%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.18%) Travis CI
General
1 68 (11.91%) Finance
2 31 (5.43%) Retail
3 18 (3.15%) Banking
4 16 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 12 (2.10%) Back Office
5 12 (2.10%) Legal
6 10 (1.75%) Advertising
7 9 (1.58%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.40%) Local Government
9 7 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.70%) Law
11 3 (0.53%) German Language
11 3 (0.53%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.35%) Games
12 2 (0.35%) Marketing
12 2 (0.35%) Military
13 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 74 (12.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 70 (12.26%) Architect
3 57 (9.98%) Support Engineer
4 55 (9.63%) Analyst
5 46 (8.06%) Consultant
6 45 (7.88%) Infrastructure Architect
7 37 (6.48%) 3rd Line Support
8 35 (6.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 33 (5.78%) Desktop Support
10 30 (5.25%) Windows Engineer
11 28 (4.90%) IT Engineer
12 26 (4.55%) Administrator
12 26 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
13 23 (4.03%) Support Analyst
14 22 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
14 22 (3.85%) IT Support
15 20 (3.50%) Cisco Architect
15 20 (3.50%) Network Infrastructure Architect
16 19 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 19 (3.33%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (3.50%) .NET
2 17 (2.98%) ASP.NET
3 13 (2.28%) Web Services
4 8 (1.40%) Middleware
5 7 (1.23%) HTML
5 7 (1.23%) REST
5 7 (1.23%) SOAP
6 5 (0.88%) SAML
7 4 (0.70%) CSS
7 4 (0.70%) LAMP
7 4 (0.70%) OAuth
7 4 (0.70%) WCF
8 3 (0.53%) Ajax
8 3 (0.53%) ebXML
8 3 (0.53%) WF
9 2 (0.35%) COM
9 2 (0.35%) WAP
10 1 (0.18%) ODBC
10 1 (0.18%) Servlets
10 1 (0.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 57 (9.98%) Clustering
2 55 (9.63%) Computer Science
3 52 (9.11%) Data Centre
4 51 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
5 46 (8.06%) Management Information System
6 39 (6.83%) Blackberry
7 27 (4.73%) NHS
8 18 (3.15%) Replication
9 17 (2.98%) Client/Server
10 13 (2.28%) PKI
10 13 (2.28%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.58%) Mobile App
11 9 (1.58%) Smartphone
12 8 (1.40%) Visualisation
13 7 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (1.05%) Driving Licence
14 6 (1.05%) Fat Client
14 6 (1.05%) Public Cloud
14 6 (1.05%) Thin Client
14 6 (1.05%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 426 (74.61%) Windows
2 268 (46.94%) Windows Server
3 194 (33.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 173 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
5 117 (20.49%) Windows Server 2003
6 92 (16.11%) Windows 7
7 70 (12.26%) Linux
8 33 (5.78%) Windows 10
9 32 (5.60%) Apple iOS
9 32 (5.60%) Windows XP
10 24 (4.20%) Android
11 19 (3.33%) Windows 8
12 17 (2.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 17 (2.98%) Unix
13 14 (2.45%) AIX
14 9 (1.58%) Solaris
15 7 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
16 6 (1.05%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.53%) SUSE
18 2 (0.35%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (32.22%) ITIL
2 82 (14.36%) Migration
3 65 (11.38%) Change Management
4 45 (7.88%) Load Balancing
5 38 (6.65%) Project Management
6 37 (6.48%) Problem Management
7 35 (6.13%) Disaster Recovery
8 31 (5.43%) PRINCE2
9 29 (5.08%) Service Delivery
10 28 (4.90%) DevOps
10 28 (4.90%) Time Management
11 27 (4.73%) Performance Monitoring
12 26 (4.55%) ITIL V3
13 24 (4.20%) Service Management
14 23 (4.03%) TOGAF
15 20 (3.50%) Mobile Device Management
16 19 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
16 19 (3.33%) Identity Management
16 19 (3.33%) Network Design
16 19 (3.33%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 98 (17.16%) PowerShell
2 69 (12.08%) SQL
3 16 (2.80%) Java
4 14 (2.45%) C#
5 9 (1.58%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.58%) C++
5 9 (1.58%) Shell Script
6 6 (1.05%) C
6 6 (1.05%) JavaScript
6 6 (1.05%) Python
6 6 (1.05%) VBScript
7 5 (0.88%) Ruby
7 5 (0.88%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.70%) PHP
9 3 (0.53%) Perl
10 2 (0.35%) VB
11 1 (0.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.18%) X++
Qualifications
1 571 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 156 (27.32%) Cisco Certification
3 141 (24.69%) MCSA
4 117 (20.49%) MCP
5 104 (18.21%) CCNA
6 103 (18.04%) Degree
7 98 (17.16%) MCITP
8 88 (15.41%) Security Cleared
9 61 (10.68%) SC Cleared
10 56 (9.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 50 (8.76%) Citrix Certification
12 41 (7.18%) CCA
12 41 (7.18%) CCIE
13 38 (6.65%) ITIL Certification
13 38 (6.65%) MCTS
14 31 (5.43%) MCDST
15 29 (5.08%) CCNP
16 20 (3.50%) Network+ Certification
17 17 (2.98%) A+ Certification
18 15 (2.63%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (5.25%) SLA
2 12 (2.10%) PCI DSS
3 10 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.53%) HL7
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
1 332 (58.14%) Active Directory
2 124 (21.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (14.89%) Hyper-V
4 46 (8.06%) vSphere
5 31 (5.43%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (5.25%) XenApp
7 24 (4.20%) Virtual Servers
8 20 (3.50%) VMware ESX
9 10 (1.75%) XenDesktop
10 8 (1.40%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 7 (1.23%) Terminal Services
12 6 (1.05%) Docker
12 6 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
13 5 (0.88%) Firmware
13 5 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.88%) NDS
13 5 (0.88%) UAG
13 5 (0.88%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.70%) NFS
15 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 75 (13.13%) SCCM
2 33 (5.78%) SCOM
3 28 (4.90%) NetBackup
4 21 (3.68%) McAfee ePO
5 20 (3.50%) Backup Exec
6 14 (2.45%) Microsoft Clustering
6 14 (2.45%) Netcool
6 14 (2.45%) Puppet
7 13 (2.28%) AirWatch
8 12 (2.10%) Nessus
9 11 (1.93%) WSUS
10 9 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
12 6 (1.05%) vMotion
13 5 (0.88%) Ansible
13 5 (0.88%) Cisco UCCX
13 5 (0.88%) WMI
14 4 (0.70%) CA Single Sign-On
14 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Intune
14 4 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 380 (66.55%) Microsoft
2 229 (40.11%) VMware
3 145 (25.39%) Cisco
4 130 (22.77%) Citrix
5 71 (12.43%) HP
6 30 (5.25%) Intel Security
7 29 (5.08%) Apple
7 29 (5.08%) Veritas
8 28 (4.90%) Oracle
9 27 (4.73%) NetApp
10 22 (3.85%) SolarWinds
11 20 (3.50%) Symantec
12 17 (2.98%) EMC
12 17 (2.98%) Veeam
13 15 (2.63%) Red Hat
14 14 (2.45%) IronPort
14 14 (2.45%) LANDesk
15 13 (2.28%) Dell
15 13 (2.28%) Sophos
16 12 (2.10%) CheckPoint
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