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 June 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 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 160 141 168
Rank change year-on-year -19 +27  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 6 24 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.18% 0.71% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.28% 4.29% 4.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 20 27
Median daily rate £273 £463 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -41.08% +42.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £287 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £525 £487
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -22.64% -1.02%  

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 470 560 763
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.40% 16.63% 13.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 682 916 1100
Median daily rate £475 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £286 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 9 36
Median hourly rate £18.70 £20.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.51% -18.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.13 £15.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.30 £95.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage 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

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 June 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 June 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 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (72.41%) Active Directory
3 19 (65.52%) Windows
4 15 (51.72%) Microsoft
5 13 (44.83%) Office 365
6 12 (41.38%) Windows Server
7 11 (37.93%) Windows 7
7 11 (37.93%) VMware
8 10 (34.48%) CCNA
8 10 (34.48%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (34.48%) Windows 10
9 9 (31.03%) MS Exchange
10 8 (27.59%) Finance
10 8 (27.59%) Remote Desktop
10 8 (27.59%) Windows 8
10 8 (27.59%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (24.14%) Microsoft Azure
11 7 (24.14%) vSphere
11 7 (24.14%) MCITP
11 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (24.14%) SharePoint
12 6 (20.69%) ITIL
13 5 (17.24%) WAN
13 5 (17.24%) MCSA
13 5 (17.24%) Citrix
13 5 (17.24%) Migration
13 5 (17.24%) Skype
14 4 (13.79%) Data Centre
14 4 (13.79%) Skype for Business
14 4 (13.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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 (31.03%) MS Exchange
2 7 (24.14%) SharePoint
3 4 (13.79%) Skype for Business
4 1 (3.45%) Apache
4 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.45%) MS Project Server
4 1 (3.45%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 13 (44.83%) Office 365
2 7 (24.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (10.34%) SaaS
4 2 (6.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (6.90%) IaaS
4 2 (6.90%) Yammer
5 1 (3.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 8 (27.59%) Remote Desktop
2 5 (17.24%) Skype
2 5 (17.24%) WAN
3 3 (10.34%) Firewall
3 3 (10.34%) VLAN
3 3 (10.34%) VoIP
3 3 (10.34%) VPN
4 2 (6.90%) Kerberos
4 2 (6.90%) LAN
4 2 (6.90%) SAN
5 1 (3.45%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 1 (3.45%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (3.45%) Internet
5 1 (3.45%) NAS
5 1 (3.45%) NetScaler
5 1 (3.45%) PBX
5 1 (3.45%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.45%) MySQL
1 1 (3.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Subversion
1 1 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (27.59%) Finance
2 3 (10.34%) Retail
3 2 (6.90%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.45%) Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.45%) French Language
4 1 (3.45%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.45%) Law
Job Titles
1 10 (34.48%) Support Engineer
2 8 (27.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support
2 8 (27.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
2 8 (27.59%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 8 (27.59%) 2nd Line Support
2 8 (27.59%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 4 (13.79%) Architect
3 4 (13.79%) Systems Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 3 (10.34%) Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (6.90%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) Active Directory Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Citrix Architect
5 2 (6.90%) Cloud Architect
5 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) Project Engineer
5 2 (6.90%) SCCM Architect
6 1 (3.45%) Citrix Support Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.90%) .NET
1 2 (6.90%) ASP.NET
1 2 (6.90%) HTML
2 1 (3.45%) J2EE
2 1 (3.45%) JSP
2 1 (3.45%) SAML
2 1 (3.45%) SAP Basis
2 1 (3.45%) Servlets
2 1 (3.45%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.79%) Data Centre
2 3 (10.34%) BYOD
3 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 2 (6.90%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.90%) NHS
3 2 (6.90%) Private Cloud
4 1 (3.45%) Clustering
4 1 (3.45%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 19 (65.52%) Windows
2 12 (41.38%) Windows Server
3 11 (37.93%) Windows 7
4 10 (34.48%) Windows 10
5 8 (27.59%) Windows 8
5 8 (27.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (3.45%) AIX
7 1 (3.45%) Linux
7 1 (3.45%) Unix
7 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (20.69%) ITIL
2 5 (17.24%) Migration
3 3 (10.34%) Data Security
3 3 (10.34%) TOGAF
4 2 (6.90%) Asset Management
4 2 (6.90%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (6.90%) Enterprise Architecture
4 2 (6.90%) High Availability
4 2 (6.90%) IT Asset Management
4 2 (6.90%) Kalman Filter
4 2 (6.90%) Network Management
4 2 (6.90%) PRINCE2
4 2 (6.90%) Project Management
4 2 (6.90%) Statistics
5 1 (3.45%) Converged Infrastructure
5 1 (3.45%) Data Centre Operations
5 1 (3.45%) Line Management
5 1 (3.45%) Office Automation
5 1 (3.45%) Records Management
5 1 (3.45%) Workflow Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.90%) PowerShell
1 2 (6.90%) VBScript
2 1 (3.45%) Java
2 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (34.48%) CCNA
2 10 (34.48%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (24.14%) MCITP
4 5 (17.24%) MCSA
5 4 (13.79%) MCP
5 4 (13.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (10.34%) Degree
7 2 (6.90%) MCTS
7 2 (6.90%) PMP
7 2 (6.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (3.45%) CCA
8 1 (3.45%) CISA
8 1 (3.45%) CSSLP
8 1 (3.45%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Certified Architect
8 1 (3.45%) OCA
8 1 (3.45%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (3.45%) PMI Certification
8 1 (3.45%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.34%) SLA
2 2 (6.90%) QA
System Software
1 21 (72.41%) Active Directory
2 7 (24.14%) vSphere
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (10.34%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (10.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (6.90%) Hyper-V
4 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (6.90%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (6.90%) VMware Server
4 2 (6.90%) XenApp
4 2 (6.90%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) SCCM
2 3 (10.34%) SCOM
3 2 (6.90%) vCenter Server
4 1 (3.45%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (3.45%) NetBackup
4 1 (3.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 15 (51.72%) Microsoft
2 11 (37.93%) VMware
3 5 (17.24%) Citrix
4 3 (10.34%) AppSense
5 2 (6.90%) Avaya
5 2 (6.90%) Cisco
5 2 (6.90%) HP
5 2 (6.90%) LANDesk
6 1 (3.45%) 3PAR
6 1 (3.45%) Brocade
6 1 (3.45%) CheckPoint
6 1 (3.45%) F5
6 1 (3.45%) NICE Systems
6 1 (3.45%) Oracle
6 1 (3.45%) SAP
6 1 (3.45%) Symantec