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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 267 245 212
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -33
Contract jobs citing MCSE 383 355 510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.74% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 4.10% 4.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 185 191 248
Average daily rate £308 £295 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.23% -1.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £170 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £449 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £286 £290 £275
% change year-on-year
-1.37% +5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 43 58
Average hourly rate £17.50 £22.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.45% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £12.95 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £135.00 £33.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £17.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-12.67% -4.05%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10620 8654 10474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.46% 18.14% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6031 4604 5392
Average daily rate £375 £370 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -4.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £355
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 468 574
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.90 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.67% +13.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £51.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -11 364 £308 +5.12% 107
London +4 139 £325 +8.33% 33
South East -2 86 £325 +10.16% 36
East of England -8 42 £250 +13.63% 8
City of London -3 40 £275 -31.25% 6
North West -2 33 £250 -9.09% 8
Berkshire 0 23 £365 +53.68% 13
Buckinghamshire -7 21 £275 -15.38% 3
West Midlands -13 21 £224 -10.50% 4
South West -10 20 £271 +20.55% 7
Hertfordshire +4 16 £248 - 1
Lancashire -8 16 £250 - 1
Reading 0 15 £339 +17.82% 5
West Sussex +4 14 £350 +4.47% 1
Hampshire +15 13 £295 -6.34% 2
Cambridgeshire -4 12 £288 -6.50% 3
Manchester -8 12 £90 -67.27% 6
Yorkshire -27 12 £313 -5.30% 8
East Midlands -14 11 £348 +4.51% 3
Milton Keynes -18 11 £275 -35.29% 2
Birmingham - 11 £213 - 2
Worthing +1 10 £350 +9.37%
Surrey -6 10 £235 +13.93% 8
St Albans - 10 - -
West Yorkshire -11 9 £331 +44.02% 5
Scotland -13 9 £355 -2.73% 2
Nottinghamshire +5 8 £450 +69.81% 1
Leeds -8 8 £350 - 3
Peterborough - 8 - - 1
Somerset -5 7 £325 +85.71%

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 753 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 595 (79.02%) Windows
3 465 (61.75%) Microsoft
4 392 (52.06%) Active Directory
5 324 (43.03%) VMware
6 312 (41.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 276 (36.65%) ITIL
8 254 (33.73%) MS Exchange
9 228 (30.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 225 (29.88%) MCP
11 221 (29.35%) Citrix
12 216 (28.69%) VMware Infrastructure
13 195 (25.90%) MS Excel
14 187 (24.83%) MCITP
15 164 (21.78%) DNS
16 153 (20.32%) Windows 7
17 147 (19.52%) Cisco
18 146 (19.39%) MCSA
19 142 (18.86%) Cisco Certification
20 141 (18.73%) DHCP
21 131 (17.40%) MS Office
22 128 (17.00%) CCNA
23 126 (16.73%) SQL
24 122 (16.20%) vSphere
25 115 (15.27%) SAN
25 115 (15.27%) SQL Server
26 110 (14.61%) PowerShell
27 103 (13.68%) Exchange Server 2010
28 99 (13.15%) Exchange Server 2003
29 92 (12.22%) Exchange Server 2007

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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
1 254 (33.73%) MS Exchange
2 103 (13.68%) Exchange Server 2010
3 99 (13.15%) Exchange Server 2003
4 92 (12.22%) Exchange Server 2007
5 80 (10.62%) SharePoint
6 56 (7.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 53 (7.04%) IIS
8 44 (5.84%) Lync
9 30 (3.98%) SharePoint 2010
10 23 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2013
11 15 (1.99%) SharePoint Server
12 13 (1.73%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.46%) Apache
13 11 (1.46%) SharePoint 2013
14 9 (1.20%) Tomcat
14 9 (1.20%) JOnAS
15 8 (1.06%) SAS
15 8 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2000
16 7 (0.93%) Lotus Domino
17 4 (0.53%) WebLogic
Applications
1 195 (25.90%) MS Excel
2 131 (17.40%) MS Office
3 27 (3.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.06%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.53%) MS Project
6 3 (0.40%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) CATIA
7 1 (0.13%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 7 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.27%) Tridion
4 2 (0.27%) assyst
5 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.79%) Office 365
2 7 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.53%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.27%) SaaS
4 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 164 (21.78%) DNS
2 141 (18.73%) DHCP
3 115 (15.27%) SAN
4 91 (12.08%) LAN
5 89 (11.82%) Firewall
6 87 (11.55%) WAN
6 87 (11.55%) TCP/IP
7 40 (5.31%) VPN
8 39 (5.18%) VLAN
9 38 (5.05%) Internet
10 33 (4.38%) Wireless
11 30 (3.98%) SMTP
12 28 (3.72%) NetScaler
13 25 (3.32%) VoIP
14 23 (3.05%) Network Security
15 19 (2.52%) Cisco ASA
16 18 (2.39%) NAS
17 13 (1.73%) iSCSI
18 12 (1.59%) IP Telephony
18 12 (1.59%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (15.27%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (2.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (1.73%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (0.80%) MySQL
5 6 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database
7 3 (0.40%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.40%) SQL Server 2000
7 3 (0.40%) IDOL
7 3 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.27%) PerformancePoint
8 2 (0.27%) DTS
8 2 (0.27%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.27%) EDRMS
9 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (1.59%) MSI
2 10 (1.33%) InstallShield
2 10 (1.33%) Visual Studio
3 4 (0.53%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (0.40%) WinRunner
4 3 (0.40%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.13%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 87 (11.55%) Finance
2 33 (4.38%) Law
2 33 (4.38%) Legal
3 32 (4.25%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.26%) Banking
5 14 (1.86%) Advertising
6 8 (1.06%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.93%) French Language
8 6 (0.80%) Spanish Language
8 6 (0.80%) Publishing
8 6 (0.80%) Military
9 5 (0.66%) Marketing
9 5 (0.66%) Mandarin Language
10 4 (0.53%) Games
10 4 (0.53%) Retail
10 4 (0.53%) Back Office
11 3 (0.40%) Electronics
11 3 (0.40%) Local Government
12 2 (0.27%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.13%) German Language
Job Titles
1 126 (16.73%) Support Engineer
2 108 (14.34%) Analyst
3 63 (8.37%) Consultant
4 61 (8.10%) 2nd Line Support
5 60 (7.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 56 (7.44%) Support Analyst
7 52 (6.91%) 3rd Line Support
8 51 (6.77%) Systems Engineer
9 41 (5.44%) Administrator
10 40 (5.31%) Server Engineer
11 37 (4.91%) Architect
12 32 (4.25%) Desktop Support
13 25 (3.32%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 24 (3.19%) IT Support
14 24 (3.19%) Technical Support
15 22 (2.92%) Service Analyst
15 22 (2.92%) Desktop Engineer
16 21 (2.79%) Help Desk Support
16 21 (2.79%) Service Desk Analyst
16 21 (2.79%) Messaging Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (4.12%) .NET
2 21 (2.79%) Web Services
2 21 (2.79%) Application Packaging
3 10 (1.33%) Middleware
4 9 (1.20%) XML
5 6 (0.80%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.66%) XMPP
6 5 (0.66%) WCF
6 5 (0.66%) HTML
7 4 (0.53%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.53%) Classic ASP
7 4 (0.53%) XSD
7 4 (0.53%) XSLT
8 2 (0.27%) LAMP
8 2 (0.27%) CSS
9 1 (0.13%) JSP
9 1 (0.13%) SOAP
9 1 (0.13%) WinForms
9 1 (0.13%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.13%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 84 (11.16%) Blackberry
2 67 (8.90%) Clustering
3 33 (4.38%) Management Information System
4 22 (2.92%) Thin Client
4 22 (2.92%) Computer Science
4 22 (2.92%) Fat Client
5 12 (1.59%) Replication
5 12 (1.59%) Client/Server
6 11 (1.46%) EqualLogic
6 11 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (0.93%) NHS
8 4 (0.53%) N-Tier
8 4 (0.53%) iPad
8 4 (0.53%) Smartphone
9 3 (0.40%) PDA
9 3 (0.40%) Statistics
9 3 (0.40%) CMDB
9 3 (0.40%) Firmware
9 3 (0.40%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 595 (79.02%) Windows
2 312 (41.43%) Windows Server 2008
3 228 (30.28%) Windows Server 2003
4 153 (20.32%) Windows 7
5 88 (11.69%) Windows XP
6 72 (9.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 65 (8.63%) Linux
8 44 (5.84%) UNIX
9 29 (3.85%) Windows Vista
10 27 (3.59%) Windows 8
10 27 (3.59%) Windows 2000 Server
11 26 (3.45%) Windows 2000
12 8 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.80%) Windows NT
13 6 (0.80%) Solaris
13 6 (0.80%) Android
14 5 (0.66%) AIX
15 4 (0.53%) Debian
16 3 (0.40%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.40%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 276 (36.65%) ITIL
2 84 (11.16%) Migration
3 58 (7.70%) Service Management
4 47 (6.24%) Service Delivery
5 45 (5.98%) Project Management
6 37 (4.91%) Disaster Recovery
7 33 (4.38%) Load Balancing
8 31 (4.12%) Change Control
9 30 (3.98%) Performance Monitoring
10 26 (3.45%) Problem Management
11 23 (3.05%) Change Management
11 23 (3.05%) Business Continuity
11 23 (3.05%) Server Monitoring
12 20 (2.66%) PRINCE2
12 20 (2.66%) Incident Management
13 19 (2.52%) Workflow
14 18 (2.39%) Root Cause Analysis
15 17 (2.26%) ITIL V3
16 14 (1.86%) Capacity Planning
17 13 (1.73%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 126 (16.73%) SQL
2 110 (14.61%) PowerShell
3 34 (4.52%) VB
4 15 (1.99%) VBScript
5 13 (1.73%) C#
6 12 (1.59%) C
7 8 (1.06%) C++
7 8 (1.06%) T-SQL
8 7 (0.93%) Perl
8 7 (0.93%) Java
9 4 (0.53%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.40%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.27%) VBA
11 2 (0.27%) Korn
12 1 (0.13%) AWK
12 1 (0.13%) LotusScript
12 1 (0.13%) Bourne shell
12 1 (0.13%) C-shell
12 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 753 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 225 (29.88%) MCP
3 187 (24.83%) MCITP
4 146 (19.39%) MCSA
5 142 (18.86%) Cisco Certification
6 128 (17.00%) CCNA
7 73 (9.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 71 (9.43%) Security Cleared
9 68 (9.03%) MCTS
10 67 (8.90%) Degree
11 62 (8.23%) Citrix Certification
12 50 (6.64%) CCNP
13 48 (6.37%) SC Cleared
14 43 (5.71%) MCDST
15 42 (5.58%) CCA
16 32 (4.25%) A+ Certification
17 25 (3.32%) DV Cleared
18 24 (3.19%) MCSD
19 21 (2.79%) ITIL Certification
20 17 (2.26%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (6.37%) SLA
2 13 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.66%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.53%) QA
5 3 (0.40%) HL7
5 3 (0.40%) COBIT
6 2 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 392 (52.06%) Active Directory
2 216 (28.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 122 (16.20%) vSphere
4 88 (11.69%) Hyper-V
5 81 (10.76%) XenApp
6 62 (8.23%) VMware ESX
7 44 (5.84%) XenDesktop
8 22 (2.92%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (2.79%) ISA Server
10 19 (2.52%) XenServer
11 18 (2.39%) VMware ESXi
12 14 (1.86%) UAG
13 9 (1.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 7 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (0.80%) vCloud
16 5 (0.66%) IAG
16 5 (0.66%) DFS Replication
17 4 (0.53%) NFS
17 4 (0.53%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 87 (11.55%) SCCM
2 44 (5.84%) SCOM
3 34 (4.52%) Backup Exec
4 31 (4.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 28 (3.72%) MAILsweeper
6 16 (2.12%) SCVMM
7 15 (1.99%) McAfee ePO
8 10 (1.33%) WSUS
9 9 (1.20%) NetBackup
10 7 (0.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 6 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 6 (0.80%) HP SIM
12 5 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
13 4 (0.53%) Netcool
13 4 (0.53%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 4 (0.53%) AppDNA
14 3 (0.40%) MOM
14 3 (0.40%) ARCserve
14 3 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 3 (0.40%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 465 (61.75%) Microsoft
2 324 (43.03%) VMware
3 221 (29.35%) Citrix
4 147 (19.52%) Cisco
5 91 (12.08%) HP
6 61 (8.10%) Dell
7 46 (6.11%) Symantec
8 31 (4.12%) McAfee
9 30 (3.98%) NetApp
9 30 (3.98%) Oracle
10 28 (3.72%) IBM
10 28 (3.72%) EMC
11 27 (3.59%) Open Text
11 27 (3.59%) Clearswift
12 26 (3.45%) RightFax
13 23 (3.05%) Altiris
14 21 (2.79%) Websense
15 20 (2.66%) Compaq
16 19 (2.52%) Sophos
17 16 (2.12%) Avaya
Bedfordshire
Stott & May
Rate: From £325 to £380 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Vertical IT
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Rate: £325 - £425 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
Interactive Intelligence
Posted: 15 hours ago
Hampshire
IT HR
Rate: Based on experience
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry
DP Connect
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 8 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
IT HR
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £400 - £540 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Horley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £15.00 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
IT HR
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Aberdeen
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £27000.00 - £29500.00 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago
City of London
IT HR
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 20 days ago