The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 139 135 145
Rank change year-on-year -4 +10  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 23 19 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.75% 0.57% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.30% 3.87% 5.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 14 37
Median daily rate £325 £295 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.16% -15.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £183 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £414 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £345 £300
% change year-on-year - +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.42 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.28% +22.37%  

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 the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 434 491 852
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.17% 14.64% 16.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 351 632
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £269 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.89 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% -2.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £14.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.37 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the City of London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the City of London over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the City of London

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 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 City of London region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (67.65%) Windows
3 22 (64.71%) Active Directory
4 20 (58.82%) Microsoft
5 17 (50.00%) Windows Server
6 13 (38.24%) Office 365
7 11 (32.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (32.35%) Windows 7
7 11 (32.35%) ITIL
7 11 (32.35%) Finance
8 10 (29.41%) VMware
8 10 (29.41%) CCNA
8 10 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (26.47%) Microsoft Azure
9 9 (26.47%) MS Exchange
10 8 (23.53%) SCCM
10 8 (23.53%) Windows 10
11 7 (20.59%) Remote Desktop
11 7 (20.59%) MCSA
11 7 (20.59%) SharePoint
12 6 (17.65%) MCITP
12 6 (17.65%) Degree
12 6 (17.65%) Citrix
12 6 (17.65%) Windows 8
12 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
13 5 (14.71%) vSphere
13 5 (14.71%) Firewall
13 5 (14.71%) Migration
14 4 (11.76%) Data Security

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 9 (26.47%) MS Exchange
2 7 (20.59%) SharePoint
3 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
4 2 (5.88%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.94%) Apache
5 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.94%) MS Project Server
5 1 (2.94%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 3 (8.82%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 13 (38.24%) Office 365
2 9 (26.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.94%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (2.94%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) Remote Desktop
2 5 (14.71%) Firewall
3 4 (11.76%) Skype
4 3 (8.82%) SAN
4 3 (8.82%) TCP/IP
5 2 (5.88%) DHCP
5 2 (5.88%) Internet
5 2 (5.88%) LAN
5 2 (5.88%) VLAN
5 2 (5.88%) VPN
5 2 (5.88%) WAN
6 1 (2.94%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 1 (2.94%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (2.94%) Kerberos
6 1 (2.94%) NetScaler
6 1 (2.94%) PBX
6 1 (2.94%) SSL
6 1 (2.94%) VoIP
6 1 (2.94%) Wireless
6 1 (2.94%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.94%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (2.94%) MySQL
3 1 (2.94%) Power BI
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Subversion
1 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 11 (32.35%) Finance
2 3 (8.82%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Retail
4 1 (2.94%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.94%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Law
4 1 (2.94%) Legal
Job Titles
1 10 (29.41%) Support Engineer
2 7 (20.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support
2 7 (20.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
2 7 (20.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 7 (20.59%) 2nd Line Support
2 7 (20.59%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 5 (14.71%) Systems Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) Consultant
5 3 (8.82%) Architect
5 3 (8.82%) Server Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Administrator
6 2 (5.88%) Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Data Centre Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Desktop Support
6 2 (5.88%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Server Administrator
6 2 (5.88%) Support Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.94%) .NET
1 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET
1 1 (2.94%) HTML
1 1 (2.94%) J2EE
1 1 (2.94%) JSP
1 1 (2.94%) SAML
1 1 (2.94%) Servlets
1 1 (2.94%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.82%) BYOD
2 3 (8.82%) Computer Science
3 2 (5.88%) NHS
4 1 (2.94%) Clustering
4 1 (2.94%) HP Storage
4 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.94%) PKI
4 1 (2.94%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 23 (67.65%) Windows
2 17 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 11 (32.35%) Windows 7
3 11 (32.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (23.53%) Windows 10
6 6 (17.65%) Windows 8
7 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (5.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (32.35%) ITIL
2 5 (14.71%) Migration
3 4 (11.76%) Data Security
4 3 (8.82%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (8.82%) TOGAF
5 2 (5.88%) Asset Management
5 2 (5.88%) Configuration Management
5 2 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (5.88%) Enterprise Architecture
5 2 (5.88%) High Availability
5 2 (5.88%) IT Asset Management
5 2 (5.88%) Presales
5 2 (5.88%) Problem Management
5 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (5.88%) Statistics
5 2 (5.88%) Workflow
6 1 (2.94%) Coaching
6 1 (2.94%) Line Management
6 1 (2.94%) Low Latency
6 1 (2.94%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.76%) SQL
2 3 (8.82%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.94%) C
3 1 (2.94%) C#
3 1 (2.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
3 1 (2.94%) Java
3 1 (2.94%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (29.41%) CCNA
2 10 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (20.59%) MCSA
4 6 (17.65%) Degree
4 6 (17.65%) MCITP
5 4 (11.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (8.82%) MCP
7 2 (5.88%) CCA
7 2 (5.88%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (5.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (5.88%) MCTS
8 1 (2.94%) CISA
8 1 (2.94%) CISSP
8 1 (2.94%) CSSLP
8 1 (2.94%) JNCIA
8 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Certified Architect
8 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Certified Master
8 1 (2.94%) OCA
8 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) QA
1 1 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (64.71%) Active Directory
2 5 (14.71%) vSphere
3 4 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (8.82%) Hyper-V
4 3 (8.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (8.82%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (5.88%) VMware Server
5 2 (5.88%) XenApp
5 2 (5.88%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (23.53%) SCCM
2 4 (11.76%) SCOM
3 2 (5.88%) WSUS
4 1 (2.94%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (2.94%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 20 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 10 (29.41%) VMware
3 6 (17.65%) Citrix
4 3 (8.82%) AppSense
5 2 (5.88%) HP
6 1 (2.94%) 3PAR
6 1 (2.94%) Brocade
6 1 (2.94%) CheckPoint
6 1 (2.94%) Cisco
6 1 (2.94%) F5
6 1 (2.94%) NICE Systems
6 1 (2.94%) Symantec
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago