Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 158 111 210
Rank change year-on-year -47 +99 +5
Contract jobs citing MCSE 12 7 29
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.33% 0.40% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.67% 1.99% 3.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 19
10th Percentile £203 £396 £230
25th Percentile £391 £447 £316
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £525 £400
Median % change year-on-year -19.05% +31.25% -4.76%
75th Percentile £519 £538 £522
90th Percentile " " £625
Central London median daily rate £425 £525 £388
% change year-on-year -19.05% +35.48% -7.74%

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 450 352 869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 12.38% 19.94% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 233 667
10th Percentile £313 £308 £300
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £613
90th Percentile £688 £650 £693
Central London median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 9
10th Percentile £19.30 £16.78 £10.50
25th Percentile £26.25 £30.69 £11.75
Median hourly rate £32.00 £38.00 £14.50
Median % change year-on-year -15.79% +162.07% -22.46%
75th Percentile £35.75 £46.00 £33.75
90th Percentile £46.95 £46.53 £52.10
Central London median hourly rate £27.50 £36.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year -24.66% +71.76% +13.64%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 9 (75.00%) CCNA
2 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
3 8 (66.67%) Citrix
4 7 (58.33%) ITIL
4 7 (58.33%) Law
4 7 (58.33%) Migration
4 7 (58.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 7 (58.33%) Project Delivery
5 6 (50.00%) Cisco
6 5 (41.67%) SCCM
6 5 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (33.33%) Windows Server
7 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2019
7 4 (33.33%) Architecture Roadmap
7 4 (33.33%) SCOM
7 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
7 4 (33.33%) XenApp
7 4 (33.33%) XenDesktop
7 4 (33.33%) SolarWinds
7 4 (33.33%) Azure
7 4 (33.33%) High Availability
7 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
7 4 (33.33%) CISSP
8 3 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (25.00%) VMware

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:

Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (33.33%) Azure
2 3 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
2 3 (25.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
2 3 (25.00%) Azure Storage
2 3 (25.00%) IaaS
3 1 (8.33%) Azure Pipelines
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft 365
3 1 (8.33%) Power Platform
3 1 (8.33%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) NetScaler
1 3 (25.00%) SAN
2 1 (8.33%) DHCP
2 1 (8.33%) DNS
2 1 (8.33%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (8.33%) Power BI
General
1 7 (58.33%) Law
2 1 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Social Skills
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Architect
1 4 (33.33%) Infrastructure Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) Azure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) HP Storage Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) SAN Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) SAN Storage Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Storage Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Virtualisation Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) VMware Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Data Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Data Centre Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Data Centre Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) IT Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) IT Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 4 (33.33%) Windows Server
2 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
2 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2016
2 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2019
3 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (58.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 7 (58.33%) ITIL
1 7 (58.33%) Migration
1 7 (58.33%) Project Delivery
2 5 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (33.33%) Architecture Roadmap
3 4 (33.33%) High Availability
4 3 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 3 (25.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
5 2 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (16.67%) ITIL V3
5 2 (16.67%) Power Management
5 2 (16.67%) Problem Management
5 2 (16.67%) Time Management
6 1 (8.33%) Application Packaging
6 1 (8.33%) Critical Thinking
6 1 (8.33%) DevOps
6 1 (8.33%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (8.33%) Release Management
6 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) CCNA
2 9 (75.00%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (33.33%) CISSP
4 3 (25.00%) MCSA
4 3 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (16.67%) CCENT
System Software
1 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (33.33%) XenApp
2 4 (33.33%) XenDesktop
3 3 (25.00%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (8.33%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 5 (41.67%) SCCM
2 4 (33.33%) SCOM
3 3 (25.00%) PowerCLI
3 3 (25.00%) vCenter Server
4 1 (8.33%) Kubernetes
4 1 (8.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (66.67%) Citrix
2 6 (50.00%) Cisco
3 4 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 4 (33.33%) SolarWinds
4 3 (25.00%) 3PAR
4 3 (25.00%) HP
4 3 (25.00%) Nimble Storage
4 3 (25.00%) VMware
5 1 (8.33%) Cadence
5 1 (8.33%) MobileIron
5 1 (8.33%) ServiceNow
5 1 (8.33%) Splunk