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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 255 207 270
Rank change year-on-year
-48 +63
Contract jobs citing MCSE 472 509 378
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.81% 0.97% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.05% 5.67% 3.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 304 184
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£340 £350 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £183 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £365 £275
% change year-on-year
-10.95% +32.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 47 38
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.50 £13.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £32.60 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.46 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+5.16% +2.77%

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
11667 8979 9939
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.99% 17.12% 18.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6589 5120 5187
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 514 385 577
Average hourly rate £19.50 £18.53 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -17.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -42 440 £335 -5.89% 196
South East -20 168 £325 -13.33% 52
London -44 136 £375 +10.70% 59
North West +20 42 £350 +55.55% 27
Buckinghamshire +6 40 £168 +11.66% 6
Hampshire +13 38 £347 +6.91% 7
Milton Keynes +3 35 £164 +9.16% 4
Berkshire -34 35 £300 -29.41% 18
City of London -1 29 £333 +2.30% 17
Reading -23 27 £300 -29.41% 10
Manchester +13 21 £350 +40.70% 17
Surrey -11 21 £350 +7.69% 12
East of England -35 21 £295 -1.66% 8
North East -22 18 £250 -6.54% 3
South West -31 16 £330 -12.00% 14
Durham +12 15 £250 -6.54% 1
Yorkshire -2 14 £295 +1.72% 12
West Sussex -3 14 £375 +5.33% 3
Scotland -6 14 £350 +62.79% 9
West Midlands -14 14 £300 -17.24% 13
Peterlee - 12 - -
East Midlands +1 10 £245 -2.97% 2
Kent -2 9 £375 - 5
Cheshire +6 8 £319 +41.66% 5
Cambridgeshire +5 8 £323 - 4
Gloucestershire -12 7 £340 -24.44% 1
Basingstoke - 7 £325 - 1
Leicestershire +12 6 £475 - 2
Cambridge +8 6 £295 - 2
Birmingham 0 6 £310 -43.63% 5

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 866 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 671 (77.48%) Windows
3 543 (62.70%) Microsoft
4 446 (51.50%) Active Directory
5 347 (40.07%) Windows Server 2008
6 344 (39.72%) VMware
7 311 (35.91%) ITIL
8 287 (33.14%) MS Exchange
9 251 (28.98%) Windows Server 2003
10 227 (26.21%) MCP
10 227 (26.21%) Citrix
11 211 (24.36%) VMware Infrastructure
12 206 (23.79%) MCITP
13 188 (21.71%) MS Excel
14 183 (21.13%) DNS
15 178 (20.55%) Windows Server 2012
16 175 (20.21%) HP
16 175 (20.21%) SAN
17 169 (19.52%) Firewall
18 161 (18.59%) Security Cleared
19 159 (18.36%) TCP/IP
20 148 (17.09%) Cisco
21 145 (16.74%) Windows 7
22 144 (16.63%) Exchange Server 2010
23 140 (16.17%) SQL Server
24 136 (15.70%) DHCP
25 132 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
26 131 (15.13%) SQL
26 131 (15.13%) SCCM
27 125 (14.43%) CCNA

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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
1 287 (33.14%) MS Exchange
2 144 (16.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 96 (11.09%) Exchange Server 2007
4 95 (10.97%) Exchange Server 2003
5 91 (10.51%) IIS
6 90 (10.39%) SharePoint
7 65 (7.51%) Exchange Server 2013
8 46 (5.31%) Lync
9 38 (4.39%) SharePoint 2010
10 28 (3.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 19 (2.19%) SharePoint 2013
12 13 (1.50%) BizTalk Server
13 10 (1.15%) IBM Notes
14 8 (0.92%) Office Communications Server
15 7 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2000
15 7 (0.81%) Lotus Domino
16 6 (0.69%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.58%) Apache
17 5 (0.58%) Tomcat
18 3 (0.35%) Documentum
Applications
1 188 (21.71%) MS Excel
2 114 (13.16%) MS Office
3 24 (2.77%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.58%) MS Project
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
6 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 17 (1.96%) assyst
2 9 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.23%) 3000 Xtra
4 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 34 (3.93%) Office 365
2 25 (2.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.27%) IaaS
4 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 183 (21.13%) DNS
2 175 (20.21%) SAN
3 169 (19.52%) Firewall
4 159 (18.36%) TCP/IP
5 136 (15.70%) DHCP
6 75 (8.66%) WAN
7 71 (8.20%) LAN
8 67 (7.74%) Internet
9 40 (4.62%) VPN
10 32 (3.70%) NAS
11 29 (3.35%) VoIP
12 28 (3.23%) Network Security
13 25 (2.89%) Wireless
14 22 (2.54%) X.500
15 21 (2.42%) SMTP
16 20 (2.31%) X.400
16 20 (2.31%) NetScaler
17 18 (2.08%) IP Telephony
18 17 (1.96%) MPLS
19 16 (1.85%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (16.17%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 35 (4.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 22 (2.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 21 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
7 16 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
8 9 (1.04%) MySQL
9 6 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
9 6 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.69%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.69%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.35%) SAP HANA
10 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (0.35%) DTS
10 3 (0.35%) OLAP
11 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.23%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 16 (1.85%) MSI
2 10 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (0.92%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (0.69%) Subversion
5 5 (0.58%) WinRunner
5 5 (0.58%) TestDirector
6 4 (0.46%) InstallShield
6 4 (0.46%) CruiseControl
6 4 (0.46%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.46%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.35%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio
7 3 (0.35%) AdminStudio
7 3 (0.35%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.12%) GCC
General
1 108 (12.47%) Finance
2 28 (3.23%) Banking
3 22 (2.54%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.19%) Marketing
5 17 (1.96%) Law
6 15 (1.73%) Spanish Language
7 14 (1.62%) French Language
7 14 (1.62%) Advertising
8 12 (1.39%) Mandarin Language
9 11 (1.27%) Military
10 9 (1.04%) Retail
11 8 (0.92%) Front Office
11 8 (0.92%) Back Office
12 5 (0.58%) Legal
12 5 (0.58%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.58%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.46%) International Banking
14 3 (0.35%) Games
15 2 (0.23%) Electronics
16 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 139 (16.05%) Analyst
2 120 (13.86%) Support Engineer
3 88 (10.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 60 (6.93%) Consultant
5 59 (6.81%) Support Analyst
6 58 (6.70%) 3rd Line Support
7 57 (6.58%) Server Engineer
8 47 (5.43%) Administrator
9 46 (5.31%) Architect
10 37 (4.27%) Wintel Engineer
11 34 (3.93%) Desktop Support
12 33 (3.81%) Systems Engineer
13 27 (3.12%) Service Analyst
13 27 (3.12%) Security Analyst
14 26 (3.00%) 1st Line Support
14 26 (3.00%) 2nd Line Support
15 25 (2.89%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 25 (2.89%) Service Desk Analyst
15 25 (2.89%) Messaging Engineer
16 24 (2.77%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (5.31%) .NET
2 18 (2.08%) ASP.NET
3 15 (1.73%) HTML
4 12 (1.39%) Software Packaging
5 7 (0.81%) .NET Framework
5 7 (0.81%) JSP
6 6 (0.69%) Application Packaging
6 6 (0.69%) WCF
7 5 (0.58%) MDX
7 5 (0.58%) Web Services
7 5 (0.58%) Middleware
8 4 (0.46%) CSS
8 4 (0.46%) LAMP
8 4 (0.46%) WinForms
8 4 (0.46%) WPF
8 4 (0.46%) ASP.NET MVC
8 4 (0.46%) WAP
9 3 (0.35%) HTML5
10 2 (0.23%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 2 (0.23%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 91 (10.51%) Clustering
2 65 (7.51%) Blackberry
3 58 (6.70%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (2.89%) PKI
5 23 (2.66%) Management Information System
6 22 (2.54%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.96%) Replication
8 16 (1.85%) Thin Client
8 16 (1.85%) Fat Client
9 14 (1.62%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (1.27%) Client/Server
11 10 (1.15%) EPoS
11 10 (1.15%) CMDB
12 8 (0.92%) iPad
13 7 (0.81%) Mainframe
14 6 (0.69%) iPhone
14 6 (0.69%) PDA
14 6 (0.69%) Derivative
14 6 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.58%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 671 (77.48%) Windows
2 347 (40.07%) Windows Server 2008
3 251 (28.98%) Windows Server 2003
4 178 (20.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 145 (16.74%) Windows 7
6 106 (12.24%) Linux
7 81 (9.35%) Windows XP
8 59 (6.81%) UNIX
9 48 (5.54%) Windows 8
10 34 (3.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 29 (3.35%) Windows 2000 Server
12 27 (3.12%) Windows 2000
13 22 (2.54%) Windows Vista
14 16 (1.85%) Windows NT
15 10 (1.15%) Android
16 8 (0.92%) AIX
17 7 (0.81%) Mac OS X
18 4 (0.46%) Solaris
18 4 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
18 4 (0.46%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (35.91%) ITIL
2 62 (7.16%) Migration
3 51 (5.89%) Project Management
4 48 (5.54%) Disaster Recovery
5 47 (5.43%) Incident Management
6 45 (5.20%) Service Management
7 37 (4.27%) Configuration Management
8 36 (4.16%) Change Management
9 35 (4.04%) Load Balancing
10 32 (3.70%) Change Control
11 31 (3.58%) Time Management
11 31 (3.58%) Service Delivery
12 25 (2.89%) Validation
12 25 (2.89%) PRINCE2
13 23 (2.66%) Problem Management
13 23 (2.66%) Information Security
13 23 (2.66%) Penetration Testing
14 22 (2.54%) Data Protection
15 18 (2.08%) Coaching
16 16 (1.85%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 131 (15.13%) SQL
2 91 (10.51%) PowerShell
3 29 (3.35%) VBScript
4 22 (2.54%) VB
5 17 (1.96%) T-SQL
5 17 (1.96%) C
6 15 (1.73%) C#
7 11 (1.27%) JavaScript
7 11 (1.27%) Perl
8 8 (0.92%) VBA
9 6 (0.69%) C++
9 6 (0.69%) Bourne shell
9 6 (0.69%) Korn
10 5 (0.58%) PHP
11 3 (0.35%) Python
11 3 (0.35%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.35%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.23%) Java
13 1 (0.12%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.12%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 866 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 227 (26.21%) MCP
3 206 (23.79%) MCITP
4 161 (18.59%) Security Cleared
5 132 (15.24%) Cisco Certification
6 125 (14.43%) CCNA
7 124 (14.32%) MCSA
8 123 (14.20%) SC Cleared
9 108 (12.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 88 (10.16%) Degree
11 79 (9.12%) MCTS
12 51 (5.89%) CCNP
13 46 (5.31%) MCDST
14 42 (4.85%) DV Cleared
15 34 (3.93%) Citrix Certification
16 26 (3.00%) CCA
16 26 (3.00%) A+ Certification
17 25 (2.89%) CISSP
17 25 (2.89%) CEH
18 21 (2.42%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (7.62%) SLA
2 22 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (0.92%) ISO 9001
4 7 (0.81%) QA
5 3 (0.35%) BS7799
6 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 446 (51.50%) Active Directory
2 211 (24.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (11.78%) Hyper-V
4 81 (9.35%) vSphere
5 71 (8.20%) VMware ESX
6 61 (7.04%) XenApp
7 38 (4.39%) ISA Server
8 28 (3.23%) XenServer
9 25 (2.89%) XenDesktop
10 19 (2.19%) Microsoft App-V
11 18 (2.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 18 (2.08%) Terminal Services
12 17 (1.96%) NFS
12 17 (1.96%) UAG
13 12 (1.39%) Forefront TMG
13 12 (1.39%) Xen
14 11 (1.27%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 10 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
15 10 (1.15%) vCloud
16 6 (0.69%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 131 (15.13%) SCCM
2 67 (7.74%) SCOM
3 54 (6.24%) Backup Exec
4 31 (3.58%) McAfee ePO
5 25 (2.89%) NetBackup
6 17 (1.96%) WSUS
7 14 (1.62%) Nessus
7 14 (1.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 14 (1.62%) Nagios
7 14 (1.62%) Norton AntiVirus
8 12 (1.39%) BladeLogic
9 11 (1.27%) OVSD
9 11 (1.27%) SCDPM
10 9 (1.04%) SCVMM
11 8 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (0.92%) Windows Intune
11 8 (0.92%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 7 (0.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 7 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
12 7 (0.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 543 (62.70%) Microsoft
2 344 (39.72%) VMware
3 227 (26.21%) Citrix
4 175 (20.21%) HP
5 148 (17.09%) Cisco
6 71 (8.20%) Symantec
7 57 (6.58%) McAfee
8 46 (5.31%) Dell
9 43 (4.97%) NetApp
10 40 (4.62%) Red Hat
11 33 (3.81%) EMC
12 32 (3.70%) Oracle
13 30 (3.46%) SolarWinds
14 29 (3.35%) IBM
15 27 (3.12%) Avaya
16 25 (2.89%) Veritas
17 23 (2.66%) CheckPoint
17 23 (2.66%) Sophos
18 22 (2.54%) Veeam
18 22 (2.54%) Apple
Herefordshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Herefordshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £200 - £295 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
County Durham
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £250 - £259 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £1 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Head Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Lancashire
NES Global Talent
Rate: £25 to £30 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Intapeople
Rate: €125 to €175 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £110 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Rossendale, Lancashire
CRL
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £139 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
H&R Talent
Rate: From £20 to £22 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Farnham, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £120 - £144 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Leicestershire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Hereford
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 16 days ago