The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 89 90 107
Rank change year-on-year +1 +17  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 10 37 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.55% 1.49% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.30% 5.80% 3.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 16 14
Median daily rate £513 £350 £208
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +46.42% +68.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £280 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £463 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £345 £300
% change year-on-year -1.44% +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £21.33 £55.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -61.67%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.33 £17.50
% change year-on-year -21.47% +21.88%  

MCSE is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 435 638 765
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 23.78% 25.67% 25.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 317 340
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £285 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 30 27
Median hourly rate £13.50 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.90% +22.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £63.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in Berkshire

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in Berkshire

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in Berkshire over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in Berkshire

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in Berkshire

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Bracknell - 5 £513 -
Reading -14 2 £114 -67.50%
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Newbury - 1 - -
MCSE
South East

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 across the Berkshire region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (61.11%) Windows
3 10 (55.56%) Active Directory
4 9 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (27.78%) Office 365
6 5 (27.78%) Migration
6 5 (27.78%) VMware
7 4 (22.22%) CCNA
7 4 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (22.22%) ITIL
7 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
7 4 (22.22%) Windows 7
7 4 (22.22%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
8 3 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (16.67%) SCCM
8 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
8 3 (16.67%) MCP
8 3 (16.67%) Linux
8 3 (16.67%) MCSA
8 3 (16.67%) LAN
8 3 (16.67%) MS Exchange
8 3 (16.67%) SAN
9 2 (11.11%) Service Delivery
9 2 (11.11%) Firewall
9 2 (11.11%) NetApp
9 2 (11.11%) Apple
9 2 (11.11%) CCNP

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 3 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 2 (11.11%) SharePoint
3 1 (5.56%) IIS
3 1 (5.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (11.11%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (27.78%) Office 365
3 4 (22.22%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (11.11%) OneDrive
5 1 (5.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (5.56%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (5.56%) Amazon S3
5 1 (5.56%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (5.56%) AWS CloudTrail
5 1 (5.56%) CloudFront
5 1 (5.56%) G Suite
5 1 (5.56%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (5.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) LAN
1 3 (16.67%) SAN
2 2 (11.11%) DHCP
2 2 (11.11%) DNS
2 2 (11.11%) Firewall
2 2 (11.11%) TCP/IP
2 2 (11.11%) VPN
2 2 (11.11%) WAN
3 1 (5.56%) FTP
3 1 (5.56%) HTTP
3 1 (5.56%) IPsec
3 1 (5.56%) Telnet
3 1 (5.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (5.56%) MySQL
2 1 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) JIRA
General
1 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.11%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (22.22%) Azure Consultant
1 4 (22.22%) Consultant
2 3 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (16.67%) Architect
2 3 (16.67%) Microsoft Consultant
3 2 (11.11%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
3 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Consultant
3 2 (11.11%) Azure Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Desktop Support
3 2 (11.11%) Network Support
3 2 (11.11%) Support Specialist
3 2 (11.11%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Hyper-V Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Mac Specialist
4 1 (5.56%) Migration Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Leader
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Data Centre
1 2 (11.11%) Replication
1 2 (11.11%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (5.56%) Clustering
2 1 (5.56%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.56%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (5.56%) Fat Client
2 1 (5.56%) Thin Client
2 1 (5.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 11 (61.11%) Windows
2 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (22.22%) Windows 7
4 3 (16.67%) Linux
4 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
5 1 (5.56%) Windows 10
5 1 (5.56%) Windows 8
5 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (5.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Migration
2 4 (22.22%) ITIL
3 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (11.11%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (11.11%) Service Delivery
4 1 (5.56%) Capacity Management
4 1 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (5.56%) Data Migration
4 1 (5.56%) DevOps
4 1 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (5.56%) ERP
4 1 (5.56%) IT Strategy
4 1 (5.56%) MODAF
4 1 (5.56%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (5.56%) Resource Management
4 1 (5.56%) Security Auditing
4 1 (5.56%) Technical Architecture
4 1 (5.56%) TOGAF
4 1 (5.56%) Translating Business Requirements
4 1 (5.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 1 (5.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (22.22%) CCNA
2 4 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (16.67%) MCP
3 3 (16.67%) MCSA
4 2 (11.11%) A+ Certification
4 2 (11.11%) CCNP
4 2 (11.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 1 (5.56%) AWS Certification
5 1 (5.56%) CISA
5 1 (5.56%) CISM
5 1 (5.56%) CISSP
5 1 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (5.56%) MCSD
5 1 (5.56%) SANS
5 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) PCI DSS
2 1 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (5.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (55.56%) Active Directory
2 3 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (11.11%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.56%) Firmware
4 1 (5.56%) VMware ESX
4 1 (5.56%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (5.56%) Ansible
2 1 (5.56%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (5.56%) Nagios
2 1 (5.56%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (5.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 9 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (27.78%) VMware
3 2 (11.11%) Apple
3 2 (11.11%) EMC
3 2 (11.11%) NetApp
4 1 (5.56%) Cisco
4 1 (5.56%) Citrix
4 1 (5.56%) CommVault
4 1 (5.56%) F5
4 1 (5.56%) Google
4 1 (5.56%) Intel Security
4 1 (5.56%) LANDesk
4 1 (5.56%) Oracle
4 1 (5.56%) SAP
4 1 (5.56%) Sophos