Period
to 18 May 2021

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 6 months to 18 May 2021 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 130 155 225
Rank change year-on-year +25 +70 +2
Contract jobs citing MCSE 14 4 17
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.50% 0.12% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.10% 0.75% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 12
10th Percentile £405 £247 £125
25th Percentile £406 £345 £212
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year +20.59% +6.25% +14.29%
75th Percentile £556 £475 £517
90th Percentile £575 " £588
Central London median daily rate £513 £425 £325
% change year-on-year +20.59% +30.77% -7.14%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
City of London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 451 536 908
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 16.25% 16.34% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 362 640
10th Percentile £304 £282 £270
25th Percentile £413 £400 £412
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - -2.44%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £613
90th Percentile £716 £650 £688
Central London median daily rate £525 £487 £500
% change year-on-year +7.91% -2.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 13
10th Percentile £14.35 £12.23 £12.25
25th Percentile £16.88 £20.05 £12.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.75 £20.65
Median % change year-on-year -30.07% +73.17% +10.40%
75th Percentile £27.88 £52.25 £33.75
90th Percentile £34.45 £52.48 £40.35
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £20.65
% change year-on-year -20.00% +21.09% +10.40%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the City of London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in the City of London

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in the City of London

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (85.71%) Active Directory
3 9 (64.29%) Microsoft
3 9 (64.29%) Windows
3 9 (64.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 8 (57.14%) Migration
5 7 (50.00%) PowerShell
6 6 (42.86%) Microsoft 365
6 6 (42.86%) Finance
7 5 (35.71%) Law
7 5 (35.71%) SCOM
7 5 (35.71%) MCSA
7 5 (35.71%) ITIL
7 5 (35.71%) MS Exchange
7 5 (35.71%) Citrix
7 5 (35.71%) High Availability
7 5 (35.71%) Azure
7 5 (35.71%) Windows Server
8 4 (28.57%) XenApp
8 4 (28.57%) XenDesktop
8 4 (28.57%) SolarWinds
8 4 (28.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (28.57%) DNS
8 4 (28.57%) DHCP
8 4 (28.57%) SCCM
8 4 (28.57%) VMware
9 3 (21.43%) Cisco
9 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
9 3 (21.43%) CCNA
9 3 (21.43%) CISSP

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 5 (35.71%) MS Exchange
2 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (14.29%) SharePoint
4 1 (7.14%) IBM Notes
4 1 (7.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft 365
2 5 (35.71%) Azure
3 2 (14.29%) AWS
3 2 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (14.29%) GCP
3 2 (14.29%) IaaS
3 2 (14.29%) PaaS
4 1 (7.14%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (28.57%) DHCP
1 4 (28.57%) DNS
2 2 (14.29%) Internet
2 2 (14.29%) Intranet
2 2 (14.29%) LAN
2 2 (14.29%) TCP/IP
3 1 (7.14%) Firewall
3 1 (7.14%) IP Telephony
3 1 (7.14%) Kerberos
3 1 (7.14%) SAN
3 1 (7.14%) VLAN
3 1 (7.14%) VoIP
3 1 (7.14%) VPN
3 1 (7.14%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (21.43%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.14%) Power BI
2 1 (7.14%) SQL Server 2014
General
1 6 (42.86%) Finance
2 5 (35.71%) Law
3 2 (14.29%) Banking
3 2 (14.29%) Legal
3 2 (14.29%) Social Skills
4 1 (7.14%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) Architect
1 3 (21.43%) DevOps Engineer
1 3 (21.43%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (14.29%) Active Directory Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Azure DevOps Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Azure Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Messaging Engineer
2 2 (14.29%) Migration Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 1 (7.14%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Collaboration Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) IT Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) IT Support
3 1 (7.14%) PowerShell Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) Senior Messaging Engineer
3 1 (7.14%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) COM
1 1 (7.14%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Blackberry
1 2 (14.29%) BYOD
1 2 (14.29%) iPad
1 2 (14.29%) iPhone
2 1 (7.14%) Clustering
2 1 (7.14%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.14%) Replication
2 1 (7.14%) User Experience
2 1 (7.14%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 9 (64.29%) Windows
2 5 (35.71%) Windows Server
3 4 (28.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2016
4 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2019
5 2 (14.29%) Windows 10
6 1 (7.14%) Linux
6 1 (7.14%) Mac OS
6 1 (7.14%) Windows 7
6 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 8 (57.14%) Migration
3 5 (35.71%) High Availability
3 5 (35.71%) ITIL
4 3 (21.43%) Architecture Roadmap
4 3 (21.43%) DevOps
4 3 (21.43%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (21.43%) Project Delivery
5 2 (14.29%) Business Continuity
5 2 (14.29%) Configuration Management
5 2 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (14.29%) Mobile Device Management
5 2 (14.29%) Network Virtualisation
5 2 (14.29%) Technical Debt
6 1 (7.14%) Incident Management
6 1 (7.14%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 1 (7.14%) Problem Management
6 1 (7.14%) SDLC
6 1 (7.14%) Service Management
6 1 (7.14%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 7 (50.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (14.29%) Python
Qualifications
1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (35.71%) MCSA
3 3 (21.43%) CCNA
3 3 (21.43%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (21.43%) CISSP
4 2 (14.29%) MCITP
5 1 (7.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (7.14%) MOS
5 1 (7.14%) VCDX
5 1 (7.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (85.71%) Active Directory
2 4 (28.57%) XenApp
2 4 (28.57%) XenDesktop
3 2 (14.29%) Hyper-V
3 2 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (14.29%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (7.14%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (7.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (35.71%) SCOM
2 4 (28.57%) SCCM
3 1 (7.14%) Kubernetes
3 1 (7.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (64.29%) Microsoft
2 5 (35.71%) Citrix
3 4 (28.57%) SolarWinds
3 4 (28.57%) VMware
4 3 (21.43%) Cisco
5 1 (7.14%) Apple
5 1 (7.14%) Avaya
5 1 (7.14%) CommVault
5 1 (7.14%) Fortinet
5 1 (7.14%) Lotus
5 1 (7.14%) Polycom
5 1 (7.14%) Splunk
5 1 (7.14%) Wyse