Period
to 24 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 May 2020 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
UK > England
6 months to
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 411 426 460
Rank change year-on-year +15 +34 -11
Contract jobs citing MCSE 203 471 450
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.47% 0.56% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.03% 2.93% 2.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 299 283
Median daily rate £383 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +21.43% +3.32%
10th Percentile £176 £212 £171
90th Percentile £538 £600 £563
UK median daily rate £375 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -11.76% +13.33% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 46 15
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.80 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.24% +14.71% +18.42%
10th Percentile £15.41 £14.60 £15.99
90th Percentile £32.90 £33.96 £45.36
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £18.75 £18.55
% change year-on-year - +1.06% +12.44%

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 England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 10,008 16,073 17,532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.21% 19.18% 19.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,963 9,773 10,494
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £269 £269 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 447 700 778
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.50 £13.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £24.91
% change year-on-year +4.79% +34.11% -16.98%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE in England.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE in England.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the England region over the 6 months to 24 May 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +82 59 £350 -16.17% 7
South East +26 57 £391 -10.57% 5
Midlands +39 28 £410 -21.90% 11
North of England +71 25 £368 +10.94% 10
South West +3 24 £438 +6.06% 7
West Midlands +46 22 £411 -21.67% 8
North West +61 21 £438 +29.63% 7
East of England +60 11 £363 -9.38% 5
East Midlands +31 6 £313 -10.71% 3
Yorkshire +49 4 £183 -43.85% 2
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2020, 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 England region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 150 (73.89%) Windows
3 130 (64.04%) Microsoft
4 126 (62.07%) Active Directory
5 91 (44.83%) VMware
6 82 (40.39%) Windows Server
7 74 (36.45%) Office 365
8 63 (31.03%) Azure
8 63 (31.03%) MCSA
9 60 (29.56%) Windows Server 2012
10 58 (28.57%) ITIL
11 54 (26.60%) VMware Infrastructure
12 52 (25.62%) Security Cleared
12 52 (25.62%) SCCM
12 52 (25.62%) Windows 10
13 43 (21.18%) Cisco Certification
14 42 (20.69%) SC Cleared
15 41 (20.20%) PowerShell
15 41 (20.20%) DNS
16 38 (18.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 37 (18.23%) Cisco
18 36 (17.73%) CCNA
18 36 (17.73%) DHCP
19 35 (17.24%) Windows Server 2016
20 34 (16.75%) Windows 7
21 32 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
22 31 (15.27%) MCP
23 30 (14.78%) Migration
23 30 (14.78%) Problem-Solving
24 28 (13.79%) SAN

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 27 (13.30%) MS Exchange
2 20 (9.85%) SharePoint
3 10 (4.93%) Skype for Business
4 8 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (3.45%) IIS
6 4 (1.97%) Confluence
7 3 (1.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (1.48%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.99%) Apache
8 2 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.99%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.99%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.49%) nginx
9 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
Applications
1 32 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.97%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.49%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.49%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.48%) assyst
1 3 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.99%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.49%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 74 (36.45%) Office 365
2 63 (31.03%) Azure
3 18 (8.87%) Azure Active Directory
4 15 (7.39%) AWS
5 13 (6.40%) PaaS
6 12 (5.91%) Mimecast
7 11 (5.42%) IaaS
8 7 (3.45%) SaaS
9 3 (1.48%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.48%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.49%) Asana
10 1 (0.49%) GCP
10 1 (0.49%) Logic Apps
10 1 (0.49%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 41 (20.20%) DNS
2 36 (17.73%) DHCP
3 28 (13.79%) SAN
4 22 (10.84%) Firewall
4 22 (10.84%) LAN
5 20 (9.85%) WAN
6 12 (5.91%) VoIP
7 11 (5.42%) Wireless
8 10 (4.93%) Skype
8 10 (4.93%) TCP/IP
9 8 (3.94%) Network Security
9 8 (3.94%) VPN
10 6 (2.96%) Kerberos
10 6 (2.96%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (2.46%) iSCSI
11 5 (2.46%) SMTP
11 5 (2.46%) VLAN
12 4 (1.97%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.97%) Unified Communications
13 3 (1.48%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (10.34%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.46%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.48%) Big Data
5 2 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.99%) SQLite
6 1 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.49%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.49%) MySQL
6 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (3.94%) JIRA
1 8 (3.94%) MSI
2 6 (2.96%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.46%) Android Studio
4 3 (1.48%) InstallShield
5 2 (0.99%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.49%) git-flow
6 1 (0.49%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (7.88%) Public Sector
2 7 (3.45%) Finance
2 7 (3.45%) Military
3 5 (2.46%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.99%) Back Office
4 2 (0.99%) Banking
4 2 (0.99%) Law
4 2 (0.99%) Legal
4 2 (0.99%) Local Government
4 2 (0.99%) Marketing
5 1 (0.49%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.49%) Automotive
5 1 (0.49%) Front Office
5 1 (0.49%) Police
5 1 (0.49%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (12.32%) Support Engineer
2 22 (10.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 19 (9.36%) Wintel Engineer
4 17 (8.37%) Windows Engineer
5 16 (7.88%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (7.39%) Architect
7 13 (6.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 11 (5.42%) 3rd Line Support
8 11 (5.42%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 11 (5.42%) Active Directory Engineer
8 11 (5.42%) Consultant
8 11 (5.42%) Service Desk Support
8 11 (5.42%) VMware Engineer
9 9 (4.43%) Analyst
10 8 (3.94%) Administrator
11 7 (3.45%) Azure Engineer
11 7 (3.45%) Desktop Support
11 7 (3.45%) IT Engineer
11 7 (3.45%) Server Engineer
12 6 (2.96%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.96%) .NET
1 6 (2.96%) ASP.NET
2 5 (2.46%) HTML
2 5 (2.46%) RESTful
3 3 (1.48%) JSON
4 2 (0.99%) Dagger
4 2 (0.99%) Retrofit
4 2 (0.99%) RxJava
5 1 (0.49%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.49%) GraphQL
5 1 (0.49%) Kafka
5 1 (0.49%) LDAP
5 1 (0.49%) Node.js
5 1 (0.49%) React
5 1 (0.49%) REST
5 1 (0.49%) Spring
5 1 (0.49%) Spring MVC
5 1 (0.49%) Vue.js
5 1 (0.49%) XMPP
5 1 (0.49%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 26 (12.81%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.40%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.42%) Hedge funds
4 9 (4.43%) Fat Client
4 9 (4.43%) Thin Client
5 8 (3.94%) Replication
6 7 (3.45%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.96%) Public Cloud
7 6 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (2.46%) PKI
9 4 (1.97%) Clustering
9 4 (1.97%) Handset
10 3 (1.48%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.48%) NHS
11 2 (0.99%) Enterprise Storage
11 2 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.99%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.49%) iPad
12 1 (0.49%) Private Cloud
12 1 (0.49%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 150 (73.89%) Windows
2 82 (40.39%) Windows Server
3 60 (29.56%) Windows Server 2012
4 52 (25.62%) Windows 10
5 35 (17.24%) Windows Server 2016
6 34 (16.75%) Windows 7
7 27 (13.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (8.87%) Linux
9 11 (5.42%) Windows 8
10 10 (4.93%) Windows Server 2019
11 8 (3.94%) Android
12 6 (2.96%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (2.46%) Apple iOS
13 5 (2.46%) Mac OS X
14 4 (1.97%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.48%) CentOS
15 3 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.99%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.99%) Unix
16 2 (0.99%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (28.57%) ITIL
2 30 (14.78%) Migration
2 30 (14.78%) Problem-Solving
3 27 (13.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 18 (8.87%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (8.37%) TOGAF
6 15 (7.39%) Service Management
7 14 (6.90%) Application Packaging
7 14 (6.90%) Project Delivery
8 11 (5.42%) Change Management
8 11 (5.42%) ITIL V3
9 10 (4.93%) Infrastructure Management
9 10 (4.93%) IT Strategy
9 10 (4.93%) ITSM
10 9 (4.43%) PRINCE2
10 9 (4.43%) Root Cause Analysis
10 9 (4.43%) Server Virtualisation
11 8 (3.94%) Performance Tuning
11 8 (3.94%) Presales
11 8 (3.94%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 41 (20.20%) PowerShell
2 17 (8.37%) SQL
3 11 (5.42%) Java
4 7 (3.45%) C
4 7 (3.45%) VBScript
5 5 (2.46%) C#
5 5 (2.46%) C++
6 4 (1.97%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.97%) Python
7 2 (0.99%) Kotlin
7 2 (0.99%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.99%) VB
8 1 (0.49%) Perl
Qualifications
1 203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 63 (31.03%) MCSA
3 52 (25.62%) Security Cleared
4 43 (21.18%) Cisco Certification
5 42 (20.69%) SC Cleared
6 38 (18.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 36 (17.73%) CCNA
8 31 (15.27%) MCP
9 23 (11.33%) MCITP
10 17 (8.37%) Degree
11 11 (5.42%) CCNP
11 11 (5.42%) CISSP
11 11 (5.42%) DV Cleared
12 9 (4.43%) CCA
12 9 (4.43%) Citrix Certification
13 8 (3.94%) A+ Certification
14 7 (3.45%) VCP6
15 6 (2.96%) CCIE
15 6 (2.96%) TOGAF Certification
16 5 (2.46%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (12.32%) SLA
2 5 (2.46%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.99%) GDPR
3 2 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.99%) QA
4 1 (0.49%) NCSC
System Software
1 126 (62.07%) Active Directory
2 54 (26.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (9.85%) Hyper-V
4 18 (8.87%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (6.90%) vSphere
6 12 (5.91%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (5.91%) XenApp
7 9 (4.43%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.96%) NFS
8 6 (2.96%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (2.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (1.97%) vCloud
11 3 (1.48%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 3 (1.48%) Docker
11 3 (1.48%) Firmware
12 2 (0.99%) Samba
12 2 (0.99%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.99%) Xen
13 1 (0.49%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.49%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 52 (25.62%) SCCM
2 12 (5.91%) WSUS
3 9 (4.43%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (4.43%) SCOM
4 5 (2.46%) Ansible
5 4 (1.97%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.97%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (1.97%) Terraform
5 4 (1.97%) vCenter Server
5 4 (1.97%) vRealize
6 3 (1.48%) Puppet
7 2 (0.99%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
7 2 (0.99%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.99%) Nagios
7 2 (0.99%) Nessus
7 2 (0.99%) OpenNMS
7 2 (0.99%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.49%) PingFederate
Vendors
1 130 (64.04%) Microsoft
2 91 (44.83%) VMware
3 37 (18.23%) Cisco
4 22 (10.84%) Citrix
5 20 (9.85%) HP
6 17 (8.37%) Dell
7 11 (5.42%) Ivanti
8 7 (3.45%) CheckPoint
8 7 (3.45%) EMC
9 5 (2.46%) IBM
9 5 (2.46%) Juniper
9 5 (2.46%) NetApp
9 5 (2.46%) Veeam
10 4 (1.97%) Meraki
10 4 (1.97%) Remedy
11 3 (1.48%) Google
11 3 (1.48%) Oracle
11 3 (1.48%) Polycom
11 3 (1.48%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.48%) Yealink