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 27 March 2015 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Rank 286 256 248
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -8
Contract jobs citing MCSE 377 381 354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 0.73% 0.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.57% 3.79% 4.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 179 197
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £160 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £285
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 54 49
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.00 £14.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £27.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -13.04%

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
10555 10047 8332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.67% 19.35% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6006 5532 4420
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 509 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 2015. 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 -34 334 £300 - 212
London +7 142 £325 - 67
South East -4 95 £300 - 39
City of London +22 48 £350 +16.66% 13
Scotland +14 29 £325 -8.45% 7
Berkshire -1 28 £208 -37.36% 18
Hampshire +1 22 £322 +10.86% 10
East of England -20 22 £250 +1.01% 10
West Sussex -10 19 £290 -17.14% 3
North West -34 19 £350 +40.00% 33
Reading +2 18 £204 -26.48% 5
West Midlands -11 16 £225 -7.21% 10
Yorkshire -17 14 £300 -4.00% 20
Worthing -5 13 £300 -14.28% 1
South West -13 13 £278 +73.43% 19
Glasgow +6 11 £220 +62.96% 2
West Yorkshire -5 11 £344 +3.77% 6
Surrey +4 10 £145 -25.64% 3
Leeds -12 9 £350 - 3
Manchester -19 9 £388 +72.22% 27
Buckinghamshire -10 7 £275 +4.76% 2
East Midlands -13 7 £300 +11.11% 6
Birmingham -17 7 £250 +17.64% 2
Dorset - 7 £500 - 3
Kent -2 6 £305 - 1
Cambridgeshire -4 5 £250 -13.04% 5
Milton Keynes -4 5 £275 - 1
Hertfordshire -10 5 £313 +26.26% 2
Essex +5 4 £248 -38.12% 1
Norwich +1 4 £250 +132.55%

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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.

1 787 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 601 (76.37%) Windows
3 514 (65.31%) Microsoft
4 420 (53.37%) Active Directory
5 338 (42.95%) VMware
6 314 (39.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 278 (35.32%) ITIL
8 258 (32.78%) MS Exchange
9 225 (28.59%) Windows Server 2003
10 216 (27.45%) MCP
11 205 (26.05%) Citrix
12 204 (25.92%) Windows Server 2012
13 203 (25.79%) VMware Infrastructure
14 183 (23.25%) MCITP
15 174 (22.11%) Cisco
16 164 (20.84%) Windows 7
17 158 (20.08%) MCSA
18 153 (19.44%) MS Excel
19 148 (18.81%) Security Cleared
20 134 (17.03%) Cisco Certification
21 133 (16.90%) SQL
22 132 (16.77%) DNS
23 126 (16.01%) HP
24 120 (15.25%) SAN
25 119 (15.12%) SC Cleared
25 119 (15.12%) Exchange Server 2010
26 117 (14.87%) Hyper-V
27 116 (14.74%) CCNA
28 113 (14.36%) Firewall
29 108 (13.72%) Linux

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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
1 258 (32.78%) MS Exchange
2 119 (15.12%) Exchange Server 2010
3 96 (12.20%) SharePoint
4 76 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2007
5 74 (9.40%) Exchange Server 2003
6 69 (8.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 66 (8.39%) Lync
8 51 (6.48%) IIS
9 33 (4.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 25 (3.18%) Office Communications Server
11 24 (3.05%) SharePoint 2013
12 20 (2.54%) SharePoint 2010
13 8 (1.02%) IBM Notes
13 8 (1.02%) Lotus Domino
13 8 (1.02%) SAS
14 7 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
15 6 (0.76%) Apache
16 5 (0.64%) Tomcat
16 5 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
16 5 (0.64%) WebSphere
Applications
1 153 (19.44%) MS Excel
2 100 (12.71%) MS Office
3 19 (2.41%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.76%) MS Project
6 2 (0.25%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.13%) 3000 Xtra
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 51 (6.48%) Office 365
2 16 (2.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.27%) SaaS
4 9 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (0.89%) IaaS
5 7 (0.89%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.13%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 132 (16.77%) DNS
2 120 (15.25%) SAN
3 113 (14.36%) Firewall
4 107 (13.60%) TCP/IP
5 99 (12.58%) DHCP
6 83 (10.55%) WAN
7 81 (10.29%) LAN
8 50 (6.35%) VPN
9 47 (5.97%) Internet
10 43 (5.46%) NAS
11 42 (5.34%) VoIP
12 31 (3.94%) VLAN
13 26 (3.30%) Wireless
14 19 (2.41%) NetScaler
14 19 (2.41%) SSL
15 17 (2.16%) MPLS
16 15 (1.91%) IP Telephony
17 13 (1.65%) Ethernet
18 12 (1.52%) PBX
18 12 (1.52%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (11.56%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 15 (1.91%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (1.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 10 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.64%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.51%) Spotfire
8 4 (0.51%) MySQL
9 3 (0.38%) PerformancePoint
9 3 (0.38%) QlikView
9 3 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.38%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.25%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.25%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Power View
11 1 (0.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 20 (2.54%) WinRunner
1 20 (2.54%) TestDirector
1 20 (2.54%) QuickTest Pro
2 11 (1.40%) Visual Studio
3 7 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (0.76%) MSI
5 4 (0.51%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.13%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.13%) Ant
General
1 98 (12.45%) Finance
2 34 (4.32%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.68%) Banking
4 14 (1.78%) Legal
5 10 (1.27%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.27%) Law
6 9 (1.14%) Military
7 8 (1.02%) Marketing
8 6 (0.76%) Local Government
8 6 (0.76%) Retail
8 6 (0.76%) Back Office
9 5 (0.64%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.51%) Electronics
10 4 (0.51%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.38%) Advertising
11 3 (0.38%) Publishing
12 2 (0.25%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.25%) Front Office
13 1 (0.13%) Automotive
13 1 (0.13%) Games
Job Titles
1 120 (15.25%) Support Engineer
2 119 (15.12%) Analyst
3 80 (10.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 79 (10.04%) Consultant
5 64 (8.13%) 3rd Line Support
6 52 (6.61%) Support Analyst
7 50 (6.35%) Server Engineer
8 48 (6.10%) 2nd Line Support
9 40 (5.08%) IT Support
10 38 (4.83%) Desktop Support
11 34 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 30 (3.81%) Architect
12 30 (3.81%) Administrator
13 28 (3.56%) Service Analyst
13 28 (3.56%) Service Desk Analyst
14 26 (3.30%) Desktop Engineer
15 24 (3.05%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 21 (2.67%) 1st Line Support
17 18 (2.29%) Systems Administrator
17 18 (2.29%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.54%) XML
2 19 (2.41%) .NET
3 17 (2.16%) Application Packaging
4 14 (1.78%) Web Services
4 14 (1.78%) HTML
5 11 (1.40%) ASP.NET
6 9 (1.14%) JSP
7 7 (0.89%) .NET Framework
8 5 (0.64%) SOAP
9 4 (0.51%) LAMP
9 4 (0.51%) Software Packaging
10 3 (0.38%) MDX
10 3 (0.38%) OLE
10 3 (0.38%) CSS
11 2 (0.25%) ODBC
12 1 (0.13%) EDI
12 1 (0.13%) WAP
12 1 (0.13%) COM
12 1 (0.13%) OLE DB
Miscellaneous
1 81 (10.29%) Clustering
2 61 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (6.73%) Blackberry
4 28 (3.56%) Video Conferencing
5 27 (3.43%) Management Information System
6 26 (3.30%) Computer Science
7 22 (2.80%) PDA
8 20 (2.54%) Replication
9 11 (1.40%) NHS
10 10 (1.27%) Thin Client
10 10 (1.27%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.14%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.14%) PKI
12 8 (1.02%) CMDB
13 7 (0.89%) iPhone
13 7 (0.89%) Open Source
13 7 (0.89%) iPad
14 6 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (0.76%) EPoS
15 5 (0.64%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 601 (76.37%) Windows
2 314 (39.90%) Windows Server 2008
3 225 (28.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 204 (25.92%) Windows Server 2012
5 164 (20.84%) Windows 7
6 108 (13.72%) Linux
7 98 (12.45%) Windows XP
8 42 (5.34%) UNIX
9 35 (4.45%) Windows 8
10 34 (4.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 25 (3.18%) AIX
12 21 (2.67%) Windows 2000 Server
12 21 (2.67%) Windows Vista
13 17 (2.16%) Windows 2000
14 11 (1.40%) Android
15 9 (1.14%) Solaris
16 6 (0.76%) Windows NT
16 6 (0.76%) Debian
16 6 (0.76%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 278 (35.32%) ITIL
2 91 (11.56%) Migration
3 56 (7.12%) Change Management
4 55 (6.99%) Service Management
5 54 (6.86%) Service Delivery
6 47 (5.97%) Project Management
7 38 (4.83%) PRINCE2
7 38 (4.83%) Disaster Recovery
8 34 (4.32%) Configuration Management
9 32 (4.07%) ITIL V3
10 29 (3.68%) Incident Management
11 25 (3.18%) Time Management
12 23 (2.92%) Software Testing
12 23 (2.92%) Validation
13 22 (2.80%) Test Scripting
14 21 (2.67%) Performance Monitoring
14 21 (2.67%) Problem Management
15 20 (2.54%) CRM
15 20 (2.54%) Test Automation
15 20 (2.54%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 133 (16.90%) SQL
2 66 (8.39%) PowerShell
3 19 (2.41%) VBScript
4 13 (1.65%) JavaScript
5 11 (1.40%) C
6 7 (0.89%) VB
7 6 (0.76%) C#
8 5 (0.64%) PHP
8 5 (0.64%) VBA
8 5 (0.64%) R
9 4 (0.51%) Java
9 4 (0.51%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.38%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.25%) Perl
11 2 (0.25%) Python
12 1 (0.13%) Tcl
12 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.13%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.13%) Korn
Qualifications
1 787 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 216 (27.45%) MCP
3 183 (23.25%) MCITP
4 158 (20.08%) MCSA
5 148 (18.81%) Security Cleared
6 134 (17.03%) Cisco Certification
7 119 (15.12%) SC Cleared
8 116 (14.74%) CCNA
9 94 (11.94%) MCTS
10 91 (11.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 65 (8.26%) Degree
12 53 (6.73%) Citrix Certification
13 44 (5.59%) CCA
14 43 (5.46%) DV Cleared
15 35 (4.45%) CCNP
16 26 (3.30%) A+ Certification
16 26 (3.30%) MCDST
17 24 (3.05%) CCEA
18 20 (2.54%) MCSD
18 20 (2.54%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (10.67%) SLA
2 11 (1.40%) QA
3 10 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.89%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.64%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.51%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.13%) COBIT
System Software
1 420 (53.37%) Active Directory
2 203 (25.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 117 (14.87%) Hyper-V
4 78 (9.91%) XenApp
5 54 (6.86%) vSphere
6 53 (6.73%) VMware ESX
7 23 (2.92%) XenDesktop
8 16 (2.03%) ISA Server
9 15 (1.91%) Microsoft App-V
9 15 (1.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 13 (1.65%) VMware Workstation
10 13 (1.65%) Terminal Services
11 12 (1.52%) Xen
12 11 (1.40%) UAG
13 10 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
14 9 (1.14%) vCloud
14 9 (1.14%) VMware Server
14 9 (1.14%) XenServer
14 9 (1.14%) Terminal Server
15 8 (1.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 102 (12.96%) SCCM
2 57 (7.24%) SCOM
3 28 (3.56%) McAfee ePO
3 28 (3.56%) Backup Exec
4 23 (2.92%) HP Quality Center
5 18 (2.29%) Netcool
6 13 (1.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 11 (1.40%) Nagios
8 10 (1.27%) WMI
8 10 (1.27%) HP SIM
9 9 (1.14%) NetBackup
9 9 (1.14%) OVSD
9 9 (1.14%) Tivoli
10 8 (1.02%) Nessus
10 8 (1.02%) BladeLogic
10 8 (1.02%) SCSM
11 7 (0.89%) WSUS
12 6 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 5 (0.64%) MOM
13 5 (0.64%) Puppet
Vendors
1 514 (65.31%) Microsoft
2 338 (42.95%) VMware
3 205 (26.05%) Citrix
4 174 (22.11%) Cisco
5 126 (16.01%) HP
6 73 (9.28%) McAfee
7 42 (5.34%) Red Hat
8 39 (4.96%) NetApp
9 34 (4.32%) Dell
10 30 (3.81%) EMC
10 30 (3.81%) Veritas
10 30 (3.81%) Symantec
11 24 (3.05%) Sophos
12 23 (2.92%) Juniper
13 21 (2.67%) Avaya
14 20 (2.54%) IBM
15 19 (2.41%) Apple
16 17 (2.16%) Remedy
17 16 (2.03%) AppSense
18 14 (1.78%) Oracle
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Croydon, Surrey
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £225 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Premier IT
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Sussex
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £70000 - £90000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £25 to £33 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Inverness
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Harrow
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Stockport
Real Staffing
Rate: £10 - £12 per hour + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
London
BPXNet
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Greater Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £20000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 days ago
Cambridge
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
Explore Group
Posted: 22 days ago
Reading
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 26 days ago